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Monday, 18 February 2019

First Play with Fresh Cut dies from Claritystamps

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

I hope you had a great weekend. My shoulder finally seems to be on the mend which is brilliant. I don't want to over do things as I don't want to hurt it again, which I think would be far too easy.

I have a lovely crafty friend who lives near by. Recently she has been poorly and for one reason or another we have not seen each other since  just before Christmas. Last week I went round to her house for lunch.  Being a big Claritystamp fan and she has many of their products. Very kindly she let me have a play with some  and bring away what I had made. When I got home I decorated a card and a canvas.


For the card I picked up the colours for the mats and layers from the paper I had used from the gorgeous Shenandoah paper pad. 


This is the  Birds in a Tree Aperture die. I found some paper in made stash that I thought would make a good background. I cut a piece to go under the die cut and I covered it with a double sided sticky sheet. Then I covered it with a translucent glitter. 


 My plan had been to make the canvas all inky and try to match the beautiful papers. When I made the card I decided that I rather liked the clean and simple look. 


This is the centre panel of the canvas and this is what we actually made first. The die cut for the card was carefully removed from the die leaving the waste in place. The die was covered with a sticky sheet and it was rubbed all over to make sure the bits stuck. The sticky sheet was removed slowly so you could make sure all the bits were attached. Once it was fully removed the  whole thing was dusted with talcum powder to stop in being sticky. It was then stuck to a small canvas board. It did look rather like a coaster. Isn't it just amazing that you can do this with the waste. 


Here are my two makes together. I think I am going to have to gift them to someone as a set. 

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Have a great week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Moving Along with the Times (Moving Along with the Times) Challenge blog - theme A Little Shabby Chic

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your week going? My shoulder has been playing up and I am finding it difficult to craft. Strangely I have more requests to make cards this week than for a long time.

Today the new challenge starts at the Moving Along with the Times (MAWTT) Challenge blog and this time the theme is A Little Shabby Chic. Now this is not a style I usually embrace.


I had a set of beautiful papers and matching sentiments in my stash and I decided to used these to make a birthday card for a friend. I used scissors to rough the edges of the paper and Distress ink to add colour. The small piece of lace was in my stash. 


Why not come and join in with our challenge click on the logo and you will be taken there. 


I used the Sophia die set from Creative Expressions to cut the frame for the sentiment. 


I used the Passion Flower die set from Creative Expressions to make the flower and the leaves. 


Since I made this card I had a request for a 80th Birthday card. So I adapted this card to suit. I will have to make another one for my friend. I do think it is a good idea to make cards without sentiments and then to add them later when you know how they are going to be used. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 11 February 2019

Not Just Cards Challenge blog - February Challenge

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How was your weekend?  Our daughter and son-in-law came to dinner on Sunday. They are going to Washington DC soon and we are looking after their hamster. My shoulder is still hurting me and I am finding hard to sit at the computer for long spells. I will try to keep up with my comments.

As it is the 11th of the month the new challenge starts on the Not Just Cards Challenge blog. The theme is truly always Anything Goes.


I made this card at the request of a friend. The brief was that the card was intended for someone who loves their garden. In the background I used the corner dies from the Sandwich Box die set from John Next Door. I put this over some gingham patterned paper. 

Our challenges are always Anything Goes if you click on the logo you will be taken there to join in. 


This topper was ideal and came from a Hunkydory kit that came free with a magazine sometime ago. I cut a mat for the image with the Double Pierced Circle dies from Creative Expressions. 


I added a 70 in the corner using a mixture so dies to complete it. 


Around the image I placed leaves cut with the Star Flower leaves around the image  I added small Star Flowers and tiny Dragonflies all cut with dies from John Next Door. 


The lady in question received this card some time ago and I know she was very pleased with it. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Have a great week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 8 February 2019

Snippets Thank You Card

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How has your week been? I have been quite busy. Unfortunately I have hurt my shoulder and this has meant that even with some free time this week  it has been hard to craft. So I am a bit behind where I wanted to be with my makes.

I made a thank you card to send to a very special lady who runs the challenge at Pixie's Snippets Playground. I have been lucky and won a few of the prizes that have been on offer over the years. I have a endless supply of Snippets and I am on a mission to use as many of them as possible. I really enjoy joining in with the challenge. Di often makes me smile with her posts and I am enjoy finding out about what Dudley is getting up to. It is such an achievement to have been running the blog for so long.

Here is the card I made using lots of Snippets of course.


I made the background with strips of patterned papers. It is worth keeping all those Snippets to make the strips. I added stars to the design made with Snippets of silver mirror. 


The thank you die is from Crafter's Companion and I used the Refined Rectangle Frame die set to create an interesting mat for the sentiment. 


I do love making those backgrounds with the patterned papers. 

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Have a great weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Woodware Tatty Daises and Distress Oxides.

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your week going? I am glad the snow has gone. In fact our snow had disappeared by Friday evening. On Sunday we got to meet our four month old great niece. She is a little sweetie and we did get a few cuddles. It is so nice to have a baby in the family.

Sometime ago I made a panel using Distress Oxides and the Tatty Daisies stamp from Woodware. It has been lying around on my craft desk for ages. I have finally made it into a card. It is amazing what you find when you have a tidy up.


I know the background is made with blended Distress Oxides that was then flicked with water to make the spots. 


I can't remember if I stamped and embossed before I added the Distress Oxides to the paper or after. I did use water to remove some of the colour from the flowers and then I painted them with Pixie Powers made into a paint with water. 


The sentiment came from one of my sets of images from Beccy's Place. I had printed it and die cut it some time ago. 


This will be a nice flat card for posting. I really am trying not to make so many dimensional cards this year. The postage costs are prohibitive. 

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Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 1 February 2019

Winter Wonderland Challenge blog - Tribute Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

As promised I am back.

The new challenge starts at the Winter Wonderland Challenge blog. This one is a special challenge as it is a tribute to Eileen who was the former owner and Design Team Coordinator who sadly passed away two years ago. The theme of the challenge is Anything Christmas Goes and the sponsor is Dr Digi's House of Stamps.


I knew I had the red snowflake paper on my computer so when I printed the image I printed some to go with him. I added a strip at the bottom so Santa didn't look like he was floating. 



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


This is Eileen she is sadly missed. 


This is the Simply Santa image and he is available HERE. He was printed onto Neenah card and coloured with Promarkers. I cut him out by hand. 


I used the Happy Snowflakes die set from John Next Door. Not only for the sentiment but I added snowflakes all over the card. 


I am quite pleased with the design of this card. It is still nice and flat for posting. I may well make some more cards like this. The Santa is very jolly. 

I would like to enter the following Challenges:

Have a great weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog - February Challenge - Anything Goes

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

I hope you have had a good week and are ready for the weekend ahead. Today I am helping at a Felting Workshop we will be making pots. I just love making 3d objects with felt. On Sunday we might be able to meet our great niece for the first time. I do hope it works out, it would be lovely to see her while she is still a baby, they grow up so fast.

This the first of two posts from me today. I am only on four design teams and for the next two months two of them go live on the same day.

The new challenge starts today at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge blog the theme is Anything Goes and this time the sponsor is the fabulous Morgan's Artworld. The Design Team had some fabulous images to use this time.


So this started life as a tatty pine frame from a charity shop. I started off with a couple of coats of Gesso and then I mixed some acrylic paint to cover the Gesso. 


There are many wonderful images in the shop which is run through a Facebook page. Click on the logo and you will be taken there. 


The prize is the three fabulous images the Design Team used as showcased here. 


I used Cameo 14 she is available HERE.   She was printed onto Neenah Card Stock and coloured with Promarkers. I cut the image out by hand. The background came from the back of my Crafter's Companion Advent Calendar. She is behind glass in the frame. 


I used the Ivy Spray and the Small Butterflies dies sets from John Next Door to decorate the frame once the paint was dry. 


This is the frame hanging on the wall in our lounge. It does look very good on the wall. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Have a great weekend

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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