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


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.