Sunday, 29 November 2015

Beautiful Rosa and Serenity by Kath Woods

Hi Everyone,

When I saw Rosa and Serenity I knew straight away that it was going to be my new favourite.  As you probably know by now, I love die cut flowers and there are die cut flowers galore in these collections along with the most beautiful papers and matching Candi.

Julie asked me to make two shadow box cards and I will share a tutorial soon but I'm trying to work out the easiest way of doing these first.  Here is the Serenity one:

Close up of the large bloom in the corner:

This shows the detail of some of the smaller flowers.

More of the smaller flowers.  Both collections have a wide assortment of flowers in several different sizes.

I added a panel of paper and a sentiment to the inside of the card.

This is the Rosa card - I used mainly smaller flowers for this one.

Small flowers in the corner of the card.  This picture also shows the depth of the frame.

Some of the other flowers.  I added Stardust glitter glue to the centre of all of the spiral flowers to give a little sparkle.

Again I added a panel of patterned paper and a sentiment to the inside of the card.

That's all for now.  I'll be back soon to share my other Rosa and Serenity samples.  Please do leave me some comments though.

Kath xx

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Beautiful Papers... it's Beau Papier of course!

To nick one of Julie's favourite phrases, I think this is my most favourite collection ever. The clever combination of the paper cut patterns with subtle shading to give a perfect layered effect is superb, as the wonderful colour palette. You can't help but create! Keeping it clean and simple was the order of the day as I made my samples:

Starting with the kraft card blank, I added the embossed flower, then built up the main flower from the die cut pieces before adding the sentiment.

To add a little dimension, cut out the tree, inside the white circular border, and stick it to the card. Mount the rest of the die cut on Candi Fix pads. Embellished with Rose Gold Liquid Pearls. 
Clean and simple - cut or punch three hearts from coordinating papers and mount on Candi Fix pads. Stick the sentiment down to some white card, and cut out leaving a small border. Mount on Candi Fix pads.

Absolutely clean and simple. Layer the embossed flower and sentiment on Candi Fix pads and then add dots of White Opal Liquid Pearls to the scalloped edge.

Another clean and simple. Stick everything directly to the card and outline with Rose Gold Liquid Pearls to define the centrepieces.

Cut out a strip of houses and line up on the harlequin paper before sticking down to the card. Embellish with Robin's Egg Liquid Pearls. Mount the sentiment on white card, and cut out leaving a small border. Embellish with Rose Gold Liquid Pearls.

Shade the embossed butterfly die cut slightly with a blending tool and a light brown ink (I used Antique Linen Distress Ink). Glue the centre to the card, and mount the wings on Candi Fix pads. Add the tag and a string bow before embellishing with Rose Gold Liquid Pearls.

Cut the large heart from the paper, and stick onto the card with a die cut heart and the sentiment, all mounted with Candi Fix pads. 

Shade the centrepiece as before. Add cut out hearts, sentiment and embellish with Liquid Pearls.

I think you get the idea now!

I decided to use the large flower at the bottom to hold the 'doors' of this easel card together.

This one is ready for it's ribbon closure (which hadn't arrived at the time of photographing!)

For this one, I created a slot and tab closure from the triangles. Since I sent off the cards, I thought it would be better to tuck them under instead of over.

And a behind-the-scenes view of how not to craft in the usual 12" square space that we all seem to reduce to! I get my step counter going up steadily as I progress round the table creating each card!

Until the next collection,



Monday, 16 November 2015

When Is A Card Not A Card???

Hello & Welcome to my post today. Craftwork Cards have a fabulous 4 Day Deal starting today on Create & Craft with lots of great new kits & collections, & of course, lots of brilliant demo's from Julie, I hope you get to see some of the shows.

However, as some of you will have noticed, a few of the items have been available to buy direct from Craftwork Cards, & I was lucky enough to 'have a play' with the Petite Keepsake Village Cards. Well, with me being me, I had to find an alternative use for them & this is what I came up with...

... a little sweetie-holder/centrepiece. I assembled 3 of the cards, then sacrificed one card so that I could cut elements from it to use on the front card. I added some festive sparkle to each one, then let them dry completely.

Next, I placed the 3 assembled cards together in the shape of a triangle & measured the width. I did this to see how large a base I needed - 17cm in diameter. I cut this from cardboard, then die-cut a scallop circle to cover the top.

To attach the cards to the base I used a hot glue gun to make sure it was sturdy enough. I then went mad with some Christmas snowballs & trees, & filled it with festive goodies!


I found another use for them as well! Christmas Lanterns!

This time I used the colour yourself cards, dissecting the top of the card from the bottom, replacing the middle with some acetate. I also cut around the inserts & used a needle to prick tiny holes into the fairy-lights & windows before attaching them. I made a base for the bottom so that a battery tea-light can be placed inside to illuminate the little scene.

So, cards need not be cards, but all sorts of fun items, especially at this time of year.

I hope that you will try these 2 projects, the villages are so much fun.

Take Care & Happy Crafting,

Phillipa xxx.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Happy Friday

We received a gorgeous gift through the post today from one of our lovely customers, Milly, and we though we'd share this picture with you.
Milly makes these cute knitted chickens for the Hospice and we think they're just great!

Thank you Milly!


Monday, 2 November 2015

The Fabulous Noir de Luxe by Kath Woods

Hi Everyone,

Craftwork Cards have come up with yet another fabulous collection.  I really love Noir de Luxe - it's classic, contemporary and sparkly all combined together.

I made a few samples for the show on Create and Craft a few weeks ago.  This was a really exciting show as it was also broadcast in the USA at the same time.

My favourite project is a wreath in a box.  Here is the box - the black and gold bows are to die for.

For the wreath itself I used a combination of bows and scruffy flowers.  To add a little extra shimmer, I sprayed the scruffy flowers with gold Spray and Sparkle and added glitter glue to the Candi in their centres.

Here's a close up of one of my scruffy flowers.

Here's the detail one of the bows - each one is a double bow.

This picture shows the wreath in the box.  I lined both the base and the lid with papers from the pad.


This is a quick card using another double bow, die cuts shapes from the collection, a panel of ripped paper and one of the fabulous foiled tags.

My final sample is an 8" square card featuring a gold die cut stag with glittered Candi nose.  I added bows in a circle shape round the stag.

Here's a close up of one of the gold bows.  Each of these has a piece of Candi in the centre with glitter glue on it.

This is one of the copper bows.  The foiling on all of these bows is really gorgeous.

That's all for today.  As always I'd love to know what you think of these samples so please leave me some comments.

Kath xx

Thursday, 29 October 2015

A Floral Abundance of Rosa & Serenity...

Hello & A Very Warm Welcome to my post today. I was thinking that you would probably have your stunning new kits by now & thought I would share the samples which I made using the die-cut flowers. I LOVE paper flowers & get very excited when a new collection contains them - & boy, the new kit does not disappoint - so much choice & variation. I loved the versatility of this collection, it really got the 'creative juices' flowing. I had so much fun incorporating the flowers onto cards & thoroughly enjoyed creating some floral wreaths.

So, below are some pic's showing that you can use as many or as little as you like, go mad & extravagant or keep it clean & simple...

The contrast in the colours of Rosa are gorgeous, they blend together so wonderfully that I found myself using many elements of the new kits because everything coordinates so well. However, the colours in Serenity are a more subtle combination & the more beautiful for it...

As you can see, I went 'card-crazy' even going as far as decorating the envelope to match the card!

I really hope that you get as inspired by this collection as I did & that you will get the same sense of creative satisfaction from using it.

Until next time,
Happy Crafting & Take Care,
Phillipa xxx.