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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Christmas Joy

This was supposed to be a simple and quick card, using my lovely new die set
that I won in a Dies R Us challenge. Many, many years ago I saw a card on a 
blog using tiny die-cuts by (I think) Cuttlebug, and the idea has rattled 
around somewhere in the back of my mind ever since........
I cut all the red and gold squares by hand...THEN the 'fun' (not) began. Trying
to line the squares up with equal distance both vertically and horizontally 
between them almost had me tearing my hair out, and several rather 
unladylike words crossed my lips. I thought the stripey paper would  
help,but then we all know what thought did, don't we? 
It made my wonky placements more noticeable.

A closer look at the cute little gingerbread man. It looks as if the gold 
matting is uneven, but that illusion occurred when I cropped my photos.

The lovely bell.

Inside the card, where I used a die-cut of the candy cane as a 
simple embellishment. 

Challenges I would like to enter
ABC Christmas - 'J' for Jingle Bells or 'K' for Keep It Simple (I chose Jingle Bells)
A Snowflakes Promise #40 - 'Anything Christmas Goes'
Crafting By Designs - 'Get Ready For Christmas'
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas #335 - Anything Christmas Goes (optional-Use Some Gold)
The Holly and Ivy Christmas #6 - 'Anything Christmas Goes'
The Male Room #61 - 'Stash/Die Cuts' (Dies new, paper & gems very old)
Weekly Christmas Card #13 - 'Anything Christmas Goes' (optional-Wreaths)

Dies - Impression Obsession DIE220-Q; Spellbinder Classic and Scalloped Squares
Paper - Art Stamps Australia; Gold cardstock from my junk stash
Tiny gems are from my junk stash

This card is for an elderly friend in England, but as he doesn't own a computer and therefore never sees my blog, it is safe to show it to you.

We have once again had a glorious late autumn day, but it is now cooling down...time to warm the house and prepare our dinner, so until next time "thank you for visiting".

Jennifer. x

Saturday, 20 May 2017

'For You'

Good evening everyone.

Once again there has been a gap of several weeks since I last posted one 
of my cards. I spent last week in a haze of heavy-duty medications, then this 
past week trying to 'wake-up' and mobilise. Yes, I injured my back at the 
Fort once again. It is my lower back this time.

Sitting is extremely painful, so I made this fairly simple 
Christmas card standing at the kitchen bench.

Yonks ago I bought this bauble die with matching 'For You' embossing folder just 
after I bought my dear little Cuttlebug (which has since died, and gone to 
'Cuttlebug Heaven'). I have used the die often, but not the E.F.

The off-white card base and embossed panel are made from the most luxurious
pearlised cardstock that I have had for many years.

A closer look at the embossed die-cut. 
The bow is part of a 'mittens' die.
It is so difficult to successfully photograph shiny cardstock, isn't it!

Dies - Cuttlebug For You; Memory Box Precious Mittens
Embossing Folders - Cuttlebug For You, Victoria 

I cooked a roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings tonight and 2 friends phoned for a chat afterwards so my back is really aching, making me think it is time for me to go to bed. So until next time, thank you for visiting.

Jennifer. x

Friday, 5 May 2017

For A Dear Friend

 What a shock, I neglect my blog for 2 weeks, then post 2 cards in an evening.

I made this card for my oldest and dear friend, Diane, whose birthday was yesterday 
We met during our first week at High School, 53 years ago, and 'clicked' immediately. 
We have been firm friends ever since, despite our many years of geographical 
distance apart. When we phone each other, or actually meet up, there is not a
slightest moment of awkwardness...we just chatter away as if we had
been together the day before.

Diane loves blue so this gorgeous piece of paper was an obvious choice for her 
card. For about 12 years I have bought lots of craft items from Rebecca, the owner 
of Bizzy Becs, and her service has always been superb. She often slipped a gift of
a small bundle of 6x6" scrapbook papers into an order. This stunning piece of
paper is one of those. I have been unable to part with it for about 4 years!!

I stamped these flowers onto parchment paper, then embossed them with Silver 
Pearl E.P. I coloured the back of the flowers with blue and yellow Promarkers,
then shaped them, before adding some Flower Soft to the centres. The single
leaves with the serrated edges were cut by hand with deckle-edged scissors
from tiny scraps of white cardstock, hand coloured with Distress Ink.

I made the butterfly quite a few years ago at a retreat. It was such a long 
time ago, I have forgotten the name of the product, and the technique 
we were shown. We used a shimmery sheet of foil-like material and an 
iron, then used a butterfly punch and an embossing folder. I found a
little bag of the different coloured butterflies in a drawer recently.

Inside the card co-ordinates with the front. These leaves were also
cut out by hand

Challenges I would Like To Enter
Addicted To Stamps #147 - 'Flowers and Butterflies
Aud Sentiments #179 - 'Flowers Plus A Sentiment'
Country View - 'Flower Power'
Creative Sketchy Girls #11 - 'Butterflies and Flowers
Die Cut Divas - 'Use Flowers'
Dies R Us #72 - 'Flowers'
Paper Play Sketches and Colour - 'Colour Challenge'
Passion For Promarkers #393 - 'Make It Bloom'

Paper - Unknown brand
Flower Stamp - Fiddle Sticks E494
Dies - Cheery Lynn Olive Branches; Joy Crafts 6003/0026
Punches - Martha Stewart PATP set Pansies; Carl Butterfly
Sentiments - Lili of the Valley Sentiment Tags Set 24
Embossing Powder - Stamp It Silver Pearl
Colouring - Promarkers Yellow, Royal Navy; Distress Inks Faded Jeans, various greens
Flower Soft - a mixture of Lemon and Yellow

Must go to bed and try to get some sleep, as we have to be up early tomorrow morning and drive at least an hour into town to buy a new printer. Ours 'died' today, and we need to replace it quickly as we have to have a pile of printing done in readiness for a meeting with our solicitor on Tuesday about our medical negligence case.

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

Any Worms For Me, Mr. Bear?

Good evening all. Today has been the most perfect autumn day, weatherwise...
the only thing that could make it even more perfect would be if we lived in a
part of the world where the trees changed into their beautiful autumn 
colours. Oh well, we can't have everything, can we.

My card is for no-one in particular. I just felt like having a session of colouring for fun,
and what could be more fun than colouring this wonderful PSX image. This is one of 
my favourite bear stamps, and it has lived for me for many, many years. Sadly, PSX
disappeared from the scene many years ago...such a shame, as the quality of their
stamps was A1.

A close up look at this cute bear with his little friend begging for
a worm or two for breakfast. Don't you just love 
Mr. Bear's huge feet! 

Inside my card co-ordinates with the front. The flowers on the
background paper are heavily glittered, but as almost always
I just couldn't pick up the shimmer with the camera.

Challenges I would Like To Enter
Kitty Bee #93 - 'In The Garden'
Passion For Promarkers #393 - 'Make It Bloom'
Sweet Stampers #6 - 'Animals' (2nd entry)

Image - PSX GO521
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - First Edition Blank Canvas
Dies - Spellbinder Classic and Scalloped Squares; Marianne LR0106, CR1253, LR0205; Cheery Lynn Stacker Flower #1 Leaf
Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs
Micro beads and peel-off sticker are from my junk stash

Later this evening I will have another card to show you, so until then thank you for visiting.

Jennifer. x

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Glitter Galore

Hello to my crafting buddies. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.

My card today is the result of experimenting with a new (to me) technique, 
using dies, D/sided tape and ultrafine glitter. I stumbled upon a youtube
tutorial by Els van de Burgt from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

A close-up look at the glittered die-cut.

A close-up of the greeting, which was on an A4 sheet that I bought many
years ago at one of the first ever craft shows I attended (in Esher, UK). I
coated the butterflies with Chrystallina Kindyglitz, then while they were
wet I sprinkled them with the same Ruby glitter as is on the flowers.

Inside the card with plenty of space on which I wrote a 
birthday message to my S.I.L.

Challenges I would like to enter
4 Crafty Chicks #347 - 'Butterflies'
Brown Sugar #247 - 'Use A Die-Cut'
Crafty Card Makers #186 - 'Things With Wings'
Crafty Gals Corner #119 - 'Embellish It'
Make My Monday #44 - 'Embossing, Wet or Dry'

Dies - Sweet Cuts Flower Oval; Cheery Lynn Exotic Butterflies, Mini Dimensional Butterflies
Embossing Folder - Crafter's Companion Flower Garden
Glitters - Martha Stewart
Greeting - Un-named A4 sheet
Corner Punch - Zutter

Thank you for your visit, and until next time "happy crafting".
Jennifer. x

Monday, 17 April 2017

Playful Kitty

Good evening to my crafting buddies. I hope you all had a lovely Easter.

All the regular readers of my blog will know that I LOVE cats. I have been 'owned'
by 25 or 26 of them throughout my life, and I think every one of them have all 
had individual personalities. 

Penny Black kitties are especially cute, and I have  
had this stamp (in a clear set) for 'yonks'.
I bought this gorgeous edging die on sale several months ago, and this  
is the first time I have used it.

A closer look at the happy kitty (coloured with Promarkers), 
playing with his butterfly friends.

Inside my card, which is a 'modified' gatefold card.

Challenges I would like to enter
Crafty Catz #366 - 'Anything Goes with Animals'
Fairytale #166 - 'More Than One Fold'
In The Pink #117 - 'Pearls'
Fussy and Fancy #185 - 'Fancy Folds or Shaped Cards'
Passion For Promarkers #390 - 'Flower Power'
Penny Black Saturday - 'Spring or Easter'
Shopping Our Stash #298 - 'Punches or Dies' (image, paper, pearls many years old)
Sweet Stampers #6 - 'Animals'

Image - From Penny Black Clear Set Critter Party
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Francheville Pastel Basics
Dies - Spellbinder Classic and Scalloped Circles; Sweet Stamps Flutterby #2; Kaisercraft Lace Borders
Pearls - (single) Kaisercraft; (string) Maria George
Glitter glue - Stickles Star Dust

Until next time, thank you for visiting, and "Happy Crafting".
Jennifer. x

Saturday, 8 April 2017

My Favourite Poinsettia

Did I give you a fright when you saw my sticker, wishing you "Merry Christmas"?
No, it's not that time yet, but the way this year is flashing by, that fellow in 
the red suit will be paying us a visit before some of us are ready.

You are probably thinking "haven't I seen this card before"...well you have seen ones
very similar. However, I have 'tweaked' the design ever so slightly.

When we moved into the Retirement Village last year, we of course met lots of new
people, some of whom have become friends, so in order to save some time, I 
thought I would partly CASE some of my previous Christmas cards, as I
now have many more cards to make than previously, and no-one 
here in the Village has seen my cards before..

A closer look at my poinsettia...have I told you before that I LOVE this die and
matching embossing folder. In their original state, the die-cuts of each layer  
have a slightly elongated shape, so after I emboss each layer, I cut each 
 petal off, then hot-glue them individually to a small circle of scrap 
card. My poinsettia then has a more evenly round shape.

Inside my card...Have I also told you I LOVE this border punch set?

Challenges I would like to enter
ABC Christmas - 'H is for Home, I is for Informal' (I chose Informal)
Merry Monday #242 - 'Twigs or Branches'  HONOURABLE MENTION
My Time To Craft #343 - 'No Designer Papers'
That's Crafty - 'Foliage and Flowers'
The Holly and the Ivy #3 - 'Anything Christmas Goes'  WINNER

Dies - Tim Holtz (Sizzix) Tattered Poinsettia; Memory Box Woodland Branch; Spellbinder Classic Square
Embossing - Tim Holtz (Sizzix) Texture Fades Textured Poinsettia Pattern Set; Fiskars Texture Plate Snowflakes
Ink - Distress Ink Walnut Stain, Gathered Twigs
Punch - Martha Stewart PATP Aspen Snowflakes
Peel-off sticker, gold cord, gold beads are all from my junk stash

As Daylight Saving finished last weekend, the shadows of course are lengthening quite early so I had better get all the washing off the line. 

Until next time, thank you for visiting, and may I wish you "happy crafting".

Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Farewell Doctor Rosie

Good evening to all my fellow bloggers. 

You are all probably wondering about the strange title of my post...
Previously I have shown you birthday/Christmas cards that I have made for our
wonderful G.P. She is only in her early 30's, and told us to call her Rosie. However,
because we are of an older generation, and I as an ex Registered Nurse (Sister), wished 
to show her the respect of using her correct title, we came to the compromise of calling
her "Doctor Rosie", which she loved. About 6 weeks ago her secretary phoned us to 
say that she was leaving the Family Practice, and wanted to see us before she left. 

We were bereft at the prospect as she has been much more than 'just' our G.P. over
these past few difficult years. We realised that she felt likewise because she asked
her secretary to book us as her last patients and just spent some time sitting and
chatting with us. At the end of our 'appointment', she hugged us both, and she
and I shared quite a few tissues. We wish her much success...she deserves it!

This is the card I made her to say "Thank You".

A closer look at the main floral arrangement.

A closer look at the gorgeous pearl flourish, and smaller floral arrangement.

Inside my card where I wrote our heartfelt message of gratitude
and good luck.

Challenges I would like to enter
Card Mania #91 - 'April Showers Bring May Flowers'
Daisy Chain # 7 - 'Spring is in the Air'
Eclectic Ellapu - 'Shabby Chic/Vintage'
Fussy and Fancy #184 - 'Embellish It!'  TOP 5
International Art and Soul #5 -' Distressing'  DT FAVOURITE
In the Pink #116 - 'Flower Power'  PERFECT PINKIE
Making Memories Crafting #3 - 'Add Some Layers'
Try It On Tuesday - 'Botanical'

Paper - First Edition Desert Blooms
Distress Ink - Vintage Photo
Promarker for colouring of flower stamens - Vanilla
Pearl Flourish - Bella! Bling Frame
Flowers, leaves and peel-off sticker are from my junk stash

Until next time, thank you for visiting,
Jennifer x

Saturday, 1 April 2017

Peaceful Snow Scene

Good afternoon to all my blogging friends.

Where is this year going???'s April already! I am already beginning to feel
 a sense of panic that I will be rushing at the end of the year to have all my 
Christmas cards made in time to make mailing deadlines.

Ever since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of experiencing a 'white' Christmas, but
with the horrendous heat we have here in Australia in summer, I guess that is never
going to happen. Understandably then, I have always been attracted to Christmas
 cards with snow, deer and pine trees, so I decided to make a few of my own.

Breaking my own rule of never making 2 cards the same, I made several with this
design, and had such fun using these 3 tree stamps, and 4 different green inks. I 
bought the large tree stamp (PSX) on eBay many years ago, and must confess 
that I have rarely used it...don't know why as it stamps with such a
lovely textured impression.

Inside my card I am trying to use up my HUGE collection of peel-off stickers.

I must admit I have not been caught out with an April Fool's joke for many years,
but John 'got me a beauty' big time this morning...I think he is feeling much better
because while I was asleep early this morning he put all the clocks forward 2 hours,
 so when I woke up I panicked as I had wanted to go to 2 special local Autumn fairs 
that started early. He managed to keep a straight face for about 15 minutes then
said, very quietly, "it's April Fool's Day today" and burst out laughing
as he handed me my wrist watch which he had not altered. 
Mind you, he's lucky he did not finish up back in hospital. lol.

Challenges I would like to enter
A Snowflakes Promise #38 - 'Anything Goes'
Aud Sentiments #176 - 'Any Sentiment Except Birthday'
Fab 'n' Funky #344 - 'Christmas'  TOP 3
Fairytale #165 - 'Cards With Animals'
Kitty Bee Designs #9 - 'Spring Cleaning'
My Time To Craft #342 - 'Woodland Animals or Easter'
Season's Greetings #4 - 'Always Anything Goes, with Inspiration Twist'  TOP 3
The Holly and the Ivy #2 - 'Always Anything Christmas Goes'  TOP 5
Winter Wonderland - 'Christmas Animals or Birds'

Tree Stamps - PSX; Stamp-it Winter Wonderland; My Stamps Pine Tree
Inks - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Iced Spruce, Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage, Forest Moss, Stormy Sky
Dies - Spellbinder Scalloped Rectangle; Memory Box Deer Trio
Glitter - Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Dry Glitter Clear Rock Candy
Peel-off Stickers are from my junk stash

I'm off now to transform into a 'domestic goddess', so until next time, thank you for visiting.

Jennifer. xx

P.S. I did make it to the Fairs in time.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Birthday Bouquet

Hello to all the lovely crafters out there in blogland.

Recently our wonderful GP celebrated her birthday, so as I have done
for the past couple of years (since John became so ill), I made 
her a card. She has such a bright and friendly personality, 
so I wanted my card to reflect those traits.

I bought the gorgeous 'Happy Birthday' die just before John became ill,
so I haven't had the opportunity to use it until now. However, I'm sure 
it will get a lot of use from now on...I love it.

A closer look at my flower arrangement. I handmade the large pink 
flower using punches, and the 3 tiny yellow buds from tissue paper.

Challenges I would like to enter:-
Card Mania #90 - 'Pastel Colours'
Crafts and Me - 'Springtime' 
Crafty Calendar - 'Mum's Day/ or Special Female'
Creative Knockouts #185 - 'Bordertime'
Daisy Chain #6 - 'Make It Feminine'
Dies R Us #69 - 'Borders and/or Edges'  WINNER
Fussy and Fancy #183 - 'Springtime'
Squirrel's Not So Random #4 - 'Spring Fever' (2nd entry)

Dies - Memory Box Happy Birthday Extravaganza; Cheery Lynn Flourish Leaf Strip, Mini Butterflies.
Punches - EK Success Retro Flowers large and medium; Martha Stewart PATP Butterflies
Glitter on Butterflies - Stickles Star Dust
Pearl stems are from my junk stash

A friend remarked a few months ago that with all the bad luck we have had in recent years, we must have driven a tractor through a mirror factory, with not one mirror surviving. John had his 5th surgery last week, but is experiencing complications. The day after he came out of hospital he almost stepped on a Red-bellied Black Snake on our front porch, then the next day, while stationary, we were 'rear-ended' at speed by a driver who admitted that he was not concentrating, but reading a large billboard advertisement. Our car has been severely damaged, and may have to be written-off.

Surely our luck has to change soon, so on that optimistic note, I will say "thank you for visiting", and until next time,
Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Warren's Gift

Hello to all the lovely crafters out there in blogland. 

Robbie Burns' oft quoted line comes to mind for me lately 
"......the best-laid schemes o' mice an' men......' 
I'm neither a mouse or a man, but no matter how often I plan to spend some 
quality time crafting, John (or our kitty who has chronic bronchitis) require
medical attention. Also, the medical negligence legal action is taking up huge
amounts of time, and is on my mind constantly. Poor John has not been at
all well, and is just getting over his 5th Golden Staph infection in 18 months.
He has to have more surgery next week (also his 5th in 18 months).

A couple of weeks ago, the daughter of one of the Administration staff here in our
retirement village turned 11. She is a sweety, and 'bounces' up and chatters away
to me when we often meet in the supermarket, or elsewhere in our little town.
Apparently she is very selective about whom she befriends among the residents
of our retirement village, so I feel rather honoured.

Jemima adores all animals (perhaps that explains our bond), so I made her this card,
featuring my bunny friend 'Warren' from Craftwork Cards. I bought a couple of packs
of ready-to-colour 'Warren Sheets' at a craft show in London many years ago.

I die-cut, coloured, and constructed the tiny flowers over a couple of very late nights
after I had settled John for the night. I also coloured the corner die-cuts with the 
same Distress Ink as the flowers.

A closer look at Warren with his gift. He is coloured with Promarkers.

Inside my card co-ordinates with the front. Those strange shadows are from
a 'failed experiment'...I tried to reduce the effect of the very harsh midday sun,
by photographing the card in a plastic crate on its side. The shadows weren't 
obvious until I loaded the photos into my computer that night, and by 
then Jemima had her card, so I couldn't redo the photographs.

Challenges I would like to enter
Animal Friends #48 - 'Animal With Big Ears'
Come and Get It - 'Cards for Kids'
Die Cut Divas - 'For the Love of Animals'
Dragonfly Dreams - 'Girly, with Die Cut/Punch'
The Crazy Challenge #243 - 'We Love Animals'

Image - Craftwork Cards Warren
Colouring - Promarkers
Dies - Spellbinder Classic Circle, Classic Square; Cheery Lynn Flowers, Leaves, & Butterfly; Joy Craft Corners
Punch - Making Memories Corner Rounder
Paper - First Edition Blank Canvas
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink (I think I used Spiced Marmalade)
Sentiment - Computer generated
Seed Beads - from my junk stash

I think I will be having an early night tonight, as we were up very early 
to drive the 2 hours to the hospital for all John's pre-op tests and interviews.
We were there for 3 1/2  hours, then had another appointment on the way home.

Thank you for visiting, and until next time (hopefully sooner than later),

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Frangipani Thank You

Hi fellow crafters,

It is now just over 2 weeks since I last blogged, so my frustration is growing at not
being able to spend lots of time crafting and happily drooling over your lovely creations.

My poor dear John is still bleeding, and is just getting over another Golden Staph.
infection. We have had an endless round of appointments, and the urologist has 
decided that John has to go back into hospital for more surgery, in an effort to repair 
all the internal damage that was done to him in August 2015. We believe that the
legal case will be finalised towards the end of the year.

The card I have to show you is the one I made to thank the 2 lovely, kind lady
Paramedics who took me to hospital just before Christmas. 

I adore frangipanis, and had several trees in my gardens back on our farm. I planted
one right near our back door about 25 years ago, and during summer the perfume of 
its hundreds of blossoms would waft throughout our house. Before we moved, I took
6 cuttings from it, and they are all happily growing and blooming in large
garden pots in our courtyard, and on our front porch.

This stamp was one of the first I ever purchased, and the image is 
ever so easy to colour. I used my trusty Promarkers.

The inside of my card is very simple, with plenty of space on which
I wrote my message of gratitude to my 'Angels of Mercy'. My
embellishment frangipani is from 1 of my potted cuttings.

Image - Stamp-it Frangapani
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Unnamed A4 Vellum (15 years old)
Dies - Spellbinder Classic and Scalloped Rectangles; Spellbinder Decorative Labels Eight
Peel-off sticker and gold brads from my junk stash

Here in the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, and in many other regions of eastern Australia, we are experiencing unprecedented high temperatures (mid to high 40s), with nighttime temps only dropping to 26 to 32oC. This summer we have broken a large number of records, and this weekend our bushfire danger indices have been graded 'Catastrophic Plus'. However, many of you are having record cold temps, so where ever you are, please stay cool or warm what ever your case may be.

Until next time, thank you for visiting,
Jennifer x