The secret is out! We're so excited about Sheena Douglass' brand new Perfect Partners collection - 'In Full Bloom'.
Stunning hand-drawn stamps by Sheena herself match up perfectly with dies to create an exciting and unique paper crafting collection!
Sheena says 'Flowers are perfect for any celebration and these floral corners will make creating stylish and pretty floral creations a breeze!'
Here's a sneak peek at what's to come!
Check our blog next week for a simple step by step tutorial on how to make this card - doesn't it look so professional and eye-catching! Believe us - you won't want to miss out on recreating this project!
Join us for 'Technique Tuesday' where we're giving you hints and tips to learn something new. Read on to see how to get the most from your Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens!
You can easily drag a darker colour using a paintbrush, clear or coloured sparkle pen to create a seamless blend. Blending with sparkle pens avoids loss of glitter.
Watercolour card allows your colours to blend even easier as the colours don't soak into the drawing like on normal cardstock. Try blending contrasting colours on watercolour to see what difference it makes.
Velum can also take your blending to the next level. You are able to add and remove colour as well as blend at your own pace due to it not drying out quickly. Always remember to set aside to dry to avoid smudging.
When blending with paintbrushes, add a little water to drag out your colour. It's easier to add small bits of water each time than take away pools of unwanted moisture.
Tip; After blending with your clear sparkle pen, please remember to scribble the excess colour of the nib when changing colours to avoid any transfer of unwanted colour onto your project.
Have you been watching Sara's wonderful demonstrations over on Hochanda? If you're like us and can't get enough of her new Signature collection, Vintage Tea Party, we've got another lovely tutorial from our Julia. Follow this step-by-step to make this lovely card which is perfect for all occasions. Shop the full range here!
We're all for trying new things especially when it comes to our card making. So we thought...why not try passing some of the gorgeous new Cottage Garden fabric through our gemini machine and seeing what stunning card creations come of it!
Centura Pearl A4 Printable Card Pack (10 sheets) perfect for card making and paper craft by Crafter's Companion
Gilding Wax by Pebeo - Empire Gold
Collall 100ml All Purpose glue perfect for paper craft
Collall all purpose tacky glue perfect for card making and paper crafting. Quick Dry glue
Spectrum Noir DG2 pen for colouring leaves
Take a piece of Centura Pearl Snow white with a hint of silver card stock and cut to 10.5" x 7.5" Score at 5.25" fold and burnish to make card.
Cut a piece of Centura Pearl fresh Pink 6.75" x 5" and another piece of Centura pearl Snow White to 6.5" x 4.5" both of these will be used for matting and layering.
Using one of the Threaders adhesive sheets follow the instructions and add your chosen material to suit the dies chosen.
Step 3 Proceed to die cut using the outer Venetian Mirror, taking care when removing the small pieces from the outer edge.
Die cut a piece of Fresh Pink Centura Pearl using the inner section of the Venetian Mirror. Cut and emboss this using the 3D embossing folder. Put them to one side to use later.
Step 4 Choose the dies you would like to decorate your card with. Various dies from Crafters Companion have been used in this example.
Step 5 To get the maximum amount of use from your materials, use the waste to die cut the smaller elements that you will use for decoration.
Step 6 Before assembling your card gather all the materials you will need and at this stage, use the Pebeo Gilding Wax to enhance the 3D embossing you've already created on the inside of the Venetian Mirror and then, colour your leaves with Spectrum Noir DG2.
Cut out your sentiment of choice using CP fresh Pink and CP Snow white, glue together at an angle to give the sentiment more depth.
Place your matting and layering sections onto the front of your card using Collall All Purpose Glue as this will give you time to align the layers perfectly. Now you can assemble you embellishments using Collall 3d glue, adding any gems or pearls as required. Decorate to your taste and most of all have Fun!!!
We'd love to see you give this project a go! Post your makes over on our Facebook page for us to see!
Can you believe it's nearly been a week since our beautiful new Die'sire Corner dies launch?! We thought we'd drop by to offer you even more inspiration with Suzi's fabulous step by step tutorial. See how you can create this elegant card below;
To make this card, you will need!
4x4 Thank you card
Materials Used: Die'sire 15 Classiques Parisian Damask die set
Centura Pearl with a hint of silver card stock
Centura Pearl Deep Purple card stock
Collall all-purpose Glue
Collall Tacky Glue
Die'sire Essential Metal dies Words of Endearment
Cut an 8" x 4" piece of white Centura pearl card stock scoring at 4" to make a 4" x 4" card. Place the two corner dies onto the card. Using another piece of Centura Pearl place the coordinating longer die including the upper outer edge. This will be used later on. You can be run this through your Gemini machine in one pass.
Repeat the process of step one reversing the longer die this time and adding a piece of Centura pearl Dark Purple card stock and adding your die'sire
sentiment of choice. Once again this will run through your Gemini machine in one pass.
Using the diecut as a template, place on top of Centura Pearl dark purple cardstock and add the outer die securing with tape. Remove the
white die cut piece and run through your machine. Repeat this step once again, once cut glue both sections together.
Cut a square of Centura pearl slightly smaller than your card and glue to the inside of the front panel.
Assemble all the pieces together, cutting a piece of deep purple card 3" x 3/4" and then a piece of white card slightly smaller to layer on top.
This will give depth to your sentiment.
Don't forget to tune into tonight's One Day Special to see more amazing demonstrations using these dies!
To celebrate the launch of our brand new Die'sire Easel dies we thought we'd provide you with a simple yet stunning tutorial for you to follow at home. The below project uses the Butterfly Easel die - a versatile die that you can use for all types of projects....and perfect for Spring makes! The butterflies even look 3D which is a lovely added feature to your handmade cards.
Here's Leann to show you how it's done!
New Die'sire Easel Cards by Crafter's Companion - YouTube
Step 1: Each coaster will require four circles of felt: two large, one medium and one small circle. Cut the two large and one small circle from the colour of felt to represent the fruit you wish to create, and cut the medium-sized circle from cream felt (this will represent the fruit’s pith)
Step 2: Cut the smallest circle from Step 1 into eight equal segments. To do this, fold the circle in half and cut it into two pieces, then cut these pieces in half and repeat. You’ll need six segments for the coaster so discard two segments or keep them on hand if you need a spare!
Step 3: Take three of the segments cut in Step 2, fold them in half lengthways and cut out a small triangular shape from the centre of the fold. This adds a bit more interest and detail to the segments on the finished coasters.
Step 4: Place the cream circle of felt in the centre of one of the large circles and hold it in place by using felt glue, spray adhesive or pins. Arrange the six segments on top of the white circle [D] and use a matching colour of thread to sew around the edges of the segments using a small running stitch. Use a cream thread to sew small running stitches around the edges of the cream circle.
Step 5: Take the remaining large circle of felt cut in Step 1 and a matching colour of thread. Tie a knot in the end of the thread, place it in between the large circle and the segment circle from Step 4, then sew the large circle onto the back of the segment circle using a small running stitch around the edges. To finish off neatly, tie a small knot on the reverse piece then pass the needle through the two layers of felt and pull it out in the middle of the back. Snip the thread at this exit point to hide the end of the thread.
Step 6: Trim the edges of the coaster to neaten them, then repeat Steps 1 to 6 to create a selection of coasters in various colours such as green for limes, orange for oranges and pink to represent pink grapefruits as shown.
Want to learn how to make this really sweet tote bag using your favourite Threaders fabric and our brand new Quilting Stencils? You've come to the right place!
Follow the steps below to see how you can easily transfer lovely patterns onto your fabric and quilt with ease! Our stencils are resuable and can be used for hand or machine quilting!
What you'll need:
1 FQ fusible medium weight interfacing
Basic sewing kit
Step 1: Cut out your fabrics as required
-Squares of outer fabric: Cut two- 10“ x 10”
-Outer pockets: Cut four- 10“ x 6”
-Lining: Cut two- 10“ x 10”
-Fusible Fleece: Cut two- 10“ x 10”
-Handles: Cut two- 30” x 3”
-Pocket Binding: Cut two- 11” x 2.5”
-Pocket Interfacing: Cut two- 10” x 6”
Iron the 10” squares of fusible fleece to the wrong side of both pieces of outer fabric. Spray a light coating of stick and spray onto the back of your quilting stencil, this will help it stay in place while you trace your design with your Threaders pen. If you are using a repeating design move your stencil and match up the lines to ensure your design covers the whole 10” square.
Drop the feed dogs on your machine and attach the darning/embroidery foot. Carefully use free motion embroidery to sew over all the drawn stencil lines. Repeat this process on the remaining outer square. The quilting can be done by hand, if you prefer, rather than using your machine. Iron away any pen marks still visible.
Iron the two pieces of fusible interfacing to the back of the outer pocket pieces. Place two of the outer pocket pieces wrong sides together. Ensure one has interfacing and one doesn’t. Although we are using interfacing rather than fleece, follow the same procedure for quilting as we did on the larger outer pieces. Repeat for the back outer pocket.
To hide the top raw edges of the outer pocket use your two 11”x2.5” strips to make your own binding. To start fold and iron each strip in half. Keeping the binding folded, line up the raw edges with the raw edges at the top front of the pocket. Sew together using a 1/4” seam. Fold the folded edge of the binding over to the wrong side of the pocket, pin along the top and either hand or machine stitch in place.
To make the handles take the two 30”x3” strips of fabric and iron in half. Fold each raw edge of the strip into the centre fold and iron again. Top stitch along both long edges of each handle. Attach the handles to each of the main outer pieces by sewing in place from the base of the outer piece up to about 1.5” from the top about 2 inches in from the side edge. Make sure you don’t twist the handle as you sew each one in place.
Baste the two outer pockets in place on top of the outer bag pieces. Tuck the handles inside the outer pockets to keep them out of the way when you put the bag together. In the bottom corners only of both outer pieces and both lining pieces cut out a 1.5” square. This is in preparation for making the flat bottom to the bag.