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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

Monday 30 November 2015

November 2015 ATC Swap!

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

November 1st already so time for a new ATC swap theme...and this month
I'm gonna challenge you all to create an ATC on the theme of

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!

Wednesday 25 November 2015

A little bit shabby.....

Morning crafty friends & bloggers......hope you're all well & warm!
Just popping in to share another Christmas card, I think this may be my last one
for this year although knowing my lot I'm sure to hear at least a couple of
cries of 'Muummm, can you make me a Christmas card, please?'
So today's card was made using a die cut sheet from a Studio Light pad,
love these pads, so useful, so many gorgeous designs & they work very well
with lots of other papers too. I simply matted & layered a coupe of sheets,
inked the edges & added some of the die cut elements. The top layer & the tags
are all mounted onto foam pads to give some extra depth & I added a bit of
crochet trim just cos I love it lol.
Rightio, that's me for today. I'm off to do some Christmas shopping, not sure
whether to brave the elements or stay indoors & do it online so I'll go have a
 cuppa & think about it. Thanks for calling.......see you soon.

T for Tis the Season at Alphabet Challenge
a/g at Brown Sugar
anything Christmas at Quirky Crafts

Sunday 22 November 2015

Pay it Forward Giveaway!

Hi crafty friends & bloggers, hope you're all well & warm.....the weather's certainly
taken a turn for the worse right now...............we have snow & it's so, so cold!
So for today I have a little giveaway, let me tell you the story behind it....
I was at a checkout waiting to pay for something the other day & on front of me was an elderly lady paying for some cushions. She pulled out a couple of neatly folded bags & was trying to put the cushions in them & put her purse away at the same time.....while the cashier sat picking at her finger nails!! I automatically picked up one of the bags & helped her to pack her cushions, then popped them into her shopping trolley for her. She was so thankful & said to me that she hoped I was
rewarded with kindness from someone very soon. The very next day Postie brought me a package from my lovely blog friend Barb containing a heart I'd admired on her blog! 
How gorgeous is that? Thanks so much Barb, I love hearts & this now has pride of place in my
 craft room! So I decided to pay Barb's kindness forward & give away a paper pad.
It's called Mulberry Kisses from First Edition, it's 8x8 & is full of the most gorgeous
papers....some glittered, some fabric, some double sided......just beautiful!
If you fancy winning just leave me a comment.....would be great if you were a follower & feel
 free to pop a pic in your sidebar. I'll draw a name at the end of the month.

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Wooden heart

Morning lovelies, how are you today? Well, I hope. All good here, had a little crafty spend yesterday when I was supposed to be doing my Christmas shopping so guess what I have planned for today? Not a lol,....gonna shut myself away in my craft room & have a crafty play. So today's crafty share is a wooden heart, I painted, sanded, stamped & crackled away then finished with some seam binding I dyed with Dylusions spray ink...... so much messy fun lol!

Here's a close up of that fabulous crackle
Rightio, my friends.....I'm off to fill my coffee mug then I'm off to my craft room. Thanks for calling, see you soon. xx

anything but a card at Allsorts
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
altered art at Eclectic Ellapu
anything creative/mixed media at Love to Create

Monday 16 November 2015

New challenge over at Oddball Art!

Edit: so sorry to my teamies, this post should have gone live yesterday.

Morning crafty friends & bloggers.....hope you're all well.
Today I have a tag to share, my Dt make for the latest challenge over at Oddball Art
where the theme is Lots of Layers. I made a tag this time, made for a friend to pop
onto a Christmas gift for her son who's finally old enough to have an Xbox! He's
gonna be so, so happy on Christmas morning! As usual, lots of digis to be won and 
you don't have to use an Oddball Art image.....but you know we love it when you do!
And if you fancy treating yourself then you can use my discount code of DTJO10 to
save yourself 10% off anything in Lizzys Etsy shop!
Rightio, that's my lot for to go do a bit more Christmas shopping....thanks
for calling & whatever you're up to.....have fun!

anything but a card at Allsorts
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at Craft Your Passion

Sunday 15 November 2015

Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!

Hi friends, hope you're all well & warm......I think it's definitely time to get me Winter woolies out!
We have a new challenge for you today over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends so I have my Dt make to share. I used the gorgeous Snowflake Fairy from Ching-Chou Kuik, coloured with Copics. I layered everything onto black card & finished with some die cut snowflakes, punched tabs, gems & some Tim Holts chit chat stickers. As usual the theme is anything goes & we have 3 fabulous sponsors:

3 images

7 images

1 image

So lots to play for crafters, would love to see you join us!

AG/Winter blues at Where the HeART Is
Winter/Christmas at A Snowflake's Promise
Christmas is coming at Unicorn Challenge
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Sisterhood of Crafters
Bingo + sentiment (patt paper, digi, fav colour teal) at Aud Sentiments

Friday 13 November 2015

Share an Oldie this Friday!

Hi folks, happy Friday......hope you're all well.
Oooh, it's a cold one today......cold, wet, windy & dark....and soooo frustrating!
I've been trying to upload a couple of Dt pics & it's just not happening....all goes
well until I hit the import button then nothing....a big fat nothing so I'm walking
away to save my sanity......and my laptop lol.
So as it's Friday you know what that means......share an oldie time with Erika
over at Snappycrafts as she hosts a weekly look back at past crafty makes. If you
 fancy joining in then simply pop on over & leave a comment to let her know you're in.
Rightio, that's my lot for so much to do I don't know where to start!
Thanks for calling & whatever you're up to......have a lovely weekend!

Saturday 7 November 2015

Sparkle, Bling & Embellish with Crafty Calendar!

Hi crafty friends & bloggers.....hope you're all well!
Today I have my  Dt make to share for the latest challenge over at Crafty Calendar where
We have a fab prize on offer this month from the lovely & very generous Brenda from
Brenda's Lace & Ribbon Specials.......look what you could win:
As usual, you can make anything crafty you like & you can enter up to 3 times....
....and don't forget to go check out the fantastic Dt makes from the rest of the team.
I made a Christmas card this time.....almost done for this year although I have to
be honest.....I could craft for Christmas all year long!
Lots of sparkle, glitter glue, gems, die cuts, flowers & the sweetest of images onto
a 6x6 card base.....gonna have to make a box for this one though cos there's no way
it'll fit into an envelope!
Rightio, that's me for today.....thanks for calling & whatever you're up to have fun
and maybe a little crafty time too!

anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at Glitter 'n' Sparkle
glitter and/or shine at The Glory of Christmas
anything goes at A Snowflake's Promise
anything goes at Papertake Weekly
Christmas is coming at Unicorn Challenge

Friday 6 November 2015

Sharing an Oldie this Friday!

Morning crafty friends & bloggers, hope you're all well & warm.........I think we're definitely
 on the way to Winter, it's that chilly this morning I've got the heating on!!
So today being Friday you know what that means........Share an Oldie time (craft style of
course) with Erika over at Snappy Crafts as she invites us to look back over past makes.
If you fancy joining in simply pop on over & leave a comment to let Erika know.
A Christmas card from me today, from about 3 years ago....could have sworn I'd shared it
before but can't find it so apologies if I have! I used sweet Magnolia Tilda image, added inky
edges, pearls, a charm, ribbon....lots of my favourite things all in one place
That's it for today, thanks for calling.....hope to see you tomorrow with my Crafty
Calendar dt make!

Tuesday 3 November 2015

A Shabby Little Christmas!

 Hi crafty friends & bloggers......hope you're all well!
Ooh, it's a cold morning.....damp, dark & misty....perfect for shutting myself away in the
craft room....once the nasty h****work is done, of course......wink, wink!
Another Christmas card to share today made using a sheet from the fab Studio Light,
a little bit shabby this time & nice and flat so perfect for posting.....and I love the non
traditional colours too! Rightio, gonna go get myself a nice hot cuppa & have a wander
around your lovely blogs, thanks for calling......see you soon.
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