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Saturday, 9 December 2017

Snow Scene

Hello to all the busy, crafty people out there in blogland.

I feel as if a huge weight has been lifted from our shoulders, as John's medical 
negligence case was all 'done and dusted' in Sydney earlier this week. For 
more than 2 1/2 years we have experienced almost constant stress.

For the past few months I have managed to have spasmodic sessions in my craft
room, and by breaking my own rule of only creating 'one-of-a-kind' cards, I 
have managed to finish the 54 cards that I mail or personally deliver.

Hopefully I can now try to get into the spirit of Christmas, 
decorating the house, cooking, and shopping.

This card was not a production line creation, although to save time I did use a topper 
from a sheet I bought several years ago at a craft show in England. It did 
however take a fair amount of my time because I was rather 'out of practice'.

A close up look at the wintery spray I made from various die-cuts,
recycled Christmas decorations, and some tiny conifer cones from
our trees in one of our paddocks back on our farm.

A small section of the house on the topper.

Challenges I would like to enter  
Die Cut Divas - 'Winter Time'
Kreativeinkauf #57 - 'Conifer'
Sparkles Monthly #98 - 'White Christmas'
The Holly and The Ivy #20 - 'Anything Goes, Christmas'
The Merry Christmas #46 - 'Anything Goes + Christmas'
Tuesday Throwdown #371 - 'Christmas Scene'
Winter Wonderland - 'Anything Christmas Goes'

Image - Topper Sheet (Unknown Brand)
Paper - Kaisercraft Letters To Santa
Dies - Cheery Lynn Cutie Fringe 2, Wreath Strip; Memory Box Woodland Branch; Impression Obssession DIE-021N; Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday Greens; Spellbinder Decorative Labels Eight
Sentiment Tag - Craftworks Cards
Snow - Leane Creatief 
Glitter - Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy
Red Berries and Gold 'Twigs' - recycled Christmas Decorations
Lace, gold bead, and pine cones - from my junk stash

I do hope your Christmas preparations are coming along nicely, and you are not getting too stressed. I also hope you are staying warm or cool, depending on what part of the world you live in.

'Til next time (soon I hope), thank you for your visit,
Jennifer. xx

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