Sunday, 25 January 2015

My Scrumptious Samples by Kath Woods

Hi Everyone,

I almost missed writing this post - I thought it was my turn next weekend!  Anyway I got to play with the Scrumptious papers from last weekend's Weekender on Create and Craft and I'm going to share the samples which I made for the shows.

First up is a double-sided wreath which I made using the Scrumptious Bows Pad.  I used one of the Craftwork Cards wreath bases and painted it with pale pink acrylic paint.  

The complete wreath comprises 20 bows (10 double bows) - I made up 2 bows and stuck them together offset as shown, then repeated this 4 times so that I had 5 'blooms' for the front of the wreath.  Each of these has a little die cut flower in the centre and a piece of Candi on which I used Glossy Accents.   Next I made 5 more 'blooms' using the same colour bows as for the the first 5.  This meant I could have the back of the wreath exactly the same as the front - I am a little OCD about having things matching! Here's another picture to show the detail.

Then I made a little basket using two window box cards which I had trimmed down, joined together and added a base to.  This was actually going to be a little planter but I didn't have anything to use as feet - I suddenly had a light bulb moment and decided to add a handle and make it into a basket. The cards and flowers are available here.

Here's a side view of the basket:

Finally here is a picture showing the flowers on the handle and the chocolates with which I filled the basket.

My third project was a bag of chocolates for Martyn Parker who launched the Weekender with Julie.  This isn't a good photo but some of these chocolates are in a cellophane bag.

Here's another picture.  I did a tutorial in October on how to a make a Christmas version of these. If you click here, you'll go to the relevant blog post.

Next up is a frame card in a box, I lined the insides of both the lid and the base of the box.  Here is the lid:

Close up of the double bow and the flowers:

Here's the card itself:

This picture taken from the side shows the dimension of the box:

I also added papers and a journalling card to the inside:

Last but not least is my Blooms wall hanging.  I cut down a piece of thick cardboard/chipboard to the same size as the 8 by 8" papers and used this as the base.  The lettering was cut using the Tim Holtz Wordplay die.

Here is one of the scruffy blooms:

Finally this picture shows the detail on the roses.  Although you can't see it, both roses have a delicate shimmery finish and are also inked with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink.

That's all from me for today but, as always, I'd love to know what you think of my projects so please leave me some comments.

I am back again on the Monday 2nd February, so until then keep warm and I hope you are all enjoying these amazing Scrumptious and Velvet Plum products.

Kath x

Friday, 23 January 2015

Flowering velvet plum..........

Happy Friday all you lovely crafters!

Back again, as promised, with a step by step to making the 'bow' flower that some of you requested details for after Julie's shows last weekend.  I didn't get to see any but I heard she was her usual amazing self and the demos were fab too!  Hopefully,  you have received your parcels and can start making stunning creations, how lucky are we that Craftwork Cards are soooooo wonderful at what they do.  This flower is so easy to do, you can build it layer by layer/petal by petal and make as full as you like, just keep adding. I have done simple boards, to show the steps to creating the one below, if anyone would like me to email the boards please contact me - email at end of this post.

Christmas  Challenge Winners: James Reeves, Yvonne Tram, Lucille Spence  - pls em your details

Finished flower, you can use what you like in the centre, I have used a pearl in this one

Another version with a Candi bloom centre.......

You will need:
  • Quite a few fabulous Craftwork Cards double bows
  • 2 pieces (or more if you fancy) of 5"x5"/4"x4" of matching papers (optional layers)
  • Some punched/roughly cut paper discs (only one will actually be visible on the back)
  • One small die cut flower (to decorate disc on rear)
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Candi or gems for centre
  • Florist wire,wooden skewer or anything else you can use for a stem
  • Paper to make leaves

  1. 2 pieces of paper 5" x 5" to make 'flower' backing
  2. Bow with lines drawn on where to cut to make petals (don't think you really need this!!)
  3. Petals
  4. Fold petals in half
  5. To make open petals, fold in half & cut a curved slice from the folded edge
  6. Open petal & little petals
  7. Little petals can be placed on larger for dimension and interest
  8. Rough cut discs to give strength whilst layering and to cover 

  1. Cut paper to 5" square and 4" square
  2. Fold in half and then half again (missed pic of 2nd fold - sorry!)
  3. Fold in half diagonally
  4. Next fold (harder to do as this paper is heavy) bring point of triangle to long side and fold
  5. If needed, mark a curved line with pencil from fold line to near bottom of opposite edge
  6. Cut along curved line to make flower
  7. As paper is heavy, it's hard to cut so trim petals once opened out
  8. Trimmed flower
  9. Layer smaller flower onto 5" flower

  1. Use one full bow and 4 petals to make 1st layer
  2. Add petals between those on 1st layer and secure in middle with a disc of paper to strengthen
  3. Add another layer and another disc
  4. Alternate colours of petals if liked
  5. Pinch each petal to crease down the middle
  6. Add some little petals in centre of flower
  7. Fold more full petals, gale ends and pop here and there between layers
  8. Fold open petals and add here and there on top layer and between layers
  9. Add more little petal on open petals in centre

  1. This (above) is what you need to finish your flower
  2. Twist 3 strands of florist wire together to strengthen
  3. Glue onto back of flower & cover wire ends with disc flower 
  4. Glue pearl into centre of flower
  5. Cut some leaves from green card and use more wire to attach to stem
  6. Finished flower
Here is my finished flower!  You can make as many layers as you like, using as many petals and layers as you fancy, if you don't want the large paper flowers at the back, just leave them off.  
If you want to pop in a vase, I would use two flowers and glue back to back with stem between layers, this would give a lovely 'full' flower and look really fab......

I hope you have found this helpful today, I'll be looking forward to seeing your bow flower creations.  I would really like some with Candi flower centres to show on the blog next Friday, if you have any to show off please email to me at - as always there'll be a giveaway/prize!

Have a great weekend, keep safe and happy and hope you don't have ice or snow! See you next Friday

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Focus on You - Hello 2015

Hi everyone Happy New Year and a big WELCOME to my monthly Focus on You Post.  Thanks so much for dropping by today to see us.  I hope that you all enjoyed the Weekender shows over on Create and Craft at the weekend with the lovely Julie.  Hope that you were able to get some of the fabulous Craftwork Card goodies put into your baskets.  I would love to feature YOU right here on the blog.  I know lots of you are great fans of Craftwork Cards so please feel free to e-mail me your makes at and I will do the rest! Don't forget that there is a prize every month for one lucky person featured here on the blog.

So back to Focus on You for January, as always I've got some rather lovely creations to show you all from you the lovely customers.  But before I do here are details of December's prize draw.... drum roll please....

I picked a name out of my "hat"

and the winner is....

Michele please email me your home address and I will arrange for your prize to be sent to you.

Right back to this month and in no particular order first up is:-


Next is:-

Next is:-
Next is:-

I think you will agree yet again that we have some super talented crafters out there!  Please keep up all your crafting and keep taking those photos so that you can send them through to me!!!

The prize up for grabs this month is......

Year book of Flowers

Base Coat Tag Pad

So folks until next time.....

Happy Crafting


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Wonderful Weekender!


Hope you are all well and managing to keep warm too!  Too cold to do anything so stay in and craft!

I wanted to share some of the cards and projects I made for our wonderful Weekender shows on Create and Craft last weekend.

I know I say it everytime, but I really do mean it when I say this is my favourite!  The problem is that Sue, Steph and Helen all work their magic time and time again and the next collection that comes out then instantly becomes my favourite!

I think the colours in Scrumptious and Velvet Plum are both quite simply gorgeous!  You all know about my love of all things purple - so Velvet Plum in my opinion is scrummy!  But I have to say the gorgeous pink, turquoise, cream and brown colour combo in Scrumptious is absolutely beautiful too, very clean and fresh looking.

If you didn't get your Weekender at the weekend we do have the Scrumptious collection on the website, click here to see details.

So first up a few cards ...

This is one of my favourite cards, very clean and simple, but looks fabulous!  Just one of the postcards which I cut the centre out of, attached to my card with foam pads and then curled and shaped a few flowers, embellished the frame and stamped a sentiment directly onto card.

Velvet Plum papers and bows this time.  Again I cut the centre from my postcard and used that on the inside of my card.  Cut a strip from the front of my card, lined inside of card with pattern paper.  A few flowers, a gorgeous double bow and a stamped sentiment and you are done!  Another ture 'Julie' style card, clean and simple.

Now you can't really get much more clean and simple that this card!  A postcard, a double bow, a little bit of inking around the edges of the postcard and a few dots of Liquid Pearls to embellish the flowers.  Job done!

A couple of the projects I made for the weekend included the little chest .....

I bought this little chest in cream a few months ago now and have been waiting for the right papers to decorate them, so I decided on Scrumptious.  I added a few of the die cut flowers and some new double bows too and I have to say I was thrilled with how they turned out.

I also made a new flower from punched circles and filled 6 little milk bottles decorated in Scrumptious too!

Now I've decorated the bottles and had different flowers in them before, so I thought it was time for an up-cycle.  Im really loving the double bows on the bottles too and the flower is super easy to make.
I will be doing instructions for you all very soon! So watch this space!

We also had the fantastic Window Box card blanks, get yours here!  Weren't the samples for these amazing!  Here is a couple of my window box creations for you!

Firstly using the Velvet Plum die cut flowers and a sentiment.  How clever are these cards!  How good do they look!  So quick and easy to do, yet the results are super stylish and they are really going to make your cards stand out from the rest, especially if you are selling them!

Finally a Scrumptious colour combo flower box card, this time I masked the trellis section on my card and added some colour using an ink pad.

Hope you have enjoyed seeing some of the cards, up close.  There is lots more inspiration over on our Pinterest Boards using the Weekender kits for you to enjoy!

We would love to see what you make with your Weekender once it arrives!
Happy crafting and card making!