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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Recent articles

Re-purposing a shirt

My youngest son was having a clear-out of clothes – stuff he'd outgrown mostly. Being 'frugal' as I am, I had a root through the bags and found this lovely shirt. It is a gorgeous, thick, cotton jersey with an unusual front zipper and it was just crying out to be...

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Wedding Card

Wow, two in one month....like buses, I haven't made one for years and then two weddings come along together. 🙂 This was made for my Stamp Club teacher, Gloria – she married her long-time partner Bob last week and I suspect she will have had more hand-made cards than...

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Recent card making

I'm going to post several different cards I've recently made here, under this one heading – most of them don't have a lot of photos or descriptions but if you click the thumbnails you'll get to see a bigger picture. This first one is for my eldest sister, it was made...

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Spring in North Wales

Snow may not be unusual in your part of the world but, believe me, this amount of the stuff is just not the norm here in our part of North Wales. It started – as predicted by the weather forecasters – just before 10pm on Thursday and didn't stop until Saturday...

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Green Challenge

This is my entry for the Michael Strong Sketch 52 for March and also for his Green Challenge. Mike 'challenged' us: "You may make any kind of card you want as long as the predominant colour is green. To add to the "green-ness", you must also include some recycled...

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Queen of Hearts #4

Quietfire Creations are holding their 4th Annual Queen of Hearts Challenge and this is my entry. The card base is a deep red with a subtle gold pattern all over and some gold foliage and butterflies near the bottom – which I seem to have covered almost completely! I...

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MS Sketch 51

The sketch challenge for February (as shown below) is very inspirational and this is my take on it. I am also using it for the February challenge at Stamp Club which involves a card using a daffodil stamp. I chose a large 8"x8" card base – my current favourite size :)...

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Shrunken Owls

I was lucky enough to win a set of Michael Strong's new Whimsical Owls as a prize and have finally had a few minutes to play with them. They are a matching pair of designs and I immediately thought of earrings! I stamped them onto frosted shrink plastic using StazOn...

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Owlish Blog Hop

It's blog-hop time again over at the Enjoy Michael Strong Stamps Yahoo group – hopefully you have arrived here from Inge Postma's place. Leave a comment on all blogs if you want a chance to win an Owl Stamp of your very own :).  Hetty will announce the winner on...

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MS Sketch 50

****News Flash****  I've just found out this card was voted the winner for the Sketch Challenge – it has pride of place on the home page of the group :). Another month, another Saturday Sketch over on the Michael Strong Yahoo Group – this card I made for my good...

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January Cards so far

This isn't strictly a January card as I mailed it in December! This blog post is just showing a few recent 'makes' though so I figured it would sit here nicely. It was actually made for a sketch challenge for stamping club and the letter panels are made with a stamp...

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CARDS Blog Challenge

I used this challenge to make a birthday card for a friend – it's almost her birthday so I think it's safe to post it here :). The base card is an 8x8 and I used a Borderability Die to make the 'scalloped' edge as shown in the sketch. The large layer is made from some...

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