Sunday, April 12, 2015

XOXO - Sketchabilities - Kaiserkraft Blue Bay

Hi there.  I hope you are all doing well.  I am looking forward to a scrapping event in Jeffreysbay that starts on Thursday.  The classes will be hosted by Svetlana Austin and we have been blog friends for years...she has shared in my joys and in  my heartache during this time and I believe we have become real friends.  I can't wait to meet her in real life.

That said, I want to share a layout with you that I made with scraps of an album class I recently attended.  I am playing along with Sketchabilities latest sketch challenge.  I am in love with this colour scheme.  Here is my page using a photo of my grandchildren Leane and Juan that was taken at a photo shoot in February last year.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Kaisercraft (Blue Bay); Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter stickers:
Basic Grey; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios; Pearls: Fabscraps; Gold dots: Unknows; Flower: Prima; Metal flower: Flying Unicorn; Tags:  Prima (Seashore); Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Walnut Stain & Peacock Feathers), Dewdrop Brilliance (Coffee Bean & Galaxy Gold), Colorbox Chestnut Roan; Mists: Lindy's Stamp Gang (Time travel teal), Studio 490 Gesso, Studio 490 Crackled texture paste; Stamp: Bo Bunny; Stencil: Prima.

The sketch:

Some close ups:
 I love how well the Prima Seashore and the Kaisercraft Blue Bay go together to make some yummy layers.

 I first coloured these chipboard Basic Grey alphas with Coffee bean ink and then rubbed some galaxy gold over it...and I added a metal flower (cut in two) behind the flower and some pearls to the scallops.

I little flower cluster.  I first dabbed gesso onto the flower and then sprayed it with the mist to achieve the correct colour I wanted.

Thank you for visiting.  Your comments mean so much to me.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Laugh often..Love Much..Live Well - CREATE

Hello there.  Scrapbook Generation's March digital magazine, CREATE has published and is available for download HERE.  You can also download all the free sketches HERE.  Today I want to share my take on the theme challenge this month.  We could make a layout based on a "friends" or "spring" theme.  I decided to document a mini vacation that I had with two of my friends.  Here is my double page based on one of the Scrapbook Generation sketches:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  American Craft; Cardstock: American Craft; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Brads: My Minds Eye; Veneer: Studio Calico, Prima; Flowers: Prima; Chipboard Title: Scrap Collections (local South African company); Embroidery Floss: DMC.

Some Close ups:
I love this vibrant American Craft Amy Tangerine "Stitch" collection.  Shayne, Rina and I met at the Durban airport in May 2013 and traveled to San Lameer where we spent 5 days.  Needless to say it wasn't long enough.  We thoroughly enjoyed our time together.

All three of us love taking our cameras were constant companions.

 Whenever I do a double page I realise how much I enjoy it and that it tells the whole story, unlike a single page layout.

Please download CREATE and be inspired by the awesome pages made by the team.

Thank you for visiting my blog.


Monday, April 6, 2015

Stefan's 3rd birthday

Stefan turned 3 on 30 March and last Saturday we held a party for him, his cousins and his friends.  I can't tell you how much this little man means to us.  We love our grandchildren equally...but having a little one grow up in your home sure makes a difference.

When our first grandchild, Leane, was born several years ago...we changed our garden to a children's paradise and it is now the ideal party venue.  

Bianca decided to invite only the cousins and the friends he plays with at school...that made it eight children plus their parents.

Each child's box was packed and ready and just in case you missed it (tongue in cheek) the theme was spiderman ;-)

The friends arrived and the boys do what boys do...

...and investigated the watering system....

...and drove on the motorbikes like maniacs...

When all the friends arrived the little ones sat at the table for about 5 minutes :-P

The Spider man cake.

We sang and he blew out his candles...note the bottle of bubbles in his hand.

...and then he proceeded to blow bubbles all over the cake.

It would seem that a jumping castle don't work so well for this age group...but Oupa sure enjoyed it. other soon to be 3 year old.

Much enjoyment on the trampoline...

...and in the tree house.

In fact the tree house was such a hit that Stefan took his chair and box and up the steps he moved.

My beautiful Leane...

I am blessed with very handsome grandchildren...even if I say so myself.

Much laughter and some tears too.

Partners in crime...ALWAYS.

I had to save them from each other.  They wanted the same toy and got into a fist fight and both ended up crying.

...but they kissed and made up...and by the time Lache came to fetch him...he was hiding in the garden with Stefan.  Precious moments recorded.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Here we Go - Let's Scrap 2page challenge.

Hallo there.  I tend to take part in challenges and then forget to link it up in time.  I enjoyed playing along with various sketch challenges this month.  I also realized that I don't do nearly enough double page layouts...and some moments in our lives cannot be captured in single photo...they need to tell  the story.  The photos I used on this page was taken two years ago when Kobus and I took Leane and Dewan to the beachfront to ride their bikes.  At the time baby Juan was in hospital and Lache and Kobus Jr needed a break.  I am using the Let's Scrap sketch for this page.

Supplies used:  Patterned papers:  Amy Tangerine (Plus One); Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter Stickers:  American Craft; Chipboard Unicycle:  Blue Fern Studios; Chipboard buttons: Unknown; Flair: Studio Calico; Camera Chipboard: Celebr8; Wooden arrows: Studio Calico;  Pearls: FabScraps; Embroidery Floss: DMC;  Mediums: Embossing Paste: Wendy Venchi, Embossing Powder: Lindy's Stamp Gang; Punch:  Martha Stewart.

The Sketch:

Some close ups:
 Instead of the banner I embossed a branch with blossoms and birds to the top of my page.  Still doing it a bit messy.

 I stitched around the circle and inked and embossed the little chipboard camera.

 Some more stitching around the sentiment...and a few arrows added.

 I love to add little pearls to my border punches.

 To bring balance to the page I added an embossed bird on a twig to the side of the circle.

I am totally addicted to Blue Fern's chippies...and the Unicycle was the perfect touch to add to the page.

Thank you for visiting my blog...I appreciate your comments.  


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.

Woohoo!!! A stoked!

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.