Crafting indulgence

Hello again.

The papers I am crafting with today are a pure indulgence for me. I love the collections from Craft Consortium so much that I usually buy two pads. One to keep and stroke and the other to work with. These papers are the ones I use when I am creating just for me. I also use these papers as backgrounds for my photos. I believe the designer Katy Hackney has won awards for her wallpaper illustrations so I’m in good company. For my crafting indulgence today, I have used The Riverbank papers and stamps. ( I must admit I’m not ready to cut into the kingfisher papers yet !)

My first card was made in loving memory of Mama. She loved gardening and irises were one of her favourite flowers.

I started off by heat embossing the flowers in lilac and coloured them in inks and flowers. To achieve the background I stamped with distress inks and washed down the flower heads.

More stamping, inking, washing and blotting down on this card. Then I cut an aperture before adding a sentiment inside the card.

I know it’s unusual to make green flowers but I was inspired by the hellebores I spotted at West Dean Gardens (bear Chichester). This paper actually depicts tiny frogs on lily pads but I liked the colour tones so used it for the top layer of the flowers.

Nobody produces a stag image better than Hackney and Co. I laid out the hexagons so that the scene was still visible. Once again the stunning background papers make the card pop.

These cards will be sent to fellow card makers who will appreciate the artistry in these beautiful papers.

Until next time.

Much love x Elisabeth x

Vintage Ephemera re-visited …

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In an effort to stop spending quite so much on my crafting stash, I am working through the papers I already have. It is really noticeable to me that my style has changed since the first time I used these feminine papers. Therefore these cards I made using the Vintage Ephemera papers from Craftwork Cards are completely different to the ones I made over five years ago.

I used a Beauty cutting die with one of the background papers and then cut it again with pale pink card-stock. Two layers adds more interest and depth.

These perfume bottle toppers were included in the collection and can be used on their own. I simply added a stamped sentiment.

Even the offcuts work well together.

Or you can cut down one corner of the papers to create a focal point.

The papers are so pretty. They make the perfect Mother’s Day Cards. I know my Mama would have loved to have received a card like this one.

I cut the background papers down to three panels and used pink card to lift up the design.

Wishing you all an enjoyable Mothering Sunday (in the UK)

Until next time.

Much love x Elisabeth x


Hello again,

This is the perfect time of year to be creating wreaths.  They make beautiful cards and personal gifts for Mothering Sunday and Easter.  With this in mind,  Craftwork Cards launched the Build a Wreath collection and I was lucky enough to make some samples for their launch show on Hochanda.

For more information about the products head to Craft Stash UK

I started off by inking through the stencils that come as an added extra within the build a wreath template.  I inked through the first ring of butterflies and then turned the stencil a quarter of a turn before inking again.


By using two ink shades you can achieve a good shadow effect.


The second stencil within the kit depicts a pretty wreath of flowers.  After lightly stencilling with ink I decided to add clear embossing powder to create a glossy raised effect.  To create the background I stamped using the Botanique flower stamps (in the same colour ink)


This time I used the stencil with some brush colour pens and coloured through it.  I know its a bit unusual to create a card with these colours but I really like how it turned out.  Craftwork Cards have brought back the gold foiled sentiments.  This one made the perfect centre piece.  I coloured it with my oxide inks to match the colour scheme of the main card.


Next I used the Build- a- Wreath template which works brilliantly with a stamping platform.  I will try and show you a more in depth tutorial of this at a later date.  In a nutshell you are keeping the stamp in place on the platform and moving your cardstock within the template.  Keep working around the card and then you end up with a wreath.   I used the Botanique stamps again in this card.


Finally I couldn’t resist using the cutting dies to make two wreaths.  The first one is created with the Violet Tea Papers.


The second one is created with the Botanique Papers.  If you would like the chance of winning this particular wreath to give as a gift on Mothering Sunday then head over to my Facebook Page Elisabeth Hogarth Designs to enter my FREE GIVEAWAY.


Until next time.

Much love x Elisabeth x

HOBBY HOUSE – SPRING BLOOMS – the perfect collection for the start of Spring.


Hello again.

I love it when The Hobby House ask me to create some samples for their shows on Create and Craft.  I literally squealed with delight when I opened up the card stock, toppers, ribbons and paper flowers because this collection is absolutely beautiful.

The toppers depict spring time scenes like this blue tit on its nest.  All you need to do is layer it up with the coordinating card stock.  I embossed a rectangular strip to add a little more interest.



For my second card, I used yellow card-stock with a Paper Boutique cutting die.  I backed the topper with an everyday doily.  I used matching papers to create a small bouquet of flowers for the bottom right hand corner.  Even the ribbon matches perfectly.


These papers are just perfect for Mothers Day cards.  I mean – you cannot go wrong with a sheet of blue polka dots and a pretty bouquet of flowers.


Within the kit, there is a sheet of small rectangular drawings.  They make brilliant individual toppers.  I cut them down and arranged them in a tile pattern to create this last card.


I enjoyed working with this kit so much, I had to buy another set to make my own Easter and Mothers Day cards.  Until next time.

Much love x Elisabeth x


This kit is available directly from The Hobby House