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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 26 February 2016

Sharing an Oldie this Friday!

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well.
Do you have anything nice planned for the weekend? We have nothing planned, it's been one heck of a week so we're just gonna see what happens.......wouldn't be surprised if it involved more kittens though, our little adoptee, Izzy looks HUGE!
First though, as it's Friday it's time to join in with Erika over at Snappycrafts & share an oldie.....craft style, that is! As it's been a busy birthday week in our household I decided to share a card I made for one of my sons a couple of years ago. I created the background with my Copics, the stamps are from Visible Image & the barbed wire fence is a die cut.
Rightio, that's my lot for today.....I've got a Dr's appt. soon then I think a gentle wander into time might be on the cards. Thanks for calling, have a lovely weekend & don't forget.......I have candy here if you fancy entering.

Tuesday 23 February 2016

GD at Cardz 4 Guyz!

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well. 
Thanks for all your lovely comments on yesterday's post, Mama Lola & her kittens are doing so well......although she did give us a bit of a fright yesterday when we peeked in on her & they were nowhere to be seen.....she'd taken herself & the babies & snuggled down behind the sofa!! She soon returned to the comfort of her little bed though!
So today I have a card for a male to GD make for the new challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz where the theme is BIRDS. Any papercraft project is acceptable so long as it fits the theme & you can enter up to 3 different makes. And for inspiration there's a fab show of DT cards!
I started with a brayered inky background, stamped the birds & a sentiment then simply layered them all together onto some navy card!
Rightio, that's my lot for today, I have the food shopping to do! I'll be back tomorrow with
 some candy as it's my birthday......hope to see you then!

Monday 22 February 2016

And then there were 5!!!!

Morning my lovely crafty friends & bloggers, hope you're all well.....sending hugs to those that need/want them.
You might remember I had great crafty plans for the weekend? I should have known really, cos me & plans just don't seem to go together lol! So there we were on Saturday, all sat around the table eating & waiting for Ant & Dec's Takeaway to start when we saw one of the cat house's moving....Lola's trying to get comfy, we thought.....5 minutes later the house was still moving so we had a little look........and there were 2 kittens.........then there were 3! But Mama Lola wasn't done.....after cleaning up her babies & having an hours rest out came 2 more!! Oh my, she's the coolest cat I know....I thought I had my babies easy at home on the sofa but, no fuss. no messing about & she's SO taken to motherhood....she's amazing & I feel so proud.....I do love our cats!
Look how tiny they are! All seem to be thriving & Lola's such a good Mama.
Now you won't believe what's coming next.........a few weeks ago a little black & white cat turned up at our home. The cutest cat, she has the prettiest face & she's so affectionate......and she didn't want to leave. My boys did everything they could to try & find her owner.......door knocked, advertised, the police, posters....sadly it seemed nobody was missing her. James took her to the vets sadly she wasn't chipped.......but she is pregnant! So now she's adopted us as her carers there's no way we're gonna let her down......we'll love her as our own, look after her & her babies but as soon as she's ready after the birth she'll be off the the vets because we ARE responsible pet owners & she will be neutered alongside our Lola bear. 
We did think maybe it's not our right to do that but as no one has claimed her we found that if we gave her over to a shelter she would be neutered anyway......and if the vet is happy to do it given the circumstances (and he is) then we're happy to pay for it.
Rightio my friends, lots to do today so I'll say bye for now, have a lovely day & I'll see you tomorrow.

Sunday 21 February 2016

F is for Friendship!

Hi my crafty friends, hope you're all well & enjoying the weekend!
Me? All plans went out the window but I'll share more about that tomorrow.
So today I have another page to share, this one for the Alpha/Dictionary challenge over at The Craft Barn. This is my 3rd page & I'm so enjoying it. The letter was F & the twist was to use a heart!
My pages all seem to have a vintage/shabby theme to them........not planned that way but it makes me happy so I think I'll probably stick to it. I chose my F to stand for Friendship.... the pic I used makes me smile so much,  the little girl cuddling her friend...........and he looks like he's so not enjoying it they grew up to be the very best of friends though.
I started with a corrugated cardboard base, a swipe of white acrylic & some distressed paper layers. some embellishments & finished with the dictionary definition......great fun to do, can't wait til I have a whole alphabet of pages!
Rightio, better go get some tea organised if we want to eat tonight! Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow!

no stamps at Crafty Boots
layer it up at Tuesday Throwdown
friendship at 4 Crafty Chicks
something to make you smile at Craft for the Craic
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
mixed media at Come & Get It
paint at Pile It On

Friday 19 February 2016

Share an Oldie this Friday!

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well.
Do you have something nice planned for the weekend? I'll be staying home tomorrow, I have some birthday cards to make & I need to get a wiggle on! It's my birthday on Wednesday, my 2nd son has his the day after then a week after it's my 5th son.......busy, busy, busy!!
Today being Friday though I wanted to join in with Erika over at Snappycrafts as she invites us to share an older craft make....all she asks is you visit leave her a comment so she can return the favour. 
My card is one I made for Miss Rebecca a couple of years ago. lots of die cuts & handmade paper flowers....... she loved it so much she wanted me to frame it!
It looks fabulous on her bedroom wall.....and luckily she still likes it as much now as she did then!
Thanks for calling today & whatever you have planned for the weekend......have fun!

Thursday 18 February 2016


Hey lovelies, hope you're all well. 
Well, what a difference a day we've had sunshine so bright I had to close the blind in my craft room......and it was still too bright......typical British weather!
I did manage a little crafty playtime though.....a background created with my caran d'Ache water colours & my new stamp. I LOVE this stamp, it's from Woodware & I think I'm going to use it lots. I actually cut the stamp into 3 to make it easier to work with then stamped onto some snippets of paper, (the flower middle is book print) then cut each piece out leaving a small border. I then placed it all together & added a stamped sentiment to finish.....job done. 
Rightio, off to go catch up with the goings on in Emmerdale....thanks for calling & enjoy the rest of your evening......see you tomorrow.

clean & simple at Sweet Stampin'
anything goes at Craft Your Passion
anything goes at Inspiration Destination

Wednesday 17 February 2016

Mid challenge at Crafty Calendar!

Hey lovelies, hope you're all well!
A bit wet & windy here (the weather, not me!) so guess where I've guessed right....I've been in my craft room all day! I'm in pink girly mode today & have a card to share for the mid challenge reminder over at Crafty Calendar where the theme is
Some fab prizes to be won as we have 2 sponsors this month - Bugaboo Robyn's Fetish!
You can find all the rules & some gorgeous Dt inspiration here.

 pretty flower girl from Bugaboo
 coloured with Copics
 papers are Kiss & Tell from Trimcraft
 corner die - MFT
words - Tim Holtz chit chat
hanging heart - Memory Box
flowers - Wild Orchid Crafts
with love at Left of Centre
have a heart at Winter Wonderland
love is in the air at A Gem of a Challenge
love is in the air at Come & Get It
love, love, love at Corrosive Challenges
love at Where the Heart Is

Tuesday 16 February 2016

GD at Cardz 4 Guyz!

Morning my crafty friends, hope you're all well.
Woke to a thick frost this morning & it's oh, so cold......perfect crafting weather methinks so that's my day you have anything nice planned?
For today's post I have my GD make for Cardz 4 Guyz to share, the theme this week is
Any paper crafted make is acceptable, you can enter up to 3 times & if you're low on inspiration then there's some gorgeous Dt makes to kick start your mojo!
I kept my card real simple using only 2 sheets of paper, a die cut border, 2 scallop circles & a wooden lion.....nice & easy & I'm sure some little person will love it!
Thanks for calling today.......whatever you're up to hope your day's a good one!

anything goes at Craft Your Passion
no stamps allowed at Crafty Boots
feathers/fur at Eureka Stamps

Thursday 11 February 2016

ATC Swap - Jan 2016

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well & having a lovely day!
Today I have some ATC's to share.....our swap theme for January was BOOKPRINT so I used old book page snippets for the background,  added some colour with ink & acrylic paint. Next came some die cut kraft butterflies, pearls & some crochet trim to finish.

Gorgeous makes as always from the rest of the group, here's some pics:

From Barb.....a bookprint background  & a flower coloured in the most gorgeous colours

From Bev....gorgeous, love the colours & the die cut elements

 From Bex......bookprint background & one of her favourite quotes....if reading was a sport she would win every time.....that girls loves to read, a LOT!

 From Lorraine..... beautiful, I love the stamped script background

From Rachel......I LOVE hearts and this bookprint one is just beautiful

Aren't they gorgeous? I have quite the collection now & can't wait to see what we all come up with for February's theme of HOME SWEET HOME. If you fancy joining us this month you can find all the details here.

Wednesday 10 February 2016

Winner! Winner!

Good morning crafty friends & followers, hope you're all well!

 I finally (apologies!) got round to drawing a winner for my little giveaway.....and the winner is:


Congratulations Sam! If you email me your address I'll pop your prize in the post!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered & keep watching.....more giveaways coming soon!

Tuesday 9 February 2016

GD at Cardz 4 Guyz!

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well. 
It's a bright & beautiful morning here on the Yorkshire Coast but oh, so cold & as it's a teacher training day I have my little miss at home so don't think we'll be going too far. In fact we may well stay indoors as she's still in bed......typical teenager!
So for today's post I have my GD make for the challenge over at Cardz 4 Guyz where the theme this time is Valentine/Love.
I made the simplest of cards using only die cuts, twine & a gem......and I got to raid my 
snippets box again too......oh, and it's nice & flat for posting.....always a good thing nowadays.
 So that's my crafty offering for today, if you fancy joining in at Cardz 4 Guyz you can find all the rules as well as some fab Dt makes over on the main blog. 
Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave......see you tomorrow.

#215 at Pixies Snippets Playground
love is in the air at Crafty Gals Corner
love at 4 Crafty Chicks
Valentine's/love at Creative Corner Challenges
clean & simple at Allsorts
love is all around at My Time To Craft
love me like you so at AAA Cards
love is in the air at Crafty Boots
love, love, love at Crafty Cardmakers

Sunday 7 February 2016

Alpha Dictionary challenge - Q

Hi crafty friends & bloggers, hope you're all well.
For letter 2 over at The Craft Barn Alpha Dictionary challenge the letter was Q!
Oh my, not that many words to choose from but I made it with hours to spare! I went with Q for quote.....'Take time to stop & smell the flowers'....not entirely sure of the origins of this quote, in fact it may be a variant of another but I do love it. So I went for a shabby/vintage theme to my page, lots of inky, distressed edges & flowers in my favourite colors of blues, kraft & cream. Metal corners added a bit of weight & help to keep the page flat & apart from the flowers & the leaves everything else is from my snippet box....the die cut frame is missing a corner, the tags were stuck together by accident & the paper is a piece I once cut too short! There's also half a doily - don't ask - and some odds & ends from my box of trims. Rightio, better go link up.....and I want to pop over to Di's Playground this week to.....I have waaayy too many snippets!
Thanks for calling......see you soon!

Alpha Dictionary - Q at The Craft Barn
snippets #215 at Pixies Snippets Playground
fantastic florals at Cardz 4 Galz
#49 at Time Out Challenges

Wednesday 3 February 2016

ATC Swap February 2016

Hi ATC-ers (is that even a word?).....hope you're all well.

Time for a new ATC swap theme & this month the theme is......


......any way, any how, any technique just so long as it's ATC size of 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.

You get to 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!
Don't forget to leave me a comment to let me know you're in..........and so's I know
to watch out for Postie.

Have fun!

Tuesday 2 February 2016

GD at Cardz 4 Guyz!!

Hey lovelies, hope you're all well & warm!
Today I'm excited to let you know I'm joining the fabulous Cardz 4 Guyz team as Guest Designer for the month of February! Thanks for having me ladies, so happy to be's sure given my male card making mojo a much needed kickstart!
So for this week the theme is 'Make it Shine or Sparkle', I went for shine, I started with a mixed media type background was swooshed through some Dylusions ink. Once dry I used a baby wipe to remove some of the colour through a stencil then stamped some black circles.
The image was stamped then heat embossed, as was the sentiment then  simply matted & layered onto the base. Lastly, I added a couple die cut stars & I used my Dymo to print the word 'Dude'.
Here's a closer look at the shine:

Dylusions spray inks
Tim Holtz stencil
black acrylic paint
Visible Image stamp set
Xcut die
embossing powder
make your own background at Country View Crafts
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create

Thanks so much for looking today,  hope to see you over at Cardz 4 can find all the rules over on the main blog & the fab Dt makes are there too!
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