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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

Sunday, 31 March 2013

You totally rock!

Morning, hope you're all well and enjoying a lovely long
 Easter weekend! We've had a couple of gorgeous days here.....
maybe Spring is finally on her way.....hmmm, hope so! So 
today's card started out as an attempt at clean & simple, 
couldn't keep it as that tho, I really struggle with them lol.
I coloured this image twice, once for this card then a 2nd time as 
I thought she'd be perfect for a Christmas card.....so watch this 
space, I'll show you her next week!
ingredients
image & sentiment - the Greetings Farm
paper - Rockstar, DCWV
ribbon & pearls - stash
coloured with promarkers
challenges I'd like to try
anything goes at  Partytime Tuesday
anything goes at the Paper Shelter
anything goes at Simon says Stamp
anything goes with ribbon at Crafty Ribbons
anything goes at Creative Corner
anything goes at Anyone for Anya

Friday, 29 March 2013

Once upon a time at Digitally Sweet Challenges

Hi guys, Happy Friday! It's a gorgeous Spring-like day here...
beautiful blue skies & washing on the line and to make your
day even better....we have a new challenge over at
Digitally Sweet Challenges
and this week the theme is "Once upon a time".
We'd like to see your creations inspired by  fairytales/legends but
don't forget.......all work must be digital!
I digi scrapped Miss Rebecca wearing the plastic sunglasses
she loved so much she just had to sleep in them!! You can check
 out the rest of the teams' fab creations here!
Hope you all have a lovely day....see you soon!
Jo x

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

A bookmark for Miss Rebecca

Well good morning friends....hope your week got off to a
great start! Still no sign of Spring here unless you count
the lonely little crocus just peeking out that I saw on the way
to the shops yesterday! For today, I have a bookmark
for Miss Rebecca.....she is an avid reader, much like I
was at her age, (and still am) and loves bookmarks in
any shape or form! Had another little play with
the ink pads too, just a little inking round the edges
bit I think I like it......have a feeling I could get into this 
inky business lol!
here's what I used
Alice stamp - Sugar Nellie
spot& stripe paper - scrap box
flower - xcut die
text paper - computer generated
promarkers
brad, ric rac - stash
half doily - scrap box
a couple of challenges
anything but a card at Crafting for all Seasons
anything goes at I Love Promarkers
anything goes at Stamp n Doodle
#101 at The Sugar Bowl
anything goes at Brown Sugar
Spring or Alice in Wonderland at Anything but a Card
anything  but a card at Tammy's Scrapin' Corner

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Who loves a big bow?

Morning my lovely blog friends...hope you're all well, safe and
warm today! No snow here, thank goodness but it's soooo
cold.....so guess where I'm spending the day? Yep, my
nice, cosy warm craft room! I have a card to share today,
another one for my box and again, I've used oddments from 
my stash, a gorgeous Saturated Canary digi coloured with
promarkers and the die cuts are Joy & Cheery Lynn.
So thanks for popping round, hope you have a lovely day 
and stay safe & warm!
Jo x
challenges
ribbons or lace at Craft your Passion
flowers at Crafty Boots
tags at Crafting by Design
anything goes at I Love Promarkers
die cuts at Charisma Cardz
ribbon or lace at Paper Crafting Journey
anything goes at The Sugar Bowl
layer it up at Creative Corner Challenges
lots of layer at Sweet Stampin'

Friday, 22 March 2013

Digitally "Sweet" Challenge #28

Hi guys, well thank goodness it's Friday! Hope you're all well &
 looking forward to the weekend.....I know I am! For this 
weeks challenge over at Digitally "Sweet" Challenges we want 
you to incorporate Spring and/ or pastel colours into
your creations.  We only have one rule and that is your work
must be 100% digital! I used a pre-made LO as I was
short on time this week......then added a few bits of my own...
love these digital kits, they're so versatile! Don't forget,
you can check out the rest of the teams' work over on the
main blog! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Jo x

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Dream big

Afternoon friends, hope you're all well! Another grey, dark
damp day here in Yorkshire, it's been trying to snow again too
so perfect weather to sit in my craft room lol!
Today's card is another "just because" card...she'll just sit in my
 box until she's needed! Again, I've used scraps from my bit
box and some fab old felt embellies I'd forgotten I had!
Sentiment is an Andy Skinner stamp, the die cuts are my fav
from memory box, the image is from Saturated Canary
and she's coloured with promarkers!
So that's all for today, thanks for popping round!
Jo x
challenges
die cuts at Clearly Inspired
anything goes at One Stop Craft
something old at Totally Gorjuss
layer it up at Lacy Sunshine
girly at Bunny Zoe's
anything goes at Love to Create
butterflies at Passion for Promarkers

Monday, 18 March 2013

Bloglovin

Hi guys, just to say....I've signed up for Bloglovin'.....seems
straightforward enough......or does that mean I've done it wrong??
With just a click of your mouse all the blogs you now
follow should be transferred easily & quickly over to Bloglovin!
Edit: It worked......you're all still there lol!
xx
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A new challenge at Lexi's Creations......

....would you believe 2 weeks has passed since our last challenge? 
Before we know it we'll be on a countdown to 
Christmas lol! This time at Lexi's Creations we'd like to see your
 makes for that special female in your life.....Mum, Daughter, Aunt,
Sister, Gran....even your bestest blog buddy! Go CAS or as fussy
& fancy as you like....we want to see them all! And it doesn't
just have to be a card either....we want to see any and all
craft creations....just so long as they fit the theme!
Our sponsor this time is the fabulous
and the lucky winner will get to choose 5 digis!!
You have until March 30th to play and if you need it,
there's some fabby inspiration from my teamies over on the
main blog! My card is again made from bits & pieces I've
had for ages........oh, roll on April 1st when my stash ban is over!
Jo x

a few challenges I'd like to enter!
Vintage at Emma's Cards
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
add a sentiment at Fab 'n' Funky
anything goes at One stop craft

Friday, 15 March 2013

DSC #27 Luck of the Irish!

Hi guys....Happy Friday....I'm so looking forward to the
weekend and some much needed craft time! We have new 
challenge for you over at Digitally "Sweet" Challenges
today and the theme this time is "LUCK OF THE IRISH"!
We'd like to see you incorporate a rainbow or rainbow
colours into your work this week!
We're sponsored by the fabulous Template Dreams and the lucky 
winner gets a £5 gift certificate.....and you'll be spoilt
for choice!! We were lucky enough to get to choose a kit to
work with and I chose Lucky Me! Don't forget we only have one
real rule......your work must be 100% digital!
Look forward to seeing your creations!
Jo x


Sparkles Challenges - Birds!

Well good morning friends.....seems ages since I last blogged,
what with sickness and a bit of a move around at home! 
Hope you're all well & looking forward to the weekend.......
I know I am! Today we have a new challenge for you
over at Sparkles Challenges and the theme is 
BIRDS! We're sponsored by the fabulous Lily of the
 Valley who are offering our lucky winner a £10 spend
in store......how great is that? I struggled with this one so 
if you need inspiration like I did then look no further that
the gorgeous DT makes over on the main blog!
I made a very simple circle easel Christmas card using
a topper I've had for ages and some kraft card! Think this
 would be a perfect male Christmas card, don't you?
Rightio, lots to do....see you later on today!
Jo x

Saturday, 9 March 2013

DSC #26....Lost in Time!

Hi guys, today's post should have posted yesterday.....I scheduled
it as I knew I was gonna be busy and wouldn't be at the computer 
til today......and what do you know.....it didn't post! 
So, anyway, yesterday was a new challenge over at
and the theme this week is "Lost in Time". We want to see
your digital creations incorporating a watch or a clock, you
have until next Thursday to play & we're sponsored by
I created my layout in Serif using bits from various kits....for
me, that's the beauty of Serif...you can mix & match to
your hearts content! Rightio, that's me for today, thanks for
calling & hope you have a fab Saturday!
Jo x


Thursday, 7 March 2013

For you....



Morning, can you believe it's Thursday already? I hope you're
all well & managing some playtime! I had an hour to spare
yesterday and here's what I came up with.......not too sure about
the ink smudges but thought I'd share anyway......just can't seem 
to get the hang of all that inky-ness.....but i had fun and that's
all that matters, right? So that's all for today but I'll see you all
tomorrow.....thanks for calling!
Jo x

challenges
for a lady at Allsorts
lovely lace at Sugar Creek Hollow
ribbons & bows at Gingerloft
ribbon or trim at lovely hAnglar or sweet Magnolia
anything goes at Loves Rubberstamps
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
one for the ladies at Passion for Promarkers
anything goes at Craft us Crazy

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Lemon & Lilac

Morning, oooh it's a bit nippy this morning and thick with fog!
Thanks, everyone, for lovely birthday wishes for me & the boys
over last week or so....we really appreciate it and yes, Rachel, we
 had more cake yesterday lol!! So for today, I'm sharing 
another card for my just in case box! The sweet image is from
Nutcrafters and the colour combo is for their latest
challenge.....another new combo for me - will definitely
use it again! Again, everything else is from my stash!
Rightio, got to go - got the dreaded supermarket run to do today!
Thanks for calling, see you soon!
Jo x

challenges
lilac & lemon at Nutcrafters
anything goes at Stampin' with the Dragon
2 patterned papers at Whoopsi Daisy
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create

Monday, 4 March 2013

Easter at Lexi's & Happy Birthday Nic!

Good Morning friends, Happy Monday!!
We're celebrating yet another birthday in our house
today.....my youngest Son, Nic, is 14! Where do the years
go......Here he is pictured yesterday after his 1st rugby game
of the new season......they lost but it didn't matter in the 
slightest, they're a new team and they did a great job!
Happy Birthday Nic, we love you xx
So anyway, back to business lol. Today also sees the start of
a new challenge over at Lexi's Creations and the theme is
"EASTER".
 We do have a slight rule change: from now on we'are asking 
that you only enter twice! As usual, you can make any crafty
creation you like just so long as it fits the theme, you can play
until March 16th and you can check out the rest of the DT's
gorgeous creations over on the main blog here! We're
sponsored this time by the fabulous My Heart Pieces with
the prize being 3 digis!!
For my card I used the sweet Lillie with tulips digi available
 here and more bits & bobs from my stash!
Thanks for calling today, see you soon!
Jo x

Sunday, 3 March 2013

I'll be there for you......

Hi friends, hope you're all well today! Busy day for me today
 cos I'm off to watch my youngest son play his
1st rugby match of the season! I was lucky enough to win some
 Flat Friends digis last week
and wow, they are just fab! Couldn't wait to get this one
coloured though I think I still need lots of practise lol! Flat Friends
have a challenge blog too and this month the theme is 
"Friendship" so I thought I might enter! I followed the fab 
sketch from Sketch Saturday, too!
ingredients
digi - Rainy Days from Flat Friends
paper - My Minds Eye
sentiments - computer printed
gems, card - stash
challenges
Friendship - Flat Friends
week #248 at Sketch Saturday
stripes at Paper Makeup Stamps
anything goes at Simon Says Stamp
anything goes at Craft us Crazy

Have a lovely Sunday, see you tomorrow!
Jo x

Friday, 1 March 2013

"Let's have a Birthday party" with Digitally Sweet Challenges

Hello again....wow, 2 posts in one day!!!! I love Friday's....the start
of the weekend and a new challenge over at 
 Digitally "Sweet" Challenges where the theme is Let's have a 
Birthday Party!....so we'd like to see your digital creations with a 
Birthday theme! We're sponsored by the fabby 
Digi Darla Designs and the winner gets 5 images of their choice!
Don't forget to check out the rest of the DT's work - and don't forget
all work must be digital!
This weeks layout is from Miss Rebecca's Birthday last year -
the gorgeous cake was made by her big brother! I created this one
in Craft Artist using the Vintage Candy kit.
Have a lovely day!
Jo x

challenges
anything but a card at Incy Wincy
pink & gems at The Crazy Challenge
Girls Birthday at Celebrate the Occasion
Birthdays at Digital Tuesday
anything goes at Party Time Tuesdays
anything goes at Divas by Design
Birthdays at The Sisterhood of Crafters

3-2-1 at Sparkles Christmas Challenges

Good Morning....are you up for a new challenge? Then pop over 
to Sparkles Christmas Challenges and join in with our new
challenge of 3-2-1......we want to see 3 flowers, 2 gems and
1 image on your crafty creation....and don't forget - it must
be Christmas themed! We're sponsored this time by the fabulous
who are giving our lucky winner £10 to spend in their online shop!
If you're in need of inspiration you can check out the rest of
the DT's fab work over on the main challenge blog....hope
to see you there!

challenges
use kraft at Addicted to Stamps
anything goes at Party Time Tuesday
D for Designer paper at ABC Christmas Challenge

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