Inspireink Blog Hop – February 2018

Hi everyone!

Welcome back to another Inspireink Blog Hop.  This months theme was picked by Helzie Lou, and she chose…27545078_399521137141569_7960417531145536564_n

The word instilled a lot of dread in a few of us! I haven’t done a detailed folded card in a long time, and have to admit I’ve enjoyed making this one, so thank you Helzie!

I’ve hardly used this stamp set, I’ve no idea why because it is adorable! I spotted this beautiful card by Michelle Last on Pinterest and just knew I had to CASE it (CASE – Create and Share Everything).


One of the Managers’ in my work has started the wind down into retirement and is now semi-retired, due to his role changing in the interim we felt he deserved recognition for the work he’d done previously.


Due to the amount of staff I felt that a simple card fold out would not hold enough space for comments and well wishes, and so I added a piece of card at the bottom of the card to hold a concertina stack of cards that can be signed.




I hope you like this month’s project. Please continue around the hop by clicking on the next button below.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Hi everyone!

Happy New Year! The start of the year has been crazy busy for me and I’ve not had chance to do any crafting! I’ve had to force myself to have an evening in the craft room to get the project ready for the new and improved blog hop! You may remember that I said the format of the Simply Sketched Saturday challenge would be changing, well here we are! I’ve had fun creating the new graphics and introducing new members to the group, as well as continuing on with many familiar faces!

The theme this month was Shimmer, Sparkle, and Shine.  What can I say, glitter is not just for Christmas!


I had this idea in my head when I saw the Myths and Magic DSP and knew I wanted to create a game with it. The first idea I had was to create the card game “snap!”.



The images are so cute! Someone said to me that they were in the style of the Disney Sleeping Beauty film, and I have to agree!



I had to make sure the backs were identical so there’s no cheating!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the blog hop today, your next stop is the lovely Jill Chapman.



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Pootlers Design Team – Week 3, December 2017


Hey everyone!

Welcome to week 3 of the Pootlers Design Team.

Can you believe it’s less than a week until Christmas! Where has this year gone?

This week I wanted to share a gift that I’ve made for one of my close friends.  I love receiving personal letters in the post, it’s sad that we have lost the skill of letter writing in modern social media, so how about we bring it back. To start I thought it would be nice to have a few individual cards to send, and to hold those cards you need a pretty tin.




I made four cards for the tin, and made each one slightly different from the next.





I hope you’ve liked this weeks project, and I look forward to sharing next weeks, our last Design Team project, with you all.

I wish you all an incredible Christmas.

Sam x

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Pootlers Design Team – Week 2, December 2017


Hi everyone!

Thanks for coming back to view my second project for the Pootlers Design Team.  As you know from last week the stamp set we were given to work with was ‘Crafting Forever’.


You’ll probably have noticed from my older posts that I adore watercoloring, and I couldn’t resist using it with this stamp set.


I’ve not really used ‘Sweet Sugarplum’ as it’s not a colour that appealed to me, but I think it works quite well with these colours.


How cute are the dolly pegs! I did think about drawing faces on them but worried I was going a bit ’50 shades’…! 😀


The sentiment is so true for my house at the moment! Christmas crafting and preparations are well into effect and I’ve not much time to run a duster round! Oh well, who needs sleep…?!

My partner’s still going strong with his crafting.  It’s nice having someone to share the different techniques with and seeing them learn and grow from it.  Crafting can be rewarding in so many ways!

I look forward to sharing my project with you next week!

Sam x

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Pootlers Design Team Week 1, December 2017


Hi everyone!

Thanks for coming over to view my project.  I’m incredibly honoured by Sam to allow me to take part in what will be the last month of the Design Team projects.

The stamp set she supplied this month has been on my wish list since I first saw it in Amsterdam at On Stage.


With the run up to Christmas firmly upon us I thought I’d start off with a gift box.  The stamps work perfectly for a crafty friend and associated gift, so I decided to gift myself the watercolour pencils… 😉


How amazing a colour is Lemon Lime Twist?! It just makes me happy!


I recently found a bargain sewing machine in a budget supermarket locally, meaning that I was able to stitch the ribbon together rather than glueing to make it stronger.


The pens were coloured using the blender pens, I love how many colouring options Stampin’ Up! now gives us, especially with the recent release of the Stampin’ Blends.


The sentiment is so accurate for crafty people like us, I know that I can’t go a day without being creative!

Speaking of unleashing creativity…I recently introduced my boyfriend to the wonders of crafting and boy is he taking to it like a duck to water! I think I’ll be hiding my Stampin’ Up! orders so he doesn’t use things before me!  Here are his first attempts (first ever card is on the left).


Thanks again for stopping by, I hope you’ll come back next week to see what other projects I’ve made.

Sam x

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