Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Cards and a can

Made these cards for my husband's birthday last week.

We all get together at my parents' home on Christmas Eve (4 siblings, husbands, wives and 10 grandchildren). Have been busy altering cans. Made these cans for the children in the family. Personalised them a bit by placing each child's initial on "their" can. Put a bag of candy in each can.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Bits and pieces

I have been busy with all sorts of 'little' things. There is so much inspiration out there it is quite overwhelming. I want to try it all but as the saying goes,"so much to do, so little time".

Here are some of the bits and pieces I've had fun making.

Made the petite version of the Around Town Tote with my own version of a poinsettia (love those flowers at this time of year. They just make me feel so happy!)

Found this tutorial for making these paper poinsettias.
Loved these tags that Bonnie made so I had to make them too. She also provides a great tutorial.

Saw a card on Dawn's blog that I loved. So I used the same colours and some of the elements to make my own.Thanks to everyone for all the great inspiration. Love this hobby.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

PTI Blog Hop - November

ETA: No glitter used on this project. Ornament base stamped with Versamark and embossed with 'Opalescent Clear' EP. Pattern embossed with gold EP.

Saw these little bags on Andrea's site last year and have been wanting to make them ever since.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Christmas Tags

Managed to get some little tags done. It's been so hot here and my little craft room gets direct sun most of the day so I have been rather lethargic to say the least. Looking forward to a cooler week next week.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Christmas ornament card

Made this card for this week's challenge on the Hero Arts blog. Got the idea from Andrea Walford's blog, Sunny Stampin.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Christmas Tree and a Bit of Fun...

Finally got to use the Tree Trimming Trio stamps. Used some inspiration from the wonderful Melissa Phillips to make my card.

While I was busy stamping, my daughter saw the stamps lying on the table and thought the tree stamp that I was using was a pizza slice stamp. LOL. Well, I decided to go with her idea and made a quick card to see how it would turn out. It sure has possibilities. Anyone for pizza?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Around Town Tote

Oh I just love Lauren's templates. Made this gift bag for my niece's birthday.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Thanks to inspiration from Peggysue, I found this wonderful blog, Stampin' Sisters In Christ. What a wonderful opportunity to use my Verve stamps. Bought some of Verve's Plain Jane bible verse stamps to make cards for people who might be needing words of encouragement.

The challenge was to show the "earth rejoicing"... flowers blooming, oceans roaring, trees bursting with fruit, mountains and hills 'clapping'... whatever comes to mind for you as long as your card or project shows the earth rejoicing.

I just thought this little bird looked like he was bursting out in song and praising God for His goodness.

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

RSCC #17

ETA: My little card got a mention on Dawn's spotlight. I'm doing the happy dance I tell you!

Made this ATC card for the Hero Arts challenge this week and used the colours from Dawn's challenge too.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Gift box and a bookmark

Bought my sister-in-law a book for her birthday and needed to gift wrap it. Well, the Captured Card case was just too small so I had to make my own version and was pleased how it turned out. Then instead of a card, I made a scrapling bookmark and attached magnets to the inside.

Friday, September 25, 2009

My favourite stamp set

I adore 'Teachers Apple' by PTI. Maybe that's because I am a teacher or maybe it's just because I love the different designs on the apples. Well, either way, I wanted to use it again. Claire Brennan is holding a competition to win the entire collection of her new release. Couldn't resist that. Her sets just get better and better with each release. You have to make a card using your favourite stamp and the colour green. I made one of Lauren's templates, Fold and Go, instead. I used Spring Moss and Ripe Avocado for my shades of green. Got my inspiration for this project from the wonderful Dawn McVey. Really these PTI ladies are awesome.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

My prize arrived

I was so fortunate to win one of Claire Brennan's gorgeous stamp sets during her last release. She is busy with sneek peeks of her next release. This lady is super talented and so modest. Claire, you rock girl! I chose the 'Say it with Style' set and had to make something ASAP.
I made this little scrapling as there was a challenge over on SCS using scraplings and I'm looking everywhere at the moment for some inspiration. How long will this dry spell last?!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Moxie Fab World Challenge

This is my second post for the day. Lost my mojo for a while and now I need to play catch up. LOL. Made this holiday card for the challenge on Moxie Fab World. Don't have a Christmas stamp set yet so I had to make do with what I had. I used Everyday Button Bits and Text Style Background stamps. Looking forward to this month's PTI stamp release on the 15th. Need those Christmas stamps in my basket.

RSCC #16

Love these colours. Made a tag instead of a card this time.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Lee's PTI Princesses Challenge

Had a few ideas in mind and finally settled on the following challenge. Hope you enjoy.

Find a sketch that appeals to you. Use the sketch to complete a scrapbook layout and a card.

Here is my take on my challenge. Hero Arts blog was hosting a "sketch week" this week. This was Monday's sketch. Nice and simple but with many possibilities.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Blog Award

I received this blog award from Brenda O'Reilly. We are forum buddies on Memories Warehouse. Thanks Bee, so glad you keep in touch. I need to name 5 things I would like to do.

1. I would love to be a stay at home mom.

2. I want to run the Comrades Marathon again next year. (have been very lazy this year LOL)

3. Would dearly love to visit my best friend in Canada.

4. My greatest wish is to experience a white Christmas. (Of course if I get to visit my friend in Canada, will have to be in December, then I'll have both my dreams come true!)

5. I really want to have a more positive outlook on life and find JOY in all the little things.

I would like to pass this award onto my blogging buddies:

Bethie J





Monday, August 10, 2009

RSCC #14

We had a public holiday (Women's Day) here in SA today so I managed to get a couple of cards done. This is my second post for today.

Such lovely colours but what a decision trying to put them all together. Decided to use the inspiration from PTI's DT Challenge for August which was called Pattern Pizzaz. That helped to get me going! My card really is so much brighter IRL. Think it's time for a new camera too. LOL.

CPS #128

Haven't played along in a while and needed some inspiration so used this sketch to help the mojo along. This card doubles up for another challenge on CPCM (NTYW 16) where we had to use buttons on our card. This is another image from PTI's Everyday Button Bits.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Papertrey Princesses "Owl" Challenge

This time it was Pam's turn to set the challenge. We had to use owls on our card. I don't own an owl stamp so I printed one out as close in colour to Raspberry Fizz as I could. I used DoodleBats called DB Woodsy from Scrap n Fonts. Tried to use more 'fun' colours as I always tend to go more neutral. I really enjoyed this challenge. Thanks Pam.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Raspberry Suite Challenge #13

Couldn't wait to get my Everyday Button Bits inked up. Absolutely love this stamp set and the bird image is my favourite. Used the Journaling Lines to make the background on the Spring Moss CS.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Favourite Quotes Box

Made this little box for the PTI Blog Hop. Unfortunately had no internet connection last night so I didn't get to participate. I love quotes and want to make cards with all my favourite quotes. My idea is to make ATC sized cards so this box is 3"x4".

Monday, July 20, 2009

Raspberry Suite Challenge #12

Got Lauren's new 'Pretty Petal Pocket' template from PTI and couldn't wait to try it out. So I used the colour challenge for some inspiration and had some fun. Made the small version of the template.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Crimped Envelope Pocket Card CPCM-NTYW14

I recently joined the forum at CPCM and this is the first challenge I participated in. The tutorial for the altered envelopes can be found here. This was really easy to do and I will be making a lot more of these.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Baby gift

Made this ensemble for my sister who is in hospital as I type this post. She has been induced this morning and we are awaiting the arrival of little Matthew. I used the Men of Life stamp set and the wonderful inspiration from Nicole Heady. In this post she gives instructions and a download for the baby album. In this post you can find the instructions for the card and little boat gift tag.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

PTI Princesses Challenge #5

I have been neglecting my blog lately and missed challenge #4 completely. For challenge #5 we had to:
1.make something using a colour we seldom use,
2.use inking
3. then give our project to someone.
I so seldom use purples/lilacs so that was my starting point. It will be my SIL's birthday on Monday so I used Lauren's 'Ready, set wrap' template to make the gift box. I then made a little gift card envelope for the gift card. I will place the gift card together with some chocolates in the gift box.
I used Lavender Moon and Plum Pudding CS, inks and Bitty Dot Basics.