Monday, August 24, 2015

Adorable - Blue Fern Studio's

This past weekend I completed all my design team assignments and had some time to I played along with the August sketch challenge on Blue Fern Studio's.  The bonus was that I could play with the pretty papers and chipboard that I got from Svetlana Austin's online store and I could scrap a very recent photo that I took of Leane on her 8th birthday.

I used some of the gorgeous Deja Vu papers.
Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Blue Fern Studios Deja Vu; Cardstock: American Craft; Chipboard:  Blue Fern Studio Deja Vu Atelier & Adorable Title; Pearls:  Prima; Flowers: Prima, Petaloo; Lace and Bling:  Prima;  Ink:  Donna Salazar Mix'd Media Inx, Ranger Distress Ink, Ranger Archival Ink; Mists: Prima Color Bloom (Iris, Sunshine, Cotton Candy); Other mediums:  Gesso, PanPastel (Hansa Yellow); Stamp:  Prima doily; Die:  Prima Doily;  Stencil:  Prima.

The sketch:

 Some close ups:
I first stamped the doilies in black on the background paper, then I stenciled gesso through a doily stencil and finally I cut a doily.  The doily was way to light and I sprayed them with Color Bloom in Cotton Candy.  I also lightly misted some Color Bloom Iris and Sunshine onto the background.  The "timeless Beauty was cut from patterned paper.  The "Adorable" title was covered in gesso and then coloured with Hansa Yellow PanPastels.

The Atelier chipboard piece was first coated with gesso and then inked with Donna Salazar Honey Inx.  I than just inked the edges of the papers and the Atelier chipboard with Ranger Distress Ink in Walnut Stain.

All my flowers were too bright to go with the soft colour palette so I just dabbed some gesso onto them to soften the colours. The little resin roses were ear rings that I bought from Mr Price a few years ago.  Scrapbooking embellishments can be found in the most amazing places.

Thank you for visiting my blog xx

Friday, August 21, 2015

Leane's "Frozen" birthday

Would you believe that my granddaughter turned 8?  I can't believe that time has flown so quickly.  Just yesterday I still hugged the soft toddler body and carried her around.

My little princess, with her hair curled for her special day.   My darling girl, you are beautiful inside and out.  I look at you and my heart want to burst with pride.  You are a soft and caring girl who always look out for the interests of children that are younger than you.  You sometimes act like a real mommy to your little brother Juan and your cousin Stefan.  Your mommy and daddy are so blessed to have you for an oldest child.  

 The cake with Olaf perched on top.

 The party was held under the lapa...perfect party venue.  The beautiful cake pops were baked by their neighbour.

 The table setting for the little girls.

 Among her can see the awkward age between wanting to be big and still wanting to be a tomboy :)

 Surrounded by her little friends.

 With the Pappa and the Mamma.

 She will always be Pappa's only princess.

 These girls know how to pose.

 Blowing out the candle.

 Then it was on to the activity of the party...constructing Olaf from fondant.

 Busy little hands...

 This one took a short cut and decided to give her Olaf a Niknak nose.

Leane's (nearly) completed Olaf.  We realised again that this activity is more suited to 10 year olds...but by then they wouldn't want to build an Olaf anymore.  Sad but true.

You will probably see these photos on a double page soon.  Thank you for your visit and for your love.


Monday, August 17, 2015

July give away winner

...and the winner of the July give away...

Ulita please e-mail me your postal address to

I will be posting the August give away by later this week and it will remain open until 15 September 2015.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Together - CREATE magazine - Scrapbook Generation

The July 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. This month the featured manufacturer is WeR Memory Keepers and Bazzill.  

Today I am sharing another of 6 layouts that can be seen in this month's magazine.  The challenge was to use the words of a song as your title or journaling on your layout. I love that some songs will always remind you of a time, place or memory.  I love this song by the Lumineers...because it just feels like "our" song.  We have been together for more than 37 years and pretty much belong with each other. 

I used old photos of K and I that was taken in 2011. 
Supply list:  Patterned paper:  My Minds Eye; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: Basic Grey; Sticker: Studio Calico; Chipboard hearts: Pink Paislee; Flair: Studio Calico; Buttons: Basic Grey, My Minds Eye; Bling: Kaiserkraft;Punch: Martha Stewart; Embroidery floss: DMC, charm: unknown, Background heart diecut: Silhouette Cameo.

Some close ups:
A sprinkling of buttons.

 I used these little pink letter stickers by Basic Grey and just coloured the "sweetheart" with red markers.  I loved hand stitching the blocks around the elements.

I used a background file to cut the hearts with my Silhouette Cameo and then I just trimmed it to a border size for this layout.

Go and check out the magazine for yourself.  There is a lot of inspiration in there.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

My city today...

"PORT ELIZABETH - Police have used rubber bullets and stun grenades against protesting residents of Walmer township.
A number of cars have been burned and others have been stoned, as violent protest action resumed in Port Elizabeth on Thursday morning.
Angry community members have been protesting in the township over housing issues.
At least one person, a woman, was injured when she drove her car into a tree in shock after being caught up in the middle of the violence. 
She was transported to hospital.
In a statement released earlier today, police warned protesters not to endanger people's lives and to stop throwing stones at police vehicles and other road users."  - eNCA
I feel sad...the suburb of Walmer is burning. 
I feel sad because of the state of our country.
I feel sad that people feel that they need to resort to disruptive behaviour and violence to make their voices heard.
I feel sad because our infrastructure (roads) are being destroyed by these hooligans and there would be no money in municipal budgets to build up what was destroyed.
I feel sad that so many innocent people are caught in the crossfire of this.  People who are unable to get to work and are kept hostage in their homes.  

I feel sad that business owners are too scared to open their businesses because of fear of looting.  Angry township residents have threatened to bring Walmer to a stand still today. They are protesting about the lack of or slow progress in supplying RDP houses.

I feel sad that even the Walmer police station is under siege and they had to resort to firing teargas and stun grenades to control the violent crowds.

I feel sad because my oldest and his family is considering leaving this country...and on days like this I can't find the right words to convince them to stay.  

Please don't get me wrong...I love this crazy, colourful country.  I wish that there was an instant fix to all it's problems.


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fun & Silliness - CREATE - Scrapbook Generation

The July 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. This month the featured manufacturer is WeR Memory Keepers and Bazzill.

Today I am sharing my last layout that you will find in this month's magazine.  It is another 2pager and it is for the Manufacturers Challenge.  I used Bazzill Swiss Dotted paper for my background and WeR Memory Keepers Love Notes patterned papers.  The sketch is by Alison Davis of Scrapbook Generation and has the same general photo layout as my Summer theme layout this month. This layout features photos of my one and only granddaughter.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  WeR Memory Keepers; Cardstock: Bazzill; Wood Veneer: Teresa Collins, Prima; Flowers; Petaloo, Prima; Brads:  My Minds Eye; Flair: Adri du Preez; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Twine: Simple Stories; Embroidery Floss; DMC; Ink: Donna Salazar Inx.

Some close ups:

 I love that you can combine the pretty papers with any other manufacturers works together very well.

 I did a lot of sewing on this page and chose the DMC cotton that changes colour as you go along.  The flower above was cut from the center of a much bigger flower by Prima, the flair is by Adri du Preez.

 The "Silliness" chipboard piece was left over from the WeR Memory Keepers Tiffany range of years ago...I tried to colour match the "Fun" title by colouring it with Gelatos.

A lovely large cluster that really makes a statement...the embellishments are by 5 different manufacturers.

Please go and be inspired by this fantastic free will not regret it.


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Renovation dreams (Part 1)

Have I told you that we have been living in our current home for the last 27 years?
Do you know that you become blind to the faults in your home if you have lived there that long?
Do you have any idea of the clutter that you can accumulate in so many years?

If you have followed my blog long enough you would know that Kobus and I have been married for nearly 37 years...and you would also know that in all those years we have never had an empty nest.  My home was in serious need of a face lift and some tender loving care.  The interior of my home was dark with knotty pine ceilings and at least one face brick wall in each room.  So I called in the help of my uber talented friend Reynette.  She is a natural interior designer and just knows what works well together.

My kitchen is open plan to my dining room and family room. This was the BEFORE view from my kitchen:
You can see how dark the face brick walls and knotty pine ceilings made the house.

We went with much lighter colours on the walls.  The face brick walls were also painted with a luxurious silk finish paint. The knotty pine ceilings were painted solid white.  The oak furniture was good and we just painted the legs and bottom of the table and dresser and left the tops untouched.  I also sold the oak chairs and replaced them with much more comfortable chairs.  Don't you just love the chandeliers?  The old carpet was replaced with the Nguni skin that was previously hidden under a coffee table.  So much lighter and brighter.

All the ornaments were previously in obscure places and was rearranged to get center stage. The blue ornaments were sent off to the charity shop ;-)

The raku meerkats were purchased on one of our vacations in Plettenberg Bay.  The one has now been captured as you can see :-)

The angel that was previously in my entrance hall was relocated as was the large pot with the white proteas that was previously at the entrance of my bedroom.

This wall is between the kitchen and the diningroom/entrance hall.

 A lick of duck egg paint and the ornaments just pop.  

 My friend painted the pots to compliment the new colour scheme.

I love these bronze ornaments and now they are actually seen.  Karen to you recognize the "breathe" word that you gave me in 2011? That was after the year from hell in 2010 and my word to live by for 2011 was to just to "breathe" deeply again.  We sure have come a long way since then.

I will share the next part of my renovation dreams next week.  This is bound to go on for a little while because the bug has bitten me and I really want to give the rest of my home the same treatment.   Shhh....don't tell Kobus ;-P


Monday, August 3, 2015

BOYS pretty much RULE - CREATE magazine - Scrapbook Generation

The July 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. This month the featured manufacturer is WeR Memory Keepers and Bazzill.

Today I am sharing my take on this month's sketch.  You know how much I love sketches and I don't get to do colour blocking every day so I just couldn't resist this page.  I used some photos of Juan for this page, he is such a cutie.

Supply list:  Patterned papers: Echo Park; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: American Craft thickers, Basic Grey; Stickers: Echo Park; Wood Veneer: Studio Calico; Brads: Echo park, My Minds Eye; Twine: Simple Stories; Embroidery floss: DMC; Dies: Quickutz stars;  Star clusters:  Silhouette Cameo.

 Some close ups:

 I cut the strings of stars with the Silhouette Cameo and then stitched through them.  The large stars were cut with Quickutz on the Big Shot.

 I love using a mix of sticker alpha's for titles.  I also wrapped some twine around the one pattern paper block.

 This Kaisercraft line is perfect for boys and the words are cut from some of the patterned papers.
A mix of embellies to form the star cluster.

Please check out this magazine.  There is so much inspiration by the Design will not regret it.


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Currently I am....

I always find these kinds of posts the best to start with when I have been missing from the world of blogging for a while.

Reading:  I started reading "The girl on the train" by Paula Hawkins when we went to Katberg for the weekend two weeks ago and finished it during this week.  I love reading and have way to little time for it these days.

Recent getaway:  Two weeks ago Kobus and I went to Katberg for the weekend.  This was our honeymoon destination 37 years ago and our first visit since.  (I will do a further post on this later next week)

Laughing at:  My grandchildren is a constant source of laughter to us. I love them to bits.  They make our lives just so much happier.

Swooning over:  My newly refurbished home.  I took before and after pics but I really don't know whether anybody would be interested anyway.
Planning:  To just breathe deeply and find time to create and blog again.  These past few months were hectic.  We have started with the Precept study of Revelation.  There is never a dull moment at the Mission and each day brings it's problems and joys.  For the past three weeks my home was upside down with painters, builders, tilers and ONE BIG MESS.  I am enjoying the results and the bug has bitten me.  I plan to just continue and give my guest room, Bianca's room and my study a make over too.

Eating lots of:  Comfort food.  Soups, curries and stews.  We have had miserable weather for the past two weeks which have been grey and very wet.  I am so over the winter...wishing to feel the sun on my skin.
Feeling: Mostly happy and content...I realise just how precious each moment is.  I want to make the most of each day and capture the moments before they slip away forever.

Discovering:  That it isn't THAT bad to join my husband for a round of golf.  While we were at the Katberg resort I joined him and drove the cart while he played.

Thinking about:  Lately I have been thinking a lot about life.  I don't know if it is because we are doing Revelation or whether it is some other reason.  I think on the shortness of life and the magnitude of eternity.  I want to know that I made a difference...and that my life counted for something.

So there it is.
What are you planning to do with your one wild and precious life?