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Pebbles Basics Banner & Twine Kits

Hi everyone, Jen G here. I mentioned in my last post that I had stumbled across the Pebbles Basics Banner & Twine kits at the very end of the Retreat in March. I am quite sure that these kits would make gorgeous banners for parties, decorations etc, but I wanted to see how I could […]

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Lucky Charm

Hi, Vanessa here with my post for this month.  I’ve used the Lucky Charm papers from American Crafts to make a few little projects. Firstly, I’ve used the 4 x 8 page protectors to start an album for last years holiday.  This is a bit different from me, A4 is my usual scrapping size, but […]

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At the last retreat, I assisted Ifa with her lovely class which incorporated clear buttons. Some were idly sat on my desk space, when a bit of paper shuffling resulted in one becoming stuck on a torn scrap of washi tape, which inspired me to use it to deliberately create custom patterened buttons for my […]

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Jen N here today, with a little insight into my process for creating pages with divided page protectors. My scrapbooking style has changed a bit in the last couple of years – I still love to create 12×12 pages, but the albums that we find ourselves looking back at the most are my Project Life […]

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** April 2013 Sketch Challenge **

Firstly, we’d like to announce the winner for the March Sketch Challenge…congratulations to Kerry.  The team really loved your interpretation and how the circle elements were made in different ways. Email lianne@sarahscardsltd.com to claim your prize.Now onto the new challenge for April.  Here’s the sketch that I designed: The DT used the sketch in a […]

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*** Amy Tangerine’s Embroidery Stencil Kits ***

I love sewing on my pages.  Last year, I shared some of the ways in which I do with this post here.   Whilst I was at the recent Sarah’s Cards retreat, I spotted the stitching stencils from the new Amy Tangerine ‘Yes please’ range.  There are two available: an alphabet and the one that I […]

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Ever decreasing circles

Tracie here, with ‘The tale of one woman’s battle with the housework!’ I do start off with good intentions, honestly I do! But you know how it is, the scrapbooking side of your brain is far stronger than the practical side: and so it was that despite being surrounded by mr muscle, a scourer and […]

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Big and Small

Hi all its Louise here with a few LOs to share using the Crate Paper DIY Shop collection. Many months ago Jen Naulls did this post about using 6×6 collection packs. Up until this post I had never considered buying a small collection pack, but now I often choose those over the 12×12 packs. This month I […]

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Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm Die Cut Cards

Hello. It is Ifa with you today. Are you all ready for Easter.  How many eggs have you got stashed ? I hope I don’t eat too many! I am also hoping for a lot of sleep and just chilling, over the school holidays. Some of you might have seen this product in The Store. […]

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Hi all, Tracy G here.  Looking out of my window today and seeing the sun shinning , I could have easily been fooled into believing that spring had finally arrived, although on going outside and feeling  the easterly winds on my face, I was immediately corrected in my thinking, as it’s absolutely freezing. So instead […]

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Hi folks, Jen G here. There’s nothing like a weekend away with like-minded crafters to boost the productivity! In between the classes; the bingo; the quiz; the raffle; the food; the shopping; the gossip; the food; the shopping; the gossip and the shopping… we actually got some layouts completed too (well some of us did – […]

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One of my favourite types of layouts is where I document what my children are doing right now.  It’s great to be able to look back and see the little details of their development.  I have a notebook that I jot down things they’ve said, their achievements and what they’ve have been enjoying doing.   Each […]

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Knee Highs and Bow Ties

What an amazing time we all had at the retreat last weekend. While I was busy teaching and enjoying myself I managed to actually play with some of the new Basic Grey – Knee Highs and Bow Ties collection. My first page incorporates the bows that I taught in my class at the retreat, I […]

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A Wonderful Weekend!

The past weekend saw the fifth, and final (for now) Sarah’s Card’s Retreat. It was a fabulous weekend as usual, full of fun, laughter and scrapbooking. We had six fabulous classes: Bright and funky Family by Tracy Gough Mon Bebe incorporating some clever origami bows by Claire Wheatley A Project Life style divided page by […]

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It’s Jen N here again with a closer look at one of the new ranges into the shop – the Basics range by Pebbles Inc. This is a hugely versatile and usable line consisting of papers in a rainbow of colours, and available in popular designs such as polka dots, chevrons and grids. In addition […]

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~* March Sketch Challenge *~

Welcome to March…is it Spring yet? The rain, and forcast snow, seems to be saying otherwise, but hopefully we can at least but a “spring” in your scrapbooking with this month’s Sketch Challenge! As always, there is a £20 e-voucher for the online shop up for grabs, and all you have to do to is […]

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February Challenge Winner

Thank you for joining us in the sketch challenge last month. I enjoyed seeing your take on the sketch and reading the stories behind your layouts. After much deliberation with the rest of the design team, we have picked one winner. Drum roll please for Julia Heald with “Facebook foibles of a fourteen year old”. […]

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Scribble Sketches Take 2

Hi it’s Louise again with another 3 LOs using the same sketches as in my previous post.For the following LOs I rotated each sketch so that they were landscape orientation.The list of papers used can be found at the end of the previous post. Sketch 1 This LO shows Drew being an enthusiastic dentist with […]

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Scribble sketches!

It’s Louise here again with 3 LOs to share. I love using sketches when my mojo needs a bit of a kick start, and there are so many available on the Internet, and of course we have our very own monthly sketch challenge for you to play along with. Quite often I have ideas for […]

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Talking Point

Hello gorgeous! How are you ? It is Ifa with you today, enjoying a rare sunny interlude. Did any of you buy any Valentine’s range this year ? I usually do because I love the pink and the blues but more often than not, I use it for something else. Not this time. Today, I […]

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Boy crazy!

Hi Tracy here with my monthly post. This month I have been playing with some of the new MME Boy Crazy collection. There are so many great papers in this range, I couldn’t decide which to choose, so I decided to go for the 6×6 pad, and that way I would have two of each […]

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It’s almost retreat time!

That’s right folks. It’s only a few weeks until our next Sarahscards retreat. Have you booked your place? If not there are a few left here. Just to show you how much fun we have, here is a link to the post with photos from last year’s retreat: Retreat 2012

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Its a Farm Life!

Hi everyone, its Vanessa here. This month, I am using papers from the Farm Girl range by October Afternoon.  I ordered the washi tape from the range too and I know its such a popular medium to use at the moment, the girls have used it in their projects in fabby and ingenious ways, but […]

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Cute v’s Funky

Hi all. This month I chose some cute products from the shop and thought I would try to make contrasting style layouts to show you that even the sweetest of papers can be used for different styles. My first layout I chose to make cute using a lovely picture of my neice taken at nursary, I used […]

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Secrets, secrets……..

What an intriguing title eh?! Well, when thinking about my blog work this month,  I decided that I would cover hidden journaling – as an A4 scrapper, the smaller paper surface means I often find it hard to include the all-important story without compromising my design, so I often turn to hidden or secret journaling […]

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Just going with the flow.

Hi folks. Jen G here again. I’m going to be up to my eyes in electricians and decorators for the rest of the month so I’m squeezing in an early post now. Just before all of the lovely new CHA releases arrived I ordered a Fancy Pants collection pack of the “Hopscotch” range. It was a range […]

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February Sketch Challenge

Hello lovely ladies.  It is Ifa with you, bringing this month’s sketch challenge. The winner will receive a £20 e-voucher to spend in the shop I have to confess to being not very good at coming up with a sketch.  I think it is to do with the fact that I don’t use too many […]

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Washi, washi and even more washi…

I seem to have a bit of a problem with washi tape.  I can’t stop buying it.  So many pretty patterns on those cute little rolls!  I know that some people just love patterned paper but for me, my obsession is tape. So when I saw that the new tubes of tapes from My Mind’s […]

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***January Sketch Challenge WINNER***

Thank you to everyone who took part in our sketch challenge for January. The entries are all fantastic and the design team had a very difficult task of choosing the winner. We have, however, selected a fabby layout by Ali Parris, we love the big heart and striking colours :- Congratulations Ali!  Please email lianne@sarahscardsltd.com […]

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Cartoon crazy

Hi everyone, Tracie here! I have always loved cartoons, I find it fascinating how an artist can take an image of someone, simplify it and yet at the same time exaggerate it to create their likeness. It’s a talent I have always both admired and envied. I wanted to bring something of that style into […]

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