Tuesday, 30 October 2012


Hello Everyone

I came across this site called Creative Scrappers and they have a sketch challenge on at the moment and I love challenges so I decided to give it a go. Here is their sketch.

Here is my take on it.

I was sorting out all my photos and I found these ones of my daughter from a couple of years ago. She had a professional photo shoot done...I think she looks so beautiful in them and over the weekend she was telling me she needs to go on diet, she wants to get her boobs made bigger and she doesn't like her hair and so on. It made me think how most of us are unsatisfied with the way we look and we wished we looked another way or if only we had curly hair or longer legs or whatever. She doesn't believe me when I tell her that one day she will look back at these photos and think I was really beautiful.

I love these papers and there is no name on them so I don't know whose they are but I think they work really well with the sepia photos.

I cut flower shapes using my nestabilities instead of circles and then added some pearls to tie in with the pearl brackets. I also used a strip of lace under the photos.

I painted the letters brown and added some diamond glaze and found a rub-on that I just had to use that says " Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children." by George Bernard Shaw. So true I think :D

Monday, 29 October 2012

CSI - CASE # 43

Hello Again

It's Monday again and I don't know what the weather is doing but I am wearing a long sleeved 'T' shirt and a jersey - weird huh, well it is really seeing as though it is the end of October already. We had a terrific rain storm on Saturday night and had hail the size of large marbles. I managed to take a couple of photos of it, it really was very pretty.

It really came down for about 10 or 15 minutes then it stopped and in this time there was so much water that it came up underneath my dining room doors and flooded the dining room, the formal lounge and a good part of the open area, all this just as we were leaving to go out to a show. :( Simon cleaned up all the water while I got ready. Thank goodness for his machines, and for him :)

Now the show was a whole other story. We went to see Dirty Dancing at Monte Casino. This has to be my favourite movie of ALL time and I was so excited to see it as a show with my kids. The guy who played Johnny was hot and the girl who played Baby was very good - but - I have to say that this is the first time that I have been disappointed by one of the shows that we have had here and I have seen them all and seen them overseas so I have something to compare them with. Really not a great show :( but I won't let it put me off seeing any others.

Yesterday my family went to watch the cricket live and left me at home, home alone :) and I was able to get stuck into the latest challenge from CSI, I posted the brief in my last post but here it is again in case you missed it.

Here is my layout

Using the colours (Scheme) was the easy bit. I wanted to use transparency (Evidence) but was stuck on what I wanted to do with it until I decided to do the whole page on a transparency. I covered the whole sheet with random drops of Letttuce, Meadow, Lemonade and Sandal alcohol inks and blended them slightly then spritzed with the blending solution. I love the way it turned out, kind of like a watercolour. I decided to go with the green and yellow as my main colour. I still have a problem combining papers from different ranges, but I am working on it, but I really loved the yellow dot, so I paired it with a plain green and also used a bit of the light spring green, which holds the journaling too. I placed the transparency onto white cardstock so that it showed up better. I wanted to use a photo of Ali and I together, she is my sister in law and I just adore her. I am so lucky that we get on so well together and I love it when I get to see her, and my brother too and I really wish that we lived closer together. I treasure every minute that I spend with her when I go to Ireland to see them.

I wanted to bring in some more black and white so I cut out the tickets from the sheet that you can download at CSI and then stamped onto them and adhered them into the cluster of flowers.I used a white cropodile brad that says Memories to hold the pages together and also added some black and white in the ribbon.

At the top left of the page I made some of these banners to go with the ones that I cut from the download sheet, then punched a hole through the whole lot and tied some white and black ribbon and added the yellow rose and black pearl bling.

At the bottom right I added this quote from the download sheet which fit perfectly for my page. It reads " A good friend is a connection to life, a tie to the past, a road to the future, the key to sanity in a totally insane world" Ali is all of those things to me. I used a yellow heart hat pin in the knot of the ribbon and added a yellow and white rose and the butterfly and bling to finish it off.

My journaling is hidden on the file folder that says 'Friend'.

Thank you for taking a look.

Saturday, 27 October 2012


Hello Everyone

Welcome to the weekend. Lots going on too, it is the anniversary of my mothers death, 30 years ago actually and it seems like it was just yesterday. I still miss her so much and I hate that she has missed out on so much of our lives. She never knew that she was a granny and she never got to be a part of my kids lives and that makes me really sad. For her and for them to. She would have been a wonderful granny :D

I know I have said before that I don't have any photos of my parents (I don't know why or what happened to them), anyway - rummaging through some stuff from who knows where I found this photo of my mom and my dad taken at "Banksia" one of the homes we lived in. This was taken about ten years before my mom died so she was already pretty sick. I love that they both look so happy and playful. I really wish I had more photos of them.

Tonight we are going, as a family, for dinner and then to watch Dirty Dancing at Montecasino and I am so excited because this is one of my favourite movie and I can't wait to see the show. I will report back :D

I have also completed my October LOAD challenge and we are only on the 27th October so I am really happy about that. Doing the happy dance \./ /.\ \./ /.\ :D

I also joined a new site this week CSI (Colour, Stories, Inspiration), go on over and take a look, they do a fun challenge each week and I can't wait to play along. I completed my first one this morning... by the skin of my teeth as it has to be in by tomorrow at midnight I think.

So this is what they give you each week, a case file - with the scene (the source of their inspiration), the scheme (colour scheme to be used for the page) evidence - (stuff to be used on your page - they tell you how many you can choose) and the testimony (also a choice)

This really took me out of my comfort zone - why is it when you have to use specific things you can't think - well I can't anyway, I did this one THREE times and finally did this one at about 10.00 pm last night.

This is what I came up with.

Scheme     - I used all of the colours.
Evidence   - I used circles, flowers, texture paste, pleating
Testimony - I used 12 things I can't live without (in NO specific order), and flowers. I wanted to create a page about the things that I would battle to do without. I am totally spoilt - I know - and I have no problem with that. I would not change my life for anything.

I am still very new at this one and I am sure it will take me a couple of weeks to really settle in, but I jumped right in.

Here is this weeks case file if any of you want to play along :D

Enjoy your weekend! Happy scrapping, or whatever it is that you will be doing. 

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Alcohol Ink Tutorial

A couple of weeks ago when I went to see Sally Hardie at Memory Square and she showed me some cards she had made using metal shim, a cuttlebug, some paint dabbers and alcohol inks. They were so lovely that when I got home I started to play too but I wasn't happy with the results so I went to see her again today for a demonstration to see why mine were different. In fact they weren't that different.

I was first introduced to alcohol inks by Nikki Zipp a few years ago when they first came out and I really liked them and of course I bought all the colours. We had used them on the special shiny white card and also on acetate. So today after I got home I started playing again. To see the different effects I could get.

For this first one I cut a piece of acetate to size and put it into a folder then through the cuttlebug. Because the folder I had chosen was a leafy design I chose rust, sandal and meadow as colours to use. These were then dropped all over the acetate, and then blended together using a blending tool to move it all around, and then left to dry. I like how it turned out - all kind of autumny.

This one was one of the ones I tried after I saw Sally the last time. I used metal shim and a folder that has a cane pattern on it, and painted it using acrylic paints this time, green, red and a caramel colour and stippled the paint all over the shim with a stiff brush and then left it to dry. Once it had dried I used a sanding block to remove the paint from the raised areas... I wasn't sure that I like the dullness of it all. I kind of wanted it to be all shiny - so I also covered it with a layer of mod podge too, but it didn't really make any difference.

This next one I just embossed and left it as is so that you have something to compare it too. Now I am going to walk you through it step by step.

Once you have embossed your design onto the shim, just cover it with a light layer of acrylic paint. You can use a brush and paint or, like I did, a paint dabber, and then leave it to dry.

For this one I chose meadow, cranberry and sandal inks because it was holly leaves.

Start by dropping a few drops of your first colour where you want it to go. I chose to do the leaf areas. 

Then add some drops of your second colour, the red. Around the berries.

Then finally add some of the last colour and here you can use as many or as few colours as you would like.

Blend all the colours together with a blending tool and you can blend as little or as much as you like, again, depending on the look you want to achieve.

Once you are happy with the way it looks...

You can spritz it with some alcohol blending solution. I love the way it makes the colours go. Like salt onto water colour. A really interesting look. Then just leave it to dry for a few minutes.

Once it is dry you can then sand it with a sanding block. This will remove all the colour off the raised areas and makes the pattern really stand out. Pretty neat huh? 

I will make this into a card later on.

In the meantime I am going to show you a layout that I did use this technique on. This was the first shim one I did and I used a cog folder and used lettuce, salmon and aqua alcohol inks directly onto the shim, so I didn't paint it first. The effect was really lovely. (I think you will really see it if you can open the photo). I then cut it into two tags which I used on the left hand page at the bottom and the right hand page at the top just under the title. There were a couple of pieces left so I used it to make a small tag on the right between the two photos and to make two small banners.

I loved the translucence of the inks directly on the shim. I used the same colours on the chipboard cogs but I think I should have painted them first because most of the ink was absorbed and so the colours were not as vivid. But I am happy with the way it turned out.

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, and I hope you are inspired to give it a try. See you soon. 

Friday, 19 October 2012


Hello everyone,

Once again the weekend is nearly upon us and today is my LAST day of domestics, well until Stephen goes on leave next year, and I am so happy and tonight we are being taken out for family dinner by my son Clint, so double yay.

I am still trying to find my feet here with my blog and what I really want to use it for so today I thought I would do a tutorial. We were shown this at the SA Scrapbooking Expo this year and I love it and have used it on a few of my pages. Here in SA scrapbook stores come and go and sometimes are far away and because of the number of scrapbookers there are here we don't always get the cool stuff or when we do it is really expensive. So I love it when I can make something myself.

I love WASHI tape! I mean who doesn't? I haven't seen that much of it here either and when I have I grab it. Sometimes though it is just not right for your page. This tutorial is on how to make your own washi tape.

I wanted to put washi tape on this page, which I have posted before, and none of the ones I had were quite right. See it down there in the bottom left hand corner.

Well this is how you make it. First of all assemble all your requirements which are... patterned paper, cellotape (any width, depending on what you want), a ruler and craft knife, scissors and a bone folder.

Lay a strip of cellotape down the length of the paper, obviously the bigger the paper the longer the piece of tape you end up with. I start and finish the tape off the page and attached to my mat, just keeps the paper still.

Using your bone folder, rub the tape onto the paper to ensure that it has completely adhered to the paper.

Once that is done cut your paper right up against the cellotape so you end up with a strip of taped paper.  Snip the tape ends off close to the paper too.

Lay the strip in a little water for a minute or so, making sure that the paper is wet through.

Then peel and rub away the paper from the back of the tape. You will need to do this carefully or else you will tear the tape.

Once all the paper is off the tape it is opaque and on the front side of the tape you are left with the paper pattern.

Lay the tape on a piece of paper towel to dry it off.

Once it is dry you can then use as desired. 

This for me is one of the nicest tutorials, because I now have access to any tape, any time, any where :D

I hope you enjoyed this and will give it a try.

I have completed another double page for the LOAD challenge over at Let's Scrap. When I was in Ireland one of the places we went to was Lismore and they have one of the oldest and definitely one of the most beautiful castles there. I took loads of photos and this is the layout I created to show them off.

I used MME - Laundry line paper because it was glittery and the colours were just perfect for my photos.
I used a sketch from Let's Scrap and added one more photo on the right hand side page :D 

I have taken a couple of close ups so you can see the details.

I found in my stash these Prima flowers and I just love them. The felt perfect for the layout... all viney and mossy.

Where the four photo met I covered a chipboard circle with some of the dot paper and added one of the roses and some leaves and a curly thing. Because I had used the green cardstock on the left hand page for the journally I wanted to bring it in on this page too so I made a little stamp which I tucked in behind the flower.

I also found this 100% genuine chipboard tag in my stash and the colours were perfect so I added a piece of ribbon and tucked in among the flowers.

I also added a tab in the green to the extra photo that I added to the layout. An now my layout is complete.

Thanks for taking a look.

Wednesday, 17 October 2012


Hello Everyone

I am just going to do a quick post today... such a hectic day for me but more about that in a bit.

This page is for the latest Scrap Africa challenge which is to create a "white" page. You are allowed to use other colour only. Seeing as though this photo of my baby girl was in sepia I decided to add a bit more of that colour. I am not wild about white on white for anything because for me whites are NOT all equal and that really doesn't do it for me, even on this layout the white of the pearls, flowers and the thick washi tape is different to the white of the cardstock and the doilie.

I started off with plain white bazzill and splashed it with a little sepia brown paint - I also used this paint to paint the title "GIFT". Down the left hand side and across the bottom of the page is a strip of white checked washi tape. On top of this are two banners made of sepia dot washi tape. I left the doilie white but spritzed it with a mix of white perfect pearls and water. The circle inside the doilie is sepia card stock, after placing the photo I added the white and sepia flowers and finally added the title and a couple of pearls to finish it off.

I like how this page turned out - not normal baby colours but I really like them.

So by now you all know that I am doing domestics until this weekend - whoo hoo - and that I hate it :( Well tonight we have friends coming for dinner... I have made the dinner already, well most of it. It just has to be put together and cooked later. We are having lasagne and salads and a blueberry and apple pudding with fresh cream. Yummy huh? I will take photos later :) anyway that is not the stress part.

You also know by now that I am mommy to four totally adorable yorkies... well actually they have become nightmare dogs... barking almost non-stop (I am so sorry neighbours) and now they are weeing all over my house :( BAD DOGS! So I enlisted the help of a Pet Behaviourist and she came this morning to help me sort out my mutts. One of the worst things is that when the gate phones the house to say someone is here they know and they already start barking. I thought we were in for a rough time but as soon as I opened the door they STOPPED barking and sat down quietly. How did they know? Anyway it wasn't as bad as I thought and it is all about retraining them (the hard part) but it is not as harsh as I thought it would be. Today they have been so good I keep looking to make sure they are still alive. The real test will be tonight when the Vogt's arrive for dinner. She advised me to put a sign on the door to say "PLEASE IGNORE THE DOGS TOTALLY - DO NOT MAKE EYE CONTACT" Jeesh I know my Simon is going to be really sceptical about all of this but I will give it a go. I have seen the difference today already and I know it is not going be sorted out over night, and at this point any improvement will be greatly appreciated. It seems as though I am the problem because they are with me 24/7 - big surprise there. 

I will keep you posted on their progress.

Bye for now.