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Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Weaving with Snippets

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your week going? I have a busy week this week and on Thursday we are going away so that we can attend my uncles 85th Birthday lunch that he is organising himself. Today I will be helping at a Felting Workshop I think we are making bags.

When I made my thank you cards back in January I created background papers for them with Distress Oxides. I made the papers  a bit bigger than I needed. When the backgrounds were trimmed down there were small inky strips left over. Being  me I had to save them they just couldn't go to waste. So until now they have sat in a box waiting to be used. I saw a demo from Maria at Clarity stamps and she was weaving with strips of paper. I just had to have a go.


This is just a small card in fact just 4" x 4". I used the Gerbera Dies Square Background die, from the John Next Door range,  to create a pretty aperture. Then on the reverse of the aperture I stuck double sided tape. I only removed the top of the tape from two adjacent sides. Then I stuck strips going down along one side. Finally I used the remaining strips to weave the background. Once I had finished I exposed the rest of the sticky and stuck the ends down. All the ends were trimmed so they didn't show. 


You can see the detail of the weaving behind the Thanks die. 


I added some of the butterflies cut with the Small Butterflies die set from the John Next Door range. 


I do like to have a few thank you cards in my stash you never know when someone will be kind and you will need one. 

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Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 18 March 2019

First try using the Oakham Lattice die set from the John Next Door Range

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

I hope you had a great weekend. On Saturday we visited our parents. We saw both sets. Then on Sunday we had a free day and the weather wasn't too bad so we went to the Royal Victoria Country Park which is in Netley near where we live. We hadn't been there for years and they have done a lot of work to improve the Country Park. All that remains of a large of a large Military hospital, with its own railway station and landing jetty, is the chapel. They now have exhibits to show you the extent of the hospital and the chapel has been completely refurbished including a coffee shop. Of course we had a cup of coffee while we were there.

When we were at the Farnborough Craft show back in February I treated myself to the Oakham  Lattice die set from the John Next Door Range from Crafts-Too. On Friday I used the die set for the first time.


There is just so much detail in this die set it is beautiful and it cuts well. I think it makes fantastic masculine birthday cards. This is a very simple card using this die I can really see the potential. In fact because I cut it twice I have background that I can use for another card. 


All I had to do was add a sentiment. 


I am building up a nice stash of birthday cards that are ready to use when I need them. 

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Have a great week. 

Happy crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Saturday, 16 March 2019

Butterfly Birthday Card

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How has your week been. I have had a quiet week and that has meant lots of crafting for me. I also discovered that I can walk to our local garden centre where they do a rather nice cup of coffee. It is a bit unusual for me to post on a Saturday but things are going to get crazy busy next week. Isn't life weird.

Well I was making Easter cards and the design I was making meant that there were circles of patterned paper left over. I kept looking at them thinking I should be able to make a card with those. This is that card.


So the patterned paper circles where the start. I made the card 7" x 7" so the circles would fit on. The patterned papers in the background were in my stash. 


I used the Double Pierced Circle dies, from Creative Expressions, to cut extra layers for the circles. This one is decorated with a butterfly cut with the Small Butterfly die set from John Next Door and a Happy Birthday die from Crafter's Companion. I love this die as you don't have to stick the dot on the i separately. 


This butterfly was cut with the Large Butterfly die set from John Next Door. I think these butterfly dies are my favourites. I used them a lot even though I have lots of butterfly dies. 


I was quite pleased with how this design worked out and that I was able to use those circles. 

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Happy Crafting

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Thursday, 14 March 2019

Moving Along with the Times Challenge blog - the theme is Bugs

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your week going? I am having quite a quiet week which is great for catching up on crafty makes of one sort or another. The following couple of weeks are going to be rather busy.

Today sees the start of a new challenge at the Moving Along with the Times Challenge blog and this time the theme is Bugs. By this we mean any type of insect.

I wanted to make an Valentine's Day card for my husband and I found inspiration from a  cushion in Next. I go there often it is an easy walk from our house and they have a Costa. What's not to like?  Any way back to the cushion it had bees and a heart on it. I tried making a felted bee but I didn't like what I made so I bought some dies instead.


For the background I used the Honeycomb Haven embossing folder from Creative Expressions. It seemed appropriate. My backing paper was another inky kitchen roll creation. 
 I added the honeycomb die that came in the Dovecraft Bee Happy Premium Die Collection to the background. 


The theme of this times challenge is Bugs. Even butterflies and dragonflies count. Click on the logo and you will be taken to the blog. 


The heart die was one designed by Leonie Pujol for Crafter's Companion. The Bee Happy came from the Dovecraft set. 


I think this bee die is fabulous and this what prompted me to buy the Dovecraft die set. All the other dies were a bonus. 


My husband did like his card on Valentine's Day. In fact we have only just put it away. 

Enjoy the rest of the week

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Butterfly Birthday Card

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your week going? I hope you haven't been too badly affected by Storm Gareth. Interestingly the next storm will be called Hannah. There was a list of names on the BBC news site. I am having a quiet week which means there is a lot of time to craft. This is great because it gives me a chance to catch up before it all gets busy again.

I was recently very lucky and a won a die set during Holley's month long celebration of 9 nines years since her successful brain surgery. Holley's blog can be visited  here http://holleybarnhartsblog.blogspot.com/
Every year in the month of February Holley gets lots sponsors and she is able to offer  many prizes around the world. I was thrilled when my prize arrived through the post. 


I had a bit of a tidy up recently and I found a stack of foiled card like the one I have used here. 


I won this wonderful butterfly die. The butterfly cuts beautifully and it has a die for a mat under the detail.  I used some paper that I had decorated using the shaving foam technique. I used the Double Pierced Square dies from Creative Expressions to cut the mats for the butterfly. 


I used a Creative Expressions die to create the sentiment. It was cut in purple and some more of the shaving foam paper. 


Thanks again to Holley for my fabulous prize. I made this card for one of my husband's work colleagues who is having a special birthday soon. I have also made a card  for the whole team to sign. 

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Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 11 March 2019

Not Just Cards Challenge Blog - March Anything Goes Challenge

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I hope you have had a great weekend. The wind has been really strong and taken down our neighbours fence that lies between our properties. We did get to the cinema on Saturday and saw the new Captain Marvel film. It was very enjoyable and it is worth waiting until the end of the credits if you are planning on going.

Being the 11th of the month the new challenge starts at the Not Just Cards Challenge blog. The March Challenge is Anything Goes, our usual theme.

I made a birthday card for the lady who runs the farm where our cow is looked after. The farm in question is in France and it is one of a herd on Aberdeen Angus cows. We called our cow Rosie I think she is known by her number in reality. It is a great pleasure to us to be able to say that we own a cow.


I did make one of my Snippets backgrounds for this card. I am rather obsessed with using up my scraps of patterned paper. 



The image I used is from the Farm Fresh Digital stamp set from Beccy's Place it is available HERE.  I bought this set with our farming friends in mind. The background for the silhouette cows was made in Publisher. The Happy Birthday was cut with a Crafter's Companion die.  


I added some extra detail with one of the dies that came in the Crafter's Companion advent calendar. 


I know this card was received safely, along with the wellie socks and sweets, and was much appreciated. 

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Happy Crafting

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Friday, 8 March 2019

Tri-Shutter 70th Birthday Card

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I hope you have had a good week. The weekend is not far away now. Today I will be helping at another Felting Workshop and  we will be making pictures. I wasn't expecting to be involved today but the other lady who helps is unfortunately ill which is a shame. Tonight we are going to the theatre with friends to see Rainman.

I wasn't going to blog today but then I was looking through my files and I found this Tri-Shutter card that I made for a friend's birthday back in December.


I love this style of card. They are rather impressive, they fold up to go in a small envelope and they are great for using all your small dies. The chap in question is the husband of one of my crafty friends. She made her card to him at my house so it would be a surprise for him. This meant that I had a good idea about things he liked. I used a music embossing folder for the backing as he likes music. 


All the scoring was done on my scoring board and I used a craft knife to cut the slits. The colours I used are the ones of his football team. 


I just used small dies to fill in the spaces. It is fun finding ones to fit with the theme. 


I know he liked this card and that he had a great birthday. I might just make one like this for my uncle who is 85 soon. 

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Have a great weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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