Friday, 23 November 2012

Greetings from Michigan

Hi Everyone

Just checking in from Michigan where I am having a great time at my cousin's home.

Have still managed to get some crafty shopping in together with seeing the Detroit Lions football match.  It was fun but I didn't understand any of it!!

I have been lucky enough to get a place on a workshop in a local craft store so hopefully I will be able to post some piccies after together with the project made.

See you later.

Thanks for Popping By

Friday, 9 November 2012

Hen Party Scrapbook afternoon

Hi Everyone

We were recently in the Bath area with a fabulous gang of ladies and girls who had met up for a fun filled Hen activity weekend.  They seemed to be having a great couple of days.

We were there to help the group to make a scrapbook for the Bride to be - they did such a great job and the Bride was happy with the end result.

What a great way to spend an afternoon!!  We loved it.

Thanks for Popping By

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Quick Christmas Treat Basket

Hi Everyone

Today we thought we would show you how to make a really, really quick project that looks great either on your Christmas table or hanging from your trees.

Ingredients: -
Raspberry Core’dinations Card

Backing Paper


  1. Cut card to 5” x 5”. Score at 1 1/2” and 3 1/2”, turn and repeat. Cut as shown in piccie below.


     2. Trim outside corner flaps and adhere backing paper as shown.


     3. Glue box together.


     4. Punch holes in 2 opposite sides and add ribbon to finish.


Quick, easy and fun.

Hope to see you soon.

Thanks for Popping by

Wednesday, 24 October 2012


Main Avenue, Treforest Industrial Estate


CF37 5UR

Tel: - 01443 842785

 Hello Everyone
Welcome to this edition of our newsletter.

FREE DEMO – Saturday 27th October – postponed



11:00AM – 1:00PM and 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Please don’t feel left out if you can’t attend the Hobbycraft Show in Birmingham as Mandy-Jane will be doing a FREE DEMO here at Dandie Crafts.
We’ve had requests for help with matting and layering together with card layout designs so come and get some inspiration from Mrs M.
Pop in and have a cuppa whilst being inspired.

We hope to see you.




As so many of you like the format of Jo Channon’s visit we have now persuaded Tom to do a morning demonstration and those who want to learn more in depth techniques still have the opportunity to book onto the Masterclass in the afternoon.
As there will only be 12 places available for the Masterclass, and they are already filling, please book your place as soon as possible. 

Free Demo – 10:00am – 12:00am

Masterclass  - 1:00pm – 3:00pm - £20.00 payable in full on booking
Tom will not be at the Hobbycrafts show at the N.E.C so this is your chance to not only buy the products but also to have instruction from the Inventor.
Please ask in store for details.

Joanna Sheen – Thomas Kinkade CD Project Book and Stamps

Known affectionately as The Painter of Light, Thomas Kinkade paints in a style referred to as Romantic Realism. His paintings feature scenes of idyllic country cottages and glorious gardens as well as seascapes, village scenes and world famous landmarks.
The beautiful stamps will let you make wonderful Christmas cards and projects.  Use your Spectrum Noir pens, watercolour pencils or distress inks to colour them.  Or why not stamp onto Shrink plastic to make fabulous embellishments, phone charms or keyrings.
Crafting With Hunkydory Magazine - Issue 8 - now in sale in store

The latest 68 page crafting magazine from Hunkydory is packed with fantastic projects, product reviews, celebrity interviews, reader’s gallery, prize draws and so much more. This magazine is perfect for inspiration and ideas. 

Packed with a variety of features such as Techniques in Focus, Tried and Tested, and interview with Kay Rutter of Hougie Crafts (at Dandie Crafts on 20th November) and much more!

This issue includes a FREE GIFT worth £4.99 - an offer too good to miss!

Just Arrived – Making Cards 2012 Christmas Special

The annual Christmas special from Making Cards that you have been eagerly awaiting, which always sells out quickly, has arrived in store today. This year, they have selected 6 different themes and the 32 FREE CRAFT PAPERS inside can be mixed and matched to offer lots of festive combinations.

Craft papers themes feature the NATIVITY, TRADITIONAL and FAMILY FAVOURITES, VICTORIAN SNOW SCENES, the 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS and finally some cheeky RETRO papers produced in black and white. There is a balanced combination of backing papers and ‘topper’ sheets so there’s something for all tastes. Editorially, there are over 45 card making projects – all of which have never been published and they will inspire you to make cards which will appeal to friends and family of all ages.

Hurry to pick up your copy.


 11:00am – 1:00pm


1:30pm – 3:30pm

Join our crafty little community where you can share your ideas with other craftaholics and talk about everything crafty!

 Details are below: -

  • Sessions are pre-bookable – limited spaces available
  • £5.00 per 2 hour session
  • Use our tools and equipment including Grand Caliber, Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Dies, Stamps, Trimmers, score boards and more…..
  • You will need to bring your own crafting basics (cutting mats, scissors, craft knife etc) and consumables like card, glues etc
  • Stamp as many images as you like, die cut as many mats and shapes as you like
  • Enjoy tea, coffee and biscuits too!

Please remember that we will always be on hand for advice and ideas.

 Tuesday 30th October

Saturday 3rd November

Friday 16th November

Saturday 24th November

Hurry and book your place soon.

CARD MAKING CLASSES - £6:00 per person (unless otherwise stated)

Classes are pre-bookable.

A £3:00 deposit (non-refundable) is required upon booking.

Plus we will give you a 10% discount* on goodies purchased on the class day.

*Exclusions from discount are: - PanPastels, magazines, Grand Calibur and Grand Nesties

Below please find all the remaining class places for 2012: -

 Tuesday 6th November – Mini File and Pen Holder Project – 1 PLACE LEFT - AM

 Friday 9th November – Mini File and Pen Holder – 1 PLACE LEFT – AM ONLY

 Tuesday 4th December – Stamp and Mask Technique – 1 PLACE LEFT – AM

 Tuesday 11th December – All Sorts – 4 PLACES LEFT - AM

** 2013 classes are now being planned **

We are adding a monthly Saturday class to our schedule

CLASS TIMES – 10:00am – 12:00pm OR 1:00pm – 3:00pm

** unless otherwise stated**



 Equipment Needed for Classes

You will need to bring a basic craft kit with you to include craft glue, Double-sided tape etc., cutting mat, ruler, craft knife, scissors, pencil, scoring tool, Hougie/scoreboard, trimmer if you have one plus anything else you like to use whilst card making.

If you are interested in attending classes please let us know.


We will be presenting FREE demonstrations in store but we will also being having guest demonstrators to keep us all inspired. Details will be displayed on our notice board so keep an eye out for dates.


All In-House Demos will now be held over 2 Sessions

11:00am – 1:00pm and 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Saturday 10th November – Card Layout Ideas – Mandy-Jane

**Please watch this space for further details**


 If you are a small craft group, up to 11 people, and fancy an afternoon out then why not plan a visit to us where we can provide you with a FREE demo together with tea, coffee and biscuits in the comfort of our workshop area. You will be free to stay as long as you like and we are always on hand to offer advice and help.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact us either by email or give us a call in the shop.

Craft Notice Board

If you are looking to sell your unwanted crafting equipment then for 50p per week we will display your advert on our entrance notice board. This will be for crafting items only.

We will not be involved in the transactions. We are offering the advertising facility only.

Please ask in store for details.

That’s all for this edition of our newsletter.

We look forward to seeing you all soon.

Bye for now.

Debbie and Mandy-Jane

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Christmas Crowns - Quick, Simple yet Stylish

Hi Everyone

We are all busy, busy, busy whether working or running the home or both!.  So we know how hard it is to fit in lots of crafting!!  So we thought we would show you a quick and simple card that would be easy to make in a hurry.

Ingredients Used: -

A4 Black Tapestry Card
Gold Mirri Card
Dandie Crafts Crown Embellishments

  1. Cut tapestry to 20cm x 21cm and fold in half to form card blank.
  2. Cut gold nirri card to 6.2cm x 19cm and adhere to centre of card front.
  3. Cut a peice of tapestry card to 18.5 cm x

Hunkydory - Mr Robin Redbreast Collection 4 ways

Hi Everyone

We expect every crafter is either thinking about their Christmas cards or are already half-way through making them so today Debbie has taken a Hunkydory Christmas Topper pack and used it in 4 ways showing how versatile just one pack can be.  And as you can get so many cards made using all your bits and bobs in your crafting stash, what brilliant value they are too.

Mistletoe Card

  1. Score a piece of A4 card in half or use an A5 pre-scored card blank.
  2. Stick red gingham paper to card front and trim to fit.
  3. Cut a rectangle of ruby vintage card and a larger mat from plain white card.
  4. Before you adhere the ruby card to the larger mat - colour the edges by inking with Bundled Sage Distress Ink.
  5. Trim out the toppers from the Mr Robin Redbreast sheet.  Arrange all your elements before sticking anything down to make sure you are happy with the layout.
  6. Stick down the rectangular mat first and then stick the red ribbon half-way between the bottom of mat and bottom of card.
  7. Arrange the 2 circular toppers as shown.
  8. Using Bundled Sage Distress Ink - colour the die-cut mistletoe and adhere to card.
  9. Finish with self adhesive pearls as berries on mistletoe.

Baubles Card

  1. Fold gingham card from pack in half.
  2. Trim out toppers from sheet and decide where you want them but do not stick down yet.
  3. Using peel-off chain borde,r centre and stick down above bauble topper making sure the lower end of the chain finishes behind baubles.
  4. Now stick the baubles onto the card using foam pads/glue gel to create depth.
Red Glitter Corner Card

  1. Fold red bordered cream backing card from pack in half.
  2. Stick Mr Robin Redbreast topper in the centre of the card - used as a landscape card.
  3. Die cut corner and greeting from red glitter card and stick to card.
Square Twiggy Card

  1. Starting with square card blank (approx 6" x 6") using a corner rounder - round off upper right and lower left corners.
  2. Ink card base with Bundled Sage Distress Ink using either Cut 'n' Dry Foam or Ink Duster brushes.
  3. Immediately dust the inked card with green mica powder from Imagination Crafts Nature Set.
  4. Die-cut the twig wreath (Memory Box) from white card and colour with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
  5. Trim out toppers from sheet.  To make the most from your twiggy wreath die-cut trim out a section and set aside to use later as corner embellishments.
  6. Place Mr Robin Redbreast topper in centre of card and place large twiggy wreath section to top left making sure the cut away section is hidden under the centre topper.  Stick down when happy with position.  Stick the circular greeting to the bottom right of the centre topper and raise on foam pads for depth.
  7. Cut a small corner from red gingham paper and stick to the bottom right-hand and cut the remaining section of twiggy wreath into 2 and adhere to top right and bottom left corners as shown.
  8. Finally, using red stickles glitter glue decorate the large twiggy wreath with berries.

We hope you enjoy these projects.

Thanks for Popping By

Friday, 7 September 2012

Sneak Peek - New Darice Embossing Folder - Travel

Hi Everyone

Today we would like to share a project we have made using the new Darice Travel embossing folder which is due in store very soon.

We love our embossing folders as they are so versatile whether you simply emboss and sand or use with inks etc.  We have just embossed this time.

Ingredients Used: -
A4 300gsm Smooth Card x 2 - to make 8" x 8" card base
12" x 12" Coredinations Card - 2 toning colours
Darice Travel Embossing Folder
Sand It Gadget
Dust Buddy
Die cuts - cut on eCraft using Webdings Font
What We Did: -
  1. First make an 8" x 8" card base with A4 white card - cut one piece to 8" x 8" and the other piece at 8" x 8 1/2" scoring this part 8" mark.  Join both pieces together to form card blank.
  3. Cut a piece of core'dination card to 7 3/4" x 7 3/4" square and mat onto front of card base. Using same colour card use folder to emboss design.
  5. Using embossing folder place the second colour cardstock into folder with textured side facing up and emboss.  Cut to size to form large tag and sand lightly.
  7. Take the lighter colour and cut out the individual elements from embossed design.  Adhere these to front of card.  This will give you a faux embossed look for the background.
  8. Punch hole in top of tag, add ribbons and adhere to card.
  9. Add die cut elements in contrasting colour to finish.

We have used the eCraft and Webdings font to cut plane, boat and map.  The Eiffel Tower was cut using an SVGcuts file.
We hope you enjoy this project.
Thanks for Popping By

Thursday, 6 September 2012

Butterfly Spiral is a winner!!

Hi Everyone

Today we thought we would share this with you.  Annie B is a winner!!

Hi Both

Just to let you see a card I made that Mandy taught us how to do ages ago, and which I love.

I entered it into the handicraft section of a local Horticultural Show last Saturday - and won 1st prize with it!

As far as I'm concerned this card has always been a winner - as I have made loads of them and they are always very popular.

Love from Annie B xx

Well done Annie B - as usual it's a stunner!!

Here's to your next winning entry.

Thanks for sharing it with us.

Thanks for Popping By

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Large Flutterby Card - Easy

Hi Everyone

Today we have a simple stamped card using the Dimension Stamp 'Vintage Fluttering Flourishes' stamp plate. 

You get an amazng 14 elements to this set and it is so elegant.  The butterfly is a large size but you can do so many effects with it.  The flourishes and swirls are very useful and create wonderful backgrounds especially when used with WOW embossing powders.  Doing this you not only get a luxurious finish but you also get texture.

We have chosen to use cream and black card together with black ink.  We have also used the Sheena Silouhette Garden stamp plate.

Ingredients Used: -

Cream Card
Black Card
Dimension Stamp - Vintage Fluttering Flourishes stamp
Sheena - Silouhette Garden stamp plate
Versafine Ink Pad - Onyx Black
Tonic Studio Border Punch - Doily Edge
Card Candy
Pink Saddle Stitch Gross Grain Ribbon
Collall 3D Glue Gel

What We Did

  • Fold cream card stock in half to form A5 card base.  Using a flourish stamp and the Versafine ink stamp the image on to front of card to create the background.
  • Next, cut a piece of cream card to 13cm x 16cm.  Stamp the butterfly image in the centre of this. 
  •  Then using a Sheena leafy branch stamp - stamp around the outside edges.
  • Take a craft knife and cut around the outside edge of the wings only so that they can be bent upwards. 
  • Cut a piece of black card to 13.5cm x 16.5cm and matt your butterfly panel onto this.
  • Take a strip of black card and punch along the length of it.  Adhere to front of card.
  • Cut a strip of ribbon and adhere on top of punched border.
  • Mount butterfly panel onto left hand side of front of card using 3D foam or Collall 3D glue gel.
  • Finally embellish with the card candy and add a bow to finish.
We hope you like ths project.

Thanks for Popping By

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Morehead - Aint she cute?

Hi All

Today we have a Morehead card to share with you.  The image is beautiful.

Ingredients Used: -

Morehead CDrom

300gsm Super Smooth Card A4
Doily - Cheery Lynn Dies or Paper Doily Pack
Saddle Stitched Ribbon
Epiphany Crafts Tool Round 14
Epiphany Crafts Clear Bubble Caps Round 14

What We Did: -
  • Firstly, we printed a card companion from the CD along with a co-ordinating backing papers in 2  colours.

  • Use one of the printed card pieces and cut down to 5 3/4" x 11 1/2".  Then score and fold at 5 3/4" to form your card base.
  • Next using the printed card companion elements mat square to front of card, add your doily, wrap with ribbon and then add your topper.
  • Cut a greeting from the card companion sheet and add to top right hand edge.  Use the epiphany tool to create your epoxy embellishment.
  • Make rolly roses from remaining printed card stock and adhere to front of card.  Add a bow to finish.

We hope you like this project.

Hope to see you soon.

Thanks for Popping By

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Christmas Workshop Project Piccies

Hi Everyone
Here as promised are piccies of a couple of the projects that we did at the recent Christmas Workshop provided by the lovely Annie B.
Thanks Annie they are fabulous and look great in your chosen colours.

In the workshop we used white and muted blue for a frosty look here Annie B has used traditional colours and it looks fab.
Once again Annie has chosen her own colours for a more muted look.  In the workshop I chose to use white for the lantern and die cut poinsettias and holly to go around the box edges.  Either way it's a great little project and will look good on your Christmas table.
Thanks for Popping by

Monday, 20 August 2012

Christmas Workshop Fun

Hello Everyone

Last Saturday we had our first Christmas Workshop and we really enjoyed it!

All the ladies made 3 projects in the morning and another 3 in the afternoon.  Everyone went away with fantastic results.

We are running the same workshop again in September!  I can't wait to repeat it.

I will be adding a picture of the lantern we made together with a fantastc Christmas Cracker Box that one of our lovely ladies, Annie B made when she got home.  Annie's it's fabulous and thanks for letting us show the results.

As soon as we upload photos we will post on here for you.  Please bear with us.

Thanks for Popping By


How Exciting to Be Blogging

Hello Everyone

Welcome to Dandie Crafts new blog.

We thought it was about time that we kept up with the flow of digital thingies and start the blog so that we can keep you informed about what's happening and for you to post questions etc for us.

We would like you all to feel that you can take part and encourage you to email us photos of your projects and cards so that we can post them on here.

We hope that we can all insprie each other along the way.

So please join in - we look forward to hearing from you.

See you soon.