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Simply Cards & Papercraft is on sale next week!

4th July 2017


Simply Cards & Papercraft is on sale next week!

The next issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft hits the shelves soon and you could say it’s a BUMPER ISSUE!

Issue 165 of Simply Cards & Papercraft goes on sale on the 13th July, but I’m so excited to show you just how much we’re giving you – I just had to post about it


First up we’ve got the amazing Little Bird die and stamp set that’s sure to make your all-occasion, all-year round crafting much easier – team them with your free bonus paper downloads for feminine makes – or use them with your existing craft stash to create cards for men in flash!


It that wasn’t enough for you, we’ve got bonus digi stamps from Kate Hadfield, co-ordinating papers and a template – you’ll find all the downloads here



But the free gifts didn’t stop there – we’ve also joined forces with Prima Marketing Inc to bring you a bonus magazine with two designer paper collections, Songbird and Meadow Lark, inside the bonus magazine you’ll find a range of inspiration to get you started too!


But first, we’ve got the extra ideas and inspiration inspired by the projects and techniques inside the magazine. First up, we’ve got two bonus cards from Sue Hughes – she was on hand to create the perfect cards for women by combining the floral patterned paper downloads with the Little Bird die and stamps. Turn to page 10 of the magazine to find her amazing ideas.



Happy birthday

You will need

Little Bird die & stamp set from Simply Cards & Papercraft 165

bonus Little Bird paper downloads

Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad

Rich Cocoa, Bamboo Leaves, Cantaloupe, Bahama Blue and Summer Sky Memento Dew Drop inkpads

Bundled Sage Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink


embossing tool

3D foam pads

white & green cardstock


PC & printer

manual die-cutting machine

circle nesting dies

Tonic Studio Scalloped Square Layering dies

Simply make

1 Die-cut a 13cm-scalloped square from blue leaf print digital paper. Mount onto white and green cardstock, leaving narrow borders, between each layer then attach to a white 15cm-square card blank.

2 Cut an 8x9cm piece of white cardstock, measure 6cm on each of the longer sides, mark the centre point at the top edge, draw a pencil line up to this point and cut each side diagonally to make a bird-house shape.

3 Cut a 3.5cm diameter circle aperture from the centre of the bird-house then score vertically at 1cm intervals. Brush with green ink then attach to a smaller piece of white cardstock.

4 Cut a 1x3cm piece of white cardstock, brush with green ink and adhere to the lower edge of the birdhouse securing on the reverse. Attach to the card front using 3D foam pads.

5 Cut a 1cm strip from the edge of a white 8.5cm-scalloped square. Brush with green ink and adhere to the lower edge of the birdhouse. Cut two more narrow strips form the scalloped square, brush with green ink and secure to the top roof edges of the bird house as shown.

6 Stamp two branches onto white cardstock using brown and green inks then cut them out. Attach one branch to the lower edge of the birdhouse. Cut the other branch into sections and and adhere to the roof.

7 Stamp the bird and wing outlines onto white cardstock and stamp on the details. Cut out using the co-ordinating dies then attach the wing using 3D foam pads. Secure to birdhouse on the card front using 3D foam pads. Stamp blue and yellow flowers onto white cardstock, cut out and add a pearl to the centre of each. Affix to the branches.

8 Stamp a sentiment onto white cardstock, trim to size and layer onto green cardstock, affix to the top left of the card front using 3D foam pads. Stamp and cut out two green leaves and attach to the sentiment and add a blue flower.


In my thoughts

You will need

Little Bird die & stamp set free with Simply Cards & Papercraft 165

bonus paper downloads

Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad

Rich Cocoa, Bamboo Leaves & Rose Bud Memento Dew Drop inkpads

Old Rose & Aloe Vera VersaColor inkpads

Tonic Studios Mixed Scalloped & Straight Edge Rectangle Layering Dies

Impression Obsession Birdhouse Set

white & pink cardstock

3D foam pads

Simply make

1 Layer a 15x12cm piece of stripy patterned paper onto pink cardstock then affix to a white 16x13cm card blank.

2 Stamp a in the bottom corner of a large white scalloped rectangle, use brown and green inks to stamp a branch at the top-left corner and stamp branches to overlap the lower edge and right-hand side of the rectangle.

3 Stamp three small hearts in a vertical row from the branch at the edge and stamp bird’s feet with blank ink onto the lower branch. Layer onto pink cardstock and affix to the card blank.

4 Die-cut a small birdhouse from white cardstock. Brush the top edge with pink ink and the lower edge with green ink. Place underneath the stamped hearts on the card front and secure using 3D foam pads.

5 Die-cut a bird and wing from white cardstock. Brush the top with green ink and the lower section with pink ink. Stick the wing onto the bird using 3D foam pads then place onto the card front above the stamped feet securing with 3D foam pads to finish.

We had a fun make from Cheshire Crafts up next – a 3D box frame pimped up to please anyone! Inside the magazine you’ll have found a gardening-themed project perfect for any green-fingered friend. But that’s not all… we also promised you a nautical-inspired frame – we’ve been looking forward to sharing it with you, we love it!



You will need

Frisk Canvas Box Frame by Artcoe

silver & gold mirror card

Kaisercraft 12×12” patterned paper

Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Paints

Cosmic Shimmer Paints

Craft Magic MDF shapes

peel-off letters

manual die-cutting machine

Marianne Design Sea Shells die

ship wheel & anchor dies

Simply make

1 Fold along the pre-scored lines of the box frame, fold inwards and slot the tabs into place.

2 Cover the front of the box frame with patterned paper and trim a sheet of the same paper to fit inside the frame, check the measurements before sticking down.

3 Die-cut the sea shells and anchor from gold and mirror cardstock, then paper-piece the anchor as shown.

4 Paint the desired chipboard pieces and affix to the canvas along with the die-cuts as desired. Create a sentiment as desired and affix across the top corner as shown to finish.

Next up, we challenged Tracy Evans to find new ways to frame her toppers and sentiments – she found some rather inventive ideas and we’re dying to try them for ourselves – turn to page 20 to see all of her makes. But for right now, we’ve got her bonus idea to keep you going…


Make a wish

You will need

white cardstock

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Quote Chips

Sizzix Thinlits Tim Holtz Alterations Wildflowers #2 die

Tim Holtz Herringbone layering stencil

Wilted Violet Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Lapis, Sky, Blushing & Rosy Dina Wakley heavy body acrylic paint


palette knife

silver wire

non-stick craft sheet

manual diie-cutting machine

heat tool

Step by step


1 Cut a 41/2×61.2” panel of white cardstock. Run a brayer through a small amount of Sky paint spread onto a craft sheet and apply lightly onto the white panel. Repeat the process using Rosy paint.


2 Add a small amount of the Blushing paint to a craft sheet and use a palette knife apply though the stencil onto the panel. Remove the stencil and allow the paint to dry completely or dry with a heat tool.


3 Using the palette knife will leave a thick stencilled design. Die-cut two Wildflowers from white cardstock and apply Sky paint onto to each of the flowers using a brayer.


4 Repeat the same process with Lapis paint, but this time use only a light touch to add a few touches of the darker colour and dry the paint with a heat tool. Adhere the two Wildflowers to the stencilled panel. Staple a circle of silver wire over the focal image, to act as a frame to the Wildflowers die-cut.


5 Take one of the Quote Chips, colour the edges with Wilted Violet Distress Ink, dry the ink with a heat tool and then adhere to the card front. Matt the panel onto a piece of Blushing-coloured cardstock, leaving a narrow border, and affix to the front of a 5×7” card blank.

Then we asked Claire Newcombe to use the brand-new sentiment dies from Creative Dies over on page 76 – these must-have dies are the perfect addition to your stash. Ideal for making cards for relatives and loved ones – these family-related sentiments should be your go-to product.

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Even better, we’ve teamed up with CraftStash to offer you 25% dicount on all of the die sets in the Family Sentiment collection from Creative Dies – turn to page 77 of the magazine for more info. Or visit, add the dies to your basket and use the code SCP16525 to claim the discount – then try this idea for youself…


To my brother

You will need

white cardstock

patterned paper

Hunkydory Adorable Scorable cardstock

mdf balloons


Banana Yellow, Apple Green & Menthol Imagination Crafts Starlights paint



manual die-cutting machine

Creative Dies Male Family Sentiments & Additional Family Special die sets

Simply make

1 Create a 14.5×10.5cm tent-fold card blank, folding the card along the short edge. Fold and score the card front in half to create an easel card blank and line with patterned paper.

2 Matt and layer a 10.5cmx2.5cm panel of cardstock onto white cardstock and co-ordinating coloured paper and secure to the card front using 3D silicone gel to act as the easel stopper.

3 Die-cut the sentiment from white cardstock and layer onto the easel stopper mechanism.

4 Adhere a 10.5×7 cm panel of cardstock to a 10.5×14.5cm piece of acetate, and attach to the front of the folded card front.

5 Paint the MDF balloons, allow to dry, and arrange onto the card front, creating extra dimension by layering them up.

6 Tie a lightweight thread to the balloons, gather and secure with a piece of ribbon, tying in a bow to finish.

Christine Smith was also on hand to try out Pixie Powders, not only did she create a striking collection of floral cards, but she even tried out the Powder with our free Little Bird gifts! And the results we’re amazing!


Happy retirement

You will need

Little Bird die & stamps free with Simply Cards & Papercraft 165

Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Stamping Platform

Coconut White & Slate Grey Foundations cardstock

Sun Yellow, Candy Pink, Scarlet Mist, Teal Wash and Midnight Blue Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders

That Special Touch Clouds Mask

water spritzer

manual die-cutting machine

Crea-Nest-Lies XXL Double Stitched Rectangle & Circle dies

Tonic Studios Scalloped Circle Layering dies

Tonic Studios Framed Screens Zig Zag & Floral Motif die sets

Avery Elle A Tag For All die set

Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Cascading Butterflies die set

Merman, Peacock, Sunflower and Hippo Lawn Fawn Fawndamentals Premium inkpads

Gunmetal Grey & Pacific Teal Tonic Studios Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

Ranger Perfect Medium Ink

True White Cosmic Shimmer Detail Embossing Powder

heat tool

Avery Elle The Brights Collection 6×6” paper pad


white flat-back pearls

Cosmic Shimmer PVA Glue

3D foam pads

Simply make

1 Create a positive cloud background using blue tones of Pixie Powders and the Cloud Mask. One dry die-cut your background using a large stitched rectangle die.
2 Colour a small scrap of white card using some yellow Pixie Powders, then die-cut this using the inside portion of the Cascading Butterflies die set.

3 Use the free dies to cut out the bird from white cardstock.Using the free stamps, coloured inks and the stamping platform, add in the layered details to create a Blue Tit.

4 From grey cardstock, die-cut a scalloped circle frame and a scripty sentiment, before heat embossing the remainder of the sentiment onto another piece of grey cardstock.

5 Create a metallic sheen on the grey elements using the Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. Simply apply to the cardstock using your finger.

6 Apply Pacific Teal mousse to white cardstock, then die-cut using the Floral Motif. Layer up all the elements onto the card blank, using vellum and patterned papers as accents.
7 Finally finish the card by adding a butterfly and pearls to the centre of the flowers and butterfly body to finish.

To tip

Using the Tim Holtz stamping platform, really helps get the perfect positioning for your layered stamping. To do this, die-cut your bird image and wing and keep the negative space, then add your stamp to the stamping platform, and stamp onto a scrap of paper, use this image to line up the negative space, then re insert your die-cut into the negative space and stamp your outline. Repeat this process for the wing, and also for all the layering elements, simply line up the other stamps on your scrap paper, then test stamp to make sure they will be perfectly aligned. Using this method also means you can get perfect alignment on multiple images with very little effort

Lastly from the magazine we’ve got the bonus idea from Crafter’s Companion as promised. This makes were using the fabulously new Shabby Chic collection from Sara Davies’s Signature range.


With love

You will need

white cardstock

white Die’sire Fancy Card Blanks gatefold card

Sara Signature Shabby Chic Collection paper pad

Pebeo Gilding Wax

brown inkpad

manual die-cutting machine

Bright Gold Tonic Nuvo Crystal Drops

Sara Davies Signature Collection Cherished Moments die & stamp set

Sara Davies Signature Collection Shabby Chic Vintage Lace Edge, Chic Butterflies & Lace Doily dies

Sara Davies Signature Collection Shabby Chic Distressed Lattice embossing folder

Simply make

1 Cover the inside and the outside faces of the card with Shabby Chic paper. Add Pebeo Gilding wax to all the edges. 2 Die-cut the three Chic Butterflies, the Lace Doily and cut the Vintage Lace die twice from white cardstock.
Emboss a piece of 5” square of Shabby Chic paper with the Distressed Lattice folder.
3 Use Pebeo Gold Gilding Wax to add extra definition to the edges of the paper and glue in place. Create a banner sentiment using the Cherished Memories die and stamp set.
4 Layer all of the embellishments onto the card front as shown, add Nuvo Drops to the body of the butterflies to add an extra-special finishing touch.

Top tip

Gild the antennae of the butterfly carefully to make them stand out on the card front


If the extra bonus magazine crammed with papers wasn’t enough for you – we also provided a ton of ideas for combining the Prima papers with your Little Bird goodies. We couldn’t quite squeeze all the ideas in so we’ve got them right here for you. First up, is a bonus idea from Shirley, who used the Songbird section of the free papers.


This Moment notepad

You will need

small notepad

free Prima Songbird papers

cream cardstock

light brown inkpad

Prima Songbird chipboard

light brown lace

pearl gems

scoring board & bone folder


Simply make

1 Remove the front cover from the notepad. Measure the width of the notepad and the length of the front, the top itself and the length of the back. Add a couple of millimetres to the total length, then cut the cream cardstock to this size.

2 Score cream cardstock so that when folded, it will fit over your notepad. Fold & burnish the score lines, then adhere the back of the notepad to the inside back of the cream cardstock cover.

3 Cut the topper from the toppers sheet, edge with light brown ink and adhere to the notebook cover.

4 Add lace trim as shown, ensuring it wraps around the whole cover. Make a lace bow and adhere to the front, together with the chipboard ticket and three pearls to finish.

Then we asked Carol to do the same with the Meadow Lark papers – and we’re sure you’re going to love them! Here’s her bonus idea…


You are in my thoughts                            

You will need

Prima Songbird papers free with Simply Cards & Papercraft 165

Little Bird stamps free with Simply Cards & Papercraft 165

white 6”-square card blank

circle frame die

Coral Berry Altenew inkpad


3D foam pads

Diamond Ranger Stickles glitter glue

Simply make

1 Cover a 6”-square card blank with green paper and add three pearls to the corner

2 Die-cut a circle frame from patterned paper and attach to the card blank as shown, mounting the central circle on foam pads as shown

3 Stamp the sentiment on a circle topper, die-cut and attach as shown, trimming to size.

4 Fussy-cut the blue label and attach using 3D foam pads to the top-left corner to finish.

Phew! I’m not sure if we could have squeezed anything else into this issue if we tried! I hope you enjoy all of the extras and feel inspired enough to send me some images of your makes – send them direct to me on

But for now, don’t forget to buy your issue of 165 from when it hits the shelves, and mark your calendars for 10th August when issue 166 hits the shelves – you will not want to miss the wine-themed die and stamp set!

Happy papercrafting

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