Sunday, June 12, 2016

Digistamps4Joy - Its new release Sunday!

Good morning all. It is freezing cold here. I am sitting here typing away and shivering like a leaf. Even the parrot was just saying "Brrrr, dis koud!" (Brrrr,, its cold!) I had to smile, because if even the parrot feels the cold, it has to be very cold. The dogs are all snuggling in their kennels. When I went out, they just opened one eye and wagged their tails, no running up to me to greet this morning.
To warm our hearts, there is a fantastic new release over at Digistamps4Joy. Some very beautiful new digis from Jen and Margie. Some great Fathers day images too. Hop on over and have a look. 
The one I have used this time is called Cindi and friend. I just love that little mouse.
I coloured her with my beloved Copics as usual. The Dp is from a local company, some small left over pieces I have been hoarding for years. See, those hoarded pieces do get used eventually! The ribbon is from my stash and that gorgeous lace is from Penny Picks.
If you would like to be blown away by some very talented ladies' take on the new release, why don't you go to the blog and see just how amazing these new digi's are?
Stay warm. I am off to make myself some hot chocolate. See you all soon.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

WOYWW - Some random thoughts.

Good afternoon everybody from WOYWW and everybody else that comes to visit. I have been MIA again for a few weeks. School seems to be taking over and swallowing up my whole life lately.
I decided to join in the fun this week because I really need a little distraction and inspiration. And WOYWW is my go to place when I want to be inspired

As you can see, my desk is sporting very little other than the mid afternoon sun.
 I did manage some colouring. I made some good luck bookmarks for the girls in my mentor group. Exams started yesterday and they will be writing my subject tomorrow, so after tomorrow I will be buried under exam papers.
I also tried my hand at some crocheting. Not bad for a first attempt I think. I might even wear it this winter.

Personal ramblings to follow, no need to carry on reading if you just came for a snoop at the desk.

These last few weeks have truly been some of the hardest in my entire teaching career of 35+ years. My integrity has been questioned, my entire career has been hanging by a thread because of some really nasty and unfounded accusations. This led me to start questioning myself, started me doubting that what I have done over the years had any value what so ever.
I have thought about it long and hard, I have prayed about it even longer and harder and I have now come to the conclusion that I am a teacher to the core of my being, I LOVE my job and I love my girls. I have NEVER intentionally hurt any child that has been in my class. I WILL NOT BE BULLIED!!!!
I will no longer question my own integrity. Whoever this person or group of people are, I will not be bullied into doing anything for the wrong reason. I will continue to love my girls - ALL of my girls, even if it means that I am loving my worst enemy. Because I believe that love is never wasted and I believe that the sad reality of our country is that adults are teaching our children that they have the right to destroy anything and anybody that does no bow down to their needs and their wants. I will continue to tell them that their rights come with responsibility and that it is in their power to turn our weeping, beloved country around and make it the wonderful country that it could and should be.

OK Rant over.
On the way to school this morning, I suddenly thought of our wonderful leader, Julia who has had major surgery. I am praying for a swift and full recovery and will remain forever grateful that I found her and this wonderful group.

Lat but not least. This afternoon I received a phone call from my 5 year old grandson, Liam, asking me if I would be his Angel in Heaven when I die. LOL Of course I said that it would be my pleasure! After my conversation with him, his mom explained that he insisted in calling me and when he put the phone down, he wanted to know from her how long she thought he would have to wait for me to be his Angel? When she said she thought and hoped that it would still be a long time, he wanted to know if it would at least be before his birthday!? (At the end of November!) He really would like to have an Angel in Heaven before then. You just have to love the innocence of children! Hopefully I get to be his Angel an earth for many many more birthdays!

Have a great day everybody.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Digitalstamps4joy DT - New release

Good morning everybody. It is a somber, rainy day over here. I hate winter rains. We are supposed to be living in a summer rainfall area, but NOOOO.... first no rain the whole summer and now that it is starting to become cold, the rains start!  OK Whine over. 
At least there is some sunshine in this gloomy day, there is a new release over at Digistamps4joy and there are some real beauties today! The one I have used is called Daisy frame I loved it so much that I decided to do a boxed set of cards. 
 The image was coloured with my beloved Copics and then I added some flat back pearls. It took foe ever, but it looks so good it was worth the effort! The dp is from my stash and so was the cardstock and ribbon.
 This is the box. You will see that I used two different sized pearls.
 The sentiment stamp is from GinaK and was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.
The box fits six cards with envelopes. A great gift for an amazing friens.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Digistamps4joy new release!

Good morning all! Its Sunday and that means a new release from the wonderful Digistams4joy. I just LOVE this week's new stamps, there really is something for everyone. Please pop over and have a look. My fellow DT members have outdone themselves with this new release.
I have used the new Fairy kisses by the talented Jen Leeflang. She was such a joy to colour. I have ised my beloved Copics. The papers are some glittery dotty paper from my stash and the flowers are all from my stash as well. Most of then from Wild Orchid crafts.

Hope to see some wonderful creations with this weeks release from all of you. Have a wonderful two weeks, I will be back in two weeks with the next release.
There is also a new challenge starting todat, so pop on over to the blog to have a look. The theme this month is 'Anything goes" with the added twist of making an ATC and adding some ribbon.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WOYWW - A lot of almost nothing.

Good morning all! Welcome to my desk and I really hope you will join us over at WOYWW where our fearless leader, Julia is leading the worlds biggest blog hop every week.
On my desk today you will see a lot, but sadly not a lot is happening on there. DH has been on leave, so I spent most of my holiday entertaining him. You might spot two books I am busy reading. One called 'Somewhere there is fairy dust flying around" (that is the rough translation of the Afrikaans title), the other one is 'The leader with no title' - a very interesting read. There is also two round canvasses that I bought to play and some digi stamps for the new release over at Digistamps 4 Joy that needs to be coloured and put on a card before Sunday.

Here is my 'other' workdesk. I sit with DH in front of the TV. He watches the telly, I colour. A win win combination, don't you think? I am busy working my way through the new technique class 'Elements of Nature' over at Kit and Clowder. Loving every minute.
This is one of many images coloured in front of the tellie. My wonderful son merged the two images for me in less than 2 minutes! I really need to learn how to do that!
Have a fantastic week everybody. Hopefully I will get round to everybody before next Wednesday.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Digistamps4Joy - New release

Good morning everybody. This is so exciting, my first DT post for Digistamps4Joy. Its a new release and there are some amazing new images on offer. Hop on over and have a look. The one I got to play with is by the super talented Jen Leeflang and she is called Tatoo Cutie. 
She was coloured with my beloved Copics. I decided to use a circle die to cut her out, but the biggest one I had was too small, so I had to make a plan. I cut around the scroll at the bottom of the image and lifted it over the die before I cut it.
After she was cut out, I embossed the edge and used my chalks to soften the background. The sentiment was stamped with Tuxedo Black Mimento ink and is a freebie that came with a magazine.
 I cut the shaped card with my Silhouette. All the edges were inked and the scroll dies were glitterified. I love me some glitter on a card. I popped a doily behind the image and used some pop dots to lift the image. The flowers are all from my stash. Some came all the way from Wild Orchid Crafts and others are courtesy my local Chinese craft warehouse. The lace has been in my stash for years and the little piece I had left was just enough to fit on the card.
I love the end result. She is going to a very special group of girls to thank them for a very special gift of love.
When you read this I will be in Cape Town having a long weekend with hubby and friends. We are off to see Chris de Burgh. I will be back on Monday to check if I have scheduled this right. If not, I blame it on old age and technology that does not always play well together. If it worked, well, then I am just brilliant, aren't I?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

WOYWW - Exciting news

Good afternoon all the lovely people out there in blogland. I have been MIA again, but it is finally school holidays over here, so I might just get some well deserved play time to join all of you at Julia's for the weekly WOYWW hop, the biggest blog hop I know of.
As you can see, my desk is very clean. Only because it was my Birthday this weekend and I needed the tables for the party, so I had no other option, but to clean. There are the remnants of a card I was making for the new release over on Digistamps4Joy. I have joined the DT Yay!!

There is a month long challenge over on the Digistamps4Joy  blog. The theme is Anything goes and add a butterfly. I chose to colour this beauty by Jenlee. She is coloured with my beloved Copics and the papers and embellies are all from my stash.

I hope you all have a wonderful week and I really hope to have time to visit you all this week