Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Belated Christmas Wishes & a New Card!

Hi all. Hope you had a fantastic, festive and love filled Christmas! Can’t believe we are into 2010 in 2 day’s time, wow, this year has just flown by!

I have been busy in the garden this morning, I love to potter & plant. We spent a week down in Scottburgh at my aunt & uncle’s house, and their garden is just stunning, so I came home very inspired!

I was over the moon to wake up this morning and to find that my cardmaking mojo has returned! Yay, I haven’t felt like making cards in a while, so I am so glad to be feeling creative again!

So without further ado…. My card today qualifies for 2 challenges. I have used the sketch from Mojo Mondays, and have used lace on my card which is what you have to do to take part in the weekly challenge over at Quixotic Challenges. I used an image that the sweet Meahni stamped for me.

Here is the sketch:

And my card from various angles. I colored the adorable image with my Copics. I am sending this card to my aunt & uncle to say “thanks” for having us stay at their beautiful house.

Thanks for stopping by. I will be back soon. I would love for you to leave a comment….

Friday, December 18, 2009

A scrapbooking Challenge!

Hi again. Wow, 2 posts in one day! I was doing a bit of blog surfing this morning, and stopped by my friend Cariena's blog. Her hubby has recently had a back op, and I just wanted to drop by to say "Hi". Anyway, while I was there I thought I would check out Scrap & Stamp, where Cariena is part of their DT. As it so happened their challenge for the week was to scrap a gathering and to use one stamp. I had the perfect photo for the challenge. So bright and early this morning I scrapped a page, it's so nice to have my mojo back.

So here is my layout. I had fun putting this one together. I got the idea from a layout in a CK mag. I used my old Making Memories foam stamps for the flourish stamped at the bottom of the page, as well as some yummy pink Sprinkles.

Sorry about the bad scan, the page is quite bulky! Thanks for looking!

It's time for a new challenge! ABSC007

Wow, the days left until Christmas are dwindling at an alarming rate!! Hubby went on leave on Wednesday so it has been great having him home. We have a busy few days ahead, and then leave to go down the coast to my family on Monday. So I will take this opportunity to wish everyone a very "Merry Christmas". Hope this time of year is filled with lots of love and happiness for you and your family!

So.....this weeks sketch challenge will run for two weeks, so there won't be a new one for next week, which makes this the last one for the month, and a prize one!! All entries will have the chance to win a $20.00 gift voucher from AnnaBelle Stamps. We would love to see lots of entries! So please take this opportunity and enter our Bling Challenge. All you need to do is follow the sketch and add some bling to your card, it's as easy as that. Click on the Bling Challenge Blinkie in my sidebar to link your card to our Mr. Linky!

So here is the sketch Andrea gave for us to work with, it's another goodie.

For my card I used the Holly Branch set and it's another wonderful Christmas set packed with sentiments. The holly branches are an essential for anyone wanting to make a Christmas card. Here is what is included in the set:

And here is my card, I used 3 of the different holly images and of course added some gorgeous Olive 6mm Sprinkles. They are stunning!

I also wanted to send a special message out to Andrea and all the other DT girls. It's been great fun working with all of you, and I am inspired by your creativity every day. Hope you all have a wonderful festive season. X

Monday, December 14, 2009

I got an Award

Morning. I received a lovely award from a fellow DT girl Michelle. Thanks very much Michelle. I also received 2 other awards recently from Cariena & Michelle, but didn't reply to theirs. Sorry girls, really appreciate the thought though. Now that the boys are on holiday (and both are playing at friends houses right now), I am able to find the time to answer the questions that go along with these awards. So here is the award I received:

And my questions & answers:

With this award I have to answer these questions and pass it on to 5 other exceptional Bloggers.

Your cell phone? Nokia
Your hair? Wavy & dirty blond
Your mother? In Pennington
Your father? Don’t know where he is. Just as well I think!!
Your favorite food ? Baked goods
Your dream last night? A weird one about an ex friend of mine
Your favorite drink? Tea
Your dream/goal? For my life to continue just as it is!
What room are you in? The family lounge/hobby room
Your hobby? Knitting, scrapbooking & cardmaking
Your fear? Something bad happening to one of my children
Where do you want to be in 6 years? Right here
Where were you last night? Home
Something that you aren't? Unhappy
Muffins? Yes please
Wish list item? Overseas travel
Where did you grow up? Scottburgh in KZN
Last thing you did? Spun some singles on my spinning wheel
What are you wearing? Cords, white long sleeve top & a scarf I spun & knitted
Your TV? Crime channel or any sport
Your Pets? Billy – dog, Socks - cat
Friends? Not very many
Your life? Full & just how I like it
Your mood? Content
Missing someone? Poppy
Vehicle? Nissan X-Trail
Something you're not wearing? My wedding ring
Your favorite store? Scrapbooking shops
Your favorite color? Brown
When was the last time you laughed? Yesterday
Last time you cried? A while back
Your best friend? My husband Ray
One place that you go to over and over? My knitting & spinning room
Facebook? Yes, but I don’t go there very often
Favorite place to eat? A lovely lodge here in town which is surrounded by a game park with lots of lovely animals in it.

Now passing something like this on is difficult because I would love to give it to lots of wonderful people out there, but here are my chosen five, Check out their blogs.


And here is a photo of my latest knitting project. It's going to be the Travelling Fern Lace Scarf, which is a free pattern that is available at Ravelry. It is a really lovely pattern to knit, and of course knitting it with my own homespun is even better!!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 11, 2009

This Week's Sketch - ABSC006

Morning. It's a cooler day in Dundee today, yahoo!! Can't believe the first week of holiday is over already. We have had a great week, and I am loving having the boys at home. We have another great sketch to share with you today. It's simple, and fun to work with! I got my Xmas stamps from Andrea, and really love both sets! The set I used for today's card is the Jewelled Tree set, and it is lovely! Add some Sprinkles to this set, and you have the perfect recipe for a stunning Xmas card. Here are the stamps that are included in this set:

And here is my card. Once again my photography has let me down a bit, the card is much prettier IRL! I have taken a few photos this time!

This is the sentiment inside the card.

And a photo to show you how stunning the Sprinkles are!

We would love for you to take part. Click on the Annabelle Bling Challenge Blinkie in my sidebar to find out more details. Hope you have a lovely weekend. Hubby and I are off to PMB to do our Xmas shopping, so looking forward to a day out, just the 2 of us!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

My new Room!

Morning everyone. We are all enjoying our holiday thoroughly so far! Yesterday we had a lovely day! The kids were well behaved and we spent some lovely time in the pool!

A few posts back I mentioned some renovations that we were having done, so today I thought I would post some photos of my new room, and my new "baby". I am truly blessed that my husband agreed to give me my own "space" where I can be away from all the boys stuff, and I can sit and knit, spin, watch t.v., read or anything I like! So here goes:

And my new "baby", a 20 year old Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel. I love her!

And some spinning I have done on her: This is the Morning Surf Scarf, and is such a lovely pattern to knit. It is available for free on Ravelry.

Thanks for looking. Hope you are having a fab week!

Monday, December 7, 2009

ABSC005 - A new Sketch

Hi all.

Andrea has come up with another lovely sketch this week. I was unfortunately not able to participate, cause of a whole bunch of commitments last week! Happily today is the 1st day of the boy's holiday, so hopefully I will have more free time on my hands! I actually worked on my card for next week's sketch this morning, and am really happy with my card. I used the Jewelled Tree Set which is totally awesome!! So check back on Friday for that. I would still love for you to take part in this week's sketch. You have until Friday to enter your card. Here is the sketch:

Please also stop by at the other DT girl's blogs. They have all made some lovely cards. Remember click on the Annabelle Blinkie in my sidebar to go to the Annabelle Stamps blog where you can link your cards.