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Monday, 25 January 2021

Floral Birthday Card

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

I hope you had a good weekend. Guess what? We stayed home. All I can say is thank goodness for Zoom. We finished another of the online murder mysteries this weekend. We didn't get the solution right again. They are fun though and they use Zoom for the interrogations. 

Thank you for all the kind comments you left on my makes for John Next Door. It is quite fun looking out for your cards on TV. You must never let it go to your head though. I am very pleased to have been given this opportunity. 


I have recently treated myself to some new dies. They too are from the John Next Door range. I had some card left over from another card so I gave this design a go. 


I used the Stencil Sayings  die set. The sentiments are so pretty. I love that you can see the colour underneath. 


I also used the Small flowers die and Star Flower Leaves die set. Some of the small flowers match the shapes cut by the stencil die, I do love how lots of things in the John Next Door range match together nicely. 


I want to try this card design in other colours. Also I think I am going to treat myself to some other leaf dies. 

I have sent this card to a friend for her birthday. I have no idea if she has got it yet. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Thursday, 21 January 2021

John Next Door - Limited Edition Mandala kit - Launch Day

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your week going?  Hopefully the weather will be a bit nicer today. So we should be able to get out for a walk. 

Today is the launch day for the John Next Door Limited Edition Mandala kit. John will be on Hochanda at 3:00pm. I have a feeling this set will be popular. If you visit the Crafting with John Next Door Facebook group , which you can do HERE, there are many examples of how the dies can be used. 

Here is my final card to share with you. I used the kit to decorate a pop-up box card. The instructions to make these are HERE


I realised that the stamped mandala could be cut out with the die. Happy Days. I used papers, sentiments and ribbons to finish this card. I have to say that this was Sam's favourite of the samples I sent in. 


Here is a bonus card. When I have been working on projects there are usually lots of leftovers. I used strips of paper and ribbons to make the background. I had stamped and cut out too many mandalas as well as a sentiment. They all went together to make this card. 

Don't forget to watch John on Hochanda. I am sure to be watching. 

Enjoy your day

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Wednesday, 20 January 2021

John Next Door - Limited Edition Mandala Kit - Day 3

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How are we all doing? Not much has happened since yesterday. Though we did get some post and this included  quite a few things we need to sort out for my parents. My dad has got worse and he needs over night care now.  So I need to apply to get his Attendance Allowance increased. The form has taken 19 days to get here. When I send it back it is going to go registered. 

Here is another of the cards I made with the Limited Edition Mandala kit that will be released tomorrow on Hochanda. This one has a splash of colour. 


I used the outer die from the mandala to cut an aperture in the black card. Then I stamped and heat embossed the black card. I raised this layer up on large foam pads. I choose one of the patterned papers that come in the kit. I used copper card and black card to cut out the mandala and this was stuck to the patterned paper which is below the black heat embossed sheet. I used some ribbon to enhance the design. 

Have a good day. I think it is going to be a stay home and craft kind of a day. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Tuesday, 19 January 2021

John Next Door - Mandala Special Edition Kit - Day 2

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

I hope you had a good day yesterday. We had a walk and we did our shopping after. I did spend the rest of the afternoon making cards. 

Here is another of the cards that I made with the John Next Door Limited Edition Mandala kit. The kit has dies, stamps, ribbons and papers. 


For this card I used all of the dies. Did you spot the corner dies? Some of the paper and one of the stamps. I used the mandala stamp to make a background. This is a larger card it is 7" x 7". For the stamping I use Izink white ink and a transparent Izink embossing powder. I also used some of the ribbon. 

I will be back tomorrow with another card. I enjoyed using this kit. It is available on Thursday from Hochanda. 

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Monday, 18 January 2021

John Next Door Limited Edition Mandala Kit

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How was your weekend? On Saturday I had a really bad headache which really stopped me doing much at all. Though when it stopped raining we did get out for a walk this seemed to ease my head a lot. On Sunday we went to one of our local Country Parks this one runs along by the Solent. There is also a war graves cemetery there. 

Back in November I was asked to be a Guest Designer for the John Next Door brand. I was sent the shutter card die set to use for that. The post is HERE Just before Christmas I was asked if I would like to be a full time Angel (that's what the Design Team get called). Of course I said yes. 

This is my second outing with the Mandala Limited Edition Kit. The kit includes dies, stamps, papers and ribbons. I had lots of fun making cards with the kit. Here is the first one I made. 


I only took one picture of this card. I used two of the stamps and a few of the dies to make this card. The white mandalas are stamped and the black ones die cut. In the background is some of the paper. The pad I was sent had white paper in it too. The sentiment was stamped in white and embossed with a white powder. 

I think this makes are rather stylish birthday card. 

John's shows are on Hochanda on Thursday 21st at 3.00pm and 7.00pm. If you like the kit as much as me there might not be a second show. 

Have a good week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Friday, 15 January 2021

Valentine's Pop-Up Box Card

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How are you doing? I have been doing online shopping. It is so nice when things arrive at the house. I will try not to get carried away. 

I didn't realise quite how hard it would be to make cards for my hubby now he is retired. I have a crafty friend who has had this problem for a while. Now I sympathise hugely. We are meeting for a socially distanced walk later this morning, I can have a chat with her about this and hopefully get some tips. 

Anyway this is the Valentine's Day card I made for my hubby. I kept having to hide it when he came downstairs. 


I made a pop-up card for a Design Team project and I thought it would be nice to make my hubby one.  I do have instructions on my blog showing how to make these. This one is make from an A4 sheet of paper. You can reach my page HERE. 


After that it is just a case of decorating the panels how you feel. I found the heart paper in my stash. I used dies from Tattered Lace. Crafter's Companion and Creative Expressions. 


This is how the card folds up to put in an envelope. 


Not too long and I will be able to give my hubby this card. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Have a good weekend. I hope the weather will be good for walking. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Wednesday, 13 January 2021

Deer Family Christmas card

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your week going? Probably much the same as ours. We do go out for walks and we are still doing our shopping. Other than that it is just staying home and staying safe. 

I have found crafting a bit difficult. Last week I had a focus and a deadline to meet and I managed it. This week it is hard to know quite what to do.  I always start Christmas cards straight away. I have been given lots of lovely old cards and they make gorgeous Christmas cards. So when I can't think what else to do I start making Christmas cards. 


The background is an old card. When I saw it I thought that needs some deer on it. 


This is the Deer Family die set from Creative Expressions. I had the male deer already cut and laying on my desk. I like the pale colour against the background. I had a snippet of the same colour card and I cut the mum and baby to match. 


The sentiment was on the card so I didn't have to add one or cover one up. The snowflakes I added were cut with the snowflake dies that come with the Jane's Trees die set from the John Next Door range. 


I am pleased I have made a start on the Christmas cards. There are always so many to make. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

I hope the rest of the week is kind to you. 

Stay safe and take care. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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