Friday, 22 May 2015

Candi says 'anything goes' this week!



Morning all

If the sun isn't shining enough to make you smile where you are today, the beautiful creations by some of Craftwork Cards amazingly talented fans should do the trick,  they are all really beautiful.  Thank you for taking the time to send them to us, the theme this week was 'anything goes' and here they are in all their glory (in no particular order).......

Katie (age 12)

Terri Koszler

Gail Loynes

Jenny Gamble

Fran Hancock

Lorre-Anne Archibald

Jenny & Wendy from last week, please send me your full names and addresses and then watch out for Mr Postman who will deliver a little pressie within the next couple of weeks - congrats!!! I'm still bit behind with getting out gifts but bear with me, my lovely husband is unwell and in hospital so I haven't been home very much, apologies again but promise it will be soon. 

Again, a really big thank you ladies for your creations.  All you other Fan Club lovelies please, please don't forget to drop by the  blog and leave these fab creators a comment, they deserve lots of praise and a big clap!   I'll be springing a new Candi challenge on you one day next week so watch out for it on the fan page and get those Candi boxes out and let us see your creations.

Have a lovely weekend everyone, See you next Friday! 




Monday, 18 May 2015

Now You Can Wear Your Craftwork Cards Kits!



Hello & welcome to my latest adventure into papercraft - jewellery!

Yes, jewellery. So now it is possible to have your favourite craft product with you at all times, or to use as a unique gift for someone special.





Paper beads have been used for a long time, but only having just discovered them, I really had to have a go. Once you get into the swing of it, they are quick & easy to make, & really quite eye-catching, not to mention unique.

I used strips of paper 8 inches in length, following the patterns below.


The first strip is only a 1/4 inch wide & makes the small, 'stopper' beads.

The second strip starts with an inch square before tapering to a central point at the other end to create the lovely, lozenge-shaped bead.

The third strip has the inch square, followed by another inch which then divides equally to form 2 'prongs' - the double bead.

The fourth strip, again, starts with an inch square, then is equally divided into 3 'prongs' - the triple bead.

Before you start to roll your strips of paper, you will need to decide what you are going to string them onto. This is important as the inside of the bead must be able to be threaded onto your chosen item of jewellery.


I used a wooden skewer for the majority of the beads, but cocktail sticks & needles also come in handy.

To begin, wind a small amount to get started, then add some glue about halfway along. Keep rolling away from you, keeping it as tight as possible & making sure that the lengths stay symmetrical & centralised.


Add more glue along the lengths to the tips, then complete rolling, making sure that the ends are securely in place.
 
 
You now have a paper bead!

Remove it from the stick & leave to completely dry.


Here are the finished shaped beads. I used the Love A Cuppa Kit because the colours are so fresh & summery, but it is very tempting to experiment with any of the gorgeous kits!


To give the beads some extra sparkle, I threaded them back onto sticks & coated them in a layer of Glossy Accents using a small paintbrush. The funny contraption above is my way of drying them so that they don't stick fast to any surfaces!


I ended-up by making a strand of beads with matching necklace....


A pair of earrings with an added pearl....


& to complete the set, a bracelet with matching charms!

The heart charm is a sentiment from the Love A Cuppa Kit which I added some glitter to, allowed it to fully dry, then coated it in a thick layer of Glossy Accents.


Of course, if you can bear to be parted from your creation & wish to send it as a gift, then you will need a matching gift-box!


I really do hope that you'll try this, it really isn't as complicated as it might seem, & if you do, please share your creations on the fan-page. I would love to see what beautiful designs you come up with.

Until next time,
Take Care & Happy Crafting,

Phillipa xxx.

Sunday, 17 May 2015

More than just a 'cuppa' .......


Morning Everyone!

Well it's Saturday night at 23:19 as I write this, not long in and suddenly had a little niggle that it's my turn to blog tomorrow, I did think about it in the week and then it went straight out of my 'old' head!! Luckily I have pictures of some samples made recently for Create & Craft so let's see what I can unearth...

I rarely throw out boxes, here are two that I have covered for little gifts or some chocs/sweeties



Another little box....



A mug card (I think I took pic before finishing, I'm sure there were bits on the handle!)


I filled the box in the centre with After Eight mints...


A very simple card - love 'simple'


Cupcake cut out and embellished


A simple Candi bouquet


More simplicity..


I've used a small card on front to create a pocket for a gift card




2 more simple cards




I love the pastel shades of this collection, and if like me you love these colours watch out for what's coming very soon - so gorgeous, you will love it.

Wishing you all a lovely and a happy Sunday! See you again on Friday with whatever wonderful creations the Candi a Challenge attracts..... 



Friday, 15 May 2015

Candi - so pretty in pastel hues.........



Morning and a very happy Friday To you all!

Yippee it's nearly the weekendand of course that means Candi!!  The theme for today's challenge was Pretty & Pastel.

Thank you to the ladies who sent in pictures of your creations,  and thanks for your creative effort and for supporting the challenge, they are all beautiful  all so much appreciated.

Lorre-Anne & Frances from last week, please send me your full names and addresses and then watch out for Mr Postman who will deliver a little pressie within the next couple of weeks - congrats!!! I'm a bit behind with getting out gifts but bear with me, it will be soon.

Now in no particular order here are the beautiful creations for this week ...........

Fran Hancock


Jenny Gamble


Terri Koszler


Lorre-Anne Archibald


Katie - age 12


Again, a really big thank you ladies for your creations.  All you other Fan Club lovelies please, please don't forget to drop by the  blog and leave these fab creators a comment, they deserve lots of praise and a big clap!   I'll be springing a new Candi challenge on you one day next week so watch out for it on the fan page and get those Candi boxes out and let us see your creations.

Have a lovely weekend everyone, I'll be back again on Sunday with some of my own makes - see you in blog land then.


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Just Coasting along....

Good morning folks, hope you are all well.  So its my turn on the blog today, and I thought I would share a little project that I made for the Craftwork Cards Fan page on Facebook.  Each month one of the DT does a Project of the Month.  So here is my little project for those of you not on Facebook as I know not all of you are...

Its an easy little project all you need are some tiles (either ceramic or MDF) some Mod Podge or other medium you have to hand and some gorgeous Craftwork Card papers

 I began by coating my ceramic coasters with a thin layer of Mod Podge, which I then dried with my heat gun.
 Next I cut my paper to size so that it sat exactly on the tile
 I then applied another thin layer of Mod Podge over the tile AND the back of my paper and stuck it together.  I used a brayer to flatten it out nicely.  As the surfaces are wet you do have plenty of time to move the paper around on the tile so that it sits nicely!
 Next I sanded the edges as I was going for a shabby look

 I then used a distress ink around the edges and applied a final coat of Mod Podge over the top to seal it.  Now at this point you could wait for that to dry and then spray your coasters with a varnish spray.  I haven't as yet done mine, but I will do.
 .... and voila!! your pretty coasters are finished!  What a fab gift they would make for a friend!



 I had another quick play at the weekend and created some more.......  These are becoming an addicition!! 





So I hope that you liked my little share today, I urge you to give this super easy project a go!  If you do, please feel free to send me your photos to sparklygirltina@gmail.com  as I'm planning on a special Focus on You for anyone who has made these coasters.  So until later in the month when I'm back with my Focus on You.  

Happy Crafting






SPARKLYGIRL-TINA
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