Demo Day at The Craft Barn

Hello folks!  demo-day-221108

Last Saturday I had the privilege to demo one of my favourite, and most frequently used crafting gadgets… the Cuttlebug, at The Craft Barn.  Needless to say I had a ball.  Thanks to all those who came and said ‘hi’ and welcome to any ‘newbies’.. great … you found my blog!! 

Here’s a flavour of what I was up to.

For the first card I have used Mirri board to cover the card blank.  I cut panels and rounded the corners.  These I embossed using the Snowflake embossing folder.  I cut and embossed the large Cuttlebug snowflake.  I die cut some funky foam with the scalloped oval nestabilities .  I glittered on parts of the embossed white panels, the large snowflakes and around the scalloped edges of the oval layer.  I stamped ‘James’, coloured him with prismas/sansodor/paper stumps for the flesh and used cosmic shimmmer paints for everything else.  I drew and added the Bell James is holding as I thought it would be more appropriate for the sentiment, which I cut using Go Kreate alphabet dies and more of that funky foam.

demo-day-221108-aFor this second card I used some beautiful paterened paper that is available at The Craft barn, the script paper is foiled and slightly embossed.  This adorable bear is a Go Kreate die.  he’s just right for Christmas dressed in his Winter woolies.  I cut him using brown funky foam and a tiny bit of black funky foam for his nose.   The sentiment is die cut again using the Go kreate alphabet, Amsterdam.  I distressed the edges of the card using crimson copper dew drop ink.

demo-day-221108-bI didn’t have time to finish this last card.  Again I used ‘James’ such a great character for winter/Christmas cards.  James is one of Christine Dark’s wonderful characters and part of the Kadoodle range.  If you need some inspiration than look no further than Christine’s blog, such variety, such talent! (I may be a little bias… Chris is my buddy ;o)

This last card was a quickie.  I cut the large circle using my Nestabilities, then embossed and glittered it.  the coil for the bauble I drew straight onto the card blank.  The silver top to the bauble I drew and cut  out.  James was stamped, coloured (prismas/sansodor/paper stumps) and cut out. He was then adhered using glue gel to add dimension.  The card could do with a sentiment  and I would have liked a ribbon bow on the coil of the bauble but I didn’t have any with me.

I have more demoing and teaching dates coming up in the new year… will keep you all posted.

Hope you are all having a good week

Take care


Sandra xx


Sketch Saturday #26

sketch-saturday-26-aHi folks!!

Saturdays seem to roll around quicker and quicker these days.  Which is great as it’s Sketch Saturday time again. This week Jo has come up with another fabulous sketch. I’ve used the opportunity to add to my little pile of Christmas cards for those special folk in my life.

The patterned paper and wine textured cardstock is all DCWV.  I distressed the edges using a dewdrops ink pad.  I embossed a gold panel using my Cuttlebug. The little girl and baubles at the top are from the latest Tilda club collection.  

sketch-saturday-26-bI cut round the baubles and layered them onto circles (die cut with my trusty Nestabilities) using glue gel to add dimension and so that I could adhere the tiny coils of wire I made to the top of each one.  I coloured the image with Prismas, sansodor and paper stumps. The sentiment is a peel off and I have accented this panel with coloured faux gems.  Looking at the photo I think I’ll add some glitter to highlight her wing. (will I ever learn when to stop ‘tinkering’ with a card?)


If you’re free today and want to come and chat/craft… I’m demoing at The Craft Barn all day today.  Hopefully see you there!


Sandra xx

Kadoodle DT call & Blog Candy

Hi folks, the following bit of info is lifted straight from the Kadoodle blog:




Kadoodle is looking for dedicated crafters willing to join our team

for 6 months

** January – June 2009**


 Europe, USA, Canada and Australia

Every 6 to 8 weeks, our DT members will receive a kit with a selection of Kadoodle stamps, papers and embellishments to make some samples. We will require the selected DT members to make and send us 3 to 5 cards/pages per kit (more if they want). These will be used as samples for the blog and the shop and might also be used for publication.

If you would like to apply, please email us 3 (and 3 ONLY) of your latest cards/pages using coloured images along with a few words about yourself:

– your name and address

– your blog address

– also tell us if you belong to any forum or other DT team, if you ever take part in challenges or have ever been published and any other information you think might be relevant.

Please send all the information and cards


DECEMBER 1st 2008 



We will make a first selection and ask those entries to be sent by post for the final selection.

Applicants must be able to speak and write in English



Also Don’t miss out on this weeks Kadoodle blog candy.  It’s another design from my talented friend Christine.  ‘Amelia & present’ is up for grabs.  Pop on over to the site to see some wonderful creations from my fellow DT members and of course the designer herself.

Good luck with the draw!!


Sandra xx

Blog Candy

Ooooo Debbiehas got some fantabulous blog candy on offer.  I’m not a bit surprised that she’s had 12,000 hits…. have you seen her blog? Truly A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. 


She’s happy to post world wide… so what are you waiting for?

Sketch Saturday #25

sketch-saturday-25-aHi folks!!

Last week was busy busy for me, the weekend carried on at a cracking pace, hence my late posting for my Sketch Saturday DT contribution.  Hope I am forgiven ;o)

Just had to ink up my new Tilda stamps for this card and aren’t these two just adorable!  Due to my tight schedule this card was made in a record couple of hours… that’s a quicky card for me. Following Jo’sfabulous sketch I covered the base card with white glitter card. I used the crafters companion quick cards for christmas cd rom to print out the snowflake pattern straight onto 160gsm card. For the white vertical layer I embossed the snowflake pattern using my cuttlebug.sketch-saturday-25-b  I rounded all the corners with my pretty pink x-cut corner punch. I matted two of the blue layers with silver mirriboard.  I coloured the ice-skating couple with my prisma pencils, sansodor and paper stumps except for all the bits I left white when I then glittered (didn’t come up in the photo’s but I promise you it sparkles) The sentiment is a peel-off… only about a million more of those to use up ;o)

I pleased to say that my sister-in-law saw a pic of this card on my camera and loved it so much that I’ve already popped her name in it for Christmas.

If you head on over to Sketch Saturday there are some Christmas goodies up for grabs as well as some stunning inspiration from my fabulously talented fellow DT members.


Tagged:  I’ve been tagged by Jo (thank you Sweetie) If you really wanna read 7 bits of info on me then scroll down to October 4th my last ‘tag deposit’ is there.

Take care, hope you are all having a more relaxing November than me!!


Sandra xx

A multiple challenge card.


Hello folks!

I had fun making this one, love the fairy image ,Celeste,(Stamp Galaxy) and her fur collar makes her perfect for wintry cards.  Please excuse my poor photography, haven’t got a clue what went wrong, these two shots were the best of a bad bunch.

I followed this weeks sketch on Friday Sketcher, Cute Card Thursday wanted to see our Angels and fairies this week and I also think this card would be ideal for a teenager which is the requirement for Lili of the Valley challenge.

Quite an easy card to make (once I had finally decided what I was going to use to colour with) I embossed friday-sketcher-lotv-cct-athe white base layer of the card using my Cuttlebug and fiskars texture plate, as I did with the blue layers.  I glittered over the snowflakes on the white layer. The large white snow flake is a CB cut & emboss folder (also glittered) and the brad Papermania.  I coloured the fairy’s face and hands with prismas, sansodor and paper stumps. her hair and dress are cosmic shimmer watercolours. The accents on the dress and the star on the wand are stickles.  Her fur collar and shoes are liquid pearls and her wings are cosmic shimmer glitter paint. (phew!!) I finished off the card with a peel off sentiment (I know, I know… but I’ve still got hundreds of these to use up) and a ribbon bow, I think this ribbon was the freebie from a magazine.

Take care and keep crafting!


Sandra xx

‘Ethel’ Kadoodle Blog Candy

ethel-tis-the-seasonHello folks!

It’s blog candy time over on The Kadoodle blog.  Up for grabs this week is my very own design ‘Ethel’.  Here you can see Ethel being her usual charming self during the festive season. A real ‘Bah! Humbug! feel to this card.  I’m sure there are lots of other occasions Ethel would be just perfect for… just right for that touch of humour.

The patterned paper for this card has been in my stash for a while.  The Christmas tree stamp is one of Sheena Douglas’ designs.  It’s actually one of the accessories for her Bear-ia-tions stamps.  I stamped in sepia archival ink.  The garland and foliage have been painted with cheapo kiddies paints (I tried all sorts of different mediums and I was happiest with these) The poinsettia is a Boss Cut die.

ethel-tis-the-season-aI coloured Ethel in with my prismas, sansodor and paper stumps.  The letters are peel-off stickers that I coloured in with a dark brown permanent marker.

Good luck, hope you win Ethel… I’m sure she’ll love her new home.

Take Care


Sandra xx