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Hiya, I'm a busy Mum (of 6) and full time carer to my eldest son. I love paper, ribbons, buttons, stamps.....in fact anything crafty lol and i share my work space ( and stash!) with my 12 year old daughter, Rebecca (Bex). 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 April 2012

Lexi's Creations - DT card - Lace & Ribbon

Morning blog friends - are you all well today?
Did you have a fab weekend - we had a lovely, cosy weekend indoors - best
place to be as we've had constant rain....and it's been so cold and dark!
So, today it's time for a new challenge over at Lexi's Creations and this fortnight
the theme is Lace & Ribbon.....easy, right? We can't wait to see your gorgeous creations and don't forget you can craft anything....just so long as it matches our theme!
We have the fantastic Cropstop sponsoring us this time with a fab prize 
for our lucky winner!
If you're passionate about paper crafting whether it be scrapbooking, making cards or altered art,
 CropStop is your one stop solution! We offer an extensive selection of dies, embossing folders, inks, stamps
and punches by all the popular manufacturers and the CropStop die and embossing folder storage solutions
Pocketz Pages to keep everything organized.

I used a lovely, simple image from Fairy Dust Crafts called Baby Bugs Flower, i just love it!
And i've used green again.......don't know what's got into me lately......green seems to creep into
everything i've been making lately!! Don't forget to pop over to Lexi's Creations and
have a look at my teamies gorgeous makes.........they'd love to see you!
Thanks for looking today, hope you're days a good one!
Jo x
ingredients
6x6 card blank
spot/stripe paper - stash
digi - Fairy Dust Crafts
scallop/plain circles - sizzix die
ribbon - stash
lace - stash
pearls - stash
flexmarkers
challenges
punches/dies at Deep Ocean
bingo (lace,ribbon,flowers) at Flourishes
anything goes at Ribbon Carousel
garden/flowers at Moving along with the times
monochrome & ribbon at  PaperPlay
anything goes at The Poodles Parlour







Saturday, 28 April 2012

My Memories giveaway - ends soon!

Morning friends, just a quick post to remind you that my My Memories giveaway ends soon!
Click here to find out more!
Today i just wanted to share a couple of quick & easy pages......the first one shows just how
easy & effective the programme is! I used a premade layout that was FREE to download!!!
All i did was insert the photo......and that's it.....a fab, instant layout!
The second was made using  bits & bobs from various kits......and that's the beauty of
My Memories.......you're in control of it all!

 And if you're a die-hard paper scrapper like me, you won't
be dissappointed.........you can mix & match! I've printed a couple of basic layouts and added real 
embellies....hopefully i'll have them ready to post soon!
So, that's it for today.....got the school uniforms to wash........bit of craft time with 
Rebecca.....then American Idol........eek! Can't wait....Philip Phillips to win!
Thanks for looking today, hope your days a good one!
Jo x

Friday, 27 April 2012

Best buddies!

Hi guys, hope you're all well today, doesn't Friday come round quick??
Think i'm gonna venture out in all this rain......need a few crafty things.....only a few though lol!
I followed a sketch from A Gem of a Challenge for this card
it's fab, isn't it? I did add a few extra bits tho, hope that's ok!
 And guess what? I made it all from stash/unused goodies!
And there's some green again.......not bad for someone who supposedly doesn't
like green, eh?
Right, off to find me brolly!
Thanks for looking today, hope your days a good one!
Hugs Jo x
ingredients
6x6 card blank - stash
brown card - stash
papers/image/tag - free with mag
ribbon - stash
pearls - stash
scallop circle - sizzix die

challenges
#44 sketch at A Gem of a Challenge
animal friends at Di's digi designs
for the boys at Send a smile 4 Kids
cards for tiddly peeps at Here come the boys
no girls allowed at Crafty Boots
animals at Creative Belli
unused stuff at  Waste not Wednesday


                                                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                         


Thursday, 26 April 2012

Let's go fly a kite!

Hi friends, how are you today?
Can't believe we're almost at the end of April! Doesn't time fly when you're
 having fun crafting lol!
Today's card is another using up my stash......just don't seem to be getting to 
the bottom of it!Why does it seem like the more i craft the more stuff i have??
 And i've used some green again....and my 
favourite fence die!
Rightio, that's it for today.....housework's calling my name!I might even manage some ironing lol!
Thanks for looking today, hope your days' a good one!
Jo x
ingredients
6x6 card blank - stash
digi image - Pollycraft
paper - Let's fly away (free with mag)
flex/promarkers
gems - stash
wooden flower - stash (in a prize pack from Lisa, thanks!)
orange card - stash
fence - Marianne creatables die
clouds - Memory box die
ribbon - stash
challenges
#101 at Raise the bar
anything goes at Wags n whiskers
use a digi at 2 sisters
feminine/girly at  the Crazy challenge
karaoke (Let's go fly a kite Mary Poppins) at Clear it Out
for a child at Crafty Sentiments
cards for little girls at Crafty Creations
the great outdoors at  My Mums craft shop
things outside at Willow Sketchie


Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Yo Ho Ahoy!


Hey crafting bloggers, hope you're all well today!
Just wanted to share this Edwin/pirate card I made on Sunday! Isn't he cute....i'm
gonna use him a lot more.....i'm determined to plough through all my un-inked stamps before i buy any more!
And everything else is from my stash, too.....aren't i doing well lol ......i even recycled a teabag to
stain the treasure map and tag he he!!
Thanks for looking and have a lovely day!
Jo x
ingredients
6x6 card blank - stash
black card - stash
patterned paper - stash
die cut ship - stash
ric rac - stash
bunting - sizzix die
silver peel offs - stash
string - stash
Edwin stamp
flex/promarkers
treasure map - free download 

challenges
children at Creative Belli
fav song/movie  (treasure island) at  My Mum's craft shop
boys dig it at 4 crafty chicks
it's a man thing at Crafty Anne's
lots of layers at Delicious Doodles
add black cardstock at Crazy 4 challenges
inspired by film (treasure island) at Secret crafters
for the boys at Send a smile 4 kids
boys toys at Totally Gorjuss
cards for tiddly peeps at Here come the boys
loaded with layers at Stamptacular Sunday
texture at Cards for men
no girls allowed at Crafty Boots


Monday, 23 April 2012

Tilda, free papers and a broken heart!

 
Morning friends, how are you  today? Hope your weekend was a good one.
A big hello & welcome to my new followers.....thanks so much for joining me on this mad, crazy, fabby crafting journey!!
Aww, my poor Rebecca had her heart broken on Saturday........her first "crush", Colton Dixon
was voted out of American Idol.....she sobbed her little heart out for hours!!!
Phillip Phillips to win.........that boy can SING!!!!
Anyway, back to my card......this is another one for my stash......made with stash!
Does anyone know the make/brand of the papers I used.......I got them free with a mag and would love to buy more! Right, that's it from me for today, gonna go tackle the housework....then maybe a little craft time
before the kids come home!
Thanks for looking and hope your days a good one!
Jo x
ingredients
6x6 card blank - stash
papers - free with mag
red card - stash
image - Magnolia Tilda
gems - stash
denim - recycled jeans...was wearing them last week!!
ric rac - stash
bunting - sizzlits die
flex/pro markers
challenges
spotty dotty at Tip top Tuesday
punches/die cuts at Whimsy Inspires
stripes at DYSU
stripes or checks at Crafty Catz
anything goes at One stitch at a time
layers at Stamptacular Sunday
recycling at Tuesday throwdown
material girl at Cupcake crafts
anything goes at Make it Monday

Friday, 20 April 2012

Green again!!!!

Morning all, can't believe it's Friday already! 
Have you got anything nice planned for the weekend? Nah, me neither, the weather is
awful here.....gonna stay put and have a nice, lazy couple of days with the kids!
So, what can I say.....I've gone with green again (with a bit of peach thrown in).....just a different shade lol!
I followed a sketch from Anyone for Anya? this time, too:
Right, off to do the horrible housework now...might even be brave and
tackle the ironing!!
Thanks for calling today, hope your days' a good one!
Jo x
ingredients
Image - The Greetings Farm 
Scallop punch - Fiskars
Ovals - X-cut dies
6x6 card blank - stash
Ribbon - stash
Pearls - stash
Green card - stash
Paper - Dovecraft
Punched flowers - stash
Pro/flex markers
challenges
Sketchy Sunday at Anyone for Anya?
Flowers at 2 Sisters
Girly but no pink at Sweet Stampin
Bling at Totally Gorjuss
Die cuts/punches at Craft your passion
Anything goes at Simon says stamp & show
Cards for girls at Paper Pretties
Punches/die cuts at Whimsy Inspires

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Go for Green!!

Morning all.....hope you're all well today!
A craft day for me today, i think, don't want to go out in this strange weather.....rain,sleet,hail,sunshine,
 we've had the lot....any excuse to stay indoors, hehe!
So, today i'm sharing a very green card! Another card using old stash....think that image has been in my desk for at least a year!  I'm not really a green person but loved this image and somehow
it all just kind of happened........don't think i've ever used so much green!
Reminds me of that song "Two Little Boys".....was it by Rolf Harris??
Heck, that's going back some years.....giving my age away lol!
Thanks for calling today, would love it if you left me a comment and i can visit you back!
Hope you're days' a good one!
Jo x
ingredients
image - LOTV
die cut tree/fence - Marianne Creatables
paper - Papermania/Secret Garden
sentiment stamp - LOTV
punched flowers - stash
gems - stash
green card - stash
6x6 card blank - stash
challenges
It's a man /boy thing at Crafty Anne's
Male cards at The Secret Crafter
Cards for tiddly peeps at  Here come the boys
One for the boys at PanPastel
Die cuts/punches at  Craft your passion
No girls allowed at Crafty Boots
In the garden at Oldie but goodie
Green, gorgeous,garden at Cooking it up with Katie
Children at Creative Belli
Green & gorgeous at The Pixie Cottage
Punches/die cuts at Whimsy Inspires
Anything goes with green at Tammy's Scrapin Corner

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Pretty in Pink

Morning friends, do you ever plan a card then when you come to make it you make something completely different? I started this card with flowers & swirls in mind then re-found (?) this gorgeous spotty paper and went with an almost but not quite cos i can't seem to clean & simple look!
I quite like it...she reminds me of Rebecca sat on her beanbag with her headphones on!
I wonder who she's listening to........?
Nearly forgot to say......i decorated the inside, too!

I'm feeling lots better now & am slowly catching up with all your lovely blogs!
Thanks for calling today, hope you're days a good one!
Jo x
ingredients
Tiffany tunes digi - Digi Darla
6x6 card blank - stash
pink card - stash
spotty paper - Back to Basics III
pearls - stash
gingham ribbon - stash
flower - punched
flex/promarkers
challenges
children at Creative Belli
pastels at Little Darlings
girlie at Card Makin Mamas
pastel at Stamp, Scrap & Doodle
anything goes at Paper Sundaes
digis only at Incy Wincy
anything goes at Whoopsi Daisy



Monday, 16 April 2012

Lexi's Creations - DT card - Punches & Dies

Hello everyone....hope you are all well today!
Today is the start of our new challenge over at Lexi's Creations and this fortnight we
would like to see your creations made with punches & dies! Don't forget we are a multi
crafts blog so you can make cards, layouts, tags, bookmarks....anything as long as it fits the challenge theme!

We have the fabby Fairy Dust Crafts sponsoring us this time so come on, get out those punches and dies
and come join us.....you could be our lucky winner!!!
If you're low on inspiration then why not pop over to Lexi's and check out
the DT work from my lovely teamies!
Hope you all have a lovely day today and a big thank you for popping by!
See you soon!
Jo x
ingredients
6x6 card blank - stash
pink, mint & white card - stash
sentiment - Fairy Dust Crafts
mats - Spellbinders
pearls, ribbon, lace, bow, charm - stash
scallop punch - Fiskars
flowers - stash
challenges
pastels at Die Cuttin Divas
flower power at Crafty Creations
charm at Divas by Design
celebration at My Mums Craft Shop
girlie at Card Makin Mamas
pearls & lace at Chocolate, coffee & cards
die cuts/punches at Craft your passion
pretty in pink at Polka Doodles

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Sparkles Challenges DT card - For Men Only!

Hi guys, hope you're all well today! 
Thank you for all your get well wishes.......i feel a lot better today and have 
even managed a bit of crafting!
So,as it's the 15th of the month you know what that means, don't you?
Yep, it's time for a new challenge over at Sparkles and this time we would like to see your
makes for Men Only! As usual, you can make any craft project you like as long as it fits the challenge theme
and you have a month to play!
We have a fab sponsor this time:
Crafty Emma's Store with a £10 prize for our lucky winner!
If you're short on inspiration why not pop over to Sparkles and check out the
fab DT work from my talented teamies....!
Another card made with nothing new....everything been in my stash for too long!
Thanks for looking today and good luck with the challenge!
Jo x
ingredients
digi - Kenny K
paper - Making Memories
star die - sizzix
6x6 card blank - stash
brown card - stash
brads - stash
ribbon - stash
                                                                 challenges
masculine/boy at Shopping our stash
anything goes at Just keep on creating
it's a man thing at Crafty Anne's
a man's card at Secret crafter



Saturday, 14 April 2012

How many in that bath??


Hi crafters........i hope you're all well today.
I can't believe the Easter holidays are over.....and i spent most of it poorly!!!
So not much crafting for me and no chocolate either but i'm feeling a bit better now and can
 at least sit at my desk! And i'm so sorry i've not been visiting you all but am planning
 on catching up today and tomorrow.
So yesterday i managed a little bit of crafting and quickly made this scallop
circle card.....i think i might make it into a hanger for the bathroom door!
Bit more crafting for me this morning and American Idol this aft!
Hope your days a good one and thanks for popping by!
Jo x
recipe
large scallop circle die - sizzix
circle die - Nellie Snellen
gingham ribbon - stash
pearls - stash
paper - Hot Diggity Dog/Docrafts
image sticker - Hot Diggity Dog/Docrafts
brown card - stash
                                                                                challenges
anything goes at Robyn's Fetish
shape it up at Scrappy Frogs
just die-licious at The Crafty Pad
shaped cards at Craft your passion
water, water everywhere at Papertake weekly
water at Partytime Tuesday
on all 4's at Fab n Funky
animals at Crafty Catz
going round in circles at The Poodles Parlour


Friday, 13 April 2012

My Memories Review & Giveaway!!!!

Morning all, i hope you're all well!
Today i have some news to share.........i was recently asked by the lovely Liz if i would like to do a review of the 

Of course i said yes please! Then i thought ......have i done the right thing?......i'm not good with all those kind of things! I needn't have worried.....it's so quick and easy and best of all FUN!
My Memories isn't just for scrapbooking either.....you can make cards, videos, photo books.....if you can think of it you can probably make it with My Memories !
The digital software is full of fabby embellishments, gorgeous papers, you can add music to your layouts, the possibilities are endless! You can buy more kits from the My Memories site, the choice is fantastic and there is even a free downloads section!!!
And guess what????
Liz has also kindly given me an extra copy of My Memories Digital Scrapbooking Software to give away to one of you lovely readers......all you have to do to be in with a chance is:

1.....become a follower of my blog
2.....go to My Memories and choose your fav layout or kit
3.....come back here and leave a comment to let me know which you chose

I will draw one random winner on April 30th.
Liz has also give me a fab discount to share with you.
You can  use this promo code to receive a $10 discount:
STMMMS90686

Here's a couple of layout's i made......i wanted to show you how quick and easy it can be.....both these layouts were made in minutes! 



Thanks for looking today and i would love for you to enter, it really is a fab opportunity
to win something fantastic!
Good luck!
Jo x

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Hey, Cowboy......

Hey friends, hope you're all enjoying the Easter break!
Saturday's fast becoming my favourite day of the week.....craft.....chocolate...and American Idol!!!
Rebecca slept at her friends' last night so the craft desk feels a little empty......I  miss having her
near me even if she does talk too much lol!
 I so don't want her to grow up - can't believe she's gonna be 10 this year!
Anyway, here's a card i made just because...!

And i decorated the inside too!
Thanks for calling today, see you soon!
Jo x
Recipe
Cheyenne digi - Kenny K
6x6 card blank - stash
brown card - stash
sentiment/verse - computer generated
patterned paper - cheeky from Making Memories
                                                                                                        Challenges
Dots & Stripes at Craft your passion
Anything but rectangle at Kaboodle Doodles
Make it for a male at Karens Doodles
No embellies at Lollipop Challenges
Spots &  Stripes at Ladybug Crafts
Going dotty at The Poodles Parlour

Friday, 6 April 2012

Anyone for shopping!


 Happy Easter everyone, hope you're all well!
Have you got anything nice planned for the break?? 
Me neither......so crafting it is!
Today's card was made for a sketch challenge here.......but I was too late!
I used an un-inked stamp too...see, I'm really trying to plough through my unused stash!
I followed the sketch exactly and then added the ribbon flower. This is the first time I've ever stitched on a
card, too......I do like it but don't know if I'll do it again.....it's nerve-wracking lol!!
Thanks for looking and I hope your days a good one!
Jo x
Recipe
Anya stamp - the Greetings Farm
Paper, card, ribbon, pearls - all my stash
Flower - punched
                                                                                                                                                 Challenges
Pastel colours at The Craft Garden
Anything goes for girls at Fashionista challenges
Playing with pastels at Stamptacular Sunday
Easter and/or pastel colours at Incy Wincy designs
Anything goes at Tammy's Scrapin Corner
Anything goes at Anything Goes
Anything goes at Papertake Weekly
Soft pastels at Sassy Cheryl's
Pastel colours at The Stamping Boutique
Pastels at Tuesday Throwdown
Un-inked stamp at Use It Tuesday
Anything goes at Divas by Design



Monday, 2 April 2012

Lexi's Creations - DT card - Focus on the sentiment

Morning, oh, it's lovely not having to rush round getting ready for school!
Although I bet in 2 weeks time I'll be up at the crack of dawn ready to push them out the door!
Can you believe it's April already??Did you get pranked yesterday? My darling Daughter decided to April Fool her brothers........she put food colouring in the milk!!!
So, today we have another challenge for you over at Lexi's Creations and this fortnight the theme is 
Focus on the Sentiment.
 We have a new sponsor this time:
They are offering our winner a $15 gift certificate!!!
Here's some info about Cropstop:
If you're passionate about paper crafting Cropstop is your one-stop solution!
We offer a huge range of dies, embossing folders, inks, stamps and punches by all the popular manufacturers.
Our selection of embellishments and adhesives is continually expanding and we are excited to be the 
home of the colourful Ribbon Candy.

Don't forget you can make any project at all as long as it follows the challenge theme and you can enter
right up until April 14th! For some fantastic inspiration why not pop over to 
Lexi's Creations and see the rest of the fab teams' creations.
For my card, I went with my fav easel card...again lol.....but this time I used my Spellbinders dies!
I used the fab "Slugs & Snails" sentiment, available here. Just perfect....and so true lol!
Hope you can join us and you might just get to meet our newest DT ladies!
Thanks for looking and have a great day!
Jo x
ingredients
Sentiment - Fairy dust crafts
Card blank - made with Spellbinders
Blue card - stash
Flourish - sizzix die
Pearls - stash
Flowers - stash of punches
Silver stork - no idea...been in my stash forever!
Teddy bear button - stash
                                                                        challenges
anything goes at  Make it Monday
anything goes at  Party Time Tuesdays
no patterned paper at Whimsy Inspirations
challenge #41 at Southern Girls
baby theme at  Ditzy-craftymess
anything but square/rectangle at Fussy and fancy



Sunday, 1 April 2012

Sparkles Christmas DT card - Colour me Happy

Hi friends, hope you're all having a lovely weekend so far!
Well, the lovely weather didn't last long did it? We felt the cold yesterday enough to put the heating on!
And if the weather forecast is right we could even have some snow next week!!
Perfect weather for making something Christmas related for the new challenge
Yes, that's right....Christmas in April and the theme this time is Colour me Happy so we want to see your Christmas projects in your favourite colour! I had to go with red......I'm a big kid when it comes to Christmas
and red just makes me happy! And my fav style...easel cards!
We have 2 fantastic sponsors this month
$10
£10
What generous prizes.....thank you so much!
Don't forget you have a whole month to play, we'd love you to join us!
Pop over to Sparkles to link up and if you're low on ideas check out my fab teamies
wonderful creations!
Thanks for looking today and happy crafting!
Jo x
ingredients

eskimo santa - Lily of the Valley
easel card - homemade with scalloped ovals
red card - stash
patterned paper - Papermania
ribbon - stash
snowflakes - sizzix die
stickles
red promarker
red gem - stash
silver peel off - stash
oval shape - sizzix die
plain & scallop ovals - xcut
 challenges
challenge #62 at Crafty Ann's
anything but square/rectangle at Fussy & Fancy Friday
anything goes at 52 Christmas card throwdown
challenge #66 at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas

















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