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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 31 July 2013

Summer Fun reminder at Nutcrafters!

Well good morning lovely bloggers.....hope you're all well today!
Just a quick post to remind you of the latest challenge over 
at Nutcrafters where the challenge is Summer Fun! Full rules and
 some fab inspiration from the rest of the team are over on the main blog!
Hope to see you there......rightio, off to take Miss Rebecca to Summer 
school then I get to play all day!!!! Thanks for calling.

week 269 @ Sketch Saturday
punches and/or die cuts @ Paper Crafting Journey
Summer days @ Dream Valley
Summer blooms @ Card Mania

Monday 29 July 2013

For you......

Good morning.....happy Monday! Hope you're all well & rested after the 
weekend. It's another gorgeous, breezy day here......perfect for 
drying my mountain of washing!! So for today I have another 
postage friendly card to share.....created in Serif using one of their fab, 
free digikits called All that Glitters. I usually print these cards at
6x6 inches then trim slightly & mount on a card blank and they look
gorgeous! It's great to be creating digitally again......I'm gradually
building up digi kits, etc., again after losing most everything
a while ago so watch this space lol. Rightio, better dash - Miss
Rebecca is going to Summer school 10-3 this week....don't you
think that's a fab idea, it's to help her settle in ready for September when
she moves up to secondary school? I do, and luckily she does too! 
Thanks for calling today....see you soon!
Jo x

Friday 26 July 2013

Inspiration photo with Christmas Stampin' All Year Long!

Hiya....happy Friday! I'm here today to let you know about the new
challenge over at Christmas Stampin' All Year long where this week
we have a gorgeous inspiration pic for you!
What inspires you....maybe the colours, the shapes.....even
that sweet little penguin? I went with the penguin & the colours, although 
on my card they don't seem to be very vibrant.......IRL they're fab!
I used papers that were free with a mag, kraft, paper ribbon, the sentiment
was computer generated & I used Spectrum Noir pens....oh, and the 
sweet little penguin comes from Bugaboo who is our sponsor this week.
 Bugaboo are very kindly offering one lucky
winner a whopping 7 digis of their choice!!! As usual, there's more fantastic
inspiration over on the main blog......hope to see you there!

Wednesday 24 July 2013

Summer Sunshine Fun at Nutcrafters!

Well good morning!! Happy Wednesday to you all...I know I say it often but 
I seriously can't believe how quickly these weeks are going! We're onto a 
new challenge over at Nutcrafters today & this time the theme, as chosen by 
our lovely boss, Katie is "Summer Sunshine Fun". As usual, we have fabby 
prizes: 1st place: A whopping £10 to spend at the Nutcrafters store - 
you must use a Nutcrafters image to be in with a chance and don't forget 
there's a freebies page on the main blog!
2nd place: 2 digi stamps or 1 stamp sheet of your choice
subject to availability!
For my card I used the fab Grandma & Grandpa Summer set! Aren't they 
great.....a real British seaside sight.....Grandma with her sunburnt 
shoulders & Grandpa with his handkerchief on his head......and of course, 
those wonderful striped deckchairs! And I just had to print out the 
words to that song.......all together now.......Oh, I do like to be beside the 
seaside....oh, I do like to be beside the sea! It always makes me
 laugh when I hear that song as it's the song my Son, Nics' rugby team sing 
when they win......15 smelly, sweaty boys singing their hearts out......I love it! 
Anyway, enough waffling from me......hope to see you at 
Nutcrafters  and don't forget to check out the rest of the DT!
Thanks for calling......see you soon!

no spoolin' @ Southern Girls
life's a beach @ Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
on the beach @ Stampin' with the Dragon
Summer fun @ Wags 'n' Whiskers
Summertime @ PanPastel UK
Summertime @ the Crazy Challenge
toes in the sand @ Tuesday Throwdown

Monday 22 July 2013

Christmas in July with Lexi's Creations!

Hiya......Happy Monday....hope you're all well!
We have a new challenge for you today over at Lexi's Creations
and this time the theme is "Christmas in July".......can you believe
we're nearer to this Christmas than last......scary, right?? It 
always makes me smile when us crafters are busy making Christmas
 things as the sun shines.....suits me fine though cos I don't like the 
heat....would much rather be in my nice cool craft room!
Anyway, enough waffle from me......we're sponsored this time
by the fab Fairy Dust Crafts with a whopper of a prize - 5 digis!
As usual, we love to see any & all crafty makes....tags, cards,
bookmarks, layouts....anything you fancy making! I created a card
in Serif using the fab Funky Christmas tree from Fairy Dust Crafts
then when I printed it out I heat embossed the image.....doesn't 
show up too well on here but IRL it looks gorgeous & a non
traditional colour combo this time for a change too! Don't forget
there's lots of gorgeous inspiration for you over on the main
blog...thanks for calling today....see you at Lexi's!
challenges I'd like to enter

black @ Penny's Paper Crafty
monochromatic @ Card Makin' Mamas

Saturday 20 July 2013

Crafty Calendar July - colour challenge!

Good Morning, hope you're all well & having a fab week!
It's a bit cooler here today, thank goodness, so maybe an hour or two 
in the garden for me later! But first, here's my card for the Crafty Calendar 
July challenge - I know I'm late (sorry ladies) but things are back to
 normal....or as normal as they'll ever be lol so I thought I'd post
my card as a mid challenge reminder! The theme
this time is "colours of sand & sea", other colours as well if you want but the 
main colours are to be sea & sand colours! We have a fantastic sponsor
for you.....Hannah Lynn Art......and the prize is an amazing 5x7 or 8x10
print of your choice......with free worldwide shipping!!! As usual, you can
find all the info you need over on the main blog as well as some fabby
inspiration from the wonderful DT! The DT were lucky enough to
be given a gorgeous image.......mine is called "Alice"......isn't she fab?
You can find her here.  Rightio, that's me for today, thanks for
calling & hope your weekends a good one!

Friday 19 July 2013

Technique time at CSAYL!

Hiya, happy you're all ready for the weekend!
We have a new challenge for you today over at 
and this week the theme is "Papercrafting Techniques"
Each of the CSAYL designers chose their favourite technique this
week and now you just need to pick one of the teams faves & play along!
We're sponsored this time by the fabby Broken Box Stock with a 
prize of 3 digis for our lucky winner & you have until 24th July to play.
The DT were lucky enough to choose a digi to play....I chose the
sweet Santa Hat Cat and I made a scallop circle easel card....maybe more 
of a fancy fold than a technique but I think it's a fab, quick & easy 
make & always looks good! I used Spectrum Noir pens, a few 
snowflakes, ribbon, gems, a computer generated sentiment and that's
 it.......hope you like it & feel inspired to come join us!
Thanks for calling today....see you soon!

some challenges I'd like to enter
spots/stripes or both @ A Gem of a Challenge
think pink @ Paper Creator's Crafts
punches and/or die cuts @ Send a smile 4 Kids
Christmas in July @ Eureka Stamps
anything goes @ Crimbo Crackers

Wednesday 17 July 2013

Nutcrafters midweek reminder - One for the Boys!

Good morning bloggers.....happy Wednesday!
Just a quick post today to remind you all of the current challenge over at 
Nutcrafters - "One for the Boys!"
There's some fabby prizes to be won so do come join us, we'd love to see you!

Tuesday 16 July 2013

Christmas in July!!

Hiya, oh my hasn't it been hot.......and I've been making Christmas
cards lol! Me & the sun don't get on too well so the best place for me is  the 
craft room.....any excuse haha! So today I have a "darker" Christmas card, I 
do have a darker side but rarely show it on my blog...maybe it should come
 out more?? Anyway, I was having a look for some new digi's for my
 collection & I came across Delicious Doodles and now I'm hooked! 
Amazing images & when I saw this one I just had to buy it........this is how 
Miss Rebecca would like to look if she was older!!!! The papers were 
free with a mag, the border die is Tim Holtz, sentiment is computer
generated, other bits from my stash & I used Spectrum Noirs & Copics.
Rightio, off to do the shopping.....have a lovely day!
a challenge or two
anything goes at Crafts & Me
Christmas in July at Fab 'n' Funky
Christmas in July at Inky Impressions
Christmas in July at C.R.A.F.T
Christmas in July at Paper Crafting Journey
Creepmas in July at Punk You Girl

Monday 15 July 2013

Autumn colours with Sparkles Challenges!

Well hello bloggers....hope you're all well & rested after the weekend!
I think I need a rest after yesterday......watched Nic play rugby &
sadly they lost but oh my, all that cheering tires you out lol....
then a bbq at home....happy days! Anyways, the real reason I'm here
is to tell you about the new challenge starting over at Sparkles...
...the theme is Autumn colours and as usual we love to see any &
all crafty makes! I made a card this time & went with the gorgeous
Autumn colours of brown & orange! Our sponsor this month is
 the fabby Di's Digi's and the lucky winner gets a $10 spend instore! 
You have almost a month to play & you can check out all
the rules & the fab DT makes over on the main blog!
Thanks for calling today....hope to see you at Sparkles!

Friday 12 July 2013

Kraft time at Chrisrmas Stampin' All Year Long!'s Friday again and that only means one thing:
it's time for a new challenge over at Christmas Stampin' all Year Long!
Our challenge for you this week is to "use Kraft" of my
favourite things to use! We're sponsored by the fab Meljen Designs
and the winner will receive 4 non coloured images! You have until
next Thursday to play and as usual, there's some gorgeous inspiration 
on show over on the main blog! I love kraft so this was a great 
challenge for me....I chose colours I don't often use and some fab papers
 to go with the sweet S.W.A.L.K image coloured with Spectrum Noir pens! 
Rightio, that's me for to catch up on the housework.....have a 
lovely weekend & I'll see you soon!
Thanks for calling!
a challenge or two....
suitable for a child at Crafty Hazelnut's
Christmas in July at Whoopsi Daisy
Christmas in July at LEJ Designs
Christmas in July at Fab 'n' Funky
Christmas in July at Inky Impressions
pink & green at Stampin' for the Weekend
friendship at Spectrum Noir

Wednesday 10 July 2013

One for the boys with Nutcrafters!

Hello friends....hope you're all well!
Wednesday already, and you know what that means....
..........a new challenge over at Nutcrafters and this time it's my turn 
to host! I chose the theme of "One for the boys!" so we'd like to see
 all your male themed projects: cards, tags, layouts, bookmarks....anything so
 long as it fits the theme!
As usual, there's 2 fab prizes up for grabs: A £10 spend over at the
Nutcrafters shop for 1st win this you must use a 
Nutcrafters image (there's a freebies page on the main blog), 2nd prize is
a choice of 2 digis or 1 stamp sheet (subject to availability)!
You can check out the full rules & the fabby DT makes over
on the main blog........and good luck!
I followed a fab sketch from Sketch Saturday for this card, the image
is of course Nutcrafters, stars are framelit dies, I used a scallop
 border punch, a LOTV sentiment & Spectrum Noir pens!
Thanks for calling today......happy crafting!

I'd like to enter some challenges:
week #266 at Sketch Saturday
for the men/boys at Sweet Pea Stampers
let's hear it for the Boys at Totally Papercrafts
use a digi stamp at Here come the Boys

Monday 8 July 2013

For a friend with Lexi's Creations

 Good morning from a lovely, cool Yorkshire Coast!
Yep, I'm one of those that doesn't like the heat so the last few
days have been awful for me. I've spent the weekend trying
to catch up on all my DT work & commenting and then would you
believe I got up this morning & Miss Rebecca is not very well
again...the boys are all fit & well now & all back at work/college
except for Chris who's just left for Center Parcs with his friend
& family! So I'm gonna make the most of the day....Rebecca is
an easy patient as she just sleeps when she's not well lol.
We have a new challenge starting over at Lexi's Creations today
and the theme is "For a friend".....a nice, easy, fun card to make!

I created this card digitally using Serif, the idea was to make up a 
set of cards all the same but with different sentiments on them,
e.g: For you, my friend, Thank You, Thinking of you....that kind of 
thing them them maybe give them as gifts to non-crafty friends. 
They're 6x6 square and being created digitally then printed out
they all fold perfectly flat for posting!
Lexi's Creations is sponsored this time by the fabulous

 and as usual, we love to see any & all crafts! You have until
July 20th to join us and again, as usual, there's some fab
inspiration over on the main blog! Rightio, that's me for today!
Thanks for calling!

Saturday 6 July 2013

Red, white & blue!

Hi guys......happy Saturday!
Hope you're all well & having a lovely weekend!
Oooh, I've missed you all......poorly kids put a stop to my blogging all
week but today, so far so good! It's a beautiful summers day,  I'm
 sat just inside the patio doors listening to AC/DC & crafting away!
Miss Rebecca has joined me, 2nd son James has just come in from
 work & now he's sat colouring too!!!! Oh, and I've had some
good 4th son Christian left school a couple of weeks
ago....and he has a job!!!!! He's going to catering school in September
so fingers crossed it will become a permanent part time job! Anyway, back
to business....I'm hoping to spend the weekend catching up on the
 DT work & commenting I've gotten behind on but first,
I wanted to post this card on Thursday but couldn't so here it is
today......and a very belated happy July 4th all my American,
white & blue are the colours of my country's flag too!
The image is from The Greetings Farm, the papers are Papermania,
the bunting & stars are cut with Framelit dies & the ribbon & gems are
from my stash......hope you like it! Rightio, feels like tea-time....
......see you later!
Challenges I'd like to enter
red, white & blue at Craft your passion
red, white & blue at Digi Darla
stars & stripes at Eureka Stamps
flag colours at Kaboodle Doodles
red, white & blue at Crafty Sentiments
rock the red, white & blue at QKR Stampede
red, white, blue & ribbon at the Greetings Farm

Monday 1 July 2013

Sparkles Christmas Challenges - Christmas Trees!

Good Morning......Happy July 1st....hope you're all well!
Isn't this year flying past.....we're on a countdown to Christmas now
so why not come join us over at Sparkles Christmas Challenges?
Our new challenge starts today & the theme as chosen by our lovely
teamie Lesley is Christmas Trees! We're sponsored by the very
kind Di's Digi Downloads who are offering our lucky winner a $10
spend instore. As usual, we love to see any & all crafts just 
so long as you stick to the theme! You have all month to play 
and as usual, there's some fabulous inspiration from the team over
on the main blog.
I decided to make a digital card this time, I created my card in Serif
using a kit called Magical Moments - a really lovely kit, full of the
most gorgeous things in soft creams, beiges & gold!
Rightio, that's me for today.....see you later!
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