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Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Geraldine the Giraffe

Good afternoon all. 

Recently I made this card for a friend's teenage son. Unfortunately, 
I sent it off in the mail before uploading the photos in my
computer, not realising I had had my camera on the 
wrong setting, resulting in the blurry result...apologies.
I do not have any giraffe patterned paper or embossing folder, so I 
drew a giraffe pattern freehand on a piece of 'thickish' cardstock,
then cut it out with a craft knife...phew!! I then used my 'stencil'
to emboss a piece of ordinary cardstock for the top half of the 
base panel (it is very faint). I then used my stencil to 
sponge black paint onto the lower half of the panel.

I stamped my giraffe with Versamark ink and embossed it with
black powder. I then used a rectangle die to cut the stamped panel,
and while it was still in the die I sponged the panel with Distress
Ink, thus creating a clear border inside the matting layer.

I adore giraffes, and I have named this one Geraldine...
I know, I know, not very original.

Challenges I would like to enter
Artsystamper #16 - 'Its A Guy Thing'
The Paper Girls #200 - 'All About Boys'

Image - Stampworld Giraffe
Sentiment - Peel-off sticker
Dies - Spellbinders Rectangles (long)
Inks - Versamark; Distress Ink Tea Dye
Twine is from my junk stash

On this very cold, grey, and miserable day I will wish you all well and safe.

Jennifer.  x

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Cherry Blossom

Happy Mothers Day to all the Mums. I hope you are all enjoying
your special day, despite the social distancing and lockdown restrictions.

Globally our lives have been drastically altered because of this
awful COVID-19, and we have all had to adapt to the major changes.
Of course one of the 'victims' have been our regular Craft Shows, so the 
organisers of one of the series here in 'Oz' decided to hold the shows online.

Many of the exhibitors offered 'show specials', just like during the real shows. 
Many of you may recognise the name Beccy's Place, as Beccy offers lovely
prizes for many challenge blogs. Beccy lives here in Australia, in Queensland,
and throughout the 1st virtual show, she offered fab 'Beat The Clock' specials.

One of Beccy's deals was this gorgeous stamp and die set which she offered
as a bundle. There are quite a few other stamps and dies in the 
Cherry Blossom set.

A closer look at the beautiful blossoms, coloured of course with
my trusty Promarkers. That ribbon looks a 'peachy' pink, but
IRL it is exactly the same pink as the background paper.

Challenges I would like to enter
Beccy's Place - 'Anything Goes' must use Beccy's image
Cardz 4 Galz #121 - 'Birthday'
Crafty Friends #135 - 'Flowers'
Creations In Pink #21 - 'Anything Goes with Mainly Pink'
Moving Along With The Times #118 - 'Flowers'
Passion For Promarkers #541 - 'In The Pink'  TOP 5
The Crafting Challenge - 'Flowers'
The Flower Challenge #44 - 'Monochrome'

Image - Beccy's Place Cherry Blossom
Colouring - Promarkers
Dies - Beccy's Place Cherry Blossom; Cheery Lynn Anastasia Border; Spellbinders Scalloped Rectangle
Sentiment - Stampin' Up
Ribbon is from my junk stash

I must go and take the washing off the line, and feed our fur-baby...Mothers Day or not, the chores do not wait, do they.

Until next time, thank you for visiting,
Hugs (no contact, of course),
Jennifer.  xx

Saturday, 9 May 2020


I hope you are all still staying safe, and continue to do so as we
have tentative lifting of restrictions.

Before all this terrible virus descended upon us, a good friend was
planning to venture into the world of sea cruising, but of course that
adventure had to be put on hold for some time.

He is still adamant that when the world is back to 'normal', he will
be on the first cruise ship leaving port. This is the card I made to wish
him Bon Voyage when his dream finally becomes reality. It is safe
to show you the card, as he does not look at my blog.

Tying that knot gave me a few grey hairs, but in the end, with the
help of an online tutorial, I was happy with the result. I'm sorry, I
did not save the link, but if you Google 'knots' there are many tutorials.

Inside the card co-ordinates with the front.

I bought this stamp, many, many moons ago, and I am ashamed
to admit that this is only the second time it has seen ink.

Challenges I would like to enter
Aud Sentiments #250 - 'Masculine' (must use sentiment)
Cardz 4 Guyz #244 - 'Vintage'
Creative Card Cottage #129 - 'Make It Masculine'
I Love Promarkers #409 - 'Anything Goes' with option of 3 of a kind (2nd entry)
Try Stampin' On Tuesday #455 - 'Sketch' with option of nautical (have manipulated sketch)

Image - Stamp-It Australia Nautical Trio
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - unnamed, from 6 x 6 pad from bargain store
Sentiment - Computer generated
Ink for Sponging - Distress Ink, Walnut

The afternoon has turned very grey and cold, so I am off to make myself a lovely hot cup of tea, and put my fluffy slippers on.

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

Saturday, 2 May 2020

Lazy Daisy

Good morning, I hope you are all still safe and well, and keeping
busy with your crafting.

Gosh, don't the years rush by so fast. On Monday, my dear friend, Diane,
celebrates a milestone birthday. I won't say which one, but let's just say we
met in January, 1963, during our 1st week in High School. I sometimes
tease her about being the 'old lady' as my birthday is not until December.

It was our love of horses (and music too) that bonded Diane and
me, so when I saw this cute digi stamp, I had to buy it.

Challenges I Would Like To Enter
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #38 - 'Anything Goes' (must have critter)
Crafty Animals #38 - 'Anything Goes'
Crafty Sentiments - 'For Girl'
Cut It Up #199 - 'Friends'
I Love Promarkers #409 - 'Anything Goes' with option of use 3 of a kind (3 clouds)
Passion For Promarkers #540 - 'Animals'  TOP 5

Image - Lili Of The Valley Lazy Daisy 
Colouring - Promarkers
Sentiment - Stampin' Up
Dies - Memory Box Puffy Clouds; Crafts 4U Stitched Ovals, Stitched Squares
Paper - unnamed, from a packet of pearlised paper at a closing down sale years ago

On this cold and very windy day, thank you for visiting.
Hugs (virtual of course),
Jennifer.  xx