Sunday 31 October 2021

Halloween Book part 2

Good afternoon everyone 
Thanks so much for popping in
I do hope you are keeping well. 
Unfortunately I am still suffering with this Covid bug , not only the sore throat and cough, 
but sore itchy eyes and cold sores…
Oh I look perfect for Halloween
As both of us have to self isolate we can’t even walk Eric. 
So we are having to leave him in the garden , on his lead, ready for Adam to call around and collect him. 
We have filled in our track and trace details, etc, 
Oh and slept so much. 

I must thank you all for your lovely messages, emails and texts. 
They have really cheered me up. 

Luckily I had prerecorded my YouTube videos

So the Halloween Book part 2 
Can be found here 

I have another 2 videos ready for later in the week too. 

Please look after yourselves 

This little pot in my garden cheers me up 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxxx

Thursday 28 October 2021

Lavinia Hallowganza

Good morning all, 
I do hope today finds you well. 
I’m afraid I am feeling a bit sorry for myself today. 
My throat, breathing etc got worse yesterday so I did another Lateral flow test 
This one was positive. 
So I did another one, 
Grrr positive again. 
Not only do I feel rough, but I am so upset about not going to the Lavinia open day 
I was really looking forward to catching up with Tracey and the gang. 
I have my costume at the ready, 
Some trick or treat sweets..
Oh, I just cried and cried. 

Both Karl and I have been for a PCR text this morning .
I wouldn’t mind but I have had both jabs, and wear a mask when I go to the supermarket 

So please do me a favour and if you are lucky enough to be able to go, 
Please say hi from me,,.
Have a fabulous time 
The Lavinia shop is such a magical place, 
Embrace it all. 
If like me you are unable to go…
Well we will just have to watch the events online and be part of it that way. 

Tracey and the gang have worked so hard to create this event. 
My first video is Part 1 of my little book of magic.
Thank goodness I recorded this a few weeks ago..(when I could speak )

I do hope you enjoy it 
You can find it here 

Sending much love and hugs to you all 

Jo xxxx

Wednesday 27 October 2021

New Release Tomorrow

Good afternoon everyone, I do hope you are feeling well. 
I am still under the weather but praying that my voice and cough will be fine tomorrow to travel to Lavinia HQ.
You know how long this voice thing has been lurking….
I have a feeling that I am never going to be completely free from it…hey , ho 

Tomorrow is the start of the Hallowganza 
4 days of special offers, videos and the release of 9 new fabulous stamps. 

I have a little taster for you today 

It features some of the new stamps 

These are going to be so useful 

And we all need some Christmas Charms

I simply added some colour to my stamped  design. 

Liquid pearls and a bow completed the whole design. 

The new stamps will be on the Lavinia website tomorrow, plus 
available from the shop. 
So if you are travelling on Friday…you can pick them up. 

Fingers crossed I will see you then…
Don’t worry I have both mask, shield and cape to hide behind 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday 26 October 2021

Just For You At Christmas

Good afternoon everyone, 
I do hope you are feeling well. 
I have got my sore throat and cough back, grrr
What rotten timing .
I Need to be better ready for our Hallowganza starting this Thursday. 

To run alongside the Hallowganza, Lavinia will have some new stamps on their website. 

One of my favourites is this modern and elegant wreath stamp.
How could I resist a wreath card 

I just stamped the design and then added some Brusho powders. 
Nice and simple. 

Very useful especially when you need an understated but effective design. 

I have another catch up video to share with you. 
This one involves more stamping and adding colour. 
You can add more stamping in the centre of leave some white space, it is up to you. 
Here is a closer look 

You can find the link here 

I do hope you enjoy it, and maybe have a go. 
I have another card design in my Christmas box now..
I hope your box is filling up nicely too. 

I’m off now for a warm bath. 

Thanks for joining me today 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday 25 October 2021

Sycamore key

Good morning everyone, 
I hope you had a wonderful weekend, and that this week has started well. 

We had a fabulous online class on Saturday and I can’t believe how many ways you can use texture paste. 
I can safely say that some ladies have some homework to finish, 

Today I am going to share a sample from the recent ODS on The Craft Store. 

It features some beautiful new stamps from Tracy Evan’s. 
Here is a closer look 

I must admit we call these helicopters, and funnily enough , the other day I was showing Elliot how they fly down from the trees .
They still spin like helicopter blades….just like they did when I was young. 

I started by creating a simple circle with ink. 

Next I added some stamping 

Followed by some colour. 
I stamped the sycamore keys again so that I could decoupage them 

I also stamped on a mini lollipop stick and added some white highlights. 

Some shadows just finished off the whole design. 
Just perfect for an autumnal card. 

Thanks for popping in , I must get on now as I have a couple of magazine commissions to finish today. 

I hope you have a lovely day 
Much love and hugs 

Jo xxx

Friday 22 October 2021

That Friday Feeling.

Good afternoon everyone, 
I do hope your day is going well. 
It was a bit wet this morning walking Elliot to school. 
Thank goodness for lovely warm coffee when I got home. 

Today I have a couple of samples to share with you. 

These are using a fabulous new stamp set by Bipasha BK 

Just some simple stamping 

And then watercolour painting
You know how much I love doing this. 

Great way of getting a wonderful effect. 
It is best to let the card dry naturally..

I hope you will be able to watch the shows this weekend, as it is Aall & Create’s 5th Birthday 
Celebrations on The Craft Store.

I will have to watch some of the shows on catch up as we have our Texture Paste online class tomorrow 

Really looking forwards to spending the morning getting creative with 
such a wonderful group of friends. 

Enjoy the rest of your day and have a fabulous weekend. 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Thursday 21 October 2021

Another catch up video

Good morning everyone, 
Welcome to our new follower. 
You know how excited I get when we have another new member to our craft family 
Pull up a chair and make a brew. 

Today I have grandma duties this afternoon so I need to get lots ticked off my craft list. 
I am so excited though, as I have been asked to do some online classes for an American Store.,
How exciting is that,,,😊
I had to pinch myself when I read the email
Wish me luck 🍀 

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

You can find the link here 

I will show you how to stamp your wreath and also a nice little trick to make these designs quick and easy. 
Some of you (who know me well ) will have done this before, but I am always mindful that we have new crafters joining us all the time. 

The sun is just peeping through here, 
So I had better go and fill the bird feeders up before I get my stamps inky 

Have a lovely day all 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Wednesday 20 October 2021

Light Up Halloween

Good afternoon everyone. 
It is another wet day here in Cheshire.
I do think it has gone a bit colder too.
So I am sat in my craft room with a nice hot cup of coffee. 

I have another little catch up video to share with you. 
Today we are going to re use some old jars. 
This is on the Lavinia YouTube channel
You can find it here 

I really enjoyed creating these, so much so 
That I have made a Christmas one too. 

Unfortunately they are not easy to photograph. 
So please forgive me. 

Enjoy the rest of your afternoon

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday 19 October 2021

A wet Tuesday in Cheshire

Good morning all from a very wet Cheshire. 
Eric was a very wet Labrador when we got back from our walk this morning. 
Good job he likes the rain. 
I do hope today finds you well. 
I have been very busy these past few days creating samples with new stamps and stencils from Aall & Create. 

This weekend it is their 5th Birthday on The Craft Store. 
So there are lots of shows and new products. 

Bipasha BK a has a Weekend Wow 

Tracy Evan’s has a One Day Special 

And Janet Klein has a One Day Special too. 

I think you had better get on the phone to your bank manager ! 

I am off to the post office now. 

Enjoy the rest of your day 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Wednesday 13 October 2021

The reindeer and the Christmas tree.

Good evening everyone. 
I do hope you have had a lovely day. 
It has been another busy one here, the boys came for a play and stayed for tea, so it was 
Grandma duties for a few hours. 

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

It is another festive design featuring some fabulous Lavinia stamps including the reindeer and the Christmas tree. 

If you fancy grabbing a festive brew and snack and joining me 
You can find it here 

Here is a closer look. 

I do love this new colour in the Elements ink pads. 

Time now for a shower and then feet up.
Enjoy your evening all 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday 12 October 2021

Sweet Treats

Good evening everyone, 
I do hope your week has started well. 
I have had a very busy start  to the week, as I have been making samples for the television.
I have a very long list of craft jobs this week. 

So today I have some Sweet Treats to share with you. 

I love creating these little gifts ready to hand out on Halloween. 

I have made another catch up video. 
So if you fancy joining me and making some 
You can find it here 

These are a lovely gift to make for Christmas too…
You can add sweets, chocolates, or other little gifts…
Maybe some stamps for a crafty friend. 

Creating these really got me in the mood for Halloween, so on Sunday we went pumpkin picking. 

We also caught up with Pandora and Hamish. 
Wow, Hamish has grown since I last saw him a few weeks ago. 

The boys had a great time and we came back with quite a few pumpkins.

Thanks for popping in 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Friday 8 October 2021

More Festive designs

Good morning everyone, 
I do hope today finds you well. 
Thanks so much for popping in, it is always a pleasure to spend time with you. 

Today I have another festive design to share with you. 

My box of Christmas cards and tags is nearly full. 
For this design I have teamed some Lavinia stamps with a Sweet Poppy Stencil. 
Here is a closer look. 

I do hope you like it. 
If you fancy grabbing your brew and cheeky snack you can join me here 

I hope you have a lovely, weekend planned 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Wednesday 6 October 2021

An ATC card design

Good evening all, 
Oh where has today gone ? 
Time has whizzed 
So before I go for my shower and get my pj’s on 
I thought I would pop in and have a catch up. 

Today I have another design to share with you using the Dandelion 2 stamp. 

This time I am adding some  Brusho powders into the mix. 
Here is a closer look 

I have made another little catch up video , 
You can find it here 

I do hope you enjoy it. 

Take care 
and pop back soon 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday 5 October 2021

Dandelion Wishes

Hi everyone, 
I do hope today finds you well. 
It is very wet here in Cheshire, we have got soaked when walking Eric today. 
I think all four of my water butts are now full. 

Today I have a nice , gentle card to share with you. 

I just adore this Dandelion 2 stamp from Lavinia .
Here is a closer look 

I have made a little video 
If you fancy joining me 
You can find it here 

Thanks for joining me 
Love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Friday 1 October 2021

The Magic Meadow

Good morning everyone, 
Wow we are in October already. 
Where or where is the time going ? 
The first of the month means a new Lavinia Challenge. 

This month our theme is 
The Magic Meadow 
We have so many amazing stamps that are just perfect for this challenge 

I had great fun creating this piece of inspiration for you. 

I started by smooshing some ink on my card. 

Adding the colours one at a time, drying the card in between each colour. 

Next I added some red ink along the edge , sprayed it with water, and watched it drip down the card. 
I do love this effect. 

I stamped my dragons and added more ink around the edges of the design 

Next I added some background stamping to help create depth in my meadow 

I added more flowers using black ink to bring them into the foreground, 
I then added some highlights and some sparkle. 
After all this is a Magical Meadow 

I used glossy accents to add the finishing touches. 

Here is a closer look 

I do hope you will enter the challenge.
Remember you can win £40 to spend at Lavinia and the winner is chosen at random.

You can find out all about it on the Lavinia website. 

I hope you have a lovely day and a wonderful weekend. 
We have our Lavinia online workshop tomorrow.

Where we will be creating 3 cards looking at adding the illusion of a 3D effect. 

I have a swollen eye today, so I am hoping it won’t get any worse , I don’t want it to affect my vision for tomorrow, 
Everything looks 3D to me today lol 😂 

Enjoy the rest of your day 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx