Sunday 31 May 2009


Here is my offering for SASSC17 over at

This is my last card before I go off on my jollies tomorrow morning.
I think the stamped image is a Cuddly Buddly which I used at a friend's house some time ago, aint she cute :o) I have coloured her with watercolour pencils.
Scene and swan photographs I took last Tuesday at St Chad's Water, Wilne. Did 2 layers for the swan and framed the photograph with a Sizzix die cut using my favourite Bazzill.
White hammered BC covered with PM paper
Cuddly Buddly image?
Own photographs
Ribbon scrap
Sizzix die
Jackie xx

Saturday 30 May 2009

Crafting week

Oh dear, just did this post once and pressed the back button before I had saved it :o(
I'm getting excited now because 7 of us are off bright and early on Monday morning for a crafting holiday, I hope Caister on Sea is ready for us :o)
Please excuse me for not visiting you blog over the next week, I won't be here, I'll be off on my jollies having lots of fun and laughter.
I will try and make one last card tomorrow morning before I knuckle under and get my packing done but no promises :o)
Jackie xx

Wednesday 27 May 2009

OCC challenge - sentiments

Here is my offering for the OCC challenge - sentiments over at

I was needing a wedding/anniversary card in my box so decided to make it for the challenge, I love this sentiment from Penny Black.
I had just 1 sheet of this lovely brocade type card left so I need to visit the PMS at Mansfield again soon :o)
I heat embossed the sentiment with silver embossing powder and mounted it onto silver holographic card which I cut with my Woodware trimmer and scalloped blade.
The flower is made up from pearlised punched images using an assortment of punches with a liquid pearl centre. The scroll is also holographic card.
Brocade card from PMS
Sizzix swirl
Holographic card
Various punches
PB sentiment stamp
Ribbon scrap
Flat back pearls

Jackie xx

Tuesday 26 May 2009

Simon Says challenge - sketch

This is my entry for the Simon Says - sketch challenge over at

I think I just about made it in time by the skin of my teeth (where does that saying come from?) This really iwas an eleventh hour effort so I hope it looks okay :o)
I know I stamped the pansy image at one of my friend's houses, but I can't remember where or when and who made the stamp. Perhaps someone will be able to enlighten me! I inked the edge of the image then "distressed" it with my scissors but it doesn't really show upwell on here.
It looks crooked but that is because it would lay flat to have it's piccy taken :o)
My usual hammered white BC from PMS covered with
Unknown pansy stamp
Hero arts sentiment stamp (part of)
PB scroll stamp
Flowers from my stash
Multishaper punch
SU oval punches
Dovecraft chalk
Caran D'Ache watercolour pencils
Jackie xx

I have a lovely award

I am very naughty! I was given this great award by the ever lovely Chrissie over at
several days ago. I have not had the opportunity to follow the rules since I received it so waited until now.
The rules are that I must:
Nominate 5 to 10 blogs you feel show great attitude and gratitude.-
Link to your nominees within your blog post.
Comment on their blogs to let them know they've received the award.-
Link back to the person who gave you the award to show your appreciation.
I still have to figure out how to choose just 5 to 10 from the many lovely friends I have made on here so will be back to enter them later.
Jackie xx
Well I'm back and a hard decision it has been. After much deliberation and soul searching I have decided to pass on this award to 5 friends, some of whom I know personally and others through blogging, you will know which you are :o)
I have chosen these 5 for various reasons, but mainly because they give me so much encouragement.
Viv deserves a medal at the moment for the stress she is undergoing getting her 90 year old Mother moved and comfortably settled into her new home and all this just weeks after having her hubby was rushed into hospital and suffering her own physical pain with a trapped nerve.
Pam also deserves a special mention because she has to suffer so much pain but she is always cheerful and laughing with us even when the hurting is unbearable.
Lesley, Lynne and Cass, you are always there to leave encouraging comments on my blog every time I post anything new.
I would also like to say another big thank you to Chrissie for giving me this award which I will treasure, Chrissie you're a star.
I do hope I haven't put you all to sleep, you can wake up now, I have finished :o)

Make an old lady very happy

I made this for Viv's Mum who, at 90 years old, has just moved into a new home. If you haven't seen Viv's appeal nip over and have a look at
I cut the card out on the Cricut using the Zooballoo cart. The tree is from the same cart. I painted the roof and the tree with pearlescent watercolours, added a few gems and decoupaged Harvey, Viv's dog, from a photograph I took of hime last year. Dot just adores Harvey.
Did the greeting in Word, Annie font and punched out using SU punches.
Finished off with HOTP paper inside and another sentiment :o)
Jackie xx

Saturday 23 May 2009

Cuttlebug be inspired-butterflies and hearts #32

Another very simple card.
I cut the silver heart on the Cricut then cuttlebugged it with the D'vine Swirls folder. Large butterfly is my own photograph and the small ones along with the hearts are stamped with Dovecraft stamps. Small butterflies are highlighed with Sakura Stardust pens and the card is lightly chalked to relieve the stark white.
White hammered BC
Silver Miiri card
Dovecraft stamps
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Own photograph
Sakura Stardust pens
Jackie xx

Thursday 21 May 2009

Stamps and Smiles challenge card 16

Here is my entry for the SASSC16 over at

I love the simplicity of this sketch so decided to keep the card very simple, in fact it's so si,ple it doesn't really need and explanation :o)
Hammered white BC
Cuttlebug Script embossing folder folder
Art Impressions rose stamp
Hero Arts sentiment stamp (part of)
Plain red card
Ribbon scrap
Jackie xx

Made this just for fun...

...and to play with my brand new SAS stamps. It's never going to be great but it was so much fun making it :o)

I used 9 stamps for this creation and coloured them with watercolour pencils. Some of them are stuck with DS tape but the rest are raised with foam pads. Background is chalked. I made a mess of the word cupcake on the sentiment so had to write it in, not very successfully :o( Still, if I give it to a young child he/she won't notice that :o)
SAS stamps
Art Impressions grass tuft stamp
Caran D'Ache watercolour pencils
Sakura Stardust pens for highlights
Jackie xx

Wednesday 20 May 2009

It's playtime...

I spent yesterday at my daughter's helping her to scrape tiles from the bathroom walls prior to having it all redone and a new shower fitted so no crafting at all, never even saw the inside of the craftroom :o(
No cards today either, my lovely new SAS cupcake stamp sets have arrived from the US so I am going to play before I go to work this afternoon. All being well I may be able to show you something tomorrow :o)
Jackie xx

Monday 18 May 2009

Simon Says challenge - One for the boys

This is my entry for the Simon Says One for the boys challenge over at

Again, I borrowed the stamp for this one but forgot to look where it was from (slap my wrist). I think it is a Sugar Nellie! Coloured with watercolour pencils, chalked background then matted onto my favourite Bazzill :o) Speech bubble is a SAS stamp, sentiment and fishing rod are See Dee stamps and the 2 little fishes are from a Daisy and Dandelion set so it's a good mixture :o)
Bazzill CS
Hammered white base card from PMS
Sugar Nellie ?? stamp
SAS stamp
Daisy & Dandelion stamps
See Dee Stamps

Jackie xx

Stamps and Smiles challenge card 15

This is my entry for the SASSC15 over at

The lovely Viv allowed me to use her Carl the Cupcake stamp as I am awaiting delivery of my own set. I watercoloured him and then highlighted his 'topknot' with Stickles. I wanted to keep it very simple and this is the result :o)
Bazzill CS
SU sentiment Stamp
SAS Carl the Cupcake stamp
DP unkown but suspect it may be HOTP
Jackie xx

Fantastic crafting day...

... at our very good friend Viv's in Macclesfield :o) The food was to die for and the company was of the very best. Who could ask for more? :o)
I finally managed to make some cards so here are the first two. I made these for the box.
I borrowed a Little Claire stamp from one of the girls for this one, watercoloured and then Stickles on the petal edges. I did stamp a sentiment on the left side but it didn't show up very well on the Bazzill card, so had to cover it up with a brayered page I just happened to have with me :o) Added a bit of satin ribbon, will add sentiment when and if needed.

This one has a K&Co backing, stamped image is from Magenta and I coloured it with Sakura Stardust pens, matted onto textured silver card. I borrowed the sentiment stamp from one of the girls and I forgot to check where it was from!
Bazzill CS
Magenta stamp
Little Claire stamp
Sentiment stamp?? (May be Stampendous)
Caran D'Ache watercolour pencils
Martha Stewart edge punch
Fiskars edge punch
Jackie xx

Friday 15 May 2009

I never did manage it!

I had hoped to get at least a couple of cards on here last night but unfortunately I didn't get to make any, too much clearing out to do, two trips to the tip and still stuff to sort out! I am going to join some of my crafty friends on Sunday for a whole day of crafting so I may finally get some challenges made.
I am so sorry if I have not had time to visit you blogs this week, hopefully I will catch up at least a bit next week :o)
Jackie xx

Thursday 14 May 2009

No cards this morning...

...have to go to the tip instead :o(
I have spent the last hour getting loads of stuff by the door to take it down to the tip, decided I really MUST declutter. Hopefully, if I get done tis morning I can spend the afternoon crafting :o) I finally bought myself a new HD ready TV complete with Freeview and DVD player so only ONE plug and wire no instead if umpteen! Thus is what prompted yet another clearout :o)
Hopefully I will be back later with a card or two :o)
Jackie xx

Tuesday 12 May 2009

My lovely blog award

I got home from work after ten last night weary and hungry, and what do I find? The lovely Chrissie over at has given me a fantastic award. What a lift it gave me, thank you so much for thinking of me Chrissie :o)Now I need to give it to 5 of my blog friends and this is very difficult as it means leaving some of you out.
I will be back when I have had a think about it :o)
Jackie xx
Here I am again having finally picked out 5 friends who very regularly visit my blog and say nice things about my projects. It was so difficult but I finally chose friends who I had not previously given awards to :o)
In no particular order:
and last but not least our own Derby Dabbler Lesley :o)

Monday 11 May 2009

OCC challenge - sketch

This is my entry for the OCC sketch challenge over at

I inked the edges of the image and smudged it, so decided that instead of discarding it, I would smudge it all over with cotton wool. Not too sure if it's worked well but I think it's acceptable :o)
Hammered white card from PMS
Blue DP from stash, unkown
B&W DP from DCWV (I think) 12x12 stack
Xcut punched flowers
Ribbon scrap
Martha Stewart Lace Doily edge punch
SU scalloped edge punch
Jackie xx

Sunday 10 May 2009

I WON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't believe it, I WON a fantastic set of stamps in the blog hop over at
from the lovely Viv's part of the hop :o)
Ooooooooh I can't wait to get my Carl the Cupcake stamps and have a play with them
Thank you Viv and SAS for making it possible :o)
Jackie xx

Friday 8 May 2009

Man card for fisherman

A work colleague asked me to make a card for her BiL who is soon to be 40 and loves fishing!
The photograph is my own, the artwork is from my very good friend Pat who is my partner in crime at

The stamped images are from a See Dee fishing set.


Hammered white CS from PMS

Image and DP from J&P Pictures

See Dee Stamps

Jackie xx

Thursday 7 May 2009

Cuttlebug be inspired-wedding challenge #30

This is my entry for the Cuttlebug #30 wedding challenge over at

Very simple to make once I had created the topper from Pat's DP, which in turn was created from Pat's own photograph. The hearts and mat are actually silver hologram card but look coloured here. Cuttlebugged the hearts with the Swiss Dots folder :o)
White hammered CS from PMS
DP from J & P Pictures
Ribbon scrap from stash
Hologram card from stash
Xcut heart punch
Very small set of ingredients this time :o)
Jackie xx

Wednesday 6 May 2009

Wild and wet in North Derbyshire

We all moan about the rain but WOW did it bucket down yesterday! It didn't stop us enjoying our day out in Wildest Derbyshire yesterday :o)

The top photograph is my daughter planted there just to give perspective when looking out from Curbar Edge. The scenery from up there is just magnificent.
Next one down shows clearly that while we think we have too much rain, there isn't a full quota in the Derwent dams!
I just had to include the ducklings, aren't they so sweet. It was fascinating sitting in the car eating our hot dogs and watching these cute little balls of fluff running around in the pouring rain :o)
Last but not least is the magnificent Derwent Dam where the legendary Dambusters practiced dropping the bouncing bombs in WW2
Jackie xx

Tuesday 5 May 2009

May freebies

Good morning everyone :o)
No cards today as I am off up into Derbyshire with my daughter for the day
This is a piccy of our May freebies for you to download from our website at
Help yourself for that special Father's Day project. You will also find there are still some of our previous freebies there for you to download.
Please leave a comment in our guestbook so we know you have been to visit :o)
These images are extra to, and not from, the Man CD we are currently working on!
Jackie xx

Monday 4 May 2009

Check this out

Hop on over to Viv's blog over at
to have a chance of winning a brilliant set of SAS new release cupcake stamps.
While you are there check out Viv's magnificent cards :o)
Jackie xx

Sunday 3 May 2009

Simon Says blog challenge

The recipe; 1 ribbon, 2 papers, 3 buttons.
I decided to have a go at making my own buttons using shrink plastic so I stamped the flower from the SU Organic Grace set 3 times, then punched them out using the SU scalloped round punch. Coloured the flowers then punched 2 holes in each and heat shrunk them and I was quite pleased with the result :o)
CD hammered white from the PMS
Main DP unknown
Other DP Dovecarft
Own buttons
Organic Grace stamp fro SU
Leone Em leaf punch
DMC embroidery silk
Jackie xx

Stamps and Smiles challenge card 13

Thank goodness I finally managed to make a couple of challenge cards this morning, I thought I wasn't going to get there this week!
This is my offering for the SASSC13 sketch over at
If you've never visitied their website then you are missing some superb samples from the DT.
I inked the petals on the Mei flowers to match the stamped image.
White hammered CS from PMS
Little Claire and Stampendous stamps
Crayola pencils
Mei flowers
Main DP from stash, band is Basic Grey Figgy Pudding card
Ribbon scrap
Glossy Accents (still wet)
Jackie xx

A few cards from current CD

These are a few of the cards I have made for the gallery on the Man CD we are currently working on at

The top one I have made using Bazzill CS and Dovecraft DP just to illustrate that any papers can be used with our toppers. The rest are our own DP.
All our DP and toppers are created from our own photographs.
Jackie xx

Saturday 2 May 2009

Two cards I made last night...

... at our Derby Dabblers craft club.

The theme for the evening was Pink & Brown and if possible, a different shape. I had no idea what I was going to do but theses are what I came up with. I borrowed one of the other member's Little Clare stamp and used Crayola pens and Sansodor to colour the images. I had previously cut the octagon template on the Cricut. The pink & brown theme was covered in my first card so I chose to play with orange & brown for my second one :o)
Jackie xx

Friday 1 May 2009

Sorry about being AWOL

Sorry no posts this week, it's been a very busy one, even more so than normal ! Hopefully I will manage to get some challenges done on Sunday all being well. Until then there's not much chance. I am off to Derby Dabblers tonight so might manage to make something there :o)
Missing you all :o(
Jackie xx