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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

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

In the garden......

.........yep, that was me yesterday.....pottering about in the garden....
not for long though, I'm one of those annoying people who doesn't
like the sun and the sun definitely doesn't like me lol so after a
(little) while pottering it was back to the craft room! 
Rightio, grocery shopping to do today.......thanks for calling &
I'll see you soon!
Jo x
ingredients
papers - Dovecraft
kraft card
sizzix scallop circle die
cheery lynn tag die
roses, ribbon, pearls - stash
coloured with Spectrum Noirs
challenges
lots of layers at Crafts & Me
outdoor fun at 2 Sisters
anything goes at Paper Creator's Crafts
anything goes at Kaboodle Doodles

Monday, 27 May 2013

Focus on the sentiment with Lexi's Creations!

Good morning to all in blogland! It's Bank Holiday weekend
here in the UK and guess what........we have sunshine!
I'm supposed to be in the garden  today but before I do I wanted
to tell you about the new challenge over at
and this time the theme is "Focus on the Sentiment"!
I used the special friend sentiment available here
I wanted this card to have a real simple feel to it so used my 
fav kraft and just a few punched flowers & a couple of gems.
We're sponsored this time by the fabby
and as usual, you have a fortnight to play, you can make any
craft project you like just so long as it fits the theme and
to get those creative juices flowing there's some gorgeous
inspiration over on the main blog here.
Rightio, off to brave the garden! Thanks for calling!
Hugs Jo x

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Sitting Pretty!

Hi guys.....ooooh, not long til the weekend......and a nice long
one it is too.....and it's half term here so no lunch boxes, school 
runs and smelly PE kits for a while! So for today I have a card
 and I do love a bit of doodling so that's what I've done....maybe
 a bit much but I kinda like it! One of my fav stamps too &
 everything else is from the scrap box! I've been playing around in
 Picassa too......here's a compilation!

a couple of challenges I'd like to enter!
children's cards at QKR Stampede
anything goes at Wags n Whiskers
anything goes at One Stop Craft
oodles of doodles at Sweet Stampin'
girls, girls, girls at Joanna Sheen Challenges
here come the girls at the Squirrel & the Fox
anything goes at Passion for Promarkers
lots of layers at Crafts & Me
anything goes at I Love Promarkers
anything goes at the Sugar Bowl

So that's all for today...thanks for calling & I'll see you soon!
Hugs Jo x

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Thank you....

Morning, are you all well today......I hope so!
Today I thought I'd share my latest attempt at a CAS style card..
.....not sure if I've managed it or not......love the colour and the fact 
it was so quick & easy to do but maybe I've put too much on for
 CAS? It's a 4 x 4 card instead of my usual 6 x 6 and all I've 
used is oddments of paper & ribbon from my scrap box, a circle
 punch & a LOTV sentiment stamp!
Rightio, grocery shopping day for me today so I'll be round to see
you all later on! Thanks for calling!
Hugs Jo x

challenges
keep it simple at Crafty Creations
circles at Creative Moments
punches at Card Makin' Mamas
spots and/or stripes at Card Mania
stripes and/or circles at Kaboodle Doodles

Monday, 20 May 2013

Doodling, distressing & a cool dude!

                                                                                   
Morning...hope you're all well & had a lovely weekend!
A damp start to the week here......good old British weather eh,
always gives us something to talk about! So for today, a card for 
a boy....I have lots of boys so always need them! A fab Pollycraft 
digi coloured with promarkers, papers from Simple Stories, framelit 
star dies, buttons &
some distressing & doodling and that's it! Rightio, that's all for 
today......got lots to do! Thanks for calling!
Hugs Jo x

challenges
inspired by a song(skater boy by Avril Lavigne)
the sound of music(skater boy by Avril Lavigne)
doodleicious at Passion for Promarkers
use a digi at Crafts & Me
oodles of doodles at Sweet Stampin'
must have buttons at Here Come the Boys

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Isn't she lovely......

......isn't she wonderful......haha bet you're all
singing along now!
Hi guys, happy Saturday....hope you're having fun today, even
if it is cold, wet & dull! A home day for us, Miss Rebecca is
not very well.....I think the stress of the SATS & the
excitement of her Birthday finally caught up with her & she's
laid on the sofa feeling cold & achy! A huge thanks for all the
Birthday wishes, cards & gifts she received......she'll be round to
thank you all herself very soon. You crafters are just the lovliest
group of people.....your kindness really warms my heart!
So for today I'm sharing a card I made.....just because I wanted to!
And yes, I've been singing that song all the while I was 
making it......the kids thought I'd gone mad.....they're more used to
 me singing along to some heavy rock band......not Stevie Wonder!!
ingredients
image - Emma Pink Gem desigms
flowers/butterflies - Crafts Too punches
papers - Boho Chic
kraft card
ink - Memento
coloured with Spectrum Noirs
challenges
lots of layers at Cupcake Craft
flowers at Love to Create
bloom & grow at Songbird Challenges
anything goes with 2+ patterned papers at  Clear it Out
the sound of music at Papertake Weekly
smell the roses at Tuesday Throwdown
use a digi at Crafts & Me
anything goes at the Paper Shelter
flower power at Simon says Stamp
April showers bring May flowers at  the Sisterhood of Crafters
spots & dots at Southern Girls
punches at Card Makin' Mamas
inspired by a song at Creative Corner
for a teen at Pile it on
flower power at My Sheri Crafts
anything goes at One Stop Crafts

So that's it for today.....hope to be back tomorrow!
Thanks for calling.
Hugs Jo x

Friday, 17 May 2013

Leather & Lace with Digitally Sweet Challenges

Hi guys......Happy Friday......I'm sure looking forward to the
weekend! There's a new challenge over at 
and the theme is "Leather & Lace"! We're sponsored by the fab
Template Dreams this week so one lucky winner will
get to have a $5 gift certificate!
I'm sharing a LO of Miss Rebecca's favourite shoes.......oh my, does 
she love those shoes.....she'd wear them every day if she could lol!
Not sure why but the colours look real washed out, they're actually
a lot brighter & the Converse are a gorgeous bronze colour!
Thanks for calling today.....see you tomorrow!
Jo x

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Monochromatic with Sparkles Challenges

Morning..........from a very wet, dull, dark Yorkshire Coast!
Did I say cold too, quite cold.........had to put the heating on first
thing! But no worries, we have just the thing to brighten
the day............a new challenge over at Sparkles Challenges!
The theme this time is MONOCHROMATIC......you have a month
to play and as usual, we love to see all & any crafts just so long
as it fits the theme! We're sponsored this time by the fab
Crafty Ribbons is a ribbon emporium, we are passionate about ribbons and want to share our fantastic ribbons with others. Our range of Christmas ribbons is second to none.
Remember when we only used ribbons to add a bow to our hair, or tie up a birthday parcel?  Ribbons are now a "must-have" for all types of craft.  Whether your project requires satin, sheer, silk, grosgrain, gingham or polka dot ribbon we have them all!  Lots and lots of different colours in a range of widths.
Need a little bit of ribbon inspiration - then have a look at our projects on our blog,or visit our Inspiration blog,or maybe join in with us at our Challenge blog.  Go on, have a look... It's worth it !
Tony & Ali

Don't forget, you can check out the gorgeous makes from the 
team, led by our lovely Shaz, over on the main blog!
I chose to use shades of black/grey and kept it quite flat
and plain......easy for posting & maybe just right for a man card?
Rightio, that's me for today......off to catch up on your blogs!
thanks for calling!
Hugs Jo x
ingredients
image/sentiment - free with mag
papers - Paper Cellar
pearls/ribbon - stash
challenges

anything goes at Simply Create Too
anything goes at Our Creative Corner
for the boys at Paper Creator's Crafts
makes for men at That Craft Place

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

A card for Bex.......

........from her brother, Cam! There I was thinking I was
well prepared for Miss Rebecca's birthday when Cam said
"Muuuummm....can you make me a card for Rebecca please!"
Luckily, on Sunday, Rebecca & me had a bit off a colour off -  we
both coloured this image.....and her's is FAB.....you'll be able to
see it on her blog tomorrow! So this is mine and as I know she
loves it, thought it would be perfect for a card for Cam to give her!
Hopefully she won't see it before Thursday as she's too busy
at school......and she hardly ever goes on my blog anyway!
ingredients
image - Nutcrafters stamp
papers - Papermania
heart die - Xcut
flower punch - Crafts Too
ribbon, pearls - stash
coloured with Pro/Flexmarkers
fine liner for doodling
challenges
bingo (bottom row) at Nutcrafters
die cuts/punches at Penny's Paper Crafty
anything goes at Paper Crafting Journey
anything goes at Crafty Catz
girl Birthday at Wags n Whiskers
lots of layers at Cupcake Craft
doodleicious at Passion for Promarkers

Rightio, busy day for me today......look forward to visiting
you all tonight! Thanks for calling!
Hugs Jo x

Monday, 13 May 2013

Black, white & one other with Lexi's Creations!

Morning lovely crafters....hope you're all well & looking forward
to the week! My little lovely, Miss Rebecca, starts her SATS
exams today.....oh my, you wouldn't believe the pressure she feels
under and the amount of revision she's had......and she's only 10!
It's her 11th birthday on Thursday so at least that's something for
 her to look forward to......and we get to eat cake lol!
So today we have a new challenge over at Lexi's Creations
and this time the theme is BLACK, WHITE & a bit of one OTHER!
A nice, easy challenge, right? And don't forget....you can make
any craft project you like just so  long as it fits the theme!
We're sponsored by the fabulous Fairy Dust Crafts and the prize
is a fantastic 5 digis from the store!
 As usual, you have almost 2 weeks to play and for inspiration, 
you can check out the DT's fabby makes over on the main blog!
 Thanks for calling today......see you tomorrow!
Hugs Jo x
ingredients
topper - Kanban
papers - Papermania
flourish die cut - Memory Box
sentiment - LOTV
challenges
use a sentiment at Crafty Sentiments
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
black, white + one at Charisma Cardz
anything goes at Through the craft room door
anything goes at Divas by Design

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Little Madam

Hi guys......just a quick post to say Happy Mother's Day to those
celebrating today! Remember I was having a sort out in the craft
 room the other day....I found another (eek!) un-inked stamp
.......isn't she a cutie.......will definitely be using her again!
 Oh and Nic's rugby team played today......and they won......and a 
great game it was too.......well done Boys......we're so
 proud of you all!

ingredients
stamp - Crafters Companion
papers, letters, gems - stash
sentiment - LOTV
flowers - Crafts Too punch
coloured with Spectrum Noirs
challenges
Mother's Day at Euraka Stamps
Mon/special lady at Love to Create
Mother's Day at Melonheadz Friends
Mother's Day at Tammy's Scrapin' Corner
Mother's Day at Celebrate the Occasion
Mother's Day at Shopping our Stash
Mother's Day at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
girly at Jellypark Challenges



Saturday, 11 May 2013

XOX

Hi guys, happy Saturday.......hope you're all well!
Dull & damp here.....typical weekend weather....but perfect
for crafting lol! Ahh, if only I could sit here all day...........anyone
want to come iron for me??? 
ingredients
kraft card
papers - Material Girls
image - Saturated Canary
flower punch - Crafts Too
arrow die - Sizzix
pearls, wooden flower & string - stash
notebook punch - Fiskars
coloured with Spectrum Noirs
challenges
for the ladies at Kaboodle Doodles
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
die cuts/punches at Penny's Paper Crafty
girly at Jellypark
No takers????.......Don't blame you......I hate ironing too!!
Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow!
Hugs Jo x

Thursday, 9 May 2013

How many flowers?

Hiya....hope you're all well!
I'm having a lovely, peaceful craft day today.............just me, the 
biscuit tin......the dog & the cats........a Yankee candle
 burning and a huge mug of coffee..........bliss!
So for today I have another card for my stash....I'm trying to make
a few flatter cards for posting. Now pink & yellow are not
usually colours I go for but for this image they just seemed right!
Loved colouring this image.....I've tried to give her curly hair with
a smooth, flat fringe but doesn't she look like a right diva.....I'm sure 
she's having a bit of a strop & stamping her foot!
Rightio, back to my desk.....thanks for calling!
Hugs Jo x
ingredients
image - the Greetings Farm
papers - no idea, very old stash!
flowers - assorted punches
coloured with 
gems - stash
challenges
die cuts/punches at Stampin' for the Weekend
anything goes at Sister Act card challenge
flower power at One Stop Craft
flower power at Card Mania
floral delights at  Craft your Passion
lots of layers at  Cutie Pie challenges
anything goes with 2+ patterned papers at Clear it Out
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
anything goes at Divas by Design
die cuts/punches at Penny's Paper Crafty

Monday, 6 May 2013

Do you ever get one of those days.......

........you know, the kind where you're busy busy all the time
but don't seem to actually get anything done? Well, that's
been my weekend so far......I knew I shouldn't have made any
plans lol. And to top it all my crafty mojo seems to have taken
itself off somewhere nice for the Bank Holiday weekend
cos I can't find it anywhere! So I think I'm gonna have
a big sort out in the craft room, clear out some stash and you
 never know......it might just do the trick! But first, here's
what I made yesterday......and it took me all day :(
Apart from the dodgy colouring I quite like it......no sentiment
cos it's gonna sit in my box until needed!  So whatever you're
up to today......have fun.....seems like quite a nice day too!
Thanks for calling.....see you soon!
Hugs Jo x
ingredients
image - Marci La La Land
heart - Memory Box
flowers - assorted punches
papers - free with mag
gems & ribbon - stash
coloured with Promarkers
challenges
anything goes  at Die Cuttin' Divas
dies/punches at Passion for Promarkers
anything goes at Paper Crafting Journey
die cuts/punches at Stampin' for the Weekend

Friday, 3 May 2013

Bingo with Digitally Sweet Challenges!

Hi guys......happy Friday......and happy Bank Holiday weekend
to those in the UK......a lovely, long weekend to look forward 
and fingers crossed we'll have a bit of sunshine too!
Talking of sunshine, we have a new challenge starting over at
today and we have a brand new sponsor:
Our lucky winner will receive a generous $20 to spend
instore!!! You really will be spoilt for choice....there's images
for every occasion & even some precoloured! So this weeks 
challenge is BINGO!  Choose any row.....maybe even go for
the whole lot.......the only rule is your work must be 100%
digital
I used the gorgeous Eleanor Bookworm and the
middle row, left to right of the bingo grid! I created my 
layout in Craft Artist using bits & bobs from various kits
and a pic of my very own bookworm - Miss Rebecca!
 Don't forget to check out the DT's gorgeous creations.......as
usual, they're fabulous! So that's it for today, thanks for 
calling & have a lovely weekend!
Jo x

challenges
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at Eclectic Ellapu
well read at Craft Your Passion


Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Sparkles Christmas.......what's your fav colour??

Well good morning lovely crafters.......are you all well today?
It's a gorgeous day......think I'm gonna go have a mooch around
town! But first, today is the start of our new challenge over at
Sparkles Christmas Challenges and our theme is "Your fav festive
colours". So,  here's a card I made using my fav traditional red &
my bargain stamp! You might have noticed I don't usually stamp
teddies, they're not really my thing and to be honest.......I'm rubbish
at colouring them but when I saw this cute stamp set on sale at 
75p......(there are 6 stamps in the set!) I just had to buy it..
......would have been rude not to lol. Don't forget, you can make
 anything you like just so long as it fits the theme, you have a month
 to play AND have a chance of winning a fab prize:
£10 to spend at Fantastic Ribbons!
So do come join us.....we'd love to see you & you can check out
the fabby creations from the rest of the team!
ingredients
stamp - Fizzy Moon
papers - Boofle & Dovecraft
coloured with Spectrum Noirs
snowflakes - Sizzix die
stickles
gems
challenges
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
perfect papers (3) at Crafts 4 Eternity
photo inspiration(the colour red) at Winter Wonderland
lots of layers at Cutie Pie

Thanks for calling.......have a lovely day!
Jo x

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