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Saturday, 29 December 2018

Olde World Santa

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, are now preparing for
New Year celebrations. Although Christmas is over for another year,
I have a few Christmas cards in my 'drafts', and this is one of those.

I am on the design team for Fat Cats Card Corner, and this card was actually made 
to demonstrate a new die which was in the latest batch of dies that Kaaren sent me.

The jolly old Santa is from a 12x12 paper stack I have had for several
years. He reminds me so much of the Christmas cards from my 
childhood, many, many years.

Dies - Find It Trading-Janine's Art Floral Hexagon; Marianne Creatables Design Folding Lace Square (foliage); Cheery Lynn Holly Leaves; Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia
Paper - First Edition Christmas Village
Image - First Edition Christmas Village
Ink (sponging) - Distress Inks Aged Mahogany; Peeled Paint
Gold brads are from my junk stash

I must go and take the washing off the clothesline, then begin pampering myself in a vain attempt to look glamerous...John is taking me out to dinner as it is my birthday today.

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

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Silent Night

Can you believe it, only 3 more sleeps 'til the big day.

I have well and truly broken the promise I made to myself early this year to NOT
buy anymore dies. You all know what I mean don't you...there are just so many
beautiful ones out there, and each seem to be prettier than ever.

This card uses 3 such dies...the gorgeous 'Silent Night', the very versatile star 
background, and the mini poinsettia. I used 3D tape to raise the top layer to
allow more of the embossed layer to be seen.

A closer look at the elegant 'Silent Night' which I adhered to a piece of
JAC paper, then sprinkled fine glitter on that. Finally I adhered that to
the gold matting paper.

I sponged the edges of all the poinsettia petals with Aged Mahogany 
distress ink. The centres are punched from scraps of gold glitter card.
The white foliage has been lightly sponged with Iced Spruce distress ink.

Dies - Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Netted Star Background, Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Swirled Silent Night; Cheery Lynn Poinsettia Strip; Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Greens; Marianne Design Creatables Folding Lace Square (gold glitter foliage)
Gold paper - Unknown brand
Gold glitter card - Crafts 4U
Embossing Folder - Freebie with Cardmaking Australia magazine
Distress Inks - Aged Mahogany, Iced Spruce
Glitter - Tim Holtz Rock Candy

I have quite a few Christmas cards in my drafts, so hopefully in the next few weeks (although Christmas will be long gone) I may be able to make time to show them to you...I am taking a few weeks off from duty at the Fort.

Hopefully all your Christmas preps are more advanced than mine.
Until next time, thank you for visiting,
Jennifer.  xx

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Bad Kitty!

This little kitty isn't the only one around here who is bad...
MY BAD!! Again I haven't been keeping up to date on my blog.

Subsequently it is time for another challenge at Words 2 Craft By
and our quote this month is an interesting one by Benjamin, aged 11...
"I'm an angel at Christmas time, but the rest of the year I'm the real me".
Are there any parents out there who could identify that quote with
their little 'angels'?

I didn't have any images of angel/naughty children, but I did have this 
irresistible kitty digi stamp.

This is another digi stamp, trimmed with deckle-edged scissors.

How could you be cross when kitty puts on such a sad face.
Our kitty looks at us exactly the same way, when he knows
he has done something naughty (and it works every time!).

Image - Whimsy Love Me Anyway digital stamp
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Doodlebug Design Inc. Home For The Holidays
Sentiment - Digital freebie by Bizzy Bec Greetings North Pole (thank you Bec)
Gems are from my junk stash

For the chance to win a fabulous prize, pop over to Words 2 Craft By, check out the great inspiration by my teamies, then enter your own creation.

I hope your Christmas preparations are all going to plan...not long to go now!

Jennifer.  xx

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Count Your Blessings

Does being a klutz excuse me for being such a bad blogger? excuse
reason for more than a month since I last posted anything on my blog is
that I have been recovering from a serious fall in our garden. I tripped
and crashed into a brick wall. A trip to hospital revealed a broken toe, a
dislocated toe, a twisted knee, a sprained wrist, a whiplash-like injury  
to my neck, a 'jarred' spine, and a severe laceration to my elbow. It is 
4 weeks since my accident, but I am still hobbling around.

Enough of my woes... today is the 2nd Wednesday of the month, so that means
it is time for a new challenge at Words 2 Craft By. This month our quote is

'When I count my blessings, I count you twice'

This is a lovely old Irish saying, and it allows you lots of ways you can employ it.

This sweet image is from a rather old 12x12 sheet of vintage images by
Graphic 45. I always wanted lots of children, but sadly we were only able
to have one baby. This little cherub reminds me so much of our precious
son (now 44), who had big blue eyes, and very blonde curls.

Images - Graphic 45 'Little Darlings Collection'
Paper - Forever Friends 'New Arrival' 12x12 stack
Die - Joy Crafts 6002/0356
Sentiment - Computer generated 'French Script' font

For a chance to win a fabulous prize, pop over to Words 2 Craft By and check out my teamie's wonderful creations for some inspiration, then enter your own creation.

Until next time (hopefully soon),
Jennifer.  xx

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Autumn Leaves

Oh dear, I am way behind with my blogging, and already it is the
second Wednesday of the month (yikes, October!!!!!!!!!).

Sooooo, once again it is time for another challenge at Words 2 Craft By
and this month our quote is by Humbert Wolfe -
The wind is rising, and the air is wild with leaves,
We have had our summer evenings, now for October eves"

A lovely quote, and such an easy one for your interpretation.
We are looking forward to seeing your creations.

I decided to make a centre-step card, as I haven't made one for such a long time.
I made it for my dearest friend of almost 55 years, Diane. She loves leaves, 
so it is serendipitous that this month's quote is about leaves.

Inside the card where I wrote my personal message to Diane. These
leaves were stamped, heat embossed, then cut out by hand.

A close-up look at one of the side panels, 
die-cut leaves, and a tiny flower.

I also stamped; heat embossed several these leaves with various 
embossing powders; then cut them out by hand.

A side-on view. That friendship sentiment is from a sheet of 
friendship-themed peel-off stickers I bought specially with 
Diane in mind. I truly believe our friendship is a special gift.

Stamps - PSX F-2781; Stampworld Solid Gumleaf  (Both these companies no longer exist)
Dies - Cheery Lynn Flourish Leaf Strip, Mini Butterflies, Spellbinders Decorative Labels Eight
Paper - DCWV The Lace and Linen Stack
Ink for sponging - Ranger (Tim Holtz) Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Glitter - Ranger Stickles Platinum
Sentiment - peel-off stickers
Paper flowers are from my junk stash

Challenges I would like to enter
Crafteezee - 'Leaves'
Daisy Chain #24 - 'Autumn/Fall'
Papercraft Business #11 - 'Anything Goes with option of Halloween/Fall'
Use Your Stuff #333 - 'Autumn/Halloween' (stamps about 20 yrs old, paper about 7 yrs old)

For a chance to win a great prize, why not pop over to Words 2 Craft By, admire my teamies lovely work, then enter your own creation.

Until next time, happy crafting, and thank you for visiting,
Jennifer.  xx

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Autumnal Glory

I know I keep repeating myself, but "where are the months rushing to"? It is
already the 2nd Wednesday of the month, and that means it is time for
another challenge at Words 2 Craft By. Our quote this month is by
F. Scott Fitzgerald "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall".

As a completely hopeless paper addict, I thought I would faint with pleasure
when in 2011 I found a wonderful shop while wandering around London. I
think it may have been in the Bloomsbury area. Although an unassuming
looking store outside, it was filled with the most exquisite papers, mostly 
hand-printed. The papers were (understandably) quite pricey, so after a
lengthy and agonising elimination process, I walked out with 2 precious 
large sheets rolled up in my arms.
I have only used a piece of this one once before. 

My card is for one of our gardeners here at our retirement village. He 
recently had a dreadful accident, and has many months of recuperating 
ahead. He is a lovely gentleman, so I had no qualms about using some 
of this precious paper.

The colours are so rich, aren't they.

Inside my card where I wrote our 'Get Well' wishes.

Challenges I would like to enter
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #18 - 'Anything Goes (with a Critter)'
Animal Friends #66 - 'In The Woods'
City Crafter #429 - 'Fall Colours'
Crazyhazelnuts Patterned Paper - 'Anything Goes (with patterned paper)'
Create and Inspire #77 - 'Inspired By A Song' (Autumn Leaves - Nat King Cole)
Pause Dream Enjoy - 'Always Cards, any Theme'

Paper - Hand-printed (brand unknown)
Die - Sue Wilson Creative Expressions Get Well
Ink - Tim Holtz Distress Ink Rusty Hinge

For a chance to win a fab prize, why not visit Words 2 Craft By, check out my teamies lovely inspirations, then enter our "Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall" challenge.

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

Monday, 10 September 2018


One of the negative aspects of being in one's senior years and living in a 
retirement village is that most of our friends, and all the other residents
here are also of mature years, and therefore the 'inevitable' is a fairly
regular event.

Sadly, last week 3 residents here in our 'Village' passed away. We were 
acquainted with one of them, and this is the card I made for his wife. 
They had been married for more than 60 years. 

Inside the card where I have printed one of my favourite verses
(enlarged below). In the top corner of the right-hand page, I
have placed a die-cut dove in flight.

I have often used this beautiful verse in my sympathy cards.

I prefer to make fairly simple, yet elegant sympathy cards, and
often use this corner is one of my favourite corner dies. 

Challenges I would like to enter
CAS On Friday #141 - 'Flowers'
Pause Dream Enjoy - 'Cards Only (Any Theme)'

Dies - Memory Box Wildflower Corner; Couture Creations Baby Dove
Stamp - Stamp World With Deepest Sympathy
Verse - "Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep" by Mary Elizabeth Frye, computer generated using Viner Hand ITC

On this glorious early spring day I have to bring all my washing in off the line...don't you just love the smell of clothes that have dried in the sunshine.

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

Monday, 3 September 2018

Father's Day

Here in Australia, yesterday was Father's Day, so I would like to wish
Dads everywhere a belated Happy Father's Day. 

I could not be home with John, because it was the AGM at the Fort,
then I was on duty for the remainder of the day.
I know most card makers struggle with creating cards for men, and I am no
exception. However, I recently bought the ship, and anchor dies, so I
decided to use those for my card for John. I remembered that several
years ago I 'squirrelled' this fabulous paper away, so a little search
revealed it in my huge collection of lovely papers.
(Storing my papers in genre sections does help.)

Inside my card, where I wrote my personal message to John.

Close ups of the ship and anchor dies, used for the first time.
The cardstock I have used looks black, but it is actually dark blue.

Challenges I would like to enter
Daring Cardmakers - 'Travelogue'
The Crafty Addicts #51 - 'Anything Goes/ Boys & Men'
Try It On Tuesday - 'Take A Ride'

Dies - Kaisercraft Anchors; Simply Dies Sailing Ship
Paper - Graphic 45 
Ink - Distress Ink Rusty Hinge
Sentiment - peel-off sticker from my stash junk

Time to bring the washing off the line, so until next time, thank you for visiting.

Jennifer.  xx

Monday, 27 August 2018

Santa's Aussie Sunset

Today I have another Design Team card I have made for 
Fat Cats Card Corner, using the Santa With Kangaroos die. 

The card is quite similar in design to the card in my last post. Again I brayered
Distress Inks onto gloss cardstock, and multilayered the matts, with the top 
one mounted on 3D tape. These colours truly typify Christmas in is usually stifling hot!!

A closer look at the cute die-cut.

Challenges I would like to enter
Christmas Cards All Year Round - 'Use Hot or Warm Colours'
Crafty Friends #91 - 'Animals/Birds

Die - Paper Rose Santa's Sleigh With Kangaroos
Stamps - Stamp-it Australia Billabong Tree; 'Greetings...' Unnamed 
Inks - Various Distress Inks; Memento

On this cold, windy and miserable day I will go and prepare some nice hot soup for lunch.

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

Friday, 24 August 2018

Six White Boomers

Today I have another card I have made for Kaaren at Fat Cats Card Corner.
She send me this die (which actually has only 3 kangaroos). Here in Australia, 
kangaroos are colloquially called 'boomers'. 

I brayered several different Distress Inks onto glossy cardstock, after adhering
a circle mask, punched from post-it note, to represent the moon. When I
removed the mask, I felt the moon was too stark, so I rolled the brayer
over the area with the tiny 'stain' of ink that was remaining on it.

Don't you just love the cockatoo sitting on Santa's sack of goodies!!
A popular Christmas song in Australia is 'Six White Boomers, Snow 
White Boomers), so I cut an extra 3 'boomers' to haul Santa's sleigh.
I cut the die from glittered cardstock from Catchy Crafts. It comes
in many gorgeous colours as well as white, cuts beautifully,
and the glitter does not come off at all.

In my last post I mentioned that I had a very busy time fast approaching...
well it has been and gone. Dina and Doug, who own Catchy Crafts (in Sydney),
asked me to be their demonstrator at the big annual 'Stitches and Craft Show' at
Newcastle. I have done so for them at similar shows in the past. 

The Show is held over 4 days, and while it can be frantic and exhausting, it is 
also lots of fun. I meet lots of lovely people, and one of them is a lady called 
Trish. She told me she was from Tea Gardens (a little sea-side town), and
when I told her I also live there, we discovered that she lives in the other 
Retirement Village in town, literally across the road from mine. 
So if you are reading this Trish, "Hello".

Challenges I would like to enter
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #17 - 'Anything Goes with a Critter'
Double "D" - 'The Moon and/or The Stars'
Merry Christmas - 'Anything Christmas Goes'
Merry Little Christmas #1 - 'Anything Christmas Goes'
The Holly and the Ivy Christmas #34 - 'Anything Christmas Goes'
Try It On Tuesday - 'Take A Ride'  TOP 5
Tuesday Throwdown #406 - 'Up In The Air'

Die - Paper Rose Santa's Sleigh with Kangaroos
Stamp - Stamp-it Australia Billabong Tree
Inks - Distress Inks (various colours); Momento Black
Sentiment - Computer generated Curlz font

I must close now, as I have an appointment with my doctor shortly. I twisted my ankle at the Fort recently, and it is still rather swollen.

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

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Elegant Cream and Gold

This is another of the cards I have created as a member of the
Fat Cats Card Corner design team, using the dies Kaaren sent me.

I was quite happy how this card turned out, and I think it would be
suitable for several different occasions.

I cut the flowers from Foamiran, and softly sponged them 
with Distress Inks.

Challenges I would like to enter
Crafter's Castle #8 - 'Anything Goes with Optional Elegant)
Dragonfly Dreams - 'Monochrome'
Dragonfly Journeys #124 - 'Flower Power'
The Corrosive #8 - 'Anything Goes'

Dies - Sue Wilson Creative Expressions 'Passion Flower' (flowers & leaves), 'Isobel' (sentiment); Spellbinders 'Chantilly Paper Lace
Gold Cardstock - Couture Creations
Ribbon, pearls and stamens are from my junk stash

Before I close I would like to send a big "hello" to Larelle, from Tenterfield. She is a friend of my dear friend of 54+ years, Diane, who introduced us during my recent visit up there. Larelle is a lovely lady, and we 'clicked' immediately. Diane showed me a birthday card Larelle had made for her, and it was BEAUTIFUL! She is a very talented lady.

I must go and start organising myself for the next few very busy days...more about that in my next post, so until then, thank you for visiting.

Jennifer.  xx

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