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Saturday, 30 November 2013

ROAD TRIP

Good Morning Everyone :)

So what do you think of my new look? Is Em just not the cleverest thing around? I am over the moon with it and I think we are a perfect fit :)

I have the new CSI case file, and my layout for it, for this week and if you have not been over to take a look at this fabulous challenge you can find out about it all HERE.


I used one of Nadia's sketches to work from this week - she has such great ones to choose from and you can find them all HERE.


Here is my layout.


I used these beautiful papers from Authentique that were perfect for the colours. I did add a little orangey/red to liven it up a little.

The quote on the layout says:

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.
GK Chesterton

and

My journalling (on the back of the layout) says:


Four girls, two days, one car and 1200 kms... Destination – Ficksburg, for the cherry festival. We piled into the butch-mobile at six in the morning turned the music up loud and hit the highway down to Harrismith where we stopped for breakfast, and even managed to do a little shopping ;) The next bit was interesting because I think my garmin is still speaking French, we headed towards Ficksburg and Victoria took us through the Golden Gate National Park which is the most breathtakingly beautiful countryside that I have ever seen, took us 6 hours from Johannesburg to Ficksburg because of all the stopping to take photos, well and of course breakfast and shopping.
First stop was the Cherry Farm tour complete with cherry wine tasting and more shopping, a township tavern tour (NO shopping), and a little hair raising as we were the only white people in the township taverns and women at that, once we nailed that one it was back into town to browse the stalls, shop a little more and then tired out at nine another long 65kms drive (they said it was easy access – pfft)  to our bed and breakfast ‘Cranberry Cottage’ which was so delightful. I have to say here 65 kms on a crappy road in the dark, and with a garmin that is also tired and only speaking French is NOT what I call easy access J but I did it...I had a nice hot bath and was asleep before my head hit the pillow.
Saturday morning and I am up at 5 to take more pics, we have breakfast and then make the long drive back to Ficksburg for the Chocolate tour and on the way we spot a market at Clocolan which looked so amazing we decided to drive back after the chocolate tour and take a look. So worth the extra 60 kms... We shopped up a storm and I took loads of photos. We got home again around five in the evening.
I love my girl time it is necessary – no it is essential to my happiness and sanity, I don’t think I have ever laughed so much, eaten so many cherries, driven so far, or had so much fun. We are already planning our next trip, one of the benefits of not having any kids at school anymore J Next time we will allocate more time so that it is not so rushed. Every time I do something like this I am blown away by the beauty and diversity of things to do in this beautiful rugged land that I now call home.

Here are some close-ups.


I used the glossy accents on the title. 


I used some mist on the white background before I typed the journalling and then punched the border.


The light bulb is tucked into the flowers.

The photo was taken in the Golden Gate Nature Reserve.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.


xox

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Monday, 25 November 2013

FABULOUS GIVEAWAY


Hello Everyone

 I am just popping in to let you know about a fabulous giveaway on Keren Tamir's blog... such beautiful things...

This is just one of the four gorgeous prizes up for grabs and you have till New Years Eve to enter... so don't delay.


They are all equally beautiful ... you can see them all  HERE.

If you win you have to share it with me :D :D :D




Friday, 15 November 2013

THE INVITATION


Hello Everyone

I have another layout to share with you. This is  my DT layout for CSI's case file #98 which I am also entering for the Sketchbook 365 challenge.

Here is the case file from CSI.


This is the sketch from Scrap365


Here is my layout.


I chose to use the white, green and the purple as my main colours and there is just a little of the yellow and blue on the circle paper.
                                                 
My journalling on the back of the layout says.

My favourite poem is The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer and I came across this poem when I was having a complete crisis of faith, I didn't know who I was, where I was going or even what I believed. I had spent so many years trying to be what I thought was expected of me that I lost me along the way. I wanted to be a good daughter, sister and friend, I wanted to be the perfect wife and mother, the best worker, the organiser on the PTA, always worrying that I was creating a good image for everyone else and not putting myself first. When I read this poem my life changed forever and I have never looked back since.

It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dream, for the adventure of being alive.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain!
I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own, without moving to hide it or fade it, or fix it.
I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own, if you can dance with wildness and let the ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic, to remember the limitations of being human.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling me is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself; if you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul; if you can be faithless and therefore trustworthy.
I want to know if you can see beauty even when it’s not pretty, every day, and if you can source your own life from its presence.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand on the edge of the lake and
shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes!”
It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have. I want to know if you can get up, after the night of grief and despair, weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done to feed the children.
It doesn’t interest me who you know or how you came to be here. I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you, from the inside, when all else falls away. I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

Thank you so much for stopping bye and for taking the time to leave a comment. I really love to read them, they make my day :D


STILL


Hello Everyone

Today I have my DT layout for the new challenge up at Scrap Africa, 'WHITE WITH A PINCH OF...'  there are some amazing examples up, so why not take a look and play along - you have two weeks :D

Here is my take on the challenge.


I love a white background, oh and also a kraft background, ooooh and a black background :) Seriously, there is just something so clean and crisp about white with colour. 
I chose this gorgeous teal colour because I had these photos of the gorgeous fishing boats at Hout Bay Harbour that I just love and I had also got new Washi tape (my latest addiction). A match made in heaven.

The quote on the layout says

The world of reality has it limits, but the world of imagination is boundless
and
The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever

My journalling on the back of the layout says

Although I am a Capricorn, which is an earth sign, I a drawn to water - any kind of water from the stillness and serenity of lakes, to the gentle toing and froing of waves in calm seas the to the angry, crashing waves of stormy, rough seas. I even love rain... for me there is something so calming about being around water. I don't have to be in it I just have to be near it. I love the smell of the salt in the sea air and the squawks of  the seagulls flying overhead and the gentle lapping of the water against the fishing boats which come in all colours and sizes and states of repair. I can sit there all day lost in beauty and calm of it all, alone with my thoughts. This is my little piece of heaven on earth, a place where I can just be.

Here are some close-ups of my layout.



I created the paint lines by adding some teal paint to my craft mat and running a pizza cutter through it until it was coated then 'cutting' the paper to leave the tracks. I then added the washi tapes, and a bit of builders tape. The quote above the photos is a rub-on. The arrows are cut from cardstock as are the black leaves, the other arrows are washi tape.


The quote at the bottom of the layout is stamped as are the seagulls :D I also added some splats (under the gulls ;)) using my Tim Hotlz distress stains.



Here are some more gulls and a small piece of washi added at the top.

Thank you for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave a comment. I really appreciate the time you take :D 




Thursday, 14 November 2013

SISTERS

Hello Everyone

I have a project to share with you today that I have used for TWO challenges... Yes you read right, and I am hoping that I have done this right...

SO... the first challenge is Lucy Muraca's  YSMY challenge where she sends the same photo to everyone and then we get to see the way that everyone else scraps the photo. I love to see the different takes on this and I have played along a couple of times and this month I had time to play again.

Here is the photo that she sent us.


I cropped the photo in tight and changed it into sepia because it went with my papers (Prima - Tea Thyme)
 better.

Then I wanted to enter the Prima BAP Challenge. 
I have watched this challenge for a long time now and not felt good enough to enter but this time I thought 'what the hell' in for a penny, and so I did it. I have loads of Prima Product and I love it.

Here is the BAP sketch.


Ok... so I loved the soft pretty-ness of this sketch and because I only had one photo and I only wanted to use one I decided to make a wider photo mat and then it kind of took on a life of it's own :)


Here is my layout.


My journalling on the back of the layout says:

Downton abbey is one of my favourite TV shows. I just love that era especially if you were born into the upper class. I love the homes, the clothes, the cars, the lifestyle where teas are served under the trees in proper china cups and sauces, with cucumber sandwiches cut into triangles. Where you dressed for dinner, manners were the rule and not the exception, and courtship was sweet and proper. The women were so elegant in their beautiful dresses and gloves and stockings, and the men so handsome in their suits and hats. A time when you learned piano, horseriding and the art of entertaining. I love the idea of it and I am sure that the reality was completely different :D

Here are some close-ups of my layout.


I just love these papers  :) I did some fussy cutting - something I don't often do because I don't really like it, but it seemed perfect for here. I added some of the bigger Prima flowers and leaves and then put in a couple of other flowers. Lastly I added the hat pins.


I also added this dress form which I found my stash. I coloured the stand brown and diamond glazed and covered the body with some of the paper, the 36, ribbon and rose were added too. The lace down the side is two different kinds and was perfect. The pearls just finish it off.


I put more flowers at the top and also covered a photo corner with paper and added it. The final touch is the little lightbulb that says us. The whole layout was added to a dark green background to bring out the leaves of the flowers on the paper.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look. I appreciate the time you take to leave a comment and I truly love reading them.





Saturday, 9 November 2013

SMILE


Morning Everyone :D
It is Saturday and I have the new CSI to share with you.


Because it is the second week of the month we also get a sketch to work with from Em Starface, she has really cool sketches - you can check her work out over at Page Drafts if you ever need a kick start, this is a good place to go. :D

Here is my layout. Which I am also entering into the challenge over at Scrapki-Wyzwaniowo


Here is how I solved the case...

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - Leaves,fabric, wood, chevron, diamonds, something shiny,transparent.
Testimony - Repetitive journalling, Cheddar X Inspiration (what is the best part about spring).

The text around the layout says...
'When I see a bird that walks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck - I call that bird a duck... read all about it.'

The story on the back of the layout says...

Spring is my favourite time of year, the days are getting a bit longer, and warmer, and the dreariness of winter is taking its leave. It is a time of renewal and re-birth the garden comes alive again after months of sleeping.
The first rains of the season come and wash away the grime of a long winter. The clouds are black and heavy with rain, the thunder rolling and the lightening dancing in the sky, the heavens open up and soak the thirsty earth and often as quick as it came it’s gone and it leaves in its wake a beautiful rainbow over my neighbours house.
There is nothing nicer than the smell of the earth after a good rain, everything is clean and all the dust is gone. The trees are getting their new shoots and my garden is a riot of colour, birds in the fever tree chattering away and building nests and butterflies flitting from one flower to another.
The Egyptian geese from the complex next door have had their babies in our complex for the last two years... clearly they like it. This year they were looking to lay in my garden and they tried desperately but the dogs were having none of it. Between the racket of the geese and the barking of the dogs it was mayhem, but they were determined and they laid somewhere close by because one day I saw them walking down the road past my house. The cutest sight ever - daddy, mommy and five perfect babies. All was forgiven and I could not help but smile and the site of them waddling around, AND I managed to get photos :)...
A dedicated scrapper goes NOWHERE without a camera...:)

Here are some close-ups of my layout.


I can't do round photos or any cut photos, must be from the first time I saw scrapbooking and all the photos were cut into shapes, stars, circles, silhouette and so on. (I know I need to get over it - but not today :D) So I incorporated the circles in a different way, cut and mat using my nestabilities and then added bling for the 'something shiney'.


I used gesso and a diamond stencil on the background page and kept it white on white for a clean look.


The flowers were added at the end and layered over skeleton leaves and gauze and builders tape. The buttons were added just to continue the circle them.. My wood is the SMILE title. 

I love working with Em's sketches and I loved the colours and theme of this case file. Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look. The comments you leave always make my day.
Have a great weekend :D





Tuesday, 5 November 2013

FLY


Hello Everyone :D

I have another layout for you today :D

I was overjoyed to be asked by Jo Tritton to do a Guest DT spot over at Orange Paperie and Co this month and as it was Jo's turn to host the challenge she has opted for  a sketch challenge, but you also have to include some fussy cutting and die cuts.

Here is her sketch.


Here is my take on it...


Once again I didn't write the names of the paper range to bring with me so I can't tell you what it is but I can tell you that they are so pretty and I just loved the colours.

The quote in the die cut circle says : ' Spread your wings and let the fairy in you FLY'

My journalling (on the back of the layout says):

I wonder if you know how proud I am of you? I know I tell you often and you say 'ah thanks Ma' but I wonder if you really know or believe it. When you decided to  become a teacher you could have gone to one of the upmarket private schools and had a cushie job with privileged kids, but instead you chose to go to one of the government schools where you knew you were needed the most and where you could make a real difference. I have seen first hand your passion for your kids and how that passion is rewarded by the letters and messages that you get from them. That is something to be proud of. I see how your face lights up when you tell me stories from your classroom and I know that for you this is not just a job it is a calling. I hope that you never become disillusioned and jaded by the hardships that you encounter on a daily basis, in the classroom, and by the hardships that your kids experience each and every day just in order to get to school and to do their homework at night. I hope that you maintain your passion for as long as you wish to teach. I want you to know that you do make a difference. You make a difference to me too and I love you and I am more than proud to be your mom. I love you to the moon and back. xox

Here are some close-ups of my layout.



I die-cut the circles and the tags using my Nestabilities, one of my favourite tools in my studio. I used bakers twine to tie the tags. The little triangle arrows to lead your eye to the photo and the builders tape adds a little interest.


I used a punch to make the scalloped border and all of the little birds and trees were fussy cut from the paper and adhered to the layout some flat and some with foam tape. Lastly I added the little flowers.


I also added some buttons for interest. The title was painted and diamond glazed. I wanted to keep this layout clean and simple and fresh so that this photo of Storm is what hits you first, and I think that I achieved that. The photo was taken at our outing to the monkey sanctuary and it completely captures the essence of my baby girl.

Thank you so much to Jo Tritton for having me as a Guest Designer. This really was a lot of fun. :D




Monday, 4 November 2013

MY BOY


Hello Everyone :D

I have another new challenge for you and this one is for Scrap Africa and is
Sketch 23 Challenge.

If you haven't checked them out before then I suggest you go and take a look, they have really great challenges every couple of weeks... a sketch challenge and then another challenge that can be anything. There is loads of inspiration up on the blog from the DT too.


I loved working with this sketch it is such a great one. Here is my layout.


I am away from my studio and for the life of me I can't remember whose papers these are but I really, really love them and they were just perfect for these photos of my beautiful boy Hansa.

The quote on the layout says...
'In order to keep a true perspective of one's
importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship you
and a cat that will ignore you' :D
(Dereke Bruce)

This is so true for my boy who is now 4 years old and the most beautiful boy I know (and I am NOT biased) I got him from a friend who was looking for homes for some kitties and I wasn't sure how the dogs would take to him... to say they were unimpressed is an understatement :) However, they got over it and for the most part they just ignore him... all except for Karma... Hansa and Karma are the best of friends and they play together like two puppies, as long as the other three stay out of it. They will snuggle up together in one of their baskets or on the bed. Hansa also has a love affair with the two girl cats across the road and Quinton and Belinda both love Hansa but are convinced he is gay because of the way he plays with their two girls. I don't care :) Can cats even be gay?  I love my boy and the only time he will come to me for a cuddle is at night when we go to bed. He will often wake up in the night and play gently with my face as if he is looking for attention. He is just the sweetest and most beautiful boy. A real mama's boy :D.

Here are some close-ups of my layout.


I layered the strips of paper with washi tape just for some added interest. The cat was painted using a Tim Holtz dabber in gold and then inked with a dark brown Colour Box cats eye. I added two gems for eyes. I also fussy cut some of the flowers from the papers and layered them with other flowers.


I added another flower cluster at the top and treated the title the same way as the cat. The tags were made with left over paper and hold my journalling.


I also used some re-cycled packaging card from Prima and cut the butterfly out of the back of one of the papers.

My last DT layout for this month is my card for Black with 2

They have a gorgeous colour challenge for November.
This is another fun site to play along with and I can recommend checking it out if you haven't already.


Aren't the colours gorgeous. I chose to go with the bright red and the kraft colour. Here is my card for the challenge.


I made this card for a friends 50th. 

I made the card using black card stock and then covered the front with some newsprint that I had stamped some poppies onto. The hearts were cut on my Silhouette machine and then I ran the red one through my corrugating machine. I added lace and washi down the left hand side and then some bakers twine and on top of that a Petaloo flower. I chose to use the word Cherish for Cher and also decorated the inside of the card with another heart and some more paper. :D 

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog to take a look and for taking the time to leave a comment. I really appreciate them. <3




Sunday, 3 November 2013

MY HAPPY PLACE


Hello Everyone

It is a beautiful day here in Uvongo the sun is shining, the sky is clear and I can hear the waves crashing against the shore. Just a perfect day for me:D

Today I have the new reveal for OUAS. This is a wonderful challenge site and if you have not played along in any of the challenges before I can really recommend that you do. Go and take a look at all the inspiration from the amazing DT. 

Here is the sketch for you to use.


Journalling Theme: "My Happy Place"
(Please remember that you need to include journalling )

Here is my layout for this challenge.


I wanted to keep my layout clean and simple this month because that together with the blessing I found and my photo is who I am. I love these papers by Authentique and they were perfect for my photo which I took from my 'Happy Place' out onto the bit of garden that I can see from my studio during one of our Highveld thunder storms. 

The journalling on the layout is a blessing and although it did not give any reference I think it is an Irish Blessing. It says:

May the sun bring you energy by day
May the moon softly restore your soul by night
May the rain gently wash away your worries
May the breeze blow strength into your being
May you walk through the world and know it's beauty all the days of your life.

The journalling on the little tag says...

My happy place is at home in my studio with my doors to the garden open,
 the skies black and the thunder rumbling.

My journalling on the back of the layout says.

I am not high maintenance and my needs are simple. I am happiest in my studio surrounded by the things I love, doing what makes me happy. I am blessed to have a wonderful craft room. Small and cozy and choc full of everything I need. I have double doors that I can open onto my garden and what I see is the beautiful big fever tree with the bird feeder. Always a hive of activity as long as there is bird seed aplenty. I love nothing more than a good thunder storm. The skies become heavy and black and the the light casts its warm glow on the houses around us. The thunder starts to roll and the heavens open and the rain begins to fall washing away the dust and dirt and leaving the whole place looking clean and fresh and beautiful. I can't tell you why it soothes me but it does. I can often be found at the window watching the rain in silent contemplation. This is my happy place.

Here are some close ups of my layout.


Here is a close up of my journalling and the bracket with points to the photo. The title was created using rub-ons for the MY and PLACE and chipboard for the HAPPY.


This close-up shows the photo with the colours and the rain, and also the layering. I created just a little flower cluster.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look. I want to thank you for taking the time to leave a comment I really love reading them :D