Monday 19 December 2016

Christmas house

   Christmas is just days away now and I thought it would be nice to show you a little house I made using the beautiful Craftwork Cards Magic of Christmas paper kit available at the Fruit Pixie online shop. I love to make these houses, in fact I have a whole village of little glittery houses that comes out at Christmas and has lights in them to light up their windows. You can buy battery operated LED lights now on the high street that make you houses look magical.     
I cut the base of my house using my Silhouette Cameo but you can find templates to print out free on the internet and you can also buy dies these days to make beautiful little houses.
The way I make my houses is to cut the base in plain card stock then cut the same again in the paper you wish to cover it with. I cut the constitution tabs off of the paper cuts and also cut along the fold lines as it's easier to cover your folds with ink after then get paper to curve neatly around a corner. I always decorate the house flat, then when you are happy with the look construct your house.
 To make the window frames I cut the house again in white card then cut the windows out leaving an even frame around them and  stick them to the house, then fold it up.
Don't forget the door knob, I used a sticky gem.
Also you can decorate the back too, I chose not to for this house.
The roof can be covered with a different paper to the walls. It can also a great place to add lettering or sentiments  too.
Of course no Christmas house could be complete without snow and sparkle. 
All this house needs now is its lights. You can use the battery tea lights but I find they are not strong enough to light my houses up so I use the battery operated fairy LED lights. Of course I don't need to tell you but for safety DO NOT USE A REAL CANDLE OR TEA LIGHT! 
These would be such fun to make with children, I would cut out all the pieces in different colours and paper then let them build up their own Christmas house. Great for a Christmas Eve activity.
You can find this beautiful paper pack in The Fruit Pixie shop here -

Friday 9 December 2016

Craftwork Cards Frozen Forest Christmas decoration

Hello and a very festive welcome from Design elf Katrina. Well, our tree is up and decorated and it is really looking like Christmas is on its way!    Today I have a lovely Christmas tree decoration I have made using the Craftwork cards Frozen Forest kit. The toppers are perfect to make this decoration with. The plastic baubles are available on the high street, I got mine in Wilkinsons.  
I chose 2 of the toppers, one of the animal ones then for the reverse I have one of the sentiments. I cut them out with one of my dies and then stuck them together.
 I then put some of the beautiful Cosmic Shimmer Ice crystals to look like snow onto the flat topper. Then, keeping it flat, I stuck one half of the plastic bauble to the front of the topper using a wet glue and left it to dry.
Repeat for the other side, making sure the baubles hanging holes match up.
I added some wire worked onto a loop, a bow of ribbon and Christmas embellishment.
I also made a box using the same papers so I could give it as a gift.
Do have a look at this beautiful paper pack. You can find it in the shop here -
The Cosmic Shimmer ice crystals here -
I hope to see you here again soon to share with you another of my projects.
Until then take care
  Love Katrina 

Friday 2 December 2016

Craftwork Cards Frozen Forest card

Hello, Design elf Katrina here again with another Christmas project. This time I am using the Craftwork cards Frozen forest collection. This would work wonderfully well if you want something, like me, that would make seasonal Christmas cards but you also have winter birthdays to make for too.      The kit has the usual contents. A beautifully designed paper pad that is 8x8 and matching toppers. This time round ones with animals and scripted sentiments and some lovely pennant shapes too. Of course it also has the signature Candi, these are a pearl white.     I always find so many things to do with these Craftwork cards kits and this is no exception. So to start with I have a Christmas card to show you.
I have cut the card blank on my Silhouette Cameo but the sweet deer topper and striking black backing paper is from the kit. I just needed to add some snowflakes ( don't ask me how many different snowflakes I own but I have a HUGE amount but I will deny everything ๐Ÿ˜„ ) And then of course add a Happy Christmas to finish off.

You can find this beautiful kit in the shop here

 Stay tuned as I have more to show you......
   Till then, take care
  Love Katrina 

Wednesday 30 November 2016

Magic of Christmas card

  Hello. Design elf Katrina here to show you some Christmas inspiration.   The Fruit Pixie has a lot of wonderful Christmas dies and I have used one of them from Couture Collections and Spellbinders to make this cute card. The merry Christmas die is one of my own.  
The base for this card was cut on my Silhouette Cameo but you could quite easily use a standard card base and get the same effect.   The background paper is from the Craftwork Cards Festive Chalkboard paper pack.           To give the buildings their glow I cut the die out in grey card then using scraps of yellow and orange card I stuck each piece to each individual building and trimmed the coloured card down. I then used my clear glitter pen to give it some sparkle. For Father Christmas I cut in once for the base colour in red then just covered the specific areas with the corresponding coloured card. So brown for the reindeer, gold for the sleigh runners etc then trimmed the and glued them to the respective places. It sounds a lot of work and I admit you wouldn't want to make 100 of them but it is enjoyable and looks great in the end. You can find the thing I used in the shop here - Sizzling house die - Father Christmas die - Craftwork cards Festive Chalkboard paper pack - I have lots of things to show you so I hope you will visit again soon.  Love Katrina  

Friday 25 November 2016

The sparkle wreath card

Hello, design elf Katrina here to show you my beautiful sparkling wreath card using the Woodware Christmas stamp. The stamp is a clear cling stamp so you will need a clear block to attach it too. These blocks are re usable so you only need to buy them once. You then take the clear stamp and peel it off the packaging and attach it to you block. Place your block on a level surface, stamp side up and apply the ink evenly across the whole stamp using light taps. You should always apply the ink to the stamp, don't push the stamp into your ink pad or you will just end up with an inky mess and you will wast a lot of ink.   Then turn your stamp over and gently press it onto your card. Always keep one hand in the middle of the stamp block at all times to stop it rocking. Gently press over the whole stamp to push the ink onto the card, you don't need huge pressure or you will squash you stamp and the image will be blurred. Small stamps don't need as much pressure as large ones. Each stamp is different so I always try out a stamp on scrap paper to see how much ink and pressure you need to get a good image before I apply it to my project.  If it's the first time you have stamped I would recommend stamping on a separate piece of card to your project and then cutting it out, either as a topper or cut around it, that way if it doesn't quite go to plan you have not spoiled a card you have worked for hours on. The more you stamp the more confident you will get.  The great thing about clear stamps is you can see through them so you can place them exactly where you want them. After stamping wash them in soapy water and leave them to air dry or use a stamp cleaner. Once dry put them back on the packaging and keep them in a cool dark place. If your ink has stained your stamp don't worry this happens, they will still stamp well. Once you have mastered stamping you will want to have a go at heat embossing, which is what I have done on my card.
To heat emboss you will need an embossing ink some embossing powder and a heat gun. For this card I have used a red tinsel embossing powder I have had for about 15 years or more so the powder will never go off!
To heat emboss you ink up your stamp with an embossing ink and stamp onto your card. Then cover your stamped image in your embosssing powder as you used to do glue and glitter as a child. It's a good idea to have a scrap piece of paper under your project so you can pour the excess powder onto it then back into the pot. You will notice just how little you will have used. Give the card a good few taps to get the excess off the card. If you have trouble with  embossing powder sticking to other areas of you card try wiping an anti static bag over your card before you stamp, it really dose help.
You then need your heat gun. Now they may look like a hairdryer but they don't blow like a hairdryer and get much hotter. If you use a hairdryer you will just blow all the powder off your card, nothing else. Now as I said the heat gun dose get hot so if your card is small you might want to hold it using a peg so you don't burn you fingers and of course don't let children do it. 
Turn your heat gun on and let it just run for 10 seconds or so to get hot, every heat gun is different and you will get to know yours. Once it is running hot hold it over a part of your image and wait for it to melt, it won't take long and once it has melted to a smooth surface immediately move on to the next bit. Keep going until it is all melted to a smooth shiny surface. Don't keep it on a melted part or it will melt into the card and don't wave it over the image or it will not melt evenly. Leave to cool before you touch it. If you find places where it hasn't melted then just go back in and melt it down.
This process is mesmerising, no matter how many hundreds of times you see it happen it is still magic!
So perhaps have a go at stamping or embossing if you have never tried it before it dose open up a whole other world. Or if, like me you haven't done it for a few years, get out your embossing powders and play with them. 
You can find all you need for you card in the shop 
The Woodware Berry Wreath stamp -
Acrylic blocks -
 Embossing Ink for you stamp -
Embossing powders -
An anti static bag wiped over the card before you stamp and add you embossing powders really dose stop the powder from sticking where you don't want it, so only on the ink!
If you have any questions about stamping and heat embossing please ask me, either by email or here or on The Fruit Pixie face book page and I will do my best to help.
  Until next time
Love Katrina 

Saturday 12 November 2016

Craftwork cards blackboard bicycle card

Hello, design elf Katrina here to show you what I have been up to in my craft nook.

    I know we are rushing towards Christmas at what feels like top speed but I thought I would just stop to take a breath and make some cards using the Craftwork Cards Blackboard set before I start on the Christmas ideas.

   This is another great set from Craftwork Cards this time using a black background throughout. Now I don't use black really in my crafting but they released a Blackboard Christmas kit last year and I must admit I really enjoyed using it and the cards look lovely. So do give this kit or the Christmas one which is available in the shop too, a try they do make beautiful cards and, as all Craftwork cards kits, are so easy to use.

   This kit is the same as the others with a pad of papers, die cut toppers and a bag of their Candis

 For my first card I chose the bicycle paper in the pad. Their papers are designed so well, you can use the image on the paper by itself, as I have done here and there is still plenty of the paper to use in another project.

As you can see there are lots of other pastel colours you can use to compliment your image, I chose the soft duck egg blue from the Core-dinations range.

I chose one of the backing papers and backed it with the same colour Core dinations card.

Another of the papers in the pad has lots of little icons you can cut out and layer.

Then to finish off I used one of the die cut sentiments in the corner.

Add some spots of glitter pen and some shine on the berries using the a glaze pen and you are done.

You can find this kit in the shop here -

The Christmas version here -

You can find ideas for using the Christmas version of this kit here -
and here -

The Core Dinations card here -

The card bases here -

 Hope you like this card and have a look at the kits, they are something different to play with.

Till next time,
                                   love Katrina x

Sunday 30 October 2016

Halloween frame

Hello and happy Halloween from Design elf Katrina. Today I have a mixed media frame to show you using the new Halloween stamps from Stampendus and the MDF frames from Creative Expressions

         I decided to colour her using paper piecing. For those who don't know paper piecing is, it's a way to colour your stamped image by using different papers. So for this image I stamped the image to a skin coloured card then I stamped her again onto a purple paper and cut out just the coat part of the image. I then stuck it to the skin coloured image. She then had a purple coat. You keep doing that onto different papers or coloured card until you have the effect you want. A small sharp pair of scissors really help with this.

    Once I had complicated the girl I cut her completely out from the background. I still wanted her on her background so I stamped it again but this time I cut away the Halloween word. This was because I wanted to make the whole image fit in my frame and it was a tiny bit too big. So I stuck the Halloween word back onto the background to make it fit into the frame.

    I then painted my MDF frame with black paint and using some of the Creative Expresions waxes to highlight some of the areas.

 I then took my PVA glue and drew some swirls with it over the frame. Then before it dried I tipped some Frantage black glass glitter over the top.

Once it was all dry I could stick my stamped image to the backing of the frame and the stick the frame over the top.  

         There, all done and ready for Halloween.  

                        You can find the stamps in The Fruit Pixies Etsey shop -            

                                    You can find the MDF frames here

                                    You can find the wax here -

                                       and the glitter I used here -

  I really hope you liked my Halloween frame and have a very happy and safe Halloween                                                                                                                     Love Katrina

Thursday 27 October 2016

Happy Halloween Card

Hello, design elf Katrina here again. This time I have some spooky Halloween projects to share with you, well not that spooky actually but they are really quick and easy to make to send to your friends and family at this spooky time of year.

   To start with I have a really quick but fun card to make. I love these new stamps by Stampendous! They stamp beautifully and I find stamps like these really handy to have, you can use then on the card as I have here or inside as well. They would also look cool around the address on the envelope or to make Halloween party invites. Because they are neither for girl or boy they have so many uses. They would also be really handy for scrapbooking or project life.

I took 5 inch square card in white. I then put the 3 stamps ( all the stamp strips are separate ) onto my block, you get 4 stamps but the other stamp has a little spider on it and is made to be used virtually. I stamped them 4 times and then coloured in the little icons. 

The purple card spider webs were punched out using a Marther Stewart punch. 

The sentiment stamp is the Stampendous! cling Halloween Brackets stamp which I stamped onto white card and cut out. I then stuck it onto orange card and cut it out again leaving a small amount of the orange card showing.

To finish the card off I added some dabs of my glitter pen and sponged some purple ink around the edge.

There we are, quick easy and fun but still a stylish card to send out.

I will be back again soon with more Halloween project ideas, till then take care
                                                        Love Katrina

Sunday 9 October 2016

Colourful bunting

Hello, design elf Katrina here with a lovely colourful bunting project for you.

    For the base of my bunting I used the Creative Expressions MDF Bunting which I then covered with the papers and words from the Craftwork Cards Bohemian Dreams.

   Here is a close up of each piece of bunting -

I made up 2 rosettes which I made in the same way as I showed on the last post and added buttons to them. The rose and stamp are from the Craftwork cards Bohemian paper pack as is the butterfly. The dots are Craftwork cards Candis.

As you can just see on this one I painted the sides some of my bunting with a red paint, others in blue. I then covered it with paper from the Craftwork cards Bohemian Dreams. The large letters are chipboard ones I have had for years at home which I painted . I cut hexagons using a die out of the different papers in the Bohemian Dreams paper pad and added a stitch look with a fine liner pen. The words are also from the paper pad as is the little stamp. I then added buttons and a lemon Dahlia cabochon along with some more of the Candis.

Here are more of the papers cut into hexagons along with some more of the collage pieces and words, also from the paper pad. I also used a button and this time a blue Dahlia cabochon.

On this one you can see the stitching I drew around the hexagons I cut from the paper. I also used more collage bits and words found in the paper pad as well as a lime Dahlia cabochon and some more of the Candis too. 

Much the same was used again, paper from the paper pad, buttons and Candis and this time a white Dahlia cabochon.

For the final piece of bunting I again used paper from the pad to make the rosettes, a butterfly from the kit too as well as some of the collage pieces cut from the papers and a few Candis. 

To thread the bunting together I used several ribbons that matches the colours of my bunting to give it a festival look. It hangs in my craft room by the window and the ribbons flutter nicely in the breeze.

This is a lovely project to make and I think these papers really lend themselves to it with their bright cheery colours. The pad also has lots of lovely words that also worked so well with this project.

You can find the papers I used here -

the buttons here -

the Dahlia Cabochons here -

All sorts of ribbon here -

I hope you liked my bunting project and will come back to visit us soon.
                                                                                Love Katrina.

Friday 9 September 2016

Craftwork Cards Bohemian Dreams Rosette card

Hello, design elf Katrina here. It's been a while since I posted last as I have been battling my migraines again. Unfortunately the worst thing for me to do while I am in a migraine phase is look at a back lit screen like a laptop or tablet. Now though I am on the mend and able to post again!

   So today I am going to show you how I made this really fun card using the Craftwork Cards Bohemian Dreams kit.

These rosettes are very easy to make and you can make them any size you like. The only thing you need to keep in mind is the larger the rosette the wider and longer the strip of paper needed but you can easily stick 2 strips together to get the length you need. I would do that after you have scored and folded them.

OK, to make your rosette you will need a strip of paper, a score board ( you could use a ruler to measure and then fold but it dose take a bit of patience to do that but it can be done ) and some wet glue.

First cut your strip of paper, this one is about 1 inch wide, place on your score board, I am using a Hougie Board on the cm side.

Score down each mark and then fold up as shown. Now if I wanted a larger rosette I would use a wider strip of paper and score and fold a second or even third strip and then stick them together.

Glue your folded strip into a circle using a wet glue as shown. I do mine so the pattern you want for the front is on the outside of the circle, you will see why in the next step. Then cut 2 circles of card or paper. These circles are the top and bottom of your rosette and give you a base to glue the rosette too. I have the larger one on the bottom and the small one on the top. You can use any scrap card for the bottom as it won't be seen but the top one needs to be from a coordinating paper or card as it will be seen.

Take your larger circle and put a generous amount of wet glue onto it and put it to the side but within reach. Then the bit that some people find a little tricky, take your rosette and using your fingers push gently out and down on the top of the circle. Your rosette will then fold down flat. While keeping your fingers on the flattened rosette bring your glue covered circle in and place glue side down onto the middle of your flattened rosette. If you let go it will spring back up again, if that happens just do the same as you did before to flatten it again. That is why you have the back on the inside of your circle. If you change your mind or forget that bit you can turn them over carefully but they can sometimes fight back!!

I then put something on top of the rosette immediately to hold the base in place for it to dry.

Once it has dried you can turn your rosette over and glue the other circle onto the top. I still put a small circle onto my rosette even if I am going to add a button or other decoration as it helps stabilise the finished rosette.

So that's how you make your rosettes, all I did to make up my card is make several rosettes in different sizes using the different papers in the pad, of course the are all double sided which gives you so many choices!

I used a couple of the papers as a background and then layered up the rosettes and added some buttons.

To finish off I also added some of the Candi that comes in the kit using tiny foam pads and one of the sentiments from another of the papers.

I was really pleased with this card, so bright and summery!

You can find the Craftwork cards Bohemian Dreams paper kit here -

A wonderful selection of buttons here -

3D foam that fit the Candi here -

I hope you like my card and found the tutorial helpful. For my next project I have used more of the rosettes so if you like them come back again to see what I have come up with.

Till then, happy crafting, love Katrina


Friday 12 August 2016

Craftwork Cards Bohemian Dreams quick cards

Hi, design elf Katrina here again. I have been using the beautifully summery Craftwork cards Bohemian dreams paper kit. I really, really love this kit. Its right up my street.

    What I love about Craftwork cards and I have been using their products for many years now, is they give you plenty of each paper design so you can cut them up without feeling that you are wasting a design.

 So this is what I have done with these cards, they were very quick and easy to make but I think look modern and fresh.

 For the first 2 cards all I have used is the papers. So if you have never made a card before you could easy make these cards and I promise you will be up and running.

For this card I cut a square of the wheelbarrow paper around the pattern on the paper and then just cut out some butterfly's from another of the papers in the pad. The sentiment was also from one of the papers. All you need to make this card and in fact all of the cards in this post, is this paper pack and a pack of cards and envelopes. I will add all the links below.

For card 2 - 

Again a super easy card, just using the papers from the pack. I cut the typewriter out from one sheet and then used some of the other paper designs ( remember they are all double sided so have a different pattern on the reverse ) to cover the bottom part of the card to "ground" your main image. I then punched some little hearts out of the red paper using one of my heart paper punches and added one of the sentiments from the papers which is full of little sentiments. So there you have it, another card just using the papers.

Card 3 - 

As well as the wonderful papers in this kit you also get some lovely pre-cut toppers. I have used one of them for this card. Again very simple, I started by rounding off the corners of my card, you can buy a punch to do that for you but you can also just round them with scissors. I then cut a square of the paper and also rounded the corners there. I cut the red scalloped circle from one of the red papers using one of my dies and added one of the borders, again cut from one of the papers. Again a nice card made just using the card kit and a card blank.

As well as the papers, all double sided and the toppers in this kit, you also get pretty butterflys and bunting, all cut out for you and of course the Craftworkcards famous Candi!

You can find this lovely kit in the shop here -

The card packs here -

A set of the scalloped circle dies here -

I hoped you like my quick cards using this lovely kit from Craftworkcard and will give card making a try if you have never tried before. I promise you can get this great results with this quality kit.

If you have any questions just ask below and I will be happy to help. Also you can go to our Facebook page and ask there too.

So until my next post, happy crafting!
                                                        Love Katrina

Friday 29 July 2016

IndigoBlu Chemistry stamps cards

Hello there! Design Elf Katrina here to show you what I have been up to in my craft nook recently.

  Now, I have lots of mens cards to make for our family, my sister has two teenage boys and as their birthdays come around I find myself searching for something I can use that they will like. The youngest, Luke had his birthday yesterday and as he is doing his A levels which include sciences, I thought these stamps and stencils from IndigoBlu would be perfect.

  I ended up making 3 different cards, all using everyday card blanks. I decided to use my Gelli plate to make the backgrounds using acrylic paint.

 For my first card ( and the card I ended up giving to Luke ) I used the IndigoBlu wierd science stencil for the boarders along the top and bottom. Then the IndigoBlu periodic table stamp to make the background.

The Albert Einstein quote came from the IndigoBlu Chemistry Lab stamp set which I stamped and then cut apart for the card.

The test tubes are also from the Cheistry Lab set which I have stamped onto card I have painted using my Gelli plate and cut out .

For the second card I used a DL card blank but have used it landscape instead of portrate. Again the base colour was applied with my Geilli plate.

I used the Wierd Science stencil to add the dotty border.

The stamp for the background was from the Chemistry Lab set.

I used the Periodic table stamp again stamped onto Gelli platted card. the little flasks were also stamped onto painted cardstock and cut out.

The final card, another 6x4 card blank painted using my Gelli plate.

I stamped the Periodic table onto the card.

Stamped the flasks onto 2 different painted card and cut them out compleatly from 1 of the card colours but only cut the liquid in the flasks out of the other so you could layer them to look like the flasks have liquid inasde

I then stamped the second quote from the Chemistry Lab stamp set, cut it apart and applied to the card to finish.

These stamps and stencils from IndigoBlu are so different, I really like them and think they are perfect for thoses sciency people in your lives.

You can find the stencil in the shop here -

The stamps I used here -

Card blanks here -

I am sure I will be playing with these stamps and stencils again very soon.

 Untill my next post, happy Crafting!
                                                             Love Katrina

Friday 8 July 2016

Graphic 45 Enchanted Forest little fairy book

Hi there, design elf Katrina signing in again to show you what I have been up to in my craft nook.

 I have another little project to show you using the beautiful Graphic 45 Enchanted Forest paper collection and the sweet little Woodware Chippies Tiney books chipboard set.

  Woodware Chippies are blank chipboard shapes you can paint or cover, depending on what you are making. I have used the Tiney books set, well half of the set, to make my little book.

For the base of the book I just covered the book pages, both sides, with some of the Graphic 45 Enchanted Forest background 12x12 paper and cut the ribbon slips. Remember to do this before you cover the reverse side or you will never find them!

I then used the images from the Dazzling Damsel 8x8 background paper to collage my pages.

All of the word strips are from the Gilded grandure 8x8 paper, as well as the cute little stamps on the front cover too. I believe in fairies is a stamp from the Enchanted Forest stamp set 1.

I then used some ribbon to compliment the book to tie it all together. 
TIP- For the ribbon ties, place a pencil on the ribbon before you tie the knot so you have room to turn the pages.

As you can see its a sweet little book and great fun to make.

You can find the Woodware Chippies Tiney books here -

Graphic 45 Enchanted Forest papers and stamps here -

Ribbons here -

I think this would be a great project for the children to make and the summer holidays are just around the corner too!

I hope you enjoyed this weeks project and will join me again very soon for another one.

           Love Katrina