Friday, 30 January 2015

Day 30 - Out of the box

Welcome back my crafy friends,

Today is the penultimate day for my blogging every day in January and I really hope that you have enjoyed it as much as I have enjoyed reading all of your lovely comments.

I thought I would show you this today ~

A black and white little number which I did sometime ago but it is one of my favourite projects - although very simple it is so striking with it being just in black and white.  The stamp is a Kaiser craft stamp and I have stamped it and then cut around it using a classic square from the Spellbinder range and have used the out of the box technique so that the stamped design is cut out of the square framework but without cutting off the rose! 
It is such an easy but effective technique but it looks so clever! 
The background paper suits the design a treat with the monochromatic look going through the whole project.  I stamped the image in archival black and then shaded various area using black soot distress ink with a damp brush.
Simple matting a layering with alternate white and black is all that it needs to highlight the main focal point which is the stamped image.
Don't miss out on being in with a chance to win some blog candy. Leave a comment for me and this will get you instant entry for when a name is pulled out on Sunday! 
Thankyou so much for popping in and hope that you enjoy a lovely Friday whatever you are planning on doing.
Take care if the weather is awful where you are,
Bye for now
Jo xx

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

DAY 28 AND 29! -

Hello Everyone!

Well! time just completely ran out today although my day started at 4.30 am with the very annoying alarm ringing. I really do not like the very dark mornings and we travelled all the way to Peterborough before it seemed as if the world was awake!
Having finished 2 shows on Ideal world with some fabulous deals on lovely Tattered Lace we came home, changed and just managed to get to the shop before we opened at 1 pm! Phew!!!
I was trying all afternoon to get a minute to post but it just wasn't to be so I thought why not post today and tomorrow in one!! I really hope that you don't mind but please be assured this is a necessity! lol x
                                       And so for Day 28! 

Not the best picture ever - a little close up - I must say -  but hope that you can see that it is a little baby boy card using a couple of Tattered Lace's cute dies - the elephant and the duck!
I have also used one of the new interchangeable embossing folders to create the patterned squares and have spaced them equally with a gingham square with ribbon threaded over it and a button.  I thought this was a bit of something different to bring texture and interest into the design.
A little bakers twine in the middle of the button really sets them off - just a little bit of something sometimes is all that it needs.
The size of the card is 7" x 5".

and for Day 29! 
from blue to pink - 

This was a sample that I made for Rosella's show at the beginning of the week and although it is very simple I really enjoyed making it and I am very pleased with the result.
A classic combination with the pink and the black - one really sets the other off - do you agree?
The butterfly is called the Wonderous Butterfly and you can build it up into a magnificent one or quite an understated on if you wish. 
I am unsure as to what make of stamp the sentiment is from as Denise (Mrs Box!) stamped a few out for me some time ago and I knew it would be used when the time came.
The background has been put through a dotty embossing folder to give it a little texture but doesn't take your eye off the main focus of the project.
I hope that the 2 designs have given you some ideas and thankyou for reading through 2 days in such 
quick succession.
I hope that the snow hasn't reached you yet, if it has please take care and keep in the warm and ..................................    what a jolly good excuse to craft all day!!! lol

The end of the month is so close now so don't forget to leave me a comment to be in with a chance of receiving some blog candy when we draw everybodies names out.
You know how much I appreciate you popping in and spending your valued time reading my nonsense!
Must go as my eyes have been open for far too long today!
Hope to see you really soon,
Bye for now
Jo xx

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Day 27 - Going around in circles

Good morning my blog friends,

Today, as the title suggests, we are going around in circles and this is definately a project full of circles.
This is a project that we did in class a few weeks ago and everybody enjoyed making it as it was quite unusual.

I started by making a circle card base using the largest of the Tattered Lace Essential circles set (you could also use the largest of the Tonic circles set ) This was then made into an easle card.
The effect on the front was achieved using 9 smaller circles and tea-bag folding them so each one had both sides folded upwards and there was a nice point at one end to place in the middle of the circle.  You need to use 3 different colours of papers to make this stand out. I inked all of the edges with vintage photo ink and then stuck them onto the easel front.  I suggest that you use photoglue (or something similar) so that you have a little time to move the circles into the right positions. The centre was simply a punched flower and a hobby house paper flower on the top.
I then cut a couple of smaller circles to mat and layer and make the stopper for the easel. As you can see the sentiment was placed on this with a tiny bow to embellish.
Something a little bit different and hope that you like the idea.
I am getting samples ready for tomorrows shows on C and C - I am doing the 8am and 10am on the Pick of the day on Ideal World.
Thankyou for popping in and hope to see you tomorrow - only a few days left now to get your comments in to be in to win the blog candy at the end of the month.
Hope you have an excellent day whatever you are doing.
Bye for now,
JO x

Monday, 26 January 2015

Day 26 - Its Graphic 45 again

Good Morning crafters,
Thankyou so much for all of your lovely comments from yesterday's post.
Today I have a project using some of my favourite paper stash (I think I mentioned this before!! lol)
It is Graphic 45 Time to Flourish.

 The card is a 7" x 7" size and the main feature on the 12" x 12" sheet was perfect for the background.
The dies are from Tattered Lace and the butterfly is one of the new dies that Rosella is featuring on her show tomorrow on C and C. The corners were featured on last weeks Interchangeable embossing folders show that our lovely Liz was the guest for.
I have added glossy accents to some parts of the rose but it is difficult to see this on the photograph.

We currently have the Time to Flourish - Graphic 45 on the website in 8" x8" pads and stamps that match the designs, they really are stunning.  If you are interested please pop to the website which is and remember P and P is free over a £10 spend and we still have the January offer on with 10% off your total order so it is worth a look! Just click on the link to get to the website.
I have added glossy accents to some parts of the rose but it is difficult to see this on the photograph.
I hope that todays piece of inspiration is to your liking, please leave a comment if you have the time, I appreciate it so much.

Thankyou again for popping in and hope to see you again tomorrow.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Day 25 - A little parchment project!

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to Sunday's post and I hope that you are enjoying a lovely day off, chilling and doing just what you want to do.

Yesterday we had parchment class at the shop and all of our lovely ladies loved the project - the main focus for learning was the colouring which is one of my favourite techniques in parchment craft.
I thought I would share this with you - I know that Parchment crafters are a relatively small bunch compared with papercrafters but I hope you enjoy it.

The pattern is a bit of a mix and match from 3 different patterns - I do like to mix it up a bit! the Roses were taken from a pattern from a friend of Let's Create Maria Maidment - I added a few leaves here and there as there was a butterfly in the pattern which I didn't want to add. The ribbon threading was taken from another pattern which I have had since 2010. 
Here are a couyple of closer shots of the roses.

I used Spectrum Noir pencils to colour the design - they really are a fabulous, and affordable, colouring medium. I also used the blending solution on a number of areas to smooth and blend out where it needed it.

I hope that, even if you are not into this craft, you like the project.  

Hope that you enjoy the rest of your weekend and hope that you can find time to leave a comment.  Not many more days left to be in with a chance to win some blog candy by popping a comment in .
Thankyou for popping in.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Day 24 - Allsorts Challenge

Good Morning,

Saturday again and welcome to todays post which is also the Allsorts challenge for this week.
Our lovely Team member Tracey Mouse has had the pleasure of choosing our theme for this week and it is ~


and she has asked us for any project which includes lace and pearls on it and I suspect that it will be a really popular theme and this is the card that I have chosen to show you that fits the criteria -

This is a combination of all the mediums that I love to work with - stamping, masking, inks and paperstash!
The stamp that I have used is a Visible images and I have just used the actual flower head and as you can see it has great dimension as I stamped it 3 times and cut it into layers and decoupaged it up using Pinflair gel. I cloured it with pro-markers using different shades of pink and edges each petal with black soot distress ink to give it even more depth. I have also added some glossy accents on some areas of the rose.  The background has been created using stencils and Pinflair Buff-it and a foliage die cut. I have also used a mask to add a harlequin pattern in the corner.  The actual lace and pearls are featured on the border and attached to a piece of script paper.
I really love this design with the layers of different products and the pearls and lace giving it a bit of femininity.
Please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge blog to have a look at the creations from the lovely Design Team. We have 2 fabulous sponsors this week

PPR Papercrafts 


Deedee's Digis OFFERS

so a huge thankyou to them for their generosity.

I have my parchment class today at the shop - the first one of this year and I am really looking forward to it. I will pop the project on tomorrow's post so that you can see what we have been up to today.

Thankyou so much for popping in and checking out todays post and please don't forget that the Blog candy is still running until the end of the month if you leave a comment you will be in for a chance to win it.

Our offer on the Let's Create Website is also still running - Just! and if you order within the first 50 orders in January you will receive a 10% discount on your entire order and remember p and p is free over £10 so that is always a plus!! 

Must dash now and get the room ready for our lovely ladies,

Hope to see you hear tomorrow,

Bye for now

Jo xx


Friday, 23 January 2015

Day 23 -

Good Morning Everyone,

Friday already and I am back in the studio today for 2 shows one at 10am and one at 7pm! plenty of time to chat in the green room with all of our crafty work mates! A pocketful of dreams is on the agenda for both shows so pop and have a look if you have time on your hands!
Today I would like to share another Graphic 45 project that we did in class yesterday and everyone said that they enjoyed it - what are your thoughts?

It seems that simple is all the way at the moment and this really ticks that box.  The particular paper is from the Time to Flourish collection and this one is March.  The greens, cream and purples are a lovely mix. The photograph doesn't show it but I used glossy accents to highlight the flower head and main leaves it really makes them pop out of the paper.
The butterflies are from Tattered Lace and the border die is called Wedding garter from Cheery Lynn.
The simple sentiment with a little ribbon finishes the project off.
(Forgot to say the card size in 7" x 5" and opens from the top)
Simple but colourful and enjoyable to make.
Must press on and get my prep done for the show! magic hands will be chasing me up!
With it being Saturday tomorrow I will be back with the Allsorts Challenge as usual so hope to see you again tomorrow.
Thankyou for popping in today and, as usual, pop a comment in if you have time.
Bye for now
Jo x