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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

I've been at the bits boxes again...

... and found this lovely image which I stamped at a friend's house some years ago and coloured at home, then for some unknown reason I consigned it to obscurity!

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all warm and well, or getting there...hugs
I can't believe the frozen snow is still with us after two days of sun. I live on the shady side of the street, so even though I don't go to work until the afternoon I still have to scrape the ice from the windscreen!

Wishing you all a Happy and healthy New Year...hugs

Here is my card for today, and I only used 1 bit from the boxes this time LOL.

What 'bit' did I use? The rose/script, sorry I don't know the make!
I used my Caran D'Ache watercolour pencils to colour it.
Matted with a scrap of Papermania textured card.
Basecard is Ivory textured card from PDA.
Pearlised card also from PDA, embossed with Couture Creations folder Giant Chain Wire.
Foliage dies from Memory Box.
Sentiment stamped and punched with SU :o)
Jackie xx

Saturday, 27 December 2014

5 favourites

Good morning Bloggers, and a happy and healthy New Year to all of you wherever you are...hugs

I see that some folks have posted their favourite 5 Christmas cards  so I thought I would do the same, although I am not entering them anywhere :o)

So, here they are in no particular order





There are others which I loved making, but I kept it to 5, otherwise I would be adding most of them :o)
Jackie xx

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Purple birthday

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world...hugs

Are you ready for the big day? I have now done all my shopping and anything that hasn't been got will just have to be left LOL.

My card for today is another one using bits, those boxes are bottomless :o)
 
 
Unfortunately I had to use flash as the day was so dull, hence the glare!
The only thing new on this card is the SU greeting, cut with Spellbinders, even the base card was folded and cut a while ago LOL.
Pearlised paper flowers punched with Woodware, Xcut and EK Success.
Leaves cut with my one and only  Sue Wilson die set a while ago.
MME card backing cut With Cricut.
Pearls from stash and coloured with Copic pen.
The very pink gragonfly has been removed since I took the pic, the colour was too far out of place :o)
Jackie xx
 


Saturday, 20 December 2014

Lupin birthday

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world...hugs
Are you all ready for Santa? I only have the perishables to get now, thank goodness!

On to todays offering. I've used this lupin before, and I will use it again because I love it.

White linencard from The Range, folded and cut to 7x5.
Lupin image printed out aeons ago an now coloured with copics this week.
Digi image is from Delicious Doodles (I think).
Cut with Spellbinders.
Green card from scrapbox.
Sentiment stamp is an old one from Staps and smiles.
Gems from stash :o)
Jackie xx

Friday, 19 December 2014

Thought you might like to see a few of my bits boxes

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world...hugs for enyone who wants or needs them.

A few have expressed interest in my bits boxes, so here's a few of them :o)



They are, from top to bottom, 
A 4 boxes each containing punched, diecut and Cricut cut items.
A6 boxes and a DL box containing more similar items.
A5 boxes containg partially made and other diecut/punched items.
I have several more boxes of varying sizes, mostly A4 and A5, which contain hundreds of offcuts in various sizes and colours.
For those of you who think that I must be getting well down them by now, the answer is that I am not...LOL
Jackie xx

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Poppy window card

Good morning everyone. I hope you are all well or getting there...hugs

The cold sores are finally clearing up, and not a moment too soon, they've been driving me mad with itching!

How slow everything is today, must be all those folks shopping online at the last minute!!!

Did you notice that I didn't mention any bits in the title? But there are still some bits on my card for today LOL.

I had to take the photograph in artificial light so the colour is bad. The card is really white on white but it looks more like ivory or cream here!
All but the poppy photograph inside is from the bits boxes on this one, even the base card with the window cut out! Window die is from Cheery Lynn, had it a couple of years or more and totally forgot about it. Other diecuts are from Memory Box.


This is the original of my photograph inside the card, taken at Barnsdale Gardens in the summer of 2011 and as you can see, the sun was shining :o)
Jackie xx


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Yet another bits card

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world...hugs

I didn't manage to get on here at all yesterday so I have some catching up to do! All of a sudden Christmas is nearly upon us EEEEEEEK!

It happens very rarely, but last night I had and extremely rude customer, whatever happened to the spirit of goodwill? Other customers were as shocked as I was! 

Thank you so much for all the well wishes, and the tips for my cold sores, several involving perfume and Zovirax, but once they have developed it is too late and they have to run their course. The small one at the side of my nose has finally gone but the other one is much bigger and harder to shift.

Anyhow, here is my card for today and yes, it's another one from the bits boxes, I WILL get to the bottom of them eventually LOL.

The only new thing on this one is the basecard, which is ivory linencard, and that's only new in the sense that I folded and cut it to 7x5 especially, but I have had the card in stash for about 5 years!
Pearlised card from PDA embossed with Tied Together folder.
Flower cut on the Cricut.
Diecut foliage from Cheery Lynn.
Sentiment is, I think, and old one from Penny Black,stamped onto an offcut from one of my earlier aperture cards.
Flatbacked sticky pearls from stash and coloured with Copics :o)
Jackie xx 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Baby birthday from bits box

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all warm and well...hugs.

Oh woe is me, I have a huge cold sore just under my nose, and one in my ear, and they are both driving me to distraction with the itching!!!!!

I've got to catchup on commenting today as I didn't get on yesterday, so without further ado, here is my card for today!

Once again, a CAS card and very small, A6 size.
The only new thing is the computer generated sentiment, sorry I can't remember which font I used!
Everything else is from stash and bits boxes. Age number can be added when required :o)
Jackie xx


Tuesday, 9 December 2014

More from my bottomless bits boxes

Good morning everyone, I do hope all is well in your world...hugs
I had to scrape the windscreen when I came out of work at 10 o'clock last night Brrrrrrrr!

Thank you for all your comments Re. the 'robot' thingy yesterday. Apparently, if you ignore it it still posts okay so that is what I will do. If this isn't true of mine then please let me know and I will embed it instead of the pop up box. I must say though, that I much prefer the pop up box because it take much longer to open the other way!

Anyhow, on to my cards for this morning.



Both very simple, The only new things are the basecards which are white hammered, folded and cut to A6.
I stamped the images at a friend's house many moons ago and just got around to colouring them with copics.
I punched a hole with Woodware punch into the blue embossed panel to fit the image into, then popped the image on sticky foam pads. On the girl card I left the embossed panel as it was and popped the image with sticky foam pads onto it. Woodware punched flowers and buttons from stash.
Computer generated sentiments on both. I am late this morning so will have to come back in a little while to comment  :o)
Jackie xx


Monday, 8 December 2014

Okay, what's going on?

I have just been commenting on blogs and all of a sudden they all have the 'prove you're not a robot' thingy enabled. So, I checked mine and it's the same even though I have not enabled it!
Some of the numbers are so blurred they can't be deciphered so how are we supposed to type them in Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
Jackie xx

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Sizzix daisy #2

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world...hugs
I took a peek out of the window and BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR, that looks like one helluva frost with lovely intricate patterns in ice on the car. Thank goodness I don't have to go out and scrap early in the mornings nowadays, all my shifts are evening ones!

My nose is so red and sore from continuously having to blow it, but I am getting there, still coughing and sneezing but it seems to be a tad better than yesterday, thank you for your good wishes :o)

On to my card for today, as you can see the bits boxes are still very productive and being raided regularly!


My usual white linencard folded and cut to 7x5 for the base.
Red mirri card mat.
Marianne emboss and cut folder use on the white pearlised card.
Sizzix daisy and Marianne foliage from the bits boxes.
Large gem brad from stash :o)
Jackie xx

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Still using the bits.....

.....I think I have enough of them to last a lifetime LOL.

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world...hugs.
I have the mother of all colds, never get a mild one. Sniffling, sneezing, no voice! Who would like to take it from me, I won't charge!!!

Once again I have been raiding the bits boxes, and believe it or not, I found 3 more boxes of bits whilst looking for something else, which I didn't find!!!Make that two lifetimes they will last me LOL.


Base card is my usual linencard folded and cut to 6x6.
Sissix vellum daisy and Marianne foliage all cut from scraps many moons ago, as was the Woodware punched circle.
Sentiment stamped with My Creative Time.
Large brad from stash :o)
Jackie xx

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Another bits and pieces card

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world...hugs.  For myself, I don't much like these unseaonable temperatures!
Can you believe that it is December already? 
I had a wonderful day on Sunday with my crafting friends, (yes Christine, I did remember Viv's hug) it was our last get together of the year so we did our Secret Santa, and a wonderful day ended with us having dinner at Cosmo's in Derby. What could be more perfect?  :o)
Anyhow, here is my card for today. 

Base card is my usual white linendcard from The Range, folded and cut to 7x5. That is the only new thing on this card.
Sentiment stamp is an old one from Penny Black, found it sitting in a box and it hadn't seen ink for some years.
The hexagon shapes were cut at a friend's house years ago, before I bought my own hexagon die set.
Flower was punched with EK Success,  centre punched with  McGill, also years ago.
I am determined to use all the bits from my boxes up, but it could take a long time LOL. I had forgotten how many there are!!!!!
Jackie xx




Saturday, 29 November 2014

Card for my cousin's youngest grandson

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world. As for me, well I do not like this unseasonal warmth at all, last week I was scraping my car when I came out of work at 10pm, now I am roasting!!!!!

My cousin's youngest Grandson is soon to be 18, between Christmas and the New Year. Along with his Dad, he is a market trader, and he is also a cyclist as well as being welded to his mobile phone LOL. I have made cards for him featuring mobile phones before so decided to give them a miss this time!


Why does it never upload them in the order I do them?????
Front is an old postcard of Long Eaton market as it used to be, it has never been the same since they moved it!!! BUT, I suppose it is safer in these days of congested roads etc. I do remember well how we used to take our life into our hands when shopping there LOL.
Sentiment is computer generated, with a Memory Box diecut bicycle seemingly pulling it along like a banner!
Inside is a map showing the general area where they live and a memory Box Penny Farthing bicycle.
I was a bit unsure about whether it was suitable for an 18 year old young man but I am assured by his Grandma and Grandad, and his Dad, that he will love it :o)
Jackie xx

Thursday, 27 November 2014

...and another one from my bit boxes

Good morning everyone, I see it has been raining heavily overnight, I hope you are all warm and dry...hugs.

I cannot believe that it is only 4 week to Christmas day, where did the time go?

Once again I turned to my bit boxes for my card share today, and found these lovely leaves. I took me a couple of days deep thought (in betweet chapters of the gripping book I am reading) before I came up with the wreath idea for them LOL.


Card used is Papermill Direct ivory linencard and PDA brown card.
Card size is 6x6, or more correctly, it will fit into a 6x6 envelope.
I can't remember whether I punched or diecut the leaves, it's years I did them and I can't find a punch or a die in my stash that fits them , must have used one of my friend's or I have sold them or given them away LOL.
While I was looking I came across the wonderful old Stampendous sentiment stamp :o)
Jackie xx

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Yet another one from my bits box

Good frosty morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world...hugs
I do love these crisp mornings although I wasn't too keen on having to scrape the car when I came out of work at 10pm last night Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Having said that, I am not too keen on the thick fog we have with it this morning!!!

I only used 1 bit from me old bits boxes for mt today's offering, but I used some bits of ivory linencardcard from my scrap box too.





This is one for the box.
I don't like to put 'sympathy' or 'condolences' on cards, I much prefer  'thinking of you'.
Card used is Ivory linencard, folded and cut to 7x5, and red semi-matt card.
Sentiment stamp from SU.
I don't think any explanation is required as it is fairly obvious :o)
Jackie xx

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Button tree

Good morning Bloggers, I hope all is well in your world...hugs

I am limited for time as I have to go for my 'flu jab at 8.24am, so I will have to come back later to check out your blogs.

I first saw a button tree by a very talented lady who no longer blogs, and this is my version, but I originally made a flutterby tree instead as I had no buttons.

Card used is ivory linencard from Papermill Direct, and plain brown card from PDA.
Dies used are Memory Box Tree and Spellbinder nesties. 
Sentiment stamped with My Creative Time.

This it the flutterby tree I did and posted back in March, just for comparison :o)
Jackie xx

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Another one using some of the bits I 'found'

Good morning everyone, I cannot believe how the time is flying! I hope all is well in your world...hugs.

I decided I wanted to make an aperture card and this is what I came up with. 



White linencard folded and cut to 7x5 for the base card, then I cut the aperture with Spellbinder die.
Photograph inside is one I took many years ago at Bonsall village, near Matlock Bath. It was such a typically English country garden and looked so beautiful.
Diecuts and punched pieces are all from the boxes I rediscovered last week
Not much else I can say about it really LOL.
I spent some of yesterday making up vellum flowers from diecuts outta the boxes so I will hopefully be making at least one  card today :o)
Jackie xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

And now for something different, second attempt!

Good sunny Tuesday morning Bloggers, I hope all is well where you are...hugs

I have already done this once, then pressed the wrong button and lost it all, with a lot of blue air over Borrowash!!!

I have gone back to one of the styles I used to do many moons ago for this one.
I have 4 x A4  boxes, each with 17 little boxes in them full of leaves, flowers, balloons, stars and so on ad infinitum. All of them were punched and diecut from scraps probably 5 years ago, and then forgotten. I came across them and decided they had been inloved for lopng enough so I have brought them out of exile!

This is the first card made using some of them, and I will be making more over the coming weeks/months.


As Usual, the base card is linencard folded and cut to my favourite 7x5.
Next up is the pearlised panel embossed with Couture Creations Chainlink fence,
Thern comes the frame, which is the negative from a Spellbinders diecut.
The leaves are are, if I remember correctly, a combination from Spellbinders, Leone Em, maybe Xcut and ?
Flower cut with Tim Holtz Tattered Flower die.
Shading was rubbed in lightly using gilding wax.
I am fairly pleased with it even though my faves are CAS cards.
Beacuse of the faffing about getting this onto my blog, it may take me a day or two to catch up with your usually wonderful uploads, please bear with me :o)
Jackie xx

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Ivory and brown

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all well or getting there...hugs.

I am very happy to report that my car is now M.O.Td and taxed for another year,  and had it's Winter check so that's the biggest item out of the way :o)

I went to the Doc yesterday and he confirmed what I already thought, I have arthritis in my left hand, but it's early days yet so the pain is bearable, certainly not as bad as the shoulder and back pains. HeyHo, that's the price of getting old LOL! Isn't it strange that until I was 70, I hardly ever needed to visit the Doctor's, but now everyting is going to pot!!!!! Thank goodness for cardmaking :o)

Anyhow, enough of my rambling, I know there are lots of peeps out there far worse off than me so I'd better stop grumbling!

Onto my card for today!

 I do love sepia whether it's old photographs or cards, and although this is Memento Cocoa, it is near enough!
Base card is ivory linencard from Papermill Direct, folded and cut to 7x5.
I stamped Woodware grasses onto it twice, then the Stampendous agapanthus cluster onto a small scrap of the same card. I inked the edge of the panel and attached it with foam pads to lift it. 
Sentiment is an old stamp from Stamps and Smiles and Bob's yer Uncle, the card is finished. Didn't take very long to make :o)
Jackie xx

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Last of my three "finds"

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world, and you are warm and dry...hugs

I went to PDA at Langley Mill yesterday afternoon to get some brown textured card that I love and I only had 1 sheet left. They are in the middle of moving things around and enlarging the shop area so they have lots more stamps and dies etc. than the last time I went around November last year. 

Of course I bought more than the brown card I went for LOL. I also got some white double sided pearlised card, and a couple of embossing folders including the chicken wire one that I have long wanted, and my first jar of gilding wax to play with. Add the 200 envelopes and my proposed £10 spend became £40+ LOL.

Here is the last of my three finds in my craftroom, no doubt there will be many others that haven't seen ink!


I used the same ivory linencard, from Papermill Direct, that I used on the other two, but this time I folded and cut it to 6x6.
Brown card is the same as the one I bought at PDA yesterday.
Pink pearlised card is only one sided, which I had forgotten, and I put it into the Embossalicious folder the wrong way so what you see is the debossed side!
Staped the Papermania sentiment onto an offcut of the ivory linencard and coloured with Copics. I added Glossy accents to the pink lettering but you can't see it here!
Dies used are Spellbinders and Provocraft :o)
Jackie xx

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Number two of my "finds"

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world and you are warm and dry...hugs

I am on holiday from work this week, getting my second breath before the Christmas rush, so I am hoping to spend a fair bit of it in the craftroom!

This is the second of three from the Papermania sentiment stamps that I "found" whilst looking for something else. Did I find what I was originally looking for? No, cuz I forgot what it was LOL.


Once again, basecard is ivory linencard from Papermill Direct, folded and cut to 7x5.
Image stamped onto a scrap of the same card then coloured with red copic and an ordinary gold pen which I bought aeons ago for writing Christmas cards out and never used LOL.
Dies used are Memory Box and Spellbinders, and Woodware punches.
Tiny pearls from stash coloured with copic pen.
Gold card is Kanban from before they closed down :o)
Jackie xx

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Best wishes

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all warm and dry, oh boy did we have some rain yesterday and yes, I got caught in it...hugs

I was ferreting in my craft room, as you do, and came across three stamps bought many moons ago and never inked, so I had to rectify that immediately. This is the first one!




A very simple card, I used Papermill Direct ivory linen card, folded and cut to 7x5. You may have noticed that this is my favourite size card LOL.
I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of the same card and coloured it with Copics, then cut it with Spellbinders.
Corner cut with Memory Box die, tiny pearls coloured with Copic pen.
Brown textured and green card from scrap box :o)
Jackie xx

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Another giraffe

Good morning everyone, what a lovely crisp Autumn start to the day, maybe now we will start getting the gorgeous colours we normally expect at this time of the year.
I hope all is well in your world, wherever you are...hugs

My card today is about as simple as they get. I was ferreting in a drawer and found this wonderful Stampendous stamp which I had forgotten about, so it seems I haven't yet finished with giraffes LOL.


I used Copics to colour the little fellow in.
Base card is ivory linen from Papermill Direct, folded and cut to 7x5.
Sentiment stamped with  Stamps and Smiles.
The image was just right to use a the scrap from cutting the card to size :o)
Jackie xx

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Great-grandson's birthday

Good morning everyone on this very misty start to the day, I hope all is well in your world...hugs

Ryan was 9 on Sunday, where does the time go to, seems like only yesterday that I became a great-granny!!! I made a gift card wallet for him and he was tickled to see himself on it :o)

 
 Ryan posing


Ryan with his mum and dad (my grandson Ben)

I took the photograph on the wallet on Christmas morning last year.
Background and font colour taken from his jimmyjams.
Font used it Ryan.
Scrap of MME card from the scrap box.
Jackie xx

Saturday, 1 November 2014

The rest of my cousin's order

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world.....hugs

After the last mammoth commission from my cousin I was so pleased to have this simple set of 6 to make. She loves browns, as do I,  so  I set too with gusto. The only colouring on this set is a tiny bit of shading with a Copic pen :o)


 Three kings is an image from my very old (1990s) CorelDraw 7. I had to convert it to a png in PSP7 then changed colour to brown. I printed it straight onto the ivory linen card...from Papermill Direct...then added the text using Papyrus font before folding and cutting to 7x5.
Bethlehem image is a little stamp from Art Impressions, which I stamped with Memento inkpad, then cut with Spellbinders.
Brown textured card was from PDA aeons ago :o)
Jackie xx


Thursday, 30 October 2014

Here they are, all 40 of them

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world...hugs.

After 3+ weeks of colouring, then folding, cutting, printing inserts and fitting them, here they are at last! Thank goodness that after all that, I do like them a lot, not often that I say that about my own work LOL.




Images are all from Karen's Doodles, printed straight onto white linen card, the coloured with Copics and Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pens, then folded and cut to 7x5.
Font used for the text is Smarty Pants.
Glamour Dust adds a bit of sparkle but is not easily seen here!
Now I get to start on the remaining 6 card order, no colouring involved :o)
Jackie xx

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Finished at last

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world...hugs

I am happy to be able to tell you that I have at last finished all that colouring, and indeed I have now finished the first part of the card order so hopefully I will be able to show you on my next upload! Now I have a set of 6 more traditional Christmas card to make for the same customer, my cousin :o)

In the meantime here is another digi page of me to keep you going LOL.


This photograph was taken by my friend Jean when we were on a family history trip checking out gravestones. Sorry I can't remember the conversation, it was ten years ago, so I don't know what was amusing me at the time!
I only had a few minutes to spare so this is a cheat freebie background from Cajoline
All I had to do was add the photograph so it's not really my work, but at least it was something to upload! My apologies for not creating my own background this time but I only had all of 5 minutes to do it :o)
Jackie xx

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Sorry you are stuck with me this morning!

Good morning everyone, don't forget to put your clocks back tonight!

I am still colouring for that big order, so nothing new from me today, I created this digi page a couple of years ago but not sure that I blogged it, so my apologies if I did LOL.

If you don't want to be stuck with me then now is the time to avert your eyes...

Grand-daughter Sian took this photograph with my camera. No doubt you will recognise it from my avatar. It's the on;y photograph of me that I like :o)
Background is my own paper, I used the green from my shirt to create it.
Flutterbies, dragonfly and roses are my own photographs.
Page created in Paint Shop Pro, I used Papyrus, one of my favourite fonts, for the text :o)
Jackie xx

Thursday, 23 October 2014

A few photographs

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world...hugs.
I can't be;ieve that we will be putting the clocks back this weekend already. It doesn't seem 5 minutes since we put them forward!!!

Sorry I don't have a card to share today, so I have got a few photographs, taken at Elvaston Castle last month to keep you going LOL.


This is the tiny Moorish Temple which has recently been repaired at last. 
These pics were taken with my Galaxy tablet.
 


Panoramic photograph taken with my little Fujifilm compact camera.
How strange that I have had this camera for more than two years and didn't realise I could take panoramic pics with it until I bought my tablet and it prompted me to check on both my cameras.
Must take my big camera out sometime soon and try it out with that one :o)
Jackie xx

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

4x4 notecard

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world and you are not badly affected by the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo...hugs

I made this little notecard weeks ago and never got around to uploading it while I was preoccupied with Christmas cards. At the moment this is the last one I have to show you whilst I am in the middle of a 40 Christmas card order and every one of them needs to be hand coloured so they are taking forever! I hope I will be able to get something made in very soon! At the moment I am about to start colouring #26 of the 40, then of course there is all the folding, cutting to size and inserts to do. Methinks I will be begging for mercy by the time I get to the end of them LOL.

Onto my little card for today.

This is Ganesh Vijay, he was born at Twycross Zoo in 2009, but sadly died about 18 months later! In this photograph he is only a few days old. I took a few more photographs when he was a month or so old so although he is gone he is not forgotten.
I designed the card in SCAL and cut it on the Cricut. My Cricut is the original one (nearly 8 years old) from before we could connect them to the internet so I can only cut smaller cards.
Printed onto white linen card and cut with Spellbinders. I hope you like it :o)
Jackie xx