Crafting with Jo....

... a little bit of life, a little bit of craft...

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Something old... something new....

Evening you lovely bunch of crafters out there...

How are things with you? Things here have been lovely today - nice and relaxing, doing normal house things like cleaning, cooking, shopping. And I thoroughly enjoyed it.

As you know, we had a slightly different type of show on Create and Craft the other day, and here are the samples that I made for the show. As you can guess, the show was aimed around the Rococo christmas dies, see below, and also for the NEW papers, cardstock, and PENS!!

I had started writing this little post for you the other day, but was falling asleep so thought I would come back to it the night after... needless to say it's been a few days, so apologies for that! However, I'm here now, and let's get back to it.

Firstly the beautiful candle and poinsettia...

I love this design as a diecut, and even more so as a stamp. You may have seen me cut this from Funky Foam then stamp with it. It makes an awesome way to use your dies in a completely different way to be honest... and gives fantastic results each time. The best thing is you can use your pens to colour in your stamp, and then use that to stamp with! Perfect!!

Awwww my cute little gingerbread men. How sweet do these look? These were die cut, layered then coloured. I added some glitter to the 'iced' parts of the little fella's to give it some sparkle... I think they look sweet coloured in.

This next card is a small base card with the centre made from the smaller wreath die....

The berries were coloured in using the two lightest reds, then I added some glaze to the tops to give them some shine. Simple but quite stylish.

Now, this one below was a little different. I coloured in the snowflakes on the background papers to match in with the colours of the card - amazing what you can do when you have a pen to match eh?!

The papers and the sentiment are from the same pack, then the presents I cut from cardstock, coloured in and popped onto some cream Tonic cardstock and coloured it with a little grey to give some shadow.

The paper on the next one is also Tonic papers... they are so beautiful too - great designs for your cards and great colours across the two packs.

This little puddin' has to be my favourite... I loved colouring it. It came together so simply, and I just let the matting and layering do the job for me. A very easy card for anyone to try.

These last two were really all about the shading - shading from light to darks on the snowflake, and shading the same on the sleigh to enhance the pattern on the outside. I used browns, reds, the gold metallic and also the gold Nuvo Drops too.

I hope you liked the inspiration - sorry we rushed through the cards on the show and couldn't show them in great detail, but here they are to give you some ideas. If you use them for inspiration, don't forget to show me what you make. It'd be lovely to see it.

Until next time...
Happy Crafting!
Jo xxx

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Ladies Day.....

Good evening everyone.... Phew, what a busy couple of weeks I've had!

I can finally catch my breath for a minute to share a quick blog post with you to show what I've been upto! Tonic have bought out some fantastic stamps and pens, and they are really something... they are perfect in every way - but I feel a need for a trillion other colours in the range!!! 

As you will see from the samples below (not brilliant photos I'm afraid, as they were taken at night hence the flash!) they blend wonderfully within the other colour sets in the range.... let me talk you around them. 

This is the first stamp in the Ladies Day set. There are two in the Ladies Day, two in the Elegance and three in the Accesories. 

The card above I started off with the browns for the skin tones, and the greys for the hair. I did try to keep saying yesterday - always start with the hair and skin - if you do, the dress will always look right, and if you make a mistake, you haven't wasted so much time.

I then moved onto the dress, where I used the three shades of yellow, and mixed it with one of the oranges and one of the reds. You can see they work beautifully together. I also chose my papers before I decided on the colours for the layers, decorations or indeed my colouring. It makes life easier!

Now the card below is the second stamp in the Ladies Day collection.

Isn't the movement on this stamp just wonderful. Fantastic artistic illustration work on all the stamps within the range, hand drawn by our illustrator Lucy, who works down at the Office. What a little gem she is...

I must admit, this is my favourite set.. I know I shouldn't have favourites. So. The papers came first, as usual, then the skin tones and hair coloured first before choosing the colours for the dress.

For the skin, I chose the fair skin tones, but added some darker shading with the lightest brown, 461, to the outer edges, then blended it all together. The hair was the three shades of brown, with a little dark grey, 491, for shadows.

I chose to stamp the image again onto some patterned paper to match the background, then fussy cut around the edges to paper piece on the image. I still added some shading around the dress with the medium and dark greys, 487 and 489.

The last card was finished off with some Nuvo drops too, and you can see they blend perfectly with the colours of the pens and also my cardstock.

Well, that's it for tonight I'm afraid... I hope to be back sometime the next couple of days or so to show you a little more inspiration.

Until then, Happy Crafting all. xxx

Friday, 31 July 2015

Let's Celebrate....

Morning all.... I was about to say Good evening then, but realised I'm later than usual trying to post my project for today. The silly laptop decided it was going to be silly and not come onto my internet for some strange reason - Gremlins in the cables I guess! But here I am at last. 

How are you all anyways? 

Things over the last few days here have been nice and relaxing - a little bit of housework, a bit of hairdressing (doing the daughters hair! Some things you never forget as you get older!) and getting back to having chance to do a nice meal with lovely puds too! Lemon Meringue must be my favourite this week. Very tasty it was too!!!

I've also spent a little bit of time working with some nice Nuvo bits and bobs... more on that on a later post! So, all in all, I feel very relaxed and chilled. It's quite a nice feeling me thinks. 

Onto the project ... and today, I thought I would share a little mini wine box and a matching card that I made for the Pick of the Day shows this week. 

The mini wine box was made using the same dies as the usual standard sizes, but I only cut two sets to create a square, rather than three sets for the larger bottles. 

Once you have cut your base layers for the box, stick them together as usual, and place to one side to dry for a few minutes. Take your bottle (chocolates, smelly candles, socks) or whatever you want to put in there, and measure the height.

My bottle of wine was 12cm tall to the base of the neck area, so I placed the glued section onto my guillotine and measured 14cm on the main body of the box and trimmed any excess from across the centre. Rejoin with red super sticky tape, or a glue gun for extra strength.

Now, because your bottle has a join in the centre, you will need to create a smaller wrap to go around the outside, or simpy use ribbon and lace, which is what I opted to do. I then cut the lacy panels to fit on the outside, measuring, trimming and sticking together just like before.

The little flower on the front edge is a Craftwork Cards topper that I cut and layered after I had coloured it in. I added a sparkler to the centre of the flower to give it a little bling.

Here's the matching card -

Again, I started off by colouring the Craftwork card topper to match in with the flower on the box, then mounted it up onto the lime and orange - same colourway to match again.

The sentiment I decided to curve around the outside of the topper once it was in place, so I cut the Let's Celebrate from the Wine Bottle Wraps set of dies, once from lime green and once from orange then paper pieced them onto white cardstock. This was then all cut out, stuck together and attached to the card at the ends, giving it a slight curve as you go along.

Now... the beautiful topper....

Isn't it just beautiful? I love the quirkiness of these little flowers, and they were singing out for vibrant colours. Now, you can colour these in whatever colours you want, because all you get in the pack is a black and white outline. Good eh?

I added some orange Nuvo drops and a little irridescent glitter to the top to make a centre to the flower.

You can see how this card looks from above. Something a little bit different, but I think I quite like it.

I hope you do too.

Until next time,
Love Jo xx

Tuesday, 28 July 2015


Good evening you lovely folks.... 

Sorry I haven't been around for a while this last week or so, things have been a bit manic - what with decorating, work, appointments, family time and a bit of 'us' time - time has just run away with me and it's been over a week since I came on here... I can't quite believe it! 

It has been nice though - we had a lovely meal out at the Hare and Tortoise near Rossington, Doncaster, and I can highly recommend it.... beautiful food and lovely staff. A definate to go again!

So.... onto tonights little project bundle and as you may guess, there's a new Pick of the Day on tonight being bought by Tonic Studios, and our lovely Jodie. I thought I would share with you a couple of my samples for the show which shows how you can use the dies for boxes and cards. 

This little card is DL in size, which is an A4 card scored at 10.5cm and folded then trimmed to create a tall card.

I cut the front of the card with the outer edge of one of the panel dies from the wine wrap and then cut out a sentiment - I chose Cheers - from white card. I layered this onto the back of the aperture and  stuck it in place. I had also inked the embossing and around the edges, but you can leave it plain if you wanted to.

The letters emboss so is perfect to give a little extra detail to your project, and the leafy swirls around the letters are just so pretty. I layered it up onto pearlescent tan cardstock, then mounted onto the card.  I chose a ribbon to match the tan in the layers.

My topper is so cute... I totally enjoyed colouring this little beauty. She is a digi stamp from Tiddlyinks. I thought she would make a great topper to say Cheers....

In addition to the card, I also used the same colourways to create a wine box with the same dies.

I kept it quite simple, cutting out the wording from the base colour cardstock and also white, and layered them up to give them a shadow effect. a simple ribbon layer and some pearly Nuvo drops in white finish the centre of the bottle. 

I hope you enjoy the rest of the shows tonight and tomorrow... I know I will. These are fantastic dies with so much potential!

Until next time..... xxxx

Monday, 20 July 2015

The Gift of Love....

Evening folks..... 

I hope the post today finds you all well, and five of my readers enjoying a little present from Tonic? The reason I say this, is that Tonic have sent out five of our Tangerines to randomly picked folks and they should've received their little gifts by now. I really hope it's someone I know from my blog. 

The Tangerine is now on sale in a selection of our retailers, and you should be able to find listings of who these are on our Facebook page and on the Tonic Gold page. It's quite an extraordinary machine - fully metal insides so toughness is key with this beauty!

Anyway, onto tonights card, and I have a couple of samples to show you from the Tag die, and the Gift of Love die. These were two from our previous shows, and they work together beautifully. 

I went for a pale blue, grey and silver look to this card, and you can see the layers were cut from various colours. The frame for the sentiment was cut from pale blue, then mounted on to the pale grey. Wording was cut, layered up and then mounted with foam pads.

You can see the tags clearer on the photo above, they were all cut with the tag section facing to the middle line, so that when I popped the border across the centre, it covered up all the bits I didn't need to see. It makes a lovely background doesn't it?

The topper comes complete with the frame layers and the wording, so it's perfect on its own, or to create a centre for a card like this. The font on the wording is just lovely.

As you can see, I dotted some Nuvo drops on the edges of the border and the frame too. I did it very quickly, so I did get the doughnuts, but they are so small that you don't notice on the actual card itself.

You can also see that there are embossing areas that you can pick out on the wordings too, so just run it through with your tan mats, or lime green mat if you are using the Tangerine, and it will emboss it beautifully.

Another simple card idea for you below too, using the papers from the collection and a simple bit of scoring and folding to create an envelobox.

I used the frame and sentiment to create a wrap to hold the box shut, but when you remove the wrap and open up the box, you have a set of tags that are simply decorated for you to put your photographs on. I will try to pop up a tutorial for this fold at some point, but honestly, it is quite easy!

The mini album on the inside has six sides, three folders in there, each with their own tag. So you can decorate to your hearts content with photographs, or clippings, quotes etc.

Well. I hope you like tonights little post.... it gives you a couple of different ideas of what you can do with the Romantic Cottage collection and die sets.

Until next time,

Jo xxx

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Clean and Simple

I think by now you must all know me... I like layers on my cards, with bits of patterned papers and maybe the odd bow or embellishment here or there... well, this card is a little bit of a change from that! It is really nice sometimes to do something completely different and leave lots of white areas, remembering that not everything needs to be covered. And that actually, clean and simple is often alot more stylish. 

As you can see, I am keeping up with my posts for this week to show you some of the samples I made for the shows last weekend, using the Momento Frames and paper / card packs. 

This card below uses a few of the frames from the Regency Layering set of momento frames set and one of the smaller panels that can be found in the paper pack. 

I chose a 5 x 7 inch card and trimmed the top layer of white card down to a half inch smaller around the edges so that I had a deeper edge to the card. I cut an aperture in the top layer then added my outer frame to sit on top.

The smaller green frame sat underneath the white layer to give a little depth to the border edge. These layers were all stuck together using the Tonic glue, and then the little panel underneath was attached using foam pads for dimension. The whole panel was then stuck to the main card using foam pads too.

You can see that on this frame outer, I got the infamous 'doughnuts' with my nuvo drops... it wasn't intentional, but I had done it very quickly and kept dabbing the nozzle onto the cardstock and this is what causes it... but in reality, the dots are so tiny you can't really see it too much. I also added a pink dot onto the green border too.

So... that's my little make for tonight... I hope you take a little inspiration from it. It would be lovely to see what you've been making.

Until next time..
Jo xx

A note to say......

Morning all.... 

How are we all? It seems like it's a bit of a lazy day in the house of Austin today - all furballs fast asleep and snoring around my feet! The life of a dog eh?

Today, I thought I would share with you a little card made from the One Day Wonder products, although I've just noticed my bow is a little wonky! However, that sort of describes how I feel today - a little bit wonky!

Here's the card I wanted to share. The papers and card are from the packs that were on the show, and they are the Romantic Cottage from Tonic Studios. Aren't the colours beautiful. 

The main element of the card has been cut using a couple of sets to create the layers and chose a vertical sentiment from the papers. There are two matching sets of each sentiment so makes it perfect to layer up. The lacy work at the back of the main element is the tag die, and was cut then placed to each side.

Because the main part of the card had quite alot of dimension, I wanted to finish the top of the tag section off with a bow. I looked at a traditional one, but had some offcuts of cardstock leftover, so thought I would use those to create my own.

I love the dimension of this card... but moreso, I love the texture of the card and the weight of the paper. The colours of this kit is just 'so me'. I love it.

To finish off, you can see I used a little bit of glue and glitter around the edges of the topper and layers to add some sparkle.

Well, that's all for today..... I have a little bit of creating to do.
Until next time! xx
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