Sunday, December 19, 2010

Calendar: September to December

I just went wild with the stickers....

The glitter paper for the star was lost in my studio.... I searched for 3 days!
Well I think it works well. And off course.. I had to do bling on bling!!

This will be our last post until Christmas, be will be taking a bit of a break.
For those of you who will be staying home and have time to be creative,
 I hope we have given you enough to keep you busy.

Happy Christmas to all of you, may your Holidays be blessed.
Love Elna and Benice

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Calendar: May to August

Sometimes it I find it difficult to explain what is happening on the photographs that I take of my work, so just have a look and enjoy and if you have any questions, feel free to email and ask me.

These pages are 6"x6" and the calendar part will go on the back of each page.
Remember that January won't have anything behind it.

The flower was made of cotton ribbon which I hand stamped and then twisted, so it can form a rose.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Calendar for 2011. January to April

Yes! Time for something different.

My 7 Gypsy Calendar For 2011.

This class was also done in 3 hours. So I had to keep it simple.
The sticker sheet that I used, made things really easy. 

As you can see, I am into my sewing machine,
sewing paper and ribbon to add an extra touch.
All the sewing was done before hand.

Of course I had to use the Tim Holtz Die.
The paper is from the Venice range and the sticker sheet is called
"N  is for Nest".

Monday, December 13, 2010

The last Christmas Cards

It always is a challenge preparing for a class. These cards, plus the four from the previous entry, had to be done in 3 hours. We made 8 cards in three hours. So the cards cannot be to difficult, but it must be interesting and the girls must always learn something. That is why I like working with double sided paper from one range, they do all the thinking! Colours, patterns, embellishments and more. I just add card stock, ribbon and a few extras, and... Voila!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

More cards for Christmas

 We started our blog in March this year and I haven't shared these cards with you. Maybe you still have some paper left and need some ideas, so get going, time is running out.
All of these cards were done during one class.

I really enjoyed making these cards and using The Making Memories paper.
I still think the paper is stunning.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Christmas Cards Inspiration Station

Here are a few ideas if you are in need of some inspiration when making Christmas Cards.

The papers are from Making Memories and are "so from last year", but I'm sure the recipients won't even notice!?

Some of the sentiments on the cards may be foreign to our overseas followers - it is in Afrikaans, one of South Africa's 11 national languages...

The beauty of brands like Making Memories, is that they do most of the thinking for you - the paper, embellishments and trims all compliment each other.  All you have to do, is choose one (or more) for the card you are working on.

Hope this helps in making your weekend a creative one!?

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Another 10 Quick Christmas Cards

Here are a few more ideas for 10 quick Christmas Cards...
Card measures 6"x6"

Top card measures 6"x4"
Bottom cards measure 4"x4"

Top left card measures 6"x6", top right card measures 4"x6"
Bottom cards measure 4"x6"

Both cards measure 6"x6"

I've used some of my old Daisy D papers, rub-ons and a few other things from my stash!?
Happy creating!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Memories of a Princess

I am so pleased!!

One of my "creations" was published in the latest issue of theBeadBook, a local (South African) magazine.

It is a recycled tin that I've transformed into a necklace, measuring about 1"x3".

For the benefit of our overseas followers, we will post detailed instructions once their next issue is on the shelves...

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas 2009 ATC Swap

I've mentioned in my previous post of 27 November 2010, that Elna and I participated in an ATC swap last year.

Here are the five participating artists
Elna, Ilsé, Val, Claudene & Benice

The theme was an Advent Calendar and we divided the 25 days amongst the five of us, which meant that we all had to make 5 "copies" of 5 different ATCs - 125 ACTs in total!!

I also made a "cover" for each of the girls, using wooden angels that I've been saving for a special occasion, making it a total of 130 ATCs!?

The idea for this project came from a project on the 7Gypsies site and was designed by Sande Krieger.  The girls were each given a parcel with all the "ingredients" needed for the 5 ACTs that they had to make, but could still decide if they wanted to stick to Sande's original layout, or make up their own...

"Cover" and ATCs 1 - 4

ATCs  3 - 7

ATCs 8 - 12

ATCs 13 - 17

ATCs 18 - 21

ATCs 22 - 25

Needless to say, we had a "tea" party with strawberry daiquiris and cupcakes to swap out our cards...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

New Banner

Our regular visitors will notice that we have a new banner!?

The photo was taken in November 2009 when Elna and I participated in an ATC swap with three other friends - Claudene, Ilsé and Val.  We each made 25 (5x5)  ATCs and used a 7Gypsies ATC carousel to display them.

A detailed post on the swap will follow soon...

Friday, November 26, 2010

Card Board Cookies

Yes, That is what they taste like! That was the third batch that I baked.....because I am baking for the holidays and I want lots of cookies, I try different recipes. This one a DISAAStA!
My husband and the dog loves the cookies... maybe because they helped to bake them?
Sunday night we will be baking again, yes, if you fail, try and try again... until you sucseed?!!?
So, no photo this time, maybe on Monday.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Remember to start baking!
That is me talking to myself for the last 5 or more years, yes, that is how long ago I last baked cookies for the holidays. Well look at this, I am so proud of myself and I can't believe that it wasn't that much trouble.

This baking episode took place one Saturday afternoon, and then on Sunday night I wanted to bake
Outydse Soetkoekies.............. That turned out to be much more work, but when you hear that they are much better than the ones from our Home Industry Shop, then you smile and start thinking that it is worth the trouble. But they are already disappearing from the tin ... and I am also guilty. So, come Sunday night, I will have to start baking again.
But with a little help from hubby... it will be done.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Upcoming classes

We have a number of exciting classes scheduled until the end of the year...

The first is a 2011 Calendar project where we will be using the Basic Grey "Basics" range to create a 24-page "album" to display on the Display it All Bind-it-all Stand.

All materials needed to complete the project will be provided (excluding any glues).

Click here to reserve your spot.

On 20 November both Elna & I will be teaching the very popular "Altered Tekkies" class at two separate venues.

To attend Elna's class in Queenswood (Pretoria), contact
Linda at Carrots Crafters
on (012) 333 3787

To attend Benice's class in Menlyn (Pretoria), contact
Helena at Mica Menlyn on (012) 348 6095

We look forward to seeing you at these events!!