Tuesday, 31 December 2013


Hello Everyone,

My wish for all of you for 2014 is ENOUGH.

"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish enough "Hello's" to get you through the final "Goodbye."
I wish you enough.

The start of a New Year and the first reveal for the NEW OUAS DT. There is amazing inspiration from the rest of the Design Team and is well worth checking it out.

Here is the first sketch for 2014

The journalling theme for January is 'Lessons Learnt' and there needs to be journalling on your layout.

Here is my take on the challenge.

The journalling says:

Life does not follow a straight path and that is ok. You will fall down and that is also ok - you need to get up again and keep going.

You have to fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life.

No matter who tries to teach you lessons about life you won't understand until you go through it on your own.

You don't always get what you want in life but you will always get what you need.

Make peace with your past or it will affect your present.

Don't worry what others think of you it is not your concern.

Time heals almost everything... take time. The soul always knows how to heal itself, the challenge is to still the mind.

Don't compare yourself to others, each one of us has our own journey to take and our own stories to tell.

Stop thinking so much worry will only burden you.

No-one but you is in charge of your happiness. It is your life so choose wisely. This is the only life you have so make it count.

People are not going to remember you for what you did. They will remember you for how you made them feel.

No matter what goes on around you you have the choice on how you will react to it.

Everything and everyone has come into your life to guide you in some way. Be open to it.

Here are some close ups of my layout.

I used some Lindy's Stamp Gang mists on the background page and then used a mask with some gesso to create some texture. There is torn washi tape around the outside of the layout and some stitched lines.

I used a die cut for the leaves and the scroll above the photo.

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look.


Saturday, 21 December 2013


Hello Everyone

Today I have my last CSI case file for 2013 - and my 58th case file since I joined this site. :)

Here it is.

I used one of Em Starfaces' sketches from her Christmas reveal.

This is my layout.

Here is how I solved the case.
Scheme - the colours are all there
Evidence - Stars, circles, distressing, paint, wood, twigs,greenery.
Testimony - Christmas Prompt. (My favourite part of Christmas).

The quote on the front of the layout says. CHRISTMAS - may the gentle spirit of the Holiday Season fill your hearts with love)

My journalling on the back of the layout says:
Truth be told I am not sure how I feel about Christmas. I kind of swing from loving the whole idea of Christmas to hating the whole frenetic pace that surrounds this time of year.
I love Christmas carols - especially if they are sung by Michael Buble.
I love to decorate the Christmas tree, with decorations from our travels, gifts from friends and specially picked ornaments. I love how it twinkles at night and the shadows it casts on the floor. I love the way it looks with all the presents piled up underneath.
I love the Christmas stocking shopping, searching for that perfect fun gift.
Most of all I love the wrapping of all the gifts, Finding the right paper and ribbons, choosing my theme and then wrapping them. This year they are 'brown paper packages tied up with string'...
I love the planning of Christmas day, the colour scheme, the table settings, the menu, the flowers the little gifts that are at each person's place.
I love the anticipation that builds up at this time of the year. My family wondering what ... what will we eat, what will the table look like, who will be there, what will I get.
I love that Storm is still like a child, peeking under the tree to see how many gifts she has and her squeals of excitement as she opens them.
The best thing about Christmas for me is that my family is together and that this is the only place that they want to be on Christmas day and I hope that that never changes.
At the end of the day the loves outweigh the hates :D

Merry Christmas to each and every one of you.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look.


Monday, 16 December 2013


Hello Everyone,
I have the new case file for CSI.

Because it is the second week of the month this weeks case file also comes with a fabulous sketch from Em Starface - who is one of the most talented scrappers I know - her digi work is just mind blowing.

Here is my take on the case.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there (the yellow has come out very pale in the photo.)
Evidence - Gold accents (bling) dots, doodling, solid background, circles.
Testimony - Journal about a gift.
My journalling (on the back of the layout) says:

I love Christmas and birthdays because I LOVE getting gifts. The anticipation of seeing a wrapped gift and wondering what is inside doesn't even come close to how I feel about this gift. The greatest gift of all. It was unplanned and unexpected and somewhat overwhelming AND I think that this is the first time in a long time that I am literally wishing away the days. I can't wait for the day that I get to meet Spencer and Paige. I am totally taken with that baby belly and I have yet to feel them move. I spend hours wondering who they will look like and what personality traits they will have. Will they be artistic or sporty, nerdy or quirky. What I do know for sure is that they will be loved beyond measure.
This time I will take the time to notice and enjoy and document each and every stage of their little lives, each expression and I will delight in the things that come out of their mouths. I will enjoy these two like I wasn't able to enjoy my own. There will be no rushing to get too or from work, to get meals on the table, to be so exhausted that all you can think about is getting some much needed sleep. I will be fully present in each and every moment. I will love and I will cherish them and I will protect them like they were my own.

Here are some close-ups.
I used the Chocolate range from Fancy Pants Designs and plain cardstock.

I did some gesso and stencil work on the background page and I inked the edges with Distress Ink - Walnut Stain and used my fabulous new stamp from Helen Wallace (who is one of my favourite scrappers - do yourself a favour and check out her blog) I am so in love with that stamp. Thank you Helen :) The butterfly is printed onto vellum and blinged up.

I added flowers and chipboard circles, and a tag with butterfly washi tape on it.

The chipboard was just painted brown and left.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look. For those in South Africa enjoy your Reconciliation Day Holiday, for the rest of you that have to work... it's only Monday :P


Friday, 13 December 2013


Hello Again,

Just want to get this layout posted for the December Sketchbook365 challenge, which closes in a couple of hours.

Here is their sketch.

Here is my take on the sketch.

The photo is really awful but the light was bad and I could not get my layout flat even though I stuck it onto another piece of card :(

The buckling is from the Lindy's Stampgang Mists... I really love the soft colour but I hate the buckling of the card.

The quote on the tag says... Bloom where you are planted ... is pretty much how my garden got to here.

My journalling on the back says.

I love a beautiful garden and I love my garden but green fingers I do not have so pretty much everything in my garden was planted and if it died that was it. If it survived I planted more and in every colour which makes me smile because when we bought the house and there were a few plants in the garden I think they were trying to go with a purple and white theme garden :) Now it is a riot of colour at this time of the year it is colourful and beautiful.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look :)



Hello Everyone,
Finally it is here...

You can see all of the sketches and the inspiration from some amazingly talented scrappers HERE.

I chose to use this sketch.

Here is my layout.

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

Most of the years that we have been married I have done Christmas at home and had everyone over, which is nice but it means that I can never really relax and enjoy myself. My family likes to do the whole English traditional Christmas meal, no pressure. This last year was great because the kids did a lot of the cooking which gave me a break and more time for margaritas, it was also a small Christmas just seven of us. I am always the one behind the camera and so there are never pics of me, I was so glad that Clint got a nice camera too, hopefully now I will be part of all the family occasions  - or maybe not. This photo goes to prove that I was there last year :)
Merry Christmas!

Here are some close-ups of my layout. I used the Simple Stories Be Merry papers for this layout.

Lots of bling and the pointsettia flowers are a new die cut, and I love it.

Wooden letters painted.

Some rub-ons too.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look :D


Saturday, 7 December 2013


Hello Everyone...
I have the new case file for you from CSI

Here is my take on it.
 Given the fact that South Africa has just lost a man that every single person here looked up to, admired and respected I felt it was only fitting to honour his memory with a layout.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there
Evidence - Numbers, silver accents, dangle something (little angel)something shiny (bling)
Testimony - December Prompt. (Today I feel...)
The quote on the front of the layout says...

I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter, I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.

The journalling (on the back of the layout) says...

Today, Madiba, your long walk ended. South Africa and the rest of the world lost a great leader and a great man, and we all mourn as one. A man who stood for peace, reconciliation and forgiveness. A man who will be missed by many. He led by example and he had a vision for this beautiful, rugged country that we call South Africa.
A dream that we could all live together, side by side in a free, prosperous and democratic South Africa. Free from hatred and prejudice.
A dream of justice and equality, safety and security and a triumph of human rights over racism.
A dream of economic prosperity where everyone has the opportunity to advance the quality of their lives.
A dream he fought hard to realise.

Here are some close ups.

I used some Adirondack mists on the background and typed the quote directly onto the layout. The butterflies are Martha Stewart punches.

I decided to keep it real simple and added some torn tape washi tape to the sides and a couple of small banners. The little angel is hanging from under the flower.

A couple more flowers and some rub-on bling finish the layout.

Thanks for taking a look. I love the visits. Have a wonderful weekend and keep warm if it is cold.


Tuesday, 3 December 2013


Hello Everyone

I have another collaboration Scrap365/CSI case file to show you today.

These will be run monthly so check it out and play along with us, you can find all the details HERE.

Here is the case file.

Here is my layout for it.

Here is how I solved the case.
Scheme - the colours are there.
Evidence - Ribbons, pearls, birds, glitter, texture paste (on the chipboard - snow), silver accents, snowflake, flower.
Testimony - Winter Holiday, IW - soft and sparkle.

My Journalling (on the back) says:

For as long as I can remember I have wanted a white Christmas and I got one a couple of years ago but it came at a price and one I am not sure I would pay again. It was the first Christmas that we were not altogether as a family. Clint could not get away in December because of work. I wanted to go and Simon was going to make it happen. Stormie was on school holiday so she came too and I left my boy behind. He said he would be fine and arranged to go to his cousins for the day and so it came to be.
We spent a week in England, collected my brother and took the ferry from Bristol to Ireland where we spent Christmas with my youngest brother and his family, and we had very little snow there just light flurries, but another story altogether when we arrived in Scotland for Hogmanay.
We stayed at a beautiful B & B called Dunmurray Lodge in a very small village called Pitlochry. It was absolutely the winter wonderland that I had dreamed of. Covered in a couple of feet of snow... it was absolutely the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. All I wanted to do was to play in the snow, throw snow balls, makes snow angels and take loads of photos. There is nothing quite like waking up in the morning and looking outside to see the whole place covered with freshly fallen, crisp white snow, glinting in the sunlight, icicles hanging from the rooves. It was just breathtaking. I loved it it was everything I dreamed of and more, even the cold didn’t get me down and we are so not prepared for that shock. It was the coldest winter they had had for years and years it was -21 degrees. I think the coldest we ever experience here is about 8 degrees...that was a shocker.
I would love nothing more than that experience again but with my whole family.

Here are some close-ups.

I used gelatos to create the runs of paint on the page. The owl was coloured using distress pens. Then diamond glazed

There is more paint at the bottom and the snowflake is tucked among the flowers..

The title is tipped with gesso to replicate the snow. The rest of the title is rub-ons.
I loved the colours of this case file and yellow is not a go to colour for me... but there you go.

I also have my DT card for Black with 2 another challenge that you will find HERE.

Here is the December Colour Board.

Don't know about the colour board but I know sure as hell I could rock those shoes :) 

Here is my card.

I used a wax crayon resist technique that I found at Anna-Karin's Blog.

So first of all I took white watercolour paper and put it through my holly cuttlebug folder to emboss it, I then went over the raised bits of leaves and stems with a white wax crayon and over the berries with a red crayon. I then swiped the whole piece of card with a Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Peacock. Once I was done I wiped it over with a wet wipe to reveal the white... I shaded the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink. Added some drywall tape and mounted it onto red and the a black card. The Merry Christmas is a rub-on. The flower is a new Pointsettia die that I got and I love it.

Thanks for taking a look.


Monday, 2 December 2013


Hello Everyone :) 
I am back today with the new challenge at OUAS

Journalling Theme: "My favorite month" 

You are free to interpret our theme any way you like but please make sure your layout is based on the sketch below and includes some journalling (hidden journalling is fine).

Here is this month's sketch.

Here is my layout. Guess which month is my favourite one?

I used gorgeous Christmas papers from Theresa Collins for this layout.

The quote on the front of the layout says:
Let Christmas not become a thing
merely of merchant's trafficking,
of tinsel, bell and holly wreath
and surface pleasure, but beneath
the childish glamour, let us find
nourishment for soul and mind.
Let us follow kinder ways
through our teeming human maze,
and help the age of peace to come
from a Dreamer's martyrdom.
Madeline Morse

and my journalling (on the back of the layout) says:

I love that my little girl still gets so excited by Christmas. She still counts the number of presents under the tree to make sure that she and her brother get to make sure that they get the same amount of presents. She doesn't care about the value of the presents just that they get the same number of them. She can't wait to get started opening them and we all have to open them one at a time so that the excitement is drawn out. We were all teasing her last Christmas when she announced to us that now she had to get the same number of gifts as Clint and Lin together. We asked her what was going to happen when the twins arrived and Christmas was all about them... To say that she was in a flat spin is an understatement. I laughed at her horror till I cried, cruel I know but it was too funny. I love that she brings the joy back into Christmas for us. She has always been this way and I hope that she never looses it. I think the twins are going to have some competition on their hands. Her exuberance at this time of the year makes December my favourite month of the year. She still wants real Christmas cards, to put the tree up and to put the lights on at night, the presents go under the tree and we make mince pies together. Our Christmas meal is a joint one where we all get to cook and prepare it together. I love that my kids still want to be with us for Christmas.

Here are some close-ups of my layout.

I chose to go with red, green, white and kraft. 

The photo was taken on Christmas day last year and is one of the very few that have me in them. 

I used my Tim Holtz distress stains to create the splats and the banner came from one of the sheets of die cuts.

I typed the quote direct onto the cardstock and covered the date in glitter to match the journalling card above. 

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

There is loads more inspiration on the blog for you to look at.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look :D


Sunday, 1 December 2013


Morning Everyone

Scrap Africa has posted their new challenge 
Sketch Challenge #24

Our GD this month is Riikka Kovasin and you can see more of her work
HERE and she also created a YouTube video tutorial for her layout so go check it out. We also have a Top 3 winner as a GD Irina Malahova and you can find more of her work HERE.

Here is the sketch, I rotated it 90 degrees to suit my photos.

Here is my layout.

I only used cardstock for this challenge.

The quote on the layout says:
Life is not measured by the breaths we take but by the
moments that take our breath away.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:

On a recent trip to Ficksburg for the Cherry Festival we did a Tavern Tour, looking back it was probably not the brightest idea we have ever had but I am so glad that we did do it. I would never have gotten an up close look at how our township population lives. It was horrible and it made me realise just how much I have to be grateful for. I have had struggles but nothing that compares to what they go through. I have always had a roof over my head, hot and cold running water, electricity, a bed to sleep in and food on the table. I have never had to sit on the roadside selling vegetables trying to eke out a living, my kids have always gone to school, I have never had to worry about finding shelter from the wet or the cold and I can't even begin to imagine what their lives must be like.
This poor little guy was at the tavern with his mother or grandmother, left to his own devices while they all drank. I took this photo of him between the two makeshift toilets crying because she had gone to the loo and left him alone. He was so upset and it breaks my heart to think of such a little thing feeling like that. It is just not right.

Here are some close-ups of my layout. 

I put a quote on the photo that says:
Childhood is a promise that is never kept.
Ken Hill

I misted the background with an Adirondack mist - Red Pepper and then flicked water onto it to create the watercolour background. The quote was stamped on and the film strip cut using my Silhouette machine. I also put the black circle through my corrugator for texture.

I coloured the seam binding using the leftover mist on my mat and the title was just painted black.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look :D