Sunday, 24 May 2015

Seaside Summer by Kath Woods

Hi Everyone,

Hope you're all enjoying the bank holiday weekend?  Today I'm going to share some of the samples which I made for the Pick of the Week shows which are being shown on Create and Craft this week. Some of the products are available on the Craftwork Cards website too so it's worth taking a little look.

First of all I made five flags using the cards and flowers from the POTW and the die cuts.  These are attached to kebab sticks.

Here's picture of all five together.  On the shows they were displayed in a heart shaped bucket with a spade - there's a long story behind this but unfortunately I didn't get a picture.

Then I made a card in a box using the foiled frames and die cut flowers from the POTW.  Here's the box:

Now here's the detail on the flowers:

Finally here is the card in the box.

Next up is another card in a box and this is the box lid:

Here's the card:

I used one of the pop-up inserts on the inside of this one and also used some punched hearts.

Here's a quick card made using the cards from the POTW and the die cuts.  I've kept  it simple but added a little glitter glue to give some sparkle.

I added a couple of die cuts to the inside of the card.

Now here's an easel card:

Side view to show the dimension.

Finally, here's a canvas made using the die cut flowers from the POTW.  The little hearts were punched from the card leftover from the flags and are edged in glitter glue.

Here's the detail of one of the roses and a couple of scruffy flowers:

Then this is another scruffy flower and some of the die cut flowers.  I used the paper from the Seaside Summer pad to make the scruffy flowers and the roses.

That's all for today - if you're still wondering whether to go for the POTW and the other items, do it! They are all gorgeous, top quality and fantastic value for money.

Please do leave me some comments, I'd love to know which of the makes is your favourite.  I know which one mine is.

Enjoy the rest of the extended weekend and I'll be back on the 1st June.

Kath x

Friday, 22 May 2015

Candi says 'anything goes' this week!

Morning all

If the sun isn't shining enough to make you smile where you are today, the beautiful creations by some of Craftwork Cards amazingly talented fans should do the trick,  they are all really beautiful.  Thank you for taking the time to send them to us, the theme this week was 'anything goes' and here they are in all their glory (in no particular order).......

Katie (age 12)

Terri Koszler

Gail Loynes

Jenny Gamble

Fran Hancock

Lorre-Anne Archibald

Jenny & Wendy from last week, please send me your full names and addresses and then watch out for Mr Postman who will deliver a little pressie within the next couple of weeks - congrats!!! I'm still bit behind with getting out gifts but bear with me, my lovely husband is unwell and in hospital so I haven't been home very much, apologies again but promise it will be soon. 

Again, a really big thank you ladies for your creations.  All you other Fan Club lovelies please, please don't forget to drop by the  blog and leave these fab creators a comment, they deserve lots of praise and a big clap!   I'll be springing a new Candi challenge on you one day next week so watch out for it on the fan page and get those Candi boxes out and let us see your creations.

Have a lovely weekend everyone, See you next Friday! 

Monday, 18 May 2015

Now You Can Wear Your Craftwork Cards Kits!

Hello & welcome to my latest adventure into papercraft - jewellery!

Yes, jewellery. So now it is possible to have your favourite craft product with you at all times, or to use as a unique gift for someone special.

Paper beads have been used for a long time, but only having just discovered them, I really had to have a go. Once you get into the swing of it, they are quick & easy to make, & really quite eye-catching, not to mention unique.

I used strips of paper 8 inches in length, following the patterns below.

The first strip is only a 1/4 inch wide & makes the small, 'stopper' beads.

The second strip starts with an inch square before tapering to a central point at the other end to create the lovely, lozenge-shaped bead.

The third strip has the inch square, followed by another inch which then divides equally to form 2 'prongs' - the double bead.

The fourth strip, again, starts with an inch square, then is equally divided into 3 'prongs' - the triple bead.

Before you start to roll your strips of paper, you will need to decide what you are going to string them onto. This is important as the inside of the bead must be able to be threaded onto your chosen item of jewellery.

I used a wooden skewer for the majority of the beads, but cocktail sticks & needles also come in handy.

To begin, wind a small amount to get started, then add some glue about halfway along. Keep rolling away from you, keeping it as tight as possible & making sure that the lengths stay symmetrical & centralised.

Add more glue along the lengths to the tips, then complete rolling, making sure that the ends are securely in place.
You now have a paper bead!

Remove it from the stick & leave to completely dry.

Here are the finished shaped beads. I used the Love A Cuppa Kit because the colours are so fresh & summery, but it is very tempting to experiment with any of the gorgeous kits!

To give the beads some extra sparkle, I threaded them back onto sticks & coated them in a layer of Glossy Accents using a small paintbrush. The funny contraption above is my way of drying them so that they don't stick fast to any surfaces!

I ended-up by making a strand of beads with matching necklace....

A pair of earrings with an added pearl....

& to complete the set, a bracelet with matching charms!

The heart charm is a sentiment from the Love A Cuppa Kit which I added some glitter to, allowed it to fully dry, then coated it in a thick layer of Glossy Accents.

Of course, if you can bear to be parted from your creation & wish to send it as a gift, then you will need a matching gift-box!

I really do hope that you'll try this, it really isn't as complicated as it might seem, & if you do, please share your creations on the fan-page. I would love to see what beautiful designs you come up with.

Until next time,
Take Care & Happy Crafting,

Phillipa xxx.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

More than just a 'cuppa' .......

Morning Everyone!

Well it's Saturday night at 23:19 as I write this, not long in and suddenly had a little niggle that it's my turn to blog tomorrow, I did think about it in the week and then it went straight out of my 'old' head!! Luckily I have pictures of some samples made recently for Create & Craft so let's see what I can unearth...

I rarely throw out boxes, here are two that I have covered for little gifts or some chocs/sweeties

Another little box....

A mug card (I think I took pic before finishing, I'm sure there were bits on the handle!)

I filled the box in the centre with After Eight mints...

A very simple card - love 'simple'

Cupcake cut out and embellished

A simple Candi bouquet

More simplicity..

I've used a small card on front to create a pocket for a gift card

2 more simple cards

I love the pastel shades of this collection, and if like me you love these colours watch out for what's coming very soon - so gorgeous, you will love it.

Wishing you all a lovely and a happy Sunday! See you again on Friday with whatever wonderful creations the Candi a Challenge attracts.....