Saturday, 4 August 2012

Week 165 - A Recipe

Good Morning Crafters

I hope that this finds you all well and enjoying the fabulous Olympics.  The Brits seem to be making their mark and for a small Island in comparison with the other huge nations I think we are doing a great job.

Watching the Olympics has been in snatches for me as it has been another hectic week.  I have had 3 excellent shows on C and C including my first show representing Crafty Notions. This is the first show since the terrible loss of Sarah Lawrence.  These were big shoes to fill and I must say I was nervous about making sure I did the best job that I could have done.  Having Nigel presenting was the best start to the show and it all went so well with 4 sell outs in the hour! phew!!!!

May I say a huge welcome to our lovely new members on our design team - Tracey and Sarah.  check out their blogs they are very talented girls.  I hope that you both enjoy your time at Allsorts.

This mornings Allsorts Challenge has been set by our lovely Emma and the title is A recipe.  What a great idea and a recipe with no calories - even better!!! We have been asked for a design using a certain recipe of elements and this is what I have come up with
   I have chosen to make a decorative hanging using every possible Tim Holtz product!  A bit of a Ranger Fest I think on reflection!!!! As always it isn't the best photograph but have taken a couple of close ups to see more detail.

Are you ready for the list of products! First of all I took a piece of Grunge Board and cut a Labels 1 Spellbinder out. I used Distress stains - Dusty Concorde for the background - great for quick coverage -  and spritzed it with perfect pearls to add some glimmer.  I added to the background by using some paper from my stash which has a generic text on it so perfect for what I wanted.  I used Tim Holtx Flourish from Sizzix as a stencil and used Snow Cap alcohol ink to create some depth.
  I then tackled the next layer with a group of tattered florals (again Sizzix) which were cut from Grunge paper and Glassine paper I also coloured the grunge paper flourish with a cocktail of alcohol ink colours (I couldn't make my mind up at this stage!)I also spritzed these with the perfect pearls too.
the butterflies were stamped onto Grunge using the lovely floral set from Hunkydory (check these out if you haven't already - fabulous designs and great value for money)
The Ideaology buttons finished off the flowers, Creative Expressions pink pearl PVA added the girly touch and Cosmic Shimmer ribbon was used for hanging.
Great fun doing this as I am sure you can see - get your newspaper ready for the inking frenzy though!! (that reminds me must get on now as I didn't tidy up after finishing quite late and I have a parchment class this morning - I don't think alcohol inks, distress stains and parchment are a match in heaven!!!

If you are around the Preston area on Sunday I have the pleasure of demonstrating at the fabulous |Inspirations shop (Hunkydory home).  The gorgeous Phil Martin will be there also trying to upstage me!!!
Very much looking forward to this always a great day and the staff are some of the best.
I have been asked to demo Tim Holtz and Ideaology products so will take my project to display,
It would be great to see you if you have a chance to pop in.

Anyway must dash.  Please pop over to the Allsorts blog to check out the other recipe ideas from our lovely team and it would be great if you left a comment about my Tim Holtz Fest!!  Get all your Ranger stash out and have a blast.
Bye for now and enjoy a lovely weekend.
Lots of crafty love
Jo xx



  1. Absolutely beautiful Jo, love the colours and all the details x

  2. Gorgeous hanging Jo, love all the techniques you've used to create this masterpiece for my challenge. The colours are beautiful and those flowers are a perfect finishing touch!
    Have a great weekend
    Hugs Nicola xxx

  3. Great hanger Jo love the colours and the sparkle looks fab

    Em xxx

  4. Gorgeous hanger Jo, so pretty
    HUGZ Fleur xXx

  5. thats gorgeous jo, I love the colours too. Have a fabby weekend hun
    huge hugs Lou xxx and smaller ones from Mo...who has been happily decorating his tissue box cover he bought the other day from you! he loved his sweeties to so thank you so much for those xxxxxx

    1. Hello! Thankyou so much for the lovely comments. Soooo pleased that Mo is enjoying his crafting. When you left we both said what an amazingly gorgeous boy he is you must be extremely proud. Look forward to seeing you both again at the shop. Bye for now Jo x

  6. I just love it Jo, the colours, the inking, the dies and flowers, just all of it.

    I recorded your Crafty Notions show and you did them proud, I can well understand how nervous you felt, they were big boots to fill, but really well done.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    B x

  7. Simple stunning! Love all the gorgeous details.
    Saw the C&C show and you did a fab job :o)
    Enjoy the weekend.
    Take care
    Debs xx

  8. This is gorgeous Jo, love the colours! As I write I see we are 3rd on the medals table! Yay!!!!! Carole Z X

  9. This is so gorgeous! So much detail too. Love it xx

  10. Love the colours.Would be great as a topper too.

  11. Hiya Jo,
    Beautiful piece... Love the flowers and the stunning colours.
    Just catching up on my recordings of your shows. I have to say you did a Grand job for Crafty Notions. I'm sure Sarah would have been proud.
    Also a huge thanks for the 'name-check' on my samples for Joanna Sheen, I really appreciate it.
    Sandra x