Monday, 24 December 2012

Curly Whirly Wreath

I just love the curly whirly flowers from Craftwork Cards.  I made this wreath using a mini kit which contained the flowers, the chipboard ring and some lovely ribbon.

First of all I sprayed the backs of all of the flowers using a Latte Glimmer Mists spray.  Once dry I curled the petals and stuck the flowers together using Cosmic Shimmer glue - this is an amazing adhesive.  It dries quickly, sticks really well and a pot lasts for ages.

I painted the chipboard ring with a silver Tim Holtz Dabber when it was dry I attached the ribbon.  After I had glued the flowers onto the ring and added Candi to their centres, I sprayed the wreath with silver Spray and Sparkle 3 times.

Here's a picture of the finished article:

And a close up to show the detail of one of the flowers:

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Quick Christmas Card

I made this card using 'Heartfelt Christmas' a Project of the Month kit by Julie Hickey of Craftwork Cards.  The kit included the tree cards in kraft and in white along with plain white cards.  I popped the hearts out of one of the kraft tree cards and embossed them using a snowflake Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Next I used an Ink Duster to brush over the shapes with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and I stuck 1mm foam pads onto the backs of all of them.  Then I used the kraft cards that I had taken the pieces from and placed it over the top of a plain white card blank.  This meant that I could stick the inked and embossed hearts and tree base down by placing them in the apertures of the kraft card and so the positioning was spot on.

I finished the card off with Candi, some lovely red ribbon and a Christmas sentiment.

Monday, 17 December 2012

Little Gift Bags

Another production line effort!  These were actually pretty quick to make as when I made the wreaths in my previous post I had sprayed too many flowers so I used them for the bags.

I spotted this paper at a Craftwork Cards sale back in June and it has been earmarked for these bags since then.

All lined up together:

One on its own:

And a close up of the lovely curly twirly flower:

I've filled all of these with chocolates now and they'll soon be with the recipients.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Christmas Wreaths

I've been very busy making 14 wreaths - do you ever start something and wish you hadn't?  They're all finished now though and I'm really pleased with them.

Earlier in the year Craftwork Cards sold some kits with all of the flowers, ribbon and chipboard rings needed to make these.  When I first saw these I though there was no way I could make them but then I saw a video on the Craftwork Cards website by the very talented Karen Hayselden.  After watching it and seeing everything broken down in steps I decided to have a go.

Popping out the die cuts and spraying the backs of them with Dylusions and Glimmer Mist inks was somewhat a marathon in itself.

Here's a picture of some of the finished ones piled up together:

Here's a picture of one on its own:

Now some close ups of the flowers:

I wanted the wreaths to sparkle but I didn't want to use loose glitter as it gets everywhere so I used Spray and Sparkle Glitter Varnish in gold from Crafter's Companion.  It has given a lovely shimmering finish to the flowers and the ribbon.
I've also done some twelve little gift bags in the same colour scheme as the wreaths and will post these soon so please keep checking back!