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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

Saturday 31 December 2011

My fav 5 of 2011 and Happy New Year!

Hello everyone, hope you are all fit and well. Can't believe we're at the end of 2011 already......doesn't time fly when you're crafting? Here's wishing each and every one of you a FAB New Year! I've only been blogging since August and can't believe how many wonderful people I've already met. A big thank you for all your lovely comments, too, it's so encouraging and I love reading each one. I love visiting your blogs and am inspired every day. I'm so looking forward to continuing on my crafting journey with you all. So, I thought it would be a fitting end to 2011 to enter in Debbie's Favourite 5 of 2011 - choose your fav 5, post them then link up on Debbie's blog - you get the chance to win some fab candy but even better, you can check out everyone else's fav 5!! Here's my cards...well, 5 cards, a set of ATC's and a tag!
Love Jo xx

I love easel cards - this one was made for my Son's 15th Birthday!

Couldn't resist using this adorable Tilda again!

Another easel card - for a friend's Daughter - just knew she'd love the cheeky sentiment -
Baby's due in April!

1st Christmas for one of my son's with his new Girlfriend...awww!

Won my 1st blog badge with this cutie!

Another 1st - Christmas tag.

My 1st ever ATC - I think I'm addicted lol!


Thursday 29 December 2011

Blog Hop candy winner

Oooooops!! In all the excitement of Christmas I forgot to draw a winner for the candy on my Craft Your Passion Blog Hop sorry............but better late than never, eh? Anyway's, everyone who left me a comment had their name put into a bowl and a random name was picked out. The lucky winner is..................Michelle (shells-crafts) and this is what you've won - and a few bits not in pic!
If you email me your details I'll get it in the post to you asap!
Jo x

Monday 26 December 2011

Handy Hippo Promarker giveaway!

Hi guys! Hope you and yours are all having a lovely time and have eaten and drunk lots!! Just wanted to let you all know there's a fab giveaway from Handy Hippo - check out Jules blog for details - it's too good to miss!!
Enjoy your evening,
Jo x

Friday 23 December 2011

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Morning friends, hope you all feeling good and not too stressed! Can't believe that after all these months of prep and anticipation it's almost time.........all we need now is some snow.......not too much, though, and the big fella in red will feel right at home!
 So onto my card...... if you're kids are anything like mine there's always one that says "Muuuummm, can you make a card for so and so, please? and i need it now". Yup, that's my boy(s)! Luckily, this fortnight's challenge over at Fairy tale Challenge blog is "easy" so this card fit in perfect for my GDT card - i used 3 papers from Papermania, red card, gems, snowflake punch, and the eskimo was a die cut......i just coloured his suit red and added glitter, the sentiment is computer generated. It was definitely one of the quickest, easiest cards i've ever made and i'm real pleased with it. The challenge runs for 2 weeks and as usual, there some fab inspiration on show, so please do pop over, have a look and join in!
Well, i think this will be my last post for a few days so i'd just like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and lots of love and best wishes for the New Year!
Jo x

entered in:
Show us Christmas at Dis digi designs
Challenge#22 at Dream Valley challenge
Winter/Christmas at Gingerloft challenges

Monday 19 December 2011

Baby's 1st Christmas and some good news!

Morning everyone, hope you're all well and keeping warm! It's so frosty here and it's freezing cold but still no snow! Are you all ready for the Big Day?Not many sleeps left now..... I'm nearly ready -  all cards are written, just few bits and bobs to wrap, GDT cards done  and ready to post.........So, today's card is for sweet baby Mya......her 1st Christmas.......and isn't this digi just perfect? Image is from Pink Gem designs, coloured with promarkers and matted onto red card. I've used pink polka dot card, white lace, red ribbon, a giant snowflake, stickles, card candy and a few red gems.
Anyway, i said i had some good news...........last week i was honoured to be asked to join 2 design teams - Lexi's Creations and Sparkles Christmas Challenges! How lucky am I? Both terms start in January and i can't wait to join my lovely new teamies!!!! They're both FAB blogs and offer fantastic inspiration - hope to see you there!
Don't forget i have candy on my Craft your Passion blog hop post for anyone who leaves me a comment.
Hope you all have a great day.
Jo x

Challenges i'd like to enter:
Challenge#78 at Tuesday throwdown
Challenge#17 at Divas by Design
Challenge#13 at Little Darlings
Another Christmas challenge at Little red wagon
Christmas at The Sisterhood of crafters
Christmas at 4 crafty chicks
Anything goes at the Glitter Geeks
Kids Christmas at 2 Sisters
Challenge#14 at Hooked on Crafts

Saturday 17 December 2011

Holiday Havoc Blog Hop with Craft Your Passion!

Welcome to Craft Your Passion Challenges "Holiday Havoc 2011" Blog Hop!!
We are very excited about holidays and wanted to add to the chaos and havoc. 
What better way to do that, than to have a BLOG HOP!!!

If you have hopped over from Lizy's, then you are in the right place. If you just happened to stop by and would like to join our hop from the beginning, please go to Craft Your Passion Challenges and follow along for a chance to win some AMAZING blog candy along the way and PRIZES at the end.

All Craft Your Passion DT members are going to be playing along in the hop with some very special guest designers.

Each designer along the way is featuring a project that showcases a digital image from at least one of our amazing Blog Hop Sponsors.
What’s more exciting is you can participate too by creating a project and linking it up over at Craft Your Passion Challenges for a chance to win one of several prizes.

But, there’s a twist. Be sure to visit all the stops and leave a comment (we will be checking). Once you have finished the hop, we would like you to create a HOLIDAY project using at least one digital stamp and enter it with our Linky tool.

While you are hopping, be sure to check out the blog candy the designer's have to offer you. You don't want to miss out on any of it!

For my 1st card i've used Poppi penguin from Bugaboo Digi's a fab image for Christmas and so quick and easy to colour too! 
Items used:
Poppi digi image
red card
Christmas paper
computer generated sentiment

For my 2nd card i've used the fab Viola Snoots digi from the Forest Friends collection at Stretch n Bubbles.
She's a proper snooty looking madame, isn't she? Here she is in all her Christmas finery just waiting for Santa!!
Items used
Viola Snoots digi image
red/green card
handmade flowers
Christmas paper
computer generated sentiment

Don't forget to leave me a comment ............i've got a surprise candy for one lucky winner!!!
 (to be picked at random from anyone who leaves me a comment)

Next stop by Helen's blog, to see what she has in store for you today.

Remember, once you have hopped to all the stops and left your comments (we will be checking), it's your turn to show us your "Holiday Havoc" project.

Make sure to include a digital stamp somewhere on your project, and link up your project over at Craft Your Passion Challenges by Midnight CST December 23 to be eligible for the prizes. Winners will be announced on our Monday, December 26th Challenge post.

Have fun and
Good Luck!!!

Red/green at Come and get it - viola snoots
Happy holidays at Lollipop crafts - penguin/viola snoots
Use a digi at One stitch at a time - penguin/viola snoots
Red/green Christmas at Party time Tuesdays - viola snoots
Challenge#16 at Crafting for all seasons - penguin/viola snoots
Challenge#33 at Digistamps4joy - viola snoots
Christmas at the Sisterhood of crafters - penguin/viola snoots
Christmas at 4 crafty chicks - penguin/viola snoots
Christmas at Paper crafting journey - penguin/viola snoots
Christmas at Card making mamas - penguin/viola snoots 

Tuesday 13 December 2011

Christmas ATC's

Hello everyone, hope you are all well and keeping warm!! It's proper cold here now, it's blowing a gale and raining although we still haven't had any snow. Wouldn't it be lovely if it snowed on Christmas Eve? It's a magical time of year, isn't it, and for me, snow would be perfect! Oh well, we'll see soon enough lol. Anyway, today i wanted to share the ATC's i've made for Ali's ATC swap stop. I've been taking advice from The Crafty Elf and have visited Poundland where i found these gorgeous chipboard toppers! 6/8 in a pack for £1 - what a bargain!! I've used lime green card and layered on lime green snowflake paper, a piece of ribbon across the middle and then the topper! Oh and some sparkly gems in the middle of the snowflakes! Hope you like them!
Keep crafting,
Jo x

I've entered in the following challenges:
Winter Fun at Wicked Wednesday Atc Challenges
Snowflakes and sparkles at The Pink Elephant

Friday 9 December 2011

Fairy Tale challenge - GD

Morning everyone, hope you all well. Another grey, miserable day here but at least that dreadful wind has died down............for now! So, it's time for a new challenge over at the Fairy Tale challenge blog and this fortnight the theme is Gift or Gift packaging! Did you see how many entries there were for the last challenge? Hundreds!!! And they were all FAB! Hop on over and have a look at all the fantastic inspiration on show - we all need gifts/boxes/bags at this time of year, don't we? I chose the gift of a candle but i like it so much i'm going to make a matching bag!! It all came together so easy..............for once! Hope you like it! Have a great day.
Jo x
vanilla candle - smells delicious!
cream lace
ek success snowflake border punch
poinsettia die
red/brown card
hand made green leaves
computer generated sentiment

i've entered in the following comps:
challenge#68 at 2 sisters
decorate for Christmas at My Sheri crafts
challenge#60 at Lollipop crafts
no cards! at Charisma cardz
challenge#127 at Moving along with the times

Thursday 8 December 2011

Wintercard - Hanna & friends GD

Morning all, hope you are all well and keeping warm. Isn't the wind dreadful? I hate wind, don't you? We've got rain as well, today and it's soooo cold! Anyway, onto today's card and it's another GD card for Hanna & friends. This week the challenge is "Wintercard" and it's running for a week. The prize is a FAB Edwin with heart stamp - mmmm, just in time for Valentine's cards!!! Hop on over and check out the challenge - there's some fab inspiration as always. Hope you enjoy your day and keep warm!
Jo x
P.S. - so sorry i haven't been visiting your blogs this week- my daughter has been poorly and then i've had vertigo...............but starting to feel better now so hoping to catch up with you all by the weekend.

Image - Magnolia Tilda
nestabilities - spellbinders
button - stash
ribbon - stash
snowflake - sizzix die
6 x 6 card blank
blue card - stash
word card - stash
gems - stash
sentiment - computer generated

I've entered the following comps:
challenge#67 at Prairie fairy fridays
anything goes at Just magnolia
challenge#68 at 2 sisters
week 160 at One stop craft
anything Christmas at Come and get it
challenge#5 at Crafty bloggers network
challenge#13 at Hooked on crafts
challenge#120 at Pollycraft
challenge#42 at Celebrate the occasion

Saturday 3 December 2011

Baby, it's cold outside!

Hi everyone, hope you all having a good weekend and keeping warm! It's proper cold here today and we had our first frost yesterday. Can't believe it's 3rd December already - have you all got your shopping done? No, me neither...........i think the best i can hope for this year is to get all pressies bought and wrapped before kiddos break up from school on Dec 16th! Wish me luck! So, today's card is my fav style  - i love easel cards - especially scallop circle ones lol! I've "stickled" all around the circles and glittered the fur on the eskimo's clothes for a bit of extra bling and isn't that snowflake die cut just gorgeous?
Have a great evening.
Jo x

scallop circle die - sizzix
spotted paper - stash
lotv valley image - stash
snowflake die - sizzix
gems - stash
sentiment - computer generated
snowflake border die cut - gift

Found lots of comps for this card:
challenge#21 at Dream valley
challenge#86 at Craft your passion
anything goes at Crafty Boots
challenge'13 at Hooked on crafts
challenge#95 at Kaboodle doodles
challenge#94 at Ooh la la creations
challenge#120 at Pollycraft
challenge#16 at Divas by Design
challenge#34 at My Mum's craft shop
polka dots at the Sisterhood of crafters
let it snow at Delightful challenges
challenge#85 at Digi Doodles
easel card at Some odd girl
challenge#111 at Crafty catz
christmas at the Poodles parlour
challenge#1 at Simply create too
christmas/winter birthday at Winter wonderland
challenge#68 at 2 sisters
challenge#132 at Allsorts

Thursday 1 December 2011

Go Team!

Morning, everyone and happy 1st December to you all!!!!!!As its Thursday it's time for a new challenge over at Hanna & friends challenge blog and i'm chuffed to say they've invited me to be Guest Designer for December.........thanks, ladies, it means a lot! This week's challenge is a sketch and i loved it! Hope you do too! Why not pop over and have a look - the challenge runs for a week and there's some fab design team creations to give you inspiration. Hope you have a fab day!
Jo x
stamp - sugar nellie
6 x 6 card blank
patterned paper
scalloped border punch

Entered in the following comps:
Anything goes at Paper crafting journey
Punches and dies at Sweet Stampin'
Sugar and spice at Pile it on
Day 273 at 365 cards
Anything goes at Crafty boots
Show some stars at Simon says Stamp
Stars/snowflakes at  the Crazy challenge
Anything goes at Divas by Design
Anything goes at Fab n funky

Tuesday 29 November 2011

Ho Ho Ho!

Hello everyone, hope you are all well. Just finished supermarket shop and what a nightmare that was - you'd think it was Christmas this weekend!!!Luckily we got round in one piece..............think i might have to fit bumpers to my son's wheelchair for next week lol! So, a little craft time methinks before kid's come home from school - and this is what i made - hope you like it! I needed something suitable for a male so chose this digi image from Bugaboo, coloured with promarkers and everything else is from my stash.
Enjoy rest of your day..................can't wait for I'm a Celeb tonight!!
Jo x
Entered in the following comps:
Challenge#93 at I love promarkers
Challenge#108 at Little red wagon
Christmas at The Poodles parlour
Challenge#1 at Simply Create too
Challenge#94 at Totally Papercrafts
Challenge#16 at Here come the boys
Challenge#86 at Craft your passion
Challenge#54 at Lexi's Creations

Friday 25 November 2011

All about the Boy

Morning everyone, can't believe it's Friday already! That means its time for a new challenge over at Fairy Tale challenge blog and i'm pleased to say that i'm joining them as a Guest Designer for the next 3 months! This fortnight's challenge is Christmas so i chose to do a boy's Christmas card seeing as i have so many of them lol................boy's that is...............i've got 5! Pop over and have a look - there's loads of fab Christmas inspiration. That's it for today....................think i might go and do a bit more Christmas shopping....................wish me luck!!
Jo x

Manga boy - sugar nellie
snowflake border - ek success
red/white card - stash
gingham ribbon - stash
buttons - stash

Competitions i've entered:
Challenge#62 at CES challenge blog
Challenge#15 at Here come the boys
Challenge#58 at Lollipop crafts
Challenge#139 at Stamptacular Sunday challenges
Challenge#169 at Cupcake craft challenges
Challenge#12 at Hooked on crafts
Challenge#46 at Charisma cardz

Wednesday 23 November 2011

Tag time

Good afternoon, everyone, hope you all keeping well. Another cold,  miserable day here................a perfect day for crafting so once the kiddo's were off to school i shut myself away for a couple hours! I wanted to make a tag today.............. i couldn't resist using another gorgeous Tilda! I went for my fav colour combo - again! I just love blues and browns together. Well, just time for a quick tidy of craft room then off  on school run. Keep crafting!
Jo x

Stamp - Magnolia Tilda
Ribbon/lace - stash
Pro/flex markers
flowers - stash
pearls - stash
snowflakes - sizzix die
scallop border punch - stash
spotted paper  - stash

entered in the following comps:
Challenge#45 at Charisma cardz
Challenge#6 at Crafty Ribbons
What a cutie at Winter Wonderland
Challenge#62 at CES Challenge blog
Challenge#17 at Addicted to stamps
Challenge#14 at Bows and berries
Challenge'12 at Hooked on crafts
Challenge'36 at My partner in crafting crime
Tag you're it at Simon says stamp challenge

Monday 21 November 2011

Pretty in Pink

Hello everyone, hope you are all keeping well and had a great weekend! Isn't it cold, now? I think it's starting to feel a bit Christmassy(?) don't you? Had a great day pressie shopping today, got lots crossed off my list. Oooooh i'm starting to get excited! Anyway, today's card is another Magnolia Tilda...................i'm a bit obsessed with them at the moment! Apologies for the photo - it didn't seem to get light today at all!
Jo x

Magnolia Tilda stamp
paper - nitwits
6 x 6 card blank - stash
pearls - stash
snowflake - sizzix

I've entered in the following comps:
Challenge#61 at Crafts and me
Challenge#41 at Sweet Stamps
Challenge#70 at Truly Scrumptious
Challenge#45 at Charisma Cardz
Challenge#109 at Crafty Catz
Challenge#62 at CES challenge blog
Challenge#17 at Addicted to stamps
Challenge#29 at Gingerloft Challenges

Friday 18 November 2011

Magnolia blue

Hello everyone, hope you all keeping well. Managed to get another Christmas card done today - not for me, though, this one was for somebody who knew exactly what they wanted and it had to be an easel card!!! I am quite happy with it but did think it needed a bit of something else. Anyway, I've used one of my favourite Christmas stamps - who am i kidding - they all my favourite lol. I loved colouring her and just had to add a bit of glitter on her coat!
Magnolia Tilda stamp
6 x 6 card blank
blue/white printed cardstock
ms border punch
sizzix snowflake die
sentiment from my stash

I've entered in the following comps:
Christmas at Magnolia stamp lovers
Challenge#18 at Bunny Zoe's crafts
Challenge#12 at Hooked on crafts
Easel cards at My craft spot
Challenge#93(pearl/ribbon/buttons) at ooh-la-la creations
Challenge#41 at Cards and more

Wednesday 16 November 2011

All white?

Hello everyone, hope you all well and keeping warm! It's bitterly cold here today so I'm staying indoors - any excuse to craft lol. Today's card is my first ever attempt at all white and I'm quite pleased with it. I've used the Sugar Nellie stamp again - can't believe it's been in my stamp drawer unused for more than a year then I use it twice in less than a week!!!!!
Under the mistleoe - sugar nellie
polka dot embossing folder
snowflake die
6 x 6 card blank
white card
scallop circle die
plain circle die

entered in the following comps:
Challenge#128 at C.R.A.F.T challenges
Challenge#44 at Charisma cardz
Challenge#2 at Crimbo Crackers
Snowflakes at Delightful challenes
Challenge#20 at Cuddly buddly
Christmas at Mami Doodles
Twos Company at Cupcake craft challenge
Challenge#12 at Hooked on Crafts
Embossing at the Pink Elephant
White on White at Passion for promarkers

Monday 14 November 2011

Isn't she lovely?

Morning all, hope you are all well. Today I wanted to show you a card made for my son's friends - the parents of sweet Mya. Again, everything was from my stash - but I never seem to get to the bottom of it - do you? Short post today cos I'm gonna go do some Christmas shopping - eeeek!!
Jo x

Entered in the following comps:
New baby at Crafty sentiments designs
Challenge#106 at Little red wagon
Challenge#31 at My mums craft shop
Buttons at Paper pretties
Card challenge#59 at Scrapbook sisters
Baby, baby at 4 Crafty chicks
Gingham at Sweet Stampin
Inspired by song(isn't she lovely) at DYSU challenge blog
Can you hear the music(isn't she lovely) at Southern girls
Challenge#44 at Charisma Cardz

Saturday 12 November 2011

Under the mistletoe

Hiya, well today has been so warm and sunny here you'd never believe we're nearly halfway through November!! I've been determined to get my Christmas projects done soon rather than rushing a week before the big day.................but something always gets in the know, things like cooking, ironing, housework lol. Anyway, i've got another card to share - its made completely from my stash - can't believe i've not used the stamp yet - everything must be at least a year old - and i've followed the sketch over at SnS.
Hope you like it.
Jo x

6 x 6 card blank
papers - stash
image stamp - sugar nellie
ribbon stash
card - stash
gems - stash
coloured with promarkers

I've entered this card in the following comps:
Challenge#74 at Sketch n Stash(stamp was unused)
Rectangles at Paper Sundaes
Fav holiday(Christmas) at Clear it out Challenges
Challenge#128 at C.R.A.F.T Challenges
Challenge#44 at Charisma Cardz
Never seen ink at Christmas Stampin All Year
Challenge#20 at Cuddly Buddly
Challenge#37 at Mami Doodles

Wednesday 9 November 2011

Lighting the way

Hi everyone, where have the past few days gone? I've finally got all family Birthdays out of the way for the rest of the year - yippee!! Christmas here we come lol. Couldn't resist this - isn't she lovely? Just a shame about the terrible photo - it's been so dark today.
white pearl card
red/gold embossed card
embossing folder
scallop die
circle die
fern die

Would like to enter in the following comps:
Challenge#32 die cuts at Card makin Mammas
Challenge#107 Anything goes at Crafty Catz
Challenge#27 Candle at Fairy Tale challenge blog
Challenge#37 Christmas at Mami Doodles
Challenge#156 3's at One stop craft challenges
Challenge#23 Christmas at Make my Monday

Saturday 5 November 2011

That's my boy!!

Hiya everyone, still can't find my Christmas mojo so spent the afternoon watching Rebecca making a birthday card for her brother, Chris and a Christmas present for her brother, Cam, oh, and making a mess of my desk lol. Today's card is another birthday card for my son, Chris(can't believe he gonna be 15 on Tues!) - have to say I love all the Mo Manning digis - they perfect for teenage boys!! Apart from image everything is from my stash - does anyone know the make of the spotty paper i used? I love it and have a piece in brown as well. I think it came in a pack ............ mainly browns and blues, there's some with "boy" related words on and maybe some with stripes too. Would love any suggestions as would love some more. Hope you have a good evening. OOOh i nearly forgot.........enjoy Strictly and X Factor!!!
Jo x

entered in the following comps:
Anything goes at Come and get it Challenges
Challenge#19 at Dream Valley Challenges
Challenge#55 at Lollipop CrafChallenges
Masculine at Stamps r us challenge blog
Polka dots at jens digi stamps

Thursday 3 November 2011

Scrappy Birthday!

Evening everybody. Hope you all feeling fine and keeping warm. Today's card was for a friend who thought she'd like to try scrapbooking and guess what? Yes, you guessed, she's card making as well, now lol! I thought this decoupage girl would be ideal...................isn't she cute? I layered her up and put her on blue gingham paper and put tiny bows in her hair! I die cut the flower button and ran it through a polka dot embossing folder and threaded with ribbon, used a peel off on an oval die cut and threaded with ribbon, teeny blue gem for bit of bling! I glittered the yellow paper too although it doesn't show up too well, does it?
Hope you like it.
Jo x

I've entered in the following comps:
Challenge#33 at Birthday Sundaes
Anything goes at Come and get it Challenges
Challenge#19 at Dream Valley challenges
Bingo(ribbon,glitter,flowers)at Gingerloft Challenges
Challenge#55 at Lollipop Crafts

Tuesday 1 November 2011

Blog candy winner

Hiya, didn't mean to be posting quite so late tonight so sorry about that.....................blooming internet problems again................anyway, all seems to be well now, so, here goes! The lucky winner of my first blog candy is..........................Kevin.....................Congrats, Kevin, if you could send me your info i'll post your candy out to you straight away. Well done!  Thanks to everyone who entered - it's great fun "meeting" so many new blog friends.
Jo x

Sunday 30 October 2011

Brrrrr its cold!

Hiya, did you all enjoy your extra hour in bed? I know i did - it was lovely! I'm on a mission now............I've decided to try and get all my Christmas projects done by the end of November............think I'm kidding myself though cos there's always something that comes up isn't there? Not that I'm complaining - any excuse to get in my craft room lol. Today's card is my favourite colour for Christmas - lovely frosty blue! Gonna get snuggled up on sofa ready for Strictly and X Factor results soon and think i can hear a bar of chocolate calling my name!!
Enjoy your evening,
Jo x

6 x 6 card blank
blue card - stash
papers - dovecraft
snowflake - sizzix die
ribbon, lace, charm, stickles - all my stash

I'm entering in the following comps:
Challenge#165 at Cupcake Craft Challenges
Cold & frosty at Pink gem challenge blog
Lace at Bunny Zoe's Crafts challenge blog
Challenge#101 at Die cut Dreams
Challenge#58 at Crafts and me challenge blog
Challenge#1 at Crimbo Crackers
Challenge#43 at Bah! Humbug
Challenge#117 at Hanna & friends

Saturday 29 October 2011

Who likes lime green?

Evening everyone, just thought i'd squeeze another card in seeing as i'm watching X Factor on plus 1. This card was made using up bits and bobs from my stash ................never seem to get to the bottom of it though lol. I've never used lime green for Christmas but quite like it - think it looks real fresh and clean. Was gonna try for clean and simple but never seem to get it right - just had to bling it up a bit with the little gems in the middle of the snowflakes!!
let me know what you think.
Jo x

I'm entering in the following comps:
Challenge#90 at Sketchy Colors
Challenge#54 at Lollipop crafts
Challenge#60 at Make it Monday
Anything goes at Party Time Tuesdays
Wacky Wednesday at More than favours
Challenge#43 at Charisma cardz
Challenge#1 at Crimbo Crackers

Just like Chris!

Happy Saturday, everyone! So, today I thought to myself, now the Halloween stuff is all done I can get on with Christmas...................then what did I boy, Chris' birthday on Nov 8th ..............and I need to make 5 cards! I already have 1, this makes 2 so only 3 to go lol. Not to worry though as Rebecca and I are staying in craft room all day! Might be back with another card later but if not hope you all have a fab weekend and enjoy Strictly and X Factor!!!!
Jo x

6 x 6 card blank - my stash
brown card - my stash
patterned paper - my memories
digi image - mo manning
coloured with -  promarkers
sentiment - computer generated

Entered in the following comps:
Challenge#12  at Bows and Berries
Challenge#88 at Critter challenges
Challenge#8 at Paper makeup stamps
Fall colours at Get Hippity with Ippity
Challenge#60 at Make it Monday
Anything goes at Party time Tuesdays
Week 123 at Passion for Promarkers
Challenge#38 at Art impressions stamps
Challenge#106 at Bronte and Bella's challenge blog
Challenge#120 at Moving along with the Times
Lets hear it for the Boys at The Poodles Parlour

Wednesday 26 October 2011

Expecting something?

Hello everybody, hope you're all well and keeping warm! Feeling much better today and so decided to make a card for my crafting friends' daughter who is expecting a baby! Decided to go with pink and blue as she doesn't know if its a boy or girl. Love how it all came together fav style of card........again lol! And couldn't resist the cheeky sentiment!!!!! I've used scallop circle die to make my fav easel card and layered gingham paper on each scallop. The image is Lola Rose from Pink Petticoat, coloured with promarkers and is matted and layered with pink and blue card. All but the image is from my stash - isn't it amazing what you can find in your stash? If you're anything like me you'll have boxes and boxes of stuff that you just can't bear to part with!
Enjoy your evening,
Jo x

Entering in the following comps:
Show us what you got at Shelley's Images
Challenge#17 at Cuddly Buddly
Challenge#89 at TotallyPaperCrafts
Challenge#59 at CES Challenge blog
Challenge#54 at Lollipop Crafts
Trims at Clear it out Challenges
Anything goes at Party time Tuesdays
Challenge#38 at Sweet stamps blog

Tuesday 25 October 2011

Master Meerkat

Hiya, I feel like its been ages since i last posted anything! Just when i thought i was getting over my cold.........wham! hit me real hard..........again!..........but much worse than before. I've spent the last 3 days snuggled on sofa but hopefully that's the end of it now! Today's card is another go at clean & simple but not quite sure i've got the hang of it yet lol. It's just simple matting and layering with brown ribbon and sentiment.
Enjoy your evening
Jo x

 I'm entering  in the following:
Challenge#52 at Crafty Ann's challenge blog
Cute critters at Designed2delight
Challenge#22 at Cards for men

Friday 21 October 2011

Who loves a Latte?

Morning everyone, first i'd just like to say thanks to you all for your good wishes - i think i'm starting to feel better today! Unfortunately, no 1 son feels poorly today! A big welcome to my new followers too - i'm going to visit you all back this weekend. Today's card is Luv a latte from Sugar Nellie and came to me in my candy win from Debbie (thanks again, Debbie) and i've coloured her in with promarkers. Thought i'd enter her in the Sugar bowl challenge - sketch with optional theme of clean & simple - is there too much white space? Maybe i should have used a smaller card? Oh well, let me know what you think. Enjoy the rest of your day and stay warm.
Jo x

Sugar Nellie - Luv a Latte
Promarkers - powder blue, satin, cinammon, tan, cocoa, pastel beige, sandstone, china blue
Sizzix - flourish die cut
Sentiment is computer generated, pearls, blue card and card blank are all from my stash.

Entered in:
Challenge#70 at The Sugar Bowl
Challenge#52 at Crafty Ann's Challenge Blog
Food & drink at My mum's craft shop
Challenge #31 at KB cute monday

Wednesday 19 October 2011


Oh, I love this - you get to have a peek at everyone else's workdesk's AND meet new blog buddies too!
Hosted by Julia, you can link up here. Not much going on today - I'm still battling the dreaded cold and feel dreadful so no crafting for me. I've joined with Ali's ATC swap and I did manage to get them finished  (you might just make them out in the middle of my desk) but can I find the little wallet things I bought to put them in??, they're nowhere to be found...........never mind, I'll just have to order some more!
Can't believe how tidy it looks....there's the usual bits and bobs, my lovely button jars, my promarker list, pen pots, to do pile.......ooooo and do you see that big brown box? That's some candy I's fab.....will be getting stuck into that when I feel better!
Enjoy your day and don't forget to join my candy!
Jo x

Tuesday 18 October 2011


Hiya, oooooh it's proper cold here today, hope you're all keeping warm! That dreaded Mr Cold&Flu has invited himself to stay at mine - 2 of my boys, my daughter and myself all full of it! Oh well, i'm sure we''ll soon be rid of him!! Anyways, today's post is my first ever ATC! It's defo not as easy as it looks.......i wasn't sure if the idea was to keep them as flat as possible or not? Oh well - here goes........first i cut 100's (yes 100's! )of strands of grey embroidery thread to make the cobweb.....i just twisted the strands a bit to make them look a bit tatty and stuck them criss cross fashion across the ATC. The tombstone is cut using a sizzix die, i've coloured it with promarkers and creased it a bit to make it look a bit tatty, RIP was also cut using a sizzix alphabet, the mummy is a dig image from squiggle stamps and is coloured with promarkers. Hope you like it - let me know what you think and don't forget i have candy (see sidebar)!!
Jo x

I've entered the following comps:

Challenge#10 at Hookedoncraft
Halloween at Crafty Boots Challenges
Challenge#22 at Sparkles Forum
Spooky Fun at Creative card crew
Challenge#46 at Fun with ATC's
Halloween at Paper Pretties
Halloween at Dream Valley Challenges
ATC time at Moving along with the times
Challenge#31 at Craft your days away
Challenge#89 at The crazy challenge
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