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Monday, 6 April 2020

Feel Better Soon Card

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How are you all doing? Are you managing to get everything you need? We are fine we even did a bit of shopping last week for  two older couples who aren't going out . The delivery slots are so difficult to get. We have told them to get in touch if they need anything else. On a positive note I have managed to get Attendance Allowance for both of my parents. My mum gets the higher rate and my dad the lower. The payments were backdated to when I phoned up and asked for the forms. Every little helps.

I don't know if you are like me but I am finding it very difficult to craft at the moment. If I do manage to make something I am usually not very pleased with it.

A little while ago I made this little feel better card.


I seached through my scrap box and found this background made with Distress Oxides that I had never used.


The banner was cut from a scrap of white glitter card. Both the banner and the sentiment are Crafter's Companion dies. 


The splats/fireworks are the stamen from the Cornflower die from the John Next Door range. I have found that if you layer a 2½ wide strip across the middle of the die you get two small flowers and all the stamen. Because of this I had lots of stamen left over (I still have). I do like how they look on the card. 


Is anyone else doing Barbara Gray's SHAC-Shack? It is at 10:00 every week day on Facebook. You sketch along with Barbara for an hour. I have done all of them and I can't believe what I have doodled so far. I have learnt so many tips and techniques already. The films are on YouTube as well. 

I would like to enter the following challenges: 

Stay safe and well.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 3 April 2020

Winter Wonderland - Angels/Anything with Wings - Sponsor Sherry West

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

Today is our Wedding Anniversary we will have been married for 38 years. We are going to celebrate with a delivered pizza which has now become a real treat. We are also planning to watch One Man Two Governors with James Corden it is on the National Theatre Youtube Channel for a week. There are lots of things online to watch and enjoy.

It is time for the new challenge at the Winter Wonderland Challenge blog the theme is Angels/Anything with Wings and the sponsor is the faboulous Sherry West. 


I had worked on a different design for this image but is just didn't work. The image is so pretty this simple tent fold design is ideal. 

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


This gorgeous image is called "Peace to You" and is available HERE. I printed onto Neenah cardstock and the image was coloured with my Promarkers. Then the image was fussy cut. 


The banner die and the Happy Christmas came with my Crafter's Companion Advent calendar. 


It was a pleasure to make this card the image is so pretty. This is another card for my stash. The pile of  Christmas cards is increasing. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Stay safe and well. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Crafts Galore Encore - April Challenge - Anything Goes.

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

Here I am back with another post. This time it is for the new challenge at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge blog where the theme is Anything Goes. The sponsor is the fantastic Vera Lane Studio. The prize on offer this time is two sets of images of the winners choice.

Our daughter just loves cactus's so when I saw these images I just had to have them.


Sometime ago I used my Gelli Plate to make some backgrounds. This was the time to use one of them. I also used some Spellbinders dies to make the black die cuts. 


There are so many fabulous images in the store. Click on the logo and you will be taken there. 


This set of images is called Succulents and it is available HERE. I was rather pleased with myself I managed to cut the sentiment so it fitted inside the die cut. 


All of the Succulents were printed onto Neenah card stock and were coloured with Promarkers. 


Once each one was coloured I cut them all out. 


I did choose the Succulents that would be easier to cut out. 


Then they were arranged around the sentiment. 


Sometimes at a jaunty angel. 


I did rather like the way this card turned out. I know our daughter is going to love it. 

I had been  wondering on cutting down on my Design Team commitments but right now I am very glad that I didn't.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Challenge 407 at the I ❤ Promarkers Challenge blog

Stay safe and well. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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A Bit More Time to Craft Extra Challenge - April Challenge - Anything Goes

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is the time going for you? I hope you are all well. We keep hearing of people getting symptoms. All the time we are able to, we are happy to help where we can. I can hardly believe it will be Easter soon.

Today the April challenge has  started at the A Bit More Time to Craft Extra Challenge. The theme is always Anything Goes.


For this creation I have used the Gingham Digi papers. As I was printing at home I was able to make them double sided. I bought a copy of Die Cutting Essentials magazine because I liked the basket die set so much. As the papers were double sided this meant that the inside of the basket was decorated. The Decorative panel came with the die set. I did make the handle myself. 

What not join in with our Anything Goes Challenge. Click on the logo and you will be taken there. 


The tag dies came with the Crafter's Companion Advent calendar. The Happy Easter is a Creative Expressions die. 


This basket went together very easily. So far I have made two they are with our daughter and son-in-law. I gave them to them the last time we saw them. I have no idea when everyone will be able to see their loved ones again. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Stay safe and well. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 30 March 2020

Nautical themed Card - Red White and Blue

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How are things going for you? Are you managing to get all the shopping you need? What strange times we are living in. My house have never been so tidy. My hubby is working from home so that gives our week a bit of structure. We are also discovering more about our local area with all the walks we are doing. This week we are doing a shopping trip for an older couple who are isolating.

I made a nautical card for my uncle who is in a home in Devon. The home no longer allows visitors so I decided to send him a card. This is the card that I made with the leftovers after I had finished his card.


The patterned  paper came from a paper pad from The Works. It was this leftover square that inspired me to make this card. 


I used so many dies to make this scene. The circle were cut with the Double Pierced Circle dies from Creative Expressions. Most of the other dies are from the Nautical Scenes die set that came free with a magazine. The little clouds are a Crafter's Companion die. 


I often use candy in the corners of my cards. I have started making my own this means that I can match them exactly to the card I am using. I use the centre of one of the Cogs from a set of dies from John Next Door. I haven't decided who to send this card to yet it is one for my stash. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Stay safe and keep well. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Penguin Christmas Card for the March Rudolph Days Challenge

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How are you getting on? We are managing okay. Going shopping is a bit hairy but we do need to eat. I am being creative with ingredients. There is lots of time to have a go. We have a big puzzle to dabble with. My husband is working from home and I am making cards and needle felting. Hobbies are great.

I love joining in with the Rudolph Days Challenge each month. It starts on the 25th of the month and runs until the end of the month. This is a great way to keep on top of your Christmas makes. I wonder if things will be okay by Christmas?

Somewhere I saw a sketch that I liked. I decided to follow the sketch for a Design Team make but the image I was working with  just didn't work. I went to my supply of old cards and I found an image that I could use.


I chose matching blue papers. When I follow a sketch I like to mat the shapes with black so the design is obvious. 


I chose this penguin image from my old cards. I cut the image and its mat with some Tonic Dies. The greeting is a Tattered Lace die. 


I was so pleased that I was able to use this sketch and that my effort did not go to waste. Don't worry the Design Team card got made as well. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Keep well and stay safe.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020

Cornflower Lattice Friendship Card

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How are you getting on? I hope none of you have this nasty virus and that you can get the supplies that you need. What truly strange times we are living in. I am pleased that we are allowed out for exercise so I should still be able to walk. Recently we walked to our local Bronze Age burial mound. It is so strange that it is there. The mound is unimpressive when you see it but it has been there for a long time. There are some other paths and tracks I would like to investigate in the local area. I also have some seeds so I will be able to grow some flowers.

We wanted to lend a Beatles CD to our friends who are the Beatles fans. I also had a book to lend. So I decided to make a card to go with them. I have actually been finding it hard to craft. Which is strange as there is so much time, maybe that is the problem.


I wanted to make a pretty card with a lattice background. All the dies I used on this card are from the John Next Door range. I cut the lattice three times to make the background. I also cut the Ivy Spray four times. 


I cut the Cornflower die four times in white. I made up the flowers and then I inked the edges with Distress Ink. 


Because we love our friends and miss them I chose to use this sentiment. 


You would not believe how many Snippets I used on this card. Everything apart from the mats and layers came out of my extensive collection of Snippets. It is strange but however much I use there always seems to be more. 

You should have seen us deliver this we rang the door bell and ran away. What strange times we are living in. We did message our friends so that they knew it was there. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Stay safe and well. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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