Thursday, February 4, 2016

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

Hi there,  We are having the hottest summer ever this year.  Port Elizabeth is normally known as the windy city but this year we have had a relative wind free summer...and I believe that is the reason why it is so hot.  I am not complaining.  I love the warm and balmy evenings and we spend a lot of time in the pool.  I realise again how incredibly blessed we are to live on the coast.  Our favourite beach is Sardinia Bay.  It is part of a nature reserve and there is no development...the down side is that you have to climb a huge dune when you have to return to your car.  Here are a few photos of our last visit to the beach.

 On top of the can see how ant like the people are down on the beach.

 Our little man.

 Horses and dogs are welcome.

 Stefan playing in the rock pools...he even caught a few little fishes.

 I love this photo.

 Stefan being covered with sand by Oupa.

 What is not to love?

In December I was in desperate need of some creative therapy...and off to Jeffreys Bay I went to spend the day at Cariena's shop.  She taught such awesome techniques with liquid pearls, inks, stamps and die cuts.  The whole background of this 2pager was created from scratch...and I LOVE these colours.

I used some photos that I took when all the children and grandchildren visited in December.

 Here you an see how beautiful gold liquid pearls look when rubbed through a stencil.

 This is my favourite colour combination.

 Stamping with different coloured distress inks.

 How beautiful is this stamp in different colours and layers.

Now that is what you call wholesome therapy.

Thank you for visiting my blog ♥

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Lekker!!! - CSI189 - a few birthday photos

Hallo there, I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  

Before I show the page I made this weekend for the Color Story Inspiration Case file 189...I want to share a few photos that was taken on my birthday.  I decided to have all my chicks and their chicks over for supper and cooked a big "Sunday" roast.  It was lovely to sit outside on this balmy evening chatting while the children were playing in and around the pool.

 My two gorgeous have no idea how great it feels to get tight hugs from these two.

 Wynand and Nadia.

 Kobus and Lache.

 My girly and I...very difficult to get her in a photo.

My darling man.

 Okay then...let me show you the page I made for the current challenge on Color Story Inspiration.  I used a photo that was taken on 2 January 2016 at our favourite market outside Plettenberg Bay.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Jillibean Soup; Cardstock: American Craft; Chipboard: Celebr8;; Brads: My Minds Eye, Teresa Collins; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye, Teresa Collins; Felt tree: Pebbles; Cork: Studio Calico; Camera: Marion Smith, Ink: Rub On: Basic Grey; Colorbox; Mist: Lindy's Stamp Gang, Dies: (lollipop flower) Sizzix.; Glitter glue:  Gunsmoke Stickles; Sketch: Allison Davis.

The case file:

This is how I solved this case:

The Scheme:  All the colours used.

Evidence:  gingham, circles, leaves, enamel dots, cork, splatters, rub-ons.

Testimony:  Document something about food.  I used the descriptive Afrikaans word "Lekker"and scattered my journaling that reads as follows:  "When in the area of Plettenberg Bay we always make a point of visiting the Harkerville Saturday market for their Full Monty or Half Monty breakfast.  On Saturday 2 January 2016 while camping with Wynand and Nadia at Keurbooms River we made the short trip and spent a memorable morning under the trees at this unique little market."

Some close-ups:
 The scroll chipboard was just inked with Colorbox Creamy Brown ink, the title was painted and then treated to some Gunsmoke can see the old Basic Grey rub on peeking out behind the tree.

 I love this bright and happy papers...and this cute little quote was perfect for this page.

 I love working with Allison Davis and Scrapbook Generation sketches...and always adapt them to suit my own style of scrapping.

 The little two banner and brad was part of the My Minds Eye Lost and Found collection.

I love the lollipop flowers, they seem to go with any page...and you can see the little skeleton leaves behind the flower.

The little cork camera is by Studio Calico and the metal and bling camera is by Marion Smith...I found the cute little teapot brad by My Minds Eye hidden in my stash.

Thank you for your visit and for your kind words of encouragement ♥

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Lessons learned

How did I get to be 55?  
Where has time gone?

When you reach these BIG milestones you start looking back on your that an age thing?  
You realise that you have used up more than half your life.  That old saying comes to mind.  "Life is like a toilet roll...the closer you come to the end the quicker it goes.

So here goes with a few lessons learned.
  1. Get your life into perspective...God comes first, everything else follows.
  2. When you have done something wrong, apologise and make it right.
  3. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.
  4. Don't wish your life away...LIVE.EACH.MOMENT.
  5. Don't ever forget that you were once young.
  6. Spend as much time as you can in the company of children.
  7. Giving the "silent treatment" never works, some people like silence.
  8. Be humble, you will always have something that you still need to learn.
  9. When things go wrong, remember that God is still in control.
  10. Suffering has a beginning and thankfully an end.
  11. You don't need to do everything yourself...ask for help.
  12. Avoid the plague...actually avoid shops!
  13. Remember to RSVP when you are invited to an is the right thing to do.
  14. Accept those invites or else they will stop coming.
  15. Listen to your children...they sometimes know more than you do.
  16. Nothing can top a good it often.
  17. Be good to your body. Your body will be good to you.
  18. Embrace the things that come with age...wrinkles, grey shows you have lived.
  19. Fill your car's tank, don't assume that you will make it there. 
  20. If you have to visit public restrooms...check for toilet paper before you sit.
  21. Don't stop trying new is an adventure.
  22. Life isn't always about you.
  23. You can't always get what you want.
  24. Look inside boxes before you throw them out. Valuable things may disappear.
  25. Don't for your old age.  (hehe...had to add that one)
  26. Don't make will drain the joy out of your life. (that excludes the house and the car)
  27. Trust your instincts...I always believe it is the Holy Spirit that is prompting.
  28. Staying up late is not an option. My body reminds me of this the next day.
  29. Don't procrastinate...make decisions...even if they don't always work out.
  30. Don't have expectations of people...that way you avoid disappointments.
  31. Count your blessings...yes be thankful even for the air you breathe.
  32. If there is a choice to be right or be kind.
  33. There will be bad days...that doesn't mean it is the end of the world.
  34. If you feel overwhelmed...get in the shower and have a good cry.  Guaranteed you will feel better.
  35. Enjoy your food..and have that pudding.
  36. Keep your nose out of other people's business. 
  37. Give something to someone...even if it is just a smile.
  38. Try to make life easier for somebody else.
  39. Don't judge a book by its cover. Nor people by their outside appearance. 
  40. Choose to be happy.
  41. Forgive is good for your soul.
  42. Breathe...slow in the moment.
  43. Challenge yourself to see the beauty of nature as a child would.
  44. Defy instant gratification.
  45. Dance. With your spouse, with your children/grandchildren, with yourself.
  46. Instead of an SMS or a Whatsup that person on their special day.
  47. Put down the phone and really talk to who you're with.
  48. Plan a date with your the flame of your marriage.
  49. Don't gossip...if you do, nobody will ever trust you.
  50. Tell the truth even when it is going to get you into trouble.
  51. Resentment. Lose is bound to lead to bitterness.
  52. Love without condition.
  53. Extend grace to those who don't even deserve it...remember how much grace the Lord extended to you.
  54. Nobody else carries the key to your happiness in their pocket.
  55. I'll never look back. Have no regrets.
Happy Birthday to me!!!


Monday, January 25, 2016

Relax - CSI 188 - Teresa Collins

Hallo there, I hope you had a wonderful weekend.

Today I am playing along with Color Story Inspiration's Case file 188.  I dug deep into my stash and found a few very old Teresa Collins papers that matches the colour scheme perfectly.  At the end of November last year we camped with Wynand and Nadia and the boys in the Baviaans Kloof...and a lot of time was spent cooling down in the river. Emma Stafrace' sketch was perfect to showcase some of these moments.

Here is my page:

Supplies list:  Patterned papers:  Teresa Collins:  Cardstock: American Craft; Chipboard Title: Celebr8; Sequins:  stash; Bee Charm: Tim Holtz; Buttons; Basic Grey; Metal bird: Teresa Collins; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Leavy diecut:  Silhouette Cameo.  Dies: Quikutz nesting dies.

The Case file and sketch:

This is how I solved the case file:

The Scheme: All 5 colors used.

Evidence: Stripes, animals, sun (sunburst stencil in yellow behind the photos), dangle (arrow below bee), buttons, triangles.

Testimony: I stacked my journaling.

Some close ups:
 I made some lollipop flowers using my nested circles dies.

 I added stenciling to my background with sunburst stencil and triangle stencil.

A sprinkling of sequins, a bee with a dangle arrow hanging beneath it.

Thank you for looking and leaving a bit of love ♥

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Voice of the Sea speaks to the Soul - Celebr8

When I first saw the release of Celebr8's Sea Treasures I was totally in love.  You know me...I love the beach and everything that goes with it wasn't rocket science that this was a collection that I "needed".  The collection was inspired by the talented Glenda Viljoen and when I saw her beautiful pages I told her how much I loved it, and promptly paid money into her account to get my hands on the awesome kit.  Last weekend I started playing with the paper and closely followed her instructions for the background of the first page...then I used artistic license and made it more me.  I used a A4 size photo of our "happy place"in Plettenberg Bay.  Here is my page:

 Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Celebr8 Sea Treasures; Cardstock: American Craft; Chipboard:  Celebr8; Bling: Celebr8; Flowers: Celebr8; Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Distress Markers and Stickles; Shells from my stash.

 I love that Celebr8 have taken our love for matching embellishments into account.  The fabric flowers and shell stamp sets are all part of the collection.  The shells were stamped and then coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Markers.

 I first covered the chipboard in a layer of Gesso and then coloured the words with Distress Markers...and added some stickles because girls need a bit of sparkle.

 The layered chipboard is delicate and was also first covered with gesso and then coloured and a bit of stickles added.

 Love the sparkle.

I am impressed with my colouring in of the shells...they look good...even if I say so myself.

 Salty kisses ♥

 Sandy toes♥

The Scrapbook Generation CREATE magazine have come to an end and I no longer design for any teams.  At the moment I am enjoying just scrapping for my pleasure.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

The weekend that was - Seaview Lion Park

This past weekend we all took it slow.  I spent Saturday playing with paper, glue and glitter (a girl must have some sparkle)  Here is a little glimpse of what I am working on. The page is inspired by a page kit by Glenda Viljoen...and as usual I deviated a tad.(artistic license?)

We are trying to do something out of our normal routine each weekend.  This weekend we decided to take Stefan to the Seaview Lion Park on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth.

They have other wild animals as well...I love zebras.

 I love the sea in the background of this photo...the wild and the beach...the best of both worlds.

 A close up of this mama.

 Mama with her babe.

 The cute baby giraffe

 We arrived at feeding time...and the lions stormed up the slope to where the food was placed...

 ...and then swiftly dragged it away to go and eat in peace.

 A photo of the four of us.

 Stefan was in awe of the great creatures.

 It always saddens me to see wild animals in captivity.  They were born to be free.

 The siberian tiger is so obviously out of place in our hot weather.

 Stefan and Bianca are equally camera here is helping me capture his mama. 

I love this one of them...even with his "cheesy" smile.

 ...and one of the two of us.

Now I am off to go and finish that page.  I will post another scrappy post later this week.