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

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Kraftyhands at the NEC

It's that time of year again when we're gearing up for the biggest and busiest craft show of the year at the NEC in Birmingham from 7th to 10th November.

Both Mike & Ian will be there for the full 4 days with as much Kraftyhands product as they can possibly cram into a 4m x 2m space! Including all their latest releases and some brand new stuff!

Why not pop along and take a look at what's on offer and say "Hi!" to the boys!

Friday, 1 November 2013

Vintage Christmas Tutorial by DT Member Julie Woolston

We have another fabulous tutorial from another newbie on our DT, this time it's the turn of Julie Wooston who has used resources from our Vintage Christmas CD collection. This CD is available to buy on our website, which you can visit by clicking here!

Step one.

Print off backing papers and decoupage sheets from Vintage Christmas CD.

Step 2

I have used Centura Pearl card stock for my card base 10 x 8 ", matt and layer image and papers onto green card.

Step 3

Glue papers and decoupage main image to your base card.

Step Four

Next cut out all the decoupage peices. using 3D glue position the onto the image.

Step 5

Embellish I have used a Die'sire snowflake die with a brad for the centre and glittered it, a ribbon bow and glittered the image, I have added some crystal gems.