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Monday, October 31, 2016

Play - Oh what fun - July Hip Kit

Hi there...so today I experimented and I played.  It took absolute ages but I am thrilled with the result.  I wanted to make a layout with stars cut out and backed with vellum and then a sort of shaker pocket.  The first time I made it I didn't add a foam layer between the paper layers and it was one huge flop...so I tried again and here is my page.  I adore this candid photo of Stefan with Bella...they cannot leave each other alone...ever!

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Hip Kit Exclusives by Kim Watson; Cardstock: American Craft:  Vellum: American Craft; Wood Veneer; Pink Paislee (Paige Evans), Studio Calico: Flair: Hip Kit; Die cuts: Project life American Craft, Hip Kit Exclusives; Sequins: Crate Paper (Cute Girl); Rubber charm: Pink Fresh Studio: Puffy Sticker: Hip Kit Exclusive; Clear Stickers: Simple Stories; Embroidery Floss: DMC Variegated; Twine: Coats; Dies: QuicKutz nesting stars; Silhouette Cameo.

Some close ups:
 I didn't want to cover all my hard work...so I placed the photo stack below my stitched stars.  I also used the rubber Pink Fresh charm from an older kit.

I love the way my shaker boxes looks on the page.  

 I made the tag with a Project Life card and then layered a lot of Ephemera from the June kit's Project life ephemera pack.  I added one of the Paige Evans wood veneers between the layers and added the puffy "It was Epic!" sticker from the June kit on the top.   I love how well the kits coordinate.

 You can see that I used many layers behind my photo.

 The flair is also a Hip Kit Exclusive.

Do to the fact that I can't seem to make a page without stitching these days I decided to give you a quick tutorial on how I made my shaker box stars.  You need a piercing mat, paper piercer, stitching template/or steel ruler to pierce your holes...and then your floss.  There is just so many awesome options to choose from.
I first cut the stars with my Silhouette Cameo and then pierced my holes relatively close together.

 Pretty variegated thread and stitched in back stitch.

 You can see I backed my paper with vellum.  I always secure the end of my thread with old washi tape.

 Then start stitching.

 That is how back stitch works.  

 You can see the back is no way as neat as the front.

I then used some QuicKutz nesting stars to cut stars into a piece of foam and trimmed it to a bit larger than my stars and stuck it down.

 Now the fun stuff...adding the sequins to each star.

 Stars cut with the Silhouette Cameo  in a larger size than the background stars and then stuck over each star to make individual shaker boxes.

...and just like that...a whole lot of prettiness.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  If you found inspiration here today please share it with me.♥♥


Friday, October 28, 2016

This life is Amazing - Celebr8 - The Simple Life

Today I am sharing a page I made with Celebr8's brand new collection called "The Simple Life"  and designed by the talented Kim Watson.  The owner of Celebr8 challenged me to make a page based on their sketch for the collection.  I used some photos of the three musketeers dating back to their Kindergarten play in November 2012.

Supply list:  Patterned papers: Celebr8 The Simple Life; Chipboard: Celebr8; Ribbon and sequins: Celebr8; Mixed Media: Texture Paste through a Celebr8 stencil; Embossing Powder: Lindy's Stamp Gang, Glossy Accents.

Here is the sketch....you will note that I very much kept to the original sketch.

Some close ups:
 I stuck down my background pieces and then applied texture paste through a stencil for extra texture.  I also added two ribbons along the bottom and then applied glossy accents over the top and sprinkled the sequins into the glossy accents.

 The circle was hand stitched (of course) and the title and arrow were heat embossed.

 The cute little chipboard cameras were also heat embossed and popped up on foam dots.

A subtitle and another arrow on the right side page also heat embossed.

 I spread glossy accents over the circle of the spinner and then heat embossed a wood veneer arrow in silver and attached it to the spinner.

Thank you for visiting my blog today...I hope that I could inspire you to create.

♥♥

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Best Day Ever - June Hip Kit

Hallo there.  I am still on a creative roll and playing with my June Hip Kit.  I shared some photos of Lukas taken while he was playing on their small holding.  Today I am sharing a page I made with some of those photos.  This page was published in the 50th edition of Scrap Affairs.

Supply list:  Patterned papers: Jen Hadfield, Paige Evans, Simple Stories; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: Simple Stories; Wood Veneer: Jillibean Soup, Studio Calico; Chipboard: Celebr8, Heidi Swapp; Brads: Simple Stories; Buttons: Paige Evans; Enamel dots; Simple stories; Die cuts: Hip Kit Exclusives; Puffy Stickers: Hip Kit Exclusives; Twine: WeR Memory Keepers; Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Mustard Seed); Paint: LuminArte Twinkling H2O (sage); Other Mediums: Gesso; Dies: Quikutz Nesting flowers; Stencil: Celebr8 (Geared Up)

I used another cool sketch by Laura Whitaker:

Some close up of the details:
 I stenciled some gear images on the background through the Geared Up stencil by Celebr8.  The clock chipboard was first covered in gesso and then painted with Twinkling H20 in sage.

 Stars always work so well to embellish boy pages.

 The clear stickers by Simple stories add such a neat touch.

 I cut banners for this top cluster...and added the same embellishments that I used in the other clusters.

A mix of arrows and stars...and layering of embellishments.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.  I hope that you found some inspiration here.♥

Monday, October 24, 2016

On boxes, misconceptions and this glorious messy life...


I have been brooding over writing this post for the longest time.

For many years now my life looked a little like the picture above.  All in neat little boxes with only my "Jesus" box allowed to touch the other boxes.  I tried so hard to keep it like that...because that is the only way I could survive everything that life threw at us.  A few months ago I started posting some things that we deal with in our day to day life at the Mission on Facebook and these posts went pretty much viral.  Suddenly I was flooded with friend requests from people who were interested in what we do and that left me in a very uncomfortable space.  Facebook was no longer a place where I felt I could share the "other" parts of my life and my blog just became a Scrappy blog...no more baring my soul :)

You see...when we signed up for full time ministry we didn't know that people have preconceived ideas and total misconceptions about what it means to be in "full time" ministry.  There is this strange idea out there that if you are in ministry you must have "it all together".  "They" sit in judgement over everything you do and nothing is ever good enough.  I always believe that the day you publicly announce that your mission in life is to help others you pretty much put a huge bulls eye on your back.  People just believe that they have the right to criticise everything you do.  They  believe the following:
  • You should drive an old beat up car and live like a pauper.  (Well sorry to burst that bubble...we drive good cars and live in the same beautiful house that we have lived in for the past 30 years).  Why is it that everybody expects to hear that we LIVE at the Mission?    It isn't scriptural to live like a pauper if you serve the Lord you know?  According to Philippians 4:19: " And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus."  Our God is rich not poor.
  • People believe that your family have it all together too.  I would have liked it...but reality is that it doesn't work that way.  We are family and we don't always agree on everything...in fact in one year my oldest son divorced, my younger son lost his eye sight and my daughter ran away from home.  Why shouldn't it happen to us just because we serve the Lord?  Bad things happen to good people.  We have to make peace with it.
  • People believe that it isn't Christian to struggle with depression and that you shouldn't have low days.  A memory that will always stay with me is an incident that occurred in those first difficult years at the Mission.  I was in such a low place in my life that when a pastor's wife from our local church asked me how I was...I was honest and I told her.  She wouldn't have any of it and told me that I wasn't meant to feel that way.  Never in my life had I felt as ALONE as I did that day.  I was floored and cried all the way home.

You can imagine that if people have these misconceptions it becomes very hard to share the REAL me.  So in order to cope I decided I need MORE boxes.  So on Facebook I made another box and I put all the "Friends of Vistarus" into this box so that I could post with privacy settings.  This past weekend while I was teaching at a scrapbook store I had my AHA moment.  I can't do this anymore!  My boxes don't want to stay put - they want to touch the other boxes....so I have decided to just embrace this glorious messy life of mine.   I don't think that God ever intended for me to have boxes but for a season they helped me cope.  That season is now over I am going to live my life wholeheartedly.  I don't care what people think or say anymore...I am not here to please them anyway.   I hope you will stick around on this journey of my  life.

♥♥

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Celebrate 50 - July Hip Kit

It was such a blessing to be in Cape Town for my sister, Herlien's 50th birthday.  It was an opportunity to see my sisters, sister-in-law and my mother.  Herlien's celebration was a high tea at the Table Bay Hotel at the Cape Town Waterfront.  I actually scrapped this page in the hotel room at Plettenberg Bay with just a few inks and my July Hip Kit.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Hip Kit Exclusives by Kim Watson; Cardstock: American Craft:  Letter Stickers: American Craft Thickers; Brad: My Mind eye: Puffy Stickers: Hip Kit Exclusives; Chipboard: Project Life (High Five); Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink: Distress Inks.

Some close ups:
 I first built the photo cluster and the paper cluster on the left and before adhering it, I inked the background in matching inks.

 The one project life card was perfect for the paper cluster on the left....the flowers were cut from a patterned paper.

 I love the additional layer that is added with the hand stitching.

 I used the bottom circle as the spot where I put the title.

Some more flowers cut from the patterned papers.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.♥

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Pause, Relax and Breathe - Celebr8 - Scrapbook Studio Sketch challenge

I am back!!!  I have had a wonderful break in beautiful Plettenberg Bay and am ready for the last long haul of this year.  I am really inspired by this month's sketch challenge over at Scrapbook Studio and decided to play along.  I only downloaded my holiday photos today and was pleasantly surprised to find that these would be the perfect photos for this page.  So without further ado...here is my take on the October double page sketch challenge.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Celebr8 Sea Treasures; Cardstock: American Craft: Chipboard: Celebr8; Ink: Tim Holtz distress inks (Scattered staw, crushed olive, tumbled glass, salty ocean, faded jeans, bluepring sketch); Stencil: The Crafters Workshop (Sea Bubbles); Other mediums: Versamark. Lindy's Stamp Gang embossing powders (Magic Moon Pearls, Reindeer Moss Green, Midnight Teal); Border punch: Martha Stewart.

Here is the sketch:

I really wanted to use this Sea Treasures Collection but only had scraps left.  The white cardstock was just too much so I made my own background using Tim Holtz Distress Inks, a stencil and blending tools.  I love how it turned out.


Some close ups:
I outlined my patterned papers to make them stand out from the background.  The Title chipboard was covered with the Magic Moon Pearls embossing powder and heat embossed.

 I inked this border chipboard with Memento Ink (Paris Dusk) and then heat embossed it using Midnight Teal embossing powder,  I then added another layer of Reindeer Moss Green randomly on the chipboard and heat embossed it.  I cut it to go on the sides of my pages and then just embellished it with a few sequins.

 The little fishes were heat embossed in Reindeer Moss Green embossing powder.

 My darling husband always manages to snap lovely photos of me...it must be the way he sees me through the eyes of love ♥

I balanced the second page with little phrases from the cut apart sheet and another little heat embossed fish.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Impromptu Kuier - June Hip Kit - Scrap Affairs

Hallo there.  I was contacted by the new Scrap Affairs owner, Kyla, in August.  They want to do a "Up Close and Personal" article of my work in the October Scrap Affairs.  They also needed a few unpublished pages...so I got cracking to make two single and this one double page layout.  This is the double page layout I made for the publication...I wanted to document our pavement "kuier" with Kobus, Lache and the children a few weeks ago...and nothing does it as well as a double page that can tell the story.  I don't do very many of them these days.  I don't think this layout made it into the magazine but I enjoyed creating it.
Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Simple Stories, Paige Evans; Cardstock: American Craft; Letter Stickers: Jillibean Soup Bean Board Alphas, Simple Stories tile stickers; Wood Veneer: Jillibean Soup; Chipboard: Heidi Swapp; Clear Stickers: Simple Stories; Brads: Simple Stories; Enamel dots: Simple Stories; Rubber tag: Maggie Holmes; Puffy Stickers: Hip Kit Exclusives; Die cut houses: American Craft Project Life; Embroidery Floss; DMC; Ribbons: Celebr8;  Die cut flowers: Ashley Horton; Other: Silhouette Cameo; Sketch: Allison Davis.

Some close ups of the details:
 I outlined the flowers with a black pen so that they pop on the page.  I also did a lot of sewing on this one.

 I adore the Simple Stories brads that have sticky backs and you no longer need to pierce your paper.  The "totally" pink heart is by Heidi Swapp.

 Some of the ribbon in my stash by Celebr8 was the perfect colour to accent the patterned papers.

 The "today" wood veneer is by Jillibean Soup and the "Happy" sticker is by Simple Stories.

 The puffy sticker speech bubble (happy days) and the puffy sticker arrows are Hip Kit Exclusives.  The clear stickers that are stuck onto the photos are by Simple Stories.

 I love the eclectic mix of embellishments that are found in the Hip Kits.

The three little houses that are tucked under the photos are just perfect for this story and they are by American Craft Project Life.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I hope that you found some inspiration here ♥♥