31 March 2011

My 4th Blog award!!

Hello everyone! I hope your all doing well, it’s been so busy here that I hardly had any time to blog! (Will explain in another post soon!)
Now I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Shelly from Inky Hugz for giving me another blog award!! 

It’s Awesome! 
To get this award I had to:
Thank the person who gave you the award.
Tell us 7 things about yourself.
Award bloggers who inspire you.
Contact the bloggers and let them know they’ve received the award.
Okay, 7 things about myself:
1 I’m a child of the Ever Living King! (I’m a Christian)
2 I absolutely love my family 
3 I love babies and little children
4 I love classical music
5 I love ballet
6 I enjoy working with my mother in the kitchen 
7 I love crafting, especially with my mother, and I like to surprise my mother with a pretty birthday or mother’s day card, too!
My inspiring blogs:
Rebecca at  Living for Christ
 Feline Playful Team at Feline Playful 
Please hop over and take a look at these inspiring blogs! 
Have a blessed day 
Crafty Greetings

20 March 2011

The Lord Decided To Take Our Little Unborn Sibling Home........

Hi everyone! I’m very, very sad to do this post and I never thought I would have to write this............but the Lord decided to take our little sibling to heaven. On Friday (the 11th) morning my parents did an ultrasound and found no heart beat.
 We are all so sad. I wrote a little letter to my little sibling in heaven:
Dear little baby brother/sister
I am so sad you had to leave us. But I know you are in the best place there could ever be. I will still miss you and I will never forget you. You will always be in my heart!
With many love you sister 

We are all praying that my mother will fall pregnant before the 1st of October (that was the expected birth date of this little baby)
Have a blessed day 

18 March 2011

Mother’s Day Gift Box For Stampin for the Weekend

Hello everyone happy Friday! It’s time for a new challenge over at Stampin for the Weekend. It’s Jan’s turn to host the challenge and the challenge is............
Mother's Day!!!!
We want to see you make a card or project for Mother's Day or just for Mum.
In the UK Mother's day is on Sunday the 3rd of April, though in South Africa it’s only the 8th of May. So, my South African friends you still have plenty of time to make mother's day cards!
Here is my project:
I decided to make another gift box! You can find the Tutorial here to make your own.
I only used one stamp this time and the picture above is the front.

I’ve used an old Sugar Nellie stamp and colored her with the following Copics:
E37, E35, E33 and E53 - for her hair 
E00, E21 and R20 - for her skin 
RV13, RV11 and RV10 - for the her dress
RV34, RV32 and RV0 - for the dark parts of her dress, the bow in her hair and on the dress.
G17, G14 and G12 - for the patch and lace on her dress, leaves of the flowers in her hands and on her hair.
Y15, Y11 and Y00 - for the flowers in her hands.
W3 - for a shadow around the image.
To decorate the rest of this side I stuck a few leafed shaped, light, pink gems, with a flower at the bottom end.

The second side I decorated with a strip of lace and a thin ribbon at the bottom. A medium size flower to the left and swirls of dark pink gems.

The third side is a big white flower with a pink medium flower inside.
I also took a pink paper butterfly and glittered it with dark pink glitter and then stuck three small gems inside.

On the fourth side, I put a thick piece of lace, with a pink medium flower on the top, a smaller one to the left and a little one to the bottom with three leaf pins sticking out.

To put in the packets for this box, I took fresh lavender and some epson salts and crushed it together, to give a VERY strong, nice lavender smell! 
I made it up in a packet, with a light pink ribbon.
Epson salts is wonderful to put in your bath, for your stressed body and for aching muscles. The lavender not only gives a lovely smell, it is also a relaxing agent!

Here is a picture of the box with out the packets inside.
So I hope you like my box! Please hop over to Stampin for the Weekend Challenge and take a look at the DT work!
I would also like to enter my gift box in the following challenges:

Digi Doodle Shop's Best -   Anything Goes
Southern Girls -  Use Flowers
Crafty Creations -  Mother's Day
Creative Cottage -  Spring
Scrapbook Sisters - Spring flowers
Bearly Mine -  Mothers Day 
Flourishes - Butterflies
Sweet Stamps - Think Spring 
Die Cut Dreams - Mother's Day or Special Friend
Woodware USA - Spring is coming!

Until next time 
Crafty Greetings

17 March 2011

Tutorial To Make A Special Gift Box

Hello everyone! I hope your all well! Today I would like to give you a tutorial on how to make a special gift box. To give you an idea of what the gift box looks like,
 here is a picture:

Currently my dad and I both have braces and our orthodontist is in Durban.
On Monday, my dad and I flew up to Durban and stayed over with my Dad’s aunt, so I made this box as a thank you gift.
To make the box:
 Step 1:
Cut a piece of paper exactly 30 x 30 cm.
Step 2:
You will score your piece of paper on both sides of the paper.
First score two set of parallel lines, perpendicular to each other, 10cm from the the sides and each other.
Then turn the paper over, and score the four corner squares from corner to corner. 
This will be the side you stick your paper squares on to, so make a little mark on this side of the paper.
I made a sketch so you can have a better idea - the pink lines indicate where to score.

First score your piece of paper on the pink lines, turn over your paper and score on the blue lines (remember to mark this side).
All the squares should be 10cm.
Step 3:
Cut a set of four square pieces of paper 9.5 X 9.5 and distress them.
Step 4:
Cut a second set of four square pieces from another patterned paper also 9.5 X 9.5
Step 5: 
Cut the second set of paper squares in half , from corner to corner (diagonally), like the picture above, leaving you with eight triangles, from the four squares.
Distress them too.
Step 6:
Stick the four squares and eight triangles on to the 30 x 30 cm piece of paper from step 1. Make sure you stick the squares and triangles on the side you marked in step 2.

Here is another figure I drew, to give you a better idea.
Step 7:
Cut another 9.5cm piece of paper from one of the two papers you used in step 3 and 4.

Step 8:
Turn your piece of paper over, with the squares and triangles facing your working surface.  Stick the square form step 7 in the middle block on the side facing you. Like the picture above.
Step 9:
With the squares and triangles still facing the working surface, take the four corners and fold it in. It should look like this.
Step 10:
Punch holes in the corners of the piece of paper. Be careful to not punch the holes to close to the edges. About a centimeter into the paper, so it does not tear when putting the ribbon through and tie them together.
Step 11:
Decorate the squares with all kinds of stamps and/or embellishments.
I used a stamp on each side, but that took a long time. You can also just decorate it with other embellishments, like flowers.
Step 12:
Tie ribbon through the holes and make a bow.
I’ve used two different colours and widths of ribbon.
Then put a flower on top.
Here are some pictures of how I decorated the sides of my box:

I made up little packets of dried fruit to put as gifts inside the box.

This is what the empty box looks like. 
You can also give the box without anything inside and people can put their own valuables inside.
I would also like to enter my gift box in the following challenges:
Digi Doodle Shop's Best -  Anything Goes 
Do You Stack Up? -  Add a Bow
Shelly's Images - Show us What you Got
Southern Girls - Use Flowers
Creative Belli - "C" embellishments
Penny's Paper-Crafty -  from the kitchen
Baby Bud - Ribbons and Bows
Make it Monday - anything goes
Stamps R Us  - In the Kitchen

Have a blessed weekend everyone! 
Crafty Greetings

09 March 2011

Bookmark for My Mother’s Birthday

Hey everyone, I’m here with another creation. As I promised here are some pictures of the bookmark I made for my mother for her birthday.

I sometimes find it hard to make a creation without someone giving me an idea or two or just being by my side for moral support, like my mother always do. But I think I managed to do this one pretty well without her.
I used an image that a dear friend of mine sent me only a little while ago.
I colored her with the following Copics:
E37, E35, E33 and E53 - for her hair, the basket and her shoes.
E00, E21 and R20 - for her skin
RV34, RV32 and RV0 - for her dress and the flowers on her hat and in the basket.
RV13, RV11 and RV10 - for the lighter spots on the dress and the rabbit’s ears and tummy.
B05, B02 and B000 - for her hat, the bow in her hair and her socks.
Y15, Y11 and Y00 - for the rabbit
W3 -  around the stamp for a shadow

I also added three different sizes pink gems in the top left and bottom right corner.
This is the back of the bookmark. I typed a little a poem for mothers and then wrote all our children’s names. I have also stuck three pink gems in the bottom right corner.

I made a little hole in the paper and made a knot with a pretty sparkly ribbon in the top of the book mark.
So I hope you like my book mark!
I would like to enter it into the following challenges:
Top Tip Tuesday - Happy Birthday
Bearly Mine -   Birthday card
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Crazy Challenge - Lovely Ladies
Aly's Sunday Challenge  - Anything goes
Crafty Pad - Use Ribbon
Catch The Bug  -  Anything Goes
Send A Smile 4 Kids - Anything Goes

This is my beautiful mother! Happy Birthday Mommy!!
Have a great week everyone!
Crafty Greetings
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