Stately Elegance

Here’s a lovely card made using the Stately Paper Pads, Stately Corner Stamps, Stately Sentiment Stamps and Double Debossed Rectangle Dies.

This was a lovely card to make and most us even decorated the envelopes!


Stage 1 – Cut out all the layers and die cuts needed as shown in the photo.

TIP – if you place the rectangle dies carefully, you get all 3 paper layers from 1 sheet of card!

Stage 2 – choose one of the gorgeous Stately Corner Stamps to use on the plain layer.  You can use Ink or Embossing Powder – we have used Gathered Twigs on this card.  You could also add Clear Embossing Powder over the Distress Oxide to make it glossy.

Stage 3 – choose one of the Stately Sentiments to use on your topper. Fill in any spaces with the Corner Stamps.

Stage 4 – colour your flowers, shape and assemble

Stage 5 – decorate your envelope if you want a fully coordinated look!

Stage 6 – assemble the card, using foam tape where you wish. Add ribbon, glitters or pearls.

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Industrial Blueprint Card

Here is a blog post featuring the Industrial Blueprint Stamp Collection.

This card uses the Industrial Blueprint Sentiments, Elements and Engineered Frames.  It also uses the Greyboard Lots of Cogs and Blueprint Components and our A4 Watercolour Dreams papers.  It wouldn’t be a finished card if we didn’t have some our gorgeous Glitter too!

The Full Card


Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cuts needed as below.

  • Base Card is 21cm x 21cm
  • Black Layer – 20cm x 20cm (front)
  • Black Layer – 15cm x 9.5cm (inside)
  • Paper Layer – 19.5cm x 19.5cm (front)
  • Paper Layer – 14.5cm x 9cm (inside)
  • White Panel – 19.5cm x 6.5cm
  • Dies Cuts
    • Sentimentally Yours Double Debossed Essential Ovals
    • Sue Wilson Layered Carnation
    • Sue Wilson Bold Scrolled Vine
    • Sue Wilson Hexagonal Border

Stage 2 – Using the Industrial Blueprint Elements Stamps and coordinating inks stamp up the paper layer on the front.  You can stamp all over or just the corners, but remember you don’t see under the panel!

Stage 3 –  Using the Industrial Blueprint Elements Stamp again the create your panel background with coordinating inks.

TIP – if you make this background symmetrical its much quicker to do.

Stage 4 – stamp the sentiment topper for the front and the frame and sentiment for the inside.

TIP – stamp the frame first and then the sentiment as it’s quite a large area to ink up in one go.

Stage 5 – Colour your flowers as you wish and then shape.  Assemble the layers, adding greyboard and glitter as you wish.

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Tissue Box

Hello crafters!

We have received a lot requests for instructions for the Tissue Box, so here it is!

This lovely project uses Phill’s Essential Montage Stamp Collection, Distress Oxides and Sue Wilson Double Pierced Oval Dies.

The Full Project

Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cuts needed as below:

  • For the Lid
    • 16.5cm x 15cm – large oval cut into middle to make aperture
    • 11cm x 9.5cm – small oval cut into middle to make aperture (stamped)
    • Oval frame to site over aperture (inked)
  • Sides
    • x2 pieces 22.5cm x 12.3cm (inked)
  •  Panels for sides and lid – all stamped
    • 9.5 x 9 – x 2 for end panels
    • 11cm x 9 – x 2 for front and back panels
    • 9.5cm x 2cm – x 2 for lid end panels
    • 11cm x 2cm – x2 for lid front and back panels
  • x4 small ovals to decorate the sides if desired

Stage 2 – Using the 16.5cm x 15cm, score a line 2.5cm all the way round. to create the lid. Cut into 1 score line at each corner so you can fold this tab in and glue to make the box lid later on.


Stage 3 – Using the x2 22.5cm x 12.3cm pieces for the sides, score lines at 10cm and 21.5cm.  This should leave a 1cm tab to enable the box to be glued together later on.


Stage 4 – Colour these x3 pieces of card with 1 or 2 oxide inks. Colour the oval frame and emboss with clear embossing powder.  (This strengthens this a little as it’s where you pull the tissues out!)


Stage 5 – Add stamped images to all the panels for the side and lid. (You should have x9 pieces)

TIP – to speed this process duplicate your design on the sides and front panels.  Don’t forget when you stamp the lid panel to think about which way the Tissue Box will face!

Stage 6 – Add images or words to the x4 small ovals

Stage 7 – Working with the two side pieces and box lid staying flat on your craft mat,  glue the stamped panels in place.

Stage 8 – Glue the box lid together at the sides.  Glue the side panels together, working around the Tissue Box.

TIP – you will find it easier to glue one of the tabs to the other side piece on your craft mat and then glue the second tab whilst the sides are wrapped around the Tissue Box.

Stage 9 – Glue the lid to the base and add the x 4 ovals if used. Add glitter to the small ovals if desired.

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Mosaic Background Card

Hello crafters!

Here is our latest blog post.

It’s based on a card that our good mate Julia Watts showed us at our recent Craftathon in Nottingham.

It uses Phill’s Essential Montage Stamps and Distress Oxides to create the background layers. The die used are Sue Wilson Caroline Frame and Tag, Orange Blossom Leaves and Petite Vinery Leaves.

The Full Card 

Faded Jeans and Shaded Lilac


Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cuts needed as below.

  • Base Card is 17cm x 17cm
  • Layer 1 – 16.5cm x 16.5cm (inked)
  • Layer 2 – 16cm x 16cm (eventually)
    • x3 A5 pieces of card (trim to 14cm wide)
  • Die Cuts
    • Caroline Die (solid frame, lacy frame and topper)
    • Orange Blossom Flowers x 5 (plus small stamens if you wish)
    • Petite Vinery Leaves x 1
  • x2 sheets of A4 paper

Stage 2 – the first stage is to create the x3 background pieces that are used to make the mosaic layer.  To do this you need to do different things to each piece of card.

  • Piece 1 – simply wipe over the two ink pads onto the card to create a dragged effect


  • Piece 2 – pat out the two inks onto a blending mat, spritz with water enough to see water droplets. Gently press the card piece into the lighter colour first picking up sections of ink colour. Then do the same with the darker ink, but don’t pic up as much colour.  This should create a splattered effect



  • Piece 3 – create the splattered effect again, but when fully dry stamp images all over the piece using the two ink colours. Cover quite a lot of the card otherwise you will not see the images when it is cut up. Keep the card portrait style



Stage 3 – Ink the background piece of the die cut topper and colour your flowers.  Ink the edge of the plain square layer

Stage 4 – Stamp your sentiment on the small topper with ink or embossing powder

Stage 5 – to create the mosaic background, cut the A5 pieces into 2cm strips length ways (keep portrait style).  You should end up with 3 piles of card in 2cm strips (dragged, splattered and splattered/stamped)

Stage 5 – using a piece of A4 paper in landscape style glue each strip in order from left to right trying to keep the strips straight and butting up to each other.   Set aside to dry fully.


Stage 6 – working in portrait style cut the sheet into 2 cm strips lengthways to make a big pile the same

Stage 7 – using another piece of A4 paper in landscape style stick the first strip across the top of the sheet end to end.  Stick the next strip one square in (it will hang one square off at the end).  Stick the next strip another square in (it will hang off two squares at the end).  Then start the process again from the end of the paper, moving 1 square then another square.  Keep going until the sheet is filled.  Set aside to dry fully.

Stage 8 – when the mosaic sheet is dry trim to 16cm x 16cm.  Glue this layer flat to the inked square and then to the base card.

Stage 9 – shape your flowers and assemble your card. Use glitter and pearls if you wish!

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Essential Montage Gatefold Card

Hello crafters!

We have received so many requests to share this lovely gatefold card with you.

This card uses Phill’s Essential Montage Stamp Collection, Distress Oxide Inks, Double Pierced Circles and Succulent Garden Dies.

As an added finishing touch we have also decorated the envelope to create a pretty, coordinated look.

The Full Card


Stage 1 – Cut out all the layers and die cuts needed as follows:

  • Base Card – x2 15cm x 15cm card blanks
  • Front panels – x2 14.5cm x 7cm (use the card blanks as these need the fronts cutting in half to create the gatefold.
  • Inside – x1 14.5cm x 14.5cm
  • Dies:
    • Double Pierced Circles x3 full circles and x1 thin circle from two dies
    • Succulent Garden star flowers x 8

Stage 2 – Cut the front of each card blank in half to create to the two panels.  Using one of the Essential Montage Corner Stamp sets, stamp the two front panels in your chosen inks. We have used Chipped Sapphire and Weathered Wood on the sample card.  We have also added clear embossing powder to make our image glossy.

TIP – make sure the stamp hangs over the edges of the panel layers when you stamp so there are no white gaps.

Stage 3 – Stamp the inside of the card using the smaller montage stamps

Stage 4 – Stamp the smallest circle with a sentiment and fill in the edges with the montage stamps.

Stage 5 – Decorate your envelope! You can use the corner stamps or montage stamps and create strips.

Stage 6 – Ink the thin circle with the two inks and cover with clear embossing powder. Ink the edges of all the stamped layers and colour the largest full circle. Colour the flowers if you wish.

TIP- the middle sized full circle stays plain so we can add glitter!

Stage 7 – Stick down the front panels and inside layer. Glue the sentiment circle flat to the plain circle and then lift both with foam tape onto the full colour circle.

Stage 8 – Stick down one half of the full sentiment topper to one half of the front panels.  The thin circle is then stuck down on the opposite side, again just half!

Stage 9 – Add your flowers and add glitter if you wish!

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Folded Card – Bohemian Stamps

Hello crafters!

Here is our latest blog post.  We have received so many requests for instructions to make this beautiful card.  It was designed by the lovely Joanne who works in our Sheffield store.

This card uses square card blanks, Phill’s Bohemian Stamps, Sue Wilson Grace Die and Orange Blossom Petals Die and Ditsress Oxides (our favourite ink for versatility) and Opal Polish

The Full Card

Aged Magohany and Tea Dye Oxide

Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and due cut shaped need as follows:

  • x2 square card blanks 15cm x 15cm
    • Layer 1 – 14.5cm x 14.5cm – inside layer stamped
    • Layer 2 – 14cm x 14cm – pull out polished
    • Layer 3 – 13.5cm x 13.5 cm – pull out stamped
    • Layer 4 – 12.5cm x 12.5cm – pull out polished
    • Layer 5 -12cm x 12cm – pull out stamped (top image)
  • Sue Wilson Grace Die
  • Sue Wilson – small orange blossom petals in open and closed
  • Piece of rbbon

Stage 2 – cut the front of each base card diagonally from the outside corner to inside corner to create the fold over.  Using the off cuts, take off 1/2 cm from both straight edges to create the stamped layer for the fronts.

Stage 2 – use the opal polish to colour all the appropriate layers (2, 4). We have also used the polish on the fold over fronts and on the inside top edge of x1 card blank. Add polish to the solid flowers and edge of the die cut topper.

Stage 3 – use Phill’s Bohemian stamps to decorate the remaining layers as follows:

  • Corner Stamp on front off cuts
  • Elements on inside layer 1 – this is behind the pull out card on the photo.  You only need to stamp halfway down. You could also use the full background stamp for this layer.
  • Elements on layer 3 – you only need stamp around the edge of this layer as you see very little.  We also stamped off the edges.
  • Flourish or Banner stamps on layer 5 – we also used clear embossing powder to make this image stand out more.
  • Sentiments on topper – we used clear embossing powder as well

Stage 4 – assemble the layers.  We stuck layers 4 and 5 together and then added the ribbon on the back of this before we stuck it down to layer 3 and 4.


Stage 5 – to glue the folder over down firstly decide which fold will be front and behind panel. Open out both folds and apply a thin layer of glue to the bottom edge only of the behind panel. Close this fold and hold in place so the glue grabs. For the front panel apply a thin layer of glue along the bottom edge again and then make a  triangle of  glue where it will cross over with the behind panel and stick down.

Stage 6 – stick on the topper and flowers on and add glitter if you wish!

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Silhouette Scene A5

Hello crafters,

Here is a card we made before our Xmas break in our regular craft classes.

It uses Phill’s DL Silhouette Stamps with Distress Oxides to create a stunning scene card. We have also used the Essential Banner and Flag Sentiments.

The Full Card


Stage 1 – cut out all the layers needed as follows:

  • Base Card – A5
  • Layer 1 – 20.5 x 14.3cm (inked)
  • Layer 2 – 20 x 13.8cm (Embossed)
  • Layer 3 – 19 x 8.5cm (Image)
  • Strip for Banner

Stage 2 – choose 3 or 4 co-ordinating Distress Oxide Inks to create the scene layer. On our sample card we have used Weathered Wood, Stormy Sky, Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers.

Starting with the lightest colour at the bottom ink bands of colour across the card ensuring you blend the colours into each other.

TIP – when you have created your bands of colour use the lighter colour below to blend into the darker colour above.  Always apply the colour lightly to start with.

Stage 3 – Ink the strip for the banner using the same inks, but work fro the centre out

Stage 4 – Tear a piece of card or paper into peaks randomly to create the mountain template. Place the template over the card and use one of the darker colours to create the mountains. We used the Stormy Sky and a little Ground Espresso for the peaks.

Stage 5 -Choose a DL Silhouette Image and darker Distress Oxide. On our sample card we have used Ground Espresso and then used detail clear embossing powder

Stage 6 -Choose one of the banner stamps and sentiment stamps to create the words.  Cut this out and shape slightly and the ends.

Stage 7 – if you wish you can cut the scene layer into 3 or 4 sections as per our sample card.

Stage 8 – assemble the layers and add glitter where you wish

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Hexagon Silhouette Card

Hello Crafters!

Here’s another card made by crafters at our regular workshops.

This card uses Phill’s DL Silhouette Stamps, Cosmic Shimmer Ink Misters, Pearl Lustre embossing Powder and Mica Powders. We have used the Circle aperture stencils to create the image.

Our main sample card is Decadent Bamboo and the Dandelion Daydreams Stamp.

(Made by Sue)


Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cut shapes as below:

  • Base Card – 21cm x 21cm
  • Layer 1 – 20.5cm x 20.5cm (Misted)
  • Layer 2 – 20cm x 20cm (Embossed)

Die Cuts:

  • Double Stitched Hexagons to create Wide and Thin frames. (The off cut from the thin frame is used for the image)
  • Orange Blossom Complete Petals
  • Various Leaf Die

Stage 2 – Choose your aperture stencil set for the main image and position the full part over the appropriate hexagon layer. (stick down with scotch tape on the back).  Use an anti-static dust bag to wipe over the card  as this stops the embossing powder sticking.  Apply Perfect Medium to your stamp quite heavily and stamp your image through the aperture. Apply the Pearl Lustre Embossing Embossing Powder and tap off the excess.  Heat the powder to set and don’t worry about any excess powder at this stage.  Leave to cool for a few minutes, then gently wipe over with a soft tumble dryer sheet to remove the excess powder.1

Stage 3 – For the flowers effect on our sample card use the Mica Powder to paint the centre of the flowers with a water brush.  Other options include wetting your flowers and tapping the Mica Powder onto them; leave to dry and then spray mist.

After this we have misted the flowers again.


Stage 4 – Ink mist the appropriate layer and thin frame using a large box to place the layers into.   Then place the centre solid piece of the aperture stencil over the stamped image and mist over this image to create the frame.

Stage 5 – shape the flowers and assemble the layers.  We have only lifted the wide frame on foam tape; everything else is stuck flat.

Other sample cards….

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Cosmic Shimmer

Ranger Perfect Medium

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Stencils and Luna Paste

Hello crafters!

Here’s a card made at our regular card making workshops.

It uses Phill’s 8×8 Stencils, Christmas Sentiment Cloud Stamps, Background Stamps and Various Christmas Sentiment Stamps. We have also used The Angelina Die Frame, Classic Poinsettia and Poinsettia Additions and Christmas Leaf dies.

Our main sample card uses  Chipped Sapphire Oxide, Snowflake Trails Stencil, Christmas Sentiment Cloud, Snowflake Background Stamp and Snowflake Sentiments Stamps.  The Luna Paste is Moonlight Storm.


Stage 1 – cut out all the layers and die cut shapes are below

  • Card Blank – 21cm x 21cm
  • Layer 1 – 20.5cm x 20.5cm (inked)
  • Layer 2 – 19.5cm x 19.5cm (stencil)
  • Layer 3 – 14.5cm x 14.5cm (inked)
  • Layer 4 – 14cm x 14cm (stamped)
  • Border strip
    • 14.5cm x 2.5cm (inked)
    • 14cm x 14cm (stamped)
  • Die Cuts
    • Sue Wilson Angelina Frame
    • Sue Wilson Classic Poinsettia
    • Sue Wilson Poinsettia Additions
    • Sue Wilson Berry Bough/Christmas Floral Stem

Stage 2 – Choose your 8×8 Stencil and Luna Paste and paste the 19.5cm layer.  Leave to dry.

Stage 3 – Choose a coordinating Distress Oxide Ink and ink the appropriate layers and parts of the Angelina die frame as you wish.  Ink the poinsettias as you wish

Stage 4 –  Stamp one of the Christmas Sentiment Clouds and apply clear embossing powder to make the ink shiny and stand out more.



Stage 5 – Choose a background stamp for the border layer and ink as above.


Stage 6 – Assemble all the layers and add glitter as you wish

Other card samples…

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Sue Wilson Dies:

Cosmic Shimmer Luna Paste

Ranger Distress Oxide Inks

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Easel Card with Silhouette Stamps

Hello crafters!

Here’s our latest card made in our regular craft classes.

This card uses Phill’s Sentimentally Yours Silhouette Stamps, Essential Banner and Flag Sentiments and Essential Sentiment Labels.  The Dies used are Sue Wilson Double Pierced Circles and Caribbean Border, Corner and Tag.  We have also used Shimmer Shakers and Luna Paste.

Our main sample card colour uses the Gardeners Work Stamp with Iced Spruce and Scattered Straw Distress Oxides. The Shimmer Shakers are Bright Sunshine and Grass Green.IMG_6659

Stage 1 –  Cut all the layers and die cut pieces needed as follows.

  • Card Blank – 21cm x 14.5cm
  • Easel Layer – 21cm x 14.5cm – x1
  • 1st Layer – 20.5cm x 14cm x2 (Inked)
  • 2nd Layer – 20cm x 13.5cm x2 (Embossed)
  • Long strip to stamp banner
  • Die Cuts:
    • Double Pierced Circles – two sizes – x4 of each
    • Caribbean Border and Frame
    • Caribbean Tag and Frame

Stage 2 – Apply the shimmer shakers to the 4 large circles and plain frame die cuts. Leave to dry

Stage 3 – Ink the 1st layers with two coordinating oxide inks. Stamp up the banner and sentiment and cutout. Stamp the smaller sentiment on to the Tag.

OPTION – we have used clear embossing powder over our oxide inks.

Stage 4 – To stamp the images onto circles we have inked sections of the stamp then pressed the card downwards and rubbed the back.  This allows us to choose which part of the image are shown.

Stage 5 – glue together the inked and embossed layers onto your base card.  Don’t forget the top part of the easel has an extra plain layer that needs attaching to the base card.

We have then rubbed Luna Paste very lightly across the embossed layer just to add a bit of detail.

Stage 6 – assemble all the remaining parts of the card

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