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Thursday, 14 October 2021

A Set of Four Christmas Cards

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your week going? We have had a busy few day. There are still issues with the care we have set up for my in-laws. I am sure everything we get sorted out soon. 

When I have been feeling like crafting I have been making Christmas cards. I find these the most restful things to make. I have done a lot of colouring lately and that helps too. 


I was given some old cards that all matched. They were used to make new cards and I used up lots of off cuts of patterned papers. 


There were lots of scraps left over so I made a Snippets background for one of the cards. 


This was a great way to use up some things that had been hanging around my craft area for a while. 


I actually think this is the first card I made. That paper is so pretty. 


There we have the  four similar cards. I still have more I would like to make. 

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 11 October 2021

Carlin's Card Paradise - Challenge #39 Guest Designer - theme "It Flys"

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How was your weekend? We had a quiet one. On Saturday we had a lovely walk around Cams Bay near Fareham in Hampshire. We hadn't been on a long walk for ages.  The route was mostly by the water. It did make a nice change. In the afternoon we spent time in the garden. There was a lot of tidying up to do. On Sunday we met friends for Sunday lunch at our local garden centre. They do a good roast there. It was nice doing some normal things after a week of sorting out care for our parents. 

A little while ago I won one of the challenges at Carlin's Card Paradise and I was asked to be a guest designer for challenge #39.  The theme is "It Flys". Here is my card. 


As you know I have been struggling to craft. To make this card I got out all my John Next Door dies and my Clarity Designer paper. The frame came from the Forest Frame die set. I used a Clarity sticker for the sentiment. 


It was an honour to be asked to be a Guest Designer. I am pleased that I found time to make a card. Click on the logo and you will be taken to the challenge blog. 


I do like to get my older dies out from time to time. All the dies I used are John Next Door dies and all the papers apart from the white frame are Clarity Designer papers. I added gems for a bit of bling. 


This will be another card for my stash. I need to get back to making Christmas cards. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Star Trek Golfing themed 70th Birthday Card

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your week going? My mother-in-law is back in hospital she was taken in on Monday night during the great Facebook silence. You just don't realise how much you rely on all the messaging services. To keep up to date with my mother-in-law's progress we were using  text messages. She is due out today, the same day as the care starts. She ended up having a blood transfusion as she was so anaemic. Tomorrow we are visiting both sets of parents. It is going to be a busy day. 

One of our good friends is 70 today. Here is the card I made for him. He is a big Star Trek fan and he loves playing golf. At the moment he and his wife are  a cruise. Our daughter was very kind and drew the image for me. 


I used some green glitter card that looked a bit like grass. The stars came from the Champagne Bottle die set from the John Next Door die set. I added the background and the sentiment on the computer. 


Here is the fun image our daughter drew for the card. I just love the expressions on their faces. 


Through the power of Facebook I know that he liked his card and that they are enjoying their cruise. 

Enjoy the rest of the week

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 4 October 2021

Congratulations on Passing your Driving Test

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How was your weekend? We spent Saturday with our daughter and her lovely doggy. Our son-in-law was out helping someone move. There is still a lot to sort out for our parents. Care starts for my in-laws on Wednesday. On Thursday we are seeing both sets of parents. We know time is short so we want to be there for them. I won't be crafting much and I have stepped down from the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge blog. It is a shame but at the moment I am struggling with deadlines. 

I was asked to make a card for someone who had just passed their driving test. Here is what I came up with. 


I drew the L with a Promarker. I cut the L with scissors. 


This a a Tattered Lace die I have had it for ages and it is very useful being a good size. I cut it in silver and black so I could make a shadow. 


The car is one of the images from the Cruisin' Digital Stamp set from Beccy's Place. I place the car on a photo. 


I was quite pleased with how this card turned out. I will be around and I will try to keep up with comments I just don't know how much crafting I will get done. 

Have a good week

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 1 October 2021

Crafts Galore Encore Challenge Blog Challenge #92 Sponsor Hetty Clare Art - Anything Goes

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How has your week been? We have been very busy. The care for my husband's parents is under way. We had a meeting with the Care Company yesterday. There is a bit more to sort out but things are progressing. Also we have things to do for my parents. Last week I did some invigilating it was back to way we used to do it. I am finding it harder to find time to craft. For this reason I am stepping back a little from the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge blog. For the following two months I will just be doing comments I won't be making anything. Hopefully things will calm down soon. 

Here is my card for this month's challenge. I used an image from Hetty Clare Art.


The die set I used around the image is a John Next Door Addition die called Elderflower. 

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


This image is called Smile and it is available HERE. I coloured the image with my Faber Castell Polychromo pencils. 


Have a good weekend. I hope that October is kind to you. 

Happy crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Tuesday, 28 September 2021

The last of my makes with the John Next Door Christmas Box kit.

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How is your week going? We seem to be getting busier and busier. At the moment we are trying to sort out care for my in-laws. They have done so well they are both in their 90s and now is the time for a bit of extra  help. So there is a lot to be done. Fortunately we were able to get petrol so we can do all the driving around we need to do. 

These are the last of the cards I made for the release of the John Next Door Christmas Craft kit. These cards use some of the extra cards that were in the One Day Special along with the Box Kit. Everything proved to be very popular. I have ordered a few of the bits I didn't get to play with before the launch. 


I just love the papers that came with the kit. The papers I used are shiny more like the ones that come in the paper pad. For this card I made a background with strips of paper and then I used the embossing folder from the Box Kit. 


This card is made with the papers and the Holly frame. The corners are from a previous Christmas release. 


I just had to use the Silent Night die with the Silent Night paper. The Holley adds an extra Christmassy touch. 


Here we go tartan paper, the embossing folder, foliage from the Box Kit and the Silent Night die set. 


Final card with the papers the Holly frame and the Silent Night. 

Here are all the cards together. I made 15 cards for the launch shows. I know the other Angels made lots too. All the dies, papers and stamps work so well together they are joy to use. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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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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