Tuesday, 26 April 2016


If you didnt already - I have a workshop on Saturday all day retreat - treat yourself and stay for lunch all prepared by me. Make and takes and demonstrations and featuring techniques and prize patrols! Email me if you would like to come toocraftyjo@ntlworld.com or if you want more details. For all of the dates of workshops and scrapbooking check out the page on this blog called workshops - all the dates for the entire year are there!

Monday, 25 April 2016

Crabby Monday with You're Sublime!

Last but not least I went a little less cartoon and a bit more splodgy with this last card. With the help of the background stamps from 'By the tide' on the retirement list I'm sad to report. Its a fab background stamp set as well as a set in its own right! The crab was sponged along with the background. Sponging is a great way to fill in larger spaces - and doesn't show up my colouring skills. I used cream card for this one - or 'very vanilla' in Stampin' up lingo. The colours I have used are Watermelon wonder and Tip top Taupe. These are this year in-colours and on June 1st we will have next years new in-colours to play with (5 in total) I have seen them and I love them!

I hope you have enjoyed the series on You're Sublime. I do love getting a stamp set and thrashing it, after all you want to get the most for your money. The series only featured cards - just think what you could do with boxes, labels and tags, even some wall art. The possibilities are endless!

I am now going to scan the shelves and work out what next to feature. If you have any requests then please hit the comments - I would love a comment I don't the k I have had one for a while and there are only about 9 people regularly reading my blog according to the stats so 9 comments would be fabulous. Pick a stamp set you have and have not used yet. If I have it I will try it.

Jo x

Sunday, 24 April 2016

You're Sublime on a sunday!

Just when you thought it was all over - Three! frog cards and tomorrow I have one more card to show you - but for now let's stick to sunday's frogs! The card above  and below I have used the Flowering borders stamp set to make a background. This time instead of making space with a post it note I have cut out the frog image that was stamped onto a separate piece of white card and cut it out and mounted it over the border - you could also give it some dimension and add dimensionals (sticky pads). Papers used for these two cards above and below were scraps from Sweet lil things dsp (why does my spell checker keep pinging to DIP instead of DSP which stands for designer series paper which is a long word and I typed it now anyway)

I have accented the flowers with 'its my party enamel dots' which are in the spring summer catalogue and I had a few yellow ones left over. The idea of adding these rather splendid puckered lips I found on pinterest and I couldn't resist! I also CASED the card below from something I saw on pinterest but changed it up a bit. I think you could do this with any animal stamp you might have handy - I did it with a penguin stamp at christmas time. Always a winner I think the penguin card had squares instead of circles - you could try other shapes as well and crack out your punches collection.  For quirkiness I tied some linen thread around one of the port holes. 
Have fun with these frogs. The stamps are in a set and they all have little phrases to go with them that are quite punny. The bohemian dsp used for this card.
Last one in the series is tomorrow.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Sublime - day 5 - flower basket

Complete madness I have made two cards for day 5. The card above is the flower basket teamed up with some borders - the outside two borders I cut from the Bohemian designer series paper and the middle border was from a border stamp set called Bordering Blooms and pictured below with the You're sublime stamp set. I made a gap of white space by putting a post it note on the middle part of the card before stamping the flowering border in the middle and then removed the post it and stamped the flower barrow in the space. I put a small brad in the middle of the wheel and as I am blogging this I am realising that I may need to order a couple of tubs of these mini brads as I don't think they will be available in the new catalogue. 
 The card below is again using the bohemian papers and shows matting and layering to die for ! I have roughed up all of the edges as well to make it truly bohemian. A brad is the wheel and a bow to make it totally decorated. This card is the lavish version.
Both of the barrows have a little bit of stamped out designer paper instead of colouring in the barrow as featured in day 1 and day 2 offerings. The flowers have been coloured in with my write marker pens - so the colours match the papers and card.

So what is left to do in this series now? I think I may have a few frog cards to finish it all off tomorrow.
Until then ... jo x

Friday, 22 April 2016

You're Sublimeo - day quatre

This is the last three days and we are now onto day 4.
Now to show you the lovely flower barrel - using a different colour palette with the Bohemian Designer Series Papers. 

Here is the little caravan - it reminds me of a little pipe dream I have of a camper van! filled to the brim with crafting supplies and tea ! Now where was I - ah yes, stamp your caravan onto some designer paper first and also onto a square of whisper white card. Cut around the patterned paper image and colour in the smaller areas of the image stamped on the white card. I also cut out the window and the door - quite fussy cutting. I just had a thought, how good would the door look if it opened and closed - try that next!
The designer series paper is quite striking and so as not to lose the diagonal effect I have sliced into the paper following the line with a craft knife (use a cutting mat under or you may cut your craft table - hmmmm did I really do that) Then the white card is mounted onto a yellow piece of card and slid in behind the sliced paper background. It needed something else - so I punched some little hearts (this punch is retiring soon - Howl!) stick them down higgledy piggledy fashion. mount it all up on a blue (bermuda bay) card blank. 
Last stamp in the set - tomorrow! (but not the last in this series) just a clue - its the flower basket.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

You're Sublime - Day 3

So now to the froggy in the set - you will see in the next couple of days that I particularly like the frog! Here I have attempted some watercoloring in green and then less watered down colouring on his frog spots. The designer series paper is called 'sweet lil things' and these are scraps really to make the parcels. Then I have decorated them with scraps of ribbon and sequins - what a good way to use up your scraps ! I've just cut him out and cut into his arm joint a bit so I can slide the sentiment to make it look as if he is holding it. A few random sequins applied with mini glue dots just gives the card a bit of awesome-ness.
Now what in this set have I not covered yet? Check the blog in the next few days and find out!
jo x

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

You're Sublime - Day 2

Day 2 of You're Sublime!

Following yesterday's submarine image using a technique whereby you stamp on to the patterned paper and then cut it out and glue it on top of an already stamped image on plain white card. This way you still retain the black lines of the image and don't have to colour in - a perfect solution - although I have coloured in some of the images in this series - so stick with me over the next few days as I reveal.
By the end of the week - or maybe longer ! You will have a whole tonne of inspiration on how to make this stamp set work for you.
I like using this layout on my cards it is a tried and tested formula originally cased (copy and share everything) from a card a spotted in Harrods about 12 years ago - and when I am stuck it always works for me. The formula is: Bit of paper with torn edge adhered at the top, tied at the bottom and image on top with decorative element (e.g. buttons) in the space created by the torn off bit.
And there it is sponge bob's your uncle! You see I'm in an under the sea kind of mode today!
Sea you tomorrow!!

A quickie advert for my monthly workshop with lunch on sat 30th April - not long now - so be sure to contact me if you want to know more or to reserve a place - or check out the workshops tab on this blog.