Saturday, 20 September 2014

Potting Shed comes to the rescue...

Hi everyone

it's my turn to post today...
can you believe we're two thirds of the way through September already 
and if I've got my maths right it's only 97 days until Christmas.
And that means, if you are anything like me, time for the annual dilemma of what to get for the male members of your family. They do say that gardening is the 3rd most popular male pastime (no prizes for guessing the other 2)..so chances are that a calendar for the potting shed would be very much appreciated and of course Craftwork Cards have the perfect collection of papers and die cuts for you to whip up as many as you need.
did I happen to mention this is one of my all-time favourites...
and I suspect there will be lots of happy smiley faces on Christmas morning 
when the MEN in your life realise it's not...SOCKS...


 why not make a matching gift bag... 
and pop in a voucher from the local garden centre...one Christmas present ticked off the list...
Enjoy your weekend whatever you've got planned
and I'll see you next time
Hugs kath xxx

Friday, 19 September 2014

Make that Candi bloom for you..........






Morning Everyone!

Hope you have all had a great week and have managed to get some time to watch our lovely Julie on TV and catch some of the amazing demos she did, how she had time to prep all of them I'll never know, the ones I caught were really fab and there were lots of emails from you all, hope lots of you have some of her amazing cards winging their way to you very soon.

Some simple Candi bloom cards from me today, two blooms that are a little alike in looks but can also be used in different ways to create different flowers.  The first is a softly twisted Candi piece - hold between thumb and fore finger in each hand and twist gently in opposite directions.

Twisted Candi

S bend Candi

The second is using a fine stick or pokey tool to curl the Candi in opposite directions around the 
stick/tool.  These petals can be layered in an interlocking fashion as in the pink card below or can be 
used to make rose like blooms........

A card in a box  - I have been crocheting  flowers so decided to use one with my Candi blooms, the green twirls are florist wire which I have twisted and used some stickles on, I have interlocked these petals to make a flatter flower and hand cut some little leaves to pop under each bloom.





Twisted Candi to make this bloom......

And this one too!

A close up of the blooms....


Have fun with your Candi blooms and have a great weekend and week following.  See you next Friday ..........

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Magic of christmas

Morning all
This month I have a few magic of Christmas cards to share with you , I adore these papers.



Simple but very effective.



This is a good card to use up all your scraps.


I am running these to cards in my workshops this month.



I hope you like them.
The DT have been busy making lots of samples for the 4 day deal hope you can tune in on Monday 15th September for some amazing kits and deals.
See you next month

Hazel x

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Countdown to Christmas




Hi everyone, it's Enfys here today with a Christmas idea for you. I started with a little white blackboard that I picked up from Hobbycraft (apologies for the tiny photo, I forgot to photograph it before altering and had to 'lift' a photo......

Hobbycraft Standing Wooden Blackboard

I started by cutting out lots of the little number tiles from the Magic of Christmas paper.....

and added them to the frame - one sheet was enough to collage the entire frame. I added a few drops of red stickles here and there, then when it was dry I coated the entire frame with a clear varnish...


I cut out the gorgeous bird from another of the Magic of Christmas papers, for the first layer I cut out the bird and foliage, then just the bird and decoupaged him with foam pads onto the base. I punched some fir fronds (Martha Stewart punch) out of the same paper, and added them for dimension. I used pearls for the berries....




I used a  variety of lettering for the countdown to Christmas lettering. The word Christmas was cut from one of the sentiment labels, I used die cut letters for 'to' and printed the word 'countdown' on the computer onto one of the background papers. To unify the different styles and fonts I used the red stickles again....


and yes, the big day will be here in a flash!


I hope you've enjoyed my project this week, and I have another treat for you. I recently reached 3,000 followers on my blog and I am having a week long blog party with lots of giveaways, kicking off today with my Craftwork Cards post where there is a Potting Shed  mega bundle for one lucky winner. Go HERE to leave your name, and good luck

Friday, 12 September 2014

Candi Blooms - Week 7


Morning Everyone, happy Friday

Another Candi bloom project for today, a tiny vase of Candi blooms to adorn one of your beautiful hand made cards.  Here's mine.........

I bought some florist wire for a little project I wanted to create and when I was rolling  Candi petals I thought I might try building some 3D Candi blooms to see how they work. A little more fiddly but quite effective I think! If you had lots of time (I didn't!!) I would definitely let each layer dry before applying the next. I found a little glass craft vial and decorated it with liquid pearls for a marble effect to make a tiny vase, and used as an embellishment on the card below. Again the versatility of Craftwork Cards shines through, I've  used some older Candi for my blooms which is a perfect toning combo with the beautiful Botanical papers - how good is that!

Florist wire means that you can bend the blooms to fall how you want them to in the vase but if you don't have wire you could use cocktail sticks.  I have just done some using old reeds from an oil 
diffuser - works well too (you may spy them on C&C TV  shows next week!)

Once I had made my card, I popped the vase of blooms on a Candi foam fix pad to attach to the card. Would love to see what you make - candilovebycwc@talktalk.net


I marbled the vase with liquid pearls
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A closer look at the flowers.....

That's it for this week folks, lots and lots happening in Craftwork Cards' world at the moment - here is the schedule for the next few weeks of where you can find Julie and our very fab products (not that I am biased,  lol!!).  There are 4 days on Create & Craft TV next week -  join our fab Julie and Nigel May for the launch show - the kits are amazing and you really will not want to miss out!  Watch out for sneak peeks later this week, shhhhhh......there is an element of Christmas but not exclusively Christmas!



TV schedule:  please note these times are subject to change:

Monday 15th September
8am with Nigel
1pm with Dean
5pm with Stephanie
Tuesday 16th September
9am
4pm
7pm
Wednesday 17th September
8am
2pm
7pm
Thursday 18th September
5pm

You will find Julie at both Handmade Fair, Hampton Court Palace, London on Friday 19th to Sunday 21st September and at The Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace, North London on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September.  Lots of new gorgeous goodies, demonstrations and inspiration to inspire you, be sure to stop by, say hi and treat yourself, just allow those goodies to jump straight into your basket!!

Have a great weekend and keep happy, back soon







Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Confession Time!

Morning!


Confession time!  I have to put my hands up and confess I totally forgot it was Wednesday already! Sorry that my blog post was not up and ready first thing!

I have been so busy getting samples made, demo's prepared and liaising with the Design Team for Craftwork Cards first 4 Day Deal on Create and Craft TV launching on Monday 15th September at 8am!

I hope you will be able to join me and the lovely Nigel May for the launch show - the kits are amazing and you really will not want to miss out!  We will have some sneak peeks later this week, but the only little heads up I can give you (because lots of you have been asking) there is an element of Christmas but not exclusively Christmas!

As I type this our show times are as follows, but please note they are subject to change:
Monday 15th September
8am with Nigel
1pm with Dean
5pm with Stephanie
Tuesday 16th September
9am
4pm
7pm
Wednesday 17th September
8am
2pm
7pm
Thursday 18th September
5pm

We are out and about too!  You will find us at both Handmade Fair, Hampton Court Palace, London on Friday 19th to Sunday 21st September and at The Big Stamp and Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace, North London on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st September.  Lots of new gorgeous goodies, demonstrations and inspiration to inspire you, be sure to stop by, say hi and treat yourself!

Have you seen our Face Book Craftwork Cards Fan Page?  Started and run by customer, Natalie Reeves, just under 2 weeks ago and already we have over 400 members!  How amazing is that and the page is full of inspiration and fabulous ideas from you the customer.  If you are not a member yet, go search the page on Face Book and ask to join - leave the rest to Natalie and you will be seeing all the amazing inspiration, oh and there is a competition to enter to with a chance to win a bundle of Craftwork Cards goodies and a notebook made by myself (note to self - remember to decorate a notebook!).

I wanted to share a few cards that I have seen on the Fan Page in the last week, just a few of the outstanding cards but these really caught my eye.

Firstly, by Jackie Da Silver, this Christmas card caught my eye because of the colour combination.  I love how Jackie has used just half a bow around the layered sentiment as the focal point to her card.  Stunning!

The second card is created by Julie Fisher using Pretty in Pink paper pad with Midas Sentiments onto a pivot card blank.  Such a pretty card and I love the pivot card blanks, gives your card the WOW factor.


Lastly, this beautiful picture is by Janine Appleyard created with Refreshers flowers and papers.  What a stunning present - who would not love receive this - a really special gift.


So these really are a very small selection of the fabulous inspiration you will find on our Fan Page. Go check it out!

Only 24 days till The Great Northern Papercrafts Extravaganza Show at Harrogate on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th October!  You can get your advance tickets on-line, click here and we also have a few seats left at our Breakfast Workshops, click here to see all the details!  A great way to spend a bit of crafting time before you hit the show to shop till you drop!

Its a beautiful sunny day down South, hope you have a great day!


Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Mini Christmas Wreath

Hi everyone just popping in with a quick share today.  I've made this mini Christmas wreath using a sheet of printed paper from the Magic of Christmas paper pad found here.  There are plenty of other sheets in the pad so you could make a few mini wreaths!

I "fussy" cut all the bells from the one sheet of paper and then made myself a circle from card and layered away!   
I finished the wreath with a bow from the Magic of Christmas bows pad found here.
I do hope that you like my little share today.  I will be back later in the month for my Focus on You.  Don't forget if you have anything that you would like me to feature then please feel free to email me at sparklygirltina@gmail.com and I will do the rest!

Take care and......

Happy Crafting




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