Simply Cards & Papercraft

Simply Cards & Papercraft 177 sneak peek

4th May 2018


Simply Cards & Papercraft 177 sneak peek

Issue 177 of Simply Cards & Papercraft hits the shelves on the 19th April and we’ve fallen head over heels with the free Coffee Break die, stencil and stamp set

The fabulously fun Coffee Break die set, stamps and 2-in-1 stencil is the perfect set to distract us from our blues.


The free gift card examples in the magazine cater for all tastes – whether it’s Sue Hughes’s bold and beautiful card designs or Ingrid Vichova fabulously masculine makes.






Dont forget to check out Christina Griffiths video using your free gift here

The magazine is jam-packed with fabulous ideas from technique-filled makes where we guide you through learning a new skill, to card samples focusing new releases from a selection of your favourite companies including Sue Wilson, Clearly Besotted and Trimcraft.

You’ll also find a step-by-step guides to creating your own mini book masterpieces, as well as a stretch your stash idea to help you get more from a craft stash staple – circle nesting dies.

As usual, we’ve provided so much inspiration that we just couldn’t squeeze it into the magazine. So, we’ve got a handful of bonus makes right here for you.

Inside this issue, Claire Gladman got her crafty fingers on the brand-new V&A collection from Trimcraft.

This collection is so gorgeous that she just couldn’t stop making cards using it, and so we’ve got a bonus make right here for you.



You will need

white cardstock

white 10.5x21cm card blank

V&A Collection 12×12” & 6×6” paper pads

V&A Collection pearls, metal keys, clear stamps, pearl charms, wooden buttons & Polaroid frames

Jet Black Ranger Archival Ink

double-sided tape

3D foam pads

hot-glue gun

Hobbycraft House punch

manual die-cutting machine

stitched rectangle dies

Xcut Flower die

Cut & Make Mini Doily die

Simply make

1 Cover the card blank with two contrasting V&A papers from the 12×12” paper pad, leaving a narrow border between each.

2 Cover the reverse of the photo frame in the same red patterned paper from the 6×6” paper pad. Punch six houses from different patterned papers and stick to the inside of the frame using 3D foam pads. Attach this to the card front at an angle using 3D foam pads.

3 Using two rectangle stitched dies, cut two rectangles, one from white cardstock and one from V&A paper. Stamp the sentiment onto the white die-cut and layer together.

4 Die-cut a doily and flower and attach the pearl charm to the centre of the flower. Stick the doily down first and then the sentiment.

5 Affix a metal key using a glue gun, the flower using a 3D foam pad and add the pearls and a button. Add a pearl to each corner of the card to finish.

Next up we’ve got a Father’s Day special from Cricut – bringing you ideas and inspiration to treat the special men in your life this Father’s Day.

Suzie Candlin was on hand to bring projects ranging from a gift box, fancy-cut cards and present ideas. – we couldn’t squeeze them all into the magazine and so we’ve got her cute golf tee gift idea right here for you.

Golf tee treat bag


You will need

Cricut 12×12” standard-grip cutting mat, Socring Srylus, black pen & tool set

white, black & grey cardstock

PVA adhesive

double-sided tape

3D foam pads

golf tees

clear plastic treat bag

Circuit Explore Maker™ electronic die-cutting machine

Simply make

1 Connect the machine to your chosen device and log on to your Design Space™ account and open a new project. Search for and select the ‘Golf Tee Treat Bag’ project from the cards category of the project library.

2 The project makes a bag topper/wrapper measuring 5x15cm. To resize the project, click ‘customise’. Resize as desired.

3 Follow the on-screen prompts to cut the card layers from the required cardstock, inserting the scoring stylus and pen into the accessory port A.

4 Carefully remove the images from the cutting mat using the spatula, slowly bending the mat away from the image.

5 Use the scraper tool as a bone folder to create a strong crease on the two topper layers. Glue them and the tag layers together.

6 Fill a treat bag with golf tees. Use double-sided tape to secure the topper over the top of the bag sealing it. Attach the tag to the topper using 3D foam pads.

We’ve got bonus digital stamp downloads from Uniko – and we’ve fallen head over heels with the stunning digital stamp designs with geometric and flower imagery combine. Bev was so inspired by the digital stamps and that she made not one, but TWO extra projects – so we’ve got them right here for you.



You will need

bonus Uniko digital downloads

Uniko Simply Said Blocks clear stamps

Whisper White & Pool Party Stampin’ Up! cardstock

lavender cardstock

ZIG Clean Colour brush markers

rose gold foil

Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad

Altenew enamel shapes

3D foam pads

double-sided tape

manual die-cutting machine

Stampin’ Up! Stitched Shapes Framelits dies

Heidi Swapp Minc machine

laser printer

Simply make

1 Create a 9×12.5cm document, size the digital stamp to fit and print once in black ink onto white card and once on to lavender card.

2 Using Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers selectively and lightly, watercolour the white printed image and trim to size.

3 Using the Heidi Swapp Minc machine and Rose Gold foil, foil the lavender printed image and fussy-cut the flower.

4 Using the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies, cut a circle from the coloured white panel, creating a spotlighting effect once the card is assembled and adds subtle dimension and interest to a busy design.

5 Using double-sided tape, adhere the white coloured, printed and die-cut panel onto a 10×13.5cm Pool Party panel.

6 Adhere the die-cut circle in place with 3D foam pads add adhere the loopy bloom using stacked 3D foam pads.

7 Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock using black ink, trim and mount in place using 3D foam pads. Add enamel dots to finish.

Happy birthday


You will need

bonus digital downloads

Uniko Simply Said Blocks clear stamps

Whisper White Stampin’ Up! cardstock

lavender & sage green cardstock

Prismacolor Pencils

Onyx Black VersaFine inkpad

Altenew enamel shapes

3D foam pads

double-sided tpae

Simply make

1 Create a 10×12.5cm document, size the digital stamp to fit and print twice in black ink onto white cardstock.

2 Using Prismacolor Pencils, selectively colour on of the white printed image and trim to size. Colour the rose on a seconf printed panel and fussy-cut.

3 To add interest and to make a design coherent, cut a 13.5cm square of lavender cardstock at the diagonal and adhere in the top corner of a 14cm-square card blank.

4 Adhere the white panel using double-sided tape to the left-hand side. Mount the fussy-cut rose in place using 3D foam pads.

5 Stamp the sentiment onto white cardstock using black ink, trim and mount onto the card front using 3D foam pads. Embellish with enamel shapes to finish.

Don’t forget to download the Uniko digitals from our download blog post by clicking here.

We’ve even teamed up with our friends at CraftStash to bring you a 20% discount on the Apple Blossom Spring Daisies used by Christina Griffiths on the cover card this issue – turn to page 83 of the magazine to find out more and get your discount code!


We’ve also got an exclusive download from Amy Tangerine – who we interviewed this month over on page 86 of the magazine. You can download her brush script lettering from


That’s all of this month – don’t forget to send us images your crafty projects – we love seeing what you all get up to. Don’t forget to order your copy directly from us when it’s on sale next week at

Mark your calendars for the 31st May when issue 177 hits the shelves – you will not want to miss the fabulous free gifts with that issue! Don’t forget to check out the issue’s next issue page to see what’s coming up in issue 178, you’re going to love it!

Happy cardmaking


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