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Sandie Gough Tribute

It is with a heavy heart that we announce our great friend and hugely talented Die'sire and Spectrum Noir Design Team member Sandie Gough sadly passed away yesterday. We've all been deeply saddened by the news but take comfort in the many amazing comments, status' and posts we have been reading in tribute to her. Many of you will have seen Sandie's work, followed her blog, re-created her tutorials and some of you were lucky to work with her! We loved your style, spirit, talent, passion for crafting and inspirational gusto! You will be missed by everybody. Our sincere and deepest condolences go out to Sandie's family. We are thinking of you at this most difficult time.

Our good friend Jo McKelvey who worked with Sandie for many years has provided such a special and touching tribute below. We hope many of you find comfort in her words and enjoy and celebrate Sandie's most impressive work below!

"It's rare in life that someone comes along and touches everyone they meet in the way in which Sandie did, whether face to face or through our many cyber friendships. Sandie touched everyone with her caring nature, her very witty humour and her amazing crafty talent. Sandie was a true inspiration and thought nothing of sharing this with the world, if she could help you in any way she would, if she could advise you she would, if she inspired you - she'd step back in disbelief that she was capable of doing so - her talent for crafts was purely genius, and it made her even more special not realising how amazing she was.
My inbox would light up with Sandie, we had a few deep and meaningful but most of our conversations would have in a "Normal" world had us carted off to the looney bin - we laughed hysterically for ages over a sharpener being delivered by dpd - it actually wasn't which in our world made it funnier.
Even when Sandie became ill, she still had everyone else at the forefront of her mind and not wanting to let anyone down - she never did and never could. I know I speak for so many when I say Sandie Gough you will truly be missed for so many different reasons but mostly for being my friend.
Sleep tight and keep some spaces free on the naughty step! - Jo McKelvey"

In April 2016, Sandie was our Tutorial of the Month! She created such amazing boxes using our Downton Abbey papercrafting range! You can follow her tutorial here! Sandie received such amazing comments regarding her tutorials....oh how handy and fabulous they were!

Downton Abbey Papercrafting

Sandy was such a talented designer! She had so many amazing ideas and was able to bring them to life and share her vision with everybody! She always thought outside the box to put her own creative spin on cards! Just look at how funky she made our traditional Downton Abbey range on this creation! You would never think to put these colours with that range....but Sandie did and it blew us away!

Neon Downton Abbey Ornate Square Frame by Sandie Gough

Being a big part of the Die'sire team...Sandie was always coming up with amazing creations...24/7! We couldn't thank her enough for helping us spread the crafty love and helping others feel inspired to pick up a pen, pencil, card or die and get creating! Just take a look at a handful of her designs below!

Sandie Gough Accordion creation

Downton abbey



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Furthermore, Sandie was SUCH a talented colourist and will be so missed by the Spectrum Noir team! If you'd like to give colouring a go in Sandie's can follow her amazing back to basics tutorial on blending to create these wonderful effects here!

Spectrum Noir basic blending


Don't forget to visit Sandie's blog here to learn more about her and her passion for crafting!'s a link to Sandie's Twitter where you can get the links to even more projects and tutorials!

We feel honored to have worked with you Sandie! We thought we'd leave you all with a few words from Sandie's blog which completely sums up her love for crafting!

"Crafting is definitely a passion...a busy day turns into a busy week and then Friday arrives :)
Weekends in a busy world for us are all about time together and that usually means walking in the woods and you got it crafting!
My head is full of more ideas than I can possibly finish but when I stand back from a completed project I think wow I did that, and that buzz doesn't get old :)"

Again, all of our heartfelt condolences go out to Sandie's family. We can't stress how much she will be missed!

Keep smiling everybody. Sending purple hugs to you all!


17 thoughts on “Sandie Gough Tribute”

  • Karen Foy

    Such a lovely tribute to a kind and talented lady xx

  • Sara hawkins

    So very sorry to hear the sad news. I was always inspired when checking the CC Facebook page & seeing some of the stunning work done by Sandie. I send my deepest sympathies to her loved ones & her extended crafty family xx

  • Karen P

    Sandie really was a lovely lady and so talented, even though she would rebuff any comments about how great her art and projects were.

    Sandie was very kind, very caring and very generous with her time and her talent.

    Sandie you will not be forgotten by any of those whose hearts you touched and there are so many of us who thought you were more special and much more talented than you realised.

    A bright light in our crafting world has been dimmed and she will be missed by her family of whom she was so proud and all who knew her, even though a lot of us were cyber friends we all feel this loss greatly and with much sadness.

    Karen x

  • Yvonne

    Hun, you will be missed by all that knew you.
    Your talents will never be forgotten, and I'm sure will be used to inspire many new old and new crafters.
    Sleep tight , and shine in the sky with a sparkle x

  • Lee Gough

    Oh my word I thought I had finished with the tears , but it would appear not. simply beautiful Thank you. Lee

  • Lisa Horton

    Sandie was a good friend and i loved her dearly.
    Her last message to me was that she would never leave me and I know she will be up on her cloud crafting and watching. She lives on in spirit.
    An amazing crafter and a huge loss. A little colour has left my world.

  • Pauline Straker

    I am so sorry to hear the sad news, my condolence to her family. A very talented lady who will be greatly missed

  • Jacquie Jacobs
    Jacquie Jacobs 9th June 2016 at 6:44 pm

    WOW! Amazing projects from an amazing Lady, her inspiring creations will be so missed. A most wonderful message from our lovely Jo well done gal, she will be smiling down on you all.

    Love & hUgs to all Sandies family & Friends

    Jacquie Jacobs xxxx

  • Fiona Clayton
    Fiona Clayton 9th June 2016 at 7:18 pm

    A beautiful tribute to a lovely lady - she will be missed xx

  • Tracy W

    Such sad news. I loved visiting Sandie's blog, such an inspiration. My thoughts are with her family. Blessings, Tracy x

  • Lynsey D

    So sad to hear this awful news. Sandie's creations were amazing and inspirational. God bless you Sandie, fly high with the other Angels. Thinking of all the family and friends at this tragic time xxx

  • Brenda Perkins
    Brenda Perkins 10th June 2016 at 4:24 am

    Thank you for this wonderful tribute to my sister from myself and her family. We knew how amazing and how talented she was but it has touched our hearts to see how many other people's lives she touched. We have read literally hundreds of heartfelt comments from fellow crafters and their words have made this very difficult time a little easier, bringing love and smiles in our grief. She was a light and an inspiration in our lives in so many ways that will never be forgotten but carried in our hearts as a family always but it is amazing to think that her spirit will carry on across the world with her creations and her sharing of her craft with so many cyber friends.
    Thank you all

  • Debbie

    A beautiful tribute and such lovely words Jo. Sandie will be sorely missed.
    Much love to Sandie`s family xxxx

  • Sonya

    Sorry to hear, condolences to her family and all who knew her

  • Debbie James

    Sandie was such a talented and lovely person to know. I only knew her through the design team but she was always such fun. She will be sadly missed. Sleep tight fabulous lady xx

  • Jean Buckley

    Such a rare talent, she will indeed be sorely missed. My thoughts are with her family at this very sad time.


  • Jennifer Smith-Kirk

    So, so sorry to hear of Sandie's passing and a fitting tribute, such a talent x x x

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