Hello again

Lisa Horton Crafts managed to produce a collection to perfectly suit the times that we are living in. Who would have thought that two sets of colouring papers and three sets of stamps would bring such mindful joy. Not only that but I could be creative and mindful at the same time.

Here are just a few of my favourites with the techniques I used. You can find more of my DT samples on my Pinterest board

Colouring pencils and pens.

My first mandala reminded me of being a child and working on an Altair design paper pad. I adore the colours of this card.

More colouring in and this time I cut the finished mandala in half. Two cards for the price of one!

This card was made using the Choose Happy stamp set with a range of citrus coloured papers. The background paper was taken from the colouring sheets.

For this card I went back to the history of mandalas and decorating them with dots. Each shape and colour means something but I would need to do much more research to explain them to you. Instead I am left with a pretty card.

This card began life as a background paper to which I added my own doodles. This was the most mindful process of all and I ended up with two cards made up of the Nested Flag dies.

I have saved the best to last – a simple white embossed stamp on kraft card. I heat embossed three of the mandalas , two of which were cut out and layered up.

The Mindful Mandalas were originally launched on Create and Craft on the 25th May however they should be available to buy directly from Lisa Horton Crafts any day now.


For further inspiration I would recommend joining up to Crafting with Lisa Horton Crafts on Facebook


Or follow our Pinterest boards or look for the individual design team members on Instagram.

Until next time

Keep crafting – stay safe and keep well

Elisabeth xx


It is my turn on the lisa horton crafts blog today. this is my entry…

Hello again
During these uncertain times, rainbows have been a symbol of hope and strength.  My blog post today is based upon all the vibrant colours of the rainbow and Lisa’s stamps namely the “Majestic Butterflies” 

 You will also need:

1 x 5″ x 7″ card blank1 x 5″ x 7″ piece of white card

Lisa Horton Crafts –Majestic Butterflies stamp set

Lisa Horton Crafts – Bubblewrap Stencil

Lisa Horton Crafts – In the Loop DL stamp set (Currently sold out)

Lisa Horton Crafts – black embossing powder

Embossing ink pad Black Versafine ink pad

Coloured pensColoured stamp pads _ I used Distress Oxides

Lisa Horton Crafts – Wordage sentiments

Coloured sequins


How to create this card:
1.  Using embossing ink and black embossing powder – heat emboss your chosen Majestic butterfly, onto the 5″ x 7″ piece of white card.  Try and place at a jaunty angle in the centre of the card.

2.    For this particular card you are using the stencil as the main design.  Take the Bubblewrap stencil and place it centrally over the butterfly image. Seal it down carefully so that there is no risk of movement. Gather together your inks which cover all the colours of the rainbow.  I added mine with egg blending tools.

3.  Work from one side of the stencil to the other and add the stripes of the the rainbow.  Blending as you go.

4.  Now, use the same colours to edge the piece of card.  Match the red edge to the same area as marked on the stencil.  Repeat the process for each colour.

5.  To bring back the image of the butterfly – buff it up using a dry piece of kitchen roll.

6.  Now – highlight the areas of the butterfly wings with your chosen colouring pens.  Stick to the bands of colour that have been inked through the stencil.  For example – use a blue pen to colour the parts of the wings that have blue ink on them.  Your aim is to keep the bands of colour intact.

7.  Finish the card by adding two or three additional details, such as the circle stamps from “In the Loop” / coloured sequins and a Wordage sentiment of your choice.

I think a card like this would be perfect to send to a friend in isolation as “It’s our moments of struggle that define us”
Alternatively, why not make a card with a butterfly theme to enter into our Facebook Group Challenge.  Full details can be found pinned in the announcements at Crafting with Lisa Horton:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/468312444069507/

Stay safe – stay strong – happy crafting!
Until next time

Elisabeth xx

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This is the Greatest Show!

Hello again

If like me, you are a fan of the blockbuster – The Greatest Showman – then you will adore the new collection from Craft Consortium called Circus. It is the second collaboration with British designer – Clare Therese Gray.

Craft Consortium are a UK based, family run company. The Circus is just one of the high quality collections that you can buy directly from them. They offer free shipping to the UK for orders worth over £50.


Once again I have made a few videos to showcase the collection which includes papers, stamps, washi tape and embellishments. The vintage designs depict various well known Circus characters such as the ringmaster, the clown and the acrobats.

I began working with this collection at the start of the Lockdown period when my mojo was a bit skew whiff. Unusually for me, I began by playing with the stamps and ended up creating this personal journal. It is one of my favourite projects.

Next I moved onto the papers and picked out a few of my favourite characters to work with.

To see these cards and so much more – please head over to my YouTube channel to watch three of my latest videos. I had plenty to show and tell.

Introducing the Circus Collection

Show and tell of my Design Team samples which were created for the launch of Circus on Create and Craft TV.

A close up view of my stamped Journal.

If you would like to see further inspiration from my fellow Design Team members then please head to Facebook and join the group – Craft Consortium Network.


It really is a wonderful set of papers and has sold very quickly both online and television. Please share your makes on Social Media using the # craftconsortium or # ccmakes

Keep crafting – stay safe – and keep well

Elisabeth xx

Shining Silhouettes

Hello again,

Recently, I was invited to join the Kanban Design Team who make card samples for Create and Craft TV. One of the first kits I was sent to play with is called Shining Silhouettes. It consists of vellums, card stock, papers and toppers.


The card stock is suitable for constructing and the background papers mix and match well. If I was making these cards for myself I would be tempted to use my cutting dies and add more flowers against the stylish background designs. It is a very striking set of images and the papers really do shine especially when set with black card stock.

I look forward to playing with more Kanban papers soon.

Until next time.

Elisabeth xx


Hello again,

April will be a moment in history that many of us will never forget. The UK went into full lockdown. We retreated to our homes and in my case i spent time in my craft room. I have been a part of a Craftwork Cards Past and Present Facebook Group for many years. Now I run it’s sister group Here and Now. The group is for real fans of the Craftwork Cards brand. Sadly the company is no more but there are still people out there who need inspiration for their stash. I devised a group challenge to carry the members through the month, which proved to be very popular with members old and new.

I managed to make a card every day during April. I would like to share a few of my favourites with you. Some of them coincided with days of note but I will explain more as I go along. The majority of the products used are from Craftwork Cards so I am unable to include any product links.

Day 2 – Home

This card was based upon a later stamp that Craft Stash brought out around the same time as Honeypot Lane. It is mostly paper pieced. This card also ended up being shown on the first day of the Clap for Carers – hence my label Stay at Home.

Day 4 – Around the World.

This card incorporated the Amsterdam stamps and the Tapestry Toile de Jouy papers. The design reminds me of the Dutch Delft pottery.

Day 9 – Flourish

This card was not as easy as I first thought it would be. I found it hard to use a flourish but eventually found some subtle swirls in the Botanica Paper. I cut the page up in order to highlight the swirls and added some extra floral stamps and butterflies.

Day 14 – Green

This card is easy to achieve when you use a template on a stamping platform. It is all about repeat patterning and building up the circle layer upon layer.

Day 15 – Tent

While I was looking through my stamp sets found this tent in the Carnival range. Sometimes you need to be brave and just leave a card as is. In this case – I think it works.

Day 25 – Scraps

This card ended up being one of the nicest cards I have made in a long time. It began life as some left over print outs from the Ultimate USB. The papers were from scraps of Botanica The fob watch is taken from a Woodware stamp. I coloured the butterfly which replaced the bird.The squares were made from two triangles which is why you can see a subtle pattern across the card.

Day 30 – Congratulations

One of the heroes of this time that we are living through was a gentleman called Captain Tom. It just so happened that he was celebrating his 100th birthday on the 30th April hence the soldiers on my card.

It was great challenge and many of the ladies (including myself) managed to create a card to match the them every single day. It was a great way to use up some of my beloved Craftwork Cards papers and to rediscover just how good the stamps are,

Until next time

Elisabeth xx