Saturday, 31 January 2015

Day 31 - Allsorts Challenge post

Good Morning Everyone!

Saturday morning and it is time for this week's Allsorts challenge and also the final day of my January inspiration and so tomorrow will be the draw for the blog candy so I hope that you have made a comment on my posts at least once in this month.
But, back to today our lovely Team member Wendy has chosen a very popular subject for this weeks Challenge -


and this is my project for the Challenge -

This is a 7" square card and all the dies are from the Creative Expression's Sue Wilson collection. 
The flowers are from the Camellia range - there is an open and closed flower.
The leaves are also from this collection.
The border is from the Gemini collection - Lyra and it is very versatile.
The cardstock that I have used is centura pearl and it embosses and cuts so well.
The class made this card in the workshop yesterday and they really enjoyed it.
Today we are having an MDF workshop and we are using the Candy Box birdhouse clock and if you pop in again tomorrow I will put a photograph of it on tomorrow's post.
If you pop over to the Allsorts blog you will be able to see some lovely projects featuring flowers from the design team.
Thankyou to our fabulous sponsors who are ~
Whimsy Stamps and Scrapper's Delight.
Don't forget that it is your last opportunity to be in with a chance of winning some craft goodies if you leave a comment for me.
Thankyou so much for popping in and I hope to see you tomorrow.
Enjoy your Saturday and the rest of the weekend.
Bye for now
Jo xx

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

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Day 22 - Time to Flourish

Hello my Friends,

I hope that you have escaped the awful snow that seemed to fall on a lot of areas yesterday. Luckily we were left out for a change and all we had was a very cold and icy day.

I have a project using Time to Flourish Graphic 45 papers today and I think this will cheer you up - 

These papers are just stunning and there isn't one in the set that I haven't fallen in love with. 
This is a particular favourite as I love Sunflowers - they are so bright and cheerful and create a perfect picture for a card.
I have covered a stepper /easel card blank with kraft card and the Sunflower papers and have also used some of the mini-stamp images and a border from the papers too.
The sentiment taken from the paper, raised up on foam pads, acts as the stopper for the easel.
I love working with Graphic 45 at the best of times but these papers are really something else!
I hope you agree and leave me a comment.  
Thankyou for your comments yesterday and hope you can pop in again tomorrow for another instalment. 
Bye for now
Jo xx

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Day 21 - Butterflies all the way

Good morning everyone,

Welcome back to another day to cheer up a dreary January morning.
Very chilly in Tattershall this morning, a real winter day. 
Thankyou to everyone that left a comment yesterday.
A simple design today and another idea using the interchangeable folders.

This time I haven't used any sentiment at all and where the actual words would have been I have cut a circle out and made a frame around the circle.  I have embossed plain white card and then used Peacock Feathers distress ink to colour it up.  The background butterflies are not big and bold but just enough to see and create an interest.  I used glitter card as one of the layers and this shows through under the circle aperture. The butterflies just flow through the middle nicely. 
 Quite simple but pretty. 
Thankyou for taking the time to check in on me and hope to see you again tomorrow.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Day 20 - Butterflies and acetate

Hello Crafters,

Thankyou all for yesterday's comments, I really love to hear from you and hope that the project has appealed to you.
Today I thought I would share another card that I made for the 4 day deal that Nancy was doing yesterday. I think that she demonstrated this one too.

This is the same folder that I used for yesterday's project so you can see just changing what you emboss does really change it.  I used a heavyweight acetate which gives you the better finish and then attached it to the black cardstock with brads. The central oval was embossed with one of the greetings that you get in the set and I matted it with black to make it stand out a bit more. Flowers and organza ribbon finish the design off.
Hope that like this one, let me know what you think.
Thankyou for popping in and hope to see you tomorrow.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Monday, 19 January 2015

Day 19 -

Good morning everybody,

Welcome to another week and hope that everything has started really well for you all.
Today Nancy is launching some new interchangeable embossing folders on C and C and this is one of the samples that I made for the show.

I had 2 different folders to make samples with and this one as you can see is lovely.
The interchangeables are really clever in that you can change the sentiment to go with the background and this suits whichever occasion you would like it to be.
I have used a few more Tattered Lace dies, butterflies from the Starlight square and Daisies from the Panorama collection, to embellish the design a little.
the shows are a 4 day deal and our lovely Liz will be doing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday shows so you may want to catch some of these.
Please pop a comment in if you have time, the blog candy is still up for grabs until the end of the month, not long to be in with a chance to win.
Thankyou as always,
Bye for now

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Day 18 - Vintage romance

Hello Everyone,

I hope that this finds you all well today and have enjoyed a lovely weekend.  It looks as if we escaped the snow, for now, thank goodness! 
I have a little romance and vintage on the cards for this project.

The main focal image is a stamp from Joy crafts and I love it. I stamped it onto background paper so that always gives a headstart with your colouring. The ink that I used was momento cocoa as I decided to use pro-markers to colour the rose.  I also stamped the rose several times so that I cut decoupage it with an extra 3 layers. I also distressed the edges of the paper.  The scroll at the back is just some more background paper from the same pad as the stamped image - they are from Paper Artsy. The background embossing is from a Crafters companion folder and the die cut is a marianne.  Grosgrain ribbon and pearls and a little guilding wax here and there finishes this off. I really enjoyed making this and hope that you like it too.
Thankyou so much for popping in and hope to see you again tomorrow.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Allsorts Challenge - Spring Flowers

Good Morning,

Hope this finds you all well and possibly staying in the warm today as it is so cold! 
Apologies for no post yesterday it really was a daft busy day and it got to the evening and thought I may as well pop today's on and make my apologies!  I will pop an extra one on the end of the month to compensate! :)

Anyway, on to today, and as it is Saturday again it must be time for the Allsorts Challenge and this week it is our very lovely Susan who has set the Challenge and it is ........................

Spring Flowers!

and this is perfect for this Challenge.

what more could you ask for on a dull and cold January day but lots of colour and a sentiment sending Special Wishes for a bright and beautiful day!
I started with an A5 card blank and then chose my papers to go with the different coloured flowers.  I didn't pick a highly patterned paper as this would have hidden the flowers and that would have been a shame.
The flowers were really lovely to do as they are made of a soft pastic. They are called 3D shape forming flowers from Studio light.  They come on an A4 sheet and you need to cut them out.  You then need to heat them using a heat gun (or a candle as it says on the instructions!) and you can mould them whilst the flowers are warm.  It also makes them really shiny too and they look as if they have been glazed.  The sheets of flowers are really affordable under £3 per sheet and there is approx 35 with leaves on each sheet.  If you are interested in having a go at this different embellishment technique we do sell them on our website - and remember that we still have an offer as we havent reached 50 people to place an order - please use code JAN50 and this will automatically take the discount off for you and also P and P is free after spending £10.00.

The team have made some fabulous samples as usual so please pop over to the Challenge blog to have a look at their creations.  Thankyou to our lovely sponsors Passion for Stamps and Marianne Designs)
I hope that you will find time to drop me a comment and let me know if you have had a go at these unusual flowers.
Must dash as I have a busy day getting samples done for a show Nancy is doing on Monday at C and C using some new interchangeable embossing folders.
Enjoy a lovely weekend,
keep safe if we get snow
Bye for now
Jo xx

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Day 15 - Flowers and hearts.

Hello Crafters,

Welcome back to the Let's Create blog and another little offering using the Pocketful of Dreams paper collection from Tattered Lace.

The colours are not showing true on the photograph as they are so much prettier than they are here.
I used the Essential Hearts die collection and cut the largest die and created the base card. The background papers were perfect to use as the matts and layers. I moulded the flowers, inked the edges and layered these up with a button and bakers twine popped in the middle.  I popped the butterflies out and glittered them, added a sentiment and an organza bow and finally some pearls on the border which acts as a stopper.
Thankyou for popping in and hope you liked the card today.
Hope to see you again in the morning,
Bye for now
Jo x

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Day 14 - All you need is Love

Good morning everyone,
 I hope that this finds you all well.
Today is the last show using the Pocketful of Dreams collection for the time being.
It really has been a lovely kit to play with and with the card that I have to show you today you can see how versatile it is too.  

 This is a 7" x 7" square card and I have used the papers from the kit as the background paper. You can see that I have distressed the edges of both layers of paper.  This gives it a more vintage look.  You could also ink the edges but on this occasion I left it with the white showing. You can see how good the quality of the paper is where I have rolled it and it stays in place.
The die is one of the new Tattered Lace that was in the world launch shows that Liz has been doing.
I have used the decorative circle to cut 2 squares one in white and one in pink and then sprayed the diecut with Stick and Stay from Crafters Companion and then covered it in very fine glitter. 
An organza bow and some pearls from the embellishment kit finishes off the design.

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

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Day 13 - Its all about Hearts

Good Evening,

Only just in time for today's post.  A busy day all round and then in at C and C for the 6pm show with the gorgeous Pocketful of dreams paperkit from Tattered Lace.
I thought with the shows still going on I would show you another sample from the show which I haven't demonstrated yet.

As well as the paperkit I have combined the design with some of the Tattered Lace world launch dies.
I used the Essential Hearts collection which is really gorgeous and also the Tapestry Heart inside the inner frame that I made. The flowers are from the kit and I have moulded and layered quite a few of them up and inked the edges a little with a deeper pink.  A border from the kit acts as the stopper and a little organza ribbon and pearls finishes the design off.
It is my last show tomorrow at 11am with the paper kit so perhaps you will join me and maybe email in. 
Thankyou so much for popping in and hopefully leave a comment if you have the chance.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Monday, 12 January 2015

Day 12 - Pocket Full of Dreams

Hello my fellow crafters,
Happy Monday morning!
Thankyou for all of your lovely comments and welcome to all of the new followers I love to think that someone is reading my dribble every day!

Over the next few days I thought I would share some of my samples that I have made for the CHA shows on C and C.

The kit is simply stunning and the quality is second to none. I have really enjoyed working with it and hope that you enjoy checking out the ideas too.
This card is so simple and all it took was a little time to mat and layer the floral card stock with the plain and chocolate card.  Their are so many embellishments in the kit it was difficult to choose which ones to use!
The rossets are part of the kit and are already scored so needed to be simply pleated up and stuck. A resin flower finishes this off. As you will see I have inked up the edges of all the cardstock with Vintage photo ink which gives the impression that there are more layers than I have put together.
Try this little tip for yourselves even if you are not a inky sort of crafter.
Hope that you can pop in tomorrow - I will have a sample using the new dies.
Thankyou, again, for popping in and see you tomorrow.
Bye for now,
Jo xx

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Day 11 -

Good Morning Everyone,

Today I have another sample from my show that I did on Wednesday at Create and Craft.
I'm a real fan of purple and black as it looks so clean and precise.

I have used the Rose die from Tattered Lace and in my demonstration I was showing how you can take one die and extend it to make a real feature on a larger card.
It works really well with this particular die.  Take a look at some of your designs and have a go at extending them.  A sentiment, pearl strings, some gross grain ribbon and a resin flower finishes off the card.
Its another busy day today even though it is Sunday I have my first show in the California Crafting schedule at 1pm. Hope that you can join me and perhaps send an email!
If you have time please leave me a comment - tell me what you have been crafting with lately!
Remember a comment means you are put into the draw for blog candy.
Thankyou so much for popping in and hope to see you again tomorrow.
Bye for now
Jo x

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Week 293 - Allsorts Challenge - New and Cute

Good Saturday Morning,

Welcome to another Allsorts Challenge card and this week we have had a fabulous title to 
work with ~
New and Cute!
and this is the project that I would like to show you ~

 This is cute and would be perfect for a new baby so it covers the title nicely.
It is a really clean and simple card with the base measuring 6" x 6".  The main topper has been made using a number of dies  - the 2 plain circles are from my Tonic circle set and the pink circle was a shape out of a paper kit and I thought it was perfect to use for Spirelli, winding pink and white bakers twine around the shape. The duck is the gorgeous little die from Tattered Lace - so cute! I cut this in pink glitter card.
The background lattice was also out of a paper kit and I ran it through an embossing folder to give some interest to it.  A tag with the new baby sentiment on it finishes it off.
I hope you like it and it inspires you to have a go at the Allsorts Challenge this week.  Pop over to the Allsorts blog and have a look at the other design team ideas which are really lovely.
Today I am busy getting my samples and demonstrations ready for the CHA shows on Create and Craft my first show is Sunday at 1pm and I have a fabulous paper kit from Tattered Lace to play with it really is so pretty and you can get so many projects from it.
Liz will be on at 10am on Sunday with some amazing dies that are being launched at CHA!
Lots of lovely things to show you! 
I hope that you enjoy a lovely weekend and if you have a few minutes please pop a comment for me and remember that I am blogging every day in January and there will be a draw for some blog candy at the end of the month if you leave a comment. 
Thankyou for popping in 
Bye for now
Jo xx 

Friday, 9 January 2015

Day 9 - A little black number.


Good morning everyone - Friday already and today we have play day at the shop! 
A great day ahead but first my inspiration for today.

As the title suggests it is a classy black and white design.  The main focal point is the flower die and then the strips of embossed detail on the bands of matted card stock leads the eye into the middle of the design. The background paper is quite busy I think the mix of the plain colours it works quite well. 
Let me know what your thoughts are on this idea by leaving me a comment.
Don't forget that at the end of the month I will be popping all comments into the hat for a Blog Candy draw.
Hope to see you again,
Until then,
Bye for now

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Day 8 - A little Springtime

Hello Crafters,

Thankyou for popping in for another dose of January inspiration.
Today I have another sample that I made for the Pick of the Day shows from yesterday.
This is a sample that I made and Nancy demonstrated it on the Tuesday evening.

 I used the Lacy Daffodil embossing folder and also the die that matched. They are both stunning and with such little effort you can create some gorgeous designs.
The embossing on the tag was made using the border die from the set and the pocket is the corner die,
the pattern has been really enhanced by gently rubbing a chalk ink over the embossed area.
Chalk inks are excellent to use for this purpose as they leave an interesting matt finish.
The tag has been simply tucked into the corner and the sentiment added.
I enjoyed making this and it is certainly one I would make again.
I hope that you can pop in again tomorrow and leave a comment for me if you have the time.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Day 7 - A little bit of Embossing

Good Afternoon Everyone,

What a busy day! have you catching up with a little bit of Pick of the Day - the embossing folders are amazing! the detail is so fabulous and loving the corners and borders.
I thought I ought to show you one of the samples that I made for the show.  If you have other embossing folders then use these, hopefully it will inspire you in some way.

This one is very simple and quick.  I have used one of the templates that are also on the show - the elegant easel card.  I used the Butterfly Flourish folder and simply used Pan Pastels to colour it in rainbow colours. This really picks up the detail.  The border from the same set adds interest to the stopper - again colouring it with the pan pastels.  The base is a floral print card.
Pearls and glitter glue finishes the card off.
Again, simple but pretty.
Hope that you like today's offering and hope to hear what you think.
Please pop in tomorrow,
Until then - 
Bye for now
Jo xx

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Day 6 - Florals it is.

Good Afternoon Crafty friends,

Apologies for the delay in posting today I have been head down preparing for tomorrows shows on C and C and forgot the time!! 
Today is a floral card that is quite easy to do and also change with the relevant stamps and papers that you have.

The stamp is from one of our Let's Create floral range and it has been simply paper peiced using the paper used in the background. The leaves were coloured with distress ink. I did some blending with distress ink around the endges of the square and also a bit of doodling around the edge to give it a bit more interest. The paper used is from the Bazzill range. I matted the pieces at the back with brown - I think the teal and brown go really well.
The leaves that I have embellished with are from Cheery Lynn and they come in so handy for so many projects. A few pearl strings and individual bronze pearls finish the project off.
I am making a similar card for a demo tomorrow (if the embossing folders are still in stock!!) using the border folders they really suit this design.
Thankyou for popping in and tune in to see Nancy Watt launch the Pick of the Day tonight on Ideal World at 9pm.  I will be picking up shows from 1pm tomorrow afternoon with the lovely Liz.
Please leave a comment to be in with a chance to win some Blog candy at the end of the month.
Must dash and press on!
Bye for now
Jo xx

Monday, 5 January 2015

Day 5 - A little Pink and Pretty

Good Monday Morning Crafters

Todays little piece of inspiration for a dull January morning is, as the title says, pink and pretty.

This was a card that the workshop ladies did in the last get-together of 2014 and it was lovely to do something other than Christmas! 
Both of the dies used are from Tonic and they are so delicate and pretty and would look fabulous on all sorts of occasional cards. The fan is from the Rococo range and the edger die is from the Header die range.  The band of organza ribbon really sets the fan off with its additional flowers from the Hobby House and a feather to soften everything. 
This, again, is such as easy card to make and quite pretty for me!! lol.
I'm going to be a busy girl today preparing for some of the Pick of the Day shows that I am doing for Steph and the Team at Tattered Lace.  It's a little early to post any samples today but will pop a couple on on Wednesday to show you what I have been up to.  I have 3 shows on Wednesday afternoon if Nancy leaves any stock for us to sell!!

Please pop by again tomorrow again to have a look at what day 6 will bring.
Thankyou, as always, for popping in and please leave a comment if you have time to spare.
Bye for now
Jo xx 

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Day 4 - A little Rock and Roll!

Good Sunday Morning to you all!

Welcome back to all of my lovely followers.  I have a little bit of Rock and Roll mixed into todays  bite of inspiration ~

This is a card I made for our lovely friend Jayne and she is a rock and roll chick through and through so this really did fit the bill. 
 The main piece of the project was made using one of the Create a Card die-sires from Crafters Companion and this is a great all rounder and can be used for so many different birthdays depending on the age of the Birthday girl or boy. I have cut and embossed it onto silver pearl card and then backed it onto black glitter card to give it a bit of pizzazz.
In the very background the music paper that I have used is from Woodware which again is so useful.
The faux record ( the youngsters reading this won't recognise this!!) was made using a circle die and marking graduating circles on it in pencil. The image of the rock and roll pair (Jayne and Steve!!)
comes from a stamp from Creative Expressions. I didn't colour this as I wanted the same tones to show throughout the project.
Jayne loved it and I hope that you do too and that it might give you another idea if you need something along these lines.
A massive thankyou to you all for having a little look at the website - we really appreciate your positive comments.
Will sign off now and hope that you can leave a comment - the saying is you need to be "In it to win it" so leave a comment to be in with the draw for candy at the end of the month.
and I love to hear from you all too!!
Hope that you can pop in tomorrow to see what I can inspire you with.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Week 282 - Cold and Frosty Colours

Hello my Crafty Friends,

Good morning on this chilly Saturday and today we are back with our Allsorts Challenge project and this week our lovely Team member Brenda has chosen ~

Cold and Frosty Colours
and this is what I have come up with ~

It certainly fits the bill with the colour scheme and is suits the weather today also.
The image is a topper from Marianne designs and comes on an A4 sheet with a choice of different images that were all perfect for this project. I covered the image with double sided adhesive and covered it in micro beads (this is difficult to get a good picture of these)
I used Tattered Lace Essential Circles to make the frame around the image.  I cut the Cherry Tree die, again from Tattered Lace, and then sprinkled Stampendous embossing glitter in patches onto the branches and heated it to set.  I also used the glitter on the frame to make this frosty too.
the cardstock was from my ever increasing stash and the woolly hat is a cute felt embellishment that we sell in the shop.  I thought it went well with the theme.
As always the Allsorts Challenge Design Team have come up with some fabulous ideas so take a peek at this at the Allsorts Challenge Blog.
We have 2 fabulous sponsors this week ~
Thankyou to them both for their continued support.

Also thank you for having a look around our newly released webshop, we really appreciate your positive feedback.
As a thankyou we are offering the first 50 people a 10% reduction on their order and
all that you need to do is go onto the website at
and use the Code - JAN50
and remember that Postage is free over £10!
For those of you that have popped onto the blog for the first time this year I am posting every day during January to try and beat the January blues! if you leave me a comment you will go into a draw at the end of the month .
Thankyou so much for visiting, as always it is much appreciated!
I hope that you enjoy a lovely weekend and hope to see you again tomorrow.
Bye for now
Jo xx  

Friday, 2 January 2015

Day 2 January Inspiration and some news!

Good Morning Everyone,

Well its back to work for us today but I will be pleased to get back to sort normality.  All these lovely days eating and drinking and generally chillaxing as they say does make us a little sluggish!
Today I have a little purple number and what do you think of it?
The die that I used is the Regal Frame from tonic and simply cutting it in black card and layering it up a little really works so well.  The background was also an embossing folder from Tonic (sorry not sure of the name of it).  A simple bit of matting a layering and keeping the design quite simple makes a quite elegant design. Some pearl strings from Hobby House and an oganza bow finishes the design off.
 And now for the news! Mark and I have been working on our webshop for quie some time and so many things have always had to be put in front of it but we have finally got it to a point to introduce it to you all.  We still have lots of gorgeous crafty goodies to put on it but we thought with it being the start of the New Year we would unveil it to you.
We are very chuffed to say that any order over £10 the postage will be free of charge so hopefully you will be able to take advantage of this.
The website address is:
(Just copy and paste this into your search engine)

I would be thrilled to bits if you popped in and take a look and let me know what you think.
Thankyou for popping in to check out todays post and please leave me a comment if you have time.
Bye for now and see you tomorrow
Jo xx

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Happy New Year!!

Good New Years Day morning to you all,

I would like to take the opportunity in this post to wish each and everyone of you the very best the New Year could bring and hope that you all keep happy and healthy.
This year has brought us many happy times, some fabulous crafty get-togethers, some very special family events, and some excellent opportunities leading into 2015.
I read a fabulous quote today and decided that I am going to adopt this for the New Year ~
"Do more of what makes you Happy " 
I like the thought of this and hope that some of you will adopt it too.

The crafting world is a very happy place with people that are inspirational, amazingly creative and some that become life-long friends.  
Thankyou for being one of these people and wish everyone the very best that the New Year can bring.
Enjoy a lovely day today with family and friends and hope that we can keep in touch over the next year.

To celebrate the New Year I have decided to start 2015 in a positive frame of mind and post on my blog everyday in January.  I hope to share with you some ideas and hopefully some inspiration and would be really chuffed if you left me a comment when you have the time.
If you leave me a comment at the end of the month I will be happily giving away some blog candy! 

Thankyou for popping in and hope to see you again tomorrow when I will have some great news on a project that we have been working on for sometime.
Bye for now
Jo xx