Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fabulous - September Hip Kit

Hi there.  It would seem that this little blog of mine is just becoming a place where I post my creative work.  I am sorry about that.  Unfortunately due to our lives becoming very public due to our work at the Mission, I need to batten down the hatches to keep our private lives private.  Those of my friends that have formed bonds with me over the years know that I am still available for chats on Messenger and through e-mail.   Today I am sharing a page I made of my Love and I.  We attended a red carpet event late last year and looked so smart that the photo just had to be scrapped.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Maggie Holmes Gather; Cardstock: American Craft; Title Font: Bromello; Chipboard:  Blue Fern Studios, Glitter heart: Maggie Holmes; Flower: Prima; Woodie: Maggie Holmes; Enamel flower: Maggie Holmes; Enamel dots: Simple Stories; Die Cuts; Maggie Holmes; Embroidery Flos: DMC Variegated and gold metalic; Mist: Prima Color Bloom (Cobalt), Other Mediums: Glossy Acents, Finnabair Gold glitter, PanPastels, Tsukineko embossing powder; Other: Doily from my stash.

Some close ups:
 I love this colour combination with the soft pinks and the bold cobalt blue.  I outlined all my patterned papers to create separation.  I outlined the pink ticket with glossy accents and then sprinkled gold glitter over it.

 I love the softness the intricate doily gives the page...I also outlined the leaves of the diecut flower with glossy accents and added gold glitter.

 I coloured a neutral flower with Cobalt Color Bloom Mist to pick up on the dress I wore.  The Blue Fern Studio Chipboard boarder was heat embossed with gold.  

 The title is where it all started.  It took me most of an afternoon to stitch my title.  I used a sketch pen and the Silhouette to draw out the title and then pierced holes for the stitching.

This page needed the little cluster in the top corner and I like how effective and simple it is.

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

Monday, January 9, 2017

Mischief - September Hip Kit

I am sharing another page made with the September Hip Kit.  I used some photos of Stefan and Bella taken when she was just a puppy.  They are really best friends and get up to all kinds of Mischief.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers: Maggie Holmes (Gather), Simple Stories (Posh); Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: Pink Fresh (Indigo Hills); Chipboard Glitter Frame: Heidi Swapp; Chipboard: American Craft, Maggie Holmes; Enamel Dots; Simple Stories; Die Cuts: Crate Paper, Simple stories; Bow: Maggie Holmes; Embroidery floss: DMC; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen); Stencil: Prima; Dies: Memory Box.

The Laura Whitaker sketch:

Some close ups:
 I just love playing with a lot of paper layers behind my photos.  the cute little birdies are die cuts from the Simple Stories (Posh) collection's ephemera pack.

 The cute little dog was just perfect for this page.

 I added the dandelion die cut to echo the dandelion in the bottom cluster.

I love using white cardstock and altering it slightly with some stencils and inks.  Here I used a Prima crackle stencil and some Tim Holtz Distress Ink.

Thank you for visiting my little place in cyber space today.  I hope you found some inspiration here ♥♥

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Heartfelt - July Hip Kit

We have come back to reality after our lovely vacation.  This has been a busy week but I still found time to create.  Today I am playing along with the latest Stuck Sketch challenge.  By now you know that I am a big fan of Laura's sketches.  This page celebrates the preciousness of friendship.

My take on the sketch:
Supply list:  Patterned papers:  July Hip Kit exclusives; Cardstock:  American Craft; Wood Veneer:  Pink Paislee, Studio Calico; Chipboard: Celebr8, Project Life; Flowers; Prima; Enamel hearts: Illustrated Faith; Die cuts: Hip Kit Exclusives; Paper Clip:  American Craft; Embroidery Floss: DMC Variegated; Mist: Prima Color Bloom (Gold Foil); Embossing Paste: Wendy Vecchi, Acrylic paint; Embossing Powder: Tsukineko; Doily from my stash.

The Sketch:

Some close ups:
 The bottom cluster.  I applied embossing paste thickly and unevenly to the chipboard hearts and the chipboard lace and allowed it to dry before embossing them with gold.

 I coloured some of the embossing paste with light yellow acrylic paint and applied it through a stencil randomly all over the page for extra texture.  I bought a large stash of these delicate doilies from them.

To get the uneven effect on the large heart under the photo and the top one....I applied embossing paste thickly and unevenly...I love the bumpy look.

Thank you so much for visiting my little blog today.  I hope that you found something that inspired you to create. ♥♥

Monday, January 2, 2017

Puppy Love - August Hip Kit

Hallo there and a very Blessed 2017 to each of you.

Bella became part of our family in July while I was away for a scrapbook event.  Let's just say that I am way over having a puppy to care for.  She is a very beautiful Basset hound but sadly she isn't too bright and even after these months we are still struggling to get her house trained.  I am sure she has her indoors and outdoors mixed up and I don't love puddles on my carpets. is some of the first photos taken of her and Stefan.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Dear Lizzy, Crate Paper, Amy Tangerine; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter stickers: Making Memory Tiny Alphas; Wood Veneer: Lawn Fawn, Pink Paislee; Crate; Rubber Heart charm: Dear Lizzy; Clear Stickers: Amy Tangeringe: Twine; WeR Memory Keepers; Other:  Silhouette Cameo.

I used this page map...and scrapping at an angle takes me way out of my comfort zone:

  Some close ups:
 I added some clear stickers to various parts of the page to create interest.

 I tried to make the title more interesting by cutting a basset silhouette with the Silhouette Cameo and adding the tiny letter stickers to it...and then adding the wood veneer "love" to another Pink Paislee wood veneer piece to make up the Title Puppy Love.

 I added the red heart rubber charm as it goes with Stefan's pajama top.

 Another little silhouette cut with the Silhouette Cameo.

All in all it was a very simple page with no mixed media and no stitching.  Thank you for visiting my page today ♥♥

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Cozy - October Hip kit - Keurbooms River

I am sitting in front of our caravan with this beautiful view.  We arrived at the Keurbooms Forever Resort on Friday and it is just such a chilled and relaxing place to be...or so we thought.  On Sunday morning the six of us set off on a walk in the area.
Wynand took this "Selfie" of us to document our holiday together.   A few moments later Wynand ran to catch up with Lukas who was riding his bicycle and at full speed he slipped and fell.  He couldn't get up and a park ranger came to our aid and transported us back to our camping site.  The pain was gradually getting worse and we decided that Wynand is going to need some medical attention.  We drove to Knysna's Life private hospital.

After having x-rays it was found that his leg was dislocated and it needed to be put back under anesthetics.   At that stage the specialist was 90% sure that Wynand is going to need surgery as the ball of his hip joint had a fracture.  Wynand was then sent for a CT scan to ascertain how serious the fracture is.  We set about contacting all our intercessors and prayer warriors to pray for a miracle.  Wynand's leg was put in traction and he had to stay overnight until the specialist could get a second opinion. 

I marvel at this son of mine's soft and gentle nature.  This  could have meant the end of our holiday as further surgery would have had to be done in Port Elizabeth.  His trust was completely in the Lord.  He is a living miracle and has seen the Lord work miracles with odds lower than 10%.  On Monday he called us...the specialist in Port Elizabeth said that further surgery would be a waste of time and money and would just result in a "pretty"  x-ray.  Now we are back next to the river and Wynand is gaining strength in using his leg daily. 

Now onto something scrap related.

I absolutely adore scrapping my loved ones.  Besides the therapy I get from just being creative...reliving memories are just so awesome.  I scrapped another page of our grandson Lukas with his Fat Cat.  Here is the page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Dear Lizzy (Saturday), Pink Paislee (Paige Evans), Maggie Holmes(Gather);  Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: American Craft:  Wood veneer; Jillibean Soup; Chipboard: Cat: WeR Memory Keepers (Tiffany), Heidi Swapp; Stickers: WeR Memory Keepers; Brads: Simple stories; Flair: Fancy Pants: Rub ons: Jen Hadfield; Buttons: Crate Paper; Enamel Dots; My Minds Eye; Rubber Charm: Pink Fresh Studio; Die cuts: Dear Lizzy (Saturday); Embroidery Floss: DMC Variegated; Circle cut file: Just Nick; Other: Silhouette Cameo.

I used this sketch:

Some close ups:
 I cut a tiny circle to compliment the larger one for the cluster at the top left of the page.  I also added a gold rub on to compliment the one I added at the bottom right cluster.

 Yes...there has to be some stitching.

 I love digging into my embellishments to make little clusters.  A page is just not the same without the sprinkles.

 I have to tell you the story of this little cat.  She has been sitting in my stash since 2009 when she was part of the WeR Memory Keepers Tiffany she found her home.

A few little tags, enamel dots and the title to round of the page.

Thank you for visiting my page today and leaving some love ♥♥

Friday, December 16, 2016

Beloved - July Hip Kit

Hi there.  Me again with another page.  I really adore this patterned paper that I used for my background and wanted to showcase it again by just using a Just Nick cut file so that the beautiful ombre colours peek through.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Hip Kit Exclusives July; Cardstock: American Craft; Chipboard title: Celebr8; Cipboard Frame: Blue Fern studios (Floral Medley Frame);  Tag: Crate Paper; Flowers: Prima; Brads: My Minds Eye; Buttons: Crate Paper; Enamel hearts: Doodlebug, Illustrated Faith; Die cuts: Hip Kit Exclusives; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink: Dew Drop Graphite Black; Stickels: Black Diamond; Silhouette Cut File: Just Nick; Embossing Powder: Tsukineko Gold.

Some close ups:
 I made the little cluster at the top right to balance the layout.  I first had the title below the photo stack but moved it to the top.  The title chipboard was inked in black and that covered with stickles.

I love the way the frame peeks out behind the photo stack and I used quite a lot of different patterned papers to create the photo stack.

 ...and of course some stitching.  This photo of Kobus and I were taken at our Eerste River Scrapbook Retreat in February this year.

 I coloured some Prima flowers with Color Bloom mist to match the papers and then toned it down with some gesso.

A few buttons, enamel hearts and rubber charms and there we go.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Friday, December 9, 2016

Every Summer has a beautiful Story - July Hip Kit

Hello there,  this time of the year is our busiest.  There is so much happening at the Mission. Christmas parties, we have to clear all the premises where we get recycling from before the factories shut down for the Christmas season....then there is all the end of year events.  This week we have functions 5 out of 6 days.  On top of that the auditors chose this period to do their annual audit of the Mission's financials.  HECTIC doesn't even begin to describe it.

I snatched some time in between all of this to make this layout based on the latest Stuck sketch challenge.  I do so love Laura's sketches.  Here is the page I made:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Illustrated Faith, Simple Stories, Hip Kit Exclusives: Cardstock: American Craft; Chipboard Title:  Bella Blvd;  Chipboard: Blue Fern Studio (birds on a wire); Project life card: Hip Kit Exclusives; Flowers: Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Rubber charms: Amy Tangerine; Flair: Hip Kit Exclusive; Puffy Stickers: Hip Kit Exclusives; Enamel hearts; Illustrated Faith; Die cuts: Hip Kit Exclusives; Embroidery Floss: DMC Variegated; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Squeezed Lemonade and Peacock Feathers; Mist: Prima Color Bloom (Summer Sky); Other: Embossing Powder: Lindy's Twilight Jade Slate; border punch: Martha Stewart; Leaf punch: Upikit; Stencil: Crafters Workshop:  Star Die Cut:  Silhouette Store.

Laura's sketch:

Some close ups:
 I first misted stars onto the white cardstock to break the white background.  I heat embossed the "birds on a wire"chipboard.  I adore this starry Silhouette Store cut and love how it looks on the rainbow paper.

After placing my die cut star on my background, I pierced holes for the hand sewing.

 I coloured the white "summer" title with the yellow and blue distress ink.

 Then it was just the clustering.  I tried to get the three main colours I used in each cluster.

I love it when a Project Life card becomes the perfect title.

That is all for today folks...I hope you have a wonderful weekend. ♥♥

Thursday, December 8, 2016

You & Me - October Hip Kit

Hi there....I just love it when a photo speaks volumes.  A few weeks ago we had breakfast with Wynand, Nadia and Lukas.  If you have followed my blog for a long time, you will know that since Lukas was born he has had an amazing bond with his Oupa.  While we were at the restaurant I snapped this photo of Lukas and his Oupa with my just says so much about their relationship.  Moments like these must be documented and I when I saw the papers in the October Hip Kit I knew the colour combination would be perfect to tell this story.

Supply list:  Patterned paper: Simple Stories (Posh), Dear Lizzie (Saturday); Cardstock: American Craft; Letter stickers: American Craft Thickers (Dream); Wood Veneer: WeR Memory Keepers, Studio Calico (stars); Chipboard heart: Pink Fresh Studio; Gold Stars: Maggie Holmes; Brads: My Minds Eye, Echo Park; Clear Stickers: Simple Stories; Enamel dots: Studio Calico; Die cuts; WeR Memory Keepers, Crate, Simple Stories; Embroidery Floss: DMC Variegated; Mist: Prima Color Bloom (Tea Stain); Template: Crafters Workshop;  Dies: Quickutz nesting stars; Punch: Fiskars.

Some close ups:
 I stitched along the scalloped  green borders.  I love the way the misting just breaks the white background.

 I stitched around my circle and then layered the star and wood veneer over the circle.

 I just love the pops of gold around the page.

I painted the white title thickers with this light brown paint and added the wood veneer ampersand from the WeR Memory Keepers wood veneers.

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