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Goodbye Quick Cards Made Easy

Good morning crafty friends, did you all have a lovely Christmas? It was a pretty quiet one here on the Isle of Wight which was just what we needed. We still have a few more days left to relax (my two and a half week break went out of the window) so we are determined to make the most of it!

So..I have some really sad news today, Quick Cards Made Easy magazine has ceased publication and the final issue is now available. I am very pleased to see my bird house card made it on the final front cover……

Hayley Rowe, the editor of the magazine, has been kind enough to commission me for the last two years from when I first went freelance and I’ve created projects for every issue since.

These bird house cards feature the BoBunny Serendipity collection and there is also a template in the magazine to create the card.

For a shabby chic look I added some subtle brown inking and some distressing as well as an extra touch of colour with paper flowers and gems.

Please grab your final copy of the magazine, Issue 174, while you can. It can be purchased here or at your local stockist.

I would like to wish Hayley and the team all the very best and I look forward to working on new ventures with them in the future.

S xxx

Appy Christmas from The Charlatans

Good morning crafty friends, Santa is nearly starting his journey around the world! The food shopping is done, got to scrub the house this morning then I’m all ready for the festivities to begin.

I wanted to share a very different make for me, it was a Christmas card that I created for fans of the band The Charlatans…..

My very clever husband designed a phone app postcard for The Charlatans as part of a long running line of merchandise to show The Charlatans back catalogue in different ways. It was then decided that it would make an ideal Christmas card if turned into an actual phone which is where my paper skills came in!

The card featured 3D elements and a photo of The Charlatans. What made it extra special was the pocket containing a signed card from The Charlatan’s frontman Tim Burgess!

I sent the cards to Tim at their studio where they were rehearsing for their recent UK tour. Once they came back to my craft studio the fun began. After the cards were advertised on Twitter the response was amazing and the orders came flooding in!

In total I created around 100 individual hand-made cards which were then sent to Charlatans fans in the Uk and across the world. It was a labour of love for sure!

After lots of late nights crafting away this is what my craft studio floor looked like! It was a great experience to be involved in and it was great for Tim to get involved too. I also made a donation to The Brain Tumour Charity from The Charlatans fans in memory of their drummer Jon Brookes.

Same again next year?

S xxx

All That Glitters

Hello crafty friends, how are we all? All ready for the festivities? I’ve had a manic few weeks and I have just one more magazine project to get finished then I’ve got two and a half weeks off, yay!

So today I’d like to share some recent makes that feature in the latest issue of Papercraft Inspirations magazine…..

These super-fun cards were made using the Shimelle Glitter Girl Collection from American Crafts.

As well as gorgeous double-sided papers there are lots of glittery stickers, sentiments and embellishments to bling up your creations with.

There are also glittery charms, corner embellishments and dome stickers for even more sparkle!

Papercraft Inspirations issue 173 is available now.

Have a great day,

S xxx

Fifteen Minute Makes

Good morning crafty friends, how are we all? I’m having a nice relax this morning as it’s been a hectic week. Catching my breath before the next hectic week starts!

I wanted to share some quick festive makes that feature in the latest issue of PaperCrafter magazine….

These super-cute cards were made using the American Crafts Snow and Cocoa Collection. There are lots of 12 x 12″ double-sided papers, stickers and washi tape. My favourite item is the jar pockets, perfect for a really quick make.

There are plenty of die-cut shapes too to layer up and for an extra festive flourish, lots of mini pom poms to create snowballs and embellishments.

Pop over to American Crafts and see the whole gorgeous collection here.

Issue 115 of PaperCrafter is available now.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,

S xxx

Weekend Demo Makes

Good morning crafty friends, how are we all? Things are pretty manic this week in Krafti world, I’m going on an exciting trip tomorrow for a couple of days, I can’t say much about it at the moment but hopefully soon!

So, I had a very pleasant demonstration at The Range in Portsmouth over the weekend and wanted to share some cards I created…..

This winter birthday card features one of the Santoro Willow stamps mixed with Modern Lustre papers. I used the new XCut Leaf Cut & Emboss Punch to decorate the front.

For this super-quick make I used an XCut Mini Die and Modern Lustre adhesive letters.

I mixed Santoro Willow with the XCut Winter Forest Die for this aperture card.

Find out when your next local docrafts demonstration is on here.

Have a great day,

S xxx

Festive Fun

Good morning crafty friends, how are you all? I hope alls well in your crafty worlds. Things have been a little stressful here but hopefully things are turning a corner now.

I had a lovely demo at The Range on the Isle of Wight at the weekend and I made quite a few gifts which made a nice change from cards. I did manage a couple of cards though……


I can’t take credit for this clever sentiment as I found it in a recent copy of Creativity magazine. I mixed XCut Mini Dies with Papermania Modern Lustre papers and added a cute string of Papermania Love Santa lights across the top.


For this light-up card I used the XCut Winter Forest Cut & Emboss Folder which I cut out in Kraft card then painted with white and gold Artiste Acrylic Paint. I added a little “shelf” inside then popped a colour changing LED tea light inside.

You can find out when your nearest docrafts demonstration is on here.

It’s Elf-tacular!

Good morning crafty friends, good week? I can’t believe it’s Friday already, I’m going to enjoy a final weekend off then I’m busy working every weekend until December, busy times!

With Christmas approaching fast I wanted to share some more festive makes that feature in this month’s PaperCrafter magazine…..


These super-cute cards were made using the Avery Elle Elf-Tacular stamps and matching dies. The dies cut out the stamped figures perfectly leaving a small border around the outside so you get a really professional finish.


I used papers from the Pebbles Merry Merry collection and used layered die-cut apertures to create depth in the scenes.


I couldn’t resist making a snowy shaker scene with iridescent glitter!

Full instructions and the full shopping list for these cards can be found in PaperCrafter 114.

Have a great weekend,

S xxx

Make A Wish

Good morning crafty friends, how are we all? It’s all busy in Krafti world, I’m really looking forward to a decent break at Christmas but that’s a long way off yet!

Talking of Christmas, I’d like to share this festive wreath that features in the new issue of PaperCrafter magazine……


This wreath was created using the Create Christmas range from docrafts. This range features all the basic products you need for your Christmas crafting.


I used the XCut A5 Leaves Die Set for the foliage which I attached to a Create Christmas Polystyrene Wreath with a glue gun. I then wrapped two sets of Create Christmas LED White String Lights around it.


I punched out flowers with the XCut Palm Punch for an extra colour and added silver gems, silver dome stickers and a lick of iridescent glitter for a sparkly finish. Finally I added a Foiled Sentiment across the back on a strip of acetate.

Full instructions and a shopping list for this wreath can be found in PaperCrafter Issue 114

All Create Christmas products can be found at The Range.

Have a great day,

S xxx

It’s Time To Sparkle

Hello crafty friends, how are we all? I made the most of a weekend off with lots of eating, drinking and pug cuddling! I’m recharged now and ready to start my busy week.

I had a Trimcraft demonstration on the Isle of Wight a couple of weeks ago and particularly enjoyed working with their Time To Sparkle Collection….


This collection features three sizes of papers in lots of golds, browns and neutral colours.


There are plenty of coordinating embellishments too including stickers, washi tape and glitter pegs.


There are also coordinating dies and stamps that work perfectly with the whole collection.


These wooden shapes which I’ve painted layered on glittery gifts tags make a super-quick card.

You can check out lots of inspiration over at The Craft Blog.

Have a productive week,

S xxx

Pugs & Kisses

Good morning crafty friends, how are we all? This week seems to be rushing by, in fact, I’m not sure where this month is going!

A few month’s back I was asked to create some shaped card designs for Quick Cards Made Easy magazine. I could choose between a cat or a dog….well there was no other option for me was there? Of course I went for pug shaped!


These featured in Issue 167 of Quick Cards back in July and I just loved making these. I love the way they were photographed in the mag.


The basic template is printed in the magazine and I’ve decorated them with papers and embellishments from the Papermania Paws For Thought Collection from docrafts.


For a realistic shine to the eyes and of course a healthy wet nose I added a couple of layers of Anita’s 3D Gloss.

This issue of Quick Cards Made Easy including this pug template is available here.

Enjoy your day,

S xxx

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