Crafting with Jo....
... a little bit of life, a little bit of craft...
Saturday, 28 March 2015
Wednesday, 18 March 2015
It's been a busy time here at the House of Austin. New kitchen, Painters and decorators, workshops, TV shows and project sorting...... the list has seemed endless!
However. We are now - sort of - back on the straight and narrow, and are looking onto tomorrow morning and a quickish run down to the NEC in Birmingham to do a full four days of Tonic Workshops.
Helping me over the four days will be Sharon and Cheremane. I have had Sharon with me for a while but I am sure you will all welcome Cheremane to the team, just as you have Sharon.
I thought I would leave you with a quick pic of our crazy little Shazbot that was taken at the SECC shows in Glasgow. Xxxx
Tuesday, 17 February 2015
Tuesday, 3 February 2015
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
Today, I am having Pyjama Day number 2.... well, I say day.. it usually means morning.. lazy mornings are the best. Coffee, craft and Pj's... what else could a girl want eh?
As you probably guessed, my little bloglet has become the victim of work again.. lol. I have been down at the NEC and upto Glasgow over the past few weeks, and I have another trip to Scotland planned for this weekend to demo for a lovely gent called Adrian, who owns McOyster Papercrafts in Fife. It is a Tonic demo, so I'm hoping to see some familiar faces from the Glasgow show, and have a jolly good day.
I have been asked about colouring over the past few weeks, as I have been taking a little Polkadoodles image card that I made with the Tonic bow die, and everyone tries to run off with it. So, I thought I would share a little video with you HERE that I created for my Youtube channel a while ago.. must be a few years ago as I was still wearing my old wedding ring, which no longer fits me.. lol. However, I hope you get the drift of it and can follow it well.
The other thing I want to share with you all is this little card I made for the Pick of the Week for Tonic.
The die I have used to create the felt flower is the Happy Birthday Pansy outer edge which I have also used to cut the layer it is fastened to.
I cut out a few layers, snipped into the flower and heated it up with a heat gun. It's not one of my new techniques, as I have done it previously when I worked for Docrafts, but to use the Tonic dies makes it alot easier and as you can see, adds another dimension to your cards.
The outer for the flower is the pansy frame which is one of the new dies that are on a 60 day exclusivity to Create and Craft. They have sold out though, so watch the site to make sure you grab them when they come back in. They are VERY popular and look beautiful.
I've teamed it up with a little butterfly border from the dies I have in my box, this one is Mazarine Blu and is one of my favourite dies... so pretty.
I hope you managed to get your dies before they sold out... and I hope you enjoy the little tutorial..
Have fun.... xxxx
Tuesday, 28 October 2014
The base die was the lattice circle, the largest one, and it fits perfect into a 5.75cm square card. Great for those times when you want something simple.
The insert section was one of the keepsake frames and inserts. I just simply wanted to show how well they went together. I chose burgundy and white to add a touch of elegance, and plopped a bit of black card behind the lattice to make it pop.
I hope you like the card.... it was a very quick sample, so not really much to do on this... just cut, cut and cut a little more!
Monday, 13 October 2014
The card above is one of my all time favourites. I love the image, which is from the Hobby House, and I love the layout. Simple, stylish and clean. The dies I've used on here are the new Square trellis dies by Tonic and also the Verso dies, To my Little Star which as you can see work wonderfully together.
The card below features another of the Trellis dies....
This time, I have used another beautiful Hobby House topper and layered it up onto the top of the Circle Trellis dies... aren't they stunning? Instead of using white as the back or foreground, I chose to use colour on colour which I think sets out the colours in the image.
Now.... this card here features a few different dies.... again, I have chosen to use the beautiful Trellis square and I've used the fantastic Idyllics creations too.
The Idyllics are a new concept to Tonic, and consist of an embossing folder with coordinating dies. The one I've used on this card here is the Jasmine Dream. The elements of the Idyllics are the the background embossing on the white card, and also the band that goes across the centre of the card.
The squares were placed at the back and on top of the central band and on the top is the large lacy bow that I cut from the die. You get different inserts for the bow sections, so if you don't want it split as I have done, you can cut a whole lacy section.
Well... that feels better to have a little moan on my ol' bloglet.... even if it isn't easy typing with a plaster covering the big hole on my pointy finger... yes. I cut a chunk out of that too. And burnt my arm. And scratched my glasses. Aren't I doing well!!!!!
I will be sure to see you again soon to share more samples - providing nothing goes disastrously wrong!!! lol.