Sunday, 17 August 2014

Candi, Candi and more Candi

Hi everyone, I'm here again for the third and final time this month.  The holidays are flying by, only two more weeks left and them I'm back at work (sad face)!!

Anyway, just wanted to show you the last couple of cards I'd made for the Create and Craft show the other week. I used the new Midas papers and sentiments, Afternoon Tea papers and the Create with Candi kit.

I love this first one, I think the colours are so pretty and vibrant...

I made a gap card using a normal card blank and very carefully glued the edges of the word top and bottom.  I love the simplicity of the Create with Candi kit, just you stick the Candi on the spots and way you go.  You can't see clearly but I added glitter to each one to give them a lovely sparkle.  The next card is more clean and simple...

Just using the Midas papers and setiments with some Candi which I put Glossy Accents on. Very simple.

And lastly, I don't know how many of you watched the Create and Craft Candi show that Julie did a couple of weeks ago but she showed us how she stored her Candi, and as I've had a few weeks off work and some time to spare I thought my Candi was in need of some TLC so I did the same...

My apologies for the state of the photo, the craft room is going through a little re-vamp at the moment.  Here are a couple of close ups..

I didn't realise I had quite so much, and I still need a couple more storage boxes!!

Don't forget to keep looking on the Pinterest boards for more inspiration and also check out the Website for details of the GNPE in October.

Bye for now.

Jo x

Saturday, 16 August 2014

My "Magic of Christmas" House...

Hi Everyone

it's my turn again and unlike my fellow teamie and best buddy...the lovely Enfys who is one of those irritating organised folks when it comes to Christmas, I'm a rushing at the last minute headless chicken kind of girl but with the thought that there are only 18 more Saturdays before Christmas and the help of the gorgeous "Magic Of Christmas" collection...perhaps you can teach an old dog new tricks.
I decided to decorate a wooden house ornament that's been kicking around in my craft room since last Christmas
I gave the house a coat of Paperartsy Fresco Finish...Toad Hall paint...any acrylic paint would do but if you use a high quality paint it will cover in one coat and believe me you don't want to have to try and get into all those little nooks and crannies twice. I then smeared on some Fresco Finish Snowball using Cut'nDry to create a whitewashed look.
measured each section and cut the gorgeous papers from the Magic of Christmas Paper Pad to fit.
I covered the roof with strips of the red spotted paper and cut punched circles in half to decorate the front edge. Using a palette knife I created the snow effect with White Texture Paste sprinkled with Diamond Dust Glitter.
and then decorated each shelf...
with images cut from the Paper Pad,
sentiments from the Magic of Christmas Toppers
 layered up with 3D Foam Tape to create dimension
and no Craftwork Cards project would be complete without
Magic of Christmas Candi coated with Glossy Accents
 and various bits and pieces from my stash...
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Woodlands Tree and Wreath
Letterpress Alphabets sprinkled with Festive Berries Distress Glitter
 and the cute fluffy little snowballs I found hiding in a box at the back of a cupboard...
 pine cones collected on a morning stroll to the forest given a wintry frosting with white paint
cute little jingle bells
and a Corked Vial filled with Green Distress Glitter

and voila....the finished "Magic Of Christmas" house
I hope you'll be inspired to use your "Magic of Christmas" goodies to create some festive decorations and we would love you to share them with us. For more ideas from the design team using this wonderful collection...pop over to Craftwork Cards Pinterest Page.
Until next time...happy crafting
Hugs Kath xxx

Friday, 15 August 2014

Candi Blooms - Week 3

Hi Everyone!
This week our 'Candi Queen' is going to share with you all how to create a Hydrangea bloom.

Using platform, as seen below .... to create your Hydrangea onto ..

1. Start by scrunching up loads of candi, patterned side up

2. Starting at centre of platform start sticking scrunched Candi pieces on as close to each other as possible
3. Once dry open each petal a little and pop in a tiny dot of glue, fill each Candi with another scrunched piece
4. Next couple of layers repeat randomly to give height.

Thank you Marie for so this fabulous idea on how to create Candi Hydrangeas!

See you back here next Friday to see more Candi Blooms created before your every eyes by our 'Candi Queen' Marie!

We would love to see what you make with your Candi!  Send photographs of your creative makes to and we will put them on the blog in September and randomly pick a winner to receive this stunning Candi Kusudama wall hanging that Marie has made for us!

If you have any questions or queries about Candi, Marie is more than happy to help, contact her at

Don't forget too we have lots of Candi inspiration on our Pinterest Boards, here!  We also have fantastic Candi video's to watch on our YouTube channel, here! 

Happy Candi Crafting!

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Time for Afternoon Tea

Well here we are again, Mum and I are terrible for forgetting that we are due to do a Blog, our only excuse is that we are always running around like headless chickens lol.  So we decided that as it is my Cousins Birthday and she was being taken to The Ritz in London for Afternoon Tea this was the perfect collection for a Card.

So now to come up with something different.  And then it suddenly came to mum and she was away, thank goodness mum was there this week to get this done as i really don't know where this week has gone.

This is what she came up with and I think she did a pretty good job :-)  We love these afternoon Tea Papers and embellishments, the colours are right up our street so that always make life easier.  And of course the Craftwork Cards papers are always such good quality. 

This was the front.  She kept it quite simple on the front and it is on a 6x6 card. Then you open it up and hopefully you will like the surprise.

All made with the Afternoon Tea collection.  The butterflies are on a spring coil made out of card.

Now the eagle eyed ones of you will see that this says "Mum", well that is because we forgot to take a picture of the one for my Cousin (see i told you we are always running around like headless chickens lol) and we wanted one for us to have on display at the shows we do all over the country so mum did a second one and this has killed 2 birds with one stone as we could use it for this blog post as well :-)

Thanks for Reading
Amanda and Kay

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Pretty in Pink

Hi everyone its my turn again on the blog today - where does the time go.  Seems like only yesterday when I was last on the blog!  So I do hope that you are all keeping well and have enjoyed the beautiful weather we've had - well apart from the weekend just gone that is!!!!!

So I was  luckily enough to get sent in my DT package the oh so gorgeous Pretty in Pink papers found here and the Midas Touch sentiments found here.

Here are a few of my cards that I sent to Julie for the Create and Craft shows.  Hope you like my CAS creations.
 Apologies for the poor photo quality they were taken in a rush!!
 A close up of some gorgeous scrunched Candi

 The gold foiling on the papers is sooo gorgeous!

So that is my little share today.  Don't forget I'm still doing the monthly Focus on You.  Feel free to email me your creations at for me to feature you right here on the blog!

Until next time...

Happy Crafting


Monday, 11 August 2014

Pretty Pivot Cards

Hi everyone, hope you all had a lovely weekend and Hurricane Bertha didn't cause you all too much trouble (Bertha was my Great Grandma's name by the way!!)

Anyway here I am again with a few more cards that I made for the recent Create and Craft show.  I used their new Pivot cards, Pretty in Pink papers and Midas collection and Afternoon Tea papers...

To get a mat background from the Pretty in Pink papers I drew round the scallop edge of the Midas sentiment.  The Candi is Pretty in Pink and also from the Create with Candi kit.

For this card I just cut the butterflies out from the Pretty In Pink papers and added some pearl Stickles for their antenae (which I cut off!).  The gold papers on the edge just reminded me of a lattice fence with the butterflies sitting on it.

This is quite opulent using the Midas papers and sentiment and the red and green Candi.

and finally

I used both the Midas papers and sentiment and Afternoon Tea papers for this (which is my favourite).

I hope you like them.  Don't forget to check on the Craftwork Cards website here and also the Pinterest boards for lots more inspiration from the fab Design Team.

Bye for now

Jo x

Sunday, 10 August 2014

A magical day with Julie

Morning all !
Wow so much has happened since last month .
It's been busy busy busy lots of show samples made, a lovely visit from Julie Hickey to my shop in Rugby   for a fun packed demo and workshop and a fabulous two week holiday to Cyprus .
I'm going to share a few pics from the demo day and some samples I made with the magic of Christmas .

 And look who came to visit us ....... Design team member Neil Burley

Can't wait for Julie to come back
Happy crafting
Hazel xx