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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Kitty Party

Time for another challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty, and this time we have a challenge theme that will prove to be a lot of fun -
There are lots of online tutorials to help you, so we look forward to seeing your creations.
We have 2 lovely sponsors this week, and they are

I was given a choice of Eureka digi images to play with, and I chose this really cute, fun image, 'Kitty Party'.
Coloured as usual with my Promarkers.
The front of the card when closed.
The opened card.
A close up of the little wooden kitty. It is from a set of 6 different
animals. I bought several packets about 3 years ago.

Challenges I would like to enter:-
Songbird #21 - 'All Creatures Great and Small'
I Love Promarkers - 'Dies' (But Not Punches)
Try It On Tuesday - 'On The Wild Side'
LEJ #55 - 'Celebrate' WINNER

Image - Eureka digi Kitty Party
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Paper Patch Black Paw Prints; Kaisercraft Pets' Parade
Dies - Spellbinders Classic Rectangles; Cheery Lynn Celebrate; Joycraft Cats
Wooden Cat - Caizi

For a chance to win great prizes, why not visit Penny's Paper Crafty and enter our challenge.

Until next, "happy crafting"
Jennifer. x

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Oscar and Olivia

Hello fellow crafters,
This morning, John and I had a delicious brunch in a nearby village with our lovely neighbours at a little coffee shop/gift shop/nursery which is owned by some mutual friends of ours. We had a most enjoyable couple of hours, catching up on what each of us have been doing. We laughed heaps, not least of all, at all our 'aches and pains'...Charles was recovering from a 48 hour 'tummy bug', Rosalie was covered in bruises from a nasty fall at work 2 nights ago (she is a midwife), and a few weeks ago, I tore a ligament in my right ankle, broke a toe in my left foot last week, and last night I got up off the sofa awkwardly, and 'cricked' my back.

As a result of my 'socialising', I had to rush this afternoon to colour this adorable image, 
and produce a card to enter in a challenge which ends in a few hours. 
This too, too cute image is by the very talented Heather Valentin, and Heather offered it free 
to anyone to use to enter the challenge. Thank you, Heather, I love these cuties. The cardstock
is more lemon than it appears, but the fading light may have contributed to the incorrect colour.
Using my Promarkers, I coloured the little otters first, then coloured the water 
over the top of the Almond and Satin colours.
Inside the card - I'm sorry the image is so blurry, but by the time I uploaded
the photos, the last of the daylight had faded, so I couldn't take any repeats.

I would like to enter the following challenges:-
Lacy Sunshine #8 - 'Anything But A Square'
Animals Friends #2 - 'Checked or Striped'

Image - Oscar and Olivia digi by Heather Valentin (Lacy Sunshine Stamps)
Colouring - Promarkers
Checked Paper - unknown
Dies - Spellbinders Floral Ovals, Classic and Scalloped Circles, Labels Twenty; Marianne Flowers; Cheery Lynn Branch Strip
Gems and peel-off sticker - from my junk stash

Must dash off and cook dinner - we are having seafood tonight.

Until next time, happy crafting,
Jennifer. x

Guest Designer

Hello fellow crafters,
Last week I was thrilled to find that I had been chosen as the winner of challenge #27 in ABC Challenges, with this card that I made for my blogger friend, Pauline's birthday.

My prize was to be their Guest Designer for this week's challenge, 
'Make Your Own Stamped Background'
This is my card, using a colour I rarely use, orange. I felt like getting my fingers inky, something else I rarely do, so I made some more of my parchment roses.
For my background paper I used Express Blend-it card, which I normally use for my images that I colour with Promarkers. It is beautiful to work with when using a Resist Technique. I stamped the swirls with Versamark ink, then embossed them with Silver Pearl embossing powder, which creates such a 
luxurious look. 'Tis a pity that did not show up in the photo. I sponged the whole card with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink, then wiped it with a facial tissue. It doesn't show, but I lightly sponged the leaves
with Sage Versacube ink.
A closer look at my parchment roses. They have Flower Soft in the centres.
The large one reminds me of the big, soft, highly-scented roses my
Gran used to grow. 
Inside my card co-ordinates with the front.

I would like to enter the following challenges:-
Craft Room - 'Stamp your Own Background Paper'
Crafty Ribbons #46 - 'Anything Goes With Ribbon'
Anything Goes #93 - 'Handmade Backgrounds'
Marianne Design Divas - 'Get Your Dies Out'
Rhedd and Rosie's #7 - 'Blooming Lovely'
Milk Coffee - 'Load on the Flowers'
LEJ #54- 'Die Cuts and/or Punches'
Timeless Tuesdays - 'Butterflies'
Everybody Art #237- 'Flowers'
Whoopsidaisy - 'May Flowers' TOP 3
Creative Belli #170 - 'Flowers'

Stamps - Hero Arts Fantastic Florishes; Stampin' Up
Inks - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade; Adirondack Butterscotch and Raisin; Versacube Sage; Versamark clear
Dies - Spellbinders Rose Creation, Foliage; Marianne Creatables Double Frames, Frames Swirls
Punch - Carl Butterfly
Embossing Powder - Stamp-It Silver Pearl
Gem - Papermania
Flower Soft, Stickles Icicles, Ribbon, all from my junk stash

Why not pop over to ABC Challenges, see the lovely creations by the regular DT.

Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Raccoon Friends

Hello fellow crafters, and a big welcome to my newest followers, Mamma Mia and Debi. Thank you for taking the time to sign up, and I hope you enjoy your visits.

There is a new challenge for you at Penny's Paper Crafty, and our theme this week (my card may give you a clue) is
Our 2 generous sponsors this week are

The image I have used is 'Most Adorable Raccoons' by The Paper Shelter. 
I think I have mentioned before that I love recycling. The silver layers are actually the underside of yoghurt lids. The darker one is the same brand as the others, but reflected the top I was wearing.
Racoons are not found here in Australia, so I had to look them up on the internet to see what colours they are. I coloured them with my Promarkers. They really are the cutest little critters, aren't they.
I'm not really happy with the inside of my card. Rather than adhere a piece of the DP to the bottom of the card, I decided to split the piece, for a change. The 'corners' are just a circle I cut into quadrants.

Challenges I would like to enter are:-
An Oldie But A Goodie - 'Inspired By A Song' (Rocky Raccoon
(DP is about 4 years old)
Kaboodle Doodles #172 - 'Stripes and/or Circles'
LEJ Designs #54- 'Die Cuts and/or Punches'
Try It On Tuesday - 'On The Wild Side'
Digi Makeover #89 - 'Friendship'

Image - The Paper Shelter digi Most Adorable Racoons
Colouring - Promarkers
Sentiments - Stamp it, and unknown (Hello)
Paper - DCWV ?Glittered Stack
Dies - Spellbinders Classic Circles
Embossing - Cuttlebug Swiss Dots
Ink (sponging) - Memento London Fog

For a chance to win great prizes, why not visit Penny's Paper Crafty and enter our challenge.
Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Rupert's Bathtime

Hello fellow crafter's and welcome to my newest follower, Lindsay. I hope you enjoy your visits.
Where did last week go?????  Here we all are, ready for a new challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty, where our theme this week is -
Our lovely 2 sponsors this time are

My card is a very simple '2-step card'.
I have made several cards before using the cutest little dragon, Rupert, by Stampin' Dragon. This time he is having a bath with his duckie friend, and the digi image is called (no prizes for guessing), 
Rupert's Bathtime.
As usual, I coloured the image with Promarkers. I also added Star Dust Stickles
to the bubbles, but it does not show up in the photos.
A side-on view to show the folds of the card.
Inside the card. 
As the paper is so pale I thought the message could be with directly on it.

Challenges I would like to enter are:-
An Oldie But A Goodie - 'Inspired By A Song' (Splish Splash I was Takin' A Bath). 
Everything I have used, except the image, is 1-10 yrs old.
No Matter Which #9 - 'Things With Wings' (2nd entry)
A Gem of a Challenge #79 - 'Things With Wings'
Natalie and Amy's #9 - 'Things With Wings'
Rhedd and Rosie's #6 - 'Fantasy/Mythical'
Get Inky! #4 - 'Show Us Some Die Cuts'
Creative Creations #10 - 'For A Child'
Incy Wincy Designs - 'Animal Antics'

Image - Stampin' Dragon Digi Rupert's Bathtime
Colouring - Promarkers
Sentiment - Stamp-it
Paper - First Edition Spring Drop
Embossing - Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles
Dies - Spellbinders Scalloped Circles, Labels One; QuicKutz Scalloped Border,  Ducky
Craftwork Cards - Card Candi

For a chance to win great prizes, why not visit Penny's Paper Crafty and enter our challenge.
Until next time, "Happy Crafting"
Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Woodland Beauties

Hello fellow crafters,
It appears that spring has finally arrived to those of you in the northern hemisphere, and likewise autumn has finally arrived here in Oz. We actually lit our woodfire last night, and today it is chilly, miserably overcast and drizzling. For the past few weeks we have had temperatures ranging from 23 - 30 oC. Talk about an 'Indian Summer'.

I just can't believe how fast the weeks are rushing by, so it is again time for another challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty. You should all have fun with the theme this week,
Our lovely sponsors this week are


I was asked to choose a digital image from Fred She Said Designs, and my choice was Blue Jay and Raspberries. They have so many lovely images, it was difficult to choose just one.
That absolutely gorgeous paper was a sheet about A3 size. I bought it 2½ years ago in London at a very old shop a few blocks from the British Museum. It sold the most exquisite papers, and did book-binding - the old way. They also had a couple of antique printing presses there. I swear I was swooning, and fit to faint, being the paper-addict I am. This paper was made in Italy, and is of stunning quality. It was priced to reflect that, but I didn't mind...I just had to have it. This is the first time I have used it.
A closer look at the pretty jays and their dinner. I coloured
the images with my Promarkers.
I printed, coloured, and cut out 2 of the larger jays, 
and mounted the top one on 3D Dots. I also reduced
the size of one to make it appear to be more distant.
Inside my card showing another section of that gorgeous paper.

I would like to enter the following challenges:-
Creative Craft #9 - 'All About Animals' (2nd entry)
Cute Card Thursday #267 - .'Come Fly With Me'
Ruby's Rainbow #53 - 'Furry Friends' (2nd entry)
Pause, Dream, Enjoy #9 - 'Outdoor Critters'
No Matter Which #9- 'Things With Wings'
Make My Monday - 'Anything That Flies'

Image - Digital Stamp - Fred She Said Designs Blue Jay and Raspberries
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper -  unknown brand (large sheet) Printed in Italy
Dies - Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped circles; Cuttlebug Vintage Corners
Punches - Martha Stewart Butterflies Border
Platinum Stickles from my junk stash

For a chance to win great prizes, why not visit Penny's Paper Crafty and enter our challenge.
Jennifer. x

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

It's Your Day!

Last Saturday was a very special day for 2 of my dear friends, Diane and Pauline. Diane, I have mentioned in several of my blog posts (in fact, she was the subject of my very first post). We met during our first week in High School, just over 50 years ago, and have remained firm friends ever since, even if we live a long distance from each other. I made Diane's Asian themed card several weeks ago for a challenge. Diane and her late Mum love/loved anything from Japan, and many years ago had a lovely holiday there.You can see that card here.

The other friend is my great 'blogging buddy' in England, Pauline. She is on several design teams, and her beautiful cards are amazing. You would definitely enjoy a visit to her blog.

I made this card for Pauline, using one of the 3 gorgeous Lili of the Valley stamps she sent me last Christmas. Thank you again, Pauline.
I know Pauline loves pinks and purples, butterflies, flowers and bears,
as I do also, so it was great fun creating this card for her.
I coloured the cute image with Promarkers.
A closer look at the greeting, and lovely flowers.
I kept embellishments to a minimum inside my card so as to 
highlight the gorgeous paper by Papermania.

I would like to enter the following challenges:-
Cutie Pie #43 - 'Lots of Layers'
CardMania #20 - 'Flower Power'
Get Inky #3 - 'Fabulous Floral Fun'
Cheery Lynn #79 - 'Lots of Layers'
Robyn's Fetish #158 - 'Spring Colours'
Craft Your Passion #161 - 'Floral Delights' WINNER
Love To Create #64 - 'For Mum or a Special Lady'
Passion For Promarkers #196 - 'To Die For' (2nd entry)
ABC #27 - 'Tic Tac Toe' (punch, flowers, dry embossing; WINNER
glitter, flowers, designer paper, also pink c/stock)

Image - Lili of the Valley You Are My Sunshine
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Papermania
Sentiment - Penny Black
Dies - Memory Box Spring Border, Faunleroy Crest; Cheery Lynn Flourish Leaf Strip, Butterflies; Die-namics Grass Border
Punch - Martha Stewart Butterfly Trio
Embossing folder - unknown
Liquid Pearls and Stickles from my junk stash

Thank you for visiting, and until next time "Happy Crafting".
Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Mr. and Mrs. Kittycat

Hello fellow crafters, and a big welcome to my newest follower, Rowena, a beautiful young lady I have known since she was a little girl.

What an eventful week I have had, culminating in an injured ankle. X-rays confirmed that there is nothing broken, and the Dr. in A. & E. thinks I may have just "twisted" it. He told me to stay off it for 7-10 days, but Ha!!! he does not know me. That is like asking the sun not to rise in the morning!!

Enough of my is yet again time for another challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty, and the theme this week is one that I personally love, and I know a lot of you do too.
As I visit your blogs when I leave my comments, the vast majority of you seem to have photos of your beloved pets on your side-bars (as I do). Your projects do not have to feature pets, but any animals, such as in a zoo, farm or jungle.

We have 3 generous sponsors this week, and they are
We were offered several images from which to choose, and loving cats the way I do, I chose this adorable digi image, Purr Button 014, from Digi Stamp Characters. Aren't they the sweetest kittycats!
The 4 tiny hearts are off-cuts from the punched border. I applied 
Glossy Accents to them, but it does not show in the photo.
I love pink and grey together, and the image is coloured 
with Promarkers.
Inside the card

I would like to enter the following challenges :-
Animal Friends #2 - 'Checked and/or Striped' (tiny checks on background paper)
Paper Makeup Stamps #86 - 'Celebrations'
Creative Craft #9 - 'All About Animals'
Ruby's Rainbow #53 - 'Furry Friends'
Love to Create #63 - 'Punches/Dies'
Creative Creations #9 - 'Weddings'

Image - Digi Stamp Characters Purr Button 014
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Papermania (3 years old)
Dies - Spellbinder Lacey Circles, Scalloped Hearts; Cheery Lynn Butterfly
Punches - Martha Stewart Hearts Border, and Hearts Corner
Peel-off greetings sticker from my junk stash

For a chance to win great prizes, why not visit Penny's Paper Crafty and enter our challenge.

Bye for now,
Jennifer. x