Sunday, 5 July 2015

Take it Easy! Part 2


Glad you have joined me to see more inspiration from our latest collection, Take it Easy!

These cards are just some that I created for our amazing Project of the Month kit, such great value as it makes 16 cards, is only £17:50 and has FREE P&P!

This collection is perfect for making cards for the men in your lift, I always struggle with these and this kit was an absolute dream to work with!

I love this card design, it was one of Hazel Eaton's fabulous ideas and I use it alot now as it looks so different done in different collections.

I cover the front of the card with paper and then cut an aperture from the front.  Decorate with elements from the pattern papers and then fill the inside with contrasting papers and one of those gorgeous foiled bottle labelts.

The inside with the contrasting papers....dont you just love the sardines in the tins!  I do!

Again I love the blue sardine paper and cut along the shape of the fishes to give a wavy top to my paper.
Cutting the boats from the pattern papers and then making those bottle caps dimensional (Neil's little trick...all will be revealed very soon, be sure to check back!).  I cut out the bottles from the papers and punched holes in them, then added them to my card using twine.

This time I cut a panel from the front of my card, covered with papers and contrasting panel inside my card.
I cut my favourite sardines in a tin paper out and created an over hanging border across my card.  This time I added cut out sardines, attached with twine wrapped around my card.  Some bottle cap sentiments inside finish the cad off beautifully.

I really do think this is a perfect collection for men's cards, whether they are old or young I think it will appeal to them.  The bottles are fabulous to personalise to the recipient too.

Don't forget to tune in to Create and Craft TV on Tuesday 7th July at 8am as I don't want you to miss what our amazing Design Team have made yet again!

If you want to get your hands on this kit now, we have our Project of the Month kit available on-line, click here to see the full contents.

See you Tuesday!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Christmas In July... by Emma Williams

Hello everyone and welcome to another month here on the Craftwork Cards blog!!

Hope you've all had a wonderful week and enjoyed the sunshine that finally visited us here in the UK! Well, it might be hot and sunny outside but today I'm cooling things down slightly as we look ahead to Christmas and I'm sharing the first couple of cards that I made using the Festive Chalkboard collection that was recently shown on Create and Craft! As always, I hope you love what I created using this fantastic new paper and stamp collection.
For my first card, I used some of the papers from the pad and mounted them onto my card that I had spritzed with a few flicks of gold paint. I added a stamped message and circular border from the stamp set. 
These stamps were gorgeous and will be ideal for all your Christmas and (non-Christmas) makes as there really is something for everyone!
I added a pop of colour to the card by making some handmade poinsettias and foliage, using Tim Holtz dies and then colouring the die cut pieces with Distress Paints before spritzing them with a shimmer spray.
For the centres I added a touch of sparkle using glass glitter.
To complete the card, I added Candi to the corners!
For my second card, I chose to use the gorgeous tartan papers, which were definitely my favourite of them all!
Once again I added some handmade embellishments and arranged these with some vintage ribbon to give a real country house manor feel.
To complete the card I added the stamped message.
So, I really hope you've loved these two cards and that you'll pop back later in the month to see what else I made using the Festive Chalkboard collection!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend and see you soon!
Emma x

Friday, 3 July 2015

Take it Easy!


Hope you are all well and enjoying this gorgeous weather we are having!

Thought I would share some inspiration using our latest collection Take it Easy!
Well you asked for a man's collection....we listened to your requests....and Take it Easy! is the result.
I love this collection, I always find men's cards so hard to do and working with this collection, well they have been a dream!
We have put together a fabulous Project of the Month to make 16 cards for an amazing price of £17:50 and it's P&P FREE!  So if you order just the Project of the Month kit you wont pay any postage to get this kit delivered to your home so you can get crafting!
Here are a few of the cards I made with the kit.....
Don't you just love the bottle shaped cards?  And they are 3 concertina panels that fit into a DL envelope...just brilliant and what you can do with them....
Front - the foiled bottle labels are quite simply brilliant!  Little bit of ink around the edge and you have your focal point for your card.

Inside the card......

I love this idea and it came from Neil Burley!  He was showing me what he had made with the kit and Neil had actually added acetate to the aperture.  I love how he then cut the boat from one of the pattern papers and added it inside the bottle!
Also see the dimensional bottle cap?  Well Neil is going to share on the blog just how he created them like that!  Its so easy when you know how!  So make sure you check back as you wont want to miss it - makes so much difference as they now look just like bottle caps!

You not only get white bottles in the Project of the Month kit, but you also get Kraft bottles too!
I used Neils idea for this card too, but turned the card to be standing upright.  Love the Candi in this collection too, such a wonderful colour combo!

For my next card, I thought I would cut an aperture in the centre panel of the bottle card and put a boat inside the bottle on the last panel.....

Inside the card.....

Come back Sunday and I will share some more of the Take it Easy Project of the Month inspiration with you.

Want to treat yourself?  Click here to see the full details of this fabulous kit and make creating cards for the men in your life ...... simples!

See the Take it Easy collection and more on Create and Craft TV on Tuesday 7th July at 8am with Leonie and myself......lots of fab demos planned.  Hope you can join us!

Monday, 29 June 2015

Boxing Clever

Hello & a very warm welcome to my latest crafty adventure.

In my last post I featured a festive wall-hanging which consisted of 4 boxes transformed into frames...

... well, this all started after having made some samples for the Foiled Frames & Borders, which I shall share now.

As you can see, I got a bit carried away with seeing how many different ways I could decorate each box! However, it wasn't until I'd sent them all off that the 'Box-Frame' idea popped into my head - typical!

So I thought I would share this tutorial for transforming a box into a frame. It uses a similar technique to the one which Emma Williams uses for the beautiful frame-cards. For this example I used kraft boxes, but you can easily do the same with the white card version.

Make the base as normal & put to one side. Before assembling the lid, draw a square 2.5cm in from the edge - this will be the frame.

Then, draw another square 2cm in from the first one - this will be the frame depth.

Draw 2 lines from corner-to-corner - you will now need to cut along these 2 lines & then score & crease the 8 'square' lines.

It's now starting to come together. Lay it out flat again & make the lid as normal.

Now for the really fun bit - decorating!

You could try the festive version or go for something a little more appropriate for the time of year.

Whichever way you choose to design your frames, I found it easier to fix the backing card/paper to the frame first. If you want to stamp anything onto the background - do this first, I used stamps from the Seaside Summer & Sunshine Sentiment packs, then glue the flaps to the rear of the card/paper.

I then co-ordinated the look with Seaside Summer Die-Cuts, Candi & Papers.

To complete the beach-theme I added some shells, glossy-accents & Stardust Stickles, then attached the frames using the twine. Make a hole in the centre of the frame lid &/or base, thread the twine through & secure with some tape before sticking the lid to the base. Make 2 holes in the top of the first frame so that you can make a loop to hang it up with.

I do hope that you've enjoyed this & will try it for yourself, the possibilities are limitless - HAVE FUN!

Until next time,
Happy Crafting & Take Care,

Phillipa x.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Festive Chalkboard by Kath Woods

Hi Everyone,

Hope you're enjoying the weekend?  Today I'm going to share some of the samples which I made for the recent Weekender shows on Create and Craft.  The Festive Chalkboard collection is one of my all time favourite collections and I found it really easy to to work with.

This is a little gift bag which has tags at each side.  I cut the poinsettia from one of the card blanks.

This side view shows the tags.

Next up are two other little gift bags also using tags.  I actually used four tags for each of these bags and the one above. After adding the gusset to the bags I attached the second two tags back to back with the first two.  This makes the bags look as though they are lined.

This is a gift basket made from a 12" square sheet of card and decorated with Festive Chalkboard papers.

These baskets are really easy to make and hold more than you'd expect.

This is another which I filled with sachets of drinking chocolate and a bag of marshmallows.

 Something like this would make a lovely but inexpensive gift.

The rest of my samples are cards.  First is an 8" square one.  I used the patterned card blanks to cut the poinsettia from and also for the panel which the tag is mounted on.

This shows the detail of the poinsettia - I love the sparkly jewel in the centre.

Now another 8" square one.  I really like the colour combination of the chalkboard against the pale blue of the panel it's mounted on.  This panel is cut from one of the patterned card blanks as is the poinsettia.

I cut a Christmas tree from one of the patterned blanks for this card and ripped the edge of some tartan paper to create a hill for the tree to stand on.  You probably can't see from this picture but I used glitter glue round the edges of the sign posts on the paper,

This card was inspired by Jo Street who used the waste from a sheet of die cut flowers and put papers behind it.  I used the waste from the card above and put Festive Chalkboard paper behind it.

I made the next card using a 6" square blank.  I cut a panel away from the front edge and added Festive Chalkboard paper to the inside of the card.  

I also added a sentiment to the inside of the card.

My final card is made from one of the smaller patterned card blanks. I added a panel of paper to the front then mounted one of the frames and a die cut robin onto it.

Inside I added a panel of paper and one of the die cut sentiments.  Both this card and the previous one were really easy to make but I think they look very effective.

That's all from me for now but keep an eye on the fan page on Wednesday as I am doing the Project of the Month for July.

In the meantime please do leave me some comments, I'd love to know what you think of these samples.

Kath xx