Thursday, 21 May 2015

Back to Basics Sneak Peek

Hi bloggers, today we want to share with you a little sneak peek of Alex's Back to Basics card class coming up this Saturday. Alex will be using a selection of floral stamps and Copic pens to colour the stamped images. Alex will be on hand to teach you how you can create these effortless looks with the Copic pens. This class is perfect for beginners and intermediates.

Class Details:
Saturday 23rd May
Back to Basics Cardmaking Class
by Alex Kamann
£20 per person

To book your space please call us on 01293 863576

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Create & Take: Let Love Grow

Hi bloggers, today we want to share with you Friday's Create & Take using the adorable pot plant die set from Joy Crafts! Use these pot plants with lots of different flower die sets to create the look or theme that you want. So let's get started.....

Products Needed:

White A6 Card Blank
Kaisercraft Grid Stamp
Grey Pen


1. Cut a piece of Sketch cardstock 10.2cm x 14.7cm, distress the edges with Pumice Stone ink and adhere to the card blank.

2. Cut a piece of the Romantic Bunch cardstock 9.7cm x 14cm and distress the edges with Pumice Stone ink. Stamp the Grid design onto the cardstock using Gray Flannel ink. Adhere the cardstock to the card.

3. Die cut and emboss the flower pots from Maja and Studio Light papers. Die cut the flowers from Wild Pansy, Berry Blush and White cardstock. Add a little distress ink to the flowers and the flower pots.

4. Die cut the shelf from Bitter Chocolate cardstock and die cut the grass sprouts from the Dogwood die set from the Studio Light paper.

5. Assemble the shelf, flower pots and flowers as shown above.

6. Cut a piece of The Sunny Side cardstock 5.4cm x 5.4cm and stamp a sentiment with black ink. Make sure you stamp your sentiment slightly to the right side of the cardstock to leave for faux stitching down the left side of the cardstock. Add some distress ink around the edges.

7. Add some faux stitching with a grey pen around the edges of the sentiment.

8. Finish by adding two rhinestone gems to the center of the flowers.

We love how the stamped Grid in the background of the card helps frame the flower pot shelf, adding dimension to the card design. 

Remember our Create & Take is a drop in session every Friday between 10.30am and 1pm, £3 per person with a cup of tea/coffee thrown in for free. It's a great way to craft with some of our latest products and have a natter with fellow crafters! Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Create & Take: Let's Eat Cake

Hi bloggers, we hope you have been having a creative week so far. Today we want to share with you our Create & Take card from last Friday with this fabulous burst of colour. This card made use of the new Spellbinders Celebrations dies that have recently come into stock and no card says 'Party' like this Eat Cake card. So let's get started.....

Product Needed:

White A6 Card Blank


1. Cut a piece of Party Hat cardstock 14.8cm x 10.4cm and adhere to the card blank.

2. Die cut and emboss the large die from the Eat Cake die set from Apricot cardstock. Die cut this die again from Candles cardstock to get the scalloped oval. Use 3D foam pads to adhere these two pieces to the card.

3. Die cut and emboss the cake from Wild Pansy, Apricot, White and Candlelight cardstock and assemble as in the picture.

4. Die cut and emboss the 'Eat Cake' from Wild Pansy cardstock and rub some Grape Jelly ink over the embossed letters. Adhere to the scalloped oval in the middle of the card.

5. To finish the card add some purple dew drops , gems, stickles and a bow to the card.

These new dies from Spellbinders definitely get you in the celebratory mood, check them out on the website here.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Create and Take: Fishing You

Hi bloggers, we hope you have enjoyed the Bank Holiday weekend, making the most of extra time that can be spent in the craft room. We have a great birthday card to share with you today from last Friday's Create & Take using some new Stampendous stamps. So let's get started....

Products Used:

Silver Pigment Inkpad
Black Ink Pad
Watercolour Pencils
3D Foam Pads
Blue Dew Drops
Glitter Glue
Computer generated greeting


1. Cut a piece of Kraft Core cardstock 10.5cm x 10.5cm and emboss using the Splish Splash embossing folder.

2. Swipe the Silver inkpad over the embossed card.

3. Stamp the fish onto white card using black ink and die cut using a circle die cut. Edge the circle with silver ink. Stamp the fish onto the Maja cardstock and cut around the fish. Use watercolour pencils to add more colour to the fish and stick in place.

4. Cut two of the Joy Vintage Flourish Leaves from Parakeet cardstock.

5. Punch one star from orange card, shape ends to create a more star fish like shape and add detail with pencils.

6. Cut a white wave with Elizabeth Crafts Beach Waves die and edge with some Tumbled Glass ink.

7. Assemble the card as shown and finish by adding a wording strip, glitter glue and dew drops.

This card design is great for birthdays of all different ages, especially for those who love under the sea!

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Birthday Card Book

Need somewhere to store your finished handmade greetings cards? Look no further than this Birthday Card Book made by Jo in her class from last Saturday. Each month has a handy pocket to store your handmade Birthday Card creations so you'll always be prepared for birthdays throughout the year. Let's take a closer look inside....

As you can see Jo used lots of lovely vintage papers to decorate the book and used the Joy! Crafts Grunge frames stamp set and Penny Black Life's Journals stamp set to make the labels on the pockets for each month. Jo also used Jen Long's Calendar Months die set to die cut each month.

Jo binded the book altogether using the Zutter Bind It All and designed it in a clever way so that the binding is hidden under the cover of the book so it can't be seen from the outside, making it look professional and stylish so you can leave it out on show.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Create & Take: Lavender Bouquet

Hi bloggers! We hope you have had a creative weekend! Today we want to share with you last week's Create & Take by Caz using the new Taylored Expressions stamp and die set, complimented by some lovely lavender cardstock and use of watercolour pencils. So let's get started....

Products Used:

Square Kraft Card Blank
Kraft cardstock
Lilac Dew Drops
Watercolour Brush


1. Stamp the Lavender Bouquet image onto white card and cut around using the matching die included in the set. Colour the image with watercolour pencils.

2. Cut a piece of white card to 9.5cm x 9.5cm and use the Xcut Large Corner Rounder punch on all four corners.

3. Cut a piece of Wild Pansy cardstock 11.5cm x 11.5cm and emboss using the Cable Knit embossing folder. Use the Xcut Corner Rounder punch on all four corners.

4. Cut a piece of kraft cardstock 1" x 1". Use the craft pick to make holes down the left side of the cardstock and use a white pencil to add faux stitching.

5. Die cut the Tied Line from kraft cardstock.

6. Assemble all elements onto the card as shown in the picture above.

7. Add a dew drop to the centre of the knot in the Tied Line die cut.

8. Finish by adding some Stickles glitter glue to the flowers.

We love how simple and effective this card design is and can easily be interchangeable with some of the other stamp and matching die sets offered by Taylored Expressions. The colours in this card make it perfect for a Spring birthday or Thank you card!

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Spring has Sprung

Hi bloggers, today we want to share with you Karen's beautiful cards from the Spring Demo Day. Karen was using some of the new Memory Box dies to create these wonderful Spring cards with sentiments for lots of different occasions. With beautiful muted greens and yellows, Karen has put together some wonderful compositions. Take a closer look below.....

Products that Karen used to make these cards are listed below:

Stay tuned on the blog this week to take a look at Charry's Spring Scrapbook page from our monthly Scrapbook Club.