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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Nativity Christmas Card

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? I hope it is good. I wonder if you remember I was having a few problems at work. Well they didn't really resolve and on Monday I handed in my resignation letter, I will work until the end of term but I will not be going back in September. It does all feel a bit unreal at the moment.

I decided that I wanted to get all of my husband's cards made for the year and the last one to make was the Christmas card.


Last year I bought a Nativity die set from Crafter's Companion. I made the background with Pixie Powders and colour burst ink. I had to remover lots of the colour so I now  have paper towels covered in ink to make into more backgrounds with. The embossing folder I used is called Falling Snow  by Creative Expressions. 


All the dies I used came in the set. I cut them  in black and embossed them and used some gilding wax to highlight the details. 


This is a die designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions. 


I do have some other simpler ideas for this die set. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Sunday, 21 May 2017

Mosaic Owl - Woodware stamp

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. We had our meeting at Bristol Zoo for the wedding and the one hair trail for the day. So a very busy productive day including lots of food.

I treated myself to a new guillotine, a tonic one, and I am very pleased with it. I used it on this card.


The background was made with some textured card coloured with Distress ink, 


I treated myself to the Mosaic Owl stamp from Woodware. It was stamped on to water colour card with black archival and coloured him with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. 


This is a Crafter's Companion die cut in two shades of green. 


My husband has already taken this card for one of his work colleagues. 


Have a great week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Thank You Cards

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you are having a good week. We attended the memorial service yesterday and it was a very emotional experience. I feel so sorry for the girl's parents. I am also having a few problems at work which might have been resolved now. So not a particularly easy week.

I have been making thank you cards, probably not as quickly as I should have. Never mind they are all made now and posted or given out.


I needed to make eight of these. I was very lucky and was given the Art Deco Frame die set called Rose Dove by Apple Blossom. 


This is the Thank You die set designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions. 


I have lots of other ideas for this die set. We have a big meeting about the wedding this weekend so we are going to be a bit busy. 


 Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie


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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Kingfisher Birthday Card

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How is you week going? This is a bit of a grim week for us tomorrow we are going to the memorial service of a young lady who was taken too soon. It is such a shame.

I recently ordered some more goodies from the Creative World of Crafts as they do the adoarable Pollyanna Pickering images.


When I saw the No Fishing sign I know I just had to use this image to make a card for our good friend who loves fishing. The papers came from a Creative World of Crafts pad. 


The image is from a Sketch pad and the description was part of the image I separated them for the card. 




I love using this Happy Birthday die. I cut it in gold and black so I could create a shadow. 



This is a Spellbinders die I have had it for a while and I'm not sure which one it is. 


I hope he likes this card and that I remember to give it to him. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Sunday, 14 May 2017

Thank You

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your weekend going? I had a lovely day yesterday with my daughter. We popped out to the shops and found a shoe shop closing down sale and I even managed to get some craft bits in the Range. It was so nice being together and chatting. My husband enjoyed the Stag do and his team managed to get out of the Escape room in the time allowed.

When you have a birthday you need to make thank you cards. This is the one I made for our daughter and her fiance,  it is made from an old card.


I started with the old card I liked the big thank you so much. I made the background with a mix of Pixie Powders. All the mats and layers were cut with the Double Pierced Squares and Rectangle dies designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions. 


This thank you is just so glorious and shiny. 


Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 12 May 2017

Alphabet Challenge Blog - Letter E - Enchanted Creatures

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How are you all doing? I hope you have had a good week. The weekend in nearly upon us. My husband is off to our future son-in-law's stag do and on the way he is dropping me off at our daughter's so I can spend the day with her. It will be so nice to have a girly day together that hasn't happened for a long time.

We have got to letter E on the Alphabet Challenge blog and the theme is Enchanted Creatures.


I had a rummage in my crafty stash and I found this Flower Fairy sticker and the pretty floral paper with a cut border. 


The bee was one of the stickers in the set.


My mother-in-law has always loved flower fairies. I made this card with her in mind. 


My Crafter's Companion die set. 


I think fairies are enchanted creatures so this should be right for the challenge. 

I would like to enter Week 415 at the Allsorts Challenge Blog

Have a great weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Moving Along with the Times - MAWTT - Butterflies

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? I have had a great week. I was thoroughly spoilt on my birthday I had lots of lovely presents and cards.

Well the new challenge starts on the Moving Along with the Times Challenge Blog (MAWTT) the new theme is Butterflies and there is a prize of a set of stamps designed by John Lockwood. So it is well worth entering.


I looked through my stash and found this cute LOTV bunny image to use and the butterfly script backing paper as well as the ribbon. 


I decided the to use the beautiful Butterfly Frame  Sue Wilson die set to frame the image. 


I cut the extra butterfly die from the set in pink and backed it the backing paper. 


This card has no sentiment yet. I thought I would add one later when I know who the card is going to. It might make a nice engagement card. 

Enjoy the rest of the week

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Happy Birthday to Me

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

Today is actually my birthday. So far I have been taken out to lunch by a couple of friends and this evening my husband is taking me out for a meal. So apart from having to work this morning quite a nice day.

I am sharing my first try with Foamiran. I have been seeing all the beautiful flowers on Facebook and other peoples blogs so I ordered some and it came yesterday. I still have a lot to learn.


I did start with the flowers. They took a while to make. I watched some YouTube videos to see what to do, but being me I did my own thing a bit.  I wanted to use a lattice so I found my Stitched Lattice frames set by Sue Wilson. 


These flowers are my second attempt. I have thrown away my first attempt. I know they aren't like other peoples I have quite a bit to learn. The centres were made with Babies Breath silk flowers that I bought for the wedding but didn't need. That is where the leaves came from too. Part of the reason I wanted to make this type of flower is the bits and bobs I bought for the wedding but ended up not needing. Plans have evolved and changed over time. 


I made a flag with the Stitched Flag dies by Sue Wilson and I used some Britannia dies to make the sentiment. 


I was quite pleased with how this card turned out. I will be having another go with the foam. I got better as I went along so I want another play. 

Enjoy the rest of the day. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Sunday, 7 May 2017

A Fish in a Jar

Hi My Crafty Blogs Friends

How has your weekend been? We have been quite busy as  my parents and my birthday are next week. On Saturday we took my parents out for lunch. In evening we took part in a quiz with some friends and our team came third it was all for charity so that was good. Today we had a meal with our daughter and her fiance and saw the film Guardians of the Galaxy 2 that was my choice. I do love my science fiction films and television.

A couple of weeks  my copy of Simply Cards and Papercraft  came through the post ( I have a subscription). I loved the stamps and dies that came with issue 162 of the magazine.


I did used the jar die to cut an aperture in the top layer of water colour card. Then I used Pixie Powders to decorate the sheet. 


The sentiment  stamp came with the set. 


Now on the sheet to go underneath I stamped the jar the the fish. They were coloured with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. I used acetate in the aperture and foam tape to raise it up. I put some beads in to make a shaker card. 


There you  have it a birthday shaker card. 


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Thursday, 4 May 2017

A Difficult Card to Make

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? Yesterday I was on a school trip that involved a very long walk. Fortunately the rain held off until we got back.

Just before I went away for our daughter's Hen Do we received a very sad phone call. One of our oldest friends told us that their 23 year old daughter had died suddenly she had a seizure and her heart failed. It is just so unbelievably sad.  They were also about to move house at the weekend from London to Leeds.

I wanted to make a card but it was really hard to know quite what to do. So I went for tasteful. I just want them to know that we are thinking of them. A new home card at this time didn't seem to quite fit the bill.


I went back to my small collection (it is growing) of Pollyanna Pickering images. I found some pretty backing paper and lace. I cut the flowers from the lace to place behind the image. 


The sentiment came from another pad of Pollyanna Pickering images from the Creative World of Crafts. 


This has to be my favourite image. I love the owl he is beautiful. 


The really hard bit will be writing this card. I will get my husband to help me he is good with words.


Enjoy the rest of the week

Take care

Hugs Jackie

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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Unicorn Challenge Blog - Special Occasions

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

We had a great day yesterday. Mottisfont is a lovely place to go. They often have art exhibitions in the house and the grounds are gorgeous. In June the roses there are glorious we will be going back for a visit then now we are members. We did a Medieval tour and that was very interesting. The rain kept off too which was brilliant.

Well the first Tuesday of the month sees the start of a new challenge on the Unicorn Challenge blog and this time our theme is Special Occasions.

I was asked by my cousin to make her mum and dad (my aunt and uncle) a card for her to give them for their 65th Wedding Anniversary. I think that makes it  a very special occasion.


The words were generated on the computer. I used my Spellbinder corner dies over some patterned paper. 


I made the flowers with the Exquisite Poppies dies and the foliage with the Olive branch dies. 


I know my cousin liked this card as she sent me a lovely thank you letter. 


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Monday, 1 May 2017

Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog - May Challenge - Sponsors Star Stampz and Ppinky Dolls

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

Well what a weekend that was. I have just come back from our daughter's Hen Do. I was a bit worried before I went as I was the only older person going. The groom's mother declined the invitation to join us. But I had so much fun. It is so good that I have an extra day to recover. The plan is for us to go to Mottisfont and join the National trust. We need to be members when we go the Liverpool so that is cheaper for us to visit the Beatles houses (which is already booked). It should be a nice day out today I hope they have one of their art exhibitions on in the house.

Being the  first of the month the new challenge starts on the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge blog. We have not one but two sponsors this month they are Star Stampz and Ppinky Dolls. Prizes are being offered by both sponsors. This makes it a good challenge to enter and the theme is Anything Goes.


For the background I used one of my Pixie Powder and Brushos kitchen roll pieces. I thought the colours of this one suited the colours I had used on the image. 

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/StarStampz?ref=l2-shopheader-name
If you click on this image it will take you to the store there are many cute images there. 


This the Happy Birthday die designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expression. I cut it twice so I could use the black version to create a shadow I find this helps the sentiment to stand out from the background. 


Isn't this image cute? It is called My Sweet Rose and it is available from the Star Stampz Etsy shop. I printed her on to water colour card and coloured her with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. I cut the frame for the image with my Double Pierced Rectangle dies. 


I hope you will have time to join in with our challenge it is open for the whole month and the design team will come by to comment. Have a great week. 


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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