Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Current Challenges

Sunday - CAS: May Day - Use Flowers
Monday - Greeting: Spring has Sprung
Tuesday - Color:

Wednesday - Sketch:

Twisted Thursday: Anything Goes
Festive Friday Challenge:
International Dance Day
National Oatmeal Cookie Day
International Baby Day
National Firefighters Day
Saturday - Paper a la Mode:
Anything Goes

Ready Set Stamp: Submissions Wanted!

Craft Stamper Magazine is looking for submissions for their Ready, Set, Stamp feature on the following theme for the September issue of Craft Stamper. If you've always wanted to see YOUR card in print, now is your chance!! 

       Colours: Burnt Orange, Umber, Golden Yellow, Deep Maroon.

 Deadline for submission: 24th May 2016

· Please email your submissions to cs@traplet.com
· Please put 'Ready Set Stamp' followed by the theme in the subject line
· Please note that due to the number of submissions it's not possible to contact every entrant individually - if you have not heard from them within one week, your submission has not been successful. Please try again with a different card!

· Please make cards only for this gallery.
 . Please do not use stamps that are discontinued for this article.
. They do not accept cards ONLY created with digital stamps for this feature. Digital stamps MUST be used in conjunction with rubber/polymer stamping to qualify.
· Cards which are selected need to be posted to the Craft Stamper offices in the UK.
· This call IS open internationally.
· Note that they do choose artwork as it arrives, so please don't wait until the last minute to submit if your cards are ready.
· Cards will be returned at their expense, along with a complimentary copy of the magazine in which your card features. Note this can take approx. three months.
· Please follow both the theme AND the colour scheme when creating your cards. You can add black, white and metallics to any of the schemes. The ideas given are simply that, ideas, and do not have to be followed to the letter!
· Text for this article is required (don't worry - it is short!) and should be entered into the document provided – this will be sent to you if you are selected.

Good Luck!!

Saturday, 9 April 2016

This Weeks Outlawz Challenge

Sunday - CAS: Birthday Card for Young Child
Monday - Greeting: NO Corners
Tuesday - Color:

Wednesday - Sketch:

Twisted Thursday: Anything With Wings
Festive Friday Challenge:
National Pet Day

National Siblings Day

National Golfers Day

National April Showers Day
Saturday - Paper a la Mode:
Head Shots



This is a complete papercrafting kit for all ability levels, so whether you want to create a really quick card that will take you just a few minutes or spend an evening working on an elaborate creation there’ll be something for everyone with this beautiful Floral Delight range from the Signature Collection by Sara Davies that contains paper pads in both 6"x6" and 12"x12" sizes, embossing folders, metal dies, stamps and 3D toppers. 

Complete Collection:

Buy yours here for £85.00 with free UK delivery (Recommended retail £100.84).  Offer open to UK residence only.

IN BLOOM DIE the largest die size is 1.6" x 3.1" (41mm x 78mm)
ORNATE TRELLIS DIE is 3.9" x 5.6" (99mm x 141mm)
PRETTY PETALS DIE the largest die size is 1.8" x 2" (46mm x 51mm)
LEAFY FLOURISH DIE the largest die size is 1.6" x 3.1" (41mm x 78mm)
SCALLOPED BORDER DIE is 2.2" x 5.7" (57mm x 145mm)
TRAILING FLOWERS DIE the largest die size is 3.6" x 2.9" (90mm x 73mm)

These embossing folder will add texture and dimension to your products, use on it's own or with other products from the Floral Delight range for a stunning effect.

This gorgeous stamp set contains three sentiments, 'Best Wishes', 'Handmade With Love' and 'Happy Birthday', as well as a number of beautiful images designed to complement the range of products within the Floral Delight collection.

6x6 PAPER PAD and 12x12 PAPER PAD
Use these stunning papers for die cutting, matting and layering and so much more!  48 beautiful sheets of 180gsm paper

This fabulous topper set includes seven stunning toppers designed to create focal points for you cards, boxes and more.


Crafters Companion : Introducing Sara Signature Collection Just for Men

Sara's extending her Signature Collection offering with the brand new Just for Men. Containing paper pads, embossing folders, metal dies and stamps, this range is a complete papercrafting offering for all ability levels. Perfect for Father’s Day, birthdays and other celebrations, the products in this range will enable you to create perfectly co-ordinating cards and papercrafting projects. Whether you want to create a really quick card that will take you just a few minutes or spend an evening working on an elaborate creation there’ll be something for everyone with this new release.
Sara Davies from Crafter's Companion demonstrates how to use some intricate dies from the Just for Men collection to create a perfect birthday card here or watch her make an 'Uncle Card' here. You can also see the card gallery here for more ideas on how to use the range.

Complete Collection:

Buy yours here for £85.00 with free UK delivery (Recommended retail £100.84).  Offer open to UK residence only.


Just for Men Metal Die Cogs and Gears
Just for Men Metal Die Happy Birthday
Just for Men Metal Die Male Sentiments
Just for Men Metal Die Rock on
Just for Men Metal Die Special Birthday
Just for Men Metal Die Superstars
Just for Men Metal Die Tool Set

Embossing Folders:

Just For Men 5 x 7 Folder Time Piece
Just For Men 5 x 7 Folder On Your Birthday
Just For Men 6 x 6 Folder Checkerplate
Just For Men 6 x 6 Folder Pop Dotty 


Just for Men A6 Stamp Street Wise
Just for Men A6 Stamp Urban Graffiti
Just for Men A6 Stamp Rock Star

6 x 6 Paper Pads:

Urban Collection
Brights Collection


Tuesday, 29 March 2016

CSI Case Files Design Team Call Spring 2016 (Term runs from May 2016 - October 2016)

Would you like to join our team and be a CSI Detective?

Here's how to apply for a position on the CSI design team:
Between now and April 8, create at least one layout using our March Case Files (Nos. 193, 194, and 195) Be sure to follow the guidelines that can be found here and here. You might also want to read our mission to see what we're all about. Please make sure you upload your layout(s) to the gallery by each Case File's deadline (I need to know that you are able to meet deadlines).
Once you have created your layout(s) using the above Case Files, please send a message to me indicating that you would like to apply for the team. Please title your message "DT Call." In your message, please include links to your blog and any online galleries that display your work. This call is open to everyone, including past and present design team members.
If you are selected to join the design team:
CSI Detectives are required to complete at least two layouts a month and be a presence on the site by commenting in the gallery. Detectives also vote for the layouts to be placed Under Surveillance (this duty happens approximately once every other month). We are looking for enthusiastic, positive people to join our team of Detectives!
The term will run six months, from from the beginning of May 2016 until the end of October 2016.
We hope you'll apply, and we can't wait to see what you will make with the March Case Files!
Please feel free to ask any questions here in this thread or send a message to me through CSI messaging.
Deadline for submitting your application to me is April 9, 2016.


Some "Laws"

  • Because one of our main goals is to "tell your story," CSI is intended to be a scrapbooking challenge site. We hope that our color schemes and the other elements of the challenge inspire all paper crafters, and you are welcome to share projects inspired by our Case Files in our gallery; however prizes and features are limited to scrapbookers.
  • Only layouts created for CSI challenges should be uploaded to our gallery. You may combine other challenges with this challenge (e.g., sketch challenges), but please do not upload previously created layouts that just happen to match the color palette.
  • Your layout should include all five colors, at least three elements from "The Evidence," and at least one element from "Testimony." Please write what you used from the Evidence and testimony in your description when you upload. On the second week of each month, you should use the Page Drafts sketch provided in order to qualify for a sponsor prize. See more details about these elements here.
  • Please resize your layouts to 800 pixels wide.
  • Due to bandwith limits, please do not include closeups as separate posts in the gallery. If you would like to show closeups, do so in the description of your layout. Directions for how to do this can be found here.
  • Name your layout with the case number and the title of your layout. For example, if your layout is called "Lost Ring" and it was for Case File No. 3, name it like this: 3 - Lost Ring.
  • Please tag your layout with the number of the Case File. For example, if your layout was created for Case File No. 3, simply tag it with 3.
  • Please do not create albums. Administrators will create albums into which will go all the layouts created for a given challenge.
  • If you post your layouts created for this challenge on a blog or other online gallery, please credit CSI, with a link to our site. We would also love it if you included the Case File image in your blog posts!
  • The deadline for the challenge is 11:59 pm EST, a week from Sunday following the reveal. This basically gives you a week plus an extra weekend to get your layout done. (This deadline applies to prizes and features. Feel free to play along with past challenges and share in the gallery.)
  • Follow the golden rule when interacting in our community. CSI is a fun, positive place to hang out, and we want to keep it that way!
 So are you ready to see the new challenge?  Grab your forensics kits, CSI members, and get ready for some serious sleuthing and visit CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration at: http://csicolorstoriesinspiration.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

Friday, 22 January 2016

This weeks Outlawz Challenge

Sunday - CAS: Something Sparkly
Monday - Greeting: Embossing (wet or dry)
Tuesday - Color: Photo Inspiration

Wednesday - Sketch:

Twisted Thursday: Baby /Toddler
Festive Friday Challenge:
Step in a puddle and splash your friend Day, Feast of Fabulous Wild Men, Dress up your Pet Day, National Hat Day
Saturday - Paper a la Mode: Birthdays

Here is my entries so far

Tuesday Colour Challenge

Saturday Paper a la Mode

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

You're Great

A little notebook I covered recently for a friend who work in a call centre.  The calls get rated Satisfactory, Good and very, very rarely great.  After a few years in this position she got a GREAT and just had to congratulate her.

Products Used:

The Stamps of Life Phones4you stamp set, tv2stamp, Sizzix Balloons Step-Ups die set.

Crafters Companion Sara Signature Floral Delight Collection FOR SALE

Dies: Ornate Trellis, Scalloped Border, Pretty Petals, Leafy Flourish, In Bloom, Trailing Flowers
Embossing Folders: Rambling Rose 5x7, Stylish Swirls 5x7, Floral Swirls 6x6

Thinking of You Stamp
12x12 Paper Pad
6x6 Paper Pad
easy Crystal Lian Crystal Arts and Crafts Starter Kit

Price: £100 
 I use Pargels2Go to get quotes on postage and the prices vary on a daily bases and dep[end on what service you use . This bundle weight 1.9KG and measure 13"x13"x3" so you can check pricing here: https://www.parcel2go.com/. If you prefer the also have a collection service.

Email: bonscraft@hotmail.co.uk 

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

This weeks Outlawz Challenge

Sunday - CAS: Snowman
Monday - Greeting:Inspired by Holiday Movie
Tuesday - Color:

Wednesday - Sketch:

Twisted Thursday: Girly Girly
Friday - Coloring Challenge: Color Inspiration
Saturday - Paper a la Mode: Anything Goes

Envelope Generator by We R Memory Keepers

The We R Memory Keepers Web site has an Envelope Generator that allow you to create just about any size envelope you might need.  If the size you’re looking for isn’t printed on your punch board, you can now get the paper size and scoring line by using the online version of Envelope Generator. It’s so easy to use all you have to do is enter the dimensions of your card and click on Generate.  You can also use these measurements on you We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board. It will tell you what size paper you need to cut as well as where to score. I really like that you can add you measurements in centimetres as well as inches, really useful if you live in countries that do not use imperial measurements as so few websites cater for this.
This punch board can be used to create envelopes, boxes, and bows, but the idea booklet that accompanies the tool also provides instructions for envelope liners, tabbed file folders and coin envelopes.

If you have the Envelope Punch Board you do not have to replace it with the  “new and improved” 1-2-3 Punch Board. The main difference is ease of use, but take a look at the video and decided for yourself if need to replace your Envelope Punch Board. I know I won't be doing it anytime soon as I own some of the other We R Memory Keepers punch boards and there is duplication in functions.

If you don’t have a scoring board—the Martha Stewart one, Scor-Pal, Crafters Companion The Big Score A3 Scoring Board or The Scoremaster Scoring Board or any of a number of other types —this tool is a great investmentas you can use it to create cards, envelopes, boxes, rosettes and many other projects. By combining a scoring board, paper trimmer the 1-2-3 Punch Board don't limit what you can accomplish.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Craft magazines available in the UK

In this post I would like to give you some idea of the inspiration you can get in the United Kingdom without using the internet.  So back to good old paper copies, I know they take up space but lets face it it is fun reading a magazine with lots of inspiration and photo's for project, not to mention the sometime cool freebies.  Most of these magazines also have competition on their websites, so do check those out too.

Papercraft Inspirations  Selling at £4.99
PaperCraft Inspirations January 16 Issue 147

Cardmaking and Papercraft Selling at £4.99

ISSUE 152 - on sale
Thursday 24th December 2015

Papercraft Essentials  Selling at £4.99

docrafts Creativity!
Simply Cards & Papercraft
Crafts Beautiful
Creative Stamping
Die-cutting Essentials
Quick Cards Made Easy
Making Cards
Simply Homemade
Craft Stamper
Craft Seller

Here is a little taster will be updating the below during the course of the week:)

This weeks Outlawz Challenge

Current Challenges

Sunday - CAS: Anything Goes
Monday - Greeting: Music (anywhere on your card)
Tuesday - Color:

Wednesday - Sketch:

Twisted Thursday: Girly Girly
Friday - Coloring Challenge: Color Inspiration
Saturday - Paper a la Mode: Anything Goes

I do not know about you but I just love Tuesday's colours and can definitely see myself using it to create my own gift wrap for Friday's challenge with a musical card for Monday's challenge, how about you?

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Your order is on its way!‏

Craft Stash logo

I have to praise the staff at CraftStash.co.uk for their excellent customer service this year. They offer free delivery for all UK orders over £30 pounds as well as same day dispatch on all weekday orders placed before 3 PM and a reward club, that allow you to gather point that can be taken of your next order. On top of the excellent service you can also:

Save 20% on your first order

when you join our VIP mailing list, & get special offers + projects in your inbox.

This is what was in my Birthday Package:

Spellbinders Tool n' One

Creative Dies:
'Tis the Season die
Happy Christmas Message Die
Christmas Cheer die                                                              
Eat, Drink & Be Merry die
Happy New Year die
Joy to the World die
Love, Peace & Joy die
Merry & Bright die
Peace on Earth die 
Ultimate Crafts:
Silent Night die - Christmas Pageant Border

Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad:
Carved Pumpkin (October 2015 Colour of the Month)     
Lucky Clover (November 2015 Colour of the Month)  

And free Creative Dies Happy Christmas Message Die