Saturday, July 19, 2014

Lunch at the Pink Fig

The weather has been horrible these past few weeks.  I really don't recall a winter in the past that was quite as cold as this one.  Last Sunday we all had cabin fever and when the sun peeked out from behind the clouds we decided to find a sunny spot where Stefan can play and where we can sit like "dassies" and enjoy the warmth of the sun as well as get a good meal.  Earlier last week I met Cat at the Pink Fig and thoroughly enjoyed it was a repeat performance.

 Stefan was quickly occupied in the sandpit.

 He then found this car and unfortunately it needed to be powered by a human.  So first Bianca pushed him around the play area.

 When B got tired, Oupa had to step up to the task and for the next 15 minutes this went on.  Then Oupa decided he needed a break.

 Stefan did not agree...

 ....and he entertained us with a fully fledged tantrum...

 ...and I was fortunate to capture it for his 21st birthday... didn't have the desired affect... he threw himself down on his back and screamed and kicked...

 It worked...two little boys felt sorry for him.

 The tantrum was forgotten as his two new slaves pushed him around.

 The very elusive Bianca with Riaan.  I struggle to get this girl to sit still when I take a photo.

My Bokkie and I.

This week the weather was horrid again...but we are planning a date night tonight...and tomorrow we hope that the sun will shine and that we will be able to sit outside and drink it all in.

How are you doing?  Having a good weekend?


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Over the moon for you - Teresa Collins (Daily Stories)

Hi friends,  Today I am sharing a layout with you made with my favourite line of papers from Teresa Collins.  I was the designated photographer at my youngest grandson's 2nd birthday recent.  My settings on my camera was all out and most of my photos were blurred.  I used this photo of my granddaughter Leane with her mommy.  You will see that the focus was on their faces with the rest of the photo being a blur.  I do love how this page turned out ;-)

Supplies used:  Cardstock:  American Craft;  Patterned papers:  Teresa Collins (Daily Stories); Butterflies, sequins, bling:  Teresa Collins (Daily Stories);  Wooden house:  Prima; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios; Title: Kerri Bradford and cut with my Silhoutte Cameo;  Mask: Prima;  Trim:  Maya Rd (I think);  Other: Texture paste and paint.

I used this sketch by Laura Whitaker:

Some close ups:
I cut the heart and the scalloped circle with Quickutz dies and the Revolution diecutter.  I love the soft effect of the stenciled texture paste that I coloured a soft yellow.

A little cluster at the bottom of the page.  

The little wooden house was perfect.  I love the trim that I found in my stash...and the little row of sequins was added to cover up a messy glue line.

Thank you for visiting.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mr Mischief - CSI 130 - Jillibean Soup

Hi friends,  I was fortunate to find time to play along with the latest CSI (Color Story Inspiration) challenge.  I used a photo of Stefan taken on a recent outing.

Supplies used:  Cardstock:  American Craft:  Patterned papers:  Jilllibean Soup (Watermelon Gazpacho); Metal bird and star: Teresa Collins; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Stickers: 7Gypsies;   Title cut with Silhouette Cameo; Other: Texture paste, grey paint, Prima stencil, DMC cotton.

Here is the case file:

Here is how I solved the case:

The Scheme: All colours used.

Evidence: Stars, metal, circles, bird, paint.

Testimony: I used 4 important things: The little stickers read: Boy: 1. The wildest of all animals. 2. Noise with dirt on it. 3. Most precious to their mothers...and I added a 4th. Turbo charged.

Some close ups:
I love finding odd little things in my stash.  I have a stack of the old 7Gypsies Autocolants sticker sheets with definitions etc.  This little "Misions of Mischief" fit in perfectly with my subject.

These challenges are awesome to cut into old stash that has been sitting for years.  I can't even remember how old this Jillibean soup papers are.  I think they were part of a Personal Scrapper kit in 2011.

This Prima triangles stencil was perfect for this design and echoes the large focal triangle.  The "Mr Mischief" title was cut with the Silhouette Cameo using the Brush Script MT font.

I used this very neat sketch by Brenda Ragsdale.
Thank you for visiting.  Be sure to visit Color Story Inspiration for some awesome inspiration.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Life is a learning curve

Light painting during a photographic course

I have been wanting to blog...but have deleted each post before I could post it.  I guess one should steer clear of blogging when you are irritated or upset.   These past two weeks I have learned a few things.

  • I have learned that honesty and loyalty are key to having healthy relationships.
  • I have learned that I will always be loyal towards the people I doesn't matter how big they have messed up.
  • I have learned that often people who you expect to be loyal, are not...and that hurts.
  • I have learned that few people can be trusted with my emotional baggage (and I have a suitcase full)
  • I have learned that I have no tolerance for people who don't have a filter between their thoughts and their mouths.
  • I have learned that words spoken...hurts...and cannot be reversed once said.
  • I have learned that as easily as I forgive, I can cut people out of my life.
  • I have learned that above all... I crave quiet and being alone.
  • I have learned that the best way to filter out noise is being lost in a good book.
  • I have learned that people can push you away even when they need you most.
So we never stop learning.  What have you learned recently?


    Sunday, July 6, 2014

    2 little Monkeys - CSI129

    Hello there, I know that I have been missing in action for a while.  Yesterday I took time out to play along with Color Story Inspiration's case file no 129.  I used the latest sketch by Stuck?!  I loved using scraps for the triangles.  I used two photos of Stefan and Juan, my two youngest grandsons.
     Supplies used:  Cardstock:  American Craft; Patterned papers: American Craft(Grey), Studio Calico (Yellow), Echo Park (green); enamel dots and brads: My Minds Eye; Stars: My Minds Eye; Title: Silhouette Cameo, Other: Lindy's Stamp Gang Mist, Maya Road ric rac and DMC cotton.

    The case file:

    Here is how I solved the case:

    The Scheme: all the colors used.

    Evidence: Silver metal (stars); Numbers (silver 2), fabric ric rac, stitching.

    Testimony: I made up my own 6-word memoir. : "Grandparents home where cousins become friends."  The journalling on the back: "Stefan and Juan, you were born only two months apart. The two of you love playing together and love running, climbing and jumping. With the two of you it is just "go,go,go". I am sure that you will grow up to become best friends. xx Ouma."

    This is the sketch by Stuck?!

    Here are some close-ups:

    Thank you for your visit.  I appreciate your comments.


    Saturday, June 28, 2014

    Perfectly content "passing love notes with our eyes"

    Hi friends.  Today I am sharing a page I made using the Color Story Inspiration Case file S365-6.  I combined two lines of Teresa Collins papers for this colour challenge.  I was also inspired by a 2 page layout by the talented Jowilna Nolte.  I used the basic design of her page and compressed it to a single page.  Here is my page:

    Supplies used:  Cardstock:  American Craft; Patterned papers: Teresa Collins; Flowers: Petaloo, Websters; Tattered diamond chipboard:  Blue Fern studios, Enamel dots:  My Minds Eye, Brad: Teresa Collins; Bling: Crystal stickers; Title: Silhouette Cameo;  Other: Acrylic paint, Gold Gelato, texture paste, Prima mask, DMC cotton.

    The case file:
    Here is how I solved the case file:

    The Scheme:  All the colours were used.

    Evidence:  jewels, flowers, diamonds (chipboard), gold, texture paste.

    Testimony:  My title is Perfectly content and then I used a 6-word memoir.    I found the perfect one for this page on the site.  K was taking the photo of me sitting on the main beach at Plettenberg Bay.  The words "passing love notes with our eyes' fit perfectly.  My journalling on the back of the page: "This year we have been married 35 years and I just love you more and more as the time passes.  I love that we still sneak kisses, always hold hands, play footsie-footsie under tables and seriously flirt with one another.  We send messages with our eyes...and we usually know what is going through the other's head.  That is special and I know just how blessed we are."

    Some close ups:
     I love stitching on my pages and this just felt like the perfect touch to finish the page.

     I have had these sheer Websters flowers in my stash for the longest time...and now they are just perfect.

    I painted the tattered diamond bits chipboard with black paint and then rubbed gold Gelato onto it.

    Thank you for looking ;-)


    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    I must confess...the hardest thing...

    I have been busy writing a post about "what defines me"  Not quite ready to post it I am playing along with Laura...who is playing along with Kirsty of My Home Truths.  Confessing the hardest thing you have had to do in your life.

    As a woman we wear many hats. I guess I don't need to tell you that. You all know the vastly different roles we play. I have always been a tiger mommy when it comes to my children. I wasn't 19 yet when Kobus Jr was born and by the time I was 21 I was mommy to Wynand too. Bianca became part of our family when she was 16 months old and is proof that a child grows in the heart and not necessarily in blood.  We tend to think that the challenging years are those during childhood. WRONG!  We tend to think that once the children are grown up and married and leading life away from home things will become plain sailing.  WRONG again!   Well wrong...unless you aren't very involved in your children's lives.

    We face many challenges throughout our lives...and we make mistakes and choices we regret and those we rejoice in.  I cannot single out one particular thing that was hard for me...but what happened in 2010 was the most challenging and hardest time of our lives.  Something we didn't have any control over and something we never ever want to repeat.

     Wynand, Nadia and Lukas

    In January 2010 Wynand told us that he has had loss of vision in his one eye after having a terrible "migraine" that lasted two days.  After a lot of scans, tests etc...we were told that Wynand had a malformation of arteries that leads directly into his eyes. The partial loss of vision was due to an artery rupturing and bleed into his brain.  In his case it was inoperable as the outcome would leave him in a worse condition.  We were told that he will have to "live with it" and that it would not kill him but could lead to blindness. In March 2010 Wynand had another brain bleed that left him completely blind.  He could no longer take care of his business and because he had a family to support, his father just took that task onto himself.

    Kobus, Lache, Leane, Dewan and Juan.

    During March 2010 our oldest son moved back home. His marriage had failed...and he was keenly aware that he failed his two little ones. I am honest if I say that we took this in our stride...compared to what was happening in Wynand's life, this was small.  Suddenly we had little ones staying over every Wednesday night and every second weekend.

    Bianca and Stefan.

    In June 2010 our hearts were dealt another blow when we woke up one morning to find that our daughter had cleaned out her entire room and had disappeared during the night.  We had no idea why she left and where she had gone to.  She wasn't answering her cell phone. We had to wait for the appropriate period of hours to pass before we could report her as missing.

    I cannot begin to tell you about the fear, the much we much we prayed.

    Today, Wynand functions normally despite the fact that the doctors said that he wouldn't regain his vision.  Kobus have remarried his wife and they have had another baby.  Bianca returned home after more than a year.  God has carried us through the most awful time of our lives.  If I look back I can honestly say that if we didn't have God to cling to I don't know how we would have survived.  He held us together when we were falling apart.

    So tell me...what is the hardest thing you have had to do...or live through?


    Tuesday, June 24, 2014

    My Love - CREATE - Teresa Collins

    Hi all, here is the second page that was published in the June edition of the CREATE magazine.  Remember this magazine is free for download HERE and you can download the free sketches HERE.  The page I am sharing today was inspired by the hearts on the card sketch.

    Supply list:  Cardstock:  American Craft; Patterned papers:  Teresa Collins (Daily Stories); Brads, buttons, arrows:  Teresa Collins (Daily Stories); Alphabet: American Craft; Love title/ man&woman icons, heart cuts: Silhouette Cameo; Wooden hearts: Studio Calico; Other: Lindy Stamp Gang mists; DMC cotton, Pan Pastels.

    I used the Silhouette Cameo to cut the hearts out of the ledger paper.  I then backed the ledger paper with white cardstock.  I used PanPastels to create the ombre effect from dark yellow to aqua.  I love working with PanPastels.
     I then cut slightly smaller hearts from the circles papers and pasted them into some of the cut out spaces.  I also added wooden embellishments, enamel dots, gems and brads.

    I find it so amusing that I always enjoy making the layouts based on the card sketches even more than the page sketches.  Funny that...maybe it is because I am forced to think outside of the box.


    Thursday, June 19, 2014

    Simply a Great life - CREATE - Teresa Collins

    The June edition of CREATE is live.  You can download the magazine HERE and the free sketches HERE.  Today I want to show you the double page layout I made based on the sketch that was given to the Design Team.  I used some of the photos taken during our long weekend at Storms River Mouth in January.

    Supply list: Cardstock:  American Craft; Patterned papers: Teresa Collins (Hello my name is); Title and leaf flourish:  Silhouette Cameo; Flowers:  Prima; Buttons, brads and sequins: Teresa Collins (Hello my name is); Other:  Texture paste, Crafters Workshop stencil.

    I flipped the sketch we were given and I used a larger 5x7 photo on the left page.  Because my focal photo was larger I also adjusted all the patterned paper pieces to 1 inch longer than the sketch.  Here is some close ups:

    I wanted to bring some blue into the colour scheme.  So I blocked my photos on blue cardstock and coloured my texture paste that I spread over the patterned paper with a little bit of acrylic paint.  I love the result.

    I used a heart punch and punched out the two hearts from red cardstock.  I then applied some glossy accents to the hearts and let it dry.  

    Please be inspired by this free magazine.  It has so much to offer.


    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

    I confess - The A-Z of me

    The Bitou River outside Plettenberg Bay at sunset.

    I am playing along with Laura who is playing along with My Home Truths ;-)  I am really making this random with whatever comes into my mind first.

    Apple juice is my cold beverage of choice...I don't drink alcohol.

    Bokkie the name I call the ones I love.

    My Calling in life is to Care and have Compassion towards those who are in need.  Being Creative is what I do when I need to escape from this reality.

    Dreaming  wonderful things for the people in our care...and dreaming of a home with a sea view.

    Emotionally bankrupt today...there is just too much happening for my senses to handle.

    My Faith in my Saviour and Lord is the very essence of who I am.

    I am Grateful for friends and family that always surround me with love, understanding and a listening ear.

    Honesty and Integrity are characteristics that I value highly.

    I always look for Joy and beauty in my everyday experiences.

    Kobus...the name of my soul mate and best friend.

    I am extremely Loyal to my friends and family. of my many hats...and the  one I wear with the most pride.

    No...a word I want to become more proficient in.  I struggle to say no, and I am often bullied into doing things that I don't really have the time for.

    Ouma...the most beautiful name in the world.

    I am a person known for my positivity.  Very few things get me down.

    Quiet...the thing the introvert in me crave after too much emotional stimulation.

    I place a high value on respect...for self and for others.

    Something I truly suck at is small talk...and no, I don't want to get any better at it either.

    I believe in telling the truth even if your voice shakes.  I believe that if you can lie, you can also steal.

    I am a very strong person and can take almost everything that life throws at me...but I know that when I come undone or darling man is there to catch me when I fall.

    Van maiden name.

    I really don't like winter.  I have seriously tried to change my attitude to this time of year...but I fail miserably. kisses sent to the ones I love.

    I love the colour yellow, and love wearing it in the winter to make me feel summery...go figure!

    I have zero tolerance for people who are materialistic, arrogant and rude.

    Tag you're it!!