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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 30 January 2014

Blue & Green should never be seen........

....... I always remember my Nan saying that lol!
I'm loving making these little wrap style bracelets, I love that
 they can be any size, shape & colour and they're just so quick & easy
to make! My boys ( I should really stop calling them boys, 3 of them are
 young men!) love em, Miss Rebecca has a new idea for one every
couple of days......and I still haven't made one just for me lol! So
 this one is simply using some gorgeous turquoise beads with silver
 spacer beads on some navy cord......with a simple sliding knot to open/close.
Ok my friends, that's me for today.....thanks for calling, see you soon!

Don't forget.....Miss Rebecca has CANDY.....she only needs 10 more
followers to reach her target of 100....would love it if you could
pop over!

Wednesday 29 January 2014

CAS at Nutcrafters!

Morning crafty bloggers......hope you're all well!
Just popping in to remind you of the CAS challenge over at Nutcrafters
all info & fabby Dt makes can be found over on the main blog!
Hope to see you there!

anything goes at Digitally Sweet
anything goes at Sister Act
use a digi at My Sheri Crafts

Monday 27 January 2014

I 'heart' you

Morning lovelies....and what an awful morning it is.....another day indoors onto my card & for today I have a simple but (I think)
very effective card. I simply die cut a heart from a square of card, layered
it over a piece of hessian, added a stamped sentiment, a couple of pearls
and that's it......I think it would look good in other colours too!
Rightio, off to do some h****work......thanks for calling, see you soon!

I'd like to enter some challenges
anything goes at Divas by Design
CAS at Addicted to Stamps
CAS at Little Red Wagon
anything goes at Sister Act
no designer paper at Dream Valley

Friday 24 January 2014

Scary Stories with Left of Center!

Good morning lovelies........happy Friday! Hope you're all well & have
something nice planned for the weekend! I have some news to share
today.......I joined the Left of Center DT!!!!! So chuffed to be there
& I get to work with a fab DT, share some amazing challenge themes
& even let my darker side out to play too! I'm on team b so I get to create
 for the midway reminder which is today! Our theme this time is Scary Stories
 & our sponsor is the brilliant Ike's Art who kindly gave us some images to use!
I made a scrapbook page this time, a lovely change from all the cards
I've made, especially with Christmas just gone.........but doesn't it seem
like ages ago? I scrapped The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe & before it was
 even finished one of my Sons' decided he wanted it in a frame!!
So that's it for today, you can pop over to the main blog for more info
& to see the amazing creations from the rest of the Dt!
Thanks for calling today......see you soon!

I'd like to enter these challenges
anything goes at Quoth the Raven
anything goes at Ike's world

Wednesday 22 January 2014

CAS with Nutcrafters!

Morning lovelies, how are you today? Hope you're all well & warm!
Time for another challenge over at Nutcrafters today & this time 
the theme chosen by me, is CLEAN & SIMPLE. So as usual
if you want to win the main prize of £10 to spend in the Nutcrafters store
you have to use a Nutcrafters image (freebies available over on main page) 
2nd prize is 2 digis or 1 stamp sheet (subject to availability)
Don't forget to go check out the gorgeous makes from the rest of the Dt!
I used my favourite Music in the Air digi, a die cut wreath & a couple
of pearls on kraft card.....I used this image a lot last Christmas for cards
& tags......she's so sweet! You have until February 4th to join in.....
......hope to see you there!

B for Bare Essentials at ABC Christmas Challenges
anything goes at Digitally Sweet
use a digi at My Sheri Crafts
anything goes at Paper Nest Dolls

Monday 20 January 2014

A bit of a change........

Morning lovelies......hope you're all well!
Ooooh, it's a cold & frosty morning here, nothing much planned except
 boring housework and maybe even some nasty ironing!!!!
So for today I'm sharing something a bit different, well, for me
anyway! I thought I'd have a go at making a Shamballa bracelet since
Rebecca got a kit for Christmas......and we're both hooked lol!
So this is my first proper attempt & my own design, so very quick & easy
to make & my lot love ' new addiction methinks!
Rightio, sooner I get on the sooner I can sneak an hour at my desk...
thanks for calling......see you soon!

Wednesday 15 January 2014

Show us your new stash with Sparkles Challenges!

Good morning bloggers, here I am with my 2nd post of the day and it's
just as dark at now as it was at 8am so I think I will be staying warm & cosy
 in my craft room! We have a new challenge starting today over at Sparkles
and the theme is SHOW US YOUR NEW STASH! I made a CAS style
Thank You card using a new paper pad & topper set that came free with a
magazine! As usual, you can make anything you like so long as you follow 
the theme, you can enter the draw up to 3 times & if you do, here's what
you could win from our fab sponsor Marianne Designs
Don't forget to pop over to the make blog & see the rest of the gorgeous
DT makes! Thanks for calling today......see you soon!

anything goes at Card Makin' Mamas
anything goes at Sister Act
anything goes at Card Mania

Nutcrafters anything goes - midway reminder!

Morning lovelies, hope you're ok! Well, it's a dull, dark, wet day here in
 Yorkshire so I think I'm gonna stay in....& maybe tidy my craft room.....eeek!
Just wanted to remind you of the challenge over at Nutcrafters where
the challenge is ANYTHING GOES! Fab prizes up for grabs & you can
find all the rules here.  Here's what I used for my card:
image - Nutcrafters
papers - Docrafts
die/sentiment - Whimsy
star - Sizzix
ric rac - stash
coloured with Copics

Thanks for back in an hour!
Don't forget, you can enter Miss Rebecca's candy here.

Saturday 11 January 2014

I "heart" you!!!

Hi lovelies......happy Saturday.....hope you're all well!
Sorry for being such a rotten blogger, our internet went off on Tuesday night 
& didn't come back on til this morning! Just wanted to pop in to share a card
 I made using my new's definitely a different experience in
 colouring but I have to say.............I love them! It's fun working out which
 colours blend best & the brush tips, wow, it's a joy to colour with them...I 
just need lots more practice.......and a few more pens lol! 
Rightio, off for a catch up of your lovely blogs.......thanks for calling today
& hope you have a lovely weekend!
If you have a minute, I'd be ever so grateful if you could pop over to
my Daughter, Rebecca's blog here......she's trying  to get to at least 100
followers & has a fab candy on offer!
stamp - the Greetings Farm
coloured with Copics
corner die - Sizzix
border punch - Fiskars
papers - Dovecraft
lace, pearls - stash

I'd like to enter these challenges

love is in the air at Penny Black & More
fancy borders/edges at Craft your Passion
anything goes at Paper Nest Dolls
anything goes at Inky Chicks
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
make your mark at Addicted to Stamps & More
anything goes at Card Makin' Mamas

Wednesday 8 January 2014

Anything Goes with Nutcrafters!

Morning lovelies........are you all well? I hope so.
We have a new challenge starting over at Nutcrafters today & the theme is
As usual, we have fabby prizes up for grabs:
1st prize: £10 to spend in the Nutcrafters store but you must use
 a Nutcrafters image to win (freebies available!).
2nd prize: 2 digis or 1 stamp sheet of your choice (subject to availability)

My Dt make is a little corner bookmark..... part of a set (card, tag &
 bookmark) I made using the fab Santa face here. Real quick & easy to make
& as this one was for a child not much stash needed either lol! 
Don't forget to go see the rest of the teams gorgeous Dt makes,
and if you fancy playing you have until Jan 20th!
Thanks for calling today & whatever you're up to.......hope your
days a good one.......see you soon!

Monday 6 January 2014

Anything Goes with Lexi's Creations!

Morning bloggers, hope you're all well, warm & safe.
Here we are at t he start of the 1st full week of the New Year, the kids are 
back to school/college and we're back in full swing over at Lexi's Creations 
where our new challenge is ANYTHING GOES! A nice, easy theme to start
 the year and we have a fabby sponsor too - My Heart Pieces! As usual, you
 can make anything you fancy, you have until Jan 18th to play, and there's
 some gorgeous inspiration over on the main blog!
A topper, some ric rac & a piece of paper are all the things I used for my 
card.......and now I'm going to go do as my card says........Relax & Unwind
 & enjoy the peace & quiet......but only for an hour, I promise! 
Thanks for calling today & whatever you're up to, hope your days' a good
 one! Stay safe!

Saturday 4 January 2014

Let's celebrate with Crafty Calendar!

Good morning lovelies, hope you're all well, warm & settling into the
New Year! As it's the 1st Saturday of the month we have a new challenge
over at Crafty Calendar & this month the theme is CELEBRATION!
We have a fabby sponsor too, Whiff of Joy are offering 1 rubber stamp
to our have all month to play, you can enter up to 3 times
and you can make any crafty item you like just so long as it fits the theme!
I needed to make an engagement card, CAS and black & grey.......and
I quite like it, especially liked how easy it was to put together lol!
Don't forget, there's lots of inspiration over on the main blog from the
rest of the fabby DT!  Rightio, that's it from me.....thanks for calling
& whatever you're up to......hope your days' a good one!

a challenge or two......
anything goes at The Squirrel & The Fox
anything goes at Kaboodle Doodles
clean & simple at Ladybug Crafts
anything goes at Divas by Design
celebrations at Milk Coffee
new beginnings at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
new beginnings at Totally Papercrafts

Wednesday 1 January 2014

More than one fold with Sparkles Christmas Challenges!

Good morning my lovely blog friends.........Happy New Year to you all!!
I know it's not just me when I say that last year flew past.....are you
sure it didn't last for only 6 months......or is it cos I'm getting on a bit 
that time seems to pass so, so fast???
Anyway, seeing as how it's only 51 weeks til NEXT Christmas I think
you should come & join us over at Sparkles Christmas Challenges where
this month the theme is MORE THAN ONE FOLD! As usual, you can make
any crafty creation you like as long as you stick to the theme & you have
all month to play! Our fabby sponsor this time is
with a very generous $10 to spend instore!!
So do come join us & let's get a head start on next Christmas lol!
Oh, and don't forget to go check our the gorgeous makes from the rest
of the team! I went with a very simple easel fold card, a gorgeous image
from Dilly Beans coloured with Copics, a LOTV sentiment, some punched/diecut 
snowflakes & a few gems........and that's it, my very 1st Christmas card of 2014!
Rightio, that's me for today.........better go get on with the dinner .......thanks
 for calling..........see you soon!

I'd like to enter these challenges
Christmas at Happy Campers
anything Christmas at Milk Coffee
Christmas wishes at Southern Girls
Christmas or Winter at Dilly Beans

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