Friday, 7 August 2020

Play time

Good morning all, 
Hope Friday finds you well. 
It is cloudy here, but oh , it is so warm...
I have been and watered my tubs and hanging baskets already, 

Yesterday I had a bit of a play with one of the new Lavinia stencils, 
some inks and my gel press. 

It was great fun. 

I created a little YouTube video, 
So if you fancy seeing how I made this..
You can find it here 


I have a busy day today, 
I must make some space on my desk ready for tomorrow’s online 
I may just brush everything onto the floor...!!!
Oh , yes, it is that bad..

Have a lovely weekend all, 

Take care 
Love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Some stampboard Love

Good afternoon all, 
Hope your Thursday is going well. 
We had a power cut last night, half way through drying my hair...oh such fun..
So I have spent all day catching up with emails etc...
It is amazing how much I can miss in just one night, 

Today I am sharing another Aall & Create sample with you . 
For this one I have used some stampboard...
I do love using this. 

I began by creating my shape out of the stampboard shapes and 
adding some inky background 

Next the background stamping 

Followed by the main image 

I added some extra colour with my Posca pens. 

I added a sentiment, some white splats and finally I sealed it with a spray varnish...

I just love creating something just a bit different. 

I hope you like it. 
I’m off now to go and meet Karl from the train station.
He has been in London today...

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxxx

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Time for tea

Good afternoon all, 
Hope your Wednesday is going well, and yes I had to think what day it was, before writing it. 
That is just the way of the world at the moment. 
Today I have another sample to share with you...
Now, you know I adore doing pyrography, 

So I just couldn’t resist adding this fabulous image to a bread board.
Perfect for the kitchen..

Anyone for tea ????
And cake, obviously...

Must dash, we have Mikey visiting for a couple of hours.
The sun is actually shinning now, so time to walk Eric...

Enjoy your afternoon all, 
Take care 

Love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Best Wishes

Hi everyone, thanks for popping in. 
A big thank you to Sylvia for emailing me some photos , 
Fabulous cards , I am so proud of you,,,,hugs xx

I have just walked to the Post Office to deliver the Tuesday cake treat for the lovely staff. 
I also posted some samples off to HOCHANDA. 
My lovely boss man Abs asked us on Saturday if we could make samples and get them to the tv for shows tomorrow and 
Good job as DT members that we can work under pressure.
Mind you I was on Grandma duties on Friday and Saturday .

So today I thought I would share one of my samples with you. 
The ODS features stamps by lovely Tracy Evans. 

I have gone for a fresh, theme with this one. 
Lots of detail and layers, but still keeping white space and giving the eye somewhere to rest.

I started off by masking off the border, and then adding some yellow oxide ink. 

Next , I added some stencilling, 
Keeping it all quite light though, 
Remember this is just part of the background. 

Next , I introduced some orange ink. 
I do love creating pieces like this. 

Now for the main image 

Just a few finishing off tricks, and then I decoupaged the petals.

A lovely design to send to a friend. 

I had to just add the pen, and some glossy accents...
We all have our tell tale signs in crafting don’t we !!!!

It is a very grey day here today, quite miserable really. 
A day for hot soup  , 
Yes, hot soup for lunch today .

Thanks for popping in all 
Take care 

Love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Saturday, 1 August 2020

Orange and Lemon

Good afternoon everyone, 
Thanks for popping in, 
I have had a busy few days, it was our Wedding Anniversary on Thursday 
32 years, so Karl and me had some quality time together. 
Yesterday we had Elliot and Jenson for a sleep over, 
We have just taken them home...
So we are shattered now. 
This is the crafting that Elliot got up too this morning. 

Carving  a dinosaur egg to find the fossils inside. 
He loved doing it. 

Today is the first of August, 
So it means a new Lavinia Challenge. 
This months challenge  is 
Orange and Lemon
A lovely combination

This is my inspiration, I hope you like it. 

I started with some yellow ink on my card , I used Billy Brayer to add it. 
I then added some orange ink through my stencil, followed by a little brown ink. 

Next I added some stamping, 

And some charcoal pencil. 

When I cleaned my stencil I got a lovely print 

So I decided to stamp this one up too, 
A sort of make one, get an extra one free...

This is what I came up with. 

I hope you will enter the challenge as the winner is drawn at random and wins 
£40 Lavinia voucher. 

I am off now for a well earned coffee 
Take care everyone 

See you next week 
Love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

One for the boys

Hi again, 
Thanks for popping in today. 
It has finally stopped raining here, hope it has for you too, 
Today I am sharing a fun card with you.

This one uses stamps by Janet Klein and is quite quick to create, 

I began by creating a background scene. 


Then I added some stamping 
 I also did some extra stamping , so that I could add colour , cut out and decoupage these figures. 
I also added some extra doodling with a black fine liner pen. 
I do love to do this 

Such a fun scene, 

I added the cowboy and the sentiment, then the rope, 
I thought it tied the whole thing together. 
I do think that it is these little touches that make a design special.

Such a great card for a boy, 
I would have to add a dinosaur 🦕 if it was for Elliot. 
He is just obsessed with them at the minute. 

That’s all from me today. 
Time to feed and walk Eric. 

Take care all
Love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Recycling a custard tin

Good afternoon all, 
Hope you are keeping well. 
After a very wet start to the day, the sun has finally popped his head out here. 
Today I have been doing some recycling .
I blame my friend Tracy, 
she has so much to answer for.,.lol 

This is a the same background as yesterday’s piece, but I have used it over a recycled custard tin

This is such a lovely and useful thing to do...
And it makes a great gift too,.

I have made a little you tube video , 
You can find it here 

My tin is sat on my desk, now I just need to tidy the rest of my desk up, 

Thanks for popping in , 
Take care 
Love and hugs 
Jo xxx