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.