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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Daisy Chain

Hello Fellow Crafters,
Today, here in Australia (and New Zealand) it is Anzac Day, when we honour the thousands of men and women who have fought bravely (and in far too many cases given their lives) in order to maintain the freedom and lifestyle that we all enjoy in this 'lucky country'.    Lest We Forget

My card for you today was a joy to create. I have used the darling little Penny Black 'Daisy Chain' bears.

The background is made using the Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots' embossing folder for the background. I have literally dozens of embossing folders, but I love this one for its versatility.

Close-up of the little bears

Side View

I have kept the decoration of the inside of the card fairly simple.

My contact detail sticker on back of card

I would like to enter this card into...

                      The Penny Black Saturday Challenge - 'No Patterned Paper'
                      Cute Card Thursday Challenge - 'Metallica'

Stamp - Penny Black 'Daisy Chain'
Cardstock - Bazzill
Colouring - Promarkers
Die - Spellbinder
Punch - Martha Stewart
Sentiment - Computer generated 'Brock Script'
Other - Flowers, charm, gems, Ranger 'Crystal' Stickles, from my junk stash

Thank you for looking...until next time...happy crafting.

Jennifer. x

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Sunglasses Required!

Hello fellow crafters,
I hope you have had, or are still having, a good weekend. I baby-sat today...the dearest little baby boy who is almost 6 months old, and in 2 weeks time has to undergo heart surgery in Sydney. I usually have him for a few hours each Saturday or Sunday.

To say the card I have for you tonight is bright, would be an understatement, but then I did warn you in the post title! I love this little kitty playing with the butterflies just out of his reach.

I am sorry about the shadows on the photos...I took them near a window, and the sun was glaringly bright,  and no matter what angle I tried I could not eliminate the shadows.

Inside the card

Side view

Last week I entered my first challenge, and it was so much fun, and far easier to do than I imagined, so I would like to enter this card in the following challenges...

             Ribbon Girl Colour Challenge - 'Orange, Pink, Aqua' (looks blue in photo, but is aqua)
             Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - 'Inspired By A Film Title' (I have chosen Butterflies are Free,        a film from 1972, starring Goldie Hawn).
             Cute Card Thursday Challenge - 'Metallica'
             Paper Play Challenge - 'Animal Antics'
             Fussy and Fancy Challenge - 'Punches and Dies'
             Our Creative Corner - 'Butterflies'

Stamp - Penny Black from 'Critter Party", T for Transparent set
Colouring - Promarkers
Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper and clear peel-off border sticker - Art Stamps Australia
Dies - Spellbinders, Cuttlebug
Punches - Martha Stewart, Carl
Sentiment - Stampin' Up
Other - Flowers, stamens, butterfly charm, 'Crystal' stickles from my junk stash
That's all for tonight, I am off to make a cup of Earl Grey tea and watch Waking the Dead.
Thanks for looking.....until tomorrow,
Jennifer. x

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Welcome Sunny Mae

Hello Fellow Crafters,
This is a card that I made for the daughter and son-in-law of our neighbours on the property next door, upon the birth of their little baby girl, Sunny Mae, a couple of weeks ago.

The image is a real was in a colouring book that our son had when he was a little boy, so it would have to be about 33 years old. I was sorting through his old books about 6 years ago, and found this image in one of them. I loved it so much I traced it, then saved it in my computer. I forgot it was there until a few months ago, when I was organising all my computer jumble. For this card, I printed it onto X-Press It blending card, and coloured it with Promarkers. I chalked around the elephant, and on the bunny's ears and feet.

I had already written a message in the inside of the card when I realised I had not photographed it, so please forgive the editing.

There is also a die-cut heart on the back of the card with my detail sticker.

Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - Grant 'Lullaby'
Colouring - Promarkers, chalks
Sentiment & verse - Computer generated 'Brock Script'
Dies - Spellbinder, Cuttlebug, Sizzix
Punches - Martha Stewart, Little Claire
Other - Kaisercraft pearls, Ranger 'Crystal' stickles, from my junk stash

It is almost 2.30 am, so this insomniac must hop into bed, or she will never be able to crawl out in the morning.
Until next time...happy crafting,
Jennifer. x

Word Verification

Hello fellow crafters,

Being a newbie to the world of blogging, I did not know what word verification was until yesterday. I had seen reference to it in several sidebars of blogs I have been looking at in the past. However, now I have an account, and have ocassionally encountered it when leaving comments, I realised what is was, and upon checking my own settings found that mine was on. I have since turned it OFF, so I apologise to anyone who has wanted to leave a comment, but was deterred by W.V.

Just thought I would show you a piccie of our view from our letterbox. I never tire of this vista, even after 32 years. The misty mountains in the very far distance are part of the Barrington Tops, and most winters they are covered in snow. We are so blessed living here...1 1/2 hours to the snow, 1 hr. in different directions to beautiful beaches, lakes, and the famous Hunter Valley vineyards.

Until next time...happy crafting,
Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Bath Time

Hello Fellow Crafters,
The easel card I have for you today is very similar in design to the 'Warren' card I posted 2 days ago. The reason for this is that another friend saw that card, and wanted it for her Mum. When I said it was specifically for another friend, she asked me to make one exactly the same. As I insist that all my cards be one-of-a-kind, I felt I couldn't break my own rule. The friend was so disappointed that I offered to make a similar one. Both friends live in different towns, and I am sure will never meet.

                                Close-up of the cute Penny Black image and the flowers.                                                                                

                                                                     Side View

                                                                   Fully opened.

                                                                    Back of card.

Sorry there are so many photos, but easel cards are rather difficult to photograph .

I am getting very brave with my blog now, and have decided to enter my very first Challenge. The one I have chosen is the Penny Black Saturday Challenge, as I love PB stamps...they were my first stamp purchases many years ago, and my collection of them has grown extensively. My card fulfils the rules of this week's challenge, 'Stripes and Spots, so all I have to do now is to work out how to submit my entry. Those of you who are experienced bloggers, and have entered challenges, are probably laughing, as you were probably all as bamboozled when you started, and now find it a cinch. Like I said in my early posts, I am on a vertical learning curve. I would like to thank lovely and talented  Pauline from Liverpool for all her encouragement and assistance. 

Stamp - Penny Black from the 'Bubbly' 'T for Transparent' set
Sentiment - as above
Colouring - Promarkers
Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - not sure, but it may be Papermania?
Dies - Spellbinders, Marianne
Punches - Martha Stewart, McGill
Embossing - Cuttlebug
Card Candi - Craftwork Cards
Other - Flowers, pin & charm, ribbon, pearls, stickles all from my junk stash

My tummy is telling me that it is way past lunch time, so I had better obey. Until tomorrow...happy crafting.
Jennifer. x

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Grapes and flowers

Hello fellow crafters,
This is the last of the cards at our friend's winery, Camyr Allyn Wines. I used the same stamped image as in a recent post.

The purple dotted paper is Papermania's 'Henbury Lane', and unfortunately the glitter on the white dots does not show up. Also, the die-cuts in the top corners look as if they are unevenly spaced at the side edges...however it is just the angle of the photo. I stamped the image on 300gsm watercolour paper with Versafine Black Onyx, and coloured it with Tombow aqua pens.


                                                                Side view

The inside is decorated to match the front of the card. The purple stamens were white and have been coloured with Promarkers.

The detail sticker on the back of the card is actually silver, but it is reflecting the blue top I was wearing.

Stamp - Stamp-it 'Grapes' 1495E
Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - Papermania 'Henbury Lane'
Inks - Tombow, Versafine, Versacube (for sponging)
Dies - Spellbinder, Cuttlebug, Marianne
Punch - Martha Stewart PATP
Other - Flowers, Pearls (Kaisercraft), Stamens, from my junk stash

Thank you for looking...until next time...happy crafting!

Jennifer. x

Monday, 16 April 2012

Warren the Rabbit

Hello fellow bloggers,
Last year I visited our son in London, and met our darling little granddaughter. While I was there I was lucky to go to the Make-It craft fair in Farnborough. I had a wonderful time, and met a lovely lady, Julie Hickey, from Craftwork Cards. Among lots of goodies I purchased at their stand were 2 packs of toppers, which can be coloured with almost any medium. The name of the collection is 'Warren', the most adorable rabbit.
This easel card features Warren with a gift, and I made it for a very close friend called Di (not the Diane in my 1st post) for her birthday.


Inside the card, showing the pull-out tag on which to write a message.

I loved making this card, and Di loved receiving it...hope you have enjoyed it too.

What a day we have had - I think we will be in bed early tonight. We got home last night just after 12.30am after attending a great concert by a true entertainer, Rhonda Burchmore. The concert was in Newcastle (about 1hr. 15mins. away). I won the tickets in a radio competition. Shortly after we crawled out of bed this morning, our wonderful neighbours turned up to help with some farm fencing. A few months ago my last horse departed this life. She was 33 years old, and had lived here with us since she was a baby. I have had horses (for their entire lives) since I was a little girl, so Firefly's passing has left a huge gap in my daily life. I will not be having any more horses, as we both have health issues, and don't know how much longer we will be able to stay here, although we both never want to leave as these past 32 years here have been idyllic. We have 26 acres of land going to waste, so have put a gate in the fence between our neighbour's property and ours, thus allowing them to have use of our main paddock for their 3 horses. This gate however, meant that we needed to put up a new fence across part of the paddock. This took most of the day. I am aching all over, and as I did not wear gloves, my hands are a mess.

I have many lovely photos of Firefly, and this one was taken on the day she passed away. I miss her so much. She still looked wonderful for such an old horse.

Details for my Warren Card are as follows...
Image - Craftwork Cards 'Warren'
Cardstock - bazzill
Paper - unknown but it may be Papermania?
Colouring - Promarkers
Dies - Spellbinder, Marianne
Punch - Martha Stewart
Sentiment - computer generated, unsure of font, but it may be 'English'
Pearls - Kaisercraft
Other - flowers, stamens, charm, ribbon, from my junk stash, Ranger Stickles 'Crystal',

My eyes are having trouble staying open, and I can't stop yawning, so I guess there is only one solution, so I will say goodnight...until next time...happy crafting.

Jennifer. x

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Autumn Grapes

Hello fellow crafters,
This is yet another card that I have left in cellar door at the beautiful Camyr Allyn Wines (here).

As you can see, I am still on the theme of grapes...this is a very old PSX stamp, and as it is a fairly small image, I chose to multi-layer it, using Spellbinder Classic Squares. I sponged the edges of the patterned paper with Adirondack ink. Although I own a collection of PATP punches by MS, you will have to get used to seeing this particular butterfly one, as it is my favourite, and as you have probably already realised, I use it on so many cards and layouts. The single butterflies are from the matching corner punch...I just trim them down with my tiniest scissors. Alternately, I trim off excess butterflies from the punched edge.

                                The inside is decorated to match the front of the card.

                                                                  Back of card.

Stamp - PSX
Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - Kaisercraft 'Chapter One', DCWV
Ink - Promarkers, Adirondack 'Ginger'
Dies - Spellbinder
Punches - Martha Stewart, Carl
Other - Flowers, Stamens, pin, beads, spacer from my junk stash

As boring as it sounds, I must go and morph into a domestic favourite pastime NOT!  Yuk!!!
Until tomorrow...thanks for looking.

Jennifer. x

Beautiful Baby Girl

Hello fellow crafters,
Tonight (or perhaps I should say this morning), I would like to share a page I did for a scrapbook of our beautiful little granddaughter, who lives on the other side of the world in London. I am making the scrapbook, which will document her first year, as a keepsake for her Daddy and Mummy. Children grow up so fast, don't they, especially it seems when they are babies.

I included the lyrics of the song In My Daughter's has such a lovely melody and words.
Don't you just love those beautiful big eyes and eyelashes! I so wish I could give her a big cuddle right now.

Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - unknown
Dies - Little Claire; Marianne
Punches - Martha Stewart PATP; Carl
Embossing - Cuttlebug
Other - Lace; flowers, brads, pearls from my junk stash

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. 'Til next time,


Friday, 13 April 2012

Thank You Grapes

Hello fellow crafters,

This is another card which is in our friends' cellar door at Camyr Allyn Wines (here)...see previous post.

It is a very simple card, with a minimum of embellishments. The cardstock looks as if it is pale blue, and bluish purple, but in reality the white is pure white, and the purple is a dark purple, co-incidentally called 'Grape'.
I stamped the image on 300gsm watercolour paper with Versafine Onyx ink, and coloured it with my Tombow aqua pens.

Inside card.

                                                                                      Back of card.

Stamp - Stamp-it 'Grapes' 1495E
Ink - Versafine
Colouring - Tombow aqua pens
Cardstock - Bazzill
Dies - Spellbinder, Cuttlebug
Embossing - Cuttlebug
Other - gold peel-off stickers from my junk stash

Just a short post lovely man has just cooked dinner, so until next time, thank you looking.

Jennifer. x

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Wine and Roses

Hello fellow crafters,
Some good friends of ours have a beautiful boutique winery, Camyr Allyn Wines, not far from us, here in the Hunter Valley, Australia, and last week they offered to showcase some of my cards in Cellar can find the winery here.
I made a selection of cards, several of which I felt were suitable to go with a gift of wine. I will show you these over the next few days. This easel card could be for a wedding, engagement, or an anniversary.
Because of the extreme shine on the gold card and on the patterned paper, it was difficult to get a good photo.

Using a pointy tool, I applied tiny dots of Crystal Stickles on the bubbles in the glasses.


From above with card fully opened.

Back of card.

Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - Kaisercraft 'Sweet Nothings' 6x6 stack
Gold Card - unknown
Cuttlebug embossing folders - 'Wedding' (set of 4 minis); Tiny Bubbles
Dies - Memory Box; Cuttlebug; Spellbinders; Marianne.
Sentiment - computer generated 'Brock Script'
Punch - Martha Stewart PATP 'Iron Gate'
Other - Flowers, Stamens, Stickles, from my junk stash.

Thanks for looking.....until tomorrow,
Jennifer. x

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Kittens and Butterflies

Hello everyone,
What more cute combination could you find than kittens and butterflies...
I love cats, as do so many other card-makers and scrapbookers, I have discovered. These little darlings could melt the hardest of hearts. A lovely young lady asked me to make a card for her Mum's birthday, and it had to have cats, butterflies, flowers, glitter and lots of pink. She loved it. 
I always decorate the inside of my cards to match the front.
It does not show up in the above photo, but all the butterflies on the vertical strip are heavily glittered with Stickles, the same as those on the front of the card.
Just by various minor ways, I usually "pretty up" the back of my cards where I place my contact details sticker.

Stamp - All Night Media 418G
Colouring of image - Promarkers
Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - Kaisercraft 'Tigerlilly' Collection
Punches - Martha Stewart PATP 'Monarch Butterflies'; Carl
Dies - Marianne LR0116; Spellbinders-Butterflies Circles S4-329, Labels ?One
Roses - Di's Scrapbook Shop; Lincraft
Other - Ranger Stickles 'Crystal'; Pearls and ribbon from my junk stash

I really loved making this card, and hope you have enjoyed looking at it.
I would like to thank Di from Di's Scrapbook Shop for her encouragement and great tips while setting up my blog.
After the glorious weather over the Easter long weekend, this sudden taste of winter is a bit of a shock, so I am going to snuggle under the doona with my latest espionage thriller and a mug of hot chocolate...As if I haven't had enough chocolate in the last 3 days!

Til next time,
Jennifer. x

Monday, 9 April 2012

Side Step Card

Hope you have all enjoyed your Easter break. I have - the weather here has been as near to perfect as possible. Also, I have spent many hours working out how to set up my blog, and have learned so much, but realise that there is so much more to learn.
I love making side step cards...they are so different, and non-cardmakers are always fascinated by them. An essential piece of equipment I believe, is my beloved Scor-Pal. It allows very precise scoring, and crisp folds on all cards, but particularly when multiple folds are required.
I made this card 2 weeks ago, and the glue attaching the flowers was not even fully dried when a lady saw it, and insisted on buying it. She barely gave me time to photograph it.

This little hedgie always makes me smile, and I have often used him for many different occasions. He looks as if he is concentrating so hard on delivering his over-sized bouquet.

Stamps - Penny Black 'Wonderful' (set of clear stamps in the T for Transparent series)
Paper - DCWV 'Citrus' 6x6 stack
Cardstock - Bazzill
Dies - Spellbinder, and Memory Box 'Olive Branches'
Punches - Martha Stewart, Carl
Flowers - Syntego, Lincraft, Bizzy Becs
Other - Scor-Pal, Ranger Stickles 'Crystal', ribbon cord from my junk stash

Thanks for looking.

New Beginnings

Hello fellow crafters,
This is rather scary, exciting and hopefully first post in my first blog, but in time I guess I will become more confident at showing the crafting community some of my humble efforts, and working out how blogland operates. I have thought about setting up a blog for some time now, but my computer and I are not always on friendly terms...It seems to have a mind of its own at times.
The reason for "Other Junk" in my blog title is that each time I return home from a trip into town, which of course MUST include a visit to one or more craft/scrapbook stores, my darling husband just rolls his eyes, smiles, and says "more junk I presume". Also when my crafting friends visit for a day of laughing, chatting, chocolate and a bit of cardmaking, he greets them with "hello ladies...I see you have brought your junk with you". He has always been very supportive of my addiction hobby, and even converted an old unused stable into a craft room for me, complete with sink, air conditioner, and custom built cupboards in which to store all my "junk". Yes, I know I am a lucky girl to have a chappie like him.
The first card I have to show you is for my dear friend, Diane's, birthday. We have been friends for almost 50 years, hence the image of the 2 little girls.

This is my first serious attempt at colouring with Promarkers, which I LOVE. Sorry, I did not make note of which colours I used.
The large flower is from a stem of white silk flowers which I dismantled, coloured with a Promarker (? Apricot), then reassembled using pearl stamens. The smaller flowers are Ribtex and Green Tara.
Stamp - Penny Black 'Sharing A Moment' (very old-may be discontinued?)
Cardstock - Bazzill
Paper - First Edition 'Hideaway' (12x12 stack)
Sentiment - Computer generated - Brock Script
Dies - Spellbinder, Marianne
Punches - Martha Stewart
Other - Kaisercraft Pearls, Ranger Stickles 'Crystal', ribbon from my junk stash

  Well, that wasn't too was fun actually...until next time...happy crafting, and thank you for looking. Jennifer.