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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 28 February 2019

February Challenge Winner!

Hi friends, hope you're all well.
Today I'm announcing the winner of my first challenge......a huge thank you to all
who entered, I hope you'll all join me again next month!
There were some fabulous entries & there's no way I could choose a winner so I put
 all the names on strips of paper &randomly picked one.....and that one was.....

**** KYM over at Kym's Crafty Cards ****

and here's Kym's gorgeous card

Kym, if you email me your snail mail address I'll pop your prize in the post asap.
Here's what you've won Kym.....

and here's a badge for your blog if you'd like to take it.

Thanks again to everyone who entered, hope you'll join me on Monday for
 challenge #2!


Tuesday 26 February 2019

Winter Wishes

Hi friends, hope you're all well.
I can't believe it's February & I'm sat in my craft room with my sunglasses on!
 It's way too warm, way too bright........and I'm making Christmas cards!
Oh well, it's never too early, I suppose.
A layered snow globe topper this time in navy, blue & silver finished with a
die cut & some faux gems......simple but so pretty, I think.
Thanks for popping by & for any comments you might leave....see you tomorrow

February at Rudolph Days
C for Candy at ABC Christmas Challenges
Christmas at Fab 'n' Funky
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
anything goes at Winter Wonderland
anything Christmas at Holly & Ivy

Monday 25 February 2019

Flowers with Crafty Cardmakers

Hi friends, happy Monday & welcome to the latest challenge over at
Crafty Cardmakers
where this time the theme, as chosen by Kim is 'FLOWERS'.
As usual, anything you like to make we like to, layouts, home decor
mixed media, long as it fits the theme the choice is yours.
Do pop over & check out the fabulous Dt makes, there's an amazing amount
of talent on our team, there's sure to be something to inspire you.
A topper from me this time, a base layer in white followed by a distressed
paper layer then a foiled frame around the beautiful floral image. Keeping it
 fairly simple I just added a sentiment & finished with a couple of faux gems.
Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave.....see you tomorrow

Sunday 24 February 2019

Will you join my challenge?

Hi friends, hope you're all safe, well & warm.
It's a bit nippy over here on the Yorkshire Coast....perfect crafting weather I think, and
what better place to be than your craft room?
It's so good to be back in Blogland, I'm slowly but surely making my way
around all your blogs & feeling more inspired than ever......all I need now is an extra
 day in the week lol!
Anyway, as I mentioned in an earlier post I have a few ideas for my blog.....more
to keep me motivated than anything else....and one of those ideas was to have
a monthly challenge.....I even made a little blog badge to get me started!
Feel free to add it to your blog with a link back to mine!
Ooh I nearly forgot the fun will be a monthly prize for a randomly
 drawn winner.......a surprise this month!

There are a few simple rules:
1.....You can enter just once
2.....You must be a follower of my blog
3.....New makes only, no back linking
4.....Challenge starts 4th of the month at 10am GMT
5.....Challenge ends 24th of the month at 10pm GMT
6.....One winner to be randomly drawn
7.....You must follow the monthly theme
 8.....You can make anything you like, doesn't have to be a card
but must include paper/card & follow the theme

As it's February for all you romantics out there the first theme just has to be
 'LOVE' . 
So to kickstart the challenge, here's my make.........I kept it very simple this time
and made a topper. I thought it might work on a scrapbook layout or even work
 as a piece of home decor too. All the elements are from Studio Light & I simply
layered them up........some flat & some on foam pads. I love the chalkboard effect
but I do have to say it looks much prettier IRL.
Thanks for popping by.......really hoping to see you joining in!

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Thursday 21 February 2019

Using up more Stash!

Hello! Another lovely day here, how many times have I said that over the last couple
of weeks? And more line dried washing.........oh, it does smell good!
Another pair of decoupage flower to share today......plain & simple but so pretty, there's
3 layers, a sentiment & a couple of faux gems to finish.
Rightio, better get a wiggle on......don't know where the time has gone today....or
maybe it's just me being too slow lol. Thanks for calling & for any comments you might
leave......see you tomorrow.

Tuesday 19 February 2019

Enjoy the Little Things

Good morning crafty friends, hope you're all well.
Another sunny day here today & while I don't enjoy the heat I do love it when I can throw
 open the patio doors & windows, hang out the washing & watch the cats rolling around
 in the garden. I think today's topper is quite apt as I really do enjoy the little things!
On the health front son is improving daily & I have another couple of hospital
appointments for March.....both quite late in the afternoon so I suspect there'll be quite a
 wait, not like last week- I'd only just got sat down they called me in!
Anyway, enough waffle from's topper sees me using up more stash, this time
 elements from the hand lettering collection by Studiolight. I usually like to layer
 these elements up using foam pads but this time I thought to keep them flat for posting.
 I simply distressed a couple of pieces with my craft  knife, layered onto some black card
 & finished with a few faux gems!
Rightio, that me for lots to be getting on with.
Thanks for calling & whatever you're up to......have a lovely day.

anything goes at Crafty Addicts
anything goes at Crafting with Friends
anything goes at Crafty Catz
anything goes at Corrosive Challenges

Monday 18 February 2019

Robin Redbreast

Hi friends. hope you're all well.
Just popping in to share a Christmas's another beautiful sunny day
& I'm indoors making Christmas cards lol! Oh well, that's one off my list for next
Christmas. Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave.
See you tomorrow.

anything Christmas at Holly & Ivy
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
anything goes at Winter Wonderland
anything goes at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas

Sunday 17 February 2019

Spring is in the Air

Hi friends, hope you're all well.
I had a couple of hours free today so off I trotted to my favourite room in the craft room! Didn't get much done other than this topper
but I did manage a little sort out as well so it wasn't a waste of time.
Might even stay up here a little while longer today as 2nd Son just informed
me he's calling round & treating us to takeaway tonight........and my birthday's
not even til next week lol!
So today's topper is made from the Spring Delights collection from the
Paper Boutique....a beautiful pad of 8x8 papers & 4x4 toppers in the most
gorgeous of really is a Spring Delight.
I used black cardstock for matting & layering & finished with some black die
cuts and faux gems.....nice & flat for posting too.
Rightio, I'm off to make the most of my no cooking day, thanks for calling &
I'll see you tomorrow.

anything goes at Crafting From The Heart
anything goes at Through the Craft Room Door
anything goes at Crafty Creations
anything goes at Crafting with an Attitude
anything goes at QKR Stampede

Saturday 16 February 2019

Birthday Beer!

Hi my crafty friends, hope you're well & your weekend has gotten
off to a good start. Another beautiful day here, I'm sat in the craft room & I've
had to close the blinds it's that bright........and it's that warm I've got the fan on!
I have a male themed card topper to share today, the image is from a
Hunkydory sheet....part of the Good Sport collection....I simply added some
gold mirri & a die cut frame......both Hunkydory too. It's a fabulous
collection, you get so much for your money & it's so well thought out you
really know everything is going to work well together.
Rightio, that's me for today.....thanks for popping by & for any comments you
might leave......have a lovely weekend.

gaga for gingham at Dragonfly Journeys
love your men at The Male Room
men only at My Time To Craft

Friday 15 February 2019

Using up some stash

Hi crafty friends & bloggers, hope you're all well. Dare I say it out loud but it's
another beautiful day here, full of sunshine & a slight breeze.
So today I have some decoupaged floral card toppers to share, they were a free gift
with a magazine some time ago. A box full of card blanks, sentiments and gorgeous
floral elements. Well I could have used them as they were but thought I'd see how far
I could stretch them......I think I got 12 in total with a few elements left over!
I cut the card blanks in half, layered them onto coordinating cardstock then started
the floral layers. I finished with a sentiment & some faux gems.
Here's a closer look at the layers:

So, so pretty IRL.....and I'm so pleased I got to use up some stash!
Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave, hopefully I'll
see you tomorrow.

Thursday 14 February 2019

For You..........

Hi crafty friends & bloggers, hope you're all well.....Happy Valentine's Day!
It's been a beautiful day here on the Yorkshire Coast, the sun was out, the skies were
 blue......and I had washing on the line.....doesn't take much to please me lol!
It's been a funny old week, nothing went to plan.....I had a hospital appointment
that went quite well, one of my boys had to go  into hospital (that didn't go quite as
well), but he's home now so hopefully it's onwards & upwards.......and I can get 
caught up on some crafting & blogging!
So today I have another skull topper to share.....could be for Valentine's, birthday
 or even a 'just because' card.  Some simple matting & layering, some die cuts &
finished with some pink gems........job done.
Thanks so much for popping by & for any comments you might leave.....
.......hopefully I'll see you tomorrow.

anything goes at Crafter's Castle
include a heart at Dragonfly Dreams
pretty in pink at Pile t On
include a hear at Unicorn Challenge
add a heart at Crafty Gals Corner

Tuesday 5 February 2019

With Love

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well. It feels a little warmer here today although
it's still a bit grey & dark......but it is dry so that's a bonus!
I managed a little craft time earlier, the clear out has gone on hold while I 'm in the
mood to actually make something bu I'm sure I'll be back to it pretty soon.
Today's make I think would suit almost any occasion ( did make it with Valentine's Day
 in mind)......if you like skulls & roses,that is.....found these sheets when I started the clear
 out & they are so quick & easy to make up.....and I do love a bit of decoupage now & again!
You can see the layers a bit better here

Thanks for calling......and don't forget I have a new challenge HERE, I'd
love you to enter! See you tomorrow.
decoupage toppers - Kanban
card & gems - my stash

add a sentiment at Moving Along With The Times
Love/Valentine's at Brown Sugar
lots of layers at Crafty Catz
all you need is love at My Time To Craft

Sunday 3 February 2019

You're Fabulous!

Hello! I made it! Wasn't quite sure if I'd have anything to share today but
I here I am with a topper! Love these topper sheets, they're fast becoming my
go-to  choice as they're perfect for when I have a fibro/arthritis flare up... I can
still scratch my crafty itch lol! Lots of lovely layers of black card, gold mirri, 
adorable scorable, a couple of die cut corners & the beautiful toppers & 
sentiment made up into a card topper measuring approx 20 x 12 cm.

Thanks for calling,,,,,whatever you're up to have a lovely day.
See you tomorrow.

mirri, toppers, patterned card, sentiment - Hunkydory
corner dies - Crafters Companion
black card - stash


Saturday 2 February 2019

I'm Back!

Hi my crafty's been a little while, I hope you're still there?
I'll start by saying thanks you so much for all the lovely messages I received after I lost
my Dad in December.....I so appreciate you all taking the time to get in touch, it
means so much. Things have calmed down a little, we're through all the paperwork
etc., we've emptied the house, we've gotten through Christmas......and now we're picking
up the pieces & getting on with our lives.....just as Dad would have wanted.
Anyway, a belated Happy New Year to you's hoping you had a wonderful
Christmas & a great start to the New Year.......can't believe it's February already lol!
Hope you're all safe & warm.....we've had some snow this morning, not too much
but oh my, it's blooming cold! Thank goodness for toastie warm craft rooms!
Talking of which, I've finally made it into the craft room, not really made much of anything
 but at least I got through the door lol. I'm thinking a good clear up is in order.......why oh
why do I keep all this stuff....I swear some of it's as old as my oldest child..... he's 31!!
I have lots of ideas for the blog for this year..... I have so many different products
I thought I'd like to do product reviews, maybe some hints & tips.....I might
 even persuade Miss Rebecca to do a tutorial or two. And how about a monthly
challenge? Would you join me in that? Just a simple theme, not too many rules but
with a chance to win a little prize.
Rightio, I'll leave it at that for now.......I can't wait to have a catch up on your
blogs & see what you've all been up to. Thanks for calling & I'll see you tomorrow
when hopefully I'll have a little something to share.

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