Monday, 13 February 2017

Create & Take: Garden Birthday

Hi bloggers, it's time for another Create & Take round up and this week it's something for the gardener in the family, using the fantastic Marianne Design Seed Pocket & Tools die set. This set has so many different elements included that it is truly value for money.

So let's get started...

Products Used:

Tim Holtz Crazy Talk Rubber Stamp Set


1. Die cut seed pocket envelope from Lunar paper and assemble. Fold along the creases carefully so you do not crack the folds.

2. Cut a piece of Vintage paper to create a pocket at the bottom of the card.

3. Add a strip of Awesome paper to the right hand side.

4. Die cut the following:- Flowers from yellow Bazzill, Vine from Silver Mirri, Small sign from Walnut Cream, Tiny flowers from Bazzill White, Flower pot from Kraft card, Tools from Kraft and Silver Mirri.

5. Edge around the different die cut pieces as you desire using Vintage Photo distress ink.

6. Edge around the card blank with Vintage Photo distress ink. Stamp the Mesh design onto the card blank and assemble the card as shown above.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Create & Take: I Love You

We have an adorable card to share with you this week and in good time for Valentine's Day as well. Featuring Penny Black stamps, this card design is perfect for Spring birthdays and occasions.

Let's get started....

Products Used:


1. Stamp flower wreath onto kraft card with black ink and colour with pencils.

2. Stamp owls onto white watercolour card. Stamp the image twice so that you are able to cut around the owls more easily. Colour the owls with watercolour pencils.

3. Position the owls onto the card.

4. Stamp wording onto some French vanilla card and cut around with scissors to create a slightly angular shape.

5. Cut thin strips of patterned paper and stick to the top and bottom of the card.

6. Stick the whole piece onto the front of a square white card blank.

Monday, 30 January 2017

Create & Take: Butterfly Wishes

Hi bloggers, it's time to bring you some inspiration this week with a review of last week's Create & Take using the stunning Meadow Butterfly #2 die by Sizzix.

So let's get started....

Products Used:

Circle Punch


1. Cut a piece of Chiffon cardstock to fit the base of the card. Use the Marianne die with an embossing mat through your die cutting machine to emboss the die onto the cardstock. Edge the card with the Fossilized Amber ink pad.

2. Cut the Meadow Butterfly die twice from white cardstock. On one of the cut out pieces colour the leaves with Shabby Shutters. On the other piece colour the flowers with Abandoned Coral. Cut the flowers out and stick in place over the die cut with the green leaves.

3. Using the Meadow Butterfly die again, die cut from Gold Glitter cardstock and cut round the butterfly and stick in place.

4. Punch out some flowers from gold glitter cardstock and stick on the card as pictured above.

5. Stamp the wording onto some white card using Peeled Paint ink and punch out with a circle punch and stick onto the card.

This card is simple but very effective and we love how Caz used the Marianne die to emboss the design into the cardstock which gives us even more ways to use our die cutting stash!

Monday, 23 January 2017

Create & Take: Birthday Hug

Hi bloggers, it's time to upload last week's Create & Take which was a very cute card if I say so myself. As well as birthdays, this card would be adorable for Valentine's Day which isn't too far away!

So let's get started....

Products Used:

Woodware Happy Birthday Stamp Set
Marianne Craftables Flowers Punch Die


1. Stamp the Penny Black image onto white card and die cut with an oval die. Colour with watercolour pencils.

2. Die cut the Spring-tastic frame from red cardstock. Adhere the stamped image onto the red frame.

3. Add some Wink of Stella onto the edges of the frame to add some soft glittery shimmer.

4. Cut a strip of paper and stick to the centre of the card base.

5. Stick the floral frame onto the card base.

6. Stamp wording onto kraft card with black ink and then ink the edge of the kraft card with white ink using a dauber.

7. Die cut two small flowers from white card and add some red gems to the centers of the flowers.

Add some tulle around the top of the card and tie in a bow.

Monday, 16 January 2017

Create & Take: Resist Flower

Hi bloggers, this week's Create & Take has been created using the gorgeous Taylored Expressions Garden Party Background stamp using a resist effect with clear embossing powder.

Products Used:

Circle Punches ( from Caz's stash)


1. Stamp Taylored Expressions background stamp with Versamark ink pad and cover with clear embossing powder and shake off the excess. Heat with a heat tool until melted.

2. Cover the circle with a small piece of paper and ink around the rest of the design with Tumbled Glass using a sponge dauber. The embossed areas will create a resist effect which will remain white.

3. Die cut the flower border from blue cardstock.

4. Stamp flower image onto white card and colour with pencils. Cut around the edge and stick into place on card.

5. Stamp wording onto white card and cut out using a circle die or punch. Cut a slightly bigger scalloped circle from yellow card and stick together.

6. Assemble card as shown.

The resist effect is a great alternative from the traditional stamping methods and can be changed up using different colours.

Monday, 9 January 2017

Create & Take: Flower Shaker Card

Happy New Year Bloggers! Welcome to another year of Create & Take reviews on the blog and today we start the year with a fabulous shaker card designed by Caz.

So let's get started...

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock in Apricot, Chiffon, Kachina, Pinkini, Red


1. Use the Spring-tastic Foliage die set to die cut flowers in different Bazzill colours. Edge and shape the two largest flowers.

2. Create a frame from Chiffon 4-3/4 x 4-3/4 inches using the 1 inch frame mark. Stick a piece of acetate behind this and edge the outside edge with ink.

3. Create a smaller frame from Kachina cardstock 3-3/4 x 3-3/4 inches using 1/4 inch mark and stick in place.

4. Stick 3D foam around end of biggest frame at the back making sure there are no gaps.

5. Add 2 pinches of cut pieces of card, 2 pinches of diamond dust and if you want to punch some mini daisies, add these too.

6. Take off liner of tape and stick piece of card behind to trap the shaker pieces.

7. Cut a piece of patterned paper 5-1/8 x 5-1/8 inches and stick onto card base.

8. Die cut banner, stamp wording and fold into desired shape. Stick banner onto card.

9. Assemble flower pieces in bottom left corner of the card.

Shaker cards are so much fun to make and add movement and dimension to your cards!

Monday, 19 December 2016

Create & Take: Christmas Jumper Day

Hi bloggers, we have a special Create & Take for you today as this was the card that was designed for Christmas Jumper Day using the wonderful die set from Elizabeth Crafts called Winter Sweater. We have the full list of products and instructions below plus a few extra photos from the day including everyone in their best Christmas Jumpers!

So let's get started....

Products Used:

Xcut Seasons' Greetings Die
Bazzill Basics Paper - Kisses, Skylar, Fawn and Bark


1. Cut a piece of Kisses cardstock and Cheer cardstock to fit the card blank as shown.

2. From Skylar cardstock, die cut one jumper and two snowflakes.

3. Using the Plaid embossing folder, emboss the jumper through a die cutting machine.

4. Die cut one Season's Greetings from Kisses cardstock.

5. Using some Fawn and Bark cardstock, die cut the reindeer head and antlers.

6. Stick elements down using sticky 3D foam pads and glue.

7. Add red adhesive gems to reindeer, above the 'i' in Greetings and on snowflakes.

This was a fantastic design to celebrate Christmas Jumper Day and was perfect card for the day's festivities. Thank you to everyone who joined in the fun and wore their best knit for the occasion. Check some of them out below:

When 12pm rolled around it was time to announce the winner of the Christmas Jumper competition and we had some wonderful entries, including;

But there could only be one winner who was Pauline Gold and her Christmas house jumper.
Congratulations Pauline!

Once again a big thank you to everyone who came and donated to a wonderful cause, so far we have raised £71 for Save the Children.

Thank you!