Saturday 30 April 2022

Blossoms Blooming

Hi everyone, 
I Hope you have had a lovely day. 
I have had a fabulous day , teaching a lovely group of ladies. 
It is so good to be back to actual face to face classes..
We had a relaxing day, creating, chatting and yes there was coffee and cake. 

Tomorrow is the first of May so there is a 
New Lavinia Challenge. 
I will be up and out at 6.30 am so I am blogging 
my dt inspiration now. 
I will be driving to Harrogate, and demonstrating Lavinia stamps on 
The Stampers Grove stand. 
I am really looking forward to seeing so many friends. 

Our new theme for the  May Challenge is 

Blossoms Blooming

I started by using white embossing powder to outline my stamped images 

I then added some of the new acrylic sprays

Followed by some of the Mysticals. 

This is such a fun way to craft. 

I added some white posca splats to complete the design 

Here is a close up 

I really hope you enter the challenge. 
All the details can be found on the Lavinia website. 
Remember  the winner is chosen at random and wins £40 to spend on Lavinia stamps. 

Take care all 
Enjoy your bank holiday Monday 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Friday 29 April 2022

Friday catch up

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today. 
It is always lovely to see you. 
I hope you are having a lovely day. 
I am busy getting ready for my busy weekend. 
You see I have a day workshop in North Wales tomorrow , 
and then I will be demonstrating Lavinia stamps on Sunday at the 
Harrogate show. 

I am really looking forwards to both events,

It is so nice to be able to get out and meet friends again, 
I think we all need it. 
Mind you I’m not sure about the very early drive on Sunday morning .

Thank goodness it is bank holiday on Monday and I can 
have a day off. 

I hope you have a lovely weekend

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday 26 April 2022

Glorious Wild Berries

Hi everyone, 
Me again 
I am just popping back in with a little 
Catch up video for you. 

So if you have a few minutes to spare, 
Get that kettle on, 
make a brew 
and find a cheeky snack.
Maybe a comfy chair too. 

You can find the link here 

I really hope you enjoy it. 

Have a lovely evening 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday already

Hi everyone, 
I do hope today finds you well. 
It has been a very busy few days here. 
So much so that this morning whist not concentrating properly 
I managed to put boiling water over my hand whist making a brew…
Not the best start to my day…hey hoo

We had a fabulous workshop on Saturday and wow, 
I am so proud of the ladies. 
What fabulous cards they have made. 
The classes are held in their own groups on Facebook, so that they can be joined in 
live or as catch up classes. 
If anyone else would like to join in , please just drop me an email

Did you manage to catch the show on Create And Craft featuring our Abs and Miss D ? 
They were yesterday and today .

Here are a couple of my samples.  

Oh I know that feeling 

I had great fun creating these. 

Must dash…coffee time. 
Then more samples to make…

I hope you have a lovely day 
whatever you get up too 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Friday 22 April 2022

Spring Poppies

Good morning everyone and 
welcome to our new followers. 
I am so thrilled that you have joined our family on here. 
Please pull up a chair and get yourselves a brew…
3 new followers.
I am so, so chuffed 

Today I have another design using the new Lavinia sprays. 

I really have had so much fun using these. 
I started with an off cut of card, and just added some acrylic spray.
Totally randomly, no skill required. 

Then I just added some of my favourite stamps using Versafine Clair ink. 
I painted extra colour in using the sprays in my palate,.
You know how much I love to do this. 
I also made a ribbon bow and sprayed this to match. 

Some finishing touches and the design was finished 
Here is a closer look. 

I have been on grandma duties again this morning, and I am picking the boys up from nursery and school later. 
Pasta for tea. 
So I had better get myself organised ready for tomorrow’s workshop. 

I am really looking forwards to our Spring Florals class 
Such a lovely way to spend a Saturday morning. 
We have a couple of new ladies joining in too.
So I had better be on my best behaviour.

Have a lovely day all , 
and a wonderful weekend 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Thursday 21 April 2022

New sprays day

Good morning everyone and thanks for popping in . 
I have walked Eric and walked Elliot to school already today so I have 
720l steps in the bag already. 
I definitely need a brew in the garden later. 
I thought I would just have a catch up with you lovely friends first. 

Today is the day that the new Lavinia sprays are available on the website 
I have created some inspiration for you. 

I do hope you like it 

I started with a sprayed background. 
These are such fun to make, 

Next I added some stamping 
I used Versafine Clair ink and it worked a treat.

Next I painted with my sprays. 
I love doing this , and have made a YouTube video that will be out soon 

I then added some extra mica spray to the base of my card. 
Some finishing touches and the design was finished 

You can heat dry the sprays but I prefer to let them dry naturally , if I have the time. 

Please remember with the mica sprays they need shaking to mix in the mica , 
Also really Important please clean the nozzle for the mica sprays before putting them away…otherwise it may clog up. 

Time now for that coffee 

Have a lovely day all 
See you again tomorrow 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Tuesday 19 April 2022

Gel press, stencil , and some ink

Good afternoon everyone, 
I do hope that you had a lovely Easter weekend. 
It was so lovely to be able to spend some time in my garden. 
The boys really enjoyed their Easter Egg hunt too.

Today I have been in my craft room planning future workshops. 
I have some really exciting things in the pipeline. 

Today I have a crafty catch up video to share with you. 
We are going to use our gel press,  

So grab a brew, maybe some left over Easter egg and 
join me here 

Let’s have some creative fun 


Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Saturday 16 April 2022

New products

Hi everyone, thanks so much for popping in today.
Thank you also to our new subscribers, 
Welcome to our family.
Pull up a chair and make yourselves at home. 
Today I have been in my garden, just pottering around, a bit of weeding, deadheading and just looking 
to see how things are growing. 
It was so lovely and relaxing. 
I really felt that I needed it.
Life has just been so hectic recently.

I have just made a brew and I thought I would have a little catch up with you. 
You see Lavinia have some new sprays launching next Thursday 21st April.
They are fabulous, and I have made a sample to give you an idea of what they look like when used. 

First I did some embossing, 

Using 2 different powders. 

Then I added my sprays. (Carefully ) 

Then some finishing touches. 

I have also made lots of backgrounds..I will 
share those with you another time

It is Adam’s Birthday today , I can’t believe he is 33 years old. 
So Danielle the boys and Adam are common round soon for a Party tea. 
So I had better get sorted out. 

We are also having an Easter egg hunt here tomorrow for the boys, 
So I need to get that organised too. 

Take care everyone 

Much love and hugs 
From me to you 

Jo xxxx

Friday 15 April 2022

Easter weekend

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today. 
I do hope you are keeping well. 

I just wanted to wish you all a lovely weekend. 

Enjoy yourselves, and hopefully have a brew and a cheeky Easter egg or two. 

With any luck I can get 5 minutes in my garden to enjoy mine. 

Thank you Janet and Susan for my Special Easter Chocolate. 
I love it. 

Take care everyone 
Much love and hugs

Jo xxx

Wednesday 13 April 2022

Alcohol ink backgrounds

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today. 
I hope your day is going well. 
I have been busy recording more YouTube videos. 
You see we have to make our Lavinia ones a couple of weeks ahead,..
So I have to be organised. 

I have also been playing with alcohol inks. 
Recording a video on how to create this type of background. 
Great fun and very addictive.

And this one too

Have a lovely evening all 
Much love and hugs 

Jo xxx

Tuesday 12 April 2022

Flo in A Blue Aura

Hi everyone, 
I do hope you are keeping well. 
 Today I have been creating samples for another online class. 
I have had a wonderful time,
making Spring Floral designs. 

As it is Tuesday , I have my usual slot on the 
Lavinia YouTube Channel, 

Today we are going to create an underwater design.
Perfect for this months Lavinia Challenge.

You can find the link here 

So if you fancy grabbing a brew, a cheeky biscuit and joining me. 
That would be lovely. 

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday 11 April 2022

Monday catch up

Hi everyone, 
I hope you had a lovely weekend and that 
your new week has started well. 
Our online workshop was such fun on Saturday morning although we did run over into Saturday afternoon.
Well we were having such a lovely creative time.   

Yesterday it was the Sincerely Yours Papercraft show at Leigh. 
Oh it was such a fabulous day. 
So many friends. 
So lovely to meet YouTube subscribers too…honestly 
Thanks so much for stopping and saying Hi…
It really made my day. 

It is such a pleasure to be able to demonstrate Lavinia stamps for 
James on the Stampers Grove stand. 
I just played all day…

I must admit I am a bit tired today, but lots to do.
So I am getting jobs ticked off the list 

Thanks so much for joining  me

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Thursday 7 April 2022

Corner To Corner

Good evening all. 
Thanks so much for popping in. 

I am late today I am afraid but I have been on grandma duties
We went to Hobbycraft and Elliot had a fabulous time filling his basket with all 
sorts of goodies. 
Honestly it was so lovely to see. 
Then we came back and have crafted for the rest of  the day. 

So I am just going to pop in and give you some 
‘Corner To Corner’ Inspiration 

You can find the video here 

I really hope you enjoy it. 

It is an extra little catch up 
From me to you…
Just because 

Take care everyone 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday 5 April 2022

A woodland Wreath Card

Hi everyone, 
thanks so much for popping in today. 
Another grey and wet day here in Cheshire. 

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

We are going to create a little Woodland Wreath card design. 
Now , you know how much I adore wreath cards. 

I have made a video, 
So if you fancy joining me,
You can find it here. 

I really hope you enjoy it. 

I am off now as I have some pyrography orders to do. 
So burning wood for me this afternoon. 

Take care all. 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday 4 April 2022

Monday catch up

Good morning all, 
Thanks so much for popping in. 
I hope you had a lovely weekend. 
A busy one here but so enjoyable. 
The craft show at Port Sunlight was fabulous. 
It was so busy, I didn’t get time to draw breath. 
It was so good though to see so many old friends, and meet new ones. 

It was a quick dash home in the car and then online ready for 
the Lavinia Class with our friends in Canada. 
Such a wonderful group of crafters. 

Thanks so much to everyone who I met this weekend.
Especially to the lovely lady who bought me an extra brew on Saturday .

Today I am catching up with jobs in my craft room. 

It is cold and grey in Cheshire though. 
I have even had to find an extra cardigan 

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 

Jo xxxx

Friday 1 April 2022

Friday Catch up

Good morning everyone, 
I do hope today finds you well. 
I am afraid I am still having problems with blogger, 
For some reason it has decided that it won’t recognise my photography’s..
I have tried so many different things..
I will ask Karl to have a look at the weekend. 

Today is the start of a new Lavinia Challenge.
Our new theme is 
“Blue Aura “
I have a card to share with you and a photo tutorial…but alas, 
That will have to wait until I can publish photos again. 

I have posted on Facebook and Instagram , also 
you can check out the inspiration gallery on the 
Lavinia Website.

If any of you are visiting the craft show tomorrow (Sat 2nd ) 
at Port Sunlight. 
Please come and say hello.
I will be demonstrating Lavinia stamps on the Stampers Grove stand 
The show is open 10am until 3pm. 

I will then be rushing home, ready for our online Canadian Class using Lavinia stamps. 
Another busy but fun day planned. 

I am planning on taking Sunday off work…
Hopefully getting some gardening done,,

Thanks so much for popping in 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx