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Sunday, 15 September 2019

A Bit More Time to Craft Challenge blog - 15th September Challenge

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your weekend going? Yesterday we went to our local theatre to see Murder She Didn't Write. It was an improvised murder mystery and lots of fun. We have just got to the end of my husband having a week off. We have fitted a lot in, it has been good.

You may have noticed from my sidebar that I have joined a Design Team.  I responded to the Design Team Call at the A Bit More Time to Craft Challenge blog. The theme is Anything Goes and there are Challenge on 1st and 15th of the month. Today is my first time sharing for them. Lozzy the owner has Design Papers that we can use and that are offered as prizes. There is a wonderful selection of papers.


For my card I used the Vintage Christmas papers and the Day Star papers they made a great background for the manger scene. The Snow Globe was a die from The Works. 


Why not join in with our challenge. Click on the logo and you will be taken there. 


To create this scene I used dies from the John Next Door range: the Nativity Scenes die set and the Oh Little Town  Scenes die set. I do like how some of the little dies are together on one plate that way there is less chance of loosing them. 


I did enjoy making this card in fact I made four.. I might just make some more. 

I would like to enter the following challenges: 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Not Just Cards Challenge Blog - September Challenge

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your week going?  My hubby is off work and we have been catching up with lots of things that needed sorting out. This morning he got up early and went to take our daughter and son-in-law to the airport. I am helping at a Felting Workshop today.

Being 11th of the month. The new challenge starts at the Not Just Cards Challenge blog and the theme is Anything Goes.

I am sharing a baby card that I made when our great nephew was born back in August. We still haven't met him yet but he looks super cute in all the photos.


I do like these Tri-shutter cards. They are just great for all those small baby themed dies that I have in my collection. Because I make this style of card from scratch it is easy to make the mats and layers. The backing paper was in my stash it is all over covered in little hearts. I used many different makes of dies to make this card. 
Why not join in with our challenge? Click on the logo and it will take you to the Blog. 


All the scoring was done with my Hougie board. I used a craft knife to make the slits. 

I do like making this style of card. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 9 September 2019

Tiny Cute Sheep Card

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How was your weekend? I hope you got up to something nice. On Saturday we headed down to Mill Rythe a holiday camp on Hayling Island and we had a visit with our in-laws who were staying there with friends. On Sunday our daughter and son-in-law dropped off the hamster, we are looking after her while they go on holiday. Then along with our son-in-law's parents we had a meal at our local garden centre. Finally we  went to the Dinosaur Crazy golf which has opened near us. I have to say is just amazing and lots of fun.

This card started life as an off-cut from a larger card. I had been using the cloud dies on another project and I decided I wanted to make a sheep with the dies.


This is just a 4" x 4" card. I found a Spellbinders die that cut a border of flowers. I cut them in white card and coloured them with my Sparkle pens. The clouds are Crafter's Companion dies and seagulls are from the Nautical Scenes die set. I used spotty green paper for the grass. The sky is another dotty paper. Basically I raided my scrap box of bits. 


This is such a clever die set. You can make the sheep face on or facing to either side. It is a Marianne die set it is called Eline's Sheep. 


Here we all are enjoying the Dinosaur Crazy golf. There were moving dinosaurs, growling dinosaurs,  a viking boat and a vivid blue waterfall.  


I am happy to say that this was one of the cards that sold at the Hampshire Open Studios event. I might just make another one. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Have a great week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 6 September 2019

Winter Wonderland Challenge blog - Use Your Favourite Embellishments

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

I hope you have had a good week and that you have something nice planned for the weekend. Next week my husband has the week off work. I can't tell what we will be doing as the plans keep changing. On Sunday our daughter and son-in-law are bringing their hamster so that we can look after her while they are away. The plan is for them to come to lunch and then we will head to the Dinosaur Crazy Golf that popped up recently right here where we live. I will let you know how we get on.

The new challenge starts today at the Winter Wonderland Challenge blog. The theme is "Use Your Favourite Embellishments". The sponsor is the fabulous Bugaboo Stamps.


Though you can hardly see it there is some really pretty patterned paper in the background. 


There are many wonderful images in the store. Click on the logo and you will be taken there. 


This image is called Christmas Teddy 2 Ornaments and is available HERE.  As there was a PNG version of the image I was able to make a background on the computer and put the image on top. I printed onto Neenah card stock and I coloured the image with my Promarkers. 


One of my embellishments was the addition of the Snowflake corner dies from Creative Expressions. I added a pearl to the centre of the snowflakes. 


At the bottom I added some ribbon. I really like this ribbon it came on a present and it has nearly all gone. 


That is another card for my Christmas card pile. Which is slowly getting bigger. I can see me making cards in a rush at the end again this year like last year. 

Don't forget to join in with our challenge. 

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Have a great weekend.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Beccy's Place - Cottage Garden Clear Stamp Set

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your week going? The schools are going back round here this week. This will make things a bit quieter when I go out for my walks. It is definitely starting to feel like Autumn now.

I was very lucky and Beccy sent me the Cottage Garden Clear Stamp set to make some samples with. This is available HERE.  Beccy does ship worldwide but there is also a  Digi set of these images available HERE. 


I started off by making lots of backgrounds using the smaller stamps and some Distress Oxides. For the main image on this card I embossed the stamp with gold embossing powder. Then I used Distress Oxides to paint the image this gave me more control over where the colours went. 




I used much the same method with this image. 

If you click on the logo you will be taken to the post featuring my cards. 


With this card I embossed the stamp with white embossing powder. I used the resist technique to colour the image. With the urn I lifted some of the colour with water to give a paler colour. 


Just a little card using one of the other stamps in the set. 


I also made a tag. The tag die set came from the works. 


Here are all my cards together. I do like these colours. I don't do much stamping now but I did enjoying getting inky and messy making these cards. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Sunday, 1 September 2019

Crafts Galore Encore - Anything Goes - September Challenge

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

I hope you are having a good weekend. How did it get to be September? Where did August go?

Being the first of the month the new challenge starts at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge blog the theme is Anything Goes and this time the sponsor is the fabulous Fabrika Fantasy.


I made an Autumn coloured background with the mats and layers to suit the image I was able to use. The brown glitter card I have had in my stash since I went to the first Newbury Craft show and they gave out goody bags. It has been very useful and it has all gone now. 


There are many wonderful images and colouring pages in the store. Click on the logo and you will be taken there. 


I was so lucky that I was able to use the beautiful Autumn Fairy image which is available HERE.  There is a fairy for each of the seasons in the store. Being a PNG image I was able to layer her over a background I had created on the computer. I printed onto Neenah card stock and she was coloured with my Promarkers. Then I fussy cut the image to place on the background I had created with patterned papers and die cut leaves. 


The stitched leaves dies came free with a magazine some time ago. I used scraps of coloured card to for the leaves. In the background you can just see the patterned papers that I used. 


I have decided not to put sentiments on my cards until I know what I am going to use them for. This will give me a degree of flexibility. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Why not join our challenge at the Crafts Galore Challenge blog.  The winners were announced yesterday you might just be one. 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Thursday, 29 August 2019

Moving Along with the Times (MAWTT) - Things with Wings Challenge

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How it your week going? I am pleased the weather has got a bit cooler it makes it easier for me to get things done. This evening I am meeting my hubby in town and we are going to see Avenue Q at the Mayflower theatre. There was an offer and they are hard to resist.

I am hosting the next challenge at the Moving Along with the Times (MAWTT) Challenge blog and I have chosen the theme Things with Wings.

I was asked to make a card for the 80th Birthday of one of my in-laws good friends. He was a Paratrooper and that's what they wanted for the theme of the card.


I had to do quite a bit of research for this card. I found the paratrooper badge and the some other bits on the computer. This is a Z-fold card. I do like making these. 


This is a photo of the chap in question. He is very good to my husband's parents. They have even spent Christmas together a few times. 


That is the Paratroopers badge and it has Wings. You can see the badge on the hat in the photo above this one. 


I was quite surprised that this chap was 80 he really doesn't seem like it. 


With some of the left over bits I made this card for the chap from my hubby and me. 


I know he was thrilled with this card. He kept talking to people about it and showing them. It is nice when something you have made makes someone happy. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Nautical Cards are Popular!

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your week going? It was lovely to have an extra day at the weekend. We got so much done in the garden. We collected my cards from the Hampshire Open Studios event. We stayed behind to help others tidy up. Then in the evening we went out for a meal with our friends.

Before I took my cards to the barn I photographed them in groups. Yesterday, I printed off the photos and I checked through marking off the cards I had bought home. Altogether I sold 44 cards and all but one of my nautical cards sold. I have a much better idea about what to do next year.

Here is one of the smaller nautical cards I made with the Nautical Scenes die set from Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine.


I made a few of these 5" x 5" cards. All the papers came from a paper pad from The Works. They do some cracking craft items. I used Snippets of paper to make the background. 


The sky was made with some paper I had inked with the aid of surgical spirit. Then I used the dies to layer up a scene using lots of Snippets of blue and white paper. 


I was quite surprised how popular these cards were in the sale. I think I will make some more. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Monday, 26 August 2019

Deer family in a Winter Forest

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How has your weekend been so far. For those of us lucky enough we have an extra day today. Although I no longer work I still love a bank holiday. It is an extra day to have hubby home. Later today we will go back to the barn where the Hampshire Open Studios event was held to collect my cards. We will also stay around to help tidy up. In the evening we are going out with our friends for a meal and a catch up.

I love the Rudolph Days Challenge  it runs from the 25th until the end of the month. This challenge has really kept me on track with my Christmas cards.

Back in July I had a day in Petersfield shopping with a friend. One of the charity shops were selling off packs of 10 Christmas cards for 79p. I picked out two designs that I knew I could adapt into my own Christmas cards.


The card blank is what was left over from cutting another card blank from an A3 sheet of black card. I have had the brown glitter card in my stash since the first time I went to the Newbury Craft Show and they gave out goody bags. There was even enough of the image left to make a tag. 


When I saw the original card I knew the the Winter Wonderland die set from Sizzix would suit it so well. If you cut the antlers from the male deer you get a female. 


I was rather pleased with how this card turned out. I will be using the other 9 cards from the pack to make other cards. 

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Have a great week.

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Friday, 23 August 2019

Golden (50th) Wedding Anniversary Cards

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

Good Afternoon. I hope you are having a good day. It is bright and sunny here today. I have already been out this morning. I do like to get out for a walk most days. This weekend we are visiting both sets of parents. I also need to sort some things out for my sister. Sunday will be a quiet day. On Monday we will be collecting my cards from the Hampshire Open Studios event. I have sold a few cards and I have received two commissions not too bad really. I do hope I get asked to participate again next year.

There is a very special couple at our church. They are in their 70s and they run a lot of activities for older people and people with dementia. Today is their 50th Wedding Anniversary. I just had to make them a card to celebrate.


I went with a gold and white theme. 


Here is the detail of the Oakham Lattice die set from the John Next Door range. You can always tell when I have used John Next Door dies as the floor is covered in lots of little bits. The sentiment and numbers are Crafter's Companion dies. The pearls made a nice addition to the design. 


This is one of the commissions I was asked to make. It is for the same couple that I my card was made for. This card used the Butterfly Heart Dies from the John Next Door range. I just love how you get so many butterflies you can use. 


That's all from me this week. I will be back after the weekend. I do hope that you have a good one. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Winter Westie Christmas Card

Good Morning

I hope you are having a good week. It is bright and sunny here today. I might just pop out for a coffee later. I had a lovely time helping with the teas and coffees at the Hampshire Open Studios event yesterday and I am doing the same tomorrow. I have sold a few cards but I don't know how many.

When I was making my card for the August Challenge at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge blog I actually made a few things with the the cute images.  I had a hard time choosing which to use. In the end I went with the card and the matching gift bag. This card was too good not to share sometime.


The backing paper was in my stash. I added die cuts of trees (Winter Trees - Creative Expressions) and snowflakes (from The Works). 


I used the used the pre-coloured images from the Winter Westie digi set from Fred She Said. This way it is easy to create a background on the computer and the images  will layer over the top. Of course they can be resized and flipped to make a little family. The mats and layers for the image were cut with the Double Pierced Rectangle dies from Creative Expressions. 


This is a Creative Expressions die. 


There are still a few more days to join in with the  August Challenge at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge blog.  The theme is always Anything Goes. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Enjoy the rest of the week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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