Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Create & Take Saturday

Hi bloggers, we will be hosting Create & Take on Saturday this week, due to the Bank Holiday Friday. So if you need your weekly fix of creating a fabulous card then make sure you don't miss out on the fun.

Caz has designed a Magic Slider card using the Nellie Snellen die sets which you may have seen Caz demonstrate at our Spring Demo Day.

So pop along between 10.30am and 1pm. Create & Take is £3 per person and we even throw in a cuppa as well! Hope to see you there.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Spring Demo Day Sneak Peeks

Hi bloggers, we have less than 2 weeks until our Spring Demo event so we think it's time to start the sneak peeks!

First up is stamping Caz who will be demonstrating the Nellie Snellen Magic Card dies. If you need more excitement in your cardmaking then look no further than the Magic Card dies from Nellie Snellen. Caz will be showing you how easy they are to put together so you can achieve that 'wow' factor in your cards.

Alongside these dies, Caz will also be demonstrating the Tonic Studios Aqua Flow pens to show you how to create wonderful watercolour effects on stamped designs.

Add these two demos together and you've got yourself the perfect card.

Stay tuned over the next week for more sneak peeks on what you can expect to see at our Spring Demo Event!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Create & Take: Bird-day Wishes

Our next Create & Take that we are sharing today features another Marianne die set from the March collection and also a sentiment stamp from Kaisercraft's Wildflower collection.

So let's get started....

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock in White, Cream and Light Fawn
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads in Peeled Paint, Mowed Lawn, Tumbled Glass, Tea Dye and Walnut Stain.


1. Die cut and emboss the large frame from light fawn cardstock.

2. Die cut circle from white card, stamp wording onto circle with black ink and add pen detail around the edge.

3. Die cut the branch and bird from white cardstock and colour with distress inks.

4. Die cut several flowers from cream/light yellow cardstock and then punch smaller flowers from gold glitter card.

5. Cut a piece of paper 5.75 x 5.75 inches and stick to the card base.

6. Assemble the card as shown.

Create & Take: By the Pond

Hi bloggers, we are catching up with a couple of Create & Takes on the blog so we hope you will find some Spring inspiration in these cards! The first card has been designed using the Marianne Design March Collection, featuring some of the new dies and stamps.

So let's get started....

Products Used:

Bazzill Basics Cardstock in white, green, blue and brown
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads in Green, Pink, Blue and White


1. Die cut a label from white cardstock and stamp the Hetty's border with black ink. Colour with watercolour pencils.

2. Die cut a small lily pad twice from green card and edge with some green distress ink, whilst also adding a bit of white ink to the centre of each lily pad. Die cut the lily flower from white card, emboss and then colour with pink distress ink.

3. Stamp the frog onto white card and colour with watercolour pencils. Cut out.

4. Cut a square piece of blue bazzill and stamp round the edges with Crealies mesh stamp using a blue distress ink pad.

5. Cut two thin strips of Maholo paper to go along the top and bottom edge.

6. Die cut the dragonfly from white card and colour with ink, cut body from brown cardstock and stick into place. Add shimmer, using the clear wink of stella brush.

7. Assemble the card as shown.

Monday, 6 March 2017

Create & Take: Sew Much Fun

Hi bloggers, we have a lovely Create & Take card to share with you today featuring the new Sew Much Fun stamp set from Penny Black, a perfect card for those that love to sew!

So let's get started....

Products Used:

Marianne Cross Stitch Embossing Folder


1. Stamp the main image on white card and colour with watercolour pencils. Add gold detail to the machine using gold Wink of Stella.

2. Emboss stitches onto purple card and cut into triangle shape. Rub over the embossed design with Wilted Violet ink pad.

3. Cut three strips of paper 1-3/4" x 5-3/4" and stick onto the front of the card.

4. Stamp wording onto the card with black ink and stamp the various stitches around the card in the Seedless Preserve ink.

5. Assemble the card as shown above.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Create & Take: Thank You Poppies

Hi bloggers, our Create & Take round up comes a little later than planned this week but we have a fantastic card to inspire you with today using some of the new Elizabeth Craft Designs die collection.

So let's get started....

Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Quietfire Thanks Die


1. Take a piece of white cardstock and stencil some dots on the right side of the card using Wilted Violet ink and a sponge dauber.

2. Die cut the poppies from white cardstock and colour with Wilted Violet and Crushed Olive distress ink.

3. Die cut the leaves from white cardstock and colour with Crushed Olive distress ink.

4. Add some black ink to the centre of the larger poppy.

5. Die cut Thanks from black cardstock

6. Assemble the card as shown and add a bit of black glitter glue to finish.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Create & Take: Butterfly Garden

Hi bloggers, it's that time of the week again for another Create & Take round up. This time using the Marianne Hetty's Vegetable Garden and Hetty's Garden Animals stamp sets.

So let's get started...

Products Used:



1. Stamp vegetable garden stamp onto white cardstock and colour with watercolour pencils.

2. Stick green strip onto white card and use a scor-bug to scor either side of the paper to create a line of dots.

3. Stick a piece of patterned paper onto white card blank.

4. Die cut the large XL tag from pink cardstock and place behind stamped image.

5. Stamp butterfly onto circle and colour with pencils, edge with a bit of blue ink.

6. Choose 3 flowers from the punch die and shape around the edge. Add some glitter glue to the inside of the flowers and stick onto the card.

7. Stamp wording onto green paper to finish.

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!