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Monday, 23 January 2017

So special.

Good afternoon everyone, how has your week started? It has been a very grey day here in Cheshire,,,in fact I don't think it has got light at all....we had thick fog this morning when we took the dogs out...so much so ...we nearly lost Eric....

Oh this cough, bug thing is a real keeper...but I did manage to keep my voice enough to get through both workshops on Saturday...

Sunday I was a little quiet....

It was great to be back at CJ Cards, and catch up with Glynis and the ladies. Always good to meet new ladies too...

It was a very sad day for many of us yesterday when we read the news that the lovely Jayne Nestorenko had passed away on Saturday evening.

I am sure many of you reading this will have your own memories, from meeting her, seeing her demos, watching her on C&C , and using her stamps...

In the early days she got me into Medallion stamps, and fine glitter....oh the stamps were big wood mounted beauties..

Then the cute companion stamps and cd's.

Oh I loved these...and spent many a happy hour cutting out and making the gorgeous characters and scenes..

You know in this industry there are some lovely people, and some not so nice sort...( they really do stab you in the back at the first opportunity) but then there are rare people like Jayne...who really was the most, loving, kind, gentle, generous lady that you could wish to meet...and she was fun to be with and had a smile that could light up a room...and oh my she was so talented...

I adore using her images...

And I am so proud to be able to still use them and keep her dreams alive

You know , I am sure she has got a table sorted out and heaven is a craftier place...

My thoughts are with her husband , daughter, family and friends....

Take care everyone...

Much love and hugs

Jo. Xxx

 

Friday, 20 January 2017

It's raining cats and dogs,

Good afternoon all, and thanks for joining me...Still coughing here I'm afraid , but on the plus side my voice is starting to return...oh my this is a stubborn little bug....and those of you who have had it , will know exactly what I mean...

I have been busy today getting ready for tomorrow's workshops at CJ CardCrafts in Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire...we are having a morning of inky, messy play and then an afternoon of Grooviness...

It will be interesting at lunch time when I try and get my hands clean for the afternoon...

So today it is just a short post from me, I thought I would share a samples that I made using the new baby Groovi plates....oh yes ...just up my street ...even one for Labradors....

I even remembered to take photos..

I started with the heart outline

Then added some bubbles...( aka,,,raindrops )

Next came the dogs and cats

Followed by the frame

And some accessories

Then a little pattern in the border.

I attached the lettering using staples....I do love to use these...you know me...just like to do things a bit differently...and parchment isn't the easiest material to attach to card...

A little bit of colour, some backing paper and job done....

Oh bless...Tess and Eric...

Now we really don't want rain drops that size....

Anyway, I had better love you and leave you...

Enjoy your Friday evening and have a lovely weekend...

Much love and hugs.

Jo. xxx

 

 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Still suffering.

Good evening all and thanks for popping in, please join with me and welcome our new follower Christine...

It is always great when we get new followers. I really do get so excited...

I am afraid I am not a happy bunny today which is not like me at all. My throats has get even worse and now I have a cough, pains in my chest and the left hand side of my face....great....and just to make matters even worse Karl is in Poland...so no sympathy from him .....

At least Tess and Eric are here to look after me. Well actually they are both fast asleep , I took them down the fields earlier and they had a really good run, a muddy run at that.

Speaking of Tess, she took a liking to my parchment piece that I made at Susan's workshop on Saturday...

And I found here on Sunday morning with it in her bed and she was licking it...oh Parchment really don't like water!!!!

This was it before...( just for you Chrissie )

You really don't want to see it after...no amount of book will straighten it...

So I had a go at making another one , but me being me, put my own twist on it...

This is what I came up with

So I have made it into a finished piece....before Tess gets it....

I do love the Agapanthus plate designed by Jayne Nestorenko, and I had to use more of the fab new papers...

This one is from the New England Fall Pack , thanks Dee....more fabulous designs..

Now don't look too close , I know it's not brilliant...but we all have to start somewhere...I will keep practicing....and practicing....I do love the idea of making up designs though...it has really got my craft juices flowing...

Maria is on Hochanda tomorrow with some new plates....just up my street ....when you see them you will know why...

Unfortunately I only got to make a couple of samples....wish I had more time,,,but I will certainly be using them again...

Here are some sneaky little peeks...

Right I am off for a shower and a date with a night nurse .....don't worry not a hunk in uniform but a bottle of medication.....oh I must be unwell.....lol...

Take care all,

Much love and hugs

Jo. Xxx

 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Brighton Rock

Good evening all and thanks for popping in. I do hope that your weekend has started well, mine started with my voice getting more squeaky by the minute. It got very sore and eventually I had to give in and rest it.

So Karl had a wonderful Friday evening and enjoyed the peace and quiet.

Today I have been to a Parchment class run by the very talented and lovely Susan Moran , it was amazing,,,,and I have to say that I loved the grid work and snipping that we did,,,so much so. That I can't wait to do some more...

So look out ladies....!!!!

Thank you Susan for a most wonderful day,,,

I am now home and ready for a Saturday evening with Mr Rice,,,and I am sure a glass of Prosecco will help my throat...

Before we settle down , I just thought I would share this card with you

I made it for Barbara's recent Hochanda tv show. It uses one of the Backing papers from the Brighton Rock Designer pack created by our very own lovely lady, Dee Paramour...

I started by matting and layering the backing paper, adding the Eiffel Tower stamp using Black Archival ink

And then creating my topper , by stamping the speech bubble in versamark ink , adding white embossing powder and heat setting. Then using similar colour Artistry ink pads, blending and adding some water splashes.. then finally adding some more stamping.

I do love this technique and it matches the backing paper a treat...

I stamped the sketch lady and coloured her using Spectrum Noir pencils, and finally stamped the word Grace...

Once I had all the components, it took me ages to decide how to arrange them...it is funny....it always takes me ages to do this bit....but finally , I settled on this design and glued everything into position. I did have to add some of my favourite Bakers Twine...

There are four different paper pads and I love them all, and so will you...

I have just heard the popping of the cork, so I am going to love you and leave you

Take care all,

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxxx

 

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

First Christmas card of the year,

Good evening everyone and thanks for popping in. It has gone very cold outside , and I believe we may be in for some snow over the next few days.

Today it was the first workshop of the year and it was so good to be back with the ladies.

I am so chuffed to say that I have made my first Christmas card of the year,,,yah....I have never been this organised before !!!! lol..

We used the fabulous Jayne Nestorenko stamps, I do love these...

One of my latest obsessions is Kraft card . This design is stamped in Potting soil Archival ink , coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils and then some Picket Fence Distress ink.... another must have ink pad

 

The snow is Ultra thick embossing enamel , and heated from underneath, now that was fun today,,,,and we didn't need the fire extinguisher.....although I was looking forward to seeing the fire men,,,,( well men in uniform.....)

We just took our time and enjoyed using these great stamps ,

Here is a very quick and easy design ,

So I am now ahead....I can tell you that it won't last long...

This afternoon , Eileen ( aka the camel lady ) noticed that I seemed to have a bit of a husky voice....

Well by the time I got home , it sounded worse, and now it has almost completely gone...

Karl thinks it is wonderful and is looking forward to some peace and quiet....

So on that note , I am going to make a hot chocolate ...

Enjoy your evening..

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxxx

 

 

 

Monday, 9 January 2017

New workshop dates...

Good evening all, hope your week has started well..

It is all go here, and I really don't know where today has gone,,,

I have been getting my books up to date and filling in that self assessment form ,,.that I love so much!!!!lol

I am really looking forward to getting back to workshops and seeing all my crafty friends again...

They kick of with our local Cheshire Crafts groups at Hazel Grove on Wednesday..

All the dates are on the workshop page of this blog

( fingers crossed that I have updated them )

So do check them out..

And don't miss out....

And for anyone who is new to crafting...just get in touch as you would be most welcome,,

Off to cook some food...and then walk Tess and Eric...in the rain...again...

Take care all

Much love and hugs.

Jo. xxx

 

 

Friday, 6 January 2017

What a day

Good afternoon everyone and thanks for joining me....it is always great to have your company...

What a day it has been , have you seen the Fantastic news?

Barbara and Dave have been working really hard and can now announce that they have taken over Pergamano ....oh it's going to be so exciting...

So many new tools and products to play with....and sorry Linda and Jose but I will be asking for advice,,,,

So many new workshops planned for this year...I do love to be busy..

Speaking of workshops, I would just like to share this email with you...

I received it last night and asked the sender for permission to share it with you...and she said yes,,,,

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Happy New year Jo.

Thank you for your fabulous workshops . It's always a pleasure to attend your class because we're always guaranteed a great time . You always ensure we have plenty of laughter throughout the day , you always inspire us with your artwork.

Wishing you ,Karl and the boys a very happy and healthy new year.

Love ????????


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You see I just love to spend time with such great crafters...who have become firm friends...and yes we have a laugh too....and sometimes get a bit naughty,,,,!!! But we have such a bond...and it is so good to see friendships develop....

Sometimes the classes act as a catalyst, bringing people together and I see new friendships blossom,,,

I have so much to be thankful for,,.and I really appreciate it...

Before I go and tackle the ironing mountain...

I just want to remind you that our Barbara is on Hochanda on Sunday

With fabulous new products, including backing papers, stencils , stamps and Groovi plates..

Not to be missed....

Take care all, and have a wonderful weekend...

And if you are one of those suffering with ill Heath at the moment , I hope you feel better soon....

Much love and hugs,

Jo. xxxxx