Wednesday, 26 May 2010

MEGA candy at True's

Pop over to True's Gift's From the Heart to enter for her MEGA Multi Company Blog candy!! You might just be sorry if you don't! There are loads of goodies.

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Alphabet ATC's - N, O & P

Firstly I need to thank everybody who has left messages of condolences on the passing of my Mother-in-Law on the previous post. It is still a very sad time for us, but we are definitely receiving all the strenght we need to deal with it.

We have now received our Alphabet ATC's on the letters N, O & P back. Must say the ladies who took part have really done some amazing work on these. With this round we were not allowed to use any embellishments. It is quite hard not to use embellishments when you are so used to using them. Makes the old mind think again. I think it was a good change.

'N' is for Numbers. The background was done on a piece of kraft board which I painted with acrylic paint mixed with scumble. While it was still wet I stamped into it with some clear number and the letter 'n' stamps which I randomly attached to an acrylic block. Have no idea who the stamps are from. The '2' in the top corner is prick-n-stitch and the word Numbers was done on purple tape.

'O' for Octopus. For the background I put the blue cardstock through the Cuttlebug using the Tiny Bubbles folder and then just dabbed a silver ink pad over it. The octupus was stamped in orange. The stamp is from a local stamp company - Great Impressions in George.

'P' for Paisley, Parchment, Puzzle & Pink. Again the background was done with the Perfectly Paisley embossing folder in the Cuttleburg. The paisley stamp was stamped onto parchment paper with a little embossing done here and there. The stamp is from a Chiswick set.

Thanks so much again for your visit to my blog!! All your kind comments are much appreciated. I am off to start on some wedding card samples for a friend - she only needs 30, but she's has left it very late - she's getting married on the 19th of June!!

Hope all of you will have a wonderful week filled with all of the craft time you may wish for.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Sad News

I am back from a wonderful visit to my Mother and my beautiful grandchildren. I thoroughly enjoyed it, even though it was a long trip there and back. Did no crafting but did manage to get some craft supplies which is just not available in our little town. My Sister arranged a kiddies party for my Mom (at 75!!!) complete with a fairy birthday cake, cream soda cold drinks, pop corn balls and lots of other kiddies eats. My Mom and her friends thought it was rather original. She was very happy with the card I made her and it is on display in her lounge.

Unfortunately we received the very sad news early Friday morning that my Mother-in-Law passed away during the night. She was 76 years old. She had emphysema and were in hospital for the last week. I will not be around for the next week as we are having a whole lot of family coming to stay with us before and after the funeral on Thursday.

I will be back as soon as possible.

Hope you will all have a week full of wonderful therapeutic crafting.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Card for my Mother

Just a quick post today. My Mother is turning a young 75 on Thursday and I made her this card. She loves parchment creations and have had some I made for her, framed. I did not put anything to do with the '75' on the outside as it serves as a Mother's Day card as well. With her it normally works like that as her birthday and Mothers Day is so close together. Don't remember where this pattern is from, as I found it in my file of printed patterns that I still want to do. All the flowers with flat back pearl centers are 3D.

Hope you like what you see! May you have a wonderfully productive week! I am off to make a card for my grandson's first birthday, which is on Friday.

Thanks so much again for visiting.

Thursday, 06 May 2010

A new craft and venture for me

A very warm hallo to all my blog friends. Hope you are all doing very well. To those who are moving into spring - enjoy all the beauty of spring. To those who are starting to feel the cold of fall/winter- keep warm! Here in South-Africa we are starting to feel the chill in the early morning air, as well as at night. Not that I mind winter.

I have been introduced to yet another new craft and again by my friend Susan. A couple of Saturdays ago she sent me a photo on my cellphone of something she made at a class she attended. It was absolutely stunning and she immediately had my attention. She also has some pictures of it on her blog. It is called Tokreen. You can have a look at their website here. Unfortunately the website is in Afrikaans, but I am sure you will enjoy looking at and be amazed at all the beautiful things one can make with this product. They did a trade fair in a town not too far from us and I jumped at the opportunity to collect some stock from them. I am now also a distributor for Tokreen for the area I live in. But anybody from other areas in South-Africa, I am quite willing to post to you.

Below are two of my first projects - I still have a long way to go before I am going to be 100% happy with it, but I am enjoying myself. It can become very messy when you are painting the flowers, not that I really have a problem getting messy while I am enjoying myself.

This was an old tin that I found in my husbands' garage. Hessian, rope, silk flowers and some glass beads were used to decorate it.

This was a little bucket that I got with a gift many, many years ago. Here I have used a piece of an old sheet that was on its way out, some rope, silk flowers and some buttons for the flower centers.
The English side of the Tokreen book says "From trash to treasure with Tokreen" and that is exactly what it is. Everything and anything goes. You can absolutely give your imagination free reign.

That's it from me for today. I hope that you will all have a wonderful weekend.

Thanks so much for visiting!