Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Love - May Hip Kit

Slowly, but surely I am getting my pages uploaded.  I hope you don't get sick of all the pages.  The layout I am sharing today was made using Ashley Horton's sketch challenge.  I used a photo of my oldest son, Kobus and his wife Lache with my gorgeous grandchildren.  Here it is:

Some close ups of he details:
 This title must be the most over used of all.  I can't count how many of my pages are titled "love".

 I used a stitching template for the circles and variegated green and pink embroidery floss. The 3rd circle is stitched in cream.

 An awesome mix of embellishments are included in the kit.

I used the Silhouette Cameo to cut the chevrons and then backed it with the Illustrated Faith She Blooms paper.  I love how bright it all is.

Thank you for visiting my blog today♥♥

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Cherish - May Hip Kit

Hallo there.  I am back today to share another page I made with the May Hip Kit.  I purchased a fringe scissors a while ago and when I saw this beautiful Exclusive paper designed by Kim Watson...I knew I had to fringe it....and I LOVE it.  Here is the page using Stefan's kindergarten photo:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  May Hip Kit; Cardstock: American Craft: Chipboard title:  Bella Blvd; Die cuts, Puffy Stickers, chipboard stickers: Hip Kit exclusives; Veneer: Jillibean Soup; Sequins: Jillibean Soup; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Stencil: Prima.

Some close ups:
 I used a Prima stencil to bring some colour to my background.  I wanted to add the green that is also in the floral paper behind the photo.  All the embellishments you see here is Hip Kit Exclusives.

 I have gone back to matting my photos.  

 I used Squeezed Lemonade and Peeled Paint Distress Inks.  I added the little yellow "happiness" frame below the photo and the cute little Hip Kit exclusive bird.

How yummy is that fringe.  I coloured the title with the same colours distress Inks.

Thank you for visiting my blog ♥♥

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Love life - May Hip Kit

Maybe one day when everybody has lost interest I will start blogging about my life again (Sort of a journal and photos that will be there for my children and grandchildren)...until then this will just be the place I showcase my pages.  I have subsccribed to the Hip Kit club because I love the way the kits are put together.  So I truly found my mojo hiding in the May Hip Kit.

In the next few weeks I will do a catch-up of the pages I have made in the time that I was absent from the world of blogging.  So without further is one of my recent pages of my littlest grandson and a bunny:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Hip Kit May exclusives and Jillibean Soup; Cardstock: American Craft; Alpha letters:  Jillibean Soup; Chipboard arrow heads: Studio Calico; Wood veneer: Jillibean Soup; Wood & Enamal dots: Jillibean soup; Enamel heart: Illustrated Faith; Die cuts: Hip Kit exclusive; Puffy stickers: Hip Kit exclusive; Embroidery floss: DMC.

Here is some close ups:
 I just love the mix of these bright colours, perfect to scrap my gorgeous grandchildren.

 I have always loved sewing on my pages.  Those are the times I sit with my DH while he is watching sport on the television.

 The chipboard arrow heads and the circle embellishments are from an old Studio Calico glad it found a home now.

Kim Watson's exclusive designs for Hip Kit are amazing...I love the vibrant patterned papers.

Thank you for visiting.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Make a wish - May Hip Kit

Hi there,  I have my Saturdays back!!!   Yay!!  We completed the Life Training School on Friday and although it was a hectic time we were so blessed to be part of this and to hear just how far so many people in our care has come...I am always humbled and in awe when I realise just how blessed we are to be trusted with the lives of these precious people.  Friday morning also brought it's challenge as a tabloid news paper that use sensation to sell their filth placed a article on their front page that shockingly alleged that we are racist and that we have denied access to a mixed race couple at the Mission.  We have never seen or met the couple who made the allegations and it is such lies as we have many mixed race couples at the mission and all our people are happy and live in harmony.  We know that the Lord is our defender and that He will vindicate us...this too goes with the territory when you are called to be a dragon slayer :-P

Maybe...just maybe I will get back to blogging again.  Anyway, I made two pages yesterday.  I am sharing one of them with you and I am playing around with Stuck!? Sketches  July sketch.  If that is what it takes to get back into will probably be sketch challenges :)

Here is my page:
 Supplies used:  Patterned papers:  Hip Kit Exclusives by Kim Watson, Jillibean soup; Cardstock:  American Craft;  Letter stickers:  Pink Fresh (Yellow), Hip Kit Exclusive (Blue); Chipboard: Simple Stories (Frames), Hip Kit Exclusive (Heart), Blue Fern Studios (dandelions); Sequins: Jillibean Soup, Flower Die Cuts:  Hip Kit Exclusives; Puffy sticker:  Hip Kit Exclusive: Heart enamel dot:  Illustrated faith; Ink:  Tim Holtz distress ink, Versafine Smokey grey for stamping; Stamp: Kaisercraft; Embossing powder: Lindy's.

The sketch:

Some close ups:
 I used the yellow Pink Fresh puffy letter stickers from the April kit...these kits are so versatile and you can really mix them up.

 I used the Jillibean cut apart sheet and used one of the 3x4 cards as a tag here.  The flowers were fussy cut from a Hip Kit exclusive paper. 

 I normally make neat and tidy pages and I still don't know if I really like this one.  The paper tearing was a genuine challenge to me.  I applied embossing powder to the dandelion chipboard.

 Many layers there :)  This must still be my all time favourite Kaisercraft stamp.

 More flower die cuts behind the one frame.

Once I get used to my warped paper I might just start liking this one.

Thank you for your visit ♥♥

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A blessed life - May Hip Kit

Hallo there...I am still here.  (believe it or not)  I am honest if I say that my life happens at such a pace these days that I don't have the time or the energy to record it.  As much as I miss all my friends in the computer I also don't have the time or the energy to go blog hopping.  That is only half the truth though.  The full truth is that I love anonymity and in the past few months my life has become far more public than what I am comfortable with.  I guess that comes with the territory if your job is to slay dragons every day

The past month we have been running a Life Training School at the Mission that starts at 7:45 in the mornings and runs till 11.  When I walk out of the class room I still have a full work day ahead of me which means that I get home late and then also means that I don't take off Wednesdays.  Wednesdays is ME time and my saving grace because I disappear into my scrap studio and create to my hearts content.

I crave being alone.
I crave silence.
I crave being creative.

This past weekend Kobus and I were blessed to be able to watch the Springboks kick Ireland's butt...and Sunday was Bianca's birthday and we spent the day having a family picnic at Falcon Rock.  On Saturday morning I snatched a few hours and created this page and at the same time played along with the sketch challenge on My Creative Sketches.  So without further is my page:

 Supplies used:  Patterned Paper:  Hip Kit May exclusives by Kim Watson, Illustrated Faith (She blooms); Cardstock: Bazzill; Letter Stickers:  Hip Kit Exclusive: Wood Veneer: Jillibean Soup; Chipboard: Illustrated faith, Hip Kit exclusives, Crate Paper; Enamel dots: Simple Stories; Die cut: Hip Kit design by Ashley Horton; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Stamps: Dylusions by Ranger, Doily die: Prima.  Other: Silhouette Cameo.

Here is the awesome sketch:
Some close ups:
 I love the effect of mixing my distress inks for the background stamping.  The colourful heart is from the Illustrated faith She Blooms collection and the cute puffy alpha is a May Hip Kit Exclusive.

 I used the beautiful She Blooms patterned paper to cut the doilies.  The frame is by Simple Story and the foiled gold heart is by Crate Paper Hello Love collection.

 These days I really have an urge to put scripture on my pages.  God blesses us so abundantly that I want to honour Him even in my creativity.

 More layering.  The narrow piece of patterned paper that was punched is a scrap from the Prima Coffee Break collection.  I layered the Hip Kit exclusive chipboard vase with flowers over a Simple Stories frame.
Finally I made another cluster with a doily, some wood veneer flowers by Jillibean Soup and this pretty foiled badge by Crate Paper Hello love collection.

Thank you for visiting my blog...I appreciate your love ♥♥

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Stefan's 4th birthday

Hi there,  We have been in Plettenberg Bay since Saturday.  I was so tired that by the time we left home I was on very close to burn out.  Since we have been here it has really been a cycle of EAT. BEACH. READ. SLEEP. REPEAT.  Our day starts with a long walk on the beach...a quick shower followed by breakfast.  The weather has been glorious so we have spent our days sitting on the lawn of the hotel reading...then it is an afternoon nap followed by a decision of where to eat.  I have started to breathe deeply again.

This is the view from our unit...and this will always be my happy place.

Before we left on Saturday we celebrated Stefan's 4th birthday.  The theme of his birthday was "Robots" and for weeks he drove us crazy with the question of when he is getting his Robot cake.

The birthday boy.

 My Silhouette Cameo worked overtime in making the decor.  This banner was on our front gate.

 The Robot cake

 Spare Parts

 Nuts and bolts

 What I love about our home being the "party venue" is that I always get some beautiful shots of my grandchildren.  Here is my wild princess.

 She is growing up way to quickly.

 The party packs, robot stickers and pop corn boxes were all cut on the Silhouette Cameo.

 The moment he has been waiting for forever :-P

 Getting a sugar rush.

The only time they were actually quiet.

 The three musketeers.

 The little ones had loads of fun playing on the jungle gym

 ...and discovering.

 My gorgeous boys Lukas and Dewan first giving their Ouma pretty smiles...

 ...and then some funny faces.

 The perfect party venue...with lots of nooks and crannies.

 Rediscovering how much fun it is at Oupa and Ouma's place.

 Son Wynand and grandson Lukas.

 Another fun photo.

 ...nothing has changed with Stefan and Juan...always being funny and refusing to make eye contact or smile...

 ...they do the "bum shaking"thing the moment the camera comes out :-D

 ...okay too close...but at least proper smiles.

 Dewan...separating himself from the crowd.

 A thoughtful moment...maybe deciding to play along and let Ouma have a good smile?

 This little man just has the most beautiful dimples.

I would love to know what is going through that little head.

This afternoon we drive back to Port Elizabeth. We made a slight miscalculation when we booked ticked to see the Chris de Burgh show and it will now mean two less days in Plett.  My darling man sold my car last week and tomorrow morning we fly to Durban where he bought my next car.  So there really is never a dull moment in my life.

Thank you for visiting ♥♥