Friday, 10 August 2018

Clean and Simple

Good morning all, 
Hope your Friday is going well, 
I am just back from walking the dogs, we had rain in the night 
but it is lovely and sunny now.
Karl left early again, bless him he works so hard. 
Today it is a new Challenge over at the Fussy and Fancy blog. 
Our theme is 

Clean and Simple 

And our fab hostess is Tone 

This is what I came up with..

I started by stamping this wonderful stamp from IndigoBlu. 
Colour Me - Daisy 
One of my new favourites...
Perfect for this type of card 

Next I used low tack masking tape to make a border .

And then began adding some ink...
First the yellow. 

Then the red in the centre 

And finally the orange in the middle...
I do find this a great way to achieve good blending 

Next some water spritzing....

And a black fine line border...
I do love the way this has developed 

Now see the difference that the charcoal pencil has made...
And these blender pens from Clarity are fab too.

A sentiment and a little butterfly from Hobby Art and the design is nearly complete 

Just some dots of clear glass to add the finishing detail...
Glossy Accents does the same  job...

They dry so clear...and yes this is my favourite finishing trick...

And on the ink, they pick up the colour...just love it 
If you would like to see the rest of the dt samples or join in please visit the blog here 

Thanks for joining me today and I hope you have a lovely weekend planned 
We actually exchanged contracts well on our way to move next week..
We visited the house yesterday so that I could choose curtain fabric, it was very emotional,,,
We seem to have been on this journey for so long...
I really appreciate all your support...
Thank you so much all...

Much love and hugs 
Jo. xxx

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Pigs in Blankets

Good morning all, 
Hope your week is going well, 
We actually had rain here yesterday,,,and oh my garden loved it. 
It was our regular Hazel Grove workshops, 
We had a few regular Crafters on holiday. plus a couple who are unwell...
Hope you feel better soon ladies. 

Here is a card for you...
With a group hug.
Yesterday we used a really quirky stamp set from Hobby Art
Pigs in Blankets...
The images really make you smile.

We even made a start on Christmas....
Although a couple of ladies did say that they had made some 
Christmas cards already!!!! Really !!!

Love these images 

And so lovely to colour too...

Take note Eileen ....pigs...not camels!!!! lol...

Must dash..
More boxes to pack 

This is my dinning room at the moment...
Fingers crossed we get some good news next week...

Take care all
Love and hugs 
Jo. Xxxx

Monday, 6 August 2018

I’m still here

Good afternoon all, 
I do hope that you are keeping well and that you had a lovely weekend. 
So sorry that I have been neglecting  you..
This house move business really is like a full time job.
So many boxes to pack and so many cupboards to clean .
We have finally got the loft empty....
Why oh why did we keep all that rubbish...
We have visited the tip (sorry recycling centre ) so many times, 
Given so much away, 
And yet we still have so much to do...
We certainly won’t been moving ever again....
Mind you the way the solicitors are messing about we may not be moving this month!!,
No chain...a cash buy , so you would think it would be easy ...
Oh no...
Anyway onto something crafty 
Today I am going to share some die cutting with you,,,
But with an inky background...
Hope you like it 

I started by using one of the fresh cut dries from Clarity 

And cut it out using white card. 

Very delicate and pretty 

I then started to create my background, using a piece of card a little bigger than the die cut .
First I blended the yellow ink 

Followed by the orange 

Then the red.  

Finally some fine wine...
And a bit more blending .

I used my fan brush to add some water splats...

And when dry I attached it to some white card. 

Finally , I added the die cut with some glue..

I do love the contrast between the white card and the bright colours behind ...

Right, tea break over...I had better get back to it, 
Karl left at 4am today so I have been busy since...
Trouble is now I have sat down it is hard to get up again...!!!
Take care all...

Much love and hugs 
Jo. xxx

Monday, 30 July 2018

30 years ....

Good afternoon all, 
I do hope that your week has started well. 
What about all that rain at the weekend ? 
What a shock after the heatwave, mind you , 
my garden loved it 
So did Tess and Eric 
Today I just wanted to spend a few moments with you,
You see it is our 30th Wedding Anniversary 
I really don’t know where the years have gone..

We may look a bit older, 
A bit wiser...!!!!
One thing I do know is that we are even happier...

Life has its ups and downs...
But there is nobody who I would rather share them with than my 
fabulous Karl.

We are busy cleaning out cupboards ready for the next chapter in our life together 
Enjoy your afternoon 

Take care 
Much love and hugs 
Jo. xxx

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Under the sea.

Good afternoon all, I do hope you are keeping well 
and managing to stay cool. 
Although I must admit it is cloudy here today...
Yesterday it was our regular Hazel Grove workshops. 
We did some distressing with inks and some splatting...

We used Stamps from Lavinia Stamps, 
I do love this handsome chap..
I used Distress Oxide ink for my background as I do love the way that they blend. 
I also used a silver gel pen and it gave him such a lovely almost ‘wet “ look.
Now it wasn’t easy to photograph...
So here is my attempt 

Hope you get the idea. 

We also used the resist technique with white embossing powder. 

The feather stamp is just brilliant to add a hint of colour 
Now, I know us Crafters love a bargain so I have some special offers for you...
Over at Craft Stash..
Specially from my blog...

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And finally before I go....
Elliot had his first proper hair cut the other day...
I don’t think he enjoyed it...

But he was ok afterwards...

My goodness he looks more like Adam every day..
Must go and tidy a few more cupboards...
Take care all

Much love and hugs 
Jo. xxx


Monday, 23 July 2018

Cumbria Crafters

Good afternoon everyone...
How quick did that weekend go???
I can’t believe it is Monday already.
I had a lovely time on Friday with my parents and I did collect some eggs..
So Mary and Hazel Grove crew I will bring some on Wednesday 
Saturday was our Cumbria workshop and even though we had some regular Crafters on holiday 
We still managed to fill the hall.

We did have a bit of a giggle too...

Look at these gorgeous cards...

Our main project was a fabulous MDF Box from Kay at IndigoBlu 

We did use some black gesso 

Some ladies got it on their hands 

Some ladies got it in their hair, 

One lady (mentioning no names ) got it on her shoe .

And some even got it on their box !!!! lol. 

We had fabulous cup cakes thanks to Angie 
It was another great day with such special friends 
And the sun shone for the drive home too...
Yesterday we started to box up some of my craft stuff...
Oh my goodness...
I have so much stash...I am sure you all know what that is like...
I am going to need a removal van just for my craft stuff.
No date yet....
But we are trying to be organised...
Before I go...
A photo to share with you...
Just love this one...

Take care all.
Have a wonderful week...

Much love and hugs 
Jo. xxx

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Tag for July

Good morning everyone, 
How has your week started ? 
Ok. I hope 
Yesterday I managed to get my tag made for the July tag swap 

As always , I had great fun making it...

I had no idea where I was going with it, 
So I just started by blending  some  ink...

This is a great way to get you ‘ in the crafty mood ‘ 

Next , I added some depth in the background 

And then stamped this fabulous bee from IndigoBlu 

I wanted to add more detail in the background, so out came the bubbles stamp 
Yes, I am loving this,,,
The way it is evolving 

Love this stamp too..

Next I edged the tag with some black Distress ink 
This really does frame it..

I did have to add some splats...

Some words, bakers twine...and glossy Accents...
Here is a closer look 

I hope you like it...
Yesterday we also had a visit from the purchasers of our house. They wanted to 
bring their parents to have a look. 
Karl was in Scotland so I walked the dogs...
It was such a lovely day...we were out for nearly 2 hours. 
I certainly got my steps in...

I also got a shock when Tess went to join Eric in the river...
Just before I go...
I wanted to share an early morning photo with you..
The little man on his first Birthday..
Still in his pj’s


I am off now to get on with a magazine commission..
I must get my Christmas head on...

Take care all
Much love and hugs 
Jo. xxx