Thursday, 24 July 2014

Focus on You - July

Hi everyone and a big WELCOME to my monthly Focus on You Post.  Thanks so much for dropping by today to see us.  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 June's prize draw drum roll please....
I picked a name out of my "hat"

and the winner is....


Congratulations Andrea!  Please email me your home address and I will arrange for your prize to be sent to you.

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I hope that you agree with me - you crafters out there are a very talented bunch.  Thanks so much to everyone featured this month for sending me through photos of their beautiful creations. I love being able to share them on the blog with you all.

Now here are the details of this month's prize:-
Al-Fresco Paper pad
 Al-Fresco Tag pad
 Al-Fresco Candi
 Red Organza Ribbon

What a lovely selection - the Al-Fresco collection is just soooo pretty!!  Don't forget to e-mail me your creations at

So until next month....

Happy Crafting


Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The Magic of Christmas

As I type, it's the hottest day of the year, the humidity is climbing, and I'm looking forward to some thunderstorms. And what's on the agenda for today? Christmas! It's never too early to start crafting for Christmas, particularly if you like making handcrafted cards for your friends and family. And it does mean that in the middle of winter my crafting commissions are usually sunny and spring themed :)

First up - did you get hold of The Magic of Christmas kit from Create and Craft? If not, check the Craftwork Cards online store in a week or so... Here's what I did with the papers and toppers:


I cut the papers to 5" square or 4½" square for the dotted backgrounds and the kraft card ¼" bigger. To create the contrast between the paper and the topper, I rough brushed thinned gesso over the paper stock, let it dry and then used Frayed Burlap Distress Ink around the edges before sticking it to kraft card and then a 6x6" card. The toppers are edged with Pumice Stone Distress Ink before mounting on kraft card and cut round to make the border. Mount the topper onto the card with foam pads. I edged the paper square with either Stickles or Liquid Pearls.

I also had a play with the Tag Pad which is available on the Craftwork Cards webstore. The curved back 3D design went through a couple of prototypes, but the final self-supporting version is relatively quick and easy to make.

Take a tag and lightly draw a line 2cm from the bottom, 1.5cm from the sides and from the underside of the tag hole. Cut along the lines, cutting round any images that overlap them. Edge the tag with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. Cut a piece of the coordinating paper to 10cm high by 9.5cm wide and score a line on either side 0.5mm wide (to make the tabs). Glue or tape the tabs to the rear of the tag, a few millimetres from the bottom of the tag and a couple of millimetres from the edge. It will curve and provide the built in stand. Add bows and/or Candi, a Christmas sentiment and you're done.

And finally, a work in progress using the Christmas Post papers, sentiments, toppers and Candi. This Christmas Advent Village is going to be one of my Christmas workshops in November and just needs a few more embellishments to finish (just waiting on an order to arrive!):


And the winner of the 'Let's Vogue' pot from my last post is... the twelfth 'I'm up for voguing' which is... cazrush! Please email me with your details and I'll get it posted to you :)


There'll be lots of Candi in my next post... see you next month :)