Category: Toppers

OMG Tidy up my craft stuff?? #378

It comes to us all… the dreaded craft stuff tidy up!  It’s been a bit of a manic few months and when I’m busy, the craft stash piles just get bigger and bigger.  My stash is regularly back and forth between home, the shop, club and workshop venues and I’m constantly grabbing items out of boxes, so eventually it all just needs putting away and a good sort out!

I know there are a few tidy exceptions, buJan5bt most crafters I know tend to have a bit of creative craziness about their crafting area.  I don’t know about you, but I find the most difficult item to sort out is what to do with all your creations.  Some of the pieces I make I turn into cards, some are for display in the shop, but when I demonstrate I often create lots and lots of lovely artwork pieces and it’s tricky to know where to store them!

This is my work desk at the start of the process – piled high with half made artwork and samples.  I thought I would just gather everything together and sort through. I’m afraid some pieces didn’t make the grade.. not quite giving me any inspiration, so they were put in the recycling, but a lot of the half done pieces and backgrounds, I’ve kept to work on for another project.

Jan5It’s handy to have a stash of backgrounds in different mediums for those days you either want a dry background on the quick, or just don’t have the time or inclination to do the messy crafting.

Jan5aAll my finished pieces are now neatly put in one box and I have some plans up my sleeve to create them into some sort of journal or book so I get to enjoy my artwork.

So what do you find most difficult to keep tidy with your crafting?

happy crafting (or tidying)


Did you know our January sale is currently on in the shop – 20% off dies and stamps, 10% off beads and lots of other individual offers!  The sale runs at least to the end of this coming Saturday.

Old Fashioned Gentleman #168

old fashioned gentleman cardOops … missed a day!  I had planned to blog this card from my archives yesterday.. but….. I nodded off on the sofa and by the time I woke up I was good for nothing so took myself straight off to bed!

This is another card from the Joanna Sheen Fashion CD Rom.  I like the simplicity of this card but the green mount I think really makes it come to life.

Men’s cards are often tricky to do – but a design like this is ideal for a birthday or father’s day card. (more…)

Fashion Lady #167

Joanna Sheen Fashion CD CardWe will be having a trip through the archives for a day or so as I am busy busy doing lots of preparation for the Suffolk Papercraft event this Saturday 14th June 10-4pm.  If you haven’t been before – its a great event – a hall packed full of fantastic craft suppliers with lots of demonstrations to see too.  It is held at the Leisure centre at Bury St Edmunds.  Click here for more details.

Today’s card is using one of my favourite toppers from the Joanne Sheen Fashion Triple CD Rom.  I don’t think this CD is now available – but we have our last two copies in stock if you are tempted.  It’s an amazing CD – full of gorgeous images of ladies and gents to make lovely cards from. (more…)

Best Dad Cards#164

Best Dad CardWe don’t always have a stamp of everything we need – and sometimes if you just want to make a few cards, you don’t always want to buy a stamp just for that odd message.

This was the case with these two cards.  I wanted a bold Father’s day message for the centre of my cards – so I typed up a sheet of different words and messages in Word and printed them out in a couple of different lettering styles.

I’ve used my Spellbinders Nestabilities to cut out the shapes and mounts and then used a mix of different backing papers to create a background for my card.  A little Distress Ink around the edges of my card and my main topper adds a little depth to the design.  Then a finishing touch of some Liquid Pearls just gives it a little detail. (more…)

Best Dad #161

june3Thought I should get started on some Father’s day cards as it is fast approaching!

I don’t often make cards with toppers, but I knew I had lots of fab Kanban Men’s themed ones, so had a rummage and found this car and matching backing card.

I kept the layout very simple, just a few black mounts as it didn’t need too much fuss.

I’m in the process of creating some more cards for Father’s day – my craft desk is currently covered in all sorts of goodies that I have pulled out of my stash to play around with… be interesting to see what I come up with!  I know many of you struggle with men’s cards, particularly if they aren’t into a hobby, but hopefully I will come up with a couple of suggestions for you this week. (more…)