Friday, February 20, 2015

Challenge Hero Arts - Nature theme

Couldn't be more pleased with a theme like this, using my favorite stamp brand - Hero Arts. The sentiment on my card is one from the latest  2015 Catalog.

I used a tag stamp on a distressed background and stamped the Rose over the top. The designblock Lace stamp served as a background in Antique distress. The butterfly is a die-cut that somebody sent me.

Have a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Some card shares and a Biblical share

Hello everyone!
I am sharing a couple of cards that I have made in the past couple of weeks. First up is a Valentine's day card. I have never liked working with hearts, I don't know why, but I have one heart stamp I like, so I used it.

 Stamped the Lace Frame from hero Arts on a piece of pink cardstock and white embossed. Stamped the heart stamp on a background of mixed colors and patterns, sent to me by Ellie in Holland. Dimensioned the heart on the frame to finish.

 Using the Post Card Stamp from Hero Arts and a Hydrangea stamp from Stampin Up. A huge thank you to Kim, a lady in the United States who just sent me a parcel of stamps and paper! What amazing generosity these American ladies have!!

This last one is for the Hero Arts Challenge Blog and the theme is 'Nature' this month. I love Nature as its all about God's amazing Creations!

I want to encourage somebody today with a Word that is hanging above my computer at work. It is something I am going through, maybe therefore less posts than before. Everything must have its own priority in our lives.
Please be blessed by it:

If your goal is to be used by God, don’t be surprised when He permits seasons of adversity and brokenness. Jesus experienced it, and He said, ‘A servant is not greater than his master’ (John 15:20 NKJV). One Bible teacher points out: ‘God’s intent isn’t to hurt us, but to expand our capacity to carry His love to a world in need of compassion…Sorrow clarifies our thinking. In the school of Christ, brokenness is a good thing. It’s impossible to become intimate with God unless we’re broken of independence, pride and our insistence that our way is better than God’s. Brokenness is the last stop before we finally confess, ‘‘I can’t; God can.’’ It’s Paul confessing, ‘‘What a wretched man I am. Who will rescue me from this body of death?’’ (Romans 7:24 NIV). It’s the Prodigal fighting with the pigs over food (Luke 15:11-32). It’s Joseph, still in prison, forgotten by the cupbearer (Genesis 40:23). It’s Jonah in the whale’s belly confessing the consequences of running from God (Jonah 2:1-9). It’s Peter weeping bitterly outside Jesus’ trial (Luke 22:62). It’s Jesus abandoning everything to God, praying, ‘‘Father…not My will, but Yours be done’’ (Luke 22:42 NIV)…God in His ruthless, loving pursuit will break us of pride, sin, folly and independence (Matthew 21:44). Like Jesus serving bread at the Last Supper, God takes us, breaks us, blesses us and uses us.’ Are you going through a season of brokenness? Be encouraged; in God’s kingdom brokenness is the path to blessing. Watchman Nee put it this way: ‘To have God do His own work through us, even once, is better than a lifetime of human striving.’


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Collage cards and good news

Good news about our son Rodney. He has improved so much that he has moved back to his flat regaining his independence once again! The pain in his foot has decreased so that he does not need medication any more and he has even began working again for a couple of hours a day! He has made his next appointment to have his reconstruction done and the exterior waste-bag removed. We are so thankful to God and also to all those who prayed on his behalf!

A share today of three collage cards I made.

I had the music and blue paper scraps which I wanted to use together and selected a tag and bird stamp to complete it. In hind sight I probably should have used a lighter card base. Thanks to Maria Doricheva who sent me the pansy border a while ago.

Another card I made by stamping a bird and different leaf stamps together. So simple really.

My last card, once again, bird and flowers using the colors I love.

I bought a little bunch of roses at our local supermarket, they give so much pleasure!

Have a lovely Sunday.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Card with a wine label

Sharing a card made with a wine label.

I embossed the floating meadow cling of Hero Arts in white on the wine label. Added a couple of scrap strips underneath and stamped a sentiment. I found this butterfly in my scrap basket.

Have a lovely week still!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


We are having amazing weather.. blue skies, high temps and it would seem Spring has come early.

I am sharing a card made with my newly acquired Hero Arts Sentiment which is 'Let His Love light your way'. If it wasn't for the Love of God we would have no hope in this world. Now, because of Jesus we have a light in us to shine upon our path of life. God's Word says that His Word (that is the Bible) is a lamp for our feet and a light on our path Psalm. 119:105.

My second card is simply 'Blessings'. The flower is from Clearly Besotted.

And a little collage layering several stamps.
Have a lovely day!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Card received, cards made!

A huge thank you to Franziska, who sent me this beautiful card and a couple of stamps. This card looks like a French village..

Isn't it beautiful. The tree is the Classic Evergreen stamp from Hero Arts. The background is made with 'A Village' stamp from Hero Arts - S5432.
Wouldn't it be great if there were card samples we could see with a stamp before we buy it. I don't mean on the screen but in real life. Its like when you see a cake. If you can just taste a sample and you like it, you usually end up  buying it. Its a great technique that markets and shops employ. They sell a lot of wine this way :)
Having this beautiful card in my own hands, I saw the beauty of decorating this beautiful tree and now I am looking out for it! Just think of using up all the stray little strass and pearls one has and how their value is pronounced.
Well, with the stamps she sent me, which were a rose and several different leaves, I made three different cards:

I used the Simple Frame stamp from Hero Arts S5324 to outline the flowers and leaves. The thank you sentiment is Hero Arts as well.

I used the Village stamp as background from Hero Arts S5432.

The sentiment is from Hero Arts on this last card. The roses and leaves are from Cart-Us - never heard of them before.
Have a lovely Sunday!

Monday, December 29, 2014

A Winter's Day

Just popping in to share a card for a Winter's day. We don't have snow on the ground but the snow on the Mountains is breath taking at the moment.

All I used was a piece of patterned paper and a deer die-cut finished off with a sentiment.

Finishing the year with a photo of my four sons, two daughter in laws and grand daughter. I love them so much. We had David with us for 10 days, that was such a great time.
I was so happy with the Christmas cards I received from a lot of you - THANK YOU so much!!

Just one more photo of Seréna..