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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

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Golden Time

This is typical of me, isn't it...a drought of posts, and then several in
quick succession. Life has been rather hectic lately, and will continue
to be so for another few weeks, but then I hope to be able to settle
into a more steady pace after that.

This is another design team card from the bundle of cards I made for Kaaren at 
Fat Cat's Card Corner (see previous post). When I received this die, I was at
odds as to what to do with it, but after a while I thought that because the 
die was quite detailed, I would keep the embellishments to a minimum.

A close up look at the flower and leaves I cut using one of the other die-
sets that Kaaren sent me. The paper I used for the matting and the flowers
is a beautiful pearlised damask sheet I have had for many years, and 
honouring my resolution to start to use up some of my immense hoard
collection of beautiful papers, I cut into it. The photo appears as if
the paper is grey and silver, but it is actually gold on cream.

Dies - Find It Trading Yvonne Creations - Vintage Objects YC010132; Creative Expressions by Sue Wilson Passion Flower, Mini Expressions Get Well
Paper - Christina Re
Ribbon and tiny clock face are from my junk stash

Challenges I Would Like To Enter
Challenge Up Your Life #92 - 'Gold'
Creative Craft Cottage #107 - 'Dies and/or Punches'
Monochrome Magic #11 - 'Monochrome'

On a cold and very wet Sunday afternoon, I must be off to prepare dinner, so I will simply say "until next time, thank you for visiting".
Jennifer.  xx

Friday, 1 June 2018

Fat Cats

I'll bet the title of my post got your attention! 

I hope I don't disappoint you, but there is not a cat to be found in this post.

However, I do have some exciting news. A few weeks ago, I was invited to
join the design team at Fat Cat's Card Corner, which is an online papercraft
store in Toowoomba, Queensland (Australia). It is owned by a lovely lady, 
Kaaren, who was the demonstrator at one of the first (perhaps the first?) 
card-making retreats I ever attended many, many years ago. She 
regularly exhibits at craft shows all over Australia, and we
often see each other if I go to them.

As the title of her store suggests, Kaaren is an avid lover of kitty cats, as I am 
too, so we often swap tales (pardon the pun) of our feline furrbabys' antics.

Kaaren sent me a lovely package of dies and an embossing folder, and asked
me to design a bunch of cards for her to display at a show in Perth, W.A., 
which was last week. In between rehearsing for several music gigs, and 
extra days at the Fort, I managed to make 6 cards in just over a week, 
so I will show them to you over the next couple of weeks.

This card features the lovely embossing folder Kaaren sent me, plus flowers cut 
from Foamiran with a very versatile set of dies by Sue Wilson.

Some of the Foamiran flowers and leaves, sponged with
pigment inks, and Gelatos.

A closer look at the flowers. 

Kaaren also sent me this Get Well die by Sue Wilson. The tiny
butterflies were cut with a Martha Stewart punch, then softly
coloured with a cotton bud.
NB Foamiran can be cut with a punch, but I strongly advise you 
to place it in the punch with a piece of ordinary copy paper 
underneath it, otherwise it may tear and 'jam' in the punch.

I have a large supply of Foamiran that our son bought for me in the UK. It is .6mm thick, 
but Kaaren at Fat Cat's Card Corner sells Leane Creatief Flower Foam. 
It is .8mm thick, but otherwise is the same as Foamiran.

Dies - Creative Expressions by Sue Wilson Passion Flower, Get Well
Embossing Folder - Creative Expressions by Sue Wilson Heart Strings
Punch - Martha Stewart - Butterfly Trio
Colouring - Faber-Castell Gelato; unnamed yellow pigment ink
Stamens and glitter glue - from my junk stash

Challenges I would like to enter
Creative Craft Cottage #107 - 'Dies and/or Punches'
The Paper Shelter #341 - 'Flower Power'  WINNER

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