Saturday, 29 November 2014


Hi and welcome to the the Sarah Hurley 365 inspiration blog.

Today I (Clare) thought I'd create something rather fun that you can add to your Christmas cards......


I had so much fun making this card, so much so the kids and hubby got involved too, taking lots of pictures with our photo booth moustaches! hee hee. Don't worry I won't be sharing those lol.

I've done a little step by step tutorial including a template, something I've never done before, eeeeep!

materials required

red paper and card
black, white, kraft and shiny gold card stock
cocktail sticks or similar
buckle die cut
square white blank card
corner punch (optional)
black ink pad
double sided tape


Pocket template

This can be saved and printed onto your chosen paper including patterned paper.


Step 1 - Measure and cut the red and kraft square cardstock for matting a layering. Stick to the white                 card blank using glue or double sided tape.

Step 2 - Die cut the buckle using the gold card, here I used a Tim Holtz die.
             Measure and cut a length of black card then slide it through the buckle to create a belt.                          Apply glue or tape to the back and stick down near the bottom of the card.      

Step 3 - Using the template and instructions (above) create the pocket. (set aside)             
              Apply glue or tape to the back and stick down on top of the buckle at the left hand side.


Step 4 - Die cut Sarah's digital moustache svg file from the Silhoutte store.

             Place the cocktail stick on the back side of the moustache die cut and secure in place with                    tape. I used double side but you can use any tape. (set aside).
             Place the photo props inside your pocket

Step 5 - Using Sarah's 'H' and 'O' Alpha block letters, place them side by side creating the word 'HO'.
              Stamp directly onto the kraft card using black ink.

This is the finished product.

I hope you have enjoyed today's inspiration as much as I have and hope you come back soon to see more projects from the rest of the design team. You really want to see what we have planned next week!!!!

Clare x

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Peppermint Twists....A Fresh Festive colour combo

Good Morning from me Claire N.

I'm joining you this morning to share how  go about batch making my Christmas cards. The key thing, I think is to find a design that is easily put together, and allows you to alter the colour combination without having to re think the whole design.

I have used a stamp set designed by Jaine Drake last year, the tree is perfect to colour in your chose scheme this year.

I don't know about you but I don't always have enough pre made card blanks to hand, so to make this set of cards (including the layers and trees, I used two and a half 12 x 12 inch sheets of white card stock). Of course this leaves you short of envelopes too, but to make posting easier and economical, when opened out flat, it will fit in a standard DL white office envelope (and the top of the tree will stay protected).

Here is the finished card, followed by the a quick set of instructions to make 6 cards.
The Christmas tree extending above the card makes this little 4 inch square card stand out from the crowd. You can easily alter the colours the tree is coloured for a different look or add a bit of sparkle here and there.

1) Stamp out 6 trees 

2) Create your card blanks 7.5 in x 4 in, score the crease line at the half way point and deckle cut the two free standing edges.

3) Cut the mats and layers in your coordinating colours. 
The coloured layer measures 3 6/8 in x 3.5 in and the white layer measure 3.5 in x 3 3/8 inch.

4) Here are the components collected together ready for assembly.
a -  I have stamped 6 sets of sentiments from Jaine's stamp set and layered them also onto coordinating card.
b - I stamped a snow scene at the bottom of the white layer in grey ink, and then stamped then stamped the embellishments form the stamp set to decorate the background.
c -  The stamped Christmas trees were coloured with alcohol pens (Pink Mittens Promarker, and Spectrum Noir colour IB1, and March Hare promarker for the trunk)

5) With everything collected together, assembly is straightforward, and fun. Like a production line it makes all the prep before so worth while, and you can see your cards come to life very quickly.

I am probably miles behind most of you when it comes to making and organising Christmas card, I have to admit that it takes me a good while to get going then it ends up a mad rush, but if I organise myself with a sweet little card like this I can usually catch up.

Thanks for joining me and good luck with your Christmas creating.

Remember to join us from Monday 1st December when we we will kicking off an exciting festive series of blog posts, to build the excitement daily as we head toward the big day.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Birthday Numbers

Hi all,

Nicole here again with another quick step by step on making a card using one of the Sarah Hurley Silhouette store shapes.

I started with the numbers cut out by Sarah Hurley in the Silhouette store.

 I took a fine tip black pen and doodled around the outline of the numbers.

 I used the really fun mustache paper on a kraft card base for the beginning of my card.

 I needed the numbers on something a bit plainer so that they could stand out so I cut down a piece of kraft and doodled around the edge to add some interest.

 Here are the numbers layered over this all.

 I used some of the scrap kraft and the scrap pattern paper to create a sentiment. I used the Sarah Hurley sentiments stamps for this. I love that set, there are so many brilliant stamps in it!

 I added my sentiment on to the card on foam pads and called it done.

I love how easily you can pull a card together using some pretty basic supplies! Hope you enjoyed this little step through :)

Nicole x

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Some tag inspiration.

Sometimes you find that inspiration is lacking and apart from spending hours (it does turn into hours) on Pinterest what do you do? Well, when it comes to tags I look no further than the tags which come on clothing for inspiration. Sometimes they're a true work of art in themselves and I collect heaps of them.

These two in particular cought my eye recently. I liked the Kraft colour card and the shiny red writing on the left hand one and the splash of red felt on the right.

So I thought I'd take both of those elements together to create some tags for Christmas. I stamped the Noel and embossed it in red glitter powder and used the felt idea to add to the top.

I made a batch of them while I was at it.

For my tags I used my new Special Editions stamps  called Robins which is available to buy now.

Have a good weekend.

Jaine x

Friday, 21 November 2014

Season's Greetings.

Hello, it's Carol here today and I thought I would share a card using a set of Sarah's new Christmas Stamps. 

I am not an inky crafter, as many of you will know, but the Woodland Christmas Stamps just screamed inky fun to me. Here is how I made it.

1  Measure up a piece of white card for your base, Use Versamark on the snowy border stamp, moon and stars and stamp them onto the card. Cover with white embossing powder and heat.

2  Ink up the tree stamps with green ink and stamp onto the border, I stamped them twice in different places to get a shadowy background effect.

3  Ink up the deer and stamp him.

4  Get inky with some Distress Ink and make your card look like a night scene.

5  Stamp your sentiment using Archival ink.

6  Put your inky scene onto a card blank.

Thanks for popping by today, have a great weekend, Carol.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Thank You

Morning all. I’m trying to make some thank you cards ready to send out after Christmas.

Flamingo Thank You (2)

This is clean design, that uses a frame of patterned paper with the stamping done directly on the card base.


  • A Few of My Favourite Things Kit (Patterned Paper and Gems)
  • Adirondack ‘Stream’ Inkpad


Thanks for stopping by


Sunday, 16 November 2014

Happy Sunday everyone! It's Ria here today.

Christmas is just few weeks away and I have started creating my holiday cards to be sent out to family and friends.
I'm looking at my stash and I was thinking of using the stamps and papers that I already own to use in my Christmas cards. There will be other ways that you can use stamps other than what they are by changing the colors and adding other elements in the project.

Here I used the Doodle Doll Wish Upon a Star stamp set and colored her with Christmas colors, red and green. The other elements you see such as the stars and flag banner are from non-traditional paper packs that I already have from Sarah.

I used a die cut snowflakes to cut the papers also from Sarah and added some texture in my card base by using an embossing folder.

I wanted to mimic an angel for this doll so I also embossed an vellum that served as her wings.

This is a quick holiday card and I think the same can be also replicated in a Project life page isn't it?

Here's the full card..

A closer look at the details..

Until next time!

Supplies used:

Doodle Doll Wish Upon a Star Girl stamp set
A Few of my Favourite Things March kit
A Few of my Favourite Things April Happy kit
Embossing folders, dies, washi tape, vellum

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Reach for the stars

Hi all,

Nicole here with you today to share a quick and fun card project that stretches the use of your supplies! I made a little tutorial on this for you all so that you can see just how easy it is!

First up I cut out the Sarah Hurley Star Circle from the Silhouette store. I put this in a cardboard box I have for spraying things and sprayed it with some yellow and orange mists.

I then cut down a piece of Sarah Hurley card in a lovely butter yellow colour to 13*13 cm. The journaling card I wanted to use was a little bit too wide so I cut it down as you can see in the image below, making sure to center the image and text on it.

I gave the yellow card a spritz of white ink to add some more interest and to look like more stars on it!

I then glued down the journalling card to the yellow card and matted this onto a piece of black card stock. I then adhered all of this onto a 13.5*13.5 white card base.

I then trimmed some of the stars out of my cut shape to reveal the sentiment on the journalling card. I kept the stars  cut out and added a few of them back onto the card outside of the circle.

Et voila....the card is complete!  I love the fun look the cut out circle gives and the sentiment on the journalling card peeking out from behind the stars is cute!

I hope you enjoyed this little step by step today and that it inspires you to get more from your supplies!!

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Project Life

Good morning and welcome to the Sarah Hurley 365 blog.

Today I (Clare) have a Project Life layout to show you, this time using the yellow, jade and blue colour combo. The weather hasn't been so kind these last couple of days so the bright colours were a warm welcome. The papers are a mix and match from various A Few Of My Favourite Things kit. Although I have stuck to the just three colours I've chosen different patterns to create more interest.

Each kit comes with a cut 'n' stick embellishment sheet which I absolutely love. Here I have used the circle and sentiment.

The Today stamp set is always used whenever I create a layout. If it isn't on your wish list it should be lol

Every kit contains an exclusive Sarah Hurley clear stamp. Here I used the arrows....

As well as creating daily inspiration the DT girls and I are busy working behind the scenes creating projects for the next watch this space!

Thanks for stopping by

Clare x

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Clean & Simple…for a Man!

Morning all. I’m in a real Christmas card making phase at the moment as I love to get them made ahead of time but I also like to keep my stash of birthday cards topped up, so that is what I have made to show you today.

I have had a few family members in need of last minute masculine cards so I let them pick from my stash, but I needed to make a few more to replace them. I turned to some of Sarah’s lovely bright and bold 12x12 paper and sentiment stamps to create a CAS card.

Green Birthday (1)


  • A Few of My Favourite Things Kit 
  • Archival Jet Black Inkpad
  • Memento Cottage Ivy Inkpad
  • Glitter Glue
  • Double Sided Tape and Foam Pads

Step by Step:

  1. Cut a piece of patterned paper slightly narrower than your card and fix to the card with foam pads.
  2. Cut a piece of smooth white stamping card 2cm narrower than the patterned paper. Stamp 4 sentiments using green in the middle of the card and stamp Happy Birthday using black ink just below.
  3. Stamp three stars using green ink in the top left corner and repeat in the bottom right. Fix to the centre of the card using double sided tape.
  4. Decorate the stars with glitter glue.

Thanks for stopping by


Friday, 7 November 2014

Mood Board Inspiration ...

Good Morning from me (Claire N) and its lovely to be able to share with you this morning three cards that have been inspired by items that are (probably) familiar to us all these days.

There is a trend in home decor at the moment, where we see inspirational quotes printed onto a what looks like a driftwood wall plaques or panels. There are many quotes and sayings (too many for me too chose from to be honest...LOL!) but I really enjoy reading through them and particularly I am really taken with the colours and textures of the panels on which the are printed.

So with that in mind, I wanted to have a go creating a card in that style.

You can see that I have created 3 cards, in different styles and colour ways, with the coloured panelling. The panels were created using Sarah's woodgrain backing stamp stamped onto card, then cut into strips, and the end trimed to an angle. The strips were then coloured with promarkers, and it is at this stage you can have some fun and use your favourite colour ways.

This first card, I stamped the woodgrain onto Kraft card, so that when coloured it offers a slightly muted colour palette and offers the perfect backdrop to the gorgeous kraft paper flower. The tiny hexagons are cut using one of Sarah's silhouette cutting files (and thank you to Carol for cutting tehm for me, as I don't have a silhouette myself) are colour matched perfectly.

Here, I have stamped onto white card, and coloured with pastel colours. The dark grey of the backing makes the colours subtly stand out i think.

With this card, I went bold (stamping onto white card again) and have shown that this style can also work for cards for the guys.

There is an element of continuity with all three cards, because I have stamped the words (using momento ink) onto self adhesive canvas - i like the contrast of the texture. All the chipboard embellishments, paper flowers and butterflies can be found in Sarah's shop (here) and I really enjoyed using them as the focal points of these cards.

Thank you for joining me today.

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Real Life Daily.

Hello there, I'm bringing you my once a month look at my Project Life pages and this time I'm up to week 31. Exciting for two reasons, one because it's the start of the summer documenting and two because I've got a brand new stamp set out in the shop which is especially designed to go with PL or Documented pages. It's called Real Life Daily and is packed with the sort of things I'm always putting on my pages. It actually features some of my own handwriting which is quite radical for me as I'm only just learning to love it.

Here's my layout using the stamp designs. I've used two different paper designs which I've cut into cards for this layout.

My title card uses the banner layered over papers and holds my title letters. The wood grain washi tape worked brilliantly I think on this particular paper so I've used it throughout.

The hello just fitted into this bubble from a previous monthly kit and the photo was just asking for the selfie next to it!

I thought I'd use some of the washi tape again under the real life words. It looks a bit like a piece of driftwood.

The bullet points are the way I quite often document the weekly goings on.

Instead of adding a cross into the little check boxes, I added a mini sticky gem.

 You can buy my stamps here in the shop as well as my other stamp designs.  Happy documenting.

Jaine x