Thursday, 13 August 2020

Thursday catch up

Good afternoon , 
and thanks for popping in today ,
I do hope you are keeping well and enjoying this lovely weather. 
It is such a shame that it is so hot though. 
We have had some terrible thunder storms the last two nights, oh dear , not 
much sleep here.

Today I have a little step by step for you 
This uses a lovely little stamp set by Tracy Evans...

And here is how I created it 

I just added some ink with Billy Brayer, followed by some circles of ink using a stencil 

I stamped the cutlery, twice, once on the design and once on extra card. 

These I painted with a mixture of ink and Mica Minerals 

I decoupaged the cutlery, added a sentiment and a couple of little hearts. 

Just such a fun card to make, would make a great invitation for dinner guests, 
You know, 
For when we can have friends round for dinner again. 

Such strange times. 

So on that note, 
Take care 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Monday, 10 August 2020

Using the extra print

Good morning all, 
Thanks for popping in today, 
I do hope that your Monday has started well.

It was a busy weekend with our online workshop on Saturday. 
It was great fun, and the ladies have made the most fabulous projects, 
I am so proud of them all. 
I have seen that some crafters are starting up physical workshops again, 
I am afraid that I won’t be doing that this year. 
I have looked at the government guidelines, and read the literature from my insurance company,,
and I really don’t know how they can run some. 
The physical distancing, the sanitising of the room before the class, 
Drink stations, no sharing of equipment, 
Sanitising the toilets after each use, 
No cash, 
And that is all before the face coverings and track and trace...
The health and well-being of you fabulous friends and crafters is my main concern.
So I’m afraid we will just have to ride it out until next year. 
I hope you understand 

Today I am sharing a design with you that uses up the clean up from my stencil from 
Fridays card. 

I have made a little you tube video for you 

It is nice to be able to show you how to use these clean up pieces, 
As often we just say we will use them later , 
But never show you how. 

I also have a little fun piece too, 
This one is called 
Time to feed the fish 

That’s it for me, 
Take care everyone, 
It is time to go and make more samples , before coffee in the garden 

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

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