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Friday, 27 January 2017

Ice Dance

Good evening fellow crafters. Can any of you believe it is almost the end of
January already? I can't, nor can most people I know.

We have had an eventful week with John...He is bleeding again, and has another
serious infection, the result of which we have been on the 'doctors and various 
tests rounds', and have more next week.

Onto happier matters. I have managed to make another card, this time for Christmas.
At the speed 2017 appears to be going, I want to be better prepared. Yeah, yeah,
yeah!!!!, I know we all say that, don't we, but this time I mean it (she says with
tongue firmly planted in cheek).

My background paper is a serviette, and like with an earlier card, I have used
the clingwrap/serviette/iron method. When I saw one lonely pack of these serviettes
in the $2 shop, I snaffled it double fast. I had a session last weekend creating a  
bundle of backgrounds, so you will be seeing lots of these on my 
Christmas cards throughout the year.

This cute and clever little puppy dog is a very old Penny Black stamp, which I am 
fairly certain is discontinued. I have not used him for many years (naughty me!!), 
but I will try to remedy that situation this year. He is so easy to colour.

Challenges I would like to enter
Addicted To Stamps #140 - 'Baby It's Cold Outside'
Animal Friends #46 - 'Winter Sports'
Cardz 4 Gals #39 - 'Movie Madness' (Ice Castles 1978)
Cute Card Thursday #462 - 'Something Fun'
Penny Black and More - 'Anything Goes'

Image - Penny Black Ice Dance
Colouring - Promarkers
Dies - Spellbinder Classic Circle, Scalloped Circle; Sue Wilson Winter Trees; Impression Obssession Mini Snowflakes 100F
Paper - Serviette (Un-named brand from $2 shop)
Sentiment Banner - Craft Creations Ltd
Kindyglitz Chrystallina, and Ribbon from my junk stash

Have a happy weekend wherever you are, and until next time, thank you for visiting,

Jennifer xx

Tuesday, 17 January 2017


A few days before Christmas our vet gave birth to her first baby...
a girl, so yesterday I made this card to welcome little Olivia.
Concentrating on creating is a pleasant distraction to help  
me deal with the pain.

Of course, the card had to have an animal on it, although I am pretty sure
our vet will not have to treat any giraffes in our little beach side town.

This oh-so-cute giraffe is a freebie digital stamp by Artesanato, and I
coloured her very softly with Promarkers.

My flower arrangement is very sparkly IRL with Star Dust Stickles, 
but unfortunately the camera has not picked up the dazzle.

I completely covered the title die-cut with the Star Dust Stickles, and for
some reason the camera has picked up its sparkle.

The inside of the card co-ordinates with the front. I took this photo after the
sun had gone down, so that is why it is not as bright as the previous photos.

Challenges I would like to enter 
A Gem of a Challenge #185 - 'Celebrate Something New'
CCC Digi Creations #65 - 'Use Die-cuts and/or Punches' WINNER
Crafty Friends #49 - 'New Beginnings'
Crafty Purple Frog - 'New Beginnings'
Daisy Chain #4 - 'Add Some Sparkle' 
Do-Al(l) Kreatives #1 - 'Something New'
Simply Create Too #123 - 'New Beginnings'

Image - Artesanato (Freebie digital stamp)
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Forever Friends New Arrival
Dies - Spellbinder Classic Oval, Scalloped Oval, Classic Circle, Scalloped Circle; Cheery Lynn Flourish Leaf Strip; Marianne LR0217 (Baby); EZ Cut 50046 (Stars)
Stickles - Ranger Star Dust
Flowers, pearl stems and lace are from my junk stash.

After several days of near average temperatures (but with high humidity), we are bracing ourselves again for a major heat-wave here in Australia, so I guess I will be staying indoors with the air conditioning on, and hopefully doing some more crafting,

Until next time, thank you for visiting.

Jennifer x

Monday, 16 January 2017

90th Birthday

Hello to all you crafters out there in blogland, and thank for your well wishes. 

I am gradually improving although some pain is still my constant companion. 
I am off all the 'heavy-duty' medications (morphine etc), and just trying to 
cope with several doses of Panadol Osteo each day. I just could not function 
on all the other meds., sleeping about 18 hours per day. The doctors plan was
not only to control the excruciating pain, but to keep me as still as possible 
until the swelling subsided. Because I was asleep so much, I hardly ate 
anything for about 10 days, and lost 5 kgs.....over the festive season!!!

Not long before Christmas, John and I were invited to a 90th birthday party for
a lovely gentleman here at the retirement village, and this is the card I made 
for him. The whole theme of the party was 'black, white and gold'.

His wife made the invitations on her computer, so I used part of the invitation
to make the card. Despite his age, Rick the 'birthday boy', has a lovely 
singing voice, and both he and his wife love music, so I used a 'music' 
embossing folder for my background. 

This '90' and the laurel wreath were on the top half of the invitation, 
and the details (time, date, venue etc) were on the lower half, which I 
matted and attached to the left inside of the card as a memento of the day.

I photographed the card after I had written our personal message to Rick,
so cannot show you the inside of the card. I had die-cut several music 
notes, which I attached in various places around our message.

Both Rick, and his wife Cheryl, are a 'no-fuss' couple with rather classic
tastes, so they loved the card, especially as it incorporated the invitation
that Cheryl had designed and made.

Challenges I would like to enter
Cardz 4 Guyz #152 - 'Happy Birthday'
CAS On Sunday #99 - 'Black and White with One Colour'
Fab 'n' Funky #333 - 'Birthday with a Number'

Image - Computer generated invitation
Dies - Spellbinders Classic Squares, Classic Rectangles: Cuttlebug Music Notes
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug
Peel-off sticker from my junk stash

For those of you experiencing the bitterly cold weather, floods and storms please stay safe and warm. Here in Australia last week we experienced record-breaking heat wave's a funny old world, isn't it.

Jennifer. x