Crafting with Jo....

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

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

A little Double Detail....

Good morning all.... 

I am finally able to get back on the computer before my morning starts and show you a little creation I did for the Tonic Double Detail shows that were on this week. 

Firstly though... how have you been? I know it's been a while and I apologise, but with it being show season, we have been busy doing the workshops and the last one - ExCel - was last week. I also had a couple of shows on at Feltham in London doing the USA Create and Craft, so haven't really had a chance to get the cards up. 

ExCel was brilliant. Both Pam and I had a lovely time and we had lots of fantastic crafters and non crafters come along to create a card with our Tonic products. I will show these later. 

So.... onto the card for today, and here it is in all its glory... 

I decided to add some pretty patterned paper to this one. I had die cut the centre image using the Poppy Hideaway but decided to use my Nuvo pens to colour it instead of stencil it. It just gives it a completely different look which I love. 

I also used the outside edge of the die (it comes in two pieces - VERSO edge) to cut a black layer for the background, keeping it nice and simple but making the colours pop. 

I used the Entwining trellis dies to create the flowers at the sides, a mixture of two different ones, and added Nuvo drops to the centres. The little leaves were cut from the Floral Faerie die set and placed under the blooms where I needed them. 

The Poppy panel itself was layered onto white, orange and black cardstock, and then mounted onto the base of the card. There was a little bit of matting and layering to the base card too, all to add a little bit of colour around the central panel. I just cut these to size so they 'looked right' so they aren't a specific size. 

I hope you like the card today. I loved creating this one ... something a little different... but alot more me! 

Until next time! xxx

Shopping List

Double Detail - Poppy Hideaway Die Set - 1141e
Tonic Double Detail Floral Faerie die set - 1144e
Tonic Bellus Buttercup Entwining Trellis die set - 767e
Tonic Delicate Daisy Entwining Trellis die set - 768e
Tonic Apple Green Nuvo drops - 669n
Tonic Ebony Black Nuvo drops - 650n
Tonic Nuvo pens - various colours

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Sew Pretty Corners

Morning crafters... 

I finally managed to get back and do a bit of blogging, so thought I would share one of my little makes for the Sew Pretty shows that are on this week. I haven't managed to catch up with a lot of them, but they are on the Sky box ready to watch when I get a minute - but I've been taking advantage of the nice weather this week and got the garden sorted out, the greenhouse set up and ready with everything planted - so been a tad busy. 

It's been a lovely bit of time off over Easter, but there has been crafting done too, although that will have to wait to share. 

Today however..... is this little make. I have used the Perfect Posies corner to create the details on the card. 

I began by layering up my A5 white card with black and patterned paper. The top section was layered up too but left plain as I wanted the ribbon around the centre. The corners were cut from black cardstock and I did a chain stitch along the leaf stems and added bead details to the flowers. 

The flowers were stuck onto white cardstock and trimmed around with scrissors. I then used my Nuvo pens to add colour to the white areas of the flowers and leaves. I shaded them to add dimension. 

The middle of the bow was a plastic embellishment, a ribbon slider, that I bought from Meiflower and added hot glue and glitter to the inside. It just gave it a little sparkle. 

The sentiment is from the Miniature Moments set. I cut it from gold mirror card, black and pink to match the card. 

I hope you like the card today.... I have another one to show you tomorrow, so please check back soon!

Items used 
Tonic Miniature Moments - Best Wishes - 1242E
Tonic Sew Pretty - Perfect Posies - 1220E
Tonic Nuvo pens  
Tonic Pure Sheen glitter - Diamond - 705N

Thursday, 10 March 2016

New Baby....

Good evening folks!

It's another late one here before I retire off to Noddy Land for a few hours. Tomorrow I'm up bright and early as I'm off to do a couple of days work at the Craft show at York Racecourse - something new for me, so wish me luck!! 

This last week has seen me down on TV in Peterborough last Friday with some fab sale shows, and also my mega trip straight up to Glasgow the same day. We had a four day show doing workshops with Tonic and a great time was had by all. So lovely to see some familiar faces and some new ones too. We saw some fantastic Kensington handbags being made by male and female crafters alike! 

Anyway, onto tonight, and I thought I would share with you a little make from this last weeks Craftinator shows with the Baby Rococo. I love the new baby dies, they are so gorgeous and make a great statement piece on your cards. On this card, I have used the wordings from one of the dies and the pram from another. I love the old fashioned pram. So sweet.  

I knew I wanted to use these pieces of pale pink gingham and spot paper to create a very delicate baby card, so teamed it up with the matt silver shimmer card to add a little shine, but not too much. I used our circular Essentials set to create the corners and the topper in the centre. The pram was cut from two shades of grey cardstock and layered together to create a shadow. 

I used some patterned paper that had been embossed through the hood of the pram to create some folded fabric and stuck this in place, and then trimmed a piece of scrappy paper to match to fit behind the aperture in the pram. I finished it with a little pink bow and a beady heart. 

The wheels as you can see, I filled in with the leftover sections of the die cut. It was easy to stick it in to the gaps as the shadow was there to hold it in place. 

I added some of the ruby red Nuvo glitter drops to add some details. 

I hope you like the card, I thoroughly enjoyed making it. 

Until next time..

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Welcome baby.....

Morning all...

I have a few minutes to spare this morning, so I thought I would share a couple of makes with you all. I'm not sure if I shared them a few years ago, but I still like them, so thought I would share again as you may be in need of inspiration.

Besides that.... how are you all doing? Things here have been okay since we lost our old cat - he had been with us for quite a number of years, 19 this year and he was doing really well right up to the end. We picked ourselves up, tried to get on with things and nursed his best friend, Lola, as best we could so she didn't miss him too much. Both her and her brother Humphrey are doing really well.

Today, I'm getting ready for a few days up in Glasgow with Denise and Pam doing our workshops. It's really lovely to have two ladies vastly experienced in workshops and the whole crafting circuit - it absolutely makes a difference to how things work. As those (like me) will know, it's not as easy as it seems.... it's quite hard at times, and having friendships and people you can rely on wholeheartedly, is quite simply wonderful. To achieve things you work for for years give a certain self achievement target too... knowing all the ins and outs, how things work, and not giving up at the first hurdle is as important as not giving up at the 20th!!!

Anyway... enough of me reminiscing about my craft life over the last *cough* number of years... here are the cards I want to share with you today.

This first one was made using a lovely stamped image (I think LOTV) and was cut out using Tonic dies, these have sentiments in.. I will check which set it is for you shortly..

I coloured the cutesy teddy and bunny in with my alcohol pens and added a few little details in white gel pen. I love the blend on this image... it worked really well I think.

This was another little image I coloured in, I think again it's a LOTV image... and as I coloured her in with alcohol pens I stamped in a Momento inkpad. The sentiment frame is Tonic (Just a note) and the Baby sentiments too. The little stork is cute too as you can use the little die on its own aswell. Perfect little accent to the card I think.

Well... I hope you like the cards today. I promise to try and post more regularly... hopefully will get a few things to share with you later.

Until then... happy crafting everyone. xxx

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Basket Tutorial...

Hello there!

Tonight, a while after being requested, I am sharing (finally!!!) the tutorial for making the little basket I made with the Tonic Kensington handbag die. This is the box that I was asked about.

It is very simple to recreate, and is just the Handbag die used upside down, and fastened up at the top, which becomes the base. Here's how... 

Firstly, take your elements from your die set - you will need the bag base, the side panels and the verso edge from the decorative lace panel (the outer edge). Cut out the sections below from Kraft cardstock. 

Next, you need to connect the pieces together. So, starting by putting tape on your side panels, or you can use wet glue (more ideal, but a little time needed for it to dry completely) along the tabs at the side. You can see the tape over at the right hand side of the picture.

Be careful you crease the side panel only at the outer edge tab and across the base.

Fasten your box together on the last side, ensuring that all edges are running evenly.

Fold all the flaps at the top and bottom in. To create the base and lid of your basket, you will need to cut some extra pieces of cards to a rectangular shape as shown.

The measurements for these are piece at 13cm x 7.25cm, and one piece to 6.25cm x 12cm.
Score these two pieces at 1cm all the way around.

The last piece you will need to cut as shown is for the top embossed lid. Cut this layer to 10.5cm x 4.75cm.

In the scored sections, you will need to cut little snips into the corners as shown.

Use your glue, or a little red tape to stick the little snipped areas under the lid to create neat corners.

These are your two completed lids. Put them to one side for a few minutes until you complete the rest of your box. 

Use the verso edge from outside of the lace panel in your set to cut out two pieces of kraft card.

Once cut, choose an embossing folder and run each piece through your machine to emboss the design. Make sure the pieces go in the same way each time to keep the pattern uniform. You will also emboss the piece of cardstock you cut earlier for your lid top.  

Colour around the design using your Distress Inks, or chalks to get the effect you want. Repeat this on all three sections.

Stick the embossed panels onto the sides of the basket using wet glue. Take the lid section made to fit the smaller end of the box (which would have been the top of the Kensington Handbag). This will be glued onto the bottom of the basket to seal and finish it. It is now the base of the basket. 

**I hope that makes sense - basically, you are creating and fastening the Handbag upside down!**

Once the smaller end is securely fastened, you can attach the embossed panel to the lid of the basket, fold in the flaps and place your lid over the top. This way, you can fill the basket with your goodies and it will be sealed perfectly.

This is how your basket - (aka upside down bag) is going to look, now it's completely up to you if you want to attach a handle, and decorate up as you wish.

I hope you find this tutorial helpful. If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to leave me a message over on Facebook, or by emailing me, or leaving a comment. 

Until next time! xxxx

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Manchester Event City Feb 2016

What a busy February we have had... 

Firstly, we had our first show at Sandown Park, doing workshops for Tonic and very busy they were too. We only had small classes all day, but it was lovely to catch up with some familiar faces and see some new ones too. 

And this past week, we have been up in Manchester with the show at Event City. We had workshops to run from the Thursday though to Saturday, and boy, it was busy all weekend. Every class was fully subscribed, and alot of fun and giggles were had!

The team working on the stand were myself, Jo, and two new teamies, Denise Carey and Pam McGlade. It was Denise's second show with me, and Pam's first. 

We were all very nervous going back - I don't know why, but they say it's good to be nervous!!!! 

Denise has worked on the shows before so is very familiar with how things go, and she is well acquainted with doing workshops and classes, after running her own shop for a while until recently. She loves all things crafty, from cardmaking to decorating MDF items and sewing. 

Pam has also worked on the shows doing demonstrations and workshops for a few years. She loves all things crafty from papercrafting to bookfolding, so a few lessons were had on an evening too! Pam loves fiddling with bits of paper to create stunning flowers too! 

Here are two of our class attendees to came along to make our projects. We were using the Flip Flop dies, two from the range, this one which says Forever my Friend, which we created in blue and yellow, and also the heart one 'Love is....' that we did with red, black and white. A little more romantic for Valentines day. 

Over the weekend we had above 300 attendees that came along and made a card. Quite a few had never made cards before, so die cutting was very new to them. But they found it quite easy and enjoyed it thoroughly. 

So.... if you see a craft show near you, check it to see if we are nearby. The next one we will be attending is Glasgow at the beginning of March and then the NEC and ExCel. 

We hope to see you soon!

Enjoy Today....

Good evening all..... 

Yes, don't be shocked, but I'm back again with a blog post for you. I have tried to get things uploaded for a while, but the phone went on the blink and I couldn't find the cord for my camera to download the images. *sigh*. 

I hope you have all been keeping okay whilst I've been absent. We have been better here with a few problems this last few weeks, but we've shaken ourselves off and had to carry on... and are feeling less battered and bruised than before. 

However... I now have time to share with you a card I made for the shows from Sandown Park, the Weekender which featured the card layering dies - Bowscale and Harrop - by Tonic Studios. 

The card I wanted to share with you today, uses the Bowscale die to cut the layers into the stamped image  - so using the smaller parts of the dies - and you can then layer them up into a more dimensional card.

I started by stamping the image, which is from Dreamees, and I embossed in the Tonic Nuvo Gold embossing powder before colouring in with Tonic pens. There's a little technique I used, which I will come back to after Friday!!

You can see that I used a couple of the Bowscale dies to fit onto the image, which I had trimmed to fit onto the card front and layered onto gold mirror card. These were then stuck back onto the card with foam pads on the outer and inner sections to give dimension. You can see this more clearly on the bottom picture.

The die cut was our sentiment dies - Enjoy Today - and I love that wording. Cut once from white card and once from mirror card and simply layered together to create the drop shadow.

I finished off the card with the Tonic Nuvo Glitter drops. I hope you like the card today - I'm going to go and upload another one now... take advantage of finding the right cable me thinks...!
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