Thursday, 31 October 2013

Gnome Sweet Gnome - Half Price

Our Gnome Sweet Gnome unmounted rubber stamp set is half price until Sunday.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

2014 Cardmaking Weekends

Can you believe my 2014 wall planner is already filling up!
The dates for our Cardmaking Weekends in 2014 are :

Spring 1st-2nd March or 5th-6th April
Christmas 20th-21st September or 18th-19th October.

If you would like to book onto any of these you can call us on 01234 855833 and pay a deposit.  The total cost of a weekend is £100 and includes 2 days 10am-5pm rubber stamping, hot lunch and refreshments. We have stampers of all abilities attending our weekends and we work at a leisurely pace so you won't get left behind.

Thank You Hearts

Some more cards from Sharon Goold, this time using our Thank You Heart stamp.
The top card is layered, the heart as been stamped twice but on the top layer the centre has been cut out so only the flowers are layered.
The bottom card is a hanging rosette and it must have taken Sharon quite a while to put all those pleats in the ribbon.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Trees of Gold

Lisa West made this card using stamps from our Holly Christmas unmounted rubber stamp set.
As you can see the trees are made of gold leaf/gilding flakes.  From touching the card I can tell that Lisa didn't used Sticky Stuff embossing powder as the images are not raised so she must have used a glue pad or the glue that goes onto your stamps - please remember if you use glue onto your stamps clean them immediately.
You do lose the detail of the snowflakes in the tree when using this technique but the do look so good in gold.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Gold leaf Christmas

Lesley was playing with gold leaf, Sticky Stuff and Laminating Sheets on Thursday and this is what she created using our 3D Snowflake stamp set and Winter Wonderland Friends set.  Oooh plus a border from the Design A Tree set and the snow from our Dottiness set.

Friday, 25 October 2013

Flower Banners

Banners of purple made using our Banners stamp set, decorated with flowers from the same set.
The sentiment is from our Sentiments unmounted stamp set.

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Create & Craft TV

Here are a couple of cards we are planning to make in our show this afternoon. 
The top one using our Beach Huts set and the bottom one using our Banners set.
I could tell you how we made them but then you won't need to watch the show!

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Home Sweet Beach Hut

Another of Denyse's Beach Hut cards, this time it is a New Home Card.
So a Beach Hut is not just for Summer!
Denyse has also created a Christmas card using these stamps, tune in on Thursday to see it.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Beach Huts on Crackle

Denyse Coughlan has been busy playing with our Beach Huts stamp set ready for our Create & Craft TV show on Thursday 24th October at 2pm.
To see lots more inspiration with our Beach Huts tune in and watch the show.

Saturday, 19 October 2013


These are some cards that Lisa West made using our Poinsettia Duo stamp set.
You may notice that she has also used our Banners and Greetings stamp sets as these are in our show on Create & Craft next Thursday at 2pm - although it is a non-Christmas show we have managed to sneak in a few Christmas cards.

Friday, 18 October 2013

3D Snowflake

Some cards have just arrived from Lisa West.  
On this one Lisa has used our 3D Snowflake stamp set as well as the Banners and Greetings set.
It looks like Lisa has stamped the main snowflake in black and then masked and stamped the elements around the edge in blue and then watercoloured over the top.
Obviously glitter was also required as it is a Christmas card.

I should probably warn all the ladies attending our Christmas Cardmaking Weekend this weekend - there will be glitter :)

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Dashing through the snow . . . .

Mr Claus is dashing through the snow and dodging Snowflake Trees in a rush to get somewhere, but he does look happy.  The snow effect has been created by Snow White Glitter.
Our Mr & Mrs Claus unmounted stamp set is currently half price.
Card by Sharon Goold.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Noel on Crackle Background

Lisa West created this card for us using our A Grand Noel unmounted rubber stamp and embossing it on silver onto a crackle paint background.
Just be careful not to make your crackle paint to thick as the thicker it is the harder it is to stamp on.

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Birds of a Feather

I don't think I've shown you these cards by Sharon Goold using our Birds of a Feather stamp.
You can use the image as a whole or do the same as Sharon and just use part of the image to create your card.
This stamp also looks great emobossed in white onto kraft card and then coloured with pencils.

Sunday, 13 October 2013


Lisa West created this card using our Grand Noel unmounted rubber stamp.
Two different coloured inkpads, some card to stamp and layer onto and some small gems - these are all the items required to create this card.
Just think how many you could make in a short space of time.

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Design A Tree Christmas

These are the last of my Design A Tree cards from our weekend in Harrogate.
Again using the same inkpads - Fired Brick and Peeled Paint with the same stamp sets Design A Tree, Banners and the greeting from the Winter Wonderland Friends set.

Friday, 11 October 2013

Design A Tree

As per yesterdays post for these cards I have used the same three inkpads and the same three stamp sets.
For the top card I stamped the borders onto a separate piece of card and cut them out, laying them over the triangle and then trimming to fit.

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Design A Tree Non-Christmas

As promised in my email on Tuesday here are a couple of the cards I made at the weekend in Harrogate.
I only had 6 inkpads and the cardstock that was in my demo unit.
For these 2 cards I used Broken China, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint Distress inkpads.
All the stamps are from our Design A Tree, Banners and Greetings Unmounted stamp sets.

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Merry Christmas

The holly and the Merry Christmas are taken from our Holly Christmas unmounted rubber stamp set.
Lisa West stamped the words in black ink and the holly in green ink, adding just a touch of green to the leaves or if you use a waterbased ink you can pull the green across using a waterbrush.
Some gems for the berries finish the image.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Polar Bear

If you are thinking about your Christmas cards don't forget about our adorable Polar Bear set.
Polar Bears need very little colouring in, just a hint of grey or blue around the edges (obviously, as long as you have stamped on white card!).
This card is by Linda Walmsley.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Halloween Skulls

Our Skull and Distressed Alphabet are perfect for Halloween cards, gift bags etc.
Esther made these items, the moustache and Top Hat are included in the set with the skull.  The googly eyes are extra.
Not long now until Halloween.
Do you send any Halloween cards?
I remember bobbing for applies and also eating toffee apples - is it because applies were in season at the time?  Or is there some other connection that I don't know about?

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Snowflake Trees

Our large Snowflake Tree is perfect for using with embossing powders for that wow look on your Christmas cards.
The top card is using a sparkly black embossing powder whilst the second card is a plain silver embossing powder but with purple gems added afterwards.
Cards by Brenda.

Wednesday, 2 October 2013


Have you checked out our Events page recently?

We have a Table Top Sale in store later this month where customers have rented a table and are selling off there unwanted crafting goodies, so there will be lots of bargains - this is our last Table Top Sale this year.

Also on our Events page are details of any shows that we will be attending, definitely not as many as we used to but still a handful each year.

The next show we are attending is the Great Northern PaperCraft Extravaganza in Harrogate this weekend.

When we decide on the dates for our 2014 Cardmaking Weekends these will also be listed on this page.

Dates and times for our Create & Craft shows are listed on our News page which can be accessed from the Latest News bar just under the Events tab.

We hope to see you at an event or in our store soon.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Wacky Wednesday

As we have just had our 21st Birthday we are celebrating with Wacky Wednesday that starts now and is 21% off all Hot Off The Press Templates, Paper Packs and Artful Card Kits.

Enter Discount Code: BIRTHDAY if ordering online and the discount will show on the screen.  Also available by telephone and in store.

This is only valid until the end of Wednesday 2nd October.