Thursday, 26 June 2008


It has arrived the docraft Christmas goodies have arrived at THE RANGE and am I excited. YES I am. The new goody bag is in it's £14.99 and it is worth ever penny just ask Rudolf.
There was so much in it I can't remember all the bit's and mine has'nt arrived yet. There are at present 2 sets of acrylic stamps sets(you will need lots of red gems!!) and 4 acrylic tag sets(have I got an idea for these??? YES)pigment inks in little sets, mini glitter glue sets, papers, yummy papers and lots of outline stickers.
Oh the dimension stickers are to die for. There are packs of pearlescent cards, these are soft and delicate or Christmas colours, also in white and cream.
You must get the new magazine, CREATIVITY LIFE, it is full of lovely ideas for your scrapbooking. There is of course the normal magazine and you are in for a treat as this is FREE with CREATIVITY LIFE.
I am so excited shall have to go have a lie down now. Hope to get some photos on here tommorrow so do call back.

Monday, 23 June 2008


Christmas has arrived at work. We had some lovely die cut decoupage books in yesterday, they are £9.99 and you got six pages of decoupage some vellum and card stock.
I have experimented and found that although we do not sell silicone glue for our cards we sell a pergamano gel that works the same.
The new Docraft demos start on 1st July and I have taken delivery of mine today I am unable to tell you what is there just yet but let's say it's lovely and Christmas will be easy once I have decided what to use. The packaging has changed and looks great this will help you pick out the newly released items.There is a fantastic creativity pack priced £9.99 and it's not just for card making it has other things in it. You are intrigued now aren't you?
I hope to be able to give you a preview on Thursday so watch this space.
Am off to make some samples now.

My ribbon sorter


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Sunday, 15 June 2008

Ink pads and stamps

There are 2 types of "ink it up"
1. Is pigment ink and needs embossing powder and heating up.
2. Is a dye based ink that you stamp and leave.
I always prepare my stamps when I buy them. Cover the image with sellotape and press down lift and repeat until you have covered the whole stamp several times. This removes the bits of fluff and the silicone used in the making of the stamp.
I then ink up with the stamp face up using "little kisses"all over the image. Make sure the whole image is well covered. Large stamps are harder to get a clear impression from. I use a pad from my see d stamp pack under the paper or card, if you don't have one of these try using a mouse mat. If all else fails put the paper on top of the image and press down. I have tried all these tips and they all worked well. I only have ink it up and whispers permanent pads and don't have a problem. Hope this works.
P.S store your ink pads lid down so that the ink runs to the surface of the pad

Monday, 9 June 2008

Thats it for cards will start on scrapbook layouts next.

Sunday, 8 June 2008

Now I have worked out how to post pictures watch out

This was a selection of cards that I did at the Range today. Thank you Tina for taking the pictures I think she made a better job of it than me.Thank you Steve for your advice on the colours of the dart board.

paper mill Gun Wharf Quay
Wow you were fantastic what a brilliant day I hope sales were good and that you all had as much fun as me. Your hospitality was super and I am sure that the customers appreciated it as much as I did.I really look forward to coming to visit again.
Ladies if you have never been to a paper mill shop before go it's a lovely shop the staff I have met over the past 2 weeks are really lovely and make you feel so welcome. The products they sell are lovely as well. The card stock comes in a great choose of colours and textures. and they have 12x12, A5, and A4. As promised next week I will upload another.

The instructions for the concertina diagonal fold card.

1. Take a piece of A4 card stock and cut it to 21cm high and 30cm long if this is not possible make sure that the length will divide equally into 3. e.g 30cm ,27cm, or 24cm.
2. With your embossing tool and a ruler score a line at 10cm and then again at 20cm. This will give you the concertina fold. If you paper was 27cm score at 9cm and again at 18cm.
3.Place your ruler diagonally on your card starting at 21cm and finishing around about 6cm this last measurement is changeable.
4.Either cut along this line or if you are not confident then draw a line and then cut.
5. If you have used double sided card stock then all you need to do is add your embellishments if you haven't then you may wish to cover the card.
6. When you cover the card I like to leave a little of the card colour showing around the edge. You paper needs to be at least 8x8 and when you measure it will be a little short but remember that with the edge showing it will be fine.
7.Cover the left front panel and then the right front panel first then turn the card over and do the middle panel.
8. decorate the card as you wish.

Have to say I think The big one 12x12 paper pack from docraft is great for this as the colour are super and if you have problems with coordinating they do the job for you.
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Instructions for Waterfall card.
1. Decide what size you want the square of your water fall to be. For explanation purpose lets say the squares are 5cm square.
2. Then take a strip of card 30cm x 5cm, and another 1cm x 8cm.
3. Stick the narrow strip across the bottom of your 30x5 strip, 2.5 cm from the base, leave an even amount on either side. Use a wet glue for this Anita's tacky works great.
4. Cut 5 square 5cm x 5cm.
5. Decorate the square with a flat design this is up to you.
6. Using a double sided tape gun run a line on the top reverse of the first square.
7. Stick this over the top of the narrow strip. The bottom of the square should be flush with the bottom of the wide strip.
8. Using a ruler and embossing tool score a line across the 30x5 strip flush with the top of the square.
9. Run a line of tape across the wide strip flush with the top of the square.
10. Stick the 2nd square level with the top of the tape line.
11. Repeat 8,9,10 until all squares are stuck down.
12. After you have done the final scoring line across the top square fold the strip down on to the back of the waterfall squares.
13. Trim the strip to 6cm below the base of the first square, and round the corners off.
14. With your hole punch put an eyelet into the centre of the rounded end 1.5cm from the bottom, and put a piece of ribbon through the eyelet.
15. Round of the ends of the narrow strip and use your piercing tool to make a hole 1cm from either end.
16. Trim a piece of backing paper to fit the front of your card stock. I like to make it a bit smaller than the card so you can see a bit of the backing card.
17. Position the waterfall onto the backing paper and pierce a hole through the holes made in the narrow strip and through the backing paper.
18. Put a brad through each hole and open out at the back.
19. Stick the tape along the back edge of the backing paper, and stick to the front of the card.
20. Finish off the card as required.