Monday, 28 January 2013


Hi there everyone

Things have been pretty hectic around here of late and I was beginning to feel a bit overwhelmed, with the DT at Let's Scrap something exciting about to happen at CSI, plus all the other sites I want to play at, my photography course, my brother visiting, plus all the usual stuff at home. So today I decided to sort out all my files on my computer and use the outlook calendar and task lists. I don't know why I didn't do this before. :D So now I feel a bit more in control. Now we just have to wait and see if it works as well as I hope it will.

Over at CSI it is their Birthday month and they have a wonderful blog hop on at the moment with some amazing blogs and lovely prizes to be won. It really is worth the trip, so hop on over and take a look you won't be sorry.

While I was sorting stuff out I found some layouts that I haven't posted in here so I thought I would do that now. This one was from a Let's Scrap Challenge in December and here is the sketch by Judy Rakes.

Here is my take on the sketch. I took these photos of trains and tracks when I was at Walkersons last year in November and I really wanted to use them. 

This time I kept pretty much to the sketch and used papers that I had in my stash. I added some flowers and some cogs just to finish it off. I also found a chipboard train and carts which I punched out and used the negative image with a spray in the bottom corner. I love how this came out...

This next layout I did for a challenge over at Colourful Creations I really need to get back there to play some more. Just a simple layout, a punch which I randomly used around the edge. Banners and a photo corner. A cluster of flowers and my title is Embrace Life.

This one Nature's Art was also for Colourful Creations and was for a green and white challenge. I really loved this one and I am very happy with my layout.

This last one was another challenge at Colourful Creations and we had to use a quote and I wrote the quote all the way around my layout. I love the colours of this one.

I have been very busy scrapping this month but unfortunately I can't reveal any of them yet :D so watch this space. :D

Have a lovely Monday wherever you are and whatever you are doing.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013


Hello everyone it's hump day again and we are now on the downhill stretch to the weekend...

Lots of things happening for me at the moment :D

First of all it is reveal day over at Let's Scrap and the new sketch and DT layouts are up in the Gallery.
This weeks sketch is given to us by Judy Rakes, and I just love it.

And here is my take on it.

I used photos that I took from our weekend at Walkersons. This is around the main hotel which was really very beautiful. I used Authentique papers and kept my layout really simply. I only journalled with descriptive words for this layout. The flowers were fussy cut from the reverse side of the paper an then I diamond glazed the centers of them. I cut out a bird that was on the paper, stuck it near the birdcage and added a little grey water colour to it's wings before diamond glazing that too.

It is also reveal day over at CSI and I am happy to say that I am still there, on the most wanted list this wee and really happy about that....that is for the layout I did for my birthday this year. Things I know for sure at 57... this layout was also one of the top 3 over at Scrap Africa this week you can go and  check it out too. Here it is in case you didn't see it.

Here is the new case file over a CSI for this week. How gorgeous are the colours....

This week we also had to chose someone to scrap lift from the very first case file and this is the layout I chose by Sarah R.

I really liked the idea of a file folder... and so my journey began. I turned her layout and had my photos going across the same as hers. I also used the string around the file holder and the tag and that is where the similarity stopped. 

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme    - I used all of the colours - which were so beautiful this week - I really loved them.
Evidence  -  Teacup, spoon, flowers/leaves, diamond shapes and white background.
Testimony - 6 things, add small detail to spot.

My journalling reads :D

Karma is the funniest little dog around and she thinks that all the rules in our house for dogs apply to the other three only and not to her!
My routine in the morning is to grab a mug of tea, but it has to be in a thin china mug, white, and go to my studio to my computer where I check in with facebook, the sites I belong to and go through my mails. I normally have to wait a bit for my tea to cool down before I can drink it too. So imagine my surprise when I got up from my desk to do something and Karma jumped up onto my chair and then the desk to nosey around. When I turned back to see what she was up to she had her head in my cup and was drinking my tea. I am so glad that my camera was close by, and I was able to capture the moment. She finished half a mug of tea and now each she waits and watches till she gets her tea. I suppose this counts as tea for two.
1 Karma loves to drink tea.
2 The tea must be hot and not cold.
3 She will only drink tea in the morning.
4 It must be out of a mug she won’t drink out of anything else.
5 She only drinks tea with me.
6 She drinks it daintily just like a lady ( I know you wouldn’t think so by all the tea around her mouth).

I used texture paste, coloured  with blue acrylic, and  my argyle stencil on the background page. Once it was dry I added some brown bling at the points of the diamonds. Here are some close- ups of the layout for you to see.

At the bottom of the layout I used the four mugs from the co-ordinates and put the spoon into one of them I also used the 'you caused quite a stir' saying here as well... just look at that mouth. She is just too cute.

Because the file folder had rounded edges I used this on the photos too and rounded the corners of the first and last photo. I added some flowers and a ticket here as well.

On the top right hand corner I used one of Michelle's journalling tags and wrapped it around the edge of the page, added a flower, ticket and a big brad.

My journalling is all on tags that I slipped into the file folder. I added the title here too. Then I finished it off with two rows of banners. Everything that I used on this layout except for the card stock came from Michelle's co-ordinates. They were fabulous as always and perfect for my layout.

Finally, I went for my first photography lesson with Clint on Saturday. We took our cameras with and there were about 15 of us altogether. Most of the lesson is for everyone alltogether but when it comes to specifics for your particular camera we got one on one time which was great and even from the first lesson I realise how little I know about photography or my camera and I am so looking forward to the rest of this course. This week we have to chose 50 of our favourite photos to take with us on a disk and these will be critiqued by Adrian :/  I know that it is constructive criticism but I hope he goes easy on me :D

Thanks for taking a look and I will be back.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013


Hello Everyone,

It's Hump Day which means the reveal of this weeks sketch over at  Let's Scrap. Each week they preview a new sketch for you to use to inspire your layouts. These can then be loaded into the gallery and you stand a chance to win a prize. This is a lovely site with some wonderful people, loads of inspiration and is also a great way to meet like minded people. So if you haven't taken a look yet... head on over and see what all the fuss is about. 

Here is today's sketch by Debby de Wilde.

And this is what I did with it...

I know I have told you before that I don't make lots of cards. So when the sketch's for cards come up I do try and make one and not turn it into a layout.

I have been playing a lot lately with stencils, texture paste, misters and paints and so on and I have to say that I have enjoyed getting dirty for a change. I thought I would play with these mediums on this card.

So first of all I used the Argyle stencil and smeared it with texture past, and left it to dry, then I sprayed on some aqua mist from Heidi Swapp and I wiped it straight away with a wet wipe so that I got a watercolour effect. I wanted some splats too so I used my Tim Holtz distress stain in fired brick and slammed it onto the card hard so that it made a real splat, and then just left it all to dry properly.

I rounded the edges on the outside and inked the whole card. Then added some fabric tape in red and white cut like banners, a red saying on dreams and the flowers and the red pearl bling. Lastly, I painted the chipboard word DREAMS in black and added that and tied the card with some twine.

It is taking me some time to get used to the whole painted messy thing but I really really enjoyed making it. Now I need to get some nice stencils... but not many people have them here...

Thanks for taking a look..

Now on Wednesday over at CSI they have their new weekly Under Surveillance Reveal, and I am happy to say that I still there, you should head on over and take a look at this site to... there is so much eye candy there, you will never run out of inspiration.

Until next time, have fun!

Monday, 14 January 2013


I can't believe it is Monday again and we are already half way through January.. seriously!

It has been a busy week with trying to get my DT challenges up to date, my birthday and also the new CSI reaveal of course... So first things first.

I was my birthday on Saturday and this year I wanted to keep it low key so I decided to do breakfast with my favourite girls and my daughter and also my son's new girlfriend. It was a gorgeous day and we had breakfast in the gardens at Buitengeluk.

It really is very pretty there...

The girls...

I made them each a little party pack to say thank you. Thank you for being my friends, thank you for celebrating with me and just thank you...

This is what was inside :D

I got so spoilt and had a truly wonderful morning. Then my son and Lin came to the house for lunch and more spoilings. Had a very chilled evening and some friends popped in for a drink or three :D On Sunday we all went for lunch with some friends which was lovely. I love birthdays that go on all weekend.

Now here is the new case file over at CSI.

This week a sketch by the fabulous Emma Stafrace. I love the colours this week. This is what I did with the case file.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - I used all the colours.
Evidence - Punched circles, tickets, polkadots, text pattern, music sheet, doodling, teacup and string.
Testimony - My journalling is hand written on the back of the layout and reads as follows :

As it was my birthday on Saturday, I had breakfast with my favourite girls,
these are the girls that keep me grounded and real and as we were sitting
there chatting about getting older I realised that there are absolutes. So
I decided to use my birthday photo and document...

What I know for SURE at 57

1. What you put out there you get back, and Karma is a bitch.
2. Mistakes are there to teach you and to make you stronger, not to break you down.
3. Life is NOT fair, deal with it, but it is the only life that you have.
4. You become what you believe. So make sure you believe good things.
5. You define your own life so take charge of it and make it yours.
6. Your past has no power over your present unless you let it.
7. Trust your instincts every time. They will never let you down.
8. This too shall pass.
9. Every day brings a chance to start over.
10. Worrying is a waste of time and it solves nothing.
11. Live in the now. It really is all we have.
12. Today is the oldest I have ever been and the youngest I will ever be again.

I chose 12 because my birthday is on the 12th.

Here are some close ups for you to see...

Some of the title was handwritten on strips of paper.

I used the teacups from the co-ordinates sheet.

Finally, here is a close up of the top cluster.

Thanks Debbi and team for another great case.

I will be back later. Enjoy the rest of your Monday. Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, 7 January 2013


And that's all I have to say about that!

Hello Everyone

It's Monday again and that means that there is another CSI  case file out. If you haven't been over to their site to check it out - you really should they have an awesome challenge every week, and there is loads of eye candy too. Here is this weeks Case File #53.

How gorgeous is this colour palette.
I chose to go use another sketch from OUAS, just because I love their sketches and they are so easy to work with, this is another wonderful site that offers a challenge each month too.

Here is how I solved the case...

Scheme    - I used all of the colours
Evidence  - Flowers, metal, pleating, scallops and fabric.
Testimony - I went with Try One Word but I think I could have gone with Daydreaming on Paper Inspiration.

My journalling reads :

"Just for today... I will give thanks for my many blessings, I will not worry, I will not be angry, I will do my work honestly, I will be kind to my neighbours and every living thing, I will be at PEACE... Just for today! So why do I find it so hard? Why am I so conflicted? I promised to try and live by these Reiki Principles, but I struggle every single day!"

Here are some close-ups of the layout.

I attached a flower, ribbon and two hat pins to the top of the birdcage.

I also added a ribbon with hat pins, and bling to the flower cluster.

This quote was one of the ones that came with the co-ordinates for the case file.

Thank you for taking a look.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013


Hello Everyone

It's the first Wednesday of 2013 and that means the new sketch is up over at  Let's Scrap :) and here it is, done by Jennifer Russel.

I really love this sketch and because I was a bit freaked out by cutting my photos into shapes I just rounded the corners and used the same layout. Here is my take on the sketch.

I used some photos of the ducks that were at Walkersons, I really love ducks, and I also played a bit with the photos in a programme I got on the new Windows 8 apps and I think they turned out pretty cool :D Here are a couple of close ups.

I used a chipboard fence by Enmarc and added a few little flowers and a the word beauty in a frame and underneath gathered some ribbon up. 

In the middle I added a chipboard birdcage and attached a piece of chain to it to run up the page. I added some ribbon and flower and also some pins, I also wrote out a quote onto strips of paper and added this as well. The quote says... "life is not about the amount of breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away".

In the top left corner I started the title which is Delight in the Detail, and also added a little banner made with circles folded in half over the twine and then I added a little bling just because I can.

On the right  hand page I did cut this photo into a circle because I think it enhanced it. I then matted it onto a green and pink mat that I cut with my nestabilities.

The new challenge over at CSI was also posted on Friday evening and I finished that one as well. Here is the case file.

I really love this colour palette, and I used a sketch from OUAS and here it is...

It is just such a pretty sketch I loved it. Here is what I did with both of them to solve the case.

Scheme     - I used all of the colours.
Evidence   - String, Paint, Newsprint Paper, Tags, Burlap and Washers.
Testimony -  I documented a gift (the photo), I did my journalling on tags, I hand wrote my journalling, which was a few of my favourite things.
My journalling is as follows :

Around the page are quotes on photography... You don't take a photograph, you ask quietly to borrow it... a photograph is usually looked at, seldom looked into. A good snapshot stops a moment from running away. It's not what you look at that matter, it's what you see.

Journalling on the tags reads :

Sometimes I think I see the world a little differently
to everyone else. I like to take photos, lots of photos.

Someone once said
“I think a photography course should be a requirement
in all educations programmes because it makes you see
the world rather than just look at it.’

I think this is very true for me. It is important to record
all the important events but what really turns me on is...

A rusty old truck that has been abandoned in a field –
what others see is a wreck. What I see is a truck that has
worked hard, carrying it’s battle scars with pride. Every
dent and hole has a story to tell.
Dew on a newly opened rose is the promise of a new life.
Railway tracks are the promise of travel and places to
The weavers in my fever tree building next after nest to
get it right is the promise of endurance.
The pot of pens on my desk the promise of creativity.
The way the waves crash against the rocks and sprays up is the
promise of change.
The sunset telling us another day is gone... and did I waste it.

Taking photos has taught me to take notice and for that I am truly
grateful – it has shown me the power of now!

Here are some close ups of what I did.

I wrote directly onto the background page for my title and the quotes around the edges. The paint was mixed in with the gesso to get the colour and I used a circle stencil.

I made a concertina flower in the same paper as the half bracket piece. I stamped on some newsprint to make the Express Yourself ticket and also used embossing powder on the washer to make it gold. I added bling and also some flowers.

My journalling is on the two tags that are stuck behind the layers of paper.

Thanks for taking a look.