Author Archives: Christina Dore

Oh Christmas Tree!

We were all asked to take a home made ornament to my nieces’ wedding which I thought was a lovely idea for December wedding!

I made a trio of small hearts:


The largest features Gemma and Steve’s initials which I cut electonically:


The medium heart was made with the inside negative waste left over from cutting the first and smallest heart! I added glitter so they have a little sparkle.

I attached lace to the smallest heart. All the ribbons and large pearls were attached using my Stix2 hot glue gun. The hearts were die cut four times and layered to make them sturdy.

I used this Elizabeth Craft Designs Twisted Hearts die set which I’ll be able to use on some of the wedding layouts too!

Sarah made this sweet bird house. The roof tiles were all hand cut and layered.

My ornaments hanging on the tree:


I didn’t know this was being taken!




Look what was delivered today! I love opening boxes…….
Gorgeous new Kaisercraft papers.  Wandering Ivy collection.
Packs and another couple of individual papers are being delivered in January.
All double sided:
A new idea – an embossing folder designed around a blank central area with a coordinating die.
We have all six designs in stock.
I liked the versatility of this new John Next door embossing folder.

Make shaped cards with ease with these great die sets:

Come with lots of coordinating decorating dies as well:
The tree and heart are at a reduced price too!
A restock of the new Crafts Too trimmer. Very reasonably priced and cuts well.
Beautiful boxed D Ring albums in pink, blue or dark brown:
Anyone been to Australia. These packs contain 12 double side papers….
….and a bonus sticker sheet. Great for travel layouts!
A close up of the patterns:
Please let us know if there is anything that you would like reserved for you.

TRAVEL UPDATE: although Woodway Farm itself is still snowy and icy, all the roads around Thame are clear. I had no problems travelling  to the craft centre today.

Wishing You a Lifetime of Love

I thought I would share the wedding card I made for my lovely niece Gemma and her new husband Steve.

I used the November card club design with wedding themed patterned papers from my stash:

I backed the wedding dress with silver glitter paper, and added pearls to embellish.

The wedding couple die is a really good size and cerates the focal point of interest on the card. It cut beautifully even though the dress is very detailed.

The die cut “Lets Celebrate Today” has been trimmed with pearls. The sentiment is from a lovely Woodware greeting stamp set designed by Jane Gill.

The wedding on Saturday was such a wonderful day and everything was so perfect. My niece and her husband were so happy.  Even the snow held off until Sunday morning!


December Magathon – Sneak Peaks!

This month we are using the delightful Vintage Springtime collection – perfect for chasing away the winter blues.
What to bring for the scrap book layouts: Layout 1 (double, 3 sheets of 12×12 coconut white card, holiday or garden photos, one focal photo plus three 6×4 portrait photos, a sheet of 12×12 patterned paper in colours to suit your photos plus one 12×12 card in a complimentary colour:
Layout 2: 12×12 white card plus coloured card plus two different sheets of patterned paper in colours to compliment your photos. Four smallish photos, two landscape and two portrait would be ideal but design can be adapted.
Layout 3: two identical sheets of 12×12 patterned paper with a flower border design. Coloured card to coordinate.One or two photos featuring friends.
Cards: bring white card blanks 4×4, 5×5, 6×6 and 5×7. A4 card in white,  coconut white, Kraft, grey and a selection of colours.
6×6 patterned paper with a subtle green pattern….
…. plus a 6×6 paper pad to give you some choices:
12×12 patterned paper in two complimentary designs plus 12×12 card in a colour to coordinate:
Gems, micro beads and a clear wink of Stella brush for some finishing touches. Don’t forget your colouring pens:
We are running all day classes this Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. If you would like to join us please email or ring 01844 208996 to book a place.
PS I have driven to A Maze of Memories today. The roads around Thame are clear but at the moment there is a lot of snowy slush at Woodway Farm itself. I had no problems getting there from Thame or parking outside. I’ll update tomorrow again however.

Charlie Rees

I have another good idea to share from Lous Rees who has completed her scrap club challenge layout using her free tape.
Lous has created square borders and alternatively stitched or flaked them!
The stitching is so even, and all the lines are perfectly straight. Great work Lous!

Sky Ride

Check out the layout Julie Staves made for her scrap club challenge!
So creative!
Julie has used metallic flake, glitter, stitching and ribbons with her free tape from last month – and still has loads of tape left!
A brilliant take on the challenge! Thanks for sharing Julie.

First Anniversary

Linda Clare and Margaret have made a beautiful anniversary card using Kraft and cream card, plus the Sweet Dixie Floral Heart Frame die.
The heart was added to the card on foam pads. It is a really lovely shape.
Personalised details have been added to the centre of the heart. A small photo could also be used as an alternative.
This is the die Linda has used. It costs just £8.95 and we have two in stock. Thanks for sharing ladies. Such a pretty yet elegant card.

Designer Inspiration

I spotted these two fabulous cards on Facebook, created by Jane Gill and Françoise Read, using their new stamp designs and just had to share!
This first card uses Françoise’s new tree stamp set:
I just love the arty feel of this, which looks so hard to achieve. But the stamp set has the smudgy shapes as stamps! If you look closely you can see them! So clever.
And the colouring on this card by Jane is so beautiful. I think Jane has used her bleached distress ink technique that she shared with us in September.
A gorgeous stamp set with a lovely greeting as well. I like the way it has been curved on the card.
Both stamps sets are in stock and cost £6 each. Please let us know if you would like either reserved for you.

Shaker Deer Frame

This is another of my card club variations!
I have attached a floating shaker panel to the front! I used my fuse tool to seal two layers of plastic for the shaker and then sandwiched it between two die cut shapes.
I used real wood veneer (available by the metre in the shop with the ribbons) for the back panel, and the stamped deer and baubles were the cover gift on Simply Cards and Paper Craft magazine a couple of issues back.
I cut the frame in white and then coloured just the deer plus I added gems to the frame.
This is the die I used for the frame. We have one available in the shop. I’m really pleased how the final card turned out. The shaker element adds a lot of fun to the design.


We were treated to some yummy cakes today in the craft room. Janet Dell bought in a lemon drizzle and cup cakes, and Marilyn Cassford made this fabulous ginger and caramel cake.

It tasted as delicious as it looks!

Thank you so much ladies. We all enjoyed our unexpected treats.