Category Archives: Card Club

Card Club Finale – An Impossible Card!

The “Impossible” card has been all over the internet this weekend, so we were right on trend when we made our version at card club last week!
My version measured 6″x4″ which means that you can get three card bases from one piece of A4 card, or six card bases from one piece of 12×12 card! It’s also a great design for using up scraps of patterned papers.
In class we used the Creative Stamping Bright & Breezy collection of stamps that we used this month at Magathon for decoration.
The stamp set gave lots of options!
I also used a sweet unicorn stamp and die set for another sample:
And small dies are also perfect for decoration. Here I have used some cute woodland characters designed by Karen Burniston.
The sentiments are Woodware stamps.
If you view the card from above you can see why it is called an impossible card. The card is made with just one piece of card and the centre panel that sticks up has not been added!
I also made a larger 5″x7″ base and decorated it with Marianne dinosaurs.
Any of the characters would look good with this design. I might have to use the new birthday  hippo next!
Everyone at card club was surprised at how easy this card was to make. I felt it was a fun card for our card club finale!

Card Club Finale – Sneak Peaks!

Our very last classes start on Saturday (and next Wednesday) and I think the card we will be creating will intrigue you!
Once you have mastered the design (which is not difficult!) it can be decorated in loads of different ways, using all the stamps and dies you already own.
Please bring your colouring pens or markers to class. To make the card no special equipment is needed!
Places are now very limited. On Saturday 14th April in the morning  we have 3 spaces, and on Saturday afternoon 1 space. On Wednesday 18th April the morning is fully booked and in the afternoon we have just 2 spaces left. Please email or ring 01844 208996 if you would like to book a place.

March Card Club – Sneak Peaks!

This month we are creating three different cards using a variety of different techniques.

I’m sure you will enjoy trying out some new ideas for using embossing powders

A few sneak peaks:


Please bring the following to class if you can: a heat tool, a stamp press, a clear ink pad such as Wow! or Versamark, a fine line black pen and a jumbo dauber.

We are running classes every morning from Wednesday to Saturday this week, plus on Saturday afternoon. If you have not yet booked and would like to join us this week at card club please ring 01844 208996 when we are open, or email to book a place.

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.

Glitter Technique Cards

One of the techniques we used at December card club was to stamp an image in a light coloured ink and then trace the image with a fine glue pen such as the Sakura Quickie glue pen, adding coloured glitters to colour the image. These are the sample cards I made for card club using Woodware flower stamps:
I also used the brand new Woodware Little Bird stamp from the latest release and love the finished result.
I think you can see the sparkle in this photo. I also added some subtle inking through a stencil for some background interest:
I also tried coloured embossing powders and the same technique. I heated the powders all together once I had filled in the outline. I also added some extra details with the glue pen too. The technique worked great with embossing powders and I love the variety of effects you can achieve!
Look for an image with a clear outline for the best results. I have found that many of the Woodware stamps are ideal for this technique.
Michelle Hobbs has made her first Christmas cards of 2018 using the technique! This wreath looks fabulous……
….and really sparkles. My photo just doesn’t do it justice!
Michelle also used this fun Woodware Santa stamp with the same technique.
Having tried out all the different types of fine glue pens I do think the Sakura Quickie glue pen gives the best results as the line is finer, and amazingly it has gone down in price! It used to be £3.99 and now it is only £2.99.
Do try out this technique for yourself, and if you need new stamps, glitters, embossing powders or the fine line pen – we have everything in stock!!!!

Revolving Spinner Cards

It was great fun creating all the samples for card club last week. We used Lawn Fawn stamps for the class. By the end of the week we had fourteen different cards!

Some cards had colour changing images like these kites:
And this unicorn:
Others had images inside the main image that changed like this jar of bugs:
Or the clothing inside the washing machine:
We even had a card where the dog changed the colour and texture of his fur coat!
Of course the design can be used with lots of other dies and stamps. Nannette Graham and Dawn Watson created cards using the latest issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft. This is Nanette’s very pretty card that I managed to photograph. As the wheel is turned the butterfly changes colour:
The butterfly and flowers are dies and the embossing folder has been used for the front panel of the card.
  Virginia Lawrence went home and pulled out some stamps from Creative Stamping that had been used at Magathon last year and made these two fun cards!
The lollypop changes colour……
…and the ball of wool changes colour. How inventive is that!
I hope everyone who took advantage of our special class offer to add Lawn Fawn to their own personal craft collection will have lots of fun using them. Julie Staves used her new Lawn Fawn “Critters in the Artic” set to make this fab card:
Do please bring in any cards you make so that I can share them on the blog.


What do you get is you combine the Creative Stamping Vintage Springtime collection, plus our November card club design?
This beautiful card created by our very own Jane Towse!
Wonderful water colouring using the zig pens:
Quite a stunning card:

If you would like this issue and stamps please let us know. At only £5.99 it is exceptional value.

December Card Club – Sneak Peaks!

This month we are making FOUR thank you cards. Simple designs but each one uses a different technique!
Please bring a fine line glue pen to class such as Zig, Stix2 or a Sakura quickie glue pen (available to purchase in the shop), plus a fine line black pen and a soft brush if you have one.
Our Saturday session is fully booked, but we have spaces weekdays on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning.
if you would like to join us please ring 01844 208996 or email to book a place.
There will also be a VERY special class offer to that you will not want to miss!

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!


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.