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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

Friday 31 July 2015

July 2015 ATC Swap!

Hi friends......hope you're all well!
Time for a new ATC Swap theme & this month we're going with
(can be wet or dry)

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.....& so's I know to watch our for Postie!

Have fun!

Ooh, nearly you like my new badge?
I'd love it if you'd share it on your blog with a link back to mine!

Wednesday 29 July 2015

Midway reminder over at Oddball Art!

Hi friends, happy Wednesday.....hope you're all well!
Another Christmas card to share today, this one's my midway reminder for the
challenge over at Oddball Art where the theme is DIE CUTS! 
I used Kitten #173....she's so cute catching snowflakes on her tongue, reminds me
 of my daughter.....and me too many years ago lol.
As usual, fab prizes to be can find all info here & if you fancy
 treating yourself I have a discount code for you to use - DTJO10 will save you 
10% on anything in Lizzy's Oddball Art Etsy shop!
Don't forget we also have a Facebook challenge too, the theme is always 
Anything Goes so you could enter there too!
Rightio, that's my lot for today....thanks for calling...see you soon!
(You can enter my candy giveaway HERE)
image & sentiment - Oddball Art
papers - Dovecraft
Tree die - Marianne Designs
coloured with Copics
something cute at Crimbo Crackers
anything goes at Brown Sugar
Christmas in July at Morgan's Artworld
2 or more patterned papers at Polkadoodles
Christmas in July at My Time to Craft
anything goes at Christmas Card Challenges
Christmas in July at Crafty Boots

Saturday 25 July 2015

Blog Birthday Candy!

Morning friends, happy Saturday & I hope you're all well!
Next month I will have been blogging for 4 years!!!! Can't believe how fast
the years have gone.....and I have almost 300 followers......still can't believe
people actually follow my little blog lol! So to celebrate and to say
thanks to you all........IT'S CANDY TIME!
Time to say thanks for all the lovely comments you leave me, I appreciate
each & every one so much.

Candy 1
Dovecraft 6x6 paper pack
Spellbinders sentiments dies
Ribbon/Lace/Crochet trim
Asst embellishments

Candy 2
Clear Impressions rose garden stamp set
Marianne Creatables rose die

How to enter:
I'd love for you to follow my blog.
Add pic to your sidebar & link back to my blog
Add your name to linky below
Leave a comment to let me know which candy you'd prefer

Candy will be open until the August 31st ....thanks for joining my
birthday celebrations & good luck!

Sunday 19 July 2015

Anything Goes with Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!

Hi friends.....hope you're all well & having a lovely weekend!
I have some news to share today.....I just joined the Design Team over at
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends......thank so much for asking me Denise!
Today is my 1st challenge with Team B & the theme as always is
I made a tag this time using an image called A Cupcake For You from Fresh
 Brewed Designs ....just some simple distressed layers, some colouring & I paper
pieced her dress!! Never done that before & not sure I will  again lol....then I
 added  ribbon, gems, alphabet stickers & some cheesecloth.

We have some fantastic sponsors this time offering amazing prizes:
$20 to spend instore

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1 image

If you pop on over to the main blog you find all the rules (not many) and
some gorgeous Dt inspiration (lots).....we'd love to see you!

Thanks for calling today......see you soon!

Saturday 18 July 2015

Memory wire bracelet

Hi friends......hope you're all well & your weekend got off to a good start!
We're now officially on Summer break, school til Sept 10th
for Miss Rebecca.....almost 8 weeks!!! Better get my thinking cap on, gonna
need lots to keep her busy lol!
So today I have a bracelet to share....this one made with a coil of memory
wire, assorted beads, skulls & finished with a couple of heart charms.
Love making these as it's a great way of using up lots of oddments so they're
ever so cheap.....and very effective too!
Rightio, lots to do today, thanks for calling & I'll see you tomorrow!

Thursday 16 July 2015

A journal page.....

Morning friends......hope you're all well.
I have a journal page to share today...I love getting creative with inks, paints, 
gesso, stencils..........anything messy & it's got me......not so fun to clean up 
afterwards though.......but so worth it! My journal is a Dylusions Creative
 Journal & I love it although I have to say I don't get to play in it as much as I'd
like.....roll on the Summer holidays lol! 
The words were the starting point for this page, they're small talk by Tim Holtz:
'No beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart'
How true is that? It doesn't matter what you look like, whether you're fat,
 thin, rich, poor, tall short....true beauty comes from within & it always starts
 with a good heart. 
My hearts were hand cut from old book pages then I added colour with Caran
 D'Ache wax pastels, blended the colour with water & dabbed some off to let
 the words show through then edged them with black. The background is an
assortment of acrylic paint, stencils & circles made with paint tube lids! For the
frame I used a black Posca pen & a white Signo Uni-ball pen.
Rightio, that's me for today, thanks for calling.....see you soon!

Wednesday 15 July 2015

Die Cuts with Oddball Art!

Hi friends.....hope you're all well & having a good week!
Today I'm here to share my Dt make for the new challenge over at Oddball Art
where the theme is DIE CUTS!
Another Christmas card from's never too early to get your Christmas
craft on & Lizzy has the best images....I can see most of these going to
Miss Rebecca's friends this year! You can find all the info you need over on
the challenge blog along with some gorgeous Dt inspiration.....and if you fancy
treating yourself you can use code DTJO10 to save yourself 10% off anything
in Lizzy's Etsy store! 
Don't forget....there's also an Oddball Art Facebook group where the challenge
theme is always Anything Goes......even more chances to win!!
Thanks for calling......see you soon!
papers - Dovecraft
fishtail banner die - Dienamics
sentiment - LOTV
snowflake die - Cheery Lynn
coloured with Copics

Christmas in July at Sassy Studios
Christmas in July at Kitty Bee Designs
Christmas in July at Sweet Stampin'
Christmas in July at Come & Get It
Christmas in July at Quirky Crafts
die cuts at Creative Card Crew
Christmas in July at Deep Ocean

Friday 10 July 2015

Share an Oldie this Friday!

Hi friends......happy Friday.........hope you're all well & have something nice 
planned for the weekend. One of my Boys, Chris is cooking for Jessie J 
today....she's playing a concert in our town......& I think if we listen carefully
 we might just hear her from our house!
Other than that, not much happening here, we've been such busy bees these
 past few weekends I think we'll be spending this one at home.....I'm sure I'll
 find something to do....& it might even be crafty!
So as it's Friday you know what that means....time to join in with our lovely
hostess Erika over at Snappycrafts as she invites us to share an oldie...../.but
craft style, of course lol. Pop over & leave a comment so she knows you're
in & you'll get lots back! My oldie is a birthday card I made for another of 
my sons......Cameron  loves books, the older the better so this book elf was
perfect for him. Some matting & layering, some inky & distressed edges,
some machine stitching....a bit of everything on this card & I know he still 
has it!
Rightio, better go do the dreaded h****work....after I've had a quick cuppa
& a quick peek at your blogs. Thanks for calling today & thanks also for 
the lovely comments you left yesterday......means a lot.

Thursday 9 July 2015

Believe in the magic......

Morning friends......hope you're all well!
Thanks for all your lovely comments on my last post....those pesky
kittens are sure keeping me on my toes lol!
Something a bit different to share today.....I started with the blank canvas then
 made the background by melting some cheap wax crayons & then swirling the
 colours together...while it was still wet I sprinkled it with glitter and oh my,
 in real life it looks gorgeous! Next I stamped my image into tissue paper then
 coloured it with Copics & used matte medium to adhere it to the canvas....
then I made the mistake of drying it with my heat gun which  re-melted 
the wax underneath the face hence the slightly grainy look....but no worries
......I'm still happy with it & it was my 1st attempt. Some words, stars, a spray 
of white Dylusions,  a painted border & that's it......finished....thankfully Rebecca
 loves it as it's gonna be the start of a wall of assorted canvas in her room.
Weather's not too bad today so I'm off for an hour or two's work in the
 garden......wish me luck lol.
Thanks for calling..........see you son!
canvas - The Works
image - Moondrop by Lizzy Love
wax crayons - that shop where everything's a £1!
acrylic paint - The Works
glitter - stash
words - Tim Holtz chit chat stickers
anything goes at Art by Miran
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at Anything but a Card
anything goes mixed media at That Craft Place
anything creative at Love to Create

Tuesday 7 July 2015

Don't wake the kitty cats!!!!

Hi friends......hope you're all well!
Having myself a sneaky afternoon in the craft room today.....listening to some
Poison,  got Wimbledon (on mute)....and those pesky kitty cats are
fast asleep lol! Honestly, it's like having 2 toddlers in the house, they're
always on the go, always up to mischief....but they're soooooocute!
Poppy always looks so sad, she loves cuddles & likes to fall asleep in my
arms on her back while I rub her tummy....don't know who's
or the cat lol! Lola is pure mischief, she'll snuggle only when SHE wants to 
& her favourite place is halfway up the curtains at the patio doors!!
Today's craft offering is a little wall hanging I made for Rebecca to hang
onto the dining room door when they're the vain hope that the
boys won't go in & disturb big as my lot are they can't resist
kitty snuggles! I used a Lizzy Love stamp, you can find it here at Whimsy
stamps....I love how she looks like she's tip toe-ing past the sleeping cat!
Rightio, better go get some tea on, thanks for calling.....see you soon!
anything goes at Crafting by Design
anything goes at Inspiration Destination
anything goes at Penny's Paper Crafty
animals at Aud Sentiments
anything goes at Crafty Catz
anything goes at Simply Papercraft

Saturday 4 July 2015

Christmas in July & Dt call with Crafty Calendar!

Morning friends, hope you're all well!
I woke very early this morning to thunder, lightning & some light, cool
rain.....oh, it was bliss.....a welcome relief from the heat we've been having!
So today I'm here to share my Dt make for the latest challenge over at 
 where the theme this time is........ CHRISTMAS IN's never too
 early to get your Christmas craft on lol! I wanted to keep my card fairly flat 
for posting so I just did some simple matting & layering, added a  printed 
sentiment, a sprinkle of glitter & a wooden snowflake to finish. As usual we
 like to see any & all crafts (so long as it fits the theme) over at Crafty 
Calendar, you can enter up to 3 times & you have until July 29th to play....
.and the prize this month is a Christmas Goody Bag!
Don't forget to pop on over to the main blog where you can find some
gorgeous Dt inspiration......and we also have a Dt call....if you fancy joining
our fun, friendly team you can find all info there!
Thanks for calling today.....whatever you're up to.....have fun!
image - LOTV
papers - Dovecraft
fishtail banner - Dienamics die
everything else - stash
anything goes at Craft Your Passion
anything goes at Crafty Catz
for a child at QKR Stampede
get ahead for Christmas at Simply Create Too
anything goes at Simply Papercraft
all that glitters at Winter Wonderland

Friday 3 July 2015

Sharing an Oldie this Friday with Snappycrafts!

Morning friends....hope you're all well & enjoying this awful heat!
 Friday again & time to join in with Erika over at Snappycrafts as she
hosts a weekly look back at past crafty makes. If you fancy joining in
all Erika asks is that you leave her a comment so's she knows & can pop 
over & visit you back........and we can too lol. I chose a not too old make
to share today...just from last year in fact but the first time I had something
appear in a mag! It's my 'Little Book of Christmas 2014'.... I make one every
year, usually in July & it's where I keep track of all things Christmas.  Gift
ideas, card lists, recipes....anything & everything goes in to this book!
Rightio, off to get the jobs done.....I figure an hour in the garden equals
2 hours in the craft I better get cracking!
Thanks for calling & whatever you're up to.....have a lovely day.

Wednesday 1 July 2015

Myth & Magic with Delicious Doodles!

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well! Oh boy, am I struggling with this
heat we're having in the UK......but it's a good excuse to shut myself away
in my craft room with the fan on full lol. So today I'm sharing my make
for the new challenge over at Delicious Doodles where the theme for July
is MYTH & MAGIC......a great theme, perfect for lots of Teri's fab images.
I made a tag this time, some simple layering & I used mica pearl paints on
the crystal ball, doesn't show up too well in the pic but in real
they give a gorgeous sheen. Some amazing digi's to be won, gorgeous Dt
makes for your inspiration & rules can be found over on the main blog.
Challenge Badge
Thanks for calling today, take care......see you soon!
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