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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, 29 April 2013

Happy Birthday with Lexis Creations!

 Morning, hope you're all well! 
We have a new challenge over Lexi's Creations today and the theme
is "Happy Birthday".......a nice, easy challenge.......and we have 
the fabby My Heart Pieces sponsoring us this time!
Don't forget......we are a multi crafts blog so any & all creations
are welcome so long as you stick to the theme and as usual,
there's some fantastic inspiration over on the main blog!
I think my card might just be for a certain little Miss Rebecca
who has a birthday coming up in a couple of weeks......she loves
all things black & purple so this should be perfect!
ingredients
image -  D'Arcy's Diaries
papers - very old DCWV & Southfields
rolled flowers - Marianne Creatables die
leaf die - Joy crafts
ric rac, lace & gems - stash
coloured with Spectrum Noirs
challenges
flowers at Die Cuttin' Divas
make it girly at Oldie but a goodie
anything goes at Crafting by Design
anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty
anything goes at Simon says Stamp
Birthdays with bling at Polkadoodles
flowers & lace at  Totally Papercrafts
things with wings at Dream Valley
Rightio, off to do the dreaded housework!
Thanks for calling......see you soon!
Hugs Jo x

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Manga Boy

Hi guys.....Happy Sunday! Hope you're all well & enjoying the
weekend! Miss Rebecca,  James & me had a day shopping
 yesterday..........oh my, that girl can SHOP! We were up town,
down town......all around town........then back to the very 1st
shop we started in lol! I did manage a little visit to the craft shop 
though so a good day was had all round! So for today
I have a card using the Manga Boy stamp from Sugar Nellie,
love these stamps & they're a dream to colour! 
ingredients
Manga boy stamp - Sugar Nellie
papers - Making Memories
star border - tags - Marianne Creatables
mini tags - Cheery Lynn
sentiment stamp - Little Musings
coloured with Spectrum Noirs
challenges
anything goes at Cards for Men
for the boys at The Paper Shelter
anything goes at The Sisterhood of Crafters
anything goes at The Sugar Bowl
boys to men at Card Crafters Circle

Rightio, that's it from me......thanks for calling
& have a lovely afternoon!
Hugs Jo x

Friday, 26 April 2013

DSC#33 - Bling it up!

Hiya.......Friday already.....can't believe how time flies!
Our new challenge over at Digitally Sweet Challenges start today
and for this week we'd like you to "bling" up your creation!
I scrapped a pic of Miss Rebecca as an angel in her Christmas 
play......and I think I'll be scrapping it lots more as it's one of my
 photos of her! I used Craft Artist & the digi kit  is called
 Magical Moment and it's stunning......packed full of the most
 gorgeous digi elements. Do go check out the teams' gorgeous
creations.......they amaze me every week, they're so inspiring and
don't forget - our only rule is your work must be 100% digital!
Thanks for calling today & for any comments you may 
leave......I really appreciate it!
Hugs Jo x

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Don't forget your brolly.........

.........yep, it's another dull, grey, wet day here!
Let's hope this little sweetie will cheer you up......she certainly did
me ! I've used my fav colours ........love that teal colour,
and spots too........gotta have some spots lol! Rightio, short &
sweet today.......got to tackle the ironing! Thanks for 
calling......see you tomorrow!
Hugs Jo x
ingredients
image- Anya Rain - The Greetings Farm
sentiment - LOTV
coloured with promarkers
papers - free with mag
umbrella - Die-namics die
scallop border - Fiskars punch
pearls - stash
challenges
April showers at  Card Crafter's Circle
sunshine & showers at Crafty Calendar
all about spots at Paper Creator's Crafts
weather at Papertake Weekly
anything goes at Crafting by Design
anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty
anything goes at Simon says Stamp
punches and/or dies at QKR Stampede
polka dots and/or plaids at The Greetings Farm

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Rose boy!

Morning crafters,  another bright, breezy day here......
looks like Spring is finally here to stay!
Today I have another "just because" card......need to fill up that 
box cos I think now the lighter nights are here I might start 
on a cross stitch project.....I have a couple of ideas for
Christmas presents and it's never too early to start, right? Can
you believe we're almost at the end of April.......have you started
Christmas preps yet.......or is it just me that's daft lol!
ingredients
papers - LOTV
image - Leanne Creatief
scallop border - x cut die
flowers, pearls & ribbon - stash
sentiment - LOTV
coloured with pro/flexmarkers
challenges
paste colours at I Love Promarkers
anything goes at Stamp n Doodle
colour my world at Delightful Challenges
May flowers at Wags n Whiskers
Rightio, that's me for today!
Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow!
Hugs Jo x

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Just for you

Morning....another gorgeous day.....perfect for watching Nic 
play rugby....keep your fingers crossed for the boys! A
 "just because" card today......I'm still using up all that stash lol
it seems to have become a bit of a habit! Rightio, got to run...
.....thanks for calling & have a lovely day!
Hugs Jo x
ingredients
image - Nutcrafters
papers - Boofle & Paper Cellar
kraft card
coloured with pro/flexmarkers
sentiment - LOTV
challenges
anything goes at Cards for Men
for the boys at Eureka Stamps
for a child at Ladybug Crafts Ink
pastels at Creative Belli
pastels at I love promarkers
anything goes at Nutcrafters
for a guy at  Aud Sentiments
one for the boys at Crafty Catz
all about spots at Paper Creator's Crafts
for a child at That Craft Place


Saturday, 20 April 2013

Dream........

Morning......and what a gorgeous morning it is! I'm sat at
my craft desk, the sun's shining & the birds are singing......what
a perfect start to the weekend! I have another card for you
today....another of the gorgeous D'Arcy's Diaries digi's
and this one is called "Dream".....aren't they fab.......and a dream
to colour too!
So that's it for today.......Miss Rebecca & me are gonna
have some craft time then tomorrow we're off to
watch Nic play rugby.....fingers crossed for the team!
Thanks for calling.....have a lovely day!
Hugs Jo x
 ingredients
image - Dream from D'Arcy's Diaries
papers - free from mag
doily - Cheery Lynn die
rolled roses - Cheery Lynn die
heart - Memory Box
scallop border - Fiskars punch
coloured with Spectrum Noirs
ribbon, gems - stash

challenges
use a digi at Sparkle & Sprinkle
at least 1 die cut at Stamp & Create
handmade flowers at Creative Card Crew
punches/dies at Inky Impressions
make it bloom at The Paper Shelter
flowers at Dilly Beans
punches and/or dies at QKR Stampede


Friday, 19 April 2013

April Showers + Inspiration photo at Digitally Sweet Challenges

 Hi guys.....Happy Friday! It's a gorgeous day here.....maybe, just
maybe Spring is on her way??? We have a new challenge at
and we have this fab inspiration photo for you! Maybe the
colours, the flowers or even the rain will inspire you......but don't
forget.......your creation must be 100% digital! I created a scrapbook
page (shown before I inserted pic for privacy) in Craft Artist
using the gorgeous Raindrops digi kit......love the colours in
this one! We're sponsored this time by 
Template Dreams so come on, get digi creating, you just might
be the lucky winner! Don't forget to stop by the rest of the
DT, they create the most gorgeous layouts!
Thanks for calling today....hope you have a lovely weekend!
Hugs Jo x

Thursday, 18 April 2013

My heart

Morning friends, hope you're all well today! I think Spring has
turned it's back on us again, after a few nice days  we've got grey
skies, howling wind and it's cold & dark......again!
Last week I was having a wander round the internet looking for
something.........nothing in particular..........just something (cos I was real
good and stuck to my stash ban!) and I came across 
and I'm hooked!! Love, love, love these digi's....but I was real 
good and only bought 4......for now lol! This was the 1st one
I coloured..........then I did it in 3 other colour combo's!
ingredients
image - My heart from D'Arcy's Diaries
precious heart die - Memory box
corner flourish die - Memory box
scallop border die - X cut
paper - Southfield ornate classics
coloured with Spectrum Noirs
pearls & ribbon - stash
a couple of challenges
time for ribbon at Card Makin Mamas
punches and/or die cuts at Card Mania
die-ing to impress at Card Crafters Circle
cut it out  at Love to Scrap!
anything goes at A little bit crafty
one for the girls at Digi Galore
use a digi at Sparkle N Sprinkle
Rightio, that's me for today!
Thanks for visiting & hope your days' a good one!
Hugs Jo x

Forgot to ask........has anyone noticed my blog jumping up & down
 when they visit?
xx

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Let's go fly a kite......

Today, my thoughts are with those affected by the
Boston marathon bombings......don't know what this world is 
coming to.....how can people do that to other people! 
Well, it's another lovely day here......better make the most 
of it cos there's rain forecast for the next 2 days! So today I'm
sharing a "just because" card.......are you singing along yet?
ingredients
image - Pollycraft
papers - Let's fly away (freebie with mag)
tags - Cheery Lynn dies
fence - Marianne Creatables die
flowers - punched
gems & ribbon - stash
coloured with Spectrum Noirs
challenges I'd like to enter
April showers and/or Spring flowers at Simon says Stamp
inspired by a song or film (let's go fly a kite) at Moving along with the Times
anything goes at Little Miss Muffet
for a child at QKR Stampede
in the sky at My time to craft
inspired by a song or film (let's go fly a kite) at the Squirrel & the Fox
punches and/or die cuts at Card Mania

Rightio, gonna go get that washing on the line!
Thanks for calling......see you soon!
Jo c

Monday, 15 April 2013

Hearts with Sparkles Challenges!

Well hello.......again.......I'm back with my 2nd post of the day and
this time it's for our new challenge over at SPARKLES where
  the theme is "hearts".......a fab challenge theme cos we
all love hearts, don't we? You have almost a month to play and
our sponsor this time is the fabulous Di's Digi Downloads
who are offering our winner a $10 spend! And don't forget.....you 
can make any craft creation you like - cards, ATC's, tags even a 
scrapbook cover like me! I loved making this....so quick & easy
and I got to use up even more scraps and got the sewing machine out!
ingredients
kraft card
white card
sewing machine
flower punches
pearls
lace
card scraps in cream, aqua & kraft
challenges
anything but a card at Party Time Tuesdays
flowers at Divas by Design
die cuts/punches at Forever Friends
flower power at Happy Campers
anything but a card at Hotshot Crafts
get krafty at Totally Papercrafts

So that's it from me today.......gonna go do the 
dreaded housework......eeek!
Thanks for calling.....see you tomorrow!
Jo x

Ribbon and or lace with Lexi's Creations!

Good morning......it's looking like another lovely morning and
it's back to school/college for my lot today!
So first up today is my card for the new challenge over at 
and the theme is "Ribbon and/or lace"......a nice, easy challenge
 to start your week! We have the fabulous
Fairy Dust Crafts as sponsor this week and the lucky
winner will get 5 digis! Don't forget, we are a multi crafts
challenge so anything you'd like to make is fine by us just so long
as it fits the theme! You can play until April 27th and
you can check out the rest of the DT's fab creations here.

ingredients
Mollie with lillies - Fairy Dust Crafts
Flower punches
ribbon, gems, card & very old paper! - stash
coloured with promarkers
challenges
challenge 111 at Sketch n Stash
bingo (punches free ribbon) at Papertake Weekly
floral delight at Crafting for all Seasons
anything goes at Digistamps4joy

Rightio, be back in a mo with another DT make, thanks
for calling!
Jo x


Saturday, 13 April 2013

Little Miss Christmas Rock!

Hiya, are you well? Hope so......and here's to a lovely weekend!
I'm in all weekend so hopefully some craft time! I used this
image a couple weeks ago on a completely different style of
card & said I thought she might look good on a Christmas card....
.....well, here she is.....she looks like a little Miss Christmas rock star
dressed in her little fur trimmed santa dress lol....and I think she
might even be singing "Rockin' around the Christmas tree".....
......bet you're all singing along now hehe!!!!
ingredients
image - The Greetings Farm
Christmas Trees - Marianne Creatable die
stickles
Memento ink pad
coloured with promarkers
scallop circle - Sizzix die
paper - Dovecraft
everything else - stash
challenges
inspired by a song/movie at The Squirrel & the Fox
girl or guy creations at ABC Christmas challenges
Christmas at C.R.A.F.T
inspired by  a song/film at Moving along with the Times

Rightio, that's it for today.......and it's a gorgeous day too!
Thanks for calling....see you tomorrow!
Jo x

Friday, 12 April 2013

Animal Fun at Digitally Sweet Challenges #31

Hi guys, happy Friday, hope you're all well & excited
for the weekend! We have a new challenge today over at 
and the theme is "ANIMAL FUN". Don't forget though.....
.....your creation must be 100% digital! There's some
gorgeous layouts over on the main blog so don't forget to visit!
We're sponsored by CEDAR CHEST DESIGNS
and the winner will get to have a spend instore!
I digi scrapped Miss Rebecca on a school trip to the farm.....
......boy, was I shattered after THAT trip lol!
Can't wait to see what you come up with!
Jo x

Monday, 8 April 2013

Pretty in Pink

Morning to you lovely crafty bloggers....hope you're all well!
It's a dull, dark, grey morning here on the Yorkshire
 Coast and I've been up for ages....to be honest I love these kind
of mornings - getting up early while all the kids are still
sleeping and it's oh, so quiet - perfect crafty time!
So for today I'm sharing a bright, cheerful Spring - like card - 
don't all those pretty colours cheer you up?
Love, love, love this image.....think it's probably cos it
reminds me of Miss Rebecca........she always sits just like her
and she often has the plaits too, Not so sure about the dots
on her cheeks tho....think I was a bit too heavy handed
with the white pen but there you go, you learn as you go 
with crafting, don't you? Rightio, think it's time I put the kettle
on again, thanks for calling & hope your days' a good one!
Jo x
ingredients
image - Hippie Chick - Sugar Nellie
heart die cuts Memory Box
scallop circle - punch
tags - Cheery Lynn
sentiment - LOTV
everything else - stash
challenges
Spring/flowers at Clear it Out
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
Spring colours at Divas by Design
Pretty in Pink at Stamp n Doodle
flower power at Happy Campers
Pretty  pastels at Saturated Canary
anything goes at The Sugar Bowl
girly Birthday at Creative Corner
Birthday  girl in pink at Totally Papercrafts

Friday, 5 April 2013

DSC #30 - Candy inspiration photo

 Happy Friday friends!! Time for another challenge over at 
and this time we have a pic for inspiration! 
Just look at all those gorgeous colours.....but you might take the
jars as inspiration or even the sweets!! It's up to you - the only 
real rule is your work must be 100% digital! You can check
 out the DT fab creations here and you have until next Thursday 
to play! I took inspiration from the colours and created a
 LO in Craft Artist using the Playground digi kit. The pic is 
of Miss Rebecca & her unicorn....won in one of those daft machines
 in the arcades at the seafront.....we tried so hard to win it for her
then when we were down to our last coin she reached up
and randomly pressed the button.....and WON!
Thanks for calling today, see you tomorrow!
Jo x




Thursday, 4 April 2013

A little book of books!!

Morning friends, hope you're all well & enjoying the 
same Spring-like weather we're having....still a bit
 chilly though. So for today I'm sharing something I made
 for Miss Rebecca....it's a little book of books.....a 
journal for her to record all the books she reads (and she 
sure reads a lot), she then writes a review of each 
one & rates them out of 5! I did want to embellish it a bit
 more but Rebecca said no.....she wanted it just as
it is....so that's what she got lol. Everything is from
my scrap box and the silver skull is actually recycled 
from the zipper from an old hoodie....waste not, want not!!    
So that's it, I'm off to trawl the internet....now my
stash ban is over I really need to shop hehe!
Thanks for calling, hope you have a great day!
Jo x

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Tags at Sparkles Christmas Challenges!

Well good morning...hope you're all well! I'm here today with my
DT make for Sparkles Christmas Challenges....I had
scheduled this post for yesterday morning but for some reason
it didn't post......grrrrr.....maybe Mr Blogger had eaten
too much chocolate??  Anyway, the theme for this month is
TAG IT as chosen by our lovely teamie Sandra.
We're sponsored this time by
who are giving our lucky winner a $10 spend instore!
Don't forget we like to see any & all crafts so you can make 
anything you like just so long as it fits the theme!
For inspiration you can check out the fab DT makes here!
A couple of tags from me...I am so gonna be ready for
Christmas this year! Thanks for calling today.....hope
to see you at Sparkles!
Jo x
ingredients
kraft tag - stash
paper - scrap box
Tatty Teddy stamp
coloured with Promarkers
inked with Memento
gems, ribbon & lace - stash
snpwflake - Sizzix die
challenges
no red or green at Christmas at Sweet Stampin
anything but a card at Stampin' for the Weekend
kraft at Gingerloft
get your kraft on at Cupcake Craft
tags at My Craft Spot


Monday, 1 April 2013

Punches and/or dies at Lexi's Creations

Good morning lovely bloggers.....happy 1st April!
I'm here with my 1st post of the day which is for our new
challenge over at Lexi's Creations where the theme is
PUNCHES AND/OR DIES. 
A nice, easy theme to ease us into the new month, don't
you think and we're sponsored by the fabulous
Joanna Sheen
which means our lucky winner will get to have a spend in
Joanna's online store......how cool is that? You have until 13th
April to join us, you can enter up to twice and best of all, you can
make anything you like just so long as it fits the theme!
I have a card today and methinks this is my favourite colour
combo.........for now....and it was a pleasure to make! No
sentiment yet....will save that until I know for sure where it's 
going! So thanks for calling today, don't forget to pop over to 
the main blog here and check out my teamies fab makes!
Be back in a mo with my 2nd post of the day!!!
Jo x
ingrediens
image - Pollycraft
paper - Material Girls by GCD Studios
coloured with promarkers
flower ribbon (coloured it black) - gift from Scrappymo.....thanks again!
seashells & anchor die cuts - Marianne Creatables
everything else - stash
a challenge or two!
anything goes at Ladybug Crafts Ink
bingo(diecut, free, glitter) at Passion for Promarkers
anything goes at Smon says Stamp
Ribbon or lace at Paper Crafting Journey
anything goes at Send a smile for Kids
anything goes with flowers at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at Lacy Sunshine

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