Saturday, 1 November 2014


We are looking for some new DT members join us at the start of January 2015. You will need to create one project per month (usually using digi stamps provided by sponsors) and to comment on challenge entries. You are also expected to enter challenges with your projects and promote the challenge where ever possible. You must have an active Blog.
We are a happy band of crafters living across the world, we don't "do", drama and we have lots of fun!
If you would like to join us please add DT next to name on your entry. We will contact a short list of people who will be invited to tell us a little bit about why they would like to join us x

Now on to this months challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore which is anything goes and is sponsored by Whoopsidaisy who are very kindly giving a prize of 2 sheets of digis. 

My card for this months challenge was a difficult card for me to make, it was for my dear father in law's 85th birthday, he is poorly and having a bit of a rough time. He is such a sweetheart and never complains.  I hunted high and low for the right image for this one. He keeps Gouldian Finches so this card was well received and is in pride of place on the mantlepiece!!

The Gouldian finch is a digi image from Paint the World Super Colouring
Coloured with Copic Sketch and Ciao
Paper, dried grass and raffia from stash

I am going to enter this card into the following challenges
Have a great November

Hugs Jo x

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Back again!!

This month over at Crafts Galore Encore we are celebrating Halloween with Trick or Sweet, so anything Halloween goes and we are sponsored by the fabulous Kenny K. Check out their website for a great selection of fantastic digis.
I had so much fun creating this card, for some unknown reason I really enjoy making Halloween cards. I am getting quite a collection now, I never send them to anyone just keep them, lol. I made this card whilst visiting my good friend Wendy from Stamps and Memories. I went over to spend the day with her with quite a clear idea in my mind of what I was going to make, which is most unlike me and came back home having made something completely different!! Anyway here is my masterpiece
Image Kenny K Trixxie Treat
Coloured with Copic Sketch and Ciao
Impression Obsession Spider Web and Spider Die
Impression Obsession Sentiment
Lilac and grey blending Chalk
Glossy Accents
Glamour Dust 
Orange Wink of Stella
Card from Stash

I am going to enter this into the following challenges:

Hope you like it and can't wait to see your entries into our fab challenge Crafts Galore Encore, pop across and check out our brilliant Teams projects for inspiration.

Jo x

Friday, 1 August 2014

Phew, what a scorcher

Hi folks, hope you are all enjoying this great weather that we are having in the UK. Hottest July on record, so they say and that leads me on to this months challenge at Crafts Galore Encore. We are sponsored by the fantastic Di's Digistamps
who are offering a great prize of $12 to spend instore, a very generous prize at that, so get your entries in for a chance to win. 
The DT over at Crafts Galore  Encore have really excelled themselves and there are some cracking projects on our anything goes challenge this month, we love to see you and read your messages so why not pop across and check them out.

Now on to my little project, lol. Being very fair skinned, I decided enough was enough and I was fed up with having a sore head from the sun. I'm a softy really and don't like the pain, lol. Anyway that was that and as we have an anything goes challenge this month I thought I would try something completely different and different it is, lol. I set myself a task of making a hat!! So here it is, a real retro sixties floppy hat with a lovely brim to keep the sun off of everything and it is even adjustable to fit any size head, lol.
The pattern I used was an old Simplicity pattern
The fabric is by Makower and is 100% cotton and available from Creativ-e-T in Devizes along with the double fold bias binding and interfacing.
The brim has been stiffened with a double layer of iron on heavy weight interfacing.
The crown has a single layer of heavy weight interfacing. 
After very carefully constructing all the bits and binding as necessary it was time to add crown to brim. Why is it it never fits?!  I had an awful lot of crown left over and not enough brim so with gentle persuasion consisting of  a bit of snipping here and there, pushing and shoving, pulling and tugging 4 hours later it went in, only for me to discover the seam was on the wrong side.  At this point I put it away, that was the end of day 2. Day 3, mission accomplished!!  Simplicity now has a whole new meaning to me, lol.

And just to add insult to injury, looking at the latest weather forecast, I think I may have missed the sun and should have made my hat out of oil skin cloth to keep the water off!! 

I am going to enter this into the following challenges:
Top Tip Tuesday - Material girl My top tip when sewing is always to have a seam ripper to hand, lol

Anyway that's all from me for now, have a fantatic August everyone.

Hugs Jo x

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

A retired Old Truck!!

Firstly I would like to thank the lovely DTs over at A Gem of a Challenge and Sentimental Sunday for choosing my strawberry card in their Top 3's last month, I was so chuffed and am sure it was the gingham fabric that did it!!
Well folks, July is here and that means we are on a down hill slide to Christmas, lol and no I haven't started my Christmas cards yet!!  I can't believe that half of the year has gone already and that this is card number 7 for Crafts Galore Encore DT.  When I first joined the DT, I was so apprehensive, stressed and worried about it all but I can honestly say it is the best thing that I have done. They are all such a fabulous talented fun group and this month we have 4 new members to the team so do pop across and meet them all. So on to this months challenge, a nice easy one and it is to use a stamp or a digi stamp.  We have a fantastic sponsor this month, Fred She Said who have very kindly donated $15 GC to spend in their store.  Check them out here 


So here is my masterpiece for July using the Old Truck

Sentiment from a Woodware Set
Nestabilities labels Eight
Coloured with Copic Ciao and Sketch pens
W0 to W7 for the truck body
C1 to C7 fo the wheels
B0000 for the car windows and headlights
Momentos Wheat sponged for the background
Papers are DCWV
Glossy Accents on the headlights
Card and Raffia from Stash

I am going to enter this card into the following challenges:

My craft creations - Always anything goes
Crafting at the Weekend - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Stampin for the weekend - Anything Goes
The Sisters of Craft - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

I hope all of my American followers enjoy their 4th July celebrations.

Hugs Jo x

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Summer's on its way!!

Over at Crafts Galore Encore this month our challenge was to use a digi image or a stamped image which were very genorously provided by Beccys Place. The prize for Junes challenge is one winner will  get the choice of 3 digis or 1 set from Beccys Place. Pop across to Beccys place and check out the fab digis.
As I love my red pens, lol, the Strawberry circle was perfect for me to colour. So here is my little DT card for this months challenge.

Image is Strawberry Circle from Beccys Place
Sentiment is by Impression Obsession
Coloured with Copic Ciao and Sketch markers
Strawberries - R01, R17, R27 and R59
Leaves - G40, G43 and G46
Flowers E40 and Y09
Hilighted with N1
Spellbinders Nestabilities Circle large and Scalloped Circle
Grand Nestibilities Circle and Scalloped Circle
Gingham fabric from Creativ-e-t Devizes
Ribbon, card and charm from Stash.

I am going to enter this into the following challenges
Ditzie Digi Designs - Anything goes
A Gem of a challenge - Fabric or Felt
Crafting at the weekend - Anything goes
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
4 Crafty Girls - Anything Goes

I hope you like it

Jo x

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Missing you!!

Shocked, well I am lol. Two blog posts written in one evening!!  This month has been busy for me on the card making scene, lots of birthdays and I even confess to having bought one too, how bad is that.  Our DD Charlotte arrived for a visit a day earlier than planned and left a day later than planned.  I think secretly she had planned it and not told me, lol.  It was lovely to see her, the longest that she had been back since she left home but it made me realise how much noise she makes, lol. Never shuts up and her and her Dad continually wind each other up, so much fun though but exhausting at the same time! And I reckon a months worth of washing came home with her!!

Now on to this months Challenge over at Crafts Galore Encore which is Anything Goes but a little reminder first. The DT over at Crafts Galore Encore would like to remind everyone who enters the Challenges not to forget to check the winners page so that you can claim your prize and badges. Anyway, this month we are sponsored by 
who have supplied us with sentiments for our projects. Thank you to Blue Moon Creation.
This sentiment seemed to be the perfect one to use for a card for elephant mad Charlotte, I hope you like it.
Elephant Digi - Mo Manning
Sentiment Blue Moon Creation
Coloured with Copics
W00, 0, 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6
E50, 51 and 53
R000, 01 and 02
E40, 41 and 42
Nestibilites Labels One and Scalloped Labels One
DCWV Nanas Nursery Baby Boy DP
Card and Buttons from Stash

I am going to enter this card into the following challenges:
Sentimental Sundays - Clean and Simple
Bronte and Bella Challenge - Clean and Simple
Crafting by Designs - Anything Goes
Tuesday Throw Down - Recipe, one DP, one Image and something purple
Crafting from the Heart - Anything Goes
Challenges for Everybody - Anything Goes
That Craft Place - Anything Goes

Pop over to Crafts Galore Encore and see the fantastic creations the other Teamies have made and also we have a DT call so if you would like to join us just put DT after your entry to show that you are interested.

Happy Crafting

Jo x

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

TTCRD - A touch of Spring

This week at TTCRD it's Team A producing the brilliant designs and we have been provided digis by Anne's Digital Art, who happens to be one of our very talented DT Leaders Anne Fenton, pop across and visit her blog for even more inspiration.  This was a real challenge for me to colour and totally out of my comfort zone but I got there in the end, lol.

Digi Image used  Basket of Flowers – Anne Fenton
Copics used 
Basket E30, 31, 33, 34, 37 and W1 and W3
Leaves YG45, G40, 43 and 46
Flowers Y28, YG45, R81, 83, 85 and 89
All edged with C-1

Nestibilities labels 17
Cuttlebug Dots embossing folder
Couture Creations Embossing folder
Martha Stewart Border Punch
Ribbon and Card from Stash

I am going to enter this into the following challenges
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Challenges for Everybody - Anything goes
Sweet Stampin - No DP
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes

That's all for today folks, I'll be back soon!!

Hugs Jo x

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Big Announcement!!

A couple of weeks ago I received an email from the lovely Sandi from Through The Craft Room Door inviting me to join their design team, thrilled or what!!  I did actually take time out to think about it, as those of you that know me will know that I lack so much confidence.  Well I decided to take the plunge so here I am for the second blog entry of the month. Shocked?  Me too!! Here's a little info on TTCRD, not only is it a weekly challenge blog but there is also an on line magazine too, pop across and have a look, there is a little sneaky preview above and I have "stolen" the following from there blog, lol.

Through The Craft Room Door Magazine

Through The Craftroom Doois a fun craft magazine filled with articles, tutorials, crafting tool information and a whole lot more! Come and see what my dear friends and I have created for you! I promise you will not be disappointed. Join our TTCRD NING Groupfor subscription info and how you can submit submissions to be publish! You could possible win a $15.00 gift certificate to the store of your choice. Oh yea, there are also over 70 free digital images for you to download. We would love to hear from you so come on over and find out what the magazine is all about!

Here is my first DT card for TTCRD April 15th - April 21st and this week we are sponsored  by Oozak.

Image - Impression Obsession
DP - Cosmo Cricket Mini Deck Garden Variety
Copics Used
Watering Can - T0, 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 plus Gold Spica Pen
Flowers - E 40, 41 and 42. G40, 43 and 46
Mice - E30 and 31
Pots - E01, 93, 95, 97 and 99.
Earth - E08, 19, 23, 37, 49 and 57
Wall BG90 and blender pen
Grass - YG03, 17, 61 and 93.  BG93
Card and Raffia from Stash

I am going to enter this into the following challenges

Hope you like it

Jo x

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Boy Zone!!

Where did the last month go?  I was going to be so good and get more than one card posted but it somehow took me a month to make this one, lol.  Anyway, this month at Crafts Galore Encore we are asking you to use your favourite colour. We are sponsored by the fabulous Kenny K who are offering 2 prizes of 2 digis, one person will be chosen at random and one will be selected. Check out the website here for the fabulous digis.  

The image I have chosen is called Airborne and was such fun to colour. I have used my favourite colours for this time of year which are yellow and blue but I couldn't make a card without my favourite copic reds, lol, I hope you like it.
I have used Copic Sketch and Ciao pens
Papers are from the Alison Ellis Boy Zone range
(All of the above are available from Wendy at Stamps and Memories)
The skateboard wheels on the BOY ZONE I have made from buttons, beads and Glossy Accents.

I am going to enter this into the following challenges:

Hope you like it , don't forget to pop across the Crafts Galore Enclore and see the other Teamies fantastic creations.  Have lots of cards to make in April so hope to be back before May, lol!!

Hugs Jo x

Saturday, 1 March 2014

And another red card!!

I really must change my colour scheme, lol!!  Now that I have got used to my red pens they are all I seem to use these days.  Over at Crafts Galore Encore the new March challenge is to use a digi or stamped image on your project.  We have a great sponsor this month Glamour Eyes who are offering a prize of 5 digis and a surprise clear stamp. Check out their website here.

So here is my DT card for our challenge at Crafts Galore Encore for March. I have just discovered the most amazing artist who sells her digi stamps on Etsy under the name of Aurora Wings. She is so talented, I just had to rise to the challenge as I love red poppies, I think it stems from spending over 30 years working along side our Armed Forces.

I have used Aurora Wings Digi called Red Poppies
Coloured with Copic Pens
Dies used are Nestibilities Labels ?
Marianne Designs Flower Dies
Flourish Die
Crafts Too Embossing Folder
Card and Brads from stash

I am going to enter this card into the following challenges
Crafty Catz - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes with Aurora Wings
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Moments - Swirls and leaves
Fantastic Tuesday - Anything goes
Through the craft room door - Anything goes

That's it for this month folks
Have a fab March

Hugs Jo x

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Love is in the Air!!

Woo hoo, today we have a new challenge over at Cards Galore Encore which is Bling it up!! We are lucky to be sponsored this month by Scrappers Delights who are providing 3 digi images of your choice for a prize so come on ladies, oops and gentlemen, time to enter.  Their digis are fabulous, check them out here.

Anyone that knows me, will know that to bling it up is quite difficult for me to do as I am more of a CAS person.  I decided to make this a challenge to conquer my fears, lol and as it is February and the month of romance, red it had to be!! Here is my attempt at a glittery romantic card x
 Scrappers Delight Princess Digi 4
Coloured with Copic Sketch, Ciao and Spica Markers
Card, Ribbon and Gems from stash

I am entering this into the following challenges:

Happy New Year to all of those who celebrate the Chinese New Year and  have a fab February everyone. Hope to be back before March, lol.

Hugs Jo x

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

A Happy New Year to all in Blog land!!

After a long break from Blog land, I'm back and looking forward to a new venture with a great team of ladies on the Cards Galore DT.
Our first challenge of the year is sponsored by Scribble and Scrap and it's Anything goes, with a great prize of a £15 voucher.

Image used is a digi image called Vintage Beauty by Scribble and Scrap
Coloured with Copic Ciao, Sketch and Spica pens
Nestibilities Grand Labels 23
Nestibilities Labels 23
Martha Stewart Branch punch
Nellie Snellen Floral punch and embossing punch
Gems and card from Stash

I am entering this in the following challenges:
Crafting from the heart - Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles - Anything Goes
Stamp and Create - Anything Goes
Scribble and Scrap - Anything Goes

Hope you like it.


Jo x