July Craft Diary by Kathy Hodson

This month, I am dedicating my crafting diary to our incredible team of in-house designers, without whom we would not have the pleasure of working with such delightful craft supplies.


Towards the end of June I had one of my most memorable Create & Craft shows to date, and this was largely down to the amazing craft papers that were on offer, all of which were designed by our enthusiastic and energetic designers.


I have spent much of this month crafting with these amazing papers too as I just can’t get enough of them. They are perfect for so many crafting occasions.


Despite being a small team, tasked with bringing us more new products than ever before, our in-house designers are extremely passionate and work unbelievably hard to bring new, exciting designs to us crafters, whether that be papers, embellishments, dies, stamps or other exciting projects that cannot yet be revealed!!

kathy-1.jpgI spoke to the designers responsible for the Simply Creative paper pads that were available on Create & Craft and told them how we sold out of the entire allocation during the one hour show. They were delighted and very proud, as of course they should be. I also heard a member of our sales team discussing the extremely complimentary feedback she’s been having from her customers about these six paper pads.

kathy-5.jpgThe success of this collection, along with our other fantastically well-received products, is the down to the team striving to monitor upcoming trends and stay at the forefront of the crafting world. They also manage to create irresistible designs when, in the case of these Simply Creative papers, they put their ideas on paper. They really do think about our crafting needs too, making sure we have papers suitable for matting and layering, scrapbook layouts, fussy cutting, toppers, die cutting, stamping and so much more.


And that, of course, makes my job much easier when I bring these wonderful products to the viewers of Create & Craft. I didn’t doubt for a second that the Simply Creative pads would be popular but I couldn’t have imagined just how popular they would be and how fast they would fly out.

I guess the combination of designs – from sombreros to roses, owls to clouds – together with the unbelievable price meant this was an offer too good to miss.

kathy-2.jpgSo I’d like to say thank you. Not only to the inspirational Trimcraft designers, but also to Rachel who presented the hour expertly and, of course, to each and every one of you who snapped up those papers.


In other craft this month I had loads of fun designing the pencil gift box tutorial for the blog and I am really pleased with the finished result. It’s not often that I have an idea in my head and it ends up exactly as I imagined! I love how effective it looks and it’s functional too. Perfect for gifts for teachers and I made several for my children’s teachers filled with sweet (and alcoholic) treats! I asked the kids to write their messages of thanks onto one of the yellow panels before I fixed it to the box shape to make sure they were personalised for each teacher and classroom assistant.


My main craft project this month however, was my son’s party. I hesitate to call it a birthday parts as he was actually 5 in March but he wanted his party at our local outdoor pool so we booked a weekend where we thought the weather would be better and towards the end of the term so the children could really go wild in the water. My husband designed the invites so I took the images he had included and made cupcake toppers – no party is complete without cake – as well as decorating the goody bags.


I think you’ll agree they look fab and are perfect for a pool party in July!



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Thay are all fabulous projects look fun to make.