Friday, 19 August 2016

Elegant Card And Tag Set

This week has been so busy, with cards to make for commissions and keeping up with stock levels in my Facebook group Jo's Crafty Pad.

  I did, however manage to play with the First Edition Christmas Promise 8x8 pad.  Even though this is a festive pad, you can use it for just about anytime, I thought this one would make a great wedding, engagement or anniversary card.  The colour palette is soft greys and pinks, also it would go with The Promise pad to help it go a bit further if you are doing a large project.


For this card I have used the following:

Christmas Promise 8x8 pad
Stitched rectangle die set
Star Nesting Die Set
Layering Tag Die Set
Flower Die Set
Foliage Die Set
Adhesive Pearls
Bakers Twine

If you have any questions regarding this card and tag combo, please leave a comment below.

Happy Crafting

Jo xxx

Friday, 12 August 2016

How long?

I can't believe how long it's been since my last post.  A lot of things have happened.  Our whole way of life has changed,  I've become a full time career to my partner in crime, my hubby and I too have had to deal with some health issues, hence the change in life style.  I had to give up my commitments to DT groups as I was no longer able to get things done to meet deadlines, and I hated letting people down or just plane flake.  Along the way I have still been crafting, but not to deadlines, it has been the only thing that has kept me sane quite frankly.

As things got a bit more sorted I was able to join a swap group on Facebook and swapped with lots of lovely ladies.  They took me out of my comfort zone and was challenge to do new things.  They are all and continue to be a great source of crafting inspiration and inspiration for dealing with life in general,  my problems pale into insignificance to what some of them out there have to deal with and they still keep going. I am still struggling with the shabby chic look, I love it, but don't seem to get it right.  I have got a lot of lovely laces to practice with though.

While I was crafting my little heart out in my little bubble I found that I kept going for the same paper brand over and over again so unlike Mr Remington I didn't buy the company, but I did get in touch with the suppliers and asked if I could buy in quantity and they said YES.  Yay so what to do with all the extras?  Hopefully others liked the papers as much as me, so I set up a Facebook group Jo's Crafty Pad to sell the extra ones that I just would not be able to use in a month of Sunday's. Everyone has loved them that much that I have regular orders to keep everyone stocked with paper and now lots of other items, including my handmade flowers and embellishment/toppers, that I have
been making for years.

So now I have finally got around to blogging again I want to try and keep this a regular thing,  I have tried to do YouTube videos, but just can't get on with it, blogging is where I feel the most comfortable.  I want to do some tutorial here,  I find personally that step by step instructions the best to follow as I get in a muddle trying to pause video etc (my brain works in a funny way sometimes).
I will keep you up to date with things I am working on, things to do with the Facebook group and if I every do anything exciting in my life I may share that too if your lucky or unlucky, whatever.

xxxxx.  Jo

Monday, 27 February 2012

Come On Summer Hurry Up!!!!

The coloured stripes of this paper remind me of Neapolitan ice cream, my favourite. I can never make up my mind what flavour to have and this saves all the decision making. Three in one, yumm, yumm, yumm.

For this card I have used design papers from Polka Doodles and one of the digi images from their Pretty Sweet CD. This gorgeous little girl has been coloured using a selection of Pro and Flex Markers. I don't seem to be able to make a card without using at least one Spellbinder die, so here I added some flowers and leaves and highlighted with a matching pink ink.

I have entered her into the following challenges:

Polka Doodles - Summer Fever
Willow Sketchie - Anything Goes

Getting Krafty

Ingredients To Make This Card

Kraft cardstock
Red cardstock
Designer paper from a recent Making Cards magazine
Spellbinders Labels 14 and two different edge dies
Butterfly punch or die
Brown ink to distress the edges
White marker pen for faux stitching.

I have entered this card into the following challenges:

Papertake - Getting Krafty
Fussy and Fancy - More Than Words
Alphabet - Busy Bugs
Allsorts - It's Your Choice

Jo xxx

Winter Blues

I have been feeling a bit blue myself this week as our heating has decided to pack up and the weather is not yet warm enough to go without it. I hate putting on loads of layers, it really slows down the crafting and I tend to knock all the piles of stash I have around me all over the floor. Anyway in amongst the chaos I did manage to make this card.

I've used the Papermania Birdsong 6x6 paper pad, Spellbinders label 18 to stamp the sentiment on and one of the Fancy Tags to create the scroll border, then decorated with a few pearls.

This card I have entered into the Tuesday Throwdown Challenge - Winter Blues.

Jo xxx

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Quick & Simple Card

This card was quick to put together once I found the papers for the chipboard image. I have kept this set of chipboard in my stash for ages as I am mad on camper vans, but thought I should really use it and this seemed like a good time.

The letters are chipboard, I bought them ages ago, put them away without opening them. To my surprise they are coated with felt and all fluffy "bonus" so they were easy to colour with my Promarkers to match in with the papers.

I have entered this card into this weeks Raise the Bar Challenge - A Side of Chips

Jo xxx

What An Exciting Start To The Week!!!

I managed to get to the trade show at the NEC on Monday and meet lots and lots of lovely people, especially Sue Wilson, Hels Sheridan and Ali Reeve demonstrating all their new products that will be coming our way very soon. Others I only managed to get a glimpse of such as the great Tim Holtz, but still nice to see everyone in the flesh as it were. By the way Sues card samples are to die for.

I came away on a real high and inspired to get going with some projects that have been waiting to be finished and to start some new ones, also have had some inspiration to get going with some of my own products that have been waiting in the wings for a long time too.

My personal life has been very mad for the last three years and I think it may be coming to a more stable time (fingers crossed and everything else), our son and his fiance, who have been living with us for the last few months are about to move into their own home and have a baby. Yes we are about to be grandparents, although we said we were to young to be granny and grampy yet, we are really loving the idea and getting so excited. This has meant that we will have a spare room, but not for long as this will be mine all mine. This will enable me to get going with all these ideas and projects. I will try and put up photos of the transformation.

The days have gone by so quickly this week, but I have managed to make a couple of challenge cards.

Primarily this card was for the Polka Doodles Challenge. This week was a Recipe of 1 x image, 2 x papers, 3 x embellishments, but I have entered it into the following others:
A for Animal Antics - Alphabet Challenge
Anything Goes - Allsorts Challenge

Jo xxx