Monday, 23 October 2017

Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3.

Good afternoon all, 
I hope your week has started well. Unfortunately the app that I usually use to publish my blog won’t work anymore on my iPad...
So Karl has found me a new app and we are giving it a trial ..
So let’s hope that this publishes and that you are reading it. 
It was a very busy week last week and then the weekend was our Clarity Cumbria Retreat, and boy what a fantastic weekend it was . 
Two full days of crafting , friendship, laughter and cake...
I will come back tomorrow with a full blog post ...hopefully...
So let’s see if I can work out how to add a photo..

This is the lovely ladies crafting on Saturday morning...
Right , now to see if I can publish...
Wish me luck
Take care all
Much love and hugs

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Perfect gift for a crafter .

Hi all , how are you doing today ? Good , I hope.

It was a very strange day yesterday with the weather, wasn't it . ? We managed to get the 7-30am ferry from Belfast and get out before the storm struck. The drive home was a little scary at times as the wind picked up, especially over shap... I hope that all the lovely ladies there are safe .

As promised I am here today to show you a wonderful gift that was made for me. Norma gave me a present , and when I opened it , I found a gorgeous craft bag...

( Now excuse the quality of the photographs, )

This is the outside, it is just delightful....

And fully lined with pockets...

Thnak you so much are so clever..I wouldn't know where to start

I am so lucky to have such wonderful , crafting friends...

And I will be filling this with lots of goodies for our Cumbria Retreat this weekend.

Just time to walk the dogs now...although Eric is sulking after being in the kennels.

Then it will be time to pack the car ready for our Hazel Grove workshops tomorrow..

Enjoy your evening everyone

Love and hugs

Jo. xxx


Sunday, 15 October 2017

Another fabulous day .

Good afternoon all, I do hope that your Sunday is going well.

As you know yesterday was our Belfast workshop , and we had a play with Clarity Stencils. I really don't know where the time went...the day just whizzed.... we had so much fun.

I must thank Linda and Sharon for all their help...

We started by using Pixie powders through the stencils

And by using two pieces of stencil card you get a ' two for the price of one '

A positive and a negative print....

Next we used some of the gorgeous Indian Summer papers to decorate an MDF paint pallet.

All the ladies made such wonderful pieces , all different . It was so funny though watching them choose which sheet of paper to have...well they are all gorgeous....

After lunch...oh and cake....( thanks Sharon ) we used some ink blending techniques

Before finally finishing off with some stencil brush work...

Stencils are so versatile, and there is so much more you can do with them, from running them through your embossing machine, using grunge paste, paint...etc...and off course one of my favourites ...the ghosting technique...

It really was a great day and the ladies and gentlemen over here are so friendly and welcome us everytime we visit....

We are already looking at dates ready for next year...

We were also given some beautiful gifts for Elliot...such generous ladies...thank you...and I had a special present waiting for me...which I will photograph when I get home and show you next week.

It was so good to catch up with friends , and make new ones...

In the evening we went out for a ..Daft Eddies...fantastic place, gorgeous food and look at the view.


A perfect way to round off the day.

Today has been a lazy start, with a lovely walk, and a relaxing coffee...tomorrow is our ferry home,,,just hope those predicted hurricane type winds wait until we are home,,,

It is Hazel Grove workshops on Wednesday and then our Cumbria Retreat on Saturday and Sunday...more fun times to look forwards to...

Thanks ladies.... you make my day...

Take care all,

Love and hugs

Jo. xxx


Friday, 13 October 2017

Autumn leaves

Morning all from a very wet and windy campsite in Carlisle , and I am referring to the weather!!!!

How has Friday treated you so far? Ok I hope...

We had a lovely nights sleep , snuggled down in our little van. Karl does like to listen to the sound of rain on its's a good job as we do seem to get rather a lot of rain.

The journey up here yesterday was eventful with the motorway closed near Kendal all morning due to a crane catching fire,,,thank goodness by the time we get there , two lanes were open .

Today we are heading up to Cairnryan to get the ferry over to Belfast. We are spending the evening with our lovely friends Sharon and Michael, and they are always great company.

Tomorrow is our workshop , Linda is fab at getting the hall ready, it is always great to catch up with Angela, oh she always make me smile,Claire is travelling up and ,,then there are all the lovely new friends that I have met over here, Norma and so many other .... I am really looking forwards to our day ...and then a lovely relaxing meal in the evening...oh it really doesn't get any better....( just hope that Karl can get the match on my phone...he won't be a happy bunny if he misses his beloved United )

This autumn weather may be wet, but I do love the colours that it you may have guessed they really are my favourite colours...all those Browns, oranges and reds..

So here is a little play with some Clarity stamps and a stencil that were on Hochanda this week...

I really loved making this....pure Clarity for me...


I started off by stamping using the blackout radiance ink pad....

Then added the stencil , oh it fits perfectly....and some yellow Artistry ink

Next some fine know what I's never to early for fine wine!!!

This is what I had when I removed the stencil, nice ...but it still needed more

So out with my Spectrum Noir pencils , yes , that's better

Some more fine wine,

A sentiment and some doodle lines

Then to finish off some matting and layering and glossy Accents

Look how they dry,,.what a difference...

I hope you like this as much as I do....and a card design that is so versatile, fit for so many occasions...even fit for a man,,,,( well they can be difficult !!!!)

Thanks for joining me today...I will pop back with photos from the weekend,

Take care all

Have a fabulous weekend

And see you soon

Jo. Xxxx


Monday, 9 October 2017

Another Monday

Good morning everyone, I do hope that this Monday finds you well.

How was your weekend?

I had a lovely day on Saturday at our local Manchester Groovi workshop...we had a festive day and made Christmas cards...there was a coffee morning going on at the church whilst we were there so I just had to buy a homemade apple pie...and oh it was lovely with some custard.

Saturday evening we had a family party , my nephews 18th... which was a great night and then we came home with Elliot... so that Adam and Danielle could have some quality time together.

So Elliot had a sleep over on Saturday night and then Sunday night we have walked the dogs, been to the park...had a Costa coffee, and watched Paw Patrol...oh it has been so busy...bless him he slept from 11pm until 6am , he was shattered...

We have to make the most of our weekend with him as we are away for the next two is Belfast next Saturday and then the Cumbria Retreat the weekend after...( lots to prep !!!)

So onto today's crafty make...


A design using Tina's flourishes plates...just my sort of stamps..

I used my Misti and a piece of stencil card....


So easy for repeat stamping.., then I added some colour using my spectrum Noir pencils

Some matting and layering, and some extra little black dots....

Just to make the design a bit more unique...,

I do hope that you approve...

Time for me to get much to do ...and a magazine commission to add to the list..

Enjoy your afternoon....

Much love and hugs

Jo. Xxx


Thursday, 5 October 2017

Another special gift.

Good afternoon everyone and thanks for popping in.

I am so glad that you all liked the gorgeous quilt that Julie Jones made for Elliot and I must say that I had a lovely email from our friend Maggie in Spain . She had a lovely picture in her mind of Elliot snuggled under his quilt listening to his Peter Rabbit stories on cd... and that will be possible because Maggie very kindly bought the cd for Elliot... oh it is like a big plan...

Now today , I have another fabulous work of art to share with you..

Once again I am so lucky to have such generous and talented friends. This is was created by my special friend Julie Owens...

And when I opened it I did have a little cry...

It is the most beautiful Grandma's brag book

With page after page

Of the most gorgeous embellishments

All my by hand

Made with love

And I am going to treasure it always

I am really looking forwards to choosing which photos I am going to use

I absolutely adore it Julie... Thank you so much....just look at the detail...

Crafters really are the most generous and friendly bunch of people.

Speaking of which thanks to all the ladies yesterday at the Hazel Grove workshops who baked cakes and who gave money to our MacMillan coffee morning...


Thanks Chrissie for the gorgeous Gluten free cakes for me,,yeah...and also Eileen ( aka the camel lady ) who found the camel biscuit that I had asked for...

Honestly we do have some laughs..

Before I go , I just want to wish my Mum a Happy Birthday Brother a Happy Birthday and my Mum and Dad a wonderful Wedding Anniversary...

love you all

Take care everyone

Love and hugs

Jo. Xxx


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

A fabulous gift , made with love.

Hi and as promised I am back with another blog post today.

I am going yo share a very special gift with you...made by my lovely friend Julie Jones...

She gave it to me on Saturday...and it is for the little man...

I just adore it Julie...thank you so much....

It really took my breath away when you gave it to me..


Sorry for the poor photograph , it really doesn't do it justice...but I couldn't wait to share it with you all.

Here is a closer look

So much detail,

And so much work

Every inch is beautiful

Even the back

A real gift to treasure and our favourite little rabbit

And I know Elliot is going to love it just as much as I do

" Thanks Aunty Julie, I love it so much "

I have often said on here , that I am so lucky with the friends that I have met through crafting...and I certainly am...

I am truly blessed...

Tomorrow is workshops in Hazel Grove, with more lovely friends...and we are having coffee and cake for Macmillan nurses....

Take care all

Love and hugs

Jo. Xxx