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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

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

Sunday 16 October 2011

Candy Time!

Hiya, another weekend almost over..........doesn't time fly? Hope you've all managed to fit in some crafty time. I can't seem to get going today, i think maybe that daughter of mine has taken my mojo!!! Soooo how about some candy? To enter please put pic of my candy on your sidebar linking back to my blog, become a follower (if you're not already) and leave a comment. Also, if you were to mention my candy in a blog post and are the winner there will be a little extra something for you. I will pick a random winner on 31st October and post out straight away.
Good luck!

Christmas cheer clear stamp set
My mind's eye 6 x 6 paper stack
+ matching card stickers
1 x pack Christmas charms 
1 x assorted Christmas ribbon
5 x green cards/envelopes
5 x red cards/envelopes
5 x red glittered card/envelopes
3 x silver triangle card/envelopes
3 x red triangle card/envelopes
9 x a5 embossed silver card
9 x a5 embossed gold card
5 x pots glitter
bag of silver stars
bag of pompoms
bag of mini bows
bag of assorted mini pegs
3 x 2012 calendar tabs
approx 50 sheets 6 x6 Christmas papers
Polka Doodles Christmas Boutique!

Saturday 15 October 2011

Music saves my soul!

Morning, am SOOO pleased Marcea is back with this Saturday treat - I love it!! This week i've chosen "Sweet child of mine" by Guns N Roses - click here to view
Why not pop over to Marcea's crafting corner and join in, it's a real trip down memory lane. This week my daughter, Rebecca, is joining in too, on her blog - - she's only 9 but loves music!
Hopefully i'll be back later if i can squeeze in some craft time before Saturday night tv!!
Jo x

Friday 14 October 2011

Sweet treat

Oh, am i glad its Friday! Its been a strange week - weather been funny, kids been good (that strange in itself lol) and my daughter took over my craft room! Anyway, gonna get all jobs done today, yes, even the ironing lol, then me and Bex are gonna have ourselves a crafty weekend - and there's Strictly and X Factor too - what more could a girl want?
Today's card is one my son asked me to make for one of his college friends who loves cupcakes (don't we all) and this is what I came up with.
Recipe: To start I used a 6 in square scalloped card blank, then I used a collection of papers and die cuts called The little cake shoppe and covered card blank with red card then layered with the strawberry paper. I used my sizzix scallop circle die and a plain circle die, place one on top of the other and then assembled the die cut cupcake just off centre. The little strawberry die cuts were extras in the pack, the little tabs were just scraps of card I used for decoration and the ribbon and pearls were from my stash.
Have a good day
Jo x

I'm entering my card in:
Challenge#36 National dessert day at Die cuttin Divas (cupcake & circles are die cuts)
Challenge#30 at KB Cute Monday
Challenge#41 at Paperplay challenges
Challenge#51 at Anything goes
Challenge#10 at Whimsy inspirations

Thursday 13 October 2011

Snowy birdhouse

Hi, well, i've finally got my craft desk back (at least for today lol). My daughter is at school til 3 so i have a few hours to play then she said she " NEEDS my craft room cos she has a blog now" - who am i to argue with that- at least it keeps her busy and away from the tv!  Rebecca would love it if you have time to check out her blog and maybe leave a comment or even follow her
Anyway, today's card was a real challenge as it was the only thing i had with a robin on - how sad is that? Think i feel a shopping trip coming on! The inside is decorated to compliment the front, too.
Image was Lili of the valley, i've glittered it and matted and layered it with red, white and gingham card, snow flakes are punched and then i just tied a plain red ribbon round gingham layer. Everything is unused from last year's Christmas stash!
Enjoy the rest of the day,
Jo x

I'm entering into the following challenges:
Challenge#4 robin red breast at Christmas crafting
Challenge#15 check it out at Cuddly buddly
Challenge#57 seeing red at CES challenge blog
Challenge#41 house or home at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas
U is for unused stash at ABC Christmas stash

Wednesday 12 October 2011

Whats on your workdesk Wednesday?

Hiya, just  found What's on your workdesk Wednesday today when i was blog hopping! It's fun seeing everyone's workspace - you can lose hours checking out desks lol - some are super tidy compared to mine! Check it out here and join in too! There's not much happening at moment as my desk has been taken over by my 9 year old daughter Rebecca for past couple of days cos she's just entered her first competition from her new blog (which i'm in charge of lol). I know she would be chuffed to bits if you could stop be and maybe even follow her -
Early night for me now, I think, cos am planning some crafting time tomorrow before Rebecca gets home from school!!!
Jo x

Sunday 9 October 2011

Black and White Chrstmas

Hiya, another quick post today - my craft room has been taken over by my cheeky monkey 9 year old daughter today - she's done a fab card though so i'll let her off (just ths once lol). I've used everything from my stash again - i'm determined to make a space for new goodies before Christmas (hint hint,my boys). Gonna dash now to make a cuppa before Strictly and X Factor!
Enjoy the rest of the evening,
Jo x

I'm entering my card in:
Black and white at Cupcake craft challenges
No red or green at The crazy challenge
Christmas songs (o Christmas Tree) at Sparkles Christmas challenge

Rebecca's Christmas Tree

Hiya, today i spent the afternoon crafting with my gorgeous girl Rebecca age 9! She wanted to get started on her Christmas cards so decided to raid my stash - I suppose that's what mum's stash is for, isnt it???? Anyway, she decided to make a Christmas tree shaped card and this is how she did it ( in her own words lol): First me and mum drew a Christmas tree shape then we cut it out and put it on a folded side of a card and drew round it and then cut it out so we had a proper card that stands up like a normal card.

Then i used some of mum's black and white paper and punched out LOADS
of love hearts.

Then i stuck the love hearts upside down on the Christmas tree card one row black and one row white until the card was covered up. Then i put a silver star on top of the tree and coloured the bucket in with mum's black promarker and then tied a ribbon round it.
This is what it looked like in the end i hope you like it and i think i am going to make some more in different colours for my brothers for Christmas.
I hope you like my card.
Love from
Rebecca x
age 9

I am entering my card in these challenges:
Black and white Christmas at Cupcake craft challenges
Use a punch at Card cupids
Monochrome at Dream valley challenges
Reminds me of a song(oh Christmas tree) at Just some lines
Anything goes at One stop craft challenge
Anything goes at Woodware USA
Ribbons at Craft your passion
No red or green at The crazy challenge
Challenge#93 at Fab n Funky
Christmas song(o Christmas tree) at Sparkles Christmas challenges

Saturday 8 October 2011

winter wishes

It's Saturday at last..........and that means X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing!!!!!!!!Not forgetting the Super League Grand Final  - Go Rhinos!
 Just a quick card today - didn't quite go as planned but there you go - it happens sometimes doesn't it?
Recipe:  I know the large snowflake is from a szzix die and the small one is from a punch but i have no idea where the rest of the ingredients are from - they were all in my stash lol!
Enjoy your evening
Jo x
I've entered this card in:
Challenge#75  at Sunday sketch & stamp

Friday 7 October 2011

Frosty the Snowman

Hiya, ooohhh it feels like winter today,  can't believe just a week ago it felt hotter than in the summer! Shouldn't complain really cos it's a great excuse to stay indoors and craft all weekend lol. Maybe it's the cold weather that inspired me to make this Christmas card...........I think this could be it now..........the Christmas crafting has begun!! Frosty and Tilda are coloured with promarkers, the snowflakes are cut with a die from Sizzix, the flowers are punched, the papers are from Nitwits, sentiment is computer generated, i've used ultra fine glitter, lace and pearls from my stash. All the edges have been "stickled"! I've decorated the inside very similar to the front, too.
Hope you all enjoy a crafting weekend.
Jo x

Frosty is entered in the following challenges:
Challenge#93 die cuts/punches at Fab n Funky
Challenge#89 lots of layers at Paper Sundaes
Pearls, flowers and pins at Crafty Sentiments
Christmas songs (frosty the snowman) at Sparkles Christmas Challenge
Challenge#53 (stamp is older than 6 mos) at Simply Create
Challenge#31 at Pink gem challenges
Challenge#71(3papers/flowers- pins are new stamp is old) at Sketch n Stash
Challenge#114 ( pearls lace dies) at  Hanna + friends
Challenge#2 (flowers punch lace) at The Cutie Pie
No red or green at The crazy challenge
Challenge#40 at Bah Humbug

Thursday 6 October 2011

Dress Up

Hiya, first i want to say a big thank you to my 2 new followers! I love hopping around blogland seeing all your fab creations and it's great to know some of you like to see mine too! Anyway, one of my blog friends, Shirl, has made a fantastic box card and also has blog candy - defo worth a visit as she has a great blog.
Today's card is made using a cute Sugar Nellie stamp, is coloured with Promarkers-cool aqua, pale pink, blue pearl, pastel beige, amethyst, lilac, satin and cool grey. Stamped sentiment is Lili of the valley and ribbons and pearls are all from my stash.
Hope you all have a great day.
Jo x

Dress up is entered in the following challenges:
Challenge #34 at Mami Doodles
Lets hear it for the girls at Jens digi stamps
Challenge#14-babies/kids at Cuddly buddly crafts
Challenge#56 at CES challenge blog
Lilac and lace at Sweet Stampin'

Wednesday 5 October 2011

Fairy, fairy

Hiya, how i love this fairy stamp, she was a present for my birthday back in February and i used her for one of the first cards I showed on my blog!
Turns out one of my sons liked it too - he's asked me to make a birthday card for a friend - so I've coloured her the same and used the same paper, only the layout is different!!!
Woodland fairy stamp by Sugar Nellie
Papers by Pink petticoat
Promarkers - grass, tan, ivory, lilac, pastel beige, blush, turquoise, cool aqua
Sizzix large swirl die
Gems, card and flowers are all from my stash.
Jo x

Fairy is entered in the following challenges:
Pearls and Swirls at Delightful Challenges
Things with Wings at Crafty Catz
Challenge #53 at Simply Create (stamp is older than 6 mos)
Challenge #134 Purple Passion at Corrosive challenge blogspot
Wings at Oldie but Goodie (stamp i older than 6 mos)

Tuesday 4 October 2011

Think Pink

Hiya, can't believe it's Tuesday evening already - doesn't time fly when you're busy crafting? Anyways, as we all know, October is Breast Cancer awareness month, find out what's going on here and please, please try and get involved. This is a little card I made with a little extra - the pink ribbon can be taken off the card and attached on your coat or jacket (there's a teeny weeny safety pin hidden on the back). I've used Magnolia Tilda image coloured with promarkers, flowers were all punched, sentiment computer generated, everything was from my stash!!
Hope you like it!
Jo x

Think Pink is entered in the following challenges:
Challenge #33 Breast Cancer Awareness at Celebrate the Occasion
Challenge #50 Pink for Boobies at Lexi's Creations
Challenge #114 Think Pink at Incy wincy designs
Challenge #87 Think Pink at The Crazy Challenge
Challenge #36 Breast Cancer Awareness at Party Time Tuesdays
Challenge #114 at Tuesday morning sketches
Challenge #14 Pink at Hiding in my Craft Room
Challenge #70 Think Pink at My Sheri Crafts

Monday 3 October 2011


OOOOh did you watch Corrie? Thought I'd quickly post another Halloween card before Hell's Kitchen - it's another easel card (they are defo my faves at the moment) to add to my daughter's collection, though this one's been made into a shaker card. The frame, tree, cat, bat and sentiment are all die cut, the paper, ribbon, gems and googly eyes are all from my stash.
Jo x

I've entered BOO! in the following challenges:
Challenge #119 trick or treat at The Pink Elephant
Challenge #118 spooky Halloween at Moving along with the Times
Happy Halloween at Come and get it Challenges
Challenge #51Halloween at Lollipop Crafts
Challenge #154 Halloween at Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge
Challenge#28 Too cute to spook at my craft spot

Saturday 1 October 2011

Button Tree

Can't believe we're into October now but i do love this time of year and cosy Saturday nights watching X Factor and Strictly come Dancing (Yippee!!). I'm really struggling with Christmas projects this year - must be this TOO hot weather we're having lol - so have been busy checking out all your blogs for some much needed inspiration..........and you haven't let me down!! I thought i'd try my hand at a black card for a change and this is what i came up with. I've used Tatty Button xmas tree, stamp in black and then heat embossed it with a clear embossing powder. I punched a scallop border and added sparkly gems then matted onto white card and tied a black ribbon on. The black flowers are all handmade using a Marianne creatables flower die, then dipped them in glitter (which doesnt show up to well does it lol) and matted and layered onto black and white card.
Enjoy rest of the weekend.
Jo x

I've entered Button Tree in:
Challenge #54 at Crafts and me challenge blog
Make your own flowers at Digi design challenge blog
Challenge #43 at Christmas card challenges
Challenge #26 at My Craft Spot
Challenge #32 at Celebrate the Occasion
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