Saturday 28 November 2015

Commissioned baby's first Christmas

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

The weather can't make up it's mind again, it seems quite mild and damp at the moment, but earlier in the week it was -4c and I had to scrape the car windscreen when I left work at 10pm!

I am off to Ilkeston tomorrow morning to meet up with a Docrafter, I am quite looking forward to putting a face to her name. We are meeting in a supermarket cafe, and it's a compitor to the company I work for  so I had better not mention any names LOL.

Anyhow, I am here to show you a card I made earlier in the week for a work friend to give to her baby grand-daughter so here it is :o)

 Basecard folded and cut from an A4 sheet of white linencard.
Image and paper from an old Dorcraft's Digital Designer CD.
As you probably know by now, I don't usually use CDs except those produced from our own photographs by myself and my very good friend Pat (we used to be known as J & P Pictures but had to give up for various reasons) but I keep this one just on the offchance that I may be asked for a card with FF on it!

I printed onto the same linencard and added computer generated sentiments, then stamped with little snowflakes from an old Crafts UK set.
Ribbon from stash.
That's all there is to it folks.
I am hopeful that I have now finished making my own Christmas cards, and just have three more commissioned cards to make, but methinks it may be wise to make a few more "just in case ones" :o)
Jackie xx

Thursday 26 November 2015

Christmas x 5

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

I am very late this morning so I will get on with it!

I have 5 cards for you today, all digi images merged onto my own photographs.

My photographs taken at Elvaston Castle about 5 years ago. All printed onto white linencard. Photographs and digi images merged in PSP7.
All digi images from Karen's Doodles and coloured with Copics and Sakura Pens.
All cards started off as A4 sheets of white linencard from The Range, which I folded and cut to 7x5 and just under 6x6.
Various card colours/types from stash used for layers, mostly from PDA.
A mix of sentiments, some computer generated and some stamped. Computer generated ones punched with SU.
Not really much else that I can say about them :o)
Jackie xx

Tuesday 24 November 2015

40 card commission

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your's a few hugs for anyone who wants or needs them {{{{{hugs}}}}}

When I went out to work at about 3pm yesterday, the temperature was a chilly 4c. When I came out of work I expected to have to scrape my car but it was still 4c and it was raining!

I finally finished my 40 card order, took me 5 days to make them and here they are.

They are smaller than my usual 5x7 or 6x6 ish because the size of image demanded that they should be A6.
Luckily, when looking for somthing else, I discovered a long forgotten box chocful of A5 ivory hammered card which I bought when The Papermill Shops were still open, so I didn't have to cut, just folded them in half!
I laid them out in fours, stamping the SU church first, then the Stamps and Smiles sentiment, all stamping done with Memento rich brown inkpad.
I then printed and fitted the inserts, again in fours, and attached them.
Once more, I laid them out in fours and added a smidgin of gold Glamour Dust and 'Bob's yer Uncle', they were finished. Just got to deliver them on Friday and have a pub lunch with my cousin (customer).
I can't say that I am sorry they are finished :o)
Jackie xx


Saturday 21 November 2015

Robins x 4

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all well or getting there, and that you are warm and dry...hugs

OMG how the temperature plummeted last night, down to 1c when I left my friend's at about 10pm! Since then the heavens have opened and the rain is practically horizontal, the wind has gone to gale force again!!!

My title? Well I am uploading 4 robin cards but they are 4 different robins too, taken at various times at Attenborough Nature Reserve and St. Chad's Water. 
Basecards are 7x5 and 6x6 ish.

 All basecards are white linencard from The Range, folded and cut to size.
All images feathered in PSP7, but starburst created in PSE5, then printed in MS Word onto same linencard and three of the sentiments printed at the same time using various fonts. One sentiment printed in Word then punched with SU.
Panelled layer on third card is pearlised card, embossed with Embossalicious folder.
Diecut on last card cut with Memory Box die.
Pearls coloured with Copic marker pen :o)
Jackie xx


Thursday 19 November 2015

10 card commission

Good morning everyone, I hope all is as well as it can be with you...hugs

The wind is still blowing here but at least it is drying up again, and it isn't really cold yet, although the forecast says it soon will be!

My cousin asked me for 10 of these cards in brown and Ivory, she does so love her browns, and I do too so it was a real pleasure making them for her. Having said that, it is always a real pleasure making cards :o)

Basecard is ivory linencard from the PaperMill shop before they all closed a few years ago, folded and cut to 7x5
Brown textured card is from PDA.
Own photograph of course, you have seen the original when I posted my white version of this card.
Photograph feathered in PSP7 onto same ivory card, an cut with Spellbinders pierced oval die, then raised with sticky foam strips.
White pearlised card used for the panel which is embossed with Darice then lightly chalked.
I added a smidgeon of golf Glamour Dust which isn't very noticeable here, but is very twinkly IRL.
Sentiment stamped with Stamps and Smiles.

I had a little play with paperpiecing, long time since I last did any, and this little card is the result. I dug out an old Stampendous, Retro Trees, stamp for this one.
This is just a little A6 card, a size I rarely make. While I was looking for something else, I came across an A5 box full of hammered card which I had folded into A6 cards years ago and forgotten about, so it looks like I will be making lots more this size for a while LOL.
Green paper background is from my scrapbox, and I stamped the trees onto white linencard scrap, then onto the same green paper. I fussy cut them and stuck them on, then stamped the sentiment with the same stamp as on the set of cards.
I quite like the effect and will possibly do it again :o)
Jackie xx


Tuesday 17 November 2015

Great-grandson's money wallet

Good morning Bloggers, I hope all is well in your world and you haven't been affected by the extreme weather conditions...hugs to all of you

My Great-grandson Ryan was 10 years old at the beginning of November, I can't believe how the time has flown!!! This is the money wallet I made for him.

It's really very simple, Ryan loves to see his name on a card, but then it get's tossed aside for what is inside!
7x5 basecard folded and cut from A4 sheet of white linencard from The Range.
Banners cut with Die-namics die from a scrap of brown card.
Name cut with Memory Box dies from a scrap of striped paper.
Sentiment is a mix of stencil and 2 stamps.
As I said, very simple :o)
Jackie xx

Saturday 14 November 2015

Christmas 46 and 47

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

My heart goes out to the people of Paris, especially to the families of those killed or injured.

I think I told you that my cousin wants 40 Christmas cards, all the same onelayer cards thank goodness! Well, I had a wonderful pub lunch with her yesterday and guess what, she wants another 10, all the same but different from the 40!!! I have made a start LOL.

On to my cards for today.

 Both basecards are 7x5, folded and cut from A4 sheets of white linencard from The Range.
Both mats are gold fluted card from PDA.
The first image of the Magi is a silhouette from my very old CorelDraw Software but I changed it to brown, added the words using papyrus font in MS Word and printed onto the same white card.
Hand drawn star and random stars done with gold pen and a smidgin of gold Glamour Dust.

For this image I googled public domain Christmas images last year and changed it to sepia.
Cut image and mat with Grand Nesties and added gold Glamour Dust.
Sentiment stamped with Stamps and Smiles (I think) 
Both are very simple cards :o)
Jackie xx

Thursday 12 November 2015

Narrowboat reflections

Good morning everyone, I hope you are all enjoying the unseasonal mildness, can't really say that I am, its not right. I prefer it when the seasons are defined by the weather!

I thought I would give you a brief break from the Christmas cards today, only today mind you :o)
Had a phone call from my cousin yesterday, she wants 40 Christmas cards so I had better get my skates on then. At least what she wants is a very simple design and all the same so I can set up a production line LOL.

How many of you knew that there were hands free can openers around. I didn't until I saw my daughter using one so I thought it would be ideal for Stephen as he is one handed since his stroke.
He is much more independent now, 2+ years after, but of course, tins defeat him. Anyhow, it arrived yesterday and it is the best invention ever, absolutely brilliant. You just put it on top of the tin, press the button and watch it do it's thing, amazing LOL.

Oooooops! I digress so on to my card for today :o)

My usual 5x7 card, folded and cut from an A4 sheet of white linencard.
My photograph,  taken at Trent Lock in June this year, feathered in PSP7 and printed onto the same white linencard, then cut with Grand Nestie, as is the blue layer.
Sentiment stamped and punched with SU.

This is my original photograph. The colour of the tarp on the boat seems to have changed with feathering :o)
Jackie xx


Tuesday 10 November 2015

Christmas 45

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

The rain has finally stopped, it didn't even rain overnight!!! Of course it's because I am back at work now isn't it!

My offering for today should have been Christmas 44 and 45, but I seem to have deleted 44, how divi can I get? Don't answer that LOL.

I used my usual white linencard, folded and cut to 7x5, I promise I do occasionally make other sizes and shapes LOL.
Pearlised white panel embossed with one of my new Darice folders and lightly chalked, then layered onto gold fluted card from PDA.
Own photograph taken last winter at St Chad's Water, feathered in PSP7.
Sentiment stamped with Stamps and Smiles (I think).

 This is my original photograph taken in 2011 :o)
Jackie xx

Sunday 8 November 2015

A break in the rain

Good morning everyone, I hope all is well in your world, sending hugs for those who need or want them {{{{{hugs}}}}}

Today is the last day of my week off work, and yesterday we had a break in the rain for a short while so I managed to take my camera for  walkies, but not for long before the rain came back!!!

St. Chad's Water is only about 3 miles from where I live so off I went like a shot out of a canon!

This is just a few of the 30+ photographs thast I took :o)

 This splash of red was quite something, there were berries aplenty, said to be a sign of a bad winter!

 I couldn't believe how clear the water was, didn't see any fish though!

 It was blowing a howling gale but it was quite mild.
15 minutes after I took these photographs it was raining yet again, I had managed to blow the cobwebs off for a few minutes though :o)
Jackie xx

Saturday 7 November 2015

Thinking of you

Good morning everyone, and what a soggy one it is too with the rain lashing the windows! I hope all is well in your world...hugs

Well, my holiday week is coming to it's end, it's back to work on Monday. So far it has either been thick fog or pouring rain every day, with no chance of going out with my cameras, and according to the forecast it is going to get worse!!! Still, I have spent lots of time in my craftroom, and went out for lunch one day so it has been all gloom, and yesterday I went browsing at PDA and of course one or two bits fell into my basket LOL.

It was lovely to see you last night Lesley, it's been a long time...hugs

On to my cards for today.

They are both very simple, indeed, they couldn't be much more simple!
Both are 7x5, folded and cut from an A4 sheet of white linencard from The Range.
For the first one, I used an old Crafts Too embossing folder on white pearlised card, then cut to size and rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper, what a wonderful tool that is, then layered it onto ribbed gold card from PDA. Sentiment stamped with My Creative Time.
For the second one I used one of my new Darice folders and ribbed pewter card, also from PDA
Sentiment stamped with, I think, SU.

As for the weather, it looks like another day in the craftroom, not that I am complaining :o)
Jackie xx


Thursday 5 November 2015

Carolling giraffes, Christmas 43

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

Judging by the puddles outside it must have been raining all night, but it has stopped now. It has been unseasonably warm though!
My week off work is nearly over, and I have had no chance to go out with my cameras cuz it has been so dark, wet and dreary :o( I had hoped for at least one sunny day so I could go out and get some Autumn scenes! The good news is that I have made lots of cards instead :o)

It's my turn for our Friday workshop tomorrow so I still have to make two sample cards and then make the kits up! So I plan on making them today and the kits tomorrow morning.

On to my card for today. I'm sure that most of you will remember my singing giraffes from last year. I loved them so much I have brought them out again for this year :o)

Very simple card to make.
My usual white linencard folded and cut to 7x5.
I merged my Elvaston Castle photograph with Karen's Doodles image and printed onto the same linencard, then layered it onto pewter textured card from PDA.
Image coloured with Copics.
Raised it on sticky foam pads for  a bit of dimension.
Ooooooooooooops! Nearly forgot to mention the Glamour Dust on the fluffy bits, but you can't really see it here!
Not sure of stamped greeting, it might be Papermania :o)
Jackie xx

Tuesday 3 November 2015

Same card, slightly different colours

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

Whooppeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, my car passed it's MOT yesterday so I now have the rest of my week off to enjoy :o)

After two foggy days we are back to rain, but at least we can see where we are going! Yesterday the fog never lifted at all and came down very thick in the evening, but the rain chased it away overnight, thank goodness!

On to my cards for today, as it says in the title, the cards are the same but the colours are slightly different! 

Both are identical in construction. 
White linencard folded and cut to fit 6x6 envelopes.
Dark and pale bronze pearlised card from PDA.
TimHoltz/Sizzix tatered flowers cut from peach pearlised card, also from PDA.
Both flowers lightly inked with bronze Brilliance inkpad.
Gems and large brads from stash, had them so long I can't remember where they are from!
Memory Box leaf die used on scraps of green card.
Computer generated sentiments using Dauphin font.
That's it, so simple really :o)
Jackie xx