Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Jolly Nation die cut decoupage

Love the Paper Nation characters, but can't be doing with cutting them out? Jolly Nation (the new name for Paper Nation) has just released twelve A5 die cut decoupage sheets.

Each sheet contains two numbered projects and no scissors are needed, all you have to do is pop out the pieces and layer them up with foam pads or silicone adhesive to create eye catching 3D toppers for your card and craft projects. If you wish, you can of course also co-ordinate the made up toppers with the matching character backing sheets, available in both coloured and white versions for each character.

Like all other papers from the Crafthouse Press, the sheets are acid and lignin free, so can also be used for scrapbooking.

Characters included on the new die cut sheets are:
  • Ballet Girl and Fairy Girl
  • Disco Diva and Fashion Girl
  • Fishing Man and Gardening Man
  • Gardening Lady and Shopping Lady
  • Ginger and Black Cats
  • Kimono Ladies
  • Labrador dogs
  • Reading Lady and Grandpa
  • Skateboard Boy and Football Boy
  • Surfer Boy and Guitar Boy
  • Wedding Couple, bride and groom

Sandra Kuck collection of decoupage sheets from FGS Creative Designs

Later this morning, FGS Creative Designs will be launching a beautiful new collection of decoupage, with images designed by Sandra Kuck. The designs will be featured during Crafting with Decoupage at 9.00 am during Craft Day on the Create & Craft and Ideal World TV channels.

This gorgeous collection is also now in stock at Foil Play. It includes Stack-Its pyramid decoupage, step by step decoupage sheets and multi image sheets incorporating a number of design elements (toppers, banners and co-ordinating backing papers). The collection includes beautiful brides, elegant ladies, little girls and boys, mothers and new born babies and pretty angels.

Sandra Kuck describes herself as a "romantic realist." Her nostalgic settings and angelic children evoke memories and emotions of childhood, or of our children. With vibrant colour, delicate lighting, and exquisite lace and flowers, Sandra creates a romantic and peaceful atmosphere, capturing the beauty and simplicity of days gone by. She finds her inspiration from many different sources, including the special relationship between mother and child, the beauty of the country garden, or the fine furnishings and clothing of the Victorian era.

Monday, 25 February 2008

Easter Dufex decoupage back in stock

This popular step by step decoupage sheet from Dufex Crafts is back in stock, after being out of stock at the manufacturer for several weeks. It features three separate step by step projects of cute Easter bunnies and chicks.

Foil Play has plenty of other goodies in stock for creating Easter cards too, including:

Sunday, 24 February 2008

Double sided peel off stickers

Here's something a little different! Double sided peel off stickers in a wide choice of designs, including greetings, butterflies, flowers, hearts, stars, borders and more.

These stickers are intended for use with foil, glitter, flock, caviar beads or coloured sand. Great for adding dimension and texture to your card craft projects.

The picture above shows a selection of the hearts stickers, to which I've applied pearl pink, hot pink and red foil, holographic pink ultra fine art glitter, red flock and red caviar beads.

To apply the stickers, first peel back the top covering layer, remove the sticker of your choice, and apply to your project. Remove the second covering film (you can use this to mask part of the design if you want to use more than one colour on an individual sticker motif) and press over foil, glitter, flock, sand or beads to decorate the sticker.

There is a slight 'lip' to the face of the stickers where they have been cut on the sheet - when I tried them out, I found that I got better results by applying the face of the sticker to the project, then foiling or glittering the reverse of the sticker.

Foiling on acetate card project

Here's a card I made for a craft forum card swap, where the theme was working with acetate.

I used a 6 x 6" sheet of DCWV paper with an attractive paisley pattern and trimmed a sheet of acetate to the same size. I placed the acetate over the paper, then traced around the outline of the paisley shapes with a Sakura Quickie glue pen. When the glue was dry, I foiled it, using gold metallic rub on foil.

I then fixed the paper and acetate to the cardstock backing with eyelets (through a co-ordinating coloured ribbon) and double sided tape, and embellished the card with some dimensional butterfly stickers, adhesive gems and gold ribbon.

Saturday, 23 February 2008

Scrapbooking with Crafthouse Press backing papers

Here's a scrapbook page that I've created, using one of the Crafthouse Press Egyptian themed backing papers.

It was beautifully sunny cruising along the Nile in December, but as you can probably guess from the top picture, it wasn't actually very warm!

I've used the river Nile paper and decoupaged around the trees, using them as a background image on the page.

A great new selection of backing papers

I've just finished listing a huge selection of backing papers from the Crafthouse Press. The papers, which are A4, are all acid and lignin free, so they are safe to use for scrapbooking as well as card making craft projects.

There is a huge range to choose from, including:
  • Tartans - Abercrombie, Buchanan, Clark, Macbeth, Royal Stewart and Sutherland;
  • British flags - Saltire, St George, Welsh dragon and Union Jack;
  • Vintage sportsmen - cricket, football, horse racing, rugby and tennis;
  • Vintage transport and travel - airmail letters, cruise ships, cars, maps, trains and yachts;
  • Images of Japan - Geishas, Mount Fuji, calligraphy, blossoms and pagodas;
  • Egyptian themed papers - pyramids, the river Nile, pharoahs, sarcophagi and more;
  • New baby - new baby boy and girl; and
  • Celebrations - Birthday greetings and balloons, Thank You greetings and luscious chocolates that look good enough to eat!
You can use the papers as background images, and with many of them you can also decoupage individual elements of the papers to use as toppers, if you wish.