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Hi, I'm Debbie and welcome to my blog. I'm a mom to two amazing kids, and wife to a wonderful Husband. I thrive on being creative - thanks to my incredible Mom. She is talented in so many areas; she taught me to sew, enjoy baking and creating from experiences. I enjoy many forms of creativity: Graphic design (my newest venture), sewing, paper crafting and even cake decorating. I am constantly evolving and thus, an avid Pinner! The world and its array of wonderful people, will forever be inspiration. I hope you find something here that will inspire you to find your inner creativity. I love to learn new things and hear about my readers. Please leave a comment if a post has inspired you or just made you smile.

Friday, 14 December 2012

Card making - some Christmas cards

Just a quick post of some cards I made for Christmas card class. Quick and simple - MFT fist tail flag stax and well worn greetings dies and MFT Seasonal sentiments. Paper was from my hoard.....


Used lots of bling and stickles to finish them off!

Take care.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Feather Wreath

It was our card class Christmas class on Saturday. Every year we pull a name from the hat and make that person a gift for Christmas. This year I pulled Amanda, our teacher. It is always a bit daunting having to create something for the teacher - HRH always has amazing ideas!

Being obsessed a fan of Pinterest, I have pinned numerous Wreaths and decided that I would make this as my gift. There are just SO MANY wreath ideas; I really battled to pin down an idea.
Amanda is a girlie-girl, queen of bling and all things fabulous. Feathers seemed to fit this fun, flirty and fabulous lady so I set about making a feather wreath.

Thanks to Pinterest I had a good idea of what would make a quick and easy wreath.

1 x pool noodle
strong tape (I used what we call Gaffer tape)
2 x feather boa's
white plush fabric
MFT loopy bloom die
Diamante corsage pins
lace fabric
glue gun
Ribbon for hanging loop

Step 1 - decide on size of wreath and cut accordingly. Secure ends together with gaffer tape

Step 2 - cover with plush fabric to hide the noodle. I used the glue gun as I went to stick the fabric to the noodle. I left a flap open so I could insert the beginning of the feather boa.
Step 3 - start to wind the feather boa around the wreath. I only glued the ends down. I used 2 boas for my wreath. I can't remember the size as I forgot to measure it, but it was large. The boa's were 1.8m in length each.
Step 4 - cut the lace into strips and tie randomly around the wreath.

Step 5 - cut 5 felt flowers with the MFT loopy bloom and glue. Attach to the wreath with the Diamante corsage pins.
Step 6 - tie ribbon at top for the hanging loop.

For the wrapping, I made a large envelope from brown Kraft wrap. I cut 3 x cuttle bug snowflakes and the Sizzix large A. All were glittered and then attached. Satin ribbon finishes the look.

Amanda was rather happy with her gift and I totally LOVED making it! Hmm - will have to make some more......
Take care!

Monday, 10 December 2012

Smocking - V's new outfit

Just had to add a few pics of the latest creation from my Mom. She smocked this beautiful dress with matching "bloomers".

The detailing is so delicate - the buttons even have rose buds embroidered in them!

Lucky girl - Thanks MOM! Love you

You can just see the rosebuds on the frill of the bloomers.

V loved having her photo taken - future cover girl!

Friday, 30 November 2012

Card making and paper craft - 50th birthdays

Last Saturday we went to a combined 50th birthday for friends of ours. Sharon and I had worked together at Ackermans and Alison was in our book club.

We had made a beautiful shoe in a box at card class a while ago, so decided to use it for the packaging of Sharon's gift. She has decided she wants to join the wonderful world of card making and paper crafting, so I gave her money towards a cutting machine.

Her card was stamped with an old Stamps Happen stamp - Vogue silhouette. I should have used finer glitter and coloured in the dress black, but kinda like the "transparent" glimmer it has!

Everything went into the box which was tied with an organza ribbon.
For Alison, I mad a little bag for her Pamper gift voucher. It is the Sizzix die - Bag Favour.

Alison's card was glitter-embossed with an old Inkadinkado dress.
The flourish, circle strip, numbers and letters are all Die-namic dies from My Favourite Things.
I had fun in my craft room, but it was a 2am ended up being a bit of a party pooper! O and V were up by 5:30am, so I would never had made another 2am stint.

Thanks gals - your party was fab and I hope you enjoyed the gifts and cards.

Take care all

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Disney Cars Birthday Cake

O turned 3 in October. He LOVES cars and when I asked what he wanted for his birthday party, Cars was his immediate answer.

I decided against making his cake in the shape of a car, but played "Suga-dough" instead (my version of play-dough!).
I was supposed to make Sally and Mater too, but thought lightening was cute by himself! 
Luckily you can get the printed images, so that finished off the cake nicely.

 A happy little guy - couldn't believe he could eat Lightning!

A fun day was had by all.
Hope you are keeping well. Take care and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Lizzy's Owl doorstop and card

It has been ages since I sat in front of my sewing machine. Once I sat down and got into the groove again, I really enjoyed it! V's Godmother's Lizzy is turning 2 tomorrow. I decided to make her an owl door stop. I googled owl patterns on the web and found this fantastic free pattern

I had to make an inner owl out of Calico and then adjusted the pattern (bigger) to make the outer owl. I used some lovely 100% cotton.
The eyes, feet and beak are felt. I used my Die-namics flower die for the flowers and used the be-dazzler for the rhinestone centres.

On the backside I die cut a heart and then used my pinking shears for the edges.
For the card, I used my Sizzix - Owl 2 and the stamp is part of the Stampin up Aviary set. The owl would have looked heaps better if I had inked the edges, but time was running out so......
Luckily I had received this cute Owl gift bag with a gift for V, so it is being re-cycled for Lizzy. Must admit I do LOVE the bag...............

Hope Lizzy likes it!

Take care all. I will post the cake I made for O's 3rd birthday soon.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Card making - 3D time for tea

Hi there. We had card class on Saturday a while back and made some lovely 3D things. The cutest was this teapot and cup card. Amanda had pre-cut these on her silhouette, so it was just a matter of pasting all together.

The tea pot opens at the top and you can put some yummy cookies or different types of tea bags. The teabag in the cup comes out.

Amanda has recently bought the Cameo and is very happy with it. I will have to wait till we have settled in the UK and then look into one! Do you have an electric cutting machine? Which one did you buy and why?

So it has been all systems go the past few weeks. I have been gardening, painting and de-cluttering so we could put the house on the market. I am currently busy with O's birthday party which is this weekend and then have to make an owl doorstop for a birthday present next weekend. Perhaps one day I can go into my craft room and play.....sigh.......
Have a great week

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Cake decorating - Cross for a Christening

Hi there. Just a quick post today of a cake I made for a Christening. Theme was butterflies and flowers." Inseening" is Afrikaans for Christening.

Have a great day and thank for stopping by....

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Card making - Baby cards

We seem to be welcoming so many precious, new babies into this world at the moment. Our little angel in Jan, 1 in April, 2 in June and 1 in July and another friend expecting September. 

I had to make some very quick cards. Here are two I made - same theme, different colours.

The people die is from My Favourite things and the scalloped circle is my bestest Stampin Up punch. The sentiment is from stampin up. I have no idea where the paper is from though - collect it over the years and often cut to square and A6 as soon as I buy it.
The photo's are not the greatest - need to sort out a proper light studio. Perhaps when we are finally settled in the UK, my dream craft room will be a reality??
Have a great day.....

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Card Making - Tucker and toad stool

It's Micaela's 2nd birthday this week and I have just received my Purple onion designs stamps that I had ordered. They arrived very quickly for SA standards - 9 days from posting in the US to my post office. Was very happy  - patience is not my virtue.
 I bought the Sunny Blooms, Toad stool and Tucker. They are Stacey Yacula's designs....

I used a large postal tag and sprayed it with 3 colours of Ranger Dylusions - Lemon Zest, Bubblegum Pink and Fresh Lime. The toad stool and Tucker snail were stamped with brilliance graphite black. I folded the tag a little so it would fit on the A5 card and used bright pink staples to secure. The sentiment is from My Favourite Things - you take the cake.

A card would not be complete without stickles and 3 diamond blings.
Thanks for stopping by....