Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Create & Take: Rose Bouquet

Carrying on with our Valentine's theme this week, this Create & Take from last week would make a lovely a Valentine's, anniversary or even wedding card.

So let's get started.....

Products Used:-


1. Cut a piece of white cardstock to measure 4.5" x 4.5" and emboss using the Roses embossing folder.

2. Cut a piece of Pale Rose card to measure 1" x 4.5" and stamp the Make a Wish sentiment. Use the Scor-Buddy to create dotted lines along each edge.

3. Die cut and emboss rose pieces from Pale Rose cardstock. Use a sponge dauber to apply some distress ink.

4. Die cut and emboss rose leaves from gold mirri card.

5. Assemble the card as shown.

Monday, 8 February 2016

Love, Love, Love

Hi bloggers, it's the start of a new week and with Valentine's Day not far away we have decided to give you a bit of Love inspiration this week, starting with Jo's fantastic card from her Love, Love, Love class at the weekend.

The card folds flat to fit in a beautifully decorated box that you can give to a loved one.

To create all the different sized hearts, Jo used the Crafts Too Smaller Scalloped Hearts nesting die set and also the Crafts Too Smaller Hearts nesting die set.

This was the first class of 2016 and our full class list for Feb. - May is now available to view here.

Monday, 1 February 2016

Create & Take: Birthday Bunny

Happy Monday bloggers! Today we have an excellent Create & Take card using a new Karen Burniston die and Memory Box stamp set.

So let's get started.....

Products Used:-


1. Cut a piece of Blue Ombre cardstock to measure 4.75 x 10 inches and fold in half to create a 4.75 x 5 inch card.

2. Align the centre of the Pop It Up die to the centre fold line of the card and cut through. At the same time you could also die cut two clouds from the top part of the blue cardstock.

3. Cut a piece of the Collective Herringbone cardstock to 5 x 2 inches.

4. Stick the blue cardstock inside a card blank making sure the pop up part is forward. For this card, we used the wider part of the pop up to lean out from the card. Stick the Collective Herringbone cardstock inside the card.

5. Die cut all pieces for the balloon, double up the layers to strengthen the balloon. 

6. Stamp the bunny, colour with watercolour pencils cut around and then stick in place to look like the bunny is is the balloon basket.

7. Stick the balloon in place on the pop up part inside the card.

8. Decorate the front of the card with some patterned paper, another stamped bunny and a sentiment using the Woodware stamp set.

Pop up cards are so much fun and the Elizabeth Craft collection from Karen Burniston makes creating these cards so simple and effective. View the complete collection here.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Create & Take: Daisy Tag

Hi bloggers, it's time for another Create & Take recap, this time using the new Marianne Tag set and a new Woodware stamp.

Products Used:-


1. Take a piece of White Bazzill card stock and fold in half, large enough to create a card base big enough for the large label die.

2. Position the die onto the fold so that it will create a folded card.

3. Stamp the flower onto folded card to help you know where to position the paper piecing. Stamp the flower head onto orange spotted card, the middle of the flower onto yellow card stock and the stem onto green patterned card stock.

4. Cut around all pieces and stick into place on the card.

5. Cut a strip of orange card to measure 3.5 x 0.5 inches and stamp the Sorry It's Late wording.

6. Cut tag from green patterned paper and stamp the poem wording onto it and stick inside the card.

7. Finish by adding glitter glue, ribbon and a sunflower gem.

This card is a great alternative to using a traditional card blank and is fun for lots of different occasions!

Monday, 18 January 2016

Create & Take: Hello Bird

Happy New Year bloggers! We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year and are looking forward to a new year of new craft products, ideas and inspiration!

We are starting the New Year off with this adorable card featuring new dies from CUT-IES, a fantastic design to get you in the Spring feel of things.

So let's get started.....

Products Used:-

Marianne Alphabet Stamp set
Black Pen


1. Cut a piece of Starmist card stock to measure 5" x 5".

2. Cut a piece of French Vanilla to measure 3.5" x 3.5" and edge with tumbled glass distress ink using a dauber.

3. Cut Spring Swirl and Spring Bird from Lemonade card stock and colour edges with Fossilized Amber ink.

4. Using the excess card as a template from the die cut bird, use a thin pen to add wing detail to the bird.

5. Die cut the large Spring Flower from Starmist card stock and the small Spring Flower from French Vanilla card stock.

6. Cut a piece of green card stock to measure 3.5" x 0.75" and die cut the grass border. Cut two long grass stems by hand.

7. Die cut a banner from French Vanilla card stock, score two lines at either end at 1.5" and 1.75" from each end.

8. Stamp HELLO onto banner using alphabet stamps and black ink, also stamp some hearts either side of the banner. For added detail, add some faux stitching around the edge using a black pen.

9. Assemble the card as shown above and finish by adding a goosebump gem to the center of the flower.

Remember Create & Take is on every Friday between 10am and 12pm, £3 per person including a tea/coffee.

Monday, 21 December 2015

Christmas Jumper Day

Hi bloggers, Friday was a great day at the shop celebrating the annual Christmas Jumper Day for Text Santa. Everyone looked great in their Christmas attire and we want to thank everyone who turned up on the day to support it. So far we have raised £102.90 for three great charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Make a Wish and Save the Children.

Caz made a fantastic card for our customers to make at Create & Take that captured the spirit of the day. Read on to find out how to make it:-

Products Used:

Woodware Little Red Robin Stamp Set
Elizabeth Crafts Props 5 Die Set
Taylored Expressions Nordic Embossing Folder
Woodware Mini Heart Punch
Bazzill Basics Crimson 12 x 12 Cardstock
Bazzill Basics White Smoothie 12 x 12 Cardstock
Bazzill Basics Bark 12 x 12 Cardstock
White Ink Pad
Black Detail Pen
Black Versafine Ink Pad


1. Cut a piece of white cardstock, Bark cardstock and patterned paper 3.75" x 3.75" and stamp the Robin on to all pieces.

2. Keep the white cardstock as it is. On the Bark cardstock, cut around the robin and then also cut the wing out. On the patterned piece cut around the main body of the robin, cutting across the neck to look like a jumper. Use detail pen to add a faux collar. 

3. Adhere the Bark robin onto the white robin but leave the wing to one side. Adhere the patterned cardstock on top of the bark, then glue the wing in place.

4. Colour the beak, holly and berries with pencils.

5. Cut a piece of Crimson cardstock 4.5" x 5.75" and emboss with the Nordic embossing folder.

6. Take a white ink pad and gently swipe across the embossed surface.

7. Assemble the card as shown and stamp the wording along the bottom of the card, adding a punched out heart inbetween.

We love this festive robin in his Christmas jumper and complimented the theme of the day beautifully.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Little Christmas Boxes

Hi bloggers, today we are going to share some more Christmas inspiration in the form of little gift boxes. Jo Wojcik designed these cute gift boxes that can be used to gift chocolates or small gifts with some unusual twists to wow your recipient.

Let's take a closer look.....

This beautiful little box has a tie at the side to open the box to reveal another box containing chocolates. This box displays the inside gift beautifully and you can even include your own message on the other side.

This twisted creation opens at both ends of the box, perfect for tiny little gifts to include as stocking fillers and definitely has that wow factor.

Jo used some papers from the Bo Bunny Whiteout paper collection and is available here.