Welcome to my Craft Blog

Wandering round my house I’ve found so many things that I have made over the years – I think I must have been crafting all my life – and I look forward to sharing them with you. If you want any explanations about anything then please contact me – if I can remember how I’ve done it then I’ll gladly share with you. I’d love you to leave a comment about anything – good or bad – I like constructive criticism! Please, enjoy browsing, I do hope you’ll grab a cuppa and stay a while with me – and thanks for stopping by ……….Joanna

Recent articles

Northern Lights

I mentioned having seen this technique to Gloria at Stamp Club and she asked me if I could demonstrate it – I had to go practise quick! I’m going to add photos here showing the different attempts I made, if you click on the photo to enlarge you’ll be able... read more

Dressy Card

The background for this card was actually another card I’d been sent and it was just too beautiful to throw away. I die-cut the dresses using similar colours to the background image and hung them on a washing line. Inside, on the left edge, I added more of that... read more

Misc ‘Strong’ Challenges

One of the challenges Mike set last year (Thanksgiving) was to make something to depict what we feel Thankful for. I decided not to do a card for a change and instead made this page to go into Millie’s scrapbook. The 12×12 paper is perfect for this and... read more

Lounge Clock

Many years ago I purchased a clock kit, basically a square of heavy card and ‘workings‘ – I had all sorts of wonderful ideas for it so I put it in a drawer and forgot about for a looooooong time. Now that Millie is learning to tell the time I thought... read more

Spring Blog Hop

Yikes! This is called the Spring Blog Hop and my card looks like Halloween! Don’t quite know what I was thinking when I made it. 😉 …actually, I guess I was trying to do something a little different to my norm and to use these stamps which I have not used... read more

Michael Strong Card Captain Friday

This is most certainly not a flat card! It started as a 5″ x 7″ card base with a layer of thick, green mulberry paper and then a thinner, brown layer. I have this lovely green ribbon in my stash with gold leaves on it which I laid on the diagonal and added... read more

Michael Strong Card Captain Technique Thursday

This card is my entry for the current challenge – an all white card! One of the biggest challenges was photographing it! 😉 The base card is a piece of A4 folded into a gate-fold, there’s a lovely ‘crackled’ texture on this card to start with. I then... read more

Michael Strong Card Captain Wednesday

This started out as another easy-to-post card but I got a little carried away with gems! It’s another 4″ x 6″ card and the first step was to cut a circle from some scrap card – I used a Spellbinder die. I laid this over the card and then dampened the... read more

Michael Strong Card Captain Tuesday

Another single-layer card and so very simple! I picked three square ink pads and just pressed them onto a 4″ x 6″ card base. Once dried I stamped the MS Lily stamp in black and while that was drying I chose the colours I wanted to use. Three shades of... read more

Michael Strong Card Captain Monday

We’ve been having discussions recently about the cost of posting cards! As soon as you add a brad or a gem –  or sometimes even one layer – to your card the postal charges rocket! It’s quite a challenge to make an interesting single-layer card but... read more

Colour Blending Tools

I happened to mention to my husband that I’d like more colour blending tools – I have only the one ‘proper’ one – and, as he’s recently developed an interest in woodworking, he decided to have a go at making some. We had several... read more

My Hand-made Birthday Cards

I’ve photographed just the hand-made cards I received for my birthday yesterday, thank you all you lovely crafty friends. I have some really nice other ones too but, as this is a ‘crafty blog’, it seems only right not to put them here You may notice... read more
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