Monday, 30 August 2010

And another!!!

Well, you know what the saying is, like buses, "Wait for one and then three come along!!!"
I must apologise for the poor quality of the photo, I was losing the light in the conservatory. This little card is for my friends little girl who will be three and is very excited, bless her. This card I am entering into Sunday Sketch and Stamp a lovely simple sketch, my sort of sketch and C.R.A.F.T which is a milestone birthday or anything goes. I'm sure 3 is a milestone!!

Image is from Stampevie, sorry it was one of Wendys and I don't have the name
Coloured with Copic Sketch, Ciao and Spica Markers
DP is Rita Marie
Punch is Martha Stewart Daisy
Nestibilities Oval and Oval Scalloped
Cotton Candy and Baby Blue Stickles
(All of the above are available from Wendy at Stamps and Memories)
PM Card
Ribbon from Stash
That's all for today folks
Hugs Jo x

A new Tilda!!!

What a shock, I hear you say, Jo has bought a Tilda!!! I do like Tilda but I just wish she had a mouth!! I'm sure I can't be the only one that thinks that way. Anyway this little beauty is sideways on so it doesn't matter to me!!!

Anyway, this qualifies for Totally Tilda which is Lavender and Lace, I have used a lace punch , I hope that counts and Just Magnolia which is a sketch. You can't believe how long it took me to make this card, I thought the sketch would be really easy but I just couldn't get my head around it!!!!! I hope you like it.

Stamp is Magnolia Tilda with bubbles (I think)
Coloured with Copic Sketch, Ciao and Spica Pens
DP PM Henbury Lane
Memento Tuxedo Black
Martha Stewart Lace Punch
Square and Scalloped Nestibilities
Ribbon Tag Nestibilities
PM card
Ribbon from Stash
Back soon
Hugs Jo x

Sunday, 29 August 2010

I'm back and a long post!!

Firstly, I must apologise for my absence. Life has been so hectic recently with the change of location of my job, which has now doubled my journey and added an extra hour of travelling time to my day. My aim has been to get into work early so that I can finish earlier and get home at a reasonable time to have the evening to relax, but things don't always work out as planned, do they!!! To add to my stress I've had to change my car as the mondeo was too thirsty so hubby now drives this, after all it is his car, and my old one has gone!! Those of you that know me, will know that I have had to overcome my fear of small cars due to a nasty car accident 3 years ago, when had I been in a small car I wouldn't have survived. I'm still very unsure of it and every journey is a huge challenge to me but I am getting there.

I have still been crafting on and off, making the odd card for Wendy and birthday cards but always last minute and have forgot to photograph them. Last weekend I attended a Next Step Copics course which was being run by Wendy from Stamps and Memories and Karen Watson who is a great friend of Wendys. I had been involved in some of the preparation for this course but I still learnt so much from them both. Each time I attend the introduction to Copics Course, (yes, I have done this more than once!!!), I learn something new that I didn't take in the first time, so if you have the chance to attend one of these courses, go, they are so informative and great fun.

Anyway, on to todays card!! There is a story behind this card, hubby keeps lovebirds in aviarys in the garden, rather a lot of love birds, in all shapes, makes, colours and sizes, well you know what I mean!!!! So if I ever see anything with lovebirds on I usually buy it. This stamp I have had for a while and it had never seen any ink until last night when I decided it would be perfect for my Copic blending practice!!

This little card qualifies for the following challenges:

Stamping for the weekend - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Recipe 3, 2,1 mine is swirls, flowers and image
Allsorts Challenge - Park/Garden inspiration (This is my Garden)
Penny Black Saturday Challenge - Summer Loving
Stampevie and more - Swirls

Hope you like it!!!

Penny Black Stamp - The forever dream
Coloured with Copic Sketch and Ciao markers
Papers Basic Grey - Kioshi
Memento Tuxedo Black
TH - Peeled Paint Distress Ink
Nestibilities Labels 4
Nellie Small and Large Flower Punches
Sizzex Sizzlets In Bloom Die - Swirley Vine
Gems and Card - Papermania

Promise I'll be back soon

Hugs Jo x

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Blog Candy!!!!!!!

Hi Folks, pop across to visit Wendy at Stamps and Memories as she has a surprise Blog Candy in celebration of her blog being a year old but be quick it's only open until 5 July!!! And not even I know what it will be. All you have to do is leave a message for her and spread the word. You can also see us this weekend at Newbury show, I will be there on Saturday demonstrating the fab Impression Obsession stamps and getting in my usual mess in the process. Do pop by and see us if you are planning a visit.
Anyway hope to be back soon with a card as it's been such a long time since I have posted.
Hope you are all OK and take care everyone
Hug Jo x

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Second of the day and a huge challenge!!

Well, I know that I don't blow my own trumpet often but I am so pleased with how I managed to colour this image!! I thought after I had bought it, that perhaps I was being rather ambitious, but have genuinely surprised myself just a shame about the quality of the photo, I was losing the natural light. It must be the Copic talents of Wendy and Karen rubbing off on me, but I still have so much to learn!! I think I will be using this image loads more, because I just love his gorgeous face and big paws!!! This card I am entering into a few challenges, the first being my favourite challenge
Sweet Sketch Wednesday, sorry ladies I missed you last week!!
My Time to Craft which is Wild Thing, does't look very wild though, does he!!!
Simon Says Challenge - Fathers Day or Male Card

I have used Leo by High Hopes, he is gorgeous and a huge challenge for me to colour!!
Fathers Day sentiment by Cuddly Buddly
Coloured with Copic Sketch and Ciao markers, lots of them!!!
DP is Alison Ellis Boyzone
Dots Cuttlebug folder
Nestibilities are Pinked Circles
Raffia, card and Button from stash
I hope you like him as much as I do!!
That's it for tonight
Hugs Jo x

Oh my goodness. . . . . . . . .

I can't believe it has been so long since I have blogged a card!!! We have been so busy and I now feel like a member of a grounds maintenance team!!! Hubby having taken on the fishing rights of a local lake, which also involves the maintenance of it, means that he has less time for other things so the work on the allotment has slipped behind. I have now been trained to use the petrol lawn mower and can dig the veg beds! I have spent the day today making a couple of cards as I have a really painful back, which speaks for itself!!
The first card I'm going to enter into
Crafty Catz which is a colour combo of Black and Red
Crafty Creations another colour combo of Black, White and Red
One Stop Craft Challenge make your own DP
Create 4 Fun a colour combo of Black, White plus one other, mine is Red.
Daring Cardmakers - a string of pearls, mine are black

I have used three stamps by Impression Obsession, Tuxedo Cat, You're purrfect sentiment and Gingham background stamp.
Image coloured with Copic Sketch, Ciao and Spica Glitter pens
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Martha Stewart Daisy Punch
Nestibilities labels
Glossy Accents
Black Pearls, ribbon and card from stash
I hope you like it
Hugs Jo x

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Quick and Easy

Another card but DD say's not enough!! I have real problems trying to produce a card in an evening. This one has taken over 2 hours and the image was already coloured in and I have omitted the detail, what am I doing wrong? I don't know whether to enter into the challenges with it or not as it seems really basic but will give it a go. It will go into
Flutter By Wednesday - Use flowers
Papertake Weekly - Say it with flowers
Stampevie and more - Flower Power
Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sorry Alarna but I've tipped it up again!!

This lovely little image is another Stampevie Stamp of Wendys and she is so gorgeous but sorry I haven't a clue what she is called again.
Coloured with Copic Ciao, Sketch and Spica Glitter Pens
DP is Rita Marie
Nestibilities Labels eight and Ribbon Tags
Cuttle Bug Dots Folder
Martha Stewart Branch Punch
Nellie Large Flower Punce and Stamen Punch

All the above available from Stamps and Memories

Card, Ribbon and Brads from Stash

Back soon

Hugs Jo x

Monday, 17 May 2010


Glossy Accents still wet!!! Another quick post and another card finished, you may see a few more this week as DD has put her order in to be taken up at the weekend!!! Basket will be emptied again. This little cutie is for a couple of challenges, firstly my very favourite challenge Sweet Sketch Wednesday and secondly Stampevie and more which is Pink.
I have absolutel no idea what this little beauty is called as I stamped her at Wendys!! I do know that she is a Stampevie Sarah Kay stamp!
Coloured with Copic Ciao and Sketch pens
DP is Rita Marie Love Bug and Cotton Candy
Nestabilities Labels four, eight and nested blossoms
Martha Stewart Branch punch
Tim Holts Distress Ink
Glossy Accents
All the above are available from Wendy at Stamps and Memories
Sentiment is from a Popcorn Bear set
Brad, Card, gems and ribbon are from stash
Hope you like her
Hugs Jo x

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Sunday Again!!

Oh my goodness, it's Sunday again, where has the week gone. I have made a couple of other cards this week but the first I forgot to photograph and the second is at Wendy's. I loved the card that I made at Wends so have stamped the image again and hopefully it will be my next post!!! This little card is made with another of my new stamps. I must confess to having rather a lot of stamps that just haven't seen any ink yet and they have now been superceded by others so they are out of date!!!!! This card qualifies for a few challenges:
One Stop Craft Challenge - Summer Breeze
Crafty Catz Challenge - Petals and Pearls
Allsorts - Birthdays
Cute Card Thursday - Someone Special
My Time to Craft - Toooooo cute
Just Cute Bears - Recipe 3 Brads, 2 DP and 1 Ribbon
I have used this lovely LOTV Bear stamp, the first time I have used it and it is a joy to colour
Happy Birthday is from a Popcorn Bear stamp
Just for you is from LadyBug Crafts Ink
Coloured with Copic Ciao, Sketch and Spica glitter pens
DP is Cosmo Cricket Material Girl, I love it!!
Nestabilities Labels 4
Martha Stewart Daisy edge punch and branch punch
Flowers are Prima
Button Brads are from Lakeland
Ribbon and Card from Stash
I hope you like it!!
Hugs Jo x
Thank you everyone for your kind words about Tango, he is now on the road to recovery and over the last couple of days he has picked up and showing signs of his old self which is a great relief for us all. He has taken his tablets like an angel, no struggles, one handed with him sat on the sofa and straight down, bless him. Its a good job it was Tango and not Gizz as she would have given me trouble!! Hope to be back soon. Enjoy your week!! x

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Another quick post!!

This month is my Aunts birthday and this image is just perfect for her which is why I bought it and her fav colour is green. This fits few challenges,
A Spoon full of Sugar - Furry Friends
CrAFT -Wedding/Birthday
Incy Wincy - Anything goes

I have used
Lady Bugs Inc. Nikki Stamps
Sentiment from Popcorn Bear
Coloured with Copic Ciao and Sketch pens
Pealed Paint Distress Ink
DP MME Bloom and Grow
Nestibilities Labels 4
Nellies Multi Frame
Martha Stewart branch punch
Crystal Glamour Dust
Pearl Glimmer Mist
Card and Brads from Stash
Enjoy the rest of the day
Hugs Jo x

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Birthday Boy

What a week!!! Lots of short days at work because Tango has been poorly. In case you don't know, Tango is a big ginger cat, the softest, cuddliest cat you could ever meet!!! We think he had been poisoned. I was so worried, that I was getting up in the middle of the night to see if he was OK, bless him. I hate seeing poorly animals especially when it is your own. So off to the vets we went, our vet is about 2 minutes drive from us and Tango cried pitifully all the way there and back as he hates the car!!!! Thankfully he is on the mend and been a very spoilt boy!!
Anyway today I have made this card, just noticed that the buttons look wonky but it is how it has been photographed, really not one of my better skills!!! I love colouring this image but am still not sure what colour monkeys are!! The card papers are a lovely aqua colour but have turned out grey again must get a better camera!! I am entering it into a few challenges,
Cute Card Thursday - Boyz to Men
Stampin for the weekend - Card for a male
Saturday challenge - 3 Embellishments, 2 papers and 1 image
Sophisticat challenge - Card for a child
Simon Says Challenge - Birthday, celebrations
Image is High Hopes Open Ark
Daisy and Dandelion Sentiment
Coloured with Copic Ciao and Sketch Markers
DP is Nannas Nursery Baby Boy
Oval and Ribbon Labels Nestibilities
Nellies Multi frame
Ribbon, card and Buttons from stash
Hope you like it
Hugs Jo x

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Sketch Saturday 101

Another quick post tonight I'm afraid and another new stamp!! Don't you just love these Nikki Stamps, I have several of them now and love the sentiments that go with them too. These are new in at Stamps and Memories and Wendy has a great selection of them. This card only fits into Sketch Saturday, I can't find anything else to enter it into. I coloured this image last evening, experimenting with the neutral grey copics to give her black trousers. I think I am improving a little, still need lots of practice though. Another card that hasn't photographed well, this is shocking pink and black card!!

I have used Martini Nikki and Nikki word set two for the sentiment
Coloured with Copic Ciao and Sketch pens
DP is Basic Grey Bittersweet
Martha Stewart Daisy Punch
Nestibilities Scalloped Circles
Cuttlebug Swirl Folder
Lots of Crystal Glamour Dust
Card and gems from Stash

Hope you like her, back soon!!

Hugs Jo x

Monday, 3 May 2010

Sweet Sketch Wednesday - 47

I think I may be too late for this challenge as I see that this weeks has appeared already. Oh well, I'll try anyway!! I love this challenge, it is one of my favourites. So here is my card for Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Sorry about the quality of the photo, the papers have come out grey and wishy washy when they are really a lovely aqua colour.

The image was in a RAK that I received from my blogging buddy Marianne check out her blog, it's fab!! Really sorry but I have absolutely no idea at all what this image is but I love her!!
I have coloured with Copic Ciao and Sketch pens
The sentiment is from a Nikki set
DP is My Minds Eye
Circle, Pinked edge circle and ribbon label nestibilities
Crystal Glamour Dust
Ribbon, coloured with Copics, gems and card from Stash

Hope you like her
Hugs Jo x

Cherry Blossom

I thought I would show you this picture of the gorgeous tree in our front garden before it was hit by the rain. This gave me the inspiration for my next card which I think will go into the following challenges
Creative Card Crew - April Showers bring May Flowers
Just Magnolia - A sketch by Bev (thanks Bev, my sort of sketch again)
Crafty Catz - Spots , which there are lots of if you look closely!!

This lovely Magnolia image, I received in a RAK from Vicky over at Kips Cards, check out her work it is fab!! As Tilda is a bee, this paper reminded me of honeycomb and of course every bee needs flowers!! So here it is.

I have no idea what this little Tilda is called, but she is so cute.
Sentiment is Cuddley Buddley
Coloured with Copic Ciao and Sketch pens, and no I haven't used the blender pen on her tummy or hair, really pleased with myself there, lol!!
DP is Basic Grey Lemonade again, I just love it!!
Nestibilities Ovals and Scalloped Ovals
Martha Stewart Daisy and Branch Punches
Nellie Large Flower, Small Flower and Stamen punches
Crystal Glamour Dust
Pearl Glimmer Mist
Card, Ribbon and Flat Pearls from Stash

Hope you like her,

Hugs Jo x

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Another Pink Card!!

Just a quick post this evening as it is very late and I should have been in bed hours ago!! I have made this card at Wendys this evening, for my God Daughter who has passed her driving test this week, bless her. Another 17 year old on the road!! I think it fits the following challenges:
C.R.A.F.T - Shaped Card
Cute Card Thursday - Make your own, mine is flowers
Daring Card Makers - Shaped Easel Card
I have used Emleighs Cool Ride from High Hopes
Sentiment is Impression Obsession
Coloured with Copic Ciao, Sketch and Spica Glitter Pens
DP is Forever Friends
Nestibilities Labels Eight
Nellie Frond Punch
Flower Punch, sorry don't know the make it was Wendy's!!
Pearl Glimmer Mist
Card and Brads from Stash
Hope you like her, have a good weekend everyone!!
Hugs Jo x

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Back again!!!

Another card from Jo!!! Four days on the trot!! I've had a lovely day playing today, should have been doing the housework but that can wait!! We were going to go to the Bath and West Show ground, to the craft show as it is about an hour from us, but as hubby has only just started his new job, I decided that I would save up and perhaps go next year instead. Anyway Newbury show is fast approaching and I shall be there with Wendy, so hopefully will be able to have a spend there instead!! So that's my reason for today's crafting session, if I can't buy it, I may as well use it!!
Anyway this card is for Just Magnolia which is an open challenge , Sunday Sketch and Stamp which was a choice of one of 25 sketches and Our Creative Corner which is blossoms!!
Edited: I used sketch number 13!!

The Tilda image is one that I received in a RAK, so I'm really sorry but I haven't a clue what she is called. She was lovely to colour but to me she looks as if she's lost her legs or is sinking into a bog, perhaps I haven't coloured her very well!!
Sentiment is from a Popcorn Bear Stamp

Coloured with Copic Ciao, Sketch and Spica Glitter pens
The papers are Basic Grey Lemonade, I think my favourite yet!!
Martha Stewart Lace and Branch punches
The flowers are made with the same Nellie Multi frame set as the Tilda is cut out with,
spritzed with Pearl Glimmer Mist.
Crystal Glamour Dust

All of the above, other than the stamps, is available from Wendy at Stamps and Memories
Card and Brads from Stash

Hope you like her

Hugs Jo x

Saturday, 24 April 2010

And another!!!

Back again and really struggling!! I am trying to follow sketches but I am having problems when they have more than one layer!! I seem to have lost my colour co-ordination, not good. I am OK if they are nice and simple but some of them have got so complicated that I am avoiding them. I suppose it is because I like my cards to be straight and even etc. The thought of tearing and distressing petrifies me, so that is definetely a no go area, I may be brave one day!! Todays card is for the Papertake Weekly challenge which is a sketch and the Creative Card Crew which is Happy Birthday.

I have used this gorgeous stamp from the Whiff of Joy Spring Collection, she is a treat to colour!
I have used Copic Ciao and Sketch and Spica Clear Glitter Pens
DP is from the Basic Grey Eurphoria Pad again, I love these papers
Nestibilities Labels
Martha Stewart Daisy and around the edge punches
Sentiment and Sparkle dots are Papermania
Card and ribbon from Stash

Hope you like it!!

Hugs Jo x

Friday, 23 April 2010

Another quick post!!

I'm really not happy with this or the last card that I've posted, don't know what's wrong with me but I seem to have lost Mr Mojo again. I'm not going to let him get away this time though, I'm going to persevere and not give up. This card I am going to enter into the following
ABC challenge - S is for Sparkle
Simon Says Challenge - Things with Wings

This little card really sparkles it's such a shame that the photo doesn't do her justice.
Anyway, I have used a Lili of the Valley image
Coloured with Copic markers
DP is from the Basic Grey Euphoria pad
Nestibilities round and oval Scallops
Martha Stewart Doily and Branch Punches
The fairies wings are covered in Crystal Glamour Dust
The flower is spritzed with Pearl Glimmer Mist
Card, Gems and Ribbon from Stash
Hope you like her and have a good weekend everyone.
Hugs Jo x

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Quick Post

Hi folks, just a quick post today, have been really busy making cards and never want to see another kinetic card again. I spent Saturday with Wendy, Karen and Sally in Kintbury demonstrating Kinetic cards, had never made one until last week and have now made about 6, I know it doesn't sound many but in 2 days!!! I have also had numerous family birthdays to make for and guess what I forgot to take photos. Anyway moving on, this little card is for 2 challenges,
Lili of the Valley which is a lovely sketch by Bev, just my type of sketch!
C.R.A.F.T which is Pink and Brown
Hope you like it
Image is by Lili of the Valley
Coloured with Copics and Spica Glitter pens
Nestibilities (sorry don't know which one as it was Wendys!)
Martha Stewart branch punch
DP is from the Basic Grey Bittersweet pad
Flowers are Prima and Papermania
Brads are Papermania
Cotton Candy Stickles
Card, ribbon and pearls from Stash
Be back soon
Hugs Jo x

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Let me introduce you to ...............

Our resident rat catcher, Tango, most often referred to as the "ginger furball". "Rat catcher?" I here you say," doesn't look like he catches rats". Well this was taken yesterday afternoon, after he had been on look out all day by the green house. As you can see exhausting work this rat catching. Yes, he had caught three young rats, "oh what a good boy" was that? I am sorry to say that the first two didn't survive, first one found dead on the living room floor and second one found dead on the lawn!!. "So what happened to number three", I hear you say? He brought it home to mum and let it go in her craftroom ..................... Now you know why he is not a good boy!!!!!!!!! I screamed and managed to keep an eye on where it went, Hubby to the rescue and he caught it by the tail. OMG, never a dull moment here!!!

Hubby has now spent all day today sorting out the top greenhouse and laying more concrete!!! Happy Sundays!!
Well on to today's card. This is totally out of my comfort zone. Very OTT and a Tilda!! I do own some of these little girls but they all face sideways or have their mouth covered as I so want to draw a face on them!! I have to thank lovely Vicky from Kips Cards for this lovely image that was sent as a RAK. Pop across and have a look at her work, it is amazing, I just wish I had her patience.
I think this covers a few challenges, I started using a sketch over at Fussy and Fancy but I think it has gone a bit wrong, I have got them around the wrong way, sorry ladies. The rest are;
Stamping for the weekend - Ribbons and bows
Cute Card Thursday - Mono Mania , mine is Pink
Roses on Paper - Layers, I have 11
Just Magnolia - Punch it out, mine is a border punch
Paperplay challenge - Shiney, happy people, I'm sure Tilda must be happy with her Glamour dust!!
By the Cute and Girly - Fairytales, I think Princess Tilda qualifies for a Fairy Tale
Allsorts Challenge -Petals and Pearls, I have used Liquid Pearls and flat pearls

I have used Princess Tilda image from Magnolia
Coloured with Copic Pens
Paper is Basic Grey Bittersweet Pad, gorgeous papers!
Nestibilities Oval and Scalloped Oval
Martha Stewart Doily Punch, really love this punch!
Swirls Cuttlebug Folder
Crystal Glamour Dust
Pastel Raspberry Liquid Pearls
Glossy Accents
Ribbon, Card, flowers and flat backed pearls from Stash.

Hope you like her
Hugs Jo x

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Back at work!!!

Back at work, can't you tell!!! Just had to make a card when I got home today and I was late in and left early!!!! Anyway the good news is that Hubby started his new job yesterday, after 8 months of being unemployed and with no income, he is now like a dog with two tails!!! All I want now is for him to earn enough for me to give up work!!! Don't think there is a lot of chance of that happening though. Anyway todays card, I am not really that pleased with it, there seems to be something missing and I'm not sure about the colour scheme but it fits the following challenges.
My time to craft - On the spot
Secret crafter Saturday challenge -How does your garden grow
The image is another Bildmalarna
Coloured with Copics
Nestibilities labels three
Martha Stewart Punch double dot (I think)
Paper is Daisy and Dandelion
Card, pearls and ribbon from stash
I hope you like it
Hugs Jo x

Monday, 5 April 2010

Two Posts in one day!!

After a week off work, I am now refreshed and ready to stay at home for another week!!!!! I wish!!! I have managed to get a couple of cards made this week but forgot to take piccies before I sent them!!! I fell in love with this little image when it was first released and happened to see that Wendy had it in her shop and it just said buy me so what else could I do!! Anyway, this fits a few challenges this week.
Papertake Weekly - Fill your boots (Anything goes)
Just cute bears - colour combo of yellow and green
Stamptacular Sunday - Sugar and spice and everything nice
Sweet Sketch Wednesday (my sort of sketch, I loved it)
Here it is I hope you like it!!!

Stamp is by Stampevie
Sentiment is Hero Arts
Coloured with Copics
Martha Stewart Doily Punch
Nestibilities Labels
DP, gems, card and ribbon from stash
Will try not to leave it too long before the next card!!!
Have a good week ,
Hugs Jo x


I was asked the question a few months ago, how do I store my ribbons? As today I am having a tidy up day I thought I would provide my answer. Spice Racks picked up at my local kitchen shop!! These are ideal for ribbons and stickles too. I am lucky enough to have a room that I can leave my craft stuff about , so hubby has put these up between shelves. How do other people store their ribbons?

Hope to be back later with a card!!

Hugs Jo x

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Yay, I'm back!!!

Don't hold your breath, but I think Mr Mojo may be returning!! An invite by Wendy of Stamps and Memories to visit for the evening and her cheeky comment below and lots of really encouraging emails from Marianne plus all the lovely comments that you have all left has finally done it!! I had a lovely evening with Wendy yesterday and decided to colour this gorgeous new image that I bought a couple of months ago, lots of chat and tea and she was coloured before I knew it!! I then raided Wendys stash and this is what I came up with!!
As it is my first card in a while, I thought it had better go in a lot of challenges, so here we go:
Sophistcat-Open challenge green, lilac + one,flowers
Crafty Cardmakers - Spring into spring
Crafty Catz - Spring
Allsorts - Spring is in the Air
One stop craft - Let it shine
Secret Crafter - Spring has sprung
Simon Says Challenge - Spring Easter
Stamp is Mimosa with flower basket by Bildmilarna, I just love these stamps
Dovecraft Sentiment
Coloured with Copic Markers
Nestibilities labels
Martha Stewart around the edge punch
Nellie Sneddon Small and large flower and embossing punch
Martha Stewart Branch punch
Papers are from the Alison Ellis Baby Girl Range available from Stamps and Memories
Pearls, Card and Ribbon from Stash
I hope you like her!!
I hope to catch up with you all soon, I am off from Friday until after Easter so am hoping to get some serious card making and blogging done.
Take care everyone, be back soon
Hugs Jo x

Monday, 8 March 2010

Before and After!!

As Mandy asked the question yesterday, I thought I would give you all a quick update!! We are nearly there, just a little work to be done on the brickwork inside and window cills to be fitted. Hubby, my dear father in law, my fab Uncle and dear friend Kev have all done so well. They have all worked so hard and in such awful weather conditions and as you can see, it has been
worth the wait!!
Before and After
Would you believe that they have an identical floor area, we used the exact same base for the new one................ I don't think the garden will ever recover!! Tango was in his pose for the camera mood!!
Take care everyone
Hugs Jo x

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Mr Mojo, gone walkies!!

Have real problems at the moment, Mr Mojo has gone, it has taken me 3 weeks to complete this card. Hope you like it now it's done!! The challenges that it fits are:
Pink Elephant - Green as one colour
Simon Says Challenge - Mothers Day/Girly
Cute Card Thursday - Lucky Green
Crafty Catz - Shades of Green

Stamp used is Birthday Cake, one of the Scrumptious Shoes by Stampendous
Coloured with Copic Pens and Spica Glitter Pens
Paper is from the Berry Sweet range by K & Co
Crystal Glamour Dust
Baby Pink Stickles Glue
Card, Ribbon and gems from stash
Hope to be back soon
Jo x

Saturday, 13 February 2010

Two Cards and lots of challenges!!

I'm not going to apologise for not blogging etc as Marianne will tell me off!! I have managed a couple of cards over the past couple of weeks but nothing worth blogging really. I have gone through a real low but am hoping that I am back on the way up and can get back to creating something half decent!!

The first card covers the following challenges and probably a few more but here goes:

Spoonfull of Sugar -1 Paper, 1 embossing, 1 button and 1 Ribbon
Copic Colour Challenge - R29, RV23 and B12
Cute Card Thursday - In the name of Love
Friday Crafty Cats - Buttons and Bows
Crafty Cardmakers - Digital Delights
Simon Says - Whats love got to do with it
Pink Elephant - Mushy Gushy Valentine
By the Cute and Girly - Love


Digital Image by Mo Manning, Belle and Bronte Freebie
Sentiment is from a Hero Arts Set
Coloured with Copic Pens:
E15, E17, E18, E30 and E50
YR0000 and YR00
W00, W0, W1, W3, W5 and C1
R0000, R00 and R29
B0000, B00 and B12
RV0000, RV00 and RV23

Paper is from Papermania Raspberry Champagne Collection
Nestibilities Square, Square Scalloped and Ribbon Labels
Cuttle bug Dotty Embossing folder
Glossy Accents
Card, Button and Ribbon from Stash

The second card I originally coloured for the previous weeks Copic Colour Challenge but didn't get my act together in time but it does fit in with the following:

Papertake Weekly - Sketch
Sophisticats - Tartan

Image and Sentiment are from Kraftin Kimmi - Tree Fairy
Image coloured with Copic Pens
Paper is DCWV My Mind Eye Bloom and Grow
MS Doily Punch
Nestibilities Rectangle, Scalloped Rectangle and Ribbon Labels
Glamour Dust
Card, Pearls and Raffia from Stash

Well folks, I hope you like them and I'm off now to visit some blogs to see what wonderful creations you have all made.

Hugs Jo x

Thursday, 28 January 2010


Well, my basket of cards is now increasing nicely. I just seem to get a few up together and Mum comes and raids the stock. Does anyone else have this problem?!!! Bless her!! I am just loving my punches at the mo and after decoupaging this little butterfly, it made me realise that I actually miss my cutting. I was always a cutter rather than a stamper, as Wendy will tell you, I didn't do stamping but now what would I do with my Copic Pens, I just can't give them up. So perhaps this is a compromise!! This is another of Wendys stamps that I coloured up on Saturday, I really love them and think I may have to treat myself. I did buy a set but not these, mine have still to see the ink pad!! Shame on me.
Anyway on to todays card, it will definately do for Cute Card Thursday which is Blooming Gorgeous and it is a bit of an adaption of the Truly Scrumptious Sketch without one bit, just couldn't fit it on, will give it ago anyway. Here it is, hope you like it.

Stamps are Aspects of Design Kay Carley Funky Frames
Sentiment is Alesa Baker by Impression Obsession
DP is Papermania Venetian Skies
Coloured with Copic Ciao and Sketch Pens
Spica Sky Blue Glitter Pen
Martha Stewart Round the Edge Punch Set
Martha Stewart Branch Punch
Nellie Small and Large Flower Punches
Nellie Small and Large Flower Embossing Punches
Nellie Stamen Punch
Nestibilities Ribbon Labels
Bazill Card
Ribbon, Pearls and Gems from stash.
Back soon
Hugs Jo x

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Very quick post!!

This is a quick simple card that I have made as a Sympathy card. I hate making these cards and always use this lovely stamp, it is so versatile serves for Golden Wedding cards, birthdays, anniversaries in fact most occasions as well.
It fits four challenges, well I think it does!!
My time to craft - Elegant Rose
Sophisticat Challenge - Mum, Miss You, Tribute
Sunday Sketch and Stamp - Lovely sketch Ladies

Stamp is another of my gorgeous Leigh Hannan Stamps by Impression Obsession called Victorian Rose
Sentiment is by Papermania
DP is Papermania Exquisite E0000, E00, E02, E30, E31, E33, R00 and R02
Coloured with Copic Pens
Clear Spica Glitter Pen
Martha Stewart Daisy Border Punch
Cuttlebug Stylized Flower Folder
Nestibilities round and scalloped round
Bazill Linen Card
Pearls from stash
Hope you like it
Hugs Jo x

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

On a roll and another long post!!

Another card from Jo, I hear you say must be having a bad week!! Well, lets just say it could be a lot worse but I have come home from work the last two evenings with the urge to craft rather than the need to craft!! So we are on the up at the mo!! And I must say, I am really enjoying it. I had a fab day on Saturday with Wendy at the sale in Kintbury, demonstrating the lovely Martha Stewart punches, making flowers with the Nellie punches and colouring away with the Copic Pens just pure bliss!! I loved it, just wasn't long enough though! Wendy is off to Exeter tomorrow for the Craft 4 Crafters show, so if any of my lovely readers are going, do pop across and visit Wend on the Stamps and Memories stand as she would love to see you!
This little card covers a few challenges this week,
Just Cute Bears Challenge One for the girls
Crafty Cardmakers Hearts and romance
The Pink Elephant Polka Dots, Bow and Pink
Allsorts Challenge Hearts and Flowers

Stamp is Louis with Heart by Wild Rose Studio
Sentiment is Hero Arts
Coloured with Copic Markers
Papers are by Rita Marie
Bazill Pink Linen Card
Nestibilities Round, Round Scallop and Ribbon Tags
Martha Stewart Doily and Branch Punch
Nellie Small and Large Flower Punch
Nellie Small and Large Flower Embossing Punch
Nellie Stamen Punch
Glossy Accents
Memento Black Ink Pad
Ribbon, Gems and Pearls from Stash

Now I must thank the lovely Mandy for my lovely blog award, if you haven't visited Mandys blog, you really must, she is so talented and such a lovely person too. She gives me so much encouragement and is so kind in all she says.

I have to pass this on to 10 people and say 10 things that make me happy!

1. My family
2. My friends
3. My Pets
4. Making cards,Crafting with Wendy
5. Being at home
6. Leaving work at the end of the day!!
7. When the sunshines, so hubby can work on the conservatory!!
8. Being in Wendys shop
9. All the lovely comments left on my blog
10. Being able to have a good quality of life and enjoy each day as it comes.
The people that I would like to give this to are Linda, Marianne, Lol, Jo, Vicky, Joey, Debby, Jacqui, Kim and Michele
Thess ladies give me so much inspiration and encouragement and say such lovely things.
Thank you all.
Hugs Jo x

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Beware this could be a long post!!!

You'll never guess what, yes I have made 3 cards this evening!!! Mind you I did finish work early and have been in the study all evening and I mean 5 hours!! I am only going to post 2 of them though. I have made them all for my friend Wendy for tomorrows demos and sale, so if you are in the Newbury/Kintbury area tomorrow call in and have a free cuppa with us. We will be in Kintbury village hall from 10am to 2pm
The first card I am going to put in the Simon Says Punch it Challenge and they are also running a DT call too and
Spoonfull of Sugar which is layering

I have used the following:
Stamp is Funky Frames by Aspects of Design
Coloured with Copic and Spica Glitter Pens
Martha Stewart Around the page Loop Punches
Nellie Fern Punch
Nellies Large Flower Punch
Nellie Large Flower Embossing Punch
Nellie Small Flower Punch
Nellie Small Flower Embossing Punch
Nellie Stamen Punch
Ticker Tape DP
Bazill Linen Card
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Glossy Accents
Pearls from Stash
All the above are available from Wendy at Stamps and Memories
My second card is using the sketch from Sweet Sketch Wednesday 33 and Friday Crafty Catz challenge which this week is love.

I have used the same stamp that I used the other day which I just love and is one of my favourite designers Leigh Hannan Impression Obsession stamps from the Cocktail range.
Coloured with Copic and Spica Glitter Pens
The papers are Alison Ellison Girl Stuff range
Nestibilities ribbon tags
Nestibilities Squares
Glossy Accents
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Bazill Linen Card
Glossy Accents

All above again available from Stamps and Memories

Gems, pearls and ribbon from Stash.

Hope you like them, back soon.

Hugs Jo x

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

It's a Girl!!

I'm not going to even apologise this week for being a bad blogger, just sooooo busy, with no time to craft and boy, do I need craft time at the mo!!! Am exhausted!! Long days again!!
Well me being my organised self, had a couple of baby boy images coloured up as I have so many friends and colleagues expecting at the moment and what happens, they have a girl!! I had convinced myself that the first one would be a boy!! So a girl card it is, sorry but got a bit carried away with this one. This card fits in with the pink and grey theme over at Cute Card Thursday and the what's new theme at Crafty Cardmakers this week.

Above show the front of the card and below is the inside of the card.

I have used the Popcorn birthday cuddles stamp and adapted it to suit a baby card as I just adore this image.
I have coloured with Copics and Spica Glitter pens
Nestabilities label one
Nestabilities tag label
Embroidered paper and Bazill basic card from Stamps and Memories
Ribbon and pearls from stash
Hope you like her!!
Back soon
Hugs Jo x
PS. Would someone please tell me the secret of making at least 3 cards in one evening!! This one card took me 2 evenings!!!

Monday, 11 January 2010

Warning Sunglasses needed!!

Oh no, a really bad blogger again!! My poor Mojo has left me and every card is a struggle at the moment, I really need to be inspired. I had a trip to Wendys on Saturday afternoon, we should have been at the Kintbury Sale but Wendy has been really poorly and had to cancel. The roads in Berkshire were atrocious, OK if you're on the M4 but we weren't. Anyway, I spent loads of cash and came home with lots of new stash!! As I am really fed up with this horrible weather and the fact that I have had to go back to work after Christmas, I thought bright and cheerful is the order of the day!! So beware folks!! I am using this card for the following challenges:
Crafty Catz - Bright and sparkly (My inspiration)
Sketch Saturday - Fabulous sketch, thank you
ABC challenge - L is for Layers

Stamp is one of my favourite designers, Leigh Hannan, Impression Obsession
Sentiment is Alesa Baker, Enjoy your day, Impression Obsession
Coloured with Copic Markers
and Spica Glitter Pens
Papers are Alison Ellis, Neon Candy Range
Nestibilities labels four and Ribbon Tags
Swirl Cuttle bug folder
Martha Stewart Scallop border punch
Nellie flower punch
All of the above are available at Stamps and Memories
Ribbon, gems and card from stash
Hope you like it
Hugs Jo x

Sunday, 3 January 2010

I'm back but not my Mojo!!

Hi folks, I hope you had a fab Christmas and a Happy New Year and that everyone is back to normality, whatever that is!! We have had a nice relaxing weekend after a rather hectic time over Christmas, in fact yesterday I had a pyjama day!! Shame on me!! Think I'm probably too old for a pyjama day, but I had one anyway!! On to my card ............... Mojo gone not good at all and not happy with this card, my fault for not finding time for me! Picture is rubbish too, will try and take one in the daylight, tomorrow. It does cover lots of challenges though, so I'll start my list with Copic Colour Challenge 45

Paper Play Challenge 46 - New Beginnings
Stamping for the Weekend - New Beginnings
Allsorts Challenge 33 - Sketch and New or Old (pearls)
The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge 64 -New Beginnings
By the Cute and Girly - New
Stamp Something - New Something(pearls)
One Stop Craft Challenge - Something beginning with B

Anyhow here it is, I hope you like it!! The card that I have used is actually Lilac but has come out a nasty grey colour and the green is a quite bright green, I will try and photograph again tomorrow.

The image is a free digi stamp and I have hunted high and low and can't remember where I got it from, sorry.
The sentiment has been made on the computer.
Copic pens used: YG0000, YR0000, B95 for B93, YG03, YG00, BV02, E00, Y21 and Y28.
Clear Spica Glitter Pen
Circle and Scallop Nestibilities
Cuttle Bug Dots Folder
Nellies Small Flower and Embossing Punches
Papers are DCWV Nannas Nursery Baby Boy
Glossy Accents

Oh my Gosh, I have just seen the time, it has taken me all evening to blog this!!

Off to bed now!!

Hugs Jo x

Friday, 1 January 2010

Welcome 2010!!

Happy New Year

to all my lovely blogging buddies and followers. I would like to thank everyone for their support and lovely comments which have been greatly appreciated over the past few months that I have been blogging, and long may they continue.

Here's to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2010!!

Hugs Jo x