Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last challenge of the year

This is the last challenge card for this year. The  DS4J challenge was Anything goes..... something old, somethig new.

My card was quite simple, as I am still on holiday and don't have all my stash available. The image is "Star keeper" something new. I found it just the ideal one for the New Year.
Paper ...Unknown.
Image was coloured with watercolour pencils, some glitter added and cut with a Nellie Snellen die.
Buttons..are my something old.. from an aunt here in The Netherlands..they are very old I was told.

I would also like to wish all my followers and visitors to my blog a very Happy 2012. My wish is that you may all be Blessed with good health, happiness, peace, and love this coming year.
Take care...see you next year.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New colour challenge...The Outlawz

Hello everyone from a rather cool white Christmas though.
We arrived here on Thursday and had a wonderful Christmas with the family. Santa even knew where we were....
Onto the  Outlawz colourchallenge for this week. These are the colours we were given to use and the twist is to use polka dots.

This is my project...and I am sorry if I do not have the details of the papers, etc, as I am not at home when posting this.

I am not too sure if you are able to see the polka dots on the paper The paper is from Docrafts...Papermania. Cut the Christmas tree with Nellie Snellen dies..Snowflakes with Cuttlebug.... butterflies......Marianne design.
Sentiments...Docraft stamps
Added some glitter and peeloff stars.
Now I invite you to go on over to the Tuesday colour challenge and have a look at what the other DT membrs have made. We would love you to join us and show your creations
Hope you all have a wonderful week and enjoy the rest of this last week of the year. Warm wishes

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Outlawz Tuesday colour challenge

Good morning to all my friends,
Yikes... it is already Tuesday..the last before Christmas and another Colour challenge over at The Outlawz.
These are the colours we were given to work with this week, and they have such lovely names.  The added extra was to use pearls.

I was very fortunate to find this Dp for my card that had all the right colours in it.

Paper...white cardstock, matted DP, a piece I had, so don't know the name.
Image is from Tiddly Inks...our sponsor for the month. Coloured the hearts with distress inks and aquarelle pencils, and added glossy accents to the larger ones. Matted onto green and pink card.
Sentiment..also from Tiddly Inks, cut with a Nellie Snellen die and mounted onto a plain oval in pink.
Pearls around the sentiment and in the corner to finish and added a bow.
Was a very simple and easy one to make.

I would love for you to have a look at the fabulous projects of the other DT members. and hope to see one of yours entered in the challenge.

Warm wishes and have a great week. Hope all your preparations are coming along nicely.

Friday, December 16, 2011

I have been published!!!!

Happy Friday blogging friends and a special welcome to my new friends. Great to have you here, hope you will visit often.
Indeed a happy day here in South Africa as today is a public holiday...Reconciliation a long weekend for many and also the start of the major holiday season. Factories have closed, schools are closed and many industries are shut for the holidays, so a mass exodus of people over the next few days to the coastal resorts and various inland holiday places.  Our area becomes a pleasure to be in, less traffic, and more relaxed time.
Also a happy day as I have received a copy of the pages in Papercraft Inspirations...a magazine from the UK, in which I have had a card published. I got a call several weeks ago asking if I would give permission for my card to be featured on their "Beautiful Blog" what do you think I said...YES!!!! The magazine has been posted to subscribers and goes on sale next week in the UK.
This is the card I made for a challenge in November at DS4J, using one of their images.

Full details of the card can be found Here Thanks for stopping by and I do appreciate your lovely comments.  By the way only 5 sleeps before our holiday...can't wait....but so much to do still.
Take care and have a great weekend.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Colour challenge at The Outlawz

Good evening friends,
Yes it is still Tuesday...only a few hours left of it here in if it is Tuesday that  means one thing
  Colour challenge at The Outlawz. This was the pallette we were given to work with

and here is my card for this weeks challenge:

Paper...White cardstock, blue DP..from a pad by Wilson & Maclaglin. Cut shapes with a Nestability, added glitter, pearls, ribbon,
Mounted all this onto 2 die cuts with a Nellie Snellen die.
Sentiment from a set by Docrafts.
 This idea came from a card that I saw on this site    Amazing Paper Grace Becca has some of the most amazing cards and mine is not a patch on hers. I just love her inspiration.

I would be great if you visited The Outlawz and had a look at the lovely cards made by the other members of the DT. There are some lovely prizes to be won as well so hope to see some of your creations there.
Hope you all enjoy the rest of the week and take care.

Looking through the window

Good morning friends and a happy Tuesday to you all,
Onbly 8 more sleeps till we leave on our holiday, but need to get 16 more days of work done....that's what it feel like.LOL....
As promised last week here is another of the cards made during the class I attended. It is actually a very easy and simple card to put together.
Started off with stamping the flowers using small tapestry stamps onto cream cardstock and inking all the edges.
I used a Marianne Design die for my window. It is actually a lantern die and I cut the top piece of to make it into a window. Put a sheet of acetate behind this.
The Christmas tree is from a Cuttlebug die, decorated with some bling, cut a curtain and stamped that as well.
The window was then mounted on 3D foam pads, and all was done.
I love this Marainne die, and would like to make some more windows, with different images.
Thanks for popping in and have a wonderful week. Mine is very busy as we are also having to visit with many friends and family  before we leave.
Take care, have fun and see you soon.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Magic Card.

Happy Saturday friends,
The time is just whizzing past. I was going to show you another card a few days ago, but here we are 3 days later.
This is a card I made at a class during the week....why it is called magic card I am not sure, but I think it is a SUPER card.
and then the centre flap lifts up

Paper ...white card, edges punched with a border punch.Dp...was provided so have no name.
The butterfly was cut using a Marianne Design die added some beaded embellishments, and mounted onto a Nellie Snellen diecut square with sticker rubbon and peeloff strips along the sides.
Sentiment ....stamp  from Country Crafts and Stamps.
I really like this slightly different card.

Enjoy your Saturday, will stry and show some more tomorrow.
Take care.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A good read.....

Good evening friends
It certainly is a good one here. A really lovely summer's evening after a hot and steamy day......but still no rain. Our weather forecasters are predicting showers that don't seem to be falling anywhere near us.

I would like to welcome some new friends here at my Crafting Corner. It is always good to see new faces and I hope you will pop in often.

I have no card this time but a book mark which I made for the Progressive Freebie Challenge over at CDAC. The image I have used is from Just some lines ..

Here is what I used.
Paper....Dark green cardstock, punched the edge with a new X-cut border punch. 
DP..I got  some in a swap sometime back and only had a little piece left...just enough !
Image..Just some lines...coloured with distress inkpads generated.
These bookmarks are so easy to make, and my blogging friend  Sharon makes them slightly differently, but I got the idea of the ribbon tag from her. You might want to pop over and see the lovely creations she has. I was lucky to win one of hers.

That's all from me for today will have some more tomorrow. I have fininshed some lovely cards that I made in a class, so please come back and visit.
Take care.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

A sweet fairy... The Outlawz colour challenge

Good afternoon Friends,
I wanted to post this card earlier but had a busy morning. For a change I attended a class and made 3 fun cards. Will post them later in the week, have to add finishing touches and get some photos done.
Todays card is my contribution to the    The outlawz...Tuesday colour challenge.  This week we were given this pallet of colours to work with and the twist was to add sparkle.

Here is my card

This is what I used.
Paper.....Docrafts...Especially for you. I shaped the card using a Crealies, multi die, but you can use any of the larger multi dies, or if you are very carefull, just draw a shape on the front of the card and cut it out.

Image....Marieanne Design stamp, coloured with distress inkpads and cut out with a Marianne Creatables die, using both of the dies in the set. I shaded  the top cutout with antique linen, added stickles to her wings and silver glitter to the stars.

Embellishments.... Flowers punched with a Nellies flower punch, leaves...Marianne design die and also the flourish.
Sentiment .... Whif of Joy stamped onto a wide ribbon and added some glitter for the stars.

Please go onto the Outlawz challenge page and have a look at what the other DT memebers have made...All stunning cards and then join us with a creation of your own. Look forward to seeing you there.

I am entering in the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly...Anything goes
Craft your Passions..Anything goes plus glitter
Make it Monday...Anything goes

That's it for now, best get on with some more cards to finish, etc and hope to see you soon. Take care.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas ...gate fold

Hello there,
Hope you are all having a great Saturday and looking forward to an exciting weekend. The card I have to day is a gate fold that I made for a Christmas swap.

Paper.... DoCrafts..Papermania- Mistletoe Kisses
Images,,,,Docrafts ....Noel set. coloured with Distress inkpads, added, glitter, sparkles and Puff paint for the snow. generated.
This was a real fun one to make.
Thanks for popping in and take care. Hope to see you soon.

Friday, December 2, 2011

December 2011

Happy Friday everyone,
Wow this month is moving as fast as the rest...or maybe even faster. Everyone is counting down...holidays...Christmas.....end of the wonder it is flying past.

Today I am showing the last of this year's calendar pages. This was my contribution to the calendar.

Hope you all have a wonderful day and a great weekend. This is our last "free weekend" before our holiday, so will be madly trying to get as much of outstanding work done as possible, then a bit of crafting  will HAVE  to be done.
Take care, see you soon.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

No Mouse in the House at DS4J

Good morning friends,
We have arrived at the last day of November and being a Wednesday time for a New challenge at  Digistamps4joy. So here's the challenge.  The theme is Christmas, but  NO animals...not even a MOUSE.

Here is what I did:
Paper....My minds eye..Snowed in range. It was a pack that was free with a magazine, red cardstock.
Image...3 Kings from DS4J, coloured with twinkling H2O's, added somedetail with a  metallic pen and glitter on the crowns.
Embellishment ... Star cut with a cuttlebug die and some glitter added.
Sentiment...Computer generated.

Now it's over to you. We would love to see what you create, so please visit  the challenge blog and have a look at the cards created by the rest of the DT, You may enter even if you do not have a DS4J image, but if you do have one you get an extra chance in the draw, but we have a BONUS for you this week. If you enter a Christmas...No Mouse card, then you will be permitted to enter an "Anything Goes" card as well,  BUT it MUST have a DS4J image

This challenge will run for 4 weeks, not the usual 2, so you have no excuse not to enter. Look forward to seeing your creations.
Have fun, and see you soon.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Last GD card ...but GREAT news.....

Hello friends,
Being Tuesday it is time for the Colour challenge over at The Outlawz, and this is my last card as Guest Designer for November. It has been fun and challenging.....BUT....the GOOD news is I have been invited to stay on and join the Design Team of The Outlawz.  What a surprise that was and I am still feeling like a new kid at school with all the graduates. So thank you to Colleen and the team for inviting  me.

My card for this week's challenge was designed with these colours in mind, and the twist was to add buttons.

Paper....Papermania...Hampstead collection
Image...   From The Paper Shelter   coloured with Distress inks, cut out with a Nestability and mounted on foam pads.
Finished off with 3 little buttons.
I left the sentiment off, and will add something inside when I know who the recipient will be..

Please go over and have a look at the lovely cards of the team and check out the variety of digis from our sponsors. They really are lovely.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Four flap card

Hello blogging friends.
Happy Monday to you all. I trust those that had a holiday weekend had a good time, celebrating, relaxing, shopping....whatever it was I hope you enjoyed and had fun.
The card today was made for a Scorpal challenge and I will be using it in a class in a few weeks time, so wanted to try it out. It is actually very easy to make.

Grrrrr!!!! Why can't the photos go where I want them to????

Here is what I used.
Paper...Winter Wonderland collection from Docrafts
Image...Tatty Teddy from the paper pack
Sentiment...local company
Embellishments...Star.....Marianne Design die and snowflakes from a cuttlebug die..
Added a touvh of glitter to the star and the snowflakes.
The inside allows for a gift card or something flat to be enclosed.
\A great birthday of anytime card.

Hope you all have a great week, the days are rushing by only 26 to go till Christmas and 3 less to our holiday. Take care,...but have fun.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Be thankful

Good evening fellow bloggers,
Firstly I would like to say Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends. I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating and having fun with family and friends. Here in South Africa we don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but I do think it would be the right thing to do, just to take a few minutes and think of all that we have to be thankful for.  I for one have a wonderful family that means so much to me, and I am also very thankful for the friends that I have made all over the world, through this great hobby of cardmaking and paper crafting. So to each and every one wherever you may be ...Thank you, may you all be richly blessed.
My card today was my entry this week as GD at
The Outlawz...colour challenge. We were given this colour pallete and the twist was ..must have a  pumpkin..paper/stamp/

I seemed to be very wanting on this theme, but found that I did have something to use.

Here's what I used.

Cream cardstock, matted orange and brown card. Put a piece of cream through the cuttlebug with pumpkin folder. Coloured them slightly with distress inks, just to add a bit of colour.
The sentiment was a freebie and I don't have a name for the artist. It actually had an acorn on the centre, that I was able to remove and added the pumpkins instead....Barry all I have on this one.
Hope you all have a wonderful week further and a lovely holiday weekend for those lucky enough to have one. We have had some lovely rains over the last few days, very heavy at times, least the garden is smiling.
Take care and see you soon.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Post-it easel

Good eveing friends,
It's been a little busy around here. Had a class today, and also the end of year with markets and everyone wanting their glazing done for markets, gifts etc., so very busy and the kilns firing constantly,....working late, and up early......but only 4 weeks to go and then we will be off on our holiday.

This is one of the cards that we did at class today. This was definitely the more popular one. Please forgive the photo we had very dark skies with rain and a bit of hail, but needed to try and get this post up as tomorrow is a bit of a hectic day.

I had made a second sample, but everyone chose for the calendar option.

Paper ....Papermania...capsule collection
Marianne design dies for the flower, swirl and tag. Covered the post it notes with a small tag and a stamped sentiment.
I found the design on the Stampartic blog here.
That's all for now, will try and be back soon. Take care and have a good week further.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Freebie challenge

Good morning friends,
Happy Saturday and  I hope you get to have a great weekend. Over at The Outlaws there is a new Creative Freebie challenge. Anne & Sandi have offered images to use and enter in the challenge. If you enter at least one you get to play again. I had hoped to do a couple but only managed this one. You should go an pay them a visit, because the images are amazing....these ladies sure can draw..
This is my entry.
Paper...white cardstock, DP ..Papermania..Silent Night.
Cuttlebug embossing folder. Anne Easton...The Outlawz..Creative Freebie challenge, coloured with distress inkpads.
Finished off with 3 pears.

Hopefully I will have more time for he next part of this challenge...I do love their images.
Have a great weekend and see you soon.
Take care.

Edit Note: I only posted this today Sunday, as blogger was being very difficult yesterday and I couldn't get this up.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Card or tag

Good morning friends,
Wednesday morning so another challenge from DigiStamps4Joy. This week we are playing "Tic Tac Toe in full colour" So why not hop on over and have a look at the challenge.
For my entry this week I decided on a tag. This one fits over a wine bottle...very easy to make and can be your card at the same time.
Here is what I used. cardstock, DP...Papermania...Silent Night
Image...DS4J,,,Cchristmas Treee coloured with distress inkpads, added glitter and peeloff gold stars, cut it out and mounted with foam pads.
Sentiment...Do Crafts, embossed with gold
Embellishment...Marianne Creatables Die.

That's my entry so we would like to see what you can do this week. You have 2 weeks to enter so hop on over and have a go. You do not have to have a DS4J image, but it will increase your chances of winning if you do.
That's it from me, take care and have fun.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Frieda goes to town

Good evening blogging friends.
I have had a busy day with classes, so only posting my GDT card now for the OutlawzTuesday colour challenge. These were the colours we had to work with, and the  twist was add flowers.

For my card I used a digi image from Anne's cards4U Anne has some lovely froggy digital images which are free.
I coloured her with copics and then cut it out, mounted on the lilypad with foam pads. The rest of the picture I coloured with distress inks, and cut that out with a Nestibility, which I mounted over a Marianne die.
Paper: greeen cardstock and a spotted purple which was a piece, punched the corners.
Sentiment is from Whiff of Joy.
Made some flowers to put onto her hat and also for the corner of the card.
Bling for her necklace and pearls finished it all off.
Hope you all have a great week, almost half way and only 39 day to Christmas. Take care.

Monday, November 14, 2011

CDAC progressive challenge 6

Hello friends,
Hope everyone has had a good start to the week.It promises to be a very hectic one for me, so best I just get on with it.
This card is my first and also the last for this challenge, as I will only just make it again. Had hoped to do more, but all kinds of things got in the way.

The image is from  Inked Treasures and I thought it would make a lovely birthday card for my granddaughter Gabriella in New Zealand. I coloured it with Copics....still trying to use them more often.... Cut it out and mounted it onto a scalloped oval.
Design papers from Wilson & Maclagan.
Sentiment...a no name stamp and finished with a bow.
I am also entering this into the The Outlawz .....Wednesday sketch challenge.
That's it for now, have to get this into the challenge  before it closes. Will be back soon. Have a great week and take care.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fancy fold Star

Happy Friday friends,
Today being 11/11 we remember all those that have offered up their lives through the years.
It is another scorcher of a day here in this part of South Africa. Temps of 30 plus deg. for the 3rd day and the forecast is for more of the same for the weekend....and not a drop of rain in sight. Would love to be able to share some of our heat with those that need it...LOL
My card today was one I made for a class I taught last week.I did find the idea somewhere, just lost the link, but will look for it and add it in here.

I found the link:   Stamp Owl's Studio The link to the card doesn't seem to work, so this is the link to the blog and the post for this tutorial is 8 April
   It is actually not a difficult card to make, just needs acurate measuring. It went down well with the class
Here is what I used.
Paper....local cardstock, DP from the Papermania range...Blueberry Pie and some silver card for matting.
The swirls were cut from Marianne design dies. finished off with pearls and paper the class we punched out flowers and embossed and coloured them.
On the inside cut a circle with a Nellie Snellen die for the message.

I will enter this in the following challenge
Cooking with Katie...Fancy fold add some flowers

I have a number of cards for various project to complete this weekend, if I can find a cool spot to work in.
Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Outlawz colour challenge

Good evening friends.
 Hope the week has been good so far. I had a great class this morning, but a frustrating afternoon, sorting out internet problems. Hopefully all is resolved.
On the Out lawz colour challenge this week we were asked to use these colours with the twist being to use gingham or houndstooth paper.

My card was made again using an image from one of the sponsors The paper shelter I coloured with distress inks cut with an oval, mounted onto a scolloped oval. Used my cuttlebug to emboss Happy birthday.
Stamped the sentiment onto a tag and mounted with gingham ribbon. Finished off with some pearls.

I will be entering it in the following challenge:
Totally Gorjuss following their sketch.

Enjoy the rest of the week. We are in for a very hot day tomorrow, temps reachinng 33deg. C.
Take care and have fun.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

November.......almost at the end

Good morning friends,
A beautiful Sunday morning here, blue skies, the birds are all happy and it promises to be a lovely summery day. No rain forecast so a great day for doing all the outdoor activites that are planned.
We are almost at the end of this year as far as months go, so here is my page for November.

It was made by  Marcelle (Moz) Roberts  in Pietermaritzburg, one of my RSA group friends. She has put together a stunning page and her cards are always a pleasure to look at. You might want to pop over to her blog to have a look for yourself. She also makes the most gorgeous Teddy Bears and knitted socks.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend wherevery ou are and take care.
See you soon.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

With gratitude

Good morning friends,
Yes, Wednesday and today at Digistamps 4 Joy is a new challenge.....with gratitude. I think we all have something to be thankful for...   This is my card

Here is what I used.
Paper...white cardstock, DP  from Fabscraps...cracked porcelain
Image:  Flower heart  printed onto watercolour paper, coloured with distress inks and twinkling H2O's. handmade flowers, paper roses and beads. The bow has another one paper pieced onto the original. Cut out with a Nellie Snellen die, inked edges and mounted with foam pads over a doily cut with  a Marianne Creatables die.
Sentiment: computer generated and finished off with pearls.
Would love to hear from you.

We would love to see you join us for this challenge, and if you use a DS4J image you have extra chances in the draw, but you are also welcome to use any other image.
That's it from me for now, have a great week further and take care.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sew cute

Good morning friends,
Happy Tuesday to you all and for those that celebrate Halloween, hope you had fun.
Well here we are with a brand new month, not many left this year......and then also some news. I was invited to be guest designer for November at The Outlaws...Tuesday colour challenge.  These are the colours to use, and the "November novelty twist"  is to use twine.
I was thrilled ...accepted of course...and here is my first card.

 An actual challenge as I had to come up with my own ideas, No DT cards to guide me... Here's what I did.
Paper ...Papermania..different ranges
Image..  Cute dressmaker from The Paper Shelter     coloured with Distress inkapds I love this image, reminded me of when I was younger and my Mom helped me with making my clothes. I did some faux stitching round the edges
I didn't have any twine, but substituted some flate woven ribbon on a diecut cotton reel generated      and finished off with three buttons.

Hope you like pop over and show us what you make.  Have a great week. Now that Halloween is over, I guess it is full steam into Christmas. Take care and have fun.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Wear Pink

Good morning everyone,
Thursday already and almost end of October,...... 8 weeks today and we will be landing in Amsterdam for our holiday....don't worry I wont do a countdown here....will miss our summer, but will have a great time with the family for Christmas. Haven't spent Christmas with them in their home for a many years.

My card today was made for a challenge over at The Outlawz...greeting challenge....Pink. This is an image from Gilli stamps..Boho...that I won as a prize in July.
I kept the card very simple.

Papers.....from a pad of Wilson & Macglalin
Image...  Boho from Gilli stamps..coloured with Copics, cut it out with a Nestie and matted it onto dark pink and trimmed it.
Words and ribbon cut with Cricut

I am entering it in the following challenges:
Let's ink it upThink Pink...They have started up their challenges again, after Suzanne had been of ill.
That's it for now...Have a wonderful week almost at the end....we are still hoping for some was forecast  for yesterday, but.....maybe today.

Take care and have fun

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

J for Joshua

Good morning everyone,
I trust the week is treating you all well. We are having very hot weather here, not sure where spring has gone off to, but summer has definitely arrived. Yesterday the temp was 35 deg. C and the next few days much the same forecast, with a sprinkling of rain for tomorrow. Hope the sprinkling happens to be here over our area.
Well my card today was made for our grandson Joshua's 10th birthday. He loves doing things with his hands and is always making tree houses, or some or other contraption with his tools.
Here's what I used.
Paper......DP was from a pad, Wilson & Macglaglin. The brown I put through the cuttlebug with a folder to look like wood.
Image....Whiff of Joy, coloured with copics,....I am trying to use them more often...I cut it out and mounted with foam pads
The letter J and the numbers were cut with my Cricut......I did well used 2 of my "tools" for this card.. The J  also ran through the cuttlebug.
Sentiment....a local stamp...attached it and the J with brads... nails.

I am entering this in the following challenges:
All sorts....To the letter
Karen's Doodles K..for Karen..use a letter.
That's it for now. You go and have a great week, take care.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

CDAC Progressive challenge 5

Good afternoon to everyone,
Here we are having a stunning summer Saturday afternoon. After some very bad hail storms during the week, the garden is putting on its brave face and looking not too bad. All the cleaning up is not quite finished yet, but getting there.
I wuld loike to say a warm welcome to my new followers. It is great to have you visitng and love to hear your comments. Please pop back often.
My card today is the second card in the  CDAC progressive  challenge no 5. Can't believe there is only one left to go, and this is one of the digis that we were given to work with. It is fromDigis by Phooka

The papers I used were all left overs from last Christmas, I cut out a scolloped oval with a Nestie, ran it through the cuttlebug with a snowflakes folder, added some glitter.
The image was coloured with distress inkpads, added a bit of puffy and some glitter to her hat.
Finished off with a Christmas tree brad and some pearls. generated.
That's it for now, going to enjoy some lovely sunshine......sorry if you can't join me. Have a wonderful weekend. Take care and have fun

Thursday, October 20, 2011

CDAC progressive challenge 5

Good morning friends,
What a day yesterday was. Started of cloudy, with a prediction of heavy rains. Got darker, the sun came out, got grey, the sun came rain....THEN at about 3pm some thunder and hail, but very small stones and only a minute or not really much water had fallen.....BUT about an hour later, it got dark and then.....hailstones like small eggs came pounding down.....waited for the windows to go, but thankfully they stayed whole. Our garden now has a green carpet everywhere and all the trees have been considerably "thinned out". Not sure how much fruit is left on the trees.  Well that's nature for you....... Hope no more of that for now. Right now, beautiful blue skies.
On to my card for today. This is the first of the cards for the progressive challenge over at CDAC, where we are given 5 images to create with. The last challenge I snuck in at the death and only managed to upload one card before cutoff, so this week I intend to be a little earlier.

The added challenge was to use colours from the cool side of the colour wheel, so this is what I have done.
Paper....Pieces from my stash...I think the navy is Papermania...not too sure.
Image: from SSBS Design coloured with Distress inkpads, mounted onto a doily cut from a Marianne design die.
Sentiment computer generated, finished off with some brads and a gingerbread man button.
Busy with some more of the images for this challenge, hope to get them done this weekend, but first have a garden to tidy up.
Take care, have fun and see you soon.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Embellish it..."Seein Double"

Good morning friends,
Well Wednesday morning, so half way the weekend of course.  This week  on  Digi Stamps 4 Joy, the challenge is EMBELLISH IT ...seein double, so that is just what I have done.
I just love this image, and as we are not big on Halloween here in South Africa, I decided  to use some other colours than the traditional Halloween ones.

Here's what I did:
Paper:  Green cardstock, matted DP printed from a Funky Hand CD....Dreams come true
Image: "Hangin with spidey" DS4J, coloured with distress inkpads and Twinkling H20's and cut with a Nellie Snellen MFD
Sentiment...Whiff of Joy
Finished off with 2 buttons, 2 brads and 2 ribbons.
Hope you like it. Pop over to the  challenge blog and see what the other DT members have created and then come  and join us with your entry. We would love to see what you make of this challenge. You don't have to have a DS4J image to take part, but you could be a winner if you do.  Hope to see you there.

I am also entering this into the following
The Outlawz Greeting card challenge...everything goes
Make it Monday...Create, share inspire

Take care and have fun

Monday, October 17, 2011

A must have

Hi friends
Hope you had a good weekend. No card today, but just saw on   Jak's blog she is giving away something incredible.
LED lamp_flashlight2 If I could find them in this country I would get one. Hop on over and check out her requirements for taking part.
I hope you have a good week, looks like we might get some rain in the next day or two, Here's hoping. Will be back soon with some cards.
Take care and have fun.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Anniversary wishes

Hello blogging friends on this glorious Sunday here in my part of the world.
Watched the rugby this morning and my 2nd team (NZ All Blacks) are through to the final next week, so that was a good start.
My card today was made for a couple celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. It is quite a simple card, based on one I saw some time back in blogland. Made a sketch at the time, but didn't make a note of the blog.

Used a white shimmer cardstock and punched the edges with fancy edge punch. Put a piece of the paper through the cuttlebug with the swiss dots folder for the centre triangle.
Sentiment ...Whiff of Joy punched out with a nestie and a peel-off 40.
Flourishes and flowers are cut with a Marianne design die, using the same shimmer paper and just coloured with distress ink pads.
A few pearls to finish

In my rush to get the photo before delivering the card, I forgot to show the inside, but never mind. The couple loved it.

 I am entering this in the following challenges:
Secret Crafter...White and one other colour
Have a wonderful Sunday and enjoy the week ahead. Take care and have fun

Saturday, October 15, 2011

More Halloween for CDAC progressive challenge.

Hello!.... I said I would be back soon.
As promised here is my second card for the CDAC progressive challenge. Another Halloween card. As I said in my previous post in South Africa we don't really celelbrate Halloween, but I think it is fun and my 2 cards will be wending heir way across the waters on Monday to some friends.
For this card I chose the image from Sew Many Cards.

I coloured with Distress ink pads and cut out the image which I popped onto a scolloped oval with foam pads. All of this was mounted onto the DP which is again from SherriK designs.
Sentiment.....OH MY WORD, I just realised I left it off. It was a computer generated one, which I will put on before mailing it.
Finished off with a black cat button and some brads.
That's it for now.
I do have a third image printed, not Halloween,  but not sure I am going to get it finished in time for the deadline, so it might only come up here next week.
I need to do some chores.....and the garden is calling and the lovely weather is just begging to be enjoyed.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, take care and have fun.

CDAC progressive challenge 4

Happy Saturday to all my friends.
Hope you had a good week and ready for a relaxing Saturday. Here it is just lovely sunny weather....sorry for those in the cooler regions of the world...but we are waiting for some rain.
Today I have the first of my cards for this series of the CDAC Progressive challenge, it closes today, so I am again just sneaking in. Thank goodness for the different time zones, it gives me a few extra hours.
This image is from Designs to Delight.

I coloured the image with Distress Ink pads, cut it out with a nestie, matted onto black which I then trimmed. The DP was a Halloween freebie from  SherrieK designs.
The embellishments were gifts last year in a RAK from a friend and came in very handy, as in South Africa we are not big on Halloween so all these bits and pieces are not freely available.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
Craft your days away ...Halloween colours
I will be back shortly with the second card for this challenge..

Friday, October 14, 2011

Happy birthday Magda

Good morning all, Yippee!! it's Friday and that means the weekend ....looks like a really good one with great weather...still no rain, but it will come soon..."I hope"
My card today was made for a friend's birthday. I will be using this design for a class in November, so tried it out. First saw it on Karen's Doodles NL challenge blog, and tried it with some small changes. It worked out well, and my friend was thrilled with it.

Here is what I used:
Paper..Papermania...Especially for you
Images...Cupcake...Country crafts, Teapot...Papermania ...Summer Bloom stamp set.
Lacy Die...Mariannes Designs, also the small tag.
Added, lace, pearls and a bow. and a teapot charm to the tag...Needed that to balance the card. It doesn't show up well on the photo. generated.

Sorry the photo doesn't do it justice, but had to take a quick picture as I was giving it to her and realised I had"nt taken a photo.

Well that's it for now. Have a wonderful weekend and take care.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

WOW. What a day!!!

Hello friends, Hope you are having a great week. The weather is just glorious and I would just love to be outside more at the moment, but I have had a lot of preparation to do for classes, so hope the weekend will be equally glorious.
Today I did a class for 10 ladies at Country Crafts in Johannesburg and it was all so exciting as we had a very special guest. Non other than Marianne from Marianne's Designs in the Netherlands. I think many of you are using her dies already. She is such a lovely lady and it was an honour to have her sitting in on the class.
This is the card that we made, with a small variation in the class. I saw the picture on Jennie's blog and really liked it, so asked if she would mind me using it. I think the original came from one of the Stampartic design team, but couldn't find it there.
This is what I used for the card and the box:
Paper: Kaisercraft...English Rose collection
I used a selection of dies from Marianne Designs, Nellie Snellen and Joy crafts to cut the hearts, flourishes and flowers using scraps of shimmer paper and various bits and pieces.
Finished off with some seam binding on the front and a few pearls.
    When once I had worked out the idea it was actually easy to put together.
I also  made a box for it to go into. This is just a basic "pizza" style box, that is also so easy to put together.
Altogether the ladies loved it.                       

I am entering this in some challenges as well:
Top Tip Tuesday.... Use DP and handmade flowers

Hope you all have a good week, have fun and  enjoy what you are doing. Will be back soon.