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Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Maggie for a change



Hello friends,
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, and that you are ready for an exciting week ahead, It is also the start of a new month, and here for us in the Southern Hemisphere, August can mean some warmer days ahead, with spring peeping round the corner.
I had hoped to do some posting a few days ago, but life just suddenly seemed to think differently. Anyway here I am with another card.
I am entering it in a few challenges:

Outlawz ..http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/... Monday greeting card... anything but square
Simon Says http://http//simonsaysstampschallenge.blogspot.com/.. Shaped card
Tip Top Tuesday ..http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.com/... Make it Girlie
Anything goes ..http://anythingchallenge.blogspot.com/....Pick of the bunch...flowers
Sew Many challenges ..http://www.sewmanychallenges.com/.. Anything goes
All Sorts..http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/.. Free n Easy

This is what I did:
Paper: White cardstock, DP. Wilson & McClaughlin.
Image .. Magnolia, don't know her name, (very bad haven't kept a record of the names!!!) coloured with Distress ink pads, cut out and mounted on a Nestie. I Inked the edges and did some faux stitching.
Sentiment... Whiff of Joy
Flowers .. hand made from Marianne and Crealies dies and a few roses.

Had a bit of a problem, because I assembled it all with the card lying flat, but when I stood it upright.....the balance was way out.... Anyway fixed it up.

I enjoyed this card. Haven't coloured a Maggie for ages and I guess the flowers are a bit much, but I enjoyed myself....


Hope to be back soon. Have fun

Saturday, July 23, 2011

H is for Happy....

Happy Saturday and I hope your weekend is going well
Today's card is for a couple of challenges.







Outlawz....Sunday CAS....Recipe something old, someting new and something blue

Cricut card challenge..... Monogram or Inital
Paper Cutz....Anything goes

This is what I did.
Paper: White cardstock, cut a hole with smallest Nestie scolloped circle... swiped the edges with distress ink pad...anique linen.
DP is from Making Memories...Vintage findings.
Flourish cut with Cricut cartridge Accent Essnetials.
Finished off with some pearls.
The sentiment on the inside was computer generated.

For my Outlawz challenge, something old.... paper and pearls
something new..... Cricut cartride and something blue...paper.

Have a wonderful weekend, I am going to watch the rugby on TV... Springboks playing Australia and then the Tour de France. Have fun everyone.

Friday, July 22, 2011

For the men!!!

Happy Friday and the weekend is but a few hours away.
Today I have a card, which is suitable for various occassions, but it was made for a Man, so I am entering it in a number of challenges for the men. I was inspired when I read Curt's blog, as he had lots of music notes. If you haven't been to visit his blog, then do yourself a favour, he has lovely cards.

So this is being entered in the following challenges





Tuesday Throwdown... something metallic
Sentimental Sundays ...for the men in your life
Cute card Thursday ...For his eyes only
Get Funky boys, boys, boys.

This is how I made it.
Paper: Bazzill cardstock, DP is from the Funky Hand CD "Dreams come true"
Image is also from the same Funky Hand CD, printed, coloured with Distress inkpads, and Twinkling H2O's, cut with a Nestie matted onto a larger one and mounted with 3D foam pads.
Sentiment was a freebie from Sentimental Sundays.
I stamped some music notes onto ribbon, and attached a music notes charm for the "something metallic"
The inside a put a white cutout for the message and stamped and embossed a few music notes.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend, whatever you may be doing.
I hope it qualifies all round for the challenges.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

More Christmas

Hello everyone,
Yes still Christmas in July, so here is another card for couple of challenges.



Ba Humbug ... shaped card http://bah-humbug-christmas.blogspot.com/

Christmas card challenge ... .http://christmascardchallenges.blogspot.com/

Annabelles.... say it with circles ....http://annabellestamps.blogspot.com/

All sorts ... Free n easy ..... http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/

Delightful challenges .. Christmas in July ..http://delightfulsketches.blogspot.com/

Top Tip Tuesday ..... Shaped card http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.com/


Diana's stamping challenge..Christmas in July

This is what I did:
Paper... Bazzill card stock. Cut shape with red card using Marianne Creatables. Cut a white circle with nestability scolloped die.
Image... stamp from a local company Great Impressions... coloured with Twinkling H2O's, some stickles and glitter, cut out and mounted with 3D foam pads.

Sentiment.... Whiff of Joy, cut with a small Nestie, mounted onto red and trimmed.

Finished off with pearls.

That's it for today. Have a wonderful week... almost weekend. A little warmer here today , hope it will stay for the weekend.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Card Camp...last week

Happy Wednesday....I can't believe that we are halfway through the last week of Card Camp. I feel as if someone just whizzed it all past me quickly..... so as a result I am somewhat behind. Thank goodness I have all the notes and tutorials, to keep making cards for a while to come. This is the colour combo for this week. At least they are colours that I enjoy using.











Here is my first card for the week.

Paper... I used Bazzil for all the layers, The frame was cut out with a Joy MFD,
Image... is from Studio G, embossed with white EP, as is the sentiment.
Finished off with brads in the corner.
At least it went together very quickly. Now I need to get on with the next one.
Enjoy the rest of the week, and I hope it gets a little cooler in those very warm areas in the North.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Christmas stars

Greetings to all my blogging friends.
In 5 months I guess we will just about have all our Christmas cards, made and posted. I hope for me that will be the case. Well here is another card to add to the collection.



This is what I did.
Paper: White cardstock, matted red Bazzil and then white card which had been put through the cuttlebug stars folder.
Christmas tree cut with a Nellie Snellen MFD
The Image is from Digi4joy, stamped on water colour paper, coloured with a combination of aquarelles, twinkling H2O's and distress ink pads. Some of the bows and ribbons have stickles, frosted lace or icicles, this is mounted on 3D foam pads.
Sentiment: a local company Great impressions.

I am entering this in a number of challenges:
Simon Says Stamp challenge...Anything goes... They are trying to reach a 1000 submissions this week.
The Outlawz... Monday greeting card... Christmas in July
Digi4Joy... Christmas ....snow and ice
Charisma Cards... It's in the stars
Craftyhazelnuts Christmas Challenge ... Seeing stars

Enjoy the rest of the week everyone. We are supposed to be having some nice warm days. Hope they are right.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Joy fold

Hi friends, The start of a new week, hope it wil be a good one for all.
Today we have the actual birthday of my MIL, which I posted about yesterday. 99 years and still going strong. Had a lovely morning tea at the Care home, with a few family and friends. Lots of telephone calls from all over the world. Yesterday was a family celebration and a wonderful day with even the weather being lovely and warm
Thanks you to so many of my blogging friends from all over the world who sent her good wishes. She just couldn't understand that so many people new about her and were interested in her and she doesn't even know them, but thanked everyone for their messages.

Now for today's card. Talk about sneaking in the back door. This Joy fold card was made for the Tuesday colour challenge at The Outlawz calling for colours of orange, oatmeal and green with a gold embelishment.






I am also entering it in the following challenges:
Delightful challenges..... Fancyfold card.
Crazy4challenges ...... Joyfold card
Craft your days away .... Fancy fold
Here's what I used.
Paper: Light colour craft card, green bazzill, which I put through the cuttlebug.
DP from a local company..Fabscraps ....coastal sunrise
Image.. Hereo arts, coloured with distress ink pads, cut out with a nestability and the edges coloured with distress ink pad. On the inside of the card I left one side with out DP and I stamped the image with spiced marmalade distress ink pad.
Finished off with 3 gold brads, for the gold embelishment.
Hope to be back tomorrow with a card for the last week of Stamp camp.
Warm wishes.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Card for a milestone birthday

Happy Saturday to my blogging friends.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend whatever you may be doing, mine is a fairly busy one. Tomorrow we are having a family gathering to celebrate the birthday of a wonderful lady, my MIL who turns 99 on Monday 18th. She is still in very good health, takes no medication and up
until 7 months ago, still lived in her own little cottage, doing her cooking and baking herself.


She started suffering from the early stages of dimentia and at times got very confused, so we decided she needed some care, and she moved to a care home, which she shares with 6 other ladies, and whom she still entertains almost on a daily basis with her piano playing.

We had her piano moved there and that is her absolute passion, playing classical pieces. She has a bit of a problem with her eyes, but can still see to read the music. So we will be gathering as a family tomorrow to celebrate and wish her well.

This is the card I made for her.

Paper: pink and purple Bazzil cardstock. I cut out corner and mounted a bird. The bird was cut from a Spellbinders nested set using the middle siz and the smaller size for the wing. I put both through the cuttlebug with the swiss dots and paisley folders. A small pink rhinestone for the eye
The design was made using "Hobby Dots" which are like peeloffs. Got these from the Netherlands.
The 99 was cut with a cuttlebug alphabet and added some stickles to this.
Flower was cut with a Crealies flower die in pink and edged with distress inkpad and a pearl added to the centre.


I think I will enter this into a few challenges.


Outlawz.. Monday greeting... in my garden.. I have birds there
Simon Says....Anything goes
Paper play challenge... Things with wings.....birds

Take care and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Friday, July 15, 2011

More from Card Camp week 3



Good afternoon friends. It is happy Friday, and the end of week 3 at Card Camp. I have enjoyed it thus far, but as I have said before, a bit challenging to use the appropriate colours, but I am managing.

My card today is also being entered in the following challenges:
Outlawz Wednesday sketch challenge
Creative Craft Challenge Pretty Blossoms

This is what I have used.
Paper: All cardstock for matting in the selected colours. Rounded the corners of the top layer. I cut a piece with a cuttlebug folder for the strip at the top and side.
Cut out flowers in 2 colours with Crealies flower dies spritzed them with some glimmer mist, and fixed a pearl in the centre.
The sentiment is a stamp from a local company, stamped with versafine brown, cut with a nestie and matted onto a larger brown nestie.
3 pearls to finish off.
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. Might be back with some more cards tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Week 3 new colours



Good morning friends,

Today's card is using the colours from week 3 of the Card Camp. I am rather behind, just don't know who is stealing my time...LOL.


This card was made for the Outlawz Sunday CAS challenge. I decided to use the colours from card camp. We were to use only stamps, any kind, rubber, digital, but no DP. A real challenge!!!
Here is what I have done.

Paper: Card is all Bazzil...brown, cream and taupe.
Image: Great Impressions, a local company. Firstly I used a piece of mesh and rubbed over that with a Colour box chalk - Alabaster, all over the brown card for a background. I then stamped the image twice with Versafine Vintage Sepia, and cut out the dragonfly from the second one. Coloured that with fired brick distress pad and brushed some Twinkling H20.. garnet over, just for a bit of glimmer. Mounted that with 3D squares.
Sentiment also stamped with the same inkpad onto a piece of tapue card and trimmed with a fancy edge scissors.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Invitation to tea in the bush


Well another weekend gone and a new week ahead. Hope it will be a good one for you all. Firstly a big welcome to some new friends that have joined my blog. It is always lovely to have more friends join, hope you will see something you like and I love to hear from you.

Today's card is an achievement for me, as it is the first one I have cut with my new Cricut. Still trying to learn all about it, but slowly getting there. This is again an entry for Challenges by AR theme "wild Prints". I won this file for the teacup from Creations by AR and decided to make it into a cup of "bush tea", which in South Africa is a very popular tea...Roobos Tea.
I am also entering it into the CAS-ual Fridays challenge..shaped card.
The DP is from a local company, Paper explosion... Safari collection..leopard trail.
The sentiment was computer generated, and the teabag coloured with tea dye ink.
I also have the file for a teapot, but will use that another time.

Enjoy your week, whatever you may be doing

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Ready to travel

Hi friends, hope you are having a lovely weekend.
It looks like someone is going travelling, but no, not me. I made this card for a friend who is going to travel, and very coincidentally, it fits the new 3D challenge by AR just launched. So go and hve a look at the lovely projects made by the DT. with the theme "Wild prints"
I got the idea from one that I saw some time back on the blog of Jerri A Touch of Grace and you should have a look at her projects.
I also see that Daring Cardmakers are also calling for a suitcase card in their challenge.


The DP is from a local supplier, pieces of red and brown cardstock. Eyelets and brads for decoration and faux stitching to finish it off. It was fun to make and my friend loved it.
Have a great weekend and hope to be back soon.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Trudy ... ready for a party










Hi everybody and happy Friday.
The weekend has arrived hope you will all have a good relaxing one. My card to day is using a free digi from MO called Trudy with gift. She came in 2 parts ...the first in her undies with her gift behind her and the second part was her dress with little tabs, so the image could be used as a paper doll....this takes me back many years, when I loved to play with paper dolls.

I am entering it into the following challenges;
All sorts challenge... free and easy ...http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/
The outlawz... Wednesday sketch....http://outlawzchallenges.ning.com/group/sketchchallenge
Dutch Dare card challenges... summer fun.. http://dutchdare-cardchallenges.blogspot.com/

Paper: card white, DP ..Wilson & McGlaughlin
Image: Mo's digital ..Trudy with dress.. coloured with Twinking H20's., cut out and put onto a Nestability cut out
Sentiment... Daisy bucket designs
Punched flowers.... corner .. cuttlebug die, and ribbon.
I also decorated the inside this time round.

Have a wonderful weekend

Thursday, July 7, 2011

I won,I won!!!!!!





Two days ago I received these beautiful beaded pins in the post. They were candy that I won from Janette. Please pay her a visit and see her lovely creations. http://lajanette.blogspot.com/

My photo does not really do them justice. They are all different and really lovely.

Thank you Janette, they will be put to good use.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Summer camp week 2




Wednesday already and we are into week 2 of Summer card camp. These are the colours to work with for this week.





I must say I am enjoying the camp, but also find it very challenging, especially when it comes to choosing papers. I truly have to scratch around, as I do not want to go and buy any at the moment. Here is the first card of the week, and what I have used for it




Paper: Card was all from my stash and I managed to find a small piece of the green, just enough for backing the message. The DP was a piec with no name, from a local supplier and ws a special at some stage.


Sentiment: Is also from a local supplier, I stamped and embossed in white


Flowers were punched with a Nellie Snellen floral punch, the leaves with a McGill pine punch and finished off with a few pearls.

I guess I now need to go and look through my papers to find what I am going to use for the rest of this week.

Hope you are all enjoying your week, and not long to the weekend. Warm wishes.


Winter morning

Happy Wednesday morning,









Yes it is winter without a doubt. Woke up to a really freezing but clear morning and this is what it looked like when we opened the curtains with the sun just peeping over the hill. Not snow, just frost. Beautiful, but cold, so thought I just needed to share this with anyone getting very hot today.

Will be back later with some cards. Have a great day.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Anniversary card

Hi friends. I Hope you are all having a relaxing Sunday wherever you are. The sun is shining here, but still rather chilly, so ideal weather for watching TV today. Wimbledon, Tour de France, that's our choice for today.
My card today is for a friend's 10th wedding anniversary and I have used one of the colour combinations from the Summer card camp. blue, green ,pink, cream and purple, but I couldn't find something purple to go with it, so left that off.
I am also entering my card in theAll sorts challenge...free and easy



I am not sure what fold this is, but I do enjoy
making it and here is what I used.


Paper: Cardstock .. cream with a mottled effect and bluecard. DP is from a pad of Art Talent, got it in the Netherlands Pink card for the heart.
Image ... Whiff of Joy, coloured with Distress ink pads and cut out. Mounted on cream card which I put through the cuttlebug.
The heart was cut with a Nellie Snellen MFD abd a used peeloff for the 10. Inside I stamped and emboosed "Happy Anniversary".
Enjoy what's left of the weekend,and if you are not having a holiday tomorrow have a great week.
See you soon!!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Another month, another page



Good morning to you all, Saturday morning, the weekend. Hooray!! Yes we are into the second half of the year with the start of JUlY, so another page from my calendar, with snowmen and snowflakes. We are of course in the middle of our winter, not as cold as some of my northern hemisphere friends might have it, but nevertheless COLD enough. The last few weeks we have had really cold nights, down to about -2deg C to 3 or 4deg and the days even though they are sunny,(we are in a summer rainfall area, so very seldom get rain in the winter) have been between 8deg C to 17 degC. with some icy cold winds blowing from the southern parts of the country where they have had some snow. Here in the highveld around Johannesburg we very rarely get snow, just frosty mornings when it can look very white on the lawns, but never mind in a few weeks we will see the first signs of spring and then it will begin to feel warmer.
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and to all my friends in the USA have a wonderful Independance day on the 4th.
Ill be back soon.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Card Camp, another entry

Happy Friday all my friends,
At last the weekend has arrived, another cold one for us. Here is another card made for the first week of card camp. Still using the same colours, but this time working to a sketch, this is what I came up with.


Paper: white cardstock, stamped with pink flourishes. Orange DP, sorry no name,

Embelishments: Using the reverse of the orange DP with a Crealies die, I cut out a
strip and also a circle, for my sentiment. The flowers were punched and embossed with a Nellie Snellen floral punch.
Sentiment: Just Rite stamps.
Pearls to finish

I wish you all a lovely weekend, and for my Canadian friends... Happy Canada Day and to all my friends from the USA a wonderful 4th July. Enjoy your holiday weekends and if travelling be safe.