Just coasting along…!

Here’s something a little bit different for you today. We sell all sorts of shapes and sizes of MDF pieces. Recently, we introduced two shapes of coaster mats and Eunice Meeus has made some lovely examples to inspire everyone to have a go. I personally use loads of coasters as I carry mugs of tea and coffee all over the house, so I have them in many different rooms. If you have some CDs, paper and coasters, you are well on your way to creating what I think would make an amazing present.

The instructions below were created by Eunice too so a big ‘thank you’ to Eunice!

You will need 


  1. Decide on your image and print onto A4 paper, it may seem a waste but it means you can place the coaster exactly in the area you want to use and have some left over for another project
  2. Lay the coaster down on the wrong side of the backing paper and draw around it in pencil 
  3. Now over cut on the outside of you pencil mark, this makes it easier to handle
  4. Apply the ready mixed adhesive wallpaper paste to the coaster
  5. Place your image on the table with the wrong side of the image face up so you can see the pencil line
  6. Carefully pick up your coaster by the edges and place it sticky side down inside the pencil mark and gently put pressure on
  7. Leave to dry for about an hour, then check that it is firmly stuck to the coaster, if it lifts anywhere you can apply more paste with a small paint brush and leave again to dry
  8. When you are sure it is firmly stuck down trim the excess paper from around the edges
  9. Now, very gently sand the edges starting on the image and moving down over the edge of the coaster
  10. Finally apply two coats of the varnish, leaving to dry in between each coat.



For a very special friend…

I am completely in love with the images of small children that Donald Zolan drew, we talk to his daughter for licensing his artwork now. It is just so innocent and reminds one of times gone by – I realise we all still feel we are only 29(!) but at the risk of repeating myself, times were different when I was young. The freedom and joy that we had wandering around in nearby fields and woods is not something many parents feel they can allow today.

This birthday card is for a very special friend as you can see and I love the way our pads include some sentiments, borders, decoupage pieces etc. It’s like having a little card kit in a neat tidy pad. The backing papers on this card came from some of our CDs, the sea (a very useful paper that we use a lot) is on CD2 of the Thomas Kinkade CD set and the leafy design is on the Janet Kruskamp CD.

I know CDs are somewhat out of favour currently in comparison to their heyday, but I will always use them as they are a handy library facility for paper storage!

Even if it’s not your birthday today – have a happy day.

Smiles, Joanna


Happy House-Mouse smiles!

The one thing I can rely on sending with every House-Mouse card I make, is a smile. I think every image we have available from Ellen’s talented hand makes me smile and this bathing in the sink picture is no exception.

I think this would make a great new baby card as well as a birthday card, mother’s day or just a cheer up card! The image is from the cardmaking pad entitled Celebration and the sheet includes all the pieces needed for the decoupage.

Collecting the CDs we have produced and some cardmaking pads gives you a wide range of smiley ideas to send for any occasion!

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Especially for you…

I think poppies must be amongst the most popular flowers apart, perhaps, from roses. I often look at the top five popular flowers listed on internet sites. One recent suggestion I saw was Narcissus, Poinsettia, Lilies, Tulips and Chrysanthemums – and although I love all those flowers I can’t say they would be my top five… but I suspect a lot of us would include poppies!

This 8” x 8” card uses an image from the Daphne Brissonet cardmaking pad 1 on our website and has been mixed with an x-cut embossing folder (Delicate flourish) and a Tonic die set (Floral frames).

I can’t recommend Daphne Brissonet’s work too highly, I have loved creating with it!


Thomas Kinkade – again!

Ok I’m sorry I do use Thomas Kinkade’s work a lot don’t I? But I do find so many people love being sent cards with his images on them. This is just a birthday card but it has lovely decoupage details on and even one of the little Signature shapes that we sell – love that little heart.

The backing paper is from One Summer’s Day – which features artwork from an American artist called Barbara Mock. This is another handy CD to have as there’s so much on it, it really contributes to your image and backing paper library!

I love the way Thomas Kinkade’s cottage all look as though there’s a light on inside and on this particular painting I like the way the far distance is all misty – magical artwork! The image is from the Thomas Kinkade Everyday cardmaking pad together with loads of other that will create beautiful cards.