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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Favorite Memories - Sketchabilities #153 - Elle's Studio

Hallo there to all my crafty friends.  It is the time of the month to reveal the September Sketchabilities sketch and the design team's inspiration.  I love the inspiration sketches gives and it takes all the heavy lifting out of a design.  I used a few older photos of two of my grandsons.


Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Elle's Studio (Noteworthy); Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter stickers: Elle's Studio; Chipboard:  Dusty Attic, Celebr8; Puffy stickers:  Elle's Studio; Wood veneer: Elle's Studio; Epoxy Stickers:  Elle's Studio; Brads: Making Memories;  Ink:  Distress Ink (Tea Dye); Mixed media:  Finnabair Rust pastes; Stencil:  Celebr8; Circle nesting dies:  Quikutz, Sizzix':  Leaf die: Kaisercraft.

The lovely sketch by Karan:

Some close ups:
 I cut my patterned papers and stuck it down on card stock.  I then prepared my chipboard embellishment by adding Finnabair Rust pastes to it.

 I then stenciled distress ink onto the background. 

 I find these "lollipop" flowers perfect to use on boy pages. I added epoxy stickers to it's centers.

 The "favorite" and "moments" puffy stickers is part of the Noteworthy collection.

Some more rusted stars and a pretty vine die cut was added to complete the page.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Please consider playing along with us this month at Sketchabilities.

♥♥

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Breathe - Lady Pattern Paper - Rainbow Party

Hello there Crafty friends.  I am sharing another page made with this beautiful new collection by Lady  Pattern Paper.  This time I wanted to use the collection to scrap a sunset photo.  I am forever chasing sunsets and I capture them often.
Supply list:  Patterned Paper:  Lady Pattern Paper; Cardstock:  American Craft; Chipboard title:  Dusty Attic, Crafty Arts; Bling: Crystal Stickers; Pearls: W&M; Flowers: Pima; Embroidery Floss:  DMC;  Embossing Powder:  WOW; Border punch: Martha Stewart.

I used this sketch by Laura Whitaker as inspiration:

 Some close ups:
 I cut a quarter inch of the edges of the beautiful Boogie Woogie paper and backed it on solid blue cardstock.  I pierced holes around the edges to handstitch.

I layered a strip of Bubbly (plaid side),You Sparkle  and Boogie Woogie (stripe).  I matted my photo onto Macho Camo Dazzling Blue and cut some flags from Sparkle (stripes) and Brush Marx & Co Canvas to add to the side of the photo cluster.  I cut the live, love, dream strip from the cut apart sheet to add next to the photo.

I adhered my layers and punched a border from the Macho Camo Dazzling Blue paper to add below the patterned papers. 

I added some Novu Crystal Drops to the clusters and finished my page by adding the journaling.

Be sure to check out this delightful new collection at your local scrapbook store.  Thank you for visiting my blog today♥

Friday, August 31, 2018

Amazing Love - WeR Memory Keepers (Wildflower)

Hello my crafty friends.   I spent Woman's Day at Scrapbook Studio simply because I needed a change of scenery and I needed to be surrounded by my kind of people.  I spent the morning there and only fussy cut a sheet of flowers.  I was in immense pain at the time and it was therapy to be in a happy space and it was an achievement to sit and chat and actually walk away with something I could use when I felt better.  I recently shared the second page I made with the fussy cut flowers.  Interestingly enough both pages have a photo that was taken in a Botanical Garden.  On this page I am using a photo of my youngest sister, Ansie and me taken at the Kirstenbosch gardens in 2014.


Supply list:  Patterned paper:  WeR Memory Keepers (Wildflower), Paige Evans (Turn the Page); Cardstock:  American Craft;  Chipboard title: Penelope Dee; Alpha Stickers: Maggie Holmes (Shine); Stickers:  WeR Memory Keepers (Wildflower); Embroidery Floss:  DMC; Ink:  Distress Oxide (fossilized amber); Stencil: Prima; Border punch: Ek Success; Nuvo Crystal Drops (Bright Gold).


Some close ups:
 I adhered a strip of paper down the page and layered clusters of fussy cut flowers under the right side of it.

 The tsukineko gold embossing powder and the Maggie Holmes alpha stickers were a perfect match...as were the Nuvo Crystal Drops.

 I clustered more fussy cut flowers around the left side of the photo, using a lot of foam dots to create dimension.

 I embellished the flower centers with black Nuvo Crystal Drops.

I love how this page came together.  I adore all the fussy cut flowers...totally worth the time I spent cutting it.

Thank you for visiting my blog today...I hope that you found inspiration here♥

Friday, August 24, 2018

Magical - Lady Pattern Paper - Rainbow Party

Hello my Crafty friends.  Today I am sharing a page made with the brand new Lady Pattern Paper release "Rainbow Party".    When I received the beautiful new Rainbow Party collection and opened it, I immediately fell in love with the stunning Boogie Woogie paper with its rainbow colours and ‘scripty’ pattern. I knew that I wanted to use this paper as a base for my first page.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Lady Pattern Paper (Rainbow Party); Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter Stickers:  Elle's Studio; Flowers: Prima; Enamel dots and hearts:  Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Twine; WeR Memory Keepers; Stamp:  Felicity Jane; Other: sisal fibers.

I used this sketch as inspiration:

 Some close ups:
 I had a photo of my granddaughter Leane and her friend that was taken at the Unicorn Café in June and it was perfect for this collection. I cut the Boogie Woogie paper so that I could still have some white space around it. I then distressed the edges of my paper and adhered it to the white cardstock. I pierced holes around the edges to frame the paper.


 I then cut a piece of paper from Good Vibes to place behind my photo. I cut a strip of You Sparkle (stripes side) and punched it with a border punch. There is a lot of pink in my photo and to create some contrast I first matted my photo on dark grey cardstock before backing it with Twinkle Toes Starry Night Intense Teal (check side). I love how it brings in the blues.

I added some sisal fibers in little nests under the flower clusters.  I love the added texture it gives.



I fussy cut the little unicorn from Good Vibes (cut-out side) and used the rest of the card to make the little tag and a spot above the photo to add the title. I then embellished my layout and made the unicorn part of the lower cluster.


The beautiful photo at Unicorn Café is absolutely perfect for this playful, magical and fun range.

I loved working with this fresh new collection.  Be sure to check it out at your local scrapbook store.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Bloom (wild and free) - CSI260

Hallo Crafty friends,  you know how much I love to take part in scrappy challenges.  This past weekend I created a page inspired by Color Story Inspiration case file 260.  I used some scraps that were left over from another page that I will shortly share.  I spent Woman's Day at Scrapbook Studio simply because I needed a change of scenery and I needed to be surrounded by my kind of people.  I spent the morning there and only fussy cut a sheet of flowers.  I was in immense pain at the time and it was therapy to be in a happy space and it was an achievement to sit and chat and actually walk away with something I could use when I felt better.  Anyway...this is the second page that I make using the fussy cut flowers and I still have enough left to embellish another page.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned paper: WeR Memory Keepers (Wildflower), Dear Lizzy (Lovely Day); Cardstock:  American Craft; Chipboard title:  Celebr8;   Brads:  Dear Lizzy (Lovely Day); Die cuts: Maggie Holmes; Stickers: WeR Memory Keepers (Wildflower); Embroidery Floss: DMC;  Ink:  Distress Oxide (fossilized amber); Stencil: Prima; Border Punch: EK Success; Nuvo Crystal Drops:  (bright gold); Embossing Powder:  Tsukineko.

The CSI case file:

This is how I solved the case file:

Scheme:  I used all 5 colours.

Evidence:  Solid white background, Floral pattern, stripes, camera, flowers/leaves, gold, string/twine, brush lettering, transportation.

Testimony:  I documented a photo taken on our trip to KZN and specifically the botanical gardens in Durban.  I used the inspiration word "Bloom" as my title  My journaling reads:  " I love places that make you realize how tiny you and your problems are."

Some close ups:
I cut strips for the sides of my background.  I tucked the fussy cut flowers in a cluster at the top left and bottom right.

 I stenciled onto my background paper with fossilized amber distress oxide ink.

I put a lot of layers behind my photo and embellished with two tags.
Here you can see the dimension of the fussy cut flowers and the gold shiny bits.

Thank you for visiting my blog today...I hope you decide to play along with the challenge ♥♥

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Escape - Kraft+ - Authentique

Hello Crafty friends.  I would like to share the page I made for the Kraft+ challenge this month.  The challenge for August is to be inspired by Terracotta.  I was inspired by the tiles on the mood board.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Authentique; Cardstock:  American Craft Kraft; Chipboard tiles and panel:  Blue Fern Studio; Chipboard Title:  Dusty Attic; Flowers:  Celebr8; Embroidery Floss: DMC Mediums:  Finnabair rust and patina paste; Ink: Distress Ink Rusty Hinge; Stencil:  Celebr8; Embossing Powder:  Lindy's Gang; Border Punch: EK Success; Other:  Sisal

The Mood Board:

Some close ups:

 I prepared my Kraft background by stenciling Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge through a stencil.  I applied some Finnabair rust and patina pastes to the panel and the tiles and let it dry.

 The photo was taken by my husband early one morning outside Jeffreys Bay.

 I love the effect of the sisal nests behind my flowers.

I distressed the edges of my paper layers and finished my page by stitching down the sides of the blue paper.

Thank you for visiting my blog today, I trust that you are inspired to play along with this challenge.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Memories - Sketchabilities #152

Hallo there to all my crafty friends.  It is the time of the month to reveal the August Sketchabilities sketch and the design team's inspiration.  I love the inspiration sketches gives and it takes all the heavy lifting out of a design.  I used a photo of my daughter and Amarins, a student from the Netherlands that did her internship at the Mission.  Here is my page:

Supplies used:  Patterned paper:  Lady Pattern Paper, Prima, Bazzil Vellum, Felicity Jane;  Cardstock:  Watercolour paper; Chipboard Title:  Celebr8,  Dangle: Blue Fern Studios; Flowers:  Prima; Enamel dots:  My Minds Eye; Embroidery Floss:  DMC; Ink:  Distress Oxide (picked raspberry, fossilized amber);Embossing Powder:  WOW, Lindy's Gang; Stencil: Prima; Texture Paste:  Finnabair;  Other:  Doily, sisal.

Karan's sketch:
 Some close ups:
 I have been wanting to make my own watercolour background using the awesome distress oxides for ages.  I used Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber and blended them together with a dauber and a wet paintbrush.

 I then applied texture paste through a stencil to the watercoloured areas.  I wanted it to be the bottom layer and tore a Prima patterned paper to "reveal" the coloured areas.  I then decided to add vellum as another layer between the patterned paper and the watercolour paper.  I distressed the torn edges and rolled it back.

 I then added my paper stack.  I heat embossed the frame of chipboard titles with glitter embossing powder and added it between my layers.  I made a little nest with the sisal strands and then glued it in place using my flowers.

 A page wouldn't be complete without the journaling and I wanted to document the impact Amarins had on us as a family and on the Mission.

 The bottom watercolouring.  I loved this process and I am pretty sure that I will be using this technique again very soon.

 I finished off the clusters by adding some gold enamel dots.

At this angle you can see the shiny bits and the dimension on the page.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I hope that you are inspired to play along with us this month at Sketchabilities.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Blog Squad MEME post

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Random questions for the #blogsquadreunion

1. What time did you go to bed last night and were you alone?  20h30 (yup...it is cold) and not alone

2. If you could be given ANY gift what would it be?  A pain free life

3. What was the last film that really moved/disturbed/thrilled you and
why?  Book of Henry...it moved me because in my work life I experience too many instances where children have to play the role of adult.

4. What is your favourite TV show of all time ie. you've seen them all, can watch it over and over again and quote lines from it? Homeland and Shades of Blue....watched once so I can't quote lines :)

5. Whats your favourite way to wake up and whats the first thing you do?  Naturally and to the smell of coffee...which tells you what is the first thing I do.

6. What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name? My name is part of who I am, I wouldn't change it.

7. If you had to do a bushtucker challenge (you have to eat insects/grubs etc) what would be the worst thing you had to eat? Seriously?  I wouldn't take part in one...yuck to creepy crawlies.

8. Whats the worst/most embarrassing CD/Album you've ever owned and do you still have it?
I really don't think I ever had an album I was embarrassed about

9. What would be your dream vehicle (bikes, cars, boats, bat car and millenium falcon is allowed!)? I am forever a Volvo girl...and wouldn't mind upgrading to the latest model.

10. Whats your favourite way to spend a Friday night?  On the couch with a book

11. What characteristics do you dislike in yourself?   That I am not as focused at home as I am at work...I can procrastinate for hours.

12. Your favourite item of clothing and why? Jeans and an oversized (to my knees) top.

13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would it be and who would it be with?
 Europe and with Kobus obviously

14. If you could have any animal/creature, what would be your ultimate pet be? I am simple...a sharpei

15. What did you want to be when you were little and do you think you ever will be?  A lawyer....hell no!

16. Whats the next planned event you're looking forward to in your life?  A scrapbooking roadtrip at the beginning of September and two weeks in Plettenberg Bay at the end of September....YAY!!!!!

17. What were you doing before you started this? Procrastinating....DUH!

18. What was the last thing you ate that you really shouldn't have? A packet of speckled eggs...they jury is still out about whether I should or shouldn't have.

19. If you were an ice cream what would you be?
Rum and raisin

20. Who was the last person you spoke to that you didn't want to talk to? I screen all my calls...I don't speak to people I don't want to.

21. What was your favourite toy as a child  . . .and now? My mother tells me that I had a stuffed giraffe that I was very attached to.  Now?   Well it would probably be my craft supplies which doubles up as play therapy.

26. What are you really afraid of?  I have lived through some pretty scary stuff in my life.  I think we live in a pretty scary country if you are inclined to be negative and fearful.  I am not afraid...I guess I have found that faith and fear cannot co-exist.

There you are....over to you...your turn.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Epic Adventure - July 2017 Hip Kit

Hi there my crafty friends.  I haven't posted a layout for a while and I have a few completed ones that I still need to load.  My life is pretty busy right now and time for playing is limited.  I am sharing a layout with a photo of Lache and Kobus taken during their trip to Mauritius in January this year.  Here it is:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Dear Lizzy, Maggie Holmes, Amy Tangerine; Cardstock:  American Craft; Chipboard title:  Celebr8, branches:  Dusty Attic, Embellishments:  Hip Kit Exclusives; Stickers:  Crate Paper (Oasis); Die cuts:  Amy Tan; Stencil:  Celebr8; Texture paste:  Finnabair; Enamel dots:  Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Some close ups:
 The flowers were fussy cut from a Dear Lizzy (Lovely Day) paper.

 I used a XCut border punch to punch a strip to ground my photo.

 I did the stenciling on the top of the background and it ended up to harsh so I first toned it down with gesso and then added texture paste around the border of the page.

 The Dusty Attic sprigs were heat embossed with gold glitter embossing powder.

This page turned out more embellished than what I normally do...but I like it.

Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope that you found inspiration.  I will be back soon ♥