Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Winter Magic

Good evening everyone, 
I do hope that you have had a good day. 

I am just popping in to share another little catch up video with you. 

Today we have some 
Winter Magic 

You can find the video here 

I hope you enjoy it 

Take care all 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday, 6 December 2021

Monday again

Good afternoon everyone. 
I hope you had a lovely weekend and that your new week has started well.
Today I wanted to share one of my recent Aall & Create samples with you. 

As you know I adore to make this type of sample, 
Creating an illusion of 3D. 

I started by simply stamping the main background and then using stencil #109. Superbly Square.

I blended some ink through the aperture.

Next I added some shading. 
This is my favourite part. 
I added some posca splatters and some washi tape. 
Here is a closer look 

I am off now to catch up with my long list of jobs to do this week.
I think I may just make a brew first…and maybe get a cheeky biscuit to help. 

Enjoy your afternoon all. 
Much love and hugs 

Jo xxxx

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Winters Dream

Good morning everyone, 
thanks for popping in. 
Welcome to December…and to a new Lavinia Challenge. 

Our new theme is 
Winters Dream 

I hope you like my inspiration…
The recent weather was my inspiration for this card. 

I started off with some stamping , first the feather 
and then the lodges. 
I still love this feather as a Christmas tree, don’t you ? 

Next I added some colour to create some scenery. 

Followed by some colour to the lodges. 

I wonder what the little hares are saying to each other, or are they singing carols ? 

I added some more stamping to frame my design 

And then added those finishing touches of chalk pastel pencils and mica minerals. 

Finally some liquid pearls and then a matching insert, 

Plus envelope 

The frosty look from the mica minerals really is fabulous 

I do hope you will have a creative time and enter the challenge. 
The winner will win a £40 voucher to spend at Lavinia, and is chosen at random..
You can find all the information on the website. 

Take care everyone. 
I’m off for my Covid booster today…
It had to be postponed after my second bout of Covid 
So wish me luck…

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Christmas Temple

Hi again, 
Hope your day is going well. 
I am just popping in with another 
Christmas card design for you. 

This is the Forest Temple At Christmas. 
I have a little video , just in case you fancy joining me. 

You can find the video here 

I hope you have a lovely evening 

Please take care 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Santas sack

Good morning everyone, 
Thanks so much for joining me. 
I hope today finds you well. 
It is a bit warmer here today in Cheshire and most of our snow has gone, although there is still so much all around us. 
I have a busy day today as yesterday I struggled with a tummy bug.
I don’t know at the minute , it seemed one thing after another. 
Hey ho, but I know it could be worse, so I’m not complaining. 

Today I have a recent Aall & Create sample to share with you. 

I had such fun creating this tag and it was my lovely friend Lisa who suggested making the sacks into Christmas ones. 
So thanks matey. 

I used a tag cut from Kraft card, stamped the border , and then just roughly stamped the sacks, (I only needed the outline ) 
I stamped the sacks on separate card , added some colour and cut them out. 
Some twine and Christmas bells, just added that extra detail.

I had to add some fir cones and some white posca splats .

Here is a closer look 

I do think these little finishing touches make all the difference. 

Take care everyone.
Have a lovely day 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Friday, 26 November 2021

Friday with Feathered Friends.

Good morning everyone. 
Thanks so much for popping in today. 
As always it is so lovely to have your company. 

I have another busy day today, and I must admit I am getting a bit nervous .
You see I have the first of my online workshop tomorrow .
You may ask…First??? 
Oh yes this is the first time for a different time zone…
So Canada , be prepared.
I just hope my time calculations is correct and we all meet up at the same time..
Wish me luck. 

Today I have another little you tube catch up video to share with you. 

When I asked Bipasha BK for a Cockerel with attitude, this is exactly the sort of design that I was hoping for. 
Thanks so much Bipasha. 

Here is a closer look 

You can find the video 

Have a lovely weekend all. 

Keep well
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Thursday, 25 November 2021

Thoughtful Thursday.

Good morning everyone. 
I hope today finds you well.
I am feeling so much better, but boy has it left me with tiredness and nausea.
You know I can’t believe just how unwell I was for the second time, and after both jabs too.
I also find when walking Eric my chest gets tight and oh these cold morning are a nightmare too.
I have to say though if it wasn’t for such wonderful family and friends I really would have given up 
with all my crafting and just walked away. 
I felt so lonely, and just not part of the crafty family.
The reason I am telling you this , is not for sympathy but so that you realise how important friends are.
After my first  dose it took my confidence, so much so, I even stopped visiting my family, and friends, making all sorts of excuses. 
So if you have a family member or friend who gets the dreaded virus, please don’t treat it lightly, please be there for them , and 
just let them know that they are loved. 
Often the smallest kind act can make the biggest difference. 

Together we can get through, and like a phoenix we will rise up. 

Today I have a recent Aall and Create sample to share with you. 
Now when we had to create these samples I was still feeling very unwell, but I didn’t want to let anyone down. 
So I went with techniques that I love and colours that I often use. 
I found that this way I didn’t have to think and stress too much. 
I hope that makes sense. 

You can see my favourite colours. 

I started by adding some low tack tape, and then blending some ink. 
This is an old technique but I have been using it a lot over the past few months, I do love to revive techniques and change them up a bit. 
Normally I would add the tape across the card and add a sentiment. 
So this time I thought we could go down the card and then add some ribbon, or twine. 

I stamped this fabulous new stamp from Tracy Evans and added clear embossing powder. 

I stamped it again, and added colour to the butterfly. 

Next I added some water splats , and then removed the tape. 
I love the clean lines and how the white card pops. 

Next I added some twine. 
Some matting and layering. 

Followed by the decoupaged butterfly and some white posca splats. 

Here is a closer look 

Such warm colours. 
I could have done with some warmth this morning. 
I took this when Eric and I went for our morning walk..

It is a good job that the sheep have got their woolly jumpers on. 

Thanks so much for popping in today..
Time for a cup of coffee now…
Oh yes a cheeky brew in my new mug 

Take care all

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx