Monday, August 30, 2010

Can they get more Gorgeous?

Benice send me photo's of her tekkies and I don't think they can get more gorgeous than this.
These are colourful and very inspiring.

The Tekkie Time Class will also be held at Benice's studio at the
28 September 2010.
So now you have three dates to choose from.

So girls now is your chance to have diamonds on the soles of your shoes and

flowers on the heels and some polkadot laces!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

It's Tekkie Time

For me it is time to do some spring cleaning to get rid of the dust that the August winds brought. Cupboards and curtains and carpets. 
Very often during this process I find myself wandering off to the studio
 to go and fiddle with something, or to do some cleaning or tidying there.
And then off again to paint my toenails, so they can look good in my sandals (or to plan the next class.)

Here is a preview of what we will be doing during the next class. 
These are not quite finished,
but it gives you an idea of what will happen during the tekkie transformation process! 

What to bring:
 Please bring a pair of cheap cotton canvas tekkies.
An apron and a smile.
We will be using serviette/napkin pictures, you are welcome to bring you own.
A pair of gloves  (optional)
A newsletter will be send out soon with class details and prices.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

How to make a frame with your Spellbinders Nestabilities

We celebrated Women's day by enjoying a morning at
Irene Country Lodge, making a mini album with paper from
Webster's Paper and having a wonderful brunch before returning home.
I decided to make these cards from the same paper and make
 them not to difficult.
  Use any of the 6x6" Webster's paper for these cards and
the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Nine.

Even if you are a beginner, you can try this.
Cut your cream card stock 6"x12", score and fold.
Measure and cut the coloured card stock just smaller than the cream one.

Take your pattered paper and measure in the same way.
Cut and put together with double sided tape.

I used my Cuttlebug to cut the frames for the cards.
The trick is to stick down some double sided tape onto your
C plate and position the two frames (no: 3&4) inside one another, 
precisely with even spaces around them.
(If any tape is exposed to the paper, get rid of the tackiness by touching
the tape until it is safe to put your paper down.)
Put your paper, face down onto the die, then the B plate on top, and cut.
Then again, cut one no: 3 and one no: 4 label.
* Never lift your paper straight off the plate, rather give
it a twist to remove it safely from the plate and the tape.

The larger label will be used as the basis. The smaller one can be
stamped with a sentiment and placed in the centre. Take the
frame and put some foam squares at the back, adhere
to the basis and there you go!

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

TRI Shutter Card

The "support group for stampers" that I belong to, had its quarterly meeting a while ago, and all members had to make a TRI Shutter Card with "Flowers" as the theme...  You will find instructions on Bonnie Szwalkiewicz' blog.

The winning card was made by Susan Nel.  Please go check out her blog if you want to see it "up close and personal"...

My card (made with lots of creative inputs from Elna) came joint third.

I've used my favourite Webster's Pages papers, Spellbinders Nestabilities and some "Doily Lace".

To go with the flower theme, I've also added some silk roses...

Thank you for visiting and hope you have a creative week!!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Mixed Media Mania Greeting Cards

I was very fortunate to teach at the In2Crafts workshops from 30 July to 1 August.

Here are the details of the project as promised...

We used the Martha Stewart Scoring Board when we made the box.

Add small beads to any ordinary paper-clip to jazz it up!

Use wide double-sided tape to adhere clip art to a microscope slide before adding to a greeting card.  The images are from Shabby Cottage Studio - I just love Gail's stuff!!

For this card we've used images from paper serviettes (napkins) and a painted canvas heart.

Rouge a paper doily and add circles cut out of quilting fabric with your die-cutting machine  to add a real shabby chic feel to your card.

Metal tape bought from your local hardware store looks great when embossed.  Use drywall  tape (Rhino Tape) to add texture to the background.

Thank you for stopping by and Happy Women's Day to all my South African friends!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Through my eyes

Sometimes we need to take stock to see what we are all about. We are so busy and sometimes we don't think we matter much to other people.
Ouma San, my grandmother came to my wedding when she was 88. My grandfather had already passed away. She flew for the first time and said that the aeroplane was a bit slow. She washed her hair with Body and Bounce so she could look good the day of the wedding. She was 30 years older than my mom. My mom was 58 and I was 28 when I got married.
Every December we went to visit Ouma San and Oupa Pieter in Stellenbosch, at least for two weeks each time. Me and my two sisters kept ourselves busy by helping my grandfather on the farm, eating pine kernels and watching him feed the doves every afternoon at five. I remember the smell in the garage the smell in the pantry, the lights at Christmas and visiting relatives, but I can't remember much about my grandmother as a person. What was her likes and dislikes, what colour did she like and what was her favourite food? So I had all these questions about her, and then I decided to make an album about myself. So if someone one day misses me or wants to know more about me.... they can have a look at this album to remember me.

The title of the album is: Through my eyes. There are only three photographs in the album. One of me and my little Vlooi, the Jack Russel. One of my favourite wall in the house, where I've put up a few things that I really like and then the cover photo. This photo was edited in Photoshop and printed on a transparency, so that you can 'see' my life through my eyes.

I took out this album the other day when someone asked me if I am a "label girl."
My answer was: No, not really. But I think I am an undercover label queen, because when I was busy making this album I decided to use all the labels that I never wanted to throw away. There was so many that I could even tie them to the ring binders. I made pockets to keep extra stuff, added extra pages and made envelopes to keep secrets.

So what I really want to say is,
Scrap yourselves girls, you are special and someone, one day, will wonder about you.
Have a wonderful day.