Saturday, 18 November 2017

Anniversary Cards made to order @ Studio 8!


Good afternoon dear all,

i am so busy making orders i have hardly any time for my tutorials, but at least i want to let you see what i created over the past few days..

these two anniversary cards were both ordered together in a red colour scheme, so i came up with these two designs.

The card bases measure 5" x 7" , and i cut a piece of red holographic mirror card stock
 to 4 3/4" x 6 3/4", and layered the mirror card stock to my card front. 
The white panels measure 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" and have been stamped with real red .
I added a die cut bee and  a die cut 50 to the stamped panel, and a die cut 80 and a die cut dragonfly to my other stamped panel before layering the panels to my card fronts.

It was a very quick and easy design and i loved making them because i love mirror card stock in general!
Let me know what you think in the comments and thanks for dropping by today.

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Studio 8 - 70th anniversary card for a male made to order

Hi everybody,

i just quickly wanted to show you one of the cards i usually make to order... this is for a 70th birthday, and it was his grandchild who requested it for her granddad.

It was made from the coffee break DSP and features a golden 70 in large numbers, die cut from holographic mirror card stock.
Cards for men usually are hard to design due to the colour schemes, but i think the coffee break suite is perfect for male makes anyway.
The card is 7" x 5" and i used a white card blank.
I also added the chocolate chip dark brown card stock for more contrast between the vivid patterns and i think the outcome is a quite elegant, male card that perfectly suits its purpose.

Let me know what you think and if you ever are in need of a bespoke card, think Studio 8 first!
We are happy to create a custom made card, gift box, stationery or anything elso that can be realised with paper for you!
Thanks for dropping by and have a good night


The ChriCracHex !

Good afternoon my friends,

i am pleased to show you my newest Studio 8 creation , a truly huge Christmas Cracker box of epic proportions.
It`s 7 1/2" high and almost 5" in diameter, plus it features a hexagonal box in the top section that is 1" high and offers enough space for some treats or jewellry!
This box in itself is already a gift and surely flatters any gift that will be presented in it.
And it is only made from A4 Card stock entirely, too!
This project is suitable for beginners, too and it combines different textures with a unique design. The mirror card stock adds a festive touch, the heat embossing is silver glitter that cross-links to the festive theme. The lid has a embossed white panel layered on the mirror card stock to enhance contrast to the die cut star shape at the top of it... there is loads of detail o discover here and it is so much fun making the box, you probably cannot wait to get started, can you?
There`s a little video about the box here, so you can see how everything works:

The tutorial comes in a PDF file with loads of detailed pictures and easy to follow step by step instructions, and you can purchase the tutorial for his project here:

Thank you very much for visiting today and happy crafting!
Bye for now

JoJo xx

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

The Box Bomb!

Good evening folks,

i finished this exploding box today and am quite pleased at how it has come out!
It features 4 little mini card sets, all sitting in flush fitting boxes in the center of the cube.
The handmade envelopes repeat the patterns of the designer paper used throughout the whole project.

The 4 sides of the cube all have a pocket, where i have slid in 4 little cards that close up to a flower like shape and hold 4 private and individual messages.
I have used loads of different stamp sets here to create them, it will take me some time to list them all in the shopping list.
This card is decorated with handmade foamiran flowers on he lid, i used red and yellow foamiran and coloured the edges with the cherry cobbler red and the calypso coral ink pads to achieve the ombre look on the petals.

I also made the two guardian angel charms by hand and added them to the flower bouquet on top of the lid, securing them in the bow i tied from the cherry cobbler ribbon.
Here`s my little video about the box:

I make these bespoke exploding boxes by order, too so if you are interested, please feel free to request a custom order by Email to

Alternatively, you can purchase the tutorial here:

The Box Bomb Tutorial!

Thanks for dropping by today and i hope you like my creation.
Bye for now

JoJo xx

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Cake Gift Box made to order

Good evening dear friends,

today i made this cake gift box for a customer who was in need of a festive box to gift her home made cake to a dear friend.

I sized the box at 6" x 7", 2 1/2" high from red card stock and added a happy birthday sentiment , die cut from golden mirror card stock as well as a few flowers, die cut from the botanical gardens die set, too.

The insert to the bottom of the box was cut from holographic mirror card stock, and is less  likely to soak through quickly as normal card stock.

The box has turned out to look very elegant as the red and gold is a lovely combination and my customer was over the moon with this box.

I do create all sorts of gift boxes and create bespoke cards, too.
If you are in need of a thoughtful condolence card, or a jubilee and anniversary card, come to Studio 8 at Allendale Forge Studios. I am happy to create your bespoke card immediately and you can wait downstairs in our Cafe whilst i finish it off for you!

Thanks for dropping by today and have a good evening!
Bye for now!

JoJo xx

Monday, 6 November 2017

How to make a pretty gift box for a handmade bracelet

Hello folks,
i am back with a little tutorial about how to make a box to present a handmade bracelet beautifully.

I am currently working on an order of 50 of those boxes and i also have taken several orders for my Christmas baubles, hence the delay in any new tutorials or projects.
As i know you are all eagerly waiting for new great projects, i can only show you what i am currently working on so bear with me, i will come up with a very beautiful Christmas Cracker Style box shortly once i have completed my orders.

The video tutorial for this little box is here:

The measurements for this box are as follows:

For the box, cut a piece of card stock to 7 3/8" x 7 3/8" and score at 1" and 2 " on all 4 sides.
For the lid, cut a piece of card stock to 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" and score at 1/2" and 1 " on all 4 sides.

For the white insert, cut a piece of white card stock to 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" and score at 1/2" on all 4 sides, use a 2 1/4" circle die or punch to cut the center .
cut a strip of 7 1/2" x 1" in white, too and curl until it fits in the center .
Cut a piece of white card stock to 3 1/4" x 31/4" and glue to the bottom of you box, then place insert and curled strip on top.
You could run both pieces through your embossing machine, too if you prefer it textured.
To decorate the top of the box, cut a piece of white card stock to 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" and run through your embossing machine.

I hope you are pleased with my short video on how to make it and have fun creating not only your personal box but also a bracelet maybe?
Thanks for dropping by today and see you next time soon

Josephine @ Studio 8!

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Advent Calendar with a Star Box on Top!

Good evening folks,

today, i want to show you my newest creation, a re-usable advent calendar with 24 cube boxes and one larger star shaped box for the 25th.

I took inspiration from Jessica Zeek -Hoeoek who posted a picture of her calendar which also consisted of a stack of 24 cubes and the star shaped box.
 Overall there will be probably dozens of crafters out there who have made more or less similar advent calendars so credit to all of them generally.
I did not invent stacking 24 cube boxes in circles to a christmas tree shape.


the boxes are made from extra thick white card stock for sturdyness and the DSP i used was the 6" x 6" warmth & cheer  stack.

The die cut star on top of the starshaped box was die cut from the Starlight Thinlits Die Set and i used holographic mirror card stock in silver from Tesco for it.

Its stuck to the top with the help of a toothpick!

I die cut all the numbers for each and every day from red and green holographic mirror card stock too and i used the handheld circle punches 2 1/4" and 2" for the backgrounds.

This project is not too difficult to make except the star shaped box at the top and i am currently working on the tutorial for the box.

The 24 individual cube boxes measure 2 1/4" squared and are very simple to make.

I love how it has come out and these Advent Calendars will be available to order from my etsy store as well as for purchase in the Allendale Forge Studios at Studio8!
Feel free to drop me a visit and have a look at all my other stuff, too.

Thanks for your patience, i hope i will soon be back to normal as i was moving in to Studio 8, had a lot of orders to make with a deadline so far and on top my laptop gave up its ghost and i lost all data and spent a week recovering passwords and logins after i managed to get myself a new one.

Thanks for your patince and for dropping by tonight, bye for nw

JoJo xx