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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Trust

Good afternoon all and thanks for joining me today. 
Have you been getting lots of emails about GDPR? 
It’s all because the law on sharing information has changed. 
So I thought it was a good time to remind you , my loyal blog followers 
and my lovely friends who come to my workshops that I will never share your details with anyone,,

As you know I love to share ideas and I get so excited if anyone finds 
Inspiration here...
I also like to credit anyone who inspires me,,
Unfortunately not everyone has the same values...
I have seen this at first hand ,
And recently some stamp designs are being copied and sold as unbranded Stamps..
It is also happening with dies..
But ladies please be aware that not only is this morally wrong , 
But you are buying substandard goods...
I was so cross recently , 
One of the designers who I adore has had her designs copied
Tracy Evans is such an inspiration...to me and many others .
So I thought long and hard about what I could do..
Me . Just little old me,,,
So I decided that I would go and buy the stamp set from a reputable store 
And blog about the issue...
My way of putting you, 
My lovely friends in the picture..
And please , I’m not preaching at you...
I just want to gently inform you...
So , with my new purchases , 
I have made my tag ....for the May tag swap...


I do hope that you like it ...

These are the stamps..


I started by making the background using Distress Oxide inks 


Obviously next came the water splats...


Followed by some stamping 




See how it is building up. 





Next some Inka gold splats 






And some more stamping .



On separate card I stamped the star, and added some colour using the Oxide ink and water .
Next came some Fussy cutting .



Finally some tag assembly 



And some decoupage 




A metal embellishment




And some glossy Accents..
As you know these little drops are my passion at the moment .




I do love , how they dry 



My tag for the May Tag Swap...
You are a star and you inspire me

Tracy...just for you..

I had better get on..
Thanks for joining me 
Love and hugs 

Jo. xxx






Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Cumbria Crafters

Good morning everyone, 
What a beautiful day...yes another one,,,
I hope you had a lovely weekend, 
I have to say the Royal Wedding was very special, and oh my 
I thought the bride looked like a real princess...so beautiful 
We had our Cumbria workshop on Saturday and it was so funny when 
Some of the ladies arrived in wedding head gear...oh I do love you ladies 
Oh and gent (sorry Peter ) 



We started our day with a quick and easy card...using 
A fabulous stamp set from Hobby Art 
Designed by my lovely friend Lisa B 
And it is her Birthday today 
So Happy Birthday Lisa 



After coffee we made a tag card, 
Inspired by Jenny Mayes herself...(thanks lovely lady ) 


Look at these beauties...
So proud of all the Crafters 

The afternoon started with some Kraft card 


And Sheila had made wedding cake 
Yes a lemon and Elderflower sponge...
Thanks sis ...







To finish off we made our usual ATC’s 
What is lovely is that ladies who are unable to attend make an ATC in advance and post it to me,,.
When we swap I then take one and post it out .
I have been to the post office this morning 
So they are on there way ladies..

As always it was such a lovely day
I really value all my fabulous craft friends..
Thanks for all caring emails and messages 
Still no offer on the house (well acceptable ones !!! )
We have a lovely couple who are  very interested 
But they need an offer on their house first .
We have a viewing this Thursday , a cash buyer ....who wants to move quickly..
But I’m not holding my breath..
I am really trying to stay positive, 
I know what will be, will be,,,
But sooner rather than later would be nice...
Thank goodness that I get my daily fix of Master Cutie..
He keeps me going and makes me smile...


Enjoy your day all..
Thanks for your friendship...
Much love and hugs 
Jo. xxxx


 




Friday, 18 May 2018

Favourite Florals

Good morning all, 
Well another day and another blog post...phew...
I am on a roll.
Don’t worry as it won’t last...
It is another lovely day out there and I have been for a long walk with Tess and Eric.
Today I am thrilled to be hosting the latest Fussy and Fancy Challenge 
I have chosen Favourite Florals as the theme. 
Here is my inspiration. 



One of my favourite flowers...Poppies...
And I just adore the Mecanopsis poppies 
But unfortunately they won’t grow in my garden..


I used a fabulous Poppies Stamp set from Hobby Art.
I started by repeat stamping the poppy head 


Then added some colour and Fussy cut them .



For the background , I started with this great circle stamp from the set 


Then added some splats 


Some script. 




Some splats of Inka gold, 


When dry I added a piece of fabric square..
This was a purchase from Port Sunlight last Saturday.


Some bakers twine and the poppy came next 


A lovely sentiment from the set 
And finally 


I stamped and coloured a butterfly 
I do love these pens...
And after a wonderful tutorial from Jenny Mayes , I am now using mine. 
Not just looking at them .
Like us Crafters do...


And my little finishing off trick ..
Some glossy Accents 



Do pop over to the 
Fussy and Fancy blog 

And have a look at what my teamies have come up with 
Fabulous inspiration 
I am really looking forwards to visiting everyone’s blog and 
Seeing what you come up with 

I hope you have a lovely weekend planned..
Will you be watch a certain special wedding 
It is our Cumbria class ...so I will see it when I get home,,
Just to get in the spirit of the day though 
We are having wedding cake and wearing hats!!!! lol.

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
























Thursday, 17 May 2018

Reflecting...

Good morning everyone, 
What a beautiful morning 
I have lots of jobs on my craft list today,
So I got up early , walked the dogs and I am going to tackle them. 
Karl is in Poland for most of this week , so I am the boss...lol...
Yesterday we had our regular workshop in Hazel Grove. 
Chrissie had asked for some instructions of reflections...
So I based the workshop on ways of making them 


For our first card we used a mini Gelli plate to create our reflection. 
Remember if your stamp is symmetrical you can use first and second generation stamping. 



Also remember you don’t have to use all of the stamp. 
This was created using a piece of acetate as the carrier for the stamp...
I also used a slim Jim acrylic block yesterday and got a fab reflection. 

Glossy Accents and gel pen can give a lovely shimmer on the water 


Hope you can see it here.. 

On these samples I used Lavinia stamps...
So glad to see that you enjoyed yesterday’s blog ...as the 
Feather stencil has sold out....
Must get on 

Enjoy your day
Love and hugs 
Jo. xxxx




Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Fuzzy Lemon Dies

Good morning everyone...
Well , I thought I would blog two days in a row...
Now that is good for me,,
Today I want to share some fabulous dies with you.
They are from a company that I have been using for a long time now..
Craft Stash...
They are Fuzzy Lemon dies...
Do check them out 
Here

They also have some good deals on cutting machines,
The Gemini......  http://tidd.ly/317a67a1

And Big shot fold away   http://tidd.ly/107b5544

Look, such fresh designs...

I love this feather ...
This is what I came up with 


I die cut the feather three times..
The dies cut really well 





Then I added some colour using Oxide inks 




And yes Karen , the colour is just for you...lol. 


Next I started on the background, I added some colour with a stencil brush 
And then stamped some splats using a fab stamp from Hobby Art...
It is from the Becki’s Backgrounds Stamp set .


Then I added the circle stamp.




Followed by more splats of Inka gold..

On separate card I stamped the word stamp 



When I started assembling card , I added some bakers twine 
And some white highlights using my Posca pen . 




This was such a quick and easy card to make, but I feel a very useful one. 
It could be used for so many occasions,,,
I do hope that you like it 

Thanks so much for joining me...
Off to play with Elliot...


Now I just have to include a photo of these two..
Tess and Eric don’t want to be left out ..


Love and hugs 

Jo. xxxx









Monday, 14 May 2018

Beautiful Hydrangea

Good afternoon everyone, thanks for joining me..
It is time for a brew here ,
 so why not grab one and join me. 
I hope you had a lovely weekend. 
I went to the Happy Stampers show at Port Sunlight on Saturday, and 
what  a wonderful day it was. 
I met so many friends, made some new ones, and bought 
a few goodies .
Even the weather was kind to us. 
I left Karl at home , in charge of a couple more viewings, one of which was a second viewing...
They are coming back on Wednesday evening for a third viewing....
I just hope they are serious and not wasting our time like the others. 
I really can’t believe how many second, and third viewings we have had , even offers 
For them just to change their mind after a couple of weeks...
It really isn’t doing a lot for my stress levels or my tummy....
And as for my memory, well that is just all over the place...
I realised today that I hadn’t show you what we made at our workshop the other Wednesday. 
We used a fabulous Hobby Art Stamp set..
Hydrangea 


This is a clean and simple card...
It also looks effective before adding any colour 
Look, 


We used a circle aperture stencil from Clarity for these cards. 
This one using the outer stencil, 
And then this one using the Inner mask .


There are other stamps that can be used for the repeat stamping.
For example.



So many possibilities with just one stamp set. 

I do love to just play with Stamps..
But then you do know me..

Elliot is coming to play tomorrow afternoon , 
So I need to get lots of workshop prep done today as 
it is Hazel Grove workshops on Wednesday and Cumbria on Saturday .
So I had better love you and leave you 
Take care all 

Love and hugs 
Jo. xxx