Saturday, 18 November 2017

Happy Birthday

Hello again friends and visitors.

I hope you have all had a good week. I certainly have.
I'm so looking forward to Christmas this year, as it looks like my darling daughter could be moving much much closer to home in time for the festive season.
Having her close will be a real joy, I just can't wait!

Although I have just started on my 2017 Christmas cards, I'm just sneaking in a birthday card today. I haven't been able to show you until the recipient had actually received it.

So here it is

The supplies used here are
* Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions Shadow box collection stitched lattice frames
* Pearlescent linen cardstock
* Lemon Craft Heart Painted paper stack
* Amazing Paper Grace/Spellbinders Designer series Graceful Borders - Graceful Corners One
* Spellbinders D-Lites - Flourish Trim
* Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions Stitched Flags
* Spellbinders Nestabilities Radiant Rectangles
* Spellbinders Nestabilities Mega Ovals
* Amazing Paper Grace/Spellbinders Shapeabilities Decorative Swallowtail Tags
* Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions Orange Blossom Leaves
* Amazing Paper Grace/Spellbinders Cinch and go Flowers 
* Elizabeth Crafts Bunch of Flowers
* Distress inks
* Pearls and stamens from my stash

I really hope the recipient liked it, as I hope you do too.

Thank you so much for stopping by today, I hope you pop by again for my next mid-week card.

Jo xx

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Winter Joy

Well hello there friends, visitors and newcomers.

I thought I would surprise you all with a quick, mid-week post. 
Hopefully, this will become a regular blogging day but I have some very exciting news to share with you all in the upcoming days, so I may have to shuffle around my regular posting days a little.

So without further ado, here is my first Christmas card of 2017 

The supplies used here are
* Metallic and glitter cardstock from my stash
*Stampin Up Star of Light stamp set
* M&C Boutique Snowflake die set
* Crafters Companion Winter Joy stamp set
* Stampendous embossing powders in Aqua, Periwinkle and Crystal
* Ranger Archival ink in Paradise Teal
* Brad from my stash

This whole card was inspired by the piece of blue/green metallic cardstock found in my scrap box.

I layered the snowflake 3 times and slightly teased the points of the uppermost layer forward slightly.

The embossing powders I mixed together. Firstly the aqua and crystal and embossed 2 of the stampin up images. I then added some periwinkle to the mix and embossed a further 2 images, just to add a little contrast. 

I didn't actually need or want to use the brad as you normally would so I simply snipped off the prongs and attached to the centre of the snowflake.

All in all, a super quick card to create. I just love the simplicity of it, having curbed my desire to add further embellishments!

Once again I've been doing some jigging with my photos. I hope they're looking better in quality for you. 

I do hope you like my first Christmas card of the year.
I have to say I'm now itching to get my Christmas tree out and bedecked with lovely festiveness, but I'll hold off a while longer.

Thank you all so much for your visit today. Pop by again soon for my next card. 

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Best Friends Forever

Good morning my crafty friends. I do hope you've all had a good week and that your weekend has got off to a great start.

I had a lovely visit from my darling Daughter for a few days. It's always great to have her home so I can spoil her a little. It also makes a nice change from being the only female in the house! We always have such a laugh and a giggle when she's here. 

Well, as I'd spent a few days girly shopping etc, todays card needed to be one that was quick to put together. I did, however, take myself out of my comfort zone somewhat and delved into my stamp stash!

So here is todays card.

Now, I don't do a huge amount of stamping as I'm basically a 'die' and 'flower' addict. Stamping can seriously frustrate me when it doesn't turn out as perfect as can be (or as I can achieve) first time. Therefore I took the plunge and bought a stamping platform.

I opted for a Crafts Too - Press to Impress, as it was slightly cheaper than some of the other platforms and I wasn't really sure how much use I'd get out of it. I am super pleased with it! Now I use it all the time for my stamped sentiments and other little bits of stamping I do.

So, here are the supplies used on todays card
* Indigo Blue 'Floral Swirl' stamp
* Spellbinders labels thirteen
* Spellbinders labels six
* Justrite vintage oval labels stamp set
* Elizabeth crafts bunch of flowers 
* M&C Boutique leaf die
* Joy Crafts decorative chalks Pearl 
* Ranger archival inks in Shadow Grey, Watering Can and Jet Black

I've also had some advice from a wonderful lady on photography. I'm trying to improve the quality for you all so please feel free to leave a comment on how you think I'm doing. 

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend. Thank you for visiting today and please stop by again next week.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Best Wishes

Good afternoon friends and followers. 
I hope everyone has had a great week, I know I have! 
Mine involved family visits and a crafty craft shopping trip. What could be better?

Well, the weather is slowly on the turn now, although it has been pretty mild. I have taken inspiration from my woodland dog walks for todays card. Something a little different for me I think.

So here we go

The supplies used here are 
* Santoro Willow paper pad
* M&C Boutique Driftwood paper pad 
* Spellbinders standard circles large 
* Spellbinders shapeabilities Wreath (small only)
* Memory Box Catalina wreath 
* Cheery Lynn Sweet christine flower strip
* Presscut/crafts-too flower die
* Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions Spring foliage (flowers only)
* M&C Boutique banners stamp set
* Sentiment stamp from my stash 
* Chipboard corners from The Works
* Stampendous Aged silver embossing enamel
* Lashings of distress ink to colour the wreath amd flowers
* Pearls from my stash 

I haven't listed all the colours of distress ink used here as I used pretty much used all my greens and pinks with a bit of brown and red for good measure. 

I'm now wondering if I can recreate the wreath for a home decor piece! That may have to wait until I've made a start on my Christmas cards. I can definitely envisage using the Catalina wreath on a winter/Christmas card.

I hope you liked my, slightly different card today. 

Thank you for visiting and please pop back again soon x

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Thinking of You

Hello again my crafty (and non crafty) friends. 
It still feels great to be back crafting again. Almost every waking minute spent thinking/planning/shopping craft lol.
That is when I'm not organising house repairs! (I'm on my second this week as I write). 

So without further ado, onto todays card.
I'm entering this into the CAS-UAL Fridays challenge, you can find it here : Think Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness

The supplies used here are 
*  Crafts-Too embossing folder 
*  Justrite Kindness stamp set
*  Hobbycraft lavender pigment ink pad
*  Clear embossing powder 
*  Spellbinders labels twenty
*  Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions victoria frames and tags
*  Spellbinders fancy framed tags 
*  Cheery Lynn tea rose leaves only
*  Spellbinders Rose creations 
*  Ivory foamiran 
*  Crelando pastel chalks 
*  Distress ink antique linen
*  Joy Crafts decorative chalks Pearl 
*  Magazine freebie sentiment stamp 
*  Pearls from my stash 

I wanted to keep the card simple and uncluttered, which I hope I've achieved.

I hope you like my card for today. Thank you all that follow and visit for your support and lovely comments. It really does mean a lot.

Pretty soon I hope to be back to twice weekly posts, but until then I hope you can pay a visit next week.

Have a great week everyone x

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Home is where the heart is

Well hello there! It has been such a long time since my last post. It has been the Mother of all moves and I swear I will NOT be moving again untill I'm carried out in a box.
There has been so much more to do in this house than we anticipated, all of which has taken much longer than it should due to me sustaining 2 injuries to the same knee! There's still quite a bit left to do but I have abandoned any further renovations or decorating (for the time being) in favour of crafting 😉.
So, on the theme of new homes, here is my first make.

The supplies used here are 
* Spellbinders floral assortment 
* Spellbinders fleur de lis squares 
* Crafters companion sentimentals vintage floral phrases 
* Sue Wilson/ Creative Expressions Perfect Peonies 
* Cheery Lynn tea roses leaves only
* Cheery Lynn flourish leaf strip 
* Joy crafts decorative chalks pearl
* Distress ink pumice stone
* Stamens and pearls from my stash 

I had real difficulty getting a good photo. The grey card stock is definitely much lighter than it looks in the pictures. I resorted to having to take my pics in the garden! I bet my new neighbours think I'm a real odd ball lol. 

I apologise for my lengthy absence from posting. I shall endeavour to post once a week for the time being, usually on a Saturday. 

I hope you like my first make post-move.
Thank you for your visit and please stop by again next week.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Follow your Dreams

Hello there visitors.
I hope you are all well this fine, sunny, afternoon.
I have some news to share with you. I may be moving house in the very imminent future. My Husband and I have come to the conclusion that we really need to move closer to our elderly parents to be on hand to help care and support them in their twilight years. We think we have found the perfect house and if things progress smoothly this could very well be my last post for some time. I have some serious decluttering to do before I can even begin to tackle packing! All of this comes very quickly after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which isn't going to make the task easy, to say the least. 
We are also downsizing which means I will no longer have a dedicated craft room! I will, however, make sure I have some sort of crafting space....somewhere.
So, without further ado here is todays card.

The supplies used here are 

* Crafters companion / Sara Davies floral delight paper pad 
* Presscut square nesting dies 
* Spellbinders long classic rectangles 
* Spellbinders standard circles large 
* M&C Boutique scalloped circles
* Dali Art circle and square sentiment stamps 
* Crafters companion / Sara Davies filigree flourish 
* Sue Wilson / Creative Expressions striped nasturtiums 
* Distress ink victorian velvet 
* Versacolor raspberry and peony 
* Stamens from my stash 

I had to keep things super simple due to lack of time but I quite like the end result and I hope you do too.
So, there we have it. I really hope I do get a chance for some sort of crafting but as our potential new home will need redecorating from top to bottom, I may have to wait a while. 

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your continued visits and lovely comments. I shall endeavour to get my crafting space sorted and functional ASAP and I shall be posting again as soon as is humanly possible. 
(There is of course the possibility that things may not work out so I could be crafting again relatively soon).
Take care and please stop by again when I return xx