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Simply Cards & Papercraft 166 hits the shelves next week

3rd August 2017


Simply Cards & Papercraft 166 hits the shelves next week

The next issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft hits the shelves soon and we’re sure you’re going to love the versatile free gift

Issue 166 of Simply Cards & Papercraft goes on sale on the 10th August, but I’m so excited to show you the super-versatile free gift, I just couldn’t wait to blog about it!


We’ve got the amazing Lavish Label Layers die and stamp set that’s sure to make your all-occasion, all-year round crafting much easier – it’s perfect to help you create cards for both men and women!


And if that wasn’t enough for you, we’ve got bonus digi stamps from Little Miss Muffet you’ll find them, along with bonus digital stamp makes and templates here

Inside the magazine is jam packed with a ton of ideas and inspiration, both for using your free gifts and the latest products and techniques.

First up, Sue Hughes has created a seriously striking collection of projects using the free gifts to create cards and off-the-page makes for women, whilst later in the magazine we have free gift projects from Christine showcasing just how perfect the gifts are to make cards for men too!


Natalie Helyer was on board to take on the challenge of creating summery, seaside-inspired cards using brand-new Apple Blossom products from the By The Shore collection, but we just couldn’t squeeze them all into the feature.


Life is a breeze

You will need

white, coral & yellow cardstock

Apple Blossom By The Shore On The Seashore stamp set

My Favorite Things Die-namics STAX Stitched Circle dies

Sue Wilson Noble Collection Essential Sized Rectangles die set

Butter to Orange & Pink to Red Hero Arts Ombré inkpads

Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink

manual die-cutting machine


3D foam pads

heat tool

Simply make

1 Create an 8.5x11cm card blank from yellow cardstock, and layer it with coral cardstock, leaving a narrow border.

2 Die-cut a stitched rectangle from white cardstock, stamp fish onto it using orange ink to create a background.

3 Re-stamp the fish in black, offsetting the designs to create a contrast and add colour using the ink palette and a waterbrush.

4 Die-cut a yellow banner, wrap it around the topper and affix it to the card front. Stamp the sentiment onto a white die-cut circle and secure it to the banner using 3D foam pads to finish.

Even better, we’ve teamed up with CraftStash to bring you a 20% discount off the whole Apple Blossom By The Shore collection when bought individually or as the bundle – how exciting. Visit the website, pop the items in your cart and enter the SCP16620 voucher code at the checkout!

Next up, Laura Bradley showcases the latest Christmas Craftaganza collection with her striking makes for Christmas.


Cuddles and wishes

You will need

All of the products are available from Hunkydory

A Cuddly Christmas The Teddy Bear’s Christmas topper set

Soft Snowdrift Diamond Sparkles

Snowfall acetate

Gold Mirri Card

white 6”-square card blank

gold gems

3D foam pads

double-sided tape

Simply make

1 Cover the front of the 6”-square card blank with a piece of gold Mirri Card.

2 Layer a slightly smaller piece of the stripy cardstock from the topper set and adhere in the centre of the Mirri panel.

3 Line the back of the frame with a piece of acetate to measure the same size as the frame.

4 Add a double layer of 3D foam pads to the back of the acetate, placing them along the back of the frame.

5 Add the desired amount of Soft Snowdrift into the centre of the card and press the frame down, sealing the Soft Snowdrift in.

6 Add the topper and sentiment using 3D foam pads and add the gems in the corner of the frame to finish.

Then we turned to Colette Smith to showcase her traditional festive makes using Intricut die releases and the stunning The Magic of Christmas paper pad from Dovecraft.


Merry Christmas

You will need

Dovecraft The Magic of Christmas 6×6” & 12×12”paper pad

red A5 tent-fold card blank

green cardstock

Sakura Quickie glue pen

Glistening Gold Hunkydory Diamond Sparkles

Hobbycraft Heritage Christmas Gold Poinsettias


Collall Tacky Glue

3D foam pads          

manual die-cutting machine

Hobbycraft Intricut Merry Christmas Sentiment & Christmas Poinsettia Mini dies

Tonic Studios Scallop Circles Layering die set

First Edition Nesting Doily die set

Simply make

1 Centrally place the Merry Christmas sentiment die approximately 1.3cm in from the right-hand edge on front of the red A5 landscape card blank, hold in position with tape and run through die-cutting machine several times to ensure a clean cut.

2 Measure the sentiment across the centre of the die-cut panel and cut gold mirror card to cover it, holding in place with tape, run through die-cutting machine several times. Trim away any excess from the sentiment and use Tacky Glue to affix in place on the die-cut panel.

3 Cut a 5.5x14cm strip of patterned paper from 6×6” paper pack, draw around the edges of the images with a glue pen and sprinkle with gold glitter. From the same paper in the 12×12” pack, die-cut an image using a 6cm circle die. Glitter around the outside of the image and layer onto a green die-cut doily, cut the image a few more times and découpage.

4 Using glue or double-sided tape, attach the panel to the left-hand side of card front, leaving a narrow border all around, then add the doily across the centre using a layer of 3D foam pads.

5 From stripy paper, cut two 1×12.3cm strips and one 1×14.6cm strip. Fix the shorter ones above and below the die-cut panel and the longer one down the right-hand side, leaving narrow borders.

6 Die-cut four poinsettias from red mirror card and two leaves from green mirror card – make two poinsettias by layering two die-cuts together, offsetting the petals. Open up the card before sticking the flowers into position one to bottom left and the other to top right of the die-cut panel, position a gold poinsettia in the centre of each and fix into place, then slide a leaf under each flower.

7 Add small stick-on gems to the centres of the snowflakes and larger gems to the outer edges. Cut a 20×14.5cm piece of music sheet paper and stick to the inside back to finish.

Last up we’ve got one of Tracy’s stunning stenciled makes and we love it. Her cards were just so fabulous we just couldn’t quite squeeze this one in – so here it is


Happy birthday

You will need

white & black cardstock

Avery Elle Sentimental Too stamps & dies

Sizzix Thinlits Tim Holtz Wildflowers #2 die

Tim Holtz Ringer Layering stencil

Picked Raspberry & Spun Sugar Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink

Hero Arts Ombré sequins

Dylusions Creative Dyary Tape

black DecoArt Media Gesso

Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink

Ranger Cut-N-Dry foam

non-stick craft sheet

palette knife

manual die-cutting machine

heat tool

Simply make

1 Create a 51/2”-square tent-fold card blank from white cardstock. Apply Spun Sugar ink through the Ringer stencil in the bottom corner of a 5”-square panel of white cardstock.

2 Add touches of Picked Raspberry ink through the stencil around the edges of the circles to give a two-tone effect and then remove
the stencil.

3 Place the Wildflower off-cut, from Step 3 of the Birthday Wild Flowers project in the magazine, onto the stencilled panel and apply gesso over it using a palette knife. Remove the stencil and allow the gesso to dry completely.

4 Add three lengths of Dyary Tape randomly onto the background. Take the die-cut sentiment leftover from Step 5 of the Birthday Wildflowers card in the magazine and adhere to the top of the decorative panel as shown.

5 Stamp ‘BIRTHDAY’ underneath the die-cut sentiment and add sequins to the card front as shown.

6 Matt the decorative panel onto a piece of black cardstock and then white cardstock coloured with Picked Raspberry ink, leaving narrow borders each time, and adhere to the card front to finish.

That’s all for this issue folks – I hope you enjoy all of the freebies and feel inspired enough to send me images of your makes – send them direct to me on

But for now, don’t forget to buy your issue of 166 from when it hits the shelves, and mark your calendars for 7th September when issue 167 hits the shelves – you will not want to miss the stag-themed die and stamp set!

Happy papercrafting

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