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Monday, August 22, 2016

Special Moments - Celebr8 Chit Chat

Hi there,  so happy to be able to share another page with you using the Celebr8 Chit Chat collection.  I used another photo taken on Stefan's birthday.  I was taking a photo of Lukas with his daddy Wynand when Leane decided to photobomb the photo....I love my family.

Here is my page:
Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Celebr8 Chit Chat; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type; Wood Veneer: Cocoa Vanilla Studio, Studio Callico; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studio (title), Die cuts: Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Embroidery Floss: DMC;  Ink; Dew Drop; Stamp: Celebr8; Punch: Ek Success.

The sketch:

Some close ups:
 I matted the patterned papers to create some extra dimension and inked the Chipboard title.

 I stamped the little tag and stitched circles.

The stars that was in the Cocoa Vanilla Studio (Totally Rad) ephemera pack was perfect to add to the circle.

I layered another Cocoa Vanilla Studio star over the label die cut.  I popped all the stars onto foam dots.


Saturday, August 20, 2016

Splash - April Hip Kit

Hi there.  I have been scrapping since 2004 and I have scraplifted, copied and tried each new trend.  I tried my hand at all the mixed media and have come to the conclusion that I will never be able to make peace with pages that buckle.  After all these years I have finally found my groove.  I still do mixed media but only if I stay in control.  (Must be the control freak in me).  So a bit of misting through a stencil, some controlled inking and PanPastels will be what I use to jazz up my backgrounds.

I made this page using another of Laura Whitaker's sketches.  The photos of Stefan and Juan splashing in the rock pools of Sardinia Bay was taken on Fathers Day when we had a family brunch on the beach.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Hip Kit exclusives; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: American Craft; Wood Veneer:  Studio Calico, Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Enamel stars:  Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Stickers and die cuts: Cocoa Vanilla Studio, Hot air balloon: Shimelle: Embroidery floss: DMC; Mist: Prima Bloom; Stencil: Prima.

The sketch:
 

Some close ups:
 I first sprayed the mist through a stencil onto my background.  Then added my patterned papers.

 I stitched the squares with DMC variegated floss.

I stuck the clear hot air balloon sticker onto white cardstock...and popped it up with pop dots.

Stars seem to be my favourite embellishment when it comes to boy pages.

Thank you for visiting my blog...I hope that I could provide you with a bit of inspiration.♥♥

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sweet Friends - June Hip Kit - Stuck!?

Hallo there.  I never knew that your heart's capacity to love can expand with each grandchild that is born.  Sometimes my heart just feels so full when I look at the ones who have my whole heart.  Wynand took these photos of Lukas on their small holding recently.

Lukas turned 8 in June...isn't he a handsome young man...just look at those dimples.

 Lukas never gets bored with his own company.

 He loves to play with his farm animals and his car collection.

I wonder what is going through that head when he is so busy playing.

Today I am playing along with Stuck!? Sketches latest challenge.,,and I am using one of the photos of Lukas taken on the day the photos above was taken.  This is my first page with the June kit and I always find cutting into a new kit challenging...not knowing what I love most.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Hip Kit Exclusives, Pink Paislee, Simple Stories; Alpha letters: Jillibean Soup; Wood Veneer: Jillibean Soup, Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios; Brads: Simple Stories; Enamel dots: Simple Stories; Die Cuts: Hip Kit Exclusives; Puffy stickers: Hip Kit Exclusives; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Stencil: Crafters Workship; Stamps: Prima; Texture Paste: Daler Rowney; Embossing Powder: Lindy's Stamp Gang.

Here is Laura's sketch:

Some close ups:

 I cut the Blue Fern Studio's "Seeing Stars" chipboard apart, painted it and then heat embossed it.

 I added some frames to my layers.  I love stitching on my pages...if you haven't noticed ;-)

 I also used some corrugated board for extra texture.  I used one of the project life cards above the photo.

 A little bit of mixed media behind my title.

 Love how this one turned out.

Thank you for visiting my blog ♥♥

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Every day is an Adventure - Creative Scrappers

Hi there.  Today I am playing along with Creative Scrappers August sketch.  I used some photos of Dewan taken on a recent family photo shoot and got a cut file from the Cut Shoppe...which I backed with My Minds Eye Now and Then Collection.  Here is my page:

Patterned papers:  My Minds Eye (Now and Then);  Cardstock: American Craft:  All embellishments are from the My Minds Eye Now and Then Colletion. Other;  Silhouette Cameo

Here is the sketch:

Just two close ups:

I popped up the die cut background on foam tape to give it some dimension.

 A wonderful opportunity to use up some older stash.

Thank you for visiting my blog ♥♥


Monday, August 15, 2016

Capture the Moment - April Hip Kit

Hi there, I am trying to use up my April Hip Kit.  My June kit has been stuck at Customs for the past two weeks...so frustrating.  Last Sunday we were on our way out when Kobus Jr, Lache and the children came around on the corner on roller blades.  We ended up sitting there on the curb for an improptu "kuier".  I took some photos with my iPhone.


 Needless to say Bella was the Belle of the Ball.

 Father and son.

 Oupa and grandson :)

 Leane and Bella.

We ended up going back inside for coffee.

Here is the page of Leane and Bella.
Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Elle's Studio; Amy Tangerine:  Cardstock:  American Craft; Wood Veneer (you & me):  Prima; Flowers: Petaloo; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Clear stickers: Shimelle; Butterflies: Maggie Holmes Bloom;  Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Stencil: Prima; Other: Silhouette Studio.

I inked onto my background through a Prima Stencil.  Love the controlled mixed media.

 I cut the butterflies from a Maggie Holmes Bloom paper.

 I love that I could add the green onto the layout using ink without it being messy.

The leaves were cut with the Silhouette Cameo.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Awesome - Celeb8 Chit Chat

Hi there friends.  I am still in the process of trying to post each of the pages that I have created in the time that I haven't been blogging...so please bear with me.  I am sharing one of my most recent pages today.  While I was at the Celebr8 technique event in Benoni I was pleased to find the new Chit Chat collection designed by Kim Watson in our goodie box.  This week I found the time to begin playing with it.  Here is one of my pages using some photos of Juan and Stefan taken on Stefan's 4th birthday:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Celebr8 Chit Chat; Cardstock; American Craft; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios;  Wood Veneer:  Cocoa Vanilla Studio (gears), Jillibean Soup (awesome title); Flair: Adri du Preez; Buttons: Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Enamel stars: Cocoa Vanilla Studio;  Die Cuts: Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Embroidery floss: DMC; Paint: Iris Acrylic; Ink: Memento; Stamps: Celebr8; Punch: Fiskars; Other: Silhouette Cameo.

I have rediscovered the pleasure of working with Laura Whitaker's sketches:

Some close ups:
 I cut the big ampersand with my silhouette cameo and then stitched around it...it was then popped up on foam tape of dimension.

 The square chipboard frame is by Blue Fern Studios and painted grey with acrylic paint.

 I cut a tag from the cut apart sheet of the Chit Chat collection and used the twine and string in the embellishment pack.  I found that the Cocoa Vanilla Studio Totally Rad collection's embellishments worked perfectly with this Celebr8 collection.

Thank you for visiting my blog ♥♥

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Bloom & Grow - May Hip Kit

Hi there,  I used some older photos to scrap today.  Looking at these photos of Leane and Dewan taken more than 4 years ago makes me realise just how fleeting time is, and that for their sake I need to start recording our journey again.  I know that taking photos is a way of stopping time for a few moments.   Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  May Hip Kit exclusives, Jillibean Soup; Cardstock: American Craft; Chipboard: Illustrated Faith, Simple Stories; Wood Veneer: Jillibean Soup, Simple Stories; Flair: Hip Kit Exclusive; Enamel hearts: Illustrated Faith; Enamel dots; Simple Stories; Die cuts: Hip Kit exclusives; Bow paper clip: Illustrated faith; Puffy stickers: Hip Kit Exclusives; Title: Hip Kit digital cut; Other mediums: Finnabair Gel Medium, Finnabair glass glitter; Stencil: Prima; Other Silhouette Cameo.

 The title was designed by Ashleigh Horton, I backed the flowers and leaves with patterned papers and coloured the Bloom with a marker.

 I love the effect of the glass glitter and gel medium through the stencil.

 Hip Kits makes clustering a breeze with the loads of embellishments included in the kits.

 Lots of layering.

...and just a touch of mixed media peeking out.

Thank you for visiting my blog ♥♥

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Happy :) - Stuck?! - Celebr8 Chit Chat

Hi there, Happy Women's Day for those who live in South Africa.  I hope to resume normal blogging next week.  A short update on how our newest addition to the family is doing.

This morning my dressing table became an impromptu cave for Stefan and Bella. 

Yup...this house sure belongs to them..and they are a handful.

I am playing along with the latest August 1 Stuck?! sketch challenge.  I am loving Laura Whitaker's sketches...they suit my style so very well.  I used the beautiful Celebr8 Chit Chat collection and a photo of Bianca and Stephen.  Here it is:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Celebr8 Chit Chat; Cardstock:  American Craft; Chipboard:  Celebr8; Wood Veneer:  Simple Stories; Brads: Simple Stories, Celebr8; Buttons:  Celebr8;  Bow paper clip:  Illustrated Faith; Twine: WeR Memory Keepers; Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Other: Anita's gloss, Teddy Glitter; Stencil: Tim Holtz; Rosette Die cut:  Silhouette Studio.

The Sketch:

Some close ups:
 The title Chippie is from Celebr8...I painted it with acrylic paint and then covered it with glossy accents and sprinkled glitter onto the "happy".

 The rosette was cut with the Silhouette Cameo and then I added the ampersand wood veneer and made a sprinkling with brads.

 I picked up the blue from the patterned papers and added some distress ink through a Tim Holtz stencil.

I love that this patterned papers already have already got paint splatters.

Thank you for visiting my blog ♥♥