Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year everyone!

Hello everyone

I cannot believe 2013 is upon us! Wow it feels like 2012 flew by.....

Just stopping by to wish everyone a wonderful evening of celebrations and hope the year ahead is filled with the same Merriment and joy.

May the year ahead bring lots of creative mojo and fresh new ideas for us all.

I for one am starting the new year in a new space for my craft room...just need to finish my painting and when done, i will post pics...promise.

Thank you for taking an interest in my ramblings and my attempts at means a lot to share with like minded people.

I leave you with my messy space before my big move

Happiness always



Saturday, December 22, 2012

Quick Christmas cards

Hello everyone

I trust you are all having a wonderful holiday thus Cape Town we have had some gloriously hot, hot summer days and time in the pool has been often....for me thats a record, cause i have to reach boiling point before i actually venture into the

As dear mum..Who by the way thinks it takes all of 5 minutes to make a my this morning for 4 Xmas know her neighbours look forward to getting them each year and yet she always waits for a few days before the big day to ask me for them...go figure... are 4 quick cards made with stash that was ready and available on my work desk.

Have a splendid holiday season, keep safe and enjoy.


Shamela :-)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Sweet Sixteen A4 birthday Card

Hello everyone!

This week flew by in a flash....still had physio for my arm which is feeling 100% better and hope that maybe one more session will do the trick.

Thanks to everyone for their feel better soon wishes...I appreciate you all thinking of me.

I don't know about any of you, but to fill an A4 space for a birthday card is always a bit of a challenge....happy to say the person who ordered this card was blown away and over the moon happy with it. Phew!.....I was sooooo relieved

Here are the pics....please feel free to mail or comment if you have any questions.

Have a great weekend


Shamela ;-)

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Get well soon

Hello fellow crafters

I was so sad to hear that one of my long time friends and clients had taken ill last week. Of course I had to make her a card in the hope that it would bring some cheer to her during this difficult time

Hope you like.....

Have a stunning day... I am off to the physio for my shoulder's killing me!


Shamela ;-)

Sunday, November 25, 2012

80th birthday card

Hello stamping friends

I made this card for a special 80th birthday.

Found this marvellous blog by Megan Berry called Lilac and Lavender (

This lady had put together the "most amazing" printable papers and tags.

I was so excited to find it yesterday that I simply just had to use a printable from
Her site for this card.

Hope you all have a great week!



Saturday, November 24, 2012

10 quick 2013 calendars

Hi there

Yep I have been a busy gal..... 2
Posts in one day... Lol a record for me....

The new year is almost upon us and as usual I make mum some calendars to give away as gifts. Of course I cannot charge her for these, she is my mum and does so much for all of us, so I had to make them pretty but within a budget.

Out comes the off cut box!

It took me a bit of time to make them, cause trying to match up colours seem to take up most of my time, but they didn't cost a fortune.

Hope u like them.

Have a great weekend. It's cold, windy and raining in Cape Town.
Strange weather for this time of year


Shamela :-)

Steampunk chunky page part 2

Hiya everyone!

Yesterday went by in a whirlwind, so today I finally had the tome to take some pics of my completed page

I am lazy to lug out and down load pics from my other camera so thought instead of waiting another day to download, took pics with my iPad.

If I ever swap my iPad it will be for one with a better quality camera 'cause it's just so easy to blog from here.

I kept the back of my page simple cause there was just so much going on in the front.

Hope u like my steam punk attempt.

Stamping hugz
Shamela ;-)

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Steampunk Chunky book page Tim Holtz Dies.

Hello fellow stampers and scrappers

 A few months ago my card group hosted a Steampunk Chunky book swap.... well ... I took the liberty of taking pics of my page as I went along... and today (cause I think almost everyone should have their books by now) I would like to share with you my contribution to the chunky book.

It took me days to create this... and it was indeed a labour of love... I had never done steampunk before... so this was a really big challenge...

These are the stamp sets I used to complete the page.... I stamped the heart with wings and then cut them out seperately. Used the wings on the dressmakers body and the heart on the side.
I started with this scrapbook paper.... cause I love the ready distressed look it had.

Overstamped the scrapbook paper with the stamp below in brushed corduroy distressed ink

Then overstamped that with the stamp below in Memories Art Print brown.

and finally stamped the number stamp (cannot remember the brand off the bat) randomly in fired brick. This was my background.
Using my little distress tool, I distressed the edges as well as created a tear on the top and left side of the card and distressed that as well.

added some fired brick and brushed corduroy distress ink to the edges.

here you can see the opening I created with the tear - this was also distressed to match the sides.

completed distressed tear on the top.

I took an off cut of Kraft and embossed it with a brick embossing folder. attached it behind the tear and layered the background onto a black 14x14cm 200gsm card.

Apologies for the bad picture, I cut out Tim Holtz Alterations cogs border die with chip board and painted it first in black and lightly brushed over it with copper paint.

once dried I added some Inkssentials Crackle Accents to the gears I cut out which will eventually be layered under the top tear of the page. I also added the gears border painted in black and copper to the side of my page.
That's it for today folks.... I will be back later today or tomorrow with the balance of my page and the final product.
Have a stampendous day
shamela ;-)