Sunday 31 December 2023

Happy New Year

Happy New Year 

I just wanted to pop in and wish you all a very Happy New Year 

One filled with much love , happiness 
and contentment 

Thanks for all your friendship and support over the last 12 months 

Eric sends a big hug too 

Much love and hugs 
See you next year 
Jo xxxx

Thank you

Hi everyone, 
As promised here are some photos of the 
most amazing Christmas cards that you lovely crafters sent me. 

Honestly I am so lucky

I have spent a lovely hour just looking at them all

The care and attention you have put in 

Made with love 

No wonder I love my job.

Great news too…
I have been asked to stay as 
Head DT at Lavinia stamps for another year…
I’m so chuffed 

So many exciting times ahead.
Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Thursday 28 December 2023

Get your New Diary out

Sharing The Love of Lavinia workshops.
  I am so excited to be hosting more workshops at Lavinia HQ in Ruthin. 
The cost will remain the same £40 paid via PayPal when booking. (   Friends and Family please ) 
Venue- Lavinia HQ in Ruthin 
Time - 10-30 to 3-30 
More details about projects will follow later, but here are the dates that I can confirm,,,

Workshop 4 
Saturday 23rd March 
Saturday 13th April
Saturday 11th May 
Workshop 5 
Saturday 22nd June 
Saturday 20th July 
Saturday 17th August 
Workshop 6 
Saturday 21st September 
Saturday 12th October 

If you would like to book a place please message or email me 

All the best 
Jo xx

Thanks so much

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today 
I do hope you have enjoyed the last few days 

Our Boxing Day catch up was so lovely. 
Good to get everyone together, with work commitments it doesn’t 
happen very often. 

I must Thank all my wonderful crafty friends and family for all my gifts and cards. 

I have taken photos of some, 


Look at the beautiful roses 

Hand made felted gifts, 

Hand sewn items 

Beautiful mug 

Amazing hand cream, 

Some highland cattle 

Just to mention a few…

I will take photos of your cards and post them over the next few days.

I am enjoying a few days off ,
Just what I need to recharge my batteries…
Another busy year planned next year…

Starting with a show in York, 
demonstrating all things Lavinia on the 
Stamper Grove stand  

Enjoy your day everyone
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Tuesday 26 December 2023

Fun with Mica Minerals on Boxing Day

Hi everyone 
Thanks so much for popping in 
I hope you are having a lovely Boxing Day.
Busy day here as I am cooking our extra Christmas dinner for all of us. 
It is always so lovely to have both boys, partners and grandchildren all around the table together…
I get quite emotional 

Today I have our Tuesday catch up video for you 

Just a nice, easy little card 

Oh and fun too.
Here is a closer look 

You can find it here 

I hope you enjoy it 

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday 25 December 2023

Christmas Joy on Christmas Day

Happy Christmas everyone, 
I hope you are having a wonderful day. 
Full of magic, laughter and love. 

I have a little video to share with you…
Well it is Monday…
You know me,,
I just don’t stop 

I hope you enjoy it 
Here is a closer look 


You can find it here 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Sunday 24 December 2023

Happy Christmas

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in 
I do hope you are having a lovely Christmas Eve. 

This morning we took Eric for a lovely walk to the park…
It was very wet, but still so beautiful..
He loved it so much. 

A lovely way to start the day…no shopping…no rushing around…it was truly wonderful 

We are now having hot chocolate in front of the fire.


I hope you all have a very Happy and Magical Christmas .
Enjoy every minute, 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Saturday 23 December 2023

Cheerful Bags

Hi everyone, 
I do hope today finds you well 

I hope you are all sorted and ready for Christmas….
I know that some of you will be on your own or caring for someone 
So I have recorded a little catch up video today 
Just so we can spend some time together…

So put the kettle on and plump up your cushions.

I am going to decorate some gift bags…

Here is a closer look 

You can find it here 

I hope you enjoy it 

Have a lovely evening 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday 19 December 2023

Christmas Mistletoe in Monochrome

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in again…
Hope you are getting all your jobs ticked off your list 

I must admit that everytime I tick one of my list 
I have to add another one on…grrr

Today I have a lovely monochromatic piece for you 
Perfect for those last minute designs 

You can find the video here 


And here is one with some extra colour, for a vintage feel 

Here I have added some  red , a real
pop of colour. 

So many possibilities 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday 18 December 2023

Christmas Joy and the GelPress

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

Wow, not long now until Christmas 
Are you ready ? 
We had such a wonderful class on Friday evening 
So that is wrapping paper, tags, and Chocolate bars all wrapped up 
and ready to deliver 

Today I have a lovely little video for you 
Some play with the gelpress 

I have used the Christmas joy stamp but we have so many 
Other stamps that would work well with this design..

Just enjoy and have fun 

You can find it here 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Friday 15 December 2023

An extra little gift

Hi everyone, 
Hope your Friday is going well. 
Another busy day here, 
Grandma duties, shopping, ironing and lots on my craft list. 
Oh yes and my online class this evening. 
I must remeber….

Tonight we are creating festive wrapping designs, paper, tags , bags, etc 
Basically having a wonderful crafty catch up…
With friends, coffee, maybe a mince pie…or two

Also there will be chocolate. 

We will be decorating chocolate bars.
They make great gifts.
Brown paper, Lavinia stamps and decorative tape, 
plus a few embellishments. 

Tim Holtz paper and embellishments 

Just have a good old rummage 
and use what you have 

The little fir cones are the ones that I collect when walking Eric 
There is a fabulous large tree in Holmes Chapel that sheds these .
There are so many on the ground , especially after it has been windy…

I hope you have a lovely weekend planned 
Lots to do here…
Karl’s Birthday on Sunday…
Must make him a card…I know 
Last minute , 😂

Just not enough hours in each day 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Thursday 14 December 2023

Mid Month Reminder

Hi everyone, 
I do hope you are keeping well. 
I know there are lots of winter bugs here in the UK, 
So if you are under the weather….please take care 
and have a gentle hug from me,,,( and Eric ) 

I am just popping in to remind you about the December Lavinia Challenge 
The Magic of Christmas 

This month you could win £60 to spend at Lavinia 
and remember the winner is chosen at random 
Here is some inspiration 

This is inside 

I decorated the envelope too 

I started off with with some masking using Lavinia Low Tack tape and some stamping 
Next I added some scenery 

And then a little more colour into the sky.
I have definitely got more adventurous with my colours. 

Next I changed to the small stencil brush to add more depth of colour 

A little more stamping and then some detail using my gel pens. 

Some more stamping to add depth and to ground the design.
Then some posca for those finishing touches 

Once the tape is removed the full magic can be seen 
Here is a closer look 

I just love our little bird on the top of the tree…

You can enter via the Lavinia website 
Good luck everyone

I must go , it is extra grandma duties this week…school plays etc 
Oh and naughty elf duties…
I have even bought him a Christmas jumper…

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxxxx

Tuesday 12 December 2023

Adventure card with our Reindeer

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in again today. 
I do hope you are having a good day.
Very wet and dark here.
 Poor Eric had physio today and Katie has seen a decline in him.
He seems to be in more pain in his spine and down his front legs  now…bless him.
Definitely more cuddles needed 

After physio I came home, made a coffee and came to my craft room to have a catch up with you all. 
Unfortunately the boys school phoned and Jenson has had a fall and bumped his head…
Nothing serious but he needed picking up from school   oh.  And cuddles. 

I think it is one of those days 

Thanks so much for your lovely comments on yesterday’s video.
Today I have something for the males.

Here is a closer look 

You can find the video here 

I hope you enjoy it 

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday 11 December 2023

Winter Birthday card design

Hi everyone
Thanks so much for popping in today 

I hope you had a lovely weekend.
I had a wonderful day on Saturday , I spent my day with friends 
Crafting , just for fun 
Lots of laughter, fun, cake and coffee 
A wonderful way to spend the day. 

How are you doing with your preparations for Christmas ? 
Good , I hope. 
I always feel for people who have Birthdays at this time of year.

So today and tomorrow I am sharing some 
Winter themed Birthday cards with you…

One for the ladies 

Here is a closer look 

You can find the link here 

I do hope you enjoy it. 

Have a lovely evening , 
and see you again tomorrow 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx