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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

"Thank A Teacher"

My goodness, this year is flying by so fast isn't it. Each month seems to last
not much more than a blink of one's eye, which of course means it is time
for a new challenge at Words 2 Craft By. This month our quote is
"If you can read this, thank a teacher."

In the northern hemisphere the school year is coming to a close, so let's show
our gratitude for all the hard-working teachers who have guided us along our
'learning journey'. Although I'm in my late 60s I still have fond memories of
several of my teachers. I LOVE reading, and constantly 
lose myself in a good book. 

For this challenge, I chose to make a fairly large side-step card.

Aren't these the sweetest little pair totally engrossed in their book, 
while their little kitty sleeps soundly, exhausted from playing 
with the ball of wool.

I made these tiny pencils by cutting down toothpicks and colouring 
them with Promarkers to match the colours I used for the image.

Inside the card on which there is plenty of space to write
a personal message.

A side-on view of my easel card.

Image - Sarah Kay Quiet Moments
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Kaisercraft Superhero
ABC Tag - Kaisercraft Show and Tell
Dies - Spellbinder Scalloped Long Rectangles

Challenges I would like to enter
Die Cuttin' Divas #368 - 'Teacher Appreciation'  SHOWCASE PICK
The Crafter's Cafe #195 - 'Gatefold or Step Card'

For a chance to win a fabulous prize, why not visit Words 2 Craft By, check out the great inspiration by my teamies, then enter your own interpretation of our theme, "If you can read this, thank a teacher".

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

Friday, 4 May 2018

Musical Birthday

Do you ever sometimes feel like a mouse on a treadmill, going at full speed but
getting nowhere, or a little duck on a pond looking oh so calm, but paddling
frantically? Yes??? Well that is exactly how I feel lately. I foolishly thought that
when we moved into a retirement village, I would be able to 'play' in my craft 
room almost all day, every day...well we all know what 'thought' did, don't we!

In a rare break from the speeding treadmill, we recently went to a friend's 80th
birthday party. He loves music, so this is the card I made for him. I got my
design inspiration from a card I saw on Pinterest about 12 months ago.

The music paper is quite a luscious cream and gold. I bought it many years ago, 
but, like so many 'paper tragics' I could not cut into it...I have a collection of 
gorgeous papers that could rival any store, but I have come to the 
conclusion that I MUST be brave and start using it.

Inside the card. I love that music die, and have used it many times.

My head is hanging very low, as I bought the 'Happy Birthday' die about
two years ago, and I'm pretty sure this is the first time I have used it.

Dies - Memory Box Grand Happy Birthday Script, Virtuoso Music; Cuttlebug (2"x2") 
Music Notes: Crafts4U Stitched  Square; Spellbinder Scalloped Square

Challenges I would like to enter
Aud Sentiments #202 - 'Masculine + A Sentiment'
Seize The Birthday - 'Anything Goes' (must be a birthday)

I must rush off and prepare some lunch for John, as he plays billiards each Friday afternoon with a couple of other residents here at the village club house.

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