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Happy Thoughts

Its been a crazy few weeks.

First I decided to sort out our den a.k.a our garage a.k.a the room where we stuff everything we don’t know what to do with. It had become a hell hole and I could no longer bear to go in there, which was less than convenient because, you know, there was stuff down there. Useful stuff. I was sure it was there, only I couldn’t be sure because I couldn’t find it. You know how it goes.

Anyway. We cleared it out and by the time it was done, well, there was space for me to invade with my craft stuff, which meant more room for crafting in my den a.k.a one of our bedrooms.

Then there was a visit with the grandchildren and a worrying time with a young member of the extended family in hospital – fortunately now home again and recovering nicely.

When I got back there was the usual round of washing and ironing that you always end up with when you’ve been away.

Finally, I stopped moving – and it occurred to me that I hadn’t blogged for simply ages. So I thought I’d catch up by posting these happy journal cards I made while I was away. I actually made these as an entry to the Win & Tonic challenge for June.

I like making journal cards, they’re such a cute size to work with and when they are done you can use them in so many ways – in your planner, on scrapbook pages, as card toppers or pop them in the post as happy mail to a friend.

And I absolutely adore finding inspirational quotes. Happy quotes. Words that make you smile when you read them. The world is too sad. I like happy thoughts and when I find them, I want to share them.

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I made these three as a set, because the quotes seemed to work really well together and because I love sets of anything!

I cut a journal card and an ATC for each, then smudged the edges and layered them.

Butterflies

I die cut embellishments to complement the words.

I printed the text from my computer and smudged the edges of the cut pieces, sticking them with double sided tape and dimensional spacers to add depth.

Beauty of Dreams

I kept the colours fairly soft and kept the splashes of sizzling pink to a minimum. I really wanted a dreamy look to go with the words.

I loved the way these cards turned out. They make me happy every time I look at them. In fact, I love them so much that I think I shall make a wall decoration with them.

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Journal Cards

What do you guys think?

Big crafty hugs – Sandie xx

 

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Sizzling Summer is finally here – if only I was on Tonic Island!

Yes, the sun is shining and the temperatures are soaring, and those of us still in Blighty are sizzling hot and wondering why the weather always leaves us unprepared, come rain, hail or heatwave!

If only I was on Tonic Island, sipping a cool cocktail and listening to the sound of the surf, instead of land locked here in the mid country, enjoying the dubious pleasures of our unpredictable and unreliable climate.

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A postcard from ‘Tonic Island’

But speaking of Tonic Island and all things related to my favourite purveyor of crafty treasures Tonic Studios , leads me on to … *drumroll* … I WON the Win & Tonic Challenge for May!  Cool, huh? Check out my fantastic prize here.

So right now, I want to send a huge thank you to the team who runs the fabulous Win & Tonic, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, you should head on over and maybe play along, its lots of fun to join in.

I love this month’s challenge, which is: Colour – hot colours, Technique –  anything goes, Product – any flower dies or punches, Theme – a card for a girlie or lady (my favourite cards to make!) 

So to get started, I took a basic yellow card, which I think looks pretty summery. The textured card stock I chose to cut my shapes from is shocking pink – and you can’t get much hotter than that!

I wanted to try one of my fabulous prize dies, so I chose Flora. I wanted to use all of the cut pieces, so I made a pocket using the lacy cut-out.

Just so you know, this die was a dream to use, and only required one pass through my Big Shot. There were four in the Essentials Collection that I won: Ada, Constance, Evelyn and Flora. They are all gorgeously lacy and ultra feminine and cut through card stock supremely well.

Next, I stuck the ‘negative’ cut of the die to the top part of my card. I wanted to use all of the pieces I had cut, and I had one little trim left. On my desk I found a small trim left from when I tried out Evelyn, and I’d cut it in sizzling orange cardstock – how ‘hot’ is shocking pink and vibrant orange? I stuck my trim down and placed the small pink trim over the top – voila!

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I really wanted to cut a flower out, so using some thinner card stock I cut 6 layers of flower shapes in two sizes. I punched a hole in the middle of each and smudged the edges using a red ink pad. Then I spritzed them with water and scrunched them up! Oh, how satisfying that was!

When my petals were dry, I joined them together with a red brad and placed them slightly off the corner of the card. Almost done, but not quite.

June Entry 2B

I cut a journal card from hot pink and yellow and layered on a sentiment from the latest Tonic Design Collection. I cut a tag using the free die and stuck it to the journal card. Using the free embossing folder I made a Happy Birthday panel and popped it onto the back of my journal tag.

Now I’m done! Best of all, I have a bright glamorous friend who will love to receive my sizzling hot summer birthday card!

What do you think guys?

Big crafty hugs – Sandie xx

 

 

Pretty Little Treat Boxes

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Box: Ultimate Pro; Die Cut: Tonic Studios

I love a pretty gift box, don’t you?  So much fun. My two examples here are easy peasy, one is super fast and the other takes a little more effort but the effect is stunning.

The challenge over at Win & Tonic this month calls for an Easter Treat Box. Well, Easter is over but there are plenty of excuses reasons to make a cute box, and with spring teasing us with blossom and sunshine amidst sharp winds and cold frosts, why not break out those spring colours and make pretty treats for our nearest and dearest, even if we can’t put away our winter warmers just yet.

So first up, I made a really quick little box using my Crafters Companion Top Score multiboard. This cute little gizmo boasts that I could make a box in minutes and indeed I did. Dead easy to make – just scoring and folding – and my little box would hold some little chocs very prettily.

I decorated my box with a beautiful shape that I cut using my Tonic Studio Treasured Token mini envelop die set. The shape was exactly the right size, and I backed it with sparkly pink card to make the design pop out.

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Treat box with cutouts, using Tonic Studios crystal carousel die set

Next I opened up my Crystal Lantern die by Tonic Studios and made a six sided box. I cut out the sides using two of many optional cut out dies accompanying the main die. I finished it with a layered flower on the top and a double tag that I cut in matching spring colours. The card stock I used was Spring Fest by First Edition. The colours are gorgeous.

You could use this box for all sorts of little treats and they look so pretty on a table for special occasion treats. I made some at Christmas for table presents after dinner.

Little gift boxes are just so much fun, to make and to give, because who wouldn’t appreciate a small gift popped inside a pretty box that has obviously been made with love? There are loads of dies out there for making pretty boxes, but the simple ones made with a few folds are just as effective.

Hope you all have some fun making pretty little treats.

My Crafting Story and Other Jolly Robins, Abridged

All crafters have a crafting story to tell, and this is mine. Abridged.

I grew up in a family of crafters: my dad worked with wood and would build anything for the home that my mother asked. Sometimes more. 😉 My mother, nana and various aunts were all dressmakers, with a little knitting and crochet on the side. I learned to sew at around seven, by thirteen I was making clothes both for myself and my four year old sister.

Later in my teens I stopped crafting for a while, as the topic of relationships grew altogether more satisfying. It was during one such relationship that I was told I would “never get anywhere in life …” because I had a “head full of jolly robins”. This didn’t sound good and I came to the conclusion that the only place I wanted to be was somewhere else. I took custody of my Jolly Robins and moved out. I mention this only because that was as much a beginning for me as an ending and the Jolly Robins have become an integral part of my philosophy on life.

Life should be joyful; it should be loving and giving and it really should include doing things that make you happy. So I chose the name Jolly Robins for my blog because I could and because it made me happy to do so.

My crafting passions have led me down many paths. My bulging craft cupboard and its overflow, the garage, will bear testament to my many experiments into pyrography, encaustic art, pastel painting and other such happy diversions. But my main loves are papercrafting and dressmaking, with a little bag making on the side.

I love to work with wood, turning basic wooden blanks into little treasures that give me delight to create and the recipients an individual gift made just for them. Last year I decorated an Advent House for the very first time, and now I’m decorating a second one.

I always come back to cardmaking as my go to craft. There’s little I enjoy more than being ankle deep in paper and glue and a folder full of cutting dies to choose from. Such a happy dilemma! The joy of giving that specially made little act of creation to a loved one is pretty special.

In January, I promised myself (and my generous critic and long-suffering husband, who gets to witness first hand my crafting projects in all their glory – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly) that I would not buy a single card this year.  I am on track and although a spate of birthdays throughout April put the Christmas cards on hold, I am back on the case.

So, patient reader, I decided to recreate my blog. I’ve been blogging for a few years, and although Jolly Robins is still in its infancy, I have a couple of other blogs out there. I will post the links for those who haven’t drifted off to sleep or left the webosphere, if you care to check them out. 😀

And that brings to me the here and now. Reading through my posts, I have realised that they are woefully short on substance and about as useful to a crafter in a rut as a chocolate fireguard. So I decided to remedy that and try to make my happy place a more helpful  resource to other demented crafters in need of a little inspiration or simply a friendly crafting hug at the end of a long day.

Oh, by the way. Here are two pictures of me, drawn by my granddaughters. I think you’ll find they are an excellent likeness, although in the spirit of full disclosure, I am a little older now. 😉

So that’s it folks, thanks for staying with me.

Big crafty hugs – Sandie xx

Ready, Steady, it’s the Easter Egg Hunt!

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I made these cute bags for my grandies for their Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday. We love having them here for their annual chocolate chase, the faeries are sure to have hidden them lots of little surprises – but what should they collect them in?

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Nana to the rescue! In my craft stash I happen to have a stock of Kraft Lunch Bags – they make great personal gift bags and can be put together in a matter of minutes.

I got to work and using my Tonic Studios Harrop dies I cut out a large scalloped rectangle to decorate the front of each. I cut two large ovals for each from my new Mixed Edge Oval die set, also from Tonic. There are 13 dies in the set, with alternating scalloped and plain edges, so they will get used over and over, but the shape made them perfect for this project.

I finished each mock-choc egg with a ribbon. Some cut bunnies using a gift die from Papercrafter Magazine, and the name, cut using a Sizzix Thinlits alphabet set, finished each bag.

Cute huh? So easy peasy and they take no time at all. So cute I decided to enter them in the Anything Goes Challenge over at Win & Tonic.

Big crafty hugs – Sandie

Die Cutting Anarchy

Bird CardOK, not so much anarchy, just a bit of thinking outside the box. Literally.

I decided I just didn’t want all of my die cut image on my small greeting card. So I cut it off. I like the half off the page look when I’m scrapbooking, so why not when I’m card making?

So I took my die cut off the top of the page and cut it carefully with my paper trimmer. I smudged the edge with a well worn ink pad, to give it a bit of finish.

Then I did the same with two of my bird die cuts, and placed them off the vertical line to add interest. The other bird I left intact, but edged the top off the page, after carefully making certain it would still fit in the envelope!

I made the extra long banner by cutting the die off the edge of the cutting sandwich. Its a technique I saw someone else doing. I am not so good at it yet, but I’ll improve, I’m sure!

I used some three dimensional fabric paint to trim the filigree fence. It will take hours to dry, but its pretty. Note to self: get some Tonic Nuvo Drops, they make a nice drop shape. 

The dies I used are all by Tonic Studios: Tangled Terrace, Garland Terrace and Beautiful Banner. I entered this card into the challenge over at Win & Tonic. Check it out!

Have fun today

Big crafty hugs – Sandie x

 

Anything Goes at Win & Tonic!

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Anything Goes at Win & Tonic

Hi crafty friends. This month’s challenge over at Win & Tonic is Anything Goes. As long as you use something by the fabulous Tonic Studios you can enter it in the challenge. As you know, I love all things Tonic so it wasn’t difficult to get going. Here’s three cards I made for the challenge.

I started off  using my favourite Kraft Card bases. These are 5″ square cards, and the Kraft has a very pleasing diagonal stripe that gives them a textured appearance.

In each I have used my favourite Tonic Studios dies to produce a card suitable for any occasion. These cards are for my box, so I’ve left the greeting open, to be added and personalised at a later date.

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In this card, I used the Harrop Layering Card Blanks die set to cut the base layer. Its one of those die sets that every die cutting aficionado should have as its so versatile that you will use it time and again.

The filigree bird is from an X-cut set – its very pretty isn’t it? I’ve also cut some banners and used some stamps from the Tonic Studios Design Collection.

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I kept the second card really simple, because I wanted to showcase my First Edition Storyteller Paper pack. Isn’t it gorgeous? Its so sparkly and has a lovely vibe that reminds me of the beautiful Indian saris. Very pretty, I’m going to be using this one a lot.

I decorated my card with panels cut using Garland Terrace by Tonic, another favourite die set. I edged the card with using a well worn ink pad of faded pink, to finish it off.

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For my final card, I created a card that would be suitable for a child.

The First Edition paper features cute giraffes and elephants, dinosaurs and strange little birds, so it has a real sense of fun and mischief. But I would use it for an adult too – why should kids have all the fun?

The Flip Flop cut out is Tonic’s Balstrade in Bloom. Its such a pretty die set, I just couldn’t resist buying it.

These 3 cards were incredibly easy to make. I hope they inspire you.

Big crafty hugs – Sandie x