Dramatic Couture!

How about a really over the top card for a fashion loving friend or family member? These images come from the CD featuring Janet Kruskamp – the collection. Janet has the most amazingly diverse range of things she paints and sketches and these are something wonderfully different.

This is a particularly large card measuring about 11.5” x 8” – but obviously you could take this idea and create something much smaller if you didn’t want to be quite so dramatic!

The corners can be achieved several ways – you could use something as easy as a punch, a die – even good old peeloffs. So mat your backing paper onto some black card. Add the corners and then mount all of that onto an antique gold card blank. This size of card blank would be something you would do yourself and is easiest with A3 card.

Then arrange the toppers with different couture designs, decoupage the outfits to add height to the card and then add a wonderfully grand ribbon bow. The hat pins are then tucked into the bow and glued in place with glue gel.

Have fun!


Good Luck!

We all have friends and family that could really do with a good luck wish at some point. Whether it’s a driving test, moving into a new home, passing an exam or starting a new job – good luck cards and wishes are always welcome. Sometimes I think we don’t realise just how daunted people are by the project in front of them and a pretty card with some supportive words lets them know you are thinking of them and can make all the difference!

This card is made from some artwork by Barbara Mock and is on our One Summer’s Day CD – there are lots of lovely things to work with on that one. This is a simple but effective card that won’t take you too long to make.

The three toppers are all on the sheet you print out and if you mat and layer them onto cream and then black it gives them a smart little frame. The card blank measures 210mm x 140mm and some more cream card then backing paper and then black card are layered up as per the picture to create the base.

Add all the toppers with some foam tape or glue gel and embellish the corners with a little self adhesive pearl and you’re away!


Holly Lady

OK, OK, I know… it’s not Christmas yet… but surely you have vaguely thought about it? My mother was asking when I could get her cards finished as she wanted to start writing the letters that go inside them, so yes, I seriously do have to start planning Christmas!

This pretty lady reminds me of my Mum about 70 years ago when she was young, we have a wonderful picture of her in the cloakroom as part of a family gallery – it’s a great way to use up the masses of sepia and black and white pictures I have.

This card relies quite heavily on Signature dies for its embellishments and if you haven’t had a browse through that section of our website yet, there are certainly plenty to see!

The lady herself is from our Victorian Christmas Triple CD which usefully is on offer at half price just at the moment, so might be a worthwhile investment. The torn strip of parchment across the card adds a lovely snowy type feel doesn’t it? So come on have you started your cards yet?


Last of the Summer Strawberries

This card reminds me that summer is just about over really – and it’s been fun. Well it could have been even more fun if the lovely weather had lasted a little longer, but we have had some seriously tasty strawberries and soft fruit this year so maybe I’ll focus on the good things!

Whether you are making a card for a summer birthday or any other season, strawberries are always a smiley image for me. They remind me of long summer days, Wimbledon, holidays and cream teas – all lovely things to think about!

The main image on this card comes from the One Summer’s Day CD, which contains the artwork of Barbara Mock. The jam jar is stamped, there are lots of jar stamps that have been produced over the past years, or you could try just cutting a jar shape freehand, it’s not too hard.

The combination of a doily, pretty ribbon and strawberries is always going to be a winner!



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With Love

This card shows off the Sue Wilson dies beautifully. The dies used in this case are from the Spanish range – Granada and Galicia. The lacy paper is from our One Summer’s day CD.

This is an 8” square card which always gives you lots of space to really showcase the focal point of the card. The lovely little stamped flowers in the centre are fuchsias from our embroidered flowers stamps. I have had so much fun using this stamp set. I cannot give myself enough time to embroider flowers at the moment and it’s great fun being able to use a stamp to create a similar effect – and yes, embroidery fans, I do realise your embroidered flowers are much more wonderful but this helps me get an effect!

It’s so frustrating for a craft addict like myself – there are so many projects out there and I have oh so little time to get them started never mind finished. I wonder if I will ever get a patchwork quilt finished, that’s been a long held ambition of mine…