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Tuesday 30 May 2023

Technique Tuesday with Birthday Greyboard numbers.

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in again.

I do hope your day is going well. 
It is beautiful and sunny here in Holmes Chapel. 

Today I have a lovely little catch up video to share with you…

A great way of using our new 
Lavinia GreyBoard Numbers. 




I do hope you enjoy it…

Time to grab a brew and cheeky biscuit. ( or piece of Birthday cake ) 



Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxxx

Monday 29 May 2023

Wonderful weekend.

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today. 
I hope you are having a wonderful bank holiday weekend.

On Saturday it was the craft show in Leigh, it is always such a pleasure to demonstrate using 
Lavinia stamps. 
It was such a great day and Lisa, James and myself had so much fun. 





Yesterday it was my Birthday,,,and I spent it with close friends and family. 




The weather was fabulous, we laughed, ate cake and had some bubbles. 





Thanks so much to all of you who sent me messages, cards, gifts, flowers…




Honestly I feel so spoilt..
It took me over an hour just to open my cards…




I did spend time on the phone with my lovely Mum, so that we could remember my dad. 
It has been a year since he left us and we miss him everyday,,,
But I do know that he will be looking down on us and be so proud ….๐Ÿงก


Before I go, 
I have our Mindful Monday video to share with you…





I do hope you enjoy it 


Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx


Friday 26 May 2023

Welcome Dinkles to our family

Hi everyone, 
Me again. 

Today is the day that we welcome 
Dinkles to the Lavinia Family.




These are a powder…full of pigment…
It is super fine and has been specially developed for Lavinia.

The colours have been specifically chosen to complement Lavinia designs 

Once water is added you can see the magic happen.



Here I have simply added some stamping….and used the Dinkles in the background and for 
some watercolour painting. 





Here is a closer look..





Just pop over to the website for more details…

I hope you have a lovely weekend planned 
If you are coming to Leigh craft show tomorrow 





See you there…

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Back to it

Hi everyone, 
Hope you are keeping well. 
Thanks so much for popping in today…
We got into Manchester at 1am this morning…after such a wonderful week away.
It was just the break that we needed…
Catching up with sleep, reading books, and just taking time out. 





This weekend is going to be bitter sweet, 
On Sunday I will be celebrating my 60th Birthday, 
but it will also be twelve months since we lost my lovely dad…

Time to reflect




Eric went mad when we walked in, he loves Aunty Lisa…but I think he had missed us. 
Thanks so much to Lisa for looking after him…oh and the fish…Batman and Spider-Man.

The cases are empty and the washing machine  is on…
I have been to the supermarket and I am now in my craft room…

I will try and catch up with messages, emails etc…

So if you fancy putting the kettle on…
We could have a catch up.





You can join me here 


Take care all

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday 23 May 2023

Technique Tuesday with Greyboard and a fab background

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in again. 
It is another lovely day in Cape Verde, 




I do hope you are all having a wonderful day too.

I have another video to share with you…

This one uses more Greyboard and a familiar background 





A few of you new to crafting have asked how to create this type of background 
So Sue and Linda this is for you. 

You can find the video here 


Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday 22 May 2023

Mindful Monday Time from Cape Verde

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

We are in Cape Verde enjoying our week away…
It is a special holiday as I have a significant Birthday at the weekend. 





Thanks so much Karl for organising it, 
Look we were checked in by Lavinia, 





The room is fabulous, a minibar stocked up everyday and these optics on the wall. 












I have just had time to relax and read this fabulous book.




Honestly If you fancy a good read…this is the book 
Nigel I have loved every minute of it…




Don’t worry though, 
We still have our Mindful Monday get together..





Today I have a lovely generic design to share with you 

You can find it here 


I do hope you enjoy it.

I’m off now, for a little afternoon nap.

Well it would be rude not too.

Take care all.

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Wednesday 17 May 2023

Time for another Coffee Break Crafts

Hi everyone 
Thanks so much for popping in again 
Always lovely to spend time with you. 

Today I have another little video to share with you 

Fancy spending your coffee break with me ? 

Then join me here 



https://youtu.be/8Z13x40fo94





Just watch out because those cheeky nice are popping in too 





Much love and hugs 

Jo xxx


Tuesday 16 May 2023

Stencil play

Hi everyone, 
Hope you are keeping well.
Another mad busy day here. I must admit. 
I now understand why we haven’t been abroad for so long.,,all the preparation.
We haven’t even started packing yet…
Just trying to get jobs ticked off the work list.
Hey hoo..
I’m sure it will be worth it. 

Todays little video is all about stencil play.




Now, you know how much I love my stencils, 



So this design is only using stencils.
I do like to challenge myself. 


You can find the video 
Here 


I do hope you enjoy it. 

Much love and hugs to all 
Jo xxx

Monday 15 May 2023

Our December Calendar page

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in again. 
This afternoon I am going to share the last page in our 
Lavinia Calendar…

I have had so much fun filling these pages and I can’t wait until next year’s calendars are ready…
I promise I will let you know when they are available 

This is my design for December



I do hope you like it 
Here is a closer look 





You can find the video here 


Enjoy your evening all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Mid Month Reminder

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in again. 

This morning I am just here with a quick reminder for you. 
It is the mid month reminder for our 
Lavinia Challenge 

The theme is 
Through the mist 
Here is another sample for you. 





I started off with some stamping on watercolour card




Then I added some brusho powders 
The puffer tool is great with brusho powders. 




I love the way this just happens,

So finishing touches with glossy accents and posca pens. 



Here is a close up.





Remember all the information is on the Lavinia website 

Have a lovely day and I will be back later with our 
Mindful Monday video 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Sunday 14 May 2023

Sunday catch up

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today. 
I do hope you have had a lovely weekend. 
Yesterdays class at Lavinia HQ was fabulous. 




Such a wonderful group of ladies (as always)





Such an amazing way to spend the day, and look 




Wendy came all the way from Australia…
Ok so she is on holiday…but she really did come over from Australia. 

Jack was in the shop, so good to have Jack hugs on a Saturday. 

The only downside to my day was that the M56 was closed, so I had an alternative route, but that had 
a road closure too…with no diversion…grrr 
It took over 2 hours to get home
So glad I had some Prosecco waiting in the fridge. 

Today we have been up to Kendal to see my Mum, 
Always lovely to have coffee and cake with her and be able 
to give her a hug.
I even took up a Pork casserole which I had made..get me ๐Ÿ˜‚

Today I have an extra video to share with you,
It shows you how I created this working clock…
Be warned though 
It is about 50mins long





So you will definitely need a brew and a cheeky biscuit (maybe a packet of cheeky biscuits) 

You can find the video here 


Take care all, 
Enjoy your evening 
And see you again tomorrow 

Hugs 
Jo xxxx


Friday 12 May 2023

Greyboard Friday

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in and 
welcome to our new followers on here.
Welcome to the family. 

Today Lavinia have launched some fabulous Greyboard shapes…
Clocks, Cogs and Numbers…
Very useful indeed.




I have used an  Mdf box, which is  available on the website and decorated it…
I do hope you like it.
Those of you who have been with me for years will recognise this mixed media technique…
It’s not new, in fact I have taught it for years.
But I still love it…
Hope you do too….




If it’s no your things , don’t worry at all. 
I will have more Lavinia stamping designs to share with you on Monday. 

I started by taking the hinges off the box…
I put them safe in one of my tins.




Next I played and had fun arranging the Greyboard.




And yes, I did keep changing my mind,

When happy I stuck it all down with some glue , I also added a little glass bottle and hinge clip.

Next I painted the whole thing with black gesso…



When dry I started adding some metallic gilding polish 

Plush some mystical sprays…




Some sentiment stickers and posca pen added the finishing touches…





Then I added 2 coats of Collage medium…for protection…





I just love every bit of this….so much so, 
I have ordered another box to decorate…




There really are so many possibilities with these products. 

I hope you have a lovely weekend. 
I am off to Lavinia HQ in Ruthin for another 
Sharing The Love Of Lavinia Class..
And our wonderful Jack will be my partner in crime,,
So looking forwards to tomorrow. 

Take care everyone, 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx