Monday, 5 October 2015

Potting Shed II by Kath Woods

Hi Everyone,

I'm back again!  I had a lovely time on Saturday at the Great Create Extravaganza in Harrogate and I taught a workshop which was a first for me.  We made a poinsettia wreath in a decorated box which I'll share in a future blog post.

Today I'm going to show you a few quick cards which I made using Potting Shed II - I loved the original Potting Shed collection but I think I love this one even more.

The illustrations are amazing and I especially like the bee theme.  I know someone who actually keeps bees so that is his birthday card sorted.

The die cut flowers which form part of this collection are to die for.  They are all in beautiful pastel colours.

I decorated the inside of this card with a sentiment and two of the lovely die cut butterflies.

I've added a panel of paper with wellies onto this card.  The wellies are so gorgeous it seems a shame to cover them.

Again I have embellished the inside of the card, this time with a border strip and a sentiment.

On this card I cut a panel from the right hand front edge and so the wood effect paper is actually on the inside of the card blank.

That's all for today but please do let me know what you think of these cards.

Here's a heads up for you - Julie has a show on Create and Craft on Wednesday at 5pm and she will have some lovely new goodies so don't miss out.

Kath xx

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

A Sad Goodbye...

Hi everyone!

Today's post, is a bit of a sad one for me because today, I'm saying goodbye to Craftwork Cards! 

I've been a member of this amazing Design Team for five and a half years and after a lot of long and hard thought, I made the decision that it's time for me to move onto the next chapter in my crafting journey! But before I leave, I wanted to say a few words of thanks to my wonderful teamies and friends, who have been an absolute pleasure to work alongside, to all the CWC customers who have always been so kind about my work, to the lovely Sue and Andrew and last but by no means least...a very big thank you to the fabulous, Julie ~ I'm going to miss you all, so very much!

So, as I sit here and write this final post...I decided it would be nice to look back at some of the projects I've made, and share just some of these with you (there have been a LOT, so to choose just a few was hard) and I hope you enjoy looking at them, as much as I enjoyed making each and every one of's been a blast and thank you for joining me for the ride!!

Thank you so much for to everyone for all your support and love!
Emma x

Monday, 28 September 2015

Trick or Treat??

Hello & Welcome to my 'Spooky' little post today...

I wanted to share this Exploding Box with you & give a few instructions on how I made it. This would be a fab project to make during the half-term holiday, all ready for those 'Trick or Treat' adventures.

As you can see, the majority of materials used are from the recent Autumn Leaves Create with Candi Kit & It's A Hoot Kit.

For the outside of the box you will need: 2x strips of 12.7cm x 25.4cm Purple card &
                                                                2x strips of 12.7cm x 25.4cm Orange card
                                                                scored in half.

  For the inner box you will need: 2x strips of 10.5cm x 21cm Purple card &
                                                    2x strips of 10.5cm x 21cm Orange card
                                                    scored in half.

   For the lid you will need a square of Orange card measuring 14.7cm x 14.7cm, this is a 12.7cm x 12.7cm square with a 2cm border which is scored then cut as shown. Just glue the flaps to the side & you have a lid.

To make a handle, I cut a strip of paper & decorated it, then left it to dry. I then decorated the top of the lid before making 2 slits along the fold-line with a craft knife just slightly longer than the width of the handle. Slide each end of the handle through each slit & glue to the inside of the lid.

Decorate the inside & outside of your box sides as both will be visible. You can take some inspiration from my box, or go for your own design & create whatever you fancy!

To assemble the outer box just glue all 4 card bases together like a cross...

... once the lid is on, the sides will stay up.

Next, construct & decorate the inner box in exactly the same way. If you want to add a standing sentiment, use a 'post' made of 2 strips of card glued together except for the last 2cm. This means that you can feed the base through a slit in the final card to be stuck down, & glue each side to the underside.

Once the final card is fixed in place you can add the sentiment & it will stand upright, taking pride of place...

I had loads of fun decorating the box, the owl stamps are adorable & you can do so much with them. I also coloured white elements with some Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink, distressing the edges & sprinkling drops of water onto the inked card then dabbing it with some tissue to create water marks. I also added some faux stitching to match the Create with Candi designs & gave the owl some Glossy Accent eyes.

When finished you can keep the box as it is or add some spooky treats as even more of a surprise when opened.

Hope you give this project a try, it's something fun & a bit different, children would love it!

So, until next time,

Take care & Happy Crafting,

Phillipa xxx.