Sunday 31 May 2015

Delightful Digi's - Beautiful Flowers

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend in spite of the weather (which has just cheered up here). Yesterday we went to London to visit the Aquarium this is where our daughter had chosen to go to celebrate her birthday. We had a lovely meal in Carluccios and then we went round the Aquarium again. We were all so tired when we came home but very happy it was a good day.

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As you know I am now on the Delightful Digi's Design Team and I set myself a little challenge. My Design Team commitments require me to make two projects a month.  I started late in this month but I actually wanted to make two  projects so here is my second this time a card posted just in time for the end of the month.

 I used images, backgrounds and sentiments from the O-Sew-Sweet collection at Delightful Digi's.

The main image is called Pansies I coloured it with my Promarkers I really enjoyed colouring the image. 

The sentiment was also from the O-Sew- Sweet collection  again coloured with Promarkers and mounted onto a Spellbinder die cut. 

I coloured the central flower from another copy of the Pansies image and I coloured to match the main image I also coloured  some leaves they were cut out by hand. 

Here are a few pictures from our day out yesterday. 

We saw lots of fish.

The jellyfish were very pretty.

This is my daughter and her boyfriend they have just bought themselves a nice camera and they were taking it in turns to use it. 

Here is a reminder of my card. The flowery border was cut with a Martha Stewart punch.

There is a Delightful Digi's Facebook group where you can see the makes by the Design Team and post your own makes which we would love to see. 

I would like to join in with the challenge at Challenge Up Your Life.

Have a great week. It is back to work for me half term is over. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Friday 29 May 2015

Delightful Digi's Field Mouse Journal Cover

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? It is nearly the weekend. We have a trip to the theatre tonight and a trip to London tomorrow to celebrate our daughter's birthday. So we are going to be busy. I do hope the weather is kind.

You might have noticed the new sparkly Design Team badge at the side of my blog. Yesterday it was announced that  I am now a member of the Delightful Digi's Design Team and today I am sharing my first make using one of their images and a backing paper. There is a blog where you can buy the images that you see just click on the picture below.

Everyday I write a diary, I have been doing it for years and years. I decided to buy a journal with a blank cover to decorate myself as decorated journal are expensive to buy.  Well it has been sat on my craft desk for ages waiting. Today was the day that it got decorated. 

It is an A5 journal with a craft card cover. I used the Delightful Digi's Green Quilt from the O- Sew-Sweet Collection for the background. The green of the quilt matched the green of the matting layers I had used. The way the journal opens meant that I couldn't cover the strip at the side, rather than leaving it plain I decided to put a length of lace there. 

For the main image I used the super cute  Field Mouse also from the O-Sew-Sweet Collection. He was coloured with Promarkers I must say he was lovely to colour quite therapeutic . I added buttons again as they went with the sewing/stitching theme. I might really be cured now. Though phobias are never rational it might be because the buttons I am using are new that I can cope.

I cut the sentiment with a Spellbinders die.

This was cut with another Spellbinder die. 

I am rather pleased with the end result and I will enjoy filling it in. I will certainly be on the lookout for more blank journals to cover. 

I forgot to mention that there is also a  Delightful Digi's Facebook Group that you can join to see what the design team have made and share makes of your own. Don't forget to visit the blog there are some beautiful images there. 

I hope you all have a brilliant weekend. I am hoping to do some crafting on Sunday. I do need to finish the wedding invitations. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Thursday 28 May 2015

Back from Holiday

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you are having a good week. I have just got back from a few days in Amsterdam I must say it is a fascinating place to stay. There is so much to see and do.

Today's card I made with a die my good friend gave me for my birthday a few weeks ago. It is the Configurations Petite Arched Adornment die by Sue Wilson. It might be small but it is amazingly versatile.

I must have used it in its most basic form just to make corners. The edges line up  nicely and I was able to cut a square for the centre that I embossed with the A4 embossing folder Bed of Roses also by Sue Wilson. I cut two small squares one of the backing paper and one in white to hold the sentiment that I cut in black. 

Please forgive me I am going to share some pictures from my holiday. 

This is a typical view round Amsterdam there are so many canals.

This is not a working mill it has been turned into a bar. There are only two windmills in the city the others are in the countryside. 

It isn't really the right time for tulips but we did see a few roundabout. This picture was taken at the tulip museum - yes there is such a thing and all the signs were in English so just for tourists.

Do you remember Miffy? Well Miffy is 60 this year and there are many decorated Miffys around and about to celebrate her special birthday. Unfortunately they aren't all in Amsterdam so we couldn't see them all. The ones we saw were very cute.

Here is a reminder of my simple little card it measure 6" x 6" so a small one for me.

I hope you didn't mind me sharing a few of my holiday photos. I hope the rest of the week is good for you and your plans.

Happy crafting

Hugs Jackie

Sunday 24 May 2015

Scribble and Scrap Challenge 45 always "Anything Goes"

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

Happy Sunday I hope you are enjoying the extended weekend, those of you who get an extended weekend. We are setting off to Amsterdam today for a few days. This means that I will be quiet on the blog and on Facebook. I feel like I need a bit of a rest.

This is my Design Team card for the Scribble and Scrap Challenge Blog. Today the winners are announced for the last challenge and the new challenge starts the theme is always "Anything Goes". There is a prize on offer so there are lots of good reasons to join in with the challenge.

I made this card for a special friend's 50th Birthday she is a big Sue Wilson fan. She has had her birthday now so it is safe to share her card. Her family arranged a surprise tea-party at their house for all her friends it was brilliant. I even drank Earl Grey Tea and I liked it.

This card  was  inspired by one  I saw on Sue Wilson's blog.  I liked the effect but  I had to think which of my dies could I use to make the design work. I do have quite a few Sue Wilson dies but nowhere near a full set. The black mat at the back was covered with a double sided sticky sheet and this was covered with CS Glitter Jewels Midnight Snow. I used a very strong glue to hold down the white mat.

Most of the dies I used are Sue Wilson dies only the flowers were made with Spellbinder dies.

I was very pleased with how this card turned out. As it has flowers on it I made a box for it otherwise the flowers would have been squashed.

I would like to enter this for the Crafting Musketeer's Challenge - Use a die cut as I have used so many. I also used some of my Snippets to make the flowers, the ivy and the banner I would like to enter Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 178. I have spotted the challenge at the All Sorts Challenge blog it is their 6th Birthday  that is the theme so I thought I would enter.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the week. I am planning on taking lots of photos on our trip I might share some of them here.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Saturday 23 May 2015

Fantasy Stampers - Wings and Things

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

Happy weekend and it is the start of Half term week for me. I am feeling very lucky we are making our final preparations for a quick trip to Amsterdam, we are going tomorrow. It was all  booked it at the the last minute. It should be an interesting trip.

I am sharing my inspiration card for challenge 37 at Fantasy Stampers the theme is Wings and Things. I love butterflies and I use them whenever I can. This card was made for a rather sad reason we recently found out that one of our close friends has cancer I made this card to show her that we care.

I started by making the mats. The top mat was a cream coloured card. On this I stamped the large and small butterfly from Visible Image with different shades of Distress Ink these were then heat embossed with clear powder. Then I inked over the page with Old Paper Distress ink. Those colours have such lovely names.

For the topper I used some paper from my stash I cut it to size with a black mat. On to the paper I stamped the Inkcognito butterfly stamp, from Visible Image, with CS Perfect Medium and heat embossed it with gold powder. Then  I stamped  the Large and Small butterfly stamps also from Visible Image, onto a scrap of the same paper as the mat, with red Distress ink and then they were heat embossed with clear powder and cut out.  The butterflies were stuck down by their bodies so that their wings  could be lifted up to give some dimension.  

Have a great weekend. 

Don't forget about joining in with the challenge at Fantasy Stampers

Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie

Thursday 21 May 2015

New Home Birdy

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How has your week been so far? I can't believe it is Thursday already. Where does the time go?

Today I am sharing another card that I have made using the paper and toppers from the June Issue of Making Cards magazine. I just love the cute bird images.

This started with a 7" x 7" white card blank. I used some Centura Pearl royal blue card to go between the mats of the papers from the magazine. I liked how there was some gingham in the image that matched the gingham paper. The ribbon came from my stash. Did you noticed I have used buttons again? Maybe I am cured of my phobia.

The images in the magazine are so bright, cheerful and cute. I decided to make it into a new home card it could just as easily be a birthday card. I cut the sentiment with some Britannia word dies.  

This was quite a quick card to make it was so lovely to have papers to hand that matched the image so well. 

I hope the rest of the week is kind to you.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Tuesday 19 May 2015

Tiger, Tiger

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How has your week been so far? I have been busy with this and that but I have been a bit unfocused. We did have a meeting with one of the happy couples I am making the invites for. This means these should be able to finish these soon.

I wanted to make something today and I took a look at the Cardz 4 Guyz blog and they have a new challenge and this one is World Wildlife. I remembered some Kanban  wildlife stamps that I bought a few weeks ago so I thought I would have a go.  I would also like to enter Pixie's Snippets Playground week 177  as I used lots of snippets to make this card.

I chose to use the cute little tiger stamp. The background I had made with Distress Ink on my Gelli Plate  I used a mask to get the pattern.

I stamped the tiger with Sepia Archival ink and heat embossed it with a clear powder. Then the tiger was coloured with my Promarkers.  I used my Spellbinders matting dies to cut out the tiger and the mats.

I used the Happy Birthday stamp again I do like how it works with the dies. 

The other patterned papers were from my snippets box. Did you spot that I used buttons again? Maybe I am getting better.

I hope the rest of the week is kind to you.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Sunday 17 May 2015

Sixtieth Birthday Boats

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How has your weekend been so far? I spent most of yesterday working on the Wedding Invites. I have made some progress but we hit another barrier meaning that we need to talk to one of the happy couples again. I am saying we as my husband is helping me with the printing. We did manage to get out for a coffee though as we often do at the weekend.

This is the card I have been struggling with. It is a commission for a 60th birthday card for a chap from his mum but it was  his sister who  ordered it. I was given the brief of the size which is A4, the colour blue and boats and planes.

The first thing you will notice there are no planes I just couldn't get them to work with the design. I did check that this would be alright. Filling an A4 card is quite a task. I made the background by stamping some nautical stamps with CS Perfect Medium and then heat embossing them with a silver powder. This was then inked over with a couple of shades of Distress ink. 

I made the sentiment  with Spellbinder dies for the shape and Brittania and Tonic dies for the words and numbers. 

These two images came from greetings cards. I used my matting basics dies to cut the images and the mats.

I made this with my Sailing Ship die I used a real map to make the background.

I used these die cuts  to balance the design. You can just about the silver anchor in the background.

I hope the lady likes it I will be giving it to her tomorrow. Today I will be doing more work on the invites.  Have you got any plans for today?

I would like to enter the May challenge at The Crafting Cafe the theme is Around the World. Boats help you get around the world.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Thursday 14 May 2015

A little bird told me...

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

Happy Thursday even though it is rather wet outside. It is good to be able to be inside crafting I don't have to feel guilty for  not getting on with the gardening.

I made today's card with papers and a topper from the June issue of Making Cards magazine. 


I just loved the bird toppers in the magazine. We get Long- tailed Tits in our garden from time to time they come in a group and they are very chatty, in a birdy way. The heart paper came from the magazine and I matched it with bits and pieces in my stash.

This is such a pretty image the colour is my favourite. I cut the mats around the image with my Spellbinders matting basic dies, I find them so useful. 

The round sentiment was created with a LOTV free stamp I got with a magazine a while back.

You won't see many buttons on my cards as I have a bit of a phobia about them. I thought these suited the card so well that I made an exception.

I had a special reason for buying this magazine my card is featured on the readers page. It is the one with the lighthouse on I will be sharing on my blog properly  soon.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the day. I am going back to the craft table to work on a commission that I am finding a bit tricky it is an A4 card for a man. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Tuesday 12 May 2015

Thank You Cards

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

Well the week is rushing by here we are at Tuesday already. I hope you are having a good week. I work in a Primary School and this week is all about testing for the Year 6s. It will be all over soon and they can start thinking about the summer production.

The trouble with having a lovely birthday is that you have to think about saying thank you. I decided to make cards but the design needed to be simple as I had a few to make.

I made card blanks from A4 sheets of card the square measures just under 6" x 6". The patterned paper was from a 12" x 12" paper pad. 

I did start with this design then I decided to simplify it.

In this design you can see more of the glitter. 

The thank you is a Sue Wilson die. I used some of her other dies to make the frame. I used double sided sticky sheet to stick the frame and the thank you to some patterned paper. All 
of this was covered with CS Iced Snow. This gives a lovely sparkle. 

I need to make an apology. Recently I started on the Be Crafty and Craft blog Design Team I had submitted my first card and people were taking part in the challenge. When I got in on Saturday, after my birthday treats, there was a flurry of activity on Facebook. The long and the short of it is that the challenge blog has been deleted and the lady who was running it has disappeared. I am very sorry if you entered the challenge in good faith. It is all out of my control. If I hear anything I will let you know. In the meantime if you hear of any Design Teams needing members I am available.  

I hope the rest of the week is kind to you.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie