Saturday, January 25, 2014

Grow your blog!

Welcome to the "Grow Your Blog" party!  It's exciting to see that over 500 blogs are participating ... I am thrilled to be one of them!

My friends call me Jo ... and I write here in this little bit of space out in blogland ... my blog is called "My Paper Playhouse" due to both my love of paper and my love of play ...

I am a scrapbooker and cardmaker, who is also passionate about art journalling and altering objects ... to me there is nothing more fun than getting my hands inky and painty and sticky with glue!  Somehow from out of all of this chaos I manage to make a few projects I love!  I also love fabric and in the past have made clothes, quilts and dolls ... but right now my focus is paper.

I thought i would share a couple of little items i have altered in the past ...
I made this little vintage style spoolie for a "spoolie" swap ... i actually used a vintage thread spool ...

 and a little house, perched on a matchbox for another little swap ...
I love vintage and i also love spooky ... this is a little table, complete with a thick book of spells i made for halloween... the book of spells was carved from an old full sized book.

This is a fun little art journalling page i did for a challenge group!  The prompt was "somewhere, a simple place" and this is what I came up with...  I do love mixing vintage images into my art journalling.


For those of you that have read all of the way down to this point, i am offering a small giveaway to celebrate this blog party.  I am making 4 vintage styled greeting cards with coordinating envelopes (picture will be up in a couple of days ... yes i do procrastinate)/  If you want to be entered simply leave me a comment on this post.  I will do a random draw on February 15th and announce the winner at that time!  I will also add in a couple of little paper play goodies!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Enjoy the blog hop ... just click the "Grow Your Blog" button up top right, to see all of the other participants!

peace, love & paper
jo

45 comments:

A Scattering said...

Hi Jo! Your work with paper and objects is wonderful! Thanks for visiting my blog earlier and becoming a follower. I'm now your newest follower. Cheers!

JoAnne said...

All so beautiful Jo! Love, love, love that spoolie! xo

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Hi Jo
It was lovely to discover your blog not so long ago as you create with such beauty.
What a wonderful giveaway that is and so generous of you.
Wishes
Lynne

Rachael Farmer said...

I LOVE Your blog! Everything you make LOOKS like it's completely filled with joy - and I completely love that! I'm so happy to have found you via 'Grow Your Blog' and I'm looking forward to spending more time here in your corner of cyberspace once the hop is over. Thank you so much for sharing - best wishes, Shroo:)x
www.artyshroo.blogspot.co.uk

Terri's Cards N' More said...

Your creations are absolutely beautiful. Love the "spoolies". Have never seen this done before. I also have a passion for all things paper.
Your blog is gorgeous.

Cindy Gay said...

Fun creative work!

Carole said...

Hi Jo, what a lovely time I had visiting you and thank you for your kind words. I'm so pleased that you have become a follower, greatly appreciated. I will be following by email. Carole

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Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

hi there. i'm Beth from E. Lizard Breath Speaks - so nice to meet you through the Grow Your Blog get together/party. ( :

Kathy said...

Oh Jo! Your creations are so gorgeous! What a fun blog hop!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are all absolutely STUNNING!!!!

Donna Heber said...

Hi Jo,

I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. It is so nice to meet you. I knew right away your blog design was done by Karen Valentine. She is wonderful to work with. You are very talented! I also do papercrafts. I plan to look around a bit more and then be on my way to visit the others. I am a new follower. I do hope you will stop by for a visit and enter my giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs – Donna

Izzy said...

Love seeing your creations! they are all so beautiful! what a great blog hop :)

Joann said...

Hi Jo, it's Joann. I want to thank you for your lovely comment and your work is simply amazing. I am following you via bloglovin! Can't wait to see what you create next!

ScrappeeDiane said...

Hi Jo, I love your creations, gorgeous as always. Your eye for details and your patience when creating is something I wish I had. This looks like a great Blog hop, I will have to check out the others. Have a great day.

Bernadett Rauski said...

Hello,

Nice to meet you.:)
I would like to participate in your giveaway.
petitearmoire2@gmail.com

Greetings.

Bernadett

Bonnie said...

Your paper crafting is phenomenal! Keep up the good work.

DebraKay Neiman said...

I am having fun finding new bloggers to follow...love sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Kathy said...

You do beautiful work, oh my!

cristi wuenschel said...

found/followed you from the gyb party. love your pages!

hope you'll stop and visit me as well.

Anita Houston said...

Your blog is so pretty! These projects are just FABULOUS too!

Marilou said...

Well Hi there Jo!
Thanks for stopping by as I love your blog and all your creative ideas, including how much fun you are!
The box you created for your parents is awesome and I love it! Throw me in your giveaway as it sound like right up my alley and Ill love what ever you send if Im the lucky winner!
I can't wait to see more of your creative talents and will be stopping by as I'm no your newest Follower!
Hugs and keep havin fun!
Marilou

Kelly_Deal said...

Hi Jo! You and I swapped that lovely matchbox! It's proudly displayed! Yor do such lovely work!

Kelly

Teresa Young said...

Hi Jo, thank you for stopping by my blog and so glad to come by to see your beautiful work. I am a fan of vintage style cards and would love a chance to win. I hope to come back soon and see some of your creative work!
Teresa
www.foxhollowtales.com

CatieAn said...

Oh my what a fun filled blog. I love all your work. We would have so much fun if we met in person. You are definitely a kindred spirit.

Marti McClure said...

Hi Jo! All of your work is beautiful! Marti

Sarah and Dan said...

Vintage can be so cute!

suziqu's thread works said...

Lovely to meet you here Jo.
I see you enjoy some similar things to me e.g. card making and art journalling. My journals are made mainly from fabrics and vintag laces.
Your journal page here looks fantastic.
Enjoy the party and come enter into my Giveaway if you would like - a fabric and lace collage!
All the best with your blog,
Suzy

cmoh said...

Hey Joy, It looks like you have so much fun creating. I love your pieces that are wonderful. I don't art journal but your journal page is fabulous. I am now a follower. It has been lovely getting to know you.

Hugs
Caroline

Lynn Stevens said...

oh my gosh Jo, I do believe I'm the only one who didn't know about this fun blog party, Wonderful art creations!
hugs Lynn

Mona Pendleton said...

What a beautiful collection of Vintage projects! Love the pretty girl and beautiful butterflies fluttering about!

Maggie said...

I love your paper crafting projects! The spoolie is adorable. I try to do a lot of fun swaps too. Glad I popped in to meet you!

Bead and Needle said...

Creative girl, I am your newest Follower...dropping in from the Blog Party - happy to have landed here. Looking around a bit more - I will be back! Happy Creative Wednesday - Tanya

fairyrocks said...

Thank You so much for popping by, I am still trying to visit everyone. I get wrapped up in blogs and LOVE it.Love your bits of this and that posts with photos. I am fairly new to art journaling, Love your 'simpler time' page. You do have two of my favorite things in your blog title. I am your newest follower too. Keep smiling and creating.

Kimberly at ArtJoyStuff said...

Hi Jo,
I've been doing a little exploring on your blog. I love your collage above, and the Christmas book shadowbox you created for your parents, I am sure they treasure it.
enJOY a lovely weekend,
Kimberly

JoAnne said...

Hi Jo,
I'm back! Just wanted to say I'd love to be entered in your giveaway!

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Hi Jo
I am back to say it is lovely to have discovered your Blog and I would so love to participate in your Giveaway.
Wishes
Lynne

Cheryl said...

What a fun collections of pieces using such a wide variety of mediums. I love how you combine bits of this and that to create magic.

I adore your vintage cards so count me in on your giveaway!

Cache-Mire said...

Your blog and work is just lovely! So nice to meet you at the GYB party!!
~Terri

Dasha said...

Your cards are just gorgeous! I make cards occasionally, but not nearly as intricate or beautiful as yours. And your little figurines are fabulous!

Dawn Castrova said...

Hello , my name is Dawn your my one stop on the blog party, Hope that I soon will be friends with all of you cyber neighbors. I just say that 600 plus bloggers that sign up to the Party and I am only up to 320 whew a lot of good read and great giveaways. Thanks for this opportunity to join friends with you and be apart of your giveaway. Can't wait to see more of your great projects in the making. My site http://overboardcreations.blogspot.com/and contact info is ovr_brd@yahoo.com
I don’t have a lot of blog time in. but I like all things creative and thirfty

EG CameraGirl said...

Cool! I keep saying (and I mean it) that I need to get back to altering things. I like to do cards and books mostly but I can see there are tons of other fun ideas out there.

macmillanmarie said...

So nice to meet you on the hop. I have enjoyed stopping and reading your posts. Such fun. Thanks for sharing.

Patty Antle said...

Hi Jo, I like to do exactly what you do! So I will be watching what is next. So nice to meet you! Love the spoolie, by the way. I don't know if you saw mine I just made...http://www.pattyantle.com/2014/02/swapping-spoolies.html
I want to make St. Patrick's Day ones too! I love your art with photos. I love working with old photos.