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Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year greetings



Hi, and good New Year's eve morning to everyone. Kinda sounds a bit crazy....... but it is morning here and it is new year's eve. Firstly a big welcome to new friends that have joined my blog. Great to have you around.
Well it has finally arrived.... the end of this year. This was my first year blogging and I have made such wonderful friends all over the world. It has been an amazing experience to be part of so many people's lives.
Our family have had a wonderful year, with so many new things happening. New homes, careers, events, achievements and I am truly thankful that Robert and I have been able to be part of all that has happened in their lives all over the world.
My card today is my New Year's wish to you all. The message on the inside(click on the star to read it) is truly my wish to each and everyone who visits here and may you all experience great peace and happiness in 2011.
Almost forgot to say that this card was made using the sketch from Sketch challenge on PCP. The first time I have entered this challenge.
I hear we are in for lots of rain this New Years weekend and I hope wherever you are that you can enjoy time together with family or friends, take care and be safe if you are travelling.
Bye for now.... see you all next year.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

No cards only containers






Hello friends and a happy holiday. Here in South Africa today is "Day of Goodwill", so wherever you are and whatever the day is called, I hope you are having a relaxing day and that you had a very lovely Christmas day. Christmas eve and Christmas day we spent with family having a really good time being together and enjoying good company and of course good food. We had glorious weather, sitting outdoors after dinner till about 11 in the evening and in Cchristmas day again a very hot day 30deg. C, spent outdoors. I hope my friends in the Northern hemisphere were snug and warm enjoying the day.I will be getting into card making mode again tomorrow as I have some birthday cards to get done, but here are a couple of tims that I decorated for gifts, with some small goodies and gift cards, for some of the younger members of the family. They were all greatly appreciated.
I won't go into detail about the decorations. The 1st one is for my 3yr old grandson who is crazy about dinosaurs at the moment.
The pink one is for Kellie-Anne, a real pink girl.
Bryan is into Karate and doing very well at it, so found lots of Karate symbols for his tin.
The last one is a black and white embossed paper that I used and some silver foil put through the cuttlebug. It does look very elegant.
Now we all can count down to 31 December
OK that all from me, hope you all enjoy the rest of the long weekend, whatever you may be doing...... have fun.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas tree update

Twice in one day...... only because I found a link for the Christmas tree on my last post. If you go to Connie's blog you will see her Folded Christmas tree. I am pleased I found it. Bye for now.

Another Christmas card.


Happy Saturday to everyone. Hope you are not running around too much for last minute things and everyone in the cold and frozen North is keeping warm.
I made another Christmas card, but as I said in my last post, sadly I do not know where I saw the pattern for this tree. I will DEFINITELY make sure I make a note in the future. It is very easily folded from a half circle, quick and effective.
Paper I used - Cream card, matted a green cardstock and then another cream with a bit of shine, which I put through the cuttlebug. Onto that a red with the Sentiment stamped and embossed in gold onto cream shimmer. The Christmas tree was made from Making memories "Mistletoe".
Have a wonderful weekend... just realised the last ordinary weekend of the year...
WOW 2011 is creeping up in the wings. Warm wishes

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas card


Hello to my friends in blogland.Happy Friday (almost Saturday), the weekend is here and all is well, I hope. At last I can see the light at the end of the tunnel as far as work and orders are concerned. I was able to spend a short while today and made some cards. If there is one lesson I have learnt and will try and do so in the new year, is to make a note of anything I download, or see, as I cannot give credit some of the time.
This card was a very quick one. I used paper that I printed a while back, so need to go and have a look and see where it came from. Matted that onto red cardstock.
I then cut 4 squares from red glimmer cardstock with my nestabilites and cut the letters with my cuttlebug alphabet dies. In the bottom corner, not sure that it shows up too well, is a cuttlebugged snowlfake layered, and glittered with a sparkly centre. It looks quite nice in reality.
Well we have had a week of rainy weather. From Wednesday morning to Thursday we had 100mm + of rain. At 8am I saw the raingauge overflowing, so not actually sure how much rain fell in that 24hr period. Thankfully the sun shone brightly today and we were able to dry out all our moulds etc. It was a lovely summers day. Well that's enough chatter from me, time is marching on and I have more cards to make. Warm wishes and have a great weekend.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Candles, candles and more candles.


Hi everyone,
No cards or paper project today, but just candles. I thought I would have some time this weekend to make a few cards, but had so many "emergency" candle orders that I didn't touch paper at all and doesn't seem that way for another day or two. This was an order for a wedding next week. I made the bride's 21st birthday candles and the candles for her engagement, so naturally I was asked to do the wedding ones as well. She was very happy when I showed her the photos, as she lives up in the North of the country and everything was organised, by phone, and emails. At least another happy bride. Now still busy with 20 small tins to be filled with wax. The tins have a pewter embossed strip around the outside and filled with scented wax, and these are for a 70th birthday. I might get a photo, but they will be collected tomorrow, so not too sure. Wishing you all a great week. Here in South Africa we have a holiday on Thursday, so that is something to look forward to.
Warm wishes

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas card swap



Good afternoon to all out in blogland. Wednesday, mid week, so on the way to the weekend. Hope it has not been too stressful thus far. Today I am showing a Christmas card I made for a swap with 10 ladies in our local RSA group. We were given a Z-fold instruction and the colours were white, black, gold and 1 other colour. This is my card.
Card that I used was white, a red with a shimmer, black and gold. (I followed the instructions, you see).
I cut the pointsetia with a Marianne designs die and mounted it onto a gold circle cut with a Nelle Snellen MFD, which in turn was mounted onto the black, with a gold layer under that. Punched out 2 corners with an EK punch. Put a pearl into the centre of the pointsetia.
The inside is very simple. The red card with the 2 corners punched and a white shimmer card, again cut with a NS die mounted onto the red, with the sentiment embossed in gold. A gold flourish cut with a Crealies die finished off the inside.
Hope you all have a good week and counting down to Christmas and the holidays.
Warm wishes

Monday, December 6, 2010

Santa for kiddies


Hi everyone..... Just a quickie today. This is a Santa card that we made in a children's class. It is a very simple design and can be changed easily depending on the ages of the children. They are basic shapes, and some are run through the cuttlebug. Used some puff paint on the popmpom for the hat and attached googly eyes, which the children love.
I did get the pattern from an internet site, last year, and didn't think then to make a note of the name, so can't give credit for it. Sorry, about that.
Enjoy your week and see you soon.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Please welcome Sylvester



Happy Sunday everyone,
Hope it is a relaxing one, and you are all enjoying the day whatever the weather. A special hello and warm welcome to my new followers. I decided to make a card for a challenge, as I haven't done one in a while. Still trying to get the last of the candle orders done. (Why can people organise a wedding months in advance and order their unity sets a week before the wedding..... guess that's how it goes!!!!) Anyway my card today is for the Teddy Stamperschallenge... using a Christmas teddy.
Paper used: red cardstock, matted DP - making memories.. music note Noel. I then used the same red and cut with a Nellie Snellen MFD and also a white, that I put through the cuttlebug for some texture.
Image: Please meet Sylvester, my little orphan bear. I found him sitting on a pile of old craft things at a "white elephant stall". He looked so forlorn and sad, so I took him home with me. He is my only little Christmas bear, so he is now sitting on my card, coloured with watercolour pencils, His hat has a trimming of puff paint with a brushing of icy crystals. He seems quite happy sitting next to a Nellie Snellen cristmas tree with an embossed sentiment.
I also decorated the inside with a MFD cutout, some cuttlebug Christmas trees and snowflakes.
Do have a wonderful week and have some time to relax. Warm wishes till next time.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas ornaments



Hello friends. It seems like ages since I last made a card. With pressure of work starting to ease off I decided to take part in some of the challenges on my PCP groups. This one is for Anything but cute group, using glitter. I must admit I love bling on my cards, but not a great fan of glitter, so it was a challenge. I just got a new set of Nesties "Heirloom ornaments", so decided to use them.

Card white, Matted onto that red shimmer card with a punched corner and sprayed with some gold glimmer mist. Cut 3 ornaments from a white shimmery card and then doodled with a glue pen and sprinkled gold glitter.
Image from a local company stamped and embossed in gold. Used peel-offs for the gold threads of the ornaments. I must say it was very quick, and I made two more at the same time, which I will show during the week.
Hope you are all having a restful weekend and for my friends in the North, keep warm.
Warm wishes

Erika's WOW candy

I would suggest you hop on over to Erika's blog and have a look at the awesome candy that she is giving away.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

December has arrived



Happy Wedenesday and 1 December to everyone. As if we need reminding that we have begun our festive month. I also realise I haven't posted in over a week, I have still been working like mad on orders, but at least I finished the last of my group swaps yesterday. Maybe I can now get down and make some cards and take part in a few challenges before the year is out. I have been popping in on a few blogs here and there and seen some lovely things.
As it is December I had to post something with a Christmas theme. I have just taken part with some of our local ladies... 28 in all, for a Festive Twinchie swap . (A twinchie is a card 2" or 50cm square). It had to be decorated and stamped with a Christmas/holiday theme, and a suggestion was to make it to hang in the tree.
I used red card and the image is a clear stamp from a page of Christmas stamps I got from my DIL in the Netherlands, Stamped on watercolour paper, coloured it with twinkling H20's and cut it out with one my my new Nestie dies from the Heirloom Ornament set. (I think this set will see lots of use).
The back (can just be seen on one of the tags hanging from the tree) I printed the details of the swap on a green/white mottled paper and cut this out with a Nellie Snellen MF die. Punched a hole and tied a gold thread on.
Hope to be back soon with some more festive goodies. Take care and for my friends in the north with all the cold weather, sending you warm wishes.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I would like to wish all my blogging friends in the United States a very Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy the day with family and friends and hope you have a relaxing weekend. We don't celebrate the day here in South Africa,but I guess we could take a moment to quietly give thanks for everything that we have and enjoy, and give thanks for all the wonderful bloggers out there that constantly inspire us with their great talent and ideas. Thank you one and all. Warm wishes

Glass glitter giveaway


Thier is some of this glass glitter being offered as a giveaway. So hurry on over to have a look here

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Want to win great candy?


If you hop on over to Wee memories and visit Jenny you will see some wonderful candy up for grabs and she has lovely cards and challenges on her blog.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Another birthday card.



Happy Friday to all my blogging friends. I can't believe it has been so long with no card from me. Life is a bit hectic and time is flying. Just making a few birthday cards and some swaps that I have committed to, and popping into a couple of blogs here and there. Just another week and I will have some time to craft. Even Christmas cards are just not happening. Anyway, here is a card I made for a special little girl. Our youngest grandaughter in NZ is turning 2 tomorrow (Saturday) and this is the card I made for Gabriella.
I hope I can remember what I did, as in my rush to post it I didn't make notes.
Paper: Ccut and folded a gatefold card with white cardstock and matted pink card onto that. I first ran this through the cuttlebug with the numbers folder, where I foiled the number 2 as she turnes 2.
Image: Stamped the WOJ Henry with cupcake onto watercolour paper and coloured it with a combination of pencilsa and distress inkpads. Put some glitter on the cupcake icing. Cut it with a Nellie Snellen MF die and inked the edges.
Sentiment was computer generated and put on with 2 butterfly brads.
I also decoreated the inside. Again used a NS die cutting out the computer generated message and again matted it onto pink. Punched out various flowers and assembled them with a pearl in the centre.
Family birthdays are almost over for the year, but need to get seriously stuck into Christmas cards.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. We had some lovely rain with cool weather, now back to summer. Hope to be back soon

Friday, November 12, 2010

Be inspired - visit Jacque

Happy Friday friends, I can't believe how the days are flying past. No card this morning, but maybe later today. I just wanted to tell you about a fabulous blog to visit. Jacque has really lovely cards, you need to see them!! and she always has lovely "sweet stuff" to share, so please go and pay her a visit here She is such an inspiration in so many ways.
Have a great day, hope to see you later

Monday, November 8, 2010

Birthday card - something different


Happy Monday to you all. The beginning of a good week we hope Getting lots of crafting done and in my case, scratching many items of my to do list. I made a birthday card for my granddaughter in New Zealand, which is a littl different. I decided on one that can be hung up having seen something on the Whiff of Joy tutorials a while back. I must apologise for the photo. The weather wasn't good, and I had to get the card into the post to reach NZ on time.
Card: I used a double sided card but unfortunately had no name and not sure where I got it. I cut 3 sizes with a rectangle Nestie. I also cut out a few different shapes with Nesties and Nellie Snellen MFD.
Image was one of the Magnolias. I am not very good at remembering which ones they are. Coloured Tilda with distress ink pads and added glitter for the stars.
On the centre card I stamped a sentiment with Just Rite stamps, but am really sorry it has not come out well. (This is what happens when one is in a hurry)
On the bottom card I glued a 6 that I had cut with my cuttlebug and "glittered"
Also punched some flowers with punches and layered them adding some pearls here and there for a bit of bling.
All 3 were glued onto a ribbon with a small ring attached at the top. It was fun to make a different birthday card.
Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Bottle tag



Good afternoon from a very hot SA. The temp on the thermometer outside my kitchen window is currently on 30deg.C, and it is in the shade. Well at least it is midweek, so all is well. Today I have a tag, made for a PCP challenge. Seeing as we are only 50+ days from Christmas and I am way behind I thought I would at least have a tag done. This fits over a wine bottle and ideal when taking a bottle with for dinner or whatever. Very quick to make.
Paper: used green cardstock. I cut it 14cm long and 7cm wide. Scored a line at 7cm and folded in half. Punched a hole in the one side large enough to go over the neck of the bottle. Now this is where time and imagination come into play. I didn't have much time so made it simple. Cut DP 15cm x 9cm. and a piece of plain card same size.
I sandwiched the piece with the hole punched out between these 2 layers, and decorated the outside DP.
I used a burgundy card and punched out a Nellie Snellen MFD. and layered this onto my DP.
Image is from Country Crafts & rubber stamps a local company, coloured with distress ink pads and the berries coated with glossy accents.
Added a "Merry Christmas tag and 3 pearls to finish.
I will be making a few more of these. I got this idea from a blog but can't remember whose it was, so am sorry I can't give any credit for it.
Hope you all have a wonderful week wherever you are.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pea soup and Oliebollen






Happy Sunday everybody. Hope you are all enjoying the weekend.... it is almost over here and we had a busy day today. No cards to show today but some tasty morsels. At our church we had our annual International food day. Usually we have it at the end of July which is still winter here in SA. For various reasons it was moved to today and what a change to lovely sunny summer weather almost too hot. Temp today was 28deg. C. With having a Dutch husband, we have always been running the Dutch food stall. Why I mention the weather is because, for anyone that knows... The Netherlands in the winter is cold and erwtensoep (pea soup) is most welcome, as are oliebollen ( a kind of doughnut) which are specially eaten on old year's night. So are you with me, winter.... and today was summer... 28deg. We had been more or less COMMANDED to make pea soup and the usual oliebollen, so... that's what we did. It wasn't too bad and everyone enjoyed it and we all had fun. So till next year maybe winter or ......summer.....

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fan folds are fun



Hello friends on a glorious sunny summer afternoon here in SA. The last day of October is upon us... very scarey, which makes me think of Halloween. So for those celebrating halloween have a lovely weekend, "trick or treating .... enjoy and have fun.
One of the groups I belong to has a challenge to use a fan fold flower and looking on blogs so many of the rosettes are appearing on cards, or as decorations. I have decided to put one onto an easel card, as I needed to make one for a challenge on a PCP group.. anything but cute.. which this is. Easel cards are such fun to make.

Paper. - card is an off white, onto which I matted a Racy raspberry, and then a vintage DP called Heritage - small floral - from a local South African oompany - Fabscraps.
I used the same DP for the fan flower and mounted that onto a darker colour cut with a nestie, and added a small punched flower and pearl onto that. The flourish is the same darker shade cut with a Crealies die and finished off with a few pearls.
The sentiment is also from a local company Great Impressions cut with a Nellie Snellen die mounted with foam pads.
The edge was punched with a MS punch and again a few pearls for some bling.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

A lovely discovery


Thanks to Rene
I discovered this lovely blog of Jenny's wee memories Check out the Scrappy Saturday Challenge.
Thanks Rene for telling me about this.
Hope you are all having a relaxing Saturday.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Joshua


Hi friends, Yippee!!! it is Friday.... Weekend. What a busy week and hardly any crafting. Hope to rectify that tomorrrow. Maybe put all the housework on hold... we will see.
I did make a card for my grandson's birthday on Sunday. He doesn't look at my blog so it is safe to show it. Joshua lives in the Netherlands and does enjoy doing some fishing with Dad, or maybe when Grandpa visits, so this is what I made for him.

Paper: cream card, Dp was some I had left, so don't know whose it is and also used some green matching cardstock.

Image: Again I am afraid I do not know who to give credit to. It is a digital image that I got when I first started about 2 years ago. I can't make out the name so if anyone knows I would appreciate hearing from you. I just love this little guy sitting with his rod, and can just imagine Joshua doing that. Coloured it with distress inkpads, and cut with a nestability, mounted on blue cardstock also cut with a Nestie.

Sentiment: I made a tag with a big fish for the Happy birthday wish, which was computer generated. I attached the tag with a homemade fishing hook and some fishline.
Finished it off with a few buttons.
I hope Joshua enjoys his birthday on Sunday with all his friends.
Have a great weekend everyone. We are promised some rain on Sunday, hope it arrives.

Friday, October 15, 2010

See the flowers dancing



Hi friends and happy Friday. Yeaa weekend. A slightly cooler one than the last few and we had some really lovely rain yesterday morning. It was a downpour, black sky and really came bucketing down. Very welcome it was hope to get some more in the next few days.

My card today is made for a challenge on my PCP group. We had to use a photo in our card. Last summer my fucshias were particularly lovely and I took some photos, This was one of them.

Paper: White card. matted a dark green and the DP is a Basic Grey, of which this was the last piece into which I cut an oval.

The image is a computer printed photo mounted in the oval. I wanted to keep it simple, so only used two layers of ribbon and 3 pearls as embellishments.

I did decorate the inside with an oval DP cut with a Nellie Snellen die and 2 corner swirls cut from a cuttlebug die in a cerise to match the flowers.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Until next time take care.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Shelly's & Create4fun


One card 2 challenges.

This is a first time challenge for me at Shelly's images. While on holiday last month I had the good fortune to win a digital image from Shelly. This is not the one that I chose, but loved this image and decided to get it. So I thought it would make a good birthday card.
Creat4fun require a digital image to be used.
The challenge on Shelly's blog was to use blue, sewing, material(ribbon) or buttons and all based on the fact that Shelley's Mom is having a birthday this month and loves to use all these elements. So this is what I came up with.

Card: white and matted DP printed from a download offered byJak. Pop over and visit her. She has wonderful cards and offers free downloads of beautiful papers on a regular basis. I cut out an oval with a Nellie Snellen multiframe die and put my image into that,
Image: Shelly's "mayflowers". I printed this image twice. Once on white card, then on the DP and cut out the umbrella pieced this onto the original image. I coloured the flowers with a combination of distress inks, twinling H20's, watercolour pencils and added a bit of Flower Soft to fill in the gaps.
Sentiment: I stamped this onto the DP and again cut with my Nellie Snellen die, threaded ribbon through,
Finished it off with 2 layers of ribbon and small flower buttons, cutting off the shanks.
I also decorated the inside with the DP. Here the lovely design is more visible, stamped a message onto that.

Halfway through the week already. See you all soon.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Karen's Doodles goes Funky



Good Monday afternoon. A new week and two challenges to make a good start.
The first is < Get Funky October challenge requires us to use 5 different papers
The second is Karen's Doodles NL with a sketch.

Here is my card which I am entering.
Paper. White cardstock and the DP is taken from the Funky Hand Papercraft Factory
dreams come true. I used 4 different matted papers and then punched some flowers and leaves from different FH papers, using Nellie Snellen's floral punches.
Image is from Karen's Doodles "flowers for Mum". I so love the little hedgehogs. Printed them onto watercolour paper and coloured with Distress inks and the flowers with twinkling H20's.
Sentiment is from Daisy Bucket designs which I got from a blogging friend.
I finished it off with some ribbon and pearls for the flower centres.
Have a great weekand hope to be back soon

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Another Teddy



Happy Saturday everyone,
Yes it"s the weekend, and a lovely sunny one it is too. At last got a card made for a challenge and hopefully it can be entered in a few.
Teddy stampers Obviously the Teddy bear and they asked for Fall colours
Annabelle's No DP.
EHI blog An animal. My first time entering this one

Paper: Cream cardstock for the card, then because the call was for no DP, I put my card through the cuttlebug with the butterfly embossing folder (you do get butterflies in autumn). I matted my image onto a brown card.

Image is one of my new Penny Black stamps I bought from Shamela recently. Coloured this with distress ink pads and the flowers with twinkling H20's. I would normally have used spring colours as we are in Spring now, but this challenge needed Fall colours, so a little out of my normal colour range. I also swiped the background with antique linen distress inkpad, as the white just didn't look good.
Sentiment is a digital one from TLC

Finished it off with a few pearls and a brad.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, October 8, 2010

New home



Hi blogging friends, Well after my complaint of no rain for so long, guess what. YES!! We had rain. Not much, just enough to settle the dust (all over the cars), but it sounded good, even had thunder, and it smelt wonderful. Hope we get some more now.
Another card today - another "no fuss one" My son and family in NZ have just moved into a beautiful big house, so this card is off to New Zealand. (hope to visit next year).

Paper: white Cardstock, matted a DP from Paper Salon. - stiched scribbles.
Stamped images from Hero Arts cut out with Nestabilities and coloured with watercolour pencils. The image also from Here Arts was stamped on the inside. Forgot to photograph that.
Well friends it is weekend, and hopefully I am going to play with some of my new toys that I brought back with me from NL. Maybe even get to do a challenge or two. I know the garden is calling for attention, so will try and do a bit of both. Have a wonderful weekend wherever and whatever you are doing.
Warm wishes

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Music


Hello everyone from a very hot and dry South Africa. We haven't seen any rain here where we live for the last five months and it is very hot at the moment. It should be spring, but I think we skipped that season, and we are now into summer with temps of 28 to 30 deg. Anyway I got to make another card yesterday.
I belong to a group on PCP, "Anything but cute" and the theme this week was MUSIC, so this is what I came up with.
Paper: Cream cardstock, matted a brown onto that. The DP is one that I bought a number of years back in The Netherlands, It is an Italian decoupage paper that has such a lovely feel to it, and I just fell in love with it.
Image: A Crafty Individuals stamp and I used only a part of it, stamped with distress ink - brushed corduroy.
Sentiment: Is a computer generated and aged the paper with a teabag.
Hope you all have a good week, we are over half way.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Birthday card



I was very pleased to be able to make a card again. This is for a special friend.
Paper: White cardstock, Lavender card I scored a section where the sentiment was stamped on, and then ran the rest through the cuttlebug.
Image: A digital one from Isabella's, coloured with watercolour pencils and cut with a nestie. Swiped the edges with my colour box chalks.
Sentiment is from WOJ.
I also decorated the inside, again using a cuttlebug folder cutting out the centre with an oval nestie, leaving a space for the message.
I rally enjoyed making a card again. Have been doing some swaps as well, so am being kept rather busy,
Warm wishes

I got candy


Hi everybody,
Blogging is going a little slowly. Still so much work to catch up on. It is the season coming up for craft markets, so lots of people wanting things and lots of glazing and also wedding season so lots of candles. etc. etc. Oh well never mind. At least I got to make a card today, but first things first.
When I left my family last week I was given lots of gifts, so I have candy to show.
This is what I was spoilt with. A set of 48 Copic ciao markers, and another set of skin tones. 4 Nellie Snellen Dawn stamps, Some Christmas "foamies", laser cut decorations, and then some fragrances for my soap making and a box of short pins for my candles, also some books and other freebies not in the photo. It felt like Christmas came early this year. Now I need to use all these things and also the new dies and folders that I bought.Hopefully this weekend will see some results. Watch this space.
See you all soon.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Hobby Dee







My DIL Diane has just opened a new hobby shop in Mijdrecht. I spent time at Hobby Dee giving her a helping hand (or two)It was certainly different from my normal working day and was lovely to chat to the customers who were all so enthusiastic about her shop. She also has a large haberdashery section which was welcomed by everyone who popped in. Here are a few photos of the shop on opening day.

Back Home


After a 3 week "working" holiday I am back home and trying to catch up with everything. I spent the last 3 weeks in the Netherlands helping my DIL with her new hobby shop. This is is the card I made for her to wish her luck.
White card, matted a green card onto which I put letters cut with my cuttlebug.
Stamped a sentiments and cut it with a Nellie Snellen die, matted onto a DP and added flowers punched with a floral punch. It is lovely and colourful, and looks better in real life.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend. We had a holiday here in SA today (Heritage Day) so it was ideal to try and get back into the swing of things.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Wonderful candy to checkout



I am putting this on my blog today as I think it is really worth going to have a look. Jak has such marvelous cards and this great candy is a wonderful gift, so go on over and visit her blog

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Hooked on Alchohol (Inks)


I have enjoyed playing with my alchohol inks and made another card using them. I used yellow and green inks on glossy cardstock and then stamped an image over this with stazon. The image is from Crafty Individuals.

Then sponged shades of yellow inks onto acetate, and fastened this onto the glossy card with brads. Did the same with the sentiment and matted it all onto brown cardstock.
Finished it off with 3 black buttons.

Sorry about the big white spot, but this photo was the best. The reflection on the acetate caused problems and my photographic skills are not that good.

Have a wonderful week.

Karen's Doodles "Copycat"




This week at Karen's Doodles there is an unusal challenge. "Copycat" You have to select a card from one of the DT's blogs and make your version of the card. The card I have chosen is from Christa's blog and this is my version.

Paper: Cream cardstock, matted various DP. from a pad of papers I bought from a local stationery store CNA. The green piece I ran through the cuttlebug.

Image is a digital from Karen's doodles coloured with distress inks and watercolour pencils.

Sentiment is from Hero Arts and just happens to be the same one Christa has used.
Finished off with ribbon and 3 pearls from my stash.

I think I will give this to a special friend who has a birthday on Wednesday.

Warm wishes and to my Northern hemisphere friends hope you are still having some summer weather.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Penny Black challenge


As I have just recently bought some Penny Black stamps from Shamela I needed to take part in this challenge which is "Feeling fruity". Couldn't think of something fruity, till I remembered some paper I had downloaded from Marieke Vermeulen designs some time ago. So this is what I put together.

DP from Marieke Vermeulen designs
Image stamped onto watercolour paper and coloured with distress inks and twinkling H20'.
Sentiment from WOJ and used a few apple brads from my stash.

Hope you all have a wonderful creative weekend.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Very quick birthday card


I had to make a quick card for one of my students for her birthday and as I belong to a group on PCP making CAS (clean and simple) cards,not easy for me I must say. I decided to do one of these for her. She doesn't like too fussy. This week our project was torn paper and using only ribbon, one embellishment and a sentiment.
I used cardstock with a slight marbling design on it and tore some DP to matt onto it. Not sure whose paper it is as I am down to my last little piece. The ribbon was tied in a knot and the sentiment is from Great Impressions a local stamping company.
The flower was one that I had already made. The card took me about 15 minutes, the biggest job was tearing the paper, That's not so easy LOL!
The flower I made was using the flower die from crealies. Her dies have 4 different sizes of each flower on one die. She is offering some of these as candy so pop over and see them. I cut out 5 layers put them together with a brad, sprayed some water on each layer and as it was drying just moulded them into shape. Put on some extra colour with distress inks and spritzed with glimmer mist. I also added three pearls as I thought it needed it.
Enjoythe rest of the week, not long to the weekend.