05 November 2009

CHRISTMAS ... The Best of Times
This creation has been entered for the following challenges:


I was so excited when the Postman delivered my gorgeous November Kit all the way from the Netherlands to me here in Johannesburg, South Africa. Having seen my fellow design team members' gorgeous creations over at the Monthly Card Kit Club, I was just itching to receive my design team goodies. Thank you so much Karin. So, no time was wasted creating with all the yummy goodies in this month's kit.
The only items on this creation that was not in the kit, are the 4 orange brads and the plain pink and teal cardstock forming the outside border of the card. The 'best of times' circle was stamped with an acrylic stamp from my personal stash. The circle embellishments were created with 3 circle punches and it was a joy to sand the edges of the various double sided patterned cardstock in this kit.
Once again two sketch inspirations got me started with this card i.e. Laura's Sketch #38 over at 2 Sketches 4 You and this week's sketch #27 challenge over at Papertake Weekly.
Must say, it was quite strange creating a winter themed Xmas card as we celebrate Xmas here in South Africa, right in the middle of a sizzling summer.



... And I am sure you will all be glad to hear that Mr & Mrs Wagtail are excellent parents. They have been feeding and caring for their two bambinos round the clock and the chicks' eyes has opened Sunday afternoon and today (Thursday) they are very aware of what's going on around them and moving around in the nest all the time. It is just so difficult to get decent photos of the chicks due to the nest perching up high between thorny aloe leaves. Loads of scratch marks on my hands are proof of this. Its an absolute miracle that the chicks are in such a healthy state as they have already survived numerous electric thunder storms combined with pouring rain and gusty winds. I think us humans can learn a great deal from the Wagtails when it comes to selecting the perfect location for building our homes.


I got a really nice award from the lovely Tesa!

From TesaB

The rules are - I need to pass this award to five people, post on their blog that I left this award, and then I need to answer a list of questions in one word. Here goes:
  1. Where is your cell phone? Next to me
  2. Your hair? Washed yesterday
  3. Your mother? Passed away in 1999
  4. Your father? Passed away in 1997
  5. Your favorite food? Fillet with mushroom sauce
  6. Your dream last night? DH going for a nose job
  7. Your dream/goal? Becoming a sought after photographer
  8. Your favorite drink? Cuppocino
  9. What room are you in? My Creative Studio
  10. Your hobby? Gardening
  11. Your fear? Motor Car Accident
  12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Loving the space I am in right now
  13. Where were you last night? Home
  14. Something that you aren't? Fashion conscious
  15. Muffins? Fat Free
  16. Wish list item? 35cm Digital Photo Frame
  17. Where did you grow up? On a farm in the Eastern Cape, South Africa
  18. Last thing you did? Baked Fat Free Muffins
  19. What are you wearing? Tracksuit
  20. Your TV? Not a Plasma
  21. Your Pets? My Darling Husband
  22. Friends? A few for life
  23. Your life? Perfect
  24. Your mood? Very Positive and Optimistic
  25. Missing Someone? Parents
  26. Vehicle? Toyota Auris
  27. Something your not wearing? High heel shoes
  28. Your favorite store? Local Craft Shop
  29. Your favorite color? Green
  30. When was the last time you laughed? This morning
  31. Last time you cried? Sunday
  32. Your best friend? A few
  33. One place that I go to over and over? Cathedral peak in the Drakensberg
  34. Facebook? Not a huge fan

Favorite place to eat? Europa

And here are five lovely people I want to pass it on to:

  1. Sophia
    Thanks again for the love you are all spreading here at Doing Life. Every comment is truly appreciated.


  1. Stunning cards and what a nice kit you received.
    Thanks so much for sharing the Wagtails' progress, they seem so cute.
    Will have to answer the questions tonight and post on my blog.

  2. Thanks for the little pressie... will have to get to it someday. Love the pics of your birds... you are very good with taking photos up in the thorns! Love the card too!

  3. Gorgeous card and I just love the non-traditional colours! the lollipop flowers are stunning! Great job! I loved reading your one word answers! Thanks for sharing! Hugs Judy xx

  4. Fun, fun, fun, I love all the4 circles.

  5. Great card! Love the flowers :)Thanks for Playing with the Pixies!

  6. Gorgeous card Desire, love those distressed flowers and your papers are lovely.
    Hope you are doing well. xx

  7. So now you can finally start the DT-work! I love the way you used the kit. Those flowers are so sweet and I like the edge of the card, it looks like a stamp.
    Loes x

  8. Gorgeous card!! love the pics of those sweet little chicks!

  9. Gorgeous card!! love the pics of those sweet little chicks!

  10. Awesome card. Love the flowers!! Thanks for joining us at The Pixie Cottage and hope to see you again!! Good Luck!

  11. Very pretty card...and lovely photography.

    Thanks for the award...have a bit too much on my plate at the moment will post this when I get time:)

  12. Oh my goodness! LOVE your card, it's so bright and festive! & those pics awwwwww!
    Thanks for playing at 2S4Y!

  13. Fabulous card and I love your little chick photos. Thanks for joining in with Daring Cardmakers this week.

    Lynda xxx

  14. Stunning card! Gorgeous your photos

  15. What a fun card!!! Love the round distressed flowers and the colors!!
    hugs, janny

  16. I just love those distressed flowers! Great job. Thanks for playing with the Pixie Cottage!

  17. Wondeful colours on this one Desire and please to hear the Wagtail update.

    B x

  18. Thank you SO much Desire - will post the answers on my blog asap! Loved your card with the sanded & distressed circles & how you positioned them so they are wider on one side than the other. That stash they sent you really is quite funky ((MME Chrismas 09 I think...) Wagtails are gorgeous & your answers are really quite revealing. I thought you would have pets for some reason & love that you are so down to earth. LOL about your dream!!!

  19. Kan amper nie glo dis alweer tyd vir Kerskaartjies nie. Enige spesiale idee? Ek hou van die kleurvolle een wat jy gemaak het.

    Mooi dag vir jou!

  20. Love all the mixing and matching on your creation- it all ties together beautifully!

  21. Anonymous8:13 PM

    Dear Desire, thank you for sharing a little of your amazing life with us. It was fun to read about the wagtails and your life in general. Isn't funny how we can be from completely different worlds yet the same? I loved your card. So colorful! I live in the southern part of the US, so I too don't have a snowy winter, though it does get cold at times. Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog Desire. You made my day,

    Blessings to you,

  22. This is fabulous Desire!! Love everything about it!!

  23. Fab card Desire, I love the papers and colours and the flowers are gorgeous

  24. Such a gorgeous card Desire!
    I love the cheery bright colors!

    Adorable chick pics!

    (-: Heidi

  25. Gorgeous card, just love the circles and the colours. Great piccies to and nice sharing :) Kim

  26. This is gorgeous...I love those bright and funky papers! :0)
    Helen x

  27. Desire this is soooooooo SWEET, I just love love your color choice and this layout and those embellishments are AWESOME!!!! Beautiful work as always!!

  28. Love the bright and unexpected colours of your christmas card Desire! Very sweet!

    Talking about sweet - those little chics are adorable!!!! Well done on your perserverance! Couldn't have been easy taking that picture but well worth it in the end!

    Feels like I know you just a little better after reading your list. tfs :)

  29. Aw those little birdies bless their hearts, and your card too, brilliant bit of blogging oh I love visiting you xxxx

  30. Wow, this looks just fabulous! Love the colours. Thanks for playing at The Pixie Cottage!

  31. Beautiful card, love those papers.

  32. I am glad about the Wagtails. Your Christmas card is Amazing. Lovies xxx

  33. This is fantastic card! The chicks are so cute.

    jo xx

  34. What a fresh and funky Christmas card. I love it!!! Especially love all the circles in it... I'm really into curves... maybe that's because I'm such a curvy girl myself hehehhehee
    Sandra x

  35. Wow this is just stunning dear what a fantastic colour scheme
    Hugs Jacqui x

  36. I love your cards :) The little flowers are darling :) Thanks for Playing with the Pixie :)

  37. fabulous card chickie! lovin those layered circles..and what scrumptious colors! beautiful work as alwayz

    and ..........awww...those birdies are so sweet! thankx for the update
    love you pics


  38. Thanks for the award, will post about mine soon!


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