Saturday, March 28, 2015

Wild at Heart - Sketchabilities

Hallo there.  This weekend is going to be a busy one.  Today is Stefan's 3rd birthday party and it is happening in our garden ;-)  Tomorrow morning we are driving to Kirkwood to speak at the Dutch Reform church about the work we do at the mission.  Today I just want to share a page I made using the Sketchabilities sketch this month.  I am really enjoying playing along with some challenges just for the fun of it. This is how my page turned out:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Prima Seashore; Flower:  Prima; Brads:  Prima Seashore: Chipboard grid: 2Crafty; Chipboard flourish:  Enmarc; Chipboard Title:  Celebr8; Lace:  Prima; Pearls; FabScraps; Other:  Art Basics Texture Paste, Prima Bloom Mist in Antique Gold and Summer Sky; Stencil: Tim Holtz (faded dot); Ink:  Ranger Distress Ink, Color Box chalk ink;  Punches:  Martha Stewart, EK Success.

The Sketch:

Some Close ups:
 I cut and pasted my background papers.  The punched doilies border strips was misted with Prima Bloom Summer Sky.  I then applied texture paste through the Tim Holtz faded dots stencil. I inked the grid chipboard and added it to my layers.

 I gesso'd the flower to soften the colour and after inking the flourish with Creamy Brown Colorbox chalk ink I made my little cluster.

 Another border strip was punched and then sprayed with Prima Bloom Antique gold.  The clear stamp with the circles was specially made for our Marion  Smith class in Jeffreys Bay last year.  I use this stamp a lot.

I like to add little pearls to borders for some added eye candy.

Thank you for visiting my page and leaving some love. I hope you will have a lovely weekend.
xxx

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rockabilly Girl - CREATE

Hello there.  Scrapbook Generation's March digital magazine, CREATE is published and available for download HERE.  You can also download all the free sketches HERE. Today I am sharing my layout based on the single page sketch and published in the March issue.  The Sketch challenge was just too good to pass up, the clusters and the journaling pocket inspired me. (you can download it at the above links). The photo I used is of my beautiful daughter Bianca.  She loves the rockabilly style of clothing and looked so lovely with her pink hair in this photo.  Her floral top inspired me to use the floral background papers.


Supply list:  Patterned papers: Teresa Collins; Cardstock: American Craft, Bazzill; Letter stickers: American Craft; Stickers: Teresa Collins; Brads: Teresa Collins, Doodlebug, My Minds Eye; Button: Teresa Collins: Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios; Flowers: Petaloo; Bling: Teresa Collins; Ribbon: Making Memories; Twine: Unknown; embroidery floss: DMC; Ink: Rangers Distress Ink; Gesso: Claudine Helmuth studio; Embossing Powder: Lindy's Stamp Gang.

 The close up of one of the clusters.  I painted the "smile arrow" with gesso and then covered it in silver embossing powder and melted it with the heat gun.  I love this embossed Bazzill...wish I can get my hand on more of this.

 Another cute little banner cluster...I also brought in touches of silver with the little brads.

I hand stitched the edges of the journal pocket and added another little flower cluster and the title to it.  The chipboard heart border was also first painted with gesso and then covered in silver embossing powder and melted.

Be sure to check out this month's edition of CREATE and be inspired.

xx


Sunday, March 22, 2015

Happiness - Prima - March BAP sketch

Hi there, I am still settling back into the routine of spending time in my studio...and I need loads of inspiration at this point.  I love the look of this Prima's Build a Page sketch and decided to give it a go.  One of the rules is that 90% of your supplies must be Prima...I honestly think the only thing used on this page that isn't Prima is the glue ;-)  Here is my page:

Supplies used:  Patterned papers:  Prima Seashore; Wood Veneer Title:  Prima; Flowers: Prima Seashore; Brads: Prima Seashore; Flair and sugardots:  Prima Seashore; Resin:  Prima; Stencils:  Prima Stain, Decor2; Mist:  Prima Bloom (cotton candy); Texture stamps:  Prima;  Doily Die:  Prima; Texture paste: Prima Art Basics.

The sketch

Some close ups:
I enjoyed tearing my paper...something I don't do that often.  Love that doily...the pink paper it is cut from is from the Epiphany line.  I took the yellow flower and separated the top petals from the bottom three layers to make this smaller flower.

I inked the veneer "happiness with black ink.  After applying the texture paste to the background through a 6x6 Decor2 stencil, I covered the page with the Stain stencil and used some cotton candy mist to add some pink to the background.

The yellow bloom is what was left after I took off the top part.  I then just adhered the seahorse to the flower.

Thank you for your visit and your lovely comment.

xx 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Our Natal vacation in pictures (part two)

I am sharing the last of my photos of Natal with you today. .  We visited the Joseph Mabhida stadium and took the sky car to the top.  What a stunning structure.
The impressive structure where some of the 2010 football World Cup games took place.

On top of the structure.

We spent a day at the Ushaka Marine world.

The bottom of the ocean.

Do you like my seat in the restaurant?

The old ship with it's aquariums is supposed to resemble an upside down ship. Love the rusted look.

Then we locked up all our possessions in a locker and for the next two hours we played.  Hence no photos ;-) We could not get enough of all the rides and ended up doing the "viper" and "torpedo" repeatedly...we were like children, and I can highly recommend that.

Caught napping...a very tired Ricksha driver/puller.

We then departed Durban for the Natal South coast and spent a week at Uvongo.
The beautiful Uvongo main beach with its river and waterfall.

Taken from the bridge over the river,,,the view towards the main beach.

The sand art at Margate beach on the day of the clash between the Bulls and the Sharks :-P

Margate beach is beautiful at sunset.

Taken from the deck at Larry's Restaurant...full moon.

Larry's have little wooden plaques that people have their names engraved on...these plaques are everywhere, on the walls and hanging from the roof up to just above your head.

We searched for and found the one that Wynand and Nadia had made while on their honeymoon in 2008.

 We visited Mac Banana...where all food (sweet and salt) are served in pancakes.  Their gardens are magical.

What I would do for a garden that looks like this.

Seen in Southbroom.

Kobus spent a day playing this lovely golf course.

Isn't it beautiful?

This dog gives new meaning to guarding the house.

Another amazing sand sculpture.

After two weeks of rest we were ready to go back home...

...and this little man was very happy to have his Oupa home.

Thank you for allowing me to share my special moments.

xx

The things they say...

Yesterday afternoon Stefan got upset with Bianca after his bath...he wanted to run around naked for a while.  The weather is starting to change and it was a bit chilly so mommy insisted on dressing him.  The next moment he shouted at her "My pa gaan jou pak gee!!!"  (My dad is going to give you a hiding).  Probably something he hears at Kindergarten.  Bianca burst out laughing which only made him even more upset...and he proceeded to strip himself of his clothes.

I was busy cooking when he walked up to me with his clothes bundled against his chest...wanting me to dress him.  I asked him who his pappa is...and he pointed to Oupa.  I am so thankful that he has good male role models in his Oupa and his uncles.

These are the moments I want to remember and cherish always.
xx

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sunset Canvas - CREATE chipboard challenge

Hi Scrappy Friends, the CREATE magazine for March is available for download. Remember this magazine is free for download HERE and you can download the free sketches HERE. The product challenge this month is to use raw (naked) chipboard as part of a layout.  Well, I have a "tiny" chipboard addiction and I put chipboard on just about every layout I make.  I wanted this one to be different and decided to do a canvas with a photo of Lukas holding the sun in his hand.


Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Prima; Cardstock: American Craft; Chipboard Frame:  Blue Fern Studios;  Resin Embellishments: Prima; micro beads: American Craft; Mist:  Prima Color Bloom Spray; Texture paste: Studio 490; Gesso: Claudine Helmuth; Gel Medium: Finnabair; Embossing powder: Lindy's Stamp Gang;  Stencil: Prima; Other: Shells from my stash, 12x12 canvas.

Just a glimpse into my process:
Step 1:  Cover the entire frame with a coat of gesso and let dry.
Step 2:  Spray some Prima Color Bloom Sprays onto the frame and let dry.

Step 3:  Apply gel medium to the frame and sprinkle with bronze and jade embossing powder:
Step 4:  Melt the embossing powder with a heat gun.
Step 5:  I dry brushed some gesso around the edges of the frame.

During the drying process of the frame I started preparing my canvas:
I stuck down some chipboard bricks, then I covered it with a thin layer of clear gesso.
I used the lovely "under the sea" template by Prima and applied texture paste mixed with some acrylic paint through the template...then I set it aside to dry.
I then misted some Color Bloom spray liberally and let it the canvas dry.

When the frame as well as the canvas was dry...I attached the frame and started embellishing around my photo with micro beads, resin embellishments and shells....I love how shiny it all looks.

Some close ups:


Thank you for visiting my blog...I hope that you were inspired.

xxx

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Love Us - CSI 158

Hello there.  Yesterday was the first time in a month that I spent some time in my studio.  Kobus had a game of golf, Bianca and Stefan has gone to visit Riaan in Patensie...and I am all by myself...love it!  What better to do than to play along with the latest Case File over at CSI (Color Story Inspiration).  The case file has a beautiful soft colour palette and the Teresa Collins Save the Date collection was a perfect match.  Here is my page:
 
Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Teresa Collins; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers (Title):  Teresa Collins; Ephemera pieces: Teresa Collins; Pearls: Fabscraps; Sequins: Teresa Collins; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Brads: Teresa Collins; Sequins: Teresa Collins; Flowers: Prima; Veneer: Teresa Collins; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios; Twine: WeR Memory Keepers; Embroidery Floss; DMC; Ink: Ranger; Mist: Lindy's Stamp Gang; Crackle Texture Paste: Wendy Vecchi; Embossing Powder: Lindy's Stamp Gang; Stamps: Technique Tuesday, Christy Tomlinson texture stamp; Stencil: The Crafters Workshop.

The pretty case file:

This is how I solved the case file:

The Scheme:  All there.

Evidence:  Stripes, dots, string, stitching, misting,splats, mixed fonts, wrap something (twine around the "U" of US)

Testimony:  I wanted to scrap this recent photo of  the two of us taken on Kobus' 60th birthday.  He has been my best friend, the love of my life and my companion for the past 36 years.  I journalled our story directly onto the page:  "Here is the Story:  We ran away from home to spend Kobus' 60th birthday on vacation in Durban.  We celebrated by having lunch at the Versailles Restaurant at the Blue Waters Hotel."  Needless to say we had two weeks of rest, discovered the Natal coast and had a ball.

I am also entering this page for the March sketch challenge over at Blue Fern Studios.  I have an addiction to their gorgeous chipboard and I use it on nearly every page I make.  Here is the sketch:

Some close ups of my page:
I love the way the texture paste crackles...you can see how beautifully the misting settles into the cracks.  The little heart is part of a package of Technique Tuesday's clear stamps.  I wrapped some twine around the one leg of the "U" and layered the love chipboard piece over the US.

You can see that I stitched through the banners below my photo.  The chipboard was first given a liberal coat of gesso and then dusted with green and pink embossing powder and melted with the heat gun.  I then added pearls to the circles.  I also added an enamel dot to some of the sequins.  

The strips are from the Teresa Collins ephemera pack, the two stamped images are by Technique Tuesday and the enamel heart is also by Teresa Collins.


Thank you for visiting my little blog...I do enjoy reading your comments.

xx