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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Something Different!

Hello and how are you this Sunday afternoon? I am writing this on my iPad whilst Karl is driving us home after a couple of hours with my parents in Kendal. 
Thanks Mum and Dad for a lovely time and especially all the chocolates.
As this year comes to a close, I thought I would share something a bit different with you. 
 
 
I make cards for a pet shop....The Jungle Floor, 81 Queens Street, Morecambe, LA4 5EN.......


 
This all started with a birthday card for my brother with Bearded Dragons on it as he keeps them.
 
 
 
The Jungle Floor sells other dare I say pets, so they too are included in the card range. 
 
 
 
Here are some of my favourites.
 
 
 
 
If you get chance and live near do go in and say hi to John and his creatures....they will make you very welcome (they only eat one visitor per day!!!!!!!).
 
 
 
As this will be my last blog post of the year, I would like to say a big Thank You to my lovely followers and those of you who take the time to leave such wonderful comments. 
I hope you have a very happy New Year and lots of good health and happiness for 2013.
See you Next Year,
Jo. X 

Friday, 28 December 2012

These In-between days.....


Hi all, I do hope that you have had a good Christmas. We have had a lovely time mainly just catching up with things...sleep being one of them.
I do find these couple of days a bit strange, neither Christmas nor New Year...
The weather is a bit wet and miserable too, oh well, .....so what have you been up to? 
I did try to spend a couple of days away from my craft desk but Adam came home from work on Boxing Day and announced that he needed a card and wait for it needed it in 20mins.....well I do like a Challenge....
So this is what I came up with...


I have used Clarity stamps some lace and some embellishments. 
Well I'd better go and walk Tess, enjoy your weekend and see you soon. 
Jo. X 

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Two sleeps left

Here we are with two sleeps left until Christmas morning...
How are you doing? Are you ready? It will be strange in our house as Adam our eldest son will be working all day. He works in Operation Control at Manchester Airport so his shift is 6am - 6pm, not sure yet when he wants to open his presents. It could be early if he decides, before work....
Whatever you are doing I really hope that you have a relaxed and enjoyable day.
Here is Tess getting into the festive spirit.



This is a card that I made with Clarity Stamps and Adirondack inks. Although, I don't think we will get any snow this Christmas!


And here is a Christmas card for you all made with IndigoBlu products.


Please spare a thought for those less fortunate than us this Christmas.
I have used a third of my Xmas present money to buy tinned food to be used at the homeless shelter in Stockport. A little act of kindness can go a long way.
Big Christmas Hug to you all, Jo. X 

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Something Special


Here we are weekend again. What are you all doing? I am going out this morning for a coffee with some lovely crafty friends of mine, so I will see you soon, Jane, Mike and Mark (I feel lots of talking and eating cake coming on).
Today, I am sharing with you two special cards that have been sent to me and a gorgeous candle that has been made for me. All from such wonderful friends, thanks once again. 


Not long now, so it is last minute shopping, wrapping and cleaning. 
Hope you have a great weekend, see you soon, Jo. X 

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Another three..


Hello, how are you this Thursday morning? Oh it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas....
Here are today's cards to share with you. I think that you will agree with me that they are brilliant.


Thanks to all the great crafters that I have met this year, I am so looking forward to many more projects next year.
Crafty Hugs Jo. X 

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

And More....


Firstly I would like to say hello to a new blog follower.
Welcome Judy, it is good to meet you and I do hope you enjoy following my blog. I am so grateful to all of you followers and also to those who take the time to comment.
Here are today's selection of the lovely Hand Crafted Christmas cards that I have been kindly sent. 


I hope you enjoy sharing them,
See you soon 
Jo. X 

Sunday, 16 December 2012

I am so lucky.....


I have had a lovely few weeks catching up with many crafters and I have been so proud of them all and their achievements over the last twelve months. 
Wow we have had a great twelve months, so much has happened and so much more is planned for 2013.....
I am so excited but you will have to wait and all will be revealed in due course.
I am overwhelmed with the number of hand crafted Christmas cards that I have received and they are all so stunning.....
So over the next few days I am going to share some of them with you,


Here is the first selection, all I can say is Thank You All and Well Done,
Pop back soon to see more,
Jo. X 

Friday, 14 December 2012

Bare Forest....


Well, it is week two of the Give Away's on the IndigoBlu Blog. If you would like the chance to win the brilliant Bare Forest Stamp just go along here and leave your name.
This is such a versatile stamp and can be used for so many occasions. 
 
So with that in mind, I made a card today with my stamp. I used FlitterGlu and flakes for the main image. I used the new Autumn Blaze Mega Flakes...have you tried them? The colours are yummy! The leaf was made to match and is from the Bloomin Great set.

 
For the background, I used PanPastels stamped over with FlitterGlu and then applied more PanPastel. A combination of the Script and Honeycomb background stamps was used. Faux stitching adds the finishing touches. 
 
 
How are your Christmas preparations coming on? I am so far behind, so I am going to go now and make a start on sending out some cards. 
Have a good weekend,   Jo. X 

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Not long now ....


Not long now until the big day,.....Christmas Day......it might be the same date every year, but I am so behind with my Christmas card orders....
Today I have an order for 24 assorted Christmas cards to finish, wish me luck.....
I then have to make a start on my own, a good friend of mine, Jane has offered to help. I may be calling on her and the elves, if time keeps rushing past so fast. 
Here are some of the ones that I have made a start with,
 
 
They all use stamps from Hobby Art and can be found here
            http://www.hobbyartstamps.com

  
I have used my ProMarkers to add colour.

 
Glossy Accents and gems add the detail.

  
It is a bit wet and dull outside today, so I think I will go and make a big mug of coffee, get a packet of chocolate biscuits out of the cupboard and retreat to my craft table....I may be gone for a while!
Have a good day all and see you soon,

 Jo. x 

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Madame Chic


Good evening, here we are Wednesday already..
Today,  was very enjoyable for me as it was workshop day. Thanks to all the lovely crafters who came to play and the mince pies were fab....
I thought we would do something different to Christmas. (mind you I haven't even started my own Christmas cards)...So we used a lovely stamp set from Hobby Art ---Madame Chic.. (You can buy it here)
Our first card used Distress inks and stamping to make the background. The main topper was stamped in Distress ink and then water added to give a watercolour look. Gems and netting were used to add the finishing detail.
 

Although, we used the same image and distress inks for the second card we got a different look by changing the colour and using paper piecing. Wishi-Washi tape (or Aladdin tape as I like to call it!) and dew drops compliment the design. 
 
 
I hope you have enjoyed sharing our workshop makes, please feel free to leave a comment. Take care and see you soon. Jo. X 

Sunday, 2 December 2012

IndigoBlu give away......


December is here and so is the season of good will.
So the lovely staff over at IndigoBlu are having some give away's, the first is over on the blog....IndigoBlu Blog.   
So pop over and be in with a chance of getting your hands on this fabulous stamp...Free....
 
 
The Elves have also been busy and have cancelled all charges for postage for the month of December....so go on...treat yourself and put an order in ....
Right off now ironing to do .....wish those elves would come here and do it for me....
Thanks for dropping in, Jo. X 

Friday, 30 November 2012

Hello....


I am so sorry that I have been a naughty blogger, I have been away from home for a few days. I have been to IndigoBlu H.Q. and oh, what a fantastic time I had. 
It was great to meet up with Kay, Alfie, the other D.T. Members and the workforce behind the brilliant company. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly. 
After last weeks sell out shows on C&C extras elves had to be shipped in to help with the packing. As my nickname is Tinkabell, I was dying to put a little note in each box that read....hand packed by Tinkabell x 
  
I have a quick card to share with you, it is just simple stamping using the IndigoBlu stamp....Ella Bella...
 
 
I do hope you have a good weekend....keep warm and stay safe.
Jo. X 

Thursday, 22 November 2012

New Stamps from IndigoBlu


Good evening all and how are you today? Better than the weather I hope, oh it is so windy and wet out side ....
Today, I would like to show you a card that I made using some of the fab new stamps from IndigoBlu.
 
 
The main image is the Clematis Flourish stamp, I have used Memento ink and ProMarkers. This is a beautiful stamp with lots of detail.
The background has been stamped directly onto the card using Distress ink, plus the Vintage Flourish and Honeycomb background stamps. 
The sentiment is from the Bloomin Great stamp set.  Ribbon and hat pins were used to compliment the design.
If you would like to see these stamps, plus more and brilliant new ways to use them join Kay Halliwell-Sutton on Create and Craft T.V. this Saturday. The 24th at 12midday and 5pm.   
Sky 671, Freeview 36, Freesat 813.........
Enjoy your evening and see you soon,
Jo. X 

Friday, 16 November 2012

Workshop....IndigoBlu Christmas


Happy Friday all, hope you have had a good week and have something nice planned for the weekend. I am looking forward to tomorrow, as I am helping the fab Kay Halliwell-Sutton with her workshop....I am so excited.....I bet I won't get much sleep tonight.......
On Wednesday, I had a brilliant afternoon in the company of some lovely crafters. The workshop was to introduce them to using the FlitterGlu, Flakes and PanPastels together. 
The stamp set that we used was Retro Christmas, this is a very versatile set.
The first card used the holly stamps and VersaMark ink, with PanPastels over the top, to make the background.
 
 
The main image was simply stamped in Versafine ink and edged with PanPastels. Washi tape was then added to the background paper . 
Glossy Accents and Card Candi finished off the design. 
 
 
The second card was made by stamping the main image with FlitterGlu, then using Morris Dance Mega-Flakes. The holly stamp was used as above and PanPastels added over the whole card. An eraser was then used to remove the PanPastel from within the wording. This is a really great technique to use. 
Gold Mirri card, ribbon and gems were added to compliment the design.
I hope you like these cards, and thank you for visiting my blog.
Crafty hugs, Jo. X 

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Poppies


Hi all, hope you have had a lovely weekend and took a few minutes out today to think of all our fallen soldiers. 
For that reason I thought I would share this card with you.
 
 
All the stamps are from Clarity, with the central photograph being from my summer collection. I have used Adirondack Inks, ProMarkers, Glossy Accents and wooden embellishments to complete the design. 
Enjoy your Sunday evening, Jo. X 

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Some Exciting News!


Hi all, how is your week going so far? 
Today, I have been prepping for my workshops tomorrow.
I have some exciting news to share with you on the craft front. I am very honoured to have been asked to design cards for Samuel Taylor's. 
Samuel Taylor's, Creative craft specialists since 1948.......
obviously I jumped at the offer and my first designs are to be showcased at the NEC this week. So if you are going please stop by and say hello.
Samuel Taylor. Stand B43 and Stand C01
Here is are a couple of the designs.
 
 
Hope you like them.
 
 
As always, thank you for dropping by and I do love to read your comments.
Take care and see you soon Jo. X 

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Tree-mendous Cards


Well, here we are Sunday evening once again. I do hope that you have had a good weekend. Mine has been a mixture of craft work and family time.
Did you manage to catch Kay with the IndigoBlu show on C & C last night? 
I do hope you did as she demonstrated some brilliant techniques.
Today, I thought I would show you a few of my Design Team cards. 
This first one is with the Tree-mendous stamp, FlitterGlu and Flakes. 
 
 
These next two use the Lollipop Tree stamp that was featured on the show. 
 
 
It is a really versatile stamp and ideal for men's cards. 
 
 
As you can see I am a big fan of the IndigoBlu wooden button and ribbon set too. 
Right that is me done for tonight, so I will sign off. Thanks for looking in. 
Crafty hugs. Jo. X 

Friday, 2 November 2012

Date for your Diary


Tomorrow, Saturday 3rd November the fabulous Kay Halliwell-sutton will be on Create and Craft at 6pm.
She will be sharing some brilliant New IndigoBlu stamps with us all.
Here is a sneak peak,
 
 
Oh, this is such a great set and Kay will be telling you why it is so special..
You really don't want to miss this show and it is so good to get an 'on trend' stamp set for the men.....
Even more reason to buy them as a percentage of the sales is going to charity. www.Indigoblu.com
 
Sky 671
Freeview 36 
Freesat 813 
 
Have a good weekend and happy crafting, Jo. X 

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Cute Christmas


Today has been another busy day at my craft table, but I did find time this afternoon to spend an hour in Bramall Park with Karl and Tess. 
Most of my crafting today is for the television at weekend, so you will see them in future posts. Therefore, today I am sharing with you some cards I made earlier......


They are all made from HobbyArt stamps which can be found at, www.hobbyartstamps.com


I have used ProMarkers to add colour and some embellishments.


Enjoy your evening, and thanks for looking in. Jo x

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Sewing Box


Good Morning, fellow crafters and blog followers, hope your week has gone well. Now for the weekend and an extra hour in bed......yes.....
Today, I am going to share something different with you, not a card but a box!
This is my first play with this type of technique so please be gentle with me...
But it is good to try new things ....So I believe..
This is my finished sewing box,
 
 
This is the inside,
 
 
And this is the front,
 
 
A base layer of Gesso and then acrylic paint is applied to the box to start with.
Then I stamping onto white Tissue paper. I used a variety of colours of VersaFine ink and the Sewing Mends The Soul stamps from IndigoBlu.
 
 
I then cut these out, and yes there were a few of them ...but I did have my cup of coffee at hand and my Labrador Tess at my feet.
 
 
I then used Slap it On, (this is a type of Matt, glue and glaze from IndigoBlu) which I painted on to the box, carefully placed an image on and then re applied a layer of slap it on. 
 
 
A final layer of of the Slap it on was applied over the whole box, this took about an hour to dry and has a Matt finish.
I do hope you like this, I really enjoyed making it and I am now looking around to see what I can cover next.
Thanks for looking and call back soon,
Jo. X