Yearly Archives: 2017

“You Rock” & “Love You”

Natalie Rowlands take on the scrap club challenge is big, bright and bold!

Cut out guitars and the title are great with the photos:

Natalie’s second layout using the same idea from scrap club is bright and colourful and features lips!

I wonder what her little lad will think of this layout when he is grown up!

Thanks for sharing Natalie. Love both your pages!

“Happy Moments” & ” Best in Show” by Helen

Helen Barker has created another two layouts using ideas from May scrap club. Helen has created a cut out design using a set of nested flower shapes for this first layout.  Isn’t that a cute photo!

I like all the added layered embellishments:

The second page features her two sons having fun:

The patterned paper featuring tiny stars was a perfect choice for her star cut outs, again made with nested dies. The Cosmic Shimmer glitter kiss around the edges looks great.

Fab fun photo!

Helen has incorporated the printed pattern paper rosette for her title:

Two great layouts Helen. Thanks for sharing them with us.

“Happy Memories” by Janet

Janet Dell has used two nine hole cut outs from the shop, one in black and one in white, to create this double layout.

Janet has included ten photos, die cut fancy squares  …

….and some beautiful black and pearl gem strips to her design:

I like the way the squares have been embossed for subtle pattern:

Simple star punches add more embellishment:

The black and white colour scheme is very effective.

Thanks for sharing Janet. Your finished layout is really striking and a great way to capture happy memories.

Sweet Strawberries

I have enjoyed creating these five cards using the cover gift from the latest issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine.

For this first card I stamped and coloured the strawberry plant image onto a stitched die cut circle……..

…and added the die cut corner to the bottom of the card.

I added a greeting on a die cut circle to the inside of the card:

The second card was created with the left over water coloured piece of card that I had just used to die cut the two circles from for the first card!

I added the die cut corner, and used the small stamps in the set to over stamp the berries and leaves to colour them:

I added a few small punched flowers and leaves from the corner die to decorate the greeting.

Card three has a pixie powder background.

I stamped the little bee and added some silver glitter kiss to the wings:

I added silver glitter kiss to the white band and created a tiny arrangement below the greeting using a snippet from the corner die plus some small punched flowers.

Card four:

The Sweet Dixie heart doily was die cut in pale pink card and stamped with the strawberry flower. I added a darker pink circle behind.

I used just pieces of the corner die again to decorate the front:

The inside was stamped using a stamp press to ensure evenly matched corners!

I added a stamped thank you in barn door distress oxide ink but left the panel in black and white for contrast with the front of the card.

I think that card five looks rather elegant but it was easy to create.

I simply die cut a circle from the centre of a 6″ card blank and then glued the die cut corners to each corner:

I used the stamp press again, but this time with a circle to create this pattern which I water coloured:

The sentiment and single strawberry are stamps in the set:

This was a lovely set to work with, and at only £5.99 which includes the magazine, very good value.

We have five copies left in stock. If you would like one reserved for you please let us know.

Happy Birthday Susanne

Today is Susanne McBrien’s birthday so I thought I would share the card Margaret Bailey has made for her.

Margaret has been inspired by a card in Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine and created her own beautiful version.

Such lovely soft colours:

All the flowers have been die cut and sparkled with Cosmic Shimmer glitter kiss.

The background was created with the Creative Expressions pin point daisy embossing folder:

The die cut greeting has been added to a tag:

The inside is beautifully decorated to match:

I am sure Susanne will have been very impressed with her card, and in her favourite colour!

Thanks for sharing your card with us Margaret, and Happy Birthday Susanne! We all hope you have a lovely day.

Another Box…..

…and more goodies for the shop!

New stencils in four designs, star grid, butterfly cascade, Honeycombe and doodle heartsat £4.50 each

Three new colours of Cosmic Shimmer gilding polish – an electric blue, a bright green and sunshine yellow:

Great value 12×12 scrapbook albums in four lovely designs:

They are only £15 each.

And a couple of Elizabeth Craft Designs dies I could not resist:

Please let us know if there is anything that you would like reserved for you.

May Magathon Fun!

I thought I would share just a few of the ideas and makes that some of our talented local crafters came up with this month at Magathon!

Jenny’s gatefold card design was popular. I made two other versions, and loved this one created by Lesley Wright in class.

Great colouring and cutting out by Lesley!

Lesley also made the card below which was an idea in the magazine. A simple design  but very effective. Those playing card stamps are very useful!

Virginia Lawrence was very productive during the day……

…and created all these cards:



Masking the playing cards to create a background created this fab design:

I also loved Virginia’s rainbow unicorn with the wilted violet distress oxide background:




I really like this pink and white card created by Sheila Brisland. Sheila used her new stamp press and the crown image to get perfectly placed corners. Colouring just a few of the gems picks up on the pink card. The band across the centre has been created by masking and stamping the small playing cards image. I will have to borrow that idea.


Clare Jacques scraplifted one of my Magathon designs and created the perfect page for a photo of her wedding cake!


The cake was in the shape of a Fairytale castle, and inside it was chocolate. Yum!


And finally, another photo of a happy Karen Ballantine with her fab bunting that I shared earlier this week!

Thanks everyone for sharing all your inspiration.

We have a couple of the magazines left if anyone would like one reserved.

“Fairytale” by Carolyn

I’m looking forward to our final May Magathon session today. I thought I would share just one of the layouts we have created with the Creative Stamping “Enchanted” collection of stamps. I have used the set for a New Years Eve part layout and even a graduation page!

Carolyn has scrapped this charming photo of herself and her two daughters when they were young, visiting Disney World.

The background patterned paper (a baby collection from the shop) was perfect for the magical feel Carolyn wanted to create. The princess, wand and greeting are all stamps in the set. I particularly like the way Carolyn has stamped the fairy dust all round the page using clear sparkly embossing powder!

The die cut title has been enhanced with some star shaped gems. The pretty stamped corner detail was done with the crown, another image in the set.

Carolyn stamped the castle onto a die cut shape and coloured it to match the castle in the photo. Change the colours and this would work when scrapping photos of Warwick or Windsor castles too!

I like the way just three clouds have been positioned to visually extend the photo!

The finished page is lovely and show how the stamp set is a great addition to our crafting stash when scrapbooking. Change the princess for the dragon and knight, and add lots of flames!  This page could be recreated with a very different feel, but using the same stamp set!

Thanks Carolyn.



Please let us know if you would like the magazine and stamps reserved for you. We have a few sets left.

Guess What’s New?

Check out some of the latest goodies in the shop!

Gorgeous Watercolour wishes 12×12 paper by Lawn Fawn:

Double sided:

And a lovely Gummy Bears rainbow check/plaid 12×12 paper that coordinates as well:

This 12×12 double sided paper will be perfect for beach or seaside photos when scrapbooking:

We have some brand new nautical themed dies – a fishing net and dolphins:

Plus a detailed frame perfect for new home cards:

And our first (whisper) Christmas die! I really liked these notes with the little birds and could not resist!

The latest issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft includes a really pretty die – a large strawberry corner complete with berries and leaves.

There is also a coordinating stamp set included. The tiny berries and leaves are sized so they can be stamped on top of the die cut!

The magazine includes some lovely cards to use with the set:

I’m looking forward to using mine. It’s already opened!

We also have a pretty spring themed 6×6 paper pack:

Wow! have a gorgeous new selection of glitters and embossing powders!

A few close ups so you can see the colours. In The Pink, Unicorn Magic and Cloud 9. Perfect colours to go with our Creative Stamping “Enchanted” stamp collection!

Oceanic and Heather are two of my favourite colours:

I love the way Verdigris gives an aged metal effect, and having used Sand Dunes on Monday at the Wow! retailer event, I just had to get it for the shop! All the embossing powders are still only £2.50 each.

I also used the Wow! embossing pen at the event and was very impressed with it – and its price of only £2.25.

Do you remember the Wow! Sparkles (glitters) we used before Christmas? Well, there are some gorgeous new colours!



Girls Best Friend:

Frosted Petals:


Don’t forget that you can mix the Sparkles into the non glittery embossing powders you already have to create your own custom colours!

And finally, the perfect greetings set to go with all your sparkly, glittery projects. Some of these sayings would be good on a scrapbook layout too!

If you have spotted anything that you would like reserved please just let us know.

Magical Man Cards!

I have had great fun creating seven cards suitable for men using the Creative Stamping “Enchanted” collection!


The playing cards in the set are perfectly sized for a pop up box card and all the coordinating sayings make putting the card together a doddle!


The final session of May Magathon is tomorrow, Wednesday, 17th May. If you have trouble thinking of ideas for masculine cards then why not join us. We have places available.

Alternatively, we have some spare magazines available if you would like one reserved.