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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Hobbycutz challenge 62 Ribbons & Pearls

Morning crafters, thank you for visiting me today, much appreciated. May I welcome my new followers its lovely to have you on board.

Today is another Challenge for you from Hobbycutz, this weeks challenge was chosen by our lovely John who chose Ribbons & Pearls.

I hope you choose to join in, do go over to the Hobbycutz Challenge web site at and view all the other wonderful creations the team has made.

I have made two cards for this challenge, here is the first:

I started my card off with a piece of White card, I got the Holly leaves embossing folder and brayed over with my versamark ink pad, inserted my White card and embossed it through my machine. I sprinkled Gold embossing powder over the card and heat embossed it. I coloured in the holly leaves and berries using Spectrum Noir pens, wrapped some Gold ribbon round the bottom and matted it onto some Green card.

I folded a sheet of Gold Miri card in half and embossed one side using the same embossing folder, this formed my base card. I attached my embossed gold card in the center. With more White card I stamped my sentiment using Forest Moss ink and die cut using Labels Twenty-Five, whilst still in the die I inked round with Forest Moss in the center and coloured the outside with a gold pen. I then decided to add some Double sided adhesive and cover with Micro beads. I placed this on top of my card then added some Red pearls where my berries were to cover the 'Pearls' bit!

I die cut some holly leaves and placed these on top of the bow along with some more Red Pearls for the berries.   The finished dimensions are 5"X7".

Items Used:

Create and Craft Gold Miri card
Sheena Douglass Festive Embossing Folder Holly 
Papermania Embossing Powder Gold
Fantastic Ribbons Gold
Creative Expressions Foundation card Rich Green
Creative Expressions Unmounted Stamps Winter Greetings
Tim Holtz Distress Inks Forest Moss
Gold pen
Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Five
Spectrum Noir Pens
Versamark Ink Pad
Flat Red Pearl Beads
Spellbinders Die-lites Holly Sprigs

My second card is:

I started with my basic White card using Centura Pearl. Using more centura Pearl I ran it through the embossing folder Delicate Snowflakes but on the de-bossed side, I ran my brayer over the top with Versamark Ink and heat embossed it with Enchanted Gold embossing powder, this is the first time I have used this colour and it is so beautiful and sparkly(photo does not do it justice) I shall definitely use it again.

I wrapped some Silky Crush ribbon around it, made a bow and stuck this on to the left side. Using Sue Wilson's Vienna die I cut the middle piece out and stamped my greeting on it with Versamark and heat embossed with Gold Embossing powder, I attached this to the bottom right of the card.

To add my pearls I used Hobby house Pearls and placed one in the center of each of the large snowflakes and smaller ones in the smaller snowflakes. To finish the card I added a large Pearl in the center of the bow.

A very quick and easy card to make. Finished dimensions are 8"X8".

Items used:

Crafters Companion White Centura Pearl card
Tattered Lace Embossing Folder Delicate Snowflakes
Papermania Embossing Powder Enchanted Gold & Gold
Sue Wilson Austrian Collection Vienna
Creative Expressions White Silky Crush Ribbon
Creative Expressions Large Fancy Pearls
Hobby house Pearls

Thank you for looking, Jacquie xxx

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Stags Head

Morning my crafting friends, now I know todays heading may make you think I was meeting up at the Pub but sadly not lol! But the center piece to my card today is this lovely stencil of a Stags head!

I loved this stencil the moment I saw it, so much detail. I did stencil it on White card at first but got a little ink in the wrong place so if I can rescue it I will show that one at a later date, however, I decided to stencil this one onto Kraft card to see how it turned out.

I inked through the stencil with Rusty Hinge & Vintage Photo then inked round the image with Forest Moss. I found some Tartan card in my stash so used that as a background before mounting it onto some Green card followed by Red card.  I stamped my sentiment onto another piece of Kraft card using Vintage Photo and inked round it with Forest Moss, I covered this with a piece of Double sided Adhesive Sheet and coated it with Micro Beads then attached it to the bottom of the card and added two gems either end of the tag.

There you have the finished card, very simple and maybe a little traditional with the colours but the stags head is the focal point. Finished dimensions 5" X 7".

Items Used:

Creative Expressions Rich Green & Red card
Creative Expressions Micro Beads
Tartan card -own stash
Create and Craft Kraft card
Create and Craft Iridescent Gems
Sweet Poppy Stencils Stags Head
Tim Holtz Distress Inks Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo & Forest Moss
Justrite Large Fancy Holiday Sentiment Stamps

Thank you for looking, Jacquie xxx

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Snowy Rooftops

Morning crafters, hope today finds you all well? Thank you for visiting me today I really do appreciate it, its good to share and read your comments. If you have a blog of your own then please leave a link and I will return the favour.

On Sunday I showed you my interpretation of one of Sheena Douglas cards, well today is another one! I don't make it a habit to copy others as I like to use my own ideas but thought I would give it a try with these, this one is not exact but near enough.

I started with my base White card, I embossed some Blue Centura Pearl card with a snowflake folder and matted this onto the White card. Using Blue card I embossed with the snowy rooftops folder, I added glue to the snowflakes and covered them in Glamour Dust and inked over the Santa & Sleigh with Black ink.

I embossed the rooftops again with White card, rubbed Black Soot over the top then adding some water and painted in the roof tops. I coloured the windows in Yellow to look like lights and then using White Acrylic Paint added some snow on the roofs. I cut round the White roof tops and stuck it over the top of the Blue one, I then wrapped around some snowy acetate and matted it onto some Silver card.

Onto some White card I stamped my sentiment, cut it into a ribbon and matted this onto some Silver card. I folded the end round the back of the Silver card and secured it so it just popped round the front over the image. On top of the label I added a little snowflake with a pearl in the center.

I matted this onto the base card and there you have the finished card.

Items Used:

White Card
Crafters Companion Centura Pearl Pastel Blue card
Create & Craft Silver card
Sheena Douglass Festive Embossing Folder Snowy Rooftops
Tim Holtz Distress Inks Black Soot & Squeezed Lemonade
Creative Expressions Cobalt Blue card
Acrylic White Paint
Hunkydory Snowy Acetate
DecoArt Glamour Dust
Justrite Large Fancy Holiday Sentiments
Habico Self Adhesive Pearls
Spellbinders Snowflakes
Tattered Lace Embossing Folder Snowflakes

Thank you for looking, Jacquie xxx

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Christmas Ivy

Morning my crafting friends, hope you are all enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend, lets hope the weather holds just  a little longer.  

For todays post I thought I would try a Sheena Douglass idea that she showed recently on her TV shows, I often wonder whether I could make them look as good as she does lol!

So, using the acetate packaging from her folder I embossed the Ivy Frame then rubbed Cast Bronze Gilding Wax over the embossed areas. turning the acetate over I coloured in the Ivy with Spectrum Noirs and put to one side.

Using some Black Soot I stamped my sentiment onto some White card, die cut it out and inked round the die with Forest moss. I placed this in the center of some White card and attached the acetate over the top with some brads.

I matted this up with Gold & Green Card. The dimensions are 7"X5".

I was quite pleased with how it turned out, not quite as good as Sheena's but good enough I think!

Items Used:

Sheena Douglass Festive Embossing Folder Ivy Frame
Sheena Douglass Little Bit festive Pinescape (Sentiment)
Acetate packaging.
White card
Creative Expressions Gilding Wax Cast Bronze
Creative Expressions Foundation Card Rich Green
Spellbinders Imperial Gold Gold Labels Four
Create & Craft Gold Card
Dovecraft Metallic Brads
Spectrum Noir Pens LG5 & JG2
Tim Holtz Distress Inks Black Soot & Forest Moss

Thank you for looking, Jacquie xxx

Friday, 22 August 2014

Let it Snow!

Morning everyone, hope this day finds you all well? Where has our summer gone? Cannot believe how quickly it is flying by.

Todays card I have used one of the Tattered Lace folders, the beautiful Snowflakes.

I made up an 8"X8" card base using White Textured card and matted this up with Blue card.

I put the Periwinkle card in the embossing folder and through the machine then brayed over the embossed part with Versamark Ink Pad, covered with White embossing powder and heat embossed it. I did the same with the White strip of card but used Artic Pearl Lustre Powder.

I attached the strip of card to the Periwinkle card then matted this onto the Blue card.

I stamped my sentiment and die cut it and inked round the edge. I die cut two of the Die-lites corners & accents and attached these either side of the sentiment then attached them to the card as seen.

I felt it needed a little something under the sentiment so I added a paper bow and added a pearl in the center.

Quite a quick card to make, the snowflake folder did all the work! Sorry about the poor photograph, the white round the outside is not the card its just to cover the background!!!

Items Used:

Tattered Lace Embossing Folder Snowflake
Papermania Embossing Powder Seafoam White
Creative Expressions Foundation Card Cobalt Blue & Periwinkle
Creative Expressions Embossing Powder Artic Pearl Lustre
White Textured Card (own stash)
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Thirteen
Spellbinders Die-lites Corners & Accents 2
Craftworks Kirtch paper Bows
Hobbyhouse Pearls
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot
Sheena Douglass Little Bit Scenic Stamps Pinescape

I am entering this card into

Thank you for looking, Jacquie xxx

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Figgy Pudding Lane

Morning my crafting friends, hope this day finds you well? Sorry I have not posted of late I have been busy catching up with chores on my return from my hols and not had much time to craft, anyhow I did manage to do this one in-between chores lol!

I thought it was about time I used my folders from Sheena Douglass so I brayed the folder on the inside with Versamark Ink Pad, placed my card inside the folder and put it through the E Bosser. I then covered it with White embossing powder and heat embossed it, this covered the walls of the buildings, I rubbed some Black ink over the embossed areas to show up the outline of the buildings.

I applied some Distress Inks, Pumice Stone first followed by Vintage Photo over the buildings I felt this gave an aged look to some of the walls, I painted in the beams using Black Soot, the windows using Squeezed Lemonade and signs with Vintage Photo, Fired Brick & Chipped Sapphire. The sky I coloured using Chipped Sapphire.

I placed a piece of snow covered Acetate over the image and made a frame for the card. Once stuck together I attached this to the front of a 5"X7" card.

I stamped my sentiment onto some White card and matted it onto some Gold card, making it a ribbon and attached it to the front of the card. I added a snowflake on top of this as well as in the upper corners to take the bareness away from the edges. There you have the finished card.

I have tried various, but similar ways of using this folder, will show these at a later date. Not your usual Christmas card but different!

Items Used:

Basic White Textured card 
Gold card
Sheena Douglass Festive Embossing Folders Figgy Pudding Lane
Tim Holtz Distress Inks Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo, Black Soot, Fired Brick, Chipped Sapphire & Squeezed Lemonade
Hunkydory Snowflake Acetate
Justrite Large Festive Sentiments
Spellbinders Snowflakes
Papermania Embossing Powder Seafoam White
Creative Expressions Self Adhesive Pearls
Versamark Ink Pad

Thank you for looking, Jacquie xxx

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Hobbycutz Challenge 61 Favourite Challenge

Morning my crafting friends, I am now back home after a great time with Sis. The week went by so quickly, must plan for next trip over lol! I am trying to catch up with all posts, there have been some wonderful creations done by you all over the last week or so, I do apologize if I have not got round to you yet or have missed you completely! I will be spending this week trying to catch up on jobs around the house and hopefully fit in time for some crafting.

Time for another Challenge at Hobbycutz  this weeks theme is 'Favourite Challenge' as chosen by our lovely host Kobie so you can pretty much choose your own thing. I was going to choose 'Anything Goes' but once I had finished my card I realised it was all 'Shades of One Colour' so that is what I have gone for with my colour Purple!

Do pop over to the Hobbycutz Challenge Blog and see all the lovely creations from the Design Team. Our lovely sponsor this week is 'All Dressed Up'.

I chose my image from 'All Dressed Up' Mirror Mirror and coloured it in with Promarkers, I decided to die cut the image as an oval so used the Oval frame from Wild Rose Studio.

I found in my stash from many years ago this Lilac textured aperture card, I embossed around the aperture with SB Grand Decorative Ovals using the reverse side of the card.

I die cut another oval using Plum card, matted my image onto this  and stuck this behind the aperture of the card as seen.

With two die cut flourishes out of Plum card added in opposite corners and purple gems dotted around the oval  you have the finished card.

This was quite an easy card to do, I was going to add flowers and butterflies but decided on just the two flourishes in the end as I did not want to take the eye from the image too much.

Items Used:

Blank Aperture card ( own stash )
All Dressed Up Image
Creative Expression Foundation card Plum
Justrite Flourish Two Die
Spellbinders grand Decorative ovals
Wild Rose Studio Oval Frame
Kanban Purple Gems

Thank you for looking, Jacquie xxx

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Gold Seasons Greetings

Morning my crafting friends, hope today finds you all safe and well.  So glad you could visit me today it is much appreciated.

I do apologize for the short posts at present. having a wonderful time in France its great to see my Sister again.

Todays post is another Christmas card, I just wanted it in Ivory & Gold so I folded a sheet of A4 Gold card in half to make the basic card, using a sheet of Ivory card I die cut the circle from the Calabria and a curved boarder at the bottom, I trimmed the card to fit and matted this on top of the Gold card, I then die cut the Calabria again but just placed the frame part on top of the circle.
I made a Poinsettia flower out of the Ivory card and the Leaf out of Gold card, made up the flower and put a Gold brad through the center, I attached this to the card as seen.
Above the curve I stamped my sentiment but unfortunately this smudged so I did it again on Ivory card and cut it out using the curved boarders and placed this on top, I would have preferred the sentiment just stamped straight onto the card but once smudged there is nothing you can do except cover it up of throw it away! We crafters don't throw anything away lol!

On the inside I die cut a small circle from Grand decorative Circles and placed tin the center for a verse or sentiment to be added.

Items used:

Create and Craft Gold card
Crafters Companion centura Pearl Card Ivory
Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Italian Collection Calabria
Spellbinders Curved Boarder Two
Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia
Spellbinders Grand Decorative Circles
Justrite Large fancy Holiday Stamps
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot

Thank you for looking, Jacquie xxx

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Christmas Window

 Morning crafters, hope today finds you all well, another card using the same stamp as Thursday.

Having a wonderful time in France, managing to avoid the rain so far lol! Sorry have not had time to comment on peoples posts, but then its not letting me either but I can view them so I do have a quick look before we call it a night, loved all your creations so far. I will catch up with everyone on my return.

I matted some Spring Green Card onto my basic White card then using some Kraft card I stamped my image in the center and cut round three sides to form a window. It was only then I decided to emboss the card  to make it look like the outside wall of a window, I had not got a brick pattern folder so used the snowfall one instead to look like pebble dash!!!

In the opening of the window  on the Green card I stamped the German version of O Christmas Tree.

On the inside I die cut some ovals out of Kraft card and Green card to stamp the English version of O Christmas Tree.

These cards are for the Language Teachers at our school so I thought they might appreciate something different!

Items Used:

Basic White 6x6 card
Kraft card
Creative Expressions Foundation Card Spring Green
Clarity Stamps O Christmas tree German & English & Robin & Tree
Tim Holtz Distress Inks Black Soot & Vintage Photo
Spellbinders Grand Decorative Ovals
Sheena Douglass Embossing Folder Snowfall

Thank you for looking, Jacquie xxx

Thursday, 7 August 2014

O Christmas Tree & Robin

Morning my crafting friends, hope this finds you all safe and well. Thank you for your visit today it is much appreciated.

I am making the next few scheduled posts quite short so I do apologize. I matted and layered the blush card onto the White card. On the Coconut card I stamped my image and coloured it in then matted this on top of the Blush card.

I die cut one of Spellbinders Postage stamp dies in Blush to place inside for a verse or sentiment.

Items used on this card were;

Basic White 6X6 card
Creative Expressions Foundations Card Blush & Coconut White
Clarity Stamps O Christmas Tree & Robin Stamp
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Black Soot
Spellbinders Nestability Postage Stamp Dies

Thank you for looking, Jacquie xxx

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

O' Tannenbaum

Morning my crafting friends, my oh my August already, just don't know where the time goes, is it me or do the years seem to go quicker? Perhaps its like they do as we get older!!!

I may be off for a while as I am going away soon, taking my son with me to my sisters in France, he has had a rough two years so the break will do him good. Leaving hubby at home to look after all the animals lol! Bless him hes got his parents house to look after too as they go away the same time! I think this will be one time he will be glad to see me back lol! Will try and get some posts scheduled but can't promise, I will check back with you all on my return if I can't get on Big Sis computer lol!

I have always liked the O' Christmas Tree hymn, especially in German, so when I saw Clarity Stamps had it in English and German I just had to get the stamps! There's me saying no more spending! I had already ordered the Tree die from Crafters Companion (would have liked them all but that would be greedy lol!) so how fitting I thought to put the two together! Well I was hoping the verse would fit inside the Tree cut out but sadly not quite! Still, I tried, I am usually used to either putting a insert inside for the verse or covering the inside with paper or card however, you can't do it with these as obviously you would cover the die cuts on the front, you could just cover the back. Anyhow, this was my second attempt, the first I did in White and tried to rub Distress ink over the top of the embossing but made a nice mess, ( the little tree on the front is from that card! )the embossing is not as deep as I had hoped so next time I will try spritzing it with water first. For this one I just sanded the embossing on the front so you got some detail then added a little glitter to the snowflakes.

The verse I put onto Vellum and heat embossed with White embossing powder, was not sure whether you would be able to read the verse but its not too bad. I chose a Red Rust coloured vellum to set off the Green card, these cards are nice that you get the little die cut from the middle so the little tree can sit on the front or be used on another card, great  with a  few of them with Reindeer's in front, like a forest!! They make nice quick cards.

Items Used:

Creative Expressions Rich Green Card
Crafters Companion Des'ire Create A Card Christmas Tree
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Bundled Sage
Creative Expressions Glitter Jewels Diamond Snow
Coloured Vellum
Clarity Stamps O Christmas Tree German Verse

Thank you for looking, Jacquie xxx

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Hobbycutz Challenge 59 Sketch

Morning my crafting friends, todays card is my second post for Hobbycutz DT, Erin chose the theme by interpreting a 'Sketch'. Aurora wings are the lovely sponsors.

Do go over and visit the  blog to see what beautiful creations the other DT Members have done

 This is the sketch we had to go by...

 Here is my take on it...

I started with a basic 6" X 6" blank card and covered the front with one of the beautiful papers from First Editions.  I added a piece of Lace Ribbon around the center before matting it onto the card. As most of the papers in this pad are Blue & Green I decided to keep to these colours so using the pad again I chose a Blue sheet and added a square diagonally in the center, unfortunately you cannot see this now as it is covered, you may see a peek at the top of the image or under the Blue flower! Using another sheet I cut two squares out  with SB Captivating squares and placed these in opposite corners.

The beautiful image is Gardenia from Aurora Wings our sponsors, I coloured this with Promarkers & Spectrum Noirs, I did wish to stick to Blue & Green but I felt the roses would look better in bright colours to stand out so I went for Pink & Yellow! I added some glitter round the edge of the Pink Roses but the photo does not pick this up, I am sure the image is supposed to be the other way round so she is upside down but I liked it this way! Once finished I die cut the image out with SB Captivating Squares  and placed it in the top right corner of my card.

Using Tattered Lace lavish Blooms I cut the Lily out of White card, cut down the center of each petal and coloured the edge Pink and I cut the Poppy out of some of the Blue paper from the pad, I added glitter round the edge of each of these flowers too. I die cut the leaves out of a Green sheet from the pad adding some darker Green centers of the leaves to make the flowers stand out a bit more. Now I know the sketch shows only two flowers but I like the 'Rule of Three' so I added three flowers!

Finally the sketch showed four dangling items, I was not sure what I was going to use for this, I thought of beads at first but they were too big so then I found these buttons that matched the colour of my theme and were the shape of flowers, I could easily attach these with some jump rings so I placed these in the top corner as seen.

I feel I have matched the sketch all be it a little bit 'busy', possibly would have been better on a larger card so it was all spaced out a bit more as there was rather a lot to fit on but I am happy with it lol!

Items used:

First Editions Up Up & Away 6 X 6 paper pad
Creative Expressions Layered Scalloped lace
Tattered Lace Lavish Blooms Poppy, Lily, Stamens & Leaves (my lovely prize from Lydia)
Aurora Wings Digi Image Gardenia
Spellbinders Captivating Squares
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Victorian Velvet
Letraset Promarkers
Crafters Companion Spectrum Noirs
Creative Expressions Glitter Jewels Diamond Snow
HobbyHouse Self Adhesive Pearls
Trimcraft Santas Workshop Buttons

I would like to enter this card into ( Flowers, Leaves & pretty papers)

Thank you for looking, Jacquie xxx