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

Friday, 13 July 2018

Green and Pink .

Good morning everyone, 
Hope this Friday morning finds you well. 
We have rain, and how wonderful it is, it rained all night .
This morning it has been wonderful walking the dogs, the grass looks 
green, the air is moist and the smell...oh it is so fresh...perfect 
A magical way to start the day....
Onto something crafty,
Today it is the start of a new Fussy and Fancy Challenge 
Our theme is 
Green and Pink .
Here is what I created 

I used the wonderful Jeans Flowers stamp set from Hobby Art 

I started by creating the background....
This is the same technique that I used on the poppy card a few weeks ago...(Donna you asked how to create it )

I used a piece of stencil card, and brushed some light green ink over.
Start from the middle of the card and brush outwards...
We aim to keep some white space 

I repeated with a darker green ink 

I stamped the main, floral image 

And then added some background stamping
Using first and second generation .

Next , I added the sentiment and a black sharpie edge. 

On separate card I stamped  the floral stamp and a couple of butterflies. 
I added some colour using my Spectrum Noir pencils and then cut the images out. 

I always assemble my card before adding any embellishments or decoupage...
It is one thing I have noticed at workshops is that ladies add all the layers, glitter etc then have to turn over 
to add glue and attach it to the card blank 
It is far easier , and gives a more professional finish to build up the layers at the end. 

Here is a closer look 

And from the side 

A small Bakers twine bow just finishes off the design 

If you fancy joining in, or just checking out the dt samples 
Just pop over to the Fussy and Fancy 

Have a lovely weekend all, 
Much love and hugs 
Jo. xxx

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Workshop Wednesday

Good morning all, 
Hope your week is going well.
It was our workshops in Hazel Grove yesterday and it was so good to be back with the ladies.

We used a lovely sketchy floral stamp set from Hobby Art

Our first card used lots of ink and colouring...
Always good to keep the Crafters quiet 

Then we did some inking direct on the stamp, some spritzing and then then stamping 

This gives such a lovely result..

Just remember , not too much water 

Now there is a lovely little flourish on this stamp set.
Perfect for....
Dare I say 
A wreath card..(well it has been a while since we have had one ) 

Also great for envelopes...(remember to use a permanent ink pad ) 

When I got home Mikey and Fran had arrived, they are here for a weeks holiday..
I am so looking forwards to spending time with them 
One more photo it share before I go..

Fingers crossed it all proceeds well..
I am eating far too much cake with all the stress...

Have a lovely weekend all. 
It is Elliot’s first Birthday on Sunday.
Can’t believe where the last twelve months have gone..

Catch up soon
Much love and hugs 
Jo. xxx

Monday, 9 July 2018

Monday Morning

Good morning , 
Wow , I can’t believe it is Monday again..
We are now home, and have been catching up on things..
You know what it is like, washing, ironing,  the post...
And collecting the dogs.
Now that was a laugh...
Off we went at 8am to collect the dogs, The girls went to the kennels to get our babies. 
I took Eric with his toy  to the car, karl followed with Tess.
All I could hear was
Oh Tess has put a bit of weight on, 
And she seems a bit darker in colour down her back..
Then as she jumped into the car.

Oh and now she is a boy!!!!!

So we got the dogs out of the car , went back inside   And yes 
What were the chances that another couple had a young black lab and an older yellow lab...
Only difference was the sex of the dogs..
We did get our Tess and Eric 

But it would happen to us...!!!!

Whilst in France we stayed in a few Chateau campsite...

And this one was just fabulous. 

And we went inside,,,

I did fall in love with their wallpapers 

And their attention to detail in the gardens, 

So beautiful. 

On our drive around  we did visit La Mans,,,
Now that was another experience..
Driving down the race track..

At one point I was so worried that Karl had taken a wrong turning..
No cars in front of us 
No cars behind us..

After laughing , he did tell me it was part of the 24 hour race track...!!!!

Look at theses houses that we found when we went for a walk. 

So charming..

Speaking of houses , we have had the survey done on ours , 
So that is another job ticked off the list..
Lots of cupboards to clean out this week. 

So a fond farewell to France. 

And back home,,,
Until next year.

It is our Hazel Grove workshops this Wednesday so I had better get on with prep..
And then England play in the evening..

Come on England 

Take care all
Much love and hugs
Jo. xxx

Monday, 2 July 2018

Catch up from France

Good morning all, 
Hope you are all keeping well. 
I have been keeping an eye on you all from France, 
So , after much deliberation, Karl and I decided to keep our holiday and come over 
here and have some rest and relaxation, 
Well look what happens, 
Barbara and Dave got married, Congratulations both 
Jenny Mayers becomes a grandma again, Congratulations to all, 
and we got two offers on our house....
So it has been frantic phone calls and emails to set plans in motion.
I can’t tell you how happy we are to accept a cash offer and once again have a deposit on our dream house 
It is all go...even on holiday 
We drove down to the Dordogne and stayed at a fabulous camp site ..Soleil Plage

It is set in the most fantastic scenery 

We went on so many walks 

One day we spotted this Chateau, 
So the following morning we went to find it..

And it was so beautiful, 

Even had its own resident cat 
I have certainly been getting my steps in...
We met the most wonderful group of ladies , 

Look , here is Pat , all ready for the France football match 
Oh what a character ,
These ladies would fit in so well at our craft groups , what a laugh we had 

It is one of the things that we love about camping, meeting such great people 

Our next stop was at a Chateau near Boussac-Bourg 
This was our view from the van 

More walks 

Just beautiful, 
I hope you are keeping cool , as I believe the weather is very hot at home,,
We have rain here today..
Not that I keeps the air fresh and the plants green 
So for now,,,
Cheers . 

Take care 
Much love and hugs 
Jo. xxx