Sandie Vincent

Good Morning!   This is a sad post to be writing as we say farewell to you, although having 3 children of my own I fully understand Sam’s decision to close the shop while on Maternity leave!  So today I will follow suit from the other design team members and share my designs from the Christmas Woodland Animals.

Last Blog Farewell!

Here are all my designs together, photographed just before I posted them off for the Create & Craft Show on 16th.

And a quick reminder of some of my cards..

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Robin 1 Farewell!

Hedgehog Farewell!

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Door1 Farewell!

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Robin holly tag Farewell!

starry deer Farewell!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my designs as much as I have truly loved designing with Sam’s fabulous stamps.  It has been wonderful to work alongside other talented crafters and I thank Sam for the opportunity to work with her.   Your comments have been lovely and so appreciated from you all.   And of course I wish her very well with the arrival of  the new addition to the family!

Sandie xx


Yule Tide Round Up!

Carole Zorzo

Good Morning…

It’s very sad to be writing my last DT post for Sam, at least for the time being, but I know she has made the right decision to take some time off and enjoy her family for a while..we will all miss her, but when the time is right, hopefully she will be back with more new creations and we will be there to support her with some new designs! I have very much enjoyed using Sam’s stamps for a long while now and being one of the teamies and given the chance to create with her new designs has been fabulous….I still have many more ideas for these stamps in my head and will continue to use them and  Sam’s previous designs on my own blog.

As Jackie did yesterday in her fabulous mega post(please look back on it because there are fabulous creations there!), I am going to share some of the designs I made into projects but hadn’t yet posted. I am not going in to long details for them or this post will be way too long, but I hope the photos give you some ideas….

This is my Dasher Deer Diorama..I think Dasher is the cutest deer I’ve ever crafted with!


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This is the back of the card…

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…and from the side…

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For this card  I used the robin stamp as the focal point and created backgrounds with the stars and poinsettia stamps P1140001 f improf 485x486 Yule Tide Round Up!The inside…

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A Dasher Pop Up card…P1140184 f improf 397x503 Yule Tide Round Up!Last week I posted some decorations and gift bags I had made – here we have two decorations made using a small pillow box template, but instead turned into hanging decorationsP1140115 f improf 521x420 Yule Tide Round Up!Finally, back to Dasher again…I stamped the mistletoe on to vellum and heat embossed with a holographic embossing powder to create the background and used Sam’s newspaper holly stamp as the centre backgroundP1140117 Yule Tide Round Up!and the inside…

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I cannot fully express how much I have enjoyed sharing my ideas with you and working with my fellow Teamies, all such talented crafters. Thank you so much for your weekly comments – those of you who are my regular blog followers and have popped over here every week and those of you who are Sam’s followers..I hope along the way, I’ve provided some inspiration. Above all, thanks to Sam for the opportunity to make projects from her fabulous designs and I wish her well with her new baby and having time with her family.


Carole X

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Mega post for a Mega Sale

Jackie Trinder

Happy Bank Holiday

Isn’t it nice to get an extra day off even if the weather isn’t being kind. As you already know Sam is closing her shop on 29th August  for her Maternity Leave and there will be no Design Team posts during that time. So this is my last post for a while at least.  As I made so many samples for the Create and Craft shows on the 16th August I thought I would show you them all so you have lots of ideas for how to use the stamps that you have all bought. I did find all the stamps very easy to use and I had lots of other ideas that I didn’t have time to make. There will be lots of pictures in this post.

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Doesn’t that look Christmassy all the samples together in one place. They looked good in the studio too with all the other samples. Sam did a great job of demonstrating. My popular items seemed to be the Pop-up box (which as been on the blog) and the box of toffees which was full.

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This is my scrapbook page for last Christmas which we spent with my in-laws and we went out for Christmas lunch.

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A nice simple card. I need simple cards for Christmas as there are so many to make.

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This started life as a plain wooden heart I painted it with several coats of  Buff Titanium acrylic paint and then I had fun decorating it.

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This is my box of cards and matching  tags. I love making boxes with apertures I haven’t been able to do this until I got my Grand Calibur.

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Here are the cards. I did use some of the previous release of Woodland Animals. Don’t they look good together?.

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Here are the tags.

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This is my card with matching box I made the backing for the card and the box at the same time. The box has an aperture they are fun to do.

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I think this looks like quite an expensive present but to be honest the toffees didn’t cost too much. I think  I will be making more of these for Christmas this year.

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A nice traditional Christmas card. The music paper is taken from a music book I found in a charity shop.

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This card wasn’t a sample for the show. I made it at a craft morning with friends. I liked it  so much I  made 8 more when I got home.

That is the end of my last post. Some of my other ideas were to make gift bags decorated with the stamps and to decorate bags of chocolate raisins with Dasher and label it as Reindeer pooh.

I wish Sam all the best with her Maternity leave and  for the safe arrival of her second child. The time when they are small is precious and it doesn’t last very long.  As for me I will miss being on the Design Team I have enjoyed working with all  the stamps and with such a talented group of people. I will keep crafting so watch out for me round and about. I will be keeping my Blog up to date so please visit me there.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie


**Closing Down Sale**

Sam Poole

Hey Bloggers! This has been a difficult blogpost to write but as the title suggests, I have made the decision to close the online shop whilst I am on maternity leave. As most of you know I am expecting my second baby very soon so with two small kiddies to look after I don’t feel I would be able to my put 100% into the business which it deserves. I have really enjoyed playing shop keeper for the past 3 years (wow that’s gone fast)and I want to thank all of my loyal customers who have placed orders with me during that time. Watch this space for a relaunch next year….!

This also means that I will be taking a step back from the design work for the time being which means that I have to let go of my fabulous and talented design team for now. I want to thank Pam, Jackie, Carole and Sandie for doing such an excellent job on blog posts and also helping me with TV show samples – I couldn’t have done it without you!! The design team have kindly agreed to blogging their TV samples up until the end of this month. For me, I plan to keep blogging as much as I can throughout my maternity leave so please do check back from time to time.

I do hope you can help me with decreasing the remainder of the shop stock with an offer of 40% off your entire order by entering the discount code: MEGASALE at the checkout. The shop will officially close on Friday 29th August so fill your boots folks!

Thank you for all of your support! All for now, Sam x

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“Kraft” Christmas

Sandie Vincent

Morning crafters!   Did you enjoy the show at the weekend?  It was so lovely to see all the design teams creations alongside Sam’s cards.

Today I am sharing a card that I have made using Robin Redbreast, Holly Background and the Pine leaves from Prickles the Hedgehog.

I took a kraft tag and stamped over the top of it with the holly background stamp with a Versamark ink pad, and allowed it to dry.  I tore along the bottom edge of the tag and mounted it onto red cardstock,

I then took a square of kraft cardstock and stamped along the bottom edge using the pine leaves from the Prickles the Hedgehog set with a versarmark ink pad again.  To add colour I backstitched around the edge with red cotton.  This was mounted onto patterned paper, and then again onto a red card blank.

I tied 2 pieces of ribbon through the tag and attached a snowflake charm. This was glued to the card, and the ribbon held in place with double sided tape, and to add detail I’ve added black gems.

The Robin was stamped onto white cardstock and coloured with Promarkers.  I also stamped and coloured in 2 sprigs of holly from the Newsprint Holly Background stamp.  These were cut out, and one attached to the top corner of the card.  I added a strip of corrugated card to the front of the tag, and adhered the robin and second sprig of holly in place.

Finally the greeting was stamped onto kraft cardstock, matted onto red cardstock, then glued  in place.

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So there is the finished card, not too complicated and I am fairly sure I will make a few more of these for family christmas cards this year.

I’ll be back next week with another card and more inspiration.

Sandie xx



A Partidge in a Pear Tree?

Pam Smith

Good Morning All and a very Happy Wednesday!

Today, I’ve gone with a card using the Partridge Singles stamp plus a favourite Tree stamp that Sam designed a few months ago.

Tear a mask from a piece of copy paper. Lay it over the bottom of the Coconut White card. Spray the top section with Cosmic Shimmer Arctic Blue Vintage Ink Spray.
Cover the top section and spray the rest with Cosmic Shimmer Pearl Mist Spray.
Distress the edges with Broken China Distress Ink.

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Ink the Tree stamp with Perfect Medium and stamp onto Black Card. Heat emboss with Cosmic Shimmer True White powder. Cut the Tree out.

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Matt and layer the background onto black card. Stick the tree into place with 3d foam pads.

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Add some Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear Glue to areas of the background and the Tree, Sprinkle Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels Diamond Sprinkles over the top.

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Ink the Partridge up with Perfect Medium and stamp onto black card. Heat emboss white as before. Cut out. Attach to the card with 3d foam pads.

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Stamp the sentiment onto Coconut White card with Black Archival Ink. Hear emboss with Clear Powder.
Cut out using Spellbinders Standard Circle Small Dies. Distress with Broken China Ink while the die is still in place.
Die cut a Scalloped Circle. Matt and layer. Stick on the card with 3d foam pads.

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And there’s the finished card!

Don’t be put off by the Tree, it’s much easier to cut out than it looks!
Anyway, I do hope you like it!

Many thanks for visiting and leaving comments.

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