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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

Wednesday, 31 October 2018

With Love at Christmas

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well & warm.
It was a cold & frosty morning today.....boys had to scrape the windscreens before they
could go anywhere, think they might need to get up a bit earlier from now on lol.
Speaking of cold & frosty.....I found this image whilst I was looking for something else.
I have no idea where it's from but I fell in love with it straightaway....best of all there's
another one on the sheet!
I started with a base of navy card, added a silver mirri layer then 3 distressed paper
 layers & lastly the image. Lots of silver mirri snowflakes, a foiled sentiment & 
some faux gems....and that's it, job done!
Can't believe we're on Wednesday already.....and it's November tomorrow....oh my, where
is the year going? Think I better step it up a bit for Christmas, I'm way behind!
Thanks for calling & for any comment you might leave........see you tomorrow for
Thursday Throwback!
xx

challenges
Rudolph Days at Scrappy Mo's
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
animals at Jingle Belles
pearls/gems at Allsorts
anything goes at Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas
anything goes at Die Cuttin' Divas
anything goes at The Holly & The Ivy

Monday, 29 October 2018

Explosion of Colour with Crafty Cardmakers!


 Hi friends, hope you're all well, warm & had a lovely weekend.
Today I have my Dt make for the latest challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers, the theme is:
EXPLOSION OF COLOUR
As usual, any & all crafts are welcome & if you pop over to the main blog you will
see some fabulous Dt makes for your inspiration....we're a very diverse team so
there's sure to be something to tickle your fancy!
I wanted the image to be the main focus of my make this time so I went with
decoupage.....aren't those poppies just beautiful? Here's a closer look at the layers:
Rightio, busy day today so I'll love you & leave you......thanks for calling....
.....see you tomorrow.
xx

Sunday, 28 October 2018

With Love

Hi friends....hope you're all well & having a lovely weekend.
I'm planning on a nice, peaceful craft-ernoon ......the tea (lasagne & salad) is all prepared,
jobs are done, cats are napping.....just need to pop the kettle on then I'm good to go!
Another card topper to share today......I'm not really much of a teddy person but just recently
I've been rather drawn to them so I suspect there'll be more popping up here. They do seem
to be very popular and I suppose if you like them then they'll suit for almost any
occasion. I started with a patterned card base, added a layer of textured white card, a
strip of pink foiled card then added the layers of decoupage, the sentiment is slightly
raised on foam pads then I finished with some faux gems & a little silver bow.
Okie dokie, that's me for today.....thanks for calling & for any comments you might
leave......see you tomorrow!
xx

challenges
going girly at Cutie Pie
animals at Southern Girls
anything goes at A Gem of a Challenge

Saturday, 27 October 2018

Something for the Weekend!

Morning crafty friends & bloggers, welcome to 'Something for the Weekend'.....the perfect
time to share something......anything you want, doesn't have to be crafty!
I have a card topper to share today....all pink & silver & black with lots of foiling too
although that doesn't show up too well in the photo, it's so much prettier IRL.
I was debating whether or not to put this on the front of a notebook so it could be used 
as one of those books that people sign & leave a little message in at parties.
Or I could make it into a card & make a notebook as well.....ooh, I've got a head
full of ideas now lol!
Nothing much planned here today, was going to have a wander around town with
my grandson but it's cold, dark & ever so wet so might have to have a rethink on that.
Do you have anything nice planned?
Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow.

challenges
anything goes at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
fantasy at Pile It On
anything goes at Corrosive Challenges
anything goes at Crafty Creations
anything goes at Creative Moments
anything goes at Crafty Catz

Friday, 26 October 2018

Paper Frosting Friday!


Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well & looking forward to the weekend.
So it's Paper Frosting Friday again.....the day I share my handmade embellishments......
......why Paper Frosting? Well, just because embellishments is such a mouthful.....
and paper frosting sounds so much nicer, I think.
So today I have some Harry Potter inspired envelopes to share, perfect for scrapbook 
pages, journals, card making........I'm sure there's many uses for them. I used more pages
 from my water damaged Harry Potter book, added an insert for journaling, stamping
etc., or you could add cinema tickets and/or receipts. What do you think? I wanted to
 keep them fairly plain then they could be added to as & when required.
Rightio, almost tea time so I better dash.....thanks for calling & for any comments
you might leave......see you over the weekend!
xx




Thursday, 25 October 2018

Thursday Throwback!

Hi friends, hope you're all well  warm....there was a definite nip in the air last night!
Welcome to Thursday Throwback where I'd love you to share your past makes...
......do you still love them.....would you change anything.......or would you
rather not admit to making them lol! As usual, if you'd like to join me just leave 
me a comment so's I can come visit you back.
As Halloween is almost upon us I thought I'd share some ATC's I made a fair
few years ago....I'm not sure where the image is from, maybe Dilly Beans?
The tombstone was die cut & coloured with promarkers, the mesh background
was from one of the £ shops & the letters were stickers.
Rightio, better go get something done if I want an hour (or two) in the
craft room later. Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow!
xx

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Boo!


Hi friends.....happy Wednesday!
A super quick post today, it's been one of those days when I've never stopped
but don't seem to have accomplished very much.... oh well, there's always
tomorrow lol. I have a little Halloween card topper to share today, all from the
bit box I distressed some paper layers, added some die cut cobwebs, a die cut spider
with a faux gem belly.....and the verse I made up myself & printed out!
Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow.
xx

challenges
Halloween at Brown Sugar
Anything Goes/Make it Square at Crafty Catz
Halloween at My Time To Craft
Black Purple Orange at Pile It On
Halloween at Die Cut Divas

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!


Hi friends, hope you're all well.
Today I have a couple of cute Christmas cards to share......super quick, bright & cheery I
thought they would be perfect for the little ones.I made both cards from just one topper sheet
adding only the blue gingham base. 
Thanks for popping by & for any comments you might leave.....see you tomorrow!
xx

challenges
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
anything goes/Christmas at Crafter's Castle
anything goes at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
anything Christmas at Merry Little Christmas Challenge
anything Christmas at Merry Christmas Challenge

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Something for the Weekend!


Hi friends.......welcome to 'Something for the Weekend'!
My share this weekend is a furry one lol.....some of you might know I'm a bit
of a crazy cat lady........and I think one of my boys uses that to his advantage lol.
So when Willow needed a home he literally just turned up with her......then about 3 weeks
later he arrived with her brother, Dash..........how could I refuse those sweet faces?
They're now 6 months old & they really are the sweetest kittens, they get on so well with the others, they love snuggles, spiders......and worms!! And when they purr
it sounds like a  freight train going past!!
Hope you're having a lovely weekend.....and if you want to share 'Something for the
Weekend' do leave me a comment so I can come visit you too.
Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow.
xx



Friday, 19 October 2018

Paper Frosting Friday!

Hi crafty friends & bloggers, hope you're all well.
I know I say it every week but oh my, don't these Friday's come around quick?
So it's Paper Frosting Friday again......the day I share my handmade embellishments...
......why paper Frosting? Well, just because embellishments is such a mouthful.....
and Paper Frosting sounds so much nicer, I think.
So this week I have some handmade flowers to share. I made these with some leather
offcuts and a Harry Potter book that was sadly water damaged & I couldn't bring myself
to throw it away. I started with a die cut leather base, added layers of die cut book
pages & finished with a faux pearl centre. It's quite hard to see all the layers in the pic
but IRL when they're all scrunched up they look so good.
Here's a close up:
Rightio, that's me for today.....thanks for calling & for any comments you might
leave......have a lovely weekend.
xx



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
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