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What Is Cardmaking?

Receiving a handmade card is an amazing and wonderful experience in an increasingly digital environment. It’s a small piece of artwork made with love, that says a lot—a physical display of consideration and care. As craft admirers, we know how satisfying it is to create something original, and today we’re exploring the fun world of cardmaking.

Exploring the Craft: 

Making cards is an art form that allows for endless creativity; it’s more than just sticking pieces of paper together. There is a card for every occasion—birthdays, marriages, holidays, and casual greetings—and the options are virtually limitless. Of course at Sensational Crafts we LOVE Cardmaking, in fact we started because Yvonne found it very difficult to source great quality cardstock in the right colours for her handstitched cards!


Here are some basic things you’ll need to get to creating cards:

*: Cardstock: The base of your card; comes in a range of quality and brands. A good quality and heavy enough cardstock is the key to good cardmaking, at Sensational Crafts ALL our cardstock is Acid Free and Lignin Free, which means it will stand the test of time, imagine your great,great,great grandchildren seeing your handy work years from now! 

*: Decorative Paper: Well really once you have got your card blanks sorted, anything goes, you can layer, mat and other techniques, use paper from your stash, or something that was sent to you, or pop into your local craft store and grab something new, we would love it if you supported the little local one!

 You can use a variety of things like: Vellum, patterned paper, or specialty sheets like foil or glitter to add flair.

Embellishments: To add flair to your design you can add anything for example,  gems, ribbons, buttons, stickers, cut-outs, in fact anything to truss it up a bit.

Adhesives: this is our most common question. what do I use? Mostly we use double sided tissue tape, this comes in many brands and widths, some are fantastic , some are , well, lets say better left alone! Because we are cardmakers ourselves we only stock the good ones, and get a bit upset when one of our manufacte cash on foam adhesive for dimension, double-sided tape, and high-quality glue.

Tools: Punches, paper trimmers, scissor blades, and bone folders make crafts more accurate and straightforward.

Stamps and ink: Ideal for embellishing with words, pictures, and other designs.

Coloring supplies: Use color to breathe life into your works, whether you use watercolors, colored pencils, or markers.


Now that you have the supplies, let’s look at a few appreciated cardmaking methods:

Stamping: Use matching ink colors and transparent or rubber stamps to create unique designs.

Die cutting: Easily cut out complex designs, patterns, and forms with metal dies.
Embossing: Use a heat gun and embossing powder to add dimension and texture to your work.

Layering: Arrange die-cut pieces, paper, and decorations to create visual interest.
Watercoloring: Use watercolor paints or markers to provide a delicate, artistic touch.

Interactive features:

Use pull-tab devices, shaker cards, or pop-up features to surprise recipients.

Personal Touch: Personalization is what makes cardmaking so beautiful. With the addition of inside jokes, beloved colors, or meaningful words, every card becomes a unique representation of the relationship between the sender and the recipient. Give careful thought to the recipient’s tastes and adjust your design if necessary.

Spreading the Love: Now that your work is finished, let’s celebrate! You can improve someone’s day by sending your creative creation in the mail or delivering it in person.

In a nutshell the craft of cardmaking serves as a gentle reminder to slow down, connect with our creativity, and value the connections that truly count in an increasingly fast-paced society. So gather your materials, let your creativity run wild, and watch the magic of cardmaking happen. Regardless of your level of experience or inexperience, there’s There’s no wrong way to express yourself effectively. Happy creating!

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What Is Scrapbooking?

Good Morning, craft enthusiasts and memory keepers! We’re exploring the fascinating world of scrapbooking today. Scrapbooking may be an ideal hobby for you if you enjoy creating art, keeping memories alive, and cherishing life’s special moments. Take a seat as we discuss the pleasures of scrapbooking, its history, and today’s techniques, and learn why it involves so much more than just arranging images in an album.

The Art of Scrapbooking: 

Scrapbooking is a creative endeavor that involves assembling photos, mementos, and embellishments to produce stunning and significant layouts. It differs from conventional photo books since each page is uniquely created and has a personal touch. Telling a tale and capturing a moment is more important than merely keeping memories intact.

Origins and Evolution:

Although the idea of scrapbooking has been around for centuries, it wasn’t until the early 1900s that it started to take on the characteristics of the current hobby. Scrapbooks were a common tool used in the Victorian era to gather and exhibit bits and pieces, including decorative scraps, greeting cards, and newspaper clippings. But scrapbooking didn’t really take off as a popular activity until the 1980s and 1990s, when acid-free materials became more widely available and scrapbook-specific businesses grew in number.

Modern Techniques and Trends: 

Scrapbooking has developed into a lively and dynamic pastime in the modern era, with fans continuously experimenting with new methods and styles. You can express yourself through your scrapbook pages in a variety of ways, from mixed media collage to digital scrapbooking. Layering, stamping, embossing, and adding decorations like buttons, ribbons, and stickers are a few popular techniques.

Preserving Memories: Scrapbooking is really about leaving a legacy for future generations and preserving memories. Scrapbooking enables you to capture the essence of every experience and create memories that will be treasured for years to come, whether you’re capturing family vacations, significant events, or ordinary moments. It’s also a fantastic technique to arrange and present your pictures in a unique and artistic way.

Getting Started: Ready to dive into the world of scrapbooking? Here are a few tips to help you get started:

  1. Gather your materials: You’ll need basic supplies like adhesive, scissors, and cardstock, as well as decorative elements like patterned paper, stickers, and embellishments.
  2. Choose your photos: Select the photos you want to include in your scrapbook and decide on a theme or story you want to tell.
  3. Get creative: Experiment with different layouts, techniques, and embellishments to bring your pages to life.
  4. Have fun: Scrapbooking is all about creativity and self-expression, so don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild!

In conclusion, scrapbooking is more than simply a pastime; it’s a means of remembering all of life’s little moments and produce something lovely in the process. There’s never been a better moment to start scrapbooking and start keeping your memories alive, one page at a time, whether you’re an experienced crafter or just getting started. So grab your images, let your imagination go wild, and start creating magical scrapbooks!

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2023 already?

Amazing isn’t it? 2023 has started, and we are 1/12th of the way through it.

Yvonne and I are sitting at the shop today (Australia Day) doing a bit more for our retreat in April at Bonville, near Coffs Harbour. Of course, we are also doing some playing to create exciting things for classes and kits for everyone.

The last week of December didn’t really feel like Christmas, that is until the local grandkids got going, that was AWESOME! Then we had the Darwin family for a week, so we felt so loved, as well as tired and lonely when they went back!

Creative kids vouchers, as well as Back to School vouchers are available from Service NSW for our NSW people who can get into the shop, if you have friends or family with school-age kids let them know we can provide art and craft classes and products.

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The Month Of November

How did November come so fast? Christmas is only 46 days away, how do i know this? My children are counting down till Santa comes! Are you ready for Christmas?

Yvonne has been working so hard on many Photo Album orders, they are absolutely stunning! She has also been working on end of year teacher gifts, Christmas cards you name it she has probably done it!

Calendars, end of year teacher gifts.
Christmas card
Christmas Card
Photo Album Yvonne has made.

Gary has been working hard behind the scenes with his laser cutting. Personalised Christmas Baubles, and a beautiful display for Christmas for a loved one who is no longer with us earth side. I am positive while he is busy working away he is coming up with some new dad jokes that i know so many love!

There are so many things you could put together for the perfect Christmas gift!!!

On Saturday the 5th was Calendar Club, if you were there you know how much fun this was!

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday is all day chat and craft day from 9am and its FREE!!!! You just bring along what you would like to work on and work with, and if you don’t have it you can purchase from the shop! This is a really good opportunity to catch up with friends and make some new ones in the process.

Saturday the 12th is layout with Sylvia and thats $25 and it will be from 9.30am till 12.00 noon or 12.30pm till 2.30pm, I am positive this will be super fun!

Saturday the 19th we have layout with Sandra and thats $45, 9am – 2pm, i have seen these layouts and they are absolutely gorgeous.

I (Hayley) have been busy working on the website , the Facebook page, and now even introduced Sensational Crafts to the TikTok world.. I must say my son Lucas has really helped in the TikTok department!!! I am so grateful that Gary and Yvonne have allowed me to do these, its really given me something to do through out the day while home with the beautiful Harrison. Im really enjoying working on the website and social media side in the background.

Please if you visit our Facebook page Could you please leave a review, this would be greatly appreciated!

This beautiful Village is a must see in person!!! Its absolutely STUNNING!!

Yvonne and Gary will be travelling to Sydney on Friday returning Monday, but don’t stress Sandra will be there for your crafty needs! Yvonne and Gary deserve this break and i hope they have a wonderful and relaxing time.

Untill next time, have a wonderful day crafting!!!

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The Trek, with a twist

This is a long update, from Gary, so grab a cuppa and sit back!

As most of you are aware, Yvonne and I are in the middle of helping our daughter and her family with their new defence posting to Darwin, as always, every move presents us with challenges and this one is a doozy!

Yvonne, Michelle, and 3 of our grandkids are stuck in a high-rise apartment building in Brisbane with 3 out of the 5 testing positive and feeling it.

Meanwhile, our son-in-law and I did the looooong drive from Brisbane to Darwin (3500km) with one of us testing positive on arrival in the NT prompting us to be placed in Howard Springs ”Centre for National Resilience “ for at least 6 days. While Nick and I get 3 meals a day and don’t have 3 bored kids to entertain while feeling the effects of this, Yvonne and Michelle have to entertain and feed all 5 of them in isolation, and I wish I was there to do my share.

We really appreciate Sandra & Debbie, Yvonne’s sisters, for keeping the shop going while all this hoohaa is going on, and I know I left a bit of shoomozzle behind for them to contend with, honestly we were only going to be gone for “a few days!”And finally to our friends, who are also our customers, for their support and well wishes, and for putting up with no workshops or classes this month or Yvonne’s creative input or my my cups of tea and coffee!

Once again, thank you all!

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The New Year …..

G’day, everyone, I have been a bit slack with updating the blogs on here, so as Yvonne and I have a bit of downtime, helping our daughter move to Darwin I thought I would update our Blog, so grab a cuppa and sit back and read!

Studio 73 has released a fantastic range (as always!) and as Yvonne is having a Nanna nap with young Henry, the red head!, I have no idea what the range is, but I do know I can’t tell you until tommorrow! (5 Jan 2022), pop over to studio 73 to have a look. Also the Mintay papers have been flying out the door on our website, I reckon we must be the only place with some of the range left!

Hope you all have a great afternoon/night/morning

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Paints Paints Paint

G’day everyone,

I knew I had to put something up here to keep you all informed, and as always I have no idea what to write, we have so many new things in store!

Every day we get more stock in, and Yvonne has been putting it up on our website as it arrives in, it has been a MAMMOTH task, and to be honest, I still can’t work out what we need to do on the website, so I will keep doing these amazing blogs!

I thought I better highlight some of our new stock, we now have over 50 colours in our Jo Sonya paint range in series 1 and series 2

Jo Sonya Paints

I feel proud to be able to supply local artists with what they need, therefore we also have a collection of brushes too! Sable, Deer Foot, Synthetic, etc as well as 0,1,2,4, and other sizes. If you are after a particular brush we can source it.

Some Brushes

so to finalise off this Post, blog, or whatever we call it now days

See ya!

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Wee Waa, Wagga Wagga & Woy Woy

Well, I wasn’t going to type just wee, was I?

We are always excited here at Sensational Crafts, yesterday we got 3 parcels, one was from Tina who sent us our iCraft products again, and I reckon the iCraft wall is starting to look good, here is a pic

iCraft Range

we have a few of the amazing ready to assemble albums, as well as some” add on elements” and “insta transfers” there is also some sort of acetate pretty flower things, you may have to pop in and ask Yvonne what they do!

Easy 3D toppers

We also got our shipment from Hearty Crafts in Holland. lots and lots and lots of pre-cut fun, and they run out the door, these stands were full yesterday, a few holes already, be quick, check them out on the website!

Well I better get back to designing Christmas stuff, keep tuned, and happy craftin’