Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Neverending Gorjuss

I hadn't made a neverending card for a while and thought it would be a perfect little project for my Wednesday workshop over at Mountain Ash Crafts. They're very simple to do, especially if you have a pack of the Papermania pre-cut and scored pieces to hand. Full assembly instructions are on the packaging, but of course all the fun is in the decorating.

I chose to use the new Gorjuss papers for my card. The colours are so rich and jewel-like and already shaded to give a distressed feel. I just love them. To decorate, I used a mixture of  stamped images and some mini tags and toppers from the Ultimate Die-cut pack. The butterflies in the Urban Gorjuss stamps are a particular favourite of mine. I have also stamped Ruby's cat and a single butterfly onto coloured paper and cut them out to add to create perfectly co-ordinated embellishments. I have added some blue scallop mats to some of the elements to frame them. The stamped message on the front of the card is from a range of sentiments by Lily of the Valley.

These cards can take a while to decorate and are a bit of a labour of love but they never fail to bring a smile to the recipient's face and will fascinate the uninitiated for hours :)

If you haven't tried making one of these cards yet, why not give it a go? They're such fun :) xx

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Workshop Wednesdays

I have really enjoyed the last few weeks doing workshops at Mountain Ash Crafts and thought you might like to see some of the projects we have been having fun making. We're a very relaxed little group and the ladies prefer to take their time making one project from start to finish rather than having kit form projects to stick together, but we are still evolving and trying different ways of working. We're also trying different cakes each week :)

Last week we made a teabag and cookie holder which would make a lovely little gift or treat for a friend. I had received a similar one from my friend Naomi, which had contained some pretty buttons, and couldn't wait to share the idea at my next workshop.
I made mine from a single sheet of Capsule Lincoln Linen paper, which was enough to also make the tag and butterfly embellishments. Then I added Vintage Notes lace, button, gems, twine and a gem brad. The 'cookies' are suspended in a clear plastic bag, fastened in the middle of the holder. Any small gift could be held in the same way and I think it looks really special.

In previous weeks we have made a Gorjuss Girls handbag:
A stretch card:
 A folded keepsake card using Vintage Notes papers:

A bobin card:
A stamped and embossed stepper card:
A Postcard Pocket:
A double pocket card:
A hanging notepad holder:
Haven't we been busy little bunnies?
Hope you've enjoyed looking at our projects. If you'd like to join us, please do get in touch. All skill levels are welcome and what better way is there to pass a couple of hours :)