Wednesday 29 February 2012

Welkom - Bienvenue

The black rhinoceros stamp from Ollyfant Storybook stamps.

A nearby view of the stamp done on handmade paper made from animal dung, coloured with promarkers.

A near peek on the embellishments.

My card.

Good Morning

With a bit of excitement I want to share this card with you. My first african card in quite a while, but when I saw the challenge of your favourite zoo animal I just had to join in the fun.

South Africa does not have that much zoos, but we have lots of game reserves. We also host 93% of the white rhino population of the world. Currently we also have a war on poachers that hunt the rhinos for their horns for the Eastern markets. They make sex stimulants out of the horns, but the latest reason they give: it is used for a cure for cancer, which nobody believes and it still does not give them the right of hunting Rhinos illegal. The prizes are very high for Rhino horns. It makes me very angry, because it is amazing how sick the world became in their attempt of getting rich, because there are even veterinaries involved, so it is not limited to poor uneducated people.

Back to my card. This is a black rhino, because of its sharp lip to eat leaves on trees. A first for me, stamping on handmade paper. Gives you a rock art effect. The back craft paper has different animal scene done in brown. I added the hinch of green. The borders is done with a border punch and selotape with the skin patterns, which I had for ages now. Finished it of with a dried leave, coloured guineafowl feather and porcupine pins. Sentiment is computer generated with an owl bead as final touch.

This is a card I made for our first French visitors this year. I'm a bit excited to see them again and to show them a bit of my country.

Challenges I was inspired by:

CCEE1208 - Your Favourite zoo animal

Tuesday Throwdown # 87 - Paper tearing

Thank you for your visit!


Thursday 23 February 2012

Toadily Happy Birthday

Good Morning

As I have mentioned in one of my previous post, there are some beautiful digis in round 12 of the Crafter's digital art centre progressive challenge. This one is from Fred she Said. Mom of only boys and frogs being part of my history, though I do not like the real stuff whatsoever. We stayed in France for a while (in the frogleg production area) and the French are known for eating froglegs, from there my love for frogs. I just had to use this digi. I have finally decided to use the Trio Tuesday sketch 106 and the colour combo of The Craft Pad - Red, Blue & green. All papers is from my scrapbook stash and I had this frog button for quite a while now and it is from Dress it up and it is called boyz rule. The sentiment is from Penny Black.
Challenges I'm joining:
The Craft Pad #158 - Red, Blue, Green
CDAC round 12 - cdacpc12, fss
Aud Sentiment #48 - Happy
Craft Catz #120 - Favourite thing - Green, Boys and frogs
Glitter Geeks week 7 - Boys & Girls
Tuesday Trio #106 - Sketch

Thank you for your visit!

Tuesday 21 February 2012

Pink Birthday

Good Morning

My boy's teacher is celebrating her birthday soon. So he chose this beautiful digi from Sliekje, called cupcake girl. Like many times before the card does not end up with the original colours in mind. He requested blue and the card ended up in pink. I just felt pink suites this cutie better. She seems so fragile. I've used some 3D paint on the frosting of the cupcake and added beads for decorations. The designer paper is from Kirsty Wiseman designed for the crafts beautiful magazine. The yellow is from basic grey and I used a cuttlebug emboss template for the embossing. The fluffy knitting twine and lace is from my stash. Finished it of with the flower brads and pearls in the righthand bottom corner.

Challenges I'm joining:

Cupcake Craft Challenge #180 - Fluffy pink Cupcake

Robyn Festish #95 - Pretty in Pink

Glitter Geeks week 7 - Girls and boys

Charisma Cardz #6 - Anniversairy

Use it Tuesday #25 - Celebrating their Birthday Party

Sweet Stampin #24-2 - Choose 3 in a row; Lace, Ribbon, Pearls / Lace, Brads, Flowers

Shelly's images 2-16 - Show what you have

Thank you for your visit!

Have a wonderful day!


Monday 20 February 2012

Music Kitten

Good Monday Morning

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!
Today's post is a card for a teenage lady. Music is more or less a neutrale theme for all teenagers, but I know she loves cats. The digi is from Sliekje and I used the Colour Create colour combo for this week. I've used a cuttlebug music emboss template for the background, did some distressing with chalk, added twine which I had to colour with ink, to fit in the colour combo, founded some music charms in my stash and finished it of with a peel-off sentiment in French saying happy birthday.
Challenges I'm joining:
Colour Create # 90 - Lilac, Blue, White and craft
One Stop Craft Challenge #170 - Create your own background
The Outlawz SCO215 - Wednesday Sketch 15 February 2012
Shelly's Images TTT2-16 - Anything goes

Thank you for your visit!

Friday 17 February 2012

Hang in there


This digi and sentiment is from Happileigh Scrappin, also one of round 12 digis from Crafter's Digital Art Centre. Since we stayed in France for a few years and they are known to eat froglegs I have a very soft spot for frogs. Not that I do like the real stuff, but all other forms of frogs gives me a awh feeling. This morning when I opened my blog I saw CAS-friday's new challenge for ribbons, I just had to create this card. Thought I'll stay with this hanging feeling. Cardstock is brazzille paper and ribbon is from my stash.
Challenges I'm joining:
CAS-Fridays # CFC40 - Tie one on
CDAC round 12 - cdacpc12, HSD
The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop Februarie # 7 - Anything goes
Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge #21 - Anything goes

Have a beautiful weekend.


Good Morning

Crafter's Digital Art Centre started their next round, and this time they have such beautiful digis available, that I just needed to play with them. Their theme is: Green, Great Gorgeous, though the green is not neccessary the main focus, but the fun. This is the first of a few that I want to share with you. This digi is from A day for Daisies, called dancers. I've used some paper piecing with a mother of pearl pink for their bodices and shoes. Soften the white with a pink distress and for a first for me, I used designer paper as the base for my card. This pink rose paper is from my scrapbook stash that I had for ages now and it just fitted the colour scheme. I also did some stitching with some metal embroidery on my sentiment. It is an Afrikaans stamp I've just as base, saying Happy Birthday! The swirl is also from mother in pearl paper and the flowers and pearls is from my stash.
I was guided by the following challenges I'm joining:
Mojo Monday #228 - Sketch
There she goes # TSG143 - Olive, Rose, Razzleberry
The ribbon real #21 - Shabby Chic Birthday - Photo inspiration with Ribbon, Lace, Stitching, Roses
Anything Goes #60 - Eye's down Bingo Board - Ribbon, Lace, Stitching, flowers, Swirls and pearls
Charisma Cardz #6 - Happy Aniversairy
CDAC round 12 - cdacpc12, adfd

Thank you for your visit.

Tuesday 14 February 2012

Birthday Party with Alice

Top: Slided open.

Good Day

Hope your day is filled with warmth and that you love yourself the best, since you are the best in your shoes and you are special!

Today's card, is a birthday card for a young lady whom will turn 4 soon. I've used Alice in wonderland from Digi my World. For a change I've made a slide card and digged in my confetti for the embellishments and it is amazing the buttons you can find these days. This giftbox button just fitted the small table. All goodies are from my stash, just love the Use it Tuesday blog for using all your stash. They are also celebrating their 1st birthday with some big celebrations and bloghop.

Challenge I'm joining in this celebration.

Digi my World #3 - Birthday wishes

Use it Tuesday #25 - Birthday celebrations

Thank you for your visit.


Monday 13 February 2012

Bee Happy

Good Afternoon

I've started working on this card on Friday afternoon, though I have only finished it this morning. So, I used Mojo Monday's sketch, but I'm a bit too late to enter their challenge. I was however inspired my Melissa over at Meljen's design challenge for pastels and I use this bee freebie and her sentiment. The designer papers is from two magazines namely Papercraft Essentials - the bee happy paper and the doodle paper on the background is from cardmaking & papercraft. I did some embossing on the other backpaper and used the distressing technique with some pale blue ink. The diecut is from Marianne's design, I added some beads with the buttons to brighten up the card. I have to admit that I prefer bold colours with pastels and that I find it sometimes to pale to play with only pastels, although the projects over at Meljen's are beautiful. Challenges I'm joining:

Meljen's design #96 - Pastels with a meljen's digi

Craft your Passion # 97 - Recipe - 1 Ribbon, 2 Pattern Papers, 3 Buttons

Charisma Cards # 5 - Things with wings

Have a beeautiful day.


Heart mouse

Good Morning

With Valentine's day around the corner, I thought I will quickly share you this card. I've used a freebie from Meljen's design called "Art Mouse" and I used the Outlawz Sketch. All the cardstock is from my stash. I've added a bit of beads to the charm to give it a bit of dangling. This whole card was mainly inspired by Anything Goes's bingo challenge. Though the closed card is a square, I've cut away a half of each page, as can be seen on the second photo. The top stamps are from Nitwit and sentiment from Adam Pescott.

Challenges I'm joining:
Anything Goes #60 - Eyes down, Bingo Board - Distress, Charms, Animals, Shaped Card or My choice - 2 different stamps

Prairiy Fairy Fun Fridays # 72 - Let me call you sweetheart
Crafty Catz #119 - Valentine's

Glitter Geeks #week 6 - To the one I love

Dutch Dare Card #151 - White & Pink, Red

Hope you have a lovely valentine's day.


Friday 3 February 2012

House + Love = Home

Good Day

It is time for the next round at the Crafter's Digital Art Centre with a theme of "Love will find a way". They have some lovely digis, provided by a group of talented artist. Today I have used two of them on one project. Friends of ours have moved house and I thought it appropriate to give them a card. I've tried a bit of vintage look with a bling on it. Maybe a bit overdone, since bling is not quite my style. But I have to admit, sometimes to take a proper picture takes a lot more effort than to make the card. The papers I've used is Vintage rose paper pack and Picnic in the park paper stack. I've used old rose chalk ink for my distressing and added some glitter, beads, gems and glitter ribbon with a bit of gelpens on the edges. Sentiment, computer generated read " A house becomes a home when love moves in".

Challenges I was guided by:
CDAC progressive challenge round 11 - Images used: Bailey bear with heart from Sew Many Cards(cdacpc11, smc) and MRO Digi Home from Whimsy and Stars (cdacpc11, Whimsyandstars)
Charisma Cards #4 - Vintage
Crafty Creations #155 - Home Sweet Home
Cute Card Thursday #202 - Buttons and bows
Dutch Dare Cardmakers #150 - Photo inspiration - Lime/menth, peach/pink, buttons, stripes, spring
I did it Creations#92 - Make it sparkle
Midnight Madness # MMSC135 - Sketch
Shelly's Image TTT - All tied up

Thank you and have a creative weekend!

Wednesday 1 February 2012

Wedding Invitation

Good Day

I want to share this wedding invitation I've made. It was a bit of low budget and limited time project. Though, I think it did not come out to bad. I've used a Nellie Snellin diecut on the red foil paper and a cuttlebug bell emboss template on the gold cirlce. The stamp - Sketchy Flourishes from Inkadinkado, done in gold with some heat emboss, to give it a bit more bling, all done on white brazzille cardstock, 10x15cm.
Some new challenges I'm joining this time, with some fab prizes and a big celebrations!
Craft Sentiment - 31 Jan - Punches/Dies
Sassy's Cheryl's Challenge Blog #100 - Punches with something shimmering
Die Cuttin Divas #50 - Anything Goes

Thank you for your visit and have a splendid day!