Sunday, 31 December 2017

New Beginnings

Time out challenges have this cue
 
 
My new beginning is the birth of a baby
 
 
I will also be entering this over at Simon says stamp blog Wednesday challenge where it's
'Anything goes'
 
Supplies:
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Scrap booking scrap
Rolfes metallic pen in silver
Pattern: Free download from  Bergkaarten unfortunately I couldn't locate the exact pattern.
Small wobbly eye
3 jan
 

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Five Parcels

Pinspirational challenges have this photo for inspiration
 

 
and here is my card
 

 
 
I recently showed a small card which I made using a portion of this pattern here.

I will also be entering this over at Sugarpea designs where it's

 
 
Supplies:
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Scraps of red satin ribbon and twine
Pentel gel pen in red
Pattern: 101 ideas for embroidery on paper by Erica Fortgens
Paper: Free download: Source unknown
1 jan
 

Friday, 29 December 2017

A tag

I am taking part in a new to me challenge over at Stamplorations tagplorations
 
 
My project must include a tag so here goes
 
 
I made a different colour version of this tag here.
 
I will also be entering this at Just add ink where it's
 
 
I choose tags and trees.
 
 
Supplies:
Card stock: 200gsm in green
Single hole plier punch
Pentel felt tipped pen in black
silver tree charm
Twine
paper: Scrap
Cuttlebug
Die: Tag: wPlus Timeless 2
        Triangle
Double sided Foam  squares
Pentel felt tipped pen in black
31 dec
 

Thursday, 28 December 2017

2018 Christmas Crackers

'Party'
 
I want to share the crackers which I made this year.
As you know we moved house at the end of November and even though by the time Christmas arrived I did have time to be creative and make something special I'm afraid that my mind wasn't feeling very 'Chrismassy'. It's still very much occupied with furniture placements and how I can adapt existing curtains to fit new windows etc!
 
Anyway here are my crackers
 
 
I was very lucky to find this 'perfect for my table d├ęcor' gift wrap so everything matched nicely.
 
Inside I made this little gift. It's a hot chocolate spoon.
 
 
I used a liqueur glass as a mould, which didn't work very well as even though I lubricated it before pouring in the melted chocolate, once set the choc wouldn't come out. I had to place each glass in some boiling water for a couple of seconds to get it out, hence the slightly melted outside. Next time I will definitely use a silicone mould. I added a star aniseed for decoration.
 
I wrote the following on the back of the tag:
Place the spoon in a mug of recently boiled milk.
Stir
Enjoy 
 

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Gift wrapping 2017

Here are some pics of my gifts from this Christmas.
I always try to stick to a theme and this year it was Duck egg blue and kraft.
 
We moved house in late November so I didn't have much time to be creative this year so kept the embellishments simple
 
 
and some close ups
 



 
You can see some of my past gift wrapping ideas here,  here and here.


Tuesday, 26 December 2017

My choice of Christmas card for 2017

Now that Christmas is over I can show you the cards that I sent out this year.
I tried a variety of slightly different colour combinations

 
and this

 
and this.

 
They fit in perfectly with the challenge over at Uniko studio where it's still
 
 
Supplies:
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Scrap booking in yellow/gold and red
           80gsm in emerald green
Pentel gel pen in red
Thread: Green: DMC 704
             Gold: DMC E436
             Red: DMC 029
             29 dec
 

Monday, 25 December 2017

Merry Christmas

To those of you who celebrate 'Merry Christmas'
I hope that you have a special day filled with good times, family and special friends
 
Here is a South African wreath made with proteas and fynbos, both indigenous to my homeland
 
Source: Handmade by me
 


Friday, 22 December 2017

Here comes Santa

Dragonfly journeys have a very seasonal cue
 
'Here come Santa Claus'

 
I will also be entering this over at Sugarpea designs where it's
 
 
 
Supplies:
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Free download: Source Unknown
Rolfes metallic pen in silver
Bostick glitter glue in silver
Pattern: Easy Embroidery on paper by Joke de Vette 
23 dec

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Hark the herald angels sing

TGIF challenges have this cue
 
 
Here is my card
 
 
inspired by 'Hark the herald angels sing'
 
Supplies:
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Scrap booking
           80gsm in pink
22 dec
 

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Parcels

Just add ink has this inspirational photo
 
 
I used it to make a small gift card
 
 
 
Supplies:
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: Scrap
Pattern: 101 Ideas for embroidery on paper by Joke de Vette
Ribbon: narrow satin in gold
Gel pen in red
20 dec
 

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Stitch it

'Stitch it'
Right up my alley


I will also be entering this over at Curtain call challenge where it's
 
 
 
Sadly this is the last challenge from Curtain call. Thanks ladies for a great challenge blog.
 
Supplies:
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Paper: 80gsm in red
Pattern: 101 Ideas for Embroidery on Paper by Joke de Vette
White gel pen
Red gel pen
Flat backed pearl in champagne

 Baker's Twine  
20/25 dec

Monday, 18 December 2017

A Die cut Christmas

 
 
I made a gift tag
 
 
The sentiment is computer generated and the tag and tree are die cut.
 
I will also be entering it at CAS on Sunday where it's
'Christmas'
Supplies:
Card stock: 200gsm in kraft
Single hole plier punch
Pentel felt tipped pen in black
Silver star
Twine
paper: Scrap
Cuttlebug
Die: Tag: wPlus Timeless tags 2
         Triangle: Spellbinders: Triangle
Double sided foam
18 dec
 

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Button tags

The flower challenge has this cue
 
 
and of course it must contain a flower.
I made some tags using flower shaped buttons.


I used a metallic gel pen to draw the stems and leaves
 
I will also be entering this over at Simon says stamp blog Wednesday challenge where it's
'Gift it'
 
I also used the same idea and made some small cards
 
 
Supplies:
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Assortment of buttons
Green gel pen
Single hole plier punch
25 dec
 

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Gray

CASsology have this cue
 
 
I'm sharing a card which I found recently. It was made many moons ago when I first started card making and found recently when I was tidying out my craft room.
 
 
It is not the greatest effort but I loved making them. At that time I only really did stamps. The perch and borders when done with a black felt tipped pen.
 
I will also be entering this at Simply less is moore where it's
 
 
as well as over at AAA cards where it's
 
 
Supplies:
Card stock; 160gsm in white
All other supplies I have no idea of brands or names, sorry

18 dec
 

Friday, 15 December 2017

A Christmas Bear

Pinspirational challenges have a seasonal challenge
 
 
and here is my card
 
 
I was given a booklet of pre printed and perforated pictures to make 3D cards. Even though this is something totally different to what I usually do I had a lot of fun making them. This is one of three which I managed to assemble.
The sentiment is computer generated
 
I will also be entering him over at Simon says stamp blog Monday challenge where it's
'Christmas/ Winter Holidays'
 
 
Supplies:
Pre printed 3 D pictures and matching papers: Fizzy Moon Traditional Christmas Decoupage & paper pad
Cuttlebug
Die:
Flat backed gems
Card stock: 160gsm in white 
Double sided foam sqquares
18 dec
 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Christmas Stockings

Time out challenges have this cue
 
 
I made these two tags using embellishments from tags I received in Christmas past. The one on the right is perfect for this challenge
 
 
 
I made the sentiment paper on the computer, fisrt typing rows of Merry Christmas and then changing the font of each one.
 
Supplies:
Card stock: 160gsm in kraft and white
Scraps of paper
Punch

 

20 dec
 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Snowflakes

CASe this sketch has this cue
 
 
I used it to make a small card
 
 
I outlined the topper with glitter to make it pop
 
I will also be entering these over at Sugarpea designs where it's
 
 
as well as at Addicted to CAS where it's
 
 
 
Supplies:
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Glitzin' Glam in iridescent
Liquid Pearls in platinum
14/22 dec
 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

A CAS Christmas

'Christmas'

 
I will also be entering this over at Splitcoast stampers F4A407 where it's
'Merry December Happy?'
In other word make a card to celebrate a holiday that happens in December. Mine is Christmas
as well as at Stamplorations where it's
 
 
 
Supplies:
Card stock: 160gsm in white
Tartan ribbon
Double sided foam
Gold beads
Thread: Gold: DMC E436
13/31 dec

Saturday, 9 December 2017

A spiral of Christmas wishes

CAS colours and sketches have a fun challenge. It's to choose one of their colour challenges from this past year and turn it into a seasonal card
 
 
I choose the one from March
 
 
and made this card
 
 
Initially I drew the spiral by hand in pencil then I wrote the sentiment in metallic gel pen and went over the spiral with a liquid roller ball glue pen. Lastly I added the glitter. They where fun to make.
 
I will also be entering this over at Sugarpea designs where it's
 
 
 
Supplies:
Card stock: 160gsm in lilac
Pentel metallic gel pen in gold
Fine purple glitter.
11 dec
 

Friday, 8 December 2017

A Snowman

Inspired by all the little things have this lovely image
 
 
I don't often make cards including snow as Christmas is hot here in the Southern Hemisphere but here is a snowman

 
I did some hand embossing on the corners and added some liquid perals to complete.
 
I will also be entering him over at Simon says stamp blog Monday challenge where it's
 
 
 
Supplies:
Card stock: 160gsm in white and blue
Thread: DMC in blanche
              DMC in noir
Flat backed pearls in navy
Liquid Pearls in platinum
Pattern: Bergkaarten free download
8 dec