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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 31 December 2014

Happy New Year and My 5 Favourite Creations of 2014

Hi friends, hope you're all well & had a fantastic Christmas!
Just wanted to pop on & wish you all a wonderful New Year and to
 say thanks for being such great blog buddies. I've had a mixed year,
lots of ups & downs, some rotten news health-wise......but I do have lots
to be thankful for and I'm looking forward to sharing blogland with you
all again next year......HAPPY NEW YEAR, my friends....wishing
you all the very best of everything!

So today I'm joining in with Debby and sharing my 5 favourite
makes of 2014..............
1 - a mini album for my daughter (Bex) for her 12th birthday pics

2 - birthday card for Bex, she wanted it on her wall so I altered an
old photo frame for it

3 - love those sweet Sugar Nellie images, gonna use them much
more next year

4 - I have a bit of a dark side & especially love Delicious Doodles
images......and black & purple

5 - last but not least, a D'Arcy's Diaries image and another fav
colour combo in blue & brown
That's it then, my 5 favourite makes of 2014......thanks for looking!

Friday 19 December 2014

Share an Oldie on Friday!

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well!
So here we are the last Friday before Christmas......are you all done yet?
Almost ready here, just need to pop & get some more wrapping paper
today & the food shop on Monday then that's it......let the festivities begin!
First though, I'd like to join in with Erika over at Snappycrafts &
share an oldie! I'm sharing a Christmas card this time, I made this one
for a friend last year & she just told me she loves it that much she's put it
out again this year!
Rightio, that's me for today.......if you fancy sharing an oldie pop on
over to Erika's......will be great to see you!
Thanks for calling!

Wednesday 17 December 2014

Something to do with Gifts at Nutcrafters!

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well!
Just popping in to remind you of the challenge going on over at
Nutcrafters........the theme is SOMETHING TO DO WITH GIFTS!
Sadly, time has run away from me this week & I've not been able to make
anything but you might have noticed that I love making tags so I
put together a little collage of some of the tags I've made using some
of my favourite Nutcrafters images....and I popped last weeks gift bag
in there too!
It's a longer challenge than usual this time so you have until Jan 5th to
play...........hope to see you there!
Thanks for calling.........see you soon!

Monday 15 December 2014

Anything Goes with Sparkles Challenges!

Morning crafters, happy Monday......hope you all had a lovely weekend!
It's time for the last Sparkles challenge of the year and it's our Birthday..
....Sparkles is 4 years old and so our lovely Shaz chose the theme of
I wanted to make a card that would be suitable for any occasion so 
decided to go with a peach/brown colour combo. The papers were free
 with a mag, the decoupage teddy is from a sheet I've had for years but 
sorry, I can't remember where it's from. Sentiment is LOTV & ribbon &
lace is from my scrap box.
We're sponsored this time by the very generous Di's Digi's offering
our winner a $12 to spend instore!
Di's digi
As usual we like to see any & all makes just so long as you stick to the
 theme & if you're low on inspiration then why not pop on over to the
 main blog here & check out the gorgeous Dt makes!
Rightio, better go get a move on, lots to do today....thanks for calling.
challenges I'd like to enter
anything but Christmas at Penny's Paper Crafty
anything goes at Sister Act
anything goes at Corrosive Challenges

Friday 12 December 2014

Share an Oldie this Friday.....Magical Moment!

Morning lovelies....hope you're all well!
Ooh, it's a cold, wet & windy day here.....was planning & popping out
and finishing the last bits of Christmas shopping but I think I might 
just stay put........maybe get all my cards written ready to post instead.
So today I'm joining in with Erika over at Snappycrafts where we're
invited to share an oldie. This week I've chosen to share a digital
 scrap page using a pic of my daughter when she was an angel in her
school nativity play, It's one of my fav pics of her & I took it at the 
same time as a professional photographer who came in to the school to
 take pics of the play for the local newspaper. My pic was slightly blurry
 around the edges which is why I turned it into a digital page but the
official photo is truly stunning.....worth every penny I paid for it lol.
Rightio, better go get on with some jobs........thanks for calling, hope
you all have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday 10 December 2014

Something to do with Gifts with Nutcrafters!

Morning crafters, hope you're all well!
We have a new challenge for you over at Nutcrafters this week, the theme
I decorated a gift bag this time, it's very similar to a tag I made a little
while ago but I love the colours so thought why not use them again?
Apart from the bag & the gems everything I used came from my scrap'd think I'd be at the bottom of that box by now but no, still
can't see it......although I suspect us crafters are all the same.......we don't
like to throw anything away lol!
Here's a close up of that sweet little snowman.
So that's my make for today...... we'd like to see your tags, bags, wrapping,
 boxes.....anything & everything to do with gifts is fine! You can find
 all rules & some gorgeous Dt makes over on the main blog here.
Thanks for calling........have a lovely day!

challenges I'd like to enter
Christmas at C.R.A.F.T
Winter at Brown Sugar
fav Christmas colours at Craft for the Craic
Winter at Crafts 4 Eternity
anything Christmas at A Gem of a Challenge
all about Christmas at Paper Creator's Crafts
anything goes Christmas at Pile It On
anything goes at Corrosive Challenges
Christmas at Crafty Boots
anything but a card at Cutie Pie
blue & brown at Deep Ocean

Monday 8 December 2014

Quick & Easy!

Morning crafters......hope you're all well & had a good weekend?
Today I have a super quick & easy card to son James asked if
I could make him a card with 'one of those real old bikes' on it......and he
 needed it straight in five minutes lol! 
Lucky (for him) I had a Penny Farthing die just waiting to be used!
Some simple matting & layering, a sentiment & a 5x5 card blank and
that was it.......done........thankfully both James & the recipient loved it!
Rightio, that's me for today.......I hear the housework calling! Thanks
so much for popping by & whatever you're up to have a lovely day!
challenges I'd like to enter
Birthday with sentiment at Creative Card Crew
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
anything goes at Seize the Birthday

Saturday 6 December 2014

White on White with Crafty Calendar!

Morning lovely crafters......hope you're all well!
It's a beautiful bright & frosty morning here on the Yorkshire Coast & we're
 gonna go get ready for a walk around the Town's Christmas Market....I'm sure
 there'll be some fab things on offer & maybe even some tasty treats to
 munch on while we're browsing!
So today sees the last challenge of the year over at Crafty Calendar & the
 theme this time is WHITE ON WHITE.....perfect for this time of the year,
 don't you think? As usual, no more than 3 entries & you can make anything
 you like....just so long as it's a white on white make!
I made some more tags.....I never have enough tags & this year I've found
 them quite addictive to make lol and they're a perfect way of using up some
 odds & ends from the scrap box. For these two I used 2 dies, an
embossing folder, some paper twine, 2 snowflakes & a sprinkle of glitter!
We have the fabulous Elphine House Australia sponsoring us this month
here's the fantastic prize they're giving our lucky winner!
Don't forget to pop over to the main blog here where you can see
the rest of the Dt's gorgeous makes!
Thanks for calling.....whatever you're up to hope you have a lovely
weekend......see you soon!
anything goes at Sparkle N Sprinkle
white all round at The Crazy Challenge
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
all things Christmas at Crafting by Designs
Christmas at C.R.A.F.T
Winter at Brown Sugar
Winter at Crafts 4 Eternity

Friday 5 December 2014

Sharing an Oldie this Friday!

Hi crafters......hope you're all well!
Are you feeling all Christmas-y yet? All a bit manic here right now
but I think, at least I hope I'm on the home straight now. I'm looking to
get everything done by the end of next week at the very latest so's I
can have a bit of a breather before the big day lol,
Today I'm joining in over at Erika's where we're invited to 'share an oldie'.. oldie of the craft variety, that is lol! This week I'm sharing my
marker holder....I made this a while ago (there's a page on my blog
 here).....I was so chuffed to see my lovely blog buddy Sandra was inspired 
enough by this to make one of her own I decided to share it today.
I've since made another to hold my Copic markers, I could have just added
onto this one but as they're in 2 different places it made more sense
to make a separate one.
Rightio my friends, that's me for today......thanks for popping in, I'll 
be round to see you all real soon.

Monday 1 December 2014

It's a blue Christmas with Sparkles Christmas Challenges!

Morning crafters.......hope you're all well!
Can you believe it's December 1st already......oooh, I'm so excited,
I love this time of the year.....all the rushing around, the shopping, the
food lol and the lists......I have lists for everything & anything!
We're putting our Christmas tree up today & once Miss Rebecca gets
in from school we'll decorate it.....if you listen carefully you'll
probably hear us singing along to some Christmas tunes then once 
everyone is home tonight there'll be the 1st mince pie of the
season.........and maybe a small glass of Bailey's too!!
So today I have my Dt make for the last Sparkles Christmas challenge
of the year......our lovely leader Shaz chose the theme, she chose
A nice, easy theme for me cos I love blue for Christmas....... I love tags
too & never have enough so it was an easy choice to make tags!
They were so quick & easy to make too......scraps, a die cut snowflake,
border punch, gems & a piece of ribbon & that's it......done! 
As usual, you can make anything you like just so long as it fits the
theme & you have all month to play.......and for your inspiration we have
some gorgeous Dt makes over on the main blog here.
Our sponsor this month is the fabulous & very generous Marianne design
offering a prize of either 1 stamp/1 die OR 2!
So that's it for today......thanks for calling & whatever you're up to
have a lovely day!
challenges I'd like to enter
Winter wishes at Clear it Out
anything but a card at PDE Linky Party
anything goes + twist at Completely Christmas
anything but a card at QKR Stampede
dies & punches at Winter Wonderland

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