Wednesday 30 January 2013

Celebrity Guest Blogger with Ali Reeve

Today our guest blogger is the wonderful Ali Reeve, here is how she answered the questions we put to her:

If you have a blog, what's the blog address..?

How long have you been crafting?
Since I could hold a pair of scissors!! But stamping and papercraft became a main passion in 2003

How did you start crafting?
I am an early years teacher by profession so it stemmed from doing projects with the kids, and then in 2003 I wanted to make my own wedding invitations so kind of got hooked then!

What is your favorite product line?
That special touch of mica masks!

What do you watch/listen to when you're creating?
Dan Gibson Solitude albums, Les Miserables or current favourite Lady Gaga Fame Monster (bit of a random one for me there, as I normally prefer more classical music when crafting!!)

What do you snack on while crafting?
I try and avoid snacking while crafting because I would end up crafting with my snack!!

Any paper crafting pet peeves?

Share your favorite tip/trick with the readers.
Oh there is so much but I suppose it has to be don't be afraid to experiment...every day should contain the question I wonder what will happen if...? Oh and for tying tiny bows use a fork!!

What is your favorite color combination to use on your cards?
Browns, Creams and what I call natural greens.

Do you distress everything, not at all or somewhere in between?
Generally distress everything, I struggle with clean lines (hey I struggle with clean!!) but do occasionally do white on white cards and love the effect, but at the end of the day distressing hides a multitude of sins!!

What is your favorite tool in your scrappy space?
Big Shot

What is your favorite item in your scrappy space?
My dogs!!

When creating a project, do you plan it out or go with the flow?
Definitely go with the flow, I very rarely have a plan of what I want to do, and if I ever do they turn out to be my least favourite projects!!

What is your favorite kind of cardstock?
Kraft card and plain white coated that I can ink to however I like.

Do you enjoy stepping out of your zone when creating new projects?
I try to avoid having a zone, but I do love to experiment so yes I love to push my boundaries.

About how many projects do you create in a month?
I generally have to produce many samples and demo pieces so anything up to 100 cards is normal, unfortunately personal pieces never really happen.

When is the best time for you to create?
I will craft at any moment I can, so I have been crafting through the night, while making breakfast and often get ideas in bed, so really when the mood hits me I go!!

What quality do you like and admire in others?
Uniqueness and imagination, 

Here are 3 recent cards Ali has made:

Monday 28 January 2013

Inspiration Monday 28th Jan

Just a few more days left to enter this month's challenge to win the great prize from Mulberry Crafts, please remember though only 3 entries per person.

Here are some more inspiration cards for you if you need them:

Mulberry flowers and leaves
Card Candy
Wooden butterfly
Paper from First Edition Summer Breeze

Image: Waltzingmouse Stamps
Inktense Pencils
Papers: Echo Park Country Drive
Ribbon, trim from stash


8x8 Craftwork cards card blank
Craftwork cards sentiment
Hero Arts stem stamps (as backdrop stamped in black momento ink)
Flowers & puffed hearts from out Sponser Mulberry Crafts

Flowers from Mulberry Crafts
Co'ordinations card
Anita's 3d glaze

Friday 25 January 2013

Technique Focus

Hello to you all Doreen here with Technique Focus.I have decided to show you how I make a 
Centre fold card....
You will need a piece of card 5.5 inches x 11 inches
A paper trimmer
Something to score with I used my paper trimmer
Patterned paper

1. Line up your card in your trimmer 1inch across and 1inch down and cut from 1”to 6.5”…flip the card over and repeat down the other side

2. You are now going to score across these cut lines along the 1” strips from the
 Edge to the cut line at 1” 2” and 6.5”on both sides

3. Score across the centre at 5.5”

4. Now fold all the score lines  as pictured 

You can now finish off with paper and an image...
Here is my finished card

Well I hope you could follow this little

Monday 21 January 2013

Inspiration Monday 21st Jan

Time for some more inspiration from the Design Team:

Supplies used

Tulip Die-Marianne Creatables
Butterfly Die-Marianne Creatables
Backing Paper-Pink Petticoat
Lace and Buttons-my stash

Flowers from Mulberry crafts
Cube Calender template from card making downloads
Papers Fancypants
Stamp Little Claire's

Flowers, ribbon - Mulberry Crafts
Image: Flowersoft Moments in Time
Worn Lipstick distress ink
Spellbinders Labels 18
Bazzill cardstock
Papers: Pink Paislee

Supplies used;
Craftwork Cards 6x6 kraft card blank
Hero Arts Stamps (script, & 4 individual wild flowers)
Distress Inks
Roase Buds from our sponser Mulberry Crafts

Wednesday 16 January 2013

Meet the Team Ger

Here is your chance to meet another member of our team, this month it is Ger turn to introduce herself.

If you have a blog, whats the address?

How long have you been crafting?
I’ve always crafted thanx to having a crafty family but found boys & music as a teen and came back to it by chance looking for something to do while on maternity with my second and that was 11yrs ago.

What do you watch/listen to when crafting?
Rock girl at heart so there is a lot of Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Foo Flighters but I can go into classical mode just depend on my mood, I love catching up with american tv dramas while crafting and that means hubby doesn’t have to suffer them :D

What do you snack on while crafting?
Nothing much other than a cappuccino

What is your Favorited colour  combination to use on your cards?
Don’t really have a fav combo I just love colour

Do you distress everything,not at all or somewhere in between?
I’m a inbetweeni

What is you favorite thing in your scrappy space.
My Pug handbag with reindeer antlers, it was a Chrimbo present from my folks as I’m not allowed a real one and my original Gorjuss Girl drawing, Suzanne and my wonderful hubby conspired together to surprise me for my birthday a few years ago :D 

   What is your favorite tool in your srappy space?
My Cuttlebug, well it was till I killed it during the week 

What type of adhesive do you use?
At the moment i love the Scotch tape glider and Pinflair it’s the best

About how many projects do you create in a month?
A lot maybe 40+ demending on how many Docrafts demos and many shop orders I have.

When is the best time for you to create?
At night but my craft room is at my craft shop so I have to create during the day so 11-5 is when I get to play :D

Happy crafting Ger x

Monday 14 January 2013

Inspiration Monday 14th Jan

Here are some great cards by our design team for your inspiration

Spellbinder Labels 1 Die
Gems and stamp from Kanban


Supplies used
Core'dinations card
Image - Penny Black
Backing Paper-Pink Petticoat
Ribbon and flowers my stash


Flowers from Mulberry Crafts
Distress Ink
Stampendous Frantage Embossing Enamel
Clock from Gina's Designs


White card - PapermillDirect
Flowers - Mulberry Crafts
Pink card, pearls, and extra flowers from my own stash
Birthday stamp from -  Stamp It
Leaves - MS Punch

Monday 7 January 2013

Challenge # 7 Sponsored by Mulberry Crafts

Well it's time for our 5th challenge  Thank you to everyone who entered last month once again it has been a tough job to decide but the winner is:

65. Scrappellen
Congratulations Scrapellen, please email Sara at Sassy Studio ( to claim your prize

and the top 3 are:

Well done girls, feel free to grab the top 3 badge to display on your blogs.

Challenge Number 7

Our challenge for this month is sponsored by  Mulberry Crafts who are offering
A Large bag of Goodies.

MulberryCraftsUK online shop is a Home-Based business jointly run by Bev and Fun. We are both juggling between caring for our families and running this business from home. All despatch is handled by Bev and Fun manages the stock and listing.

At the moment we are focussing on providing miniature flowers made from genuine mulberry paper for crafts use - although we have a small selection of non -paper crafts too. Why mulberry paper? Because they are robust, realistic looking and last longer than ordinary paper and it provides a sustainable income for people in the cottage industry. In due course we will be introducing more of  other craft materials which is not related to mulberry paper.

The theme this month is ...Flowers

Here is some inspiration for you from our design team

Flowers from Mulberry crafts
Stamp LOTV
Spellbinders Dies
Backing Papers Summer breeze by First Edition.


Supplies used
Image - Floppy Latte
Colouring Medium- Promarkers
Backing Paper-Papermania
Core'dinations card
Gems-my stash
Flower Bouquet - Mulberry Craft
Image - Stamp from Imaginesce
Sentiment - From Craftwork Cards
Design Paper - from stash


Flowers from Mulberry Craft
Stamped Image from Stash (I think it came free with a Magazine)
Sentiment - Stash
Design paper from First Edition


Flowers from Mulberry Craft
Die cuts from Gina's Designs


White 'Linen' cardstock from Papermill
Spellbinder window die
Flowers & leaves from Mulberry Crafts
Computer generated sentiment.

Geraldine M

Flowers, ribbon, leaves: Mulberry Crafts
Papers, card: Papermania, Core'dinations
Image: Wee Stamps
Inktense Pencils


Flowers and Ribbon from Mulberry Crafts
Docrafts Lucy Cromwell double sided papers, 
Docrafts vintage topper