Friday, 21 November 2014

Candi - all the way from Venice this week!

Morning Everyone!

Here we are again on Friday and no idea again where the last week has gone - again!!

Featuring the very beautiful Candi from the Venetian collection today, and showing some of the projects I created for the 4 day deal TV shows, so here we go in no particular order........

First up is a very simple card with a double layered Candi bloom, I love simplicity and lots of white space on cards, I have cut a slice from the edge of this and popped a strip of beautiful paper along the edge, added my Candi bloom and drew a stem and leaves with some glittery green stickles! Hand cut a tiny tag and wrote 'hello' on it.  Some liquid pearls for the flower centre and a tiny string bow on the tag and all done - quick and simple!

I used lovely hubby's 'old' jeans (he hasn't missed them yet, lol!!) and I 'borrowed' the circles and inner disc from a wreath kit to create this wall hanging. I cut strips of denim and wrapped around the circles and solid disc to cover, then added Venetian die cut flowers, used some of the papers to create some scruffy and punched flowers and then created some Candi blooms and added some plain Candi discs between the blooms, I finished off with liquid pearls and gems in the centres...... all done ready to hang up

This is a little ring, made by punching and layering two flowers and then adding a Candi bloom and a large flat backed pearl in the centre.....  modelled by my lovely Mum who was here on hols when I made it! 

I used a little envelope type package from a bought piece of jewellery and decorated with a die cut flower with a Candi centre to house the little ring

A Candi decorated brown 'lunch' bag - turned into a lovely gift bag using fab papers, toppers and Candi and a generous 'whisper' of starlight stickles.......

 Lastly, it's Mum again, this time modelling a layered die cut flower with a double bloom Candi centre! I just attached a broach pin to the back to create a Venetian corsage .......

Hope you enjoyed!  Wishing you all a lovely weekend, have a good one and see you all again next week.........

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Vote for Us!


Is it really Wednesday already?  Where does the time go when you are having fun!

Really exciting news to share with you all!  Craftwork Cards have been nominated for Favourite Papercraft Range in The Craft Awards 2014 in association with Crafts Beautiful magazine!

We would love you to vote for us!  Simply click on the Vote For Us below and it will take you straight to the page ready for you to complete the form!

This weekend we are opening the doors at the Factory Outlet to lots of lovely crafting ladies for our annual Christmas Wokshop!  Sue, Hazel and myself will be running the workshops with lots of help from our little elves!  Its going to be a fun filled day and I have seen the projects so everyone is in for a real crafting treat.
Don't forget your basic craft tools (scissors, pokey tool, craft knife etc) and if you have a score board you
might want to bring that too!  Look forward to seeing everyone on Saturday!

I thought I would share some of the gorgeous sample cards that were made for our 4 Day Deal on Create and Craft last week using the Venetian collection from our super talented Design Team!

Have a great rest of the week!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

The Magic Of Christmas by Emma Williams

Hello everyone...

Well, I don't think anyone can escape the fact that Christmas is coming and the way time flies, it will be here sooner than later. Have you made your Christmas cards yet? Well, if you're still looking for ideas for some special Christmas cards, then I hope you'll be inspired by this card using the Magic Of Christmas collection, that I made and had featured in the November issue of Making Cards Magazine.
For a tutorial of how I created the shadow box frame for this card, then you can pop over to my blog. In this tutorial, I give you all the measurements and a step by step of how to create the frame section. Once you've done that, all you need do is mount it onto a 6" square white card blank.
As you can see, I've lined the inside of the card with some more of the papers to give that extra special touch.
I've also attached die cut snowflakes to the front of the box and added Fondant Candi to the centres of each before covering each of them with Glossy Accents and glittering them with Glamour Dust.
To complete the card, I added punched holly leaves, which I spritzed with mica spray and created a scruffy bow to add to the centre of the arrangement.
Why not create a matching box for this card? You can find some boxes here and decorate them in matching papers.
I really hope you've been inspired by my project today and if you're looking for some further inspiration from the Craftwork Cards Design Team, then don't forget that you can pop over to our Pinterest boards, where we regularly pin all our projects and card designs using the latest collections.

Thanks for stopping by today and I can't wait to read all your comments.
See you soon ~ love Emma x

Sunday, 16 November 2014

All wrapped up in Glimmer & Floral........

Morning lovely Crafty Folk!

Hope this finds you all well and happy and enjoying the weekend.

Today I am bringing you a couple of plain gift bags that I have up-cycled using beautiful papers from the new Glimmer and Floral card (a fab weight of 250 gsm too), these papers are stunning and as soon as I saw them remembered I had these bags tucked away in a drawer and that the mauve and pink would match beautifully.  Unfortunately my photos are not the best as I was in such a hurry to get them off  to Julie for the TV shows that I snapped away and didn't check that they were ok (joys of using iPad camera, if the light is not right pics are bad!!). I will try to explain what I have done ......

On this one, beautiful fox gloves, I have layered the 8 x 8 paper on a mat of  pearlised card stock from CWC (unfortunately out of stock at present), to show it off more, and put pearls along the top corners.  I've then used stardust stickles on the more muted flowers on the left to accent  and the flowers on the right have been built up by punching some 5/6 petal flowers from another sheet of the same paper and moulding and layering up to make them 3D. Where possible I have tried to punch the flowers themselves out by placing the punch over so that your punched flower is actually a printed flower.  Once dry I have given a little whisper of stickles and a pearly centre.  To finish I have hand cut some white card stock into a label and layered on a mat of the beautiful purple glimmer card , I've  inked some white organza ribbon to match and added a sentiment.  Some lovely purple tissue and of course a fabby gift and someone will have an exclusive hand made gift wrapped pressie. 

On the pink bag I've layered up in the same way using the fab pink rose paper and used stickles around the edge of the mat to highlight with liquid pearls on the corners.  I went to town with Opal liquid pearls on this one and dotted some flourishes behind where I was planning to place my shabby rose and leaves with made using the pink  and green glimmer card stock.   On this bag too I've stickled the other roses and made a white tag and layered on glimmer card too, added a lovely pink edged sentiment and a double pink seam binding bow to finish. These papers are sooooo lovely and strokeable  but deserve being used too so they can be shown off to their best!!!  Have fun using yours too...........

Hope you have enjoyed and see how easy it is to up-cycle a very plain gift bag using some of your beautiful CWC stash.

Have a great weekend and looking forward to being back with you next Friday with more Candi, until then have fun crafting ........

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Venetian 4DD Accordion Cards - tips and tricks

Wow - well done to all of you that made the Create & Craft TV Four Day Deal a sell out! Now you're receiving your packs, I thought I'd share my ideas for the accordion cards included in the set and some of the tips and tricks I learnt from making my samples for the shows.

So, the first thing to note is that you can have the card front out, or by turning it around you can have it to the back. If you have it to the back, treat the rectangles at the front as a gatefold card, so you can have your flowers and sentiment badges overlapping (stick one side only!). Here's a quick photo tutorial as to how I used the Vintage Ephemera papers to make the card bottom right in the pictures above:

Start by cutting two identical pieces 3⅝" wide, using the full height of the paper. Cut them both in half.
On the inside halves, fold down the top edge to meet the outside edge and crease as shown. Using scissors, knife or hooking the fold over the edge of your guillotine, cut off the corners.
Cut another piece 3⅝" wide, using the full height of the paper for the middle section. This time just mark the centre of the top and bottom.
Using the mark as a guide, fold the corners into the centre to make an elongated diamond shape, then cut off the corners as before.
Using the score lines on the accordion card, fold up the card, and then hold it flat to stick down your thin rectangles to the front, lining up either side leaving a small white margin on the outside edges as well as top and bottom.
Open out the card and flatten onto your work desk and glue down the rest of the background pieces. Decorate to taste, remembering to have elements crossing the midline on the 'gatefold' style front.
And now you should have matching sides and inside pieces that match up when you close the card. Try giving it in a decorated kraft DL box (also available from Craftwork Cards).


Using some of my offcuts from decorating some of the kraft crates, I stumbled across a technique for making a cut and fold-back style centre border for my Glimmer & Floral sample (centre pic above). You'll need to use a punch or cut 1" / 2.5cm squares from your Glimmer card stock.

Taking 10-12 squares of one colour, fold over one corner, leaving a border of colour above. Crease tightly using a bone folder. Repeat for the contrasting coloured card stock squares.
Using glue on the back of the coloured larger 'triangle' line up the corner with the centre top of the accordion card, leaving a similar border, and stick down.
Repeat at the bottom.

(I've decorated the side panels using the same method as above.)
Stick down a contrasting square in the same way, leaving a very narrow white border as shown.
Repeat at the bottom. Keep alternating the colours until you reach the middle.
Add a square, 1⅜" wide, of the appropriate colour in the centre. You may need to adjust the dimensions to allow for varying border widths!
Using an off cut of the contrasting colour, mat up a sentiment and stick down in the middle using foam pads.
Make up the card using the scored fold lines, and you might like to fluff up the diamond shapes as well.

I hope you've been inspired, and can find even more things to do with your accordion cards. Next time I'll share a few of the cards I made for the shows, including how to get your scroll edge at the top as well as the bottom of the card and make perfect borders to match.

Happy crafting!


Friday, 14 November 2014

Candi from Ellie Lewis .........

Morning Everyone!

I hope you are all well and have been enjoying all or some of Julie's fab shows on Create & Craft this week, I only managed to catch a little of one, unfortunately,  but the 4DD is an amazing collection  and I know everyone who has already received theirs is in love with it as I was when I got my stash to make  samples  (will show some on my blog on Sunday next) last week, it is sooooo stunning.

Today we have a beautiful creation by one of our lovely customers, Ellie Lewis.  A few weeks ago Ellie sent me the little picture below with 2 Candi blooms, believe it or not this was her first attempt at using her Candi stash to make flowers, they are beautiful..........  Then last week I had another email with pictures of the amazing card below featuring more of Ellie's Candi creations, think the Candi bug may have bitten!!  It is a beautiful exploding box card with a box to house it too, featuring moulded die cut flowers, Candi blooms, and lots of paper curls..  Hope you all enjoy!

Ellie's first Candi blooms .......

Wow! What a fab creation - one to be very proud of ......

Side view with a very pretty die cut bow

This looks like a box for this little beauty!

Hope you have enjoyed this beautiful card from Ellie, thank you for sharing with us all Ellie.  We would love to see what you all have been using your Candi to create, if you have any pics it would be great to see , email me at (If you would like your creations featured on the blog it's preferable that you haven't shown on FB or your own blog beforehand).  

Back next Friday with more Candi, until then have lots of fun crafting ..........