I’m delighted to be bringing you our first Christmas issue of the year, and what better way to kick off our festive making than with Simply Made Crafts and our amazing designer Helen Griffin!

Every last stamp in our Nordic Christmas collection is adorable and I’m already batch-making my cards, having vowed never to leave it too late again! I love the ephemera pack too, brilliant for quick makes and focal images – I hope you will find lots of uses for it too!

There’s such a feel-good factor with these stamps. Vanessa Hodgson has fabulous masculine makes with brilliant background stamping ideas. We have gorgeous cards for women with stunning stitching from Glenda Hall

Off-the-page ideas from Sarah Jackman Read on page 44 will kick-start your festive gifting and wrapping ideas, or for quick makes using the ephemera look no further than Jane Gundry’s clean and simple ideas. Stretch your main focal stamps with Lisa Robson’s ideas too.
We love how CMTY winner Monika Weclewska has embraced Nordic style with a fabulous quintet of monochrome makes – a brilliant idea if you’re crafting on a budget! However, see how Helen Griffin from Simply Made Crafts incorporates the stamps onto her amazing brand-new festive 3D dies.

This issue’s masterclass sees you stretching your heat-embossing skills with some very useful tools, plus we take a close look at incorporating your stamps into card shapes.
We have brand-new releases from Apple Blossom, Pretty Gets Gritty, plus a not-to-be-missed new Christmas releases from Sheena Douglass.

Check out our brilliant competitions and giveaways throughout the magazine, including fabulous crafting hauls from Sentimentally Yours, Stamps By Me and Storage4Crafts.
Don’t forget to enter and download this issue’s exclusive Hunkydory autumnal digi stamps and check out our bonus makes here too. Be sure to join our growing online Readers’ Gallery group so you can share your makes with us!

Happy stamping!

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