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PLUS a page from Maria Simms’s diary

Your questions answered by card expert Anne-Marie Catterall from Hunkydory Issue 53 • £4.99

Inspiring ideas for clever crafting 3 To p tech niques 3 ONLY Tips & tricks 3 Expert instructions IN AVAILABLE


Designer découpage Stunning layered creations from Marianne Design

£1o,r4th5o9 f w prizes to be won!


Inspiring ideas for creating mosaics from your supplies


Designer ideas for using your FREE gifts




Embrace the geek trend and create cool cards

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BONUS! 8 pages of designer ideas for using your FREE gift!

Inspire Imagine Create

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...and welcome to the third issue of your NEWLOOK Creative Cardmaking. It’s great to know that so many of you love the changes we’ve Laura made so keep that Dougherty feedback coming in, it’s lovely to hear from you. I’ve taken quite a tumble since last issue and suffered two rather nasty breaks to my ankle. After a spell in hospital getting patched up, I’m now at home resting and attempting to craft around my cast! We hope you love this issue and your free Chic Boutique cardmaking kit from Kraftyhands, which includes stunning patterned papers, toppers, sentiments and paper bows, all with a very sophisticated look. Lee Jepson and I have created the cards for you this issue, so check out our ideas starting on page 39. We’ve got a stunning feature from Dot Clark for The Stamp Hut over on pages 1618, where she demonstrates Perfect Pearls, and Jo Kill embraces the geek chic trend with her stylish designs starting on page 20. Maria Simms utilises a variety of techniques to create her own stamps in our beginner’s

guide starting on page 24, Andrea Gourley shares her money-saving ideas for making your own gem and pearl-like embellishments on pages 30-32, and Su Pennick comes up with a great way to use up paper scraps with her mosaics on pages 50-53. Sigrid Klingenberg creates a selection of fabulous cards using Marianne Design products over on pages 55-57 and Lindsey Hopkins explores the popular Art Deco trend for her cards starting on page 66. All this, combined with the usual fantastic competitions, giveaways, news and letters, make up this month’s Creative Cardmaking, so pop the kettle on and sit back for a super read!

Laura Dougherty Editor PS... We love to hear from our readers. Why not share your thoughts and opinions on our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter? CreativeCardmaking @CCardmaking

Get in touch

WHOOPS! Our apologies to Hunkydory and AnneMarie Catterall for printing the wrong materials list in last issue’s Card Expert

If you would like to send us a letter or a card for our readers’ gallery, why not get in touch? Email creativecardmaking@practical or write to Creative Cardmaking, Practical Publishing, Suite G2 St Christopher House, 217 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK2 6NG. Each letter that we print wins a small prize

§LAURA LOVES... I love what Dot Clark did with Perfect Pearls for us this issue. She’s really shown off just how stunning your cards can be with the help of this versatile medium


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34 Check out Maria Simms’s diary!

Exclusively written by crafters for crafters and craft store owners

55 DESIGNER DÉCOUPAGE Create stunning layers with Marianne Design

50 EXPERT GUIDE Use up your scraps with our designer guide to paper mosaics

FANTASTIC PRIZES We have an abundance of craft goodies for you to win!

39 USING YOUR FREE GIFT Eight pages of inspiration for using your free gift

This issue we bring you a cardmaking kit featuring the stunning Chic Boutique collection from Kraftyhands

20 GET THE LOOK Embrace geek chic and create trendy cards

Every month 6 News

34 Craft with… Maria

8 Letters

48 Sketch challenge

10 & 61 Competitions

59 Giveaways

We bring you all the details on the latest products and events

We share our readers’ stories and projects with you

We have some more fantastic prizes for you to win this issue

12 The Card Expert

Hunkydory designer and TV demonstrator Anne-Marie Catterall answers your crafty questions as our Card Expert

29 Workshops

Helen Fearn from Craftstation tells us about her workshops


We catch up with all the news and gossip from Maria’s crafty world

Creative ideas using this month’s sketch, plus your chance to join our Design Team for an issue

We have over £350 worth of craft stash to give away this issue

62 £10 challenge

74 Shopping guide

We show you a selection of products you can use for geek chic cards as well as choices from the Perfect Pearls range

Crafty Ladies show you what you can create using just £10 worth of products from the store

58, 64 & 79 Templates

72 Readers’ Gallery

82 Next issue

Check out what your fellow crafters have been making in our gallery

Use our templates to create some of this issue’s projects

Take a sneak peek at what’s coming next issue

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Step-by-step guides


14 How To Make

Patsy Jackson shows you how to make quad easel cards

16 Product Focus

Dot Clark from The Stamp Hut demonstrates the beauty that can be created using Perfect Pearls

20 Get The Look

Jo Kill embraces geek chic and shows us her contemporary cards for modern makes

24 Beginner’s Guide

Learn how to make your own stamps with Maria Simms

30 New Ways With Your Stash

36 Take One Collection

Jan Williams showcases the Kaisercraft Floral Delight collection

12 The Card Expert

50 Expert Guide

Check out Su Pennick’s designer ideas for creating paper mosaics

55 Designer découpage

Take a look at these stunning makes from Sigrid Klingenberg for Marianne Design

66 Trend Of The Month

Lindsey Hopkins shows us her creations using the fabulous Art Deco range from Papermania

24 Beginner’s Guide

Andrea Gourley shows us her techniques for creating her own pearl and gem-like embellishments


8 page so for usin f inspiration g your FREE

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30 New Ways With Stash

50 Expert Guide


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Creative news We bring you details of the latest news and events at craft stores around the country

To enter any of the giveaways in this issue, send your name, address and email address on a postcard to CRC53 followed by the giveaway code to Practical Publishing, Suite G2 St Christopher House, 217 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK2 6NG to arrive by 10th May 2013, or enter your details online at

Aussie additions There are four new fantastic ranges available from


Kaisercraft in the form of the subtle and sophisticated Elegance, bright and playful Hopscotch, crafty Needle & Thread and Remember Me with poppies galore. See the full range of Kaisercraft products available at Jones Crafts is the UK distributor for Kaisercraft and is always eager to direct consumers to retailers that stock its ranges in the UK. Email for stockist details

Strawberry Tea Get together with friends and


family for The Strawberry Tea campaign running from 1st June – 31st August in aid of Breast Cancer Care. All you need to do is buy or bake some cakes, add some strawberries, put the kettle on and away you go! It’s the perfect excuse to catch up with friends, family or colleagues and tuck into delicious treats, while at the same time raising money for people affected by breast cancer. Register now for a free Strawberry Tea fundraising pack full of ideas and tips by visiting wberry or calling 0870 164 9422

Fairy fantasy


Welcome to the fantasy world of fairies created by the imagination of Linda Els and now available exclusively from Crimson Cloud as four new stamp sets. Each fairy is exquisitely detailed and comes with a set of superbly versatile sentiments. Available from at £6.50 per set


Summer’s sorted with Berisfords With warm, sunny days on the horizon, it’s time to plan your summer creations so take a look at these fresh new designs from Berisfords. From making cards and invitations to little keepsakes to give at parties, or raising money for your favourite cause, these pretty designs will give a burst of colour and add to the fun of any occasion. Choose from cupcakes, butterflies, cherries, ice cream cones, Russian dolls, bunting or sweet little birds! Visit for product details or call 01260 274011

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Going to the chapel...

13th April


The new Crafty Sentiments Designs wedding stamps are now available for £4, as well as some new products, including three Easy Topper sheets for just £1 each! Create your own stationery or send your congratulations with these lovely products! Check out www.craftysentiments or call 07883 031574

Cosham Scrapbook Club Cosham Community Centre

13th – 14th April The Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show Alexandra Palace, London

18th – 20th April The Creative Crafts Show King’s Hall Complex, Belfast

20th – 21st April Sincerely Yours Show Edinburgh

25th – 18th April The Creative Crafts Show Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet

26th April Wear Crafts workshop County Durham

Passe-Partout Craftables


New releases from Marianne Design contain this range of basic Passe-Partouts Craftables dies. With these four shapes you can easily create your own passe-partout cards and create a nice background with the other Craftables designs that are available. For more inspiration and information on Marianne Design go to

26th – 28th April Scrapbook Getaway Holiday Inn, Plymouth

26th – 28th April Just Scrapbooking Weekend Bodrugan Barton

2nd – 4th May The Creative Crafts Show Manchester Central

4th May Birmingham Paper Crafts Fair National Motorcycle Museum

4th – 5th May Oak House Studio National Scrapbooking Day/Weekend Beverley, East Yorkshire

Favourite Things


The latest collection from Sizzix is one big bundle of loveliness! Designed by the talented Brenda Walton, this aptly named range, Favourite Things, is as romantic and magical as they come. Featuring all the things that bring a smile to your face, from flowers and butterflies to rosettes

4th – 6th May and beautiful alphabets, it’s sure to bring out the creative flair in you. For more information on this collection and all other Sizzix products visit and don’t forget to check out the blog for plenty of craft inspiration

Weald of Kent Craft & Design Show Penshurst Place, Tonbridge

11th May Just Scrapbooking workshop The Centre, Newlyn


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Get in touch

Your letters We catch up with all the latest news and gossip from our readers

We always love to hear what our readers have been up to so why not drop us a letter or an email showing us the crafty projects you have been creating? Each letter we print will receive a small prize. Write to Creative Cardmaking, Practical Publishing, Suite G2 St Christopher House, 217 Wellington Road South, Stockport SK2 6NG or email creativecardmaking@

Spoilt for choice


Thank you

What a surprise I had last week when the postman called and delivered a purple parcel! My husband was just as interested as I was to see what was in it and we found two Fiskars punches, a continuous stamping wheel, replacement ink and lovely stamps that I’d won from one of your competitions. Thank you for the surprise; it certainly brightened by day and of course I had to try everything right away! Here’s a card I made using the floral stamp from my prize, plus the cute cat stamp from your sister magazine Creative Stamping. I used ProMarkers to colour the flowers and am overjoyed with the result! Joy Barnes, Lancashire

Thank you so much for the wonderful prize I received from issue 46 – I’d completely forgotten I’d entered! It was such a surprise when the postman knocked on the door and handed me the package. Upon opening, I discovered the adorable Mulberry Wood CD-ROM and stamp set, plus glue and Snow White Centura cardstock (which is one of my favourite for cardmaking). The CD-ROM is lovely and the colouring on the images means I can see them clearly, so I thought I’d make this little thank you note. I always look forward to Creative Cardmaking and am glad you’ve gone back to staples for the free papers – now I can keep my magazines nice and tidy. Gwen Tomlinson, Kent


CCM: Thanks for the notelet Gwen. The CD-ROMs from Crafter’s Companion are such great quality aren’t they? Couple this with adorable artwork like Mulberry Wood and you’re always on to a winner!

CCM: You’re just in luck Gemma! Check out Jo’s feature on pages 20-22 for a great card featuring a moustache and also our Geek Chic shopping guide on page 74, which has some super ideas for you!

Delighted winner


Thank you so much for the Fiskars prize I won in your competition. I’d been looking at the Continuous Stamping Wheel and was going to treat myself to one when the prizes were delivered! Mrs C Wall, Kent

CCM: Glad we got your prize to you before you made the purchase! We hope you enjoy your new goodies and all the cardmaking you can do using them.


CCM: Aren’t you the eager beaver? So glad you liked the surprise Joy and that

I’ve been looking for a while for moustache embellishments or papers that I can use to create a great 50th birthday card for my brother. He’s well-known amongst family and friends for his big, bushy moustache so can you point me in the right direction as I’ve had no luck so far? Gemma Sherratt, Cheshire

you got experimenting with your new goodies so quickly! Enjoy making more cards with them.

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