Friday, 27 August 2010

Bank Holiday bargain rubber stamps!

Love stamping? Here's a Bank Holiday bargain offer for you - 25% off all rubber stamps at Foil Play - just enter the code STAMP25 at check out to receive the discount. Offer ends at midnight on Monday 30 August 2010.

I don't have huge stocks of rubber stamps, so if there's a particular design that you're interested in, don't miss out!

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Blog Candy winner

Many thanks to those who entered the Blog Candy giveaway for a set of Urban Belles clear rubber stamps by Kanban!

The lucky winner (picked using is: Papercraft by Carole. Congratulations, Carole - please email your details to me at and I will get the prize in the post to you.

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

What's on your workdesk Wednesday

Another messy desk this week, as you can see I've been assembling a few toppers - not all Christmas ones this time though.

I've been trying to be good and use up scraps of card instead of putting them in a scraps box (never to see the light of day again - I'm sure you know how that works!), so I've been cutting out small mats with nesties / Nellie Snellen dies, ideal to fit the Craftwork Cards button greetings. It also means that I've at last found a use for the tiniest boxes that came with a big set of clear storage boxes.
If you're curious about WOYWW, more details of what it is about and how to join in are on Julia's Stamping Ground blog. It basically involves snooping on other crafters' stash, and seeing what they are up to - great fun!

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Blog Candy giveaway - Kanban Urban Belles clear rubber stamps

So here is my first foray into the world of Blog Candy! I'm giving away this very cute set of Kanban Urban Belles clear rubber stamps.

All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment below and please also link to this post from your blog (or if you don't have one, from Twitter or Facebook).

The Blog Candy is available to anyone in the UK and I'll choose a winner at random next Tuesday evening (17 August). Good luck!

Monday, 9 August 2010

New Home cards with Kanban Concept Cards

Here's a couple of New Home cards that I made using a Kanban concept card kit. Instead of using the card part of the kit as a base card, I cut it in two to use as separate mats.
I used a beige deckle edged square card as the base for the top card, and an A4 sheet of cream linen textured card folded in half as the base for the second.
The die cut Kanban concept card kit that I made these two cards from is pictured above.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Christmas cards with Hunkydory toppers

More blue Christmas cards, this time from a Hunkydory die cut topper sheet, both matted onto lightweight pearl card and background mats of toning card cut using Martha Stewart punch around the page snowflake punches.
I mostly use double sided tape as adhesive on my cards, but I added some micro dots behind the snowflake edges to secure them in place. I used deckle edge square blue card blanks as the card base, and added a sprinkling of crystal Bling to the snowflakes on the first card.
The Hunkydory Cosy Christmas Snowy Scene toppers sheet that I used to make the cards is pictured above.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

New from Hunkydory: Card kits, toppers and decoupage

A huge selection of new Hunkydory products is now in store at Foil Play - you may have seen many of these featured on Create and Craft TV.
New kits available include:
  • Little Tweets - cute bird toppers with co-ordinating embossed and foiled card, mini cards and background papers;
  • Deco-Flourish - beautiful floral designs available in both die cut and traditional decoupage formats, with beautifully co-ordinating aperture cards;
  • The Platinum Collection - a classy selection of die cut topper sheets, with co-ordinating shaped, embossed and foiled card blanks;
  • Cupcake Heaven - a delicious selection of cupcake themed decoupage, card and kit; and
  • A Window to the Heart - kits to make beautiful keepsake cards with heartfelt sentiments.
There is also a new selection of shaped cards, including kinetic, scalloped and easel cards, to save you the hassle of cutting out your own from a template, along with packs of festive mirri and glitter card.
I have also stocked up on existing designs, including Paper Laughs decoupage.
However, many of the traditional decoupage lines (Golden Oldies, Tipsy Adults, Sporting Blunders etc) have now been discontinued, so I may not be able to restock popular designs when they sell out. If there is a particular design that you like, please don't miss out whilst I still have it in stock.

Friday, 6 August 2010

More Kanban Christmas designs

Another great selection of new Kanban Christmas toppers is now in store at Foil Play - you may have seen many of these new designs if you were watching QVC's Christmas in July Craft Day, a couple of weeks ago.
The new collections include:
Kanban is renowned for the high quality of its cardstock, so of course there is a luscious selection of perfectly co-ordinating card too.
There is also a new selection of Bling gems in festive colours.
As always, at Foil Play you can pick and choose the designs that you like and will actually use, rather than investing in a huge kit and p&p is free if you spend over £5.00. If you already have a kit, you might like to stock up with a few extra of the designs that you particularly like. Alternatively, get a sheet or two from several collections and you'll have lots of variety without it costing a fortune.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Win a £10 Foil Play voucher - MAWTT challenge

Foil Play is sponsoring the challenge at Moving Along With the Times this week. The theme is Christmas, so why not enter a card for your chance to win a £10.00 voucher to spend at Foil Play.

MAWTT runs a weekly challenge, starting each Thursday, with loads of great prizes and goodies up for grabs every week. Most weeks there is a sketch or theme or both. This week's challenge is open until 8pm on Wednesday 11 August.
My card for this week's theme was made from the Kanban Christmas Fairy Wishes die cut topper sheet, pictured above.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Kanban clear Christmas reindeer rubber stamps

The first batch of these gorgeous reindeer Christmas stamps sold out in a few hours last week. I wasn't sure that I'd be able to get any more as they aren't available to retail generally (and available in a set of two from QVC on waitlist only at present), but thanks to Kanban I now have a few more in stock. Please don't miss out this time if you like them!

What's on your workdesk Wednesday

I missed WOYWW last week, but I'm fighting fit again and back in the fold today! As you can see, I'm still in Christmas card mood / mode at the moment. I do have some other cards to make, so will have to force myself to change theme soon.

Like many of my fellow crafters, I have enough paper to wallpaper the house (several times over) here's a peek at my 12 x 12 paper collection - just the odd pad or two...
If you're curious about WOYWW, more details of what it is about and how to join in are on Julia's Stamping Ground blog. It basically involves snooping on other crafters' stash, and seeing what they are up to - great fun!

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Winter Gorjuss decoupage

Featured on QVC's recent Christmas in July Craft Day, gorgeous Winter Gorjuss decoupage kits are now in stock at Foil Play. Each pack contains an A4 sheet of die cut Gorjuss step by step or pyramid decoupage and co-ordinating background sheet, there is also a separate die cut toppers sheet.
The kits have been produced by The Crafthouse Press, based on artwork by Suzanne Woolcott. For more information on Gorjuss, check out the Gorjuss website and blog.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Christmas cards from Kanban bauble toppers

The Kanban foiled & die cut topper sheet that I made these cards from featured in a QVC TSV which made it's debut a couple of years ago - however I'm sure you'll agree that the design isn't at all dated. The kit featured again on QVC's recent Christmas in July craft day and the individual designs remain popular.
For the first three cards, I covered 8 x 8" square cards with sheets of DCWV Christmas themed paper. I highlighted the holly berries on the two largest toppers with a Sakura Quickie glue pen and rubbed on red ultra fine glitter to add a little sparkle.
Blue is one of my favourite colour schemes for Christmas cards. I've used lots of embossed mats (with corners chomped) to add texture.
The first two cards have also been embellished with beautiful Kanban self adhesive glittery snowflakes.
I've used co-ordinating card candy from Craftwork Cards on some of the cards (more stock of this is on the way!).
I've also used Craftwork Cards Oh My Word Christmas greetings buttons on the last two cards.
The Kanban die cut topper sheet that I used to make these cards is pictured above.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Kanban Christmas stamps and toppers

If you watched QVC's craft day last Saturday, you may have seen lots of delicious new Christmas clear rubber stamp sets from Kanban. Single sets are now available to purchase at Foil Play, including a number of designs (like the Betsie Bob sheet above) that won't be available to retail generally. Once these sell out, I'm unlikely to be able to get any more, so please don't miss out!
I've also re-stocked the recent Christmas TSV toppers, most of the first batch of these sold out within a few days.

Watch this space for many more new Kanban Christmas designs on the way!