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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 30 June 2015

June 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 May swaps received, thanks....they're awesome as usual!
I'll post them out to you this week

Monday 29 June 2015

Summer Fun reminder with Oddball Art!

Morning friends, happy Monday......hope you're all well & rested after the 
weekend! We've had a scorcher of a weekend & it looks set to continue for
 the next 2-3 days at least. As some of you might know, I'm one of them misery
guts that doesn't like the heat so I'm not too impressed lol!
So today I have a reminder make for the Summer Fun challenge going on over 
at Oddball Art, you can find all details here. I made a necklace this  time.......I 
made the charms by stamping onto shrink plastic then colouring with my Copics.
 Next, I die cut the shape then punched a hole at the top to hang the charms..
.then the fun part.......heating the charms with my heat  gun til they shrivel up
 & shrink! Every time, I think it's not gonna work cos they twist & turn under 
the heat & then it just happens....they magically flatten out to a smaller 
perfectly formed version of the original & then I usually whack it with a heavy
 object just to make sure it stays flat lol! I love how the colours intensify once
 it's shrunk....makes my colouring look real good lol. I attached the charms to a 
long seed bead & pearl necklace.......reminded me of the times my friends & me
 used to sit for hours when we were kids threading beads on to lengths of beads we used to call them & we'd wear strings & strings
 of them.......happy days! 
Thanks for calling & whatever you're up to.....have a lovely day!
image - Annie has a sweet tooth - Oddball Art
coloured with Copics
Xcut scallop oval die
beads etc - my stash
challenges I'd like to enter
anything goes at Crafty Gals Corner
anything goes at Fresh Brewed Designs
anything goes at Simon says Stamp
anything goes at Eclectic Ellapu
anything goes at Craft Your Passion
girly at Dream Valley

Friday 26 June 2015

Sharing an Oldie this Friday!

Morning lovelies......hope you're all well!
Anyone any idea how we've got to Friday so quickly? I swear these weeks are
 moving faster than they wonder I never get done all the things I
 planned .............well, that's my excuse anyway lol. Today I'm joining in with
 Erika over at Snappycrafts where she invites us to share an oldie,craft style..
...... a just for fun look back at past craft projects......simply visit Erika, leave
a comment to let her know you're joining  in & you'll get comments back!
 I've chosen to share a Christmas card this favourite time of the
 year & something I love to prepare for. Me & Rebecca usually start in July
 once she's broken up for the Summer holidays......only 3 weeks to go!
I can still remember making this card...might even use the same design this
year, maybe just change the colour scheme.
Rightio, lots to do today....thanks for calling.....see you soon!

Monday 22 June 2015

Canvas Heart

Hi friends....hope you're all well!
This canvas has been sat in my craft room for a couple of months
now, you know when you think it needs a little 'something' but don't know 
what that 'something' is? Well, I decided to share it anyway lol.....and as
it's for me if I ever decide to add something then I can share it again lol!
I started by giving it a coat of Gesso then drew the heart shape freehand.
Then the fun part.....scrunched up tissue paper & more Gesso to give
the lumpy bumpy effect! 
Once dry I added a light green acrylic paint, wasn't
quite happy with the colour so took a wad of kitchen roll & dipped it
into some teal green paint. Just by dabbing here & there I kept going til I
was happy with the colour. For the heart I used just one sheet of 12x12 paper
torn into strips, I used a distress marker to highlight the joins then edged
it with some ric rac. The flowers were fussy cut from another sheet of the
 same paper & I filled the centre with some beads.....last but not least, I 
added some Tim Holtz chit chat stickers!
So that's me for today....would love to know what you think. Thanks for
calling......see you soon!

Sunday 21 June 2015

Too cute!

 Morning crafting to share today, just wanted to pop on & show you a couple of pics of our new housemates, aren't they gorgeous? We've had them for a week now, they're so good & great fun.....but still haven't got names!
They love to spend their days playing in my dining room.....and their evenings snuggled up
on the sofa!
Have a lovely Sunday!

Saturday 20 June 2015

A bit of gingham....

Morning friends.....hope you're all well!
Anything nice planned for the weekend? We're not doing too much...
...our Nic took his last exam yesterday & has now officially left school....think 
he was as emotional as I was lol & my boy Chris has an excitingday ....
....THE VAMPS are playing a concert in our town tonight & Chris gets to cook
 for of the perks of being in Catering College!
I'm pretty sure we'll hear them from our house lol....or maybe we'll just
hear the hordes of screaming girls lol.
So for today's crafty offering I have a little gingham heart.....I cut the 2 large 
heart  pieces freehand, stitched on a cream felt heart to one piece then
 stitched them both together, stuffed them & added a ribbon for hanging, a 
little cream bow & finished with a wooden snowflake!
Rightio, that's me for today....thanks for calling & whatever you're up to hope
 you have fun....& a little crafty time!

Friday 19 June 2015

Sami Stamps GDT & new release!

Hi friends, happy Friday..........hope you're all well!
At the beginning of June I was lucky enough to win 1st place over at Sami 
Stamps.......and Sami invited me to join them as GDT for today's new
 release.....of course, I said yes please! Sami gave me this fun image to use & I 
have to be honest....I don't think I've ever coloured a frog before lol. I wanted 
to try & get some texture to his body so first I coloured him with pencil 
crayons then coloured over that with Copics. For his glasses I used glossy 
accents, then some simple matting & layering, a computer printed sentiment
 & that's it........job done!
Do pop over & check out the new release, they're all fun!
Thanks for popping by today.....see you soon!

Thursday 18 June 2015

One slice or two?

Morning lovelies.....hope you're all well!
Something different to share today....well, I would share if there was some
 left.........but we ate it all lol! My fav meal right now is a big bowl of homemade
 veg soup and a slice (or two) from a homemade white crusty farmhouse loaf...
...mmmmmm, delicious! We bought a breadmaker a little while ago & love it....'s so easy, just chuck in all the ingredients, switch it on.....& then while
 it's baking I get to go sit at my desk and play lol. 
Thanks for calling......hope you manage some crafty time today!

Wednesday 17 June 2015

Steampunk book page

Morning crafty bloggers.....hope you're all well!
Ooh, it's a bit breezy & wet today......and I was gonna spend the morning in 
the garden too.....oh well, might just have to shut myself in my craft room
instead........after the jobs are done of course (wink wink) lol!
Today I have a book page to share.....5x5 & the theme was Steampunk.
I started with a base of Dylusion spray inks, they are soooo nice...I used a
bottle top to stamp random circles with mica paints. I brushed the same paint
over a Tim Holtz weathered clock die cut, Cheery Lynn die cut cogs &
the die cut wings. The mannequin is from Craftwork cards & covered with a
layer of crackle paint, I then added die cut wings, a cheesecloth
skirt & a chain belt....added a gem to the centre of the cogs & that's it!
The left side was left plain as that's where the holes are to be punched to
hold the book together. Rightio, that's my lot for to go grab a
cuppa & have a wander around Blogland...thanks for calling....see you soon!

anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
steampunk at Eclectic Ellapu
anything goes at Craft Your Passion

Tuesday 16 June 2015

Men, men, men, men, manly men, men, me!

Yep, me & Bex live in a house full of men who all watch Two & a Half Men
 & find much amusement chanting the 'Men, men, men, men........' theme
tune.......and it drives us mad lol! Today's crafty offering is a card I made for
Bex's best friend Jess to give to her Dad for Father's Day....some simple
matting & layering, distressed edges and a kraft & black colour combo and
that's it....job done! Talking of jobs, I've got lots to do today, especially if
I want to sneak an hour at my desk later lol. Thanks for calling today &
whatever you're up too.....have fun!
papers - He Said She Said
card - stash
memento ink
scallop die cut- Xcut die
fishtail banner die cut- Dienamics die
letters - Xcut die
'tache & glasses cut on Silhouette
it's a boy thing at Crafting for all Seasons
just for boys at Creative Corner
for the boys at Left of Center
Father's day at QKR Stampede
it's a guy thing at Come & Get It
Father's day at Crafty Boots
anything goes at Craft Your Passion

Monday 15 June 2015

Summer Fun with Oddball Art!

Morning friends.......hope you're all well!
A bright & beautiful morning here on the Yorkshire Coast today....
let's see how long it lasts lol.
So today sees the start of a new challenge over at the Oddball Art
 Challenge Blog where the theme is SUMMER FUN! 
As usual you can win some of Lizzy's fab digis.......& you have a month
to play so why not come join the fun, we'd love to see you!
Oh, and if you fancy treating yourself you can use code DTJO10 to
save 10% on any purchases in store!
Rightio, that's me for today.....don't forget to pop by & see the gorgeous Dt
makes from the rest of the team! Thanks for calling .....see you soon.
image - Oddball Art
papers - freebies with a mag
gems & ribbons - stash
coloured with Copics
sun - Sizzix die
tag at Mod Squad
anything goes at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at Art by Miran
anything but a square card at Whimsy Stamps

Friday 12 June 2015

Sharing an Oldie this Friday

Morning friends......hope you're all well!
Can you believe it's Friday again?  The year's flying past so quickly I'm
struggling to keep up lol....but I am so looking forward to the Summer
holidays....I do love it when the kids break for Summer. Bex & me have 
lots planned & I'm thinking of setting her a blogging/crafty type challenge
for the month of this space!
So back to business......Friday is Share an Oldie day hosted by the lovely
Erika over at Snappycrafts, it's a weekly look back at past crafty projects,
why not pop on over & join the fun? My crafty offering for today is one
of the 1st cards I blogged & entered into a challenge.....& the 1st that won
 me a prize.....oh my, was I excited when I saw that! I can still remember
 actually making this card, was so chuffed I managed to use up a fair
few paper scraps too!
Rightio, that's my lot for today, thanks for calling....see you soon!
image - Magnolia Tilda
papers - stash
flowers - stash
sentiment - LOTV
ribbon/lace - stash
pearls - stash
coloured with promarkers

Saturday 6 June 2015

Fancy Folds with Crafty Calendar!

Morning lovelies.......hope you're all well & have something nice planned
for the weekend! Bright & very breezy here today so methinks I'll be
ploughing through the mountains of washing I always seem to have!
First though, I have some exciting news...........myself & Sue are now the
 proud co-owners of  the Crafty Calendar challenge blog! Lynne, the previous
owner had decided to step down due to ill health & rather than close the blog
she very generously handed over the reins to us two!
So today sees the start of June's challenge, the theme is FANCY FOLDS
and we're sponsored by the fabulous Aurora Wings who are offering a
prize of  $15 to spend will be soooo spoilt for choice!
We were lucky enough to receive a sponsor image, I chose Turtle Kiss &
after colouring her with my Copics I made an easel card, I added lots of die 
cuts, distressed layers, cheesecloth, pearls, some paper flowers & finished
with some chit chat stickers from Tim Holtz.
Rightio, my friends, that's me for today.......thanks for calling & whatever
 you're up to......have a lovely weekend!

anything goes at Papertake Weekly
anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty
anything goes at Brown Sugar
for the girls at Left of Center
anything goes at Sister Act
splish splash at My Sheri Crafts

Friday 5 June 2015

Sharing an Oldie Friday!

Morning friends......hope you're all well.
I've really missed my craft room this past week or two and I'm so sorry
for my lack of commenting, posting's thrown me a few
 curveballs recently & I've realised (again) how quickly things can change.
But you know what? I still have a lot to be thankful for & I'm sure once 
things start to settle down I'll find my peace at my craft desk.
So for today I'm joining in with lovely Erika over at Snappycrafts as
she hosts the weekly look back at older crafty creations. I started out as a
papercrafting as a scrapbooker  & this card was one of my very early
attempts at card making......and I still kinda like it lol. No stamping & 
colouring involved, just some simple decoupage, a peel off sentiment &
some ribbons. Rightio my friends, I'm gonna leave it at that for today but
I'll be back tomorrow for the new challenge over at Crafty Calendar.
Thanks for calling.......see you soon!
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