Friday, 9 December 2016


Good evening all, and thanks for joining me this Friday evening...I do hope that your week has gone well.

I can't believe how quickly the days have gone...and I still haven't started on my Christmas cards!!!!

I have however been using the wonderful Jayne Nestorenko Poinsettia stamps with my pyrography machine...all these boxes need now is some Christmas cheer inside!!!

I have been making some little tree decorations too, they just need finishing off,

I stamped on these great little bits of wood from Creativ

Then burnt the design

Both sides

Followed by some colour, all they need now is some sparkle , a little hole ( thanks Karl and his drill ) and some ribbon..I do think these would fit in well at the Christmas markets.

This is Adam and Danielle last week at the markets in Germany,

And here is Mikey and Fran at our own Christmas markets in Manchester.

I must find time to go and have a few hours wandering around with Karl....but you won't be seeing that photo....,( as I value my camera!!!)

I hope you have a lovely weekend planned , it is workshops for me tomorrow and then our Paul Church is on Hochanda on Sunday...

Here is a sneaky little look at one of my samples...shhhhh

Fi, I think you may just Need this new plate....

On that note , I am off to finish sorting out my bags...take care all,

Have a wonderful weekend,,,

Love and hugs..

Jo. xxxx


Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Pure Jayne Nestorenko

Good afternoon all, and thanks for joining me today and yah we have another new you know how excited I get with we have another member to our happy little gang...

It has been another busy time here but I am happy to report that all projects are safely at the publishers, samples in the post for Paul's tv shows next Sunday plus the tree and decorations are all up.

Plus I have just spent a wonderful couple of hours in Manchester with Mikey, it is so good to see him so happy and looking so well. We were joined by Fran his girlfriend and her Mum,,,,,such a special time....

With such special people...

Speaking of special people did you see Barbara on Hochanda on Sunday and Monday? And did you hear the phone call from Jayne Nestorenko? Such a lovely, talented lady and what wonderful designs she has given us to work with .

When I saw the stamps I knew straight away what I wanted to create ....and that was a nostalgic scene, the sort that makes you all warm inside....

This is what I came up with and I really hope that Jayne approves....

I used craft card and stamped in Brown Archival ink...potting soil.

I stamped the children first and made a little mask for the little girls head. Next I stamped the scene, and as it is such a large stamp my Misi came in very useful .

Then onto some colour, I used my Spectrum Noir pencils...

Followed by some Picket Fence Distress ink , it makes great snow on Kraft card...I put some on my mat and painted it onto my design

And a little bit more , I just blended and built it up slowly

There. That's looking better..

A little sparkle with a gel pen, you see I didn't want to go over the top with glitter on this one.

The snowflakes were stamped in VersaMark and then heated with white embossing powder....

Then the fun bit...Chunky white embossing powder heated from underneath....and it is only me that holds my breath whilst I am doing this ?????

As a finishing trick I just edged the children with a dark pencil to make them pop...


They really are the most gorgeous characters, and look the little girl has actually caught a snowflake...

On a separate piece of Kraft card I stamped the mittens, coloured them, cut them out and then attached them to the design with a piece of string...

Now how many of you remember having their gloves on string or ribbon threaded through their coat and down their sleeves...or is that just me,,,? Well it did stop us loosing them,,,,,, is so good how art can bring back so many different memories...

I had better get on....tea is in the oven....

Enjoy your evening and pop back soon

Love and hugs

Jo. xxx


Thursday, 1 December 2016

I love Stencils

Good evening all, thanks for popping in...

I have just got home after a fabulous day at Grosvenor House papers in Kendal.

We had a day of using stencils, you see I love stencils , and there are so many different techniques that you can do with them, from embossing, to using grunge paste, spritzing through them, using them with the Groovi plates and lots more.

We concentrated on using inks,

The sunshine stencil used with two colours of ink and a bit of a twist.

Then some ink blending through the leaf wreath stencil.

After a wonderful lunch, we made a Christmas card....well it is the first of December...

Followed by another one, well I do have to make a start on

It was great to meet a couple of new ladies and I am looking forward to seeing you all agin next year...the dates are out for the first six months of 2017 ...just book in with Jane at Grosvenor..

I am off now to catch up on some tv with Karl....I have a magazine commission to finish tomorrow, and then I am hoping to have some family time at the weekend.

Do remember that our boss lady, Barbara is on Hochanda on Sunday and Monday.

You really don't want to miss the shows....

Take care all.

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxxx



Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Nearly December

Good evening all and thanks for popping in.

Another late blog post but it has been a busy day with workshops in Hazel Grove.

I spent yesterday finishing off my samples for Barbara's tv shows this weekend and got them in the post this morning. I have to say the new designs are just fantastic,,,believe me you will definitely Need them ..

Today we had a play with stencils and made designs by mixing and matching stencils...something that I love to do...

It is a great way to make cards that have to go in the post, Jo's Poinsettia Stencil works really well with many of the wreath stencils...and these cards are so quick to make,,.no masking needed.

We also made little gift bags

And all the sweets did go inside the bags!!!! honest....

We had homemade mince pies this morning thanks to Julie, I do seem to eat my way through workshops at the moment.... oh it is such a hard job!!! lol..

I came home unpacked my bags and I have just finished packing them again ready for our day workshop at Grosvenor House papers in Kendal tomorrow..

So just time for a hot chocolate and then off to bed....take care all

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxx


Monday, 28 November 2016

Thanks Josie and Chris

Good evening everyone, and thanks for popping in today. I do hope that your week has started well.

I have had a wonderful day , I stayed overnight with a lovely friend and was woken up with a male scratching to get into my room!!!! Don't worry Mum, he is a cat....and a cutie .....

After breakfast we headed off to a Parchment , Groovi workshop .

Run by these two wonderful and very talented ladies, Josie and Chris,

There were lots of friends there, and I met some new crafters too. It was great to put a face to a name and meet Glynis .

We were all on our best behaviour, we'll sort off!!!,

Thanks Lynne for sharing your pencils.


Look at these card designs


Now this was the one that I was aiming for..

You know, I have been trying to teach myself snipping, but it isn't easy at home on your hence the class today..

Josie was so patient with me, as I had got myself in a state about it, and had convinced myself that I couldn't do it....

As you know I love Groovi, the plates, the designs and making samples...but I have a real block with the grid work and the snipping...

Sometimes a negative comment by someone can get stuck in our you ever find that....?

Thank goodness for Josie and Chris...

Now I know I need lots more practice,,,but I am on my way...

My first bit of grid work and snipping.

I am hoping to have a little bit of time off over Christmas to get some practice in...

Hey..look ...

I have even got some

It may just take me until next Christmas to achieve this...

I had the most wonderful time and I can honestly say that anyone who wants to learn in a friendly and pleasant environment, just book one ( or two ) of these workshops...

I can't wait to go back and join in again..., look at these stunning samples made by Josie and Chris.


Thanks ladies....from the bottom of my heart....

Take care all...

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxx


Saturday, 26 November 2016

Christmas in Cumbria.

Good evening all, I am just home after a fabulous day in Lindale. It was our Clarity Cumbria Christmas party....and oh what a day it was...

We had our annual Health and safety checks...( Elf and saftety!!! Get

And I was given some new slippers. Thanks Rachel and girls...they are fab...


We did some mixed media play...and went a bit shabby chic....

Look at these

Here is a closer look





I am so proud of this wonderful group of crafters...

We also had a signed Clarity Calendar.....and a raffle...

And the winner was...

Debbie... enjoy ..

We had a yummy buffet lunch, Christmas cake , and crackers , and yes I won one of those fish...that curl up on your hand...

It was just such fun

And day just flew...

Before we knew it , it was time for home,,,

And I have to say there was a wonderful sun set tonight..

Thanks everyone...and a special thank you to my big Sis,,,I couldn't have done it without you...Love you Sheila..

I am off now to put my feet up ,I have a craft fair tomorrow and then I am driving to a friends for the we are going to a Parchment class on Monday....poor is going to be a noisy naughty table,,,

Have a lovely evening all

Love and hugs

Jo. xxx