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Thursday, 19 July 2018

Moving Along with the Times (MAWTT) - Wild Animals

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

Just a quick update. As many of you know my father was taken into hospital last Sunday. He was severely hydrated. He is still in hospital and still on a drip. There is a problem with his heart and he is still rather confused. My mum is very needy and requires a lot of support. We have tidied the house and made sure all the food is fresh. So far we have visited each day and taken my mum to visit my dad. My poor husband is working mornings coming home and taking me to Fleet and then to and from the hospital. We get back home late evening.  It is exhausting. All this is why I am not around much at the moment.

Today the  new challenge starts at the Moving Along with the Times (MAWTT) Challenge blog and this time the theme is Wild Animals. 


As soon as I think about wild animals I go to all the images I have by Pollyanna Pickering. I have the A Winter's Day Decoupage Popper Pad and I like owls. I chose the Barn Owl image from the pad. 


Please join in with our Wild Animal challenge. 


I took one of the sheets and I die cut the owl with a Spellbinders Deckled Rectangle die. Then I cut a black mat for it with the largest die in the set. Then I realised that it would fit back onto the original sheet from the pad. 


I matted and layered and added a sentiment. Card done. 


A nice thing happened  when the girl who comes to do my Sport's Massage saw this card she asked if she could have 5 of them. She is a Brownie pack  leader and she wanted them for her fellow leaders. I have made all the cards now. At the moment she is out in Italy supporting one of the British Women's Cycling Teams. 

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Sent with Love Gerberas and Butterflies

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your week going? As some of you will know my dad has been taken ill and is in hospital. My mum needs a lot of help. The time I can spend blogging and creating is now very limited. I will do what I can to keep up with my commitments. I hope you will bear with me.

Beck to the card. A few weeks back I went to the Newbury Craft show. I knew John Lockwood would be there and I always take him some jelly babies and this time I decided to make him a card. I had just received some of his dies and I wanted to try them out.


This is not a big card. I cut the card blank and I was thrilled that the outer die from the Gerbera Corner Die set had a square die that cut a perfect mat that fitted the card blank perfectly. Then I cut two of the corners out of a paler card stock. 


I found a spotty card in my stash an I used that  to cut the Gerbera flowers. For the butterflies I cut a dark base for them. I found some paper that I had made using the shaving foam technique  and I used that to cut the detail of the butterflies. 


This sentiment comes with the small butterflies die set. I think it is going to be very useful. 


I think he liked the card I know he liked the jelly babies. 

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

I would like to enter the following challenges: 


Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 16 July 2018

Always Fun Challenges - Paper Piecing

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How was your weekend? Can you believe we went to see our daughter and son-in-law to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. Where did that year go? Not long and we go to Malta for the next wedding.

Being Monday the new challenge starts at Always Fun Challenges and this time the theme is Paper Piecing. 


I just love the stained glass dies from Creative Expressions. I knew I wanted to use the Poinsettia one  for this card and I knew I had some great paper in my stash to match,  I just had to find it. 

Our challenges are always fun. Why not join us? 



This die is gorgeous. I cut it in black and left a frame. I had a piece of inky card left over so I covered it with a sticky sheet. I stuck down the black frame. I cut the die is red, green and gold glitter card and placed the pieces I wanted into the black frame. Having the sticky sheet under makes this easier. Finally I covered the left over sticky with Micro Beads. 



As usual I didn't leave much room for a sentiment so I used my go to Tattered Lace die. 


I know I will be using this die again. 

I would like to enter the following challenges: 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Friday, 13 July 2018

Crafty Catz Challenge Blog - Challenge 425 - Anything Goes with the optional twist of Think Summer Time

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors.

How has your week been? I have finally have  the go ahead to complete the table plan I am making for the wedding in Malta. Hopefully I will have everything completed soon.

Being Friday the new challenge starts on the Crafty Catz Challenge blog. The theme is Anything Goes with the optional twist of Think Summer Time. The fabulous sponsor is Di's Digi Store. This time the team used their own images.


Nothing says summer as much as strawberries. I have had the strawberry corner die for a while it came free with a magazine sometime back. This is the first time I have used it. 


Our sponsor is Di's Digi stamps. They have may wonderful images in their store. Click HERE to be taken there. 


The basket of strawberries is a free image from Beccy's Place. I created the background and the sentiment on the computer. 


Here you can see the detail of the die. It did take a while to do all the paper piecing. 


Writing this post I have just decided who to send this card to. I think he will appreciate it. 

I would like to enter the following challenges: 

Have a great weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Not Just Cards Challenge blog - July Challenge

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your week going? I was very lucky and yesterday I had lunch out with a good  friend and today I am seeing another good  friend today. We are all into crafting so it is lovely to see them both. 

I was recently given the opportunity to rejoin the Not Just Cards Challenge blog Design Team. The challenges are always Anything Goes and they start on 11th of the month. This is nice because I can make just what I want. 

A little while back I made a Tri-Shutter card for a baby shower. I though it would be nice to make one of these cards as a proper baby congratulations card. 


I used the dimensions for this card that I had worked out to make my baby shower card. Since making that card I have invested in some more dies for baby cards. The really nice thing is that these cards  fold up small and fit into a reasonably sized envelope. 

The challenges are always Anything Goes. 


This shows what the card looks like from above. This type of card looks very cool on display. Although it takes a while to make all the mats and layers they are all squares and rectangles and therefore easy to cut. The really fun bit is working out the decorations. 


On of our nieces is expecting her first baby in October. Obviously I don't know if she is having a girl or a boy. So there might just be a girl version of this card that I will be sharing later on.

I would like to enter the following challenges:
The challenge starting 10th July at the TTCRD Challenge 
Challenge 149 at the Creative Fingers Challenge blog
Challenge 100 at the Dies R Us Challenge blog
Challenge 214 at the Crafting from the Heart Challenge blog

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 9 July 2018

Always Fun Challenges - Anything Goes

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How was your weekend? I hope you did something nice. We went to the Newbury Papercraft show which is relatively close for us. Then on Sunday we went to the cinema to see a Digitally remastered version of Yellow Submarine at the cinema with our Beatles mad friends. It was lovely to see it on the big screen and it is always good to be with our friends,

The new challenge starts at Always Fun Challenges and the theme is the ever popular Anything Goes.


This is the card I gave to our daughter for her birthday. I did end up making her two. 

The challenges are always fun at Always Fun Challenges


This image was free from  Aurora Wings called Lilac Sprite. She was printed onto Neenah card and coloured with Promarkers. Then she was cut out with the ScanNCut. 


I used the corner dies from the Sandwich Box die set from John Next Door. 


Our daughter loved this card. 

I would like to enter the following challenges: 

Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 6 July 2018

Crafty Catz Challenge blog - ATG with the optional twist of Summer Fun

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How has your week been? It has just been so hot. I do find it hard to get on with jobs. My laptop gets very hot which makes it hard to use in the hot weather. On the plus side I have been able to test clothes that I am taking to Malta to see how comfortable they are in the heat.

I am hosting the new challenge that starts at the Crafty Catz Challenge blog the theme is Anything Goes with the optional twist of Summer Fun. The fabulous sponsor is Paper Shelter.


The backing paper at the backing was an old one from back when I made a card for the long gone Quick Cards Made Easy magazine. I added bunting at the top made with Tattered Lace dies. 


Our fantastic  sponsor has wonderful images in the store. If you click on the logo you will be taken there. 


This image is called Summer Attitude and she is available HERE. There seem to be quite a few images on sale at the moment including this one. I found an image to use as a background and I used the pre-coloured image from the set. 


I have been asked to make a tropical themed wedding card and I bought the Tim Holtz Tropical Sizzix die set for that card. It was so good to be able to try our the dies on this card as they fitted with the image so well. 


The trees, flowers and leaves all came with the same die set. 


Watch out for a  tropical themed wedding card in the future. It would be so lovely if you could join in with the challenge at Crafty Catz. 

I would like to join in with the following challenges; 

Have a great weekend. 


Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie
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