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Sunday, 26 September 2021

Cards made with the Papers from the new John Next Door Christmas Box Kit

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your weekend going? We had a lovely day yesterday with our daughter and son-in-law their lovely doggy and their four bunnies. The last bunny has a bit of a back story but he is safe with them now. Our daughter is such a softie. 

I had two briefs for the Christmas box kit. These cards are from the second brief where I used the papers from the kit in different ways. The box kit is released later today on the Craft Store. 


For this card I used some flag dies (I think they came with the Shutter Card die set). I added a tag and some twine. 


Right back when I started crafting I used to do tea-bag folding. This is a tea-bag folded Christmas tree. I used the Presscut nested oval dies on this card. 


Here I used a curtain fold on the paper. I did fiddle around for a while until I got the fold I needed. 

Making these cards was right in my comfort zone using strips of patterned paper. I had lots of strips left after making the other cards. The sentiment was foiled with my Kaleido.


Another pattern made with strips of paper. I made a few cards with this design I liked it a lot. The sentiment is foiled and I used the Remore Die set. 

Here are all the makes together. I really can't wait to see the magazine. If you buy one you will have great fun with it.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Friday, 24 September 2021

Build a Wreath for the John Next Door Christmas Box Kit Magazine

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

Firstly a huge thank you for all the people that commented on my posts while we were away. I didn't realise just how much I needed a break. We did one of the British cruises that took us up to Scotland. On our last evening we saw 30 - 40 dolphins in different groups swimming towards the ship . It was certainly a sight to behold. Everything was still waiting for us when we got home. Not only are we dealing with my parent's care but my husband's parents now need care. As we have experience that is down to us to sort out. 

As some of you know I am one of John Next Door's Angels and I was so lucky to be asked to write two articles for the magazine that comes with the Christmas box kit. Here are my makes for the Build a Wreath article. 


Here is the first card. I used the gorgeous dies that came with the set and the embossing folder and the papers. The sentiment die is an old John Next Door die. I  added pearls and gems and a bow. 


Here is a stamped wreath the kit has some lovely stamps. I cut our the orange slices and cinnamon sticks and added a bit of dimension. I think this card is on the front of the magazine. 


Here is my Happy Hogmanay card. I think this is like saying Happy New Year. The tartan papers from the kit were perfect. I stamped some of the wreath and added die cut elements. 


Here is an easel card using more of the papers and some of the dies. The sentiment was stamped and foiled with my Kaleido. The music papers and the stags are fantastic. 


Using the same kit I made this birthday card. I stamped wreath and coloured the berries with my Faber Castell Polychromo pencils. 


Here are all the makes together. I can't wait to see the magazine. There is just so much potential in this kit I can't wait to see what you make with it, if you get one. 

Have a good weekend. We are going to visit our daughter and son-in-law they seem to have acquired a new rabbit who they might be calling Peter you know Peter Rabbit. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Pop-Up Stepper Cards not just for Christmas

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

I hope you are having a good week. 

Here are the last of the cards that I made for the Crafts-Too Birthday shows on the Craft Store last weekend. 

I thought I would share all the Stepper Fold cards I made. 

Christmas and Penguins. 

Christmas and Gnomes. 

You're a Star. 


A floral birthday card. This cards are easy to put together and can be decorated just how you like. 

Enjoy the rest of the week. I will be back doing comments soon. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Monday, 13 September 2021

Two Jays Gnomes for Christmas and other occassions

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

I hope you had a good weekend. 

I am scheduling this post to show the Two Jays Gnome stamps. Here are the cards I made. 


This is just a simple CAS style card using the stamps. The colouring was done with my Faber Castell Colouring pencils. 

These gnomes are so cute. The trees are from Finleys Trees dies set. I used the Stencil Christmas Sentiments dies for the sentiment. Of course I used the Stepper  Fold card die set. 

Just to show that Gnomes aren't just for Christmas. The  Stepper Fold card die set if very versatile. 


I do like making box cards. It is a great way to showcase the gnomes. 


There is one more set of cards to come on Wednesday. 

Enjoy your week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Saturday, 11 September 2021

Two Jays Penguins Christmas Cards and a Birthday Card

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

I hope you have had a good week. I am not posting on my blog so often. There is a lot going on. My parents both have advanced dementia. They are both at home with the support of a live in carer. As time goes on I am having to do more and more. I have decided that I am going to have a social media break for a little while. I will schedule some blog posts but that is all that will happen for a while. I will see how I feel after a break. 

On Sunday Crafts-Too is celebrating its 22nd Birthday. John Lockwood has two hours of shows on the Craft Store to celebrate. For these shows I got to work with some very cute stamps for these shows. 


Here is a CAS birthday card. These cute little stamps aren't just for Christmas. 


I made another box card. I stamped two sets of penguins for this card. 

I drew the background for these penguins. All the colouring was done with my Faber Castell Polychromo pencils. 

This is a Pop-Up Stepper card. The card lays flat for posting, 


Here are all my penguin makes together. Our daughter loves penguins. I am going to use these stamps to make a Christmas card for her. 

Have a good weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Monday, 6 September 2021

Puzzled Sheep for Christmas

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How was your weekend? We were quite tired after visiting our parents on Friday. For one thing we had to get a two seater sofa upstairs. This was a bit of a feat as the stairs had a bend in them. We didn't home until 7:00 pm and we had a boot full of stuff to get rid of. On Saturday we had friends round to supper which made a nice change. 

On Sunday we had a quiet day and I actually made a card I could blog straight away. Of course it is a Christmas card. 


I was looking through old Christmas cards and I found this one with sheep on that I thought would be ideal. 

I used a puzzle die that came free with a magazine sometime ago. The sentiment is one from John Next Door. On Friday I visited the Art of Craft shop which is just up the road from my in-laws. I even got to look in the warehouse and have a chat with Pete and Jane who run Crafts-Too. 


I still need lots more Christmas cards. I will see what I can get done this week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Friday, 3 September 2021

Who doesn't like Poppies?

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How has your week been? I have been busy with Design Team bits and pieces. So I haven't had much time to make things for me. 

Here is a simple little card I made last week. You know how I love to recycle old cards. 


I found the patterned paper in my stash. The border came from my stash too. I have fallen in love with Crafts-Too linen card. There are so many wonderful colours. That is where the red and green card came from. 


I just couldn't resit using this image of poppies. 


I think this card would be good for lots of different occasions. When I decide where it is going I will add a sentiment. 

I know not so many people are blogging now or leaving comments. I will keep going with  my blog as it is my personal record of what I have made. 

Have a good weekend. 

Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie
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