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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

Friday 31 January 2020

Challenge #1 - Something New

Hello crafty friends.....happy Saturday......and welcome to the 1st challenge of
the year where the theme is......


A nice, easy start for us I think.....could be a new home, a new job, new stash
or like me.....a new baby! EEEk no....not me having a baby lol, like me
as in making a new baby card!

I went for a new baby card as I got the gorgeous die cuts for Christmas & couldn't
wait to use them. A real CAS style card for me, I've found myself drawn
to this style more & more recently.

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

Wednesday 29 January 2020

Black & White with Crafty Cardmakers!

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well.
Apologies for not posting & commenting, I've been a bit under the weather these
 last few days.......hopefully I'll be able to catch up with you all soon.

So.......there's a new challenge over at Crafty Cardmakers with the theme of
A nice, easy challenge I thought then my mind went blank! Once I got going
I loved making this card.....I managed to pack in a few layers but still keep
it looking fairly CAS. I used my old favourite banner dies & then as per Wendy's
 challenge I used a never been used yet quote die from Hunkydory.
Love how these make for a quick, easy card. I finished with a faux gem.

If you fancy joining us then do pop on over to the main blog, we'd love to see
you......and if you're low on inspiration you'll certainly find some there!

Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave....see you soon.


Wendy's die challenge

Friday 24 January 2020

Another Memorydex Card

I love making these Memorydex cards, they're such a great way to use up any bits & bobs
 from the scrap box and they look so pretty on the Rolodex.
For this one I used papers from the Craftwork Cards pad - Heritage Rose - my favourite
base of black card. I cut & layered the butterflies with my Xcut dies, added a
banner die and finished with Tim Holtz stickers.
Short & sweet today as time's getting on & I have lots to do.....thanks for calling,
have a lovely weekend.....see you soon.

Don't forget, there's still time to play in my SOMETHING NEW challenge here.

Wendy's  challenge #6
anything goes at Dragonfly Dreams
anything goes at Through The Craft Room Door
layered die cuts at Tuesday Throwdown

Thursday 23 January 2020

Love is in the Air......

Hey lovelies, hope you're all well.
I've been having a little tidy up in the craft room and I came across some papers
from the Making Cards magazine.......dated February 2017!! I remember using
some back then but had forgotten I had a couple left. Well, it would be rude
not to use them, don't you think?
5 dies used as per Wendy's challenge.....I'll definitely be keeping all of them!
Black & red card from the scrap box, flowers from my stash & the sentiment was
computer generated. Love how this one turned all I need is to figure out
how to take a straight photo lol. All these years  and  I'm now struggling! 
Even when I edit it it still doesn't look straight..........or maybe it's me that's wonky?
Thanks for calling & for any comments you might leave and don't forget,
there's still time to enter my SOMETHING NEW challenge here.


layered die cuts at Tuesday Throwdown
old favourites at Elliebelle's Crafty Wednesday

Wendy's challenge #5

Friday 17 January 2020

Love is in the air.....

Hello lovelies, hope you're all well.
Another grey, wet & miserable day here......not that I'm complaining, I much prefer
this weather to the heat! 
I've found myself making more & more CAS style cards lately, especially ones using
 dies. I do still love my layers but there's just something kinda nice about
 once I get going it's a lot quicker!
Anyway, 2 dies & a stamp is all I used on this card......and the card was from my scrap
 drawer too! Apologies for the colour of the card.......IRL it's brilliant white but this
 weather is making everything look a bit 'off'!

Thanks for calling & whatever you're up toI hope you manage some craft time.
Don't challenge SOMETHING NEW is here.


Wendy's challenge #4

Thursday 16 January 2020

Challenge #11 Christmas Winner!

Hi friends, I need to start this post with an apology........I scheduled the winner's
post for challenge #11 then promptly forgot all about it! I'm ever so
without further ado the winner of #11 Christmas is........

**** it's Emma the Sparkly Fairy ****

and here's what Emma made.....

isn't he fab? He'd definitely have pride of place on my tree!

Here's a pic of your prize.....

and I'd love to invite you to join me as Guest Designer.
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, Emma....and thanks again to everyone who entered, hope you'll
join me  for #1 Something New.............see you there!

Wednesday 15 January 2020

Wendy's Challenge

Hi crafty friends, hope you're all well.
Wednesday already and time to share another make and join in with
Wendy's challenge where she's challenging us to use our dies. It's a great
way to sort our dies out & see which ones we actually do use.
Today's die was brand new, still in the packet so I really did need to use
it........and it's a keeper! I think it's so pretty and although it came with the
'with love'  sentiment  would be so easy to change either for another sentiment
or to stamp in the many possibilities. It's a Sweet Dixie die and
measures approx 4 inches square.

Thanks for calling......have a lovely evening and don't forget, my challenge


anything goes at Brown Sugar
say it with flowers at Allsorts
new stash at My Time To Craft
something new at Dream Valley
anything goes at Use Your Stuff
something new at Tuesday Throwdown
Wendy's die challenge

Tuesday 14 January 2020

Thank You

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well & warm this dull, grey, windy & damp
morning. A couple of crafty hours for me today before the troops descend
for you have anything nice planned?
A thank you card to share today.......I love sending a thank you card, much nicer
than a text or an email......don't get me wrong, a thank you is nice in any form but
for me I love taking the time to make something. Simple matting and layering
for this one.....a die cut banner & a little floral element finished with a faux gem.
The papers & topper were from Making Cards pretty and so
useful too.....there's always something suitable for most occasions with this mag.

Rightio, better get a move on......thanks for calling & don't
challenge SOMETHING NEW is here.


anything goes at Crafty Creations
thank you at As You Like it
anything goes at QKR Stampede
say it with flowers at Allsorts

Wendy's die challenge

Monday 13 January 2020

Anything Goes with Crafty Cardmakers!

Hi crafty friends, welcome to the new week.......and the 1st challenge
of the New Year over ar Crafty Cardmakers. We have a nice, easy theme
for you this time........ANYTHING GOES
As usual, any & all makes are welcome and for this 1st challenge of the year
we have a prize offered by our lovely teamie Kim!

There's some gorgeous inspirational makes for you from the rest of the team
over on the main pop over, we'd love to see you!

My makes this time are some Memorydex cards I made for my daughter,
love making these as they're a great way to use up scraps but oh my....
......they are SO addictive! All made with dies too so super quick and easy.

Thanks for calling and for any comments you might leave.......don't forget,
 my SOMETHING NEW challenge is here.


Wendy's die challenge

Wednesday 8 January 2020

Wendy's Challenge

Hi crafty friends......'tis a cold, grey, windy & wet day here on the Yorkshire
Coast.......a perfect day for crafting, I think!
Thanks so much for all your lovely comments on my failed attempt at a
shaker card.......I think I'll have to have another go soon, can't let it beat me!
Or maybe I'll just leave them well alone lol. 
Blog buddy Wendy over at Spanish Crafter has set a challenge to use a die on every
post......I'd love to join her but don't think I can manage every day so I'm going to 
try & join in every week. I used an unbranded die I've had in my stash
for ages......wasn't quite sure about it but once I cut it I loved it.....will definitely
be keeping this one!  The background is acrylic paint, I stamped the sentiment, added
the die cut then mounted on black card then white.
Thanks for calling......see you soon.

Don't forget, my challenge SOMETHING NEW is here.

anything goes at QKR Stampede
anything goes at A Place To Start
anything goes at Use Your Stuff
anything goes at Through The Craft Room Door
CAS at Unicorn Challenge
Wendy's die challenge

Sunday 5 January 2020

When is a shaker not a shaker?

Answer: when I try to make one!
Got myself in such a pickle I abandoned the shaker element and just stamped
where  the shaker should have been! Quite pleased with the outcome
though......I used the Crafters Companion enchanted Christmas card kit that came
 free with the Papercrafter magazine last year....ooh, it's lovely....lots of sparkly,
glittery elements, papers, sequins, an embossing folder and the most
beautiful stamps....and such fab quality too.

Hope you're all having a lovely weekend....thanks for calling & I'll see you tomorrow.

You can find my latest challenge - Something New - here.


anything goes at A Gem of a Challenge
anything goes at Fairy & Unicorn
anything goes at Brown Sugar
anything goes at Watercooler Wednesday
Wendy's die challenge

Thursday 2 January 2020

It's Never Too Early To Make A Christmas Card!

Is it too early?
Head says yes. it's way too early.....heart says no, I love it so start as early as I I have!

This must be the simplest Christmas card I've ever made.....and I love how it turned out.
I think this is a batch card for sure & there's so many options for colours I can't wait to
 make a few more!

anything goes at ABC Christmas Challenges
anything goes at Christmas 24
anything goes at Merry Little Christmas
anything goes at Fezziwigs Festive Frolics
Wendy's die challenge

Thanks for calling

Wednesday 1 January 2020

Wendy's Challenge #1

Hi crafty friends....hope you're all well.
Did you have a good night last night? Was a quiet one here, don't think any of
us managed to stay awake til midnight.......ooh, we're getting old lol!
The lovely Wendy over at Spanish Crafter is challenging us to use a die on every
post.....what a great way to figure out what dies you use......and what dies you
don't! If you're anything like me you'll have way to many & you maybe even
 haven't used a lot of them. I don't know that I can manage very post but I'd surely
like to join in every week. So, how to figure out where to start.......the obvious 
answer would be to use a die I haven't used before but typically my mind went
blank so I decided to start with the dies I probably use the most......a scallop
circle & a banner die. Love, love, love these dies....definitely keepers.
Paper and the beautiful topper are downloads from Making Cards magazine
and everything else is from my stash.
Thanks for calling......see you soon.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year friends!

Where did the last year go? It feels like I blinked and missed it!
So as we start the new year, the new decade even......I'd like to wish you all
a wonderful year filled with lots of crafty time and all the thing you love most. I
hope it's a happy, healthy & peaceful year for each & every one of you.
Also, I'd like to thank you so much for your support & friendship this past year, it
 really does mean a lot.
Me? I'm aiming to blog more, visit your blogs more & keep my little challenges
running......I want to cook more, sew fact do more of everything
I enjoy doing but never seem to have the time for......maybe even keep on
top of the ironing lol!

So the make I'm sharing today is a little Memorydex card......I bought the
Heidi Swapp Memorydex & some dies for my daughter for Christmas.....oh
my, I think I love it! You know when you have a crafty itch but not much time
to scratch it? Well, these are the perfect size for that.....they can be as fussy &
fancy or as CAS as you like ........but be warned, they're addictive! once
you start making them you won't be able to stop!

 My monthly themed challenges will be up & running again this year from
January this space!

Thanks for calling......have a lovely day!

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