Tuesday, January 27, 2009


After I received such wonderful emails and comments about my most recent work in Craft Stamper (blogged here), Betsy over at Innovative Stamp Creations has kindly offered the Friendship plate that I used in the article to enable me to do a blog giveaway! Thankyou Betsy!

As you can see from the photo it has THE most stunning girl, butterfly and blossom image, along with quotes and sayings that ISC match up so beautifully.

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this plate is to leave me a comment, along with your favourite saying, phrase or quote from a poem, as I'm hoping to fill my sketch book I posted previously to this, full of wonderful ideas, and a girl always needs a quote here and there :0) Can be funny or serious...or if that fails and you don't have 'google' , a decent joke will do lol or if the language barrier proves too tricky, just leave a comment :0)

If you already have this plate why not still enter as I'm sure you know someone who would love it as a gift. Good luck! I'll reveal the winner of the plate on SATURDAY 31st Jan(after 3pm uk time)

***NOW CLOSED FOR THE GIVEAWAY*** (you are still more than welcome to add your favourite saying to share with others- thankyou x)

Thankyou :0)


katrin said...

oh jo - what e great gesture! i'm in love with exact this plate - but have so far no cahnce to get THIS palte in germany.
Your artwork is every time sooo awesom and gorgoeus. espacially i love all the things yopu do with THIS plate / motifs.

warm greetings

daisy said...

What a fab giveaway. I truly luv those images. My favourite saying is this ...

"The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started"

I hope it makes it into your sketch book :o)

Anonymous said...

ooooo I SO want this plate of stamps and Ive admired the work youve created using them...I have 2 quotes -
"When it hurts to look back,
And you're scared to look ahead,
You can look beside you,
And I will be there."

and the 2nd:

Follow your own path
and you will find your way."

Thanks Jo and Betsy for the giveaway!

Audrey said...

I've gone for a whole poem - one of my favs, Robert Frost ;-)

Great Give Away Jo - just love this plate

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Anonymous said...

Those images are great, I would love to win them. I have a book where I note down favourite sayings, and here are a couple:

'Friendship gives voice to your heart and wings to your soul'

'What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it'

Hope you like these, I shall be adding a few new ones to my book now!

Thanks for the giveaway, Alison x

Chris said...

Wonderful giveaway. Thanks Jo and Betsy.

I love this saying: Lose yourself in nature and find peace.


Lavender Rose said...

Gorgeous plate!!! I loved everything in the CS recycling issue, very innovative. I was going to suggest a line or two from Jenny Josheph's Warning but I have always loved the entire poem, so here it is:

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat that doesn't go and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit
You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only eat bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers

But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old and start to wear purple.

Suse said...

love the images on this plate - as ever, you work your magic with them to create stunning artwork.

One of my favourite quotes is "Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience" - Ralph Waldo Emerson
and I also like the zen saying:-
"Sitting quietly,
doing nothing,
spring comes and
the grass grows
by itself."

Lucy Edmondson said...

Hi Jo, Loved the article and the plate of stamps used. Am already squashing loo rolls! I love Elizabeth Barrett Browning's, How do I love thee. Sorry, very romantic but it is nearly Valentine's!

'How do I love thee?
Let me count the way
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height my soul can reach, when feeling out of sight for the ends of being and ideal grace.'


C@ro said...

Hi Jo,
You have a wonderful blog!
My favorite saying is:
Carpe Diem (which means Seize the day).
I think that's what everyone should do, because life is short as it is.
Really love this plate by the way!
greetings from overseas,
The Netherlands

Maria said...

What a lovely giveaway! One of my favourite sayings is "A clean house is a sign of a wasted life."

Anonymous said...

Fabulous give away Jo. And I always say: look through the eyes of a child and the world seems a much better place.

joanne wardle said...

how generous of Betsy.

I'd like to add to Daisy's quote, this is from a text I received from my sister

"The way to do this is to finish the things you start.
I looked around this morning and saw all the things that i had started........
So i finished.......................................... ...
The vodka,the baileys,some rose wine, the ice cream, the crisps and the valium!!!!!!
You have no idea how peaceful i feel now!!"

sam21ski said...

Fantastic Giveaway Jo

'Count the smiles......not the tears'


lottie said...

I too covet this wonderful plate of stamps - at least if I don't win it I know where I can buy it.

I love the 'When I get older I will wear purple' poem it is one of my favourites - as I am now 'old'

This is a quote I like ot live my life by - and applies not just to art work - but to everything. I try to cram as much into every day that I can - you never know how many you might have left! (And I mean that is a positive way not doom and gloom :-)

'It isn’t the hours you put into your work that counts,
It’s the work you put into the hours'

Thank you for the opportunity to enter this Giveaway

penibear said...

Love these stamps - so here's a quote I've always liked:
'A weed is no more than a flower in disguise.'

Quite like this one too:
'One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.'

Greensleeves said...

Jo! super giveaway! I loved your article, very inspired!
Some fo the quotes: Alan Bennett,
"Life is rather like a tin of sardines - we're all of us looking for the key"
Ben Johnson, "A good life is a main argument."

Karin said...

What a generous giveaway Jo. I love that ISC plate.
Although I'm not religious I do like this saying:

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on earth.

Odetta's Scrap-walk-in-closet said...

I love the give away. And I love poems and quotes.

My favorite quote is from Martin Luther (do not confuse it with Martin Luther King):

That little bird has
chosen his shelter.
Above it are the stars and
the deep heaven of worlds.
Yet he is rocking himself to sleep
without caring for tomorrow's lodging,
calmly clinging to his little twig,
and leaving God to think for him.

~ Martin Luther

I think this quote is very sweet and inspiring.

Kind regards from the Netherlands,


Morti said...

Hey Jo

I'd love to win this set of stamps, but I'd leave you my fave quote anyway....

"The knowledge that time passes makes bad times bearable and good times precious"

Don't know who said it, just think it's fab!

alcoholinky said...

I've got this plate but hey... Here's a couple of verses that I like. You used to be able to get them as stamps. Not sure if they're still available

Count your garden by the flowers
Never by the leaves that fall
Count your days by golden hours
Don’t remember clouds at all
Count your night by stars not shadows
Count your years with smiles not tears
Count your blessings not your troubles
Count your age by friends not years.

and this one ... LOL

May the light always find you on a dreary day
When you head home may you find your way,
May you always have courage to take a chance
And never find frogs in your underpants

Angelnorth said...

How lovely of Betsy, it's a beautiful plate! Thanks for the chance to win even if it is almost impossible to pick just one quote as a favourite! I guess it's in my head as I just used the stamp but I do think "There is only one happiness in life: to love and to be loved" is wonderful because it conveys the idea of receiving by giving (it's George Sand in case you like it, too!).

Sid said...

Hi Jo, I love these stamps......very inspirational. My quote is:

'Learn from yesterday, Live for today, and Hope for tomorrow'

Best wishes....Sid

Teresa said...

I love this quote from Desiderata:
'....remember what peace there may be in silence.' I say this to myself often, especially when the children are being super-rowdy!

Shannon Sawyer @ sawyershannon@aol.com said...

Hi Jo, all of your work is inspiring. I check your blog frequently because I love to see what you've been up to. I also really enjoyed your work in the most recent issue of Stampers Sampler, the cards, tags and bracelet under "Different Point of View". Your work and Audrey Hernandez's work mixed well. Great job! One of my favorite quotes of all time is "The ordinary arts we practice everyday at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest."

Take care!

Evidence of an Artistic Life said...

Your art is beautiful-and this sheet of rubber is as well!

A sincere artist is not one who makes a faithful attempt to put on to canvas what is in front of him, but one who tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing.
::: William Dobell :::

chris p

Don said...

Love your stuff! You really capture a mood with your designs.

I know I won't win, especially with this:

Roses are red
Violets are blue
You're a great artist
and Stiggy loves you!

d said...

One of my most favorite blogs. Your work is inspiring.

"Because, it isn't raining rain, you know, It's raining violets"

I thought that would be a good start for a card.

Fiona Whitehead said...

What gorgeous stamps - I found this quote and put it on my altered tin which is on my blog:

"Every possibility begins with the courage to imagine"

I love this quote as it gives me the confidence to imagine I could be some sort of artist.

Creative Chaos said...

Wowww, what a wonderful stampsheet !!
My favo quote ..
I believe in my dreams , i created them myself :-)

Patti xx

Sonya said...

What lovely stamps you have, I so want to emigrate! My favorite quote is very simple Im afraid, and my children raise their eyes evey time I say it...

'Be the best that you can be'

Now im off to hunt on the web to see where I can get that mag from as I really want to see the whole of your project!

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Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful stampsheet!! I just bought this Craft Stamper because of your wonderful artwork.
These are my favorite quotes:

"Memory ist the diary we all carry about with us." - Oscar Wilde

"Some people come into our lives and quietly stay.
Others stay for a while,
leaving footprints in our hearts
and we are never the same."


Carrie said...

wow Jo - busy people here and I think I might need to note quite a lot of these. Love Don's quote....

Here is mine...
Imagination is the
beginning of creation.
You imagine
what you desire,
you will what
you imagine and at
last you create
what you will.

George Bernard Shaw

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Absolutely gorgeous. So here is my favorite at the moment.

No winter lasts forever,
No spring skips it's turn.

It's by Hal Borland. I so hope I win. It's hard to find stamps of that quality where I live. I always have to go online. Keeping my fingers crossed with a little prayer.

Anonymous said...

I just remembered another quote of his I like.

“Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence.”

Oh I'm excited! If I don't win, I'll have to search that out.

Lynne K said...

Hi Jo, what a lovely gesture.

Here are a few of my favourite quotes.

"Never judge someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes."

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit."

And finally because this very morning my second grandson has been born, on what is also my dad's 87th birthday:

"If your baby is "beautiful and perfect, never cries or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand, an angel all the time," you're the grandma."
-- Theresa Bloomingdale

Yep, that's me!

Lynne xx

Lynne K said...

I could have added to the first quote in my post above:

"Then, if they get mad, you're a mile away from them and you have their shoes"!

Lynne xx

Jacqueline said...

Do I dare enter... yes I can't help it - I love your work! I think you are so inspiring and love how you use the stamps on your cards!
Another secret admirer revealed!!

Polly said...

I've always liked: "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step." (Lao Tzu) and "The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart." (Helen Keller)
Thanks for the chance to win!

crafty creations said...

Hi Jo and what a fab plate to give away.

One of my favourite quotes is

Why worry it never gets darker than midnight.


One kind word can warm three winters

Gillian said...

Fantastic giveaway Jo, love that ISC plate, just makes you smile. I have 2 quotes for you:

"To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe" (Anatole France)

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader" (John Quincy Adams)

count me in:)

Debbie Kaste said...

Jo, your work is absolutely beatiful and you are always an inspiration with whatever artwork you create! Betsy is very generous to offer the free plate.

My favorite saying is: "Hold fast to dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

Keep up the great work...
- Debbie Kaste dkaste@wi.rr.com

Liesbeth said...

Wow ..., a faboulous give away !!

My favorite qoute:

,,We don't stop playing because we grow old,we grow old because we stop playing".

Keep doing the great work Jo, I love it !
Take care, Liesbeth

DaisyB said...

What beautiful stamps, and I just love the way that you have used them.

It's so hard to choose one favourite quote, but here are two that I particularly like:

"Sing like nobody's listening,
Live like it's Heaven on Earth,
Work like you don't need money,
Love like you've never been hurt,
And dance like no one's watching."


"Happiness is a journey, not a destination."

Thanks for the inspiration,


Mary Joseph said...

Hi Jo
Thanks for your very inspirational sharing on your blog and a great opportunity to win this plate :o))
(thanks to Betsy too)

I LOVE quotes and here are my offerings...(too hard to choose one - almost too hard to stick to 3!)

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.
William James

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
George Bernard Shaw

I try to take one day at a time,but sometimes several days attack me at once.


Jennie said...

"For every action there is a reaction"....mine is leaving a comment here in the hope that my action will create a reaction from you , so I can win the stamps! LOL
Great giveaway, thanks you

Jacqueline said...

I had forgotten to enter a quote - here is mine:

We cannot all do great things but, we can do small things with great love.


Rukhshana said...

As you know I already have this fabulous plate (which you 'enabled' for me)but one of my current fave words of wisdom is 'laugh a lot and as you get older the wrinkles will be in all the right places'.
PS what a great selection of quotes you have here!

RubyMay said...

A couple of howlers from my own mouth in the last couple of weeks....."food is a matter of taste" and.... "my brain has a mind of it's own "
My DH says the brain one is right ! lol

RubyMay said...

....Ooops...sorry...pressed the comment before I said congratulations again on your wonderful work for the stamper....and of course the stamps are soooo good x

Leslie said...

What a generous talented girl you are! Beautiful plate here!

I have two favorite quotes right now.
1. Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. (unknown)

2. My favorite thing is being your lap while we sit there together and love the whole world. (Story People)

Glenda T. said...

Love your work, you are such an inspiration and are one of the main reasons I started getting more into stamping! Congrats on another pub!! Oh, and I love Betsy for being so generous too! hehe Let's see, a quote eh? Well I'm kind of partial to this one:

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away". Anonymous

Lorraine A said...

What lovely candy :-) I loved your article in the mag, brilliant !!

Now for a quote
"Behind every successful man is a surprised woman"
(Attrib: Maryon Pearson)

I love that quote ha ha

sharon said...

Very nice stamps, thanks for the chance to win.

Great blog, love your work.

Here's a quote I like: "It's hard to be nostalgic when you can't remember anything."

button_fairy said...

What a fantastic idea, this way we all win cos we get a whole collection of fab quotes to use. I love
"So you see, imagination needs moodling - long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering." by Brenda Ueland
Not only is 'moodling' a lovely, lovely word, but it's just great for the front of a sketch/ideas book as it so wonderfully describes the creative process. I have it at the front of my journal :)
Fab artwork Jo, and a great set of stamps :)

AngelaC said...

Great idea.... but I've just ordered this stamp plate!!! LOL But I will enjoy reading all the quotes.

AngelaC said...

I'll add a couple of my favourite quotes:

"Life is too important to be taken seriously" Oscar Wilde

"Age doesn't matter unless you're a cheese" Billie Burke

Artyjen said...

Thanks for your inspiration. Love the stamps. My quote is by Buddha
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of that candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
Thanks again for the chance to win.

Carole said...

First off, congratulations on making the cover!

That is a lovely set of stamps, and what a wonderful giveaway.

I have many favorite quotes, but one of my very favorites has always been;

"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads". ~Thoreau

Annette said...

I really enjoy visiting your blog - most inspirational.
My quote is by Kahlil Gibran:

In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

Thanks for the chance to win such a wonderful stamp plate.

Best wishes.

Sally Holmes said...

Thanks for all the inspiration Jo! As a nature lover, there is a lovely verse by Christina Rossetti that I particularly love called Silent Noon - Vaughn Williams set it to Music. A couple of my favourite quotes from it are
'Deep in the sun-searched growths
A dragonfly hangs like a blue thread
loosened from the sky..'
All round our nest, far as the eye can pass,
Are golden kingcup-fields with silver edge
Where the cow-parsley skirts the hawthorn-hedge.
'Tis visible silence, still as the hour-glass.
makes me wish it was summer!

Anonymous said...

I loved the article and would love it if I won this plate from you. having 2 teenage girls I could use these stamps again and again.
My fav quote at the moment is "When it'stoo scary to look ahead, look beside you because I'll be there"

Boots the Monkey (Jo) said...

Hi Jo

Your work is truly stunning and these stamps are gorgeous. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win them.

I saw this when I visited my daughter's school one day and had to find a pen and paper to write it down !

"Shoot for the Moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars - Les Brown"


Chris said...

Hi, just found your great blog from Craft Stamper, your work is wonderful! The stamp plate giveaway is stunning, such beautiful stamps, thanks for the chance to win them. Not sure if I'm too late but hopefully not.

One of my favourite poems is by William Henry Davies and I love the first paragraph:

What is this life if full of care
We have no time to stand and stare?

Chris x

Susie Jefferson said...

Hi Jo

I'd love to win these stamps! Here's my quote:

For if I wait, said she,
Till time for roses be,
For the moss-rose and the musk-rose,
Maiden-blush and royal-dusk rose,
What glory then for me
In such a company?
Roses plenty, roses plenty
And one nightingale for twenty?
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
A Lay of the Early RoseFingers & toes are crossed!