Sunday, July 30, 2017

Bunny Love - April 2017 Hip Kit - Stuck sketches

Hallo there.  I am squeezing in this page for the Stuck sketches challenge of 15 July.   We have had a bunnies now for the past year...and as you probably know they breed like bunnies.  These cuties in the photo has already found new homes.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Dear Lizzy (Lovely Day), Crate Paper (Oasis), Amy Tan (On a Whim); Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter Stickers:  Pink Fresh Studio (Dream On); Layered sticker: Dear Lizzy; Wood Buttons: Shimelle; Button:  Crate Paper (Oasis); Leatherette stickers:  Pink Fresh Studio (The Mix); Enamel dots: Websters, My Minds Eye; Die cuts:  Crate Paper (Oasis), Dear Lizzy (Lovely Day); Ink:  Distress Ink (Antique Linen); Stencil:  Tim Holtz; Border punch: Fiskars.

The sketch:

Some close ups:
 I broke the white background with a stencil and distress ink as usual  Love this little cluster with the bunny.

 This bunny paper by Dear Lizzy was the perfect pick for this photo...I no I don't mind using pink on a page with a boy.

 I love layering my embellishments and the addition of the bunny die cut over the circle die cut just seemed perfect.

These black puffy alpha stickers by Pink Fresh is one of my just isn't easy to line it up...but you just make it work.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Relax - February 2017 Hip Kit - CSI 233

Hallo there.  I am sharing another of the July Color Story Inspiration Case files today.  I love it when I can get some photos documented and use up some stash at the same time.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Maggie Holmes (Chasing Dreams)  Dear Lizzy (Lovely Day); Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter Stickers: American Craft Thickers; Chipboard:  Maggie Holmes (Chasing Dreams); Flowers:  Prima,  Zva Creative; Stickers:  Maggie Holmes (Chasing Dreams);  Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Rubber charms:  Pink Fresh Studio; Ink:  Distress Ink (Squeezed Lemonade);  Stencil:  Crafters Workshop; Punches:  Ek Success border punch, Upikit leaf punch.

The case file: 
Here is how I solved this case file:

The Scheme:  All colours used.

Evidence:  Text print, book page, flowers, leaves, cursive font, decorative border, stack something (suitcase chipboard and books sticker), triangles

Testimony:  I used the word "Relax"  as my title and the little "hello" sticker on my chipboard girlie.  I documented a vacation reading and my journaling is a quote by Nora Ephron.  “Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it's a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it's a way of making contact with someone else's imagination after a day that's all too real.” 

The Sketch:  I used the sketch but changed up the two photos up top for a landscape photo.

Some close ups:
 I am so happy to get this photographer girly onto a page.  I used a book page and punched the edge and layered it behind my photo.

 To break my white page and incorporate triangles (evidence) I stenciled some yellow triangles onto the background.

 The very green flower was toned down with a lick of gesso.

 I stacked the books on top of the suitcases...symbolic for me as reading and vacation always go together for me.

 My journaling...reading is truly an escape from reality.

This very cool ombre thickers are by American Craft and they are beautiful.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today.  I am really considering sliding back into blogging about life and the Mission on a regular basis.  One of my biggest regrets in life is that I did not document the past 19 years that our ministry has grown and it is difficult for anyone looking at it now to realise just how much blood, sweat and tears have gone into coming this far.  I need to sit down and somehow get it all down in words.  So difficult because my brain has blanked out so much of those first 6 traumatic years.

Hope to be back soon xx

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Cherish - Paige Evans Oh my Heart - Scrapbook Studio

Hallo there, I am sharing another page made with the gorgeous Paige Evans Oh my Heart Collection. I adore the ombre pages in this collection and I cut a white card stock with a Just Nick cut file to allow the pink to peek through.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Paige Evans (Oh my Heart); Cardstock:  American Craft: Chipboard; Celebr8; Enamel dots; Simple Stories;  Die cuts: Paige Evans (Oh my Heart); Embroidery Floss: DMC Variegated; Twine: WeR Memory Keepers;  Embossing Powder:  Wow (Rose Gold); Other:  Silhouette Cameo, Just Nick Cut file.

Some close ups:
 I love to create a paper cluster and then pop up the photo on foam.

 This is a super cute collection...and this cut file by Just Nick is one of my favourite.

 I heat embossed the Celebr8 chipboard with rose gold embossing powder to go with the rose gold die cuts in this collection.  I hand stitched around the heart in variegated embroidery floss.

A rose gold floral with another floral popped up on foam to form this cluster.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope that I could inspire you to create something pretty. ♥♥

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Beautiful Sunset - May 2017 Hip Kit

We had amazing weather last week with temperatures that rose into the 30 degrees C.  I am not complaining...I love the respite from the cold weather and this was right up my alley.  We ended up spending some time at the beach.  Kobus took this photo of Stefan with his cellphone and I wanted to scrap it right away.  The Dear Lizzy Lovely Day (Up and Away) paper was perfect for a background paper.  I am entering the for the Color Story Inspiration Case File 234.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Dear Lizzy (Lovely Day), Maggie Holmes (Chasing Dreams); Cardstock:  American Craft:  Letter Stickers:  Hip Kit Exclusive,  American Craft; Buttons:  Maggie Holmes; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye; Die cuts:  Dear Lizzy, Hip Kit Exclusives;Foam Stars:  American Craft;  Layered Stickers:  Dear Lizzy; Embroidery Floss:  DMC.

The case file:
This is how I solved this case file:

The Scheme:  All the colours were used.

Evidence:  Flowers (on the embellishments), transportation (hot air balloon), Sun, scallops.

Testimony:  I documented a warm summers evening in the middle of the winter.  My title is about nature.  My journaling is:  "Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens...every day can end beautifully." - Kirsten Butler
Some close ups:
 I cut the sun from the same patterned paper as the background and then used variegated DMC embroidery thread for the stitching.

 Some layering and the gorgeous Hip Kit Exclusive alpha.

 I adore this collection.

 The foam stars are the foam "beautiful" word is from the Shimelle Thickers by American Craft.

Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens...every day can end beautifully.

Thank you for visiting my blog today...I hope you found inspiration to create something beautiful.♥♥

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Beautiful - Hip Kits

I recently saw the most beautiful page made by Bea Valint...using a cut file that she designed and that is available for download on her blog.  I wanted to use this cut file to showcase a photo of Nadia.  Here is the page:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Marbled background (Hip Kit Exclusive), Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams (mint), Paige Evans Oh my Heart (pink); Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter Stickers:  Hip Kit Exclusives; Chipboard: Maggie Holmes, Flowers:  Prima; Enamel dots:  Hip Kit Exclusives; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Embossing Paste: Studio 490; Embossing Powder: Tsukineko; Stencil: Prima; Other: Silhouette Cameo (Bea Valint cut file)

Some close ups:
 I cut the cut file and then backed the flowers and the soft colours.

 I used a Prima stencil and some Studio 490 embossing paste en then sprinkled gold embossing powder over it while wet and heat embossed the flowers.

 I love how the gold comes out behind the cut file. The only embellishing I used is some flowers and enamel dots.

 This stunning alpha is also a Hip Kit Exclusive and the Audrey Hepburn quote was perfect to complete the page.

Love all the gold accents.

Thank you for visiting my blog today ♥♥

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Inspiration pages for Celebr8 Daydreams

Hallo there.  I had the wonderful opportunity to play with Celebr8's new Daydreams collection.  Thank you to Dennis and Erin Bruton...the owners of Celebr8 for this opportunity. I created three inspiration pages for the launch.

This isn't a colour palette I would normally choose and I loved the challenge.  I brought some contrast into the collection by adding various shades of blue.

My first page:
This was my first page.  I matted all the patterned papers on dark blue cardstock.  The photo and the journaling block was matted with white and dark blue cardstock and then popped up on foam.  I stamped the dandelions onto the background white cardstock with Paradise Teal Archival Ink.  The chipboard dandelion was painted with gesso and then I applied Star Dust stickles to it.  The dragonfly was painted blue and then I applied Twilight Stickles to it.  I used one of the manufacturers strips on the strip at the top of the page.  

Photo size and cutting list:
  1.  The photo is 4x4 inch. 
  2.  The journaling card is 4x3 inch.
  3.  Circle:  I used a soup bowl...but it is approximately 7 inches in diameter and cut from te papr with the multicoloured dandelions.
  4. I stitched the circle before attaching it to the layout.
  5. The back layer is the chevron paper and is cut to 10 x 4 inches.
  6. The second layer is the orange stripes paper and cut to 10 x 4 inches.
  7. The third layer just underneath the photo is the wordy multi coloured paper and cut to 5 x 8 inches.
  8. The strips at the top is simply one of the manufacturers strips and the same paper as the circle and cut to 0,75 x 10,5 inches.
  9. The tag was cut from the back of the pink multi coloured wordy paper.  It is from the peachy block with the dandelions on it.
  10. Matt all your paper and attach.
  11. I cut apart the large title to be able to use the Cherish, Love and Dream on it's own.  I heat embossed the chippie in orange and red to create some contrast.

My second page:
I challenged myself to use this collection for a boy page and the colours actually perfectly compliment the colours in the photo.  Here I matted the photo and "fly as high as you can" on white and navy blue cardstock.  The "DREAM" chippie was heat embossed with dark blue embossing powder. I chosse the papers that had more the orange and purple tones for this page and outlined each of the patterned papers.  I also liked how it looked on the light kraft cardstock.  

Photo size and cutting list:
  1. The photo is a normal jumbo 4 x 6 inch and matted on white and navy blue.
  2. The journaling block is 4 x 3 inches and matted on white and navy blue.
  3. The back layer is the multi coloured wordy paper and cut to 9 x 5 inches and outlined in black.
  4. The orange wordy papr is just a narrow strip of 5 x 2 inches and tucked in behind the air balloons paper  Also outline.
  5. The layer directly behind the photo is the air balloons paper cut to 7 x 9 inches...I outlined it and stitched around the entire piece before I adhered it to the page.
  6. The orange strips paper is two pieces of 1.75 inches by 3 inches and tucked in behind the photo and the journaling block.  Just use your cutting mat to make sure it lines up on both sides.
  7. The orange banner at the top left is 3 x 1,75 inch.
  8. The hot air balloon shaker box was filled with some sequins but you can use beads or whatever you have in your stash.  Before I adhered it all and added the acetate I heat embossed it in white.
  9. The resin hot air balloon was treated with some stickles and then toned down with All Purpose ink.
  10. The sentiments is from the odds and ends pack and the buttons from the embellishments pack.
  11. I used the orange manufacturers strip on this page.
  12. I pierced holes around the edges of the light kraft paper and stitched with variegated DMC thread.
My third page:

This page was sort of a last moment thing and I love how soft it turned out.  I used the dandelion stamp after the page was completed...Please don't make the same mistake.  I used the frame around the "Building memories and having Fun" chippie.  I heat embossed the frame and the dandelion with dark blue embossing powder.  I used a doily from my stash and the two dandelion chippies were treated to Star Dust Stickles.  The "Love" title got the same treatment as the "Cherish" title.  Heat embossing in orange and red.

Photo size and cutting list:
  1. The photo is  4 x 6 photo cut down to 4 x 4,75 inches and matted on white and navy blue cardstock.
  2. The bottom layer is the paper with the multi coloured dandelions and cut to 9 x 5 inches and a fish tail cut into the top.
  3. The second la;yer is from the 6x6 chevron paper and cut to 6 inches by 2 inches to be tucked in behind the multi coloured wordy paper.
  4. The third layer is the multi coloured wordy paper and cut to 7 x 5,5 inches
  5. The fourth layer is the orange stripes paper and cut to 6 x 4 inches.
  6. The doily is tucked above the mini chevron paper and under the multi coloured wordy paper.
  7. I outlined all my patterned papers with black pen.
  8. I cut my cardstock down to mount the layout on one of the patterned papers and pierced holes and stitched around it.
  9. The bottom layer is 2 inches from the right side and 1,25 inches from the bottom.
  10. I used Bo Bunny flowers from my stash.
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Monday, July 10, 2017

Lovely - a gift for Nadia

Hallo there.  A while ago Nadia showed me a page that she pinned on Pinterest and she said that she would love a layout of her and Wynand that looked something like this page.  Her birthday was in May and I made her this page.  I very seldom go the shabby chic style and I am very happy with the result.

 Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Basic Grey, Maggie Holmes (Chasing dreams); Cardstock:  American Craft;  Letter stickers:  Title (Pink Paislee), Wood Veneer:  Lawn Fawn (Hearts), Prima (Clock); Chipboard:  Simple Stories (Frame); Envelope: Maya Road; Flowers:  Prima; Metal bookplate: Tim Holtz; Paper Clip:  American Craft; Pearls: Prima; Buttons: Stash; Pins: Stash; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Lace:  Prima; Glitter: Finnabair; Ink: Distress Ink (Tattered Rose); Stencil: Prima (Poppies), Tim Holtz (Doily); Teture Paste: Daler Rowney.

Here is the page that was scrap lifted.  I don't know who the original artist was but it was pinned from the Maya Road website:

Some close ups:
 I coloured the Heidi Swapp title with pink gelato.

 My signature hand stitching and some pretty flowers stenciled onto the black and white paper with white texture paste.

 I gesso'd the metal book plate and I love how it toned the metal down.

 The perfect quote for the two lovebirds.  The hearts were covered in glossy accents and then sprinkled with pink glitter.

 I stenciled some tattered rose distress ink  onto the background paper to bring some more pink into it.

The envelope was also white washed with gesso and the two circles coloured with pink gelato.

This layout is now framed and hanging on the wall of Wynand and Nadia's home.  Thank you for visiting my blog...I hope you found some inspiration.  ♥♥

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Shine Bright - May 2017 Hip Kit

Hi there.  I absolutely adore everything about the May Hip Kit.  I have fallen head over heals in love with the Shimelle Little by Little collection.  This collection contains my absolute favourite colours.  I made this page of Leane using the kit.  The only paper I added from another kit is the black and white stripes paper designed by Kim Watson,  the turquoise paper is from the February kit.  Here is my page:

Supplies used:  Patterned paper:  Shimelle (Little by Little); Celebr8 (Chit Chat); Amy Tan (On a Whim); Maggie Holmes (Chasing Dreams); Cardstock:  American Craft; Wood Veneer title:  Hip Kit Exclusive, Studio Calico (hearts); Chipboard:  Blue Fern Studio (Dashwood Bouquet); Flowers; Prima; Rubber charm: Maggie Holmes; Puffy Heart: Heidi Swapp; Die cuts:  Maggie Holmes; Tag: Pretty Little Studio; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Other Mediums:  Neocolor11 to colour the chipbord; Embossing Powder: Tsukineko (clear), Lindy's (midnight teal).

I used a sketch by my favourite sketch designer Laura Whitaker:
Some close ups:

 Some yummy paper layers beneath the photo.  The photo is popped up on foam.

 I fussy cut a full sheet of the Shimelle flowers and here I used some of them.  The Prima flowers were toned down with some gesso.

 Another little cluster on the left side of the page with the title.  I coloured the Blue Fern chippy with Neocolor 11 crayons and then sealed it with clear embossing powder.

 I do adore the hand stitching...but then you know that!  I added a tag and a label to the top of the photo.

 I love how it all turned out.

Thank you for visiting my blog today...I hope you were inspired ♥♥