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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'
Merry Christmas #2 - 'Anything Christmas'
Penny Black and More - 'Something New' (Technique)
Stamping Sensations - 'Cold and Frosty Colours'
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

Sunday, 31 December 2017


Here in Australia we have just a short time left in 2017. Except for the few
highs, this has been a year that I will be glad to see end.

The card I have to show you tonight is the one I made for our solicitor who has
guided us through the complicated legal processes of John's medical negligence
case. I thought it was appropriate to post it on my blog tonight, even though
while it features a clock, it is not actually a New Year card.
The card is quite large in order to accommodate the large die-cut, which I bought
several months ago. I felt the rather hefty price was justified because the die-cut
could be cut down into smaller pieces if  required.

Inside the card has a large area in which we wrote our personal message.
The decorative corners were among the first dies I ever bought, and also
among the first purchases I ever made on eBay.

The "Thank You" die was also on the card in my previous post.
I really should use it more often as it is a good size, and has
the appearance of a handwritten font.

A closer look at the embossing detail. I used about five different
embossing powders, applied unevenly, to try to create the look 
of rust on old metal.

Challenges I would like to enter
Die Cuttin' Divas #349 - 'Thank You'

Dies - Kaisercraft Vintage Clocks; Cuttlebug With Gratitude, Vintage Corners
Assorted embossing powders

It was my birthday 2 days ago (67...Yikes...HOW DID THAT HAPPEN??????), and after all the years of working on New Year's Eve, first as a nurse, then for many years as an entertainer, staying up to see in a new year has lost its attraction for me, so I am going to bed as soon as I finish this blog post. I am particularly exhausted because I have been on my feet all day at the Fort. I leave home at 7.30am and do not get home until about 6pm, with about 3 hours of that time driving there and back. We have been extremely busy for several weeks since the school holidays began, and while it is very interesting being a tour guide for people from all over the world, it can be quite exhausting. It is especially so with many days lately in the high 30sC to low 40sC. (I have never been a summer person).

For those of you who are going to stay up to welcome in 2018, I hope you have a safe and very much fun evening.

Jennifer. x

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Thank You Poppies

When we went to Sydney recently on business, I did not want to drive in the CBD
as there are so many major road closures and detours so we decided to travel by 
train. A neighbour drove us to the station, so to say "thank you" I made him this
card to accompany a bottle of 'red'. He loves a good red wine.

It may seem strange to make a floral card for a man, but as Len loves his garden
I thought a floral card would be appropriate.

I have had this die for many years, and have hardly ever used it.

I shaped the two poppy blooms with a ball tool, and attached them
with a pop dot to give them more dimension. To give the buds the
appearance of just beginning to open, I cut tiny wedges of red
card from scraps and attached them over the green buds.

Challenges I would like to enter
Die Cuttin' Divas #349 - 'Thank You'

Dies - Memory Box Prim Poppy; Cuttlebug With Gratitude 

Tomorrow I am rostered on at the Fort all day, so must go to bed to try to get some sleep. I will try to show you another Thank You card tomorrow night, so until then.......

"Happy crafting",
Jennifer. xx

Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Christmas Wreath

Happy Boxing Day to all. 
I hope you all had a memorable Christmas day with your loved ones.

In a recent post I mentioned that I created several 'production-line' cards. The following
are those. Although the design is identical, the matting and bow colours are different,
as are the different greens I sponged onto the wreath foliage. Therefore I am still 
honouring my own rule of never making two cards the same.

I bought the wreath die during the year, and this was the first time I used it. I LOVE IT!!
Despite the intricacy of the foliage, the wreath is released from the die very easily.

Unfortunately the gorgeous sparkle of the glitter on all the foliage
does not show up in any of the photos.

I left this wreath completely white, with a heavy coating of
glue which was then sprinkled with fine glitter.

For this wreath I 'smooshed' several darker greens onto a sheet of
white cardstock, the cut the wreath from that.

For all the bows I cut a section of the die from whichever cardstock
I had used for the matting, then carefully cut the bow from the 
foliage and attached it to the original bow.

Challenges I would like to enter
CAS on Friday #123 - 'Christmas'
Dream Valley #169 - 'Christmas'

Dies - Tutti Designs Wreath With Bow; Spellbinder Holiday Sentiments; Cheery Lynn Holly Flourish
Inks - Tim Holtz Distress Inks various greens
Glitters - Tim Holtz Distress Stickles dry glitter Clear Rock Candy; Stickles Red

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

Friday, 22 December 2017

White On White Poinsettia

Surprise, surprise peeps, I have another poinsettia card for you. Okay, you's not
a surprise. I have an obssession with these gorgeous flowers. 

When John and I were married almost 46 years ago, I had just finished my training to
become a registered nurse (sister). The nurses' quarters were bordered by dozens of
poinsettia shrubs in full bloom at the time. I asked the matron if I could have a couple
of blooms to place in the church as a symbol of my very happy years training. She
told me she would organise some. When I entered the church I gasped, as the
lovely elderly hospital gardener had filled our beautiful old church with  
many huge arrangements of them scattered throughout, 
so perhaps that is where my 'problem' originated.

Poinsettias come in such a variety of colours, and while our wedding ones were deep 
red, I have made these ones white with a soft sponging of  Iced Spruce Distress Ink.

A closer look at the poinsettia, and some of the bead sprays I made using silver wire 
and clear glass beads.

Inside the card is quite simple, and co-ordinates 
with the front.

I double-matted the sentiment from a sheet I bought at a 
craft show in London several years ago.

Challenges I would like to enter
Always Fun #37 - 'A Christmas Carol' (I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas) TOP 3
Crafty Cardmakers #202 - 'Christmas' 
Dies R Us #87 - 'White on White'
Scor-pal #44 - 'More Than 1 Score-Anything Goes Christmas'
The Holly and the Ivy #21 - 'Anything Christmas Goes'
The Merry Christmas #48 - 'Anything Goes + Christmas' TOP PICK
Winter Wonderland - 'Anything Christmas Goes'
Words 2 Craft By #48 - 'Christmas In My Heart' WINNER

Dies - Tim Holtz (Sizzix) Tattered Poinsettia, Holiday Greens
Embossing - Tim Holtz (Sizzix) Texture Fades Tattered Poinsettia Pattern Set
Inks - Distress Ink Iced Spruce
Sentiment - Craftwork Cards
Lattice Pattern - Scor-pal board
Glass beads and large sparkly gem are from my junk stash

Wow, only 3 more sleeps before the big fella in the red suit visits...where DID this year go??????

Thank you for your visit,
Jennifer. xx

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Golden Reindeer

I must apologise for the woeful quality of these photos, but I guess that
is what a blog is all about...honesty, warts and all!

This gorgeous glitter cardstock comes in many colours, and is of superb
quality. I think one would have to use coarse sandpaper to remove even
one tiny speck of glitter.
To conserve some of the glitter card, I cut the smaller gold matt from the
larger one, then cut the reindeer and words from the smaller matt...
cheeky?, but then no-one would know if I had not confessed my
frugality. The red cardstock is fairly heavy.

I bought this lovely die from a lady at a retreat many years ago.
She had used it a few times, but decided she didn't like it...I can't
figure out why, because it cuts beautifully.

Challenges I would like to enter
Animal Friends #57 - 'Anything Goes'
Sparkles Monthly ##99 - 'Quickie Christmas/Happy New Year'

Dies - Spellbinder Happy Sentiments; Marianne LR 0179
Gold Glitter cardstock - Crafts 4U
Tiny gem is from my junk stash

It certainly is a diverse world weatherwise.....some of you are experiencing very cold weather, while some of us in Eastern Australia are in the grip of a heat wave with temperatures in the low to mid 40s. 

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