Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Christmas in the Forest

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? I seem to be getting busier and that is a good thing. My back has improved immensely and that has  given me a lot more energy.

I was so lucky to be able to go to Crafting at Ally Pally again last weekend. I really do enjoy that show. It was a bit quieter on the Saturday probably because of the bomb on the tube the day before. I was quite restrained in my spending and I only bought one die but I wanted to try it out. I did get some other things as well.

 I had this idea for a winter scene. I have been using my Tonic Guillotine for cutting my mats and layers I have been finding a lot easier than my rotary cutter. The moon was just cut from the black with a circle die to reveal the layer below. The stars came from the Star Spray die set from Creative Expressions. Really I wanted to cut the stars from the black like the moon but I couldn't find my star dies. 

This is the die I bought the Santa's sleigh from the Festive collection of dies designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions. 

I used the Winter Trees die set and the Deer Family die set also from Creative Expressions. The snow was made with white glitter card. 

When you come out of Ally Pally there is a terrace round the building and from there you get the most amazing views of London. 

In this one you can make out the towers on the O2.

I am planing to have another play with the new die I have some other ideas to try.  So far I have made 54 Christmas cards. I am really not sure how many I need this year now I am not working. 

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Monday, 18 September 2017

Retirement Card

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

Well that was a busy weekend. I hope you had a good time too. I had a great time at Ally Pally I bought some new bits (it would be rude not to) and I met up with some lovely people. My back was very good too which helped hugely.  On Sunday we went to talk to our nephew and his fiancee, in Aldershot,  about their wedding invitations.When we got home we went to an extension warming . Back to normal today.

My husband asked me to make a retirement card for someone at his work. He gave her the  card last Friday so it fine for me to share it now.

I found the image on an old card. The image set the tone for the card.  The paper was left over from the wedding. The flowery strip in the middle came from the bottom of the card. The die top and bottom of the image is the Ursa die one of Sue Wilson's Gemini dies. 

I can't remember the name of this little character. I am sure someone will know. It just seemed to be a good image for a lady's retirement card. 

This is a Britannia die. I have a few of their word dies and they are very useful. 

The flowers were cut with Petite Peony Cluster die from the finishing touches collection from Creative Expressions. 

The extension warming we went to was at the house of my friend who  is an artist and she runs felting workshops. She asked me if I would be happy to help at these workshops and I said yes. I am very excited and I will be learning a new skill. My first workshop will be next week.  Have a great week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 15 September 2017

Crafty Catz Challenge Blog - Anything Goes with the option of Halloween

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

The weekend is nearly here. I hope you have something nice planned. We are hoping to go to the Ally Pally Craft show at the weekend. I have bought the tickets but I am a bit worried about my back which is still playing up. We will just have to wait and see.

The new challenge starts today on the Crafty Catz challenge blog the theme is always Anything goes this time with the optional theme of Halloween. The sponsor is Lacy Sunshine and the team had images that we could work with. I have agreed to stay on as guest designer on the blog for the next month it was so nice to be asked.

Well if you know me  you know that I don't really do Halloween so I made a fun card with this quirky image. I embossed the background with a star patterned embossing folder then I inked over it with Distress inks.  

There are many wonderful images in the store. Click on the logo and you should be taken there. 

He is rather cute and he is called Franklin Beastie her is available HERE. I coloured him with Promarkers. I added a little heart to show that he is loved. 

This sentiment came from an old card it seemed rather appropriate. 

There you have it my card for the next challenge. It is nice to know that I will be staying on for a while. On another note I have been asked to make our nephews wedding invitations. The wedding is going to be in Malta so that will be a bit different. 

Happy Crafting

Take care

Hugs Jackie

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine Issue 170 Christmas Bonus Papers

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? I had a bad day yesterday I ended up with a migraine they really do wipe you out. So not much happened. Today our daughter and her new husband set off on their Honeymoon. They are going to Florida so it has been a bit hit and miss if they would be able to go. Of course this is nothing compared with what the people have had to contend with over there.

I was sent the bonus papers for issue 170 of Quick Cards Made Easy Magazine and I sent them a card but it didn't make it into print. I thought it was worth sharing it though.

Apart from the card for matting and layering and a gem everything came from the bonus papers.

I did love the image of the cute gingerbread man. 

The snowflake was cut with a Snowflake die designed by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions. 

We seem to be experiencing trouble with our internet. I will try to get round to comment as best I can. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 11 September 2017

Simple Gingerbread Man Christmas Card

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How was your weekend? I hope it was a good one. We had a lovely day on Saturday that started with breakfast out and ended with us receiving the bunnies so our daughter and her new husband can go on Honeymoon. They are booked to go Florida and we all know about the weather there at the moment we will just have to wait and see what happens. At least being here they are safe. My back is continuing to improve.

On Sunday I actually had some craft time. My husband decided he wanted work on his tax form. I set up a meal to cook in the slow cooker that left me free to craft. I have a mixed media project that I am working on  that has to be done is stages. Once I had got as far as I could I made a few simple Christmas cards to the same design. My husband finished the tax form which is good. He is very organised this year.

I really did use a lot of scraps. I found some A5 card blanks with envelopes (which I am going to stamp) and the papers came from my scrap pile as well as the black and gold card. 

This is a stamp from Sizzix and it comes with a matching die. 

I just love this gingerbread man stamp from the Cookie-Cutter stamp set from Stampin Up I have the matching punch. I used my Tim Holtz stamping platform and this is the first time that I have got such a good impression from the stamp. I do like to do a lot of stamping in one go when I have the stamping platform out. 

Meet the bunnies they are staying with us for about four weeks. The house already smells of hay. 

There are five of these cards. They are ideal being small enough and flat enough to post.

I would like to enter Weeks 297 and 298 at Pixie's Snippets Playground. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 8 September 2017

Crafty Catz Challenge Blog - Optional theme Thank You

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How has your week been? I woke up without a headache for the first time in ages yesterday only to hurt my back later when I was sorting out some of my crafty stash. Serves me right for trying to pick up something way too big. I think I was in denial about just how many dies I have and I never seem to have everything I need.

This is my second offering for the Crafty Catz Challenge Blog the sponsor this time is Crafty Sentiments Designs. The theme is Anything Goes with the optional twist of a thank you sentiment.

When I saw the image I thought she would look good in pink. I added mats and layers and a patterned paper to match. 

Crafty Sentiments Designs has lots of wonderful images the store is worth a look if you click on the logo you should get taken to the store. 

This is the  image she  is called Emmi Loo - Just Me she is available from the store. I coloured her with Promarkers and the image and border was cut with Tattered Lace dies. 

Again this is my very useful thank you die that came free with a magazine sometime ago. 

It was good to use my Promarkers again I have been neglecting them lately. 

I hope you have time to join in with our challenge. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Thursday, 7 September 2017

Christmas Rose Christmas Card

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? This is my first week of being retired and really it is not much different to being on an extended school holiday. Some how all the time gets used up. Lots of people did warn me about that. I am slowly sorting through all my craft things. It all got a bit out of hand while I was preparing for the wedding.

I had finished one project and  all these rather pretty Christmas Roses were left over well they were too good to waste.

The piece of green spotty paper was die cut and in my straps and this card was built around it. I used my Double Pierced Rectangle dies to cut all the mats and layers. 

I bought the Christmas Rose die set last year I have only just started using it. The roses are so pretty. I did emboss them to get the extra detail and ink the edges. 

There wasn't much room for a sentiment this is a Tatterlace die. 

I do need to make more Christmas cards. I might make some more like this one the Christmas Roses are just so pretty. I am not sure why I waited so long to use the die set. 

Enjoy the rest of the week whatever you have planned.  

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Unicorn Challenge Blog Second Birthday

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

Good morning. How are you? This is my second day of being retired everything is all a bit weird at the moment I am sure I will quickly get used to it. There is so much that I want to do.

Well the new challenge starts on the Unicorn Challenge blog and it is our second birthday (where did the time go?). To celebrate the theme this month is Birthday and we have not one but two wonderful sponsors Di's Digi Stamps and Fabrika Fantasy.

I had a look in the Di's Digi Stamp store and I couldn't resist this cute image. I used three shades of blue centura pearl card. I made a frame for the image with the Double Pierced Rectangles by Creative Expressions. The top layer was embossed with the Heart Lattice embossing folder also by Creative Expressions unfortunately I don't think it is available any more. 

Fabrika Fantasy have some wonderful images on their site.

Di's Digi Stamps also has some gorgeous image. We are very lucky to have been sponsored by them both this month. 

I treated myself to one of the images from Di's Digi Stamps this one is called Hedgehogs Bluebell Fun. The image was printed onto water colour paper and coloured with my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens. 

I do love circle sentiments they often fit onto a card where others couldn't. This is a LOTV sentiment that came free with a magazine some time ago. I used my Tonic circle dies to cut the circles. 

These bluebell were cut with some Spellbinder dies. 

This is a good time to join our challenge with two sponsors. I am looking forward to seeing all the entries. 

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 1 September 2017

Crafty Catz Challenge - Anything Goes with the optional theme Ladies Day

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

This is my final post of the day - phew. For this month I am the Guest Designer on the Crafty Catz Challenge blog. The theme is Anything Goes with the optional theme of Ladies Day. We had some wonderful images to work with from the sponsor Rick St Dennis.

I cut the image and the mats and layers for it with my Double Pierced Rectangle dies from Creative Expressions. The corners were decorated with the Cottage Garden die that came from Papercraft Essentials magazine. 

Rick has lots of wonderful images in his store if you click on the image you should be taken there to have a little look.

Isn't this a fabulous image by Rick St Dennis she is called Morning Goddess Bon Bons. She was coloured with Promarkers. I hadn't used them for a while and it was good to brush up on my skills. 

I wanted a quirky message and I found this one amongst my Visible Image stamps. 

I die enjoy making this card the image is amazing. 

That is all from me for a while. 

Enjoy the weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Emerald City Crafts Challenge Blog - Challenge 3 always Anything Goes

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends

I am back this time for the third challenge on the Emerald City Crafts Challenge blog as always the theme is Anything Goes and we really mean that.

This month I decided to decorate a tag. I used some lace from my stash and I added die cut feathers and butterflies. 

The bird image comes from the Les Beaux Oiseaux Designer Ephemera available from Linda Simpson Designs. The images come in two different sizes.

Linda Simpson has a new website where you can purchase digital downloads of the ephemera and papers. If you click on the image you should be taken to the store. 

This shows some of the detail of the Delicate Feather Tattered Lace die that I used. 

I do enjoy decorating tags the images and papers make is easy and they are a good way to use up small bits and pieces from your stash. 

Enjoy the rest of the day.

Happy Crafting. 

Hugs Jackie

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