Friday, October 23, 2009

I have reached 5000 hits!

Hello all. Yes I am still here, haven’t run away (yet!!). So let me explain my absence! I have got a job! It happened very suddenly, but I believe it was meant to be, and is the perfect “part-time” job for me. I am working Mon – Thurs from about 8:30 till 11:30, and I am helping out the lady in town who gives swimming lessons to the little kiddies. I go to each playschool, pick up the kids, get them ready for their lesson, climb into the pool and assist Jenny, and then get out, get the kids dressed and back to school. On a Mon & Wed I do 3 classes and on the other two days 2 lessons. So needless to say this week has been rather hectic with me trying to get used to my new routine. On top of that we are doing some renovations, so I had the builders here this week, and Caide and Bryce have also started with their swimming lessons. Their lessons are at 2:30pm Mon – Thurs. So, as I was saying, busy, busy busy. As a result my cardmaking has unfortunately taken a bit of a backseat for the last week or so!!

Hopefully I will be able to get myself back on track soon.

So, I do have a card to show you today. It is one I made using the Elephant Valentine set from Annabelle Stamps. This is an adorable set. It is called a Valentine set, but I think the ellies are perfect for baby and little kids cards too. Here is what is included in this set:

The card I made is quite a simple one, I paper pieced the elephant, and used some Making Memories patterned paper, which I think matches the ellie image perfectly!

Andrea from Annabelle Stamps is going to be releasing a few Christmas sets at the beginning of November so stayed tuned for those. She also has another surprise up her sleeve, which I should be able to tell you about soon!

I have just realised that while I was away I reached 5000 hits!! I am going to have to come up with some blog candy to celebrate!! What do you think??

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

I'm finished with Clue 2

I have been taking part in the Mystery Sock KAL (Knit a Long)over at Ravelry and I am having so much fun. This is the first time I have taken part in a KAL, and thus far these have been the most complex socks I have knitted. In the past I would have been a little nervous to knit something which I would have viewed as quite difficult, but the pattern is extra easy to read, and I have sailed along with the pattern. If you haven't already signed up, it's not too late. Click on this link and it will take you to the place where you need to sign up. It's great fun and an awesome pattern to knit. I have also started knitting a pair of socks by Cookie A. which are called "Monkey Socks", the free pattern is available at Ravelry, and this is also a gorgeous pattern to knit. I am using my new wool which I mentioned in my previous post and it is knitting up beautifully!!

It's a stunning day here in Dundee today. Hope God blesses you all in some way today. His awesomeness has already touched me this morning!

Monday, October 12, 2009

My first Mo's Challenge

Hope you all had a lovely weekend. It was a good one for us. On Friday we had 2 boys come and sleep over in celebration of Bryce’s birthday, which was yesterday. We ordered pizza, they each boy had a KFC ice-cream cup, played Monopoly and had lots of laughs. Bryce really enjoyed his birthday, and we got him the Wii Island Resort Sports game, so guess what he did most of the day yesterday!! This morning Caide left for his week long tour down in Winkelspruit, so needless to say Mom was a bit teary eyed this morning. He has never been gone from home for so long, or so far away. Like 3 hours away. Luckily all my family is from down that way, so if there are any sort of problems, help will be right at hand!!

So should we get onto the card for today. This one is one I created around 3 challenges. The main one for me is the new challenge blog over at Mo’s Digital Pencil. I adore her images, she has such a wide range of them, and there is one to suit every occasion. I love the fact that they print perfectly every time, and you can adjust the image to any size you want it. The challenge for this week was to create a purple card, and for this card I used the “Jack & Ginger” image which is just perfect for anniversary cards. I had so much fun coloring this image, the photo just doesn’t do it justice I am afraid. Coloring and blending is just so easy with my Copics! I also added a charm to the card, which is part of the challenge over at Cute Card Thursday. I think the little heart just finishes off the card perfectly. Over at Caardvarks the challenge is to use ribbon in a wonderful way, this may be a way others have used ribbon on their cards, but this is the first time I have attached a charm to a card in this way, and I also attached the ribbon to the card with colored staples which gives the card a bit of a rustic feel.

Anyway, without further ado, here is a photo of my card, and a closeup photo of Mo’s wonderful image.

I was touched by 2 acts of kindness over the weekend which I thought I just had to mention here on my blog. The first person who I want to mention is Meahni!! She is a girl who I met through blogging, and is one of the sweetest people I have “met” online. She is on the DT for Stamping Bella, which is a huge achievement, and she makes the most gorgeous cards. Anyway, a while back she kindly stamped me some images, which is popped into the post and sent to me. At the time our wonderful post office staff were on strike, so somewhere along the line my parcel went “missing”. I was so upset!! Not to be deterred Meahni again stamped me “some” images and sent me off another parcel, which I received on Saturday. It must have taken her days to stamp me the amount of images she did!! I now have enough images to last me a year. Thanks so much for your kindness Meahni, you are a star. Please hop on over to her blog and have a look around, and tell her I said “hi”.

For those of you that don’t know, besides cardmaking and scrapbooking I LOVE to knit. I find it terribly therapeutic, and my secret passion is to knit socks! I recently found a South African based online shop called Pure Wool, where I found some lovely handspun yarns, and just had to buy a ball of sock wool. I have been corresponding with Linda the owner of Pure Wool, and she too has been so nice and friendly. When my parcel arrived Linda had included with my sock wool 2 lovely surprises, which she really didn’t have to do!! So I also wanted to thank Linda for your kindness. You are very very sweet. If you are looking for handspun yarn please go and have a look at Linda’s stock, it is lovely. I started knitting some socks with my sock wool over the weekend, and it is knitting up beautifully!!

It’s been a really long post for me today, so let me sign off. Have a great week!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Mojo Monday Sketch

Hello all. Friday again, first week of the new school term done!! It's Bryce's birthday on Sunday and then Caide leaves for his tour on Monday. We are also starting with some renovations on Monday, so a busy time ahead. I am also going to be putting my cards in the local Christian Book Shop, so once again I am making cards like a mad person. Lots and lots to do!!

So moving on.... the card I am posting today is one I made for the shop, based on the Sketch over at Mojo Mondays. This is a fantastic sketch and I will most definitely use it a lot in the future. Here it is:

My card is made using an image that was given away for free over at The Greeting Farm a few months back. This image is just perfect for little boy's cards. I coloured him with my Copics.

Here is my card and closeup photo.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend! Hugs

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Simon Says & Annabelle

Hi everyone. It is a GLORIOUS day here in Dundee today. The sun is shining, my garden is smiling and everything seems to pretty and shiny!!

The kids went back to school today, and I am missing them. It was such a short holiday! Saying that, Jamie is almost being as much as a handful as both the others put together!

The card I am posting today is one I made for the weekly challenge over at Simon Says. I try and enter this one every week, cause Heidi and Heather and all the other DT girls are so sweet!

The challenge is to use Green & Red on a card. I decided not to go the Christmas route and instead made a kid's card because green & red are lovely kids colors. I added a bit of blue as well. The image I used is another one from a set of Annabelle stamps called Helen's Party. This is a lovely birthday set and has some really cute stamps in it. I am going to try and make a card with the cake and presents for a male birthday card soon. I used my Copics to color cute Helen! If you are interested in buying any of these sets please click on the Annabelle link in my sidebar and go and have a look!

Here is my card and closeup photo:

Thanks for stopping by, and thanks again to the lovely ladies who leave me comments. I SO appreciate it!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Just Magnolia.

Hi All.

I thought it was appropriate that I post a card today, on World Card Making Day! What have you all got planned to do today, anything exciting?? Just a quiet one at home for me!!

The card I am posting is the one I did for the challenge over at Just Magnolia. Only thing is I am a bit of an airhead, and didn't post it in time to take part in the challenge. Oh, well!

I have to say, this is one of my all time favourite cards!! The challenge was to use grey & pink together, and this would have been a color combo I would have never thought to use!! I love the 2 together!!! This little image is an absolute pleasure to colour, and the Copics are just so rich and blend so nicely. I cut out the image and mounted her for a little extra dimension.

Hope you like it as much as I do!! Here is the card and closeup photo.

Stop by again on Monday. I will be posting my card for the challenge over at Simon Says and I have used another of my Annabelle stamps for this card too.

Hope you all have an absolutely fabulous weekend!!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Another Annabelle Card!

Since getting my parcel I have been cardmaking like a machine, and loving every minute of it!! These stamps are really so fun and easy to create with!!

I used one of the single stamps that was included in my package. It's another Jasmine image, and equally as cute as the image I used yesterday! The sentiment I used is from the "I can fly" set, and I think it works perfectly with the Jasmine image. I also used some of my pink sprinkles and some of the lovely patterned paper Andrea sent. I love the way this card turned out, so very girly! I colored her in with my Copics. Here is my card:

Anyway, just a quick post today, kids are home on school holidays, so lots happening in this household! Hope you are all having a lovely week. Stop by again tomorrow, when I will post my card for this week's challenge over at "Just Magnolia".