Friday 29 April 2016

Alphabet Challenge Blog - Letter E for Embossing Folders

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

We have arrived at the weekend and a long one for some of us as well. We are hoping to go to a local garden, sometime at the weekend, to see the Spring flowers. On Monday we are visiting my parents to celebrate our birthdays that all come very close together. May is an expensive month.

Today a new challenge starts on the Alphabet Challenge blog the letter is E and the theme is Embossing Folders.

I was rather taken with the Beautiful Rose embossing folder and stamp set that came with issue 148 of Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine and this is what I used to make the main part of this card. I embossed the Beautiful Rose embossing folder on to white card and I cut an aperture in the card with a circle die. I cut a smaller circle in a darker pink card to fit inside the aperture. Behind the aperture I embossed some white care with the Bed of Roses embossing folder. All the embossing was inked to bring out the detail of the folders. 

The Beautiful Rose was stamped onto watercolour card with black Archival ink. I used my Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens to colour the image and then I used my Brother ScanNcut to cut it out and leave a border. 

The Happy Birthday sentiment came with the Beautiful Rose set and it was stamped onto a Pierced Flag. 

This shows some of the detail of the embossing folders. 

It certainly is a beautiful rose this will be another card for my box of cards. I did enjoy colouring the rose I think I will be using this stamp a lot. 

Have a great weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Wednesday 27 April 2016

My New Dies

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? We have reached half way which is always good. Yesterday, along with lots of other people, we had snow! Did you see any? It didn't last long here and it was sunny very soon after.

When Sue Wilson released her latest collection of  dies I couldn't resist the Exquisite Poppy dies, the Olive branch dies, and the Stitched Lattice frames. I am very naughty. My Mother-in-law loves poppies and I decided to remake her birthday card.

I was so pleased with the way this card turned out and I just love the dies. I can see myself using them a lot. I cut the lattice twice once in white and once in blue and off set them one behind the other inside the stitched frame. 

I used the Just for you Oval set for the sentiment. 

Aren't the poppies gorgeous. 

I think my Mother-in-Law will like this card. She would have liked the other one too she is lovely. 

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Happy Crafting.

Hugs Jackie

Monday 25 April 2016

Special Thank You Card

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you had a good weekend and did all the things you wanted to do. We just had a quiet time sorting out jobs in the house and garden, it is so nice to have the time to do these things. Our daughter and her fiancé have settled on their wedding venue and set a date for summer next year. So now the fun begins. If you check on my page dedicated to their wedding you can see where they have chosen.

I was asked by the vicar at our old church to make a thank you card for our good friends who are stepping down as Treasurer and Bookings Secretary respectively  after three years of doing a very good job in both roles. The card was for both of them and I wanted to make them something special.

Everything I used in this card, the dies and the embossing folder,  were designed by Sue Wilson she is such a talented lady. 

I have had the Thank You die for a while and I haven't used it much obviously it was ideal for this card. I surrounded it with the Oslo die from the Scandinavian collection and right at the back is one of the dies from the Austrian collection.  I would like to do that road trip.  

This is the finishing touches Daisy Cluster. 

I hope they like this card. It was quite hard making a card for a man and a woman to share, really the blue is a nod towards the man all the rest is quite feminine. They should have received this last night so it should be fine to blog it now.

Have a great week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Saturday 23 April 2016

Fantasy Stampers - Monochrome

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

The weekend is here. I wonder what you have planned. We are planning to have another quiet weekend doing odd jobs around the house and we might have a trip to the cinema.

The Fantasy Stampers challenge blog new challenge starts today and the theme is Monochrome. I did look this up in the dictionary and it doesn't just have to be black and white just tones of the same colour. I did play it safe though and use the classic combination of black and white.

All the stamps I used to create this card came from the Birthday  Blooms stamp set by Stampin Up. Every stamp I used came from this set I love this set it is so useful. . 

This is such a pretty little flower it looks good coloured too. The lines of hearts are meant to be wobbly. 

I used some Sue Wilson dies to mount the sentiment. 

I enjoyed making this card and I am pleased how it turned out. 

I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. 

Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie

Thursday 21 April 2016

Free Altenew Build a Rose Stamp

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you have had a chance to enjoy the lovely weather this week. I have certainly enjoyed being out and about in the sun.

The card I am sharing today is one that was made with the free gift from Simply Cards and Papercraft issue 149. It is the Altenew Build a Rose stamp and die set. Ever since I saw these stamps released in January I have been wanting to have a try with them and the gift gave me the perfect opportunity.

I had great fun creating the roses I had a try with different types of ink, The pink roses were stamped with Distress ink and the yellow and red ones with Adirondack inks. The leaves were created in the same way.  You can see in the background I have used my favourite heart lattice embossing folder. 

I made so many roses it was easy to create the wreath. I did get better with the stamps as I went along. 

The sentiment was in the set too. I stamped it on to one of Sue Wilson's pierced flags.  

I enjoyed using these stamps I will be using them again and I will be looking out for some more. I have also taken out a subscription to Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine because I enjoyed reading it so much. 

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Wednesday 20 April 2016

Nautical themed Father's Day Card

Hi  My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? We have got to what some refer to as Hump Day so technically we are on the run down to the weekend. Not that I am time off obsessed of course.

I am ever wanting to be ahead with my projects just in case some opportunities come up so I have time to fit them in. You never know.  With this is mind I decided to start on  my Father's Day Cards yesterday. I have had the idea for this card for my Father-in-law since I worked with the nautical dies from Tattered Lace a few weeks ago.

You might know that my Father-in-Law is just over 90 and a naval veteran of the second world war. He also volunteered for many years running a Sea Cadet unit near where he lives. He does love cards with a nautical theme and some texture as he is now partially sighted. 

This is the Tattered Lace Sailing Ship die. This has been one of my favourite dies that I have been sent by Tattered Lace. I can see my self using it a lot in the future. I inked the background and I made the port hole with some Tonic circle dies. I cut a circle of acetate to fit inside the port hole to make it look like glass. 

This is the Tattered Lace Anchor die I like how the rope wraps around the anchor. 

The sentiment was cut with a Signature die. 

I know my Father-in-Law will like this card. He is always very pleased with my cards and phones especially to say thank you. I have two more Father's Day cards to make. I am not so sure what to make for the other cards. I will be looking around for some inspiration. 

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Monday 18 April 2016

Tattered Lace - Congratulations, Spaceman and Rocket Dies

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

I hope you had a good weekend and are refreshed for the week ahead. We enjoyed Lee Hurst on Saturday evening and on Sunday we had a quiet day catching up on jobs.

These are the samples I sent in for Tattered Lace shows on Create and Craft on Saturday 16th April.

Here are all the samples together.

I did like the congratulations die I did use it on the Sunflower wedding card I posted a few days ago. 

I have had the space paper in my stash for ages it was nice to have a project to use it on. 

I used a mask to create the background for the Spaceman. 

I found the chocolate stars in my local newsagent. I think this would make a good party gift. 

The Spaceman and the Rocket went well together on this gift bag. 

I used a the Tattered Lace Pierced tag set to create the tags. 

The tag was the only one of my samples to be shown on TV. 

This is the cheeky robin that was hopping all over the garden when my husband was cutting the grass.  I would have taken some more photos but my camera battery ran out.

I hope you have a great week. 

Happy Crafting.

Hugs Jackie 

Saturday 16 April 2016

A Sympathy Card

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

Thank goodness the weekend is here. I wonder what you have planned?  The only thing we have on the agenda this weekend it going to see the comedian Lee Hurst at our local theatre. Yes, it is very local just 15 minutes walk from our house. It is amazing to be able to walk to a theatre it is quite small with just 300 seats but they do get some good acts there and it is a very good community resource.

I heard some very sad news in the week the mother of one of our friends died unexpectedly. I wanted to make a card to show that we were thinking of them. Sympathy cards are never easy to make.

I wasn't quite sure where to go with this card. I suppose I wanted something pretty and I didn't want to use black and white. I started by using the Heart Lattice Embossing folder for the background.

I cut an oval frame with some of Sue Wilson's dies I think they were from the Austrian collection. The ivy was cut with some other dies by Sue Wilson. The flowers were cut with some Spellbinder dies I wanted them to be in silhouette. 

The background for the sentiment was cut with the centre dies from the set I used for the frame. The sentiment came from some dies I won from Hochanda a while ago, 

I hope this card will say what I can't say with words.

Have a great weekend. 

Take care. 

Hugs Jackie

Thursday 14 April 2016

Tattered Lace - Baroque Flourish Die set and Essentials Flower Die Set

Hi My Crafty Blog Friends

How is your week going? The weather has been nice here so it has been a pleasure to walk home from work.

I was sent two lots of Tattered Lace dies to make samples with recently and this was the first set to be aired. They were part of the One Day Special that started on Ideal World on Tuesday evening. This set of samples uses the Baroque Flourish Die set and the Essential Flower Die set.

I did see some of my samples on Ideal World when the One Day Special was launched. 

I used the dies to frame some cameos I had in my stash. 

When I saw the flower dies that first thing I thought of was a water lily and I thought it would go well on a box. 

I looked up a Sue Wilson tutorial on how to make dimensional flowers. I had to adapt the method to make it work with this die cuts. I even cut the flowers to make the leaves. 

I was rather pleased with how these flowers turned out. 

This is the same card being shown on Ideal World on the launch show. 

I did use the Baroque flourish die to add detail to the background. The dotty paper was on the back of the flowery paper I used for the flowers. 

This card was on TV but it was embellished with a wrap for which I can take no credit. 

I enjoyed making this gift basket I though the dies looked so beautiful in black and white. 

With the flower dies I had a go at making some daffodils. I created the background with some Brushos. I hadn't used them for a while. 

I expect to be posting the next set of samples in a few days time. They are quite different. 

Enjoy the rest of the week.

Take care. 

Happy Crafting.

Hugs Jackie