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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, 25 June 2012

Lexi's Creations - At the Beach

Morning friends, Happy Monday!
Are you all ready for the start of a new crafting week......hope so as it's
 time for a new challenge over at Lexi'sCreations and this fortnight the theme is
"At the Beach"
                 Not much chance of a day at the beach with the awful weather we're having - you
                               never know - this challenge might encourage the sun to shine lol.
I chose to make an ATC this time, I used the fab Melody digi available from 
Fairy Dust Crafts,  promarkers, glitter,  pearls, cloud die and a fine liner for doodling & seagulls.
The words were computer generated!
We're sponsored by the fabulous Cropstop
and they are offering a voucher for the lucky winner!
Don't forget, we're a multi crafts blog so we'd love to see any crafty makes
as long as it fits the theme and you can join us until July 7th.
There's some fantastic inspiration on the main blog and you'll also find the winner of
the last challenge! Come join us, we'd love to see you!
Happy Crafting!
Jo x
challenges
bingo (die cut/free/glitter) at Papertake weekly
anything but a card at Creative Belli
to die for at Divas by Design
by the sea at 4 Crafty Chicks
summer at Charisma Cardz
anything goes at 2 Sisters
summer daze at Joanna Sheen
 (hope you accept ATC's, if not, sorry!)

Sunday, 24 June 2012

And then there were 3........

sharing the stash!
Now you all know i share my craft space with Miss Rebecca, don't you, well, now
it seems Master Christian (15) has decided he wants to share, too, on the basis of "If you can't
beat 'em, join 'em"! Who am i to argue with the creative genius known as Chris?
He decided to make a Birthday card for his older Brother and this is how he did it..........
He stamped the background with a music note swirl, layered it on black card, stamped the sentiment and the
guitar and layered them up too.The torn paper has got the lyrics to a song typed on, he's used a border punch, scrunched the paper up them placed the guitar image on top. Last he stapled a piece of ribbon down the side! I'm so proud of him...think he's done a fab job so i'm to look for a few challenges
for him to enter this into. Might even see if he wants to start blogging himself!
Thanks for looking today, see you tomorrow!
Hugs Jo (and Chris) x

challenges
for the men & boys at Desmet Designs
teenagers at Totally Stampalicious
black, white + 1 at Ruby's Rainbow

Friday, 22 June 2012

I do, and no, I didn't........

didn't do the ironing, that is! No, I left it all in the basket for 
tomorrow..........don't they say tomorrow never comes lol?
I think i really need to stay out of the craft room today, catch up on a few jobs
then i can craft all weekend!Oh, and i need to make a list.......I've
been real good these last few weeks so gonna have me a little spend!
Today's card is another one of those fab Nutcrafters digis, my fav purple
and a few die cuts and that's it! Good to go!
Thanks for looking today and if you fancy doing
 my ironing........give me a shout!
Jo x

challenges
spotty & dotty at Di's digis
monochrome at Truly Madly Crafty
to die for at Divas by Design
polka dots at Fab n Funky
spots and/or stripes at Nutcrafters
use a die at Paper Play

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Freebies, fairies and a few flowers!

Morning, Thursday already!
Thought I'd have a day off yesterday to catch up on the dreaded ironing and do
a few jobs in the garden......then just had to have a little play!
This gorgeous image is part of a set of stamps that came free with a magazine!
I've been drawn towards digis more often than not recently but just had to stamp this little beauty.
Am not quite sure about the fence though.......couldn't decide if I should take it off or
leave it.......what do you think?
No sentiment again as this is a "just because" card and will sit in my box
until needed! And yet another card where everything apart from the stamp and the memory box
corner die is old! Wow, I'm really ploughing through some stash!
Right, off to do the ironing........promise!!
Thanks for looking.....hope your days a good one!
Jo x

ingredients
stamp - free with mag
corner die - memory box
flex/promarkers
everything else - stash


challenges
it's a girl thing at Crafty Anne's
bingo (pearls/ribbon/glitter) at Craft your days away
anything goes at Robyn's Fetish
all that glitters at Hooked on Craft
recipe (ribbon/pearls/dies) at The Crazy Challenge
glitter/pastels at Passion for promarkers
anything goes at Crafts & Me
to die for at Divas by design
bit of brown at Simon says stamp & show

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Tilda sings.......Silent Night!

Morning, my crafty friends...hope you're all well.
First, I just want to say a big THANK YOU to all you lovely people who left
Birthday wishes for Richard yesterday...we had a lovely day, topped off with a huge
 takeaway...oh, my...I ate far too much!
And Miss Rebecca was invited  to the Open Air Theatre to welcome
the Olympic Torch to our Town!
A good day all round!
We had lovely blue skies and some sunshine yesterday so I decided
to make......a Christmas Card lol. 
I love all colours for Christmas but always seem to go back to my all time
favourite....blue! Lots of layers on this card, the words to Silent Night, and a gorgeous Tilda!
I also added some ribbon, a snowflake charm and glittered the edged of the
paper although it doesn't show up too well in the pic.
Ooh, I nearly forgot...there's a little tag just hiding down the back of the image!
Rightio, that's all from me for today....it's food shopping day!
Thanks for calling and hope your days' a good one!
Jo x
challenges
L is for lyrics at ABC Christmas Challenge
how charming at Crafty Creations
Tag it at Stamp n doodle
loads of layers at Little Miss Muffet
colour it up at Paper Crafting Journey
tic tac toe (blue/ribbon/glitter) at Christmas Stampin' all year long
bingo (pearls/ribbon/glitter) at Craft your days away

Monday, 18 June 2012

Happy Birthday, Rich!

Morning friends, just a quick post today!
Another layout made in Serif....I'm starting to love it!
Photo is of my handsome eldest Son, Richard........25 today!!!
Doesn't seem like 2 mins and oh, my, how he's grown!
That cute little blonde with curls is now a huge bear of a man with
tattoos, piercings and hair longer than mine!
3 strokes at the ages of 20 & 21 have taken his life down a very different path
to the one he had planned but it could have been so much worse.....
Happy Birthday, Rich, we love you!
Jo x

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Do you remember your 1st concert??

Oooh, yes, I do!
 AC/DC many years ago and yes, I'm a bit of an old rocker at heart!
I made this layout playing around in Serif...it just sort of came together
and Chris likes it so that'll do for me!
The photo is of my gorgeous 4th Son, Christian, (he was 14) backstage after his 1st
concert last year. He went so see a band called Black Veil Brides and loved their support
group - a band called My Passion. The blue haired guy is John B from My Passion.
I think it was extra special for Chris because the band made a big effort to talk
to the kids and they were more than happy to have their photos taken, too.
Chris was on cloud 9 for weeks!
Hope you're all enjoying the weekend!
Thanks for calling today.
Jo x

challenges
anything goes at Craft Your Passion
masculine at The Pink Elephant
boys/men at Do You Stack Up


Saturday, 16 June 2012

Do boys like bows, too??

Hi guys, Happy Soggy Saturday!
 Can you believe how much it rained yesterday!
Do you have anything fun planned for the weekend? No, me neither....this awful weather put paid to that! 
 Miss Rebecca and i are gonna have 
ourselves a crafty day today, maybe watch a Christmas film (we love 'em!) and have something nice to eat!  Ooh, and maybe a chocolate bar....or two!
So today I'm sharing a card using one of my fav stamps, don't have anyone in mind 
for this yet, I just love him! I followed the fab sketch and theme over at The Sugar Bowl too!
And yes, I think (hope!)  maybe boys don't mind a little bow.
Thanks for calling today, hope your days a good
 one...even if it is a little soggy!
Jo x
ingredients
Manga boy stamp - Sugar Nellie
6x6 card blank - Craftwork cards
brown card - stash
paper - stash
flex/promarkers
ribbon - stash
challenges
for that special guy at Dream Valley
for that special guy at Sentimental Sundays
masculine at The Pink Elephant
male cards at Charisma cardz
for the boys at Delightful challenges
boys/men at DYSU

Friday, 15 June 2012

Sparkles Challenges - Summer Fun - DT card

Morning friends...how are you today?
Feeling fine? Feeling crafty? Then we have a new challenge to tempt you over at
Sparkles Challenges and this time the theme is Summer Fun!
Don't forget you don't have to stick with cards....we'd love to see your bookmarks, tags
atc's, layouts, in fact anything as long as it fits the theme!
We have a fantastic prize on offer...a £10 voucher to spend at the fantastic
Lily of the Valley!
That's a fab prize, thank you so much!
Not many rules, check them out on the main blog where you can see all the fab
creations made by my fantastic teamies!
I made a card this time....was going to make an ATC then Miss Rebecca decided no, that's what she was making so i should make something else....then she pinched my image, too!
So that's it from me,  gonna get all housework done today so's me and Miss Rebecca
can have a crafty weekend!
Thanks for looking today, hope to see you at Sparkles!
Jo x
ingredients
digi image - Pollycraft
6x6 card blank - Craftwork cards
paper - freebie with mag
paper string - stash
heart die cut - Framelits
sentiment - computer generated
flex/promarkers

challenges
sunshine at Totally Gorjuss
let's get outdoors  at Pile it on
Summer at Creative Mondays
seeing spots at Paper makeup stamps
Summer theme at Divas by design


Thursday, 14 June 2012

Is there an alien in the house???

Yeah....he's mean and he's green and he's flying around in a silver machine!
Not really...he's actually, he's the cutest little green man i ever did see!
He's one of the critters from Pollycraft and he's going into my box just waiting for the right person
to come along and, best of all, he's made entirely from scraps!
I've not put a sentiment on yet as i thought he would do for any age, from
littlies to dads!
So that's it from me today....we've got blue skies and a hint of sun so I'm gonna get
into the garden and get a few jobs done before it rains again!
Thanks for looking today...hope your days' a good one!
Jo x
ingredients
Critters digi - Pollycraft
everything else - scrap box!!!!
flex/promarkers
challenges
boy crazy at Jellypark
Father's/male card at The Poodles parlour
Father's/masculine at Cardmadfairy's digi days
male inspired at Di's digi designs
bright colours for kids at Send a smile 4 kids
special guy at Dream Valley
up, up and away at Quirky crafts
for the boys at Tammy's scrapin corner
boys birthday at Little Red Wagon
bunting at Scrapbook sisters


Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Don't you just love a wedding?

Morning friends, are you all fit & well today?
A big hello and welcome to my new followers...thank you for joining me  on
this mad, exciting crafty adventure!
Another gloomy, wet, dreary day here so craft time for me.....once I've
got the shopping done, that is! Today's card was made just because i liked the colour of that dark teal
rose...I found it all alone in my box of flowers so made the card around that! I love the colour and have a touch of it in my bedroom and Rebecca's room is....yeah, you guessed....purple!!
Well, we have to have some girliness living with 5 boys/men, don't we lol?
Okey dokey, that's me for today....got to crack on with some male birthday
 cards....can't believe my eldest is gonna be 25 on Monday!
Where do the years go??
Thanks for calling today, hope your days' a good one!
Jo x
ingredients
digi - Nutcrafters
scallop easel card blank - handmade
flowers - stash
ribbon - stash
heart - Cheery Lynn
flex/promarkers
pearls/heart - stash
butterflies - punched
sentiment - computer generated
challenges
wedding/anniversary at Crafty Creations
bingo (flowers/pearl/die cuts) at My Mum's craft shop
new beginnings at Nutcrafters
flowers & ribbon at Really reasonable ribbon
circles at Crazy 4 challenges
anything  goes at Craft your passion




Monday, 11 June 2012

Lexi's Creations - DT card - Happy Birthday!

Morning friends, hope you're all well today!
We're starting off the week with a brand new challenge over at Lexi's Creations and this
time the theme is Happy Birthday! You have until June 23rd to play and as usual, we're a multi
craft blog so would love to see not just cards but tags, bookmarks, layouts, etc;
We have a fab sponsor this time:
so what are you waiting for? Do come join us, we'd love to see you!
I made a card using only a sentiment from Fairy dust crafts.....it made a lovely change from stamping
and colouring! Don't forget to pop on over to the main challenge blog where you can see the
 gorgeous creations from the rest of the design team - they're fantastic!
Rightio, off to do some housework now, then maybe a little
craft time if I'm lucky!
Thanks for calling and have a lovely day!
Jo x
ingredients
sentiment digi - Fairy dust crafts
6x6 card blank - Craftwork cards
flowers/pearls - stash
scallop circle - Sizzix
flourish - Cheery   lynn
challenges
anything goes at Papertake weekly
sentiment only at Creative Belli
bingo(flower/pearls/die cuts) at  My Mum's craft shop

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Mr Mojo, please come home!

Morning, hope you're all ok!
I feel like i've been gone for ages....and it's only been 4 days since i last
posted! Dear old Mr Mojo seems to have taken a break so i thought i would too and try catch
up on some jobs around the house and garden. I got the inside jobs done but not the 
outside.....it's been windy, raining, thundering & lightening...we've had
everything except snow this week!
Oh no.....did i really say that out loud lol!
I did manage a card yesterday though i do feel a bit of a cheat as i just
used a ready made topper!
Isn't she glamorous? If only i looked like that lol.
So that's it for me today,
gonna try spend the afternoon getting crafty in the hope that 
Mr Mojo feels like coming home!
Have a lovely weekend!
Jo x
ingredients
6x6 card blank - Craftwork cards
black card - stash
patterned paper - stash
image topper - Kanban
pearls/ribbon - stash
die cut corner - Memory Box
challenges
ribbon or lace at The Ribbon Girl
make it girly at  Ooh la la creations
anything goes at Papertake weekly
it's a girl thing at Crafty Ann's


Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Tag time!


Morning, are you all enjoying the long weekend?
Didn't the Queen look fantastic of Sunday? Was lovely watching the pageant
down the Thames and of course, it rained!!
Good old British weather lol,
So, I managed a bit of crafting time yesterday....but I think Mr Mojo must have gone off to
 London to join the festivities cos he's definitely not here!
All I managed was this little tag! 
I used an image from the pink pamper set from Nutcrafters....gotta
say I love their digis and stamps!
Rightio, off to buy few more plants for the garden...if you see Mr Mojo tell him to
come home please!
Have a lovely day, thanks for looking!
Jo x
ingredients
digi - Nutcrafters
blue card - stash
flowers - stash
pearls - stash
ribbon - stash
flex/promarkers
sentiment - Nutcrafters
challenges
circles at Crafty Creations
anything goes at Divas by Design
use a digi at I love promarkers
anything goes  at Catch the bug
circles at Gingerloft
tag, you're it at Cupcake crafts
for the girls at Tammy's Scrapin corner




Saturday, 2 June 2012

The Happy Scrappers - #2 The great outdoors - DT layout

Morning you guys...hope you're all well!
Can you believe we're into June already.....and our 2nd challenge over at The Happy Scrappers
A huge thank you to everyone who joined in the 1st
challenge....what a fab turnout and the most gorgeous layouts.
This time we would like to see your layouts with the theme of 
"The great outdoors"
Don't forget we are a scrapbook only challenge and you can enter any size layout
you wish as long as it fits the theme and has at least 1 photo on!
I went digital this time....a bit scary to start with but am actually really
enjoying it! I used Serif Craft Artist and a sweet photo of my Daughter, Bex, when she was about 3!
She was looking for fairies in the back garden......and swears she found one lol!
Don't forget to pop over to the main blog and check out the fantastic
creations from the rest of the team!
Rightio, that's me for today, thanks for calling!
Whatever you're up to, hope your days a good one!
 Jo x

challenges
anything goes at Kaboodle Doodles
childhood memories at The Crazy challenge
anything goes at Celebrate the occasion
anything goes at Divas by design
anything goes at Scrapbook Sisters

Friday, 1 June 2012

Sparkles Challenges DT card - Monochromatic

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Hiya, are you feeling Christmas-y?? Oh, i bet you can't wait lol!
I love Christmas any time of the year so Sparkles Christmas challenges is right up
my street! This month we would like to see your "Monochromatic" makes...you
can create anything....scrapbook layouts, tags, bookmarks....we love em all!
We have 2 fantastic sponsors for you this month
£10 from Joanna Sheen
and 
$10 from Di's digi downloads
Don't forget....you have all month to play!
Come join us...we'd love to see you and you'll soon have a head start on all
your crafty Christmas makes!
And if you're in need of inspiration then pop over to the main blog
and check out my teamies  creations...they're fab!
For my card I chose Tilda in her cute little santa hat
and made a  present for her to sit on!
Thanks for looking today and
Happy Christmas crafting in June!
Jo x
ingredients
image - Magnolia Tilda
6x6 card blank - Craftwork cards
aqua/white card - stash
scallop circle - Sizzix
plain circle - Nellie Snellen
embossing board - stash
pearl stars/ribbon/charm - stash
flex/promarkers
challenges
Christmas non trad colours at Craftymess
keep it simple at ABC Christmas challenges







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