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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

Friday 28 February 2014

Die Cuts with Left of Center!

Morning again.....3 posts in one morning, you must be sick of seeing me lol!
So this fortnight at Left of Center we want to see DIE CUTS on your usual, you can make anything you like and it doesn't have to
be dark....but if not, you must stick to the theme! I usually post on the 2nd
week of the challenge but as we were lucky enough to have 2 fab sponsors
I got to play twice! We have The Stamping Chef  who are offering 3 images
from their shop and Ike's Art who are offering $20 worth of digis from
their shop too! I used the  fabulous Speak no Evil from The Stamping Chef
coloured with Copics & Flexmarkers and assorted die cuts! As usual,
there's lots of gorgeous inspiration over on the  main blog & if you're a
Facebook user we have a new group - we'd love you to join us!
Rightio, that's me done for today.....thanks for calling...see you soon!
non cute at Cards & more
anything goes at Crafty Girls
anything goes at Crafty Catz
anything goes at Digitally Sweet

Sparkles blog hop - winners!

Morning lovelies.....just popping on to let you know the winners list is up 
over on the Sparkles Christmas blog............and the list is huge! Hope you 
enjoyed the hop ladies, I know I did..........and a huge thank you to our 
lovely Shaz who organised the whole thing....and keeps us lot in check lol! 
I have a winner to announce too.....and the winner of my little prize is....
.........Jacky - Paddington Fan!!!!
Thanks for hopping Jacky....if you can email me your address I'll get your 
prize out to you asap!

Eeeeeeekkkk....soooooo excited!

Oh my gosh, am I glad it's Friday! It's been busy busy here, 2 birthdays, 
another one next week, lots of crafty shopping, lots of crafty pressies.....and
 some FAB news..........yep, I'm so excited to tell you.......I made the Dt team 
over at Delicious Doodles! Massive thanks for Teri & her fab team for having
me, hope I do justice to all those fantastic 1st Dt make is for
 the new challenge that start today.......ONE FOR THE BOYS
I used the rugby silhouette digi, perfect for a birthday card for my youngest
son who will be 15 next week.....he's rugby mad & has been playing since he
was 6! I kept it fairly simple, added some die cut stars & his team name, I'm
sure he'll love it! If you fancy joining in pop over & link up your creation, you
don't have to use a Delicious Doodles image but if you do you can enter twice!
You have until next Thursday to play & the random winner gets 5 digis!!
Phew, I think that's it............but don't forget to pop over & check out the
amazing Dt makes! Thanks for calling today................see you soon!
boys at Crafty Bloggers
masculine at Digi Darla
for the boys at Melonheadz
for the boys at Sisterhood of Crafters
manly/boyish at Paper Crafting Journey

Tuesday 25 February 2014

Happy Birthday Cameron!

Morning my lovely blog friends......hope you're all well, sending you hugs
if you need them! Before I tell you about today's make I want to say
a big THANK YOU for all the lovely emails, messages &
gifts I received for my Birthday means so much!
So today's card is a birthday card for one of my boys, Cameron, who's
birthday is today.......yep, I spent most of my birthday that year in labour..
....but it was well worth it as he's a fantastic Son....he makes me proud
every single day! He's a quiet, thoughtful, sensitive young man, he loves to
read, has a love for inspirational quotes/sayings etc & loves to learn about
other cultures. I used the fantastic Silverheels stamp set from Visible Image
and wow, if you've not tried these stamps yet you really need to! I must
be the worlds worst stamper yet with these stamps I got a clean, crisp
perfectly stamped image the very first time! I coloured Silverheels using
Copics & fussy cut him. The background was made with my Promarkers
(did that take some doing lol!) & I used a barbed wire fence die.
Phew, finally done.....if you stuck with me this far thanks so off
 for a little mooch around town to see what crafty goodness I can find!
See you soon!

anything goes at Crafty Girls
one for the boys at Crafty Little Fairies
make your own background at Sentimental Sundays

for the boys at Melonheadz

Friday 21 February 2014

Demon Lovers with Left of Center!!!

Morning lovelies........happy Friday!
Today I'm here to share a midway reminder for the latest challenge over at 
Left of Center where the theme is DEMON LOVERS! Our sponsor
this time is the brilliant Rick St Dennis who very kindly gave us an
image to play with. I used the newly deads digi to create another scrap page
for my music themed album. I used flexmarkers, kaisercraft paper, die cut
hearts, flourish die, handmade paper flowers, gems......think I might have 
been a bit heavy handed with the frantage though......still can't quite get
the hang of that stuff lol! Now don't forget, although we are a darker themed
 blog you can still join us with a more mainstream make so long as you
follow the challenge theme.
You have another week to join us & if you're low
on mojo you can pop over the the main & check out the rest of the
amazing Dt makes! Rightio, that's me for today.....thanks for calling &
I'll see you soon!

Wednesday 19 February 2014

Ribbon & Bling with Nutcrafters!

Hello crafters.....hope you're all well!
Our new challenge over at Nutcrafters starts today and our theme
this time is RIBBON & BLING! As usual, there's some fabby prizes to be won
1st prize - £10 voucher to be spent at Nutcrafters (but only if you use a
Nutcrafters image) There's freebies on the site & a huge sale on too!
2nd prize - 1 stamp sheet or 2 digis of your choice
(subject to availability)
You have until March 4th to play & don't forget.....there's some fab
inspiration over on the main blog......hope to see you there!

Tuesday 18 February 2014

Ragdoll Ruby

Morning crafty bloggers......hope you're all well today!
I sat at my desk for an hour last night colouring up some images & this
little Ragdoll Ruby from Dilly Beans is one of them..isn't she fab?
Best of all  the card was so quick & easy to put together.....a die cut 
heart, ric rac, pearls & a piece of card.......and that's it.....oh, and some
shiny stuff over her button eyes.....doesn't show up too well though.
So today is food shopping day and then I'm gonna get cracking on with
 some birthday cards I need to make. Thanks for calling today....
love to hear from you.....see you soon!

love at Divas by Design
Valentine/love at Fab 'n' Funky
gingham/plaid/checks at I Love Promarkers
be my Valentine at The Paper Shelter
anything goes at Creative Fingers
hearts & love at Dilly Beans
Valentine/love at Totally Papercrafts

Monday 17 February 2014

Monochromatic with Lexi's Creations!

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well!
We have a new challenge starting over at Lexi's Creations today and this time
the theme is MONOCHROMATIC so shades of one colour please, any
colour though, it doesn't have to be black & white. 
My Dt piece this time is a page for a book I'm creating for one of my boys, 
each page is a fav movie quote, book, song or just a favourite inspirational
 quote. For this page I chose the opening lines to the 1994 film 
The Crow:

"People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to 
the land of the dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a
terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can't rest. Then sometimes, just
sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong
things right"

We have a wonderful sponsor for you too.....the lovely Joanna Sheen
who is kindly offering a £10 voucher to spend instore!
As usual, any crafty make can be entered & you have until March 1st
to join us.....hope to see you there!
So that's it for's half term here & my lazy lot are still in bed
so I'm gonna get some jobs done in peace lol although I imagine
within an hour of them getting up it will look as though I've done nothing!
Thanks for calling......have a lovely day!

Saturday 15 February 2014

Lace, hearts & pearls with Sparkles!

Morning my crafty friends, hope you're all well!
We have a new challenge for you over at Sparkles today and the theme
I decorated an empty jar that sits on my desk holding my larger
scissors......just some paper, lace, raffia, die cuts, pearls & some waxed
cord and that's it.....looks lots better & matches my craft room colours too!
Our sponsor this month is the fabulous Crafty Ribbons offering a £10
voucher to spend instore!
As usual you can make anything you like so long as it fits the theme
& you have until March 13th to play. Don't forget to go check out the
gorgeous Dt inspiration over on the main blog!
Thanks for calling today......see you soon!

Thursday 13 February 2014

Sending you big hugs x

Morning lovelies......hope you're all well, warm & safe! Wow, thought the roof 
was gonna blow of our house last night with that wind....but we got through
 it and woke this morning to bright skies....but I'm not fooled lol,  I'm sure
 there's gonna be more awful weather to come. So for today, I'm sharing a get
 well card, made for my very dear friend who's just gone through breast
 cancer surgery. We spent a lovely couple of hours yesterday laughing &
 drinking tea & crying lots of tears together, she's such a special lady and a
 fantastic surrogate Auntie to my kids! I chose the papers cos they reminded 
me of the dolls' houses she collects, no idea why.....they just do lol....and do
 you know what, I've never seen so many get well cards sent to one person......
and flowers......she has enough to open a shop! Thankfully the early signs are
 good so fingers crossed for a full recovery........and my very best wishes &
 lots of hugs to anybody else going through it! Rightio, that's enough of my
rambling for one day.....thanks for calling and whatever you're up to, hope
your days' a good one.....see you soon!

Wednesday 12 February 2014

Sale & Midway reminder at Nutcrafters!

Good morning my crafty friends......hope you're all well, warm & safe!
We got the 1st snow of 2014 last night..........just a light covering but the skies
look full of it! So as it's Wednesday, it's Nutcrafters day and guess what?..
....there's a SALE on! Do pop over, there's something for everyone and 
some great bargains to be had with up to 50 % off!  You have until next 
Tuesday to join in our LOVE themed challenge too.............all details over
 on the main blog! Rightio, that's me for today, thanks for calling &
whatever you're up to.....hope you have a lovely day!
Valentines/love at Craftitude
with love at Crafts 4 Eternity
hearts & kisses at QKR Stampede
anything goes at Sister Act
all you need is love at A Gem of a Challenge

Tuesday 11 February 2014

Made with love.....

Morning......from a very wet & cold Yorkshire Coast...although i'm not
complaining, especially after seeing the heart goes out to
all those people affected by the floods.
I have some more jewellery to share today, a little bracelet & matching
earrings for Miss Rebecca in her favourite purple.......I'm going to attach a 
little extender to the bracelet then I can wear it's ever so pretty 
IRL, my rubbish photos don't do it justice at all!
Rightio, better go do some nasty housework.....see you soon!

Monday 10 February 2014

Different is beautiful too!

Morning lovelies.....oooh, it's a bit frosty here today.....don't think I'll be going
too far! So for today I have a card using a few recycled bits & scraps...
......will I ever get to the bottom of my scrap box....don't think so! I love this
Bravura stamp, I used my Spectrum Noir pens to colour it, the paper
is a scrap, the netting is the stuff you get chocolate coins in...I blasted it with
the heat gun to shrink it a bit, the wings, hearts & corners are die cuts, I used
 a safety pin to attach one to the net, the sentiments are hand stamped......and
I finished with a sprinkling of frantage.........I just can't get the hang of that
stuff though......anybody have any hints & tips I'd be ever so grateful!
So that's it for today, need to go tidy up after the weekend, gosh, my lot
make a mess! Thanks for calling....hope your days a good one!
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
anything goes at Addicted to Stamps & More
die cuts at Divas by Design
anything goes at Crafty Girls

Sunday 9 February 2014

Delicious Doodles Dt Call.........eeek!

Morning lovelies........hope you're all well, warm & safe!
No card as such to share today, this post is my entry for the Dt call over at
 Delicious Doodles......Teri has asked us to share 3 makes that show our
style & personality.........I
 this was my Daughter's Christmas card, I've coloured this image so many 
times in so many different colour combos......but this one is defo my favourite!
I love blues, lots of layers, snowflakes......all things Christmas & this image is 
perfect, let's me add all my bits & pieces and it still stands out.......a stunning image!
I used this for a Winter Birthday card....the beautiful image doesn't need
 anything else does it, just perfect as it attempt at a nearly CAS card!

So that's my 3 makes...hope they show a little piece of me.....wish me luck!
Thanks for looking......see you soon.

Saturday 8 February 2014

Pretty Pearls

Hi friends.......happy Saturday.......hope you're all well & warm!
I've had a lovely day cosy & warm in my craft room, been busy with Dt
  makes and a little stretch bracelet....faux pearls & beads with a little 'made
 with love' tag,  perfect for little wrists.....and it looks so much prettier IRL.
Hope you're having a lovely weekend so far....thanks for calling!

Friday 7 February 2014

Cute/Creepy over at Left of Center!

Morning lovelies.....hope you're all well........I for one am glad it's
Friday.......not least cos it's Team B's turn to post over at Left of Center
where the theme is CREEPY/CUTE! Our very generous sponsor
gave us some digi's to use.....I chose Sugar Skull, can't decide whether
it's Creepy or cute but it's definitely colourful!!! I made a tag this time, I
coloured the skull with Copics, there's a tiny bit of sparkle on there that
 doesn't show up too well, the flowers & leaves were simply drawn then cut
 by hand, coloured with Copics then I doodled on them, added a tiny punched
 flower & a gem! As usual, there's some gorgeous Dt makes for you over 
on the main blog...and if you don't fancy Cute/Creepy you can always go
for a Left of Center theme!
Rightio, off to do the dreaded h*#*#work.....I'm planning a crafty-stay-
at-home-weekend before my sons rugby season starts in a couple of weeks!
Thanks for calling.......see you soon!


anything goes at Digi Makeover
anything goes at Addicted to Stamps & More
anything goes at Delightful Challenges
zesty colours at Alphabet Challenge

Thursday 6 February 2014

What time is it, Miss Rebecca?

Hiya...hope you're all well, safe & warm, ooh, it's sooo cold & wet here,
my thoughts are with those suffering with floods & wind.
So today I'm sharing a watch I made for Miss Rebecca, a silver & black 
heart-shaped watch face, black waxed cord & some pearls. Rebecca has eczema
and doesn't usually wear a watch as the strap will irritate her skin so she's
trying this one.....and so far so good! Super quick & easy to make too, think
I might have to make myself one!
Thanks for calling today......see you soon!

Wednesday 5 February 2014

A little bit of Love with Nutcrafters!

Morning my crafty friends......hope you're all well!
Today's new challenge over at Nutcrafters, as chosen by our lovely
Katie is A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE! As usual, there's great prizes to be won &
 you can make anything you like!
1st prize - £10 voucher to spend at the Nutcrafters shop here
(you must use a Nutcrafters image)
2nd prize - 2 digis or 1stamp sheet of your choice
(subject to availability)
I made a little hanging heart, I used the sweet Valentine digi which
is a freebie available here, some die cut letter, papers & embellies were
freebies with a mag!
Rightio, off for some breakfast.....thanks for calling, see you soon!

love/Valentine at C.R.A.F.T
anything but a card (love theme) at Delightful Challenges
Valentine/love at MilkCoffee
anything but a card at Stampin' for the Weekend
all you need is love at A Gem of a Challenge

Tuesday 4 February 2014

Have a happy day!

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well! Oooh, it's a bit nippy here today
and I have to go shopping....but at least it's not raining......yet!! Another 'just
 because' card today and another image I've had for ages & not used
 before......I think I need to put myself on a stash ban like I did last year!
I do like doing this style of card, it's a great way of using up oddments of
paper......just the fussy cutting that's a bit of a pain cos I can't do it too well!
Rightio, better go brave the supermarket.....thanks for calling, see you soon!
Don't can enter Miss Rebecca's candy here
and the Sparkles Christmas blog hop here!

anything goes at Crafty Catz
anything goes at QKR Stampede
digi days at Winter Wonderland
anything goes at Paper Creator's Crafts
angels and/or fairies at Card Mania
anything goes at Papertake Weekly

Monday 3 February 2014

Valentine's Day/Love at Lexi's Creations!

Hiya.....hope you're all well.....not me, I've had that Monday morning
feeling all day, just can't seem to get going today! Anyway, I have a card
to share, my Dt make for the new challenge over at Lexi's Creations 
where this fortnight the theme is Valentine/Love! I've gone with a CAS look 
this time using one of my fav combo's of kraft & red.......and it was fun
 to make a card without stamping or colouring.....I could make a whole batch
 of these in the time it takes me to colour just one image!
We're sponsored this time by the very generous My Heart Pieces
with a prize of 3 digi's! As usual, you can make anything you like just so 
long as it fits the theme and you have until Feb 15th to play!
Don't forget to pop over & see what the rest of the Dt have created!
Thanks for calling......see you soon!
a challenge or two.....
anything goes at 4 Crafty Chicks
anything goes at 4 Crafty Girls
love/Valentine at K.R.A.F.T
Valentine/love at MilkCoffee
CAS at Totally Papercrafts
love at Addicted to CAS
CAS at Come and get it

Sunday 2 February 2014

Just because I wanted to!

 I really should be making Birthday cards as 2 of my boys
 have Birthdays within a week soon....and it's mine this month......although
I refuse to make my own cards lol! I wanted to join in with the sketch
challenge over at Love to Create today so ended up making a just-because
-I-wanted-to card! Image is from Delicious Doodles, papers & gems are
 from my stash, I used Fishtail banner & Xcut heart die and I coloured 
with Flexmarkers! That's it for to iron the school
uniforms! Thanks for calling, have a lovely day!

Sketch at Love to Create
angels and/or fairies at Card Mania
anything goes at Passion for Promarkers
love is in the air at I Love Promarkers
spots & dots at Penny's Paper Crafty

Saturday 1 February 2014

Show us some Love at Crafty Calendar!

Hiya.......hope you're all we are in February already and that
means a new challenge over at Crafty Calendar where this month the
theme is LOVE! We're sponsored by the fabby Hannah Lynn who was
kind enough to give us an image to use - I used Love Letter digi coloured
with Copics, papers from my scrap box, Xcut letters, Memory Box
hanging heart, flowers, pearls & ric rac from my stash too!
As usual, you have all month to play, you can enter up to 3 times (all
different) and you can make any crafty creation you like just so long as
it fits the theme! Don't forget to pop over & see the gorgeous Dt
on the main blog! Thanks for calling today.....hope you have a
lovely weekend......see you soon!
use embellishments at The Squirrel & The Fox
a digi & a die at Through the Purple Haze
anything goes at 4 Crafty Chicks
love/Valentines at C.R.A.F.T
Valentines/love at Milk Coffee
Valentines/love at SweetPea Stampers
digi days at Winter Wonderland

Birthday Blog Hop with Sparkles Christmas Challenges!

Morning lovelies........happy Saturday!
Can you believe it's February 1st's also our 3rd Birthday
over at Sparkles Christmas Challenges and to celebrate our lovely
boss lady Shaz has organised an extra special Blog Hop! The theme is 
ANYTHING GOES  and as usual, you can enter any crafty creation you
want as long as it's Christmas themed! So here's how it works:
You need to hop through the Dt blogs leave a comment at each then
 go back to the main blog & add your creation before Feb 25th.....
and to tempt you even further we have some fantastic prizes to be
won from our amazing sponsors!
Pink Gem Designs - 2 Digi's
Marianne Designs - Dies & Stamps
Crafty Ribbons - £10 voucher (exc postage)
Di's Digi's - $12 voucher
Joanna Sheen - assorted
Dawn to Dusk - £10 voucher
Fantastic Ribbons - £10 voucher
 As if that's not enough, there's even more prizes to be won along
the way....just keep hopping for the chance to be a winner of a Dt prize!
 You can start hopping by visiting Shaz then follow the links through all the
Dt blogs and if you're low on Christmas inspiration you're in the right
place......the Dt makes are fabulous!
You should have come to me from our lovely Brenda and your next
stop should be our fabby Debs......but don't worry if you get lost along
the way, you can always pop back to Shaz and start over!
Jo - you're here!
Helen P
Helen N
For my card I used a gorgeous Marci stamp from La La Land coloured 
with Flexmarkers, die cut & punched snowflakes, die cut trees, I stamped 
a sentiment on a fishtail banner that I cut on both ends, used some
gorgeous creamy/beige card, pearls & the papers were freebies with
a mag......hope you like it! I have a little prize on offer too......just leave
your name in the linky & a little comment & I'll choose a random
winner at the end of the challenge!
So that's it friends, thanks for calling...............hope to see you
over at Sparkles Christmas Challenges......happy hopping!

anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at Christmas Card Challenges
anything goes at Passion for Promarkers
Christmas at Fab n Funky
Winter snowflakes at The Sisterhood of Crafters
anything goes at 4 Krafty Girls

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