We've taken a little break from Christmas themes this week, because we still need birthday, thank you, congratulations and get well cards etc. Our new product this week is the beautiful range of floral stamps designed by Stacey Barrass for Crafters Companion. They have a lovely hand drawn quality with a lot of detail and lend themselves to so many techniques.

With different techniques and colours choices can give you very different looks of cards even when using the same stamp set increasing the usefulness. Male cards are often not made with floral images but there are many men that like gardening and flowers so why not give it a try. You can try a monochrome colour scheme, using Memento Gray Flannel or Rich Cocoa or Spectrum Noir Graphic pen set Cityscape with it's masculine colour sceme and very uselful neutrals or how about fully coloured images using Spectrum Noir Graphic pen set Tints and pair it with one of the sentiments such as 'You are amazing', 'Thank you', Thinking of you' or how about 'Live life your way', one of my favourites.

For a Christmas card, stamp with Versamark and heat emboss with Wow Gold Rich Pale superfine embossing powderr and colour with the deep, opulent colours of Christmas or you could go for a white, frosty theme by heat embossing with Wow Metallic Silver Sparkle or Pearlescent White Pearl superfine embossing powder and use pale blues just to provide a hint of colour. How could anyone resist! 

We have more of the Foam on a Rolll back in stock and also some A4 sheets of double sided foam.

In last weeks blog post we gave you some ideas about how to mount these stamps  and you may notice that we have run out of Ezmount, although more is comong in, however, in the meantime we do have Stix2 Mount n Stamp.

That's it for this week hope you find this useful,

regards Sharon.

It's official, this summer was the hottest on record and finished with a lovely Indian Summer this week. But being crafters, our thoughts are on the Christmas holiday season. 

 So we have added Sheena Douglass Festive Embossing Folders and unmounted rubber stamps designed by Donna Ratcliff. These rubber stamps are a departure from the traditional snowman and Santa. I think of them as showing how the elves and fairies celebrate Christmas and would be fun cards for both adults and children.

We also have both EZmount and Stix2 Mount n' Stamp foam in stock for attaching the stamps to acrylic blocks. If you haven't used unmounted rubber stamps before, here are a few tips which might be helpful.

The stamps come on a sheet and you cut the individual stamps out and attach them to a rigid surface. A wooden block, acrylic block or stamp press/positioner etc. 

You can use double sided tape, but make sure it's not too sticky or it could be difficult to remove from the block. Stick and Spray is a spray adhesive which can be used to hold stencils in place as well as rubber stamps. And finally, EZmount and Mount n' Stamp which have an adhesive side to stick to the back of the stamp and a clingy side that will hold temporarily to your block.

If you are using EZmount or Mount n' Stamp, then attach the mount foam before you cut out the stamps. Cut the sheet of mount to the right size, peel off the backing on the sticky side and fix the sheet of stamps to it. Now take a pair of sharp scissors with a good point and cut around each stamp. Hold the scissors at a right angle to the stamp so that the cuts don't slant into the stamp. Follow the shape of the stamp as close as you can without actually cutting into the stamp. This will reduce the risk of getting ink around the stamp and will help to position the stamp on your card.

Now peel off the other side of the mount. You might find it helpful to put a small mark or arrow on the back to show which way up the stamp image should be. Especially helpful with text.

One of the challenges with rubber stamps is positioning them as you can't see the image. This is where one of the stamp positioners such as Stampeazee is so helpful by using it the opposite way. Place the cardstock on your work surface and place the acrylic plate of the positioner over it, top side down. Now arrange the stamps on the acrylic plate so that the image is facing you.  Reposition the cardstock, ink the stamps and stamp.  

So, happy stamping.

 

 

We now have the wonderful Spectrum Noir Graphic pens in stock and at a brilliant price! £19.99 for packs of 12 pens (rrp £24.99) and £10.99 for packs of 6 pens (rrp £12.99).

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These alcohol pens blend and layer beautifully. I love colouring and these  pens provide a range of colours that make it so easy, and fun, to add shading and tone.

 

Last week we had a stock of Foam on a Roll from Crafters Companion, and it proved very popular. Which got me thinking about the different options for double-sided foam and why the foam on the roll sold so quickly (we will be getting more in!)

Foam pads come in different thicknesses as well as different sized pads, we have Payper Box in 1mm and 2mm thicknesses and Crafters Companion in 3mm thickness

1mm is nice when you don't want too much height, such as decoupage where each layer sits just above the one below to give a 3D effect.

2mm thickness is a good general purpose pad that works well for mounting a topper or sentiment panel.

Then there is the chunkier 3mm pads which we have in larger 12mm x 6mm and 24mm x 12mm. These are perfect for when you want to make more of a statement, perhaps for a frame.

The Foam on a Roll has a thickness of 2mm, width 10mm and a length of 2m, giving a lot of tape for the price. It can be cut into smallish pieces (but don't use your best scissors for that) or it can be left as longer strips giving more support.  Perhaps it's the flexibility which makes it appealing.

However, if you are looking for flexibility, then we shouldn't forget silicone gel. Ideal for decoupage and fine detailed die-cuts, for giving a bit of support to the raised wings of butterflies or the petals of flowers and great for securing buttons and bows!

 

Hope you found that interesting, be back soon.

Sharon

Well the heatwave finally ended and just in time for our first workshop in our new venue. It certainly makes it a lot easier to work without electric fans blowing paper about!

Parchment Craft workshop with Lynn

 

Lynn's Parchment workshop went very well and I'm delighted to say that we got a thumbs up from everyone. Although the space is smaller than we had in the shop, there is plenty of natural light which is so good for crafting and makes it a lot easier on the eyes.

As we are talking about Parchment Craft I am pleased to say the we have some lovely Christmas themed Groovi Boards just in and Darwi Ink -  in gold, of course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also have something for die-cutting fans. We have sourced some lovely dies direct from the manufacturers that we found to be good quality and they are a good price, we hope you will like them too.

That's all for now, I'll be back in blogland soon.

Sharon

We had a few hiccups when the website when live on Friday. Apparently that is quite normal and who am I to argue with the ‘experts’.  Everything seems to be ok and we are still adding to it so please keep checking both the Inspiration and this Blog page.

 

Anyway, I am very pleased with the feedback that I have been getting that people like the overall look of the site and are finding it easy to navigate.

 

Lynn Parchment August

 

 

I am looking forward to our first workshop on Thursday 16th which is parchment crafting with Lynn. The workshop runs from 10am - 4pm with 1 hour for lunch, which we supply.

 

You can see all our upcoming lessons by clicking on the pictures on the side of the home page or on Workshop Booking in the Crafting Workshops menu.

 

That’s all for now, be back soon.

Sharon-WelcomeFriday 10th August 2018

Hi and welcome to our new venture, I hope you like the site and find it easy to get around and find things. It may be that there is an odd gremlin that escaped us, so if you find any please tell us so we can get to them and kick them out!

While you are looking around the site if you think we have left out any products that you would like to be able to buy then let us know and we will see what we can do.

We have an inspiration page where we will be posting pictures of what we do with our products and we hope that some of you will send us some pictures of what you have been doing with them as well.

That's all for now, happy browsing.

Sharon x

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