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Wednesday, 14 August 2019


It's almost 2 months since I last added anything to my blog, but I think
I have a pretty good excuse reason...despite having a flu jab in April,
I 'crashed' with a dreadful lurgy that lasted many weeks, and turned
into pneumonia. Then 3 weeks ago our son and granddaughter arrived
from London for a holiday with us, returning home last weekend.

As it is the second Wednesday of the month, it is time for a new
challenge at Words 2 Craft By, where our quote this month is -
"I don't know why, but the meals we have on picnics always
taste so much nicer than the ones we have indoors" 
These words were written by Enid Blyton in one of her many
childrens' novels, Five Go Off In A Caravan.

Enid Blyton's  novels were some of my favourites when I was a child.

Quite a few years ago I won this stamp in a challenge, and I am ashamed to
admit that I have never used it...My very, very bad!! However, when I saw
our quote for this month, I knew the image could not have been more perfect.

If you would like to be in the chance to win a great prize of a $10 e-certificate
for the retailer of your choice, pop over to Words 2 Craft By, be inspired
by my teamies fab creations, then enter your own interpretation of our quote.

Image - Little Claire Designs clear stamp 'Silhouette Picnic'
Ink - Versafine Onyx Black; Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peeled Paint, & Tumbled Glass
Paper - DCWV Nana's Nursery 12x12 stack
Dies - Memory Box 'Puffy Clouds'; Cheery Lynn 'Hello'; Tim Holtz 'Holiday Greens'

Until next time,
Jennifer.   xx

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Floral Birthday Wishes

A few weeks ago, my dear friend Diane celebrated another birthday.
We met during our first week in high school in January 1962. 
Despite living long distances apart (geographically) we 
have remained close friends.

Earlier this year she sent me a DVD, accompanied by a lovely note-card.
The card was so pretty, I decided to cut it down to make her birthday card.

I searched my stash of flowers, and found these which I thought 
matched perfectly. I added the stamens and a tiny touch of glitter 
glue. A selection of die-cut foliage...'job done'.

For the panel on which I wrote my note to Diane, I fussy-cut 
one of the flowers from the original card.

Diane loved her card, and was impressed that I found a way to extend the life of her card.

Image - recycled gift card
Paper - Kaisercraft Letters To Santa 12x12 stack
Dies - assorted Marianne 

I must be off to prepare for a very early departure tomorrow morning, as I am off to Sydney for my annual excursion to the big craft show at Darling Harbour in the city centre. The journey takes about 4-5 hours (almost 2 hours driving, then 2 hours by train, then a 15 minute light rail trip). The long trip home is tiring, so I think I will sleep well tomorrow night. I always say I will not buy any new 'goodies', but you all know what happens, don't you. lol

Until next time, thank you for visiting,
Jennifer.  xx

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Barefoot Bunny

It's the second Wednesday of the month, and of course that means we have
a new challenge for you at Words 2 Craft By
Our quote this month is by Leslie Grumutter...
"My own prescription for health is less paperwork and more
running barefoot through the grass"
I couldn't agree more with this philosophy.

Perhaps I should have made the title of this post 'Barefoot paw Bunny'. 
He looks so happy, doesn't he? The flowers were die-cut with a 'strip' die, their 
centres coloured with Promarkers, shaped, then attached to the card. I mixed
Platinum and yellow Stickles together for the centres. I applied yellow 
Stickles to the 'Celebrate' die-cut with a toothpick.

I have had this ever-so-cute digi image for ages, and have never used 
it...yes, I have given myself a slap on the wrist for being so 
neglectful. As always I have used my Promarkers 
to colour the little bunny and daffodils.

Image - Lili Of The Valley Spring Bunny With Daffodils
Colouring - Promarkers
Dies - Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Rectangles; Cheery Lynn Celebrate, Medium Rose Strip
Paper - First Edition Hideaway 12x12 stack

For a chance to win a great prize pop over to Words 2 Craft By, check out my teamies fab creations, then enter your own interpretation of our lovely quote.

Until next time, thank you for visiting,
Jennifer.  x

Monday, 10 June 2019

Ball Games

Hello out there in blogland. 

I keep saying I will be more regular with my posts, but I
 never seem to have enough hours in the day...
since retirement, I am so disorganised!

Back when we lived on our farm we had many lovely neighbours, 
many of whom remain good friends. One family adopted two
dear little special-needs boys, and recently one of them 
celebrated his 12th birthday. He loves anything to do with
balls of any kind, so this is the card I made for him.

I downloaded the background paper from a free site on the internet,
but muggins here forgot to make note of the site, and try as I might,
I cannot find it again. So, if this is your design, "thank you". I printed
both the colours offered, cut them to size, then covered the join with
a gold border sticker.

The assorted balls are from a sheet of puffy stickers I bought at a 
London tube station many years ago (perhaps W H Smith?). 

For the '12' I used my very old Fancy Pants Cuttlebug dies and
glittered cardstock, and the black rectangle and squares were
cut with Cuttlebug Scalloped Rectangles, and Squares.  

On this Public Holiday Monday afternoon, here in Oz, I must collect the washing off the line as the shadows are lengthening.

Until next time, thank you for visiting,
Jennifer.   x

Sunday, 12 May 2019

Just For You

Here in Australia, today was Mother's Day, so to all the Mums of
human, or fur babies I hope you all had a happy Mother's Day. 
My dear John took me to lunch which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Greeting me this morning was a cute multi-coloured email from our
son and little Granddaughter in London, along with them both singing
"Happy Mum & Grandmama's Day" to the tune of  "Happy Birthday", ending 
with a rousing, and giggly triple Hip Hip Hooray! It set me up for the day.

I would like to say welcome to my newest 'Follower', Stephanie S., and 
hope you enjoy your visits here.

This is another of the many cards I have made for Fat Cats Card Corner.
I always love the colour combo of pink and green.

The 'Just For You' die is so versatile. I cut 2 and layered them
for added dimension.

A closer look at the floral arrangement. 

Dies - Find It Trading Floral Hexagon; Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Passion Flower, Isobel: Marianne Creatables Design Folding Lace Square
Punch - EK Success Scalloped Corner
Ink (sponging) - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Tattered Rose
Paper - Lemoncraft Just Love Me
Pearls and ribbon are from my junk stash

This next week is going to be incredibly busy, so I will say "goodnight" and try to get a good night's sleep.

Until next time, thank you for visiting,
Jennifer.  xx

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Good Teacher

Here we are again, the second Wednesday of the month and you
know what that means - it is time for another challenge at
Words 2 Craft By. We believe our quote this month is 
by The Smith Family...
"The Influence of a Good Teacher Can Never Be Erased"

True words indeed. Although I am now in my late 60s, I still
think of some of my teachers (both in Primary and High School)
with great fondness, and for the clarity of their lessons.

My card is very simple, and I decided to make our quote the focus. For my
background paper I found a clipart image, then in my Corel Draw program
I cut and pasted multiple images, then printed them on cardstock.

The wonderful words of wisdom, printed on my computer.

Pencil Images - Freebie Clipart
Quote - Computer generated Kristen ITC Font (22pt)

For a chance to win a wonderful prize, pop over to Words 2 Craft By for some great inspiration by my teamies, then enter your own interpretation of our quote.

Until next time, thank you for visiting,
Jennifer.  xx

Monday, 6 May 2019

Purple Irises

I know, I know, I am becoming an increasingly bad blogger...I have
so many cards in my 'drafts', and I never seem to catch up. Most of
them have been made for Fat Cats Card Corner, and tonight's 
offering is one of those.

This card was made using a lovely die set by Marianne Creatables Design. It is such
a versatile die set, as you can see in some of my recent posts. The pretty image is
from a sheet of stickers I have had for so many years I had a lovely surprise
when I found them while looking for something else.

I cut two of the sentiment die and adhered them together
so it was a tad more dimensional.

Dies - Marianne Creatables Design Folding Lace Square; Creative Expression Sue Wilson Frames & Tags - Isobel
Image - Penny Black Stickeroo
Punch - EK Success Mini Hole

It is now after midnight, so I am off to bed, as I have a very busy week ahead.

Until next time, thank you for visiting,
Jennifer.  xx