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Monday, 29 September 2014

Sparkly Butterflies

Well, haven't I been a bad blogger......it is almost a month since I last posted a 
card! However, I think I have a pretty good excuse,....life! Okay, it's not really
an excuse because I know all of you are in the same situation. 

There have been extra activities at the Fort, with some other exciting events
as well. One of the largest papercraft stores in Australia, Catchy Crafts,
asked me to work for them for the annual craft show in Newcastle. I was
their demonstartor for the 4 days...exhausting, but great fun. On the Staurday
night of that weekend, John and I came out of performing retirement for the 
50th wedding anniversary of a couple we have known for about 25 years...
we have played for every one of their families' celebrations (weddings, 
21sts etc) for all those years. We had a lovely night seeing them again.

The following weekend, I went to my annual 'Stamp Camp', and spent 4
fabulous days, catching up with old friends, and getting a good start on my
Christmas card making. I will show you some of my efforts in the
 coming weeks.


Last week, my dear friend and neighbour, Rosalie, celebrated her
 birthday. She LOVES blue and flowers, so I was happy to incorporate
those elements on the card I made for her.

Inside my card matches the front. The four butterflies are all smothered
generously with Star Dust Stickles, but as usual the lovely sparkle
does not show up well in the photos.

Challenges I would like to enter :-
Alphabet - 'Q' for Quadruple (3 butterflies on front, 1 inside)
Crafty Catz #248 - 'Birthday Celebrations'
The Squirrel and the Fox #78 - 'Happy Birthday'

Dies - Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Circles; Cheery Lynn Butterfly Trio Large and Small
Sentiment - Lili Of The Valley
Paper - Unknown (from my stash)
Gems from my stash

Domesticity calls...I must go and hang the washing on the line. It will dry quickly as the temperature is in the low 30s C today, yet 3 weeks ago it was snowing nearby???

I will be back on Thursday with a new challenge at Crafty Little Fairies, so until then, thank you for visiting.

Hugs, 
Jennifer. x





Monday, 8 September 2014

Father's Day

Yesterday in Australia it was Father's Day. Poor John, he had to stay at
home by himself, as I was on duty at the Fort all day. Not only did 
he have to get his own breakfast (I leave quite early in the 
morning) and lunch, he also had a delicious dinner
ready for me when I arrived home last night.

John loves his TV, and when I first saw this wonderful image, I knew
I had to buy it...it is John personified...shoes off, socked feet on
a footstool, a cup of coffee close by, and remote in hand.
The card base and matting look as if they are black,
but they are actually dark blue.

A close up look at John's 'twin'.

Inside my card matches the front.

Challenges
Corrosive #207 - 'Let's Hear It For The Boys'
Crafty Catz #245 - 'One For The Boys'
Delicious Doodles #100 - 'Colours Of Autumn'

Image - Lili Of The Valley Put Your Feet Up
Colouring - Promarkers
Papers - Papermania Persimmon Collection
Panel for writing message - Papermania Persimmon Collection Notelets
Wooden hearts - prize from Little Claire's
Peel-off sentiment sticker and string are from my junk stash

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







Thursday, 4 September 2014

Emma

Wow, I don't want to scare you all too much, but just 16 weeks from today,
it will Christmas Day. I tried to whisper the words very softly, so as to not put
you all in a panic. Mind you, I am starting to feel that way myself...
and September is shaping up to be frantically busy for me, 
with no time for Christmas cardmaking.

Most difficult to believe is the fact that it is once again the first Thursday of the 
month, therefore at Crafty Little Fairies, we have a new challenge for you. 
The theme this month is 'SPARKLE AND BLING'...so you can let
all your 'girlie' creativity loose.

We say "thank you" to 4 lovely sponsors this month, and they are:-








This is the first time this stamp (bought 8 months ago!) has seen ink.

A closer look at little Emma. That bling flourish looks as if it is dull metal, but
in reality, it is made from very sparkly rhinestones.

Inside the card matches the front. I so LOVE this gorgeous paper.

I have had a bag of these pink roses in my stash for about 2 years,
and the white flowers are about 3 or 4 years old.

Challenges
Clear It Out - 'Anything Goes'
Dream Valley #89 - 'Flowers'
Lexi's Creations #124 - 'Sparkle and Shine'
Try It On Tuesday - 'How Does Your Garden Grow?'

Image - Lili Of The Valley Emma Rose Garden
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - First Edition Floral Pavilion
Sentiment - Lili Of The Valley
Dies - Spellbinders Classic and Scalloped Circles, Flourish; Cheery Lynn Butterflies; Sweet Stamps Elegant Leaves
Punches - EK Success Vinca; Martha Stewart Branch
Flowers, rhinestone flourish, from my junk stash

For a chance to win a lovely prize, why not visit us at Crafty Little Fairies, have a look at the lovely inspiration by my Fairy teamies, then enter our Sparkle and Bling challenge.

Until next time, thank you for visiting and "happy crafting".
Hugs, 
Jennifer. x



Monday, 1 September 2014

Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring!

Today is the first day of spring, so to welcome spring I have a 'flowery' card.
Recently I made a card using this oh-so-cute image by Lili of the Valley.
I actually stamped 2 images, and the first was such a joy to colour, 
I decided to create another card, this time using mainly blues.

The papers were free with a magazine.

A close-up view of little Teddy and his over-sized bouquet.

Inside the card is decorated to match the front.

Challenges
Crafts 4 Eternity #191 - 'Tic Tac Toe' (punch, blue, die-cuts)
Crafty Ribbons #100 - 'Birthday'
Cute Card Thursday #336 - 'Anything Goes'
Delightful - 'Layer It!'
Lili Of The Valley - 'Pretty Papers'

Image - Lili Of The Valley Teddy Bouquet
Colouring - Promarkers
Sentiment - Lili Of The Valley 
Paper - LOTV/Nitwit Bonnets and Bows
Dies - Spellbinders Classic Circles, Lacey Circles, Cheery Lynn Butterfly, Sweetstamps Elegant Leaves 
Punches - Martha Stewart PATP Pansies, EK Success Retro Flower-Large and Medium
Ribbon, gems, brad, peel-off border sticker all from my junk stash

Until next time, thank you for visiting, and I wish you "happy crafting",
Hugs, 
Jennifer. x