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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

Saturday 24 January 2015

Trying something new.....

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well! It's a bright. beautiful morning
here on the Yorkshire Coast........but oh, so cold......think I'll be staying
close to my toasty warm craft room! 
Recently I watched a very talented lady (RachO113)  on Youtube and oh
my gosh, she is fantastic and so much so that I treated myself
to a small set of CARAN d'ACHE water soluble wax pastels and wow, I
love them lol! This was my very 1st attempt, not perfect by a long shot but I
 just wanted to kind of get a feel for them, see if I thought I might like
them or if I'd be giving them to Miss Rebecca.........but do you know what?
I'm soooo keeping them lol! All I did was to draw a strip of colour then
go over it with a damp paintbrush and blend as much or as little as you want!
I added a couple of die cuts & a stamped sentiment and that's it done.
Rightio, off to get the uniforms washed & the tea in the slow cooker
then the rest of the day is my own! Thanks for popping by & whatever
you're up to have a lovely weekend!
challenges I'd like to enter
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes + something new at One Stitch at a Time
anything goes at Craft Your Passion
anything goes at Dream Valley
anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty
colour inspiration at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards

Friday 23 January 2015

Share an Oldie this Friday!

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well!
Thanks so much for dropping by my little corner of the web, I really do
appreciate it. Crafting time has been few & far between these days, this awful
rheumatoid arthritis is really taking it's toll......I see the specialist early February
so fingers crossed we can find something that works! For now though, if it's
a good day & I can use my hands I'm gonna sit at my desk as long as I can lol!
So today being Friday means it's time to join in with Erika over at 
Snappycrafts and 'Share an Oldie this Friday'......I'm sharing another make
I did for my girlie, the image is Ragdoll Ruby from Dilly Beans & I love her..
......thankfully Rebecca does too lol. It's a tent style base, papers are Gorjuss,
die cuts are Clearly Besotted, Marianne & Tim Holtz.....I used Spectrum
Noir pens to colour the image & the seam binding & finished with some gems,
some doodling & some glitter......and a stamped sentiment!
Rightio, my friends......I can hear the housework a-calling & the sooner it's
done the sooner I can have a play. Thanks for calling.....see you soon!

Monday 19 January 2015

Joining in with Tim's 12 tags of 2015!

Morning friends, hope you're all well & warm!
It's a cold, frosty morning here on the Yorkshire Coast so I don't think
I'll be venturing too far! A big hello & welcome to my 2 new followers,
thanks so much for joining me!
I've wanted to join in with Tim's 12 tags of .......for a while now and 
so decided that 2015 is gonna be the year........there's a fantastic
tutorial over on Tim's blog. All is explained so well & there's a product
list too.........although you don't have to rush out & buy it all, you can use
whatever stash you have. I started with a plain tag and stamped on it
using a script stamp then covered it with a layer of glue & seal. Then I 
covered it with some tissue paper scrunched up in places for texture.
I used vibrant turquoise and melted chocolate Dylusions, I think I was a
bit heavy handed with the spray as it turned out a bit darker than I
planned.....but I do quite like it! I used elements of the alpha parts, covered 
the '5' with tarnished brass distress glitter and the words with the
tarnished brass distress stain. I added chit chat stickers & used a black
distress marker to smudge around the edges. Lastly, I dotted the whole tag
with a white signo uni ball pen..........and phew, that's it!
I loved making this & can't wait for February's!
Rightio, housework awaits.....thanks for calling, see you soon!

challenges I'd like to enter
anything goes at Inky Chicks
anything goes at Party Time Tuesdays

Friday 16 January 2015

Share an Oldie this Friday!

Morning crafty bloggers, hope you're all well.
The wind seems to have died down a bit here, for now anyway and although
 it's bitterly cold we have no snow or I think I might toddle off
 to town for an hour.......or two!
Anyway, as it's Friday I'm joining in with Erika over at Snappycrafts where
she invites us to 'share an oldie'! My oldie this week is one of my 1st attempts
(that I dare to show lol) at mixed media. It's a very simple mini canvas,
painted, inked with a die cut painted heart and a stamped sentiment.......very
 simple but I loved it.......and I still do!
So that's all from me today, thanks for calling & whatever you're up to I
hope you have a lovely weekend!

Thursday 15 January 2015

Raise a glass....or a mug.....or even a china tea cup!

Morning crafters, happy Wednesday! Hope you're all well, safe & warm.
I'm sharing my Dt make for the latest challenge over at Sparkles Challenges
today, the theme as chosen by our lovely Brenda is
We want to see anything drink related on your makes this time.....a glass
of something fizzy, a cup of tea or even a mug of coffee like me! 
Once in a while one of my kids will pop into my craft room with a mug of
 hot, frothy coffee in my favourite coffee I decided to take a
 pic & scrap it! I used a kit from Daisy Trail & scrapped it digitally in Serif.
We are lucky enough to have 2 sponsors this month......we have
Di's Digi's offering a $10 spend instore

and Craftybren's Embroidered Embellishments 
As usual, you can find all rules (not many) and some gorgeous Dt
inspiration over on the main blog......we'd love to see you!
Thanks for calling........see you soon!

Wednesday 14 January 2015

January 2015 ATC swap!

So sorry I'm late with this post.......normal service should be resumed anytime soon lol!
For this month the theme is BIRDS & is open until January 31st.
If you fancy joining in just leave me a comment here or email me & I'll be in touch

Saturday 10 January 2015

What's New (+ Dt call) with Crafty Calendar!

Hi crafty bloggers, happy Saturday......hope you're all well.
Today I have my Dt make for the latest challenge over at Crafty Calendar
where the theme is WHAT'S NEW. My 'new' is a new calendar for
the New Year.............this is for Jess, a friend of my daughter's & she loves
the Gorjuss Girls! 
We have High Hopes Rubber Stamps sponsoring us this month with a prize
of 2 unmounted rubber stamps for the lucky winner!
As usual, you have all month to play & if you're low on inspiration
you can pop over to the man blog here............and we have a Dt call too, and it's
a great team to be a part of too!
Rightio, that's me for today. Thanks for calling & have a lovely weekend!

Friday 9 January 2015

Let's share an oldie this Friday!

Morning crafters, hope you're all well!
Friday already so time to visit Erika & join in with her invitation to
'Share an Oldie''s just for fun & it IS fun to revisit past makes!
I love to see how my 'style' has I still like the card? Would I 
it the same way again? Is it good enough?  I think mostly us crafters are very
 critical of our own work, don't you? 
So today I'm sharing a card I made about 18 months ago, the image is from 
D'Arcy's Diaries & I think I coloured it with Spectrum Noir pens. Would I make
it the same today? No..........I'd ditch those dots lol........what was I thinking?
Still love the colours though & I do love distressing the edges of paper!!
Rightio, off to do something useful......and I don't mean the ironing.....I'm now
the proud owner of one empty ironing basket......can you believe it....9
days into the New Year and I HAVE NO IRONING.....none, not one single
item......yippee!!!! Think I might have a trip into town to celebrate!
Thanks for calling.....whatever you're up to have a lovely day!

Monday 5 January 2015

A Christmas critter with a touch of glitter at Sparkles Christmas!

Morning lovelies........hope you're all well!
Back to normality today, or as normal as it'll ever be in my house lol!
Today I'm sharing my 1st make of 2015 and yes, it's a Christmas card...
it's never too early.........I'm SO gonna be ready this year!
I do have to apologise to my teamies over at Sparkles Christmas Challenges
as I should have blogged my card on January sorry ladies,
time just ran away with me! Our challenge this time is
We're so chuffed to have 2 sponsors this time....7 digis from Bugaboo 
and a fabulous £10 voucher from Crafters Companion
For my card I used a sweet topper from LOTV layered onto some papers
that I got free with a mag, a LOTV sentiment & a little wooden star....
......quick & easy and nice & flat for posting too!
As usual, there's some gorgeous inspiration over on the main blog.. pop over if you have won't be disappointed!
Not sure what to do today......should I get on with the housework..
......or sit at my desk & enjoy the peace and quiet.....maybe that's not
such a touch decision after all lol. Thanks for calling & whatever you're
 up to......have a lovely day!

a challenge or two....
bears at Brown Sugar
anything Christmas goes at CHNC
anything Christmas goes at The Glory of Christmas

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