Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Noir de Luxe: bringing out the dark side

I had a lot of fun meeting up with some of the loyal CWC fans at the Great Create Extravaganza last Saturday, as well as catching up with Julie, Sue and the rest of the team from CWC HQ. This week I've had chance to play with the new collection 'Noir de Luxe' (well most of it, sometimes even the design team don't get it all in time!), and Julie also asked me to make an advent calendar with her new Julie Loves kit. So, kick back, sip your tea, and keep scrolling!

First up, a tall card with the lovely Rudolph making an appearance :)
Finish off with a row of Onyx Liquid Pearl dots.

Mat onto grey squiggle paper. Tear two pieces to make the snow hills.
Mount front tree on foam pads and overlap the border.
Tuck the others behind the torn edges of the hills.

The snowman is in fact the pear outline from the stencil/mask set,
with the stalk cut off. The gold bands are cut from the die cut waste.

Mat onto black card. Cut out the poinsettias using the stencil/mask to outline.
Paint with clear Wink of Stella for a bit of bling.

Mat onto black card, add bow with curling ribbon.
Mount stars on Candi Fix pads.

Cut a slit one inch long in the centre of the card from the top.
Fold down corners to make wing collar. Add bow.
Fan fold paper to make shirt detail, add buttons with Onyx LPs.
Cut cummerbund to shape and add detail with marker pen.

Just lots of bows all cut up and layered.
Rather than mat onto black card, I've drawn black border onto paper sheet.

Quick and easy, three pieces card.


(using Festive Chalkboard)

For those that don't have long walls or mantlepieces, why not try tying your kit together in rows? I've weighted the vertical strings with mugs to keep them taut, and the swags a little tighter. They can be pinned as well, or just left to do their own thing as in the second pic.

The variants on a theme... digits from the stamp set are embossed with either white, frosted or gold embossing powders. Background shading done with either Fired Brick or Hickory Smoke distress inks, or left black. Frosted embossing powder rubbed over with chalk to give true blackboard effect, and fixed with hairspray. Pegs coated with Stickles, or die cuts glued on and covered with Glossy Accents. Back flap of envelope folded over the string for added security. Candi coated with Crackle Accents. Black Diamond, Xmas Red and Star Dust Stickles used.

Until next time,
Sparkle and Shine!



Monday, 5 October 2015

Potting Shed II by Kath Woods

Hi Everyone,

I'm back again!  I had a lovely time on Saturday at the Great Create Extravaganza in Harrogate and I taught a workshop which was a first for me.  We made a poinsettia wreath in a decorated box which I'll share in a future blog post.

Today I'm going to show you a few quick cards which I made using Potting Shed II - I loved the original Potting Shed collection but I think I love this one even more.

The illustrations are amazing and I especially like the bee theme.  I know someone who actually keeps bees so that is his birthday card sorted.

The die cut flowers which form part of this collection are to die for.  They are all in beautiful pastel colours.

I decorated the inside of this card with a sentiment and two of the lovely die cut butterflies.

I've added a panel of paper with wellies onto this card.  The wellies are so gorgeous it seems a shame to cover them.

Again I have embellished the inside of the card, this time with a border strip and a sentiment.

On this card I cut a panel from the right hand front edge and so the wood effect paper is actually on the inside of the card blank.

That's all for today but please do let me know what you think of these cards.

Here's a heads up for you - Julie has a show on Create and Craft on Wednesday at 5pm and she will have some lovely new goodies so don't miss out.

Kath xx

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

A Sad Goodbye...

Hi everyone!

Today's post, is a bit of a sad one for me because today, I'm saying goodbye to Craftwork Cards! 

I've been a member of this amazing Design Team for five and a half years and after a lot of long and hard thought, I made the decision that it's time for me to move onto the next chapter in my crafting journey! But before I leave, I wanted to say a few words of thanks to my wonderful teamies and friends, who have been an absolute pleasure to work alongside, to all the CWC customers who have always been so kind about my work, to the lovely Sue and Andrew and last but by no means least...a very big thank you to the fabulous, Julie ~ I'm going to miss you all, so very much!

So, as I sit here and write this final post...I decided it would be nice to look back at some of the projects I've made, and share just some of these with you (there have been a LOT, so to choose just a few was hard) and I hope you enjoy looking at them, as much as I enjoyed making each and every one of's been a blast and thank you for joining me for the ride!!

Thank you so much for to everyone for all your support and love!
Emma x