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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Friendship warms the ♥ - CSI 111

Hello there.  I just want to share the layout I made for the latest Color Story Inspiration (CSI) case file.  I am beginning to think that my Scrapbook addiction have also become a CSI addiction.  I have really come to love the weekly challenges that have me digging through stash for the perfect paper and the perfect embellishment.  I used a photograph of me with Cat and Shayne.  The photo was taken last year when we met up in Durban to spend a week together at Sanlameer.

Supplies used:  Cardstock:  Bazzill resist; Patterned papers: Fancy Pants (orange and brown), Carolee's creation (pink), Pebbles (pink stripe); Pink Paislee (green); Stickers and brads: My Minds Eye, Heart and flowers: Prima; Alpha stickers: Lily Bee; Title: Silhouette, Hearts: Maya Road; Other: DMC cotton, sequins.

Here is the case file:

Here is how I solved the case:

The Scene: All the colors are there.

Evidence: Polka dots (bazzill resist polka dot background), Wood (heart), stickers (Circle flower and alpha letters, sprinkles (sequins), 3 of something (hearts and little brads at the bottom).

Testimony: I sprinkled the words: "laugh often, talk much, sit long" on the page and used Friendship in my title.  The saying was an actual little heart wall hanging that Shayne bought during our week away. The journaling is as follows: Shayne, Rina and I met each other through blogging. We live hundreds of kilometers apart but have cherished this friendship and made sure to meet each other. We have become firm friends over the years. Last year in May we flew from our different destinations to Durban to spend a week together at Sanlameer. Our friendship is something that I hold dear and are special to me.  We have become closer than sisters.

I used this Sketch Savvy sketch for inspiration:

I hope that you are having a wonderful weekend and had time to recharge and refresh.

xoxo

Thursday, February 20, 2014

You are my Hero - CSI110

Hello there.  This weeks Color Story Inspiration case file is an unusual colour combination and one I don't normally work with.  But that is probably why it is called a challenge...so I took up the challenge and decided to scrap some photos that was taken last year in February in Baviaans Kloof.  Here is my page:

 Supplies used:  Cardstock:  American Craft; Patterned papers: Basic Grey Serenade; Circles and title:  Silhouette Cameo; Jewels: Prima; Other: Gelatos, yellow acrylic paint, Crafters Workshop stencil and embossing paste, feather, burlap.

Here is the case file and the sketch by Em Stafrace:

This is how I solved the case file:

The Scheme: I used all the colours.

Evidence: Feather, you will find the fringes of the burlap below the photos, pearls, solid background and jewels.

Testimony: I thought I would go with the 3 interesting things about the subject matter...but it became more than three. So here goes. My title is "You are my Hero"...and the journaling is as follows: Wynand invited his father to go camping in Baviaans Kloof, a nature reserve in our area.  Baviaans Kloof is also Wynand's favourite camping destination. On Facebook Wynand's status read: "Wat 'n great tyd saam met my held!!!" (What a great time with my hero). I love the relationship that my sons and their father share.



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On Saturday night we had a BALL ;-)  The Valentines Ball was held at the Summerstrand Hotel and all the food was sponsored by our biggest supporters.  The hall was beautiful, the food magnificent, the sponsored prizes BIG.  We had a lovely evening and it was a wonderful fundraiser.


#149 ~ A Valentines Ball sponsored by two of our biggest supports...W**lies and Summerstrand Hotel.

#150 ~ The love of my life for the past nearly 35 years...my sweet Valentine for everyday.

#151 ~ Dancing the night away in my DH's arms.

#152 ~ In the heat wave we are having I can never be thankful enough for cool dips in our pool.

#153 ~ Watching a rerun of an old movie "Pay it Forward.

#154 ~ Knowing the outcome of the movie and still sobbing when the hero dies.

#155 ~ When you are radically grateful for what you have, you will go to radical lengths to share it. When you are radically grateful for being blessed — you are radically generous to the oppressed. When you are radically grateful, you live out of a place of radical abundance — there’s always more space for more to share the grace. -Ann Voskamp

#156 ~ Waking up next to this sweet little face.

xoxo

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

We have FAILED our children....

This is such a hard post to write...and I am sure it is going to be a hard post to read. Please bear with me today....I need to get this out of my system.  Sixteen years ago we asked God to "break our hearts for what breaks His".  Then He does it... and the pain is so intense that you cannot breathe....and I rage against the system that does not step in and save our children.  In a country that is all about Human Rights and Children's Rights our children have been abandoned by the system. 


Our children are NOT safe....and sometimes it feels as if nobody gives a damn. In our 16 years at the mission we have on two occasions brought Social Services in to remove children.  In both cases the children were placed back into the care of their parents. The parents were not rehabilitated and the cycle of abuse just continued.  Last week our social worker saw the one little boy at our local school.  He used to be the most mischievous little imp that lived in the Mission.  He had attitude and spunk.  Guess what?  The light had gone out in his eyes...and I know that in approximately 10 years he will come knocking on the Missions door...broken...battered and probably addicted.

What do you do when the Department tells you that you cannot open a children's home because there is enough facilities?  
What do you do when you know that children are abused and THEY tell you that there are no place in the local children's homes.  
There are no foster parents available.  The foster parents that are available only take children in for the Childcare Grant they get from the Department.  
So these children remain in the abusive situations and sometimes you are overwhelmed by feelings of helplessness.

My heart breaks when a 7 year old  always conforms to what is expected...just to be accepted...and every night she wets her bed.
My heart breaks for a 4 year old that has seen too much and now acts in explicit sexual ways.    I do not even want to think what her little eyes have seen.
My heart breaks when a 5 year old tells everyone that her mother (who abandoned her for the age old profession) is dead.
My heart breaks when I realize that it is just a matter of time before some of our teenagers become pregnant.
...and the cycle of abuse continues...

God has given us a passion for the oppressed and the abused. I don't know how we are going to do it...but we are going to have to make a difference.  Somehow the outcome for these children have to be better.

xoxo 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Life is brighter when you laugh - CSI #109

Hallo there...please remember that you have until the 28th of February to enter for the Valentines give away HERE. Today I am playing along with Color Story Inspiration's case file 109.  The case files have all the lovely bold primary colours.   I used a photo that I took of my grandson, Lukas while he and his cousins played on the sand dunes.  You will see how sandy his little face is....and you will also notice that he has the most beautiful smile and dimples.  Here is my page:

 Supplies used:  Cardstock:  American Craft; Patterned papers: Bo Bunny (Beach Bum); Brads: Making Memories, Pink Paislee, My Minds Eye; Chipboard title: Celebr8, Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Rub on: Kaiserkraft; Other: Silhouette, Distress Ink, Kaiserkraft clear stamp.

The case file:

How I solved it:

The Scheme: All the colours are there.

Evidence: Silver accents (brads), stacked title, I first painted the title with white acrylic paint and then stamped it with a honeycomb stamp and embossed it with heat.

Testimony: I used the word "life" in my title. I didn't do much journaling...but added a quote by Kaiserkraft that says "Life is too important to be taken seriously."



I used this very cool sketch:

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On Saturday night we had a Valentines Ball as a fundraiser for the Mission. We had a lovely dinner and danced the night away.  I will post pics of that soon....and I count my blessing and the things of beauty around me.

#136 ~ Dinner with my man

#137 ~ One rainy day

#138 ~ Walking in the rain

#139 ~ Stefan in boots, nappy and umbrella

#140 ~ Hugs from my big boys

#141 ~ The smell of freshly baked bread

#142 ~ Cute dimples on baby bums

#143 ~  Silence

#144 ~ Unexpected gifts

#145 ~ That feeling when it all works out as planned

#146 ~ When my man mops the floors for me.

#147 ~ These beautiful words so fitting for Valentines day: "The real romantics know that stretchmarks are beauty marks, and that different shaped women fit into the different shapes of men souls, and that real romance is really sacrifice." - Ann Voskamp

#148 ~ being my man's Valentine for 365 days of the year.

xoxo

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Scrap Africa - Valentines Give Away

It is time for the mid month Scrap Africa challenge.  So to tell you about the challenge, it is "Chipboard with a Difference" and it means you need to use some chipboard on your layout, card or altered piece, but cannot be left raw and must be altered. This challenge is hosted by the lovely Ada Nicholls. 

I discovered an old card kit that I bought from Scrappy Gourmet a few years ago....and made this little album:











You will see that there are chipboard pieces inside the little album that have been painted, glittered, distressed and even had some rub ons applied to it.  The outside of the album is 7Gypsies chipboard that has been painted around the edges and then wiped with gel medium and dipped in glitter.

I am giving away this little album to one of my readers/followers.  To be put into the draw you need to:
  1. Be a follower of this blog
  2. Be a follower of the Scrap Africa blog
  3. Leave a comment confirming this
  4. Tell me in the comment what you will use this little album for.
I will draw a winner by random org on 28 February 2014. Good luck

Please take part in the Scrap Africa challenge...we have a super prize this month sponsored by 7 Dots Studio.  7 Dots Studio has so very kindly given us a wonderful new collection as a giveaway prize. Check it out.



So you get the whole collection, as well as the 6x6 paper pad! Isn't that so fabulous?! Thanks so much to 7 Dots Studio and Tusia Lech.  Please link up your project by 28 February 2014.

xoxo

Thursday, February 13, 2014

February CREATE projects - Scrapbook Generation

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. Here is my take on the sketch that we were given to work with this month.


Supply list:  Cardstock:  American Craft; Patterned papers:  My Minds Eye; Brads and enamel dots and stickers: My Minds Eye; Small alpha stickers: My Minds Eye; Alpha stickers: Doodlebug designs; Other: Silhouette Cameo.

My initial thought was that I would need Simple Stories papers for this...but then I just took the My Minds Eye papers and embellishments and cut everything to size.

Another challenge for the month was to take either a card sketch or tag sketch that was provided and make something else using it as inspiration.  I used the card sketch and made a single page layout:
Supply list:  Cardstock:  Bazzill; Patterned Papers: Pink Paislee; Flowers: Prima; Felt heart paper clip: Making Memories; Brads, My Minds Eye; Quote: Kaisercraft; Other: Silhouette Cameo.

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This week my man hurt a muscle in his shoulder when he nearly fell into the pool.  He plays golf...so that makes it a "serious" injury.  Last night while I was rubbing some Deep Heat into his shoulder I reminded him of the eight years that I suffered with Fibromyalgia.  Eight years of unrelenting, constant pain.  It took eight years to find the pain blockers that work for me...and I have now been pain free for two years.  It is just by God's grace that I didn't fall into depression during that time.  I am thankful for...

#122 ~  5 little tablets each night that keeps the pain monster in it's cage.

#123 ~ that Christian didn't suffer worse injury than cuts and bruises when he fell of the back of Wynand's bakkie (pick up truck) this week.  He did have to get some stitches to close the cuts on his head.

#124 ~ that my man always, always sees that my car's tank is full.

#125 ~ for cool dips in the pool. Yesterday afternoon at 4:30 the temperature was 34 degrees C.

#126 ~ Stefan's infectious giggles

#127 ~ Singing loudly in my car on the way to work.

#128 ~ Three little words: "I am sorry"

#129 ~ Three little words: "I love you"

#130 ~ Bianca surprising me with a dress she made specially for me.

#131 ~ Long, tight hugs

#132 ~ Happy mail from Scrapbook Generation 

#133 ~ Air conditioners

#134 ~ Pretty shoes (so shoot me...I am a girl)

#135 ~ Pedicures and golden nail polish.

What little things are you thankful for?

xoxo

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The February issue of Create is ready!


We hope that you enjoy the February issue of CREATE.

It's free!
It's bigger than the January issue...241 pages!
Have fun, and share with your friends!

Click here to read and/or download CREATE.


I have a double page layout in the magazine...here is a few little sneaks:



Then we had to adapt either a card sketch or a tag sketch into something else.  I made a layout...and here is a little sneak:


I will post the full reveals a bit later this week when you have had time to slowly browse through this fantastic free magazine.

xoxo

Sunday, February 9, 2014

This is where the story begins - CSI #108 - counting blessings

 Hallo there, I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  I want to share my take on the Color Story Inspiration Case File 108.  I decided to use a very old photo of me holding Bianca in December 1989.  That was the first time I ever held her...and "this is where the story begins". Here is my page:

Supplies used:  Cardstock:  American Craft; Patterned papers: Echo Park (Victoria Gardens);  Flowers: Prima; Birds: Enmarc; Title, flourish and hearts cut with Silhouette Cameo; Other: Gesso, Prima Stencil, Doily from my stash, Gelatos.

The case file:
This is how I solved this case file:

The Scheme: All the colors were used.



The Evidence: Mixed media (gesso stenciling), birds, music papers used and then colored with gelatos, hearts and flowers.

Testimony: The title contains the word "story" and this is my journaling on the back: My darling girl, this photo was taken in December 1989 when you were 6 months old and we met you for the first time. At the time we didn't know that you will one day become our daughter...all that we knew for sure, is that we fell head over heels in love with you. With your big blue eyes, wide smile and soft little body you crawled right into our hearts. We went home after our holiday and felt a big empty feeling in our hearts. Initially we thought that we should have another baby...but after a while it dawned on us that we didn't want another baby...we wanted YOU. The day that you eventually became ours were a happy day and one that we will never, ever regret. Love you so much...child of my heart xxx.


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This past week has been a hard one for me.  I had such an overwhelming sadness that I couldn't explain and therefore didn't know how to get out of this hole I found myself in.  I don't know if that ever happens to you?  I had to dig deep to find my joy and find the beauty in every day.

#101 ~ I am thankful for my laugh lines...it shows that I am living, laughing and loving (call them twinkle wrinkles)

#102 ~ A beautiful bunch of flowers from my darling man.

#103 ~ A friendly smile from a cash register attendant.

#104 ~ Making someone else smile.

#105 ~ Starting a brand new book.

#106 ~ Being trusted with a secret.

#107 ~ The pleasant surprise to find someone who are very much like me.

#108 ~ A good night's sleep

#109 ~ Soft drizzling rain after a very hot day.

#110 ~ Crossing off that last item on the to-do list.

#111 ~ Scrapping an old photograph...the story of Bianca.

#112 ~ A refreshing shower after working hard at getting the house clean.

#113 ~ Thick soft fluffy towels

#114 ~  The pleasure of baptizing two of our precious friends in our pool.

#115 ~ A sparkly blue pool

#116 ~  Freshly baked bread with butter and biltong

#117 ~ Sleeping on freshly laundered bedding

#118 ~ Those first moments after crawling into bed.

#119 ~ The pleasure of having the grandies on a sleepover.

#120 ~ Warm little bodies crawling into bed with you first thing in the morning.

#121 ~ The soft, heavy feeling of a baby sleeping in your arms.

Do you ever feel sad for no apparent reason?
What do you do when it happens?

xoxo


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Charming, Adorable and ever so sweet - Scrap Africa - Counting gifts

I cannot believe that the first month of 2014 is a thing of the past.  That being said, it is time for the sketch reveal on Scrap Africa.  I hope you will joining us and taking part in this challenge this month.  I used a photograph of my man and I taken on Christmas Day.  Here is the layout I made based on the sketch:
Supplies used:  Cardstock: American Craft; Patterned papers: My Minds Eye (Lost and Found Union Square); Doilies: Little Yellow bicycle; Flowers: Petaloo; Filigree accents: The Paper company; Rub on: Basic Grey; Brads: My Minds Eye; Butterflies: K&Co; Other: Texture Paste; Prima stencil; PanPastels in Red Iron Oxide, Raw Umber and Yellow Ochre.

Here is the sketch by Denise van Heerden that we are using this month:

Some close ups:
 I used the Prima 6x6 bricks stencil and some texture paste. 

 I shaded the bricks with PanPastels through the stencil after the texture paste dried...and set it with artists fixative.

I love this old lines of My Minds Eye's Lost and Found range with it's sparkly glitter.  I added the little dimensional butterflies.

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One random winner will get to play with these super goodies!


So we really hope this will inspire you to play along, and we really look forward to seeing all your entries.  You have until the 14th Feb (The day of Loooove) to add your entries.


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As I journey on... seeing God's grace in my life on a daily basis...
...in the small things
...in the things I take for granted
...in the things that cost nothing
...in the things that are difficult
...in the things that are painful

I realise that I am growing in grace...and as I thank Him for this, my joy becomes full.  “If you want to really see Jesus’ divine beauty, his glory … then make sure you tune your senses to see his grace,” urges theologian John Piper. “That’s what His glory is full of.” 

This little picture touched me deeply:

I once saw a picture of a girl. She’d taken chalk and drawn a picture on the concrete of her mother, so she could see her mother right there. And then she’d taken off her shoes, like she knew it’s all holy ground, and she’d crawled up to where the heart would beat —  and she’d fallen asleep next to a love like that. Her mother drawn all around her.

I believe that in naming the things that I see as grace, as beauty, as blessings and things to be thankful for...as I name them and write them down they become just as real as this drawing became to this little girl.
xoxo

Saturday, February 1, 2014

You make me happy when skies are grey - CSI 107 - and counting gifts

I have given myself a birthday present this week...and only worked one day this week.  That means that I had time to catch up with design team assignments and play along with the latest Color Story Inspiration case file.  I am still working hard at diminishing my stash.  This is the second year that I will not be buying patterned papers.  Whenever I start going through my stash for little embellishments for the latest Case File, I am surprised at what I find...and that is a little bit scary too.

I kept it very simple.  Here is the layout I made based on the Case File:
 Supply list:  Cardstock:  American Craft; Patterned papers: Yellow daisy- K&Co, Echo Park (Victoria Gardens); Flowers: Prima; Flair: Basic Grey; Heart brad: Making Memories; Word stickers: My Minds Eye; Mini Brads: no idea; Other: Gel medium, Kaisercraft stencil, Lindy's stamp gang embossing powder; Silhouette Cameo for the card title.

The case file:

 How I solved the case file:

The colours: All used

The Evidence: Flowers, badge, heart, raindrops in the title card, wet medium (gel medium used with embossing powder)mini brads, long title.

The Testimony: I scattered some journal words. My journaling reads: Netjie, you truly make me happy when skies are grey. When I feel a bit grey I just need to pick up you and your brother and cousin for an outing...and then my day is so much better. You always manage to lift my spirit. Love you much xx.



 I used the latest My Creative Sketches  sketch.

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It was my birthday on Tuesday.  We returned from our extended weekend away at Storms River mouth in time to go out to dinner with our children.  I just cannot stop seeing the Lord's grace in my life and counting my blessings.

#93 ~ I am grateful for another year of health and life.

#94 ~ I am blessed to have had this man in my life for the past 35 years.

#95 ~ I am blessed that my children enjoy to spend time with us.  Above is my oldest (and naughtiest) son with his wife.

#96 ~ We are blessed that our younger son is involved in the ministry with us.

#97 ~ My youngest blessing.  My camera shy daughter.

#98 ~ A beautiful venue 

#99 ~ I couldn't have asked for the weather to be more perfect as we sat out on the deck of the restaurant until late into the night.

#100 ~ A coffee date with my Heart Sister on Thursday morning.

Thank you for sharing my journey.
xoxo