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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Black & White Xmas

I made this card especially for my son – it started with an 8x8 card base and the first layer is some black hand-made paper with raised silver dots in a swirly pattern. On top of this is a panel of white shimmer card from which I cut the Spellbinders™ Expandable...

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Christmas 2012

Well, I made around 60 Christmas Cards this year and not many of them are the same! I get bored making multiples so – since around the middle of the year – every time I've seen a technique that appealed to me I have made one or two Christmas cards in that style. I...

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Inspired by a Cracker

....or in my case, a boxful of Christmas Crackers! This was the challenge set for Stamp Club and I spent a looooooong time trying to get inspired by a cracker! In the end, I decided that a box of them looked more interesting. Firstly, I designed a pop-up cracker for...

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November Sketch

The Michael Strong sketch for November prompted me to try yet another technique I'd found through Beate at Splitcoast Stampers and I made it into a Christmas Card for my stash – I've made a start on the ones for next year as I seem to have been unable to stop...

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I am grateful for …

.....is the title of the November challenge set by Michael Strong. This month has just seen Thanksgiving Day – which, of course, we don't celebrate here in the UK – and we're not used to 'giving thanks' the same way our US cousins are. I admit I found this quite a...

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How old?

Well, yet another special birthday in the family – this time it's a Brother-in-Law who has a special one (maybe I'd better not broadcast the actual number 😉 ). This card is another very heavy one with all the layers and metal bits on it but I'm happy – again –  with...

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Stuart’s 30th

Well, that's it! I am officially old :(. Well, having my 'baby' turn 30 makes me feel a bit that way. It had to be a special card – even though he won't appreciate the effort that went into it, I know that – but I had loads of fun making it so I guess it doesn't...

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Small Canvas

I'm afraid I didn't have my camera with me at Stamp Club when Marie came to inspire us so I don't have any step-by-step shots. Marie has her own business (Artful Artisan) and runs lots of classes and is the most enthusiastic person I think I've ever met! She never...

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More card making

Another birthday card for my Mother-in-Law – this time she's 92! I tried something a little different here by using a regular-sized embossing folder on an 8x8 card base. The card itself is a gorgeous shimmery stock – you might see that in some of the photos – and the...

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Yikes! It’s been ages

It was mid-September when I last posted – personal stuff has been getting in the way of blogging but.....I have still been creating 🙂 Michael Strong challenged his followers to create a card to celebrate his Grand-daughter's birthday so I used the occasion to make...

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70th Birthday Commission

I was asked to make a 70th card for a lady – the brief.....pink and girly! It was to be handed to the lady rather than posted which meant I could pile all sorts of embellishments on top and not worry too much about making a box for mailing it :). The main focal image...

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Michael Strong Summer Blog Hop

I joined this blog hop at the last minute 😆 – we're having a new roof put on our conservatory/office so all our computers and office supplies are in the wrong places and the whole house is in turmoil! I wasn't sure I'd have time to hop along at all but – by...

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