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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Baby

A few days before Christmas our vet gave birth to her first baby...
a girl, so yesterday I made this card to welcome little Olivia.
Concentrating on creating is a pleasant distraction to help  
me deal with the pain.

Of course, the card had to have an animal on it, although I am pretty sure
our vet will not have to treat any giraffes in our little beach side town.

This oh-so-cute giraffe is a freebie digital stamp by Artesanato, and I
coloured her very softly with Promarkers.

My flower arrangement is very sparkly IRL with Star Dust Stickles, 
but unfortunately the camera has not picked up the dazzle.

I completely covered the title die-cut with the Star Dust Stickles, and for
some reason the camera has picked up its sparkle.

The inside of the card co-ordinates with the front. I took this photo after the
sun had gone down, so that is why it is not as bright as the previous photos.

Challenges I would like to enter 
A Gem of a Challenge #185 - 'Celebrate Something New'
CCC Digi Creations #65 - 'Use Die-cuts and/or Punches'
Crafty Friends #49 - 'New Beginnings'
Crafty Purple Frog - 'New Beginnings'
Daisy Chain #4 - 'Add Some Sparkle' 
Simply Create Too #123 - 'New Beginnings'

Image - Artesanato (Freebie digital stamp)
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Forever Friends New Arrival
Dies - Spellbinder Classic Oval, Scalloped Oval, Classic Circle, Scalloped Circle; Cheery Lynn Flourish Leaf Strip; Marianne LR0217 (Baby); EZ Cut 50046 (Stars)
Stickles - Ranger Star Dust
Flowers, pearl stems and lace are from my junk stash.

After several days of near average temperatures (but with high humidity), we are bracing ourselves again for a major heat-wave here in Australia, so I guess I will be staying indoors with the air conditioning on, and hopefully doing some more crafting,

Until next time, thank you for visiting.

Hugs,
Jennifer x






Monday, 16 January 2017

90th Birthday


Hello to all you crafters out there in blogland, and thank for your well wishes. 

I am gradually improving although some pain is still my constant companion. 
I am off all the 'heavy-duty' medications (morphine etc), and just trying to 
cope with several doses of Panadol Osteo each day. I just could not function 
on all the other meds., sleeping about 18 hours per day. The doctors plan was
not only to control the excruciating pain, but to keep me as still as possible 
until the swelling subsided. Because I was asleep so much, I hardly ate 
anything for about 10 days, and lost 5 kgs.....over the festive season!!!

Not long before Christmas, John and I were invited to a 90th birthday party for
a lovely gentleman here at the retirement village, and this is the card I made 
for him. The whole theme of the party was 'black, white and gold'.

His wife made the invitations on her computer, so I used part of the invitation
to make the card. Despite his age, Rick the 'birthday boy', has a lovely 
singing voice, and both he and his wife love music, so I used a 'music' 
embossing folder for my background. 

This '90' and the laurel wreath were on the top half of the invitation, 
and the details (time, date, venue etc) were on the lower half, which I 
matted and attached to the left inside of the card as a memento of the day.

I photographed the card after I had written our personal message to Rick,
so cannot show you the inside of the card. I had die-cut several music 
notes, which I attached in various places around our message.

Both Rick, and his wife Cheryl, are a 'no-fuss' couple with rather classic
tastes, so they loved the card, especially as it incorporated the invitation
that Cheryl had designed and made.

Challenges I would like to enter
Cardz 4 Guyz #152 - 'Happy Birthday'
CAS On Sunday #99 - 'Black and White with One Colour'
Fab 'n' Funky #333 - 'Birthday with a Number'

Image - Computer generated invitation
Dies - Spellbinders Classic Squares, Classic Rectangles: Cuttlebug Music Notes
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug
Peel-off sticker from my junk stash

For those of you experiencing the bitterly cold weather, floods and storms please stay safe and warm. Here in Australia last week we experienced record-breaking heat wave temperatures...it's a funny old world, isn't it.

Hugs,
Jennifer. x










Thursday, 29 December 2016

Completely Unbelievable!!!!!


I really don't expect any of you to believe this, even in your wildest dreams, but 
guess where I spent part of the Christmas break??? What clever little clogs you 
all are, you guessed correctly...hospital. I very stupidly thought our lives had made 
a turn for the better, but 2015 and 2016 have not finished with us yet...right up to
the finishing line.

That brief post that appeared on my blog on Christmas Day was a scheduled one, 
thank goodness
.
The cute dragon nurse was on a card I made several years ago. I cannot remember the
brand of the digi image, but will edit this post when I improve.
Edited: Bugaboo - 'Clyde Get Well'

The CT scan and x-rays show that I have 4 herniated discs in my neck, and 2 in my 
upper back. Several of them are compressing nerves. I have had a very sore and 
stiff neck for some time, but was functioning okay. However, I lifted and 
dragged several very heavy items at the Fort last Thursday, and struggled to bring 
down our 3 metre long flag in gale force wind. One of the guides, younger and 
fitter than me, was laughing, and commented how funny I looked 'fighting' the 
wind. He is well known for doing as little as possible. I may have to have 
surgery in the future, but as the Doctors explained, it is very high risk, 
so I want to avoid that option if I can.

I am extremely 'woozy' because of all the heavy-duty medication I am on, so
heaven knows what errors this post will contain when I hit 'publish'.

Although I was rather 'sore' on Thursday night, I thought I would be okay on
Friday. Now I know all you crafters out there will understand my excitement, 
followed by disappointment, when I read an generic email on Thursday night 
from my favourite scrapbooking/papercraft store to say that on Friday they were
having a 60% off EVERYTHING in the store from 9-5! I put my clothes out, 
set my alarm for the 2 hour drive, so I could be there when they opened. 
The only drive I went on though was in the early hours in an ambulance.
 I don't know what was worse, missing the sale or the excruciating pain.

I want to say a BIG thank you to those of you who have left comments on my
blog, welcoming me back...hopefully I will get to you personally very soon.

Must say goodnight, as the last medication I took is 'hitting home', and I 
am struggling to stay upright, and can hardly see the screen. 
What a way to spend my birthday...yes, its today.

Here's hoping you all had a lovely Christmas, and I wish you a happy New Year.

Hugs,
Jennifer. x




Sunday, 25 December 2016

Christmas Greetings


Well the big day is finally here, so I would like to wish you all, and your
loved ones a very happy Christmas.

The utterly adorable image is a freebie from Altered HeART Works
Thank you so much, Debra.

Big Christmas Hugs,
Jennifer. x

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Glittered Bauble


Hello fellow crafters. I hope your preparations for the big day are well
in hand, and you are not feeling too stressed.

Several years ago, I was asked by a large scrapbooking/paperart store in Sydney
to demonstrate at a 4 day craft show. One of the techniques was using black
peel-off stickers, d/sided adhesive paper, ultrafine glitter, and Promarkers.
I decided to revive the technique for 2 of my Christmas cards, and this is
one of them. It is such a fun technique, and the resulting shimmer is 
amazing, but it does not photograph very well.

The red borders, I promise, are perfectly straight, but the card was
lying on an uneven surface when I photographed it.


A close-up view of the coloured bauble. It is so much prettier IRL.


The snowflake and sentiment were die cut from a sheet of 
glittered fun-foam.

Challenges I Would Like To Enter
Cards In Envy - 'Celebrate The Season' 
Glitter 'N' Sparkle #219 - 'Christmas In Glitter'
Passion For Promarkers #375 - 'Use Your Dies/Punches'

Peel-off Sticker - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Loose Glitter - Martha Stewart
Colouring - Promarkers
Dies - Sizzix, Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Words:Script; Marianne LR 0125
Embossing Folder - Snowflakes (unknown brand)

Thank you for your visit, I must 'crash' into bed as I have been on my feet all day at the Fort. Also, now that we have moved, I have an 80km drive each way on the 2-3 days per week that I am on duty.

Hugs,
Jennifer. x








Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Joy To The World


It is several years since I have made a card using the serviette and cling wrap 
technique, but when I saw a pack of serviettes with this gorgeous cardinal, I
knew I had to revisit it. If you have never seen this technique, I am
sure you would find many tutorials on the internet.

I added a dot of glossy accents to the cardinals eye, and a few dots of platinum
Stickles on the background and in the centre of the poinsettia. The sentiment 
was a freebie that came with a magazine.

A closer look at my handmade poinsettia and assorted greenery.

Challenges I would like to enter
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - 'Pick A Previous 2016 Challenge' (#49 foliage; #55 critters)
Alphabet - ''U' for Use Something Red'
Animal Friends #45 - 'Anything Goes' (must have at least one animal) 

Image - Serviette (unnamed brand from $2 store)
Dies - Spellbinder Layered Poinsettia; Cheery Lynn Holly Leaves & Wreath Strip
Punch - Martha Stewart Branch
Sentiment - Freebie from a magazine Simply Cards and Papercraft
Ranger - Distress Ink Gathered Twigs, Platinum Stickles and Glossy Accents 

Thank you for visiting, and hopefully I will have another card to show you in a day or 2.

Hugs,
Jennifer. x



Monday, 19 December 2016

Seasons Greetings


My goodness, in less than a week it will be a year since I last wrote a post in my blog.
2016 has been one of the most tumultuous years of my life, preceded by a significantly
traumatic 2015. The 3 preceding posts will explain quite a bit of why our lives
have changed so much.

John has aged considerably, and we are involved in a lengthy legal case which our
solicitor told us last month, will still take another 10-12 months to finalise.

As for our sons dreadful accident, it has taken him almost a year to recover. After he was
discharged from hospital, he could not cope...partly because of the physical injuries, but
mostly because of the brain injury. He was confused and had serious memory loss. I could
not travel to London, as John was too ill, so as soon as our sons Neurologist said it was
safe for him to fly, he came to Australia to recover. He was with us for several months
while his memory and cognitive skills returned. Our doctor was wonderful, liaising with
the doctors in London to continue our sons treatment. He has since returned to London,
and has even been able to return to his old career. We are so grateful that his position
 was kept open for him for a year.

Life in the retirement village is hugely different from living on our farm, which I miss
much more than I ever thought possible. Most of the differences are positive (e.g. no
maintenance), but there is virtually no privacy. I guess we will eventually adjust.

I have only just set up my craft room a few weeks ago, and I feel like a beginner.
I have made a few Christmas cards, and today I have spent hours, with Johns 
help, trying to remember how to crop and watermark my photos, complete a
post, and hopefully even enter a couple of challenges.


The cardstock is a lovely off-white Bazzil bling. Its rich sheen 
does not show in the photos.


I adore this greeting die, and since it came to live with me almost 2 years ago,
I have not had the opportunity to use it until now.


I cut the bauble from the main card stock, removed the negative pieces,
then reset it in the aperture with the gold mirror card behind. 
The bow is cut from a 'mittens' die.

I would like to try my luck with these challenges
Cardz 4 Guyz #150 - 'CAS Christmas'
Corrosive #12 - 'Gold or Silver Christmas'
Inkspirational #124 - 'Neutrals Only'
Polkadoodles Week 50 - 'Anything Goes'

Dies - Creative Expressions: Sue Wilson Seasons Greetings; Memory Box Snowflake Ornament; Memory Box Precious Mittens

I have made a number of Christmas cards, so hopefully I will be now be able to continue blogging, and also to visit your blogs to see your lovely creations.

Hugs,
Jennifer x