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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

Tuesday 31 March 2015

Birthday Candy!

Hello my crafty friends.......hope you're all well & having a lovely day!
I am's my birthday!!!! Can't believe I've reached the
big 50......eeekk.......think I'm gonna be counting backwards from now on lol!
So to help me celebrate & to say thanks for being such fab blog buddies
I thought I'd have a little candy giveaway. I have a tin of Spectrum Noir
pencils, (the essentials) & a pack of 5 Distress Markers.

If you'd like to join in:
1 - I'd love you to be a follower of my little blog
2 - Pop a pick in your sidebar
3 -  Leave me a comment to let me know you're in

A big thanks to all of you lovelies who have sent me cards,
messages etc.,.......I've been spoilt rotten lol!

Saturday 28 March 2015

I want that hair!

Hi friends........hope you're all well!
Well it's dull, dark & wet here today, a great start to the holidays but
perfect weather for locking myself in the craft room & having a little
me time. So today I have a card using a stunning image from
The East Wind - she's called Hair Heaven & you can find her here.
She looks so much like a mermaid to me so I decided to go with an under
water theme.
I used a scrap of paper from the scrap box, some dew drops, some
muslin, sea themed die cuts & a computer generated sentiment. I used
my Copics  & a white Sakura pen to colour her.
That's me for today....thanks for calling & whatever you're up to I
hope it involves some craft time!

go green at Eclectic Ellapu
anything goes at Aurora Wings
anything goes at Through the Purple Haze
a cut above at Papertake Weekly
anything goes at Inspiration Destination
anything goes at Art by Miran
(die cut, +2 layers, image)
anything goes at Creative Fingers
anything goes at Digitally Sweet

There's still a few days to enter my CANDY here
You can find my ATC swap here

Friday 27 March 2015

Sharing an Oldie this Friday!

Morning friends......hope you're all well!
Well it's Friday again & you know what that's time to
Share an Oldie with Erika over at Snappycrafts! A craft related oldie, that is
lol.....if you fancy joining in then head on over, you'll be very welcome!
Today I'm sharing a digi scrap page, this one was done in My Memories and
is a photo of my daughter Rebecca and yes, she still has those curls although
 now they're much longer & sometimes a different colour!
That's all from me for today.....gonna get stuck into the jobs & maybe
even do the ironing.........oh heck, did I really say that? The kids
break up this aft for a fortnight so I want to get on top of things as I
promised Miss Rebecca we'd have a go at some sewing........I bought 
some red tartan fabric a while ago & she's itching to wear what 
shape or form I'm really not sure but we're gonna have a go lol
Thanks for calling......see you soon!

here's my CANDY
here's my ATC Swap

Wednesday 25 March 2015

Just For You......

Hi friends......hope you're all well!
It's a gorgeous day her on the Yorkshire Coast, beautiful blue skies but
oh, so cold...........a perfect day for crafting lol!
Well, I started on the big stash de-clutter yesterday....think I might be 
fooling myself a bit really cos I can't seem to throw anything so I decided
I'm gonna have a card making session every week & donate to the
charity shop where my son has a Saturday job. 
So this little fella & paper was a freebie with a mag, I layered up
onto some blue card, then some beige card & finished with some gems
& a computer generated sentiment.....job done!
Thanks for calling......see you soon!
you can find my CANDY here
you can find my ATC SWAP here

cute & cuddly at Alphabet Challenge
animal friends at Corrosive Challenges
animals at Melonheadz

Tuesday 24 March 2015

Presents, anyone?

Morning friends.....hope you're all well!
Grocery shopping for me today & once that's done then I'm gonna
have a much needed de-stash of my craft room......and dare I
say it.........I'm not buying anything else until I've got rid of lots!
So for today I have a Christmas card made from a Nitwits decoupage 
sheet I found stashed away......definitely too nice to throw away! I
 kept this one nice & flat for posting, just adding a couple of pearls and
a stamped sentiment from LOTV. This will go in my box ready to 
send to the charity shop where my son works nearer to Christmas. time.....those cupboards won't fill themselves!
Thanks for calling........see you soon.

you can find my CANDY here
you can find my ATC SWAP here

anything goes at Inspiration Destination
anything goes at Brown Sugar
anything goes at Sister Act
anything goes at Christmas Card Challenges

Monday 23 March 2015

A little bit Gorjuss

Hi friends.......hope you're all well!
Today I have a book cover to might remember I made a mini
album last year for Miss Rebecca's birthday? Well this year I'm making one 
for her best friend, Jess. The front cover is the same design Bexs', just
different colours & a different image.....and of course, a different 
name & age lol! Papers & image are both Gorjuss & I've used a real
variety of dies.....XCut, Memory Box, Clearly Besotted & Dienamics and
then finished with a little punched butterfly & some black pearls.
So that's it from me for today.....whatever you're up to hope it's fun &
maybe includes some crafty time.........thanks for calling!
there's still time to enter my candy HERE
my ATC swap is HERE

make it square at Fantastic Tuesday
anything goes at Inspiration Destination
Mother's Day/female at C.R.A.F.T
anything goes at Brown Sugar
girly at Fussy & Fancy
anything goes/purple at 613 Avenue Create

Saturday 21 March 2015

Journal 52 week 2

Hi friends.......happy Saturday!
Hope you're all well & enjoying the weekend......Miss Rebecca & me 
started our day with pancakes, it's not often she's up early on a
weekend so it was a lovely to have breakfast together....I had mine with
lemon & syrup........mmmmm, delicious!
So today I'm sharing a journal page, I'm following the prompts over at 
Journal 52 & this is from week 2 when the prompt was 'Just Be'. As my
Journal is quite personal to me I added 'Happy'......cos inks, stamps,
paints & paper etc all make me happy lol. No particular techniques were
used, I just painted & dabbed & splattered & rubbed........then added a few
stamped & fussy cut flowers, some paint rings made with a paint dabber
lid & some honeycomb die cuts. It looks quite dull in the pic but IRL it
looks real grungy.......right up my street!
Thanks for calling......see you soon!

Friday 20 March 2015

Sharing an Oldie this Friday!

Morning lovelies......hope you're all well!
I'm missing one of my boys this week, he's at Catering College & they've
 gone on a trip down to London.....he's due back tonight though. I hate how
the whole dynamic of the house changes when one of the kids are away...I
wonder if they miss me as much as I miss them.......probably not lol..and
so long as they're happy & well that's all that matters.
So for today I'm joining in with Erika over at Snappycrafts where we're 
all invited to Share an long as it's a craft related oldie lol!
My share is a little wall hanging I made last Summer to encourage
me to keep plodding on trying to lose weight......and I'm still trying!
If you fancy sharing why not pop on over to Erika's & join in and if you
have any really tasty low calorie recipes let me know!!
Rightio, that's me for today, thanks for calling.....see you soon.

you can find my Candy here
you can find my ATC Swap here

Wednesday 18 March 2015

Just because.........

Morning friends..........hope you're all well!
Dull, damp & dark here today so methinks a little play time is on the
cards......after the jobs are done of course!!
Today I have a little 'just because' card to share.....I've been playing with inks & 
sprays more and more recently.....I love the freedom it gives me, no
 worrying about perfectly coloured images, smudges look fine & I love that my
 makes aren't perfect.......just like me cos I'm far from perfect lol! So I
 started with a square of card covered with Dylusions spray ink. The script &
 the corners are stamped with Memento in espresso truffle which I also used
 to ink the edges. I'mthinking now I should maybe have heat embossed the
 script but hey ho, maybe next time. The flowers were stamped with my most
favourite stamp of the moment - a 50p bargain!! Again, I used memento ink,
 coloured with Copics then I added frantage to the middle & then fussy cut
 them. I matted onto a piece of pearlescent bronze paper,then mounted onto a 
5x5 black card & finished with a snippet of ribbon. No sentiment as yet......I'll
 add one when it's needed. 
Rightio, that's my lot for today.....hoping to get a journal page finished this
aft so maybe I'll have that to show you tomorrow. Thanks for calling,
whatever you're up to.....have a lovely day!
you can fine my CANDY here
you can find my ATC SWAP here


Tuesday 17 March 2015

February ATC / Love/Hearts

Morning lovelies.....hope you're all well!
Today I'm sharing the ATC I made for the little swap group I run.....
.....this one is from February & the theme was Love/Hearts.
If you're thinking this looks familiar you'd be right lol......I recently
made a book cover & a Valentine's card using the same design!
Once the ATC was cut to size I distressed the edges of the green paper,
layered it up with some muslin, added a die cut heart, a stamped
sentiment and a gem........and that's it!

Here's a pic of some of the ATC's I received from February's swap,
aren't they great? One theme, so many great makes!

Rightio, my shopping for me today! Whatever you're
up to hope you have a lovely day.....and maybe a bit of craft time too!
Thanks for calling.

you can find my CANDY here
you can find my ATC swap here

anything goes at Inspiration Destination
going green at Wicked Wednesday
go green at Eclectic Ellapu

Sunday 15 March 2015

Teddy Bears with Sparkles Challenges!

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well.......and a very happy Mother's Day
to all you lovely Mum's.....isn't it the best job in the world?
So midway through the month only means one thing......a new challenge at
and this time the theme as chosen by our lovely teamie,  Helen is
So why, you're thinking, did I use a dog???? Well, I chose the image, made
the card, photographed the card, added it to the Dt blog........and still
didn't realise it's actually a dog and not a teddy bear lol.
So sorry to Shaz & the team......but it did give my daughter a good laugh
........and even she hadn't realised it was a dog lol!!
Anyway, back to business.......we're lucky enough to have 2 sponsors
again this month.........7 digis from Bugaboo
and a £10 voucher to spend over at Crafty Bren's

I made a Christmas card this time, nice & flat for posting this card will
be saved for the Charity shop where my Son works. The image is LOTV
and all other bits & pieces are from my stash.
Thanks for calling..........see you soon!

You can fine my candy HERE.
You can find my ATC swap HERE.

ready for Christmas at Crafting by Design
Christmas at C.R.A.F.T
anything goes at Completely Christmas
animal friends at Corrosive Challenges

Saturday 7 March 2015

Add some Metal with Crafty Calendar!

Morning friends........hope you're all well!
Another cold, damp & dreary day here on the Yorkshire Coast so don't
 think I'll be venturing out........I think maybe a nice, lazy craft-ernoon
 is called for.....once Miss Rebecca gets herself out of bed, that is!
So today being the st Saturday of the month means a new challenge at
where the theme this time is ADD SOME METAL!
Our sponsor this month is our lovely Kimberley who is offering a gift
certificate to any online store!!! 
I made a book cover this time......this is for my son Cam & so 
embellishments had to be kept to a minimum lol. My added metal is the
little cameo & was gonna be the rings I ordered to hold the book pages
 together only they didn't arrive in time!!
Rightio, that's me for to do a few jobs before craft 
time....thanks for calling!

I have candy HERE
My ATC swap is HERE

anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything but a card at Crafty Boots
anything but a card at Crafts 4 Eternity
dream on at Quoth the Raven

Friday 6 March 2015

Share an Oldie Friday!

Morning friends.....hope you're all well!
Well, here we are's Friday.....and that means it's time to 
'Share an Oldie' with Erika over at Snappycrafts. Today I have a
wall hanging I made for Miss Rebecca.....she always tells me
'I love you right round the world & back again'
so this image from D'Arcy's Diaries was just perfect for her!
 If you fancy joining in & sharing one of your oldies then head on
 over to Erika's & link up, it would be great to see you there!
Rightio, that's me for today....thanks for calling.....see you soon!
You can find my candy here
You can find my ATC swap here

Wednesday 4 March 2015

Hearts and Happy Birthday, Nic!!!

Hi friends......hope you're all well!
Last year I joined a Facebook group, now I'm not much use with
Facebook but I do try lol! We had an ATC swap & more recently we've
just finished the pages for a book swap...........each person involved
chooses a theme then everyone else makes a page for each theme.
Once they're all done our lovely leader who organised the whole thing
made a cover for each book! Once we receive our books I'll be able
to show you more but for now I will share my page.
I chose hearts for my theme & I'm so excited to see my book....'s gonna be something to treasure, that's for sure!
So for my page I layered a piece of pink paper over some kraft card,
swiped some white acrylic paint over it then added some muslin.
I cut the heart from corrugated kraft card, added more white paint then
tied the ribbon....a handwritten sentiment, a die cut flower & that's it!
So that's it for today......we have more Birthday
youngest son Nic is 16 today......all 6 foot 2 of him.......and you know
what that means......yep, more birthday cake!!!!
Thanks for calling......see you soon!

Don't forget, you can enter my candy HERE
& you can find March ATC swap info HERE

use kraft at Wags 'n' Whiskers
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes (pink) at Eclectic Ellapu
pretty in pink at Quirky Crafts
anything goes at Papertake Weekly

Sunday 1 March 2015

Make it Green with Sparkles Christmas!

Morning crafters.....hope you're all well!
Today is new challenge day over at Sparkles Christmas Challenges and
this month the theme as chosen by our lovely teamie Jennifer is
I made a card to add to my little Christmas stash, dare I say it but I
just KNOW it's gonna be here before we now it! Nice & flat for posting,
I used an image from Oddball Art, coloured with Copics, papers from
Dovecraft, punched snowflakes & a computer generated sentiment.
As usual we have fantastic sponsors.....this month we have Di's Digi Downloads
$10 spend instore
Di's Digi
and we also have Deedee's Digi's offering a fab $25 spend instore

Don't forget, we're a multi crafts blog so anything you fancy making
we want to see......just so long as you stick to the theme!
And if you're low on inspiration you know where to look - Sparkles!!!!

anything goes at Through the Purple Haze
non trad Christmas colours at Holly Jolly
D for die cuts at ABC Christmas
anything goes at Art by Miran
anything goes at Brown Sugar
anything goes at Creative Fingers
vibrant Christmas at Jingle Belles
markers at 52 card Christmas throwdown
punches and/or die cuts at Send a Smile for Kids

March 2015 ATC Swap - Steampunk!

Morning friends......happy March 1st!
Time for a new ATC swap theme & this month we're going with

As usual, ATC's should be 3.5 x 2.5 inches, you make & send me 4 & once
everyone's arrive I'll send you 4 back.....and if you could enclose a
stamped addressed envelope that would be great!
(UK only)

If you want to play along this month leave me a comment to let me know you're
in........and so's I know to watch out for the postie!

Happy Crafting!
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