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Monday, 19 February 2018

A floral workshop.

Good afternoon everyone and thanks  for popping in. 
I do hope that you had a lovely weekend.
It was a busy one for me, I went to the Stitches Trade show 
At the NEC yesterday,,,
It was a fab day , but there were many of the usual companies missing , and the show was much 
Smaller than usual. 
I did place an order for some new products for us to use...
So that was good...
Something to look forwards to in future workshops. 
Saturday saw us having a floral workshop in the Lake District. 
One of our regular Crafters asked if we could use Pixie  powders as she had some 
And wasn’t sure what to do with them..
So we had a chat about Pigmant powders, such as Brushos , Color Burst and Pixie Powders. 


We used two lovely stamp sets from Hobby Art...
The October florals ....The Magnolia 


And the November florals ....The Irises 
The large Iris stamp is just so good to colour...


After lunch it was time for my favourite design of the day..





Look at these stunners...


And then after tea and cake we made ATC’s ..
And swapped them with each other ..



Such fabulous little pieces of art...
I love the one that I as lucky enough to bring home,,

Thanks for a great day ladies...
And to the regulars who were unwell and couldn’t join us...
We did miss you..
And hope to see you back with us next month..
Then don’t forget the retreat in April..

I have been trying to catch up with things today..
Tomorrow will be getting ready for Wednesday’s workshops 
In Hazel Grove..
More messy play...

Take care all..
Date night tonight for Karl and me...
So I had better get a move on...

Love and hugs 
Jo. xxxx





Thursday, 15 February 2018

Busy week

Good afternoon all and thanks for popping in. 
Sorry I haven’t blogged for a while but it has been very hectic  this week. 
Danielle was taken into hospital , so I have been on Grandma duties whilst Adam went to be with her. 
Karl has been working away , 
So I have been on dog walking duties also...
Thank goodness that Danielle is now home so I am frantically trying to catch up...
Mind you 
I have a new chauffeur 


And I can pay him in nappies and Milk!!!,

Last Saturday it was the first of our inky Oxide workshops...
And what a lovely day it was , 
The ladies made fabulous cards and I promised Susan that I would share her cards ...


She was on a roll and made these three beauties plus some toppers...


Here are some of the other gorgeous pieces of art 


I do love playing with distress oxides...and they work so well 
with silhouette Stamps.

It is our Cumbria workshop on Saturday , so I am busy getting emails sent out and bags packed...
Plus I have a magazine commission to get written up...(only 3 days late !!!)
Take care all...

Have a lovely weekend 
Love and hugs 
Jo. xxxx





Thursday, 8 February 2018

Evening all.

Good evening all, 
Sorry for my late post but Elliot has been visiting this afternoon 
So we have been playing ,
He has just gone home for his bath, bottle and bedtime story.
Yesterday it was our regular Hazel Grove workshops...
And some of the ladies had requested 
Playing with FoamIran flowers,
So that is what we did. 


This was our first card, using Clarity stencils in the background,
And some coloured foam , to make the flowers. 
We did add a little extra colour using distress inks. 
A few drops of glossy Accents gives the  finishing details. 


Our second card , was a very quick and easy one,,,
Again using Clarity stencils and some ink blending. 

It was another two lovely classes and once again Julie spoilt us with some homemade 
Rocky road to have with our morning coffee. 

And fabulous it was too...

Right , I had better go, time to phone my Mum and 
have a catch up chat. 

Take care all
Love and hugs 
Jo. xxx



Monday, 5 February 2018

Another lovely Workshop

Good afternoon all , 
I hope your week has started well and that you had a lovely weekend. 
Saturday was another fabulous day spent with some fabulous Crafters. 
It was our Manchester Groovi class, 
Even though I was feeling a bit under the weather these ladies soon made me feel 
So much better. 
It was great to see Val back after her recent stay in hospital. 
We made two designs , 


We drank lots of tea and coffee..
Ate biscuits 
And had a good old gossip...


In the afternoon we concentrated on colouring techniques..

The pieces of art that the ladies produced were stunning and it always fills me with 
So much pleasure to see them so happy with their work . 

Today I have been getting some magazine work done,,not quite finished 
Yet , so I had better get on 
Enjoy your evening everyone,,

Pop back soon 
Love and hugs 
Jo. xxx


Friday, 2 February 2018

A requested photo tutorial

Good afternoon , 
Hope your Friday is going well and that you are all ready for a lovely weekend.
We must welcome our new follower Tracey ..do come in a grab a seat and a coffee...
Make yourself at  home, 
It is good to have you join our little blog 
It is our Manchester Groovi workshop tomorrow so I am really looking forwards to that.
My bags are all packed and ready to go. 
Today I am going to be talking you through some mixed media Pieces. 


There are many ways of doing this type of effect, 
This is just the way that I developed , so that it is easy to teach at my workshops. 


You can use it on lots of wooden , MDF and other surfaces 


And it does become quite addictive...
I find myself looking around the house to see what else I can alter 


Hard backed notebooks work really well. 


These are just a few photos that I found from workshops. 


It works really well on a canvas too...
So , Pam, Angie and Judith....here we go..


Start off with the bare wood, canvas etc...
If you are adding grunge paste through a stencil , you do that first . 


Whilst that is drying, you can sort out your embellishments.
Remember that it doesn’t matter on the colour ...


Add the embellishments, I find a hot glue gun workes really well 


Remember it will look worse before it looks better ...
Have faith ..


Next paint the whole area with black gesso and leave it to dry 
Some embellishments, flowers etc may require some poking with a small brush..
You will know ant I mean when you do it..


There are various ways to add colour, mica sprays, luscious powders etc..
But I like to paint on some watered down Inca Gold 


I like to mix the colours too...


Next some splats and some gilding wax around the edges and on any raised areas. 


This bit is optional. 
If you want any white highlights you can scrape off the gesso etc to show the white through .


Finally add some metal embellishments of choice...
On this canvas I added some dots of glossy Accents too.. 

It really is a wonderful technique and it is a great way of using up all those embellishments that 
Are may be colours that we don’t like ..

I really hope that these photos help ladies... 

And here is one to set you up for the weekend, 


Take care all. 

Much love and hugs 
Jo. xxx

















Tuesday, 30 January 2018

One stamp set, three designs.

Good afternoon all and thanks for joining me. 
Today I have been having a play with a fabulous set of Stamps, 
Wildflowers, by Stampers Anonymous, Tim Holtz.


They are available from Craft Stash 



This is a quick and easy design .


I started by brushing some distress ink over a moon mask..
I used Picked Respberry and added a little 
Midnight blue Artistry ink. 


Next I flicked some seedless preserves ink and water.


Followed by some stamping using black Archival ink .


And a black sharpie line .


The sentiment and butterfly are from The summer blooms stamp set (it was sat on my desk )

Finally I added some stickles glitter glue. 

My second card is completely different .



This started off with distress Oxide ink and water .


I added the colours one at a time .


Drying the card each time , before adding the next colour. 


Followed by some water spritzing 


I then added a moon mask and some black soot distress ink 




This created my landscape. 



Next I added some wild flowers .




A sentiment and a couple of butterflies .


The finishing touch was some white dots with my Posca marker .

My third card is something I just made up today..
I do like to just play and so something a bit different .


I just felt like a change of colour ..
I know purple is the on trend colour but you know me 
And orange will always be my favourite 


I started with a circle die cut , 

Blended some orange and pink distress ink then flicked some water .



And stamped one of the wild flowers. 


On a separate piece of card I restamped the wild flower .


Then my next layer I blended the same inks and added more water spritzing .


I matted and layered the designs...
Now this is what I had,,,
But I didn’t want to stop here ..nice as it is..
So I added the decorated die cut 


Now that looks more designer...hope you agree...
The dots are glossy Accents...
and they will dry to a clear glaze . 
I do hope you like what I have created today..
I have certainly had a lovely time. 
Do remember that there is only a week left of the special offer from Craft Stash, 
Either click on the ribbon link to the right or the following link. 

If you use the link from my blog and the code 
AFJRC10
(Only once per customer though )
You will get 10% off your order 

I am off now to put my feet up and catch up with Karl
He has been out at meeting all day and has a 5-30 start tomorrow 
So some quality time is needed 

Take care all
Love and hugs 
Jo. xxxx