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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 27 June 2016

I'm back......with candy!!

Hi crafty friends & bloggers......hope you're all well!
Can't believe it's been almost 3 weeks since I last posted......did you miss me lol? 
Life's bee super busy & has thrown a few curve balls our way recently, hence the lack of blogging but
we've picked ourselves up and we're plodding on. Things have improved very slightly on the health front too so here's hoping to more crafting & blogging time.......and I'm gonna start with a little candy giveaway to say thanks for your continued support.

The candy consists of 3 sets of dies, the Songbird Collection from Couture by Create & Craft.

If you fancy winning then here's what you need to do:

1. Add candy pic to your sidebar & link back to my blog.

2.  Add you name to the linky below.

3. I'd love for you to be a follower of my little blog.

4. Leave me a comment to let me know you've done the above!

I'll leave the draw open until June 27th at 8pm, winner will be chosen at random.

Good luck!

Saturday 25 June 2016

Festive Greetings!

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well & enjoying the weekend. We have sunshine today & beautiful blue skies.......and a line full of washing......oh, it's the simple things that make me happy lol.
So for today I have a Christmas card to share, I'm way behind this year so I better get a wiggle on if I don't want to be rushing around later on in the year! I wanted to use up some stash & the first thing I came to was this gorgeous snowman & paper by Nitwits.
There's 3 layers to him & I added some glitter for extra sparkle. a die cut signpost, some punched snowflakes & chitchat word stickers. The larger snowflake is layered with a ribbon bow & finished with a sprinkling of glitter.
Rightio, I'm off for a crafty hour or two..........thanks for calling & whatever you're up to I hope you manage a little crafty time!
You can find my candy HERE
You can find my ATC swap HERE

anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
anything goes at Brown Sugar
Christmas in July at Simply Create Too
punches and/or die cuts for kids at Send a Smile 4 Kids

Friday 24 June 2016

Sharing an Oldie this Friday!

Hey lovelies, happy Friday! Hope you're all well & have something nice planned for the weekend. Me? I'm planning a long, lazy's been a strange kind of a week.......super busy but not very productive so 'm hoping a couple of days to recharge my batteries will see me raring to go come Monday morning!

So being Friday you know what that means......time to share an oldie with our lovely hostess Erika over at Snappycrafts as she invites us to look back over past crafty makes. If you fancy joining in it's easy, just pop on over & link up! I'm feeling a little bit Christmas-y right now so thought I'd share a couple of Christmas themed ATC's I made the year before last.
I started with inky backgrounds then rolled up & slightly flatted lots of snippets of different widths to form the tree. A stamped word, a length of twine & a sprinkle of frantage and that was it!
Rightio, that's me for today.....better go get on if I want my lazy weekend, Thanks for calling......have a lovely weekend!
There's still time to enter my candy HERE
You can find my ATC swap HERE

Monday 20 June 2016

A little bit shabby......

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well & had a lovely weekend.
Here's hoping your Monday is going, I've only cut through the magnetic shim for my cut'n'boss.....not once.....and not even twice........but three times!!! Don't know what I was thinking lol. So today the weather was perfect for & rainy, just how I like it so I made a card!
Lots of distressed layers, I gave the top one a whitewash then added an assortment of flowers, a wooden birdcage, some die cut leaves & a sentiment.......sounds simple? It took me ages lol, couldn't decide on a layout so in the end I just stuck the brown flower & went for it! It was a lovely change to make a card without a stamped or digital image on......kind of reminded me of the early days when I was scrapbook crazy & I definitely got the urge to do some more. Plus, it's a lot easier on my hands!
Rightio, off for a wander around your blogs......once I've ordered myself another magnetic shim!!
Thanks for calling & any comments you might leave........I'm so very thankful.

You can find my CANDY here
You can find my ATC Swap here

roses at Paper Minutes
anything goes at Inspiration Destination
anything goes at Crafting with an Attitude
anything goes at Crafty Girls Creations
use a die cut at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
anything goes at Simply Papercraft
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
lots of layers at Corrosive Challenges

Wednesday 15 June 2016

Love Paris!

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well. Wednesday already......I don't know where the days have gone this's gonna be Christmas before we know it lol! I have a card to share today, a just-because-I-wanted-to-make-it card with a hint of Paris. Miss Rebecca loves all things French & I know she would love Paris.....and I'd love to take her....only thing is she won't go on a plane, or a boat, or even a train and since neither of us has grown wings I think we'll be staying put lol. Maybe one day we'll get there.
I started with papers from Teresa Collins & I distressed the edges a little. The image is from a little pad from Joy crafts, the film strip die is joy crafts too. The bow die, flourish & butterfly are from Cheery Lynn, the word love is from Clearly Besotted & the flowers are from my stash! I wasn't sure if the flowers were a bit top heavy but I quite liked them so I left them.
Rightio, I'm away for an early night.....thanks for calling.....see you soon!
You can find my candy HERE
You can find my ATC swap HERE

anything goes at A Beautiful Mess
use a die cut at Chocolate, Coffee & Cards
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
lots of layers at The Corrosive Challenge
around the world at Card Mania Challenges
anything goes at Crafts & Me
anything goes at Die Cut Divas
hearts and/or flowers at Let's Craft & Create

Sunday 12 June 2016

Snow much fun!

Morning friends, hope you're all well. Thank you so much for all the lovely comments on my canvas gave my confidence a real boost & I'm definitely feeling inspired to have a go at something else! So for today I have something completely 1st Christmas card of 2016! I used an image from a LOTV art pad! So quick & easy to make but I think they're fab.....and I kept this one nice & flat for posting too! Simple matting & layering, some paper string & a peel off sentiment then I added some sparkle with my wink of stella glitter pen. Ok friends, that's my lot for today......thanks for calling & I'll see you soon.
You can find my candy HERE
You can find my ATC Swap HERE

anything goes at A Snowflake's Promise
traditional colours at Holly Jolly Christmas
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
anything goes at CHNC Challenge Extra
animal magic at Sparkles Challenges

Saturday 11 June 2016

Creativity takes Courage!

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well.           Weather first lol........another dull, damp, grey day here so once the jobs are done I'll be off for a crafty play! Today I have another canvas to share.........and I drew her myself........eeeek! Now I know I'm not the best......and she's far from perfect but I love her! My daughter is taking GCSE Art & sometimes doubts herself (she's amazing) and I'm always telling her to be brave & go with what she feels so when she flipped that & said I need to do the same I kinda thought I needed to practice what I preach lol. You might remember I gave you a sneak peak of her face a few days ago.....well, she started out as a pencil drawing then I simply cut her out & drew around her onto the canvas......had some messy play with acrylics, inks & stencils then I painted her with acrylics. No blending or shading cos I have no idea how to do that (yet) then I used pencil to add some highlights in her hair & to outline her. Last I added the words: Creativity takes Courage........and so she'll be off to join Rebecca's wall of canvas & I hope every time she looks at it she'll take courage from it & realise that if her old Mum can have a go then there's nothing stopping her! Rightio, better go get them jobs done......thanks for calling......see you soon!
You can find my candy HERE
You can find my ATC Swap HERE

anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at A Beautiful Mess
anything goes at More Mixed Media

Friday 10 June 2016

Sharing an Oldie this Friday!

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well!
As expected the sunshine has been replaced with dull, grey dampness again so I think some extra crafty time is on the cards......any excuse lol!
I've been thinking about Christmas this week & yesterday made my 1st Christmas card of the year.......yippee! I know I have a way to go but it's a start, right? So as it's Friday & time to share an oldie with Erika I thought to share a Christmas make........and I chose these x stitch banners.......and now I'm thinking I want to do some more x stitch! Not sure my hands are up to it but maybe I'll try......just a little at a time lol! I started these years ago when my kids were young then as so often happens they were left in the back of the cupboard! I finally got to add the lettering & the beads a couple of years ago and luckily even now they look as good as new.
If you fancy sharing an oldie (of the crafting type!!) don't forget to pop over to Erika & link up so she can come visit you too!
Have a lovely weekend folks, & whatever the weather I hope you manage a little crafting time! Thanks for calling, see you soon.
You can find my candy HERE
You can find my ATC Swap HERE

Thursday 9 June 2016

Book, book, bookmark!

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well!
What a change in the weather!! After a few days of way to hot sunshine we're back to a cool, grey & misty morning......much more my type of weather......and perfect for crafting lol!
I bought myself a couple of new digis recently...... Library Girl from Sasayaki Glitter ......isn't she fab? And all those books......oh my, I'm sure I'd have bookcase space for them all! So new books mean new bookmarks........and Rebecca loves a bookmark so that's what I did! Coloured with Copics & layered onto some snippets, I added some paper string, a heart charm, punched borders, die cut flowers & some pearls.......ooh, and the sentiment I printed off!
Rightio, that's me for today.......whatever you're up to, hope your days a good one!

You can find my candy HERE
You can find my ATC swap HERE

anything goes at A Beautiful Mess
G for Girlie at Alphabet Challenge
anything goes at Craft Your Passion
add a sentiment at Digi Choosday
anything but a card at Ruby's Rainbow

Monday 6 June 2016

A mixed media weekend!

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well!
Did you have a lovely weekend? We had gorgeous sunshine, well gorgeous if you like it but you know what a misery guts I am when it comes to the weather.........I much prefer Autumn & Winter! It was lovely though, to be able to dry the washing always smells so much nicer, don't you think......and nothing beats snuggling up in line-dried fresh's the simple things lol!
I had a lovely crafty play this weekend........I altered an old jar for my new-ish craft room! I recently moved from my beautiful teal & cream craft room as I was struggling to get upstairs & I now craft in  my equally lovely purple dining room.......but nothing matches so I have a good excuse to play!
 I took inspiration from one of the makes in Craft Stamper magazine, although I was a bit heavy handed with the crackle paint did crackle, just not as well as I would have liked! I started by covering the jar with white Gesso, then added the crackle then dabbed with distress paint. I dyed the seam binding with the same paint & added a few embellishments......and I love it! It perfectly matches my room......and keeps my pens & pencils tidy!
And if I fancy a change it looks fab with a battery operated tealight in!
Below is a sneak peak of my very 1st mixed media girl.....I sketched her a while ago but finally got around to adding her a to a canvas.........hopefully I'll be brave enough to show her to you!
Rightio, better go......I have more washing to peg out lol! Thanks for calling, have a lovely day &
I'll see you soon.
You can find my candy HERE
You can find my ATC swap HERE

have a ball at Dragonfly Journeys
recycle at Glitter & Sparkle
anything goes + purple at More Mixed Media
crackle at Country View Crafts

Saturday 4 June 2016

Father's Day/For a Male with Crafty Calendar!

Morning lovelies......hope you're all well!
It's a beautiful day here on the Yorkshire Coast, the skies are blue & the sun is shining so I think an hour or two in the garden might be on the cards......hands permitting!
First though I want to share my make for the new challenge over at Crafty Calendar where the theme is FATHER'S DAY/FOR A MALE
We're sponsored by the very fabulous & very funny Dr Digi House of Stamps who very kindly allowed us to choose an image each to play with. I chose Duncan Disorderly .......I think he's awesome, I love his attitude! 
You can find full rules (not many) and some fantastic Dt makes (lots) over on the main blog.......hope to see you there!
Rightio, off to do something constructive......although I'd much rather sit here lol!
Thanks for calling.....see you soon!

You can find my ATC Swap HERE
You can find my Candy HERE

Wednesday 1 June 2016

ATC Swap June 2016

Hi ATC friends.........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!

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