Friday 29 July 2022

New Heart Sticker Stencil

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today. 
It is a very grey and wet morning here in Cheshire. 

So I decided to have an inky session in my craft room. 
I wanted to have a play with these new 
Lavinia Sticker Stencils. 

As you can see I have had so much fun, 
You know how I love to create a 3D illusion on a flat piece of card .

I started with multifarious card, the heart sticker stencil and 2 Elements inks pads. 
Confetti for my main image and Graphite to add the shade, 

I slowly and carefully worked my way around the design, using both the inner and outer parts of the stencil. 

The new size 3 stencil brush was great for this. 

I didn’t know if the effect would work. 

I just carried on inking my way around the design. 

Hey presto, this is what I had. 

I added some extra depth and pattern with the Replenish stencil. 

Some splats, a round sticker and a couple of sentiment stickers and the design was almost finished. 
A few white highlights and charcoal shadows and  I love the result. 

Here is a closer look 

There are 4 sticker stencils in the pack, the heart, a leaf and 2 birds. 
I hope you have as much fun with them as I am having. 

Have a fabulous weekend. 
It is our 34th Wedding Anniversary tomorrow, 
Bless Karl, he has put up with me for all these years…
We have a lovely day planned and a meal out booked. 

Take care everyone

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Tuesday 26 July 2022

Lavinia bookmarks for friends.

Hi everyone, 
Happy Tuesday.
I do hope today finds you well.

I have been on grandma duties today, so I have definitely got some steps in.

A while ago I shared some bookmarks with you and since then I have been asked if I would make a video on them. 

So I have and it is here , 

They make such special little gifts. 
I do hope you like them. 

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday 25 July 2022

Christmas Baubles With Lavinia

Hi everyone, 
I hope you had a lovely weekend. 
Our workshops on Saturday was wonderful and it is always so 
good to be able to see what everyone creates. 

Saturday evening we had friends round for a meal, and ‘sleep over’
Well, we has so much catching up to do that we didn’t go to bed until 5-30am….
I really don’t know where the time went. 
One thing  I do know though is that time spent with friends is very  precious and laughter really is good medicine. 

Ok so technically that is 2 things…🤣

Today I have an extra little catch up video to share with you. 
So many ladies at the Extravaganza asked me to make a video for this design,,,
So I have…
You see, I do listen

You can find the video here 

I do hope that you enjoy it. 

Take care all.

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Friday 22 July 2022

Fluttering Friday

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today. 
It is always so lovely to have your company. 

Today I have some recent Aall & Create samples to share with you, 
They all use new stamps  by Tracy Evans, 

I had such a wonderful time creating these. 

I do adore butterflies. 

Unfortunately these are the last of my design team samples for Aall & Create. 

I have made the decision to step down from the team. 
Recently we have had more and more samples to create, challenges and very short deadlines. 
I have found the past few months very challenging .
I have managed to meet every deadline, even if I have been crafting into the early hours, but there comes a time when I need to put my health and family first. 
I do wish Abs and the rest of the team all the best in the future. 

I am just off for a coffee now, I have been on grandma duties this morning and I have my online class tomorrow.
So lots still to do here 

Take care everyone.
Much love and hugs 

Jo xxx

Tuesday 19 July 2022

Moments With Dandelions

Hi everyone 
Happy Tuesday…hope you are keeping cool. 

It is time for our regular crafty catch up 
Today we are using the spare background that we created last week.
Remember when we were cleaning our stencil. 

You can find the video here 

Take care 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday 18 July 2022

Fun with Lavinia

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today. 
I do hope you are managing to keep cool 
I thought I would share some photographs with you. 
These are from our Lavinia Extravaganza.

Honestly it was so good spending  time with Tracey and the whole Lavinia family. 

Sarah was such great company. 

We stayed at the Griffin Inn again, I do love this place.
I am hoping to take Karl there for a night soon. 

It was so good to see so many friends, and meet new ones. 

If you haven’t been to the shop it is such a magical place. 

So date for your diary 
Sat 29th and Sun 30th Oct
The next Extravaganza 

I’m getting excited already 

Take care everyone 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday 12 July 2022

Fuchsias For You

Hi everyone 
Thanks so much for popping in today.
I do hope you are keeping well. 
I had a fabulous time at Lavinia HQ at the weekend. 
I will pop back and add some photos. 
It was so lovely to spend quality time with friends. 
I am still unpacking my craft bags. 

As it is Tuesday I have my Catch up video to share with you. 

I do hope you enjoy it. 
You can find the link here 

Must go and walk Eric…

Take care all
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Friday 8 July 2022

Olivia Makes A Wish

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today. 
I am just sat here, having a catch up with you and a brew, then I am heading off to Ruthin. 
Fingers crossed that I have packed everything, oh I do worry. 
Also, you know how much I hate driving, so I am hoping that the roads are kind to me. 

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

You can find it here. 

I have used some of the new stamps, I have also used them on some bookmarks. 

I have been creating these over the last few days…
Now if you are coming to Lavinia HQ, and you come and say hi,,
The first 2 crafters each day that say to me 
My Name Is Eric 
Well, one of the bookmarks is just for you..

I thought it would be fun.

I hope you have a lovely weekend…
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxxx

Thursday 7 July 2022

The Secret Garden

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for joining me today. 
I am running round here like a mad woman. 
Grandma duties, walking Eric, food shopping oh and the Lavinia Extravaganza…
Good job that I can juggle. 

Today I have a PanPastel design to share with you. 
I have made a little video for the Extravaganza and I have used some of the new stamps. 

I do hope you like it. 
You can find the video here…

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Wednesday 6 July 2022

Some See A Weed

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in. 
It is a wet and grey day here in Cheshire. 
I have just been recording another YouTube, and my robin decided to peck on my craft room window. 
I think she was trying to tell me that the bird feeder needed filling up. 
So I have been out and filled up all the feeders. 
Bless her. 

Today I have another sample to share with you using the new 
Lavinia stamps
They are being released tomorrow. 

I love creating this type of design. 
Just make sure that your tape is Low Tack.

These new stamps are so delicate and have so  much detail. 

After stamping I added the stencil element. 
I also added it to my backing card 
Attention to detail is so important 

Followed by some colour using watercolour pencils. 

A few finishing tricks, gel pen, posca pen and ink splats, and the design is complete. 

Can you tell these new stamps are right up my street…? 
Oh and have you seen , new sizes of stencil brushes too. 
Just perfect.

Right, I must get on, I have a fairy headdress to create,,,
Wish me luck 
I need it 😂

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday 5 July 2022

Spring Trees

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in again. 
As it is Tuesday it is time for a crafty catch up. 
So put the kettle on and find those biscuits. 

Todays little video is all about the Spring Trees stamp. 
A stamp which I didn’t have,,l do now. 

I was asked by one of our lovely followers if I had any inspiration using the stamps.

So I treated myself to it and created this little video, 

I do hope you like it 

You can find it here 

Take care all. 
The sun is just peeping out here. 
So I am off to walk Eric. 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday 4 July 2022

The Beautiful Mae

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for joining me today. 
It has been an early start here as Karl left at 5am, he has a very busy day ahead.
So I got up early too, and have been trying to get to grips with my craft To Do List…
Oh my goodness it is over 2 pages at the minute. 
Wish me luck. 

Today I am sharing a sample with you that uses some of the new Lavinia Stamps. 
These are being launched this Thursday .

I will share more over the next few days. 

I started off with some stamping.

Then I added some landscape. 

Some extra detail using a stencil. 

I do love how this just developed and grew. 

Did you notice the sentiment ? 

Some finishing touches , you know me, 

and the design is finished. 

Nearly coffee time here.

Take care all 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Sunday 3 July 2022

Thrinchie Challenge

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today. 
I do hope you have had a lovely weekend. 
We had an online workshop yesterday, where we looked at some fun stamping techniques. 
It was so good to get back to teaching again. 
Thanks so much to all the lovely ladies who joined in live and those who are joining in later as a catch up class. 
You know how much I love to see homework .

Today I want to tell you about a new Challenge over at Aall and Create, 
The Thrinchie Challenge. 

A Thrinchie is a piece of card 3inches by 3inches. 
We have a list of themes and the main focus of the design is stamps by Tracy Evans. 

Here are my first 4 projects 
#1- Spring 




I have had such fun creating these 

All the details are on the Aall and Create blog. 
I do hope you join in.

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Friday 1 July 2022

Summer Dreams

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today. 
As it is the first of July , 
 we have a new Challenge over on the Lavinia Website. 
Our new theme is 
Summer Dreams 
Here is my inspiration. 

I started by making a sandwich with multifarious card and some ink sprays. 

I then added a little more spray.

When dry I added some stamping, using some of my favourite stamps. 

I added colour by painting with my Posca pens. 

To add to the drama I blended more ink around the edges. 

I used a stencil and black ink to add the word Dream.

Extra shimmer was added using my PanPastels. 
I do love the way this adds drama to the design. 

I love the drama in this piece. 

You know me, Summer Dreams are definitely in my garden 

I hope you will enter the challenge, after all the winner is chosen at random and 
you could win £40 to spend on Lavinia stamps. 

Thanks so much for joining me today 
Much love and hugs 

Jo xxxx