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Friday, 19 April 2019

First Try with the Foston Fold Die Set

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

I would like to start by wishing you all a very Happy Easter. Where we are the weather is lovely. Yesterday  managed to get a lot done in the garden. We are quite a long way to being able to demolish our old shed. Thank you to all those who offered advice about how to replace it. We are always open to suggestions.

I wasn't sure if I was going to post today or not. Things seem to be going well this weekend  so I thought I would.


When I was at Ally Pally I treated myself to the Foston Fold Die Set from the John Next Door Range from Crafts-Too. This is the first time I have used the die set. My first try with a die set  is usually the most straight forward way. This then gives me a chance to see what else the dies might be able to do.  The Foston die was cut into white card and backed with pink card. 


This sentiment comes with the Small Butterfly die set. 


The flowers were cut with a die in the Foston set. My favourite small butterflies were added. While at Ally Pally I also treated myself to the Leafy Flourish die set. The pattern of the leaves matches one of the panels that come with the Foston set. I am a sucker for things that match. 


For a first try I was quite pleased with how this turned out. Just waiting for the right person to send it to.  

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🐰🐣🙂Happy Easter to you all. 🐣🐰🙂

Hugs Jackie

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Eighty-fifth Birthday Card for Someone Special

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

I hope you are having a good week. Today is the start of my husband's Easter holiday. So craft and blogging time is going to be cut short for the next few days. Though I do have a rush wedding card to make for our daughter and son-in-law they need it by the weekend.

Recently we had a few days away in Suffolk so we could attend my lovely uncle's 85th Birthday celebrations. We had such a nice time and the weather was good too.


I wasn't sure quite where to go with this card, The image I chose to use dictated the colours that I decided to use. 


This is a Thelwell painting it was used on the advertising literature from the National Trust Thelwell exhibition at Mottisfont. This landscape is local to Mottisfont as Thelwell lived in a village near by. I cut the image and its mats with the Double Pierced circle dies from Creative Expressions. The image was sprayed with Spray and Sparkle from Crafter's Companion. 


The sentiment was cut with Happy Birthday Circle die set from Creative Expressions. The numbers were cut with Crafter's Companion dies. 


My uncle liked this card though he did moan about it being large. It was a special birthday so it had to be a large card. 

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Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 15 April 2019

Twisted Easel Easter Card made with the Oakham Lattice die set

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors.

I hope had  great weekend. Last week we were so busy. This weekend by contrast was so quiet but those kind of weekends are great for catching up on jobs in the house and garden. Last year we had an ivy infestation to cope with. This year we have got to do something about our disintegrating  shed.

I made this Easter card to give to a friend. I used mostly dies from the John Next Door range from Crafts-Too.


I do love the Oakham Lattice  die set that John Lockwood designed. I have used it to make a wedding card recently. Changing the colours means that it can be used for all sorts of occasions. There is so much detail in the dies. 


This shows the base of the card I used the centre of the Oakham Lattice die set to make the stopper for the easel. Have you spotted the bunnies they are from a Britannia die set. 


I decorated the card with the Star flowers and the Star Flower leaves made with Snippets of paper and card. . The sentiment is from a Creative expressions die set. 


Have a great week. I can't believe Easter is nearly here. 

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Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie


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Thursday, 11 April 2019

Not Just Cards Challenge blog - April Challenge - Anything Goes

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

I hope you are all well. As promised I am back again today a bit later than I thought.

The April challenge has started at the Not Just Cards Challenge blog the theme is always Anything Goes.


This was a birthday card I was asked to make by a friend for their friend who loves fishing. I used some inky kitchen roll that I had put onto to card for the backing paper.  I created the background and the sentiment on the computer. I wanted to keep the design quite simple. 

Why not join us for our challenge. Click on the logo and you will be taken there. 


This image came from the digital stamp set from Beccy's Place called Gone Fishing it is available HERE.  I have used these images for a few cards for fishermen. It is surprising how many I know. 


I used a Tattered Lace die for the bunting. 


I know Mike was pleased with his card. 

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Moving Along with the Times (MAWTT) - That Spring Feeling

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your week going? I have been fairly busy. Today is a busy day on my blog. Even though I am only on four design teams now it just so happens that two of them start challenges today.

First up is the Moving Along with the Times (MAWTT) challenge blog and the new theme is "That Spring Feeling". Just in time for your Easter makes.


I made a square card with a similar design and I wondered if you could extend the design and make it less cluttered. This way there is more room for the sentiment. I used the sun burst die again. I kept the centre in place and the leaves of the tulips wouldn't have shown up if I had removed it. 


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The tulip die is from Crafter's Companion and the flower pot is a Spellbinders die. 


This sentiment is a Creative Expressions die it came in a set with a bunny and some flowers. 


This is our Magnolia tree. It did look particularity good this in spite of  the efforts of storm Gareth. We get two weeks of glorious blooms and then a lot of clearing up. It does mean Spring to us. 


Here are the different coloured cards I made with the same design. . It will be time to start sending them out soon. Easter is very late this year. 

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Monday, 8 April 2019

Thank You Card

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

I hope that you had a good weekend. We had another really busy one. On Saturday we went to Ally Pally for the Craft show. Of course I bought some new stash and I met some of my online friends. On Sunday we went to Ascot Racecourse for a Cruise Show. This was followed by a trip to West Green House on our way back - you can use your National Trust membership card to get in. It was so nice to look round the garden and of course use the cafe.

Last week I made a special thank you card. It is always good to have some put by.


I used a selection of dies from the John Next Door range from Crafts-Too. The backing paper was cut with the lattice corner die from the Sandwich box die set. 


This thank you die came free with a magazine some time ago. I used the Square Background Gerbera flowers frame die set to frame the sentiment. I did put a dark purple sentiment on top of a pale purple one but when I looked at the card the sentiment didn't show up enough so I put another pale one on top. 


I cut some patterned paper with the Gerbera Flowers die. I just love how you can cut so many flowers so quickly.  Behind the flowers I placed the Star Flower leaves. 


I also put butterflies on the design made with the Small Butterflies die set. 


This one will go into my box until it is needed. I often get urgent requests for cards. It is good to be prepared. 

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Have a great week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 5 April 2019

Winter Wonderland Challenge Blog - theme Cute Christmas

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitor

Here we are at the end of the week again. The weekend beckons. Before that I will be helping at a Felting Workshop this time I think we will be making purses. I am hoping to make it to the Ally Pally Craft show on Saturday. On Sunday the plan is to go to a Cruise show in Ascot.

The new challenge starts today at the Winter Wonderland Challenge blog and the theme (chosen by me as I am hosting this challenge) is Cute Christmas. When I saw the images, from our fantastic sponsor, it really could be anything else. The sponsor is Imagine That.


The I used my own photo of trees for the background. I do like to use my own photos like this. 


There are many wonderful image sets in the store. If you click on the logo you will be taken there. 



The image set I used is called Llama Love and it is available HERE. I used one of  the precoloured llama images and placed it onto  the background I had created. It is so easy to flip digital images to created a facing pair. On the hats I used Fluffy Stuff to create some dimension. There is so much in this set even images that can be used not just for Christmas. 


This sentiment came in the set. I splatted some white paint over the whole card to make it look like it is snowing. 


This sentiment comes in the set too. 


This is the set there really is a lot here and the images are in PNG and JPEG format.


I think these images make super cute Christmas cards. I am looking forward to using these images again. 

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Have a great weekend

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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