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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Bad Kitty!

This little kitty isn't the only one around here who is bad...
MY BAD!! Again I haven't been keeping up to date on my blog.

Subsequently it is time for another challenge at Words 2 Craft By
and our quote this month is an interesting one by Benjamin, aged 11...
"I'm an angel at Christmas time, but the rest of the year I'm the real me".
Are there any parents out there who could identify that quote with
their little 'angels'?

I didn't have any images of angel/naughty children, but I did have this 
irresistible kitty digi stamp.

This is another digi stamp, trimmed with deckle-edged scissors.

How could you be cross when kitty puts on such a sad face.
Our kitty looks at us exactly the same way, when he knows
he has done something naughty (and it works every time!).

Image - Whimsy Love Me Anyway digital stamp
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Doodlebug Design Inc. Home For The Holidays
Sentiment - Digital freebie by Bizzy Bec Greetings North Pole (thank you Bec)
Gems are from my junk stash

For the chance to win a fabulous prize, pop over to Words 2 Craft By, check out the great inspiration by my teamies, then enter your own creation.

I hope your Christmas preparations are all going to plan...not long to go now!

Jennifer.  xx

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Count Your Blessings

Does being a klutz excuse me for being such a bad blogger? excuse
reason for more than a month since I last posted anything on my blog is
that I have been recovering from a serious fall in our garden. I tripped
and crashed into a brick wall. A trip to hospital revealed a broken toe, a
dislocated toe, a twisted knee, a sprained wrist, a whiplash-like injury  
to my neck, a 'jarred' spine, and a severe laceration to my elbow. It is 
4 weeks since my accident, but I am still hobbling around.

Enough of my woes... today is the 2nd Wednesday of the month, so that means
it is time for a new challenge at Words 2 Craft By. This month our quote is

'When I count my blessings, I count you twice'

This is a lovely old Irish saying, and it allows you lots of ways you can employ it.

This sweet image is from a rather old 12x12 sheet of vintage images by
Graphic 45. I always wanted lots of children, but sadly we were only able
to have one baby. This little cherub reminds me so much of our precious
son (now 44), who had big blue eyes, and very blonde curls.

Images - Graphic 45 'Little Darlings Collection'
Paper - Forever Friends 'New Arrival' 12x12 stack
Die - Joy Crafts 6002/0356
Sentiment - Computer generated 'French Script' font

For a chance to win a fabulous prize, pop over to Words 2 Craft By and check out my teamie's wonderful creations for some inspiration, then enter your own creation.

Until next time (hopefully soon),
Jennifer.  xx

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Autumn Leaves

Oh dear, I am way behind with my blogging, and already it is the
second Wednesday of the month (yikes, October!!!!!!!!!).

Sooooo, once again it is time for another challenge at Words 2 Craft By
and this month our quote is by Humbert Wolfe -
The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves"

A lovely quote, and such an easy one for your interpretation.
We are looking forward to seeing your creations.

I decided to make a centre-step card, as I haven't made one for such a long time.
I made it for my dearest friend of almost 55 years, Diane. She loves leaves, 
so it is serendipitous that this month's quote is about leaves.

Inside the card where I wrote my personal message to Diane. These
leaves were stamped, heat embossed, then cut out by hand.

A close-up look at one of the side panels, 
die-cut leaves, and a tiny flower.

I also stamped; heat embossed several these leaves with various 
embossing powders; then cut them out by hand.

A side-on view. That friendship sentiment is from a sheet of 
friendship-themed peel-off stickers I bought specially with 
Diane in mind. I truly believe our friendship is a special gift.

Stamps - PSX F-2781; Stampworld Solid Gumleaf  (Both these companies no longer exist)
Dies - Cheery Lynn Flourish Leaf Strip, Mini Butterflies, Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight
Paper - DCWV The Lace and Linen Stack
Ink for sponging - Ranger (Tim Holtz) Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Glitter - Ranger Stickles Platinum
Sentiment - peel-off stickers
Paper flowers are from my junk stash

Challenges I would like to enter
Crafteezee - 'Leaves'
Daisy Chain #24 - 'Autumn/Fall'
Papercraft Business #11 - 'Anything Goes with option of Halloween/Fall'
Use Your Stuff #333 - 'Autumn/Halloween' (stamps about 20 yrs old, paper about 7 yrs old)

For a chance to win a great prize, why not pop over to Words 2 Craft By, admire my teamies lovely work, then enter your own creation.

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

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Autumnal Glory

I know I keep repeating myself, but "where are the months rushing to"? It is
already the 2nd Wednesday of the month, and that means it is time for
another challenge at Words 2 Craft By. Our quote this month is by
F. Scott Fitzgerald "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall".

As a completely hopeless paper addict, I thought I would faint with pleasure
when in 2011 I found a wonderful shop while wandering around London. I
think it may have been in the Bloomsbury area. Although an unassuming
looking store outside, it was filled with the most exquisite papers, mostly 
hand-printed. The papers were (understandably) quite pricey, so after a
lengthy and agonising elimination process, I walked out with 2 precious 
large sheets rolled up in my arms.
I have only used a piece of this one once before. 

My card is for one of our gardeners here at our retirement village. He 
recently had a dreadful accident, and has many months of recuperating 
ahead. He is a lovely gentleman, so I had no qualms about using some 
of this precious paper.

The colours are so rich, aren't they.

Inside my card where I wrote our 'Get Well' wishes.

Challenges I would like to enter
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #18 - 'Anything Goes (with a Critter)'
Animal Friends #66 - 'In The Woods'
City Crafter #429 - 'Fall Colours'
Crazyhazelnuts Patterned Paper - 'Anything Goes (with patterned paper)'
Create and Inspire #77 - 'Inspired By A Song' (Autumn Leaves - Nat King Cole)
Pause Dream Enjoy - 'Always Cards, any Theme'

Paper - Hand-printed (brand unknown)
Die - Sue Wilson Creative Expressions Get Well
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Rusty Hinge

For a chance to win a fab prize, why not visit Words 2 Craft By, check out my teamies lovely inspirations, then enter our "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall" challenge.

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

Monday, 10 September 2018


One of the negative aspects of being in one's senior years and living in a 
retirement village is that most of our friends, and all the other residents
here are also of mature years, and therefore the 'inevitable' is a fairly
regular event.

Sadly, last week 3 residents here in our 'Village' passed away. We were 
acquainted with one of them, and this is the card I made for his wife. 
They had been married for more than 60 years. 

Inside the card where I have printed one of my favourite verses
(enlarged below). In the top corner of the right-hand page, I
have placed a die-cut dove in flight.

I have often used this beautiful verse in my sympathy cards.

I prefer to make fairly simple, yet elegant sympathy cards, and
often use this corner is one of my favourite corner dies. 

Challenges I would like to enter
CAS On Friday #141 - 'Flowers'
Pause Dream Enjoy - 'Cards Only (Any Theme)'

Dies - Memory Box Wildflower Corner; Couture Creations Baby Dove
Stamp - Stamp World With Deepest Sympathy
Verse - "Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep" by Mary Elizabeth Frye, computer generated using Viner Hand ITC

On this glorious early spring day I have to bring all my washing in off the line...don't you just love the smell of clothes that have dried in the sunshine.

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

Monday, 3 September 2018

Father's Day

Here in Australia, yesterday was Father's Day, so I would like to wish
Dads everywhere a belated Happy Father's Day. 

I could not be home with John, because it was the AGM at the Fort,
then I was on duty for the remainder of the day.
I know most card makers struggle with creating cards for men, and I am no
exception. However, I recently bought the ship, and anchor dies, so I
decided to use those for my card for John. I remembered that several
years ago I 'squirrelled' this fabulous paper away, so a little search
revealed it in my huge collection of lovely papers.
(Storing my papers in genre sections does help.)

Inside my card, where I wrote my personal message to John.

Close ups of the ship and anchor dies, used for the first time.
The cardstock I have used looks black, but it is actually dark blue.

Challenges I would like to enter
Daring Cardmakers - 'Travelogue'
The Crafty Addicts #51 - 'Anything Goes/ Boys & Men'
Try It On Tuesday - 'Take A Ride'

Dies - Kaisercraft Anchors; Simply Dies Sailing Ship
Paper - Graphic 45 
Ink - Distress Ink Rusty Hinge
Sentiment - peel-off sticker from my stash junk

Time to bring the washing off the line, so until next time, thank you for visiting.

Jennifer.  xx

Monday, 27 August 2018

Santa's Aussie Sunset

Today I have another Design Team card I have made for 
Fat Cats Card Corner, using the Santa With Kangaroos die. 

The card is quite similar in design to the card in my last post. Again I brayered
Distress Inks onto gloss cardstock, and multilayered the matts, with the top 
one mounted on 3D tape. These colours truly typify Christmas in is usually stifling hot!!

A closer look at the cute die-cut.

Challenges I would like to enter
Christmas Cards All Year Round - 'Use Hot or Warm Colours'
Crafty Friends #91 - 'Animals/Birds

Die - Paper Rose Santa's Sleigh With Kangaroos
Stamps - Stamp-it Australia Billabong Tree; 'Greetings...' Unnamed 
Inks - Various Distress Inks; Memento

On this cold, windy and miserable day I will go and prepare some nice hot soup for lunch.

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