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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Grid Technique

The theme for a competition I entered was 'Cinderella' - my take on it didn't win any prizes! I do love the grid technique though. I don't have any 'girly' stamps so didn't have anything that looked like the cartoon character herself but I thought that the running...

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Bag making

Maybe this should be under embroidery rather than sewing? Oh well, it's a bit of both I guess. One of the mailing lists I subscribe to had a digitising competition a few years ago and this was my entry - didn't win anything this time but had a lot of fun doing it....

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Spotlighting

This is such a lovely idea to use when you've got a 'busy' stamped image. This is another Non Sequitur stamp, from one of their oriental plates. The image is stamped twice, here onto glossy card, and embossed with a clear powder. One of the images is then mounted onto...

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Highly Commended

A few years ago Non Sequitur (wonderful stamp manufacturer in the US) had a competition for items using their images. I sent several items to them but they picked my least favourite to give a Highly Commended award to. I stamped the image of the man onto glossy card...

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Faux Layering

This is a technique I taught to my stamping club friends. It involves an aperture cut in acetate, sponges, various inks and outlines to make the flat image look like several layers on top of each other. A great idea for this strange postal service which charges for...

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Embroidering a lily

The embroidery on the back of this sweatshirt jacket was a free design from Singer some years ago. Very stitch intensive it needed lots of stabilising on the stretchy fabric. You are supposed to always stitch-out a test design before putting it onto the intended final...

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Appliqued Sweatshirt Jacket

I get to wear this jacket for about 1 month a year! It does get a lot of comments from strangers, always nice ones, thankfully. It is made from a plain sweatshirt, christmas fabric was ironed onto the front centre using fusible interfacing and then I followed the...

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SweetPea

I've been card making for many years now, lately I've been more into papercrafts but I did used to embroider everything - including most of my cards. The sweetpeas on this one were for one of my sisters who grows the most wonderful sweetpeas in her greenhouse every...

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