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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 31 October 2019

Challenge #9 - Halloween!

Good morning crafty friends, hope you're all well.
I can't believe we're about to start the 9th 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.
I love this time of the year......the cooler weather, the darkening nights,
 hot chocolate, Christmas prepping......and ......Halloween!
So, this time the theme just has to be......


Now I have to be honest.......the card I originally made for the challenge
had a bit of an accident with a mug of coffee!! The coffee was fine,
unfortunately the card was a soggy write-off and with no time to make
another I'm sharing a card I made a while ago. My favourite style with
lots of layers & a beautiful image from Oddball Art coloured with Copics.
Lots of die cut embellies, some Tim Holtz words & faux gems to finish.

This month I'm so chuffed to have my lovely blog buddy,  Meg from
joining me as Guest Designer..........

 Hi from the beautiful rural North East of Scotland. Happily retired after a long career in the NHS I now have plenty of time to indulge in paper crafting , gardening and walking the dog, my three passions. Sadly there still aren't enough hours in the day to fit everything in. Thank you to Jo for asking me to join her as Guest Designer this month.

and here's what Meg made......

 I love the circular shape, Meg does this style of card so well.
Fab embellishments too & look at that little ghost peeking out from
behind the pumpkin..........brilliant! Do pop over to her blog, you
will be most welcome. Thanks so much for joining me Meg, hope you
all can too!

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

Monday 28 October 2019

Halloween with Crafty Cardmakers!

Hi friends, happy Monday.....hope your week has gotten off to a good start.
We have sunshine today..........a welcome relief from the rain of the last 3 
days.....we had that much I thought it was time to start building my ark!

So, today we have a new challenge for you over at Crafty Cardmakers where
the theme, this time is......HALLOWEEN!
As usual, we love to see any & all crafty makes just so long as you stick to
the have 2 weeks to play & if you're low on inspiration then please
do pop over to the main won't be disappointed!

I made a square card topper (would look just as nice in a frame) a distressed paper
 layer (my favourite at the moment) then I adhered the die cut panel to the orange
 layer, raised it on foam pads & added faux gems to the corners. 

Lots to do today so I'll love you & leave you.....thanks for calling & whatever
you're up to.....have a lovely day!

Don't forget, there's still time to play my HALLOWEEN challenge here.


Sunday 27 October 2019

Give a Cat a Box......

What is it with cats & boxes.......doesn't matter what size or shape it
is......a cat will fit itself into it!
 Here's Kimi......will she fit?
 She made it!

Ollie was a bit too big so decided to go for the longer box..... front of the radiator next to Thor!

Tom didn't want a box......he waited til I put the chairs up to wash the floor
then jumped into the chair base!!

All that money spent on cat beds and they'd go for the box every time!


Saturday 26 October 2019

Sweet Skulls

Hi friends, hope you're all well.
I'm sat in my crafty room watching the rain, it's rained all night long......but it's so
 very peaceful, still and quiet I could sit here all day!
I made a couple of very quick cards yesterday, just 2 simple layers....not a gem
in sight! I did fancy decoupaging some of the flowers only my hands 
weren't up to cutting. No sentiment as I thought they might be useful as notelets
but it would be very easy to add one if required.
Nothing much planned for today........something nice for tea & then Strictly on tv is
as exciting as it gets for today......I do have a nice new stamp to play with though.
Thanks for calling & whatever you're up to......have a lovely day!


Don't forget, my HALLOWEEN challenge is here.

Friday 25 October 2019

Christmas Wishes

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well.
It's another damp, grey day here....we've had a little rain but not too much.
Usually on a Friday my gorgeous Grandson comes for the day.....but not today,
poor little fella & his Daddy are not feeling too well so they're staying home.
So I've found myself with a couple hours so spare and you know what that 
means........crafty time for me!!
Today's topper is made with all things Hunkydory from the Festive Flourish kit
only instead of using one of the beautiful foiled toppers I used an offcut of
the patterned was far too pretty to waste so I layered it onto gold mirri
then onto more cardstock. The gold bauble is a die from the same collection
& I finished with some faux gems and a gold bow.
Rightio, better make the most of this free time while I can......thanks for calling
& whatever you're up to have a lovely day.

Don't forget, my HALLOWEEN challenge is here.

Rudolph days at Scraps of Life by Scrappymo
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
anything Christmas at Crafty Hazelnut's
anything Christmas at Holly& Ivy

Thursday 24 October 2019

From Our House To Yours.....

Crafting time has been in short supply this week.....and I had a crafty
itch that needed scratching! Two 4x4 Christmas card blanks, 2 chipboard
houses, a sentiment stamp & some faux gems to finish......job done!
Sometimes the simplest cards are enough.........I do love lots of layers and
lots of my lovely paper frosting but just sometimes quick & easy is enough.
So that's my lot for today....hope you're managing lots more crafty time than me!
Thanks for calling......see you soon.

Don't forget, my HALLOWEEN challenge is here.

Saturday 19 October 2019

A Change From Christmas!!

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well.
It's a dull, damp & grey day here.....perfect weather for a crafternoon and
a warm, comforting slo-cooker tea......and Strictly on the tv tonight!
Do you have anything nice planned?
So today's card is not Christmas!!!! I know, I know...that's all I've done lately &
 so this card came about when I found the little topper in the scrapbox........a
quick root around & I came up with enough scraps to make this card. Gone are the
 days when I could walk in shoes that high....give me comfort over style every
 time nowadays!
Black card topped with distressed paper layers & decorated with some die cut
flowers & banners........finished with some faux gems & mounted onto
a white card blank.
So that's me for today....whatever you're up to have fun.....thanks for calling.

Don't forget, my HALLOWEEN challenge is here.

Wednesday 16 October 2019

Add Some Sparkle with Crafty Cardmakers

Wow, can't believe it's Wednesday already, time is going way too fast & I 
seem to have got myself in a right pickle with my Dt makes! So, huge
apologies to my Crafty Cardmaker teamies, this post should have gone live
on Monday for the new ADD SOME SPARKLE challenge.
Lots of die cut elements, some raised on foam favourite distressed
paper layer....a silver foiled background.....silver snowflakes........all
finished with a sprinkle of glitter & some sparkly faux gems!
There's still plenty of time if you fancy joining us.....any & all makes are 
welcome so long as you stick to the theme.....and if you're low on
inspiration then there's lots over there!
Thanks for calling.....hopefully, I'll see you tomorrow!

Don't forget, my HALLOWEEN  challenge is here.

Sunday 13 October 2019

'Tis the Season

Hey lovelies, hope you're all well.
I think today's the day I realised I have a little problem......I can't stop making
Christmas things!! Cards, mini albums, home name it I've had
a go at making it!! And soon it'll be Christmas food although maybe I should
stick to crafts & leave the food to Son no 4 as he's a chef!
Anyway, I recently bought an A4 docrafts/papermania ultimate die cut & paper
pad - Merriest Christmas and oh my, it's fabulous! It's packed full of papers, 
toppers, vellum, bunting, alphabets, decorations, gift boxes....ooh, the list goes
on......and the colours are beautiful.....reds, soft greens, white.
So the 1st thing I have to share is a topper....just under 6x6 I started with a white 
card base then added a distressed paper layer. I die cut the wreath 3 times for
a little extra dimension, raised the topper on foam pads them embellished
with some die cut poinsettia's, a bow & a sentiment banner....and a few faux
gems in the centre of the flowers.
So that's my lot for today.......thanks for calling & I'll hopefully see you
tomorrow......have a lovely evening.


Don't forget, my HALLOWEEN challenge is here.


ribbons/bows at Christmas With The Cuties
Christmas/Winter at Cute 'n' Crafty
Christmas at C.R.A.F.T
anything goes at Crimbo Crackers
Christmas at Crafty Friends
anything goes at Merry Little Christmas

Saturday 12 October 2019

For The Kids Challenge Winner!

Hi friends, it's time to announce the winner of #8 For The Kids!
 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  #8 For The Kids is.............

and here's Chris's card......

Just brilliant! I love round cards, especially easel cards and I
bet Ruby was thrilled with it!

Here's a pic of your prize

and I'd love to invite you to join me as Guest Designer for December's challenge.
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, Chris....and thanks again to everyone who entered, hope you'll
join me on for #9 Halloween.............see you there!

Tuesday 8 October 2019

Winter Wishes

A beautiful day here on the Yorkshire Coast......bright blue skies, sunshine...but
just enough of a nip in the air to remind us that it's October!
Today's card could be Winter or Christmas.....the image was a little bit of
card left over from a previous project, way too pretty to ignore & worthy of
being the focal point, I thought. So I kept it simple...just 2 layers, a die
cut sentiment & finished with some faux gems.
 Don't you just love that robin?
Lots on the agenda today so I'll leave it at that.....thanks for calling & whatever
you're up to I hope you have a lovely day.


Don't forget, you can enter my HALLOWEEN challenge here.

anything goes at Merry Little Christmas
anything Christmas/Winter at Cute 'n' Crafty

Monday 7 October 2019

Happy Birthday!

Hi friends, happy Monday......hope your week's gotten off to a good start!
I was having a little sort out in the craft room & came across a pack of die cut
flowers & patterned paper sheets....ever so pretty, done in a water colour effect 
in such lovely colours, I think they were a freebie with a magazine.
I needed a break from Christmas crafting & so this is what I came up with.....
I started with a base of white, added a distressed gingham paper layer. I stamped
the sentiment on vellum & heat embossed it then wrapped it around the gingham
 layer. I arranged some of the die cut flowers, raising some on foam pads &
finished with some faux gems.
Not my usual style of card but so fresh & pretty....and so enjoyable to make!
Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave........I love reading them.

Don't forget, you can find my HALLOWEEN challenge here.

anything goes at Crafting by Design
feminine at Watercooler Wednesday
anything goes at QKR Stampede

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