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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MojoMonday 77

The challenge for this week can be seen at Mojo Monday – I think I will send this one to my sister as a thank you card. The main card base is a heavy, dark green textured card folded in half and stamped in red ink with a small, art deco stamp; an extra piece of the...

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Red, Black and Gold

At our Stamping Club we have the option to do some 'homework' – we're given a challenge and then we describe how we made the cards at the next meeting. Some of them are really tricky, you don't always feel inspired, but this theme – make a card using only red, black...

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Wildlife through my window

We live in a lovely part of North Wales and have lots of fields surrounding our house. We enjoy watching all our visitors and thought I'd just mention a few of them here. For a couple of evenings we had the tubs of bird seed knocked over and the lids removed – they're...

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Our Mackintosh bedroom

If you can see the carpet at all on these photos then please ignore it! We did some major re-working in our house, added a corridor through the end of our bedroom, moved an en-suite loo into what was the old corridor, etc., etc, so the carpet was a real patchwork for...

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Art Nouveau Canvasses

My second set of canvasses were inspired by some lovely embroidery designs I got from Embroidery Library. Absolutely gorgeous designs but far too big to be embroidered on any articles of clothing – though they'd probably look really good on something like a shopping...

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Faces

Some time ago I was challenged to use 'face stamps' in a variety of ways. This one is a stamp from Rubbadubadoo, it was inked just once and therefore the images get more faded. I tore the paper round the three faces, coloured the edges with a darker shade of purple...

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Bathroom canvasses

I had bought a pack of painting canvasses some time ago and, having just finished decorating the en-suite in my new craft room (well, it can be a bedroom when we come to sell the house!) I decided I'd put these on the wall to complete the job. I thought I'd chronicle...

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Mojo Monday 76

This is my first attempt at a Mojo Monday Challenge – until this week I had never tried following a 'sketch' and now I've done two!  (The other one is called Challenge43 and is a DoCraft Forum one.) So, I made the basic card out of some heavy blue cardstock, trimmed...

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Challenge43

On the DoCraft Forum there is a weekly challenge – this is my first attempt at it.  The sketch was for a square card with two squares and a circle on it plus a sentiment. The card was cut down from cream A4 textured card (and the remnant used below) and coloured round...

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Rubberband backing

I recently read about using rubberbands to make an interesting background so thought I'd have a go. The bands were various thicknesses and I wrapped them around an acrylic block which I then inked-up using a Versamark embossing pad. I sprinkled silver on the left-hand...

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Playtime

What a great evening we've just had! I invited a good friend of mine, Janet, to come play in my craftroom and also asked CarolineB (from the DoCraft Forum) to join us. We've never met Caroline before but have 'spoken' via email - she lives about 1/2 mile up the road...

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Autumn Calligraphy

My very first entry for a competition didn't actually make it to the show! I had learnt this calligraphy technique and we were doing a 'season' so I produced Autumn, shown here. I hadn't realised at that time that we were not allowed to openly refer to our own...

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