Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Hello Everyone,
I am so far behind on all my posts, life is getting pretty busy around here again about now and I am just not getting some things done.
I have three double layouts from the Charity Scrap Day I attended on Saturday hosted by Michelle van Wyk. She did two double layouts and Adri du Preez did one. We had such a fun time and I loved what we did and I will load them when I am done.
I am also busy with some Christmas decorations that I am making. One for each member of my ever growing family :) but you will have to wait until they are done too.
I have last weeks Let's Scrap card to show you. I was away in the Pilanesburg with my better half and so I never got a chance to post it.
Here is the sketch.

And, here is the card I created.

I used some of my very favourite papers... Maja Designs.

Here is a close up.

 - the leaf is a die I have and I just made the tag. The flowers are from my stash and are from Prima and Petaloo, the little copper leaves are charms from my jewellery box.

Next I also have my card  for the Feeling Sketchy Challenge #105 which was to use this sketch.

And, here is my card.

I used these paper scraps from Authentique to make up this card and added a hit of red.
The black circles are chipboard that I painted black and the butterfly is a Martha Stewart Punch.
Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a message. I really appreciate it.
Till next time.

Saturday, October 11, 2014


Hello Everyone, 

I have the new case file for you from CSI and it is a cracker of a case this week so, time to pick up your forensic kits and get sleuthing.

Here it is.

As you can see there is a sketch to use as inspiration from the lovely Emma Stafrace. You can find more of her lovely sketches here at Page Drafts.

Here is the sketch.

Here is my layout.

AND... I solved the case by using...

Scheme - all of the colours.
Evidence - mixed media, stripes, penwork, flowers/leaves, circles.
Testimony - document something on your mind.

The quote on the front of the layout says:
Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heard and to give thanks for another day of loving. (Khalil Gibran)

My journalling on the back of the layouts says:
This whole year has been a year of change in our family... good change... and the next year is not looking any different. Now, instead of having babies on my mind I have wedding plans (and babies) to think about.
 I am so happy that Storm and Lloyd have decided to tie the knot. They are just perfect for one another and I know they will be very happy together. The proposal was so touching and I have never seen Storm look so happy and so content.
I didn't have a wedding - we just got married in the garden with only immediate family. A small unpretentious affair with about 15 people. Very low key - no work involved really.
I am not sure I know where to even begin to organise one let especially one my darling daughter will be happy with. I am terrified and excited at the same time, she knows exactly what she wants and how to get it. They are wanting to get married in March and I keep thinking it's not much time to get it all done - but I do know that we are both methodical and organised and I am looking forward to getting involved in all the planning and executing of this wonderful day. For now I have lists... lists and lists of lists :D

Here are some close-ups

I cut the edge of the paper off before I wrote down whose it was :P Now I can't remember but it was double sided and perfect for the colours this week so I cut it in half and then taped it back together again and mounted it onto black cardstock. I chose to do some mock stitching all around the layout this week. The red and grey flower was cut from a piece of paper in my scrap box.

The heart balloons are chippies that I covered with the dotty paper. I used some gesso and used some of my new Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals... Oh I love those things :D

I wrote the quote by hand... I really DON'T like to see my writing on layouts I always think it spoils them. O layered up some of the papers with a banner, a strip and a punched border. The chippie title was just painted red and left.

The banner was attached to some twine and tucked in. The flowers were added and lastly the bling. An engaged girl has to have some bling. :)

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for leaving me a comment. I really appreciate it.

Till next time.


Friday, October 10, 2014


Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all having a wonderful Friday... it's nearly the weekend and this weekend I am going to look at a wedding venue with my kids :)

I have the new challenge for you from Let's Scrap and they have an awesome prize up for grabs so check it out, there is also lovely inspiration from the DT.

This is this week's sketch designed by Michelle van Wyk.

And here is my take on the sketch.

I noticed on the Let's Scrap blog that I had lost the last E in Inistoige and could I find it anywhere? NO! And did I have another one? NO! So I removed the first one with undo and traced around it with brown pen and painted the inside cream... Done and dusted... Love it when a plan comes together. THEN I realised I had spelt it wrong anyway :P it's been one of those weeks but I am ok with it.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:

Of all the places I have visited in Ireland or perhaps even anywhere there is little that compares to the beauty of this beautiful little town. It is pretty all year round but in summer when all the flowers and hanging baskets are out it is pure delight. Inistoige is built alongside the river Nore and is one of the most visited towns in Ireland. The long stretch of grass along the river makes it a perfect place to picnic or walk the dogs and on the weekend it is full of people enjoying the beauty and on this day the sunshine too. We spent an afternoon there enjoying the warm sunshine and each others company, taking photos, chatting, watching the boys playing and then ended it off with scones, Wexford strawberry jam and clotted cream at the little cafe across the road. I loved the peace and tranquility there and I can see myself living there in a little cottage overlooking the water. It truly doesn't get better than this.

Here are some close ups.

I used Prima papers for this layout and plain Bazzill cardstock. The little tickets were printed onto scraps of paper and cut out.

 Lots of stamping but otherwise a very CAS layout. Just my style.

Ok so I didn't exactly follow the sketch but I didn't want to crop my photos any more and I liked the grid design. I also added some ribbon, flowers and a hat pin or two...


Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave a comment. I really appreciate it.

Till next time.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Hello Everyone

It has been another couple of busy weeks with limited scrapping being done by me.

In my last post I told you that Cathy van de Bruinhorst and I had taken over the Feeling Sketchy Challenge Blog, well we have also taken over the reigns of the Let's Scrap Sketch blog...

Let's Scrap was the very first DT I ever tried out for a couple of years ago and I loved the little community there, it was a Ning site and it was hard to navigate and way too busy.  There have been some major changes in the last little while and we came to a point where Cathy, Debby and I made the decision to close  down the site and run it  as a blog rather. It has not been an easy transition and now Debby had decided to step down now handing the reigns over to Cathy and I  and we are confident that we are on track now, we still have one or two more changes up our sleeves but we are taking it slowly. 

Let's Scrap is a weekly sketch challenge blog that caters for scrappers of all levels. So I hope that you will check it out and maybe play along with us.

Anyhow... on to other scrappy things. I have completed another Project Life layout, of our one night get away to a Country Hotel called Valverde.

The journalling on the cards says:

We were surprised by Clint and Lin on Fathers and Mothers Day with a night away to Valverde Country Hotel, such a quaint place and a beautiful setting. We arranged for a couple of spa treatments in the afternoon after a wonderful light lunch. The treatments were great. We had such a nice room upstairs - which proved to be a little noisy :) 
A lazy drink to watch the sun go down and a lovely meal in the restaurant to end off the day. Even though it was the middle of winter and most of the trees had lost their leaves, it was still a really lovely place. Lots of little nooks and crannies and wonderful things to take photos of. The gardens must be magnificent in summer. They also have an aquaponics section here and all of the geysers are solar powered and on my walk I even found a worm farm. I love to see places that are so green conscious and trying to do their bit.
The weekend that we were there they were having a wedding and they were busy setting it all up when we went in for breakfast on Saturday morning. It all looked so pretty and I hope that they had a wonderful day.

Here are some close-ups.

This archway went down into the formal garden which was so pretty.
The quote is a stamp.

I used some book paper, washi tape and some fussy cut birds from the authentique paper I used for this layout.

This was one of the little nooks I found.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look, and for taking the time to leave me a comment I really appreciate it.

Till next time


Friday, October 3, 2014


Hello Everyone

First of all I want to let you all into a little secret that I can now share. My partner in Crime, Cathy van de Bruinhorst, and I have taken over the blog at Feeling Sketchy as of 1 October. The lovely Debi Clark who has been running the blog is staying on with us as a Sketch Designer. It would be great if you could visit the blog and check out our challenges and maybe play along... We have TWO card sketches - posted on the 1st and 15th of each month and a layout sketch posted on the 3rd of the month. We have a great Design Team and they have created some lovely inspiration for you all, and I would love it if you could hop on over and check it all out.
I haven't done much scrapping this week. What with my daughters engagement and all the excitement of an up-coming wedding I have not done anything.
I did however, sometime in all this excitement, finish this project life layout.
Have I told you how much I love this style of scrapping.... lots of photos, lots of journalling, clean and simple style, with a bit if mixed media thrown in... perfect match for me.
Here is the first one.

It is from our last trip down to Uvongo. I have added some of my favourite photos from the trip and my journalling.

Here are a couple of close ups.

Some splats and a stamp. 'In dreams we catch glimpses of life larger than our own.'

What I love about project life is that I can add these random  photos that I love to take just because.

Highlights from our week down there. This style for me is ALL about scrapping the everyday details that make up our lives.


Saturday, September 27, 2014


Hello Everyone
Today I have the new case file from CSI and the final one for Mix it Up September,
so it's time to grab your forensic kits and get down to some serious sleuthing :) You have one week to play along as these are such fun challenges I can highly recommend it. There are so many inspiring layouts from the DT and all the guest designers and you can feast your eyes on them HERE. If you are not a regular player I hope that you will give it a try.

This is the new case file.

This month I decided I would also play along with my old fellow DT friends at OUAS. I miss them all :)

This is their sketch for this month.

 Journalling Theme: Open theme...with a twist
For this month's challenge, you can scrap about any theme BUT you need to include your own handwritten journalling on your page!

Here is my layout.

I don't have journalling on the front but I do have a quote. (My journalling is on the back of the layout)

Here is how I solved the case.
Scheme - The colours are all there (I love these colours).
Evidence - Cogs/gears, music elements, penwork, leaves, lots of layers, glossy accents.
Testimony - Odd prompt #33 - Have you ever ridden a bike.

My journalling says:
There is something about gleaming metal on two wheels, jeans and leather that gets my heart racing. I love the roar of a big bike engine as it takes off down the road, the feel of the wind in your face, and the fact that there is nothing protecting you. That is the dark, reckless side of me, thank goodness that age and a sense of responsibility prevail. 
 Being a farm girl I have ridden bikes for most of my life. When we first got married Simon had a Honda 1100 and we spent many happy hours on that bike, and I have some very good memories.
 Now that I am older and hopefully a little wiser I think I am a little afraid of them, oh hell I am a lot afraid of them so imagine my surprise when a few years ago a friend of mine who turned 40 got a Harley Davidson from her hubby. Her birthday treat was a weekend away with the girls. We arrived at Fournos for breakfast and we thought we were going to the Spa in a bus... Outside the restaurant were 14 magnificent Harley's, inside were 14 leather clad bikers. :) One rider - one passenger. They took us on a tour of our city before depositing us at the venue and I don't think I stopped grinning the entire weekend.
The top photo is me donning my headscarf which we each received from the bikers - it said - wild and free. So true! The bottom photo is all the bikes stopped at a traffic light and I leaned out (like a good scrapper) to take a photo. I loved it and I had a wonderful time and it is certainly something that I will never forget is not something that I would like to do on a regular basis. That quote reinforces why.
Here are some close ups.

Lots of layers and a watercolour background using the two shades of green and some lighter green splats.
The angel wings, arrow and title were painted black and the heart was covered with the purple distress glitter.


Th cogs were painted black and some of them were diamond glazed and had distress glitter added the bling was added to some of them. I added some purple watercolour around the flower clusters. 

The quote was written onto strips and added.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave a comment. I really appreciate it.


Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Hello Everyone,

I thought I would show you some of the layouts that we created at our Annual Scrapbook Expo that is held year every year in September. It is also our TT girls weekend away and by far my favourite weekend of the year :)

Ok so I have to tell you straight off that NONE of my projects resemble the original pieces but I loved them all and the things we learnt anyway. I chose this one for pictures of Storm and her different looks since she left school because I think that she definitely lives a colourful life :) It is amazing to me how much my child has changed over the last ten years from a young girl into a beautiful young woman. I have a little journalling in the pocket that says.

The Many Faces of Storm 
I think you are just the most beautiful girl - inside and out. I love how you have changed your hair, appearance and your style over the years and I think you just get better and better with every passing year. Like a fine wine :P I love you baby girl. NEVER CHANGE! xx

Another double and I have left one of the tags empty for Storm to journal on... the back of one of the tags has a note from me that says:

I am so happy that you have finally found someone that loves you and treats you with the respect that you deserve. It is a treat to see you two together and I know that you will have a long and happy life together. Never take each other for granted. Say I love you each day. Never go to bed angry. Stay up and fight :) Don't forget to show appreciation for all the wonderful things he does for you. Make time for fun and silliness it does you the world of good. Laugh together as often as you can. Give each other space to be alone for it is in your aloneness that you will find happiness. Find ways to continually surprise one another and be thoughtful. Do stuff together. Know that you will disagree and that is healthy. Build a wonderful life together. I love you both xx

I love the papers of this double and Storm has chosen this one to hang in their lounge, the colour are just perfect. I have not journalled on this one at all. She can put her journalling on the back.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look, and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it.

Till next time.