Yearly Archives: 2017

Whale Watching

Margaret Baily had the perfect patterned paper for her background when she took on the optional chevron scrap club challenge!

And wonderful photos of Humpback Whales too!

By creating a layered photo mat Margaret was able to include quite a few photos……

…and her journaling:

Love the way Margaret has layered her chevrons and added ric rac on top too!

I asked for some background stamping as p[art of the challenge, and Margaret has added some stamped birds!

Like the way the alphabet dies used for the title have been cut twice and shadowed:

A fabulous page worthy of those fabulous photos! Thanks for sharing Margaret.



Beach Baby

I have another beautiful layout to share created by Linda Clare and this is stunning!


The page features two charming photos of Madeleine at the beach. Themed patterned papers sit behind the photos and a lovely cluster of flowers frame them.

Lots of little details like the fence, net and seagulls add interest.

Journaling has been added to a tag:

The flowers are mostly by Prima….

…and nestled between are tiny shells:


All the edges have been distressed and inked and the title has been inked to match:

Love the subtle inking on the gulls too:

This page would look fabulous framed on the wall before being added to the family album. Thanks so much for sharing Linda.


August Magathon – Sneak Peaks and What to Bring

This month we are using both Sprinkled with Love and Garden Retreat collections of the Creative Stamping magazine!

Sprinkled with Love Cards:

You will need white card blanks in 6×4, 5×5, 6×6 and 5×7 size, but all the designs can be adapted. Stamping card. I have also used coloured card in purple, aqua, pink and pale green for the sample cards.

I also have a Christmas card variation for you!

Don’t forget your colouring pens or markers!

I will be demonstrating a variety of techniques using pan pastels.

Please also bring some doily’s and gems.

This month we have three different Sprinkled with Love Scrapbook layouts.

You will need 12×12 card in white for two of the designs, plus two 12×12 sheets in colours to go with your photos. I have also created a layout that uses 3″ x 3″ squares of coloured card. Bring half a dozen colours that coordinate. Enough for at least eight squares.

Garden Retreat Cards: we have three different designs for you that can be recreated in many ways. Bring coloured A4 card and some 6×6 patterned paper that coordinate.

You will also need white or coconut white stamping card.

Don’t forget your colouring pens or markers.

We have four different scrapbook layouts to share this time! You will need 12×12 card in white, plus shades of green.

Plus a few pieces of patterned paper that feature leaves or flowers!

If you have any flowers such as Prima they would be useful too.

Places available at Magathon this week: Wednesday is fully booked but we have three spaces on Friday and five on Saturday. Please ring us on 01844 208996 or email to book a place.

Lavish Label Layers

The latest issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft magazine is now in stock.

This month the free cover gift is a stamp set with matching label dies!

Here’s a close up:

I have stamped out the images and there’s a lot included:

The small words fit inside the banner and the larger sentiments fit into the oval:

This image is really lovely…….

….and together with the matching die would work great for the peek a boo cards we did at card club. Thanks Julie Staves for spotting that!

I stamped this label using Pear Tart Memento ink. I love the stitched detail of the small oval.

The three dies that come with the stamp set are so versatile……..

…as Jane demonstrates here!

The packaging includes further ideas plus a bottle template:

I found it was very easy to trace the outline using copy paper:

The magazine also has some lovely ideas for using the set:

There are lots of other articles too. This one on the spotlight technique caught my eye….

….especially as it features Jane Gill’s Woodware Cosmos Flower stamp that I know lots of us have!

Having “played” with the cover gift I think this issue which costs £5.99 and is very good value indeed. Please let us know if you would like it reserved for you.


Having die cut over 100 titles for scrap club this month I was left with rather a lot of negative “waste”, and then a thought struck me – why not use one for a background!

So here is the finished layout and I love the effect.

I coloured a piece of smooth white 12×12 card with pan pastels which was very quick to do. A quick spray of cheap hairspray acts as an effective fixative. The die cut “waste” was then glued on top. I cut it just a fraction smaller so I had a thin border, which I enhanced by inking.

I die cut a glass and bottle as embellishments and backed them with scraps of paper. The photos were taken of Sarah and her friend Sophie at the Haddenham Beer Festival last year, which will be recorded on the bottle!

The background could also be coloured with distress inks, water colours or even Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders. This is a design I will definitely recreate again!

“Ball Pit Fun”

I have another lovely layout to share created by Linda Clare. The spotty patterned paper is from the Bo Bunny Penguin Splash collection. This reverse side was perfect for the theme. Linda has added punched circles of coloured card on top to mimic the balls in the play pit.

The design has been planned around the cute photo of Linda’s granddaughter, Madeleine.

Journaling will be written on the die cut labels:

Punched circles embellished with shaped buttons make a simple but effective embellishment.

Linda used a sketch as the starting point for the page. We have a file of designs in the craft room if you ever need a bit of extra inspiration when cropping! Thanks for sharing again with us Linda. I suspect quite a few of us have similar photos we could use for a page like this.

Oh Snap!

Michelle Hobbs was so inspired by card club that she went straight home and recreated the design again with lots of variations!

Michelle challenged herself to find other shapes in place of the circle we used. This card features a hexagon window and a Sweet Dixie beer mug die cut:

Heart dies were perfect for this wedding anniversary card……


….and when it opens a photo of the couple last year on their wedding day is revealed!

And we all loved this Christmas variation in the craft room featuring both Woodware and Lawn Fawn stamps.


We all laughed when it was opened!

Oh snap!

Thanks Michelle for sharing. I am so pleased that everyone is enjoying the creative opportunities this card club design offers.

“Photo Bomb”

Jane Towse has created another beautiful layout for her sisters wedding album, using a fun photo.

I love the cluster of elements Jane has created to embellish the page. The purple doily in the background is made with a Cheery Lynn die. Doily dies are so useful to have as they can be cut in any colour and used in so many ways. The hearts are chipboard blanks available in the shop. Jane has heat embossed them with purple embossing powder.

The lace has been stitched below the photo:

Stamping added using first, second and third generation images:


Jane used this stamp set. We are out of stock at the moment but are happy to order it for you.

Thanks for sharing Jane. This is another stunning page for the wedding album.

Distress Oxide Happy Birthday Card

I love the background and design of this colourful card created by Jenny Williams.


If you spray water over a blended distress oxide inked background the white areas created really seem to glow:

The focal birthday cake image has been stamped, fussy cut and paper pieced!

Jenny has matted the front panel onto some coordinating patterned paper. 6×6 paper pads are so useful when creating cards such as this as they give lots of patterns to choose from.

Jenny has used the Creative Stamping Timeless Moments collection for the numbers and background circle star images. I have asked the manufacturer to send me more magazines for the shop by the way!



Jenny used this useful Woodware stamp set designed by Jane Gill for the cake.

This is a really useful set as it has lots of fun sentiments in a mix of fonts.



Although this is one of the cards we shared at Magathon this month it could be recreated with birthday stamps you already have. And your distress oxide inks too of course!