Thursday, 27 March 2014

Crafters Inspiration Magazine Issue 4 - Makey Bakey Mice with Embossalicious and Kraft Card


Hi Everyone

Thought we would share a project that MJ has done for you using the FREE CD images that come within the Crafters Inspiration Magazine Issue 4.  The freebies are great and give you such added value with nothing taken away from the quality of the items enclosed. 

Today MJ has chosen to use the Makey Bakey Mice decoupage topper image into an easel card project.



She used the Crafters Companion Kraft Card together with two backing papers she chose from the CD.  MJ loves to work with Kraft Card and soft blues – it’s such a pretty combo.




The quality of this image is superb and the decoupage is so made so easy to cut out – not too many fussy bits and bobs.




On the tag shape she embossed the Kraft Card using an 8” x 8” Embossalicious folder called Flower Frenzy and then inked lightly over with Tea Dye Distress Ink and Frayed Burlap around the edges to darken.




The mini easel card is made from one of the greeting panels from a sentiments sheet.




She even decided to make a small box using her UltimatePro and Boxer Board – it’s so easy to make if you have the correct equipment to hand.  MJ hates too much ‘faffing’ as she calls it. She likes things to be simple to achieve for everyone.  To finish, all she did was pierce three small holes with her pokey tool through the top of the box and pushed in the candle holders.  The candles just store in the box below.

You can really go to town with your chosen decorations.  Have fun!

We hope you have been inspired.

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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Sneak Peek of the Crafters Inspiration Magazine Issue 4 – almost time!

Hi Everyone

What a gorgeous day it is here today in sunny South Wales…loving it even though MJ is sitting in her craft room she can see it clearly.

Today we wanted to share the news with you that the NEW Issue 4 of the Crafters Inspiration project pack is available very soon actually later this week!  Packed with 100 pages of 100 amazing projects, tutorials, and techniques for you to look at and try together with loads of fab FREE goodies.  Over £2000 worth of giveaways and competitions, and £50 worth of craft goodies included for just £9.99. So much choice you won’t know where to start!

Look below at all the goodies you get! Goodies include: Video Resource CD-ROM, Papercrafting CD-ROM, Sheena embossing folder, Paper Pack, Bead Set and a Stamp Set too!

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MJ is super excited as she is lucky enough to have projects in this jam packed edition. 


Just look at how gorgeous the images and the papers are from the Rachel Anne Miller collection.   In this project MJ has kept to all the soft pink papers available on the CD Rom that comes free with the magazine.
All projects in the magazine come with full instructions and lists of what has been used.

Please don’t miss out on your chance to get Crafters Inspiration Issue 4 – Spring Edition available very soon.

We’ve pre-ordered ours so why not do the same to make sure you get it.

We hope you have been inspired.

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Thursday, 6 March 2014

7th March 2014 – 12 Noon - Rachel Anne Miller with Crafters Companion – Sneak Peek


Hi Everyone

Well it’s been an odd week for MJ so here are a couple of Sneak Peeks from tomorrow’s Crafters Companion Pick of the Week on Create and Craft TV with the lovely Dawn Wheeler.  She will be showcasing the NEW Rachel Anne Miller CD’s and Stamps for you.

MJ loved working with them (but doesn’t she always!).  Once again she has been blown away by the fabulous backing papers available on the CD’s.  There is such a range of gorgeous printable elements to this set that it makes it hard to choose which ones to start with!

There’s images for both boys and girls and the animal designs are to die for (and we mean die  The cute little boy in his cape was MJ’s first stop in this crafting adventure.


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You even have brilliant shaped cards to make.  Just print, cut out and add all your favourite embellishments; there are lots to choose from on the CD.



And then there are the stamps – so cute, adorable and fun! 

In the project below MJ has used one of the stamp sets coloured using her Spectrum Noir Pens together with a lovely coordinating backing paper and Die’Sire dies.



This cute little box drawer was made using one of the coordinating backing papers and a card companion set.  She used the matching greeting panels and added the ‘4 you’ using the alphabet section.  It’s so easy to work with these designs as the hard work is done for you.  All you need to do is decide on the colours you want to use.




The fun element was key to MJ for her samples.  There are so many ways to use them.  She only touched the surface with some simple projects.  Please take a look on Crafters Companion FB and blog pages for more adorable projects to inspire you from the Design Team.  You will love what you see and will be champing at the bit to have a go yourselves.  Another classic!



Please don’t miss the shows starting tomorrow at 12 noon.  Quick get the Sky+ remote and press record now so that you don’t miss one single idea!

We hope you have been inspired.

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Sunday, 2 March 2014

Boadicea’s Ghost with IndigoBlu, Texture Paste, Archival Inks and Stencil


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Today MJ has been playing with her IndigoBlu ‘Boadicea’ stamp plate.  She was trying to create a ghost-like appearance using coloured Archival Inks.

MJ loves to play around with texture paste and as usual loves to get inky messy too!  So she managed to combine the two today and is a happy bunny (husband is not so happy as she disappeared into her craft room for the


Sorry the piccie does not show very well the vibrancy of the red/orange hues brought out by the deep blue surround.  MJ did say that she wished she had smoothed the edges out a little more.  But she’ll do that next time.

See below for details of project.


What MJ Did:-

  1. Firstly, spread some texture paste thinly in centre of card and lightly dry.  It still needs to be soft for stamping into.  Take Boadicea stamp and light spritz with water, then stamp into paste.  Left off, clean stamp immediately in water, and dry with a heat tool.
  2. Then take a selection of Archival inks and blend ink over the stamped image.  MJ highlighted the face and hair areas using her Spectrum Noir Pens; TN2 around hairline and BGR1 in hair areas.  She also added accents to head dress too.
  3. Next take the wording stencil and spread texture paste across areas you choose to.   Wash paste off stencil immediately.  Dry project with heat tool.  Using Archival ink finally colour around outside edges and over some of the text.
  4. Mount onto card.




What MJ Used: -

IndigoBlu ‘Boadicea’ Stamp

Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks – Orange Blossom, Red Geranium, Fern Green and Cornflower Blue

Crafters Workshop 6” x 6” Stencil – Mini Art Is

Spectrum Noir Pens – TN2 and BGR1

Maimeri Light Modelling Paste

We hope you been inspired.

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