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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

Wednesday 29 October 2014

Halloween with Nutcrafters!

Morning lovelies....thanks for popping by my little blog!
Today I have my Nutcrafters Dt make to share.....our lovely Helen
chose the theme of Halloween.....well I'm just about all Halloween-ed
 out lol so I coloured this little miss in Halloween colours.....she's
 off to a sleepover with her friends & she's carrying her book of scary
stories lol!! As usual, there's fab prizes to be can find
all details here & there's some gorgeous Dt inspiration too!
Rightio, I'm off to town today..........haircut for Miss B & some
Christmas shopping for me.........wish me luck!
Thanks for calling......see you soon!

Tuesday 28 October 2014

Glass of red, anyone?

Hi crafters, welcome to my little blog!
To be honest I don't really like wine, I'd rather have the grapes lol but I did 
enjoy stitching this piece....and it's finished! I have no idea what to do with
 it so if you have any ideas or even if you'd like it just let me know!
All routine has gone out the window this week, kids are on half term
& so we're having an easy week...........gonna do some more Christmas
shopping & Miss B is off to get her hair cut tomorrow which might mean a
 little trip to the craft shop lol. Got my Christmas cake to make
too......I usually do it the 1st week of the Summer hols but this year
gone by that fast & I didn't even buy the ingredients until September!
Rightio, that's me for today.....whatever you're up to hope you're
having a lovely day!

Saturday 25 October 2014

Free your mind........

Morning lovelies.......happy Saturday.....hope you have a fun weekend planned! 
For today I have a tag shaped bookmark to share....I used to have  an English
 teacher called Mr Smart....but he was so NOT smart lol, he was the scruffiest 
fella I've ever met but he had a passion for books like you wouldn't believe & I 
thought he was fab.....and that passion has passed from me to 2 of my kids......2
 out of 6 isn't bad lol! He always used to tell us that reading would free
 your mind......hence the sentiment......a little tribute to Mr Smart wherever he is!
The gorgeous image is from The East Wind & all the little bits are from my
 stash, the torn pages are from a coffee damaged Dictionary so you might well
see more bits of pages popping up in my crafting......I hate waste lol.
Rightio, that's me for lots to do!
Thanks for calling......see you soon!

anything goes at Party Time Tuesdays
words at The Sailing Pineapple
anything goes at Inspiration Destination
2/3 word sentiment at Aud Sentiments
get wordy at Southern Girls
anything goes at Brown Sugar
anything goes/layer it up at Creative Fingers

Wednesday 22 October 2014

Winter Weather with Nutcrafters!

Morning crafty bloggers........hope you're all well!
Just popping in to share my reminder make for the latest challenge over
at Nutcrafters. We've gone with a Winter weather theme this time & as usual 
there's fab prizes on offer! You can find all details over on the main blog
here. There's some gorgeous Dt inspiration & if you don't have a
Nutcrafters image then there's a freebies page here.
I went for quite a simple make this time cos my card is gonna be for a
 little boy.........and hopefully all little boys love Snowmen lol!
Thanks for calling today.........see you soon

suitable for a child at Craft for the Craic
anything goes at Sister Act
child's card at Come & Get It
inspiration pic at Christmas Card Challenges
any Christmas card at My Perfect Life
snowman at The Glory of Christmas
snowman at Holly Jolly

Sunday 19 October 2014


Morning crafty bloggers......hope you're all well!
Just popping in to share a tag........a friend asked me the other day what
 Steampunk was.......I tried to explain (but not very well) & so she asked
 me........'if I was Steampunk what would I be?' Now I do love a here it is..........a Steampunk version of little old me!
Methinks we both have a lot to learn lol although I did have a great
time creating my tag & she's still no wiser..........Google here we come!
I started by giving my tag a coat of Gesso, once dry I added some 
builders tape for texture, when dry I sprayed with my fav Dylusion inks.
The dress form was painted with Gesso, given a layer of Crackle
paint then rubbed over with an ink pad. The skirt is a piece of
cheesecloth sprayed with Dylusions & the belt is just a snippet of chain.
Cogs & wings are die cuts brushed randomly with some bronze mica
 paint & I added a few gems to the centre of the cogs.
I loved making this, I'm really loving trying my hand at the different
styles of crafting........I'm especially loving mixed media!
Thanks for calling........see you soon!

a challenge or two....
anything but a card at All Crafts Challenge
super fly at Papertake Weekly
texture at Divas by Design
anything goes at Inspiration Destination
tag it at My Time to Craft
Steampunk Couture at Steampunk Challenges

Wednesday 15 October 2014

Autumn/Fall colours with Sparkles challenges!

Morning crafty bloggers......hope you're all well!
Today see the start of a new challenge over at Sparkles, our Vickie chose
as the theme this time.....just perfect for this time of year don't you think?
A tag from me this time cos I love making them right now.....I wanted
a rustic feel to this one.........I love all the colours & textures of Autumn.
As usual, we like to see any & all crafts just so long as you stick to the
 theme & we have a fab prize from our very generous sponsor:
Don't forget to pop over & see the gorgeous makes from the rest
of the Dt......there's something to inspire everyone!
Thanks for looking........see you soon!
papers - Bearly Mine
leaves, hessian - the Works
letters, brad - stash
anything goes at Crafty Girls
mini cards or tags at Card Makin' Mamas
Autumn at Crafty Catz
tag at Card Mania
falling leaves at Crafty Boots
anything but a card at Dream Valley

Tuesday 14 October 2014

More finished x stitch!

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well!
It's blowing a storm here today.....did all night too.......was worried the garage
 roof was gonna blow off..........but it's still there thankfully! Still stormy 
though so think I'll be staying put today! I have another piece of finally-finished
 cross stitch to share today.......just a shame it looks  so dull & grey in the
 photo,  IRL it's a lovely bright & colourful piece on white aida.
Love these cold & dark nights......all snuggled up in my craft room getting
on with lots of little jobs that need finishing.
Thanks for calling.......see you soon!

Monday 13 October 2014

Wall hanging or Scrapbook cover???

Morning lovelies, happy Monday........hope you're all well!
Did you all have a lovely weekend? I spent the entire weekend holed up in my
 craft room, got caught up on some Dt work, had a little play with a mixed
 media canvas I'm working fact I had a real nice time, a lovely 
weekend all round! So for today I'm sharing my 1st Halloween make of the year.
 It was going to be a wall hanging but then I thought it might make a nice
 front cover for Miss Rebecca's Halloween scrapbook.......what do you think?
I used a gorgeous image from Faery Ink designs called Bee-You tiful Pixie Fae,
I know she's really a Bee but I think she looks fab all coloured up for
Halloween!  I followed the colour palette challenge over at Cosmic Strawberry,
 there's 2 palettes to choose from although I think I almost used both lol.
Rightio, my friends, better go do some of that nasty housework....thanks
for calling & whatever you're up to have a lovely day!
papers - Bearly Mine & stash
image - Faery Ink
coloured with Cpics
Dylusions, cheesecloth - stash
bunting die - Sizzix
fancy circle dies - Spellbinders
Halloween at Faery Ink
Halloween at Bearly Mine
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
lots of layers at MilkCoffee
anything but square at Polkadoodles
Halloween at Sweet Pea Stamps
2 or more die cuts at Pile It On

Saturday 11 October 2014

Candy Winner!!

Morning crafters, hope you're all well!
Just popping in to let you know the winner of my little
candy giveaway......and the winner is......
Congratulations Diane, if you could email me your address I'll
get it in the post to you!
Thanks so much to everyone who entered & keep watching, there'll
be more candy soon!

Friday 10 October 2014

Christmas in October with Delicious Doodles!

Morning guys.......happy Friday, hope you all have something nice planned
for the weekend! I'm here with my Dt make for the latest challenge
over at Delicious Doodles where the theme for you this time is
As usual, any & all makes are welcome & you don't have to use a Delicious
 Doodles image.....but we love it when you do.....and why wouldn't you lol!
You have until next Thursday to join in, we'd love you to come join us!
I wanted a non traditional Christmas card & I think old frosty face fits the
bill perfectly....he's called Evil Snowman & you can get him HERE.
Rightio, off to get the jobs done before the weekend.....thanks for calling
& I'll see you soon!
papers - Fancy Pants
sentiment - LOTV
banner die - dienamics
paper string - stash
coloured with Copics
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
layer it up at Christmas Card Challenges
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
any Christmas card at My Perfect Life
Christmas in October at Deep Ocean
non trad Christmas at Tip Top Tuesday

Wednesday 8 October 2014

Nutcrafters Midway Reminder!

Morning crafters.......happy Wednesday!
Just popping in to share my midway reminder for the latest
challenge over at Nutcrafters.....I picked the theme this fortnight
& I chose 'Something New'......doesn't have to be the latest this, that
or the other.....could just be something that you've not used before!
 The Dt are showing off some of the
gorgeous new images soon to be available.........they're soooo cute!
I made a little tag, this ones going on a gift for a 2 year old so thought
I'd better keep it quite plain & simple lol.
You can find all the rules & add your entry here & if you haven't got
any of our digi's we have a freebies page here.
I'm off wallpaper shopping later so thanks for calling & whatever
you're up to have a lovely day!
clean & simple at A Gem of a Challenge
tag at Card Mania
anything but a card at Dream Valley
anything goes at Holly Jolly
anything goes at Papertake Weekly

Monday 6 October 2014

Trash or Treasure?

Morning crafters, hope you're well!
It's a cold, dark morning here.......and I love it, the next few months
are my favourite time of the year...........I'm so not a Summer person lol!
Today I'm sharing a couple of ATC' s I made as part of a swap group
I'm in on swap partner doesn't have a blog so I think it'll be  ok
 to show them now. The theme was 'MEN' and I was inspired by the junk I
 found in the kitchen drawer! Yep, the kitchen drawer.....I was clearing it out 
one day wondering why on earth there was an assortment of odd screw,
 washers, plugs, etc., when one of my sons said 'Don't throw them away, I need 
them'! Looked like a load of old rubbish to me, hence the title I chose:
'One man's trash is another man's treasure'
I started with the ATC sized card of 3.5 x 2.5 inches, slapped on the Gesso,
 added bits of sandpaper, builders tape, webbing, some die cut cogs & all
 the bits from the drawer! I gave it all another coat of Gesso then used 
 mica paints & some spray inks til I got the colourI wanted. I made an inky,
 painty, sticky mess but heck, I didn't half enjoy making them lol!
Rightio, my friends......I'm off to get the jobs done.....whatever you're
up to have a lovely day......thanks for calling!
anything but a card at Charisma Cardz
anything but a card at Creative Corner
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create

It's candy time!

Morning my crafty friends, followers & anyone who just happens to have found
 my little corner of the internet......hope you're all well & having a lovely weekend!
Ours has been very quiet so far, my blooming IBS has flared up bad & so I've not
really been in a crafting mood.......but I have had time to finish my crafty tidy
up & sort out! I've found a few things (as you do lol) that I've never used....some 
freebies with a mag, some things I have duplicates of & so thought I'd put it all
together as a little candy.

 Here's what to do if you'd like to win:
1. I'd love you to be a follower of my little blog - no candy only blogs!
2. Pop my candy pic in your sidebar & link back to my blog.
3. Link up & comment below to let me know you've done the above!

I'll leave it open for 4 weeks......good luck!

Saturday 4 October 2014

Bingo with Crafty Calendar!

Morning crafters, hope you're all well & have something nice planned for the
weekend! It's cold, dark & damp here so perfect crafting weather lol.
We have a new challenge for you over at Crafty Calendar today and the 
theme is BINGO .....a fab theme giving you lots of's the card:
I used the right hand column of Sparkle, Die Cuts & Blue......but of course you
can go for whatever line you fancy,,,,,,or maybe even a full house lol!
We're sponsored by the fabby Robyn's Fetish offering the winner 3 digital
stamps of your choice!
As usual, we love to see any type of craft project so long as you stick to the
 theme, you can see some gorgeous Dt makes & the full challenge rules over on
the main blog HERE.
image - LOTV
sentiment - LOTV
papers - Bearly Mine
snowflakes - Marianne & Sizzix
everything else - my stash
challenges I'd like to enter
anything goes at Christmas Card Challnges
week 38 at My Perfect Life
use kraft at Sentimental Sundays
anything goes at Sister Act
anything goes at LOTV monthly challenge

Thursday 2 October 2014

Something New with Nutcrafters!

Morning lovely crafters......hope you're all well!
Just popping in to tell you about the new challenge over at Nutcrafters!
I got to choose the theme this fortnight & I chose SOMETHING NEW as
our lovely boss Katie has some super sweet new images that'll be
available soon! My image is called 'Coy Snowman'.........isn't he just
gorgeous......I turned him into a tag cos I never have enough of
those come Christmas & I think a handmade tag makes a special gift
a bit more special, don't you? And best of all......everything on my tag
is from my scrap box determined to get through it lol.
You can find all details about this challenge & check out some gorgeous
Dt makes over on the main blog HERE.

Don't forget, there's still a few days left to enter my candy here.!
Thanks for calling......have a lovely day!

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Sparkles Christmas - For a Child

Morning crafty friends......hope you're all well.....and a happy October 1st
to you all! Well, this year sure is flying past & to help you on your
way we have a new challenge over at Sparkles Christmas. Our lovely
Helen chose the theme of  FOR A CHILD. We're sponsored by the fab
offering either 2 dies or 1 stamp/1 die.
As usual, any & all crafty makes are welcome just so long as you stick to
the theme & if you're low on inspiration you can pop over to the main
blog & see the gorgeous Dt makes!
I needed to keep my card nice & flat for posting & not too fussy......and I've
just noticed that sentiment is a bit wonky lol.....I'll have to straighten that!!!
image - Pink Gem Designs
paper - scrap box
coloured with Spectrum Noirs
sentiment - the Greetings Farm
gems & ric rac - stash
challenges I'd like to enter
non trad colours at Christmas Stampin' All Year Long
anything goes at Completely Christmas
anything goes at Sister Act
clean & simple at A Gem of a Challenge

Don't forget, there's still a few days left to enter my candy, you can
enter HERE. I'll be back soon with my 2nd post of the day! Thanks for
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