Saturday 31 January 2015

Easter # die

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world and you haven't been too badly affected with snow. My Friend, who live in the Derbyshire Peak district, has been virtually snowed in!...hugs

My card for today is my first Easter card and I really enjoyed using my brand new die for it!

I merged two of my photographs, both taken many years ago, for this one. Many of you will have seen them both in other years. I just love using my duck photograph LOL.
I used my usual whote linen card for the base, folded and cut to 6x6.
My artwork, including the sentiment, was peinted onto the same card, then cut with my new Di-namics stitched die. I do so love this die and this is it's first airing, but it will be used many more times. I have 3 other sets on order, one set coming from the US, so I am waiting with bated breath for them to arrive LOL.
Daffodil stamp is from an old SU set, and I used a copic pen to colour them. They were stamped with Memento London Fog inkpad :o)
Jackie xx

Thursday 29 January 2015

English Miss rose

Good morning everyone, I hope you escaped the snow yesterday, and all is well in your world...hugs

For my card this morning I have used another one of my old photographs, sorry to say I can't remember where I took it, but I think it could have been at a garden centre!

Basecard is my usual white linencard folded and cut to 6x6.
Photograph and sentiment printed onto the same card, then cut with Grand Nestie.
Foliage cut with Memory Box die.
That's really all there is to it folks :o)
Jackie xx

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Christmas 10/11 own photograph

Good morning Bloggers, I hope all is well in your world...hugs for those who need or want them

I can't believe how mild it is out there, although according to the forecasters there is more snow on the way later in the week!

The poinsettia on these cards is my current one which I bought a week before Christmas. I cannot believe it is still going strong because I normally seem to kill all plants off very quickly LOL.

As you can see, the only difference between these two is the mat colours, I think I love the red matted one best!
Base cards are my usual white linencard, folded and cut to 6x6. Photograph printed onto the same linencard, then matted onto Red Papermania textured card gold Kanban textured card.
I will maybe add a smidgin of Glamour Dust when it gets nearer to Christmas :o)
Jackie xx

Sunday 25 January 2015

Stop Press!!!

Problem solved. I finally found my original photograph of the flower in the card below. My apologies for saying it was NOT a gerbera, cuz it is. I've slapped my wrist for you LOL.

Added later: Forgot to say that the reason I couldn't remember what it was is because once the edges had gone it didn't look like a gerbera to me LOL.

This is a cropped version but it's from the original.
Thank you for your interest :o)
Jackie xx

Saturday 24 January 2015

Unknown flower, open card for any occasion

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

On Thursday afternoon, as usual, I set off to do my food shopping and before I got to the supermarket I had bought a new reclining sofa!!! I only went into the store to look and there, right in front of me, was the exact sofa that I wanted, at a very good price,  so I bought it LOL. Delivery is on the 5th Feb. so I am looking forward to being able to relax and ease the pain a bit more than my old sofa allows. I know when I sit on my friend's reclining sofa I am more comfortable that than  on any other :o)

Anyhow, enough waffling from me and on to my card for today!

Not sure whether you would call it sunburst or starburst but I like it whatever it's called LOL.
I'm afraid I don't know what the flower is, but I took the photograph in 2011 at Barnsdale Gardens and I love the colour of it.
I opened it in PSE5 and used the cookie cutter tool to get the effect, one of my favourites.
I cut it, and the mat out with Spellbinders.
Corners cut twice with a very old Provocraft die then I cut it in half (the diecut, not the die).
Basecard is white linencard and the orange card is Papermania textured card.
I really do love this effect and I hope you do too :o)
Jackie xx

Thursday 22 January 2015

Thomas the tank engine and a few friends...Christmas # 9

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world...hugs.
Haven't we had it all in the last few days? Snow, ice, rain, mild, can't make it's mind up!!!

My card for today features Thomas and several friends, another one for the hospital box. Each one is a seperate photograph tubed by PatEssex, my very good friend from DC. Thomas, the chimpanzee and the heron are my own photographs and the rest are Pat's.

Basecard is Papermill white hammered, folded and cut to 6x6.
Computer generated sentiment using Smarty Pants font. 
I will have to pop back later to comment on your blogs :o)
Jackie xx


Tuesday 20 January 2015

Commissioned sympathy

Good morning Bloggers, I hope all is well in your world...hugs
When I went to work yesterday afternoon I had to defrost the car (teatime) when I left work at 10.25pm, the frost was all gone!!! How changeable our weather is LOL.

My cousin asked me to make her some sympathy cards as she only has one left. I must say it is so much easier to make them when they are not needed! She loves CAS and flowers so these are what I came up with.

Not much to say about them really except that of course, they are my own photographs, played with in PSP7 and PSE 5, and I used Dauphin font for the sentiments :o)
Jackie xx

Saturday 17 January 2015

Snowdrop sympathy for the hospital box

Good morning one and all, I hope you are not in the areas which have been hit hardest by the extreme weather conditions, but my thoughts are with you if you are...hugs to everyone.

 In case you are wondering what my hospital box is, my friend is a receptionist at the renal unit and she raises hundreds of pounds for the mobile renal unit every year by selling cards and running two raffles each year, one at Easter and one at Christmas. She raises up to £1ooo twice a year! 100% of the proceeds goes into the fund.

For my card today, I found this photograph in the bottom of one of my bits boxes so I have combined bit's boxes and own pic :o)

I took the pic at Darley Park, Derby, in 2007.
I added a soft frame to it in PSP some time ago, but have just made it into a topper.
Base card is my usual white linencard, folded and cut to 7x5.
Sentiment stamp is from a set by My CReative Time :o)
Jackie xx

Thursday 15 January 2015

Back to my photographs, Christmas 7 and 8

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world and that you haven't been adversely affected by the wild weather...hugs

I am giving the bits boxes a little rest and going back to my photographs for a  while.  I have resurrected some of my old robin photographs, this one being taken at Attenborough Nature Reserve some years ago :)

 Both cards identical except for the matting colour, which I think makes them look quite different!
Base cards are my usual white linencard, folded and cut to 6x6.
I opend the photograph in Photoshop Elements 5 and used the cookie cutter tool twice to create the frame, once as is, then again in red.
Computer generated sentiment using the Smarty Pants font.
That's really all there is to them :o)
Jackie xx

Tuesday 13 January 2015

Pink poppy birthday

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

Thanks to a very kind blogger  who gave me a link, I bid for, and won, (for £8 +P&P) the retired Provocraft Tree set of dies used on my set of CAS tree cards so I will be able to make some more, big thanks to Jocelyn...hugs

My card for today uses only 1 piece from my bits boxes today and that is the image.

I stamped the image way back in the mists of time, and coloured with Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pens. It's a shame that the shimmer is lost in the pic!
Stamp is a Hampton Arts one called Asian Poppy.
I was lucky enough to find one solitary A5 sheet of Papermania textured card of the right colour  in my stash, so I cut the mat out with Spellbinders and the Memory Box Poppy and Chloe Stem out of it. 
Sentiment stamp is from old Stamps and Smiles set.
Base card is my usual white linen :o)
Jackie xx

Saturday 10 January 2015

A bit of Christmas humour

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all warm, well, and not being blown about. I haven't looked out yet to see what happening but the wind sure is noisy!  I hope that all those peeps in Scotland without power are soon restored...hugs

Thank you for identifying the dies used on my CAS Christmas tree cards a couple of posts ago. I have now put a bid in for them and I am waiting to see if I win!
As for the trapezoid frames, I 'found' them at a friend's house last night and we did a swap so I now have them, and she has what she wants in exchange LOL.

I 'rediscovered' Greetings Card Factory on my computer (not used it for years) and found the image I have used inside this card, so I knew what I wanted to do with it as soon as I saw it. I had previously created the base card and cut the window in it, then put it aside because I didn't know what to do with it!

Basecard is Papermill white hammered, folded and cut to 6x6, then window cut with Cheery Lynn Die.
Trees cut with Lea'bilities and Stars with Memory Box dies.
Unfortunately I can't remember how I converted the image to print it in Word, which means it will be a one off :o)
Jackie xx

Thursday 8 January 2015

Blue Hydrandea...

...and yes, I am still using my bits. The only thing new about this is the base card!

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

Once again, my card for today is made up from my bits boxes LOL.

Base card is my usual white linen, folded and cut to 7x5.
Hydrandgea stamp is an old one from Rubber Stampede.
Coloured with Sakura Gelly Roll Stardust pens, a shame that you can't see the sparkle in the photograph.
Foliage is Cheery Lynn diecuts.
Made the topper some years ago and them lost it, but now it is found LOL.
Jackie xx

Tuesday 6 January 2015

Grand-daughter's money wallet

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world and you have survived the festivities...hugs

I spent Christmas money on a new 1 Tb external hard drive because my old one was making very funny noises and I didn't want to risk losing my 20,000+ photographs. It took me 5 hours to get everythning transferred from the old to the new but I can breathe easily again now, thank goodness. I keep everything on the ext. drive, I save nothing at all to the computer or laptop drives. I also have a backup drive, just in case LOL.

It's a while since I used my photographs, and as my Grand-daughter Sian likes CAS and unfussy (no flowers) I thought this would be just right for her. Her birthday isn't until the 11th but she doesn't look at the blogs so it's safe to show it!

The base card is my usual white linencard from The Range.
I scored the A4 sheet a 5" and 10", the folded the flap inside the card before cutting it to 7".
The church spire you see reflected in the water sits atop the parish church at Attenborough, Notts. and is where a lot of our ancestors (paternal) were baptised, married, buried.
The photograph was taken across one of the lakes at Attenborough Nature Reserve a few years ago,  as was the bulrushes photograph at a different time. My good friend PatEssex (Docrafts) tubed the bulrushed for me. I opened both pics in PSP and merged them, then added the greeting using Smarty Pants font :o)
Jackie xx

Saturday 3 January 2015

Christmas #2, 3, 4, and 5

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all warm and dry. It is very dark and wet here...hugs

As you can see in the title, I have 4 cards to share with you today, and I think it is safe to call them a CAS tree set LOL.

The base cards are white linencard from The Range, folded and cut to 7x5 and 6x6.
All of the bits are from my boxes again. I cut them way back in the mists of time at a friend's house and when I got home I consigned them into obscurity! Why did I do that? Who knows why crafters do anything LOL.
I think the diecuts are from Cuttlebug, well I know the funky frames definitely are,  and I am hoping that someone can tell me if the trees are still available. I have the number for the frames but would like to buy both if possible.
The two sentiments were stamped with SU :o)
Jackie xx

Thursday 1 January 2015

Christmas #1 for 2015

Good morning everyone. Wishing you all a happy and Healthy New Year. Quite a few of us have had health problems in the past year,  so I hope these are all resolved for 2015...hugs

I finished work at 6.15 last night and not going back until next Monday Yayyyyyyy.

My card for today is as it says in the title, but the topper was rescued from the bin. You will probably remember all those hand coloured cards I made for my cousin's commission, well this one was a mess, I had gone way out of the lines with my copics and it looked dreadful so into the bin it went! 
Anyhow, I decided to fetch it out of the bin and cut the image out and here it is :o)

I do intend to add Glamour Dust to the fluffy bits later on, too soon to add now or it would be all over the place before Christmas LOL.
This time I put my photograph behind a frame which is the negative from a previous card.
I quite like them standing in front of the frame, I hope you do too! Image from Karen's Doodles.
Coloured with Copics, of course.
I still love these characters so much I may well use them a lot again LOL.
Sorry I cannot remember where the stamp came from, call it another 'senior moment' :o)
Jackie xx