Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Positive encouragement: http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/
Uplifting comments advice for a new year!: http://twistoffaithcards.blogspot.com.au/
Any digi: http://papermakeupstamps.blogspot.com/2012/09/digi-makeover-challenge-55.html
This image and saying are from TLC - I just had to have this one! A few of you may have seen some of the photos (see previous posts) from our recent trip to South Africa. We had so many animal views - but the most memorable is an encounter with an elephant. We were driving in Kruger National Park when we saw a large elephant near the road, just ahead of us. We stopped, to see what he would decide to do. We had a vehicle behind us - we did back up as much as possible. The elephant paced a bit - generally staying on the road just ahead of us (maybe as close as 10-15 feet.) . At one point he flared his ears -not a goodTL sign. When he appeared to be coming even closer, our experienced guide/driver opened his window - banged on the door and shouted. In a short time, the elephant decided to saunter off, and we could all breathe again! Had he decided to challenge us even more, we were quite sure he could have done serious damage to our van. That does not happen often, but is not unheard of! (I hope some of you will take a look at the photos.)
I like the verse - it encourages adventure but also gives good advice for a well grounded life.
I added some glitter to the Cuttlebug BG, and used Belle Blvd. washi tape.
Any (100%) digi: http://createwithtlc-createwithtlc.blogspot.com/p/show-it-off-sunday.html
Positive thoughts - following this saying would result in a joyful life!: http://createwithtlc-createwithtlc.blogspot.com/p/show-it-off-sunday.html
It looks like I need to fix some links - will get back to this.
Monday, December 23, 2013
Sketch, with stash items: http://sketchandstashchallenge.blogspot.com/
Any, with Basic Grey papers: http://basicgreychallenges.blogspot.com/
Any Christmas: http://cutedaisymay.blogspot.com/
Any Christmas and upcoming new year: http://kaboodledoodles.blogspot.com/
Christmas with sparkle: http://joannasheenchallenge.blogspot.ca/
The true meaning of Christmas - the glad tidings announcing the birth of the Savior: http://tuesdaythrowdown.blogspot.com/
Christmas with a sentiment: http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.com/
The last Christmas card: http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com/
This sentiment came from the stash of items from Splitcoaststampers Wish RAK so I do not know the source. The DP is from an adorable Debbie Mumm stack. I added a Cuttlebugged heart with some half pearls.
Sketch: http://kgiron.blogspot.com/ ("The Sweetest Thing")
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Sketch #224: http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
|Sk Sat #224|
New item, with Kraft cs: http://www.thekraftjournal.blogspot.com/
Use a stamp: http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/
Any masculine: http://herecometheboysblogchallenge.blogspot.com/
Saturday, December 21, 2013
I have not had much time to do cards recently (see the previous posts of photos from our trip) but I need one more Christmas card - and found lots of challenges to complete! I used the same materials as for most of the previous cards - the glitter added to the Cuttlebug Snowflake embossing, and a shiny gold die cut strip, and a die cut circle. The mat is hunter green.
Die cut: http://cutitupchallenges.blogspot.com/
Any Christmas sparkle: http://craftitudechallenges.blogspot.co.uk/
Christmas, with a sentiment: http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Happy Holiday: http://chocolatecoffeecards.blogspot.com/
Inspiring - the Christmas message: http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/
P - palm tree: http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/
Last minute card: http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge.blogspot.com/
Thursday, December 19, 2013
(Sorry - blogger does not seem to want me to rearrange the photos!)
This will give a sample of the hundreds of animals we saw - some closer than we wanted! Zebras, baboons, wildebeast, impalas and many other antelope, warthogs, cape buffalo, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles, vultures, giraffes and many more. Most were at Kruger Park but we also visited other reserves, breeding facilities, animal rehabilitation centers and more. Most photos were from inside the van - you can see a few photos where animals were right in front of us or beside the road.
Here are more photos - this group highlights the mission aspect of our trip. We have had the privilege of
helping to support a small Lutheran seminaro in Pretoria. Students come from all over Africa, and will return as leaders in their villages. The couple at the right are leaders in this congregation - her beautiful voice led the a capella singing in Africaans. Next is a photo of me with Erling. On the left is Pastor Karl Bohmer, who until recently was pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran in Gunnison, CO. At the right is Rev. Nathan Mntambo, pastor of this seminary congregation. They are experienced big game hunting guides who are also extremely active in many mission projects, including support of this seminary. Rev. Dr. Wilhelm Weber is president of the seminary as well as bishop of the Lutheran Diocese in South Africa. His wife also teaches at the seminary.
|Gathering for the Sunday service.|
|Inside the church, before our English service.|
|Tour leaders Danielle and Michael Grosse, me, Erling, Pastor and Mrs. Wilhelm.|
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
That 5 year old elephant challenged our van - came within about 10 feet - was finally persuaded to leave.
Our group leader persuaded me to hold this albino python.. Did I really do that??? The giraffe obviously believes the leaves are better on the far side of the tree!
Monday, December 2, 2013
P - for Psalm: http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/
Free and easy - any: http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.com/
Our new neighbors brought us a plate of goodies - we have neglected them since they recently moved in - at least I can send a thank you! This is a digi from Beccy's Place, colored with Prismas and gel pens. IRL the flowers and bow closely match the cs and burgundy of the DP. I added the die cut from CB's Olivia alpha set - I use the letters often, but neglect the extras. DP is by Paper Studio.
Any, with Beccy's image: http://beccysplace.blogspot.com/
Thank you with die cut: http://cutitupchallenges.blogspot.com/
P - for posies: http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/
Friday, November 29, 2013
Beccy Muir's 30th challenge of the month is to do something we love. It is a joy to create Christmas cards - we like to remind our friends and family of the birth of Jesus - the reason for the season. On another level, I love to use embossing folders. Though I have LOTS of pattern paper, I really like the clean look of cream or white and a dark color. Another thing I really like to do is to follow sketches and combine with other challenges - and to create many different looks with the same image.
What I love to do: http://beccysplace.blogspot.com.au/2013/11/a-month-of-holiday-cards-challenge.html
Any Christmas: http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.co.uk/
Any sentiment: http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/challenge-94-any-sentiment.html
Any Christmas: http://craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2.blogspot.com/2013/10/chnc-challenge-extra-for-october.html?showComment=1381358679049#c2166906042903339106
Any Christmas: http://www.craftybloggersnetwork.blogspot.com/
The DP has been in my stash for a couple of years, as have the gems. The image is one I stamped a few years ago - I added some sparkly glitter from Studio G - to create garlands on the trees.
Sketch #79: http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.co.uk/
The shepherds are counting down, waiting to visit the Christ child: http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Any, with uplifting message (any Christmas message is that): http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/
Countdown for Christmas - the shepherds are certainly doing that: http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/