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Sunday, 8 December 2019

Bird and Holly

I just heard on the radio that there are only 17 days 'til
the big day...EEK, I'm not ready!!

Back in September I demo'd for a major scrapbooking/craft shop
(based in Sydney), at the big 4 day craft show in Newcastle. I have
been their demonstrator for about 5 years. One of the techniques
they asked me to demo, was an oldie (for some people), but a 'goodie'...

I decided to make a few of my Christmas cards using that technique -
peel-off stickers, ultra-fine glitter, and alcohol pens. 
This is one of those cards. 
Cards made this way are always well received by my friends.

A close-up look at the lovely image. Sadly, as always, the incredible
sparkle of the glitter does not show up in the photos.

Image - Peel-off sticker, Starform 8546
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Simple Stories Vintage Christmas-Tis The Season
Glitter - Crafts 4 U Glitter Dust (clear)
Die - Cuttlebug Vintage Corners (very old!) negative
Sentiment - Tim Holtz ideology Quote Chips Christmas
Peel-off border sticker

As I am writing this, I am listening to a recording of 'Carols From Kings'...the soaring voices are the best way I can think of to put one in the Christmas spirit. John and I went to Evensong at Kings (in Cambridge) in 1998, and we both remember that experience with great fondness.

Until next time, thank you for visiting and I hope your Christmas preparations are better advanced than mine.

Jennifer.  x

Sunday, 1 December 2019

Lost and Found

Hello all my crafting friends out there. In case you hadn't noticed,
it is now December, and we are in the countdown to the big day.

In my last post, I hinted that I would have something VERY different
to show you...Well, here it is......
I have become very interested in this form of mixed media, using 'found
objects', or what some people may call 'junk'. It is quite a departure from
my usual style, don't you think? My base canvas is quite large,
76cm x 52cm (30inches x 20inches).

You may want to make yourself a cup of tea or coffee, as my
post is quite photo heavy.

I used the fan from a computer, as well as 
many other electronic components.

When he stayed with us in July, our son gave me a big bag
of small-value coins he has collected over many years
on his travels around the world.

A lightening strike nearby 'killed' our phone recently,
so I dismantled it for useful bits and pieces.

Aluminium pie cases, and coffee pod filters are useful.

I cut lots of chipboard die-cuts and layered them for dimension.

Old belts with interesting buckles cannot escape!

There are approximately 20 items I made using silicone
molds, and paper clay. The large rose, the heart frame
and the little bird are just a few.

For added interest on the centre of my work, I used 
texture paste and stencils.

Media used :- Prima - Heavy Gesso Black
                       Prima - Art Alchemy Metallique Acrylic Paint Deep Water
                       Prima - Art Alchemy Opal Magic Wax Turquoise Satin
                       Jacquard - Lumiere Metallic Rust
                       Jacquard - Lumiere Metallic Bronze
                       Helmar - 450 Quick Dry Adhesive

This piece took about 6 weeks to create, as I am on an almost vertical learning curve, but in it's creation I learned so much. I have also decorated a couple of bottles and small canvases in a similar style...I will show them to you at a later date.

I have a very busy week ahead, as do probably most of you, so I will say "goodnight" and "thank you" for visiting.

Until next time,
Jennifer.  x

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Cutie Mouse in a Cup

Finally, I have another card for you. It is so long since I posted anything
on my blog I have almost forgotten how to do so...

However, as it is now the second Wednesday of the month it is time for
a new challenge at Words 2 Craft By, and our quote this month is
"When asked if my cup is half-full or half-empty my only response
is that I am thankful I have a cup." by Sam Lefkowitz
What a profound thought which reminds us that others may not be
as fortunate as ourselves.

I would normally be horrified if I found a mouse in one of my tea cups, but I
 think I could make an exception for this happy little guy with his spring flowers.

This is the first time I have used this ever-so-cute image, although I have had it
for several years (MY BAD!). Of course I coloured it with my Promarkers.

The sentiment and its border is silver, although it looks grey. The
tag is from a sheet of birthday greetings in different fonts.

Image - Stampavie (Tina Wenke) Mouse in Tea Cup
Colouring - Promarkers
Dies - Cheery Lynn Lace Light Deco Border; Spellbinders Floral Ovals: Cuttlebug Vintage Corners
Embossing Folder - Crafter's Companion Flower Garden
Sentiment - Art Stamps Australia

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

Although I have not blogged for ages, I have not been idle. I will be back soon with something VERY different, so...

Until then, happy crafting,
Jennifer.  xx

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Ahoy, Matey!

Wow, these months are flying by at an alarmingly fast rate, aren't they!
I was informed this morning that we have only 15 weeks until
Christmas Day (I thought if I wrote the words in tiny print the time
would go a bit, you don't think so??...eeeek!).

Once again it is the second Wednesday of  the month, and therefore
that means it is time for a new challenge at Words 2 Craft By.
Our theme this month is such a fun one, inspired by 
National 'Talk Like a Pirate' Day in the US on 19 September...
'Ahoy, Matey!' 

Our challenge theme has popped up at a perfect time, because I am sending the card
to a dear little boy who lived near us when we lived back on our farm. He loves 
pirates! We have known him since he was born...where has that time gone????

A close-up look at this ever-so-cute little pirate 'encouraging' his
rather reluctant puppy to walk the plank.

 I printed the sentiment on my computer. 

One of the many 'piratey' images on the fabulous
scrapbook paper I have had for ages, and never used.

Image - Lili Of The Valley digi Walk The Plank
Colouring - Promarkers
Dies - Spellbinder Scalloped Squares and Scalloped Circle; Cuttlebug Alphabet Olivia 
Paper - Art Stamps Australia
Sentiment - Computer generated Kristen ITC font

For a chance to win a fab prize of an e-voucher for a retailer of your choice, why not check out my teamies' creations for inspiration, then enter your own interpretation of our challenge at Words 2 Craft By.

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

Monday, 9 September 2019

Classical Piano

Just over a week ago it was Fathers' Day, here in Australia. 
This is the card I made for my dear husband, John.

For those of you who have read my blog in the past you would probably know
that John and I were professional musicians, working as a duo for over 40 years.
John originally trained as a classical pianist, and the first time he played 
Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata for me, he made me cry...he played
it so beautifully.

This image is from one of several A4 sheets of musical
images I bought many years at a craft show in Esher, 
in the U.K. I had forgotten about them until recently, 
and thought this one would be perfect for John's card.

Image - Unnamed topper
Paper - Peppercorn Petites
Sentiment - Peel-off sticker

I will be back again on Wednesday with my card for the Word 2 Craft By challenge, so until then thank you for visiting.

Jennifer.  x

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

'S' is for Scarlette

In my last post I mentioned that we had had some very special visitors from 
London staying with us for a few weeks...our son, Craig and our
granddaughter, Scarlette. We only see them on alternate years, so 
the time with them is quite precious.

Scarlette celebrated her 9th birthday a week before she arrived here, and like many 
little girls she enjoys crafty activities, so prior to her visit I bought the wooden 'S'.
I 'let her loose' in my craft room, and here she is proudly displaying her creation.

A close-up look at her rather brilliant work. She chose the colours, and placement
of the embellishments herself. My only contribution was wiring the pearl sprays.
Scarlette was entranced by the magical way the Prima Opal Magic Blue Violet 
paint (blue in the jar) turned purple when painted onto the black gesso.

Back home in London, Scarlette was so excited to attach her
lovely creation to her bedroom door. 

Both John and I miss our darling family, and as an avid crafter, I am VERY proud of Scarlette's creativity. Don't you agree she did a lovely job??? She is also very excited to know that I am including her on my blog.

Until next time,
Jennifer.  x

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