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Monday, 28 July 2014

Handyman Bear

In my last post I mentioned that July is a busy month for me as far as birthdays go...
Well, today is yet another friend's birthday. He is another guide at the Fort where I
volunteer. Last Monday, I posted a card for another fellow-guide, and you may
notice that I used almost virtually the same design, albeit with a different image 
and papers. Each did not see the other's card, and they don't look at my blog,
so I did not feel guilty about not designing a different sketch.

I was on duty at the Fort yesterday, so I needed to have the card finished by Saturday.
However, there was a slight "incident" on Friday, whereby I didn't start the card until
Saturday evening....Now don't any of you laugh, as most people have done, but after
a routine checkup with my doctor late on Friday morning, John and I decided to drive
to a nearby small beachside village to have lunch by the water. While I was enjoying
my lunch, 2 pelicans stood right in front of us, with the most soulful eyes. Being the
softie I am about animals, I went to give them a chip each. Before I could blink, one
snatched at my hand, engulfing it past my wrist. As I pulled my hand away, the razor-
sharp hook on its beak tore a deep gash in my thumb, and a smaller one on my hand.
 I went to the little ambulance station nearby, where they patched me up, and advised
me to go to our hospital's E.D. for a tetanus injection...I'm not sure which hurts 
more...the wounds, my injected arm, or my pride.

The 'birthday boy', Carl, is a bit of a handyman at home, and at the Fort,
so I used one of my favourite 'male card' images, Mr. Fix-it, by Stampavie.

A closer look at Mr. Fix-it, coloured with Promarkers.

Inside the card.

(Sorry for the poor lighting on the photos-I took them very early before I left home
for the Fort yesterday morning).

Brown Sugar #104 - 'For The Boys'
Crafter's Cafe #73 - 'Anything Goes'
Fab 'n' Funky #224 - 'Walk On The Wildside'
Milk Coffee - 'Birthdays'
Penny's Paper Crafty #187 - 'Anything Goes'
Pile It On #30 - 'Embossing'
Simon Says Stamp - 'Emboss It'

Image - Stampavie (Laurence Collection)  Mr. Fix-it 
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - 3 Bugs In A Rug Tool Time
Embossing - Crafts Too Tools
Hammer Brad, plastic Drill and Nails, peel-off stickers from my junk stash.

I must go and start preparing dinner...any 'wet' tasks take longer because of my hand. 
John has music students until 9pm, otherwise he would have cooked. He had a lovely 
dinner waiting for me last evening, when I returned home from the Fort
(he cooks most Sunday nights).

Thank you for visiting,
Jennifer. x


  1. Perfect guy card and I love the embossed tools! Thank you so much for joining us this week in the Emboss It Challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog :)

  2. Ouch! That does sound painful and I am definitely not laughing...ok, only a tiny bit!
    And you still pulled off a fab card design! Everything fits in so perfectly with the handyman theme!

    Big hugs, Kat x

  3. As if we would laugh hunny! Oh, sorry, I just fell off my chair. That is just the best, I wonder if I could find a pelican anywhere handy before work tomorrow morning. Loving your card, that bear is just super cute. Hugs xx

  4. Hi Jennifer - fancy meeting you here! - love this cute card the little handyman bear is so cute - just the sort of image I love and the papers are just perfect. I didn't laugh one bit! - the thought of 2 pelicans standing there would terrify me! - at our house in Florida we have blue heron visit at the back of the house - as tall as me and sooo noisy I'm terrified of them too!. Hope your, wound/pride/injected arm recover soon hugs Judith x

  5. whoops - forgot to say thank you for playing along at Pennys papercrafty challenge this week hugs Judith xx

  6. Another fabulous card, Jennifer! Those little tools are awesome... Fab colouring and great layout.
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "Anything Goes” challenge & good luck in the draw…
    Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)

  7. Fabulous masculine birthday card. Great colouring of Mr.Fix It and I love all the embellies. Thanks for playing along with us at Fab'n'Funky this week. Pat K x

  8. Ouch..ha ha...I'm not laughing..honest!!
    A brilliant card. Love the cute bear and fab papers.
    Lorraine x


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