April 28th, 2012
We have just taken delivery of issue 6 of Crafting with Hundydory. There are over 70 new card making projects in the latest issue . The free card making kit that comes with the magazine is extra special this time with really pretty card making toppers of flowers and butterflies and lovely backing card that’s easy to score, using either an EaziScore or a Hougie Board, if one wants to make creased cards with it.
Here’s the magazine (above) and the card making kit (below).
April 27th, 2012
We have some new products from Kanban and one from Hunkydory that will give your card making a real lift.
First are the Curvy Ribbons from Kanban. This is lace effect paper that is both self adhesive and die cut so you just cut the length you want, peel off and stick it down on your card.
These A4 sheets of self adhesive die cut ribbon curves are available in blue and turquoise, shown above, or in pink and lilac.
Still on the theme of ribbons, these lovely sheets of A4 Victoriana Ribbons from Kanban will add a pretty touch to your card making.
The lace effect designs are printed onto card and die cut so you only need to cut them to the length required and glue them to your card using photo glue.
To match the curvy ribbons are these pretty die cut self adhesive card toppers.
This A4 sheet contains both small card making toppers and lace effect borders. Although the sheets are self adhesive a little photo glue will help them adhere to your card better. The toppers and borders sheet, called Die Cut lace Icons, are available in pink and lilac as well as blue and turquoise.
Madeleine made a card using the ribbon curves, the card toppers and the Spellbinder Nestabilities Splendid Circles.
The base card is double sided smooth card in marine blue which is a perfect match for the blue in the ribbon curves and lace effect ribbons. The Splendid Circles Nestabilities with their lace effect border carries through the lace theme of the card.
Last but not least are some elegant lace wraps from Hunkydory. Made from 220 gsm heavyweight acetate these wraps are printed with white opaque foil in lacy designs. The wraps are A4 size and, being transparent will show the colour of your card through the acetate to give a lovely effect.
April 24th, 2012
M-Bossabilities are embossing folders from Spellbinders for card making and scrapbooking that have 2 patterns on 1 folder. You simply flip the folder over to the pattern that you want to emboss and pop your card or paper inside and run through your die cutting machine.
Double Sided M-Bossabilities Folder
Because M-Bossabilities are thicker than normal embossing folders you cannot use them in your die cutting machine with the same sandwich you would use for ordinary embossing folders so below are instructions for making the “sandwich” for the Cuttlebug, and Big Shot die cutting machines.
Spellbinders do include instructions with the M-Bossabilities folders which is fine for their own machine – the Grand Calibur - but the instructions for the Big Shot and Cuttlebug are not so clear so we experimented ourselves. We found thet the “sandwiches” outlined below gave the best results during our tests.
Please note that because of the thickness of these folders they are not suitable for the Texture Boutique.
Multipurpose Platform Open
Grand Calibur Junior Rubber Mat (this will take the 5in x 7in folders)
M-Bossabilities Folder with Card Inside
Sizzix Texture Plate (Black Plate)
Note that if you already have the Kars Cut and Emboss mat this will work fine in the Big Shot with the normal size folders in the M-Bossabilities range but isn’t large enough for the 5 x 7 inch folders. For the 5 x 7 inch folders you need to use the Grand Calibur Junior Rubber Mat.
M-Bossabilities Folder with Card Inside
Machines, even of the same make, can vary. If a “sandwich” when you start running it through your die cutting machines ever feels too thick and is struggling to go through then stop immediately. Roll the sandwich back to it’s starting point by turning the handle in the opposite direction. Forcing a sandwich that is too thick could damage your die cutting machine.
April 23rd, 2012
It’s been a couple of weeks since I did a diary entry and I must confess that I have been enjoying myself.
April is my birthday month so we went to London and saw Singing in the Rain at the Palace theatre. Thoroughly enjoyable – very funny with brilliant music and dancing, especially the tap dancing – and I can definitely recommend it. The show tickets were a birthday present from my son who lives in London with his lovely Thai wife and, as my birthday just happened to fall on the Thai New Year, we went to the Festival of Songkran in Wimbledon which I’m told, never having been to Thailand, is the nearest to experiencing Thailand without paying the airfare to get there. It was fabulous!
Whilst in London I lost my purse so had to cancel all my credit cards – then I found my purse but of course I couldn’t actually buy anything because I’d cancelled all my cards, hadn’t I?
I must say the bank has been a bit slow in getting my new cards to me. Not only that but they cancelled Tom’s cards as well so for a week I’ve had to manage on the little amount of cash we had. Not since the days when the only source of income was a student grant have the pennies been watched so carefully as in the past week. I’ve discovered that it’s cheaper to buy 2 separate garlic breads from Tesco than it is to buy a twin pack and that it’s cheaper again if I buy them from Morrisons. I’m saving a fortune.
This saving exercise set me thinking. We’ve always tried to keep our prices as low as possible whilst still stocking high quality papers, embellishments and tools saving our customers not only pennies but £’s as well. The question I posed myself was how could we offer even better value without compromising on the quality of our card making supplies. The answer that came to me was – multibuys. So yesterday we added 2 special offers: Multibuy on the Core’dinations Tim Holtz Distress card stock and a free pack of 3D foam pads with every 5 sheets of card toppers or decoupage.
The Core’dinations Tim Holtz Distress cardstock is an offer that will last as long as we have supplies. Already selling at 6p a sheet below the recommended price we are saving our customers pennies but at 15% off the full set of colours we’re saving them £’s.
The free 3D foam pads is a time limited offer which will end at midnight on Saturday 28th April but I am already thinking about other multibuys. After all the more you buy the bigger the savings should be.
April 22nd, 2012
We are now stocking Core’dinations Tim Holtz Distress Collection. These Core’dinations 12 x 12 cardstock is a collaboration between Core’dinations and Time Holtz, creative director of Ranger, and is great for both card making and scrapbooking.
The card comes in all 36 distress colours matching the distress inks and other items in the Tim Holtz distress range. The card is 260 gsm so heavy enough to be cut and made into creased cards if you want to do this. The card is textured on one side and smooth on the reverse and in keeping with Tim Holtz’s distress theme is ideal for creating the vintage look. As with all Core’dinations cardstock the card can be torn or sanded and is ideal for using with embossing folders in the Big Shot, Cuttlebug, Grand Calibur and other die cutting machines.
Even if you don’t want to create the vintage look this cardstock comes in such a variety of colours that there’s sure to be one that matches the theme of your current project. Here is all 36 colours:
The cardstock is available as a 12 x 12 paper pad or in single sheets. Here, at Craftsite, we are not stocking the paper pad but have decided to sell them in single sheets after discovering that to buy all 36 sheets in the pad works out more expensive that buying all 36 colours in single sheets. We thought, surely if one is buying all the sheets in a set it should be cheaper? So we also have a multibuy offer for those that want all the colours with a saving of 15% on the single sheet price. The offer is for 2 sheets of each of the colours of the Core’dinations Tim Holtz cardstock – in other words exactly what you would get if you bought the 12 x 12 paper pad!
But we suspect that, as with all the distress products, our customers will have their favourites that they use time and time again.
April 14th, 2012
I’ve added 5 new card making projects to the Craftsite Gallery
. Irene, in particular, has been very busy with 4 cards to her credit and there’s a delightful card from Mary too.
For those of you who still have a die cutting machine on your “wish list” rather than in your craft room, you’ll be pleases to see that 3 of the cards can be made without one.
For the card below, made using Spellbinders Shapeabilities
Moroccan Motifs and Moroccan Accents, you definitely need a die cutting machine. The intricate detail of these dies is absolutely amazing.
Although the pretty card below uses a die cutting machine it is only for the little tag where the peel off is placed so could easily be made by cutting out a shaped tag instead.
The card is also made using the Die Cut Foiled Toppers Blooming Frames – Lilac and Pink
. These card making toppers are beautiful and consist of a printed card and a sheet of printed acetate where the acetate is layered over the printed card to give a lovely and unusual effect. Instructions for layering the acetate ove3r the printed card are include in the car5d toppers kit.
Mary’s card uses card from the Kaisercraft Pink Gelato Paper Pad
as the main embellishment on the card and double sided satin ribbon in toning colours to give it a unique look. The 3mm beads are staggared in length down the ribbons for added interest. A satin bow with ribbon rose and a foiled sentiment completes the card.
The other two cards, both made by Irene, use the Kanban card making toppers White Bouquets and White Tulips – one using the large 198mm x 198mm square card and the other usinf an A5 card blank, Both cards are easy make and suitable for those just starting out card making.
As always, the full instructions for making these and other new cards are all in the Gallery
April 9th, 2012
We have 3 more Spellbinders Shapeabilities for all those who have die cutting machines for card making whether it be the Cuttlebug, Big Shot or Grand Calibur. Ooh, these ones are just lovely.
First are the new ribbon buckles Shapeabilities. There’s a total of 9 dies of different shapes, sizes and intricacies designed to take different widths of ribbon. We’ve cut some from Stardream card – which would be just perfect for coordinating with your wedding stationery - and glitter card and they look gorgeous.
The other two new sets of Shapeabilities dies can be used alone or together – Moroccan Motifs and Moroccan Accents. Inspired by the architecture of Morocco (hence the name) the are really intricate dies but they cut and emboss easily.
There are 6 different dies in Moroccan Motifs and 7 in Moroccan Accents including a fabulous long border die that will create a border for an A5 card.
Irene has made a card that combines both Moroccan Accents and Moroccan Motifs Shapabilities sets.
This card is made in black and cream to show off the detail in the lovely Moroccan Motifs and Accfents sets. A simple self adhesive gem in turquoise is added to the centre of the main motif for just that splash of colour.
Kanban Clear Stamp Sets
This Spring Kanban have brought out a lovely range of clear stamps for card making. As they are Spring themed these sets of clear stamps have a strong floral theme and there is Wildflower Garden, Vintage Rose, Floral Scrolls, and Spring Bloom sets. In addition Kanban have created this wonderful butterfly set called Spring Butterflies and a sentiments set entitled Spring Thoughts.
At only £5.25 a set these stamps are excellent value for money.
New girl Sheila made this lovely card using one of the Kanban clear stamps.
She used Tim Holtz distress ink in Dusty Concord for the flower and added clear embossing powder and Core’dinations Tim Holtz distress cardstock in Dusty Concord for the backing paper.
April 4th, 2012
We are always intrigued when we something that’s a little bit different in card making so our eye was caught by these card making kits from Pinflair. Based on the artwork of artist and illustrator Staf Wesenbeek the pictures are an absolute delight.
Each kit makes 1 card. The kit contains the card, the decoupage sheet and an envelope to fit the finished card. The card making kit is easy to use. The card comes with 3 sides – a back, a right front and a shaped left front. The main picture goes on the right front and then the decoupage pieces are built up on the shaped left front to give the effect shown below.
The decoupage does need to be cut out but as you are cutting along straight edges with either scissors or a craft knife then it should be easy enough to do for most people.
When we made up the sample cards for the web we used photo glue for the main picture on the right hand side and the base picture on the shaped left hand side then built the picture up on the left hand side of the card pyramid decoupage style using 3D foam pads.
There are 6 designs of card making kit to choose from: Barrel of Flowers (shown above), Blue Arched Door, Bonnet Broom Watering Can, Door Lantern Steps Pots, Floral Cottage Hydrangeas, and Flower Basket Garden Chair. Each one is as pretty as the next and all cards are made up in the same way as described above.
April 3rd, 2012
What a lovely week it was last week and I imagine a lot of people took all there card making equipment onto the patio and finished off their Easter cards (not long now till Easter) and grabbed the sunshine while they could.
I decided on a bit of self pampering. First a new hair cut and colour – took years off me – and then a wonderful weekend away in Newcastle. Now most people will know as soon as one heads out of Northumberland going south the first place one comes to is Newcastle so we didn’t go far but a break is a break no matter how close or far. With all that sunshine we could have been abroad on one of the Costas.
Living so close it’s easy to forget what a magnificient city Newcastle is. We even crossed the bridge to Gateshead and viewed Newcastle from the far bank and visited The Sage. The Sage is magnificient and the acoustics sublime – we can’t wait to go back there again.
I’m so pleased we went last weekend as today it is chucking it down, the wind is howling, and we’ve been told that snow is on it’s way. Not that the wind, rain, or even snow will bother me because I came back to find that the new Spellbinder’s Shapeabilities and M- Bossabilities had arrived, along with some new Marianne Creatables, the Tim Holtz Core-dinations, and a gorgeous new paper pack from Prima. So I’m happy to stay indoors and play with the new products.
My dilemma when we get all our deliveries together like that is what to try out first. Should I do some die cuts using the Marianne’s or the Shapeabilities? If so, should I use the Prima paper pack or the Tim Holtz? And, if the Tim Holtz which of the 36 colours?
36 colours - how do I choose?
Decisions, decisions, decisions and here’s me all of a dither. In the emd I tried the M-Bossabilities first just using some of the cheaper white card and was really impressed with the depth of embossing. Then I moved on to the other products.
Oh, the joys of being a card making supplies retailer!