Stamp It Out!

There are many different techniques in stamping, and here we have given you links to 7 videos from Docrafts which will introduce you to some basics and show you some great tips to try!

We start with a Beginners Guide to Stamping, which shows you the basic steps in stamping and tips and techniques to get your first stamping image.

An Introduction to Stamping with Clear Stamps goes into a bit more detail on using these easy to use and easy to store fun stamps!

With so many inks available, The Right Inkpad for the Job gives you a guide to the different types and what they are suitable for.

Stamps and Pressure shows the different results you can get by applying different pressures.

If you want to combine two stamps to appear as one image, Rubber Stamp Masking shows you how easy it is!

Have you ever had alignment issues? Lettering Placement gives you great tips to make sure you never run out of space on your card again!

And finally, From Stamp to Decoupage turns a stamped image into a 3D decoupage work of art!

We have a wide range of stamps and inks in store, so why not put your own personal stamp on your Christmas cards and decorations this year?! Call us on 00 353 49 9527424, or message on Facebook if you want to check our stock.

 

 

 

 

 

Cool Christmas Crafts!

Ten creative ideas to make your Yule more Cool!

Time to break out the buttons, practice your papercraft, dabble in decoupage, pile on the paint, find your fave felt, crack on with the crochet, and bring on the baubles! We have found ten awesome projects for you to have fun with and make your home extra special this Christmas!

Fab Felts: These Candy Cane Mice from Martha Stewart are a great way to decorate the tree or give as party treats, and if you want to go a bit bigger you could try this amazing Felt Christmas Tree from all-about-quilts.com which has lots of cute felt animals too!

Brilliant Baubles: Pins, buttons and poly balls are all you need for these easy Handmade Christmas Baubles from allthingshandmade.org. Or, if you are an owl lover, Just Craft Enough gets all sparkly to make a Glitter Owl Bauble!

Wonderful Wreaths: An Oregon Cottage.com provides all the instructions you need to make a gorgeous white woolly Pom Pom Wreath, or if you prefer paper-crafting, why not try an amazing 3D Paper Star Wreath – the full tutorial is from Little Birdie Secrets.

Cracking Crochet: Create your very own crocheted Reindeer Bust with this free pattern from Dendennis.nl (which also has a link to other cute Christmas characters!), and you can decorate the tree, hang in your windows, or make a mobile with these pretty Snowflake Ornaments. The free pattern is from Red Heart.com.

Joyful Jars: Winter luminaries look so cozy around the home and make a great gift too! Crafts By Amanda show us how to make a beautiful Snowy Pinecone Candle Jar, and Adventure In A Box shows us how to easily create Magical Christmas Lanterns using only paint and a marker!

We have lots of these materials in the shop, so do pop in to have a look, and if there any other materials you need to achieve these (or any other!) project, just give us a call or message us on Facebook. Happy crafting!

 

 

Countdown to Christmas

Great home made Advent Calendar ideas in 5 clicks!

Here are some great ideas to make a home made Advent calendar. Such a great idea instead of buying one that wont get used again!

Why not use some simple brown envelopes and decorate them in your favourite designs? The Mummy Diary shows us how, or at Craft and Creativity they suggest making little house shapes!

Empty toilet rolls make a fun calendar at The Craft Crow! There’s lots of other Advent Calendar ideas on their site too, from Lego to coffee filters!

Another idea is to make little printable activities to cut out and put into any advent calendar pockets. There some great free printables at Lauras Crafty Life.

Felt fans will love this lovely Nativity Advent from Cutesy Crafts! This link includes all the templates you’ll need.

So, are you inspired? We’d love to hear about your calendars…are you making a new one or do you already have an amazing home made one that comes out every year? Let us know! We have limited places left on our Quilted Advent Calendar workshop that’s taking place this Saturday 28th, so if you’d like to make this beautiful Christmas keepsake (shown at top), book here or give us a call on 00 353 49 95 27424.