Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WOYWW - School starts today!

Good morning everybody. It is very early over here on the first day of the new school year, so there is no telling how much time I will have to play and visit. One of my New Years resolutions is to make a concerted effort to make time for me and my creative endeavors this year. We will see if that will be possible, but I will die trying, because I really too strain last year from work, work, work and no play.
For al the WOYWWW visitors, I will try my best to visit as many of you as is humanly possible. Feeling very proud of myself because I got to visit and comment on everybody's blogs by Thursday last week.
 
 My desk is a mess, I was trying to do as much as I can, before school started. You will see my beloved Copics, some gold cardstock (I can not remember why I bought it, but its sooo pretty! LOL). one of my class files from Kit and Clowder and some works in progress. Actually, now that I look carefully, it really is not THAT bad, at least all signs of Christmas has been removed.
 This is one of the cards that I finished. This image reminds me of my granddaughter, Tertia-Lee and her violin, so this is a card I made for her to tell her just how proud I am of how Much time she puts into this passion of hers.
This silly photo was taken by my son. He grabbed my camera when he heard me complain that I have no photo to submit for my Design Team. Can you believe it? Obviously the selfie bug has not hit me yet. He followed me around for about half an hour and we were goofing around. Some of those 'model photo's' I will never be able to share in public, but this one made me smile.
Happy WOYWW!
For those of you starting a busy new school year, I feel your pain,.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Sweet 7 Designs Challenge #9 - Anything New

Happy New Year to all of you and welcome to the first challenge for the New Year over at Sweet 7 Designs. - this month the challenge is Anything new. We are honoured to be sponsored by Bugaboo stamps this year.
You can make a card for a new baby, new year, new job, new school year, anything new that takes your fancy. I decided to use Beautiful Fairy for my card.

 She really is beautiful and I loved colouring her. The crystal ball was coloured first and then given a layer of Diamond Stickles and then some Dimensional Glaze to make it look like a real crystal ball. Her wings were glitterified (is that even a word? LOL) too.
The background was woven with blue and purple ribbon from my stash. The flowers are from my stash too. I think the big one is a Prima one and the others from Wild Orchid Crafts.

These are the Copics I used for my image. This is my first time ever to be on a desin team and I am so honoured to be part of this talented group of ladies. Please stop by the Sweet 7 Design blog to meet the new design team and see all the wonderful creations by the team.
Looking forward to see your entries.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Saturated Canary GDT Call - A dream

In my classroom I always tell my girls: If your dream does not scare you, you are not dreaming big enough! I decided to follow my own advice and to apply for a position on the Saturated Canary GDT. Just typing that scares me, Why? Do you ask. Well, because for me it would be the hugest ever dream come true. Krista must be one of my all time favourite digi stamp designers. Her images are so amazing, I own more of them than I actually should and being able to be on the team!?  The ultimate in achieving a dream 



Thia is one of her newest stamps that are available as part of a bundle released to celebrate the new year. You can find them here. I coloured her with my beloved Copic markers. She was cut out with a circle die. The papers are gorgeous handmade papers from my stash. The ribbon is also from my stash and I have had it for a very long time, saving it for just the right image. 
As you can see, I kept the card fairly simple, because the image is so gorgeous, I did noy want anything to detract from it.
Wish me luck friends. If you don't try, you will never know.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

WOYWW - playing with abandon!

Good morning all! It is my last Wednesday of holidays so I am planning a lazy day playing with stuff. Not planning anything, just playing with whatever takes my fancy.  My desk is a little cleaner, but to my horror I noticed the Christmas wrapping paper only after I took the photo. My beloved opics are there because I was cleaning them and refilling before I started working on my classes.
 
 I bought a few (OK many!) classes from the very talented Alyce from Kit and Clowder. I am busy on the skin and hair class and hope to finish it before I go back to school. For those of you that are interested in learning how to use Copics, or any other colouring medium like pencils and distress ink, Alyce's classes are just amazing. What sets them apart from all other classes I have done, is Alyce and her personal involvement in your growth. She gives the most helpful and constructive feedback on each piece of work you upload. Even though I am Copic certified, I feel like I am only now starting to be truly confident. Sorry, blabbing a bit, moving on now.
 This is my work space, for now, watching the class videos and doing some colouring. My coffee is finished, time for a new one.
 I told you I was playing. Made my own chalkboard paint and tested it on wood, cardboard and glass. Works like a charm! Also marked my file with a vinyl sign cut with my Silhouette.
 Finally, I wanted to show you the lovely card I received from my online friend Janina who lives in Uitenhage. She sent a whole lot of awesome goodies too, but this card is just gorgeous, don't you think?
I hope you have all had an amazing week and don't forget to join in the worlds biggest blog hop over at Julia's

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

WOYWW - quite a bit, actually

Good morning all, on this last day of the old year my desk is busier than it has been for a long time. If you look carefully you will see that it is even doubling up as a place to dry my washing. It was raining here when I wanted to hang the last few things.  There are newspaper clippings from the Dutch newspapers about the time my daughter played in the Netherlands. She was quite the celebrity over there and over here at home, nobody knows her name unless they play water polo. LOL There is also some coloured images and an experiment with ribbon that might just make it onto a card before next year.
 
Thought I would show you the fruits of my holiday labours. I made a clock from a discarded piece of wood. Painted it white, stuck some vinyl on of the names of the whole family, painted over in Blue, peeled off the vinyl and it became this awesome clock that DH will (or will not ever) hang on the wall.

 Also made the quote hanging in my playroom. Followed the same process, just reversed the colours.
 Then, I thought I would show you the place that stole my heart. It is a small little village on the West Coast of South Africa, called Jacobsbaai. I would move there tomorrow. So peaceful, quiet and beautiful! Pity we have to actually work if we want to eat hey?
That's it from me folks, remember to visit our leader Julia and to join in our weekly hop from desk to desk accross the whole earth, It is so much fun, but be warned - it is highly addictive.
My wish for each and every one of you, is that you will have a healthy, happy and crafty New Year.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

WOYWW - having fun, listening to Christmas carols.

This is my desk today. My granddaughter plays violin with her teacher at a shopping centre. Mom and dad needed to go do some Christmas shopping and I am the only one left with enough patience to sit at a coffee shop for 4 hours while she plays. Lucky me!
It is so amazing to watch people's reaction when they walk past. They literally do a double take when they look and see that not only is it live music, but an 8 year old is playing like that. I am so proud of her, she has only been playing for about 6 months. Her teacher says that he has never come across such a young child with so much talent and passion for the violin. My dad is probably very happy in heaven, he used to play the violin and mom was an opera singer, sadly none of their kids or grandchildren showed any interest. As part of our school's curriculum all our grade 2's get to plat violin for a term and from the very first day Tertia-Lee walked into that class, that was all she could talk about. 
I am off on holiday in two days an will only be back on the 29th, so I wish you all a very blessed Christmas.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WOYWW -The big clean up!

Good morning all the wonderful WOYWWers, I have missed being a part of this wonderful creative community. Nearly had heart failure when I realised my last post was early October. How did that happen? 
 

As you can see, there is absolutely NOTHING on my workdesk! Do not be fooled, it is all on the floor and on any other flat surface in my craftroom. I am busy washing the tablecloths and having a big clean up. It is taking way longer than expected, because I am finding all this cool stuff that I forgot I had and DH is on leave, so I am being called every 5 minutes! Honey, where are you? Come an sit here, you know the story.

 I have been doing some crafting (I would go mad otherwise!!) I am colouring a lot with my Copic markers. The card above uses an image by Mitzi from Aurora Wings. I just love her work and own most of her digi stamps.
The next card is an image from Tiddly Inks and I coloured her following a class by the wonderful and talented Alyce Keegan. She has the most amazing classes on her site Kit and Clowder. Even though I have done classes and am Copic certified, I have learned so much from her and the facebook group for Kit and Clowder is one of the few where there never is any drama, just encouragement and lots and lots of fun.
I hope you all have an awesome week and those that are on holiday like me, don't work too hatd!