Wednesday, March 11, 2015

WOW what a weekend!!

Just arrived up to Scotland after an amazing weekend in Kent.
Thank you to all the lovely ladies who attended all the workshops. You all worked incredibly hard and hopefully went home with wonderful cards!

I thought I would show a few of the designs that were on display and which proved to be very popular.

Using the beautiful Marianne dies it is not difficult to produce these cards.

The header die has been used on a folded card which sits behind a decorated strip.
It can be used to hold a gift card or special sentiment.

Keeping white as the theme - two cards which would suit that ' Special day'
We have just released the dates for our Autumn Workshops and will be posting them out to everybody this week!
Happy crafting!


Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Wow! I only posted my blog a short while ago and you have all been emailing to ask about dies and papers that were used in the designs! Yes - I will have the dies and papers at the weekend and hopefully there should be enough stock!

Whilst I am here - just finished a New Baby memory keepsake book

please excuse my finger being in the photo!

Beautiful glittered butterfly and tassel!
I will be posting a video of how to make this after the weekend workshops!
Jayne x


The sun is shining, the birds are singing - it must be spring!!  despite the day of hail showers that we had yesterday.  Ollie even ran for shelter when we were out on his walk!. Think positively is what I say.

I apologise for my lack of blogs!  where does the time go!!

We are very busy getting ready for our workshops in Kent next week.  A big thank you to all of you that have booked- we could have filled the places over again!  I am so excited - can't wait to show all the new designs that I have been making.  Lots of lovely new patterned papers and dies along with stamps and embellishments. Also we will be having a MEGA SALE!! - a clear out of all our stock which is cluttering up the shelves to make way for lots of new products. We are well known for our sales so be prepared for rock bottom, never to be repeated prices! and feel free to bring a flexible friend!

Thought you might like a sneaky wee preview of some of my designs

lovely new dies - you can never have too many!!

Hope you like them!
Looking forward to seeing you all!!
Jayne x

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


It has been a while but we are back on blog line!

Just recovering (in a nice way) from great workshops in Kent and an awesome weekend in York!
Great to see so many familiar faces and new ones as well.

Hopefully gave lots of inspiration and helped jump start you for the winter crafting season.
I can not believe it is nine or so weeks to Christmas! Millie our eldest granddaughter has been consuming all the toy catalogues and all I can say is that I hope Santa now drives a juggernaut!!

Thank you to everybody who has been booking places for our 2015 workshops in Kent. Its been fast and furious and we have just a few places left.

One of my favourite paper companies is Graphic 45 as you may well know if you have been following my blog!
This Christmas they have gone very retro and based their designs on 'Twas The Night before Christmas'.
Below are the instructions for making a lovely little story book based on the theme of The Night before Christmas


I have used two 8" cards. A black marker line shows where the original centre score line is.
On the first card I cut 13cm from the LHS of the card.

On the second card I cut off 7cm from the LHS and 4.5cm from the RHS of the card.

 Now score a line 2cm to the right of the original score line. Fold the card along the original centre score line and place card in front of you so that the fold is on the LHS.

Cut a piece of polyester sheet 20cm x 21.5cm. Make a score line at 20cm on the 21.5cm length, creating a 1.5cm tab. Fix double sided tape along this tab.

Attach polyester to second card so that the tab wraps around the fold of the card and the main 20 x20 side of polyester is on the front.

On the back of the 2cm section where the polyester tab is - attach double sided tape

Take the first card and fold along score line.

Peel off the double sided tape from the second card and nestle it inside the first card matching up the top and bottom edges and ensuring a flush fit fold into fold. This is the basis of your card.

Now all you have to do is decorate it!
Please excuse finger!


I have cut out a large clock and placed it in the bottom right hand corner of the polyester sheet and have covered it on the back with the same size circle of green.

The plain cardstock is actually Desert Storm Bazzill cardstock instead of the traditional red.
The bobbles on the fireplace are from Bazzill also.

Don't forget all the names of Santas reindeer!
The large clock is the same size as the one on the polyester and sits exactly behind it

I have included a white rectangle for writing a message but you could replace this with another image.

I have used this design for many different occasions including special birthdays or anniversaries.
The finished book fits into an 8" box which I have also decorated

I hope you have fun making up your own designs

Happy crafting!!

Jayne x

Wednesday, May 21, 2014


What another glorious morning!

Woke this morning with the sun streaming through the window and just had to get up and start enjoying the day!

I have a really pretty pink card today - perfect for a little girl.

Again a mix of dies used here.  Tattered Lace carousel is just perfect on the card. You can mix and match different colours to create a 3D effect, I have used my sewing machine to attach the gingham print.

The bunting in the top left hand corner could be extended and a childs name spelt out on each flag.
Please get your sewing machine out and use it on your cards.  I have a small Silver machine which sits on my worktop and I am always incorporating it into my scrapbook pages and cards. I tend to use the zig zag stitch the most.
Off to Chelsea Flower Show tomorrow so very excited! Lots of pictures for scrapbooking.
Have a great day and happy crafting!
Jayne x

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


My goodness what fantastic weather we have been having! I'm afraid my workroom has been empty for the past few days. Have been out enjoying the sights of York whilst the sun shone.

Anyway back to work and still playing with all the wonderful dies that have been pouring onto the market.

I have used a 6" card for my first card and a lovely Brittania lattice edge die.
These dies really are very intricate without being too twee. They come in three sizes to fit 4", 6" and 8" cards.

The flowers are from a Just Rite stamp set which comes with matching dies and is very pretty.
A scroll die adds movement and the embossing folder adds just the right amount of dimension.

I get a lot of questions about the use of edger dies especially when putting them through the die cutting machines on the edge of cards - they never seem to cut in the centre of the die. This is a tricky one. I tend to use my E- Bosser machine as this has pressure all the way across the rolls. I do use my Grand Calibur but find I have to use a shim down the centre - not all the way across or you are defeating the object.  Also my good old sizzix machine is a final option although only on cards 6" wide. Don't give up though, just find a shim that works with the thickness of paper that you are using.

Hope that helps!

Happy crafting!
Jayne x

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


The sun is shining and all is well with the world. What a difference the sun makes!
Have just posted details of our Craft Weekend here on my blog. We are all so excited!
You have all been asking about dates so now they are confirmed preparations are in full swing for the big event!! Places are limited so please make sure you contact us with a deposit asap! I don't want anybody to be disappointed.

Things have been so hectic here but I have made time to play with my stamps and dies to produce a couple of pink and black girlie cards.

Just click on the image to enlarge. I have used the dress form from the Creative Expressions stamp set which I have been using a lot recently. The flowers are from Just Rite along with the foliage.

I have layered up the flowers and intertwined the flourishes through to add dimension.
A petite bow on the waist of the bodice completes the picture!
I love using old favourites and in the second card I have used some of the Carta Bella papers as embellishments.

A large Bazzill flower adds the focal point and black voile is tied around the card under the Happy Birthday greeting to add texture. The black backing paper is the embossed flourish cardstock from Bazill.

Again I have weaved the flourishes into the flower for dimension.

Hope you like these designs!

Happy crafting!

Jayne x



We are very pleased and excited to announce the date of our crafting weekend for 2014!

We will be hosting the event in the splendid city of York at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Centre overlooking York Racecourse.

The date is Saturday and Sunday 11th and 12th October with an informal meet & greet evening on Friday 10th October.

York is a beautiful city – a great central location for travelling to and from other UK destinations, plenty to do and see – maybe add on an extra day for sightseeing and shopping!

The cost of the weekend includes

ü  Everything you need to complete 10 crafting projects

ü  Full tuition and on hand help

ü  Three course lunch on both days

ü  Homemade cakes and refreshments throughout the weekend

ü  Limitless inspiration in the form of design examples and demonstrations

ü  Daily raffles and prizes!

All the above for £195.00 per person – a deposit of £50 is all you need to secure your place!

We have negotiated special B&B rates for those of you who wish to stay at the Marriott Hotel:

ü  Twin or double bedded room £125 per room per night (£62.50 per person if sharing)

ü  Single occupancy £115

To make a booking or for further details please ring The Card Studio 01904 703591 or 07917730371, or email your contact details to

Also visit our website and check our newly updated blog site for great inspiration and news on upcoming workshops and the crafting weekend!

We look forward to seeing you in York!


Friday, May 2, 2014


My husband can never understand why I have to have the very latest of anything when I already have what he considers to be too many of them in the first place!
Silly man!!
You would think after all these years he would have learnt to say nothing at all!

The new Sue Wilson spellbinder dies have been sitting on my work desk for a couple of weeks and I have just got round to playing.
They really are the most beautiful and intricate of dies.
You will need to use your wax sheets for ease of release but they are worth the effort.
I have used simple combination of gold mirri card and white.

The background is made using the love border die and the beautiful lattice flowers are perfect as a focal point against the gold.

A crushed silk ribbon in gold completes the design.
Just a quick card before breaking away from my workroom for the weekend.
The sun is shining so lets hope it continues!
I don't think there will be a lot of crafting this weekend!
Have a great Bank Holiday!
Jayne x

Monday, April 21, 2014


The sun is shining, the birds are singing - and everybody is mowing their lawns!!!!
The first fantastic weekend of good weather and the air is filled with the sound of petrol mowers!
Anyway, I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weather. Not a lot of crafting going on!

Have been back in Scotland for Easter, but still had time to do a little crafting.

I have decorated a Graphic 45 kraft box with their Botanical Tea papers. They have been sooooo popular and it is not difficult o see why.

A little bit of decoupage on the flower and butterflies adds dimension and I have added a tassel for effect.

To help preserve the papers I have coated the box with gloss modge podge which gives it a lovely sheen. Glossy accents on the rose gives a lovely dewy effect.
Hope you like it!
Happy crafting
Jayne x