Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Some sad news

Hi everyone, just a very short note today (I will post some other stuff tomorrow), but I'm afraid I'm the bearer of sad news. For those of you who read my post about little Florence who was suffering with terminal cancer, I'm afraid to say that she passed away yesterday afternoon. I'm so sad even writing about it, I cannot begin to imagine what her family and friends are going through, but hopefully now she is at peace and no longer in pain. A huge thank you to everyone who has donated cards for the Ladies Night which is still to be held in aid of Candlelighters, the children's cancer charity who have helped look after Florence. I will of course post photos and let you know how things go tomorrow after the event. Bye for now Jo x

Monday, 21 May 2012

Missing in Action and Craftwork Cards

Hi everyone.

I'm sorry I've been a very bad blogger recently, but life has been so hectic recently.  I was away both this weekend and the one before so not much pottering time has been had.

While I was away in Nottingham on Saturday (on a course with work) I was the featured new Design Team member at Craftwork Cards on their blog HERE.

I've been dying to post the projects I made for them, but was unable to - until now, so I'm really excited to show you all...

A twisted easel card featuring the oh so cute Warren...

Butterfly card using CWC embossed card and scraps of their papers adhered to D/S adhesive sheets and die cut...

3D flower card with CWC papers, I love them they are sooo bright and colourful, and finally...

A ring with Kusudama flowers made with Confetti paper and Candi.  These are fab to make and so easy.

I know, I got a little carried away, but I loved the challenge and wanted to show that I like different styles.  I hope you like them.  Please pop over to the Craftwork Cards web site and blog, meet the other new DT members and have a shop while you are there.

On a personal note, I just want to say a huge huge thank you to everyone who has e mailed me and sent cards for the Ladies Night in aid of Florence and the Candlelighters charity.  If you don't know anything about it, scroll down and there is more info there.  I am overwhelmed with the generosity of you guys.  I can't wait for next Thursday and hope that we make loads of money.  I will of course take loads of piccies and let you know how it all goes.

Bye for now.

Jo xx

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

A Heartfelt Plea

Hi everyone,

I don't normally do this, but I need your help.

There is a little girl I know (not very well, she used to go to the playgroup my son goes to on a Tuesday morning with her gran which is run by the Salvation Army) in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, her name is Florence.  Florence had just turned 3 years old.  Last year she was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in her nose, so rare that hospitals in the UK didn't have the facilities to treat her.

Major fundraising went on and eventually Florence and her mum and dad boarded a plane to America where they did treat her for the cancer, I think she was out there about 6 months.  She came back to Mirfield and just after Christmas was given the all clear.  Everyone was so relieved, she was still quite poorly but just before Easter she made a return to the playgroup and was running around and just being a normal 3 year old girl.

However, we have just found out that the cancer has returned.  She is extremely ill and has only been given a few weeks to live.  She is at home being cared for by her family and nurses from Candlelighters.  When I saw the leader of playgroup this morning they said she is on morphine to keep the pain down, it's just a waiting game.  It is so tragically sad.

This is where I need your help.  On Thursday 31st May some friends of the family are holding a Ladies Night at a local Working Mens Club.  You know the thing, clothes, make-up, gifts, wine etc.  I was asked if I would like to have a stall to sell my cards.  The money raised isn't going straight to Florence (that was done last time for the America trip), but this time for Candlelighters, the charity which is providing the care she needs.

My plan is to sell as many cards as I can at £2 per card, with ALL the money going to Candlelighters, nothing for me, nothing for the cost of the stall, all of it straight to the charity.

If there is anyone out there who thinks they may have one or two cards in their stash which they think they could donate I would be very grateful if you could let me know.  Send me an e-mail

I have also put a link to the Candlelighters web site just so you can have a quick look.

I don't yet have many followers on my blog, if you think you might know some of your followers who may be able to help it would be brilliant if you could link them back to me.

On the night itself I will take loads of pictures and post them on here and let you know how much was raised.

Thanks for reading.

Jo xx

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Less Is More & Retro Sketches

Hi everyone, hope you are all having a lovely bank holiday.

Just a quick post today as I'm taking my children to a birthday party (lovely!!) I wanted to show you the card I made for Less is More and Retro Sketches.

Less is More challenge this week is a colour challenge and Mandi and Chrissie have picked YELLOW, I have to say I'm not a big yellow card maker, but I am quite pleased with how it's turned out.  Also when I say this weeks Retro Sketch challenge I put the two together and hey presto.

Here is my card...

The papers are from two K & Co pads I've had ages.  I stamped and Paula Pascual flower onto some Craftwork Cards embossed card and then paper pieced the petals. I then added glossy accents to the petals and the Candi to give it a nice shine. I did want more petals to hang over the edge, but didn't quite work out.

Anyway I hope you like it, Mandi and Chrissie, I think you've converted me to a yellow crafter.

Bye for now

Jo xx

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Back to Normality

Hi everyone, and a particular warm welcome to my new followers, I've now hit 40 yipeee and also to my new DT members for Craftwork Cards, hope we have a great time together, I'm really looking forward.

Anyway, some of you may or may not be aware that I was one of the lucky ten who have been picked to become new members of the Craftwork Cards Design Team, to say I was giddy yesterday when I received the e mail is a bit of an understatement, my lovely eight year old daughter, Evie, wondered what was wrong with me and kept giving me her best eye roll (she's good at those)!

Now I've calmed down a little I realised I've got quite a few cards to make over the next coming days, one of which is my friends son's birthday.  Lewis will be 6 tomorrow (nothing like leaving it to the last minute)!  Here is what I've made...

The image and papers are from The Clip Art Fairy and its called On the Bench.  I'd like to say that I coloured him myself, but I can't, it's pre-coloured (I just don't have the time today).  I did the sentiment in Word and added some Candi.  Hope you like him, I'm entering him into these challenges...

Cards for Men - Texture
Simon Says Stamp - Birthdays
Cute Card Thursday - One for the Boys

Bye for now

Jo xx

Friday, 4 May 2012

Got some Mega News

Hi everyone, hope you are all having a lovely bank holiday weekend.

Now that I've stopped bouncing round the house I've got some mega exciting news.  I've been given a place on the Craftwork Cards Design Team.

I can't believe it, and I'm still stunned.  When they put the call out the other week on their blog I thought what an opportunity it would be, never really thinking for one minute that they would pick any of my cards/projects as there are so many talented people out there.

After a lovely day out with the kids and hubby I got the email and I think I read it about three times, convinced that either I or they had got it wrong, but no, its official and I'm as giddy as a kipper!

I will be back tomorrow when I've calmed down a bit to show you the projects I sent them.

Jo xx

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Less is More - Week 65 Sketch

Hi everyone

Hope you are all ok and not too waterlogged.  After a lovely sunny day yesterday the rain is now back in Yorkshire.  Supposed to be camping in North Wales this weekend - not sure!!!

It was, however, a good excuse to do abit of pottering and I have been a bit of a bad blogger recently.  I have made cards but just not posted them, so hopefully over the next few days I will get my act together.

One challenge I don't like to miss is the Less is More challenge and this week Mandi and Chrissie have given us  lovely sketches to play with...

Now my Headteacher at work has a 'buzz' phrase at the moment and that is 'blue sky thinking'!  We were all a bit unsure at first but it basically means to think outside the box, the skies the limit!  So I gave it a go...

Mandi and Chrissie I hope you approve of my card as there is not alot of white.  Basically an acetate card with Stampin Up Create a Cupcake stamps and punches.

To hide the glue I did a mirrored image on the back...

I was going to stamp the acetate with little white flowers, but decided to keep it very plain and simple.

Hope you like it, I will try and come back soon with some more things I've made recently.

Bye for now.

Jo xxx
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