Friday 30 January 2015

In the Pink for Mother's Day

Hi My Blog Friends

I hope you are all set for a  great weekend and have survived the earth tremors and the snow.  We are going to Brighton for the weekend, I am posting this just before we set off, I hope the weather is kind to us. Of course I will be checking out all the craft shops in the area as today is pay day.

This is another project in my quest to keep ahead of my card making - a Mother's Day card. I saw a card on Sue Wilson's Blog  where she had used a border die to create a background and I decided that I would have a go.

I cut the border six time making sure that I embossed them each time so that the die cuts had all the gorgeous detail. I cut all the mats I wanted and the final one was some patterned paper from my stash.

The patterned sheet was covered with a double sided sticky sheet cut to fit. Then after some juggling I arranged the border die cuts down the sheet over lapping them slightly.They did overlap the sheet and needed trimming. Once they were stuck down I covered the whole thing with CS Glitter Jewels Diamond Sprinkles and rubbed it into the exposed sticky sheet so no stickiness was left.

I made the tag by cutting some matching paper and cutting up a sentiment cut with a Signature die.

I made the flower with some more of my Sue Wilson dies, they do make pretty flowers. A flat backed pearl was added to the centre of each flower. 

 It really does sparkle when it catches the light. I will be working on the Save the Date cards soon that's if I ever get round to ordering the card.

I hope you have a great weekend.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Tethered Hearts Wedding Anniversary Card

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

We are half way through the week I do  hope you are having a good one.  It will be pay day soon which means there will be some money to spend on Craft goodies soon.

I am trying to get ahead of my card making projects this year so I can concentrate on the wedding invitations I will be making for our niece and her partner. This is why I have made my husband's anniversary card already - our anniversary is in April.

I started, as I often do, with an 8" x 8" card blank. I found some patterned paper in my stash that I inked around the edge. I used blue and white card also from my stash to make the rest of the card. 

This shows the top detail of the Tethered Hearts die from Sue Wilson.  You can see that I cut mats for the die cuts in alternate colours to help show the detail of the die. I do think this die is so good for wedding and anniversary cards. 

This centre panel was cut with another die set by Sue Wilson. The sentiment was cut with dies  from Brittania.

There you have it an anniversary card for my husband. I hope he likes it and that I remember where I have put it when I need it.

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Monday 26 January 2015

Butterflies and Fairies

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you had a good weekend and that the start of the week has been kind to you. At the weekend we visited our niece and her fiance to talk about wedding stationery. We have come up with a plan and I will be making most of the stationery for their wedding starting with some Save the Date cards. I am  excited about this but it is a big undertaking.

I was having a play with some stamps, that came free with Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine issue 138 featuring butterflies and fairies, and this is the result.

I would like to enter  the current challenge on the Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog #28- Fairy Nice! I would also like to enter it for the Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 161.

This card started with a 7" x 7" black card blank, I cut an aperture in the top coconut white mat,  I embossed this mat before inking it. 

I stamped the fairy with black archival and  heat embossed it with a clear powder that has a touch of sparkle. The image was cut with the same die I used to cut the aperture and then I inked it with the same inks I had used on the mat.


I made the flower by die cutting felt, the first type of felt I used wouldn't work with the thin dies I was using. The layers of the flower were held together with Pinflair Gel glue. For good measure I put a small dazzler in the centre of the flower. I didn't have the green I wanted for the ivy leaves so I cut them in white and inked them to be the shade I wanted them to be.


The butterfly was cut with a Sue Wilson die, I cut the mat for the butterfly to help the butterfly to stand out. 

I haven't added a sentiment yet I will do that when I decide who this card will be for.

Have a great week.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Friday 23 January 2015

Valentine Heart

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

Well this is the end of the week - bring on the weekend and a couple of days of not having to get up.

Do you remember that I managed to sell my husband's Valentine's Day card meaning that I needed to make another one. I thought I would try a different design this time.

I wanted to use similar materials to my first card.  I had my new Grand Calibur so I was able to do some A4 embossing again and I took the opportunity to use my Heart Lattice embossing  folder for the background.

I like this stamp that came from Clarity Stamps. I stamped it with CS Perfect Medium and heat embossed with CS White fine detail embossing powder. 

I hope you have a great weekend. We are visiting our niece and her partner to talk wedding invitations. I have made a few samples to show them after our discussions in November.

Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie

Wednesday 21 January 2015

Butterflies and Brads

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

We are half way through the week and I am already looking forward to the weekend. How is your week going?

I made this card for the Challenge at the Butterfly Challenge Blog, this time it is Challenge 22 Butterflies and Brads.  I used lots of Snippets to make this card so I would like to enter the challenge at Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 160.

As the challenge involved brads I started off by looking through my stash to see what I could find. I was delighted to find four small flower brads in two colours and that set the colour scheme for the card, you can see them in the corners.

Everyday I have a peek at Sue Wilson's blog and I remembered that she had made a card using this technique that is where my inspiration came from. 

I cut the apertures with the  Sue Wilson die set  Magical Butterflies I love how they put detail around the edges of the aperatures. The little butterflies were cut with the smallest die from the set.

I stamped the back images with Black Archival and heat embossed them with CS Clear fine detail embossing powder. Then I inked the images with several shades of distress ink. I moved the images around behind the apertures until I was happy with the effect before I stuck them in place.

The sentiment was cut with a Signature die. I was really pleased with how the card turned out. 

I hope the rest of the week is good for you.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Monday 19 January 2015

Pop-up Box Card for a 16th Birthday

Hi My Blog Friends

I hope you had a good weekend. We managed to get so many jobs done which was very satisfying,   my husband's back is better and we are cold free. Our daughter moved the last of her stuff out and this made it easier to get lots sorted. I am very keen to buy some craft storage in an attempt to tame my ever growing stash.

The card I am sharing today was another commission I do seem to be getting more commissions lately. It would be nice to be in the position to be able to fund my hobby.

It is quite a large card having been made from an A3 sheet of card which was scored on my Hougie board.

The flowers were punched,  the numbers were cut with some X-cut dies and the butterflies with a Sizzix die.

All the other mauve panels were embossed but I don't seem to have photographed them. I kept the front panel flat to take the sentiment which was made with a  Signature die and some tonic letter dies. I was very pleased that the name fitted on the panel.

This photo shows the slats across the box and how I arranged the elements once they were attached to strips of acetate. Of course it all packs flat to fit an envelope.

I did promise that if everything worked out with our daughter's rabbits I would share a picture of them. Well the good news is that everything seems fine and they are getting on well.

Aren't they cute and they are very affectionate with each other. We were helped hugely by CottonTails Rescue in Westbury, Wiltshire

I hope you have a good week with lots of crafting. 

Hugs Jackie

Friday 16 January 2015

Vintage Birthday Card

Hi My Blog Friends

How has your week been? I work in a school and on Tuesday we got the dreaded call and on the next two days we had an Ofsted inspection. We won't know the outcome until next week. I do hope that you had a better week.

I don't usually do Vintage but I found this beautiful image in my stash so I thought I would have a go. On the Crafting Musketeers Blog their monthly challenge (21) is hats or Valentine so I thought I would enter.

Isn't she cute and isn't that a big hat? The card blank I used was 8" x 8". I cut an aperture in the coconut white card and then I embossed it and inked the edges. All the dies I used were Sue Wilson dies.

Just a close up of the image. I know just who I can send this card to she loves all things vintage.

Here is is the detail of the flowers. There are four layers to each flower and they were inked with Walnut stain Distress ink I added a flat back pearl to the centre of the flowers.

I am so glad it is Friday. I hope you all have a great weekend.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Wednesday 14 January 2015

A Card for an Ordination

Hi My Blog Friends

I hope you are all well and that the weather is being kind to you. Right down here in the south we haven't  had any snow so far but it is wet.

The curate at our church asked me if I would make a card for her friend who is being ordained soon. This is the design I came up with, I must say she was very pleased with the result.

The background card was embossed at my friend's house as I still didn't have my Grand Calibur.

The cross is from a Spellbinders set and I cut it twice once in gold and once in brown and offset them slightly.

I embossed the mat  and added pearls made with CS Pearl PVA glue. I left this to dry before I assembled the rest of the card.

The ivy was cut with a Sue Wilson die. It is a two die set and I cut each die twice in cream and twice in gold and I offset the gold and the cream like I did with the cross.

I wasn't sure whether to add the Congratulations or not but as you can see I decide I would.

Look what eventually turned up this week. I haven't used it yet but I will be I have so missed the embossing. I pre-ordered it at the beginning of November I am very pleased it is here now.

So there you have it. I seem to be getting quite a few commissions at the moment. I even managed to sell my husband's Valentine's card - I am a bad wife. I will have to make him an even nicer one.

Enjoy the rest  of the week.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Monday 12 January 2015

A Quick Thank You Card

Hi My Blog Friends

I hope you had a great weekend. We took our daughter to collect her rabbit and it's new friend from where they had been staying to become bonded. All the signs are looking good and they seem to get on well. When we are completely sure everything is OK I will share some pictures with you. The new rabbit is a little sweetie so I hope it does work out.

I received an extra Christmas present when I got back to work meaning that I needed an extra thank you card. This is what I came up with and it is made entirely of scraps making me very happy. I would like to enter it for the challenge on Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 159.

Even the card blank was made from some card in my stash. The die I used was a Spellbinders label die. I cut two for the centre and another two to cut the corners all in black card.

This shows the detail of the corner and the lovely paper which has added sparkle.

The sentiment was also cut with a Spellbinders word die set and I added some CS Pearl PVA glue dots. I was very pleased with the end result. For me it is quite a small card being 5" x  5".

I hope you have a great week and manage to do lots of crafty things.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Friday 9 January 2015

An Early Valentine's Day Card

Hi My Blog Friends

Everything is back to normal at our house we are all back to work and we mostly seem to be fit and well.  How are you all getting on?

This is the Valentine's Day card that I have made for my husband. I got this done early as I have some wedding invites to make in the next few weeks as well as a couple of commissions I have picked up a long the way.

I used a Clarity stamp to create the background and the focal element of this card. I stamped the All You Need is Love stamp with CS Perfect Medium and heat embossed it with White Fine Detail embossing powder. 

I cut the stamp out with one of my heart dies and to get the black mat I drew round the outside of the die and cut that out by hand,

There you have it all done and dusted and I know it is there when the time comes. I hate  making things in a rush it never ends well.  I did feel a bit guilty about the Christmas card I made him because it came from a kit. This one is a bit more creative. 

I hope your weekend goes well. We are off to pick up a couple of rabbits tomorrow, for our daughter, if all goes well I will post some pictures soon they are very cute. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Wednesday 7 January 2015

Where has all the time gone?

Hi my Blog Friends

I can't believe we have already got to January 7th. I haven't had much time to craft during the Christmas and New Year holidays. Hopefully things can start getting back to normal now we are all back to work in our house.

We had some very happy news just after Christmas, two of our close friends announced their engagement. Of course I wanted to make a card for them.


This tent card started with  a Kraft card  8" x 8" card  blank.  I  made the pink mat at a friend's house using Distress ink on a Gelli plate one day when we were having a play. I thought it went well with the turquoise paper I had in my stash.

The hearts were cut with a Spellbinders die. I cut and inked two hearts for the background from a patterned  paper which was then covered with a double sided sticky sheet and sprinkled with Cosmic Shimmer Micro Beads.

This is the inside I inked through a mask I had a mat in the middle while I inked  to give an area to write in. All the wording I used was cut with Britannia word dies.

I do hope that your new year has started well and continues as such.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie