Monday 28 February 2022

We have Musical Notes too.

Hi again everyone, 
I am just popping back in to let you know that we have 
Lavinia Musical Notes too. 

Only 3 more sleeps and these fabulous new stamps will be available from the Lavinia website. 

My mind is full of ideas of how I can use them. 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxxx

Monday Morning With Noof.

Good morning all. 
I do hope your day has started well. 
Karl left at 5am to drive to Glasgow to fix a fault on an analyser, but his car broke down on the way. 
So his car is now in the garage and he is just setting off in mine. 
A busy start to what is going to be a very busy week. 

Deep breath. 

Today I am sharing a sample with you using some fabulous new Lavinia stamps. 

Look at Noof, she is just stunning, and such a good image to add colour too. 

I started off by stamping Noof in black ink. 

Then I added these adorable little mice…
I had such fun working out where to stamp them. 
I also added some colour to Noof using pencils. 
Look at the depth of colour that you can achieve. 

I added some highlights and some shade. 
Here is a closer look. 

Finally I added a sentiment. 

These new stamps will be released on Thursday as the Spring Extravaganza begins. 

Enjoy the rest of your day. 
I am off now to walk to the village for some shopping.
I hope it has stopped raining. 

Take care all 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Sunday 27 February 2022

Snowdrops on a Sunday

Good afternoon everyone. 
I do hope that you are having a lovely weekend. 
Our online class yesterday was so wonderful and the cards that 
the ladies have shared are just amazing. 
( I am so proud of you all )
Today I have one of my Aall & Create dt samples to share with you. 
Here I have used stamps designed by Tracy Evans. 

Here is a closer look 

This delicate snowdrop stamp is just so beautiful. 

I have just had a walk around our garden and the snowdrops look so beautiful today with the sun on them .
It is still cold though. 

Enjoy your afternoon 

Definitely time for a nice hot chocolate 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Friday 25 February 2022

Friday catch up

Hi everyone, I hope you are having a lovely day. 
I just wanted to pop in and say hello. 
It has been such a busy week here. 
I have been making samples for the Aall & Create tv shows, plus some for the 
Lavinia Extravaganza next weekend. 
Omg I am shattered as it is half term so I have had grandma duties too. 
On the plus side I have lost a couple of pounds !!!!

Tomorrow we have our regular online workshop. 
We are going to be looking at various ways of using stencils in our artwork 

I am really looking forwards to it. 
I do think sometimes stencils get over looked.

Take care everyone. 
Have a lovely weekend.

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday 22 February 2022

Pipin Amongst The Glow Flowers

Good evening all, 
I do hope that your day has gone well. 
Another day of strange weather here.
We have had sun, rain, high winds and dark clouds all in the same day. 

It is time for my Tuesday catch up with you. 
So if you fancy grabbing a brew and cheeky biscuit and joining me. 
You can find the link here 

Here is a closer look.

I do hope you have a go at this card design. 
Enjoy the rest of your evening 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday 21 February 2022

Enjoy your special day.

Good afternoon all, 
I do hope your week has started well and that you survived the weekend ok. 
Wow, those storms. 
I hope your house and garden didn’t suffer too much. 
We had a tree down at Jenson’s nursery on Friday and then another one at the end of the 
road this morning. 
Luckily nobody was hurt in either incident. 
Today I m just popping in to share another tv sample with you. 
Our Abs in on The Craft store today and tomorrow with 
a One Day Special  featuring new stamps by Bipasha bk. 

As you know due to the post office damaging my original parcel , I only had one day to create  some samples. 

As soon as I saw these stamps I knew what I wanted to do. 
So I stamped this beautiful floral bouquet in black Versafine Clair ink and added clear embossing powder.

Next I addd some watercolour paints. 
Plus, lots of water 

Some shadows and highlights finished off the whole design. 
Here is a closer look 

The detail in these stamps is amazing.

Time to make a brew, it is that sort of weather. 
Take care all. 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Saturday 19 February 2022

Petal Power

Good morning everyone. 
I do hope that you are keeping warm and safe this weekend. 
We have definitely been having some dramatic weather here in the UK
I must apologise for being quiet over the past few days, 
On here, answering emails etc. 
The reason is that Abs sent me the new stamps a while ago but they never arrived. 
The parcel seemed to have been damaged and was returned to him with some stamps missing
So on Thursday at 7am a courtier delivered my new parcel and I had to quickly create  some samples and get them in the
post to the studio ready for his ODS shows on Monday. 
I also had grandma duties, and Eric at the vets. 
Wow, I am shattered. 
I must say though, the new stamps are exquisite 
Here is one of my samples 

As time was critical I just went with good old favourite techniques…no time to experiment. 

I began by stamping the main image 

This is such a beautiful stamp by Bipasha. 
I then added some gentle stencil work

Followed by some shadows and highlights. 
I stamped the background, using another beautiful stamp by Bipasha 

Some ink splats to bring the whole design together. 

Here is a closer look 


You can see the Bipasha BK ODS on The Craft Store with Abs 
Monday 6pm and 8pm
Tuesday 8am. 12noon and 4pm

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Tuesday 15 February 2022

Millie and Munch by Moonlight

Good afternoon from another wet day in Cheshire. 
Wow it was very wet and muddy walking Eric this morning. 
How is the weather for you today ? 
I do hope your day is going well
I am plodding through jobs on my ‘Craft To Do List ‘
I just keeps getting longer

So I thought I would take a break, 
Put the coffee machine on and get out the biscuit tin. 
Fancy joining me ? 

Today we are going to have a play with our gel press and create a background. 

Then we will add our 2 new little shrew stamps, 
create some background , and finally those finishing touches .
Not forgetting the envelope. 
My aim is to get everyone stamping their envelopes , let’s give our postmen and ladies a
reason to smile. 

You can find the video here 

I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks so much for joining me. 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Monday 14 February 2022

Happy Valentines Day

Good morning all.

I just wanted to pop in and send you all a big hug. 
For those of you on your own today, I am sending you an extra special hug. 

Take care all. 
Busy with more workshop prep here. 

Love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Friday 11 February 2022

Friday catch up

Good afternoon everyone, 
I do hope your day is going well. 
I am just popping in for a quick catch up with you, before I take Eric back to the vets for his check up. 
He is doing really well but he was a complete baby after his anaesthetic. 
Bless him, I had to sit in his bed with him and just cuddle him. 
He really did feel sorry for himself. 

Those of you with pets will know what it is like. 

Today I am sharing a quick and simple design with you. 

Just simple stamping and some brusho powders. 

This is the Zen Leaf 2 stamp. 
It has the most amazing detail.

You know I keep mentioning about the envelopes too. 
Just stamping in permanent ink, as we don’t want it to spoil in the rain. 
Let’s try and make out postmen and ladies happy with decorative envelopes. 

So nice to have things matching too. 

Take care everyone. 

Have a wonderful weekend. 
For those of you joining me tomorrow for our online Gel press class 
See you at 11am 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday 8 February 2022

A frog or a prince ?

Good afternoon all, 
I do hope today is going well. 

I have just picked Eric up from the vets and bless him. 
He is really feeling sorry for himself. 
He had to have a tooth out.
He cries every time  I leave him, so it looks like I will be sat here all night. 

If you have a few minutes to spare I have made another little catch up video .

My faux watercolour painting. 
Here is a closer look 

I had such fun creating this. 

You can find the video here 

I hope you enjoy it. 

Take care all. 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Monday 7 February 2022

Monday again.

Good afternoon all, 
I do hope you are feeling well and that you had a lovely weekend. 
We had a busy time as it was Jenson’s 3rd Birthday. 
Wow, the years really are flying. 

It was very icy this morning when I took Eric for his walk. 
He is at the vets tomorrow, for an anaesthetic. Bless him , he isn’t going to be happy 
when I don’t have any breakfast for him. 
Nothing serious , just some dental work. ( Or should I say some expensive work !!!) 

Next weekend we have our next Lavinia class and this one has been requested. 
It is our Gel press online class 

We will be looking at ways of using the gel press and creating 2 cards. 

As always I am really looking forwards to this class .
Even Billy Brayer is getting excited. 
All the classes are live on the day but can also be watched as catch up videos. 
If you would like to join us just drop me an email 

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Wednesday 2 February 2022

A Little Frog With A Birthday Wish

Good afternoon all, 
Thanks so much for joining me today.
I am just popping in 
to share another catch up video with you. 
This one has a little frog with a Birthday Wish. 

I had such fun creating this design. 
It is full of lots of techniques that I love. 

Here is a closer look 

It is such fun to create the illusion of 3D 

And once again I get my needle and thread out. 
You can find the video here

So grab a brew, cheeky biscuit and join me. 

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday 1 February 2022

Glitter Flurry

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today. 
Welcome to February and welcome to a new Lavinia Challenge. 
Our new theme is 
Glitter Flurry 

For my inspiration this month I made a shaker card 

I used a couple of the new Lavinia stamps 
along with some glitter .
Here is a closer look. 
The glitter never shows up well on photographs.

I have made a little video to show you how I created it. 
You can find it here 

I hope you enjoy it and I hope you enter the Challenge. 
All the rules are on the Lavinia website and remember the winner is chosen at random and wins £40 to spend on Lavinia stamps. 

Enjoy the rest of your day. 
Another magazine commission for me. 

Take care 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx