Friday, July 20, 2012

First ATC Swap at In2Crafts

Hi All,

It's been a while, but i thought i would tell you about a swap i participated in. It was held on a local forum here in South Africa call In2Crafts.

It was decided that we make ATC's with the theme of Vintage Father's Day. At the close of sign ups, we each had to make 6 cards with this theme.

Today i received my parcel and this is what was inside:


The participants and their creations are as follows:

MY ATC:


PETRA YOUNG:

COLEEN BARANOV

TONI MARREIROS

SURENE ESTERHUIZEN (HOSTESS)

DEIDRE RODRIGUES

Thank you to all the ladies that took part. Your cards are lovely.

Thanks for stopping by

Hugs,

Lee

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Quick birthday prezzie.... and an ATC first.....

Hello beautiful crafters...... Hope you've had an awesome weekend so far?!?

Here in South Africa, Winter is definitely on it's way so it's a bit chilly here this morning in Johannesburg.

I had to make a birthday prezzie for someone and thought i would make a bon-bon box as it's quick and easy with little hassle and easy on the pocket.

Decided to make it in lime green and cerise pink with white accents and white tissue paper. The box is filled with Feror Rocher chocolates.

I must say, it definitely came out far better than i had thought it would.


Other than that i've been pottering with the idea of ATC's and have joined two swaps on a local forum called in2crafts.co.za.

My first attempt at an ATC was made with paper that i have crumpled up and then distressed with Tim Holtz "Old Paper" ink. Layered with a piece of torn light green paper. Then added a flower and butterfly and rhinestones and added glitter glue to some of the "cracks" of the "old paper".


Let me end off by saying that today i'm going to work some more on my B&W Paperbag mini album and maybe start another album i've been planning.

Until next time.  Keep warm and keep crafting.

Hugs,

Lee

Saturday, May 5, 2012

My thoughts of the Silhouette Cameo and Cricut Expression.....

Good afternoon all,

As some of you may know i sold my Cricut Expression last year around March and decided to buy another machine that i could have more versatility with not having to buy million of cartridges for cuts i could design on my mac. After many months of investigating and researching i opted for the Silhouette Cameo.

Please note, before you read any further, that i have in no way been endorsed by either Company nor have i been given anything by these Companies, this is just my opinion.

I have had my Silhouette Cameo for about 5 months and although i love the freedom to design anything on the software that comes with the machine I've found two things that annoy me slightly about the machine. Firstly the blade.... it most definitely does not last as long as the Cricut's blade and i find that little shaving tend to go into the blade holder which causes the blade to almost hack the paper while cutting. Secondly, the cameo doesn't quite like the thicker card stock and even after cutting the same designs two to three times it still doesn't cut all the way through. Thirdly, at this stage there is only one type of blade for the Cameo which CANNOT cut chipboard thicker than cereal boxes. 

Like i said it's tiny things that annoy me but wont make me get rid of my machine. Besides these three little issues, i design all my own tags, folders, envelopes etc using the Silhouette Studio which is a major benefit in my book.

Do i miss my Pink Cricut Expression?!? Honestly.... YES I DO. Even though i would've had to buy a cartridge for images i wanted to cut, there's a "deep cut" blade that makes it possible to cut thicker card all the way up to thin chipboard which i would like to do for my albums.

All in all, i like both machines and maybe I'll buy myself another expression in the future, but for now I'll look for another solution to cut my chipboard.

Other than my thoughts on the machines, I've been working on my Black & White mini album. It now officially has a cover... lol! Here are some updated pics. 






Thank you for stopping by. Feel free to comment and leave some love....

Hugs,

Lee


Saturday, April 28, 2012

What i've been up to..... in my absence from blogging

Afternoon everybody. I know it's been a while since i've posted, but life has just been hectic. Even through the hectic parts i've still been creating albums and have been working on two particular albums.

The first album i've been working on is a pastel envelope album:








I dont generally like the colour pink, but thought i would try the colour anyway. Half way through the album and i got a creative block so decided to put the album aside and try another one until the creative juices decide to come back with the pastel colours.....

The next album i started was a "black & white" paper bag album which i've been working on now for about 3 weeks or so.... This is what i've done so far.

 







 I will post pictures of the albums once they have been completed.

 Thank you for visiting.

Hugs,

Lee

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Team building get-away

Ok, so i know i've been on the quiet side in blog-world, but creatively i've still been pottering on this and that... mostly mini albums, but none-the-less, pottering.... and.... once the albums are complete, i will post pictures so that you all can see what i've actually been up to.

This weekend was a very busy weekend for me indeed. We went to Heia Safari Lodge in Muldersdrift for a team-building session early Friday morning. Was an amazing experience with zebra, giraffe and springbok roaming around us while we all tried to make the attempt at "bonding".




This fellow's name is "Big Boy". He's one of 4 adults. There was also a baby giraffe of 4 weeks old, but unfortunately wasn't able to catch a pic of him.

Some of the other residents of Heia Safari Lodge:


After our first "session" and lunch, we went on a game drive for an hour and a half where we were fortunate to see 4 of the "Big 5". What I didn't know is the reason for the name "Big 5" is that they are the 5 most dangerous animals when hunting. Unfortunately the only guy we were able to see was the Elephant due to it not being suitable surroundings for them.



  After the awesome game drive we came back to the lodge where we enjoyed cocktails by the dam. This dam is the largest man-made dam in South Africa as the owner of the lodge built this wall on his own. It took him a total of 5 years building this dam wall one rock at a time.

 


When we were done with our cocktails and enjoying the scenery, we were taken back up to the main area of the lodge where we were told that we were going to have a potjiekos competition.... we all thought "ok, we can do this hands down". What we were not told until we started is that we weren't allowed to say a word to our team mates while we were making the potjie, yes this competition was done with a hole lot of sign language attempts, sighs, grunts and you can imagine what else. Extremely funny none-the-less.

While the food was now being maintained by the lodge chefs, we booked in to our rooms, came back to enjoy dinner and then some of us retired back to our rooms to call it a night after a long, exciting, fun filled day.

Day 2 wasn't as fun-packed as day 1, but we had a lovely breakfast, then another session, but this time only for the morning. After that was lunch and then packing the car to come home and then yet another all nighter for me as i was coming home to celebrate my Dad's 60th and cousin's 21st birthday that we have been organising for the last 3 weeks, but that is for the next chapter of my very busy, exciting weekend.

Hope you enjoyed reading this post and i must admit that i had no idea it was going to be such a lengthy post, but hey, this type of post only happens every 10th blue moon for me...

Thank you for looking and chat to you guys soon.

Hugs,

Lee