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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Handmade calendar with note pad

I made one of these for each of our ladies in our grocery club. I must say the combination calendar and notebook was a hit.

Spectrum noir coloured christmas card

This bear is just too cute.

Embossed christmas card

The red and green against the white looks beautiful.

Embossed christmas card

A simple design where the ribbon makes the card just POP.

Embossed Christmas card

This beautiful embossing folder leaves space for a simple image stamped with a great impressions stamp.

Christmas card using scrapbooking paper

Quick christmas cards

Isn't it ironic how most of us wait until the last minute before rushing around like a crazy person to get things done? Clean and simple is right up my alley which made the task so much easier.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Circle Step Card

Hopefully this is the last circle step card for a while.  Isn't this just an adorable image from Lily of the Valley?

Circle Step Card

Circle step card on an embossed background.  Coloured with Spectrum Noir markers


Monday, November 26, 2012

Embossed Card

Embossed card.  Not a good picture as the light was a tad too bright.

Scalloped cards

These scalloped shapes were cut with the grand nestability and coloured with spectrum noir markers.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Marika's birthday Card

Shamela demo'd this card at World Card Making day at the beginning of October.  During the demo, I managed to complete the card except for the coloured image.  I finished it on the weekend past and presented it to Marika on her birthday.  I completely forgot to take a photo of it and had to 'pinch' it off Marika's sight :-)

Silhouette Cuts

Two projects cut on the silhouette.  The baby bottle card was a bit of a challenge because I really wanted quite a heavy weight card but the silhouette cannot handle 300g cardstock at all.  I cut the shape on 180g cardstock, traced it onto 300g and then cut with a scissor.  Not perfect but passable.

The snowflake was cut on a 200g cardstock and needed a little 'scissor' help on one or two places.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Cut files for the Silhouette and other

I was cajoled by Amanda into hauling out my Silhouette and on expressing my wish to buy the new Silhouette Cameo was firmly told by her that 'you have a Silhouette'. Well, that saved me quite a bit of money as although my Silhouette cannot do a decent cut on cardstock heavier than 200g, there's absolutely nothing wrong with it.

So, out it came and there I was clicking on the links that Amanda sent and surfing away until I found some really great sites that had free cutting files.

You will find these links on the bottom right of my blog.  A great big thanks goes out to the owners of these sites.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Road trip on the motor bike

It's 5am on Friday morning and my last post before I done my alien regalia and hubby and I together with 7 others head off to Port Elizabeth, East London, Port St. John, Graaff Reinnet and Oudtshoorn on a 7 day trip. We are hoping to do a few day trips to places of interest along the way.

It's stopped raining for now but very wet. I am praying it will stay that way.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The first card I have made decorating the inside as well.  Another Magnolia image.
The card shape was cut out with the large nestie scallop courtesy of Amanda's play dates.
The middle was cut out with a plain nestie.

I have had this 'thing' for Magnolia images for a few weeks now.  I never liked them at first considering they have no nose and no mouth.... Well, they have kinda grown on me and now I just can't get enough of it.

I came across this circle-step card recently and decided to give it a try. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

This card was made for my friend Michelle that turned 'life begins at....' this weekend.  The sketch came from the Outlawz girls.

The image was coloured with Spectrum Noir that are now my absolute favourite alcohol marker.

Skin:  FS1, FS2, TN2 and cheeks that you can't really see, PP1
Yellow : CT1, CT3 and GB3
Green: CG1, CG2 and CG4

The hair.  hmmmmm, can't quite remember.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

My busy few days

My paper crafting has been on a go slow these past few days.  I've been planning, shopping, cooking and baking all in preparation for my daughter's confirmation this past Sunday.  Thankfully that is all over and can go back to doing what I love most.

With us going on holiday for a week at the end of the month I have been frantically searching for a project to dem on world card making day bearing in mind that it's the day after we get back.  Ouch! 13 packs to prepare, swaps to finish, birthday cards to get out and all this while my work that pays the bills get in the way of it all.

I hope to at least post something crafty this week.

Oh, an hour before the confirmation lunch the confirmation cake was bare on the table and 15 minutes later, something that looked half decent. I will post a picture soon.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Yippee! I leant how to colour black hair and love the way it turned out. I think the hair on all my images will be black from now on :-)

The image was coloured with a combination of copics and promakers.  The hair was coloured using a black copic fine-liner with the 'feathering' technique.  Very easy and very effective.

The tutorial can be found here: How to colour shiny black hair

I bought this stamp quite a long time ago to use on a chunky book and never used it again until now.  One of the challenges are called 'Best Friends' and what a perfect stamp this is.  Just a pity I will never get to send it to anybody.  Brothers and Sisters never came my way.

The image is coloured using a combination of promarkers and copics.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Meeting with RSA ladies

Some of the Cape Town ladies Lauren, Debbie and her daughter Sasha, Gail, Shamela, Michelle, Sharon And Shamela spent a lovely evening with Anne Erler at Lauren's place.  It was great to meet her and hear what some of the Gauteng/Pretoria ladies are getting up to and just having a good old natter.

The eats and coffee/tea was of course flowing and those of us that was a bit cold (it was raining quite heavily and cold) even snuggled under a blanket generously provided by Lauren.

We had looked through some of the Cape Town ladies craft work and wow, I am always so impressed with the beautiful work that the ladies produce.

Monday, August 20, 2012

This card was for the Monday CAS challenge at the Outlawz.  In the spirit of the olympic games we were challenged to represent our country.

I made this card for Lauren a fellow stamper.  I really enjoyed colouring this little lady and I don't think it turned out too badly.  Actually, I'm quite proud of it for a 'colouring' newbie.

This one for my sister-in-law whose birthday it was yesterday.  She's a 'green' fan.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Eid ul-fitr

I managed to make 4 Eid cards this evening.  I normally just get store bought ones but a special hand-made one for my dear friend who knows who she is.  I mean, how could I give her a store bought one?
This year I decided to make my own.  Quick and simple, all the same design with just a slight difference in the flowers used.

The 4th card remains a secret for now until the recipient has seen it.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Sunday the 12th Outlawz CAS challenge (Wings).
It's also a thank you card for a dear friend.

The embossing folder is from a company called Tri-Boss (multi-purpose folder).  I guess this means that it can be used in any embossing machine.  Not that it's been a problem before.

I embossed directly onto the card and coloured some of the embossed butterflies with chalk ink.  I still have to learn to take decent photographs.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A sympathy card for a friend and will also be used for the Outlawz sketch challenge today.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Teddy bear in a gift box

I finally found my mojo or maybe my mojo found me.
Embossed card layered onto turquoise card stock.  Teddy and gift box
coloured with promarkers, cut out and stuck onto the embossed card.

My road trip to Upington

We left at 6am fully kitted out in thermals, long sleeved t-shirt, jersey and outer protective gear. I wanted to remove some layers until some wise guy by the name Fred to hold fire until we had rode a little while.  Was he right! It was freezing cold and it basically stayed that way all the way to Upington.

The bike gave a bit of trouble but luckily hubby dearest could sort it out in no time.  The road was very long and I doubt if I will undertake such a long journey in one go again.

We stayed at a backpackers that wouldn't have been too bad if there were more bathrooms available. One shower with a separate bathroom/loo combination for about 4 couples. Definitely not good enough especially when we got back from the rally camp and everybody needed the loo.

Augrabie falls was a great experience and I always wonder where all the water comes from.

The only downer was when I got back I was as sick as a dog and spent 4 days in bed with the flu.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Off to Gemsbok Rally

One more sleep and we are off on the motorbike on the 889km trip to Upington. I am very excited about the trip and am all kitted out for the cold and wet weather. All-weather bikers suit courtesy of my good friend, thermals, boots, jersey and some spares on the bike just in case. Not looking forward to the 5am wake-up call but I guess I will be so excited that I won't be able to sleep anyway.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

My initiation into the world of blogging

Well. I finally decided to take the plunge and create a blog for myself. First it was going to be craft related only until I realized that I actually do a bit more and this will be a great way to share with my non-Facebook friends and family. I bake quite a bit so recipes and pictures of celebration cakes will be part of my blog as well as some pictures of my 'bike' travels and anything else I can think of.