Sunday, 30 December 2012

Something Different!

Hello and how are you this Sunday afternoon? I am writing this on my iPad whilst Karl is driving us home after a couple of hours with my parents in Kendal. 
Thanks Mum and Dad for a lovely time and especially all the chocolates.
As this year comes to a close, I thought I would share something a bit different with you. 
I make cards for a pet shop....The Jungle Floor, 81 Queens Street, Morecambe, LA4 5EN.......

This all started with a birthday card for my brother with Bearded Dragons on it as he keeps them.
The Jungle Floor sells other dare I say pets, so they too are included in the card range. 
Here are some of my favourites.
If you get chance and live near do go in and say hi to John and his creatures....they will make you very welcome (they only eat one visitor per day!!!!!!!).
As this will be my last blog post of the year, I would like to say a big Thank You to my lovely followers and those of you who take the time to leave such wonderful comments. 
I hope you have a very happy New Year and lots of good health and happiness for 2013.
See you Next Year,
Jo. X 

Friday, 28 December 2012

These In-between days.....

Hi all, I do hope that you have had a good Christmas. We have had a lovely time mainly just catching up with things...sleep being one of them.
I do find these couple of days a bit strange, neither Christmas nor New Year...
The weather is a bit wet and miserable too, oh well, what have you been up to? 
I did try to spend a couple of days away from my craft desk but Adam came home from work on Boxing Day and announced that he needed a card and wait for it needed it in 20mins.....well I do like a Challenge....
So this is what I came up with...

I have used Clarity stamps some lace and some embellishments. 
Well I'd better go and walk Tess, enjoy your weekend and see you soon. 
Jo. X 

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Two sleeps left

Here we are with two sleeps left until Christmas morning...
How are you doing? Are you ready? It will be strange in our house as Adam our eldest son will be working all day. He works in Operation Control at Manchester Airport so his shift is 6am - 6pm, not sure yet when he wants to open his presents. It could be early if he decides, before work....
Whatever you are doing I really hope that you have a relaxed and enjoyable day.
Here is Tess getting into the festive spirit.

This is a card that I made with Clarity Stamps and Adirondack inks. Although, I don't think we will get any snow this Christmas!

And here is a Christmas card for you all made with IndigoBlu products.

Please spare a thought for those less fortunate than us this Christmas.
I have used a third of my Xmas present money to buy tinned food to be used at the homeless shelter in Stockport. A little act of kindness can go a long way.
Big Christmas Hug to you all, Jo. X 

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Something Special

Here we are weekend again. What are you all doing? I am going out this morning for a coffee with some lovely crafty friends of mine, so I will see you soon, Jane, Mike and Mark (I feel lots of talking and eating cake coming on).
Today, I am sharing with you two special cards that have been sent to me and a gorgeous candle that has been made for me. All from such wonderful friends, thanks once again. 

Not long now, so it is last minute shopping, wrapping and cleaning. 
Hope you have a great weekend, see you soon, Jo. X 

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Another three..

Hello, how are you this Thursday morning? Oh it really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas....
Here are today's cards to share with you. I think that you will agree with me that they are brilliant.

Thanks to all the great crafters that I have met this year, I am so looking forward to many more projects next year.
Crafty Hugs Jo. X 

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

And More....

Firstly I would like to say hello to a new blog follower.
Welcome Judy, it is good to meet you and I do hope you enjoy following my blog. I am so grateful to all of you followers and also to those who take the time to comment.
Here are today's selection of the lovely Hand Crafted Christmas cards that I have been kindly sent. 

I hope you enjoy sharing them,
See you soon 
Jo. X 

Sunday, 16 December 2012

I am so lucky.....

I have had a lovely few weeks catching up with many crafters and I have been so proud of them all and their achievements over the last twelve months. 
Wow we have had a great twelve months, so much has happened and so much more is planned for 2013.....
I am so excited but you will have to wait and all will be revealed in due course.
I am overwhelmed with the number of hand crafted Christmas cards that I have received and they are all so stunning.....
So over the next few days I am going to share some of them with you,

Here is the first selection, all I can say is Thank You All and Well Done,
Pop back soon to see more,
Jo. X 

Friday, 14 December 2012

Bare Forest....

Well, it is week two of the Give Away's on the IndigoBlu Blog. If you would like the chance to win the brilliant Bare Forest Stamp just go along here and leave your name.
This is such a versatile stamp and can be used for so many occasions. 
So with that in mind, I made a card today with my stamp. I used FlitterGlu and flakes for the main image. I used the new Autumn Blaze Mega Flakes...have you tried them? The colours are yummy! The leaf was made to match and is from the Bloomin Great set.

For the background, I used PanPastels stamped over with FlitterGlu and then applied more PanPastel. A combination of the Script and Honeycomb background stamps was used. Faux stitching adds the finishing touches. 
How are your Christmas preparations coming on? I am so far behind, so I am going to go now and make a start on sending out some cards. 
Have a good weekend,   Jo. X 

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Not long now ....

Not long now until the big day,.....Christmas might be the same date every year, but I am so behind with my Christmas card orders....
Today I have an order for 24 assorted Christmas cards to finish, wish me luck.....
I then have to make a start on my own, a good friend of mine, Jane has offered to help. I may be calling on her and the elves, if time keeps rushing past so fast. 
Here are some of the ones that I have made a start with,
They all use stamps from Hobby Art and can be found here

I have used my ProMarkers to add colour.

Glossy Accents and gems add the detail.

It is a bit wet and dull outside today, so I think I will go and make a big mug of coffee, get a packet of chocolate biscuits out of the cupboard and retreat to my craft table....I may be gone for a while!
Have a good day all and see you soon,

 Jo. x 

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Madame Chic

Good evening, here we are Wednesday already..
Today,  was very enjoyable for me as it was workshop day. Thanks to all the lovely crafters who came to play and the mince pies were fab....
I thought we would do something different to Christmas. (mind you I haven't even started my own Christmas cards)...So we used a lovely stamp set from Hobby Art ---Madame Chic.. (You can buy it here)
Our first card used Distress inks and stamping to make the background. The main topper was stamped in Distress ink and then water added to give a watercolour look. Gems and netting were used to add the finishing detail.

Although, we used the same image and distress inks for the second card we got a different look by changing the colour and using paper piecing. Wishi-Washi tape (or Aladdin tape as I like to call it!) and dew drops compliment the design. 
I hope you have enjoyed sharing our workshop makes, please feel free to leave a comment. Take care and see you soon. Jo. X 

Sunday, 2 December 2012

IndigoBlu give away......

December is here and so is the season of good will.
So the lovely staff over at IndigoBlu are having some give away's, the first is over on the blog....IndigoBlu Blog.   
So pop over and be in with a chance of getting your hands on this fabulous stamp...Free....
The Elves have also been busy and have cancelled all charges for postage for the month of go on...treat yourself and put an order in ....
Right off now ironing to do .....wish those elves would come here and do it for me....
Thanks for dropping in, Jo. X