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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

Thursday, 18 October 2018

Thursday Throwback

                                 Hi friends, hope you're all well......and welcome to Thursday                                       Throwback, my weekly look back at past crafty makes. I think it's fun to have a look back & see how our styles have changed. Do you still like your make? Would you change anything? Or would you rather not be reminded lol.
If you fancy joining me then please leave me a comment so I can come have a look too. 

 This week I'm looking back at a mixed media canvas I made for my bedroom, I think it was
 about three and a half years ago......and I still love it, it still hangs on my bedroom wall!
I used tissue paper, gesso, paint, paper, beads, caran d'ache crayons, ric rac, Tim Holtz word stickers......you name it, it's probably on there somewhere lol
Here's a pic from the very start, I'd primed the canvas, drawn the half heart shape then added the scrunched up tissue using lots of gesso
And here's a pic of the finished canvas
Thanks for calling & for any comment you might leave....see you tomorrow!
xx


Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Feeling Christmas!

Morning friends.....hope you're all well.
I've not blogged since Friday & it feels like so much longer.....I've had a busy
few days what with Asher's birthday party & then on impulse I decided to change two
 rooms around.......do you ever do that? Oh my, halfway through I wished I hadn't
started but the end result is lovely. I was going to redecorate but instead just bought
some new cushions and rearranged he furniture and I'm so pleased.......and now I
have room for my Christmas tree so I'm really feeling Christmas. I love that
warm, fuzzy, comfortable feeling that comes at this time of the year......the dark
nights, cosy fires, hot chocolate......ooh, I love it all!
Anyway, that's way too much waffling from me......if you're still with me I have
a Christmas card to share......quite an unusual colour combo but I do like it.
I started with a black card base, added a layer of turquoise foiled bauble card & then
 decorated with lots of silver & black die cuts & ribbon and finished with some faux gems.
Rightio, that's me for today......thanks for calling......see you tomorrow.
xx

challenges
Christmas at C.R.A.F.T
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
anything goes at The Holly & The Ivy

Friday, 12 October 2018

Paper Frosting Friday!

Morning friends.....happy Friday.......and what a dull, grey & wet day is is too!
Hope you're all well & have something nice
planned for the weekend......and maybe a little craft time planned too?
So as it's Friday (don't they come around quick?) it's time to share some more
of my paper frosting......my handmade card/scrap/journal pieces although
I think they could maybe be used for all sorts of other things!
I made some little word tags this week using inspirational/motivational words
and some scraps of paper left over from a Tim Holtz paper pad. I simply cut the 
paper to the size I wanted.....added the computer printed words, punched a hole
& finished with some leather cord.......job done!
Thanks for calling......see you at the weekend!
xx

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Thursday Throwback!

Hi friends.......wow, 2 posts in one day.....that doesn't happen too often
around here lol. Welcome to Thursday Throwback.....the  time to have a look
 back at our past makes......do you still like them? Would you change anything
or would you rather pretend you didn't make them?
I'm sharing a Halloween make today....lots of lovely layers, die cuts, bunting,
ribbon, faux gems, plastic spiders.....and a lovely image.....and yes, I do
still like this one.....I must use those circular dies more often though!
If you fancy joining me leave me a comment to let me know then I can come
visit you back.
Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow.
xx

New Challenge at Not Just Cards!

Morning crafty friends & bloggers......happy Thursday!
It's a very special day for us today.......my grandson Asher is one!!!
He's such a gorgeous, happy baby......so easy to take care of.....and he makes
 the funniest noises! I can't  believe how fast the year has gone.....makes me 
wish I could keep him at this age for another year. He's coming to us on 
Saturday & we're having a little tea party for him so hopefully I'll have some 
pics to share next week.
Anyway, I'm also here to tell you about the new challenge over at 
The theme, as usual, is anything goes so this time I made a bottle tag for 
 a bottle of wine I gave to my stepfather for his birthday recently.
I didn't measure, just cut my card to the size I wanted, used a circle die to
cut the hole......then set to decorating. Another great way to use up some bits
from the scrap box too.....although I'm sure I'll never get to the bottom
of it! Rightio, better get a move on....if you fancy joining us this month
 you can find all rules & some gorgeous Dt makes for your inspiration over
on the main blog.....hope to see you there!
Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow!
xx

challenges
more than 1 die at Crafty Friends
anything goes at Corrosive Challenges
anything goes at Through the Craft Room Door
anything but a card at Simon Says Wednesday
dies/punches at Sparkles

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Christmas Robin

Morning crafty friends, hope you're all well.
It's a beautiful Autumn morning here on the Yorkshire Coast & I'm planning
on spending the day at my craft desk......heaven!
Today's share is a Christmas card topper.....the beautiful image is from
Hunkydory as is the backing paper & tag. I added some die cut elements - 
poinsettia & foliage and finished with a little silver bow & some faux gems.
Rightio, gonna get the tea in the slow cooker then it's craft, craft, & more craft!
Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave....see you tomorrow.
xx

challenges
anything goes at Cute Card Thursday
N is for Nature at Alphabet Challenge
anything goes at Crafters Castle
anything goes at Corrosive Challenges

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Another Pink & Gold Christmas!

Hi crafty friends & bloggers, hope you're all well.
Been a busy day here......Dr appointment, shopping & the usual tidying up, washing,
hoovering etc but I managed to sneak in a crafty hour or so. I wanted to join in over
at Jingle Belles where they're asking us for pink holiday cards for Breast Cancer
awareness. For every card that's linked up the Jingle Belles will donate two 
dollars to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.........how generous is that? 
All they ask is that pink features prominently & that the card theme is Winter/Christmas.
I made one last weekend, another today & I'm hoping to make a few more!
I started with a gold mirri base then used elements from a Studio Light booklet,
I added a few extra die cut pieces & finished with a few faux gems......done!
Rightio, better go start on the tea....thanks for calling.....see you tomorrow.
xx

challenges
V for very quick at ABC Christmas challenges
anything goes at Crafting With An Attitude
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
anything Christmas at Winter Wonderland

Monday, 8 October 2018

Winter Wishes

Morning friends, happy Monday!
Hope you had a lovely weekend & are looking forward to the week!
I have a Christmas card topper to share today.........another quick & easy make
using the Hunkydory snowglobe die set.  The image is LOTV, snowflakes
are die cut......I added a few faux gems & finished with a sprinkle of glitter on the
image.......job done.....and I'm looking forward to trying it in other colours too!
Rightio, lots to do today if I want a crafty hour (or two) this afternoon....
.....thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave......see you tomorrow.
xx

challenges
V for Very quick at ABC Christmas Challenges
anything goes at Crafting by Design
2 word sentiment at Aud Sentiments
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
for a child at Christmas With the Cuties
Christmas is for kids at Sparkles Christmas Challenges

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Frightful!


Hi crafty friends & bloggers......welcome to my little piece of the web!
I thought it was about time I shared a Halloween card .......the only one I've
made so far this year! I started with my favourite black base then added some
distressed paper layers - Mischievous by My Mind's Eye - next I added
some die cuts & finished with a peel off word sticker (remember them?) on
the banner die cut.....oh, and a couple of black faux gems.
Quick, easy & inspired by one of my cats........sat at the side of a tree in
the back garden.........thankfully the tree's not as scary as this one though!
Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave....whatever you're
up to have a lovely day........see you tomorrow.
xx

challenges
dies/punches at Always Fun
something spooky at Cards in Envy
Halloween at Unicorn Challenge
anything goes/spooky at Crafty Addicts
Halloween at Craft Rocket
Halloween at Brown Sugar
Halloween at Cut It Up
Halloween at A Gem of a Challenge
Halloween at Die Cut Divas

Saturday, 6 October 2018

Something for the Weekend!


Morning crafty friends & bloggers, hope you're all well......and welcome to
Something for the Weekend!
Today I have a Christmas card to share.......all pink & gold & shiny.....so
not me lol but I have to say I love it! I started with a base of gold mirri card
then added elements from a Studio Light sheet. Of course, I couldn't stop there
and so I added more gold die cuts & finished with a couple of faux gems.
I'm loving the Studio Light booklets, they offer so much and you can make them
as simple as you like or add to them as much as you like......and there's a
fantastic range too.....booklets for all occasions!
Rightio, that's me for today........off for a wander around the town.
Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow!
xx

challenges
anything goes at A Snowflake's Promise
anything goes at Holly & Ivy Christmas
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
anything Christmas at Winter Wonderland
anything Christmas at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
anything goes at Merry Little Christmas
pink Christmas for cure at Jingle Belles

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Thursday Throwback!



Morning crafty friends & bloggers......hope you're all well.
Welcome to Thursday Throwback......my weekly look back at past crafty makes...
.....do you still like them? Would you change anything or would you rather
not look at all lol?
I have a Halloween wall hanging from 2012 to share today......I loved it when I
 made it & I'm still happy with it today.......although I remember my daughter
telling me it was ok......but she wanted something REAL scary lol!
If you fancy sharing an old make leave me a comment.....I'd love to come 
visit you back.
Thanks for calling....whatever you're up to have a lovely day.
See you tomorrow.
xx







 












Wednesday, 3 October 2018

You Are Special


Hi friends, happy Wednesday......Wednesday already! Doesn't time fly
when you're having crafty fun......or even when you're not lol.
Today I have a minimalist card to share......so hard for me to do, I just want to
pile on anything & everything! I am wondering though, should I add the
word 'so' as in 'You are so special' or leave it as it is?
Anyway, more bits from the bit box for this card, so quick & easy and I'm
sure it'll look good in other colour combo's and different sentiments.....I'm loving
the cards with one big word on them at the moment.
Rightio, lots to do today so I'll love you & leave you....thanks for calling.
See you tomorrow.
xx

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Candy Winner!


Morning friends, no makes to share today as it's time to announce the winner
of my candy........thanks so much to all who entered & thanks for all your
comments, visits & words of support and encouragement.....I appreciate it
more than you will ever know!
So, drumroll please............ I have a winner and that's you..........KATH of

****** Handmade by Kath! ******

Congratulations Kath.......if you would let me know your snail mail info I'll pop
your candy in the post asap. My email is mrsgrohl1@gmail.com
xx 

Monday, 1 October 2018

Robbon and/or Lace with Crafty Cardmakers!

Hi crafty friends & bloggers, happy October 1st! I hope you had a lovely weekend
 and are raring to go for the week ahead! I can't quite believe we're into October
already.....and my grandson is almost 1 year old!
Anyway, enough waffling from me....I'm here today with my Dt make for the
latest challenge over on the Crafty Cardmakers blog where the theme is:
RIBBON and/or LACE
A lovely theme, I think.........I was going to go with girly & feminine but time
ran away with me & I thought I better get a move on with some Halloween makes
so I made the simplest of tags. I used die cut tags, die cut the webs & spiders
from silver mirri.....oh my, were they a pain to stick down lol! I used green
slime coloured ribbon & finished with a faux gem in the centre of the spider.
Would love to see you join us......as usual  any & all makes are welcome, there's
hardly any rules & there's some fabulous Dt work for your inspiration...
......hope to see you there!
Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave.....see you tomorrow!
xx

Sunday, 30 September 2018

A bit of a change......and some candy!

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well.
It's been a strange week here, you know the kind of week where you don't
seem to have 2 minutes to yourself but you don't seem to get anything done either?
Well, that's been my kind of week......here's hoping next week is more productive,
especially on the crafting front.
I've been thinking for a while that a bit of a blog revamp is in order and I've finally
taken the plunge. I've had a bit of a colour change up and I've changed the title
 too............I'm sure I'll be tweaking a bit more but I'm happy for now!

So to celebrate I'm having a bit of a candy giveaway, here's whats on offer:
1 x regency swirls 3D embossing folder
1 x opulent swirls metal die pack (6 dies)
1 x antique edge decorative metal dies (3 dies)
usual rules apply:
Add your name to Linky
Add a pic to your blog
Link pic back to my blog
Follow my blog
Closes Sept 30th at midnight

Thanks for calling & good luck!
Bye for now
xx




Sympathy toppers

Hi friends, happy Sunday......hope you're having a lovely weekend.
I have a couple of toppers to share today, the kind nobody likes to make
but sadly we all need at some time.
Lots of layers used, all die cut & finished with a tiny faux pearl in the centre of
 the flower. Wasn't sure whether or not to add a sentiment so I left them without but
typically once I uploaded the photo I'm thinking I should have.
That's my lot for today, thanks for calling & whatever you're up to hope you
have a lovely day.
xx

My CANDY finishes tonight so there's still a few hours left to enter if you'd like.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Something for the Weekend!

Morning crafty friends, welcome to Something for the Weekend!
Do you have anything nice planned? We have a shopping day planned for today
then tomorrow it's craft, craft & more craft!
So this Something for the Weekend is a 16th birthday card topper. It measures approx
5x5 square so will sit nicely on a 6x6 card blank. I used mostly bits & bobs & just 
a few faux gems to finish! Papers are from Craftwork Cards, the bunting die is
Marianne, the punches I have no idea.....I think they're older than some of my
children lol! Number dies are Memory Box & the 'sweet' die was an Ebay buy.
Better dash......got a busy day ahead. Thanks for calling, have a lovely day!
xx
There's still time to enter my CANDY if you'd like!

challenges
anything goes at Corrosive Challenges
anything goes at Crafting from the Heart
pearls/gems at Dream Valley
anything goes at Crafty Creations
sentiment at Aud Sentiments
anything goes at Creative Knockouts
anything goes at Crafting with Friends

Friday, 28 September 2018

Paper Frosting Friday!

Morning crafty friends & bloggers, thanks for popping by my little blog.
I hope you're all well & looking forward to the weekend.....do you have anything
nice planned? I'm having my darling grandson & am thinking we might pop
into town.......and I should really be thinking about starting some
Christmas shopping!
Anyway, it's Friday again and that means more Paper Frosting!
This week I made poppies....beautiful die cut poppies, sentiment banners and
a bigger topper......all suitable for your cards & scrapbooks and all made using
 bits & bobs too which is always a bonus.
Rightio, coffee time.....thanks for calling & whatever you're up to have a lovely
day......see you tomorrow!
xx
Don't forget, there's still a few days left to enter my CANDY

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Thursday Throwback - Bella

Hi friends, hope you're all well.
Thursday already.......so that means time for a throwback pic.......thought I'd go
with kitty pics today as so many of you ask how they're all doing.
This is Bella when she was first born, she's 2 and a 1/2 now & she's the sweetest,
snuggliest, laziest cat you could ever meet! She'll happily spend all day on my chair
& all night snuggled next to me.........unless.........she can get into a bag, box or any
thing similar! Oh, and she's a bit of a poser too lol.....she loves having her photo
taken!
Here she is in one of her favourite places........a paper grocery bag!
I think shopping day is her favourite day......we have to empty the bags
 straight away else she'll get in them whether they have veg in them or not!
If you have any throwback pics you'd like to share do let me know so I
can come visit you too......and don't forget there's still time to enter my
Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave......see you tomorrow.
xx

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Frosty Moments

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well & managing some crafty time.
Oh my, didn't realise just how far behind I am with my Christmas makes
for this year......only 3 months to go!! Not that I'm complaining, Autumn & Winter
are my favourite times of the year & I love all the preparations, all the hustle &
bustle, the shopping, the planning.....oooh, I love it all!
So today's make is a Christmas card, I have to be honest & say it looks much better
in real life.....there's lots of layers & sparkle.
I started with a base layer of kraft card, added elements from a Studio Light kit
page and the silver wreath is cut with a Sizzix die
Rightio, my friends, that's my lot for today. Thanks for calling....see you tomorrow.
There's still time to enter my CANDY if you'd like.
xx

challenges
anything goes at A Snowflake's Promise
anything Christmas at Merry Christmas Challenge

Monday, 24 September 2018

Kitty Love!

Hi crafty friends & bloggers, hope you're all well.
It's a cold, wet & windy day here......craft room is definitely the best place to be...
......especially if I'm snuggled up with some of the kitties!
So today's make is made with freebies from a mag......I started with a black base
layer, the patterned layer was a freebie, I added a black strip, next the sweet (free) image.
I added 2 die cut banners & placed the sentiment on top & finished with some
die cut kitties & a couple of faux gems! Quick, easy & super sweet!
Thanks for calling today & for any comments you might leave....see you tomorrow.
Don't forget, there's still time to enter my CANDY!
xx

challenges
for the girls at A Gem of a Challenge
3+  layers at Crafty Gals Corner
anything goes at QKR Stampede
#8 at The Creative Crafters
dies/punches at Sparkles


Sunday, 23 September 2018

Something For The Weekend!

Hi crafty friends, welcome to my little corner of Blogland!
Hope you're all well & managing a little crafty time?
I had a lovely day with my grandson yesterday & today I'm having a nice,
cosy craft-ernoon.....maybe I can persuade Miss Rebecca to join me!
I have a little 'something for the weekend' to share today.......a steampunk style
with a male in mind card made using bits from my bit box......but why oh why do I never
 seem to reach the bottom of that box? The paper, if I remember rightly is Graphic 45 and
everything else is die cut finished with a stamped sentiment & a few faux gems.
Rightio, that's my lot for today......thanks for calling & for any comments
you might leave. My CANDY is still open if you'd like to enter.
xx

challenges
anything goes at Crafting from the Heart
You're the Man at Crafting by Design
3+ layers at Crafty Gals Corner
Boys/Men at Craft Rocket
2+patterned papers at Creative Knockouts

Friday, 21 September 2018

Paper Frosting Friday!

Morning crafty bloggers.....hope you're all safe, well & warm.
Wow, what a night.....wind & rain like we've not had for a long time last night,
the poor cats were terrified, the dogs kept barking & I hardly slept a
wink lol........might have to have a little snooze this aft!
So here we are.......Friday again, the weeks are flying past that quick I
can barely keep up.....and I'm way behind on Christmas plans already. Mind you, 
that's maybe because I decided to re-arrange the whole downstairs of
our house! Oooops, I'm waffling again.......Friday means......Paper Frosting
and today it's Halloween themed......poison bottles! Simply made using only die
cuts & a couple of gems I think these are a quick & easy make....and not
too scary for the kids!
Rightio, better get me a move on......thanks for calling today.....whatever you're
up to hope your days a good one!
xx

Don't forget......I have CANDY if you'd like to enter!

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Autumn Colours at Crafty Cardmakers!

Good morning crafty friends, hope you're all well.
It's time for another challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers & the theme is
AUTUMN COLOURS
I love this theme as Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year and I
do love the colours....so much in fact my living room has a bit of
an Autumn colour scheme going on!
As usual, any & all makes are welcome....you can find the rules (not many)
and gorgeous Dt inspiration (lots) over on the main blog.....hope to see you there!
For my card I started with a base layer of chocolate brown card then
added a layer of paper, added another layer of card & paper then took a
LOTV panel & cut it into 3.....then layered that onto brown card too.
I kept it fairly simple by adding a ribbon......but no sentiment as I'll leave that
until I use the card!
Thanks for calling......and for any comments you might leave.
xx
Don't forget, I have CANDY if you'd like to enter.



Friday, 14 September 2018

Paper Frosting Friday!


Hi crafty friends..... welcome to Paper Frosting Friday......hope you're all well.
For my paper frosting today I've gone with a Halloween theme.....got to admit though
I did get a bit carried away so you'll probably be seeing a lot more!
I used my banner dies to cut the base layer from scraps, the words I printed
out & simply layered onto the patterned paper then I finished with some twine
tied around the ends. Perfect little bits of frosting for cards, scrapbook, journals
......in fact useful for almost anything!
Rightio, better get a move on.......got my little grandson coming to stay later on.
Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave......much appreciated!
xx
Don't forget........I have CANDY if you'd like to enter.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Thursday Throwback!

Hi crafty bloggers, hope you're all well.
'Tis a beautiful breezy day here on the Yorkshire Coast......blue skies, warm enough that you don't need a jacket.........and washing blowing on the line........doesn't take much at all 
to make me happy!
So as it's Thursday it's time to have a look back at our past makes....can be any kind of make,
it's always fun to look back, I think. Would you make the same thing again today? Maybe
tweak it a little bit? Or definitely not, no way, never lol?
My throwback this week is a birthday card I made for my Daughter a few years ago.


 I wouldn't make it again though......because I've still got it! Rebecca loved it that much
I popped it in a frame & decorated the frame to match!

The image is D'Arcy's Diaries, coloured with Copics, the papers are Gorjuss, the
sentiment LOTV. I distressed & crackle painted the frame, added lots of die cuts and
made some paper flowers.
If you fancy joining me leave me a comment so's I can come visit you.
Thanks for calling.......see you tomorrow.

Don't forget.......I have CANDY if you'd like to enter.
xx

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Anything Goes at Not Just Cards!


Hi friends, hope you're all well & having a good week!
It's grey & miserable here today, perfect crafting weather & I suspect that's
what I'll be doing once I've been to my Dr appointment.
So today sees the start of a new challenge over at Not Just Cards with the theme
ANYTHING GOES
As usual, any & all makes are welcome, you can check out the few rules
& some gorgeous Dt inspiration over on the main blog.
I made more Christmas tags, you can never have too many, right?
Circular ones this time.......simply a die cut circle, a layer of scallop
circle finished with a die cut sentiment. The backs are stamped with a simple
To/From & I added string.......what a great way to use up some scraps!
Okie dokie, that's me for today......thanks for calling & for any comments
 you might leave......hope to see you over at Not Just Cards!
Don't forget......I have Candy if you'd like to enter!
xx

CHALLENGES
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
tag, you're it at Southern Girls
anything goes at Crafting From the Heart
anything goes at A Snowflake's Promise

Monday, 10 September 2018

All Creatures Great & Small at Crafty Cardmakers!

Hi crafters, welcome to the start of a new week.....hope you're all well!
I need to start with an apology to my teamies over at Crafty Cardmakers, I seem
to have dropped a week somewhere along the way & should have posted my
Dt make last Monday......oooops......I'm so sorry!!
Anyway, better late than never I hope....and the theme  is sure to be a favourite
ALL CREATURES GREAT & SMALL
As usual, we love to see any & all makes & you can find all rules (not many)
and some fabulous inspiration (lots) over on the main blog here.
I made a card topper this time using my favourite of all creatures......CATS!
Paper is from the Paper Boutique, cats are a Marianne die, I used a circle
die for the aperture, bow is a Marianne die, flowers are punched, I designed &
printed the sentiment myself & I finished with a few faux gems.
So that's me for today, thanks for calling & for any comments you might
leave......they're much appreciated.
I have candy too if you'd like to enter......post is pinned to top of my blog,
xx


Thursday, 6 September 2018

Thursday Throwback!

Hi friends, hope you're all well & having a good week.
It's been a strange kind of week here and before I knew it it's Thursday.....and
I've not done anything I planned.......I guess I shouldn't have made any plans lol!
So, as it's Thursday you know what that means......Throwback time! My weekly look
back at past makes......if you fancy joining me just let me know in the comments then
 I can come visit you back.......I'd love to see!
I'm sharing a couple of tags today...... I reckon they were made about 6 years ago
and I still like them now. Super quick & easy I simply used up some snippets of white
card, embossed some, die cut others then layered them all together and finished
with a snowflake & some paper ribbon.
Oooh, I'm feeling all Christmas-like now......think I feel a Christmas card
coming on lol.
Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow!
xx

Friday, 31 August 2018

Paper Frosting Friday!

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well.....and welcome to Paper Frosting Friday!
Today I have some Halloween frosting to share.....a set of mason jars filled with some
 perfectly scary Halloween creatures.......just right for cards, layouts, journals,
 maybe even good for a home decor project!
To make I simply stamped then die cut the mason jar, added the die cut filling, added
some faux gems then finished with some bakers twine tied around the jar top!
Rightio, that's my lot for today.....looking forward to having my Grandson  later.
Thanks for calling & whatever you're up to......have a lovely day!
xx

challenges
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
anything goes at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
anything goes at Corrosive Challenges
quit buggin' me at Shopping Our Stash


Thursday, 30 August 2018

Thursday Throwback!

Gosh, don't these weeks roll by quickly?
Thursday already which means time for another Thursday Throwback post......my weekly
look back at previous crafty makes to see how far I've come............or not, as the
case may be lol! If you fancy joining me do leave me a comment so I can come
visit you back!
Today I'm looking back over one of the 1st mixed media pieces I made......a blank canvas, I
simply sprayed various coloured inks along the top & let it drip down, whilst it was
still slightly damp I lightly sprinkled glitter over it. Once dry I added the die cut butterfly, 
sentiment & jewel drops! Quick, easy & great fun and gave me the courage to try
more mixed media!
Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave,,,,,,see you tomorrow!
xx

Monday, 27 August 2018

Quick & Easy!

Hi friends......hope you're all well & having a lovely day!
Thanks for all your lovely comments on the photo of Asher yesterday and birthday
wishes for my son.......takeaway tea was delicious but oh my, I'm glad we don't
eat it too often.....and I didn't even have room for birthday cake lol!
Sometimes we need a quick & easy card so today I have the quickest & easiest card to share......perfect for those last minute makes that we all need from time to time! 
It's simply layers of card & a top layer of paper, a die cut sentiment & a couple 
of faux gems! Obviously, the paper & sentiment can be changed to suit the occasion and
 I thought these would be good to package up & give as gifts so the recipient had a 
selection of cards for a selection of occasions.
And they're a great way to use up bots & bobs too......bonus!
Rightio, off to do some jobs, thanks for calling......see you tomorrow!
xx

challenges

Sunday, 26 August 2018

Something for the Weekend!


Hi friends......welcome to Something for the Weekend.......a chance to share something,
 anything............could be a crafty make, a recipe, a photo, a joke.......or just 
something that makes you smile!
Leave me a comment so I can visit you back!
So today I'm sharing a photo.......my gorgeous Grandson Asher never fails to make me smile
& this is one of my favourite pics of him fast asleep in my arms....I so love snuggles with him!
He's such a happy little fella & has the most amazing blue eyes....can't believe he's 10
months old already!
I hope you're all well.......and those of you in the UK I hope you're enjoying the
 Bank Holiday weekend......the last one til Christmas!! And isn't the weather just 
typical Bank Holiday weather? Rain, dull grey skies & a little bit chilly! Not to worry
though cos I'm having a crafter-noon.......and a no-cooking day! One of my boys has a
 birthday today so he's coming round for tea......and we're having Chinese takeout!!
Probably my favourite......followed by chocolate birthday cake lol! 
Rightio, better go get on........and better get some extra chairs out too else they'll all
be standing up lol!
Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow!
xx

p.s.......a big hello, thank you & welcome to my new followers.....I'll be visiting you back asap xx


Friday, 24 August 2018

Paper Frosting Friday!


Hi friends.......happy Friday!
 Hope you have something nice planned for the weekend?
I have a little batch of Paper Frosting to share today.............a bit of a Summer festival
 theme going on with the tie dye/watercolour papers, perfect for your journals,
 scrapbooks & cards!
A mix of die cuts & stamping, all (mostly)layered up with some black card & finished with a
few faux gems.......it looks so much prettier IRL!
Rightio, that's my lot for today.............having my Grandson come to stay later on, ooh I 
love having him, I know I'm biased but he's the most gorgeous boy!
Whatever you're up to have a lovely day........see you tomorrow!
xx

challenges
anything goes at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
anything goes at The Corrosive Challenge
anything goes at Crafting by Design
anything goes at Crafty Creations
anything goes with dies at Happy Little Stamper

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Thursday Throwback!

Hi friends.......happy Thursday, hope your week is going well!
It's dull & grey here, a slight drizzle but thankfully cooler.........perfect 
weather for crafting methinks!
So as it's Thursday it's time for a Thursday Throwback pic......When I first started out on
 this crafting journey I was more into scrap booking so this little card was a natural
follow on. A quite simple card with only  a couple of embellishments but oh my, I
 remember how long it took to cut all those layers of decoupage lol....thank
goodness for die cut layers now! I did enjoy making it though & I remember the friend it
was for was ever so pleased with it.
If you fancy joining me on these Thursday Throwback posts just leave me a comment
so I know & can visit you back!
Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow!
xx

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Merry Christmas!

Hi friends......hope you're all well!
I had such a busy day yesterday, don't think I had 2 minutes to myself all day so
today I'm having a quick tidy up, putting tea in the slow cooker then it's
playtime! I really need to get my Christmas craft on but my head's so full of things
I want to try I don't know where to start lol! 
So today I have another topper to share.....Christmas themed in  one of my favourite
combo's of kraft & white. Lots of die cut layers, a poinsettia, some foliage & finished
 with some faux gems & a die cut sentiment. Quick, easy & quite pretty, I think!
Apologies for the pic.....the weather's really quite strange today.....sunshine, showers,
dull grey skies.......really warm then really cool.....light then dark and none of it
 makes for a good photo. Think I might have to invest in a light box!
Thanks for calling......whatever you're up to have a good day!
See you tomorrow for Thursday Throwback!
xx

challenges
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
K is for kraft at the Alphabet Challenge
anything goes at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
anything Christmas at Holly & Ivy  Christmas Challenge

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

Using up more Stash!

Hi friends.......hope you're well & your week has gotten off to a good start!
I've been on a mission to use up more bits from the bit box.......and the dies that
I used today are a great way to do that! I used my favourite black card for this
topper with the white for contrast. I love that they can be made in any colour
combo.......a couple of paper flowers to embellish & that's the job done. 
I'm always trying to think of different ways to use my toppers and as with yesterdays
 I think this one would look good in a frame or maybe on a decorated notebook...
......they can be left plain & simple or you can add lots more to them. It's an Xcut
 die set & is so much more versatile than I first thought.
Rightio, better dash, got a busy day ahead.......it's shopping day, the boiler is
being serviced, a cat is at the vet's & I've a Dr appointment!!
Not enough hours in the day!
Thanks for calling & whatever you're up to.....hope your days a good one!
xx

Monday, 20 August 2018

What's Cooking?

Hi friends.....happy Monday, here's hoping it's the start of a good week!
I have another apron card topper to share today, I say topper but I think it would
look quite good in a frame for a kitchen wall.....or maybe on the front cover of
a handmade recipe book? I love that they can be made to complement your
decor too.....but most of all I love that they're made from bits from the bit box!
I started with a base of my favourite black, added a layer of patterned paper then
just built up the die cut embellishments.
A few faux gems to match & that's it......job done.........think I might go
do some baking now!
Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow!
xx

challenges
anything goes at Through the Craft Room Door
anything goes at Craft Rocket
Favourite Colour at Cut it Up
What's Cooking at Daring Cardmakers

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Something for the Weekend!

Hi friends, welcome to Something for the Weekend.......Share something, anything.......could be a crafty make, a recipe, a photo, a joke......or just something that makes you smile! Leave me a comment so I can visit you back!
I have a photo to share today......2 of my kitty cats in one of their most favourite
places to sleep..............I love how they like to squeeze themselves into the smallest
of places.......and heaven help anyone who dares to move those baskets lol!

Mama Lola & her baby Bella

Thanks for popping by......see you tomorrow!
xx

Friday, 17 August 2018

Peace Love Joy

Hi friends, happy Friday!
Do you have anything nice planned for the weekend? I hope so......I think I might be
having my gorgeous grandson, Asher........can't believe he's 10 months old already.
Where does the time go?
Talking of time, I'm waayyy behind on Christmas makes this year. Trouble is I have so
 much stash I don't know where to start! And one of my boys just bought me some
new stash that's not Christmas.....oh my, so much choice & just not enough hours in a
day lol! So I started with Christmas, decided to use up some older stash & here's what
 I came up with......I made something similar last year and so love the tartan paper.
It's all made with die cuts & snippets, finished with a gem & nice & flat for posting too!
Rightio, that's me for today.....thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave.
See you over the weekend!
xx

Thursday, 16 August 2018

Thursday Throwback

Do you ever get low on inspiration? Fed up of making the same old thing?
Or do you just fancy a change? I do and one of the ways I try & get myself motivated
and inspired is to have a look back at past makes. Mostly I think oh my, did I really make that lol but every once in a while I see something I really loved & just didn't want to part with.....and sometimes
I see something that I just know I can improve on and just have to recreate.
So I decided I'm going to have a look back post every Thursday just to keep myself
 motivated.....and sometimes just to have a little laugh.....and sometimes to remind myself just how far I've come on this crafting journey!
If you fancy joining me just leave me a comment letting me know then I can come visit
 you back.........I'd love to have you along!


So for my first throwback I decided to share this sweet Tilda card, if I remember
rightly I'd only been blogging about a month & this is the first card I won a competition
with! I was so, so chuffed but oh heck, fussy cutting that image was a pain lol.
And look at that patchwork background! I still love to use up snippets that way!
Don't forget to leave me a comment if you can join in!
xx
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