Yearly Archives: 2017

Mini Bridge Cards

I have had numerous requests for the measurements for the mini bridge card that we made at card club in September. A problem with (my?) server has meant quite a few emails have bounced back so here are some instructions if you would like to make a mini bridge card and were not able to come to card club in September when we made these two penguin cards.

You can make two base cards from one piece of A4 card!

Cut A4 card in half widthways at 14.8 cm. Then move to 11cm and cut again. The smaller piece is the bridge and needs to be cut to 16 cm long.

Score the main card at each end at 2.5 cm and 5 cm. Use a bone folder to crisp and reinforce the folds.

Cut panels from white card for the decorating layers. For each card you need one piece 10.5 x 10.5 cm for the back of the card, and four pieces each 2 x 10.5 cm for the folds. Using scissors cut a 16 cm length of white card into curves to represent a snow bank.

In class we created two different backgrounds. One was stamped and coloured with pan pastels. The other was coloured with distress inks. We used die cut penguins and a stamped penguin to decorate the cards, but I also made lots of other sample cards showing a variety of other ideas.

Festive Foliage, blogged here.

It’s Cold Outside, blogged here.

 “Herd” You are Mooo…ving!, blogged here.

Husky Greetings, blogged here.

I also created a mini bridge card using Jane Gills new cat stamp set – Four Fine Feline’s which hasn’t been shown on the blog:

The fourth fella is on the back!

Another view. I used a 12×12 patterned paper from the shop as the small pattern was perfect to go with those fine felines! I stamped the cats onto coloured card and then added details with pens.

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October Card Club – Sneak Peaks!

This month at card club we are making three different Christmas cards using a one layer cut out technique. They are flat to post!

Please bring your colouring pencils, paints or zig pens (or similar). As the cards are one layer we are not using alcohol markers such as promarkers with these cards as the ink would show on the reverse. A small paint brush plus a clear Wink of Stella brush would also be useful.

You will also need scissors and a craft knife. A stamp press would also be very useful if you have one. If you are considering purchasing one we have them back in stock.

Please ring 01844 208996 or email if you would like to book a place and join us.


There will also be an extra special offer at class too!

We are using stamped images from the Creative Stamping Away in a Manger collection. If you have this set from Magathon please bring it with you.

The stamps and magazine cost just £5.99. Please let me know if you would like a copy reserved for you.

Away in a Manger – More Magathon Inspiration!

There has been so much creativity in the craft room in the last two days. I thought I would share a few of the projects created by our talented local crafters.

Sheila Brisland used Iced Spruce distress oxide ink to stamp her background words on dark blue card, and created a starry sky in her window scene.

Sheila also made this card inspired by an idea in the magazine, ideal for mass production!

Virginia Lawrence used masking and heat embossing to create this atmospheric vintage style card:

In total contrast this card by Virginia was very minimalistic and modern:

Andrea Ball also created a quick and simple card ready to mass produce:

Gemma Hart used a pretty Woodware border punch and a stitched circle die to create this sweet card:

Janet Dell used the new Marianne die to create this fab card.

And Janet used the same die plus the Away in a Manger stamp collection to create this unusual scrapbook layout:

The folded back design really showcases the photos.

And Janet used the stamps for all the details:

Whilst everyone was working Chloe Dell found my camera and took a few sneaky photos. This selfie is actually rather good!

Her family are oblivious to her photographic antics:

But we did pose for the camera!

Storm Brian left us with a really beautiful rainbow at Woodway Farm too:

We enjoyed all three Magathon days this week – thanks ladies for your company and creativity.

Here Comes Santa Claus

I thought I would share the make and take card we made at yesterdays coffee morning.

The image was stamped onto water colour card and coloured with Zig clean color real brush pens. We also used a clear Wink of Stella brush pen to add sparkle.

The glitter border was added by running a zig 2 way wedge tipped glue pen around the edges and then dipping in glitter. The background snow splatters were made with the Gansai Tambi Starry Colours metallic paints.

Traci also made a card and added a wide blue glitter border, plus added some silver embossing powder using the glue pen to Santa’s clothes, which was then heat embossed.

One image coloured in two very different ways. I think Traci’s card has a very modern feel to it.


This is the Woodware stamp set we used, designed by Jane Gill. The set cots £6. Please let us know if you would like one reserved for you.


Snowflake Penquins

The latest issue of Papercraft Essentials contains an extra Christmas themed magazine plus a gorgeous penguin die set.

The set has four dies. A parent penguin plus a baby, and a tiny sprig of holly plus a fish.

The magazine is full of ideas for using the set.
And there’s more than one article!
Here are just a few of the lovely cards from the magazine that you can make with this set.
A stepper card:

An inked background and scene:

A round card shaped like a globe:

This would make a lovely winters new baby card!

Circular stitched dies used for this card:
A cute fishing scene:

A pop up card:

This months issue costs £6.99 and I think it is going to be another very popular one! Please let us know if you would like a copy reserved for you.

Away in a Manger October Magathon

Just thought I would share a few projects created yesterday by our talented local crafters at our Wednesday October Magathon session!

Lesley Wright was very productive (again!). Here are a few of her makes. This first card was inspired by one of our sample cards created by Nina Lavelle of Creativity – this months guest designer!


Lesley’s second card was inspired by an idea in the magazine. I like the modern feel of this:

Lesley also created this cute and tiny gift card holder – another magazine idea:

And another sweet card created by Lesley:

We all fell in love with the little Christmas angel. I liked this sweet card created by Di Collier:

Barbara Frances had a go at the magic slider card with great results, and also created this layered fireplace which was beautifully coloured and layered. Both these pieces are ready to go on a card.

We also have five sample layouts for inspiration. I like this page created by Di Dale which makes the most of the patterned paper by Simple Stories – and what great photos!



The Creative Stamping Away in the Manger collection was used for the gold embossed highlights!

This is the collection we are working with this month and we are also using it next week at card club!


If you would like to join us this Friday or Saturday at our October Magathon workshops please ring 01844 208996 or email

Thanks ladies for sharing some of your projects with us.

Coffee Morning

We are running a free coffee morning in the craft room tomorrow, Thursday between 10.30-12am. I will be sharing techniques we learnt from Helen from Kuretake last Saturday.

If you would like to have a go yourself we are offering a free make and take – just bring your zig pens and Wink of Stella brush (if you have one) with you.

I’m making a cake this evening and everyone is welcome to join us.

Festive Wishes

The latest issue of Simply Cards and Papercraft has a really pretty large stamp plus small stamps and coordinating dies this month!

A close up of the cover gift. Excellent value at only £5.99 for this plus the magazine!

The magazine has heaps of ideas for using the set:

A shaker card:

A gap card:

A twisted easel card:

Plus some simpler ideas:

This article focusses on packaging!

Some lovely ideas:

Plus lots of other card ideas too. I like this one layer stamping article.

Please let us know if you would like a magazine reserved for you.