Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Snowman and Snow Dog Christmas Book


Hi Everyone

MJ thought she would quickly share a project she made recently for Crafters Companion as a step-by-step tutorial.

She chose a lovely pale blue paper from the Snowman CD together with some decoupage elements she created from the CD too.  A great project to do as a keepsake for the children – something that can be brought out year after year as part of the Christmas decorations.

This is the front of the book……




This is the inside of it….






And finally a look at the front and back cover.




We hope you have been inspired.

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Die’sire Christmas Village Scene Card


Hi Everyone

Here’s another card from MJ using one of the latest Christmas die releases from Crafters Companion in their Die’sire range.

She has cut out the Christmas Village scene x 3 in Kraft card and cut away portions to give 3D effect.  MJ then mounted Snowfall Acetate to the rear of each layer. 

On a 7” x 7” white card blank she matted some red spotty paper.  Next she cut a frame to fit the front of the snowy pieces.  Glue to the top layer.  With 3D foams pads MJ built up the layers and then mounted the completed scene to the front of the card adding a bow to finish.


DSire Christmas Village

What MJ Used

7” x 7” White Card Blank

Dir’sire Die – Christmas Village

A4 Kraft Card

Snowfall Acetate

Red Spotty Paper/Red Card



Once again this card is a quick easy project with simple layers.

We  hope you have been inspired.

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Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Sneak Peek – Brand New Moonbeam Meadows Collection


Good Evening Everyone

Here is a Sneak Peek of the brand new Moonbeam Meadows collection from Crafters Companion launching on Create and Craft  on Monday 29th September as the 4 Day Deal. 

This collection is truly lovely.  There is the Everyday and Christmas selection so something to cover every occasion throughout the year.  A must have in your crafting arsenal.

This project that MJ has made will be available on the Crafters Companion website as a Step-by-Step project for you to join in the fun too!

It is a Box Easel Card and looks great from the outside……




…as well as the inside.



MJ has used the Moonbeam Meadows Everyday section for all the printed elements on the project together with gorgeous Centura Pearl card stock.,

Please make sure you watch the shows or set your Sky box to record.  You will not want to miss all the fun and inspiration!

We hope you have been inspired.

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Quick Inspriation with Create-a-Card Christmas Wreath

Hi Everyone
Think autumn has raised its head today here in South Wales...brrrrrrrrrrr!!
Today MJ is sharing a fab little project she made using the new Die'sire Christmas Wreath Create-a-Card die from Crafters Companion.

MJ has cut the Wreath out on green Adorable Scorable card leaving 1" either side to fold back to form a dome front card.  She has used Worn Lipstick Distress Ink through the die before taking out of the die.  The matts and layers are cut from Anna Marie Designs Spotty Papers onto a white 7" x 7" card blank.  To finish she added some small red pearls from Hobbyhouse and ribbons.

What We Used
7" x 7" White Card Blank
Die'sire Create-a-Card Die - Christmas Wreath
Anna Marie Designs Papers
Distress Ink - Worn Lipstick
Ribbon and Pearls
Collall 3D Glue Gel/Collall All Purpose Glue

A very quick and easy card to do.

We hope you have been inspired.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Tonic Cards by Alison Whelan


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We recently had a wonderful demonstration day with the equally fabulous Alison Whelan from Tonic Studios.  What a great day it was with Alison showing all the ladies and gents how to make some beautiful cards as well as lots of hints and tips to get the most out of Tonic dies.

We are very lucky to have some of Alison’s creations from her day with us so we thought we would share them with you for inspiration.

This card is so pretty when seen in the flesh as the colours are lovely soft pearlescent shades matching the vintage look of the picture.  In this card Alison has used the Twined Lily and a floral header die.


In this sample she has used the Dragonfly Delight die set.  How gorgeous is this set.  We love it.  The colours are a lovely mix of cream and gold.



Monochromatic is still so very popular in card making and scrapbooking and Alison has got lots of texture and layering in in this project. So pretty!  She has used the Envelope Set 2 together flower head and Mini daisy punches.


Sunny Yellow and Black have made this card a stand out project because of the contrasts used.  Once again Alison has the Envelope Set 2 and also Happy Birthday and Frond Finesse sets and  Daisy punch to finish.


The last card is so fresh looking - clean and simple look.  Alison has used the Daisy Square set and You Make Everything Perfect die set.



We hope you have been inspired.

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Altered Book Project with Karen Clare

Hi Everyone

What a fabulous day MJ has had today with Karen Clare up in Pink Tulip Creations.  Firstly, thanks to all at Pink Tulip for their great hosting of this workshop and then a huge Thank you to Karen Clare for showing us so many techniques in one day!

Here is how MJ's book turned out....she had a thoroughly enjoyable day together with Sharon. Xx

This is how it started.....

This is how it finished.....

Love the way it layered up with all the textural pieces we were given to use on our books.

Once we added pastes, materials, inks, stains and gilding waxes the books came to life!  The other ladies and gents projects were amazing!  Not one was anything like the other.  Each book an individual work of art.

We hope you have been inspired.

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Sneak Peek – New Brambly Hedge Collection – Crafters Companion


Hi Everyone

MJ is happy to share with you today a project that she has been working on for the Brand New addition to the Brambly Hedge Collection from Crafters Companion launching on 5th September on Create and Craft TV as Pick of the Week.  Her project will be available as a step-by-step project over on Crafters Companion blog very soon with a full ingredients list so you can play too.


Bramley Hedge SO Aug 2014 - TC 6


She has used 2 mini canvases to make this cute little keepsake book.  All the paper designs used are from ‘The Secret Staircase and Poppy’s Babies’ CD and all printed on Satin Finish Paper by Crafters Companion.


Bramley Hedge SO Aug 2014 - TC 7


There are 4 x A5 Rubber Stamp set; The High Hills, Sea Story, The Secret Staircase and Poppy's Babies.  Take the stamp image, add to a Rocker-a-Block with Stick and Spray, ink and stamp.  Use your Spectrum Noir pens and pencils to get fantastic results with your colouring but to get the best results use Neenah and Desert Storm card stock - it’s fabulous to use with the pens and pencils.

If you are a beginner colourerinerer (as MJ likes to say) then take a look at the Leann’s Spectrum Noir Tutorial CDs – they are packed with hints and tips to start you on your colouring journey.  You’ll be amazed at how far you will come in a short amount of time with Leann’s help.

Also in this collection there are 2 NEW CDs which are the stories of the High Hills/ Sea Story and Poppy’s Babies/Secret Staircase. As you would expect to find on a Crafters Companion papercraft CD loads and loads of printable elements!

•Card Companions
•Co-ordinating papers
•Design Sets
•Easel Boxes
•Exploding Boxes
•Fabric Companions
•Rocker Cards
•Shadow Boxes
•Spring Cards
•Topper Companions
•Tunnel Books

Please tune into as many shows as you can so not to miss any of the fab demos and to see all the wonderful ideas the Design Team has come up with – the samples are amazing!

We hope you have been inspired.

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Crafting Musketeers Challenge 17 - MJ's DT Card

What does the 2nd of September mean?  Well it’s the beginning of another fabulous challenge over at


Challenge Blog.

Talk about being excited…..we are over the moon that this challenge has been sponsored by the fantastic Helz Cupplditch!  We are so lucky that Helz did these images for us and at the moment we are the only ones to have had them…woooo hoooo!

The theme this month is Buttons.

So here is my creation for this, my first challenge as a newbie member of the DT.


This image is so cute and there are so many ways to colour it.  I chose to use my Spectrum Noir pens to colour the image in with.  The colours I used are below;

Body:  TN1 – TN2 – TN3 – TN4 – CR4
Strawberries: DR1 – DR3 – DR5 – DR7 – DG2 – DG4
Jam Pot:  CR6 – DR1 – DR3 – BT1 – BT2 – BT4
Grass:  CG1 – CG3 – CG4 – LG4 – LG5
Sky: IB1 – IB2
I have also used an Embossalicious 8” x 8” Patchwork folder for the lovely texture it gives to the background.

But look at what you could win when you enter your wonderful creations to the Challenge….mmmmm lovely.  We can’t wait to see them…Good Luck!


Please pop over to THE CRAFTING MUSKETEERS challenge blog and take a look at the rest of the design team’s wonderful inspiration.

I hope you have been inspired.

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