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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Scrap Africa challenges

I am a bit behind in posting the Scrap Africa challenges.  Sorry about that.  The first project I want to share with you is this one.  The first challenge is "For the boys". Challenge # 7 is dedicated to the wonderful men in our lives - big or small. Make any scrap object dedicated to a man or a boy.  The catch is that it must have a phrase on it: it can be your own words or a quote but it must tell what is so special about that person to whom you dedicate your project. You have until 9 August to upload your layout to the Scrap Africa blog to stand a chance to win some scrappy goodness from Celebr8.
Supplies used:  Cardstock:  Bazzill; Printed Paper:  Echo Park "Note to Self"; Circle dies:  Quickutz; Thread:  WeR Memory keepers; Alpa: Pink Paislee. Sketch: Allison Davis.

The next challenge I want to share with you is Sketch 8.
Supplies used:  Cardstock:  Bazzill; Printed papers: Echo park "Note to Self"; Punch: Martha Stewart punch around the page; thread: WeR Memory keepers; trim: Prima; Pearls: Kaisercraft; Chipboard title: Celebr8.

Here is the sketch you can use to take part in this challenge.  You have until 16 August to upload your project . 


The sponsor for this challenge is a scrapbooking shop Fruitful Hands located in Benoni.
Here you will find very friendly service and a lot of new products to choose from.

One of you will get this gift voucher to spend it on something scrappy at Fruitful Hands
The internet-shopping is also offered here.

Last Saturday I spent the morning with a group of fabulous ladies in Port Elizabeth learning new Tim Holtz techniques.  Cariena of The Scrapbook Studio in Jeffreysbay came to teach us to make a fabulous layout using only Tim Holtz products.  This was my very first class and also the first time I got my hands very dirty.  We were taught how to emboss, use crackle effect, distress inks, glassine papers and much, much more.  I would call myself a "colour inside the lines girl".  All these new techniques took me WAY outside my comfort zone.  Scrapping away from my own scraproom also took away from what is normally comfortable to me.  I LOVED IT....and here is the layout I made using photographs of my childhood.
My scanning was a bit skew.   But you can see the beautiful inking, embossing and stamping here.  I got my hands VERY dirty.   It took nearly two days for the ink on my fingers to fade.

xx

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I am back:-)

After a two month break, I am back.  My life is still hectic, but it is slowly getting back to normal. A lot has happened these past two months and I decided to do a "catch-up" post in photos.
At the beginning of June our sixth grandchild, Juan was born.

June started cold and wet and in this pouring rain Kobus Jr's best friend Estienne got married to Felicia.
The wedding was beautiful and the newly married couple very much in love.

A week later we travelled to Cape Town for the wedding of my nephew Michael to his bride Simone.
Many of these photos were taken by Stefanie.
With me is my sister Ansie....and there wasn't one photo of me without Stefan in the arms.
Bianca with her girl cousins Stephanie and Robyn.
My mother with my sisters Anita and Herlien.
My love and I.
The beautiful and scrumptious wedding cake was baked by my sister Ansie.  Death by chocolate cake.
Little Lukas turned 4 in June and here he is with his "Toy Story" cake and his Buzz Lightyear suit.
...a half eaten Woody....
...the cake was a work of art....
...and he was a very happy little man.
Oupa was caught by the cowboys and cowgirls and taken captive.
Lukie received a Leap pad for his birthday.

Time is flying and I stand in awe when I see how quickly the two new babies in our lives are growing.
Stefan will soon be 4 months.  He has been sleeping through from before he was a month old.  He does, however, believe that he is too big to sleep in the day and fights sleep with all his might.  He is a happy, smiley baby.  His hands are constantly in his mouth and teething is possibly the next stage in his life.
Leane remains the only little princess in our lives...and that is good, because when Ouma sees a cute skirt like this one...she is sure to get it.
Dewan had a collision with the floor and he has grown from our baby to an older brother.
Her birthday will only be in August...but after seeing Lukas' Leap pad she insisted that she needed one too.
Gorgeous little Juan is already 6 weeks.
....see...I told you totally gorgeous!
Little Stefan...another gorgeous little treasure.

I am hoping to catch up with the goings on in blogland in the coming day or two.  Can't wait to see what I have been missing.

xx

Monday, July 16, 2012

I am angry and sad

...so angry and sad that I need to get it off my chest.  So here is another post that will probably soon be deleted again.  Over the past 14 years many people have asked me the question:  "How does your heart handle the work you do at the Mission?"  My usual answer is that you get used to any and all circumstances that come your way.  When we started the Mission 14 years ago, our prayer was "Lord break our hearts with that which breaks Yours."    Well...BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU ASK FOR.

This cute little man came into our lives when he was only a few months old.  His parents (both addicted to alcohol and drugs) were living in a car wreck at the time.  They came to the Mission and did really well.  This little character developed the most amazing personality and crawled into our hearts from the word go.  A year ago his father realized his dream to become a heavy vehicle driver and things looked so good.  Then within a month it all changed.  His parents fell back into their addiction and this innocent little man was dragged along with them.  It broke our hearts that a little boy has to pay the price of his parents mistakes.
A stone's throw from the mission, across the railway tracks...that is where they went to live.  The tracks you see are the tracks where numerous trains travel between Port Elizabeth/Couga/Uitenhage.  There are a number of adults and children living in these shacks.  In the day the children can be seen playing on the tracks.
We pleaded with the parents to bring William back and to come back on the program so that they can be helped with their addiction and back onto their feet again.
Last week the little boy crossed a busy road to get back to the Mission on his own.  The staff took him, bathed him and dressed him in clean clothes...gave him food.  Then his mother arrived and took him away again.
I couldn't sleep.
What if he gets knocked down by a car the next time he ventures out.
What if he gets hurt on the railway tracks.
What if one of the adults violate him while they are drunk or high.
I could never live with myself if I didn't do something.
So the next time he came we wouldn't let him go again.  We called in the authorities.  They gave the father an ultimatum.  Return to the Mission or they will remove the little boy.  So he came back and we were so happy.  All's well that ends well...or so we thought.

This morning the father had disappeared and so has the little boy....and I have no words.

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Scrap Africa - Sketch 7

This week Sketch no 7 was revealed on Scrap Africa.  I am a bit behind with posting my layout for the challenge....so here it is:

Supplies used:  Printed paper:  Echo Park (Note to self); Chipboard: Celebr8 (motorcycle and Open Road title.

Our sponsors for the next 2 challenges (Sketch # 7 and the challenge # 7, which will be published in 2 weeks time) are Celebr8 and Fruitful Hands

Celebr8 is a South African based designer and manufacturer of high quality laser die-cuts for scrapbooking and cardmaking.




One of the lucky draw winners will receive a big gift pack filled with loads of very cool chipboard shapes. During the following challenges our team will show you all the different ways of using it on your projects.
 



Here is the sketch:
So please play along...it is always fun to take part in challenges if their is a possibility of winning some more scrapbook stash.

xx

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A scrappy post - just saying;-)

It has been a month since my last post and I did say that I would continue to post my scrapbooking creations here.  I have given myself until the end of next week to decide on the future of the blog.  By then I will know whether I will just keep it to showcase my work.  I am in two minds at this stage.  I have a private blog and have been thinking of moving all my musings and family stories there....but then I am still in two minds.  Anyhow...here is a mini album I finished last week.  It was bought from The Scrappy Gourmet in kit form.  The designer of the kit is Linda Albrecht.  This isn't my usual style...but gosh...I loved making it:-)
 The front page is so bulky and full of texture and dimension that I love everything about it.  The range used for the album is My Minds Eye Miss Caroline.  The album measures 9 inch by 7 inch.
The album is aptly named "faces that make me smile" and I decided to fill it with photos of my DH, my darling children and my precious grandchildren.  They are truly my treasures and the faces that make me smile.  This photo was taken during a photo shoot in 2011 and before Stefan and Juan was born.  Here is DH and I with our then four grandchildren.

There was a lot of painting, machine stitching and hand sewing done on this little album.
The photo of Leane (nearly 5 years old and my only grand daughter) and the pony (Benji) was taken on Wynand and Nadia's small holding.
Also taken at the photo shoot.  Wynand (my second born), Nadia and their two boys Christian and Lukas.
My baby, Bianca...with her baby, Stefan (my 5th grandchild).
Little Stefan when he was only 12 days old.
Leane...obviously not happy to see the camera again;-)
Christian (aged 10) on his motorbike.
Wynand and Nadia while on holiday.
Leane and Dewan meeting their baby brother Juan for the first time.
Kobus Jr. (my first born), Lache and their two little ones (pre Juan days)
These three go to the same day care and the photo was taken at their end of year school concert.
Lukas (aged 4) is such a happy little guy and he adores his Oupa.
This beautiful child is Dewan (aged 3).

When I look through this little album I am reminded how much family means and how blessed I am to have my children and grandchildren living within 3 kilometers from our home.  I cherish each moment spent with them.