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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Scrapbook Challenge No 8

I have saved this challenge until now because it would appear from the weather forecast, we are going to get some snow in February. Just in case our theme this month is….
and here are a few ideas to get you going.
(I will put a photo on if we get snow between now and 29th Feb. Promise)
janina beckett
Looking forward to seeing your lovely creations. Challenge closes on 29th February 2012 and the winner will be chosen by Random.Org.
This months prize is one of our two page kits newly launched on our website. Good luck everyone. xx

Saturday, January 28, 2012

More scrummy examples from Gayle

Gayle never makes two or three examples for a class, she makes loads and they are all scrummy.
Here are a few more using her new Digi Stamps.
Circle Flower Digi Stamp(Coming Soon)
Circle Leaves Digi Stamp(Coming Soon)
And another example of the Heart Leaves Digi Stamp using red leaves instead of the grey in the previous post.
That’s all for now but I am working on a Scrapbook page using one of these lovely stamps. Keep checking back for more ideas. xx

Friday, January 27, 2012

New Release

Yes we had another Gayle Bond stamp launch class this evening and Gayle made some lovely cards.
Here are a few photos to tickle your fancy and four of the new Digi Stamps are already on the website and ready for download. The rest will go on over the next few days.
Heart Hearts Digi Stamp
Gayle designed these cards specifically so that you can cut out the heart , oval or circle apperture and put your own picture, artwork or stamp it.
In this card example Gayle has cut out the heart and then attached strips of ribbon behind the heart creating a bar effect. This then allows you to thread an arrow through the ribbon to complete the card.
Heart Leaves Digi Stamp
In this example we have cut out the heart and woven red dotty ribbon on the reverse of the apperture using masking tape to hold it in place. Then take a cotton wool pad (Usually used for taking make up off) and attach to the back pushing gently into the ribbon to "Pad it". Lastly cut a square of white card and neatly cover the pad so that the inside of the card looks neat.
Heart Swirls Digi Stamp
In this example the heart has been cut out. Next make a small collage using a script stamp and distress inks. Stick this behind the heart apperture and then add a butterfly. TIP if you make a larger collage on a piece of paper you will have enough to use for the stamped butterfly as well.
Oval Flowers Digi Stamp
To make this card you will need two prints of this digi stamp printed off. Cut the oval apperture out of the main one and then colour the flowers in your chosen colour. Colour a few chosen flowers on the second sheet and cut out the flowers. Stick the flowers in place on the original using glue in the middle only. When dry, bend the petals upwards. lastly add your photo.
We’ve had a great evening. Don’t forget to keep coming back to check out all of the new releases over the coming weeks. xx

DT Call

Our DT call finishes on 31st January we have loads of lovely entries but we still need more.

You can see our original post HERE. xx

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Card Challenge 68

This year we thought we’d try to include certain things in our challenges so once a month we will be doing a SKETCH. This is the one I have done for Challenge 68
sketch 1
and here a few examples to get you going.
sue u
Looking forward to seeing all of your lovely creations. xx

And the winner is…

Card Challenge number 67 has drawn to a close with some fantastic Valentine cards to give you inspiration.

The winner, as selected by Random.Org is


Sheryl C


Congratulations Sheryl, you will be entered into our half year draw.

Thank you to everyone who entered. I will be putting all of the entries into our Valentines gallery to provide everyone with inspiration for years to come. xx

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Another Inky Day

Yes it was Tim Holtz Product Class today with another project using some of the fantastic products that Tim Holtz uses in his ever increasing range of products.
Here are a few photos of the day.
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And here is the Class Project
There are two new Classes available for booking. You can book Februarys HERE and Marchs HERE. Every project is different so come along and play with products and learn some new techniques.
Thanks to everyone who came today. Hope you enjoyed it.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Card Design Team Call

Hi everyone. I am looking for a few new people to add to our already superb Card Challenge Design Team. I have looked back at all of the entries to all of the card challenge this year and there are so many wonderful creations that I can’t decide. So over the month of January I am going to run a challenge.
Here goes
If you would like to be on the Card Challenge Design Team in 2012 you need to make three cards or choose cards from 2011, from the following categories:
New Home
So choose three categories from the above list and make one card for each of your chosen categories.
Then e-mail a picture of each one (you can send close ups as well if you wish) to me at The e-mail subject should be DESIGN TEAM 2012. Remember to include your blog address and your name.
Ooooh this is exciting. Closing date 31st January 2012. This is open to everyone world wide so don’t be shy. 
Looking forward to seeing all of your lovely creations. xx

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Card Challenge 67

Now I know this is a little bit early but I’m sure there are loads of card makers out there looking for designs for this special occasion so our theme this week is….
My Sweet Valentine
Here are a few examples from the DT with more to come later today. (I’m a bit early postingSmile
Julie Blakeman
Jeannie Reed
Sue Upson
More later.
Looking forward to seeing all of your scrummy cards. xx

And the winner is….

Thank you for entering your fantastic Snow cards. The winner of this challenge as chosen by Random.Org is
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Please take the time to pop across to Lizys blog (click on her name above this card) and see all of her lovely work and don’t forget to leave a comment for her too.
Congratulations Lizy you will be entered into our half year draw plus you can e-mail me at with your choice of 5 of our Digi stamps and I will get them over to you asap.
Once again, thank you to everyone who had a go and watch out for the next challenge. xx
The winners of our Christmas Scrapbook Challenge as chosen by is…..
Congratulations Lyndsey you will be entered into our half yearly prize draw taking place on 30th June 2012.
Watch out for another challenge coming soon. xxx

Monday, January 16, 2012

Belly Bands

We had some lovely entries to our class Belly Band competition, unfortunately not enough for voting (we needed 20) but still a lovely selection.

Thank you to everyone who took part. xxx

Thursday, January 12, 2012



Jeannie photo-1

Jeannie is a valued member of our Design team and we are also lucky enough to have her as part of our team in the shop. Jeannie has a very eclectic style, is able to turn her hand to both Scrapbooking and Cardmaking.and is always full of surprises.

We asked Jeannie a few questions so you could get to know her better.

1.What is your favourite tool?
My favourite card making tool is definitely my Herma glue dispenser – I just hate to craft without it!
2. What is your favourite technique?
My favourite technique is paper piecing, either stamping onto different patterned papers or cutting patterned papers freehand - one of my favourite ( and well used) designs is cute birds in trees
3. What colours do you like using most?
I think black and white cards always look very effective but I don’t have any favourite colours.
4. Name your favourite embellishment.
I like to use paper flowers and leaves to make pretty embellishments
5. Do you ever buy a card and why?

This year, although I did make about 60 Christmas cards, for the first time in about 10 years I bought some Christmas Cards as due to an increase in my working hours I ran out of time to make them all.

6. What occasion do you not like making cards for?
I find it difficult to make wedding cards as it is such a special occasion I worry that my card will not be up to scratch.
7. What occasion is your favourite for making cards?
I love making Birthday Cards that I can personalise for the person that I’m making it for.
8. Tell us three things about yourself.
1) My family call me the mad cat lady. 2) My ambition is to own a vintage VW Camper. 3)My favourite place is St Ives in Cornwall.
9. What do you predict will be popular (name a technique or style) in 2012 in the cardmaking world?
I think with the increasing variety of new cutting dies on the market that die cuts will feature strongly on cards this year and also there seems to be several new ranges of paper featuring hexagons as part of the design which may reflect in card designs this year.
10. What card size do you use most and why?
Most of my cards are square as square cards always seem to look more balanced to me.

We asked Jeannie to send 3 or four of her favourite cards from 2011 to share with you.



You can see more of Jeannies work on her blog Lilac Kitty Creations.

Thank you for sharing Jeannie. We look forward to seeing all of your lovely work in 2012. xx