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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 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'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

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.

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 a busy day ahead. Thanks for calling, have a lovely day!
There's still time to enter my CANDY if you'd like!

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 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!
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 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
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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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
I love this theme as Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year and I
do love the much in fact my living room has a bit of
an Autumn colour scheme going on!
As usual, any & all makes are 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.
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 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 fact useful for almost anything!
Rightio, better get a move my little grandson coming to stay later on.
Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave......much appreciated!
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 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.

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
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!

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
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 is pinned to top of my blog,

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!
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