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Tuesday, 9 August 2022

The Snow Shrub Bird.

Afternoon everyone, 
thanks so much for popping in. 
Thanks also to our new follower, it is so good to have you join us here. 
Wow, it is hot in Cheshire today. 
I made sure that I walked Eric before 7am this morning before it got too warm, and I will 
be leaving it late to take him out again. 
Luckily we have some cool places in the garden where he can sit, although he does like to lie in the sun.
He lies on his back and stretches his legs out.
He is so funny, but don’t worry I do keep my eye on him, and make him go inside after a while. 

As it is Tuesday , 
It is time for our crafty crafty catch up .
Today we are going to create
The Snow Shrub Bird. 



Here is a closer look 




You can find the video here. 


Thanks so much for joining me.

Much love and hugs 
Jo xx

Monday, 8 August 2022

Monday Mindfulness with The Night Owl

Hi everyone, I do hope you are keeping well 
and that you had a lovely weekend. 

It has been a beautiful day here in Cheshire .
Eric had a appointment at the vets this morning and we had a lovely walk there and back. 

I have spent the rest of the day catching up with deadlines…it is another busy week. 
I am planning lots of classes and they all take a lot of organising. 
So watch this space. 

Today we have our Monday Mindfulness video. 




So I do hope you can make a brew , grab a cheeky biscuit and pop along and join me 
Here 


I look forwards to spending some quality time with you. 





Take care all 
Hugs 
Jo xx 

Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Dandelions In A Brusho Mist.

Good afternoon all, and thanks for popping in today. 
We have a new follower, 
Welcome, 
Pull up a chair. 
I always get so excited when we have a new member to our family on here. 

As it is Tuesday it is time for a Crafty Catch up video.
Today we are going to be using Brusho powders. 
Such a fun technique. 






You can find the video here 


I do hope you enjoy it. 

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx


Monday, 1 August 2022

Mindful Mondays Begin.

Hi everyone, and thanks for popping in again today. 

I have a new project to share with you. 
For the next few months we will be sharing 
Mindful Mondays together. 
You see the last few months have really made me think about, life, love and so many different things. 
After the loss of my beloved Dad, life will just never be the same. 
I am so lucky to have such wonderful friends, family and husband. 

Recently so many of my friends have suffered losses too, and so many of you are fighting your own health battles. 
So it got me thinking. 
Let us spend some quality time together, 

Now you can join in, just watch, or grab a brew and join me. 
The choice is totally up to you. 





Let us just relax, take time out and spend some quality time together. 


You can find the first video here 


I really hope you enjoy it and join me on this part of our journey.

Much love and hugs 
Mum, a special hug for you too.
You are doing so well, you are an amazing lady 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Fairy Party

Good morning everyone, 
and welcome to August 2022.

A new month means a new Lavinia Challenge. 
Our new theme is 
Fairy Party.

Here is my inspiration.





I had such fun creating this design 





I started with some stamping and an idea of using the dandelion stamp to make a disco ball.





I added some ink 





And some magical orbs or bubbles 
Maybe the fairies are having a bubble party 





I wanted to create a dramatic frame, so I used the Graphite Element ink pad followed by some gilding flakes. 





Red liner tape is a great way to add a gilded frame to any design 





I hope you join in with our challenge and remember the winner is chosen at random and will get £40 to spend on Lavinia stamps 
Good luck and enjoy 

I have a magazine commission to make today…5 different card designs..
So I had better get started 
Hopefully I can have my coffee in the garden later. 

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Friday, 29 July 2022

New Heart Sticker Stencil

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today. 
It is a very grey and wet morning here in Cheshire. 

So I decided to have an inky session in my craft room. 
I wanted to have a play with these new 
Lavinia Sticker Stencils. 



As you can see I have had so much fun, 
You know how I love to create a 3D illusion on a flat piece of card .



I started with multifarious card, the heart sticker stencil and 2 Elements inks pads. 
Confetti for my main image and Graphite to add the shade, 



I slowly and carefully worked my way around the design, using both the inner and outer parts of the stencil. 



The new size 3 stencil brush was great for this. 

I didn’t know if the effect would work. 

I just carried on inking my way around the design. 




Hey presto, this is what I had. 

I added some extra depth and pattern with the Replenish stencil. 




Some splats, a round sticker and a couple of sentiment stickers and the design was almost finished. 
A few white highlights and charcoal shadows and  I love the result. 

Here is a closer look 



There are 4 sticker stencils in the pack, the heart, a leaf and 2 birds. 
I hope you have as much fun with them as I am having. 

Have a fabulous weekend. 
It is our 34th Wedding Anniversary tomorrow, 
Bless Karl, he has put up with me for all these years…
We have a lovely day planned and a meal out booked. 

Take care everyone

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Lavinia bookmarks for friends.

Hi everyone, 
Happy Tuesday.
I do hope today finds you well.

I have been on grandma duties today, so I have definitely got some steps in.



A while ago I shared some bookmarks with you and since then I have been asked if I would make a video on them. 






So I have and it is here , 


 
They make such special little gifts. 
I do hope you like them. 

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx