Friday, March 28, 2014

Angel Eyes - CSI 116 - March Special Investigator

Hallo my blog friends.  I am here today to share my last case file as Special Investigator for March.  I was delighted to work with Debbi Tehrani's fabulous color challenges and taking part in Color Story Inspiration challenges every week.  This week I used a photo of Stefan that was taken in January.  You can see the mischief in those blue eyes.  Here is my page:

Supply list: Cardstock:  Bazzill; Patterned papers:  Basic Grey, Echo Park, My Minds Eye; Brads and enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Flair: Prima Everyday; Heart: Melissa Francis; Chipboard bits of honey and title: Blue Fern Studios; Silhouette Cameo:  Circle; Other:  PanPastels in Red Iron Oxide and Turquoise Shade, texture paste, gesso, Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powder in Twilight Jade Slate, Hyacinth Blue Jade and Cleopatra's Copper.

Here is the case file:
This is how I solved the case file:

The Scheme:  All the colours were used.

Evidence: Circles, metal photo turn, I used electricity (heat gun for embossing powder).

Testimony:  The title is a song title.  My journaling on the back reads:  "You have the most beautiful eyes and lashes a girl would die for.  When I look into your eyes I see that they are dancing with mischief and I always wonder what is going through that little head?   Your eyes are always alive with curiosity and intelligence.  The title I used for this page is "Angel Eyes", a song by Love and theft , and I want to echo the words... "There’s a little bit of devil in your angel eyes" just as the song says.

I used this Sketchabilities sketch and combined the two challenges:

Some close-ups:
I used the soft greenish grey Bazzill cardstock for my background.  I covered it with the new Prima Stain mask and stenciled PanPastel in Turquoise Shade.  I set the PanPastel with artist fixative and then dabbed some  Red Iron Oxide PanPastel here and there.  I also added another layer of the Turquoise Shade around the edges of the page.

I then used the Crafters Workshop tile stencil and texture paste.  I sprinkled embossing powder on the wet embossing powder and applied heat.

I cut the circle with my Silhouette on Silhouette Chipboard. I primed it with a layer of gesso and then applied a layer of Red Iron Oxide PanPastel.

I hope you will find the time to play along with us.  Have a lovely weekend.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Around here...

It feels like an awfully long time since I really blogged about what is happening around here.  I am shocked when I look back and notice that it has only been a few weeks.  So much have happened in such a short space of time.  This is what I have learned in the process:
  • That very few people are trustworthy.
  • When people in your ministry don't share your dream and vision...they shouldn't be there.
  • That God will remove that which isn't in line with Him.
  • That it is extremely painful when God starts burning away the dross.
  • That if you stand up for your community or the environment you set yourself up as a target.
  • That stress is a diet. (seriously I have lost heaps of weight)
  • That stress is a killer.  (K's blood pressure shot up to 160 over 100 on Saturday)
  • That I am in serious need of a holiday.  (Two weeks and counting.)
Now I will share some of the "things" that make me happy.

Stefan at Kiddie Lovers

You really have to focus when you try and capture him...or else he would just be a blur.

My little sunshine.

Juan riding Donald Duck.

Isn't that an awesome pout?

These two little imps will probably grow up to be best friends.

I am so blessed to have such gorgeous grandchildren.

I think they were both half asleep and sitting like zombies on this ride.

Dewan has become very camera shy... grateful for my zoom lens.

She wanted me to take a picture of the squirmy worm...

...I wanted to take a picture of her pretty face.

My beautiful daughter.

How much do I love you...

Juan...eating sand.

I am blessed.  I just need to be reminded of that fact more often.


Saturday, March 22, 2014

Dream - CSI 115 - March Special Investigator

This week's colour palette for Color Story Inspiration's case file 115 is very dreamy and soft.  The inspiration picture just calls for a mixed media background.  I threw everything at this page...I hope I remember all the different processes.  I used a photo that K took of me at Sardinia Bay in January 2012.  I love the beach...and this is one of my favorite places to just sit...stare....and breathe.

Supply list: Cardstock: Bazzill, acrylic paper; Patterned papers: My Minds Eye, Melissa Francis and Theresa Collins; Flowers: Prima; Brads: My Minds Eye; Rub ons: Kaisercraft; Title, clouds, balloon: Silhouette Cameo; Lace: Prima; Other: Prima Stencil, Crafters Workshop stencil, PanPastels, Gelatos, Gesso, Texture paste, builders mesh.

Here is the Case File:
Pretty isn't it?  Here is how I solved this casefile:

The Scheme:  All the colours used.

Evidence:  hearts, lace, mesh, flowers, clouds, rub-ons, mixed media background.

Testimony:  My title is dream and I used a Kaiserkraft rub-on that says "Cherish yesterday, dream tomorrow, live today".   My journaling at the back of the page:  "The calling that we live out everyday is to work with A LOT of people.  Not ordinary people either...but those discarded by family and society.  People who are so broken that only God can fix them.  We have to love them back to a place where they want to live and dream again. The work is very emotional and very draining.  I regularly need to just get away from people. My favorite place to go is the beach.  I can sit for hours and just watch the waves breaking on the beach and against the rocks. They say that men have a "nothing box" they retreat to when they just mindlessly flick through TV channels...but I have found that I have a "nothing box" too.  A place I retreat to when things become too much emotionally and when I am very tired. As I sit, I get things into perspective...and I dream about the future of those we work with and I dream about the future of my loved ones. I always come away feeling rejuvenated and full of hope...and that is what life is all about...dreaming, having hope and always trusting that it will always work out in the end.

On this close up you can get an idea of all the processed I used.  I first stencilled hearts with pink PanPastel onto the background and then added a layer of gesso over it. The next layer was gelatos in pink, peach and brown and shaded with a wet finger.  I added some texture paste, some mesh and the little damask rub-on's.  The damask was to dark so I added another layer of gesso over it.

I love the soft colours and the layers.  I cut my title with the Silhouette, added glossy accents to it and while wet sprinkled red glitter over it.

Thank you for visiting.  I hope you are inspired to play along with CSI this week.


Friday, March 21, 2014

Sometimes life gives you a fairytale....

Nearly four years ago Penny came to the Mission.  She was brought in from the streets by the police. Neglected, scrawny, bruised and angry.   Set in her own ways and too stubborn to listen.   We knew that this tough woman was going to be a hard nut to crack...and we had our work cut out for us!  So the journey began and years later we can proudly stand next to this beautiful woman and call her our daughter.  She has found her worth in Christ and she loves to help others.   Penny has taken charge of the front office and does her work with pride.  How privileged we are to be part of her journey and see her grow into the daughter of the King.  Corrie came looking for a room to rent after a harrowing divorce.  A few months ago Corrie came to K and asked for Penny's hand in marriage.  (K and I are mom and dad to the people at the Mission)

On Saturday 15 March they were married and I was given the task to play photographer. 

 The bride and her beautiful daughter arriving at the church.

 K getting ready to walk Penny down the aisle.

 I always love to catch the look on the groom's face when he sees his bride.

 K hands the bride over to the groom.

 Soon to be Mr and Mrs.

 Flowers all done by a friend of the Mission.

 First communion as a married couple.

 I love capturing the little things.

 The wedding shoot in the grounds of a church.

 The family.

 Daughter gives mom a kiss.

 Two beautiful girls.

...and my prayer for them is that God will be the golden thread that binds them together throughout their life together.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

I'm All Boy - CREATE - Little Yellow Bicycle

Hallo there.  It is such a privilege for me to be part of the CREATE team. You can read or download this free magazine HERE.   I love the sketches and colour challenges that we are sent to play with.  It is always so hard to keep everything under wraps until after the magazine is released.  You can download all the free sketches HERE. Every month we are given a card sketch and a tag sketch to use in different ways.  This month the card sketch inspired this layout:

Supply list:  Cardstock: American Craft; Patterned papers: Little Yellow Bicycle and My Minds Eye; Title, blue border chipboard, dinosaur: Little Yellow Bicycle; Button border; My Minds Eye; Rub ons: Kaiserkraft, Other: Silhouette, Paint and Tattered Angels glimmer mist, Prima circles stencil.

I started out with cutting out some circles in different sizes in different patterned papers.  I then pasted them to the page and added some orange circles with Gelatos.  

I then drew circles over the patterned papers and hand stitched the circles.  Lastly I added the chipboard circle cut with the Silhouette.

Before adding the photo and embellishments I placed the Prima circles mask over the page and spritzed the whole page with Glimmer Mist.  I love the end result.

This is the cards sketch that you can download:

Go and check out the CREATE magazine and be inspired.