Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Hello Bluebird!

There is something about mixing bold colours with neutral tones that is fascinating to me, they work so well.

I made this project with my ... Silhouette Cameo! ta da! If you want to make it yourself you can use the following cut files:

2 Love Birds
Owl pillow box
to the moon and back - vinyl
11 hearts

I love how well the blue and red popped against the neutral print of the pillow box. Too much awesome :) The lace was bought from a haberdashery up the road from my house a while back, and I found tiny stones in my stash for the bird's eyes.

 Do you know how difficult it is to photograph some things? without using the same props over, and over again? I think I stress more about photographing my stuff than I do about actually making it...

This was my 'studio' for the day... Creative, no?

Notice how bored Jenga looks (read: cute Pekingese, lying on the chair). She's too cute! Though I DO sometimes wish that she would just look at the camera, she's such a poser.


Saturday, November 23, 2013

My Husband's Lunch

What do you do when you feel creative? You want to spoil your husband (slash boyfriend, slash partner)? And it's a Sunday night...

You bedazzle his lunchbox!

And that's what I did :) I used a few cut files off my silhouette and made a special little project for my hubby.

If you want to do the same for your loved one, you can use the following files from the silhouette store:

- 12-pc puzzle by Lori Whitlock
- Gift

All you need to do to avoid the design cutout on the bag (like I did) is to select the file, 'right click' and select 'ungroup'. Select the cutout shape and 'delete'. Easy peasy!

The puzzle was a little more involved.

I filled the puzzle shape with a chalkboard background, drew a rounded rectangle shape in a white line, and added text and a few heart shapes. If you're looking for the same, I used the following files:

- Chalkboard Printable pattern
- 11 hearts

Of course, you need to use the registered marks to print the file, and then cut it with your silhouette.

I made my hubby a peanut butter and rasberry jam (because red is the colour of love!) sandwhich and cut a heart shape out of it. You could use a big heart-shaped cookie cutter to do this...but I don't have one and I just 'winged it'. The bread is a low GI, white, seeded loaf.

As you can see, the bag was cut from black cardstock, and decorated with white rub on stickers. the puzzle pieces were shuffled and placed within the bag for assembly when hubby eventually ate lunch on the Monday.

Just so you know, the crusts of the sandwhich made a good breakfast that morning!!!!!

That's it for today! Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

PHun for PH Awareness Blog Hop

Welcome to our PHun 4 Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Blog Hop. We are sharing awareness on Pulmonary Hypertension and why early diagnosis is so important for PH patients! 
I am honoured to be a participant in today's PHun 4 PH Awareness Blog Hop. If you have arrived from Amanda's Blog then you are in the right place. However, if you just arrived why don’t you start at Tamara's Blog, so you don’t miss any of the amazing creations.
Here is my contribution to the hop, using The Stamping Chef's image!
FACT: While a number of treatments are available to help you manage your disease and feel better day-to-day, there is currently no cure for pulmonary hypertension.

If you would like one of the images that we've been using in our hop, you can send an e-mail to our sponsors, with the answer to the question below. The sponsors for this hop are Simply Betty and The Stamping Chef

The e-mail addresses you can use are:

Simply Betty: simplyb10 (at) aol.com

The Stamping Chef: infothestampingchef (at) mail.com

The question to answer for your free images is: "How many treatments are FDA approved for children with PH?"
AND, if you would like to learn more about this disease, you can visit the following link:

Thanks for hopping with us today. The hop will end on Saturday November 16th at 11:59 PM EST. Winners will be posted on the Paper Moments Blog  on Saturday November 23rd. Now head on over to Corinne's Blog to see what she has created! 

P.S. in order to be eligible for the prize you see on the Paper Moments' blog, you need to leave a comment beneath our blog posts! The winner will be chosen via random.org and announced on Wednesday 13th! So! get typing!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Scrapbook and Things - A Review

If you go to 313 Ontdekkers Road, Ontdekkers Park (cnr Conradie Street), in Roodepoort, Gauteng (don't worry, I'll repeat this for you again at the end of my post); you will find a quaint little scrapbook/craft store called Scrapbook and Things.

They recently celebrated their 10 year store birthday, quite an achievement in not only the scrapbooking business, but in business in general! 10 years of great products, great teaching, great service, and great enthusiasm!

I was first introduced to the store when I was given a voucher as a birthday gift (gift of a lifetime, and one that I will always attribute to my love for cutting paper). I was given both a class voucher, as well as a store voucher to buy product. The class voucher turned out to be invaluable, who would have thought that scrapbooking could be so technical! I always thought it was 'spoeg en plak'. How wrong I was...

You don't realise the value of being taught how to do something until you have gone through the process. Scrapbooking is so much more than putting a couple of photographs on a page with a few pretty embellishments. The teaching at Scrapbook and Things is beyond good. It's beyond great, and it's beyond fantastic. It's fun, informative, and filled with creative juice. Class rosters can be found on their website, or you could just call and enquire about the next class date and time. If a class isn't scheduled, you can always pop in to the store and work on something you're busy with anyway. A table is available to work at, in the middle of the store, in the middle of all that craft goodness (everything you need to use and buy at the reach of an arms length).

Scrapbook and Things, obviously, has a lot of scrapbook material available for purchase. My favourite item of all is the ribbon! There is almost half a wall dedicated to it! drool...
There is paper, both patterned and cardstock, tools, stamps, embellishments, albums, stickers and much more to browse through. I doubt you could walk into the store without walking out with at least some chalk (two actually...because one is never enough).

One of the items Scrapbook and Things has on offer, is page notes. Feel like a bit of scrapbooking, but don't feel your creative juices flowing to design your own page? that's ok! because you can buy page notes (both single and double pages) and follow the instructions! how cool is that people? Remember that table in the store? Buy some notes and bob's your uncle you have a custom made class going on! That's what I did a few weekends back...

This is my stuff, packed out on the craft table (they have craft mats available, so I didn't need to pack my own)

More of my stuff

I bought a page kit...which is similar to the page notes, except you buy the paper in a kit, that was used in the original page example, as well as the notes. neat huh? I didn't feel like making my own idea, or choosing paper, so I just bought a neat little kit that gave me everything I needed (except tools of course!)

Part of the page I put together from the kit I bought.
Now, the lady (read: wonderful lady) who owns Scrapbook and Things is named Lara Hanna. She is GREAT at teaching, GREAT at creating, and GREAT at making you feel at home in the store. It's an awesome kuier every time I go there :)

This is Lara!.... and the RIBBON wall....it extends to the right of the photograph...P.S. Lara also loves dots as much as I do...She is also in love with lady bugs...In fact...it's part of her store logo....
And this is...me...having a fat party with my paper...don't you just love all the colourful brads to the right of me?
So, in short (not really, not if you just read this whole post) I love this store and I recommend it! Their details are as follows:

313 Ontdekkers Road, Ontdekkers Park (cnr Conradie Street)
Telephone : 011 763 1884
Fax : 011 763 4180
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
shop hours:
MONDAY: Closed
TUESDAY - THURSDAY: 09h30-17h00
FRIDAY: 09h30-16h30
SATURDAY: 09h30-13h30
P.S. This was an honest and open review about a store I frequent for my craft supplies. I was not in any way paid to say any of the above.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Making your own custom background paper - a stamping tutorial

I don't know about you, but I love to have a good 'dot' pattern in my paper stash. Dots just seem to go with everything! It's hard though, to get dot patterns in every colour you may (one day) need, and this being so, I don't have too many.

Remember this post? I {heart} family

I put together more than just a tutorial on home-made washi tape from my craft session that day. I also created the background dot paper myself!

And it was ingenious...if I do say so myself. You can do it too! it's soooooo easy! All you need is: Cardstock, Ink pad, dot stamps (I used the full stops from an alphabet set I have)


 Depending on the amount of paper you plan on being visible, stamp your dots randomly. I was going for a 'sort' of vintage/modern look on my page and thought that white ink would go well with my other colour choices.
Pattern paper can be so expensive guys, this is a much cheaper option if you don't mind the extra work. In terms of Rands, pattern paper can cost anything from R10 a sheet while cardstock is around R5. Half price! now who wouldn't go for that?
As always, I would love to see your take on this idea! I know it's not super inventive, but it gets us back to basics, and helps those who are new or cash-strapped to try something that could help in the long run.
Happy crafting!

Friday, August 2, 2013

I {heart} Family

I recently dug up a couple of photos that I had printed years ago...with the intention of scrapping...which I never got to...

I've been on a mission lately to make stuff, and it has been quite enjoyable. It's been fun to take a new stance on my crafting after the long hiatus. My work is definitely different, and I'm finding quite a bit of influence has crept in from what I've seen on the internet. I'm loving different colours, textures and techniques, and a layout just doesn't look complete if it isn't 'bold'(if that makes sense?).

I've also come to the realisation that I don't always have to feel like I have to use an entire 12x12 sheet on a layout, because I'm scared of collecting scraps. In fact, a lot of my scrapping lately has me using not only new 12x12 pieces, but also diving into my scrap stash for the tiniest 2x5cm piece, that is just the right colour, for a layout (for example). Scraps are good, people. If you don't cut, you won't get.

I also have two tutorials that came out of this layout, one was the washi tape tutorial in my last post. The second one also has to do with stamping, and will show you how you can improvise with your crafting, not only with scrapbooking, but also with card making etc.

So anyway, I did this layout for my hubby. He loves his family, so much.

Note the homemade Washi Tape!


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Silhouette Card Storage

Seriously, my Silhouette is probably the best crafting investment I have made. I use it for everything; and when I'm feeling lazy, I use it to make projects that I don't have to think too hard about... like this card storage unit for instance.


Because I like to think ahead, I made the label for the 'Get Well Soon' label removable. This means that if I ever decide to keep any other type of greeting cards in this box, I can change it at the blink of an eye.

To get this right I magnetised the label and the box! ta da! The greeting is stamped onto white card, so I won't ever have to worry about not having the same paper as I used on the set when I make a new label. Also, white stands out pretty nicely, and doesn't clash with the very busy pattern I chose.

I've had a couple of days worth of crafting behind me (ok, evenings more like it), and am feeling pretty relaxed. It's been great. I love not having to think about anything except the paper on my desk.
Unfortunately my new University semester has started so it will mean putting in study hours again, though I'm determined to keep a good balance this time!

Here's to a happy Hump day!


Friday, July 12, 2013

Chasing William Tell

With aspirations of one day being a William Tell, my husband got us into archery. Granted, not cheaply, but he's got us into it. I must admit to being quite averse to the idea in the beginning. I told him I would support his new hobby, but that I was in no way interested in starting it myself!

So wrong I was... our second 'club' night had me wielding the club bow and loving it. Two weeks later I had my own.  A Ben Pearson Advantage to be exact. A left handed one. Because apparently I shoot left. How could I have been writing right handed all these years?

You must know that this sport is not cheap. Once you get bitten, it's like being a papercrafter in a paper store. You have to have everything. The guys jokingly call this a Grand sport, because they spend a grand every time they walk into an archery store. I don't blame them.

There are a lot of things I could tell you about archery that would bore you to death, but because this is after all a 'crafty' blog (and you aren't that interested in archery are you?) I will stop here.

This post is more about the photo's I took on our first 'club' night. I was practicing my photography while trying very hard not to be noticed by all the scary new people that my husband so easily conversed with.

I used the Canon PowerShot S5 IS, and edited with Picasa 3. I shot at various angles and depths, and had fun with my settings. I do still wish I had a manual lens though. It's extremely difficult and technically challenging to adjust settings on a camera that doesn't have one (or so I think). I also wish I had a lens with greater zoom, to prevent too much pixilation on shots that inevitably are too far away for my current camera to handle.