Sunday, October 27, 2013

Craft class - Tea tray

What a super time we all had in the October craft class! Our goal was to produce a small tea tray that can hold 2 mugs, sugar, and milk. This tea tray has a piece of glass raised above the base, so you can create a small 3D scene underneath. Each lady chose a different piece of scrapbooking paper as their background image, chose a paint colour to match this paper, then decorated with flowers, leaves, and swirls.
Adding the embellishments, one by one! We used an Olba punch to punch out these tiny, tiny flowers and leaves, then curled them to give them a 3D effect.
Hard at work - but having lots of fun!
The photo does not do these tea trays justice! In real life they are absolutely gorgeous!

Craft class - Altered mouse traps

This was my first 'official' craft class in my newly revamped craft room. I taught the ladies how to take an ordinary household item - a mouse trap - and alter it into something definitely not with such a gory connection - a useful note holder for your fridge!
Some of the ladies hard at work
The fabulous end results - each one used the same techniques, but produced totally different and unique holders! 
Well done ladies.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

New Digistamps4Joy digi (Sunday 20 Oct.2013)

I found these gorgeous bottle caps in my local craft store and decided to create some digistamps for the DS4J store. This is the first set I put together and it consists of 4 different sentiments - each a separate file. They are sized at 1" for printing, and can be punched out very easily with a 1" circle punch.
 This is the card I made to use one of these bottle cap sentiments on. 
I bought this fabulous embossing folder a while ago. I added Platinum Stickles to the embossed frame and swirls, added a touch of grey pencil to the inside of the frame, and then corner-punched the corners of the card. Then I coloured up "Bella Bridesmaid" with aqua pencils and OMS during the monochromatic colouring class I recently gave. The bottle cap sentiment was lightly coloured with grey pencil on the outer edge, and some Stickles added to the main word. The sentiment was glued inside the bottle cap (which I first pushed through the Cuttlebug to curl the edges), then I covered the whole sentiment with Glossy Accents. Here is the detailed photo of the bottle cap sentiment.

TIP: When you put the bottle cap through the Cuttle bug, use this plate order (bottom to top), and remember to put the sharp end of the bottle cap facing the B plate with all the diecut scratches on it. If you have it the other way around your 'nice' "B" plate will end up with indentations!
 "A" plate
"B" plate
bottle cap with edges facing UP!
Rubber embossing mat (essential)
"B" plate with all the scratches

This new set of bottle cap sentiments is available in the Digistamps4Joy shop.

New items used - bottle cap, digistamp
Old items used - "Bella Bridesmaid" digistamp
CMC Copic Challenge
Ink spirational challenges - anything goes
The Sweet Pea Stampers - sparkle and shine
Stampin for the weekend - anything goes
Sister Act card challenge - anything goes
JW Scrap Shack - anything goes
Daring cardmakers - digital dare

Sunday, October 13, 2013

DS4J Blog Hop winner

Thank you to everyone who became a new follower and left a comment during the Digistamps4joy Blog Hop. I have randomly selected a winner of the digistamp prize on my blog ...
Please send me an email ... ... to claim your prize.

Saturday, October 05, 2013

Digistamps4Joy Blog Hop: 5-11 October 2013

You have arrived at Margy’s blog in PRETORIA, South Africa!

Welcome to the Digistamps4Joy Blog Hop to celebrate WORLD CARDMAKING DAY,
and running from 5 - 11 October 2013. DS4J has chosen the theme "COUNTRY" to celebrate what we love about our own country.
This is my beautiful city in spring time with the flowering Jacaranda trees.
Blog Hop Navigation
If you landed on my page first, then just carry on down the list, and from the top again till you are back at my blog OR start at the top at the main Digistamps4Joy blog, and work your way though to the final stop (Ursula’s blog). The hop order is indicated on each blog, so you will not ‘get lost’!
 Digistamps4JoyBlog (Main blog)
Pam (Your next stop)

Here is the card I am showcasing for the hop, and I used "Mommy's girl". 
I coloured it in with watercolour pencils and OMS, and drew in a savanna scene behind them. The paper behind the sentiment (a gold rub-on) is a piece of handmade paper with rhino dung in it! My reason for choosing this digistamp is because I love rhinos, and am appalled at the massacre currently being carried out in my own country, and I hope I can raise awareness though my card. Here are some facts from the Save the Rhino website....
  1. South Africa is home to 83% of Africa’s rhinos and 73% of all wild rhinos worldwide and is an incredibly important country for rhino conservation. However rhino poaching has reached a crisis point, and if the killing continues at this rate, we could see rhino deaths overtaking births in 2016-2018, meaning rhinos could go extinct in the very near future!
  2. The figure for 2013 currently stands at 688 rhinos that have been poached in South Africa, which works out to almost 2 per day! The current poaching crisis is attributed to the growing demand for rhino horn in Asian countries, mainly China and Vietnam, where horn is believed to have medicinal properties.
Each blog in the hop is offering a prize of ONE digistamp, and each DT member has made a card with this digi to showcase the prize. The main DS4J blog is offering a fantastic prize of $30 worth of digistamps from the DS4J store
 The PRIZE on this Blog is the digistamp "Mommy's girl"

Please read carefully - I do not want you to miss out!
1). Be/become a follower of THIS blog
2). Leave a comment under this post

Please read carefully - we do not want you to miss out!
1). Be/become a follower of the main DS4J blog
2). Collect all the letters/symbols scattered over the participating DT blogs, put them together
to create a quote, then email this quote to Margy at with 
subject title “DS4J Blog Hop quote”. One winner will be chosen at random from all the correct entries.

Thanks for visiting my blog.
Your next stop will be the talented Pam
The full list of winners will be announced on Sunday 13th October on the Digistamps4Joy blog. 
Each blog will also indicate its own winner on 13th October.