Hot Foiling with Letraset

Today I'm sharing one of the scrapbook pages you may have seen in my recent Create & Craft shows, this one features lots and lots of foiling!
I've foiled onto tracing paper (as an alternative to vellum, I ran out!) to create the chevron backing paper. The title scrabble tiles are also all foiled and attached with Pinflair so I could layer them over each other. I've used a splatter of My Hueys white ink spray on my background paper (from American Crafts) and accented with gold foiled stars, enamel dots and gold sequins. The gold journaling card is one of my own designs and also foiled (you can get this in the freebie kit I posted last week) here are a couple of close ups...
Now I'm off, I'm leaving the hairy peeps to their own devices for two days and paying a flying visit to my 'rents and sisters, I will of course be tweeting still - you don't get rid of me that easily! ;o)

Thank you for dropping by today!
Sarah x

p.s. if you'd like to see my latest stamp release, pop over to my Facebook page to see the full line up!

A Few of My Favourite Things... June Kit reveal!

This months kit and add ons are now available in my shop! here is a little look inside this months kit...
This month I have the lovely Jaine joining me as a guest designer so you get two stamps, one designed by me and one designed by Jaine (Jaine's special edition stamps are also up in the shop!)
This months kit is also the first with a Documented365 addon! I'm in love with the journaling cards, I whipped my set out quick sharp ;o)
Don't forget to look out for the new Documented365 launch coming in the next couple of days along with a big stamp release - not to be missed!

Just to warn you, these kits sold really well on the preview so there are even less than usual available to buy on my website, and as ever, once they're gone, they're gone! I will be adding mroe subscription places for next month so contact me to reserve yours now or sign up on my website if you'd like to be added!

Now I'm off to my studio for the evening, I have season 2 of Walking Dead and a flask of earl grey - bliss!

Thank you for dropping by today!
Sarah x

A visit to Hobbycraft and a peek at my Smash Book

I don't often share my shopping 'hauls' but I was recently asked if I would mind popping into one of my local Hobbycraft stores in Chingford (I was last there for the big opening day before Christmas) to check it out. It would have been rude to refuse ;o) (currently sighing at that picture, what a lovely sunny day that was... *sigh*)

There were lots of new scrapbooking things in store which made me very happy!
a good display of Promarkers - very important!
some new things I'd never seen...
and lots of lovely Smash Booking stuff (yay!)
That branch didn't have my stamps though - boo! We'll have to put that right ;o) Here is a little of my haul that day...
and I know, thats a baby themed Smash Book (no, there are no pitter patters of tiny feet, just Fuzzybutt's tiny paws!) but I loved the colour and when I flicked through there are very few actual baby themed pages, the few that there are I can easily cover over with paper / pictures / doodles etc... I loved those die cut letters, especially B's one with the robots and that stamp was just £1 (seriously...)

Here is a little peek at what I've done so far with my Smash Book, one of my favourite quotes, with a Dylusions stamped image coloured with Pentel watercolour pens and some washi tape...
I love using my Smash Book for things that won't make it into my scrapbooks!

I really do have a gold sparkly / shiny thing going on at the moment,  along with my neon obsession, of course :o)

Now I must be off, I've got a train to catch! 

Thank you for dropping by today
Sarah x

New Create & Craft Show Dates!

These are a bit short notice, but I will be back on Create & Craft with the Letraset Hot Foil Machine and the Limited Edition Promarkers...

Wednesday 26th June - 4pm
Friday28th June - 10am - for a 2 hour show!! 

Looking forward to the 2 hour show, my first (though I did once do consecutive hours on Ideal World and Create & Craft) lets hope I can think of enough to say and do, though knowing me I'm guessing running out of things to say won't be a problem! lol

I hope you can tune in and get your emails ready, I'm happy to answer any questions or demo things for you where I can on air.

Thank you for dropping by today!
Sarah x

Introducing... Sarah Hurley Special Editions

I have some exciting news to share today, I'm introducing a new range, Sarah Hurley Special Editions, this is a range designed by specially selected guest designers who's work I love. We are starting with our very own Jaine Drake who has guest designed some stamps for this months 'A Few of My Favourite Things...' kit and at the same time we are releasing Jaine's first three stamps sets...

I'm looking forward to bringing you more from Jaine, even more fab designers and products over the next weeks and months, so keep a look out for them...

Thank you for dropping by today!
Sarah x

A Few of My Favourite Things... Giveaway Winner!

I've been reminded that I completely forgot to post the winner of my stamp giveaway, the lucky winner is...

Congrats Fleur! Please email me here with your address for me to send you your prize :o)

A limited number of this months 'A Few of My Favourite Things...' kits will be available on my website tomorrow.

Thank you for dropping by today!
Sarah x

Letraset Hot Foil machine FAQ's

Firstly, a massive thank you to everyone who tuned in to the shows on Ideal World and Create & Craft with the Hot Foil Machine as Pick of the Day, we had another great response to it and I've had lots and lots of emails during and since the shows, a lot of them are the same so I thought it would be easier to answer everything here in one post...

What Printer do you use?

I have a HP Laserjet 1020 - it's quite old now (though still works a treat!) and takes card up to 250gsm, I'm not sure if you can still find this model but there will probably be an updated version of it, I was lucky enough to find mine on sale for about £65 when I bought it a few years ago

What can I foil onto?

Anything smooth basically that will go through your printer! I've used a mixture of the Super Smooth paper and card that was on the show, some Craftwork Cards card and some printer paper. I also tried heat resistant acetate (Available from Crafters Companion and Cardcraft Plus) and Vellum (and then tracing paper when that ran out!)

What Type of Printer do I need?

You need a laser printer - one that takes toner rather than ink, you usually find these in offices (as the toner lasts much longer than ink, I only replace mine 2-3 times per year) or you can photocopy on a toner based photocopier (like those found in offices, repro places, libraries and some sweet shops etc...) the 3 in 1 type desktop printer / scanner / copiers will not work with this as your output would still be in ink and not toner

Can I find the machine elsewhere?

No, the machine is exclusive to Create & Craft / Ideal World and made specially for them at this time, once it sells out it takes a few months to bring it back for them

Can you use other foils in the machine?

I haven't tried to be honest with you, this was the first foiling machine I had, before that I only used the glue and foil type kits but I'm fairly sure (as was Leonie) that there is no reason why not as the make up should be fairly similar, either way - it can't hurt to try! and if you do, I'd love to know! :o)

How do I use Safmat?

The Safmat in your starter kit is a clear adhesive backed material for you to create your own stickers, particularly handy for adding things to patterned paper / 3D objects etc... just print with a laser printer as before and run through the filing machine exactly as you would with paper / acetate etc...

I hope that these answers help and if you have any other questions, please do leave them for me and I will do my very best to answer them for you. I hope if you got one on the day that you love it as much as I do!

I will also be posting up some of the projects I've made with the foiling machine later next week so keep an eye out for those.

Thank you for dropping by today!
Sarah x

Fantastic Foiling with Letraset

If you have been watching the shows or are watching one of the shows on Ideal World / Create & Craft then you have hopefully seen the brilliant Letraset Hot Foil machine in action and are here to download this free kit! I've put together some of the black and white images I'm using in my demos so you have a few to get you started...

The kit has PNG images and 2 JPEG papers all designed by me, in black and white to get you started including some of those you've probably seen in my demos (of course you get a CD with the machine too!)

I'll be posting up some of the projects I've been making when I get back home, so keep a look out for those.

Thank you for tuning in and dropping by today!

Sarah x

Sarah Hurley Designs now at Freckled Fawn!

Another little bit of exciting news this morning! I'm thrilled to tell you that some of my products are now available at Freckled Fawn!
You can grab this little goodie bag here in their new indie shop. I love Freckled Fawn so I'm so excited about this partnership!

Now, I must finish packing, I'm off to the Ideal World studio today - I hope you can tune in at 9pm tonight for the launch!

Thank you for dropping by today!
Sarah x

Sarah Hurley Designs comes to Bazzill Matchmaker!

Another piece of exciting news to share with you today, I'm thrilled to say that you can now find the Sarah Hurley range of papers on Bazzill Matchmaker!

This fab service from Bazzill matches up your favourite paper ranges with coordinating Bazzill cardstock, really handy if you order online like I do and can't actually see it in person. I love love love Bazzill! it's one of the first scrapbooking supplies I ever bought and you always know you're getting top quality (plus, they're lovely people!), so to have my products matched with theirs is fabulous!

The first of my paper ranges is up and matched and some more are following shortly, including my brand new not yet released ones (yay!) You can find all of the Sarah Hurley matches here on the Bazzill site (and of course you can pick up your paper packs here in my shop!)

Now I must get back to my studio, I'm caught up in lots of shiny prep for this weeks shows, I'm going to have some fun demos including some scrapbooking, and I've heard a whisper that some brand new pens will be also making an appearance - I've not even seen them yet, eeek!

Thank you for dropping by today!
Sarah x

Documented365 & A Few of My Favourite Things... Kit Club News!!

More exciting news to share today, this time for Documented365 and A Few of My Favourite Things...
Firstly, you may have been missing your Documented365 products and inspiration - the response to the launch of Documented365 was HUGE and it still continues to be a best seller, it was so overwhelming that I decided to do a much bigger product range than initially planned, so launching in 2 weeks is the next phase of Documented365 including Journaling Cards, Papers, Stamps and much more! These are perfect to use on their own or combined with Project Life, Sn@p or any other similar memory keeping system - I will be bringing you regular inspiration of how I use mine both on its own and in conjunction with my Project Life kits, my Design Team will also be contributing their own take on this fab memory system - from the modular journaling cards to full layouts, albums and everything in between, we'll have everything covered!

Secondly, even more exciting, is that from this month, the A Few of My Favourite Things... kits will have a Documented365 add on every single month! bringing you extra journaling cards, stamps and embellishments all tailored to this style of scrapbooking, be sure to sign up now to ensure you are first in line to snap one up alongside your regular kit! Kit club members will be seeing some of the first products and have exclusives within the kits that won't be available anywhere else!

You'll be seeing the Documented365 website and blog have a little makeover over the next 2 weeks and some sneak peeks both here and on my Facebook page - I hope you'll love what I've done!

More exciting news to come, but that's all for today - all this excitement is making my head spin! :o)

Thank you for dropping by today!
Sarah x

New Create & Craft / Ideal World Show Dates and Times!

Exciting news! I will be back on your screens next week and I'm super thrilled to say I will be doing my very first (official) Pick of the Day! Dates and times are as follows:

Thursday 20th June

9pm - Letraset Pick of the Day
11pm - Letraset Pick of the Day

Friday 21st June

8am - Letraset Pick of the Day
10am - Letraset Pick of the Day
1pm - Letraset Pick of the Day
5pm - Letraset Pick of the Day
7pm - Letraset Pick of the Day

As far as I know, all of these will be on Ideal World, but please keep an eye on my blog / Facebook / Twitter for any updates or changes as well as some sneak peeks! 

Thanks for dropping by today!
Sarah x

Birthday Balloon SVG Freebie

If you have been following my blog for a while, you'll know that I always try to do a little giveaway on my Birthday, that day has rolled around once again and today I'm sharing a free Birthday Balloon SVG die cutting file with you all!

This is compatible with the Silhouette and other cutting machines. You can see more of my designs here in the Silhouette store or here on my website.

Today I was also treated to a fab surprise from my Design Team who set up a surprise Birthday Blog Hop for me, how fab are they??! I hope you'll hop along and show them some love, you can start here at Claire's blog!

Thank you for dropping by today!
Sarah x

Memory File Scrapbooking - Sister Style

Yesterday, I had a bit of a stressful day, I was feeling really icky, so I decided to lock myself in my studio for a couple of hours and just make something because I wanted to, and I wasn't going to stop until I got my sparkle back - as I went to bed at 3am with gold stickles in my hair, I think it worked!! and here is what I made, my first dabble into Heidi Swapp's Memory File scrapping, and I LOVED them, I need more more more of these! They are fancier than a layout but less pressure than a mini album, perfect for me!

Here is the front of my folder (I used the smaller size one as I was only scrapping one photo)
I covered the front with a Kaisercraft paper (one of the best I have bought, mint and woodgrain, two of my favourite things!) and added a flower made using Sizzix / Tim Holtz's Tattered Rose die with Coffee filter paper, layered together with pinflair glue and finished with Stickles and Glass Glitter. Then my title in gold glitter thickers and October Afternoon Mini Market alphabet stickers. Here is a little close up of that rose - the pinflair really helps to give the coffee filter paper some structure, where its so thin it would just flop flat otherwise!
On the inside I used a mixture of American Crafts Dear Lizzy Papers from one of the pads I picked up in Hobbycraft the other day, the stickers are also American Crafts and the letters are some very very old ones from Sassafrass that I've been hoarding for a long long time (I still love them!)
The wood chip arrows I've covered with gold stickles (and resisted poking them to see if they were dry, how good am I! lol) I attached them with glossy accents. Here are a couple of close ups... (you can click to make them bigger)
The journaling card is one of my own and I left a little pocket behind one of the papers to tuck it into with a tiny bit of washi tape to pull it out with to see the hidden journaling. The 'Seriously?' stamp is from Pink Paislee's portfolio stamps, and I think you'll agree, it definitely fits this picture!
and the bit I know you're all waiting for, here is a close up of *that* picture, my sister and I and our fabulous fashion choices, circa 1990 - look how proud we are of those outfits! I'm wearing what appears to be a girdle (why?) while Taz is in a puffy sleeved satin number, we always were trend setters... *sigh*
I'm going to make another one for Taz this weekend, same journaling but maybe different papers to suit her style, this is one of our favourite pics so it will be nice for us both to have a fancy record of it, I will share her one once I've sent it to her.

Thank you for dropping by today!
Sarah x

Letraset Blog - Promarker Skintones

This week I'm up on the Letraset blog showing you in more detail one of my 'go-to' skintone combinations, here is a peek at the final image...
You can see my full post and some step by step pics here on the Letraset blog.

Also, don't forget, it's the last couple of days of my stamp giveaway (see previous post) don't miss out!

Thank you for dropping by today
Sarah x