Friday, February 26, 2010

Annabelle Bling Challenge time again.

Morning everyone! Wow, it's been another hectic, stressful & emotional week. I am really pleased it's Friday!! What has your week been like?

I somehow managed to get my mojo back to make my card for this week, and I really enjoyed the process, even when I was doing it at like 4:30am!!

This week is prize week and up for grabs is the stamp set 'I Can Fly'. We are making a few changes :) and the first and most important is that our sketch challenges will be going to fortnightly, which means you will have a bit more time to join in the fun! Secondly is that each fortnightly challenge will have a prize! So all the more reason to start joining in! More news soon!

So here is the sketch we got to work with this week. It's a good one!

I decided to mix it up a bit and make a long card instead, I haven't made one this size for ages. The image I used is one from the "Helen's Party" set, and the sentiment is from the "Flowers with Love" set. I also added some lovely Olive Sprinkles to my card for some bling. Both of these sets and the Sprinkles are available from the Annabelle Shop, there is a link to the shop in my sidebar. So here is my card from a few different angles.

We would really love for you to take part in our challenge. Remember you have 2 weeks to create your card, and there is a stamp set up for offer. So click on the Annabelle Bling Challenge blinkie in my sidebar to take part. Come on South African girls, lets show them what we can do!!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Project Life ~ 15 Feb - 21 Feb

Hello everyone. Thanks for stopping by to look at my photos again this week!

Monday 15-2 :- Today I wanted to take a photo of the lovely goodies I received from Cariena. As you can see it’s lots of lovely things. The border strips and flower patch glitter stickers by Making Memories are going to be used to maker lovely Easter lo’s this year!

Tuesday 16-2 :- Jamie and I were playing in the lounge today with one of his fav toys, his camera! First he would take a photo of me, and then me of him. Then he was only too happy for me to take a photo of him with my “real” camera. I hope he develops his Mom’s love of photography.

Wednesday 17-2:- This morning I had to take a photo of the beautiful day lilies in our garden. It had rained the night before, and there were rain drops settled on the lovely rich red petals. They certainly add gorgeous colour to the garden.

Thursday 18-2:- Wow, today was a full day!! It was Ray’s birthday, as well as the boys gala. We had work and swimming lessons in the morning, and then the gala in the afternoon. The gala was fun and also very intense. Both boys did really well. Caide was lucky enough (after some very stiff competition) to win the Junior Victor Ludorum again this year. It was rather a roller-coaster day, and unfortunately Ray’s birthday fell by the wayside somewhat. Sorry babe!

Friday 19-2:- Because Thursday was such a hectic day we didn’t get a chance to have cake and to sing “Happy Birthday” to Ray. So… we did it today instead. Hope the year ahead is a good one for you Babe. You deserve all the good things that life has to offer. We love you!

Saturday 20-2:- I love this photo of all the boys! They had been riding their bikes at the newly constructed “track”, and when they got back were all hot and sweaty. A dip in the pool did the trick to cool them all down!

Sunday 21-2:- I love our Sunday night tradition of watching American Idols. We don’t usually get to watch the American version so this is real treat for us. We buy a box of “fancy” cereal and have cereal for supper. We are a funny bunch I know! There are a lot of very talented people who have gotten through to the Top 24!

Hope the week ahead is a good one for you all!

Friday, February 19, 2010

ABSC015 - Bling Sketch Challenge Time!!

Wow, last week was SSOOOOO busy and full!! Pretty glad it's over. Yesterday was hubby's birthday, as well as the boys school swimming gala. Caide did so well, and under very intense pressure was able to scoop the Junior Victor Ludorum trophy. I was so proud I felt like my chest was going to burst. I will have a photo to show next week.

So down to business. I missed the Annabelle Bling Challenge last week, but I am back this week. It was rather a challenging sketch for me to work with this week, and add that to a bit of missing mojo, this certainly wasn't the easiest card I have ever put together! Anyway... here is the sketch:

Here is my card. I was hoping to try and create a bit of an Easter feel to this card. I used the lovely flowers from the "Floral Stems" stamp set. It is available here.

We would really love for you to take part in our Bling Sketch Challenge. All you need to do is follow the sketch and add some bling to your card. Click on the Bling Sketch Blinkie in my sidebar to find the place to link your card.

Hope you all have a fab weekend, we are going to get some serious R & R in!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Project Life - Week 6

Thanks for stopping by again this week. It's been a rather bumpy one for me and hubby, but I guess you have those! Here are my photos for the week!

While I was outside early this morning I noticed the sun peeping through the trees. What a gorgeous start to the day! Of course my sidekick had to be in the photo!

I got some good news this morning! I have won a prize for a scrapbook page that I entered into a competition over the weekend. I am so chuffed! Apparently the prize is worth about R450.00 so I can’t wait to receive it!

I wanted to take a photo of the new sun hats that the school provided for the kids. The boys look so cute wearing them! I took 4 photos and Bryce blinked in every one! This is the best of the bunch. My funny boys!

Today is a very happy day for me, my Project Life kit arrived safe & sound! I had been extremely worried about it, because I had bought it from New Zealand, and the postage cost as much as the kit, and it didn’t even have a tracking number! The product is awesome and I am so glad I bought it!

I’m back! Back at work that is!! It really has been a stressful week. At the beginning of the week we discovered the lady in the office had been “borrowing” money, which she was failing to pay back!

This morning I got up at the ridiculous time of 3:55am to cast on for the Ravelympics! It was loads of fun. I found a live audio broadcast of the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics and chatted online with a whole bunch of ladies from all over the world. Very cool!

We had a lovely quiet Valentines Day. Ray went to so much effort using the self-timer to take a photo of him and the boys. He didn’t even know how to use my camera, how to download the photos or use my printer programme! We also went out to lunch at the Golf Club, just the 2 of us, which was such a treat!

I received so many lovely comments last week, and I appreciate every single one of them!!! It is so awesome to be able to connect with women from all over the world!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Project Life - Week 5

Hi all. I am here with my Week 5 photos, and this time I have a bit of journaling to go with them. I made a bit of a mistake last week, and loaded 8 photos instead of 7, so this week you will have a couple of repeats, sorry about that!!

Mon 1-2: I love to pick hydrangeas from the garden. They look so pretty when I put them in a vase in the lounge. Unfortunately this is the last bunch of the season.

Tues 2-2: The love the photo for today! Jamie found this dandelion in our bathroom and was so fascinated by it. Every time he tried to catch it, it floated away!

Wed 3-2: While I was making sandwiches this morning I was pondering was my POTD was going to be, and then I thought, why not take a photo of me making sandwiches!! For some reason this is one of my least favourite chores!!

Thurs 4-2: We woke up to a snail crawling up my knitting room door. Of course I had to get it down for Jamie. He was intrigued by it, and played with it for an age. Luckily he didn’t destroy it!

Frid 5-2: On a Friday the boys like to ride their bikes to school. We are blessed to have their school just down the road, and that our neighbourhood is safe enough for them to do so.

Sat 6-2: Today I was down and out with a tummy bug. I don’t ever remember spending the whole day sleeping! I felt awful all day. Luckily Ray was home to look after me!

Sun 7-2: The boys trying to cool down in the pool. It has been a scorching week, and today is no exception – 34 ºC! Summer certainly is in full swing!

In other news I heard this morning that I have won a prize with the scrapbook layout from my previous post. What a wonderful way to start my day!! I want to thank Cariena, the wonderful lady who was sponsoring the prize, and urge you to pop on over to her blog my life in stamps..., she does awesome work.

Thanks for popping by my blog!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Blog Hop at Scrap & Stamp

Two posts in one weekend, wow!! I was down and out with a tummy bug yesterday, it was awful, I slept nearly the whole day. And anyone who knows me, will know that I don't lie in bed during the day!! Anyway, so when I woke up this morning I felt much better, and I did my usual, a bit of blog surfing. I checked out Scrap & Stamp, and participated in their blog hop (what fun!). I thought I had to make a layout so that I could stand a chance to win some of the wonderful prizes on offer.

Here is the sketch that I based my layout on:

And here is my layout from various angles. I used Versamark and some lovely flower stamps from my Annabelle Stamps collection. I used the "Floral Stems" set, and some lovely Olive Green Sprinkles as the centres of the purple flowers.

Thanks for looking. Would love to know what you think...

Friday, February 5, 2010

It's Friday & that means Annabelle Sketch Time!!

Hi all, Friday already!! Each week seems to pass a little quicker than the one before!! Hope you have had a good one, it's been scorching hot all week here in South Africa.

I must confess, the sketch that Andrea gave us to work with this week was quite a challenge for me. It certainly forced me to think outside my box! Here it is:

Being so close to Valentines Day, it was nice to create a more romantic type card. I have already decided this is going to be sent to my Gran. My Poppy passed away in 2002, so I think it's been awhile since she received a Valentine's card. I think she will love this! Here is my card:

I had to take some side-on shots to show off the lovely Sprinkles. Are they not too stunning!! I used the "Elephant Valentine" set for my sentiment, and the "Build-a-bling" set for stamping the swirls where I placed my Sprinkles. These lovely sets are availabele from the Annabelle Stamps shop. The blinkie is in my sidebar.

We would love for you to take part in our challenge this week. Now is the perfect time to get some Valentines cards done for all those special people in your life! To enter our challenge just click on the Annabelle Bling Challenge Blinkie in my sidebar.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend. See you next week!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

My first Project Life Post

Here are my photos for the past week:

I have ordered my kit from a company in New Zealand, but it hasn't arrived yet!! The postage cost as much as the kit, and it didn't even come with a tracking number, so please hold thumbs for me that it arrives safely!!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I love my new camera...

...because now I can take photos like this!

My photo of the day for my Project Life album!