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Monday, 19 February 2018

A Baby card for New Grandparents.

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How was your weekend? I hope you did something nice. I have been working on the image for the wedding invitations I am making for our nephew and his fiancee. The artwork has come in three parts that need putting together. It has been rather tricky. My husband had to do the scanning at his work as the main image was on A3 paper. He often ends up helping me when I make wedding invites it takes team work.

One of my best friends became a grandmother for the first time last week which is all very exciting. The new baby is a little girl and everyone is doing well. I made a card to celebrate.


So the new baby is a girl so the card had to be pink. I got all my baby themed dies and I put them together. It was quite a quick make. 


The baby blocks are by Tattered Lace I picked them up in a sale. 


The babygro is a Crafter's Companion die. 


Another Tattered Lace die one of my favourites. 


Look who is staying with us for a couple of weeks while my daughter and her husband are in America at a convention. They are very cute. 



It is such a big thing to become a grandparent and my friend never thought she would. 

Have a great week.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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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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