Thursday, 8 September 2016

Embellishment Boxes

Thought I would give you a sneak peak at something I have been working on over the last couple of weeks. I have managed to put together 24 Embellishment Boxes.  The task was mind boggling and confusing at times and I had components everywhere. Trays of drying flowers teetering on the edge of any surface I could find, but I made it and they are now done. I hope you like them.

Each box is made from 300gsm white cardstock with a paper band and rosette with a gold snowflake, topped off with a large pearl. Box dimensions are 5 1/2 inches x 2 3/4 inches and depth 1 3/8  All designer papers used in this set are from the Winter Blooms collection from Dovecraft, which you can purchase from my Facebook shop Jo's Crafty Pad at I load products for sale every Friday night at 7pm.  This is a closed group, so why not go over and join, we are a really friendy bunch.

The box has been left blank so you can decorate as you want once you've used up your embellishment, or decorate as a matching gift box.

In each box you will receive:

                                                        6   x Mini Envelopes with cards
                                               3   x Toppers (circular, banner and snowflake)
                                                 3   x Large red flowers with golden leaf
                                                     1   x Snowflake decorated rosette
                                                  6   x Luxury flowers in red and green
                                   24 x Medium flowers with golden leaf in 2 styles, red and green

I do hope you like them. Even though this was a very large project, I thoroughly loved the challenge, even if everyone I know thinks I'm mad.

Happy crafting


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