Monday, 28 May 2012


I have completed a few more challenges and I think I only have two more to get done before the 31st May. I have enjoyed this so much but I have to say it will be nice to not be under so much pressure :D

This next challenges inspiration came from Pinterest. It was to use these colours... I had these two photos of Simon on the bus when we did the tour of bath and I liked them and wanted to use them and they seemed perfect for this challenge.

I really like the feminine colours for a masculine page, and to make it more masculine I used the ticket stamps from Glenda Viljoen. I did break down and add the two flowers but chose ric-rac for the stems. All in all I like it for a masculine page.

This next challenge had to include a bingo card and a banner. I could not find a card that had a theme I wanted to use and so I decided to do something different. The stamps I used on this page are from Tim Holtz and one of the stamps was Charlie Chaplin under the umbrella and I knew then that I wanted to do a page on him. I was always freaked out by him and I never understood what all the hype about him was. I found these two photos of him which I have to say I absolutely love. Then I searched quotes by him and I found this one which was perfect for this page. "Failure is unimportant, it takes courage to make a fool of yourself".

I wanted everything about this page to be a contradiction for me.  So I went for the traditional straight banners, one in black and one in white and put them at right angles on the page - not straight though. I then added the red and white dot band for a pop of colour. The journalling was his quote which I put in red brackets and I love this saying. I used the 'EMBRACE IMPERFECTION' as my title and highlighted it with the black arrow. I stamped the bingo card, tickets and the silhouette of Charlie Chaplin on white Bazzill so that it was textured. I found a sheet of cardstock that had these flocked flowers on it and I cut some of them our and used them to carry the red through the page.  I love this page... I embraced the imperfection of everything being crooked and off. I used photos I love of someone who has always freaked me out and I had an ah - ha moment with the quote.

This challenge is not one of the INSM challenges but is one of the DT challenges and the spec was to scrap a page with NO photos. This was perfect for me because I had just been to a play at the school where my daughter teaches. They put on Fame - The Musical and I loved it. So I collected the tickets and a programme...

I decided to mimic the cover of the programme and because I did not have a brick stamp I used a beige cardstock and stamped a scratchy design in opposite corners in brown ink. I then splattered and ran white paint over the page, then the whole page was put into my 12 x 12 printer so that I could print the title FAME directly onto the cardstock. This was then covered with diamond glaze. I wanted to show that it was a high school musical so I used washi ruler tape in the bottom right hand corner to show the grades 8 - 12... for the journalling I used some of the quotes from the play and then added the journalling  label and a few flowers some black bling and a corner to bring in more black. This was such a fun challenge for me as I have loads of ephemera with no photos. Now I am inspired to scrap these pages.

The last challenge that I have completed is an INSM challenge to scrap where you live. :D My favourite topic, this was a fabulous page for me to do but trying to decide how I was going to tackle it was the hardest bit. There is so much I have to say about SA and eventually I decided to highlight the important things for me which was everything. I took photos of the places I have been, the mountain, the bush, the sea, midlands, wine farms, breweries, proteas, Bulls vs Sharks :)  my home, highveld thunder showers, parties, braais, soccer world cup and of course Madiba and our flag - have I left anything out?

I chose my sketch which I really took liberties with and here is my layout. I decided to write on the photos themselves all that I wanted to say... this was maybe not my best idea because some of the writing is hard to read... but I can read it and that is what really matters. I really do love this country of mine.

Shew, now I am taking a break for the rest of the night. I have my daughter coming for supper and my boy has gone back to Cape Town and I am going to miss him.

I will be back :D

Thursday, 24 May 2012


Hello Everyone,

It has been another busy week and I have loads to post. I don't know if you remember but a while back I submitted a card for a rainbow challenge at Scrap Africa, and I was one of the winners and I was asked by them to do a Guest Design Team slot and if you head on over to Scrap Africa you can see what we all did. The spec was based on the Keep Calm posters and we had to finish the end. I had just bought Becky Flecks' Pagemaps and they arrived in the post and at the back of the book was a box template and 52 cards with all of the pagemaps that were featured in the book and I immediately knew what I wanted to do.

Keep Calm and Scrap On...

I covered the box in a blue and white gingham paper and cute the circle in white using my nestabilities, the slogan was typed on this circle in blue to match the paper and then backed onto another circle with a scalloped edge in orange (my favourite colours at the moment)

I crocheted a blue flower and layers with another blue petal and finished with a blue and white polkadot button. I then added flowers in white and orange in a cluster around the circle.

I added a rub-on that says Limited Edition at the bottom right of the box and then tied an orange ribbon around the box and knotted it. Then knotted a blue and white organza ribbon too. I also threaded two hat pins into the knot, one of the pins had blue, white and orange beads on it. 

On the back of the box I placed three blue tiles and a ribbon slide on the orange ribbon, a button to close the lid of the box and a rub-on that say One of a Kind. I punched holes in the flap of the lid of the box and tied ribbons in orange, blue and white.

The down the sides of the box I cut a strip of punched card stock in orange.

This was such a fun challenge for me and I like how my project turned out and that it was out of the box :D

I have another challenge that has been done over at Let's Scrap for the INSM and this one was a Bingo card challenge. We were given a choice of items that were written into a bingo card and you could choose which row or column you wanted to pick. I chose the first row because I liked all the choices so it was like flipping a coin. I got 3 or more photos, flowers, bling and journalling... and this is what I did with it.

I took these photos of Storm when she came to visit one day because she just looked so cute and I have wanted to use them since. I chose Authentique paper the Blissful range and originally I chose the other side of the grey paper which was the same colours as the spots but was floral with a touch of the coral in it. But when I was playing with the layout I felt that this paper side did more justice to the photos. I love this page because the photos of my daughter really stand out and that is what I wanted. I cut a strip and punched both edges and slid it underneath the two photos on the right had side and used the bottom part for my journalling. I tied a bit of coral ribbon around the top and used a couple of rub-on butterflies to finish it off. The flowers on the sides are from Prima and the heart was in my stash so I just painted it with Buttermilk paint and finished the whole layout off with yellow half pearls.

I have a couple more layouts but will post them tomorrow.

Thanks for stopping by...

Monday, 21 May 2012


Hi Everyone

Just a quick post for the Scrap Africa #5 Challenge. This was the sketch given...

and this is what I did with it.

I have very few photos of my kids when they were small, probably because photos were on film back then and it was expensive to have them processed. I have these two photos of Stormie and her new pink bike. She looks to be about four in these photos ( I am not even sure when they were taken) but she would have gotten the bike for Christmas or her birthday which is in January... She is wearing her brothers sunglasses and a cap that her dad gave her from Multiserv - which is where he worked in those days and she is just the coolest little thing. I love that she has always had a sense of her own style and she didn't give a dam what anyone else thought. Go Stormie.

I used paper from Creative Imaginations that I found in my stash and the colours worked with the worn photos perfectly. I used the second piece to cut out the concertina flowers and all the tickets. Those fabulous stamps are from Glenda Viljoens new range and I really look forward to the stamps she brings out.

Have a great start to the new week.

Sunday, 20 May 2012


Hello Everyone,

Well after a totally hectic week last week I have had a wonderfully quiet and very productive week this week. The load challenge is going really well and I have done 23 layouts in 20 days so I am on track with that. I am a week ahead with my DT challenges and I have submitted work to two companies - Prima and my project to Graphic 45 as well. I have completed my Scrapzville Swap and that will be posted in the morning. More than that I am happy. I really like my own space and time to do what I really love. Make beautiful things.

I have been working my way through all the INSM challenges over at Let's Scrap numerically (unless they had a time limit) and here they are...

The first one is for the re-cycle challenge, I thought that one would be simple but it was a wee bit more challenging than I anticipated until I found this photo of my wheelbarrow. It had a broken front wheel and was being thrown out when I got the gardener to fix the wheel and I painted it white, filled it with soil and Bizzy Lizzies and it stands in my garden, look just lovely. I just love it and it always makes me happy to see it. So my photo was of something re-cycled too. The only thing on here that is not recycled was the pale pink Bazzil I used for the back ground. The darker pink mat for the photo was from my scrap box and then I began to look for stuff to use. The pink mottled mat on the left is actually a piece of fabric that I kept and I don't know where from. The circles are from Pink Paislee - canvas borders packaging and the long green tag is from Prima's flowers. The pink ribbon I cut off  a pair of PJ bottoms (they were sewn inside to hang them up) and lastly the butterfly is a clothing tag from Insync - and it was in the shape of the butterfly. I put it through my cuttlebug and inked the inside to add another colour. I love the way that this turned out and I love even more that it was all re-cycled.

This next challenge was a lot of fun. The a la carte challenge. We were given a basic sketch and each day something new was added.

 The fun of the challenge was that you had to do basic layout which required 3 patterned papers and a layered title. Day 1 was to add 3 brad or eyelets. Day 2 was a zipper and for me this was challenging, I  looked at all the embellishments you could make with zippers but none worked for the zips I had so I used mine as photo corners. Day 3 was to add some bling and then day 4 was to add staples and or clips. Then the final day was to add photo corners. If you posted each day you were in for an extra prize. This one really tested you especially if you are a planner. So this is my finished page.

The next challenge was a create your own embellishment one. So I made this card (I hardly ever make cards) I did it in pinks for a baby girl and stamped this image of the teddy bear onto pale pink card stock and water coloured it in. I then stamped the same image onto shrink plastic and coloured it in with chalks to match the larger one. I then cut the bear out and heated it with a heat gun until it shrunk, This can be quite tricky as the shrink plastic curls all over the place so you just have to be patient. Once it is shrunk just place it under something heavy like a book to keep it flat.

The last challenge I did for this week and this is also the project that I posted on Graphic 45's page is an off the wall project that had to feature stamps. I just loved this paper and I found this box that was perfect for it. I painted the  box black to unify the colour and let it dry. I chose to work with the Kraft Reflections Collection from Graphic 45, and I covered the sides with the strip and also the bottom of the box inside. The top of the box and the inside of the lid is covered with the floral paper, and I chose the quote I wanted to use and stuck it down on the right hand corner. There are photo corners on two of the corners. I used the queen of hearts card and the stamps from the Paris page. The butterfly was used from a tutorial that I was given from Michelle van Wyk at Fashionable Stamping Challenges. Take a look because they really are so beautiful. Then I ran old lace all the way around the side of the box and finished it off with the flowers and the feathers and a couple of buttons. 

I will post the photos of the mini album for the swap that I did tomorrow but right now I am off to catch up on the UK version of the Voice.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012


Hello Everyone

It has been such a busy week for me and I have been chasing my tail trying to play catch up. Started last week with Clint's birthday and there was something on every day and I had people staying with me and then there was the May Day SA Scrapbook convention which was amazing.

Des and I were the only two from TT that decided to go so we stayed over at Emperors Palace on Friday night, checked into our room at about 4.00pm then strolled over to the shop to indulge in a little retail therapy. We were like kids in a candy store, it was so nice to have such nice stuff to buy, after which we headed of in search of a couple of margaritas, and prawns for dinner and earlyish to bed.

The convention rooms looked amazing, and as usual we were very spoilt with a magazine from Scrapping & Kie, an apron with all the sponsors logos, a lovely canvas bag and flower to dress up and paint on and the branch ball pen holder and turquoise rose. We were lucky enough to be at a table right in the front.

Our first class was with Debbie Schultz (and her two daughters) from Graphic 45. I loved this project - a small mini album made up of envelopes. I will post pics when I am done with it.

I was lucky enough to win a prize from them. Two packs of Graphic 45 Paper. :D :D :D

Then we had Adri Swart who did a class with us using a book with a canvas cover with a resist pattern on it and pan pastels. I am in love with pan pastels. They are like chalks but they go on like mousse foundation you can blend and mix your colours and they are just amazing. I can't wait to really play with them.

This is what I created with my book. I decided to go with shades of teal and orange (my favourite colours at the moment). This was an awesome technique to learn and the pages inside the book are all different, canvas, watercolour paper and so it lends itself to be used as a technique book.

After lunch we had Glenda Viljoen who did a project using Tim Holtz's products - which I just love. I will also post pics of that when I am finished. There was a lot to try and complete in each class but I just loved that we learned some new techniques.

Then on Sunday (Mother's Day) my kids came over early and Simon made us all a lovely breakfast on the patio. I was very spoiled by my kids and hubby too which was so nice. Then we had a Bennett family reunion of all the cousins many of whom I have not seen in 30 years, and my kids came with me to meet family they did not know. It really was a very special day for me.

Many of the cousins are spread all over the world although we did have one lot come from Alabama and another from the UK so I guess this would be about half of the full number. I never realised how much I had missed them all till I saw them again and the fact that my kids came with made it even more special. Great memories. So it has been a really hectic week. Once I took Chris back to the airport on Monday to go home I had to knuckle down and get some work done.

One of the INSM challenges was for Mother's Day - to honour our mothers.

I don't have many photo's of my mom or dad and so I used this one that I do have of my mother when she was in her early 20's, I hardly ever scrap with yellow as it is not my favourite colour but I just loved this paper with the yellow, blue, green and browns it was perfect for the feel I wanted to create.

I made a circle of buttery yellow bazzill and then covered it with a doily that I had spritzed with perfect pearls in a pale yellow. I used the same pale yellow for the ribbon across the bottom, I used only three flowers, two in the buttery yellow and one green one. The journalling quotes are in dark brown as are the little pearls and I finished it off with a buttery yellow button and twine which I wrapped around the photo which I matted on the turquoise blue. I love how it turned out and it is just so my mother.

I will be back tomorrow to post some more challenges and pages for you. Now I have to go take care of a sick hubby.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012


Hello Everyone, 

Shew it has been a very busy month so far. If you haven't taken a look at all the happening over at Let's Scrap you really should, all the INSM challenges are in full swing and there is a whole lot of them to try. I have decided that I want to do them all, on top of my DT challenges and also on top of the regular challenges going on, so here goes.

Mindi's challenge #135 (a regular challenge) was for 4... could be four of anything - here is a copy of her sketch.

Here's what I did with it...

I used Crate Paper because I love it and also because this range was perfect for the photos which were already in sepia. I also decided to switch things around a bit, primarily because I wanted to keep my photos the same. I decided to go with family of four (and looking at it now I have left out the 'of') :D I traced a bracket page for the sides and cut it in half - one for each side and used a strip of the patterned paper down the sides. I matted the photos onto green bazzil to make them pop and also to bring out the green in the paper. I also added another photo of all of us together in the middle but cut it in half. I used the tags to jot down bits of information about the four of us. I love this layout because it reminds me of how close we are as a family.

Challenge INSM12#1 - the first of the International Scrapping Month Challenges

For this one I used Kaiser Craft paper one of my favourites and I chose it because of the colours. It had all the greys of the rocks and also a cool sunshine yellow which I really loved. I decided to go with a sun embellishment and put it through my corrugating machine. I also crocheted flowers to match the yellow Bazzill I used on the page. The photos were ones that I took when we were in Uvongo last month of a few Dassies lying on the rocks in the sun.          

This next challenge really took me out of my comfort zone and was a really nice challenge to do. It was to define your scrapping style - I am definitely a classic scrapper - clean lines not to much going on. Eniko challenged us to scrap in another style. She laid out the different styles and although I want to try them all I may be pushed for time. The first one I tried was Artsy....


This is how it came out. I used a photo of my daughter and her best friends at the races last year. They were dolled up to the nines and I thought it would be a perfect photo for my page. I traced around scalloped page onto grey bazzill and cut it out. I then spritzed the whole page with my black perfect pearls concentrating more on the bottom left corner. I used washi tape in black and white to create my T bar and raised the photo on foam core, before I placed the photo I stamped a swirl onto the grey. I wanted to try and replicate the little facinators that the girls were wearing and I started with a large circle of black net which I tacked around the edge and drew in to make a flower. I sewed a big black button into the middle and that was the base for my facinator. I used a black feather and some white flowers on long stems. I placed a few more flowers in black, white and red in the mix and a little red ribbon and finished it off with two red hat pins. I was delighted with the way it turned out.

The next challenge was a "scrap yourself scrapping".  Eniko also stipulated a list of 12 items of which you had to incorporate eight or more onto your layout. 

I don't have many photos of me scrapping but I did find these, of the first Tim Holtz convention. I think this page is a favourite of mine.

I love this page because I have all the TT girls in it, the class was an amazing one and the papers were just perfect. For me this was an easy page to put together.

I have a few more but I will put them up tomorrow.

I also joined a swap with Crafting Ireland and I am busy with that too. I have also completed my DT challenge for Scrap Africa but can only post that once it has been put up on their blog. That was a whole lot of fun for me.

Tomorrow I have all the TT girls coming to my house to scrap and I am so super excited. My camera is ready and charged and I hope to get some photos.

Happy Scrapping

Saturday, 5 May 2012


Hello everyone,

It's the weekend again and things have been pretty hectic around here with  Let's Scrap International Scrapbooking Month and it's challenges... these on top of the regular challenges. Keeping us on our toes I tell you....

So you all know it was my son's birthday yesterday so on Thursday night we went out for our traditional family birthday dinner, then yesterday I met him for breakfast and last night for drinks :D don't you love long birthdays? Anyway now I can show you the card I made for him.

He loved it :D and I love that he loves my stuff, how lucky can a mom get.

Storm (and Gareth) went to stay with him in Cape Town during her last school holiday and Clint took leave so they could do some fun stuff together and I am very lucky that they love to take pictures. So I made this page for them of one of the stops on their wine tasting.

The crate paper range that I used was just perfect and as it was a challenge over at Let's Scrap I used one of their sketches. I found a chipboard puzzle piece that replicated the one they use for their sign and I made the flowers using my Tim Holtz die cut. It has to be one of my favourites. I also used a couple of his Ideaology tickets which fit it perfectly.

I have some more to load and will do them tomorrow I am off to get ready for visitors...

Friday, 4 May 2012


Morning Everyone

Today is my beautiful son Clint's birthday. He is 28 already but will always be my little boy. :D To all of you out there who have birthday's today I wish you a very happy birthday.

Just wanted to share some awesom blog candy with you over at Scrappin' With Chriss and Lou: Lou's Birthday - Let's Give Away Some Candy! check it out.

I will be back later with more, I am off to have a special mommy/son breakfast.