Saturday, April 20, 2013

Families Bloom with Love - Scrap Africa - My Minds Eye Miss Caroline Dilly Dally

It is time for the Scrap Africa challenge for April.  The challenge is to use triangles, black and white photos and confetti on your page.

Here is my layout for the challenge.  I used a photo of Kobus Jr, Lache and their three little ones and changed the photo to black and white.
Supply list:  Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned papers: My Minds Eye (Miss Caroline Fine and Dandy); Blooms: Prima; Brads: My Minds Eye; Title: Silhouette.

I cut my triangles with the Silhouette out of the background cardstock.  I then backed it with patterned paper.  I chose bright papers because I wanted it to form a strong contrast with the black and white photo.
I then just used a black fine liner to draw lines around the triangles.  I made a mat for my photo out of neutral colours.
I used a 6x6 Crafters Workshop (Mini tile texture) template and added texture paste to my background.
If you try and work with confetti on your page, you will soon find just how finicky it is to work with tiny little circles.  I decided to use my confetti as a border below the photo.  Before I added the photo, I first applied adhesive to the bottom part of the mat and then sprinkled confetti onto the wet adhesive.  I then added confetti to the open spaces.  I love how it turned out...and I love the sharp contrast between the black and white photo and the confetti border.

Prize from 2crafty for those who are going to take part in this challenge.

 2 Crafty strives to offer affordable and versatile laser cut chipboard products to the Australian and International Craft market.

2Crafty’s products are manufactured here in Australia and offer products suitable for scrapbooking, cardmaking, altered art, invitations and mixed media, and with over 1000 designs, every area has been covered.

2Crafty’s owner Vanessa, stumbled on the demonstration of the laser cutter at one of the Sydney craft fairs back in 2006 and although her background was Human Resources and payroll her creative mind could see unlimited possibilities and so began her journey into the world of a craft wholesaler.

2Crafty designs are supported both locally and in the overseas market and Vanessa strives to offer the highest level of customer support, and is happy to discuss personalized orders with customers via their local scrapbooking store.

2Crafty also offers a fabulous blog that is updated weekly with projects created from its wonderful Design Team with both local and international designers which includes the very talented Di Garling, Chantal Vandenberg, Elena Olinevich, Fiona Johnstone, Keren Tamir, Leonie Neale-Dawson, Linda Eggleton.

The 2Crafty website, although a wholesale website, offers you a birds eye view of all the wonderful designs that it offers. Make sure you check out the stockist list and don’t be afraid to ask your local store to order products that they may not have in stock.

Aren't these just gorgeous?! Play along and they could possibly be yours!! So you have until the 30th April to submit your entries.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Scenes from the Drakensberg (photo post)

Greetings from the Central Drakensberg where sunsets looks like this.

We left Port Elizabeth on Thursday afternoon and drove to a farm outside Stutterheim where we spent the evening with Shayne and her family.  The next morning we left, choosing to take the Queenstown ....Elliot ... Ugie....Maclear road to Kwazulu Natal.  After a day on the road we finally arrived at our destination at 9:30 Friday evening.  We were so tired that we just took a bath and fell into bed.

The next morning we explored our surroundings.  Cayley Lodge with it's comfortable chalets are situated high above the Bell Park Dam.

This is the main building of the resort with it's pools and jacuzzi.

The view on a cloudy can't even see the mountains.

We have had awful sinus since reaching the Drakensberg, so on Sunday we were off to find a pharmacy and also to scout out our surroundings.
I honestly don't think I will ever get tired of seeing so much beauty.  We are so blessed to be living in a country that has such diverse and beautiful areas.

The golf course at Champagne Valley Sports Resort.  This is where darling man is spending his day today.

 On Monday we drove through to Winterton and found an open pharmacy at last.  Then we stopped at the Waffle hut for coffee and waffles.  They have the most gorgeous gift shop we beautiful goodies for the home.

We then set off on the winding road through rural Kwazulu Natal to Cathedral Peak.

 On the road we found hundreds of children on their way from school.  It was good to see that they are cautious of strangers.

...and we found out just how much joy simple pink gumballs can give a child.
One of the many mountain streams.

Autumn can be seen in the lovely colours of the oak trees.

We came across a troop of baboons next to the road.

A little family :-)
 The majestic Cathedral Peak.

 Pretty autumn colours.

Having a drink on the charming Cathedral Peak Hotel's patio.

Rural Zululand living.

Cosmos flowers along the road.

I would love to know how this telephone booth found it's way to the middle of this field.

Yesterday morning we woke up full of energy and decided to go on a paddle boat ride around the dam.

 In the middle of the dam.  Little did we know that the dam is RATHER LARGE and it would take us 2 and a half hours to complete our little excursion.
 The Cayley Lodge chalets high up on the hill....1700 meters of climbing to be exact.

 By now you know how much I love I couldn't resist this pretty picture...and yes I took my camera with us on the paddle boat.
 The beautiful thorn trees of this area with cosmos growing wildly underneath it.

My darling man on the dam wall.

Proof that this bedraggled woman was there too.  We weren't very clever...we forgot to take water and then still had to climb the 1700 meters back to our chalet.  We cleaned up and promptly fell asleep.

He has a natural touch with children and it doesn't take them long to warm up to him.

Well folks, that is all for now.  I am not promising to read blogs during my time on I will probably catch up with you when I get back home at the end of April.


Saturday, April 6, 2013

Time for Teletubbies - Sketch N Scrap - Studio Calico

Before I show you the layout I made for the sketch challenge at Sketch N Scrap I want to share some great news with you.  I HAVE BEEN PUBLISHED in a local South African scrapbooking magazine called Scrap Affairs.  The theme for the latest edition was "OH BABY" and yes I had a lot of layouts to submit.  So here is a look at the double page feature of my work.
You can click on the photo to read the article.

I just had to scrap these photos of Stefan for the Sketch N Scrap sketch this week.  He only recently discovered the Teletubbies and he was so taken by them that he pulled himself up against the TV cabinet to get as close as possible.  Amazing how much pleasure this program has given little ones over the years.

Supplies used: Cardstock: American Craft; Patterned papers:  Pebbles (Seen and Noted -favorites), Pebbles (Bassics - rouge chevron), American Crafts (XOXO -love is in the air); Stucio Calico printables; Die cut label for title and die cut arrow border: Silhouette Studio; Stamp: Studio Calico; Arrows: Studio Calico; Letter Stickers: Basic Grey.

I cut the label for the title and a mat for it with my Silhouette.
Proof that some children can climb before they can walk.

Here is the sketch:

If you care to join us this month we have an awesome prize from our returning sponsor A Flair for Buttons!  Up for grabs is a lovely set of Tell Your Story 1 flairs, perfect for your everyday layouts or Project Life!

Now for the fine print:
To be eligible for the monthly prize:
1. Make sure and link back to Sketch N Scrap in your blog post when sharing our sketch OR a layout based on our sketch.
2. Link your layout up by clicking on the Froggy link in the sidebar

NOTE: Don't forget to link to the direct post of this weeks challenge on your blog.  

Have fun! We can't wait to see what you create! :) 

Remember each submission will give you ONE entry into our monthly random draw for a chance to win the April prize!
So get those layouts started! International players are welcome, but  they will be asked to pay shipping on their prize should they win.
Link up your layout by April 30th at midnight PST!

I just don't get it

Sometimes I just don't get it.
I don't understand why things happen.
I am left with more questions than answers.
I question the Lord.
Is it only me?
Do you also sometimes struggles with the "why's"?

We took in a heavily pregnant young woman at the Mission a couple of months ago.  She was on the streets with her little boy.  She made the decision to have the new baby adopted so that it could have a better life.  She received extensive counseling from our counselors and from the social worker that was working with the adoption.  This was going to have such a happy ending. The process was well advanced and the prospective new parents were chosen.

Yesterday she went in for a C-Section, a beautiful baby boy was born and went into high care and received blood transfusions.  The prospective adoptive parents were elated with their new baby son.  This morning the baby died from complications. In a hospital in the city a young mother is mourning the loss of the baby she was prepared to let go...and the joy of the adoptive parents had turned into sorrow.

I struggle to understand whether it was his time to go.
That this was within God's will.
I question, I argue!
Is it only me?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Dreamer - Scrap Africa - Basic Grey Serenade

I am a little behind with posting my design team work.  Sorry about that.  This week's sketch by Evgenia of Scrap Africa is so versatile and I loved how it suited these photos taken of Lukas to perfection.  

Supplies used:  Cardstock for matting:  Bazzill; Patterned paper:  Basic Grey Serenade; Dreamer title: Fabscraps; Button:  Basic Grey Serenade; Butterfly:  K & Co; Quote rub on: Kaisercraft; Other: DMC Cotton and ribbon from my stash.

When I first saw these photos of Lukas I couldn't believe that this little boy appearing so content and in a dream world is the same little grandson we know to be busy...busy...busy and always wanting to be entertained.

I printed this dandelion on paper and then used my paper piercer to make holes.  I then stitched the dandelion with it's beautiful little seeds.
I had to add this pretty quote it was just so perfect for the layout.
Initially the title had a hot air balloon attached so I cut it off and added the ribbon to hide the marks.

Here is the sketch, please be sure to check out the work done by the design team.

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You have until the 14th April.