Friday, 26 December 2014


Here's an idea for a little project for the coming year.

Regal make 12 month calendars with lots of space for decoration and journalling.  If you don't have time for traditional scrapbooking, why not just take (or select) one photo from each month, list all the important things that happened, add some embellishments when you have a spare moment, and then, at the end of the year, you'll have a record of 2015 to treasure in the future. It may be "express" scrapbooking but I bet that the grandchildren in 2065 will love looking back at it!!

Alternatively, if there's a new baby in your life, or a child who has just started school, a month by month record now would be a great gift in a few years time E.g. 18th or 21st birthday!!!

Friday, 19 December 2014


 Most folks have finished their Christmas cards by now, but Marilyn's card won't take too long, if you are still in the making phase - just select some pretty doublesided papers, fold up the ends and place the folded edges together.  Cut a zig zag from one end of a plain strip and assemble as shown in the picture.  These card's illustrate how easily a Christmas design can be adapted for other occasions simply by changing the colours, and embellishments.  It might be worth having a look back over the last few postings and thinking of ways in which the designs could be used for birthdays etc with a little imagination!

Friday, 12 December 2014


O.K. Rule 1 of not having started to make Christmas cards yet......DON'T PANIC.

Rule 2 - chose something really easy and just do it!!

These cards can be made in under five minutes each.  Begin with a cut out Christmas tree from Regal (Kraft to the left, silver to the right), run it through an embossing machine in your favourite folder (not necessarily specifically Christmassy).  Use foam tape (or a sticky square) to mount onto a premade Regal card ("Natural" or "Sparklelight" in our examples).  Add a bow or rhinestone (or sticker) to the top and there you are - a finished card in just a few minutes!  Your time starts now.............

Tuesday, 9 December 2014


 I have three more lovely stitched cards by Sandra Bell to share with you.  If you started right now, you might be able to finish a couple of your own by Christmas.....but if not, why not add it to your "New Year's Resolution" list for next year!!!

Thanks again Sandra for allowing me to show others your beautiful work!

Friday, 5 December 2014


Card Inserts
 By this stage, time is probably of the essence if you are still to make your Christmas cards, so here are two 5 minute ideas!  The first is a Sparklelight sticker on a Sparklelight card ( a good range of each is available on  from Regal Craft Cards) and the second is the background from a 3D sheet, stuck onto silver card and mounted in a large oval cut-out card.  If you use the backgrounds and built up images separately, you can get six cards from each sheet rather than just the three!  Each card is finished with a pre-printed Regal inserty.  How easy is that!!!!
Sparklelight Christmas Cards

Tuesday, 2 December 2014


This is a fun card that can be as easy or difficult as you want it to be.  Its also quite a good card to make if you want to keep children entertained with a Christmas craft project.

Basically, take one of Regal's square white cards, Add a triangle of card for the roof and then go wild with the decoration!!!  I've kept this example fairly low key, using scrapbooking papers, a punched border, and white heart and greeting stickers, but you could use rhinestones, stamps, punched shapes or whatever you have at hand.

The gingerbread man was cut by folding a scrap of paper in half and cutting free hand until one turned out well enough to use as a template for the "real thing", but you could also trace around a biscuit cutter, use a stamp, or download something from the net.  The white detail and border was added the old-fashioned way with a white gel pen.
If you didn't want a Christmassy theme, try adding turrets for a fairy castle or fort, or just make "a house"..........if you are doing it as a project with the kids, no doubt they'll have good ideas....but actually its rather a fun idea for us grown ups too.....perhaps as a "New Home" card?