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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Say Cheese - Hip Kit Club

Hallo there.  I love fetching my two littlest grandsons from Creche and bringing them home with me.  This time we stopped at the supermarket on my way home and they promised to be good little boys.  I bought them each a gingerbread man as a treat.  When we got home I wanted them to pose with their gingerbread men before they ate them.  Let's just say they don't really like the camera and since they were small they either give me the cheesiest smile or no smile at all.  These photos document the moment anyway :)

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Hip Kit Exclusives, Celebr8; Cardstock: American Craft; Wood Veneer: Simple Stories, My Minds Eye; Chipboard Title: Celebr8; Chipboard: Crate Paper, Heidi Swapp; Wooden dots: My Minds Eye; Brad: Simple Stories; Rubber charms: Pink Fresh Studio; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Puffy stars: Heidi Swapp; Embroidery Floss: DMC.

Some Close ups:
 Only a bit of stitching this time.  I am still working with the scraps of older Hip Kits.

 I cut some banners to balance the page.

 The chipboard camera is by My Minds Eye and the Yellow arrow and Hello speech bubble are by Heidi Swapp.

 I love the blue, yellow and black colour combination for boys...and the layering of the puffy Heidi Swapp star over the wood veneer.

Just look at those little faces...You wouldn't believe that they are actually happy :-D

Thank you for visiting my blog and for taking the time to leave some love ♥♥

Monday, November 28, 2016

Happy Day - April Hip Kit

Hello there.  I found this page that I made during the time that I was absent from blogging...so I didn't share it before.  The photos were taken at Tanglewood in Ramsgate while we were on vacation on the South Coast of KZN.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Amy Tangerine, Elle's Studio, Pink Fresh Studio, Maggie Holmes Bloom; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: American Craft; Flowers: Petaloo; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Washi Tape; Pink Fresh Studio; Rub ons: Shimelle; Die cuts: Shimelle; Other:  PanPastels and a Prima stencil.

As you know I love to use Laura's sketches.



Some close ups:
 I used PanPastels and stenciled the butterflies onto the background using a Prima stencil.

 The pretty butterflies were cut from a Maggie Holmes Bloom patterned paper.

 I matted my banners onto a dark pink Elle's Studio paper.

 A few flowers and some rub ons to finish it off.

 The leaves cutfile is by Wilna Furstenberg.

The Alpha thickers were from a very old sheet that I got in a Studio Calico kit years ago.

It always makes me feel good when I use things that has been part of my growing stash...but that does not mean it is getting any less.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Capture - September Hip Kit

Hi there...I have been trying to use up my kits as I go along...but I now have a few untouched kits and when I get a cute photo that I know will go perfectly with the papers in the kits I can't help myself...I dig right in.  Fortunately the kits can be mixed and matched with older kits.  I adore all the Maggie Holmes (Gather collection) and Dear Lizzy (Saturday collection) that are in these kits and the blues and yellows just go so very well with this photo of Lukas and Fat Cat.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Dear Lizzy (Saturday collection), Maggie Holmes (Gather collection); Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Sticker:  American Craft (Blessed); Chipboard: Simple Stories (Posh), Maggie Holmes (Gather) Crate (Cute Girl); Button: Maggie Holmes; Enamel dots & Heart: Teresa Collins; Die cuts: Crate Paper; Loved Sticker: Maggie Holmes: Mist: Color Bloom Sunshine; Stencil: The Crafters Workshop; Other (film strip): Silhouette Cameo.

I used this sketch by Brenda Ragsdale:

Some close ups:
 `The yellow tag was cut out of a Project Life card.  The grey chipboard cat face and the gold heart  is from the Crate Paper Cute Girl chipboard sheet

 The Capture title, gold arrow heads and gold arrow is from the Maggie Holmes  (Dream) Thickers.

I used Sunshine Color Bloom Mist and a sunburst stencil to break the white background.  The cute little camera is from the Simple Stories (Posh) chipboard sheet and the "little moments" chipboard is from the Maggie Holmes (Gather) chipboard sheet.

These lines goes so well together.  The enamel dots are from an older Teresa Collins collection.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I hope you have a fabulous weekend.

♥♥

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Cousins Best Friends - Scrapbook Studio

Today I am sharing the bonus layout I made for the Pretoria Silverlakes event.  The idea is that each of the ladies attending the event get enough product to complete this layout at home.  Here is the page:

Supplies used:  Patterned papers: Echo Park; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter stickers: Echo Park; Stickers: Echo Park; Wood veneer: Studio Calico; Chipboard: Celebr8; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Mist: Prima Color Bloom Sunshine; Stencil: The Crafters Workshop.

Some close ups:
...I outlined all my patterned papers to create separation between the different layers.

 The background was misted with Color Bloom Sunshine spray through a Crafters Workshop stencil...love the shimmer.

 I used a few stickers from the sticker sheet and also the alpha stickers.

...and some handstitching of course :-)

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Moments - July Hip Kit

Hallo my dear friends, I hope you are doing well.

I just finished a layout I started on Thursday.  I wanted to use my favourite patterned paper of the July Hip Kit, a exclusive paper designed by Kim Watson.  I knew that I wanted to back it behind a pretty background cut file and when I found the beautiful "heart explosion"cut file in the Just Nick store I knew that this was going to work perfectly to show off the pretty paper.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Hip Kit July Exclusives, Project life cards; Cardstock: Americ.an Craft; Washi: Hip Kit Exclusives; Chipboard: Celebr8; Glitter Frame: Maggie Holmes; Flowers: Prima; Brads: My Minds Eye; Tag: Crate (Hello Love); Gold glitter hearts: Maggie Holmes: Enamel hearts: Amy Tangerine; Die Cuts: Hip Kit Exclusives;  Embroidery Floss: DMC Variegated; Ink: Colorbox (Creamy Brown), Memento Lux (new sprout), Mists: Prima Color Bloom (Peony); Cut File: Just Nick; Other: Silhouette Cameo.

Some close ups:
 I used some torn washi for the strips behind this little cluster.  The flower was sprayed with Peony Color Bloom Spray to get the perfect pink colour.

 As usual the hand sewing takes center stage.  I just adore the "finished"look it gives my pages.

 Lots of layers of patterned papers and project life cards with a glittery Maggie Holmes frame thrown into the mix.

 I first coloured the leaf chippies with green ink and then randomly applied some creamy brown to tone it down a bit.

The photo on this page was taken during my favourite time of the day at my happy place.  I found this lovely poem  written by Mia Ford on the internet and used some of it's phrases as part of my journaling.  It is just so beautiful that one can "see" it.

Day comes to an end
a fire starts to burn on the horizon
Its flames leap across the hills and plains it resides in
The golden light casts a glow of heavenly nature
Shimmering gold floats from heaven to earth
doves sing for one last time
Bunnies bounce for one last time
Kittens purr for one last time
One last time before today dawns again
Drive long into the sunset
Look fast
Wait until the magic has past
This gift that God gives us is a rare treasure
Rubies and diamonds could never measure
The light and love the Lord leaves in the sunset
The radiance of kings is nothing to how the earth is put to bed
Drink in the rays of pure gold
Live in the light the Lord bestows
Take one more step
Sing one more note
Breathe one more breath
Before the day dawns again
Thank you for visiting my blog and thank you for taking the time to leave some love ♥♥ 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Together - My teaching debut - Scrapbook Studio

I was recently pleasantly surprised when I was asked by Cariena Basson from Scrapbook Studio to teach a class in Pretoria.  I accepted this new challenge and had to make to layouts, one for the class and one as a bonus layout to do at home.  This was the class layout.

Supply list:  Patterned papers: Echo Park; Cardstock: American Craft; Wood Veneer: Jillibeansoup, Studio Calico; Enamel dots: Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Stickers: Echo Park; Title: Silhouette Cameo; Embroidery floss: DMC; Twine: WeR Memory Keepers;  Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Inks (Faded Jeans; Scattered Straw; Stencil: stash; Star die: Quikutz Nesting dies.

I was a bit nervous to teach a class of 35 ladies...but they made me feel so welcome.  I had my moment when I became flustered when my directions for cutting was in inches and not in centimeters...but once the papers were cut it was all on track again.  I am so thankful for this new direction my life is taking and just want to glorify the Lord in all I do.  Here are  a few photos:

 The wonderful group of ladies that attended the mini event.

Cariena teaching the first class.

Meeting my long time blog friend Lynn Gladwin in real life.

 Talking about why I scrapbook and how my process works.

It was wonderful meeting these lovely ladies.

Some close ups:
 I broke the white of the background paper with a sunburst stencil and Tim Holtz inks.  The tag was made from packaging card.
 Shame, people that come to my classes will have to learn to love handstitching.

 The stars were all die cut from patterned papers.

This brushed lettering title was the perfect finishing touch.

Thank you for visiting my blog today♥

Monday, November 14, 2016

Happy Thoughts - June Hip Kit

Hi there.  In June we went to Falcon Rock for Bianca's birthday.  I never shared my photos of that day...but I have now started scrapping them.  Today I am sharing a photo I took of Wynand and Nadia on that day.  This page was published in the 50th edition of Scrap Affairs.

Supply list:  Patterned papers;  Hip Kit Exclusives, Paige Evans; Cardstock: American Craft; Title letters: Dear Lizzy; Wood Veneer; Jillibean Soup; Chipboard: Heidi Swapp; Clear Stickers: Simple Stories; Puffy Stickers; Hip Kit Exclusives; Enamel dots; Simple Stories;Die cuts: Hip Kit Exclusives; Rubber charm: Maggie Holmes; Other Mediums: 3D Matt Gel by Finnabair, Glass Glitter by Finnabair; Stencil: Prima, Die: Memory Box.

I used another sketch by Laura Whitaker:

Some close ups of the details:
 I mixed the Finnabair 3D Matt Gel with some glass glitter and applied it through a doily stencil to create the effect on the background.  I also outlined the title to make it stand out more.

 I think I am in love with this dandelion die from Memory Box.

 I layered the two scalloped puffy stickers over one another.  I love layering my embellishments.

I love the texture of the glass glitter on the background.

I adore these well put together kits...I just can't get enough of them.  They just inspire me to create.

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

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Happy - Scrap Affairs sketch challenge

There is an awesome sketch by Kim Watson in the October issue of Scrap Affairs.  When I made the background for my "Pause Relax and Breathe" layout I really enjoyed it so much so I decided to make another background for this challenge...and use the last scraps of the Celebr8 Sea Treasurers collection.  Here is what I came up with.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Celebr8 (Sea Treasures); Cardstock: American Craft: Chipboard: Celebr8; Fabric circles: Celebr8; Brads: My Mins Eye; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Die cuts: My Minds Eye; Stickers: Autentique; Twine: Coats; Inks: 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 (Reindeer Moss Green, Midnight Teal); Border punch: Martha Stewart.


Some close ups:
 I adore these inks together.  

 I heat embossed the chipboard title.  The fabric circles are just layered over each other with some bling on the top.

 The sea horse with the foiled silver polka dots were the perfect accent.

 The brads, enamel dots and die cuts all have silver accents.

 Sea themed stickers and die cuts from various brands all go together perfectly.

I heat embossed the flourish chipboard as well.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥