Saturday, 28 January 2012

Week 139 - Hearts

Hello my Blog friends

We are all loved up at the Allsorts Challenge this week.  As you can see I have used as many as I could on this card!  Spellbinders are playing a big part on the design.  I used the Heart Square and the edgeabilities and both these sets make fantastic results everytime.  I have also used the Grand Peony set which is such a useful and a very pretty die set too.  To embellish the card I have used some striped vellum for the bottom half, vintage ribbon, pearl glue and pearl hat pins.  A little bit of Bakers twine has been wrapped around the centre to define the different sections of the card. 

I really hope that you like this design and that you pop over to the blog to have a look at the other design team cards and then have a go yourself! 

If you have a few minutes leave a comment I would love to hear from you with your comments.
For all the Joanna Sheen fans she will be on Create and Craft in the morning and again in the afternoon with some gorgeous new products including a great new CD.

Enjoy a lovely weekend, wrap up warm its going to be chilly!
Bye for now
Jo xxx 

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Allsorts Challenge - Needles and Pins

Good Morning Everyone,

Sorry that I missed last weeks Allsorts Challenge, I have been a bit poorly.  What a week this has been, very busy! Wednesday was a double workshop day at the shop we were using the new Cheery Lynn dies, there is only one word to describe these - gorgeous!!!  Everyone was blown away with how delicate the dies cut and the results that you can get from just one die.  Thursday Karen and I had a trip over to Sleaford to spend the afternoon with the Salvation Army Craft club.  What a lovely group and everyone enjoyed themselves. That brings us to Friday.  To finish the week I had a Create and Craft show which went fabulously well.  I had a great lineup of products, as ever,  from Jayne Shasky to the gorgeous HouseMouse Craft stamps.  Which brings me nicely on to my card for the Challenge.

Now, if that doesnt make you smile! You really cant help but love these gorgeous little characters and how fabulous they are to colour in.  On this one I have used Pro-markers.  the background papers were taken from the Haberdashery collection by Joanna and these are available on her website.  This is a great pack with a lot of useful A4 pieces to play with.  I have also used Tim Holtz sewing room die to embellish further.  As you will see I have faux stitched around the edges of everything that can be seen and finished off with Vintage photo distress ink. 

I really hope you enjoyed this as much as I did making it, colouring in House Mouse designs always makes me feel happy.

Please leave a comment and let me know if you too love these cute little characters.  I love to hear from you.
Bye for now and enjoy a lovely weekend Jo xx

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Allsorts Challenge - Paper Piecing

Good Morning Everyone

Well this morning's offering is the card that I made for the Allsorts Challenge and as the title suggests it is paper piecing.  This is a technique that I particularly love, it gives depth and interest to your design with very little effort.  I have used the Little Claire Cutie Patootie stamp, the whole set are so lovely and fabulous to colour in. (If you are coming to the Friday workshop this week we will be making this card) I have used a mixture of Copics and Pro-markers.  I have cut the image out with a circular Spellbinder and have also used some of the brand new Marianne Designs which arrived in the shop the same day that I was preping the card so I had to try them out! The ones that I have used are the fence, the ivy and the bird house.  The quality, as ever, is excellent and do emboss them as well as cut and then the design really pops!  I have coloured the fence with vintage photo DI and this brings the embossed areas even better. The papers that I have used are Echo Park for the backgrounds and Prima for the floral.  By distressing the edge with my favourite tool (Tim Holtz!) and then popping vintage photo over it finishes it off lovely. 

The paper piecing technique has been used on the girl and boys clothes and hats.  If you haven't done this technique before all you do is stamp the image onto paper of your choice and then cut them out and place onto the original stamped image.  A little tip do your colouring that you need to do on the bottom image before placing your paper piece down - it is easier.

I hope that you like this bit of inspiration, I always say it but do give the Challenge a go and good luck! Have a go at the paper piecing if you come across a query e mail me on
Bye for now
and many thanks for popping in, leave a comment that would be great!
Jo x