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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

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Golden Snowflakes

I now have another card to add to my "I am going to have all my Christmas
cards finished before December" collection.

This card was fairly quick to make just using die-cuts and gorgeous gold
glittered cardstock which I backed with double-sided adhesive paper. It
is also flat, so will only attract basic postage costs.

A closer look at the stunning die-cut sentiment. I fell in love with this
die the first time I saw it. My photos do not do the glittered cardstock
justice...IRL the sparkle is almost blinding!

Challenges I would like to enter.
ABC Christmas - 'C. and D. are for? (I choose C. for Clean)
A Snowflakes Promise #48 - 'Anything Goes'
Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas #374 - 'Anything Christmas Goes (opt. use some gold)'
Di's Digi Designs - 'Die Cuts'
Happy Little Stampers DIES - 'Anything Goes, but must use dies'
Mix It Up #10 - 'Anything Goes (opt.CAS)'
My Time To Craft #365 - 'Monochromatic'
The Holly and the Ivy #23 - 'Anything Christmas Goes'
Winter Wonderland - 'Anything Christmas Goes'

Items Used
Dies - Sue Wilson Season's Greetings; Impression Obssession Mini Snowflakes
Glittered Cardstock - Crafts 4U Champagne

Just a short post today, but before I sign off I would like to remind you that we have a challenge over at Words 2 Craft By, with this month's theme "If snowflakes were kisses, I'd send you a blizzard".

Thank you for visiting, and until next time, I wish you "Happy Crafting",
Jennifer. x

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'  HONOURABLE MENTION
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' TOP 5

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