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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Cookie Cutter Christmas Santa

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How has your week started? Yesterday I walked to our local Next it took me an hour there and back with some shopping time included. It is quite a nice walk I think I will be doing it again. Today I have a crafty day planned. My husband will be home early he has a dentist appointment. We are hoping to be able to go back to the shop where we ordered our new oven as we haven't heard anything since last week - watch this space.

My husband commented the other day that I know you like making my large cards but they aren't so practical for posting. So I decided to make a few more smaller ones.


I found a pack of smaller card blanks with matching envelopes in my stash. I cut all the mats and layers with my guillotine. I have stopped using my rotary trimmer in favour of the guillotine as I think the cut is better.  I am quite surprised. 


I stamped eight of these cute Santas with the Cookie- Cutter Christmas stamp set from Stampin Up. Four of them were used for these cards. They were cut out with the matching punch.  I used some scalloped circle dies to cut the circles behind the Rustic Twig Wreath from Creative Expressions. 


The sentiment was cut with a Signature die. 


I had cut all of the bits for the cards. When I came to make them I decided to swap the elements around. They should be okay for posting. 


You will see what happened to the other four Santas sometime soon. 

Happy Crafting


Hugs Jackie

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Christmas Rose Christmas card.

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your weekend going?  We have had quite quiet weekend so far. Yesterday we sorted out our passport applications which we did online with our own photos. When we came to send off our old passports we had to send them to different offices. My husband's is on the way to Durham and mine is off to Glasgow. Today it is more work in the garden and a meal out with friends in the evening. Altogether a nice weekend.

A while back I made this card for a competition. I didn't come anywhere but I thought I would share it when I found a photo of  it going through my files.


I found the backing paper in my stash and it has Christmas Roses on it. 


This is a Creative Expressions die cut twice to create a shadow. 


The robin was cut with a Tattered Lace die that came free with a magazine. He is sitting on a spray made with the Holley Spray die set and Festive Bough dies set both from Creative Expressions. 


I had the the Christmas Rose die set from Creative Expressions last year but I only started using it this year it is so pretty. 


I was quite pleased with how this turned out. Enjoy the rest of the weekend. 


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 17 November 2017

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge Blog - Anything Goes with the optional twist of Sparkle and Shine

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

Well it is Friday again. The weeks certainly do rush by. I hope you have something nice planned for the weekend. We will probably be working in the garden again on Saturday and on Sunday we are having a meal with friends. I do hope that we will be able to fit in a bit more Christmas shopping.

Being Friday the new challenge starts on the Crafty Catz Weekly challenge blog and this week the theme is Anything Goes with the optional twist of Sparkle and Shine. The sponsor this time is the rather fabulous Polkadoodles.


I cut some silver glitter card to make the base layer. I did cut a frame for the aperture but you can't see that anymore. The wreath was cut with the Festive Bough die set from Creative Expressions. 


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


This image is Winnie White Christmas printables Feeding the Birds and she is available HERE. She was coloured with Promarkers and I added some Wink of Stella to the white to make it sparkle. 


This is a Tattered Lace Robin die that came with one of their magazines. He was die cut in white and coloured with Promarkers. I did spray him and the bough wreath with Spray and Sparkle to make them shiny. 


Have a great weekend. 


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Stained Glass Poinsettia

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? Both me and my husband still have our coughs. I went to Christchurch yesterday with my friend to see the gallery where our cards are on display.  On the way there we popped into the Emerald Crafts shop in Lyndhurst, it is stuffed to the rafters with crafty loveliness. I did buy a few bits it would have been rude not too. I also was able to have a look round Christchurch which was nice. It was a long day it did make a nice change.

I have had a quieter day today. I did send a few cards to some people who are poorly. When I got home I decided to have a play with a die that I hadn't used before the Stained Glass Poinsettia die  from Creative Expressions.


I made the background for the die with Distress Oxides on watercolour paper. 


I cut the die in black with a large border. I put some double sided sticky sheet onto the Distress Oxides background and I stuck the die-cut to it. Then I cut the die in red and green. I used the pieces from these die-cuts to fill in parts of the stained glass image. Once I was happy I poured microbeads over the exposed sticky sheet. I did forget to cut some yellow card for the centres of the poinsettias. 


I found this sentiment in my stash. 


I am going to have another try with this die. I might try acetate and glitter. 

I would like to enter the November Challenge at Beccy's Challenges. 

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Happy Crafting.

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Christmas Frame - Santa and his Sleigh

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you had a good weekend. Both me and my husband have been suffering with sore throats and coughs which seem to be worse at night. During the day it doesn't stop you doing much. On Saturday we ordered a cooker to replace our part broken one. We also made a start on our Christmas shopping, at last. On Sunday we worked in the garden there is a lot to clear up after the drive being done. In the evening we went to Christmas choir practice. It is nice to do something a bit different. Unfortunately today I have woken up with a bad headache which is making it a bit hard to get going.

I went to a craft day at the end of October and one of the things we made was a Christmas frame. Using the Stampin Up Santa's Sleigh stamp set with the matching dies. The frame itself came from the well known Scandinavian store.


We made most of the frame design at the workshop. I did tweek it a bit when I got home. Isn't it hard photographing shiny surfaces? 


I added a Santa that I made with the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp set with the matching punch. He was coloured with Promarkers. 


This wonderful sleigh was made with the dies at the craft day. I added the presents later. 


Reindeers stamped and cut out with the dies. I was given the stamps in the craft day goody bag but I couldn't justify buying the dies,  now I am not working. I do like sets that match, so that was a hard decision to make. 


My friend was struggling to fill a stall at a Christmas Craft sale and I offered a few items, one of which was the frame, to help her out. You can see it on display in the window It is my first try at trying to sell some things. 


I hope you have a good week. There is so much I want to do I hope this headache goes. 


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 10 November 2017

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge Blog - Sponsor Time for Tea Designs - Optional theme No Patterned Papers

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

Happy Friday the gateway to the weekend. I can't believe how quickly the weeks are going there always seems to be so much to do. We really must make a start on Christmas present shopping but there are a lot of jobs to do in the house. I have lost my voice which is making things a little tricky.

Being Friday the new challenge starts on the Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge blog this time the sponsor is Time for Tea Designs the theme is Anything Goes and the optional twist is No Patterned Papers.


I started with a black card blank, I used my Double Pierced square dies to make the mats and layers. The final layer was embossed with a holly pattern A4 embossing folder.  The snowflake die came free with a magazine last year. 
 There are many wonderful images in the store if you click on the logo you will be taken there. 



This cute image is called Santa Baby and she can be purchased HERE She was coloured with Promarkers. 


I found this cute little sentiment in my stash it was just the right colour. 


Have a great weekend. 


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Quick Cards Made Easy magazine issue 172 Bonus Papers

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? It is lovely and sunny here today and I have been helping at another felting workshop. I know enough about it now that I can actually help people. I will be helping at another workshop on Friday.

A little while back I responded to a request on Facebook for people to apply to be on the Readers's Design team for issue 172 of Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine. I was one of ten selected I printed off the papers, made a card and sent it in. I was thrilled to see my card in print on page 40 when I bought the magazine today.


The card has to be square and not measure more than 15cm x 15cm. I started with a Craft Card blank. I used coloured card that matched the papers to make the mats and layers. The dotty paper I used to make a snowflake border with Sue Wilson's Snowflake border die. 


There are various sentiments to use that come with the bonus papers. 


I just love the Cookie Cutter Christmas Stamp set from Stampin Up that comes with a matching punch. Now I have a stamping platform I stamped lots of these and I have used them on a few project. The bow is in the set too. Isn't great that depending where you put the bow they look like a boy or a girl. 


I have a Sizzix candy cane die. I inked the edges so they they showed up against the background. 


Here it is in all its glory in the magazine. 


I did like these paper a lot and the free gift is some pop-up box cards with cute characters I will definitely be making those. 

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Unicorn Challenge Blog - Anything Goes

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going?

The last challenge of 2017 starts on the Unicorn Challenge Blog today and the theme is  Anything Goes. The Design Team will be having a break in December and will be back raring to go on the first Tuesday of January. So let's make this last  challenge  of 2017 go with a bang.

Back in the summer I was asked to make a wedding card by the girl who comes to the house to  give me Sport's Massages. The colour choice was pink, cream and gold.


The paper was in my stash and I just had to use the pink lace. 


I used the Creative Expressions Heart of Hearts die set to create the hearts. The Mr and Mrs die is from Crafter's Companion. 


The bunting die is one from Tattered Lace. 


The Congratulations die is a Tattered Lace die too. 

We had a lovely time at the NEC. Unfortunately on the way there we were subjected to some road rage. A man got out of his car and swore at my husband and banged on the window. He had taken objection to my husband changing lanes though there was space and he had signalled. Fortunately the man got into his car and drove away. 


We had a lovely long chat with John Lockwood and he made us a Christmas card that he signed. I was taking the selfie so I look a bit strange. I wanted my husband in the picture as he gets on well with John too. 


I won the ticket to go to the NEC from Jenny Mayes Facebook page. We went to the Hobby Art  stand to say thank and the hand over a little gift and a card. 


I was rather pleased with how this wedding card turned out. 


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 3 November 2017

Crafty Catz Challenge Blog - Anything Goes with the optional twist of Beartastic- Sponsor Melonheadz

Hello again My Crafty Blog Friends

I am back again. I do hope that you have a wonderful weekend. As usual we will have a busy weekend ahead of us.

Just now the new challenge has started on the Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge blog the sponsor this time is Melonheadz and the theme is Anything Goes with the optional twist of Beartastic that means to feature a bear in your make. This time the Design Team used their own images.


I started by creating a background with Distress Oxides. I do love the chalky finish these give, 

There is lots of inspiration on the website and a link to the shop if you click on the logo you will be taken there. 


I have had this image for some while it is from Morgan's Art World and is called Ted it is still available HERE. The image was coloured with Promarkers. 


The flowers I found in my stash and they were white. I sprayed them with ink to change the colour,   a lot of mess was made. 


This is a really useful Tattered Lace die. This time all the dies I used were from Tattered Lace. 


I was rather pleased with how this card turned out. 

I would like to enter challenge 22 at Morgan's ArtWorld.

Have a great weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Emerald City Crafts Challenge Blog - Challenge 5

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

I will start with an apology. I will be posting twice today. Two of the Design Teams I am on coincide today. It happens once a month. I know I made a statement about not blogging so much and I don't seem to be sticking to it.  Design team commitments often come at the start of the month.

Back to business. The new challenge starts today on the Emerald City Crafts Challenge blog it is our fifth challenge and the theme is always Anything Goes.


Linda has many wonderful things on her website. If you click on the logo you will be taken there. 




I used a collection of Creative Expressions dies to make an embellishment that reflected the flower spray from the image. 


This is a stamp from IndigoBlu. I was really lucky and picked it up in a sale for 50p. 


I hope you have a wonderful weekend. We might be going to the NEC craft show on Sunday I won a ticket just one and there is all the travel and parking costs to think about. 


Happy Crafting.

Hugs Jackie

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