Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Blessings!

Wishing you all a Blessed Easter.
May the true meaning of Easter touch your heart and make a difference in your life.
Blessings and Hugz

Our Easter Bunny 2014!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Christmas Card Stash

Hello folks!

Every month in my card class, we get to make one Christmas card, one Birthday card and one "Occasions" card. I decided to do this as  we all had a mad rush on, to get Christmas cards out last year (and the year before!). This method helps keep the stock levels up and there is always a birthday that needs a card! 
I have several cards that I will share with you, but today it is this woven ribbon card's debut!

It was great fun doing this and whilst it is unlikely that I personally will be making too many like this, a couple for very special people is great to have ready to mail.

I used a Marianne die for the 'bauble' and Nellie Snellen Holly punch for the greenery. The ribbon has a fine gold edge that looks lovely woven. The Sentiment is a PTI stamp and the banner is from SSS.

The girls really enjoyed this, even though the weaving was a little fiddly, the end result made it so worthwhile. The ribbon could easily be replaced with Quilling Strips for a different look. I hope it inspires you to get going on your Christmas cards!

Thanks so much for stopping by and hopefully I'll be back on track - again - and will also get around to visit your blogs and say Hi!

Till next we chat, take care and God Bless!

Noah News! (Click on the page link above)

Monday, March 17, 2014

500th Post!

Hello my dear blog friends!

I cannot believe that this is my 500th blog post! I was totally shocked to find this out. Seems like yesterday I started blogging. It has been such an amazing experience. I have met so many wonderful people through my blog, made new friends, even without meeting in person, found out so much information, so generously and willingly shared and been able to share so much with you all. Thank you for your visits, very kind comments and staying with me, even through times of 'drought'!

Today I want to share a card I made for a dear friends 60th birthday. I was inspired by cards made by Debbie Stevens from 'paperpastimes'. I have long admired her lovely white on white, with a hint of color, cards. The many layers and the dimensions she creates really fascinate me. So, with browsing through all the Pinterest boards with her cards on them, I was inspired to make this card.

I used a the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities EG-002 Dots folder for the top layer. Each layer was backed with a soft Ivory board and the mats were cut using the amazing Perfect Layers Rulers. A cinch to mat with. The fancy oval is a Marianne die, with the 60 being cut with a Joy die. The sentiment is PTI.

Here is a close up of the flowers.

Stunning flowers from lovely blogger friends!

Of course pearls and ribbon finished it off. I was rather pleased with the card and will most certainly be using Debbie Stevens' work for 'inspiration' in the future.

Just to tell you that Noah is 1 month old today! Please click on the page "Gogo's Brag Book" above for a photo of the 'birthday' boy! We will be visiting him shortly for 10 days and I just can't wait to hold him!

Thanks so much for the visit. Have a wonderful week and hugz and God Bless!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Black & White Stripes

Hello my dear blogger friends! 

What a merry-go-round life is at the moment. Keeping horrific hours so that I can keep up with all my commitments. The spin off is that I love what I do, so I deal with the lack of sleep! 

I taught the first card in a class last month and everyone loved it! I have to say, it really is a stunner and such fun to make as well! Nothing beats black & white for it\s knock out ability and classy elegance.

The card below was the first card we made. I lay down the strips of paper on the diagonal and filled in from there.

Class Card
 The second card is where I played around a bit and decided to create 4 sections with the strips of paper. It changed the whole card! Totally amazing!

Playing around.....
I used a PTI stamp set and die set and just love the effect! 

These cards would make stunning Christmas Cards using traditional colors - I need to give it a go!

I will be posting news of Noah this weekend, so keep an eye open for the post! We will be travelling to Cape Town soon, to meet our darling and I promise lots of photo's to share with those interested. Don't forget, 'Gogo's Brag Book' tab at the top of the page will have photo's etc. of our Noah for all who are interested in sharing news of our special boy!

Take care 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Happy Heart

Hello dear friends! 

It has been a roller coaster ride these last two weeks since Noah's birth, with him returning to hospital into the NICU last Tuesday. He had lost 12% of his birth weight due not feeding well. He has trouble 'latching on', but also had jaundice and was very weak because of that. The good news is that he is now taking in a full feed and has almost regained all his birth weight. The Paediatrician says, if he continues to take a full feed, with weight gain, he may be allowed to return home tomorrow!
We have been so blessed with prayers being offered up from North to South Pole! Everybody we know has roped in friends and prayer groups all over the world and it is only by God's grace that our little boy is doing so well. His parents have been to hell and back almost every day, with hopes roaring with a full feed and hearts sinking with rejection. They have been remarkable in every way and can't wait to bring home their little man!
Out grateful thanks to everyone who offered prayers and love! God Bless you!

A couple of housekeeping points. I have been receiving so much spam that I have switched on 'Moderate'. Whilst it won't affect your comments, it does mean that they won't show immediately. If it does not slow it down, I may be forced to switch on 'Word 
Verification', which I know is a pain, but it beats the disgusting span I have to deal with, so please bare with me.

The second item, is that I will create a page for "Noah" and will post all my Granny Brags and Photos to that page, just in case you get bored with or don't visit my blog for baby updates, just the creations! I will put a little 'Noah News' on the front 'page' so those who are interested, know to look at the latest happenings. Sorry if I have bored some of you, it's just such a momentous happening in my life, I like to share it!

OK, here is a card that I taught a couple of weeks ago. Very apt given that I have this special person in my life now and he does indeed Make my Heart Happy! I used that wonderful Anna Griffin folder set called 'Ribbon Roses' and the Docrafts Heart Dies. Very simple card that the beginners thoroughly enjoyed. In fact, one young man who attended the lesson, went off and rounded up an order for 100 of these cards! I wish him luck in his new business!

Would be great for an engagement card as well!

This is made using the strip folder included in the set.

A digital sentiment.
Well folks, just to wish you a wonderful week, with lots of love and laughter! Remember to seize the moments that make you happy!


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Meet Noah Harley Roberts

I'm just beginning to grasp the fact that I am a Gogo (Zulu term for Granny!)

Born on 17th February at 1:07pm, to my darlings Neil and Carolyn in Cape Town, South Africa, Noah Harley Roberts made an early entry into this world, by 9 days! Perfect in every way - Thanks be to our amazing God!

Weighed in at 2,97 Kg's and 51cm tall, natural delivery by an awesome Mom, who stuck it out! Well done Caro. You are a special lady.
"OK, I'm fine.... stop prodding me...!"
A very supportive and loving husband and father to be, was present right from the first contraction, until he was kicked out late at night on that special day.
'I promise to always love you Dad'
He even took his shirt off so Noah could enjoy the skin contact. I will never ever forget this photo, of father and son making that special 'connection'. Noah knew his voice because Neil used to read Bible stories to him every night in the 'womb'. 
Does this photo not move you too?

" time for a nap - hard work drinking is"
"here we go again...more photo's..."
Oh Mom, you smell so nice I  could eat you...)

I have never seen so much happiness and joy on Caro's face since their wedding day!

Back home again, all dressed up in his Superman outfit!

"Guess I'd better call Gogo..."

"Gogo, where are you? answer your cell..."

"At last - Hello Gogo, It's me Noah......why you
It has been a truly emotional week for me. For all sorts of reason, we were unable to be with them at the birth, but have been so, so spoilt by the proud parents, with photo's and face time, every day. It has been amazing and except for being able to touch Noah and hold him, we have shared so much of him and his little milestones already, we feel truly blessed!

On the crafting front, I've been exceptionally busy with classes coming out of my ears. I do have lot's to share, but just to find time to edit photo's and do the blog posts. Will be up to speed soon....I hope!

I've missed you all and thank those who have 'checked up' on me. Bless you!
Enjoy your weekend and lots of hugz

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Spots & Glitter!

Hello all!

No, not shiny!!

It has been a slow start to my creative year, but I'm finding my feet, I am very pleased to say. I have done some class planning, for both home and away and have been chipping away, albeit slowly, at projects I am working on. My hubs and I have just started attending a Bible study group on Wednesday nights, so that eats into my schedule quite a bit, but I'm not complaining! It will work out. I start classes proper this week and have to get busy with cards, so I will have something to show you later in the week.

In the meantime, I'd like to share a very quick card I made prior to leaving for Cape Town. I had just received some awesome dies and really wanted to use one before my holiday. This is the card I made - no masterpiece, but CAS I think!

It really was a pleasure to put together with only two die cuts needed, which I cut out of black glittered foam sheets. Amazing the effect you get using these sheets. I need to thank my friend Ria for sharing this information! I also found this organza flower, already made up in my flower bottle, so added it with a clear rhinestone in the center and placed another above the 'i' in birthday. To balance the card, I used a cerise dot thingy (forgotten the name of these goodies - a touch of 'old timers' y'know) - ah! remembered - 'Dew Drops', at the end of Happy.
I think the happy die was from Papertrey, but could have been Simon Says Stamp, as I removed them from their packets and placed into my Artbin. The birthday die is a Britannia die from Johanna Sheen. Great selection of greetings in this elegant font available there.I do write the numbers on the back, but am just too tired now (11:45pm) to investigate, so do forgive me!

Do enjoy the rest of your weekend, wherever you may live and thanks so much for popping in. I do appreciate it!

Hugz and God Bless