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Monday, 30 November 2020

Green Chocolate Card/Box

Good Evening.

Recently I showed you a chocolate card/box I made using pink blue, and 
silvers. I made 6 of these in all, and while they were all made using the
same template, all are in different colours.

This one is made using a luxurious linen-like paper.

A closer look at my handmade poinsettias, and mixed foliage.

Inside my card/box with the message tag, and a yummy chocolate in situ.

Another close up look at the flowers, and the tiny die-cut sentiment.

Challenges I would like to enter:-
Allsorts #600 - Christmas Flowers, Wreaths, and Trees
Beccy's Place - Day 30 'Do what you love' (Anything Goes)

Dies - Cheery Lynn Poinsettia Strip; Tim Holtz Holiday Greens; Stampin' Up Sweetest Border; Spellbinders Holiday Sentiments, Scalloped Ovals; Creative Expessions Pine Cones and Greenery
Paper - First Edition Christmas Village
Ink for sponging - Distress ink Aged Mahogany, Peeled Paint, Iced Spruce, Forest Moss
Ribbon, 'berries', gold cord, eyelets are all from my junk stash

Goodness, we are less than an hour until did that happen??????

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

Saturday, 28 November 2020

Silver Trees


Good afternoon.

At the beginning of this year I made a promise to myself that I would
limit my urge to add lots of goodies to my junk stash. I managed to
keep my promise fairly well, but when I saw this gorgeous 3D
Embossing Folder, my resolve mega-melted!
The E.F. is large, and because it is 3D, the naturalistic layered look of the forest is
fabulous. I LOVE it! I bought that lovely snowflake ribbon about 3 years ago at
a craft show, and decided that it was time to use it.

For my greeting, I used dies from 2 different sets.

The insert of the card has snowflakes punched in each corner, and 
I used this rather large peel-off sticker I have had for 'yonks'.

As I'm sure you all know, gold and silver are really difficult to photograph (as is
glitter). I took almost 20 photos from all different positions, but none were fully
successful, so please forgive the quality of my photos.

Challenges I would like to enter:-
Allsorts #600  - Christmas Flowers, Wreaths, Trees
Beccy's Place - Day 23  'T' (Trees)
Cute Card Thursday #662 - Silver or Gold
Double D - Winter Blues
Fezziwigs Festive Frolics - Decorate The Tree

Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up 3D Evergreen Forest
Dies - Cottage Cutz Rustic Scene and Trees; Cheery Lynn Merry Christmas Set; Spellbinders Holiday Sentiments
Ribbon - Craft Queen
Peel-off sticker is from my junk stash

On this boiling hot, record-breaking day I will go outside, and try not to melt while I take my washing off the clothesline.

Until next time, stay safe, and thank you for visiting,
Jennifer.  x

Friday, 27 November 2020

Forest Deer


Good evening.
I don't expect any of you to believe what you are seeing...I can barely
believe it myself...2 cards in 1 day!

I decided to keep the design of this card fairly simple, just using some
lovely, sparkly black cardstock from my stash, and some Stardust Stickles 
around the edge of the die-cut. The sentiment is a die by Elizabeth Craft Designs.
I think my card looks like a night-time forest scene with a twinkling sky.

When I saw this (unnamed) die on e-bay I knew it had to come and live with me.
I ordered it way back in April, but I eventually gave up ever seeing it,
thinking I had been scammed. However, it finally turned up a few 
weeks ago. I fell in love with it all over again.

Challenges I would like to enter
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #44 - Anything Goes - MUST include a critter
Beccy's Place - Day 26 'W' (White With One Colour)
Crafty Animals #44 - Anything Goes - MUST include animal
Creative Knockouts #378 - Christmas Delight
Cut It Up #214 - Christmas

Wow, in less than 1 month, Christmas will just be a memory, but hopefully a happy one for all.

Until next time, thank you for visiting and also for your kind comments.

Jennifer.  x

A Merry Little Christmas


Good morning.

My card today has a touch of vintage to it with lots of sponging and, 
no surprise, one of my poinsettias.

A closer look at my floral 'arrangement' made with an old
Spellbinders die Layered Poinsettia, and Tim Holtz Holiday Greens dies.

I embossed the Stampers Anonymous Doodle Greetings sentiment 
with gold E.P., but the shine does not show in my photos.

Challenges I would like to enter
Beccy's Place - Day 25  'V'
Stamping Sensations - 'Christmas Flowers, or Wreaths, or Garlands'

I hope to be back later with another card, so until then, thank you for visiting.
Jennifer.  x

Saturday, 21 November 2020

Christmas Lamp


Good evening.

Once again, the lovely Beccy at Beccy's Place is running her 'Month of Holiday 
Cards' challenge. This is the 8th year, and runs all of November, with a different 
challenge each day. It is a great way to increase one's stash of Christmas cards, 
and Beccy is very generous with her digi prizes.

A few days ago the challenge was to create a card using up some of the 
pile of 'scraps' we crafters tend to accumulate. I decided to use scraps 
of 3 different papers from a 12 x 12 stack I bought 'yonks' ago. I also
used a cute little scalloped punch which I have also had for 
'yonks' and have only used twice...MY BAD!

It took me ages to carefully align the squares, so my finished base
would be perfect rectangle, but in the end I was quite happy
with the result.

A close up of the beautiful image, one of Beccy's, which was a joy to
colour with (as usual) my Promarkers.

My greeting is from a sheet of mixed font greetings.
  The matt and font are very shiny gold, although they look black.

Challenges I would like to enter:-
Beccy's Place - Day 18 'Scraps'
Colour Crazy #46 - Anything Goes (must be hand coloured)
I Love Promarkers #423 - Anything Goes (with option of 3 layers)
Stinkin' Inkers - Quilting
Try It On Tuesday - Traditional Christmas Colours

Image - Beccy's Place 'Christmas Lamp'
Colouring - Promarkers
Dies - Spellbinders Floral Ovals; Classic Ovals
Punch - X-Cut Small Scalloped Square
Paper - Franchville 12 x 12 Stack Christmas Basics
Greeting - Art Stamps Australia

I must be off to bed as we have a big day planned tomorrow, entertaining visitors we have not seen since last Christmas.

Please stay safe in these difficult times, and until next time, thank you for visiting.
Jennifer.  xx

Thursday, 19 November 2020

Poinsettia and Foliage


Good morning.

"Oh dear", I can hear some of you say, "She's on her poinsettia obsession again".
Yes, its true, I love poinsettias, and yes, I do have several cards and boxes
again this year where I have used them, but not as many as usual.
Previously I have taken my cards outside to photograph them, but am therefore
always at the mercy of the weather, so recently I made myself a 'light box' and
bought 2 reasonably expensive lamps. However, I am not at all happy with the
quality of my photos. The photos above and below were taken less than a
minute apart, yet the reds look completely different???

A closer look at my poinsettia and some of the foliage. I attached that gorgeous
lattice die-cut to double-sided JAC paper, then liberally sprinkled glitter dust
to fill the open spaces. I also applied the tiniest amount of glitter dust to the
poinsettia, but as is always the case, the amazing sparkle does not show up.

I love this greeting die. To make it easier to attach it to the background,
I attached a piece of the silver paper to JAC paper before cutting it out.

Challenges I would like to enter:-
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - 'Red and Green' (must show logo)
Beccy's Place - Day 19  'P'
Moving Along With The Times #124 - 'Christmas Flowers'
Try It On Tuesday - 'Traditional Christmas Colours'

Dies - Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Poinsettia, Holiday Greens; Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Netted Star Background, From Our House To Yours, Pine Cone Greenery; Memory Box Woodland Branch
Embossing Folder - Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Poinsettia
Inks for sponging - Distress Inks Aged Mahogany, Vintage Photo, and various greens
Pearl Centre - Stampin' Up Beaded Pearls
Glitter - Crafts 4U Glitter Dust Clear

Until next time, thank you for visiting and also for your kind comments.
Jennifer.  x

Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Ornament Trio


Hello again. I hope you are all well and keeping safe.

My card has a rather vintage look, and all supplies I used to create it have been
in my junk stash for, in several cases, many years.

My greeting is from a sheet of mixed font Christmas greetings I bought at a 
craft show in Sydney about 10 years ago. I also bought sheets of other 
greetings (e.g. Happy Birthday), some in silver, some in gold.

A closer look at the lovely ornaments, cut from gold mirror card. The 2 large
ornaments are cut with dies I bought many years ago, and the small one
uses the ornament from a fab set of 10 Christmas dies that were free 
with a craft magazine.

Challenges I would like to enter:-
Beccy's Place - 'Day 17-things beginning with 'O' '
Daisy Chain #47 - 'Christmas Is Coming'

Dies - Memory Box Snowflake Ornament: Spellbinders Lacey Circles; Free with Papercrafter Magazine Magical Christmas
Paper - Kaisercraft Turtle Dove
Greeting - Art Stamps Australia
Peel-off stickers (for 'hangers') are from my junk stash

Until next time thank you for visiting,
Jennifer.  xx