Friday, 23 December 2011

Mo's Christmas Candles

It's almost Christmas.  The tree is up, the cookies are baked and the kids are having a ball.  I on the other hand was rushed into making gifts for my fiancee's family.  I used Maurie J Mannings or as she's better known, MO's beautiful images on all my candles.

This one is for his grandmother.

The next three are for three of his aunts.  I used the same image for all of them because I thought it would make it easier to color..... mmm ended up being so hard, as I liked some of them more than others...

Next up is one I made for one of his other aunts. I HAD to use this image as the dog looks EXACTLY like her dog Cody!

Next up is three candles I made for his nieces.

And here's all of them together.  

It's a good thing Christmas only happens once a year!  

To all, a MERRY CHRISTMAS and I hope Santa brings all of you some wonderful crafty gifts ;)  (just like mine) hehehe or rather make that a HO HO HO!!

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Dilly Beans Candle

I bought this cutie from Dilly Beans Stamps yesterday.  Was so excited this morning when I checked my mail and there she was!  I've seen alot of people placing stamps on candles lately and I just HAD to try it. It was really so easy and I love the way it came out! I love it so much that I guess everyone is getting one for Christmas this year!  lol  My fiancee has no clue when it comes to buying gifts for his family so I end up making something for all of them for Christmas.  I hope they enjoy receiving it as much as I enjoy making it!

Any way, here is my "test run".

So, what do you think?  Isn't she a cutie? They have quite a few of these slightly twisted images that somehow appeals to my alter ego! lol Remember to check out the Dilly Beans Challenge Blog and maybe have a go at one of their challenges!

Monday, 5 December 2011


 While hopping around in Blogland, I came across this cuts blog.  I loved their header and when I saw their CUTE freebie, I just had to have it!!  Have a look at the Dilly Beans Challenge blog. They also have the cutest digi's in their shop!!!  Anyhow, here's my "card" I made with the freebie.  I 3D paper pieced the snowmen and then made the frame from chipboard. Took me the whole of Sunday, but it was SO worth it, as I really love how it turned out!

Here's some of the "before" pieces.

And here's a side view of some of the layers.

A close up of the snowmen!

And last but not least, my completed frame. Think I went a but overboard with the snowflakes on the sides, but who can blame me, this is the closest I have come to "snow" since I was two years old (and thats a darn long time ago) LOL.

See you soon!

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Engagement card for a friend

Since I started making cards (which isn't all that long ago) I've come across something called "Kraft".  Well, seeing as I have no idea what it is and where to get it, I went along to a local craft store and bought a big piece of brown cardboard.  I first stamped one of my new Maggies onto the card, just to test it, and I immediately LOVED it!  Its a whole new technique to me, but when two friends got engaged recently, I knew this was my opportunity to try it out again!  So, here's my finished card.........

It's not real clear on the photo below, but the background paper shows through the  tissue paper with the sentiment on it and looks rather nice (if I might say so myself, lol)

 Until I get more Promarkers, I'll definitely be doing more pencil on Kraft(cardboard lol) images!

Don't know if this qualifies as a "fancy fold" but I'm entering it into the latest challenge over at Mo's challenge.

Sunday, 2 October 2011


This is basically a work in progress! LOL, told DH earlier that at least I have until Christmas to finish them.  For some reason, I'm always quick to start on a new project, but not so quick to finish them :(   At any one stage I'll  have two or three unfinished projects on my "table".  (I'll get back to the "table" issue in a later post)

My latest project involves cubes decorated with green, red and gold, eventually spelling out " Merry Christmas" and decorated with all seven (yeah 7) of the new Make it Crafty Christmas Elves ! Aren't they just toooo darn cute??

At the moment I have two (partially) completed cubes, three colored and cut out elves and one or two still in some process of being colored, cut etc.....Not every cube will have a elf on (unless I get some serious mojo on different color schemes for these little guys).  I'm posting this in the hope that if its out there for the whole world to see, I'll maybe finish it a (little) bit quicker.

Here's a little peak of what I'm working on......

Note to self :  PLEASE start looking at making a photo box(is that what it's called) to take some decent photo's!

See ya soon!


Friday, 23 September 2011

3D paper piecing

I've been spending a lot of time on Mariska's blog Sending you a little smile .  I love her cards and boxes with the 3D paper piecing!!! For the Orange and black challenge over at Make it Colorful / Make it Crafty I decided to give 3D paper piecing a go with this little guy!  Haven't had time to make him into a card yet but watch this space to see what I did with him!

 and a view from the side to see the different layers.

That's it from me for now...............

It's a couple hours later and I've managed to turn him into a card!!

Saturday, 10 September 2011


Hi guys, I've been gone for quite some time (again) (I know) but this time I had a good reason.  I've been participating in my first ever swap!!  The swap was over at Crafter's Digital Art Center and Priscilla worked really hard in finding me a partner from South Africa!  Let me tell you, its awesome and terrible at the same time!!!  I was forever agonizing about my album, did I do it neat enough, will she like the colors, what else should I put in, what if she does not like it and so the list continues.  I guess I just wanted to give someone something that I wouldn't mind getting myself?

Here is the cover.  The names on the front, is the names of my swap partners two boys.

 The first page as you open the album. All the little flaps are for tags or photos.

 The album was made for my partner, to put photos and journaling in of her boys.  All the digi's used throughout the album are from Dustin Pike.  I've colored some of the digi's, but left some for Olga to color herself (or maybe the boys would like to color them).
 The next two pages
 Then the next two, my son helped with the little envelope.

 The next two pages are my favorite.  They are very plain but it gives the Olga lots of space to do her own thing!
 The next two pages, with space for photos.

 Last page - my kids love this digi. Written on the pot under the bunny is : Black Jelly Beans.  LOL
 Inside every bag is a tag.  I just tied ribbon to them.  This is the view from the side.

The two ladies at the post office liked my album and even asked if I sell them (a big NO) so I really hope that Olga and her boys will love the album and hopefully be able to use it.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

A giftcard holder for a friends' birthday

A few weeks back Kenny K's Krafty Girlz had a challenge to make a pocket card.  I did not enter the challenge, but suddenly remembered about it when I decided to make a card for a friends'  birthday.  I decided on getting her a gift card from a local bookstore so I thought the pocket card would be a fun new thing to try.  The image I used is Lady Raven and I chose her because she has an uncanny resemblance to my friend!!!

Here is my pocket card.

and here is a close-up of Lady (Estelle) Raven.

We had loads of fun at her birthday breakfast this morning and my card was a hit!

Tuesday, 2 August 2011


After the last time, not posting for quite some time, I promised myself I would not let so much time pass before posting here again.  Yeah right, see how that one worked out for me!
I've been so busy checking out other people's blogs, cards and coloring that I didn't do much coloring etc myself.  When I sat down to do this post, I couldn't even remember how to do a new post (yeah, I'm so ashamed) *blush*  Anyway, the reason for my sudden return is ................... I've found a challenge on Make it Colorful that I really wanted to give a go. 

The challenge is to color dark skin! PHEW!! You wouldn't believe how hard it was finding a image to color with a dark skin!!!  After much deliberation I decided on Dante's Drum by Mo Manning.  I simply love her images and its never hard to find something cute there! My only problem was finding something that I would use again.  Okay, so without to much further babbling.................

Here's Dante feeling irie!

and here's a closer look

Really had so much fun with this one.  I colored him mostly with watercolor pencils (see the smudge on the drum) and here and there used my Promarkers.

  Just goes to show I need to make more time for coloring!! LOL

Thursday, 26 May 2011


I recently got these (freebie) digis on Papercraft Planet and on Crafters Digital Art Centre that I absolutely Just HAD to color! They are both from the new Cinderella fairytale stamp collection at A day for daisies . 

I colored both Cinderella and her nasty stepsisters (Anistasia & Drizella) but for some reason I am still struggling to get a card together with the two sisters.

Here is my first card.  I hope to get some insperation (and time) the weekend to get another card together!

PS.  It was my first time working with some new glitter so i went a bit (a lot) overboard on the dress  :)

It's freezing cold here tonight so its of to bed for me now.

Happy crafting!

(almost forgot to mention, the sketch is from the latest CDAC sketch challenge)

Saturday, 7 May 2011

It's been a while.........

 So I have'nt been crafting for some time (actually I have, I just have'nt finished anything yet).  I love the challenges over at CDAC and try to enter at least 1 during every new challenge.  I immediately liked this fun and easy new sketch challenge they have running at the moment.  While checking out blogs (thats why no cards get made) I came across a great color challenge at The Outlaws.  The colors are Orange, black or brown and white.  This is my combined effort for both challenges.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Bad blogger!

That's me...... I know *blush*.   I guess I got so caught up in checking other peoples blogs, that I forgot to update my own.

I would however like to add my latest cards. (just in case some lonely web surfer somewhere out there, stumbles across my blog .......

These were all entered into the challenges over at Crafters Digital Art Centre .  Go check it out! Its really a whole lot of fun all in one place!  I'm going back over there now because the new challenges starts today!

Hope to see you there!  (",)

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Hi guys

For some reason I cant get this on my sidebar (yeah, again!) but I just had to post this!

This candy looks absolutely YUMMY!!!!

Head on over to Dawn's Craft Place and enter now!!

Looks great yeah??

Monday, 21 March 2011

My latest card

I made this one for the latest Crafters Digital Art Centre Embellishment challenge.  When I started I had something ToTALLY different in mind (even bought red paper) but I'm happy with the way it turned out.  The image is from Nana Vic and I absolutely adore it.

Friday, 18 March 2011


Yeah!! Finally figured out how to add the candy to my side bar and not onto my main post (whatever you call this part, lol). Go check out this CANDY! WoW!!! (now if only I could win one of them)  :)

Thursday, 17 March 2011

More Candy!!!

Saw this over at BRENSCRAPS ! would love to get my hands on those Prismacolors, as we dont get them here (or I havent seen any in any of the arts and craft shops)

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Sugar Creek Hollow Anniversary

Hey guys, just saw this wonderful blog candy over at SUGAR CREEK HOLLOW

I love the flowers!! Get over there and enter now! I certainly am!

My card


So, I went to Hobby-X this past weekend!! I'd been looking forward to it for quite some time now! Not only because I was attending some workshops, but also I'd be seeing my best friend, whom I had'nt seen in a long time, YAY!

The Hobby-X was great! Just wish I had more time (and money) for shopping.  I'd like to thank JenLee for the coloring class, I had great fun, and learnt some tricks of the trade ;)

I colored this digi at the hobby-x and immediately used it for a birthday card for a friends' daughter.

Hope to be colouring (and blogging) a lot more in times to come.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Okay, so, I'm not only new to colouring digital stamps, making cards and posting to blogs, I'm also new to HAVING a blog!!!!

I would however love to get all the beautifull items in the photo above (have to start stocking up I think)!!!

So here goes!!