Tuesday 31 August 2021

Small Dwellings in a Hanging Garland

Good evening everyone, 
I thought I would pop back with another little video to share with you. 
It is another festive design. 
I really am getting my Christmas cards made early this year. 

I am keeping with the blue theme. 

You can find the video here. 

I do hope you enjoy it 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

A lovely gift

Good afternoon everyone, 
I do hope you have had a lovely weekend.
We had a couple of visits to the park with Elliot and Jenson  and luckily we had some sunny weather too. 
I must say though, it is so cold today. 
Definitely feeling a bit more like Autumn. 

I had a lovely surprise in the post 
Look what I received. 

Thank you so much Sheena, you made my day. 
So thoughtful of you. 

Today I am busy creating more samples for the tv. 
So I thought I would share a recent Aall & Create sample with you. 

A nice clean and simple design. 

I started with my layers of card, and as you know I like to add my sharpie line at this point. 
I then stamped  my main image in black ink. 

Next I added some stencil work, 
Across all 3 layers. 
I added colour to my image and some glossy accents to the heart. 
It really makes it pop. 

Some shadows and a little thread ribbon, 
Nothing too heavy as I didn’t want to distract from the beautiful stamped image. 
Some posca splats and the design was complete. 
Here is a closer look 

Thanks so much for popping in. 
Take care everyone 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Friday 27 August 2021

That Friday Feeling

Good afternoon everyone. 
I hope you are having a lovely day and that
you have a wonderful bank holiday weekend planned. 
I think I will be sleeping all day tomorrow, I am shattered. 
Jenson was sent home from nursery yesterday with conjunctivitis so we have been looking after him.
Wow, he has so much energy…

So I am just popping in with a quick catch up. 

This is one of my samples from the ODS currently appearing on The Craft Store. 

I had great fun creating this sample. 
Oh yes, my favourite colour ‘of the moment ‘ 

I stamped the main design plus some extra bits for embellishments. 

I love this distress glaze , it gives such a great finish, 

For anyone who hasn’t got the Prize Ribbon ink yet, 
I must say that I do think you need it. 
Some white splats and twine just finish off the design. 

Thanks so much for popping in today,

Have a wonderful weekend 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Coffee and Catch up

Good morning all, 
I hope your day has started well. 

I have another little catch up video to share with you 
So if you fancy grabbing a brew and joining me . 
Today we are going to create something a bit different, 
A wall hanging tag.
A place to hang some keys . 

This is the plaque without the keys on 

As you can see I am loving all the blue tones at the minute. 
You can find the video here 

I really hope you enjoy it. 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday 24 August 2021

Sniffles on a Tuesday

Morning everyone, 
I hope today finds you well. 
I seem to be full of a head cold, with a thumping headache, so it will be 
a slow day in my craft room. 
Karl has promised to make me a coffee though , so it’s not all bad. 

I hope you had a lovely weekend. 
We had a fabulous workshop on Saturday. 
We created 4 Christmas cards, one of which is a pop up type perfect for a gift voucher.

It was such a lovely, creative morning with friends. 
The beauty of these online classes is that they can be viewed as catch up videos. 
A couple of our crafty friends joined in during the afternoon and one lady on Sunday. 

Speaking off Sunday, We took the boys out for the morning as Adam was working 
It was a wet start to the day but the sun soon appeared.
We even found some deer. (No dinosaurs thought ! ) 

Today I have a new YouTube video to share with you 
It will be on the Lavinia YouTube channel plus my own at 5pm. 
Here is the link 

I hope you enjoy it. 

Have a lovely day, whatever you are doing. 

Take care all. 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Thursday 19 August 2021

Bay leaf Cottage

Good morning everyone, 
I do hope your Thursday has started well. 
I have already been on grandma duties, boys up dressed and safely delivered to nursery. 
Although Jenson did say
‘No nursery, grandmas house today ‘
So I may just get a phone call later…

Today is the day that the new Lavinia stamps are available on the website. 
So I have another sample to share with you. 

This one uses the largest of the new lodge stamps.
Bay leaf  Cottage. 

I started by stamping the cottage in black Versafine Clair ink and on water colour card. 

Next I used my Elements ink pads to create the sky 

Followed by some land. 

I then used my watercolour paints to add more detail. 
I do love the rich colours. 

I adore the new silhouette foliage stamps, so I added these. 
Next some highlights and shadows. 

Plus the little charms .
These little Fairy charms are such a great addition to our collection .

Here is a closer look at the cottage.

So many possibilities with these new stamps. 

Thanks for joining me, and I hope you have a lovely day. 
I must get on as I have a long list of jobs to do before 
picking the boys up at 5pm. 

Take care all 

Love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Wednesday 18 August 2021

Garden Poppy

Good morning all, 
Another wet dog walk here, 
how is the weather for you today ? 

I can’t believe it is Wednesday already, this week really seems to be flying.

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

I have used blended inks as my background and then a few of the new Lavinia stamps. 

You can find the video here 

I do hope you enjoy it. 

Here is another design using this beautiful garden Poppy stamp 

Simple stamping and some brusho powders 

Finished off with that beautiful Lavinia sentiment .

Have a lovely day, 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday 17 August 2021

Pipin and the Mistletoe

Good afternoon everyone, 
I hope your day is going well. 
It has been raining here in Holmes Chapel in Cheshire all day. 
Eric has had 2 wet dog walks so far. 

Today I have a video on the Lavinia YouTube channel. 

I have been asked for some Festive cards that aren’t the usual Christmas designs and that don’t have snow on them. 
So this is one of my designs. 
I hope you like it. 
Obviously it could be altered and used for any time of the year. 

You can find the link here 

Thanks for popping in 

Love and hugs 
Jo xxx

New release stamps

Good afternoon everyone 
I hope your day is going well. 
Firstly can we welcome a new follower and friend. 
It is so lovely to have you join us on here,,
Pull up a chair and grab a brew. 

I am just popping in to share a double spread journal page with you. 
I have used some of the new Lavinia stamps..
Soon to be released 

I had such a wonderful time creating this 

I started with some stamping 

Followed by some water colour painting 

Plus some more detailed painting 

Then more fabulous new stamps 

A stencil 

And some finishing touches 

I really enjoyed creating this. 

I do hope you like it too. 

Thanks so much for popping in 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday 16 August 2021

Live a sweet life

Good afternoon everyone, 
I hope Monday finds you well and that you had a lovely weekend. 
Our family wedding was such a wonderful occasion and Harriet looked really beautiful. 
The rain managed to stay away and it was lovely to see so many people again. 
It was vary hard though as Mikey and Fran couldn’t join us as they had tested positive for Covid. 
I am just so glad that they have both had their jabs so at least they only had mild symptoms…

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

As you know I just love creating Clean and Simple card designs. 
These fabulous Janet Klein frogs really make me smile. 

I started with a stencil background…and I used a couple of shades of green. 

Next came that sharpie edge. 

Followed by some washi tape. 

I stamped my images, added some colour and then cut them out. 
I used watercolour paints as I wanted quite a bright look to this design. 

When I had assembled the design, I couldn’t resist adding a crown. 
Janet is so good and many of the stamp sets have little accessories on them, and yes, 
Hey presto , I found a crown.

Here is a closer look 

Another fun design. 

I must say he actually reminds me of the way of couple of guests looked at breakfast yesterday, 
Not me, I must add.

Thanks so much for joining me 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Friday 13 August 2021

Be Brave

Good morning everyone. 
Well we made it to Friday 
Although it is Friday the 13th. !!!!
I hope you day has started well and that you have a lovely weekend planned. 
We have a family wedding tomorrow. 
It will be so lovely to see everyone, except, I haven’t got a thing to wear…
Nothing fits me anymore (except elasticated waist trousers ) 
And there isn’t anything suitable around, grrr
So I have an emergency bin bag at the ready. 
The weather forecast for the Peak District is rain…
Deep joy
It just gets better 
Hey hoo…
But I am so pleased that wedding can go ahead…and the main thing is that 
Harriet and Rob have an amazing day 
They are such a wonderful couple.

Today I have another All and Create sample to share with you. 
Again using some fabulous Janet Klein stamps, 

You know how I love looking for different ways to use the stamps. 
I just couldn’t resist some tightrope walking .

I started off by creating the sky using one of Janet’s stencils. 

Next I added some flowers. 

Followed by some washi tape to add grounding. 
I stamped my images, added some colour and cut them out. 

I added some black elastic and wound it around the trees, before sticking everything down. 

Some shadows and highlights just add the finishing details 

I thought the Be Brave sentiment complemented the whole design. 

Another fun, happy card. 

Thanks for joining me,
As always take care. 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx