Thursday, 16 April 2015

Tim Holtz Vintage Folio Part 2

Hi bloggers, today we want to share with you Sue M's completed Tim Holtz Mini Folio. Back in March Sue held part 1 of the Vintage Folio project where she filled the album with beautiful papers and gave it that distressed look using Tim Holtz distress inks. This week saw part 2 of the Vintage Folio project and Sue has done a fantastic job filling the folio with gorgeous paper embellishments and photos, so let's take a little look inside.....

These folios are a great way to scrapbook your photos and you can use any configuration of layouts, just pick your papers and embellishments and you're away. You can find the Tim Holtz Mini Folio here along with many other Tim Holtz accessories.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Spring Demo Day Summary

Hi bloggers, we hope you have all had a lovely weekend with lots of lovely sunshine to brighten our spirits. In this blog post we want to share with you some of the photos from our Spring Demo Day on Saturday. It was a fun day with lots of demos and workshops going on plus our beautiful Vintage Cafe serving up scrummy sandwiches and mouth watering cakes! Most of the photos our from the demonstrators and shows their work up close so even if you couldn't make it, you can still be inspired by their creations! Let's start with Stamping Caz....

Caz was demoing the new Elizabeth Craft glitters, which create a stunning professional finish to your cards. Check out a couple more examples below....

Jo was demoing the Sospeso Transparante range, creating some stunning flowers, take a look at these fab examples below.....

Next up is Alex who was demoing a range of products to make some cards ideal for giving to the men in our lives. Products included Woodware stamps, Die-namics die sets and Tim Holtz distress inks. Take a look at some of Alex's samples below....

Karen was also at the hall demonstrating a range of Memory Box dies all with a Spring theme in mind, we have one example below to show you but the rest will be shared in a blog post next week, so keep an eye out for that!

Up at the Crafts U Love Shop we had Sue Millard and Suzie Candlin. Suzie was demoing the Cricut Explore machine using a range of products to show you the versatility of the machine, including Cricut Vinyl,  normal cardstock, Cricut pens etc.

Sue Millard had a vintage altered art theme going on with her demo, showing us how to use the Stampendous Creative Palette with acrylic paints, stencils and stamps. Check out some of her fab samples below....

It was so nice to see a variation of styles and techniques at the demo day, something for everyone we hope. Thank you to everyone who came along and watched the demos and took part in the workshops.

Remember Create & Take is back on this week and we have a great men's gift card lined up for you using a new Personal Impressions stamp set and the Die-namics Gift Card Grooves set so make sure you don't miss out!

Friday, 10 April 2015

Spring Demo Day

Hello bloggers! We hope you have all had a lovely Easter and didn't eat too much chocolate! We are just around the corner from our Spring Demo Day so we are in full swing preparations for the big day tomorrow and the line up looks great. If you haven't had a chance to check out what's going on and who's demoing, we have a full break down in this blog post today.

The demo day will be taking place at two venues, the Crafts U Love Shop at Westcoats Farm in Charlwood and also at the Charlwood Parish Hall.

Demonstrators at the Shop: All day 10am - 4pm

Sue Millard

Sue's demo has had a last minute change of plan due to a delay in the Bloom Impression tools coming into stock so Sue will now be demoing a mixed media/altered art technique using the Stampendous Creative Palette. Sue has made some fabulous backgrounds using acrylic paints, stencils and stamps that look fab on a card, scrapbook page or home decor project! And you can bet that each example has an element of vintage thrown in!

Suzie Candlin

Well known for her demonstrations at shows and on Create and Craft, Suzie will be dmeoing all there is to know about the new Cricut Explore machine. From the basics to the advanced Cricut enthusiast, I'm sure there will be something worth watching at this Cricut demo. The Cricut Explore is the latest machine from Cricut, an electronic die cutting machine that works with the Cricut Design Space free online software to help you make polished DIY projects!

Demonstrators at Charlwood Parish Hall: All day 10am - 4pm (45 minute workshops will also be held between these times).

Stamping Caz

Caz will be having some glitterific fun using the new Elizabeth Craft Design glitters with a range of die cuts and masking techniques to make your cards come to life.

10.30am - 11.15am Workshop with Caz
Try out the new Elizabeth Craft Design glitters for yourself by making a lovely little card with Caz, with some masking and die cutting techniques. Here's a little sneak peek below....

This workshop is only £5 - to book your space call us on 01293 863576 or click here.

Karen Maccoy

Karen will be demonstrating some of the wonderful new Memory Box dies with a Spring theme in mind, using a range of beautiful papers and inks to show you how easy it is to put together beautiful cards and tags.

12pm - 12.45pm - Workshop with Karen
See how easy it is to put together your own tag by giving it a go at Karen's workshop, where you will be using some of the new Memory Box dies to create a 3D spring tag. Here's a sneak peek below....

This workshop is only £5 - to book your space call us on 01293 863576 or click here.

Jo Wojcik

Jo will be demonstrating the amazing Sospeso Transparante decoupage range. Sospeso Transparante is a volume decoupage decorative technique that allows you to make volume decorative elements for your projects in several easy steps.

1.15pm - 2pm - Workshop with Jo
Come and decorate a mini notebook with Sospeso flowers that you will learn to cut and shape to end up with a pretty notebook that you won't want to give away. Here's a little sneak peek below.....

This workshop is now FULLY BOOKED.

Alex Kamann

Come and see Alex demo some of the new Woodware stamps, specifically with a male theme in mind to show us how easy it is to design cards for men. Alex will also be demoing the new MFT gift card grooves die which turns a great card into a wonderful gift, all you need to do is buy the gift card to put in it!

2.15pm - 3pm - Workshop with Alex
Come along and make a wonderful card for the men using the new Woodware stamps and Tim Holtz distress inks. Check out the sneak peek below....

This workshop is only £5 - to book your space call us on 01293 863576 or click here.

This demo day definitely has something for everybody from cardmaking and decoupage to glitters and die cutting techniques. Pick up a new skill or just have some fun! 

There will also be a Vintage Cafe at the hall and don't forget to enter our raffle to win some fabulous crafting goodies!

We hope to see you all there!

Saturday, 4 April 2015

Monday, 30 March 2015

Create & Take: Easter Gift Box

Hi bloggers, welcome to a new week! We have a lovely project for you today from last week's Create & Take using the dies that come with the New Big Shot Plus Starter Kit. After using this machine for a day to prep the kits for the Create & Take I can tell you that it is definitely a dream machine and worth upgrading your standard Big Shot machine, especially if you want to cut A4 dies. It makes cutting multiple dies a breeze as you can lay them all out with different cardstock and cut all those different elements with one pass - time saver!

The Big Shot Plus Starter Kit is definitely worth the extra money as the kit comes with a range of Bigz and Thinlit dies plus some great papers as well, take a little look below.....

Big Shot Plus Starter Kit - £159.99
Big Shot Plus Machine - £119.99

Get your Big Shot Plus here

Now on with today's project, the Easter Gift Box - using the dies that come with the starter kit.

Products Used:



1. Using the Big Shot Plus machine, kraft card and box die, cut out the box shape and then use scissors to cut away the lid.

2. Fold along the crease lines and then assemble using double sided tape.

3. Cut out the lid section again using white card and then cut away all but 2cm of the box, fold along the crease lines and assemble the lid using double sided tape. Adhere the back flap to the top of the back of the box base.

3. Using the Scallop Trim Thinlits die, cut out a white border and attach to the lid using double sided tape.

4. Cut out a strip of Carrots patterned paper measuring 2cm x 13cm and trim end into a 'V' shape. Use double sided tape to stick this into position on the lid of the box.

5. Using the Tag Framelits die cut out a tag shape from white card, stamp 'Easter Blessings' and attach to the box using some twine.

6. Die cut a flower using the Bigz die from Orange Dots cardstock and layer this with an intricate white die cut flower and two die cut flower centers.

7. Finish by adhering a gold shimmer dome sticker to the center of the flower and place the flower on the top of the box with double sided tape.

And whoalah, a beautiful Easter Gift Box, now just pop some eggs inside and your ready to give it to that special someone.

For more inspiring ideas for Easter, don't forget to check out our Easter Pinterest board here.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Easter Egg-exploding Box

Good morning bloggers! Today we want to share with you Jo's fabulous egg-exploding box from Saturday's class. Jo has used some beautiful Graphic 45 papers from the Botanical collection plus some of the new We R Memory Keepers acetate to create windows in the box. Check out some more pictures below....

We love this egg basket in the center of the box filled with some chocolate goodies!

If you want to see more of Jo's creations then why not come along to our Spring Demo Day on Saturday 11th April, Jo will also be hosting a short workshop where you will be making a small notebook decorated with some beautiful flowers. Workshop spaces are still available and only cost £5. Call us on 01293 863576 to book a space.

For more information about our Spring Demo Day, please click here.

Monday, 23 March 2015

Create & Take: Easter Egg Hunt

Happy Monday bloggers! We hope you have all had a creative weekend and getting into the Spring flow of things with the weather looking more cheerful! We have a lovely Easter card to share with you this week from Friday's Create & Take using the new Impression Obsession dies.
So let's get started....


A6 White Card Blank
Pink Satin Ribbon 6mm
3D Foam Tape
Glossy Accents


1. Cut the Easter Floral cardstock 10cm x 14.5cm.

2. Die cut an oval from the Easter  Floral cardstock.

3. Cut the Lemonade cardstock 8cm x 12cm and emboss with the Ditsy Dots embossing folder.

4. Die cut the Woodland Border from Parakeet cardstock and the Girl with the Easter Basket from White cardstock. Start assembling all the elements in the middle of the card, using the oval die cut cardstock as a guide so everything fits within that oval frame. Start to adhere using glossy accents.

5. Die cut some Easter eggs from a variety of pastel coloured cardstock and adhere onto the basket and also on the woodland border.

6. Die cut two ovals from white and yellow cardstock . Stamp 'Happy Easter' on one and layer on top of each other.

7. Cut a piece of satin ribbon 14cm in length and wrap around the bottom of the Easter Floral cardstock and adhere the Easter sentiment in place.

8. Finally use 3D foam tape to adhere the Easter Floral cardstock to the card.

Make sure you pop back to the blog tomorrow to see Jo's Egg-exploding box, a wonderful creation, perfect for Easter!