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Friday, 23 July 2021

Fun Friday.

Good morning everyone. 
I hope you are feeling well and that you have a lovely day planned. 
I have been up early as I am back on Grandma duties , I have dropped the boys off at nursery. 
Both Adam and Danielle are working today, it is Adams first day back after 
many months of Furlough. 
I must remember to go and collect the boys later too…
I have just cooked a Lasagna for them as I thought they might not feel like cooking when they get home. 
Mind you it has made my kitchen even warmer !!!!
All the windows and doors are open. 

Today I have a tag to share with you 



As you know I do love these white board tags. 


I started by adding my background, 
I used the usual Direct To Paper Technique, and Weathered wood Distress Oxide ink. 





Next I adding some stamping in black Versafine ink. 
These tags are so beautiful to stamp on. 




I needed some scenery, so I used the landscape masks and some Graphite ink. 
This makes such a difference. 



A little bit more stamping 
I used the stars around the edge of my tag, I do love to use stamps in unusual ways 



I wanted to add a hint of colour, 
Not too much though, just a hint. 
I also added the shadows too. 



And some yellow Posca to finish off the design. 
Don’t feel you always have to use white Posca…
Coloured Posca splats are just fabulous.
Here is a closer look 




Right, I had better get on.
Lots to do today and we have our online workshop tomorrow. 
We are Dabbling into Journalling tomorrow.
I am really looking forwards to spending time with our craft gang. 

Have a lovely weekend all.
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

PanPastels on the gel press plate

Good afternoon all, 
I hope today is treating you well. 
Very warm here in Holmes Chapel. 

Today I have another little catch up video 
to share with you. 



I have used PanPastels on my gel press plate. 
This is a great technique and they don’t need sealing after you pull the print…
A win, win, 



You can find the video here 


I hope you enjoy it .

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxxxx

Monday, 19 July 2021

Good Morning Mr Fox

Good morning everyone, 
I hope you slept well. 
Another beautiful start to the week here in Cheshire. 
I hope you have something lovely to do today. 
I have more samples to make, 
So I will be creating like mad in my craft room…
K is away overnight so I will make the most of my time and gets lots done. 
Although I intend to have a few coffee breaks in the garden. 

Today I have a recent Lavinia sample to share with you. 




Here is how I created it. 
I used a cut off piece of Lavinia watercolour card. 

I stared with stamping using Black Versafine Clair ink. 
I added brusho powder and water to create the leaves in the tree.
This is such a great effect. 




Next I added the scenery, with the landscape masks , a stencil brush and some Elements ink pads. 



I used brusho powder and water to watercolour paint some more colour and detail. 



Next I added some flowers using my Posca pens .



I added highlights and some shadows. 
I used my white chalk pastel pencil to add the highlights, I really love this effect on Mr Fox. 

Finally I mounted the card and added some bakers twine. 



I wonder what Mr Fox has seen in the tree? 

Here is a closer look 



I hope you have a lovely day .

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx


Sunday, 18 July 2021

Illustrate your life.

Good afternoon all, 
I do hope you are enjoying a lovely weekend. 
We had a wonderful day yesterday and just spent time with family celebrating Elliots 4th Birthday. 

So today I am catching up with jobs, and having a few brews in the garden. 



If you fancy Spending some time crafting with me. 
I have a new little video to share with you 



You can find it here 


Enjoy the rest of your day 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Friday, 16 July 2021

New Forest Hares

Good morning everyone , 
and welcome to our new follower. 
Please make your self at home. 
I still get so excited when I see we have a new friend joining us here. 

I do hope you are keeping well and that you have a lovely weekend planned.

I hope you like the new Lavinia stamps, The Forest Hares. 
Here is one of my samples using them. 



As you know I love to create using the wonderful watercolour card from Lavinia stamps. 

I started by stamping my images and then adding the ink and water. 



The watercolour card takes the water so well. 
I used some kitchen roll to create the clouds. 



And then added some extra details and extra colour using my Inktense pencils. 



Adding the shadows really makes such a difference. 
Here is a closer look. 



I used my white pastel pencil as always to add the highlights. 
These new Hare stamps are available on the Lavinia website. 

Take care everyone 
Thanks for popping in 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx

Wednesday, 14 July 2021

Free your Inner Creativity

Good morning all, 
Another cloudy but beautiful morning in Cheshire. 
I do hope your morning has started well. 
I had a migraine yesterday and oh bless it, it is still with me today. 
So it isn’t easy to see to type.
Fingers crossed I don’t make too many mistakes. 
Today I have a design for you, which follows on from yesterday’s YouTube video.
It is a combination of a couple of gel press techniques with a masking technique. 


Do you remember a while ago when I make a card using flower reflections and masking tape for the sentiment ? 



If you missed it the video is here


Well as you know I like to mix techniques up a bit. 



I started by masking off my card. 



Then added ink onto my gel press plate 





Followed by the stencil and more ink. 


Look at the pattern on the printing plate 




I then pressed the gel press onto my card 




This is what I got, even a bonus piece of patterned masking tape…
I have made my own washi tape…



I added one of the new sentiments, 



A couple of coordinating butterflies and some white posca splats. 

Here is a closer look 





These designs would be great to make and keep for those days when you need a ready made background. 
Let’s face it, we all have them .

I have a special Birthday card to make today 
I can’t believe that our Elliot is 4 tomorrow. 
So I had better get on, and need to find some dinosaurs 

Thanks for popping in 
Take care all 
Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx







Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Lilium Petals

Good afternoon everyone. 
I hope you are keeping well and enjoying this beautiful weather. 
I am just popping in with a short post today .

I have another YouTube to share with you. 



Here I am using the new Olipsical gel press plate from Lavinia 
There are 3 new shapes and they are all available on the website. 

Here is a closer look 



You can find the video here 


I really hope you enjoy it. 

Have a lovely evening, I’m off to cook some food and water my hanging baskets. 

Much love and hugs 
Jo xxx