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Wednesday 15 May 2024

Bubbles

Hi everyone 
Thanks so much for popping in again 

I do hope you are keeping well 

I have our Technique Tuesday video to share with you 

This is another older technique 





It is great fun 
and you never really know exactly what you will get 





and is a fabulous background for our wonderful 
Lavinia stamps 

You can find it here 


I do hope you get chance to have a play 
It is good for the soul 

Please take care 
and if you need an extra special hug 
Here is one 
Just for you 

🤩🧡🧡🧡🧡

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Monday 13 May 2024

Lucas quiet place

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today 
I do hope your week has started well and that you had a lovely weekend. 




The workshop at Lavinia HQ on Saturday was lovely, 
Such a great group of ladies 




Theresa treated us to cakes and thank you 
Sarah for my flowers. 
I just adore these tags 



I am off on holiday today..
I little break for Karl and me.
We just need some time  to relax 

Life has been so hectic 
Thanks so much Lisa for moving in and looking after Eric 

As it is Monday I have our catch up video to share with you 
Today is Luka in her quiet place .
This has been one of my favourite makes over the last few weeks. 





You can join me here 


Enjoy the rest of your day 
Internet permitting 
I will pop back tomorrow 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Thursday 9 May 2024

Arch Of Angels

Hi everyone, 
thanks so much for popping in again.
It is always so lovely to spend time with you. 
Today I have a lovely little project to share with you , using a very old 
technique…
A shaker card..
These are so much fun to make 
As soon as I saw the new Arch of Angels stamp , I just knew 
that I had to make one. 




I started of stamping the beautiful Arch of Angels in VC ink and then added some 
Stencil work…
The red brick stencil works so well 



Next I added some scenery behind the door..
There are also a couple of new door and inner gate stamps to look out for 



I used making tape to protect my image, 
Some floral stamping and my scene was created 



I stamped the Arch again , added some colour and carefully cut it out. 
Using red liner tape I added some. Acetate…or in my case some of the plastic wrapping from one of 
my lavinia blocks 
Well…we never throw anything away, do we ? 



I then added some sequins and small beads to my design 
Carefully added foam pads to the back of the second arch and then carefully 
Holding my breath 
Decoupaged the arch. 



Whoop.
There we have it 



Some finishing tricks , 
A couple of sentiment stickers 
and job done. 

I do hope you have a go at a shaker card 
Be so good to see them again. 

Enjoy the rest of your day 
Karl left at 5am …he has a long day in London 
So I have videos to record, 
pasta bake to make for the boys tea 
Eric to walk 
Oh and must remember to be back at school for 3pm.

May just need coffee too…

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx


Nature as inspiration

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for joining me again. 

I have just walked the boys to school (grandma duties ) and 
it is such a beautiful morning .

So I just wanted to pop in and show you my favourite card design from Saturdays online workshop 



and how nature inspires me 




I just love to go for long walks, and soak up nature…




I really do find it so inspiring.




I hope you can take 5 minutes  out today 
To just soak up some nature too.


Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Wednesday 8 May 2024

The Forest Realm Collection

Hi everyone, 
Only 2 more sleeps and the new stamps will be with us 
This Friday, the 10th May 
The new
Forest Realm Collection of stamps will be released at Lavinia Stamps 



I do hope you have been looking at all the fabulous inspiration from the design team which is all over social media.




I am so proud to be Head DT at Lavinia. 





We have more inspiration to come over the next few days. 

Enjoy your Wednesday…
(And yes I do have to keep reminding myself that it is 
Wednesday ) 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday 7 May 2024

Moss Cap cluster

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in again. 

As it is Tuesday , 
I have our Tuesday catch up video to share with you. 

I have a sneak peek of one of the new stamps too
Remember these are being released this Friday 
The 10th May 





You can join me here 


Have a lovely evening 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Shadow Stamping

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in. 
I’m sorry that I didn’t have a catch up with you yesterday but I was enjoying some precious family time. 
We had some beautiful weather and I went for lots of walks with Karl and Eric, 
Then in the afternoon we went to the park with Elliot. 

My Monday catch up video featured Shadow Stamping 
This is another old technique. ( so no, I’m not claiming it 😂)
As you know I do love to bring good old techniques to you .





It is sometimes also called the faux embossing technique 

You can find the video here 


I have chosen to use Kraft card as I get so many messages asking me for 
ideas using Kraft card. 

I do hope you enjoy it

Take care all 
Hugs 
Jo xxx

Friday 3 May 2024

Happy Weekend

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today. 
Well it has been a very grey and wet day here…typical 
Bank Holiday weekend weather 

I do hope you have some lovely things planned for this weekend. 
I am really looking forward to our online class tomorrow.
I do enjoy spending time  with my crafty friends. 





Some pen, acrylic block, and water background inspiration from me today. 





Then simple stamping , 
So quick and effective…

I wish you all well.
Remember to be kind in all you say and do,,,

Take care 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx



Wednesday 1 May 2024

Favourite Florals

Hi everyone, 
Welcome to May..

Whoop , my Birthday month…

I do hope your new month has started well 

That means that we have a new Lavinia challenge 
This months theme is 
Favourite Florals…

How perfect…You know how much I just love florals 

Here is some inspiration for you 



Remember the winner is chosen at random 
and wins a £40 voucher to spend at Lavinia stamps 

I do love poppies 
This is such a wonderful technique…
Simple…the trick is just getting the correct amount of water 
Using our Clean  Color pens and water spritz 



Watercolour card is a must too 



Some additional stamping 



After blotting I added some sky and the moon , just for some atmosphere 

I really love this design.
Here is a closer look 




I do hope you can enter the challenge 
All the details are on the Lavinia stamps website 

Not long now and it is our May online Class 
As always I only charge a nominal £10 per class 
It is live on Saturday or after that as a catch up class 



I’m so looking forwards to this one 

Enjoy the rest of your day 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday 30 April 2024

Ghost stamping amongst the buttercups

Hi everyone, 
I do hope today is going well. 

It is a beautiful day here in Holmes Chapel. 
Although there is a strong wind…it catches you by surprise.

I have been tacking jobs on my 
Craft To Do list today 
It is one of those one ticked off the list 
Then another job gets added sort of days,

I am tired too as Karl was up and out at 5am…
All these early mornings and busy days are wearing us out,,,
Roll on our holiday in a couple of weeks…
We so need a proper holiday 

Today I have our Tuesday catch up video for you 





This is another older technique, 
but one that is worth repeating 





Works great with stencils too.
There is an older video using stencils. 

Here is a closer look 





You can find it here 


Enjoy your evening 
Whatever you have planned 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday 29 April 2024

What a Wonderful Weekend

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

Our workshop in Saintfield. Nr Ireland went really well. 



I do love spending  time with these ladies .




Such a wonderful group, we have been going over for some years now…and great friendships have been made. 

We found a lovely place to stay
The Old Schoolhouse Inn 






This was our bedroom, 





They have an award winning breakfast too.




I can really recommend you looking them up.




So much history in the building. 

Mind you by the time we got home about 9pm yesterday we had travelled to Scotland, Nr Ireland, Dublin , Wales and finally got 
home to Cheshire …all in 3 days.
No wonder we are both shattered today…

Thanks to Lisa who looked after Eric for us..

Before I go 
I just want to share todays catch up video with you 





A different way to use the  fab foil…
Here is a closer look 




I do hope you enjoy it

You can find it here 


Enjoy your evening all. 

I think it will be an early night here 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx






Tuesday 23 April 2024

Pheasant by Moonlight

Hi everyone, 
Only me again. 

I have our Tuesday catch up video to share with you. 


If you need a card design in a rush…
This might just help 





You can find it here 


Here is a closer look 





So put the kettle on and plump up your cushions 

Have a lovely evening 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Catch up

Hello everyone, 
thanks so much for popping in today. 
Sorry for my lack of posts, life has been a bit manic. 

Saturday was a lovely day , I was teaching at 
The Stamp pad 



Such a wonderful day, lovely crafters, 
and yummy cakes too. 
Thanks so much Gwen for asking me, and ladies always lovely spending time with you. 

Sunday was a day off…well catching up with jobs actually. 

Then yesterday I had videos to record. 

I also had our Monday catch up video on YouTube.

Lovely stamping and stencil work today 



You can find it here 


Last night I went for a long walk with Karl…it was raining , but we still enjoyed
some fresh air.

Today I have been to Gusto to have a coffee with Mikey.





The pupils from Inscape are in the restaurant today…showing their 
friends and family what they have been learning 
I met Harry and Oliver…
2 fabulous young men
It was so emotional 

I am so proud of what Mikey and the whole team do. 

Just look up 
Together Trust 


It is always great to be able to give something back. 
Why not sponsor a support animal? 

Nearly time to feed and walk Eric 
I will pop back later with todays video 

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx


Tuesday 16 April 2024

Tuesday and some ‘Kiss Stamping’

Hi everyone, 
Thanks so much for popping in today.
It has been another wet and miserable afternoon here in Cheshire. 
Eric had physio this morning, and bless him his joints are getting worse.
Extra leg supports are needed. 
He never moans though…he is such a good boy. 
Katie worked her magic on him once again. 

Today is Adam’s Birthday…I can’t believe that he is 35 years old 
It only seems yesterday that we welcomed him into the world…
Makes me feel quite old…or my age !!!!

As it is Tuesday I have our 
Technique Tuesday video to share with you 
Today it is all about Kiss Stamping 
An old technique…but a great one and I feel it is worth revisiting it 



Here is a closer look 





You can join me here 


I hope you enjoy it and have fun. 

I had better get ready for the Birthday meal…
Whoop…no cooking tonight 

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Monday 15 April 2024

Monday hugs

Hi everyone, 
I hope you had a lovely weekend, 
Our Lavinia workshop at Lavinia HQ in Ruthin was so lovely, 
Such wonderful crafty friends..




Tracey & Kev popped in too.
That was such a bonus,,,always good to have a Tracey hug.

Thanks for my present Susan , I love it 




Eric and Karl had a lovely walk…(k had a bacon butty too !!! ) 
and came to pick me up then it was off 
to our favourite campsite,




We enjoyed lots of walks on Sunday and the weather was fine, then Sunday night we had a storm…
Hey hoo.




We came back early this morning ready for a 9am start at work..
Lots to do this week 

As it is Monday I have our catch up video for you,

Today it is a meadow scene with Dinkles.
This is such a lovely technique,




I do hope you have a go 
You can find it here 


Have a lovely evening 
Take care 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx