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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 28 August 2013

Midweek reminder & a sneak peak!

Morning you lovely bloggers.....hope you're all well!
Wednesday again and I'm here to remind you of the current challenge over 
at Nutcrafters where the theme is "SPOTS &/OR STRIPES"!
You have until next Tuesday to join us and there's some fab prizes to be 
won.....and don't forget, there's a freebies page over on the main blog
 here.  The gorgeous image I used is from a soon-to-be released Nutcrafters 
 stamp set called "Baked with Love".........isn't she just adorable......I've
 teamed her with some Melissa Francis papers, a recipe, some lace & paper 
string, pearls and a teeny tiny whisk & wooden spoon! As usual, there's
 some fabulous inspiration and full rules over on the main blog!
Thanks for calling today......see you soon!

challenges I'd like to enter
anything goes @ Paper Crafting Journey
sweet treats @ Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
anything goes @ QKR Stampede
square cards @ 2 Sisters
girls, girls, girls @ Lacy Sunshine
something new (stamp) @ Craft Room
make it girly @ Crafty Sentiments
lace & pearls @ The PAper Shelter

Saturday 24 August 2013

A bookmark for Bex......

Good morning lovely bloggers....hope you're all well!
Do you have anything nice planned for the Bank Holiday weekend? Nothing 
much happening here....I'm still not too well but we do have my son 
James 21st birthday on Monday....he has to work but I'm sure there'll be 
some fun afterwards! ;) Haven't been able to manage much craft time 
recently....all the tablets I'm on are just starting to kick in, I think, and all 
I want to do is sleep!! Here's a little bookmark I made for Miss
 Rebecca.....she's always got her nose in a book....or 3...and has to have a
 huge supply of bookmarks....the idea for this one came from a mag
 and it was so quick & easy, can see this being the 1st of many in this 
style! Rightio, my friends, thanks for calling today, hope your days a good one!

Wednesday 21 August 2013

Spots and/or Stripes with Nutcrafters!

Hi guys......happy Wednesday......hope you're all well!
We have a new challenge starting over at Nutcrafters today and the
theme as chosen by our lovely teamie Debbie is SPOTS AND/OR STRIPES!
A great theme and just perfect for boys/male cards don't you think?
I used the adorable "drumming Cash" stamp and teamed him with
some of my fav papers..........(the cheeky FF on the drum stands for 
Foo Fighters)......and on the tag there's a die cut Boys Rock!
As usual, there's 2 fab prizes up for grabs
1st prize is a £10 spend in the Nutcrafters store
 (must use a Nutcrafters image to win - there's freebies on the blog) 
2nd prize is 2 digi stamps or 1 stamp sheet of choice
(subject to availability)
You have until September 3rd to play and don't forget to check
out the gorgeous inspiration from the rest of the team!
Thanks for calling today.........hope your days a good one!

anything goes @ Craftin' Boutique
fav colours (browns) @ Totally Papercrafts
add stripes @ One Stop Crafts
anything goes @ Cutie Pie
bold & beautiful @ Sweet Stampin'

Tuesday 20 August 2013

Up, up & away with Sparkles Challenges!

Good Morning you lovelies......hope you're all ok!
Thanks so much for all your kind words yesterday, it means a lot.
Here's hoping today will be a bit better than yeterday!
So for today I'm sharing my DT card for the latest challenge over
at Sparkles where the theme is UP, UP & AWAY! We'd like to see any
thing to do with balloons on your makes! As usual, you can make what
ever you fancy and you could be the lucky winner of a fab
prize of a £10 spend (ex post) at the Crafty Ribbons store!
Don't forget, you can also check out the rest of the team over on the main
blog and meet our lovely new teamies! 
image - Pollycraft
spotty papers - free with mag
cog papere - Papermania Chronology
die cut cogs & hearts
ribbon, gems - stash
coloured with Spectrum Noirs
sentiment stamp - Smooch
anything but a Birthday card @ Aud Sentiments
anything goes @ Craftin' Boutique
black, white + 1 @ Card Makin' Mamas
have a heart @ Polkadoodles
bold & beautiful @ Sweet Stampin'
die cuts/punches @ Totally Gorjuss
colour challenge(red) @ The Ribbon Girl
anything goes @ Cutie Pie
pinches/dies @ A Gem of a Challenge

Monday 19 August 2013

Sparkle & Shine with Lexi's Creations

Hi friends.........hope you're all well!
I've been an awful blogger/crafter this last week but I'm having some
pretty awful health issues right now........but today, I feel a little better so
have managed to create a card for the new challenge over at 
Lexi's Creations where this time, the theme is GLITTER & SPARKLE.
As usual, we love to see anything you'd like to make, you have until
August 31st to play and you could be the lucky winner of 5 digis
from our lovely sponsor Fairy Dust Crafts
Don't forget, there's also some gorgeous inspiration over on the main blog
from the rest of the fabby dt! I kept my card real simple this time...
I used a die cut decoupage sheet covered in lots of glitter & sparkle!
 Rightio, that's all from me for today........fingers crossed I'll be visiting
 all your lovely blogs sometime today!
Thanks for calling.....hope to see you at Lexi's!

Tuesday 13 August 2013

Surf's up......

Morning.....another bright, breezy morning with a beautiful blue sky
too....a gorgeous day! Today card is a just-for-fun card and best of's made using all scraps! The image is the sweet Ian from the
Greetings Farm coloured with pro/flexmarkers, the papers are Three Bugs
 in a Rug, bunting is cut with Framelit dies, anchor is a Marianne die, I
 used some long forgotten stickers to spell 'dude', some paper string & my
 hand-written sentiment and that's it! Rightio, must's
grocery shopping day..........then maybe a little crafty time!
Thanks for calling.....hope you have a lovely day!

a challenge or two
anything goes @ The Male Room
Summer @ Happy Campers
Summer fun @ Totally Papercrafts
only squares @ Here Come the Boys
outdoors @ Pile it On
Birthday Hoopla @ The Greetings Farm

Monday 12 August 2013

An Emo Christmas....

Morning....a bit cooler & a nice breeze here today.....just the way I like it!
Been a bit of a busy weekend here so not much time for crafting but I did 
manage this Christmas card...............and Miss Rebecca has claimed it
already lol! It looks a lot brighter IRL but no matter which angle I look at it
 it never looks straight......or maybe it's just me that's lopsided??
Anyway, here's what I used: the image is from Delicious Doodles and she's 
called "An Emo Christmas" and I think she's fab! Scraps of 
Christmas paper (can't remember what it's called), precious stars dies, a
few gems and a LOTV sentiment stamp! Hope you like it & thanks
for looking today......see you tomorrow!

anything goes @ Crafts & Me
anything goes @ Brown Sugar

Friday 9 August 2013

Fav colour combo at Christmas Stampin' all Year Long!

Hi guys.......happy Friday........another week closer to Christmas.....eeek!
It's new challenge day over at Christmas Stampin' All Year Long and
this week the theme is colour combos.....we want you choose a 
colour combo from the DT makes for your make.....easy peasy, right?
Now I'm quite a traditional when it comes to tree,
house decorations, fact everything Christmas in my house
is traditional red & green but when it comes to making cards I do love
blue....all those gorgeous, frosty blues with maybe a bit of kraft!
We're sponsored by the fabby Fred She Said ....the winner will receive
a $10 spend instore. The DT were lucky enough to choose a
Fred She Said image to play along, I chose Emma the Caroler, I was
going to keep it real Clean & simple but then I found the little chipboard
embellies so just had to use them! You have until Wednesday 14th to
join us an don't forget, there;s some gorgeous inspiration over on
the main blog! Thanks for calling......see you soon!

Thursday 8 August 2013

A scrap page for Cam.....

Morning lovely bloggers.......hope you're all well! I've been a lazy bones again
and had another sleep in, it's a good job I don't do it very often cos I
do feel a bit rough around the edges! A big hello to my new followers too
and thanks for following me......Di, so pleased you & Sam had a lovely day
with Maureen......can't wait 'til Miss Rebecca & I meet her too!
 So for today, I'm sharing a digi scrap page I created for one of my boys,
Cameron. It's without photos as he hasn't decided which ones he wants in
it and I was too impatient to wait lol! I created it in Serif using a kit
called Trading Post, you can get it from Daisy Trail & it's on sale right now!
Rightio, better dash......2 of the boys have decided to remodel a part of the 
back garden.....and doesn't it always look worse before it looks
better???? Thanks for calling today....hope your days' a good one!

a challenge or two....
anything goes @ Digitally Sweet
anything goes @ 2 Sisters

Wednesday 7 August 2013

Butterflies & Bows with Nutcrafters!

Good morning......I'm a little late today......just had my 1st sleep in of the 
Summer holidays......lazy me! So today we have a new challenge 
over at Nutcrafters and this fortnight the theme, as chosen by our very 
own Gemma, is "Butterflies & Bows".....a lovely, pretty theme I think,
 don't you? As usual, there's some fab prizes to be won:
 1st prize is a £10 spend at the Nutcrafters store
( to win this you must use a Nutcrafters image - freebies on blog)
2nd prize: 2 digi stamps or 1 stamp sheet of your choice from Nutcrafters
(subject to availability)
You have until August 20th to play and don't forget to go check out the 
fab inspiration from the rest of the team!
I used one of the new release images called "Garden Friends", a Tim
Holtz on the edge die, some freebie-with-a-mag papers and finished
 with a huge bow, a couple of pearls & a computer generated sentiment!
Rightio, that's it from me......hope you'll come join us!
Thanks for calling!

punches and/or die cuts @ Paper Crafting Journey
Summer fun @ QKR Stampede
anything goes @ 2 Sisters
anything goes with pearls @ Totally Gorjuss
Summer days @ Dream Valley
die cuts @ Crafty Boots
anything goes @ The Crazy Challenge

Tuesday 6 August 2013

5 minute make!

Morning.....and a lovely morning it is too.....and I'll be spending part of it
 in......the supermarket!!!! Yep, it's grocery shopping day today but first I
 wanted to share the quickest card I've ever made......I love it when someone
 knows exactly what they want! One of my boys asked for a card with 
a motorbike on, some of "that grey/black paper with lines on" , oh, and
can the motorbike be on that square "with the curved edges"...........good
job I knew what he meant lol! If only every make was that simple.........
Rightio, wish me luck with the shopping......see you tomorrow!
a challenge or two....
anything goes @ The Male Room
monochromatic @ C.R.A.F.T
monochrome @ That Craft Place
clean & simple @ Eureka Stamps
anything with scallops @ Kaboodle Doodles

Monday 5 August 2013

Anniversary with Lexi's Creations!

Morning friends....hope you're all well! It's wet, cold & dark here today
......just the way I like it lol. I think some craft time might just
be on the cards for today! But first, we have a new challenge over at
and this time the theme is "Anniversary"! As usual. any make is
welcome & you might just be the lucky winner of a fabulous prize:
a £10 spend at Joanna Sheen!
You have until August 17th to play and don't forget, there's some
amazing inspiration over on the main blog! 
So for my card, I used a shaped card blank, a Kanban topper, my
new fav Spellbinder die, and some ribbon & pearls! A real quick &
easy card.....hope you like it! Rightio, some nasty housework to
do then......playtime! Thanks for calling!

Saturday 3 August 2013

Anything Goes with Crafty Calendar!

Morning lovely bloggers....hope you're all well!
Today we have a brand new challenge over at Crafty Calendar and the
couldn't be any's Anything Goes......told you it was easy!
You have until Friday 6th September to join us and don't forget, no 
more than 3 entries per person! We have a fabulous sponsor for you this 
month, Pretty Little Stamps and oh my, they're the most
gorgeous, girly go check them'll love them!
 The DT were lucky enough to be given an image to use.....I chose
"Cammy in the Wind" and she was a pleasure to colour.....she
definitely brought out the girly in me lol! The winner will win 3 digi 
stamps of their really will be spoilt for choice!
I coloured Cammy with pro/flexmarkers, used a couple of scraps
of paper, pink card, pearls, flowers, and my new Spellbinder
dies! Thanks for calling today......hope you have a lovely weekend 
whatever you're up to!

anything goes @ Eclectic Ellapu
anything goes @ One Stitch at a Time
anything goes @ Pile it On
it's a girl thing @ That Craft Place

anything goes @ Crafting by Design
anything goes @ The Paper Shelter
anything goes @ Craftin' Boutique

Friday 2 August 2013

Christmas Flowers with CSAYL

Hi guys....Happy Friday! Here we are again with a new challenge over at
and this week the theme is "Christmas Flowers"....they can be on 
your image, your paper..........anywhere just so long as they're there!
We have a new sponsor this week too....QKR Stampede and
they're offering a fabby prize of 5 digi images!
The DT were lucky enough to choose an image to play along...1 chose
 Santa's List...a real traditional looking Santa checking his list...
.....hmmm, will I be on the naughty or nice list this year???
I used Spectrum Noir pens, papers were free with a mag, flowers 
are cut with a Marianne die and that's it.....hope you like it!
You have until August 7th to play and don't forget to go check 
out the gorgeous inspiration from the rest of the team!
Thanks for calling.....see you tomorrow!

Christmas in July @ Totally Gorjuss
Christmas in July @ Stamp & Create
Christmas in July @ Deep Ocean

Thursday 1 August 2013

Charmed I'm Sure with Sparkles Christmas Challenges!

Good Morning lovely crafters....happy August 1st!!!
Another month gone, another month closer to favourite 
time of the Year! Have you started prepping yet? It's never too early in my
 book so why not come join in with our monthly challenge over at
where this time the theme is "Charmed, I'm sure".....a nice, easy theme, 
just make sure you add a charm to whatever you fancy creating!
 We have a fabby sponsor this month......Pink Gem Designs and our 
lucky winner will get 3 digis of their choice!
 The DT were lucky enough to be given a digi to use......I got the sweet
Nativity Philip.......isn't he adorable? I made a card....and pinched some 
hay from the rabbits' cage lol! I used Spectrum Noir pens, Dovecraft
paper, LOTV sentiment & paper twine & a charm from my stash!
As usual, you have a month to play & you can check out the
gorgeous makes from the rest of the DT here.
Rightio, that's me for today....I sat at my desk all day yesterday
so today......washing, ironing, cleaning......might even feed the kids lol!
Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow!

Christmas in July @ Card Crafter's Circle
Christmas in July @ Crafty Catz
Christmas in July @ Polka Doodles
How Charming @ A Gem of a Challenge
Christmas in July 4 kids @ Send a smile 4 Kids
Christmas in July @ Totally Gorjuss
Christmas in July @ Cards for Men
use a digi @ Tammy's Scrapin' Corner
Christmas in July @ Deep Ocean
Christmas in July @ Little Red Wagon
Nativity @ Crimbo Crackers
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