Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas!

Here are a few of my Christmas journal pages that I used some of my handmade embellishments on from my mini kits. The first one I used the red gingham flower from the Traditional Cheer embellishment pack.
On this one I used another red  and green flower embellishment from the Traditional Cheer pack.
 And this one I used the blue snowflake embellishment from the Festive Frost embellishment pack. They are great for using in Christmas journal just the right size too!
All that's left for me to say is Merry Christmas to you all and thank you for all your interest and orders from my little shop it's much appreciated. I'll be back with more embellishments to tempt you with in the new year.
Thanks for looking as always! xx

Thursday, 9 December 2010

A Snowy Layout

I have another lovely project from Sue, the Festive Frost kit's designer to share with you today. Sue made this lovely layout using the embellishments from the kit. How cute is that snowman?!
She used from the kit, the bingo card, buttons, frosty words, a strip of blue crepe paper, bling, sequins and the snowflakes.

I love the deep blue background on this, it really makes the white stand out and a great bit of glitter too!

Hope you are all getting on well with your Christmas prep and keeping warm!
Thanks for popping in!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

New Small Packs of embellishments

I have just added new embellishments to the shop! As you will see they is a new pages along the top called Mini kits if you click on there you will see all the new embellishements, there are packs of my handmade embellishments and grab bags of ribbons and lace! The festive embellishments and ribbons are great for adding to your Christmas journals or festive layouts and the lace flowers and lace are great for pretty layouts and vintage Christmas layouts.
Here is a little taster for you, the lace flowers:
They are 8 handmade lace flowers in a pack made with vintage and new lace and they are white and cream.

Hope you like what you see and I would love to see you in the shop soon!
Thanks for popping by.

Friday, 26 November 2010


I have the first project that Sue has made with the Festive Frost kit to share with you today. Sue made the amazing exploding box and decorated the outside of it with lots of embellishments from the kit. You can see she's even used the silver and blue crepe paper and of course one of the doilies to cover the top.
 Here's the inside:
There is even a little tutorial on how Sue made it on her blog it's here.

Watch out for more embellishments that will be added to the shop soon, not another kit but something a little different which I hope you will all like!

Thanks for popping in!

Friday, 19 November 2010

Festive Frost kit

The new kit, Festive Frost is now in the shop! The kit is packed full of white, silver and bright blue.
As well as scrapping your Christmas photo with this kit, it's not too Christmassy so it's also good for snow and frosty photos. Here's some close ups!

 I made this layout with the kit, I had this lovely snowy photo to scrap so I kept to 2 colours, the silver and white. I only added cardstock, letters and a small piece of grey spotty patterned paper, the rest is all from the kit.  I misted over one of the doilies in silver shimmer mist to make the pretty pattern and used some of the silver thread to stitch a frame around the photo.
 I took some of the metallic silver crepe paper to use at the bottom of the photo under a bit of patterned paper and added some silver ribbon and white lace. I also added some of the misted silver doily under the edges on the patterned paper. I then used some gems and felt snow flakes to finish it off!
On to the winner of the RAK, a few people suggested this colour scheme but the first person to suggested it was (drum roll please!) Ellie Sedgwick! Ellie, if you could email me your address please I will put you prize in the post to you, you have won a selection of my handmade embellishments.

I really hope you like the kit, let me know what you think! 

Thursday, 18 November 2010

New guest designer

My guest designer for the next new kit is Sue Roberts.
Here's a bit about her;
Hello! I’m Sue, proud guest designer for The Make and Create Shop. My scrapping habit grew out of making albums of holiday memorabilia. I've always had a fascination for paper and stationery and have loved to 'cut and stick' since I was a child. My mum says when I first discovered scissors I cut everything including the dog's whiskers! I scrap as often as I can and love to use bright colours and bold patterns. My favourite embellishments most definitely are buttons, sewn not stuck, and my best scrapbook subject is my adorable great-niece, Sophia. I am headteacher of a special school and my creative hobby gives me a way of relaxing after a stressful day at work. I am very lucky to have my own scrap room and a patient husband who doesn't too much mind the frequent deliveries of pizza boxes!

I can't wait to see what Sue will create with the new kit!

Hope everyone's ready for the new kit hitting the selves tomorrow!! I will give you a hint of what it's going to be, it's called 'Festive Forst'! Make sure you come back tomorrow to check it out and to see if your the winner of the small RAK!!

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Paper Mad

Here's another layout that I made with the 'Traditional Cheer' Christmas embellishment kit. The photo of my dog Jack having a wonderful time with all the wrapping paper last Christmas day, he loves ripping it all up!!
I will be back soon to announce my guest designer for the next kit which will be hitting the shop this Friday 19th November so make sure you come back soon!

Friday, 12 November 2010

Papercraft Inspirations

Tessa my guest designer for the Golden leaves kit has one of the gorgeous layouts she made featured on the Papercraft Inspirations website! They said some lovely things about my handmade flower embellishments!

Thank you to those of you who suggested colour schemes for my next Christmas kit. There were some great suggestions, you've got me thinking about other colour schemes for future kits but I could only go with one colour scheme for this kit! I went with a scheme a couple of people suggested, I have made it into a kit and it will be hitting the shop soon so watch this space! I will announce the winner of the small RAK when the kit is launched as if I told you now it would give the colour scheme away!!

There will be no December kit as I will had two out in November. I going to try something a bit different for December instead as everyone will be busy preparing for the festive season!!

I'll be back soon!

Monday, 1 November 2010

November's New Kit

The new kit is now in the shop!! It's called Traditional Cheer and it's a Christmas kit in traditional colours.
Here it is:
 You can buy it from the shop tab now!

I made this layout with the kit. I just added the green patterned paper as the photo mat the rest is from the kit! I used the sequin waste as a mask to mist over, it's good as the mist just wipes off so you can still use it as it is. I used a lenght of the red crepe paper and put folds into it and cut a piece the gold crepe paper and put it underneath the red.
I used the red thread from the kit to put a bit of detail on one of the green felt stars and added a star to the centre.  I painted the chipboard gingerbread man in red and gave him some detail in white. I used the lovely Christmas twine and tied a bow in it and threaded 2 of the decorative pins through it.
I love clustering the embellishment together to give interest.

It felt good to scrap a bit of Christmas as I have had the photos from last Christmas sat here for nearly a year and never got around to scrapping them. I don't feel like scrapping Christmas is January! Nows the chance to get last years photos scrapped! When do you scrap your Christmas photos? It does start to put you in the festive mood!

Hope you all like the kit! Thanks for taking the time to look!

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Big News

Happy Halloween! If haven't realised yet it's November tomorrow, which means it will be kit day! A brand new kit will be added to the shop tomorrow.

** Big news, there will be not just 1 kit in November but 2, yes 2!!! There will be another kit coming out mid November**

 I will give you a little hint about the kit coming out tomorrow, you can probably guest what theme it might be as it's getting close to the festive season! The new kit will is called 'Traditional Cheer' I really hope you will all like it!

There's no guest designer for this kit, just me I'm afraid but there will be a guest designer for the second kit, more on that later in the month!

So make sure you came back tomorrow to check out the new kit!
Have a spooky evening!

Saturday, 30 October 2010

a b c d

I thought I would pop in to show you a layout that the lovely Leigh sent me that she made with the 'Back to School' kit. Leigh did a great job with this layout, most of what she used is just from the kit!
Thanks Leigh for sharing this, it's lovely! 

If anyone has layouts they have made with my kits and would like to share them, please send them to me as I would love to see them and they might just make it up on here too!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Fabulous Fall

I have another one of Tessa's gorgeous layouts to share with you today.
I love the way Tessa has plaited crepe paper and the cluster of embellishments in the corner. Tessa even made her own flower to go with the ones from the kit using the deep red tissue paper from the kit.

Don't forget the 'Golden Leaves' kit is still available as well as the Golden Leaves half kit so go and get one so you can create some gorgeous layouts like Tessa has!

Anybody up for a little RAK? All you need to do is let me know which colours you would like a Christmas embellishment kit in (except red and green)? The winning suggestion will get the RAK, so just let me know!

Friday, 22 October 2010

I Need Your Help!

**Warning talking Christmas!!**

As the festive season is getting nearer I been thinking about my Christmas embellishment kits and thinking what I can put in them and about different colour themes.

So my question for you is if you could have any colour theme (except red and green!) for a Christmas kit what would it be?
Are you doing a Christmas journal this year and are looking for something a bit different to embellish your festive pages?

Please let me know in the comments or email me makeandcreate(at), any suggestions are very welcome and even if you have ideas of what to put in it just let me know!
You never know your suggestions might make it into one of my kits!

I look forward to hearing your ideas, there may even be a little RAK for the winning suggestion!
 Thank you!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

A Little Experiment

This month I'm going to have a little experiment! I have got a 'Golden Leaves' half kit available for you! I have put together a special kit using the same bits and pieces from the normal kit but I've just put less in it!

The kit looks like this...
You get in the this kit:
3, 16'' lenghts of ribbon or trim
1 16''lenght of brown lace
1, 16'' lenght of hessian tape
6''x12'' piece of brown crepe paper
6''x12'' deep red tissue paper
3''x12'' deep red net
4 unique journaling spots
2 unique hand made flower embellishments
3 flowers
6 leaves, in 3 different colours
1 skeleton leave
1 felt tree
5 buttons
a 1 metre lenght of deep red thread
1 bow
gold wire
2 small piles of gems or sequins

And all that is available to you for the bargain price of  £4.00
**The button to buy this kit is in the bar on the right hand side** 

You better grab yourself one so you can create lovely autumn layouts like my guest designer, Tessa did with this layout here.

Go on treat yourself!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Autumn Bliss

Tessa, October's guest designer, sent me this gorgeous layout she made using the Golden Leaves kit.
I love how Tessa has used the kit on this layout, the layering, the ruffled crepe paper, the spirled gold wire, the tiny little flowers she made with some of the gems and she even used some of the twine the kit comes packaged in!!
Tessa has used no patterned paper she just used some mist and the kit, what a great job she did with it!!

Monday, 11 October 2010


Aren't days like today the best kind of day? Such lovely bright sunshine, shinny on the bright colourful leaves with crisp leaves crunching under your feet, I think they are! 
Today inspired me to create another layout with the Golden Leaves kit. Here's the kit...

Here's my layout...

I took this photo of some nice looking fungi or mushrooms in my garden.
I like the way you can create different feels with this kit. Most of what I used on my layout is from the kit I just added some copper shimmer mist, a photo mat and alphas.
I love the textures on this layout, the shinny sequin trim with the hessian tape and material flower.

I hope you've been out and about with your camera capturing those lovely autumnal sites and colours!

Friday, 1 October 2010

October's New Kit

Today is the day another new kit hits the shop! The new kit is called 'Golden Leaves' it is full of earthy tones with a splash of gold for all your autumn photos.
Here's a layout I made with the kit:
 I loved using the brown crepe paper, I used a wet glue on the cardstock and pushed it and wrinkled it up to create texture.
You can buy the kit now, just click on the 'shop tab' just under the title of the blog and you can see the kit in full.
Hope you all like it!

Thursday, 30 September 2010

October's Guest Designer

Thank you for Rebekah for being September's guest designer, she did a great job with the 'Back to School' kit.
I'm lucky enough to have another great guest designer for October she is the lovely Tessa Buys!
Here's what Tessa had to say about herself: I am a happy mother to three energetic, wonderful boys and wife to an amazing, supportive husband. I love the arts and am a professional dancer, teacher, and choreographer. When I'm not dancing, I am scrapbooking and creating for my Etsy shop, Precocious Paper. I am blessed to design for several shops and challenge blogs and I am thrilled to be designing this month for The Make and Create Shop!

I'm really pleased to have Tessa aboard for October as I love her work and can't wait to see what she creates with the new kit!
Don't forget to come back tomorrow for launch of the new Ocotber kit!

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

A little sneak

Just thought I would pop in with a little sneak peek of the new kit! Not long to go now, only a couple of days until Friday 1st October.
I'm quite excited about this one, I just hope you're all going to like it!
I'll be back tomorrow to let you know who my next guest designer will be.

Thursday, 23 September 2010


Rebekah sent me another one of her lovely creations with the 'Back to School' kit!
Another great layout made with no patterned paper! It's all from the kit, Rebekah just added just paint and mist. I love how she used the tissue paper and crepe paper from the kit on her layout.

In other news, I think I have managed to sort the buttons in the shop now, they are now where they should be!! It took some working out but they should be ok now, let me know if you have any problems with them. I'll leave the other buttons in the side bar for the time being, just in case!

Friday, 17 September 2010

Kit layouts

One of the lovely ladies, Sue, who have bought some of my kits from the shop, kindly shared this layout with me.
She used lots of the 'Back to School' kit on this one. I love the giant puzzle pieces and the way she has added buttons to the middle of the felt stars, they look great!

While I was having a look at Sue blog, I spyed this other layout she made with the 'All Aboard' kit.
I love how Sue used some of the kit on something other than what it was meant for. It shows how versatile the kits can be. My handmade felt flowers and the stripy ribbon from the kit go brilliantly with the outfit the little girl is wearing. What a great layout!
Thanks so much for sharing these with me Sue, it is so great to see how different people use my kits. If any of you have created something wonderful with my kits please let me know, I would love to see it! makeandcreate@

Tuesday, 14 September 2010


I have a card I have a made from the Back to School' kit to show you today, I thought the kit would be perfect for a card for my friend who has just started teacher's training.
I used the felt pencils, a journaling card, ric rac, ribbon and thread, I handstitched a border with the red thread along the top of the card.

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Back 2 School

Rebekah, September's guest designer sent me this lovely layout that I just had to share with you!
I love the way Rebekah has used the 'Back to School' kit on this layout and she has used no patterned paper at all, she just added some paint the rest of it is from the kit, didn't she do a great job?

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

The new kit is now in the shop!!

September's kit is called Back to School, its a kit for capturing those special childhood moments. The main colours of the kit are red, yellow and blue. Go to the 'shop' tab and take a look at it now!

Here is a layout I made with this kit, I used the dictionary paper, felt stars, felt pencils, arrows, ribbon, ric rac and journaling spots from the kit. 

Here's a close up!

I would love to see what you would create with this kit!

Don't forget if you have make any projects or layouts with this kit or any other of my kits please email them to me or leave a link in the comments I would love to see them and they may end up on here!

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Septembers Guest Designer

Tomorrow is September which means Beki's term as August guest designer comes to an end, thanks Beki for the lovely work you created with the Summer Splash kit, hope you enjoyed using it!

It now gives me great pleasure to introduce Septembers guest designer who is Rebekah Montague.
This is what Rebekah had to say about herself.  I'm a Mum of one, part time teacher and avid scrapper. I've been scrapping prolifically since Connor was born in 2006 and have loved the boom in scrapping stash over the last four years. I love layering up my layouts with blooms, stickers, ribbons and rub ons and am becoming more and more confident with paint and mists too.

I can't wait to see what she creates with the new kit!
Come back tomorrow to see September's embellishment kit!

Monday, 30 August 2010


Well the school holidays are nearly over the weathers getting colder which must mean that it's nearly September! There is only a couple of days left until a new kit comes out, so I have a couple of sneak peaks to tempt you with!
I hope you like the look for it!! I have another great guest designer lined up to play with this kit, I will let you know who it is tomorrow!
Dont forget this kit goes on sale 1st September!

Thursday, 19 August 2010

I'm away on my holidays

Just to let you know I am going on holiday for a week so any orders placed from today 19th August won't be processed until after I get back on the 26th August.

I have been working hard on getting Septembers kit together so I will be back in a week with some sneak peeks!! Make sure you check it out!

Have a good week!

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Drumroll please....

...the winner of my giveaway to win one of my kits, chosen by the randon number generator is...
Kirsty, please email me with your chose of kit and your details and I will send you your prize!
I've been busy fulfilling orders this week. My first customer was Sarah and as soon as she received her kits, she got stuck in and sent me this lovely layout she made with the Summer Splash kit. She used ribbon, flowers, thread, sequins, a button and a chipboard frame from the kit and what a lovely layout she made! I love that ruffled ribbon and the stitched sun.

She has a new blog so go check it out as there's some lovely layout on there. Thanks for sending me this Sarah, it's very exciting to see my kits being used by other people!

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Teething problems!

Thank you very much for all of your comments and for following this blog, it's great to have you here and you are very kind with your well wishes they mean a lot!

I have a few technical problem with the shop buttons so if you tried to order a kit and couldn't, sorry about that! I have come up with a temporary solution of putting the buttons in the side bar on the right hand side for now as I know they work there, until I can work out how to get them working in the right place!

I had a lovely surprise in the post the other day, my guest designer Beki sent me this lovely card that she made with my handmade felt embellishments that come in the Summer Splash kit, isn't it lovely!

The other thing was I didn't give you the closing date for my giveaway!! You have until Thursday (5th) to be in with a chance of winning one of my kits, all you have to do is follow this blog and put the shop's link on your blog. Hope you will all join in! Thank you to those that have already entered. Make sure you let me know when you enter so I can take a look!

Sunday, 1 August 2010

The Make and Create shop

Hello and welcome to my very own little shop! I now officially declare it open!!
If you love embellishments as much as me you have come to the right place, as my shop is full of embellishments! I was disappointed with the selection of good embellishment kits on the market and sometimes you really don't want to buy big packs of one type of embellishment so I decided to make my own!
In the kits there are a good selection of different embellishments at a reasonable price and you even get a few of my handmade embellishment in them too! Each kit will be different so you ever know quite what you will get! I will be bringing out a new kit with a different theme on the 1st of each month but I do already have 3 of my embellishment kits for sale in the shop now, just click on the 'shop' tab that's just below the title and you can see them in more detail.
These are the kits all packaged up!
As it's my shops opening I have a giveaway for you, you could win one of my kits! All you have to do is follow my shops blog and tell your friends about my shop by putting a link to my shop on your blog and you will when be entered into the prize draw! If you buy anything from my shop you will be in with a double chance of winning! The winner will be able to have a kit of their choice from the shop or if there isn't anything there to take you fancy, a different kit of a theme of your choice!! I will make up a kit to your own theme (within reason!), now that can't be bad can it!

Thank you very much for taking the time to visit my little shop. I really hope you like what you see! I would love the know if you've visited and what you thought so please leave a comment in my guest book. Just click the 'guest book' tab and it will take you to it. Any comments are much appreciated, if you have any ideas on how I can improve the shop just let me know, I'm open to suggestions!