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Thursday, 28 November 2013

Wedding Gazebo

I have another card to show you tonight, that I made about 2 months ago
for a wedding, and forgot to put it on my blog. The couple were in their late
thirties, and don't like anything too fussy, so I opted for a classic style card.

I only bought 1 A4 sheet of the gorgeous paper, at the Stamp Camp I attended in
September as it was quite expensive. However, I now wish I had bought more,
as it has such a luxurious look and feel to it. I also bought the gazebo and bird
dies at the camp, so this was the first time I used them.

The inside of my card matches the front.

I added some flourishes to the back of my card in order to "dress
up" my contact details label.

Dies - Spellbinders Floral Flourishes, Classic and Scalloped Circles, Spellbinders D-lites Gazebo; ?Joycraft Bird
Paper - Unknown 
Ribbon, peel-off stickers, and Mirror Board from my junk stash

That's all for tonight, so I will wish you "Happy Crafting", and until next time,

Hugs from, 
Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 27 November 2013


Here we are, another week closer to a visit by the big fella in the red suit.
Q. Why is Christmas Day like any day in the office?
A. Because you do all the work, and the big guy in the suit gets all the credit!!
Ha Ha, got you with that one!

Enough of my frivolity...I hope you all had a great weekend, no matter what 
corner of the world you craft in. Also, I would like to welcome my newest 
followers, Jackie, and Vicky, who is a 'newbie' to blogland. 
I hope you both enjoy your visits.

It's Wednesday, therefore it's time for another challenge at 
Penny's Paper Crafty, where our theme this time is
You can use any method to create a frame, be it masking, a die-cut, 
embellishments, etc, but it must be an obvious frame.

Thank you to our 2 generous sponsors this week, who are

I was asked to use a Sassy Studio Designs digi image, Elvira, and 
Oriental Frame, a digi frame by Delicious Doodles.
I decided to create a fairly CAS card, and thought the shapes of the
image and frame dictated a DL sized card.

I coloured Elvira and Oriental Frame with 
my Promarkers.

Inside my card is fairly simple with plenty of space for a handwritten
message. I bought this lovely lattice style ribbon at a $2 shop last week.

Crafty Cardmakers #105 - 'Clean and Simple'

Images - Sassy Studio Designs digi Elvira; Delicious Doodles digi Oriental Frame
Colouring - Promarkers
Dies - Spellbinders Plain and Scalloped Long Rectangles; Cheery Lynn Celebrate
Lattice ribbon from from junk stash

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

Until next time, happy crafting.
Jennifer. x

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Wedding Roses

A few months ago, I made this card for a wedding in September, and forgot
to post it on my blog, so here it is now. The lovely couple are Veronica and
Antonio, hence the 'V' and 'A'.
I took the photos on 2 consecutive days, and although the weather was the same both 
days, I can't believe how different the colours are. The true colours are closer to the
ones below. I used my favourite method of cutting my rose petals and leaves from 
parchment, or vellum, then handpainting them with dye inks before shaping them. 
It is a very time-consuming process, but the end result is quite satisfying.

A closer look at the roses on the left...
and on the right. These smaller roses were cut with a combination of
Cheery Lynn dies, and Carl punches.

Inside my card matches the front. 

Fantastic Tuesday #10 - 'Must Be Square, Make it Fancy'
Songbird #28 - 'Favourite Song' (The Rose)
Through The Purple Haze - 'Pink, Purple or Red'
Unstampabelles #29 - 'Vellum - No Stamps'

Dies - Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Circles, Foliage, Rose Creations; Cheery Lynn Wreath Strip, Medium and Large Rose; Cuttlebug Alphabet Olivia
Punches - Carl Butterfly, Carl Retro Daisy,
Embossing - Tied Together (don't remember the brand)
Stamens - Flower Soft
Inks - Tim Holtz Distress Inks: Adirondack Dye Inks
Ribbon from my junk stash

This is just a short post tonight as it is after 1 a.m., and very unseasonably cold. I have had to keep my computer shutdown all day, because we have had multiple electrical storms, and torrential rain. We have just had a brief break from the storms, but unfortunately there is another brewing, and each crash if thunder is getting closer, so I had better bid you all "good night", and shut-down yet again.

Jennifer. x

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Little Trumpet

I hope you are all progressing well with your Christmas card collection. I only have
11 made so far, and need about 25 more, so I think a few people will be receiving
shop-bought ones, or made-by-me ones of a very simple design. Perhaps I will 
break my self-imposed rule of never making 2 cards the same.

Enough of my panic...once again it is time for the Pink Fairies at Crafty Little Fairies
to invite you to join us in our weekly challenge, of which our theme this time is


What fun, you can unleash all your 'girlie frilliness' with this one, and a lovely prize
is being offered by our generous sponsor, who this week is

Our challenge is open to all images, stamped or digi, but please remember,
you must use an image on your creation.

In an effort to increase my meagre Christmas card pile, I have used this gorgeous
Lili of the Valley stamp, Little Trumpet. 

A closer look at this sweet little angel. I put Stickles Star Dust on her wings,
and the thinks perhaps a little too heavily!

Inside my card. The tiny stars are the negatives from the die I used for matting
the sentiment on the front. I told you I don't throw anything away! 

I have always believed in the saying "if it ain't broke, don't fix it", so why do so
many manufacturers continually remove/replace products. This is in all facets of life,
be it clothing, food, toiletries, cosmetics, and craft. One of my favourite 
colours in Bazzill cardstock is/was Petunia, a lovely pink with ever so subtle
tones of mauve. However, it has been discontinued, and I cannot find a 
substitute with the same tones, in any brand. I am down to a small 
collection of Petunia off-cuts, and am suffering 'withdrawal symptoms'!

Challenges I would like to enter:-
ABC Christmas - ' 'W' for Winter Wishes'
Crafty Sentiments - 'Christmas'
Lili Of The Valley - 'Pink and White'
Rhedd and Rosie's #20 - 'Christmas Is Coming'
Winter Wonderland - 'Angels or Fairies'

Image - LOTV Little Trumpet
Colouring - Promarkers
Sentiment - LOTV
Paper - Kaisercraft Wish Upon
Dies - Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Circles, Floral Ovals
Lace, pearls, from my junk stash

For a chance to win a lovely prize, why not visit us at Crafty Little Fairies, and enter our 'Lace 'n' Pearls' challenge. 

I am out of hospital, just a little sore, but very 'foggy'. I just want to sleep, and writing this post has required so many corrections - perhaps I should have scheduled it. Thank you to all of you who have sent get-well wishes, and on one issue, I have wonderful news. There was a strong possibility that I had a very rare form of breast cancer. This has nothing to do with my hospital admission and op yesterday, though. I am awaiting results of the biopsies for that. However, two days ago I received all my results regarding my many breast investigations, and they are all NEGATIVE! As you can imagine, I am thrilled, and that was great news to hear, just before my surgery. I have been very worried, as my Mother had 3 episodes of cancer, one being breast cancer, and she passed away at the same age that I am now.

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

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Memories of Velvety Roses

I hope this post 'goes public' at the correct time as I have scheduled it. I have had to go into hospital for a bit of an op. for biopsies, but hopefully will be home tonight, and getting good news in a few days time. I generally react badly to anaesthetics, so thought it would be safer to schedule my post.

The weather is definitely getting more bizarre...just a few weeks ago, we were on evacuation alert because of dreadful bushfires nearby, and were experiencing temperatures in the mid to high 30s. Now we have floods after many days of continuous, torrential rain...yesterday here in the Hunter Valley had the highest rainfall, in a single day, on record. We are back in winter clothing and bedding. It is freezing cold, yet it is only 10 days or so until summer.

At Penny's Paper Crafty, we have a new challenge for you, and our
theme this week is one you all love -


A big "Thank You" to our generous sponsors, who this week are

 I was given this lovely digi stamp, Rose Frame, by Floppy Latte Designs and immediately
thought "mmmm velvety, deep burgundy roses. Do you ever have distant memories of
some happy moment, that flash in, then out of your mind in a split second, but you
cannot quite recall the time, place and circumstance? Well, I had that experience with
these lovely roses...I can even recall the rich, heady perfume, but cannot for the life
of me remember anything else about them. Oh dear, is this a sign of getting old???

A closer look at the gorgeous roses. I coloured them with my Promarkers, 
and that took quite some time, as I coloured each petal, one by one, 
using 2 reds and a pink.

Inside my card, with a large area on which to write a personal message.
The cardstock I used for the layering is from the same 12x12 burgundy 
sheet, but has photographed anywhere from red to black.

Challenges I would like to enter:-
Addicted To Stamps and More #72 - 'Make Your Mark'
Divas By Design - 'Make It Pretty'
Songbird # 28 - 'Favourite Song' (The Rose - Bette Midler)
Through The Purple Haze - 'Pink, Purple or Red'

Image - Floppy Latte Designs digi Rose Frame
Colouring - Promarkers
Embossed Paper - unknown (pkt. bought several years ago)
Punch - Martha Stewart PATP Pansies
Peel-off stickers from my junk stash

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

Until tomorrow night, when I will have another scheduled post for you, "happy crafting".
Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 13 November 2013


Yet another week has raced on by, therefore it is time for another challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty. This time our challenge couldn't be easier...on your creation just...
This could be for any occasion; Christmas, birthday, anniversary, baby, get well, etc.

We have 2 generous sponsors this week, who are offering great prizes.

I was asked to choose any image from the wonderful range of images from
Fred She Said Designs. It was difficult to narrow my choice down to just one,
but I finally chose this ever so sweet digi, Snow Lady-Light Up Your Holidays.
She was a delight to colour, and I think is destined to become one of my favourite
Christmas images. I smothered all my snowflakes with Stickles Star Dust.

A closer look at Snow Lady.

I sponged Tumbled Glass Distress Ink on the panel inside my card, and punched
a snowflake border into a narrow panel of the lovely blue DP. It has VERY subtle
snowflakes and checks, and is the most beautiful quality. Sadly, I only bought one 
12x12 sheet about 4 years ago at a clearance sale in a hall, and have procrastinated
about using it. (Yes, I have confessed to you all that I am a hopeless paper addict!).
The 3 tiny snowflakes are the negatives from the punched border...I keep all of these
(in many colours), in a tiny, clear container. 

I downloaded this fabulous font from a freebie site when I bought my first
computer, many years ago, and promptly forgot all about it until I bought
a new computer recently. I am sorry, but I cannot remember the source.

Side-on view of my card.

2 Sisters #169 - 'Christmas Sparkle'
A Little Bit Crafty - 'Sparkle and Shine'
Colour Me Creative #81 - 'Winter, frosty and Cold' 
Crafty Calendar - 'All Things Christmas'
Crimbo Crackers #54 - 'Christmas Words'
Deep Ocean #64 - 'Winter'
Paper Playtime #23 - 'Sparkle'
Papertake Weekly - 'Snow and Ice'
Songbird #28 - 'Favourite Song' (Frosty the Snowman)
Sparkle and Sprinkle - 'ATG with glitter/embossing powder/flocking'
Through The Purple Haze - 'Winter/Christmas with optional people or animals'

Image - Fred She Said Designs digi Snow Lady - Light Up Your Holidays
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Unknown
Sentiment - Computer generated Christmas Lights Outdoor Font
Dies - Spellbinders Classic & Scalloped Circles; Tim Holtz Snowflakes; Memory Box Precious Snowflakes
Punches - Martha Stewart PATP Snowflakes; Carl Snowflake;
Stickles Star Dust, gems, from my junk stash

I hope none of you are like me, starting to panic that you will not have your Christmas cards finished in time. My New Year's resolution each year is to have them all ready by the beginning of November...BUT, guess what??? Oh dear, I can always try next year.

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

Jennifer. x

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Shine A Light

This week, at Crafty Little Fairies, it is the turn of the Pink Fairies to invite
you all to enter our 'CHRISTMAS IN NOVEMBER' challenge.

Remember you can now use any brand of image you wish, but you must use
an image.
This week our sponsor is Crafty Ribbons, and they are generously offering
a £10 voucher.

I created my card using a sweet Lili of the Valley stamp, Shine a Light.
This is the first time I have used the lovely snowflake border die,
but I was a little disappointed at how the glittered cardstock looks in
the photo. I bought quite a few 12x12 sheets in different gorgeous colours
just before Christmas last year, and used a silver sheet, which showed up
as a dirty grey, and this gold looks quite brown. IRL they are so sparkly,
one almost has to wear sunglasses! 

A closer look at this little sweetie. As with the glittered cardstock,
reds never seem to photograph true to colour.

I punched a tiny flower for the poinsettia centre, and added an 
even tinier gem. The snowflake die-cut is from the same gold c/s as
the snowflake border.

Inside my card. Although the matting looks brown, it is 
definitely red!

Challenges I would like to enter
Crafting With Dragonflies #14 - 'Make Own Flower Embellishments'
Christmas Cards All Year Round - 'Winter Wonderland'
A Gem Of A Challenge #104 - 'Christmas Is Coming'
Polkadoodles #44 - 'Anything Goes Christmas'
I Love Promarkers #193 - 'All That Glitters'
Inky Impressions #133 - 'Dies and Punches'
Sparkle and Sprinkle -'Anything Goes with 
glitter,embossing powder, &/or flocking
A Little Bit Crafty - 'Sparkle and Shine'
Christmas Card #49 - 'Dimension'
C.R.A.F.T. #232 - 'Christmas'
Deep Ocean #64 - 'Winter'

Image - Lili of the Valley Shine a Light
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Kaisercraft
Dies - Marianne Snowflake Trio; Joy Craft Snowflake Border; Sullivans Scalloped Border; Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Circles, Labels Eight and Decorative Labels Eight, Labels ?Four.
Punch - Carl Vinca
Gems and Stickles from my junk stash

For a chance to win a lovely prize, why not visit us at Crafty Little Fairies, and enter our 'Christmas in November' challenge.

"Happy Crafting"
Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Coffee Anyone???

How quickly Wednesdays come around...and you know what that means...
it is time for another challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty. 
Our theme this week is nice and easy


We are lucky to have 3 sponsors this week, and they are all generous regulars:-

I was asked to use a Bugaboo digi image, so I chose JJ Coffee To Go.
For something different, my card is a 'tent-fold'.
Don't you just love the sentiment that comes with the image.

Coloured, as usual, with my Promarkers. This size coffee would still not
be large enough for a lady I used to work with...she rarely ate anything,
preferring to drink endless mugs of coffee. It probably comes as no surprise 
that she was thinner than the lady above, and......let's just say......
hyperactive, and as 'jumpy' as a kitten in a Doberman kennel!

Inside my card, decorated to match the front.

Challenges I would like to enter :-
Dream Valley #69 - 'Humour'
Joanna Sheen - 'Food For Thought'
Digi Makeover #113 - 'Lots of Layers'
Quirky Crafts #22 - 'Make Us Laugh'
Clear It Out -'Smores/ stash-brown and white'
(flowers,brads,DP - years+++)
Corrosive #186 - 'Tic Tac Toe'
Hobbycutz #23 - 'Inspired By A Song or Music'
Ooh La La Creations #142 - 'Food and/or Drink'
(One more Cup of Coffee-Bob Dylan; Coffee Club-Spandau Ballet)
Our Daily Bread Designs #177 - 'Inspired By A Song or Music'
(One More Cup of Coffee-Bob Dylan; Coffee Club-Spandau Ballet)

Image - Bugaboo
Colouring - Promarkers
Papers - Grace Taylor Vintage Collection
Dies - Spellbinders
Ink for sponging - Versacube
Flowers, Gems and brad from my junk stash

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

I will be back tomorrow with another card, so until then "Happy Crafting"
Jennifer. x

Saturday, 2 November 2013

2nd Birthday

I have a special request for many of you out there...please, please, please
remove those Christmas countdown clocks and blinkies from your blogs!!!
They are freaking me out!!! (lol). Yes, I know Christmas happens at the same
time every year, but this year, the weeks (not to mention the months) are
just flying by at what must be warp speed 10. Many of you I feel are 
also starting to feel alarm at how close Christmas is, judging by your
 notes on your blogs.

Birthdays are also occassions that occur on the same dates every year, but
somehow I seem to be making birthday cards at the last minute too. Each New Year I
promise myself that I will be better prepared, but somehow that thing called
LIFE keeps getting in the way of my good intentions.

Those of you who have been looking at my blog since its early days may
remember me blogging about a dear little baby boy we have nicknamed
'Tiger', as he is such a little fighter. He has had an incredibly difficult start
to life, but on Thursday he celebrated his 2nd birthday, and this is the
card I made for him. Russell's big sister, Connie also had her birthday
on Thursday, but I will show you the card I made for her in a 
later post.

The '2' was in a bag of wooden numbers I bought years ago, and I have 
embossed it with 3 layers of red Opals, sprinkling blue Opals 
into the 3rd layer.  

This adorable bear has 2 other co-ordinating bear stamps
that were among some of my earliest stamp purchases.

Likewise, these 3 Cuttlebug dies were purchased soon after my
much-loved Cuttlebug came to live with me. I cut out 3 of each of
the dies - 1 red, 1 black, 1 yellow. I then adhered tiny pieces of 
double-sided tape on the back of the red ones and with tiny 
tweezers inserted the 'hubcaps' and windows.

Inside my card matches the front, and I added some punched out
trains for added interest.

Corrosive #186 - 'Tic Tac Toe' (DP,Image,Sentiment)
Creative Card Crew #48 - 'Teddy Bear's Picnic'
Crazy #157 - 'B is for...' (Bear, Blue, Bow-tie)
C.R.A.F.T. #231 - 'For The Boys (0-150)
Ready-Teddy-Go #28 - 'Use Embossing'
Die Cuttin' Divas #139 - 'Anything Goes'
Suzy Bee's Bloomin' #1 - 'Emboss It'
LEJ Designs #77 - 'Anything Goes'

Image - Stamp-it Australia
Colouring - Promarkers
Sentiment - Computer Generated
Paper - First Edition Family Ties
Dies - Spellbinders Classic Rectangles; Cuttlebug -  Engine, Caboose, & ?
Punch - Martha Stewart border - Train
Embossing - Opals Waratah, Blue Lake

Thank you  for visiting, and I hope to catch up with visiting and 
commenting on all your lovely blogs very soon, so until next time,
"Happy Crafting"

Jennifer. x