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Hiya, I'm a busy Mum (of 6) and full time carer to my eldest son. I love paper, ribbons, buttons, stamps.....in fact anything crafty lol and i share my work space ( and stash!) with my 12 year old daughter, Rebecca (Bex). 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, 29 January 2012

Heart to heart


Morning all, hope you are well.
A big hello, welcome and thank you to my new followers, i so appreciate you calling!
 Another miserable, damp, dark day here but still no snow!!!

Today's card was to be a clean & simple look but i think i ended up with too many layers!!
My son decided he wanted a red & white Valentine's card but nothing too fancy, just a white card with a red heart - then he saw the spotty paper that's so old i'd forgotten i had it and decided he wanted some of that on, then he decided he wanted 2 hearts(both die cut), oh, and don't forget a piece of ribbon, he said!! Oh yes, that's lovely, he said but i like it when you thread ribbon through a button, too!!
 So this is what he ended up with!!
Thanks for looking.
Enjoy your day!
Jo xx

challenges
challenge#32 at Heart song inspirations
all you need is love at Cupcake crafts
seeing red at creative card crew
buttons,bows and/or bling at Die Cuttin Divas
have a heart at Oldie but a goodie(spotty paper)
polka dots at Little Darlings
valentine/love at Craft us Crazy
polka dots at Fussy and fancy
for a loved one at Mami Doodles
valentines at Paper Sundaes


Friday, 27 January 2012

Waste not Wednesday on Friday!!



Good afternoon my crafty friends, hope you're all keeping well and warm!
Now  I know it's Friday but I just wanted to share the card I made for Waste not Wednesday's over on Lisa's blog (Wishcraft). It's a great idea Lisa had to encourage us to use our unused stamps and digis,  hop on over and link up - then go peek at all the others!!
 This week I used a fab digi from Pollycraft, flex/promarkers, foiled paper from DCWV, furry twine, pearls and punched flowers! 
Whilst rooting through my papers I found a 12 x 12 paper stack called Butterflies & Blossoms from DCWV!
 Can't believe I'd not used a single piece  - so I spent a lovely afternoon making some bunting with it for Rebecca's bedroom!
Well, that's another week almost over - can you believe it's February next week???
Have a lovely day and thanks for looking
Jo x

challenges
birthday card at Marks finest papers
something old at Card makin' Mamas (digi, paper)
challenge#3 at Hotshot crafts
child's Birthday card at Crazy 4 challenges
anything goes at Send a smile 4 kids
anything goes at Daisy Doodles
card for kids at Stamps R Us
include an animal at Stamp n doodle 
  

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

What's on your workdesk Wednesday #138


Morning all, can't believe how fast Wednesday comes around and the chance to join in with Julia over at the Stamping ground - go check it out, its FAB! - there's nothing better than grabbing a coffee and settling down for a good old nosey into other people's work spaces!
So, what's on my workdesk today? A mess, that's what!
Tubs of tools, bow maker, ink, tape runner, a lid from a tube of glue that i spent ages looking for!!!
There's 3 stamps i've just inked for the 1st time, a few stamped images.
Some die cut toppers that i've recycled from shop bought cards i received and hope to use soon!
Just sneaking in top left you might just see the edge of a DT card - coming soon!
Glasses - i spend more time looking for these than i do wearing them lol!
A bag of gold coloured hooks??? Why, when or how these ended up on my desk i have 
absolutely no idea!!
Then there's some wooden letters and some decopatch paper - 
 this was a Christmas pressie for my daughter, Rebecca (Bex) - we were going to start it at the weekend but have decided to save it for half term.
Right in the middle there's a teeny weeny pinky purple coloured crocheted flower handmade by me!!
Have a fab day peeking - you'll love it!
Thanks for dropping by.
Jo x

Monday, 23 January 2012

Fancy folds at Lexi's Creations


Morning everyone, hope you've all had a fab weekend!
To kick start your week why not pop over to Lexi's Creations and join in with this fortnight's challenge which is FANCY FOLDS!
Don't forget - you can make anything you like: tags, ATC's, bookmarks, cards etc; just as long as it fits with the theme of FANCY FOLDS!
For my card i chose to make a twisted easel card - i couldn't resist this digi of a cute little monkey just hanging around!
Our sponsor this time is
and the fabulous owner/designer Marina Neira is offering the winner their
choice of digi.
Can't wait to see what you all come up with and don't forget to check out my talented
 teamies gorgeous creations!!
Thanks for looking, can't wait to visit you back!
Jo x

Recipe
6 x 6 card blank - stash
brown/green card - stash
paper - freebie from mag
die cut palm tree - stash
sizzix grass die
flex/promarkers
circle die
crazy die cut - stash

challenges
die cuts at Going grey with Scrap Creations
die cuts at the Stamping Boutique
anything goes at I love promarkers
more than 1 fold at Forever friends
fancy folds at Patties creations
easel card at Sweet n Sassy
animals at Dream Valley
easel card at Hotshot crafts
fancy folds at I brake for challenges
punches/dies at the Hybrid Chick
die cuts at Sentimental Sundays

Saturday, 21 January 2012

ATC's on the brain!

Morning you crafty bloggers and a big welcome to my new followers!
Hope you are all well and looking forward to a lovely weekend whatever you're doing!
I'm going to have a craft weekend with my lovely daughter, Rebecca, and try and get
 caught up with a few bits and bobs!
Just wanted to share this ATC with you - ATC's are all i can think about at the min - good job they are fairly quick and easy to make lol!
I've used scraps for this and just layered some white card and zebra print paper, printed out this fab mannequin image (not sure where i got this image)  roughly cut it out and glued it down. Trimmed ATC with some bright pink ribbon and added pink bow to dress!
Was going to somehow add this onto a card but i think Rebecca has claimed it!
Thanks for looking.
Jo x

challenges

dresses/dress forms at Wicked Wednesday ATC challenges
no floral embellies at Crafty Cardmakers
bold/bright at Incy Wincy designs
colour splash at Create me Pink
anything but a card at CES challenge blog


Friday, 20 January 2012

GDT card for Fairytale challenge blog

Morning everyone and happy Friday!!
It's nearly the weekend and i'm so looking forward to a lie-in!
Think this is the 1st weekend for ages that we've got nothing planned so we're gonna stay indoors, have some nice food and just chill - and i might just manage a little craft time with my Rebecca!

So, today's card is my GDT card for Fairytale Challenge blog and this fortnight the theme
is "At the Movies". We can't wait to see what you come up with - if you're stuck for ideas why not hop on over and check out the team's fab creations. There's a fab prize up for grabs, too!
As usual, you have 2 weeks to play so come on, it's worth a shot and you never know, you just might be the lucky winner!!

For my card i chose the movie "Grease". I went with an easel card, matted and layered some red & black card and layered up some fab rock & roll decoupage. I highlighted the top layer with promarkers, punched a border on some black card, added some red ribbon and silver peel off music notes and that's it!
Everything i used for this card came from my stash - i promised myself i would make at least 1 item per week using only stash - well this week i've made 2!!
Hope you have a fab weekend whatever you do and thanks for looking!
Jo x



Challenges
challenge#1 at creations by Gill
no floral embellies at Crafty cardmakers
bold & bright at Incy Wincy designs
seeing red at Creative Card Crew
challenge#35 at Shopping our Stash

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Beer Monster!

Hi bloggers! Hope you all well.
Oooo it's cold, wet and dark here today, got the supermarket shop done then had a play
 in my nice warm craft room!
 Today's card is made using a Pollycraft image - Beer Monster - isn't he fab?
And he's just perfect for my friend's other half who's going to be 50 next week!
 He's been living in my laptop for ages just waiting for the right time - then along came
Lisa's and Waste not Wednesdays.
 The idea is to use your poor un inked stamped and un printed digis, pop along to Lisa's and link up then you can go check out all the other entries!
I've coloured him with flex/promarkers and matted and layered him onto lime green card,
3 pieces of card candy and he's good to go!
Thanks for looking, i really appreciate it.
Hugs Jo x

Challenges i'd like to enter
Layer, Layers, Layers at Simply Create Too
Spots & Stripes at Totally Papercrafts
Sketch at Here Comes the Boys
No floral embellies at Crafty Cardmakers
Bold & bright at Incy Wincy designs
No embellies at Lollipop crafts
Polka dots at Celebrate the occasion
Anything goes at Crafty Sentiments
Week 132 at Passion for Promarkers

Sunday, 15 January 2012

My 1st Sparkles DT card!

Good morning everyone, hope you're all having a great weekend so far!
Oooooh it's so cold and frosty here don't think i'll be going far today
Can't believe we're already halfway through January already!
It's been a great 1st month of the year for me with lots of exciting things happening - 
there's been lots of 1st's and today there's another one
 - my 1st DT card for Sparkles! And to make it even more special - my gorgeous daughter, Rebecca 
is coming on board, too and she's only 9! How cool is that?
So, here's my card
The theme this month is "new crafting goodies" so hopefully you lucky crafters will have been spoilt
at Christmas and have lots of new things to play with! I chose to use a new digi image and new embossing board and made this card for one of my son's, Cam, who will be 18 next month - as you can guess he's karate mad lol!
The prize for this month is a whopping £10 (exc p&p) spend at:
Don't forget we are a multi craft challenge blog so you can create anything you like as long as you
stick to the challenge theme and don't forget to go check out my new teamies fab creations! 
Thanks for looking and enjoy your day!
Jo x

Recipe
Karate Ian digi - the Greetings Farm
6 x 6 card blank - stash
sizzix scallop circle die
circle die - Nellie Snellen
silver peel offs - stash
red/black card - stash
wood effect embossing board
oriental print paper - stash
pro/flexmarkers

Challenges
no floral embellies at crafty cardmakers
something new at cupcake craft
inspired by song at passion for promarkers
(kung fu fighting)
something new at crafty creations
embossing at digi doodles
one for the boys at dutch dare card challenge


Saturday, 14 January 2012

Baking Tilda

Morning all, hope you're all well! It's a beautiful, sunny day here with lovely clear, blue skies
but there's a frost and it's sooooo cold!
Perfect excuse to stay in and craft i think, don't you?
Today's card is made using the lovely baking Tilda - i coloured this image ages ago but cut it too small so it's been sitting in box for ages just waiting to be used! When i saw this weeks sketch at Eat Sleep Stamp
i knew it would be perfect - thanks for the heads up, NanaConnie, it looks like a great blog and the sketch is fab! I also got the chance to use my new border punch from Santa!!
Thanks for looking and thanks also for all your lovely comments - i really do appreciate every single one!
Hope you have a great day.
Jo x

Recipe
Baking Tilda stamp
Cookie recipe stamp
Tea House papers - Dovecraft
pearls - stash
ribbon - stash
flex/promarkers
chipboard flower - Sugar & Spice collection
scallop border punch - new

Challenges
Sketchy Thursday at Eat Sleep Stamp
Anything goes at Gingerloft
Something new at Cupcake craft
Border punch at Heart song inspirations
Something new at Crafty creations
Challenge#35 at Digistamps4joy
TicTacToe at Phindy's place(pearlsribbonflower)

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Waste not Wednesdays


Hi everyone, hope you all feeling fine!! Another cold, dark day here so apologies for the dreadful pic but the light here is terrible!  Anyways, i thought i'd take a leaf out of Lisa's (Wishcraft) book and link up to Waste not Wednesdays and try to use up some of the things i've stashed over the years. I'm ashamed to say there's probably enough stuff in my craft room to stock a small shop lol!! Now, i know Lisa said new stamps and digis in her post but i did check with her before i linked this! So, for this card i used the gorgeous Sugar and Spice papers and chipboard toppers collection - all brand new and unused! I love these papers and the hot spicy colours - and there's so much in the stack! Simple matting and layering, a piece of brown ribbon and a layered flower - done! And enough left for lots more lol!
Hope you like it!
Jo x

Recipe
Sugar and Spice paper stack 
Sugar and Spice chipboard toppers collection
Brown ribbon
Brown card
Card blank
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Challenges
challenge#56 at Crafty Ann's
hand in hand at Glitter Geeks
anything goes at CES Challenges
anything goes at Dream Valley
anything goes at Gingerloft

Monday, 9 January 2012

Lexi's Creations - DT card

Morning everyone, hope you're all well and looking forward to a new week! A big thank you to all my new followers - i hope you can find something you like in my little blog - i will definitely be visiting you back! 
 So, it's time for the first challenge of the year over at Lexi's Creations and my first post since i joined the fab DT! This fortnight the theme is "Anything goes". Nice and easy, right? - you can let your imagination run wild and create anything you like! For my card i chose the image "Claudia" from this fortnight's sponsor Fairy Dust Crafts - isn't she gorgeous? The prize this time is a massive 5 images!!


For all the details and some FAB inspiration hop over to Lexi's and check out my teamies awesome creations.

Recipe
Claudia digi image - Fairy dust crafts 
Spellbinders labels two - new
Pink Parfait paper pack - old
pearls - stash - old 
flowers - stash - old
burgundy card - stash - old
flexmarkers - new
glitter - old

Hope you like it!
Jo x

Challenges
Something new at My Mums craft shop
New beginnings at Whimsy
New beginnings at Digi doodles
New at Card making mammas
Old/new at Jellypark challenges
Anything goes at CES Challenges
New at Crazy4 challenges
Anything goes at Dream Valley
Anything goes at Gingerloft
New at Cupcake craft

Friday, 6 January 2012

Fairytale challenge blog - something new!

Morning everyone, hope you are all well. Thankfully the wind here has died down, today we have frost and beautiful blue sky - but it's very cold. Anyway, it's Friday and that means time for the new challenge over at Fairytale challenge blog and the challenge is NEW! That could be new products, new technique, new baby, etc. For my GD card i chose to use my new Saturated Canary digi and i coloued her with my new flexmarkers, the ribbon is also new. The paper is old  and i think it's Papermania - i love it! Hop on over and have a look - you'll be amazed!You've got 2 weeks to play and the prize is a fab CD!
Recipe
Image - Saturated Canary
Colouring - flexmarkers
6 x 6 card blank
blue card - stash
paper - stash
ribbon - stash
pearls - stash


Challenges
colour at our creative corner
old/new at paper sundaes
anything goes at pile it on
blue/polka dots at 365 cards
spots/stripes at Karen's doodles
old/new at digistamps4joy
new at fab n funky
new at my mums craft shop



Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Just because........

Morning everyone, hope you all well and not had too many problems with this horrible stormy weather - it's calmed down a bit here thankfully but not sure its over!!
So, today's card is made using up bits and bobs from my stash - i never seem to get to the bottom of it so have decided to make a real big effort to use up some things! This little cutie is a die cut fairy from Lili of the Valley as are the papers. I'd forgotten just how sweet they are - and I've got loads of them!! 
Recipe
Lili of the Valley die cuts and papers
Lilac card - stash
6 x 6 card blank - stash
purple ink pad - stash
pearls - stash
glitter - stash
flowers - stash
ribbon - stash


challenges
Challenge#17 at Crafting for all Seasons
Challenge#184 at Flutter By Wednesday
Challenge#69 at Prairie Fairy Fridays
Challenge#98 at If the shoe fits
Challenge#72 at 2 Sisters Challenge blog
Anything goes at Magical mondays

Sunday, 1 January 2012

A New Year, A New DT!!

Morning everyone, hope you are all well and enjoyed last night whatever you were doing!! 
Today brings a brand New Year and i hope it brings you and yours peace and happiness..........and lots of crafting time!! Today also brings a brand new challenge over at Sparkles Christmas Challenges and I'm proud to say I'm now on their DT!
Here's my card-

The first challenge of the year is Christmas stockings,
so, pop over and see all the fab inspiration from my teamies and maybe even enter....a great way to be prepared for NEXT Christmas lol!
We have TWO fab sponsors this monthy




Don't forget - you have all month to play!
Jo x

challenges i've entered:
challenge#94 at Karens Doodles
challenge#57 at Anything goes
challenge#17 at Divas by Design
challenge#97 at I love promarkers
challenge#86 at Colour Create

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