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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 April 2015

Oddball Art Mid Challenge Inspiration Post!

Hi friends......hope you're all well!
Today I have a canvas to share, this is my Dt make for the reminder/
inspiration post over at the Oddball Art Stamp Co. where the challenge theme
 is SPRING! I used Fay the Fancy Fairy, she's available in rubber over at
Whimsy Stamps. I coloured Fay with my Copics, I used distress & acrylic paints,
for the background and all the bits & pieces were from my stash.
There's not many rules & you don't even have to use one of Lizzy's
images but you know we love it when you do! Lots of digi's to be won & you
now get 2 digi's for the same price - one smiley mouth & one pouty mouth!
And that's not all......if you fancy treating yourself you can save an extra 10%
by using this code DTJO10 on anything in Lizzy's Etsy shop.
If Facebook is more your thing then we have a challenge there too....
......the theme there is ANYTHING GOES so you could even enter in both can find the Facebook one here.
Rightio, that's me for today......thanks for calling.....see you soon!

challenges I'd like to enter
freestyle/fantasy at Crafting with an Attitude
get wordy at Southern Girls
anything goes at Brown Sugar
Spring flowers at My Time to Craft
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
no cards at That Craft Place
flowers at Aurora Wings
anything goes at Through the Craft Room Door

Monday 27 April 2015

Pug Love

Hi friends......hope you're all well & had a lovely weekend.
No crafty time for me these last few days but I do have something to
share......another book page.....this one for Jess who loves her pug!
Papers, frame, bow & image are all Gorjuss, the letters & heart are all
cut on my Silhouette, the scallop mat is an XCut die & that sweet
image is recycled from an old magazine.
I'm planning an hour (or two) at my desk later so fingers crossed I'll
be back tomorrow......if not, it'll definitely be Wednesday, thanks for
calling...........see you soon.

Friday 24 April 2015

Share an Oldie this Friday!


Hi friends......hope you're all well!
Time to 'Share an Oldie' again with Erika at Snappycrafts & this week I have
 2 digi pages to share, both of my youngest son, Nic when he was in Y2.
 He's 16 now & so busy with his final exams.........then he needs to make a 
decision on College.....ultimately he wants to be either a Teacher or a
Mechanic!! Each so different but so long as he's happy then I'm happy.
So that's me for today, if you fancy sharing an oldie just pop on over to
Erika's & link up. Thanks for calling & whatever you're up to hope you
have fun........see you soon!

Thursday 23 April 2015

And another book page.....

Hi friends........hope you're all well!
Woke up to a cold, damp foggy morning today & yesterday my little
Miss was sent home from school poorly....she's still tucked up in bed with
a bowl......just in case I think it'll be a day indoors today.
I have yet another book page to share today, this from a swap I did &
for this page the theme was friendship. The papers & die cut flowers were
from a pack that came free with a mag ages ago, I had lots of odd
shaped pieces left so simply layered a few strips onto a piece of black
card & edged them with a Caran D'Ache watercolour pastel (I LOVE
these pastels!) The flowers were inked, shaped & held together with a
brad then lastly I added the black letters........job done!
So that's it for today, whatever you're up to have a lovely day and
thanks for calling!

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Always believe........

Hi friends.........hope you're all well.
Looking like another nice day here on the Yorkshire Coast  & you
know what that means........washing on the line....yeah, my life is full of
 the simple pleasures lol. So today I have a 'just because' card to share,
this sweet Oddball Art stamp is called 'Maggie's hand me downs' & she is
 available to buy here at Whimsy Stamps! I coloured her with Copics,
 matted & layered her onto some black card & more of that fab free-with-a
-mag paper, added some die cuts, a sentiment & that's it.........nice and
 flat for posting too!
Rightio, grocery shopping for me today......whatever you're up to.......have
fun......thanks for calling.

seeing spots at Crafty Creations
anything goes at Inspiration Destination
one for the girls at Penny's Paper Crafty
anything goes at Art by Miran
use a die cut at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
girly at Crafty Catz
anything goes at Sister Act
anything goes + die/punch at Suzy Bee's
girly but no pink at Addicted to Stamps
anything goes at Craft Your Passion

Monday 20 April 2015

And another book page.....

Hi friends.......hope you're all well.
Can't believe we're on Monday morning already.....these weekends sure do
fly past.......I've even seen the C******** word mentioned on a couple of blogs
recently lol. So today I have another book page to share, this time a music
themed page from Jess's book featuring her favourite band and her favourite
Gorjuss girl, some music  notes, pearls & some song titles all on top of  2
pieces of Gorjuss paper! 
Rightio, that's it from me for today.....lots to catch up on.....thanks for calling
& whatever you're up to hope you have a lovely day!

Friday 17 April 2015

Sharing an Oldie this Friday!

Hi friends..........happy Friday!
Just popping in to 'Share an Oldie this Friday', if you fancy joining in you
with our lovely Erika as she hosts a weekly look back at all things craft 
then you can link up at Snappycrafts!
Today's share is from almost 3 years ago & was Miss Rebecca's card for
her 10th birthday......and that image is the absolute double of her.....
& now she's almost 13  better get my thinking cap on for her next card!
Not much going on here today, got the usual housework to do then
maybe some craft time later.....hope you manage some too!

Thursday 16 April 2015

Sewing themed book page #2

Morning friends......hope you're all well!
I have another book page to share today, the theme for this one was sewing
 & I loved every minute of making this one! I started with a square of kraft 
card covered with a paper from Craftwork Cards. The edges were distressed
with my craft knife & inked with tea dye then I added some deep cream lace.
The mannequin, also from Craftwork Cards, was given a coat of crackle paint
& inked with tea dye too. I cut the thread holders, the pin & the needle on my 
Silhouette & added some real thread. The words were hand stamped & then
 hand stitched onto the paper then lastly, I added a couple of flowers &
 some buttons. to do this morning then a quick trip into town this aft so
probably won't get any crafty time til tomorrow.....see you soon!

distress it at Brown Sugar
no digis/stamped images at Simply Create Too
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at Craft Your Passion
anything goes at Creative Cutting Challenge
use kraft at Dream Valley
stitching at Inky Chicks

Wednesday 15 April 2015

Spring with Oddball Art

Hi again, just popping in the let you know about the latest
challenge over at Oddball Art where the theme is SPRING!
I'm so happy to be sharing my 1st Dt make for the team.....I made a card this
time using the lovely Fay the Fancy Fairy......she's only available in rubber
over at Whimsy Stamps & you can find her here & you get the sentiments too!
Not many rules but you can see them all on the main blog, there's a prize for
the random winner & prizes for the top 3 too! 
For my card I used papers from my scrap drawer, black card, gems & a die
cut butterfly that was a freebie with a mag! 
Lizzy, the artist & owner of Oddball Art Stamp Co. has very kindly given me
a discount code to share with you.....if you fancy treating yourself to some of
 these images or, in fact anything in her shop you can use the code DTJO10 to
 save yourself 10%!
This code can be used multiple times on anything in the Etsy shop!
Rightio, that's definitely me for today lol......thanks for calling, have a
lovely day......see you soon!

die cuts at 4 Crafty Chicks
anything goes at Art by Miran
2 or more patt papers at Crafty Catz
anything goes at Sister Act
add a butterfly at Glitter n Sparkle
things with wings at Deep Ocean
anything goes at Through the Craft Room Door

Ribbons & Buttons with Sparkles!

Morning friends........hope you're all well!
We have a new challenge starting over at Sparkles today & we have a
fab theme that I'm sure you'll all love:
As usual, you can make anything you fancy just so long as it fits the
theme & you might just be one of our lucky winners! We have
Crafty Ribbons offering a very generous £10 spend (exc p+p)
and a wonderful prize of 2 dies from Marianne Designs
I made a little tag using the free gift from this months Creativity
magazine........I do love the Gorjuss range & this little character has 3
layers of decoupage & is finished with a couple of buttons & some
paper and gingham ribbon.....and that's it....real quick & easy and I know
exactly who would love this on their gift lol!
Thanks for calling friends......see you soon.....and don't forget to pop
over to Sparkles & see all the gorgeous Dt creations!

buttons at Wags 'n Whiskers
anything goes at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends

Tuesday 14 April 2015


Hi friends.......hope you're all well!
Another book page to share today, again from the book I made for 
Rebecca's friend, Jess for her 13th birthday. I'm happy to say she loved
it & I think I may well have requests for a few more pages to add to it!
So this is the Family I didn't have pics of her family I
went with just a verse. Papers & girl are Gorjuss, the heart is an Xcut
die, letters cut on my silhouette, flowers & pearls are from my stash &
 the verse & words were computer generated.
That's it from me for are all back at school/college today
so once the housework's done I'm hoping for an hour (or two) at my desk!
Thanks for calling......see you soon1


anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty
focus on a sentiment at Scrapbooker PhD
no digis/stamped images at Simply Create Too
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create

Monday 13 April 2015

March ATC swap

Morning friends......hope you're all well!
Last day of the holidays here so we've had a lovely sleep in this morning, 
in fact the 2 youngest are still in bed!! I don't sleep well & was still
awake at 4.45 this morning so then sleeping til 9.15 was a rare treat indeed!
So today I have an ATC to share, this was my make for the March
swap, the theme was STEAMPUNK & I had a fab inky, messy time
making it! I started with the blank ATC, ran it through an embossing
 folder & added the die cut clock hands. I then used Dylusion spray inks,
dusted some mica powder paints over the whole lot then rubbed some
 gilding wax over the raised parts. Lastly, I added some letters to spell TIME.
As usual, it was a great's a pic of the ATC's I received....
Fabulous makes as always, ladies.......thank you! to do some jobs.....then it's playtime lol!

anything goes + die/punch at Fan-Tastic Tuesday
anything but a card at Creative Moments

Saturday 11 April 2015

Another book page.......#3

Morning friends........happy Saturday, I hope your weekend's got off
to a good start! I have another page from the swap I did to share
with you today..........the theme for this one was tranquility/peace.
I pondered awhile (as you do lol), had visions of beautiful sunsets,
soothing colours, calm oceans and then just thought you know what?
For me, peace & tranquility always comes with a nice, hot cup of tea.
........and so my page was born. The papers are from My Mind's Eye, I
distressed the edges with my craft knife then inked with tea dye, the
cup was cut on my Silhouette & I simply added a punched heart & 
some pearls......and the computer generated verse!

anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
anything goes at Party Time Tuesday
anything goes at Crafty Creations
anything but a card at Creative Moments
anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty
2 or more patt papers at Crafty Catz
spots and/or stripes at Left of Center

Friday 10 April 2015

Sharing an oldie on Friday!

Morning friends......hope you're all well!
Another bright, beautiful day here on the Yorkshire Coast......the sun is
 shining, there's not a cloud in the sky & I have washing on
the line......happy days!
So as it's Friday I'm joining in with Erika over at Snappycrafts where every
 week she invites us to share an oldie.....craft style, of course!
I'm sharing a digi scrap page today of my 2 youngest when they were
3 & 7.......they're 12 & 16 now & Rebecca's an almost 13 year old little Miss
& Nic is a 6 foot 2  rugby player.....but they both still love cuddles lol!
Rightio, off to peg out some more washing...........thanks for calling &
whatever you're up to............have a lovely day!

Thursday 9 April 2015

Book page swap #1

Morning friends.....hope you're all well!
Today I'm sharing a page I made for the book page swap I took part in over in
 a Facebook group. Our lovely Sam chose the theme of Sci-Fi and oh my, did I 
worry over this one..I had no idea where to start! The image came from
 Miss Rebecca.....she loves to draw & had recently got a new 'how to draw' book
......she followed the instructions & drew the face & I gave him blue hair with
 Copics. The base was my version of the moon.....I gesso'ed, painted, sprayed,
dabbed, added name it, I did it, added a few stars to finish and
 that's version of the man on the moon lol.
Here's the page Sam sent me.......'s so pretty & the heart opens up to reveal a lovely verse.
Rebecca & me are gonna have a sewing day today, well, she's gonna 
sew & I'm gonna watch lol.
Thanks for calling.......have a lovely day!

Tuesday 7 April 2015

A Page for Jess #2

Morning friends......hope you're all well!

Today I have a couple of book pages to might remember I
made a little book for Rebecca to record her birthday memories last
year? Well, her best friend Jess told her she'd REALLY love
something like it for herself.......and you can guess the rest lol!
Instead of an album we went for a book that was full of her favourite
things.....and these pages are of her favourite books.
I used some Gorjuss paper, a spellbinder die, a scallop border punch,
flowers & gems from my stash, the 'A' was cut on my Silhouette
and the pic was recycled from a magazine!

Thanks for popping by........see you soon!
anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty
punches/dies at Southern Girls
anything goes at Crafty Catz

Monday 6 April 2015

And the winner is.........

Morning friends......hope you're all well!

Just popping in to announce the winner of my birthday candy.....all names
were written on pieces of card & then Milo dog brought me the
name of the winner........
and the winner is.............


Congratulations Sam, let me know your address & I'll get your
prize in the post asap!

Thanks to all who entered!

Sunday 5 April 2015

April's 2015 ATC swap!

Morning friends.....hope you're all well!
Time for a new ATC Swap theme and 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 leave me a comment to let me know you're
 in......and so's I know to watch out for the Postie!

Happy Crafting!

p.s - All march swaps received, thanks.....they're awesome!
I'll be posting out early next week once post is back to normal

Saturday 4 April 2015

Add a Sentiment with Crafty Calendar!

Hi friends.......hope you're all well!
We have a new challenge for you today over at Crafty Calendar where
the theme this time is a nice & simple one - ADD A SENTIMENT!
Any style, any fact anything crafty at all just so long as
there's a sentiment on it & you could be the lucky winner of a surprise
goody bag! As usual, you have all month to play & if you're low on
inspiration then why not pop on over to the main blog here and 
check out all the gorgeous Dt makes.
I used a Dilly Beans image for my card, the papers were free with a 
mag, sentiment was computer generated & the flowers were from my
 stash. I coloured her with my Copics, the tabs & foliage are punched
& I finished with a couple of green gems. I love this colour combo &
definitely plan on using it more.
Rightio, my friends......thanks for calling & whatever you're up to
hope you have a lovely weekend!

anything goes at  613 Avenue Create

anything goes at Through the Purple Haze
anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty
anything goes at Crafty Catz

Wednesday 1 April 2015

New Dt over at Oddball Art!

Hi guys....just popping in to share some news......I've joined the Dt
for Oddball Art Stamp Co.!!!!! I'm so chuffed that I get to create
with these sweet, quirky really is a pleasure & an honour!
I'm on the Challenge Blog Dt, you can find it here....the challenges
start on the 15th of each month & run until the 14th of the following 
month. There's a random winner plus the chance of winning one of
the top 3 spots......& you get to win awesome Oddball Art Co. images!
I used image no. can find her here.....a piece of card from
the Rockstar collection from DCWV, a computer printed sentiment, 
a button, gems & I coloured her with my Copics!
Lizzy is announcing the new Dt members over on the blog today, 
would be great if you could pop over & meet them!
Rightio, that's me for today.....thanks for calling.....see you soon!

anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at Craft Your Passion
anything goes at Party Time Tuesday
anything goes at Through the Craft Room Door

Use Kraft with Sparkles Christmas Challenges!

Morning friends.......hope you're all well......and happy April 1st to you!
Today we have a new challenge over at Sparkles Christmas Challenges and
this month I got to choose the theme, I chose USE KRAFT CARD!
A nice, easy theme....I'm sure we all love a bit of kraft lol!
For my card.....some simple matting &layering, the sweetest image
from Nitwits, a die cut snowflake & some gems to finish and that's it.....
.....another card ready for December!
Our sponsors for this month are Fantastic Ribbons offering 1 winner
a £10 voucher
and Crafty Sentiments offering 1 winner 3 digis

We love to see any & all makes at Sparkles Christmas just so long as 
you stick to the theme & it's Christmas related........and as usual, there's
some gorgeous inspiration over on the main blog!
Hope to see you there!

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