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Quilling Sneak Peek

It’s Friday!!!

Hope your all well today and have had a nice crafty week, we have been very busy at home with a few home chores so haven’t done as much crafting as I would have liked. But I have got a sneak peek of the start of a very special card, If she reads this she will know its for her so keep it quiet lol 😉



Quilling Tool
Quilling Paper Strips
PVA Glue
Cocktail Sticks – Applying the glue
Sponge or Rubber Mat
Card Blank

I try and pin out my letters or numbers first to fill with quilling patterns when they are dry and secured.


I first start rolling my paper in the tool then cut the end and glue in place or leave loose apply a little glue to the side that will touch the inside of the number and place it gently inside. Once you start building up the pieces the shape will form quickly and after it’s all filled up you should have a solid piece when it’s dry and you can remove the pins. I think you can get special boards for quilling but I have so many tools and not enough space to keep every hobby lol, so my hands and eyes have served me well so far. I still get the finish I want it just might not be as accurate or precise as the next crafter.


I am sorry I can’t show the whole card today but I would love to share this with you on Sunday morning after the party the night before 🙂

Thanks for reading and update will be with you Sunday x
Hope you enjoy your Friday and you’re weekend!


Tip Tuesday – Nail Art

Hello Tuesday People!

I have a really quick tutorial / inspiration for everyone this morning.
How to use up the left over bits from the centre of your sticker sheets, I used border sticker left overs but any will work to jazz up your nails.

Here’s what you will need!

Nail file
Base coat and top coat nail polish
Coloured polish of your choice I used Maxfactor Colbalt Blue ( think this is a limited edition colour )
Sticker sheets of your choice I used gold tiny circles from the centre of the circle border

Paint your nails or someone else if your feeling especially nice lol. Let the coats dry, apply the sticker pieces that you have chosen, with a picker if you have one for accurate application. Then paint with top coat! Done!


Hope you enjoyed this and let me know if you’d like to see more tutorial / Tips for using up left over craft supplies x X Have a great day!

Masculine Birthday Card

Happy Friday Crafting Friends.

Colin’s Birthday was a great excuse to do a masculine card design, which I’ve said before is always a challenge.
The project was from a magazine supplement which I will add if I can find it lol.

These are most of the supplies I used to create my version of the card.

3 x Whisper assorted green inks
1 x Versa colour ink in mint
1 x Create and Craft Glue roller
1 x See D’s rubber stamp (unfortunately I don’t have the name or number of this set)
1 x Crafters Companion folding board
1 x A4 pearlescent white card and matching envelope (DL size card and front panel of card all from one sheet)
1 x Patterned paper – choose which ever colour scheme you like
1 x Assorted sequins and buttons similar colours to your coloured inks
1 x Stayzon Black ink
1 x Dovecraft Christmas stamp set
1 x American Crafts butchers twine in co-ordinations colour

To start measure your envelope and make your card blank using the pearlescent A4 card mine was 300gsm and I measured marked scored and trimmed, then because I like to have all my pieces cut out. I did the same with the patterned paper and the rest of the card, ready and prepared to stamp but don’t stick the white down until the end as you need to wrap the twine around the bottom section.


The pattern on the stamp you use could be anything really but I just thought it would be nice to use a stamp from one of my Christmas stamp sets because they are obviously at the top of your stash at this time of year and they don’t always have to be used only at Christmas. I put it on my rocker block because the stamp was a border stamp and was very long even though I was only using the end.


I used a random distance and length with the different coloured ink, I did only stamp once but then decided to double the stamp up to gain width.


Let that dry and then stamp your chosen sentiment across the bottom third of your card to stick to this important rule (the rule of thirds). Black ink stood out so well and I really like using the mixed text sentiment that can cover the whole width.


Add the twine and accents I used a cute lime green button and little green sequins, only a couple set my version of this card off nicely. Adhere to the card base and done and dusted masculine birthday card complete!!




Late Mother’s Day 2

Morning everyone x
Here’s the card I made for my mum for Mother’s Day her favourite colour is blue and I really wanted to make use out of a new stencils I got in one of the card making magazines.
I used a dabber that sits on your finger like a thimble with a blue chalk pad and the stencil to create this border, added the gems to give a sparkle and made sure the wording was centralised.
Hope you like because i think my mum did so all happy here. Have a lovely Sunday x X



Great Find!

Good Evening! Nearly another week over and what I’ve found today will probably keep me entertained all weekend! I just happened across this amazing site Iheartnaptime.
This may well be my new favourite site for all things inspirational. I found it through Pintrest which I also love, love love. The photography tutorials are super easy to understand and the website has a lovely layout and design which I appreciate.
Please be my guest and try it out & please share any great websites you’ve found, I’d love to check them all out. Thanks so much for reading, night night x

The Importance Of Branding

Evening everyone hope you’ve all had a fantastic Friday!
I think branding and being recognised is hugely important to so many people including people as well as companies. I use handmadebysara as my identification really so people know who made the card and they know they can ask for one for their friend or partner or anybody.
So I need something to be recognisable on all of my projects. Which is why I favour 65 per sheet labels they are just the right size for all my projects and are miniatures of my business card in design for advertising my name and also match my blog. You don’t have to name your self but you could label them with the charity / organisation your making them for just so people know and it gives them a little more information.
You must maintain consistency through all your stationery and on all the things you create if you want people to know who you are and what your talent is. I hope all these points are helpful and here is the picture of the things I use to advertise myself as a crafter. Have a lovely Friday night and see you tomorrow x


Layout Help

Happy Thursday, today I wanted to share a card I’ve made by following a card layout / template from a site I found on Pinterest. It’s the first time I’ve ever done this and it’s so versatile and very helpful. The link to the template is here.
I really enjoyed making this little card and hope you enjoy the pictures and bakers twine as promised! I know its short again but I’ll be posting again tomorrow. Thanks for reading 🙂