Thursday, 10 August 2017

Christmas in August

Good afternoon all, and thanks for joining me,,,.have you got sun today? We have a little bit it keeps clouding over...mind you i am just grateful to get the washing dry these days .

Yesterday it was our regular Hazel Grove workshops, and we had a play with some rather wonderful floral Stencils from it was an inky sort of a day..

Today I thought I would share one of my Christmas samples with you...the ones that never made it to the disappointing...especially when I spend so much time on them ...and I don't have a lot of time at the mo...but hey ho...its one of them things...just hope they don't keep disappearing or I will get a complex!!!!

This uses the new Holly outline stamp set...I just wanted to do something different with it..other than use it as an outline stamp and build a scene,,,so Wreath it had to be,,

I wanted to make my own background paper , so I used an A4 piece of Stencil card...and a favourite technique of mine...

Just dabbing ink with a blending tool.....yes...just pretend you are back a young girl with your post office set,,,

I added a different shade of green

Followed by red and orange

And finally brown...this is a great technique if you are having a bad day...

I used potting soil Archival ink to stamp the holly leaf, which I then cut out .

To make the background I use a piece of stencil card, brushed some brown ink around the edges and stamped this fab little stamp from the set

Then added the wee folk and started to assemble the Wreath..., when I was happy with my design I glued it all together. Adding some embellishments...


Plus some colour to the tree baubles and a sentiment cut into pieces.

I think this would work well as a door hanging this space as I have an idea...

Bet you know what it is...

Just before I go , a little update on Elliot and he had to go back into hospital yesterday to have more phototherapy, Danielle is staying with him and it looks like he will be in for a little longer...

Bless them , they really are having a rough time at the moment... so glad that we are here to love and support them ..

I hope the sun is shinning for you and that you can enjoy your evening

Much love and hugs

Jo, Xxx



  1. Lovely work,thank you for sharing. Hope the little man improves very soon. Sunny here today so lovely to go walking with the dogs. xx

  2. Love the card,sorry the little man is back in hospital,hope he improve very soon
    We've had sun this afternoon in Formby..

  3. This is a lovely card Jo showing originality and clever use of the Holly leaf. Great pity it missed being shown on TV.
    Do hope baby Elliot picks up soon - Danielle and Adam are certainly having a hard time. Best Wishes to them both. Xx

  4. Lovely card Jo.
    I hope Elliot is soon a lot better and back home xx

  5. Awww poor wee soul. I hope Elloitt gets stronger soon. It is such a worrying time for you all.
    Missed seeing your cards. Pity, as they are so lovely. Xxxxx

  6. Jo this is fabulous and so different I don't know why they don't show all the samples, i have seen them show the same samples a few times on the show several times. Denise xx

  7. Love this card, great design. Love the way you use the stamps in different ways. Xx