Monday, December 7, 2015

Your grace abounds in deepest waters - Celebr8 - CSI183

I haven't played along with a challenge for the longest time.  I have always loved the Color Story Inspiration case files and this weekend was the perfect time to start playing along again.  This past week my emotions have been all over the place and scrap therapy seem to be the best medicine to get balance again.  Here is the page I made based on Case File 183.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Celebr8 (Sea Treasures); Cardstock:  American Craft; Chipboard: Celebr8; Flowers:  Bo Bunny; Pearls: FabScraps; Metal charm: Celebr8; Twine: WeR Memory Keepers; Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Crushed Olive, Weathered Wood, Squeezed Lemonade, Blue Print Sketch, Tumbled Glass)

The case file:

This is how I solved the case:

The Scheme:
All 5 colors used.

Stripes, leaves, metal, grid design and silhouette.

A documented a diversion. My title is: "Your grace abounds in deepest waters". My journaling on the back: "This past week was a difficult week. Careless words were spoken and my heart was crushed. My anxiety levels went through the roof and suddenly I couldn't cope with even the every day menial tasks. I needed to get away and be quiet...that is what the beach does for me. When I sit and watch the restless ocean I feel close to God and I know that His grace carries me in deepest waters...and then the storm inside of me gets quiet and peace returns."

The case file calls for a grid design.  I used this lovely sketch by Susan Stringfellow:

Some close ups:
 I used Tim Holtz distress inks to create my background...

...a beautiful mess.

I wanted to use this title that is part of the patterned paper is words from my favourite worships song - Oceans Deep.

 The Bo Bunny flowers were toned down with some gesso...and you can see the little metalic charm behind the leaves.
The silhouette lighthouse is also Celebr8 chipboard.

Thank you for your visit and for your love ♥

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Frozen - CREATE

Hi there!  I want to start this post by thanking every "friend in the computer" who left a comment on my previous post.  Your love and prayers carried me when I felt my life falling apart. Some days I wish I still had the guts to just pour out my heart here...but lately I just have a check in my spirit and I feel  uncomfortable to talk about some of the personal issues in my life.  This past week my heart was crushed and my anxiety levels were so high that it felt as if something was eating away at me.  I am normally strong enough to be able to handle most of what is thrown at me...but this week I just couldn't cope and it took all of my strength to keep it together.  Hindsight tells me that a lot of the pressure would have been relieved if I just allowed myself a big, fat, ugly cry in the shower.  I can only thank the Lord that most of the hurtful issues have been dealt with head-on and that healing has started.  I thank the Lord for the husband he gave me.  Although he was also deeply hurt he remained my rock.


The November issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine is available for download now. Sadly this will be the final issue.  It has been an amazing privilege to be part of this team.  You can download the magazine HERE...and the free sketches HERE.  I am sharing the last of my layouts that was published in this issue.  The challenge was to use the card or tag sketch to create something else...I used the tag sketch as inspiration to create this layout of my granddaughter Leane and her birthday cake.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Fancy Pants; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers:  Ice Kingdom font cut with Silhouette Cameo; Sticker: My Minds Eye; Chipboard: Little Yellow Bicycle, Blue Fern Studios; Bling: Prima; Brads: My Minds Eye, Flowers: Prima; Ink: Ranger Distress Ink, Colorbox; Mists: Prima; Gesso: Ranger; 3D Gel medium: Prima; Glass glitter: Prima; Stencil: Prima; Other: Silhouette Studio, Olaf clip art.

Some close ups:
I wanted to create a soft white out background.  The papers that I used has been in my stash forever.  It is papers from the Fancy Pants Frosted collection and the colours are quite bright.  I pasted down my strips and then covered it all with a light layer of gesso to soften the effect.  We were taught this nifty trick by the talented Jowilna Nolte in a recent class.

 I added the platinum glass glitter to further create the frosty mood.

The flowers were also received the gesso treatment for a softer look.  I love how it turned out.

Thank you for visiting my blog and thank you again for the outpouring of love....I love all of you ♥

Monday, November 30, 2015

Memories Captured - CREATE magazine

Hi there.  The November issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine is available for download now. Sadly this will be the final issue.  It has been an amazing privilege to be part of this team.  You can download the magazine HERE...and the free sketches HERE.  Today I am sharing my take on the journaling challenge with you.  The challenge was to use a letter, note, e-mail or card that you wrote or received as part of your journaling.  My son Wynand and his wife Nadia always write the sweetest notes that I keep and cherish.  

Supply list:  Patterned paper: Teresa Collins, Art from the heart; Stickers: Teresa Collins, 7Gypsies; Wood veneer: Teresa Collins; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios, Teresa Collins; bling: Teresa Collins; Sequins: Teresa Collins; Photo turns: Making Memories; Brads: Making Memories; Twine: DMC; Clip: Office stationary;  Punch: Fiskars.

The card was for Mothers Day in 2014.  I made the envelope with patterned paper.

 I love the old Teresa Collins lines with it's coordinated matching embellishments.  The cute photo was nicked off Facebook.

 The clip with the tags is something that I saw on one of Candice Greenway's pages.

Lots of old and new embellishments used...even photo turns.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Harkerville Saturday Market - Photo post

When we are on vacation we love to go to places where we can relax, have something good to eat, a aromatic cup of coffee, sit long and people gaze.  During our last holiday in Plettenberg Bay we visited the Harkerville Saturday Market.  It is situated on the road between Knysna and Plettenberg Bay and comes alive every Saturday morning.

 A place where locals and visitors meet...

...and sit a while.

 Flowers can be bought.

 Believe it or not...these are all made from felt and other fabric...lovely pin cushions?

 Fresh farm produce

 Sand art for the children.

 Interesting stalls with lots of handmade products.

 Tea time treats.
 Beautiful handmade glass jewellery.

 Home made cheeses.

 Fruit and other snacks to "dry" for.

African Art...
...all too pretty.
Our favourite foodstall...the Bundu Breakfast...

...where you have a choice between the "full monty"...

...or the "half monty".  
 ...yup....the sitting the very best part.

 ...followed closely by people watching... you can see a very "relaxed" environment to spend your morning.

Thank you for visiting my little place in cyberspace...and for sitting for a while ♥

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Funny Face - CREATE magazine

Hi there.  The November issue of Scrapbook Generation's CREATE magazine is available for download now. Sadly this will be the final issue.  It has been an amazing privilege to be part of this team.  You can download the magazine HERE...and the free sketches HERE.   Today I want to share my take on this month's sketch challenge.  I used photos of my grandson Lukas and used the Silhouette Cameo to cut a sun burst.

Supply list:  Patterned papers: Studio Calico; Cardstock: American Craft;  Letter Stickers: American Craft; Stickers: My Minds Eye; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Enamel heart and arrow: My Minds Eye; Die Cuts: My Minds Eye; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink: Ranger Distress Ink; Stencils: Crafters Workshop. Other: Silhouette Cameo.

Some close up views:
I love stitching on my pages...and I love the DMC embroidery cotton that gradually changes from light to dark 

 I used the blue of Lukas shirt to contrast with the neutral colours of the patterned papers.

 The embellishments that formed part of the My Minds Eye (Lost and Found Record It) line were a perfect match with the Studio Calico papers.

The many faces of this cute child that I am proud to call my grandson.  

Thank you for visiting my blog.  Be sure to check out the magazine online.  It is filled to the brim with amazing layouts by the Design Team and will remain available for your inspiration.


Thursday, November 12, 2015

The Finnabair event in Jeffreys Bay

We were so blessed to have the fabulous Finnabair (also known as Anna DÄ…browska).  I was blown away  by Anna's lovely nature and humility.  A really, really nice person.  Our first day was our class with Finnabair.  She taught us to make an artsy canvas using lots of mechanicals and other embellishments.

A photo with the talented Finn.

A very good teacher indeed.

 The class that she taught was called "over emotional".  This is the canvas after the elements were stuck down in place.

The next step was apply gesso to all of it...and I managed to get gesso on my photo to...yay me! This creates a canvas for the sprays and other mediums that was added later.

A photo taken by Priscilla.  My happy place...deep in thought will my hands are busy.

Anna leaving her mark before she left.

 Before class on the second day Kobus and I went for an early morning stroll on the beach.  

 OH, how I love the beach...I am truly a saltwater girl.

 My darling man had two days of playing golf while I was playing with paints, paper and other mediums.

I cannot imagine ever living away from the coast.

The second days classes were with these two talented ladies.  Jowilna Nolte and Cariena Basson.

 Another lovely bonus is meeting bloggy friends... (Here I am with Lisa Marie)

...and making new friends.  I love the bubbly Christelle to bits.

This is the layout...with awesome techniques that Jowilna taught...the perfect backdrop for the photos taken during the event.  Moments captured to be remembered.

So close ups: 
 We masked and misted.  Inked, stamped and stitched to our hearts content.

 Moments captured.

 We were taught how to transfer images on serviettes and use them as embellishments...

 ...and how to tone down bright papers or washi tape with gesso.

Wonderful moments to remember.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog and spending some time with me.