Friday, 30 November 2012


Hello again

Well from being MIA for a week I now have so much to say :D

First of all I have to tell you that I found a great new site Colourful Creations and of course I joined, as you do. I signed up for a couple of the challenges and because of going away I only managed to get one of them done and when I got back I found that it had been chosen as the layout of the week.

This was created for the "My Favourite Things" event, it could be on anything that is a favourite. Of course mine is flowers. I took this photo when I was in Ireland wandering around and it was on the steps up to someones house and I just loved it :D

The papers are Basic Grey, really old ones but they were perfect for this. I used one of Colourful Creations sketches and I think this page is a favourite for me.

So that was the first thing. :D

The second thing is that I have been chosen for the DT over at Let's Scrap again and I am so excited - because I have really grown to love this group and the people in it... and of course the other members of the Design Team. They really are a talented bunch :)

This term I will be working with :

Debby De Wilde
Mindi Brown
Jennifer Russel

and the DT

Cathy VandeBruinhorst (DT Coordinator)
Charlotte van Wyk
Michelle Looi
Jeaunes Viljoen
Kristine Ponte
Eniko DeLisle
Janet Gregory
Heather Corbitt
Tiffany Duvall
Val Thorpe
Martha Sterbens

Some of these girls I have worked with before and I am super excited to be working with them again and some I have not and I am just as excited to get to know them.

Now I have tickets to go and see Lady Gaga tonight, and I am so excited. My DH got us into a box with snacks and drinks... How civilized can you get :D


Hello Everyone,

I have been missing in action for a while I know. My DH and I celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary on Monday 26th November and he surprised me by taking me away for a two night break to the wonderful Walkersons in Dullstroom.

OMG we look soooo young in our wedding photo :D (Wait we were really young 21 and 22.

Anyway it was a really well planned and thought out break because when we got married we went away to Trout Beck Inn, at Inyanga in Zimbabwe for two nights, which was all we could afford back then. Well Walkersons is a trout farm too and we were there for two nights. It really was very romantic. I also got a beast of a lens for my camera and of course took loads of photos which I will add later.

In keeping with this theme and the new challenge which is out at CSI I decided to do a layout for our anniversary.

Here is the the case file....
The colours are just gorgeous.

Here is my layout.

Rumaging through my stash for the right colours I found this paper by Daisy Bucket called Garden Gate which was perfect for the colours, even though my brown is lighter it is the right shade. I changed the photo of Simon and I to sepia which was perfect.

I chose white for the background page, yes it really is white not pale blue, and I spritzed it with a perfect pearl shimmer, and also used my Tim Holts distress stain to make a couple of paint splotches. The flourishes were stamped with Chestnut Roan colourbox ink.

I made the envelope with one of the papers and then sewed buttons on to make the fastener. This was added to another colour and torn on one side and then matted onto a piece of cream mesh. I added the photo to the front of the envelope.

The banner was created using all the different papers and added to the top left hand corner of the page. I also tore the paper a bit to reveal the pattern paper underneath.

In the bottom right hand corner I added two banners slightly overlapped and then added the word love. I also tied thread around the envelope for a bit of interest, and made a flower by tearing circles, each one a bit bigger than the last, sprayed them with the perfect pearls and scrunched them up and inked the edges. I fastened them with a gold brad and added it to the corner of the envelope, and finished it off with a few more flowers.


On the left hand side of the envelope I made a little circle and matted it on a slightly bigger scalloped one... I love my nestabilities... I really wanted to use this Life is a Journey chippie on this layout as it fit perfectly, then I finished it off by adding some bling to the scalloped edges.

My Journalling is inside the envelope and was a very tongue in cheek etiquette guide to being married to me :d  and goes as follows..

35 (WONDERFUL) Years with me J
The way it really works.

When I met you 35.5 years ago I was
looking for Mr Right, ALWAYS right however
is my job, and my job alone...
What’s mine is mine,
 and what’s yours is mine too...
Marriage is all about give and take
you give and I take...
Don’t ever tell me the spark has gone because
this will get you tazored again...
If I ask you if I look as ropey as someone else,
the answer is ALWAYS, NO WAY, you
don’t look a day over 40...
If one of us HAS to win an argument
it has to be me.
Don’t ever go to bed angry, stay up and fight...
I make the rules, ALWAYS, and they are
subject to change at ANY time without
ANY notice.
At all times, what is important is what I
mean not what I say..
If I ask you “does this makes my bum look big”,
the answer is ALWAYS... NO! of course not,
your bum could never look big.
If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, this
has worked well for the last 35 years,
it sure as hell will work for the next
Life is a journey and if I have to do it with
anyone I want to do it with you :D

I really love these challenges because they are really making me think outside the box and try new things and go where no man has gone before :D... not in this house anyway.

Thanks for taking a look :D

Tuesday, 20 November 2012


Hello Everyone

I just want to let you know first of that this layout - which was for the Scrap your Stash Challenge over at Lets Scrap - was chosen by Kristine as the IOTW, and I am so happy. Whilst we scrap for ourselves it is always nice to know that you can inspire others. I always take a great deal of thought and time and preparation when I do a page and I think it is nice to have that acknowledged :D Well I like it anyway. So thank you Kristine.

Here are a couple of close ups

I painted the birdcage black and used my smooches on the birds painting them yellow and green. I attached a chain to the birdcage up to the top of the page and then added a flower.

I layered the round photo onto a scalloped white circle and raised it up with foam take. The journalling was written onto strips and then I added a little butterfly using my Martha Stewart punch.

I like to scrap the little things and for me one of those little things that make me very happy are fresh flowers in my studio. This particular bunch had these most beautiful roses in them. Needless to say I always take photos of my flowers and have a folder of flowers on my desktop to rival any board on Pinterest :) Nothing like life's guilty pleasures.

This is another of the Scrap your stash challenges and these gorgeous photos were taken at a shop called Avoca which is just outside Dublin. The gardens (and the shop) were just so beautiful, I could have spent the whole day there sitting outside drinking tea and eating scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, just like a real grown up ;)

Here is a close up of the buttons. Aren't they just lovely. The chipboard 'Pure Joy" was one I had in my stash that matched my colours perfectly. Don't you just love when that happens :D

I took a chipboard arrow and covered it with purple cardstock and added another button. These challenges are great because they stipulate what you must use on your layout so you can use up the stuff that has been lying around forever.

The papers I used for this layout are from Making Memories and were so perfect for my photos.

I have more but I will post some more tomorrow. I don't want to spoil you all ;) have a wonderful relaxing evening.

Friday, 16 November 2012


Hello everyone,

Just a quick post to tell you to hop on over to Scraps of Darkness for their blog hop. Their new range is amazing and some of the projects that have been made with their product are fabulous.

Really worth taking a look and I will be back later with more

Tuesday, 13 November 2012


Hello Everyone

Well I found another challenge to do over at Creative Scrappers, if you haven't been there before go and take a look they have some wonderful sketches like this one below.

I decided to do this challenge just for the fun of it.

Here's what I did with it.

I used Authentique papers, which were perfect for these photos of the TT Girls taken at the convention this year.

I found a great new download  for printing out photos called PhotoSheet. It give such a range of sizes and formats to print out so I printed the first one out on 4 x 4 then the second one two up and had to trim it a bit.

I am really trying to get out of my clean and simple style, so I used my Tim Holtz distress stain dabbers to make the splotches and I love how they come out. Then I spritzed with perfect pearls for a slight shimmer. I also made some washi tape from the papers I used on the layout, and the rest just fell into place.

Thanks for looking.

Monday, 12 November 2012


Hello Everyone

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are ready to face whatever the week brings for you. Over at CSI the new challenge is out. Here it is - how gorgeous is this colour palette - I really love these earthy colours ...

Here's how I cracked the case...

I used all of the colours in the palette. I used papers from all over YES! Really I did... The green shaped paper is from Crate Paper and I cut in in half and used the left over to cut my journalling card which is tucked away, and to punch the two MS butterflies. The bookpage paper is from Simple Stories and the clocks and the love bingo card is from Graphic 45. I think that this is the first time I have EVER used papers from different lines. :D I have to say it wasn't so hard either.

First of all I used my Enmarc Dazzles - chocolate eclaire - to spritz the background page. I cut a strip of the lighter brown cardstock and embossed with my butterfly folder. I cut a strip of the bookmark paper and punched the edge with a border punch. The mid brown I left plain. Once I was happy with the paper placement I started with the embellishements.

I punched another line of the big butterflies and cut out two of them, the clocks were also cut out as were the little stamps. I adhered the top butterfly on top of a cream lace butterfly wing that I found in my stash. Then added the prima flowers, buttons and the little copper flowers.

I cut the edge of the journalling tag and adhered buttons along the top half of the edge and created a little cluster of flowers, stamp, clock and butterfly.

For this I used a photo of my grandparents on their wedding day... I am not sure when but I think around 1930.

My journalling reads

"Once upon a long time ago a boy met a girl and the fell in love and got married sometime around 1930, and they were happily married for more than 55 years.
They left England soon after they got married and went to live in Malawi where they had six children, 5 girls and 1 boy. M first, then my mom, then Avril (who died at birth) then Romy and then Cliff Jnr ( who died after just a few months) the last aunt was Betty-Lou.
I loved my granparents more than anyone in the world and I have strived all of my live to live like they did and to make them proud of me. I hope that I have not disappointed them."

I think that the photo was perfect for this case.

Scheme     : I used all of the colours.
Evidence   :  Book pages, buttons, metal, textured paper.
Testimony :  Weave a tale... this was a fairy tale, add button to my journalling.

I think I cracked the case.

Thursday, 8 November 2012


Hello Everyone

The challenge for this week is up at Let's Scrap and is the first of the new sketches, from the new designers too.  I just love, love, love this one that was created by Eniko DeLise who is a wonderfully talented scrapper, check out her pages at Let's Scrap.

Here is my layout using this sketch. 

I used MME "Tres Jolie" papers because the colours were perfect for my photos.

A couple of weekends ago we had a 'Taste of Joburg'  day here at Montecasino and Simon and I went with some friends. Basically it was different foods and drinks for you to walk around and sample :D Right in the middle of the whole set up was this gorgeous deep orange truck for Jagermeisters... Simon and Dee both love Jagermeisters and have them every time we have a party at our house. I was delighted because I just knew they would want their photos taken at the truck before having a quick shooter.

I added one more half 4 x 6 to the layout because on top of the truck was a monster balloon which was the Jagermeister bottle, of course that had to be included. I also added a punched border strip to the top and bottom and the circles came from the backs of the papers so that was a perfect match too. I used the green to cut my journalling strips and also cut some tickets from the same papers using my Tim Holtz Die cut, and then stamped them with my Glenda Viljoen stamps which I just love.... I also covered some brackets to finish it off.

I really like the way this page turned out. It has a happy feel for me which is what I wanted because we had such an awesome time there.

Thanks for taking a look.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012


I just want to share the new Scrap Africa Challenge #11 with you :D

Here is the sketch...

Here is my take on the sketch...

I used the Deja Vu's range of papers which were perfect for my photos, of Troy playing in the pool on Saturday... What fun he had. Journalling is on the two tags hidden behind the photo mat. I kept it simple and just added some stitching and bling. Hopefully this will remind me that sometimes you just need to have fun.

Thanks for taking a look.


Hello Everyone,

Well I can't believe that we are already in November, seriously where does time go? I have been really busy at home and on the scrapping front. It is starting to feel like summer here now and I needed to get some spring cleaning done, I am feeling a bit bored with my house now and I need to make some changes :D Watch this space...

I have also been busy with loads of scrapping and I am very happy to say that I nailed the LOAD challenge for October that was held over at Let's Scrap I did 34 pages in 31 days :D

I have completed the new challenge over at CSI - this weeks palette is just gorgeous. Here it is...

I started by choosing a layout, and I went with this one from Becky Flecks' Pagemaps.

Here is my finished layout.

The colours were perfect for the Teresa Collins papers I had in my stash and I added the yellow dot that was in my scrap box. To bring in the grey I chose to use that as my background paper (I am still in two minds about this being a good choice. I have really battled to photograph the layout nicely, to me it just looks dirty. It really is much nicer in real life :) you have to take my word on that).

I spritzed the page with some pearly paints that I made by mixing 1 part paint, 2 parts pearly paint and about 30ml of water in a spray bottle. So I used the  three main colours, orange, teal and sunny yellow. I was so happy with the way that came out.. I also dribbled watered down white paint on the right hand side of the page. Next I rolled a pizza cutter through some white paint and rolled it along the sides of the page, this makes like tracks. I did this again with black paint, creating a border around the page, and lastly added some squiggly doodles. I stamped in the top left and bottom right hand corners in black as well.

To cut the page at a 1/3 I used a strip of fabric tape that was a yellow and white check and then added the teal washi tape and made a strip of washi tape using the orange paper. The photo was matted onto teal and the squares set down. 

I cut the journalling card with my nestabilities from one of the pieces of paper that had the lines on the reverse side and doodled around the edge. Journalling was handwritten.

Then the fun part - embellishing, with the lace, the flowers, I added a little transparency flourish to the left hand side of the photo, cut the butterflies with my MS punch in the teal and then smaller ones in the orange. Added the buttons and the bling then decided to do a bit of sewing. I decided to carry on the doodling to the title and doodled the SO... finally I added the "My family are my treasures" saying to the bottom grid.

I am really happy with how this page turned out - I just wish that it looked as nice in the photo.

Thanks for taking a look.