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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