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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

Wednesday 29 July 2020

Barber Shop

Hello lovelies.....hope you're all well.

Do you remember the old fashioned barber shops? I remember going with my
Granddad ever so many years ago.......the smells, the steam.....I always felt ever so
grown up and if I was good I got to sit on the barber chair & the barber would 
raise it up as high as it would go! Afterwards we'd go to the hotel where my 
Granddad worked (he was a chef) and have an knickerbocker glory!

I feel like there's something missing from this card.....the front panel lifts up so
you could write/stamp a secret message......but not sure what else, if anything,
to add.......any suggestions? I think the main image came from Splashcrafts
 but not sure about the papers as they were all in my scrap box. 

Rightio, better get a move on......thanks for calling.....happy crafting!

Monday 27 July 2020

You Anchor Me

Hi crafty friends, happy Monday......hope the weeks' gotten off to a good start
for you......I've spent most of the day thinking it's Sunday!
 It's a bit dull, dark & damp here today so apologies for the dull photo....and for it 
not quite being straight but after the 8th attempt I gave up!
Paper & stamps are all Crafters Companion from the Nautical collection......and if
 you buy magazines you might be interested in the month's edition of
Simply Cards & Papercraft.....they have a fab free gift of stamps from the
 collection and it comes with a beautiful seahorse die too!
Rightio, better go get the tea started......thanks for calling.....see you soon.

Sunday 12 July 2020

All My Love

Well good morning my crafty friends.....hope you're all safe & well.
Are you enjoying the weekend? We had rain most of yesterday and  the grass
 seems to have grown at least 6 inches overnight!
Today's card  involves a fancy fold, lots of die cutting & the dreaded paper piecing!
To be fair I did quite enjoy it..........but won't be doing it again in a hurry!
The beautiful die cut panel is one of the Interchangeable Die sets available from
Crafter's Companion and there's some real good offers  over on the website
of you're interested. I used the 'Heartfelt' frame which comes with three different
sentiments -  'all my love', 'sending lots of love' and 'love you' .
Rightio, that's me for today......thanks for calling......stay safe.


Friday 10 July 2020


Hello from a very wet, dull grey day!
Oh, I so love sitting at my desk when it's feels so peaceful, calm
and quiet......I could sit here all day! Mind you, I hope it's dry tomorrow cos
2 of my boys are coming to cut the hedges!
So today I have another make using the interchangeable dies from 
Crafter's Companion only this time I used the celebrate sentiment to make a
Christmas card. No idea if this style of card has a name, I just scored & folded
& cut 'til I had a shape I was happy with.
Lots of my favourite distressed layers on this make, a little paper piecing and lots
of die cuts & paper flowers in my favourite frosty blues & white.
Rightio, think today's craft time is going to be used for cross
you have anything planned!
Thanks for calling.....stay safe......see you soon.


Thursday 9 July 2020

Thank You

Good morning my crafty friends, hope you're safe & well this dull, grey morning.

Today's make is another using those fabulous interchangeable dies from
A different card fold for me this time.....I made an envelope style card where
the panel on the right can be written on the back and popped into the envelope.
I decorated the front of the envelope with some floral decoupage, lightly inked
the thank you panel just to give it a bit more definiton & I added seam 
binding just to make it easier to remove the panel.

I was woken by a knock at the door early this the time I'd gotten out
of my chair and unlocked the door there was nobody there. No parcel left on doorstep,
no card through letterbox.....and they only knocked the once. Was starting to think I 
must have dreamed it but the dogs did bark so it must have happened. It was a bit early
 for 'business' type callers (not that I'm expecting any) and family & friends know it 
takes me a few minutes to get to the door so all a bit puzzling really.
Under normal circumstances I wouldn't have given it a 2nd thought but since
lockdown it's very rare that anyone knocks on my door! Oh well, I suppose if it's
important they'll come back.


anything goes at Creative Fingers
add ribbon at Crafty Calendar
anything goes at 613 Avenue Create
flowers at A Place To Start
all occasions at Dream Valley

Wednesday 8 July 2020

For a Friend

Happy Wednesday friends......aren't these weeks flying by?
Today's make is a 'just because' card.....I so love the pretty colours and how 
easy it all came together. All elements are from the Springtime Pals
collection from the Paper Tree.....Some simple matting & layering, some 
die cut frosting and that's it......all mounted onto a 7x7 card blank.
I've a pie made for tonight's tea.....veggies all prepped & in the fridge so I'm 
planning on spending some time in the craft room. What about you?
Thanks for calling, stay safe & hopefully I'll be back tomorrow. 


anything goes at A Gem of a Challenge
anything goes a613 Avenue Create
anything goes at Corrosive Challenges
flowers at A Place To Start
anything goes at Through The Craft Room Door

Tuesday 7 July 2020

Sweet Kitty Cross Stitch

Morning lovelies, hope you're all well.

One thing about lockdown is it inspired me to finish some of my works in
progress, not all of it, just some lol........and I say finished but I'm not really
 sure if it is or not......what do you think? Not sure whether to leave as is or
 to add some little flowers or maybe some sequins......thoughts please.
I did enjoy stitching this little sweetie & have an idea to stitch another
reversing the pattern so they'd be facing each other and with a blue bow.
Rightio, shopping day today so I'd better get a move on.....thanks for calling
and for any comments you might leave.......stay safe.

Monday 6 July 2020

New Dies at Crafter's Companion!

There's a new launch over at Crafter's Companion today, the fabulous
INTERCHANGEABLE DIES! Each set comes with a frame die and three
interchangeable sentiments so the possibilities are endless. Catch them over on 
Crafter's TV and Create & Craft.....there's some fantastic deals to be had!

I kept my make pretty simple as I wanted to show the die off......some simple
matting & layering finished with some faux gems and that's it....all mounted onto
a 7x7 card blank.

Thanks for calling......stay safe!

Friday 3 July 2020

Paper Frosting Friday!

Morning lovelies.....hope you're all well.
It's a lovely cool, damp day here on the Yorkshire Coast.....such a welcome relief
from the heat we've recently had.....on the flip side though it's so hard to
take a decent pic! Oh well, we can't have it all.
So today  have some paper frosting to share......all made from the beautiful
Paper Posies decoupage pad by Dovecraft. A really lovely collection, I made up
one from each of the pages, you actually get 3 pages of each......yes, 3! And there's
 extra bits on some of the pages too! I always like to have some paper frosting on comes in so handy if you need  quick card but is also lovely for
journal, scrapbook pages and even home decor.
Rightio, off to get the jobs done.....and then hopefully a little craft time.
Thanks for calling & whatever you're up to........stay safe.

Wednesday 1 July 2020

Hello 18!

Hi friends, hope you're all well.

I have a card topper for an 18th birthday to share today..............oh my, it seems such
 a long time ago since I was 18! Would I go back to that age? Not a chance lol.....would you?
Lots of scraps used in the making of this topper but still not much of a dent made
in the scrap box. to have a couple hours in the craft room before tea.
Thanks for calling......have a lovely rest of the day!
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