Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Beautiful baubles.

God morning all and thanks for joining me.

We arrived back home at 11-30pm last night and oh my Tess and Eric were so pleased to us. I think Adam and Danielle are just glad that they didn't have to do the 7-30am dog walk again today.

We had such a lovely couple of days driving around County Down, it is such a beautiful place and the people are so kind and welcoming.

We found the most magical places

And we have set the date for next Years Clarity Belfast...

I am looking forward to it already.

Whilst we were away I had a couple of emails from crafters asking how I made the bauble that was on here recently....

So here we go....

This is one that I made for Barbara using the new bauble stamp set....

I just found it humorous to stamp a bauble in a bauble...!!!!!sorry...that's the way my mind works...

The bauble itself comes with the card and is available from the Creativ company

I stamped the bauble shape, and added the mask

Next some Artistry inks, and some background stamping .

Then I stamped inside the bauble

I thought these lights made a lovely place for the Robin to stand.

I just had to add some colour...

Do remember to decorate both sides of the card, also some sparkle and glitter look good too.

All that is left to do then is add some sprinkles to the base and snap both sides of the bauble together.

The good thing is the the bauble can be separated again if needed..

There are lots of stamps that look fabulous inside these lovely baubles..

Also ribbon , berries etc can be added , how about using the alphabet stamps and being able to personalise them.

Baby's first Christmas many possibilities..

I had better get on, I am off to a Groovi class this morning with some lovely crafty ladies and then it is our monthly Clarity workshop day tomorrow at Grosvenor House in Kendal...( hope you have remembered Mum .....I am coming for my tea....)

Take care all

Love and hugs

Jo. xxx


Sunday, 23 October 2016

Clarity Belfast

Good afternoon all, and thanks for popping in.

I do hope that your weekend is going well, yesterday it was Clarity Belfast and what a wonderful day it was. I do love coming over here and catching up with the girls...

I am so lucky that I have such lovely friends, Sharon, Linda, Angela, Norma and Sandra really know how to spoil us.

Look at the ladies all hard at work, well I do crack the whip!!!!

Linda and Angela are such fun....

We started our day with a warm up card

And then moved on to our main project , a 3d picture frame,

Look at the wonderful pieces of art

Then it was a nice quick and easy card to finish off our day

We did have the most yummy malteser cheesecake and strawberry pavlova too....well it wouldn't be a Clarity workshop without afternoon tea....thanks ladies.

And then out for a meal, perfect way to finish off the day

I must admit I slept like a log.

Michael, second on the right, is our official tour guide...and he provides us with a route map and ares of interest to visit. Thanks Michael, you are a star...

So today we have travelled south and we are now hooked up in our campsite for tonight, we stopped off at Castle Ward . What a beautiful place, the house is amazing and full of history...

Honestly if you get chance to visit, you really should, the gardens are wonderful too.

Some of the scenes from Game of Thrones have been filmed there

Look at the view

Oh I must just tell you on our journey through the Mourne mountains today we saw a man walking his Reindeer....oh yes he had two beautiful large Reindeer on leads and was walking them down the grass verge,,,,I thought I was seeing things....

Tomorrow we are heading a little further south , and then back home on Tuesday.

Adam has just phoned to say that Eric is feeling much better so that is good news.

We have baked potoatoes cooking in the oven, so I am just off for a shower , take care all and pop back soon.

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxx


Friday, 21 October 2016

Shades of Autumn

Good morning all and thanks for popping in. I have scheduled this post and hopefully as you are reading this we are on our way up the motorway to catch the ferry over to Northern Ireland. Our little van is packed and ready for Clarity Belfast on looking forward to catching up with my friends over the water.

Today it is a new Challenge over at the Fussy and Fancy Challenge blog, and I am very lucky to be hosting it...yah...

I have chosen for the new theme ...

Shades of Autumn (or Fall)

It gives me chance to use my favourite colour combination...

And I am so pleased that we are sponsored by

Here is some inspiration

I have to say , that I did really enjoy making this card....

I started with a piece of stencil card and the leaf wreath stencil.

Next I put some Artistry ink onto my blending mat... I do like to start with my yellow at the top and work my way down the mat getting darker in colour. I just find it a good way to work.

I wanted to add colour in a different way as I use this stencil so much, so I decided to start with the outer perimeter and add some yellow...

Then I blended some red in the centre

Followed by blending the orange in the middle....

And just for some drama, some fine wine in the centre , oh I like that

I really love this colour combination

Next I worked on my background and added some colour through the Maple leaf stencil. One colour at a time...

Until I had built up the border.

Next I got some of my embellishments and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts

And changed their colour so that they matched my design

Look at these lovely hat pins

I assembled the card , added the embellishments , and then added this wonderful clarity sentiment

And some stamped maple leaves

Here is a closer look, I couldn't resist the little ladybird.

I do hope that you will pop over to the

And have a look at the stunning work by the rest of the dt.

And even better why not enter the challenge...

I am really looking forward to visiting all your wonderful blogs and seeing your makes.

Enjoy your Friday and have a lovely weekend...

I will be back with photos from tomorrow..

Take care all,

Much love and hugs

Jo. xxx


Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Just for you Donna,,

Good evening all, and thanks for joining me today...

How is your week going? I am still struggling with health issues and Eric has Kennel cough....

What a dreadful few days it has been , I didn't realise that dogs could still get it after having their vaccinations..

It is such a horrible virus, I really thought he was chocking at first...

Thank goodness he is feeling much better today after a few days of Honey, extra vitamins and probiotics...I just hope that Tess doesn't catch it next,,.as she is much older than him...

Any of you who have pets will understand how hard it has been...

This obviously means that they can't go into the kennels whilst we are in Ireland for the weekend, so Adam and Danielle have sorted their work patterns out to look after them both.

Today it was our Hazel Grove workshops and we made Christmas cards, and we decorated a bauble....I do love these baubles...

A great way to give a personalised gift.

We also had cake thanks to Julie and Lucy, looks like the diet will have to wait for another day...

I have had quite a few enquiries about one of our cards from Clarity Cumbria on Saturday.

So this is especially for you Donna, ( thanks for the question and your continued support on this little blog )

I started by stamping the frame and then cutting out the middle part to make an aperature

Then I stamped up the frame.

On black card I stamped the Fuchsia stamp using VersaMark ink , and the Heat embossed using Clear embossing powered.

Then using my Inka Gold paints and a fine paintbrush I added some colour. I just spritz the pots with water and then use the paint straight from the pot.

I have to say, I always spritz the paint too before I put it away, I find this helps and stops it drying out.

I painted the borders , plus stamped and coloured a butterfly

Then just assembled the design

I do think this design would look good if painted with mica powders too...I must try that,,

I really hope that you like this technique, I just love to get many uses out of my crafty one trick wonders in my craft

Well, I had better get on, thanks for listening...

Have you started your Christmas cards yet? I have now...yah...

Two down....lots still to do...

Call back soon

Love and hugs

Jo. xxx


Sunday, 16 October 2016

Happy Saturday..

Good morning all , thanks for joining me on a very wet Sunday morning.

Oh it is going to be a muddy dog walk this morning, it has been raining here for the past hour....mind you that will please Mr Eric as he loves water and mud...

Today I am going to share some photographs from yesterday with was our monthly Clarity Cumbria workshop...and what a fabulous day it was....

Thank you ladies and gentleman for your company...

Our Sheila is on holiday at the moment ( topping up her tan ) so Mary was a trooper and stepped in to help out ...big Thanks are a star.

We used the fabulous new Jayne Nestorenko floral stamps,

These are the most wonderful stamps,

And they can be used in so many different ways, here we added colour with Inka Gold paints...
Look what the crafters made...just wonderful

Great for making those emergency cards....

And we all need those at some time,,,

Great cards by all, and finally a clean and simple design

A perfect way to finish off a wonderful day..

I just love everyone of them.....I am so blessed to have such lovely , crafty friends....

And I even baked the cakes for afternoon tea.....

Omg....yes Mum... I really did bake them myself.....

Right, I had better get on, it is another really busy week ahead with workshops in Hazel Grove and then we are off to Ireland on Friday , ready for Clarity Belfast on Saturday...

I also have samples to make for Barbara's next Hochanda shows, and a magazine deadline ....

So today it is working Sunday....well if you can call it work......

Enjoy your day...whatever you do...

Take care all ,

And pop back soon

Love and hugs

Jo. xxx