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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

A Trio of Trees

I'm still on my "I must not be rushing to get my Christmas cards finished this year" 
fixation, but how long that will last remains to be seen.

I am trying to make more flat cards this year, as the cost of postage in Australia is
exorbitant for anything other than a standard-sized flat article. This card was
fairly quick to make, but I don't think I like the silver glitter that I sprinkled 
liberally onto touches of glue. It is a shame that the ribbon photographed
as it did, because it is the most beautiful shimmery burgundy satin.

A closer look at the die-cut trees from a set of six. This is the first
time I have used the dies although I bought them about 
12 months ago......Me bad girl!!!!!

Challenges I would like to enter
Craftaholics R Us #7 - 'Use Some Red'
Crafty Catz #404 - 'Anything Goes' (with a twist - 'Use Some Pretty Ribbon')
Get Creative #66 - 'Use Ribbon or Washi Tape'
The Holly and the Ivy #23 - 'Anything Christmas Goes' (2nd entry)
Unstampabelles #76 - 'Anything Goes (with a twist-Use Something New)
Winter Wonderland - 'Anything Christmas Goes'

Dies - Sue Wilson 'Festive Collection' Winter Trees
Inks - Tim Holtz Distress Inks Peeled Paint, Olive Green
Ribbon - Kaisercraft 
Peel-off Sticker and glitter - from my junk stash

This morning, I had to take my kitty cat to the vet, as he has been 'flicking' his ear for a few days. The vet has diagnosed a severe bacterial infection, and as a result John and I are in for some "FUN" over the next week administering antibiotic drops...Cookie does not have the word "co-operation" in his vocabulary. In fact our vet, and the vet nurse are scared of him, and when John and I have to give him any medication or treatment, there is a fair amount of blood involved...and none of it belongs to Cookie!

I'm now off to pretend I am a domestic goddess, and attend to some much needed ironing and dusting, so until next time, I wish you "happy crafting".

Jennifer. xx

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

If Snowflakes Were Kisses

Back in December I won a challenge with this card, and, 

finally the day has arrived to reveal my exciting news at which I hinted last week...
As a result of my win, I have been invited to join the design team at 

When the lovely Sybrina invited me to join the DT, I was not sure if I was ready to
begin 'DTing' again, but Words 2 Craft By is such an organised challenge,
I was thrilled to say "yes thank you".

(While I have previously been on several Design Teams, I had to resign because of
John's serious health problems resulting in the sale of our farm and moving 
into a retirement village.)

Words 2 Craft By is a monthly challenge, beginning on the second Wednesday of the
month, finishing on the first Wednesday of the following month. There is a slight
variation to usual challenge blog themes in that they consist of a quote. These
quotes, sometimes quite well known and often by famous people, can be 
interpreted in any way you wish.

The theme for this month is 
"If snowflakes were kisses, I'd send you a blizzard" 
so my first DT card was a joy to create. I immediately knew what image I 
would use...a cute one from Lili Of The Valley.

I used the challenge theme as the sentiment on my card.

A closer look at the lovely image, which I coloured with Promarkers. I
haven't hand-coloured any stamped images for ages, but I enjoyed
colouring this one so much, I will be doing more in the future.

Inside my card is very simple, with plenty of room to write
a personal message.

Challenges I would like to enter
52 Christmas Card Throwdown - 'Shades of Blue'
A Passion For Promarkers #431 - 'Add An Embellishment'
A Snowflakes Promise #48 - 'Anything Goes'
Happy Little Stampers Christmas - 'Anything Goes' (with optional hearts)
Kreativeinkauf #59 - 'Winter'
The Holly and the Ivy #23 - 'Anything Christmas Goes'

Image - Lili Of The Valley Festive Post
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Lili Of The Valley (discontinued)
Dies - Joy Crafts 6002; Impression Obssession Mini Snowflakes; Crafts 4 U Stitched Circles; Spellbinder Butterflies Circles
Punches - Martha Stewart PATP Aspen Snowflakes 
Sentiment - Computer generated (I cannot remember the font I used)
Glitter - Stickles Stardust; Tim Holtz Rock Candy
Pearls and peel-off stickers are from my junk stash

If you would like to enter a slightly different challenge, with a chance to win a lovely prize, pop over to Words 2 Craft By and let us see your creation (it does not have to be a card).  You may want to also visit my teamies' blogs.

Until next time, "happy crafting" and
Hugs from
Jennifer. xx

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Roses and Holly

Several years ago I made a Christmas card very similar to this one, and because the 
recipient loved it so much (I did too), I decided to make another like it.

The white cardstock is pure white, so I do not know why it looks so discoloured
in these photos. The gorgeous image, designed by Lucy Cromwell, is actually
a gift tag from a pack of 10, which I bought many years ago.

Inside the card is very simply decorated with the lovely 
Joy Crafts corner die.

A close up look at the ribbon roses and die-cut foliage.

Challenges I would like to enter
Always Fun #44 - 'Anything Goes'
Dragonfly Dreams - 'Flowers'

Image - Lucy Cromwell gift tag
Dies - Joy Craft 6002/0135; Cheery Lynn Wreath Strip, Holly Flourish
Embossing Folder - Fiskars Texture Plate Snowflakes 
Roses and Pearl - from my junk stash

That's all for today, except that I have some very exciting news to tell you next week, so stay tuned. Until then, happy crafting,
Jennifer. x

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Pastel Flowers

Here we are, at the end of January already...quite scary, isn't it!

The card I have to show you is one I made for Lyndal, our lovely receptionist/
administration lady here at The Grange. No matter what the situation or enquiry  
is, Lyndal always has a happy smile for everyone.

I wanted the card to be soft and gentle (like Lyndal), and this is about as CAS 
as I can create. I removed the pale green flower 'petals' from the die-cut which 
I placed inside the card, and placed them inside the cream die-cut on the front.

I layered the die-cut greeting, slightly off-setting the green layer
which I have previously coated with Stickles.

Inside the card is the pale green die-cut from which I removed the
flower 'petals' for the die-cut on the front.

Challenges I would like to enter
Corrosive #1 January - 'Anything Goes'
Crafting With Friends #59 - 'Anything Goes'
Crafty Catz #401 - 'Anything Goes'
Crafty Friends #76 - 'Anything Goes'
Creative Knockouts #230 - 'Finish The Inside'
Die Cuttin' Divas #354 - 'Anything Goes'

Dies - Memory Box Wildflower Corner;  Cheery Lynn Celebrate
Stickles - Stardust
Peel-off sticker border - from my junk stash

For so long now, so much of Australia, particularly the east coast, has been in the grip of a dreadful drought, so we have been desperately hoping for rain. However, we just want the rain and clouds to wait a couple of days, as a rare celestial event is to take place tomorrow night...a Super Blood Blue Moon. This has not occurred for almost 150 years, and Australia is said to be one of the best places on earth to view this momentous event.

Today, as has been the case for several weeks, has been very hot and windy (I have had the worst hay fever I have had in many years as a result), so I will say good afternoon for now, and go and take the washing off the clothesline, then start dinner.

Thank you for visiting,
Jennifer. xx

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

First Foamiran Flowers

After seeing lots of beautiful flowers made with foamiran on the internet, 
I decided to acquire some for myself and see what I could create with it. 

This card is to congratulate a beautiful young lady (we have 
known her since she was a little girl) and her fiance, 
on the occasion of their engagement.

The 2 large roses on the left and the small apricot open one on the left are my
very first attempts using Foamiran. They are nowhere near the standard of 
ones I have seen on pinterest, youtube and many blogs, but if I practice
a lot I hope to improve. The foliage and doily are cut with my lovely
new dies, with which I treated myself just before Christmas.

I coloured the white foamiran with various distress inks.

The small rose at the top was made from some tiny scraps of foamiran.

Edit I must apologise for the hot glue strings on the rose...I did not 
see them until I was about to hit 'publish'.

I used a tiny 'Congratulations' peel-off sticker from my huge collection. Lovely
Maddy began piano lessons from John when she was a little girl, and continued
weekly lessons until John became ill in 2015. That is why I included some 
 'music' paper on the card. Maddy is now a very proficient pianist and 
has visited us since we moved from our farm.

Challenges I would like to enter
As You Like It - 'Favourite Die, & Why' I have many favourite dies, but the Spellbinder Rose Creations would have to be #1, as it is so versatile, cuts natural looking petals, and cuts cleanly.
Cardz 4 Galz #63 - 'Anything But Square'
Crafty Friends #75 - 'New Beginnings'
Daisy Chain #15 - 'Something New'
Die-Cut Divas - 'Do or Use Something New'
Fussy and Fancy #203 - 'Distress It'
My Time To Craft #362 - 'Something New'

Paper - Bella Wedding Adore
Dies - Cuttlebug Hearts; Spellbinder Rose Creations; Sweet Stamps Daisy Centre Medallion; Elizabeth Craft Curvy Leaves; Die-Namites Budding Branch 
Flowers - White Foamiran, coloured with various distress inks; stamens, cream rose and tiny apricot rose are from my junk stash
Lace and peel-off sticker are from my junk stash

I hope you have all recovered from the festive season, and are getting back 'into the swing' of regular life. I am finding it very difficult to believe that January will soon be over.

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

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Sparkling Forest

Good evening all.

The card I want to show you tonight is the Christmas card I made for 
my dear husband, John...
It is an easel card, and I have used a new (to me) technique ...dryer sheet and 
ultra-fine glitter...there are endless tutorials for this technique on the internet. 
The sparkle is truly amazing, but as usual that is barely visible in my photos.

A closer look at the die-cut poinsettia with its pearl centre.

This is the easel card opened out. I chose the lovely blue paper, because
I thought it looked a little bit like cracked ice on a lake in front of
the pine tree forest.

The die-cut sentiment.

The back of my card. John gave me the "Handcrafted by" stamp many, many
Christmases ago. "Jen Pen" is one of the two nicknames John has for me.

Challenges I would like to enter
Addicted to Stamps - 'Baby It's Cold Outside'
Christmas At Sweet Stampin' - 'Anything Christmas'
Craft Rocket #44 - 'Winter'
C.R.A.F.T. #450 - 'Christmas'
Dare 2B Artzy - 'Winter Wonderland'
Eclectic Ellapu - 'Christmas'
Merry Christmas #2 - 'Anything Christmas'
Penny Black and More - 'Something New' (Technique)
Stamping Sensations - 'Cold and Frosty Colours'   TOP 3
The House That Stamps Built - 'Tic Tac Toe' (Pearls/Snowflakes/Silver & Snowflakes/Blue/Glitter)

Image - PSX K1465; Stamp World Handcrafted By
Paper - Kaisercraft Silver Bells
Dies - Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Holiday Words:Script; Spellbinder Layered Poinsettia
           Memory Box Star of Wonder
Punch - Martha Stewart PATP Aspen Snowflakes (negatives used for 'falling' snowflakes)
Glitter - Tim Holtz Rock Candy Ultrafine
Peel-off stickers, dryer sheet, and pearl are from my junk stash.

I really must be off to bed as I am light-headed with tiredness...I did some very heavy work in our couryard garden today, then did a huge grocery-shop. We had house guests last week, so the fridge and pantry were almost bare; and we are having several lots of guests this week.

Until next time, thank you for your visit,
Jennifer. xx

Thursday, 11 January 2018


My goodness, we are already almost half way through 
January. Where do the days go??

Yesterday, a dear little boy who lives near where used to live on the farm, 
turned 11. It seems such a short time ago that he was excited about 
starting 'big school'. Like most little boys he loves ball sports, 
so this is the card I made for him.

I have had this cute rubber stamp for several years, and am very ashamed
to admit that it has never seen ink before. The image is coloured with 
promarkers, which I have not used for a long time.

Inside the card co-ordinates with the front.

I created the greeting with my computer, but cannot remember
which font I used. The stars were silver, but I coloured them
with promarkers to match the paper.

Challenges I would like to enter
Brown Sugar #274 - 'Birthday'
Little Red Wagon #428 - 'Boy Oh Boy'

Image - Lili Of The Valley Rugby Mad
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Die Cuts With A View The Glitter Stack
Sentiment - Computer generated
Stars - Peel-off stickers are from my junk stash

I hope you are all beginning to settle nicely into your 'normal' routines after a probably hectic festive season.

Until next time, thank you for your visit.
Jennifer. x