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Monday, 20 March 2017

Birthday Bouquet

Hello to all the lovely crafters out there in blogland.

Recently our wonderful GP celebrated her birthday, so as I have done
for the past couple of years (since John became so ill), I made 
her a card. She has such a bright and friendly personality, 
so I wanted my card to reflect those traits.

I bought the gorgeous 'Happy Birthday' die just before John became ill,
so I haven't had the opportunity to use it until now. However, I'm sure 
it will get a lot of use from now on...I love it.

A closer look at my flower arrangement. I handmade the large pink 
flower using punches, and the 3 tiny yellow buds from tissue paper.

Challenges I would like to enter:-
Card Mania #90 - 'Pastel Colours'
Crafts and Me - 'Springtime' 
Crafty Calendar - 'Mum's Day/ or Special Female'
Creative Knockouts #185 - 'Bordertime'
Daisy Chain #6 - 'Make It Feminine'
Dies R Us #69 - 'Borders and/or Edges'
Fussy and Fancy #183 - 'Springtime'
Squirrel's Not So Random #4 - 'Spring Fever' (2nd entry)

Dies - Memory Box Happy Birthday Extravaganza; Cheery Lynn Flourish Leaf Strip, Mini Butterflies.
Punches - EK Success Retro Flowers large and medium; Martha Stewart PATP Butterflies
Glitter on Butterflies - Stickles Star Dust
Pearl stems are from my junk stash

A friend remarked a few months ago that with all the bad luck we have had in recent years, we must have driven a tractor through a mirror factory, with not one mirror surviving. John had his 5th surgery last week, but is experiencing complications. The day after he came out of hospital he almost stepped on a Red-bellied Black Snake on our front porch, then the next day, while stationary, we were 'rear-ended' at speed by a driver who admitted that he was not concentrating, but reading a large billboard advertisement. Our car has been severely damaged, and may have to be written-off.

Surely our luck has to change soon, so on that optimistic note, I will say "thank you for visiting", and until next time,
Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Warren's Gift

Hello to all the lovely crafters out there in blogland. 

Robbie Burns' oft quoted line comes to mind for me lately 
"......the best-laid schemes o' mice an' men......' 
I'm neither a mouse or a man, but no matter how often I plan to spend some 
quality time crafting, John (or our kitty who has chronic bronchitis) require
medical attention. Also, the medical negligence legal action is taking up huge
amounts of time, and is on my mind constantly. Poor John has not been at
all well, and is just getting over his 5th Golden Staph infection in 18 months.
He has to have more surgery next week (also his 5th in 18 months).

A couple of weeks ago, the daughter of one of the Administration staff here in our
retirement village turned 11. She is a sweety, and 'bounces' up and chatters away
to me when we often meet in the supermarket, or elsewhere in our little town.
Apparently she is very selective about whom she befriends among the residents
of our retirement village, so I feel rather honoured.

Jemima adores all animals (perhaps that explains our bond), so I made her this card,
featuring my bunny friend 'Warren' from Craftwork Cards. I bought a couple of packs
of ready-to-colour 'Warren Sheets' at a craft show in London many years ago.

I die-cut, coloured, and constructed the tiny flowers over a couple of very late nights
after I had settled John for the night. I also coloured the corner die-cuts with the 
same Distress Ink as the flowers.

A closer look at Warren with his gift. He is coloured with Promarkers.

Inside my card co-ordinates with the front. Those strange shadows are from
a 'failed experiment'...I tried to reduce the effect of the very harsh midday sun,
by photographing the card in a plastic crate on its side. The shadows weren't 
obvious until I loaded the photos into my computer that night, and by 
then Jemima had her card, so I couldn't redo the photographs.

Challenges I would like to enter
Animal Friends #48 - 'Animal With Big Ears'
Come and Get It - 'Cards for Kids'
Die Cut Divas - 'For the Love of Animals'
Dragonfly Dreams - 'Girly, with Die Cut/Punch'
The Crazy Challenge #243 - 'We Love Animals'

Image - Craftwork Cards Warren
Colouring - Promarkers
Dies - Spellbinder Classic Circle, Classic Square; Cheery Lynn Flowers, Leaves, & Butterfly; Joy Craft Corners
Punch - Making Memories Corner Rounder
Paper - First Edition Blank Canvas
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink (I think I used Spiced Marmalade)
Sentiment - Computer generated
Seed Beads - from my junk stash

I think I will be having an early night tonight, as we were up very early 
to drive the 2 hours to the hospital for all John's pre-op tests and interviews.
We were there for 3 1/2  hours, then had another appointment on the way home.

Thank you for visiting, and until next time (hopefully sooner than later),

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Frangipani Thank You

Hi fellow crafters,

It is now just over 2 weeks since I last blogged, so my frustration is growing at not
being able to spend lots of time crafting and happily drooling over your lovely creations.

My poor dear John is still bleeding, and is just getting over another Golden Staph.
infection. We have had an endless round of appointments, and the urologist has 
decided that John has to go back into hospital for more surgery, in an effort to repair 
all the internal damage that was done to him in August 2015. We believe that the
legal case will be finalised towards the end of the year.

The card I have to show you is the one I made to thank the 2 lovely, kind lady
Paramedics who took me to hospital just before Christmas. 

I adore frangipanis, and had several trees in my gardens back on our farm. I planted
one right near our back door about 25 years ago, and during summer the perfume of 
its hundreds of blossoms would waft throughout our house. Before we moved, I took
6 cuttings from it, and they are all happily growing and blooming in large
garden pots in our courtyard, and on our front porch.

This stamp was one of the first I ever purchased, and the image is 
ever so easy to colour. I used my trusty Promarkers.

The inside of my card is very simple, with plenty of space on which
I wrote my message of gratitude to my 'Angels of Mercy'. My
embellishment frangipani is from 1 of my potted cuttings.

Image - Stamp-it Frangapani
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Unnamed A4 Vellum (15 years old)
Dies - Spellbinder Classic and Scalloped Rectangles; Spellbinder Decorative Labels Eight
Peel-off sticker and gold brads from my junk stash

Here in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, and in many other regions of eastern Australia, we are experiencing unprecedented high temperatures (mid to high 40s), with nighttime temps only dropping to 26 to 32oC. This summer we have broken a large number of records, and this weekend our bushfire danger indices have been graded 'Catastrophic Plus'. However, many of you are having record cold temps, so where ever you are, please stay cool or warm what ever your case may be.

Until next time, thank you for visiting,
Jennifer x 

Friday, 27 January 2017

Ice Dance

Good evening fellow crafters. Can any of you believe it is almost the end of
January already? I can't, nor can most people I know.

We have had an eventful week with John...He is bleeding again, and has another
serious infection, the result of which we have been on the 'doctors and various 
tests rounds', and have more next week.

Onto happier matters. I have managed to make another card, this time for Christmas.
At the speed 2017 appears to be going, I want to be better prepared. Yeah, yeah,
yeah!!!!, I know we all say that, don't we, but this time I mean it (she says with
tongue firmly planted in cheek).

My background paper is a serviette, and like with an earlier card, I have used
the clingwrap/serviette/iron method. When I saw one lonely pack of these serviettes
in the $2 shop, I snaffled it double fast. I had a session last weekend creating a  
bundle of backgrounds, so you will be seeing lots of these on my 
Christmas cards throughout the year.

This cute and clever little puppy dog is a very old Penny Black stamp, which I am 
fairly certain is discontinued. I have not used him for many years (naughty me!!), 
but I will try to remedy that situation this year. He is so easy to colour.

Challenges I would like to enter
Addicted To Stamps #140 - 'Baby It's Cold Outside'
Animal Friends #46 - 'Winter Sports'
Cardz 4 Gals #39 - 'Movie Madness' (Ice Castles 1978)
Cute Card Thursday #462 - 'Something Fun'
Penny Black and More - 'Anything Goes'

Image - Penny Black Ice Dance
Colouring - Promarkers
Dies - Spellbinder Classic Circle, Scalloped Circle; Sue Wilson Winter Trees; Impression Obssession Mini Snowflakes 100F
Paper - Serviette (Un-named brand from $2 shop)
Sentiment Banner - Craft Creations Ltd
Kindyglitz Chrystallina, and Ribbon from my junk stash

Have a happy weekend wherever you are, and until next time, thank you for visiting,

Jennifer xx

Tuesday, 17 January 2017


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' WINNER
Crafty Friends #49 - 'New Beginnings'
Crafty Purple Frog - 'New Beginnings'
Daisy Chain #4 - 'Add Some Sparkle' 
Do-Al(l) Kreatives #1 - 'Something New'
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.

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's a funny old world, isn't it.

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 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.

Jennifer. x