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