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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Snow White Pin-up


Hello to my crafting friends, and a big welcome and "thank you" to my latest follower, Moira. I hope you enjoy your visits here.

Gosh, what is the global weather up to?? For several weeks, we have been on evacuation stand-by, because of the terrifying bushfires, then last night, we had a wild storm with torrential rain and hail. That is the first rain we have had in several months...very welcome indeed, although rather frightening the way it arrived. This is not to mention the awful storm that parts of Europe and the UK are experiencing. We have seen some footage on TV, and it looks fearsome. I send my well wishes, and hope you are all safe.

It's Wednesday again, and you all know what that means...it's time for
another challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty, and this week our theme is

'ADD BLACK OR BLING'

We are lucky to have 2 of our regular, and very generous sponsors
and


The DT was given images to use, and I chose Sassy Studio Design's
digi stamp, Snow White Pin-up.
Tucked away in my stamp cupboard was one of the first stamps I
ever bought...these 3 apples in a row. I thought they would be perfect
for Snow White. I coloured them with my Promarkers, and wow,
were they fiddly to cut out! My bling are the gems in the top corners.
They are really sparkly, but that did not show up in all the photos I took.

A closer look at at this rather saucy-looking Snow White,
coloured as usual with my Promarkers.

Inside my card. The corner embellishments are off-cuts
from the border die-cut.

Challenges
Paper Pretties Wednesday #282 - 'Bold Is The New Black'
I Love Promarkers #192 - 'Anything Goes'
Rhedd and Rosie's #18 - 'Anything Goes'
Die Cuttin' Divas #139 - 'Anything Goes'
LEJ Designs #77 - 'Anything Goes'

Image - Sassy Studio Design digi Snow White Pin-up
Colouring - Promarkers
Stamps - Print Blocks Apples; Un-named Happy Birthday (in a bargain bin)
Border Die - Spellbinders (can't remember the name-several years old)
Gems from my junk stash

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

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

Thursday, 24 October 2013

True Love


Good evening to all my friends out there in blogland.

A big "thank you" to those of you who have sent good luck messages
regarding the dreadful bushfires. The fires nearest us, as well as several
others, have been downgraded from 'Catastrophic' and 'Emergency'
to 'Watch and Act'. We still have to be on evacuation alert though.
Last night, about 11pm, the strangest thing happened...within minutes,
the howling wind stopped, and was replaced by the most eerie silence.
There was not even a puff of breeze, and after the non-stop roar of
the wind for a week, the stillness and silence, coupled with the very
strong smell of smoke was quite un-nerving. We had another night of
almost no sleep. The wind came back this morning, and the smoke
has been quite dense all day.

Because it is Thursday, it means that we have another challenge for you
at Crafty Little Fairies , and this week it is the Pink Fairies' turn to invite
you to enter our challege, the theme of which is

'ANYTHING GOES'

Now that's a lovely easy one, isn't it. Don't forget, you can use any image,
stamped or digi, on your entry, but please remember, you must use an image.

A big "thank you" to our sponsor, who this week is Sarah from

Also, our lovely, talented 'Mummy Fairy', Squirrel, is very generously giving
2 Lili Of The Valley stamps to some lucky crafter.

*****The other news at Crafty Little Fairies, is that we have a*****
DT call at the moment. We are looking for 3 new Fairies, so if you would
like to join us, pop over to our challenge blog for the full details.

I have used LOTV's Wedding Carriage to create my card. I fell in love with
this stamp the first time I saw it several years ago at my first visit to a craft show
at  'Ally Pally' in London.

A closer look at the happy couple, and their dappled grey friend.

Inside my card co-ordinates with the front. All the tiny hearts
are off-cuts from the punched border, and coated with Star Dust Stickles.

I slightly decorated the back of my card.

Challenges
Passion For Promarkers #221 - 'Give Me A 'P' '
(Pink, Pony, Pearl, Punch, Patterned Paper)
Lili of the Valley Ideas to Inspire - 'Anything Goes'
Sparkle N Sprinkle - 'Anything Goes With 
Glitter, Embossing Powder and/or Flocking'
Paper Crafting Journey - 'Anything Goes'
Rhedd and Rosie's #18 - 'Anything Goes'
                                                        A Creative Romance #10 - 'Pink'

                                            

Stamp - LOTV Wedding Carriage
Sentiment - LOTV
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Papermania Henbury Lane
Dies - Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Squares, Fancy Labels; Joy Craft Lamp; Cheery Lynn Leaf Flourish Strip and Wreath Strip.
Punch - Martha Stewart PATP Hearts
Flowers, pearls and beads are all from my junk stash

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

I hope you enjoyed your visit, and until next time "happy crafting"
Hugs,
Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Buttons and Bows


My goodness, we are experiencing horrendous weather conditions here
in New South Wales, Australia. We are having record-breaking high
temperatures, gale force winds, very low humidity, and serious drought...
all combining to create perfect conditions for massive bushfires, of which 
there are almost 100, with 30+ out-of-control. There are several of these
quite close to us, and we have been on evacuation stand-by for about a 
week. Needless to say, we have been sleeping very lightly each night. The
men and women in the Rural Fire Service are incredible...they say they don't
want to be called heroes, but that is what they are. Almost all are volunteers. 
A newspaper photo of exhausted volunteers asleep on the road has gone 
viral on the internet. We desperately need rain, and plenty of it, to 
end this dreadful nightmare.

Onto more pleasant things...
At Penny's Paper Crafty, it is time for another challenge, and this
week our theme is one I am sure you will love -

'BUTTONS AND BOWS'

Our 2 wonderful sponsors this week are
and


We were all given some lovely images to play with, and I was
thrilled to choose Inky Impressions' Kitty With Bow.
It is amazing how so many colours are perfectly matched IRL, but look
completely different when photographed. The kitty's bow, and the Bazzill
Bling cardstock are a perfect example of this. The button is a metal one
which I sponged with white ink, then embossed it with Alabaster Opals.
I punched the butterflies from scraps of the Bazzill Bling, then sprinkled
them lightly with the Alabaster Opals before heating them. I added tiny
dots of Liquid Pearls to their 'bodies'.

A closer look at this too, too cute kitty. I have had those
silver skeleton leaves for an embarrassingly long time.

Inside my card.
This is the first time I have used the lovely Martha Stewart PATP Pansies
punch. I have been wanting it for about a year, and when I saw it on sale
recently, it had to come home with me.

Challenges
Deep Ocean #63 - 'Button It Up'
Passion For Promarkers #221 - 'Give Me A 'P' '
(Pussycat, Pink, Pearls, Pansies Punch, Promarkers)
Rhedd and Rosie's #18 - 'Anything Goes'
Ruby's Rainbow #65 - 'Button It'

Image - Inky Impressions digi Kitty With Bow
Colouring - Promarkers
Sentiment - Inky Impressions digi
Dies - Spellbinders Floral Ovals; Cheery Lynn Wreath Strip;
Punches - Martha Stewart PATP Pansies, Butterfly Trio
Embossing - Opals Alabaster
Flowers, Skeleton Leaves, Button, Bow, Liquid Pearls, 
         Silver Corner Peel-off stickers are all from my junk stash

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

Until next time,
Hugs,
Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Penny's Pudding


Hello to all my crafting friends,

The weeks are flying by at an alarming rate, and Christmas is going to be 
with us all too soon.

It's Wednesday again, and that means that it is time for a new challenge
at Penny's Paper Crafty. Just 2 weeks ago, our challenge theme was 
'Anything Goes', and because you loved that one so much (we were
overwhelmed by all your lovely entries), we are once again having the theme

'ANYTHING GOES'

Our 3 very generous sponsors this week are



I was delighted when I was asked to use the very cute digi image, Penny's Pudding,
by Stamping Dragon Designs.
I decided to create a very simple card, so as to focus on Penny
and her pudding.

A closer look at Penny. I had such fun colouring her with my Promarkers.
I put Glossy Accents on the holly berries.

Oh dear, I think my layering is not straight. By the time I realised this, 
it was too late to straighten it up, and re-photograph it.
(I will fix it tomorrow).

Image - Stamping Dragon Designs digi Penny's Pudding
Colouring - Promarkers
Sentiment - Crafts 4 Eternity
Dies - Spellbinders, Memory Box
Challenges
Christmas Cards All Year Round - 'Getting Ready For Christmas'
Stamping Sensations - 'All Creatures Great and Small'
Deep Ocean #62 - 'Christmas is Around the Corner'
Ooh La La Creations #141 - 'Things With Wings'
Addicted To Stamps #67 - 'Christmas is Coming'
Robyn's Fetish #181 - 'Square Cards Only'
Through the Purple Haze - 'Food' (Top 3)

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

Thank you so much for visiting, and hopefully I will get a chance to visit your lovely blogs soon...time just seems to be beating me every day lately. I can't remember the last time I had a full day at home.

Hugs,
Jennifer. x

Thursday, 10 October 2013

On Tiptoe

At Crafty Little Fairies we have a new challenge, and this week it is the Pink Fairies
who ask you to create something that is
'PRETTY IN PINK' 

We know you will love this theme, so we can't wait to see your entries.

Our lovely sponsor is

****Don't forget, we have a new address at Crafty Little Fairies.****

I have used one of LOTV's older stamps, Fairies-Tip Toe. It is such a sweet image
and judging by the number I times I still see it in blogland, it remains very popular.

A closer look at little Tip Toe. She was so easy to colour. 

Inside my card co-ordinates with the front.

Challenges:
Tammy's Scrappin' Corner #83 - 'Inspired By A Song Title'
(Tip Toe Through The Tulips)
A Creative Romance - 'Fairytale or Winged Creature'
The Squirrel and the Fox #54 - 'Things With Wings'
Stampin for the Weekend - 'Fairies and Fantasy'
Ooh La La Creations #140 - 'F is for......' (fairy)
Paper Creator's Crafts #15 - 'Dies or Punches'
Addicted To Stamps #66 - 'Create A Scene'
The Ribbon Girls - 'Make It Sparkly'
Papertake Weekly - 'Two By Two'
(2 butterflies, 2 fences)
Card Mania #31 - 'Pastel Colours'
(ribbon inside card)
That Craft Place - 'Colour Pink'
Image - LOTV Fairies - Tip Toe
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - DCWV Nana's Nursery
Dies - Spellbinders, Marianne, Cheery Lynn, Memory Box
Punch - Carl
Ink (sponging) - Versacube, Momento
Ribbon and seed-beads from my junk stash

For a chance to win a lovely prize, why not visit us at Crafty Little Fairies, and enter our 'Pretty In Pink' challenge.

"Happy Crafting",
Hugs,
Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Elphie

Good evening fellow crafters,

We had so many wonderful entries from you all last week at Penny's Paper Crafty, 
but it is now time for a new challenge. Our challenge theme is:
'ANYTHING BUT SQUARE'

Our generous sponsors this week are
and

I was asked to choose one of Kathryne's digi stamps, so had
no hesitation in choosing her adorable ELPHIE THE ELEPHANT.
I had intended to make another shaped card, but time got the better of me, so I opted
to create a simple step card. Despite the last minute change of plans, I am quite
happy with this design.

I used my blender pen to try to create skin texture on Elphie. Kathryne has manged to
capture the posture of a baby perfectly, hasn't she...and as for that face...just soooo cute.

Inside my card with space for a personal message.

I decorated the back of the card, but realised that I should have attached
a backing piece of cardstock to the coloured image.

Challenges:
Tammy's Scrappin' Corner #83 - 'Inspired By A Song Title'
(Baby Elephant Walk)
Paper Creator's Crafts #15 - 'Dies and/or Punches'
Inky Chicks #14 - 'Use 2 Different Die-Cuts'
Robyn's Fetish #180 - 'Use A Digi'
Card Mania #31 - 'Pastel Colours'

Image - StampArt Design by Kathryne digi Elphie The Elephant
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Sugar and Spice Studio Baby Girl
Dies - Spellbinders; Cheery Lynn, Marianne, Martha Stewart
Gems and Stickles from my junk stash

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

Hugs,
Jennifer. x

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Weekend Spectacular


I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was frantically busy and exhausting, but fabulous. 
Sydney Opera House.

I did my regular Thursday as a volunteer guide at Fort Scratchley in Newcastle, then early on Friday morning John and I travelled to Sydney to view some of the week-long celebrations to commemorate the centenery of the Australian Navy. This event is the most spectacular since Sydney hosted the 2000 Olympic Games. An international naval fleet joined the Australian fleet, and on Saturday night there was a fireworks display that was even more spectacular than Sydney's famous New Year's Eve display. Prince Harry reviewed the fleet.
Sydney Harbour and our famous bridge.

We returned home late on Saturday night, changed our clocks for daylight saving (losing an hour's sleep), then I worked my regular Sunday at the Fort. This weekend was our Labour Day weekend, so the Fort was very busy on Sunday...but not as busy as yesterday (Monday), one of the 4 huge special 'open days' we hold each year.
Observation Post, local radio station's tent, Newcastle and the 
beautiful cathedral in the background.

A local radio station broadcasts from the Fort all day, we fire our 'Big Guns' regularly during the day, the Army band and a jazz band play, and there are various military displays, as well as continuous tunnel tours. 

As I am the only female guide there, I was interviewed by the radio station.

Firing one of the 6" Mk Vl l guns.
WWl l re-enactment group.
Signal flags on the Observation Post.

The Fort opened 2 hours early, and we closed later than normal, so by the time I got home, I was like a zombie. However, I was so overtired, I took hours to go to sleep. I think an early night may be called for tonight.

I will be back tomorrow night with a new challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty, so until then "Happy Crafting".

Hugs,
Jennifer. x

Thursday, 3 October 2013

New Baby

Hello all my crafting friends, and a great big welcome to my newest
followers, Gloria and Darcy. I hope you enjoy your visits here.

Can you believe it is October!!!

This post was supposed to be published last night, but for some reason
we had no access to the internet. I stayed up until almost midnight in the
hope that connections would be restored, but to no avail. I had to leave
home early this morning (I am a volunteer guide at an historic Fort), had
no access to the internet all day, and did not get home until late this evening. 

'Better late than never', as the old saying goes......
we have a new challenge at Penny's Paper Crafty. Our theme this 
week is one that will really appeal to most of you :-
'ANYTHING GOES'
Our generous sponsors this week are:-
and 


I was asked to use a Penny Blossom digi image, so I chose Penny New Baby.

A closer look at Penny. The sentiment was stamped with a lovely soft blue ink
that is exactly the same shade as the blue Bazzill I used for layering. I then
embossed it with clear EP, so I don't know why it looks quite grey???

Inside my card co-ordinates with the front. I did not use any embellishments,
as I thought that the DP was fairly busy, and was decoration enough.

Challenges

Image - Penny Blossom Penny New Baby
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Grace Taylor Hopscotch
Dies - Spellbinders
Sentiment - Unknown (clear set from 'cheap' shop)
Ink - Versacube Baby Blue
Buttons and twine from my junk stash

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

Thank you for visiting, and until next time
Hugs,
Jennifer. x