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Sunday, 7 February 2016

Sunday catch up

Good afternoon all, do hope you are having a lovely weekend. Today has been a catching up on washing and ironing sort of day for me...plus a couple of dog walks...it is so muddy down on the fields , but Tess and Eric love it like that ...( thank goodness that we can hose them down in the garden )

Yesterday it was workshop day at CJ.Cardcrafts in Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire, and we had a play with the Bokeh technique. We had a couple of new ladies joining us , it is always great to meet new crafters...

We did some blending with Distress inks...as you know I do love to use these. I also couldn't resist using these fabulous new stamps from Clarity....I just haven't been able to put them down since I got them,,,

Did you manage to catch Barbara with them on HOCHANDA at 2pm today..?.she is back at 5pm and 8pm too...

They also look wonderful on wood ....

I just couldn't resist...I have literally been stamping them all over.....

The sentiment and dragonfly stamps are also from Clarity and available on the website.

Our second design used a faux Bokeh background...and a die cut poppy...

This is such a quick and effective background to create...

After lunch we had a Groovi taster session...wow so many crafters came ...we even had to ask a couple of ladies to go and have a coffee and come back later...when we had more room...

Thanks ladies, for being accommodating you are so good...

And yes....many starter kits were bought...and so we are planning Groovi workshops...yah...more play time...no wonder I love my job....

Would you believe we had a power cut too...and we carried on In the Groove...just goes to show you really can do it just about anywhere and under any circumstances...although I did suggest that a head torch might help....and yes I do have one at home,,,from my cub leader days...honest....

Right I must dash....boss lady back on the box soon...

Thanks for joining me today...enjoy the rest of your day and see you soon...

Much love and hugs...

Jo. xxx

 

Friday, 5 February 2016

Groovi Friday

Good morning lovely friends and followers, hope you are well this morning.

Today I have scheduled a post as I am going out for a day with some of my best friends,,,we will be having a crafty day full of laughter and yes we may spend a penny or two...

I have got all my bags packed ready for the workshops on Saturday, I always look forward to going to CJ Cardcrafts in Edgeley, Stockport, Cheshire.

Now today I am sharing something with you that is a bit out of my comfort zone...

You see I love the white work of parchment and I always admire the wonderful work of the very talented Emma Burns....do check out her blog........http://emmburns.blogspot.co.uk.

.And that is what I have been doing .

But time to move over to the dark side and try something a bit different,,,,

I used my Distress markers and added colour on the reverse...here is a closer look.

I do love the way that the boards are all interchangeable and you can mix and match your designs.

This border is one of my favourites..

All the Groovi products can be found on the Clarity website...here

And remember that Barbara is on HOCHANDA tv this Sunday and Monday...do check out the shows...and see what my boss lady is getting up too...

Must go ...yet another dog walk in the rain...

Take care all and have a lovely weekend

Love and hugs

Jo. Xxx

 

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Mum's Box...

Good afternoon all and thanks for joining me for a tea break today. I do hope that your day is going well.

I am just having a quick break from tackling my list of orders.

I thought we would look at some Pyrography today...as you know one of my passions,.

This is a lovely little box for Mum's treasures...you know all those little things that we keep.

I started by stamping the letters from the Letterbox set of Clarity stamps...as always I used the VersaFine , Vintage Sepia ink.

Next came the rest of the stamping...and here I used the Haberdashery set and the Art Nouveau corner stamp...

I stamped all the way around the box

Then it was time to start burning ...and you can see which elements have been burnt into the wooden box.

Oh yes a cup of tea in my favourite mug helps at this stage.

Once I have finished , then it is decision time...

To leave it and varnish or to add some colour.

This time , I went for some colour . Once again I used some translucent Fresco paint with a little water.

You really need the Pyrography to show through ..

I do love this little ribbon border stamp..

All the stamps and paint can be found on the clarity website...

I do love to use my stamps in this way ...and when I decorate a box as a gift it is so easy to make a matching card...and let's face it , I have so many fabulous stamps to choose from...

Must get on as I still have the dogs to walk and then later this evening I have to go and pick Karl up from the airport...he has been working in Poland...oh I have missed him...

Take care all and thanks for looking in

See you again soon

Love and hugs

Jo. xxx

 

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Forever.

Good afternoon all and thanks for popping in today, hope your day is going well. I must admit it was another cold , wet and windy dog walk earlier. Oh ...roll on Spring.....the poor daffodils need some sun....

I had a walk to the post office today to get my latest samples in the post as Barbara is on HOCHANDA tv this Sunday...oh you really are going to love these stamps....

I was very sad to read today that Joanna Sheen has lost both her parents , and within a few days of each other...such sad news..her family have been in my thoughts all day..

So today I thought I would share a card with you that is all about, friendship, and love lasting forever.

I started by stamping the word kisses...using black Archival ink.

Then I looked for some Wee Folk that might represent that falling in love age.....boy meets girl .

The first thing to develop is friendship

And then onto romance

And finally the Wee couple on the bench..that's the forever moment.

Just a dash of colour , not too much as the images and words say it all. Plus a lovely little border.

 

Just needs some of those magic white dots...( those finishing touches)

There...all done...

Sometimes you just don't need a lot to say just what you mean...

I must get on, lots of jobs still to do today...thanks for sharing a few moments with me...

Call back soon

Much love and hugs

Jo.Xxx

 

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Our family tree

Good afternoon all and thanks for popping in today ...I do hope that you had a wonderful weekend and feel rested ready for a new week ahead.

Today I just thought that I would share a quick make with you...

It uses a shaving foam background from my stash...oh these are so useful...also if you find that your Mr.MoJo has gone on holiday making some backgrounds is a great way to get it back...plus shaving foam is such fun,,,and after all crafting should be fun...

I do like to start with just one colour in the shaving foam and then add new colours one at a time,,,this was was made using Peacock Feathers bottled re-inker...( available on the Clarity web site )

I started by stamping a Wee Tree...

Once I had decided which way round to have the background...!!!! Sometimes I twist and turn the card so many times....does anyone else do that ? Or is it just mad old me?????

Next some words from the Word Chains...I did toy with stamping Treemendous ....but in the end decided to go with our family tree...

As you know I love these charcoal pencils...and they are great for adding some background to a design...

Some matting and layering....and it just still needed something else ...so I added a sun....using a moon mask...or sun mask in this case...

Here is a closer look

A nice and easy one for a Sunday...

I must say I had a lovely treat on Friday ....Karl got home from work and told me to pack a bag.....lucky for me ....it wasn't pack your bags Mrs!!!!!

He had arranged a night for us in a hotel, we had a beautiful room, a gorgeous meal and yes a bottle of bubbly on arrival...

And when I asked him what the occasion was...he said...it was just because....

How lovely was that.....and it made me think that we all should do something nice , say something nice , not because we have to but just because....so let's see if we can all do that this week...

I have another busy week ahead and some rather special new stamps to play with....honestly I love these ones ...so much so ..I just can't stop using them,,,,so watch out ladies....lots of classes ahead using them....whoops ...I can't say anymore...just wait until you see them on Sunday...

Enjoy your evening all

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxx

 

Friday, 29 January 2016

A Groovi Friday

Good morning all, hope your Friday has started well. I am just home after walking Tess and Eric and my goodness it is windy outside today....do take care all...

Now apparently Google is removing followers from our blogs....!!!!!!grrrrrr

So I have borrowed some information from my friend and fellow DT member Janet Pring

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Please note that if you follow my blog (or anyone else's) by friends connect and you haven't signed up by using a google account, google are removing you. Apparently now you can only use friends connect to follow a blog if you have a google account. If you are finding that you aren't seeing all the blogs you normally follow, it is beyond the control of the bloggers, so please don't think you are being blocked!

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I have to say I was getting quite upset when I was loosing followers, I thought I was doing something wrong on my blog and offending people...

So please sign in with a google account if possible....thanks...

Right back to today and I thought I would share some Groovi work with you....I have a taster session for crafters coming up in a few weeks , so I have been having a play....

Here is one of the samples that I have made,,,,it is just my take on it...so I hope you like it...

I do love this plate....already it is a favourite....and can be found here

http://www.claritystamp.co.uk/Groovi/19357-/Art-Nouveau-Poppies-Groovi-Plate-Set

I started by doing the outline and then let it relax....oh so that means time for tea and cake,,,,( shame , but it has to be done ) .

 

And then my favourite bit....the white work and some subtle colour....

For this one I used Spectrum Noir pencils.

I really loved making this and the best bit, everything was quickly put away in my storage ( now you know how I love storage..it's a crafter thing )

http://www.claritystamp.co.uk/Groovi/18973-/Groovi-Album

I attached the parchment to black card using brads.

If you have bad weather this weekend, Groovi is a brilliant way to spend some time sat inside in the warm, with that cup of tea and piece of cake...

I am off now to battle the shops and get some food in for the weekend...hungry boys and all that....oh they can eat....

Have a lovely Friday....

And I will see you soon,

Much love and hugs,,,,

Jo. xxx

 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

A beautiful poppy.

Good evening all and thanks for popping over and sharing a few moments with me.

It will be a short blog post tonight as I have a few jobs still to finish, but I just wanted to share some photos with you. It was our Wednesday Cheshire Craft workshops today and as always it was a day of fun, catching up and some crafting.. We had three new lovely ladies joined us this morning , it is always great to meet new crafters. ..Thanks for coming ladies.

We used a beautiful little poppy stamp...available here...

http://www.claritystamp.co.uk/Clear-Stamps/Floral/4884-/Poppy---Unmounted-Clear-Stamp

This was our first card design,...

Spot the circle dots stencil...

And the Wee foliage stamps,

I do think this would look great too in oranges and browns , in fact you could make a whole selection of cards using different coloured inks.

Our second design was a typical Jo one,, sorry but it just had to be done.

Some repeat stamping...and a little glossy accents...

All washed down with some coffee and a chocolate biscuit.

What a great way to spend a couple of hours.

Thanks for your company ...must get on...

Love and hugs

Jo.xxxx