Friday 25 November 2011

Thank You Honey

Good Morning
This is a digi from Sew Many Cards, one of the digis at Crafter's Digital Art Centre's Progressive Challenge and is is called Bailey with honeybee. I've coloured it with aquarrelles. I did some distressing with chalk to soften the white. Added a dry leave with some ribbon that I have recycled from a Lindt Chocolate Bunny, some rhinestones and a pin.
Challenges I've used as guidance:
Cute Card Thursday# 192 - Sketch
Crafter's Digital Art Centre round 7 - cdacpc7smc, What's cooking
Rubber redneck # 55 - Colour Round-up - Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Peach Parfait, Chocolate Chip
Papercrafting Journey - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations #145 - Thanks/Gratitude
Southern Girls #32 - Embellishments Bingo, Diecuts, Gems, Ribbon
Raise the Bar #85 - Thank You/Grateful

Thank you and have a wonderful week-end.

Just to say Thank You

Good Morning

My second box. This time I used a pale blue as base and unfortunately I do not know the origine of this digi. So, if anybody knows, please help me to give gratitude to the designer, I would much appreciate it, since I'm busy re-organising my digital data base. The punch is from make me and the sentiment is a freebie from Hannelie. Again I used the colour scheme from Colour Throwdown. It just suited the image. All goodies is from my sash.

Challenges I'm entering:

Colour Throwdown # CTD169 - Real Red, Baja Breeze, Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip

Crafty Creations #145 - Thanks/Gratitude

Paper Crafting Journey - Anything goes

Thank you


Colour my life

Good Morning
Today, our schools close for the summer holidays and for the festive season. Hopefully, things will slow down a bit. I have to admit that it is a bit tuff with everything that ends at the same time, not like the northern hemisphere that has spread it a bit over the year. But, enough complaining. I've made some boxes for thank-you-gifts, that I want to share with you. This one, I used a Digi my World image from the colour my life series. Thought it would fit the colour scheme from Colour Throwdown. The border frame and swirls is from Marianne's design. The sentiment in Afrikaans says: Thank you. Just added some rhinestones for a bit of glits.
Challenges I'm joining in the fun:
Sweet Sketch Wednesday # 129-33 - Sketch
Digi my World #7 - Anything goes DMW digi required
Colour Throwdown # CTD169 - Colour Challenge - Real Red, Taken with Teal, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip
Raise the Bar #85 - Thank you

Thank you

Thursday 24 November 2011

African Christmas

Hallo Everybody
Happy Thanksgiving to all my blogland friends! Thank you, to all who inspired me this past year and who has to think so hard for all the creative ideas for the challenge blogs. May you have a blessed festive time.
I've made a card with this same digi from Sliekje and in the end my boys forced me to make another, since they just adored this cutie. Unfortunately, I don't have the same papers and embelishments, anymore. Good for me, since I'm not fond of doing the exact same thing too many times. The sentiment and backing paper is from the Crafts magazine's gift pack. All the rest is from my stash.
Challenges I'm entering:
Kathy's Waffle Sketch File - November Sketch
Just us Girls # 111 - Colour Challenge, Red, White & Green
Paper Crafting Journey 24/11 - Anything goes

Thank you

Wednesday 23 November 2011

Merry Christmas

A quick hello again

This is really a Clean And Simple card, but I just could not resist CAS-Friday's sketch CFC29. I used one of my Crafts Christmas stamps in red and green, as requested by JUGS #111. I'ved tried some glitter wet embossing, but it is not quite visible on the photo. Made the border with some silver string, added peel-off sentiment in afrikaans(merry christmas) and final touch of rhinestones.

Hope you have a nice day.

Thank you.


High on Life

Good afternoon

Firstly, I would like to tell you of Elaine's great candy gift away over at her blog Craft my Life . She's also chosen as part of a new DT at a new challenge blog, Joanna Sheen, that start soon. You can just click on the photo in my blog's sidebar and it will take you directly to her blog.

With the weather a bit cooler and grey, it kick started my mojo for crafting. This time a birthday card for a teenage boy or maybe older, getting a bit out of the groove of christmas cards. These days, if there is something electronic on the card it will do for a teenager since they are hip on it and that makes it a bit easier for us crafters. I used Cling Changito at home from stampendous, still in his pajamas, but with his laptop on his lap. Just love this little caracter. The "high on life" sentiment is from TLC and the birthday sentiment is from Hannelie, my sister in law, that does some great creative digital stuff lately. Very proud of her. She is also chosen to be part of a new DT at I did it creations challenge blog. The embossing was done with my cuttlebug emboss folders and I used a fiskar border punch for the circle border on the top left. I love to use border punches on both sides of a small strip of paper, since you can have a whole different effect than normal. Then I added some rhinestones for the final touches. All goodies is from my stash.

Challenges I'm joining.
Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #131(MMSC131) - Sketch

One Stop Craft Challenge #158 - Colour Challenge: Blue

Top Tip Tuesday #61 - More than one fold

Cards for men #24 - Fancy folds, must be for men

Thank you


Tuesday 22 November 2011


Such a warm and luscious photo inspiration. Whether you get excited about the idea of some warm pumpkin soup infront of the fireplace or playing in the falling leaves like a child.

Good Morning

I was inspired by Paint your world's challenge to make a frame with a picture stamped into it. There is a very nice tutorial on there blog. Since digi stamps is the current buzz thing to do, it's been a while since I used any of my stamps. I used "doodle frames" from stampendous for my frame with some gold wet embossing and my picture is "sisters" from Leeré Aldrich, Stampavie. The outer border was made with a diecut from Marianne's design. The designer paper is from Cardmaking and papercraft magazine and was chosen for it is warm colours inpired by the above picture, I added some lace and pearls and for the sentiment in Afrikaans(friends) I used some gold peel-offs, to give it a bit of shabby chic feeling.

Challenges I am entering:

Paint your world #5 - stamp picture frame with picture

A Gem of a Challenge #34 - sketch and add sentiment of stitching faux or real

Charisma Cardz #45 - Lace and Pearls

Craft your Passion #85 - Photo inspiration

Have a nice day


Thursday 17 November 2011

Natural Goodness or Excotic Richness

Good Afternoon

Today I want to share the box I made for my mother -in - law's christmas gift. I love giving handmade gifts, so I made her a mini album. Now for the box, I used cardstock in a pale grey for both the base and lid. The lid, I decorated a bit with goodies from my stash, using a Martha Steward border punch and some red lace for the sides. The top, I used a sketch from the Sketch file and the sentiment is my own, since apples are available to everybody to eat and crab and crayfish is a bit of excotic, only available to the rich, so whatever your appetite maybe. The digis is a crab from Tiffany Doodles and the apple, with which I made the border, is from Heartsong Designs. They are part of the Crafter's Digital Art Centre's 7th round in the Progressive Freebie Challenge that goes on till Februarie 2012. So, join the group and join the fun. This time, for the next 2 weeks, the theme is what's cooking.

I'm joining in the fun with the following challenges:

CDAC progressive challenge round 7(cdacpc7), tiffanydoodles, Heartsong

Kathy's Waffle Sketch File , November 2011 - Sketch

Use it Tuesday #19 - Cooking up fun
Color Throwdown #168 - riding hood red, so saffron, vanilla, basic grey
Everybody Art Challenge #168 - Little present

Thank you for visiting and have a splendid day.


Tuesday 15 November 2011

Elephant greetings

This morning, when I opened my dashboard I saw the lost of Sliekje and as I visited her blog to leave some condolences, my eye caught this free digi and could not resist, since elephants are so much part of our country and with Mojo Monday's sketch, everything started to take shape. I've used some gold glitter to get that real christmas feeling. Currently, I must confess, I do not have a lot of christmas feeling with the temperatures that rise to 35°. Still adapting to Africa. But back to my card, backing paper & sentiment are from docrafts and I digged up some red foil, which I did some embossing on. The button & ribbon is from my stash as well as the floral wire. I used a coluzzle template for my rectangulars.

I'm entering some new challenges for me:

Forever Friends 14/11 - christmas is coming , must include animal digi

Incy Wincy Designs #120 - Tic Tac Toe - Ribbon, Christmas sentiment, metal (foil and wire in this case)

Truly Madly Crafty Challenge #4 - Photo inspiration - Used the gold and stars in picture

Here come the boys # 15 - colours red, green & white for the boys - since I only have two boys this reminds me of them making up the xmas tree.

Thank you for your visit.


Monday 14 November 2011

Sunflower xmas

Just a quick good evening,
I must finish all my christmas cards this week, so I played with the midnight madness sketch #129 (MMSC129) and came up with this card. The digi is from Just inklined, one of the Crafter's Digital Art Centre's progressive challenge's digis. I've coloured it with aquarelles and added some string with some beads stringed in it.

Thank you

Bags of fun

Good Monday Morning
This is one of those cards that I have been working on the whole weekend. I've been kind of busy with all kinds of things last week and finally I had time to craft I had a lack of mojo. So, I've only finished it off this morning. Though I used a lot of challenges as guide, I'm too late, but I still wanted to share it with you.
This is one of the CDAC's 6th round digi called 3shop till she drop" provided by Inked Treasures. I've used it for a birthday card for a young 6year old lady. It is much part of this time of year where most people prepare for christmas. I've used my marianne's design templates for the swirl and flower, added brads as the centre for the flowers and used a tag for the sentiment peel-off. The emboss border is made with my cuttlebug emboss template. All the papers is from my stash and for a change I used a scrapbookpaper with flocking on as base.
The challenges I'm entering:
Crafter's Digital Art Centre, round 6 - cdacpc6, inkedtreasures
Stamp with fun #136 - sketch
Crafty Catz #108 - Use a digi
Paper Crafting Journey #23 - embossing
CCEE #1145 - 3 different shapes - Square, rectangular, round(flowers)

Thank you

Tuesday 8 November 2011

God's blessing

My project

A view from the back

A 20cm diameter circle folded in a triangle.

Good Morning

This is a special card for a friend whom celebrate her 60th birthday, this coming week-end. Though all birthdays are special I thought something different will do for this achievement.

So I combined a few challenges and used handmade paper as base. I 've cut a 20cm diameter and then folded in a triangle. I used my Marianne design's diecuts for the top flower and grab the freebie sentiment from Netty's cards. When I saw the digi is from Sliekje and she called it Just Cute and you can interepret it as rain or snow, I stopped searching, since I know my friend has 3 granddaughters in England. The sentiment is my own in Afrikaans and read: "May God's blessing rain upon you, so that you can grow and keep on be a blessing to all." I've added the ribbon to fasten it a the back, though it is not prominent on the front. I didn't want to add to much embellishments since I wanted to make the paper more the focale point.

The challenges I've combined:

Just us Girls #109 - Sketch - won't you tri(angle) it.
CASual Fridays CFC 27 - Over the edge

Glitter Geeks #22 - Snuggle up

Thank you and have a splendid day!

I'm off going to bake pancakes.


Monday 7 November 2011

Adjust your sails

Good Morning
It is Monday! A new week ahead....but also this year is speeding out.
I've made this card on Friday, but was not around to post it before now. This is a digi and sentiment from Carmen. I've used some chalk for the distressing, coloured it with aquarrelles. The papers is form my stash as well as all the embellisments. The compass is a stamp from scrappy cat and I used a spellbinder diecut.
Challenges I've used as guides:
Midnight Madness #128 MMSC128 - Sketch
Colour Create #83 - Turquois, Deep Pink, Ivory
Meljen's design #83 - Use Brads
CCEE stampers CCEE1144 - 4 different embellishments - rhinestones, charms, brads, twine
Crafty Catz #107 - Anything goes
Papercrafting Journey PCJ22- Use a digi

Hope you have a wonderful crafting week and thank you for your much appreciated visit.

Thursday 3 November 2011

Non traditional christmas


Today I've tried something different. Not so much the image, from daisy doodles, but more the colour scheme. Purple and orange. This morning I was scrabbling through my stash for papers for my son's birthday invitations and my I caught this purple backpaper with the christmas design. Then I remembered Use it Tuesday's challenge for purple, orange and black - all or any choice. The image is one of the digis from Crafters Digital Art Centre's 6th round progressive challenge, with theme of winter wonderland. A.F. Wells once said "Take Christ out of Christmas and December becomes the most dismal and drab time of the year." From there my choice of a star brad used with some lilac ribbon. Brazzille cardstock from my stash and I've used a spellbinder diecut and the digi was coloured with aquarelles.

I was guided by the following challenges:

CDAC progressive challenge round 6 - cdacpc6, daisydoodles

Use it Tuesday #18 - Colors Orange, purple

Crimbo Crackers #1 - Anything goes for christmas

Meljen's design #83 - Use a brad or more

Thank you


Tuesday 1 November 2011

Au Naturale Guinea fowl

I have to admit that I do enjoy the cooler wet weather, after last week's sudden heatwave.
Today's post was triggered by There she goes clearstamp's challenge: Au Naurale and it has been a while since I joined the guys at 365 Cards. A bit of change on my latest projects in terms of colour. But I digged around in my stash for the following: Kraftpaper for the base card, twine ribbon, that I have cut in 2 for the border, outer ovale is cut from dung paper made from rhino dung, inner ovale from cream cardstock, the stamp is probably one of my very first wooden stamps from many moons ago, stamped with brown ink and coloured with aquarelles, the feathers is guinea fowl feathers and then I came upon the sunflowerseeds. Thought it could do the thing. The sentiment was handwritten, just to keep it really natural.

Blog challenges I'm entering:
There she goes clearstamps TSG128 - Au Naturale
365 Cards day 244 - Super sketchy sunday
Scrappy frogs challenge - Something that flies
Birthday Sundaes #33 - Birthday card
Fashionable Stamping Challenge #7 - Coffee & Cream with a hint of dark chocolate

Thank you for your visit and hope you enjoy your cup of coffee/tea with a smile.