Monday, June 27, 2011

Belated Father's day

Hi all :)

So Thursday last week I showed you a card I made for my mom to go with her belated mother's day gift. Today's post is card for my dear old dad :)

I found inspiration from this card that I found on the net ages ago, back when I didnt know I had to give I do not know who made it.

I love how it reflects the cuffs of shirt! I thought it was too clever so I gave it a go and switched up the colours a bit :)

The cuffs were so simple to put together. I cut a piece of white cardstock long enough to fold over so the the cuff stood out from the page. It makes it a little more realistic.

The base of the card is a green cardstock, I didnt ink it because I wanted fresh clean lines. I then used a light blue dot (the same as for the card for my mom) at the top of the card and a gingham for the shirt sleeves. My finished product looks like this:

Hope you all have an awesome week ahead of you! Have a fabby Monday!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

It's a Beary fun Challenge at AiFactory!

This weeks challenge at Aifactory is to use a bear (or many bears, you decide!) on your project!

Now, I must admit, I was so totally stumped with this one that it had me thinking for days on what to put together! Purely because I was trying to think up a cute card for a new baby, or christening or something along those lines....
I struggled because I dont have kids, or anybody who has kids who will be needing a card like that in while. And quite frankly, I hate making cards that lie in my box for ages because I end up looking at them months later wishing I could change some or other element. Dont know if you know the feeling?

Anyway, my youngest sister is coming to visit us this weekend and it's going to be the perfect opportunity to give her cards and gifts for my parents as belated mother's and father's day sentiments. We live far away from them so we didn't see them on the appropriate dates.

It was an amazing turnaround when I decided I was going to make my mom a card with the bear that the DT were given to work with this week (P.S. it'sup for grabs for FREE in the store!) (P.S.S. the store is having a one day only 50% off sale today!). He's called Chocolate teddy...

I found an awesome tutorial for a joy fold card over at and I would highly recommend hopping on over there to have a look at the great projects to inspire you. I used a light blue cardstock for the base of the card, a brown cardstock for the inner card fold and contrasting pattern papers for the inner card base and outer card fold. I cut the bear off slightly on his bottom half and placed him in the centre of the brown inner card. I think this gives him the look of being inside or behind a frame. Next to him I placed an awesome sentiment from Kaisercraft that says, " A mother is the dearest friend of all". I inked it in brown and left the embossing for once. It looks really rustic.

Everything was of course inked in brown on this card and I find it gives an earthy tone overall. The flowers on the left hand bottom corner serve as the 'hook' that keeps the inner card closed. I used fabric flowers with copper snowflake brads through the centres.

The fold opens like this:

And inside is a mothers day sentiment, also from Kaiserkraft, and also inked in brown. The three flowers to the left are all paper flowers with gem centres.

The closed and complete card looks like this, and I am so chuffed with myself for getting this joy fold right the first time :)

I hope you'll all join us for the challenge this week :) Have a fantastic Thursday!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Gone fishing

Hello friends!

So Father's day has come and gone and what a wonderful opportunity it was to show our dad's how much we appreciate them. Unfortunately I live very far away from my own dad so all I could really do was make a phonecall. I have however got a lovely surprise package planned for him for when my hubby and I go to visit my folks a little later on in the year.

That said, we did get to spend time with my Father in law on Sunday and I made him a card to go with the Christian T-shirt we bought him.

He loves fishing, even though he doesn't get to do it very often :) and Hubby and I decided together that this would be the best theme for his personalised card.

I don't know about you, but when I'm making a card or a gift for someone special I tend to put a little more effort in than I usually would and I don't even notice it until I'm done. In my case, it's when I handsew on my cards because it takes so much patience and effort to get each stitch just right.
I did hand stich with thread on this card and even tried a new technique.... I think all you hand stitchers and quilters should be proud of me :) I also found these really neat, puffy letter stickers in my stash and used these to spell the word 'Pa', which means Dad in Afrikaans.

Hubby and I found these really neat buttons at a local craft store in our area and bought them for the card, nothing better than getting new stash eh? I cut the loops off the backs of the buttons and adhered them to the card with clear adhesive.

You can see in the above picture that I stitched a long piece of thread from the fishing rod to the mouth of a fish in the 'river'. This same fishy was a button with two stitching holes and I stitched this onto the card with the same thread I used at the top of the card. 

The parents sentiment is a rub on from one of the sheets in my stash. I created the waves in the river with a ruler template that I have and used two different pattern papers to create a more textured water element.

I love how it turned out, and so did my Father in Law :)

Hope you will all enjoy a terrific Tuesday! catch you again tomorrow!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Blog makeover

Hi all!

Ok, so I've jumped into the deep end here and out of my confort zone a little. I changed my blog background, title and a few of the text elements on the page. As well as removed a bit of clutter from the right hand side bar...

Let me know what you ladies think, the new format will allow me to post bigger photo's than I used to because my actual posting area is larger. But....don't expect this lazy blogger to go back in the history and make every post I've ever published conform to my new settings!

I also think the blog looks neater, but seeing as you all read it and I really enjoy your comments, I would love to hear your input too :)

Catch you all later!



Quick post from me today is a calling and my card really doesn't need much explaining :)

I used the birds and swirls cuttlebug embossing folder for the blue Cardstock and my making memories scallop punch for the checked Pattern. An Angel Company sentiment stamp and some ribbon, brads and eyelets from my stash :)

Hope your day will be less rushed than mine! Have a Beautiful Monday!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

2011: A year in review - Week 12 ( Rewind) and a Summer Fun! Challenge at AiFactory!

Today's challenge at AiFactory is all about summer fun! And seeing as we're in the middle of winter here I thought it was a bit funny :)

Anyway, the DT were given this really awesome set of surf's up cliparts that can be found in the store here and a little preview seen below :)

I knew just what I wanted to do with this set when I saw it, I wanted to spruce up one of my week in review pages :) Remember week12 was all about me and hubby starting to swim? well, I did finally put a photo on the page and I felt it still needed that something extra. 

I chose the clipart dude with the snorkeling goggles and breathing apparatus, fussy cut him out, popped him up on some foam squares and stuck him down....

This is him standing happy on the page:

And the finished page:

Hope you all have a Terrific Thursday! and that you'll come join us at the challenge!


Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Christmas in June??

No, it's not Christmas in June, but seeing as we're heading nicely into our winter here in South Africa, and one of my blogger friends just LOVES snow, I thought I'd make a bookmark around this theme for her :)

I found the tutorial quite a long time ago at, you can pick it up there by becoming a member and browising through their amazing tuts. This one specifically, is called the Corner bookmark tutorial. It's really so very easy to put together and small enough that you should be able to find scraps in your scrap paper box to use.

Speaking of scraps, this is exactly what I used to put my bookmark for AM together :) I followed the basic instructions for the bookmark assembly and then decorated it in a snowy scene by cutting shapes with my cuttlebug. I used the winter die set, which looks like this.

A couple of close ups of my die cut elements, I stuck everything down with a clear glue:

You can see from the above picture that I also utlised my snowflakes cuttlebug folder on the blue cardstock.
The house in the die set was so fun to put together, I loved picking and choosing scraps form my stash to make the house look just right! And aren't those smoke swirls too cute?

I raised the snowman on foam so that he would have a bit more dimension to him and drew on his face with a steadler fine tip. I also coloured in his arms to look like proper brown twigs.

The lacy scallop on the bottom edge of the bookmark was punched with my martha stewart punch and inked with brown ink.

The bookmark in an actual book looks like this:

I stamped the back of the bookmark with a sentiment from the Angel Company and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder:

So, there you have it! Now why dont you hop on over to the splitcoast site and find the tutorial so you can make it yourself :) Have a fantastic Wednesday!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

2011: A year in Review - Week 18

Catching up, slowly but surely everyone :) Week 18 in the review has arrived!

I loved putting this one together purely because I love the paper so much. If you look carefully, you'll notice all of it is the same as the papers I used for the wedding stationery I made a while back. Thus, I am continuing successfully on my scrappy quest! yay!

I used another sketch from Let's scrap (yes, I am addicted to this whole scrapping from a sketch thing...) and I think it came out alright. The mix of the different patterns worked just right.

Along with the paper from the stationery, I also used other elements from the set I put together, includiing this gold sticker which we placed on the front of the invitations, and the flowers (with the bride and groom stamp)which were carried throughout the stationery set.

If you havn't noticed already, I will tell you that I am particularly in love with using scallops. I did it again with this LO using my scalloped ruler. I traced the pattern onto the paper before cutting it out. I also cut out some photo corners and raised them on foam squares before adhering to the page. The tag journals the fact that we attended Charlene and Daniel's wedding.

I am quite impressed with myself at the next embellie, I actually cut it off the paper's description! It's the Mr and Mrs set by ____ (I'll have to get back to you on this, LOL!). Anyway, I cut it out and inked it in black (just like everything else on the page. I love bows, how could I not feature one here too?

The title was made using that chipboard template I told you about the other day. I traced the letters onto my cardstock and then cut out. I adhered them flush to the page. The number 18 was actually printed off after creating it in Microsoft Word. You'll also notice from this pic that my photo's all have white borders, I created this by sanding the edges.

And finally, all the pieces put together:

Hope you all have a Terrific Tuesday! Catch you back here tomorrow with an awesome bookmark! :)

Monday, June 13, 2011

2011: A Year in Review - Week 15-17

Hello Friends!

I have another week in review page to show you all today, I did however condense three weeks into one double layout. I actually feel quite happy about the fact that I had to catch so many weeks up because it has allowed me to combine so many weeks into one....

The major highlight throughout the three weeks was the week we spent in a game reserve over the easter holiday. The really nice part was that the establishment is run by a Christian organisation and it felt good to be supporting them.

I used a whole bunch of scraps on this page, and still that pile of mine isn't getting any smaller. I swear the paper comes out of nooks and crannies to 'refill' the paper monster :)

I also used another magnificent LO sketch from Let's scrap so it made it so much faster to put this together.

My journaling consisted of key words that I feel described our time in the reserve and allowed me to place a couple of embellishment items. I inked the journaling strips as well as everything else on this page with black ink.

Another embellishment that I just love, and was a feature of this LO was bunting flags, don't you just love em? They are so versatile and can be used both on scrapbook layouts and cards!

One of the fun parts of putting together a Scrapbook LO for me is the development and choosing of materials for the Title. I'm still pretty tame when it comes to this and I'm sure my skills will develop, but I chose simple clear stickers to piece together this one:

The right hand side of the LO as finished:

The left hand side:

The finished product (Remember, if you want to see a larger picture all you have to do is click on the photo):

Hope you all had a stunner of a weekend and that the start of your week brings you only good things! Have a Montastic Monday!

Friday, June 10, 2011

2011: A year in Review - Week 14

Well, as promised (and I like to think I keep my promises) today I'll be carrying on with my show and tell of 2011 :) Week 14 to be exact.

Week 14 marked the completion of the creation of my second Card kit for our local scrapbooking store. I remember being so excited about the fact that the ladies even considered buying the first one! and then wondering how on earth I was going to keep them interested? and top the first kit?

So, obviously, week 14's focus had to be on the kit. And I even had paper from the kit leftover in my (cringe) scrap paper stash! Believe me when I say that this stash doen't seem to be getting any smaller and I find myself wondering how on earth I plan on using all of it successfully before I allow myself another paper purchase.

I used another sketch from Let's Scrap, blooming marvellous inspiration I tell you. I have enough sketches to keep me scrapping for months and they just keep generating more!
Of course, the fact that the photo I decided to use and the paper left in my stash from the kits helped too. For one reason, and one reason only.....they were pink! yes, sigh, I am sooooooo predictable.

The title was made by tracing out the relevant letters from an old chipboard letter thing I had onto cardstock and then adhering it on to the page with foam squares. I'd used the actual chipboard letters already but kept the board they were in to use for a template. It does pay to hoard your scraps, no matter what form they are :)

The tab you see attached to the photo that says magic is actually a left over sticker from a 7-Gypsies sticker sheet. And the scalloping on the light pink cardstock was punched with my Making memories scalloped punch. The dry embossing on the circle to the left was done with my spots and dots cuttlebug folder.

I also managed to finally try a technique on this LO that I've been aching to do for ages. Stitching with crafters floss. I chose a pink floss (very waxy this stuff is, for those of you who aren't familiar with it) and used my paper piercer to make holes big enough for the floss to fit through. I then threaded it in a criss cross manner and placed a button at the end of the line to fonish it off. The black sentiment sticker under the photo came off the same sticker sheet as the magic tab.

And then my favourite embellishment on scrapbook pages.... ribbon, glorious ribbon!

The final Layout:

Really, I dont mean to brag, but I've noticed a marked difference in my scrapbooking, have you? Have a Wonderful Friday all! I hope your weekends are just magic!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Use something New! challenge at AiFactory

Yep, that time again folks, Thursday! One day before Friday (and the inevitable weekend!) and THE day for a challenge at AiFactory Challenge Blog!

This week you need to use something new in your project, is it new stash? a new technique? show us what you got! you can check out what the DT have created and enter your creation here!

I got to play with this cute set called Mermaid under the sea, and it can be found for purchase at the store here. Here's a sneak at what it looks like:

If you'd like to try before you buy, you could always use a freebie on your project...bonus! And I've spied the freebies too, you could use the 'My shining star' in an under the sea project like mine....just saying...Though we really don't mind if you don't use an AiF image on your entry :)

Anyway, on to my creation for the challenge! My take on the use something new theme was to use new paper, cringe! Yes, I ignored the evil paper scraps and used new, big, clean (well all of it is clean so this isn't really a factor), fresh paper! sigh....

I coloured a few fishies, star fishies, and seaweed with my brilliant Sharpies! You'll notice I flipped the fish horizontally as well so I could have some facing the opposite direction, makes it look so much more 'realistic'.

I then rounded off the fishies with googly eyes from my stash and gave them air bubbles using groups of clear beads. I placed the star fishes as coloured, and the seaweed too...

When I placed the fishies on my card, I raised one of the fishes on foam for a bit of PoP!

I did the same with my sentiment, which was made in Microsoft word (clever me!) and then coloured with Sharpies... PS. I coloured the sentiment while cooking supper so every time I had to check the ink would dry! thus the lovely visible lines... I could have recoloured but I really didn't want to pretend I was perfect :) This is how we learn.

As you can see, I used my swirls cutlebug folder on the blue cardstock, I thought i gave my 'water' a bit more texture. I then hid the fold join with a piece of patterned ribbon. 'Rocks' were placed on the sea bed  by cutting a half circle with my Martha Stewart circle cutter, and then cutting it just so, so that I could place a piece on either side of the card. I like the effect.

Hope you're inspired and that you'll join us at the challenge blog this week! Have a fabby Thursday!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

2011: A Year in Review - Week 10 (Rewind)

Yes, Rewind, Week 10 has been shown already in my blog posts here. and it looked like this.....

When paging through what I had done for my review so far, I decided that this page was very rushed, and though I love the stamp and where I was going with my excitement for the release of my very own card kit line, I didn't do my album any justice....

I decided to redo the page:

I used a sketch from an amazing site called Let's Scrap. I recently discovered this gem while looking for ways to enhance my scrapbooking skills after letting them lie in waste for so many weeks (actually months, but who's counting?) I highly recommend joining if you're looking for inspiration and guidance, working from a LO makes so much of a difference when you're scrapbooking. Cards are easy to do out of my head, but scrapbooking is not.

(Wait, before I go on, I have to tell you that this ENTIRE page (except for the base) was made using scrap pieces in my stash. I have continued on my scrappy quest and am finding it is helping diminish the evil pile of paper that stares at me every day.)

Anyway, on to the details of my page. The title was made using clear stickers on a cream piece of scrap cardstock. I used my new Crop-a-dile Big Bite II to punch holes for and insert my brass eyelets. I love how this tool reaches so far into a page! and now I don't have to make everyone in the house cringe like I used to when using an eyelet tool and a hammer....

I dug through some of my neglected stash and found these cute, raised corners which I stuck onto a piece of scrap argyle paper and then next to my hand made embellies (just some scrap paper and a button really) above and below the focal photograph.

Next comes the repurposed, hidden journal. I couldn't throw it away, it held my very secret thoughts :)

The entire page with all elements together looks like this, and excuse the shine on the Title, I don't exactly shoot these in a studio :)

It took me just half an hour to get all the elements together for this page. All thanks to working from that nifty sketch... I like this page so much more, it screams the fact that I took my time and put in some effort. Not that I didn't enjoy the colouring on the first attempt, but I am sure I can do a MUCH better job with that stamp and do it way more justice.

Hope you all have afantastic Wednesday! and that you'll join me for another AiF challenge tomorrow :)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Cuttlebug folders and Rub ons

It's really amazing how some embossing and a sentiment can make a project that extra little bit special. And that's exactly what I did to this card.
It's another commissioned card made last week for an order and without the embossing, quite frankly, I think it would have flopped. But I'll let you decide that.

The three squares below the sentiment block (which was punched with the Martha Stewart lace punch) are actually craft tiles. They are like little plastic blocks that resemble tiles.

All the paper came from my scrap stash, aren't you proud?

I'm on the mend from my Bronchitis so you shouldn't be stuck with my very short post for long :) Tomorrow brings you the start of my week in review updates....NO, I had not given up on them, just got behind.... weak excuse but at least I've got going again!

Have a Terrific Tuesday all!