Wednesday, July 30, 2014

You only have this one life...make it count!

You might have noticed that I haven't been active in the world of blogging this past while. I have been a little blue this past two weeks.  It all started with a light know one of those that make you feel yukky...but not bad enough to stay in bed?  Having fibromyalgia...things like this ALWAYS go to my muscles and  I have had a constant headache for days.  After having been relatively pain free for some time now, I just don't have the high pain threshold I once had, in actual fact I have become a woosy.  Added to this the happenings around the world is chaotic and scary and one cannot help being drawn into it.  All of this have stripped me of my joy and left me a tad depressed.

This morning in my quiet time I read this by Michael Josephson:

"Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.  There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.  So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won't matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.
It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter?  How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.
What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.  It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.

This just spoke to me and I wanted to share it with all of you.  Today, choose to live fully irrespective of your circumstances.  Choose life!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I ♥ my Dad - CREATE - My Minds Eye (Now and Then Izzy)

Hi all, Today I am sharing another page that was published in the July edition of the CREATE magazine.  Remember this magazine is free for download HERE and you can download the free sketches HERE.   This page was based on the free card sketch for July:

Supply list:  Cardstock:  Acrylic paper, American Craft; Patterned Papers:  My Minds Eye (Now and Then Izzy); Bicycle die cut and enamel dots: My Minds Eye (Now and Then Izzy); Chipboard frame:  Dusty Attic; Other;   Crafters Workship stencil, Shimmerz Paints Texturez in Sandy Stone, Patina and Artie Choked, Lindy Stamp Gang mists.

 I have been wanting to use this very cool stencil since I got it.  I used three different coloured Shimmerz Texturez...a texture paste mixed with glossy paints.

 The frame I used is a Dusty Attic chipboard that has been sitting in my stash for ages.  I painted it orange.

The title was cut with the Silhouette Cameo.

Thank you for visiting and be sure to check out the July CREATE magazine for loads of awesome inspiration.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Captured - CREATE Magazine - July Edition

Hi all, here are two pages that was published in the July edition of the CREATE magazine.  Remember this magazine is free for download HERE and you can download the free sketches HERE.  The two pages that I am showing you today are based on the colour challenge.  This was the inspiration photo that we used:

For the first page I used my Silhouette Cameo extensively to create a modern layout:
Supply list:  Cardstock: American Craft; Patterned papers:  Jillibean Soup, Pink Paislee; Chipboard wildflowers:  Blue Fern Studios; Arrows: Freckled Fawn; Die cut background, "snap happy" card and title: Silhouette Cameo; Brad; Making Memories.

Using a background die cut in this manner allows you to use up a lot of the scraps you have in your stash.  I used the Brush Script MT font to create my title and cut it in two colours to layer.  I left the wildflowers chipboard raw because the layout is already so colourful.

I love this background die cut.  It always turns out looking wonderful.

The second page I made has a much more "old fashioned" feel to it.  The photo has been sitting on my desk for a few years and was taken at the little ones creche and has an "old fashioned" feel to it.  
Supply list:  Cardstock: American Craft; Patterned papers: Websters (All About Me); Flowers: Bo Bunny and Websters; Brads: Bo Bunny; Cherries: K&Co; "Blessings" title: Blue Fern Studios.

I am also one of those scrappers that love the look of Websters papers but I find it incredibly hard to use the papers because they are so busy.  These papers went with the photo perfectly and I decided to cut it up and colour block the page.
I mounted the photo on blue and red cardstock.  I painted the Blue Fern Studio title with red paint and then covered it in Glossy Accents.  I am quite happy with how the page turned out.

Thank you for visiting and be sure to check out the Magazine for some stunning inspiration.


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?