Saturday, 25 October 2014

Vintage Ephemera: kit and caboodle

What's not to love about the new Vintage Ephemera kit, launched on Create & Craft TV earlier this month? A splash of pastel colour tints, a whiff of Parisian elegance, gorgeous illustrations and enough elements to mix and match to your heart's content. I was privileged to see the original sketches by Steph on a recent visit to CWC HQ, and I can confirm I have professional jealousy! Here are the samples I made for the show, kicking off with a mini-print tray makeover:

I painted the frame black and covered the back with the papers before assembling the rest of the frame. Then it was just a matter of adding elements using glue and foam pads.

Next up, some of the kraft crates.

Ever felt you'd missed out on a card style when it first came round?
I recently came across the concept of a 'spring' card, and decided to make some of my own. They fold flat for inserting into the envelope and then spring up, easel card style, when pulled out.

 And last, but not least, some 6x6" cards combining all the parts of the kit:

If you'd like any making tips, or have any other questions or comments, pop them in the box below.
Don't forget that the half term fun starts on Monday, and I have made a sample for my project which will be part of the prizes to be given away to our younger crafters :)

Until then - happy crafting!


Friday, 24 October 2014

Take a Note....... Candi

Morning Everyone

Hope you have had a good week and have managed to fit in a little crafting along with everything else.  It's been very busy in casa Chillmaid, lots of rushing about so have had very little time in my favourite room - my craft room, of course! - however I owe four lovely ladies from Craftwork Cards Fan Club some little pressies for the wonderful creations submitted for the Pop Up Challenges last weekend so decided to squeeze in a little making.   I decided I would make some notebooks to put with some CWC bits and pieces and of course as Candi is practically my middle name had to use some on the covers.  

The blank notebooks are easy to find in stationery shops or that great on-line auction site that I'm sure you all know, its where I buy mine usually.  Here are today's four, I'm going to get a little stash made so I have them ready for future challenge give aways, that's when I have finished getting ready for crafty half term, I still have a bit to go to finish my makes - I have seen what Tina and Neil have made and  know you and your little ones will be sooooo happy you will want to get making ASAP !

On the larger two I have cut the paper to the width of the note pad but longer so it goes down the back of the pad as well, a double score line the depth of the pad gives a nice crisp finish to the folds along the top.  Once stuck on, depending on the original cover I use red double sided tape or cosmic shimmer acrylic, just decorate as you please.......

 On this one I have made a 'sleeve' type cover using pearlised card and a pretty ribbon to keep closed.

Covers on these are same as for no. 1 above

Hope you have enjoyed!  Please make sure you log onto the blog tomorrow, Neil has some really beautiful creations in store for you all, make sure to leave your comments for him too.  Back next week with lots to keep your little 'angels' busy during half term.  I'm off to count Candi for a competition for the little ones next week, let's hope the phone doesn't ring and I lose count, lol!!  Keep happy all and have a great weekend....

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Focus on You - October

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 September's prize draw drum roll please....
I picked a name out of my "hat"

and the winner is....

Janina if you could contact me at with your home address I will arrange for your prize to be sent out to you.

So back to this month and as always in no particular order:-


Next up is:-
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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.  If you have something you've made using the gorgeous Craftwork Card products then please feel free to email me at and I will do the rest!

Now here are the details of this month's prize:-

The Potting Shed Mega Bundle!

This is what is included:-

Mega bundle contains the following:
1 8" x 8" The Potting Shed Paper Pad (48 sheets, 120gsm)
16 Die-cut Toppers
32 Die-cut Sentiments
34 Die-cut Plant Label Messages
10 6" x 6"  Kraft Cards with 10 White Envelopes
Kraft Tag Pad including 30 Die-cut Kraft Tags, 365gsm
WOW what a prize!!

So before I go I just had to mention the newly created group on Facebook called: Craftwork Cards Fan Page.  This has been set up entirely by the lovely Natalie Reeve.  If you are not already a member of this group, you must pop over and join!  You can post up pics of your gorgeous creations there for everyone to admire.  All of the Craftwork Cards Design Team are in the group and share their creations.  Everyone in the group is really friendly.  I will also be "stalking" people to feature on this the monthly Focus on You post.  So what you waiting for!!!

Need more inspiration..... then do pop over to Craftwork Cards on Pinterest.  The boards can be found here.

Until next time.....

Happy Crafting


Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Crafting Angels - half term with Craftwork Cards

Morning Everyone

Bit of a different blog from me today as I haven't made anything for you - no time, lol!!  The real reason for my post today is two fold, to let you know who the lucky winners of Pop Up Challenge No. 2 are and  also to give you an agenda for what we are planning over the half term period for your little angels, hope they too will grow to love crafting like us grown ups do.

Here's what will be winging it's way to someone very soon......

Firstly..... Drum roll please........

Blog winner:  Sandra Boyland
Comment winner:  Natalie Reeves

Congrats ladies! Please mail me you full addresses and I will get your pressie out as soon as I have someone to go to the post office,

Half Term Fun for Crafting Angels  -  (I will post this on the CWC Fan Page too) - here is how it
should run, life happens and from time to time we need to change things around but hopefully the
agenda will stay as is. We are going to be making/up cycling some Alice bands and some Candi rings and hair slides - thought I'd let you know this in case you wanted to buy any bits e.g. ring blanks, in preparation! Please note that we request when sending pics of what your little ones have made you only send pictures of the creation, in the interests of child safety we will not put any pictures containing children on the blog. Here goes ......


27/10  -  Monday

Grand opening with beautiful project by an amazing little girl, a 5 year old who has been crafting since she was just 2!

28/10  -  Tuesday

Competition Day (to be announced)

29/10  -  Wednesday

Neil Burley's amazing Alice Band - this is one for the girls to make and wear or the boys to make as a gift for someone.  Make sure you have a band so that you can get busy and make one. The great thing too is that Neil is going to give away the one he has made, I have seen it and it's really, really beautiful.......

30/10  -  Thursday

Challenge day - very simple card challenge (to be announced) with an example or two to give ideas/inspiration.

31/10  -  Friday

Simple Candi ring and hair slides - step by step tutorials by Marie Chillmaid and makes given away as prizes when we see what the Crafty Angels have created....

1/11  -  Saturday

Simple cards from scraps - using the bits grown up crafters leave - to make some lovely cards - Marie Chillmaid

2/11  - Sunday

Marie Chillmaid -   scrunched no cut flowers - using flowers and some bling to decorate a hair band

3/11  -  Monday

'Show off day'  -  mini crafters day to hog the limelight on the blog (pictures of their creations sent to date) all you mums, dads, aunties, nan's, grannies and granddads etc. had better get on the blog and leave them a nice comment too!

4/11  -  Tuesday

Kath Woods - a 'surprise' tutorial by Kath - she makes fab things!....... If you are all good and show us what you have made Kath will send her creation to one of you!

5/11  -   Wednesday

Tina Boyden makes great things too - how to make an empty toilet roll pretty! Fab tutorial by Tina who will send her empty but very pretty toilet roll to a lucky winner.......  that is only if you send us a photo of what you have made with an empty roll!

6/11  -  Thursday

Pot Luck Surprise day.....

7/11 - Friday

Close of young crafters fortnight with:-
More showing off of your 'angels' fab creations
prize winners to be announced

Let's hope lots of your little 'angels' will enjoy some crafty time - how better to spend a few hours especially if the weather is bad............

Back soon, Friday I think!!  Hugs, 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Pop Up Challenge No. 2 - White Space

Morning All!

Here we are again with more gorgeousness from our wonderful fans and customers, the theme for this challenge was 'White Space' and that's just what you've given us. Indulge yourself with the wonderful creations and inspiration below, in no particular order .............

Vicky Blackburn

Deb Jones

Sandra Boyland 

Lucy Spence

Christine Pease

Michele Coffey

Laura J Taylor

Janine Appleyard

Kay Hulbery

Gail Loynes 

Amanda Lake

Wow! Once again ladies, you have done yourselves proud.  Thank you all so much for taking part in our second Pop Up Challenge, check back tomorrow to see the results of random draws -  remember to keep an eye out for the next one, it will just 'POP' up!!  Big hugs,  back soon.........