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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Christmas Joy


This was supposed to be a simple and quick card, using my lovely new die set
that I won in a Dies R Us challenge. Many, many years ago I saw a card on a 
blog using tiny die-cuts by (I think) Cuttlebug, and the idea has rattled 
around somewhere in the back of my mind ever since........
I cut all the red and gold squares by hand...THEN the 'fun' (not) began. Trying
to line the squares up with equal distance both vertically and horizontally 
between them almost had me tearing my hair out, and several rather 
unladylike words crossed my lips. I thought the stripey paper would  
help,but then we all know what thought did, don't we? 
It made my wonky placements more noticeable.


A closer look at the cute little gingerbread man. It looks as if the gold 
matting is uneven, but that illusion occurred when I cropped my photos.


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The lovely bell.


Inside the card, where I used a die-cut of the candy cane as a 
simple embellishment. 

Challenges I would like to enter
ABC Christmas - 'J' for Jingle Bells or 'K' for Keep It Simple (I chose Jingle Bells)
A Snowflakes Promise #40 - 'Anything Christmas Goes'
Crafting By Designs - 'Get Ready For Christmas'
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas #335 - Anything Christmas Goes (optional-Use Some Gold)
The Holly and Ivy Christmas #6 - 'Anything Christmas Goes'
The Male Room #61 - 'Stash/Die Cuts' (Dies new, paper & gems very old)
Weekly Christmas Card #13 - 'Anything Christmas Goes' (optional-Wreaths)

Dies - Impression Obsession DIE220-Q; Spellbinder Classic and Scalloped Squares
Paper - Art Stamps Australia; Gold cardstock from my junk stash
Tiny gems are from my junk stash

This card is for an elderly friend in England, but as he doesn't own a computer and therefore never sees my blog, it is safe to show it to you.

We have once again had a glorious late autumn day, but it is now cooling down...time to warm the house and prepare our dinner, so until next time "thank you for visiting".

Hugs,
Jennifer. x







Saturday, 20 May 2017

'For You'


Good evening everyone.

Once again there has been a gap of several weeks since I last posted one 
of my cards. I spent last week in a haze of heavy-duty medications, then this 
past week trying to 'wake-up' and mobilise. Yes, I injured my back at the 
Fort once again. It is my lower back this time.

Sitting is extremely painful, so I made this fairly simple 
Christmas card standing at the kitchen bench.


Yonks ago I bought this bauble die with matching 'For You' embossing folder just 
after I bought my dear little Cuttlebug (which has since died, and gone to 
'Cuttlebug Heaven'). I have used the die often, but not the E.F.

The off-white card base and embossed panel are made from the most luxurious
pearlised cardstock that I have had for many years.

A closer look at the embossed die-cut. 
The bow is part of a 'mittens' die.
It is so difficult to successfully photograph shiny cardstock, isn't it!


Dies - Cuttlebug For You; Memory Box Precious Mittens
Embossing Folders - Cuttlebug For You, Victoria 


I cooked a roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings tonight and 2 friends phoned for a chat afterwards so my back is really aching, making me think it is time for me to go to bed. So until next time, thank you for visiting.

Hugs
Jennifer. x






Friday, 5 May 2017

For A Dear Friend

 What a shock, I neglect my blog for 2 weeks, then post 2 cards in an evening.


I made this card for my oldest and dear friend, Diane, whose birthday was yesterday 
We met during our first week at High School, 53 years ago, and 'clicked' immediately. 
We have been firm friends ever since, despite our many years of geographical 
distance apart. When we phone each other, or actually meet up, there is not a
slightest moment of awkwardness...we just chatter away as if we had
been together the day before.

Diane loves blue so this gorgeous piece of paper was an obvious choice for her 
card. For about 12 years I have bought lots of craft items from Rebecca, the owner 
of Bizzy Becs, and her service has always been superb. She often slipped a gift of
a small bundle of 6x6" scrapbook papers into an order. This stunning piece of
paper is one of those. I have been unable to part with it for about 4 years!!


I stamped these flowers onto parchment paper, then embossed them with Silver 
Pearl E.P. I coloured the back of the flowers with blue and yellow Promarkers,
then shaped them, before adding some Flower Soft to the centres. The single
leaves with the serrated edges were cut by hand with deckle-edged scissors
from tiny scraps of white cardstock, hand coloured with Distress Ink.


I made the butterfly quite a few years ago at a retreat. It was such a long 
time ago, I have forgotten the name of the product, and the technique 
we were shown. We used a shimmery sheet of foil-like material and an 
iron, then used a butterfly punch and an embossing folder. I found a
little bag of the different coloured butterflies in a drawer recently.


Inside the card co-ordinates with the front. These leaves were also
cut out by hand


Challenges I would Like To Enter
Addicted To Stamps #147 - 'Flowers and Butterflies
Aud Sentiments #179 - 'Flowers Plus A Sentiment'
Country View - 'Flower Power'
Creative Sketchy Girls #11 - 'Butterflies and Flowers
Die Cut Divas - 'Use Flowers'
Dies R Us #72 - 'Flowers'
Paper Play Sketches and Colour - 'Colour Challenge'
Passion For Promarkers #393 - 'Make It Bloom'

Paper - Unknown brand
Flower Stamp - Fiddle Sticks E494
Dies - Cheery Lynn Olive Branches; Joy Crafts 6003/0026
Punches - Martha Stewart PATP set Pansies; Carl Butterfly
Sentiments - Lili of the Valley Sentiment Tags Set 24
Embossing Powder - Stamp It Silver Pearl
Colouring - Promarkers Yellow, Royal Navy; Distress Inks Faded Jeans, various greens
Flower Soft - a mixture of Lemon and Yellow

Must go to bed and try to get some sleep, as we have to be up early tomorrow morning and drive at least an hour into town to buy a new printer. Ours 'died' today, and we need to replace it quickly as we have to have a pile of printing done in readiness for a meeting with our solicitor on Tuesday about our medical negligence case.

Until next time, happy crafting, and thank you for visiting.
Hugs,
Jennifer. x



Any Worms For Me, Mr. Bear?


Good evening all. Today has been the most perfect autumn day, weatherwise...
the only thing that could make it even more perfect would be if we lived in a
part of the world where the trees changed into their beautiful autumn 
colours. Oh well, we can't have everything, can we.


My card is for no-one in particular. I just felt like having a session of colouring for fun,
and what could be more fun than colouring this wonderful PSX image. This is one of 
my favourite bear stamps, and it has lived for me for many, many years. Sadly, PSX
disappeared from the scene many years ago...such a shame, as the quality of their
stamps was A1.


A close up look at this cute bear with his little friend begging for
a worm or two for breakfast. Don't you just love 
Mr. Bear's huge feet! 


Inside my card co-ordinates with the front. The flowers on the
background paper are heavily glittered, but as almost always
I just couldn't pick up the shimmer with the camera.


Challenges I would Like To Enter
Kitty Bee #93 - 'In The Garden'
Passion For Promarkers #393 - 'Make It Bloom'
Sweet Stampers #6 - 'Animals' (2nd entry)

Image - PSX GO521
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - First Edition Blank Canvas
Dies - Spellbinder Classic and Scalloped Squares; Marianne LR0106, CR1253, LR0205; Cheery Lynn Stacker Flower #1 Leaf
Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs
Micro beads and peel-off sticker are from my junk stash

Later this evening I will have another card to show you, so until then thank you for visiting.

Hugs,
Jennifer. x





Saturday, 22 April 2017

Glitter Galore

Hello to my crafting buddies. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.


My card today is the result of experimenting with a new (to me) technique, 
using dies, D/sided tape and ultrafine glitter. I stumbled upon a youtube
tutorial by Els van de Burgt from Elizabeth Craft Designs.


A close-up look at the glittered die-cut.


A close-up of the greeting, which was on an A4 sheet that I bought many
years ago at one of the first ever craft shows I attended (in Esher, UK). I
coated the butterflies with Chrystallina Kindyglitz, then while they were
wet I sprinkled them with the same Ruby glitter as is on the flowers.


Inside the card with plenty of space on which I wrote a 
birthday message to my S.I.L.


Challenges I would like to enter
4 Crafty Chicks #347 - 'Butterflies'
Brown Sugar #247 - 'Use A Die-Cut'
Crafty Card Makers #186 - 'Things With Wings'
Crafty Gals Corner #119 - 'Embellish It'
Make My Monday #44 - 'Embossing, Wet or Dry'


Dies - Sweet Cuts Flower Oval; Cheery Lynn Exotic Butterflies, Mini Dimensional Butterflies
Embossing Folder - Crafter's Companion Flower Garden
Glitters - Martha Stewart
Greeting - Un-named A4 sheet
Corner Punch - Zutter


Thank you for your visit, and until next time "happy crafting".
Hugs,
Jennifer. x





Monday, 17 April 2017

Playful Kitty


Good evening to my crafting buddies. I hope you all had a lovely Easter.

All the regular readers of my blog will know that I LOVE cats. I have been 'owned'
by 25 or 26 of them throughout my life, and I think every one of them have all 
had individual personalities. 

Penny Black kitties are especially cute, and I have  
had this stamp (in a clear set) for 'yonks'.
I bought this gorgeous edging die on sale several months ago, and this  
is the first time I have used it.

A closer look at the happy kitty (coloured with Promarkers), 
playing with his butterfly friends.


Inside my card, which is a 'modified' gatefold card.


Challenges I would like to enter
Crafty Catz #366 - 'Anything Goes with Animals'
Fairytale #166 - 'More Than One Fold'
In The Pink #117 - 'Pearls'
Fussy and Fancy #185 - 'Fancy Folds or Shaped Cards'
Passion For Promarkers #390 - 'Flower Power'
Penny Black Saturday - 'Spring or Easter'
Shopping Our Stash #298 - 'Punches or Dies' (image, paper, pearls many years old)
Sweet Stampers #6 - 'Animals'


Image - From Penny Black Clear Set Critter Party
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Francheville Pastel Basics
Dies - Spellbinder Classic and Scalloped Circles; Sweet Stamps Flutterby #2; Kaisercraft Lace Borders
Pearls - (single) Kaisercraft; (string) Maria George
Glitter glue - Stickles Star Dust

Until next time, thank you for visiting, and "Happy Crafting".
Hugs,
Jennifer. x








Saturday, 8 April 2017

My Favourite Poinsettia

Did I give you a fright when you saw my sticker, wishing you "Merry Christmas"?
No, it's not that time yet, but the way this year is flashing by, that fellow in 
the red suit will be paying us a visit before some of us are ready.

You are probably thinking "haven't I seen this card before"...well you have seen ones
very similar. However, I have 'tweaked' the design ever so slightly.

When we moved into the Retirement Village last year, we of course met lots of new
people, some of whom have become friends, so in order to save some time, I 
thought I would partly CASE some of my previous Christmas cards, as I
now have many more cards to make than previously, and no-one 
here in the Village has seen my cards before..

A closer look at my poinsettia...have I told you before that I LOVE this die and
matching embossing folder. In their original state, the die-cuts of each layer  
have a slightly elongated shape, so after I emboss each layer, I cut each 
 petal off, then hot-glue them individually to a small circle of scrap 
card. My poinsettia then has a more evenly round shape.

Inside my card...Have I also told you I LOVE this border punch set?

Challenges I would like to enter
ABC Christmas - 'H is for Home, I is for Informal' (I chose Informal)
Merry Monday #242 - 'Twigs or Branches'  HONOURABLE MENTION
My Time To Craft #343 - 'No Designer Papers'
That's Crafty - 'Foliage and Flowers'
The Holly and the Ivy #3 - 'Anything Christmas Goes'  WINNER

Dies - Tim Holtz (Sizzix) Tattered Poinsettia; Memory Box Woodland Branch; Spellbinder Classic Square
Embossing - Tim Holtz (Sizzix) Texture Fades Textured Poinsettia Pattern Set; Fiskars Texture Plate Snowflakes
Ink - Distress Ink Walnut Stain, Gathered Twigs
Punch - Martha Stewart PATP Aspen Snowflakes
Peel-off sticker, gold cord, gold beads are all from my junk stash

As Daylight Saving finished last weekend, the shadows of course are lengthening quite early so I had better get all the washing off the line. 

Until next time, thank you for visiting, and may I wish you "happy crafting".

Hugs,
Jennifer. x