Thursday, March 23, 2017

Little Farmers - October Hip Kit

Hello there.   Wynand, Nadia and the boys live on a small holding on the outskirts of the city.  A couple of months ago Kobus and Wynand decided to buy a few calves.  The young ones still need to be fed their milk twice a day.  Stefan and Lukas regularly helps with the feeding.  Here is a layout that captures these moments.

Supply list:  Patterned papers: Dear Lizzy (Saturday), Maggie Holmes (Gather), Paige Evans (Take me Away); Cardstock: American Craft: Letter Stickers:  Jillibean Bean Board Alpha, tiny alpha:We'R Memory Keepers; Wood Veneer: Jillibean Soup; Chipboard:  Maggie Holmes; Clear Stickers; Simple Stories; Puffy Stickers: WeR Memory Keepers; Brads: Simple Stories; Enamel dots: Simple Stories, My Minds Eye; Die cuts: WeR Memory Keepers; Twine: WeR Memory Keepers.  Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen);  Stencil:  Prima

Some close ups: 
 The tag was made with the kraft paper that backs the Celebr8 chipboard.

Kimberley Hutchinson never ceases to amaze me with how she puts these kits together to co-ordinate so perfectly.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Best little Moments - December Hip Kit

Hi there...I am still creating with my December Hip Kit.  This will be page 8 and there is still a stack of papers and embellishments left...but I need to move onto a new kit.  I have way to much just sitting in my stash.  I used a Just Nick cut file that I changed up.  I substituted the heart for a star and some of the larger circles for smaller stars.  The photo of Kobus and our grandson Lukas was taken in Plettenberg Bay.  I love capturing these precious moments and recording them.

Supply list :  Patterned papers:  Hip Kit Exclusives; Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter stickers:  Amy Tangerine thickers; Clear Stickers;  Pink Paislee (Memorandum); Flair: Hip Kit Exclusives; Acrylic word:  My Minds Eye;  Acrylic stars:  Hip Kit Exclusives; Die cuts:  Hip Kit Exclusives; Embroidery Floss: DMC Variegated; Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress ink (Tumbled glass); Other:  Silhouette Cameo.

Some close ups:
 I coloured the white foam letters with Tim Holtz Tumbled Glass distress ink and created an ombre effect with it.

 I added all the acrylic stars that I had left of what was in the kit.

I just adore the effect the hand stitching adds to the page.

Thank you for visiting my blog today♥♥  I am so sorry that I don't get around to blog hop these days.  My days are so full and when I have a few moments I choose to create...I hope you understand.


Monday, March 13, 2017

a Moment lasts Forever - Scrapbook Studio

Hi there.  February is always a month of excitement.  It is time for our Scrapbook Studio Eersterivier Retreat.  Nearly a week of creativity, lots of laughter, stunning time with friends who have become closer than family.  This year Cariena asked me to make a kit that will be given away during the I was excited to see what she included in the parcel to me...and this is what I came up with:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Echo Park (Happy Camper); Cardstock: American Craft; Wood Veneer: Scrapbook Studio; Chipboard: Celebr8;  Brads: I have no idea; Twine: WeR Memory Keepers; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Mist: Prima Color Bloom (Sunshine); Stencil: Heidi Swapp; Dies: Quickutz (stars and flower cookie cutter); Other mediums: Embossing powder: Lindy's Stamp Gang.

Some close ups:
 I love to combine a load of different patterned papers and layer them.  I outline the edges to create some separation between the layers.

 The wooden stars were heat embossed.

 I had to include just a smidgen of stitching :-P  I created the journaling spot by cutting two different sizes of the flower die and layering them.  The title was also heat embossed.

My "go-to" is to use enamel dots...and we forget about all the brads in our stash...time to use them up.

Thank you for visiting my blog today...I hope you found a bit of inspiration here ♥♥

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Family Portrait - December Hip Kit

I absolutely adore the Pink Paislee (Paige Evans) collections.  When I saw the one patterned background in the December Hip Kit I knew that I wanted to use it for a background...peeking out from behind a cut file.  The colours are perfect to scrap photos that was taken on a recent family photoshoot that Wynand and Nadia had.  So here is my complete page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Hip Kit Exclusives, Paige Evans; Cardstock; American Craft; Chipboard Title:  Celebr8; Flowers:  Prima; Die cuts:  Paige Evans; Twine: Coats; Doily (gift from Scrap Affairs); Leaf die cuts:  Hip Kit; Embossing Powder:  Tsukineko; Other:  Silhouette Cameo.

Some close ups:
I am totally obsessed with heat embossing and isn't that gold stunning?

Flowers that have sat in my stash for a while now...and I brought in black with the die cut leaves.

Another little flower cluster at the top of the photo.

A reminder that the little ones grow up way to quickly.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Dream on - Color Story Inspiration Case File 225

Hi there,  this weekend I rediscovered Color Story Inspiration and decided to take up the challenge and play along with Case File 225.  I scrapped a photo of myself taken when I was teaching my first event at Silverlakes in Pretoria.  I am very pleased with how the page turned out. Here it is:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Kaisercraft (Finders Keepers);  Cardstock: American Craft;  Vellum:  American Craft; Die cuts:  Kaisercraft (Finders Keepers); Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink:  Ranger Archival Ink; Stamps: Finnabair (Dream on and Don't Forget to Fly); Other:  Silhouette Cameo Clouds and Wings,

The Case File:

The Scheme:  I used all 5 colours

Evidence:  Clouds, stitching, things that fly (butterflies); circles, wings.

Testimony:  I used the inspiration words "fly" and "dream".  The journaling on the front is a quote by Erin Hanson that says;  "There is freedom waiting for you, on the breezes of the sky, and you ask "What if I fall?" Oh but my darling, what if you fly?"   The story behind this.  Those that have followed my blog for a long time know that we are in full time ministry to the homeless and the addicted...that will always be a high calling from God and therefore the priority in my life.  Over the years people have asked me whether I will put kits together or teach and my answer is always that "I know what I am and I know what I am not." Last year when Cariena asked me to pray about joining her for a mini event at Silverlakes in Pretoria...I wasn't too sure that it was the right thing.  My darling husband urged me to go and do long as whatever I do gives glory to the I did it and loved every moment.  

 Some close ups:
 Hand stitching is a bit of an addiction at the moment...and getting these vellum clouds onto the page without glue proved ta da....stitch it!  I had a larger die cut title in mind...but it just looked too heavy so I settled for the stamped title.

 I am inspired to use the load of stamps in my stash.  I adore the Finnabair stamps and on this layout I used quite a few of them.

 The little row of hearts and the two circles were from the ephemera pack of the Kaisercraft Finders Keepers collection.

 I just love the effect of the wings coming out from behind the photograph.....and no, I am no angel.

This quote was just perfect for this page....all in all I love how this page came about.

Thank you for visiting my blog. ♥♥

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sweet ♥ - December Hip Kit - Stuck Sketches

Hi there....yes, you are seeing correctly!!!   This is my second post today.  I finished up the Stuck 15 February sketch challenge and want to post it before the deadline.  Nadia took this photo while we were camping in December and I was pleasantly surprised that the teddy bear that we gave Lukas when he was only two is still his sleeping partner.  Lukas and Buddy has long conversations at bedtime.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Hip Kit Exclusives, Echo Park, Paige Evans; Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter sticker:  My Minds Eye (Yes Please mirror stickers); Wood veneer: Lawn Fawn:  Mirror Stickers:  My Minds Eye; Stars: Hip Kit Exclusives; Embroidery Floss: DMC Variegated; Twine: WeR Memory Keepers; Embossing Powder:  American Craft Zing; Other mediums:  PanPastels (Turquoise Shade, Paynes Grey, Natural Grey); Stencil: Prima; Other Silhouette Cameo.

The Sketch:

Some close ups:
 I sometimes have to make an effort to use my stash.  I have PanPastels in every colour and they cost me an arm and a leg when I bought them.  Today I remembered them and used them through a stencil to break the white page.  I love the softness of it,  it can be erased if you don't like the effect and must be fixed with a artists fixative to become permanent.

 The tag was made from packaging material that comes with chipboard titles.

 How pretty is those gold circles and stars.

I cut the star with the Silhouette Cameo and stitched it with Variegated thread.  

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Family - December Hip Kit - Stuck Sketches

Hi there, I hope it is going well in your neck of the woods.  I have made peace that "normal" is really just a setting on a washing machine.  The past few weeks have been eventful.  The Mission had it's debut on national television...and the program was really beautiful.  Wynand had a BIG operation on the hip he busted in December and he now has a steel plate with 8 screws in his hip.  After all that I really needed the awesome Retreat we had in Eersterivier.

Today I completed a couple of pages that have been on my desk for a while now..  I used my December Hip Kit to take part in the 1 February Stuck Sketch challenge  I scrapped a photo  that I took of Wynand, Nadia and the boys when we went for lunch at Bramon wine estate in December.  Here is my page.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Hip Kit Exclusives, Paige Evans; Cardstock:  American Craft; Wood Veneer:  Lawn Fawn; Puffy Stickers:  Heidi Swapp; Clip:  Paige Evans; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Die cuts: Paige Evans; Embroidery Floss: DMC Variegated; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen); Stencil: Prima; Embossing Powder:  Lindy's Stamp Gang; Border Punch: Martha Stewart; Other: Silhouette Cameo.

The Sketch:

Some close ups:
 I used a stencil and some Distress Ink to break the white background.  The heart cut file and the Ampersand is from the Silhouette Store.  I backed the heart with a Paige Evans patterned paper.  The heart is heat embossed.

 I added some puffy stickers to all three clusters and then added the little clip behind the photo.

 The title is by Celebr8 and I just inked it with Versamark Fine Smokey Grey Ink.

I love this soft colour palette...and this kit has all the soft pretty colours.

Thank you for visiting my blog today...I hope you found a bit of inspiration here ♥♥

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Loved - Blue Fern Studios

The page I want to share with you today is totally different to me as it did not follow my normal process.  Usually I take a photo that I want to scrap, then choose the papers and everything goes from there.  This time was totally random.  Firstly I wanted to hand stitch a large title on my page...secondly I wanted to do it in variegated DMC embroidery floss that is coloured beige, blue and green.  So that is what I did.  I designed my title in my Silhouette Software with the Bromello font, then I switched my cutting blade for a sketch pen and the title was drawn on my white cardstock.
I then went ahead and pierced holes about a half centimeter apart...

...and then stitched it.

Then I was stuck.  I didn't know what photo to use and what papers to use.  I remembered a photo of my son, Wynand and his beautiful wife, Nadia taken at Nadia's sister's wedding last year.  The colours were perfect to compliment my stitching.  Yes, it is that crazy...

I then searched my stash and found the Blue Fern Studios Autumn Anthology papers that I haven't even cut into yet....and after a bit of mixed media to enhance the background and set a page turned into a rather romantic one...and I love it♥

Supplies used:  Patterned papers:  Blue Fern Studio (Autumn Anthology), Prima (the script paper); Cardstock: American Craft; Wood Veneer: Prima; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studio (Royal Heart Frame); Flowers: Prima; Stickpin: Prima; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Dimensional die cuts: Prima; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Mediums: Finnabair 3D Matt Gel, Finnabair Copper glass glitter, Lindy's Embossing powder; Stencil: Prima; Other: Silhouette Sketch pen.

Some close ups:
 I love the soft romantic feel of the patterned papers.  The dimensional stickers are from the Prima Epiphany collection.

 ...and my title takes center stage.

 I very seldom use flowers these days....and I have a huge stash.  This page just called for flowers.

The chipboard was heat embossed with Lindy's Midnight Teal embossing powder.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog.  I hope I could inspire you ♥

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Write it on your Heart - September Hip Kit

Hallo there....I have a couple of pages that I made in these past few weeks and haven't shared here yet.  While we were on holiday in Plettenberg Bay in December we had lunch at the Bramon Wine Estate and the day was a perfect photo opportunity.  Here is a page with one of the photos that I took of Wynand and Nadia on that day.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Maggie Holmes Gather; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter stickers:  Maggie Holmes; Chipboard: Pink Fresh Studios; Brads: Simple Stories; Puffy Heart: Hip Kit Exclusive; Bow: Maggie Holmes; Die cuts: Maggie Holmes; Leaf cut: Silhouette; Doodle flower die cut: Just Nick Studio; Border punch: Martha Stewart; Other: Doily from my stash.

Some close ups:
 All the tags and die cuts are from the Maggie Holmes Ephemera pack.

 The puffy heart was a left over from the May Hip Kit and the chipboard hearts are by Pink Fresh Studio.

 I little bow is also part of the Maggie Holmes Gather collection.

 I wanted to emphasize the gold accents and cut some leaves with the Silhouette Cameo and covered them with glossy accents and gold glitter.

I adore this doodle flowers!  It is a cut file that I bought from Just Nick Studio.  I first wanted to stitch this on the bottom of the page but when I cut them they were so delicate that I just loved the way they looked on the page.

Thank you for visiting my blog today♥♥

Monday, February 6, 2017

Hello 2017 - December Hip Kit

Hello there.  I want to share another page with a photo taken during our December holidays.  I decided to make this about welcoming in the new year with new vision...the wish of  MORE of the good stuff in our lives.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Hip Kit Exclusives, Paige Evans (Take me Away), Echo Park; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers:  Dear Lizzy Thickers; Card: Hip Kit Project life card; Paperclip: Paige Evans; Flowers; Prima; Flair: Hip Kit Exclusive; Puffy Hearts: Freckled fawn; Tassel: Maggie Holmes;  Die cuts: Hip Kit Exclusives;  Ink: Distress Inks (Antique linen, Dried Marigold, Vintage Photo); Dies: Sizzex circles; Border Punch: EK Success; Stencil: Celebr8

I used this sketch by Laura Whitaker:

 Some close ups:
 I used the little dots of the Alpha stickers as embellishments.  Love these silver puffy hearts by Freckled Fawn.

 I struggle to use tassels and I feel I nailed it!

 I love using white cardstock (no surprise there) but I also like to break the white with a bit of stenciling and bring in a bit of mixed media that way.

 I can't remember in which month's kit this card came...but I knew that I wanted to use it to feature somewhere on  page...and it found it's home.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today ♥♥