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Friday, 16 February 2018

Winter Wonderland Tribute Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

This is the second post for me today. This is my second challenge with the Winter Wonderland Challenge blog and this one is special both teams are involved and it is a tribute to the founder of the blog who sadly passed away.  The sponsor this time is Imagine That Digistamp.


I create the background for the image with my computer. I used a snowy photo of our back garden that I had taken. With auto shapes I added the snow at the bottom. 


There are some gorgeous image sets in the store. If you click on the logo you will be taken there. It is worth a visit. 


This is image is called Sweet Deer and is available HERE. I used the pre-coloured image that came in the set. As it is a PNG image I could put it straight onto the background. I used a punch to cut some snowflakes. 


I generated a computer sentiment. 


I like this card a lot and I think I am going to make some more of them. They are nice and flat for posting. 

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. I will be working on wedding invitations for the wedding in Malta. 


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Crafty Catz challenge 404 Anything Goes with the optional twist of Using some Pretty Ribbon

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

This is the first of two posts from me today. Being Friday the new challenge starts on the Crafty Catz Challenge blog and I am the host this time. The sponsor is Crafty Ribbons and the Design Team used their own images I chose the optional theme of Use some Pretty Ribbon.

The Crafty Catz Challenge blog has a Guest Design Team call for March out at the moment. If you are interested put GDT after your name with your entry.


My mother-in-law loves poppies this card is for her. I cut the image and the mats with the Double Pierced Square dies from Creative Expressions. The embossing folder I used is  Heart Lattice also from Creative Expressions. The sentiment was cut with some Emerald dies. 


If you go to the store there is more than just gorgeous ribbon it is well worth a visit. If you click on the logo you will be taken to the store.


The poppies are come in a set from Beccy's Place I purchased them knowing my Mother-in-law would love them. The set is called Poppies and is available HERE.  I used the pre-coloured set to save a bit of time. I do love red poppies. 


It is not long now and I will need this card. 


Have a great weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie


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Thursday, 15 February 2018

CRAFT Challenge blog challenge 455 - Guest Designer

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you are well and having a good week. It is a bit of a busy week for me one way and another. Later I am meeting an old work colleague for a coffee which will be nice. Having worked in a school the holidays are the only time I can see some people.

Way back in January I won a challenge on the CRAFT Challenge blog and because of this they asked me to be guest designer for challenge 455. The sponsor is Sweet'n'Sassy and the theme is Mother's Day/Female.

I did colour the image first then I found a backing paper with a similar colour. The frame I cut with an older Creative Expressions die. I think the card I made is feminine enough. 


This is not a brand I have used before and I was impressed by the images in the store. If you click on the logo you will be taken there. 


This image is called Cone Flowers and Butterfly and is available HERE. I printed onto Neenah card and coloured the image with Promarkers. 


The thank you ribbon came from a gift box. 


The thanks die is one from Crafter's Companion. 


Thank you for stopping by. Things seem to have been a bit odd in blogland lately. I will be back tomorrow with two Design Team posts. 


Enjoy the day.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Happy Valentine's Day and the 70th Wedding Anniversary of my husband's parents.

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends.

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone out there. Today is the 70th Wedding Anniversary of my parents in-law. There has been an article written about them on the Charity Today website which you can visit HERE.  My husband's father gets support from the the Blind Veterans charity as he is loosing his sight to age-related macular degeneration.
They needed to have a special card and as it is a Platinum anniversary I wanted to use lots of greys and silvers.


I decided on a twisted easel as I wanted more space to decorate also as I was going to hand it too them I could show them how to display it. I used the corner dies from the Sandwich box set from John Next Door to make the lattice. It is very easy to match up the pattern when you layer them over each other. 


I scanned one of their wedding photos and printed it on to photo paper. I cut is out with the Heart of Hearts die set. The flowers are the ones from the Opera box set by John Next Door. You can just see the small lattice in the background from the sandwich box set. 


The 70 was cut with some X-Cut dies. 


This is a Tatterlace die. It is one of the most useful that I have. 


I used the Stitched Flag dies to make the stopper the sentiment is a Signature die,  


Here is their favourite photo from their wedding day. They had a copy of this on show at the party. 


This is what they look like now. 


This is the cake that one of the grandchildren made for the celebration. 


I made this tag to hang on a plant we bought for them. My husband's mum doesn't like cut flowers. That is why we opted for a growing plant they last longer too. 


They did like the card and the plant and they enjoyed their party. They were very tired the next day but it was worth it. 

I hope you have a lovely day whatever you have planned. We went out on Monday for a meal and to see the Greatest Showman. We thoroughly enjoyed the film.  Today we are going to stay in and share the Valentine's Day Meal deal from M&S. 


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 12 February 2018

Daffodils for a Happy Easter

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How was you weekend? I hope you did something nice and that the weather didn't interfere with your plans too much. We had a lovely time at the party to celebrate the 70th Wedding Anniversary of my parents in-law. It is a fantastic achievement and it was lovely for them to be surrounded by their family and friends. The actual anniversary is on Wednesday and I will share the card I made for them then.

I have made a start on my Easter cards. Usually I start them a bit sooner than this. I think because the weather has been so dull I just haven't thought about it.


When I make card with apertures I am  left with all the inners of the circles (in this case). Well being me they all match and they are too good to not put on a card. I have also found that I can use the Double Pierced Square dies to make mats that completely cover my card blank. 


So in the middle of the circle I added a mat of the backing paper I had chosen. To this I added die cuts of the Spring Daffodils by Creative Expressions. The bow is one from Crafter's Companion. 


The sentiment came from a different die set from Creative Expressions. 


This is definitely a one off I won't be making another card like this one. I do like using up the left over bits from other cards.  I now have the artwork for the wedding invitations I am making for a nephew and his fiancee so I can begin work on those soon. 


Have a great week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie


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Friday, 9 February 2018

Crafty Catz Challenge Blog - Love is in the Air

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

The weekend is nearly here. I hope you have something nice planned. It is going to be a busy one for us. In the evening on Saturday there will be a party to celebrate my in-laws 70th Wedding Anniversary. We have helped with some of the preparations. I have also arranged for a card to be sent from the Queen. We are staying in a Premier Inn over night so we can help with the tidying up after the party. There will be a dash home on Sunday  so our daughter and son-in-law can bring the rabbits and hamster to stay. They will be travelling to America next week. I am so glad I got the rabbit room ready last weekend.

Being Friday the new challenge starts on the Crafty Catz Challenge blog the theme is Anything Goes with the optional twist of Love is in the Air. The sponsor is Lacy Sunshine.


In the background I used some of the dies from the Sandwich Box die set from John Next Door. I am very impressed by how well these dies cut. The patterned paper was in my stash and matched the colours I had used for the image. 


The sponsor is Lacy Sunshine there are some wonderful images in the store if you click on the logo you will be taken there. 


The image I used is called Rory's Love Graffiti and is available HERE.  She was printed onto Neenah card stock and coloured with Promakers. 


The is a circle stamp I do find it very useful especially if I haven't left much room for a sentiment. 


I hope you have a great weekend. Take care. 


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Snowdrop Sympathy Card

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you are having a good week. I am enjoying the sun but not so much the cold. I did go out with my friend yesterday and as we both like crafting we ended up in Hobbycraft. We did buy a few bits well it would have been rude not to. Today I will be crafting.

I heard some sad news on Monday that a friend had just lost his father after a rather long illness. The friend lives a long way away so the only thing for me to do was to make a card. These cards are never easy to make. I do like to make them though as it gives me a chance to think about the person while I am busy. The card has been received and I have permission to share it.


I decided to use the snowdrop stamp before I decided on a design . The aperture was cut with the Double Pierced Circle dies from Creative Expressions. I do find the basic shape dies very useful. I am thinking about buying the hexagons. The butterfly paper was in my stash and so was the ribbon which came from a gift bag. 


The snowdrop stamp is from a set designed by John Lockwood when he used to work for Creative Expressions. I stamped it with a grey Memento ink onto Neenah card stock and it was coloured with my Promarkers. 


This is another Creative Expressions die. 


I hope you enjoy the rest of the week. I will be back tomorrow with another Design Team Piece. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Unicorn Challenge Blog - the theme Love/ Valentine's

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? I had a day catching up with job yesterday. Today I am going out with a friend. We both like crafting so we might come back here and make some things together after lunch.

Being the first Tuesday of the month the new challenge starts on the Unicorn Challenge blog. The theme is Love/ Valentine's. This is just the right time of year to be making this kind of card.


I used an old card to make this card. The flowery rose paper was inside the card and fitted my card nicely. I cut the aperture with my Double Pierced Circle dies from Creative Expressions. 


This is such a cute image. The die I used for the sentiment is one from Tattered Lace. I don't know if they still make this one, The ribbon with the bow came from another card. So there was lots of recycling in this make. 


I will be sending this card to my cousin. She is going through some treatment at the moment and I want her to know that we are thinking of her. She love hedgehogs she often posts pictures of the ones that come to her garden on Facebook. 


Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 5 February 2018

A Mother's Day card with a tale to tell.

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How was your weekend? I hope you were able to do something nice. We made a trip to a nearby Waitrose so I could buy some Chilli Jam to make one of the the recipes in the Jamie Oliver Five Ingredients cookbook that I got for Christmas. We had to make a special trip as we couldn't  find anywhere else that stocked Chilli Jam. The rest of the day we spent tidying the rabbit room, which had become something of a tip, as they are coming to stay next weekend. On Sunday we went to see the Darkest Hour a very dramatic film.

I made this card with the bonus papers that would have been in the next edition of Quick Cards Made Easy magazine. But as we all know the  issue at the end of December was their last one ever. I did like the magazine a lot it is a shame it has gone. I am pleased that all the staff got jobs on other publications.


When the papers sent I printed them all. I started by looking at the sentiments and I decided to make a Mother's Day card. The papers were very pretty. There was always a stipulation that the card was square and no more than 150cm x 150cm. I used entwined  heart dies to make a fussy background. 


So this is the sentiment I chose and I made a frame for it using some of the card from the mats and layers. 


Then I used a punch to make the butterflies they added some extra detail to the card. I still like using punches they are quick. Did you spot the heart button in the corners. I bought those at the Makery in Bath where we went for my daughter's hen party. That seems so long ago now. 


I still feel it is a shame that the magazine closed. I hope you had a great week 


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 2 February 2018

Crafty Catz Challenge Blog - Anything Goes with the Optional Twist of One for the Girls

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

Yes this is a second post from me today. This time it is for the new challenge starting on the Crafty Catz Challenge blog.  The theme is Anything Goes with the optional twist of One for the Girls. The sponsor this time is Star Stampz. 


I cut the aperture with the Double Pierced circle dies from Creative Expressions. 


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


This image is called My Sweet Rose and is available HERE. She was printed onto Neenah card and coloured with Promarkers. 


The flower were made with a Crafter's Companion die that came with the Advent Calendar. The With Love is a Tattered Lace die. I added Ranger Iced Stickles to the edge. 


A few years ago I used this image for another challenge blog. When I look back I can see how my colouring has improved. I know I still have a lot to learn but it is nice to see. 

Have a great weekend.


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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