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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Beach - CSI 258 - Lady Pattern Paper

Hallo my crafty friends.  Yesterday I played along with Color Story Inspiration #258.  As I previously said, I am trying to make a dent in my stash.  The colours of this case file was perfect for me to use the gorgeous basic papers from Lady Pattern Paper.    I scrapped a photo of us walking on Sardinia Bay beach a few years ago... this beach can only be reached with difficulty and a hike over a very high dune...but it will always be my favourite beach in Port Elizabeth.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned Paper: Lady Pattern Paper (Fency so Buff, Brush and Marx Dotty, Starry Night so Buff, Sassy Stars Red Pop, Script Dazzling Blue; Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter Stickers:  Pink Paislee Expressions, Wood Veneer:  My Minds Eye (By the Sea); Chipboard: Scrap Collections; Flair:  My Minds Eye (By the Sea); Enamel dots etc: My Minds Eye; Die cuts:  My Minds Eye (By the Sea); Twine: WeR Memory Keepers; Ink:  Distress Vintage Photo; Stencil: Celebr8; Other Mediums:  Finnabair Light Paste, Soft Matt Gel and Art Stones.

The CSI Scene:


This is how I solved the case file:
Scheme:  All colours used:

Evidence: Stripes, Sketchy pattern, beach, nautical elements, circles, wet medium, grainy art stones.

Testimony:  I documented a trip to the beach.

Some closse ups:
 I cut the woodgrain paper into strips and distressed the edges before pasting it down on my white cardstock.  I also added some stenciling behind the photo.

 I love the texture that the corrugated paper add to this page.  Actually this page is FULL of texture.

 I added flair and some wood veneer pieces between the layers of my photo mat.

 These large Pink Paislee letter stickers have been living in my stash for the longest time...so good to see it down on a page.  I added some soft mat gel below the title and added some art stones to create a grainy, sandy effect.

 I really enjoyed making this page.

 Love all the texture and dimension.

Thank you for visiting my blog today...I hope you are inspired to play along with this challenge.♥♥




Sunday, July 15, 2018

Brown Eyed Girl - July Sketchabilities - Prima Seashore - Stash busting #2

Hallo there crafty friends.  It is reveal time over at Sketchabilities.   I am currently on a stash busting challenge that I set for myself.  Reality is that we tend to hoard our stash in the effort to keep up to date with the latest goodies out there. The older goodies are still too beautiful to purge but guilt is getting to me when I start looking at the latest collections and realize that I have collections that I haven't even touched yet.  So I dug into the older Prima Seashore collection for this page and teamed it with some newer Prima flowers, chipboard and crystals.  The photos I used were taken way back in January 2015 on an outing to the Sundays River.  Leane were playing in the mud on the river bank and built a Mud Olaf.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Prima Seashore; Cardstock:  American Craft; Chipboard:  Blue Fern Studio, Dusty Attic; Bling:  Prima say it in crystals; Flowers: Prima, Little Birdie; Resins: Prima; Tags:  Prima; Ink:  Distress Oxide (Worn Lipstick); Stencils:  Crafters Workshop, Celebr8 (dandelions); Mediums:  Finnabair light paste, Wow embossing powder; Border Punch:  Martha Steward; Dies: Boskut leaves; Other:  Doily and sisal from my stash.

Karan's lovely sketch:
 Some close ups:
 There is some paper tearing in the layers, some corrugated cardboard and lots of other texture.  I heat embossed the title.

 I love the cool affect of the torn papers, border strips and texture paste.

 Making the older papers "fresh" by teaming it with newer Prima flowers.  Extra texture added with a nest of sisal.

 Prima resin shells and real shells added into the clusters.

 I don't know about you...but we all seem to have stencils that have been forgotten.  It was fun to actually use them again.

I love the delicate Dusty Attic chippies.  The dandelion sprig was also dressed with white heat embossing.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Please play along with this month's sketch ♥♥

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Scraplifting and stash busting - Stash busting #1

Hi my crafty friends.  I have been feeling very guilty when I look at my stash and have made a decision.  I have over the years frequently gone through a destashing phase and then blessed somebody with my less loved products.  Now I am at a stage where I LOVE everything that I still have in my stash...but it is just growing and I need to get it on pages.

I have also been asked how I feel about scraplifting.  Well...my feeling is if you DON'T want your pages copied...DON'T post it on social media, DON'T make kits and DON'T give classes. I am thrilled when my pages are lifted or copied.  I love to know that people are inspired by pages I do and it is a huge compliment when it is copied.  I also believe that we all learned to scrapbook through copying the work of our scrapbook idols.  I too, often love a page I see and then want to make a similar one.  Today I am sharing a page that was lifted from Cathyscrap85 .  A page done in December of 2014.  The style is totally unlike my normal style and I dug into my more shabby/vintage stash.  Here is my version:


Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Teresa Collins, Melissa Francis, Maya Design; Cardstock: American Craft;  Gold letter stickers:  Felicity Jane; Wood Veneer:  Prima, Studio Calico; Envelope: Maya Road; Bling: Prima Say it in Crystals; Flowers: Celebr8; Brads: Making Memories; Flair:  Celebr8; Metal Charms: Upikit; Ribbon: Prima; Twine: Stash; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink: Distress Oxide (Antique Linen); Stamps: Kaisercraft, Prima; Other:  Bookpages, ribbon, acrylic stars, Bingo card(printable)

Cathy's page: (much cleaner than mine)


Some close ups:
 It feels as if I have everything but the kitchen sink on this page.  I love how the new Celebr8 flowers fit perfectly on this vintage feel page.

 I love how the twine makes this layout look like a wrapped parcel.

 The old Prima wood veneer that has been sitting in my stash for years have found a home.

 I played with some of my old stamps that was also just sitting in my stash.

 I just love the texture and all the layers.

I finished the page with my usual stitching.  I am thankful that people share their work and that we can get inspired to get out of our comfort zones....and use THAT STASH.  Thank you Cathy for the inspiration, but my page could never look as pretty as yours.♥♥

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

I love you to the moon and back - Pink Paislee - Scrapbook Studio

Hallo my crafty friends.  I was privileged to teach at the Scrapbook Studio The Event in June.  Today I am sharing the bonus page with you.  The possibilities with the gorgeous Pink Paislee Moonstruck collection is endless.  For this page I cut all the florals from one of the patterned papers and the affect on the black and white striped paper is amazing.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Pink Paislee Moonstruck; Cardstock:  American Craft; Wood veneer title:  Heidi Swapp; Heart wood veneer: Dream Craft; Flowers: Celebr8; Die cuts:  Pink Paislee Moonstruck; Embroidery Floss:  DMC;  Stitching Template: WeR Memory Keepers; Mediums:  Finnabair Soft Matt Gel, gold embossing powder; Glitter: Anna Griffin; Clear Stamp:  Kaisercraft.

Some close ups:
I applied the soft gel through a Prima stencil and then sprinkled glitter in rose and gold while the gel was wet.  It is a very subtle detail but I love it.

The "I love you to the moon and back" was stamped and fussy cut and added to the florals.

I used some Prima Color Bloom sprays and applied the mist to the flowers with a paintbrush.

I adore the look of the fussy cut flowers down the entire page.

The perfect setting for a photo of my love and I.

I used a lot of foam dots to create the dimension among the cluster of fussy cut flowers.  I completed the page by hand stitching a border around the page.

Thank you for visiting my blog today♥♥  I hope you leave inspired to create some beauty.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Summer Lovin - CSI #257 - Felicity Jane Zoey

Hallo my crafty friends.  I am sharing a page that I made for the latest Color Story Inspiration case file.  The Felicity Jane Zoey kit was perfect as it fit the colour scheme perfectly.  I used a photo of taken of me and Kobus during our summer vacation in Umhlanga Rocks in March this year.


Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Felicity Jane (Zoey); Cardstock:  American Craft; Wood veneer glasses: Jillibean Soup; Chipboard Title:  Celebr8; Puffy hearts/dots: Felicity Jane; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye, Hip Kit exclusives; Die cuts:  Felicity Jane Zoey;  Embossing Powder: Lindy's Gang; Punch:  Ek Success; Stamp:  Felicity Jane Sophie.

A page map used for inspiration:

The case file:

This is how I solved the case file:

The Scheme:  All 5 colours used.

Evidence:  Floral pattern, stripes, wood, flowers, glasses, black and white pattern, string.

Testimony:  I documented something about summer. My title is "Summer Lovin".  My jurnaling is about how much I love escaping to the warm and balmy weather of Kwazulu Natal."

 The florals were cut from an older Felicity Jane paper.  I wish I had a hundred of these sheets.

 I made a nest for my title using the different patterned papers.  I heat embossed the chipboard title with a darker teal colour.

 I have now collected so many clear stamps that I challenge myself to use them on my pages.

 The rubber "love this life" is also from an older Felicity Jane kit.

I added the two tiny tags with string and completed the corner with some more stamping.

Thank you for visiting my blog today....I really hope you are inspired to join into this challenge ♥♥

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Life's Beautiful - Kraft + - July 2017 Hip Kit

Hi there crafty friends.  I want to share the page I made for this months Kraft+ challenge.  I am guest designer this month and was challenged to do something I have never done before.
This month the challenge is... 

Warp and Weft. 

Incorporate some
WEAVING
onto your creation. 


Due to a hectic work schedule I was a little late in submitting my page to Sandra...but she was gracious in allowing me to have fun with the challenge...so for the first time ever I did some paper weaving and this is my page:
Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Paige Evans (Oh my heart); kraft: American Craft;  Chipboard title:  Celebr8;  Chipboard heart:       ; Chipboard embellishments:  Hip Kit Exclusive, Paige Evans; Puffy stickers:  Paige Evans; Die cuts:  Paige Evans; Mediums:  Finnabair White Crackle paste:  Stencil:  Celebr8; Embossing Powder: WOW (brilliant white, Rose gold)

Some details: 
I cut up one sheet of patterned paper and then wove it together before pasting down the chipboard heart and cutting away the excess pieces.

I loved the process and the affect...and will certainly do it again somewhere in the future.


I added some chipboard flowers from the Hip Kit exclusives and from the Paige Evans chipboard around the photo.

Another little weaved cluster at the bottom right of the page.

This really creates a cool affect...don't you think?

....and another memory captured....

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Please head on over to the Kraft+ blog and be inspired.  It would be so cool if you played along with this challenge. ♥♥

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Carefree - Felicity Jane Alexis

Hi there my crafty friends.  I am sharing a page that I made using the beautiful Felicity Jane Alexis kit.  I saw the coolest Pagemap sketch and decided to use it as inspiration for this page of my one and only granddaughter Leane.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Felicity Jane Alexis; Cardstock: American Craft; Vellum: American Craft; Wood veneer hearts:  Studio Calico; Chipboard title: Celebr8; Flair: Felicity Jane; Puffy dots:  Felicity Jane; Die cuts:  Felicity Jane; Embroidery Floss: DMC Variegated; Embossing Folder:  Couture Creations (Scattered Notes); Embossing Powder:  Lindy's Gang, Dies: Sizzix; Stamps:  Felicity Jane (Brie)

The sketch that inspired me:

Some close ups:
 I started by cutting a butterfly with the Silhouette Cameo to use as a template for my wonky stitched butterfly.  I then added the two strips of patterned paper to the middle of the page before tracing the butterfly.

 I then decided to cut a smaller butterfly from the soft pink patterned paper and another even smaller one from vellum.  I then embossed the vellum paper before adding the pieces inside the stitched butterfly wings.

 You already know that I always mat my photo on a few different coloured cardstock papers.  I just love to make my photo stand out from it's background.

 I heat embossed the wood veneer hearts and the title.

 I just love the dimension...and I added foam dots between each layer to show it off better.

 The stamping was done using the stamp set of the Felicity Jane Brie kit.

 The two circles were cut from journaling cards.

I love how this turned out.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I trust that I could inspire you to create...it is the best therapy ever.