Friday, 2 December 2016

Creative Artiste December Sponsor Scrapmatts

Hi My Crafty blog Friends

How has your week been? The weekend is here. This weekend is the birthday of our future son-in-law. So on Sunday we are joining them and his parents for a celebratory meal. This time last year my husband had his accident and broke his wrist so we missed out on the birthday celebrations. It is so good that we can join in this year.

The new challenge starts today on the Creative Artiste Challenge blog. The sponsor is Scrapmatts and the theme is Anything Goes.

I was really lucky when I popped into our local Range they were selling off some of last year's Creative Expressions MDF and I picked up this Happy Christmas at a snip. 

I painted the MDF with Acrylic paint. Then I used ribbon, flowers and brads from my stash. I also added some ivy die cuts.  

I think this will look good on the sideboard this Christmas. 

Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Crafts Galore Encore December - Anything Goes

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

December is here not long now to Christmas I hope your plans and makes are going well. I can't believe how quickly the time is going.

On the first of the month the new challenge starts today on the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge blog the sponsor is My Besties and the theme is Anything Goes.

I used the Double Pierced Rectangle dies to create the frame for the image and the Snowflake border die to make the border. Both of which are from Creative Expression. 

The sponsor this month is Sherri Baldy her is a link to her Etsy shop

The design team were given three images to work with and they are the prize on offer this month.  Here is a link to the website

It is worth checking the challenge blog to see the different ways these images have been used. 

This is the image I used it it available here I coloured her with my Promarkers. 

The cute little gingerbread man with his bow tie were stamped and cut out with a punch. 

The holly was stamped onto water colour card and coloured with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. 

We are definitley on the countdown to Christmas now. There seems to be so much to fit in before then   

Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie

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Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Christmas Scene Mini Background

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How are you all? I hope you are all okay. I still have my cold and I have been feeling a bit fed up with the changes to blogger. So I have stepped away from blogging for a couple of days. Of course life gets in the way as well.

Yesterday I had a play with  a die-set I bought last year and had never used.

I really just used the Christmas Scene Mini Background to make this card. 

Here is the detail of the santa in the center. 

I didn't have room for a large sentiment so I used some Briannia dies. 

I really should have used this die set before it cuts really well and I like the results. I have lot of other ideas. 

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 25 November 2016

Good Bye to an Old Friend

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I do hope that you have had a better week than me. I have been ill and yesterday we attended a funeral. We said goodbye to an old friend. He had been ill for a while. It was a lovely serene service, followed by a burial. We were so lucky that it wasn't raining.

This is the card I made to send to his wife when we first heard the news of his passing. We got to know them both through church so I wanted the card to have a cross on it.

This is an 8" x 8" card the paper for the background was in my stash. 

This is our friend in his back garden enjoying the sun. His hair went white overnight because of some treatment he was having. He was a very wise, gentle man and very good to talk to. He and my husband used to have great debates. 

The cross was cut with a Spellbinders die this is my favourite go to die from the set I have used it quite often. 

When I made my last sympathy card I felt the need for a With Sympathy sentiment die. I treated myself to the one designed by Sue Wilson. I cut it in brown and gold so I could create a shadow. 

The Exquisite Poppy dies were a very good investment. I love the flowers they make and and changing the colour adds to the variety.  

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Floral Thank You Card

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? I hope it is better than mine. I still have the cold I did go back to work yesterday and I was quite relieved that I didn't have to work all morning outside supporting P.E. for two Visually Impaired children. The weather was too bad for either of the lessons to be outside.

I wanted to make a Thank You card for a couple who have been hosting a short course that we have been attending. The course is about getting to know about the church that we have recently joined. The couple have been very kind and hospitable opening their house to us for the last four weeks.

I started with a scalloped card blank. Then I used the Sue Wilson Double Pierced Squares sets A and B to make the mats and layers. 

I stamped the Peony from the Birthday Blooms set by Stampin Up on to watercolour card with black archival and then I coloured it with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. I made a frame for the Peony with the Double Pierced Sqaures so it matched the mats. 

I found this butterfly (cut with some Sue Wilson dies) in my stash. 

This greeting was with a card pack from a craft class that I won't be finishing. It was ideal for this card. 

I did struggle a bit with this card I always do when I am ill. When I am better we pop round to see the couple and take this card along with a box of chocs they have been very generous. 

Enjoy the rest of the week, 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 21 November 2016

Thinking of you - Fushia Spray

Hi Me Crafty Blog Friends

Well another week has started. I hope that you had a wonderful weekend. Unfortunately I have a cold which has dampened the weekend a bit. The bunnies have returned home to be with our daughter she has a new bunny room for them. They should be very comfortable and it is good to know that they weren't out in the storm on Saturday night.

Last week at work we had some very sad news. One of our colleagues has been diagonised  with Ovarian Cancer. I offered to make a card for everyone in our team to sign. I wanted to make something pretty.

I started by colouring the image. Then I made the mats and layers to match the colours I had used to colour the image. The lace and backing paper were in my stash. I used a Memory Box die to make the flourishes at the side of the image. 

The stamp I used is called Fushia Spray by Woodware it was stamped onto watercolour card with Watering Can Archival ink and then coloures with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. I used the Double Pireced Rectangle dies designed by Sue Wilson to make the mats and layers for the image. 

This stamp was also stamped with Waterring Can Archival and cut out with the Double Pireced Rectangle dies. 

I do hope the lady likes this card. I will be taking it with me when I return to work so that it can be signed by the team.  

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Saturday, 19 November 2016

Fantasy Stampers - Vintage Christmas

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How has your week been? I hope you have something nice planned for the weekend. We are taking the bunnies back to our daughter her rabbit room got sorted out last week. Before we get there our daughter and her fiance are off to see a baker about making the wedding cake. The baker does make really good cupcakes and our daughter has promised to buy some for us to share. That is definitley something to look forward to.

The new challenge starts today on the Fantasy Stampers Challenge blog and the theme is Vintage Christmas. I did struggle with this theme a bit. I don't really have any stamps that fit the vintage theme.

When I was at Ally Pally back in September I treated myself to the Christmas Rose Elements stamps designed by John lockwood for Creative Expressions.  I did buy the matching dies as well, I love things that match, but I haven't used the dies  yet. I decided that the flowers looked a bit vintage I was think of old Victorian cards.  I stamped the sentiment onto a flag cut with the Sue Wilson pierced flag dies. 

I used the corner stamp from the set on opposite corners of the topper. The flowers and leaves were coloured with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. 

Have a wonderful weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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