Tuesday, 3 March 2015

A little bit of love with Yankee Candle.

Good morning. Hope your all well and keeping warm. It's been very cold hasn't it. Although we have only had a light flutter of snow here in Scotland, well in my town anyway. It doesn't lie long when we do get it as we have the beach so the salty air helps melt it. 
 We all know that a side from crafting, I have a big passion for Yankee Candle, I adore the brand and the range of fragrances that they do. So real to life. When I burn the small votive candles, I keep the labels, I can't throw them out. So had to work out what to make with them. I came up with this idea of an apiture heart with the labels popping through. Ofcourse I couldn't of done this with out the help of Stix2 adhesives and now ofcourse PaperMill Direct card stock. 
 The products I have used are;

Stix2
 6mm double sided polyester ultra sticky tape - S57947.
 Silicone glue - S57100.
 5x5x3" foam pads (for card candi) - S57041.
 Pick up pencil - S57265.
 A4 die cut release sheet - S57316.
 Low tack stencil tape - S56944.
 Non stick craft sheet - S57132.

PaperMill Direct
 White hammered card.
 Cream leather embossed 300gsm - PMD521.
 Grey pearlised 300gsm - PMD545.
 Dark moss green 300gsm - PMD530.

Additional 
 Flower dies - Crafters Companion.
 Brother ScanNCut.
 Scalloped heart shape - ScanNCut pre-installed software design.
 A4 photo frame - high street store.
 Card candi - Craftwork Cards.
 Swirl die.





Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Hunkydory's "Butterfly Bouquet" Collection

I have written the following off my own back. This is my feeling and pride regarding Hunkydory. Nothing is going on between myself and Hunkydory crafts. I just felt I would write this blog post about Hunkydory crafts because many do ask me why I love the brand. 

When it comes to paper craft collections then in my opinion you don't get any bigger or better than Hunkydory Crafts. I say paper craft collections but it's it's more like card at 350gsm for the background card and 300gms for the topper sheets, these 2 with the mix of Adorable Scorable & exceptional foiling is a recipe for perfection. That's not all, you can then add on elements included with certain collections such as encapsulated glitter, pearlescent card and even foiled acetate. These are just some elements that make not only the Hunkydory Crafts Brands a success but also in my view, makes the Hunkydory team some of the most hard working team/family in the crafting industry. They strive to give the crafting universe what they want and not only when they want it but before us crafters even know we want it to ensure they are ahead of the race for when it comes to seasonal and yearly trends. 
One of the other elements Hunkydory are famed for when it comes to their collections are the concept card elements. Their standard "and I say that loosely" collections enable us crafters to go crazy with our imagination and create cards and projects to how ever we want. The Hunkydory team back at Hunkydory Towers and on the DT (including myself) work hard to offer a range of ideas for crafters to get started whether we are beginners or seasoned crafters and also should we be unsure of where to start when we receive our collection. The variety of ideas given stem from ideas leaflets, on screen demos, website tutorials, social media including the likes of Twitter, Pinterest and of course facebook. Where as their fun and quirky concept cards and projects are there to add just that - fun and also a different spin on the collection. It enables you to create a card or project that is a 3D model and creates movement. However the concept card expand even more if you use them in a way they were not intended for. Strip them back and use the main elements to create you own unique card that was originally designed to be created a specific way. 
 The list of possibilities are endless with What you can create. When you start to bring in their adorable scorable, diamond sparkles, paper pads, ribbons all to name a few the hours, weeks and months of fun you can have is quite simply mind blowing. Origami with their double sided papers, gift boxes, frames and everything else you think of. 
 The Hunkydory Crafts brand and the Hunkydory family really do go all out to offer you not only top quality, not only value for money but also versatility in every single collection they bring to us crafters. 
 This is why I adore and love the Hunkydory brand and the products they bring. I will continue to be honoured and have pleasure of being on Hunkydorys Design Team for aslong as they will have me but also for as long as I'm crafting, Hunkydory will always be part of my crafting life. 
Craig. 

www.hunkydorycrafts.co.uk
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Just some cards using Hunkydorys new pick of the week collection on create and craft - Butterfly bouque. 




Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Celebrate a birthday - Sue Wilson style.

Good evening. Well it's evening as I type this blog post. Sitting blogging this post while having a cup of hot juice (as I'm cutting down on the amount of tea I drink) and catching up with tv. First things first, episode one of season 13 of Hells Kitchen usa. I do like Gordon Ramsays shows. Anyway, I'm sure you didn't want to know all that. 
 It's been a busy day for me, a good busy. Iv had a day of playing with some new products I have got. If your a Hunkydory fan then they have a gorgeous pick of the week launching this Friday on create and craft. I had so much fun making samples for the shows, I hope you enjoy seeing what Iv made. It's even more special as the lovely Anne-Marie is BACK on our screens. Anne-Marie has been back at HD towers a few weeks now after her maternity leave but now it's time for us to see her back on screen. It will be a cracking launch. I can tell you that it's called Butterfly Bouquet and it's gorgeous. Head across to Hunkydory crafts facebook page for some sneak peaks. 
 Now, this card below is made using Sue Wilson Scandinavia collection that's by Creative Expresion. This is the first time I have ever used dies by both Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions and I got to say I love them. Each set in the collection mixes and matches with each other (as there's 5 sets of dies in the collection) and each set has about 5 dies in them. The versatility of each collection is quite mind blowing. I start with an idea in my head and by the time Iv finished, it looks nothing like what I had planned to do as so many different ideas pop in my head as I'm working away, so I chop and change my card layout plan. 
 This card is made primarily of 3 companies - Creative Expression dies, Stix2 adhesives and PaperMill direct. As you will know (if you know me or follow me all over social media) Stix2 and PaperMill Direct are both companies I use all the time. I only use Stix2 when it comes to All adhesives. Every adhesive product in my craft room is Stix2 branded. Head to stix2 website for more info on their full range. I get asked what I use to stick down my detailed die cuts, I always use stix2's pva glue with metal tip. It has such a fine and detailed tip that is perfect for attaching your detailed die cuts down. http://www.stix2.co.uk/pva-and-glues/30ml-ph-neutral-pva-glue-with-metal-nib

 I have used many card companies over the years but have used PMD (PaperMill Direct) for quite some time until lately where I use it all the time. Not just because I'm now on their dt but because the card product is exception quality. Coloured, black or white - I go to PMD all the time. Also check out PMD website for a full range of card and envelopes that they produce from their own mill. It's really worth trying PMD linen card stock so head across and order some.

 The products I have used to create this card are;

Sue Wilson Scandinavia die collection;
 Copenhagen - CED4204.
 Background die - CED4201.

PMD;
 White Supersmooth card - 300gsm.
 Black card - 250gsm.
 White linen card - 255gsm.

Stix2 Anything;
 Layer perfect metric - S57321.
 3D foam pad strips - S57318.
 Pva glue with metal tip - S57890.
 Silicone glue - S57100.
 6mm double sided tape - FPAL2732625.
 8x8 clear cello bag - K608.

Additional products;
 Sentiment verse - Simply Sentiments by Creative Expression. 
 5mm bling gems - Hunkydory Crafts.
 Tuxedo blank ink pad - Memento.
 26mm white satin ribbon - Anita's.
 19mm black satin ribbon - Own Stash.
 A4 embossing folder - Free one with original Ebosser.
 

Please check out and like my Card Creation page on facebook - www.facebook.com/craigscardcreations 
As well as follow myself on Twitter -
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www.hunkydorycrafts.co.uk
www.stix2.co.uk 
www.papermilldirect.co.uk

Thank you 

Craig x

Monday, 9 February 2015

Mark a book with a little love bookmark.

Afternoon. 
Well we are very close to valentine day now. Hope you all have something lovely organised for your loved ones. If your like me and single this year hope you enjoy your weekend what ever you get up to. Few drinks with friends sound like a plan for me. 
 Have you seen Stix2 new range of card stock? They now have;
 Hammered embossed 300gsm card stock in white and cream.
 Linen embossed 300gsm card stock also in white and cream. 
 But that's not all, head across to stix2 website at www.stix2.co.uk where you can find their full range of products as well as their brand new products such as the card above, pearlescent card, Pastel pink/pastel blue gingham card stock AND card blanks in 2 colours - white and Ivory and in a multiple range of sizes. 
 You know my passion for Stix2 and boy it is growing day by day. 
 I was very lucky to have a sneak peak at the White linen and hammered card in advance to try out. So although it's not completely clear at first, but on the bookmark below that I have created, it has been stamped twice - once on stix2 bookmark and then again onto a piece of linen white card stock. I have coloured in the 2nd stamped image using my pro markers and then 3D onto the base bookmark using silicone glue. You still get the hammered effect coming through the ink as well as still fitting beautifully in the bookmark sleeve. I added a Dawn Bibby sentiment stamp and Stix2 white and red saying ribbon through the whole. Lovely wee gift to give your loved one to use in her/her books or keep and admire in a special place. 
 The products I have used to create the bookmark are;

Stix2;
Die cut bookmark - S57315.
Bookmark Sleeves - S57317.
Silicone glue - S57100.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
White Hammered card - A4300WHITEHAMMER.-
9mm double faced red satin ribbon - S57199.
3mm double faced white satin ribbon - S57192.

Additional;
Kanban Rose stamp
Apple cider, Ice grey 2 & Poppy - pro marker.
Tuxedo black - memento ink pad.
Stamping block. 



www.stix2.co.uk
Sales@stix2.co.uk

Craig ��

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Valentines with the help of Stix2 & PaperMill.

Is it me or had this month been the longest January ever, well the longest month ever. It's dragged, but we are coming to the end and the first big occasion of the year coming up in Febuary is Valentines Day.  It's another occasion that is getting bigger and bigger over here in the UK. If your lucky you will received a valentines card from your loved one this year or maybe an unknown?
 I had such great news yesterday that was being asked to be apart of PaperMill Directs design team. PaperMill products have even products/card stock Iv used for many years now but it is recently Iv used them in near every project and card I create. The variety and quality is exceptional and I urge everyone to log onto PaperMill directs website where you can try some of their products, you will fall in love with them, I promise. They have the most gorgeous hammered white and Ivory card should you be making wedding invites or wedding stationary. This year I will be making my friends wedding invites which will be made with a complete combination of PaperMill and Stix2 products. 
 Going back to valentines, I made this card last night which is an A5 card where the card blank is PaperMill A4 super smooth card folded in half with a score board. The score is perfect and crack free. It's a simple cards that is all based around matting and layering with a tad bit of stamping, die cutting and embossing. Many ask what the font is called I use on most of cards and it's in Microsoft word and it's called Freehand 591BT. 
 The products I have used to create this card are as followed;

PaperMill Direct products;
 Super smooth white card
 Hammered white card (for the circles)
 Red card stock
 Black card stock.

Stix2 products;
 9mm double sided tape - FPAL2732950
 5mmx5mmx3mm 3D foam pads - S57083
 Silicone glue - S57100
 16mm red satin ribbon - S57209
 Non stick craft sheet - S57132
 Layer perfect metric - S57321
 A5 clear cello bags - S57314

Additional products used;
 Strip of black patterned paper - We Are Memory Keepers
 4cm matting & layering die - Tonic Studios
 Script rubber stamp - indigo Blu
 Black tuxedo ink pad - Memento
 A4 embossing folder - free with Ebosser version 1
 4mm red pearls - Mei flower
 35mmx35mm heart shape - cut from Scan N Cut.
 

www.stix2.co.uk
www.papermilldirect.co.uk

If you have any questions please feel free to message me on here or for a quick reply, contact myself through my card creations site;
www.facebook.com/craigscardcreations

Craig ��

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Mothers Day Lavender Rose framed gift.

Afternoon. Well I think it's safe to say that we are most definatly not in Kansas any more! This wind is some of the worse wind weather I have ever seen. Everything is being blown about! Half expect to see a cow go flying by! 
 Despite the wind, I have been crafting away using one of my all time favourite Kanban collection that way designed and put together by a good friend of mine - Dawn wheeler. The Paris/European elements combined with the pink and lilac with hints of silver thorough out the collection just gives it that extra elegance & luxury feel. 
 When it comes to the frame, I bought it from a high street store. It has a wood grain effect so I took Milled Lavendar distress ink pad and just rubbed my finger in it gently rubbed it into the "nooks" & "Crannies" to gives it a colourful vintage feel. 
 The 3 main product used are Stix2 Adhesives, Kanban Crafts & Bazzill Baiscs card stock. 
The products I have used are as followed; 

Stix2 products used;

9mm double sided tape - FPAL2732950.
6mm red liner tape - S57090.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
Double sided A4 foam pad sheets - S57182.
Pva glue with metal tip - S56890.
Silicone glue - S57100.
Hot glue gun - S57234.
Hot glue sticks - S57235.
Pick up pencil - S57265.
Glitter glue pens (Silver) - S57070.
16mm Liliac satin ribbon - S57214.
Low tack stencil sheet - S56994.
A4 die cut release sheet - S57316.
Non stick craft sheet - S57132.
"Handmade by" label - S57261.

Additional items used;

Dawn Wheelers Lavendar Rose Collection - Kanban Crafts.
Lilac textured card stock - Bazzill Basics.
Ivory textured card stock - Bazzill Basics.
Silver Mirri card - Hunkydory Crafts.
4mm Diamond sparkles Bling gems - Hunkydory Crafts.
Milled Lavendar Ink pad - Tim Holtz distress ink pad.
Flower die - Crafters Companion.
12x10" white frame - High street store. 



www.stix2.co.uk
Sales@stix2.co.uk

Craig x

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Valentine's with a touch of love.

Morning, so we are roughly 1 month away from Valentines Day. Not that long ago I was making christmas and all of a sudden we are here with valentines. 
 At christmas after a year of debating, I plucked up the courge and bought the Brother Scan N Cut. I was always thinking would I used or would it just sit there. Im not great with computers and thought if I did use it then I'd only use the machine itself. How wrong I was, I love it and I'm flying high playing with it and downloading SVG files on line with no problem atol. 

 I have made this 8x8 card combining Scan N Cut and Stix2 adhesives new valentines range. 

I downloaded a heartbackground shape online and cut it out using stix2 sparkly red card and matted and layered it onto White hammered card stock. Then onto a 8x8 card base.

I also downloaded the LOVE shape and cut that out with white hammered card from Papermill direct. Then matted and layered on white hammered card and then onto silver mirri. 

I added 2 die cut bird shapes, turning one around to face the other way and gave it a slight spray using spray & sparkle to match in with the sparky red background card.

Tied a bow using 16mm satin red ribbon and addtached it to the top left hand corner of the love. 

Added a few red pearls and it's done.

The products I have used are as followed;
Stix2 products;

9mm double sided tape - FPAL2732950.
Pva glue with metal tip - S56890.
Silicone glue - S57100.
Layer perfect metric - S57321.
12mmx12mmx3mm foam pads - S57041.
Pick up pencil - S57265.
non stick craft sheet - S57132.
16mm red satin ribbon - S57209.
Sparkly red card - SGBCA4REDCARD.
Die cut bird shape - S57326.
8x8 cello bag - K624.

Additional products used;
 White hammed card - Papermill Direct.
 White super smooth card (insert) - Papemill Direct.
 8x8 card blank - Craftwork Cards.
 Silver mirri card - Anita's.
 Red pearls - Mei flower.
 Spray & sparkle - Crafters Companion.  
 Heart background svg cutting file - online.
 Love svg cutting file - online.



www.stix2.co.uk
sales@stix2.co.uk

Craig x