Friday, November 29, 2013

Reflections on CSI 99 and life

I can't believe it has been a week since my last post.  Time is just so fleeting.  Today completed the fourth week of the five week LTS (Leadership Training Course).  One more week to go and life will return to normal.  I am loving the course...and what the Lord is showing me in my own life that does not glorify Him.  I need to learn to "respond" and not "react"...and when I respond I need to respond in a non-confrontational way.  He has been speaking to me about my attitude and my motives.  I am really praying that He will change me to have a pure heart and clean hands.

On Thursday afternoon I took some much needed time out and completed my page that is due for the 1 December Scrap Africa reveal.  I also had time to play along with this weeks CSI challenge.  I have been wanting to scrap this photo of K with little Stefan since I took the photo.  When I look at the photo this scripture comes to mind:  Proverbs 27:19 "As water reflects the face, so one’s life reflects the heart".   Here is the page I made:

Supplies used:  Cardstock:  American Craft:  Patterned papers:  My Minds Eye (Stella and Rose Mabel); Title and seaweed swirl:  Silhouette Cameo;  Sea horse and bubbles:  American Craft Remarks; Flowers: Prima;  Trim:  Stash; Other:  Gesso and Shimmerz Texturez.

I first wanted to do the stenciling with Gesso.  It smudged and I decided to wipe the Gesso across the page and start over.  That is why the colours are muted and the patterned papers looks a wee bit white washed.  Not planned....just a happy accident.

A seaweed swirl was cut with the Silhouette Cameo and the little seahorse is by American Craft.

I ended up with flowers on this "masculine" layout....sorry I just can't help myself.

The journaling is so true of our own lives.

Here is the CSI case file:

...and here is how I solved the case file:

The Scheme: All 5 colors

Evidence: Floral,stripes, something puffy and the trim looks draped :-P

Testimony: My title is "Reflect" and I used two for the title and another for the quote.
The journalling is a quote by Sigmund Freud that says: " One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful."

I am planning to just relax and recharge this weekend....hope you have a good one!


Saturday, November 23, 2013

My journey these past few weeks.

Hi my friends.  I know that I have been very scarce lately...and have just been posting scrapbooking layouts and I know that not all of you follow my blog for that.  We are now three weeks into the LTS (Leadership Training School) at the Mission.  K and I did this same course in 1996 and I am amazed at how much I have forgotten through the years.  Each and every teaching deeply touches, heals and changes me and every other student on the course. 

 A photo of me with my one and only little princess, Leane.

The first week we learnt about the character of God and His love for us.  The second week is all about looking into yourself and your relationship with Him.  It was incredibly emotional as we had to spend a lot of time in couselling with the students on the course.  God is doing a deep work in bringing healing in such brokenness.   Every day I am touched and amazed at how faithful He is.

Little Dewan does not like the camera much ;-)

For the past three weeks we got up as early as 5 o' clock to be on time for the classes and when I got home around 5 in the afternoon I was finished.  Many afternoons I took a quick snooze before starting supper and by 9 we were in bed.  I guess we are getting old.

K with Stefan.  He is Oupa's child.

To add to my workload at this time of the year, our auditors decided that NOW was the time to do the annual audit.  OH. MY. SOUL.  The amount of e-mails that flooded my inbox with queries nearly did my head in.  SERIOUSLY.  So this all led to me making the statement on my sister Herlien's Facebook status that I just wish that this year would be over.

No Ouma, no matter the dress I CAN climb trees.  Leane met her Grade 1 teacher this week. It is the same teacher her daddy had in Grade 3.

On Thursday we watched a teaching by Lee Ezell called the Cinderella Syndrome.  It is that thing in us that makes as believe that we just need to get this crisis out of the way....or as soon as that is done....or when I have enough  money....or when the children are grown....then I will find my happiness.  We put our whole life on hold and go through life in survival mode.  We don't live life to the full.  I felt so convicted because that is what I am doing AGAIN (mind you).  I am not living in the moment and finding the good in the difficult.

I am so blessed to have such beautiful and healthy grandchildren.

I was wishing away days that I will never be able to get back again.  I was challenged to find happiness and contentment regardless of the circumstances.  That will mean the difference between merely surviving and truly living. It is my choice not to place my hope in things that will happen somewhere in the future.  A scripture that really spoke to me was from Proverbs 13:12 "Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life."  I want to live God's dream for my is so much better than any dream I could have for myself.

You can see that this little man wants to do everything Oupa does.

Even braai....a real South African boertjie.

Last weekend Lukas also stayed over with us....and this is normally what Lukas and Stefan does.  They always have to be as close to Oupa as possible.  Lukas is playing with my tablet...and yes there were quite a few new games downloaded by the time I got it back ;-)

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Dream - My Minds Eye Sweetest Thing

Hi friends.  I have had no time to do any regular blogging these past while.  So bear with me as I share another layout with you.  I have really exceeded my "record" with this page as I have entered it for no less than three challenges.  I used one of the photos I took of Leane rolling down a sand dune.

Here is my page:
Supplies used:  Cardstock:  Bazzill and Multi Media paper;  Patterned papers: My Minds Eye (Sweetest Thing Lavender);  Sticker:  My Minds Eye (Sweetest Thing Lavender). Title:  Cut with Silhouette;  Template for feathery leaves:  Silhouette; Flowers:  Prima; Wooden Clock:  Prima;  Other:  Mixture of Neocolor II soluble crayons and Gelatos, DMC Cotton to stitch the stems.

Some close ups and details of my process:
I love the colours that I used for this layout.  I cut my title in two colours and stacked the title.

I made a little cluster with Prima blooms and a Prima wooden clock together with the My Minds Eye Rosette.
I first cut a template with my Silhouette Cameo and then stenciled the leaves on the bottom part of the background.  I pierced holes for the handstitched stems.  I used some Multi Media paper as it takes wet mediums better than normal cardstock.

I first coloured my leaves with Neocolor II water soluble crayons.  I then sprayed water liberally.  I didn't get the desired runny effect and then coloured the leaves again with Gelatos.  When I sprayed it with water the effect was what I was wanting.

 I want to share which challenges they were based on.  Firstly I used this CSI (Color, Story, Inspiration) # 98 case file:
This is how I solved the case file:

The Scheme: All 5 colors are there.

Evidence: Polka dots, stripes,clock, ribbon, the clock is wooden.

Testimony: The title is Dream and the journalling is as follows: Leane, my dream for you is that you will always be as carefree as you are now. That nothing in life will ever change you. My dream is that you will learn God's dream for you from an early age and that you will walk in the destiny and purpose He has for you.

I used this sketch of Scrap Friends:

I am also entering the page for the Scrap Around the World challenge.  We are free to interpret the mood board in any way , using one image or several and using ANY COLOURS.

Please visit the relevant blogs.  I assure you that you will be inspired by the gorgeous pages made by the various design teams.


Monday, November 18, 2013

Fun in the Sun - Sketch Week - Pink Paisley 365 Degrees

I am so happy to be able to play along with Allison Davis and Sketch Week again this month.  You can find the sketch that we are using in the Scrapbook Generation online store.

Here is my layout:
Supplies used:  Cardstock:  Bazzill; Patterned papers:  Pink Paislee 365 Degrees; Chipboard title: Fab Scraps; Seaweed die cut:  Silhouette Cameo; Other: Shells from my stash, Gesso, Prima stencil.

I followed the sketch very closely.  The yellow card stock was just given a Gesso and stencil treatment.  I painted the Chipboard and then applied Glossy Accents.

I cut the seaweed with the Silhouette cameo and added some shells from my stash.

I backed the inch squares with chipboard to give it a bit of dimension.

I realized how much I miss doing two pagers.  It just tells the story so much better than a single photo.

Here is the sketch that we are using this month.
Scrapbook Generation's Free November Sketch
*available for download on Tuesday, November 19
Please go and visit Allison's blog and see what amazing layouts are made based on this sketch.


Saturday, November 16, 2013

Together Forever - Scrap Africa

The latest challenge has gone live on the Scrap Africa blog.  Today's challenge is "White with a pinch of" and is about creating a project that is 90% white and 10% any other colours.  I got out my Silhouette Cameo and set about creating a white on white background.  Here is my layout:
Supplies used:  Cardstock:  Worldwin, Bazzill; Patterned paper:  Pink paisley.  Doily from my stash; Chipboard hearts:  Maya Road; Beads around doily: American Craft iPop Microbeads; Flower:  Prima; Enamel dots:  My Minds Eye.  Other:  Crushed coral Texturez and Neocolor II Watersoluble crayons.

Some close ups:
I cut the 8 cards to give some dimension to my background.  I also cut the branch with the Silhouette and painted the hearts and dipped it in red glitter before "hanging" them from the branch.

I added some glossy accents around the edge of the doily and then covered it with tiny microbeads.  I also found the hessian in my stash and added it behind the photo for some more texture.

I stencilled some Crushed Coral Texturez by Shimmerz through the whimsical hearts template and then just edge the one side with some dark pink Neocolor crayon before dabbing it with a wet paintbrush.  The little leafy swirl is also cut with the silhouette.

I finished it off with this simple Silhouette cut title.  

Here is the photo that you can use for inspiration:

We hope you are inspired by the beautiful layouts made by the Design Team and really look forward to seeing what you create!

As always we also have some goodies up for grabs. A random winner will win these goodies to play with.

The first prize pack

and one more lucky winner will have the 2nd one:

You have until 30 November to submit your projects.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Siembamba's year end concert (photo post)

Gosh people, don't you think this year has gone by at an astonishing rate?  I cannot believe that there is less than two months left of this year.  As the year winds down our schedule becomes more and more hectic.  This weekend we had Lukas and Dewan's end of year school concert.  So glad all the children's activities are done and dusted.  What really makes the concert special is that both my son, Wynand and daughter, Bianca attended Siembamba when they were little.  It is also rather special that all the cousins are in the same school don't you think?

 Seeing all the little ones on the stage is always a thrill.  Here Dewan (in red) is looking decidedly bored)

The ballerina second from the right is Lukas' girlfriend, Gabrielle.  Don't laugh.  I told him he is too young to have a girlfriend. 

 There is always a couple of parents that sit with the smallest ones.

 Ah man, just look at those little baby angels sitting in the front row.

 Lukas played the role of Joseph in the Nativity.

 His face lights up when he spots the parents and grand parents.

 Now isn't that too cute.

 Dewan was one of the wise men.

 ...bringing gifts for baby Jesus....

 ...a baby angel carrying the baby....

 The baby is handed to "Mary"

 Father Christmas (Santa) and his reindeer doing the boogie.

 That even got a laugh out of serious Dewan.

 With the show nearly over the tension is broken.

 Joseph and the wise man with Ouma and Oupa.

We tried to get a photo of both of them smiling...and this is all we could get :-P

Thank you for looking.