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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 May 2016

Another canvas!

Morning my crafty friends........hope you're all well.
Are you enjoying the long weekend? We have typical dull, grey Bank Holiday weather here but not to won't stop me having a crafty hour......or two lol!
I have another canvas to share today, another for Miss Rebecca's wall of canvas this time of one of her best friends. Again, the canvas is 6x4 & I started with a layer of Gesso then the fun part......scrunched up tissue paper! Tuquoise, teal & blues & white were the colours I chose in paint, spray inks & water & I just played until I got the look I wanted. I painted the frame with blue acrylic & added a few flowers, pearls & stems. I used my Dymo for the words & finished with a scattering of gems.
Thanks for calling......enjoy the rest of your day......see you soon!
Don't forget, you can enter my candy HERE!

anything but a card at Shopping our Stash
make it girly at Crafting for all Seasons
layers at Southern Girls
#3 at A Beautiful Mess
colour bingo at Creative Corner
(turquoise, white, blue)
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything creative/mixed media at We Love 2 Create

Saturday 28 May 2016

Changing It Up!

Hi friends, happy Saturday! Hope you're all well & having a lovely weekend!
Well, my play with the Brushos yesterday was a bit of a disaster if I'm honest......let's just say I need lots more practise lol.......although it has left me with some lovely coloured fingernails!
It got me to thinking often I go back to using techniques & colours I'm comfortable I decided to change it up a bit & go with colours that while I may use them separately I'd really go out of my comfort zone & use them all together!
I started with a 6x4 canvas primed with Gesso then built up the layers using acrylic paint, distress paint & a tester pot from Wilkos lol! I added interest with a stencil, a lid & an old credit card. The sentiment is my own......wish I'd stuck it on straight now but not to worry.......then lastly I added 3 flowers to pretty it up a bit........another make for Miss Rebecca's wall of canvas!
Thanks for popping by.......I'm off back to my desk.......see you soon!

Don't forget, I have CANDY if you fancy entering!

anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything creative/mixed media at Love to Create
use a stencil at Country View Crafts

Friday 27 May 2016

Sharing an Oldie this Friday!

Hi friends, wishing you a good morning from a very dull, dreary & cold Yorkshire Coast!
Perfect crafting weather methinks & once I've got my jobs done that's exactly what I plan on doing! Not quite sure what yet but I'm thinking messy........and I did just treat myself to some Brusho colour crystals so almost definitely messy lol.
First though, as it's Friday you know what that means......time to share an oldie with our lovely Erika over at Snappycrafts as she invites us to share a past crafty make & link up over on her blog.........then we can all follow that link & visit you!!
Today I have a mixed media piece to share.......the image is from Oddball Art & I stamped her onto tissue & coloured her with Copics then dampened the edges so's I could gently tear it......then I pressed it into the background, the torn edges blended much better than a cut edge. The background was made by melting wax crayon with a heat gun then whilst that was still damp I gave it a sprinkle of glitter. I finished with some die cut stars, Tim Holtz stickers & a doodled black & white border........and yes, you guessed right......Miss Rebecca took stole it away to her room before it was even properly dry lol!
Rightio, better get on......thanks for calling & have a lovely day.......and don't forget I have some candy here if you fancy entering!!

Friday 6 May 2016

Sharing an Oldie this Friday!

Good afternoon friends, hope you're all well!
It's a beautiful day here on the Yorkshire Coast and there's washing on the's the simple things that make my happy lol.......and a line full of washing is one of them!
So being Friday you know what you have to do........share an oldie with Erika.....simply link up a past crafty make just for the fun of it.....but don't forget to let Erika know so she can visit you back!
I have a mixed media canvas to share today.......not too old, it's only from last year but I finally got a place to hang it in my newly decorated bedroom! I remember I got in a right old mess making it.....but it was great fun! Lots of scrunched up tissue for the background then I dabbed the different paints on with some scrunched up kitchen roll. The heart is simply strips of paper then I added the ric rac & flowers. To the centre of the flowers I added glaze & some tiny seed beads then lastly I finished with some Tim Holtz chit chat stickers.
That's it from me for today......thanks for calling.....see you soon!

Wednesday 4 May 2016

Butterfly pegs

Hi friends, hope you're all well & sharing the same lovely weather as me......beautiful blue skies, no wind & no rain........for now, anyway lol.
Since I've not been able to grip my Copics (blooming RA!) & therefore not been able to colour anything I've been spending my crafty time doing other bits & pieces and trying to build up a stash of ready made embellishments. I started with these little quick & easy I just punched 2 butterflies per peg, layered them together, added a pearl & glued them onto a peg......simple but very effective I think.
Rightio, off to do some jobs....thanks for calling & whatever you're up to I hope you manage a little crafty time!

Tuesday 3 May 2016

On your feet, lose your seat!

Good morning my crafty friends, bloggers & kitty lovers!
Hope you're all well & had a lovely, long weekend! No crafting but I do have some kitty pics to share the title's a case of 'on your feet, lose, your seat' in our house right now.....and they managed to fit 6 to a seat lol!

And here they are again after a shuffle around.........Fred looks ever so comfy....don't you just want to tickle that tum lol!

And here's a pic of Mama Lola........not bad considering she only had 5 kitties!!
How we're ever going to part with them I don't know!

Have a good day friends, I'll be back tomorrow with something craft related!

Monday 2 May 2016

ATC Swap May 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!

Sunday 1 May 2016

Alpha Dictionary - S

Oh my gosh, I really am cutting it fine this time......didn't think I was gonna make it at all for this fortnight's Alpha Dictionary challenge over at The Craft Barn as time feels like it's flown past.......did somebody steal a week?
The letter was S & we had to include a I chose seahorse....and I based my page on some ATC's I made last year. I used torn book paper for the background then swiped with some blue & beige paint. Next came a layer of cheesecloth then I added lots of die cut elements. The seahorses were cut on my Scan n Cut then covered with crackle paint, once dry I dabbed with distress ink. The seaweed was cut in assorted card, as were the seashells then lastly I added some die cut bubbles & some clear gems.
I'm loving this challenge....but next time I won't be leaving it as late.......famous last words, eh?
Rightio, I'm off to bed! Hope you're all having a lovely weekend.....thanks for calling!

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