Friday, 29 August 2014

Candi Blooms - Week 5

Hi Everyone!
Week 5 of Candi Blooms created by our 'Candi Queen'

Today we are going to share lots of different things that Marie has made using Candi, not all of them blooms!


Just a few simple Candi blooms on a card, so elegant.  Love the Candi in the centre of the bow too!

These Candi blooms reminded me of fuchsia's, so delicate and pretty.

Who would not want to wear a Candi ring like that!  And all wrapped up in a beautifully decorated box!

Simple Candi Blooms added to hair slides, every little or big girl would love these!

A faux Christmas cake complete with Candi icing!

Finally this is absolutely amazing, a stunning Wedding/Birthday cake with all the Candi icing dots!

Is it any wonder that Marie has the title 'Candi Queen'!

Don't forget we would love to feature how you use Candi of the blog, for anyone who sends an image to they will be in with a chance of winning this stunning Candi Kusudam wall handing that Marie herself made!

We will randomly pick the winner in September!

Get creating with Candi and send us your pictures - it could be you!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Thank You!


Firstly I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who tuned in and joined us on Create and Craft on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August for our Weekender - The Potting Shed kit and for popping it into your baskets and creating a SELL OUT for us!

Everyone at the factory in Leeds works so hard, from coming up with the design ideas from Sue, Steph, Helen and myself to Sue and Andrew planning and co-ordinating the whole operation to the manufacturing and packing of the kits it's a huge undertaking, so when it sells out we know that we are designing and manufacturing kits that you want to create with and it makes all the hard work worth while.

And what can I say about our Design Team!  They are simply the best and never cease to amaze me with all their stunning creations, I certainly could not do the shows without them.  Thank you.

If you didn't get your Potting Shed collection, click here to see our Mega Bundle or the bird houses, just click here.  They are both on-line and available to buy now!

If you have not seen Neil Burley's You Tube video yet to make a stunning Bloomin' Marvellous card, click here and grab yourself a cup of tea and enjoy - it is brilliant!

I wanted to share some pictures from the weekend's shows and some up close images of some of the cards I made for the shows.

I think the studio looked amazing ... that was down to Sue and her creative skills in making it look so good, to the Create and Craft set dresser Gemma who really listened to our requests for rustic/vintage props for the studio and I want to thank Emma Chambers too, for even bringing her son's wellingtons in for us to use! Everyone at Create and Craft is so helpful, from all the studio crew to the producers/directors and, of course, the great Presenters.

So here are a few of my makes for the shows using Potting Shed ....

I cut into the topper so I could slide a plant marker sentiment behind the tools.  Also a little glossy accents on the pots and the woodgrain Candi which looks fabulous!

A flower pot card embellished with a watering can cut out from one of the toppers.

Adding the plant marker sentiments, tucked into the top of the wellington boots.  Cut out the trowel and fork to create little embellishments for my card, tied up with twine.

Dotty wellies! Who would not love a pair of those!  Just a few flowers and a sentiment and you have a great card for a teenager!

Lastly a wall hanging made by covering tags with patterned papers, adding some sentiments and some of the die cut flowers that came free with our DL boxes.  All the tags are linked together with twine.

If you want to see more inspiration from the whole Design Team using The Potting Shed collection, just pop over to our Pinterest boards, click here to see them.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Sheds, pop-up bouquet and gardening gifts - it's The Potting Shed Collection!

Neil Burley

Did you enjoy the Weekender over the weekend as Julie launched the fabulous Potting Shed Collection on Create & Craft? It's been so difficult to keep this one under wraps as it was such fun to use when making the samples for the show - and in case you missed them, here are my makes:

All of the above are 6x6" cards, with 5¼" kraft mat and 5" square backing paper (aside from the first, which is 5" and 4½" respectively). Thinned gesso is useful to 'whitewash' over the papers to fade them a little if desired. Items are edged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and mounted with glue and foam pads.

This is a C6 gatefold card, tweaked a little to make the shed. Snip the corners off (an inch down the side), score quarter of an inch down the sides to make the door hinges and cut from the middle to the scoreline to make the doors. Cover with the board paper and edge with more boards stained with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. Add hinges with black pen. Line the inside before sticking down the door sides!

These wellies are very popular with most that have seen them! It's a 8x8" card this time, with the welly card cut in two and covered and shaded to make the wellies. Mount the frontmost one on foam pads. I've gesso'd the background and stained with Walnut Stain Distress Ink again. Add some Candi flowers and a bit of jute twine to embellish.

I just had to include a recently learnt technique, and this bloomin' marvellous card was the perfect opportunity. If you'd like to see how to make it yourself, I've popped up a tutorial video on the Craftwork Cards YouTube channel -

I decided to do a little building work on the bird houses as I was working on them - the first, I cut out an inch diameter hole into the front, and left the side unglued when assembling so that I could include the ball of jute string. A quick hole punched in the apex of the roof allows the string to be pulled out. Completing the gift set is another bird house, this time with a slot cut from the roof to insert blank plant labels with side walls inside to keep things stable. I also added a hole for the pencil and within the box is a cylinder of paper just to keep it in place and stop it falling in.

I can't wait to see what the team comes up with next! Until next time...

Best wishes,


Sunday, 24 August 2014

The Potting Shed

Hi Everyone,

Julie is on Create and Craft today with The Potting Shed which is the latest collection from Craftwork Cards.  I know I say this about every collection but you really must not miss out on this; it's absolutely gorgeous and is suitable for men's cards too which is an added bonus.  The scheduled hours are 11am, 2pm and 7pm.  Don't leave it too late though as it looks as though it is going to sell out and I actually doubt her being there at 7pm.

I'm going to share some of the samples which I made for the shows.  Here's a flower pot card in one of the new DL kraft boxes.

A close up of the scruffy flower on the box.  I edged the paper strips with glitter glue before I cut the fringes into them.

Here's the card standing up:

The flowers slide out to reveal a sentiment:

This is another flower pot card made with the new die cut flowers: 
A close up of the pin wheel with a flower on top - I just love the rose paper.

Here are three little flowers which I added to the bottom corner of the box.  This colour scheme works really well with the kraft card.

Finally, here is the card standing up:

Next up is an 8 by 8 card.  I cut one of the wellington cards across the score line so that I had a pair.  The edges are inked with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and I attached a band of patterned paper to the top of each boot then added die cut flowers with matching Candi.

Here is the inside of the card.  I used one of the toppers which I inked round the edges and also added a sentiment.

There are also some new little birdhouses which look great when embellished.  They come in two sizes and this is the larger of the two.  These will hold chocolates or a small gift and would make fabulous wedding favours.

This is the front of the box:

That's all from me today.  I'd love to hear what you think about 'The Potting Shed' collection so please do leave me some comments.

Enjoy the rest of the Bank Holiday Weekend.

Kath x

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Refresher Clock.....

Morning all, wishing you all a lovely weekend........

Isn't the weather changing lately, there sure is a nip in the air. I am clutching on to every bit of Summer that is left and thought I would bring you my clock that |I made using the gorgeous summery Refreshers collection.....

I love this collection, the gorgeous muted colours are right up my street. So here is the clock that I made.....

I covered the background with one of the papers from the Refresher collection and then used my doily lace Martha Stewart punch to punch some borders with co-ordinating papers for the edges and added some lace....

I was a florist many moons ago for 14 years so I love making the flowers, I added some rhinestone sparklers to the centres of them....

I love the leaves as well as flowers in this collection, I just scored down the centre of them....

I also used one of the main toppers on the background to " To a Wonderful Friend"....

I lastly added the clock mechanism to the centre of the clock and it was done. A great present to send to that special friend that is always there for you....

Don't forget we have masses more inspiration over on Craftwork Cards Pinterest boards, so why not pop over and take a look 

Well that is all from me for now, take care.....

Hugs Lisa.B.x

Friday, 22 August 2014

Candi Blooms - Week 4

Hi Everyone!
Week 4 of Candi Blooms created by our 'Candi Queen'

This week Marie has created some gorgeous little blooms just using the Candi as it comes out of the packet No twisting or shaping!

The little flowers to the right of the image have been made using the Candi upside down like a cup and layered up, overlapping the petals, such pretty little blooms to add to your cards and projects.
The pink flower in the centre has been made using the Candi, dome side up, starting with a Candi platform to create the bloom on the first inner layer has the petals overlapping and the outer layer they are beside each other.  This bloom would look gorgeous with a glitter glue stem and some green Candi folded in half to create some leaves.

Marie also put together this board to show just some of the things that you can do to Candi ....

Most importantly you should just have fun with Candi!

Thank you Marie for these gorgeous little Candi Blooms.

See you back here next Friday for some more Candi inspiration from our 'Candi Queen' Marie!

We would love to see what you make with your Candi!  Send photographs of your creative makes to and we will put them on the blog in September and randomly pick a winner to receive this stunning Candi Kusudama wall hanging that Marie has made for us!

If you have any questions or queries about Candi, Marie is more than happy to help, contact her at

Don't forget too we have lots of Candi inspiration on our Pinterest Boards, here!  We also have fantastic Candi video's to watch on our YouTube channel, here! 

Happy Candi Crafting!