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April Magathon – Sneak Peaks!

Our April Magathon sessions this week on Wednesday and Friday feature the Bright & Breezy stamp collection. This month the magazine also comes with printed papers and a pack of buttons!
We have made a variety of layouts and cards for inspiration.
For cards bring: A4 card in white, blue, green, pink, plus a 6×6 pad of patterned papers. Masking Sheet.
For layouts bring: 12×12 card in white, pink, or blue for baby layouts, plus lace and small pieces of patterned paper for paper piecing. Kraft/Sand/Blue card for beach layout plus patterned papers for paper piecing. All Dressed Up style layouts – bring white or pale grey for base, plus patterned papers for paper piecing.
If you would like to join us on either Wednesday or Friday please ring 01844 208996 or email to book a place.

“Awesome Travels”

This is one of the Magathon layouts from last weeks classes, using stamps from the Creative Stamping “Life’s and Adventure” stamp set. The photo of my daughter was taken last summer when she was on holiday in Morocco.
I used bright colours to reflect the country and sunshine. The design is a simple one I have used repeatedly over the years. Basically three strips, which I have stamped to create a subtle tone on tone pattern.
The die cut compass was painted with Cosmic Shimmer patina paints which I was rather pleased with. You could also use a mixture of embossing powders to create an interesting effect.
We have one compass left in stock, and it is now reduced to half price.
I used the stamps to create lots of little embellishments which I have clustered together. The lines are for my daughters journaling.
The title has been made with a combination of Creative Expressions (Awesome)  and Cheery Lynn (Travels) dies. I like mixing fonts and sizes when creating a page title. I have also stacked them for some extra dimension.
This was an easy but fun layout to put together, and my daughter really likes it too.

March Magathon – “Life’s an Adventure”

We have all enjoyed using this months Creative Stamping collection of stamps. Great for masculine cards and travel themed layouts! With four layouts and fourteen cards we have heaps of ideas and inspiration for you.
What to bring for scrapbooking: 12×12 card in kraft, red, green, yellow, plus woodgrain patterned paper.
What to bring for card making: white and cream card blanks in a selection of sizes. A4 card in Kraft, black, white and a selection of colours. A 6×6 paper pack of small floral designs. Masking sheet and a piece of thick clear acetate (like you find packaging die sets) for trying out a new technique!

One Layout Design – 12 Magathon Months!

Throughout 2017 I created a border design layout for Magathon using the stamps from the latest issue of Creative Stamping that we were working with. I thought you might like to see how productive I was!
I started the year with my first border design “Cheers“. I used lots of the tiny images to create the border, all stamped in black and white.  I sprayed inks in the centre and all the embellishments were made with the stamp set! The January collection: What Ever the Weather was great fun to work with.
In February the stamp set ” Truly Scrumptious” was full of sweets so I created a jelly baby border and lollypop embellishments for my  “Sprinkled With Fun” layout featuring my sweet niece Laila.
In March I went back to a black and white border using the “Handmade With Love” stamp collection for my layout “SEW Handmade“. No ink spraying this time, but the stitch stamps in the set were perfect for my background and corners.
In April the L’aquarelle collection include this pretty butterfly so I created a double frame using distress inks and then created a rainbow border of butterflies. I loved how this turned out.
I water coloured the butterflies with my zig pens.
And I couldn’t resist using the dragonfly for a second border design “My Wildlife Pond” with some of my pond photos. I stamped the dragonflies with pearlescent Brilliance ink so they shimmer!
I used the playing cards in May for “Good Times” using the Enchanted collection. I simply masked the king and queen playing card image to create my border design.
I used the Sea View collection to create a double stamped border for my June layout “let the Sunshine”. I used coloured inks when stamping the images so this was surprisingly quick to make.
In July I used the Timeless Moments collection to create this layout featuring my dad, “Stationary Engine”. This month I used pan pastels to colour and create the cog borders. I started off with just cream card!
In August we used two magazines. Creative Stamping comes out every four weeks rather than monthly so everyone had the choice of either, or both!
The Sprinkled with Love Collection was full of cooking images so perfect when you have a daughter who loves to bake. I created a tone on tone border this time, and used the images for the embellishment and journaling tag  with “All I Want For Christmas”.
The Garden Retreat Collection had loads of summery images and I used the top of a tree with Kaleidacolor inks to create this border design. I added a frame made with patterned paper this time for a change.
In September I used the Colours of the Season collection for my layout “Cuttlebrook”. I used the small leaves that came in the collection for my border plus I made a double inner frame. The tree, banner, pine cones and words inside the banner are all stamps in the set.
I used a kaleidacolor ink pad to stamp the leaves with which gave a lovely multi coloured effect:

In October the Away in the Manger collection was perfect for some festive photos I wanted to scrapbook. I used the versatile musical swirl and blue ink with blue card to create the border. I then used the small Christmas lights stamp to create a second smaller stamped frame for the page.
To tell the story of “The Sound of Music” I added a hinged photo mat and more photos:
In November we used the Christmas Sparkle Collection and I didn’t create a border design! However, I was very pleased with “Christmas Sparkle & Joy” as it used lots of the images!
And I also created “Pantomime Fancy Dress” that included lots of gold heat embossing, and photos taken in 1994. I’m the cat!
In December we used the Vintage Spring Collection. I really loved this branch of blossom so used it for my border design to frame a central photo!
But this time it was side 2 of a double layout “Greek Retreat”:
It has been great fun recreating my border design each month with each new set of stamps. I am rather pleased with my latest design using the current “Life’s an Adventure” set. If you are a scrapbooker you will find heaps of inspiration every month at our Magathon sessions with at least four different layouts created by the team!

Magathon Box Cards!

I love a pop up box card. They are always so impressive and can be created in so many ways! Here are just a few I made last year for some of our Magathon sessions.
I worked out a rectangle design for this weather themed box so that the rainbow fitted inside!
Jelly babies were a cute addition to this sweet themed box:
Another rectangle shaped box so I could fit in that knitting!
A rectangle box again to fit in the postcards for this vintage themed box:
A pop up box for a guy:
And a very special unicorn themed birthday box:
A nautical themed box using one of my favourite Creative Stamping collections from 2017:
And a pretty birthday card for a five year old that could be adapted for any age!
All the pop up boxes were filled with images from each months Creative Stamping magazine and were great fun to make. If you haven’t booked a Magathon session yet why not give it a go?

February Magathon – Inspiration from the Craft Room!

Although a few of us were unsure about the Hello Gorgeous stamp collection we ended up creating loads of cards and layouts with them. It turned out to be more flexible than we originally thought!
Linda Turner used the two ink masking technique to create the beautiful card on the right, and the flower cluster made a lovely frame for a sentiment.
Jess Maine also created a pretty card using the flower cluster as a frame. plus these two other elegant designs:
June Maine was inspired by one of our scrapbook layouts and used the idea to create a large 8×8 card. Really beautiful!
Lesley Wright created this simple but effective grid design….
…plus this elegant card with an unusual lemon colour scheme…
…and this striking masculine card using one of the new Presscut cut and emboss folders!
Gemma Hart has used the same folder to create a lovely feminine card. Check out those wonderfully embellished earrings!
And finally Barbara Francis was inspired by a design in the magazine and has created her version. We all loved it!
So clever!
Next month we are using the “life’s an Adventure” set which will be perfect for masculine cards and travel layouts! If you would like to join us don’t forget to book early so we have enough magazines/stamp sets.
Thanks for sharing your cards ladies.

February Magathon – What To Bring!

To be honest, when I first saw the Creative Stamping Hello Gorgeous stamp collection I did think “this is going to be a challenge”.  However, I have been pleasantly surprised at how versatile and fun this set of stamps have been to use!
The team and myself have created plenty of projects for you:

What to bring for Scrapbooking.
Pat has created a vintage style layout. Bring a couple of sheets of coordinating patterned paper and matching 12×12 coloured card, plus some thin ribbon.

I have created a bright, modern layout using a photo of my daughter and her friends. Bring a sheet of 12×12 patterned paper, two sheets of 12×12 coloured card to coordinate, plus an A4 sheet of watercolour card.

Jenny has created beautiful layout featuring her daughter as a bridesmaid. You will need a 12×12 sheet of patterned paper with colours to compliment your photo,  plus a 12×12 of coordinating coloured card.

Janes first layout (not seen in the large photo above) highlights her gorgeous cat! You will need 12×12 card in black and white, plus small pieces of patterned papers in shades of reds, pinks, greys and blacks. I will be scraplifting this design!
Janes second layout (also not seen in the large photo above) is another page for her sister’s wedding album. You will need 12×12 card in white, plus embroidery thread in a colour to compliment the photos, Plus scraps of card to make flowers. I will be scraplifting this design as well!


Card Making: A4 card in white, black, pink, lilac, and scraps of green.

A sheet of gold or silver foil. Gems and pearls. Don’t forget your colouring pens or markers.

There will be the opportunity to try out the new Presscut cut and emboss folders…

…. plus create some shaped cards too.

If you would like some creative “time out” why not join us. We have spaces at this weeks classes on  Wednesday 14th February, Friday 16th February and on Saturday 17th February. However, we do only have two magazines left. Please email or ring 01844 208996 to book a place.

Pretty Shaped Floral Card

Janet Dell has made a very pretty card using stamps from the Creative Stamping Music & Dance collection. Janet has used just one of the sentiments, plus a corner image.
The card base was made with the scalloped semi circular die set that we have on offer in our January sale. It folds flat and fits inside a standard envelope. We have two left, reduced to only £14 The flowers were die cut using this really lovely Pinwheel Floral Sue Wilson die set.
Thanks for sharing Janet.

Magathon Cards Created Today

I thought I would share a few cards that were created today by our talented local crafters. We are using the Creative Stamping Music & Dance stamp collection this week and it is always fun to see some of the ideas from the class.

Di Collier used a sunray stencil, clear ink and pan pastels to create this really striking card!

Lesley Wright created this soft and pretty birthday card, again using pan pastels:

Barbara Francis used a brick stencil with pan pastels for her background as well. The guitars make great focal embellishments for the design.


And finally another card by Di Collier, this time keeping to a monochromatic colour scheme:


We only have two magazines left  but if you would like to join us we have spaces on Friday and Saturday. Please ring 01844 208996 or email to book a place.

Thanks for sharing your creations ladies.

January Magathon!

Get ready to rock and roll with this months Magathon selection! We are using the fabulous Creative Stamping Music & Dance collection for our projects, and we have heaps of inspiration to share!

Techniques this month include heat embossing, making  a shaker card and a shaped card plus creating backgrounds with pan pastels or distress oxide inks.

What to bring for cards: A4 card in white, black, grey, brown, and shades of two other colours. We have used shades of green and orange for our samples. Plus two patterned papers in colours to coordinate. A4 water colour card. A4 double sided foam adhesive sheets (for shaker, and available in the shop).
What to bring for scrapbooking: 12×12 patterned paper in ombré or subtle patterns plus coordinating 12c12 card stock. Jenny used these:

Pat used this Fabscraps paper available for her vintage style page:

Places are available on all three sessions this week, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday. Please ring 01844 208996  when we are open, or email to book a place.
We will have a VERY SPECIAL class offer too!