Saturday, December 31, 2011

Hero Arts Embossing Folders and Stamps

I bought this set from Niki at Paperchain and was keen to try it out.
The first card I just used the stamp from the set and was happy with the result. Occasionally it is nice to have your stamped image fill the whole card. 

The second card was stamped and then embossed using the matching folder. Also very pretty, and I must say, a set to go to when you need a card in a hurry.

My heartfelt thanks to all who popped in over the last year to check up on my creative endeavours and a special thank you to those who took the trouble to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it - it is so encouraging!

Wishing you all a wonderful 2012 and may you find lot's of time to create and enjoy doing so!

Prisma Pencils

Two firsts for me on this card was using Prisma Pencils to colour the whole image stamped onto Kraft card stock. 
Having worked with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils before, I found the Prismas very 'slippery' in comparison. The Kraft card had a fair 'tooth' so it did 'grip' the colour, but the layers on the build-up was where I found it slippery. I am sure it is just a learning curve with this new colouring medium.
There is also a huge amount for work needed in the shading department. Working on it! 

This card was made for Paola's birthday in December. I had to do something different as there is no way that I could even begin to fit into her league using Copic's!
Anyway, it was sent with lot's of love and I hope she enjoyed it as much as I did, putting the card together!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Seasons Greetings!

May the Spirit of Christmas remain with you throughout the year!
Blessings and hugz  to one and all.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Modern Wedding Card

Alan flew up for a few days, mainly to attend a wedding, so we got to spend time with him whilst he was here.
I offered to make a wedding card for him to give to the happy couple. In my 'wedding box' I found this lovely modern designer paper, in black, grey, white and silver and decided to use it on the card. As it was very busy, I choose a sentiment from Justrite, Mr & Mrs, which never fails to bring a smile the the newly weds faces when they see it!
A fun card and Alan was chuffed with it and so were his friends, I hope!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Gift Box Workshop

A few of the boxes we made in the above workshop.
One thing you cannot be without when making is a score board,
be it Scor-Pal or Martha Stewart of the Crafters Companion board.
They take the stress out of scoring for folding.

Easel Card on top of a drawer box and two CD case holders

Wrapper for a large slab of chocolate

Another wrapper for a large slab of chocolate
My apologies for the bad photographs. My DH had changed the settings whilst on holiday and I did not realise it till I downloaded these photographs!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Workshop continues..

An easy bottle tag.
 So handy for a man or even attached to
a bottle of wine taken to a dinner party!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

More from the Christmas Workshop

Chocolate Wrappers

Paper bag with die cuts to finish it off.
Two other items that I taught at the Christmas Workshop recently. The wrappers for the chocolates was originally from Paola. She sent me a chocolate in one of her parcels and I cased it from that one. Thanks Paola! I keep a supply of these small chocolate bars on hand - hidden away from my DH of course! - and am always able to make up a little gift in a jiffy! In fact, I keep a pile of these wrappers all ready to score and fold in a file. 
The packet is super for popping in a few sweeties, or the likes for someone and ideal for children's parties as a take home gift. It also is great for using up scraps.
Both also very well received and I believe, already been well utilised by the ladies from the class!

Friday, December 16, 2011

39 Years and still counting....

16 December 1972
On this day, 39 years ago, I married my sweetheart!
Two wonderful sons later, with years of sharing and caring, we are still going strong!
12 November 2011

How blessed we are to still have each other, through all the ups and downs life has thrown at us!
May God spare us for the next 39 (gulp!) years together.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Workshop

One of the projects I taught at the Christmas Workshop was this card that you could place a gift voucher into. A card and gift all in one. It was a square card with the base of the card being longer than the actual card so that it folded over to create a flap for the lid of the  box. The square of the 'gift' box was split and attached to the card base only on the sides and the bottom and the lid was placed onto the folded flap. A band with a big bow on top finished off the gift box. It really was a great card to share and different as well!

The 'gift box' with the flap closed

The 'gift box' opened to show the gift voucher inside.

Monday, November 21, 2011

More Wedding Photo's

Misty Bear finally made it up the isle with Miss "T"
 and her gorgeous mom, Roseanne

My  precious sons Neil & Alan and their cousin Kelly
& her boyfriend, Matthew
.... so happy...

.. such joy..

May the memories of this special day and the happiness and joy you both experienced, be with you all your married life!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Wedding Pictures

I have a few pictures of the wedding to share with you.
It turned out to be a magnificent day in every way, a little on the cool side, but dry, thank goodness.
It was a lovely intimate wedding with wonderful food and company. We even managed a dance or two and the younger crowd had a blast! It is not often that the bride and groom leave the reception after many of the guests have departed. They had so much fun with everyone.
I will have a few more pictures to share once we get back home and everything is sorted.

Happiness is......

Love is......

Proud is.......

In the foreground is the proud Father of the Bride Allan Hack, with Llewellyn and myself behind him, followed my our youngest son, Alan, who was the best man.
Very, very pround Mom and Dad!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Wedding Day

 Today my son married his sweetheart.
In keeping with their unfussy wedding 'everything' I decided to forgo all the formal type of cards and make a quirky twisted easel card with a pocket for the messages. I used a black and white colour scheme dictated by the delightful card stock I had in my stash - little birdies and 'I do's" all over it. The Martha Stewart punch suited the simplicity of the card and a fabulous stamp from Justrite complimented the card. On top of the pocket I placed some 'dictionary' card with love themes on it. 
The insert has a poem for Carolyn on the one side:

We wanted to tell you on this day
How much you mean to us
And welcome you with open arms
into our family

It was so easy for us to see
Right from the very start
The special way you loved our son
The kindness in your heart

Thank you for the happiness
you have brought into his life
I know that he is very proud
to have you as his wife

And on the day that you shall wed
How happy we will be
For our son will gain a loving wife
And a daughter will be given to us

And the other side of the card is for Neil:

Today dear Son, as you walk down the aisle
You’ll see all the faces wearing a smile.
But as we remember those young tender years
Our smiles will conceal a few hidden tears.
They’re not tears of sorrow, but tears full of joy
As we’re both thinking back to our dear little boy
And now you have grown up and made us so proud
As you smile for the camera and the rest of the crowd
Remember dear Neil as you take your new wife
You’re still very much a part of our life!
We’re gaining a daughter, not losing a son

You’re new lives as husband and wife have begun
So be blissfully happy and enjoy your ‘Big Day”

Have a wonderful marriage
with blessings all the way!

How blessed we are!

Monday, November 7, 2011


We have a wedding coming up on the 12th November.
Our eldest son is marrying his sweetheart in Cape Town.
Carolyn and Neil went right through junior school together, same class, for 5 years. Carolyn and her parents left for Cape Town when she was in her early teens and my son finished high school and university in Pietermaritzburg. After a spell working in Durban he decided to follow his brother to Cape Town. It was on a shopping trip to Canal Walk that they bumped into each other again, and the rest is history!

Carolyn has a darling niece caller Taylor who is 2 years old and a bit. She will be the flower girl at the wedding and her mom, the bridesmaid. As one would expect, a 2 year old is easily distracted, so Neil and Carolyn asked me to make a soft floppy bear for her, that they could give her on  the big day, just before the service. The hope that she will be occupied with it and not  stress out, but as we old timers well know, at that age, kids are unpredictable and no matter how carefully you lay down plans, they will do their best not to comply!
Well, this is the little bear. Her name is Misty, as I call Taylor, Miss "T". She is make out of Kohair and softly filled with pollyfill and plastic pellets and a whole lot of love. I used some of the brides veil fabric to make Misty's veil and adorned it with pink roses. She is also holding a bouquet of roses. Everything is firmly attached, just in case little fingers get busy!
I can't wait for the day and to see Miss "T's" face when she sees the bear.
The magnetic picture frame is a belated birthday present from us. 
She can place her photo's of the wedding onto her own board and I predict that will become a new 'game' for her to play!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

'Twisted' Christmas Tree

Very simple card using Hero Arts Joyful Christmas Season stamp set.The image was stamped using memories Hunter Green ink and coloured with At You Spica pens, for just a hint of shimmer and a few small blings added to the flower centers. The sentiment was also stamped in the same ink, card cut and the edges highlighted using a metallic gold felt nib pen. The top and base card had a gold under card and the on top of the base card a dotty piece of paper was applied. A favorite of all who have seen it as it is so simple and understated.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Krafty Door Christmas Card

Another 'different' card. I used one of the tags from the Hero Arts Tags stamps set and turned it into a door after masking and stamping with H/A Wood grain stamp. This was mounted onto a small piece of adorable scrapping card. The main card was embossed with the Holly Ribbons folder and swiped with Distress Ink Tea Dye to highlight the ribbons. The sentiment was also a H/A Set. I punched the bauble using a Martha Stewart punch and the snowflake that came out of the bauble was adhered to the sentiment and a bling added to match the glitter brad that held the bauble 'wreath' onto the door. Lovely fibers were applied to the top of the tag. 
A favorite card of mine. So much for 'just a tag' stamp!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Lilac & Gold Christmas Card

The background paper inspired the colour scheme of this card. It is a sheet from the Crafty Individuals Christmas pad I bought several years ago. I wanted to use this Holly stamp from Hero Arts and I stamped it using Versamark ink and heat set it before colouring with Derwent Inktense pencils. The berries were heavily Stickles in purple and the image die cut with my favorite Labels Eight die, and Distress Ink Milled Lavender was applied to the edges whilst still in the die. The same die cut in metallic gold was angled under the image and the Ribbon Trio Tag was cut out of the same paper. The sentiment, also Hero Arts, was stamped onto it and lilac ribbon threaded through and a purple bling finished the card. 
I'm into 'different' Christmas colours this year!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Baubles a plenty!

Another Hero Arts Stamp, stamped in black and coloured with Derwent Inkesential Pencils and liberally doused with Stickles created this fun card. Then cut out using the Spellbinders Labels Eight, trimmed and mounted onto the silver labels eight card and both onto a navy blue card. .... be merry..... added to the card and that completes another card for the stash!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Pink Christmas

This card uses a lovely set of stamps from Hero Arts. I also used a piece of my favorite Christmas paper - not sure how many Christmases I will be able to stretch this over! I stamped the large tree onto dark green card three times. I then folded them in half and glued half of each onto either side of the center tree to create a 3D tree. The other two trees were stamped onto lighter green card. All the trees were embossed with gold embossing powder as was the sentiment, which was cut out using the Ribbon Tag Two Trio set and attached to the card with a pink grosgrain ribbon. A little pink bling at the top of the trees finished the card off.
Love the colours, hope you do to!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Start of the Christmas Season.....

I can't believe it is just 2 months till Christmas is upon us again!
When you are a child it seems so long between Christmases, but when you get, it comes around faster than we would like!
I have started on some Christmas cards and will be previewing them over the next few days.
This card features Crafty Individuals fantastic products.
I used one of the sheets from their Christmas Papers pad and I took a set of prints from their Christmas Miniatures pad and colour copied them onto acetate in order to have the transparent look.
The printed paper was cut down to 14.5 cm square and mounted onto an old gold card.  In the center of the gold card I cut a square using nestabilities and then a larger square out of the center of the printed paper. The transparacy was attached to the gold card and then the printed card mounted over it. Using the Martha Stewart photo corners punch, I cut 4 red vellum corners and added them to the printed card. Also in vellum are these beautiful embossed Pointsettias created by using the amazing Dutch punches from Joan at Country Crafts and delightful Holly leaves. Gold flower soft was placed in the center of the flowers and gold beads into the center of the vellum corners. Gold sticker beading was used as an outline around the center panel. A very simple card, but very pretty.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

WCMD Inspiration Cards

Below are a few of the cards I made out of some the 12 pieces cut out of one sheet of double sided scrapping paper.
Very simple - it makes you think hard about how you are going to use this piece of paper. There were some amazing creations made during the afternoon.

Monday, October 3, 2011

World Card Making Day - Pietermaritzburg 2011

What a wonderful day we all had!
35 ladies creating, sharing, eating and nattering.
Happiness is or should I say, HappiMess is....
Thank you ladies, for sharing this wonderful day with me.