Thursday, 15 April 2021

Tea light holders.

Good morning all, 
Hope you are well today. 
Another frosty start today, so another cold dog walk with Eric. 
I am hoping that the sun will appear later and that it will be a dry, sunny day. 
I am hoping to get all my jobs ticked off the list so that I can go and do a little gardening this afternoon. 

Today I have something a bit different to share with you. 
A way of recycling your glass jars. 

I love creating these beautiful tea light holders.
You can use battery operated ones, or solar lights, so many possibilities.

I have made a little you tube video showing you some ideas. 

You can find it here 

We have so many stamps that are just perfect for these. 

I hope you have fun.

Take care all 
Jo xxx


Wednesday, 14 April 2021

Hexagons & Buds

Good morning all, 
I hope you are keeping well. 
We have woken up to a very foggy day here in Cheshire. 
What is the weather like for you today ? 
It is quite cold too, 
We definitely needed lots of layers when walking Eric first thing. 

Today I have another recent sample for you. 

This uses a fabulous new Aall & Create stencil .
#128-Hexagons & Buds by Bipasha Bk

I started by using the stencil on my gel press, I had to remember to place it upside down, so that the numbers will be the 
correct way on my final print. 
I used Colorbox ink as it has a good pigment to water ratio, great for the gel press. 

I just love the way the print has turned out...

Next I blended some ink around the edges, and added some water splatters, 
You know I just love the way this frames the design. 

I wanted to keep the print quite simple as I didn’t want to loose my stencil piece so that it just became almost 
Invisible in the background. 
So I needed a focal point, but not one that would take away the beauty of the background.

So added a little more stamping in black and some carrots , plus a little pen doodling. 

I just added a little colour to the carrots and decoupaged their bodies. 
Oh that sounds painful,,,lol.

I also decoupaged the number section, another recent obsession of mine. 

Some white posca splats to add the finishing detail. 

Here is a closer look 

I think this would make a great card for a gardener , male or female. 
Maybe include a packet of seeds too. 

Thanks for joining me again, 
I hope you enjoy the rest of your day. 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday, 12 April 2021

Diamonds are a girls best friend.

Good morning everyone, 
I hope you had a lovely weekend. 
The weather was a bit mad, wasn’t it ? 
Sun one minute and snow the next. 

We had a wonderful workshop on Saturday and we looked at designs suitable for Men’s cards. 

Today I am sharing one of my samples for today’s 
One Day Special  on The Craft Store 

It uses a couple of the new diamond stencils from 
Aall & Create, along with a cute little girl from Janet Klein. 

I started with a mop up piece of card from cleaning my stencil. 

Then I added a similar print but using a different colour ink and the smaller stencil.
I do love how they work so well together .

Next I stamped this beautiful foliage stamp from Bipasha .
Then I stamped and added some colour to our cutie . 
She is so adorable 

As usual I added colour firstly with ink and water, and then added shade and highlights with 
Chalk pastel  pencils. 
They really are becoming my go to pencils. 

A couple of the ‘ticker tape ‘ embellishments. 
Another one of my obsessions of the moment. 
It is funny how we get into these things isn’t it. ? 

Then I looked in my stash and found some moss, 
perfect cushion for my cutie 

One of the new washi tape has numbers on it and they are great just to add a little bit more interest to the design. 

Some charcoal shading and posca splats to complete the design 

I just love this type of design, it has white space, but also a beautiful focal point with so much detail. 
It is also so lovely to be able to mix and match the designs from the different designers at Aall & Create. 

I have more samples to create today. 
Although I may be a little slow. 
For some reason I kept coughing in the night and my chest is painful again. 
But hey ho. 
I will just take it slowly

I hope you have a lovely day whatever you are up too

Take care 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Tasty Tomatoes

Good morning everyone, 
and a big welcome to another new follower...
Honestly I am so thrilled to have you join our little family on here. 
Please make yourself at home. 

Today I have a little video to share with you. 
It is for a Clean And Simple design using a wonderful stamp and stencil from Aall & Create, 
A nice relaxing design with some colouring techniques. 

Here is a closer look 

A great design for all your gardening friends,.

Even better if you add a packet of seeds in the envelop too,

If you fancy joining me , 
You can find the video here 

As always, I would love to see what you create. 

Enjoy the rest of your day 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday, 5 April 2021

Along The Edge

Good afternoon everyone.
I hope you are well and that you have had a lovely 
Easter Weekend. 

We have had a couple of days off work, 
and spent some time in the garden. 
It has been such a relaxing break. 

Today I have just nipped into my craft room 
to create a little video for you. 

A Clean And Simple design with new theme. 
Along The Edge. 

If you fancy crafting along with me, 
You can find the video here 

As always I love to see what you create.

I hope we all have a good week ahead, and not too much snow. 

Take care all.

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Sunday, 4 April 2021

Blessings on Easter Sunday

Good morning all, 
I just wanted to pop in before coffee to wish you all 
A very, happy , contented and blessed Easter weekend. 

Much love and hugs 

Jo xxx

Thursday, 1 April 2021

Mushroom Magic

Good morning everyone, 
Wow it is the first of April today...
I hope April will be a positive and wonderful month for us all. 

Today we have a new Creative Challenge over on the Lavinia website. 
Our new theme is 

Mushroom Magic, 
I immediately thought of fairy circles, that is what we used to call those 
circles of mushrooms that grow in the woods, 
I had a play to see if I could recreate one. 
This is what I came up with 

Here is a tutorial , so if you fancy joining me , we could craft along together. 
Grab a brew, a snack, some stamps and ink, 
and  let’s get started 

I started by stamping my mushrooms in black Versafine ink. 

Building up the scene , I added foliage at the top and then at the base of the design.

Then I added some subtle colour, I just love tones of Pumice stone ink. 

Next I added the stencil work. 
I do love to do my stamping first and then my stencil work. 
Although a used Pumice Stone ink again , I had some brown ink on my brush, but to be honest, 
I love the colour, It is just one of those happy accidents. 

I used inktense pencils to colour the berries, and then out with my chalk-pastel pencils, to add some atmosphere. 

I do think adding the shadows really helps to bring the scene to life. 

Next , I blended more ink around the edges, I really wanted a dramatic edge to frame my scene. 

Quickie glue pen and some Eco glitter, wow. 
Look how wonderful the design is framed now, 

Finally some glossy accents on the berries. 

Here is a closer look at the design 

A real magical piece of art, 
I hope you enjoy crafting along with me. 

Don’t forget the winner of the Challenge gets £40 to spend at Lavinia, and the winner is chosen at random. 

I have quite a few jobs to tick off my list  today, 
Then I am going to have a couple of days with Karl.
Hopefully we can do a little gardening, and maybe just spend some time, catching up. 

I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing Easter weekend. 

Make sure you look after yourselves 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx