Monday, February 28, 2011

My First ever ATC

Hi all! Todays post actually brings you a creation I made at the beginning of February for an ATC swap that I participated in. I must add that this the first ever ATC I have ever made and what fun! I made ten of these little beauties to send out to the rest of the ladies.

The theme of the swap was Valentines and we had to use a Digistamps4joy image. I decided against a typical pink or red theme for my ATC (because I like to be different!) and instead just went all romantic.


I coloured the image with my steadler pencils and koki pens and inked all edges in black. The sentiment comes from scrappy cat and was inked in black as well. I adhered a jewel flower to one of the flowers in the image for a 3d effect.


The ribbon on the bottom of the ATC is actually a layer of two different colours, a heart brad completes the valentines theme.


Unfotunately, because I had to make ten of these and they had to be all the same, I didn't get the chance to take paper from my scrap stash...maybe next time!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and that your Monday is Montastic!

Friday, February 25, 2011

An invitation

Hi everyone!
Last night I was creating quite a few things (which i cannot show to you yet...), one of them was a real simple invitation. It can be used for anything! The wonder of this is the very clever Cuttlebug folder used for the invitation words.

I created it with a bit of an african type theme and used mostly only paper to embellish.


The striped 'ribbon' is actually pattern paper! I think it looks neat! The black embellishment was cut with one of my cuttlebug dies and then stamped with a scrappycat stamp. The stamp image was inked in black and embossed with clear embossing powder.
I thought it needed a touch of something extra so I added the gold twine beneath the fake ribbon :)

I decided that the embossing on the orange DP didnt stand out enough in terms of colour so I distressed it and then took my paintbrush, dabbed it onto my roan chalk pad and lightly 'painted' it over the embossed words. It definitely gave the words more depth and will probably save all of you from squinting to try and see what it says :) LOL!


Hope you will all enjoy your Fridays and that the weekend is simply smashing!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Pearls, Ribbon, presents and good news!

Today's post is set to be a lengthy one, so you'll have to bear with me as I showcase a card I made last night, gifts recieved from some PCP friends for my birthday (plus a belated christmas package) as well as some very exciting news!

ok, first things first, the card!
I was in a very girly mood when I made this card and I really think that shines through. I find my crafting is at it's best when I create soft, beautiful projects. The base of this card came from my scrap stash of paper. You will notice that the fold is a little different :) I used the same fold as for this card here and just changed it up a little bit.


After folding the card, I stuck a piece of blue dp, punched on both edges with my Making Memories scallop punch to the bottom of the top flap. It was inked in Roan, as was the card base. I have these really neat tag pads in my stash and I used one to further enhance the 'flap' of the card. I stamped the journal scallop onto this in roan to add more interest and inked the edges in Black.
I recieved these really beautiful pearl strings and flat backed pearls from Tee, over at CDAC, and decided they would fit perfectly with the theme of the card. I adhered them underneath a layered flower, onto which I stuck some silver bling.


The ribbon on the bottom of the card was accented with a bow in the same colour with a silver bling stones in the centre. You'll also notice three flat backed pearls on the lower edge of the flap.



Notice how the edge of the tag is 'tucked' in? I very cleverly (if I say so myself!) cut a line into the bottom flap for the tag to slip in. This way, the flap stays closed!


There you go! A simple yet elegant card :) All that's left now is to figure out who will be recieving it!

On to my gifts! Well, I must say that I was so touched by the gift my friend Maria sent me for my birthday. She paid such attention to detail and totally sent me a whole package in my favourite colour! She made a stunning card, bookmark, sticky notepad holder, christmas angel ornament, cake slice box (with gummy bears inside) and a pillowbox (filled with german chocolate!...which you can see has already been dug into...)


Maria, I feel so spoilt and loved! Thank you so much for the package, it means the world to me and I couldn't stop saying how beautiful and clever everything you sent me was :) Thank you for adding the special touch of pink to the entire package too!

Next up is the LOOOOOONG awaited christmas package from Mrs Nate! We have waited for this pakage to arrive for over 2 months! Before I tell you about the wonderful things she sent me, I want to tell you about a little competition we have in my family... Every christmas, we always try and see who opens up the absolute last Christmas present, and the person who manages to do so has bragging rights to open up the package slowly and brag about it! silly but its so much fun :) Well, I have definitely won hands down for that competition this year! My dad was the reigning champ, and because of you Mrs Nate I have taken the seat :)

I must add that I was totally and utterly flabbergasted at all the goodies in the package, not to mention all the hard work it must have taken to put so many things together. I kept saying 'wow', 'awesome' and 'cool' the whole way through, up to a point where my FIL was laughing at all the times I said wow :)

Mrs Nate sent me two beautiful cards, one was christmasy, the other with our little 'whoo am I' theme.
I also recieved a chipboard sheet of diecuts, Hot chocolate (in a beautifuly made paper holder), a set of three charms (also in a stunning paper holder), a packet of bronze, silver, gold leaf (you will have to teach me how to use this), Ribbon in a stunning red paisley box, a gaurdian angel key chain (in an amazingly decorated gift box!), a stamp set (which I have already used on a project...), a matchstick holder with note paper in, a mini album (all it needs are photos!), die cut phrases (in pink and green), Maple candies almost complete the package....


After marveling at all the above, I finally came to something that was wrapped in pink tissue paper, I so love this and cannot wait for a scraproom of my own to proudly display it!


And Finally! We get to my good news :) In fact, I think its GREAT! I have been chosen to join the new DT over at AiFactory! My Term starts in March and I cannot wait to get started! If you'd like to have a look at the digi's they produce and enter their challenges, you can find the links in my sidebar :)

Hope you will all have a Terrific Thursday!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

2011: A Year in Review - Week 7

I made Week 7's LO with a lot of love and kindness. And I'd probably be lying if I said I wasn't a bit sad while putting it together. Whilst the paper and embellishments wholy encompass Valentines day, it also signifies the day that my friend Mrs Nate lost someone very special to her.

Marilyn is Mrs Nate's mom, and sadly she passed away on Valentines day last week. This weeks page is in memory of her. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to lose a parent but am sure that it is a heart-wrenching experience.

I hope that I have done both Mrs Nate and her mom justice with this page...


A few close ups of the details:






Wishing you all a Wonderful Wednesday :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Another Birthday card

I know it seems I've been making quite a few birthday cards in the last week, but I've been commissioned to make them for a company...

Todays card is another one :) I must admit that my mojo was running low in the craft department and I just had to dip into my untouched scrap paper stash...nothing like new paper to get you going, that's for sure!

I used a plain white Dp for the base and a single dotted pattern for the matt. The image is free clipart found on the net and is coloured with my colour pencils. I inked all edges in roan.


The ribbon behind the image is out of my left over ribbon stash and I think the colour suited it perfectly! I cut the image in a circle using my circle punch. The zigzag stitching pattern you see is actually a stamp by Scrapbook & Things and was inked in black StazOn.


I love brads, and these cream coloured ones fit perfectly onto the dots of the paper!



I love how soft and girly the card looks, who would have guessed that a dot pattern could be so pretty?

I have more birthday cards to show you all. I recieved 2 in my post box yesterday! I was so excited that I jumped up and down! Yippee! I also recieved a belated Valentines card!


Amanda - Wales

Ursula Uphof - South Africa

Valentines card from ??? - Australia
As you can see the V-day card was sent by an anonymous person! But they did write that they were from the Anything Goes Group over at Papercraft Planet :) Thank you so much for sending me these beauties ladies! I love each and every one!

Have a Terrific Tuesday all!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Happy Birthday to Me!

What a weekend I had Ladies! It was my birthday yesterday, but it felt like a whole birthday weekend! I spent a lot of quality time with my hubster and enjoyed much relaxation. So much so that I didn’t create a single thing… J
You’re in some luck though because I received wonderful cards from my far-away friends and I’m going to post their marvelousness for you today!
First up though are just a few pics from the weekend:
My hunky Hubster!

Recieved a scrapbooking kit form my in-laws! Just check out the joy!

I can't believe the size of these scissors!

Just before opening my gift from Hubby :)

Gift from S - Stunning Ankle chain!
Now for the stunners from my lady friends at PCP…Plus there are more in the post on their way to me so I’ll just have to post about them later on in the week J

Beautiful card from Sandy Larsen: USA

Stunning Creation from Karen Oliver - New Zealand

Fantastic package from Claire Easson - Scotland
Hope you all had as wonderful a weekend as I did. And that the week will be magnificent! Have a Montastic Monday!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Tag!

Yippee! It's Friday! I am really looking to this weekend!

Last night's card was actually a little bit inspired by a card one of my Marvelous friends sent me :) Anne-Marie is such a talented card maker and I love seeing what she comes up with every week! Yesterday I was the proud recipient of one of her creations, and wow! what colouring! what placement! what marvelousness!




You have to agree with me right?

So here's what inspired todays card....
- the stitching around the border of the image matt
- the 'tag' like shape of the image
- the colour blue



The one element I knew I wanted on this card was a tag. I made it from some marvelous paper in my scrap stash, inked it in black and stamped a sentiment and some stars onto it (both Scrappy Cat) with black StazOn. I punched a hole and inserted an eyelet, then adhered with two foam squares. I threaded some natural twine through the eyelet and tied it to this:



A beautiful blue Grossgrain ribbon! You can also see my hand stitching along the border of the light blue cardstock, as well as the embossing which was attained with my swirly cuttlebug folder. You can also see that the base of the card was made from the same DP as the tag. All the paper came from my scrap stash!



There you have it ladies, another simple card which looks like it took hours to make! Thank you AM for sending me such a beautiful card, I will be treasuring it forever :)

I hope you will all enjoy a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

2011: A year in Review - Week 6

Every time I post about another week in my album, I can't believe how quickly the year is going by. Can you imagine how shocked I am going to be when we reach week 52?

Well, last week's highlight had to be the Rammstein concert that Hubster and I attended on friday 11th. We recieved tickets for the show from his brother and wife (Conrad & Colleen) for Christmas and were so excited at the opportunity. Stephan has been listening to Rammstein for years, most people only started to listen to their music after they made an appearance in the movie 'XXX', staring Vin Diesel. They are the band in the underground club scene that blow fire from masks and have fire shooting up from the stage.

We were blessed to see the same kind of performance from them. It was all fire, fireworks and theatrics! Magnificent for me, who was actually attending my first, ever, concert! It's going to take a lot to beat what I saw and experienced :) Heck, I even played the part and wore a black leather corset and dark makeup!


Now, on to the page :) I loved making this weeks LO! I really had to dig deep in order to do the photo I had chosen justice. Never mind that it needed to be a 'stong' looking page too!

Here are a few of the elements:


The 100% certifed disc is actually a sticker off one of the 7Gypsies sheets and is raised on a foam square. The black pearl is self adhesive and there are 5 of these on the page. The memories sentiment is a scrappy cat stamp and was inked with black StazOn. Both the black ribbon and the silver twine are from my regular scrap stash. As you can clearly see, the grey and green cardstock was inked in black.


I saved the ticket stubs like a good little scrapbooker and stapled them to the photograph with green staples. The crosses are actually rubons :) The photo corners used are actually beads that can be used for jewellry, I saw them in a store once and thought they might come in handy one day, guess I was right! You can also see a strip of White ribbon to the left, this runs from the top to the bottom of the LO and also came out of my regular stash.



The image is from the start of the concert, dont you find all the lights in the crowd awesome? those are all people with their cameras up to take pictures!



The title is made up of stickers from a sheet I have in my stash. I was unable to go with my regular wooden letters because I have run out of E's! tragedy! The scrapbook store I bought them from says the supplier no longer makes them! Will have to think up a new theme to carry through the rest of the pages.



Well, that's it! think this is my favourite page in the entire album so far. I hope you all will have a Terrific Thursday and that the weekend will be on your doorstep soon :)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

CAS card

Hi all!

Today's card brings you something simple. We all tend to get caught up in the hype of making spectacular cards that will be oo'd and ah'd over and that will be our own personal pride an joy....sound familiar?

I thought that it was time for me to make something really simple, with hardly any work and do it in under 15 minutes....


Both pieces of paper came out of my scrap stash and were inked in black. I raised the orange piece on foam and cut the ends with my zigzag scissors. Two brads in opposite corners pull the colours together and the sentiment, from scrappy cat, was inked and embossed in black.

Voila! quick and easy and under 15 minutes! Reached my goal and definitely enjoy the satisfaction that comes with churning out a simple card :)

Hope you all enjoy a Wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Heat Wave

Well, with the heat wave we are supposed to be experiencing here in Gauteng today, I definitely made a card to match!

I have taken a new stance on my scrap paper stash and am going through each lot of colours separately and trying to get rid of them colour by colour. My weekend was spent trying to diminish the orange and yellow group as much as possible :)

The base of the card is orange, I refrained from inking it. The yellow cardstock was embossed in a cuttlebug folder (of which I can't remember the name!). The sentiment is a scrappy cat one and was inked in roan, then embossed with clear embossing powder. I raised this on a piece of foam. The flower came out of my regular stash, as did the ribbon and silver stones.



Hope you all have a Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Simply Sunny

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I know I did :)

Today's card was so quick to make once I had decided on what to do. All I used was one piece of paper for the base and some embellies.

The embellishments are popped up flowers that I made myself. I stamped the flower images (Scrappy Cat) in Roan onto a piece of left over Christmas pattern (scrap stash!) and then cut them out. I layered them on top of one another with foam squares. The centres are actually little bronze sequins...another stash item that has been there forever! I made three of these and think they came out lovely. I stuck them onto the base of the card with a Maya Road pin behind.


The sentiment is also a scrappy cat one and I nked this in black, poured clear embossing powder over and heated. Voila!



The base of the card is also from my scrap stash and I LOVE this pattern! It is so Sunny looking! I really love the simplicity of this card and it looks so elegant yet fresh at the same time.

Hope you all have a Montastic Monday!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thinking of you

Today's card actually started out as a happy birthday card. I made it on Wednesday night and when I took another look at it last night I didn't like it. I think we can be our own worst critics sometimes and I am definitely critical of my own work.

Here is the before pic:


Well now, let me get on with telling you how I made the card before I show you the altered version.
Firstly, all paper came out of my scrap stash. I resorted it all last night as it has seemed to be getting untidy again. I've sorted them into their colour groups and am ready to get cracking again. I plan on using it all before I buy another single sheet!
The lighter orange was put through my cuttlebug in the stylized flower folder and inked in black. The orange dotted ribbon is a beautiful satin from my ribbon collection.
The flower is actually two flowers put together with a marvelous brad. I've been hoarding these brads for some time but I think it's time to get rid of the old so I can get some new!

The sentiment was printed off the computer and some teeny butterflies were added to the corners to add some interest.

So, Here is what I didn't like... The sentiment. I had printed it on white paper and when it came to putting it on the card, It was too stark. So I coloured it in with an orange pencil crayon and added the butterflies. Also, the ribbon on the bottom looks so harsh, almost as if it was stuck there 'just because'.
To me it looks so out of whack compared to the rest of the card and I just couldn't bear to give someone something that I didn't personally feel was my best work.
Let me tell you that before I started with this card I had actually coloured in a fairy image to use. But, I couldn't find inspiration to make it look good on this card. Very difficult card crafting night for me it seemes as I definitely didn't have any trouble with the scrapbook page!

So here is what I did to change the card's LO:



I found a beautiful crucifix charm in my stash that I thought would look perfect, hanging from the flower. I'd found a sentiment that I liked in my stash that said 'thinking of you' and thought the charm would fit well.

I stamped the sentiment onto the same orange as the matt and embossed it with clear powder. I adhered it to the card slightly overlapping the bottom ribbon piece to break the harsh line.



I'm quite pleased with the final outcome and feel much more confident! Phew! thank goodnes my card making mojo returned last night :)


It's finally Friday! Hope your weekend is simply smashing!