Tuesday 31 March 2015

White Rabbit

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

We are getting closer to Easter and I still have two days at work to go, school doesn't finish until Thursday. How are your Easter plans going?

I made this card for my cousin's daughter who is appearing in a youth production of Alice in Wonderland. We are going up to Suffolk to see the show on Saturday but I have posted the card as I wanted her to get it for the first one of the run.

I ordered some Visible Image stamps recently and this one just popped into my basket it was so right for what I wanted. I started with a 7" x 7" black card blank. I made the background by stamping the Tick Tock stamp that came with the rabbit with CS Perfect Medium and heat embossing it with white detail powder. Then I took the believe from the free set of Visible Image  stamps that came with Craft Stamper magazine last Christmas this was heat embossed with gold powder. The ribbon came from my stash.

The white rabbit was stamped with CS Perfect medium and then heat embossed with a black sparkly embossing powder. I coloured him with Promarkers and I inked round him with Distress ink the image was protected  with a mask while this was done. Glossy Accents was used on the clock face. I love using Glossy Accents and creating my own embellishments.  

I hope she likes the card. We are looking forward to seeing the show and catching up with some of our family at the same time. After we will drive all the way home so that we can have Easter Sunday with our daughter and her boyfriend.

We are quite busy over the Easter holiday I fear my little blog will be a bit neglected. So I will take this opportunity  to wish you all a very Happy Easter.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Sunday 29 March 2015

Gorjuss Birthday card

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you are having a fantastic weekend. We are having a quiet day today after all the excitement of shopping yesterday. I am pleased to announce that our daughter got a very smart interview outfit. We remembered to change the clocks, did you?

This is my Design Team card for the Scribble and Scrap Challenge Blog. The challenges are always anything goes so why not join us for some fun and there is a small prize.

Since having a tidy up of my crafty stash I  have rediscovered all my Gorjuss images and decoupage sheets. My daughter has two lovely rabbits and I think this will make a wonderful card for her. 

This image was from one of the  decoupage sheets I found. I like using gel glue to make up decoupage as I feel you can shape the pieces more effectively. 

The butterflies were made with one of Sue Wilson's dies. I added butterflies to the design as the backing paper has beautiful butterflies all over it. 

The heart was die cut  from the backing paper and covered with  CS Glossy Accents to make it into an embellishment. All the buttons I used were from the Gorjuss range. 

Sentiment was cut with a Signature die but is was cut to make it less fancy and to fit the space. 

I hope you have a wonderful day and that you  get some time to craft. 

Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie

Saturday 28 March 2015

Easter Lilies

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you have had a good week. Well the weekend is here now. We are going interview clothes shopping with our daughter as she has some interviews coming up. It will lovely to spend some time together. Don't forget about the clocks going forward an hour tonight.

This is my Design Team card for the Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog this time the theme is Easter.

I started by cutting the aperture in the top mat of some stamping card, with a Sizzix thinlet die . Then I stamped the lilies from the Easter Lilies set by Heartfelt Creations in black archival and heat embossed them with a clear sparkly embossing powder.

I coloured the lilies with Promarkers.

I stamped the crosses from the same set  of stamps  as the lilies onto the piece of card that was cut from the original mat. I made a few  masks so that I could  ink round the crosses with Distress ink. The mat with the lilies on was  put on to some mounting foam so it was slightly raised. This meant that  the crosses could be sunk  into the aperture.  The black frame  was made using  two of the Sizzix thinlet dies from the same set I used to make the aperture.  

Happy Easter was stamped with a Clarity Stamp with CS Perfect Medium and heat embossed with a gold embossing powder. 

I have only recently started using Heartfelt Creations stamps I must say I am very impressed with the quality. I hope you have a great weekend. 

Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie

Thursday 26 March 2015

Easter Wishes

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

Here we are Thursday afternoon one more day and it is the weekend. I must remember that clocks go forward an hour, it always takes me by surprise.

I made this card for my friend  to go with a small Easter gift  she collected them this afternoon. I hope she likes them.

This is quite a small card just 6" x 6".

The image came from one of last year's Easter cards I just cut it to the size I wanted with a die and I inked around the edge. 

I have a beautiful daffodil stamp by Heartfelt creations I used it to create the background I stamped it with CS Perfect Medium and then heat embossed with a gold embossing powder.

The ribbon I had in my stash and the sentiment was stamped with a Clarity Stamp.

I used a lot of Snippets to make this card, I do have a never ending supply, I would like to enter Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 169. 

I hope your Easter plans are going well. I think I know what we are doing now but anything could change. 

Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie

Tuesday 24 March 2015

A Sailing Ship Birthday Card

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How has your week been so far? We aren't even half way yet. I can't believe how close we are to Easter it  only a couple of weeks away.

My friend asked me to make this card for her husband after she saw the Save the Date cards I made recently. Her husband is making a sailing ship that comes in weekly parts.

I started with the background I have a set of nautical stamps and I used these to stamp and heat emboss in silver and clear. Then I used three shades of Distress ink to ink over the embossing. 

The background for the ship was cut from a real map and then inked round the edge. I cut the ship three times in brown, white, red and blue using a Signature die from Joanna Sheen. I kept the brown as my base then I cut the relevant bits from the other colours to stick over the top. I also hand cut some black card to go behind the ship to highlight the details. 

I cut the ship's wheel to fill in a space.

I have used this Happy Birthday stamp quite a bit lately it fits so well with the dies.

I do like how this turned out. Making it kept me busy while I waited for the man to come and fix our cooker. It is all sorted now.

I hope the rest of the week is kind to you and that you are able to fit in some crafting. 

Hugs Jackie

Sunday 22 March 2015

Cute LOTV Mermaid

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How has your weekend been? I spent yesterday making cards and today we have been in the garden tidying up. It was lovely and sunny today it was a shame it was so cloudy on Eclipse day meaning that we didn't get to see anything. The television coverage was good and I have enjoyed seeing other people's photographs.

I ordered some LOTV toppers for some cards I need to make soon and this cute little mermaid just popped into my basket. She arrived on Saturday and I just couldn't wait to use her.

I made the background by stamping the bottom of the card with a Sheena stamp that I got free with a magazine. Then I used CS Pearl White PVA glue and CS Blue Sparkle Glue to make dots around where the image would be placed. 

I stamped the image with Cobalt Archival and heat embossed it with CS Clear Fine Detail embossing powder. I then coloured the image with my Promarkers. I cut the image out with a die and I used Distress  to ink through the die to leave a white edge around the outside. I put some pearl PVA on the bubbles to add some texture.

This LOTV stamp came free with another magazine sometime ago. Though it has flowers on it this is the only round sentiment that I have and I wanted a round one.

She is so cute I have already got some other ideas for how to use her. I hope you all have a good week and that you find some time to craft. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Friday 20 March 2015

Gorjuss Birthday Card

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your weekend shaping up? I wonder how many of you are at the NEC? If you are I hope you are having a wonderful time and not spending too much money. We are staying home having a quiet weekend catching up on a few jobs.

This the  birthday card I have made for my cousin. We will actually be seeing her on her birthday as we are going all the way to Lowestoft to see her daughter in a production of Alice in Wonderland before rushing home to collect our daughter and heading home for Easter. Her boyfriend will be joining us for Easter Sunday  and they will both be sewing. They make cosplay costumes for conventions. When they have something finished I will share it here on my blog.

The upside to having  a sort out is that you rediscover things in your crafty stash that you had forgotten that you had. Hence the Gorjuss decoupage image that I found to use on this card. The image determined the colour scheme of the card. I found a beautiful paper in my stash. The ribbon was in my stash too I liked the stripes, like the stripes on her stockings, unfortunately there wasn't enough for a bow. 

I stuck the base image to a small piece of the backing paper and then I made a frame for the image. I decorated the frame with some die cuts from a Tattered Lace mini die that I received today. There is an offer in the April issue of Making Cards  magazine to get five Tattered Lace mini dies you just have to pay the postage of £2.95. The little heart I cut from the paper round the image with a small heart die. 

I made the flowers with the Sue Wilson Delicate Daisy dies. The leaves were cut with the Sue Wilson Faux Quilled leaves. I have given in and ordered one of those tools Spellbinders sell that get all the little bits out of the dies as I do find this rather tedious.  

I do hope you have a great weekend and that you find some craft time. I am planning to do a bit on the wedding invitations. 

Happy Crafting.

Hugs Jackie

Wednesday 18 March 2015

Dusky Pink and Dusky Blue Wedding Card

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

Here we are half way through the week I hope it is working our well for you. I fitted in some crafting yesterday. Having some of my crafty stash organised in the new unit does make things easier. Now I want some more storage for the rest of my bits and pieces.

My daughter has been invited to a wedding and she asked me to make a card for the happy couple. The colours I have used are the colours chosen for the wedding.

I used two different embossing folders on the white mats, The ribbon was a one I bought at a craft fair it has a sparkle to it.

I bought the  Tattered Lace mini dies from Create and Craft that were being offered at 90%  and this is one of them. There were 20 dies altogether I think most of them will be useful.

The dies I used for the hearts were originally meant for cutting icing they cut paper just as well. The initials were cut with my Tonic letter dies. 

I do think this card looks vaguely patriotic. My daughter was pleased with it and that's all that matters.

I hope the rest of the week is kind to you. Don't the weeks seem to be whizzing by. I do like the longer days I seem to get more done.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Monday 16 March 2015

Gardening / Drinking Tea Birthday Card

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope your week has started well and continues in the same vein. What a busy week I had last week two Design Team posts in one weekend. My husband made my storage solution on Saturday. Now I have lots to sort out.

I made this card for my dad, with the idea of entering the Challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz this week the theme is Pastimes. 

I found a fun backing paper in my stash and cut it to size. To make the foot print paper I used the Visible Image footprint stamp that came with Craft Stamper magazine last November. I remembered my friend Diane saying they would make good wellie prints. I used black embossing powder to make the footprints look mucky. I used Distress ink to add the colour to the mat. 

The image was a Forever Friends one that I had in my stash. After all the hard work gardening he deserves a nice cup of tea. 

I added the pot plant to show what he has been working on. This was cut with one of my favourite Spellbinder die sets.

Of course he would be sitting under the shade of a tree.

This the corner of the dining room before the storage unit.

Here is my husband making my crafty storage unit on Saturday afternoon. I was finishing my Easter cards while he did this. 

Here is the unit full up and in the corner of the dining room. We do have doors for this unit they will be added soon.  I do have a big pile of stuff that didn't fit so I need to do some sorting out.

I hope my dad likes this card he doesn't often say much. I hope rest of the week is good for you. 

Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie 

Sunday 15 March 2015

New Home

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you are having a good weekend. Of course it is Mother's Day but that isn't always easy for people for lots of different reasons. We are lucky our daughter is coming home for the day it will be lovely to see her.

I have a bit of news  - I am now on the Design Team for Scribble and Scrap Challenge Blog. For those of you that don't know, Lexie, who owns the blog, no longer runs a shop but she is continuing with a challenge blog. The challenge is always anything goes and this is my first project for them. Why not come and join us?

It is quite a simple New Home card and it measures just 6" x 6". I used lots of papers from my stash in fact they came from my very own Snippets Store.

This is a LOTV topper. I cut it to the size I wanted and I inked through the die to add some extra colour.

I cut this pot plant with a Spellbinder die set. I was going to make the flowers purple but then I noticed the red in the topper so the flowers are red.

There it is my first card for the Scribble and Scrap challenge blog the first of many I  hope. I would also like to enter it for Pixie's Snippets Playground - 168 as I have used so many snippets to make it. 

I hope you have a good week. 

Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie

Saturday 14 March 2015

Daffodils in the Spring

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

The weekend is here. Have you got any crafty plans. I am hoping that we will be making my craft storage that was delivered yesterday. When it is constructed I can have a huge sort out.

This is the time for a new challenge on the Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog this time the theme is Spring is in the Air. Nothing says Spring to me more than seeing daffodils in bloom.

I used the Heartfelt Creations set HCPC 3359 Daffy Daffodils. The background was created by stamping the border stamp with 
perfect Medium and heat embossing it with CS fine detail embossing powder.

I inked over the daffodil heads with distress ink the embossing resisted the ink leaving the daffodil heads in white. 

A row of daffodils. They were stamped in Sepia Adirondack ink and  head embossed with CS fine detail embossed. They were coloured with Promarkers.

The sentiment stamp was a Clarity stamp and cut out with a Spellbinder die.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie