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Friday, 14 March 2014

Winners of give away......

Morning, just a quick post to announce the winners.......

Debbie, you win the Leanne Ellis set

Christine you win the Gorjuss set

have a lovely weekend and thank you for entering xx

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

A little Blog candy......

Oh I do LOVE a real bargain, the ones you just stumble across are the best!
I can honestly say if i go out with the intention of finding one it never happens..

So today in a local store i found these lovely's...

it's printed on a lovely linen effect paper
and it's more about the art than the calendar which in this case i love..

and with it I found this gorgeous pocket diary

Gorjuss girl calendar

and an A6 diary

they were such a good buy I bought extra to share with you as a (little different) candy give away
( the assistant in the store must of thought I was bonkers, who needs more than one calendar and diary?)
to be honest I'm going to crop and frame my favourite images,
lovely to put in my craft room when it's finished...
So if you'd like to enter
let me know which set you would like to win
SET A Leanne Ellis calendar and diary
SET B Gorjuss Girl calendar and diary

If you would like to share this post that would be lovely...
this candy is open till the 12th of march

Love Katy x

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

A catch up.....

Hello again, I'm back today with some catch up cards,
as I had such a long blogger holiday I thought I would share some cards that I made a little while ago.
There maybe a few peeps that may have seen this card previously on Samuel taylors Facebook page

A little step away from Less is more today!
The image is a Marianne D stamp called "sitting"
The papers are Kaisercraft "Tea break"
The fence is a Memorybox die Picket fence
the Window is a Marianne craftables die "arched window" CR1259

So my weekend flew by, I ended up spending the most part of it decorating, not my favourite job.
I'm desperate to move my craft" stuff " in to the smaller bedroom and really wanted a warm bright cheery colour, so i decided on the yellow in the only picture i could find online,you can just see it through the door lol...

It was tempting to go for the aqua but yellow won....
Cant wait till it's finished!

My crochet is coming along slowly, I do seem to get myself in a tangle with yarn and find it hard keeping track of where I am in a pattern, I guess that's me trying to run before I can walk but I'm hoping perseverence will pay off eventually.
I'd love to make a granny square cushion in cream ,sunny yellow and aqua, bit like the colours in this photo, to go in my craft room,
so watch this space, I'll share a photo or two of how it's going, you might have a little wait though lol...

So I hope you're having a good week,
I'm dashing now to catch the new series of The great British sewing Bee

thanks for popping by,
see you again soon
Katy x

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Hi Friend..........

Morning everyone, 
a quick card to share today

It's another image from the Paper smooches chubby chums set....
I used a Darcie embossing folder to create the tree bark and ran walnut stain distress ink over the top to highlight the pattern.
The banners are created using this Die-namics die here.
Hope you have a lovely weekend,
me I plan to have a chill out day, nice hot bath, then a little crafty time
including  this....

My crochet skills are very basic but I'm determined to not be defeated lol..
Katy xx

Friday, 14 February 2014

A little LOVE on Valentines day..............

Good morning....
and "Happy Valentines day"
Today's card I'm sharing is the card I made for my other half :)

It's definately a "Less is more" card
It's so tempting for me to keep adding bits and bobs to a card
but I've found I'm leaning more towards simple designs lately.

I used a Memorybox alphabet die to cut the word love and used the negative as my base card
layering pretty polka dot paper underneath.
The XOXOXOXOXO border is from one of my favourite cuttle bug folders, Hugs and kisses, here
and the little dog is from Paper smooches stamp set Chubby chums.
Sentiment is also from a Paper smooches set, LOVE their font!

So have a "Happy Valentines day"

( thank you for your comments, it's so nice to see familiar faces and new ones too)

Love Katy

Thursday, 13 February 2014

Peek a boo.........

Wow how windy was it here in the UK last night!?
Hope you all stayed safe indoors...thankfully we don't experience too much extreme weather like that, it was pretty scarey!

So on to my card for today, I'm doing well three posts in three days :)

I heart  MFT die-namics dies and stamps
This is one of their Peek a boo dies, which is perfect to use with this Darcies stamp set

 the little notched tag is also a MFT die you can find  here.
So have a lovely day, thank you for taking the time to pop by and see you soon xx

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

BRrrrrrr it's a bit chilly this morning, woken up to a light dusting of snow,
 something we haven't seen much of this winter thankfully!

here is my card for today....

This card reminds me that spring is not too far away now.
The little flowers are from a cuttlebug die I have had in my stash since my early days of cardmaking
I've no idea what it's called but it seemed perfect for this card....
I've added little drops of Ranger white enamel to the center of each flower.
and added detail dots with the ultimate white pen...I love my uni ball signo pen
It really is the best white pen, it's a bright white and the ink flows perfectly!

I colored the little lamb with the copic warm greys
He's such a cutie :)

Love Katy x

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

A happy "Hello"

A happy "hello" (waves)
It really has been a ridiculous amount of time since i posted here...sept 2012?
Where the time has gone I don't know, the months seem to fly by...
shame on me! poor neglected blog!

It seemed the longer I was absent the harder it was to jump back in i suppose?
It's not that I've given up crafting, far from it...I still love being creative, still working and teaching at Samuel Taylors, love my job...still enjoy blogger, despite not posting myself I do enjoy blog hopping to see what you are all up to almost every day.
I hope you're all keeping well and that life is being kind to you ?

So time to share a card.......

 I have totally fallen head over heels for Paper Smooches stamps!
and this little owl is my favourite from this Chubby chums set

The die cut bare tree is a cheery Lynn die

B370 birch tree with cute critters

The embossed background is a Darcie folder

So that's it, my first share here for too long :)
If you do happen to spot me on your blog feed, do stop by and say hello wont you?
Have a lovely day and I will be back soon ( very soon )

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Win a £25 gift voucher to spend at Samuel Taylors

Hello Everyone
A quick post to share our give away with you
you can find all the details HERE on how to enter

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Samuel Taylors Facebook cAnDi GiVe aWaY

We would love you to join Samuel Taylors on Facebook HERE

and be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize

worth £50!

                                                              This FAB prize includes

1x Prima Romance Novel A4 paper pad

1x Die-namics photo corner die set

1x Memorybox Riviera corner die

1x Stampendous stamp Tree trim Kiddo

1x Darcie Owl stamp

1x Hobbyhouse pearls

1x Hobbyhouse Ribbon sliders

1x Washi tape duo

1x Mini kraft bags

To enter all you have to do is the following three things

join Samuel Taylors on Facebook

add your name to the giveaway post on Facebook

share our Give away post with your Facebook friends on your timeline

If you could spread the word on your blog that would be great !

The lucky winner will be announced in 2 weeks time

on the 8th September

Good luck everyone

and dont forget

You have to be in it to win it !

Thursday, 9 August 2012

A cloud day..........

Is no match for a sunny disposition :)
I love this sentiment !
Hello again, I thought I might carry on with the Pure Innocence theme that seems to be happening this week?

I have to admit this card was made a while ago
I'm just not feeling very creative today, I think it may have something to do with the chaos in my craft room
So a good tidy up is in order this afternoon I think?

Card Recipe

Pure Innocence sunflower girl

DP are a mixture of Prima Almanac and  Kanban Card

Spellbinder die Floral Doily here.

Enjoy your day folks, thank you for your lovely comments

Love Katy xx

Wednesday, 8 August 2012


Good morning from a sunny Yorkshire...(well for now at least)

So today I have another Pure Innocence card to share.

The recipe for this card is...

Pure Innocence *Paperdoll* stamp

Kaisercraft *Save the date* papers

Hope you all enjoy a sun shiney day

Love Katy xx

Tuesday, 7 August 2012


Good morning peeps.
 Well I'm taking full advantage of my week off work with a bit of me time and crafty time too !
 That was after the marathon housework session on Sunday...so with that out of the way I made this little card.

I love the simplicity of the Pure Innocence girls and the sentiments are always lovely too.

This one is * Fairy girl * colored with copics and Lyra pencils.

Papers are Kaisercraft * Save the date *

New to Samuel Taylors we have the yummy Die-namics dies here..I used the photo corner set on this card.

Flowers are *Hobbyhouse *

Have a lovely day

Love Katy x

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Follow your dreams

A little card to share with you...........

This is one of the sweet Darcies stamps sets i have been playing with recently...
Papers are Echo Park This & That
Have a lovely weekend xx

Sunday, 20 May 2012

A little bit of whimsy.......

Oh I Love it when we get new stamps in at work....a chance to play ! 

New in this week we have Whimsy Stamps and Dies 

The stamp is Cinnamon Sugar

Sentiment is Vintage Birthday tabs again Whimsy, as is the matching die

Coloured with Copics and Lyras

Papers are Echo Park ,Note to self ( Quite boyish design and colours but I think they work equally well for girly cards ) )

Picket fence  is a Whimsy Die

Pearl hearts are Hobby House

Wooden flowers are Craft for Occasions

Love Katy x

Monday, 14 May 2012

Designed to Colour Challenge 1...Rolled flowers

I recently stumbled across Designed to colour's E magazine ...it's a mag dedicated to colouring techniques primarily but it also has  fab ideas and inspiration to draw from too.

I think colouring images is one of the most important elements and one most of us strive to perfect, well I know I do lol.

So I thought I would take part in their first  monthly challenge which is rolled flowers as featured in the latest magazine.

The fab prize is 3 digis from the talented Krista at Saturated Canary

Now I don't have a die though I know there are some out there....Memory Box spring to mind
Marianne Die Chinese Rose

I just cut random circles and cut a spiral into them.

I don't have a quilling tool either so I rolled them around a pencil and hoped for the best...

I'm fairly pleased with the result ?

The Image is a sweet stamp set Pure Innocence called Rose

Papers are Basic Grey again...Loving these

I seem to have a thing about Red at the mo ?

The pearl swirl and Pins by The Hobby House...we have them in store....yummy :)

Lastly I coloured her with Copics and Lyras...my new best friends..... loving them.

Well that's all from a rainy Yorkshire for now....

Love Katy xx

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Have a lovely day

A quickie post....I'm in the middle of sorting through and tidying up all my craft stash..I'm trying to be organised to make it easier to actually find what I need lol, a nightmare most of the time :)

We now stock Stampingbella stamps at work...these have been a favourite of mine for some time, so thrilled we have them now.

The stamp is a Ketto called Phoebe

Papers are Basic Grey find them here...

The scalloped top to this card is actually one of the papers with a scallop design which I cut, inked and layered.

Spellbinder die is.....Persian motifs 

Coloured with Lyra polycolour pencils from Pencils4artsists..........yes I bought some a few weeks ago and dare I say LOVE them slightly more than Prismas, they blend better and the skin tones are great ! though there are more colours in the Prisma range..

Dorcas gives a great comparison between the two on her blog here 

Well back to my sorting out, have a nice sunday everyone

Love Katy xx

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Things can only get better

Well I'm feeling much better today and have got my brain into gear and remembered to bring my cards home to photograph...........

I think this stamp is one of my fav Mo Manning stamps....... Jill is two..........  which you can find here 
Papers are Baby Jane .....Cosmo Cricket
Leaves are a Woodware Punch
Flowers, butterflies and Ladybirds are all Craft for occasion embellishments

I used copics to colour her

The pretty frame is a Spellbinder die.............Floral Doily Motif you can find here

Love Katy xx

Monday, 7 May 2012

A little randomness.....

Bleaughhhhhh...that's how I've been feeling since thursday with a 'orrible' sneezzy cold, always at a time when I'm my busiest mind you...how rude !!

So I thought I would share a little randomness today...have been creative ( before the lurgy landed) and shall share once I get my brain back and remember to actually take photos of the cards before I take them in to work lol....

So here are two photos of tattoos that I absolutely would have on my body if I was lucky enough ...I've toyed with idea of having one for ages but only get a REAL urge when I see art work of this standard and not just your run of the mill body art like pretty butterflies etc.....no disrespect to anyone if you have a butterfly tattoo :/

When I first saw this my jaw dropped...it is simply gorgeous !! By the amazing David Corden a tattoo of KuKula's amazing art who's work you can find  here 

and the second is a winner anyway cos it's Alice inspired ! This is by Jason Jacenko of 696 Ink Tattoos

Pretty amazing huh ?

My next little bit of randomness.....have any of you been watching The Bridge on BBC 4 ?

 link here to BBC iplayer ...I've linked to episode one by the way in case you haven't......... it's one of a few brilliant Danish crime dramas..like The Killing ( the original of that was Danish but the Americans did a pretty good remake  and Those who Kill....I love Crime dramas and although they are subtitled don't let that put you off....well worth a watch.

And finally whilst I was eating my breakfast in bed this morning .....believe me that happens rarely lol...I was catching up with last nights first episode of Planet Earth Live....here...... Awwwww those little bear cubs and the gremiln are so cute !

So hope fully back to normal tomorrow with a card to share, enjoy what's left of the Bank holiday...
Love Katy xx

Monday, 30 April 2012

Well impressed !

Blimey another week gone ! This year is absolutely flying...cant believe we are heading into May already ?! Before you know it we'll be thinking about Christmas AGAIN lol...well for me that will start in June with Christmas in July at work....yikes !

Anyways I have been busy creating for work tonight...shall hopefully have pics to share with you tomorrow but in the meantime I wanted to share this lady's work here....Dorcas Designs is a blog I only fell upon last week, you know how it is one blog leads to another lol...well I was so impressed with Dorcas colouring skills with pencils ! She has some fantastic tutorials ...needless to say she is responsible for a purchase over the weekend of Lyra Rembrandt Polycolour pencils ! Sheesh like I really need any more but I HAVE to give them a go :)

Lastly....I don't know about you but when I'm crafting I have to have music on in the background so I thought I'd share a little of what I listen to ...........

Have a great week everyone, back soon...
Love Katy xx

Wednesday, 25 April 2012


Just wanted to share this here ......

It's party time here at Samuel Taylors .... Embsay Mills !

We are thrilled to invite you all to our ' We LOVE Candi ' party this Saturday 28th of April.

Hosted by the lovely Julie Hickey from Craftworkcards.

The fun begins at 10am till 3.30pm !

We will have make and take sessions throughout the day with Julie costing £2 per person ( £1 will be donated to charity )

She will be sharing with you fab ideas on how to use the popular card candi to create pretty flowers and how you can personalise a card with stamping on them too.

As well as the make and take we will have demos sharing with you some of the latest products from Craftworkcards and a fantastic Prize raffle too.

There is no need to book a place, just come along and join in with the fun...........

We look forward to seeing you......

for more details you can call 01756 700946

Friday, 20 April 2012

Faith ....Hope......Love

It's very rare that I have any idea how a card is going to pan out when I'm putting it together...are you the same ?.......... but this is one of them where I had a clear idea of what I wanted to do.

I think what I like about this card........and I'm my own worst critic so there's not may I do lol, is that it depicts my favourite time of year..Autumn....I love the cooler days and changing colours.

 I used a sizzix die Autumn gatherings to create the foliage
Stamp is "I Love you little rabbit " here
The sentiment and background are both Hero Arts stamps.

Well how quickly has this week gone ? I'm a busy girl working all weekend too !

Enjoy your weekend whatever you are doing ?

Love Katy xx

Monday, 16 April 2012

I see spots ! Mo Manning challenge # 130

I thought to get me back into the swing of things I'd enter a challenge...........so here are my entry's to this weeks challenge over at Mo Manning's challenge blog which this week is I see spots....I LOVE any spotty paper !!

This is one of the lovely toppers by Hobbyhouse....so no colouring as these are pre coloured toppers..fab for a quick card ! and such good value as you get multiple toppers per sheet.
Papers are Craft Creations....35p per 12x12 sheet ! Bargain !
Sentiment stamp is a little wooden stamp from Woodware.

Same again this is a topper with Craft Creation papers....the little pins are by Hobbyhouse too. Sentiment is another Woodware  stamp from a clear set.

Thank you so much for all your lovely feedback over the past few days, and lovely "hello's" from familiar faces and new..it's much appreciated.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

A little catch up...........

Good Morning.......hope you are all enjoying some nice sunshine today ? It's a bright sunny day here in Yorkshire. I thought it may be nice to share more photos of what I've been making in my 7 month absence from Blogger lol, these are some of what I've uploaded to my Facebook over the past months.

I have a thing about toadstools and this Magnolia toadstool stamp has to be one of my favs !

I really enjoyed making this tent card with an aperture...the lamppost is by Kaisercraft.........

Okay so now we move from cards to Art Journaling......we were thrilled to have the lovely talented Kate Crane teach some classes at Samuel Taylors last year and this is one of my pages i made on the day in my Moleskin...a mixture of paints, papers, digital downloads, doodling and stamping...great fun !!

And another..................

A little atc...........

There are more for me to share., I have to admit that I'm always forgetting to take photos of cards I make for display at work so I will have to take my camera in with me this week so I can share them here.

Enjoy what's left of the weekend...it goes way to quickly !!

Friday, 13 April 2012

Live the life you love..........

Yayyyy back in the land of blogging...yet again it's been so long since I posted but I've missed popping my cards on here, not only is it lovely to hear from my blogging friends but also it's such a good way to record what you've made....I have still been creating ( mainly for work ) just not sharing here ( slapped wrists lol ) So I'm hoping to put that right today with a card I made today on my day off from work.

See this another reason for my lack of shares... my photos are hopeless ...i so need a new camera..this was taken on my phone and tweaked on Instagram..still pants but saving pennies for a decent camera one day!

 COLOURED with copics 
 PAPERS are Cosmo Cricket Baby Jane
 DIE is Cheery Lynn Cuties # 4 which I layered twice
 FLOWERS are Crafts for Occasions

 I love the sentiment ...quotes like this really give me a pick me up when needed.
 Back soon..............might be 7 days but not 7 months :) xxx

Sunday, 4 September 2011


September Blog Challenge September Challenge!! You can find our challenge HERE PLEASE LEAVE YOUR COMMENTS AND LINKS ON SAMUEL TAYLORS BLOG The challenge this month is to create a Christmas card using any rubber stamp. We will leave the image up to you! We know many of you have now started your Christmas cards and we are getting exciting new products in every day! So come into one of our stores for some fabulous inspiration. Once you are inspired you can enter the challenge and be in with a chance of winning a spectacular prize which is FOUR 6 x 6 Prima Paper Pads.... They are gorgeous!
As usual the rules are: - post your entry on your blog with photos and details - post information about this challenge & prize on your blog and please link back to this post - leave a comment directly under this post and your name will be entered into the September prize draw! - you can enter as many times as you wish but we would like to see creations that would be submitted to no more than THREE other challenges. This months prize is a 4 Prima 6 x 6 Paper Pads. So get crafting for your chance to win this great prize!

Sunday, 14 August 2011


Saturday 8th october 2011
10am till 4pm
featuring at least 11 fabulous demonstrators !
JULIE HICKEY...Craftwork Cards
NIKKY HALL...Polkadoodles
SARAH McCROSSAN...Personal Impressions

We are offering transport from our Brighouse branch and Embsay Mills to this event..to enquire about the cost of travel and to book your place call Brighouse on 01484 401419
or Embsay  on 01756700946


Friday, 3 June 2011

Back again....

Another card to share with you this morning......pretty good for me two posts in 24 hrs lol......

I LOVE the new Gorgeous Girl stamps....I'm sure they are bigger in size too since Personal Impressions took over the distribution of these...or is it just me ?? They have been a favourite of mine to use in my classes when teaching Copic colouring...

DP is My Minds Eye again....

Well the sun is out again, so I'm going to make the most of my last day off work and hopefully squeeze more crafting time in, it's been lovely to get back to it.

Enjoy your day, thank you for the lovely comments left yesterday and I hope wherever you are the sun is shining.....

Love Katy xx