Friday, 21 July 2017

Wet Friday

Good morning all , I really can't believe how quickly this week has gone. I do hope that it has been a good one for you all. I have just got back after walking the dogs and it is I thought we would have a 'wet blog ' today.

My design started by stamping the Water Elements stamp onto a piece of Stencil card, and then added the mask....I am so glad that Clarity make these , it saves all that cutting out.

Next came those fabulous new Distress Oxide inks....oh yes....and some smoothing , colour at a time and I heated the card with my heat tool inbetween .

The background builds up so quickly.

These inks are great to watercolour paint with too. So I removed the mask and added some colour.

Next , I needed some more detail so I added some bubbles using the oxide ink through Jo's bubbles stencil

And after some matting and layering I just had to add some Glossy Accents...with the Perga Glitter sprinkled over the top...

This gives a great look.

Shimmery water...

I do hope you like my design, I had great fun making it.

Tomorrow it is inky and Groovi workshops at CJ's in Stockport and I am really looking forward to it.

Before I go I need to remind you that our Rosie is on Hochanda this Saturday and Sunday with some new fairy stamps and plates...

And please excuse this over excitable Grandma for just sharing a couple of photos of our little man .

He is such a fighter and doing really well, I can't wait until I can have my first cuddle. Only Adam and Danielle are allowed at the moment...

Bless him he is struggling to breath and has a shadow on his little lung, hopefully this is just an infection and will clear up soon.

Have a lovely weekend...

Much love and hugs...

Jo. xxx





Monday, 17 July 2017

Hello Elliot

Good morning everyone, hope you had a good weekend...

It was a very exciting and emotional one here. As you know Daniell was induced on Thursday , and her labour lasted until Saturday lunchtime when her consultant decided that it was time for a c section. So at 2-45pm baby Elliot Elijah Rice joined our family.

Adam was hands on at the birth, and I am so proud of the way that both Danielle and Adam have handled everything that life has thrown at them this past few months.


Elliot is only 34 weeks but a surprising 5lb 1oz, and such a little fighter..

We went for our first visit yesterday and it is so hard not being able to cuddle him, but I know there will be plenty of time for that. He is struggling at the moment with his oxygen levels, and obviously can't feed but the nursing staff are amazing and he is in good hands...( oh and the subbed is helping too.)

It is going to be a busy weeks, I have workshops in Hazel Grove, and Edgeley, dt samples to make and a magazine commission to fulfill.....oh plus Mummy and Granny duties...

Have a great week all...

Much love and hugs

From a very excited proud to be called Grandma....

Jo. xxxx


Friday, 14 July 2017

Christmas in July

Good afternoon all, and thanks for joining me today...

Thanks for all your lovely messages and text and Danielle and Adam are in the delivery suite as I type this blog post. I will keep you up to date...

Just before my holidays I had some wonderful new Christmas stamps to play with , these have been designed by the very talented and sadly misssed Jayne Nestorenko .

I just had to make a vintage style card...

I used Kraft know how I love this .

The stamps are quite large so out came my Misti.....( perfect)

First I stamped the frame using Potting soil , Archival ink.

Then I added the stamped image...I do love this little boy and his dog

The masks are so useful, and it saves all that cutting out.

I added a base coat using picket fence ink.

And then some colour. I also stamped some extra designs , added colour and cut them out.

I used Camel Safari ink to add shade around the edge and also for the background stamping. It just helps to create the vintage look.

Then to highlight the snow , I used some more picket fence ink, this time onto my mat and used as a watercolour paint.

Then time for some the form of chunky white embossing powder . Do remember to heat from underneath with this .

Finally some matting and layering , and those embellishments.

Oh bless, how cute is that dog.....

I just adore this image so much .

Right , I had better get on, what a long list of jobs I have to get through...although I must admit , I am having trouble concentrating today...

Have a lovely weekend....

Much love and hugs.

Jo. xxx


Thursday, 13 July 2017

Back to normal.

Good morning all, and thanks for popping in. We are home, unpacked , dogs collected and now trying to catch up with everything.

We have had a wonderful two weeks and it was good to spend time together, relax, read and just sit back and take stock of everything. You see sometimes life just goes at such a pace,,,,you know what I a family it has been such a mad, busy six months...

We started off by driving down to the ferry, catching a few sights on the way

And yes it was raining....a theme which stayed with us for most of our holiday...not that we let it get in the way...

Our first stop was in the Vendee at a campsite where we used to take the boys before Mikey was too ill and we had to stop having you know that is nine years ago....I can tell you it was a very emotional visit.

Next we drove down to the Dordogne and had a couple of nights at a lovely Adult only site, owned and run by a lovely English couple.

I won't bore you with lots of photos, just a few key ones...

Next and up to Burgundy , to a chateaux favourite of the holiday...

And we actually had a couple of days of sun

Look this was our pitch

The night before we left we had fireworks and a terrific thunderstorm and then onto Calais to catch our ferry home

We kept in touch with Adam and Danielle every day, ready to come home early if needed, but the little man has been good and fact today is the day that they go into hospital to have him induced . The hospital have been so good and prepared them for what will happen and taken them round the special care baby unit. So please think of them today and send lots of good wishes , i will keep you posted.

Must get on,

Lots of love and hugs

Jo. xxx


Friday, 7 July 2017


Good morning all, and welcome to another scheduled post... I am keeping everything crossed that is post manages to reach you .... Although Karl and I are having a lovely holiday in France the lack of internet and phone signal really are a bit of a pain...

Especially as poor Danielle is in and out of hospital, the little man is so eager to make an appearance, he is 33weeks now and I am worried that he will arrive without his grandma to help....I have messaged her and told her to tell him to wait until next week.....

We have found the most gorgeous items of clothing for him,,,,oh they are so cute...and very French....

Anyway... onto today's Fussy and Fancy Challenge

Our new theme is


And here is what I came up with... I do hope that you like it ..

I used the large chrysanthemum stamp that Barbara and Dee launched at the Clarity open days in Kent...oh it is fabulous.

I started by stamping in VersaMark ink , adding white embossing powder and heat setting

Then using my artistry ink pads I started to blend the colours, working from the centre , outwards .

I started with Fine Wine,,,well we are at a chateau campsite in Burgundy

And added Blaze, Orange Popsicle, and Golden Tumeric

Then I used the Happy Birthday stamps from the sentiment words set , some water spritzing and my favourite Tim Holtz butterfly die.

Some matting and layering and a few dots of liquid glass... Ido love to add detail using this product

Plus a tiny heart embellishment,

It is these little details that really help to complete a design .

Do go and have a look at the inspiration from the rest of the dt, and if possible enter a design could be Birthday, wedding, exam results. Well any form of celebration.

I had better go now , time for a walk....whilst the sun shines, only we have rain forecast again for a few days...

Hope all you workshop ladies ( and gent ) are all being good whilst I am out of the

Take care all...

Au Revoir

Jo. xxx


Wednesday, 5 July 2017

A great day for gardening

Good afternoon all , thanks for joining me with this scheduled post. We have had so much rain this week and everything in the garden is growing at such a rate , that I just can't keep up.

So I thought it apt to share a card made with the fabulous gardening set from Clarity.

I started with a piece of background card that I had made using the distress Oxide inks....oh have you seen the new colours???? Mmmmm

I do find it useful to have a few off these ready

I stamped the tag stamps and the garden folk . ( I used a piece of copier paper to mask the soil area )

And then I added some ink to build up my scene


I punched some mini moon masks...Have you seen that you can buy blank sheets of the masks? These are really useful.

Some more stamping

I stamped some of Tina's flowers and leaves onto the background paper, cut them out and then added them to my tags. I do use these stamps so much. Oh and that favourites Posca white marker of mine.

I then added some stamping to a Kraft card blank

I let the design flow onto the back. I do like to add some decorative detail to the back of cards

And finally added the tag, plus a pair of gardening gloves .

Speaking of which , I bought Adam a pair the other day as after his first day of gardening in his new house his hands were full of blisters...bless is all a learning curve. Danielle and him are going to learn so much in the next twelve months.

I hope you have a lovely weekend planned, take care all...thank you so much for popping in and supporting means a lot.

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxx