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Wednesday, 9 May 2018

"Thank A Teacher"

My goodness, this year is flying by so fast isn't it. Each month seems to last
not much more than a blink of one's eye, which of course means it is time
for a new challenge at Words 2 Craft By. This month our quote is
"If you can read this, thank a teacher."

In the northern hemisphere the school year is coming to a close, so let's show
our gratitude for all the hard-working teachers who have guided us along our
'learning journey'. Although I'm in my late 60s I still have fond memories of
several of my teachers. I LOVE reading, and constantly 
lose myself in a good book. 

For this challenge, I chose to make a fairly large side-step card.

Aren't these the sweetest little pair totally engrossed in their book, 
while their little kitty sleeps soundly, exhausted from playing 
with the ball of wool.

I made these tiny pencils by cutting down toothpicks and colouring 
them with Promarkers to match the colours I used for the image.

Inside the card on which there is plenty of space to write
a personal message.

A side-on view of my easel card.

Image - Sarah Kay Quiet Moments
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Kaisercraft Superhero
ABC Tag - Kaisercraft Show and Tell
Dies - Spellbinder Scalloped Long Rectangles

Challenges I would like to enter
Die Cuttin' Divas #368 - 'Teacher Appreciation'  SHOWCASE PICK
The Crafter's Cafe #195 - 'Gatefold or Step Card'

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, "If you can read this, thank a teacher".

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

Friday, 4 May 2018

Musical Birthday

Do you ever sometimes feel like a mouse on a treadmill, going at full speed but
getting nowhere, or a little duck on a pond looking oh so calm, but paddling
frantically? Yes??? Well that is exactly how I feel lately. I foolishly thought that
when we moved into a retirement village, I would be able to 'play' in my craft 
room almost all day, every day...well we all know what 'thought' did, don't we!

In a rare break from the speeding treadmill, we recently went to a friend's 80th
birthday party. He loves music, so this is the card I made for him. I got my
design inspiration from a card I saw on Pinterest about 12 months ago.

The music paper is quite a luscious cream and gold. I bought it many years ago, 
but, like so many 'paper tragics' I could not cut into it...I have a collection of 
gorgeous papers that could rival any store, but I have come to the 
conclusion that I MUST be brave and start using it.

Inside the card. I love that music die, and have used it many times.

My head is hanging very low, as I bought the 'Happy Birthday' die about
two years ago, and I'm pretty sure this is the first time I have used it.

Dies - Memory Box Grand Happy Birthday Script, Virtuoso Music; Cuttlebug (2"x2") 
Music Notes: Crafts4U Stitched  Square; Spellbinder Scalloped Square

Challenges I would like to enter
Aud Sentiments #202 - 'Masculine + A Sentiment'
Seize The Birthday - 'Anything Goes' (must be a birthday)

I must rush off and prepare some lunch for John, as he plays billiards each Friday afternoon with a couple of other residents here at the village club house.

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

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

"No Spring Skips Its Turn"

It is the second Wednesday of the month and that means it is time
for a new challenge at Words 2 Craft By.

Our quote this month is by Hal Borland...
"No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turn,
April is a promise that May is bound to keep,
and we know it."

You may interpret it any way you wish.

What could represent Spring more than a daffodil, a chick, and a bunny?
Perhaps lots of beautiful flowers?!?!?

I have had this sweet image for several years, and am ashamed to
admit that it has never seen ink before now. 

I have so many lovely stamps, dies, and papers that have never
been used, so with (I hope) unwavering conviction, I will attempt
to resist all temptation to buy any more supplies until I 
employ much of my existing collection.

Last year I popped into a Spotlight store for some new bathroom linen, but
it would have been rude of me don't you think, to not pay a visit to the art 
and craft department also. There was a huge box of 12x12 paper that
was discontinued, priced at 10 cents/sheet! Much of it was 'yucky'  
or damaged, but on the very bottom there were 6 sheets of this 
lovely, heavy quality paper, all in pristine condition. I
bought all 6 sheets, plus several other very pretty 
sheets. Who doesn't love a bargain!

A close up look at my floral arrangement. I made the large orange
flower from white crepe paper which I coloured with Distress Inks.

The mushrooms are cut with dies from a set of 3, and coloured
with Promarkers.

Challenges I would like to enter
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #13 - 'Anything Goes' (must have a critter)  WINNER
A Gem Of A Challenge #216 - 'Female Birthday with a Sentiment'
Always Fun #53 - 'Anything Goes'
Crafty Animals #13 - 'Anything Goes'
Crazy #272 - 'Spring'
Fab 'n' Funky #389 - 'Cute Critters'
Fussy and Fancy #209 - 'Add A Sentiment'
Incy Wincy Designs - 'Nature and All of Its Beauty'
Make My Monday #68 - 'Things With Wings'
Papercraft Business #5 - 'Anything Goes' (option 'Birthday')  WINNER
Passion For Promarkers #439 - 'Blooming Days'  TOP 5
Rubber Buggy - 'Springtime and/or Flowers'  TOP 3
The Sisterhood of Crafters - 'Bunny Rabbits'

Image - Stampavie - Penny Johnson Clear Stamp Sweet Spring (retired, I think)
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - American Craft Blossom Boulevard
Dies - Spellbinder Labels Eight and Decorative Labels Eight, Classic and Scalloped Circles; Cheery Lynn Flourish Leaf Strip, Olive Branches, Faerie Mushrooms; Marianne LR 0192 
Scissors - Fiskars Deckle Edged
Flowers, pearl sprays, peel-off stickers are all from my junk stash.

For a chance to win a fab prize, pop over to Words 2 Craft By, check out my teamies lovely creations, and enter your own project which is inspired by Hal Borland's quote.

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

Friday, 30 March 2018

Happy Easter

This year has been rushing by so fast, I seem to be permanently behind.
With our son, granddaughter, and most friends either living overseas or 
many miles away, I have to make cards, and sent them well in advance
of any special occassion. This Easter has caught me by surprise!

Early last week I realised that I needed to make a card (in a BIG hurry) for our 
little granddaughter in London. I have had this pretty paper for ages, and because
I didn't have time to find and colour an Easter image, I decided to use some of
the cute stickers that were included in the paper pad.

Inside the card, again using paper and a sticker from the paper pad.

I didn't have a die that suited the shape of the larger sticker, so I 
hand-cut a matt for it with scallop-edged scissors.

The sticker that I placed in the inside of the card.

Challenges I would like to enter
Crafty Cardmakers #208 - 'Bunnies, Chicks or Eggs'
Cutie Pie #121 - 'Spring Cuties'
Deep Ocean #178 - 'Easter/Spring'

Images - Stickers from First Edition 12x12 pad Spring Drop
Papers - First Edition Spring Drop
Die - Crafts 4U Stitched Circle
Scissors - Fiskers Scallop Edge
Punch - EK Success Corner Punch

This morning, I washed our doonas and towels, so with the shadows lengthening, I had best go and take them off the clothes line.  

I will be on duty at the Fort tomorrow, as there is a very large cruise ship coming into harbour for the day. The 'boss' has asked for as many guides as possible, as we often have up to 1,000 people visit the Fort when these large ships come in. More unseasonally hot weather is predicted tomorrow (today is 30oC), so I will be in bed early tomorrow night, as I do not handle hot weather well, and I will be on my feet all day. Having said that, I find it ever so interesting meeting people from all over the world.

I wish you all a happy and safe Easter.
Jennifer. x

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Effie and Friend

Recently the sweet daughter of our lovely receptionist here at The Grange
celebrated her 12th birthday. She LOVES elephants, and when she spent a
day visiting us during the January holidays, she saw Effie in my collection
of 'coloured-ready-to-use' images. She oohed and aahed at length, so when
she went home, I of course put it aside for her birthday card.

My card is definitely a rectangle, but because I photographed it at an angle
in an attempt to reduce the glare, it looks quite uneven.

I printed Effie on pearlised cardstock, which coloured beautifully with
my Promarkers. However, it was very difficult to photograph. Effie
was an image in one of our son's colouring books, so it must be about
40 years old! I found the book about 12 years ago, when I was having
a big 'clean-out', loved the image, so traced it and stored it in my digi
images in my computer. I have used it several times since.

Challenges I would like to enter
2 Crafty Critter Crazies #12 - 'Anything Goes' (must use critter)
CCC Digi Creations #90 - 'For The Girls'
Crafty Friends #79 - 'For A Special Lady'
Creative Craft Cottage #105 - 'Make It Feminine'
Cut It Up #143 - 'Digitally Yours'
Unicorn #30 - 'Make It Girly'

Image - very old image from child's colouring book (now digitalised)
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - First Edition Spring Drop
Die - Spellbinder Scalloped Rectangle
Peel-off stickers - from my junk stash

After some very unusual, extremely hot (40oC) autumn weather, with very high humidity during the past week, today is a tad chilly with torrential (desperately needed) rain.....LOVING IT!!!!

Thank you for visiting and your kind comments, and until next time,
Jennifer. xx

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

"Phenomenal Woman..."

As it is the second Wednesday of the month, we have a new challenge for you at
Words 2 Craft By  Our themes are always a quote, and with International 
Women's Day occurring last week on March 8th, our theme for this 
month is by a hugely inspirational woman, Dr. Maya Angelou......
"I am a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's Me"

Although Maya's poem suggests that women should be strong and courageous, 
I believe that in addition to those attributes, a women can also be feminine, 
so that is how I created my card. 

Unfortunately, as per usual, barely any glitter shows in the is on 
my lady's umbrella, her bouquet, and my flower sprays, as well as on
the die-cut  'With Love'.

My floral spray on the left side of the card.

This image is one of the very first rubber stamps I ever bought
and I have coloured it with Promarkers.

The floral spray that is along the bottom of the card.

Inside my card...I love those corner dies so much, I decided
to add a pair on the left-hand side.

A closer look at the inside.

Challenges I would like to enter
As You Like It - 'Single or Multi-layers' (I prefer multi-layers as there are so many lovely papers, I love texture, and I feel the matting "ties" everything together)
Brown Sugar #276 - 'Spring or Easter'
Crafty Catz #407 - 'Layer It Up'
Creative Craft Cottage #105 - 'Make It Feminine'
Dream Valley #174 - 'Vintage'
I Love Promarkers #354 - 'For A Girl'
Try Stampin' on Tuesday - 'Tic Tac Tuesday #2'- ' (purple/flowers/glitter & scallops/flowers/colouring)
Unicorn #30 - 'Make It Girly,

Image - Stamp-it Australia Elegant Lady With Flowers
Colouring - Promarkers
Paper - Prima Meadow Lark (6" x 6" pad)
Dies - Joy Crafts 6002/0356; Spellbinder Scalloped Circle; Crafts 4U With Love, Stitched Oval, Stitched Circle; Marianne LR0106; Elizabeth Craft Curvy Leaves
Glitter - Kindyglitz Chrystallina
Flowers - from my junk stash

For a chance to win a lovely prize, why not pop over to Words 2 Craft By, check out my teamie's wonderful creations, then enter your own interpretation of Maya Angelou's quote.

Thank you for visiting, and until next time,
Jennifer. x

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Slam Dunk

For my birthday (a few days after Christmas), John gave me a new computer.
I had had my previous computer for many years, and it was telling me that 
it was "on its last legs". However, although my new one one was the latest
model and quite 'pricey', it frequently played up in several different ways.

We had to take it back to the store about 5 times (1hr. 20 mins. away). The 
computer manager was brilliant, spending up to an hour each time trying
to fix the problems. Eventually he replaced the computer with a new one.

On each occasion, Luke was always friendly, very patient and apologetic
about us having to travel the long distance. Over the course of our visits
we discovered that he was an avid basketball fan, so I made him a card
with a basketball theme to say "thank you". 

I searched the internet for ages until I found this image...perfect for what I wanted to say!
The basketball-textured background was created by embossing with a very old Cuttlebug
folder, and I covered the join with a die-cut strip from a Cuttlebug alphabet die set.

The image was a freebie, but I had to register to download it. 
I multi-layered it to raise it and to increase its visual impact.

The inside of the card is quite simple. Unfortunately I see that the
die-cut "Thank You" words are not parallel. Also, the white square 
is rather 'patchy', as I had written my message on it before I took
the photographs, and so had to photoshop them out.

Challenges I would like to enter
Card Mania #102- 'Embossing'
Crafty Catz #407 - 'Layer It Up'

Image - Unknown (USA site, found via Pinterest, had to register)
Dies - Spellbinder Classic and Scalloped Squares; Crafts 4U Thank You; Cuttlebug Baby Face Alphabet set
Embossing - Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles

I must close now to prepare dinner, so until next time thank you for visiting,
Jennifer. x