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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Santa's Sleigh

 Oh my goodness, tomorrow will be the first day of August. Happy birthday to all horses, and here in Australia it is Wattle Day. 

The weeks are just racing by at an alarming rate, and already it is time for 
another challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty.
Our theme this week is 
'ADD SOME STITCHING - REAL OR FAUX'
We have 2 lovely sponsors this week, and they are
and

I was given this traditional digi image, Santa's Sleigh Silhouette, from Floppy Latte
to play with, as well as the digi paper. The Swiss Dots paper came in six
fabulous colours. 
I layered the paper, and adhered it with the base stripes both 
horizontally and vertically to create more visual interest. My stitching
is faux, the white drawn with a gel pen, and the sivery grey with a 
Zig Pen.
I coloured the moon with a Promarker (Primrose I think), and sponged
the edges of the white panel with Adirondack Denim.
In March, I bought the die for this reindeer from a lady at a stamp camp 
I attend twice yearly. She didn't want it...can't imagine why...
I love it. This is the first time I have used it, but I am sure you
will be seeing it quite often in the next few months. That tiny
blue gem fitted perfectly into his eye socket.

Challenges:-
Lexi's Creations - 'Christmas In July'
Stamp And Create - 'Christmas In July'
Cards For Men #15 - 'Christmas In July'
Shopping Our Stash #112 - 'Use Your Oldest Punch'
(Creative Memories - Corner Rounder)

Image - Floppy Latte digi Santa's Sleigh Silhouette
Paper - Floppy Latte Swiss Dots 1, Art Stamps Australia Silver Glitter
Dies - Sullivans Stars; Unknown Reindeer
Punch - Creative Memories Corner Rounder

For a chance to win great prizes, why not visit Penny's Paper Crafty and enter our 'Add Some Stitching - Real Or Faux' challenge.

Until next time, thank your for looking.
Hugs,
Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Maggie Springtime Flowers

Hello once again my crafting friends,

It's time for another challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty, and this week we have a great theme:-
'BLING IT ON'
Our 2 generous sponsors this week are
and

I had a choice of any digi image from Lacy Sunshine to create my card with,
so I chose this sweet image, Maggie Springtime Flowers. 
With her being so pretty, I cannot believe she is being retired, so if you
would like to buy her, hurry over to Lacy Sunshine.
 A closer look at Maggie Springtime Flowers, coloured with Promarkers.
I had an appointment with the dentist today (eeeeek!), and when I
got home, I realised that I had not photographed the inside of my
card earlier, so by then the sunlight was fading, and filtering
through the trees, hence the shadows across this photo.

Challenges:-
An Oldie But A Goodie - 'Best Dressed'
(B'Fly punch, flowers & gems 2-4 years old)
Papertake Weekly - 'Die-ing For A Punch'
Whoopsi Daisy - '2 or More Die-Cuts'
Crafty Sentiments - 'Bling It On'

Image - Lacy Sunshine digi Maggie Springtime Flowers
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Francheville Pastel Basics
Dies - Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight; Cheery Lynn Sentiment Frame #1 (set)
Punch - Martha Stewart Butterfly Trio
Flowers and Gems from my junk stash

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

Hugs,
Jennifer. x

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Festive Little Robins

Finally I can tell you my exciting news. For 3 weeks I have been almost 
bursting at the seams with the effort of keeping the secret.
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I have been invited to become a 'Fairy' - yes that's correct, I am
now one of Lili's Little Fairies!!!!
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When Squirrel, our 'Fairy Mummy', asked me to join the other fairies 
on the design team, I had to have a l.o.n.g think about it, before making 
my decision. That l.o.n.g think took me less than the blink of an eye before 
emailing back with a resounding "Yes please". ( lol )
Then I did have a long think...."what have I done...they are all such talented 
little fairies". However, all my teamies have been so welcoming, so I would like 
to say "thank you for inviting me to join you". Also, I would like to thank my 
friend, Pauline for nominating me as a possible candidate to be considered.
I have been placed in Team B, and our challenge theme is...

'CHRISTMAS IN JULY'

You may enter any Christmassy creation, but of course you must use a 
Lilli Of The Valley image. 

Our lovely sponsor is

This is my first card as a Team B Lili's Little Fairy. 
I have used Lili Of The Valley's sweet 'Little Festive Robins'. They look
so excited, hanging their decorations, and stockings socks, ready for Santa. 
A closer look at the little robins and their decorated house. 
As usual I coloured them with my Promarkers.
I sponged the greenery with gold ink, and used Stickles on the 
flowers (and greeting). This is the first time I have used that lovely 
pine branch, but I think I will be using it many more times.
As I usually do, I have decorated the inside of my 
card to match the front.
Challenges:-
An Oldie But A Goodie - 'In The Garden' (bells & ribbon roses=18mths old)
Always Something Creative #57 - 'Is It Christmas Already?'
Loves Rubber Stamps #61 - 'Christmas In July'
Cuttin' and Stampin' #28 - 'Christmas In July'
Holly Jolly Christmas - 'Christmas Outdoors'
Incy Wincy Designs - 'Things With Wings'
My Craft Spot #104 - 'Christmas In July'
Eureka Stamps #48 - 'Christmas In July'
Stamp And Create - 'Christmas In July'
A Little Bit Crafty - 'Die-ing For It'
ABC - 'R for Roses Are Red'

Image - Lili Of The Valley 'Little Festive Robins'
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Art Stamps Australia
Dies - Spellbinders Labels Eight, Decorative Labels Eight, Cheery Lynn Holly Flourish, Holly Leaf Strip, Branch Strip, Merry Christmas; Impression Obsession Pine Branch
Flowers, Bells, Gold Cord all from my junk stash

Please flutter over to Lili's Little Fairies, and have a look at the gorgeous creations by my other Fairy teamies, and while you are there, why not enter our challenge with a chance to win a lovely prize.

Until next time, thanking you for visiting, and happy crfating,
Hugs,
Jennifer. x


Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Lotus Silhouette

Hello to all my crafting friends,
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It is almost time to tell you my exciting news....
but not quite yet! 
Just one more sleep to go.
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Isn't it scary that we are now in the second half of July already. It is now more than a year since our big 40th Wedding Anniversary celebrations, and our second honeymoon in beautiful New Zealand. We loved N.Z. so much we are planning a return holiday there next year.

Once again it is time for another challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty, 
and our theme is 
'Use The Colour Black'
Just the black outline of your image is not enough - you must use black in your
colouring, layering, or embellishments, or you may choose to create something
using black and just one other colour, or black and white.

This week we have 3 lovely sponsors


I was asked to select an image from several offered by Delicious Doodles, 
and I chose the lovely Lotus Silhouette. I only realised today that there are
matching digi papers in many colours.
My card is DL size, and was fairly quick to create. I have had that gorgeous 
pearlised Christina Re backing paper for ages.
A closer look at that elegant image, coloured with my 'trusty' Promarkers.
As usual, the inside of my card matches the front. I didn't use any embellishments
so as to highlight the DP.

Challenges
An Oldie But A Goodie - 'In The Garden' 
(DP & Greetings Sticker-3+ years)
A Little Bit Crafty - 'Die-ing For It'

Image - Delicious Doodles digi Lotus Silhouette
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Christina Re
Dies - Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Rectangle;Cheery Lynn Deco Corners; Memory Box Amira Flourish
Peel-off greeting sticker -EK Success

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

Thanks and hugs for visiting,
Jennifer. x

Monday, 15 July 2013

66 Clickety Clicks

Hello to all my crafting friends,

Tomorrow is a very special day for John, my darling husband of 41 years and 1 week. 
It is his birthday, and I am not giving out prizes for guessing how old he will be. 
I don't know why I chose a gambling theme for his card, as he doesn't
even buy lottery or lotto tickets, let alone gamble on racing, or poker machines.
Perhaps it's because in my book, he is a winner, an ace! 
I love that paper that looks like real cork. I have had it for about 4 years.
I really must use up some of my massive collection of great papers.

Challenges I would like to enter:-
Here Come The Boys #56 - 'Anything Goes'
Card Makin' Mamas #72 - 'Monochromatic'
Sweet Pea Stampers - 'For The Men/Boys'
Challenges 4 Everybody - 'Anything Goes'
Dominoart #5 - 'Altered Game Board'
Ladybug Crafts Ink - 'Birthday'
Crafts 4 Eternity - 'Rust' WINNER

Bingo Card - Crafts 4 Eternity freebie digi (thank you)
Ticket greeting - Digi Doodle Shop freebie (DDS now closed)
Paper - Print Blocks Cork
Dies - Spellbinders Classic Square, deleted Fleur de Lis Square (very old)
Distress Inks - Frayed Burlap, Walnut
Alphabet & Number Stamps - $2 chain store
Domino Tile, Jigsaw Piece, Playing Cards, all from my junk stash

I really must go and light the fire. It is freezing cold. 

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

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Bear, Butterflies and Roses

Hello Friends,
The theme of this week's challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty is one I'm sure all of you will love. I know I did! 

'THINK PINK'

There, see, I knew you'd love it. Not only did I get to go wild with my equal favourite colour (the other is burgundy), I was also asked to use one of my Lili Of The Valley stamps. 
Our lovely sponsors this week are
and

I used LOTV's 'Thinking of You' , one of the 3 gorgeous ones that 
my dear friend, Pauline, in England sent me last Christmas.
To create the background, I sponged the edges with Versacube Petal Pink,
then scored it with my Scorpal.
A closer look at this cute little guy, which I coloured with Promarkers.
My flowers and buds are all roses, and all pink.
As usual, I have made the inside of my card to co-ordinate with the front.
All the tiny little butterflies are the negatives (which I coated with Star Dust Stickles), 
from my Spellbinders Butterfly Circle die (from another project) - 
see, I told you before I don't throw anything away!

Challenges:-
Allsorts #214 - 'My Favourite Things' (pink, Promarkers, flowers, butterflies)
Clear It Out - 'Make Someone's Day & Use Something Sparkly'
A Gem Of A Challenge #87 - 'Lots Of Layers'
Addicted To Stamps #60 - 'Lots Of Layers'
That Craft Place - 'Ribbons and/or Lace'
Sweet Stampin' - 'Butterflies and Bows'
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - 'Pink and White'
Cutie Pie #48 - 'Cute and Cuddly'
Ladybug Crafts Ink - 'Birthdays'
Lili Of The Valley - 'Think Pink'

Stamp - Lili Of The Valley Thinking Of You
Colouring - Promarkers
Dies - Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Circles; QuicKutz Lace; Cheery Lynn English Tea Doily; Memory Box Honeysuckle Border
Ink - Versacube Petal Pink
Lattice Embossing - Scorpal
Flowers, stamens, ribbon, pearl, charm, peel-off sticker are all from my junk stash

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

Monday, 8 July 2013

Baby Girl Hedgie


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I am bursting to tell you some incredibly exciting news, 
but not just yet.....you will have to wait........
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Hello to all on this bitterly cold July morning, 
It is actually our 41st Wedding Anniversary today,
(and they said it wouldn't last!!).
This is the card I made for my darling John a few months ago 
for a challenge, then hid it until today...you can see the whole post here.

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I made this card months ago, and forgot to post it in my blog, so thought I would show you today. The image is my favourite 'go-to' stamp for baby cards - Penny Black's Baby Hammock.
It was for a dear friend who had just become a grandmother for the first time. I apologise for the bad photography, but I only just finished the card before she was due to visit me. I had to rush to take the photos and did not have time to upload them and check that were were okay.
Pastel ginghams and plaids seem to suit baby cards so well, don't they. I don't know what brand the embossing folder is, but I seem to remember that the design may be 'Butterflies and Vines'.

Challenges:-
Allsorts #214 - 'My Favourite Things' (babies-human or animal; 
pink; promarkers; flowers; butterflies)
A Gem of a Challenge #87 - 'Lots of Layers'
Penny Black and More - 'Dies and Punches'
Addicted to Stamps #60 - 'Lots Of Layers'
That Craft Place - 'Ribbons and/or Lace'
Sweet Stampin' - 'Butterflies and Bows'
Cutie Pie #48 - 'Cute and Cuddly'
The Ribbon Girls - 'Add A Bow'

Stamp - Penny Black Baby Hammock
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - unknown, from a 12x12 stack (have lost cover)
Dies - Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Circles, and Lacey Circles
Punch - Martha Stewart 
Embossing - ? Butterflies and Vines
Charm, Ribbon, Pearls, Peel-off Sticker all from my junk stash

I just hope the weather is warmer than here wherever you are. 

Thanks for visiting - "happy crafting"!
Hugs,
Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

So Kind

Once again we have another challenge for you at Penny's Paper Crafty, and this week our challenge is:-
'SPOTS AND STRIPES'
Thank you to our 2 generous sponsors for this week, and they are:-
and

I was given a cute digi image, Bashful, by Stitchy Bear to play with,
and this is the card I created.
I decided to make a DL card for a change from my usual square cards.
The greeting and flower are die-cuts from a Cuttlebug set of matching die and
embossing folder. I have had the set for several years, and rarely
use them, but this card has inspired me to use them more often.
Bashful was so easy to colour. As usual I used my Promarkers.
The inside of my card was decorated to match the front. The blue spotted
paper with the flowers is heavily glittered, but unfortunately I couldn't
capture it's sparkle in any of the photos I took.

Challenges I'd like to enter:- 
2 Sisters #150 - 'Stripes'
Corrosive #177 - 'Summertime'
Glitter and Sparkle #39 - 'Thank You' Top 3
Created With Love #48 - 'For The Girls'
Colour Me Creative #71 - 'Colours of Summer'
Clear It Out - 'Make Someone's Day & Use Something Sparkly'
(Ribbon & Card Candi I've had for several years)

Image - Stitchy Bear digi Bashful
Colouring - Promarkers
Papers - First Edition Family Ties
Die - Spellbinders Rectangles; Cuttlebug With Gratitude; Cheery Lynn (neg. of Cutie 2)
Card Candi - Craftwork Cards
Ribbon from my junk stash

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

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