Monday, 15 September 2014

Create & Take: Fairy Birthday

Happy Monday bloggers! It's the beginning of another week and time to review last week's Create & Take with all the products you will need and the instructions to make it. Last Friday's 'Family Affair' birthday card was for the female youngster in the family, so let's delve in....

Products Needed:

Square Kraft Card and Envelope
Bazzill Basics Kraft Cardstock
Bazzill Basics White Smoothie Cardstock
Bazzill Basics Sea Salt Cardstock
Bazzill Basics Rain Cardstock
Studio Light Tres Chic SCRAPSL11 Cardstock
Tonic Studios Happy Birthday Pansy Die Set
Tonic Studios Circle Die Set
Maranne Fairy Star Die
Prima 'Love Dream' Stamp Set
Oasis Blue Dew Drops
Crystal Stickles Glitter Glue
Cloud White Versamagic Ink Pad


1. Start by cutting the Bazzill Basics Kraft cardstock 13cm x 13cm. Stamp the corners with the 'Love Dream' Prima stamp using the Cloud White ink pad. Stick to the base of the card.

2. Die cut the Pansy die in White Smoothie cardstock and stick to the centre of the card.

3. Die cut a circle from the Tres Chic cardstock and stick to the centre of the Pansy die cut.

4. Die cut two fairies, one in Rain cardstock and the other in Sea Salt cardstock. Adhere the darker shade on top of the lighter shade slightly to the left so you create a shadow effect. Stick to the centre of the card.

5. Die cut the small Happy Birthday die from the Happy Birthday Pansy die set from White Smoothie cardstock and stick across the centre of the card.

6. Finish by adding some blue dew drops and some Crystal Stickles.

This birthday card is so pretty and feminine and would even be suitable for teenagers as well as younger children. The next two weeks of 'Family affair' Create & Take will focus on the older generations of the family, including mum, dad, aunt, uncle, grandma and grandad so make sure you visit the blog every Monday for your Create & Take update.

Friday, 12 September 2014

World's Biggest Coffee Morning

Hi bloggers, I hope everyone is looking forward to the weekend and have some creative time planned in at some point.

This week's post is about our Macmillan Coffee Morning that we will be hosting on Friday 26th September. Our Create & Take on a Friday will be running as usual with proceeds from that also being donated to Macmillan. However we will also have lots of cakes and biscuits on sale for you to buy and eat of course!! We welcome any cake donations from yourselves as you can never have too many cakes in our opinion!

For extra information about the World's Biggest Coffee Morning, please click here or watch the advert below.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Create & Take: #1 Fan

Good morning bloggers and welcome to September Create & Take's on the blog. As usual every week we will post the Create & Take from the previous Friday to provide you with the products you will need and the instructions to make it.

This September Create & Take is going to be a 'family affair'. We will be making cards for family birthdays, making them versatile enough to be used for sons, daughters, nephews, nieces, mums, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents etc.

The first 2 weeks will be dedicated to the youngsters in the family, whilst the last 2 weeks will be celebrating the slightly older generations. We will be sure to cover both male and female so you can use them how you wish.

This week is for the male youngster in the family.....

Products Needed:

Lawn Fawn Into the Woods Cardstock - Maple
Bazzill Basics Worldwide Cardstock - Chevron Stripe
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - White Smoothie
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Candlelight
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Brick
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Intense Kiwi
White Card Blank - A6
Taylored Expressions Cling Stamp - Moka Aidan
Taylored Expressions Die - Reach for the Stars Border
Spellbinders Die Set - Labels Seventeen
Watercolour Pencils
Water Brush
Memento Ink Pad - Tuxedo Black
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Wild Honey
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Walnut Stain
Woodware Corner Rounder Punch
Stickles Glitter Glue - Silver
Micron Pen - Green
3D Foam Pads


1. Cut the Bazzill Basics Candlelight cardstock 10.5cm x 14.9cm. Use the corner rounder punch to round each corner. Also use the corner rounder punch on the corners of the white card blank. Use a little bit of Wild Honey distress ink around the edges of the candlelight cardstock and adhere to the base of the card.

2. Cut the Chevron Stripe cardstock 9.2cm x 13.7cm and adhere to the middle of the card.

3. Die cut one of the dies from the Labels Seventeen die set from Bazzill Basic's Intense Kiwi cardstock. Using the Micron pen , illustrate some stitching around the edge of the label. Adhere to the top part of the card.

3. Stamp 'Aidan' on some White Smoothie cardstock with Memento Black Ink. Using the watercolour pencils and water brush, colour in Aidan and then cut round him. Adhere to the middle of the Label using 3D foam pads.

4. Cut the reverse side of the Maple cardstock 2.5cm x 8.5cm. Stamp the 'Happy Birthday' sentiment with Black ink. Make a fishtail cut at each end of the cardstock and add a little bit of Walnut Stain distress ink to the edges. Adhere to the bottom of the card using 3D foam pads.

5. Die cut the Stars border from Bazzill Basic's Brick cardstock and cut out 2 stars for each side of Aidan and adhere to the card.

6. Finish by adding some Silver stickles to Aidan's t-shirt.

This card can easily be changed up using different colours for the football outfit and you could even personalise a number on the shirt if you know someone who plays for a team or has a favourite player.

Be sure to check back next week for our card for the female youngster in the family.

Monday, 1 September 2014

Create & Take: From Our Home to Yours

Good afternoon bloggers, I hope your weekend has been full of creative projects in some form or other. Sometimes re-arranging your craft room is a full on creative project alone!

Anyway, last Friday was the last in the series of Christmas Create & Take's throughout August and we have to say that we had a lot of fun getting in the festive spirit this far in advance but with all the new Christmas dies and paper collections arriving in store, we just couldn't wait to get started.

So here's what you'll need and the instructions to make the card....

Products Needed:

Debi Potter for Sizzix Thinlits Die - From Our Home
Bazzill Basics Cardstock -  Pomegranate 
Carta Bella Christmas Time Cardstock - Holiday Banners
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - French Vanilla
Tonic Studios Layering Die Set - Circle
Cream satin with gold edge ribbon
Gold Stickles
Cream Square Card Blank


1. To start, fold the front of your card blank in half so you turn it into an easel card.

2. Cut the Carta Bella cardstock 6.8cm x 14cm and stick to the bottom half of your easel.

3. Die cut the circle from Bazzill Basics Pomegranate cardstock.

4. Die cut the Sizzix die from the Bazzill Bascis French Vanilla cardstock.

5. Adhere the red circle to the reverse of the house die cut out.

6. Place glue on the bottom half of the house die cut and stick to the Carta Bella patterned cardstock.

7. Cut a piece of Pomegranate cardstock 6.8cm x 14cm.

8. Before adhering the cardstock to the card base, wrap a piece of ribbon around the centre and stick to the back.

9. Make a flat bow from the same ribbon and adhere to the middle of the ribbon.

10. Adhere foam dots to the back of the red cardstock and stick to the card base, this will allow the easel to stand up.

11. Finish off by adding some Gold Stickles.

Well thats it for Christmas Create & Take's throughout August but don't worry as I'm sure we will be sharing some more Christmas cards and gift wrap ideas as we get closer to the holiday season.

As usual all products used in Create & Take can be found at

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Create & Take: Jolly Robin

Morning bloggers! We hope everyone has had a creative Bank Holiday Weekend, despite the drizzly weather we've had the past few days. Hopefully we can cheer you up with this Jolly Robin card made by Caz from Friday's Create & Take.

Products Needed:

Bo Bunny Elf Magic Cardstock -  Fa La La La La
Bo Bunny Elf Magic Cardstock - Tinsel
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Kraft
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Pomegranate
White Folded Card
Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Crafts Design Lorna Label Die
Woodware Holly Punch
Versafine Ink Pad - Black
3mm Nailheads - Red
Watercolour Pencils
Watercolour Brush


1. Cut a piece of Bazzill Basics Kraft Card to 10" x 5" and score in half.

2. Lay the centre nubs of the Lorna Label die onto the score line and cut - fold on the centre line - now you need to work the card to fold the steps out. Take your time to get it to work nicely.

3. Stick the above piece into the centre of the white folded card. Now you can decorate.

4. Stamp the Robin onto a piece of Bazzill Basics Kraft Card with black ink and use watercolour pencils to colour around the edges of the Robin. Use the watercolour brush to draw the colour inwards.

5. Stamp the Robin's tummy onto the Pomegranate cardstock and cut out and stick. Fussy cut around the whole of the Robin cutting carefully around his little legs.

6. Using the small banner die that is part of the Lorna Label set, cut from a small piece of white cardstock and stamp the 'Tis the Season' wording from the Woodware stamp set with black ink.

7. Cut pieces of the Fa La La La La cardstock to measure 5" x 2" and 5" x 1" and stick onto the inside of the card where shown.

8. Cut a piece of the Tinsel paper to 5-1/4" x 1-1/2" and stick on the front of the card.

9. Punch two holly leaves from green cardstock and use two nailheads as berries. Stick on the front of the card.

The design of the card is very versatile and once you have the Lorna Label die cut from Elizabeth Craft Designs you can add different stamp or die cut images to the inside to create different cards fro different occasions.

As always, all the products used can be found at

Friday, 22 August 2014

New Tonic Studios Indulgence Keepsake Dies

Happy Friday bloggers! It's the end of the working week and I thought I would share some new Tonic Studios dies to get those creative juices flowing for the Bank Holiday Weekend!

These new Indulgence Keepsakes are a range of boxes and frames with interchangeable decorative inserts - perfect for cardmaking, Christmas decorations and Wedding favour boxes. In the range so far we have just had in stock the Tent Gift Bag and the Balloon Weight Box. We also have a set of the Christmas Inserts which you can use as added decoration to these boxes.

I did some hunting around the Tonic Studios Blog Team to see what ideas they have come up with and remember you can adjust the design of these bags and boxes to come up with your own design.

Doda Smith used the Tent Gift Bag die to create these adorable tiny gift bags and decided to cut off the flap and make her own tie handles instead.

For more information, check out Doda Smith's Blog here.

Dips (otherwise known as Andrea) created some great examples using the Balloon Weight Box, which just shows the versatility of these dies.

This die would be great for the holiday season that will soon be upon us to gift wrap some sweet treats.
For more information about these examples, check out Dips blog here.

Please note the Balloon Weight die is an A4 die and will only work through A4 die cutting machines, such as the Grand Calibur and E-Bosser.

If you fancy having a go at using these dies then head over to to buy yours today.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Lindy's Stamp Gang Class & Competition Time!

Yesterday was the first class off the new class list, kick starting with Sue M's Vintage Cardmaking class. Sue was using the new Lindy's Stamp Gang Magical Sets and Kick Sprays. These products make some gorgeous and dynamic backgrounds which you then use to build on top of with embellishments and stamps. Sue also used Joy! Crafts silhouette stamps which really do add dimension to the cards. Not only did the lucky ladies on the class get to make two cards but also a beautiful gift bag as well. Check out the close up pictures below for Sue M's class examples.

If you fancy giving these new powders and sprays a try, then click here for more product information.

Competition Time!

Nothing in life is free except for this! We are asking you and all your friends to 'Like' our page on Facebook for a chance to win a £25 Gift Voucher! We will pick a random 'like' at the end of the month as the winner of the voucher. It's that simple! So spread the word and get everyone involved!

Check out our Facebook page here and hit that 'Like' button!

Good Luck!