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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Clockwork

Here in Australia we have just a short time left in 2017. Except for the few
highs, this has been a year that I will be glad to see end.

The card I have to show you tonight is the one I made for our solicitor who has
guided us through the complicated legal processes of John's medical negligence
case. I thought it was appropriate to post it on my blog tonight, even though
while it features a clock, it is not actually a New Year card.
The card is quite large in order to accommodate the large die-cut, which I bought
several months ago. I felt the rather hefty price was justified because the die-cut
could be cut down into smaller pieces if  required.

Inside the card has a large area in which we wrote our personal message.
The decorative corners were among the first dies I ever bought, and also
among the first purchases I ever made on eBay.

The "Thank You" die was also on the card in my previous post.
I really should use it more often as it is a good size, and has
the appearance of a handwritten font.

A closer look at the embossing detail. I used about five different
embossing powders, applied unevenly, to try to create the look 
of rust on old metal.


Challenges I would like to enter
Die Cuttin' Divas #349 - 'Thank You'

Dies - Kaisercraft Vintage Clocks; Cuttlebug With Gratitude, Vintage Corners
Assorted embossing powders

It was my birthday 2 days ago (67...Yikes...HOW DID THAT HAPPEN??????), and after all the years of working on New Year's Eve, first as a nurse, then for many years as an entertainer, staying up to see in a new year has lost its attraction for me, so I am going to bed as soon as I finish this blog post. I am particularly exhausted because I have been on my feet all day at the Fort. I leave home at 7.30am and do not get home until about 6pm, with about 3 hours of that time driving there and back. We have been extremely busy for several weeks since the school holidays began, and while it is very interesting being a tour guide for people from all over the world, it can be quite exhausting. It is especially so with many days lately in the high 30sC to low 40sC. (I have never been a summer person).

For those of you who are going to stay up to welcome in 2018, I hope you have a safe and very much fun evening.

Hugs,
Jennifer. x






Saturday, 30 December 2017

Thank You Poppies


When we went to Sydney recently on business, I did not want to drive in the CBD
as there are so many major road closures and detours so we decided to travel by 
train. A neighbour drove us to the station, so to say "thank you" I made him this
card to accompany a bottle of 'red'. He loves a good red wine.

It may seem strange to make a floral card for a man, but as Len loves his garden
I thought a floral card would be appropriate.

I have had this die for many years, and have hardly ever used it.

I shaped the two poppy blooms with a ball tool, and attached them
with a pop dot to give them more dimension. To give the buds the
appearance of just beginning to open, I cut tiny wedges of red
card from scraps and attached them over the green buds.

Challenges I would like to enter
Die Cuttin' Divas #349 - 'Thank You'

Dies - Memory Box Prim Poppy; Cuttlebug With Gratitude 

Tomorrow I am rostered on at the Fort all day, so must go to bed to try to get some sleep. I will try to show you another Thank You card tomorrow night, so until then.......

"Happy crafting",
hugs,
Jennifer. xx




Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Christmas Wreath


Happy Boxing Day to all. 
I hope you all had a memorable Christmas day with your loved ones.

In a recent post I mentioned that I created several 'production-line' cards. The following
are those. Although the design is identical, the matting and bow colours are different,
as are the different greens I sponged onto the wreath foliage. Therefore I am still 
honouring my own rule of never making two cards the same.


I bought the wreath die during the year, and this was the first time I used it. I LOVE IT!!
Despite the intricacy of the foliage, the wreath is released from the die very easily.

Unfortunately the gorgeous sparkle of the glitter on all the foliage
does not show up in any of the photos.


I left this wreath completely white, with a heavy coating of
glue which was then sprinkled with fine glitter.

For this wreath I 'smooshed' several darker greens onto a sheet of
white cardstock, the cut the wreath from that.


For all the bows I cut a section of the die from whichever cardstock
I had used for the matting, then carefully cut the bow from the 
foliage and attached it to the original bow.

Challenges I would like to enter
CAS on Friday #123 - 'Christmas'
Dream Valley #169 - 'Christmas'

Dies - Tutti Designs Wreath With Bow; Spellbinder Holiday Sentiments; Cheery Lynn Holly Flourish
Inks - Tim Holtz Distress Inks various greens
Glitters - Tim Holtz Distress Stickles dry glitter Clear Rock Candy; Stickles Red

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

Friday, 22 December 2017

White On White Poinsettia


Surprise, surprise peeps, I have another poinsettia card for you. Okay, you win...it's not
a surprise. I have an obssession with these gorgeous flowers. 

When John and I were married almost 46 years ago, I had just finished my training to
become a registered nurse (sister). The nurses' quarters were bordered by dozens of
poinsettia shrubs in full bloom at the time. I asked the matron if I could have a couple
of blooms to place in the church as a symbol of my very happy years training. She
told me she would organise some. When I entered the church I gasped, as the
lovely elderly hospital gardener had filled our beautiful old church with  
many huge arrangements of them scattered throughout, 
so perhaps that is where my 'problem' originated.


Poinsettias come in such a variety of colours, and while our wedding ones were deep 
red, I have made these ones white with a soft sponging of  Iced Spruce Distress Ink.


A closer look at the poinsettia, and some of the bead sprays I made using silver wire 
and clear glass beads.


Inside the card is quite simple, and co-ordinates 
with the front.


I double-matted the sentiment from a sheet I bought at a 
craft show in London several years ago.

Challenges I would like to enter
Always Fun #37 - 'A Christmas Carol' (I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas) TOP 3
Crafty Cardmakers #202 - 'Christmas' 
Dies R Us #87 - 'White on White'
Scor-pal #44 - 'More Than 1 Score-Anything Goes Christmas'
The Holly and the Ivy #21 - 'Anything Christmas Goes'
The Merry Christmas #48 - 'Anything Goes + Christmas' TOP PICK
Winter Wonderland - 'Anything Christmas Goes'
Words 2 Craft By #48 - 'Christmas In My Heart' WINNER

Dies - Tim Holtz (Sizzix) Tattered Poinsettia, Holiday Greens
Embossing - Tim Holtz (Sizzix) Texture Fades Tattered Poinsettia Pattern Set
Inks - Distress Ink Iced Spruce
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Lattice Pattern - Scor-pal board
Glass beads and large sparkly gem are from my junk stash

Wow, only 3 more sleeps before the big fella in the red suit visits...where DID this year go??????

Thank you for your visit,
Hugs,
Jennifer. xx




Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Golden Reindeer

I must apologise for the woeful quality of these photos, but I guess that
is what a blog is all about...honesty, warts and all!

This gorgeous glitter cardstock comes in many colours, and is of superb
quality. I think one would have to use coarse sandpaper to remove even
one tiny speck of glitter.
To conserve some of the glitter card, I cut the smaller gold matt from the
larger one, then cut the reindeer and words from the smaller matt...
cheeky?, but then no-one would know if I had not confessed my
frugality. The red cardstock is fairly heavy.


I bought this lovely die from a lady at a retreat many years ago.
She had used it a few times, but decided she didn't like it...I can't
figure out why, because it cuts beautifully.

Challenges I would like to enter
Animal Friends #57 - 'Anything Goes'
Sparkles Monthly ##99 - 'Quickie Christmas/Happy New Year'

Dies - Spellbinder Happy Sentiments; Marianne LR 0179
Gold Glitter cardstock - Crafts 4U
Tiny gem is from my junk stash

It certainly is a diverse world weatherwise.....some of you are experiencing very cold weather, while some of us in Eastern Australia are in the grip of a heat wave with temperatures in the low to mid 40s. 

Until next time, thank you for visiting my blog,
Hugs, 
Jennifer. xx




Monday, 18 December 2017

Vintage Poinsettia


I can hear you all saying "Here she goes again with her obssession with poinsettias".
How can you resist poinsettias at Christmas? Florally speaking, along with holly,
they are so representative of Christmas. Besides, I LOVE this poinsettia die.

I made this card for a lovely couple who live in the house opposite us. Although I have
enough gorgeous paper to open my own shop, I instantly fell in love with a new
'vintage' 12 x 12 pad by Kaisercraft, and of course it had to come home with me.
For most of the foliage I 'smooshed' various green distress inks over a sheet of 
white cardstock before die cutting them. The holly is from gold card.


I die-cut several layers of only the 2 smallest layers of petals of my favourite 
poinsettia die, by Tim Holtz, and embossed them in the matching folder. 
Before embossing them, I sponged the edges with distress ink. The gold
centre is a blob of hot glue, quickly sprinkled with micro foil stars, 
then gently shaped as it cooled.

Challenges I would like to enter
Country View - Christmas
Dream Valley #169 - Christmas
The Holly and the Ivy #21 Anything Christmas Goes (2nd entry)
The Merry Christmas #47 - Anything Christmas Goes (2nd entry)
Winter Wonderland - Anything Christmas Goes (2nd entry)

Dies - Tim Holtz (Sizzix) Tattered Poinsettia, Holiday Greens; Cheery Lynn Wreath Strip, Holly Flourish.
Embossing Folder - Tim Holtz (Sizzix) Texture Fades Textured Poinsettia Pattern Set
Paper - Kaisercraft Letters To Santa
Sentiment - Kaisercraft Letters To Santa
Distress Inks - Gathered Twigs, various greens

It's difficult to believe, but one week from now it will be Christmas Day. Whatever you do "stay calm and don't get your tinsel in a tangle!!".

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









Thursday, 14 December 2017

Jolly Santa

Good evening.

Tonight I have a card that has been made using a recycled card, 
and the ironed-on serviette technique.

Last Christmas, a dear old couple who live a few doors from us, gave us a large
card that featured this ever so jolly Santa and his bag of toys. Using part of
the main image, I created a new card which we gave to the couple last 
week. They were thrilled that I had 'recycled' part of their card.

The snowflakes have been heavily glittered, but as is the case more often
than not, the fabulous sparkle does not show very well in the photos.

Don't you just love this cute, jolly face. To my eye, I think he
looks to be the quintessential Santa that everyone imagines.


Challenges I would like to enter
Always Fun #36 - 'Santa'
Christmas With The Cuties #12 - 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town'
The Holly and the Ivy #21 - 'Anything Christmas Goes'
The Merry Christmas #47 - 'Anything Goes + Christmas'

Image - From recycled card
Paper - Serviette 
Sentiment Tag - Craft Creations Ltd
Dies - Spellbinder Classic Circles, Scalloped Circles; Impression Obssession Mini Snowflakes; Joycrafts 2018 & 2019
Glitter - Kindyglitz Chrystallina

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



Saturday, 9 December 2017

Snow Scene

Hello to all the busy, crafty people out there in blogland.

I feel as if a huge weight has been lifted from our shoulders, as John's medical 
negligence case was all 'done and dusted' in Sydney earlier this week. For 
more than 2 1/2 years we have experienced almost constant stress.

For the past few months I have managed to have spasmodic sessions in my craft
room, and by breaking my own rule of only creating 'one-of-a-kind' cards, I 
have managed to finish the 54 cards that I mail or personally deliver.

Hopefully I can now try to get into the spirit of Christmas, 
decorating the house, cooking, and shopping.


This card was not a production line creation, although to save time I did use a topper 
from a sheet I bought several years ago at a craft show in England. It did 
however take a fair amount of my time because I was rather 'out of practice'.


A close up look at the wintery spray I made from various die-cuts,
recycled Christmas decorations, and some tiny conifer cones from
our trees in one of our paddocks back on our farm.

A small section of the house on the topper.


Challenges I would like to enter  
Die Cut Divas - 'Winter Time'
Kreativeinkauf #57 - 'Conifer'
Sparkles Monthly #98 - 'White Christmas'
The Holly and The Ivy #20 - 'Anything Goes, Christmas'
The Merry Christmas #46 - 'Anything Goes + Christmas'
Tuesday Throwdown #371 - 'Christmas Scene'
Winter Wonderland - 'Anything Christmas Goes'

Image - Topper Sheet (Unknown Brand)
Paper - Kaisercraft Letters To Santa
Dies - Cheery Lynn Cutie Fringe 2, Wreath Strip; Memory Box Woodland Branch; Impression Obssession DIE-021N; Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday Greens; Spellbinder Decorative Labels Eight
Sentiment Tag - Craftworks Cards
Snow - Leane Creatief 
Glitter - Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy
Red Berries and Gold 'Twigs' - recycled Christmas Decorations
Lace, gold bead, and pine cones - from my junk stash

I do hope your Christmas preparations are coming along nicely, and you are not getting too stressed. I also hope you are staying warm or cool, depending on what part of the world you live in.

'Til next time (soon I hope), thank you for your visit,
Hugs,
Jennifer. xx




Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Little Robot

Hi all. 
Although John and I don't celebrate Halloween, I hope 
those of you who do so, had a lot of fun yesterday.

When we used to live on our farm, we regularly baby-sat a
sweet little guy called Russell from when he was only a few 
months old. It is hard to believe that he turned 6 yesterday!


The embossing folder is in a set of 4, and co-ordinates with a Cricut
cartridge. There are another 4 vertical 'images' on the folder, but I 
removed them so the panel would fit on the card. I stamped the
'Happy Birthday' using my new hinged stamper, which I 
LOVE!!  I re-inked and over-stamped 4 times to 
achieve the lovely crisp, dark words.


The cute little robot is a digi stamp, and I coloured him with 
Promarkers.


Inside our card for Russell.


A close up of the inside panel.


Challenges I would like to enter
Challenge Up Your Life #78 - 'Die Cuts and/or Punches'
Dream Valley #166 - 'Birthdays'

Image - Un-named freebie digi on Pinterest
Colouring - Promarkers
Sentiment - Un-named clear stamp set from $2 store
Greeting inside card - computer generated (can't remember the font)
Dies - Memory Box Mini Gears; Cuttlebug Olivia
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug Robotz
Paper - DCWV stack The Generation Tech 

Must be off now to feed my kitty, water my little garden, and then prepare dinner so until next time, thank you for visiting.

Hugs,
Jennifer. x



Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Cute Christmas Bear


Good evening all. I've got some good news and some bad news for you...
the good news is that Christmas is coming, the bad news is that it will
be here in exactly 2 months today!

Although I love using my Promarkers to colour stamped images, to save time
I bought a pack of unnamed cards at a variety store, and have cut a couple
of them down to use the images as toppers on my handmade cards.

I have had this paper for several years, and thought it was a perfect colour match
for the image. A few peel-off snowflakes give the card a bit of extra sparkle.


Isn't he the cutest bear delivering his Christmas gift, helped by
his little robin friend.

Challenges I would like to enter
Cute Card Thursday #500 - 'Snowflakes'
Sparkles Christmas #81 - 'Christmas Is For Kids'
The Holly and the Ivy #17 -'Anything Christmas Goes'
Weekly Christmas Card #24 - 'Merry Christmas'

Image and Sentiment - Unnamed Pack of purchased cards
Paper - very old pack, brand unknown
Peel-off stickers are from my HUGE collection

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




Saturday, 21 October 2017

White and Gold Christmas

Hi everyone. It's just over a month since I last showed you a card. I just
can't seem to get my mojo started up with so many other things going on
in my life. At the beginning of this year, I was determined to create my
Christmas cards at a steady rate, but unfortunately that plan has fallen 
by the wayside. I'm afraid lots of friends will be receiving store-bought
cards again this Christmas, unless I can have some quality time in my
craft room.

To add to my pre-Christmas stress, we have finally been given a date for 
John's medical negligence case...5th December, in Sydney. Despite the 
rather inconvenient date it will be good to have it (hopefully) finalised
before Christmas, and we can get on with what's left of our lives.


As most of my cards have to be sent by post (and because the clock is
against me), I am trying to keep most of the designs simple in order to
keep the cost of postage down. I have also made several cards at a 
time with fairly similar designs, as seen in my previous post.

This is one such card, using the fun die set I won in a challenge.



A closer look at 2 of the die-cuts. This was my first attempt at
'feathering'. It is obvious I need some more practice, by hey,
we have to start somewhere don't we.

Dies - Impression Obssession DIE220-Q; Cheery Lyn Merry Christmas Set
Tiny coloured gems, and peel-off stickers are from my junk stash

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



Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Ornament Garland


Good afternoon all. I have several Christmas cards to show you today. 
It is frightening to think that Christmas is just a little over 3 months away.

Early in August, I was able to go to the annual Craft Show about 1 1/2
hours away in Newcastle. I was determined not to buy anything, but hey,
you know what it's like, don't you ladies, that is not a concept we crafters
understand too well...I kept finding myself lining up at various cash
registers with little plastic baskets full of "I must have it items".


Keeping with my personal policy of not making 2 cards the same, I made these
3 cards using this absolutely gorgeous die. I had the idea that I could probably 
also use the garland with other objects in place of the Christmas items.


I love Kraft with red and/or burgundy.


This card was made with grey Bazzill cardstock.



A closer look at the gorgeous die-cut, with Platinum Stickles dots.


A closer look at the die-cut, with tiny pearls, on the grey Bazzill. 
The burgundy cardstock is the same on all 3 cards, but don't
they look different against the different cardstocks.


I bought 1 metre of this 'yummy' grossgrain ribbon, 
but wish I had bought more.

Die - Kaisercraft Ornament Garland
Ribbon - The Craft Queen
Punch - Creative Memories Corner
Stickles - Ranger Platinum 
Pearls and peel-off sticker are from my junk stash

Challenges I would like to enter
A Snowflakes Promise #44 - Anything Goes
Cards In Envy - Easy As 1,2,3.
Crafty Friends #66 - Use Dies and/or Punches
Daring Cardmakers - Use 4 of Something (4 bows & 4 ornaments)
Pile It On #134 - No Patterned Paper,  or Feathers and/or Scales

I hope everyone is safe after all the terrible weather, and the tragic events that seem to be constantly occuring throughout this wonderful planet of ours.

Until next time, thank you for visiting.

Hugs
Jennifer. x