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Hi......I'm Jo, welcome to my crafty corner where I aim to share my adventures in paper crafting, baking, cross stitch & cats.....hopefully with some hints, tips & inspiration thrown in too! 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

Friday, 14 December 2018

Some sad news.......

Hi my crafty friends, I hope you're all well.
Just wanted to pop on & say sorry for not being around for the last few weeks.
Some of you know my Dad had been poorly for some time, sadly
he passed away on December 1st after an horrendous couple of weeks. Even though
it was expected it was still such a shock....but a very peaceful end
His funeral was yesterday & I hope we did him was such a sad day but
I was so very proud watching 4 of my sons carry their Grandad's we
 have to try to move forward & have the fun-filled family Christmas he wanted for us...
....he certainly left lots of instructions....and made all of us promise to eat sprouts lol!
Dad died on the anniversary of my partner, Steve's death......I'm thinking the
two of them will be somewhere fighting over the remote control &
watching sports together! 
I'm hoping to be back in my craft room after Christmas, I need it now more
than ever.......I definitely have a crafty itch that needs scratching lol!
Thanks for popping in.........whatever you're up to have a lovely day....and don't 
forget to give your loved ones a hug......speak soon.

Friday, 16 November 2018

Lots of Layers at Crafty Cardmakers!

Hi friends, happy Friday!
Welcome to my Dt make for the latest challenge over at
where the theme this time is
'Lots of Layers'
As usual, we love to see anything you'd like to make & if you need inspiration then look no further than the amazing Dt makes.....we have a
fabulous range of makes!
A Christmas card topper from me today, lots of paper, card & mirri card layers topped with a gorgeous
Winter scene. I added a die cut frame, placed the sentiment on even more layers cut with a banner die
& then I finished with a layered die cut snowflake with a faux gem centre.
Thanks for calling.....and whatever you have planned this weekend I hope it involves some crafty time!
See you soon.

Thursday, 15 November 2018

November Challenge at Not Just Cards!

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well &'s so cold, dark & grey here.
So sorry I've not been around the past few days, I've had so much going on
here I don't know whether I'm coming or going!
Anyway, today I'm sharing my Dt make for the latest challenge over at
Apologies to my Teamies, I should have posted on the 11th but time just ran away 
with with me!
The theme, as usual, is anything goes & if you're low on inspiration do pop over to the 
main'll be amazed at the fab Dt makes. I made a card topper this 
time....I started with a white piece of card, added  a scenic back ground, next came
 a piece of snowflake printed card into which I cut an aperture. I layered this up with
 foam pads for extra dimension. Next, I added the chipboard Snowman, the
 Christmas gift and the little house onto the background.......then I finished with
 some faux gems!
Don't forget, we love to see any & all makes over at Not Just Cards, hope to see
you there! Thanks for calling.....see you tomorrow!

Friday, 9 November 2018

Paper Frosting Friday!'s Friday! Probably my favourite day of the week, I should
maybe change it to AsherDay as it's the day I have my gorgeous grandson..
....and I get to keep him overnight too. After tea we have bathtime, oh my,
that boy loves water...then it's snuggle time before bed. Tomorrow we might 
have a lazy day at home or we'll maybe go shopping depending on the 
weather.........but whatever we decide to do it'll involve lots of cuddles.
So being Friday it's also Paper Frosting Friday....the day of the week for me 
to share some handmade embellishments. Why Paper Frosting?Well,I just 
think embellishments is a bit of a mouthful & Paper Frosting sounds much
 nicer! Today I have some beautiful white poinsettias to share.....very quick &
 easy I simply die cut all the elements needed, glued them all together & 
finished each one with a faux pearl. The base layer is either silver x 3 & 
gold x 3....just cos it's a bit more Christmas like lol.
If you have any Paper Frosting to share do leave me a comment so's I can
come have a look.....I'd love to see.
Thanks for calling today, whatever you're up to have a lovely day.

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas!

Hi friends, hope you're all well.
Ooh, another Christmas card to share today......I'm really ploughing through
the Christmas makes now.....and I'm loving every minute of it!
I'm hoping to start on Asher's advent calender soon, a bit last minute I know
but I think I have everything ready, it's just a matter of painting, sticking &
arranging all the bits & pieces so hopefully I'll be on time.
So today's make is a Studio Light creation with a few bits added from
my stash. I placed the tree and the reindeers on foam pads to add a bit of
dimension and I layered the whole lot on gold mirri then on black card.
Thanks for calling, whatever you're up to......take care &  have a lovely day.
See you tomorrow.

anything Christmas at Crafty Hazelnut's
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
woodland animals at City Crafter
x is for xmas at ABC Christmas Challenges

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

How Many Reindeers Can You Name?

Hi friends, welcome to my little piece of Blogland....hope you're all well?
Two toppers to share today, super quick & easy & finished with only
faux gems......I think these must be the quickest toppers I've ever made!
I do quite like them & might make more in different colours......and they'll
be great for posting too!
The card & gems were from my stash but the die I'm not sure about....I'm
ashamed to say it's been in a drawer for at least 2 years & this is the first time 
I've used it!
So tomorrow being Thursday would normally be Throwback Thursday
but I'm going to have to put it on hold for now as I seem to have lost
all my old photos......I'm sure they'll be around somewhere but think I'm
going to need techie son to help find them!
Rightio, that's my lot for today, thanks for calling!

Christmas is Coming at Craft Rocket
Clean & Simple at Creative Knockouts
Anything Goes at Crimbo Crackers

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Through the Window

Hi friends, are you all well? I hope so......and a big thank you to all who wished me
well for my appointments yesterday. Unfortunately trips to the Dr's are a weekly
thing for me....with the odd hospital appointment thrown in! It seems the drugs
used to treat my ailments also cause side effects which bring along a whole new
set of problems! Anyway, enough of that for now.......back to crafting lol!
So today I have another Christmas topper to share, I love the clean, crisp lines 
of this on & it'a a favourite colour combo too. The image is one from a very old
sheet of toppers, the frame a die cut....actually everything else is die cut & I
finished with a peel off sentiment & some faux gems.
Oh, how I'd love to be snuggled up in a little cottage looking out at that view!
I can almost hear the silence that I imagine comes with that view.....does that make
sense lol? That lovely stillness that you get with snow? Ooh I love Winter!
Rightio, shopping to do today......thanks for calling & for any comment you might 
leave......see you tomorrow.

Christmas at Crafting by Design
Christmas at 4 Crafty Chicks
Winter at C.R.A.F.T
Anything Goes at Crimbo Crackers
anything Christmas at Merry Little Christmas Challenges
anything Christmas at Merry Christmas Challenges

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