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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Escape - Kraft+ - Authentique

Hello Crafty friends.  I would like to share the page I made for the Kraft+ challenge this month.  The challenge for August is to be inspired by Terracotta.  I was inspired by the tiles on the mood board.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Authentique; Cardstock:  American Craft Kraft; Chipboard tiles and panel:  Blue Fern Studio; Chipboard Title:  Dusty Attic; Flowers:  Celebr8; Embroidery Floss: DMC Mediums:  Finnabair rust and patina paste; Ink: Distress Ink Rusty Hinge; Stencil:  Celebr8; Embossing Powder:  Lindy's Gang; Border Punch: EK Success; Other:  Sisal

The Mood Board:

Some close ups:

 I prepared my Kraft background by stenciling Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge through a stencil.  I applied some Finnabair rust and patina pastes to the panel and the tiles and let it dry.

 The photo was taken by my husband early one morning outside Jeffreys Bay.

 I love the effect of the sisal nests behind my flowers.

I distressed the edges of my paper layers and finished my page by stitching down the sides of the blue paper.

Thank you for visiting my blog today, I trust that you are inspired to play along with this challenge.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Memories - Sketchabilities #152

Hallo there to all my crafty friends.  It is the time of the month to reveal the August Sketchabilities sketch and the design team's inspiration.  I love the inspiration sketches gives and it takes all the heavy lifting out of a design.  I used a photo of my daughter and Amarins, a student from the Netherlands that did her internship at the Mission.  Here is my page:

Supplies used:  Patterned paper:  Lady Pattern Paper, Prima, Bazzil Vellum, Felicity Jane;  Cardstock:  Watercolour paper; Chipboard Title:  Celebr8,  Dangle: Blue Fern Studios; Flowers:  Prima; Enamel dots:  My Minds Eye; Embroidery Floss:  DMC; Ink:  Distress Oxide (picked raspberry, fossilized amber);Embossing Powder:  WOW, Lindy's Gang; Stencil: Prima; Texture Paste:  Finnabair;  Other:  Doily, sisal.

Karan's sketch:
 Some close ups:
 I have been wanting to make my own watercolour background using the awesome distress oxides for ages.  I used Picked Raspberry and Fossilized Amber and blended them together with a dauber and a wet paintbrush.

 I then applied texture paste through a stencil to the watercoloured areas.  I wanted it to be the bottom layer and tore a Prima patterned paper to "reveal" the coloured areas.  I then decided to add vellum as another layer between the patterned paper and the watercolour paper.  I distressed the torn edges and rolled it back.

 I then added my paper stack.  I heat embossed the frame of chipboard titles with glitter embossing powder and added it between my layers.  I made a little nest with the sisal strands and then glued it in place using my flowers.

 A page wouldn't be complete without the journaling and I wanted to document the impact Amarins had on us as a family and on the Mission.

 The bottom watercolouring.  I loved this process and I am pretty sure that I will be using this technique again very soon.

 I finished off the clusters by adding some gold enamel dots.

At this angle you can see the shiny bits and the dimension on the page.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  I hope that you are inspired to play along with us this month at Sketchabilities.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Blog Squad MEME post

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Random questions for the #blogsquadreunion

1. What time did you go to bed last night and were you alone?  20h30 (yup...it is cold) and not alone

2. If you could be given ANY gift what would it be?  A pain free life

3. What was the last film that really moved/disturbed/thrilled you and
why?  Book of Henry...it moved me because in my work life I experience too many instances where children have to play the role of adult.

4. What is your favourite TV show of all time ie. you've seen them all, can watch it over and over again and quote lines from it? Homeland and Shades of Blue....watched once so I can't quote lines :)

5. Whats your favourite way to wake up and whats the first thing you do?  Naturally and to the smell of coffee...which tells you what is the first thing I do.

6. What would you call yourself if you could choose your own name? My name is part of who I am, I wouldn't change it.

7. If you had to do a bushtucker challenge (you have to eat insects/grubs etc) what would be the worst thing you had to eat? Seriously?  I wouldn't take part in one...yuck to creepy crawlies.

8. Whats the worst/most embarrassing CD/Album you've ever owned and do you still have it?
I really don't think I ever had an album I was embarrassed about

9. What would be your dream vehicle (bikes, cars, boats, bat car and millenium falcon is allowed!)? I am forever a Volvo girl...and wouldn't mind upgrading to the latest model.

10. Whats your favourite way to spend a Friday night?  On the couch with a book

11. What characteristics do you dislike in yourself?   That I am not as focused at home as I am at work...I can procrastinate for hours.

12. Your favourite item of clothing and why? Jeans and an oversized (to my knees) top.

13. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation, where would it be and who would it be with?
 Europe and with Kobus obviously

14. If you could have any animal/creature, what would be your ultimate pet be? I am simple...a sharpei

15. What did you want to be when you were little and do you think you ever will be?  A lawyer....hell no!

16. Whats the next planned event you're looking forward to in your life?  A scrapbooking roadtrip at the beginning of September and two weeks in Plettenberg Bay at the end of September....YAY!!!!!

17. What were you doing before you started this? Procrastinating....DUH!

18. What was the last thing you ate that you really shouldn't have? A packet of speckled eggs...they jury is still out about whether I should or shouldn't have.

19. If you were an ice cream what would you be?
Rum and raisin

20. Who was the last person you spoke to that you didn't want to talk to? I screen all my calls...I don't speak to people I don't want to.

21. What was your favourite toy as a child  . . .and now? My mother tells me that I had a stuffed giraffe that I was very attached to.  Now?   Well it would probably be my craft supplies which doubles up as play therapy.

26. What are you really afraid of?  I have lived through some pretty scary stuff in my life.  I think we live in a pretty scary country if you are inclined to be negative and fearful.  I am not afraid...I guess I have found that faith and fear cannot co-exist.

There you are....over to you...your turn.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Epic Adventure - July 2017 Hip Kit

Hi there my crafty friends.  I haven't posted a layout for a while and I have a few completed ones that I still need to load.  My life is pretty busy right now and time for playing is limited.  I am sharing a layout with a photo of Lache and Kobus taken during their trip to Mauritius in January this year.  Here it is:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Dear Lizzy, Maggie Holmes, Amy Tangerine; Cardstock:  American Craft; Chipboard title:  Celebr8, branches:  Dusty Attic, Embellishments:  Hip Kit Exclusives; Stickers:  Crate Paper (Oasis); Die cuts:  Amy Tan; Stencil:  Celebr8; Texture paste:  Finnabair; Enamel dots:  Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Some close ups:
 The flowers were fussy cut from a Dear Lizzy (Lovely Day) paper.

 I used a XCut border punch to punch a strip to ground my photo.

 I did the stenciling on the top of the background and it ended up to harsh so I first toned it down with gesso and then added texture paste around the border of the page.

 The Dusty Attic sprigs were heat embossed with gold glitter embossing powder.

This page turned out more embellished than what I normally do...but I like it.

Thank you for visiting my blog today, I hope that you found inspiration.  I will be back soon ♥

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Jump - Elle's Studio Noteworthy

Hello my crafty friends.  I am sharing a layout today where I am once again trying something that isn't true to my style...but I love to have a variation of layouts and I like to try something new.  I used Elle's Studio's Noteworthy collection for this page of Dewan during a tumbling competition.

Supply list:  Patterned Paper:  Elle's Studio (Noteworthy); Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter stickers:  Elle's Studio; Wood Veneer:  Elle's Studio; Puffy Stickers:  Elle's Studio; Epoxy Stickers:  Elle's Studio; Embroidery Floss:  DMC; Ink:  Distress Ink Salty Ocean; Stamp:  Elle's Studio Title builder;  Dies:  Quickutz; Other:  Ric rac from my stash.

This is the Pagemap sketch I used for inspiration:

Some close ups:
 I cut the frames with Quickutz dies and stitched around some of them.  The circles were also cut with Quickutz dies and stitched.

 I kept to the circular element when I chose my embellishments.

 I used the Title builder stamp for the "awesome" word and the wood veneer fit perfectly.

I used some old ric rac from my stash to frame the large dotty circle and stitched it in place.

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

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Hello beautiful - Pink Paislee - Scrapbook Studio (The Event)

Hallo my crafty friends.  I was privileged to teach at The Event in Jeffreys Bay.  I was given the gorgeous Pink Paislee Moonstruck collection to play with.  The page I am sharing today was an inspiration page.  This collection is so versatile and the possibilities with making pages are endless. My feeling was that the beautiful paper need to be shown off. I scrapped Kobus with our grandies

Supply list:  Patterned paper: Pink Paislee Moonstruck; Cardstock: American Craft:  Chipboard:  GraphX; Wood Veneer:  Heidi Swapp; Die cuts:  Pink Paislee Moonstruck:  Embroidery Floss:  DMC; Mediums:  Wow Embossing Powder; Border Punch:  XCut; Other:  Doily from my stash.

Some close ups:
The colours in the paper pad is stunning.

Added texture with a doily, heat embossed chipboard and a border punch.

Handstitching for the final touches.

Ephemera tucked into the layers.

I love the dimension.
Thank you for visiting my blog today...I hope you are inspired to go and create ♥♥

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Beach - CSI 258 - Lady Pattern Paper

Hallo my crafty friends.  Yesterday I played along with Color Story Inspiration #258.  As I previously said, I am trying to make a dent in my stash.  The colours of this case file was perfect for me to use the gorgeous basic papers from Lady Pattern Paper.    I scrapped a photo of us walking on Sardinia Bay beach a few years ago... this beach can only be reached with difficulty and a hike over a very high dune...but it will always be my favourite beach in Port Elizabeth.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned Paper: Lady Pattern Paper (Fency so Buff, Brush and Marx Dotty, Starry Night so Buff, Sassy Stars Red Pop, Script Dazzling Blue; Cardstock:  American Craft; Letter Stickers:  Pink Paislee Expressions, Wood Veneer:  My Minds Eye (By the Sea); Chipboard: Scrap Collections; Flair:  My Minds Eye (By the Sea); Enamel dots etc: My Minds Eye; Die cuts:  My Minds Eye (By the Sea); Twine: WeR Memory Keepers; Ink:  Distress Vintage Photo; Stencil: Celebr8; Other Mediums:  Finnabair Light Paste, Soft Matt Gel and Art Stones.

The CSI Scene:


This is how I solved the case file:
Scheme:  All colours used:

Evidence: Stripes, Sketchy pattern, beach, nautical elements, circles, wet medium, grainy art stones.

Testimony:  I documented a trip to the beach.

Some closse ups:
 I cut the woodgrain paper into strips and distressed the edges before pasting it down on my white cardstock.  I also added some stenciling behind the photo.

 I love the texture that the corrugated paper add to this page.  Actually this page is FULL of texture.

 I added flair and some wood veneer pieces between the layers of my photo mat.

 These large Pink Paislee letter stickers have been living in my stash for the longest time...so good to see it down on a page.  I added some soft mat gel below the title and added some art stones to create a grainy, sandy effect.

 I really enjoyed making this page.

 Love all the texture and dimension.

Thank you for visiting my blog today...I hope you are inspired to play along with this challenge.♥♥




Sunday, July 15, 2018

Brown Eyed Girl - July Sketchabilities - Prima Seashore - Stash busting #2

Hallo there crafty friends.  It is reveal time over at Sketchabilities.   I am currently on a stash busting challenge that I set for myself.  Reality is that we tend to hoard our stash in the effort to keep up to date with the latest goodies out there. The older goodies are still too beautiful to purge but guilt is getting to me when I start looking at the latest collections and realize that I have collections that I haven't even touched yet.  So I dug into the older Prima Seashore collection for this page and teamed it with some newer Prima flowers, chipboard and crystals.  The photos I used were taken way back in January 2015 on an outing to the Sundays River.  Leane were playing in the mud on the river bank and built a Mud Olaf.

Supply list:  Patterned paper:  Prima Seashore; Cardstock:  American Craft; Chipboard:  Blue Fern Studio, Dusty Attic; Bling:  Prima say it in crystals; Flowers: Prima, Little Birdie; Resins: Prima; Tags:  Prima; Ink:  Distress Oxide (Worn Lipstick); Stencils:  Crafters Workshop, Celebr8 (dandelions); Mediums:  Finnabair light paste, Wow embossing powder; Border Punch:  Martha Steward; Dies: Boskut leaves; Other:  Doily and sisal from my stash.

Karan's lovely sketch:
 Some close ups:
 There is some paper tearing in the layers, some corrugated cardboard and lots of other texture.  I heat embossed the title.

 I love the cool affect of the torn papers, border strips and texture paste.

 Making the older papers "fresh" by teaming it with newer Prima flowers.  Extra texture added with a nest of sisal.

 Prima resin shells and real shells added into the clusters.

 I don't know about you...but we all seem to have stencils that have been forgotten.  It was fun to actually use them again.

I love the delicate Dusty Attic chippies.  The dandelion sprig was also dressed with white heat embossing.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Please play along with this month's sketch ♥♥