Wednesday 30 September 2015

A Christmas Twisted Easel Card

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

We have arrived in the middle of the week so we are getting closer to the weekend. I can't believe that it will be October tomorrow. Doesn't the time dash by?

This card was the result of me playing with some stamps and it not working out quite how I thought it would.

I actually started out with a completely different idea when I started this card. I took two 6" x 6" kraft card blanks, I cut one in half to make the topper and the other I scored one side on the diagonal to create the twisted easel. I cut two black mats and two white stamping card mats.  On the white mats I stamped a few of the the snowflake stamps that I have with Perfect Medium and then heat embossing them with a clear sparkly powder. Then I used three shades of distress ink to ink over the page. This is as far as my plan went and I left it for a day. The dies I wanted to use with it originally didn't work with the background I had created but it was too pretty not to use. If I am struggling with a project I will put it to one side and come back to it the next day with fresh eyes.  

So I came back to the card the next day and I decided that I would use my Sue Wilson dies again but this time the whole deer family not just mum and baby. I cut three of the Winter trees in white and embossed them I did add some glitter as well. Then I cut all of the deer I  embossed them and I added some black card to the back to hide the filigree detail. I am enjoying silhouettes a lot this year. 

The Merry Christmas was cut with A Signature die by Joanna Sheen. Once it was cut I covered it with Perfect Medium and I heat embossed it with the clear sparkly powder. I haven't done this to a die before but I think I will be doing it again. The stopper was made with the tag from the Sue Wilson die set Snowflake border, corner, tag. 

I was pleased with the way this card turned out. I think it looks very icy. I don't often make easel cards since I found my uncle displaying one on its side. I will have to make sure that this one goes to a crafter so that they know what to do with it. 

I hope that you enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Monday 28 September 2015

Upcycled Robin Christmas card.

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you had a good weekend. The weather has been very kind down here in the south. We didn't get the gardening done I have been working on a special Crafty project but I am not sure when I can share it with you.
 On Sunday afternoon, I was so lucky, I went to our local Hobbycraft with a friend and Sara Davies, from Crafter's Companion,  was there as part of her roadshow. After watching Sara there was something that I wanted to try so I came home and made this card.

The card blank is a 6" x 6" scalloped card blank. I cut all the mats. In the top white mat I cut an aperature with a Spellbinders label die. Then I got an embossing folder and I inked the debossed side of the folder before embossing the card. This transferred some of the ink to the card it is quite faint I held back a bit with the ink. I want to try this with a clouds embossing folder that I haven't been able to use. I cut a frame to go round the aperture in gold card I don't like a bear aperture. 

The bow was cut with a Sue Wilson die set from patterned paper. I must admit that sometime ago I sat and made a few of these so this one was just in my stash. 

This is the image of the robin that I got from an old Christmas card. I cut the robin so he would fit under the aperture. 

 Sara did lots of demos, she chatted to people and we all got a free gift for turning up. 

She was very kind and she took this selfie for me. 

This will have to be one of those cards that you hand out as the bow is quite puffy. 

Have a great week,

Hugs Jackie

Saturday 26 September 2015

Fantasy Stampers - Steampunk

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

The weekend is here! I hope you have something good planned. If we can we are going to try and tidy the garden before winter. Though the leaves on the Magnolia are all still green and firmly stuck to the tree. They usually all come down in November - bliss. It is a very pretty tree for two weeks in the Spring so I suppose it is worth it.

Today sees the start of a new challenge on the Fantasy Stampers challenge blog and the theme is Steam Punk. Now I have to admit that this was rather out of my comfort zone and I am not sure that my card really fits the bill but it was lots of fun to make.

The stamps I have used are the All Geared Up Background stamp by Heartfelt Creations and the White Rabbit Gorjuss set by Docrafts. I started with a  8" x 8" kraft card blank and I made all the mats and layers. The top layer was white stamping card.  I took the All Geared Up stamp in my hand and I randomly stamped over the page with Perfect Medium and I heat embossed with a silver powder. I did the same again with a black ink and this was heat embossed with clear embossing powder. Finally I inked over the page with Rusty Hinge Distress ink (great name for a colour).

I stamped the Gorjuss girl from the White Rabbit set onto white card with Black Archival ink and heat embossed it with a clear powder. She was coloured with Promarkers and then cut out. The face of the clock was covered with Glossy Accents. 

Here you can see the detail of the All Geared Up stamp. It has many cogs and screws in the design. It was stamped on to  white card with black archival and heat embossed with a clear powder. Then it was inked all over with a silver ink. To finish the card I used two Spellbinder dies to add extra detail to the design, 

There is no sentiment on this card as yet I am not quite sure when I will use it. 

I do hope that you have a great weekend and that the weather is kind to us all. 

The new challenge on the Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog starts today it is fun to join in if you check back tomorrow the winners will be posted. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Thursday 24 September 2015

Congratulations - Stars

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How is you week going? I hope it is OK. I have had a cold and  I took and day off work, it seems to have done the trick, even though I am still quite husky, I am feeling much better. It is officially Autumn now Google said so yesterday. So I don't need to feel guilty about putting the heating on.

My sister has recently secured her dream job, the type of job she has been wanting for a while. She starts in October so I thought I would make her a Congratulations card. Where better to start than with my Visible Image stamps and a rather useful Star die set.

  The  Kraft card blank was  7" x  7".  I cut a black mat,  a silver mat and a smooth white card mat. I took the white mat and stamped the verse  and the Congratulations from the   Congratulations Set by Visible Image with Perfect Medium and heat embossed them with a clear powder. I have a stamp that stamps small stars this was stamped all over the page with Perfect Medium and heat embossed with a silver powder. Finally I inked the mat all over with three shades of Distress Ink. 

I used the Star die set ( I think it came from a magazine) to make stars to cover the mat making a focal element of the large star.

I stamped the Congratulations onto some white card and cut it out with one of Sue Wilson's pierced flag dies. I had been watching Julia Watts on Hochanda and she said  with open dies to emboss them first before cutting.  This is because they have a tendency to pop out of the die when cut and they are  difficult to seat back in to emboss. So that is what I did and before I removed the flag from the die I inked round the edge. 

I managed to make this card in just under an hour which is very good for me. I think my sister will like it. 

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

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Tuesday 22 September 2015

Scottish themed Wedding Card

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you are having a good week so far. Unfortunately I have started my first cold of the School Year. It will probably be the first of many. I don't feel too bad and most  important of all I can still craft.

The card I am sharing with you today was made for the couple that I made some wedding invitations for earlier this year. They are getting married in Scotland so there is a strong Scottish theme to the card.

I made an 8" x 8" card blank from a sheet of A3 pearlised white card. As I do with most of my cards I made the insert first. This means once the card is finished it is completely finished I don't like going back to do the inserts once I am done. 
 All the mats and layers are the same colours as were used in the invitations. I cut a lattice with my ScanNcut and I found a tartan paper in my Christmas stash. 

Here is the style of invitation I made for the happy couple.

The thistles were cut with a Tattered lace die. I cut it one in green and then the tips in blue and stuck them to the green.

The center section was cut with a whole selection of Sue Wilson dies. The outer detail was cut with the Innsbruck die from the Austrian collection. For the center I used a mixture of dies from Expression Dies Ornate ovals Special Day and Just for you sets. I also used a mix of colours from the invitations. 

I will posting this card tomorrow I would like them to get it before the wedding.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie 

Sunday 20 September 2015

Christmas Winter Scene using dies designed by Sue Wilson.

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. The weather down here in the south has been very good with lots of sunshine. I had a brilliant time at Ally Pally. I met so many people, saw so many wonderful things and spent too much money. We finished the day off with a lovely meal in China Town on our way back. Today we are having a quiet day to catch up with some jobs at home.

I have been a bit naughty recently and I have bought quite a few of the new release of Sue Wilson's dies. Last Friday I had my first proper play with them.

I was so pleased with how this came out. I have seen cards like and wanted to have a go myself. From Sue's Noble Collection I used the Adorned Rectangle set to cut a frame. Then I cut the card blank and the mats to suit the frame. For the night scene I cut a piece of white card bigger than the aperture and  a circle from a post-it note to make a mask for the moon, Then with a brush I inked the background with two shades of blue Distress in, Before removing the mask for the moon I stamped some stars with Perfect Medium and heat embossed them with silver powder. I made the snowy hills by tearing some white paper. 

I cut two members of the deer family and I put some black card behind them to hide the filigree details. I also cut three trees from the Winter Trees collection.  

The sentiment was cut with a Signature die. I think if you changed the sentiment you could make a winter birthday card in this design. 

Below are some of my pictures from Ally Pally yesterday you will recognise lots of the people. I have created an album with other photos on Facebook. 

This is Helen and Mark from Visible Image I do love their stamps. Unfortunately I got there too late to do their make and take sessions with Kim Robertson.  

This is my good friend John Lockwood on the Creative Expressions stand. 

Here I am with Pam Smith trying out Cloud Ink. They are amazing and I think I am going to have to buy some they blend so easily. 

With Phill Martin on the Creative Expressions stand.

The lady herself Sue Wilson she is so lovely she has time for everyone. 

On our way back we went to China Town and had a Chinese meal. Then we walked back to Waterloo station the views over the river were stunning. It was a lovely end to a lovely day. I am looking forward to going back in April. 

Just a quick reminder of the card that I started the post with. I hope that you have a good day today and a great week ahead. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Friday 18 September 2015

Delightful Digi's - Thistle Journal Cover Design

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you have had a good week and have something nice planned for the weekend. I am off to Ally Pally on Saturday we are hoping to get there early as there are so many people that I want to meet up with and of course I have a shopping list. I hope to get lots of photos if they come out I will post some here.

This is something of a sad post as this will be my last post as part of the Delightful Digi's Design Team. I have taken the hard decision to step down from this team as I am finding that I don't have enough time to make the most of the delightful images. I do wish Emma and all the rest of the team all the best for the future they are a very talented bunch.

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while will know that I keep a journal that I write in everyday so really it is a diary. I realised recently that it is much cheaper to buy plain journals and have the fun of decorating them myself. As soon as I saw this Thistle design, that is part of the new designs collection at Delightful Digi's, I wanted to put it on one of my journals. 

This design is Thistle round I coloured  it with my Promarkers. The backing paper is from Delightful Digi's as well I inked it with a mauve Distress ink to add colour to the design. In the corners I added some corner die cuts from a Tonic set that I have. 


There it is my last blog post for Delightful Digi's. I will have the journal for a long time as a beautiful reminder of my time with the team. 

Have a great weekend.

Happy Crafting.

Hugs Jackie

Wednesday 16 September 2015

Macmillan Coffee morning

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you are having a good week. The weather has been a bit changeable here but I have  kept walking to work and back to try to get my fitness  back on track.

I was invited by a friend to a Macmillan coffee morning but unfortunately it will be held when I am  at work. I wanted to support her so I decided to make a card that I could put a donation in.

I got this stamp set in a goody bag when attend the Craft show at Newbury Racecourse back in July. For the background I used one of the designs from Delightful Digi's from the O-Sew-Sweet collection. I also found a doily in my stash. The sentiment was cut with a Spellbinder set. 

I must say the stamps did stamp nicely. I did a whole page of images and and cut them out with my ScanNcut it does save a lot of time. I coloured the images with my Promarkers and the bow came from my stash. 

This just  shows the detail of the cupcake stamp.

I will be sending this card with my donation soon. Don't worry I won't be missing out on cake as there will be a week long cake sale at work. So much for getting fitter but who can resist a good cake?

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Monday 14 September 2015

Gold and Black Christmas Card

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you had a good weekend. We spent Sunday with my father-in-law celebrating his 91st Birthday. We enjoyed a meal out and cake back at their house afterwards. His present was some whisky to put in his tea he likes that a lot. Well it is back to the working week now. Why do weekends go so fast?

I was having a play with some of my stamps while I was working on a design and incidentally this card came into being.

I was trying to design a quick and simple card for a Design Team project this one takes just a bit too long.   After cutting the mats I started on the background.  I stamped a Clarity Snowflake stamp and a Creative Expressions stars stamp with Perfect Medium and heat embossed them with a gold embossing powder.

Here is the close up detail of the stamp it is the Silhouette Manger by Little Claire Designs. It stamped with Perfect Medium and heat embossed with a gold embossing powder. I love this stamp so much I will be using a lot this year. 

The Not Just Cards first birthday Blog Hop is still going on until the end of the month. Click on the logo above  and you will be taken to the hop there are lots of prizes to be had a long the way.  

I hope that you have a good week. 

Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie

Saturday 12 September 2015

Fantasy Stampers - Autumn Leaves

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you are having a great weekend the weather looks like it is going to be nice down this way today. This looks good for getting the grass cut. Also we will be continuing to sort out our spare rooms.

Today sees the start of a new challenge on the Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog and the theme is Autumn Leaves.  

This is an 8" x 8" card I started by making all the layers. The stamp set I used is the Vintage Leaves set by Stampin Up I think they are still available. They were stamped with black Archival and then they were cut out with the direct cut feature of my ScanNcut. I did stamp two sheets of images and the ScanNcut did save me a lot of time. Once the leaves were cut our they were coloured with various shades of Distress Ink. 

I cut a Sue Wilson tag once in white and once in green I trimmed the edge off the white one so there would be a green border. The Happy Birthday was cut with a Britannia die set. 

Here is a close up on the leaves they are stunning I can see myself using these stamps many times. 

I do hope that you have a great weekend and get everything done that you plan to.

If you check back on the Fantasy Stampers Challenge Blog tomorrow the winner of the Colour Purple challenge will be announced. 

Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie

Friday 11 September 2015

Delightful Digi's - Apple Tree

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you have had a great week. Down here in south we have had quite a lot of sun during the day but it definitely chiller in the mornings and evenings.

I have had a very busy blog week this week there are lots of design team bits and pieces to sort out at the beginning of the month. I am back today sharing a card I made with one of the new designs from Delightful Digi's.

I started with the layers and I cut the Apple Background - Green Lined to fit the mat. 

The image is called Apple Tree  I coloured it with Promarkers and then cut the image out with my ScanNcut. Before I lost the pattern on the ScanNcut I loaded a piece of gold card and cut the shape again this time with a border to make a mat I was very pleased with myself. The decorative green die cut behind the image is from one of Sue Wilson's dies. 

I haven't put a sentiment on this card yet I think it might make a nice get well card. 

I hope you have a great weekend whatever you have planned. We will be seeing my Father-in-law to celebrate his 91st birthday. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie