Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter.

Good afternoon and Happy Easter to you all, I do hope that you are having a lovely Sunday.

Karl, Tess and me have been for a walk and spent a couple of hours in the garden. So now it so time for a spot of lunch.

Yesterday I had a lovely day at Crafts 4 U 2 Do in St. Helens, it really is a great shop and Chris the manager is very helpful ( he makes great coffee too)

Today is my brother-in-law Andy's 50th Birthday so I want to wish him a very Happy Birthday and hope he has a great day....

Unfortunately Mikey had a bad night last night and so he will be spending the day in bed, but here are a couple of photos of him last week....any excuse to dress up.....the things that he will do for a free lunch at work.....


If you were in Didsbury last Wednesday, you might have seen him.

Right I had better go and make a late lunch, enjoy the rest of the weekend, and remember to tell those special people in your life how special they are.....

Love and hugs...

Jo. X


Thursday, 17 April 2014

A Spring day.

Hi and we are nearly at the weekend. I do hope that your week is going well. I have spent today getting ready for Saturdays workshop at Crafts4U2do in St. Helens...oh it's going to be good.

I thought I would share this card with you, it is one of the ones that I created for the recent issue of Creative Cardmaking.

I started by using Distress inks, a sponge and a sun mask to create the sun, then a stencil brush and some Adirondack ink to make the sky.
The cow parsley ( this is such a brilliant Clarity stamp) was stamped by using Wink Of Stella Pens.

I added the colour directly from the pen to the stamp.

Then stamped with it, and repeated until I had the number of flowers that I required.

This is such a great way to stamp and with good quality stamps such a Clarity Stamps there is no danger of damaging the stamps...

The sentiment was added, and then some matting and layering. Here is a closer look,


There are five other card designs in the magazine, I would love to know what you think about them ...

I must just thank you all for the continued support and for leaving such lovely comments....they really do mean so much...

Oh and my Postman came today with new stamps and stencils from Clarity.....they look fantastic.....I just need some time to will love them....but sorry my lips are sealed......

Enjoy your evening...

Big hugs....

Jo. X


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

A wheelie good Workshop.

Good evening all, hope you have had a good day. Today is our eldest son Adam's Birthday...he is Happy Birthday son. We went out for a lovely family meal last night, it was so good to spend the evening together.

On to today, it was workshop day in Hazel Grove and we started by looking at the new Wheelie Stencils from Clarity.

They really are such a clever idea ( Well Done Dave ) and give such crisp stencilled images.

This large one with the alphabet in upper and lower case is going to be so useful. I really need more time to play.....

We then did some embossing and made this card using the allium stamps from Clarity...

Next we did some repeat new favourite technique with these stamps...

Have you noticed how many dragonflies the ladies had to cut out? Well it did keep them quiet!!!!!! ( well nearly all of them.....hey...Eileen!!!!)

Thanks for your company today ladies and Denise thanks for the chocolates ...I will start my Diet for France after Easter....
Have a good evening all, Karl has just come in so we are going to eat ....
See you again soon,
Jo. X


Tuesday, 15 April 2014


Good morning all, hope you had a good weekend, Ally Pally was amazing and we were so busy...the stand was under this fantastic window and it all looked stunning.

We launched the new wheelie stencils, oh you definitely need them...
I am very lucky and got time to play with them ( more about that later in the week ).
On to today, it is a new challenge over at the Sweet Lilac Flowers blog.
The new theme is Monochromatic, so that means, tones or shades of one colour along with white and remember to use your flowers too.
Here is my take on the hope you like it.

I started with a piece of the Gelli card, I do love this card. I used the Allium 1 stamp from Clarity and began stamping using Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. After each image I turned the card through 90 degrees and repeated the stamping.

Until I had four images.

Then I stamped the allium in the middle of the stalk, turned the card and repeated it again.

Until I had this wreath shape.

Then I added some shape to the wreath using the Allium 3 stamp and Dried Marigold Distress Ink.

Some matting and layering,

I chose these gorgeous orange flowers from Sweet Lilac and glued them into place with Glue Gel..I added some dew drops using Glossy Accents.

I decided to add a couple of butterflies and made them from cutting into one of the flat flowers, and used the stem to form the antennae.

Next I glued the butterflies into place and added some gems.

Here is a closer look.


The other D.T. members have made great projects and you can find them on the blog
Thanks for popping in today, I am off to get ready for tomorrow's workshops in Hazel Grove...

Have a good day all,

Much love, Jo. X


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Chinese Lanterns take three.

Good morning, and how are you today.?

I am still not feeling too well and Mikey kept me up again but never mind, lipstick on and seize the day.

I have walked Tess, need to take Karl to the station, drop some samples off at the publishers and then get my stuff ready for going to Ally Pally tomorrow....packing up the craft bag takes the longest time!!!!

Anyway back to something crafty, now you know the Chinese Lanterns is my favourite Stencil from Clarity.

So we have used ink through it, and glue with gilding flakes. Today we are using the wonderful Perfect Pearls.( and if you are coming to Ally Pally we have a great show offer on...)

Here is the finished card....not easy to photograph please forgive me...

I started with a sheet of the black A5 silk coated ClarityCard, and taped the stencil in place with low tack tape.

Next I used VersaMark in and a small piece of cut'n'dry foam to ink through the stencil.

Take the stencil away and wash it, then start to add the perfect pearls with a paintbrush...oh there are some gorgeous colours.

I find it best if possible to leave the powder for a few moments . Stamp one of the words from the new word chains....I went for Magical.....then add more perfect pearls...

After a few moments , wipe off the excess powder....I do find that a soft handkerchief is best for this....Quilted kitchen roll can be a bit scratchy.....

Be really will work...

Some matting and layering and some ribbon...

And hey presto, let's have a closer look,


I do hope that you like this .

Better get on.....have a good weekend and see you soon

Much love and please be kind to each other.....

Hugs, Jo. X


Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Tuesday already.

Good afternoon all and a warm welcome to our new blog is so good to have you join us.

This week seems to be racing away, I can't believe that it is Tursday afternoon already...

I seem to have a lovely little cold visiting me this week, oh deep joy!!! But no time to be ill as it is busy, busy, busy here.

I have got lots on magazine work to get done and have been beavering away yesterday and today. Obviously I will have to keep it under today I am going to show you a birthday card that I made for my nephew.....and don't worry he doesn't follow my blog, so I am o.k. sharing it with you. His Birthday is at the weekend, he will be eight, so I need to get it in the post.

I have used the beautiful Victorian Nursery Rhyme Alphabet stamp from Clarity and coloured the images with Graph'It markers.
Here is a closer look.

Right better get on, that is my tea break over...
Enjoy your evening , big hugs from me...X


Sunday, 6 April 2014

Filigraphy Dolphins meet some Shaving Foam....

Good Morning, hope you are all enjoying your Sunday morning. I have been so busy already, Adam had to be collected from the airport....oh I have missed him but he had a great time in America.....

Tess had to be walked etc, so I have only managed to watch half of Barbara's Clarity show on C&C, the rest has been recorded for later when hopefully I can sit down with a brew and enjoy.

A lot of crafters have asked about the shaving foam technique so here is my take on it.....

This is the finished card using the gorgeous new Filigraphy Dolpihin stamps....

This is such a quick and easy way of creating a background, I use one of my storage box lids, some shaving foam, some spray inks (and I mix and match depending on the colours that I want ) a ruler, and a very expensive wooden coffee stirrer.

Spray some shaving foam, and you don't need a lot.

Add some colour...

Make a pattern with the coffee stirrer

Push your card onto the top oh it feels all funny....

Peel your card away

Use a ruler to scrape off the shaving foam

This all goes back into the lid

And hey presto ...this is what you get....and it dries really quickly too.

And if your sprays have Mica in you get a lovely sheen...

You can then add other colours and repeat it all over again...and again...

I stamped the dolphins in Archival ink and used a word from the new word chains set 7.

I stamped the dolphins once more and cut them out so that I could decoupage them.

Some glue gel and job done.

I do hope you like this card and technique and I would love to find out how you have used it...

Better get on....

Enjoy your day...

Much love and hugs.

Jo. X