Wednesday, January 26, 2011

WOYWW - Actually not what, but who?

I know everybody says so every week, but I can not believe its Wednesday already. Who stole Friday, Monday and Tuesday? Come on, own up, who was it?
I took the photo's for WOYWW early this morning before school, but did not have a chance to upload them. My daughter has a parents meeting at her school tonight, so Tertia-Lee is sleeping over and coming to school with me tomorrow. You know how it is, if the grandchildren are around, there are far more important things to do than blog - things like making necklaces and crowns fit for princesses. After her bath she disapeared into my craftroom to 'work', so I thought I would quickly upload the photo's from this morning. This is what I found when I walked into my craftroom to fetch my camera and I could not resist. She has her own little spot at my craft table, but ouma's spot is far better.
I did manage to visit everybody again last week, even if it did take me till Monday night. :) If you are wondering what I am talking about, hop over to Julia's blog and join in the fun. (http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com )Not so sure I will make it this week though, because I got all the girls in my classes to start blogging and that means that I have to visit and comment on 84 blogs every day, so forgive me if I don't get to all of you this week.
On my desk you can see a finished card that is part of a set that I am making for a friend as a Birthday gift. You will also see some coloured images, ready to go on cards, other than that there is not much happening. My desk actually looks very tidy (for me that is exceptionally tidy!) Yes, those are nuts - I am trying to eat a little bit healthier. I don't know why one person would need that many white (thats one of two white containers) and red flowers, but I can assure you, I do NEED them!

To the left of my workdesk there is this rotating paperback book stand that I rescued at school when the librarian threw it out. I was planning to paint it orange to go with the tablecloth and curtains, but other things were more important, I might still do it one day, when the pink becomes too irritating.
Next to the stand is my die cutting station, with my Cricut ready to go. The poster on the wall is supposed to help me see things in perspective, but it doesn't always work. Next to that is the chocolate stand that my DH rescued from the dump, filled with all my little embellishments.
That's all folks.
Hope to see you before next Wednesday.
Have a great week.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

WOYWW - I didn't want to, but I was forced to!.

Horror of all horrors, I cleaned my scraproom! I really didn't want to, but my scrapping group is coming over tonight for the first play date of the year and there was NO space for them at the table, so I had to clean. ('the table' is actually two tables pushed together to form one)
Whats left on my workdesk? Some happy mail. I won some blog candy from Tilly McLeod in Nieu Zeeland and that arrived yesterday. She gave away her extra copy of a magazine she was published in (beautiful cards!) and added some gems - some fantastic ribbon, some flowers and gems and some wonderful charms, even a stamp with my initial, Thank you so much Tilly.
You will also see a coloured Mo manning digi. Can you believe that I have 11 shades of green cardstock (I kid you not!) and none of them is the right shade of green!! I had to go and buy some today. If you think I am joking, cast your eyes to the left of 'the table' and you will see my collection of cardstock and my ribbons too.
If you have no idea why I am showing you my workdesk, hop over to Julia's blog and all will become clear. ( http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/ ) I made it through the whole list again last week. Could not leave comments for two of you because mr. Blogger was being rude. Will try again this week, but I am not making any promises.
Don't you just love this little fairy, I found her at Funky kits. She is coloured with my Copics and cut out with a Nestie. Cardstock is Bazzil and dp is from Basic Grey. Ribbon and flowers are from my stash.

The next fairy is a freebie I found somewhere in the early days of blogging before I knew to remember who designed them, so if you recognise her, please let me know so that I can give credit. I think she is absolutely gorgeous Cardstock is Bazzil again and the dp from a DCW glitterstack. Flowers and ribbon are from my stash.
I covered her wings in Stickles, hope you can see in the close up. If you spotted it, yes, I forgot to colour her pencil and only noticed now.
Have a great day everybody, I am off to stalk all the other WOYWWers.

Monday, January 17, 2011

WOJ Challenge.

I don't know about you, but I just love Whiff of Joy stamps. It really frustrates me that they are not readily available here in South Africa, but I discovered if I order them directly from Whiff of Joy, they are in my postbox within a week. Now even for somebody as impatient as me that is wonderful. I just recieved my new Henry Mouse stamp last week, so I had to play this weekend.This is the fabulous sketch by Jane that is up on the challenge blog. ( http://wojmondaychallenge.blogspot.com/ ) Loved it, so I had to play!
Here he is.. The cutest mouse in blogland!
He was coloured with my Copics and cut out with Nesties. The papers are from my scrapbox, so I don't know the manufacturers, except for the spotted paper which is from Queen of Hearts, a local South African company, the cardstock is Bazzil. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and from my stash. The doily is from my local supermarket. The sentiment is also a new one that I got from WOJ.
Hope you like Henry as much as I do..
Henry also fits the Wild Orchid Challenge (http://wildorchidchallenge.blogspot.com/ ) which is 'Lets get sentimental.
Have a fantastic week everybody. Its raining cats and dogs here and I am starting to get worried about my house getting flooded. We have had so much rain in the last couple of weeks that the water is not draining away any more. Makes me think about all those people world wide that have had to evacuate their homes.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

The Sugarbowl and Sketch Saturday.

What a wonderful weekend I have had! Time to play. I even made some cards for some challenges.
The first one is for the sketch on the sugarbowl challenge blog (http://sugarbowlblog.blogspot.com/ ) The stamp is a digi from Funkykits called 'Dreamcatcher" I have had her for a while and she has even been coloured for a couple of weeks, but I only got round to making a card this weekend.
Cardstock is Bazzil, Dp is from Melissa Francis and DCW. She was coloured with my Copics and cut out with Nesties.


I added a lot of Stickles to her dress and wings. Hope you can see in the close up.
The next card is for the Sketch Saturday challenge (http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/ )

The image is a freebie from Digital Doodling. Cardstock is Bazzil and Dp is Making Memories and DCW. The flowers are from Wild Orchid. The image was coloured with my Copics and cut out with Nesties. The sentiment is handwritten.
Both cards fit in with the Stamp Something Challenge where anything goes. (http://stampchallenges.blogspot.com/ )
How crazy was the cricket yesterday? Losing with one run, so not cool! I am going to sit in front of the TV and vegetate for the last few hours of the weekend. Have a great week everybody.


Saturday, January 15, 2011

A sympathy card and here she is... my big girl!

I don't know about you, but sympathy cards are not up there with my favourites. I needed one quickly for a friend who's son was killed in a car crash. The image is a freebie from Marjie ( http://marjiesmalarkies.blogspot.com/ ) . Coloured it with my Copics, cut out with Nesties.
The dp is some of my favourite Basic Grey papers. The ribbon is from my stash.
Lynette, these are for you. You asked me to post pictures of Hannah's first day, so here she is. Brother reluctantly posing with his sister, pulling faces.
How big does she look? I get all teary eyed just looking at these pictures. My beautiful girl, all ready for school and so very proud of herself when she got home, because: 'You know what, ouma? I was the only one that didn't cry! Those children are silly, don't they know school is fun?'
Oh, how I hope that school will remain fun for the next twelve years. It took her mom ages to do the plait, but Hannah insisted that she didn't want 'wild' hair on her first day.
And then I couldn't resist. The obligatory photo of her school shoes. There is just something about shiny new, slightly too big school shoes that makes my heart melt. How far do these two little feet still have to go. My prayer is that God will send His angels to walk with her in those shoes and protect her from hurt.
Have a great Saturday everybody, I'm off to watch the cricket and make some challenge cards. Tonight we are going to friends for some Eland steaks, can't wait! Bernard, our friend, is a master when it comes to cooking game.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

WOYWW and then some more Sugar Nellie.

I have exactly 5 minutes to finish this post, then I have to be out of here to go and take photo's of my granddaughter, Hannah, its her first day of 'big school' today! My desk is very messy this morning, because I did not feel like tidying last night when I finished playing (Inever feel like doing it LOL) You will see the leftover Basic Grey paper I was using, my Nesties, a container full of awesome ruffled ribbon that I found, two more baby jesey's (my DD knitted them, but doesn't know how to do the neck bands so it reverts back to me. There are some CD's I was listening to, trying to make up my mind which lyrics to use in my classroom in stead of boring old poetry. There are the leftover paperdolls that I am busy making for my grandchildren, and... as you can see a million things at once as usual.
I made it all the way through the list last week and commented on every one = feeling very proud of myself. Don't knoe if I'll manage this week, because school has started.
Go to Julia's blog ( http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/ ) and join in on the fun, you get to peek at other people's crafty desks, very interesting!
Finally - here are two more of the adorable Sugar Nellie stamps that I used to make cards. Gotta run now, will be back later with all the info.
OK, I'm back. Survived the first day of school without any lasting damage to my brain. (I think)
Both cards are some of the new Sugar Nellie digi's, coloured with my Copics and cut out with Nesties.Cardstock is Bazzil and the red spotty dp is from my scrapbox. Ribbon and flowers are from my stash.
The next card is the adorable Grace. She looks so sweet! Dp is from Bo Bunny and the spotty piece was a freebie with a magazine. Flowers are Prima and from the Chinese market. The cardstock is a very hot pink piece that was lying around in my craftroom, I think it may have originally belonged to one of my granddaughters.
Have a great Wednesday everybody, I am off to have a peek at everybody's desks.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Sugar Nellie's awesome new stamps! and some other challenges.

When I first saw these new stamps from Sugar Nellie, I knew that I had to have them, not just some of them, ALL of them. Thank goodness they are available as digi's, I think I would have burst if I had to wait for weeks for them to make their way to South Africa.
The new challenge on the Sugar Bowl blog is a fab sketch and an optional extra of embossing. (http://sugarbowlblog.blogspot.com/ ) There are so many entries, but I had to play with my new stamps, so here she is, Verity is her name. Cardstock is Bazzil, dp is from a local company, Upikit, its double sided and I used both sides. The striped side has been glitterified and is absolutely beautiful! The image was coloured with my Copics and cut out with Nesties. The pearls were white before I attacked them with my Copics.
The next two cards both use the same sketch from the Totally Gorjuss challenge blog (http://totallygorjuss.blogspot.com/ ) The first one is Faith. I coloured her with my Copics and cut her out with my Nesties. The dp is from another local company, Fab Scraps, cardstock is Bazzil and the flowers are from my stash. The yellow cardstock border was cut with an EK border punch.
The next one is Joy, I think if I had to have a favourite, she would be it. The dp is Prima and ribbon and lace is from my stash. Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and from my stash.
Here is a close up of her. Isn't she just gorgeous? Almost forgot, I found the butterfly at my local Chinese market.
All of these cards also fit the challenge over at Stamp Somethimg. (http://stampchallenges.blogspot.com )
School starts tomorrow for us and on Wednesday for the children, so there will be a lot less playing happening here. I do have a few more cards that I made with the new Sugar Nellie's that I will show you tomorrow.
I am so upset. I went to school today for a couple of hours, just to sort out my classroom and for grade 8 orientation. When I unlocked my classroom, I found that somebody stole my computer, key board, mouse and DVD player from my classroom during the holidays! So frustrating. All my class notes were on there, so now I have to start all over again!
Have a great week everybody.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Finally a peek at all those things I made.

First there is this card that I made with a Sugar Nellie stamp (and yes, I checked, its right this time! I hope) I made it for the leader of the Cheerleading squad that I coach to say thank you for all her hard work.
The paper is from my scrapbox. The flowers are Prima and some from the Chinese market. The beaded pins are from my stash. Cardstock is Bazzil and the image was coloured with my Copics.
Here is a close up of her and the flowers. Aint she sweet?
Here follows the rest of what was on my desk, or some of what was on my desk. LOL
The jersey that I knitted for little Liam, its supposed to be summer in South Africa, but we have had some cold spells and very rainy weather lately, so ouma had to make a plan to get the two littlies something warm te wear. True to form, little Gemma's jersey disappeared before I could take a photo.
While my eldest daughter could not drive after having her baby, it fell to me to drive her around. One of the things I had to take her to was a jewellery making class. Now I couldn't just sit there like a blob, could I? I had to join in and then the inevitable happened - I got hooked!
This is what I made for myself. I am quite proud to say that I had no help in making this one apart from a picture and instructions in a local mag,

Here's a close up of the cluster at the end. Gorgeus don't you think?

And last but not least, here is the cupcake giftcard holder that I made for my DD who's birthday was on the 28th of December. My first try at one of those, but you can bet it won't be the last one I make.
Just ordered some more yummy Sugar Nellie new releases in digi format, so I am off to play! Have a great evening everybody, maybe I will have something exciting to show you tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

WOYWW

Its What's on your Workdesk Wednesday, so pop over to Julia's blog ( http://stamping-ground.blogspot.com/2011/01/whats-on-your-workdesk-wednesday.html) to have a peek at what everybody else is busy with. You might be lucky and see a desk even messier than mine, even though I doubt that is possible.
At least I know one thing for sure today. I am not going to get this wrong, because its my desk and I know exactly who made the mess! I admit, it was all me and nobody else. You will see remnants of at least 4 different crafts lying around. There's the jewellery I made as Christmas presents, the giftcard holder for DD's birthday on the 28th of Dec, some knitting and of course the remnants of a last minute card for DH's best friend who's birthday is today.

In the background is a framed piece of art that somebody asked about. So here it is, the whole picture. It is a piece that my daughter did as part of her portfolio for her final year at school It actually has a long story attached to it and if you would like to hear the story one day, I will tell you. I decided to frame it with all her scrolls that she recieved in High school. We only included one of each for every sport and cultural activity, but she actually had 3 or 4 for each activity. Her blazer was covered in scrolls. Normally we don't actually make a big fuss of rewards in our family, because I try to teach my children that they should do things because they love it, and not because they will get rewarded for doing them, but because I want to be reminded of the story behind this drawing, I decided to frame it. It serves as a constant reminder of my child's resiliance, loyalty to team members and her ability to bounce back when many would just give up.
I will show you some of the results from the mess on my table tomorrow, because I have to run now, DH is shouting for some attention.
Have a great evening.

Monday, January 3, 2011

NOT AGAIN!!!!! New beginnings.

Edited: I can NOT believe I did it again! I got the stamp wrong! Got excited for nothing - Somebody pointed out that the stamp was a Penny Black and not a House Mouse stamp. I feel SO STUPID! I blame it on old age. (That's my excuse and I am sticking to it!)
I was so excited when I recieved a card in the post today telling me to collect a parcel from the Post Office. I could not wait and went to fetch it immediately. What did I find, my blog candy from Jay-Jay. This adorable House Mouse stamp. Of course I had to ink it up immediately. Then, when I read my daily inspirational blogs I discovered that Curt posted on a Monday (he usually only posts on a Wednesday) - his post? He is part of the House Mouse Challenge Blog blog hop ( http://housemouse-challenge.blogspot.com/2011/01/new-beginnings-blog-hop-for-challenge.html). I think its a sign. Especially since the challenge is 'New beginnings' and I think this little stamp is the beginning of a beautiful relationship with House Mouse stamps.

The dp is Making Memories, cardstock is Bazzil. The image was coloured with my beloved Copics. Lace and ribbon is from my stash (I used my brand new Bow Easy that arrived in the mail last week) The little blingy heart was a gift. The sentiment is a digi freebie and I forgot to check by who.
Here's a close up of the bow and heart, beautiful, don't you think?
It is raining cats and dogs here. In fact, my garden is saturated, the water does not even drain any more. Not complaining though, we really need good rains.
Have a great day everybody. I'll be back soon to show you some of my other crafty endeavours.