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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 30 May 2014

It's wrap time!

Morning lovelies, happy Friday and I hope you're all well!
Last day of half term here and guess what.......yep, the rain has stopped and
the sun is out! Got to be honest though.....the more it rains the more crafty
time I get lol! So today I'm sharing a wrap bracelet, it's wraps twice
around my wrist & fastens with that gorgeous silver button! Love this, looks
great with anything & can be made with any colour bead/cord/button combination!
Rightio, off to make the most of the weather......and get the washing out.....oh,
what an exciting life I lead lol. Thanks for calling.....and whatever you're up
 to have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday 28 May 2014

Animals/Insects with Nutcrafters!

Morning my crafty friends, hope you're all well!
It's raining today....a lot......and guess where I'm going......yep, to get my hair
cut......isn't that just typical lol......good job I've got a big brolly!!!!
Anyway, back to business.....and as it's Wednesday I have my Nutcrafters Dt
make to share & this fortnight the theme is ANIMALS/INSECTS!
As usual, fab prizes to be won:
1st prize - £10 voucher to spend in the Nutcrafters store but remember, to win
this prize you must use a Nutcrafters image (there's freebies on the blog here)
2nd prize - 2 Nutcrafters images or 1 stamp sheet of your choice
(subject to availability)
I tried (again) to make a CAS card this time & I do quite like it, still need lots
of practice & need to sit on my hands to stop myself adding more & believe it or 
not it took me nearly as long to make as my other cards!!!!
Off for a quick look around some blogs before I pop off to the hairdressers,
thanks for calling & whatever you're up to....have a lovely day!

Tuesday 27 May 2014

Purple + studs = Miss Rebecca!

Morning lovelies.....hope you're all well & had a lovely, long weekend!
We had lovely weather but today? Today the rain's back.....and I don't mind,
I love to sit in my craft room, rain falling at the patio's so quiet
& peaceful, feels like a different world........but then sometimes I NEED my
music on........the louder & heavier the better!
So this morning I have another little bracelet to share, this time a purple, studded
shambala style......and methinks this will be finding a home in Miss Rebecca's
room! I love making these style of bracelets, they're so quick & easy & I love 
that you can wear lots of them all stacked up! 
Rightio, my friends, that's me for today......thanks for calling & whatever you're
up to......have a lovely day!

Monday 26 May 2014

Happy Birthday with Lexi's Creations!

Good morning my lovely blog friends.....and a happy Bank Holiday to you too!
Another lovely day here......perfect grass cutting weather, I think, but first, I want
to tell you about the new challenge over at Lexi's Creations, the theme is
HAPPY BIRTHDAY and as usual, we'd like to see any and all of your crafty
makes! You have until June 7th to play & our sponsor this time is the fab
Fairy Dust Crafts! I wanted my card to be soft & pretty, was gonna be CAS
but I couldn't resist the pretty papers so it just had to have layers! I do hope you
can manage to pop over to Lexi's & see the rest of the Dt makes.....all so very
lovely.....and while you're there, don't forget to join in.....we all need birthday cards
don't we! Rightio, off to go get that grass cut! Thanks for calling & whatever
you're up to......have a lovely day!

image - Sugar Nellie
papers - free with mag
flowers - made by me, punched
foliage - Marianne die
butterfly - punch
doily & pearls - stash
sentiment - LOTV
coloured with Copics
challenges I'd like to enter
challenge 115 at the Sugar Bowl
wings at Deep Ocean
happy birthday at Die Cuttin' Divas
oh so cute at Papertake Weekly
anything goes at Divas by Design
girly at Left of Center
for the girls at Stampin' for the Weekend
things with wings at Sweet pea Stamps
use a doily at the Stamping Boutique
lots of layers at Come and Get It
things with wings at Dream Valley

Friday 23 May 2014

On the Darker Side with Delicious Doodles!

Morning crafty bloggers & happy Friday  from a very wet, wet, wet Yorkshire Coast!
Today is Team B's turn on the Delicious Doodles challenge blog & this week it's
ON THE DARKER SIDE..........yep, that's right.......we want to see your deepest,
darkest makes......and remember, it doesn't have to be just a card!
I used the super scary Angel of Death and I can tell you I sooo don't want to be seeing
him anytime soon, that's for sure! Backing paper is Pile 'o Bones & I used a barbed
wire embossing folder for a bit of extra interest.....a computer generated sentiment and
a spellbinder die cut cross with a little red pearl & and that's it! So come, let your darker
side out to play & join could be the lucky winner of 5 of Teri's fab images!
Thanks ever so much for popping by today & whatever you're up to........have a lovely
day......see you soon!

Thursday 22 May 2014

Candy winner!!!!

Morning my lovely crafty friends......hope you're all well!
Woke up to a poorly daughter & rain this morning so think I'll be staying
put today.......Rebecca sleeps when she's not well so maybe I'll manage a little play
at my desk after all! So, finally I've drawn a winner for my candy, and it's....
Congrats Sandra, if you want to email me your address I will get it in the post
to you straight away! Thanks so all who entered.......and keep watching...
I might just have another candy real soon!

Wednesday 21 May 2014

Numbers with Nutcrafters!

Morning my crafty friends.....hope you're all well!
No sign of the forecast thunder yesterday & today looks like being another
bright & sunny one.....such a shame I don't like the sun lol!
So today being Wednesday can only mean one still
have another week to enter our current challenge of NUMBERS!
As usual, some fab prizes to be won & some gorgeous Dt makes to see!
Hope to see you there!
challenges I'd like to enter
one for the boys at A Creative Romance
one for the boys at Wags n Whiskers
cards for men/male colours at Glitter n Sparkle
one for the guys at Fan-Tastic Tuesday
spots and/or stripes at Penny's Paper Crafty

Tuesday 20 May 2014


Good morning friends & crafty bloggers........hope you're all well!
Bit of a change in the weather here today & there's thunder storms forecast
for later......eeeek! Don't mind the thunder just so long as I'm indoors & we have 2
 dogs who are terrified of it so I don't think I'll be going far! Thanks ever so much for
all your lovely comments on my mini canvas yesterday......can't wait to get started
on another one......maybe I'll be brave & try bigger this time too lol!
Today I have a digital scrap page to pic yet cos I was asked not
to share that but it's ok to share the page! I used my favourite colour combo of
blue & brown & elements from a Daisy Trail kit called Vintage Summer. Just
perfect I think for a pic of a couple.....not too masculine & not too feminine either.
So that's it from me for today.....gonna try & get a couple more pages done to go with
this one.....thanks for calling.....hope you have a lovely day!

Monday 19 May 2014

Just dream!

Good morning crafters, bloggers & friends.......hope you're all well.......and
had a fantastic weekend too! Something a little bit different from me today, I've
wanted to have a go at a canvas for ages, got myself all excited.......then didn't have
a clue where to start lol. So I started small, with a mini canvas & this is the end result
 & for a 1st attempt I'm quite pleased. First I covered the canvas with gesso, the
turquoise is done with mica powders & wow, I love that stuff, then when dry I inked
 the edges with a grey ink pad.  A simple die cut heart inked with grey & a stamped 
sentiment from Visible Image also painted with mica & inked with grey & that's it..
......I did want to add something else but not sure what so just left it as is. Can't wait to 
have another go......Miss Rebecca has already got her order in! 
A bit THANK YOU to you lovely people who sent Rebecca birthday wishes
& cards......they're fabulous & so appreciated.....she had a lovely day, was spoilt
rotten.......and ate huge amounts of cake lol! 

Rightio, off to do some nasty housework.....thanks for calling, whatever you're up to
hope you have a lovely day!

challenges I'd like to enter
anything goes at Divas by Design
anything goes at Crafty Girls
anything but a card at Simply Create Too
anything goes at Visible Image

Friday 16 May 2014

It's Candy Time!

Morning lovelies....hope you're all well & enjoying the weekend......and the
nice weather too.....although in our part of the country it's supposed to change!
No card from me today.....thought I'd have a little candy giveaway to
thank you all for being such lovely blog friends!  Here's what's in it:
vintage paper pack floral
 embossing folder
kraft bags to decorate
wooden bird house to decorate
kraft heart shaped box to decorate
HOME letters to decorate
asst doilies
vintage style border stamps
paper/asst flowers
asst wooden shapes
kraft tags
Saturated Canary stamp
& a little easel to display your makes!

Here's what you need to do:
1.    I'd love for you to be a follower
2.    Pop a pic of my candy in your sidebar 
3.   Link up your blog & leave me a comment to let me know

My candy will stay open until Miss Rebecca's birthday on May 16th.....

Good luck

Happy Birthday Rebecca!

Good morning lovely's a beautiful morning here on the Yorkshire Coast & 
we're all feeling bright & chirpy too cos it's Miss Rebecca's birthday.......12 years old
 already......I don't know how come the years get to fly past so quickly, it's soooo not
 fair.....she's gonna be all grown up before I know it! I really enjoyed making her
 card, her fav colours are black & purple so it was easy....lots of lovely layers, handmade
 flowers & just real pretty & girly even though it is black lol! Rightio, that's all from me for
 today, got a few jobs to do........then we're gonna eat cake! Thanks for calling & have a
 lovely day!
p.s    my candy ends tonight so get your name down quick if you fancy entering!

papers - Gorjuss
image - D'Arcy's Diaries
paper flowers - made by me
sentiment - LOTV
gems/doily - stash
metal corners - Cuddly Buddly
butterfly die - free with a mag
coloured with Copics
challenges I'd like to enter
anything goes at Crafting at the Weekend
bingo (flowers, sentiment, bling) at Crazy 4 Challenges
flowers at Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge
female at Glitter n Sparkle
birthdays at Incy Wincy
flowers at Crafty Sentiments
girly at the Paper Shelter
anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty
favourite stamp at Anyone for Anya

Thursday 15 May 2014

Special Female/Celebrate Mum with Sparkles Challenges!

Good Morning crafty friends......hope you're all well!
We have a new challenge for you over at Sparkles today and the theme, as chosen
by our lovely teamie, Amy, is "Celebrate Mum/Special Female"! Well, the most special 
female in my life is my little Miss Rebecca and guess what.......she has a Birthday
tomorrow......can't believe she is going to be 12! So today I'm sharing a little album 
I've made her for her birthday memories, pics, etc. Lots of scraps & snippets used
as well as those Gorjuss girls papers & some of my fav dies & embellies!

We have the fabulous Marianne Designs sponsoring this challenge offering a very
generous prize of either 2 dies or 1 stamp & 1 die! As usual, any & all craft makes are
 welcome & you have until June 13th to play! Oh, and don't forget to pop over & see
the gorgeous Dt makes! Rightio, better go....lots to do, birthday cakes to make, pressies
to wrap.......oooh, don't you just love birthdays! Thanks for calling & I'll see you
Don't forget to get your name down if you fancy entering my candy!

challenges I'd like to enter
anything but a card at Simply Create Too
use some ribbon at Open Minded Crafting
about a girl at Pumpkin Spice
lots of layers at We Do Doobadoo
Birthdays at Come & Get it
Birthdays at Incy Wincy Designs
distressing at Deep Ocean
anything but a card at Divas by Design
anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty
anything goes at Crafty Girls
lots of layers at Creative Knockouts

Monday 12 May 2014

Ribbon & Lace with Lexi's Creations!

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well & raring to go after the weekend!
It's dull, dark & damp here on the Yorkshire Coast so a day indoors for me, I
think.....I really need to get on with Rebecca's birthday card....can't believe she's
gonna be 12 on Friday....where HAVE the years gone??
So today brings  a new challenge over at Lexi's Creations where this time the
theme is RIBBON & LACE......we all love us a bit of ribbon & lace don't we, so that's
a nice, easy challenge for you! Our sponsor this time is the fabulous
My Heart Pieces & as usual, we welcome any & all crafty makes just so long as they
fit the theme! A quick & easy make from me today using a LOTV topper & some
of my bargain paper from the Works....and of course, some ribbon & lace!
Do pop over & see the rest of the Dt makes......gorgeous as always!
Thanks for calling......have a lovely day!
Oooh, nearly forgot.......the boys won their rugby match yesterday.....and what
 a noise they made singing in the changing rooms em'!
challenges I'd like to enter
2 or more patt papers at Penny's Paper Crafty
anything goes at Crafty Girls
black & white plus 1 at Crafty Catz
anything goes at Dream Valley
Lili challenge at the Ribbon Girls

Sunday 11 May 2014

Hugs, CAS style!

Morning crafty friends.....hope you're all well & having a lovely weekend!
We're off to watch our Nic play rugby soon but just wanted to share my latest
attempt at a CAS card! The brief was nothing fancy, use green & cuddles.....well
I changed the cuddles to hugs, raided my scrap drawer for some green bits, added
a couple seed beads & pearls & that's it........and phew, they loved it! 
Rightio, we're off to brave the muddy field.....and maybe shout a bit too lol....
not that Nic ever hears me....he's way too focused on the game......but we shout
anyway.....ooooh, I get so excited! Thanks for calling, have a lovely day & I'll
see you tomorrow!
p.s       dot forget to enter my candy....still another few days to get your name down!

Friday 9 May 2014

Blue & Brown with Delicious Doodles!

Morning lovelies.......hope you're all well! 
Today we have a new challenge for you over at Delicious Doodles and this week
the theme is BLUE &, love, love that colour combo!
Only one entry unless you use a Delicious Doodles image & then you get to enter
twice AND be spotlighted next week! As usual, the winner gets to pick 5 of
Teri's fabulous images & you have until next Thursday 6pm to play!
I wanted lots of texture & lots of layers on my's something a bit different
for me but I do like it & really enjoyed making it.....lots if inky messing!
Rightio, off to start the housework......thanks for calling & whatever you're up to 
have a lovely day!
image - Steampunk Heart Delicious Doodles
coloured with Copics
doilu & burlap - The Works
cogs - Cheery Lynn die
paper - PMA Chronology
asst Memento inks
lots of layers at We Do Doobadoo
anything goes at Challenges 4 Everybody
lots of layers at Cheery Lynn
anything goes at Dream Valley
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
lots of layers at Crafting for all Seasons
all about texture at Rhedd & Rosie's

Wednesday 7 May 2014

Come play Bingo with Nutcrafters!

Morning lovelies..........happy Wednesday!
Just popping in to remind you of the BINGO challenge over at Nutcrafters....
.......fab prizes to be's the bingo board we're playing from:
 I used the middle row, left to right for my card..........can't wait to see what you 
choose.....and you have until May 13th to play! Don't forget to pop over & see the
fab Dt makes............gorgeous as always!
Thanks for calling.........have a lovely day!
(don't forget, I still have candy running here & I'd love you to enter!)
challenges I'd like to enter
patterned paper at Brown Sugar
cute only at Fairytale
one for the boys at Jellypark
anything goes at Sister Act
anything goes at Digi Makeover
anything goes at Crafty Sentiments
childs play at Pile it On

Saturday 3 May 2014

Sunshine & Showers with Crafty Calendar!

Good morning crafty bloggers........hope you're all well today & enjoying the start of
the Bank Holiday you have anything nice planned? I'm planning to do 
some work in the garden.......and maybe, well definitely, some crafting time too!
So today being the 1st Saturday of the month means we have a new challenge for you
over at Crafty Calendar where the theme is SUNSHINE & SHOWERS!
This month's sponsor is the very generous Robyn's Fetish offering 3 digi's of choice
to our lucky winner! As usual, you can make anything crafty you like just so long as it 
fits the theme.......and you have all month to play! We'd love you to join us & for
inspiration look no further than our very own Dt makes here........all so varied and all
so fab! My card was supposed to be CAS but I couldn't help but add a little layer
or two........why is it CAS cards are soooo hard to do? Rightio, that's me for
today.....thanks ever so much for calling......have a lovely weekend & don't forget,
my candy is still running.....would love for you to enter!
image - Time for Tea
papers - DCWV
doily - Die namics
coloured with Copics
hand coloured image at Whoopsi Daisy
April showers at Divas by Design
anything goes at Crafty Girls
patterned paper at Brown Sugar
anything goes at Sister Act

Thursday 1 May 2014

Sparkles Christmas Challenges!

Good morning my crafty friends......hope you're all well!
Happy May 1st to you all....oh my, what happened to April....and you can bet this month
will go as fast as the last! Before you know it, it will be Christmas......a great reason to join us
 over at Sparkles Christmas Challenges where our lovely Brenda chose the theme of
We'd like to see your hats, coats, scarves, mitts, mufflers etc., on your Christmas makes
this fact anything that's gonna keep you toasty warm!
I coloured up this little kitty wearing his favourite sparkly blue santa hat.......cos even kitty's
get cold too you know lol! Some very old paper scraps, some die cut Christmas trees, a
few gems & that's it......another card to add to my stash!
We have the fabulous & very generous Marianne Designs sponsoring us this month
& as usual, you can make any Christmas creation you like just so long as it fits
the theme AND you have all month to play! 
Rightio my friends, that's me for today but do pop over & see the gorgeous Dt makes
from the rest of the Sparkles Christmas Challenges team......they're all gorgeous!
Thanks for calling........see you soon!
image - Broken Box Stock
papers - very old stash!
trees - die
ink - Memento
coloured with Spectrum Noirs
gems & glitter - stash
anything goes at Brown Sugar
no sentiment at Winter Wonderland
anything goes at Completely Christmas
all that glitters/anything goes at Christmas Fun
anything goes at Christmas Card Challenges
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