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Thursday, 31 March 2011

March Candy

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For my March candy I am offering to one of my lovely blog followers a set of Flippin Ladies stamps
The images on these stamps are really funny. How many of us look like this first thing in the morning, or any time of the day? Or is it just me that looks like this?
All you have to do is
1. Become a follower, if you haven't already
2. Please advertise this candy on your blog
3. Leave a comment on this post

To win this months candy the winner will be whoever comments the most between 13th March and  31st March 2011. I have set the start for a few days time to give all of you in blog land the chance to hear about it and get commenting. On my last 2 candy's I have had around 40 enter. If I get 40 or more this time I will add something extra!
Can't wait to hear from you
Hugs sarah  X

Owl cards made with my new NEC stamps

As promised here are the first of my makes from my NEC shopping spree.
I bought these great owl stamps from Samuel Taylors. They are perfect for colouring with Promarkers.
I have stamped image twice. the second image is coloured, cut out and stuck on with foam pads. It is coloured with Promarkers ( available from Hotshotcrafts)

I wondered what else I could do with these stamps. The separate wings looked like flower petals to me and I thought if I turn the branch around I have a tree or flowers stem
The base card is made with SpellbindersI hope you like these cardshugs sarah x

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Pictures of my NEC goodies....

As promised here are some pics of the great crafting goodies I bought at the NEC.

Spellbinders Nestabilities. I love them
Fantastic paper pads available from Hotshotcrafts

Stamps, die and emboss folder from Hotshotcrafts
Lily of the Valley stamps. I love these

Sheena Douglas paints and stamps
 I was demonstrating these stamps along with Aquamarkers at the NEC. I liked them so much I just had to have some!!!!!Available from Hotshotcrafts

 I have made some cards with these great stamps and will post them tomorrow
Hope you like the look of my buys. As soon as I start to create with them I will post pictures.
Have a great afternoon
hugs sarah x

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Last of the NEC photos

Here I am with the lovely Kath,  She was demonstrating Fiskars. See Kath you take a wonderful photo!!!!!!

Karen and Sarah ( owner of HotshotCrafts ) having breakfast. Every morning we had the most delicious hot buttered fruit bread Yum Yum!!!!!

Saturday morning. The start of the queue

What a wonderful surprise I had to look up and see  Karen who used to come to my card lessons. I haven't seen her for a couple of years. She gave me her phone number and I think I have lost It!!!! If you are reading this Karen please contact me on my email address

I was so pleased to meet up with lovely Brenda from Bumblebees and Butterflies. She is a huge Tim Holtz fan like me. Check out her great blog.

Here I am with Dawny P. She is so lovely She was very glam with lovely eyelashes I noticed. I have a bit of a thing about eyelashes!!!!!.  She makes amazing cards. Check out her blog Pink Piggy
And here is kath again.

We all had a wonderful time and it was really nice to meet blogging friends in person. I hope you all met up with friends too.

What these photos have shown me is that
I need to LOSE WEIGHT!!!!!!!!!
I also have panda eyes on every photo ( more sleep needed), 
I hold on to my stomach a lot ( I don't think it is going anywhere!) 
I make some very strange faces!

Hugs sarah x

Sunday, 27 March 2011

A great NEC!!!!!

After 4 very busy days the NEC show is all over. It was a great show. Although I was busy working I did get the chance to do a little bit of shopping each day!!!!!! I will post some photos of my craft goodies in the week as well as more pics of all the lovely friends I met up with, some new some old.
Here are a few to keep you going.

Here I am, ready for action, Aquamarker in hand
Deep in concentration

2 very talented ladies Bev ( all the things I love) and Jacqui (cats whiskers)
Another talented lady. Sheena

Yet another talented lady, Jayne Nesterenko

Here I am with Jayne and other craft lady. We also had our photo taken and put on the Crafters Companion Facebook page. Only thing is I have my eyes shut! Well I was tired
With 2 more talented ladies , the lovely Dawn (All pink girl) and her lovely  "mom" Sue from Imagination Crafts. So many talented ladies, everywhere!!!!!!!
More Pics tomorrow. My bed is calling me!!!!!!
Hugs sarah x

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Hanglar "spring" card

Good evening to all of you from a VEY tired Sarah
Day 3 of the NEC is over and how tired am I???!!!!!!
We have really been so busy.I have been demonstrating Aquamarkers.

It has been great so far. I have met so many wonderful; new and old friends. I will post my pictures with them in the next post

This week at Totally Gorjuss we want to see "spring" cards. So here is my DT card. Spring colours, spring flowers and a Hanglar girl with a "spring" in her step ( sounded funnier in my head!)
The sponsor is Handy Hippo.
I am off to bed now as I have one more early start!. If you are there tomorrow come and say hello to us on stand A02 Hotshotcrafts
hugs Sarah x

Thursday, 24 March 2011

See you at the NEC

Just a quick post tonight to say it was great to see so many of you at the NEC today. It was MANIC!!!!!! We ) Hotshotcrafts) are the first aisle as you walk in by the entrance opposite Pinflair. We sold out of so much stock today ( it was meant to last 4 days!!!!!!)
I big hello to Crystal tips, Maggie and Mary ( from my card classes), Robyn and her auntie Angie, my new friends from Darlaston who recognized me today after seeing me in Lyndsey's craft shop yesterday and Lyndsey herself and everyone else who are regular shoppers but I don't know all your names! Sorry.
Please come and say hello to me and see the lovely goodies we have on offer. I have my camera with me so I am hoping to get a few pictures with all of you.
See you soon
hugs sarah ( with tired feet .............and it is only day 1!!!!!)

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Vintage style trinket box and tutorial

Hello everyone
 Several people commented on a card I had made that was on the Hotshotcrafts stand at Olympia. They wanted to know how I did the vintage look so here is a very quick tutorial to show you how to do it

cut silver card to fit emboss folder


paint over embossed image with black acrylic paint

Here is a project I made this afternoon using this same process. You can also find it on the Inspirational blog
at the end of the week.Here is the post.

 Hi Sarah here from I thought you might like this quick and easy tutorial that will transform a plain box blank into a vintage style box.
All you need is
  • Silver card
  • Black acrylic paint
  • old paintbrush
  • emboss folder and die cutting machine ( I used Sizzix Big Shot)
  • Sizzix dies, flowers and leaves
  • Kitchen roll or cotton wool
  • Craft mat ( optional to paint on )
Start of with a box blank

Cut strips of silver card to fit sides of box

 Emboss strips of card with an embossing folder

 Paint over card with black acrylic paint
Wipe of acrylic paint with kitchen roll or cotton wool. some of the paint will remain in the recessed parts of the embossed image

Stick pieces of card to box sides

Paint lid of box with Acrylic paint

Add the flowers and leaves that you have made, using the same process

Your box is now complete

Hugs sarah x


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