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Saturday, 31 May 2014

Butterflies For Pamela

Can you believe that today is the last day of May, and here in Australia it is also
the last day of autumn. I have lost track of the days of late, partly because I had a
short spell in hospital early this week. I have osteoporosis and arthritis, and once
again have a tiny fracture in my spine. I have to use a walking frame for a while, 
and am on quite strong painkillers which make me feel 'woozy'. This is not
 the first time I have been in this situation, and unfortunately it probably 
won't be the last. I do hate being like this!

On Monday one of my friends, Pamela, celebrates her birthday. I am pretty sure
she will be in Sydney with her family this weekend, so it is safe to show you
the card I made for her.
I absolutely adore this pretty paper, so I designed the card so that the
paper was the dominant element. Pamela is an avid gardener, so I
think she will love the flowers and butterflies.

Inside my card matches the front. Pamela loves purple.

The DP is heavily glittered, but I also smothered the die-cut butterflies,
and part of the greeting on the front with Stickles.

Paper - First Edition Spring Drop
Sentiment - Free with magazine
Dies - Spellbinders Scalloped Circles; Cheery Lynn Exotic Butterfly Small, Mini Dimensional Butterflies, Anastasia Border
Punch - EK Success Scalloped Corner
Embossing - Trellis (brand unknown)
Stickles - Star Dust

I really must be off to bed, so will say "good night, and thank you for visiting"

Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Best Friends

Hello my crafting friends. Can you believe the first week of May has already
finished. Until last week, we have been still experiencing temperatures
in the 30 oCs, with one night 10 days ago at 26 oC at 11pm!!! 
HOWEVER, winter arrived with a vengence on Saturday, 
with snow falling nearby. It was the coldest day since 
last June. After all our hot weather it came as  
a BIG shock!

I explained in my last post that last Sunday, two dear friends 
celebrated their birthdays. 
This is the card I made for my English friend, Pauline, who makes the  
most gorgeous cards. She loves pinks and purples, so choosing my
colour palette was easy. Pauline and I have never met, but 
correspond via email. It would be lovely to actually 
meet her, and have a long chat 'face-to-face'.

A closer look at the two little friends sitting on the brick wall. 

Inside my card is decorated to match the front. Isn't that K. & Co. paper
exquisite. Unfortunately, the store only had 2 sheets left, otherwise I would
have been 'forced' to buy all that they had...well, a girl just doesn't have a
choice in these matters, does she...those little paperholic voices say
"yes, you need it...yes, you need it..."

I smothered the roses and butterflies to within an inch of their lives
with Stickles Star Dust.

A Little Bit Crafty - 'Flower Power'
Craft Room - 'Roses and Romance'
Crafty Sentiments Design - 'Anything Goes'
Fussy and Fancy #113- 'Spring Colours'
Love To Create - 'Say It With Flowers'
Sparkle and Sprinkle - 'Anything Goes (always with glitter,embossing or flocking)' TOP 3
The Crafter's Cafe #62 - 'Mom or Special Lady'
Tuesday Throwdown #194 - 'Special Lady'

Image - LOTV Best Friends
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - K. & Co. Watercolour Bouquet
Dies - Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Circles (LG); Cheery Lynn Celebrate, Mini Dimensional Butterflies, Wreath Strip, Olive Branches; Memory Box Wrought Iron Gate
Roses and Rosebuds from my junk stash

Must rush off...I have to prepare dinner, iron my uniform for duty at the Fort tomorrow, then do some last minute preparation with our tax forms for an appointment early tomorrow morning with our accountant.....!!!!!!

Thank you for visiting,
Jennifer. x

Monday, 5 May 2014

Friends Forever

Yesterday was a special day for two of my dear friends. It was their birthdays.
One is Pauline, my wonderfully talented blogging friend in England. (We 'met' 2 
years ago), and the other is Diane, my friend of more than 51 years. We met 
during our first week in High School, and bonded instantly, mainly because of
our love of horses and partly because of music. Now both in our 60s, we still
share that passion for horses...I still have one, and she still owns several.

Since leaving school, we have been separated by long distances geographically,
but have remained in regular contact. Sometimes it is several years between 
actually getting together, but when we do, it is as if we had seen each other  
the previous day. We chatter and laugh for ages, and our poor husbands 
just shake their heads and 'leave us to it'!

This is the card I made for Diane, with a touch of wishful thinking...I wish
we could see each other more often, and reminisce over a pot of tea.

A closer look at the sweet little friends, coloured with Promarkers.

Inside my card, co-ordinated with the front. That pretty locket die-cut is 
from an early Spellbinders set which I have had for years, and NEVER
used! Shame on me!! Last week I finished categorising and cataloguing 
all my dies. It has been a huge task, but well worth it...I found dies 
that I had forgotten, so now I think I will use them more often.

A Little Bit Crafty - 'Flower Power'
Cheery Lynn #131 - 'Lots of Layers'
Creative Knockouts #35 - 'Flowers Galore'
Di's Digi Designs - 'Birthdays'
I Love Promarkers - 'Not Quite Straight'
Paper Crafting Journey - 'Spots and/or Stripes'
Seize The Birthday - 'Anything Goes' (must be birthday)
Sweet Pea Stampers - 'Birthday'

Image - LOTV Coffee Break
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Teresa Collins You Are My Happy
Sentiment Tags - LOTV Sentiment Tags Set 24
Dies - Spellbinders Timeless Heritage, Classic Rectangle (LG) and Classic Scalloped Rectangle (LG); Cheery Lynn Mini Dimensional Butterflies, Lace Corner Deco E
Punch - Carl Fern
Adhesive mesh - a gift from a friend at a stamp camp
Flowers are from my junk stash

I will be back in a couple of days to show you the card I made for Pauline. I want to know if she has received it first, as I know she reads my blog regularly. Until then, thank you for visiting.

Jennifer. x

Thursday, 1 May 2014

In The Garden

Hello there to all my talented crafty friends.

Where, oh where can the months be going...
I am finding it almost too difficult to believe that it is now the 1st of May!

As well as it being May Day for many of you, it is also a special occasion for
 Crafty Little Fairies. As from today, we are a monthly challenge. The
Pink fairies and Blue fairies have combined, and together will have
a new challenge for you on the first Thursday of each month.

Our first monthly challenge theme is a lovely one you're sure to enjoy...

Yippee, this month we have five...yes, you read that correctly...FIVE 
wonderful sponsors, so there are plenty of chances for you to win. 
However, don't forget that to be eligible for a prize, you must use
a stamped or digi image, and follow the challenge theme.

Our lovely sponsors this month are -

My card features one of my favourite bear stamps, a very old one by PSX.

A closer look at the cute bear and his friend.

Inside my card. The little gardening tools are die-cut from heavy foil lids
from gourmet cat food, and the handles coloured with Promarkers. 

Created With Love #80 - 'In The Garden'
Crafting For All Seasons #76 - 'Lots Of Layers'
Lexi's Creations #115 - 'For The Man/Boy In Your Life'

Image - PSX
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Graphic 45 Nursery Rhymes
Dies - Spellbinders Hexagons; Marianne LR 0205 (fence); Memory Box Puffy Clouds; Fancy That Garden Tools; Die-namics Grassy Edges

For a chance to win a lovely prize, why not visit all the other fairies and
their beautiful creations at Crafty Little Fairies, and enter our 'In The
 Garden' challenge. Remember, you now have a whole month 
to enter, and you still need to use a stamped or digi image.

Thank you for visiting, and until next time I wish you "happy crafting".
Jennifer. x