Friday, June 19, 2015

Fabulous times together - Scrapbook Studio

Hi there, I am happy to say that I think I have found my scrappy groove again.  I just love Scrapbook Studio's new sketch of the month.  The photos I took of Stefan and Juan on Juan's recent birthday was just perfect for this page.
Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Teresa Collins (Urban Market); Cardstock:  American Craft; Wood Veneer: Teresa Collins; Brads: Teresa Collins; Flair: My Minds Eye; Pearls: Fabscraps; Buttons: Basic Grey; Twine: Simple Stories; Die Cuts: Teresa Collins (Urban Market); Title: Celebr8;  Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Ranger Archival Ink; Stamp: Kaiserkraft.

The sketch
 Some close ups:
 I layered some of the Urban Market ephemera pieces ...and added some twine and pearls.

 I decided to bring some green into my layout by using some embellishments that has a touch of green. 

 This cute title is by Celebr8.  I coloured the word fabulous with a green gelato and inked the rest brown.

 The arrows was cut from some of the patterned paper in this range and layered with some wood veneer.

I love how well the green works with the colours of this range as well as with my photos.

Thank you for visiting and leaving your thoughts.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

June give away

Hi guys.  I am seriously struggling to find my creativity again. My scrap room has stash that dates back years...and it is seriously overwhelming to decide where to start and what to use.  So I have decided that it is time for a BIG purge.  I am getting rid of all old kits and everything that doesn't inspire me.  I will be having a give away every month until I feel that my stash is at a manageable size.  Unfortunately, due to the price of postage and shipping, this give away will only be for people living in South Africa.

This is the GIVE AWAY for June.  
A Crate collection that I will be adding ribbon, lace, buttons and flowers to.

To be considered for this you need to follow me on this blog, through Bloglovin. (you will find the link in the side bar) and leave a comment with your name and e-mail address.  If you share the give away on your blog or on Facebook you will have an additional entry in the draw.

This post will remain at the top of my blog feed until the give away closes on the 30th June 2015.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

What is not to LOVE - Blue Fern Studios

This is my second attempt at the Blue Fern Studios sketch for June.  I wanted to use THIS photo and it just didn't work with the papers I selected for the first attempt.  While I was going through my stash to decide which of the old kits will be ear marked for "give aways" over the next few months...I came across an old Swirlydoos kit of October 2009...yes I have stash going back to that date :-P  It was an autumn kit and I just loved how the colours combined with my photo...what do you think?  Stefan with all his sleeping buddies.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  SEI (Autumn bliss), My Minds Eye (Necessities); Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: Tiny alphas by Making Memories; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios (dangle, bricks, title); Bling: Kaiserkraft; Flower: Prima; Brad: Making Memories; Flair: Adri du Preez; Die cuts: Silhouette cameo; Mists: Prima Colour Bloom (Summer Sky, Gold Foil); Stamps: Bo Bunny, Kaisercraft, Marion Smith; Texture paste: Daler-Rowney; Stencil: Crafters Workshop.

The sketch:

Some close ups:
 I used one large photo instead of the two on the sketch.

 I love how die cut flowers don't look too feminine for boy pages...and one can always add bling ;-)

 I just inked the bricks and bits with some Creamy Brown Color Box chalk ink.  

 The dangle was originally embossed...but it didn't go so well with these I just gesso'ed over it.  Love Adri's flair...if you want to see her latest catalogue...just leave me your e-mail address in the comments section.  She makes the most awesome flair.
What is not to love  indeed....

Thank you for visiting and your kind comments are appreciated.


Saturday, June 13, 2015

Juan turns THREE

My youngest grandson, Juan, turned three this month...the birthday party was held at a venue on a small holding outside Port Elizabeth.  As usual I am going to flood my blog with photos...because I can ;-)

Here is my lovely with his pretty Mamma.

 You can see how much pleasure Leane found in driving on the four wheeler.

 Dewan spent nearly all his time on or around this activity.

 Stefan in action on a bike...

 These two are inseparable...and I have a sneaky suspicion that they had a deal....NO EYE CONTACT with Ouma :-P

 Juan on the 4-wheeler...a little apprehension there.

 Stefan also loved it...but I could also see that he wasn't all together comfortable.

 I have long ago found that I don't capture any "in focus" images of these two if my camera isn't on a "super fast" is just GO, GO, GO with these two little men.

 Why bother inviting other friends when all they do is spend all their time together?

 I would have loved to hear the conversation here.

 Leane and the older children enjoyed the jumping castle.

 ...and they are off again...

 I love this girl ♥

 So full of life and joy.

 The light inside was not too Juan blows out the candle...and as you can see the theme was Ninja Turtles.

 Much eating and getting a BIG sugar rush.

 Only the older kids put on the masks.

 ....ah...eye contact....caught you! again ;-) not, I repeat do not look at the Ouma....

 ...oops...caught again!

 What is not to adore about the friendship between these two little cousins.

...and I am treated to eye contact AND smiles....SCORE!!!

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  Thank you for your visit to my world ♥♥

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Good Vibes - Sketchabilities #140

Hallo there...while I was purging I actually managed to put together 4 give away kits and complete two layouts...yay me!!!!  I am playing along with the Sketchabilities challenge 140.  I was inspired by the star die cut I found in the Silhouette store and I decided to use it as part of my background. I used a gorgeous photo of my youngest grandson that was taken last year.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Echo Park (Jack & Jill); Cardstock: American Craft; Wood veneer starrs Studio Calico; Chipboard: Blue Fern Studios;  Flowers: Basic Grey; Die Cuts: Silhouette Cameo; Mist: Prima Color Bloom (summer sky); Template: Crafters Workshop.

The Sketch:

 Some close ups:
 I love the strong statement the star cut makes.

 Some layers with the Basic Grey flowers I found during my the Blue Fern honey bits between the layers.

 I cut this little border from one of the "cards" papers that I used in my it.

The starburst stencil with the blue mist just adds that bit extra that is needed.

Thank you for your visit to my blog ;-)


Monday, June 1, 2015

When life is do you cope?

Life is beautiful...
Life is cruel...
Life can be so incredibly hard...
...sometimes it feels as if one storm follows the next...
...sometimes I am convinced that it will break us.
I look at some of my friends struggling for life...struggling for survival...and I have no words...I feel so helpless...

I remember the incredibly hard time we had when we started the Mission in 1998.  We signed contracts with Tr*nsnet on behalf of the Ministry in our personal capacity.  That came around to haunt is in the following 5 years.  Whenever we were late in making payment for the rent of the building they would remind us.  "You signed in your personal capacity...we will sell everything you have if you don't pay."  So just in case you think that once you have been called into Ministry it will be plain sailing....sorry...there is no such thing.   It was hard...and in that 5 years we sold a lot of our personal assets to keep the Mission afloat.  It cost a price.  If I look at what the Lord has done at the Mission in the past 17 years I marvel...but I also know that the hardship had made a permanent mark on my life.  Fibromyalgia will always be my reminder.

The last thing we need to hear at times of difficulty is that we lack faith.  I remember when Wynand lost his vision after a brain bleed.  People were coming up to me and K and telling us:  "You have given your life to work for the Lord, why is this happening to you?"  Why shouldn't it happen to us?  Bad things happen to good people too.  If the situation wasn't difficult enough to break us...people sure as hell would manage to break us with their words. So much condemnation can be heaped on you.  I don't even want to think about the gossip when Kobus Jr got divorced shortly thereafter and Bianca went off the rails completely and ran away from home.  I shudder just thinking about it.

Some people have such a twisted idea of Christianity that they think that once you accept Christ in your life you will have it easy...and that is not what the Bible teaches.  In John 16:33 Jesus says: 
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”   Not to mention that nearly all the disciples lost their lives for their faith.  You just need to read history to hear what happened to Christians in the time of Nero...not a pretty sight.

How do I cope?

I make all the promises of the Lord mine.  I remember that He will not give me more than I can carry...and over the years He proved that I can carry a great deal.  I am reminded that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)  If not in this life...then in life eternal.

...and then...
then I turn inward...
I cut off the people and the things that hurt me...
I zone out of the things I can't handle...
I go on autopilot...
...I hang onto Hope...
...and nothing can touch me...

Is it the right way to cope?
I have no idea.
I might be a bit broken...but I am breathing.

How do you cope?