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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

Wednesday 30 January 2013

Little Heart

Hi guys, hope you're all well! Oh my, it's so dark here I've had  the
 lights on for most of the day....we've got lots of rain and the
wind's howling......proper creepy! So to brighten my day (and yours
 too, I hope!) here's Little Heart.....a Gorjuss girl, and isn't she cute?
Another card to fill up my box so no sentiment yet and again
 made with old - ish stash! I followed a sketch for this one -
Sketch Saturday.
Thanks for calling.....see you soon!
Jo x

image - Little Heart from Gorjuss
paper - LOTV
scallop border punch - Fiskars
pearls, flowers ribbon - stash
coloured with flex/promarkers
#243 at Sketch Saturday
hearts & flowers at Charisma Cardz
hearts & flowers at Little Miss Muffet
for a girl at Paper Crafting Journey
soft pastel colours at QKR Stampede
flowers at Totally Gorjuss
have a heart at Loves Rubber Stamps
girls, girls, girls at Dream Valley

Sunday 27 January 2013

Gathering roses!

Afternoon everyone from a very wet, windy East least now
most of the snow has gone! It's still oh, so cold though so I've still got an
excuse to stay in & craft lol! So today's card is again using up odd
bits & pieces & real old stash......Oh, I'm ploughing through
it all and sticking to my "no spend" ban......roll on April when I can
 spend again! I decorated the inside on this one too!
Thanks for calling today & for any comments you might leave!
See you soon!
Hugs Jo x
image - LOTV
coloured with flex/promarkers
everything else - stash/scrap box
anything goes at I love promarkers
cute & girly at Nutcrafters
anything goes at Lily of the Valley
anything goes at Simply Create Too
lots of layers at Sugar Creek Hollow
ribbon at Sweet Stampin'
flowers at Totally Gorjuss
girls, girls, girls at Dream Valley

DT call at Sparkles!

Hi guys, just a quick post to let you know that there's a
DT call going on over at Sparkles
It's a fab team to be part of, great challenges & of course, even
greater teamies led by our lovely Shaz!
You can check out the DT call here.
Thanks for looking!
Hugs Jo x

Friday 25 January 2013

Just sittin' on the fence........

......dreaming the day away! Isn't she a sweetie?
No sentiment yet.....I made this one just because I wanted
to......she's a dream to colour and the whole thing came together
real easy AND it's mostly from scraps! Rightio, better go
put my warpaint on and get off to M'sons......that's if I can get
down our drive without falling on my's like an ice rink
out there! Take care everyone, see you soon!
Hugs Jo x
stamp - Lily stamps from Joy Crafts
spotty paper - scrap box
lattice paper - freebie with mag
green card, card for flowers, ribbon - scrap box
scallop square die
lattice die cut
flower punch
coloured with promarkers
anything goes at Send a Smile 4 Kids
Girls, Girls, Girls at Dream Valley
Girly at Card Mania
flowers at Crafty Bloggers
new at Crafty Boots
make a  scene at Cupcake Craft
girly at Creative Card Crew
polka dots at Crafting by Design
anything goes at I Love Promarkers
anything goes at The Paper Shelter
for a girl at Paper Crafting Journey
something girlie at  Stampin' for the Weekend

Wednesday 23 January 2013

Hey dude!

Good morning all you lovely bloggers, are you all well today?
Oh, I'm loving this cold, cold weather.....means I get to
play for longer.....much nicer than going out!
What do you think of this little guy? He was a Christmas
present, as was the paper, and I think he's just perfect for
those hard to do boy cards and the colours, wow......prob my fav
colour combo for male 'em!
I followed a fab sketch from Sketch Saturday this time....just
the thing to kickstart Mr Mojo!
Rightio, housework is a-calling......then playtime!
Thanks for dropping by, it's great to see you!
Jo x
image & sentiment stamps - the Greetings Farm
paper - Awesome by Simple Stories
stars - Framelit dies
green card, ribbon, card candy - stash
coloured with pro/flexmarkers
#242 at Sketch Saturday
anything goes at Paper Crafting Journey
my newest stamp at Fairytale
what's new (stamp & paper) at Crafty Calendar
anything goes at Send a smile for kids
bingo (blue, die cuts, patt paper) at Here Come the Boys
new (stamp & paper) at Crafty Boots
use some brown at  Paper Playtime
colour combo ( green, brown) at Passion for Promarkers

Monday 21 January 2013

Fancy Folds with Lexi's Creations!

Morning everyone, hope you've had a lovely weekend and for
those who have snow I hope it's not been too much trouble!
So today we have a new challenge for you over at 
and the theme is "fancy folds"! Any craft project is welcome
and you have until Feb 2nd to play. Our sponsor this time
is the fabulous My Heart Pieces and the winner will get 3 digis!
As usual, there's fab inspiration from the rest of the team
over on the main blog here so do come join us, we'd love to
have you! I'm afraid my fold isn't very fancy.......Mr Mojo
has gone in search of some sunshine so I stuck with a circle 
easel card.....and again I've raided the scrap box!
Rightio, that's it for today.....thanks for looking and see you soon!
Hugs Jo x
circle dies - Cheery Lynn
princess - LOTV die cut (had forever!)
handmade rose - gift
sentiment - LOTV
everything else from my scrap box!
circles at Clear it Out
anything but square at Deep Ocean 
anything goes at  Christmas Cards All Year Long
Christmas in January at C.R.A.F.T
Winter themed makes at Delicious Doodles

Saturday 19 January 2013

You're SEW special!

Morning friends, hope you're all well & warm!
We're knee deep in snow here and  it's snowing as I'm typing so
 don't think I'll be stepping foot outside today. Any excuse to to
 stay inside and craft, eh? It looks so pretty outside but it's oh, so
 cold! I think Mr Mojo has had enough of the cold too cos he 
seems to have disappeared.....he's probably off sunning 
himself somewhere! So for today I'm sharing a "just because"
card to go in my box. It started out as a CAS card but
I just can't get the hang of 'em! Still, at least it's made with
mostly scrap box bits! Hehe, I put myself on a stash
buying until April 1st......and so far I'm doing good! I am able
to buy the basics i.e. glue, plain card & card blanks but that's
all  :(  I really do need to use up some stash! So that's it 
for done. tea sorted now I can go look for
Mr Mojo.......oh, and it's American Idol this aft.....can't
wait though I'll reserve judgement until I've seen the new judges!
Thanks for looking today...stay safe & warm!
Hugs Jo x
image, sentiment & tape stamp - freebie with mag
dress form card - scrap box
pearls. bow - stash
border die - x cut
rolled flowers - Marianne die
black paper - scrap box
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at The Squirrel & the Fox
oh, so girly at Card Mania
anything goes at Digi Darla
monochromatic at Whoopsi Daisy
something new (stamps) at Crafts & Me
monochrome at Creative Moments
pearls, pearls, pearls at 4 Crafty Chicks
stitching at  Polka Doodles

Tuesday 15 January 2013

New challenge at Sparkles!

Morning, hope you're all well & warm! Well, we got the
 dreaded snow yesterday as forecast.....the kids & the dog
love it! I'm staying put today as Miss Rebecca is at home not
feeling too well so she's snuggling on the sofa while I get on
with some jobs :(
Anyways, there's a new challenge starting over at Sparkles
and the theme is "Flowers & die cuts"! Great theme, right? We
are sponsored by the fabby Di's Digi's who are giving
our winner a $10 spend in store!
I made a wall hanging for Miss Rebecca's room....she's crazy
for those Monster High dolls and has quite a collection!
So this is the 1st of 3 planned for her new bedroom which she
wants to be purple & black......eeeek! Jury's still out on
that one lol. Don't forget you have almost a month to play,
you can make any type of craft project you fancy (so long as it
fits the theme) and if you need inspiration then look no further
than the main challenge blog where you can see the fab
work from my teamies!
Thanks for calling today, might see you tomorrow depending
on how Miss Rebecca is. Stay warm & safe!
Hugs Jo x
Monster High colouring page - free from Internet
coloured with flex/promarkers
flowers & heart - x cut dies
star - framelits die
swirl - cheery lynn die
everything else from stash
maybe a challenge or two!
flowers at The Paper Shelter
anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty
anything goes at Paper Crafting Journey
#17 at Simply Create
dies & punches at Allsorts
spotty at Totally Gorjuss
tie a ribbon at  Come & get it
anything goes at The Squirrel & the Fox
anything goes at Bunny Zoe's
anything but a card at Cupcake Craft
#123 at Make it Monday
anything goes at Card Makin' Mamas

Monday 14 January 2013

And then there was snow......

......not much but definitely snow! And there's about 10cm
forecast for this afternoon! Methinks I'm gonna stay toasty
warm in the craft room......after I've done the housework, nipped
into town, made the tea, picked Miss Rebecca up from school..
the list is endless lol! So for today's card I've used a cutie
named Maddie from Saturated Canary....think I might need to
borrow her ice skates if this weather keeps up!
Oooh, and a big HELLO and welcome to my new followers,
thanks so much for joining me!
Rightio, I'll be off then.....keep warm and I'll see you tomorrow!
Hugs Jo x
image - Saturated Canary
6 x 6 card blank - Craftwork Cards
coloured with flex/promarkers
everything else - stash
challenges I'd  like to enter
snow & ice at Creative Card Crew
anything goes at Divas by Design
Winter at Fab n Funky
anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty
Winter at Sisterhood of Crafters
Winter Birthdays at Little Miss Muffet

Saturday 12 January 2013

A special guy

Hiya.....are you all enjoying the weekend?
No snow......yet!! Let's hope the forecasters have got it
wrong again lol. So onto today's card.....I love this
stamp from the Greetings Farm (was a Christmas present) and 
I'm thinking this card might be perfect for one of my Boys for 
their Birthday. For some strange reason his face is showing as a 
different real life it's so pale it's almost vampire-ish! 
Off to go do a bit of blog-hopping now....enjoy the rest of the weekend!
Thanks for calling......see you soon!
Hugs Jo x

image - James from The Greetings Farm
paper - Dino-mite fro Bazzill Basics
navy card - stash
sentiment - The Greetings Farm
6 x 6 card blank - Craftwork Cards
arrow - sizzix die 
circle  - Nellie Snellen die
coloured with Spectrum Noir pens
January Blues at Anyone for Anya
anything goes at Dream Valley
anything goes at Robyn's Fetish
manly cards at Tammy's Scrapin Corner
something new (stamp) at Crafty Creations
anything goes at Paper Crafting Journey
anything goes at Card Makin' Mamas
Winter Blues at Spectrum Noir

Thursday 10 January 2013

Just look at that hair!

Morning my are you all today? 
Love, love LOVE this image......don't know why cos it's not my usual type
 of stamp, maybe cos I so wish I had hair like that! She was part of the
stamps that came with the latest issue of Creative Stamping and I
think she'll be so handy for lots of different cards. 
stamp - freebie with mag
papers - Papermania
card blank - Craftwork cards
doily, ribbon, pearl, black card - stash
coloured with pro/flexmarkers
sentiment - LOTV
maybe a few challenges
something new (stamp) at Crafts 4 Eternity
something new (stamp) at  Totally Papercrafts
anything goes at 2 Sisters
anything goes with ribbon at Totally Gorjuss
anything goes at Challenges 4 everybody
anything goes at Dream Valley
something new (stamp) at LEJ Designs
something new (stamp) at Crafting for all seasons
something new (stamp) at Crafty Creations
anything goes at Divas by Design
black, white & splash of colour at Simon says Stamp

Rightio, that's me for today......suppose I better go do some 
nasty housework! Thanks for calling, see you soon!
Hugs Jo x

Monday 7 January 2013

Anything goes at Lexi's Creations!

Morning friends, hope you're all well! I't's back to
school/college for some of my lot today so Miss Rebecca
and me are off into town for a girlie shopping trip
and she might even be having her haircut....eeek!
But first, do you fancy joining us over at 
Lexi's Creations? We have a new challenge starting
today and the theme is "Anything Goes" - a fab
way to ease back into things after the Holiday season!
As usual, we love to see any and all creations and you
stand to win a fantastic prize of 5 digis from our
I used Tessie Turtle available here....just perfect for
the thank you card I needed to make - for a male gardener & it had to be 
a flat CAS style card.....hope this fits! don't forget to
go check out the fab inspiration from the rest of 
the team - amazing as usual!
Rightio, got to dash......thanks for calling!
See you soon....hugs Jo x

anything goes at Papertake Weekly
thank you at Heck of a challenge
anything goes at The Paper Shelter
thank you at Moving along with the times
anything goes at Dream Valley

Saturday 5 January 2013

Dude's read too!

Hiya, hope you're all well and for those of you
who aren't......hope you feel better soon! 
Sharing a bookmark today, Miss Rebecca & me
love to read so have lots of bookmarks but the other
day one of my boys said "Mum, could you make
me a bookmark, please, dude's read too you know!"
So here's what I came up with......isn't he a handsome
chap? He's from The Greetings farm and was a
Christmas present! Made with all scraps too, paper
was a freebie, paper string was recycled and I 
coloured him with my new favourites....Spectrum Noirs!
Last day of the holidays tomorrow so hoping for 
a bit of a lie in........then on Monday they start going
back to school/college! See you then for
the new challenge over at Lexi's Creations!
Thanks for calling
Hugs Jo x

bookmarks at Anyone for Anya
anything goes at Kaboodle Doodles
all about Argyle at 365 cards - day 306
anything goes at Crafty Creations
anything goes at The Paper Shelter
anything goes at QKR Stampede
anything goes at Stampin' with the Dragon
anything goes at 2 Sisters
anything goes at Catch the Bug - bugaboo

Friday 4 January 2013

Rebecca's calendar

Morning.....hows you all today? It's dull, grey, damp &
miserable here today.......and I have to go to town! Oh, well,
 needs must.......would you believe I broke my paper trimmer?
Any suggestions on what kind I should buy would be very
much appreciated....guillotine or trimmer? Can't make my mind
 up! But for today I'm sharing the hanging calendar I made
for Miss Rebecca. I used an 8 x 8 scalloped piece of black
card for the base, odd bits of paper, ribbon, some die cut circles
for her name and a sprinkle of gems! The image is one of my
fav Sugar Nellie stamps and I coloured her with my Spectrum 
Noir pens.........1st time I've used them properly and I'm real 
pleased with how it turned out........and more importantly, 
Miss Rebecca loves it! Rightio, better go make myself look
presentable......don't think I dare go to town in my pj's!
Thanks for calling & see you soon!
Hugs Jo x

anything but a card at 2 Sisters
freestyle at Hiding in my Craft Room
new (pens) at Totally Gorjuss
anything goes at Kaboodle Doodles
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
anything goes at Crafty Creations
anything goes at Divas by Design
anything goes at Inky Impressions
anything goes at Paper Shelter
new something (Year & pens) at Simon says Stamp
something new (pens) at Crafts 4 Eternity
anything goes at Crafty Catz
old & new (stamp & pens) at Jellypark
anything goes at QKR Stampede
anything goes at Stampin' for the Weekend
something new (Year & pens) at Totally Papercrafts

Tuesday 1 January 2013

Snowmen at Sparkles Christmas!

Morning friends, hope you're all well!  So that's it...all
the celebrations over with for this year and now we can look
 forward to a New Year full of good health, happiness, peace
and, of course, crafting! And if you'd like to come join us
over at Sparkles Christmas you can even get a head start on
NEXT year's Christmas! The theme this time is SNOWMEN
as chosen by our lovely teamie Shell and as usual, you
can make anything at all just so long as you stick to the
theme. We're sponsored by Di's Digi Downloads who are
kindly giving our lucky winner $10 to spend in store!
Don't forget to pop over to the main blog and check out
the dt work! I made an ATC this time, very quick
& easy and made from scraps! Rightio, that's me for today,
got to get on with the dinner! Thanks for calling, hope
your days' a good one!
Hugs Jo x

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