Product Review: ICraft

On recent trip to India, the land that has captured my soul I visited with the International Relationship Manager of The Craft Studio, Dinesh Shah. He and his beautiful wife Forum Shah, are the owners and creators of ICraft crafting products.

The company stocks the widest range of flower making essentials such as foam [both standard and silk], dies and tools. Forum Shah is a talented designer, who designs her own paper packs. They produce high quality stencils, wooden embellishments, inks, flowers and pollen sticks amongst other popular products.


Creative Dies 


Creative Dies 


The Mayura Collection Paper Pack was hand drawn by the talented Forum Shah, a professional fine artist. The paper is acid and lignin free, boasting a 210 grammage, it has  24 patterned papers and 6 die cut sheets. Take a look at the pack and some of the work that she has a created here:


The Mayura Collection by Forum Shah


Projects made by Forum Shah

I have recently used a stencil that was gifted to me. Made from high quality materials, these stencils allow for a sturdy use. I did not secure the stencil to my work surface, I worked with it by just holding it down and it did not move. It also comes in various interesting patterns. These fun designs will certainly enhance your cards!



Layering Stencils

With just under 5 minutes, I made a clean and simple card using the ink blending technique and a stencil.


ICraft products are available all over the world. In South Africa. it can be purchased via Shamela from Kanje Krafts and Kreations.

Thank you for reading. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human being.

Yours in paper crafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner



Product Review: Docrafts Papermania Capsule Elements Pigment

Docrafts created a strikingly beautiful collection with bursts of deep and bright colours.

The Docrafts Papermania – Capsule Elements Pigment A4 Ultimate Die-cut and Paper Pack that I purchased was loaded with 22 papers, 11 designs, boxes, memory pockets, mini envelopes, alphabet sticker sheets, mini journal cards, die cut label holders, borders, tags, bows and bunting flags.

While the grammage of the paper is low, the paper is still sturdy enough to use as card toppers. Layering these papers will make for a sturdier card topper.

The water colour effect allows for fun colourful cards while the alphabet stickers and little die cut sentiments allow for easy finishing, especially if you are not into stamping.


Personalised cards made simple with coordinating alphabet stickers

If you are looking to add extra fun elements to your cards, the Ranger Distress inks and oxides blend very easily over these papers.


Using Ranger’s stencil and oxide inks on plain white cardstock, you can add the alphabet stickers to create your own sentiments. 

The elements found in this pack has been die cut with the necessary score lines for you , so all you need to do, is remove it carefully from the page, and fold accordingly. Remember to use your bone folder when folding, to get crisp folds. Since all elements coordinate so beautifully, you can mix and match several sentiments onto your cards, tags, boxes and/or envelopes.


I had lots of fun creating with this pack and I cannot wait to create more cards with it! Here are two more cards that I made with it. The cards are clean and simple and took me under 5 minutes to put together. I’ve used the Wink of Stella Glitter over the alphabets for some shine.



I purchased this pack from the local CNA store in my area and it retailed for R199 at my store. A fellow crafter in another City said that she paid cheaper at her local CNA. If these colours and style attract you, I hope you get a pack and enjoy creating as much as I did.

Thank you for reading. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human being.

Yours in paper crafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

The Colour of Grief

If grief had a colour, what would it be?

Today, a year ago, we lost my nephew in a tragic car crash. After lighting a candle in his memory, I sat my desk and created.

If the colour of grief is black, then I’d like to throw some colour around it. Despite the tragedy, life is filled with heartwarming memories, beautiful photographs, magical sunrises and glorious sunsets that remind us that the people we love never really die. 

Using Ranger’s Adirondack Brights, a distressed sprayed die cut and an Illustrated Faith sentiment, I created this card. 

This card reminded me that despite grief, love is powerful and families are eternal. 

Thank you for reading. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human being. 

Yours in paper crafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

Reminder: You’re beautiful

Hey, did I tell you how terrified I was of stamping? I was! I could never direct stamp onto any of my projects. I would always mess up and waste a lot of my products! So to play it safe, I’d stamp on a separate piece of cardstock or use printed sentiments.

On my first trip to India in December 2016, I got to shop at Die Cuts and More and the talented Mansi Gupta Sharma who owns it, sold me the Stampoholic tool.

For the first time ever, I got perfectly stamped images and sentiments and I could stamp directly onto my cards! It took my stamping to a whole new level.

Last night, I decided to step out of my safe craft zone and do a one layer card.


Using my favourite stamps and distress inks I created this beautiful one layer card.

The distress inks helped me to create the water colour background and I found the perfect round brush to create the splatters.

I used a sentiment stamp from Kaisercraft. I stamped a butterfly directly onto the card and on a separate sheet. I fussy cut the second butterfly and adhered it with foam tape over the first butterfly for dimension. (I was feeling very clever.)


I dried the card using my heat gun and (insert happy dance here) my card was finished. This really was a no fuss card.

Thank you for reading, until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human being.

Yours in paper crafting,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

Texture Paste Gone Wrong

I am still mastering the art of working with texture paste and I’m pretty good at messing it up! This is one perfect example! 

I mixed the acrylic texture paste with some Black All Purpose Ink and using a stencil, I lathered some of the paste, wait, no. I lathered all of the paste and off course, scrapped it all off! After a few attempts, I got some texture paste on and gently raised the stencil to avoid smudges. Guess what? It still smudged! 

This card sat on my table for two days and tonight I die cut a cute paper doily, a butterfly, a circle and some pretty flowers. 

Using my Zig Clean Brush Markers I coloured the flowers and the circle. I spent at least 20 minutes looking at four flowers and two leaves! I had no idea how to cluster them but eventually it came together! 

The rest was a pretty simple assembly. Once I was done I looked at it and thought that it could take some splatters of ink and some water colour! 

And after going crazy with colour, I had the finish product.

I’ve learnt that while there are some techniques in card making, a flawed card can still be a beautiful card. 

Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human.

Yours in paper crafting

The Girl With A Tape Runner 

Fabulous FabScraps Friday

On Friday, 7 July 2017, South Africa’s largest scrapbooking and quilting craft company, FabScraps launched their brand spanking new craft room and two of their latest collections.


Joined by a handful of local retailers, Andrea, FabScraps Digital Manager and Caitlin, FabScraps International Business and Logistics Manager introduced the Wild Beauty and Jingle All The Way collections.

The Wild Beauty collection is playful with a mix of beautiful sentiments and breathtaking water effects, while the Jingle All The Way collection is a contemporary Christmas collection like never seen before.



Wild Beauty 


Jingle All The Way 

FabScraps’ high quality paper is archival ink safe, acid and lignin free. The chipboard embellishments used to be cut from grey board, however, the team will now cut embellishments from a new type of board called beer board. This board will hold true colour so much easier. Each collection is flanked by high quality stencils, chipboard embellishments, a chipboard album and my favourite: a Carders Pack.  The Carders Pack consists of 24 6×6 double sided paper and die cut embellishments. Thank you FabScraps for thinking of the card makers too!


Be on the look out for the Lazy 8 cards, a collection of mini cards and envelopes, for that gift card on the go with gorgeous patterned envelopes and plain cardstock. While you are on gift cards, stock up on the coordinating gift tags and ribbon!


Lazy 8 Cards

The introduction of cupcake holders with cupcake topper stencils left retailers in amazement! Those mini stencils are so versatile, you can use them for paper crafts and/or in the kitchen!

The FabScraps Craft Room is a beautiful spacious area, with decorative walls hand-painted by Brigitte Wimbush, the FabScraps CEO and shelves of jaw dropping, heart racing, blood pumping craft goodies from craft heaven.


Most of the projects displayed in their craft room were designed by the talented Tanya Cloete, a design team member. Trisha Naicker and Brigitte Wimbush are the head designers over at FabScraps. Trisha Naicker, who was employed as a textile designer has already designed two paper collections, which has sold out both locally and internationally. Check out her collections, Woodland’s Friends and Study Buddies, here.

If you are hosting a craft event why don’t you get in touch with the team over at FabScraps and book the prettiest craft room in town – they are situated out in Hillcrest, but it is definitely worth the drive.

Thank you FabScraps for a lovely morning with delicious sweet treats.

Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human!

Yours in paper crafting

The Girl with a Tape Runner

#BlogHop: Chasing Rainbows #1

Hey everyone,

I’m so excited to participate in my first ever blog hop, Chasing Rainbows.  

Inspired by my love for paper crafting, I call this card, The colour of love. 

Mixing texture paste with black ink, I stenciled the background of my card. While drying, I used Ranger Distress Inks to water colour my card topper, with Stazon Black Ink I stamped the word love, then using the coordinating dies, I cut out the letters. With foam circles, I propped up the letters onto the water coloured card topper.

I used matching rhinestones to finish off the card topper before matting the piece onto silver glitter paper. Using thick foam tape to create some dimension, I adhered the card topper onto the dried textured background.

Here’s the colour of love: 

Eight talented ladies and I are participating and I invite you to hop along to each blog, linked below and share some love. You could win awesome craft treats along the way. Be sure to come back to my blog and tell me what you loved about each card and you could win an awesome prize from me!

Blog Hop Participants:

The Girl with a Tape Runner   [you are here]

Helen Duffett   

Marika Schuman

Margaret Kieser 

Ansu Badenhorst   

Sharon Keanly

Valerie Ann Thorpe

Wilna Cremer

Marie Smith

Enjoy the blog hop! Come back and tell me what you think of each card! I’d like to make you a winner for joining in the fun!

Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything, choose to be a kind human!

Yours in paper crafting

The Girl with a Tape Runner

#BlogHop: We’re Chasing Rainbows

Together with a group of amazing South African card makers, I am beaming with excitement to introduce our first ever craft blog hop!

When I first challenged the ladies to a blog hop, I only went in armed with passion. I had zero knowledge! Thankfully the wonderful ladies in the SA Cardmaking and Papercraft in SA Facebook group came to my rescue and offered the best advice ever! Thank you sweethearts!

So here goes!

We’re chasing Rainbows this July and the blog hop starts on 10 July 2017 and will close on 20 July 2017. That’s TEN full days of catching rainbows across our blogs!

Each lady will design and showcase their card along with a quick tutorial on the making of their masterpiece. Some blogs will offer a surprise crafty gift too! This blog hop is going to be full of surprises and oh so much fun!

Here’s what you can do, visit their blogs, click follow and leave a comment then come back to my blog and tell me what you loved about each blog and you could win a load of craft treats from me: The Girl with a Tape Runner.

Since this is not a sponsored Blog Hop, ladies will be using products from a range of suppliers, join in the fun and learn new techniques while making new friends!

Here are the July 2017 participants:

  1. The Girl with a Tape Runner
  2. Helen Duffett
  3. Marika Schuman
  4. Margaret Kieser
  5. Ansu Badenhorst
  6. Sharon Keanly
  7. Valerie Ann Thorpe
  8. Wilna Cremer
  9. Marie Smith

Thank you for visiting. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything in this world, choose to be a kind human.

Yours in papercrafting ,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

Laugh, alot!

It’s becoming colder in Durban. So on most nights, I find myself wrapped up all snug, sitting at my craft desk, trying to create some magic.

I bought some Julie Nutting stamps for a tag swap that I participated in and never used it again. After finding Julie Nutting on Instagram, I decided that I want to make a card with her stamps.

Here’s a quick description of this card’s process:

  • Using a brick wall stencil and Ranger distress inks, I blended a wall background onto plain white cardstock.
  • I die cut a small picket fence,  a small paper doily, a doily topper and some leaves.
  • I stamped the doll several times on different sheets of patterned paper and using the paper piecing method, I created the doll image for the card.


Once all the elements for this card was prepared, putting this card together was seamless. To add dimension to the card, I used a raised wooden word embellishment. I finished the card off with some splatters of inks, pearls and diamantes.

Laugh, it’s an instant vacation, said Milton Berl – so I hope that my card made you take an instant vacation.

Thank you for visiting. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything in this world, choose to be a kind human.

Yours in papercrafting ,

The Girl with a Tape Runner

Catching rainbows

It is said that life is about using the whole box of crayons, I’d like my life to be about using all my Ranger Distress Inks! I had no idea where I was going with this card, all I knew was that I needed to use this beautiful bubble stencil and these gorgeous bright inks. 

I love distress inks and with practise I have mastered the art of blending. 

After blending a few brights, I stamped a cute image with a sentiment. 

Lesson Learnt: At my next attempt, I should add a card topper to enhance my background. Perhaps for this colourful background, direct stamping is not the best choice. 

Thank you for visiting. Until next time, learn new things and if you can be anything in this world, choose to be a kind human. 

Yours in papercrafting ,

The Girl with a Tape Runner