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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Little Robot

Hi all. 
Although John and I don't celebrate Halloween, I hope 
those of you who do so, had a lot of fun yesterday.

When we used to live on our farm, we regularly baby-sat a
sweet little guy called Russell from when he was only a few 
months old. It is hard to believe that he turned 6 yesterday!

The embossing folder is in a set of 4, and co-ordinates with a Cricut
cartridge. There are another 4 vertical 'images' on the folder, but I 
removed them so the panel would fit on the card. I stamped the
'Happy Birthday' using my new hinged stamper, which I 
LOVE!!  I re-inked and over-stamped 4 times to 
achieve the lovely crisp, dark words.

The cute little robot is a digi stamp, and I coloured him with 

Inside our card for Russell.

A close up of the inside panel.

Challenges I would like to enter
Challenge Up Your Life #78 - 'Die Cuts and/or Punches'
Dream Valley #166 - 'Birthdays'

Image - Un-named freebie digi on Pinterest
Colouring - Promarkers
Sentiment - Un-named clear stamp set from $2 store
Greeting inside card - computer generated (can't remember the font)
Dies - Memory Box Mini Gears; Cuttlebug Olivia
Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug Robotz
Paper - DCWV stack The Generation Tech 

Must be off now to feed my kitty, water my little garden, and then prepare dinner so until next time, thank you for visiting.

Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Cute Christmas Bear

Good evening all. I've got some good news and some bad news for you...
the good news is that Christmas is coming, the bad news is that it will
be here in exactly 2 months today!

Although I love using my Promarkers to colour stamped images, to save time
I bought a pack of unnamed cards at a variety store, and have cut a couple
of them down to use the images as toppers on my handmade cards.

I have had this paper for several years, and thought it was a perfect colour match
for the image. A few peel-off snowflakes give the card a bit of extra sparkle.

Isn't he the cutest bear delivering his Christmas gift, helped by
his little robin friend.

Challenges I would like to enter
Cute Card Thursday #500 - 'Snowflakes'
Sparkles Christmas #81 - 'Christmas Is For Kids'
The Holly and the Ivy #17 -'Anything Christmas Goes'
Weekly Christmas Card #24 - 'Merry Christmas'

Image and Sentiment - Unnamed Pack of purchased cards
Paper - very old pack, brand unknown
Peel-off stickers are from my HUGE collection

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

Saturday, 21 October 2017

White and Gold Christmas

Hi everyone. It's just over a month since I last showed you a card. I just
can't seem to get my mojo started up with so many other things going on
in my life. At the beginning of this year, I was determined to create my
Christmas cards at a steady rate, but unfortunately that plan has fallen 
by the wayside. I'm afraid lots of friends will be receiving store-bought
cards again this Christmas, unless I can have some quality time in my
craft room.

To add to my pre-Christmas stress, we have finally been given a date for 
John's medical negligence case...5th December, in Sydney. Despite the 
rather inconvenient date it will be good to have it (hopefully) finalised
before Christmas, and we can get on with what's left of our lives.

As most of my cards have to be sent by post (and because the clock is
against me), I am trying to keep most of the designs simple in order to
keep the cost of postage down. I have also made several cards at a 
time with fairly similar designs, as seen in my previous post.

This is one such card, using the fun die set I won in a challenge.

A closer look at 2 of the die-cuts. This was my first attempt at
'feathering'. It is obvious I need some more practice, by hey,
we have to start somewhere don't we.

Dies - Impression Obssession DIE220-Q; Cheery Lyn Merry Christmas Set
Tiny coloured gems, and peel-off stickers are from my junk stash

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

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Ornament Garland

Good afternoon all. I have several Christmas cards to show you today. 
It is frightening to think that Christmas is just a little over 3 months away.

Early in August, I was able to go to the annual Craft Show about 1 1/2
hours away in Newcastle. I was determined not to buy anything, but hey,
you know what it's like, don't you ladies, that is not a concept we crafters
understand too well...I kept finding myself lining up at various cash
registers with little plastic baskets full of "I must have it items".

Keeping with my personal policy of not making 2 cards the same, I made these
3 cards using this absolutely gorgeous die. I had the idea that I could probably 
also use the garland with other objects in place of the Christmas items.

I love Kraft with red and/or burgundy.

This card was made with grey Bazzill cardstock.

A closer look at the gorgeous die-cut, with Platinum Stickles dots.

A closer look at the die-cut, with tiny pearls, on the grey Bazzill. 
The burgundy cardstock is the same on all 3 cards, but don't
they look different against the different cardstocks.

I bought 1 metre of this 'yummy' grossgrain ribbon, 
but wish I had bought more.

Die - Kaisercraft Ornament Garland
Ribbon - The Craft Queen
Punch - Creative Memories Corner
Stickles - Ranger Platinum 
Pearls and peel-off sticker are from my junk stash

Challenges I would like to enter
A Snowflakes Promise #44 - Anything Goes
Cards In Envy - Easy As 1,2,3.
Crafty Friends #66 - Use Dies and/or Punches
Daring Cardmakers - Use 4 of Something (4 bows & 4 ornaments)
Pile It On #134 - No Patterned Paper,  or Feathers and/or Scales

I hope everyone is safe after all the terrible weather, and the tragic events that seem to be constantly occuring throughout this wonderful planet of ours.

Until next time, thank you for visiting.

Jennifer. x

Friday, 8 September 2017

Birthday Balloons

Hello again.

My brother has just celebrated another birthday, and I decided to make a 
CAS card for him, influenced by a card I saw about 2 years ago on Pinterest.

The card on Pinterest was a single layer card, but I decided to add a
layer with a very narrow matt border. The border is exactly even, 
but the late afternoon shadow makes the right-hand side look wider.

Inside the card.

Dies - Cuttlebug Birthday (very old 2"x"2 set), Baby Face
Stamp - Stamp-it Australia Happy Birthday. (I only inked 'birthday').

Challenges I would like to enter 
Aud Sentiments #188 - 'Anything Goes with a Sentiment'
Cuttlebug Mania - 'Anything Goes with Die-cuts or Embossing
Tuesday Throwndown #359 - 'Punches and/or Dies'

I will be back in a few days with some of the Christmas cards I have managed to make recently, so until then, "thank you for visiting".

Jennifer. x

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Father's Day

Oh dear, it has been more than 3 months since I last touched my blog, and
I guess I have no excuse other than to say that 'life' has intruded (at most 
times) more than I would like......
John's medical negligence claim is taking up so much time; I have taken
on extra responsibilities at the Fort; and I am having investigations for an
episode of significant chest pain. The one very bright spot has been a
wonderful visit last month by our son, Craig and little granddaughter,
 Scarlette, who both live in London.

Here in Australia, last Sunday was Father's Day and this is the card I made for John.
It was so much fun 'playing' in my craft room again, and I have also managed to
make a few Christmas cards (I have yet to photograph them).

I bought the background script stamp at a retreat several years ago, and I am
ashamed to admit that this is it's first inking.

Shame on me again....this stamp is part of a set that I bought at 'Ally Pally'
in London many years ago, and it also has never seen ink before.

Inside the rather large card.

I love this die-cut from a pair of dies I have had for ages (and used often).

Stamps - Car from an un-named set of clear stamps for men 
             - Background Script from Darkroom Door
Inks - Versafine Vintage Sepia; Versacube Sand
Dies - Marianne LR 0198; Memory Box Mini Gears
Sentiment inside card - computer generated
Greeting sticker is from my massive collection

Challenges I would like to enter
Cardz 4 Guys - 'Something Beginning With 'D' ' (Dies)
Crafty Cardmakers #195 - 'Monochrome'
Die Cut Divas - 'Masculine/Men/Boys' 
Dream Valley #162 - 'Stamp or Digi Image' 
The Crafter's Cafe #180 - 'Boys Will Be Boys'

I really hope I can continue card making and blogging regularly again, and also visit your blogs to 'check out' your fab creations.

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

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Christmas Joy

This was supposed to be a simple and quick card, using my lovely new die set
that I won in a Dies R Us challenge. Many, many years ago I saw a card on a 
blog using tiny die-cuts by (I think) Cuttlebug, and the idea has rattled 
around somewhere in the back of my mind ever since........
I cut all the red and gold squares by hand...THEN the 'fun' (not) began. Trying
to line the squares up with equal distance both vertically and horizontally 
between them almost had me tearing my hair out, and several rather 
unladylike words crossed my lips. I thought the stripey paper would  
help,but then we all know what thought did, don't we? 
It made my wonky placements more noticeable.

A closer look at the cute little gingerbread man. It looks as if the gold 
matting is uneven, but that illusion occurred when I cropped my photos.

The lovely bell.

Inside the card, where I used a die-cut of the candy cane as a 
simple embellishment. 

Challenges I would like to enter
ABC Christmas - 'J' for Jingle Bells or 'K' for Keep It Simple (I chose Jingle Bells)
A Snowflakes Promise #40 - 'Anything Christmas Goes'
Crafting By Designs - 'Get Ready For Christmas'
Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas #335 - Anything Christmas Goes (optional-Use Some Gold)
The Holly and Ivy Christmas #6 - 'Anything Christmas Goes'
The Male Room #61 - 'Stash/Die Cuts' (Dies new, paper & gems very old)
Weekly Christmas Card #13 - 'Anything Christmas Goes' (optional-Wreaths)

Dies - Impression Obsession DIE220-Q; Spellbinder Classic and Scalloped Squares
Paper - Art Stamps Australia; Gold cardstock from my junk stash
Tiny gems are from my junk stash

This card is for an elderly friend in England, but as he doesn't own a computer and therefore never sees my blog, it is safe to show it to you.

We have once again had a glorious late autumn day, but it is now cooling down...time to warm the house and prepare our dinner, so until next time "thank you for visiting".

Jennifer. x

Saturday, 20 May 2017

'For You'

Good evening everyone.

Once again there has been a gap of several weeks since I last posted one 
of my cards. I spent last week in a haze of heavy-duty medications, then this 
past week trying to 'wake-up' and mobilise. Yes, I injured my back at the 
Fort once again. It is my lower back this time.

Sitting is extremely painful, so I made this fairly simple 
Christmas card standing at the kitchen bench.

Yonks ago I bought this bauble die with matching 'For You' embossing folder just 
after I bought my dear little Cuttlebug (which has since died, and gone to 
'Cuttlebug Heaven'). I have used the die often, but not the E.F.

The off-white card base and embossed panel are made from the most luxurious
pearlised cardstock that I have had for many years.

A closer look at the embossed die-cut. 
The bow is part of a 'mittens' die.
It is so difficult to successfully photograph shiny cardstock, isn't it!

Dies - Cuttlebug For You; Memory Box Precious Mittens
Embossing Folders - Cuttlebug For You, Victoria 

I cooked a roast chicken dinner with all the trimmings tonight and 2 friends phoned for a chat afterwards so my back is really aching, making me think it is time for me to go to bed. So until next time, thank you for visiting.

Jennifer. x

Friday, 5 May 2017

For A Dear Friend

 What a shock, I neglect my blog for 2 weeks, then post 2 cards in an evening.

I made this card for my oldest and dear friend, Diane, whose birthday was yesterday 
We met during our first week at High School, 53 years ago, and 'clicked' immediately. 
We have been firm friends ever since, despite our many years of geographical 
distance apart. When we phone each other, or actually meet up, there is not a
slightest moment of awkwardness...we just chatter away as if we had
been together the day before.

Diane loves blue so this gorgeous piece of paper was an obvious choice for her 
card. For about 12 years I have bought lots of craft items from Rebecca, the owner 
of Bizzy Becs, and her service has always been superb. She often slipped a gift of
a small bundle of 6x6" scrapbook papers into an order. This stunning piece of
paper is one of those. I have been unable to part with it for about 4 years!!

I stamped these flowers onto parchment paper, then embossed them with Silver 
Pearl E.P. I coloured the back of the flowers with blue and yellow Promarkers,
then shaped them, before adding some Flower Soft to the centres. The single
leaves with the serrated edges were cut by hand with deckle-edged scissors
from tiny scraps of white cardstock, hand coloured with Distress Ink.

I made the butterfly quite a few years ago at a retreat. It was such a long 
time ago, I have forgotten the name of the product, and the technique 
we were shown. We used a shimmery sheet of foil-like material and an 
iron, then used a butterfly punch and an embossing folder. I found a
little bag of the different coloured butterflies in a drawer recently.

Inside the card co-ordinates with the front. These leaves were also
cut out by hand

Challenges I would Like To Enter
Addicted To Stamps #147 - 'Flowers and Butterflies
Aud Sentiments #179 - 'Flowers Plus A Sentiment'
Country View - 'Flower Power'
Creative Sketchy Girls #11 - 'Butterflies and Flowers
Die Cut Divas - 'Use Flowers'
Dies R Us #72 - 'Flowers'
Paper Play Sketches and Colour - 'Colour Challenge'
Passion For Promarkers #393 - 'Make It Bloom'

Paper - Unknown brand
Flower Stamp - Fiddle Sticks E494
Dies - Cheery Lynn Olive Branches; Joy Crafts 6003/0026
Punches - Martha Stewart PATP set Pansies; Carl Butterfly
Sentiments - Lili of the Valley Sentiment Tags Set 24
Embossing Powder - Stamp It Silver Pearl
Colouring - Promarkers Yellow, Royal Navy; Distress Inks Faded Jeans, various greens
Flower Soft - a mixture of Lemon and Yellow

Must go to bed and try to get some sleep, as we have to be up early tomorrow morning and drive at least an hour into town to buy a new printer. Ours 'died' today, and we need to replace it quickly as we have to have a pile of printing done in readiness for a meeting with our solicitor on Tuesday about our medical negligence case.

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

Any Worms For Me, Mr. Bear?

Good evening all. Today has been the most perfect autumn day, weatherwise...
the only thing that could make it even more perfect would be if we lived in a
part of the world where the trees changed into their beautiful autumn 
colours. Oh well, we can't have everything, can we.

My card is for no-one in particular. I just felt like having a session of colouring for fun,
and what could be more fun than colouring this wonderful PSX image. This is one of 
my favourite bear stamps, and it has lived for me for many, many years. Sadly, PSX
disappeared from the scene many years ago...such a shame, as the quality of their
stamps was A1.

A close up look at this cute bear with his little friend begging for
a worm or two for breakfast. Don't you just love 
Mr. Bear's huge feet! 

Inside my card co-ordinates with the front. The flowers on the
background paper are heavily glittered, but as almost always
I just couldn't pick up the shimmer with the camera.

Challenges I would Like To Enter
Kitty Bee #93 - 'In The Garden'
Passion For Promarkers #393 - 'Make It Bloom'
Sweet Stampers #6 - 'Animals' (2nd entry)

Image - PSX GO521
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - First Edition Blank Canvas
Dies - Spellbinder Classic and Scalloped Squares; Marianne LR0106, CR1253, LR0205; Cheery Lynn Stacker Flower #1 Leaf
Distress Ink - Gathered Twigs
Micro beads and peel-off sticker are from my junk stash

Later this evening I will have another card to show you, so until then thank you for visiting.

Jennifer. x

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Glitter Galore

Hello to my crafting buddies. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend.

My card today is the result of experimenting with a new (to me) technique, 
using dies, D/sided tape and ultrafine glitter. I stumbled upon a youtube
tutorial by Els van de Burgt from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

A close-up look at the glittered die-cut.

A close-up of the greeting, which was on an A4 sheet that I bought many
years ago at one of the first ever craft shows I attended (in Esher, UK). I
coated the butterflies with Chrystallina Kindyglitz, then while they were
wet I sprinkled them with the same Ruby glitter as is on the flowers.

Inside the card with plenty of space on which I wrote a 
birthday message to my S.I.L.

Challenges I would like to enter
4 Crafty Chicks #347 - 'Butterflies'
Brown Sugar #247 - 'Use A Die-Cut'
Crafty Card Makers #186 - 'Things With Wings'
Crafty Gals Corner #119 - 'Embellish It'
Make My Monday #44 - 'Embossing, Wet or Dry'

Dies - Sweet Cuts Flower Oval; Cheery Lynn Exotic Butterflies, Mini Dimensional Butterflies
Embossing Folder - Crafter's Companion Flower Garden
Glitters - Martha Stewart
Greeting - Un-named A4 sheet
Corner Punch - Zutter

Thank you for your visit, and until next time "happy crafting".
Jennifer. x

Monday, 17 April 2017

Playful Kitty

Good evening to my crafting buddies. I hope you all had a lovely Easter.

All the regular readers of my blog will know that I LOVE cats. I have been 'owned'
by 25 or 26 of them throughout my life, and I think every one of them have all 
had individual personalities. 

Penny Black kitties are especially cute, and I have  
had this stamp (in a clear set) for 'yonks'.
I bought this gorgeous edging die on sale several months ago, and this  
is the first time I have used it.

A closer look at the happy kitty (coloured with Promarkers), 
playing with his butterfly friends.

Inside my card, which is a 'modified' gatefold card.

Challenges I would like to enter
Crafty Catz #366 - 'Anything Goes with Animals'
Fairytale #166 - 'More Than One Fold'
In The Pink #117 - 'Pearls'
Fussy and Fancy #185 - 'Fancy Folds or Shaped Cards'
Passion For Promarkers #390 - 'Flower Power'
Penny Black Saturday - 'Spring or Easter'
Shopping Our Stash #298 - 'Punches or Dies' (image, paper, pearls many years old)
Sweet Stampers #6 - 'Animals'

Image - From Penny Black Clear Set Critter Party
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Francheville Pastel Basics
Dies - Spellbinder Classic and Scalloped Circles; Sweet Stamps Flutterby #2; Kaisercraft Lace Borders
Pearls - (single) Kaisercraft; (string) Maria George
Glitter glue - Stickles Star Dust

Until next time, thank you for visiting, and "Happy Crafting".
Jennifer. x