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3d Decoupage Advent project plus crafting giveaway

Counting down the days until December, it is time for my latest craft project – a 3d decoupage advent calendar card kit which I received free to review from docrafts. I was very pleased to receive this as making 3d decoupage pictures and cards used to be one of my favourite hobbies before the boys were born. I still have a drawer full of prints waiting for me to find time to do more crafting.

docrafts advent calendar card

The docrafts website has loads of creative inspiration for crafting projects, plus a wide range of products for sale. It also has a busy crafting forum. Do take a look.

This kit contained an A5 size preprinted card, 3 die-cut sheets, a preprinted paper, 2 card extensions and an expandable envelope. There were some very small font instructions on the reverse of the pack, too small for me to read easily, but it seemed fairly obvious what I needed to do.

I pressed out the numbers and images to go behind the windows, plus an embellishment for the front. Mostly very easy to press out but there were a couple that I had to tidy the edge slightly with scissors. Then I used double sticky pads that I already had in my crafting stash to build up the layers, although I would have expected the kit to have contained these. There were additional smaller numberless baubles but I chose not to use these. I also didn’t use the preprinted paper, but this could have gone inside the card as an insert for you to personalise with a greeting message.

docrafts advent calendar card

I then folded the card extensions and glued them on to the card. And finally glued the front onto the card extensions. I’m not convinced I did this stage correctly as although my finished advent calendar looked fabulous, it was far too thick to possibly even fit into an extending envelope.

Afterwards I used a magnifying glass to study the instructions, but they were fairly minimal and didn’t give a detailed explanation of how to fold and stick the card extensions.

docrafts decoupage advent card

In summary, a lovely craft kit, but more detailed larger instructions would be helpful. It didn’t take very long to make. The kit also suggested that you could personalise it with your own photographs. A nice touch but it would take some effort printing them to such a small size to fit the windows.

This kit is available to purchase from docrafts for £3. An excellent price for a nice little craft project.

docrafts boy's activity pack

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a crafting activity goody bag courtesy of docrafts to one lucky winner. I’ve been sent one as a thank you gift and can assure you that it will be a lovely prize. Contents are worth over £18 but this retails at just £9.95 currently.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of a product I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

Cardmaking including a giveaway

Emma at docrafts has sent me a bundle of crafting goodies from the new Nature’s Gallery range free to review.

Docrafts Nature's Gallery crafting bundle

Regular readers of my blog may remember my earlier reviews of docrafts kits. I’ve had fun making Christmas decorations, a Roald Dahl decoupage card and gift labels previously, so I was really looking forward to trying these ones out.

Nature’s Gallery by Papermania is a new range for docrafts. It depicts a beautiful mix of botanical art illustrations and bird imagery, featuring herbal plants, ferns, specimen butterflies and insects. An ideal vintage collection for gardeners and bird lovers alike.

The items I received are:-
A4 Decoupage Pack – RRP £3.50
Six 3D Bird Stickers – RRP £2.50
A5 Paper Pack (32 sheets) – RRP £4
Mini Alphabet Stickers (306 pieces) – RRP £2.50
20 Ribbon Bows – RRP £2.50
3 cards and envelopes

I decided to make some cards. For my first card, I chose to use images entirely from the decoupage pack. No cutting was required as they just pressed out. I then built these up into a three dimensional picture using double sided sticky pads (not included). And I cut out a quarter from one of the A4 sheets to use as my background. I glued this onto a blank card and then glued my 3D picture onto that, along with a Happy Birthday banner, also pressed out from the pack.

I believe I said something similar before when making the Roald Dahl card, but I do think it would be helpful to include some sticky pads in the A4 Decoupage Pack.

natures valley decoupage

For my second card, I started by cutting a sheet from the A5 paper pack in half. I glued this onto one of the blank cards as my background. I then used letters from the pack of Mini Alphabet Stickers pack to write the words “Happy Birthday”. I added one of the 3D Bird Stickers which was ready prepared to stick straight on. Finally I attached one of the Ribbon Bows, again using a double sided sticky pad (not included).

natures valley decoupage

So a couple of very easy to make cards. But they could be used for more ambitious projects. I’d love to hear what you would do with them?

These products are part of a brand new range and are now available from docrafts stockists.

These are all great crafting supplies. I was very impressed with the quality and I consider them all to be very good value. You certainly get plenty for your money.

The docrafts website has loads of creative inspiration for crafting projects, plus a wide range of products for sale. It also has a busy crafting forum. Do take a look.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a Nature’s Gallery crafting bundle courtesy of docrafts to one lucky winner.  A great prize.

a Rafflecopter giveaway – Please click on the link to enter.

And you may see my other giveaways here.

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

3d Decoupage project including a docrafts giveaway

Making 3d decoupage pictures and cards used to be one of my favourite hobbies before the boys were born. I still have a drawer full of prints waiting for me to find time to do more crafting. So I was delighted to have the opportunity to receive a free Roald Dahl design decoupage card kit from docrafts to review.

The docrafts website has loads of creative inspiration for crafting projects, plus a wide range of products for sale. It also has a busy crafting forum. Do take a look

Roald Dahl decoupage

The design I received was The Big Friendly Giant. Instructions were on the reverse of the kit and when I opened it, I found it was a good size A5 card. The kit contained a preprinted card, an insert paper, 3 sheets of images and an envelope.

Roald Dahl decoupage

Following the instructions, I glued the insert into the card. Then I pressed out the images of the BFG plus some of the greetings. No scissors needed, so a lot simpler than any decoupage I have done previously. The images are numbered so it is easy to build up the layers. I used double sticky pads that I already had in my crafting stash, but I would have expected the kit to have contained these.

Roald Dahl decoupage

Also there was no indication to use sticky pads or decoupage glue in the layering instructions. A beginner might not know what to use. For instance you would end with a very different look if you used a glue stick.

Roald Dahl decoupage

Very quickly I had finished my card. I approved of the idea to include a wide range of greetings and quotes, choosing to make my card for a birthday. And I was pleased to see that the envelope was expanding, so the card slid in easily.

Roald Dahl decoupage

Afterwards I realised that I had glued my insert paper in back to front. Oops. But my mistake isn’t noticeable unless you look closely at the page numbers. And I partly blame it on the way the insert paper was folded. To have done it correctly, I would have needed to refold the insert paper the opposite way to that supplied.

In summary, a lovely craft kit, but more detailed instructions would be helpful for beginners.

This kit is available to purchase from docrafts for £4. A good price for a nice little craft project.

And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a Roald Dahl Duper Ultimate Die-Cut and Paper Pack courtesy of docrafts to one lucky winner. This features 4 Roald Dahl stories: Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Fantastic Mr Fox & The Enormous Crocodile. This Roald Dahl A4 Duper Ultimate Die-cut & Paper Pack is bursting with papers, decoupage, toppers, tags, alphabets, memory pockets & more! Contains a bumper 48 sheets presented in a beautifully finished box which is bursting with inspirational Make Your Own project ideas. A lovely prize.

Duper Ultimate Die-Cut and Paper Pack

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Disclosure.  This post is a review of products I was sent for free.  All opinions are my own.

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