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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Door Pillow

A dear friend of mine asked me to make one of these pillows to hang on the door of her new niece's nursery. Cerys was born quite prematurely but is, happily, home with her parents and doing great. I, on the other hand, have not been doing great! Been so busy that this...

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Anniversary Card

I made this card for my Brother- and Sister-in-Law last week – I'm rather partial to using these Nesties for such a card and love the way they stack. I used heavy-weight watercolour paper throughout and distress inks to add the colour. The background layer has the...

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Rubber Band Emboss

I re-visited a technique I'd tried years ago when I saw Gina K show it in this video. It's easy and yet beautifully effective and I'm thrilled with the result. If you don't already do so then I suggest you subscribe to StampTV, there are new videos, techniques and...

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Mardi Gras Card

Over on Michael Strong's Blog he explained how to make his Mardi Gras card. My sample uses the same basic technique but has ended up very different. I'll explain what I did in each photo although I must apologise in advance – the silver embossing and stripes made it...

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Flippin Gardener

I have 3 sisters and one of them is a very avid gardener so, with her birthday fast approaching, I got out my LaPasche stamps and set to work. I'm re-using the backs of cards which have been sent to me (both Christmas and birthday cards) – trying to re-cycle as much...

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Yippee, I won a prize!

There's been a Valentine's Day Competition at Abi's Craft and I am so excited to have won one of the two runners-up prizes. I'm showing here the winning entry by Lynsey from Norfolk and the other runner-up entry by Marianne from Oxfordshire. Although it was an...

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All Creatures Great and Small

Sir Stampalot are having their February Challenge and the theme is All Creatures Great and Small and I thought I'd have a go. I firstly dug out this lovely stamp from Third Coast Rubber Stamps of a cat with wings (I can't direct you to the exact stamp – they have...

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Queen of Hearts

Over at Quietfire Designs there's the 2nd Annual Queen of Hearts Challenge going on.  I thought this would be easy but found it wasn't really – everything I had in mind didn't look quite right when I tried it! Oh well, I did manage to put a card together and I'm sure...

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Project Book

We had been asked if we fancied a year-long project at Stamp Club and after everyone agreed they'd like that we were commissioned to make some sort of record of each technique we learned throughout the 11 months of the club year. We could make or buy the book itself...

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Valentine Challenge

A Valentine card with no red or pink in sight – that was the challenge thrown down by Michael Strong this week. I'm showing my contribution here, just the one scan this time as I didn't think about photographing each step – it's all quite simple really. I took a piece...

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Re-inker Float v1

For our 'homework' at Stamp Club we were given a sketch to reproduce – you'll see it below. I had recently seen a technique I fancied trying, it's called the Reinker Float Background Technique and can be found at Stamping 411. There are some really fun techniques on...

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My Birthday Cards

I got a lot of lovely birthday cards last week so thought I'd archive the hand-made ones so I won't forget them. I also was bought a lovely bunch of flowers by some friends and my son came home with a dozen roses for me – I was very touched (it was a definite...

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