Wednesday, April 16, 2014

CAS(E) this sketch #72

I am joining in this challenge this week:


I have always loved the grid challenge and decided to use my solid square stamp from Hero Arts.


I wanted to represent Spring and feelings it brings. All stamps except for one, are Hero Arts. Thanks to my friend Betty K who alerted me to this challenge.

Have a lovely week!
Jacqueline

Friday, April 11, 2014

Virginia's View Challenge #2 - Card 3

This will be my last card for this challenge. It has given me another dimension to crafting, using stencils in such different ways. Once again I have used a paper die-cut.



I used Victorian velvet to distress the background with the diecut in place. I then used a distress marker 'Picked Raspberry' to ink up one of the flower stamps from the 'Remember' set AC028 from Hero Arts. I did not spray with water, that is not necessary with this set, it doesn't make the stamped image any nicer, but that is my opinion.
Then I gold embossed the sentiment (which is from Penny Black and I love it!) to finish it off. Oh yes, always love adding a couple of pearls from Hero Arts too.

I have thoroughly enjoyed this challenge and looking forward to the next one already.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Jacqueline

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Pictures of my garden

First one up is my Cherry tree, I have been enjoying this for two weeks already and now the weather is warm and sunny, the bees are enjoying it too!


Here is a close up of the beautifully formed flowers



This is my Fuschia next to the door in a hanging basket:



And then I have my chickens that are running around in the back garden, loving this weather:


After pruning the sage bush, I hung up several branches to dry in the kitchen. I use it to stuff in my chickens which are going to be roasted in the oven  (not my own, the shop bought ones), in teas and to line the Chicken's nests.


and this is a picture of a bouquet garni that I prepare from the garden to stuff my chickens with before they go into the oven to roast for an hour:

thyme/rosemary/sage/bay-leaf and a lemon (cut in half)


Adding a little card to the selection this afternoon:


As I was thinking of ways to use stencils, I suddenly thought of a Plastic Cuttlebug folder that I have never used simply because I have no Cuttlebug and some kind blogger had sent it to me.
So I used three different distress inks which I sponged over the plastic, sprayed with water, put the paper to the folder and this is the patterned result.

Thanks for your visit!
Blessings,
Jacqueline

Friday, April 4, 2014

Virginia's View Chellenge #2 - second stencil card

I must have made a wrong movement because this post got posted without its content earlier today.
I am so enjoying trying out different cards with stencils, that I wanted to enter another card into Virginia's challenge. Again, I used a paper die-cut from Sue. If something works, I like experimenting with it :)



The Bible verse from Phil.4:8 is actually in stamp form and is from Penny Black. The butterflies, bees and flowers are Stampin' Up and the script SPRING stamp which I stamped around the edge is Hero Arts. I love using Nature themed stamps on my cards. At the moment I love watching all the bird life around me at this beautiful time of the year. The Cherry tree is blossoming and Rosemary bushes have such beautiful blue flowers. Pure enjoyment!

Have a lovely, peaceful weekend!
Jacqueline


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Virginia's View Challenge #2 - Stencils

Thank you for another challenge, Virginia. The challenge can be found by clicking here.

I don't have any stencils (not even one) or a die cutting machine, so I had to see what I had to use for this challenge, because I am determined to take part each month. I came across some ready cut paper-dies which Sue had sent me and used a circle with a fancy edge which I just distressed over the top with Antique Linen and it left the white space.



It is a very simple card. I used distress markers to ink up this Hero Arts Rose and thought it gave a vintage kind of look, so I added a French Bonjour sentiment. Once I had stamped the rose, I stamped over it again to get some movement.



Have a lovely week!
Jacqueline




Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Inspiration

Thanks so much for all the lovely reactions to my post on Down Syndrome! We had a lovely weekend with David. I made him a huge Apple cake with sweet pastry and its one of his favorites.

Today I'm sharing a photo from Pinterest that inspired me:


So I got the idea to make a white vase and flowers.



I used vellum and embossing using a lacy stamp and a flower stamp. I used a distress marker to color in the middle of the flowers. I loved the way the vellum naturally curled after cutting. The forever sentiment is Hero Arts.

Thank you for your kind visits.

Jacqueline

Friday, March 21, 2014

Today is World Down Syndrome Day



 I couldn't let this day pass without a mention of my son David and to thank him for all the love and joy he has brought into our lives! When he was born into our family 24 years ago, it was love at first sight and every day since then, however challenging it was, David has been the most precious gift God lent to us to care for, together with our other three boys! I  posted a picture of him when he was a baby on my blog here, in 2011, and wrote how God used him to show us what is important in life and what isn't.


"For I am fearfully and wonderfully made..." Psalm 139:14

I wanted to show you this beautiful film that was posted in honour of this day. I feel just the same way as all these other Mothers - a pure love for these special people who are so precious in the sight of God! Please take a moment - it will touch you.



I feel very blessed to have one of these children.


Truly I say to you, In as much as you have done to one of the least of my brethren, you have done it unto me.
Math.25:40

Thanks for visiting.
Jacqueline