Tuesday 27 November 2012

Craftaganza 2012

Well what a wonderful time was had by all at the Crafters Companion Craftagnaza. For those who dont know what its all about its a 3 day event organised by Crafters Companion and you have daily workshops with various wonderfully talented people and this year 1st we had the very talented Sarah Millsop from Beaders Companion who had us all making loops that eventually formed a necklace. Next we had the super talented Sheena Douglass who had us all messy with the new Luminarte products. This was followed by
the wonderful Leann Chivers who did a colouring workshop with the  Spectrum Noir pen system. That was just day 1!!!

Day 2 comprised of a workshop with the wonderful, super talented Sara Davies who had us using the Ultimate Pro and scoring away to eventually make a stationary set. Next was the lovely Louisa who had us very messy last year so she had toned it down a bit for this year but we still got covered in distress ink whilst making a christmas wreath. To end day 2 we had the super excited Claire Hamer who's energy amazes me. She let us have a play with the new Ebosser to create a lovely wall hanging. Numerous people in the room then tried to smuggle out the Ebossers!!! That evening we had some wonderful entertainment with the lovely Nigel May from Create and Craft.tv.

Workshop with Nigel May

Day 3 is a bit of  a crafting bootcamp and to start it was Sarah and she had everyone making Shamballa bracelets which was great fun. 2nd was the lovely Nigel May who gave us a sneaky peek of his new CD due for release hopefully in January. We were all supposed to make a card but spent most of the time chatting to Nigel! 3rd was Leanne again and this time she had us colouring away towards our accreditation as spectrum noir experts....I have  along way to go!. After a lovely lunch we had Sara who had us making a wonderful peek a boo card....so easy yet so effective.5th was Louisa who had us making a  cone shaped christmas tree out of paper...there was plenty of sticky fingers in the room by the end of the session. Last but not least was the lovely Claire again and she had us playing with the Ebosser again to make a lovely cute Christmas card. 

And that was it another Craftaganza over....Met lots of wonderful people and friends  and cant wait until next year.!!!

This is my fellow crafters from the Vivacious violet group

Monday 12 November 2012

Sneaky peek number 3

Not long to wait now before the launch of Crafters Companion SWALK collection!

The images on the CD are just so cute that you want to use everyone so thats just what I did!!!

I created a little tag book that used up all the lovely tags that are on the CD and each little pocket had one of the toppers on!! To finish it is tied together with some ribbon and i added a matching epiphany charm with round 14, a metal frame and some chain.

The front


The back

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sneaky peek number 2

Sneaky peek number 2 of the wonderful SWALK CD which is going to be pick of the week on Friday over on Create and Craft TV

This card is made with one of the decoupage images and several of the backing papers from the CD. I also used one of the fabulous borders and one of the epiphany images in the square 25 punch and metal frame.

You can do so much more than just card making with this wonderful CD. I created an easel card which sits on top of a Draw/ box which is the home for the candle and Key ring.
The candle was made with the same decoupage image as the card but just printed onto tissue paper and then melted into the candle.
For the keyring I used one of the epiphany images to coordinate with the card and used oval 25 with a metal frame. I then just added 2 lengths of beading wire with some beads from my crafty stash.
It makes the perfect gift and card.

Thanks for stoping by and happy crafting.

Sneaky peek number 1

Just when you thought that Crafters Companion could not do better they go and excel themselves yet again with another stunning pick of the week on Friday 16th November on Create and Craft.TV.

Its S.W.A.L.K. !!!!!!!

The pick of the week comprises of 3 CDs. SWALK Pawfect Pals which has all the stunning images and papers and format that we know and love from Crafters Companion. SWALK Papercraft that comprises different toppers and all the usual things that you would expect but in a different format and absolutely stunning and last but not least SWALK digis...all your favourite SWALK stamps but in digi format. What more could you ask for!!!!!!

My 1st projects are from the Pawfect Pals CD which as the name suggests is devoted to our 4 legged friends.

This 1st card is an easel card made using one of the card companions from the CD. These are great for quick cards but you can also use them with other elements to create a totally different look. I have used a Diesire lace border die number 4 on this sample.

This next card is using a decoupage image from the CD and is just soooo cute! The backing papers are great, they even have 1 with paw prints on. On this card ,as well as the decoupage, I have used one of the borders from the CD and also a tag and a epiphany image which used square 25 and metal charm. To finish I added 2 of my puppies little bone biscuits....I am sure he wont mind!!!

Thanks for stopping by and have fun!

Crafters Companion Flower Dies

The wonderful team at Crafters Companion are releasing a wonderful new range of dies and the fantastic E Bosser machine. Sadly I dont get to lay with the ebosser but I did get to play with some stunning dies.

The dies are for making paper flowers for all your papercraft and other crafting projects.

The dies that I was given to work with were the rose dies. These came in large and small. I also had a leaf die. Basically you use them in your grandcalibur or other die cutting machine and cut out any paper or card that you want your flower to be made with. Once cut out you then need a quilling tool to roll them up. Once glued you open them up to produce a wonderful flower.

I had such fun creating numerous flowers using different shades of coordinations card. My 1st thought was to make a flower arrangement in a basket but half way through i had a mad panic thinking how on earth it would go through the post so I changed my idea into decorating a wicker wreath. For the stamens of the flowers I made some gold wire coils using my gizmo and added to some a red glass bead. The wire was then used to attach them to the wicker wreath.I made some of the leafs using the die and added around the wreath. With some ribbon added the perfect gift for someone.So to finish it off I had to create a box


I made the box out of centura pearl card and added on the top a 8X8 piece of coordinations card that I had put through a 8X8 embosillicous dots folder. I then added the frame made from coordinations and the Diesire enchanted spring die and added a stamped sentiment. More flowers were put around the frame and there you have it;

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you liked my creations xxx

Thursday 8 November 2012

More quilling

 The new flower dies from Crafters companion can create so many different looks. I love making boxes and thought that some of these flowers would really finish off a plain white box.

 The dies I used were the large and small rose. I used some of the 12X12 fairyopolis papers for the flowers and used contrasting colours for some added effect. For the stamens on these flowers I took some copper wire and made coils out of it and the finished result was very effective.

There are stamen dies available which create a very different look. Why not pop over to the Crafters Companion website and take a look. There is even a you tube video with the wonderful leann Chivers demonstrating how to make the flowers and showing lots of other dies in the range.

A close up of the copper coils for stamens

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting love Cathy x