19 September 2010

Cleo Crafts Kit

Cleo Crafts kindly sent me their July kit to review. The basic kit contains six patterned papers, nine blooms in various colours and sizes, nine brown buttons (various shades), two tickets, 1 short length of lace trim, 1 short length of ricrac and a journaling card. At the time these would have been recent products and this is reflected in the price.

The patterned paper all comes from the very pretty ‘My Mind’s Eye- So Sophie’ range and, as you would expect, it works very well together. It is of extremely good quality and is double sided. The embellishments were well coordinated with the papers, but I’d have liked to have had a little more ribbon on play with. The kit costs £8.99 ($14.05) plus £2.50 postage. International postage is charged by weight. The kit offers a good basis on which to build and Cleo Crafts offer add ons for those who like cardstock, ribbons, blooms, rub ons, thickers and so on.

The cardstock add on for the July kit is £2.25. There is also a ribbons and blooms add on for £5.00. Subscribers can buy the whole lot for £15.99, saving themselves 25p. Each month there are also optional adds such as coordinating thickers, rub ons and chipboard. Subscribers can get a 10% discount on anything they buy from the shop too and there is free postage and packaging on orders over £25.

In terms of being inspirational and allowing users to try new things, this kit is found wanting. This is in part because the papers are all from the same manufacturer perhaps but also, many of you will have these embellishments in your stash already. This is certainly true of the blooms and buttons anyway. The only thing that excited me was the lace ribbon which I haven’t come across that before. I think that this kit would probably be best suited to new or occasional scrappers and cardmakers.

Here is the lovely page that Rebekah made with the Cleo Crafts kit that was kindly sent for review.


1 comment:

  1. I think they deserve more credit for the kits. People buy the kits because they know what they want.And they are great value when you see how much other companies charge for a kit. They also have tutorials or sketches from the ladies on the dt which i think will help people try out new or different techniques.I love that the papers are from the same collections as obviously they all co ordinate perfectly.
    I agree a partly about the ribbons but all the embellishments vary month to month.
    You always get fantastic service from cleo crafts too....top class in fact.


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