Author Archives: Christina Dore

Grid Style Card for a Mum

I have another card to share today, created by Traci Mortimer. This is for her mum. The card base is 8″ square and Traci has used a nested die to cut nine distressed squares to fit on the front. Six squares have been cut from two patterned papers, and three squares from plain pink card.
All the edges have been heavily inked, and the plain squares run through the new Creative Expressions Heart Strings embossing folder. Now start to add embellishments to the squares such as flowers and butterflies.
Add the recipients name. Traci has used gems which looks very pretty.
Add other die cuts as well, such as a large heart:
Thanks for sharing Traci. This is a very flexible design that could be created for lots of occasions.

Always Say Yes To Sprinkles!

Traci Mortimer has made a bright and cheerful fancy folding card using some donut patterned paper from the shop …..
…and as it is opened the panels swing to create an accordion design! This card has just two panels but it can be made as long as you want. Click here for a great video that shows how to assemble this die set and include a gift card!
Traci has used the Elizabeth Crafts Gift Card Accordion die as her card base, plus the coordinating Flourish Gift Frame. Both dies are designed by Karen Burniston. The tiny biscuits were die cut using this Marianne die. I hadn’t realised how cute they are until Traci made this card!
If you enjoyed watching the first video click here for another where Karen makes a three page card using these sets!
All the dies featured are in stock. Mention the secret word “sprinkles” at the till to unlock a 10% discount!

More New Products Plus Inspiration!

Lots of boxes arrived yesterday with new goodies ordered at the trade fair.
Having seen this amazing glass jar of succulents on one stand that have been made with card……
…I just had to order some of the dies!
And here is another pot:
And how clever is this – a decorated rock using the dies! So many great ideas. I’m looking forward to trying these ideas out myself!
Cosmic Shimmer have a new crackle paste. At the moment it is available in white, Ivory or black although pastel colours are coming. I ordered white as it is simple to colour it yourself!
These samples below show the paste after it has been spread over a stencil and left to dry. It cracks inwards from each edge. A really cool effect.
Flamingos are still very trendy. I liked this inexpensive set with three stamps and matching dies.
Here is a card to show them off:
We also have a selection of new Creative Expressions dies that are lots of fun.

The card on the left uses the Say Cheese set, and the card on the right uses the new Down on the Farm die set:
Farmyard Residents completes the farm collection.
You can see the cows, fence and foliage from these two sets on the card on the left.
Although this photo is out of focus hopefully you can see the honeycomb and bee from the Garden Critters set and how they have been used.
We also have Out of this World –  a fab space themed set of dies! I forgot to photograph the cards on display.
I was also taken with these Essential Words and Essential Numbers. They are REALLY BIG – so will be great for scrapbooking titles, or as a focal point on a card!
The new Marianne characters are back in stock. Our first delivery last week all sold out straight away! I spotted this cute gift parcel decorated with the Koalas on one of the stands which I thought was a lovely idea.
These two Dixie Craft dies are unusual. They cut a stitched shape with a scored line on one side to create peek a boo windows.
We also have both Creative Expressions Easter die sets back in stock plus the matching egg shaped treat cups. Check out this super cute shaker card!
A couple of close ups:
The card uses both sets! I like the way the bunny has been used separately by just snipping him away from the egg.

And finally some chipboard shapes. Locks and keys are very versatile and can be tacked into floral clusters for extra interest.
Please let me know if there is anything that you would like reserved for you.

Altenew Layered Rose

The latest issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft arrived today. This time it includes an Altenew layering die set to create a beautiful dimensional rose.
You just cut three flowers in a light, medium and dark shade with the three flower dies in the set and then glue them together.
The finished rose was so easy to make! Pat die cut these for me and I glued them together.
Two leaf dies are also included. Again simple to make:
The magazine itself has loads of ideas for using the die set:
You can also download some printed roses that fit the dies, plus a sheet of sentiments and some colour swatches. Most of us however have endless scraps of card we can use!
The magazine has lots of other ideas too. I liked this article using Woodware flower stamps. There were some lovely ideas for sets that we have in stock or have sold recently.
I have been noticing that now Ranger (Tim Holtz) have reintroduced alcohol inks they are suddenly springing up everywhere again. I liked the cards made with inks in this article. We have Letraset alcohol inks in stock which are actually cheaper than Ranger but work in exactly the same way.
This issue costs £6.99 and we have a limited number available. If you would like a copy reserved for you please let us know. Update: we now have just one copy left in stock.

New Goodies and a Panda Card!

Check out some of the lovely new craft goodies that have arrived. Please note I only have very limited quantities so if you spot something you would like please let me know.
I couldn’t resist these cute stamp sets with matching dies. The bunny and teddy hold tiny messages which are so sweet – and as I LOVE panda’s this was straight out of the packet!
(Update – both Panda sets have been reserved) And I made this card:
The dies leave a neat border around the stamped  images:
I coloured the background with inks and then used a heart die as a template to pencil the heart shape. I then glued tiny flowers all round the heart. The panda adds just the extra touch of cuteness! Any of the other cute images from these four sets would look fab too!
Here are the other two sets that feature either cute dogs or unicorns!
I have been trying to get hold of this Lawn Fawn set for a while. Perfect for adding “instructions” when you create interactive cards!
These Daily Transport stamps and die set are brand new. Some great sentiments and quotes on the stamp set. The dies would be great for travel layouts or masculine cards.
Tim Holtz layering stencils. Flowers are always so useful.
Two new D Ring albums. These do not have plastic inserts but we have separate packs in stock.
We also have a limited supply of Tombow glue!
And the T Square rulers are also back in stock. Ten are available so do please let us know if you want one reserved for you.

Job Vacancy

Linda Clare is looking to employ another person to join her small team of helpers. Linda needs some-one who can offer occasional flexible hours to cover holidays and sickness. They must be able to drive and be willing to work at the craft centre and at Linda’s home in Headington, Oxford.

Duties include helping Linda scrapbook and make cards, plus a limited amount of personal care.

If you are interested please email me, Christina, at in the first instance. Thank you.

February Card Club – What to Bring

This month we are making a stepped card design with a pretty floral decoration. The cards are suitable for many occasions. We will be die cutting and stamping plus using the double dip technique when making our flowers.
Please bring a large ball tool like one of these to class, your favourite trimmer plus your colouring pens or markers.
If you would like to join us please email or ring 01844 208996 to book a place.

Monday’s Mega Offer – Ink Pads!

This week we have some ink pad  bargains for you!
I have several multi coloured ink pads like the first selection on offer, which I find very useful for adding colour to stencilled designs, or for colouring flowers etc. I use either a finger dauber or a small stencil brush for picking up the exact colour of ink I want to use. They are also great for water colouring with too.
This large Splendour 12 colour pigment ink pad includes three metallic inks. Reduced from £11.30 to £61 left.
This smaller Colorbox pad Balloons, has six bright colours. Reduced from £8.90 to only £4. 3 available. All now gone.
Colorbox Gypsy (on the left), and Colorbox Farmhouse (on the right) have a more muted colour palette.. Also Reduced from £8.90 to only £4. 1 of each available.
These two Stazon ink pads in Rusty Brown and Iris are reduced to £5.50 for both.
Next on offer is a wonderful selection of full size  Brilliance pearlescent ink pads in a variety of colours. All these ink pads are pigment inks so you can add clear embossing powder and heat emboss with them as well as using them for detailed stamping. They all have a beautiful pearly sheen. I also like to water colour with them too! They are usually £5.50 but are reduced to only £3.
We have Pearlescent Ice Blue (4), Sky Blue (4), Jade (3) (all gone)  and Purple (3). (1 left)
Plus Pearlescent Yellow (3), Orange (1) (gone), and Coral (3). Blend these together for wonderful sunset skies!
And Pearlescent Crimson (3), Ivy (2) (both gone)  and Starlight Black (3).
Next we have four different colours of distress inks (in colours I seem to have managed to overstock!). Wild Honey (9), Twisted Citron (8), Forest Moss (5), and Pumice Stone (5). Usually they are priced between £5-£5.75 each but this selection are reduced to only £3!
If you would like anything reserved please leave a blog comment, or email, or ring us on 01844 208996.
More Monday Bargains next week!

Trés Belle

As promised here is the 12×12 layout Jenny Williams has created with this patterned paper available in the shop:
And this is the layout! The sunflowers in the top left hand corner have been added. They were cut from another piece of paper by Graphic 45.
Jenny has cut out the heart and layered it to one side. Crackle Glaze has been added on top.
Jenny used the left over paper from her mixed media heart that I shared yesterday to cut out and layer up the daisies printed on the paper. Microbeads have been added for texture:
A pull out tag has been used for the journaling.
A simple but lovely layout. Thanks Jenny. If you would like the heart  patterned paper featured (60p) please let us know.

Mixed Media Heart

This is such a beautiful heart that Jenny Williams has created from a 12×12 sheet of patterned paper available in the shop.
Jenny has cut the heart out from this paper and then added it to a cardboard backing. The paper was then “crackle glazed” and left to dry. The 12×12 patterned paper costs just 60P!
Such a fabulous effect!
Decoart One Step Crackle Glaze is a fantastic product. Just brush on and wait to dry. And it is amazing value at £2.40 a bottle (existing stock only)!
I like the quote Jenny has added:
Seam binding was inked to match so the heart can be hung up:
Flowers were cut from the remaining paper and leaves from coordinating card. Brads added to the flower centres and then everything arranged and glued to the heart.
Did you notice the tiny dragonflies and bees?
They were cut with the Cheery Lynn Tiny Things With Wings die set. Great value at only £8. 65. We have just the one set in stock.
To add texture Jenny has added seed beads and micro beads. What a fabulous effect. Brush Decoart mat multi medium onto the heart, add the beads etc. and leave to dry. Once dry the medium is invisible!
A really beautiful project Jenny. Thanks for sharing.
Check out the layout Jenny has created with the same paper tomorrow!