Wednesday 29 December 2021

Some of my favourite makes from 2021

 Hello My Crafty Blog Friends and Visitors

I hope that you all had a good Christmas. We did get to stay with our Daughter and Son-in-law. We had a lovely meal together and plenty of walks with the dog. I am sharing our special family news: in June we will become Grandparents. I still can't quite believe it. As a family we feel very blessed. There is still a long way to go but the signs are looking good. 

My back has continued to be a problem. I have taken to use the laptop standing up in the kitchen, 

I thought I would share some of my favourite makes from the year.  Some of these bring back special memories. 

I have made a few Box cards this year. This is the one I made for our daughter's 30th birthday. I drew the paper myself. This reminds me of not only our lovely daughter but also of my love of doodling. 

This is another favourite design of card. It is a Diamond Point card and there are lots of instructions on YouTube for how to make them. On my blog this has been the most looked at card of the year. 

Here is the Christmas card I gave to my in-laws this year. They are both in their 90s and just recently they have started to need care. It is always nice to give them something special. The card was made entirely with John Next Door dies. 

This twisted easel card was my Father-in-Laws birthday card. He still gets out in his garden every day. 

I have been on the Beccy's Place design team for a long time. I do like using her images. The background was made with Snippets which I like doing a lot. There always seem to be more Snippets. 

Here is a special birthday card I made again all with John Next Door dies. I am very thrilled to be one of his Angels. 

I also love reusing old cards. This image worked so well with the paper. 

Here is the Christmas card I made for our Daughter and Son-in-law. Our daughter has always loved penguins. These are Two Jays penguins. I had fun colouring them and cutting them our. 

This is one of the cards that I made for the John Next Door Christmas box kit. I wrote two articles for the magazine, It is so lovely to get opportunities like this.  

Here is one of my favourite cards I made for Beccy's Place. I do love sunflowers. 

Lastly this is the Christmas card I made for our very good friends (the ones we go on Beatles trips with). Our Daughter drew them for us. I also drew the wreath. I know they were thrilled with this card. I am hoping to do more with our Daughter's images in the future. 

I won't be making so many cards going forward. I have decided to stay on the Beccy's Place Design team and on John's Team of Angels. I will only be making special cards for people in between. I expect I will be blogging a lot less. This was the first year for ages we sent bought Christmas Cards. 

Happy New Year to you all. I do hope that 2022 is kinder to all of us. 

Happy Crafting

Hugs Jackie
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Em Louise Fairley said...

Congratulations! All your makes are beautiful xoxo

karin said...

Jackie that's great news that you will be grandparents. A good start of the new year!
You have made wonderful cards last year, love them all.
Enjoy New Years Eve.

cuilliesocks said...

Congratulations on your family's happy news, something to look forward to.
Your selection of cards are all so beautiful, Kate x

Carole J said...

Huge congratulations, Jackie - that is fabulous news! Your projects are the most beautiful. My card arrived in time for Christmas - thank you very much! xx

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the wonderful news. Your new grandchild will be here before you know it. Love your makes so it will be a shame not to see them but quality over quantity every time works. Quite a number of my handmade cards have not been delivered by Royal Mail, despite the correct postage. It's not the wasted time or money it's the disappointment and sadness I feel for the recipients some of who don't have many family or friends. Have a good New Year. WakeyL

Janette said...

Congrats Jackie, what a lovely new year you have to look forward too, nothing like it in this world.
Its a pleasure to look at your best picks, I reallyneed to do this, better get my skates on. Take care and all the best for the year ahead.xx said...

A gorgeous selection of cards Jackie and congratulations on your news, how wonderful!. I'm really glad that you had a good Christmas too but sorry to hear that you are struggling with your back, it affects everything that you try to do doesn't it. Wishing you all a healthy and Happy New Year - Michelle x

Rocky said...

Happy New Year lovely lady, I'm glad to hear we'll still be working together next year. I have also trimmed down my workload, it's what happens when your family needs more of your time, but they are worth it, congratulations on the good news.

Wendy L said...

A wonderful selection, Happy New Year to you and Keith, xx

Beccy said...

What a wonderful selection of cards Jackie, you've certainly had a creative year! Thank you for all the inspiration you've shared this year, it's been fabulous to see so many of your wonderful cards.
Congratulations on the happy news! A new little addition to the family is so exciting!

Andree said...

A fabulous selection of cards Jackie, all of them are gorgeous. Thank you for my beautiful cards this year. I'm delighted to see one of them here.
Congratulations on your wonderful news! I'm so pleased for you all.
Wishing you, Keith, and your family, a lovely New Year and sending best wishes that 2022 brings you everything you desire xxx

aussie aNNie said...

Lovely projects and stunningcolours. Impressive.
Happy New 2022.

Crafting Queen said...

What a great news, congratulations. You are going to be very busy in the New Year. Love your cards. Hope your back settles down. Have a Happy New Year. Hugs Anesha x

sandy's crafty bits said...

wow what a super collection of cards Jackie and what great news you are going to be grandparents ... its the best job ever ... happy new year to you and Keith ... will you be grandma and grandad or nannie and granpa ... best of luck to your daughter and son in law ... sorry to hear you have hurt your back I have not been blogging very regularly either ... too much to do with mother in law ... (and you know all about that too) hope your back is improving take care and stay safe ... happy blogging and love sandy xx