Wednesday, 18 October 2017

A Birthday Card for someone Special

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going?  The work is still continuing on the drive the patio is now included in the plan and changing the wall and the fence. It is a very big job. We are having it done at the same time as our neighbours it should look very smart when it is finished. I will post some pictures when it is finished.

A few weeks ago I made a card for a special friend. He should have seen the card by now so it should be okay to post.

I did start by creating the image. I made the mats and layers match the colours I had used. The ribbons were in my stash. 

I used the circle media plate, that John Lockwood uses, with my Tim Holtz stamping platform. I used two shades of Distress ink on the plate that I spread out with a brayer. Then I used the platform to place the stamps. I must say the stamping platform has transformed my stamping. It is so easy to set something up and to stamp several of them very quickly. I have made quite a few Christmas cards like this recently. 

I tried two different types of paper water colour card and a smooth stamping card. I did like both results I decided to use the one on the water colour card. I will be making a card with the other image. 

I was very pleased with how this card turned out. I will be using these stamps again. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 16 October 2017

Pixie Powders and Brushos Christmas cards

Hello my Crafty Blog Friends

Happy Monday? How was your weekend? I hope you did something nice. On Saturday we visited our daughter and son-in-law and had a lovely meal together. We discussed our plans for visiting Disneyland Paris next year to celebrate my big birthday. Then on Sunday we had our friend,  who lost his wife last year,  over for lunch it was lovely to have a catch up. One of his daughter's and her husband have bought a working dairy farm in France it is all very exciting.

Last week I settled down to make some batch Christmas cards for which I needed to create backgrounds. I used water colour card and a mixture of Pixie Powders and Brushos. When they were dry I thought they were rather too pretty for what I had planned. I ended up making some different cards.

I stamped and heat embossed snowflakes in silver and white onto the background. I chose mats and layers to match the colours in the Pixie Powders and Brushos. 

I cut this Creative Expressions die in white glitter card and offset is with a deep purple die cut. 

I have had this ribbon for a long time this seemed like the right time to use it. 

A DL card with die cut snowflakes with and pearl added to each. The die came free with a magazine last year. I used the last of the ribbon on this card. 

Another DL card this time just three die cut snowflakes and a different ribbon. 

I had one tiny scrap left over so I made this tiny card. The Santa is a Creative Expressions die and the sentiment was cut with some Britannia dies. All the decorated paper has gone now. 

Here they are altogether. They do look rather splendid on the side. I still need to make the batch of cards I was planning I will have to make some more backgrounds.

I would like to enter challenge 179 at the Crafting from the Heart Challenge blog and challenge 45 at A Snowflakes Promise Challenge blog. 

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 13 October 2017

Crafty Catz Challenge Blog - Anything Goes with the optional twist of use some ribbon

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

The weekend is nearly here. I hope you have something nice planned. Today I will be popping up to our newly refurbished Co-op as apparently they will be giving out Prosecco. On Saturday we will be visiting our daughter and son-in-law to discuss holiday plans and on Sunday we are having some old friends round for lunch.

Being Friday the new challenge starts on the Crafty Catz challenge blog the theme is Anything Goes with the optional twist of use some ribbon. The sponsor is Crafty Ribbons.

We are also on the look out for Guest Design Team members for November. If you are interested please put GDT after your name on your entry. We would love you to join us.

When I went to Ally Pally I saw a demo using weaving dies. I thought I ought to be able to do that with ribbon. 

They have some wonderful ribbon click on the logo and you will be taken to the store. 

I stuck the backing paper to the top mat and then with a Spellbinders bauble die I cut an aperture. I used red line tape on the back of the aperture to hold the ribbon in place. I only peeled back the backing on the tape as I need it. I laid strips of the green ribbon down first it is double sided do I alternated the colours. The I took the gingham ribbon and wove it in between the green. When I had finished I stuck a square of card over the back of the ribbon to hold it in place. I stuck pearls round the edge of the aperture.  

To decorate the top I cut the Festive Bough and Holly Spray dies from Creative Expressions. I used Berry Red Pearl PVA to  create the berries on the holly. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Felted Penguin Family

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? Our internet is really playing up which is very frustrating. I do rely on it so much. Hopefully something will be sorted soon.

On Saturday the printing of the Save the Date postcards did not go well. While I was waiting I finished this little felted penguin family. I learnt a bit about felting so I could help at the workshops. I remembered that we had a kit from Hobbycraft. So I got it out to have a go. The wool wasn't as nice as that used at the workshops and I was felting into polystyrene egg shapes.

This is the one I made first. 

Then I made the one with the heart. 

Then I made the tiny egg one. I tried to follow the pattern in the kit. I showed my daughter and she thought they looked like us. Then I realised I should have made her husband. 

So I raided another kit and made another little one. 

I do think they are cute. I might be helping at a couple of workshops next week I am hoping to learn a bit more. 

Enjoy the rest of week

Happy crafting. 

Hugs Jackie

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Create -a- Card Circle Swing Christmas card.

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? I was supposed to go out with my friend yesterday. The trouble is she hurt her back so she came here instead and we had lunch. Just recently when on holiday she was able to visit the Aycliffe  Crafter's Companion Store  and a Clarity Open day. She bought some of her purchases with her and she let me have a play.

There is something about seeing something first hand. I had seen this die set demoed on the telly but it was quite different to have a go myself.

This is the Crafter's Companion Create-a-card circle swing card die set teamed with the Sparkling Snowflakes Decorative panel die set. I used two shades of centura pearl card. The card was very easy to make. Once everything was cut I covered the light blue card with a double sided sticky sheet I stuck the details dies on and then covered the rest with glitter. 

 I decorated the back of the panel with snowflakes. This card packs flat to go in an envelope. 

I was pleased how this card turned out. I might ask to borrow this die set again. 

Enjoy the rest of day. 

Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 9 October 2017

Winter Trees Christmas Card

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How was your weekend? Did you do something nice?  We caught up on jobs in the garden our drive is going to be paved soon so it needed doing. My husband also printed the Save the Dates for our nephew and his fiancee.  This didn't go so well as the postcards wouldn't feed through the printer. He ended up scanning the back of one and typing the details in. Then I had to cut them out and stick them to the back of the postcards. We did loose a lot of time. They will be going in the post today. Next will be the invites.

I am not sure where I read it but someone said that people rely too much on dies in their card making. Now I love my dies and I use them a lot. This just got me wondering if I could make a card an not use any dies. I did use the Falling Snow embossing folder though.

I had my Tim Holtz stamping platform out to make another card. I have three of the mixed media plates that John Lockwood uses. I also have his Winter Trees stamp set. So I had the circle mixed media plate on the stamping platform and I inked it with Chipped Sapphire Distress ink that I spread out with a brayer. Then I used the snowflake stamps, from the Winter Trees set, to remove some of the ink from the media plate. Once the circle was complete I stamped the tree the pot and the sentiment with black archival. The platform makes is so easy to put the stamps where you want them. Then I took the paper from the stamp press and put in on my craft sheet. I put some Chipped Sapphire Distress ink on the make and I used the snowflake stamp to put snowflakes round the circle. 

I added a red ribbon from my stash. 

Have a great week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 6 October 2017

Crafty Catz Challenge Blog - Anything Goes with the optional theme of Clean and Simple (CAS)

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

I am back again this time for the new weekly challenge on the Crafty Catz Challlenge blog I was asked if I would like to stay on and I said yes. This time the sponsor is Sasayaki Glitter Digital Stamps and the optional theme is Clean and Simple. We were given some lovely images to work with.

I went for green layers and for the image because I remembered that I had some patterned paper with green balloons on it in my stash. When I got the paper out it wasn't the right colour. 

There are some beautiful images in the store if you click on the image you should be taken there. 

This image is called Happy Birthday Mia and is available HERE. I printed her onto card and coloured her with my Promarkers. 

This is my Crafter's Companion die I use it a lot it is a good size. You can see the embossing folder in the background. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Emerald City Crafts - Challenge 4 - Always Anything Goes

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

It is Friday again so nearly the weekend. I hope you have something nice planned. This is the first of two posts from me today.

The fourth challenge starts on the Emerald City Crafts Challenge blog today. The theme is always Anything Goes.

I used papers and ephemera from Linda Simpson Designs

The butterflies were cut with a Sue Wilson die. The mats were cut with the Double Pierced Rectangle dies. 

The die I used for the corners is a Sizzix die. 

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I will be back soon with another post. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Sixtieth Birthday card for my cricket mad Brother-in-law

Good Morning

How is your week going? I am keeping busy. One positive thing is that I don't seem to be having as many headaches. They have been the bane of my life for a long time.

Very soon my brother-in-law will be Sixty. He has invited us to the  party he is having to celebrate, which should be fun. I decided it would be rather nice to make him a card. He loves cricket and supporting Aldershot Town Football club.

The image came from an old card it is a rather large image. The colours are Aldershot Town Football club colours. I used the Twinkle, Twinkle embossing folder from Creative Expressions to emboss some white card that I then inked with Distress ink. I also used that very useful ribbon was from my stash. 

I trimmed the image as much as I could. The original had rounded corners so I decided to carry this on. When you use old cards they often have sentiments so you don't have to try and fit one on. 

I love using Alphabet dies it is so easy to personalise things. Bob was cut with a die set that I bought from Crafter's Companion. 

The bunting was cut with a Tattered Lace die. 

This is an X-cut die set. 

This is a large card nearly A4 in size but it is a special birthday. 

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Take care. 

Hugs Jackie

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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Unicorn Challenge Blog - theme Perfectly Pink

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How has your week started? I hope everything is well with you and your family. I am slowly sorting out the room the bunnies used and then we can move back in all the things that are stored in there.

The new challenge starts on the Unicorn Challenge blog and the theme this time is Perfectly Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness.

Well what do you do when you have hexagons left over? You make a card with them of course. The ribbon was in my stash and I only just had enough. I wanted to make a DL card. 

The flamingos came from the bonus papers from an older issue of Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine. All the other papers were in my stash of bits and pieces. 

The Hexagon dies came from an issue of Crafter's Companion Inspiration magazine. 

The heart die came in a set from Creative Expressions. 

The sentiment was cut with a Tattered Lace die. 

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie