Monday, January 31, 2011


Hi all! I hope your weekends were as fantastic as mine was and that the weather treated you well wherever you may be in the world :)

Todays post brings another installment into my 8x8 album of my kitchen tea. This double page LO focuses on the people that were there to spoil me so rotten!

Colour scheme is pink and black and I made use of Rub-ons, flowers and bling stones to embellish.

Remember that to see larger versions of the photo's in my blog, all you need to do is click on them. I think the LO and embellies are pretty self explanatory and I hope you all like what I managed to do.

Hope you have a Montastic Monday and a wonderful week ahead!

Friday, January 28, 2011

2011: A year in review - Week 3!

Ok, so I know this post is long overdue this week and I'm already supposed to be working on week4! But here it is in all its glory :)

I so enjoyed working with this colour scheme and was adventurous enough to make my OWN embellishments! The photo's of me and my hubster were taken by us on a night where he decided to cook for us...note the very cute MANLY apron he is wearing?

Please excuse the very obvious flash from the camera but the light this morning was terrible!

The flowers on the bottom right hand corner were stamps from Scrappy Cat. I inked them in Chestnut Roan and stamped them onto scrap pattern paper from my scrap stash. Each one has an orangey bling stone in the centre. You'll also notice that I stitched around the paper pieces with my red Steadler fine tip and inserted three very awesome red brads. I was also adventurous with my ball pointed tool (can't for the life of me remember what its name is!) and indented the background cardstock.

The page title was once again created using my all time favourite wooden letters. I didn't alter them in any way.

The very neat butterfly on the top left hand corner was my own special creation. I used my compass set to draw two circles each of 2cm and 1cm in diameter. These formed the wings. I adhered them to the page using foam squares. Note that the wings are not attached to each other, only to the page where I placed them. The body was made by folding a small scrap piece of cardstock in half (it helps to keep the odd small scrap!) and then just cutting out half the body on the fold, once opened it formed a perfectly symetrical body to which I stuck more orange bling stones and then adhered to the top two wing segments. The feelers/antlers were created using a flower stamen from a pack I bought a very LOOOOOOONG time ago. Was an awesome way to start using these and I will definitely be making more for page or card embellies.

Last but not least is the reveal of my secret journaling space, now you will see why I didn't join the butterfly wings.

Well, there you have it folks! Week 3! only 49 more to go :)

Hope you have a Fantastic Friday and that your weekend is Fun-filled too :)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Vintage Chic

In our house, wednesday night is tv night. Somehow all our favourite shows come on tv on this one day. So, of course I need to make something that is going to be beautiful yet quick to make at the same time. Last night I had a few ATC's to finish for a swap I'm participating in and then needed to make something to show all of you.

In keeping with my scrappy quest, I made a card using the leftovers from the paper I had used for the ATC's. Amazing how the leftovers were just enough to make this card! So no leftovers were placed in my scrap paper stash! yippee!

The image I chose to use fit perfectly with the romanticism of the paper choice, I found it in my unmarked digi file so it must have been free clipart I picked up somewhere. I aged the image by pressing a paintbrush into my roan chalk pad and brushed it gently over the entire image. Must say this works a lot faster than an old teabag :)

I have these really beautiful black pearl like stick ons in my stash and thought these would perfectly coordinate with the black cardstock used.

Lastly, the gorgeous ribbon came straight out of my ribbon stash. I love how the pattern on it just pulls the entire card together.

And now for the card:

I like the way it turned out to be all Vintage chic looking and I would have you know that the pattern paper used all came from one piece of leftover sheet. The paper used on the top matt is actually the reverse side of the paper used for the base! neat huh? it worked so well with the coordination.
The card was so quick and easy to put together and definitely allowed me to participate in our tv night :)

Oooh! and! I would like to enter this nifty creation into a challenge too :)

Sisterhood of crafters - Anything Goes & GDT call

Hope you all enjoy a Terrific Thursday, two more sleeps till the weekend!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Pretty scraps

Hi all, todays post goes back to crafting after my challenge to pay it forward yesterday. And as I've been trying to craft with scraps lately I thought it fit to create these beauties my friend asked of me with scraps too!

This is the same girl that is getting married in April, who's invites I posted about on Monday. She asked me if I could make four very special cards to ask each of her attendants to be a part of her bridal party. So sweet don't you think?

She told me to make them however I wanted and that she didnt even want a sample! wow! I could play however I wanted :)

Me being a perfectionist and romantic at heart, I decided these cards just had to be in the same colours and paper as her invites. I thought this would flow nicely throughout all the stationery I'm putting together for her.

I decided that since these were cards asking them to be a part of her wedding in a very special way, I would go the whole tooty and cover the envelopes as well. I did this with one of the pattern papers from the leftovers and matted this onto white cardstock. I then hand wrote each girl's name onto another of the pattern pieces and created dimension on this by going over my handwriting with a 3d accent. Each of the pieces of paper were chalked with Roan coloured ink.

I then put the same flower accent as from the invites on the top left corner. The actual card I made as a single sheet and adhered a punched piece of the final pattern paper onto the left hand side. I hand wrote the message and chalked the edges in black ink from colorbox.

This particular one is for her Maid of honour and the message, translated, says, " Will you be my Maid of Honour when I get married on the 30 April 2011"

I've loved putting all this stationery together and I'm looking forward to making the thank you tags that will be going onto her favour boxes. More on this soon!

Hope you all have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Pay it Forward

I just joined in a fab game over at Jen's, who joined from Lindy's blog.

And this is how it goes:

I promise to send something handmade to the first five people who comment on this post sometime during 2011. However, there's a catch. You must post this, offering something handmade to five other people.

The rules state that it must be something handmade or homemade by you and needs to be sent to five other people during 2011.

That gives you PLENTY of time to come up with something special.  I know there's several of you that I'd love to get something homemade from.  It doesn't have to be "paper crafting" related.  Could be jewelry, something crocheted or knitted, the ideas are endless!

If you'd like to join in the fun, then be the first to post a comment and something handmade or homemade will be coming your way at some point this year.

Isn't that cool?

So lets see what we can do!

Come play!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Wedding bells

I have been hard at work, making the wedding invitations I told you all about last year. I have finally managed to complete all 50!

I'll be delivering them to the bride tomorrow and I hope she is happy with the final result :) Her wedding colour scheme is a deep wine red and black with a touch of gold.

This is the front of the closed card. The word 'Uitnodiging' means 'Invitation'

The embellishments on the card were kept to a minimal due to the detail on the paper selections. Beads and a simple flower were all it took to complete the look.

Hope you will enjoy a Montastic Monday and that the week ahead is filled with happiness!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Crafty Love

Morning friends!

Another overcast day here in Gauteng this morning. We had a thunder storm last night that was so eerie! No crafty post of my own this morning to share, but I have been long overdue in posting something that I recieved from an anonymous person in one of my groups on PCP. She calls herself Cole's Little Helper and I felt utterly spoilt when I recieved her package! You might even have noticed that I have already used some of what she sent me in one of my LO's for the 2011:week in review.

Awesome dont you think? Everything crafty is from Maya Road and I so can't wait to work with the key album! So, thank you again Cole's Little Helper! Whoever you may be!

Have a wonderful Friday everybody, and an even better weekend!

Thursday, January 20, 2011


Todays post brings another page from my 8x8 album containing photos from my kitchen tea party in 2008.
This is the front page of the album and I absolutely love the photograph!

I'm afraid the paper used in this creation was not from my scrap stash as I bought coordinating paper for this album a while back and this is what I am using for each page. As mentioned before the theme throughout the album is pink, green and black.

Focal points of the page include rub-ons:

A beautiful charm:

A bit of Ribbon:

And now for the entire page:

The bunny is actually a gift my husband gave me at Christmas 2007. It came wearing a wedding dress, veil, shoes, flowers and even a garter! It is too cute. His nickname for me is BunBun, thus the dressed up bunny :)
My MIL sneaked the bunny out of the house especially for the gift table at the party and it made such a lovely addition to the decor.

Hope you will all enjoy a Terrific Thursday! one day to go till the weekend!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Patchwork fun

Goodness, you have no idea how long it took me to make this card! I fervently searched through my scrap stash for pieces that would compliment each other not only for one challenge but for two! Now, my stash isn't exactly being diminished yet but I was determined to find pieces that would work well for not only a sketch challenge, but a colour challenge too.

I was thankful to find a piece of cardstock large enough for the base and from there I started scratching my head as I decided on the other paper choices. The image was fairly easy to pick as I didn't want to colour and I chose an image, that was actually free clipart on the net, of a sewing machine.

After putting all my pieces together according to the sketch, I decided to stitch around each piece to link it to the theme of the sewing machine image. I like the way it turned out! Oh, and I must mention that I got this particular stitching idea from my dear friend Mrs Nate, who I've noticed, loves to use this particular stitching technique.

The challenges I chose to create this card for are as follows: Pink, Blue, Grey, White Sketch

Well, I hope you all enjoy a Wonderful Wednesday! We're halfway through the week!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

2011: A year in Review - Week 2

Here it is Everyone! Week 2 in my and Mrs Nates awesome 12x12 Album :)

I must admit that no scrap paper was used in this layout as I really wanted to achieve a certin look for which I did not have large enough scrap pieces. I did however keep it minimal and only used two whole sheets from my regular stash - no left overs from these two either! So, I guess, I still prevented myself from adding any additional scraps to the scrap paper stash.

This week's page does not have any photo's adhered, but instead a coloured digi and a very large flap under which I have journaled. The digi actually symbolises my youngest sister, who's cat had two kittens this week. She is so overprotective of her cats that I think they sometimes feel like the cat that the little girl is holding :)
If anyone could help me with the origin of the digi I used I would be most grateful. It is one that I got early on in my discovery of digi's and I failed to note the artist.

The Title for the page was put together using wooden die cut letters, which I coloured pink with my Steadler koki pens. I am going to try and use these letters throughout the album as a sort of quirky link between each page.

Because the page had so little embellishments and the background paper so busy, I decided to place a plain looking yet detailed word embelly on the bottom right hand corner. It is actually something I've had in my stash since I started scrapbooking and I decided it was time to make a plan!

To add interest to the cover of my journal flap, I decided to run the piece through my cuttlebug with the flowered swirl embossing envelope. I had to run it through three times in order to be able to emboss the entire length of the flap. Here is the final product.

Hope you are all well into the swing of things this week and will enjoy a Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, January 17, 2011


Wow, with all the rain we've been having here in Gauteng province, we have started to experience some flooding. Some of our highways have been closed as bridges are under water. I do hope that it subsides some so that we dont have any disaster situations.

Todays card was a lot of work detail-wise. I had to colour a few copies of my chosen image so I could layer them to create a 3d effect.

The image is from Pollycraft and is called lovebirds. I coloured the entire image with pencil crayons. As usual, all paper came out of my scrap stash, I'm certainly learning how to be creative this month! all edges were inked in roan by colorbox.
I used my large corner punch to corner the image, blue cardstock and flower patterned paper.

The ribbon comes out of my regular ribbon stash and was adhered to the card underneath the focal image. I raised the entire image on foam.

I raised on the birds and the posts they are standing on, on foam. And further raised the birds' wings. I then adhered blue gem stones to the wings for added dimension and colour.

This is the first project I have made like this and though it took some time putting the image together, I think I like the effect and will definitely do it again.

Hope you all had marvelous weekends and that this Monday will be Montastic!

Friday, January 14, 2011

It's your Day!

I had so much fun colouring this image last night, my dear friend Claire was kind enough to give it to me as a gift. It's made by Kenny K and just calls for bright colours in a girly pink and purple hue.

I found the deliciously pink pattern cardstock in my scrap stash and decided to use it as the base of the card. It is double sided with the inside of the card having striped pink lines. I had to adhere a sheet of pink cardstock (also from the scrap heap) to the inner in order to be able to write my message.

I decided to matt the image with black and pink in order to make the card 'pop' a bit more with colour and I like the effect. I coloured her with a variety of mediums, them being: Pencil crayons, steadler koki pens and steadler fine tips and a white gel pen.

The pink dotted grossgrain ribbon comes out of my regular ribbon stash, while the black pearl dots came out of my embellishment collection.

The sentiment was stamped using a scrappy cat stamp from the birthday collection in black StazOn ink and then matted with the same cardstock as used for the image.
I inked the edges of the card in jet black to carry through the black on pink theme.

For once, I'll be entering my card into a few challenges:

- The Crafty Pad: Birthday Card
- Tip Top Tuesday: Anything Goes
- Kaboodle Doodles: Do it with Digi's
- Sisterhood of Crafters: Birthday card

I am sooooo happy it's Friday and I hope you all have absolutley wonderful weekends lying ahead of you!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Beautiful Blue

We have an overcast day here in South Africa today folks. Looks like more rain is on its way, hopefully it wont be so bad that it causes flooding.

Anyway, Todays post is another card that I have made specifically for someone. I really loved putting this one together, it was almost therapeutic.

I found a piece of cardstock in my scrap stash large enough for the base of the card. I didnt ink the edges at all as I wanted a really clean look for this one. Instead, I stitched around the edge of the card with my blue Steadler fine tip.
The pattern paper also comes from my scrap stash and I put it through my cuttlebug using the dotted folder after cutting it to size. I thought the added dimension from the embossing made the pattern pop a bit more.
Three different ribbons were used on the card. Two for the 'fringe' and one to cover the seam at the top of the fringe. This is where the therapeutic part came in as I took my time cutting each ribbon piece exactly the same length and then adhering them so that the fringe would look neat and tidy.

To finish off the card, I adhered dark blue bling stones to the parts of the embossed circles which were solid.

I am thoroughly enjoying making something from my scraps every night and gives me such a sense of accomplishment. One of these days I will be able to purchase paper again - guilt free!
I am also pleased to know that one of my dear PCP friends has been inspired by my scrappy quest and made a card from her scraps yesterday too. Her name is Anne-Marie and you can check out her blog here.

Hope you all have an Awesome Thursday!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2011: A year in Review - Week 1

This post brings the next instalment of my 2011: Year in review album. Week one was filled with happy memories, from my Sister-in-laws 30th birthday, to recieving a wonderful package from an anonymous international friend called 'Cole's little helper'.

I centred the page around the biggest highlight of the week - Colleen's birthday.

All paper except for the red cardstock used as the base came from my scrap paper stash. Each piece was inked in jet black before adhering. Two of the photos were first matted in black before matting onto pattern paper. I drew my colour inspiration from the main image of Colleen opening a gift. The title is made of die cut wood letters.

The black butterflies are 3d Gel stickers and the green leaf pins are from Cole's helper. They are Maya Road pins.

All the flowers and ribbon came out of their hidy holes in my stash :)

The note stamp (also Maya Road), which I stamped onto yellow cardstock came from Cole's helper as well, and I journaled in the lines to mention this. I included the date I recieved it so I could hold the memory forever.

The ladybug stamp is a wood mounted stamp I have in my collection. There are no markings on it, however, that indicate which company made it. I stamped it onto pattern paper and coloured it with my Steadler fine tips.

I thoroughly enjoyed putting this page together and am quite proud of myself for constructing something that is so 'bright', it was way out of my comfort zone!

Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Something special

Todays card is something really special. It is for a person who lives far away from me and that needs this card for some cheering up.

Again, all the paper came out of my scrap paper stash. The layout of the card is very basic, yet very elegant at the same time. I found a gold/cream cardstock piece in my stash that was big enough for the base of the card and inked all its edges in jet black. The swirly gold pattern paper was also in my stash and I enhanced it by placing 3d dimensional product on some of the swirls. The currogated gold piece was leftover from a wedding invite sample that I made a while back. The ribbon and buckle both came out of my regular stash.

I'll hopefully get a chance to post this off today so that it can get to its destination as soon as possible.

Tomorrow's post brings the next installment of my 2011:Year in review album, wonder what colour it will be?

Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Spellbinders DT submission 2010/2011

Evening all,

So I promised another post today, and it's something that I worked really hard on for the Spellbinders DT competition that is running at the moment. I submitted the project for the first round but unfortunately, I haven't made it through to the next round.

Being a crafter in Africa I thought it a nice idea to craft something that would showcase a bit of Africa's roots in design. The choice was either to create a card, a 12x12 scrapbook layout or an altered item. I went with an altered item and altered a wooden Tea Box/Jewellery Box.

Below are the pics of my project, it's a bit difficult to explain the process, but I will say that a lot of work went into making sure that all my lines were neat and finished off to perfection. I personally love the leopard printed paper and still have a sheet in my stash that I am hoarding for another project.

So, without any further delay, here are the pics:

Although I'm dissapointed at not making it through, I know there's always next year and plenty other DT's to try out for this year :) Hope you all liked the project, I'm thinking about sending it to one of my crafty friends overseas, wonder who it could be?