Saturday, October 15, 2016

Pause, Relax and Breathe - Celebr8 - Scrapbook Studio Sketch challenge

I am back!!!  I have had a wonderful break in beautiful Plettenberg Bay and am ready for the last long haul of this year.  I am really inspired by this month's sketch challenge over at Scrapbook Studio and decided to play along.  I only downloaded my holiday photos today and was pleasantly surprised to find that these would be the perfect photos for this page.  So without further is my take on the October double page sketch challenge.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Celebr8 Sea Treasures; Cardstock: American Craft: Chipboard: Celebr8; Ink: Tim Holtz distress inks (Scattered staw, crushed olive, tumbled glass, salty ocean, faded jeans, bluepring sketch); Stencil: The Crafters Workshop (Sea Bubbles); Other mediums: Versamark. Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders (Magic Moon Pearls, Reindeer Moss Green, Midnight Teal); Border punch: Martha Stewart.

Here is the sketch:

I really wanted to use this Sea Treasures Collection but only had scraps left.  The white cardstock was just too much so I made my own background using Tim Holtz Distress Inks, a stencil and blending tools.  I love how it turned out.

Some close ups:
I outlined my patterned papers to make them stand out from the background.  The Title chipboard was covered with the Magic Moon Pearls embossing powder and heat embossed.

 I inked this border chipboard with Memento Ink (Paris Dusk) and then heat embossed it using Midnight Teal embossing powder,  I then added another layer of Reindeer Moss Green randomly on the chipboard and heat embossed it.  I cut it to go on the sides of my pages and then just embellished it with a few sequins.

 The little fishes were heat embossed in Reindeer Moss Green embossing powder.

 My darling husband always manages to snap lovely photos of must be the way he sees me through the eyes of love ♥

I balanced the second page with little phrases from the cut apart sheet and another little heat embossed fish.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Impromptu Kuier - June Hip Kit - Scrap Affairs

Hallo there.  I was contacted by the new Scrap Affairs owner, Kyla, in August.  They want to do a "Up Close and Personal" article of my work in the October Scrap Affairs.  They also needed a few unpublished I got cracking to make two single and this one double page layout.  This is the double page layout I made for the publication...I wanted to document our pavement "kuier" with Kobus, Lache and the children a few weeks ago...and nothing does it as well as a double page that can tell the story.  I don't do very many of them these days.  I don't think this layout made it into the magazine but I enjoyed creating it.
Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Simple Stories, Paige Evans; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: Jillibean Soup Bean Board Alphas, Simple Stories tile stickers; Wood Veneer: Jillibean Soup; Chipboard: Heidi Swapp; Clear Stickers: Simple Stories; Brads: Simple Stories; Enamel dots: Simple Stories; Rubber tag: Maggie Holmes; Puffy Stickers: Hip Kit Exclusives; Die cut houses: American Craft Project Life; Embroidery Floss; DMC; Ribbons: Celebr8;  Die cut flowers: Ashley Horton; Other: Silhouette Cameo; Sketch: Allison Davis.

Some close ups of the details:
 I outlined the flowers with a black pen so that they pop on the page.  I also did a lot of sewing on this one.

 I adore the Simple Stories brads that have sticky backs and you no longer need to pierce your paper.  The "totally" pink heart is by Heidi Swapp.

 Some of the ribbon in my stash by Celebr8 was the perfect colour to accent the patterned papers.

 The "today" wood veneer is by Jillibean Soup and the "Happy" sticker is by Simple Stories.

 The puffy sticker speech bubble (happy days) and the puffy sticker arrows are Hip Kit Exclusives.  The clear stickers that are stuck onto the photos are by Simple Stories.

 I love the eclectic mix of embellishments that are found in the Hip Kits.

The three little houses that are tucked under the photos are just perfect for this story and they are by American Craft Project Life.

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

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Cool Dude - June Hip Kit

Hi there.  I managed to scrap some photos that have been lying on my desk for ages and were of Stefan when he was still little.  Some times I look back on these photos and stand amazed at how much they change but at the same time stay the same.  He's favourite person is still his Pappa Oupa...and he still winds him around his little finger.

Supplies used:  Patterned papers:  June Hip Kit Exclusives, Paige Evans; Cardstock: American Craft; Alphabet: Jillibean Bean Board Alpha; Title: Dear Lizzy; Wood Veneer: Jillibean Soup; Chipboard: Heidi Swapp; Brads: Simple Stories; Buttons: Paige Evans, Teresa Collins; Puffy Stickers: Heidi Swapp, Hip Kit Exclusive; Silicone charm: Maggie Holmes: Clear Stickers: Simple Stories; Enamel dots: Simple Stories; Twine: WeR Memory Keepers: Embroidery Floss: DMC;  Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Squeezed Lemonade); Dies: Quickutz stars, punch: Fiskars; Stencil from a retreat. 

I used one of Laura Whitakers wonderful sketches:

Some close up details:
 I used a starburst stencil that we received at the Eerste Rivier Retreat in February this year to make the sunrays in the background.

 I layered the word Cool over the Bean Board Alpha

 I love this colour scheme for the men folk in my life...and the addition of stars.

Just look at those little tootsies.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Monday, September 19, 2016

So in Love - June Hip Kit

Hallo there.  I hope you are doing well.  We spent a few days in Cape Town to attend my sister, Herlien's 50th birthday celebration.  It was cold and wet!  This week I will be playing catch-up with my admin work at the Mission and on Saturday we are off for our 2 week vacation at my happy place - Plettenberg Bay.

Today I am sharing a layout made with the June Hip Kit.  So many ideas and so many photos to scrap and so little time!!!!  I used a photo of my oldest son Kobus with his pretty wife Lache.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  June Hip Kit Exclusives, Jen Hadfield, Pink Paislee; Cardstock:  American Craft: Title Die cut: Dear Lizzy; Wood Veneer:  Jillibean Soup; Chipboard: Celebr8; Clear stickers: Simple Stories; Rubber charm: Maggie Holmes; Puffy Sticker hearts: Heidi Swapp; Buttons: Paige Evans; Enamel dots; Simple Stories; Die cuts:  Hip Kit Exclusives; Embroidery floss; DMC; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot); Mists: Prima Color Bloom (Cotton Candy, Sunshine, Soft Teal); Stencil: Heidi Swapp; Dies: Quikutz Nesting flowers, hearts, Memory Box (dandelions).

I first want to show you how I coloured my background cardstock.  I cut another cardstock into the triangles and then covered part of the stencil and sprayed.  

Every time I finished misting a colour I placed a piece of water colour paper onto the stencil to mop up the excess colour mist.  Now I have another background piece ready to go.

Some close ups of the details:
 I always love to embellish after all my paper pieces are in place.  I placed a dandelion diecut behind the scalloped circle...and  cut one of the scribble chipboard pieces to add behind the photo.

 Layer upon the effect.  I also adore the clear stickers that one can stick right onto your photos.

 Love these  bright and happy colours.

The bottom cluster has the same patterned papers and the same elements.

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

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Restore & Breathe - June Hip Kit - Guest Designer for Stuck?!

Hi there.  I am guesting over at Stuck?! sketches this month.  I was thrilled when Laura Whitaker chose me to guest because I am a big fan of her sketches. This month Stuck?! is partnering with Just Nick Studio...I used their Fancy Floral die cut.  So here goes:

Supply list:  Patterned papers: June Hip Kit Exclusives, Simple Stories, Jen Hadfield, Paige Evans; Cardstock: American Craft; Chipboard Title:  Celebr8; Wood Veneer: Jillibean Soup; Enamel Dots: Simple Stories; Die Cuts:  Hip Kit Exclusives; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Glitter glue: Tickled Pink Stickles; Large Die cut: Just Nick Fancy Floral; Other: Silhouette Cameo.

Laura's cool sketch:

Some close ups:
 I backed the flowers with different patterned papers in the kit.

 I first coloured the chipboard with a Distress Marker and then covered it with Stickles.

 The flowers are a mix of fussy cut and die cut pieces from the Exclusive Ephemera pack.

A few sprinkles of enamel dots...a few wood veneer pieces and it was nearly done.  It just didn't look polished until I stitched around the edges of the page.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Beautiful love story - Celebr8

Hallo there, I hope you are doing well.

I have another page to share with you today.  I used a selfie we took while we were on the KZN south coast.
Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Celebr8 Chit Chat; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: Basic Grey; Tim Holtz small talk; Wood veneer; Jillibean Soup; Chipboard: Celebr8; Flair: Hip Kit Exclusive; Embroidery Floss; DMC; Other: Distress Markers, Stickles; Punch: EK Success; Die cut: The Cut Shoppe; Silhouette Cameo.

Some close ups:

  I don't often get the chance to use a "selfie" the flair had to be used.  I coloured and then added stickles to my chipboard.

 I cut the butterflies on the background with the Silhouette Cameo and then backed it with a bright coloured patterned paper...and I stitched.

 The flowers were all fussy cut from the patterned papers.

 I continued with the stickles on the title chipboard and then decided to add the "love story" below...after all we have been married for 37 years.

 Some wood veneer hearts that was left over of my one Hip Kit club.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Saturday, September 10, 2016

#Yummy - June Hip Kit

Hi there.  I hope you are doing well.  We are leaving for Cape Town on Wednesday.  One of my sisters are turning 50 next Friday and we will be there to celebrate with her.  Three of my four sisters live in Cape Town and my one and only sister-in-law will also be in Cape Town.  I am really looking forward to some quality "sister" time.

Anyhow...let me share the page I made today while my darling husband spent his morning on the golf course.  I took these photos of Juan on his older brother, Dewan's birthday.  He wanted milk tart and his mom and dad were  busy posing for me to take photos of them with the birthday boy.  He gave up on them and started eating milk tart with the only utensil that was available...a knife.  I couldn't resist snapping photos of this.

Supplies used:  Patterned papers:  June Hip Kit exclusives, Jen Hadfield, Paige Evans; Cardstock: American Craft; Alpha letters:  Jillibean Soup Bean Board Alpha; Brads:  Simple Stories; Buttons: Basic Grey; Enamel dots: Simple Stories, My Minds Eye; Puffy Stickers: Hip Kit Exclusives Clear Stickers: Simple Stories; Twine: WeR Memory Keepers; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Star cut with Silhouette Cameo.

Some close ups:
I adore the puffy stickers designed by Kim Watson.  I cut the tag from Jen Hadfield patterned paper.

 I double matted my photos and the stitching adds so much to this page.

 I did my journaling onto one of the Project Life cards that was in the Project Life kit...and then placed the puffy camera sticker over the camera image on the card. 

 I made a little cluster at the corner top and  brought the pink from the camera into the brad.

 Another cute puffy sticker.

Boys and stars go so well together :)

Thank you for visiting today ♥♥

Thursday, September 8, 2016

27 today - June Hip Kit - Creative Scrappers

Hi there.  I hope you are doing well.  Just a little update on my "day job".  If you want to know more about my "day job" you can read this post.  The post was done more than 5 years ago and a lot has changed and there has been a lot of growth since then.  August was a tough month...the suffering and hardship out there are not getting less.  In August we took in 38 additional people...most of them are struggling with an addiction to methamphetamine.   Some days the magnitude of the suffering and homelessness becomes totally overpowering.  We have long ago realised that we cannot help every person that comes to us.  Space as well as finances will prevent that.  Knowing this, does not make it easier to send some people away.  It is awful when families end up on the street and our hearts break for the children who have done nothing to deserve this.

One thing is guaranteed...and that is that I will continue to scrap just to recharge my batteries and to become quiet enough to hear God's voice.  So today I am sharing another page with you.

This time I am playing along with the latest Creative Scrappers sketch.  We celebrated Bianca's birthday at a place called Falcon Rock, a farm outside Port Elizabeth.  Today I am scrapping some photos of her.

Supply list:  Patterned papers: Hip Kit Exclusive, Jen Hadfield, Dear Lizzy; Cardstock: American Craft; Alphabet (27): Jillibean Soup Bean Board Alpha; Wood Veneer: Jillibean Soup; Flowers: Fussy Cut from Hip Kit Exclusive paper; Brads: Simple Stories; Enamel dots: Simple Stories; Puffy Sticker: Hip Kit Exclusive; Clear Stickers: Simple Stories; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Other Mediums: Studio 490 embossing paste, Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder: Stencil: The Crafters Workshop.

Here is the cool sketch:

Some close up details:
 I started by applying some embossing paste through a stencil and then sprinkling embossing powder onto it.  I love the shiny dots created by heat setting the embossing paste.  

 The loads of sewing actually gets lost in all of this and I could have left it.

 I used one of the PL cards from the Hip Kit Project Life kit to mark Bianca's birthdate.

The flowers were all fussy cut from one of the Hip Kit Exclusive papers designed by Kim Watson.

Thank you for visiting my blog ♥♥