Mary’s Cards

June 29th, 2011

We just love these 3 cards from Mary.

The first card is made from a decoupage card making kit but instead of using the card making kit just as it comes Mary has added her own twist by mounting the card onto an A5 textured card, adding a double row of self adhesive lace borders down the left hand side and then emphasising the borders with narrow borders silver peel offs.  The paper insert has been printed on an inkjet printer and then cut around the edge using decorative scissors.  We find that often it is the attention to small details like these that turn a good card into a great card.

Mary’s second card couldn’t be more different and is sure to bring a smile to the recipient’s face. The wording reads: We know a bird who loves line dancing. It uses cream textured card for the 5 x 7 creased card and black and gold cards matted and layered to create a mount for the parrot picture card topper. The addition of the gold peel off border from the Classic Borders and Scrolls peel off sheet completes the card and – a nice touch – scrolls from the same sheet add interest to the corners.

The final card is quite a simple card to make as it uses a card making topper and a butterfly decorative sticker but is a quite stunning card. The base card is A5 white linen , the frame of the topper is glued directly onto the card and the centre sentiments panel is raised by using 3D foam tape. The self adhesive butterfly decorative sticker and the 4 small clear gems complete the card. As with the first card, the insert has been printed on an inkjet printer and the edges trimmed with decorative scissors.  One of the trickier aspects of card making is knowing when a card needs a little something more and when to stop. This card gets the balance just right.

Kanban Card Making Toppers – Die Cut Verses

June 26th, 2011

These Sentimental Verses Labels are really lovely card making toppersand you have a choice of gold foil on pink or silver foil on lavender. They’re from Kanban so they are die cut (you may need to snip the retaining pieces) and ready to mount onto your card.  Add a few die cut roses using the Marianne Creatables or some ready made flowers at a couple of the corners and your card is made. 

There are eight verses in pretty labels shapes on each of the A4 topper sheets and the gold on pink card making toppers match the Calligraphy Rose backing card.

The silver foil on lavender card making topper didn’t photograph too well but both the pink and lilac are equally stunning and the verses are delightful.


Cuttlebug – Craftsite Special

June 24th, 2011

A die cutting machine will give your card making a whole new lease of life and the Cuttlebug is one of the most popular die cutting machines on the market

When you buy a Cuttlebug from us you’ll find that all the plates you need are included with the machine.

Customers told us that they found it really annoying if, when buying a die cutting machine, they find that they needed to buy an additional plate so they can use the thin dies that are so popular at the minute such as the Nellie’s, Marianne Creatables, and Nestabilities.

Well, we want our customers to be happy so when you buy a Cuttlebug from Craftsite you get the spacer plate (Plate A), the 2 cutting plates (Plate B) and the thin die adapter (Plate C) so you can use the machine straight away to cut thin dies if you want to. It’s all included in the price.

You also get a free embossing folder and free delivery.

And because we are an authorised dealer you get a full guarentee with your machine.

Making Shaped Cards with Grand Nestabilities

June 23rd, 2011

Using shaped cards can give your card making a completely different look but packs of shaped cards can work out  rather expensive per card.

Why not make your own using Grand Nestabilities?  Having a Grand Calibur machine makes it easy but this one was actually made using a Big Shot and the largest die from the Grand Nestabilities Labels Four set. We used A3 Stardream card cut lengthways to make the shaped card below and creased it prior to running the card through the die cutting machine.

This is Stardream Quartz 285gsm card and just look at the depth of the embossed edge.

Labels Four is one of the few Grand Nestabilities that will go through the Big Shot. To use the Grand Nestabilities in the Big Shot you do need the Solo Platform, Solo Thin Die Adapter and Extended Cutting Plates.

We cut and creased the card so that it was no wider than the Solo Platform and ran it through the big Shot with the folder edge just inside the bottom cutting edge of the Grand Nestabilities Labels Four die.

Stardream is a really heavyweight card and although running it through the Big Shot doubled was no problem. However, on testing we did find that when using the same card in the Grand Calibur it did struggle a bit so we would advise a weight of 250 gsm for the Grand Calibur when running the card double through the machine. If you find that it doesn’t cut cleanly after you’ve run it through the machine, simply turn the plates around with the card and die still sandwiched between them, and run it through a second time.

22 June 2011

June 22nd, 2011

I can’t believe it’s over a month since I wrote my last diary entry. It’s been a really busy month in the world of card making supplies.

It’s not been all work though. Last weekend Tom and I took a break and went to Bridlington. It was forecast for heavy rain all weekend but luck was with us as the rain ceased on Saturday morning and didn’t start again until we left on Sunday lunchtime. So just a short break then but it gave us a chance to catch up with family.

Lots of new stock has been arriving this month – Marianne Creatables, Marianne Designables, the Big Shot Starter Kit, more die cut decoupage, a new shade of ribbon.  At one time there were so many boxes arriving through the door we ran out of space to put them. One pallet full we had to leave at the back door whilst we tried to get some of the other boxes emptied. Then it started to rain and Linda and I were carrying boxes from the pallet at a pace we’ve rarely done before.

Linda who, if you remember is a tad on the short side at a mere 5 ft, was managing to carry 2 large boxes at the same time. All that time she’s been spending at the gym recently certainly paid off that day.

How we managed to find places to put all the new stock is beyond me but we certainly did and, with quite a bit of help from Georgia, all boxes were unpacked and the properly shelved by Saturday.

We have another delivery due in next week and it will be the first of our new Christmas stock. Yes, in the card making world the end of June signals the start of the Christmas season………. But more about that next time.

Three New Card Making Projects

June 21st, 2011

We have three new card making projects for you to try.

The first is a lovely card using the Kanban card making toppers Jenny Wood.  Stardream Vista has been embossed using a die cutting and embossing machine and reflects the colour of the bluebells in the card toppers.

The other 2 new cards are part of Linda’s series of making card on a budget. One of the cards costs only 74p to make. The other costs even less at just 62p for the materials.

Both cards are made using die cut decoupagefrom the Reddy range. One card uses only the background image whilst the other uses the decoupage pieces.


Brighten up your cards with Kingfisher Blue

June 19th, 2011

You may think we’ve gone big on blue for card making this Spring. First we added Marine Blue and now we bring you Kingfisher Blue.  This lovely brilliant blue has just been added to our 225gsm card range. Like all our 225gms and 240gms coloured card it is double sided with the colour running all the way through. A really striking colour – we all love it.

2 New Marianne Designables

June 17th, 2011

Those of you who love your die cutting machine, whether it be a Cuttlebug, Vagabond, Big Shot or Grand Calibur are in for a real treat. Not one, but two stunning new Designables from Marianne D.

First, there’s Marianne Designables – Classic. Second is Marianne Designables – Romantic. It’s going to be a tough choice. Both folders will enhance any card making project quickly and easily.



As you can see the Marianne Designables folders not only emboss but cut as well and the beauty of them is that both operations are done with one pass of the folder through the die cutting machine.

Our Stardream A6 card pack is ideal for use with the Marianne Designables folders.

New A4 Foiled Card Making Sentiments Sheet

June 15th, 2011

You asked if we could come up with a new foiled sentiments sheets for you card making projects. You wanted lots of different sentiments, particularly those not readily found elsewhere and you wanted as many sentiments as possible on one sheet.

Well, we’ve done it. 45 sentiments on one A4 sheet for you to cut out using a rotary trimmer, scissors or decorative edged scissors.  Sentiments are: Ooops! I’m sorry, I can’t believe I forgot your Birthday, Belated Birthday, Get Well Soon, Thank You, With Love, Wishing You a Happy Birthday, Thinking of You, Best Wishes, With Sympathy, With Deepest Sympathy, Congratulations, Just for You and Happy Birthday.

Even though there are 45 sentiments on the sheet we’ve still left plenty of room for you to cut around each sentiment. The sentiments are all a good size and in a variety of fonts. The sheet is available in gold or silver foil on white 230gsm card.

Fashion Card Making Toppers from Kanban

June 14th, 2011

If you like making girlie cards then these two sets of card making toppers are for you. In pinks and lilacs with a slightly metallic sheen the card making toppers are something different. You can use the toppers and mounts individually or build them up pyramid style.  Plus with each A4 sheet of die cut card making toppers comes a coordinating A4 backing card.