Author - Angela Poole

Sparkling Festive Frames cards!

Our Slot & Spin Festive Frames die set is one of my all-time favourite die sets! Its packed full of dies and mix 'n' match possibilities. When I prepared demos for our recent shows on The Craft Store, I couldn't believe that I hadn't previously FOLDED the snowflakes and baubles to make 3D Christmas shapes?! Now I love this die set even more because not only can you make beautiful spinning Christmas cards, but folding the pieces allows you to...

Easy kinetic Christmas cards!

Our Slot & Spin dies sets are certainly trending at the moment! We're feeling overwhelmed by such a positive response from crafters around the world - it means a lot to us that you love our products as much as we do! So what's all the fuss about?! Well, these clever die sets make it SO easy to make kinetic cards! You can mix 'n' match not only the outer and inner dies for multiple options for frames and solid spinning...

3D Christmas tree with SPINNING frames!

  If our 3D Christmas tree caught your eye during our recent festive launch on HOCHANDA, then you'll be pleased to hear that you can make it using our brand new products and what's more, you can download the template here for free! I used our stunning new Twinkling Mist card pack to make the tree base and spinning frames. If you print the template onto copy paper first, you'll be able to fit more than one of the small-medium templates...

Gift card with handmade earrings!

It's such a worrying time for everyone right now, and with the sound advice to stay at home and stay safe, I'm finding that crafting is a good distraction. It's the reason we want to continue posting and sharing crafting inspiration. We are all in this together! I've turned to making more handmade gifts this week for loved ones who are celebrating birthdays - and because, like many crafters, I have a stash of supplies and materials at home. ....

Topping texture pastes with glitter and embossing powders!

The Vintage Flourishes and Vintage Lace Doily stencils are our first ever stencils and we just can't stop crafting with them!! I'm going to show you a couple of techniques using texture pastes which have blown me away! It started off as an experiment and I stared at the end result in amazement and thought, yes I'm DEFINITELY trying that again! The incredible results seem to be a combination of the unusually thick mylar our stencils are made from (which gives...

Slot and spin your way to make sensational vintage cards!

I wanted to share some different techniques using our Vintage Treasures photopolymer stamps and our gorgeous new stencils, and so I thought what better way than to pack it all into one BEAUTIFUL card design?!! The vintage style of this card was inspired by a gorgeous card that Trisha Plastow from our DT made. I loved her layers of stamping in matt brown Distress ink and the heat-embossed metallics. Plus, the angles of the keys and flourishes looked wonderful using...

NEW Slot & Spin Die Set – How to make cards that SPIN!

  It has been great to finally share the news of our brand new Slot & Spin Vintage Frames die set with you all! What makes this die set so fantastic is how versatile its is. You can mix and match the dies to cut different sized apertures within different sized cards - and choose whether to have solid spinning panels, delicate narrow frames, wider frames or a combination of both?! We felt overwhelmed by the positive response when we launched this...

Creativation 2020 – craft secrets revealed!

We're having a fantastic time at Creativation and it's so great to meet other crafters who love paper crafts as much as we do! I wanted to create some makes for our stand that were bright and bold to reflect how positive we feel about 2020. I went with a colour palette that scared me a little at first (I think we all tend to have favourite crafting colour combos that feel safe!). Well I was definitely out of that...

Secret photo lockets with our Pretty Poinsettias!

Our Pretty Poinsettia die set is packed with 15 incredible dies but it also holds a secret that you wouldn't guess from looking at the dies alone . . . and it's that you can make fold out photo lockets for the flower centres! The nesting pentagon dies can be used to die-cut frames and there's a small hinge for connecting the locket pieces! Personally, I can't wait to try cutting the hinge out of mirror card for a...

Twist & Reveal – Pretty Poinsettias!

We're finally able to reveal our brand new Pretty Poinsettia Twist & Reveal die-set! It's such an incredible die-set as it enables you to make your own 5-petal poinsettias/flowers which SPIN 360 degrees on your cards AND when you pull the petals, they twist and open to reveal a hidden surprise inside! I've been adding photos and hidden greetings inside many of my poinsettias and I'm having soooo much fun crafting with them! There's also a co-ordinating A5 photopolymer stamp...

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