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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Pastel Flowers

Here we are, at the end of January already...quite scary, isn't it!

The card I have to show you is one I made for Lyndal, our lovely receptionist/
administration lady here at The Grange. No matter what the situation or enquiry  
is, Lyndal always has a happy smile for everyone.

I wanted the card to be soft and gentle (like Lyndal), and this is about as CAS 
as I can create. I removed the pale green flower 'petals' from the die-cut which 
I placed inside the card, and placed them inside the cream die-cut on the front.

I layered the die-cut greeting, slightly off-setting the green layer
which I have previously coated with Stickles.

Inside the card is the pale green die-cut from which I removed the
flower 'petals' for the die-cut on the front.

Challenges I would like to enter
Corrosive #1 January - 'Anything Goes'
Crafting With Friends #59 - 'Anything Goes'
Crafty Catz #401 - 'Anything Goes'
Crafty Friends #76 - 'Anything Goes'
Creative Knockouts #230 - 'Finish The Inside'
Die Cuttin' Divas #354 - 'Anything Goes'

Dies - Memory Box Wildflower Corner;  Cheery Lynn Celebrate
Stickles - Stardust
Peel-off sticker border - from my junk stash

For so long now, so much of Australia, particularly the east coast, has been in the grip of a dreadful drought, so we have been desperately hoping for rain. However, we just want the rain and clouds to wait a couple of days, as a rare celestial event is to take place tomorrow night...a Super Blood Blue Moon. This has not occurred for almost 150 years, and Australia is said to be one of the best places on earth to view this momentous event.

Today, as has been the case for several weeks, has been very hot and windy (I have had the worst hay fever I have had in many years as a result), so I will say good afternoon for now, and go and take the washing off the clothesline, then start dinner.

Thank you for visiting,
Jennifer. xx

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

First Foamiran Flowers

After seeing lots of beautiful flowers made with foamiran on the internet, 
I decided to acquire some for myself and see what I could create with it. 

This card is to congratulate a beautiful young lady (we have 
known her since she was a little girl) and her fiance, 
on the occasion of their engagement.

The 2 large roses on the left and the small apricot open one on the left are my
very first attempts using Foamiran. They are nowhere near the standard of 
ones I have seen on pinterest, youtube and many blogs, but if I practice
a lot I hope to improve. The foliage and doily are cut with my lovely
new dies, with which I treated myself just before Christmas.

I coloured the white foamiran with various distress inks.

The small rose at the top was made from some tiny scraps of foamiran.

Edit I must apologise for the hot glue strings on the rose...I did not 
see them until I was about to hit 'publish'.

I used a tiny 'Congratulations' peel-off sticker from my huge collection. Lovely
Maddy began piano lessons from John when she was a little girl, and continued
weekly lessons until John became ill in 2015. That is why I included some 
 'music' paper on the card. Maddy is now a very proficient pianist and 
has visited us since we moved from our farm.

Challenges I would like to enter
As You Like It - 'Favourite Die, & Why' I have many favourite dies, but the Spellbinder Rose Creations would have to be #1, as it is so versatile, cuts natural looking petals, and cuts cleanly.
Cardz 4 Galz #63 - 'Anything But Square'
Crafty Friends #75 - 'New Beginnings'
Daisy Chain #15 - 'Something New'
Die-Cut Divas - 'Do or Use Something New'
Fussy and Fancy #203 - 'Distress It'
My Time To Craft #362 - 'Something New'

Paper - Bella Wedding Adore
Dies - Cuttlebug Hearts; Spellbinder Rose Creations; Sweet Stamps Daisy Centre Medallion; Elizabeth Craft Curvy Leaves; Die-Namites Budding Branch 
Flowers - White Foamiran, coloured with various distress inks; stamens, cream rose and tiny apricot rose are from my junk stash
Lace and peel-off sticker are from my junk stash

I hope you have all recovered from the festive season, and are getting back 'into the swing' of regular life. I am finding it very difficult to believe that January will soon be over.

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

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Sparkling Forest

Good evening all.

The card I want to show you tonight is the Christmas card I made for 
my dear husband, John...
It is an easel card, and I have used a new (to me) technique ...dryer sheet and 
ultra-fine glitter...there are endless tutorials for this technique on the internet. 
The sparkle is truly amazing, but as usual that is barely visible in my photos.

A closer look at the die-cut poinsettia with its pearl centre.

This is the easel card opened out. I chose the lovely blue paper, because
I thought it looked a little bit like cracked ice on a lake in front of
the pine tree forest.

The die-cut sentiment.

The back of my card. John gave me the "Handcrafted by" stamp many, many
Christmases ago. "Jen Pen" is one of the two nicknames John has for me.

Challenges I would like to enter
Addicted to Stamps - 'Baby It's Cold Outside'
Christmas At Sweet Stampin' - 'Anything Christmas'
Craft Rocket #44 - 'Winter'
C.R.A.F.T. #450 - 'Christmas'
Dare 2B Artzy - 'Winter Wonderland'
Eclectic Ellapu - 'Christmas'
Merry Christmas #2 - 'Anything Christmas'
Penny Black and More - 'Something New' (Technique)
Stamping Sensations - 'Cold and Frosty Colours'   TOP 3
The House That Stamps Built - 'Tic Tac Toe' (Pearls/Snowflakes/Silver & Snowflakes/Blue/Glitter)

Image - PSX K1465; Stamp World Handcrafted By
Paper - Kaisercraft Silver Bells
Dies - Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Words:Script; Spellbinder Layered Poinsettia
           Memory Box Star of Wonder
Punch - Martha Stewart PATP Aspen Snowflakes (negatives used for 'falling' snowflakes)
Glitter - Tim Holtz Rock Candy Ultrafine
Peel-off stickers, dryer sheet, and pearl are from my junk stash.

I really must be off to bed as I am light-headed with tiredness...I did some very heavy work in our couryard garden today, then did a huge grocery-shop. We had house guests last week, so the fridge and pantry were almost bare; and we are having several lots of guests this week.

Until next time, thank you for your visit,
Jennifer. xx

Thursday, 11 January 2018


My goodness, we are already almost half way through 
January. Where do the days go??

Yesterday, a dear little boy who lives near where used to live on the farm, 
turned 11. It seems such a short time ago that he was excited about 
starting 'big school'. Like most little boys he loves ball sports, 
so this is the card I made for him.

I have had this cute rubber stamp for several years, and am very ashamed
to admit that it has never seen ink before. The image is coloured with 
promarkers, which I have not used for a long time.

Inside the card co-ordinates with the front.

I created the greeting with my computer, but cannot remember
which font I used. The stars were silver, but I coloured them
with promarkers to match the paper.

Challenges I would like to enter
Brown Sugar #274 - 'Birthday'
Little Red Wagon #428 - 'Boy Oh Boy'

Image - Lili Of The Valley Rugby Mad
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Die Cuts With A View The Glitter Stack
Sentiment - Computer generated
Stars - Peel-off stickers are from my junk stash

I hope you are all beginning to settle nicely into your 'normal' routines after a probably hectic festive season.

Until next time, thank you for your visit.
Jennifer. x