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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

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Challenge #3 - Easter/Spring



Good morning crafty friends, hope you're all well.

Welcome to challenge #3........Spring has sprung and Easter is almost upon us
so this month the theme is going to be
Spring/Easter
Lots of scope to play with this time......Easter eggs, Spring chicks, lovely little
lambs.....beautiful Spring gardens.......lots to choose from.
Here's my make......
Imagine a beautiful Spring day & you're cycling through the countryside
on the way to lunch at a lovely country pub.......well, a girl can dream lol.
My days of cycling anywhere are well & truly over but I did enjoy making 
this topper......all elements are Hunkydory.

Hope you can come join me for this month's challenge.
Rules
1 - You must follow the theme set
2 - Any & all makes welcome
3 - One entry, new makes only
4 - You must be a follower of this blog
5 - You can enter as many other challenges as you like
6 - You must link back to this blog

So whether your style is frilly & fancy, CAS, grungy & gritty you can enter 
your make.......and as usual, there'll be a surprise prize for one
randomly picked winner.

Good luck!
xx

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

Birdhouse


Morning lovelies, hope you're all well.
Today I have a topper to share......I used images from the Hunkydory picture perfect 
range & the coordinating die set.......such a lovely set to work with and the images
 are so pretty.......and you get so many! Simple matting & layering for this make then
I made the topper with images & frame, I raised this on foam pads then finished with
 a few die cut flowers & faux gems. I wanted a clean, fresh look for this card and 
so went for one of my favourite colour combos, lifted with a little white.
Rightio, that's me for today....thanks for calling & whatever you're up to.....I
hope you have a lovely day! See you tomorrow.
xx
Don't forget, my EASTER/SPRING challenge here ends tonight!

challenges
anything goes at Crafty Catz
anything goes at QKR Stampede
anything goes at A Gem Of A Challenge
anything goes at Crafter's Castle

Monday, 29 April 2019

With Love


Hi friends, hope you're all well.
Another gorgeous day here, a little bit cool but still lovely. I've had a little trip to town with Miss Rebecca today....I can't walk too far but we managed the clothes shop for her & the craft shop for me......happy days!
A topper to share today, more bits from the
 bit box used up for the distressed layers then I added the other bits & pieces....and finished
 with a couple of faux gems. 
Righto, better go get the tea on.....thanks for
 calling and for any comments you might leave.....see you tomorrow.
xx
Don't forget, there's still a little time left to 
enter my EASTER/SPRING challenge here.

challenges
all occasions at Watercooler Wednesday
doily delight at Creative Knockouts
anything goes at Crafty Catz
Mother's Day/feminine at Allsorts

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Something For The Weekend!

Morning crafty friend & bloggers, hope you're all well....
.....and welcome to Something For The Weekend, my time to share something,
anything.....could be crafts, baking, a photo, a joke.....anything that takes
my fancy!
First up today is a photo....my gorgeous grandson Asher had just had
tea..........but couldn't stay awake long enough for me to take him out of
his highchair. We took him out, washed & changed him & he went straight
to bed without even opening an eye!!

Next up is kitty cat Willow.....and there she stayed til teatime!
What is it with cats & boxes?

Have a lovely day.....see you tomorrow!
xx

Friday, 26 April 2019

Beautiful Birthday Wishes


Hi lovely friends, hope you're all well.
Thought we'd start with a weather report......it's a lovely, sunny day!!
I have a card to share today, this one made with elements from the latest
Hunkydory member's gift.....such a gorgeous collection in soft blues
& pinks matched with stripes, dots & gingham.....beautiful.
Lots of lovely layers for the base & I layered the sentiment onto silver
mirri then raised it all up on foam pads....added a die cut frame & a
few faux gems to finish.  This card was one Miss Rebecca asked me to
make for her to give to a friend......hope she likes it!
Rightio, lots to do today before Asher comes....thanks for calling &
whatever you're up to......have a lovely day.
xx

Don't forget, there's still time to join my EASTER/SPRING challenge here

challenges
blossoms at Allsorts
anything goes at Through The Craft Room Door
anything goes at Crafty Addicts
make it feminine at Daisy Chain Challenges
flowers at Pearly Sparkles

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Have A Fabulous Day


Morning, hope you're all well & warm....there's a definite change in the
weather today......cool, dark & promising rain......perfect crafting weather!
I have a super quick & easy card to share today....a base of white, a layer of
 black, a piece of patterned paper then I added words printed with my
little Dymo machine...a couple of die cuts and finished with faux gems.
I seem to be drawn more to these style of cards lately, love how they're so
quick to make & can be so easily adapted for any occasion.....although I
have a feeling I'll be making something fussy & fancy real soon!
What's your favourite style?
Rightio, lots to do today so I'll keep it short & sweet.....thanks for calling
and for any comments.....see you tomorrow!
xx

Don't forget, there's still time to enter my EASTER/SPRING challenge here.

challenges
anything goes at Simply Create Too
anything goes at Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends
anything goes at Get Creative
anything goes at Crafty Addicts


Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Unicorn


Hi friends, hope you're all well and had a lovely, long Bank Holiday weekend....
......did you eat lots of chocolate?  It was lovely to spend time outdoors, we got a
few jobs done in the garden, had a lovely family dinner on Sunday.....and now it's back
to normal....and it's Wednesday already!! Don't know where the time goes, I feel
since I've gotten older time goes so much faster....soon be Christmas!!
Did I really say that out loud?? It'll nearly be time to make my yearly little book
of Christmas....and I really fancy doing a December Daily type journal this year.
Anyway, enough waffling from me....today I have a quick & easy layered
topper to share....more scraps from the scrap box for the die cut layers, finished 
with a die cut unicorn head, die cut stars & a few faux gems....job done.
No sentiment as I thought it would suit many occasions.
Thanks so much for taking the time to leave comments, I so appreciate it &
I love to read them & visit you back. See you tomorrow.
xx

There's still time to enter my EASTER/SPRING challenge here.

challenges
anything goes at Crafting With An Attitude
anything goes at Crafty Catz
anything goes at A Gem Of A Challenge

Monday, 22 April 2019

Dragons/Mythical Creatures at Crafty Cardmakers

Morning crafty friends, hope you're ok......and still enjoying the sunshine!
Who'd have thought we'd have sunshine at Easter? Not really my kind of weather
but it was lovely watching Asher toddle around the garden & play on his
new swing yesterday.
It's new challenge time for you over at Crafty Cardmakers where the theme is
DRAGONS  or MYTHICAL CREATURES
A tough one for me then I remembered the gorgeous twilight images I have from
Hunkydory.....I created a card blank then cut away the top right corner. On the
 inside I added paper cut into 3 strips, trimmed a piece to match the front corner...
 I layered the topper onto white then black card.....added this to the front of my
card blank then finished with a couple of die cut stars & faux gems.
As usual, we love to see anything you'd like to make....and if you're low on
inspiration then look no further than the main challenge blog, we have a fab Dt
and we'd love to see you there!
Rightio, that's me for today, thanks for calling......see you tomorrow!
xx
Don't forget, there's still time to enter my EASTER/SPRING challenge here.

challenges
anything goes/pink at Crafty Addicts
anything goes at Crafting With An Attitude
anything goes at Fairy & Unicorn

Sunday, 21 April 2019

One Sheet Wonder #3


Hey everyone, Happy Easter to you all.........is the sun still shining? It is here, can't
wait to see little Asher toddling around the garden looking for the Easter bunny..
.......and maybe an Easter egg or two! I'm trying to sneak in a crafty hour before
they all arrive for lunch.....wish me luck!
So today I'm sharing another 'One Sheet Wonder' collection.....I'm trying so hard
to use up some stash but at the same time I want to make as much as I can......hence
the one sheet wonders, although this time I didn't quite use a full 6x6 sheet.
I kept all cards the same 4x4 base then used only 1 piece of A4 white card & 1 
piece of 6x6 paper in a beautiful design, perfect for Spring.....and a snippet of 
pink for the sentiments. I think if I was super
 CAS I might even manage to make at least 1 maybe 2 more cards with the bits I
have left over. I wanted to keep them as clean & simple as possible but 
oh boy, you don't know how hard it was to not add even the tiniest of gems!!
And trying to take a decent photo of all that white was so hard....this was the
best of a bad bunch and still doesn't show the paper at it's prettiest.
Rightio, better get a wiggle on......thanks for calling & for any comments you
might leave........have a lovely weekend......see you tomorrow.
xx
Don't forget, you can still enter my SPRING/EASTER challenge here.

challenges

anything goes at Through The Craft Room Door
anything goes at Creative Moments
Spring celebration at The Card Concept
pretty papers at Cardz 4 Galz
that Spring feeling at Moving Along With The Times
Spring forward at Through The Purple Haze

Saturday, 20 April 2019

Best Wishes To You!


Morning crafty friends, hope you're all well & enjoying the weekend so far.
Can you believe the weather's ok? Bank holidays & rain usually go hand in hand
in the UK but not this time....it's a beautiful day here on the Yorkshire Coast, the
sun is shining, the skies are blue.....I'm sure there's a song in there somewhere!
So yesterday I spent a lovely few hours at my desk.......5 cards I made!! Don't 
think I've made that many at once for a long time......of course, one of them was
 a Christmas card so that's what I'm sharing today. 
I started with a page from one of my bargain die cut books from the Works,
I like to add some elements of my own to these so started with a base layer of
red card followed by a distressed paper layer then the background layer from the
book. Next, I added the die cut pieces, popped up on foam pads for extra height.
I added a little piece of ribbon to the tag then finished with a few die cut
silver snowflakes & faux gems.
Rightio, off to make the most of the day.....thanks for calling & whatever you're
up to......have a lovely day! See you tomorrow.

Don't forget, there's still time to enter my SPRING/EASTER challenge here

challenges
anything goes at Holly & Ivy
H & I at ABC Christmas
Christmas at Fab n Funky
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
anything goes at Merry Little Christmas
feature a creature at Sparkles Christmas

Friday, 19 April 2019

Our Dad


Morning friends, hope you're all well.....and a happy Bank Holiday weekend to
those of you in the UK......I do believe we have a good weather forecast too.......
....but I think I'll just wait & see lol. Nothing planned here, the kids are all busy
doing their own thing so you know what that means..........lots of crafty time for me!!
We're all getting together for dinner on Sunday though so it'll be nice to
catch up.......and eat lots.....I'm sure them boys of mine have hollow legs!
Anyway, back to business......I got a bit carried away yesterday with the male
cards...........one to share today & one for Dt work. I feel as though I've had these
papers & decoupage sets for years & as I'm on a use my stash mission thought
it was about time they were put to use. A base of chocolate card, a cream card
layer then a paper layer......the topper is 3 layers of decoupage matted onto a piece
of cream card then mounted with foam pads. I added a banner die cut with the die cut
words then added a few faux gems to finish.....job done & more stash used!
Rightio, that's my lot for today......thanks for calling & whatever you're up to...
.......have a lovely weekend.
xx
Don't forget, you can enter my SPRING/EASTER challenge here

challenges
anything goes at Crafter's Castle
anything goes at Corrosive Challenges
anything goes at Tuesday Throwdown
anything goes at Crafty Creations
anything goes at The Male Room
masculine at Watercooler Wednesday
for men/boys at Craft Rocket

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Papa Bear


Morning crafty friends & bloggers, hope you're all well.
I have a male card to share today, don't really make too many of these which
is a bit odd considering I have 5 sons lol! I'm not really a bear person either but
I just couldn't resist Papa Bear from the Hunkydory pad.....seems these bears
are growing on me cos I've a nice pile on my desk just waiting to be finished!
So lots of simple matting & layering here, I framed the image & added the 
die cut banner with sentiment then finished with a few die cut stars.
So that's my lot for today, thanks for calling & whatever you're up to I hope you
have a lovely day......see you tomorrow.
xx

Don't forget, there's still time to enter my SPRING/EASTER challenge here.

challenges
anything goes at QKR Stampede
anything goes at A Gem Of A Challenge
include an animal at Dragonfly Dreams
all about bears at Dream Valley
just for boys at Crafty Sentiments
anything goes at The Male Room

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

One Sheet Wonder #2


Hi friends, hope you're all well.
Another set of one sheet wonders to share today.....Four 4x4 cards from one
6x6 sheet of paper! It does help that the paper is designed that way lol. I trimmed 
each square, layered them onto red cardstock then used foam pads to layer
them onto the card blanks. I added a double layer snowflake with a faux gem
centre then finished with a die cut sentiment.
That's it for today, I've got the urge to go bake something & hopefully I can have
an hour in the craft room. Thanks for calling & any comments you might 
leave......see you tomorrow.
xx

Don't forget, there's still time to enter my SPRING/EASTER challenge here

challenges
Christmas at C.R.A.F.T
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
anything goes at Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas
anything goes at Holly & Ivy
anything goes at Merry Little Christmas

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Easter/Spring Mid Challenge Inspiration


Morning crafty friends, hope you're all well.
Today I have an Easter card to share, a little inspiration for my Easter/Spring
challenge.....my 1st make had more of a Spring feel to it so I've gone with
Easter for this one. The brief was pretty, pink, purple & had to have a bunny
on it! Hopefully I've got it right although it looks so much prettier in real life,
it's such a dull day here it was hard to get a good photo.
Mostly bits from the scrap box for this card, it measures approx 5x5 inches &
 I finished with a few faux gems then mounted onto a 6x6 card blank.
Rightio, lots to do today so I'll say bye for now, thanks for calling and any
comments you might leave......see you tomorrow!
xx

**

challenges
Easter at Crafting By Design
polka dots at Moo Mania & More
Easter at My Time To Craft
Easter at Cute n Crafty
Easter/Spring at Use Your Stuff
bunny at Dragonfly Journeys
include an animal at Dragonfly Dreams
Easter rabbits at Fairy & Unicorn

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Something For The Weekend!


Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well.......and welcome to Something For
The Weekend! If you fancy sharing something, anything......be it crafts, baking,
a joke.....maybe a photo then do let me know in the comments & I can come
visit you.
So, today I was planning on sharing some baking that I was going to do yesterday
but, as often happens, real life got in the way & it just didn't happen.......so
I'm sharing the next best thing.....a card with a sweet treat image!
Lovely distressed paper layers, a doily & image all from Dovecraft....finished
with some paper flowers, die cut bunting & a 'with love' sentiment.
Thanks for popping by today......whatever you're up to I hope you manage a
crafty hour or two......see you tomorrow!
xx
Don't forget, there's still time to enter my EASTER/SPRING challenge here

challenges
lots of layers at Pile It On
anything goes at Through The Craft Room Door
spots & stripes at Unicorn Challenge
anything goes at Crafty Creations

Friday, 12 April 2019

Twofer - Zoo Animals


Morning friends, Friday already.....how on earth did that happen so quickly?
Not that I'm complaining....I've had some fun crafting time this week......and today I've
got my gorgeous Asher (grandson)  coming!
I found a new to me challenge the other day whilst browsing blogland - Darnell's
Twofer challenge. The theme this time is zoo animals so I thought to play along I'd 
combine the zoo animals with CAS ......not sure my makes are quite CAS but I sure 
had fun playing!
So, the card on the left is a new baby card, the other would suit lots of occasions....
well, it would if you were wild about somebody lol!
Simple layers & die cuts.....some on foam pads for a little extra dimension.....then
layered onto card blanks, again on foam pads....and that's it.
Rightio, that's me for today....thanks for calling & whatever you're up to......have
a lovely day......see you tomorrow!
xx

Don't forget, you can find my EASTER/SPRING challenge here

challenges
zoo animals at Twofer Card Challenge
sentiment in focus (wild about you)  at Allsorts
include an animal (sweet baby) at Dragonfly Dreams
fresh beginnings (sweet baby) at Cutie Pie Chllenge


Thursday, 11 April 2019

Anything Goes at Not Just Cards!

Hi friends, hope you're all well.
I'm here with my Not Just Cards Dt hat on today as we have a new challenge
starting where the theme, as always, is ANYTHING GOES
We are a just for fun challenge but we do have a Top 3 & as the title says we
love to see anything you'd like to make.....Not Just Cards!
As usual, there's some fabulous Dt makes for your inspiration over on the main
blog......we'd love to see you there!
I decided to make a decoupage topper this time, lots of lovely layers in soft,
muted tones.....very feminine & pretty that I think would suit lots of
occasions. I finished with a 'with love' sentiment & a lacy butterfly.
Rightio, better get a move on.....I had a lovely crafty afternoon yesterday but
have to pay for it today lol.....there's a mountain of ironing to get through!
Thanks for calling & whatever you're up to......have a lovely day!
See you tomorrow.
xx

Don't forget, you can find my EASTER/SPRING challenge here

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Congratulations!


Morning crafty friends, thanks for popping by my little corner of the internet!
Not much planned for today so hopefully I'll manage an hour (or 3) at
my crafty desk, there's a couple of challenges that are new to me that I'd like
to enter so fingers crossed today's the day!
First though, I have a card to share......this one I made to send to the
winner of my Lovely Ladies challenge. I know Sarah has received it now so
hope she doesn't mind me sharing it.
It's probably one of the simplest cards to make but I think so special as it
can be made with any papers at all........and any sentiment can be added too
which makes it so versatile & so very useful to have in your card box.
Rightio, I'll stop waffling for now....thanks for calling & for any comments
you might leave......see you tomorrow!
xx

Don't forget, you can find my EASTER/SPRING challenge here


Tuesday, 9 April 2019

One Sheet Wonder #1


Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well.
I got the urge to make something Christmas the other day and here's what I
came up with........a set of 4 mini cards! Each measures 4 x 4 inches & are made
with just one sheet from a 6 x 6 paper pad! The sheet was cut into the 4 squares,
matted onto green card them I used foam pads to adhere the panels to the card
blanks. I finished with a die cut sentiment, die cut snowflakes & faux gems.
Thanks to everyone who asked how Dr appointments went yesterday, they were
 both diabetic appointments, blood sugars are still way too high so more tablets for
 that & the other appointment was a retina screening so I just need to wait for
the results for that.
Rightio, I'm away to do the jobs....thanks for calling.....see you tomorrow!
xx

You can find my EASTER/SPRING challenge here

challenges
anything Christmas at Cute 'n' Crafty Christmas
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
Christmas at Winter Wonderland

Monday, 8 April 2019

Easter with Crafty Cardmakers!


Morning lovelies, hope you're all well & had a lovely weekend.
Are you ready to start the week with a little crafty challenge? If so, then pop
on over to the Crafty Cardmakers challenge blog where the theme is
EASTER
As usual, any & all makes are welcome and we have a blog packed full of
inspiration for you from the fabulous Design Team.
A pair of toppers from me today, all from 1 sheet too! I simply layered up each
piece with foam pads then added a die cut banner on which I stamped the word
Easter then finished with a die cut word - Hello!
Righto, better dash -  I have 2 Dr appointments this morning - thanks for
calling & for any comments you might leave.......see you tomorrow.
xx

Don't forget, there's still time to join my Easter/Spring challenge here

challenges

Easter/Spring sentiment at Aud Sentiments
A is for animals at Alphabet Challenge
bunnies or baskets at Cut It Up
anything goes at A Gem Of A Challenge
Easter at My Time To Craft
Easter rabbits at Fairy & The Unicorn

Sunday, 7 April 2019

Happy Birthday!


Morning lovelies, hope you're all well.
Today's share is an decoupaged easel card. I made the base using a scalloped circle die then simply layered up all the die cut elements.........there's 4 layers............and finished with a Happy Birthday sentiment......quick & easy but very effective, I think.......and I love the colours!
Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow!
xx

challenges
shaped cards at Dream Valley
music at Paper Minutes
for men/boys at Craft Rocket
happy birthday at Crafty Friends

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Thanks


Morning crafters, happy Saturday.....hope you're all well.
Just wanted to pop in to share a thank you card my 16 year old Daughter
 asked me to make......I'm so chuffed she wants to send thank you cards.
Apologies for the photo, it was so hard to take a decent one & this was the best of a
 bad bunch!! I used favourite design of mine, super quick & easy and uses minimal 
amounts of stash - 1 card blank, 1 scrap of patterned paper from the scrap box, 1 
piece of white card, scrap of pink and 2 faux gems!
Rightio, that's my lot for today.....I have an urge to go create something Christmassy!
Thanks for calling, have a lovely day & I'll see you tomorow.
xx

Friday, 5 April 2019

Say Yes to New Adventure

Morning my crafty friends, hope you're all well.
Friday already.....doesn't time fly, especially when you're having crafty fun!
A bright & early start for me today, one of the best kind of days......up early, jobs
done, tea in the slow cooker then the whole day to myself.........bliss!
So for today I'm sharing another card topper......a just because make that I
really enjoyed creating......and best of all I got to use up some really old stash!
Die cuts, stamping & papers.....add a few flowers & it really doesn't get
any easier than that.
Rightio, I'm off to make the most of the day......whatever you're up to I hope
you manage a little crafty time. Thanks for calling & for any comments you
 might leave......see you tomorrow.
xx

challenges

anything goes at Through The Craft Room Door
anything goes at Crafty Creations
anything goes at Creative Moments
anything goes at Crafting With An Attitude

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

#2 Winner!

Hi friends, it's time for the winner of my 2nd challenge to be announced but first
I'd like to thank you all for taking the time to join my little challenges....I'm chuffed to
bits with response from you all......long may it continue!

So, without further ado.....the winner of #2 LOVELY LADIES is.....

it's you **** SARAH of Mallows Crafty Bits****

and here's the gorgeous card that Sarah entered, isn't it a beauty?
The colours, the image, the papers & the fantastic colouring......all just beautiful.

Here's a pic of your prize, Sarah, if you send me your snail mail details
I'll pop it in the post asap......and could you leave a comment on this post so
I know to look out for your email please.

 and here's a badge for your blog

Well done, Sarah......and thanks again to everyone who entered, hope you'll
join me tomorrow for #3......see you then!
xx

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