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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

Saturday 31 October 2015

October 2015 ATC Swap

Good afternoon my lovely crafty friends......hope you're all well.

October 1st already so time for a new ATC swap theme...and this month
it has to be HALLOWEEN!

I'm chuffed to tell you we have 3 new ladies joining us......Debbie & Bev &
Barb.........welcome ladies, so happy to have you playing along! I'm going
to add  all your names to my sidebar with a link to your soon as I
 get 2 minutes.

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 back 4.....and if you could enclose a
stamped addressed envelope that would be great!

If you want to play along leave me a comment to let me know you're
in......& so's I know to watch out for Postie.

Feel free to take my badge, it would be great to see it on your blog with
a link back to mine.

Have fun!

Friday 30 October 2015

Sharing an Oldie this Friday!

Hi crafty friends & bloggers......hope you're all well.
Well here we are on the last Friday of the month, no idea how that happened so fast
but happen it did & you know what that means...........almost November & time to get
 your Christmas craft on!!!! I know most of us have started but for me once this half term is
 over & my lot go back to school & college that's when I can really get stuck in......and I
love it! So today being share an oldie day with Erika over at Snappycrafts I wanted to
 share an Autumn theme card I made.....not too old but I love the image as it reminds me of
 Miss Rebecca & as she's spent most of the half term on an art project to do with pumpkins
 & leaves it seemed appropriate. The image is from Time for Tea, the papers were freebies
 & the sentiment is LOTV......all the other bits & pieces are from my stash.
 If you fancy joining in then simply pop on over to Erika's & leave her a comment to let her
 know then she can visit you back.
Hope you all have something nice planned for the weekend......have fun!

Thursday 29 October 2015

Halloween/Harvest with Oddball Art!

Hi friends, hope you're all well. So sorry I've not been around much these last few days,
real life & health have gotten in the way ......again! I'm hoping though, that things
are gonna start to improve real soon. Today I have a reminder make for the latest challenge
over at Oddball Art where the theme is HALLOWEEN/HARVEST.
As usual, lots of digi's to be won and don't can make anything you like for
our can find all rules over on the main blog here.
I made a card this time, the simplest ever card lol using the fab freebie Lizzy gave us
a few weeks ago......looks a bit dull in the pic (rotten light) but in real life it looks fab...
....a spooky, misty background lit up by a sparkly moon & an eerie light spilling
from the windows & door.....oooh heck, I'm frightening myself now lol.
Rightio, that's my lot for today......thanks for calling & whatever you're up to here's
hoping you manage a crafty hour......or two!

Friday 23 October 2015

Come share an oldie!

Hi friends......happy Friday to you all.
Time to 'Share an Oldie' again with our lovely hostess Erika over at Snappycrafts. This
week I have a card from 4 years ago, just a couple of months after I started blogging and
the first thing I ever made in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. If you fancy joining
 in then simply pop over to Erika's & leave her a comment to let her know you're 'in'.
It's always fun to have a look back & see how our style has changed.....or not.
Rightio, better get on....lots to do today & I'm expecting a couple of deliveries....I've
ordered a snuggle chair for the corner of our dining room.....perfect for these cold, dark
nights when the boys have taken over the sitting room with their girlfriends......although I
 have a suspicion it'll be the cats & dogs I'll be snuggling with lol.
Thanks for calling......see you soon.

Thursday 22 October 2015

Quick & Easy Christmas!

Hi friends....hope you're all well & enjoying the week. Half term starts today for
my lot........Rebecca wants to take lots of photographs so I think we'll be going for
some nice long walks and then we'll come home to some nice slow cooked
meals all ready to dish up......mmmm, delicious! Oh, and we'll be having lots of
movie nights....can't beat snuggles on the sofa......with a munchie......or two!
So for today I have another Christmas card, super quick & easy as I'm still struggling
but to be honest I don't think these images need much at all....and I'm on a mission
to use up lots of stash. Rightio, lots to do so I better crack on....but before I go... any of you watch Emmerdale? Who do YOU think shot Robert??? I can't make
my mind up but Rebecca thinks it was Cain!!

Tuesday 20 October 2015

Winter Joy

Morning crafty friends......hope you're all well.
Up at the crack of dawn this morning, I was......I love this time of the year...the dark
 nights, the dark mornings......don't even mind the cold but probably the thing I enjoy 
most of all is the early morning peace and quiet in my house lol. Only thing I don't 
like is how hard it is to get a decent pic of anything I make! So for today I have another
Christmas card to share.....I still have a few to make but nowhere near as many as I 
first thought.......I was hoping to get them all done by the end of October but have a
sneaky feeling that's not gonna happen!
image - LOTV
papers - Marianne
flowers - Live & Love
bunting - Marianne die
lamppost - CC die
senntiment - Tim Holtz chit chat
everything else - my stash
unusual Christmas colours at ABC Christmas Challenges
pearls at 4 Crafty Chicks
Christmas at C.R.A.F.T
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
die-lirious & punchy at Sisterhood of Crafters
anything goes at Crafting with Attitude

Sunday 18 October 2015

A/G with Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!

Hi crafty friends......hope you're all well & enjoying the weekend!
Today I have my Dt make to share for the latest challenge starting over at
The theme as always is Anything Goes & there's some fab prizes to be won from
some very generous sponsors:
Karley Sue Digis - 3 images
Lemon Shortbread - 3 images
Oddball Art Co - 3 images

And don't forget......if you're in need of inspiration then pop on over to the
challenge blog where you can see the rest of the gorgeous Dt makes!
For my card I used #87 - Mummy Girl from Oddball Art. I coloured her with
Copics, added some die cuts & the sentiment was made with my Dymo.

Thanks for calling today.....hope to see you tomorrow.

Saturday 17 October 2015

Christmas Wishes....

Hi friends, hope you're all well & enjoying the weekend.
Another cold, dark & damp day here.....perfect crafting weather methinks.....or is it
 just me that uses that excuse lol. I'm still struggling with my hands & so 
desperate to colour something but at least I'm still managing to get my crafty fix thanks
 to a few Studio Light die cut card kits I have. They come in sheet form and oh my, 
they're fab! So quick & easy to put together....each page holds the elements to make 
a complete card with lots useful to make a matching gift tag or maybe to
 decorate a gift bag.....or a notebook...or maybe even a bookmark.
For this card I added a few of my own die cuts, inked all the edges and then added
an extra layer.....stuck the whole lot onto a 6x6 card blank and that's it....job done!
Rightio, off to watch a Christmas film with my Little Miss.....thanks for calling!


Winter/Christmas at A Snowflake's Promise
unusual colours at ABC Christmas Challenges
Christmas at C.R.A.F.T
anything goes at Crafty Catz

Friday 16 October 2015

Share an Oldie this Friday!

Morning crafty friends & bloggers......hope you're all well.
It's ever so dark here today but at least it's dry.......for now!! Think I'll be staying
put today.......gonna get my jobs done, prep the tea then have a sneaky hour with
my kindle! So anyway, as it's Friday it's time to share an oldie with our lovely
hostess Erika over at Snappycrafts and this week I'd like to share a Christmas card:
If I remember rightly the image was a freebie from Polkadoodles and the
papers were free with a mag! If you fancy sharing an oldie then just pop on ever to
Erika's blog and leave her a comment to let her know you're sharing too.
Rightio, my friends, thanks foe calling.....and whatever you're up to I hope you have
 a lovely weekend!

Thursday 15 October 2015

Halloween with Oddball Art!

Hi my lovely crafty friends......hope you're all well & having a good week.
Thanks for all your lovely comments on my last post...... I had a lovely cuppa & cake
 with my friend and had my hair I now have short hair!!!After wanting to
 go short for years I finally bit the bullet........and I love it!

Today I have my Dt make for the latest challenge over at Oddball Art to share, the
theme this time is HALLOWEEN! As usual, fab prizes to be won......and if you
use an Oddball Art image you can enter our Facebook challenge too! You can find
Lizzy's Oddball digis here, if you prefer rubber then Lizzy's fab stamps are
available here.  Any & all creations welcome so go get your spook on & come join
 us......we'd love to see you! Don't forget to use code DTJO10 to save yourself 10%
on purchases from the Oddball Art Etsy Shop.
Here's a pic of the tag you can just see peeking out the side of my card:
Rightio, my friends.....that's my lot for today.....thanks for calling & whatever
you're up to  hope you manage some crafty time!
image #62 at Oddball Art
bunting die - Marianne
chit chat stickers - Tim Holtz
border die - Tim Holtz Sizzix
coloured with Copics
everything else - stash
Halloween at Creative Corner
use a die cut at Polkadoodles
Halloween at That Craft Place
Halloween at Dream Valley
Halloween at Melonheadz
Halloween at Crafting by Design
make it square at Fab n Funky

Monday 12 October 2015

Another Christmas card.....

Hello crafty friends & bloggers......hope you're all well.
Today I have another quick & easy, flat for posting card to share....I do love the colours
 on this one although I have to say it does look much nicer in real life lol. I'm still not
 up to colouring anything, my hands are still bad but thankfully I can still get my crafty
 fix using lots of die cuts & toppers. I think once my hands are in full working order I'm
 gonna sit & colour up a whole batch of images!
So that's my lot for today, off to get my hair cut soon & have a natter and a cuppa with a
 friend, I think we might even manage a little cake with our cuppa!
Thanks for calling......see you soon!

Sunday 11 October 2015

Cute Halloween?

Hi's Sunday already! Did somebody speed up time when I had my
back turned? Think I better get my skates on if I'm to do all I'd like to do by Christmas!
So today I have a cute Halloween card to share.....the brief was cute, haunted house,
orange.........but absolutely nothing scary/creepy. Now I know the little person has some
 ghost finger puppets and they do sort of look like my ghosts....and they're cute so
this is what I did......just hope it's ok.
Thanks for popping by today, lovely to see back soon!

anything goes at Papertake Weekly
Halloween at C.R.A.F.T
Halloween at Creative Corner

Saturday 10 October 2015

A little bit vintage......

Morning crafty friends & bloggers.....hope you're all well.
I had a bit of craft time yesterday so managed to create this little tag.
Lots of die cut elements with my favourite inky edges, some scrunched up seam
 binding, a few pearls & finished with a sprinkle of frantage....oh, and some
 Tim Holtz chit chat stickers!
Rightio, that's my lot for today......gonna go get my jobs done, put the tea
in the slow cooker   & settle down ready to watch the rugby Super League Grand
 Final..........come on Leeds Rhinos!! Of course, I'm hoping for a crafty hour some
time in between all that. Whatever you're up to today I hope you manage a 
little crafty time too! Thanks for calling......see you soon!

ps......if anyone wants to swap tags let me know!

anything goes at Glitter 'n' Sparkle
anything goes at Craft Your Passion
shabby chic at The Crazy Challenge
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
anything goes at Inspiration Destination
tags at PDE Linky Party

Friday 9 October 2015

Share an Oldie craft style!

Morning friends, hope you're all well.
It's that time of the week when our lovely hostess, Erica, invites us to share an
oldie.....craft style, of course! So as it's October my share had to be Halloween..
......and one of my favourite layouts of my very own Mummy, Skeleton and
the sweetest Little Witch I ever did, happy days.....seems like only
yesterday I took that photo, I remember it so well. Now though, the boys are 18 
& 16 (and huge!) and my little miss is did that happen lol?
If you fancy joining in then simply pop over to Erica's & let her know you're's great fun to look back & see how we've all changed over the years.
Rightio, I'm off for a slow wander around the town & maybe, just maybe I
might have to pay a little visit to the craft shop!
Thanks for calling, see you soon.......have a lovely weekend.

Thursday 8 October 2015

Happy Birthday!

Hi friends, hope you're all well  having a good week.....can't believe it's nearly
over though. Not much crafting going on here........this blooming RA is playing
havoc with my hands so not managed to do any colouring BUT I do have a
nice stack of die cut bits & pieces to play with....some I made myself & some
premade so all's not lost. Don't think I could last long without my crafty fix even
if it's just half an hour here and there. So, for today I have a birthday card to share,
thought it'd make a nice change from Halloween and Christmas.....and I have
another card to add to my stash....ooh, and it's nice & flat for posting too.
Off to make a cuppa now & have a wander around your lovely blogs....thanks
for popping round......see you soon.

anything goes at Simply Papercraft
anything goes at Crafting with Dragonflies
anything goes at Craft Your Passion
anything goes at Papertake Weekly

Monday 5 October 2015

Christmas Wishes

Morning friends, happy Monday....where are the weeks going? I'm sure time didn't
go so fast when I was young & carefree and especially not when I was at school!
Nowadays I feel like if I blink I might miss something.....must be an age thing lol.
So today I have a Christmas card of the quick & easy variety to share....some simple
matting & layering using some of the fabulous Chalkboard Christmas set from 
Craftwork Cards, some distressed edges & a couple of gems........see, I told you it
was quick......and nice & flat for posting too!
Rightio, gonna get an early start on the housework & then hopefully manage some
playtime before tea. You up to anything nice? 
Thanks for calling......see you soon.

anything Christmas at Fab 'n' Funky
Christmas at Aud Sentiments

Sunday 4 October 2015

Fairies, fairies & more fairies!

Morning crafty friends.....hope you're all well.
Today I have some ATC's to share....these are the ones I made for my swap group
where the theme was fairies. For the base I used a distress ink pad & a Memento ink
pad, stamped the fairy & the sentiment with Stazon. Once dry, I added some glitter to
her wings, finished with a doodled border with my black Posca pen then poped them
in a little bag and they're all ready to go. Now I better get my thinking cap on for 
October's theme.....HALLOWEEN!
Thanks for popping by today.....enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Saturday 3 October 2015

Halloween with Crafty Calendar!

Hi friends,  happy weekend! Hope you have something nice planned.
Today I have my Dt make for our new challenge over at Crafty Calendar where we have the
 theme of HALLOWEEN. ....lots of scope for you to get your spook on! You can be as
 creepy or as creepy cute as you like....and you can make anything you want.....ATC's, 
scrap pages, cards......we love 'em all!
The fabulous Di's Digis are sponsoring us this month with a prize of $12!
My crafty offering is a very simple (& very cheap) picture in a frame......the frame was £1
 & the picture was in a pack at 4 for £1!! Miss Rebecca loves to decorate our
 mantelpiece for Halloween so this will soon be on there! I simply removed the glass from 
the frame & used a piece of Tim Holtz paper as backing, the photo was taken from
 card frame it was in & die cut onto a scallop oval frame, I added a little bow then placed
 the whole lot into the frame. Lastly, I rubbed some distress stain over the raised edges of
 the frame....job done! Now for the Halloween twist......if you look the photo from a 
slightly different angle......this is what you see:
Mwaaahahahahaha....can't you just hear her cackling.......spooky.......scary.....& I
think she'll look fab on our Halloween mantel draped in some dusty cobwebs!
Hope you manage to join us over at Crafty Calendar this month.....thanks for calling,
see you soon!

Friday 2 October 2015

Sharing an Oldie Craft Style!

Morning crafty friends & bloggers.....hope you're all well.
Friday again so time to share an oldie, craft style with our lovely hostess Erika over at 
Snappycrafts as she hosts a weekly look back at old crafty makes.
This time I have a digi scrap page to share......the subject being our eldest Jack Russell......Miss
 Milly Piddles.......and oh my, she sure did piddle when she was a pup! She's 7 (and a half!) now
 & the only dog I know who will not go for a walk! Shout 'Come on Milly, let's go for a walk'
 and she's there, all excited...put the lead on, still excited....even open the door & she's there
 but once we're outside she sits herself down & that's it.....she will not budge! Our other dog,
 Mr Milo Dog, aka Beastie Boy is the total opposite & will walk for miles.....and I do mean miles!
Anyway, back to business......if you fancy sharing an oldie too just pop on over to Erika's & leave 
her a comment to let her know.
Rightio, that's my lot for today.....thanks for calling.....see you soon!
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