Friday, 25 April 2014

Candi from Paradise ........

Morning All!

Hope you are all well and survived the Easter hols.  Not sure where this week had gone but it sure has gone by fast,  I came home this afternoon and suddenly realised that it was Thursday so blog time again, a quick retreat to the craft room to get the Candi out and put together a few simple creations and they are v simple today!

Can't start without another Limerick or two though  and there are still more to come too.....

Pat Batley

Flower power is a wonderful thing
And Candi will make your blooms Zing!
Great designs, every hue
Means it's easy for you
To make bouquets that make your heart sing!


There is a crafting product called Candi,
Which I find rather handy,
It's brads without legs
Use a sticky pad instead
Makes embellishments look rather dandy!!

First up,  I've recycled a little sweet box with the beautiful new collection, Paradise, mine arrived just after I got in today and that was it, I ohhed and ahhed overly every page. I have used the foiled butterfly paper and layered up a stunning Paradise flower using the matching Candi for the centre and along the edges of the box, have used some glossy accents crackle on the Candi along the edges to add a little extra zing!

Inside I've lined the top and bottom of the box and placed a little sentiment there too

Next, a very simple card, front edge removed.  Using Paradise again, I've just cut around one of the bird cages and glazed the bird to accent.  Have used a row of Paradise Candi along the inside of the card for more interest.....

Finally, another simple one...... I have removed half the front of the card diagonally and torn the beautiful paper roughly along the same line, adding a little deep pink and gold ink.  Have also added a beautiful matching sentiment, coloured some Candi to match the deep pink of the flowers and popped a little Candi bloom and a butterfly cut from the paper to finish.  A little flourish of starlight stickles here and there and job done.

Hope you have enjoyed today's makes, we would really love to see your Candi creations and feature on the blog too, please send your pictures to - there'll be giveaways every month for contributors picked at random so what are you waiting for.......

Until next week, enjoy the weekend and keep happy!

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Focus on You

Hi everyone this week I have a little announcement regarding my Focus on You posts! Don't worry I shall still be doing them, but from May I will do one post per month!  The post will obviously be a bit longer with lots of gorgeously scrummy makes from all of you the lovely customers.  I do hope that you will all keep e-mailing me your lovely makes to be featured on my new monthly post!  We will still have a monthly prize too!

So right back to this week is... (and as always in no particular order) we have:-


Next up is

A reminder of April's prize....
Monochrome Paper Blox Pad
 Vintage Flora Paper Blox Pad
 10 Mini twister cards - Elegant

So the prize draw for April will be shown in my new Monhly May post!

Don't forget to pop over and have a look at the Pinterest boards found here too, where you will find plenty more inspiration - there is even a board dedicated to Focus on You!

See you next month, until then...

Happy Crafting


Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Let's go to Paradise!!


I wanted to share with you some of the cards I made for our recent Create and Craft show using our latest collection, Paradise!

This is such a beautiful collection or stunning hand drawn tropical flowers and exotic humming birds, again all illustrated by Steph Davies.  I'm sure you will agree with me when I say she is so talented!  Did you see her original drawings of Create and Craft - all done with a cheap biro!  Amazing.

The colours are bright and vibrant and have a lovely summery feel to them, you can almost feel the sun on the papers and with a hint of gold foiled accents on each of the paper designs, they have a real touch of luxury about them.

I loved working with them, I didn't want to add much to the cards, I wanted to let the papers do the talking as the designs are so wonderful.

Here are a few of my cards .....

Did you see Debbie's up-cycled suitcase?  Wasn't it amazing.
Here is a picture incase you didn't get to see it.  Debbie has covered an old suitcase with papers and filled it with toppers and flowers.  All around the edge are Candi and don't they look just like upholstery tacks!
I really did not want to send this back to Leeds, I have to say I didn't think Dean was going to let me take it home as he had eyes for it to go in his kitchen!

There is lots more inspiration over on our Pinterest Boards, a board for each of our products so if you are stuck head over and get ready to be inspired!

We would love to see what you make with Paradise, or any of our collections, please send photo's to and we will share them on the blog.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Country Garden Gift Boxes

It's obvious you all like the Country Garden papers - they sold out so fast on the first Ideal World/Create & Craft TV shows that my samples barely had a mention! Julie asked me to make some more, and I came up with this project:

They were on TV - if you caught Julie's shows on 15th/16th April for Create & Craft TV's birthday celebrations, you'll have seen on the big display of DT goodness:

I created a new template for the acetate box which has a crash lock base and open top. At the base is a very short sided box base with the same crash lock base for strength, and it's to this that the borders are added. The top is cut out from the Country Garden papers using another template, and then lavishly adorned with Candi flowers, bows and Liquid Pearls. The lid just comes off for access to the gift box, and a bit of tissue paper in the bottom hides the base.

These are for A4, downloadable as PDF files by clicking on the links:
Acetate box template
Box base and lid template

Here's how to put it all together:

Cut the large box template from an A4 sheet of acetate - I use overhead transparency sheets. Score the marked fold lines with a fine embossing ball.

On the thin side tab run a length of high tack double sided tape right next to the crease.

Fold the tab over and then fold the acetate in half. Line up the edges, peel off the sticky tape cover strip and stick the edge down to the tab. Burnish with a bone folder to help make the join 'invisible'.

Pinch fold the other creases to construct the box.

To make the base, first fold in the 'turret' flap, then the two side flaps over the top, and finally push the flat top flap into the slot to secure.

Next, cut out the card base template from A4 white card stock - four can be fitted onto a single sheet. Score the fold lines as before. Next, fold the little side tab over, fold the template in half, line up the edges and glue into place as above.

Fold as shown below.

Add a little glue under the inserted tab just to secure it. The holes either side of the tab should be equal to ensure the base is square.

Add two strips of high tack double sided tape as shown, remove the protective strips and then insert the base of the acetate box into the card base. You may find it helpful to use a long paintbrush handle or similar to press the acetate onto the tape to secure it well. This makes sure everything stays together!

For the lid, cut out the template and fold along the creases, gluing the tabs in place to make the box shape. Decorate with Liquid Pearls and Card Candi flowers. For the flowers stuck on the side of the third box, I used a dot of superglue to stick the flower down - add the drop, pop on the flower and then leave to set. Don't be tempted to jab it to see if it has stuck. I popped mine on a warm radiator to speed the process, but it did take a little time.

Each of the papers has elements that can be cut out and mitred as borders as I've tried to show in my samples. Just glue them in place to the sides of the card base. Any flappy bits on the sides can be secured with either small pieces of high tack double sided tape, or a small dot of superglue. I suspect Glossy Accents would work too, though I haven't tried.

Hope that all makes sense, and happy crafting!


Sunday, 20 April 2014

So many cards, so little time!........

Morning folks!

A very happy belated Easter Sunday, totally missed the fact that I had to blog today, so apologies that this is so late being posted.

Sometimes it feels that all the birthdays, thank you and general cards seem to be needed at once, the past few weeks certainly felt like this.  So many occasions and not a lot of time, and when everyone knows that you love crafting it would be sinful and out of the question to produce a shop bought card!  It's so great though to be able to sit down with some beautiful quality card stock, fabulous papers and products, from my very favourite Craftwork Cards of course, and produce simple cards that friends and loved ones know have been 'made with love' (even if sometimes a little rushed!!) especially for them.  Here are some of what I have had to make in the past couple of weeks...

Thank you cards - lovely hubby was in hospital for 6 weeks so had to thank lots of fab nursing staff.
Regardless of gender, because I love the Amelia papers, they got pink cards - all with a variation on a theme too........

Pretty birthday flowers for a much loved Auntie, you'd never guess I love pink, lol!

It's been a busy couple of 'card' weeks, saving some for the next blog too! Until I'm back with Candi again very soon, take care have a lovely Easter Sunday. and above all keep happy, smiling and crafting.