Sunday, January 30, 2011

"Birdday" card

Happy Sunday, friends. We have had 4 beautiful sunny days and only a few clouds. Yesterday a sprinkling of rain, but hardly worth mentioning. Today's card is another birthday one. This for a friend who loves birds. On one of my PCP groups, Anything but cute... we had to make a card, using a bird punch or template given us.

I used a brown card, with a mottled green paper. Onto this I stamped the grass using a Hero Arts stamp. I cut a bird from a piece of yellow/green DP using my Nesties bird set. I cut a smaller bird out of a plain green and trimmed it slightly for the wing, which I put through the cuttlebug.

Finished it off with a green polka dot ribbon and a sentiment stamped on cream card with brown ink. The sentiment is from Whiff of Joy.

It was fun to do this one.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead, I am trying to shake of a terrible cold that I picked up and is most unwelcome, but seems quite happy to stick around.

Warm wishes

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A pocketful of wishes

Good evening everyone. As I said i need quite a few birthday cards the next few weeks, so am trying to get on with them Here is another one.

This is how I did it.

Paper: White cardstock, matted a pink cardstock and then DP from My Minds eye "pretty please" that I received as a free gift with a magazine.

Image: The "pocket: is a stamp in a set from Darcies Heart & Home. I stamped it onto another of the DP papers in the Pretty please booklet, and cut it out. Mounted onto the card, I made a tag for the pocket with a computer generated sentiment.

Stamped "happy birthday" onto the DP, punched it with a circle and mounted it onto a Nellie Snellen MFD cutout.
The inside used another of the DP "Pretty please" and again cut out the circle with a Nellie Snellen and added a plain cutout for the message.
Finished it off with a button from my stash.
Hope you are all having a great week. We are still having so much rain. Looking forward to seeing some sunny days before the end of summer.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Dinosaur birthday

Tomorrow is my grandson Dylan's 4th birthday. At the moment dinosaurs are at the top of his interest list. Has to have a dinosaur cake.... so made him a dino card. I didnt have a stamp for a dino so had to think... here's how I did it.

Paper - brown card stock, matted green which I had run through the numbers folder of the cuttlebug. Coloured the three numbers 4 and then put on glossy accents to make them pop. I used a DP with dinosaurs and cut out the 2 under a tree in the top corner. The paper is from Queen of hearts - dinky dino. It is a local SA company.

Image is taken from a colouring book resized and coloured with aquarelle pencils.
Sentiment is from a local stamping company.
The ribbon tag is from a Nellie Snellen MFD.
I chose the colours because I entered it into a challenge using colours brown, green and pink......hence the pink dino. The challenge is for Monday's birthday card on Outlawz group
Hope you are all enjoying a wonderful weekend. Warm wishes.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A gift for you - Karen's Doodles

Hello to you all at the end of the weekend. First my apologies for the picture of my card. Camera playing up so decided to scan it in, but somehow it hasn't come out that well. Will try and take a photo in the morning. Anyway.... this card is for the challenge on Karen's Doodles NL The recipe to follow was 3 buttons, two hatpins/pins, 1 ribbon. This is how I put it together.

Paper; White cardstock. DP Papers were from a freebie in a magazine. I think they were from the Nitwit collection.
Image - Karen's doodles coloured with distress inkpads and twinkling H20's cut out with a Nestability die and the edges inked with chalk.
Sentiment is from a Darcie stamp set, and the rest as required. buttons, pins and ribbon. Added a rose just to finish.
Have a great week now everyone. I am off to bed. Warm wishes.

Birthday flowers

Good afternoon friends. Hope you are all having a lovely enjoyable, relaxing Sunday. I have a card that I made for one of the many birthdays this month. I followed a sketch on a new group The Outlawz They have lots of different challenges, so if you are looking for something new have a wander over and see what they have to offer.
Paper: White card, matted onto a plain green that was together with the DP in a pad I purchased from a local stationary shop. No name brand . On the DP I used my new MS punch for the border at the bottom.
Image is also from a local stamping company.. Great Impressions. I stamped the flowers twice and coloured them with Twinking H20's. Paper pieced the vase, and cut out the flowers from the second image and glued them over the 1st image. Small rhinestones form the centres.
The sentiment is from Whiff of Joy.
A ribbon finished it all off.

That's all for to-day, still cool and raining so I think I will enjoy a good book for the rest of the afternoon.
Warm wishes.

Friday, January 14, 2011

All dressed up

Good evening friends, from a very wet and grey part of South Africa. Boy did we have rain this morning, the heavens opened up for about 45 mins. even came flooding into my studio. So a mad scramble for towels to stop the water and lift anything off the floor.... and more predicted for the next 3 days. Anyway as long as there are no more mishaps I can at least keep crafting.
The card today is for a challenge on a PCP group "anything but cute". We were given the template of the dress to download. This is what I did.
Paper: white card, matted a blue onto that. Used a pale blue velum which I put through the cuttlebug and attached it with brads. The DP was a free download from Jak Heath. She gives us lovely free papers fairly regularly. I printed it onto a cream shimmer card and cut the dress out of it. The shoe was also a freebie from Jak, which I printed onto the same paper and just coloured the bow slightly. Attached a ribbon, some liquid pearls round the neck and a sentiment printed on the computer again in velum and attached to the ribbon.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend doing whatever you love best. Warm wishes.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Christmas card recycled

Good evening all, Here we are second week of the year and my second Christmas card .... so far so good. This week on Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge we had to recycle or use a freebie. Well I kind of used both.
Paper: white card and matted a green onto that. The green card I first put through the cuttlebug with a folder that I got from my DIL in The Netherlands. It is really lovely and comes from "Crafts-Too" It embosses a frame and the centre is left plain for an image or sentiment. I took the liberty and classed this as a freebie.... it isn't maybe in the true sense... I also added a little bit of bling and shine to the berries and dots.
For the recycled bit I cut the picture from a card received this year and added that, just raising it.
I must say this was so quick. It took longer for the glitter to dry than making the card.
Hope you have all had a very good week and looking forward to the weekend.
Warm wishes.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

A Birthday card

Good morning all. A lovely sunny morning here.... hope it stays that way..... had NO rain yesterday....
I have a number of birthday card to make for family and friends this month.... so here is one of them......not telling who it is for.
I am also entering this one into 2 challenges, both digital and both requiring buttons.
Digital Challenges - anything goes
Digistamps4joy - Buttons

Here is what I did:

Paper - white cardstock, matted DP printed from Funky Hand CD, Bazzil cut with a Nellie Snellen die.

Image - Freebie from Digistamps4joy, printed onto watercolour paper and coloured with distress inkpads

Embellishments. Ribbon from stash, also buttons and flowers. For the sentiment I printed happy birthday and cut out a button with Crealies die. covered it with glossy accents to add to the buttons. Finished off with lots of bling round the frame, as this young lady loves BLING.

Inside - repeated the paper, ribbon and bling, added a Nestie cutout for the message.

I hope she will love it, let me know what you think.
Have a super day, keep warm if it is cold and snowy where you are.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Bottle of birthday wishes

Good evening all, Had planned to do this earlier, but time just ran away. The card today I amentering in two challenges:
Papertake Weekly-Anything goes with an option of using lace.
Let's ink it up - Anything goes

Paper: White card, matted a deep pink and the DP was a free download from Jak Heath. She offers amazing free papers every couple of months. You will find them here.

Image is from Clear Art Stamps "Message in a bottle" Stamped onto watercolour paper and coloured with Aquarelle pencils and Twinkling H20's. The bottle stopper I covered with glossy accents. Cut it out with a one of the new Nestie labels set.

Added some lace as Papertake Weekly asked for it. The flower was punched with Nellie Snellen floral punches and finished of with a brad and spacer. The flourish is from Crealies.A hat pin and pearls finished it off.
I stamped the Birthday greeting on the inside. This will be making its way over the waters for a friend overseas.
Hope you like it and thanks for those that visit and leave me some comments. I do appreciate it. Have a great week. Warm wishes.


I was touched to read the story of Katie, who found out just before Christmas that she had stage 4 stomach cancer. You can pop over to Katies blog to read her story and give her some encouragement. The fantastic Jak Heath had asked us all to remember her and the family in our prayers, but she has now gone one step further and together with various other paper crafters, designers and stampers have come together to organise some fundraising for Katie and her family. Please go to Jak's blog and read all about it. I think it is just so wonderful that all these people, who possibly do not even know one another, can come together and help a fellow crafter. I am so Blessed to be a member of this amazing group of crafters. Warm wishes.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Apples and mice.......

Happy Sunday to everyone... Yes I know it is almost the end of the weekend, but what the heck it is only the second week of the year. Here in SA we are having a rainy cool day.... I usually love it, but we have had so many rainy cool days and our summer is going by very quickly. At least I have been able to make a few cards. Here is one of them.
I am entering this one in the Karen's doodles challenge No.44 following the sketch given.

Paper - Red card, matted white and DP from Marieke Vermeulen designs that I printed.
Image from Karen's doodles coloured with Distress inkpads, cut with a Nestability and mounted onto a red cutout.

Borders were cut in red and green with a die from Crealies.
Sentiment was computer generated and cut with a scolloped Nestie.
Finished off with an apple brad.
On the inside I used the same DP paper that had an apple in the corner and a white cutout for the message.

Hope you all have a wonderful week. Will be back soon. Warm wishes.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

1st blogging birthday.

Good morning everyone, The middle of the first week..... and my first anniversary of blogging. When I think back.... how nervous I was of starting. My card today is a "Thank you" card. It is to say thank you to each and everyone who visits my blog, who helped me get started,(I had lots of questions in the beginning... and still have sometimes) inspired me and left any comments. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

This is what I used .. all in blues.
Paper: Bazzil card blue, folded into a Z-fold. Matted off-white card and then DP from Making Memories.
For the front I used a Marianne creatables die to cut a silhouette from the blue Bazzil and matted the negative onto the DP.
On the inside... cut a piece of off-white and distressed the edges with chalks, left it plain for a message.
The next section I cut a scolloped circle with a Nestie die in blue and then cut an off white shape with Marianne creatables. Onto that I mounted the blue cut out silhouette.
Finished off with flowers punched out of the DP and a small rose, with some flourishes of Crealies.
The sentiment on the front is from a local company.
Hope everyone is managing with this first full work week. Warm wishes.

Monday, January 3, 2011

2011 Calendar

At the end of last year I was invited to take part in a calendar swap. 12 ladies each made a page for the calendar. At the beginning of each month I will show the page for the month.... so then this is the lovely page made by Zelda that I will see at my desk for January. Zelda printed the calendar onto acetate, and (unfortunately on the photo) it does not show up the calendar very well as the handmade paper design underneath comes out through the acetate.
Warm wishes for a wonderful day. We are still having a lot of rain, but mainly at night, so that is not too bad.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Still Christmas season

Happy Monday morning everyone. I hope you all had a wonderful New Year celebration and that everyone is ready and inspired for the new year. I didn't think that my first card for the year would be a Christmas card, but here we are..... I still have a couple of stamped images, so found these challenges that I could enter.

Karen's Doodles challenge calls for a "celebration" card.

Reasonable Ribbons challenge requires you to use something new - Nestie labels 13 and red Christmas brads

Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge requires a Christmas card - anything goes -

I used the following:
Paper: White cardstock, matted a green card which I ran through the cuttlebug with a Christmas folder and distressed it a little.
Image: is a freebie digital from Karen's doodles. I cut it out with my NEW Nestie labels 13 dies. Coloured with distress inkpads. I put some puff paint on the hat and brushed some stickles on. Used glitter on the present and the bow.
I also added a piece of red and green ribbon for the Reasonable Ribbon challenge.
Sentiment was stamped on a label and attached with 2 red Christmas brads that I received in an Advent swap that I took part in.

The Craftyhazelnuts Christmas challenge runs throughout the year, so by taking part at least you will have a stash of cards for Christmas.... now that's a good idea.
That's it from me, hope to be back shortly with another card.
If you are back at work have a great week, and if still on holiday enjoy the fun.