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Saying A Special Thank You by Barbara McNaughton

Hello Crafters,
This week we received an amazing gift from a family member and I set about making an appropriate card to say thank you. This needed to be something very special and what better way to say a special thank you than to use the gorgeous Sue Wilson dies for a card in the style of the wonderful Phill Martin.













Despite looking rather elaborate, this 8x8 card is easy to achieve and uses relatively few supplies (as above).

The first step in making this card is to get all of the die cutting out of the way. I find this much more time efficient than stopping to cut out the bits you need at each stage.

Using the Sue Wilson Ornate Pierced Squares from the Noble Collection, cut out the ornate focal point for the centre of the card in cream cardstock. Then roughly cut a spare piece of cream card, which will sit behind this feature when the card is constructed.

You will also need to cut the largest and the second smallest of the squares from the Noble Collection Double Pierced Squares. Th…

Needle Felted Goldfish by Lore Green

Hi Crafters,

I thought I’d share with you one of my favourite crafts – needle felting! Needle felting is very tactile and has loads of cross-crafting potential.
Needle felting is created by taking wool roving (pre-spun wool) and matting that wool together by repeatedly ‘pricking’ the wool fibres with a special type of needle or needles. To help matt the fibres together the needles have barbs, the barbs look like little thorns that catch the fibres as the needle is pushed back-and-forth repeatedly through the fibres. The more you needle the roving – the denser the felt will be. You can use one needle at a time or for larger areas, or speediness – a multi-needle tool. As the wool is felted it can be sculpted to make many creative items … figurines, decorations, embellishments for cards and clothing.
The goldfish that I made is a simple introduction to needle felting as it uses a polystyrene egg to form the body of the fish and cookie/clay cutters as templates.
For this goldfish, I used ora…

How To Give A Contemporary Twist To Nordic Themed Christmas Card by Leanne McAlpine

Hello again everyone,
Today I’m sharing with you how to create a contemporary Nordic Christmas card using the new Nordic range from Crafter’s Companion.
This card is really easy to make and although I’ve used fabric you could easily use scraps of paper instead.
I have purposely not used even pressure when stamping the script stamp to give a more distressed look. I tend not to add sentiments to my cards until I’m going to use them so the sentiment could be placed anywhere on this card.

Here is what you will need:

●Card blank - I’ve used 6x6 here ●Hessian ●Nordic themed fabric ●Used drinks can ●Bird mixed media die from Nordic range ●Script stamp ●Co-ordinating ribbon ●Twine ●Button ●Sue Wilson holly branch die ●Kraft card ●Faux pine branch ●Gold glitter embossing powder ●Pigment embossing pad ●Heat embossing tool ●Die-cutting machine – I use Gemini
So here is what I did; Stamp script stamp using clear embossing pad to left side of card and cover with embossing powder; heat it to set.Cut a roug…

Wish, Hope, Love by By Barbara McNaughton

Hello Crafters,
When being commissioned to make a wedding card, I like to ask a few questions that will help steer my direction to ensure that I make a card the bride and groom are certain to love. I’ll ask what colours are being used (often given away by those that are used on the invite), the location of the reception and whether the couple have a preferred style (for example, contemporary, minimalist, vintage). All this information I take away with me and use it to create a ‘matching’ card.
My latest request was for a young bride and groom with a passion for all things vintage and shabby chic, who are holding their wedding reception in a converted barn, and this is what I came up with.  This is a simple card, which doesn’t take a huge amount of time to make, and can be made with bits and bobs you already have in your craft stash.
Here are the supplies you’ll need if you want to make one just like mine: The first step is to trace your butterfly card shape, or to make it even easi…

Over £2000 Worth Of Prizes To Be Won At The Festival Of Quilts!

We are attending the Festival of Quilts 2017 and we're giving you the chance to win some amazing prizes.  Subscribe to our mailing list below to be entered into the draw and see below for details of the prizes. You can also enter the draw by visiting us on stand D5 during the event.
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1st Prize - Husqvarna Viking Designer Jade 35 Sewing & Embroidery Machine with 5 year warranty - WORTH OVER £1000

2nd Prize - An amazing bundle of products by Threaders (Crafter's Companion), Aly's Stitchy Fingers, Daisy & Grace, Pink Ink Designs, Kleiber and GMC - WORTH OVER £500

3rd Prize - Slimline Lamp by The Daylight Company -WORTH OVER £100
4th Prize - Garment Steamer by House of Alistair - WORTH £99.99
We also have a number of runner up prizes from Crosspatch, Angela Daymond, Colouricious, Crafty UK, Empress Mills, Juberry, Quilters Trading Post, Quilting Antics and Totally Patched.
Tune in to our Daisy Chain Designs show on Friday 18th August to find out if you've won …

Festive Felt Wreath Hoop Art with Sizzix Dies by Lore Green

It’s Christmas! Well, Christmas in July, and Christmas means decorations and presents. 
Hoop art makes great decorations and is perfect for gifting. Hoop Art can be as complicated or as simple as you wish and you don’t even need to be able to sew to make one. The hoop I created above can be made by sticking or stitching the pieces down or you could blend the two. Felt looks equally good if you stick or stitch.
The Sizzix Bigz dies I used for this project are pictured below.
I started by cutting out the pieces I needed for my 12” embroidery hoop:

20 dark and 20 light green felt leaves 1 brown and 1 cream felt deer 1 set each of green and white felt stars 1 set of flower petals and centres in red and green felt A strip of white fabric Piece of dark blue fabric, to fit hoop Embroidery hoop Red felt to cut circles for berries White felt to cut stars and circles for the deer’s eyes
Dies don’t always have to be used as they were first designed. I didn’t have a tree die in the size or form I neede…