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