Sunday, 21 December 2014

My Favourites of 2014.....

Morning crafty friends!

I thought I'd done all my Christmas salutations on Friday's post and then discovered that I needed to do a blog on Sunday as well, shock!!  So, here I am, rambling away at 11.20 on Saturday night - back again so soon......... Hands up, honest  - have had no time at all to prepare anything for today so I 
thought I would go through the year's archive and pick out some of my favourite Craftwork Cards collections and show a little of what I had done with them.....

Each time I think the latest collection is my favourite and that it can't get any better....... and then it does! A bit like Brucie then I can only say 'they are all my favourites', I love the lot and if you could see how stuffed with Craftwork Cards products (in case they are discontinued!!!) my craft room is you would know!

Here are some of my favourite colour ways and my own favourite makes, I love simplicity and soft colours too.... 

That's it folks! Really am off now until Boxing Day...... I am however setting you a challenge  or three - just in case you get bored this week in the lead up to the festivities (little chance of that I'm sure) 
Challenge 1 -  your favourite Candi creation of the past year - closes Christmas Eve at 21.00
Challenge 2 - your favourite card of the past year - closes Christmas Day at 21.00
Challenge 3 - your favourite non-card creation of the past year - closes 27/12 at 19.30

  • must be mainly CWC card stock and products,  
  • not anything that we have featured on the CWC blog in the past,  
  • your name should be written clearly on a small piece of card/paper and appear beside your creation in the picture, 
  • only ONE creation per challenge  and your email containing picture should have Challenge 1, 2 or 3 in the subject line
  • Mail your pictures to
Have a most wonderful Christmas and New Year everyone..........

Friday, 19 December 2014

Candi - it's a wrap!

Morning lovely crafty folk!

We're nearly there, all the rushing around and preparations are hopefully slowing down and we can put our feet up, relax a little and enjoy the festivities.

It's been a really manic week here but I have managed to finish the 15 cards and gifts for the lovely med staff in our local renal unit.  I have to admit though after ribboning and labelling 30+ bags of homemade fudge, 15 of spiced almonds and wrapping the candles, decorating the parcels and then
writing the cards I decided I couldn't decorate the bags as well so gave in and bought some.  Happy to say they are all now sitting on the sofa ready to be sent off in the morning.

Before I show you what I've been up to here are some fab Candi tags made by one of our lovely customers, Michele Coffey - her Candi Christmas tree tags are really great, thanks Michele for sharing.....

I used lots of Candi on my wrapped parcels as well as the cards, here are some pics......

Lots of bows.....

A simple Candi bloom Christmas tag....

Simple card.....

A Christmas robin tag.....

This is all that's left after the nurse's bags were finished - friends hampers next.....

A 'not so good' pic of tomorrow's delivery.......

Bows and Candi - a perfect match......

Bows and Candi bloom.....

I promise this looked a lot better in real life.......

I spent half of last night hand pleating doubled strips the make these! .........

I still have to face all the family and friends wrapping tomorrow, I think they will be vey simplified versions after this marathon but know I will end up making the odd label or two, thankfully all the cards are done, where would I have been without my Candi stash and this fab Stamp, buy and put away for next year - you can't go wrong with it.

 The tree is up but only half dressed (a mad dash to do as my beloved is coming home from hospital tomorrow after nearly 6 weeks - yippee!,) the rest of the decorations are with a courier somewhere between a large department store and home  but I'm sure they will turn up - sometime!  the shopping is ordered, diabetic mince meat made and swimming in brandy, biscotti and shortbread on the agenda for tomorrow (as our entertaining starts on Sunday) so all it leaves me to do is wish you all the most wonderful Christmas and holiday time with your nearest and dearest.

Happy, happy Christmas everyone and thank you all for sharing the past year with us .........

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Frame Box Card Tutorial by Emma Williams

Hey everyone!

Hope you're all well and your Christmas preparations are in full swing for the big day!! I've still got quite a few jobs to tick off that "to-do" list but I'm getting there slowly!

If you're a regular visitor to the Craftwork Cards blog then you might remember this card that I shared with you all last month! Well, I've had quite a few queries asking for a tutorial about how I made the this card and today, I'm sharing a step by step of how it's done, along with some of my recent makes for the Essentials Weekender, that were recently shown on Create and Craft, including this one...
There's quite a few photos in this post, so grab a cup of tea and enjoy...

Frame Card Tutorial:
To make the basic frame card, cut one piece of white cardstock to measure 6" x 8" in size and a second piece, 12" x 6", folded in half down the centre to create a 6" square card blank.
Take the 6" x 8" piece of card and place in front of you, with the longest side facing you, score the frame at 0.5", 1", 7" and 7.5" and fold along the scorelines. 
To create the aperture in the centre, measure 1", 1.5", 4.5" and 5" from the second score line on the left hand side and make a faint pencil mark. Turn the card around 90˚ and then measure again at 1", 1.5", 4.5" and 5" and mark with a pencil. Join up all the pencil marks to form a square and score along each of the solid lines (see photo below).
Cut diagonally from corner to corner (see photo below) of the scored square to create four triangular flaps in the centre.
Create a mountain fold, followed by a valley fold along each of the scorelines to create your inset to your frame.
 Apply adhesive tape to each of the end tabs of the scored card. 
Mount the frame onto the front of your 6" x 6" card blank. Add adhesive to each of the four flaps on your frame and attach them to the blank card to form the box.
Cut a piece of white card, approximately 9.5cm square and place in the centre of your frame card and you now have your basic frame card to decorate.
Here are two of my card samples using the Box Frame card that I made for the recent Create and Craft shows. The samples show how versatile this card is and how you can use different mediums to bring it to life.
 My first card uses the Vintage Ephemera collection of papers and die cuts.
On this card, I used more of the papers, to decorate the inside for a more luxurious feel. 

For the second card, I used items from the Essentials Kit that was the recent Weekender on Create and Craft and is still available to buy.
I embossed white card from the kit using Broken China Distress Ink, which I applied to an embossing folder. I then ran this through the Grand Calibur to create this wonderful embossed feature for the edges for my frame.

The flower is also made using die cuts from the kit and coloured with Dried Marigold Distress Inks. I added inked leaves, again from the kit.
The message is stamped onto white card using the Essentials Stamp set.
I also wanted to share a couple of other samples that I made for the show using the stamps and Essentials kit. The first card uses the frames, white card, Candi and the beautiful die cut flowers and leaves from the kit, which I inked with Distress Inks. I added a message using the stamps.

Below is another of my samples and this features white embossed card as a background and I then added the die cut butterflies which I inked with Mustard Seed Distress Ink to a cloudy sky background, again created using Distress Inks on the white card from the kit.

So, that's it from me for today and I really hope you've enjoyed the tutorial for the frame card and loved seeing my other cards that I created for the shows! If you are inspired by any of my cards, then I would love to see what you make and hope you'll get in touch to share them with me!

Thank you so much for all your support during 2014 and I will be back in the new year!
HAPPY CHRISTMAS everyone and hope you have a very happy 2015!!
See you soon...Emma x