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Thursday, 29 December 2016

Completely Unbelievable!!!!!

I really don't expect any of you to believe this, even in your wildest dreams, but 
guess where I spent part of the Christmas break??? What clever little clogs you 
all are, you guessed I very stupidly thought our lives had made 
a turn for the better, but 2015 and 2016 have not finished with us yet...right up to
the finishing line.

That brief post that appeared on my blog on Christmas Day was a scheduled one, 
thank goodness
The cute dragon nurse was on a card I made several years ago. I cannot remember the
brand of the digi image, but will edit this post when I improve.
Edited: Bugaboo - 'Clyde Get Well'

The CT scan and x-rays show that I have 4 herniated discs in my neck, and 2 in my 
upper back. Several of them are compressing nerves. I have had a very sore and 
stiff neck for some time, but was functioning okay. However, I lifted and 
dragged several very heavy items at the Fort last Thursday, and struggled to bring 
down our 3 metre long flag in gale force wind. One of the guides, younger and 
fitter than me, was laughing, and commented how funny I looked 'fighting' the 
wind. He is well known for doing as little as possible. I may have to have 
surgery in the future, but as the Doctors explained, it is very high risk, 
so I want to avoid that option if I can.

I am extremely 'woozy' because of all the heavy-duty medication I am on, so
heaven knows what errors this post will contain when I hit 'publish'.

Although I was rather 'sore' on Thursday night, I thought I would be okay on
Friday. Now I know all you crafters out there will understand my excitement, 
followed by disappointment, when I read an generic email on Thursday night 
from my favourite scrapbooking/papercraft store to say that on Friday they were
having a 60% off EVERYTHING in the store from 9-5! I put my clothes out, 
set my alarm for the 2 hour drive, so I could be there when they opened. 
The only drive I went on though was in the early hours in an ambulance.
 I don't know what was worse, missing the sale or the excruciating pain.

I want to say a BIG thank you to those of you who have left comments on my
blog, welcoming me back...hopefully I will get to you personally very soon.

Must say goodnight, as the last medication I took is 'hitting home', and I 
am struggling to stay upright, and can hardly see the screen. 
What a way to spend my birthday...yes, its today.

Here's hoping you all had a lovely Christmas, and I wish you a happy New Year.

Jennifer. x

Sunday, 25 December 2016

Christmas Greetings

Well the big day is finally here, so I would like to wish you all, and your
loved ones a very happy Christmas.

The utterly adorable image is a freebie from Altered HeART Works
Thank you so much, Debra.

Big Christmas Hugs,
Jennifer. x

Thursday, 22 December 2016

Glittered Bauble

Hello fellow crafters. I hope your preparations for the big day are well
in hand, and you are not feeling too stressed.

Several years ago, I was asked by a large scrapbooking/paperart store in Sydney
to demonstrate at a 4 day craft show. One of the techniques was using black
peel-off stickers, d/sided adhesive paper, ultrafine glitter, and Promarkers.
I decided to revive the technique for 2 of my Christmas cards, and this is
one of them. It is such a fun technique, and the resulting shimmer is 
amazing, but it does not photograph very well.

The red borders, I promise, are perfectly straight, but the card was
lying on an uneven surface when I photographed it.

A close-up view of the coloured bauble. It is so much prettier IRL.

The snowflake and sentiment were die cut from a sheet of 
glittered fun-foam.

Challenges I Would Like To Enter
Cards In Envy - 'Celebrate The Season' 
Glitter 'N' Sparkle #219 - 'Christmas In Glitter'
Passion For Promarkers #375 - 'Use Your Dies/Punches'

Peel-off Sticker - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Loose Glitter - Martha Stewart
Colouring - Promarkers
Dies - Sizzix, Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Words:Script; Marianne LR 0125
Embossing Folder - Snowflakes (unknown brand)

Thank you for your visit, I must 'crash' into bed as I have been on my feet all day at the Fort. Also, now that we have moved, I have an 80km drive each way on the 2-3 days per week that I am on duty.

Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Joy To The World

It is several years since I have made a card using the serviette and cling wrap 
technique, but when I saw a pack of serviettes with this gorgeous cardinal, I
knew I had to revisit it. If you have never seen this technique, I am
sure you would find many tutorials on the internet.

I added a dot of glossy accents to the cardinals eye, and a few dots of platinum
Stickles on the background and in the centre of the poinsettia. The sentiment 
was a freebie that came with a magazine.

A closer look at my handmade poinsettia and assorted greenery.

Challenges I would like to enter
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - 'Pick A Previous 2016 Challenge' (#49 foliage; #55 critters)
Alphabet - ''U' for Use Something Red'
Animal Friends #45 - 'Anything Goes' (must have at least one animal) 

Image - Serviette (unnamed brand from $2 store)
Dies - Spellbinder Layered Poinsettia; Cheery Lynn Holly Leaves & Wreath Strip
Punch - Martha Stewart Branch
Sentiment - Freebie from a magazine Simply Cards and Papercraft
Ranger - Distress Ink Gathered Twigs, Platinum Stickles and Glossy Accents 

Thank you for visiting, and hopefully I will have another card to show you in a day or 2.

Jennifer. x

Monday, 19 December 2016

Seasons Greetings

My goodness, in less than a week it will be a year since I last wrote a post in my blog.
2016 has been one of the most tumultuous years of my life, preceded by a significantly
traumatic 2015. The 3 preceding posts will explain quite a bit of why our lives
have changed so much.

John has aged considerably, and we are involved in a lengthy legal case which our
solicitor told us last month, will still take another 10-12 months to finalise.

As for our sons dreadful accident, it has taken him almost a year to recover. After he was
discharged from hospital, he could not cope...partly because of the physical injuries, but
mostly because of the brain injury. He was confused and had serious memory loss. I could
not travel to London, as John was too ill, so as soon as our sons Neurologist said it was
safe for him to fly, he came to Australia to recover. He was with us for several months
while his memory and cognitive skills returned. Our doctor was wonderful, liaising with
the doctors in London to continue our sons treatment. He has since returned to London,
and has even been able to return to his old career. We are so grateful that his position
 was kept open for him for a year.

Life in the retirement village is hugely different from living on our farm, which I miss
much more than I ever thought possible. Most of the differences are positive (e.g. no
maintenance), but there is virtually no privacy. I guess we will eventually adjust.

I have only just set up my craft room a few weeks ago, and I feel like a beginner.
I have made a few Christmas cards, and today I have spent hours, with Johns 
help, trying to remember how to crop and watermark my photos, complete a
post, and hopefully even enter a couple of challenges.

The cardstock is a lovely off-white Bazzil bling. Its rich sheen 
does not show in the photos.

I adore this greeting die, and since it came to live with me almost 2 years ago,
I have not had the opportunity to use it until now.

I cut the bauble from the main card stock, removed the negative pieces,
then reset it in the aperture with the gold mirror card behind. 
The bow is cut from a 'mittens' die.

I would like to try my luck with these challenges
Cardz 4 Guyz #150 - 'CAS Christmas'
Corrosive #12 - 'Gold or Silver Christmas'
Inkspirational #124 - 'Neutrals Only'
Polkadoodles Week 50 - 'Anything Goes'

Dies - Creative Expressions: Sue Wilson Seasons Greetings; Memory Box Snowflake Ornament; Memory Box Precious Mittens

I have made a number of Christmas cards, so hopefully I will be now be able to continue blogging, and also to visit your blogs to see your lovely creations.

Jennifer x