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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Sunset Calm

Once again it is the second Wednesday of the month, so therefore it is time
for a new challenge at Words 2 Craft By. Our quote this month is
"Go Where You Feel Most Alive"
You may interpret this any way you wish.

Personally, I feel most alive when I am alone, but surrounded by 
mother nature, be it flora or fauna.

If you have been reading my blog for several years, you will know that due to
John's serious illness, we had no choice but to sell our farm and move into
a retirement village. 

I miss our farm, and the peace and solitude there more than I could have ever
envisaged. A short walk from the rear of the house, up a wooded hill, took me
to the highest vantage point of our farm, from which I had almost 360o views
into the far distance. Many, many years ago, when we were both young and
strong, we carried a heavy wooden bench seat to the small plateau at the top.

Just a tiny portion of the many magnificent vistas from "my" hill.

On countless late afternoons I would sit there and watch the shadows lengthen
as the sun set, and listen to birds settling down for the night. Also, there would 
often be kangaroos grazing nearby. Almost always, several of my cats would be 
sitting with me, while my horses would graze nearby, sometimes coming up to 
nuzzle me. Sunsets have always had a magical quality for me, and as the golden
light of day faded, I would feel all the tensions of the day disappear with it.

With my card, I have tried to replicate that atmosphere, and I have to admit
that as I have been writing this, the memories have made me a tad teary.

Inside my card.

Stamps - Hero Arts Silhouette Grass;  Lavinia (unnamed)
Inks - Versafine Onyx Black; Kaleidacolor Cappuccino Delight (brayered onto gloss cardstock); Distress Ink ?Scattered Straw?
Sentiment peel-off sticker is from my never-decreasing hoard collection

Challenges I would like to enter
Always Fun #62 - 'For A Male/Dad (brother's birthday)
Cards In Envy - "Lets Hear It For The Boys" (brother's birthday)
Crafty Cardmakers #213 - "For A Man/Boy" (brother's birthday)
Get Creative #70 - "Monochromatic"
Retro Rubber #88 - "Anything Goes" (Grass stamp is about 9-10 years old)
Unicorn #33 - "Masculine" (brother's birthday)

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, "Go where you feel most alive".

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


  1. Beautiful card,thanks for playing along with us at Unicorn Challenge this month!
    Have a nice day
    Anneke DT

  2. Jennifer, As much as I love your gorgeous card, I'm so very sorry that it brings such bittersweet memories. I can only imagine how much you miss your farm, including those sightings of grazing kangaroos. And, I'm so thankful that you share your memories and talents with us each month as a W2CB I-Teamer. :)

  3. Such a beautiful and serene card! I, too, love to be alone. I do my best thinking when I'm by myself.

  4. Nature and solitude bring me joy as well. Ah memories of a different time. This card really does represent of what you speak about. Thanks for playing along with us at Retro Rubber!

  5. Your card is so beautiful! It clearly shows the peace you derive from nature. Gorgeous inking and stamping. Thanks for joining us at Cards In Envy Challenge!

  6. Stephanie I am so sorry you have had to sell you farm, I can only image how you are feeling, it is so difficult to adjust after the joys of a farm. Sending bug hugs.
    Your card is absolutely beautiful.
    Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Cardmakers.
    Hugs Julie xxx

  7. So very me a lovely feeling of peace. Thanks so much for joining us over at Crafty Cardmakers this time, hope to see you again!
    Jo x

  8. Your card is absolutely stunning! I love it! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Always Fun Challenges! Cyndi, DT

  9. Wow!!!! Such a gorgeous card... I love it so much...
    Thanks so much for your amazing entry at Crafty Cardmakers Challenge.
    Hope to see you again soon...

    Good luck...
    Dr Monika Tripathi Shukla
    DT - CCM


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