Monday, 29 June 2015

Boxing Clever

Hello & a very warm welcome to my latest crafty adventure.

In my last post I featured a festive wall-hanging which consisted of 4 boxes transformed into frames...

... well, this all started after having made some samples for the Foiled Frames & Borders, which I shall share now.

As you can see, I got a bit carried away with seeing how many different ways I could decorate each box! However, it wasn't until I'd sent them all off that the 'Box-Frame' idea popped into my head - typical!

So I thought I would share this tutorial for transforming a box into a frame. It uses a similar technique to the one which Emma Williams uses for the beautiful frame-cards. For this example I used kraft boxes, but you can easily do the same with the white card version.

Make the base as normal & put to one side. Before assembling the lid, draw a square 2.5cm in from the edge - this will be the frame.

Then, draw another square 2cm in from the first one - this will be the frame depth.

Draw 2 lines from corner-to-corner - you will now need to cut along these 2 lines & then score & crease the 8 'square' lines.

It's now starting to come together. Lay it out flat again & make the lid as normal.

Now for the really fun bit - decorating!

You could try the festive version or go for something a little more appropriate for the time of year.

Whichever way you choose to design your frames, I found it easier to fix the backing card/paper to the frame first. If you want to stamp anything onto the background - do this first, I used stamps from the Seaside Summer & Sunshine Sentiment packs, then glue the flaps to the rear of the card/paper.

I then co-ordinated the look with Seaside Summer Die-Cuts, Candi & Papers.

To complete the beach-theme I added some shells, glossy-accents & Stardust Stickles, then attached the frames using the twine. Make a hole in the centre of the frame lid &/or base, thread the twine through & secure with some tape before sticking the lid to the base. Make 2 holes in the top of the first frame so that you can make a loop to hang it up with.

I do hope that you've enjoyed this & will try it for yourself, the possibilities are limitless - HAVE FUN!

Until next time,
Happy Crafting & Take Care,

Phillipa x.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Festive Chalkboard by Kath Woods

Hi Everyone,

Hope you're enjoying the weekend?  Today I'm going to share some of the samples which I made for the recent Weekender shows on Create and Craft.  The Festive Chalkboard collection is one of my all time favourite collections and I found it really easy to to work with.

This is a little gift bag which has tags at each side.  I cut the poinsettia from one of the card blanks.

This side view shows the tags.

Next up are two other little gift bags also using tags.  I actually used four tags for each of these bags and the one above. After adding the gusset to the bags I attached the second two tags back to back with the first two.  This makes the bags look as though they are lined.

This is a gift basket made from a 12" square sheet of card and decorated with Festive Chalkboard papers.

These baskets are really easy to make and hold more than you'd expect.

This is another which I filled with sachets of drinking chocolate and a bag of marshmallows.

 Something like this would make a lovely but inexpensive gift.

The rest of my samples are cards.  First is an 8" square one.  I used the patterned card blanks to cut the poinsettia from and also for the panel which the tag is mounted on.

This shows the detail of the poinsettia - I love the sparkly jewel in the centre.

Now another 8" square one.  I really like the colour combination of the chalkboard against the pale blue of the panel it's mounted on.  This panel is cut from one of the patterned card blanks as is the poinsettia.

I cut a Christmas tree from one of the patterned blanks for this card and ripped the edge of some tartan paper to create a hill for the tree to stand on.  You probably can't see from this picture but I used glitter glue round the edges of the sign posts on the paper,

This card was inspired by Jo Street who used the waste from a sheet of die cut flowers and put papers behind it.  I used the waste from the card above and put Festive Chalkboard paper behind it.

I made the next card using a 6" square blank.  I cut a panel away from the front edge and added Festive Chalkboard paper to the inside of the card.  

I also added a sentiment to the inside of the card.

My final card is made from one of the smaller patterned card blanks. I added a panel of paper to the front then mounted one of the frames and a die cut robin onto it.

Inside I added a panel of paper and one of the die cut sentiments.  Both this card and the previous one were really easy to make but I think they look very effective.

That's all from me for now but keep an eye on the fan page on Wednesday as I am doing the Project of the Month for July.

In the meantime please do leave me some comments, I'd love to know what you think of these samples.

Kath xx

Thursday, 25 June 2015


So here I am as promised for the June Focus on You.  I hope that you were all able to catch my May FOY which was a little late here on the blog on 4th June (my fault entirely!!!)

As always, I want to thank you so much for dropping by today to see us. 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 June, 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 May's prize draw.... drum roll please....

I picked a name out of my "hat"

and the winner is....

Shirley 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:-


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AMANDA and her Niece NIA

Nia's Mini Album of her trip to London

Nia your mini album is really lovely of your trip to London, you've done a great job!  Love everything about it, and I hear that you made all your own "scruffy" flowers.

I think you will agree yet again that we have some super talented crafters out there!  I also love that we have a younger generation of brilliant crafters too....!

Please keep up all your crafting and keep taking those photos so that you can send them through to me as I love being able to share them here on the blog!

So next I've got details of the prize up for grabs this month:-

Seaside Summer:- Paper Pad, Die cuts and Candi!

So that is it for me for today, be back with you in July for my next Focus of You.  Until next time.....

Happy Crafting