Wednesday, 3 September 2014

So talented .....


WOW! Loving the new look to the blog!  Love The Potting Shed collection it appeals to so many different age groups and both male and female too - have you got yours yet?  If not, we have a fabulous offer The Potting Shed Mega Bundle, click here to see full details!  If you need inspiration for it check out our Pinterest boards, one for each product/collection!

Have you heard about our new Craftwork Cards Fan Page on Facebook?  Created and run by customer, Natalie Reeves (seen below with her son).  A place to share your makes using Craftwork Cards products, lots of hints and tips, fun and competitions too!  Simply go to Facebook and search Craftwork Cards Fan Page and request to become a member!  Thank you Natalie for creating and running this page for us!

Some of the fabulous inspiration that appears on the Fan Page, includes this amazing make from one of our customers, Phillipa Lewis.  It is quite simply stunning!  Phillipa created a beautiful Christmas village using the Bird Houses!  How clever is she!

Advance tickets are available on-line now for The Great Northern Papercrafts Extravaganza held at The Event Centre, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October!  Click here to buy your tickets!  Don't forget if you run a craft club or there are more than 10 friends coming together you get a discount on the ticket price!

Breakfast Workshops starting at 9am on both days are also available to book on-line, choose your workshop, book your seat - the price includes entry to the show too and get to spend some time crafting before the show opens creating something fabulous to take home with you!  You will also get into the show before the doors open officially at 10am for some extra crafting shopping time! Only limited seats available! Click here to choose your Breakfast Workshop!

Have a fabulous rest of the week!

Monday, 1 September 2014

A little more of 'The Potting Shed' and a 30th Birthday

Hi Everyone,

Today I'm going to share two more Potting Shed samples and a 30th birthday card.  First up is an 8 by 8 card - I created a frame using the wood effect paper and used one of the toppers inside it.  Then I made three blooms using one of the patterned papers.

Here's a close up of the blooms.  I used Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink on the edges of the petals.

My final Potting Shed project is a wreath made up of a combination of flowers.

Here you can see the wreath in more detail.  This time I used Tattered Rose Distress Ink on the edges of the roses and Brushed Corduroy on the scruffy flowers.  Each scruffy flower has a piece of Candi in the centre on which I used Glossy Accents.

My final project today is a 30th birthday card.  The recipient has it in his possession but is waiting until his birthday (Wednesday) to open it.

I don't think you can tell from this picture but the 3 and 0 are sparkly.  I painted the chipboard with black acrylic paint then sprayed with Spray and Sparkle in silver.

Here's the inside of the card:

That's all from me for today but please do leave me some comments.

Kath x

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Card Candi Cornucopia

This post was bumped out of my normal slot by last weekend's Potting Shed Collection launch... but it was too good to leave out (of course, I would say that), and it was ready to go. So here it is:

Last month saw another fabulous POTW on Create & Craft, featuring a bumper pack of Card Candi. The design team were tasked with doing as much as we could with the Candi, and I was asked to make a couple more of my Candi trees. Here's what I came up with:

Two variations on the theme - with the first making it to air, and the second not quite making it into the post in time, so I get to keep it! I created some Candi Critters to fill in some of the gaps:

For the bee, you'll need Metallique Bronze, a gold striped one that didn't have name on the pack, and Metallic Crushed Ice. For the ladybird, more Metallique Bronze and Very Merry Gold. Collectors of Candi will I am sure have these in stock! For the eye pieces, cut the wedge to shape. For the bee body, I folded the Candi edges under.

And with the Pretty in Pink paper pad, foiled sentiment die cuts and some kraft card, I went to town with the new Candi and created eight cards:

And if you haven't discovered it yet, there's a tutorial video for the six featured flowers on the above cards by yours truly over on the Craftwork Cards YouTube channel:

It never ceases to amaze me how versatile these little domes of loveliness can be. A pinch here and a fold there, and a quick twist and hey presto, a flower! It's addictive, and I've discovered a new medical complaint if you over do it, which I have dubbed Candi Cramp - please do all Candi Creations in moderation and take a break every now and then!

Best wishes


P.S. I finished my Christmas Post Advent Village using the Christmas Post toppers and Candi and a few bits of bling and string:

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!