Thursday, August 28, 2008

Inspired by magazine colour combo's

I picked up some magazines that were left by Dutch families who had stayed in our home while we were away and just got inspired by the colour on the covers... I just had to experiment!

Love these red and blue tints.

Love these blue and lavender shades.

The 'Love' for the flower pot is a cut-out from the big collage stamp 'Lovebirds'.

This is the stamp I used from Hero Arts for the background in white.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Hero Arts challenge book

The Hero Arts blog challenge for this week brought me just the idea I had been looking for, for a while now.
I had the idea of making my own little personal 'book', to share with people that God loves them! I realised that I had so many opportunities to share but didn't really have the tools to do so in my own creative personal way. Of course I have always shared but now it's something more personal. Here is the link to the book.

For example, we picked up our son David from his holiday camp for handicapped people last Friday evening. I had been praying for a long time beforehand that God would favour David with one of the Adult carer's really having a heart for him and caring for him with special love and attention.... well that's just what happened! Meriem, a beautiful African woman was in tears when she had to part with him and I thought to myself - if only I had brought a little gift with me like a sachet of lavender for example from the garden, attached with my little book about God's love, wrapped it up nicely etc. and left it with her, maybe my phone number too, then I could have shared something of God's love for her in a creative way.
I have so many opportunities to do this, so now I have done it.

(A4 template)

As can be seen above, the bigger book is A4 size and the little book is A5 size, which is ideal. I can scan new copies or use a colour printer to make as many little books as I need, keeping them in my handbag to have handy when I need one.

The thing is there are many people that are seeking for something, or have a need, or whatever - God knows. Of course I had to try and minimize the message to the space I had, which wasn't easy, but I know if I pray for the person I give it too, it can be a seed which could become a plant in time nurtured by other people who God could bring along their path to water it etc.

I have made this one in English and hope to make one in Dutch and French. Once the template is made, you have your book for years to come.


Pages 1 and 2:

Pages 3 and 4:

Pages 5 and 6:

The back:

This is the book close-up, step for step.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Vintage saterday

I love this heart stamp from Stampington, it is so decorative!

Just having fun with the scraps today! Thanks to everybody who drops by, so appreciate it!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Bits and pieces to share

The time is flying by but it's a glorious summer day here!
Thanks to Louise from Kard Krazy who informed me that this card was in the latest Take Ten magazine, how fun!

Another 'holiday' card which I have yet to mount onto CS as I was out of stock. I used a poly bag and paint and then sprayed with water for the background. I love that technique!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Home again...

(This is the village Callela in evening light. You can see the sea in a small alcove which also has a lovely little beach. If you click on the photo you can get a kingsize view as I didn't resize the photo.)

All good things must come to an end. I didn't want to leave the coast in Spain but life and it's responsibilities are now part of the daily routine. We had a fantastic time, although alot busier than last year because August is officially the French and Spanish holiday month.

We had a beautiful appartment with a panoramic view over the sea, the weather could not have been better and the sea was nice and warm at 24°. The first day I got stung by a jelly fish which reacted after a week and spread around my leg. It left a very irritating rash which I still have. After that we noticed that special warning flags are up when jelly fish are detected near the shore line. I really enjoyed the sea though!

We got news after four days on holiday that our cat had escaped from it's temporary home and was roaming the streets. Talk about a cat having nine lives, I think our cat has one or two left because he has only just returned! My DH spotted him around noon. He is hiding in a hole in a ditch and we will have to wait until he can get over his bruised confidence in us to come home. I was so thankful that he was still alive and had found the way home from the village where he had never been before - incredible!

I still have so much to do that I will share photos probably gradually over the coming weeks, just going with the flow at the moment.

This is one of the cards I made when I got the opportunity. Alot of the time I just loved watching the Olympics as the appartment belonged to an English couple who had English satellite TV.
Hope you are all well and still enjoying the summer!

O yes, the cat has definately rejoined us - just as well as he is a super mouse-catcher!