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by Julie Brooks

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Pion Design The Witching Hour - more designs added!

Hi folks,

A quick extra post from me today to tell you how excited I am that we are about to take delivery of three more gorgeous Halloween design papers from Pion Design's The Witching Hour - check these out!


Oh my! How gorgeous are these? I LOVE THEM!

Just look at all those amazing pieces ready to cut out and add to your Halloween craft projects! Awesome!

They should be arriving within the next couple of days and can already be pre-ordered on our website. So, head on over and order these gorgeous papers before they're all gone, because we're pretty confident they are going to fly out the door - a bit like a cackling witch on a broomstick ...... hahahahaha!

Julie x

Trick or Treat!

Hi there blog buddies

I hope you're having a wonderful day full of creativity, or just doing something nice.

I thought I'd share a couple of Halloween makes with you today, since we're now just slightly over a month away from that one crazy day a year where everything turns frightfully spooky and gory! So much fun to be had from just one day - who can resist?

These Halloween beauties were made a couple of years back, I must confess, but I'm still so happy about how they turned out that I just wanted to share them again. They contain lots of nice little touches and effects which are not difficult to achieve, so I hope you enjoy this little re-visit and take some inspiration from it to your own crafty space.

So, this first one is quite a simple card. I used various dies for this and Halloween themed dies are widely available now so you have lots of choice.

The spooky purple background was achieved by blending distress inks until the desired effect was achieved. I think it's a very atmospheric little piece and captures quite well the spooky feeling we experience when out trick or treating.


This next card was fun to do! On this one I stamped a haunted house image in the background using Jet Black Archival Ink and then coloured in the windows with a glowing yellow! I created the spooky orange haze using several colours of distress inks which I blended together and then I used a baby wipe to remove a lot of the colour, particularly from the middle section, to give that hazy, foggy effect so the haunted house is just showing through the fog.

I stamped the pumpkin with archival ink and coloured it with distress markers, then fussy cut it out. I added die cuts, including the words Happy Halloween, which I highlighted using Picket Fence distress marker. I also added some subtle highlights to the cat and the children.

One more card, this time using a Halloween themed embossing folder. I inked my card first, then ran it through my BigShot using the embossing folder. I added die cut witch on broomstick and stars and coloured the spider using my Black Soot distress marker and gave it a glistening strand of silk using Stickles Glitter Glue. I also coloured the word BOO! using the distress marker. Finally I added a sentiment stamped in dark orange onto black card, fixed it in place and added two purple adhesive pearls to finish.

These next makes are some gift/goody bags I created. I had a lot of fun doing these!

I took some black card and created a gift bag by cutting two large pieces to make the front back of the bag and cutting and scoring another, narrower piece, to make the base and sides, and then glued it all together. If anyone would like me to post a tutorial on how to make the big, shout up and I'll glady do so! On this first bag I inked up an embossing folder of a haunted house and then ran it through the Big Shot using white card and fixed it in place at a skewy angle on the front of the bag. I stamped the witch on her broom and fussy cut her out, which was quite fiddly, but worth the effort. I also added a die cut spider with googly eyes and a very cheerful looking bat, Happy Haunting sentiment and some clear stars, and tied the top of the bag with purple and black ribbon and orange tiny ric rac.

This next pair of bags followed a similar theme to the one above but in this case I stamped an image of a haunted house onto black card using white chalk ink and then stamped again onto paper to create a mask, which I carefully cut out. Then I fixed the mask in place and stamped the fence so that it just appeared on either side of the house.

I added stars, pumpkin and sentiment to one bag and pumpkin, sentiment and bat to the other. They were finished with black and purple ribbon, orange tiny ric rac and a die cut pumpkin charm.

And finally, this gift/goody bag which started out as a card! I die cut the spooky graveyard and carefully inked it using distress inks until I was happy with the blend and then fixed it in place on some black card. I stamped the ghost and the bat, fussy cut them out and fixed them in place, the bat flying over a punched circle full moon - cue howling in the dark night .... Were Wolves anyone?!! I used a little Stickles Glitter Glue on one side of all the headstones to represent glistening frost on the stone. I stamped the sentiment in white on black card and fixed that at an angle. The whole thing was mounted onto some purple card and that was my card. But then I felt maybe it would lend itself really well to another gift bag, so ..... a card became .....

.... another gift/goody bag! I just finished it off with ribbons and a cute die cut bat charm.


Well, I hope these little projects got your Halloween juices flowing. Do pop over to our shop to check out all the cool Halloween goodies on offer!

I'll be back soon.

Bye for now,
Julie x

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Autumn in the air

Hi folks!

What lovely early autumn weather we're enjoying here in the East Midlands at the moment - glorious sunshine and temperatures in the mid-20s. The craneflies (or Daddy Longlegs as we call them) are very active at the moment, no doubt finding suitable places to lay their eggs before the frosts begin and make the soil too hard. We've had to evict a few in the evenings which managed to find their way into the house through the tiniest gap where we'd kept windows open to try to feed some cool air in. Trust me, catching one of those blighters is NOT EASY! And then there's the challenge of throwing it outside intact and hoping it doesn't do a quick U-turn and head right back into your house before you've even had chance to close the door!

So, did you manage to watch Mr Skinner's demos on Hochanda? I hope you did - they were fabulous. Leonie made me laugh, the way she kept not quite managing to say Quinacridone Gold! Mind you, it is a bit of a mouthful and an odd combination of letters! We sold out of this particular colour of Media Fluid Acrylic within days, but never fear, we now have stock again!

Now our thoughts turn very much to the nights drawing in, the temperatures dropping and needing to don sweaters, scarves, hats and gloves before long when venturing out, pretty soon we'll have the smell of bonfires (and, if you're like us around here, wood burners being fired up again) and so naturally anyone who loves Halloween will have this well and truly planted in their minds right now, perhaps planning a party, or just a good old crafty session making cards, goody bags and all things spooky! Whatever plans you have, we have plenty of products in stock to help you create your ultimate Halloween designs! And arriving within the next week and already wending its way here from our friends in Sweden, is Pion Design's latest and spookiest collection - The Witching Hour! Ohhhh, what gorgeous designs they have brought to us this year! See for yourself!

How gorgeous are they? I LOVE THEM! Let's take a closer look!

What beautiful autumnal/fall colours to work with
I LOVE the children in costume running merrily along a foggy dark street, and look at those bats!
Gorgeous, almost Gothic design top left - LOVE IT!
And ..... my absolute favourite ......
What a fabulous haunted house and graveyard scene, with the cackling witch flying on her broomstick in front of the moon
These papers are soooooo fabulous - I just can't resist them, can you? They're available to pre-order NOW as we should have them in the shop in about a week's time - they're already on their way to us. We highly recommend pre-ordering these papers to avoid disappointment as we know they are going to fly out the door!

And with more new stock arriving every week, you need to go over and check it all out NOW and see what goodies you can find to fuel your passion and get your creative juices flowing. Don't forget to use your discount code BDB1 at the checkout to get 15% off your order (excluding postage) and don't forget our free postage offer on all orders over £30 (UK only).

If you order other items in with your pre-order goods we will hold everything until the pre-order stock arrives and then post it all out in one neat package to you - what excitement when your goodies arrive! Who doesn't love happy mail like that? :)

So, what are you waiting for? Go to our shop now and do some exploring - you just never know what treasures may be waiting there for you!

See you over there!

Julie x