Sunday, February 28, 2016

Free to Dream - CSI 192

Hi there.  I had a wonderful retreat at Eersterivier.  We had 8 stunning classes with wonderful teachers.  We were spoiled with delicious meals and time was spent getting to know some of the loveliest women I have ever met.  I know that friendships were started that will last for a long time.

My darling man tagged along and played golf with one of the other husbands.  They played in Plettenberg Bay, St Francis Bay and at Fynbos in Eersterivier.  I know he had an awesome time it was win-win all the way.

On a more serious note.  Wynand is scheduled for his big operation on Tuesday. I am honest if I say these past few days were hard on me.  My anxiety levels were through the roof and my neck and shoulders are in knots.  Today at church the pastors and elders prayed for him (and for us) and I feel much more peaceful now.  I know that it will go well and that Wynand's quality of life will be much improved.

Yesterday I pulled out the latest Color Story Inspiration case file.  The colours of this challenge was very subdued and not my normal "go to"colours...but I guess that is why they call it a challenge.  I pulled out my very old My Minds Eye (Lost and Found Record It) Antique collection.  I wanted the photos to pop on this background and decided to go with some pretty photos of Lukas taken at Humble Ways in March 2013.  Here is my layout:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  My Minds Eye; Cardstock: American Craft; Title:  Cut with Silhouette Cameo; Die cuts, tags and stickers all from the My Minds Eye Record It Antique collection.  Twine: unknown; Texture Paste: Shimmerz Texturez; Stencil: Prima.

The case file:

How I solved this case file:

The Scheme: All 5 colors used.

Evidence: Test print, heart, vintage elements, distressing, tearing, bows.

Testimony: I used the word "free"as part of my title and my journaling reads as follows: "Lukas, you have always been an amazing little boy. You are not a child that ever gets bored. You are comfortable with being alone and can happily play and keep yourself busy. When I look at these photos, I wonder what you are thinking while lost in your daydream. xxOuma

Some close ups:
 Some vintage type ephemera tickets.

 I love this typewriter font for my journaling

 I brought the blue-grey colour in by mixing two Shimmerz Texturez colours together and applying it through the stencil.

I love my allows me to cut any title I need for a layout.

Thank you for visiting and leaving love.  I will update you on Wynand's recovery.


Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The best thing to hold onto in life is each other - CSI191

Hi there,  I thought I will do one more blog post before we leave for the Retreat in Eersterivier.  This weekend I played along with the Color Story Inspiration case file #191.  I know,  I am more than just a little addicted to these challenges.  The upside of it is that I can use up some of my older stash and try out the cool techniques that I am learning in Wilna Furstenberg's 16 Ways to love class.   I used a photo of me and Kobus taken on my birthday last month to make a "LOVE"page.  Here it is:

Supplies used:  Patterned papers:  My Minds Eye (Market Street); Cardstock:  American Craft; Embellisments: Chipboard:  Blue Fern Studios (Deja Vu Border); Flowers: Prima: Brads: My Minds Eye; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Chipboard buttons: My Minds Eye; Stickers/Banner: My Minds Eye; Heart clip: Making Memories; Embossing Paste: Wendy Vecchi; Stencil: Heidi Swapp; Embossing Powder: Lindy's; Glitter: Martha Stewart; Watercolour print and cut file: Wilna Furstenberg.

This is the case file.   I didn't have the exact same blue but that wasn't going to keep me from playing.  The sketch is by the talented Em Stafrace.

Here is how I solved the case:

The Scheme:  All colours used.

Evidence: Watercolour (the print and cut file); stripes, string, banners, hearts.

Tetimony:  The layout is all about love.  The card from the Ephemera pack reads:  "The best thing to hold onto in life is each other." My journaling at the bottom:  "Hand in hand we can face whatever this world throws at us.  Together we are stronger."

Some close ups:
 I love how one just falls in love with your old stash when you come across some of the elements.  I adore this little card from the My Minds Eye (Market Street) Ephemera pack.  You can see the beautiful print and cut file designed by Wilna Furstenberg....I am loving her classes.

OI embossed the chipboard with two colours and don't you just adore those beautiful rolled roses by Prima.

 I added the little banner chipboard pieces behind the flower.

Some faux stitching a few stickers and it was done.  I am falling in love with striped papers again.

Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving love ♥

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Being together - CSI190

Hi there,  I hope you are having a fabulous weekend.   I am not getting much done today...procrastination is the name of the game :-)  On Tuesday afternoon we leave for Eersterivier for a 5 day Scrapbook Retreat with Scrapbook Studio.  It is on the coast and very secluded.  This will be my very first Retreat and I am beyond excited.  A bonus is that I am dragging my dear husband along and he will occupy himself with golf clubs and a little white ball.  I am pretty sure we will both be having "a ball".  Isn't it beautiful

I am going to share a page I made for the Color Story Inspiration case file #190.  I do love a good challenge, and these take you way out of your comfort zones with the colour combinations and the evidence (embellishments) you must find in your stash.  The latest case file has some of my favourite colour combinations.  The Testimony was to write about a special bond.  I used a photo of my two youngest grandsons, Stefan and Juan.  They were born 3 months apart and there is a wonderful bond between the two cousins.

Here is my page:

Supplies used:  Patterned paper:  Authentique (Seaside collection); Cardstock: American Craft; Wood Veneer:  Teresa Collins: Brads: My Minds Eye; Flair: Adri du Preez; Enamel dots; My Minds Eye; Ephemera: Echo Park, Kaisercraft, My Minds Eye; Stickers: Kaiserkraft (Sail Away), Mediums: Texture Paste, Finnabair 3D Gel, Martha Stewart Glitter, Heidi Swapp stencil. Metal Anchor: Unknown:  Title card:  Silhouette Cameo.

Here is the case file:
This is how I solved the case:

The Scheme:  All 5 colours used.

Evidence:  Stripes, solid background, bird (on flair), feather, nautical elements, stars, scallops, wood, mustache (on the little blue brad)

Testimony:  I made a page of my two youngest grandsons.  They were born only 3 months apart and they are inseparable.  They attend the same preschool and they would always be together if it was up to them. My journaling:  "Stefan and Juan, I will always remember the strong bond between the two of you.  You are the very best friends and will always stand up for each other.  You play so well together and when you get to quiet I can be sure that you are getting into mischief somewhere around the house.  I pray that you will always keep this bond xx

Some close ups:
 I stenciled stars onto the back with texture paste and then applied green glitter to the wet stars...a lot of the glitter fell off and I ended up going over the stars with 3D gel and applying glitter again.  I just love the little wood veneer camera and have no idea who the manufacturer is.  I cut the title card with the Silhouette Cameo and it made a mess of the top I covered the mess with the camera ;-)

 I made up the title with words from three different ephemera packs, Kaisercraft, Teresa Collins and My Minds Eye.  You can also see the bird on the flair and the mustache on the brad.

 The sticker compasses and the metal anchor adds the nautical feel.

Last weekend my younger son Wynand and his wife Nadia had their 8th wedding anniversary.  Little Lukas stayed with us for the weekend much to the delight of Stefan.  He just loves this cousin of his.  They kept their Oupa occupied and often went for bicycle rides over the weekend...aren't they too cute.

I am sure that these photos will be on a layout soon.  Thank you for your visit ♥

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Stronger together

At the end of March...I will be married to Kobus for 37 years...considering that I married at the tender age of 18, that is a lifetime. We have had our good times and we have had our difficult times.  Marriage is hard work and it is all about 100%/100%.  Only divorce is 50/50.  Our first years together he worked for a large retail store that demanded long work days from 7 in the morning until late at night.  Those where the days our children were small and it was often a lonely road to walk.

By the grace of God our marriage is strong and we are still very much in love.  We have faced many difficult and traumatic times...but because of our faith and because we are there for each other we could "DO IT".  One of our most traumatic times were when our youngest son was very ill as a young boy of 13.  We nearly lost him.  I blogged about it here.( understand please go and read.)  There has also been times in the past 18 years that we have been in full time ministry that I would have packed it all in...but together we are stronger...we can "DO IT".

Last week I hit a serious slump.
We are thinly spread at the mission where counselors are concerned...but we can face it together.
There is a bit of tension with my eldest's wife...but we can face it together.
Wynand is struggling once again to eat and he also struggles to sleep because of reflux issues.  He has seen the specialists and needs to go for an operation urgently.  It is going to be a big operation and he will be hospitalised for at least a week....but we can face it together.

...then suddenly there was a shift...and it didn't feel as if we had it together anymore.
It felt as if my input at the Mission were no longer valued or considered.
My husband was making all the decisions and I felt useless.
I was overwhelmed.
I no longer knew what my role was at the Mission...surely it is more than being just a glorified bookkeeper?
...just like that it all became too much...and the blues hit hard.

In moments like this you know that it is time to sit down for that serious talk.  The problem is how to tackle it without it blowing into a huge fight?  How to share those feelings in a way that will be understood. I fell into silence (something I am prone to when I am overwhelmed).  I prayed a lot.  I didn't know how to handle this without making it sound like an attack.  On Sunday we went for a long lunch at one of our favourite restaurants and I opened up about my feelings...about my inability to cope when we aren't "in it together".  I realised once again that marriage is based on love, being best friends and being able to communicate.  I am thankful that I am married to my best friend.  With him I can face what life throws at us...because together we are stronger.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Difficult roads often lead to beautiful Destinations - Celebr8 Local Pride

Hi there.  Today I want to tell you about a fantastic local Scrapbook Company called Celebr8.  They have been supplying the local industry with beautiful chipboard for a few years now.  Last year they started manufacturing collections...and I am totally in love with their products.

This collection is called Sea Treasures...and I love it.  I was fortunate enough to win a gift voucher to Ocean Basket with a layout I made from this collection.

When the gift voucher was delivered last week, I was blown away by Celebr8's generosity in sending me this awesome collection.  It is called Local Pride...and speaks of all things South African and even have a few of our distinctive words we use in South Africa.

Today I teamed this beautiful collection with a sketch by Allison Davis of Scrapbook Generation to scrap photos we took on our visit to Hole in the Wall on the Transkei coast.  A difficult road that did lead to a beautiful destination.  Without further is my page:

Supply list:  Cardstock: American Craft; Patterned paper:  Celebr8 Local Pride; Chipboard: Celebr8 Local Pride: Bling: Fabscraps; Flowers: Celebr8; Ribbon: Celebr8; Ink: Colorbox Creamy Brown; Mask: Celebr8; Embossing Paste: Studio 490; Other: Ranger Stickles, Ranger Distress Markers, Anita's clear gloss; Sketch: Allison Davis

Some close ups:
 I used the little photo frames for photos of the road and other details.  I inked the background layer with Colorbox Creamy brown ink and painted the top layer with black acrylic paint.

 I first coloured the chipboard with various coloured Distress Markers and then added Stickles and Gloss Accents to it.

 Some words and phrases cut from patterned paper and mounted on cardstock.  Bling to finish off the layered flower.

 Little details added to the chipboard photo frames.

 A few pieces of ribbon to add interest.

Thickly applied embossing paste applied through the dirt track mask.

I have been waiting for the perfect papers to scrap these photos and I am very happy with the result.  I am also very happy that we now have a local company that makes these beautiful coordinated it is getting more and more difficult in our local industry with our currency turning to dust.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

Hi there,  We are having the hottest summer ever this year.  Port Elizabeth is normally known as the windy city but this year we have had a relative wind free summer...and I believe that is the reason why it is so hot.  I am not complaining.  I love the warm and balmy evenings and we spend a lot of time in the pool.  I realise again how incredibly blessed we are to live on the coast.  Our favourite beach is Sardinia Bay.  It is part of a nature reserve and there is no development...the down side is that you have to climb a huge dune when you have to return to your car.  Here are a few photos of our last visit to the beach.

 On top of the can see how ant like the people are down on the beach.

 Our little man.

 Horses and dogs are welcome.

 Stefan playing in the rock pools...he even caught a few little fishes.

 I love this photo.

 Stefan being covered with sand by Oupa.

 What is not to love?

In December I was in desperate need of some creative therapy...and off to Jeffreys Bay I went to spend the day at Cariena's shop.  She taught such awesome techniques with liquid pearls, inks, stamps and die cuts.  The whole background of this 2pager was created from scratch...and I LOVE these colours.

I used some photos that I took when all the children and grandchildren visited in December.

 Here you an see how beautiful gold liquid pearls look when rubbed through a stencil.

 This is my favourite colour combination.

 Stamping with different coloured distress inks.

 How beautiful is this stamp in different colours and layers.

Now that is what you call wholesome therapy.

Thank you for visiting my blog ♥