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Simply Cards & Papercraft 167 hits the shelves next week

1st September 2017


Simply Cards & Papercraft 167 hits the shelves next week

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

Issue 167 of Simply Cards & Papercraft goes on sale on the 7th September, 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 Majestic Moments die and stamp set that’s sure to make your Christmas crafting much easier, as well as inspiring you to make both masculine and feminine cards for all occasions – this one is not JUST for Christmas.


It that wasn’t enough for you, we’ve got bonus digi stamps from Pink Gem Designs – you’ll find them here


But the free gifts didn’t stop there – we’ve also joined forces with American Crafts ( to bring you a bonus magazine with two designer paper collections, Warm & Cozy and Holly Jolly, inside the bonus magazine you’ll find a range of inspiration to get you started too!


But first, we thought we’d share with you a got the extra ideas and inspiration inspired by the projects and techniques inside the magazine. Turn to page 10 of the magazine to find Sue Hughes’s amazing ideas for cards for women using the free die and stamps and combined them with the striking pap First Edition Winter Wishes paper pad.


And not to be out done, we’ve got masculine makes from Sandra Rayner over on page 62. Combining the free stamp and dies with striking papers and natural-coloured embellishments such as twine, hessian, woodgrain and kraft paper makes for the perfect designs to suit the hard-to-please men in your life.


Combine these two amazing free gift-themed features with the two super-inspiring features in the BONUS supplement, makes for 28 amazing ideas to get you started with your free gifts.

But this jam-packed issue offers so much more than free gift inspiration, and we’ve covered all the bases with this issue. Cards for women, makes for men, projects using the latest releases from the top brands in the market AND technique-filled designs. You’re sure to find something to get you cardmaking right away!

Our super-talented Design Team made so many amazing cards that we just couldn’t squeeze them all into the magazine – so we’ve got a ton of bonus inspiration right here for you.

First up, Sue Hastead was tasked with making the perfect cool-toned wintry cards for Christmas using brand-new dies from Nellie Snellen. Her striking designs we’re some of our favourite makes this issue and we couldn’t resist keeping this one to show you here.


A little gift for you

You will need

white cardstock

Echo Park Winter Wishes 6×6” paper pad

Nellie Snellen Christmas Wreath stamp

Tsukineko embossing inkpad

White Opal Honey Doo Crafts embossing powder

Mama Elephant Mini Messages stamp set

Ranger Archival Ink

natural twine

manual die-cutting machine

Mama Elephant Mini Tags dies

My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 13 & Merry Christmas die sets

Lawn Fawn Circular Tags dies

Tonic Studio Circular Layering dies

Simply make

1 Create a 10.5×13.5cm tent-fold card blank, cut a piece of patterned paper to measure the same as the card front.

2 Using the tag die, cut a piece of pale blue patterned paper and affix it to the bottom of the card front as shown.

3 Cut a circle of contrasting patterned paper into a circle measuring approximately 7.5cm. Stamp and heat-emboss the wreath in the centre as shown.

4 With the largest circular tag, die-cut a piece of design paper, then create a frame by cutting out the centre using the slightly smaller circle die.

5 Cut a co-ordinating piece of patterned paper using the ‘Merry Christmas’ sentiment die and adhere underneath the focal element.

6 Stamp the ‘a little gift for you’ sentiment onto white cardstock using the Cobalt ink and die-cut using a mini tag die. Affix in the top-right corner and add twine to finish.

Next up, Colette Smith used the new Idyllic Collection from NitWit Collections – this digikit is the perfect way to whip-up stylish cards for women for birthdays and all occasions.


Beauty surrounds you

You will need

NitWit Collections Idyllic Collection FQB & Lil’ Bits digital kits

white inkjet paper

baby blue shimmer A4 cardstock

Sakura quickie glue pen

Diamond Tonic Studios Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter

Tacky Glue

3D foam pads

double-sided tape

PC & printer

photo-editing software

Simply make

1 Using photo-editing software, re-size photo-editing software re-size theteal paper to measure 13cm square, copy and paste then flip/mirror the second copy before printing, re-size the window file to approximately to 14×12.5cm, copy and paste several times to make découpage layers and re-size the label from the Idyllic Lil’ Bits kit to 6x2cm. Print the grey striped paper.

2 With a piece of A4 blue cardstock in the landscape position, measure down from the top corners to 13cm, mark and cut. Score at 6cm and 10cm, flip over and repeat from other edge. Fold valley, mountain, mountain and valley across card.

3 Cut a 6cm strip from each of the stationery papers, including the floral border within the measurement, completely cover the back with glue or tape and fix one to each end of the card blank, put aside to dry. When dry, trim around the edge of the flowers, leaving a narrow border.

4 From the stripy paper cut a 12.5x9cm rectangle and two 12.5×3.5cm strips, affix the rectangle to the card front and strips either side.

5 Cut out a window image, then from the extras cut the window box, flowers and butterfly, next just the flowers and butterfly and finally the butterfly, découpage layers onto image using 3D foam pads, and glitter flower centres.

6 On the reverse of the window apply 3D foam pads down the centre and mount onto the card front. Use 3D foam pads to attach the sentiment as shown to finish.

Top tip

Don’t worry if you don’t have a photo-editing software – we find that most image amends can be done in Microsoft Word or even a free-to-download software program such as GIMP (

With the start of autumn not only do we see the start of my favourite drink (Pumpkin Spice Latte), but we get to craft for so many different occasions. This month we asked Jo Rice to craft a selection of Halloween.


Party invite

You will need

black, white, purple, orange & beige cardstock 

black fine-liner

dries-clear glue

3D foam pads 

Ranger  Stickles glitter glue

Simply make

1 Using black, white and purple cardstock, cut out the clip board (AR-N017) to measure 20×13.8cm.

2 Add faux stitching using a gine-liner and attach the clip using 3D foam pads. Cut out two smaller bats using orange card to measure 3×5.4cm plus a haunted house fromn black cardstock (AR-1022) measuring 9.2x10cm.

3 Cut out ‘PARTY’ from purple cardstock using FO-A007 with spacing of 2mm and to measure 3cm.

4 Layer beige cardstock behind the windows of the haunted house before then adding it to the bottom of the panel. Add the bats and letters and touches of Stickles glitter glue to embellish. 

Then Natalie Helyer showcased the stunning new Lilac Whisper collection from Kaisercraft – it’s soft colour palette and striking collectables make this the perfect choice for feminine designs for women of all ages – and here we’ve got not one, but TWO of her designs for you.


Perfect day

You will need

white pearlescent cardstock

Kaisercraft Lilac Whisper Collectables & 12×12” paper pack

white Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops

3D foam pads


Simply make

1 Create a 9x12cm tent-fold card blank from white pearlescent cardstock, cover the card front with patterned paper and affix a strip of white pearlescent cardstock along the right edge of the card front.

2 Mount a clock topper onto the white border, and a sentiment banner above and trim away any excess cardstock.

3 Shape two flower toppers, embellish them with gems and arrange them onto the card front using 3D foam pads.

4 Secure a leafy topper and a butterfly to the card front and add Crystal Drop accents to finish.



Happy birthday

You will need

white pearlescent cardstock

Kaisercraft Lilac Whisper Collectables, 12×12” paper pack, sticker sheet & stamp set

white Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops

Stone Grey StãzOn inkpad



manual die-cutting machine

Sue Wilson Noble Collection Essential Sized Rectangles die set

Simply make

1 Create a 15cm-square tent-fold card blank from white pearlescent cardstock, and matt the card front with patterned paper, leaving a narrow border.

2 Adhere a floral sticker border across the bottom of the card front and trim away any excess.

3 Die-cut stitched rectangles from vellum and white pearlescent cardstock, stamp the sentiment onto the vellum die-cut, layer the two together and secure to the card front.

4 Embellish the card front with a butterfly topper and a gem and add Crystal Drops to the floral border to finish.

Even better, we’ve teamed up with CraftStash to offer you 20% discount on a selection of products to help you make the below card. All of the products on the page are available at and you can use the discount code provided on the page. Turn to page 87 of the magazine for more info and to find the discount code you’ll need.


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 167 from here when it hits the shelves, and mark your calendars for 28th September when issue 168 hits the shelves – you will not want to miss the free scenic border dies.

Happy papercrafting

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