Friday, 7 April 2017

Lucky Dip Box Video 06 04 2017

This video shows a selection of my handmade embellishments that are in the Lucky Dip Boxes.  These will be available over on my Facebook group Jo's Crafty Pad at 7pm Friday 7th April 2017. 

Happy crafting

Jo xxx

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Goody Bag Challenge

I decided to challenge myself to see how many cards/ embellishments I could make using the new Goody Bags available over at Jo's Crafty Pad on Facebook.
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I used the Floral  Brights pack

The pack contains:
6 cards 6"x6"
2 pink
2 green
2 white
6 white envelopes to match

8 6x6 patterned papers in 4 designs
16 8x8 patterned papers in 8 designs

1 pack sentiments
1 pack gems
1 pack flowers
1 pack buttons
and a project sheet

First make was the card on the project sheet.
then use the rest of the 6x6 cards
This is what was left of the kit after making the 6 cards

Next I added in some of my own blank C6 cards, white cardstock, some red cardstock for backing, dies, embossing powder and a sentiment stamp for the next two cards and all the other cards to follow.
With the small scraps I made flowers and some simple toppers with  die cut banners for the next batch of cards
These cards are 4"x4" with handmade matching envelopes, so lots of paper in the kit
3 cards then using some of the embellishments

With all the left overs from these cards I made as many 3"x3" cards as I could.

All that's left for other projects, embellishments and buttons.
I used every tiny bit of paper to complete this challenge.  Using very small dies and punches is great to use up the smallest of scraps.

I managed to make:

The six 6x6 cards in the pack
5  C6 cards
6  4"x4" cards and matching envelopes
16  3"x 3" cards
Lots of embellishments for the cards and some left for other projects.

A total of 33 cards that I can put in my card box for future occasions.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my challenge, why don't you have a go at the challenge yourself,  it was so much fun!!

Happy crafting

Jo xx

Monday, 20 March 2017

Blooming Lovely Spring Pockets

These fresh Spring Pockets were made using the Blooming Lovely Paper Pack and Dies.

Blooming Lovely 12x12 paper pack
White cardstock
Scraps of pastel card for the embellishments
Diamond Stickles
Hello stamp
Letter dies or stickers
Border Dies
Velcro Dots
3mm and 6mm gems
Painted Blooms Die set
Blooming Lovely Die set
Flowers/Leaves mini die set
Flowers Die set
 For products used in this tutorial please check availability on my Facebook Shop Jo's Crafty Pad

To Make the Pocket

You will need a piece of patterned paper 9.5" x 6"
Score the long side at 2.5" and 7"
Turn once and score for the bottom flap at 1/2"

Now you need to cut along the thin line that is marked on the photo to make the flap and so the sides fold in nice and neat without any bulk.

You should end up with this. now flip your paper over, fold the left side in first and put adhesive along the very edge of the right hand side flap ( I have used strong double sided tape) fold and stick down.

Put adhesive on the edge of the bottom flap, fold and stick down

This is your basic pocket that you can use for anything now and you can decorate how you like.

To Make the Topper

Cut a piece of patterned paper that measures 2.5" x 4 5/8"  then score along the short side at 1 1/4"
Cut 3 borders. I used wet glue to stick them, 1 each for the front and back of the topper and the other to decorate the bottom of the pocket.

You now have the pocket and the topper done

Now to Decorate the Topper

You will need to cut the following

 For each flower, crimp the petals using tweezers, then pinch with your finger to give the petal a firm crease that will give your flower permanent shape.

These are the layers to make the flower, using wet glue stick them together alternating the petals.

Your flower should look like this

For the yellow flower I have added two of the leaves

I've snipped off the bottom of the yellow circle then glued and tucked it just under the border.

The rest of the die cuts I arranged and stuck with wet glue, the flowers I used 1mm foam pads

Cut the letters spelling spring and glue to the topper, then stamp Hello and cut out to add above the word Spring. 

So now to finish, we can stick the back of the flap to the back of the pocket and fix the Velcro to the  front of the flap and the pocket.  Now we can add the Stickles to the word Spring and let dry.

We can now fill the pocket with all our yummy goodies.  I have stuffed my pocket with die cuts that match the theme of the pocket.

I also made 6 matching 3" x 3" cards.

This is my first tutorial, I do hope you like it and that it is easy to follow.  Please leave a comment below.  All your feedback is important to me as it will help me improve the content I show here and I am always willing to learn new things.

Have fun!!
Jo xxx

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Super Hero Birthday Card

This was a commission for a very special boy who loves his super heros.

The front

and inside.

It's a very simple card really.  I just die cut basic shapes of squares. circles a happy birthday die and a couple of stars,  layered them all flat except for the white star on the front, that was raised using 1mm foam pads.  I cut the Happy Birthday twice one in blue and one in silver, the blue piece I used as a drop shadow to give the words more depth and raised with 1mm foam pads onto the star.

Happy crafting

 Jo xxx

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Imogi madness

I just had to stock these stamps, I don't know what it is about these Imogi icons, but they sure do bring a smile to your face, even the poo lol..

Commission card made for a very special person.

Go and check them out on our Facebook page and join us at Jo's Crafty Pad

Happy crafting

Jo xxx

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Jo's Crafty Pad Personal Challenge on Facebook

The first challenge on Crafty Pad is the One Sheet Wonder, to see what we can make out of one 12x12 sheet of designer paper.  I used a template on Pinterest, which you can find here: to cut my paper into different sized pieces to mat and layer for card fronts.

I managed to create 14 cards in different sizes. All card bases are cream and the papers are matted onto matching cream cardstock.  All edges have been inked with Tim Holtz Walnut Stain. I started with a pack of C6 card blanks some were cut down to match the smaller paper sizes that were cut.  The matted pieces of card were also inked around the edges.

 Both cards here are C6
Large sentiment stamps have been gold embossed onto matching cream cardstock and raised with foam pads.

These two cards are also C6
For simple decoration I have used self adhesive flat back pearls in 3mm and 6mm on all cards.

Both Cards measure approximately 10cm x 10cm (4x4 inch)

Congratulations card is C6 and the two Thanks cards are approximately 10cm x 10cm (4x4 inch) with the embossed sentiment direct to the card or patterned paper.

The two I love You cards are approximately 7.5cm x 7.5cm (3x3 inches) and again embossed directly to the card.

I have really enjoyed the process of making these cards and I think this has helped me look at my card making a bit differently now.  This will also help when I have lost my mojo as it really did kick start lots of ideas.  You can go all out with the decoration of these cards once you have the patterned paper down and it helps with getting rid of that blank card syndrome where you don't always know where to start.

Sentiment stamps and lots of paper pads available at Why not come along and have a browse at all the products and yumminess we have available.  Also pop over to the Facebook group to join in our challenges.

Happy crafting
Jo xxx

Wednesday, 9 November 2016


Hello all!

Just popping by to hopefully brighten up this chilly Wednesday by bringing you some VERY EXCITING NEWS!

Firstly I'd like to pass on a few words from all of us at Jo's Crafty Pad.  Casting our minds back, this little venture began in March (where has the time gone?!) It has always been Jo's dream to set up and run her own business and 8 months later, we're so amazed and excited by how far this "little" business venture has come.

Now this is where all you crafters come in!  We really couldn't have come as far as we have without all your wonderful encouragement, positivity and support.  So we would like to say a very HUGE thank you to each and every one of you who have joined us on this journey, from liking the page, to joining us each Friday for our sales and buying lots of goodies which we hope you're enjoying using!  Jo has grown to love this little community and is thoroughly enjoying bringing products to you all each week.

As you may already know, Jo's Crafty Pad has developed so much in such a short space of time and we are now able to bring you hundreds of products each week for our Friday sales.  Due to the amount of products we have to offer, we feel it's now the perfect time to expand Jo's Crafty Pad just that little bit, in order to make things easier for all of our members and customers.

We've been working very hard behind the scenes at Jo's Crafty Pad HQ plotting and planning and with the help of Jo's in- house I.T. chap (Dan), we have been developing a website over the past few weeks and are planning to gradually transition from our regular Facebook sale nights, to bring all our products 24/7 via the new website.  We hope that, by moving over to a website, it will be much easier to find and order products from us, write reviews and view the products much more easily, whilst still being able to enjoy the fantastic savings we offer on our goodies.

Although Jo's Crafty Pad will soon be moving to the website, we shall still keep the facebook page up and running. This will allow Jo to bring you news of any new releases, keep you up to date with all Jo's Crafty Pad happenings and to provide a community for members to ask any questions, receive any help you may need and to share all your beautiful creations made with our products.

We will keep you all updated on the progress of the website over the coming weeks, all is going very well so far and so we plan to have a launch date for you all in the very near future (keep cracking that whip Jo!!!)  Thank you all again for all the fantastic support we have received over the last few months, we hope you will continue to move forward with us and enjoy the benefits of our move to the new website!

Don't forget, our usual Friday night sales will continue on Facebook until our move, so please join us if you can on Friday 11th November at 7pm.

Thank you all for reading... Phew that was alot for a Wednesday!!

Happy crafting from Persha and all of us at Jo's Crafty Pad :) x