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Thursday, 27 March 2014

"Thank You" Kittens

Good evening to all my fellow crafters out there in blogland.

All too fast the past week has disappeared...today is Thursday, 
therefore it is once again time for another challenge at 

This week, the theme chosen by the Pink Fairies is quite an easy one...
'ADD A TAG'
you can create anything you like, but please remember to use a
stamped or digi image to be eligible for the prize from our lovely
sponsor, who this week is Crafty Ribbons.
Thank you Crafty Ribbons. 

Those of you who read my blog regularly will know that a few weeks ago,
John and I had to make the heart-breaking decision to have our beloved
kitty cat, Pagliacci (Pally) put to sleep. I am still grieving for him, as for
15 years he had been such a gentle and loving companion, and now
there is a huge emptiness about our home. Of course we love  
Cookie, our remaining kitty, but he is not an affectionate cat, 
so I miss the big 'cuddle sessions' I had with dear Pally.

Our vet, Sarah, had grown to love Pally...he was her first feline patient after
moving to our area, and sadly for her, her own kitty, Ninja, died as a result
of snake bite just 2 days before Pally's passing. Sarah spent an hour
with us that morning and was very compassionate, so I made this 
card  for her to say "thank you", and also to write a few
words of comfort for her loss of Ninja. 

Our Pally was white and ginger, and Ninja was a grey, 
striped tabby, so they are both on my card.

A close-up look at my flower embellishment over a punched border.

Inside my card where I wrote a note of "thank you", and also of
condolences to Sarah. (sorry the photo is blurry).

Challenges 
Crafty Calendar - 'Animal Antics'
Lexi's Creations #112 - 'Use Your Punches and Dies'
Penny's Paper Crafty #170 - 'Use Your Favourite Colour Combination' (Pink and Green)
Sweet Stamps #162 - 'Swirls' WINNER
Through The Purple Haze #34 - 'Bingo' (flower, image, punch)

Image - All Night Media 418G
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Paper Pleasure Plus
Sentiment - Lili Of The Valley
Dies - Cheery Lynn Wreath Strip, Flourish Leaf Strip; Marianne LRO116
Punches - Martha Stewart PATP Pansies; EK Success Scalloped Corner
Flowers - Prima
Ribbon, liquid pearls, baker's twine, and Peel-off sticker negatives from my junk stash

For a chance to win a lovely prize, and to see the beautiful creations by my teamies, why not visit us at Crafty Little Fairies, and enter our 'Add A Tag' challenge.

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

Monday, 24 March 2014

Poinsettia, Holly and Pine

So far, my New Year's resolution is still 'on track'. It was to create Christmas 
cards throughout the year so I could avoid the awful frenzied panic I 
experience each November and December.

Just before Christmas last year, I succumbed to temptation and bought the
Memory Box Grand Merry Christmas die. I knew it would be so 
versatile, not only in its original form, but the negative pieces
 from the word 'Christmas' could be used on other cards.

I love the Spellbinders Poinsettia die, and have used it many times. 

Inside my card, which has a large area on which to write a
personal Christmas message.

Challenges
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - 'Paper Flowers' HONOURABLE MENTION
Christmas Card #17 - 'Anything Goes'
Winter Wonderland - 'Paint The Town Red' TOP 3

Dies - Spellbinders Poinsettia; Impression Obsession Pine Branch; Memory Box Grand Merry Christmas; Cheery Lynn Holly Strip; Marianne Poinsettia;
Punches - Martha Stewart Branch; EK Success Scalloped Corner
Ink for sponging - Versacube Gold
Tiny flower gems are from my junk stash

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

Friday, 21 March 2014

"Hello"


Last week, a friend who loves my cards, asked me if I would go to 
her home and show her and a couple of her friends how to make a 
simple card. None of them have ever done any papercrafting, although
they all do some form of craft, be it knitting, sewing, etc. As I basically
only have enough tools and equipment for myself, I really had to 'put my
thinking cap on' as to a design that was pretty, employed several easy
techniques for beginners, yet required a minimum of equipment. 
This is what I came up with...
I have always loved the combination of pink and green, and I knew I had
several sheets of the striped paper in my large paper stash. The pinks of
the cardstock, ribbon and topper are all a perfect match IRL, but as so
often before, they look very different in the photographs. I would love
to know why this happens????

Quite a few years ago, there was a company here in Australia that
would travel each year to many areas and hire a hall for a few days, where
they would sell a vast selection of lovely papers, cardstock, punches, and 
stamps, all designed by themselves. I particulary loved their papers, and
 this 'topper' was from a heavy-weight sheet of deeply-embossed, 
small rose images at various stages of opening (here). I cut a 
fully-opened rose for each of the ladies, using a circle die.

Inside the card is fairly simple, and these cards were a good way
to use some of the huge collection of peel-off stickers I have 
managed to accumulate over the years.

On Sunday, my friend is going overseas for a few weeks, so we will have 
our craft morning when she returns. I hope the ladies enjoy 
making this card.

Image - Paper Pleasure Plus
Paper - Grace Taylor Vintage Collection
Embossing - Couture Creations Trellis
Dies - Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Circles, Floral Doily Motifs; Cheery Lynn Butterfly Trio
Punch - EK Success Scalloped Corner
Sentiment - Wild Rose Studio Cute Greetings
Stickles - Star Dust
Peel-off Stickers, Ribbon from my junk stash

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


Thursday, 13 March 2014

Flutterbyes


Gosh, aren't the weeks disappearing rapidly, and therefore it is yet again time
for the Pink Fairies at Crafty Little Fairies to invite you to join us for this 
week's challenge, the theme of which is always such a popular one -

'THINGS WITH WINGS'

You may interpret this one anyway you like e.g fairies, butterflies, 
dragonflies, birds, or even aeroplanes.

A big THANK YOU to our 2 wonderful sponsors this week. They are
and



I made this card for a dear little girl who will be turning (no prizes for 
guessing...) four years old soon. I hope it is 'girly' enough for her, with a
combination of a fairy, butterflies, flowers, and buckets of glitter (perhaps a slight
exaggeration!). The '4' was in a big packet of wooden numbers
I bought years ago - I painted it blue then embossed it with about 
4 or 5 layers of Opals E.P., finally sprinkling it, while hot and
 'sticky', with Martha Stewart Ultra-fine glitter.
I LOVE my new Butterfly Border die!

A closer look at the little fairy and her flowers. The fairy is by PSX, and 
this stamp is one of my oldest. PSX stamps are of such high quality, but 
sadly the company ceased production many years ago.

Inside my card. The blue cardstock and the ink for sponging are a much
closer match in reality (would I tell a fib??!!). Seriously though, isn't it 
strange how colours often do not photograph true, particuly reds.

Challenges
An Oldie But A Goodie - 'Spring Has Sprung' (everything except Butterfly Border die)
Crafters' Cafe #54 - 'Flowers'
Crafting For All Seasons #72 - 'Spring Into Spring'
Cupcake Inspirations #251 - 'Butterflies'
Hobbybook Designer #1 - 'Make It Girly'
Milk Coffee - 'At least 2 Flowers'
Paper Shelter #149 - 'Fairies'
Papertake Weekly - Bingo (Gems,Die-cuts,Flowers; and Die-cuts,Free,Glitter)
Passion For Promarkers #238 - 'Butterfly Kisses'
Squirrel And The Fox #65 - 'Autumn or Spring'

Image - PSX 
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - First Edition Spring Drop
Sentiment - Wild Rose Studio Cute Greetings
Dies - Spellbinders Labels Eight, Classic and Scalloped Ovals; Joy! Crafts Butterfly Border
Punch - Martha Stewart Branch
Embossing Powder - Opals
Tiny butterflies - from a $2 shop
Flowers and gems are from my junk stash 

For a chance to win one of two lovely prizes, why not visit us at Crafty Little Fairies
and enter our 'Things With Wings' challenge, but please remember that to be eligible, 
you must use a stamped or digi image.

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




Monday, 10 March 2014

Icy Snowflakes

Good morning to all my crafting friends out there. Although we are into autumn
here, the weather is still hot! Today we are expecting yet another day of 
mid 30s, with high humidity. My card today makes me long for some
 lovely chilly weather, and to dream of a white Christmas.

I am continuing my attempt to build up a collection of Christmas cards to avoid
that awful panic I inflict on myself in late November and most of December.
This card was fairly quick to produce, so I may make a few more with 
slight variations...besides, I have always loved simple blue 
and white colour schemes with lots of sparkle. 

Inside the card, I have left a large space on which to write
 my personal greetings.

Challenges
Brown Sugar #84 - 'Make It Sparkle'
Crimbo Crackers #59 - 'Blue and White'
Milk Coffee - 'Emboss It (wet or dry)'

Dies - Cuttlebug Snowflake; Sullivans Scalloped Border
Punch - Carl Snowflake
Embossing Folder - Snowflakes (brand unknown)
Scissors - Fiskars Small Scallops
Scorpal
Ink - Tim Holtz D.I. Tumbled Glass
Kindyglitz - Crystalina
Holographic peel-off sticker

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