Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Guest Designer - Tina Cox


Today we are sharing the work of lovely Guest Designer - Tina Cox.
We have known Tina for some years now and I love her work, her Pergamano cards are amazing!
Her attention to detail on her work is incredible.

We sent her our latest collection, Refresher and she got to work with it creating some beautiful cards to share with you all.

Before we get to see Tina's stunning creations here is a little bit that Tina wrote about herself ....

My world = My Children, Family, Friends Crafting and CHOCOLATE. 

I have always crafted and my passion for card making and taking the crafting world more seriously started in 1995 when I saw a small parchment card in a shop window. Like most, I bought a few bits to have a go at it and I was hooked and never looked back. Parchment craft became my main craft. I started going to exhibitions and workshops to learn as much as I could and get inspired ... and, of course, to shop! I needed papers to put as inserts for my parchment pieces and for various layering techniques and lots and lots of ribbons, gems, buttons, glitters which then led to the love for stamps, scrap book materials, beads and lots more. With all these yummy goodies I started enjoying card making, scrap-booking, cross stitching, jewellery making, crocheting, oil painting ... and much much more a whole lot more.

It was at one of these shows I came across Julie demonstrating the products from Craftwork Cards and fell in love with her demonstrations and their products. I think I may have bought not one but 2 each of everything they had on sale that day. I went home with so many ideas and joined a club they ran at the time where they would send you a box of goodies every month and a newsletter. The newsletter also gave details of various workshops that Julie would be running, and guess what??? Yes, the next thing I did was join Craftwork Cards at a workshop that was for a WHOLE weekend. The fun we had and all those gorgeous products they had to use at that workshop was amazing and, of course, I shopped even more.

Today I can say I have more Craftwork Cards products in my workroom than any other companies because I love their products. When I want to have a break from my parchment, I just pick up some of their papers, tags, die cut flowers and, not forgetting, Candi (Confession - I am a Candi-holic), and lose myself into putting it all together to create some beautiful because everything works so well together. Here is something I have created most recently with the Refersher Kit. Enjoy.

Love and laughter

So here are Tina's beautiful cards .....

I love how Tina has incorporated some butterflies from Botanica with the Refresher collection, they work so well together and Tina has a 'thing' for butterflies!  The bows make lovely blooms too!

Blooms, bows and butterflies - just Tina's cup of tea!

A beautiful wall hanging butterfly - see I told you she has a thing for butterflies! Simply stunning!

Thank you so much Tina for working with our Refresher collection, if you would like to treat yourself to some, click here.

Leave Tina a comment and let her know which is your favourite creation!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Some cards for Monday.....

Morning All!

Hope you've all had a great weekend in the sunshine and are ready to face another week feeling relaxed and full of the joys of Summer.

Here are some of the samples made for Create & Craft TV shows last week, unfortunately didn't get time to take pictures of a lot as it was a rush to get them to the post office on time.  Hope you enjoy, I have used some of my lovely old CWC stamps from a couple of years back - hope it inspires you to dust off yours and get creative....

Enjoy the rest of the Summer, I am having some time off (might post the odd blog!) but should be back mid/end September.  Have fun!

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Happy Birthday Julie...

Hi Everyone,

I hope you're all loving the sunny weather although I've just seen a picture of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and it was pouring down!

Anyway, back to crafting...  Today is the lovely Julie Hickey's birthday so Happy Birthday Julie, hope you have a fantastic day.  I'm going to share the card which I made for Julie - it had to be purple so I used the Time Flies collection.
This large bloom is made up from three Time Flies die cuts with a scruffy flower in the the centre.  I also added a piece of Candi which I covered in Glossy Accents.
Here's a close up of my attempt at a rose.

Finally a close up of the butterfly.  I used two die cut butterflies, scored them both down the centre and then used foam pads to stick the left sides of each to each other.  I scored down the centre of four pieces of Candi and used glue to stick them to the centre of the top butterfly (attached by the left hand side only).  You may be able to see that I inked everything with Dusty Concord Distress Ink and I also distressed the edges of the background paper.

Julie had some shows on Create and Craft on Thursday.  The main focus of  these was a Create with Candi kit.  Here are a few of the samples which I made.  First up a scruffy wreath using papers from the Magic of Christmas pad.

I made the little Candi flower by folding four pieces in half.  Then I put a blob of silicone glue into the centre of the scruffy flower and arranged the four pieces as shown.  Next I added a little more silicone and put a piece of crushed Candi in the centre.  When the silicone was dry I put a dot of glitter glue in the centre of the crushed Candi.

This red flower was made in the same way except the centre piece of Candi isn't crushed and I didn't use any glitter glue.

This card features papers from the Pretty in Pink pad and one of the Midas embossed mats.

Another Midas mat and some Midas embossed card.

The last card for today is an 8 by 8 one using the Afternoon Tea collection which is really beautiful and if you haven't got it, you need it! (See Julie Hickey, you taught me well!).

Crushed Candi corners with dots of glitter glue to give a little sparkle.

Another layered butterfly with folded Candi centre.

That's all for now but I'll be back at the beginning of August to share more projects with you.  Please do leave me some comments to let me know what you think of these makes.

For more inspiration, take a look at the Pinterest boards where there's lots of gorgeous projects from the Design Team.

Kath xx

Friday, 25 July 2014

New and beautiful - even more Candi.........

Happy Friday Everyone!

A quick post today just to show you some of the samples I made for Create & craft shows yesterday.  Didn't get to see any unfortunately but hope you were watching and managed to bag some of the fab new Candi, papers and cards. 

Here are a few of my makes for the shows.......

An up-cycled  jewellery box, top covered with lots of scrunched Candi and a whisper of glitter...

Inside - a couple of Candi bloom hair slides.....

A simple brown paper carrier decorated with Candi and a couple of sentiments.......


 This was an old candle, have made some little flowers on cocktail sticks and popped in

A closer look......

And a bow with a tiny Candi coiled rose...

Have at great weekend, enjoy the sunshine and the holidays now the little ones are off too.  Keep happy.........

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Focus on You - July

Hi everyone and a big WELCOME to my monthly Focus on You Post.  Thanks so much for dropping by today to see us.  As always I've got some rather lovely creations to show you all from you the lovely customers.  But before I do here are details of June's prize draw drum roll please....
I picked a name out of my "hat"

and the winner is....


Congratulations Andrea!  Please email me your home address and I will arrange for your prize to be sent to you.

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I hope that you agree with me - you crafters out there are a very talented bunch.  Thanks so much to everyone featured this month for sending me through photos of their beautiful creations. I love being able to share them on the blog with you all.

Now here are the details of this month's prize:-
Al-Fresco Paper pad
 Al-Fresco Tag pad
 Al-Fresco Candi
 Red Organza Ribbon

What a lovely selection - the Al-Fresco collection is just soooo pretty!!  Don't forget to e-mail me your creations at sparklygirltina@gmail.com.

So until next month....

Happy Crafting