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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Hello Sunshine...

Good afternoon and thanks for looking in today....oh it has been very wet, cold and dark here in Cheshire today..

So when I noticed that the new Challenge over on the Less Is More Challenge was themed..

...Hello Sunshine..

.I just had to join in... http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/week-224-theme.html

Do pop over and have a look, or better still spread the word and join in....go on you will enjoy it......

Out came some inks and some of my favourite Clarity stamps...this is what I came up with ....

 

And do you know ...it instantly brightened my day...

I started with a piece of Gelli card and an aperture Stencil..

Next I took a selection of Distress inks, normally I work with three but as I wanted as much dimension as possible I decided on five colours...

Oh look how they blend....it is amazing what a little elbow grease can do...And a spritz of water...

Next came some stamping ..

And a tree...

And then the all important sentiment...

Add into the mix a black Sharpie pen..

And a lovely ...sunny...happy card is born...

I do hope that I have brightened your day too...

Oh talking of things that make us smile....there was a story on our local Radio about a lady who will be 100 years old at the end of the month, she is in a nursing home and hasn't any family or friends....so they asked to see if anyone would send her a card....I just had to join in....

So out came so faithful stamps , I rustled together a card and got it in the post....I know I will probably never meet the lady ...but I just hope she will feel loved on such a special day...

You know the world really is made up of lots of little acts of kindness....

Must get on now...dogs to walk....meal to cook...and then time to sit and relax....yah....

Enjoy your evening...

Love and hugs...

Jo. xxx

 

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Exciting News....

Good afternoon all, I do hope that your weekend is going well....

I have some exciting news to share with you today.....I have been working hard with the help of some special friends...Eileen and Emma....thanks ladies....and can now tell you that .....

Clarity Glasgow is a go......

We now have a venue and three dates...for this year...

Saturday June 20th......August 8th.....and October 10th....

So any of our friends north of the border who fancy a day with crafty friends....with coffee and cake thrown in....just email me at ....jrcrafts28@gmail.com

Looking forward to hearing from you......

Whilst I remember I must wish one of our lovely followers.....Donna Brooks.....a very Happy Birthday....hope you are having a great day lovely lady...xxx

Before I go , I will just share a photo with you...from yesterday's workshop at C.J.Cardcrafts in Edgeley, Stockport...

We made mount board art using PanPastels and Clarity Stamps...As always it was a great day....filled with good company and lots of shopping ....

Speaking of shopping I had a Clarity order delivered on Friday....it was great fun opening the box....I had two helpers....

Eric kept running off with the packaging......

Time to put the dinner on....hungry males to feed...

Enjoy your Sunday Evening and hope next week is kind to us all...

Love and hugs.

Jo. xxx

 

Friday, 15 May 2015

Lavender and Yellow...

Good morning,,,,, and welcome to Friday...and a new Challenge over at the Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge blog...our new theme is Lavender and Yellow.....and it is hosted by the lovely Diane....

We are very lucky that it is sponsored by Sweet Lilac Flowers and Fresh Brewed Designs...

Here is what I came up with, do hope that you like it...

 

I started by stamping this gorgeous Shepherds purse stamp from Clarity....( designed by my lovely teamie Mandy )

Then I decided to use some of my new Graphic 45 paper stash...oh it was a hard decision....

This is from the Time To Flourish Collection.....and is the month of May....

I added some colour around the edge of my card.....these new Distress inks from Mr. Tim are rather lovely too...

 

I added some colour using my Wink Of Stella pens....

Then came the butterflies,,,,stamped on Vellum and embossed with clear embossing powder...

Plus stamped onto card, coloured and cut out...

I do love this butterfly stamp...

And now the design begins to come together..

Some ribbon and bling...

And then the 3d butterflies...Plus some fab leaves from Sweet Lilac Flowers...

Yes....I do like the extra vellum..

And there we have it...

Plus the inside to match....

I do love to see what everyone creates so please do pop over and have a look...better still enter a design...

Here..... http://fussyandfancychallenge.blogspot.co.uk

Thanks for looking in today....I am off now ...shopping then packing my bags ready for workshops in Stockport tomorrow...

I am at C.J.Cardcrafts doing two workshops....all the dates are on the workshop Dates page here on my blog...

Have a good weekend....and be kind ....it is amazing how much better the world is when we are all kind to each other...

Love and hugs

Jo. xxxx

 

Thursday, 14 May 2015

New Pearl Medium....

Hi , hope today finds you well...

Although it started off very sunny here today it had now clouded over....so lots of crafting for me today and lots ticked off the list...

One of the things that I have been playing with is the new Pearl Medium PanPastels....

And I have created this little tag...

I started with a tag, Clarity stencil and added some VersaMark ink through the stencil. ( remember to wash the stencil straight away..)

Next I used the White fine medium....oh this gives such a lovely effect, and when you sponge other colours over the top they become all shiny.....it's like magic....

Next came some stamping using the bubbles and sunburst stamps from Clarity...I used my rotating eraser to rub out the pastel from inside the bubbles...

I love to colour ribbon with PanPastels , and this time I used the Black coarse medium...I also used this around the edges of the tag to form a frame...

The butterflies were stamped, coloured using Distress inks , cut out and added....Then I used a sentiment from Clarity, stamped it and cut it into separate words before adding them to the tag...

I really enjoyed making this and the tag has such a shine.....it doesn't show up very up...but believe me...it is there...

I would like to enter this into the Challenge over at the new PanPastel Challenge blog....now the We Love to Create blog.../

http://welove2create.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/challenge-10-anything-creativemixed.html

Do pop over and see what the DT have created...oh they are all very clever....

That is all from me for today....I now have a date with an ironing board....oh lucky me....

Enjoy your evening...

Hugs...

Jo. x x

 

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Such a lovely floral Bouquet...

Hi and thanks for looking in today...

Hope your week is going well, I had a lovely trip to C.J.CardCraft this morning...and such a laugh with Glynis and her workshop ladies...oh and gentleman....I really couldn't miss you out , Chris...

Then I had just time to drop some clean shirts off with Mikey..( .plus some food, ) and back home to walk the dogs...

A blog post now whilst I have a tea break and then Karl will be back from South Wales...and I have some Salmon ready to cook for his meal...

It is such a sunny day today so I thought it was appropriate to share this card with you...

I do love cards that cheer me up and make me smile...

It uses the lovely stamp set designed by our very own Julie Owens....the Silk Ribbons Bouquet...how delightful is this stamp...and it comes with masks too....

I started with a piece of Gelli card .....and stamped the main image...

Next came some background using Jo's Bubbles Stencil...

I randomly stamped the flower heads on another piece of card...and edged both with a black Sharpie pen...

Next I stamped more flower heads and extra bows....adding some pattern with the little stars...from the Wee Fairies...

Then colouring , cutting out and some decoupage...

How lovely does this look....The little drops of Liquid Pearls just set everything off...

 

I coloured the background flowers too...Note I always lean on a piece of kitchen roll ....it really is worth it , then you don't spoil your work...

And when it was all assembled this is what we have..

 

And the back of the card had to look good too...

Thanks for looking in....might even get another lot of washing on the line....I need to make the most of this weather...I bet it won't last....

Enjoy your evening...

Much love and hugs...

Jo.

 

Monday, 11 May 2015

One Layer..

Good afternoon and thanks for sharing a few moments with me....how is your week going ? I do hope it started well...

I am really enjoying blog challenges at the moment and you may remember that last week I joined in with the Less Is More Challenge.....http://simplylessismoore.blogspot.co.uk

Well the new theme is one layer....now those who are regular followers will know that I love using one layer....and trying to create a 3d effect....

The category is Water....

Here is what I came up with....do hope that you like it....

 

It all started with a piece of 7x7 Gelli card...I stamped the Tropical Fish stamp from Clarity...

 

Next I stamped the bubbles....yes I know I use this stamp so much...

As I don't have a mask for this stamp I used the wonderful Drawing Gum....it just paints on....dries really quickly ....and is water based ...So your brush just washes clean...

Next I used Jo's Bubbles Stencil with some post it notes...and added some blue ink...

I love to use a combination of stencils , so on with the Seaweed Stencil and more ink..

When the stencils were removed this is what I had...

The drawing gum just rubs away...To reveal clean card....like magic....

 

Next I added some small dots....see how it brings the bubbles to life...

And some colour to our tropical fish...Oh that does look better....

It still looks a bit flat....so out with the charcoal pencils....

Yes ...that's better.....and a drop of paint....

Job done...

But still one layer....and a flat piece of work...

And plenty of white space....

 

I do love cards like this that can have a sentiment added at a later date and can be used for a multitude of different occasions ....

Do pop over to the blog and check out the DT work also the rest of the entries....it is a great way to meet new friends....

All the stamps, Stencils, Paint and charcoal pencils are available on the Clarity Web site....

http://www.claritystamp.co.uk

Thanks for looking in and I do love to read your comments and see what you think of my work...

Take care.....

Much Love and Hugs....

Jo. xxx