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Friday, 10 August 2018

Red Roses

Since I accepted the invitation to join the Design Team for 
Fat Cats Card Corner, I have been very busy creating cards for 
the lovely Kaaren, owner of FCCC. Kaaren sends me dies and/or
embossing folders with which I am required to create several cards.

This is the second card I made using this rather unusual die...the first can be
seen here. I firmly attached the metallic silver die-cut to a sheet of JAC paper, 
then sprinkled 'Rock Candy' glitter over it. This was then matted onto 
burgundy card, then onto the metallic silver paper.

A close up of the roses and buds from my stash, and the leaves
which were cut with another die that Kaaren sent me.

It is interesting that the 3 photographs were all taken within minutes of
each other, in the same position in the garden, then edited in the same
computer program...yet the roses all appear to be totally different reds.

Challenges I would like to enter
Aud Sentiments #209 - 'For The Girls + A Sentiment'
Creative Craft Cottage #110 - 'No Patterned Paper'

Dies - Vintage Objects Endless Time Frame; Sue Wilson Creative Expressions 'Passion Flower' (leaves only), Mini Expressions 'Get Well'
Dry Glitter - Tim Holtz 'Rock Candy

That's all for now, as I had better start preparing dinner, so until next time, thank you for visiting.

Jennifer. xx

Friday, 3 August 2018

Farewell Geraldine

While John and I have been celebrating happy events in July, a rather
sad event happened within our little court here in our Retirement Village.

A darling old couple in their 90s live 3 doors away, and their constant
companion was the cutest little doggie, a terrier called Geraldine. The
3 of them walked, albeit very slowly, a short distance past our house
every morning and every afternoon, and little Geraldine would
wag her tail for everyone she saw, as she knew she was loved 
by all, including John and I. 

Geraldine was 16+, and has been in failing health this past year, so
Ann and Neil had to make the heart-breaking decision to help her on
her journey over the Rainbow Bridge. Her 'Mummy and Daddy' loved
this simple card I made (and the thoughts behind it). 

R.I.P. Geraldine...You are much missed.

On that sad note, I will just say goodnight and thank you for visiting.

Jennifer.  x

Monday, 30 July 2018

Happy Birthday Scarlette

Another celebration for us in July is that of our dear Granddaughter's
birthday. This year was her 8th, and like most little girls of that age
she LOVES unicorns, castles, fairies, and all things 'girly'.

I have never made a box card before (and probably never will again!).
Perhaps I found it so difficult because I had to create my own large
template so as to accommodate the large castle die-cut (on the back 
panel), and the horse and carriage stamp, which I bought last  
month for the specific purposes of using on Scarlette's card.

When Scarlette was tiny, I bought several different sheets of DSP from
a collection. It is so pretty, and I knew it would not be available when
she was old enough to be 'into' 'girly fantasy'. This panel is from  
one of the sheets.

The unicorn die was bought at the same time as the castle die,
and the horse and carriage stamp.

The front 'drop-down' panel.

View from the top, showing the 4 'bridges', and the various die-cuts
adhered to strips of acetate (cut from a cake box).

The card folded flat, as it appeared when Scarlette took it out of the
envelope. Our son waited to give the card to her, until we could
see her open it on Skype. It was so funny...the panels were all
'flopping', as she tried to treat it like an ordinary card. When 
I told her to squeeze the 2 sides, the box shape 'magically'
appeared. Scarlette literally gasped with surprise
and wonder...she loved it!

The back panel with the fabulous castle die-cut, and our
personal birthday message.

Dies - Craft Queen Castle; Simply Dies Unicorn; Memory Box Puffy Clouds; Ez Cut Stars; Cheery Lynn Exotic Butterflies small; Sweet Stamps Mini Flowers; Marianne LR 0107
Punch - Martha Stewart Butterfly Trio
Paper - Best Creations Once Upon A Dream collection
Stamp - Lavinia Horse and Carriage
Sentiment - Computer generated Curlz font
Glitter - Kindyglitz Chrystalline

Challenges I would like to enter
CASual Fridays #204 - 'Rainbows and Butterflies'
City Crafter #422 - 'Butterflies'
Just Add Ink #419 - 'Just Add A Twist= use something that is intended for another use (I used acetate cut from a cake box).
Moving Along With The Times #76 - 'Wild Animals' (I hope my Unicorn is okay?)
The Fairy and the Unicorn - 'Anything Mystical or Fantasy Goes' optional twist 'Under the Sea'

I'm off to make some lunch for us on this freezing cold and windy day, so until next time thank you for visiting.

Jennifer.  xx

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Hello Handsome

Another annual July event is our wedding anniversary.
This year John and I celebrated our 46th year of wedded bliss.
Normally we like to try different restaurants for special occasions,
but this year we went to the same one as last year, as we enjoyed our 
meal so much. We were not disappointed...delicious!!!

This is the card I made for John. The 'Hello Handsome' stamp
was part of a set that was free in a magazine. It is so appropriate
as I will never forgot how I felt when I entered the church on our
wedding day. I thought John looked so handsome (and still do!).

A closer look at the little Penny Black cutie.

Image - Penny Black
Colouring - Promarkers
Dies - Spellbinders Lacey CirclesLong Classic and Scalloped Rectangles; Crafts4U Stitched Circles
Sentiment - Freebie clear stamp set All Occasions with Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine
Paper - Unnamed vellum with gold hearts
Heart brads are from my junk stash

I must be off to bed, so until next time stay cool or warm where ever you live in the world.

Jennifer.  xx

Monday, 23 July 2018

Black Cats

July and Christmas are my two busiest periods of the year, and this July
seems to be busier than ever. Added to the usual frenzy has been a week
away to travel to Lismore for a nurses' reunion and a visit to my dear 
friend in Tenterfield. We have been friends for an amazing 54.5
years! I had a wonderful time, reliving old memories, 
while laughing and eating way too much.

One annual July event is my dear John's birthday, so this is the card I made for him.
We both love cats, and of course music, so I incorporated both into the card. I think 
this little kitty is singing 'Happy Birthday' to John. For the background, I sponged
a stencil with Distress Ink.

Such a happy little kitty! In retrospect, I think I should have added
some pink cardstock behind his ears?

Challenges I would like to enter:-
Crafty Catz #426 - 'Anything Goes, with option of using dies/punches'
Fussy and Fancy #216 - 'Pink and Green' (I hope turquoise/teal qualifies as 'green')

Products used 
Dies - Frantic Stamper Inc: Cute Kitten; Simply Dies Music Wave; Creative Expressions Isobel
Stencil - Ranger Dylusions It's RainingCats
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Peacock Feathers

 Hopefully I will be back soon with more cards, as I have been very busy with all the special occasions, plus lots of design team commissions. In the meantime, thank you for visiting my blog.

Jennifer.   x

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

One Cool Cat

I am such a bad blogger these days. It is already a month since I last added
anything to my blog, but this retirement business is crazy. I can't remember
being this busy when I was working full time, and raising our son.

Enough of my is the second Wednesday in the month, and that 
means it is time for another challenge at Words 2 Craft By.
Our quote this month is such a fun one - 
"Life Is Better In Flip Flops"

While we here in Australia are experiencing freezing temperatures at the moment,
much of the Northern hemisphere is sweltering. This cool cat has the right idea about
beating the heat. The fabulous paper is from a precious sheet I bought several years
ago. Unfortunately it is no longer available.

Inside the card co-ordinates with the front.

A close up of the cool little dude. He is a digi stamp I bought many
years ago, and have never used (my bad!!). I put Glossy Accents
on the lens of his sunglasses and the ice cubes, but it does not
show in the photo.

Image - Whimsy Stamps One Cool Cat
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Art Stamps Australia
Sentiment - Stampin' Up
Dies - Spellbinder Scalloped Square; Crafts 4U Stitched Square
Umbrella brad is from my junk stash

For chance to win a fabulous prize, why no visit Words 2 Craft By, check out the great inspiration by my teamies, then enter your own interpretation of our theme, "Life Is Better In Flip Flops".

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

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