Friday, 20 December 2013

Christmas Greetings

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
from everyone at

We'll be back in 2014!

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Christmas Tutorial by DT Member Mandy Sullivan

We're one step closer to turkey and trimmings and it's time again for another fab Christmas tutorial by DT member Mandy Sullivan. If you like Mandy's tutorial why not pop on over to Mandy's blog to check out some more great cards and projects.

Over to you Mandy!

Hi! I'd like to share with you an idea for making tags for Christmas presents, and here is the list of goodies that I have used:
Kraftyhands - Team Santa CD
Sizziz - Tag die (you can use any tag die, or ready cut tags that you can stick the dotty paper to)
White card, ribbon and wet glue

Step One
Print from the Team Santa CD onto card - blue dotty background, 2 of the topper sheets scaled down in the printing program (mine is 2 sheets to a page, but your print settings may be different)

Step Two
Die cut tags from the blue dotty card

Step Three
Tear some white card to give rough edges - this will be the "snowy" edges on the tags

Step Four
Stick the torn white card to the tags, cutting to fit, and creating two layers

Step Five
Cut out images from the topper sheet and stick to the tag

Step Six
Thread some white ribbon through the holes in the tags, and there you have a lovely collection of tags to put on your Christmas presents!

Hope you've enjoyed this project, and will give it a go!
Mandy x

Friday, 13 December 2013

Christmas Tutorial by DT Member Louisa Price

As the big feller in the North Pole gets his sleigh ready for the big day, we have another amazing Christmas tutorial by one more member of our very talented design team. This time it's the turn of Louisa Price. Why not pop on over to Lou's blog to check out her other cards and projects!

Over to you Lou!

Here's my Tutorial for a Large A4 Christmas Card from the fabulous Santa's Little Helpers CD from 2011, one of my favourites of all time.

Some A3 Card stock in a nice rich red, a Sheet of Super Gold Card, some insert paper, Green Gloss paper.
Green Merry Christmas Backing Paper, and the Decoupage sheets 7 and 8,
Spellbinders Grand 12" Poinsettia Border,
Versmark Pad, Tim Holtz Walnut Distress ink
Gold embossing powder, heat gun,
Wet and dimensional glue,
Gems, Glitter and 3D glaze and Glues.
Recipe printed twice from Internet.
Holly Punch.
Time: assembly, 20 mins, drying time, 4 hrs.

Score the First sheet of Red card at 21cm and fold and burnish to create an A4 card base. Next cut the poinsettia Border from a piecing of card stock, and then emboss with a mat. Before removing the die, use it as a stencil and apply them Versmark pad directly to the surface of the card though the die. Remove the die, and pour Gold embossing powder over the die cut, then heat from underneath with a heat gun, to create a smooth surface of gold embossing. It doesnt have to be perfect as the next piece to prepare is to be distressed, so imperfect works better actually.
Take the printed recipe, mine was a quick Christmas pudding one to match the main image on the card base, and roughly tear the edges all around, then using the walnut stain, distress the recipe.

Trim the edges from the Backing Paper, and use a wet glue or tape to fix to the front of the card base, leaving a border of red all the way around.
Mount the Main image onto some Super Gold Card stock, and then onto the matching base from the set, and mount the image and Matts in the Top Left hand Corner, leaving as much Border as you have allowed on the main image. And mount the Recipe in the Top Right corner, at a "Jaunty" angle.
The mount the Border onto the card base, in my case it comes slightly up over the base of the Matts, and bottom corner of the Recipe.
Next add the decoupage layers, shaping before using a dimensional glue, such as pads, or Glue Gel, and curve the Poinsettia leaves to expose the paper underneath, and provide more dimension.
Now the Basic Card is done, all that remains is to add glitz and Bling, and any accents.
I punched the Holly Leaves from the Green Gloss Card, and folded each leaf to Crack the surface and expose the white core, then arranged 3 to my satisfaction on the card front, and added red pearls for the berries. Some glitter to the Christmas Pudding, and glaze to the Elf's eyes and tree decorations, and main image Holly Berries. Dimensional Gold glue for the highlights on the Border. Add a sentiment from the sheet.
The insert was created using the insert from the set, trimmed, and mounted onto some A4 insert paper, then I added the Gift tag, and created a pocket for a removable version of the Recipe, A sentiment and some more of the creased Holly leaves, and some smaller gems and add the insert with some glue, and here's the finished Project.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Christmas Opening Hours

Just a quickie to let you know that Mike & Ian will be taking a short holiday before the new year and won't be back until just before the big day!

The office will remain open from 9.30am until 4.30pm Monday to Friday until we close for Christmas on Friday 20th December. We'll re-open on January 6th.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year!

Monday, 9 December 2013

Christmas Tutorial by Design Team Member Daniele Haddon

As the big day draws nearer, we have another brilliant Christmas tutorial by another of our very talented Design Team, this time it's the turn of Daniele Haddon. So, it's over to Daniele for her step by step guide to making this fantastic hidden message card!

Over to you Daniele!


Here are the instructions for my hidden sentiment card

print out toppers and paper.

cut a piece of card 11.5 x 4ins and fold in half
score 3.75ins either side of the fold line.

fold and secure at the top sides about 3.75ins down, use a strong glue or tape

cut a mount (I've used gold)3.75 x 4.75ins.
Cut piece of patterned paper 3.5ins x4.5 ins and mount ontop 
of gold mount board .

Cut out a topper and then layer up using another image.
mount topper on gold and add stickles gold to the edge.

Add a 3.75ins strip of card to the back of the topper

mount a sentiment on gold
and add a tied ribbon to the bottom of the card.

slot the strip on the back of the topper through the top of the card opening.
This can now slide up and down to hide or reveal the sentiment.

Monday, 2 December 2013

Christmas Tutorial by DT Member Sylvia Bickerdike

As the big day draws closer we have another fabby tutorial by one of our crafty creative Design Team! This time it's from Sylvia Bickerdike. Why not check out Sylvia's blog for more inspirational projects!

So without any fyrther waffle from me! Here's over to Sylvia!

Here is my tutorial for making a large Christmas bauble. I used to make these with the children at school nearly 30 years ago. Back then we used old Christmas cards to make them.
You will need 20 circles. I have used the borderless circle toppers from the 12 Days of Christmas CD.

Cut out the circles or you could use a punch or die if you have the right size.

Now you need a triangular piece of thick card to score round. This needs to be an equilateral triangle.

Score around the triangle on all the circles and fold sides upwards.

Stick 5 pieces together and another 5 pieces together.

To one set add 10 pieces sticking as you go.

Thread ribbon through and knot it inside to make a hanger before sticking on the bottom section.

Hope you like my decoration.
Great for keeping the children occupied in the days before Santa comes.
Sylvia x

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Christmas Tutorial from our DT Member Shirley-Anne in Australia

G'Day peeps, totay we're coming to you from Australia where Kraftyhands DT member Shirley-Anne Barber will be giving you a step by step tutorial for one of her CAS cards, which for those who don't know stands for Clean And Simple.

Over to you Shirley-Anne!

S for Santa CAS Card using S For Santa CD 

Starting off with base card of A4 red card SU.
10.5 cm x 29.8cm
Fold in half to form card base .  .Fold the    front back towards  the fold .

Selected  dotty paper in both  yellow and blue and print .Then printed  chosen  page of sentiments and smaller images
 Cut yellow dotty paper piece 7.5cmx 10.5cm and adhered  to back panel of card .
I fussy cut the blue sentiment label and placed in bottom corner with foam tape .
 The front of card has 7.5cm x 10.5cm blue dotty paper adhered to it .
I fussy cut chosen image and adhered it to front panel with half image overhang , using foam tape .
 On the inside there is plenty of room for stamped greeting and the written word .

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Vintage Tranpsort paper products now avaialble!

We've just added the new 6x6 paper stack and postcard toppers to the website. If you managed to catch these on Create & Craft you'll know what a fantastic set they are!

If you missed it, then you still have chance to catch up and purchase these from our website as from today!

6x6 Paperstack

Postcard Toppers

Die cut circle toppers

Monday, 25 November 2013

Official Launch of Vintage Transport on Create & Craft

Don't forget ladies and gentlepeeps that it's the official launch of the Vintage Transport CD collection today at 3pm on Create & Craft.

If you're able, please do tune in and watch Ian & Mike demonstrate the CD and the rest of the ensemble collection of backing papers, postcard toppers and much more. We'll be trying to squeeze in as many demos as we can, time willing!

If you have access to your email, then why not drop us an email in the tv studio at and give us your support!

Friday, 22 November 2013

Christmas Tutorial by DT Member - Laura Davison

We hope you're all ready for the weekend, we sure are! We have another fab Christmas Tutorial by our lovely DT member Laura Davison!

This is a fairly easy stepper card to make. 
You will need to know how to use the camera tool in Adobe to capture copy and paste an image into a program where you can resize the image. This technique once  mastered is very useful. Kraftyhands images are of such good quality that you can resize them for projects such as printing onto fabric transfer paper, tissue paper etc.

Finished Card


From the S for Santa CD you will need to print out Image 7 from the 6 x 6 card making set and the red spot paper image 6 from the backing paper sets. 
For the third sheet shown below you will need to construct it  yourself, like this, select 6 x 6 card sets page 9. Using the camera tool from Adobe, capture, copy and paste Santa decorating the Christmas tree into your program ( I used Word) Enlarge the image. I used the grid and made it approx 14 x 12 cm but it could have been larger. Then return to S for Santa CD and from page 11 of the 6 x 6 cards select the image of the parcels and do the same placing it onto your Word page. Copy and paste the parcels 4 times varying the sizes to give depth and interest to your card. Don't make them too small or they will be very difficult to cut out.


Using a fairly strong, but not too thick piece of card make your stepper card. I used gold, any Christmas colour  would work. 
From the short edge of an A4 card cut off 2 cms. Then score the card at 5cms, 10cms 16cms, 22cms and 25 cms. Fold the card into mountains and valleys like below. From the 2cm piece you cut off make two strips 4 cms long  and score them every centimetre. Fold them along score lines to make small hinges. These small pieces make the bracing struts.

Glue the bracing struts to the underneath part of your card. These make your card more rigid and less likely to splay open when decorated.


Cut out your images from the sheets and decoupage Santa's face and gloves. You can also 
use his boots if you wish. At this point you can add your glitter or leave it till your card is constructed.


This is the fun part of the card.
Layer the image of Santa and the tree onto the spotty card and glue into place. Also line the two mountains sides facing you with the matching paper at the front of your card. 
Place your other pieces onto the card so it looks like the first illustration. If you have not already used your glitter do it now.
Remember to place your dancing Santa's at an angle to give movement to the card and to vary your piles of parcels.
Hope you enjoy and Happy Card Making.
Crafty Wishes Laura XXX

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

All Change at Create & Craft - Vintage Transport Launch

Due to a reshuffle at Create & Craft our launch of the Vintage Transport CD collection is being postponed from the 19th November until the 25th November.

If you've already pre-ordered your copy, don't worry it'll still be posted out as planned on the 18th November. That hasn't changed!

We'll still be on Create & Craft on the 19th, instead of launching the new CD, we'll be offering a "Last Chance To Buy" on some of the best sellers of 2013. So tune in and you might just grab yourself a bit of a bargain!

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Holly & Snowflake Tutorial By DT Member Mags Binder

As Christmas time approaches faster than the speed of life, we have another fantastical Christmas project tutorial by another new Kraftyhands DT member Mags Binder using the Holly &Snowflake Cd Collection. You can buy it from the Kraftyhands website by clicking here!

Now it's over to Mags to explain how she created the fabulous milk carton!

Hi Folks
I decided that I wanted to make an alternative to a christmas cracker.  I already had a template for a little milk carton saved on my computer so went with that idea.

Step One
Print off all the required elements from the CD - in this case, backing paper, inner toppers and outer toppers.  You will also need some ribbon to decorate, a cocktail stick and some little pegs.

Step Two
I printed off the template for the milk carton box onto the reverse of the backing paper.

Step Three
Assemble the milk carton box.

Step Four
Decorate the little box.  I kept it quite simple by just putting some ribbon around the top and bottom of the box.  I didn't want the top of the box to be stuck together so used a couple of little pegs to keep it closed.

 Step Five
Cut out one of the inner toppers and the outer topper to match.  Stick these together with a cocktail stick sandwiched between them.  Decorate with pearls.

 Step Six
Make a small hole in the top of your milk carton and insert your cocktail stick through it.  Your table decoration is now complete and can be filled with your own choice of gifts.

Happy Crafting