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

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Red, Black & Gold

The current challenge at the "Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps" Yahoo Group is to make a card using the colours of the German flag. The use of one of his stamps is not mandatory this time but the colours red, black and gold just shouted 'oriental' to me and so I decided to...

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Alphabet Cards 2011 Project

The project at Stamp Club this year has been to make a card to depict each letter of the alphabet. I admit that I have been a bit too preoccupied with ... life 🙂  and have only just started working on it. I also must admit that I am loving the challenge! The hardest...

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Shopping Nest

Why is it that babies always want to 'eat' everything? That includes the handles and securing straps on shopping trolleys – yuck. As it's never too soon to start a young lady shopping I decided to look for a shopping cart 'nest' like I'd seen being used whilst we were...

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Telescoping Card

I recently found this idea for a card design and love the idea of it. I came across it at Donna's Designs  with a link to Hetty's blog where there's a video tutorial. This is actually Barb's video so that's the place you should go to see the tutorial. The card shown...

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Colly’s Cat

Colly's CatIt was a friend's birthday last week, she loves ginger cats so this image hopefully suited 🙂  I don't do a lot of decoupage but really quite enjoyed it for a change. I ran the brown card through my Grand Calibur with a frame design embossing folder and...

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Gloria’s birthday card

Gloria is our 'teacher' at the monthly stamp club I attend and she has just celebrated a 'special' birthday. She took a whole load of hand-made cards on holiday to France to open on the day and this is the one I'd sent along with her. I used my Michael Strong Kimono...

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A couple more cards

I recently treated myself to the Michael Strong Kimono stamp with its matching die – they are lovely and the die cuts beautifully in my GC. I tried some Iris Folding with decorative papers and really like the way it turned out. The flowers in the corner are cut with a...

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I *have* been crafting..honestly

Wow, it was April when I last posted! I have been a little busy since then though so please forgive me. Firstly, our eldest son moved from here to California so we had to help him pack his belongings, ready his house for rental and bid him a tearful farewell. Then we...

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“15 Challenge” Winning Cards

This challenge was to celebrate 15 years in business for Michael Strong Stamps – the brief: It will be your task to include exactly 15 items, design elements or embellishments on the front of your card, no more, no less. That could mean one large central design...

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45 Cards for a Sister

It was my sister's birthday back in March and I've only just been able to deliver her birthday present! As well as an article of clothing I decided to make her a box of greetings cards as I had done for my Mother-in-law and shown in a previous post. I am not going to...

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Random Card Making

Here is a random selection of cards I've made recently, most don't need a great deal of explanation but I've added a few words which you'll see when you click a photo. If there is anything you'd like clarification on then please don't hesitate to contact me. This...

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Baby Cards for Cerys

Although this stamped image is really the Madonna and Child intended mainly for Christmas Cards, I just love it for new baby cards and have used it several times this way. For this, it was stamped onto white card, run through an embossing folder after being cut out...

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