**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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Christmas all Sewn Up

Carole Zorzo

Good Morning!

Thank you for all your lovely comments last week, I love to read them, so thank you!

This week I’m having a change from cards; I like to ‘tinker’ with quite a few types of paper crafts, but I also enjoy crafty sewing, so for these projects I moved across the craft room to my sewing machine and ironing board!

My first project today is two little linen gift bags and it is really easy to transfer your stamped images to fabric so that they look as if they are printed on there: I used Artist Transfer Paper – not the tee shirt transfer paper that you can buy quite cheaply as this tends to leave an outline. ATP medium gives a beautiful colour result with no outline.I stamped  Dasher and the Robin on to the paper using Stazon ink and coloured with Promarkers, making sure I used quite deep colours ,as the transfer will always be a little lighter. I then cut around the image and ironed it on to the bag. To finish I inked the edges of the bags with Worn Lipstick distress ink, just to give them a blush’ and then tied with ribbon. These can be used as little gift bags, or even to hang from the tree.


P1140113 Christmas all Sewn Up For my second project, I drew a heart shape pattern and sewed the heart using a linen fabric, I then stamped and transferred Dasher in exactly the same way as above. I die cut the Spellbinders poinsettia using glittered felt and made a hanger from ribbon, finishing off with some little red buttons, lace and ribbons.P1140112 Christmas all Sewn UpI hope you like these little ideas for Christmas crafts, I’ll be back next week, meanwhile have a great week all!


Carole X

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Dasher the Deer in a Snow Storm

Jackie Trinder

Happy Monday, I hope this post finds you well and I hope you enjoyed Sam’s shows on Saturday.  We were travelling to our holiday destination so I have had to record the shows to watch later.

You may have spotted that I have a fondness for Dasher I keep thinking of different ways to use him and he is so cute, easy to colour and cut out. This is a shaker card there are lots of instructions so you might need a nice cup of tea before we start.

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I started with an 8” x 8” green card blank and I used it as a tent fold card. I cut a black mat a gold mat and I white mat. I took the white mat and stamped the fir tree branch from the Prickles the Hedgehog set with green Distress ink and then heat embossed this with CS Clear fine detail embossing powder. After this I stamped the same fir branch  this time  with Perfect Medium and heat embossed it with CS White fine detail embossing powder. The final touch was to ink with a pale blue Distress over the embossing to give it a  wintery look.   I stuck all the mats in place with CS Dries Clear PVA. Then round the edge of the decorated mat I ran a line of CS Dries white PVA and I covered this with CS Glitter Jewels Diamond Sprinkles. This was on the side to dry thoroughly.

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Now for the exciting part the shaker element. First I cut a circle of dark blue card. On the top half of this I stamped the stars, from the Christmas Tree set, with Perfect Medium and I heat embossed them with a silver embossing powder. I cut another circle, the same size as the dark blue circle, out of a pearlised white paper and I tore it to make the layers of snow for the background.  I stamped the  large Christmas Tree from the Christmas Tree set with Black Archival onto green card and I heat embossed it with CS Clear fine detail embossing powder  then I coloured the trunks  brown with a Promarker.   I stamped Dasher onto white paper with black Archival and heat embossed him with clear powder he was coloured with Promarkers and cut out.

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I assembled the back ground with CS dries clear PVA  and stuck it to the middle of the card.  The final touch was to add a snow effect with CS dries white PVA  and cover this with with CS Glitter Jewels Diamond Sprinkles. I left this to dry over night as I wanted to be completely sure it was dry.

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When this was dry Dasher was added with a  gel glue so he stood out a bit from the background. While this was drying I cut a gold frame and an Acetate circle. I attached the acetate to the back of the gold frame and them I put a double layer of foam pads on the back of the frame placing them so there was no gap on the inner circle.

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With the card flat I put a big pile of CS Glitter Jewels Iced Snow in the middle of the circle right on top of Dasher, I’m sure he didn’t mind. Then I put some extra glue on the back of the foam pads on the frame and I placed it over the background. I left this to dry for a long time before putting the card upright to check if any of the glitter came out.

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The final touch was to add a Merry Christmas sentiment on a tag and a silver reindeer charm both  attached with red and green Bakers Twine tied in a bow.

There you have the finished card. I’m sorry the instructions are so long there are a lot of stages and quite a lot of waiting for things to dry. I usually do this type of project when I am making other things,  that way it doesn’t feel like you are waiting so long.

Enjoy the rest of the week whatever you are doing. There is always lots of inspiration on this blog for projects to try don’t forget to check back everyday.

 Hugs Jackie




Part.2 Emma Williams – Robin Redbreast

Sam Poole

Hey Bloggers! Today is Emma’s second instalment using my latest Xmas Woodland Animal stamps. This time Emma has focused on Robin Redbreast…he has almost been brought to life in this beautiful dimensional card icon smile Part.2 Emma Williams   Robin Redbreast Thank you once again to Emma for doing such a fabulous job icon smile Part.2 Emma Williams   Robin Redbreast

Just a quick reminder that I have my TV Shows on Create and Craft tomorrow (Sat 16th Aug) at 10am and 4pm. I hope you can join me icon smile Part.2 Emma Williams   Robin Redbreast

Over to Emma…..

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1. Create a card blank from kraft card to measure, 21cm square.

2. Cut a second piece of kraft card, 15cm square and stamp and emboss a background all over the card, using the stars from the Christmas Tree set.

3. Matt the card onto a piece of white card, followed by kraft and a second piece of white card, to create four layers and mount centrally onto the front of the card blank.

4. Using Potting Soil Archival Ink, stamp the robin’s footprints across the top and bottom of the card blank.

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5. Next, using a clear embossing ink, stamp the Festive Wreath onto a die cut circle and heat emboss using white embossing powder. I used the largest of the Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles
and it fit perfectly. Matt the circle onto white card and then using foam pads, attach to the front of your covered card blank.

6. Stamp the image of the robin three times onto a separate sheet of white card. Colour with Distress Marker pens and then cut around the outline of the first robin, cut the whole wing section
from the second image and from the third image, cut away a smaller section of the wing. Layer each piece over the top of the previous to give a decoupaged image.

7. Place the robin onto the left hand side of the Festive Wreath and arrange punched holly leaves, inked with Distress Ink around the bottom section of the wreath.

8. I then used the Tattered Poinsettia die from Tim Holtz to die cut a small flower, which I inked with Festive Berries Distress Ink and layered together to give a dimensional bloom. I added this
to the foliage, together with two stamped and coloured poinsettias from the Festive Wreath set.

9. I added a button in the centre of the die cut flower and Liquid Pearls to the centres of the stamped flowers.

10.Next, I stamped and embossed the ‘Tis The Season‘ message onto a small piece of kraft card and and attached it with foam pads, to the right hand side of the robin.

11.Finally, I added some coiled wire, pearls and Candi to complete the card.

Emma xx

For more inspirational projects made by Emma, Check out her Blog HERE

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