Tuesday 30 June 2015

Delightful Digi's - Christmas Release

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How is the new week shaping up for you? Yesterday day I had a very exciting day first I won a prize on Pixie's Snippets Playground and when I checked Julia Watt's blog I found that I had won a card. I have sent them both my address and now I am waiting for some happy post. That was a good start to the week.

Today is exciting for another reason, there is a new release of Christmas images on the Delightful Digi's blog. There are some beautiful images to choose from and there are coordinating backgrounds too.  Click on the link and you will be taken to the blog to see what is on offer.

I started with a 7" x 7" red card blank. I cut all the layers with 1/4 inch increments. For the background I used the Poinsettia background in red. Once I had made all the layers there was a big strip of background left. It was too pretty not to use so I put it across the card layering it up to match the rest of the card,

The image is  called Poinsettia. I love red Poinsettias in fact I have one in the kitchen every Christmas last year's is still there but it is all green now. I really enjoyed colouring this image and it just had to be red I used my Promarkers to do this. To the centres I added Glossy Accents to give them some dimension and shine. I did the cutting out with my ScanNcut I am getting more used to it. Before I put the image in place on foam pads I added a gold ribbon. 

The greeting was cut with some Britannia word dies. 

I enjoyed making this card. I do find colouring very relaxing. I do hope to make a few more samples to share with you. I have now started my Christmas cards and that can't be a bad thing. 

Don't forget to click on the image below to visit the blog to see all the beautiful images for sale. 

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting.

Hugs Jackie

Sunday 28 June 2015

A Card to match the Gift Bag

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope your weekend is going well and that you are having a lovely Sunday. I was crafting most of yesterday but we did get out for a coffee but no cake this time though.

Here is one of the cards I made yesterday. I kept looking at the gift bag, I made after the workshop last week,  thinking that would make a lovely card so I had a go at making one.

It is a simple card the Floral Meadows Striplet die  by Sue Wilson does most of the work. I cut all the layers with half centimeter increments.

In the top white layer I cut the die with out the cutting edge to get the detail. When I got to the embossing stage I replaced the cutting edge to give an embossed frame to the die. I used the outer edge to cut a double sided sticky edge to size and I stuck this behind the die cut to cover with glitter. I used the tip of two silicone smoothies to add the colour to the flowers.

I cut a frame for the sentiment in pink card and I added a white circle to the middle to contrast with the sentiment. 

Here they are together side by side on the shelf. Now I need to think of someone to send them to and a beautiful gift to put in  the bag. I would like to have a go at making a mauve version of both the gift bag and the card. 

I hope that you enjoy the rest of Sunday. I have some more Design Team projects that I need to catch up with. It is nice having time to catch up on some bits and pieces, it doesn't happen often. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Saturday 27 June 2015

With Love for a Friend

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

The weekend is here. What have you got planned? Will there be any crafting involved? We are having a quiet weekend I have a lot of card making I need to get caught up with so I should be crafting. Those of you that know me on Facebook will know that I won't be able to resist going out for coffee and maybe cake at some point.

I think I said before that there are a few people leaving work at the end of term. One of the people leaving is my special friend she helped me when I first started working at the school and we have been friends ever since. She has always been supportive about my card making so I wanted to make her something special.

For this card I got my Sue Wilson dies again. I used Carina from the Gemini collection, from the Finishing touches collection Trailing Ivy and from the Austrian collection the Salzburg die set. First I cut all the layers I wanted. On the top purple layer I put two strips of double sided sticky sheet and covered this with CS Iced Diamonds glitter jewels. I cut a white mat to go on top and I cut the sides of it with my Carina die. The middle I embossed with some of the dies from the Salzburg collection. 

I used a Spellbinders die to cut the flowers the edges were coloured with Distress ink before the flower was rolled. The ivy was cut in a bright green card and added to the design.

To make the flag I used a die from Sue Wilson Pierced Flag die cut once in purple and once in white. I trimmed the edges from the white one so that it had a purple border. The sentiment was cut with some Signature dies. 

I hope she likes this card. As it is an 8" x 8" card I will be making a box to put it in at some point. I am also making a smaller version of this card for someone else who is leaving. 

The time just seems to be whizzing by. Enjoy your weekend whatever you get up to.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Thursday 25 June 2015

Gift Bag Retry

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you are having a good week. Down here in Southampton the weather is being kind and we are seeing some sun and some lovely sunsets.

On Saturday I went to a workshop lead by John Lockwood who works as a freelance demonstrator for Creative Expressions.  We did three projects during the day. The first was a box for a card, then a card for the box and finally a gift bag. My first project was OK but I messed up the card and the gift bag. John said to the class "Jackie is going to go home and remake the gift bag and email me a picture of it". Right, so that was a challenge.

Here is the gift bag completed  it is a little different in size to the one we were making in class. The main panel is 15cm wide the width of the Floral Meadow Striplet by Sue Wilson. I cut the card to size and scored all the lines to make the bag. 

To both of the main panels I cut and embossed the Floral Meadows Striplet die. I covered some pink card with a stickly sheet and then I used the outer die to cut the pink to the right size to go behind the striplet. I stuck the pink behind the die cut and covered everything with CS Iced Snow glitter, Finally I used the tip of two of the new silicon smoothies to ink the flowers with Distress ink. 

I cut a tag with Sue Wilson's tag die in pink and white and I trimmed the white so the tag would have   a pink pierced border. 

I did  email a picture to John, well he did ask, and he replied saying the bag was very pretty. This bag could be made in lots of different sizes and colours, The side gussets have to be the same depth as the base. I think I will be making lots more and seeing which of my dies will work. So often I don't have a gift bag of the right size. I could also make cards and gift bags to match. 

Enjoy the rest of the week. It is nearly the weekend.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Tuesday 23 June 2015

Beautiful Blooms to send you on your way...

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

Well the working week is well and truly under way. I had such a fun filled crafty weekend it was hard to go back to work and settle back into routine. It is nice to have good things to look back on and to look forward to.

We are getting near the end of term and a few people are leaving. This means there are a few leaving cards to make. In fact I shared one last week. The one I am sharing today is an A4 version. There is lots of room for signing inside.

It might not look it but is definitley A4. The best thing is I downloaded a cutting file from the internet put it on my ScanNcut and I had a beautiful trellis for the background. I cut two and cut of a side from each and overlapped them to cover the whole card. I stuck the trellis to a patterned vellum. 

The flowers were cut from white pearlised paper with my Tattered Floral Bigz dies. They were coloured with Distress ink and shaped with a ball tool. The centres were cut with a small Spellbinders die that came from another flower set. I used CS Pearl PVA in the centre of the flowers. The green flourishes were made with a Tonic die. 

The sentiment was cut with  Signature die.

I used so many snippets making this card I would like to enter it for Pixie's Snippets Playground weeks 181 / 182.

I would also like to enter this for challenge 26 at Crafting Musketeers - Shades of Summer

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Sunday 21 June 2015

Scribble and Scrap Challenge 47 - Always Anything Goes

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I had a fantastic time at the workshop yesterday. I really enjoyed it, John Lockwood  is so talented. I must admit that I messed up two of the three projects but I am going to have a try at home to see if I can do better. I was talking too much I did meet some lovely people.

This is a rather sad post. Today see the start of the last challenge at the Scribble and Scrap Challenge Blog. I have enjoyed being on the Design Team I have met some wonderful people but now it is time to move on. There will still be a prize for this challenge so why not join in one last time. The theme is always "Anything Goes".

I made this 8" x 8" card for a commission. The brief I was given was to make it girly. As you know from yesterday's post my favourite colour is mauve so that is the colour I chose to use.  The background I made with a Sue Wilson Striplet die called Eternal Rings to which I added CS white pearl PVA glue. This I left to dry for a long time. 

I made the the flower with Sue Wilson dies Delicate Daises complete and open petal. To the centre of each flower I added a punched flower and some more CS PVA glue. I also used the trailing ivy die. 

The tag was from another Sue Wilson set Pierced Tags. The sentiment was cut with some Britannia Dies.  

I had finished the card but I was not happy something was missing. Well I ended up  doing the classic thing and adding a butterfly again cut with another Sue Wilson die this one from the Magical Butterflies set. Do you get the impression that I have a lot of Sue Wilson dies. Yes I have. 

I really was there and I did meet him.  

I hope you have a wonderful Sunday. I am off to the Portsmouth Sincerely Yours Papercraft show. Not exactly a Father's Day treat we are going to the cinema after. Also we are dropping off the wedding invitations they are finished. 

I would like to enter this card for Challenge 33 at the Butterfly Challenge Blog

Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie

Saturday 20 June 2015

Fantasy Stampers - Your Favourite Colour

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

Here we are,  we are have arrived at the weekend. I am very excited I am booked in to a workshop  at our local Craft Shop come Pick Your Own Farm. The workshop is being led by none other than Johnathan Lockwood from Creative Expressions. I will try to get some photos to post here.

Today sees the start of a new challenge at the Fantasy Stampers Challenge blog the theme is your Favourite Colour and you must do some stamping. My favourite colour is mauve or purple in all its forms.

I made a  6" x 6" card  and a matching bookmark. 

The main image was from a stamp in my stash. I stamped the lavender with black archival and heat it embossed with a clear powder. Then I coloured it with my new Spectrum Noir pencils and I cut it out with my Brother CutnScan. I must admit it is taking me a while to get to grip with this. I am not giving up though. The lattice background was left over from another card. 

I really do like purple in fact that is the colour of our bedroom. I do like lots of other colours as well it really depends how I feel at the time. 

Have a great weekend. I will be back tomorrow with another post. 

Happy Crafting.

Hugs Jackie

Wednesday 17 June 2015

A Wreath of Flowers to Say Goodbye.

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

Here we are in the middle of the week. I do hope you are having a good week.

There is so much to do leading up to the end of term. A few people are leaving work at the end of term so I have offered to make some leaving cards. I wanted  to use some of the flowers from Flower Project sheet from  the O-Sew-Sweet collection at Delightful Digi's.

The card blank was an 8" x 8". I cut all the mats with 1/4" increments. The backing paper was also from the O-Sew-Sweet collection I printed it in mauve and inked the edges. 

There are three types of flower on the project sheet. I chose to use the flower that matched the backing paper I had used. The flowers come in three sizes on the sheet I printed three sheets and coloured these flowers and one set of leaves with my Promarkers. I must say that I am really enjoying all the colouring it really helps me to switch off. To mount the flowers I cut a circle of mauve card and then I cut the centre out to give me a frame. I attached the flowers and leaves to the frame and I put large foam pads on the back to attach it to the card. 

I used Satin Florist ribbon to put round the centre of the card. I added a sentiment cut with a Signature die by Joanna Sheet out of white card. 

As this is a leaving card for people to sign I have made it so that both sides of the open card can be signed and I haven't added a sentiment inside to make more room. 

Don't forget you can buy any of the images on the Delightful Digi's Blog by clicking on the image above.

I would like to enter this in Challenge 232 at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge Blog.

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

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Monday 15 June 2015

CAS Father's Day Card

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you had a great weekend. We had a lovely family meal on Saturday and on Sunday I finished the day wedding invitations that I have been working on for a while. I couldn't make the evening invitations as I didn't have enough card. The card is on order now so I should be able to finish soon.

While I was making my husband's Father's Day card I thought it would be good to have a go at a simpler style for my dad. He doesn't really like fussy cards.

There is very little in the way of instructions, there doesn't really need to be. 

I stamped the Classic Car stamp from Visible Image at the bottom of a piece of white card with black ink and I heat embossed it with a clear powder. Then I coloured the image with my Promarkers. 

I added the sentiment cut with a Signature die from blue card that matched the mat.  There you have it, a quick Father's Day card. 

I spent most of Sunday turning this pile of bits  

Into these invitations. We are dropping them off next Sunday after we have been to the Portsmouth Craft show. I know it will be  Father's day but my husband doesn't  mind. We will go to the cinema afterwards, he will like that.

I hope my dad likes this card. He will be opening it next Sunday. 

Have a great week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie 

Saturday 13 June 2015

Happy Father's Day

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

The weekend is here. I am writing this post just before we set off to take both sets of parents out for a meal. Everyone is so busy this is the best time for us to get together for Father's Day. My daughter will be joining us too. Tomorrow I will be mostly making wedding invitations. I have finished one set and they have been  delivered.

Today I am sharing the card that I made for my husband for Father's Day. He doesn't like a lot of fuss but he doesn't mind getting a card. In fact on the day we are going to a Craft Show in Portsmouth we are seeing a film and having a meal after so it will be a bit more of a treat for him. On to the card.

I started with an 8" x 8" card blank. I wanted to use lots of textures as I had a challenge I wanted to enter in mind. I used three embossing folder and a Sue Wilson border die to add the texture. 

The stamp I used is from Visible Image  it is the Classic Car. I stamped it in black and heat embossed it with a clear powder and then I coloured it with Promarkers. 

This die is a Signature die from Joanna Sheen I hadn't used it before I was very pleased with how it cuts. 

This sentiment is from Visible Image as well. It might not be quite right for Father's Day but I have been itching to put this on a card for my husband for ages. 

I would like to enter this for  Challenge 74 at Cardz 4 Guyz. 

I hope you have a great weekend. I am sure I will be telling you how we get on today at some point. Thank you for putting up with all my ramblings. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Thursday 11 June 2015

Delightful Digi's - Sympathetic Angel

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

Hi how has your week been so far? I have been on two school trips one to a Science Centre and the other to Paultons Park with the Visually Impaired children. Today I had lunch out with a friend. It is a Day closure tomorrow so I will have to have my learning head on.  Not long and it will be the weekend. I have actually finished one lot of wedding invitations. I still need to work on the others.

Today I am sharing a card I have made with an image from the new collection at  Delightful Digi's. If you click on the image it will take you to the new collection.
I started with the image Angel 2 in sepia she is also available in black and white and there is a backing paper to match. I was going to make a cheerful Christmas card but somehow when I started playing with the colours and the dies it turned into a sympathy card. 

For my birthday my daughter gave me the Sue Wilson  Corner, Border and Tag set from the Greek Island collection. This is the first time I have used them  they go so well with the image. I used all of the dies in the set. 

The image is so pretty and she is surround by ivy. This Angel looks like she has a shoulder to cry on and a sympathetic face . I added the ivy corner dies to the corners of the image to enhance the ivy on the image. 

I cut the border die and the tag die in white. I did ink the tag to define it from the border. The sentiment was cut with a tattered lace die it was just the right size for the tag. 

I do like how this card turned out Sympathy cards are always hard to make. Fortunately I haven't made this card with anyone in mind.  She does look beautiful on Christmas cards the rest of the Design Team have made some. I will have a go soon. 

I hope the last day before the weekend is kind to you. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie