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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Childhood Memories - CSI #95

Another week and another CSI (Color, Story Inspiration) challenge.  This one has the most beautiful colour combo and we need to document an old memory.  I have very few photos of my childhood and when I went through them I found a photo of me at approximately 13 years with my 4 sisters and 3 of my cousins.  On the photo from the right:  My sister Elsa with cousin Alitsa in front of her, then my sister Anita with sister Ansie in front of her, then cousin Elizabeth, me hiding behind sister Herlien and cousin Linda to my left.  This is the layout I made:

Supplies used:  Cardstock:  Bazzill; Patterned papers: Fancy Pants, Prima; Flowers: Petaloo; Page pebbles: Making Memories: Journal card: Melissa Francis; Metal clock and metal butterfly: stash; Title and leaves: Silhouette Cameo; Other:  Texture paste, grey acrylic paint and PanPastels.

Here is the Case File:
 Here is how I solved the case file:

The Scheme:  All 5 colours used.

Evidence:  I used grey paint mixed with texture paste, flowers,metal clock and butterfly, book pages and I tied the metal butterfly to my tag with twine.

Testimony:   I used the title Childhood Memories and documented this story:

If I think of my childhood years our summer holidays always stands out for me.  Those were holidays spent with Uncle Danie and Aunty Doreen and the cousins in Jeffreysbay.  There home was right on the main beach.  I am reminded of our freedom to roam the town and the beach in total safety.  I am reminded of late afternoons and rushing down to the beach when Uncle Danie's fishing boats, the Geelbek and the Geelstert came in with the catch of the day.  Those are fond memories.

Some close up details
I cut a template of three different size hexagons with my Cameo.  I then stenciled the outlines of the hexagons onto my background on two opposite corners.  I coloured the blocks with PanPastel in the following colours:  Turquoise Shade, Ultramarine Blue Tint and Neutral Grey.  I then sprayed some artists fixative over the PanPastel to set it.

When the Pastels were dry I mixed some grey paint into texture paste and stenciled hexagons randomly over my page.
A little flower cluster with the metal clock and a page pebble.

I cut the butterflies from a sheet of Prima (Reflections) and the journal tag fits snugly behind the photo.
Thank you for leaving love.

xoxo

Monday, October 28, 2013

Leane's Grade R graduation and CSI94

Hi friends, I hope you are doing well.  I have created a layout for the latest CSI challenge.  I am also entering this layout for the Scrap Friends sketch challenge. This time I must admit that my first attempt with this challenge was an absolute flop.  My background was too busy and in the end I just tore it up and started over.The photos of Juan was taken when he was six months old.  Here is what my second attempt looks like:

Supplies used: Background:  Canson backed on black cardstock; Patterned papers: Dream Street; Title and circle diecut below photos:  Silhouette Cameo; Tags: 7Gypsies; Flowers: Prima;  Stencil: Prima;  Tidy Widy Texturez by Shimmerz;  Charms:  Stash;  Background created with PanPastels.

Here is the case file:


Some close ups:
Here you can see how vibrant the colours of the PanPastels are.  I love working with this medium.  I cut my title from two different coloured cardstock and stacked it. 

I used a Prima stencil and Tidy Widy Texturez by Shimmerz to create the white circles.  You can also see all the layering in this photo.

I added two silver charms and you can see some microbeads peeking out from underneath the flowers.

Some more yummy texture.

This is the Scrap Friends sketch that I used:
  
This is how I solved this case file:  

The Scheme: All the colors were used. The background was used by applying PanPastels and blending it.

Evidence used: the photos are stacked, The page was backed onto a black background, I used the little silver teddy bear and the ABC charm for the silver metal accent.

The Testimony: I used a typewriter font for my journalling, I used the word giggle (close enough to laugh) in my title and I journalled a poem...and this is what it says:
A baby boy was created

by the hand of God above

to give the world the sweetest touch
of tenderness and love.
With the softness of a whisper
God made a baby's skin
and then designed two trusting eyes
to put the starlight in.
With giggles from a waterfall
and breezes passing by
God made a baby's laughter
and a tiny, sleepy sigh.
God made the world a precious gift
more dear and pure than gold
with little toes to play with
and tiny hands to hold
then brought into the sunshine
a precious baby boy
All wrapped up in a rainbow
of wonder, hope, and joy.


This morning we went to attend my granddaughter, Leane's graduation and end of year concert.  You all know just how bad lighting is in school halls.  On top of that we were sitting more than 10 rows from the front...so capturing images was quite a challenge.

I missed the photo of her using the certificate as a telescope.

....but I got her while she used it as a loud hailer.  She never disappoints.

It is uncanny how she keeps her eyes on her parents and grandparents. all. the. time....the royal wave.

I love my little princess ♥♥

Thank you for visiting.
xoxo

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Come fly with me - CSI - Fancy Pants (Be You)

I am playing along with the CSI (Color, Story, Inspiration)  I find the challenges they post inspiring and totally addictive.  In the process I get to use up some old stash so it is a win-win situation.  For this challenge I used a photo that was taken when we went on the Ziplines at Tsitsikamma Falls.

 Supplies used:  Cardstock: Bazzill; Patterned paper: Fancy Pants (Be You);  Clouds, hotair balloon and title: Silhouette Cameo; Border punch:  Martha Stewart; Rubon:  Kaisercraft/Fancy Pants; Flowers: Prima; Dangle:  Tim Holtz;  Other:  PanPastels, Shimmerz Tidy Widy Texturez; Gelatos.

Here is the CSI case file: 

Some close ups:
I shaded a white cardstock with blue and yellow PanPastels and then sprayed artist fixative over it.  When it was dry I added some Shimmerz Tidy Widy Texturez through the Crafters Workshop "Tiles" stencil.  I cut the hot air balloon,title and clouds with the Silhouette Cameo.

I cut the triangles into the background piece and backed it with the 5 different colours of the challenge.

I used the little airplane clip that I received as a gift from my friend Cat

I used a Kaisercraft quote rub on for my journalling. The little Birdie rub on is by Fancy Pants (Be You)

So this is how I solved this case.  I used all 5 colors. Evidence: Airplane clip, dangle, mixed media background (white cardstock shaded with PanPastels and then used Texture Paste on the edges),triangles. Testiminoy: I used the Come fly with me title, and the "daring" quote.

Thank you for visiting my blog.

xoxo

Monday, October 21, 2013

Our weekend

I have still not edited my photos from our time away at Plettenberg Bay.  I have however taken a lot of photos this weekend and today is the day for sharing those.
This weekend the three musketeers stayed over with us on Saturday night.  At bedtime I usually bundle them up in our bed, give them a sippy cup with pink Nesquick milk and let them watch CBeeBies until they fall asleep.  Little Stefan was enjoying his big cousins and was watching their routine with interest.  When he didn't get pink milk he threw himself down on the floor and screamed.  I quickly took him to the kitchen where he pointed to his bottle and told me he wanted his Nana.  I made him a bottle and he rushed off to get into bed with his cousins.  It is so sweet that Oupa and Ouma's bed is still where they want to be.  We carried them all to the guest room when they were asleep and then early on Sunday morning they woke us to have coffee in bed with us.

Leane (age 6)  My only little princess.

Lukas (age 5) 

Dewan (age 4)  Got stitches this week after he fell on stairs.

Stefan (18 months)  The only one missing is Juan.

You can see that this little monkey watches me closely when I do my Pilates ball exercises :-D

Yesterday morning we loaded all the little ones in the bakkie and drove down to Sardinia bay.  On the way we found these trees wrapped  in pink cloth for Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Dewan says:  "Kyk, die bome het serpies aan."  (Look the trees have scarves on).

At Sardinia we climbed the high dunes and down the other side to the beautiful beach.

Oupa and the three running on the beach.

Leane discovering a sea snail.

We walked a while and then sat against a dune while the children ran up and rolled down.
 Dewan, the careful one...having fun in the sand.

 There is nothing that gives more pleasure than seeing children laugh, run and play.

Leane...my wild princess.  Needless to say they took a whole lot of the beach home with them.

Lots of energy...wish I had that.

A happy sandy face.

Poking and prodding a washed up jelly fish.

Then it was back up and over the dune to have an ice cream cone and then drive back home.  Dewan started complaining early on, wanting to be carried.  Lukas giggled and then said:  "Dewan, jy is so funny, ek vat jou sommer huistoe saam met my."  (Dewan you are so funny, I want to take you home with me.)

One thing is a fact.  Nothing gives more pleasure than little children.  Nothing makes one laugh as much as seeing and hearing their antics.  I am truly blessed.

How was your weekend?
Did you laugh a lot?
Did you have fun?

xoxo

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Just close your eyes - Sketch Week - 7Dots (Messy Head)

It's Sketch Week again over on Allison Davis' blog and I am here with my take on the sketch this month.  It's a FREE sketch download that you can download over at Scrapbook Generations website.  The sketch will be available on Tuesday and will include all measurements of papers, etc.

Here is my layout.  I made a mixed media background and I used a photo of Wynand and Nadia that was taken in Cape Town in July.

Supplies used:  Cardstock for matting:  Bazzill;  Pattern Papers:  7Dots (Messy Head); leaves and flourishes:  Silhouette Cameo; Flowers: Border rubon below photo:  Hambly Screen Print;  Prima:  Chipboard hearts:  Maya Road;  Other:  Texture paste, Builders tape; acrylic paint, Crafters Workshop stencil, Gelatos.

Variation #1:  I used one 5x7 photo instead of three small ones and the journal block.

Variation #2:  I added mesh behind the large block and used lace trim instead of the vertical strip.

Variation #3:  I swopped the stars for hearts.  I used the star burst Crafters Workshop template and mixed texture paste with acrylic paints and applied it through the stencil.

Variation #4:  I added a rub on border below the photo and then layered some leaves and branches before finishing it off with a few blooms that was liberally coated in gesso.

Here is the sketch:

Thank you for visiting my blog...I hope that you were inspired.
xoxo

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

You & Me - Scrap Africa - 7Gypsies

Hallo, I hope you are doing well.  Sadly I haven't had the time to edit and upload my vacation photos.  I haven't even had time to check up on what is happening on my favourite blogs.  Hopefully my life will be less hectic by this weekend and I will be able to play catch up.

It is time for the next challenge on Scrap Africa.  The challenge is to use some form of resist on your page.  Now, to be honest...I was a tad anxious about this one.  I have never done a layout with resist.  Then I came across some Bazzill resist papers in my stash.  Yes, my stash is THAT extensive.  A few years ago when mists became all the rage Bazzill brought out a number of different patterned white resist papers.  So I decided to take the easy way out and use this paper.

Here is my layout.  The photo is of my son Wynand and his little Lukie.
Supply list:  Cardstock:  Bazzill resist; Patterned paper:  7Gypsies Savannah Journal Pack; Title and flourishes:  Silhouette Cameo; Trims:  Prima;  Flowers:  Prima; Pearls:  Upikit; Other:  PanPastels in Raw Umber, Turquoise Shade, Paynes Grey, White;  Texture paste, Ranger colorwash mists in Sailboat blue and Butterscotch.

I have to be honest and say that when the background was complete I was ready to tear it up.  It looked like a hot mess.  I first shaded the PanPastels over the background  and could see the resist stripes clearly.  I then set it with an artist fixative.  The next step was the misting and I went about it all wrong.  I didn't wait for the one colour to dry before applying the next and the result was that the Butterscotch and the Blue mixed to form green that I just didn't want.

The next day I started just stacking the paper pieces and photos where I wanted it and decided to just go for it.  The file folders were part of the 7Gypsies Journal pack and I just cut it slightly smaller.

I first didn't want to put flowers onto this layout.  But then decided on this flourish and flower cluster.  After toning down the flowers with some Gesso I actually started loving it.  

This is the sketch I used by Karan Gerber of Sketchabilities.

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