Saturday, August 30, 2014

Motherhood - CSI137

Where has time gone?  I simply cannot believe that it has been a week since my last post.  I have planned to do an update post about "life right now" this week...but the time simply slipped away and I had no time. I have so much to share...I do hope that this weekend will allow me the time to actually write a post.   I am, however, ready for the audit on Monday and B will be the one running around and supplying them with documents that they require...time to pass the baton on this one ;-)

This week's  Color Story Inspiration (CSI) case file is a very pretty one and I do hope that you will play along.  This is my last case file as "special deputy" for August.  I used an old photo of Nadia with a 5 month old Lukas.  He looks nothing like his baby photos these days.  Here is my take on the challenge:
Supply list:  Cardstock: American Craft; Patterned papers: My Minds Eye (The Sweetest Thing); Flowers: Prima: Stickers: My Minds Eye (The Sweetest Thing); Brads: My Minds Eye; Bees: K&CO; Title and turkish bits: Silhouette Cameo; Other: Texture paste, Prima triangle mask, ribbon and bee charm.

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

The Scheme:  All there.

Evidence:  polka dots, metal (little bee charm), label (date), triangles.

Testimony:  I wrote a little poem on Motherhood

 "No one will ever know
 the strength of my love for you. 
After all, you are the one 
who knows what my heart 
sounds like from the inside."

I used this patterned paper for the background and added texture paste through a "triangles" Prima mask.  To make the triangles more visible I used a pen and traced the outlines.

These little dimensional bees have been in my stash for the longest time.  They are so cute and are from K&Co.

This line of paper don't have the orange I added the orange flower, ribbon and cut my title from matching orange cardstock.  

Thank you for visiting and leaving love.  Be sure to check out the awesome layouts by the design team on CSI HERE.

Saturday, August 23, 2014


Hi friends. I have really been absent around here...truth is that life is busy, busy, busy.  I need to get our financials at the Mission ready for feels as if they only finished the previous audit yesterday :-(   

As mentioned in a previous post I am "special deputy" for the month of August over at Color Story Inspiration (CSI). I used a photo my darling man took of me doing what I love to do.  The photo is two years old and was taken while we were on holiday in Plettenberg Bay.

 Supplies used:  Cardstock: American Craft; Patterned paper: Pink Paislee; Lace paper: Basic Grey; Birdcage: Blue Fern Studios; Butterflies: K&Co; Brads: MME; Flowers: Prima; Dragonfly: Pink Paislee; Other: Quickutz doily die; texture paste, acrylic paint.

Here is the case file:

Here is how I solved the case file:

The Scheme:  All the colours were used.

Evidence: text print, floral pattern, suspended something (dragonfly); butterflies, lace (paper), wet medium.

Testimony:  I used the title "Solitude" and a quote by Harold Bloom - "Reading well is one of the great pleasures that solitude can afford you."  On the back my journaling is as follows:  "I found very early in my life that reading can be an escape and that it transported you to another world.  I grew up in less than idyllic circumstances and was one of six children.  There was a lot of noise and a lot of stress...when things became too hectic and stressful, I would simply open a book and escape.  I was in primary school when I started volunteering at our local library.  It was the way that I ensured that I was the first one to lay my hands on all the new books. Today I still find that it is the best way to simply switch off and block out the noise."

Some close ups:
 I used a Crafters Workshop (Tiny circles) stencil and mixed the texture paste with blue and pink acrylic paint. 

 A little cluster of die cut doily, brads flowers, butterflies etc.  Something suspended (the dragonfly) I painted the Blue Fern Studio birdcage with gold acrylic paint.

This is the last piece of this lovely lacy Basic Grey paper.

Thank you for visiting and leaving love...I will be around soon.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Cute - CSI 135

Hi friends.  I missed last week's Case file but I am playing along with Case file 135.  As mentioned in a previous post I am "special deputy" for the month of August over at Color Story Inspiration (CSI). I used photos of Leane and Lukas that was taken way back in December 2010.

 Supply list:  Cardstock:  American Craft; Patterned papers: Echo Park (Sweet Summertime); Stickers: Echo Park; Felt owl and snail:  Basic Grey; Splash, heart and "too cute for words" sticker:  My Minds Eye; Viewfinder, butterfly card and title: Silhouette Cameo; Other: Gelatos.

Here is the Case File:

This is how I solved the case:

The Scheme:  All colours used.

Evidence: Polka dots, gingham, slug, sun, bird(owl).

Testimony:  I used the title "Cute" and I journaled about something that makes me soooo happy ;-)
"When I think of you...the song "you make me happy when skies are grey comes to mind."  Any day becomes AN AWESOME day the moment you become part of it.  I will always remember the excitement and delight I always feel when I have "a date" with you.  The excitement always build with each one of you that I pick up from your different schools...and then we are off to explore and enjoy our time together.  In this photo the two of you discovered that you could get up on the little fountain next to the lapa and then peek over the wall at what the neighbours were up to.  Never forget how much I love you. xx

I am also entering this for the Stuck?! sketch challenge.  I used this cute sketch by Laura Whitaker.

Some close ups:
 The pink splash and little chipboard heart is some left over My Minds Eye(Fine and Dandy)

 The little felt owl and snail is by Basic Grey and has been living in my stash for the longest time.

I cut the viewfinder and the butterfly card with the Silhouette Cameo.  Nifty little machine that comes in very handy to get that perfect detail on your page.  You will also see that I made circles on my background with Gelatos that I just rubbed into the paper to echo the background of the Case file image.

Thank you for the visit and thank you for leaving ♥

Lynette ♥♥

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Happy Birthday - CREATE - My Minds Eye

Hi Scrappy Friends,  Today I am sharing a two page layout that was published in the August edition of the Scrapbook Generation CREATE magazine.  Remember this magazine is free for download HERE and you can download the free sketches HERE.  I used some photo's taken on Leane's 6th birthday.

Supply list:  Cardstock:  American Craft; Patterned papers:  My Minds Eye; Fun chipboard and I Adore stickers:  My Minds Eye; Border punch:  Martha Stewart; Butterfly punches: Martha Stewart, Upikit; Pearls: Fabscraps; Other: DMC Cotton, Prima Stencil, Shimmerz Texturez.

I used a Silhouette Cameo card design for the title block adding some bling to the cupcake.  I also loved adding the pearls to the border punch below the row of photos.

I stencilled some butterflies with Shimmerz Texturez on the two top corners of the page and stitched two rows of hand stitching above the page.  Stitching always adds an additional layer to your page.
I adapted the sketch slightly.  Instead of using a 4x6 and three 3x4 photos I used a 5x7 and three 5x3.5 photos.  I therefore increased the length of the pennants with 1.5 inch and added in a few additional pennants.  

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Be sure to download your personal copy of the CREATE magazine for some awesome inspiration.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Cape Town visit - Photo post

We returned from our week in Cape Town on Friday time for Leane's 7th birthday party and a friends' 60 year celebration.  Yup...a lot of 60's coming up!  I thoroughly enjoyed our week in Cape Town and spending time with my youngest sister.  She was not in a good place when we arrived but so much more relaxed and at peace by the time we left.  We are already planning our next get together...and it will be soon.
We had an all day conference at Die Grote Kerk in the city center.  It was broken up into three sessions.  During the breaks we headed down to the V&A Waterfront to grab a bite to eat.

Yup...I was snap happy as usual.

Cape Town must be the most beautiful city in our country.

We got a glimpse of Table Mountain minutes before it was hidden by clouds and the rain came pouring down.

We had dinner at the beautiful Karibu restaurant that serves true South African cuisine.  Kobus wanted a glass of red wine with his meal.  You can imagine his face when he was served this "itsy bitsy" glass ;-)

The stunning interior.

The place where "priceless" wine is kept ;-)

The big wheel at night.

Magical setting.

Thursday morning the weather was beautiful and we headed off to the beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens. This is my beautiful little sister.

Me...on the uncomfortable side of the camera.

The cycad forest.

Kobus saw the heart shaped cobble stone reminded me of Cat.

Some close ups of the beautiful indigenous plants.  Spelde kussing (Pin cushion).

The beautiful King Protea...our national flower.

The thorn among the roses.  I absolutely adore this man.  He was such a wonderful support to my sister.  He just did what comes so naturally to him.  By the time we left...her pictures and mirrors were hung,  toilet seats replaced, locks and gates fixed...and her new house was transformed into a home where I know she will be very happy.

Another beautiful indigenous flower.

My sis and I on the new treetop walkway...the Boomslang Trial.

....and with the love of my life.

The beautiful walkway...a definite must see.

We ended our visit with lunch at the Moyo restaurant. made it to the end.  Thank you my friends.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Oh happy day - CSI133 - Teresa Collins

Hi friends.  I am writting this post from a cold and windy Somerset West.  We arrived here late yesterday.  It is an absolute delight for me to spend time with my sister.  We have done a lot of chatting today and went to a Cuban restaurant on the way to Stellenbosch  for some hot and spicy Cuban food. I will post some photos soon.

As I  mentioned before, I am special deputy over at Color Story Inspiration for the month of August.  I am a tad addicted to their challenges.  I love that it gives me the opportunity to search my stash for the perfect colour papers and the perfect the same time I am challenged to record my memories.  Here is my layout based on the latest case file:

Supply list: Cardstock:  American Craft; Patterned papers:  Teresa Collins (Daily Stories); Flowers: Petaloo; Banner: Basic Grey; Bits of honey chipboard: Blue Fern Studios; Brads: My Minds Eye; Felt tree: Pebbles; Die cuts, butterfly: Teresa Collins;  Title: Silhouette Cameo; Other:  Crafters Workshop stencil, texture paste coloured with orange acrylic paint, DMC cotton.

 The case file:

This is how I solved this case file:

Scheme:  All the colours were used.

Evidence:  Polka dots; ribbons, flowers, paint, banner, tree, tie something (ribbon among the banner pieces).

Testimony:  I used the inspiration words:  Oh..happy day as my title.  The journaling is as follows:  "Every day spent with you is a happy day for me.  On this day we were drinking coffee at Kiddie Lovers while you were all playing.  You came to me all excited about a little worm that you have found while playing on the grass.  You wanted me to photograph you and the worm...but all I wanted to do was capture the excitement on your face.  I love you to the moon and back. xx"

I used this sketch by Ana Castro as inspiration:
Some close ups:
I covered the "bits of honey" chipboard by Blue Fern Studios with gesso and then painted it black.  

I coloured the texture paste to a soft orange.  The My Minds Eye brads have been in my stash for a long time.

I put a little photo of the worm into a frame that is also part of the Teresa Collins Daily Stories line.

The banner was left over from a Basic Grey kit...I sprayed it with orange Lindy's Stamp gang mist and then tied little pieces of ribbon in between the banner pieces.  The little tree is by Pebbles.

Finally I cut the title with the Silhouette and added the stitching to two of the corners of my page.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Please visit the CSI website and play along with us.

Chat again soon.


Friday, August 1, 2014

True Happiness - Scrap 365-7

Hi friends.  I am blessed to be "special deputy" for the month of August over at Color Story Inspiration (CSI)  I want to show you the page I made based on the Scrap365-7 file.

Here is the page I made:
Supply list:  Cardstock:  American Craft; Patterned papers:  Websters, Bo Bunny; Stamps:  Prima, Kaisercraft, Tags: 7Gypsies, Circle chipboard:  Blue Fern Studios; Flowers: Prima; Brads:  Basic Grey; Bird:  K&Co; Title and leaves: Silhouette Cameo;  Other: gesso, paint, PanPastels; Prima Stencil.

The case file:

Here is how I solved the case file:

Scheme:  All 5 used.

Evidence:  Bird, clouds, doodling (on leaves), string, labels.

Testimony:  I used the title "True happiness" and the journaling is as follows:  "When I first saw the series of photos that formed part of this one it took my breath away.  The love between father and son was tangible and touched me deeply.  Wynand, I am so proud of the father that you have become.  You are so much like your father."

I used this sketchabilities sketch:

Some close ups:
 I really loved using so many layers.  Initially the stamping in the corner was much to I gave it a bit of a tone down by applying white PanPastel to it.

 The background was created with a Prima stencil and applying PanPastels through it.

 You can see the string around the flowers and I doodled on the leaves that was also cut with the Silhouette Cameo.

The little bird has been in my stash forever and was one of the layered die cuts by K&Co.  The mini rings by Blue Fern Studio was covered in gesso and then painted black.  The title was cut with the Silhouette Cameo and the delicate cutting still amazes me.

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving some ♥