13 Jun

Simply Cards & Papercraft 164 on sale this week!

We’ve got a sneak peek of the free gifts and ideas and inspiration in issue 164 of Simply Cards & Papercraft – on sale 15th June

Issue 164 hits the shelves on Thursday 15th June, but we’re so excited that we just couldn’t wait to show you the Family Ties 4-die set and 15 stamps – ideal to get you cardmaking tonight!


We've fallen head over heels for the Family Ties die and stamp sets - and it's made us reminisce of family holidays when we were younger when all you saw in the little gift shops, were these little babushkas!


We frequently ask for feedback on our free gifts, and we love to hear what you, our readers, would like to see as the free gift theme. We got a ton of feedback hoping for family sentiment stamps… and so we couldn’t resist popping them into this issue’s fabulous free gift – if that wasn’t enough… we’ve got even more family-orientated sentiments as part of this issue’s bonus downloads!


Sue Hughes has done it again! Her stunning free gift cards have us planning our next makes. We guarantee once you’ve seen her feature in the magazine, you’ll be dying to start cardmaking!

Also in this issue is an incredible feature inspired by Bible journaling. Carol Jones was on hand to get us started – and even better, she provided a plethora of inspiration for bringing this on-trend technique into our cardmaking!


Turn to page 88 in the magazine to see her incredible ideas and top tips to get you started. We’re sure you’ll be inspired to give this a try.

This issue, we went out of our way to ensure that your magazine was crammed fuller than ever before with ideas and inspiration, we provided you with not one, but two stunning features using the free gift. We’ve already seen Sue’s pastel-themed makes, but wait until you’ve seen Christine Smith’s striking kinetic cards.


Because we crammed so many cards into the magazine we’ve only got the one bonus card idea to share with you here – but it’s a good one! Courtesy of Sue Wilson and her fabulous brand-new Atlantic Ocean collection of dies.


Thank you shaker

You will need

heart treat cups


Coconut White & Dusty Pink cardstock

rose seam binding

Victorian Velvet Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Cosmic Shimmer dries-clear glue & Iced Snow

piercing ruler

manual die-cutting machine

Sue Wilson Atlantic Ocean Background, Laced Heart, Chrysanthemum, Cascading Butterfly, Heart Spray die sets

Simply make

1 Die-cut the Altantic Ocean Background from Dusty Rose cardstock and layer onto Coconut White cardstock remove the centre and layer 3D foam pads onto the reverse.

2 Use the centre decorative die and cut the design from a piece of Coconut White cardstock in a diamond shape.

3 Use the heart shape from the Laced Heart set to cut an aperture from the centre of it. Mount the frame over it, then added a heart treat cup from the back to fit into the heart aperture.

4 Fill the heart with heart confetti cut from rose and white using the Heart Spray die and seal it with a piece of acetate.

5 Cut the centre from the Laced Heart from Dusty Rose cardstock and glue it behind the acetate on the heart. Add a messy seam binding bow and secure in the bottom-right hand corner.  

6 Add a Chrysanthemum die and ink the ends with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink then add a glue and sprinkle Iced Snow on them, before securing in the centre of the bow.

7 Add butterfly die-cut accents to the card front, then layer the panel onto white and Dusty Rose panels, piercing a border around the white panel before securing onto a 7”-square card front.


This month’s free stamps celebrate a topic that’s quintessentially British… the humble cup of tea. Don’t forget to download the digital stamps from here that accompany the card ideas over on pages 48 – 49 of the magazine.

Don't forget to download the bonus family-themed sentiments and Russian doll toppers which co-ordinate with your free gifts whilst your there – team them with your free die and stamps and you’ll be making stunning makes in no time.

That’s all for this issue folks, so don’t forget to send me images of your cardmaking projects this month, as well anything you make using the free gift. Mark your calendars for the 15th June and order your copy directly from us at www.moremags.com/scp164

Then look out for issue 165 (on sale 13th July) – you’ll love the FREE gifts with that issue too!

Happy cardmaking!

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