Tuesday 28 February 2023

Technique Tuesday, thinking Spring

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

Todays Technique Tuesday video is a little Spring Number. 
I have had so many messages asking for spring designs…
So I though we could have a play 

You can find the video here 

I do hope it inspires you to craete some spring cards. 
Have fun.
Enjoy your last day of February and join  me tomorrow for 
A new Lavinia Challenge 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xx

Steampunk Noof

Good morning everyone, 
and welcome to another new friend and follower. 
I do hope you will feel at home here. 

Today I am popping in with another sample using some of the new stamps being released this Thursday (2nd March ) 
I thought I would mix some old and some new stamps.

As soon as I saw the new designs , 
I just knew that I had to dress Noof up.

I started by stamping Noof and adding some stencil work.

Since I created this sample we have some new stencils that would work even better with this design 

I also stamped a few of the new designs , added some colour and fussy cut them out..

Then the fun part, dressing up.

As you know I do like opposite corners….it is one of my quirks.

Here she is ready for the weekend.

Here is a closer look. 

A fun design….

Take care everyone.
Pop back later for some 
Technique Tuesday Time with a Spring card 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday 27 February 2023

Journal cover

Hi again everyone, 
Hope you are having a lovely afternoon, 

I have just been out for a walk with Eric, 
and now he is fast asleep in my craft room. 

I have our Mindful Monday catch up video to share with you. 

Today I am going to add the front cover to my journal..
I will be using some gilding fakes,,,so no coughing…please 

You can find the video here 

I hope you enjoy it.

Have a lovely evening 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx


Good morning everyone, 
I do hope today finds you well, 

Today is the day when we can start sharing our makes using the new stamps
These will be released on Thursday 2nd March,
Although these are a Steampunk themed Collection, I am hoping to show you how they can be used alongside our 
previous collections of Lavinia stamps. 

Today I am going to start with some Romance,, I absolutely loved creating this design 

I started with the fabulous new heart stamp.
This is going to be so useful. 
I added some background stencil work and some stamping 
Not too much , no pizza here 

Stamped out the heart again , with the pocket watch. Another very useful stamp 
Added some colour and cut them out, 

Next the fun part and assembling the card,

I couldn’t resist a couple of butterflies too.
So good to mix old and new stamps 
I just kept my colours the same to give a beautiful cohesive design, 

Some glossy accents and white posca pen  to finish off 

Here is a closer look 

I do hope you like this.

Pop back later for our Mindful Monday video, 
Today we are going to add a front cover to our journal 

Have a lovely day 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Sunday 26 February 2023

Sunday catch up

Hi everyone 
Thanks so much for popping in today 
I am just home after a fabulous day at the Leigh sports village, 
The Sincerely yours paper craft show

It was so lovely to spend the day with James and Lisa on the Stampers Grove stand.

Look at all those goodies. 

This is one of my samples, and I spent the  day plying with Lavinia stamps and brusho powders. 

Some stamping to start off with , the floral corner design 

Next the addition of the brusho powders.

The air puffer is fabulous to use with Brusho’s 

Some finishing touches and extra stencil work…you know how I love to do this.

Here is a closer look 

Thanks to all those lovely crafters who came to say hi,,,

Time for my shower and pj’s 
And relax 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Friday 24 February 2023

Friday catch up

Hi everyone, 
I hope today finds you well. 
I can’t believe that it is Friday already. 
I had a lovely few days with my Mum here.
We had lots of coffee , cake and catching up with friends. 
I drove  her back to Kendal on Wednesday and thank goodness the M6 was kind to me for both journeys. 
Yesterday it was grandma duties and the boys had a sleep over here…
I am now in my craft room sorting out my demonstrations ready for the sincerely yours  Papercraft show in Leigh this Sunday. 
I will be joining James and Lisa on the stampers grove stand.

So please pop in and say hi…

It is always so lovely to meet so many of you in person. 

I must admit though my craft room is a tip,,,,stuff everywhere 

Have a lovely weekend
Remember to pop back on Monday…
I may just have a sample to share with you using some of the new stamps being released on 2nd March…
Not long now..

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Tuesday 21 February 2023

Technique Tuesday with a Floral Corner Design

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

It has been a beautiful spring day here, 
I can’t wait to get into my garden.
You know how much I love plants and flowers. 

So you won’t be surprised with todays creation. 
I have included some floral stamps 

I had so many lovely messages about the Along The Edge design and the 
Corner to Corner design that I thought we would invent a simple 
Corner Design 

You can find the video here 

I do hope you enjoy it 

Here is a closer look 

Take care everyone 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday 20 February 2023

Mindful Monday visiting The Forest Temple

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today. 
I do hope you had a lovely weekend. 

As it is Monday 
I have our usual little catch up video to share with you. 

Today we are going to use a couple of our backgrounds that we made the other day,
I have had so many messages, from you all .
Saying that you love making backgrounds, 
but it is knowing what to do with them next. 

You can find the video here 

It is so exciting, this is the last page in my journal.

It is now full, 
So just the cover to decorate and then we can have our walk through. 
So exciting 

Have a lovely evening all.

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Friday 17 February 2023

Challenge Reminder

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today 
I have been up early so that I could walk Eric before my grandma duties. 
Some food shopping, and now a cheeky brew and catching up with you. 
I have just checked and 8576 steps in the bag so far…

I just wanted to remind you about our February Lavinia Challenge 
The theme is 
From Me To You.

Lots of scope there 

Remember the winner is chosen at random and wins £40 to spend at Lavinia…
It could be YOU 

My inspiration started off as a gel press background 
The video is here 

I have had quite a few messages from crafters asking how to use these prints..
So here is a really 
Quick and easy card.
Classy too 

Some simple stamping 

Adding the moon as a spotlight 

A beautiful sentiment , some splats and job done 

Here is a closer look. 

You can find all the challenge details on the website 

Have a lovely weekend all 
I have my Lavinia online class tomorrow.
As always it is available live at 11am, also as a catch up anytime after lunch.

If you have my questions at all , 
Just drop me a line

Have a great weekend all 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday 14 February 2023

Happy Valentines Day

Hi everyone, 
and Happy Valentine’s Day to 
all of you here in our crafting community. 

Group Hug 

I thought I would have a play on words today and share some Smooshing with you. 

So for our Technique Tuesday Catch up video we will be playing with Smooching 

This is such a versatile and fun technique..
An old one yes, 
but we can always update these techniques as we get new products available to us. 

So let us have some fun

You can find the video here 

Enjoy your evening all, 
A quiet one here, 
I’m cooking us a nice meal, 
I have some bubbles and some chocolate. 

Love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday 13 February 2023

Mindful Monday with a Corner To Corner Design.

Hi everyone, 
I hope you had a lovely weekend. 
I had a lovely day on Saturday , at our Lavinia workshop in Warrington. 
Thanks so much ladies for asking me, it is always such a pleasure to spend time  with you all. 

As it is Monday, 
I have  another Mindful Monday video to share with you. 

Today we are going to create a lovely little piece of art using one of my favourite technique. 
I call it  Corner To Corner stamping, 
But obviously that is just my name for it..
If you remember we have used it a couple of times before, it is such fun and 
gives fabulous results. 

You can find todays video here 
(Remember I record these a couple of weeks in advance ) 

Here is a closer look 

Once created I will add this into my journal 
We only have a few pages left…

When complete we can have a run through and see 
all the fabulous pages together. 
I have really enjoyed my Journalling journey. 
So much so, I have a new one , 
Ready and waiting in the wings. 

If you haven’t ventured down the Journalling route, 
Now might just be the right time to order one and join in. 

Enjoy your evening all.

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Friday 10 February 2023

Happy To Be In Print With Lavinia Stamps

Good morning everyone, 
We made it to Friday. 

I hope your day stated well, mine began with an early walk with Eric. 
He was moving so well this morning after physio this week and then his hot water bottle last night. 

This was our view as we walked 

Just stunning. 

Today I just wanted to share with you how excited I am, about being published in 
Creative Stamping Magazine 

I had so much fun creating these designs

Obviously there had to be a wreath card, I do love these circular card blanks 

And his about this shape too,

Some alcohol play.

And finally a Clean And Simple Design…

Which reminds me 
My next Lavinia Online Class is all about, 
Clean, Simple and Classy Designs.

I only charge £10 per class…it will be held in its own group on fb.
It will be live on Sat 18th Feb at 11am.
Then available as a catch up class, and can be viewed as many times as you wish.
If you would like details just message or email me…

I had better get on now, and pack my bags.
I have a Lavinia Workshop tomorrow in Warrington, such a wonderful group of ladies.
I’m so looking forwards  to seeing you all again…

Enjoy your weekend all 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Wednesday 8 February 2023

Frosty Wednesday

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today. 
I do hope you are keeping well. 
It was a cold and frosty dog walk this morning. 
I couldn’t resist taking this photo, the landscape was so beautiful.

Today I have a couple of cards to share with you. 
I have created them from two of the backgrounds from yesterdays YouTube video.

Here is a closer look. 

This was the panel background, I began by adding some stamping. 

Next I used a circle mask for some spotlighting 

My next background was just perfect for the pheasant stamp.
I used Midnight Blue Elements ink around the moon. 

Some pastel highlights and shading plus a sentiment and my design was complete.

Here is a closer look. 
Wow, look at that shimmer, 
The Mysticals are perfect for this. 

I’m off now for a lovely warm drink…hot chocolate today…
I treat for me.

Take care everyone.
Have a lovely day 
Love and hugs 
Jo xxx