Posting Update 2021

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Posting days are Tuesdays and Fridays Cut off time for orders is 2 pm. Complete your orders before 2 pm Monday/Thursday to post the next day. If you complete your order AFTER 2 pm Monday/Thursday, your craft goodies will be posted the next posting day. We post all UK orders by Standard 48. And all Europe and Rest of World orders International Tracked.   Easter Posting Days Tuesday 30th March Thursday 1st April (cut off time 2 pm Wednesday) Tuesday … Read More

Monotone Rainbows – Clean & Simple cards by Jeni

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Hi, I have three clean and simple monotone rainbow cards featuring the Shine Your Light stamp set by Catherine Pooler Designs. No YouTube tutorial today as I felt there wasn’t much of a technique or need for a long (3-5min) video but I do have a short video on IGTV and Facebook. Milly hasn’t been well lately, so I’ve been spending a bit more time sitting and chilling with her. She is better now but still has an off day … Read More

Butterfly Birthday Wishes | Inspiration with Tasha

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Hey crafty people, it’s Tasha here and I’m back with your Saturday Inspiration…on a Sunday. (*My bad you guys, sometimes life & health get in the way!) I’m sharing sweet butterfly birthday wishes using a bunch of Catherine Pooler products, available at the Tree!     Ink Blending… To get the pretty gradient background, I chose three colours from the Zen Garden minis that I knew would coordinate well together; this is my BIGGEST tip when you want to create … Read More

Spring Fling Rainbow Refill Watercolour slimline cards – Part 2 by Jeni

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Like this video? Please give it a big thumbs up (you can do this on Youtube, right under the video) and share it with a crafty friend! Leave a comment too, we love hearing from you. Written Tutorial Hi, for the Spring Fling refills rainbow backgrounds I add some heat embossing and remove colour from the watercolour rainbow. Visit Part One to learn how I made the watercolour rainbow backgrounds with refills. (And see two other cards with a Date Night … Read More

Date Night Refill Rainbow Watercolour slimline cards – Part 1 by Jeni

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Hi, are you a slimline card convert? I still enjoy making standard A2 size cards but I enjoy the different size of slimline cards. In today’s video I make two watercolour rainbow backgrounds with Catherine Pooler refills and mix up some slimline dies by CPD and Pinkfresh Studios. Like this video? Please give it a big thumbs up (you can do this on Youtube, right under the video) and share it with a crafty friend! Leave a comment too, we love … Read More

No Line Colouring Floral Images | with Tasha

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Hey crafty people, it’s Tasha back with some more Saturday Inspiration for you! Today I’m sharing this complete opposite of last week’s post; no line colouring on Trinity Stamps Love You Bunches which was long, intense and SO MUCH fun!!! I’m feeling like the creative slump is retreating and I am super excited to get back to crafting again! Thank goodness for that!!   What Is No Line Colouring? Ok, so no line colouring is just the term we use … Read More

Swinking with Date Night inks (and butterflies) slimline card by Jeni

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How gorgeous are the Date Night inks by Catherine Pooler?! This card is inspired by Tasha’s card last week but I wanted to change it up. I swink a rainbow background and use the same colours to stamp the butterflies from Just Soar. Like this video? Please give it a big thumbs up (you can do this on Youtube, right under the video) and share it with a crafty friend! Leave a comment too, we love hearing from you.   Written … Read More

Spring Gnome using a Christmas stamp set by Jeni

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Hi, the From Our Gnome To Yours stamp set by Trinity Stamps has been sitting on my craft desk for a while.  Each time I walk past my desk, I’ve been looking at this Christmas stamp set.  Thinking of how to colour this a little different for a more Spring themed card. I also want to use up some backgrounds and mix in a few different brands. Like this video? Please give it a big thumbs up (you can do … Read More

Crafty Burnout | Truly One Layer with Tasha

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Hey crafty people, it’s Tasha with your weekly dose of Saturday Inspiration, and today I’m wondering whether you ever feel crafty burnout? I do, and today I’m taking it right back to basics with a super simple, truly one layer card.     Often when I make a one layer card, I create my design onto a card panel then attach that to a card base, but this time I’m going truly one layer by stamping right onto a Neenah … Read More

Stretching stamps and colouring with CPD refills by Jeni

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Hi, I am purposely staying away from floral stamp sets for today’s video tutorial. I had an idea to stretch the Tall Tales stamp set by Trinity Stamps to make a rainbow of giraffes. Then I looked at my Catherine Pooler Colour Wheel and decided to use complementary colours to watercolour the giraffes. Like this video? Please give it a big thumbs up (you can do this on Youtube, right under the video) and share it with a crafty friend! … Read More

Mothers Day floral coloured card ft Trinity Stamps

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Hey Tribe, I use the Love You Bunches stamp set by Trinity Stamps and a Trinity layering stencil for this softly coloured floral card.  I think this stamp set is perfect for Mothers Day cards but can be used for any occasion.  The Little Paper Tree has teamed up with Trinity Stamps for an Instagram collab hop – head over to our Instagram and hop along for a chance to win one of two gift vouchers. Watch the video here … Read More

Metallic watercolour on black with video tutorial by Jeni

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Hi, I am definately on a floral card making kick at the moment. I have another card with the Love You Bunches stamp set by Trinity Stamps with some heat embossing and metallic watercoloring. Watch the video below or over at YouTube, and read on for the written tutorial.  Please click on any underlined word to find the products in the shop. Like this video? Please give it a big thumbs up (you can do this on Youtube, right under … Read More

Swatch With Me | Zen Garden Minis with Tasha

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Hey Crafty People, it’s Tasha here with your Saturday inspiration! Sorry I’m a little later today, I have been playing in my craft room with the GORGEOUS new to me inks from Catherine Pooler! We now have the Zen Garden minis on sale and this week I have a swatch with me video, along with a quick, and easy card design using these new minis and a brand new stamp set too. Let’s get to it!   Swatch with me … Read More

Four limited supplies embossed cards by Jeni

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Hi, I have four cards that use the same supplies but in different colourways – well, black and white. (Technically black and white is an absence of colour). I love the floral image in the Love You Bunches stamp set by Trinity Stamps.  And use some embossing powders by Brutus Monroe.   Watch the video tutorial below or over on YouTube, and read on for the written tutorial. Like this video? Please give it a big thumbs up (you can … Read More

Monotone copic colouring on kraft with video by Jeni

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Need to make cards for your crafty friends? A Crafters Heart stamp by Trinity Stamps has got you covered.  The main stamp is a heart shape full of craft goodies and tools.  Perfect for making cards to send to other crafters. Either colour with shades of the recipients favourite colour or use the whole rainbow – in short, this set is perfect for sending cards to other card makers. Watch the video tutorial below and read on for the written … Read More

Happy Birthday Gnome – mixing brands video tutorial by Jeni

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Hi, How cute are the Trinity Stamps gnomes? I mix a few different brands on this card with an embossed background with a Pinkfresh Studios stamp and Brutus Monroe embossing powder and layered die cut sentiment by Catherine Pooler Designs. Watch the video tutorial below or over at YouTube.  The products I use are listed throughout this post with the basic crafting needs linked at the bottom in two posts. Like this video? Please give it a big thumbs up … Read More

Be Colour Brave | Ink Smooshed Line Art

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Hey Crafty People! In this week’s Saturday Inspiration I am striving to be colour brave. I am creating a fun ink smooshed background with black, line art stamping. I chose the Love You Bunches stamp set from Trinity Stamps and then I took inspiration from their packaging & branding to select my colours. Trinity use quite an unusual & striking colour combo for their packaging, and I’m trying to stretch myself artistically by finding inspiration for colour combos everywhere.   … Read More

Three encouragment slimline cards w/video by Jeni

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Hi, I’m back with three slimline cards using the Sending Love layering stamp set and You Can Change The World sentiment stamp set by Pinkfresh Studios, and Post This slimline die by Catherine Pooler.  I mix Spring Fling inks and Date Night inks by Catherine Pooler to give a warm Spring feel to these cards. Watch the video tutorial below (or over on YouTube) and read on for the written tutorial. Find all the stamps, inks and cards I use … Read More

Spotlight Colouring with Helen

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Selectively colour the With Sympathy stamp set by Trinity Stamps. An easy way to add some colour on a sympathy card, without going overboard. And a great way to get more use out of your stamps for quick cards. Find the products used listed in this tutorial (green words) with a full list of all basic crafting needs linked at the bottom. 1. Cut two pieces of white card measuring 10.5cm by 8cm. Stamp the main image from the stamp … Read More

Just Like Magic | Cardmaking with Tasha

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Hey crafty people, and welcome to another dose of inspiration for your Saturday morning. Today I am creating a card just like magic using some magical products from Trinity Stamps. I grabbed the Magical Wizards stamp set, matching die and also Magic Sentiments stamp set, all from Trinity Stamps and stamped lots of the images out onto a sheet of Neenah 80lb, which is my preferred paper for colouring with alcohol markers. Colouring the images…   Skin Tones: E000, E00 … Read More

Pencil colouring on kraft card with video tutorial by Jeni

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Hi, Valentine’s Day is over however with A Crafters Heart stamp by Trinity Stamps you can send handmade cards to your crafty friends all year round. I mix the sentiment from the same Trinity Stamps stamp set and a Catherine Pooler Hello Amazing stamp and die.  Watch the video tutorial below and read on for the written tutorial.  The products I use are linked in the written instructions, and under the Supplies at the bottom of this post. Like this … Read More

No-line floral colouring & Stretch your dies with video by Jeni

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Hi, I love no-line colouring with floral stamps and the Beautiful Day Floral stamp set by Catherine Pooler Designs is perfect for so many occasions. I stretch a slimline cover plate die to fit a standard A2 sized card. Watch the video tutorial below or on YouTube and read on for the written tutorial. Click on any underlined word to find that product in The Little Paper Tree shop.  There are also two links at the bottom of this post … Read More

Stand Tall with Tall Tales by Elaine

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Hello Tribe! It’s my turn for this weeks blog post! Today I’ve used the Tall Tales stamp set from Trinity Stamps! I just love this set. Stamping I stamped the Giraffe onto stamping card and then added the sentiment from the Catherine Pooler So Much Possibilities stamp set. Colouring & Foliage Then trimmed it down and coloured the image using alcohol markers from my stash. I added a little bit of foliage to the bottom using Catherine Pooler Tropically Yours … Read More

Clean and Simple Design with a Tone-on-Tone Twist | with Tasha

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Hey crafty people, it’s Tasha here, with more Saturday morning inspiration! Today I’m sharing a stepped up clean and simple design with a tone-on-tone twist. I’ve still got lots of white space, but with a super interesting texture & interest. This week I’m focusing on some of the gorgeous Pinkfresh Studios products that we have in store. As always, with a little help from my Catherine Pooler inks of course!   Trial & error… Today I’m using the Charming Wreath … Read More

Mixing stamp sets for a Thank You card by Jeni

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Hi, following on from yesterday’s post I want to show that the Because stamp set and the Positive Thoughts stamp set can be used together to make quick stamped cards.  All the sentiments from the Positive Thoughts will also fit inside the floral wreath.  This card is included in the current giveaway. Written Tutorial Stamp the floral wreath with Drive In ink on a piece of Neenah Solar White card. Then stamp the large sketchy circle stamp over the wreath. … Read More

Mothers Day card ft Aqua Pigment liquid watercolour with video by Jeni

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Hi, I’m continuing my floral theme with two bright cards for Mother’s Day. The floral wreath from Because stamp set by Sunshine Bee Designs is perfect for Spring themed cards.  I use it with Aqua Pigments liquid watercolours to make two bright and happy cards. Watch the video here on the blog or over on YouTube. And read on for the written tutorial.  Like this video? Please give it a big thumbs up (you can do this on YouTube, … Read More

Using leftovers for a new card by Jeni

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Hi, I have a leftover flower and leaf from my last tutorial and want to use them for another card.  This card uses the same supplies – Hand Drawn Florals stamp set by Avery Elle. The Diagonal Stripes cover plate die and Date Night inks by Catherine Pooler.  And I finish with a few embellishments by Trinity Stamps.   Floral Colouring The Date Night ink colours I use are Chiffon for the flower and In The Park for the leaf. … Read More

‘You Rock’ Mini Slimline Card | with Tasha

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Hey crafty people, and a happy Saturday! I’m back with some inspiration using the awesome ‘You Rock’ stamp & die sets from Trinity Stamps products to create a super trendy mini slimline card. As soon as I saw the You Rock stamp set from Trinity I knew I needed to have it! My husband is big into music and whilst he definitely sits on the Vinyl side of the fence, I knew that this would make an awesome card for … Read More

Bright Mod Stripe Floral card and video by Jeni

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Hi. It seems I can’t keep away from floral stamp sets at the moment. There are so many ways to use the Beautiful Day Floral stamp set by Catherine Pooler Designs. I teamed this stamp set with the Mod Strips cover plate die and three Date Night inks for a bright Spring is almost here card.  Watch the video tutorial below here on the blog or over at YouTube, and read on for the written tutorial.  Like this video? … Read More

Clean and Simple Floral Design with Tasha

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Hey crafty people! It’s Tasha, here with your weekly dose of Saturday morning inspiration! This week I’m using the ‘Thankful For Friends‘ stamp set from Pinkfresh Studios to make this gorgeous clean and simple floral card; I just love this gorgeous image! As with so many people, I am finding this new lockdown really quite tough; I have two daughters who are all but clawing the walls, (and even each other some days,) to get out and I have suddenly … Read More

Date Night soft watercolour card by Jeni

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Hi, I’m in a floral colouring mood lately. I promise my next card won’t be floral (well, I’ll try for a non-floral card – I might fail).  Do you mix older products with new? I’ve teamed up an older Avery Elle Hand Drawn Florals stamp set with the new Diagonal Stripe cover plate die and Date Night inks by Catherine Pooler. Colouring with Date Night inks Stamping onto Bristol smooth card and I use a Zig blender pen with a … Read More

Beautiful Day Floral Tutorial & more inspiration by Helen

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Helen has a step-by-step tutorial for this beautiful blue floral card. She used the same stamp set all month for lots of inspiration which you can see at the bottom of this post.  The stamp set used is the Beautiful Day Floral by Catherine Pooler Designs. 1. Cut two pieces of white card measuring 9.5cm by 13.5cm.  Die cut part of a circle die from the bottom left hand corner of one of the pieces of card (photo 1). 2. … Read More

Soft Autumn Leaves card for Spring by Tasha

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Hey Crafty People! Tasha again, bringing your weekly inspiration, and this week I’m feeling Spring in the air! No, not really, but I had fun pretending with this Spring Rainbow beauty!! After how much fun I had making my Rainbow Wreath card recently, I decided I would push myself to use this set again but using another set of CPD inks. I was excited to create with the Spring Fling collection, so I was feeling a Spring type hop in … Read More

Birthday card for boys – Peeking Pets slimline card by Jeni

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Hi, It’s my nephews 10th birthday today and I want to make a special card for him.  I decided to recreate the card I made for Mom’s (Janet) birthday earlier this month but use bright blues. The Peeking Pets stamp set by Catherine Pooler is perfect for quick stamped cards with these solid dogs but there are also outline dogs that can be coloured. Like this video? Please give it a big thumbs up (you can do this on YouTube, … Read More

Rainbow Wreath ft Carnivale ink blending by Tasha

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Hey Crafty People!! Tasha here with some more inspiration to share! I bought the matching stamp set, stencil & dies for Trinity Stamp’s Autumn Rainbow last year and it suddenly occurred to me that I have never used them to make an actual Rainbow!! 🌈🙀 So, naturally, I had to make one right away!   Making the wreath I also broke out my Wreath Builder stencil and stamped out a circle of leaves, using two of the leaf designs from … Read More

Simple stamped birthday cards for men by Jeni

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Hi, have you got your inky hands on the new Date Night ink collection yet? We sold out super quick when the inks were released earlier this month and re-stocked the inks as quickly as possible!  I have three cards that use the Chiffon ink, Drive-In ink and Cummerbund inks with the Happy Birthday Many Ways stamp set by Catherine Pooler Designs.  Find the written instructions below the video tutorial (which you can also watch on YouTube). Like this video? … Read More

Be Fabulous card by Elaine

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Hello tribe. Hope everyone is safe & well. I’m sharing a card this week using some of my favourite Catherine Pooler products. Stenciling First I stencilled some picked raspberry distress ink through the Flourish & Whimsy stencil from Catherine Pooler. It is one my all-time favourite stencils! Stamping I then stamped the sentiment from the Stand Tall stamp set in the top right corner. Then I added 3 flamingos from the same set. Adding leaves After the flamingos, I then … Read More

Quick Life Of The Party stamped birthday cards by Tasha

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  Hey crafty people! This week I’m sharing a clean & simple card design with tips on easy mass production to refill your Birthday stash for any age/gender!  I broke out the Life Of The Party collection of Catherine Pooler inks and chose three different combinations of three inks that I thought would suit a wide variety of potential recipients. Catherine Pooler inks are really forgiving when it comes to colour matching. They are split into two categories Party or … Read More

Non Valentines watercolour floral card by Jeni

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Hi, I am a Winter baby but I am ready for Spring with a brighter sun and slightly warmer days! I use the With Sympathy stamp set by Trinity Stamps for today’s card tutorial with some bright inks by Catherine Pooler Designs. Watch the video tutorial and read on for the written tutorial.  Like this video? Please give it a big thumbs up (you can do this on YouTube, right under the video) and share with a crafty friend! … Read More

Simple Diamond stamping by Tasha

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Hey crafty people! I’m back with some more inspiration to share, and I’m easing into the New Year with a super simple, scaled back design. I grabbed a couple of my Pinkfresh Studios stamp sets and my Catherine Pooler inks to create the focal point and sentiment for my card. Grungy stamping Using my stamping tool I stamped the middle diamond from my Pop Out Diamond rubber stamp set in Peppermint Scrub, then I skipped the next one and added … Read More

Beautiful floral pink slimline card w/video by Jeni

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Welcome to the first card tutorial for 2021. Has this year started better than how 2020 finished? Is it too soon to tell? I haven’t made any “Use All The Stamps” cards for a while and normally I just share one video.  I’ve decided to have separate tutorials to be able to do more techniques. I have already shared two other video tutorials (which you can see here and here) using the Beautiful Day Floral stamp by Catherine Pooler.   … Read More

January Special Offer 2021 – Giving Back

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Happy New Year Did you have a fun and safe festive season? Instead of the traditional New Year Sale, we will donate a percentage from every order placed between 1st – 31st January to three charities.  (There are still lots of items in the Clearance/Special Offers and many more may be added).   Our Chosen Charities We both donate our free time making garments for Pyjama Fairies but feel that we should also help a dog rescue too (since Milly is … Read More

Happy Christmas, bring on 2021

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Are you all ready for Christmas? Any last-minute socially distant shopping you need to do? Last-minute presents to make?  I have been busy getting your orders ready for Jeni to post tomorrow morning.   The last posting day for UK orders is Friday 18th, but remember that the cut off time is 2pm Thursday 17th. You will get a “confirmation’ email on Thursday but Jeni will be taking your orders to the post office at 8am tomorrow morning.  If you … Read More

Super Quick Gift Tags by Jeni

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Do you make gift tags for all the presents you give? I normally make a few for the ‘important’ presents, run out of time to make more and end up writing on the paper.  I have some quick tags that use minimal products and recycles some scraps of wrapping paper. A few (a lot) of Catherine Pooler inks were on my desk and I grab the Layered Tag dies and two CP stamps sets.   Making The Tags Wrapping paper … Read More

CP ink watercoloured Christmas card by Jeni

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Hi, I’m back with another card using the From Our Gnome To Yours stamp set by Trinity Stamps. I use Catherine Pooler Designs inks from the Party collection to do some quick watercolouring.  You can watch the video tutorial below or over at YouTube. Card Details I stamp the gnome with Midnight ink by Catherine Pooler Designs onto Bristol Vellum card.  Midnight is an archival ink and perfect for watercolouring.   Holding the board that my card is taped too … Read More

Masked Critter Christmas Card by Tasha

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Hey crafty people!  It’s Tasha here, back for another Saturday inspiration drop and this week I’ve fallen even deeper in love with the adorable little critters from Trinity Stamps. It’s no secret that I love the Bunny Burrows set, in fact I’ve used it quite a few times for my Saturday posts, so when I saw the Winter Burrows add on set, I had no choice but purchase! I mean, it *literally* jumped into my basket by itself!! Well that’s … Read More

Beautiful Floral card in purple w/video by Jeni

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I love floral stamps and I couldn’t wait to use the Beautiful Day Floral stamp from the Beautiful New Year release by Catherine Pooler Designs.  I team it with Queen For A Day ink to make a richly coloured purple card for a birthday coming up next month.   Watch the video process below and read on for the written process. Like this video? Please give it a big thumbs up (you can do this on Youtube, right under the … Read More

Snowflakes and bunny Winter Scene card by Laura

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Hello, crafty friends! Laura here, and today I’m going to share how I created this cute scene using stamps and products found at The Little Paper Tree. I love bunnies so when I saw the Bunny Slopes Stamp set by Catherine Pooler I knew I had to have it. For this card, I chose the ice skating bunny couple. I stamped them in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic Sketch Markers. I put that to the side and cut … Read More

Christmas Gnome Surprise Slider w/video by Jeni

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Hi, are you all ready for Christmas? All your decorations up? Presents wrapped? Today, I have an interactive card featuring Trinity Stamps products.  The Slimline Surprises die, the Gnome for the Holidays stamp and the Holiday Patterns paper pad.  Watch the video process below, and read on for the written card details.   Video Process   Colouring Stamp onto Bristol vellum card with black ink and colour with Catherine Pooler inks and a blender pen.  I used Grape Crush and … Read More

Quick Christmas Card with embossing by Tasha

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Hey crafty people! It’s Tasha here, back for another Saturday inspiration drop and this week I wanna talk last minute Christmas Cards!   If you’re anything like me, you get this close to Christmas and realise that you don’t have nearly enough cards and so you gotta have a hit of a creating in bulk session.   One of my favourite ways to do this is by choosing a full panel stamp, like the Cozy Christmas one from Pinkfresh, and … Read More

Focus on the background Holiday card by Verity

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Sometimes a stamp is so pretty it can take centre stage. But what about the background? You want to add a background but at the same time, you don’t want it to detract from the focal image. A great way to create a background is to add a textured background with simple stamping. You don’t need anything fancy, just a stamp and some ink. So let’s get started!   Creating a textured background with simple stamping: For this card, removed … Read More

Quick and cute Christmas Gnome card w/video by Jeni

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Hi, I am falling in love with all the gnomes by Trinity Stamps. This little *girl is from the From Our Gnome To Yours stamp set.  I teamed it with some patterned paper for a quick and cute Christmas card.  You can watch the video tutorial on YouTube or here on the blog. Colouring I stamp the image from From Our Gnome To Yours stamp set with Midnight ink onto Bristol Vellum card. Then colour this in traditional colours with … Read More

Three ways with slimline dies w/video by Jeni

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I’m back with more inspiration using the Folkstar cover plate die by Catherine Pooler. Showing how to make three die cuts to make three different cards. Coloured inlay diecutting, turning your slimline die into a border and using a slimline die on different card sizes. Watch the video here on YouTube, or can watch it below. Coloured inlay diecutting With an 8.5×11” sheet of Neenah Solar White card trimmed in half lengthways, I smoosh down the Catherine Pooler ink pads … Read More

Make a scene with Bunny Slopes by Helen

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An easy to make scene card with the Bunny Slopes stamp set by Catherine Pooler Designs. Read on for full step by step instructions and photographs. Card Details Cut a piece of the patterned paper to measure 13.5cm by 9.5cm and a piece of white card the same size. Decide how deep you want the snow at the base of the snow to be.  I have shown the proportions I used in Photo 1.  I used my sentiment stamp as … Read More

Rainbow Danglies Birthday card by Tasha

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Hey crafty people! It’s Tasha here, with my weekly dose of inspiration and this week I’m back with another Rainbow Birthday card idea! I was looking at the different designs included in Catherine Pooler’s So Much Possibilities stamp set and the largest row of diamonds took me back to a window decoration we used to have when I was a child. It was these rows of different coloured plastic ‘crystals’ that hung down to different lengths. I knew that I … Read More

White on white with the Folkstar die w/video by Jeni

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Hi, I’m back with two more cards using the Folkstar cover plate die by Catherine Pooler Designs for some inlay diecutting and tone on tone cards.  I make two A2 sized cards using the slimline die. Find the first two slimline card tutorial here. Don’t forget to join the Paper Tree Tribe to share your cards with us. Watch the video tutorial here on YouTube, or just below.   Die Cutting To start, I die cut the Folkstar cover plate … Read More

Folkstar Embossed slimline card w/video by Jeni

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Hi, I have two slimline cards using the slimline Folkstar coverplate die by Catherine Pooler. I actually have four more cards using this die but decided to split them up so the video tutorial wouldn’t be as long. The first two cards use Frost embossing powder by Brutus Monroe. Watch the video here, or over on YouTube. I knew as soon as I swatched out the Frost Blue embossing powder that I wanted to emboss a piece of card to … Read More

Super Quick Easy No Colouring Colourful card by Tasha

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Hey crafty people!  It’s Tasha here, with my weekly dose of inspiration and this week I’m talking about those times when you want a bright & colourful card but you just don’t feel like spending lots of time colouring.* (*In my case, read can’t be bothered 😂) Today I’ve got a super quick & easy idea that is really easy to replicate and could even be great for mass production! Quick Colouring I started with an A2 panel of Neenah … Read More

Tree-mendous Christmas card w/minimal supplies (and video) by Jeni

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Hi, I’m back with another kraft vs white tutorial with the Tree-mendous stamp by Trinity Stamps. While I was colouring the tree for this card, I started thinking about light sources. How would this critter tree look if it was coloured only in black and white? You can watch the video tutorial below, or here on YouTube. Clicking on any underlined word will take you to that product, and the basic card making supplies are linked at the bottom of … Read More

Matching Gift Tag and Christmas Card w/Non Christmas Stamp by Jeni

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The Made With Love stamp set by Trinity Stamps is not a Christmas themed set but it is perfect for my needs.  I finished a crocheted blanket (started in September 2018) and want a custom gift tag and a matching Christmas card.   If you’d prefer to watch the process (either here on the blog or over on YouTube) the video is below, but read on for the written tutorial.     Shaped Card The base for both my card … Read More

Christmas Sparkle card by Elaine

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Hello tribe. Hope everyone is safe & well.  Today I’m sharing another Christmas card. I have used the gorgeous Nice List stamps and Pop Art stencil from Catherine Pooler. Pop Art stencil I used some gold and green glitter paste through the Pop Art stencil to create my background on white card.   Stamping & die cutting Whilst I waited for the glitter paste to dry I stamped some of the elements from the Nice List stamp set. I then … Read More

Masculine ink blended card with Tasha

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Hey crafty people! It’s Tasha here, with my weekly dose of inspiration. Today I’m sharing an idea for a masculine card that could fit any occasion.  One of my favourite things to do is ink blending; I find it so relaxing and I absolutely love the huge variety of results that you can get! I grabbed one of my Catherine Pooler stencils and two of her inks, Daydream & Juniper Mist from the Paradise Found collection, so that I could … Read More

Surprise Slider Treemendous Christmas card by Jeni

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How are you getting on with your Christmas card making? Do you keep to clean and simple designs for easy mass production? Or go all out with interactive and intricate designs?  Everyone at TLPT HQ loves this Slimline Surprise interactive die by Trinity Stamps.  As soon as I saw the Tree-mendous stamp, also Trinity Stamps, I knew I had to use them together.   There is a video tutorial for this card over on YouTube which you can watch here. … Read More

Watercolour Stamping with Pinkfresh Studios by Laura

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Hello and welcome, crafty friends! It’s Laura here with a fun technique that turns an ordinary (but beautiful 😉) stamp into a watercolor image. Today I’m mainly working with Pinkfresh Studio’s Love & Hugs Stamp, which is a fantastic stamp to have in your stash. It’s a large image and a real statement piece – and makes it easy to create an instant, layered bouquet in minutes.   Watercolor Stamping To get the watercolor effect, we will be inking up … Read More

Brutus Monroe embossing powder swatches

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Have you seen all the different Brutus Monroe embossing powders we have in the shop?  We also have the embossing ink pad and refill, and the Magic Bag (antistatic powder) and refill.  I have created a free download printable grid swatch chart for the embossing colours we stock. In the shop, we have separated the embossing powders into groups to make it easier for you to find the powder you want.  Classic, Metallic, Sparkly and the powders that give different … Read More

Super Simple Christmas Card by Tasha

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Hey-Hey Crafty People! This week I’ve got a super simple Christmas card idea, using Cozy Christmas Wishes from Pinkfresh Studios. I’m trying hard to build up my stash of Christmas cards because, despite what I promised myself, I haven’t actually got many done so far!! Stamping This set includes this really large main image and a few small additional leaves etc, I only used the one large image for this card.  I inked it up with some alcohol marker friendly … Read More

Happy Holiday sketchy wreath card by Verity

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  Intro: The most recent Christmas stamp & die release from Catherine Pooler features the beautiful ‘Peace, Love & Holly’ stamp and die set which is perfect for creating a watercoloured Christmas wreath. Pair it with no-line water colouring and a black marker to add a sketchy look to it, you can get a beautiful soft wreath perfect for adorning a card. It also goes so well with the ‘Through the woods’ Paper pack too don’t you think?   Painting … Read More

Christmas watercolouring cards on textured card by Jeni

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  Hi, how are getting on with your Christmas card making? I seem to be taking my time and hope I don’t have to rush to get enough made.  I wanted to do some loose watercolouring over heat embossing and chose to use a heavy watercolour card. Both my stamped panels are 3.5 x 5.5″ and made from Canson XL watercolour card.   The Caroling Sentiments stamp set by Catherine Pooler has shaped sentiment stamps.  I chose this stamp set … Read More

Loose watercolouring with Aqua Pigments w/Video by Jeni

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Hi, I try to show each colouring medium equal amounts of love but I do tend to reach for Catherine Pooler inks and a blender pen.  For this card, I wanted to use the Aqua Pigment liquid watercolours by Brutus Monroe.  I wanted to colour a floral image and chose the Thankful for Friends stamp set, but I wanted to use a sentiment from another Pinkfresh Studios stamp set.   Video Process The video tutorial showing the process for this … Read More

Autumn Rainbow Wreath by Tasha

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Hey crafty people! I hope you & yours are well! ❤ This week’s inspiration comes in the form of an Autumn Rainbow wreath using Trinity Stamp’s co-ordinating stamps, dies & co-ordinating stencil.   I got these in my recent crafty haul and I couldn’t wait to get to play with them!! As soon as I saw them I had Laura Bassen’s voice in my head: ‘if you’ve got a leaf, make a wreath’. So that’s what I did. 😉   … Read More

Ombre slimline stamping ft Trinity Stamps w/video by Jeni

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Hi, I have three cards that use the same products by Trinity Stamps – Slimline Leafy background stamp, With Sympathy stamp and Slimline Stitched Stripes die.  I kept these cards clean and simple. With some ombre stamping with three green Catherine Pooler inks. Watch the card process on YouTube below, or view here on YouTube. Ombre stamping Because this slimline stamp fits inside a stamping tool for easy double stamping, I thought I would step up my inking for some … Read More

H Card tutorial by Helen

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  Tired of making standard rectangle or square cards? Try a shaped card in the initial of your recipient for more fun. The So Much Possibility stamp set has these cute little flower stamps to make your own patterned paper. Shaped Card Cut two strips of white card measuring 28cm by 6cm, score each one at 14 cm and fold in half (photo 1) Next cut two pieces of black paper measuring 13.5cm by 5.5cm and layer on to the … Read More

Multi-colour stamping and Sparkle Pops by Tasha

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Hey crafty people! Tasha here with your weekly trip to our virtual crafty space! Firstly, did you see my haul & a half unboxing video for the Birthday treat that I got myself? If not, you should check it out! I didn’t get much, just one or two things really…😂🙈…I can’t even type it with a straight face!! 😂😉 I got my first ever Catherine Pooler inks to try them out and see what all the fuss is about… You … Read More

Swinking and comparing colouring with CP inks w/Video by Jeni

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  Hi, if you’ve followed the blog and YouTube channel for a while, it should come as no surprise that I love to watercolour florals. I get bad hay fever and can’t have flowers inside so my option is to have paintings of flowers.  For today’s tutorial, I use the With Sympathy stamp set by Trinity Stamps with CP inks.  Watch the video tutorial here on YouTube and read on for the written tutorial.   I stamp the floral image … Read More

Basic Supplies – Card and Ink

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Which card do you need with which ink to get the best results… if you feel that some product is missing please let us know.   Stamping Ink – Midnight ink pad & refill – Catherine Pooler Designs – (foam pad) best for waterbased colouring and can be used for alcohol colouring* Also available in mini size * – Jet Black ink pad – Ranger – (felt pad) best for waterbased colouring and mixed media – Tuxedo Black ink pad … Read More

Coffee Lovers Gift cardholder w/video by Jeni

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Have you seen the To Go Gift cardholder die by Catherine Pooler? I have two ‘cards’ that use the Best In Patch and Pumpkin Season stamp sets. There are two dies in this set to make the take out cup with gift card holders, and the cup sleeve to slip in the take out cup and hide the gift card. Trim off the two flaps to use this die on as a traditional card. Watch the video tutorial below or … Read More

Waste not want not by Elaine

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Hello tribe. Hope everyone is well. Today I’m back to share another make with you all, this time using the centres from the Pinkfresh Studios Slimline Stitched Scallop circle die. Us crafters never throw anything away! Die cutting First of all, I made myself a slimline card using white card and then I die cut using the slimline die from Pinkfresh Studios. I will use the main part on another project. For this post, I just wanted to use the … Read More

My Favorite Human – colouring with CP inks w/video by Jeni

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I enjoy colouring florals and the beautiful floral in the Thankful for Friends stamp by Pinkfresh Studios has been waiting on my craft desk for a while. I mix ink colours from the Party collection and the Spa collection for all the stamping and colouring. You can watch the video tutorial below or over at YouTube here or read on for the written tutorial and two extra cards. Colouring with CP inks I use Royal Treatment and Sugared Lavender for … Read More

Critters coloured on kraft slimline card by Tasha

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Hey crafty people! Tasha here again with your weekly dose of inspiration and my natural, bubbly charm! 😉 This week I decided to play around with some Neenah Desert Storm, Environmental card stock to see how my copics worked on it and I just had to pull put the adorable Bunny Burrow stamps & dies because I am a teensy bit obsessed with them!! They are just SO CUTE!! 😍   Colouring on kraft I grabbed mainly the same colours … Read More

Tall Giraffe slimline card wVideo by Jeni

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How cute is this giraffe? There is not a better animal for a slimline card. The Tall Tales stamp set by Trinity Stamps is perfect to encourage young readers. I made a “Good Luck/Well Done” card.  The video tutorial is below, and here on YouTube. The colouring is all with Catherine Pooler inks. I find myself reaching for the Paradise Found colours whenever the weather starts getting cold.  The colours I use from the Paradise Found collection are Mandarin Spice, … Read More

Use Leftovers to make a Christmas Card by Jeni

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I use some leftovers from other cards to make this Christmas card with the Coffee Mug die by Trinity Stamps. I also use the border of presents, the tag and “For You” sentiment from Carolling Sentiments stamp by Catherine Pooler Designs. The mug is leftover from this Peeking Dog gift card shaped card, and the Merry Christmas word die is leftover from these Christmas cards. The presents, tag and sentiment on the tag are stamped with Cranberry Fizz ink.   … Read More

Slimline Sunflower digital stamp card by Laura

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Hello and welcome, crafty friends! Laura here today with a cheerful card featuring Sunshine And Bee Designs Face the Sun Digital Stamp. This card is fairly simple to put together, but to colour each petal will take a little bit of work, so grab yourself a cuppa and let’s create! Print and cut digital stamps I like to work with my digi stamps in Cricut Design Space. That’s mostly because I can use the ‘Print then Cut’ feature and the … Read More

Peeking Dog Gift Card by Jeni

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The Peeking Pets stamp set has been sitting on my desk for ages and I haven’t taken it out of the packaging!! I felt it was about time that I use this stamp set to make a card with a cute dog. You can watch the video just below or on YouTube here. I use Rocking Red ink and Cranberry Fizz ink for the ink blending for a Christmas card. And use Cranberry Fizz for the Santa hat too.   … Read More

Diamond Patterned Stamping with Tasha

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Hey crafty people! I’m back with my weekly dose of inspiration and this week I channelled my inner Laura Bassen to create this super fun patterned background!  It came from some experimenting with one of the diamonds from the Pop Out Nested Diamond background stamp by Pinkfresh Studios, a few inks and my MISTI stamping tool. Repeat Pattern Stamping I lined the second smallest diamond up, using the grid on my stamping tool to make sure I had it lined … Read More

How to use non Christmas stamps for 2 Christmas cards (and new CP ink colours) w/video by Jeni

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I make two cards in today’s video using the new ink colours, Cranberry Fizz and Deck The Halls by Catherine Pooler Designs. With a non-Christmas stamp, Sending Love and Hugs by Pinkfresh Studios.  You can watch the video below or on YouTube here.   I smooshed the Merry Christmas word die with Versamark embossing ink, and gold heat embossed the diecut sentiment and a piece of card.  Both cards were finished with festive sequins. I ask in the video tutorial which … Read More

Deck The Halls Fun Forest Miss You card /w video by Jeni

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Hi, I have a Fun Forest slimline card using the new Catherine Pooler ink colour – Deck The Halls. I use other green shades of CP inks to see how this new colour will work with the other colours. Fun Forest stamp set seems like a good choice for stamping the green shades of ink. The video process can be seen here on YouTube. This is a great stamp set that can be used all year round. Just by changing … Read More

Autumn Leaves Stencil w/Video by Jeni

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Hi, I love making Autumn cards with warms reds, oranges and yellows. Autumn is definitely my favourite season with the leaves changing colour to deep reds. I use the Autumn Leaves stamp with the coordinating Autumn Leaves stencil to make a crisp coloured card. There is a process video for this card. You can watch it below or on YouTube.  Please let me know if you would like the video tutorials in the blog posts. The ink colours I use … Read More

Two Cute Critter Cards by Tasha

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It’s party time in the Paper Tree as we celebrate our 5th Birthday!! We’ve got an Instagram Hop going on, with the chance to win a £25 voucher to spend on your favourite brands at The Little Paper Tree!! The Design Team have all created some fun birthday/celebration card inspiration for you, so don’t forget to head over to Instagram and leave comments on each post for more chances to win!   I have two cards to share this week, … Read More

Romantic Bicycle CAS Card by Verity

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This bicycle in the Catherine Pooler Beautiful Ride stamp & die set caught my when it first came out, but I’ve only recently got it. It is such a sweet bicycle, with a whimsical nature perfect for creating a romantic bicycle CAS card. To colour this in, I used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers adding to the quaint feeling of the stamp. So let’s get started.   Creating a Romantic Bicycle CAS Card   First, stamp the bicycle … Read More

Happy Birthday Stencilled Balloons w/video by Jeni

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The Little Paper Tree turns 5 this month! To celebrate we are having a few birthday surprises! Click here to find all the offers this month. Over on Instagram, we are having an Instagram Giveaway Hop to win £25 gift voucher for the shop (hop begins 7pm today, 1st October).   My celebration cards are two birthday cards using the Layering Balloons stencil by Trinity Stamps. I made two cards – one green (because green is the colour of our … Read More

It’s Our 5th birthday! Will you receive a Lucky Leaf in your order?

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To celebrate our birthday this month, five (5) Lucky Leaves will be placed in 5 random orders throughout the month. Thank you for helping us reach 5 years! How do I get a Lucky Leaf? Simply make any purchase during October 2020.  Five Lucky Leaves (each with a unique code) will be placed inside 5 random orders.   How do I redeem my Lucky Leaf? Take a photograph of your unique code and email {janet@thelittlepapertree.com} with your postal address.   … Read More

Basic Craft Supplies

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The basic craft tools you need for cardmaking are listed here. If you feel that we are missing a great essential “can’t live without’ tool please leave a comment to let us know! Stamping Tools – Acrylic Stamping Block – Catherine Pooler Designs   Stamping Ink Midnight ink pad & refill (archival) – Catherine Pooler Designs Jet Black ink pad (archival) – Ranger Tuxedo Black ink pad (copic friendly)- Memento   Embossing Tools – 2 inch embossing ink & refill … Read More

Leafy Border Partial Die cutting by Helen

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I use the Leafy Décor stamp by Pinkfresh Studios for a border card and use the coordinating dies for some partial diecutting. Card Process Create a card blank measuring 10.5cm by 14.5cm. Stamp the main image down the right-hand side. Keep the stamp straight, as shown in the photo.   Put the die over the stamp but before you die cut, add two extra pieces of card over half of the stamp.  Leaving the right-hand side exposed.  Open the card … Read More

Bunny Burrow Scene Card by Tasha

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I’m back with some more Trinity Stamps inspiration for you, but this time I played with the super cute Bunny Burrow stamp set & co-ordinating dies! I started by stamping a load of images onto a piece of Bristol Smooth cardstock using Versafine Onyx Black ink. This is my preferred ink when I’m only lightly adding water to the images, but I did heat set it just to be sure that it was totally dry.   Colouring & Diecutting I … Read More

No colouring Slimline Boos card w/video by Jeni

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I love this slimline stamp by Trinity Stamps. Normally I find it difficult to not colour any stamped image.  I always want to colour! But the Slimline Boos was easy to leave just stamped.  I have a video tutorial showing the process for this card over on YouTube.  Check out all the new Trinity Stamps products now in stock in this Introducing video.   Stamping Long Stamps The Slimline Boos stamp is almost 8 inches long but it just fit … Read More

Look On The Bright Side card w/video by Jeni

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The inspiration for this card came from this video on YouTube. I love how cute this gnome is and want to use him in an Autumnal card.  I use the Bright Side clear stamp and Mouse House stamp, both by Trinity Stamps to make this card.  The video tutorial for this Autumnal card is on YouTube and the written tutorial is below, with a full supply list of all the ink colours I use. Scene Building I use the physical … Read More

Confetti Birthday Card – Stretch Your Stencil by Tasha

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Hey crafty people, it’s Tasha here, back with more crafty inspiration for your Saturday morning!  I am having so much fun playing with all of the amazing new brands that have joined our Paper Tribe recently! Layering Stencils On my desk today I’ve got one of the awesome layering stencils from Trinity stamps and this is the first time I’ve ever tried using one of these, so I’m going to share a few of my first impressions and tips to … Read More

Thankful Pumpkin slimline card w/Video by Jeni

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Hi, have you seen the new slimline stencils by Catherine Pooler Designs?  There are two slimline stencils – Faceted and Leopard. (There are also three slimline dies – Essentials, Sunray and Rainbow).  I use the Faceted slimline stencil with a few different stamp sets by Catherine Pooler Designs to make my card.  There is a video tutorial over on YouTube which you can watch here. Written Tutorial Slimline Stencilling First I trim some Bristol smooth card to 8.5 x 3.5” … Read More

Yellow Tulips Card – How to use digital stamps by Tasha

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Hey crafty people! It’s Tasha and I am back on the Paper Tree blog today with some new inspiration! Today I’m working with a digital stamp from Sunshine & Bee, it’s a super cute Elegant Tulip and I’m continuing the love affection I’ve got going with yellow right now to bring you some Sunshine in your craft room! Digital stamps Let’s start with Digi Stamps! I know that they can feel somewhat intimidating when you haven’t used them before, or … Read More

Two encouragement cards ft partial diecutting w/Video by Jeni

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I love the Pop-Out Hexagon stamp by Pinkfresh Studios and have another two cards using this stamp. I’ve teamed up the Hexagon stamp with the Take Pride stamp set and ink colours from the Spa collection by Catherine Pooler Designs. The video tutorial showing the full process of both cards is up on YouTube here. Pop-Out Background First I pop out all the inside hexagon stamps to be able to use the frame. There are different patterns and sentiments on … Read More

Good Things Ink Blended Panel Card

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Hi, I have a mouse and a few flowers left over from this card and instead of storing them with the Mouse House stamp, I decide to make a quick card straight away. I mostly use items that are already on my desk, and the full list of supplies is at the bottom of this post.   DIE CUTTING To start, I die cut the Good Things mini cover plate die twice from Bristol card.  From one piece I die … Read More

You Tied the Knot! Soft wedding card by Verity

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Are you in a need of a wedding card? Although wedding’s may not be quite the way they were, it is still a nice occasion to send a card especially if you’re not able to be there on the big day. So why not create a soft wedding card with simple ink blending and emboss resist. The small floral stamps from the ‘This Calls For Cake stamp set from Catherine Pooler Designs is perfect for such an occasion, and pair … Read More

Hey Fungi Scene Card w/Video

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The critter stamps by Trinity Stamps are so cute and sweet! I couldn’t want to make a scene card using the cute little mice from the Mouse House stamp set.  There is a video tutorial for this card – which you can watch in HD over on YouTube, and the written tutorial is below. Stamping & Colouring First, I stamp all the images with Midnight ink onto Bristol Smooth card and use Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers for the … Read More

Two Bushels of Love cards by Janet

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The weather is turning, and there is a chill in the air that makes me think of that Winter is on the way. But first we have the crisp Autumn leaves to enjoy.  I was inspired to use the Bushels of Love stamp by Catherine Pooler Designs to make two cards with the Paradise Found ink colours. (Now available as mini’s)! Stamping the Tree The Old Oak Tree stamp is a red rubber stamp. I place it in my stamping … Read More

CP Ink Colour Blends Mini Series – Urban Oasis

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Welcome back to the last in the mini-series of Catherine Pooler Designs ink colours. The Urban Oasis collection is a warmer and brighter set of eight colours in the Spa family.  Zen Garden are toned down and muted. Paradise Found are deep and rich – Urban Oasis fits between the two collection shades. You can find out more about the ink colours and what makes them different from other inks at this blog post, and find the other posts in … Read More

CP Ink Colour Blends Mini Series – Paradise Found

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Welcome back to the mini-series. Paradise Found is a deep rich highly saturated collection of eight deep earthy ink colours in the Spa family. You can find out more about the ink colours and what makes them different from other inks at this blog post, and find the other posts in this mini-series here. The Spa Collection by Catherine Pooler has three collections of ink pads. Zen Garden, Paradise Found and Urban Oasis. Each collection of ink colours are available … Read More

Sweetest Pea Spotlight Colouring by Jeni

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This bunch of sweet pea flowers comes as a digital stamp with the flower image and a sentiment.  I place the sentiment with the flowers to be able to print this at A2 size. COLOURING THE OUTSIDE I colour the whole of this Bristol card with Polychromos coloured pencils, but used a circle mask to do spotlight colouring.   The Simple Blend circle stencil comes with two parts.  I place the circle mask over the part of the florals that … Read More

Autumn Adventure Panel by Tracy

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Hello, It’s time for my second guest designer project for The Little Paper Tree.  This time I have made an autumnal picture using my favourite stamp set from Sunshine and Bee Designs, Woodland Fox. The Background I cut a piece of watercolour cardstock the same size as the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Frame Panel and created a background with Tim Holtz Distress Crayons in autumnal colours and a wide flat paintbrush.  To add a little more detail to the background I … Read More

Bright Gnome with Video Tutorial (& bonus card)

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Earlier this month we introduced Trinity Stamps to The Little Paper Tree, and this sweet fun gnome is just one of the new stamps we have in stock.  There is a corresponding video tutorial for this card which you can watch in HD over at YouTube. If you are here from YouTube and are looking for the bonus card – it is below the tutorial for the Bright Gnome card. Stamping & Colouring First, I stamp the gnome and butterflies … Read More

CP Ink Colour Blends Mini Series – Zen Garden

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I’m back with another colour combination in the mini series of ink blending with CP inks.  This time using the Zen Garden collection. You can find out more about the ink colours and what makes them different from other inks at this blog post.  Find the other posts in this mini series here. The Spa Collection has three collections of colours, Zen Garden, Paradise Found and Urban Oasis. Each collection of ink colours are available individually as full-size ink pads … Read More

CP Ink Colour Blends Mini Series – Carnival

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Welcome back. Next in the Ink Colour Blends mini series featuring Catherine Pooler inks is the Carnival collection. Although somehow I missed out Suede Shoes… You can find out more about the ink colours and what makes them different from other inks at this blog post, and find the other posts in this mini series here. The Party Collection by Catherine Pooler has four collections of ink pads. Foundation (set of 4 colours), Life Of The Party, Spring Fling and … Read More

CP Ink Colour Blends Mini Series – Life Of The Party

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Welcome back to the second in this mini series. Life Of The Party is a vibrant highly saturated collection of eight ink colours. Although I do use Rockin Red from the Foundation collection to try some other two colour combinations to make a purple You can find out more about the ink colours and what makes them different from other inks at this blog post, and find the other posts in this mini series here. The Party Collection by Catherine … Read More

Two Cheeky Dragon Just Breathe Cards by Jeni

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I have two cute cards using the Cheeky Dragon digital stamp. I printed both at different sizes – which is a great advantage of having digital stamps! The Cheeky Dragon is just one of 12 new digital stamps available at The Little Paper Tree. COLOURING Print onto Bristol Smooth card and use Polychromos coloured pencils. I colour the bigger dragon first and use 199, 274 and 233. Adding the 199 Black first, then the 274 Dark Grey and filling the … Read More

Birthday Subway Art Card by Laura

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Hello, crafty friends! Laura here today, and I’ve got two cards to share with you. I originally bought the Catherine Pooler Happy Birthday Many Ways Stamp because you can never have enough birthday sentiments, am I right? But, when I really looked at the packaging, I realized it looked like subway art. You know, the art prints that use lots of words to create a beautiful design? I liked the idea so much I came up with two cards today!  … Read More

CP Ink Colour Blends Mini Series – Spring Fling

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We (and you) love Catherine Pooler inks. There are so many ways to use these fabulous inks and refills. You can find out more about the ink colours and what makes them different from other inks at this blog post. The Party Collection of ink colours are available individually as full-size ink pads, refills and as a collection of eight (four for Foundation) mini sized ink pads. Colour Collections One great way to use the CP inks is with ink … Read More

Distressed Mini Journal by Tracy

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Hello, I’m Tracy and I’m excited to be sharing my first guest designer blog post for The Little Paper Tree.  I made this cute mini journal using Lesia Zgharda Design stamps. The Cover The journal measures 12cm x 8cm and is cut from kraft card.  I used a distressing tool on the edges and stained the whole cover including the edges using Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain distress oxides.  Then I stamped the Jar & Flowers stamp by Leisa Zgharda … Read More

Seamless Repeat Background Christmas Card by Jeni

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Hi, have you seen the endlessly repeating background stamps by Picket Fence Studios. I knew I would be using the Reindeer Games stamp as a background as soon as I saw the Santa in the Believe in Magic stamp set.  I have a video tutorial for this card too – click here to watch the video in HD on YouTube. REPEAT BACKGROUND The Reindeer Games stamp has the deer and trees cut off at the edges of the stamp allowing … Read More

Meet The Guest Designer for August

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Welcome Tracy as the Guest Blogger for August. Meet Tracy I’m Tracy and I live in Suffolk with my husband of 20 years and my Newfoundland dog, Fergus.  I work part-time from home as a freelance medical typist, which helps to pay for my papercraft addiction!  I’m so excited to be a guest designer for The Little Paper Tree.  It’s lovely to be supporting a UK company, especially one so close to where I live.  My first crafty love was … Read More

Flamingo Fun card by Elaine

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Hello lovely crafters! Hope everyone is well. Well, I’m back to share another make with you all. Hope you like it. Die Cutting First of all, I die cut 2 rectangles out of black and white card. Jeni has some fabulous Lawn Fawn rectangle dies in the shop. I then stamped the flamingo with a versafine black ink pad using the fabulous Catherine Pooler Stand Tall Stamps. Next, I added the grass and water using distress inks and a spritz … Read More

Tone On Tone with a Pop of Colour by Janet

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Hi, Janet here with a clean and simple card that has a lot of texture. I love all the Beautiful Girls stamps by Picket Fence Studios but I didn’t feel like colouring skin, so I only coloured the flowers in her hair, and added some die-cuts by Catherine Pooler Designs. PROCESS Diecut the Wall Flowers cover plate die from Bristol Smooth card Adhere with liquid glue to an A2 card base made from the same card Stamp Beautiful Girl Sydney … Read More

Take a Break Slimline Card by Lisa

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Hello, Lisa here and I’m thrilled to be sharing my second guest designer post for The Little Paper Tree. Slimline cards seem to be very popular at the moment and I thought it would be the perfect layout for the super cute trio of mermaids from the Penguin Palace Take a Break stamp set.   Making the Background   When I create with anything sea-themed – like mermaids, I love making inky backgrounds that give the illusion of a swirly … Read More

Stacked Stamped Card by Helen

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Today I’m sharing a layered and stamped card which is simple to create but looks very effective. CREATING LAYERS Start by deciding the size of the finished card that you want – you can use a square or rectangle or even a circle.  Work down from your finished card size to decide on the layers you are going to use.   For example, my final card size is 13cm by 13cm which means my first black layer is 12.5cm by … Read More

Under the Sea Shopping Spree!

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Hi everyone, Karen here. Today, The Little Paper Tree invites me back to their blog as guest designer to showcase Penguin Palace’s Let’s Catch Up stamp set. The minute I saw her, I knew I just had to use the little shopping mermaid on my card and make her have an afternoon catching up with friends at the shopping mall! Backgrounds I created my own background paper using a few of the smallest stamps in the set. On a sheet … Read More

Hello Gerbera ft Digital Stamp w/ Video

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Hi, One of the new digital stamps by Sunshine Bee Designs is this Gerbera Digital Stamp.  This stamp is available to download HERE with a black outline or light grey outline.  Find all the digital stamps HERE. VIDEO TUTORIAL There is a corresponding video tutorial for this card over on YouTube – watch it HERE or scroll down for the written tutorial. COLOURING Print the Gerbera with the black outline onto Bristol smooth card sized to fit an A2 card.  … Read More

Just Because Card by Elaine

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Hello there. Excited to be sharing my second blog post for The Little Paper Tree! I had a great time making this card. Hope you all like it. Stamping on patterned paper Firstly, I picked some patterned paper from my stash. I stamped my sentiment using the Just Because stamp set from Concord & 9th. Then I began to stamp flowers & foliage using the Tropically Yours stamp set from Catherine Pooler. I used Versafine black ink for the sentiment … Read More

Happy Coloured Coverplate Die w Video

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Hi, do you love cover plate dies but aren’t sure how to use them? I am challenging myself to find new ways to use these cover plate dies. There is a separate playlist on YouTube for Stretch Your Dies.  This card is also a video tutorial and you can watch the process here.   I love this Flower Burst cover plate die by Catherine Pooler Designs and use loose watercolouring with the Carnivale ink colours.   COLOURING   I die … Read More

Super Simple Two Minute Tip For Show-Stopping Cards!

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Hey crafty people! I’m back on The Little Paper Tree blog with another dose of inspiration for you! This month I have a super quick & easy tip for using the Trellis Cover Plate Die from Catherine Pooler to get an amazing & seriously impressive clean and simple background in less than two minutes.   I love cover plate dies but they are a real investment, so it’s important that you have an array of ways to use them in … Read More

Electric Fish Birthday Card

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Hello again, crafty tribe! Once again, I’ve been playing with the Fly Daddy Stamp from Catherine Pooler Designs (CPD.) Not just for father’s day, I made this card for my fishing-fanatic uncle’s birthday This card is super easy to make but does require a few extra steps – and a little extra time but it’s totally worth it for this fun technique. Lots to cover so let’s get started. PIGMENT INK ON NAVY I started off by testing all of … Read More

Have a Beary Happy Birthday

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Hi I’m Lisa and I’m thrilled to be a guest designer for The Little Paper Tree for July. Today’s make is a Birthday card, to add to my stash as I love to have some on hand, using the adorable Sunshine Bee Designs Happy Bear stamp set.     Making the Background   I love it when a stamp set contains some itty bitty stamps, like the flowers in this set. I can use them with coloured ink pads to … Read More

Fluttering by to say…Hello!

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Hi everyone!  I’m Karen and I’m so happy to share my first blog post as a guest designer for The Little Paper Tree.  I have created a card using the beautiful butterflies from the Sunshine and Bee Designs “Fluttering By” stamp set. Preparing The Butterflies I stamped each of the butterfly designs once onto white heavy-weight cardstock using Momento Tuxedo Black alcohol-friendly ink and used my Winsor and Newton Promarkers to add some colour.  The colours I used were Cerise, … Read More

Meet The Guest Design Team – July 2020

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Let’s welcome Karen and Lisa to the team for the month of July. You can learn more about the designers, and their social media links too. We can’t wait to see what Karen and Lisa will create!   Meet Karen My name is Karen.  I live in Edinburgh, UK with my fiancé Adam, and work in the clinical science industry.  I have been crafty since I was little and it has followed me though into my adult years. My main … Read More

Christmas Peeking Pets Card

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It’s Helen here today to share a card made using the super cute new ‘Peeking Pets’ stamps and dies from Catherine Pooler Designs.  As soon as I saw these stamps and dies in the shop, I knew I had to have them! STAMPING To make my card I stamped three of the dogs, a Santa hat and two of the party hats and then die cut all the elements.  For the best placement on the dies on the stamped images, … Read More

Wake Up Window Flower Box Card w/ Video

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Hi, I have three cards for this tutorial. My first card using the Boxes of Blooms and Outside Your Window is also a video tutorial.  You can watch the video tutorial on YouTube.  There are two bonus cards using the same products below the tutorial for the Wake Up Feeling Blessed card. MAKING THE SHUTTERS I adhered two pieces of black and white striped card back to back then diecut the Outside Your Window coordinating die twice.  This die cuts … Read More

Party Penguins! by Jenny

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Happy Friday crafty people. I’m Jenny from Ginger Ninja Crafts and I’m so happy to be with you again for another guest post on The Little Paper Tree blog.  Today I am sharing a fun card using some adorable stamps from the Penguin Agenda set by Penguin Palace.   STAMPING First I stamped some of these cute characters onto white cardstock in black ink and coloured them with a selection of alcohol markers before fussy cutting them out. MAKING THE … Read More

Ombre Pencil Colouring on Solid Stamps

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Hi, I need to make some more thank you cards and I’m trying my best to stay away from more feminine colours.  The stamps in the Big Thanks stamp set are designed for solid stamping in coloured inks but I am a little obsessed with wanting to colour everything at the moment so had to find a way to colour with this stamp set.  There is a video tutorial for this card over at YouTube. SECOND GENERATION STAMPING To be … Read More

Stencilled Flourish Card by Elaine

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Hi crafty world. Super excited to be sharing my first blog post for The Little Paper Tree! Hope you like it.   STENCILLING Firstly I did the stencilling using the gorgeous Flourish & Whimsy stencil from Catherine Pooler. I used 4 different tones of green Distress inks and a blending brush. You could use any variation of colour tones. I used low tack stencil tape to stop the stencil moving. Here’s the finished look once I had removed the stencil … Read More

Geometric Colour Blocked Ink Blending

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Hey Crafty People! I am so excited to be up on The Little Paper Tree Blog today, sharing my first post as a DT member. I am going to be using the Birdie Banners stamp set by Concord & 9th, but not in the way it was intended. (This follows up from a post on my own blog that I did for TLPT a couple of weeks ago.) I love finding unexpected ways to use my products, extending their usefulness … Read More

Fabulous flamingo card

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Hi crafty people, my name is Jenny (AKA Ginger Ninja crafts!) and I’m delighted to be a guest contributor to the blog today.  I’m here to share a project I made using the beautiful “Stand Tall” stamp set from Catherine Pooler.   STAMPING & COLOURING I stamped one of the flamingos in black ink before colouring with alcohol markers and fussy cutting it out. ZIG ZAG BACKGROUND Using the zig-zag border I stamped background panels by repeatedly stamping it with … Read More

Meet The Guest Design Team – June 2020

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Hi, please welcome Hanna and Jenny to the team as Guest DT members for the month of June.  You can learn more about the designers, and find their social media links too. We can’t wait to see what Hanna and Jenny will create!   Meet Hanna My name is Hanna-Rebecca (Best known as TheMissHaven) and I am the Guest Designer at TLPT for June 2020. I’ve been a crafter for many years (over 8 years now) and my love for … Read More

Floral Wreath Card by Helen

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Today I’m sharing a simple card using the digital Floral Wreath image and a stamped sentiment. Instructions I printed the floral wreath on to white card and coloured the image.  Then I used a circle die around the outside of the wreath and smaller circle to cut out the middle of the wreath.  The size of dies you will need will depend on the size you want the wreath to be.  This is the beauty of digital images – you … Read More

Stamped Butterfly Clean & Simple Card

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Hello, Janet here showing that you do not need to add a lot of ink blending, colouring or embellishments to make an effective card.  I use the Wings Of Joy stamp set and coordinating die with the Trellis cover plate die and one Life Of The Party ink colour by Catherine Pooler.  I have a video tutorial showing the full process of this card over at YouTube.   The Catherine Pooler Designs inks are dye based inks on a foam … Read More

Reel Catch Spinner Card

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Hello, crafty tribe! Today I’m sharing a fun card that’s perfect to send to any outdoor-loving guy in your life. I used a brand new stamp set from Catherine Pooler, Fly Daddy, and it’s a great addition to your stash – especially if you struggle for masculine-themed cards. And, not just for Father’s Day, you can send this for birthdays, too! Let’s get started. MAKING WAVES I started off by cutting a piece of Neenah Solar White Card (80lb) to … Read More

Painting with Colour Burst and Stamping with Water

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Hi, I want to use a different colouring medium other than markers or pencils and the Color Burst powders are sitting on the shelf behind my desk.  Catherine Pooler teamed up with Ken Oliver to come out with a Carnivale collection of Color Burst powders.  (I will be spelling “colour” with and without a “u” in this post).  I also have a video tutorial showing the process of this card. Head on over to YouTube to watch the tutorial.   … Read More

Meet The Design Team 2021

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Read more about The Little Paper Tree design team – both full time and guest*.   BLOG & SOCIAL TEAM Meet Jeni Jeni is Guernsey born with two older brothers, and two gorgeous nephews (one furry, one human) and one adorable fur daughter called Milly. She loves colouring floral and cute critters stamps and making scene cards and interactive cards but can do grungy mixed media now and then. Jeni loves showing how to get more use out of your … Read More

Thoughtful Two Tone Butterflies Card by Janet

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Hi, sometimes I love just being able to stamp and have a finished element for my cards.  The butterflies in Happy Butterflies don’t have to be coloured – which makes them great for quick cards. Inking The Background Firstly, on a piece of watercolour card, I ink blend with Catherine Pooler inks.  Using Juniper Mist and Daydream from the SPA collection.  My favourite way to ink blend with the CP inks is by using a brush from the Picket Fence … Read More

Rainbow Clouds

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Hi, I have another rainbow card for you today showcasing the Rainbow Wishes stamp and die by Honey Bee Stamps.  Currently, there is a 30% off sale on all Honey Bee products – I hope I inspire you on how to use this stamp set.   I also have a corresponding video tutorial showing the process of this card which you can watch here.  But I wasn’t sure how to finish this card, so I left it on my desk … Read More

Messy Background Flower Burst Thanks Cards

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Hi,  the latest Catherine Pooler Designs products, the Flutters and Blooms release went on sale last Wednesday and you all went crazy for these products! They sold out almost completely within one day but will be restocked later this week. We are busy getting all your orders packed up (still in green tissue paper) dispatched every Thursday and Monday.  Joining the waitlist you instantly (via email) let you know when that product is back in stock   Spring Fling vs … Read More

Butterfly Kisses One Layer Card w/ Video

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Hi, a new brand to the shop is Lesia Zgharda Designs.  These stamps are detailed and perfect for colouring – I am using the Butterfly Kisses stamp set.  I have a corresponding video for this card – which you can watch here. Stamping & Colouring There is one butterfly with an interlocked triangle and circle and one sentiment stamp in this set.  I stamped the butterfly onto Neenah Solar White 80lb card.  All the Neenah card we have in stock … Read More

Rainbow Thanks Cards w/ Video Tutorial

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Hi, it’s Jeni with some Thanks cards to send out to key workers. Today I used the Over The Rainbow die by Catherine Pooler Designs along with the Fresh & Fruity patterned papers.  There is no stamping on these cards, which is unusual for me. I will add links to the products at the bottom of this post.  There is a video tutorial for this post too, which you can watch HERE.   Making The Rainbow There are eight different … Read More

Shipping Times – January 2021

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Updated Shipping Times We are open as normal for all your crafting needs.  We continue to wash hands before entering the stock room to pick and pack your orders.  We continue to regularly clean surfaces and equipment before and after use. All orders will dispatch once a week to minimize outside travel. We are moving the posting day from Friday to Tuesday, beginning 26/1 Orders completed BEFORE 2 pm Monday will be posted the following Tuesday. Orders placed AFTER 2 … Read More

Never Give Up – Quick Stamped Card

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Hi, it’s Jeni with a card tutorial. I was working on a “Use All The Stamps” video tutorial with the Dream Big stamp set by Catherine Pooler – well I  thought I was but I wasn’t actually recording.  But because the stamping is all in a straight line (I used an acrylic block), I decided to share this card with you in a blog post and as a reminder for you not to give up! Stamping Using a small stamp, I … Read More

Kindness Changes Everything Card Tutorial

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I started this video in 2019, but we were in the process of moving to Cambridgeshire so they got pushed to the side while we packed up all our craft items. I know I was filming the process of this card tutorial too – but I can’t find the footage.  My plan from 2019 was to use the Kind of Wonderful stamp set.  Recently I tidied up my craft desk and I found these backgrounds, (and the stamp set and … Read More

Squeeze The Day CP watercolored card w/video

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Hi, I have another quick card and video tutorial to share using the Zest Bouquet stamp set. I am trying to share more videos and blogs during this time. If you are self isolating then I want to provide some more inspiration for you.  We also have a 10% sale off all items in the shop to help you be able to get new supplies and combat any anxiety you may have. Crafting is proven to relax you and can … Read More

There is always Hope

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Hi, If you are self-isolating then I want to provide some more inspiration for you and I am trying to share more videos and blogs during this time. This is one thing that I CAN do, and it helps distract me from checking the news all the time.  There is a 10% sale off all items in the shop, and a lot of items are reduced in price.  We want to help you be able to get new supplies and combat … Read More

You’re The Zest Quick Colouring w/Video

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Hi, I have a quick card and video tutorial to share, I am trying to share more inspirational videos and blogs during this time.  There is a 10% sale off all items in the shop to help you be able to get new supplies and combat any anxiety you may have. Crafting is proven to relax you and can help distract you. Stamping For my card I used the new Zest Bouquet stamp set along with Catherine Pooler inks.  All … Read More

Thank You Poinsettia Card by Jeni

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Hi, I have one more card using the new Winter Poinsettia stamp by Sunshine and Bee Designs.   Heat Emboss & Colouring The Winter Poinsettia stamp is easy to colour and cut out.  I heat embossed the poinsettia with white embossing and used some Distress Inks to watercolour.  Then used Aged Mahogany for all the leaves/petals and Wild Honey for the centres. Background The background is Iced Spruce Distress Ink and Evergreen Bough Distress Ink. I inked up different areas … Read More

Winter Poinsettia Christmas Card Video by Jeni

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Hi, the last stamp in this release by Sunshine and Bee Designs is Winter Poinsettia.  Winter Poinsettia is a group of three poinsettia flowers with three sentiments.  I have a short video for the making of this card HERE. Stamping This tutorial is for the card on the right. Firstly, I stamped the poinsettia twice in the top half of the card. The sentiment was next – to make sure there would be enough space for the sentiment and filled … Read More

From my nest to Yours card by Janet

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This is a beautiful stamp set by Sunshine and Bee Designs.  Jeni knows I absolutely love robins and she made this stamp set with me in mind, you can see the process video of this card HERE. Colouring The Robins Stamping two of the robins in black ink onto Neenah card, I coloured them with just three copic markers. One marker per colour with no shading – one red, one brown and a darker brown for the beak.  I fussy … Read More

Sleepy Foxes Video Card Tutorial by Janet

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The sleepy foxes in the Woodland Fox stamp set by Sunshine and Bee Designs will put a smile on anyones face, especially if you are not feeling very well and makes a great Get Well Soon card. Making The Background This sleepy foxes card was made using a watercolour card panel measuring 11 x 14cm. This background is from my “box of backgrounds” I used water based inks to blend all over this panel, (an orange at the top half of … Read More

Woodland Fox Scene Shaker Card by Jeni w/Video

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Hi, I have a scene shaker card using the new Woodland Fox stamp set by Sunshine & Bee Designs – my own stamp designs!!! There is a coordinating video up on YouTube too.  You can see this video by clicking HERE. Links to the products used at the end of this blog post.  I love all the stamp designs in this release, but Woodland Fox are my favourite (should I have favourites?)   Shaker Prep Firstly, I took two pieces … Read More

Buzzing Bees Card by Janet w/Video

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Hello, its Janet with an exciting new blog post. Jeni has been working hard on releasing her own stamp designs. We will be sharing peeks all week here on the blog, and on YouTube. Making The Card The first stamp in this release is Buzzing Bees. I have a video up on YouTube showing the process of the bees flying in a circle card. There is also an Introduction video showing all the stamps and some card samples. You can … Read More

Introducing Sunshine & Bee Designs

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Hi, welcome to Sunshine and Bee Designs. Milly and I have been working hard over the last couple of months to bring our first range of clear stamps to life. For the first release, we have four stamp sets. I love colouring cute critters and florals, so this had to be the theme for this release. Our stamps are made with high-quality photopolymer in the UK and are 4×6 in size (A6 sized). The stamps are high clarity shiny stamps … Read More

Galaxy Background Birthday Card by Sarah

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Have you tried inking up a galaxy background? I hadn’t given it a go yet – til now! Process Cover a panel of card in patches of ink in a range of colours – yellow, purple, pink and aqua. Any kind goes, I used mostly Distress Oxides, one Catherine Pooler dye ink and a generic pink pigment ink. Smoosh and blend til you’ve got no white space left. Let them mix as much or as little as you like. Only … Read More

Masked Sunset One Layer Cards by Laura

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Hello, crafty friends! It’s Laura on the blog with you today, and I’ve got three, one-layer cards featuring Distress-blended sunsets with silhouette images to set off the tropical scene. I used Catherine Pooler Designs (CPD) stamps from the Tropically Yours Collection and I am totally stoked (see what I did there?) with the beachy-retro, 80’s vibe this trio of cards gives. As usual, lots to cover today, so let’s get started! Backgrounds First, I got to work creating my backgrounds. … Read More

DT Call CLOSED

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We’ve had some change over the last few months. We moved to Cambridgeshire UK and have a larger warehouse (which is already quite full) and we want more people to help promote our small craft business and help us grow. If you love playing with stamps, inks, dies and stencils apply to join the tree!  We are looking for four crafters to join our Social Media team and two or three crafters to join the YouTube team. We focus on … Read More

Rainbow Birthday Wishes Card by Sarah

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A bit of ink smooshing from me today.   Process Tap your red ink pad directly onto your acrylic stamping block, roughly filling in the first inch in from the end. Spritz the inked block with a little water and press it down onto your card front with the edge of the block at the edge of the card – let the ink smoosh rightwards across the card front, sometimes it’ll bloom out further, sometimes it’ll stay about an inch … Read More

Using Pre Made Elements to Create a Quick Card by Laura

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Hello, and welcome back, crafty friends! It’s Laura with you today and I’m back with my first post since the Easter break. Here in Ireland we had lots of warm, beautiful weather and we enjoyed being outside most of the days. All the sunshine inspired me to use stamp sets from the Catherine Pooler Tropically Yours Collection. I have the entire collection from when it was sold as the limited edition Tropically Yours Stamp of Approval Box last year. If … Read More

Sparkly Peace And Comfort Card By Sarah

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Time for some metallics and glitter! Process Blend up a background straight onto your card blank in green and blue inks. Add a gently curving swoosh of embellishment mousse in from each side with a tissue, then put the card aside to completely dry. Stamp and heat emboss the mandala and leaves on vellum paper. I did the mandala just in silver and the leaves in silver first, heated til only just melting, then allow to cool, reapply embossing ink … Read More

HOLA PARTY ANIMAL CARD BY SARAH

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This could work as a general hello notecard or I’m going to give it as a birthday card I think.   Process Stamp and colour your animals. I used watercolours then added a bit more detail with coloured pencils over the top. Diecut them out, along with the rectangular panel from the Arrow Mat Die. Cover the back of the panel with double-sided tape and position all but one of the animals around, then stick down in the middle of … Read More

Places you’ll Flamingo Card by Katrina

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The flamingos on the Lawn Fawn stamp set Flamingo Together get me thinking about one of the items on my bucket list which is to visit Aruba. I decided to use this as inspiration for my card. Stamping I started the card by stamping some flamingos on to some Neenah cardstock. I coloured them using my Copic Markers, I did the same with the palm trees, cut them all out and put them to one side. Background Next I worked … Read More

Best Wishes Card by Laura

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Hello, my crafty friends. Laura, here with you today, sharing a card that’s sure to brighten anyone’s day. I love working with background dies because you get instant impact with minimal time (or effort!) Today I’m using the Avery Elle Ray Die and So Kind Stamp to create this (fairly) quick and simple card. Let’s get started! Background First I took a piece of pale yellow card and stamped the Canvas Grunge Background Stamp by Catherine Pooler Designs (it was … Read More

Floral Speedy Recovery Card by Katrina

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Hello, today I am sharing a card featuring the Spring Bouquet stamp set from Avery Elle. I started the card by stamping the main floral image from the stamp set on to white cardstock, then coloured it with my Copic Markers. I die cut it out and placed it to one side. Background Next I made a card base using white cardstock. I used the new Picket Fence Studios life changing brushes to blend some colour on to the card for … Read More

We are moving

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Thank you for all your continuous support over the years! We have moved and are busy organising all the stock and restocking all your favourite products (CPD inks and refills 🙂 All orders placed during April have been dispatched and we are back to dispatching your orders daily (week days). We are seriously running out of space here! Somehow we have managed to fit everything into this small room (including Milly’s office chair – she is not spoilt at all) … Read More

Llama Get Well Card by Sarah

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Know someone who’s having to take some time out to get well? Guaranteed their recovery will be that bit better if you put an interactive llama card in their hands! Think paper dolls with the little tabs on their clothes so you can mix and match outfits.   Process Stamp the cactus in a repeat pattern of offset rows on your card blank. Diecut the frame from the Arrow Mat Die and raise up on the card front on foam … Read More

Peek-A-Boo Disco with Avery Elle by Laura

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Hello, my crafty friends! It’s Laura here today, and I’m going to share with you how to turn Avery Elle’s Ray Die into a fun disco for the newest members of their Peek-a-Boo stamp line, the Peek-a-Boo Pets. These lovable barnyard animals are just as cute as their predecessors. The concept (of the stamp design) is that the bodies and feet are seperate images so you can do fun things like have them pop out from behind something (window, border, … Read More

Best Day Ever Birthday Card w/ Video by Jeni

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Hi, Jeni here with a bright and vibrant birthday card video tutorial.  I needed to make a birthday card for my nephew’s birthday in January. You can watch the video by clicking HERE, and don’t forget to join The Little Paper Tree Tribe group on Facebook.  All the products I used are linked to the shop in the product list below. Background I used the included stamping guide to line up the Birthday Basics turnabout stamp. I used Catherine Pooler … Read More

No ProbLlama Shaker Card by Katrina

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Hello. Today I am sharing a shaker card. Colouring I started the card by stamping the images from the stamp sets out on Bristol cardstock and coloured them using my Zig clean colour real brush markers. I only used three colours and blended them with water using a small paint brush to create shading and lighter areas of colour.   Background I took a 6 x 6 piece of white cardstock and die cut a heart. Then stamped the sentiments on … Read More

Cheep Cheep Cheep Chickens by Janet

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Hello, Janet here with some cute chicks from the Peek A Boo Pets stamp set by Avery Elle.  I love the peek a boo stamps and decided to team up this stamp set with some new elle-ments dies to make a set of three cards with only one ink blended background piece!  All the products are listed in the supply list below and clicking on any green word will take you to that product in the shop.  Share your peek a … Read More

Peek A Boo Pets Pull Tab Card by Sarah

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The cute creatures in this stamp set were just made for popping their heads through windows or over walls. As soon as I saw them, I wanted to use them on a vertical pull tab card and thought it’d be a great opportunity to show that, although there are fancy dies that can make this kind of interactive card easier. You can do it yourself without special equipment and using any stamps you like.   Stamping Stamp out the animal … Read More

Geometric Knot Paper-Cut Card using CPD by Laura

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Hello and welcome back, my crafty friends! It’s Laura with you today, bringing you a fun card using lots of the smaller images from Catherine Pooler Designs Woohoo Stamp Set, as well as some unique paper cutting using a craft knife and the Catherine Pooler Geo Trio Stencil. Combating Creative Block Before we get into the card tutorial, I want to talk about those dreaded times (that every crafter encounters!) – getting stuck or having a creative block. I feel … Read More

Use Every Stamp – Hello Sunshine Card Set by Jeni

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Hello, Jeni here with a mini series I’m calling “Use Every Stamp” where I plan on using every stamp in a set to make a bunch of cards. Its been a few years since I last did this and I thought this would be a good way to show you how to make the most of your stamp sets.  I will create a Album over at The Little Paper Treehouse Tribe group on Facebook so you can share your “Use … Read More

I Love Cake (Don’t You) with a Bonus Card by Janet

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Hi, it’s Janet with three CAS (Clean and Simple) cards I used the new Avery Elle release. The Rays Die gives a delightful background as it is so versatile that it can be used again and again – it seems to be very popular. We sold out in a few days and are waiting for Avery Elle to manufacture more!  All the products that I used are listed in the supply list at the bottom of this post with links … Read More

Be A Badass Card Video Tutorial by Jeni

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Hello, I have a quick video card tutorial to share with you today.  The video is up on YouTube and you can watch it by clicking here.  All the products I used are listed in the supply list below and linked to the shop.  By clicking on any green word you will be taken to that product in the shop. Free shipping is back for 2019. We offer free shipping on all UK orders over £50 up to 500g and all European … Read More

Love Birds (not just for Valentines Day) by Janet

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Hi, Janet here again with another two cards using the Stamp Of Approval Adoring You collection. Please click here to find more inspiration using this SOA box on the blog and YouTube. I used two stamp sets and one add on die for these cards – which will be listed and linked with the supply list below.  Clicking on any green word will take you to that product in the shop. Mixing Ink Collections Don’t be afraid to mix your … Read More

Geometric Washi Card by Sarah

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Got a drawer full of lovely washi tapes hiding in your stash? Here’s an easy way to let some of it out to play! Process Cut a strip of card into triangles and wrap your choice of washi round each one. I went with 3 designs in coordinating colours. Arrange the triangles as shown, or have a play – any layout goes 🙂 Stamp a couple of textured spots in the background, carrying through the colour scheme from the tape. … Read More

Heart shaped Valentines using AE Embellished Heart Die by Laura

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Hello! It’s Laura here with you today, and I’ve got some cute, heart-shaped Valentine’s Day cards I made using the Avery Elle Embellished Hearts Die, as well as lots of other stamps from my stash! After I made a few, I thought these were just so cute so I just kept making more and more! Now I’m in the process of making more using some painted cardstock my three-year-old daughter did and I’m going to cut them out so she … Read More

Congrats Baby Card by Katrina

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Hello, today I am sharing a baby card using the Heffy Doodle Eggcellent news stamp set. When I saw the set I knew I wanted to make a scene card but I wanted to do something a little different to one big scene. Background To make this card work I needed a longer, taller card so I trimmed my card base to measure 7″ by 4″ when folded. I masked off three rectangle boxes on to a piece of Neenah … Read More

Marbled Turnabout Background w Video Tutorial by Jeni

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Hi, it’s Jeni with two cards using the new Marbled Turnabout stamp set by Concord and 9th. I always seem to do either two or five cards using the same stamp set at a time. Do you have the turnabout stamps? What do you love most about them? I love the new Jig to help set them up correctly without having to draw lines on your stamp. Share your turnabout cards with us at The Little Paper Treehouse Tribe.  I … Read More

Stamp Of Approval Adoring You – The Keys by Janet

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Hi, it’s Janet with two cards using the new Stamp of Approval Adoring You collection. This is the latest SOA collection for January and it is amazing. There is a limited amount of the boxes and add on dies in stock.  In the collection are four clear stamps, one red rubber stamp and one die. The latest Stamp Of Approval collection is called Adoring You, but it’s not too Valentine themed and can be used for many different occasions -from birthdays … Read More

STITCHED BACKGROUND NOTE CARD BY SARAH

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When is a hill not a hill? When it’s criss-crossed as a sophisticated stitch-effect background.   Process Cut a panel of white card to fit your card blank. Lay one of the stitched hill dies across the panel diagonally as close to top right corner to bottom left corner as it’s long enough to go, secure with washi or memo tape and run through your diecutter. Move the die an inch or so out towards the bottom right corner. It’ll … Read More

Magical Unicorn Birthday Cards by Jeni

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Hi, its Jeni here with my first post of 2019. How is your year so far? I decided to make two special brithday cards using some Avery Elle stamps and dies.  My first idea with this stamp set was to make a super intricate spinner card. But I couldn’t get it to work correctly so that idea has gone into my ‘to be finished’ box.  These two cards also led to another idea that will be on YouTube shortly.  All … Read More

Watercolouring with Catherine Pooler Inks – Stuck On You by Laura

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Hello, crafty friends! I hope you all had a nice holiday and enjoyed some time with your family and loved ones. I’m happy to be back today sharing a sweet, little love card featuring Avery Elle’s Stuck On You and Catherine Pooler Designs BFF Background Stamp. I watercolored both the images and the background panel using the beautiful Catherine Pooler Inks.   Let’s get started! Heat Embossing First, I prepped a piece of Ranger Watercolor Cardstock with my powder tool … Read More

You Are Loved Card by Katrina

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Hello. Today I am sharing a card using the  Heaven Sent stamp set by Honey Bee Stanps. Background I started by making a card base from white card. I inked the background for the card straight on to the card base. I took a stencil with various sized circles by MFT stamps called basic circles. If you dont have one of these you can make your own using circle dies and a sheet of Acetate to make your own. Just … Read More

Love Happily Ever After Stamp Of Approval w Video by Jeni

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Hi, it’s Jeni with a beautiful card using the latest Stamp Of Approval box – Adoring You. I love keys! This had to be the first stamp set I used! There are four clear stamp sets, one red rubber stamp (a gorgeous scripty font style background) and one die in this box.  The add on dies are for three of the stamp sets and a stand alone decorative tile die.  I show an unboxing in the video which you can see … Read More

Distress Oxide Valentine Card by Janet

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Hello, I love this Three Heart Die which gives dotted detail on the outside of the hearts, and have to use it for this CAS card with the Stuck on You stamp and co-ordinating die as elements to pop up through the hearts on a Distress Oxide background. We’d love to see what you are making with your stamps and inks. Share your creations with us at The Little Paper Treehouse Tribe over at Facebook.   Background Firstly, for the background … Read More

Trial and Error Thank You Card by Sarah

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One of my new year’s resolutions is to give myself more time to play with card designs so I can try out tricky, messy things without feeling pressed for time. Bring on the mixed media! Stamping & Embossing Stamp and heat emboss the largest mandala. There’s something magic about watching embossing powder transform to shiny as it reaches just the right temperature. Make sure to heat from below as well as above to minimise warping. Repeat with the next size … Read More

Happy Christmas

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All your orders are at the post office and are making their way to you. We hope they arrive in time for Christmas Day. We will be back at work and dispatching your orders on 4th January 2019. We are still having a Design Team call for YouTube! See our great video tutorials on YouTube, and apply to be part of the YouTube team by clicking HERE We will see you all next year (14th January) with more inspiration on the … Read More

Crafty Friends Are The Best – Minimal Supplies Card by Jeni

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Hi, it’s Jeni with a card tutorial using minimal supplies that could be used for Christmas, but with different colours, could be used for Birthdays or Just Because cards.  All the products I used are listed at the bottom of this post and linked to the shop.   I’d love to see your crafty cards – feel free to share them with us over at the Facebook Group. And you make video tutorials don’t forget to apply to be on … Read More

Framed Christmas Art Using Cardmaking Supplies by Laura

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Happy holidays, crafty friends! It’s Laura here today with my last post of 2018. This year really flew by, didn’t it? Well, if you are anything like me, you still have loads to do before you are really Christmas ready (are we ever ready?!) and today I’m using my stamping supplies to create a festive, framed artwork to display in your home. I’ll be using Concord & 9th’s Plaid Builder and stamps from Catherine Pooler Designs’ Home for the Holidays … Read More

Clean And Simple Hugs Cards by Katrina

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Hello. Today I am sharing two clean and simple cards with Heffy Doodle Stamps and Distress Oxides. It’s nice to let someone know you are thinking of them and these cards are simple to make. I wanted to show you that by changing the background colours it can make the same card look very different. Masking I started my card by making the two card bases. I then masked off a strip of the card towards the top. Next I … Read More

Last Shipping Dates 2018

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Happy Christmas from Everyone at The Little Paper Tree! The last shipping dates for delivery before Christmas are below. These dates have been given to us by Guernsey Post.  All orders placed by 2pm are being dispatched the same day. December 17th is the last date for delivery to the UK, Isle of Man, Jersey, Belgium, France, Ireland and Luxembourg. December 14th is the last date for delivery to Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland. December … Read More

New Years Foxy Party by Claire

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Merry Christmas everybody! I can’t believe there’s only 18 more sleeps until the big day, and I feel like I have loads to do, including a big house move! So to relieve some stress I’m thinking ahead to the exciting New Year instead with my card today. Background To start I cut a circle in white card and a slightly larger one in kraft. I went for two of my favourite colours of Distress Oxide to make the background, Seedless … Read More

Congratulations CAS Card by Sarah

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It’s always nice to help someone mark an achievement they’ve worked hard for. When I came up with the idea for this card I was thinking of prosecco bubbles 🙂 Process Lay out your stamps with your sentiment at the bottom right of your card blank and a handful of spots bubbling upwards from it, very roughly biggest at the bottom to smallest at the top but mix it up a bit to make it look more natural. Pick up … Read More

YouTube Design Team Call 2019

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  Do you love making YouTube video tutorials? Join our Design Team to exclusively make videos for YouTube! We are looking for more members for the Design Team – to exclusively make YouTube video tutorials.  Your video tutorials will be shared on our YouTube channel before sharing on your channel.  We would like you to create one video tutorial (card making, mixed media, scrapbook – anything relating to paper) a month. We focus on stocking only high quality brands from … Read More

Stretch Your Stamps – Christmas Cards with Diamonds by Jeni

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Hi, Jeni again with two cards showing how to use non-Christmas stamp sets using Catherine Pooler Designs products for Christmas Cards.  I borrowed the Say It With Diamonds stamp set from Mom’s craft desk and use some of the newer colours of CPD inks. I will list all the products at the bottom of this post. Starting next year, we hope to sell our finished cards on Facebook and donate some of the proceeds to charity.  This will be done via the … Read More

Personalised Drink Charms using Glitter by Laura

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Hello my crafty friends. It’s Laura here with you today and I’ve got something a bit different for you! I’m going to show you a super fun way to stretch your dies to decorate for a holiday party. In other words, I’m giving you a good reason (with tangible results!) to show your husband when he asks why you need more…well, anything craft related! 😉 As a HUGE fan of alphabet dies and stamps because they are so versatile. Don’t … Read More

Snappy Christmas Card  by Katrina

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Hello everyone. Today I am sharing a card using a stamp set from Heffy Doodle to make a Christmas card. Colouring I start by colouring images from the stamp set using my Copic markers and cut them out. I then put them to one side while I worked on the background. Background I made a 6×6 card base from some white cardstock. Then took Distress Oxide inks and a blending tool to lightly blend the background in two shades using … Read More

Gold Hummingbird Card by Claire

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Hi everyone, Claire here again. It’s been so cold outside this week, the perfect weather for staying warm up in my craft room I say! I absolutely love colouring birds, of any kind, but this hummingbird is my new favourite. There are so many colour combos you could use on him. This time, I’ve gone with my favourites, blue, green and gold. Background I blended some Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink on a white piece of card, fading it out … Read More

Saying it with Diamonds Three Cards and A Tag by Janet

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Hello, Janet here with some background pattern stamping with the Say it with Diamonds Stamp by Catherine Pooler Designs. I’ve made two cards and one matching card and gift tag for Christmas. I love the diamond patterns and sentiments in the set and can’t stop playing with it.  Below I show that it can be used for Christmas cards as well as other cards you need throughout the year. Happy Birthday I use a limited colour palette for each card. For … Read More

Favourite Distress Colour

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Hi, I asked our DT to pick their favourite Distress colour. I allowed a max of two colours because I couldn’t pick just one.  The Distress Oxide colours are available at the shop, along with all the Mini Distress inks. Although stock levels may have changed due to the massive Tim Holtz sale we had this weekend. If you missed out, we’ve decided to extend the sale to 20th Tuesday 20:00GMT.  As always clicking on any underlined word will take … Read More

Fairy Lights Christmas Card By Sarah

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If you’re still undecided about Christmas card designs for this year, here’s one last one from me to help you choose. Process Cut a panel of black card to the width of your fairy lights stamp, and a height to leave an even border all the way round when you attach it to your card blank later. Stamp your fairy lights in embossing ink – I used a stamping press to keep them all level and evenly spaced. Sprinkle over … Read More

Light Up Rudolf Nose by Jeni

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Hi, it’s Jeni with an amazing card! This is the first time I’ve played with the Chibitronics and they are so much fun!  I wanted to make the reindeers nose light up so I used the cute reindeer from Polar Peek A Boo Pals and the two elves from a Heffy Doodle set. I used the Chibitronics Starter Kit for this card, but we have extra LED light kits (in white and colour) and copper tape in stock.  All the … Read More

Snow Globe Shaker Card by Laura

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Hello, crafty humans! Laura here and I’m up today with a Christmas shaker card using Snow Globe Die from Catherine Pooler. This amazing die comes with all the pieces you need to make snow globes on your cards! I’m also incorporating some of the leftovers from a previous postof mine (that had used the bokeh effect.) Waste not, want not! 😁   Let’s get started with today’s card. Stamping The Background FIrst I chose four of the designs included in … Read More

Cat Lady Card by Katrina

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Hello everyone. Today I am taking a step back from making Christmas cards to share a a scene card full of cute kitties. Stamping First stamp images from two different stamp sets by My Favorite Things. I stamped them on to Copic friendly cardstock using black ink then coloured them in using my Copics. Background Next I took a white card base and used a cloud stencil with distress ink to make the sky. To make the grass area I … Read More

Orange Christmas Card by Jeni

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Hi, Jeni sneaking in again with a Christmas Card. I think I could make Christmas cards all year round.  I used a non Christmas stamp set along with a Christmas stamp set and one ink colour (excluding black).  All the products I used are listed and linked below this post.  I hope you enjoy this tutorial.  Let me know what you think in the comment area.  What colour would you have used?   Stamping I wanted to challenge myself not … Read More

Christmas Card – Stretch Your Stamps by Claire

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Hi everyone, Claire here! I hope you’re all warm and cosy at your craft desks and getting stuck into all things festive! My card today is inspired by the stars in the amazing Concord & 9th Triple-Step Hooray stamp set. The Triple Step Hooray is definitely a celebratory stamp set as a whole, but the stars work really well for Christmas too. And it’s another great way to stretch your stamp sets to work for all kinds of occasions.   … Read More

Non Traditional Snowflakes by Janet

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Hello, Janet here with two Christmas Cards. I love snowflakes! but wanted to show that they can be used in any colours you wish. I used the Snowflake Turnabout stamp by Concord and 9th along with Catherine Pooler Designs inks.  All the supplies I used are listed and linked below. I’d love to see the Christmas Cards you’ve been making. Feel free to share them in our Facebook Group.   Jeni made the X marks on the back of the … Read More

Elephant Christmas Card w/ Video by Jeni

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  Hi, it’s Jeni with a cute Christmas card and video tutorial today. Head to the YouTube channel to see the video on how I made this card or stay here and read the tutorial for this card and the other cards in the video tutorial.  The products I use will be listed in the supply list and linked to the shop. Embossed Background When I first saw the Polar Peek A Boo Pals stamp set with the santa hat … Read More

Change of Address Cards by Sarah May

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Hi everyone, Sarah’s turn on the blog today – I’m using it to share with you the card design I came up with to let mine and my husband’s extended family know ‘we have moved’. It was good practice at batch-making ahead of Christmas cards!   Process Usually I buy pre-made card blanks but I wanted these to be dinky and smaller than any blanks I had to hand so I made my own to fit little square brown paper … Read More

Quick Christmas Card with Video by Jeni

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Hi, It’s Jeni with a really quick and easy card. This is a one layer card that I stamped onto a Catherine Pooler Pre-scored notecard to make it even quicker. I have a corresponding video over on YouTube. The filming off this video took just over 5 minutes. I use just one stamp set and three ink colours – which you can find at the online shop. I will link all the products I use at the bottom of this … Read More

Blue Foiled Dahlia Card by Laura

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Welcome, my crafty friends! It’s Laura here with you today, and I’ve created a holiday card using Nuvo Gilding Flakes and the gorgeous Concord & 9th Dahlia Turnabout Stamp. While this stamp isn’t considered a “traditional” Christmas stamp, by changing the color and adding a little pizazz, that statement dahlia almost looks like a holiday wreath! The gilding flakes (and embossing powders) really takes a fairly simple design and makes it into an elegant holiday card.   Turnabout Stamping First … Read More

Silly Penguins Watercoloured with Distress Inks by Jeni

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Hi, Jeni here sneaking in with another Winter themed card. I love these fun penguins from the Brring On The Joy stamp set by Avery Elle.  I decided to try and make some silly scenes with a bunch of presents. I haven’t used Distress Inks for a while so decided to do some watercoloring with them.  All the products I used are listed and linked to the shop at the bottom of this post. Stamping & Colouring I stamped the … Read More

Autumnal Sunshine Sweeties Card by Katrina

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Hello everyone. I hope you are well. Today I am sharing a card using the Honey Bee Stamps set Seasonal Sweeties. Stamping I started by stamping the images of the girl, cat and a handful of leaves on to copic friendly cardstock. I then used my Copic markers to colour the images in. Background Next I worked on the background. I had originally planned a galaxy but I was inspired by a YouTube video by Shari Carroll where she made … Read More

Robin Background Card by Milly

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Hi, it’s Jeni and Milly here today. Milly made her first card with stamping and watercoloring. I may have helped her a little but the idea was hers.  Since Milly is still learning to type (I think her paws are too big for the keyboard) I will be writing this tutorial for her.  All the products Milly used are listed and linked at the bottom of this post. Heat Embossing On a piece of Bristol smooth card stock, we used … Read More

Happy Birthday Pals Card by Claire

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Hi everyone, Claire here. I’m back again with my second blog post for The Little Paper Tree. While everyone else gets stuck into Christmas card making this time of year, it seems that there are more birthdays than ever amongst my family and friends, so that’s what I’ve been doing! Colouring The Avery Elle Peek-a-Boo Pals has to be one of the coolest stamp sets for children’s cards ever, they’re so fun! I started by stamped and colouring the monkey, … Read More

Cozy Christmas Card – Save The Crafty YouTuber Video Hop

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HI, it’s Jeni with a video tutorial that is part of the Save The Crafty YouTuber video hop.  If you came here from YouTube I hope you are enjoying the video hop and have come to The Little Paper Tree’s tutorial blog for more inspiration.  And if you regularly come to the blog – welcome back. You can watch the video I created on YouTube by clicking HERE or read on and watch the video tutorial below.   There are … Read More

Snowman Selfies Christmas Card by Janet

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Hello, Janet here with a cute critter Christmas card.  I don’t play with critters very often but I enjoy finding new scenes and ways to use them.  How are you getting on with your Christmas Card making? I know it is still October and Halloween hasn’t even happened yet, but it can be good to get cards made for the most important people before the busy ‘silly season’. I thought I would make a card with the snowmen taking a … Read More

Teal Christmas Card by Jeni

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Hi, Jeni with another Christmas Card. These are my favourite theme of cards to make – I could happily make Christmas cards for 6 months of the year. (Broken up with floral and critter cards for the other 6 months.  I have used both this years release and last years release by Concord and 9th. All the products I used are listed and linked to the shop below. Turnabout Stamping Since I still had the Snowflake Turnabout stamp already in … Read More

Kaleidoscope Colouring Card by Sarah May

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Hi all, Sarah here – with a project where colouring is key. Whether you’re a fan of mindful colouring or prefer mindless colouring in front of the TV, if you give it the time it needs then you’ll get beautiful results!   Background Take a bit of white card suited to what you’re going to be colouring with, ink up your background stamp in black and make your impression. It used to be acrylic blocks all the way for me but … Read More

Winter Birthday Card by Jeni

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Hi, it’s Jeni with a clean and simple festive birthday card.  It can be easy to get caught up in the excitement of Christmas and forget the other celebrations that happen during Winter. Both Mom and I have birthdays in Winter and I remember how difficult is was to find a birthday card in the shop (before I started making cards).  We still have to use festive wrapping paper for presents.  Today I have a clean and simple birthday card … Read More

Bokeh Effect Spinner Card by Laura

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Welcome back, my crafty friends! It’s Laura with you today, and I’ve got some festive cards with a fun twist! When opened, the images in the middle of the circle spin to create a cool,  interactive effect perfect for Christmas cards.   For today’s cards I used Catherine Pooler Designs (CPD) stamps included in the Home for the Holidays Stamp of Approval Box (SOA – now sold out!) along with Distress Inks to create all of these cards. Let’s get … Read More

Embossing Autumn Leaves by Katrina

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Hello everyone. I hope you are enjoying seeing the autumn colours all around us. I used them for inspiration for the card I am sharing with you today.   Stamp Set I used the stamp set from Catherine Pooler to create a clean and simple thank you card with a pop of autumn colours, which was quick and easy to make. Background To start the card I made a card base from white card stock. I then used purple tape … Read More

Five Cards One Die by Jeni

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Hi, Jeni here with a quick blog post on how to make five cards with one die.  All the products I used are listed and linked below and available from the online shop.  I used the Stained Glass Coverplate die and different mediums to add the colour and finishing touches. Card 1 – Kind Firstly, I embossed the die onto some thick watercolour card to get the impression of the pattern and used Distress Oxide inks (Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet … Read More

Christmas Borders Cards by Janet

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Hello, Janet here with some more Christmas card inspiration using the Home For The Holidays collection and the fabulous Catherine Pooler inks.  All the products I used to make these cards are listed at the bottom of this post and linked to the shop. Card Process I used Catherine Pooler Premium white card for both cards – we keep a bunch pre-cut to A2 sized for easy crafting.  Both cards were quick and easy to make and use minimal supplies. … Read More

Magical Christmas Card by Claire

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Hello! I’m so excited to be sharing my first blog post today