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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

Monday 30 September 2013

Molly Blooms Birthday Parade Candy!

Morning friends....if I've done this right then this is a sticky post
and will stay at the top of my blog!
No card today......just a little something to give away....
I bought one of these fabby kits a while ago.....then one of my lovely boys
 saw them in a shop & thought he would treat, didn't have the 
heart to tell him I'd already got it! It's full of papers stamps, ribbons,
buttons and a beautiful magazine full of lovely ideas!
If you'd like it just leave me a comment...I'd love you to be a follower
and maybe pop a pic in your sidebar! I'll get Miss Rebecca to pick
a winner at the end of the month! Thanks for calling!

Friday 27 September 2013

Christmas birdhouse

Good morning my lovelies......hope you're all well.....and a big thank you for
 visiting my little's lovely to have you!
Today I'm sharing another Christmas card........and finally, I'm close to
 finishing them.....just a few more then I'm done & can start on house & tree
decorations etc........can't wait....I really love this time of year & all
the preparations for Christmas! I went for a more unusual colour combo
this time.....I'm quite traditional when it comes to Christmas but love
the blue & black together....what do you think, does it work?
image - pressie from my lovely friend Scrappymo....thank you!
circle - Spellbinders Grand Stately Circles
fence - Marianne Creatables
tree - Marianne Creatables
papers - Docrafts, I think
coloured with Flexmarkers
stamp stamp stamp @ Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
make it Christmassy @ Paper Creator's Crafts
Christmas @ Creative Card Crew
anything goes @ Crafting by Designs
Rightio, that's me for today.....thanks for calling!
Don't forget to enter my little candy giveaway.....there's still a few
days left!

Wednesday 25 September 2013

Midweek reminder over at Nutcrafters!

Hiya friends.....hope you're all well! It's been one of those days for me so
 far....slept later than I should then spent all morning pottering about
thinking 'I'm sure I've forgotten something'.........yep, my Nutcrafters
midweek reminder post! So, our challenge theme this time is
and as I'm still on a green/teal/turquoise streak I chose those colours again!
As usual, there's some fabby prizes to be won and some gorgeous
freebies over on the main blog here. Hope you can join us....would
love to see you there!
image - Nutcrafters
papers - MME 
other bts & bobs - stash

Monday 23 September 2013

Ragdoll Ruby

Don't can enter my little candy here!
Good morning lovely bloggers......hope you had a fabulous weekend!
Bet all you Downton Abbey fans are happy it's back......I'm a late-comer
to Downton......just finished the end of Season 2.......and I'm hooked!
I love it......especially Violet lol! Anyway, I did manage a little crafty time 
over the weekend & made a little tent picture for Miss Rebecca!
I used an image from Dilly Beans called Ragdoll Ruby......she's got
to be my fav.......and the colours are too, although I chose them cos they
 go with Rebecca's room. I wanted a real grungy, almost dirty feel to
this & am quite pleased with it. Everything is ripped, torn, inked, doodled
and glittered.....even the ribbon....can't remember where it's from but it's 
amazing can do what you like to it & it still looks great!
Rightio, that's me for today.....didn't manage to find any wallpaper last
week so guess what I'm doing today....yep, off to another shop!
Thanks for calling today.....hope you have a lovely day!
image - Dilly Beans
paper - Gorjuss
fancy heart - Cheery Lynn
heart border - Tim Holtz
plain heart - Clearly Besotted
coloured with Spectrums & Copics
sentiment. glitter & pearls - stash
make it sparkle @ Papertake Weekly
anything goes @ Divas by Designs
2+ patterned papers @ Penny's Paper Crafty
anything goes @ 4 Krafty Girlz
anything goes @ Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
anything goes @ Digitally Sweet
ribbons @ Dilly Beans

Thursday 19 September 2013

Unicorn Girls Heart

Morning you lovely bloggers....hope you're all well! 
Today I'm sharing a card using my 1st Dilly Beans purchase....I know I'll be
 back for more cos they're all fab! This one is called Unicorn Girls Heart and
 I wanted to keep it fairly clean & simple....and she had to have
my fav-at-the-moment green/turquiose hair (coloured with Spectrums 
& Copics)........I just hope I've done her justice lol. 
Papers & card are all snippets from my scrap box & I just added
 a strip of washi tape, a length of paper twine, a couple of gems and that's it! 
 Rightio, that's me for for a catch up on all your lovely
 makes.......whatever you're doing today.....hope it's a good one!
Thanks for calling........I love hearing from you!
Don't forget....I have a little candy here if you'd like to enter!

anything goes @ Digitally Sweet
washi tape @ Dilly Beans
use kraft @ Sweet Pea Stampers
digi image/paper @ The Pink Elephant

Wednesday 18 September 2013

Favourite colour combo with Nutcrafters!

Morning you lovely bloggers......hope you're all well!
Oh my, aren't these weeks flying past....we're creeping ever closer to
the big C word lol! Now as its Wednesday that can only mean one
thing - Nutcrafters! Our new challenge, as chosen by teamie Helen, is
FAVOURITE COLOUR COMBO! As usual, there's some fabby prizes
to be won:
1st prize - £10 to spend at Nutcrafters but you must use a Nutcrafters image
(there's a freebies page on the blog)
2nd prize - 2 digi stamps or 1 stamp sheet of your choice
(subject to availability)
Now I'm quite fickle when it comes to fav colour combo's, I do like
to chop & change lol but this week my fav colour is turquoise/teal.....those
 kind of shades.......especially for hair!! I've kept my card quite CAS this week the simplicity of these cards! So what's your fav colour combo?
We'd love you to join us at Nutcrafters, you have until October 1st to play
and don't forget to go check out the fabby DT makes!
Rightio, better go......I'm off wallpaper shopping today.....and still
haven't decided on a colour......eeeek!
Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow!
image - Nutcrafters
papers - Docrafts
hexagon die - Clearly Besotted
coloured with Spectrum Noirs
for the kids @ Card Makin' Mamas
anything goes @ Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
hexagon/chevron @ by Lori Designs
2 or more patt papers @ Penny's Paper Crafty

Monday 16 September 2013

Autumn colours with Lexi's Creations!

Good's a gorgeous day today, lovely blue skies but there's
definitely a nip in the air.......a real feel of Autumn......which
brings me to the new challenge over at Lexi's Creations where the
theme is AUTUMN COLOURS! As usual, you can make any crafty
 make you like and we have a fab sponsor for you:
You have until September 28th to join us and don't forget, you
can see some gorgeous inspiration over on the main blog!
Rightio, that's it for today......suppose I better go do do some
housework! Thanks for calling!
5x5 card blank
brown card - stash
papers - free with mag
decoupage/frame - Tilly Daydream/Docrafts
Birthday cards @ Docrafts
Fall colours @ Milk Coffee
Happy Fall Y'all @ Paper Nest Dolls
Don't can enter my little candy here!

Sunday 15 September 2013

Fairies and/or Butterflies with Sparkles Challenges!

 Good morning....happy Sunday! 
Hope you're all well, warm & having a lovely weekend so far!
Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Sparkles and this month
the theme, as chosen by teamie (and my gorgeous daughter) Rebecca
is FAIRIES AND/OR BUTTERFLIES! We have a fabulous sponsor
this month - Lily of the Valley - who are offering one lucky winner an
amazing £10 spend instore and as usual, we love to see any and all
crafty makes!
image - Magnolia Tilda
coloured with Copics & Flexmarkers
papers - Cart-Us
flourish - Marianne die
punched butterflies
tags - Cheery Lynn die
punched border - Fiskars
pearls, ribbon - stash
must have wings @ Lady Anne's
things with wings @ Creative Card Crew
anything goes @ Penny's Paper Crafty
anything goes @ Marvelous Magnolia
dies/punches @ A Creative Romance
anything goes @ Chocolate, Coffee & Cards

Don't forget to go check out the rest of the teams
creations over on the main blog! Thanks for calling today, see
you tomorrow!

Friday 13 September 2013

Just add ribbon.....

Don't forget.....I have a little candy & would love you to enter here!
Morning.......happy you have that Friday feeling?
 I love it, the promise of the weekend....,,kids home, lazy days, rugby it! Do you have anything nice planned?
Today's card is made all from freebies....I just added ribbon!
I used a paper pad & die cut elements from a set called 'Home
Grown' that came free with a magazine!
No sentiment yet cos it's going in my box til needed but I thought
I might add a rub on sentiment on the red gingham strip.
Rightio, that's all for today....thanks for calling & see you soon!

Wednesday 11 September 2013

CAS midweek reminder for Nutcrafters!

Good morning friends....hope you're all well.......and warm...
oh my gosh, wasn't it cold yesterday? Had to dig out my Winter coat
to pop to the shops.....oh, it was freezing and it rained all day too!
Anyway, as it's know what that means.....Nutcrafters!
It's time for a midweek reminder for our current challenge (here)
and the theme is CLEAN & SIMPLE!
I used one of the images from the faces set....isn't he adorable, coloured
with flexmarkers, added glitter & mounted onto a square of blue card
then onto a 5x5 card blank......easy! As usual, there's fabby prizes 
to be won & gorgeous DT makes over on the main blog!
Hope to see you there! Thanks for calling today & for any comments
you might leave.....see you tomorrow!
CAS @ A Creative Romance
got the blues @ Sweet Stampin'
blue Christmas @ Here Come the Boys
cute Christmas in September @ Cutie Pie
child's play @ Papertake Weekly

Monday 9 September 2013

A little bit of bunting!

Hiya folks......happy Monday....hope you're all well & rested
after the weekend! We had a peaceful, lazy weekend topped off
with a very proud Mama Jo lovely boy, Nic,
played rugby Sunday morning....the team won & he got Man
of the Match!!!!
So today I'm sharing a little bit of bunting I made on
Saturday......all from scraps....just the thing to fill a little space!
It looks so much brighter & warmer IRL though.....think I need to
 work on my picture taking lol! Rightio, got to a
mountain of crafting........I mean ironing to do....thanks for
calling....see you soon!

challenges I'd like to enter
anything goes @ 4 Krafty Girlz
anything goes @ Totally Gorjuss
anything goes @ 613 Avenue Create

Saturday 7 September 2013

We're going on a bear hunt over at Crafty Calendar!

Morning friends......hope you're all well & warm....hasn't the weather
gotten cooler....mind you, I'm not complaining.....I love it!
So for today, as it's the 1st Saturday of the month, we have a new
challenge over at Crafty Calendar and this month the brief is
WE'RE GOING ON A BEAR HUNT!.....yep, we want to see a bear 
on your makes! As usual, any & all makes are welcome just so
long as you stick to the theme & you might just be the lucky winner
of a fabby prize from this months sponsor:
For my DT make I had a go at stamping on a candle....well, not actually
ON the know what I mean lol! I stamped onto tissue
paper, coloured the image then placed the image just where I
wanted it, covered with wax paper then used my heat gun to melt
the image to the candle......easy! For my first go, I'm quite chuffed
with it but let me tell's sooooo addictive.....I think everyone
I know might well be getting one for Christmas!!!!
Rightio, that's it for today....I'm planning a lazy-stay-at-home
weekend.....the kids are all shattered and sooo out of routine so are having
 a nice, long sleep in.....I love those kind of days, don't you? A nice, quiet 
morning while they sleep then lots of laughs & nice food when they're
all up...........or home from work!
Thanks for calling today.....have a lovely weekend!

anything goes @ Bearly Mine
anything goes @ Papertake Weekly
best friends @ Tuesdsy Throwdown
Christmas @ C.R.A.F.T
candles @ Winter Wonderland

Friday 6 September 2013


Hiya lovelies....hope you're all well & looking forward to the weekend!
Just a quick post tonight to share a Christmas card I made with
a fabby free digi from Nikky over at Polka Doodles. All papers (Nitwits)
were free with a mag too so doesn't get much better than that lol! We
 were given a random image and i couldn't have been happier with mine....
she's gorgeous and that little, she's just adorable! A few
punched snowflakes, a bit of twine & some gems were all the extras
I needed....and a bit of ink for the edges.....I even decorated the
 inside this time too!
Rightio, off to blog hop for an hour.....thanks for calling....see
you tomorrow!

challenges I'd like to enter
fairy time @ Polka Doodles
let's get inky @ Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge
something new Paper & image) @ Christmas Card Challenges
Christmas snowflakes @ Created With Love
Christmas @ Cutie Pie
things with wings @ Creative Card Crew
Winter animals @ Christmas at Sweet Stampin'
Christmas @ C.R.A.F.T

Thursday 5 September 2013

My little (big) book of Christmas!

Morning friends.....hope you're all well!
Another bright but cool Autumn like morning here today.....and I love it!
I'm sharing my "Little (big) book of Christmas" today.....I make one 
of these every year, usually in the Summer hols but what with
illness etc., I've not managed it until yesterday! I use it for all things, present lists, things to make & do......absolutely
anything to do with'll be packed full of snippets & cuttings
 & things before long! It's A4 in size and usually is really traditional
....that's how I like Christmas....but this time I've gone for purple
 & black........Miss Rebecca's fav colours!
Rightio, thanks for calling today.....and for any comments you might leave to fill a few pages in my book!
Hope your day's a good one!
here's what I used:
A4 hardback notebook
papers - DCWV
snowflake border - EK Success punch
large snowflake - Sizzix die
doily - Die-namics die
precious stars - Memory Box
snowmen embellies, ribbons & gems, - stash
a challenge (or two)
2 backing papers @ A Gem of a Challenge
texture @ Totally Gorjuss
anything goes @ 613 Avenue Create
snowflakes @ Created with Love
Christmas makes @ Creative Creations
use your dies @ Through the Purple Haze
snowmen @ Ladybug Crafts
anything goes @ Papertake Weekly
Christmas @ C.R.A.F.T

Wednesday 4 September 2013

CAS with Nutcrafters!

Morning lovely bloggers....hope you're all well today!
Thanks for you're lovely comments on yesterday's photos......Chris came
home full of excitement about the pastry kitchen at College & Miss
Rebecca came home looking rather dishevelled, calling herself Talia & 
speaking a good day all round lol! 
So as it's's Nutcrafters day and we have a brand new
challenge......CLEAN & SIMPLE as chosen by lovely teamie Sylvia!
As usual, there's some fab prizes to be won:
1st place....£10 spend instore but you must use a Nutcrafters image 
(freebies available here)
2nd place....2 digi stamps or 1 stamp sheet of your choice
(subject to availability)
So the dreaded CAS.....but I actually enjoyed making this one...and
it was soooo quick! I used the gorgeous Santa face, part of the
new release Christmas portrait stamp set. mounted it onto a piece
of red card and that's ribbon, no gems, no nothing!
Sorry about the blue tinge to the pic, lighting was terrible!
I really hope you can come join us this time....and don't forget
to check out the rest of the DT makes!
Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow!

a couple of challenges....
squares @ 4 Crafty Chicks
just one @ Charisma Cardz
Christmas @ Creative Creations
cute Christmas @ Cutie Pie

Tuesday 3 September 2013

All grown up.......

Morning lovely bloggers......and what a gorgeous
girl starts secondary school today and oh my, does she look grown up!
So in true proud Mama Jo fashion here's a little collage of her
all dressed up & ready to go!
 And not forgetting Chris who starts catering College today....but
he doesn't like to pose as much as Bex lol!
And last but not least, here's an attempt at a CAS card...why
oh why do I struggle so much with these, I see so many gorgeous
CAS makes in blogland but mine just look rubbish.....although I
LOVE the image & for once, I'm quite pleased with my colouring
and wow, wouldn't you love hair that colour IRL?
So that's it for today....I've no excuse now....I really have to do
some ironing lol! Thanks for calling....see you tomorrow!

just one @ Charisma Cardz
CAS @ A Creative Romance
LOC or Girly @ Left of Centre
fantasy @ Sweet Pea Stampers
things with wings @ Crafty Bloggers
CAS @ The Paper Nest Dolls
things with wings @ Creative Card Crew

Monday 2 September 2013

Anything but a card with Lexi's Creations!

Good morning you lovelies.....hope you're all well! A gorgeous morning
again today.....and one of the kids back to college.....2 back tomorrow
 then another on Thursday......yay, more craft time lol!
So anyway, for today I'm sharing my DT make for the new challenge 
over at Lexi's Creations and this fortnight we have the theme of 
ANYTHING BUT A CARD! A nice easy theme for you this time you
 have until September 14th to play and you could be the lucky winner of 
5 digis from Fairy Dust Crafts! For my DT make I had a go at a little
box scene....all guesswork, no measurements involved and this is how
it turned out...I'm quite pleased with it and can't wait to try it again!
I started with a scrap of blue card, die cut an aperture with a Spellbinder
nestie which I then used as a mat for the image, scored & folded down
 each side. Underneath the image you can just see some blue Christmas
paper....another scrap....then it was just a case of decorating the
front with the die cut trees, a snowman, snowballs and a pressie....oh
and the snowflakes at the top & the gems down the side!
So that's it from me for to buy Nic some school shoes!
Thanks for calling......hope to see you at Lexi's!
a challenge or two.....
make the cut @ Delightful Challenges
use a stamp @ Happy Campers
anything goes @ Paper Crafting Journey
anything goes @ Sister Act
for a child @ Dream Valley
dies and/or punches @ Lacy Sunshine

Sunday 1 September 2013

Non traditional Christmas colours at Sparkles Christmas challenges!

 Good morning lovely bloggers.....happy September 1st! 
There's a definite chill in the air this morning.....but I don't mind....I love this 
time of the year....I'll be much happier in the next 6 months than I've been 
in the last lol! Anyway, today's post is all about the new challenge over at
where the chosen by "NON TRADITIONAL COLOURS"
We're sponsored this month by the very generous LOTV who are offering a
£10 spend instore and wow, the lucky winner is SO gonna be spoilt for choice!!
As usual, you have all month to play
and you don't have to make a card.......any crafty creation will do! And
don't forget......there's a wealth of inspiration over on the main blog from the
rest of the team led by our lovely Shaz!
Ooooh, I loved this challenge....while I'm very traditional when it comes
to Christmas I love all things gothic/dark and this is my favourite 
alternative Christmas image this year....isn't she gorgeous? She's called 
"Emo Christmas" and she's from Delicious Doodles.....although she
can be coloured very traditionally I went for pink/black (used to have my
hair that colour waaayyyy back) and yet again.....Miss Rebecca has
claimed this one lol! I coloured her with Spectrum Noir pens, used up some
scraps of paper, a giant die cut snowflake cut in half & glittered, a 
computer generated sentiment, a few pearls & that's it......oh, and
lashings of glitter........and yes, it did get everywhere lol! Rightio, off
to do some ironing thanks for calling & hope to see you at Sparkles!
 a challenge or two.....
Christmas @ Crafty Boots
anything goes @ Tammy's Scrappin' Corner
girly @ Crafty Sentiments
black, white + 1 @ Paper Pretties
LOC or girly @ Left of Centre
2 backing papers @ A Gem of a Challenge

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