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Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Autumnal Glory

I know I keep repeating myself, but "where are the months rushing to"? It is
already the 2nd Wednesday of the month, and that means it is time for
another challenge at Words 2 Craft By. Our quote this month is by
F. Scott Fitzgerald "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall".

As a completely hopeless paper addict, I thought I would faint with pleasure
when in 2011 I found a wonderful shop while wandering around London. I
think it may have been in the Bloomsbury area. Although an unassuming
looking store outside, it was filled with the most exquisite papers, mostly 
hand-printed. The papers were (understandably) quite pricey, so after a
lengthy and agonising elimination process, I walked out with 2 precious 
large sheets rolled up in my arms.
I have only used a piece of this one once before. 

My card is for one of our gardeners here at our retirement village. He 
recently had a dreadful accident, and has many months of recuperating 
ahead. He is a lovely gentleman, so I had no qualms about using some 
of this precious paper.

The colours are so rich, aren't they.

Inside my card where I wrote our 'Get Well' wishes.

Challenges I would like to enter
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #18 - 'Anything Goes (with a Critter)'
Animal Friends #66 - 'In The Woods'
City Crafter #429 - 'Fall Colours'
Crazyhazelnuts Patterned Paper - 'Anything Goes (with patterned paper)'
Create and Inspire #77 - 'Inspired By A Song' (Autumn Leaves - Nat King Cole)
Pause Dream Enjoy - 'Always Cards, any Theme'

Paper - Hand-printed (brand unknown)
Die - Sue Wilson Creative Expressions Get Well
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Rusty Hinge

For a chance to win a fab prize, why not visit Words 2 Craft By, check out my teamies lovely inspirations, then enter our "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall" challenge.

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

Monday, 10 September 2018


One of the negative aspects of being in one's senior years and living in a 
retirement village is that most of our friends, and all the other residents
here are also of mature years, and therefore the 'inevitable' is a fairly
regular event.

Sadly, last week 3 residents here in our 'Village' passed away. We were 
acquainted with one of them, and this is the card I made for his wife. 
They had been married for more than 60 years. 

Inside the card where I have printed one of my favourite verses
(enlarged below). In the top corner of the right-hand page, I
have placed a die-cut dove in flight.

I have often used this beautiful verse in my sympathy cards.

I prefer to make fairly simple, yet elegant sympathy cards, and
often use this corner is one of my favourite corner dies. 

Challenges I would like to enter
CAS On Friday #141 - 'Flowers'
Pause Dream Enjoy - 'Cards Only (Any Theme)'

Dies - Memory Box Wildflower Corner; Couture Creations Baby Dove
Stamp - Stamp World With Deepest Sympathy
Verse - "Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep" by Mary Elizabeth Frye, computer generated using Viner Hand ITC

On this glorious early spring day I have to bring all my washing in off the line...don't you just love the smell of clothes that have dried in the sunshine.

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

Monday, 3 September 2018

Father's Day

Here in Australia, yesterday was Father's Day, so I would like to wish
Dads everywhere a belated Happy Father's Day. 

I could not be home with John, because it was the AGM at the Fort,
then I was on duty for the remainder of the day.
I know most card makers struggle with creating cards for men, and I am no
exception. However, I recently bought the ship, and anchor dies, so I
decided to use those for my card for John. I remembered that several
years ago I 'squirrelled' this fabulous paper away, so a little search
revealed it in my huge collection of lovely papers.
(Storing my papers in genre sections does help.)

Inside my card, where I wrote my personal message to John.

Close ups of the ship and anchor dies, used for the first time.
The cardstock I have used looks black, but it is actually dark blue.

Challenges I would like to enter
Daring Cardmakers - 'Travelogue'
The Crafty Addicts #51 - 'Anything Goes/ Boys & Men'
Try It On Tuesday - 'Take A Ride'

Dies - Kaisercraft Anchors; Simply Dies Sailing Ship
Paper - Graphic 45 
Ink - Distress Ink Rusty Hinge
Sentiment - peel-off sticker from my stash junk

Time to bring the washing off the line, so until next time, thank you for visiting.

Jennifer.  xx