Saturday, October 18, 2014

♥ This...a crafty post - CREATE magazine

Hi Scrappy Friends,  Today I am sharing the pages I made for the October edition of the Scrapbook Generation CREATE magazine.  Remember this magazine is free for download HERE and you can download the free sketches HERE.  I was part of the team that had to work with this month's free sketch.  I was inspired by the circles on the sketch and this is my first layout using it:

Supplies used:  Cardstock:  American Craft; Patterned papers:  My Minds Eye (Market Street); Flair: My Minds Eye (Market Street); Brads and enamel dots:  My Minds Eye (Market Street); Stars: Studio Calico; Title and background die cut: Silhouette Cameo.

Some close ups:

The awesome background Silhouette cut is by Nicole Nowosad...and can be downloaded for use on her blog.  Thank you Nicole for the opportunity to use this beautiful die cut.

I then decided to follow the sketch more closely and the result was a totally different layout:

Supplies used:  Cardstock:  American Craft; Patterned papers:  My Minds Eye (Market Street); Flair: My Minds Eye (Market Street); Stickers:  My Minds Eye (Market Street);  Brads: Making Memories, Circle chipboard: Blue Fern Studios; Title: Enmarc, Other:  Silhouette Cameo, DMC cotton.

Some close ups:
 I cut the circles with the hearts and backed it with patterned papers.  These cuts are by Ashley Horton and can be found in her Cut Shoppe. The title was first painted black then covered with Glossy Accents and sprinkled with black glitter.

 Whenever these three are together and I try to get a photo of them they give me the cheesiest the little sticker says it all.

The circle bits are by Blue Fern Studios.  I painted it with gold acrylic paint.

Thank you for visiting my little blog and for the love you makes me feel all warm inside.  Be sure to check out the CREATE magazine that is filled with inspiration.


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Two weeks in Plettenberg Bay

Hi there.  Time to dust off this little blog and put some action into it.  I admit it...when I checked Bloglovin this morning I had more than 600 unread posts.  That is more than just a bit I marked it read and started editing my vacation photos. I didn't take a single photo during our first week at Plettenberg Bay and I have run out of ideas on how to take "different" photos at the same destination.

The first week we slept a lot...and the hardest decision that we had to take each day was where we would go for brunch/dinner.  I also struggled my way through Donna Tart's book "The Goldfinch".  A great story line that could have been condensed to 350 pages instead of the whopping 864 pages.  Here is a few images of our time away.

In our time there a "Wine and Bubbly Festival"was held with Westlife doing a concert.  You can see the huge marque tent on the photo above.  Needless to say all the wine and bubbles resulted in a very interesting time for me people watching while the rugby match between the Springboks and All Blacks were on.

 Saturday morning and the Saturday Market are synonyms in Plett.  Very interesting stalls and a stunning Bundu Breakfast.

A huge old oak tree provides shadow from the heat.

LOL!  These little girls proceeded to cover the little dog with straw while he slept.

 We walked many kilometers on the beach.  I am a salt water girl...I just breathe better here.

 The golden hour.

 I love this man so very, very much.

 Happy and relaxed.

 During our time here a huge amount of deep water mussels were swept onto the beach and these pirates had a feeding frenzy.

 A Kodak moment

 The light was just so very beautiful.

 The foot bridge linking the Hotel to the main beach.

 My man really went Paparazzi.

 Beautiful Keurbooms Strand

 Another thing I did a lot of...yes...that is "The Goldfinch".

 My lovely little sister and her 4 boys were also in Plett for a couple of days.

Youngest and oldest sister.

Up close and personal at Birds of Eden.

I hope to get back into some crafting this weekend as well as into blog reading...see you around.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

CREATE magazine - September Edition

Hi Scrappy Friends,  Today I am sharing the pages I made for the September edition of the Scrapbook Generation CREATE magazine.  Remember this magazine is free for download HERE and you can download the free sketches HERE.  Here is the page:

Supply list:  Cardstock:  American Craft; Patterned papers:  Jillibean Soup; Stickers: Stereo Stickers; Title and diecuts; Silhouette Cameo; Other: Texture paste; Ranger Distress Inks, Prima Stamps.

One little close up:

I love working with bright colors when I do pages of my grandchildren.  I usually look for the photo that I want to use before thinking about the design.  I found that beach photos with relative neutral colors work perfectly when you want to use some bright colors.  

This photo was the inspiration for the colour challenge. 

I also used the card sketch that you will find in the magazine as inspiration for this page:
Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Teresa Collins (Urban Market); Gold foiled paper: Fancy Pants; Gold foiled vellum: My Minds Eye Necessities; Star sequins: Teresa Collins (Something Wonderful); Brads: Teresa Collins (Urban Market); Gold brad and arrow: My Minds Eye Necessities; Other: gems from stash, Prima stars template, Tim Holtz Distress Marker, Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer, Silhouette Cameo.

Some close ups:
 I took this photo at an angle to show you the lovely effect of the gold papers and embellishments.

 I really have an addiction for Teresa Collins papers.  Every single new line is a must have.

Thank you for your visit...I appreciate your comments.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Perfect - CSI 139

Hallo there. Just a quick catch up.  I am into my third week of the audit and have just about had enough already...fortunately there is only three more days until we leave for a two week vacation in Plettenberg Bay. I am counting the days!!! 

I will try to write a decent blog post soon...until then it will be only Scrapbook blogging found in this space.    I am playing along with this week's  Color Story Inspiration (CSI) case file 139.  I love this week's colour combination and the lovely sketch by Em Stafrace.  Here is my page:

 Supplies used:  Cardstock: American Craft; Patterned papers: Jillibean Soup; Flowers: Petaloo; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Brads: My Minds Eye; Other:  PanPastels in Hansa Yellow, Bright yellow green shade and turquoise, Rosette and Title:  Silhouette Cameo.

The case file:

This is how I solved the case:

The Scheme: All there

Evidence: Stripes, flowers, PanPastels, butterflies, mini brads, two butterflies...two grandchildren, triangles.

Testimony: I used the title "Perfect" and added a quote in the form of a couplet

Some close ups:
I used a Stencil Art triangles stencil and applied PanPastels through it in the form of the triangle.  I then added my thin slices of patterned triangles.

I love the way the black pops on the page and decided to block the patterned paper pennants with black cardstock.

 The butterflies were attached with mini brads.

Thank you for the visit...I hope to be around to your blogs soon.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fabulous - Stuck?!

Hi my friends.  I have taken time out today...I needed a break from the ordinary as well as from the auditors.  Yikes...they can keep one busy!!  I wanted to scrap photos that I recently took of my daughter with her peacock hair...and I decided to combine it with the Stuck?! sketch for September.  Here is my take on the sketch.

Supplies used:  Cardstock:  American Craft; Patterned papers:  My Minds Eye (Lost and Found Record It); Graduated Circle:  Blue Fern Studios; Flowers: Prima, Bo Bunny; Brads: My Minds Eye; Dragonfly: K&Co; Title and leaves: Silhouette Studio; Other; Texture Paste, acrylic paint and Prima stencil.

The Stuck?! sketch:

Some close-ups:
 I decided that I wanted a very neutral line of papers for these bright and happy photos.  The My Minds Eye Lost and Found Record It line was just perfect with it's blacks, greys, silver and kraft colours.  I used a Prima stencil and mixed texture paste with purple and turquoise paint and applied it to my background paper.
 What I love is that the stenciling doesn't have to be perfect...if it is a bit messy it is just fine.

 I cut one of the Blue Fern Studio graduated circles in two to attach on either side of the paper strips.  I painted the chipboard with Ranger Pearl Dabber.

A final touch of a little dragonfly and it was done.

Thank you for visiting...I love your comments.


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Love♥story - CSI 138

Hallo there.  Another week....another blog post.  It would appear that I am becoming a slow blogger as well as a slow scrapper :-P   I am playing along with this week's  Color Story Inspiration (CSI) case file 138.  For this page I am using a photo of my oldest son, Kobus and his wife Lache, taken on a recent family photo shoot.  Here is my page:
Supply list:  Cardstock: SEI Moravia; Patterned papers:  Teresa Collins (Summer Stories); Simple Stories; Flowers: Prima; Brads: Teresa Collins (Summer Stories); Rub on stitches: Die Cuts with a view;  Wooden hearts: Studio Calico; Title and heart cluster: Silhouette Cameo; Mist: Lindy's Stamp Gang; Stencil: Crafters Workshop; Stamps: Prima.

Here is this weeks Case File:
This is how I solved the case:

The Scheme:  All 5 colours used.

Evidence:  Damask patterned paper, tags, paint.

Testimony:  I wrote a letter on the pull out tag behind the understand the letter I need to sketch a bit of background.  Kobus and Lache married in 2006 and after two babies they divorced in 2010.  It was heartbreaking at the time and we were so happy for them when they reconciled and remarried in 2011. My letter:  "Dear children,  We are so happy that you found each other and that you decided to commit your lives to one another.  We pray that you will grow closer together as each year passes and that your faith in the Lord will be the golden thread that ties you together.  We love you so much and are so thankful that you blessed us with three beautiful grandchildren. xxx

I used this awesome Sketchabilities 122 sketch and will be playing along with their challenge too:

Some close ups:
 I sprayed some Lindy's Stamp Gang "Time Travel Teal" through the "Tiles" Crafters Workshop stencil over the background paper.  I cut the heart clusters with the Silhouette Cameo and backed some of  the hearts with patterned papers.

 I used 5 layers behind my photo and the journaling is in the form of a letter on the tag behind the photo.

 The sketch only calls for hearts at the bottom of the photo...but I got a bit carried away.

Thank you for visiting and leaving love.  Hopefully I will find time to share some photos with you later this week.  Have a lovely weekend.