Friday, December 31, 2010

Fresh! continued

As promised, today's post brings to completion the project I showed you yesterday.

The card is quick and easy to make, using the same cardstock that was used to make the box. I have pasted a square of pattern paper in the centre of the front of the card and then stamped an identical image to the box on the card. All edges were inked in Roan. Two gems in the bottom right corner round off the look.

Well, there you go, a completed card set project that wont even take you an hour to complete.

Here's wishing all of you a blessed and happy New Year!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

It's fresh!

Holidays are so refreshing don't you all think? Today's project was truly refreshing for me as I havn't made a 3d project in a while.

I chose yellow as I am wearing my favourite perfume - Yardley Sunflowers, and thought it would make a lovely image.

The box is big enough to fit mini cards 7x7cm big, though these I will only show you in tomorrow's post.
The box is of my own design and is inked in roan. I stamped the flowers onto the cardstock before pasting it together, these too were stamped in Roan.

I was tempted to add extra embellishments but the box really looks so lovely that I couldn't bear to add anything else :)

The closed note box
With the lid open. I achieved the half circle by using my circle punch on the panel before pasting the box together.
A side view of the open box

I hope you all enjoyed todays project and that it inspires you to make something fresh!

Have Terrific Thursday!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

CAS card

CAS - Clean And Simple. This is the concept behind todays card. I dont even think it took me 15minutes in total to complete.

I inked all edges in jet black and stamped the sentiment in black. Once stamped, I heat embossed so that the sentiment would stand out.

In the centre of the black flower is a silver gem to add some interest. The ribbon is sheer and I think it works well with the pattern paper behind it.

I hope you are all enjoying a Wonderful Wednesday! It's lovely here on the farm :)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Farm Life

Hi all,

As some of you may already know, my parents live on a farm. But, so too do my hubby's Aunt and Uncle. Todays post is a scrapbook LO that I did of a few pics we took while on their farm a while back.
Time spent visiting on a farm is always so relaxing. There are no street lights shining through the windows, no noisy cars driving up and down the street. It's only you and the sounds of nature! Awesome!

This LO is 12x12 in size. The die cut pattern paper is from Making Memories. The punched strip at the bottom was achieved using my Making Memories border punch. Wow, with the all the Making Memories products you'd think I was advertising :) Hahaha! The Title and Sentiments are Rub ons from my stash. I inked the edges of the base cardstock in jet black and sanded the edges of the two larger photos to add dimension.

Hope you are all enjoying a Terrific Tuesday! and are getting ready to count down the coming New Year.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Chill Out

I hope you have all enjoyed a relaxing weekend and that you have fully recovered from all the Christmas lunch! I trust that the time spent with your families was special and filled with happy memories.

Today's post is a card I made for a friend, just because :)

Unfortunatley the digi was downloaded when I was still very new to the digi world and I do not know who the artist is. If anyone knows, please drop me a mail so I can update the post and give credit. The sentiment is a rub on from my stash. I coloured the image with wax crayons and stitched it with my red steadler fine tip.

Hope you are all chilling out on this Magnificent Monday!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all my blogging friends. I hope that this time is filled with the happiness and joy of the season. God bless you all.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Enjoy the Adventure

Todays post is an 8x8 scrapbook LO that I did from Lara Hanna of Scrapbook And Things' notes and paper choices. I really love scrapping from notes every now and again as it gives me the chance to just relax while I unthinkingly cut whats required of me and stick it all together the way someone else designed :)
I dont know about the rest of you but sometimes my creative mojo needs a break!

I really love this particular photo of my hubby and his brother, it was taken when we were on holiday in mozambique four years ago. They so enjoyed fooling around in the swimming pool at the hotel on the island where our cruise ship stopped over.
The title is so apt to the occasion!

At the moment we are on the road, travelling to my parents farm. I hope that if any of you are travelling over this festive period that you will do so safely.
Have a Fantastical Friday!

P.S. one more sleep till Christmas*

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Speedy Recovery

Hi all!

Last night was filled with crafting for me as I created cards and scrapbook layouts for the days to come. I will not be able to create much while on holiday and thought I had better work ahead so you aren't left postless :)

Todays post is of a card I have made for someone who has had an operation recently. I thought they needed a bit of cheering as I hope they get better really soon.

The digi image and sentiment are both freebies from DoodlePantry that I recieved a while ago. I coloured with pencil crayons and my steadler fine tips. I am addicted to the dimensional product and used it on the head and legs of the turtle as well as on the sentiment. The silver you see in the orange buttons are little gems.

Today is my last working day for the week and I am just about jumping up and down from the excitement!
Hope you all have a Terrific Thursday :)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

3 Sleeps to go!

Hi everyone!

Ooh! it's getting so exciting isn't it? Christmas is literally just around the corner! Two more days at work for me and then hubby and I will be off to my parents for a few days. I'm really looking forward to it!

Last night I made this card for someone in one of my PCP groups, she needs a bit of cheering up and I thought this would be perfect for her. Please note that I am straying from my regular colours here, you all must be proud of me! hahaha!

The image is a digi I got from Nana Vic, I coloured it with my steadler colour pens and glazed some the leaves as well as the body of the owl with my dimensional product. The Friend sentiment is a stamp I have in my stash, but unfortunatley it does not have the manufacturer's name anywhere on it. I faux stitched around the border of the digi, as well as the border of the card base. I inked all in jet black by colorbox.

Hope everyone is having a Wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Green juice and ham

It's a beautiful sunny day here in Gauteng South Africa and it makes me feel happy!

A while ago I posted that one of the projects I have been working on is an album for photos from my kitchen tea party. The album is an 8x8 and therefore makes it so much easier to create busy looking pages with little effort.

I've decided to give sneak peaks of all the layouts and build to a final slideshow of the entire album (once i figure out how to post a slideshow on here of course). So, todays post is a peak at one of the pages in the album.

The photo's I chose to highlight in this double page LO were of me having to drink a very alcoholic (of which I am not fond) green juice mixture when I couldn't guess from whom a particular present was from. Let me tell you, my face in the second photo says it all! Oh, and all my PCP friends will notice that this was a time when I still had my long hair :)

I hope you all enjoy a Terrific Tuesday, four more sleeps until Christmas!

P.S. Remember to click on the photo if you want to see a larger view!

Monday, December 20, 2010


As we draw nearer to Christmas, I am sure that a lot of thank you's will be said for gifts received. I used this thought as inspiration for a card last night. The colour was inspired by Mrs Nate (her fav colour at the moment is purple).

I used, for the first time ever, a 3-dimensional liquid product called crystal lacquer on my coloured lady bird stamp. I applied it the wings, the feelers and the flowers on the branch. It looks really awesome in person. Much better than in the pic.

I hope you all enjoyed a good weekend, I have a bit of a 'short' work week ahead me as I will be going on leave from Friday. Rest assured that I will still be posting while on holiday :)

Have an awesome Monday!

22 Dec 10
P.S. Hi all, The photo work on my post was so shoddy I thought I'd take another one.

Friday, December 17, 2010

2011 Day Planner Completed!

Hi all!

I completed my 2011 dayplanner on Wednesday night, I really think it looks awesome :) now I can't wait for 2011 just so I can use it! hahahaha! Pics are below.

The front cover

The inside panel of the front cover
The Back cover
The inner panel of the back cover
An overview of the entire outer cover

Well, there you go, all I need to do now is it give it a protective plastic cover and it'll be ready to use. I've also been keeping myself busy with making my friends Wedding invites, but will only post pics once all 50 have been completed and she has handed them out to her guests.

Hope you will enjoy a Fantastical Friday and an even better weekend!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Day of the vow

Hi folks, no crafty post today, but rather a short history lesson about the reason for the public holiday we are having in South Africa today.

Up until the year 2004, 16 December was known as Day of the Vow, as the Voortrekkers in preparation for the battle on 16 December against the Zulus took a Vow before God that they would build a church and that they and their descendants would observe the day as a Sabbath day of thanksgiving should they be granted victory. During the earlier part of the 19th century, many Afrikaner farmers left the eastern cape and moved inland. Among them was the Voortrekkers, a group of Afrikaners protesting British colonialism and seeking independent republics on what was reputedly empty land. But the land was not empty and clashes between these Afrikaners and indigenous peoples were inevitable.
Late in 1837 one of the Voortrekker leaders, Piet Retief, entered into negotiations for land with Dingane, the Zulu king. In terms of the negotiations Dingane promised the Voortrekkers land on condition they returned cattle to him stolen by Sekonyela (the Tlokwa chief). This Retief did and apparently he and Dingane signed a treaty on 6 February 1838. During the ceremony Dingane had Retief and his entourage murdered - an event which was witnessed by Francis Owen, a missionary who described the scene in his diary.
In ensuing battles between Zulus and Voortrekkers over the next few months numerous lives were lost on both sides.
On 16 December 1838 about 10 000 troops under the command of Dambuza (Nzobo) and Nhlela attacked the Voortrekkers, but the 470 Voortrekkers, with the advantage of gun powder, warded them off. Only three Voortrekkers were wounded, but more than 3 000 Zulus were killed during the battle.

With the advent of democracy in South Africa 16 December retained its status as a public holiday, however, this time with the purpose of fostering reconciliation and national unity. It is now known as the day of reconcilliation.

I hope all South Africans are enjoying their day of rest and that my friends all over the world now have a better understanding of the reason why we have a publiv holiday today. Have a Terrific Thursday!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


The new year is rapidly approaching us with 2010 soon to be in the past. Last nights project I plan on carrying over into this evening as I didn't manage to finish. I ran out of a bit of inspiration and decided it was best to think on it a while longer.

I recieved a 2011 diary which was one of many given to our company by our suppliers and decided I needed to spruce it up a little.

Yes, you see pink ribbon and pink paper in the above photo. How did you guess? hahahaha!
I covered the diary with a 3 quarter sheet of cardstock and a quarter sheet of pattern. I covered the line between the two with the pink ribbon. I inked all the edged in a creamy brown colour by colorbox and added sticker numbers to the top right of the front cover. I have these really lovely vintage pieces in my stash so I added the receipt and the tag to the cover as well, linked them with a black gel sticker. I also added the letter P to the top left of the diary as the first letter of my name.

I left the back cover of the diary as I started to run out of inspiration and I really want this diary to look good. I also left the inner panels empty as I want to go through my paper stash to see what to use there.

The inside cover of the back of the diary
The inside cover of the front of the diary
Once I've finished embellishing the diary and covering the inner panels, I will cover the entire thing with a plastic cover so as to protect it. Before I go to bed tonight I'll have a lovely new diary for the new year! yippee! Hope you all like the colour combination and the vintage feel of the project and that you will be inspired to try something along these lines too!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Two for the price of one...

Hello everyone!

Ok, so because of my lapse in posting yesterday, I have two cards to show you today. Both were made using the same paper selections but have distinctly different feels about them. The first is a replica of the pink grunge card I made last week but was turned into a landscaped card and is without the little bling stones. I used the snowflake cuttlebug emboss folder on the blue cardstock.

The second card is portrait alignment and I pieced part of the pattern onto the card. I'm not sure if you can really see the piecing work but it's there! three blue bling stones finish off the card. All edges were inked in dark brown by colorbox.

Hope you are enjoying a fantastic week so far! Here in South Africa it will be a little shorter than normal as we have a public holiday on Thursday, Boy am I looking forward to that :)

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, December 13, 2010


Dear reader friends,

I am so sorry I have been MIA today with no lovely post to show you all. I just wanted to wish you all a wonderful week ahead and I promise that there will be two lovely projects posted on the morrow :)

Enjoy what is left of your Monday!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Wedding bells

Hello Everyone!

A dear friend of mine is getting married in April next year and I offered to make her wedding invites while my mom-in-law offered to pay for the cost of the supplies. We have had the style of the card pretty much decided for the last 3 months or so but did not finalise until yesterday. I still, however, need to buy the paper according her colour scheme tomorrow so I can get started! There are 50 invites to make.

Her colour scheme is a deep red and gold so I tried as best as possible to find these colours in my stash yesterday, in order to be able to give her an idea in advance.
All edges were inked in roan and I used little gold beads for the accents on the outer panels.

Please excuse the photo quality, I was really struggling to get the light right this morning.

It's finally Friday people! I hope yours is Fantastical!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Grunged up Pink

So, I've reverted back to my roots on this one and gone pink...but only because the paper was so gorgeous!

Not much to the design or the technique, in afrikaans I'd call it a spoeg en plak! For my friends overseas, this means to spit and paste :) sounds much better in Afrikaans though!

I used one colour cardstock and one pattern for the colour scheme. I used my cuttlebug words forlder to emboss the top cardstock piece and put the brads through it before I stuck it down. I strayed from the norm when inking with this one and used the colour jet black.

Hope you all have the best Thursday today! Keep those eyes looking forward coz it's almost time for the weekend :)

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Magic of Christmas...

Yesterday I found out a little more about my SP and decided to create a card inspired by a little something she told me about herself. She said she loves colour! So, here is a quick little Christmas card that was created using non-traditional materials :)

I only used one colour cardstock and one pattern for this LO, one ribbon and one sentiment. I chalked all edges in Roan by colorbox (I am so predictable arn't I). The sentiment comes off a sheet of sentiments that I purchased from my local scrapbook store and it is made by Enmarc. These sentiments are really cheap if you are looking for something along this line for your crafting.
I tried a technique with the ribbon that I have only seen on other cards and never tried. I think I did pretty well considering. The shiny gold parts on the pattern paper were achieved using my glitter glue.

I am sure that you can all start feeling the magic of Christmas as we draw nearer to the 25th of December.
I hope that you are having a good week - we are half way already! Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
P.S. this post was for you my Secret Pal :)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Advent Calendar

It's the most wonderful time of the year....

Christmas is coming ever closer and what better way to count down the days than with an advent calendar? I confess this is not my own original design but rather one I found on the net. There were no instructions, just a picture of this most wonderful idea!

View of the top of the Calendar
As you must be gathering, the calendar is actually a 3d one. It was made out of matchboxes, acrylic paint, paper, brads, ribbon and embellishments from my stash.
If anyone would like to know how I created the calendar, feel free to drop me an e-mail and I will send you the instructions.
For now, here is what it looks like:

A view of the entire box with a few drawers pulled out

Side view - you can see the 'feet' I gave it.

I really loved creating this, the idea was just too cute for me not to try it! I hope it gives you all a little more Christmas inspiration.

Hope you have all had a good start to the week, and that this Tuesday is Terrific!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas Giving

Wow, what a wonderful weekend All! Hope you enjoyed the time as much as I did!

I used my time wisely and decided to create packaging for one of my gift recipients, I can't say who just in case they see the post - obviously :)
It is for a jewellry item that I did not want to just pack in a little jewellry box. I have these really neat clear triangle box items in my stash and decided to pretty one up for the packaging.

I've placed it on a piece of white paper so you can see it more clearly. I got the pack of 5 of these from a store called Westpack here in Gauteng. You could however use one of the many templates that are available online for a triangle box and cut the template out of some perpex.

I folded all lines of the box as nessecary. I used some of the christmas paper stash I have to make inserts for the sides and bottom of the triangle, very easy and quick. I inserted these into the relevant spaces of the box. I then punched holes through the paper (in line with those on the box). I then threaded three different ribbons through the alternating holes and pulled these in order to close the box.

The closed Triangle Box
Side view of the open Box
A view from the top of the box: you can see the gift and a personal message within
And Voila! a gifting idea that takes less than 20 minutes to make - literally! I hope this gives you all some inspiration when wrapping your own gifts. Let me know what you have planned?

Hope you all have a great week ahead of you and that Monday is Montastic! - new word!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Just Relax...

After a very hectic week work-wise this side I desperately needed to relax a bit :) Thus the card inspiration!
I always feel comfortable working with pink themes so this card was especially easy and relaxing to make.

I used pink and black cardstock along with a pretty pink patterened paper (I'm sure the label said Upikit but I can't be sure, the other side is actually a pretty leopard print). Black stitched ribbon, some cute embellies (the packaging just says 'Scrapbooking Crafts' and was made in China), pink bling and a stamped sentiment from my Scrappy cat stash, I think the pack used is the 'Travel' sentiments pack. Boy am I bad at giving you all my product list today! I inked all edges using colourbox chalk in black.

Hope you all are feeling as relaxed as I am (finally) and that you enjoy a wonderful Saturday with your families. Hello to my Secret Pal! Is it snowing in Nova Scotia too? If so, I hope you are keeping warm.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Sledding Ants!

In honour of all my PCP friends experiencing snow fall, I thought I would make a christmas card using the Sledding Ants image by Doodle Pantry.

The image is too cute! I outlined with my staedler fine tips and coloured it using pencil crayons and blended using my trusty baby oil. I am not very experienced at working with digi stamps and must say that I think I need some practice, not only with colouring but also with paper choice and layout placement. I suppose I will just have to practice! teehee! ...oh, and I will have to acquire some of those famed Copics markers...

The card was quite basic and didnt take too long to complete. I used my cuttlebug snowflakes embossing folder to emboss the black and green cardstocks. And used the Cuttlebug winter time die to cut the blue snowflakes. I glued Blue bling to the centres of the largest flakes to add some zing to the card.

Hope you like my attempt, any tips on how to work with digi's are welcome!

I also have a sneak peek for tomorrows post....yes....I am going to post on a Saturday! It was made using my favourite colour!

I will give you one clue though: It's a card!

Have a Fantastic Friday everyone! Hope the start of your weekend is simply magical!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Roar like a Lion!


It's another sunny day in South Africa and I am thinking of all those who are snowed in during this time of the year. Hope you are all enjoying your hot chocolates!

Todays post is another Scrapbook LO. Hubby and I love to visit the Lion and Rhino Park close to our area and have played with the lion cubs in their sanctuary twice now. They are the highlight of the park :) At least for me anyway. We usually drive through the park (which is actually a mini game reserve) viewing all the animals they keep before making our way to the 'nursery' to see the cutie pies.

The LO is fairly simple and does not use much in terms of embellishments. In fact, the only embellishment is the ribbon placed underneath the photo in a tag style.
I stitched around the edge of the black Cards stock with a white gel pen and inked all edges with colorbox ink in roan. I also stiched along the edge of the white cardstock with a black Steadler fine tip.
The Lettering is from a set of trusty stickers which I am hoarding away for as long as I possibly can!

I hope you all enjoyed this little african safari today and that you will have a terrific Thursday :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Love Much

Hi All!

Todays post brings yet another scrapbook LO. This one is titled Love Much and is another LO by Lara of Scrapbook and Things.

The photos all represent my hunky hubby and the page is dedicated to him :) Isn't he just gorgeous? Here's a closer look at a photo of us together at his brothers wedding last year:

Ok Ladies, you can stop ogling now! ... Let's get going on the actual LO shall we?
I love the vibrant colours of this LO, they really pushed me out of my comfort zone as I usually love to craft very romantic and old vintage pages or cards. Each of the photos were sanded and then matted on different cardstock colours. The title letters were chipboard elements that I covered with a light blue cardstock. The right hand side of the page looks as if there is an additional 'album' of hidden photos using a file folder insert and mock tabs under the brown Cardstock piece. The original design meant for this piece to be a real 'album' but I am not fond of having to pull pages out of my scrapbooks to see these types of things as the pages get damaged and dirty. I have yet to be brave enough to cut the plastic of the scrapbook in order to avoid this...

That's pretty much it for the day, hope you all like the page :) Remember to give Scrapbook and Things a visit! For all South Africans, they are situated in Roodepoort, Gauteng. You will not be dissapointed.

PS. Have a wonderful Wednesday! and a big Whooo are you to my Secret Pal!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Laugh Often

Todays post is a scrapbook LO that was made using Lara Hanna of Scrapbook and Things notes.
The focal image is of our entire wedding party and the title 'Laugh Often' is so very apt. Everyone was happy on that day and our group photo says it all :)

The page was created only with cardstock and basic embellishments so as not to distract from the image. The letters are chipboard elements that were covered with Orange cardstock. The tab that says often was made using cream cardstock and letter stickers. The trusty old Roan coloured chalk was once again used to ink all edges. The photo is matted on cream cardstock. I also sanded the edges of the photograph as an added matt. You will see that I also used a stitching technique on the brown Cardstock, this was done using a white gel pen. The entire LO is off-centred to add to the freedom that is portrayed in the photo :)

Trust you will enjoy your Tuesdays! and a big Whooo are you to my Secret Pal!

P.S. Remember if you want to see larger pics of the photos on my blog all you need to do is click on them!