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Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Nautical Step Panel Card

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? So far the weather has been quite kind this week and we have seen a bit of the sun. I have been ordering food for a celebration of my mother-in-law's 90th birthday. We are having a get together at the end of August.

I think I have said that I am struggling with my card making at the moment. I wanted to make something for my father-in-law he does love getting my cards. I had no inspiration at all and then I was flicking through issue 168 of Quick Cards Made Easy magazine and I spotted How to make Step Panel cards. I knew this would be ideal. He loves shaped cards and this one I have never made before.


The instructions in the magazine were very easy to follow. I used my scoring board to make all the folds. This card will fold flat to go in an envelope. 


The topper came from an old card. The mats and layers were cut with circle dies. 


I decided to make an extra panel for the Happy Birthday it helps it to be seen more clearly. 


I think he will like this card. I enjoyed making a different type of card. I think I need to challenge myself a bit more. 


Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 14 August 2017

LOTV Angelic Christmas Card

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How was your weekend? We got lots of things sorted. The bunny room is nearly ready and the garden is looking a lot tidier. My husband keeps saying that I have lots of time now to get things sorted out. I wonder if it is going to work out like that.

I have found it a bit hard to get back into card making. I have joined a design team as a guest for September so that has helped a bit. Today I made a Christmas card.


I was going through my Christmas stash and this little angel was the last one on an LOTV (Lily of the Valley)  set of images. I found the paper there to just enough for this card. The snowflake die came free with a magazine last year. 


I am not sure why I didn't use her when I used the other images. She is very pretty. The image and mats and layer were cut with my Double Pierced Square dies from Creative Expressions. 


I cut the Sue Wilson Merry Christmas die from white sparkly paper. I love how it shows up against the background. 


This card didn't take long to put together. I have decided that when I am not sure what to do I will make Christmas cards. I always need lots of those but not as many as last year. Have a great week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 11 August 2017

Cottage Garden Thank You Cards

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

The weekend is here. I hope you have something nice planned. Now we are back from holiday we need to get on with sorting things out. The spare room has to be ready for the rabbits in September. We are looking after our daughter's rabbits while she and her new husband go on Honeymoon. By putting the Honeymoon off for a few weeks they saved quite a lot of money. One thing we will be doing is taking the wedding dress to be cleaned I didn't realise that is would be so expensive.

I wasn't sure whether to share these cards or not they are a bit simple. Since the wedding I have been struggling with my card making I just don't seem to be very focused. I needed some cards to say thank you for some of my leaving presents.


I used two dies one was the Cottage Garden die that came with issue 149 of Papercraft Essentials Magazine. The other was a thank you die that I got free with a magazine sometime ago I can't now remember which one - sorry.  


The Cottage Garden die is very pretty and it gives a lovely lacy effect. The thank you die seems to match it quite well. Both dies cut well. 


I made the card in two colours ways. It would be easy to adapt to other colours, I did decorate the flap on the envelope with a die cut. 


I will post these cards to the recipients next week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Stained Glass Butterfly and Pixie Powders

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? It has been rather wet here though I have managed to get the holiday washing done. We did have a lovely time away and I really enjoyed the book I took away with me (Paper Hearts and Summer Kisses by Carole Matthews) it is a very good read.

Before we went away I had a play with the Butterfly die from the Stained Glass collection by Creative Expressions. When we returned from holiday I made a card with the results of my experiments.


When you use Pixie Powders and Brushos there is always a lot of ink left over. As many of you do, I hate waste so the background piece is made with soaking up the link with a piece of water colour card. It has a lovely sheen that doesn't show in the photo. 


For the background for the die I used Pixie Powders and Brushos to get the colour. Then the piece was covered with some double sided sticky sheet. The black die cut was placed on top. Then I cut the die in various colours and placed pieces into the die cut. It is a great way to use up scraps of paper. Once I was happy the remaining sticky was covered with Micro Beads. The frame was cut with the Double Pierced Rectangle dies by Creative Expressions. 


This die came free with a magazine, I can't remember which,  it has been very useful. 



Enjoy the rest of the week. 


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 4 August 2017

Emerald City Crafts Challenge Blog - Challenge 2

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

Well the weekend is nearly here. We return from holiday tomorrow. Then I will be able to catch up with everyone. Thank you to everyone who has stopped by during my absence.

The second challenge on the Emerald City Crafts Challenge Blog starts today and the theme is always Anything Goes.


The papers and lace were from my stash. 



When we were first thinking about the wedding and I knew our daughter wanted me to make the flowers I had a dabble with making lace flowers. We went with paper flowers in the end but these are still very pretty and too good to waste. The leaves were also wedding buys that were never used. 


Enjoy the weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Thursday, 3 August 2017

Moving Along with the Times (MAWTT) Challenge blog - theme Things that Fly

Hi My Crafty Blogs Friends

I hope your week is going well. We are still on holiday. I did look at the weather forecast before we went it promises to be very hot and sunny. Just right for a bit of relaxing.

The new challenge starts today on the Moving Along with the Times (MAWTT) Challenge blogs and the theme is Things that Fly. So not just birds but I have chosen to use a robin.



I just adore robins on Christmas cards. The background was just created with some papers from my stash. 



I found a robin decoupage sheet in my Christmas stash. It is ages since I have done any decoupage. I cut the mats with some Tonic Circle dies I have had them for ages they are very useful. 


The sentiment was cut with one of the Sue Wilson Festive dies I can't remember from which release. 


Before we went on holiday I treated myself to this book with the intention of reading it while we are away. I don't actually read much so this is a bit of a challenge for me. I will let you know how I get on when we get back. 


Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Unicorn Challenge Blog - theme Mystical and Magical

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you are all keeping well. This is a scheduled post as we are on holiday in Italy a little treat to ourselves after all we did for the wedding and to have something to look forward after it.

The new challenge starts today on the Unicorn Challenge blog and the theme is Mystical and Magical. Themes like that always make me think of Unicorns.


To create the background I used Brushos. The clouds were created with a die that came with a Build a Sheep die set. 


The Unicorn is a Woodware stamp he was stamped onto water colour paper and coloured with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. 


The two sentiments came with the Unicorn. 


I used glitter card for the mats to make the card more sparkly. 


Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 28 July 2017

Butterfly Stained Glass die with Pixie Powders

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How are you all keeping? It is Friday and the weather is a bit dull here today. We are going away for a short holiday tonight. I won't be around to do my usual commenting I will get as far as I can this afternoon and catch up when we get back. My blog won't be completely quiet as I have scheduled  three Design Team posts while we are away. I will have a lot to catch up with when we get back.

When we were in Bristol for the wedding we had a free morning on the Friday before. We had forgotten a few things so we popped out to find the local Sainsburys. On the way we found a brand new Range store  and it would have been rude not to go in. We had a coffee and then I treated myself to a die. I choose the Stained Glass Butterfly die by Sue Wilson.

So this week I had a play. To get some ideas I watched a Youtube tutorial by Sue Wilson herself.



The backing paper came from my stash. 


The sentiment was cut with a Sue Wilson die. 


This shows the detail of the die. I used Pixie powders to create the background. When it was very dry (I did use a heat gun) I covered it with some double sided sticky sheet. I stuck the die cut to the sticky sheet I had left a nice big border on the die. Once it was stuck in place the rest of the sticky was covered with Microbeads. Finally I cut the whole thing to size with one of the Double Pierced Rectangle dies. 


Quite a simple card to make. I did enjoy getting inky with the Pixie Powders. 

Enjoy your weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Pollyanna Pickering - Little Owl Birthday Card

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? Well yesterday  I walked out of work for the last time - I am now officially retired . I do have very  mixed emotions but I am sure that I have done the right thing. Being able to choose when to go on holiday will be a big thing.

I have been a bit intermittent with card making since the wedding. I went back to my favourite Pollyanna Pickering images for some inspiration.


I added some paper from a Creative World of Crafts pad. 


To match the image I added  die cut trees using the Winter Trees dies designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions. 


This image is from a Pollyanna Pickering sketch pad. The Little Owls are so cute. 


Here are all the cards and presents I received yesterday. I had been working there for over 20 years. Some of the cards are very inventive I might be stealing some of the ideas for my own card making. 


This is another card for my stash owl cards are always popular. 


Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Flower Fairies Gift Collection from Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

Happy Weekend. I hope you are doing something nice. Yesterday we visited our daughter and her new husband. They have been married for exactly a week. Doesn't time go by quickly. We did have a brilliant time at the wedding. We have lots of lovely memories to cherish.

Well I keep treating myself to crafty bits and pieces the latest being the August issue of Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine with its Flower Fairy Gift Collection. I remember the flower fairies from my youth and I know my mother-in-law loves them too.


The gorgeous paper came with the kit. There is gold foiling on the frames of the images so I added gold and purple mats and layers. 


This is a small picture of a Harebell. 


This is the Harebell Fairy she is very pretty. The paintings of the flower fairies were done in the 1920's by Cicely Mary Barker. 


The sentiment was cut with a a Spellbinders die I do like the font. 


I was very pleased with how this card turned out. There are lots of elements left in the kit so I will be making some more cards and other things. 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

The Wedding Card I made for our Daughter and her new Husband.

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

The wedding is well and truly over. I have been very slow about getting the house sorted. We have managed to make ourselves very busy we were worried about feeling a bit flat after the wedding but that hasn't really happened. I will have a few days when I finish work to get some things sorted before we go on holiday.

I made a lot of things for the wedding and of course I made them a card as well.


As I had made things for the wedding I was able to use papers and elements from other makes for their card. 


This is the top of the card. 


The birdcage is an Apple Blossom die and the birds and branches are Sizzix dies. 


This is the lower part of the easel. 


These lovebirds were used on the invitations. 


This is the happy couple just after they had been married. You can see the things I made: the trees, the bouquet, the buttonhole and the little display for the table. This photo was taken by Chris Carter of Super Effective Photography. 


They had a lovely display, in their room at the hotel , of cards they had received. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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