Saturday, May 30, 2015

Happy - Blue Fern Studios

My darling man is away for a golf weekend, Bianca and Stefan is in Patensie... and I am getting into some real serious scrapping.  With only two days to go for the close of the Blue Fern Studio sketch challenge...I applied my mind to that today and this is the page I came up with.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Prima Epiphany; Cardstock: American Craft; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios (Floral Spray, Chunky words, checkered bits);  Flowers: Prima, Petaloo; Ink: Rangers Distress Ink (Old Paper, Vintage Photo, Walmut Stain), Colorbox (Chestnut Roan) Brilliance (Graphite black); Mists: Prima Color Bloom (Soft Teal, Cotton Candy); Gelatos, Texture Paste, Claudine Helmuth gesso; Stamps:  Prima doily; Dies: Prima Doily; Punch: Martha Stewart; Other: Prima 3D Matte Gel, Platinum glass glitter.

The Sketch:

Some close ups:

 I sprayed some Prima Color Bloom mist onto the background before adding some texture paste through a script stencil.  The Floral Spray was first coated with gesso and then coloured with gelatos.

 This is my favourite doily die.  The chunky word was just inked with Graphite black ink.

I mixed some platinum glass glitter with the 3D Matte gel paste and applied it through a Prima mask.  The checkered bits were inked with chestnut roan.  The two papers that was used for matting was sprayed teal and pink with Prima Colour Bloom mists.

Just love the effect of the stamped doily, the glass glitter and the die cut doily.

Now I have to get ready...the golf widows are going for supper on the beachfront...and I am still sitting in my PJ's.  Have a great weekend.


Thursday, May 28, 2015

All of God's grace in one little face - CREATE

It is that time again....the May issue of CREATE is available for download now.  The magazine is downloadable HERE and the free sketches are available HERE.    The magazine is choc-a-block full of ideas and inspiration.  Today I want to share the double page layout that was published in this issue.  The photos are of Stefan.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  American Craft Amy Tangerine; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter stickers: Basic Grey; Embellishments: Wood Veneer: Studio Calico, Bling: Teresa Collins gem; Flair:  Adri du Preez; Stitched stars: Typo; Embroidery floss: DMC; Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Mists; Lindy's Stamp Gang; Punch: Martha Stewart; Stencil: Crafters Workshop; Others:  Silhouette Cameo.

Some close ups:
 I matted my background blocks and added the star border punch to the outside of the background strips.

 This page was ideal for stitching around the circles and the star...and I love the flair that are made by Adri du Preez.

 The ideal title don't you think?

I sprayed some mist through a star stencil before I put the pages together.

Thank you for your visit.  Please don't forget to visit the CREATE magazine and be inspired.


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Joy - Sketchabilities #139 - Prima

Hallo there, I found some time to scrap this weekend and decided to play along with the latest Sketchabilities challenge.  I love to play with their sketches.  I used a photo taken on my birthday this year while out to breakfast with a friend.    Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers: Prima Coffee Break; Cardstock: American Craft; Chipboard: 2Crafty; Blue Fern Studios; Flowers: Prima Coffee Break; Flair: Adri du Preez; Dimensional stickers: Prima Coffee Break;  Chipboard heart: Melissa Francis; Photo turns and brads: Making Memories; Twine: Simple Stories; Ink: Ranger Distress; Dew Drop Brilliance; Mists: Prima Color Bloom in Soft Teal and Antique gold; Prima 3D Matte gel;, Platinum glass glitter; Stamps: Prima doily;  Punches: Prima doily, EK Success border punch; Stencil: Prima wild flowers.

The sketch:

Some close ups:
The cluster at the top edge.  The little frame is the frame you get around your chippy embellishments to protect them...I just inked it with black ink.  You can also see the glass glitter in the gel.

The little cluster is made up with embellishments from the ephemera pack, flowers and a pretty flair by Adri.

I cut the mesh chipboard in two pieces and inked it to frame the layered photo cluster.  The black chipboard frame is again a Celebr8 chipboard embellishment frame inked with black ink.  Thank you Helen for the mesh chipboard and Svetlana for teaching me not to throw anything away.

Thank you for your visit...your comments keeps my love tank full.


Saturday, May 23, 2015

Jeffreys Bay event with Svetlana Austin (Part 1)

Nearly a month ago we had a three day scrap event in Jeffreys Bay where Svetlana Austin taught her style and techniques.  I have been blog buddies with Svetlana for many years and we shared in the highs and lows of life.  It was such a treat to finally meet her in real life and to learn the techniques that she uses.

We were a small group of ladies and really bonded during the three days.  I believe that we all have a love for family, scrapbooking and the Lord in common.

Svetlana is a wonderful teacher...and I would recommend her classes to anyone who has the opportunity to attend it.

The first class was a feminine layout.  I used a photo of Leane on my page.

Some close-ups:

Stamping, misting and gesso.

Clustering and layering

Loads of fussy cutting.

...and glitter to complete it all.

An awesome two page masculine layout with so much techniques and amazing texture.  The photos are of my youngest grandson Juan.

Some close-ups:
The perfect title for this rustic layout.

Getting the rusted technique just right.

Svetlana fussy cut the balloon for me ♥

Beautiful layers and texture.

What is not to love about all the awesome techniques.

Three days of scrapping and six classes in which we made so many beautiful projects.  I will share some of the others later next week.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Constructing Mud Olaf

Hallo there,   I don't know about you...but as we near the end of May it feels as if this year is again speeding away at such a pace that it seems impossible to keep up.  I have been very MIA in the cyber world.  We have had a busy time at the Mission and each day brings it's own challenges.  We have also started our 18 month long study of the book of Revelation.   I have come to realise once again that my calling will always be the first priority. No, it isn't about the "good works" that we do at the Mission.  It is about loving the Lord... loving others would be the natural thing that flows from that love.  Most of them are drug addicts that will lie, steal, manipulate and connive their way forward.  Unless the love of the Lord is poured out in our hearts, it would be impossible to love them. Studying Revelation at the moment and looking at the letter to the Church of Ephesus I am also reminded not to leave my first love and the driving force behind what we do must never become anything other that our love for Him.

Anyway...last weekend I spent some time ripping apart a layout that I had made weeks before and redoing it.  I took photos of Leane playing happily in the mud and constructing what she called "Mud Olaf".

 Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Prima Seashore; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: Making Memories tiny alphas; American Craft thickers; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios; Flowers: Prima; Flair: Adri du Preez; Die cuts: Silhouette Cameo; Mists; Prima Colour Bloom; Texture Paste: Daler-Rowney; Stamps: Prima; Punches: Martha Stewart.

Some close ups:
 I used some gauze underneath all the layers, leaves were cut with the Silhouette and outlined.

 Loose layers the way Svetlana taught us.  I cut the graduated circle and inked it to use in the two places.

 I love Blue Fern Studio's chipboard.  These pieces were also just inked.

Another little cluster.  The pink flower were initially white and sprayed with Bloom Mist.

Thank you for not giving up on me and still visiting my blog.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Around here

Is this thing still working?
Countless times I have sat here staring at this screen.
Words would not come.
The cursor just blinked and mocked me for my inability to put in words what is in my heart.

The thing we do at the Mission when we are faced with what looks like an impossible situation.
We run into God.
We praise and worship Him because we love Him and He is our only way.
We praise and worship Him because He has brought us through countless storms.
We praise and worship Him because we are totally dependent on Him alone.

Over the past nearly 17 years in ministry we have learned some things the hard way.  We have learned that nothing will stop us from doing what we were called to do.  We have learned that nobody can hurt us and distract us...

....that is except our children.
One huge chink in our armour.
So no guessing where the enemy aimed last week...

We had an awesome week of worship where we trusted the Lord to move our mountains the way only He can.  It ended on a very high note on Friday night.  Two hours later I received a message that sucker punched me.  I did not see that one coming.  So much bitterness and anger that my heart was crushed.

Another thing we have learned in these years.
When we earnestly seek His face...He answers.
He often shakes foundations and things that is in the dark come to the light.
It could break your heart...but it remains a spiritual attack that must be handled in a spiritual way.
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28.