Thursday, July 31, 2014

Beautiful Cape

Hi my dear friends.  On Saturday morning K and I will be driving down to Cape Town.  I really need a change of scenery and I cannot wait!  We will be staying with my sister in Somerset West.  I haven't seen her in more than a year and I really, really miss her.  The past year has been very hard on her.  Her youngest son was attacked by a pit bull in September last year and a lot of damage was done to his face.  A few months ago she went through a difficult divorce.  I worry about her.  She is an introvert like me.  Unlike me, she withdraws totally and I am really concerned about her.  I want to be "there" for her...but I don't want to feel as if I am impossing :-(

We will also spend a day with a group of churches, the ACVV and the Salvation Army.  They need input from K and I as they want to start a facility for the homeless, addicted and traumatized of Cape Town.  We are excited about the prospect of seeing our work duplicated.  We can also warn them about pit falls and they don't need to make the same mistakes we did in the beginning.

Anyhoo...I am sharing a page I made with photos that we took during our last visit to Cape Town in July last year.  The photos were taken at Bloubergstrand.

Supply list:  Cardstock:  American Craft;  Patterned papers;  7Gypsies (Venice); Flowers;  Prima; Tag: Basic Grey; Butterfly rub on: 7Gypsies; Brad:  Basic Grey; Alpha:  American Craft, Silhouette Cameo;  Mists:  Lindy's Stamp gang.

I used this case file's colour inspiration:

And this sketch by Laura Whitaker:

Some close ups:
 I misted the background with Lindy's Stamp gang mists in aqua, green and orange.

I cut "beautiful" with the Silhouette Cameo and teamed it with some old American craft alphas.

Thank you for visiting and leaving ♥


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

You only have this one life...make it count!

You might have noticed that I haven't been active in the world of blogging this past while. I have been a little blue this past two weeks.  It all started with a light know one of those that make you feel yukky...but not bad enough to stay in bed?  Having fibromyalgia...things like this ALWAYS go to my muscles and  I have had a constant headache for days.  After having been relatively pain free for some time now, I just don't have the high pain threshold I once had, in actual fact I have become a woosy.  Added to this the happenings around the world is chaotic and scary and one cannot help being drawn into it.  All of this have stripped me of my joy and left me a tad depressed.

This morning in my quiet time I read this by Michael Josephson:

"Ready or not, some day it will all come to an end.  There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.
All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten will pass to someone else.
Your wealth, fame and temporal power will shrivel to irrelevance.
It will not matter what you owned or what you were owed.
Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.  So too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to-do lists will expire.
The wins and losses that once seemed so important will fade away.
It won't matter where you came from or what side of the tracks you lived on at the end.
It won't matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.
Even your gender and skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter?  How will the value of your days be measured?

What will matter is not what you bought but what you built, not what you got but what you gave.
What will matter is not your success but your significance.
What will matter is not what you learned but what you taught.
What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.
What will matter is not your competence but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.
What will matter is not your memories but the memories that live in those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.
Living a life that matters doesn't happen by accident.  It's not a matter of circumstance but of choice.

Choose to live a life that matters.

This just spoke to me and I wanted to share it with all of you.  Today, choose to live fully irrespective of your circumstances.  Choose life!


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I ♥ my Dad - CREATE - My Minds Eye (Now and Then Izzy)

Hi all, Today I am sharing another page that was published in the July edition of the CREATE magazine.  Remember this magazine is free for download HERE and you can download the free sketches HERE.   This page was based on the free card sketch for July:

Supply list:  Cardstock:  Acrylic paper, American Craft; Patterned Papers:  My Minds Eye (Now and Then Izzy); Bicycle die cut and enamel dots: My Minds Eye (Now and Then Izzy); Chipboard frame:  Dusty Attic; Other;   Crafters Workship stencil, Shimmerz Paints Texturez in Sandy Stone, Patina and Artie Choked, Lindy Stamp Gang mists.

 I have been wanting to use this very cool stencil since I got it.  I used three different coloured Shimmerz Texturez...a texture paste mixed with glossy paints.

 The frame I used is a Dusty Attic chipboard that has been sitting in my stash for ages.  I painted it orange.

The title was cut with the Silhouette Cameo.

Thank you for visiting and be sure to check out the July CREATE magazine for loads of awesome inspiration.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Captured - CREATE Magazine - July Edition

Hi all, here are two pages that was published in the July edition of the CREATE magazine.  Remember this magazine is free for download HERE and you can download the free sketches HERE.  The two pages that I am showing you today are based on the colour challenge.  This was the inspiration photo that we used:

For the first page I used my Silhouette Cameo extensively to create a modern layout:
Supply list:  Cardstock: American Craft; Patterned papers:  Jillibean Soup, Pink Paislee; Chipboard wildflowers:  Blue Fern Studios; Arrows: Freckled Fawn; Die cut background, "snap happy" card and title: Silhouette Cameo; Brad; Making Memories.

Using a background die cut in this manner allows you to use up a lot of the scraps you have in your stash.  I used the Brush Script MT font to create my title and cut it in two colours to layer.  I left the wildflowers chipboard raw because the layout is already so colourful.

I love this background die cut.  It always turns out looking wonderful.

The second page I made has a much more "old fashioned" feel to it.  The photo has been sitting on my desk for a few years and was taken at the little ones creche and has an "old fashioned" feel to it.  
Supply list:  Cardstock: American Craft; Patterned papers: Websters (All About Me); Flowers: Bo Bunny and Websters; Brads: Bo Bunny; Cherries: K&Co; "Blessings" title: Blue Fern Studios.

I am also one of those scrappers that love the look of Websters papers but I find it incredibly hard to use the papers because they are so busy.  These papers went with the photo perfectly and I decided to cut it up and colour block the page.
I mounted the photo on blue and red cardstock.  I painted the Blue Fern Studio title with red paint and then covered it in Glossy Accents.  I am quite happy with how the page turned out.

Thank you for visiting and be sure to check out the Magazine for some stunning inspiration.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Lunch at the Pink Fig

The weather has been horrible these past few weeks.  I really don't recall a winter in the past that was quite as cold as this one.  Last Sunday we all had cabin fever and when the sun peeked out from behind the clouds we decided to find a sunny spot where Stefan can play and where we can sit like "dassies" and enjoy the warmth of the sun as well as get a good meal.  Earlier last week I met Cat at the Pink Fig and thoroughly enjoyed it was a repeat performance.

 Stefan was quickly occupied in the sandpit.

 He then found this car and unfortunately it needed to be powered by a human.  So first Bianca pushed him around the play area.

 When B got tired, Oupa had to step up to the task and for the next 15 minutes this went on.  Then Oupa decided he needed a break.

 Stefan did not agree...

 ....and he entertained us with a fully fledged tantrum...

 ...and I was fortunate to capture it for his 21st birthday... didn't have the desired affect... he threw himself down on his back and screamed and kicked...

 It worked...two little boys felt sorry for him.

 The tantrum was forgotten as his two new slaves pushed him around.

 The very elusive Bianca with Riaan.  I struggle to get this girl to sit still when I take a photo.

My Bokkie and I.

This week the weather was horrid again...but we are planning a date night tonight...and tomorrow we hope that the sun will shine and that we will be able to sit outside and drink it all in.

How are you doing?  Having a good weekend?


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Over the moon for you - Teresa Collins (Daily Stories)

Hi friends,  Today I am sharing a layout with you made with my favourite line of papers from Teresa Collins.  I was the designated photographer at my youngest grandson's 2nd birthday recent.  My settings on my camera was all out and most of my photos were blurred.  I used this photo of my granddaughter Leane with her mommy.  You will see that the focus was on their faces with the rest of the photo being a blur.  I do love how this page turned out ;-)

Supplies used:  Cardstock:  American Craft;  Patterned papers:  Teresa Collins (Daily Stories); Butterflies, sequins, bling:  Teresa Collins (Daily Stories);  Wooden house:  Prima; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios; Title: Kerri Bradford and cut with my Silhoutte Cameo;  Mask: Prima;  Trim:  Maya Rd (I think);  Other: Texture paste and paint.

I used this sketch by Laura Whitaker:

Some close ups:
I cut the heart and the scalloped circle with Quickutz dies and the Revolution diecutter.  I love the soft effect of the stenciled texture paste that I coloured a soft yellow.

A little cluster at the bottom of the page.  

The little wooden house was perfect.  I love the trim that I found in my stash...and the little row of sequins was added to cover up a messy glue line.

Thank you for visiting.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Mr Mischief - CSI 130 - Jillibean Soup

Hi friends,  I was fortunate to find time to play along with the latest CSI (Color Story Inspiration) challenge.  I used a photo of Stefan taken on a recent outing.

Supplies used:  Cardstock:  American Craft:  Patterned papers:  Jilllibean Soup (Watermelon Gazpacho); Metal bird and star: Teresa Collins; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Stickers: 7Gypsies;   Title cut with Silhouette Cameo; Other: Texture paste, grey paint, Prima stencil, DMC cotton.

Here is the case file:

Here is how I solved the case:

The Scheme: All colours used.

Evidence: Stars, metal, circles, bird, paint.

Testimony: I used 4 important things: The little stickers read: Boy: 1. The wildest of all animals. 2. Noise with dirt on it. 3. Most precious to their mothers...and I added a 4th. Turbo charged.

Some close ups:
I love finding odd little things in my stash.  I have a stack of the old 7Gypsies Autocolants sticker sheets with definitions etc.  This little "Misions of Mischief" fit in perfectly with my subject.

These challenges are awesome to cut into old stash that has been sitting for years.  I can't even remember how old this Jillibean soup papers are.  I think they were part of a Personal Scrapper kit in 2011.

This Prima triangles stencil was perfect for this design and echoes the large focal triangle.  The "Mr Mischief" title was cut with the Silhouette Cameo using the Brush Script MT font.

I used this very neat sketch by Brenda Ragsdale.
Thank you for visiting.  Be sure to visit Color Story Inspiration for some awesome inspiration.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Life is a learning curve

Light painting during a photographic course

I have been wanting to blog...but have deleted each post before I could post it.  I guess one should steer clear of blogging when you are irritated or upset.   These past two weeks I have learned a few things.

  • I have learned that honesty and loyalty are key to having healthy relationships.
  • I have learned that I will always be loyal towards the people I doesn't matter how big they have messed up.
  • I have learned that often people who you expect to be loyal, are not...and that hurts.
  • I have learned that few people can be trusted with my emotional baggage (and I have a suitcase full)
  • I have learned that I have no tolerance for people who don't have a filter between their thoughts and their mouths.
  • I have learned that words spoken...hurts...and cannot be reversed once said.
  • I have learned that as easily as I forgive, I can cut people out of my life.
  • I have learned that above all... I crave quiet and being alone.
  • I have learned that the best way to filter out noise is being lost in a good book.
  • I have learned that people can push you away even when they need you most.
So we never stop learning.  What have you learned recently?


    Sunday, July 6, 2014

    2 little Monkeys - CSI129

    Hello there, I know that I have been missing in action for a while.  Yesterday I took time out to play along with Color Story Inspiration's case file no 129.  I used the latest sketch by Stuck?!  I loved using scraps for the triangles.  I used two photos of Stefan and Juan, my two youngest grandsons.
     Supplies used:  Cardstock:  American Craft; Patterned papers: American Craft(Grey), Studio Calico (Yellow), Echo Park (green); enamel dots and brads: My Minds Eye; Stars: My Minds Eye; Title: Silhouette Cameo, Other: Lindy's Stamp Gang Mist, Maya Road ric rac and DMC cotton.

    The case file:

    Here is how I solved the case:

    The Scheme: all the colors used.

    Evidence: Silver metal (stars); Numbers (silver 2), fabric ric rac, stitching.

    Testimony: I made up my own 6-word memoir. : "Grandparents home where cousins become friends."  The journalling on the back: "Stefan and Juan, you were born only two months apart. The two of you love playing together and love running, climbing and jumping. With the two of you it is just "go,go,go". I am sure that you will grow up to become best friends. xx Ouma."

    This is the sketch by Stuck?!

    Here are some close-ups:

    Thank you for your visit.  I appreciate your comments.