We are no longer holding workshops at the shop.

There's going to be a whole new look in the shop, with new stands, loads more goodies ... it's going to be stunning! NEW: we will be holding free demonstrations, so watch this space ...

Monday, 14 December 2015


Just arrived in the shop! Perfect for Secret Santa prezzies, stocking fillers etc (or a little something to treat yourself after all that Christmas shopping...)

Don't you just LOVE these?

Personal shoppers only - if you haven't visited our shop, why not? There are tons of goodies you won't see on the website (they sell out too fast to list them all!)

Friday, 4 December 2015

Christmas Snow Globe card - Anne's Paper Creations

Copyright Anne's Paper Creations

Here's a great tutorial on how to make a snow globe card, by Anne of Anne's Paper Creations.

Anne has used Graphic45 papers (which we stock in the shop) to make these wonderful examples. Graphic45 papers are ideal for this project, as the paper is not only totally gorgeous, but from a practical point of view, just the right thickness and rigidity to support all the embellishments.

Here's the wonderful YouTube tutorial, and here is the link to Anne's blog, for the complete tutorial.


Monday, 30 November 2015

How to draw stars & a Distress background

Copyright Lindsay Mason

Here's a sweet little video I found for you on YouTube! By Lindsay Mason, this shows you how to draw 'grown up' sparkly stars to add to your cards, etc.

Use any reindeer (or snowman or penguin) stamp and stamp onto vintage sheet music or scrapbooking paper and cut them out. Or take some MDF shapes, and cover them. Glue the shapes on first, then allow to dry, place face down on a cutting mat and cut round them using a craft knife.

And here's Tammy Tutterow demonstrating how to apply that blended Distress ink background technique...

Copyright Tammy Tutterow

Lots of possibilities here!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Fun background technique using Versamark ink

Copyright Patty Behan for Ranger Industries

Here's a fun one for you - a really quick background, easily adapted for Christmas cards or anything else (perfect if you are batch-making).

Ranger is using Versamark in this YouTube tutorial - but you could also use Perfect Media or Distress Embossing Ink. All these inkpads will dry clear, so you can use your dye-based ink over the top, using a brayer or sponge applicator. Dye inks include Distress, Adirondak etc.

Have fun with this one!

Monday, 2 November 2015

Beginners class on Saturday 6 November

Just a quick heads-up for anyone thinking about whether to book for the Beginners class on Saturday....

HURRY UP! The morning is full, but there are a few places left for the afternoon session (2.00 - 4.00) and don't forget: this is the last Beginners class this side of Christmas!

This class is always a lot of fun, and what better way to spend a Saturday? Full details here if you'd like to know more.