Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Blue and Silver

Good morning everyone. 
April the 1st, 
I was really hoping that this Coronavirus was an April fool and that 
everything would be back to normal when I woke up today. 
But alas, no. 
We are still living the nightmare. 

Although I have had a great time looking for paints, card, stamps etc for my neighbours children to use. 
Today I have delivered wooden spoons, wool, wobbly eyes etc so that they can make puppets, 
and have a puppet show. 

Such a great time to find all those cart products that we bought and have never used. 

As it is the first of the month, 
It is a new Challenge over on the Lavinia website. 
This month the theme is 

Blue and Silver. 
Great colour combination. 

Here is my inspiration, 
More of a turquoise and silver, 
But it is all about interpretation

I started by using VersaMark ink and a silver embossing powder .
I do love a resist technique. 
I used the mushroom lantern stamps, ( current favourite stamps ) 

Next I added the moon mask and some script stamping. 

Followed by some Brusho and water, 
I just let it drip down my card.
Oh , I do love this too. 

Look how it dries. 

Some silver card for matting and layering and job done. 
I have left this without a sentiment, so that I can add one later.
Depending on the occasion that I need it for. 
This is going to be one of those designs for that  emergency card time. 

I do hope you can join in the challenge. 

I must admit I am missing friends and family at the moment, 
But so glad that we can email, message and face time. 
Our little Jenson has found his feet since we last saw him. 
Bless him..
I can’t wait to hug the boys again 

Take care everyone 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Slate coaster

Good morning all, 
I hope you are keeping well. 
Today I am going to share one of my samples from today’s ODS

I decided to do something a little bit different. 

This is a slate coaster. 

I stamped the Daisy elegance stamp using a Staz-On ink pad.

Next I added some paint, 
And I went for different colours than I would normally use. 
I had so much fun creating this. 

I added some of my favourite Posca pen .
Then finally I sprayed some Spray and Shine from Crafters Companion , 
This is important so that the coaster can be used. 
It is important to varnish things that we use. 

One thing that I love to do is find different surfaces to stamp on, 
Karl is getting worried, with this lock down...but I have promised , 
Not to stamp on him,,,lol...

Take care everyone, 
Nearly coffee and biscuit time here .

Much love and hugs 
And thanks for your continued friendship and support 

Jo xxx

Monday, 30 March 2020

A spring Monday

Good morning all, 
How are things today? 
I hope you are keeping well 
We are keeping to our routine, up early, walked Eric and now in our little offices. 
Karl is in his office upstairs and I am in my craft room downstairs. 

I hope you are enjoying the little homework projects.
It is so lovely to see what you make, 
If you are on Facebook please join my group 
Jo’s Workshops 
And there you can chat and inspire each other too. 
Also I will keep putting the video's on my YouTube channel 

I really can’t wait until we can all be back together , sharing a hug, chatting and having 
coffee and cake. 

In the meantime, 
I have some homework for you. 

A nice CAS card using just two colours of distress oxide ink and an acrylic block for the background. 

Then stamping using VersaFine ink, nocturne 

Next I added some foliage and blending .

My favourite Lavinia script stamp. 

I used Inktense pencils to add a pop of colour. 

I hope you can join in and create this little scene. 
It would make a lovely card to send to a friend, just to say hi,,,

These are the stamps that I have used, 

Remember I can post them out and I am offering 10% for the online workshop discount.

Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Tree of Wisdom

Good afternoon all, 
I do hope you are keeping well, and that you remembered to alter your clocks. 
Wow, that just added to all those strange feelings, life is just so out of kilter at the moment. 

Today I thought I would share a new stamp with you from Lavinia Stamps. 
It is called Tree of Wisdom.

Just what we need at the moment. 
Lots of wise advice .

I started by stamping the tree in Versafine Clair ink, Nocturne.

Next I added some tree hives and a bunny. 
I do like to add a few doodles with my black fine liner pen too, 

I used distress oxide ink and water to add some colour. 

Faded jeans oxide ink and a moon mask were used to create the background. 

Plus some stamping with my favourite Sacred Spells stamp. 

A black sharpie line around the edges and my design was complete. 

This would make a great Easter card, 
After all I think we will be sending cards this year , certainly not visiting family and 
having an Easter egg hunt. 

This was sent to me , 
It cheered me up,..
Hope it makes you smile too.
Thanks Claire. ❤️

Take care everyone 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Spring forwards

Good evening everyone, 
Do remember to alter your clocks tonight 

Today I had a little play with one of my favourite stamps. 
A CAS design with the Knibs and mushrooms stamps by Tracy Evans. 

A quick and easy design
Some masking 

Some blending 

Some stamping 

And some ink and water flicking 

A sentiment and some Posca splats to finish off 

Enjoy your evening all. 

Stay safe 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxx

Friday, 27 March 2020

My lovely friends.

Good afternoon all, 
I hope your Friday is going well. 
We have just got home after attending Heidi’s funeral service. 
These things are upsetting at the best of times but believe me they are just so unreal at the moment. 
Close family only, no flowers, everyone wearing gloves, no hugging and an empty pew between families. 
Such a difficult day.
It has been made easier though, by all your lovely messages, cards and flowers. 
Karl and me thank you so much. 
We are so lucky to have such amazing friends. 

So today I am sharing this design with you. 
The colours really make me smile, and that is just what I need today. 

I really enjoyed creating this and I have made a YouTube video...

You can find it here. 

I hope you can take a look, and I hope you enjoy it.
It is just me, playing at home and yes mum, 
I do go on a bit. 
There is a reason that you call me 

The stamp set that I used is from Aall & Create and is designed by the lovely Tracy Evans
#266 Daisy Elegance 

Do take care everyone, 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxxx

Wednesday, 25 March 2020


Good afternoon everyone, 
How are you today ? 
I hope you are feeling ok and keeping well. 
I have to say that I am happy to comply with the recommendations of having a warm drink every 20mins. 
That is my sort of ratio for coffee and cake...

Please take care everyone, 

As we can’t meet up and craft together I thought that we could have homework 
So I will post some homework projects on here. 
Also I will make some more YouTube videos .
I have also got a group on Facebook 
It is called Jo’s workshops. 
On there I will post the homework plus a little video...
Where I can I will create a workshop kit (at a reduced price ) and 
Will post it out to anyone who wants it. 

So here is your homework 

This is the front of the card 

And this is the inside 

It uses the fabulous new Fritillaria stamp by the lovely Tracy Evans,

I also used a couple of distress oxide ink pads, stencil brushes and Inktense pencils to add some colour. 

This is the kit should you wish to buy it 
It is £10 
Just email me 

Please take care everyone 
Enjoy some rest, enjoy some creative time .

I am going to try and get into my garden later..

These are my fritillaries , 
I just adore them. 

Love and hugs 
Jo xxx