Craft Consortium ‘Kori Kumi’ Makes

Morning all,

No, I know I’ve not been about but it’s been a busy time… some good and some not so good and crafting has taken a bit of a backseat the past few weeks (months even). I feel like my mojo has gone slightly and I’ve lost focus but as I’ve got a couple of weeks off work I’m re-evaluating and seeing where I want this crafting journey to go.

Anyhow… How many of you saw the gorgeous “Kori Kumi Phase 2′ on Create and Craft last week?  Didn’t it all look amazing!  I was truly speechless at how quickly it sold out but was so pleased for Craft Consortium as they’ve worked really hard with this range.

I took a few sneaky pics from the telly box showing my projects…

All the DT makes looked just beautiful…the colours were stunning and Angela did a fabulous job of presenting .

I’ve had a couple of ‘Kori Kumi’ makes on the go and the first is a little notebook that I based around the watermelon imagery on the Phase 2 papers:

I am absolutely in love with these papers and embellishments!




The illustrations are just gorgeous and the decoupage pack is perfect for quick makes and looks stunning


Don’t forget the added imagery on the packaging… it’s the gift that keeps on giving!

After a visit to Ikea a while ago, I’ve had a couple of shadow box frames just sitting there staring at me and I really wanted to use one for a Kori Kumi project.  I chose ‘Dreamboat’ as the theme for this as it’s another of my favourite illustrations (aren’t they all?!)

The floral strip att he bottom and the tag on the side are all part of the packaging, so be careful how you open it!


You an just see the wispy clouds here made using the stamps and white flocking powder… which is utterly addictive


The floral dies are fabulous. They cut right first time and I’ve used them on so many projects (and you get so many!)

Right… I need to get these punsters out to wear them out so I can get on today!  They’ve not been very impressed with me lately so I have some making up to do… bless them.

Catch up soon folks ,

Heather xx

Decoupage Father’s Day Makes

Hello everyone…

How is everyone?  All good I hope!

So today I’m sharing a trio of Father’s Day makes I recently made using the fabulous decoupage papers from Craft Consortium.  I know they’re decoupage papers but all I’ve done is simply adhere them to card and that way I can use them as I would ‘normal’ crafting papers.

The Craft Consortium decoupage papers I’ve used are Industrial Chic, White Wood and Old News.  I’ve then used a gorgeous matt copper card to compliment the rustic look of the decoupage papers… which I think works really well!

I first made the exploding box and have used a variety of Xcut and Sizzix dies on this.  The basic template for the box itself is cut form kraft card so it’s nice and strong and then I’ve layered up the decoupage papers and embellishments.

I love the finished look of the box card and the copper accents from the matt card and the heat embossing powder work really well with the sparkly dots courtesy of Stickles.

The dinky gift box will look great filled with sweets…

I’ve used the same elements and papers as on the card so all three elements work together although I think the bottle topper is perhaps my favourite!

So there we have it… three Father’s Day makes using the gorgeous decoupage paper from Craft Consortium.  Check out their blog for some more fabulous crafty ideas!

Heather x

Distress Oxide Ink Cards

Hello everyone,

Hope you are all having a lovely long bank holiday weekend… and if you’re working I totally sympathise (it’s rubbish isn’t it?)

Anyway, as you may or may not know (and if not, do follow Heather Mitchell Design on Facebook for my daily ramblings!) I popped to Ally Pally last weekend for the usual ‘oohing’ and ‘arrring’ at all the lovely products.  I had only one goal, to get all 12 of the new gorgeous Distress Oxide ink pads from Tim Holtz and Ranger.  Having seen others playing with them, I was getting ink pad envy and managed to buy them all and a few stamps off the lovely gentleman at PaperArtsy (who gave me a cheeky deal after a little encouragement!)

So yesterday, I spent the day playing and experimenting and seeing where it took me. Over breakfast I watched a YouTube tutorial from Jennifer McGuire (having already watched several Tim Holtz videos!) just to see what the inks are capable of and off I went!   I made four cards in total and still have a couple of backgrounds left over to use.  So here is a (not very) quick outline and not overly comprehensive as it goes as I got carried away with the creating process and forgot where I was up to… ha!

Card One:

The great thing about these ink pads is that you don’t have to be accomplished to make interesting backgrounds and nothing can go wrong!  Unlike the original distress ink pads, the colours could merge and tend to go muddy but with these they don’t so you are able to layer up colour on colour  and it still look vibrant and fresh.

For this card, I have layered up stripes of ink using a blending tool and spritzed water over the top while drying.  The more water you add the more oxidation will take place, leaving little distress marks (you can see this best on the bottom right image)

The oxidation process is addictive to watch.  You can, if you’ve added too much water, dab the cardstock with a paper towel or a damp baby wipe to remove some of the ink (and this can give great results).

Having trimmed the inked cardstock, I splattered it with gold ink just to add more texture to the background.  I then layered one of the new First Edition ‘Craft a Card’ dies over the top and finished with a few adhesive gems. (I’ve left the middle blank so I can add a sentiment later).

Card Two and Three:

Now I’ll fully admit I did intend to take photographs throughout this whole process but I do tend to get a tad carried away so apologies… this card is one of those times!

To make this fabulous and amazing random background, it is soooo easy!  Basically, smooch your chosen colours onto a glass cutting mat or a silicon craft mat and spritz with water.  You will see the colours change instantly and ‘pop’ out at you.  All you do then is gently wipe the cardstock over the inks.  You will need to dry (and spritz with water to start the oxidation process) for ever layer you are adding but it is just brilliant to watch the inks layer over each other, light over dark… incredible results.

You can see here the process working and it stands out beautifully on the black card.

The finished look made me think of how Earth looks from space and so cut the sheet into 2 to create these:

I’ve then used Wow! Embossing Powders on Kanban stamps (top card) and Docraft stamps (bottom card) adding Tim Holtz ‘Big Chat’ stickers for the sentiments and finishing with a few placed adhesive gems.

Card Four:

Now this card is a little grungy but I love the matt, chalky finish and the contrasting colours on the stamped images.  I used the same technique as above but I made two different backgrounds, each with a different colour schemes.  On the kraft card (background) I used Broken China, Faded Jeans and Wilted Violet over laid with Peeled Paint and Iced Spruce and on the watercolour card (used for stamped images) Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade and Fossilised Amber.  I then stencilled over the watercolour background in Peeled Paint and Broken China using Tim Holtz ‘Ray’ stencil.

Here’s the kraft card background… sorry… in my excitement I forgot to photograph the water colour one!

I love the speckled effect and the lighter colours over the darker

And the finished card:

I’ve die-cut areas out and then overlaid it onto matt copper card as this works really well together. The PaperArtsy stamps have been stamped using Archival ink ‘watering Can’ and I’ve gone over the outline using a white gel pen just to add more interest.  Looks fab albeit grungy!

So there you have it.  If ink is your thing, these are a absolute must have.  They are a game changer and I can’t wait for the other colours to follow!

Enjoy what is left of the weekend everyone xx



A bit more Kori Kumi Part II by Craft Consortium

Hello, hello everyone…

As promised , here’s more of the Santoro London Kori Kumi projects I made for Craft Consortium using the new collection of papers and embellishments.  It always make me chuckle at how fickle I am when making things.  As soon as I finish one thing, that’s my new favourite and then when I finish something else, that is my new favourite! Haha!  Well this latest make is def my newest favourite and is hanging in my craft room squeezed in-between pics of the kids and other makes.

The base of this wreath comes from Docrafts and is made from polystyrene so it’s easy to adhere things too

The wreath didn’t take too long to make really.  It’s simple in it’s design and once it’s covered you get to the fun part of adding the images and embellishments.

The umbrella die is one of Katie Skilton’s new design’s made by Sizzix and are all amazing!


The ‘Hello Spring’ letters are adhered to acetate but once hanging, the acetate cannot be seen and it looks like the letters are floating!


The tags, lilac cloud, llittle pot and sign are cut from the packaging of the 12×12″ paper pad. In true Santoro style, the packaging is fabulous!!


This card was made using the Kori Kumi decoupage kit and the paper hat boat is just one of the many images available in the pack.   I’ve used the washi tape as edging and then added the resin flowers and leaves under a painted wooden sign that I’ve hand-written.

I’ve used the enamel dots as rain drops on this card and the colours are just gorgeous!


The final make for now is bright and beautiful!

Again, I’ve used the tags from the packaging as a main feature on the project


With a simple background, I’ve merely layered up elements from the paper pad to create this cute little card fit for any happy occasion. The florals are just gorgeous and so easy to fussy-cut and used them so much  I’ve run out of them now!

With so much available in the new Kori Kumi collection, making projects is so easy… just have a look some of the collection… how gorgeous is it?!!

You can buy all the lovely Kori Kumi products and the rest of the Craft Consortium products from their shop on Amazon.

Enjoy the rest of your day everyone!


Kori Kumi Part II by Craft Consortium

Hello everyone,

I’m a little bit excited to share with you some projects I made for the gorgeous new Kori Kumi collection by Santoro London and Craft Consortium.  The second part of the range is just amazing… the colours are bright and beautiful and perfect for Spring/Summer makes and the illustrations adorable!

The collection, aside from the paper pad, is full of fabulous embellishments… twine wooden shaped, buttons, stamps, resin flowers and leaves, enamel dots, sequins, washi tape (gorgeous watermelon washi tape!!!) the most amazing flock powder (it really is brilliant!!) and the cutest water melon resin shapes that I have really fallen for.

So… here’s the first make:

The clouds have crackle glaze painted over them so they have feint subtle lines over them

I had a distinct urge to sew round the torn papers to create a rough sea look and to add to this, I sprinkled heat emboss powder on the edges to give extra texture.  I like the mix of delicate colours with the intense navy of the background and the fact the little figure looks serene while the sea looks choppy.

My next make is an MDF tag which I loved decorating:

I really enjoy making tags as you can layer up elements and create a cute decoration

I started by trimming thick corrugated cardboard to the tag which I had painted in a sage green/blue acrylic and then sprayed distress inks over to add texture.  Using a section of the papers, I added rips and holes so you could see the corrugated cardboard peeping through before adding coloured texture paste with Tim Holtz’s ‘Rays’ stencil.

(Excuse the dodgy photo – suddenly though it would be good to snap it pre-embellishments at about 2am!)

The figures were trimmed from the papers and the hearts embossed using the folders from the first half of the Kori Kumi collection… so much in this range with these new releases it’s so easy to find embellishments to add!

My last make is this ‘Bon Voyage’ card using a mixture of the two parts of the collection:

This thoughtful traveller is perfect for leaving cards

After layering the papers, I’ve added strips of the washi tape from the collection, a doily heart and strips of twine before adding the flowers (made using the dies from the first half of the collection) and the centres are sparkly sequins just to add a hint of pzazz!

So that’s the first half of my makes… I’ll share the others in a few days!  Oh and a huge congratulations to the guys at Craft Consortium who recently won ‘Most Innovative Product Range 2017’ with this gorgeous new collection!  I knew it was going to be a winner… these colours are addictive!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend folks, hope it stays sunny 🙂

Heather x

‘Tell the Bees’ by Craft Consortium Part 2

Morning folks,

I’m back to share my remaining makes in the ‘Tell the Bees‘ collection by Craft Consortium today.

Mixed media is really bang on trend right now and I am loving experimenting with the different mediums as it really suits my textured and layered look.  With this in mind, I bought some little canvas from Tiger a few weeks ago for only £1 each!  Utter bargain!


The canvas is just 15x15cm and is a perfect size for mini mixed media makes

I didn’t want to put too much onto he canvas as I wanted you to be able to see the decoupaged ‘Queen Bee’ paper that I’ve layered for the background.  I’ve then stencilled a honeycomb image and, once thoroughly dry, inked the image using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads in Tea Dye and Dried Marigold and given it a light spritz of gold ink from Artiste.


Stencilling with modelling paste is definitely my new favourite thing at the moment as I love the raised image it leaves behind which you can then ink and experiment with

The stamps in the collection are so detailed and I love the bee hive stamp.  Here I’ve stamped it onto watercolour card using an Archival Ink Pad in Watering Can and painted it using various Distress Ink Pads.


Once dried, I’ve trimmed the image out, inked the edges and secured it to the canvas

The sentiment uses the kraft card tile letters from Hobbycraft and is then double backed.  Before placing onto the canvas, I’ve wound some natural fibre and secured in place with some tape (which I’ve hidden!)  Caution!!  Be careful when using natural fibre… I managed to not only cut myself but get about an inch of it stuck under my skin (like a splinter) which I had to pull out with (craft) tweezers!  Ouch!


The paper and resin flowers have been painted, inked and spritzed to create this gorgeous honey coloured finish

To finish, I’ve splattered some white gesso across the sentiment to stop it looking too clean and shiny and added bees which I made in the same way as I showed you in Part 1.

My last ‘Tell the Bees’ make  is this shaker card which I’ve matt onto a kraft card blank.  The background paper has had some hexagons added using gold spritz ink before having the layers added.


I fully admit to getting over excited with the sequins and over filling the shaker element… although it looks like runny honey in a jar to me so I’m happy with it!


Close-up of the background and the bees with their sparkly wings


I just love the honey coloured-water coloured splotched paper in the pad


The gorgeous bee hive stamps once again, layered over ribbon and gold washi tape

Before I disappear, I just wanted to show you a couple pics of my makes at the trade show in Frankfurt back in January.  It’s really lovely to see them being used in this way, although I will admit I find it a struggle sometimes to send off makes that I really love!


Everyone’s makes were just beautiful


The cards have obviously been looked at quite a lot as they are all wonky on the stand!


A fabulous sneaky peak of the papers!

I’ll soon be able to share some other photos from Creativeworld using the new Santoro ‘Kori Kumi’ collection which has some just gorgeous elements in it…  but as the range hasn’t launched yet, I’m keeping a lid on those makes just for now 🙂

You can find the ‘Tell the Bees’ collection in the Craft Consortium store on Amazon from Mid-March!

Oh!  before I nip off, if anyone is interested in a little interview/bio/write-up thingie I did for Craft Consortium, you can find it on their blog now! Hope you enjoy!

Right… I’d better get these pupsters out before it rains.  Have a good week everyone 🙂




‘Tell the Bees’ by Craft Consortium Part 1

Morning all,

I have been itching to share Craft Consortium’s new gorgeous paper pad, Tell the Bees, with you all and today I can!  Yay!  The pad, illustrated by the incredibly talented Katy Hackney of Hackney & Co, is just beautiful and the double-sided papers are a paper crafters dream.  It’s available from mid-March and I have a feeling it could be very popular as bee’s are very ‘on trend’ right now.

I’m going to share two makes today and the first one is this Bee Happy card:


You can just see a sneak peek of the papers and elements from the paper pack in the background

Alongside the paper pad, there is an amazing set of stamps which has 4 different bee images as well as a set of bee hives and a hexagonal ‘honey comb’ section. These stamps allow you to build up images (as you’ll see I’ve done in the next make) and add elements to make your projects unique. There is also a fabulously textured ribbon pack, having 3 different illustrated designs and a lace effect and some rather sparkly and twinkly sequins are available too!


I’ve blended ink through a hexagonal stencil and then inked the edges to create a background

All the papers are stunning but my personal favourite paper is the stunning foiled and embossed hexagonal paper which you can see on the card at the bottom just peeking through. It’s just gorgeous and will be the first of my papers to run out! Haha!

My second make today, Queen Bee,  is a really textures and layered card… just like you know and expect from me!


The bee stamps, with their acetate wings really stand out on this card

For this make, I’ve roughly painted, and then spritzed with gold ink, corrugated card to which I’ve layered onto ‘Tell the Bees’ papers and a kraft card blank.


By using modelling paste through a stencil I created a raised honey comb effect and, once throughly dry, it’s been spritzed with gold ink

The bee’s have been stamped onto watercolour card and painted using Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads in Wild Honey, Scattered Straw and Tea Dye and had a light coat of glitter glue for that iridescent look. The bee’s have also been stamped onto acetate using Stazon Ink in black  and have then been cut from the rest of the bee before using a glue gun to add them to their water coloured body.


You can just see the raised wings on this little fella


The papers have been ‘joined’ together using screw type brads

So… that’s my first two ‘Tell the Bee’ makes for you. I’ve got another two coming up shortly.

Have a lovely weekend everyone whatever you’re up to. Should be utterly miserable weather-wise so in my books that makes it perfect crafting time 🙂