Thursday, October 28, 2010

Very Thankful,

I made another Thank you card. Not for anyone specifically but I am sure If I look hard enough (maybe not that hard) I am bound to find numerous occasions and people to be thankful for. Number one on my list is family- Sam and Jay. My only sister  Pam, my parents and parents in law. I think right there I have someone to be thankful for. Sis will be receiving this card on thanksgiving (she does not read my blog so it will be a surprise). She is the best sis evar!
The sketch is my own design and I spent a lot of time quilling the flowers and I thought the punched butterflies added a good touch.
I will also be taking this card to these challenges:-
Tiptop Tuesday (again)-anything goes.
A spoonful of sugar - get punchy (butterflies).
Simon says stamp- punch em.
OSAAT Challenge- all celebrations (thanksgiving).
Creative card crew - punch
52- card pickup-count your blessings.
Florishes- not buttons and bows.
Marks finest papers- punch.
Digi doodle shops best- anything goes.
Inktegrity design team- anything goes.
Inky impressions challenge- add flowers.

Enough of that. Thanks for reading and I would love to get your feedback.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


I wanted to make a Thank you card for a special friend who has been there for our family through a difficult time recently.
I used the sketch provided by the Clean&simple blog.
Up close:
I made the fringed flower and the rest were also quilled.
Also to go along with these challenges;
Scrappy frogs challenge- give thanks.
Clean and simple- sketch.
Stamping Vacation-thanksgiving.
Simon says stamp challenge- thanksgiving.
Shelly's images blog- thanks.
Tree house challenge- thankful.
Crafty purple frog- anything goes.
Tiptop Tuesday- anything goes.
MelJens designs- anything goes.

Am also thankful to you for visiting me.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Keeping it simple.

I have been MIA for almost a week now. I simply have not had time to spare but I am happy to be creating again.

I love using my "thinking of you" sentiment because its simply so versatile for so many occasions. Holiday, birthday, sympathies anything. I loved the sketch from stamping 411 because I could keep  things very simple.
Quilling is becoming my favorite thing nowadays and I could not resist adding a touch of it to this card. I enjoy it because I can quill away while the baby is playing or when watching TV. I can even hold a decent conversation at the same time. It's kinda therapeutic actually lol!
Also for these challenges:
Stamping 411- sketch 174.
Digi Doodle shops best- keep it simple
2 sisters blog challenge- anything goes
I did it creations challenge- open challenge
MelJens design team- anything goes
Thanks a lot for reading.  I love your feedback.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Success card.

It's exam season around here and that means one thing - success cards. It's the custom that when candidates are taking the National exams every year between October and November, family and friends will send what is commonly known as a success card. It's basically a note of good will and an offer of support.
I have several cousins and young friends doing exams this year and I am not one to send store bought cards. So this is the perfect excuse to do what I love most.
I made this card using a sketch from Stamping 411.
This card is for a boy hence the color choice and I made this quilled flower for a bit of drama.
quilling up close.
The sentiment was made by stamping the individual letters with an alphabet stamp.

Also for the following challenges;-
Stamping 411- sketch 173
Florishes Timeless Tuesday- make the sentiment the main focus.
Anything goes challenge- black and white
One stictch at a time- embellish it with your favorite things- quilled flowers.
Craftalicious challenges- anything goes
Tuesday throwdown- Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday- anything goes
Thanks for looking and drop me a note, I love your feedback.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Roses are red.

After the tenth attempt at making roses I was ready to give up. Then I chanced upon this tutorial and well there was no stopping me.
When I saw this lovely sketch by Danette of the Sketches4all forum I knew where my roses were headed.
So I folded and glued all evening yesterday and this is what I came up with;
Up close.
I cut up an old envelope into 1 cm strips and made the roses then punched out some leaves with a leaf punch. It looks complicated but is quite easy, very easy and they stick well to paper with regular glue stick.
My card will be part of these challenges;-
Scrapbook sisters- flower power.
Paper Cutz challenge # 63- anything goes.
The ABC Challenge- F is for................ flowers.
Other lovelies challenge- G is
Polka doodles- make your own embellishment.
paper take weekly- 3 of a kind ( layers).
Tuesday throwback- 3 of something (layers).

On a down side, I have a weeks worth of family laundry to do today ( by hand- yes, we still do our laundry by hand and hang it out in the sun).
Lastly, can you guess what this is (duh, a pumpkin) but would you guess it is a CAKE! Check out Ashlee's amazing work.

Image from I'm topsy turvy
That said, thanks for visiting and drop me a note, I love your feedback.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

S'more quilling!

Am still excited about this quilling thing and I have been on a roll (pun intended!) making paper flowers and stuff. So excuse the flowery mess.
Plus I needed an excuse to use my new butterfly punch and went all crazy with the butterflies and flowers.
All I needed was some more inspiration and of course Stamping 411 had a lovely sketch this week. The sentiment is partially hidden by the flowers but it says "A beautiful angel". To make the butterflies pop out I glued on one wing and raised the other one slightly.
This card is for a friend who delivered a baby last week and I will be sending it along with some other hand made goodies- time to oil the sewing machine.

Up close:
Am sorry for the shadows.
Me and my flowers will be attending the following parties:
Stamping 411 Sketch challenge # 72.
Tuesday taggers- more than two legs.
Craftalicious- anything goes
The crafty pad-Anything for a friend.
Flutter by Wednesdays- Butterfly.
Stamp something- Something punchy.
Ellephantastic challenges- anything goes
Thanks for looking and enjoy.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Orange me glad.

Orange, strangely is one of my favorite colors. Not on clothing ( NO NO NO unless its baby's) but on everything else- decor, fruit and paper- especially on paper.
So I was excited when Digi Doodle Shop's Best gave us the permission to turn orange.
My orange creation will also be appearing in the following places;-
Paper pretties - Sketch
Creative Card Crew - Blooming marvellous.
Other Lovelies - F is for- Friends, foam and flowers.
For fun challenges - bought and never used (in my case given and never used)- best friend stamp.
Freshly brewed blog - anything goes- girly.

On another front I was proud to watch a fellow Kenyan win the Chicago marathon. Mr. Samuel Wanjiru won for the second year in a row in addition to being the London marathon winner last year.

Oh did I forget to mention that Wanjiru won the marathon gold medal at the Beijing Olympics? and he is only 24 years!.
Makes me feel all warm, fuzzy and patriotic on the inside.
Happy crafting and thanks for visiting.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Learning to quill paper

This is definitely new- only to me that is. Apparently Quilling has been around for very long but I heard of it just the other day and decided to give it a go.
I played along with the lovely sketch provided by the ever inspirational ladies of  ICS  which gave me a chance to try out my newbie quilling skills.
I used a lot of red paper and couldn't resist using the "Love you" clear stamp (is red officially the colour of love or is it just me?).
Of course I had to play around with several shapes. Am happy because now I can make my own flowers especially roses or interesting stuff like this quilled butterfly!
I used stuff that was already lying around in the house, my paper cutter, colored paper (from recycled envelopes) , a tooth pick and some glue. Yay for cheap!
My card also fit in the following challenges:-
ICS- Sketch #86
CCEE Stampers- Flower power.
Crafty Ho's Challenge- red, green and brown.
Delightful challenges- Red green and white.
Thank you for reading and have a happy, creative week.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Just Because.

I made a card just because I felt like it. Not to enter any challenge or to win something but I had an idea and went along with it.
Take a peek.

I am happy that the weekend is here, I get time to spend with my family and maybe do some crafting if Jay lets me.
I was happy thrilled to get a note from the post office that I had mail from Laura of Laura Tiffany Studio's. 
I won her giveaway sometime back and I have been waiting eagerly for her package. Some new stamps, papers, punch and other goodies! Oh my.
Lookie what I am getting.
Image from Laura Tiffany Studios
Laura was one of my first followers ( I follow her too) and she has an wonderful and interesting blog with beautiful posts, pictures and videos, PLUS two etsy shops Paperistic and The Wishing Star. She sells awesome bags, note books and other amazing stuff. Do take a look.
I may go over this weekend and collect the parcel.
Enjoy your weekend and thank you so much for stopping by and for leaving a comment.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Happy to be a winner!

yummy cheeks

I just found out that I won an awesome gift at Lynn's Designer Creations blog.
What did I win? How about one of these!
A cute and elegant address book. Lynn's blog is one of my favorite and I make sure I drop in whenever I can to see what she is up to and get inspired. She happens to have another giveaway going on so I may just enter that too and hope lightning can strike twice!
I made a card this weekend with the sketch provided by the awesome Stamping 411.
Saturday sketch challenge #171
Check out the card. Its not quite finished yet.I ran out of glue before I could complete it but thought I would share it just the same.
 I was hoping to make more cards over the weekend but this young man kept me very busy. Grabbing and eating flowers, dipping his hands in glue and wanting to eat any shiny bling around him (the horror!)

But since my first priority is to be a mum I gave him all the attention and managed to finish this card last night (after four days!).
Am aslo playing along with:-
Pollycraft challenge blog #64 Anything goes.
No time to stamp- Three is the number.
Paper playtime blog Challenge #19-Buttons and Rhinestones (crossing my fingers to win their awesome candy).
Paper sundaes Challenge # 38- something from your stash (felt flowers).
SSDS blog - open challenge.
Creative card crew challenge -  Blooming marvelous- flowers

Thanks a lot for looking and I love your comments.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Friday favorites

It's a Friday, Yay for the weekend!
A new card with the lovely ladies of 2 sketches 4 you.
Lacking any special cutting tools I traced around the paper with a saucer  :-).
Of course my trusty stamps came in hand and I added a 3-d cupcake embellishment to really bring out the celebration.
I will play along with these challenges:
2 sketches 4 you- sketch 62.
Digi Doodle Shop's best- 3D- it.
Hanna and Friends- so dotty.
Wild Orchid challenge 6- Ribbons and bows.
Thanks for looking.