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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Funny Faces - June 2017 Hip Kit

Hallo there. I am sharing a page that I created this past weekend.  The photos were taken on Wyn and's small holding in May when the family got together for Nadia's birthday.  The cousins always adore spending time together...and as usual they played the fool every time I tried to capture some photos of them...so this stage will also be documented.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Dear Lizzy (Happy Day), Paige Evans (Oh my Heart), Pink Fresh (Dream On), Hip Kit Exclusive (blue stripe- Jan 2016 kit); Cardstock: American Craft; Letter stickers:  Dear Lizzy Petals thickers; Chipboard:  Amy Tan (On a Whim); Project life cards (May and Sept 2016 exclusives); Paper Clip:  American Craft; Clear Stickers: Simple Stories; Buttons:  Hip Kit Exclusives, Shimelle (little by little); Enamel dots: Hip Kit Exclusives, Teresa Collins; Die Cuts: Vicky Boutin; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Border Punch: Martha Stewart; Stamps: Technique Tuesday.

The page was made using inspiration from the Hip Kit weekly sketch:
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Some close ups:
I cut the scallops from a Paige Evans Oh my Heart paper and stitched around the circle before adding these awesome Thicker letters for my title.

 A little cluster at the top left side of the layout.

 The paper clip is from an older kit and the "extreme happiness" is from a July 2016 Project life card.

 The "LOL" card was from a July 2016 PL card and the "Makes me Happy"was cut out of a September 2016 PL card.  I love how the different kits mix and match each other.

I like to take a photo on an angle so that the dimension can be seen.  I always double mat my photos and then pop them up with foam squares.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I hope that you leave inspired to create ♥♥

Friday, August 11, 2017

♥This place ♥ - April 2017 Hip Kit

Hi there.  I am playing along with one of the sketch challenges on the Hip Kit forum.  This week the sketch is by Laureen Wagner and the focus is on a large photo. At the same time I noticed that Paige Evans have just launched her latest collection...and it is beautiful.  She is having a give away if a layout using one of her collections are shared on her Facebook page.   I am embarrassed to tell you that I have many, many older photos that I haven't scrapped yet.  I ended up printing out an A4 photo taken at Hole-in-the-Wall on the Wild Coast in February 2015.  Here is my page.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Paige Evans (Oh my Heart), Cardstock:  American Craft; Puffy Letter Stickers:  Crate Paper (Oasis); Chipboard:  Paige Evans (Oh my Heart), Enamel dots: Hip Kit Exclusives; Puffy stickers:  Paige Evans (Oh my Heart); Embroidery Floss:  DMC Variegated; Other:  Silhouette Cameo and the Hibiscus cut file is also from the Silhouette Store.

Here is the sketch:
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Some close ups:
 I stitched around the edges of my photo...my serious addiction.  The flags was cut from the left over patterned paper that backs the cut file.  Love this paper ♥.  I then layered the chipboard "whole lotta lovely over it and added the rose gold sunglasses and the puffy scallop sticker.

 I used this title from the Crate Paper Oasis collection.

 My journaling was placed on the photo as there is a lot of space.

 I have noticed a lot of tone on tone embellishing...so I tried my hand on it...where I didn't have a corresponding chipboard flower I used some of the blue ones.

 A little chipboard bird added t the top of the flower.

 I then carried on with the tone on tone embellishing with tiny puffy flowers, chipboard shapes and enamel dots.
 I might just do my embellishing this way more often.  The cut file was popped up on foam squares...I like the shadow it creates under the hibiscus flowers.

Here you can see the rose gold and gold foiling better.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Captured Moment - June 2017 Hip Kit - Stuck sketches

Hallo there,  I am sharing a page I made this last weekend.  I am playing along with the Stuck 1 August sketch and using my June Hip Kit.  I just love to scrap those random moments that are unplanned.  We were visiting Nadia on their plot when Kobus captured this photo of Stefan and Nina...it is such a sweet photo.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Dear Lizzy (Lovely day), Shimelle (Little by little);   Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter Stickers: black and white Dear Lizzy Petals, yellow:  Hip Kit Exclusive; Tag:  July 2016 PL card, Chipboard:  Amy Tan (On a Whim); Sequins: Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Buttons: Hip Kit Exclusive; Rubber charm: Crate Paper; Die cuts:  Pink Fresh Studio (dream on), Cocoa Vanilla Studio, Twine: WeR Memory Keepers; Embroidery Floss: DMC;  Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Squeezed Lemonade); Stencil: Celebr8 (Matrix).

The sketch:
Some close ups:
 There is no yellow in my patterned papers and because I wanted to bring it in on my title, I stenciled some yellow ink onto my white background paper to tie it all in.  The yellow heart die cut and dog rubber charm was used to bring yellow into the top cluster.

 I adore this title.  I was inspired by one of Cara Vincens planner titles and enjoyed using the inspiration.  The wooden buttons are Hip Kit Exclusives and designed by the owner Kimberly Hutchinson.
 The tag was a PL card from my July 2016 Hip kit that I cut down and punched a hole for some twine.  I love how the kits mix and match.

Here you can see the dimension that is created when using a foam square behind your photo.  I love the shadow it makes and at the same time is allows me to add the "Love this" chipboard circle behind my photo and the photo is still level.

Thank you for visiting my blog today...I hope you found something to inspire you to create.♥♥

Friday, August 4, 2017

Together - Paige Evans Oh my Heart - Scrapbook Studio

Hallo there,  here is the last of the three layouts I created for a mini kit for Scrapbook Studio.  I wanted to show that you can create boy pages even though the collection looks very feminine.  I used another of the gorgeous ombre patterned papers, a cut file and a photo of my grandsons Christian and Lukas.

Supply list:  Patterned papers;  Paige Evans Oh my Heart, Cardstock:  American Craft; Chipboard:  Celebr8;  Wood veneer:  Studio Calico stars; Die cuts;  Paige Evans Oh my Heart; Embroidery Floss:  DMC Variegated; Twine:  WeR Memory Keepers: Embossing Powder:  WOW (Rose Gold); Other:  Silhouette Cameo.

Some close ups:
 I adore this cut file and have used it before.  I hand stitched around the large star and placed the embossed title into the star.

 How cute is the little fox.  You can see that I used a floral patterned paper, among others for the layering behind the photo...it totally works even for a boy page.

 I outlined all my patterned paper layers and popped the matted photo up on foam.

 I love the rose gold accents in this collection.

So pretty when it reflects the light.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I hope you go and create ♥♥


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Bunny Love - April 2017 Hip Kit - Stuck sketches

Hallo there.  I am squeezing in this page for the Stuck sketches challenge of 15 July.   We have had a bunnies now for the past year...and as you probably know they breed like bunnies.  These cuties in the photo has already found new homes.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Dear Lizzy (Lovely Day), Crate Paper (Oasis), Amy Tan (On a Whim); Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter Stickers:  Pink Fresh Studio (Dream On); Layered sticker: Dear Lizzy; Wood Buttons: Shimelle; Button:  Crate Paper (Oasis); Leatherette stickers:  Pink Fresh Studio (The Mix); Enamel dots: Websters, My Minds Eye; Die cuts:  Crate Paper (Oasis), Dear Lizzy (Lovely Day); Ink:  Distress Ink (Antique Linen); Stencil:  Tim Holtz; Border punch: Fiskars.

The sketch:

Some close ups:
 I broke the white background with a stencil and distress ink as usual  Love this little cluster with the bunny.

 This bunny paper by Dear Lizzy was the perfect pick for this photo...I no I don't mind using pink on a page with a boy.

 I love layering my embellishments and the addition of the bunny die cut over the circle die cut just seemed perfect.

These black puffy alpha stickers by Pink Fresh is one of my favourite...it just isn't easy to line it up...but you just make it work.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Relax - February 2017 Hip Kit - CSI 233

Hallo there.  I am sharing another of the July Color Story Inspiration Case files today.  I love it when I can get some photos documented and use up some stash at the same time.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Maggie Holmes (Chasing Dreams)  Dear Lizzy (Lovely Day); Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter Stickers: American Craft Thickers; Chipboard:  Maggie Holmes (Chasing Dreams); Flowers:  Prima,  Zva Creative; Stickers:  Maggie Holmes (Chasing Dreams);  Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Rubber charms:  Pink Fresh Studio; Ink:  Distress Ink (Squeezed Lemonade);  Stencil:  Crafters Workshop; Punches:  Ek Success border punch, Upikit leaf punch.

The case file: 
Here is how I solved this case file:

The Scheme:  All colours used.

Evidence:  Text print, book page, flowers, leaves, cursive font, decorative border, stack something (suitcase chipboard and books sticker), triangles

Testimony:  I used the word "Relax"  as my title and the little "hello" sticker on my chipboard girlie.  I documented a vacation ritual...my reading and my journaling is a quote by Nora Ephron.  “Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real.” 

The Sketch:  I used the sketch but changed up the two photos up top for a landscape photo.

Some close ups:
 I am so happy to get this photographer girly onto a page.  I used a book page and punched the edge and layered it behind my photo.

 To break my white page and incorporate triangles (evidence) I stenciled some yellow triangles onto the background.

 The very green flower was toned down with a lick of gesso.

 I stacked the books on top of the suitcases...symbolic for me as reading and vacation always go together for me.

 My journaling...reading is truly an escape from reality.

This very cool ombre thickers are by American Craft and they are beautiful.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.  I am really considering sliding back into blogging about life and the Mission on a regular basis.  One of my biggest regrets in life is that I did not document the past 19 years that our ministry has grown and it is difficult for anyone looking at it now to realise just how much blood, sweat and tears have gone into coming this far.  I need to sit down and somehow get it all down in words.  So difficult because my brain has blanked out so much of those first 6 traumatic years.

Hope to be back soon xx

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cherish - Paige Evans Oh my Heart - Scrapbook Studio

Hallo there, I am sharing another page made with the gorgeous Paige Evans Oh my Heart Collection. I adore the ombre pages in this collection and I cut a white card stock with a Just Nick cut file to allow the pink to peek through.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Paige Evans (Oh my Heart); Cardstock:  American Craft: Chipboard; Celebr8; Enamel dots; Simple Stories;  Die cuts: Paige Evans (Oh my Heart); Embroidery Floss: DMC Variegated; Twine: WeR Memory Keepers;  Embossing Powder:  Wow (Rose Gold); Other:  Silhouette Cameo, Just Nick Cut file.

Some close ups:
 I love to create a paper cluster and then pop up the photo on foam.

 This is a super cute collection...and this cut file by Just Nick is one of my favourite.

 I heat embossed the Celebr8 chipboard with rose gold embossing powder to go with the rose gold die cuts in this collection.  I hand stitched around the heart in variegated embroidery floss.

A rose gold floral with another floral popped up on foam to form this cluster.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope that I could inspire you to create something pretty. ♥♥


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Beautiful Sunset - May 2017 Hip Kit

We had amazing weather last week with temperatures that rose into the 30 degrees C.  I am not complaining...I love the respite from the cold weather and this was right up my alley.  We ended up spending some time at the beach.  Kobus took this photo of Stefan with his cellphone and I wanted to scrap it right away.  The Dear Lizzy Lovely Day (Up and Away) paper was perfect for a background paper.  I am entering the for the Color Story Inspiration Case File 234.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Dear Lizzy (Lovely Day), Maggie Holmes (Chasing Dreams); Cardstock:  American Craft:  Letter Stickers:  Hip Kit Exclusive,  American Craft; Buttons:  Maggie Holmes; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Die cuts:  Dear Lizzy, Hip Kit Exclusives;Foam Stars:  American Craft;  Layered Stickers:  Dear Lizzy; Embroidery Floss:  DMC.

The case file:
This is how I solved this case file:

The Scheme:  All the colours were used.

Evidence:  Flowers (on the embellishments), transportation (hot air balloon), Sun, scallops.

Testimony:  I documented a warm summers evening in the middle of the winter.  My title is about nature.  My journaling is:  "Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens...every day can end beautifully." - Kirsten Butler
Some close ups:
 I cut the sun from the same patterned paper as the background and then used variegated DMC embroidery thread for the stitching.

 Some layering and the gorgeous Hip Kit Exclusive alpha.

 I adore this collection.

 The foam stars are the foam "beautiful" word is from the Shimelle Thickers by American Craft.

Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens...every day can end beautifully.

Thank you for visiting my blog today...I hope you found inspiration to create something beautiful.♥♥