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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 June 2019

Challenge #5 - Let's Hear It For The Boys!

Good morning crafty friends, hope you're all well.
I can't believe we're about to start the 5th challenge.....doesn't time
 fly when you're having fun.....and I sure am having fun! I thank you all
 so much for taking the time to join in with my challenges.
So, this time the theme is going to be......
boy's, men.......any age, shape or size......we love to make cards for the men 
in our lives & with Father's Day coming up her in the UK now is
the perfect time to get creating!
Here's my make......
I used some very old stash for this card, I think it was Papermania/Docrafts
and it's just some simple matting & layering with a decoupaged  panel
in the middle. I added a few extra die cuts & a couple of printed sentiments.

This month I'm so chuffed to have the lovely Sarah from Mallows Crafty Bits
joining me as Guest Designer........
I have been doing all kinds of handicrafts since I was small. 
Started with knitting, then machine sewing, cross stitch followed in the 80’s and then a 
craft kit from shopping telly started the paper crafting addiction.
Can’t get enough of it, although I have enough stash to last several lifetimes!!

And here's Sarah's fabulous make......

Brilliant make Sarah, thanks so much for joining me!

I hope you can come join us this month

1 - You must follow the theme set
2 - One entry, new makes only
3 - You must be a follower of this blog
4 - Please link your entry post back to this blog

So whether your style is frilly & fancy, CAS,or even grungy & gritty you
can enter your make.....and as usual, there'll be a surprise prize for the
lucky winner. And if you fancy joining me as a guest designer then just add
GD after your name!

Good luck!

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

You Are Amazing

Morning lovelies, hope you're well.
Are you coping with the heat? Thankfully there's a lovely breeze here today
which makes it a lot easier to cope.....and I have fans on full blast in my
craft guess where I'm spending the day?
I'm not cooking today either, well, apart from roasting a chicken....I know,
I must be crazy in this heat but at least the salad we're having with it
takes no time....and no heat! The boys are busy in the garden, Rebecca's still in
 bed (party last night) and I'm sat at my desk......happy days.
Anyway, enough waffling from me......I have another topper to share today,
you might have noticed I have a bit of a pink theme going on but I promise I'll
mix it up a bit tomorrow lol. A black base, a Hunkydory image, paper from
Craftwork Cards finished with a little sentiment & a couple faux pearls.
So that's my lot for today......thanks for calling & any comments you might
leave......wishing you a lovely day!
See you tomorrow.


anything goes at Crafty Creations
anything goes at Creative Moments
anything goes at A Gem of a Challenge

Saturday 29 June 2019

On Your Special Day

Hi friends, hope you're all well......and haven't melted in this heat!
All I have to say is thank goodness I'm not a Snowman!! There's no escaping
it today.....even the craft room is protesting & while I might say 'Roll on Winter' 
I'm happy for all you sun lovers out there.
So today's topper is another quick & easy make.....and pink & black again,
think I'm on a bit of a roll with these colours although I do have a batch of
 Christmas card coming up that have not a dot of pink in sight.
Paper is Craftwork cards, flowers are a magazine freebie as, if I remember
rightly, is the sentiment. The layers are die cut & I finished with a few
faux pearls.
Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave.....and whatever
you're up to I hope you manage some crafty time.

anything goes at Corrosive Challenges
anything goes at Through The Craft Room Door
any occasion at Sisterhood of Crafters

Friday 28 June 2019

With Love

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well.
Friday already, where do the weeks go? Have you anything nice planned for 
the weekend? Not much happening here, maybe an hour or two in the
garden if it's not too hot then the troops are descending for lunch on Sunday..
.....and hopefully I'll be having lots of snuggles with Asher.
So today's make is another quick & easy topper.....I started with a base of
 white hammer card, a black layer then the Hunkydory image. I finished with
a 'with love' embellishment I made myself from snippets.....simple!
I love the pink & black colour combo, especially on a white base.....what's
your favourite colour combo?
Don't forget, my challenge LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS is here.
Thanks for calling......see you tomorrow.

Thursday 27 June 2019

With Love & Best Wishes

Hi friends, hope you're well.
The weather's shaping up to be all that's promised......that's me hiding in
my craft room for the next couple days then lol!
I had a super productive day yesterday, managed to get lots done so today
I need to have a tidy up.....ready for round two!!
Today's make is a little shabby, a little chic.......and quite pink!
Made entirely with scraps, the sentiment is Rare Earth, I added a little 
charm and finished with some faux gems.
Rightio, short & sweet for today.....thanks for popping by, see you tomorrow.

Don't forget, my LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS challenge is here.


Wednesday 26 June 2019

Hello Seahorse

Morning crafty friends, hope you're all well.
I'm sure enjoying this cooler weather right now, especially as today I'm
 planning on playing in the craft room for as long as I can sit!
Today's make is using papers from the Paper Boutique, beautiful quality
papers & really good value too.
Simple matting & layering & a few die cuts for decoration & that's it!
Rightio, off to make the most of the day......thanks for calling & whatever
you're up to......have fun!
Don't forget, my challenge LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS is here.

Thursday 20 June 2019

Merry Christmas!

Hey friends, hope you're all well.
Ooh, it's a lovely day today....beautiful blue skies, a gentle breeze, the sun
is shining but it's not too warm......perfect Christmas card making weather lol!
Saying that, I could make a Christmas card any time, any weather.
A little decoupage for today's topper with a bit of a shabby/vintage feel to
 it......a kraft base, some very old paper that I distressed around the edges then
 lots of die cut bits & pieces finished with a few silver snowflakes & faux gems.
When do you like to make Christmas cards? Any particular time or are you
a last minute Christmas crafter?
Thanks for calling.....see you tomorrow.
Don't forget, my challenge LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS is here.

shabby/vintage at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown
anything Christmas at Holly & Ivy
anything goes at Christmas at Sweet Stampin
Christmas at Fab 'n' Funky
anything goes at Merry Little Christmas
include a reindeer at Sparkles Christmas

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Best Wishes

Hi friends, hope you're all well.
It's been a strange kind of a day.......I had a head full of ideas/plans.....but
the minute I walked into the craft room my mind went blank! Typical!
Often when this happens I go to a kit.....usually Kanban or Hunkydory, there's
always something to kickstart my mojo........and today I used a topper from
Hunkydory. I cut an aperture & raised the topper on foam pads, added a
few embellishments & that's it.....job done. 
That's my lot for today.....thanks for calling & for any comments.
See you soon!
Don't forget, my challenge LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS is here.

Saturday 15 June 2019

It's a Pink Christmas!

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well & enjoying the weekend so far.
Thanks for all the lovely comments on my baby girl left me in a
pink & girly kind of mood so I thought add a few sparkles......... Christmas!
And here's the result.......

Super quick & easy, I cut the snowflake panel on my Gemini...I love that machine,
it cuts first time every time....even on this intricate panel! Some simple layering
then I added a stamped sentiment & finished with some faux gems.....and there 
you have super sparkly, pink & girly Christmas card!
Now I need to go tidy my desk lol! Thanks for calling, hopefully see you tomorrow.
Don't forget, my challenge LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS is here.


Thursday 13 June 2019

Hello Little One

Hi friends, hope you're all well & enjoying the week.
Another cold, wet day here.........but I'm not complaining, you know I love it!
A new baby card topper to share today.....for no reason other than I fancied
making one lol! I started with a base of adorable scorable, the flowery paper is
from the works, gingham from the scrap box then lots of die cuts, a stamped
sentiment & a couple of faux gems to finish.
Rightio, better get a move on, thanks for calling.....see you tomorrow!
Don't forget, my LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS challenge is here.

anything goes at A Gem of a Challenge
anything goes at Crafty Creations
occasions at Watercooler Wednesday

Monday 10 June 2019

Happy Christmas!

Hi friends......happy Monday from a grey, cold & damp Yorkshire Coast!
I'm stealing an hour in the craft room & feeling rather Christmas you
know it's never too early! 
So, I've had this die for way too long without using it....for it's 1st outing I
decided to go with my favourite frosty blues. I started with a blue base, cut the
wreath in silver then added layered poinsettia's & snowflakes in shades of navy,
blue & white. I finished with a stamped sentiment & some faux pearls.
I love the look of this & think I'll probably make some more in different colours!
Have you started your Christmas crafting yet?
Rightio, enough waffling from me.....thanks for calling, see you tomorrow.

Don't forget, my LETS HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS challenge is here.

anything Christmas at Holly & Ivy Challenges
anything goes/snowflakes at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
anything goes at Merry Little Christmas

Saturday 8 June 2019

Just For You

Hi friends......happy Saturday!
Do you have anything nice planned? It's cold, windy & looks like rain here so don't
think we'll be going anywhere......maybe just a trip to the craft room!
Today's make is using an image from the Plain Sailing collection from Hunkydory
and a paper from Docrafts/Papermania.......a little piece of bakers twine and 
finished with some die cut words.
Thanks for popping in......see you tomorrow!

Don't forget, my challenge - LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS is here.

Friday 7 June 2019

Paper Frosting Friday!

Hi's Friday....again! Where do the days go?
Hope you're all well & have something nice planned for the weekend, I have
my gorgeous Grandson, Asher coming for tea with his Daddy.
Today I have some of my Paper Frosting to share, this time I've used the
Freshly Cut Flowers decoupage pack from Docrafts/Papermania....... well as a few little extras from my stash!
Short & sweet from me today so thanks for calling, wishing you a
wonderful day......see you tomorrow!

Thursday 6 June 2019

Sending Special Wishes

 Hi friends.....happy crafternoon to you!
A beautiful day here today, a bit warm for me as usual so I'm having me
some time in the craft room ......with the fan on!
So for today I have a card topper to share.....just simple matting & layering, paper
 flowers and some die cuts.......I added a doily to give a softer, more feminine 
feel & raised the 'with love' embellishment on a foam pad........the beautiful rose gold foiled
paper & toppers are from Craftwork Cards & all the other bits are from my stash.
Rightio, I'm off to make the most of a free afternoon.....thanks for calling & for
any comments you might leave......see you tomorrow!

Don't forget, my LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS CHALLENGE is here


anything goes at ThroughThe Craft Room Door
anything goes at Crafty Creations
feminine at Watercooler Wednesday

Wednesday 5 June 2019

Washi Wednesday!

Ooh, it's the 1st Wednesday of the month and you know what that means?
You got it.......its WASHI WEDNESDAY!!
My time to share ideas & inspiration on how to use that lovely tape we call Washi!
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best and so that's what I went with this
month. Two mini 4x4 inch Christmas cards, 3 rolls of tape, 2 die cut snowflakes
and I finished with a faux gem in the centre of each flake......oh, and a
stamped super quick & easy I think I'll be making more of these!
If you have any washi makes you'd like to share please do leave me
a comment.....I'd love to come see.
Thanks for dropping in.....see you tomorrow!

anything goes at Holly & Ivy
L is for Little at ABC Christmas Challenge
anything goes/snowflakes at Christmas at Sweet Stampin'

Monday 3 June 2019

Masculine with Crafty Cardmakers!

Hello......hope you're all well.
It's time for another challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers and the theme
this time.....hosted by teamie Marg is.........
As usual, anything you like to make we like to see just so long as it
fits the now's the perfect time for you to show us your makes!
We all need masculine makes at some point......especially me, I have 5 sons
and 1 grandson!!
For my make I used images & a die cut frame from Hunkydory ....I
simply matted layered them finished with a few extra die cuts.....job done!
Do pop over & have a look at the rest of the team's makes....fabulous as usual
and such a wide range of styles & techniques.
Rightio, that's me for today, thanks for calling.....see you tomorrow!

masculine at Cute Card Thursday
masculine at Crafty Calendar
men/boys at Crafty Friends
man/boy at Dragonfly Dreams
only boys allowed at Dream Valley

Sunday 2 June 2019

#4 Winner!

Hi friends, it's time to announce the winner of #4 Floral Frenzy. Thank you so much
for all your gorgeous entries..... I'm so chuffed to have such support for my
little challenges.............and blown away by the number of entries!
So, without further ado..........the winner of  #4 Floral Frenzy is.............

****it's you, Jane at Onions and Paper****

and here's what Jane entered........isn't it beautiful? I love the brightly
coloured flowers on the black background..........stunning!

Here's a pic of your prize, Jane

and I'd love to invite you to join me as Guest Designer for August's challenge.

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

And here's a badge for your blog......

Well done Jane.....and thanks again to everyone who entered, hope you'll
join me on Tuesday for #5.............see you then!
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