Saturday, 22 November 2014


Morning all - there goes another week and here comes
the start of another with this week's challenge at
Less is More
and it's a recipe week 
'Jingle All The Way'
Another excuse to tick off more Christmas cards
I've got the 'builders' in at the moment re-vamping my main bathroom
as it was put to shame after the ensuite was done earlier this year.
There may not be much time for blogging this week and I need to catch 
up on some challenges so there's a couple of link ups here.
Maybe you'd like to join them too.
Ok onto my examples and I've got to hold my hand up and admit I stuggled! 
Amongst my stash of goodies I could NOT find 
a bell, sleigh or jingle stamp anywhere!!!
So off to the digi shops for me ....
This one uses a pre-coloured digi-stamp from Digistamp Boutique
which is embellished with glossy accents.
The scalloped edge border is from Clearly Besotted
and the ribbon from my stash.
I've used the sketch from this week's Freshly Made Sketches
but rotated clockwise so hope that'll be allowed.
Fingers-crossed I'm not too late to pop my card in at 
Pixies Snippet Playground before the gates swing in my face...
I've dredged the snippets for this card with ribbon too that fit just perfect.
For these next 2 I've used a technique by the AMAZING 
Jennifer McGuire which you can find here
I'm sure you'll admit that Jennifer makes everything look so 
quick and easy but for these cards they really did need to be done
in stages and left to dry in between. Not a great plan when I'm so impatient!

The digi-stamps for both of these are from Pink Petticoat
and after printing the images onto Neena White Cardstock
I've coloured them with Derwent Coloursoft pencils,
drizzled with Wink of Stella, generously coated with glossy accents
then left to dry overnight.

Next day ... distress inking to the background before 
spritzing with water and Perfect Pearls.

For the Jingle Bells card I've used textured embossing paste 
on the panel behind the circle, Mama Elephant: Index card dies, 
sentiment from Uniko Studio with some gems and twine to finish

I've tried to stick loosely to this weeks sketch challenge at
Addicted to CAS so I'll be heading over there.

Last but not least another digi-stamp from Pink Petticoat using
the same technique as above then to finish I've used
Mama Elephant: Landscape Trio dies
Clearly Besotted: Rockin Robin sentiment
and twine from Hobbycraft.

I'd like to link this card to the challenge at 
Addicted to Stamps where it's a 'Make Your Mark' week.


Before I sign off for today I wonder if you've noticed a few 
changes to my blog ... if you have well-spotted and if not then 
please check out my Blog header, signature and watermarks.

They've all been designed by the wonderful and talented Kylie Purtell

Ok time for you happy crafters to have some fun now.
A fabulous array of trees last week and such 
superb inspiration so looking forward to 
what's in store from you this week.

Thanks for stopping by and catch up with you soon.



  1. Fabulous post Sarah, these are simply wonderful cards! Jennifer McGuire's video is fab isn't it. You've really nailed it!
    Chrissie xxxxx

  2. Wow, you've done tremendously well with these cards. I'd missed that video so thanks for the link. I'm loving those Pink Petticoat images too, I seem to have missed those too, I really must open my eyes now and then! haha. I think my favourite is the tree, I love the way you've nestled that wonderfully coloured image between those snow drifts, and thanks for linking it up at ATSM too.

    I'm so glad Kylie could help you out with your watermark and logos, your blog looks fab xx

  3. Lovely cards Sarah! And of course I adore the snippet of ribbon you used!

    Good luck with the bathroom - having our en-suite done recently almost finished me off. Two weeks work expanded into six weeks - sigh :(


    Di xx

  4. Gorgeous cards Sarah ..... the little jingle bell looks gorgeous and I love the Christmas tree. xx

  5. Lovely cards Sarah.
    The 'jingle' digistampboutique one looks very trendy in purple.
    Love Sheila x

  6. Each one is gorgeous... but I'm really loving the Jingle - ALL the way! Also, thank you, Sarah for always providing positive comments... we all appreciate each and every visit!
    =] Michele

  7. Great cards, Sarah! I have that jingle tree from Pink Petticoat - thanks for reminding me :) I absolutely love the bell with all of the shimmer and gloss. Good luck with the bathroom - at least it will be all nice and shiny for Christmas. I love your header and watermark too....very sazzle dazzle :)

  8. Wonderful cards Sarah, love them all. Love your new look blog too

  9. Gorgeous cards and I love the new blog style! Jo x

  10. What great images and sentiments. These cards are all so merry and fun!!

  11. I adore your Jungle card and your new look is great. Isn't Kylie a star!

  12. Lovely set of cards this week, I particularly like the jingle bells one - your patience was definitely rewarded!

  13. What fantabulous cards, Sarah, love love the one that you show cased on the LIM blog xx

  14. love your the last one you posted here your blog very talented lady

  15. They are all lovely cards Sarah. I'm going with the first...Love the colors and the sketch too.

  16. All three are awesome Sarah especially the last one! Love that green color....

  17. Really great cards, Sarah! Beautiful coloring and fabulous designs! Love your new signature and watermark, perfect for you!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at ATSM this week!

  18. Three great cards Sarah, all gorgeous colours and designs although I think the third is my favourite. Carol x

  19. Three fab cards Sarah and thanks for the link to Jennifer's tutorial, some great ideas. I found my rubber masking fluid the other day when clearing out my painting stash but looks like I need a new bottle as it's a congealed mass at the bottom of the bottle!
    Thanks for sharing your fab tree card with us at ATSM this week. :)

  20. First, your blog, signature and watermarks are all beautiful! Love the "twinkle" in them! And your cards certainly represent the twinkle and talent in YOU! I love your use of some of the newest techniques and products and I'm in awe of your patience of being able to work with things that need time to dry! That's my biggest weakness in cardmaking! All of these card are perfect right down to the last detail, and picking a favorite would be impossilbe. Thanks for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

  21. Hi Sarah,

    I too love both your "jingle" cards - but I am truly impressed with the very top one, I love the color choice - unique for a Festive. So glad I came to play!


  22. You've been very busy. Love the purple and the green tree. Your colours are so vibrant.

  23. Great cards, all so clean and cheerie!

  24. I love all of your cards! You have such a great CAS style. The colors you have chosen are just perfect for each one and your coloring is lovely. Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM. :)

  25. Sarah I struggled a bit with the whole Jingle bit, the only thing I had was the sentiment!
    Gorgeous bunch of cards, as ever, you used some PP digis I'd missed in the shop before, think I will *need* to pick those up soon!

  26. Love your cards but my favorite is the one with the's happy make me smile and I love the stiches on it!

  27. Three really great card. i like the bright cheery tree. I love your new banner & signature

  28. These are all great Sarah! I love the way you used the beautiful colours on the first and third card.

  29. LOVE all these cards, Sarah. Just stunning! Great use of our sketch too. Thanks so much for playing along at ATCAS and ATSM xx

  30. A wonderful selection of cards Sarah, I love them all but I think the first one is my favourite.
    I'm having my main bathroom re-vamped in the new year - not looking forward to it!

  31. Great cards Sarah. I struggled at first with the jingle bells theme this week - not a bell in my stamp collection in sight! Love your cards today though - such a great variety. Good luck with the bathroom revamp - a messy job, but so great when complete!

  32. So many fabulous cards Sarah, I just love all the bright colours you used also.Love the new look to your blog too, takes me ages doing stuff for mine but I do like changes ;) Viv xx

  33. You are so talented, Sarah!! I love them all!! Congratulations on the win from ATSM for your awesome card!! Hugs, Darnell

  34. Fabulous cards! Thanks for playing along with us at ATCAS :)


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