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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

Sunday 31 May 2015

May 2015 ATC Swap!

Hi 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 swap)

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 Postie!

Have fun!


p.s - All April swaps received, thanks....they're awesome as usual!
I'll post them out to you this week

Saturday 30 May 2015

Delicious Doodles Blog Hop - We're Back!!

Morning friends.....hope you're all well!
Did you hear the news? Delicious Doodles are back and we're starting with a 
blog all know the drill.....simply hop from blog to blog leaving a
 comment along the way then return to the challenge blog & link up your
 challenge entry.....simples! We're starting with a theme of ANYTHING GOES
& the prize will be 6 of Teri's fab images from her Etsy shop!

Jo Lovering - you're here!
Avril Watson

Happy hopping, folks......good luck & I'll see you soon!

Friday 29 May 2015

Oddball Art challenge reminder

Hi friends......hope you're all well!
It's been a weird old week in our household this week but hopefully things
will start to get back on track soon. Today I have my Oddball Art 
challenge reminder to share, the theme is to add a butterfly and/or a
dragonfly and you have another couple of weeks to play. Great prizes to
be won & you can find all the details here. For my card I used image number
207, she's called Josie & the butterflies & you can find her right here
in Lizzy's shop. Use my discount code DTJO10 for 10% of anything in
Lizzy's shop!
Thanks for calling......whatever you're up to hope you have a lovely day!

2 or more dp's at Di's Digi's
anything goes at Robyn's Fetish
anything goes at Corrosive Challenges
anything goes at Dream Valley
for a teen at Creative Card Crew

Sunday 24 May 2015

And another book page!

Morning friends.......hope you're all well & enjoying the long weekend!
We have the typical bank holiday weather wet & miserable even
 the cats didn't want to venture outside! Yet another book page to share today.
......not many left now lol. The theme for this one was flowers & I wanted to
try for something a bit different, a change from the usual flower colours.
The brown base & the circle were all painted with mica pearls, the petals were
 all hand cut using up lots of scraps & I simply arranged them around
the cog........attached a length of chain & added the bee charm........done!
That's me for today so thanks for calling, have a good day & I'll see you soon.

Saturday 23 May 2015


Morning friends.......hope you're all well.
We woke to a dull, grey & damp morning.........typical British Bank Holiday
 weather lol. Today's card is a bit different to my usual and was so quick &
easy to make. The colours look a lot softer in real life, you wouldn't believe
how many pics I took before I settled on this one! I think this style would
suit many occasions & plan on making a few watch this space lol.
Rightio, keeping it short & sweet today cos we're off shopping....
....thanks for calling......see you soon.
card - stash
flower punch - stash
banner - Dienamics die
lattice - Cheery Lynn die
butterfly - die free with a mag
pearls - stash
word sticker - Tim Holtz chit chat
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
anything goes at Craft Your Passion
water a flower at Die Cut Divas
to die for at Little Red Wagon

Friday 22 May 2015

Sharing an Oldie this Friday

Morning  friends......happy Friday!
School's out today for a week so it'll be lovely to have some
home time with my youngest 2.....Bex & me will probably have some
crafty time and maybe watch a film or two....and hopefully a shopping day.
My youngest son Nic will hopefully relax a bit.....he's busy with exams right
now.......8 down, 12 to go....ooh, I remember those times well!
So on the crafting front it's that time of the week where the lovely Erika
 over at Snappycrafts invites us all to share an oldie......craft style, of 
course lol. This little rock star card was for my boy Chris's birthday.......he
 dresses & wears his hair just like this image.....and I think it might have
 been my 1st easel card too.
Rightio, lots to do today so I'll just say thanks for calling.....see you soon!

Thursday 21 May 2015

Egypt book page

Hi friends......hope you're all well.
It's been a nice day here, washing all dried, kids been I'm gonna
have an hour at my desk. First though, I have a book page to share...the
theme was Egypt & boy, did I struggle with this one! The paper came from
an old book....I inked the edges & distressed with my craft knife. The map 
& letters were cut on my Silhouette, the image came from an old 
colouring book & was coloured with my Copics.
Thanks for calling......see you soon.

Wednesday 20 May 2015

Another 'just because' card......

Hi friends......happy Wednesday! I hope you're all well & I
many of you are enjoying the same strange weather as us? Hail, rain,
 sunshine, thunder & name it, we've had it......and pretty much
 all at once lol! So today I have another 'just because' card to share.....I'm
 really enjoying making cards right now & seem to building up quite a
stash! The image is one of the new Ickyink digi stamps, she's called Oddella,
there's 5 images & I couldn't decide which one to I bought
them all I just need to find the time to colour them all!
Rightio, quick cuppa before the troops start arriving home, thanks for
calling......see you soon.
image - PolkaDoodles
papers - Docrafts freebie & Lellibot
coloured with Copics
words - Tim Holtz chit chat
butterfly - XCut die
everything else - stash
with a heart at Papertake Weekly
anything goes at Party Time Tuesday
use a die cut at Crafting Musketeers
anything goes at Petal Lu
anything goes at The Sisters of Crafts
anything goes at Art by Miran
anything square at Graph'it
things with wings at Polka Doodles
anything goes/teentastic at Creative Moments
not cute at Pile It On

Tuesday 19 May 2015

At the movies.......

Morning friends......hope you're all well.
I think we've recovered (just) from the weekend's birthday celebrations &
we're back to normal....I just hope Rebecca's teenage years are as
stress free as the boys lol! Saying that, 2 of my sons are in the midst of exams
 right now.....1 at College & 1 at school so we're not entirely stress free
 although they do seem to be handling it quite well.
So today I have a book page to share, this one from the book I made for Jess
(Bex's best friend), it's full of all her favourite things The images are all
snipped from mags, books & even a couple of old video cases, the words
were cut on my Silhouette, the film strips are die cut & the flowers
are from my stash. Shopping day today so I better get a move on...thanks
for calling......see you soon.

Monday 18 May 2015

Gorjuss notebooks

Morning friends......hope you're all well.
Thanks so much for all the birthday wishes and cards for Rebecca, she
had a fabulous birthday & was thoroughly spoilt! It's just a shame she's at
school this morning cos I think she could have slept the day away lol.
So for today I have a couple of notebooks to share, these started out as
plain hardback books......just perfect for decorating & at A5 size they're
just the right size for popping in your bag......or school bag......cos these
 2 have gone to Miss Rebecca & her friend!
Thanks for calling......see you soon!
hardback books - Wilkos
papers - Gorjuss
decoupaged images - free with Docrafts mag
everything else - stash
anything goes at Party time Tuesday
anything goes at Inspiration Destination
anything goes at Simply Papercraft
no squares at Allsorts
anything goes at Craft Your Passion

Saturday 16 May 2015

Happy Birthday Rebecca!

Morning you crafty bloggers.........hope you're all well & have something
nice planned for the weekend.......and, of course, a little crafty time!
Me? Well, my very own Gorjuss Girl, Miss Rebecca is 13 today, 13.....oh my...
can't quite believe how that happened so fast lol. So we're off shopping, out for
 tea & then finishing off with a cinema trip.....& I might squeeze in a little
 visit to the craft shop!!
Rightio, better get a move on......thanks for calling & whatever you're
up to have a lovely day.
image - Gorjuss
papers - Gorjuss
bottle cap - Gorjuss
words - Tim Holtz chit chat
bow - Gorjuss
flowers& gems - my stash
flowers at Eureka Stamps
flowers at Stamp & Create
flowers at Deep Ocean
flower power at Digi Choosday
flowers at Crafting by Design
May flowers at Crafty Gals Corner
tag it at Fab 'n' Funky
anything goes at Sister Act

Friday 15 May 2015

Add a Butterfly and/or a Dragonfly with Oddball Art

Hi friends......happy Friday!
Today I have a card to share for the latest challenge over at Oddball Art
where the theme is to ADD A BUTTERFLY AND/OR  A DRAGONFLY!
As usual, there's some gorgeous digi's to be won.............and don't forget you
get more for your money with Oddball Art as our fabby designer Lizzie Love
gives you 2 digi' with a pouty face & one with a smiley face...
....but that's not all.........if you use the code'll get a 10%
 discount on absolutely anything in Lizzy's Etsy Shop!
For my card I used Fairy Girl Tasha, she's image number 73B & you
can find her here. I coloured her with Copics & added a good sprinkle of
glitter. The papers & dragonfly die were freebies with a mag & I finished
with some pearls from my stash!
Don't forget to pop on over & see the gorgeous Dt makes.....and if you want
to, you can enter your make in our Facebook challenge where the theme
is always Anything goes!
Thanks for calling........see you tomorrow!

challenges I'd like to enter
anything goes at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
anything goes at Craft Your Passion
things with wings at Dream Valley
the great outdoors at Incy Wincy
things with wings at Whoopsi Daisy
anything goes at Through the Craft Room door
colour an image at Whimsy Stamps

Monday 11 May 2015

Pretty in Pink

Morning crafty friends & bloggers.........hope you're all well.
I have a 'just because I wanted to make it' card to share today, I fancied
 making something all pink and pretty and this is the result. The gorgeous
 digi is called Wildflower Beauty & she's from Sami Stamps.....that hair is 
gorgeous & so good to colour, just hope I've done her justice!
 Coloured with copics, papers were freebies with a mag, words are Tim Holtz
 & everything else is from my stash. Rightio, better little Miss
Rebecca will be 13 on Saturday so I'm off birthday present shopping...
.......wish me luck cos I'm gonna need it lol!
Thanks for calling......see you soon

flowers at Deep Ocean
anything goes at Digi Choosday
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
anything goes at Crafty Ribbons
fussy & fancy at In the Pink
anything goes at Creative Fingers
anything goes at Sami Stamps
anything goes at Sister Act
Spring flowers at Sweet Stampin'
got flowers? at Come & Get It

Saturday 9 May 2015

Book Page Swap, Theme - Keys

Hi lovelies...........hope you're all well.
A grey, wet morning today.....just my kind of weather lol. Well, the
wallpapering didn't get done yesterday but I did at least get the wallpaper & I
 already have the paint so that's a start.........fingers crossed it'll be done on
 Monday..............and at least I sorted out 2 big bags of rubbish!
So today I have a book page to share,  each page is 5 x 5 inches & we  had to
 leave a 3/4 inch gap down the left side so's it could be punched ready 
for binding. The theme for this page was keys....I started with a square of kraft
card & added a dictionary page. The corrugated cardboard layer was scraped
with a pencil to distress it a bit, swiped with some acrylic paint & then I added
some crackle paint. I used acrylic paint on the key & chain and then wiped
 most of it off, the wings were die cut & painted with mica. Lastly, I added a
couple of metal corners. Loved making this page, it's great to be able to use
so many different mediums all on one page.......& very messy too lol!
Thanks for calling today & whatever you're up to......have a lovely weekend!

Friday 8 May 2015

Sharing an Oldie This Friday!

Hi friends......hope you're all well!
Well here we are, Friday again & it's a bright, breezy day here on the
Yorkshire Coast.....but we all know how quickly that can change
lol.....I guess we'll probably have some rain before the day is over!
Today I'm joining in with Erika over at Snappycrafts where she hosts her
 weekly look back over past makes. A card for a boy today, you'd think
with having 5 sons I'd have lots of male cards but soon as I
make them they're gone lol! This image reminds me so much of my 4th
son.....not the face but the clothes. the hat & even the hair! The image
is from the Greetings Farm & if I remember rightly the papers were
freebies with a mag.
Rightio, that's me for today.....I'm off to try persuade one of my sons to
decorate my craft room.....there's 2 alcoves I fancy papering & the rest of
it just needs a freshen up with paint. thanks for calling......see you soon!

Wednesday 6 May 2015

ATC April swap

Hi friends......hope you're all well!
Did you all have a lovely, long weekend? We did, not the weekend we
planned but good anyway.....a day shopping followed by two days to
recover lol!
Today I'm sharing the ATC's I made for the little swap group I run, these
are from the April swap where the theme was to add some stitching,
faux or real. I started with blank kraft ATC's, added a layer of paper with
distressed edges then faux stitched around the edge. The thread cards,
needle & pin were cut on my silhouette, the buttons & thread were from
my stash.
Rightio, got lots of jobs to do today before I can sit at my desk so thanks
for calling & I'll see you soon.

challenges I'd like to enter

anything goes at Brown Sugar
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at Papertake Weekly

Friday 1 May 2015

Tag, You're It with Sparkles Christmas Challenges!

Hi friends......hope you're all well!
Another gorgeous day here on the Yorkshire coast & very soon I'll be off round the corner to watch as the Tour de Yorkshire ride past...........feeling quite excited about that lol!
First though, I have my Dt make for the latest challenge over at
where our lovely Mary has chosen the theme of Tag, You're it!
As usual, anything Christmas related......& it doesn't have to be a tag, just so long as there's a tag somewhere then that's good!
Fabulous sponsors again this month. we have Bugaboo offering 7 digis
& a surprise prize from Marianne Designs
We're also excited to invite Guest Designers now, if you fancy joining us you can
find out how over on the main blog here. We have my lovely blog buddy
Julie joining us this month, she makes the loveliest cards & I should know cos
I'm lucky enough to have received some lol!
Rightio friends, thanks for calling..... have a lovely weekend!
image - Nutcrafters
coloured with Copics
papers - Marianne Designs
sentiment - LOTV
everything else - stash

challenges I'd like to enter
anything goes at Christmas Card Challenges
use a digi at The Glory of Christmas
anything goes at Craft Your Passion
all about the boys at Cutie Pie
Christmas at Fab 'n' Funky

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