Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Dufex 2009 Christmas collection

As all crafters know, July is of course the height of the Christmas crafting season! Dufex has just released its 2009 Christmas craft range, which features a great variety of designs, including vintage, traditional, religious and cute.
The range includes die cut decoupage, pyramex decoupage and stickers too. Each Christmas sheet is individually packaged to ensure that your goodies reach you in pristine condition.
As well as the Dufex designs, there are also some delightful new Christmas designs from Reddy Creative Cards.
Check out the beautiful Winter Paintbox Poppets die cut decoupage sheets designed by Christine Haworth.
There is also a great range of new die cut pyramid decoupage sheets (packaged in pairs) with a selection of themes including angels, religious, cute and traditional.

Talking of Patchwork Kingdom...

Isn't this mistletoe toting polar bear a cutie? Fabrizio made him from the original Patchwork Kingdom Christmas collection (the 3D decoupage sheet used is pictured below). He's been teamed with the co-ordinating backing paper and Hot off the Press paper, and embellished with Kanban pearls and a HOTP dazzle. Thanks Fab for letting me blog about him!
Check out Fab's Big Christmas cards challenge blog for many more creative Christmas card ideas - why not join in with the challenge and get well prepared for next Christmas!

Monday, 27 July 2009

Marvel decoupage - coming soon!

Did you see the Marvel decoupage premiered on Create & Craft TV yesterday afternoon? Wasn't it a fun show! Also good to hear namechecks for my friends Fabrizio and Vince, who made many of the card samples for the show :-)

The Marvel decoupage will be released to retailers shortly, I've pre-ordered mine and hope to have it in stock next week - so watch this space!

Back in stock: Bear Essentials and Marij Rahder moveable decoupage

I've been listing lots of new goodies at Foil Play over the weekend (more news on those to follow over the next few days), I've also stocked up again on some popular items that had sold out.

The first consignment of Bear Essentials Christmas die cut pyramage sheets sold out very quickly - I now have reinforcements of them and the Fairy Doodles sheets, I've also added co-ordinating backing sheets and Fairy Doodles Waterfall sheets.
Also back in stock are the Marij Rahder moveable decoupage sheets - each sheet creates a very unusual moving topper. You can see a step by step demonstration using the above sheet in this previous blog post.
I've also stocked up on other Marij Rahder designs, including the very popular Fifties Feelings series.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Patchwork Kingdom new Christmas collection

Watch out, new Patchwork Kingdom cute critters are about!
The Crafthouse Press has just released four new Christmas Patchwork Kingdom step by step 3D decoupage sheets designed by Beth Hughes, with co-ordinating backing papers:
  • French hens;
  • Penguins;
  • Mole; and
  • Mouse
Each 3D sheet features two decoupage projects of cute Christmas animals, and there is a co-ordinating backing paper available for each design.
The new designs join the existing Patchwork Kingdom collections: Woodland, Christmas and Easter. Patchwork Kingdom now also has it's own website.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Sandra Kuck die cut Christmas invertage & pyramage, large step by step decoupage sheets

Some delightful new Sandra Kuck designs which you may have seen recently on the Create and Craft TV channel are now in store at Foil Play.
There are ten new die cut pyramage and invertage sheets featuring children in a selection of lovely nostalgic Christmas scenes. Each sheet is die cut so no scissors are needed. You can make one pyramage and one invertage project from each sheet.
Also new is a selection of large step by step decoupage sheets. These sheets are not die cut, so scissors are required! The sheets will make up beautiful toppers to form the centrepiece of larger card projects.

Foil Play has a huge selection of Sandra Kuck decoupage sheets including stack-its and multi image sheets - many of the older sheets have been reduced now, so why not pick up a few bargain sheets to complement the latest designs!

Monday, 20 July 2009

Fantasy Fairies and Simply Christmas die cut pyramage decoupage from G18

Some gorgeous new designs are now in at Foil Play from G18 - Fantasy Fairies and Simply Christmas die cut pyramage designs.
Each Fantasy Fairies sheet contains two inspirational and unique die cut designs in both oblong and oval formats. In addition there are two matching gift tags on each sheet.
The Simply Christmas large format die cut pyramage designs are designed to make stunning 3 dimensional toppers to form the centrepiece of larger card designs.
Both the Fantasy Fairies and Simply Christmas sheets are printed on high quality 250gsm silk paper, and die cut so no scissors are needed!
The beautiful designs on these new sheets were created by Andy Housham and Robin Pushe'e.

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Dufex Art Nouveau decoupage kits and Reddy Creative Cards die cut decoupage

Dufex is now the UK distributor for Reddy Creative Cards and has released many new designs, including these gorgeous Art Nouveau card kits, which you may have seen on the Create & Craft TV shopping channel.
There are three designs of Art Nouveau kit available, each comes in a sealed pack containing two A4 die cut decoupage sheets and co-ordinating card stock to make the card.
The kit for the flowers paravent card is shown at the top of this post, with the finished card below, the seasons screen card kit is shown above, with the finished card below.
Other new Reddy die cut decoupage designs are also available at Foil Play, including cute teddy designs and fantasy designs, like the beautiful fairy children sheet pictured below.
The new sheets complement the many existing designs in the Reddy range which Foil Play already stocks, including Caron Vinson fairies, Christine Haworth designs (Faerie Poppets, Paintbox Poppets, Angel Whispers, Meadow Cottage Bears, Dreamtide Fairies), Toreads and floral and vintage designs. A number of the designs (floral, Faerie Poppets, Paintbox Poppets and Meadow Cottage Bears) have also been reproduced as Dufex die cut decoupage.
All of the Reddy sheets are die cut very precisely, allowing you to produce beautifully intricate toppers for your card projects, without all the hassle of cutting out fiddly bits of the designs.
To make up toppers from the sheets, simply pop out the pieces and layer them up with foam pads or silicone adhesive.

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Pet themed card made with Craft UK die cut decoupage

Here's a birthday card made for a collie owner which features border collies from a Craft UK die cut decoupage sheet. I used an 8 x 10" card and covered it with two toning Papermania pet themed papers, using a strip of brown velvet finish ribbon to cover the join. On the lower sheet, I decoupaged some of the circle motifs from the leftover part of the paper, and mounted them over matching circles using foam pads, to add a bit of dimension.

I've used Nestabilities long rectangles dies to cut co-ordinating mats for both the decoupage and the stamped greeting. I used three layers of the die cut decoupage (layers 2A and 3A are identical), which means that I still have an extra collie dog topper for another project.
The Craft UK die cut decoupage sheet that I used to make the card is pictured above.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

New from Kanban: Card & toppers, Christmas, Lorelei Design

Lots of newly released Kanban goodies are now in store at Foil Play - including a delightful selection of new die cut Christmas topper sheets and co-ordinating cardstock.
For something completely different, check out the Lorelei Designs Bathtime and Southern Belles, a selection of die cut foiled and flitter glittered topper sheets and co-ordinating cardstock. The Lorelei Designs kits have sold out in minutes when aired on QVC. They are designed by Lorelei Harris - you can check her website here.
Also new is a selection of die cut and foiled topper sheets depicting lovely vintage ladies from the 1940s.
New in the card section, is a series of printed card, mirri card and acetate, with matching Duo Designs, like the one below.
Something else which is very unusual, these sheets of enamel glazed card, beautiful designs (which remind me of William Morris patterns) with texture and sparkle.
I've also stocked up on many of the popular topper and card sheets which had previously sold out.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Elegant lady cards using Hunkydory Violet Checks die cut topper sheet

Another selection of cards made using a Hunkydory die cut toppers sheet, this time using the Violet Checks sheet from the Glamour Girls set.

I used the largest topper from the sheet on the 8 x 10" card above, with two sheets of Hot off the Press background papers to cover the card. I used a Fiskars punch to make a decorative border to the centre paper, and backed this with self adhesive silver vinyl to emphasise the border. I mounted the main topper and a co-ordinating greetings topper from the same sheet with self adhesive foam to add a little dimension, and finished the card with three self adhesive gems in the bottom right hand corner.
The other three cards were made by covering 6 x 6" cards with co-ordinating 6 x 6" papers. The topper on the card above has been matted onto a toning paper, the card has also been embellished with Kanban Bling in the centre of the flowers and a green ribbon.

The square topper on the card below has been simply mounted with self adhesive foam. I've added a floral embellishment in toning colours and a Card Art greetings banner.
The topper on the card below has been mounted on mats cut using rectangle shaped Nestabilities. I've also added a greetings topper from the same sheet, and picked out the centre of the flowers on the backing paper with tiny self adhesive gems.
The foiled and die cut Hunkydory topper sheet that I used to make the cards is pictured below.
Each topper sheet contains a selection of picture and greetings toppers for your card craft projects, so you can make several cards from each sheet. Toppers can be matted and layered or mounted with foam pads or silicone adhesive for extra dimension.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

More summer clearance bargains at Foil Play

I've been having a good old clear out and added many more bargains to the clearance section at Foil Play this weekend!
Bargains include selected Kanban backing card sheets and Smirk decoupage packs and co-ordinating embellishments.
For something different, check out the Christmas self adhesive fabric sheets, reduced from £1.99 to £1.25 a sheet.
All templates have been reduced, including ornare pricking templates and Scrap Magic templates.
Selected die cut greetings banner sheets have been reduced from 99p to 79p a sheet.
Tamlyn Art decoupage (designed for teenagers) is reduced from 65p to 49p a sheet.
Southfield backing paper sheets are reduced from 35p to 25p a sheet, and Celtic design backing papers from the Crafthouse Press reduced from 45p to 29p a sheet.
Why not bag a bargain or two while stocks last!