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Hi......I'm Jo, welcome to my crafty corner where I aim to share my adventures in paper crafting, baking, cross stitch & cats.....hopefully with some hints, tips & inspiration thrown in too! Please leave a comment if you call so I know you've been, I would love to visit you back and please become a follower if you like what you see. Thanks for popping by.........
'She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted the sails' - Elizabeth Edwards

Monday, 30 September 2019

Challenge #8 - For The Kids


Good morning crafty friends, hope you're all well.
I can't believe we're about to start the 8th challenge.....doesn't time
 fly when you're having fun.....and I sure am having fun! I thank you all
 so much for taking the time to join in with my challenges.
I love this time of the year......the cooler weather, the darkening nights
......oh, and the kids going back to school & college!
So, this time the theme is going to be......

FOR THE KIDS


A pair of decoupaged toppers from me, both the same size, the same layout
 and both from the same collection........Whiz Kids from Trimcraft. A fab
mix of papers, decoupage toppers, sentiment banners, gems, ribbons..
.....and a few more, I'm sure! I started with my favourite base of black,
added some distressed paper layers, a decoupaged topper then finished
with a sentiment & some faux gems.

This month I'm so chuffed to have my lovely blog buddy, Michelle from
joining me as Guest Designer..........
Hi - I live in Buxton, Derbyshire with my fella, son Brandon and naughty but cute cat Sybil.  I started my papercrafting journey with scrapbooking after my son was born in 2006.  Not long after I started making cards and was hooked.  I love colouring digi stamps and turning them into cards but I also enjoy cross stitch and adult colouring.  There's just not enough hours in the day for all that I enjoy doing!

and here's what Michelle made......
isn't that just adorable? Michelle makes the prettiest card.....why not
pop over to her blog.....you won't be disappointed.
Thanks so much for joining me Michelle.......hope you can join me too!

Rules
1 - You must follow the theme set
2 - One entry, new makes only
3 - You must be a follower of this blog
4 - Please link your entry post back to this blog

So whether your style is frilly & fancy, CAS,or even grungy & gritty you
can enter your make.....and as usual, there'll be a surprise prize for the
lucky winner. And if you fancy joining me as a guest designer then just add
GD after your name!

Good luck!
xx

p.s - pop back Thursday to find out who won last month's challenge!







You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Dreaming of Winter



I do dream of Winter.....those long, cold & dark nights......the even
colder frosty morning.....and me snuggled up nice & cosy inside......perfect!
I wish you could see this card IRL.....the soft colours are just beautiful
and the hint of silver is just enough. I layered it all
onto a base of cream card & patterned, distressed paper. with some elements
raised on foam pads for a little extra dimension.
Another make to add to the Christmas pile......how are you getting on with
all your Christmas makes?
Thanks for calling........hopefully see you tomorrow.
xx

Don't forget, you can find my FOR THE KIDS challenge here.

challenges
Christmas at C.R.A.F.T
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
anything Christmas at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
anything Christmas at Holly & Ivy

Monday, 16 September 2019

Autumn Colours with Crafty Cardmakers!


It's new challenge time over at Crafty Cardmakers and this time the theme 
as chosen by our lovely Marg is........

AUTUMN COLOURS

My favourite time of the year is Autumn/Winter.....I especially love the Autumn
colours, the darker nights, snuggling on the sofa, hot chocolate.....ooh, I could go on!
For my make I started with a kraft card base, added a chocolate brown layer
then some distressed paper layers. I raised the topper on foam pads, added the die
cut leaves, some string for extra texture & finished with some Tim Holtz chit chat
stickers & some faux gems. The patterned papers, the image were freebies with the
Making Cards magazine & die used for the leaves came free with the Papercraft
Essentials!
If you fancy joining us this time we welcome any & all makes.....just so long as
you stick to the theme & if you're low on inspiration we can help you with that too!

Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave.
See you tomorrow.

xx

Don't forget, my FOR THE KIDS challenge is here.

challenges
Fall/Autumn at Aud Sentiments
Autumn/Fall at Cardz 4 Galz
Autumn at Cute Card Thursday
lots of layers at Crafty Calendar
Autumn colours at Crafty Friends




Friday, 13 September 2019

Why Make 1 Card When You Can Make 3!

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well.
It's been a while since I posted, health getting in the way of crafting again.......how
very dare it lol! Fingers crossed an increase in insulin will get me sorted out!

So while I've not been doing much crafting I've had lots of time to revisit some
of my favourite magazines.....one of my favourites is the Making Cards mag.
There's always some lovely paper & toppers free with the mag plus you can 
download more! I thought it was about time I used some but with a little twist.
I thought to use the same papers & images to make 3 card toppers in
 3 different ways.....

for the 1st make I went with super clean, simple & flat - no embellishments
at all on this one

 for the 2nd I used lots of distressed paper layers, no sentiment & just one
 simple embellishment
for the 3rd I went all out....lots of layers & embellishments and a tag tucked behind 
for you to write on and finished with lots of faux gems

So there we are......which one do you prefer?

Thanks for popping in.....see you tomorrow
xx

Don't forget, my FOR THE KIDS challenge is here

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Summer Fun Challenge Winner!

Hi friends, it's time to announce the winner of #7 Summer Fun!
 Thank you so much for all your gorgeous entries..... I'm so chuffed to have such
 support for my little challenges.............and blown away by the number of entries!
So, without further ado..........the winner of  #7 Summer Fun is.............

****It's  NanaConnie from Grammy's Attic ****

and here's  NanaConnie's make......



Fabulous card NanaConnie!
I love the fun image....that hippo sure looks ready to make a splash!

Here's a pic of your prize.....

and I'd love to invite you to join me as Guest Designer for October's challenge.
And if you send me your snail mail details I'll pop your prize in the post
asap.............and could you leave me a comment on this post please, so I know
 to look out for your email.

And here's a badge for your blog......

Well done, NanaConnie.....and thanks again to everyone who entered, hope you'll
join me on for #8 For The Kids.............see you then!
xx





Saturday, 31 August 2019

Challenge #7 - Summer Fun!


Good morning crafty friends, hope you're all well.
I can't believe we're about to start the 7th challenge.....doesn't time
 fly when you're having fun.....and I sure am having fun! I thank you all
 so much for taking the time to join in with my challenges.
So, this time the theme is going to be......
SUMMER FUN

 Now I've got to be honest......I don't enjoy Summer & especially the awful
heat we've been having......but I do love the seaside & water!
But looking through my stash I really struggled with my make for this
challenge & in the end went with my favourite lots of layers, a stamped
verse & some die cuts!

This  month I'm so chuffed to have the lovely Jane from Onions & Paper
joining me as Guest Designer

I live in Fleet, Hampshire (UK) and am retired from running my own small business. I have a gardening mad husband, two daughters and four grandchildren, all of whom love crafting with me. I've been a crafter since my grandma taught me to crochet when I was a tiny tot, and have worked my way through crochet, hand and machine knitting, cross stitch, embroidery and dressmaking before getting bitten by the papercrafting bug about 20 years ago. Now, of course, I'm a card-carrying addict! 

and here's Jane's make.......


a beautiful beach scene, I wish I could stamp like that....


......and a fabulous fold too
Thanks so much for joining me this month Jane....hope you can join me too!

Rules
1 - You must follow the theme set
2 - One entry, new makes only
3 - You must be a follower of this blog
4 - Please link your entry post back to this blog

So whether your style is frilly & fancy, CAS,or even grungy & gritty you
can enter your make.....and as usual, there'll be a surprise prize for the
lucky winner. And if you fancy joining me as a guest designer then just add
GD after your name!

Good luck!
xx

p.s - pop back tomorrow to find out who won last month's challenge!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Friday, 23 August 2019

Happy Christmas!

Hey crafters, hope you're all well.
Well, who'd have thought it? A week ago I was all Christmas-sed (is that even a word?) 
out after  Christmas in July......and here I am making Christmas things again.....the ideas
 just keep on coming so I'm going with it while I can!
Today's make is another card topper.....simple matting and layering in kraft & cream,
the sweet deer & Christmas tree die cuts finished with a stamped sentiment &
some faux gems....quick & easy but super sweet.
So we're heading into the last Bank Holiday weekend before Christmas and what
do you know.......it's too blooming hot lol! I bet all you sun worshippers are
chuffed to bits but me? I'll be hiding away in my craft room probably making
Christmas things.
Rightio, better get a move on......my little Asher bear is on his way.....thanks for
calling & for any comments you might leave....have a lovely weekend.
xx

Don't forget, my SUMMER FUN challenge is here

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