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Monday, 21 June 2021

Happy 70th Birthday

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

I hope you had a good weekend. On Sunday we spent the day at our son-in-law's parents house. It the first time we have all been together in a long time. They have done some improvements to their garden which had made it very nice. 

Yesterday was the birthday of one of our friends who likes Star Trek as much as we do. Our daughter has been drawing some images for me to use. 


The image was drawn by our daughter. 


I added a sentiment with  the computer. The white stars were made with a Posca pen. 


I know our friend loved her card. She had a lovely birthday celebrating with her family in the garden. 

Have a good week. 

Happy Crafting 

Hugs Jackie
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Saturday, 19 June 2021

Diamond Point Christmas Card

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How has your week been. I have been busy. I found the invigilating quite tough this time. I  have been working on some design team bits and pieces too. Just yesterday afternoon I made a Christmas card that I can share with you. Sorry I have been neglecting my blog. There just isn't enough time. 

I had a bit of time at the end of the afternoon yesterday and I went to my stash of old cards. I found a nice small card with a cute robin on it. I have been enjoying making Diamond Point cards and I had a go at another one. 


I found some old Stampin Up paper in my stash. The colours suited the old card very well. 


Isn't that robin cute. 


I haven't made a Christmas card for my stash for a while. Underneath the flap I placed a white label cut with a Spellbinders die. You need to be able to write somewhere. 

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Happy Crafting

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Monday, 14 June 2021

Underwater with the Fishes

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How was your weekend? We had a busy day on Saturday and on Sunday we had a quiet day at home. I have been making lots of things that I can't share yet and there are exciting things in the pipeline. So I might not be blogging as much. I don't expect anyone will mind. I also have one week of invigilating left. 

A little while ago I had a play with my underwater dies. Here is the result. 


I think the backing paper was leftover from another project. I do like making thinner cards from time to time. 


The fish were cut with off cuts of designer paper. I had to raid my scraps of green paper bag for the seaweed. 


I added the happy birthday later. I often leave my cards on display. Sometimes when I look at them I can see what might need to be added it is also a way to check that nothing drops off the card. 


This is another card for my stash. 

Have a good week 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Happy 30th Birthday Box Card

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors 

How was your weekend? We had a quiet one. I needed a bit of down time after visiting my parents last week. Yesterday  started two weeks of invigilating for me. There are just a few of us going in. We are having the children who need extra time for their mocks. We can also read for them. The rest of the year group are taking their mocks in the classroom with their teachers. 

A few weeks ago it was our daughter's 30th Birthday. How did that happen? I had to make a special card. So this is a larger box card. I have made a few of these this year. 


For this card I actually drew the backing paper. It was something we did in the doodling sessions with Barbara Gray a while back. 


I used lots of John Next Door dies to complete this care. The Stencil Alphabet dies are so good for personalising a card. I used the Stencil Numbers too and the Stencil Sentiments. The flowers were made with the Tatty Daisy die. There are also some Small Flowers and Small Leaves on there. 


Our daughter loved this card. We had a lovely day together on the day. They have the dog now so she couldn't have a party. Hopefully one day the doggy will be able to cope with groups of people. 

Have a good week. 

As I am invigilating not much crafting is going to happen. 

Happy crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Sunday, 6 June 2021

Presscut Art Deco Dies for Crafts-Too and John Next Door

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

I hope you are having a good weekend. Having seen my parents last week there has been a lot to sort out. I have manged to fit in a little crafting. My A4 die cutting machine finally gave up on Friday. I am working on getting a replacement. I do have the Kaleido but I need an A4 machine for bigger dies. My hubby is being very supportive. I am sure something will be sorted soon. 

Here are the cards and other bits I made with the Presscut Deco dies that are being released by John Next Door on the Craft Store at 6.00 pm today. 


I do like extending the use of the dies I am given. This is a shaker card with some butterflies in the centre. 


Often when I have the coloured card out for one card another card will suggest itself. This time I have made a square card with a rectangular die. This time I made flower with the Small Flowers die. 


I think this is my favourite card. I just love the colours and the way the die work. I added  flowers made with the Periwinkle die. I used an off cut from the background paper. The sentiments I used came from the Deco Butterflies die set. 


I love making boxes. The acetate I used in this one came from packaging and has gold dots on it. When I had made the box I went out to buy the chocolates to go in it. The colours were just perfect. I added another Periwinkle flower. 


Here is a gift bag with more Periwinkle flowers. 


This was a fun set of dies to use. Look out for them in other makes. I am sure I will be using them a lot. 

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. I have two weeks of invigilating coming up. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Friday, 4 June 2021

Square Scene Box - Christmas card

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How has your week been? We visited our parents on Wednesday. They both live quite close together around Aldershot. It was nice to see them again after quite a long while. The rest of the week has been busy too. There always seems to be so many things that need sorting out. 


I recently acquired the Square Scene Bos die set from the John Next Door range. This is my first try at using it.  


I watched one of John Next Door's videos on how to use the die set. I decided to use is with the Sam's Stars die set. I used foam tape to make the layers in the scene. 


I made a big blousy poinsettia with the Poinsettia die and Poinsettia Swirl die all from John Next Door. For foliage I used the Ivy Spray die set. 


I was pleased with how this card turned out. I am keen to try some of my other 5" x 5" John Next Door dies with the Square Scene box. This card will be one of those that gets hand delivered. 

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Have a great weekend. 

Happy Crafting

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Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Crafts Galore Encore Challenge blog - Challenge #88 Anything Goes Sponsor Fred She Said

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

Here we are at the start of June. The new challenge has started at the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge blog. The theme is always Anything Goes and the sponsor this time is Fred She Said. 

Here is the cute little card that I made. 


I had the backing paper in my stash. In fact I had this paper in mind when I coloured the image. 

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


This cute little image is called Smelling the Cherry Blossom and is available HERE.  She was coloured with my Faber Castell Polychromo Colouring pencils. To cut out the image and it's mat I used the Stitch dot and plan oval dies from Presscut. 


I added flowers made with the Periwinkle die from the John Next Door range. 


I do enjoy my colouring. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Have a great week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Monday, 31 May 2021

Happy Retirement

Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How has your weekend been so far? Some people get an extra day today. Which is nice. We have had a lovely weekend so far. On Sunday we visited our daughter and son-in-law to celebrate our daughter's birthday. We spent our time having walks with the dog and enjoying afternoon tea. They really do live in a lovely place with walks right on their doorstep. On Thursday last week we had our second jabs. This time neither of us had any side effects. 

On Friday last week our sister-in-law retired. She was the last one of our little group that was working so I had to send a card. 


The background is made with the Tartan die from the John Next Door range. I am looking forward to using this die for Christmas card. I did extend the die a little to make a larger card. 

I used a selection of Stencil dies from the John Next Door range to make the sentiment. 

The Stencil Alphabet die set was used to make the name. 


I know she loved her card. I think she had a good send off too. In a few weeks will be able to have a celebration. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Have a good week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Sunday, 30 May 2021

Itty Bitty Botz Encore Week at Beccy's Place

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

I hope you are having a lovely weekend. The weather has been very good. Today is our daughter's 30th birthday. We are going to be spending most of the day with them. 

This week is Encore Week at Beccy's Place where one of the older digital images sets is highlighted. This time the image set is Itty Bitty Botz. A set of really cute robots. 

Here is the card I made using the Shutter Card die set from the John Next Door range. 


I have had the rocket paper in my stash for so long. It was nice to use it on a project. I used the precoloured images. 



This was a fun card to make. I think the Shutter Card style suited the robots. 

Happy Crafting

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Friday, 28 May 2021

Happy First Birthday Murph


 Hi My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How has your week been? Yesterday we had our second jab. We were in and out of the vaccination centre so quickly. There was even time for a coffee on the way home. The last time we went there was torrential rain. This time all was sunny. 

Today is the first birthday of our daughter and son-in-law's dog, Murph. He is a rescue dog from Romania. He is a lovely boy and he is very willing to learn. At the moment he is getting used to visitors. Lockdown hasn't helped with this. Today we are meeting them all in an enclosed field near where they live and then Murph can have some time off lead with there being no chance of getting lost or having strange encounters.   


I have had the backing paper in my stash for such a long time. It was lovely to be able to use it. The Stencil Alphabet dies from the John Next Door range are perfect for personalising cards. 


This is a recent photo of Murph. Murph does have his own Instagram page. He is called @megamuttmurph and he can be reached HERE. He does take a good photo. 


This is quite a clean and simple card. I have never made a birthday card for a dog before. 

Have a good weekend. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie

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Thursday, 27 May 2021

A Christmas Card for the May Rudolph Days Challenge

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your week going? Today is the day we are going for our second jab. I will let you know how we get on. 

The May Rudolph Days Challenge has already started. This challenge runs from the 25th of the month until the last day of the month. I had to go back through my files to find a Christmas card I hadn't posted. I have been very busy and I haven't made any Christmas cards lately. I am hoping to get back on track. Here is what I found. 


The patterned papers were in my stash. All the dies I used are older ones from the John Next Door range. 


This is not the scene that comes with the Round Bauble die set. The scene comes from the Sam's Circles die set. I added the Santa from the Christmas Time die set. 

I am not sure which die set this sentiment comes from. It seemed appropriate with all the deer on the card. 


This is another card for my stash. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Enjoy the rest of the week.
Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Monday, 24 May 2021

Beccy's Place - Just add Flowers

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How is your week going? We are getting closer to our second jab. Thursday will be here before we know it. I am helping at a Felting Workshop on Wednesday. It our daughter's birthday at the weekend. I really aim hoping for no side effects we will just have to wait and see. 

I am one of the Blog Contributors at Beccy's Place and I get to work with some fabulous images. The Just Add Flowers digital image set is no exception. 


For this card I made a background with Snippets of Patterned Papers. I used the A Little Something Digital Stamp set (which is available HERE) to add flowers to the jug. 


This is the Just Add Flowers digital image set it is available HERE.  As you can see I have only scratched the surface of the potential this set has. I really enjoyed colouring the jugs and it brought back memories of my lovely Nan. 


For my next card I added flowers with my Tatty Daisy die from the John Next Door range. 


The final card is a tiny card. All the flowers and butterflies were left over from another crafting session. This was a great way to use them. 


Here they all are together. They were fun to make. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Diamond Point Birthday Card

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

How was your weekend? We had a busy day on Saturday and a more chilled day on Sunday. We did manage to get our for a walk before the rain started. Then there was time to craft. This week is going to be busy too. On Thursday we are due to get our second vaccine. I hope we don't get any reactions this time. 

I have been seeing lots of Diamond Point cards around Facebook. Well being me I had to have a go. John Lockwood did demonstrate this style of card on the Craft Store when he was demonstrating the limited edition kit earlier in the month. 


This one was made with all Claritystamp products including the card blank. There are tutorials for this style of card if you check on the internet. I used one of my Designer paper pads. 

The flower square was a club die with a different sentiment. In one of the Claritystamp  offers I treated myself to some corner dies that came with other sentiments one of which was Happy Birthday. 


I made this one for my crafty friend's birthday. As it could be hand delivered the care could be a little bigger. 

I would like to enter the following challenges:

Have a good week. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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