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Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Celebrity Visitor To Fort Scratchley


Yesterday (Tuesday) was a very special day at Fort Scratchley, where
I am a volunteer guide. The Fort is closed to the public every Tuesday,
so the day was chosen for Sir Tony Robinson of Blackadder and 
Time Team fame to film an episode of his history show there. I 
have been a huge fan of both TV shows for many years, so it
was a big thrill to be able to watch the filming.

Sir Tony (centre), with some of the film crew, just about to 
commence filming.

Sir Tony standing on our Parade Ground in front of the
 6" Mk V11 and the 25 pounder guns.

As a special treat for such a distinguised visitor Sir Tony was invited
to fire two rounds from our WW11 25 pounder field gun which 
has been recently restored. He really enjoyed doing so!!!

On Saturday, the Antiques Roadshow is going to be in Newcastle and the
Fort has been asked to be involved. I will be there all day to assist. Sir Tony
will be the special guest and he will perform the official opening, and then at
the end of the day join the rest of the A.R. team to sign autographs.

I think by the end of next week I am going to be like a zombie, because the
past few weeks, and the next have been, and will be frantically busy. I will 
have been at the Fort 3, 4 or 5 days each week for 4 consecutive weeks. 
There is really very little time to sit down (sometimes not at all), while at 
the Fort and I also have almost 3 hours driving per day. No wonder 
I have been tired, and my mojo is 'on another planet'!!

It is almost 5pm and the washing has to come off the line, the pets all have to be fed, and I must iron my uniforms for tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at the Fort.

Thanks for visiting, and I will be back tomorrow evening with another card when a new challenge begins at Crafty Little Fairies...remember, as from tomorrow we are a monthly (not weekly) challenge.

Hugs, 
Jennifer. x





Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Another Double Twisted Easel


Last week I showed you a double twisted easel card I had made for a friend
 2 years ago. It was my first attempt at a D.T.E. card, and although they are so
easy to make, I have not made another once since...that is until a few days
 ago. I have been very busy, and incredibly tired lately, so I made another 
D.T.E. card, CASING the same design. In some ways I felt
 as if I was lazy, but with time at a premium, and my mojo 'on 
another planet, I was able to produce this card very quickly.

I have always loved pink and brown together. I apologise for the poor lighting
quality of the photos, but they were taken in the very last rays of daylight.

A view of my card from above.

A closer look at the tiny hand-made flower. I used Stickles Platinum
on the edges of this (and the larger) flower, but instead of sparkling,
it loooks dull and even dirty in the photos.

Challenges
Ladybug Crafts Ink - 'Easel Card'
Paper Crafting Journey - 'Make An Easel Card'

Image - Kaisercraft Mini Flower
Colouring - Promarkers
Papers - Kaisercraft Chanteuse
Sentiment - Computer generated
Dies - Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Squares, Classic Scalloped Circles, Lacey Circles, Grand 12" Classic Lace Border; Tim Holtz Tattered Florals
Punch - Carl
Ribbon, gems, and peel-off stickers from my junk stash

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



Friday, 25 April 2014

"Surprise!"



Today, in New Zealand and here in Australia, it was ANZAC Day, when we remember all the brave men and women who have given their lives in war time so we can enjoy our wonderful freedom and lifestyle.
'LEST WE FORGET'


As many of you know, I am a volunteer guide at Fort Scratchley, in Newcastle, and yesterday I was at the Fort all day. We were incredibly busy (it is school holidays and also a long weekend), and I only managed to sit down for about 6 seconds! The Fort is almost 1 1/2 hours drive from home, so the 2 or 3 days I volunteer are very long. I didn't get home until 6.30pm last night, then this morning I had to get up at 2am so I could drive down to the Fort to attend our Anzac Day Dawn Service (and then volunteer all day). It is always so moving, especially when the Last Post is played, and the hymn, 'God of Our Fathers' is sung...I have to confess I get a lump in my throat and a bit misty-eyed. Of course we are also extremely busy on Anzac Day, and today was no exception, with hundreds of visitors to the Fort.

As I write this, I have been awake now for 20 hours, and only managed to sit for about 1 hour in total all day. My feet are aching more than I can describe, so I will get on with showing you the card I made for our new challenge at Crafty Little Fairies. I am very naughty, because the challenge began last night, so I am a day late...however, I think (or hope) you will forgive me.

Our new challenge theme is one I know you will all love -:
'FURRY FRIENDS'

Don't forget, that as from next week, the Crafty Little Fairies challenge
will be a monthly challenge, beginning on the first Thursday of each month.

This cute image is one of the 1st rubber stamps I ever bought. I often use
it either on a Christmas card, or a birthday card, such as this one.

Don't you just love those cute faces!!

Inside my card matches the front.

Challenges
Incy Wincy - 'Furry Friends'
Penny Black - 'Cats and Dogs' WINNER

Image - Penny Black Funny Present
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Prima Meadow Lark
Greeting - Stampworld
Dies - Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Ovals; QuicKutz Lace
Gems and flowers from my junk stash

For a chance to win a lovely prize, why not visit us at Crafty Little Fairies, and enter our 'Furry Friends' challenge. Don't forget, you must use a stamped or digi image on your creation.

I'm off to bed, so until next time "Happy Crafting",
Hugs,
Jennifer. x

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Classic White on White


Welcome to my newest follower, Tilly.

I hope you have all recovered from your Easter chocolate overload. John
and I have surprised ourselves at how restrained we were. The Easter 
Bunny just left each of us one lovely chocolate bunny with honeycomb 
mixed through it. We can't work out how he knew that we both 
love honeycomb with chocolate.

One of my friends celebrated her birthday during Easter, so now I can
show you the card I made for her. She likes elegant, classic styles.
For the card base I used plain white Bazzill, with the remaining cardstock being
white Bazzill bling. I should really use Bazzill Bling more often as I love the sheen
it imparts. About 3 years ago, as well as a 'few' other items, I bought quite a 
few sheets in various colours from a scrapbook store that had a 'closing-
down' sale with all stock reduced by 40%. My poor credit card was 
begging for mercy when I left the store that day.

I originally left the inside of the card very plain, but decided it needed
'something', so I put Stickles Star Dust around the edges of the
Labels One, but as soon as I had finished doing so, I 
wished I had left it plain. 

Challenges
Love To Create - 'Monochromatic With a Ribbon'
Seize The Birthday - 'White on White'
The Squirrel and the Fox #68 - 'Die Cut or Punch'

Embossing - Cuttlebug Jamara
Dies - Spellbinders Labels One, Labels Four, Fleur De Lis Borderabilities
Ribbon, pearls, and peel-off sticker from my junk stash

Thank you for visiting, and until next time I wish you all "happy crafting'.

Hugs, 
Jennifer. x



Friday, 18 April 2014

Double Twisted Easel

Hello to all of you out there in blogland. Are you all enjoying your Easter break? 
Please be safe if you are going away for the weekend.

In the next 3 weeks, I have a number friends celebrating birthdays, but I cannot
show you the cards I have made for them, as they all read my blog regularly. 
However, I was 'tidying up' my photo files on my computer this morning 
when I found photos of the card I made 2 years ago for a friend. It
was my 1st attempt at a double-twisted easel card. 
Barb loves blue and yellow.

The card is A5 size. The tiny butterfly in the L.H. corner was made using
3 clear peel-off stickers, folded in half and adhered to each other.

I stamped and punched some leaves for the background of this flower.
A small flower image coloured with Promarkers.

Challenges
Corrosive #197 - 'Pretty Pastels'
Crafting with Dragonflies #24 - 'Mother's Day/Special Lady'
Crafty Catz #227 - 'B is for...' (blue, border die, bling, Barb)
Fab 'N' Funky #212 - 'Flower Power'
Moving Along With The Times - 'A Card Containing the Word  "Happy" '
Paper Crafting Journey - 'For That Special Lady'
Ruby's Rainbow #77 - 'Ladies'

Stamps - Kaisercraft; Stampendous Leaves
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Grace Taylor Vintage Collection
Dies - Spellbinders Grand 12" Classic Lace BorderScalloped Squares and Circles, Lacey Circles;
Punches - McGill Leaf; EK Success Scalloped Corner; Carl
Sentiment - Computer generated
Card Candi - Craftworks Cards
Ink for sponging - Versacube Baby Blue
Ribbon, flowers, gems, peel-off stickers are all from my junk stash

I hope the Easter bunny is generous for you, and you are having beautiful weather.

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







Thursday, 10 April 2014

Blossoms, Buttons and Branch

Hello happy crafters...where are the days and weeks going? I find it hard to 
believe that it is yet again Thursday, and you all know what that means...
it is time for a new challenge at Crafty Little Fairies.  Our theme 
this week was chosen by the pink fairies, and it is

'BUTTON UP'

We would love to see what you can create, using buttons. Please remember that
you must use a stamped or digi image in order to qualify for the prize, which
is a stamp of the winner's choice from our lovely sponsor, who this week is



My card is Asian inspired, and fits into a DL size envelope. I have not
put any sentiment on it, as I haven't yet decided who I will give it to,
and for what occassion.

A closer look at the image, and the tiny flower-shaped buttons I placed over the
5 large stamped flowers on the branch.

Inside my card is almost the same as the card front. I have had that luxurious
paper hoarded for about 3 years, but unfortunately do not know the brand.

Challenges
ABC - ' I is for 'In A Line' ' (flowers, buttons, dies)
I Love Promarkers - 'Bounty of Buttons'
That Craft Place - 'Buttons'

Stamp - Black Cat Blossom Branch (it is about 15 years old)
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - unknown
Dies - Spellbinders  
Buttons from my junk stash

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

"Happy Crafting",
Hugs, 
Jennifer. x


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Distressed Butterflies

If you read yesterday's post, you will know that today is a special day for
my blog, celebrating not 1, but 2 milestones! It turns 2 today, and this 
is my 200th post...perhaps next year on my blog's 3rd birthday, 
I will be able to post my 300th card???

Instead of creating a card for today using my more usual 'girly' style, 
I have a card that I almost finished a few weeks ago for my DT sample with
Crafty Little Fairies, but I was not happy with it, so have 'tweaked' it somewhat.
Vintage/distressed/grunge are styles with which I struggle, but I think it is good
to step out of one's comfort zone occasionally don't you. 

The Page About Butterflies stamp is quite large. I stamped it twice, cut out
the second panel with the 10 butterflies, and layered it with 3D tape to 
give it some dimension. I then heavily distressed all the stamped 
panels (perhaps a little too heavily?).

A closer look at my very heavily distressed images.

Challenge
Ladybug Crafts Ink TLT - 'Birthdays'

Stamps - Stamps Happen Page About Butterflies; Darkroom Door Script
Colouring - Promarkers
Ink for sponging - Distress Inks Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain, Momento Tuxedo Black
Dies - Joy! Crafts Butterfly Edge
Punch - Martha Stewart PATP Butterflies
Distressing Tool - Tim Holtz
Peel-off sticker from my junk stash

Tomorrow, I will have my 201st card for you, as we will have a new challenge for you at Crafty Little Fairies. I would love to have you join me then, and perhaps enter our new challenge.

Until tomorrow, I wish you all well and hope you can indulge in some "happy crafting".

Hugs, 
Jennifer. x

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Red and White Snowflakes

Hello to you all out there in blogland. 

Don't laugh...but I have to confess that I have only recently discovered Pinterest, 
and therefore I cannot claim this design as my own...I have cased this card, but
silly me didn't make note of the designer, and I have spent ages trying to find 
that person, so I can give them their due credit. Could you please let me
know if it is you, or you know who it is.

I bought both these dies just before last Christmas, and only got to use each one
once, so when I saw, and fell in love with this design, I knew I had to case it. 
The original card had the bottom snowflake border with the same orientation
as the white one on the top, but I decided to invert it. It was so quick and
easy to make, yet I think is very pretty. In my mind, I can see it
made in many different colours and perhaps with a few 
small embellishments.

Inside my card has a large panel on which to write my personal message.
The border was created with a MS PATP punch.

Challenges 

Dies -  Memory Box Grand Merry Christmas; Joy! Crafts Ice Crystals Border
Punch -Martha Stewart PATP Aspen
Pale green gems from my junk stash

Tomorrow is a double celebration for my blog. It will be having its 2nd birthday, and I will have another card for you, making it the 200th post. So.....until tomorrow, "Happy Crafting".

Hugs,
Jennifer. x

Monday, 7 April 2014

Christmas Lantern

Good evening fellow crafters. 
I hope you all had a great weekend with plenty of crafting time.

Although we are almost half way through autumn in Australia, our region
has not had any days for months where the maximum temperature has not
been in the 30s, and for weeks now the humidity has been unbearably
high (75-98%). However, yesterday and today have been in the 
mid 20s, and I am feeling much happier. (I love winter).

Today I completed another Christmas card to add to my collection. I love this
rather vintage looking lantern, and designed my card to have a vintage style.

A closer look at the lantern, and the Christmas flowers and foliage, 
coloured as usual with my Promarkers.

Inside my card is fairly simple and co-ordinates with the front.

Challenges
ABC Christmas - ' 'G' for Glitter' (Stickles Platinum on scallops)
Beccy's Place - 'Anything Goes, using a Beccy's Place image'
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas #71- 'Seeing Red'
Crimbo Crackers #61 - 'Anything Goes'
Christmas Fun - 'For A Man/Anything Goes' TOP 3
Christmas Stampin' All Year Long #5 - 'Anything Goes/Lots of Layers' TOP 3
Jingle Belles - 'Spirit of Christmas Past'

Image - Beccy's Place Christmas Lantern  (freebie-thank you Beccy)
Colouring - Promarkers
Papers - Kaisercraft Christmas Carol Collection
Dies - Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Circles
Ink (sponging) - Tim Holtz DI Antique Linen
Ribbon and peel-off sticker from my junk stash

John has almost finished with his last student for the evening, so I must go and finish preparing dinner...we are have one of our favourites...curried tuna...yum!

Thank you for visiting, and I will have another card for you tomorrow. Until then, "happy crafting".
Hugs, 
Jennifer. x



Saturday, 5 April 2014

Pink Butterflies

Good evening, and I would like to welcome my newest follower, Bridie. 
I hope you enjoy your visits to my blog.

In my previous post, I mentioned that I won a luncheon in a competition on our
local University's FM radio station. John and I dined with the 3 other winning
couples, and the fabulous meal was hosted by 2 of the station's
announcers. This is the card I made to say "thank you".

The gorgeous paper has been in my junk stash for over 3 years, since my last trip
to the UK. I bought a 6" x 6" Laura Ashley mixed pack at the Craft Show 
at Farnborough, and I have been reluctant to use it (or any other 
papers in the pack) because they were just so pretty.
Remember, I have admitted to being a 'paperholic'! 

Inside my card co-ordinates with the front. I smothered all my die-cut
butterflies (on the front and inside) with Stardust Stickles, but as 
usual, it does not show up in the photos.

I embossed a die-cut onto which I attached my personal sticker.

Because I will personally deliver my card tomorrow,  I decided
to emboss the envelope, and attach 2 die-cut butterflies.

Challenges
Crafty Calendar - 'Things With Wings'
Hobbybook Designer - '2 or More Die-cuts'
Inky Chicks #26 - 'Butterflies'
My Time To Craft #242 - 'Wildlife'

Paper - Laura Ashley
Dies - Spellbinders Classic and Lacey Circles; butterflies are Marianne; Cheery Lynn; Joy Craft
Embossing - Kingdom Butterfly and Leaf
Card Candi - Craftwork Cards
Peel-off sticker from my junk stash

Wherever you are, I hope you are enjoying your weekend, and life is kind to you, so until next time..."happy crafting'.

Hugs, 
Jennifer. x







Tuesday, 1 April 2014

White On White Snowflakes


Good evening to all the wonderful, talented crafters out there in blogland. 
Also, I hope all the Mums in the UK had a lovely Mothers Day 
yesterday. Welcome to my newest followers, Vicky, Chana, 
Sarah, Kelly, Marianne and Asha. Thank you for joining 
up, and I hope you enjoy your visits to my blog. 

I have always loved white on white cards, so I have created a Christmas card
using that style. It is a very simple card and is very similar to one I made
recently (here). So far, I am managing to contribute to my little stock
of Christmas cards...I think I have made 7. I usually send out about
40, so with the way this year is racing away, I had better get a
'wriggle on', or I WILL be having my usual November panic!

The inside of my card is very simple.

Dies - Marianne Snowflake Trio, Spellbinders Labels One, Sullivans Scalloped Border
Embossing - Snowflakes (brand unknown)
Sentiment - free with a magazine several years ago
Stickles - Star Dust

Tonight, we will be 'eating light' because I won a contest at our local University Radio Station, and the prize was a fabulous lunch with 3 other winning couples, and 2 of the announcers. We had a wonderful time, and the meal was superb.

I must go and feed all our pets, and feed and rug our old horse, so until next time, I wish you all "happy crafting".

Hugs, 
Jennifer. x