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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Lavender and Lace


Can you believe we are almost into February. At this rate, we'd better start
Christmas shopping, and dragging out the decorations for the house!!!
No??...you're not too keen on that idea, I hear you cry. I agree! lol.

 Speaking of how fast the days are speeding by, it is once again Thursday, and
you know what that means...it's time for another challenge at Crafty Little Fairies.
This week it is the turn of the Pink Fairies to invite you to join us in the theme of
'LAVENDER AND LACE'
I'm sure many of you will love this challenge, where you can unleash all your
girly creativity.

Our lovely sponsor this week is Stamp and Create, who are offering a 
generous prize in the form of a gift voucher.

Remember, you must use a stamped or digi image on your creation to be
eligible for this great prize.


I am ashamed to admit that early last year I bought several gorgeous Wild Rose Studio 
stamps, featuring this oh so cute little elephant, and none have seen ink until now.
Oh dear, methinks I just heard a very loud collective gasp of horror from you all!


A closer look at Wild Rose Studio's Bella With Flowers
coloured as usual with my Promarkers.


Inside my card matches the front.

Challenges
Animal Friends#10 - 'Dies/Punches'
Brown Sugar #78 - 'Embossing'
Craft-Dee Bowz - 'Anything Goes With A Handmade Bow'
Crafter's Cafe #48 - 'Use Ribbon or Lace'
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #20 - 'Make It Cute or Sweet'
Incy Wincy Designs - 'Ribbons and Pearls'
Inky Chicks #21 - 'Bingo' (Lace, Swirls, Butterflies, Ribbon)
Pile It On #4 - 'Animals'
Vintage Stamping/Flonz Craft - 'Lavender and Lace'

Image - Wild Rose Studio Bella With Flowers
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Prima Meadow Lark
Sentiment - free with a magazine
Embossing - Couture Creations Trellis
Dies - Spellbinders Classic, Scalloped, and Lacey Circles
Punch - Martha Stewart corner punch Butterflies
Scissors - Fiskars Victorian (to cut around sentiment)
Viva Perlea Pen - Creme
Lace and Ribbon from my junk stash

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

Hugs,
Jennifer. x

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Hedgy in a Hurry!

Good morning, all my crafting friends. I know I have been fairly 'light' with my posts in the last 2 weeks,
but I do have a good excuse. I have been on holidays in beautiful New Zealand. John and I are sitting
in the departure lounge at Auckland airport, waiting for our flight to be called. I guess by this time 
tomorrow our wonderful holiday will just be a very happy memory...clothes washing, cooking, and
house cleaning will take care of that.

 While we were in New Zealand, one of my Crafty Little Fairy design team mates, Lisa (who lives in
England) celebrated her birthday. It was my turn to send her a card, so this is what I made for her.
I used one of my all time favourite Penny Black images. Sorry I can't tell you the name of it, but
of course I didn't bring my stamps with me (although John said I brought enough "junk" with me).
Edited Thank you Pauline...it is Hedgehog Bouquet.

A closer look at the little hedgy, coloured with Promarkers.

The inside of my card is very simple. I bought the gorgeous set of ivy dies for my birthday
a few weeks ago. I used the larger one in the set for the inside of my card, and the smaller 
one for the front. It was love at first sight, as I always love trailing ivy, and my beloved
grandmother's name was Ivy. Once again, I cannot remember the brand, so I will update
my products list when we get home. Edited Marianne Ivy Corners.

Challenges
Animal Friends #10 - 'Punches/Dies'
Crafting For All Seasons - 'For The Girls'
Passion For Promarkers #231 - 'Ribbon, Lace, or Twine'
Penny Black - 'New'
Sentimental Sundays #190 - 'More Than 3 Layers'
Stampin' For The Weekend - 'Happy Birthday'
The Crafter's Cafe - 'Funny or Whimsical'

Image -Penny Black Hedgehog Bouquet
Colouring - Promarkers
Sentiment - Penny Black
Paper - First Edition Blank Canvass
Dies - Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Circles, and Rectangles; Marianne Ivy Corners; Cheery Lynn Butterfly Trio
Stickles - Star Dust
Ribbon and lace, from my junk stash 

As you can imagine, we took lots of photos during our holiday. When I sort them all out, 
I will post a few of my favourites, so until then..."Happy Crafting".

Hugs,
Jennifer. x



Thursday, 16 January 2014

In The Kitchen

Wow, it's hard to believe that it is 10 days since I last posted on my blog. However,
tonight's the night (as Rod Stewart would sing), because it is the pink fairies' turn at 
Crafty Little Fairies to bring you a new challenge. Our theme this week is an unusual one,

'IN THE KITCHEN'

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors for this week, 

and 
Nana Connie won a prize voucher from Delicious Doodles in December, and as
she is on their Design Team, she kindly reoffered her voucher, so this week we
have two prizes. Thank you, Nana Connie.

Remember, your entry must have a stamped or digital image to be eligible
for the prize of a stamp of your choice, or a voucher.  


My lovely blogging friend, Pauline, has just started a second blog to display her new-found
hobby, baking. At Christmas, Pauline sent me one of her stunning card creations, and a 
fabulous set of LOTV clear sentiment stamps (I have used one of them on this card). 
They cover so many occasions, so will be very versatile. Thank you so much Pauline. 
I wanted to send Pauline a "thank you" card, so when I saw that the theme of the 
challenge was 'In The Kitchen', the timing was perfect. 

Isn't this image adorable!, and so perfect for a card to Pauline. I am very sorry to tell
you that I do not know the brand of the stamp. It was on a sheet of clear stamps
that were free with a magazine I bought on one of my visits to London several 
years ago. I also cannot remember the name of the magazine...Perhaps one 
of you may recognise the image, and enlighten me. All the other images in 
the set are equally cute. 
Edited : While having a big 'tidy up' of my MASSIVE collection of magazines,
I found the one that had the free sheet of stamps!! It is Cardmaking and Papercraft,
Issue 103, and the stamps are designed by Adam Pescott.

The very appropriate paper was also free with yet another magazine I bought
in London, but cannot remember which one. I put Glossy Accents on the 
cherries, but this does not show up in the photos.

Challenge
Animal Friends #10 -'Punches/Dies

Image & Sentiment - Unknown (free with magazine) edited: designed by Adam Pescott,
in Stamping and Papercraft, Issue 103
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Unknown (free with magazine)
Dies - Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Ovals and Circles, Corners
Punch - Martha Stewart PATP Hearts
Embossing Powder and Glossy Accents from my junk stash

I have had a 'big' day today...(I can't tell you why yet, but will reveal all in a week or so), so will soon be off to bed.

For a chance to win a lovely prize, why not visit us at Crafty Little Fairies, check out all the gorgeous creations by my lovely fairy team mates, and enter our 'In the Kitchen' challenge.

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


Sunday, 5 January 2014

Favourite Eight



Hello all my fellow crafters,

Judging by the huge numbers of new posts on all your blogs, it doesn't look as if a lil' ol' thing called Christmas and New Year slows you down too much. You are all well and truly into new creations and challenges.

I know this is a bit late...I had hoped to join in playing 'Favouite Cards of 2013' on New Year's Eve, or Day, but 'life' got in the way. As 'they' say..."better late than never". It was really difficult to choose, as like many of you, I am super-critical of my work, and can always see something that I should have done differently. Basically though, I thought it was fun going over the year's creations, finding cards I had forgotten, or re-visiting ones I loved making. However, there were a couple that caused me exclaim "what was I thinking!!!"

My list of about 20 cards has been reduced to 8, so, deep breath...here goes...not in any particular order... (if you want to see the original posts, just click on the title, and the link will take you there.)









Hope you have enjoyed my selection. Do you get the impression that I love pink (and maroon) and flowers??? lol.

January is a fairly busy month for me with lots of birthdays (and a birth soon), so I am off to my little crafty-hole, in a converted stable, to wake up my mojo, after its little holiday.

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


Thursday, 2 January 2014

Starting Over

Happy New Year everyone...
I hope you had a lovely Christmas, and Santa was kind to you with lots of  
new crafting goodies to add to your stash. Due to a serious family crisis, we
had a very quiet Christmas and New Year. My birthday fell between those days
(29th), so John and I went to a seaside town 2 hours away, where we had a lovely
light lunch, a long seaside walk, and a fabulous dinner. Between lunch and dinner we 
had 2 shopping expeditions...John bought me a new handbag, then went for a drive 
while I spent 1 1/2 hours in a scrapbooking/craft store, where lots of 
goodies 'fell' into the shopping basket.

I suppose you couldn't help but notice, I have updated and 'prettified' my blog. 
Of course I had an awful lot of help from my wonderful, and very clever John.

That's enough of my rambling on...let's move on to more important things!
After a break over the festive season, Crafty Little Fairies is back with a new
challenge to start 2014 off. How appropriate that the challenge title is

STARTING OVER 

Your creation can feature a new house, new job, new baby etc. Remember, you
must use an image, either stamped or digi, in order for your creation to be valid.

Our lovely sponsor this week is 


A dear friend's daughter is due to give birth to a little baby girl in 3 weeks time, so I
made this card for the mother-to-be and her husband.

A closer look at this adorable baby bear, by LOTV.

Inside my card with plenty of room to write my personal message.

Challenges
Ready Teddy Go - 'New Beginnings'
Really Reasonable Ribbon #86 - 'New Beginnings'

Image - Lili of the Valley Little Sleepy Head
Colouring - Promarkers
Sentiment - LOTV accompanies the image stamp
Paper - Forever Friends New Arrivals
Dies - Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Squares and Circles; Memory Box Night Sky Border
Punch - Carl Sakura
Stickles Star Dust
Ribbon and gems from my junk stash

For a chance to win a lovely prize, why not visit us at Crafty Little Fairies, and enter our 'Starting Over' challenge. Don't forget to use an image on your creation.

Until next time,
Hugs,
Jennifer. x