Saturday, 25 August 2012

Goth Boy in Purple

Hi, How are you today. On this Saturday morning here in Nairobi it is a rather overdrawn kind of day weather wise, pleasant temperature, so on the whole pretty good. The night before last we had a massive surge to the power lines into the Hotel and quite a few rooms were without power for a while. Kenyan Power is somewhat volatile and apparently these things happen on a major scale every couple of years. The hotel has a massive generator so this kicked in and saved the day/evening for most!

My card today is similar to one I have made before:
Here it is:- I have called it "Goth Boy in Purple". Not very imaginative I know!

I used DCWV bright card stock stack as my base and a sheet of plain purple paper for the contrast. (From my stash).

The metal gears and brads that look like screws are a nice touch (I thought) to the look and feel of the card.

I used Copics to colour the digital image from Spesch Stamps printed on white "X-press it blending card" as follows:
Hair: C7, C5, C3 (also Marvy 1122 Le Plume II Black 
Bracelets: E13, E15, E17
Skin: E50, E51, E11
Shirt: V17, BV11, BV00
Trousers and the ground: C5, C3, C1
Boots: B97, B95, C7, C5 B(also Marvy 1122 Le Plume II Black 
Eyes: B0000
Background: B0000

I added a few drops of Stickles Crystal Glitter for a little interest in the background of the image.

The Top of the card in more detail.
I used a white Peel Off for the sentiment - they are so effective!

This is the inside of the card!

I hope you are having a great weekend. Thanks again for stopping by.

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Such a "Handy" Dad - Happy Father's Day

Hi, How's your weekend going? I am briefly catching up on some admin for the business as well as spending time relaxing looking at crafting web sites and getting excited about growing my "Wish List"!
The card I have today is another Father's Day Card.

Here it is:

I began by using white card for the base of the card and then added a layer of Kaiser Craft Moss weave card stock and a sheets of DP from a Kaiser Craft 6" x 6" pad called "Konstrukt Collection".

Onto this I added some lovely Green Really Reasonable Ribbon - from the February 2012 Subscription pack.

I stamped the image twice (a Funstamp - FR55 called DIY Frame) with a Memento Bamboo Leaves ink pad and cut out the tools to decoupage them for some depth.

I coloured the image with Copics:
Paint: C32, C34
Handles of Tools: YG11, G0000
Metal of Tools, Screws etc: N1, N2, N4, N6
Wood of frame: E09, E13, E15, E17, E47, E97
Saw Handle: E50, E51, YR24
Shading: W1, W3

The sentiment is from Flourishes, the "What a catch" stamp set which I stamped in the middle of the frame, also using the same Bamboo Leaves ink pad. I added a few flourishes with a Mint coloured Spica Pen and there you have it.

I hope you liked this card, it was quite easy to make and I think looks really effective.
Thanks for dropping by take care until the nest time you drop by . . . .

Sunday, 12 August 2012

A Father's Day Card

Hello Blog Friends and Family. Another card from me. Yes I know a second card in as many days. However I can only add a post at the weekends at the moment. How are you? Hope all well with you and yours. The card I have today was an easy one to make and is for Father's Day coming up in September for those of us who live in Australia.

I began by using KaiserCraft Spiced Pumpkin weave card stock as my card base.

Then I placed a sheet of Design Paper from a My Mind's Eye Follow Your Heart - Be amazing 6" x 6" pad. If you look through the pad you'll see the page with this design on and with the hexagon shapes.

Using my computer I matched the colour and drew a few hexagons with a few letters in them which say "Happy Fathers Day". Then I cut them out and stick them over the design of the paper using foam pads.

The sentiment was something I created on my PC which I cut out and added to the front of the card using more foam pads.

The shirt was a stamp which I have had for ages - Funstamps F P70 Gents Shirt and I used a Memento London Fog ink pad  to stamp it with. I stamped the image a few times so that I could cut pieces out to decoupage onto the image. The tie was stamped onto a piece of scrap I had in my stash. I coloured the shirt stripes using my Prisma Clor Pencils.

... and there you have it. Hope you like it. Men's cards are something I really have to work on so the stamp inspired me as well as the MME papers.

Here is more detail about what I used:

Thanks for stopping by to read my Blog. I'll drop by again soon, until then take care and Be Safe.

Saturday, 11 August 2012

A Locket of Love on your Birthday

Hi there "Blog Family and Friends". How are you? As some of you may know we are on our travels overseas with work and before I left Australia I made a few cards and kept them aside so I could add them to my blog whilst I was away. Work is going well, but I must say I do miss not being able to tuck myself away and do a little crafting. So the ability to share a card with you enables me to not miss it sooooo much!

Let me show you the card I wish to share with you today.

To make this card I used Gold coloured card stock from DCWV neutrals stack pack for my card base. The card if I recall is approximately 5" x 7".

On top of the card base I layered Teal plain and patterned Design Paper from a HOTP Paper Pack.

The interesting design for the layer with the pattern on it was cut with more Gold coloured card stock using an EK Success "Scroll Pattern Edger Large Punch (54-50052).

I am very grateful to Becca Feeken at Amazing Paper Grace for the inspiration on how to use this punch. It was her design that inspired me to make this card with this particular punch. I had it in my stash for sometime and was unsure how to get the best from it. Becca has a Tutorial on her Blog (and on YouTube) on how to create this look.

After adding another couple of layers of the teal plain and patterned papers again I used satin ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon's March 2012 subscription pack. These are such good value and you get such great ribbons that you may never think of buying but are just lovely to use.

In addition I used a thin piece of gold ribbon from my stash to attach the lovely silver locket that I purchased at Spotlight in Australia. (Spotlight really do have some great crafty items).

I finished off my card with a silver "Happy Birthday" peel off and a couple of pieces of Teal candi.

Here are some better details of the items I used:

I hope you liked this card, it is quite simple and yet very effective. I think it is the perfect place for this beautiful silver locket.
Thanks for dropping by to read my Blog. I'll be back with another card quite soon. Until then be safe and take care.

Sunday, 5 August 2012

We have arrived in Nairobi

Hi, it's been a while since I last wrote here and I hope you have been safe and sound in the meantime. Today I want to share some photos of where we are staying in Nairobi. It is a beautiful spot and we just love staying at this hotel. The Fairview Hotel just outside of the city.

Our flight here took us from Sydney to Changi Airport in Singapore, then to London Heathrow (where we had a fabulous shower in  arrivals) and then onto Jomo Kenyatta airport in Nairobi Kenya.

It's July 25th and here am I at London Heathrow for our 5 hour stop over. The Union Jack can be found everywhere, and there is a real buzz in the air, with the anticipation of the Olympics soon to begin.
We are just off to find arrivals to have a nice shower.

We then leave London Heathrow at 10.00am in the morning and we get to Nairobi after an eight hour flight. Our first stop is the Ole-Sereni Hotel on the Mombasa road, about 10 minutes from the Airport. We are only there for a quick visit before moving onto the Fairview Hotel.

Here is a picture of the main part of the Fairview Hotel. There are two main blocks separated by the Ngong 2 public road (pronounced Nong) the hotle is situated on approximately 5 acres of land. We are very familiar with this place as we have been coming here on and off for the last 17 years!!!!

Here is the lobby, the checking in desk is on the right hidden just out of sight. Ahead you can see the Mitende Atrium Restaurant which is where we mostly have our breakfast at the weekends, we leave just a fraction too early in the mornings to eat Breakfast here Monday thru Friday.

This is the Mukatan Restaurant and does THE MOST FABULOUS home made baguettes, sandwiches and our favourite Sushi! Yum!!!
This is a particularly lovely place to sit as you look across at a gorgeous water feature ....

let me show you ....

It is so relaxing, my photo doesn't really do the place justice, the constant running water is just so restful.

You've guessed right; this is our room number. All the rooms in the hotel are numbered thus. They are Ostrich eggs and are hand painted by a lady from South Africa.

This is the view from our Bedroom. The hedges you can see are either side of the road I mentioned earlier so we are situated in the block across from the main Hotel.
You can see the Sunflower sitting on our window ledge.

The gardens are amazing. Herbs, strawberries and lettuce are grown for the kitchens in the grounds and they are kept immaculately by the proud Groundsmen.

Our room has three parts, the sleeping area shown here. Around on the left (out of sight) is the large wardrobe space.

Then here is Frits in our Kitchenette, diner and sitting area.

Lastly our Bathroom - which is HUGE. To the right of the "Glass wall" (you can just see the marble edge of it in this picture) is the shower.

Lovely eh? All the modern conveniences you could wish for.

Last picture - just another of the lovely grounds behind the main pool area. We have a smaller pool in our block of the hotel too, which is lovely and quiet and just serves the people residing in that block.

That's all for now, as the signal here is a little intermittent and it takes a while to create a post because of that. I hope you have enjoyed seeing where we will be spending the next 5 weeks. We have been here a week and a half now and we are really enjoying the country, the city and of course the people.

Take care and until the next time, be safe and be happy.

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