Thursday, October 30, 2008

Madhatter's Tea Party

As a kid, Alice in Wonderland was my favourite story. Now I have to tell you half a century ago you got 3 kinds of kids - good, naughty and impossible. Well I fell into that impossible category. I didn't sleep, threw tantrums and was a downright nasty piece of work, but one way to calm me down was either to dance with me or read me Alice in Wonderland. Today of course they would say you're hyperactive or have ADD or a combination of both ADHD.

I don't stay very far from work, but with peak hour traffic a 10 minute trip turns into an hour or more trip and while I sit in that mess I either design in my head or plan what I'm going to blog about. I was sitting there in my car and thought that KIM's birthday week reminds me of my favourite storybook.

Like the Chesire Cat, Kim reveals a bit of her bags every day, like the doll house, you get huge bags of goodies for "tiny" prices and like the Queen of Hearts there's 45% OFF her entire store. Like the rabbit I'm always late, Nett is like the Madhatter with her crazy wit and I'm sure I can find a character for each one of us on the team if I carefully sit and think about it.

So step through the looking glass and have some fun with us. We only get to party like this once a year.

I made you a little freebie using 3 items from the CU bag. This is what it looks like

And now I'll do the cat trick and disappear LOL. Have a great day

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Birthday Week

I'm not big on analogies but at the moment my life is like a Nascar race. I'm sitting in the grand stand and watching the days speed by. I can't believe a week has gone by since I last blogged.

And it's only going to get more hectic. Today is the first day of Kim's BIRTHDAY WEEK and you're all in for a treat. First off Kim has a SALE at 45% off, THAT'S ALMOST HALF PRICE, on goods that's not even very expensive to start with!!!

Then just 2 celebrate her birthday in STYLE, she has 2 Grab Bags. The one is a PU Bag and I can vouch for this, whatever is in it is GORGEOUS and it's only going to cost you $3. The whole shebang is worth $14.50

And then a CU Grab Bag (always a winner) at $8 and that's worth $44. BUT THAT'S NOT ALL, buy both bags for $10 (yeah we won't tell Kim she can't add LOL) and you get a 30 page brag book ABSOLUTELY FREE. This part always reminds me of home shopping ads, but unlike the ads, you really do get good value for money and the free items are genuinely free.

I'm going to get off now to go and make goodies for the rest of the week, but please swing by Kim's blog, she has a CU freebie up for 24 hours only and I made you a little cluster frame with some of the goodies from the PU bag (paper not included)

Here's a preview

And you can collect it here Please leave some love and if possible just a note of where in the world you're from.

Hugs and many kisses

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Kim's New Kit

WHEEEEE, I didn't fall off the edge of the earth, I just got Bizzzzzeeeeee!!!!!

My young friends Rudie & Cindy-Lee got married on the 6th of September and I unfortunately couldn't attend the wedding as it was my son Rainer's 21st. They brought 1649 wedding photos to scrap. Oh my word, Cindy-Lee was the most beautiful bride I have ever seen. Her dress was so beautiful. It was layers and layers of little net scraps that were individually dyed. The photos don't do the dress complete justice and it's stunning in the photos. This is a huge undertaking and my payment is Photoshop CS3. Rudie has promised to bring it around this weekend if they can keep me in one place long enough.

Here's a few LO's I've done so far. Credits for the kits all go to Kim

Then this past Sunday we did our Breast Cancer Awareness walk at Kyalami race track. What a brilliant day. It was an absolute success and wll be repeated in years to come. This year we walked in memory of my late friend Jill that unfortunately did not discover her cancer in time and in celebration of 2 other friends Margie and Eloise that are survivors. I'll have some photos a bit later in the week. I got a replacement camera for mine that was stolen and I have now had 2 download cables that don't work. I have to go and collect that on Saturday morning. But I have to post the most amazing photo. As we finished our walk there was a "halo" in rainbow colours around the sun. It was too beautiful for words and I felt so peaceful, I forgot that I was tired from my long walk.

I got an award from Crops, my fellow CT member for Kim's team and I'd like to pay it forward to

Kim and the entire CT
Kristine and the entire CT
These ladies all have HEART and they pour it all out lovingly on their blogs. They make me laugh, cry, get wierd stuff flying out through my nose and lift my spirits on a daily basis. I HEART you all.
And finally I get to the real purpose of my blog post for today. Kim, designer par excelance has once again come up with a gorgeous kit. She calls it Loryn and it's for one of her amazing friends. She's planning a kit for each of her friends, and if this is just an example of the first, I for one can't wait for the rest of the kits in the series. It has marvelous elements and gorgeous papers in an orange and green theme which are 2 of my favourite colours and as we're heading for summer, it reminds me of fresh cut green grass and lovely salads with melon and mango.

I did this LO

I don't have a freebie today, but I'm working on a little something for later in the week.
Have a great day


Sunday, October 12, 2008

As Usual

I'm late with something. This time it's about my lovely Canadian friend Kristine's birthday. Kris honey, I'm so sorry I'm posting this a whole day late. Well I didn't forget her birthday. I mailed her early yesterday as we're a couple of hours ahead, but I did promise to come and blog that Kristine has wonderful news on her blog. I was going to go to the shops to buy fresh veggies and milk and stuff and then come home to blog.

Well another birthday party intruded. We were invited to a 55th birthday party for my friend Chris (yeah how coincidental is that) and at first Corné didn't want to go and then as I get home from the shops he phones to say that he has been nagged to go and has finally rellented. All good and well, but this is a masquerade party and we don't have masks. And this silly man tells me "But you're so creative, make us a few quickly". Hellooooo, I like to plan these things in advance and get all the goodies to make them pretty beforehand.

The upswing was that I quickly had to scratch in my stash of things that I don't throw out because I may need them one day. Luckily I have a card programme with a mask template so I quickly printed 2 blank masks off. For Corné's mask I found some black velvet with a gold thread through it that was barely big enough to cover the mask. I attached some black ribbon and his was ready to go.

For mine I found a "rag wash" look pink wallpaper sample, some pink sequins and pink gift bows. I wrapped a dowel stick with some pink paper ribbon and made some ribbon swirls and attached the mask to the dowel. I got a pic of the pink mask that I'll post in the week when I've resized the photos.

It's 90 degrees here at the moment so I new I wanted to dress very cool. I have a pink camisole with the exact same colour pink sequin empbroidery as I used on my mask and I teamed that with pink pants and gold high heel sandals. It didn't keep me cool, but I would have passed out if I wore a t-shirt. I also had chocolate cake for Kristine. A shooter made of Nachtmuzik, stroh a dollop of cream and a glace cherry.

Well as my mom would say, I'll even be late for my own funeral LOL, so big appologies Kristine. I hope you had a great birthday and to celebrate I made you a little mini in melon colours I hope you'll like. I called it Wench Wishes and this is a little preview.

You can get it here and to show your appreciation, you can pop over to Kristine's blog and leave her some belated birthday wishes.

And I'd like to say a special thanks to Benoit for her lovely comment she left. I'll be visiting your blog soon.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll chat to you during the week.


Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Another DSO Challenge Freebie

Have you gone to see all the lovely DSO challenges and posting gifts for the month of October?

Register on the forum, participate in the challenges and receive a freebie gift by the end of the month. Sounds like the best kind of bargain to me LOL.

There's some totally new challenges up as well this month. One being the "Great Exchange Challenge" hosted by RC Mama. All you have to do is create a QP with one of her kits, freebie or bought. How easy is that???

When I saw her Teatime freebie, I just fell in love. It reminds me of an ad for one of our tea brands - 5 Roses. The ad lists 4 of the tea's qualities and then the narrator says "And the 5th rose, the 5th rose is for you, for no one makes better tea than you and Five Roses." There's 5 roses in my QP. Thanks for the freebie RC Mama, it's really gorgeous.


And you can get it here I'm off to go and participate in some of the other challenges.


Sunday, October 5, 2008

DSO Colour Challenge - October

I'm finally recovering from Friday night. We had a ladies night in aid of our Junior Lions rugby players and it was one of those nights where the wheels fell off the bus. My friend Cheryl is the social secretary for the rugby club and usually comes up with a fun evening every 3 months. We had some strippers and belly dancers this time and a really fun evening. The guys joined us at about 9 in the evening and by then the atmosphere was so fantastic none of us wanted to go home. I eventually got home at 3:30 in the morning and had to be up at 06:00 again. All I can say is yesterday was a very long day.

I wanted to watch Shrek 3 again last night (I love that movie as we called Max Shrek) and I fell asleep soon after it started. I didn't even realise that Corné sleep walked me from the couch to the bed. But I feel revitalised this morning.

Oh and I wanted to let our American friends know that my posts aren't full of spelling mistakes. South Africa used to be a British colony and that's why we spell like the British. We use s instead of z and add letters like u in certain words.

On to today's freebie. My compatriot Kim runs the colour challenge over at DSO every month and boy, can she pick great swatches. This month she put up a colour swatch that was truelly me. I fell in love with this swatch and couldn't stop creating. I ended up with a monster kit for me. It has 12 papers and 25 elements. I call it Flower Shoppe and it has lots of flower elements and satin ribbon and bow elements. I just loved creating this kit and eventually sent Kim an e-mail to say that someone is going to have to tie my hands up, I can't stop. Thank you Kim, I love participating in this challenge every month and your Commercial Use goodies come in so handy for these kits. This month I also used some goodies from The Scrappin Cop, a marvelously generous lady that offers all her CU goodies for free to the scrapping community. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate your contribution to our community so much and hope that I do your goodies justice.

Here's a preview

This kit is so big, I have had to upload it into 4 parts and here's the links.

Elements 1
Elements 2
Papers 1
Papers 2

Sorry for the huge download. Please leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you.

Enjoy what's left of the weekend and if you're travelling, keep safe.