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Monday, 11 December 2017

Twisted Easel Christmas Card

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you had a good weekend and got done all the things you needed to do. We caught up with jobs on Saturday and on Sunday we went to see both sets of parents. We have dropped off their presents and cards. My parents are off to stay with my sister soon and we will see my husband's parents on Boxing Day.

I have been looking through my files and I found a Christmas card I had made but not shared.


I do like twisted easel cards. I made the background with white heat embossed snowflakes. Then I used Distress ink to colour the card. Around the edge I ran Ice Stickles to give a glittery appearance. 


I cut the Winter Trees from Creative Expressions from a white glitter cards. The Deer family also from Creative Expressions were cut from black card and I put some black card behind them to make them solid. 


This is the Snowflake tag from the Snowflake Border, Corner Tag set from Creative Expressions. The stamp is from Indigo Blu. I heat embossed the whole tag with a clear sparkly powder. 


I hope you are getting on well with your Christmas prep. The time really does seem to be dashing by. 

Have a great week. 


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 8 December 2017

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge Blog - Anything Goes with the optional twist of use white and one other colour

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How has your week been? Our son-in-law had his operation on Tuesday and is now at home recovering. The operation went well and it shouldn't be too long before he gets back to work. Doing things to help them has taken most of the week. Well that is what parents are for.

Being Friday the new challenge starts on the Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge blog the theme is Anything Goes with the optional twist of using white and one other colour. I did find that a challenge. The sponsor this time is Star Stampz.


Here is my card. I chose to use white and blue. The top white layer was embossed with the Falling Snow embossing folder. I used the Snow Globe die set from Creative Expressions and one of their Treat Cups to make the shaker part of the card. I added small white beads to make the snow. 



The kind sponsor this time is Star Stampz if you click on the image you will be taken to the store. 



This image is called Santa's Letter and it is available HERE. She was printed on to Neenah card and coloured with Promarkers. 


I only had room for a small sentiment. This one is from Tattered Lace it was one of my bargain 50p dies. 


I was very pleased with how this card turned out. I might try this with some other colours. 

Have a great weekend. 


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

I made a Felted Scarf

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going. I am off to help with a Felting Workshop this morning. It is a Christmas needle felting workshop. I wonder if I will get to make something. I have learnt a lot.

My friend has been asked to run workshops where people can make a felted scarf. So a couple of weeks ago I helped her by  doing  a trial workshop.


This is the finished scarf laying out on the lounge floor. 


You start with a piece of muslin bigger than you want the finished scarf. Under the muslin was some bubble wrap bubbles up. 


You lay the wool fibres over the edge of the muslin.  


I created a pattern in the middle with the fibres. I even added some Angelina for a bit of shine. That has to be covered with some of the wool fibres as it doesn't felt on its own. 


Then you lay some net over the design. It helps to have two of you do this so the fibres don't float away. You spray to make the wool wet with  a weak solution of washing up liquid and warm water. You role up the bubble wrap, the scarf and the net over a rolling pin (pipe lagging cut to size) and roll backwards and forwards for about 60 times. Then you unwrap and remove the netting. You roll up again and there is lots more rolling. You can tell when the felting is done as the fibres don't pick away. The other side is done in the same way. I made the design simpler and with no sparkle. You do fold the edge fibres over to make the edge neat. As the fibres mat together they shrink and this causes puckers in the fabric. This adds nicely to the design. 


This is the finished damp scarf. I took it home and dried it flat and then ironed it through a damp tea towel. It is recommended to hand wash the scarf and to dry it flat. If you machine wash it the scarf with shrink as the matting will continue. 


Here  is me wearing the scarf it is very warm. I am so pleased with how it turned out. This was my first time doing a really large felting project. 

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 4 December 2017

Card for our Son-in-Laws birthday

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you had a good weekend. We have been involved with delivering my car to Andover so that our daughter can use it while her husband (our son-in-law) is recovering from his operation and can't drive. On Sunday we managed to catch up with some of the Christmas jobs that need doing and we had Christmas choir practice.

Today is our son-in-law's birthday and tomorrow he goes into hospital to have his gall bladder removed. That was what was causing all the pain last week. He is on a very restricted diet so I don't think there will be much celebrating today. He will have to save that until after.


The background is made from Brusho and Pixie Powders soaked kitchen roll. It is what I use to mop up you leave it to dry then the two layers are separated and glued to some card. I used a Decoupage glue it seems to suit this well. I got the idea from John Lockwood and I love it as I used to hate throwing away all the inky colour. 


They have a hamster so this cute little image from an old card was ideal. 


This is my ever trusty Creative Expressions die. The bird came from their window box set. 


This tree came from the window box set as well. There was a space that it filled nicely. 


I hope he opens his card before he sees it on Social Media. Oh well it can't be helped. 

Enjoy your day.

Happy Crafting.

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 1 December 2017

Crafty Catz Challenge 395 - Sponsor Bugaboo - optional twist Snow

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

I am back again like a bad penny. Always on a Friday the new challenge starts on the Crafty Catz Challenge blog the theme is Anything Goes and the optional twist is Snow. Just right for Christmas or Winter themed cards. Our sponsor is Bugaboo.



This was a fun card to make I love this image. I added snow flakes around the edge to add some interest. The sentiment was added on a ribbon. 


There are many wonderful images in the store if you click on the logo you will be taken there. 


This image is called Snowman Peeker and he is available HERE. He was printed onto Neenah card and coloured with Promarkers. 


I hope you have some time to join in with the challenge. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

I am back with my second post of the day. This one is for the new challenge on the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge blog the theme is Anything Goes and the sponsor is Fred She Said


The background was made with Distress Oxides and embossed and then inked over with Distress ink. 

There are many fantastic images in the store. Click on the logo to be taken there. 



This cute little image is called Dancing Penguin. He is available HERE. He was printed onto Neenah card and coloured with Promarkers. 


This sentiment was cut with a Signature die from white glitter card. 


I made two tags and now I wish that I had made more. 


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Emerald City Crafts Challenge Blog - Challenge 6

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

Today is a busy day for me in Blogland. I have three Design Team posts that coincide. Sorry for the overload of my makes.

The the first post is for the new challenge on the Emerald City Crafts challenge blog the theme is always Anything Goes. 



I started with the image and made the card to match. 



There are lots of lovely bits in Linda's store it is well worth a look. Click on the logo to visit the store. 


I made the Poinsettia with the Classic Poinsettia die from Creative Expressions. 


The 25 was cut with an X-cut die set. 


I stamped the holly and coloured them with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. 


I sent this card to a Christmas sale and it actually sold. 


Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Under the Mistletoe Cute Hedgehogs

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? When we got up yesterday we had a bit of a shock our daughter had been messaging us all night - never a good sign. Her husband was taken into hospital during the night and was still there in the morning. He eventually got onto a ward and he managed to get some rest. We went up to visit in the evening. Hopefully he will be able to come home today.

I have playing along with the Month of Christmas Cards Challenge at Beccy's Challenges.  I have really enjoyed it and I have won some credit to use in the store which I am really looking forward to using. This will be my last card for the challenge which I think finishes tomorrow.

My cousin has been rather poorly in fact she is being treated for Breast Cancer. She and her partner are very fond of the hedgehogs that visit their garden. So I thought I would make a special Christmas card for them with hedgehogs on it. I remembered that Di's Digi Stamps has lots of hedgehog images. I treated myself to a couple of images in the Black Friday sale there was 40% off Christmas images.


I found the holly paper in my stash which was handy. 


This image is called Hedgehogs Mistletoe Kiss and is available HERE It was printed onto Neenah card and coloured with my Promarkers. I have been trying to get better with my colouring. I am quite enjoying it now. 


This was cut with a Creative Expressions die. 


Yes I do like red and green and gold together for Christmas cards. I hope my cousin likes this. 


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How did your week start? I am waiting in for my new oven to be delivered today. A couple of things that I thought would be happening aren't anymore but that gives more time to craft. I have just found out that our son-in-law was taken into hospital last night. As far as I know he is still there having test. I wonder what the rest of the day will bring.

I have been joining in with the Month of Holiday Cards Challenge at Beccy's Challenge blog.   Last week she set the challenge of using one of her free images to make a card. I did make one with the Patchwork Deer But I spotted this image when I was looking through and I had seen another challenge for a Christmas song inspired make so I thought I would have a go.


I found the perfect backing paper in my stash. I added some Washi tape at the bottom. 


The image is called Partridge in a Pear Tree and is free on Beccy's blog. I coloured with Promarker and added some sparkle with a Wink of Stella Pen. 


This one should be nice and flat for posting. I love red and gold and green together on Christmas cards. 


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 27 November 2017

LOTV Topper Christmas card in Blue

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How are you today? I hope you are nicely recovered from the weekend and ready for the week ahead. If I am lucky my new cooker will be delivered tomorrow. I am looking forward to having a fully functioning oven again.

I made a card with a frame last week and when you make a frame you are left with lots of matching mats that are just too good to waste. When I was going through my stash I found an image that would work perfectly with them. I love it when projects fall into place.


So all the mats and layers were cut with the Double Pierced Squares dies from Creative Expressions. 


This is the LOTV topper I found in my stash. I did use a Wink of Stella pen on the star to make it shine. 


This tiny sentiment was cut with a Tattered Lace die. 


There you have is another card for my very growing stash of Christmas cards. 


Happy crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Saturday, 25 November 2017

Quilted Deer from Beccy's Place

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your weekend going? We had breakfast in M&S this morning before picking up the £10 meal deal. My poor husband is working in the garden now and I have made a Christmas card for a challenge.

I have been joining in with the November Christmas Challenge on Beccy's Challenge Blog and yesterday evening she posted a free image to use to make a card. Well I just couldn't resist.


All the mats and layers were cut with either the Double Pierced Square or Circle dies from Creative Expression. 


Isn't this image adorable? He is called Quilted Deer.  This is the  precoloured version which makes for very quick card making. I added the sentiment with my computer before I printed the image. 


This card is a good size and nice and flat for posting. 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. 

It is no surprise that I would like to enter the November Christmas Challenge at Beccy's Challenge blog and the November Rudolph Days Challenge. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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