Copic Blog Candy

Over on the Charmed Crafts Blog, they have been running a competition to win 72 Copic Markers!

All you had to do was create a coloured stamped image – I used my only Magnolia stamp (which looks like my niece Katherine).  Inked in Stazon, coloured with Derwent Watercolour pencils and a bit of Sakura Glitter pen, I think it will make a nice card for her birthday in June!

I used some Imaginisce spring papers from last year, some flowers, buttons and gems and voila – a card and an entry for the blog candy!

Simon does some crafting!  Don't faint

Simon does some crafting! Don't faint

You have until 10th April to make your entry

Published in: on April 6, 2009 at 6:26 pm  Comments (1)  

News from the Forum

At the time of recording, there are a few days left to join in the Birthday Book project. I really hope we get a good number of people joining in – there are already some lively discussions going on! Much more to follow.

I have had a bit of a spring clean on the forum – creating a new section BLOG CENTRAL which has all the threads relating to blogs, blog challenges etc. I hope that meets with everyone’s approval!

Challenges are still being set – it would be great if more people were able to join in. I know that there are so many tempting challenges out there – but CSF has some great ones for you to try. Go on – it will make the day of the people who set them!

CSF is getting wider exposure as a result of the explosion of the blogosphere – which is fantastic. I hope our new members enjoy being part of our caring community.

Published in: on March 30, 2008 at 12:11 am  Leave a Comment  


Thanks to Crafty Individuals, we have a great prize this time round.

A set of their new springtime papers and a selection of new stamp designs.

I am certain that you are all going to be excited at the prospect of winning this great prize!

The Question:

What are the names of the two people who run Crafty Individuals?

Answers to by Monday 14th April please

Published in: on March 30, 2008 at 12:11 am  Leave a Comment  

Scrapbook Samples

Lesley has provided some great samples of her work which might well inspire you to join the world of scrapbooking.

Her monthly challenge on the the forum might well be a great place to start – why not give it a go?






Remember scrapbooking is about preserving memories for future generations, it is about telling stories and capturing moments.

Don’t leave it too late!

Published in: on March 30, 2008 at 12:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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Scrapbooking by Lesley Farrell

Scrapbooking is a great way to preserve memories and record events for future generations to look back on. It is so easy to forget who is in photos, what the event was and when it happened so making some albums is an enjoyable way of using some of those treasured photos that are living in old boxes and drawers!

If you are a cardmaker, you will already have a lot of the basic requirements, such as papers, embellishments, paper trimmer, adhesives etc. so there doesn’t have to be a big outlay for new materials to begin with. If you become addicted like I am, then that is another matter!

There are some good scrapbooking magazines available which are great for inspiration and ideas, but once you get started – anything goes! There are no right or wrong ways to scrapbook – however you like to do it is fine!

The important thing to remember is that everything you use should ideally be acid and lignin free – especially if it will come into contact with your photos on your page. Otherwise over time, your photos could become yellowed and damaged.

Scrapbook albums are available in a wide variety of sizes so don’t be put off by thinking you have to fill 12″ x 12″ pages. You can also get 6″ x 6″, 8″ x 8″, 8.5″ x 11″ and the new popular 6″ x 12 ” too. Sometimes it is best to start with something smaller then there is not as much space to try and fill, and then progress to a bigger album if you wish.

It is important to try and include the names of people and also the dates so in the future, people will know who is in the photos! I have seen some great pages done by people with no information on them, and that is a shame. Journalling can either be done by handwriting or on the computer and printed off. I think the trend is more for handwriting these days (which I prefer). Titles etc can be done in all sorts of ways – stamped, die cuts, stickers, rub ons etc.

All sorts of techniques can be used in scrapbooking so you can incorporate things you already have. Rubber stamping, peel offs (these are usually acid free), die cuts, rub ons, all sorts of embellishments such as eyelets, brads, ribbons, fibres etc. The possibilities are endless!

A good way to begin is to choose a few photos that you would like to start with. Look at the colours in them and pick out a couple of the dominant ones to give you an idea of which paper or cardstock to use. You can mat your photos if you wish to make them stand out more, but it is entirely up to you depending on how you want the page to look overall. Decide on a title if you are having one, or journalling and embellishements, but most importantly don’t stick anything down until you are completely satisfied with the postion of everything! Have a shuffle round until you are happy with it!

So dig out those photos and have a go!!

Published in: on March 30, 2008 at 12:10 am  Comments (1)  

CSF Birthday Envelope Books

Birthday Envelope Books

Following the huge success of the birthday circle books last year, I thought we should find another way of celebrating our birthday and raising money for our charity – the Lymphoma Association.

This year, we will be making our books from decorated envelopes

There will be three sizes:

  • DL
  • C5
  • C6

The themes this year are:

  • Messy and Grungey
  • Going Postal
  • Love Letters
  • A Blast from the Past
  • Floral Memories
  • Nature’s Wonders
  • Seaside Fun
  • Childhood
  • Bugs and Critters

Each theme can be made in each size of envelope – so we could get three books for each theme!

And as with last year there will be teams of 6-8 people (who will elect a leader who will also be responsible for making up the books )

Each team member will obtain an envelope of the right size and cut a piece of card that is 10mm smaller on each dimension than the envelope.

The team will decide whether the envelopes are to be bound together in a landscape or portrait fashion (so that they all work together in the book)

And then you just decorate away – both the card insert and the envelope

Everything is to be sent to your chosen team leader by the published date – ready for the auctions….

Launch Date:

Monday 17th March

Sign-Up by:

Sunday 30th March

Teams Allocated:

Tuesday 1st April

Team Leaders Selected:

Friday 4th April

Theme/Size Preferences submitted:

Monday 7th April

Theme/Size Preferences announced:

Tuesday 8th April

Envelopes sent to Team Leader by:

Tuesday 6th May

Auctions start:

Monday 19th May


To sign up, visit the forum and follow the instructions there.

Published in: on March 17, 2008 at 12:30 am  Leave a Comment  

Aunty Crafty….

No-one has emailed in any crafting queries for our new agony aunt service. We did get one email but it is too rude to mention here… Mrs S – you should be ashamed of yourself. What you want to do to a certain famous crafter is not for public consumption….

Seriously – if you do have a crafting query – we are here to help you!

Email and we will do our best!

Published in: on March 16, 2008 at 12:03 am  Comments (8)  
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What is Altered Art?

Altered art is simply taking an object and, by use of various creative techniques, transforming the look and / or purpose of it.

You can alter anything! I know lots of people transform aluminium cans or dominoes or their heat guns. But you are really only limited to your imagination and then things you can lay your hands on.

There are no rules – other than to enjoy yourself. You can use near enough any product – as long as it is suitable for your chosen surface – and any technique.

If you are looking for products that are ideal for altered art – Ranger is the company to seek out first.

  • Alcohol Inks
  • Crackle Paint
  • Acrylic Dabbers
  • Distress Inks

For anyone who knows Tim Holtz, you are probably well aware of these products already. Alcohol inks (now only available in the UK in individual colours) are fantastic, transparent inks that dry onto all surfaces and can be blending to create amazing results. The Crackle Paint is the newest addition to the Ranger range – and is a simple one-step paint that dries to a cracked finish – the thicker you apply it, the bigger the effect. The colours of the paint match those in the Distress Inks. There are amazingly versatile. You can stamp with them or use them in a range of direct-to-surface techniques. They blend well, react to water in interesting ways and are, perhaps, the most useful ink pad you can add to your collection. (Oh yes, there is a range of matching embossing powders!!)

Acrylic dabbers are great for applying colour to your surface – the range has vibrant as well as more muted tones. In theory you can apply these without getting messy – but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t end up with paint somewhere unexpected!

Another product you might want to consider are Luminarte Radiant Rain Dabbers – these are wonderfully vibrant colours that will go onto a range of surfaces. And of course, where would many people be without Glimmer Mists? These are a glittery ink that you spray on. Loads of colours and very addictive….

I would say that a Cropadile is an essential for altering stuff – you can punch holes to add brads or ribbons or just for decoration. Sandpaper or a sanding block is also very useful for creating great texture and distressed effects.

But you can use anything – papers, stamps, ink pads, embossing powders, glitters, paper flowers and other embellishments – all the things you have in your stash.

The only limit you really have is time!


Why not post a comment with a link to things you have altered? There is much inspiration to be had from blog surfing!

Published in: on March 16, 2008 at 12:02 am  Leave a Comment  
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Blog Candy Winner!

I am delighted to announce that the winner of the CSF Blog Candy is……


Congratulations – please email me ( with your address and favourite colours so that I can get your goodie bag to you!

Published in: on March 16, 2008 at 12:01 am  Leave a Comment  

Paper Artsy Sample Images

Lots of wonderful cards made by Paper Artsy to showcase their stunning new stamps – don’t you just love them?







Published in: on March 1, 2008 at 11:57 pm  Comments (6)  
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