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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Lovely in Lace

Hello and welcome to you today.

Cheremane here with you today for my monthly spot.
I've got a peek at the Brand New Kanban Collection.

Let me introduce you to
Lovely in Lace
Which will be live on
Friday 28th November 2014
at 12 Midday and also through out the week as
It's Pick of the Week
Please tune in to be inspired by the team.

I've been playing with the collection and it really is beautiful all I can say is
"Kanban have done it again"
Its amazing quality & value for money along with being elegant and perfect for any occasion, a really super collection for New crafter's as well as Advanced crafter's.

Here's my first peek for you.

As you can see the colours are delightful and there are beautiful sentiments, birds and butterflies with a touch of foiling and the most beautiful card stock.
In my opinion its a Must Have Collection.

For more inspiration come and join us on
For the Love of Kanban Facebook Group
Aspiring Crafters Facebook Group

I hope you will join 
Keith, Sue & Denise with a full week of shows.

Thanks for stopping by today don't forget to click follow on the sidebar.

Friday, 21 November 2014

Spot the difference

Did you watch the Bella Boutique shows on Monday? Did you buy the kit? Do you want some inspiration? then look no further than our blog, our Pinterest page or our Facebook pages. You must apply to join the Facebook groups before you can see all the fabulous creations in both groups! You can find us at For The Love Of Kanban and Aspiring Crafters both on Facebook.

So why my title you may ask! Well the DT was sent out the Bella Boutique kit a couple of weeks ago and between us we made approximately 75 cards and as no two of them were the same I thought I would show you a couple of my pieces that were used on the show (I still get a thrill when I see my work on TV :))

 The top two images are of my A5 gatefold "wardrobe card" which was made using the kit and the addition of some silver mirri card which is stunning and available from Aspire Crafts here. It has such a high reflection on it that you can almost put your make up on in it! It is by far the best mirri card I have ever used.
As you can see, this is a little calendar made using the kit, a 6" x 6" ivory card, the kit, a small piece of ribbon for the hanger and a calendar tab. These would make a lovely gift for teachers and are very cost effective.

Well that's it from me for this month and I will be back just before Christmas.

Take care and happy crafting
Jackie xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The lovely Bella Boutique...

Hello lovelies.

Nicola here today with my project to show you.

I thought it would be perfect to show you something using the Bella Boutique collection that was on Create & Craft TV yesterday!

I absolutely love this collection!

It is so pretty, with gorgeous colour's and lot's of element's for you to create so many gorgeous projects with.

I have a card to show you using this collection...

If you bought this collection yesterday you will absolutely love working with it. 

is one of my favourite's.

Thank you for stopping by today. We would love you to hit the follow button, lot's of exciting things will be showcased on the blog. 

Have fun and happy crafting!

Lots of love

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

How to ........

Hi everyone , it's the 2nd Tuesday of the month , so it's time again for me to bring you a picture tutorial.
This time I am showing you how I decorated a canvas using elements from the Evergreen Collection from Kanban that can be found at Aspire Crafts .

Here is the finished canvas , and below is how to make it.

Here are all the items I have used.
1st I painted the canvas with Olive Green Acrylic Paint

I printed some large letters onto some of the backing paper and cut out.

Next I cut out some of the larger flowers, I found it easier to use a knife for this.

Some leaves from the Evergreen paper pad.
On the larger flowers I cut into the flower up to the button, so I could then curl the petals to give the flower more dimension.

Then start to assemble , it's best to pop it all where you would like it before sticking down.

Add the smaller flowers and some ribbon to finish.

Thank you for looking , hope to see you all again soon . I shall be back in December with another tutorial,

Fran xx

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Fun at the NEC on the Create and Craft Stand

Good  Sunday morning to you. I thought I'd share some photos of yesterday at the NEC on the Create and Craft stand
Sue Dindale and me ( Denise Holmes)  did a lovely make and take on the Create and Craft stand at the NEC using the fabulous Kanban Denim and Lace kit.
The tickets all sold out at 9 oclock in the morning so we knew it was going to be a busy time.
These are the fabulous cards that Sue designed that we made

Busy working away

All too soon it was over and tidy up time - every one went home with a goody bag and completed cards.
I hope you enjoyed this little look into our day yesterday 

Denise :-) 

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Nicola's Pink Pick of the Month....

Hello lovelies and welcome to my 

'Pink Pick of the Month'.

I can't believe the last month has whizzed by so quickly. 

I have been working recently with the gorgeous 

If you saw the show recently on Create and Craft TV you will have seen this kit.

It truly is gorgeous to work with, the quality is excellent. I love the design and colour's in this kit. There are many elements to this kit including florals, owls and denim pockets. Of course owls are always a popular option.

The kit I think is great too for any age group. You can make projects that take more time, or if time is short you can whip up fast cards in no time at all. This is brilliant if you sell your cards, a fast, quick and economical way to re-stock with your beautiful creations.

My 'Pink Pick' this month is a card I made using some gorgeous florals from the kit...

I also love the lace printed effect on the background, it is beautiful.  The florals look so pretty.

I have an extra 'Pink Pick' for this month too, just so I could show you more elements of the gorgeous

I have used the denim pockets on this card...

The detail on the pocket is lovely and I couldn't resist adding some bling.

I hope you like this kit, it has been very popular.

We have lot's of exciting things coming up, so to keep up to date I would love it if you could follow the blog.

You will also regularly see stunning projects from the rest of the design team. We have lot's of lovely things to show you all.

If you would also like to follow me over at my blog

I would really appreciate it.

I will be showcasing lot's more of my creation's using so many of the gorgeous kit's.

Thanks for stopping by, we always appreciate your visit's.

Till next time, happy crafting!

Lots of love

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Denim & Lace - Its a Hoot

Hi and welcome to you.
It's the last Thursday of the month which means it's Cheremane's day to inspire you.
I hope you managed to watch the fabulous Kanban show on Create & Craft yesterday.
Kanban have done it again with a fabulous
Brand New collection.
Denim & Lace

Today I thought I would share with you one of the sample's I made for the show.

 It's a really simple card to make.
Cut the check card a little smaller than your blank card.
Lay your three toppers evenly across the check card and make a faint mark and cut three squares slightly smaller than the toppers.
Using glue gel place your topper onto you blank card.
Wrap you ribbon round the check card before placing on top of the card using 3d foam pads.
Now line your toppers up underneath (that's why its easier to use glue gel).
Attach a bow and finally add one of the gorgeous inserts to finish.

Whats more i'm really excited that on Sunday the 26th October
Kanban are having an open day.
There will be so much going on
Demo's and make and takes with the team (which includes me) come along and join in the fun we really can't wait to see you there.

Thanks for joining me here today.
Don't forget to follow us.
I will be back here again the last Thursday in November but keep your eyes peeled for lots more posts from the Team.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

A gorgeous 'Sneaky Peek'...

Hello lovelies!

Well, I have something very exciting to show you today. I have a couple of sample's to share with you that will be on



Wednesday 22nd October.....

which means you only have to wait until tomorrow to be able to buy a gorgeous new kit
brought to you from

The gorgeous new collection is called

'Denim and Lace'.

I loved creating my samples with this gorgeous kit, I really love the different elements to it. A very versatile collection too.

For this sample I chose to make an aperture card. I really wanted to show off the gorgeous floral background inside the card, which is an insert with 'Have a Wonderful Day'. The floral cardstock is a dream to die cut with, as you can see the end result on the card front. I love the owls and felt this was the perfect card shape to show them off beautifully. I added a couple of gems in the larger owls eyes for a bit of sparkle...

This sample shows off the gorgeous decorative card with the printed lace panel on. I absolutely love this lacy panel, it goes lovely with pretty lace tied in a bow. A simple, yet easy card to make. 

All of the design team have been working very hard to create lot's of gorgeous samples for you to see on the show. Make sure you tune in to 

at 8am tomorrow morning. 

Hit the record button if you won't be around to see it at that time.

The 'Denim and Lace' collection is a must see and a must buy too!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing these two samples from me today. I will be showing off lots more samples from this collection over on my blog

While your visiting the Kanban blog I would love it if you would hit the follow button, we have lot's of exciting thing's ahead.

Thank you for visiting today, we really appreciate you stopping by.

Have fun and happy crafting,
lots of love

Monday, 20 October 2014

Sneaky Peek 2

Here is another sneaky peek of our brand new kit - "Denim & Lace". Hope you'll be able to join us for 1 show only on Weds at 8am on Create & Craft. Hope you like it xx

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Sneaky Peek

We hope you will be able to join us on Create and Craft at 8am for one show only, on Weds 22nd October for the release of our beautiful brand new kit. It is absolutely gorgeous and the design team, Cheremane, Denise, Fran, Jackie, Nicola and Sharon have been working really hard to bring you lots of ideas with their beautiful samples. We shall be bringing you sneaky peeks every day up until Weds and on Wednesday we shall be releasing a new Pinterest board full of all the sample cards for inspiration. We hope you love it as much as we do and hope you can join us for the show on Wednesday x

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Tutorial Time

Hi everyone , Fran here today for you , on the 2nd Tuesday of every month I shall be bringing you a picture tutorial , showing you how I have made one of my cards using Kanban or Aspire goodies.

For today I am going to share with you how I created this card.

For this card I have used some Kanban 8x8 card , Dekromount Windows and Shutters , topper sheet from The Thoughts Of Spring , some gems and a sentiment from the small Creative Frames sentiment pad.

 Firstly I took the 2 pieces of 8x8 card , scored down the side of one, and then adhered them together to form a card blank.

 Next I stuck down the border and the sentiment.
 After sticking the topper down , I then took the window frame and added some foam pads to the back to give it some depth.
 Next I stuck one of the shutters down flat next to the window frame.
 For the other shutter , I took a thin strip of card and scored it down the middle to create a hinge effect , and the adhered onto the window frame.

After finishing the card off with some bling , here is the finished card.

Thank you for joining me today on the Kanban Blog
Fran x

Don't forget that there is a make and take event coming up soon .

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Nicola's Pink Pick of the Month....

Well a very happy hello from me...


I am really excited to bring you a  new feature on the Kanban blog every month. 

'Nicola's Pink Pick of the Month'.

I love pink it is my favourite colour. I thought it would be a great idea to make a pink project using my Kanban kits, making sure the main focus is of course 'pink'.

I have been a fan of Kanban for many years and absolutely love the kits, I have so many that I have collected over the years. Of course being on the design team too means I also get to create with new designs.

I hope you like my 'pink' project for this month.

I have used from the Kanban range...

~ Hydrangea flowers pink foiled background card
~ Vintage rose background card
~ Lavender Accents paper craft toppers
~ Lavender rose elements paper craft toppers

I have used Tim Holtz Distress Ink Victorian Velvet for the edges of the back ground cards.

I would love you to follow the Kanban blog, we have lot's of exciting projects to show you from a fantastic, amazing design team.

If you fancy also following my blog

I would love that too. 

Kanban are having a penny sale on Monday 13th October...

Grab yourselves a bargain!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Have fun and happy crafting
lot's of love

Friday, 3 October 2014

Exciting !

Thanks Nicola for that gorgeous card - can't wait to see what your new feature will be!
I've just ordered me a Christmas Cuties Kit, can't wait for it to arrive.
We on the Design Team will all be posting at various intervals  so do check back when you can.
In the meantime here are some cards from the beautiful Thoughts of Spring kit which I had the pleasure of demo-ing on Create and Craft. There are still a few left here 


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Countdown to Tuesday....

Hello lovelies! 

Well, this is rather exciting...a new feature on The Kanban Blog is coming to you...from me...on the first Tuesday of each month.

The name of the feature is a little secret of mine at the moment, it will be revealed next Tuesday.

I am really looking forward to sharing my creations with you using the many gorgeous kits and papers I have from Kanban and Aspire Crafts. 

Myself and the rest of the Aspire/Kanban design team have lots of gorgeous, and exciting things to show you over the coming months.

Here's a little taster from the 'Bella Italiano' Collection....

So, hop back on Tuesday for the first installment of my little delight! 

Have fun and happy crafting,
Love Nicola

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Work in Progress

Well it has been a busy week at Kanban HQ. The building of the shop is well under way and hopefully it won't be too long before its completed and we can post more pictures of it once its finished . The offices have been constructed this week and desks, computers and telephones have been re-located. Along side this, work has begun on a couple of new kits that we look forward to bringing you in a few weeks time. We are looking forward to welcoming lots of visitors to our new location, so why not look at planning a visit to us. We would love to see you.