Friday, December 16, 2011

Day 11 - December Daily Album & latest Sketches in Thyme challenge!!

The latest sketch is up at Sketches in Thyme, and it's a fun one that can be used for an every day layout or a Christmas one as I have done. I was quite flexible with the sketch this week because I wanted to adapt it to one of my December Daily pages!!

Here is my page:

This is another photo of my sis Lauren,Geoff and the boys, and the smaller photo is hubby and his new toy!!

Here is the sketch I based my page on:

Check out the Sketches in Thyme blog for all the details of this challenge as well as the others running for the month of December, we can't wait to see what you come up with.

It's a public holiday here in South Africa today, so to my South African readers, have a fab day off!!! :)

P.S. I am having a problem linking my text to the Sketches in Thyme blog (blogger problems again!!!!), please, if you do not have the address for the blog just Google it! Thanks :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Day 10 - December Daily Album

My sister Lauren and her fiance Geoff came to visit for the weekend, it was lovely to spend time with them. My boys are quite lacking in strong male figures in our family so they were instantly drawn to Geoff, we are all looking forward to him officially becoming a member of our family in February!!

We have had a wonderful 1st day of our holiday today, it has been lovely weather so we spent the morning by the pool. This afternoon we have just chilled. I am off to make a cup of tea, grab my knitting and go and watch SA play some cricket. I will be back tomorrow with the latest "Sketches in Thyme" sketch, see you then!! :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Challenge #16 - Christmas cards and projects

Hello all. So sorry I am late with getting this post up. Hubby and I closed our business for our annual holiday, so I had loads of stuff to finish up with before we could close!!

So as my title would indicate, the latest challenge at Crafting for All Seasons is Christmas cards and projects, here is what I came up with for this fun challenge!!

Isn't this image too cute!!! It makes me really want a cup of cocoa, pity its so hot here in South Africa. I dream of experiencing a cold snowy Christmas one day!! Anyway, this image is called "Christmas Cocoa" and is by Meljen Designs who is one of the lovely sponsors for this challenge, check out all the details on the Crafting for All Seasons Challenge Blog. The sentiment stamp is by AnnaBelle Stamps.

We can't wait to see all your lovely Christmasy creations!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Day 9 - December Daily Album

Words cannot express how proud I am of our middle son Bryce, he has had an amazing year, and I am so happy for him that his hard work has paid off, on the sporting field and academically!! Love you my special boy!!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Day 8 - December Daily Album

My sweet sweet Jamie!!

Happy Monday to you!! :)

Day 7 - December Daily Album

Having had visitors this weekend, I have gotten a bit behind with my December Daily Album. I have still been taking photos, but I need to catch up on putting my pages together and posting them here. Guess what I am doing this afternoon!!

Thanks for stopping by today :)

Friday, December 9, 2011

I knit a hat for me!!!

Hello. I am writing this from a wet and cold Dundee. It's a pleasant change from the 35 Degrees Celcius weather we had on Wednesday. The boys broke up for their December holiday yesterday, and I am so happy about it. A month of chillaxing!!

So anyway, I wanted to share with you a knitted item that I finished about half an hour ago. I got my son Caide to take some photos for me!

The pattern is called Nantes Hat and is from the latest copy of Interweave Knits. I have been wanting to knit myself a hat for the longest time, and when I saw this in the mag I knew I wanted to knit it. It's full of lovely cables (which I love to knit!). I knit it with Sublime Cashmere Merino and used one and a half 50g balls.

I am linking this post to my friend Linda's Creative Friday which she hosts every Friday. I hope you all have a lovely weekend. My sister Lauren is coming to visit. I hope to do lots of knitting and chatting with her, she is the only other member of my family that knits!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Day 6 - December Daily Album

Caide and Bryce had their fun gala today, as you can gather, they had a ball!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Day 5 - December Daily Album

After seeing a number of ladies mention that they have a collection of books that they read to their kids in December, I decided to start collecting a few for my boys too!!

Thanks so much for stopping by. I really do appreciate those that time to comment, it really does make my day :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Day 4 - December Daily Album

We all put up the Christmas tree and decorations on Sunday!!

A lot of the product I used was bought from the Scrapbook Studio, check out their website HERE, they give great service!!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Day 3 - December Daily Album

We went down to Pietermaritzburg to get my Christmas present (which I am sooooooo excited about!!), and finish the last of our shopping. It was a lovely day out!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Day 2 - December Daily Album

Here is Day 2!! My 4 year old son Jamie had his fun gala and he also got his 10m badge, so proud of him!!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Day 1 - December Daily Album

Here is my first page!!

If you have any questions about product used, please feel free to ask!! :)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

White on White Challenge @ Crafting for All Seasons

Hi all. Sorry, my blog has been sadly neglected over the last few weeks. It has been end of term for both my boys, so lots of exams and tests, and we have had people here putting in our new pool for the last 3 weeks, so busy busy busy!!

So..... the latest challenge at Crafting for All Seasons is "White on White", I thought I might battle a bit with this one, but I added a touch of color to my image, and I LOVE the end result!!

Here is my card:

So if you have been visiting my blog for a while you will know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE Some Odd Girl digi's, so when I heard Kristy was sponsoring this challenge I was excited!!! You really can't go wrong when making a card with a Some Odd Girl digi!! I used "Bright Lights Kaylee" for my card, you can buy her HERE!

So, for more details and inspiration, check out the Crafting for All Seasons Blog, we really would love for you to play along with us for this challenge, it's the perfect theme to get some Christmas cards done!!!

Can't wait to see what you come up with :)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Challenge # 60 is up at Sketches in Thyme

Hello there!! Today I am sharing my first layout as a DT member over at Sketches in Thyme!! Super exciting don't you think?!

The latest sketch is awesome, and when I saw it, I knew straight away what I wanted to do with it!!

Here is the sketch:

And here is my layout with some close-up shots!!

So.... I hope you have been inspired to scrap a page based on this sketch!!! When you do so, please link your layout at the Sketches in Thyme blog, we can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Challenge #14 at Crafting for All Seasons

Hello all, hope you are having a great week so far. Ours has been super busy, but good!!

So the latest challenge is up at Crafting for all Seasons, and this challenge is THANKSGIVING!! As the DT we were given the option of creating a Thanksgiving card, or a "thank-you" card, because we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here in South Africa I chose to do the "thank-you" card instead!

HERE it is:

For my card I used a lovely image sponsored by BUGABOO STAMPS, isn't it too cute for words!! The sentiment is by ANNABELLE STAMPS.

For this card I used the latest sketch from LET'S SCRAP, here it is:

Please hop on over to Let's Scrap to see the lovely prize you could win for creating a card based on this sketch!!

So.... you have 2 weeks to created your card for our challenge over at Crafting for All Seasons, please check out the blog for more inspiration as well as details of the lovely prizes to be won. We can't wait to see what you come up with!!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Anita Be Stampin Blog Hop

Scroll down for The Stamping Boutique Blog Hop!!

It’s Anita Be Stampin Digi Release and Blog Hop day…so exciting!!! All of the new digi images are available NOW at Anita Be Stampin, and we are celebrating by having a blog hop filled with inspiration. Be sure to visit all of the stops on the blog hop today, because one lucky winner who comments on EVERY blog along the way will win the entire digi release. Gotta love that, it's an awesome prize!! :) So.... if you came from Lelia's blog, you are in the right place!! :)

Here are the samples I made for this fun blog hop!!



Thanks so much for stopping by today! The next stop on the hop is Tracy. Remember to leave a comment on every blog on the hop by Sunday, Nov. 13th at 12:01 am CST for your chance to win all of the ABS digi images released today. Here is the list of all of the stops on the hop today, just in case you get lost along the way:

ABS Challenge Blog





Rene’ - THAT'S ME!!!


ABS Challenge Blog

Happy hopping!

The Stamping Boutique Freestyle Blog Hop

This hop starts today, November 11th (12:01 am CST) and will run all weekend ending on Sunday, November 13th (11:59 pm CST) to allow you plenty of time to hop. Now with any hop there has to be some prizes along the way right? Well this hop is no exception!! You will want to make sure to visit each design team member's blog and leave a comment as each one will be giving away one TSB image!

If that isn't enough to entice you to hop with us, well maybe this will- 1 random person (who comments on all DT blogs and leaves a final comment on this blog) will be selected to win the entire set of our newest line of images called the Smoochies.HOLY MOLY, now that is a great prize as there are 11 images in the line currently!!! You can see the Smoochies HERE!

If you are just joining us now, you will want to head over to Christy's blog to start. If you've been hopping along, you'll have come from the lovely Ali's blog. She really is creative don't you think?!?!

Here is a card I have created with a The Stamping Boutique image:

They really do have the most gorgeous digi's in the shoppe don't you think?

So, you now need to head off to Jerusha's blog. I have known Jerusha for a long time, and she really is the sweetest gal around!!

Have fun hopping with us this weekend! :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

It's Let's Scrap sketch time!!

The latest sketch is up at Let's Scrap, and I can't tell you how much fun I had with this one!!

When I first looked at it, I thought it might be a bit finicky for me, but I was wrong, my page came together so quickly!! I am so pleased with the way this one turned out!!

I used lots of scraps on this page!! The alphabet letters are by Basic Grey and the circle journaling spot is by Heidi Swapp. I did the journaling on an old typewriter I bought on auction 2 weeks ago for R60.00, I love it!!

Here is the lovely double page sketch, I used the right hand side!

So.... don't delay, go and become a member over at Let's Scrap, it really is a fun, inspiring and friendly place to be!!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

I got great news!!!!!

I got a message today to tell me that I had been chosen as a new DT member over at Sketches in Thyme!!! I am so so happy, and am excited to be a part of this team.

You can see the announcement HERE!

Thanks for stopping by today. It is a SCORCHING hot day here in Dundee, South Africa, 37 Degrees Celsius, I feel like I might just melt!

See you back here tomorrow with the latest Let's Scrap sketch and my layout based on it!! :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

2 Recent Layouts

Hello. Just wanted to share 2 recent layouts I created for my older boys albums. Both pages are based on their recent athletics day, and their wonderful achievements!!

Here they are:

Words cannot express how proud I was of both my boys.

Both pages are based on a Let's Scrap sketch, here it is:

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you are having a wonderful weekend :)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

"Anything Goes" challenge with Anita Be Stampin

Hi All.

Just a quick post to tell you about the latest challenge over at Anita Be Stampin!! The challenge for this week is "Anything Goes"!!

Here is the card I came up with for this challenge:

I used the lovely "Willa" digi image for my card, she is available for purchase HERE.

So PLEASE play along with us. You just need to create a card with an Anita Be Stampin image, and you stand in-line for a great prize. For all the details visit the Anita Be Stampin Blog.

We can't wait to see what you create!!

P.S.!!!!! Anita Be Stampin are looking for a few more designers, check out the details HERE.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Anita Be Stampin's Challenges are Back!!!

And even better news than that, is that I am back on their DT!! I am so happy to be creating with Anita's gorgeous images again!!

Here is some info from Anita:

Happy Tuesday peeps! I hope you are all having a fabulous week! We are back from taking a break from challenges, and now we are beyond ready to start seeing your fabulous creations again. I missed you all!

Please note that there have been some slight changes to our challenge rules. Starting today, an Anita Be Stampin rubber stamp or digi image must be used as the focal point of your card if you’d like to participate in the challenge.

Our lovely design team members are featuring some our favorite Anita Be Stampin Halloween themed images today:

Broomhilda (available as a rubber stamp set and just released today as a digi image)
Frankenbride (available as a rubber stamp set and just released today as a digi image)
Tabitha (available as a digi image)
That’s right...two of our most popular images, Broomhilda and Frankenbride are now available in digi format. Woot woot! HERE is the link to the Anita Be Stampin Shoppe!

Sooooo…are you finally ready for Anita Be Stampin Challenge #25!?! I sure hope so, because we are ready to see your...

Spooky Halloween Themed Projects!

This week we are offering a bigger thank usual prize to one lucky participant, to celebrate that our challenges are starting back up and also to thank you for your patience during our break. So tell me, who would like to play along for a chance to win a…

$25 Anita Be Stampin Gift Certificate!?!

Gift certificates awarded as prizes are eligible for use towards the purchase of ABS rubber stamps or digi images only, and winners are selected randomly. For your chance to win create a new project using any Anita Be Stampin image (rubber or digi) based on the challenge, and provide a direct link to your entry below.

Don’t have any ABS images yet, but you want a chance to win? No worries! You can always join the Anita Be Stampin Papercraft Planet group where members have access to a free digi image.

Also, for a very limited time you can snag the Batty digi image absolutely FREE here. This cute bat image is perfect for this week’s challenge! ;)


Here is the card I created for this challenge:

I used the adorable TABITHA image for my card, I loved coloring her, it was great fun!!

So, you have until Monday, Oct. 31st at 8 pm CST (Halloween) to enter your card for this challenge. When you have completed your creation, link it up at the Anita Be Stampin Challenge Blog! We really hope you will play along with us!! Why don't you also become a Follower of the Challenge Blog, and tell your friends about us!! :)

See you soon :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Halloween or colors (purple, lime green, orange, and black)

Hi all. Hope you are having a great week so far!! I am back with the latest Crafting for All Seasons challenge. As my blog post title would indicate, the challenge is : Halloween or colors (purple, lime green, orange, and black)

This was a bit of a difficult one for me, because we don't really do Halloween here in South Africa, but luckily I had been given some Halloween paper, so at least had some goodies to work with, and the cute image I got to play with made the job even easier.

Here it is!!

I kept my card quite simple, and just let the paper and cute digi speak for themselves!!

The sponsors for this challenge are PINK CAT STUDIO (I got my image from them), and JUST SOME LINES.

We really hope you will play along with us, we have had some gorgeous entries for our last few challenges!! Why not check out the CRAFTING FOR ALL SEASONS BLOG for more details, and once there check out the rest of our DT girls stunning creations!! You have 2 weeks to create your card, can't wait to see what you come up with.

Keep well!!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

To the letter Monograms Challenge @ Anything Goes

Today I am posting my last card as GD for Anything Goes Challenge Blog!!

As the title of my post would indicate, the challenge for the next 2 weeks is "TO THE LETTER MONOGRAMS", here is the card I created for this challenge:

The Magnolia stamp I used on my card is called "Cool Edwin". Isn't he gorgeous.

The Craft Den stocks an extensive range of Magnolia stamps, as well as loads of other goodies, check it out HERE.

So, are you up to this challenge??? Of course you are!! When you have created your card link it up at the Anything Goes Challenge Blog, I can't wait to see what you come up with!

It was so much fun being a GD for Anything Goes!! I will be back tomorrow with my new card for the latest Crafting for All Seasons challenge, see you then!! :)