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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

Thursday 20 September 2012

Lilac & lace and a girl named Tilda!

Morning bloggers, happy Thursday!
Well  I'm ashamed to say the lure of the craft room
was too strong so I didn't get the ironing finished yesterday,
I finished this card instead he he!
The images have been cut out & coloured for far too long
and really needed to be made into
could I resist? All made (apart from the gems) using bits from 
my bit box as well! So now I really need to go finish
the ironing......hope you all have a lovely day, I'll maybe
see you tomorrow!
Hugs Jo x

challenges i'd like to enter
starting Christmas early at Stampin' for the weekend
lilac & lace at Winter Wonderland
gifts of the season at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown
purple passion at Allsorts
Christmas presents at Christmas cards all year round

Wednesday 19 September 2012

One for the boys!

Morning friends, if all goes to plan it should be Wednesday
morning when you're reading this! Thought I'd schedule
this post so's I can get straight on with the ironing.......eeeek!
Feel free to come help......I'll put the coffee on!
A card for a male today using a fab digi from Kenny K,
 I coloured this ages ago using promarkers
then left it sat in a drawer for far too long! Papers are from
My Memories, scallop circle is cut using a Sizzix die and
the buttons are from my stash! No sentiment yet as I'm not
 sure when & who this card is going to! 
Rightio, that's me done for today, maybe see you
tomorrow........once the ironing's done I'm gonna go play!
 big hugs Jo x

Autumn colours at The Crafty Pad
cards for men at Hooked on Crafts
spots/stripes at The Crazy Challenge
anything goes at Creative Craft Challenges
boys/men at By the cute & girly
anything goes at Ladybug Crafts

Monday 17 September 2012

Lexi's Creations - make a gift/ anything but a card!

Morning bloggers, happy Monday! 
Hope you're all well and ready for the new week!
We have a new challenge starting today over at Lexi's Creations
where the theme is "Make a gift/anything but a card".
We're sponsored by the fabulous Fairy Dust Crafts with a prize
 of 5 digis for the lucky winner! You have until 
September 29th to play and as usual you can see some 
fantastic creative makes from the rest of the DT led by our
 lovely Susan over on the main challenge blog!
For my DT project I decided to decorate this giant peg!
I won it in a lovely candy from Debbie (thank you!) about
a year ago and now it's hanging from a shelf in my
lovely new craft room!
So that's it for today, thanks for calling!
Hope to see you at Lexi's!
Jo x

pink & brown at Penny's Paper Crafty
no stamps allowed at Sisterhood of Crafters
anything but a card at Delightful Challenges
anything goes at Tammy's Scrapin' Corner

Sunday 16 September 2012

Sparkles Challenges.....Away with the fairies!

Morning friends! 
Here I am today with my DT make for the new challenge over
at Sparkles Challenges where the theme is
"Away with the fairies" I'm a day late due to problems
with my camera's memory card but better late
 than never! We're sponsored this time by the fabulous
 Di's digis with a $10 prize!

Don't forget we are a multi crafts blog so we'd love to see all
 kinds of crafty makes just so long as they follow the theme!
And if you're in need of inspiration then look no further than our
 main challenge blog. I'd originally made a card for the challenge
 but due to problems with the cameras memory card I couldn't
get the photo and couldn't re-take it cos I'd already posted
the card! So I made an ATC to go with the
 one Miss Rebecca made.....she wants to make a set
of ATC's using all the LOTV die cut fairies! I used some
dark green card, a fairy named Moss, some ribbon, pearls, a
 flower and lots of glitter!
So that's it for me to watch my boy play rugby!
Thanks for looking........see you at Sparkles!
Jo x

Monday 10 September 2012

Anya shopping

Morning everyone, hope you're all well & rested after the 
weekend! Haven't managed to get much done in the craft room
 recently but I do have a birthday card to share. I used one of 
my fav Anya stamps coloured with promarkers, a Marianne die, 
some blue card, gems, punched flowers, chipboard letters and
 paper from the new Nitwits/LOTV paper pads!
So that's it for today, got lots to do - washing, ironing, food
shopping.....oh, happy days! 
Thanks for calling......see you soon!
Jo x

anything goes at Papertake Weekly
anything goes at My Mums Craft Shop
anything goes at Paper Crafting Journey
here come the girls at The Poodles Parlour
anything goes at The Squirrel & the Fox

Wednesday 5 September 2012

At last.........

Well, they've gone.....all dressed up and more excited than me lol!
 And don't they scrub up well?
Somehow I don't think they'll come home looking this tidy, do you?
First out the door at 8am sharp..........
my handsome sons, Chris (15) & Nic (13) aka Bert & Ernie, Herb & Sherb
or any other  names that come in two's! They share a room, are always together and are as daft as brushes, the pair of 'em!

followed by Miss Rebecca at 8.35am prompt!
She even managed to talk her Brother, James into buying her
a new school bag........she didn't tell him she'd already got 3!!!!!
So that's my proud Mama Jo moment for today!
Didn't know what to do with myself this morning......craft or iron.........iron
or craft? So I did nowt, had a cup of tea & a biscuit (or two) and decided to blog hop!
Oooo, that's the life!
Hope your days' a good one!
Hugs Jo x

Monday 3 September 2012

Autumn colours at Lexi's Creations

Morning friends, happy September!!!!
It's coming up to my favourite months of the year.....I love Autumn & Winter......the dark nights, the dark mornings, wearing boots, scarves & huge woolly jumpers. Filling the slow cooker with stew, Halloween, the smell of Bonfire night, crunchy golden leaves! Watching my Nic play rugby on cold frosty, I could go on & on & on...........!!
 So bearing that in mind the new challenge over at Lexi's Creations where the theme is
"Autumn Colours" is right up my street!
We have the fabulous My Heart Pieces sponsoring us this time with a prize of  3 digis, you have until
September 15th to play and you can make any craft item you like just so long as it 
fits the theme!

As usual, you can see some fantastic inspiration from my lovely teamies over on the main
challenge pop over, you won't be disappointed!
I used the sugar & spice paper & chipboard flowers from Dovecraft for my card, some chocolate
 brown card, a cream doily edged with walnut ink, some gingham ribbon,  & that's it!
That's it from me for today......going to get the school uniforms ironed......don't know who's more
excited - me or the kids!
Hope to see you at Lexi's!
Jo x

Saturday 1 September 2012

Buttons & Bows with The Happy Scrappers!

Hi guys, hope you're all well!
We have a new challenge starting over at The Happy Scrappers today and the 
theme is "Buttons & Bows"! We'd love for you to join us, we saw a drop in numbers this
last challenge so hopefully now all the kids are back at school we might have more 
of you joining in.......we'd love to see you! Please feel free to take our badge and help spread the word!
We'd love as many entries as possible this time!

 Now as you know, we're a just for fun challenge
with some fab inspiration on show over on the main blog. You can enter any size layout, digital or
otherwise just as long as it fits the theme!
I was a bit stuck with this one and when I mentioned it to Miss Rebecca inspiration struck
and so we had an impromptu photoshoot featuring hairbands with bows on and oh, did we laugh! 
I didn't realise she had so many.......we could have taken another half a dozen pics all with different 
bows, she's such a poser!!
I created an 8 x 8 digital layout using Serif and a combination of elements from different kits.
If you're unsure about digital scrapbooking it's worth giving it a try. For me, I still prefer real paper, photos & embellies but there's definitely a place for digital in my craftroom and one of these
days I might even have a go at mixing the two!
Rightio, that's me for today. Miss Rebecca and me are gonna go watch a Christmas film
and eat chocolate!!!!
Hugs Jo x

Sparkles Christmas challenges

Morning everyone, hope your'e all well and your weekend's got off to a fantastic start!
Can you believe it's 1st September already - and in our house the countdown to Christmas has begun!!!!! 
So why don't you come join us at Sparkles Christmas challenges where it's Christmas all year long and get yourselves a head start on all those Christmas projects!
 Our theme for this month's challenge is sparkle & bling! We have 2 fantastic sponsors this time................
$10 to spend instore
£10 to spend instore!
 As usual, we welcome any craft project as long as it fits the sparkle & bling theme so come on, we'd love you to join us......we even give you all month to play!
Don't forget, there's some fab inspiration on show over on the main blog!
I used a gorgeous LOTV stamp for my card, coloured with promarkers, paper from Dovecraft, burgundy card & ribbon, some paper flowers, snowflake die cut circle, some red gems and 
lashings of stickles!
Thanks for calling today....see you at Sparkles!
Jo x

roses & ribbons at Stamptacular Sunday
lots of layers at Tammy's Scrapin' Corner
anything goes at The Crazy Challenge
anything goes at Totally Stampalicious
2 patterned papers at Whoopsi Daisy
Christmas at Creative Card Crew
anything goes at I love promarkers
anything goes at Simon Says Stamp
walking in a winter wonderland at Winter Wonderland

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