Thursday, December 22, 2011

Some scrapbooking pages

I actually found some time to do two layouts again. I have missed my scrapbooking, but somehow I get home after work, sit down in front of the TV with my dinner, and then 'lights out'!!! Caleb normally wakes me up by jumping onto me, and then I trundle round the house, switch off lights etc etc, and just fall into bed.  Anyway, the energy is back and here are two layouts I made for Lets Scrap competitions. The Christmas lights actually won the draw for that week (yippeee, can't wait for my prize!), and the one of my grandson has only just been entered.











This one I titled "Danville Lights" because the photos are of my daughter and her family visiting the Danville Christmas light display in 2010, in Pretoria. These lights are put up every year to raise funds for destitute families in the neighbourhood. The tree on the left was made from a template HERE, and the smaller tree was from a tutorial on Lets Scrap. I also used a sketch from Lets Scrap.






















This was actually quite a fun page to make up. I used a template from Lets Scrap, and the challenge#125 requirements to 'use a song' as the title. John Lennon;s Beautiful Boy just fitted in with these photos of my grandson during his surgery to correct the protruding ears. I purposefully chose the background papers to match a clinical/medical environment with white, greens and blues.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Winter Fun Blog Hop

 CLOSED ! !
 Thanks to everyone who played in this Patties Creations Blog Hop - it was FUN to meet new faces and visit other blogs!! Pattie will be announcing the winners on the challenge blog on Tuesday 20th so pop on over THERE to see if you are one of the winners.

I have chosen the winner of my blog's give-away image. However as only 2 comments followed the requirements for my blog, I have decided to award BOTH of them the prize, so JEN and THERESA, I will be sending you the christmas tree image via email. Congratulations, and thanks for hopping!

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It's TIME!!!! Welcome to our Winter Fun Blog Hop. Patties Creations is running a Blog Hop from 16-18 December 2011, so hop on in and stand a chance of winning some of the MANY prizes from our sponsors and from some of our DT! I am also giving away a prize from my blog. Because there are so many prizes, this is a loooong post, so make sure you read AAALLL the instructions!

What do you need to do?
READ CAREFULLY AS I HAVE AN ADDED REQUIREMENT FOR MY PRIZE
1. You MUST be a follower of ALL the blogs in this hop, including mine.
2. Leave a comment with an email so we can reach you if you are a winner. Plus, mention that you have joined this blog.
So, what can you WIN WIN WIN (obviously the important question!)??
One winner will receive 3 images of your choice from Stef H of Glitterbabe

One winner will receive 3 images from DigiStamps4Joy.

One winner will receive 3 images from Nina of Paper Cupcakes.

The prizes haven't finished yet!!!!!

One winner will receive a Prize PACK of 7 images or a $21 value from Bugaboo Stamps.
One winner will receive $20 worth of images from our host ... Patties Creations!!


One winner will receive a $10 gift voucher from Dude Time Doodles

And FINAAAAALLLY ... I am giving away this image to a randomly drawn winner (if you meet all the criteria of course!). If you want this image, follow instructions 1 and 2 above, then also let me know in a short line - what you are doing for Christmas this year. Easy hey? So here is the image I am giving away to one lucky soul.
Here is MY card for the Hop, made with Patties' image called "Allie-Toboggan" - a circular stepper card.
NOW that your appetite is sufficiently stimulated, here are the details of the HOP.....

If you started on my blog, just carry on down the line and you'll reach everyone.

Margy (that's me, so you are HERE now)
Melody (your NEXT stop)

Make sure you check each blog's requirements as some DT might require additional info.

The Hop will end at 1 P.M. (Central Standard Time) on Sunday, December 18th, and the winners will be announced on Tuesday, December 20th sometime in the afternoon.  Our DT will have their own winners posted on their blogs!

HA V E   F U N ! ! !

Friday, November 25, 2011

Snowglobe Christmas card

Pattie's Creations current challenge, with the theme of "Christmas", is just in time for you to make all those Christmas cards! I'm hopeless with getting these done on time, and each year - after realising I am too late - I make a new resolution that 'next year' I will start earlier! mmmm no comment. BUT I've made a few now, including one for Patties' Creations Challenge #34, and with all the super images in her SHOP, it is very easy to take part in this challenge! So head on over to her BLOG and enter your card as we'd love to see what you have made, and you could win the prize to boot!!!
 
Ok, now for my card as part of the DT.... I used two images this time, the Cottage Snowglobe and one of the sentiments in the Xmas Sentiments set. I fell in love with the snowglobe image as I just KNEW that I could add BLING, more BLING, and then some more BLING!! Sorry, did I mention I love bling?

I wanted to make a raised plastic dome to fit around the circular edge of the stamp to create the illusion of the globe, but eventhough I tried REALLY hard to make my own moulded plastic globe, I just could not get one edge to follow my lead, so gave up after turfing 4 sheets of acetate into the bin!  Instead I converted the image into a 'shaker/easel' card, and if you look carefully you will see silver snowflakes scattered over the image, and under the flat acetate cover. I coloured with Copic pens and added lots and lots of glitter glue. Blue is not one of the traditional Christmas colours, but it works well with all the snow! The roses may seem 'out' yet my Lord Jesus is the "Rose of Sharon" and we are celebrating His birth at this time, and these roses are white as a symbol of purity.

Head on over to Pattie's Creations and see what the other DT members have put together!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Meet me 'online'

This digistamp was inspired by my new little 'kitty' called Caleb, who is like my shadow! If he is asleep near me and I get up, he wakes up and follows me, then lies down as close as possible to me. He has also developed the habit of lying behind my keyboard while I'm typing, and while this may be fine now, he certainly won't fit in that space in 6 months time! Anyway, I coudn't resist taking this photo, designing a digistamp from it, and making a card!!


Friday, November 11, 2011

Patties Creations Challenge #33 - Birthdays or Thanksgiving

Pattie's Creations challenge #33 is now active, with the theme of "Birthdays or Thanksgiving", and with all the super images in her SHOP, it is very easy to take part in this challenge! So head on over to her BLOG and enter your card as we'd love to see what you have done with the Patties Creation images! Ok, now for my card as part of the DT.... I used the Pocket Watch image, as I needed a card for my daughter's birthday coming up soon, and, as she loves everything vintage, I thought this image was perfect!




















My bride

I agreed to let members have my winning bride image if they completed 5 cards from 5 different images on the CDAC Progressive Challenge #6. Soooooo, as I have also made 5 cards from 5 different images, I suppose I also qualify . Here is my card made with the bride image.

Country barn

My 5th card for the CDAC Progressive Challenge #6. What an unusual image, this time from Ginger Loft . I have never used a 'scenic' digistamp before, so I actually enjoyed colouring this one with my watercolour pencils, as it felt as if I was painting! Thanks for the super image, and here is my card. Plain, no fuss, no bling (mmmm), but a super end result.

Christmas candles

My 4th entry for the CDAC Progressive Challenge #6. This image is from Daisy Doodles, and because it is such a lovely image, I thought it would be best to keep the card SIMPLE, so after colouring in the image with my Copics, I only added some gold rub-on borders! I love this card.

I didn't forget!

My 3rd entry for the CDAC Progressive Challenge #6. The image I used is from Inked Treasures, and isn't this ellie just gorgeous? I coloured her in with Copics, added glitter to the bags, pasted her onto a Nestabilitiy die-cut scalloped circle, then added a few additional embellishments.

I love winter time

No, "I" do not love winter time, but this cute bear certainly does! My second entry for the CDAC Progressive Challenge #6. This gorgeous image is from Designed 2 Delight and as this image lends itself to lots of bling, guess what, I used LOTS of bling!!! Even the MS punched lace border is covered with a clear glitter.

Reach for the Stars

My first entry for the CDAC Progressive Challenge #6. The cute image is from Ellephantastic.This image is perfect for little boys cards, but I just saw a message to anyone about reaching for your dreams! I used my new MS all-over-the-page punch for the stars, and pasted a very shiny silver paper behind. Image was coloured in with Copics, and sentiment designed on the computer.














Monday, November 07, 2011

Flea market time

My sister and I decided to try our hand at a flea market again. She brought her scrapbooking items, scarves, and embroidered items, and I had my cards and necklaces. It took us ages to set up the little room (we are not experts at this yet!), but I think the end result was really cosy.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Patties Creations Challenge

This is my first card for the DT of Pattie's Creations, and I am absolutely loving her digis!!! The theme for this challenge is halloween or autumn colours, and at my suggestion, Pattie drew this oh so GORGUSS image of a Great Dane dog. I have owned 4 of these amazing dogs already (still have 2), and will never own another breed of dog!!!! So when I saw this stunning image I knew this would be my card for this challenge.















I printed our 2 images (reversing one), and coloured both in with Copics and coloured pencils. Yes, this is what my current GDs look like! Then I thought, if this was autumn in South Africa, both of them would be chasing the falling leaves around, so punched out a whole pile of leaves from different coloured cardstock, then glued them into a 'pile' on the card. Don't these 2 just look so mischevious, almost as if they are saying "who me??". Thanks Pattie for this great image, and if you want to buy it, head over to her SHOP.
BUUUUUT don't forget, you can enter the latest challenge on the BLOG as well! We'd love to see what you have done with the Patties Creation images!
Woof woof for now.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Angel Bear

This is my third entry for the CDAC Progressive Challenge #5 and I used the 'cool spectrum' of the colour wheel with the blue. I used this cute image from Just Some Lines, then went a little 'mad', and I suspect it may have something to do with this awful heat wave we are experiencing here in Pretoria!! After colouring in the cute bear with my watercolour pencils, I thought he/she would look cute on some airy-fairy blue chiffon. Well, I had a piece of this blue chiffon with a gold tinge, pulled out threads to fray the edges, gathered the bottom edge, and glued it down to the card. Yes I agree, a little out-of-the-box, but the card looks really cute in real life!

Phooka Christmas Tags

My second entry for the CDAC Progressive Challenge #5, and I decided these super little digis from Digis by Phooka would look nice on Christmas tags! I cut 6 x tags (3 red, 3 green) with my Slice machine, cut a smaller white tag, coloured in the Phooka images, glued these onto the tag, then added some silver and gold glitter glue. Then, because I thought it might just make a nice little gift, I made a pocket out of red and green card, and put the 6 images inside this.


Gingerbread Girl

The first card entry for the CDAC Progressive Challenge number 5,and I used the lovely digistamp from SSSB Designs . Basically I used almost everything from my stash, including that gorgeous butterfly ribbon!





















Wednesday, October 26, 2011

BRIDE digistamp

I decided to enter the CDAC Digital Drawing Challenge again with the theme "Sparkle, Twinkle or Shine", and thought what better than a bride's sparkly wedding gown! So here is my image. I will make a card up soon to show what the end result could be.





















An Update (1 Nov.2011) ...... I won FIRST place with this digi for the non-professional category!!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Guest Designer for Nettie G's Digital Gems

I was honoured to be asked to be the Guest Designer for Nettie G's Digital Gems latest challenge on her blog called .... "anything but a rectangle". I used this absolutely gorgeous GORGUSS image from her shop called "Oreo under the Tree", and made the card into a 'hexagonal plate and stand card'. So, here it is...





















This digistamp of course lends itself to LOTS and LOTS of bling to match the Christmas theme, so all the little twinkling lights on the tree, as well as the baubles were glittered up!! Oreo was coloured with water colour pencils. I punched out  a whole pile (well it seemed like it anyway) of red flowers for the border, and various green leaves to fill up empty spaces. Gems were then added to the centre of each flower.

3rd place scrapbook win

PTL, I won 3rd place in my first ever official scrapbooking competition! And what makes this even more wonderful is that I really didn't think I stood a chance against all the stunning and professional entries! Remember my post about my "moment-in-time in Kenya"? Well it was this layout that won the prize. So I'm currently jumping up and down with glee!  A BIG thank you to Donnallee of Fruitful Hands who arranged this competition, and if you'd like to see ALL the entries, go to their Facebook page.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Beste Wense

The third card entry for the CDAC Progressive Challenge. The colour theme I used this time is blue, silver, and white, with a little dusty beige added in. I mounted the image onto a darker blue cardstock, then onto a die cut circle shape cut out of silver paper. Flat pearls and flowers were added for embellishment.