Thursday 29 November 2012

Autumn for a change

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all well, warm and dry.
My card for today features a photograph I took earlier this month just up the road from where I live. I was on my way to Long Eaton and had to stop and just gaze at the wonderful Autumn colour with the sun shining on them. It was truly magnificent :o)

As usual, I feathered the photograph in PSP then printed it onto Papermania textured card, then folded and cut to 5x7.
Hero Arts stamp was used for the sentiment, which is one of my favourites and was particularly relevant as I had done just that to get this picture.
The acorn die was sent to me by a friend who had two, as were the leaf diecuts :o)
Jackie xx

Tuesday 27 November 2012

Ooooops! It's back to Christmas

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all well, warm and dry!
I've gone back to Christmas with my card for today. At this rate I will have next year's Christmas cards made before the end of this year LOL.

This card was a bit of an experiment really. I had made the topper last week and realised that it was too big for a 6x6 card so it had to be an 8x8, but what to do for a frame? I had seen on someones blog or DC gallery (sorry I can't remember where or when) how to emboss a card using Nesties so that's what I did and was flabbergasted when it worked LOL.
Dies used are Cheery Lea'bilities and Memory box and punch is Martha Stewart. Sorry, can't remember whose embossing folder it is! Although the mat looks gold on the right hand side it is actually silver :o)
Jackie xx

Monday 26 November 2012

Brilliant day and a non Christmas card for a change

Good morning crafters, I do hope that you are safe from the awful flooding. I am sending cyber hugs to those of you who have suffered from all this incessant rain  {{{{{HUGS}}}}}


WARNING, long post so get your cuppa and settle down!

I had a wonderful day with my crafting friends yesterday (7 of us altogether) starting with bacon and cheese paninis and a cuppa as we arrived, then we played with Viv's i-pad so I ended up checking out Amazon and what did I buy? A Kindle Fire which was on offer at £30 off. Well I was never one to turn down a bargain so now I am waiting with bated breath for my new toy to arrive!

Then we all went to Byrkley Park for some retail therapy and as always we spent a fortune on crafting goodies ;o)

Back to our wonderful host Pauline's house where we tucked in to lovely home made apple/cinnamon and cherry scones with clotted cream and fresh strawberries, lemon drizzle cake and goodness knows what else (all of it very naughty)+ the inevitable cuppa.

Then it was time to play after another one of us went onto Amazon to buy the said Kindle Fire!
I did make three cards but I haven't taken pics of them yet, I will put them on later. 

For dinner, our lovely hostess had made rumblethump - what was that did I hear? - mashed potato mixed with finely shredded cabbage, onions and cheese and baked in the oven - lots of vegetables and succulent roast gammon, followed by our American friend's home made pumpkin pie. From this morning we have to fast to get the extra lbs off LOL.

Without more ado, here is my card for today, and they don't come much more simple :o)

Whilst looking for something else I found this 12x6 bit of card left over from who know's when. I found the ribbon, which is more aqua than it looks in the picture, so decided to have a play and here is the result. 
I folded the card into 6x6 and then stamped the PB Queen Anne's Lace and Stampendous agapanthus cluster onto the card and the geese (sorry I can't remember whose) and the sentiment, all in Memento Ivy. I hope you like it :o)
Jackie xx

Friday 23 November 2012

Friend's birthday

Good morning Bloggers, my apologies for not visiting you for a few days! I will try and catch up over the next couple of day because on Sunday I will be out all day enjoying a craft get together with my friends. It has been very hectic here for the last few days what with Christmas shopping, car being serviced, new tyres being fitted, out to lunch 3 days this week etc. etc. etc....... life is so hard at times LOL. 
Next job is to start writing Christmas cards out ready for posting! I bought all my postage stamps before they went up in April.
Anyhow, on to my card for which I used my own photograph of the recipient's own dog. I know he has received it so it's okay to show it at last and he is delighted with it :o)

Inside is a smaller photograph. As always, the photograph was feathered in PSP and printed straight onto Papermania textured card, and the sentiment added in Word, using Dauphin font :o)
Jackie xx

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Tim Holtz trees

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world and that you haven't had any flooding. Those poor folks in Scotland had it a few weeks ago and now they have it again. I cannot even begin to imagine what it must be like for them...sending cyber hugs for them all.

It's raining again and I have to take the car in for service this morning, then it's on the bus (after 9.30am of course) into Derby to do a bit of shopping. I don't really like going into the cities but heyho, I can't get what I need locally! This will be my second visit to Derby this year LOL, last time was January 2nd!
Anyhow, onto my cards for today, a nearly matching pair :o)

More simple cards I'm afraid.
Both are linencard folded and cut to 5x7.
Pearlised white card embossed with TH trees then matted with plain black card. 
Reindeer cut from scraps of white glittercard and holly from black card remnants, both using Memory Box dies.
Stamped greeting from ? to finish :o)
Jackie xx

Sunday 18 November 2012

Christmas candles

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world. What a beautiful morning it is, everywhere is white with frost and it looks so pretty :o)
I am on holiday for a week now...all together now I meant to enjoy myself. I do have to take the car in for service on Tuesday but that is just one day out of the eight I have! Tomorrow I am off to Belper river gardens to meet up with Mol from Docrafts so I am looking forward to that ;o)
On to my card for today. Yes, it's another simple one, with postage rates being so high I like to keep the ones for posting fairly flat! I have made some non Christmas cards too but can't put them on yet in case they are seen!

White linen card base folded and cut to 5x7.
Pearlised white card embossed with Craft Concepts folder, then lightly sponged with Memento inks, then matted with orange Bazzill from scrap box. Added tree handcut from white glittercard scrap, sentiment stamp from ?   :o)
Jackie xx

Thursday 15 November 2012

Good morning everyone, I'm not liking this fog we have today, and they do say that it will be slow to lift! Still, at least it's not cold this morning.
I'm not going far today, only to George's Tradition in Long Eaton for my weekly fix lunch. Can't let the weather stop me going there LOL. Then of course, as it's Thursday I will be at my daughter's at teatime. Other than that, methinks a bit of family research and maybe a play in the craftroom will be the order of the day. 
Anyhow, on to my card for today which is another very simple one.

Basecard is linen. The panel is pearlised white card embossed with ? embossing folder (sorry, no name on it) and matted onto red Bazzill from my scrap bin. Marianne poinsettia die cut from red vellum and green card, stamens hi-lited with Glossy Accents and Glamour Dust, sticky back gem from stash to finish off. I have had that sentiment on the acrylic block for so long (years) that I cannot remember where it's from :o)
Jackie xx

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Sudbury Hall, it's all about the ceilings

Good morning Bloggers, I can't believe it's nearly a week since I last posted. Unfortunately life sometimes gets in the way, and the blog has to take a back seat!
I have already bought my Christmas present to me, a 6 month subscription to Find my Past, in the hope that I can tie up a few loose ends in my research, which has been neglected for too long. I aim to get back into it though. The daft thing is, I have found more for a friend than for me so far!!!!!
Anyhow, on to my photographs for today which I took at Sudbury Hall last month. It has the most glorious ceilings there, they are a wonderful sight to behold. It would have been wonderful if I could have laid flat on the floor to take the pics of them, but then I would have needed a crane to get me up again LOL.
I warn you it is picture heavy so you might like to get a cuppa and settle down comfortably!

I hope you have enjoyed my little tour of Sudbury Hall, Derbyshire. It really is well worth a visit if you are near enough :o)
Jackie xx

Thursday 8 November 2012

White on white Christmas

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world, and if it isn't then here's s few {{{{{hugs}}}}} for you.
I don't mind the cold but I wish we didn't have these long dark nights. I shudder to think of what it's like where they have 6 months of darkness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am off out to my cousin's for the day and we will go out for a pub lunch, then at teatime I will be at my daughter's so my day is well taken care of :o)
My card for today is a very simple one but I do love white on white.

I cut and folded white linen card to 5x7. Crafts Too embossed background is pearlised white card.
Glittercard Lea'bilities diecut trees and stars complete it with just a tiny bit of colour in the windows of the house :o)
Jackie xx

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Kedleston Hall DLO

 Good morning Bloggers, I hope you are all warm and well. When I finished work at 9.30 last night I had to scrape the ice from the car windows before I could come home. It's really thick out there this morning BRRRRRRRRRRRR.
I have friends coming over today so there should be lots of chinwagging and laughter and who knows, maybe a little crafting :o)
My offering for today is a DLO using a few of the pics I took at Kedleston Hall last month.

I used 12x12 pale green Bazzill for the backgrounds and dark green card from stash for the mats. All photographs and mats were cut with Nesties and Grand Nesties and the leaf flourish is from Cheery Lynn. I designed the title in SCAL using Ryan font, and cut with the Cricut. I have yet to do the journalling and it will be hidden :o)
Jackie xx

Sunday 4 November 2012

Green and gold

Good morning Bloggers, I hope you are all warm and well. it was white over with frost when I got up but it is thawing fast now Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
You've seen the red and gold card I uploaded recently, well here is the green and gold version :o)

Dark green card from stash, cut and folded to A6. Same card used to stamp Woodware sentiment and heat embossed with Stampendous gold detail powder then cut with Nestie and backed with gold card from the scrap box. Very simple indeed :o)
Jackie xx

Thursday 1 November 2012

Great grandson's 7th birthday

 My thoughts and prayers are with all of those who were in the path of Hurricane Sandy. All other problems pale into insignificance at this devastation!
My card this morning is for my Great Grandson's birthday tomorrow, I cannot believe that he will be 7 years old already, it seems like yesterday that he was born :o)

I used an 8x8 card blank for this one and covered it with paper from stash. Sorry, I've had it so long that I don't know who produced it! I coloured all the 7s in with Marvey's, anyone remember them LOL.
The letters and sentiment are computer generated using a font called Ryan. Letters cut by hand and sentiment/mat cut with Nesties.
I stamped the faces with Peachy Keen stamp.
Inside left is a mini family tree for Ryan with 5 generations all still living. This is a digi page I created and posted earlier. It is really mainly blur but for the card I changed it to black and white. Right hand side is also computer generated and then I added a little pocket to hold his Toys R Us gift card.
I hope he likes it, I know he will love the gift card :o)
Jackie xx