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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

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

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

May all your wishes come true......


Hi friends, hope you're all well.
Can't believe we're almost halfway through August already......and I can't believe I
bought my first 2 Christmas presents the other day! Never too early though, right? Just
need to get cracked on with my Christmas makes now! First though, I have another
topper to share......all made with bits from the bit box in my favourite colour!
There's 4 die cut layers stacked up on foam pads with the sentiment stamped on the 
top one then it's finished with a die cut flower with a faux pearl centre.


You can see the layers a little better in this photo.
Rightio, gonna grab a couple of hours at my desk before tea......thanks for
calling & for any comments you might leave......see you soon!
xx


Sunday, 12 August 2018

Anything Goes at Not Just Cards!

Hi crafty friends......hope you're all well & enjoying the cooler weather
as much as I am!
We have a new challenge just started over at Not Just Cards, the theme as always
is anything goes & if you're low on inspiration then please pop on over to the
blog & check out the fabulous Dt makes. It's a just-for-fun challenge but we do
have a top 3....you can make anything you want & enter up to 5 times!
I made a set of Christmas tags this time, a great way to use up all those odds &
ends us crafters have lying about. I simply die cut all the layers then finished with
a die cut gold snowflake topped with a faux pearl. The back was stamped with a
 simple to/from & I threaded them with some string.
Rightio, that's my lot for today! Thanks for calling & for any comment you
 might leave......hope to see you over at Not Just Cards!
xx

challenges
anything goes at A Snowflake's Promise

Christmas at C.R.A.F.T
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers

Monday, 30 July 2018

You make me Smile

Hi friends.....hope you're all well & having a lovely weekend!
Did you enjoy the rain, wind & thunder? Oh my, it was fabulous.....still quite warm 
but it's been lovely sat watching the rainfall & the lightening through the patio doors.
I have a Dr appointment today so I hope it's not as bad as it has been, never happy am I lol!
Anyway, another card topper to share today, could have sworn I posted this a while ago 
but can't find it anywhere. I started, as may of my cards do, with a black base.....
.....added a distressed paper layer then added some die cuts & some handmade paper
 flowers finished with a faux pearl centre.
As I was typing this I was thinking this might look quite nice in a picture frame as
a piece of home decor......what do you think?
Rightio, better get a move on, thanks for calling......see you soon!
xx

Saturday, 28 July 2018

70th Birthday

Hi crafty friends......hope you're all well.
A quick & easy card to share today.......and super flat for posting too which
is always a bonus! Measuring 5x5 inches, I started with a card blank & simply
added some stars that were die cut & layered in silver mirri, navy card & patterned
paper.......then numbers were die cut from silver mirri then I finished with a
stamped happy birthday!
Rightio, short & sweet today.......gonna try for a crafty play later once the jobs are done.
Thanks for calling & whatever you're up to.....hope your days' a good one!
xx

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

A little bit shabby, a little bit chic!


Hi crafty friends......hope you're all well & not struggling too much in this heat!
Don't know about you but I'm hoping the forecast of rain on Friday is right......I'm about
melting here & would love some rain, especially if I'm in my craft room!
I have another card topper to share today, ready for any occasion with a simple
sentiment.....lots of paper flowers & die cut embellishments......I really enjoyed making
this one but needless to say I started out with something completely different in mind!
It all started with the wood effect paper....I distressed the edges then simply added all the 
bits & pieces........and job done!
Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave.....I so appreciate it!
See you soon!
xx

challenges
totally girly at Crafty Calendar
anything goes at Love 2 Create
anything goes at Create & Inspire
anything goes at Love to Craft
girly at Pearly Sparkles

Thursday, 12 July 2018

XOXO


Hi friends......hope you're all well & like me, enjoying this cooler weather.
Today I have a Valentine/Love themed card topper to share, again using bits from
 my scrap box...........still nowhere near the bottom of it though lol!
I started with a black card base, layered on a piece of foiled card, a lace trim,
some die cut letters, a couple of banners & finished with those luscious lips!
Rightio, better go do some jobs if I want a crafty play later on.....thanks
calling......see you soon!
xx

challenges
anything goes at Simply Papercraft
anything goes at Corrosive Challenges

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

New Challenge at Not Just Cards!


Hi crafty friends, happy Wednesday......hope you're all well!
I'm here today with my Dt make for the latest challenge over at 
NOT JUST CARDS
The theme, as always, is anything goes.....it's a 'just for fun' challenge but we
do have a top 3. As usual there's some fabulous Dt makes for your inspiration over
on the main blog......we have some new team members too so there's lots to see!
I made a birthday card topper this time....I love layering dies & the pink/white combo
feels real fresh & clean. I stamped onto the middle panel then simply added the flowers,
foliage, bow & butterfly......then finished with a faux pearl on the butterfly!
Hope you can join us and don't forget......any & all makes are welcome!
Thanks for calling......see you soon!
xx

challenges

birthday at 4 Crafty Chicks
flowers & sentiment at Aud Sentiments
birthday wishes at Creative Knockouts
pretty in pink at Fussy & Fancy

Monday, 2 July 2018

New challenge at Crafty Cardmakers!


Hi crafty friends......hope you're all well!
So sorry I've not been around for a while, real life has an awful habit of getting
in the way of crafty time at the moment lol.......and with this awful sunshine we're
having I don't seem to be able to do much of anything......roll on Autumn & Winter!
So today I have a Dt make for the new challenge starting over at
where the theme is to use at least 2 dies/punches or 1 of each.
A nice easy theme as I know you all love your dies & punches! As usual, any & all
makes are welcome & you can find all rules & some fabulous Dt makes for your
inspiration over on the main blog.
I used silver mirri card, pink adorable scorable card & an assortment of dies &
punches for my make.....the unicorn looks so much nicer in real life, the silver mirri
is so pretty. I finished with a trio of punched flowers with a faux pearl centre.
Thanks for popping by, I'll be round real soon.....take care.
xx

Monday, 11 June 2018

New teamie at Not Just Cards!

Good morning my crafty friends.......hope you're all well & enjoying
the beautiful weather we're having at the moment! I have to admit I don't like the
heat so I'm looking forward to Autumn & Winter lol!
Anyway, I have some news........I'm so chuffed to tell you I've joined the Dt over at
A fabulous challenge blog & right up my street as I can make anything I want!
Today I'm sharing my 1st make for the team.......I made a collection of dog themed
Paper Frosting (my name for embellishments)......perfect for scrapbooking, journals, 
card making or maybe even for home decor.....there's lots of options & I do 
love making them, the only problem is when to stop lol! Best of all is I got to use
up lots of bits from my scrap box!
As usual, you can make anything you like......you can find the rules (not many)
over on the main blog as well as the amazing Dt makes for your inspiration!

Thanks for calling today & for any comments you might leave....see you soon!
xx

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

For a Man/Boy with Crafty Cardmakers!

Hi crafty friends......hope you're all well.
It's time for a new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and this fortnight the theme is
FOR A MAN/BOY
As usual,we love to see anything you'd like to share so long as it fits the theme & is a
 new make. You have a fortnight to play and if you're in need of ideas then please pop over
 to the main challenge blog where you're sure to be inspired by the fabulous design
 team makes!
My make was a real bargain make.......the papers & topper were free with a mag & the
die cut bits were cut with scraps from my bit box......and maybe best of all the card is
 super flat for posting!
Rightio, better get on......thanks for calling & for any comments you might
leave......see you soon!
x

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Things with Wings at Crafty Cardmakers!

Morning crafty friends......hope you're all well!
I can't believe I've been away from my blog for so long......not sure where the time has gone
 but it's been a strange 2 weeks lol! Even stranger has been the weather.........we've had
 glorious  sunshine in my neck of the woods & even though the last couple of days have
 been cooler it's still been nice.......and I do prefer it cooler!
Anyway, today I have my Dt make for the latest challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers
where the theme is THINGS WITH WINGS! As usual, you can find all the info you
need over on the main challenge blog as well as lots of gorgeous Dt makes that are
 sure to inspire you.
I used up more scraps for this card & my favourite colours of the moment too......and who
can resist that gorgeous chalkboard paper? I wanted the die cut butterfly to be the 
focal point so I layered it onto a black die cut circle & finished with a birthday sentiment.
Rightio my friends, that's me for today.....thanks for calling & for any comments
 you might leave......see you tomorrow!
xx

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Hello Sunshine!

Hi crafty friends.....hope you're all well!
After a little rain last night we're back to sunshine & bright blue skies again.....not sure how long it'll last but I do love having a line full of washing lol!
Do you ever wonder what to do with all those odd bits of paper you just can't bear to throw
away? If you're anything like me you'll have baskets full of 'em! I think I've gotten better at using them up though & one of my favourite ways is to use my banner dies.....that way you can make them as long or as short as you like/want or need!
Apart from the doily & the stamped word, everything on this card is die cut......I distressed the edges & finished the butterfly with a faux pearl and that's it......job done!
Rightio, lots to do today so I'll say thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave...
......see you tomorrow!
xx

challenges
anything goes at Crafting With An Attitude
anything goes at Simply Papercraft
anything goes at Crafter's Castle
anything goes at Corrosive Challenges
mood board (I chose colours) at Use Your Stuff
butterflies at Shopping Our Stash

Monday, 7 May 2018

Crafty Cardmakers - No Patterned Paper!

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well & enjoying the long Bank Holiday weekend (if you're in the Uk).......and of course, the lovely weather!
So today it's time for a new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers where the theme is
NO PATTERNED PAPER!
As usual, we're a 'just for fun' challenge, you can make anything you like so long as it meets the theme & you can enter as many times as you like but new makes only please!
I made a Christmas card topper, here we are having a heatwave & I'm making Christmas things lol......typical! I layered a Hunkydory topper onto red card then added a die cut frame & a banner embellishment with a peel off sentiment, finished with a few faux gems & that;s it......done!
Do pop over to the main challenge blog & have a look at the fabulous Dt make......as usual, there'll be plenty to inspire you!
Thanks for calling today & for any comments you might leave......see you tomorrow!
xx

challenges
anything goes at The Holly & The Ivy
#157 at Crimbo Crackers
Snow Much Fun at Winter Wonderland

Friday, 4 May 2018

Paper Frosting Friday #4

Good morning crafty friends......hope you're all well!
Are you looking forward to the long Bank Holiday weekend? Do you have anything nice
 planned? I have my grandson so crafty time may be limited........but nothing beats snuggles with Asher so it's all good!
So today being Friday means.....it's Paper Frosting Friday!!
This week I have some  Christmas frosting to share.....made with a die, some snippets from the scrap box & finished with a faux gem I have a start on Christmas.....and it's only May lol!
What do you do with your scraps? If you fancy making some Paper Frosting don't forget to let me know so I can come see!
Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave........have a lovely day & I'll see you
tomorrow!
xx

challenges
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
anything goes at A Snowflake's Promise
anything Christmas goes at The Holly & The Ivy
anything Christmas at The Merry Christmas Challenge

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Washi Wednesday #2!

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well!
Welcome to Washi Wednesday #2.......my little attempt to get everybody using those
reels of washi tape that we all seem to have but very rarely use for anything other than
taping down our dies! I'd love you to join me in sharing any & all your makes.......and if you
have any hints, tips or even fancy doing  a guest post then drop me a line!

Today I used my washi as a simple trim for some tags.......simple but very effective, I think.
Practical, pretty and of course, you can make them in any colour using any washi you fancy, they work for any time of the year, not just Christmas!


You will need:   a tag die, stamp of your choice, ink pad, a 'to/from' stamp and the washi of your choice......I chose a teal glittery tape.......oh, so pretty!


Practical, pretty and of course, you can make them in any colour using any washi you fancy, they work for any time of the year, not just Christmas!
Thanks for calling......and don't forget to share any washi makes......leave me a comment so I
can come see!
xx

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Let's bake!

Hi crafty friends.......welcome to May!
Here's hoping the weather is better than last month!
Just popping on to share another of the apron cards I made, this one has a real country kitchen feel to it with the chicken background paper & the kraft card. I used green gingham for the pockets & dark green for the hearts & utensils......and everything came from my scrap box!!
Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave......see you tomorrow!
xx

Monday, 30 April 2018

April 2018 Rudolph Days Challenge

Hi crafty friends......hope you're all well & warm!
Here we are on the last day of April & the weather feels like we should be in October......it's
so windy and freezing cold today!
Today I have  a Christmas card to share......just in time to join in with Scrappy Mo's Rudolph
 Day's challenge, you can find all details here.
I used papers & topper from Craftwork cards, the chalkboard collection......some silver mirri, a couple die cut snowflakes, a couple banners & finished with some gems.
Love this paper collection & will definitely be making more as I do like adding a bit of tartan to my Christmas cards.......must be my Scottish roots lol!
Thanks for popping by today and for any comments you might leave......see you tomorrow!
xx

Monday, 23 April 2018

Happy Birthday with Crafty Cardmakers!

Hi crafty friends.......happy Monday, hope you're all fighting fit & raring to go!
We have a new challenge for you over at Crafty Cardmakers today & the theme is a nice,
 easy one................HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
I chose to make a card for a boy using a decoupage sheet from the Whiz Kidz collection. 
There's 4 layers of decoupage & the only extra I used was a piece of black card for the base
 & the frame! I had a couple of elements left so made a little gift tag to go with the card.


As usual, we're a just for fun challenge & if you pop over to the main blog you'll find lots
of gorgeous inspiration from the rest of the team....hope to see you there!
Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave.......and don't forget....I have a little
giveaway if you're interested HERE.
xx

challenges
only for boys at Crafty Sentiments
yo Dude at Shopping Our Stash
birthday card at The Paper Shelter
Happy Birthday at Aud Sentiments
children's playtime at A Gem of a Challenge
anything goes for kids at Send a Smile 4 Kids

Sunday, 22 April 2018

PARCHMENT CRAFT MAGAZINE (X2) GIVEAWAY!


Hi crafty friends.....happy Sunday, hope you're having a lovely weekend!
I've been having a bit of a tidy up in my craft room & have a couple of Parchment Craft magazines (April & May 2018) that are no use to me as I don't do parchment craft so I 
thought I'd see if any of you lovely people (Uk only please) would want them?
Leave me a comment if you do & if there's more than one of you I'll draw a name out next 
Sunday......you don't have to be a follower but I'd love it if you were......and if you want to pop
a pic in your sidebar with a link back to here then that would be great too!
Thanks for calling......enjoy the rest of the day & I'll see you tomorrow!
xx
                                                                            
  

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Something for the Weekend!

Hi crafty friends......welcome to 'Something for the Weekend'!
So what do you think to this weather then? Can't believe we're having a run of sunshine.......
......let's hope it lasts a good while longer!
For this weekend I thought I'd share a pic of one of our cats.....this handsome boy is Tom, he's a year old, all grey and he's huge! He's a strange one though, is our Tom....he doesn't like
 cuddles but he loves to have the side of his head rubbed lol..........and he's loud......very loud! He's always 1st to the food bowl......and the last to come in!
Rightio, it's a crafty afternoon for me......hope you manage some time doing what you love!
Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow!
xx

Friday, 20 April 2018

Paper Frosting Friday #3

Hi crafty friends......hope you're all well!
Oh my, you wouldn't believe how hot it is here today.......not good for me but I hope it continues for those of you who enjoy the heat! I'll be locked away in my craft room with the fan blowing so it's a win win situation all round lol!
Anyway, welcome to Paper Frosting Friday #3.....my attempt to use up lots of bits of stash to make my own embellishments for cards, scrapbooks etc., ......and I decided to call them Paper
 Frosting! This week I made some paper flowers......the paper I used must be one of the oldest packs I have in my stash....it's a pearlised paper in pinks blues, greens & yellows & looks so much prettier IRL. I left them all plain but you could ink the edges, emboss the paper, stamp on it.........lots of options. I also kept them fairly open but have tried adding more layers for a more closed look flower.....and they look amazing!
Rightio, better get a move on, I'm hoping to see my Grandson today! Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave......and don't forget to let me know if I've inspired you to use up some bits of your stash......I'd love to see what you've made!
xx

challenges
anything goes at Not Just Cards

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Thank You!

Hi crafty friends.....hope you're all well!
Seems like the weather people might just have got it right as it's shaping up to be a lovely day......not that I like the heat  but I do like being able to leave the patio doors open, hang out the washing and just wander in & out.....and I really do need to have a tidy up in the
 garden!
So for today's share I have a 'thank you' card topper......another super quick & easy make but one that I really enjoyed making! It took me back to my childhood when we used to sit at the kitchen table after every birthday, Christmas, Easter......any gift giving time & we used to write countless thank you letters! Such a difference to today when it's much easier to send a text, an email or a Facebook message. I much prefer the personal touch & always have a few thank you cards at the ready.
I used a Hunkydory sheet from one of their little books, a die cut frame, die cut banners, a punched flower & finished with a couple of faux pearls.
Another busy day beckons so I'll say thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave...
......see you tomorrow!
xx

challenges
anything goes at QKR Stampede
anything goes at Craftaholics R Us
anything goes at Crafts Galore Encore

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Using up some stash!

Hi friends......happy Wednesday!
Can't believe how fast the days are going, it'll be the weekend before we know it!
The weather seems to have changed again today, the skies are grey & it's a bit gloomy out
 there......although I have to admit to liking the rain so it wouldn't bother me too
 much.....especially if it means I get to stay in & craft lol!
So for today I made another topper.....Like many of us I have stacks of papers that have come free with magazines, usually they don't get used but a while back I was having a root 
through some stash & came across some that were so lovely I just had to use them.......and
 this is what I made! Again, mostly dies were used.....all layered onto a piece of distressed
 paper & finished with a stamped sentiment & some pearls.......and again, it looks so much
 nicer IRL.......the colours are so rich & the flowers so pretty.
Rightio, another busy morning awaits if I want some crafty playtime later so thanks for
 calling & for any comments you might leave......see you tomorrow!
xx

challenges
flowers at Craft Rocket
add a sentiment at Fussy & Fancy
anything goes at Through The Craft Room Door
anything goes at Die Cut Divas

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Pretty as a Picture!

Hi friends, happy Tuesday!
Hope you're all well & managing a little of what makes you smile!
Today's share is made wholly with die cuts & punches, I embossed the middle layer with a hearts embossing folder & finished with a few pearls......job done.......but I have to say it looks so much prettier in real life! Quite a useful make too as I think it would suit almost any
 occasion. Short & sweet today as I have a busy afternoon so thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave......see you tomorrow!
xx

challenges
elegant ladies at Crafting by Design

anything goes at Crafty Catz
use die cuts at Simply Create Too

Monday, 16 April 2018

Special Mum

Hi friends......hope you're all well!
It's promising to be a beautiful day here on the Yorkshire Coast so guess what's gonna be the
highlight of my day? Washing on the line lol......there's nothing better than the smell of 
freshly dried washing, is there? It really doesn't take much to please me!!
Anyway, I have another make to share today.....you know when you have an idea buzzing around in your head & you can't settle to anything else until you've tried it? Well, this was
 supposed to be a quick & easy card........but oh my gosh, it took forever......and I do mean
 forever! I simply layered up some pink & white card then cut the sunray frame once in pink then once more in each of the different papers BUT.......I got all the papers mixed up & sorting them out again & getting the right size in the right place was no mean feat lol. I do think it was worth it though, the papers look so pretty & I finished it off with a special mum topper.....both papers & topper are from Craftwork Cards.
Rightio, gonna go do some baking.......bakewell tart today, I think! Thanks for calling & for
 any comments you might leave......see you tomorrow!
xx

challenges
anything goes at Crafty Creations
anything goes at Pause Dream Enjoy
dies and/or punches at Crafting with Dragonflies

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Something For The Weekend!

Hi crafty friends.......happy Sunday, hope you're all well!
And what a gorgeous Sunday it is too! The weather's lovely, the jobs are done.......and
I'm gonna have myself a crafty afternoon!
But first I have my 'Something for the Weekend' make to share.....a little mixed media card
topper this time, I stamped, inked, embossed, die cut, splatted & sprayed and finished with a shiny silver embossed heart! Had myself a right messy old time.........and I'm quite pleased 
with the end result too!
Thanks for calling today & for any comments you might leave.....see you tomorrow!
xx

challenges

anything goes at Through The Craft Room Door
shine at Little Red Wagon



Friday, 13 April 2018

Paper Frosting Friday #2

Hi crafty friends......happy Friday......these weeks sure are flying past!
More paper frosting to share today........thought I'd share a Halloween set, maybe a
little early in the year but it's always best to be prepared lol!
It's quite a big set but it could have been HUGE as once I started I just couldn't stop lol!
Ok, I'll be honest.......I didn't stop and had to split it into 2 lots!!
The ideas were coming thick & fast  and I used up so many bits & pieces......it really was great
fun to make........I used mine mainly for scrapbook pages but it would work just as well
on cards......think I might get me a head start on this year's Halloween!
Rightio, that's my lot for today, got lots to do. Thanks for calling & for any comments
you might leave......see you tomorrow!
xx

challenges
think small at Pile It On
anything goes at Corrosive Challenges
anything goes at Always Fun
anything goes at Crafty Creations
anything goes at Inspiration Destination
anything goes at Not Just Cards

Monday, 9 April 2018

Water with Crafty Cardmakers!

Hi crafty friends......happy Monday!
Today I have my Dt make for the Crafty Cardmakers new challenge to share......the
theme this fortnight, as chosen by Josephine is WATER! And we've sure had plenty of that what with all the rain & snow we've had recently lol!
I chose to go with bath water......there's nothing more relaxing than a long soak in a nice, hot bath.....
a candle burning........and if my bath tub was as pretty as this one I'd never be out of it!
The image & backing card is from Kanban, I added a few paper flowers, some die cut foliage, a die cut butterfly, the sentiment was computer generated & layered onto a die cut banner then the whole thing was layered onto a piece of mirri card & finished with a few faux pearls.
Do please pop over to the main challenge blog where you'll find all the rules (not many) and the gorgeous Dt makes for inspiration (lots) & hopefully you'll come join us!
Thanks for calling......see you soon!
xx

challenges
anything goes at Die Cut Divas
anything goes at Not Just Cards
anything goes at Pearly Sparkles
April challenge at Elliebelle's Crafty Wednesday
pearls at Brown Sugar
use die cuts at Simply Create Too


Sunday, 8 April 2018

Friends are the best Gifts!

Hi friends......happy Sunday!
Hope you're all having a fun filled, crafty weekend!
Bit dull & dreary here but at least it's dry......for now......although I don't hold out much hope for the rest of the day!
I have another card topper to share today....or maybe a paper frosting for a scrapbook
 page/journal.............or maybe it would look nice in a frame? That's the good thing about paper crafts......many of the things we make can be used for different things......and it's lovely to have a piece of unique home decor!
So mostly scraps from the bit box have been used again, I made some paper flowers (I think I'm slightly addicted to them!), added some die cuts, a stamped sentiment & finished with some faux pearls. 
Rightio, gonna go grab some lunch then have a crafty hour or two. Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave......see you tomorrow!
xx

challenges
anything goes at Crafty Sentiments
anything goes at Through the Craft Room Door
April challenge at Elliebelle's Crafty Wednesday
handmade flowers at Fab 'n' Funky
anything goes at Crafty Addicts
flowers at 4 Crafty Chicks
buttons and/or bows at Cardz 4 Galz


Saturday, 7 April 2018

Something for the Weekend - Let's Bake!


Hi friends......welcome to Something for the Weekend!
This weekend it's food related.....not good for my waistline but good fun to make!
I've been in a baking mood for a good few weeks now.....cakes, fudge, flapjack, chocolates...
......all the things I know are bad for you (eeek!) but I figured a little bit of what you fancy 
doesn't do you any harm......right? And in my house nothing lasts long enough to cause me
any serious problems lol!
I made a card topper, a little bit shabby in style using my favourite kraft card.......and more 
bits from my bit box! Everything was die cut then simply layered onto a piece of floral
 paper with distressed edges & finished with a few faux pearls.
So after I'd finished the topper I made some cupcakes.....I'd originally planned one big
 cake but I figured if I made cupcakes I'd have more chance of controlling the portion size!
Here's my Coffee & Walnut cupcakes
I have to say they looked much better in real life and oh my, they tasted delicious!
The sponge was moist & delicious, the coffee flavour topping was sooooo good & then the
walnut to finish was just perfect! 
Thanks for calling, have a lovely weekend & whatever you're up to hope you manage
a crafty hour......or two!
xx

challenges
think small at Pile It On
anything goes at Crafting by Design
anything goes at Crafty Creations
anything goes at Crafty Gals
anything goes at Creative Knockouts
pearls at Brown Sugar





Friday, 6 April 2018

Paper Frosting - Love/Valentine

Hi friends......happy Friday!
Well, dare I say it.......it feels like Spring may be making its mark in my neck of the woods,
yesterday was a lovely day & today seems much the same.....a little chilly but at least we have no rain or snow. Let's hope it lasts a little longer cos it sure is good to get the washing out on the line!
It's the simple things in life that please me lol!
So for today I have some more Paper Frosting to share......these were part of a love/Valentine collection I made. All using bits from my bit box, some Tim Holtz chit chat stickers & a few gems I simply layered up some die cut shapes......a great way to use up those little bits that we don't want to throw away!
Rightio, that's me for today......thanks for calling in & for any comment you might leave.
Have a lovely day & I'll see you tomorrow!
xx

challenges
Think Small at Pile It On
anything goes at Through the Craft Room Door
anything goes at Inspiration Destination
anything goes at Crafty Addicts


Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Washi Wednesday #1!

Hi crafty friends......hope you're all well!


Welcome to Washi Wednesday......I LOVE washi tape, I have reels & reels of the stuff but very rarely use it, now that's about to change! Starting today the 1st Wednesday of every month is Washi Wednesday........ I'd love you to join me in sharing any & all makes using some Washi tape! 




For today's make you will need 5 assorted Washi tapes, 2 pieces of card & some banner dies.









Stick pieces of Washi tape onto the card & cut out using the banner dies.












I cut 5 pieces, all different patterns then 1 piece cut at
 both ends & left plain.





I arranged the Washi strips onto the square card piece, added the plain strip across the front then finished with a die cut word......quick, easy ......and I love it! Obviously you can choose colours, patterns, shapes & the word to suit yourself.
If you'd like to join me on Washi Wednesday leave me a comment so I can pop over & see your creation & if you'd like to, I'd love to share your makes on my blog so drop me an email with a pic & instructions!
Thanks for popping in......see you soon!
xx

Monday, 2 April 2018

Follow your Dreams!


Hi friends......hope you're all well & enjoying the long weekend!
We've had rain, rain & even more rain......perfect weather for crafting, I think .....so that's
my plan for the rest of the day.....with a little chocolate thrown in!
Today I have a card topper to share.....or it could be used as a scrapbook embellishment.....
...or maybe it would look nice in a frame? Anyway, it was fun to make........I used up lots more
snippets......and I found a new colour combo I like too!
The papers & the bingo panels are from Vintage Finds paper pad by Teresa Collins, the
 sentiment if I remember rightly is from LOTV, the cheesecloth started off white but I
 spritzed it with a Dylusions ink spray, I made the flowers myself.....and everything else is 
either punched or die cut.
Thanks for popping by & for any comments you might leave.......enjoy the rest of your day!
xx

challenges
anything goes at Crafty Creations
anything goes at Crafty Gals Corner
die cuts at Southern Girls

Saturday, 31 March 2018

March 2018 Rudolph Days Challenge!


Good morning my crafty friends......hope you're all well!
Just popping in at the last minute to share a make for the Rudolph Days challenge over at 
A great way to get a head start on all your Christmas makes......you can enter once & you can make anything so long as it's Christmas!
I've used only dies this time....and more bits from the bit box......I think I'll probably make more of this topper but in different colours.
Thanks for popping in......see you soon!
xx

challenges
anything Christmas at Merry Christmas Challenge
anything Christmas at Crimbo Crackers
anything Christmas at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge

Friday, 30 March 2018

It's that Easter bunny again!


Happy Easter crafty friends.....hope you're all well.

Well my plans for the garden have been thwarted already........it's rained all day......don't know
why I'm surprised really, it's typical Bank holiday weather! Still, it's nice that the kids 
are home & we get time together, especially if that time involves chocolate lol!

Another little Easter topper to share today, I really need to stop making more than I need.....
but this craft addiction really gets a hold, doesn't it so I imagine we're all the same!
The bunny is silver this time ( a real devil to photograph) and again I've used only bits from my bit box........but why does it never seem any emptier??

Rightio, it's almost time for tea.....thanks for calling & for any comments you might
 leave......see you tomorrow.
xx

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Bunnies, Chicks or Eggs with Crafty Cardmakers!

Hi friends......hope you're all well & looking forward to the Easter weekend!
It's a beautiful day here & I'm hoping it stays that way for the next few as I quite fancy a little potter about in the garden.....and some crafty time too, of course!
Anyway, back to business.......I'm so chuffed to tell you I've joined the Dt over at
 (thanks for inviting me, Lin) & today I'm sharing my 1st make......I should have done this on Monday but internet problems kept me from blogging!
So this fortnight the chosen theme is......Bunnies, Chicks or Eggs! Any & all makes are welcome just so long as you stick to the theme & if you pop on over to the blog you'll find some gorgeous inspiration from the rest of the team!
I made an Easter egg shaped card, a bit of a vintage vibe going on, I think.....I distressed the edges & added some die cut embellishments, lace, a computer generated sentiment & finished with a handmade paper flower......all made with scraps from my bit box!
hanks for calling today & for any comments you might leave......see you soon!
xx

challenges
Spring or Easter at Brown Sugar
Easter at Cut It Up
Easter at Make My Monday


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