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Friday, 24 November 2017

Blue and Brown Winter

Good morning everyone, and thanks for joining me this Friday morning. 
Today we have a new Challenge over at the 
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge Blog.
Our new theme is 
Blue and Brown (beige ) Winter 
And it is hosted by the lovely , talented , Tone.
Here is what I came up with 


And here is how I made them .
I decided to make a Christmas card , with a matching tag...



I started my card with a piece of Kraft card....sorry but it doesn’t show up well when photographed


Then I created the landscape with a moon mask, some torn paper and blue ink 





Next some stamping using a brown Archival ink pad 




I do love the way the card is coming together 


Next I added some snow , in the form of chunky white embossing enamel . 


Some matting and layering...



And then I added a fabulous little MDF embellishment from Anna Marie designs, along with some ribbon. 


And a little bit of stamping on the envelope.

I then repeated the process to make a matching tag 


This time I added a few extra embellishments ...


I really enjoyed making these..
Thank you Tone for such a great theme....just up my street.


I would love you to go over to the Fussy and Fancy blog and check out the wonderful designs from the rest of the design team 
Speaking of Christmas it is our Christmas party in Cumbria tomorrow..
My festive jumper is hung up ready 
And the chocolates and Christmas crackers are ready to be put in the car.
I am really looking forwards to another great day, crafting with friends 
 Thanks for visiting all 
Take care 
Much love and hugs 
Jo. xxx







 


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

A lovely gift of a bookmark.

Good morning everyone , hope your day has started well. 
Mine began with a very wet and muddy dog walk. 
It has been another busy week so far with lots of workshop prep and some catching up with friends and family. 
Tomorrow it is our last workshop at The Paper Warehouse in Kendal. 
It is such a shame that the shop is closing, and I will miss Janet, Jane and all the lovely Crafters. 
I am just so pleased that I will see so many of them at our Cumbria classes 
I will be travelling back up to Cumbria on Saturday for our Christmas Party...
Sooooo excited 
Are you getting organised for Christmas? 
I have a list..... 
and that it is so far....a list!!!!
So today I thought we would look at making a bookmark....
These make great little gifts 


They can be personalised too...

                                                                                  I just  started by cutting a piece of Stencil card to size
And added a couple of corner flourish Stamps 




 

Followed by another lovely flourish stamp 




I then added some colour ...
First some yellow...


And then some orange 




Followed by my favourite fine wine ink...



This is such a lovely combination..
Look 
I also added a couple of dragonflies 





And then some black ink around the edges 


Next I added some colour 


I do love the way the colours pop...
To help even more , a white Posca pen and some Wink Of Stella 




And the finishing touch of some glossy Accents 


As you know I do love the way that these little blobs dry 
Here is a close up...



I do think there is something special about a bookmark...
Next week I will be showing you how to make a completely different type of bookmark...
So do pop back if you can..
I must get on now. Time for a coffee 
Then I have a rather large pyrography order to get sorted 

Take care everyone,,
Thanks for your continued support 
Much love and hugs 
Jo. xxx









Friday, 17 November 2017

Fridays tag

Good afternoon lovely friends and followers. 
Today I have had a bit of a play day..just because I could...and what fun it has been . 
Here is what I have made...
I hope you like it...


I started by taking an A4 sheet of stencil card some distress Oxide ink pads and some water...
I do love making these background...


I like to make a full sheet and then cut into it...
I die cut the tag, using a Sizzix die. 




Then added some background stencil work 


Followed by some ink blended around the edges 


Some more stencil work...well it just needed some bubbles..



And then some stamping using a couple of my favourite Clarity Stamps, 


Next I added a large moon mask and some black soot distress ink


And inked around the circumference 


The bird on a branch is a die from Apple Blossom dies ...I cut two and stuck them together...
Then attached them to the card 


I also added some white dots using my Posca marker...
Next came the embellishments...
I do love this part...




I used the Posca marker to add the white on the pine cones...it is these little touches that help to finish of  the design 



A few gems and the tag is complete...
And I know just the friend who I am going to give this too..
Tea is cooking in the kitchen so I had better get on...
I have a lovely weekend planned with some crafting and lots of chatting planned with friends...
Probably some chocolate and bubbles along the way too..
Hope you have a wonderful weekend planned 
Enjoy 
And pop back soon
Love and hugs 

Jo, xxx









Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Family time

Good morning everyone, hope you are having a good week so far. 
We have had Elliot here since Sunday , so I have been on Grandma duties. 
I am enjoying every single minute of it. 
Adam and Danielle have gone away to the Peak District for a few days in a rather lovely hotel. 
I am catching up with you whilst Elliot has a little nap, oh he is so good....and only had me up once last night...
On Saturday we all went over to Nottingham to meet up with Mikey and Fran and have so quality family time...
It is so good to get everyone is one place. 


We had a lovely meal...and so much news to catch up on .

Then on Sunday Grandad wanted to take Elliot for his first visit to Old Trafford....
So off we went ...


And we may just have bought him something special and sent it off to Santa....



Have you noticed who always pushes the pram? 
It is a man thing...
The little man is going home this afternoon , so I will be running around getting everything sorted ready for tomorrow’s workshops, 
It is our usual get together in Hazel Grove.
Something a bit different this week ladies. 
Oh , Elliot has just woken up...
So I had better go...
Cuddle time..
Just wonderful 

Love and hugs 
Jo. xxxx

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Just for you

Good afternoon all and thanks for joining me...
I hope your Thursday has gone well and that you are looking forward to the weekend. 
We have had a new carpet fitted today to our stairs and landing, oh they were quite noisy...
Now I know why Karl left early and put me in charge...and I thought it was because I make a better coffee than he does.....
It is all finished now and looking good. 
Today I thought I would share a candle with you...
These are such a lovely way to make a personalised gift...
It is recommended that you buy a good quality pillar candle, this is because they burn from the centre. 
Obviously you never leave a candle unattended...and depending on the products used some are best left for pure decoration. 
(That’s the health and safety done )



I started with a piece of white tissue paper and stamped in black permanent ink on the Matt side 



I used the snow globe Stamps and the letterbox Stamps from Clarity...
I didn’t worry about stamping outside the lines as I was going to cut the globe out. 


I added some colour with my stencil brush and Artistry ink pads , some stickles glitter
Glue and some snow with my Posca white marker pen. 
Then cut around the design 



Gently placed it onto the candle 



Covered it with baking Parchment and heated with a heat gun..
It is really important not to over heat and melt the whole candle....


This is such a quick and effective technique...
And I have been using one that I have made just to check that they do Burn ok. 




This is it after 13 hours of burning ...
I just had to make one for Elliot’s first Christmas...
We made some at our Cumbria Retreat and the ladies produced the most wonderful designs 
So before I go.  I will just share today’s photo of the little man with you. 
He fell asleep at the swimming baths today..it was all such hard work..





Oh bless...
Better get on...
It’s been a lovely day here, enjoy your evening all...
And be happy
Much love and hugs
Jo. xxxx

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Autumn colours

Good afternoon all, I do hope your week has started well. 
I have been busy with workshop preparations and getting lots of pyrography orders ticked off my list. 
I had forgotten just how much I enjoyed my pyrography.
The Groovi workshop on Saturday went really well and we had some happy snippers..
We also had a sticky ink incident...but shhh I won’t tell...
Remember what goes on a craft class stays at craft class...lol..
Karl has been working away for a couple of days so I have been on dog walking duty  and it was very muddy this morning...Eric even managed to 
Find himself a lovely puddle to paddle in...
The colours on the trees are so beautiful although the leaves are really falling at the moment...
They reminded me of this card that I made for a recent show...


I do love the detail on these Stamps


I started by stamping using my Misti, I really use it so much , especially with larger Stamps. 


I stamped the whole design , and added some black hand drawn lines , (you will see why later )


Then I added some colour with my spectrum Noir pencils. 


Followed by some light colour around the edge...
This is one of my favourite colours at the moment....and it is just for you Eileen....
Camel Safari......!!!!! ( sorry , I couldn’t resist ) 



Next I stamped some areas of the stamp again, added some colour and cut them out, ready to decoupage .


I added some ribbon and assembled the card...
I also added some charcoal shading and white Posca pen , they really are the finishing details. 


Take a closer look. 


I really loved making this card, and putting my own spin on the stamping design...
What do you think the snail is called ? 
He is Brian , in my world....




There are Groovi Plates too..
And new paper pads...
I love them ....just my colours ..
Right , I had better get on, 
Time to do some cooking....and then back out with the dogs...
Chilli and rice for tea....something hearty and warm for Mr Rice when he finally gets home,,,
Oh I have missed him...




I just realised I am cooking rice for a Rice,,,lol...
Oh dear...sorry ...
I don’t get any better...
Take care all...
Pop back soon
Love and hugs 
Jo. xxx