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Friday, 14 January 2022

A Cute Robin on a Christmas Card

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How has your week been? On Wednesday we had to get to my parents house early as a hospital bed was being delivered for my mum. We got there at the same time as the delivery driver. It was okay as he was very pleasant and he didn't mind waiting until we had cleaned the room. We also visited my in-laws. My lovely mum-in-law is not doing very well. She was back at hospital yesterday for another blood transfusion. This weekend we are hoping to  visit our daughter and son-in-law. 

I picked up lots of Christmas cards at our parent's houses. Here is a card I made with one of them. 


I just could not resist this robin. I found a backing paper in my stash to use with it. 


I used some circle dies to cut out the robin and it's mats. The sentiment was made with the stencil dies from the John Next Door range. The Holly Corner I added is a John Next Door die too. 


I am starting to build up my Christmas cards for this year. 

Have a good weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Monday, 10 January 2022

My last few Christmas Cards from 2021

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How was your weekend? We had a quiet one as usual. My back is playing up a bit still. So I can't craft for too long and I am working on a project for the beginning of February. I am sorry I have been neglecting my blog. 

Was looking back through my files of cards and I found three that I hadn't blogged. All the images for these cards were drawn by our daughter. 


I often ask our daughter to draw images of our friends especially if they are keen on particular characters. These friends enjoy Star Trek.  

This was the image our daughter drew for this couple's wedding last year. I made it into a Christmas card this time.  


This is the Christmas card I made for my hubby. He challenged me to make a simple card and that is what I did. Though when he opened the card I did have to remind him of the challenge. Our daughter drew the Snowmen for me. 

I hope the start to your New Year has been good. 

I am hoping to do a bit more crating soon. 

Have a lovely week 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Tuesday, 4 January 2022

First Christmas Card of 2022

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

Happy New Year to everyone. We have had a quiet few days. My back is finally starting to feel much better. So I can now do some gentle crafting, Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post of 2021 my favourite makes. 

I was putting away the Christmas cards I was actually inspired to make one of them into a new card. I am trying not to do so much lifting and bending when I craft, that is limiting what I can make to some extent. 

Here is the first Christmas card I have made this year. In fact it is first thing I have crafted at all. 


I used one of my kraft card blanks. The lace was from my stash as was the pattered craft card and the gold mirror card. 


This is the image from the card. I trimmed it down and added a mirror card mat. 


When I need to get going again with my crafting I usually start with Christmas cards as simple ones are still effective. 

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Wednesday, 29 December 2021

Some of my favourite makes from 2021

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

I hope that you all had a good Christmas. We did get to stay with our Daughter and Son-in-law. We had a lovely meal together and plenty of walks with the dog. I am sharing our special family news: in June we will become Grandparents. I still can't quite believe it. As a family we feel very blessed. There is still a long way to go but the signs are looking good. 

My back has continued to be a problem. I have taken to use the laptop standing up in the kitchen, 

I thought I would share some of my favourite makes from the year.  Some of these bring back special memories. 


I have made a few Box cards this year. This is the one I made for our daughter's 30th birthday. I drew the paper myself. This reminds me of not only our lovely daughter but also of my love of doodling. 


This is another favourite design of card. It is a Diamond Point card and there are lots of instructions on YouTube for how to make them. On my blog this has been the most looked at card of the year. 


Here is the Christmas card I gave to my in-laws this year. They are both in their 90s and just recently they have started to need care. It is always nice to give them something special. The card was made entirely with John Next Door dies. 


This twisted easel card was my Father-in-Laws birthday card. He still gets out in his garden every day. 


I have been on the Beccy's Place design team for a long time. I do like using her images. The background was made with Snippets which I like doing a lot. There always seem to be more Snippets. 


Here is a special birthday card I made again all with John Next Door dies. I am very thrilled to be one of his Angels. 


I also love reusing old cards. This image worked so well with the paper. 

Here is the Christmas card I made for our Daughter and Son-in-law. Our daughter has always loved penguins. These are Two Jays penguins. I had fun colouring them and cutting them our. 

This is one of the cards that I made for the John Next Door Christmas box kit. I wrote two articles for the magazine, It is so lovely to get opportunities like this.  


Here is one of my favourite cards I made for Beccy's Place. I do love sunflowers. 


Lastly this is the Christmas card I made for our very good friends (the ones we go on Beatles trips with). Our Daughter drew them for us. I also drew the wreath. I know they were thrilled with this card. I am hoping to do more with our Daughter's images in the future. 

I won't be making so many cards going forward. I have decided to stay on the Beccy's Place Design team and on John's Team of Angels. I will only be making special cards for people in between. I expect I will be blogging a lot less. This was the first year for ages we sent bought Christmas Cards. 

Happy New Year to you all. I do hope that 2022 is kinder to all of us. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Wednesday, 22 December 2021

A Special Card for our Special Friends

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How are all your plans coming together? We are still on track to stay with our Daughter and Son-in-law. Unfortunately I have hurt my back so some of the things we were going to do have put on hold. It could be a lot worse so I am not complaining too much. 

Here is the card I made for our special friends. 


The paper I used has been in my stash for a while. The corners were cut with the Snowflake Corner dies from the John Next Door range. I have love using those corner dies they have appeared on a lot of my Christmas cards this year. 


The drawing of our friends was drawn by our Daughter. I drew the wreath. The two images work very well together. 


Our friends received this card yesterday. We had lunch together at our local garden centre. Needless to say they were thrilled. 

I will take this opportunity to wish you all a very 
 
Merry Christmas 
and a 
Happy New Year. 

Thank you for all your support this year. I will be back next year. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie xxx

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Saturday, 18 December 2021

Penguin Card Pop-Up Stepper Card

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How has your week been? We are just so busy at the moment I bet lots of you are too. I  haven't made much this month. I am hoping things will calm down a bit soon. 

Here is the card I made for our Daughter and Son-in-law. Our daughter has always loved penguins. 

The paper has been in my stash for a while. 


I love the Pop-Up Stepper Card die set from the John Next Door range. The Stencil Sentiment dies are brilliant too. You can make up all sorts of phrases.


This is the centre section. The penguins are the Small Penguins from the Two Jays stamp range. They were coloured with my Faber Castell Polychromo pencils. The trees were made with the Finley's Trees die set from the John Next Door range. 


I put a panel on the back of the card for a greeting. 


They did like their card a lot. Have a good Christmas. I hope we all have a Happy New Year. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Monday, 13 December 2021

A Special Christmas Easel Card

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How are you all doing? We have been busy. Last week we had a few days in Liverpool with our friends. We attended a Bootleg Beatles concert that had been postponed from last year. The other brilliant thing we did was to do a taxi Beatle Tour with Mad Day Out Beatles Taxi Tours. We ended up at Strawberry Fields which now has a Visitors Centre where you can get a cup of tea. 

Here is the card that I made for John and Sam. I used an image our daughter had drawn. I have asked her to draw a few of our friends usually in costumes of characters that they like. We have quite a few drawings of us in Star Trek uniforms.  John and Sam have received this card so it is okay to share it. 


I used papers and dies that came with the Christmas Box kit. I do like making wreaths. 


The characters are Dr Who David Tennant style and Captain Jack. Our daughter colours the images for me. 


They were both very pleased with their card. I have a few more special cards to share. All the rest of the cards are going in the post today. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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