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See what’s in this month’s post­bag

“I love hear­ing your craft­ing sto­ries and see­ing your fab cards, so please write in and share them with me!”

Eye-catch­ing make

I was so pleased to re­ceive the Mer­maid Wishes stamp set and pa­per col­lec­tion. They’re so lovely and the pa­pers blend beau­ti­fully with the rest of the set! As soon as the mag­a­zine ar­rived, I had to sit down and start play­ing. I even used the net off the onions, colour­ing it with Me­tal­lic Gild­ing Pol­ish. The card doesn’t smell of onions, thank good­ness! I’ve been so busy that it’s been dif­fi­cult to find the time to sit down and read the mag­a­zine, but now I can en­joy it and see if there are any more ideas for me to try. Thank you again for your su­per mag­a­zine. Anita El­liot, Corn­wall Si­enna says: Wow, what a fab­u­lous idea us­ing the net­ting from your onions – in­spired! You would never guess as the Me­tal­lic Gild­ing Pol­ish has trans­formed it. It per­fectly com­ple­ments the other shim­mer­ing el­e­ments, too!

Deep sea div­ing

I re­ceived my mag­a­zine with the Mer­maid Wishes set and it couldn’t be more per­fect. My grand­son has just come back from Thai­land where he took a course in scuba div­ing and fell in love with it. His birth­day is in July so I’ve made him an un­der­wa­ter birth­day card. I got a sil­hou­ette printed out to the size I wanted and then used a few of the stamps. I placed ev­ery­thing at dif­fer­ent heights to achieve a float­ing ef­fect. I also used the pack­age the stamps were in to get the wa­ter ef­fect, crum­pling it up to cre­ate the right tex­ture.

Val Roberts, via email Si­enna says: I am in awe of the amaz­ing scuba diver search­ing for hid­den un­der­wa­ter trea­sures. I’m sure that your grand­son will be just as im­pressed with this su­per birth­day card!

Hang­ing out

I’ve never writ­ten in be­fore but thought you would like to see my small wall hang­ing that I made us­ing the lovely Mer­maid Wishes stamp set. I thought I would make some­thing dif­fer­ent and I was in­spired by the colours used by Fleur Pear­son in the mag­a­zine. I used pen­cils and a touch of glit­ter. I hope you like it. It now hangs in my bath­room and looks so pretty. Thank you for such a lovely gift and a great mag­a­zine. Suzanne Mon­don, Southamp­ton

Si­enna says: What a great idea to make a wall hang­ing from the set, and what beau­ti­ful sum­mery colours you’ve used, too. I love the idea of see­ing this won­der­ful mer­maid ev­ery day. What a treat! Happy craft­ing, Suzanne.

Shim­mer­ing scene

The stamps and pa­pers in this month’s mag­a­zine are per­fect for my niece, Scar­lett, who is 10 and loves mer­maids. I hope she en­joys the card as much as I en­joyed mak­ing it. I used glit­ter pens, Glossy Ac­cents and added ex­tra bling with se­quins.

Ju­dith Thomas, Gwent Si­enna says: What a daz­zling and sparkling cre­ation you’ve made! I love all of the glis­ten­ing el­e­ments – they cre­ate such a won­der­ful un­der­wa­ter ef­fect! I re­ally hope your niece loves this card as much as I do! Keep up the fab­u­lous craft­ing, Ju­dith!

A piece of Cyprus

I’ve just come back from a lovely hol­i­day in Cyprus and was so ex­cited to get started with the lovely Mer­maid Wishes set. I thought you would like to see the fin­ished re­sult. It now hangs on our bath­room wall. I used the Mer­maid Wishes set and shells from a beach in Cyprus. Lorna Con­duit, Bishop’s Stort­ford Si­enna says: The bath­room is a per­fect lo­ca­tion for this stun­ning un­der­wa­ter scene! What a gor­geous wall hang­ing. I love that you’ve saved a piece of your hol­i­day and added it to your cre­ation. It gives the make such a won­der­ful, per­sonal touch! Beau­ti­ful!

Hanne’s new home

My eight-year-old grand­daugh­ter Hanne is very up­set as she is mov­ing and hav­ing to leave her school and friends be­hind. Her new bed­room is go­ing to be mer­maid-themed, so imag­ine my de­light to find that you had sup­plied me with just the thing to bring back her lovely smile. I hope that you like my 3D card as much as I know Hanne will. She can put it on a shelf and look at it ev­ery time she feels sad. Karen Black­man, Peck­le­ton Si­enna says: What a won­der­ful grand­mother Hanne has! This is

such a lovely, thought­ful cre­ation and I’m sure it will put a huge smile on your grand­daugh­ter’s face! I wouldn’t be sur­prised if this card takes pride of place in her new bed­room, too!

Colour­ful cre­ation

I was in­spired by Sharon’s flo­ral wreath in your July is­sue (171). We’ve just moved into a new build and the walls are all plain white, which we can’t paint. So, I set about mak­ing my own flo­ral wreath with sup­plies from my stash. I cut out a card­board cir­cle from a mov­ing box, and painted it with Amer­i­can Decor Chalk Paint. The ma­jor­ity of the dec­o­ra­tions were made us­ing Tim Holtz Jumbo and Bigz Tat­tered Flo­ral and Leaves dies. I’m re­ally pleased with how it turned out and it’s cer­tainly bright­ened up my hall­way. Dawn Dea­con, via email Si­enna says: This is such a beau­ti­ful, sum­mery make! The lay­er­ing of dif­fer­ent colours re­ally el­e­vates the whole make. What a won­der­ful and cre­ative way to brighten up your new home!

Craft­ing car­a­van

I love mak­ing cards but the trou­ble is my spare room is just too small. So, when I col­lect my

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Ju­dith’s mer­maid make

Val’s cre­ative scuba div­ing birth­day card!

Suzanne’s mer­maid wall hang­ing

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Karen’s mer­maid pick-me-up for Hanne

Lorna’s home­made hol­i­day mem­o­ra­bilia

Dawn’s colour­ful cre­ation

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