Clearly Besotted Challenge #1 - 2nd entry

Hi again!

A second entry for my second ever challenge! A very simple card using the beautiful, so versatile Leafy Accents stamp for the main.   I have used a white ink under the green to give a slightly variegated effect, and used the stamp several times (masking in a couple of stampings) to build up the pattern.  I have then used tiny pink and purple flower sequins with the tiniest dot of liquid pearls in the centre.

The sentiment is being 'tweeted' by a little birdie from Call Me, and the 'Hello' is from Paired Up.
I've stamped the sentiment and bird in pink and purple to match the little flowers, and added some stickles for the birds eye and wing and liquid pearls for a tiny beak.....

Hope you like! 

Clearly Bessotted Challenge #1

Morning folks

Here I am entering a challenge from my very favourite stamp company, Clearly Besotted, my second ever challenge too.  I love the clarity, sharpness and attention to detail of Steph's stamps - a sign of great quality that's gives such a professional finish.....

I have used a pretty small card and have used one of the flower centre stamps to fill in the scallops.  I've stamped a larger centre for the flower and used foam pads to add thus giving some dimension.  Have added some stardust stickles to the dots for a little bling. 

Have used 'You Are' for the fab flower and centre stamps,  the sentiment is from 'With Love', and also distress inks and cards stock from Craftwork Cards.

Hope you enjoy and hope I can manage to link this to the challenge, lol!!!

When only a Red Carpet will do ......

Hi Everybody and welcome back to the UK after Jenny's wonderful Create a Wreath post!

Here's wishing that you are all keeping well and enjoying life! We're on the red carpet today with the fabulous Red Carpet Wreath Kits.  I have made up one as a wreath and used on a gift box, with the other I have used the flowers to decorate the front of a luxury chipboard album.  Two different looks from the same kit.

Create a Wreath:  Red Carpet
Luxury chipboard album
Frames - moorish
Liquid Pearls: opal white
Ribbon from kit
2 album rings
Sentiment and hearts stamp

Sponged album cover with pink and cream acrylic paint and glittered the dots with stardust stickles glitter glue.  I used a white embossed frame (Moorish) for the front of the album, I picked out the design with stardust stickles and popped a liquid pearl on all the lattice design cross overs, when dry placed on front of album with white stamped card in aperture.
Decorated left and bottom of frame with layered flowers and ribbon from kit, placed pearls in centres of all flowers.  Tied a double bow on each of the album rings to decorate and creation finished -  a really lovely album that could be used as a photo album or wedding guest book..........  Hope you enjoy the inspiration!

Red Carpet wreath 6 x 6 gift box.....
Made up box and decorated around edges of lid with chantilly champagne Candi.  Decorated round top of lid and centre of lid with liquid pearls in opal white.  Made up wreath by moulding and shaping flowers and layering up into individual flowers and popping a pearl in the centre to finish off.  Added ribbons from kit also to finish off.  Placed on top of lid and glued in place  -  hey presto  beautifully decorated gift box!

Create a Wreath Kit:  Red Carpet
Candi, chantilly champagne
6 x 6 White box
Liquid Pearls:  opal white

Hope you enjoyed this inspiration and might use your wreath kits to create something a little different!
Create a Wreath Kits are available in the UK from leading craft shops or on-line here.

Now its time to hop over to see what US Design Team member Midge has created on our USA blog now!

Wreath prizes!!

Happy Wednesday!

We're blog hopping again today - see post below!

In order to be entered into the prize draws for Craftwork Cards Wreath Kits please make sure that you are a registered follower of the blogs you are commenting on....... Have fun!

Vintage Chic Dreams......

Hi Everyone welcome back to the UK from Candy's wonderful post!

Hope this finds you all well!  Over the past couple of weeks I have made quite a few wreaths for a local charity sale so thought this time I would do something different with the lovely flowers from the Vintage Chic Wreath kit,  I love the soft creaminess of the colours and the colour combination.  

I decided to make some bunting for two very special little ladies in our life that we call 'our angels' (angels, because for 7 year old twins they are just so amazingly lovely and so well behaved, and they belong to my good friend Becky) I wanted to make something nice for their bedroom - what better than a pretty string of bunting.  Here's what I used (with links to the products) and how I did it  -  very simple as all the flowers are already die cut.

Create a Wreath: Vintage
Bunting shapes
Chipboard alphabet
Liquid Pearls

I  started with 5 scalloped bunting pennants and used Liquid Pearls to decorate around the edges.  While this was drying, coloured chipboard letters with sponge and acrylic cream and pink paint from my stash and decorated with Opal White Liquid Pearls.  Curled, twirled and shaped flowers and layered up and placed pearls in centre.  Punched corners of bunting and strung together with ribbon from kit, in double bows, decorated with bows and letters to end up with creation below.  It really was easy to make. I'm sure our little angels will love it, hope you do too and will try one for yourself. You can make as long or short  as you like, and can say whatever you fancy, have fun!!

Create a Wreath Kits are available in the UK from leading craft shops or on-line here.
Hop over to see Barb's creations on our USA blog now!

Congratulations! - it's Party Time..........

Hi Everybody welcome back for another Create a Wreath post today!

Hope you are all keeping well and enjoying life.  Today I am using two lovely wreath kits but only one is going to hang on the wall!  I am using one wreath to decorate a plain brown paper sandwich bag and create a gift bag for a special wedding gift or anniversary gift.

1 brown paper gift bag
Ribbon from kit
Pearls from my craft room stash
Candi fix
Wreath: Congratulations 
Candi: Chantilly olive and icing sugar
Liquid Pearls: opal white 

I made up the wreath by twirling, bending and shaping all the flowers before layering up into individual flowers and popped a pearl in the centre of each before placing on wreath ring, also placed ribbons on ring.  I covered the bag handles with ribbon to match.  Along the top of the bag I used heavy duty double sided tape to pleat some organza ribbon straight onto the bag and placed a row of Candi in cream (from Chantilly Olive collection) and icing sugar Candi.  I used liquid pearls in  opal white to decorate all around the bag and also decorated some of the petals with tiny pearl drops.  When everything was dry I attached the wreath to the front of the bag and added a couple of decorative pins through the bow.  After the event the wreath can be removed from the bag as a keep-sake.  Hope you like and will start creating with your wreath kits....... 

Wreath: party time
Ribbon from kit
Pearls from my own stash

Hope you are inspired to get working on some wreath kits very soon and using them to create your own amazing projects.............. F

Create a Wreath Kits are available in the UK from leading craft shops or on-line here.
Starting us off tomorrow is our USA Design Team member, Holly, with some more great Create A Wreath projects!

My crafty week with my new Craftwork Cards goodies....

Morning Everyone!

Hope you are all enjoying the weekend and that wherever you are the sun is shining, it's shining here in Kent as I write this but the breeze off the sea is sooooo cold you'd need your winter woolies on to to sit out - I'm blaming the lovely Kath Stewart, she gave back the sunshine she 'borrowed' but sent the cold breeze with it as a gift - not so sure about that one Kath, lol!!

Anyway on to crafty matters, this week I've had birthday, engagement and wedding anniversary (ours!) cards to make and also made a couple of little gift boxes for some gift voucher cards.  My Craftwork Cards order couldn't have come at a better time, I was so looking forward to the bows and as soon as I saw the bunting I wanted to try and do something different with it, and then the fab tags, what a huge amount in the pad too - CWC are really spoiling us at the moment........

Here's what I created with some of my goodies, hope you enjoy.  These little boxes hold a gift card and are so much nicer than a store card in an envelope, I think anyway.  All I have used is some 
liquid pearls (just love it!), a lovely bow from the bow pad and also loving the new green ribbon too - very simple but very effective ......

Anniversary card.....

I have used paper from one of the great goody boxes, macaroon, beautiful pearlised card stock (loving the new pack of all shaded) embossed card stock and more liquid pearls.  I love the way Craftwork Cards products are so co-ordinated, you will always find that you can mix and match products, even from much older collections.  Have used words from different stamps to make the little tag and just finished with a piece of ribbon and a couple of charms.  Hubby was very happy with it and that made me happy too!

I have turned a simple kraft tag into a cute birthday card by attaching a cut down mini card to the back as you can see below.  I drew faux white stitching around the edge of the tag, used some pretty gingham paper from a goody box, added some new mini bunting, a punched out girly dress with a 
bow from the great new book of bows (they will never run out!).  A sentiment, stardust stickles and 
liquid pearl finishes this off a treat! The gift box with the green bow held her pressie and she loved both ......

Back view

My final little project for the week was an engagement card for one of my lovely cousins who surprised us all a couple of weeks ago with the great news! Apart from a couple of the embellishments, everything is from Craftwork Cards, I even used the new Kraft Tag as a template to cut a nice pearly card stock tag and same pearl card stock for the card.  I used a bow inside out as I wanted a white one and gave it a little glitz spray to make it sparkle.  I have used the mini scalloped bunting along the sides to just add some design and then embellished with liquid pearls.  Because of the bow I decided it needed a box so another little creation and layered up a lovely big flower to decorate.    Will need another box now to mail it in, lol!! The little matching box is to fit the gift card,   Thought it would make a lovely wedding or christening favour too..... Sorry for so many pics..

Hope you all have a lovely Sunday, enjoy whatever you do! Wonder if I'll get to sit in the sun? - not so sure! Back next Friday for Candi Club Friday, until then keep happy, smiling and crafting.......

Pretty Candi bloom Tutorial

Hi everybody,

Another Candi bloom this morning, I'm going to show a couple of the simplest flowers of all that can be built up from a 3/5/6 Candi centre or bud to a full blown flower that can have a contrasting Candi, gem, pearl or liquid pearl centre.

Once you have made the initial 5/6 petal flower just build 2/3 or more rows underneath to make the flower as large as you need, you will need a larger circle for a much larger flower.  I have made two today, one with 2/3 rows and one with 5/6 rows.....

Follow steps 1 - 3 above, flip disc over and place a blob of glue in the centre.  Add centre 'bud' from step 4 below and add layers of Candi underneath until you have a flower like step 5 above, or as large as you want.  You can have the Candi more upright or laid nearer the disc for different effects......

Candi blooms..........

A selection of Candi blooms and cards featuring some of my 'blooming' creations!