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Christmas 2016 – Wild Rose Studio Stamps & Dies

Christmas 2016 is fast approaching and these lovely designs from Wild Rose Studio are flying off the shelves.
Wild Rose Studio - new Christmas 2016 Stamps

Wild Rose Studio – new Christmas 2016 Stamps

Wild Rose Studio Foxes in Stocking Christmas 2016     

‘Foxes in Stocking’ Christmas Clear Craft Stamp CL499
What a lovely surprise to find these bundles of fun stuffed in a stocking!

This stamp measures approximately 69 x 91mm.

Wild Rose Studio Robins on Branch Christmas 2016 Stamp

‘Robins on Branch’ Christmas Clear Craft Stamp CL497
This cute scene is sure to brighten up your Christmas cards!
Four little robins, all perched in a row – but for one of them it looks like Christmas has come early…
This stamp measures approximately 101 x 59mm.

Wild Rose Studio Snowman Family Christmas 2016 Stamp Set  

‘Snowman Family’ Christmas Clear Craft Stamp CL496.
Get ready to make some amazing Christmas cards with this gorgeous snowman family.
It’s the ideal image to match with the greeting ‘Merry Christmas from our house to yours’
Measures approx. 66mm x 76mm.

Wild Rose Studio Penguin with Present Christmas 2016 Stamp Set   

‘Penguin with Present’ Christmas Clear Craft Stamp CL498.
This little penguin is all ready for the festivities to start!
He’s got a fantastic-looking present to offer to all your friends and family this Christmas.
This stamp measures approximately 67 x 77mm.

Wild Rose Studio new Christmas 2016 Dies

Wild Rose Studio Christmas 2016 Reindeer Die  

 

NEW ‘Reindeer’ Christmas Specialty Craft Die SD074
Made in the USA by a leading manufacturer, they are made from 100% steel with a non-stick coating and are compatible with most leading die-cutting systems.
This die measures approximately 69x117mm

Wild Rose Studio – Christmas Stamps & Dies

Wild Rose Studio Ltd, a UK papercraft company, produces an exclusive range of beautiful products and inspiring products for card-making.  Over the years they have produced a fabulous Christmas range that they add to and update each year.  As we have already highlighted the new designs for Christmas 2016,  this post wouldn’t be complete without a quick mention of some of the other seasonal stamps and dies that are available for purchase – either through our website or EBay shop.

Wild Rose Studio Owls on Branch Christmas Clear Stamp

Wild Rose Studio ‘Owls on Branch’ Christmas Clear Stamp CL460.
Measures approx. 10cm x 6cm.

Wild Rose Studio Snowmen Christmas Clear Stamp

Wild Rose Studio ‘Snowmen’ Christmas Clear Craft Stamp CL461.
Measures approx. 9.5cm x 6cm.

Wild Rose Studio Girl on Sleigh Christmas Clear Craft Stamp

Wild Rose Studio ‘Girl on Sleigh’ Christmas Clear Stamp CL462.
Stamp measures approx. 9 x 7cm

Wild Rose Studio Girl and Snowmas Christmas Clear Stamp

Wild Rose Studio ‘Girl & Snowman’ Christmas Clear Stamp CL419.  Stamp measures approx. 7 x 6.5cm

Wild Rose Studio Annabelle with Gifts Christmas Clear Craft Stamp

Wild Rose Studio ‘Annabelle with Gifts’ Christmas Clear Stamp CL261.   Stamp measures approx. 9.5 x 7cm

Wild Rose Studio Santa & Rudolph Christmas Clear Craft Stamp

Wild Rose Studio ‘Santa & Rudolph’ Christmas Clear Stamp CL457
Stamp measures approx. 6.5 x 7cm

Wild Rose Studio Bella on Bauble Christmas Clear Craft Stamp

Wild Rose Studio ‘Bella on Bauble’ Christmas Clear Stamp CL255. Stamp measures approx. 6 x 9cm

Wild Rose Studio First Christmas Clear Craft Stamp

Wild Rose Studio ‘First Christmas’ Festive Clear Stamp CL256
Stamp measures approx. 7 x 9.5 cm

Wild Rose Studio Christmas Scene Die

Wild Rose Studio ‘Christmas Scene’ Festive Specialty Craft Die SD06  Die measures approx. 136 x 70mm

Wild Rose Studio Snow Frame Christmas Craft Die

Wild Rose Studio ‘Snow Frame’ Christmas Craft Die SD026
Contains 2 dies.  The outside frame die measures approximately 102x135mm, the inside holly frame measures 49x78mm approximately.

Wild Row Studio Row of Baubles Christmas Craft Die

Wild Rose Studio ‘Row of Baubles’ Christmas Craft Die SD035        Die measures approx. 138mm x 53mm

Wild Rose Studio Hanging Baubles Christmas Craft Die

Wild Rose Studio ‘Hanging Baubles’ Christmas Craft Die SD034   Die measures approx. 65 x 110mm

Wild Rose Studio Christmas Tree Craft Die

Wild Rose Studio ‘Christmas Tree’ Festive Craft Die SD036
Die measures approx. 85 x 115mm

Wild Rose Studio Winter Butterfly Christmas Craft Die

Wild Rose Studio ‘Winter Butterfly’ Specialty Craft Die SD029      Die measures approx. 80 x 57mm

Wild Rose Studio Snowflake Corner Christmas Craft Die

Wild Rose Studio ‘Snowflake Corner’ Christmas Craft Die SD027 Die measures approx. 70 x 105mm

Wild Rose Studio Lace Snowflake Christmas Craft Die

Wild Rose Studio ‘Lacy Snowflake’ Christmas Craft Die SD024       Die measures approx. 90 x 80mm

Wild Rose Studio Christmas Greeting Craft Die

Wild Rose Studio ‘Christmas Greeting’ Festive Craft Die SD062    Die measures approx. 112 x 70mm

Wild Rose Studio Gilded Tree Christmas Craft Die

Wild Rose Studio ‘Gilded Tree’ Christmas Specialty Craft Die SD059 Die measures approx. 95 x 65mm

Update & new arrivals @ Craft House 2016

Update well overdue, apologises as over a year has past since our last post.

Despite the blog being  quiet, we have been exceptionally busy sourcing new stock items.  These new items are in the process of being  added to our online shop outlets.  Consequently,  it is now appropriate to have a quick and long awaiting update, starting with an overview of the Wild Rose Studio 2016 craft clear stamp range. (Excluding the Christmas range which will be listed separately).

NEW Wild Rose Studio Stamps

Stamps introduced in Spring / March 2016

Bear Hugs CL485 Clear Stamp – sharing the love

Wild Rose Studio Bunny and Butterfly Stamp CL463

Bunny and Butterfly CL463 Clear Stamp – this image sums up spring.

Teddy with Flowers CL490 Clear Stamp (update)

Teddy with Flowers CL490 Clear Stamp – This adorable teddy is here with a bunch of spring flowers.

Birds on Nest CL489 Clear Stamp – This  chirpy little couple are so excited because they’ve built a nest and have a little one on the way!

Dragon and Bird CL488 Clear Stamp Set – A little bird told us that you really wanted more dragon stamps.

Dragon Flying CL487 Clear Stamp Set – flying high!   Whether you want to say happy birthday, best wishes, thank you or just a hug in a card, this little gem is sure to brighten up someone’s day.

Stamps introduced in May 2016

Cat and Moon Greetings CL495 Clear Stamp Set – giving you a fabulous selection to make gorgeous cards every time!

Mummy Fox and Baby CL492 Clear Stamp – Who could resist this adorable mummy fox with her little cub?

Halloween Cat CL491 Clear Stamp – This little cat is scooting along on his broomstick!

Woodware Clear Magic Stamps | Back In Stock

Woodware Clear Magic Craft Stamps have been flying off the shelves.  We are continually monitoring our stock levels to meet this demand and are now able to offer direct purchase from our website with free UK 2nd class postage.  This is in line with the service we currently provide through our Ebay shop.

Here are a sample of the most popular stamps recently re-stocked, together with examples of their use for card-making:

 

 Woodware Clear Magic 'Holly Tree' Christmas Clear Stamp JGS418 Woodware Christmas JGS418aWoodware Christmas JGS418b

Woodware ‘Holly Tree’ Christmas Clear Stamp JGS418£6.25

Contains 3 stamps  – Main stamp measures approx. 8 x 8.5cm

*****

NEW Woodware 'Bethleham' Christmas Clear Stamp JGS279

Stampavie Stamps @ Craft-HouseUK

Stampavie Stamps @ Craft-HouseUK

This overview of a selection of our Stampavie Stamps follows a recent stock update of this very popular range of photopolymer clear craft stamps.  We are also introducing free UK 2nd class postage and packing on this range.

Shipping costs to Europe will be fixed at £1.75 (regardless of quantities ordered) for these stamps and we anticipate that you will be able to access the automated shipping for these very soon.  In the meantime please feel free to contact us with your requirements.
Should you experience any difficulty during checkout, for example selecting postage options, again please do not hesitate to contact us.  We are constantly reviewing our website to make your viewing experience easy to navigate and your feedback (both positive and negative) to help achieve this aim will be gratefully appreciated.

Stampavie Stamps – Sarah Kay Designs:

Stampavie Stamps SK2009FW01Stampavie Stamps - Francesca in the Winter Field

‘Francesca in the winter field’ SK2009FW01 – £5.25                             This lovely stamp measures approx. 6 x 9cm and is, we believe suitable for a range of different greeting cards.  

Stampavie Stamps - SK2009FW03Stampavie Stamps - Rose and winter bunny

‘Rose cuddling the Winter bunny’ SK2009FW03 – £5.25 A firm favourite in this stamp range, it measures approx.  6 x 9cm.     

Stampavie Stamps - SK2009LN01Stampavie Stamps - SK2009LN01

‘Fleur gathering flowers with Manon’ SK2009LN01 – £5.25  Again a design for many different occasions, it measures 6 x 9cm.              

Stampavie Stamps – Laurence Collection:

Stampavie Stamps - LAU019Stampavie Stamps - Sporty Heroes

‘Sporty Heroes’  LAU019 – £5.25 An excellent choice to celebrate and congratulate on achievements, this stamp measures approx. 9 x 7cm.                

Stampavie Stamps - LAU05Stampavie Stamps - Merry Bear

‘Merry Bear’  LAU05 – £5.25  Getting ready for Christmas? This stamp will have you producing fabulous Christmas Cards in no time.  It measures approx. 6 x 8 cm.                 

Stampavie Stamps - LAU15Stampavie Stamps - Just to Say

‘Just to say’  LAU15 – £5.25   It’s all in the name, although we think this stamp would also be perfect for Easter designs.  The stamp measures approx.   6 x 8cm.            

Stampavie Stamps – Gillian Roberts Designs:

Stampavie Stamps - GR018Stampavie Stamps - Picking Cherries

Picking cherries‘ GR018 – £5.25    Another great design for numerous occasions, it measures approx. 6 x 7cm.              

Stampavie Stamps - GR029Stampavie Stamps - Fishing Fun

‘Fishing fun’  GR029 – £5.25  One for the boys, or even an image for Father’s Day.  The stamp measures 6 x 8cm.  

Stampavie Stamps - GR015Stampavie Stamps - Daisy Chain   

‘Daisy chain’ GR015 – £5.25 For my best friend, this stamp measures 7 x 6cm.

Stampavie Stamps – Penny Johnson Designs:

Stampavie Stamps - PEN67Stampavie Stamps - Flower Friends

‘Flower Friends’  PEN67 – £5.25  Whether it is birthday wishes or just good luck, this stamps says in one image ‘From all of Us’! It measures 6 x 8cm.

Stampavie Stamps - PEN74Stampavie Stamps - Little Tobi

‘Little Tobi watering the roses’ PEN74 – £5.25 – A popular choice, this stamps measures 6 x 8cm.

 Stampavie Stamps - PEN19Stampavie Stamps - Rosie Rabbit

Rosie Rabbit’ PEN19 – £5.25  We think you will agree this stamp says ‘I Love You’ and is just perfect for Valentines and  Anniversaries, or maybe as a piece offering to say Sorry!.  This stamp measures approx. 6 x 8cm. 

Stampavie Stamps – Mo Manning Designs:

Stampavie Stamps - MM013Stampavie Stamps - Cat Grad

‘Catgrad’ MM013 – £5.25  Goes without saying, a very well done for your graduation.  Stamp measures approx. 6 x 8cm.

Stampavie Stamps - MM020Stampavie Stamps - MM020 Swine Flu

‘Swine Flu’ MM020 – £5.25   Need to make a card that says ‘Get Well Soon’? Then this stamp is the one for you, it measures approx. 6.5 x 6.5cm.                   

Stampavie Stamps – Helz Cuppleditch:

Stampavie Stamps - CARAC0609Stampavie Stamps - Coco Cat Flowers

‘Coco the cat with flowers’  CARAC0609 – £5.25  Last but not least (we have more on the website) say it with flowers with this stamp which measures approx. 7 x 6cm.

Christmas Card Craft Ideas – 1

Christmas Card Craft Ideas – 1

This is the first of my Christmas card craft ideas.  Using simple rubber stamp techniques I will provide step by step instructions to produce this beautiful, yet easy to make Christmas card.

Woodware Christmas Card Craft Ideas |Project 1 @ Craft-House

Basic resources for this card:

  • A4 white card stock or a DL sized card with a smaller approx. 21cm x 8cm piece of white card.
  • Coloured Card stock. I’m using red to match the colour of my pen. The card needs to be about the same size or slightly larger than your small piece of white card.
  • Woodware ‘All about Christmas’ FRS302 Clear Stamp and Acrylic Block to fit the stamp (both currently available for purchase here).
  • Black Ink Pad – I’ve used a Jet Black StazOn Pad but that’s just my preference.
  • Coloured Pens – Red and Black.
  • Also I recommend a good , clean work surface. I use the Woodware ‘Hot Stuff Mat’ to protect my table, especially as I’m using StazOn fast drying solvent (permanent) ink.
  • A pair of scissors.
  • A4 trimmer – especially useful if you haven’t already got a DL sized card.
  • Double sided mounting tape.
  • Red ribbon bow for decoration.

Basic Resources for Christmas Card Craft Ideas|project 1

Step 1 – Cut your white card to size

To make a DL size card cut from a piece of A4 a card measuring 21cm x 21cm and fold in half. The remainder of the card is then about the right size for your small piece.

Cut White Card | Cristmas Card Craft Ideas | project 1

Step 2 – Ink-up

Take the Woodware ‘All about Christmas’ stamp and position it on your clear acrylic block.  Then after protecting your working area, ink-up your stamp by firmly pressing your ink pad all over the stamp. Ink up Stamp | Christmas Card Craft Ideas | project 1

As noted, my preference (when not embossing an image) is to use StazOn, but my ink pad was slightly dry so I applied re-inker to the pad.

Re-inker | Christmas Card Craft Ideas | 1 project

Step 3 – Stamp image

Carefully place you inked stamp over the white card and firmly press down.  Ensure you evenly apply enough pressure. This is quite a large stamp and it may take some practice to get the perfect image.

Stamp Image | Christmas Card Craft Ideas | project 1

Step 4 – Clean your stamp

As I’ve used StazOn I recommend the StazOn cleaner, if however you’ve used a pigment or dye-based ink pad then washing up liquid usually works for me.  More information about the different types of ink pad available here.

StazOn Cleaner | Christmas Card Craft Ideas | Project 1

Step 5 – Colour image

My image wasn’t as good as I wanted, so if a few of the areas need more definition, very carefully apply black pen to those areas. Then colour the letters and border with your choice of colour – I used red here, but in the past I have created both a green version and a darker, almost burgundy red one.

Colour with pen | Christmas Card Craft Ideas | project 1

Step 6 – Mount image

Trim the stamped image to leave a small (approx. 2mm) border around the outer side.

Finished coloured image | Christmas Card Craft Ideas | project 1

Then trim a co-ordinating coloured piece of card (red in my case) to 20.5 cm x 7.5cm. Apply mounting tape to both pieces of card.

Mount tape | Christmas Card Craft Ideas | project 1

 

Stick the coloured card to your pre-cut and folded DL sized card as shown in the photo, then the stamped image card on the top.

Stamped image mounted on card | Christmas Card Craft Ideas | project 1

 

Step 7 – Finishing touches

Add a ribbon bow as an embellishment – iron with straighteners if necessary.

Red Ribbon |Christmas Card Craft Ideas | Project 1

I used a glue dot in this instance for a quick fix – but when batch making cards I would normally recommend a hot glue gun.

Glue dot on ribbon | Christmas Card Craft Ideas | project 1

Sit back and admire your finished work:

Woodware Craft @ Craft-House | Christmas Card Craft Ideas

 

Woodware Christmas Craft Collection Stamps

Woodware Christmas @ craft-house-uk

It is no surprise to see the Woodware Christmas Craft Collection being so popular in the run up to this 2015 festive season.

Here are just a few of the fabulous designs we are stocking this year.  A click on each of the pictures will provide further details and a link for purchase.

We will be adding more as they become available so watch this space.

NEW Woodware 'Holly Tree' Christmas Clear Stamp JGS418

Woodware ‘Holly Tree’ Christmas Clear Stamp JGS418 – £6.25

Craft Stamps: Wooden, Clear or Cling?

On the whole the industry seems to be moving away from wooden backed craft stamps in favour of clear polymer or cling stamps, in view of this I thought it may be useful to look at the pros and cons of all these types.

Clear Craft Stamps: Pros

Woodware Chubby Penguin Clear Magic Craft Stamp @ Craft-House
Woodware ‘Chubby Penguin’ Clear Craft-Stamp

•Easy to store.

•Shipping tends to be cheaper.

•There are some quality image stamps producing highly effective results available on the market.

•Accurate positioning as you can visualise where your stamped image will be reproduced.

•You can place a number of clear stamps on the one block to produce your finished result.

•Tend to be cheaper than traditional rubber stamps.

Clear Craft Stamps : Cons

•Some have a tendency to yellow over time, though this does not affect the quality of the stamped image.

•You need a clear acrylic block large enough to hold your stamp.

•Image quality tends to be inferior to traditional rubber.

•The stamps are softer, prone to tearing and stretching – caution is needed when removing them from their backing sheet.

•Beware of those of a lesser quality.

Wooden Backed Craft Stamps: Pros

Inkadinkado 'Ornate Bird Frame' Craft Stamp @ Craft-House
Inkadinkado ‘Ornate Bird Frame’ Wooden Craft Stamp

•The rubber is permanently fixed to the wood, so its ready for immediate use.

•Large selection with varying degrees of intricacy.

•With a growing range of clear stamps some of the wooden designs are being discontinued. For those companies replacing their designs with clear alternatives the wooden designs maybe offered up for sale at a discounted rate.

•The quality of the printed image tends to be much clearer than those produced from polymer.

Wooden Backed Craft Stamps: Cons

•Bulky – so shipping tends to be more expensive.

Cling Craft Stamps: Pros

Hero Arts 'Let it Snow' Christmas Cling Craft Stamp @ Craft-House
Hero Arts ‘Let it Snow’ Cling Craft-Stamp

•Offers the balance between the convenience of cling being easy to store, with the quality of a rubber image.

Cling Craft Stamps: Cons

•Like the cling you will need an acrylic block.

Fizzy Moon Christmas Stamps

Christmas with Fizzy Moon

We are in the process of updating our website so that it corresponds with all (and more) that we have on offer for sale on other web sites (specifically those on our Ebay shop) so please bear with us.

In the meantime I thought you might like to know that we have recently added a range of stamps from the Fizzy Moon Festive Fun collection at a very reasonable price of £0.99 each (currently with free UK p&p on these items -see additional notes). Click on the picture to purchase from this range.

Examples of some of the stamped images:

(clicking on each picture will directly link to the corresponding stamp for purchase on our website)

Fizzy Moon FZXCS012 @ Craft-House

Fizzy Moon FZXCS014 @ Craft-House
Fizzy Moon FZXCS014 Sledging
Fizzy Moon FZXCS007 @ Craft-House
Fizzy Moon FZXCS007 Presents
Fizzy Moon FZXCS006 @ Craft-House
Fizzy Moon FZXCS006 Sign
Fizzy Moon FZXCS011 @ Craft-House
Fizzy Moon FZXCS011 Sack

Postage

We have noted in a previous post that we do not intend to make a profit from postage and packaging – we stand by this promise.

To ensure that postage costs are as accurate as can be we have included a system of calculating costs on the basis of the weight of the total purchases in the shopping basket.

Errors

We accept that on occasions, errors will be made. In the case of an overcharge of postage, provided you have paid by our recommended Paypal method, we WILL refund any overpayment. We have particularly made mention to this here as we are at present offering our clear stamp range as free UK p&p. Unfortunately the automatic calculation of shipment costs doesn’t currently allow for this – so in these instances you will qualify for a refund.

Blog – An introduction to our new craft blog

Welcome to our new blog pages

We hope you find this blog resource useful both in terms of hearing about our products and also as a tool to share ideas.

We have for a number of years sold many of our products through other on-line media sources such as  Ebay and Etsy (as well as our own website).  Indeed this blog was previously tested under a different domain name but has recently been converted to one more associative of our third party (Ebay and Etsy) shop names.  Whilst we intend to continue selling through the various means available to us, we are introducing this blog as a more interactive resource.

In this way we feel we can really get to know our customers needs and desires thereby offering a more personalised service.  We are keen to listen to your feedback and believe that through the utilisation of a blog like this one, we can respond more directly to your views and ideas.

We have for example, struggled recently in offering more competitive postage and packaging costs.  Though we hold by our promise that we do not intend to make any profit from postage costs.  We have, however, experienced some difficulty especially when customers wanted to purchase a number of items for shipment overseas.  We now feel that by regaining control, we can reduce the influence and restrictions that selling through third parties entails.

Blog Format

We have designed the layout of the blog page to correspond (as near as possible) with that of the website. This will eventually allow for direct links between both the website and the blog, which should facilitate easy movement between the sites.  So both menus in the black (horizontal row at the top and the left hand column) link directly to the main website. This leaves all the blog information (previous posts and categories) in the right hand column in the main blog board.

We are always looking for ways to improve our service to you, so any feedback on for example aspects of the blog design, or our service in general would be greatly appreciated.

With Christmas Approaching!

Our next blog instalment will (all being well) include information of some of our festive products together with some ideas / card designs for you to try out.

Fizzy Moon Festive Fun Christmas at Craft-House | Blog
Christmas Approaching