Monday, 7 January 2013

Review: Cardmaking & Papercraft

Soooo, this is another overdue review, for which I apologise.

This issue was released between Christmas and New Year, and I read it in that time, but again, this is the first time I have had chance to write my review. 

I also apologise in advance that this week is likely to be a reviewing week as a few magazines were dropped through the letterbox over xmas, but I was so busy with other things, such as the small matter of a wedding, that although I read them and noted the ideas, I haven't had time to write about them.  I promise to be less tardy from now on.

Anyway, shall we get on with this review?

First of all, I would just like to say that I love this issue!!!!  I also love the freebies, and have already made a card using the freebie stamps and paper:

I will blog a little bit about this card later.

So, as I have already said, the freebies with this issue are some rubber haberdashery stamps and coordinating papers, and as always, there are some brilliant ideas on how to use these, including cards, boxes and bags.

I love Carolyne Knott's Blooms and Butterflies projects, made using Little Claire stamps, which although I don't own any (yet), I am starting to fall a little bit in love with, and I don't think it will be long before I do purchase some.  I am particularly adding to my wish list the Changing Tree stamp used in this project, which has interchangeable branches.  It is hard to explain, but if you buy this issue of C&P, you will see exactly what I mean.  Anyway, as usual, I have gone off on a tangent. Sorry.  These cards are lovely and bright for spring and I can't wait to get one (or all) of the stamps to start recreating.

I also love the subscriber's only project this issue, which uses a Lili Of The Valley stamp - Aimi Geisha Girl.  I don't actually have this stamp, but I do have this image as a mini masterpiece, and the papers used are digi papers, so no need to go out and buy anything to make this card, or a version of it anyway.  They have also used my new favourite colour combination - bright green and pink, which it seems are going to be the 'in' colours for the foreseeable future.

As to be expected now that Christmas is over and done with, there are a fair few Valentines card ideas in this issue.  10 Ideas for Men's Valentines I think will prove an invaluable resource, as I never know what to make for my beloved (now) hubby, so I think I might steel an idea from this project feature.  None of them really require too much specialist equipment or expect you to go out and spend a fortune - they can be made from the basics in your craft stash.  As long as you have some red card, you're away.

Another project I really like is Simonne Clay's Stand Out Spring Style which features faux embossing and letterpress techniques.  These cards look stunning and I am now going to invest in some more embossing folders (I only have one) and get creating with the letterpress technique in particular, as this is a great way to make your own backgrounds, which can also be used as the main focus for the card they are that stunning.  It will also make a nice change from stamping.

I also like 5 Ideas For Little Princesses, which features the new mermaid and fairy stamps from LOTV, which I have all of, so I can do these projects if I got the papers.  This project feature also has a little decorated hand mirror featuring one of the stamps, which is a different idea I really love.  I might make one of these for my niece's birthday, although that isn't until May.

Other projects and articles in this issue include:
 3 Ways with Sketches
  • How to use Pinterest
  • Quick makes featuring butterflies and florals
  • Iris folding
  • Techniques with fusible fibres
  • Window box cards
  • 6 ways to use circles on your cards (a good way to use up some scraps
  • Upcycling junk mail
  • 10 minute makes with buttons

Prizes to be won this time include:
  • £1,000 Papermania goodies (I want this one!)
  • Dovecraft 'Garden Party' goody bag (subscribers only)
  • Joanne Sheen 'All Our Yesterdays' goody bag (subscribers only)
  • £1,000 Lucky Dip
  • Craftime Colour Connection goodies
  • MyCraft Studio Elite CD-Rom
  • Spectrum Noir pens
  • Hunkydory Shimmering Watercolours luxury card goodies
  • Woodware goodies

I am now super excited for next month's issue, which is on sale 24th January.

Happy Crafting!


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