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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 29 August 2014

Anything Goes with Delicious Doodles!

Morning crafty bloggers, happy Friday...........hope you're all well!
I'm so sorry I've not been around much recently, we've had a few internet & telephone
problems which resulted in us having no internet for quite a while......not good in the
Summer holidays when most of the kids are all home! They all start back at school and
college from Monday so hopefully I'll manage a bit more crafty time......and maybe
even get stuck into some Christmas makes........eeeekkk......not long now lol!
So today I have my Dt make for the latest challenge over at Delicious Doodles
where the theme is ANYTHING GOES but don't forget, you have to use a Delicious
 Doodles image & you might be the lucky winner of 5 of Teri's fab images!
I love the chance to bring my darker side out & for this card I used the beautiful
bride, Rosita, my fav purples & blacks, some odds & ends from my stash & a computer
generated sentiment. As usual, there's some fab Dt makes over on the main blog & you
have until September 11th to play.....would love to see you there!
Rightio, better go.....we're off uniform shopping today to get the last bits they
 need......wish me luck! Thanks for calling, see you soon!
challenges I'd like to enter
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
flowers at Dream Valley
anything goes at Tuesday Throwdown
anything goes at Simon Says Stamp
anything goes at A Step in the Dark
anything goes at Crafty Girls

Wednesday 27 August 2014

GDT with Creative Inspirations - Flower Power

Good morning crafters.....hope you're all well!
Today I'm sharing my last GDT make for Creative Inspirations..... this month
sure has flown past! The theme this week is FLOWER POWER & all the
challenge details, the rules, sponsor info & the fab Dt makes can be found here.
I wanted to keep my card quite plain cos for once I'm quite pleased with
my colouring lol! The purple card was from my scrap box, flowers & gems from
 my stash & I coloured her with my Copics! 
So that's it from me.....I'd just like to say a huge thank you to Natalie & the
fab team for having me as their GDT this month, I've loved it!
Thanks for calling today & hope you have a lovely day!
challenges I'd like to enter
anything goes at Sister Act
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
flowers at Dream Valley
anything goes at The Paper Nest Dolls
anything goes at Through the Purple Haze
anything goes at Inky Impressions
girl power at Little Red Wagon

Wednesday 20 August 2014

GDT with Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes!

Hi guys.......I'm here today with my GDT make for Creative Inspirations!
This week the theme is ANYTHING GOES with the option of a
can use the sketch shown on the challenge post or any of the older ones........I
used sketch no 6 for my make. You can find all the challenge details, rules, sponsor
info & the gorgeous Dt makes here on the main challenge blog.
I used some of my favourite Gorjuss stash for my make, I layered the image up
3 times for extra dimension, added some handmade flowers & a Gorjuss
bow to sentiment as yet cos I'm not sure where it's going!
So that's it from me for today.......thanks for calling & whatever you're up to...
......hope you have a lovely day!

Tuesday 19 August 2014

A couple more bracelets!

Hi crafty bloggers......hope you're all well! 

I'm feeling a bit naughty this morning.......woke up before 7 as usual......then turned over &
went back to sleep.......and didn't get up til 9.15!!!!Bet I'll pay for it tonight though when
I won't be able to get to sleep lol!

Anyway, for today's make I have a couple more bracelets to share, again I've used up
odds & ends from the jewellery drawer (I'm sure they multiply while I'm not looking) &
my favourite waxed cotton cord. Thought they looked more for the boys but
once I tried them on I think us girlies could definitely wear them too. I have some of
the cream oval beads in green too so think that might be my next make!
Rightio, shopping day today so I better go get myself sorted......thanks for calling
& I'll see you soon!

Monday 18 August 2014

Spread Your Wings & Fly!

Morning lovelies......hope you're all well & had a lovely weekend!
Miss Rebecca & me spent the weekend pottering in the craft room, we've been having
a play with inks, sprays, texture paste, gesso......oooh, all the lovely inky messy stuff! We've
been watching lots of mixed media tutorials, collecting hints & tips from you lovely bloggers
..........and I think we're hooked! Today's make is an 8x8 canvas, I made for Rebecca's wall, I'm 
quite pleased with how it turned out for a 1st attempt! I can see lots of things that aren't
 perfect,  lots of things I'd do different next time but you know what.....I love it, it suits Rebecca 
to a tee & looks fab on her purple bedroom wall! Would love to know what you
think......but be gentle with me lol! We'll definitely be having another play, Rebecca loves 
to draw & has plans to try an art journal!
Rightio, better go catch up on some housework.....thanks for calling!

Friday 15 August 2014

Back to School with Sparkles Challenges!

Morning crafters.......hope you're well!

Well, it's only 3 weeks til the kids go back to school here & as usual the Summer
seems to have flown'll surely be Christmas before we know it!
So today being the 15th means we have a new challenge over at Sparkles
and I got to choose the theme.......I chose BACK TO SCHOOL!
As usual you can enter any & all crafts just so long as they meet the theme,
you have a month to play & we have a fab sponsor for you - Marianne Designs
who are offering our lucky winner either 2 dies or 1 die & 1 stamp!
And don't forget to go check out the gorgeous Dt makes over on the main
challenge blog.....amazing as always!

I used an image from the Paper Shelter for my card, coloured her with Spectrum
Noir pens & layered her on paper from my stash. Doilies & gems are also 
from my stash & the letters were cut with my Silhouette.

So that's it from me, would be lovely to see you over at Sparkles, thanks for
calling & happy crafting!
challenges I'd like to enter
back to school at Come & Get It
anything goes at Crafty Sentiments
anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty
back to school at Whimsy inspirations
anything goes at Crafty Girls

Thursday 14 August 2014

Anything Goes with Nutcrafters!

Hi crafters.....hope your Wednesday's going well! Just popping in to share my 2nd make
 of the's a busy day in blogland!
Today's make is a little reminder for the latest challenge going on over at Nutcrafters
where the theme is ANYTHING GOES!
As usual, there's fab prizes to be won & you can find all the details here.
I used one of the older Nutcrafters stamps, she's all ready for her 1st day back at
school/college.....wearing her fav skully t-shirt, her skinny jeans, her Converse & showing
 off her new hair colour lol!
This would SO be Miss Rebecca (except she has long hair) if she didn't have to wear
school uniform......although she has got some bright pink hair right now.....maybe I'll
have to post a pic tomorrow!
Thanks for calling........have a lovely day!

challenges I'd like to enter
back to school at QKR Stampede
unusual coloured hair at My Time To Craft
back to school at Come & Get It
anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty
back to school with Whimsy Inspiration

Wednesday 13 August 2014

GDT with Creative inspirations - Under The Sea!

Morning lovely crafters......hope you're all well!
Today I have some great news to share......a few months ago I was asked if
I'd like to be the Guest Designer for August for Creative Inspirations.............well I
didn't need to think about it for too long lol & today I get to share my 1st make!
The theme for this week is UNDER THE SEA & you can find all the info &
the fantastic Dt makes here.
For my card I stamped the seahorse image & heat embossed it with black embossing
powder then coloured with Copics. All the papers, lace & string were oddments from
 my scrap box, the flowers from my stash & the flourish is a Cheery Lynn die cut.
I loved putting this card together, it's a bit different for me but I'm quite pleased
with it. Hope you can enter this week.....would love to see you there!
Thanks for calling today......see you soon!
challenges I'd like to enter
anything goes at Crafty Girls
anything goes at Sister Act
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at The Squirrel & The Fox
embossing at Creative Card Crew

Tuesday 12 August 2014

Believe in Magic!

Hi friends.......hope your Tuesday's going well!
I've been a bit fed up with my crafting lately, a bit fed up of making cards if I'm honest.
Don't get me wrong I do still love to craft but I seem to make endless amounts of
cards.......more than we ever need really and what with Mr Mojo disappearing
for weeks on end I've been looking at trying other crafts.....hence my bits of jewellery.
Making bracelets etc for my lot is easy, I know what they like & they usually like
whatever I make......but it's not ALL I want to make sooooo.....I've taken the plunge
& had myself a little play with some distress inks & some mica powders and guess what
 happened......I LOVE playing inky & dirty lol......this feels like ME! I know I'm a complete
 novice, there's so much to learn but there's some fab crafty bloggers out there offering loads
 of inspiration & tips......and I can't wait to learn more, think I'm gonna be addicted
to Youtube before long! 
So this is my 1st (that I dare to share) make, a little kraft tag that I spritzed with some
distress inks, I stamped the image, coloured with pencils & wow, colouring on kraft is so
 different.....but I kinda like it! I used a Copic fineliner to doodle the black around the edges,
sprayed some mica pearly powdery stuff over the whole thing then added some seam binding
that I swooshed through the inky mess on my desk.......well, the colour was way too
pretty too waste.......then I heat dried it to make it all crinkly.....and that's it!
Would love to know what you think.......but be gentle with me lol!
Phew, sorry for the long post.....thanks for calling......see you tomorrow!

Monday 11 August 2014

For Cam.....

Morning friends......hope you're all well & safe after the awful weather.....mind you,
it's still blowing a gale here & we've had awful rain & thunder like you wouldn't believe!
Just popping in today to share another bracelet I made, this one is for my son, Cam...he
 loves his bracelets.....wraps, name it, he wears it lol!
This one is simply 14 lengths of waxed cotton cord, silk wrapped & glue into the
end cups then assorted charms attached randomly.....and I'm pleased to say he loves it!
Rightio, off to go do some jobs then maybe a little play......I've been wanting to have a
go at a mixed media canvas & I finally started yesterday, oooh, it's great fun.........maybe I'll 
be brave enough to share it with you soon......eeekk! Thanks for calling......see you soon!

Saturday 9 August 2014

Just saying Hi!

Morning crafters, happy Saturday.....hope you have something nice planned for the weekend!
We're planning a lazy day, staying close to home, just pottering about & maybe an
hour (or 3) in the craftroom!
I'm sharing a card today.........I'd coloured the image a while ago then yesterday I found
 the scrap of flower patterned paper & thought the two would go well together.....and
 this is the result! I'll pop her into my box until I need her, it's always nice to have a
 just-because-I wanted-to-say-hi card, don't you think?
Rightio,  better go start pottering lol........I'll be round to visit you all later.........
.....thanks for calling!
a challenge or two.....
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
bright colours at Crafting when we Can
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty

Thursday 7 August 2014

Snowflakes & Pearls!

Morning lovely crafters, hope you're all well......sending hugs if you need them!
Well, it's another warm, sunny day here on the Yorkshire Coast & I have a mountain
of washing & ironing to do but first I wanted to share another bracelet, this one with
 a Christmas's creeping up on us so fast now!
This time I used some green glass pearls & some white acrylic pearls, the little silver
spacer beads are's a shame my rubbish photo doesn't do
them justice cos they're so pretty IRL.
Rightio, better go do something before I change my mind......thanks for calling today
& whatever you're up to, have a lovely day!

Wednesday 6 August 2014

Anything Goes with Nutcrafters!

Morning crafters.....hope you're all well today!
We have a new challenge over at Nutcrafters starting this morning, the theme
as chosen by our lovely Gemma is a nice, easy one for you:

As usual, there's some fab prizes to be won
1st prize - £10 to spend in the Nutcrafters store if you use a Nutcrafters image
(there's freebies on the blog!)
2nd prize - 2 digis or 1 stamp sheet (subject to availability)

For my card I used the digi 'Chewed to Perfection', probably one of my
favourite Nutcrafters images......he's just so sweet!
Papers are from Dovecraft, coloured with Copics I matted each layer onto
brown card & then the whole lot onto a dark green card blank. A computer
generated sentiment & a couple of gems to finish & that's it!

So that's it for today, do try & pop over to Nutcrafters, we'd love to see
you! Thanks for calling, I'll be popping round yours soon!

challenges I'd like to enter
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
square or rectangle cards at Robyn's Fetish
animals at 2 Cute Ink
anything goes at Paper Make Up Stamps
feature a creature at Crafting for all Seasons

Saturday 2 August 2014

Anything Goes with Crafty Calendar!

Morning crafty bloggers.....hope you're all well!
It's a bit cooler (but not much) here today, we had rain (lots) and a long, loud &
rumbly thunderstorm yesterday that had the dogs howling & poor Milly dog
trying to find somewhere to hide :(
So today being the 1st Saturday in August (can you believe that) means we have
a new challenge over at Crafty Calendar & we have a nice, easy theme for you too:
We're sponsored by Hobbybook and as usual, if you're low on inspiration then
you can pop over to Crafty Calendar & see the gorgeous Dt makes.
I made a wrap bracelet this time, lots of assorted blue glass seed beads & a 
lovely starfish charm to finish. These wrap bracelets are so quick & easy to make
and are a great way to use up odds & ends!
Rightio, that's me for today......thanks for calling & whatever you're up to here's
hoping you have a lovely weekend!

Friday 1 August 2014

Snowflakes with Sparkles Christmas Challenges!

Morning lovely crafters.....hope you're all well! It's a bit cooler here today
so I might have a little wander around town if it stays like this.
So today I'm sharing my Dt make for the latest challenge over at Sparkles Christmas
 Challenges where the theme is SNOWFLAKES! As usual we like to see any & all
of your crafty, Atc's, layouts, tags.....anything you'd like to make!
We're sponsored by the fabulous Di's Digi Downloads who's offering our
winner a $10 voucher to spend in their online store!
I made a couple of Atc's this time in my favourite colours of blue & brown.......all
 using scraps too! I simply cut some kraft card to the right size, added a torn & 
inked piece of card stamped with the Silent Night music then die cut & punched
an assortment of snowflakes. I layered them up & added some gems to finish.
As usual there's some gorgeous inspiration over on the main blog & if you fancy 
joining our challenge then you have until August 30th..........hope to see you there!
Rightio, that's definitely me for today....thanks for calling & whatever you're up to
hope you have a lovely day! See you tomorrow!

challenges I'd like to enter
Christmas in July at Hiding in my Craft Room
Christmas in July at My Sheri Crafts
use kraft at My Time to Craft
it's a small world (mini challenge) at Anything but a Card
Christmas in July at The Corrosive Challenge
die cuts and/or punches at Sisterhood of Crafters
anything goes at Completely Christmas
anything goes for Christmas at Winter Wonderland

Anything Goes with Delicious Doodles!

Morning Crafters......hope you're well!
The latest challenge over at Delicious Doodles starts today & this time we have the 
theme of ANYTHING GOES with a twist - your FAVOURITE COLOUR!
Don't forget though, you can only enter once, you have until Thursday 14th August
to play and you could be the lucky winner of 5 of Teri's fab digi's! 
I chose a purple & lime green colour combo for my card, I used the Skully
 Xmas Wreath coloured with Copics, a couple of purple gems & that's it!
As usual, there's some gorgeous inspiration over on the main blog and it's not
all dark....Teri has some amazing images to suit everybody.....hope to see you there!
Thanks for back soon with my Sparkles Christmas make!

a challenge or two...
Christmas in August at Left of Center
anything goes at A Step in the Dark
anything goes at Punkyou Girl

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