Saturday, 25 May 2013


Good Morning Everyone

I hope that you are all having a good Saturday. It is a beautiful winter morning here in Johannesburg. The sky is blue, the sun is shining and the birds are happily feeding in the tree outside my studio. A truly perfect morning. Sigh :)

It also means that the new case file has been revealed over at CSI, which for me is the best place to play, the weekly challenges are awesome and really push you to the limits. Loads of eye candy in the gallery too.

Here is this weeks beautiful case file. The colours are just so beautiful.

I started off using this sketch from OUAS and then my layout kind of developed a mind of it's own - so I just went with the flow. When your MOJO has been MIA you don't want to mess with it too much and chase it away again.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme     - the colours are all there.
Evidence   - Circles, clocks, birds, upside down ( the top aqua circle negative).
Testimony - Document an outing.
The journaling (on the back) reads :

Living in Africa we are blessed with all kinds of getaway places and terrain all within a days car ride. We have beautiful mountain resorts, where you can hike and climb mountains or just enjoy the majestic beauty, we have lush green countryside in the Midlands to rival that of England or Ireland, we have AMAZING game reserves for those who like to animal and bird watch, we have deserts for those who want to ride the dunes and we have the sea, vast stretches of white beaches and rocky outcrops that drop down into the water... and then we have Cape Town that has the sea, the mountain, the beautiful country side, the animals and the wine farms.

I am NOT a bush person, I don’t like scrubby terrain and the dust and the gogga’s. I don’t commune with nature as one in the bush – for that I need to be by the sea. To smell the salty air and hear the crash of the waves as they hit the shore. The sight of a sunrise or sunset on a long open beach fills me with a love and happiness so great that it hurts. I don’t have to be in the sea but I do have to be able to see it. It was the only criteria for me when we bought our holiday home. I have to be able to see the sea and not just from the roof through a slit in the trees... I want big sea and big sea I got. The saying “ Near to the sea we forget to count the days” reflects exactly how I feel when I am within sea range.

But still my favourite getaway is to the fairest Cape, so cosmopolitan and hip, streets of beautiful antique shops, top notch restaurants, guided wine tours, unrivalled shopping, and the fishing boats... I just love the fishing boats and the buzz at the harbour when they bring their hauls in. For me best of all is seeing the Capetonians wandering along the strand with friends, lovers, pets or just enjoying the alone time. It is also the only place in South Africa that really gets to experience late sunsets in summer. Now that Simon has expanded his business to the Cape I get to go with him on business trips. I know I am the luckiest girl ever and I love that I am so spoiled. I would not trade this for anything in the world.

Here are some close-ups of my layout.

I used a plain white cardstock for the background mounted it onto a teal, the little tear reveals a punched border. The patterned papers are from Imaginesce and had all the colours for this challenge which was great because they were a sea theme too. I painted the clock with gesso and paint then inked and covered it with diamond glaze, then sprinkled on some teal and orange micro beads. The bling was added once it had dried.

I kept the negative of the cut circles because I had seen the amazing Heather Jacob use them on some of her layouts and loved the look of them. Thank you Heather for your inspiration. :D I also printed the quote from the stamp I used onto the photo.

Here you can see the stamped quote. The title was just coloured using distress paint. I had such fun doing this layout. Sometimes we just need to play and not over think things. :D My words of wisdom for today:D
I hope that you have a wonderful weekend wherever you are and whatever you are doing :D

I am also entering this layout into theScrap Africa Challenge for this month which is to use chipboard on your layout.

Thanks for taking a look!

Friday, 24 May 2013


It's me again :P

Yes I have another post... might as well make sure I am well and truly caught up :D

This week was my turn to host another challenge at Let's Scrap for their NSD month (this is the one I remembered but we won't go there). This challenge was a scraplift challenge which was perfect for mojoless me :D

The rules of the game were simple. Choose a layout from the gallery that you liked and scraplift it. The layout I chose was this one by Debby de Wilde and I loved this because it was washi tape and I just love washi tape and also because of the simplicity of the layout, and because of the simplicity your eye is drawn straight to the gorgeous photo of her and her daughter Jinte. Thanks Debby for letting me scraplift you :D

Here is my take on Debby's layout.

I had just bought this tube of washi tapes and love the lime and navy together and that was what I wanted to use... so I went with a white background onto which I splashed a little navy and lime paint... I randomly added the washi tape and then did two rows of cross stitch as opposed to the machine stitching that Debby did. I used the polaroid type frame for my photo which I found on pinterest (because it was the perfect colours) but I matted it onto lime and then navy.... I decided to use the same title as Debby because it fit my layout so well too, the arrow down to the title was added and then I decided to stamp a row of music at the bottom and added the flowers and I just could not leave well enough alone and so I added the buttons and the bling and then I doodled around the edge of the layout....

I really wanted to keep it simple but it seems as though I just could not stop :D

I have not done my journalling on this layout yet but I will.

Thanks for taking a look. I appreciate it :D


Hello everyone

I feel a bit like a hamster on a treadmill and I have not been able to get on top of things for the last little while. Now today for the first time in a long time there is light at the end of the tunnel. YAY! My mojo has taken a much needed vacation but is now on unpaid leave and had better get back soon.

Here is this weeks sketch by Jeaunes Viljoen. If you haven't already go to Let's Scrap and take a look there are a great number of fabulous sketches to be had.

I really love this sketch but still I had to deviate - I am beginning to wonder if it is a little rebellious thing I have going on that I just can't do it as is....anyway, here is my take on the sketch.

I got this paper by Authentique and I just loved it and wanted to use it for a beach layout, I started with a kraft background and a honeycomb stencil and some gesso... once it was dry I coloured in some of the spaces just for detail, some cardboard was cut into a strip and the smeared with gesso and some aqua paint. 

I also cut some of the hexagons from the paper, the bracket was created by using my nestabilities in two sizes and two colours. The punched border is a Martha Stewart punch. I added the chippies last with the bling and the Prima flowers. There is also bling in some of the hexagons...


The other side is pretty much a mirror image of the left hand side.

The title letters are balsa wood and stickers. I have journalled all around the edge of the layout. Things I have learnt from the sea..

Go barefoot, reflect, swim often, doze beneath the shade of a palm tree, leave only footprints in the sand,  behold the beauty of a sunset, rest, soak up the sun, ride the waves, breathe in the salty air, bury your toes in the sand,  feel the breeze, collect sea shells and relax.

Thanks for taking the time to take a look.

Saturday, 18 May 2013


Hello everyone

It's a bit chilly here in Johannesburg today - I think winter may have arrived :D It is Saturday morning which means that the new case file over at CSI has been revealed. Lots of eye candy in the gallery too.

Here is the new case file, and I just love the colours of this one.

Here is my take on the challenge.

Scheme - I used all the colours.... (in the photo to orange splats look way darker than in real life and the kraft looks greyer :( )
Evidence - Birds, metal kraft background.
Testimony - 5 Things.
Journalling on the back of the layout reads:

1 I love to travel and I am lucky enough to be able to go overseas every year.
2 I was 45 the first time I went on an overseas holiday and that was to Mauritius and suffice it say that was an unmitigated disaster for me, but I put on my big girl panties and changed my outlook on the world outside of Africa went overseas a second time and have never looked back.
3 I am lucky enough to have visited many countries and I am looking forward to visiting many more in the years to come. 
One of the places I have been too many times is Ireland, mainly because that is where my brother lives and I try and see them every year if it is possible, but also because it is just such a beautiful place. Sometimes I get to go there for a holiday and other times it is a detour on the way home, for a quick visit. Last year I got to spend six weeks there and travelled north and south and east to west. We would just get in the car and go. One of the places I did get to see was the Rock of Cashel. A collection of medieval church buildings – St Patrick’s - and fortresses set on top of a limestone outcrop rising out of County Tipperary’s Golden Vale. It is a significant historical site and for 600 years was the power-base of the kings of Munster. I have never seen a view like this one before it was magnificent and as I was wandering around I spied this ruin way down in the valley and took some photos through one of the gates in the wall. Turns out that this magnificent building was Hoare Abby, a ruined Cistercian monastery I think she still stands majestic and proud even in her abandonment.
4 Turns out I have a thing for abandoned old buildings. I wonder about all the history that the walls have been privy too. The things that have been done and seen within those walls.
5 I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. ~Robert Louis Stevenson

Not all who wander are lost is also true for me :)

Here are some close ups of my layout.

I started of by mixing some gel medium with inteference red powder and stenciling the brickwork. Once it was dried I doodled around the edges and coloured the bricks with watercolour paint. The paint splats were added too. I cut the fence in half and painted it using Tim Holtz's distress paints which are wonderful to use and if you spritz with water while they are still wet they blend beautifully together. I used some watercolour paint to add some shadows and the doodled on them too.

The borders were punched using my Martha Stewart punch and then layered. The shell rub-on was added too.

Once the layout was all put together I added the rub-on quote and word, doodled around the page and added the flowers and butterfly and the little metal bird.

Thanks for taking a look :D

Friday, 17 May 2013


Hello everyone

Well I am back with another challenge from Scrap your Story and this week the challenge is stamping.  Stamping! I love to stamp and use it a lot on my layouts but today I decided to do some cards for this challenge... and I have included three different styles of stamping.

This first one is a Pointsettia stamp that I borrowed from a friend because I really love it. I stamped the image using Versamark ink and then covered it with gold embossing powder. It is important to remember when you are using embossing powder that it will stick to anything on a layout like finger prints so you need to swipe your paper with an anti-static pad before stamping, this removes any traces of oil from the paper. Then heat the embossing powder until it melts. Once this was done I coloured the image with watercolour paints and then diamond glazed the whole thing. I also used a glue pen around the edges and embossed that too. I love the richness that this gives. The image was matted onto white card, then red and onto a green card. I added the green meshy stuff for interest.

This next card is a Geisha - also borrowed from a friend and stamped with black ink and then I coloured in parts of the image with a deep cerise. The image was layered onto music paper and then a black card. I added the cerise ribbon and the Chinese coin for interest.

This last card was such fun to do and is a cool way to make your own embellishments. I used the bear stamp  and stamped the image once on to pale pink cardstock. I also stamped the image onto shrink plastic. Both images were then coloured - the large one with watercolour paints and the small one with chalks. You then have to shrink the plastic carefully using a heat gun and once it has shrunk place it under a heavy phone book or something for a few minutes so it stays flat. It creates a cool little bear about a quarter of the original size. The large bear was put onto the dark pink dot and the ribbon was added it was then stuck onto a pale pink card. Right at the end I added the little plastic bear.

Thanks for taking a look.


Hi there everyone,

I didn't think that I was going to get time to do this case file but I managed to squeeze it in this morning and I got it done :) If you have not taken part in any of these challenges they are a whole lot of fun you should take a look at CSI and give it a go. Here is the case file for this week which closes on Sunday evening.

This is the sketch to be used for this week's layout. Another one by the amazing Em Starface. Her layouts are just so nice to work with.

Here is what I managed to do with it all, after a loss of mojo - which is not nice :(

I knew exactly what photos I wanted to use for this layout and even the song which is Bicycle by Caroline... no big hit but the words were perfect for me. Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme     - all of the colours are there.
Evidence   - Bicycles, circles, birds, doodling.
Testimony - Song title/lyrics as inspiration.

My journalling (which is on the back of the layout) reads :

I can't remember your face but I remember your bicycle how it took my breath away. When we went racing down our favourite street I tried to catch up with you. I can't remember many things but I remember your bicycle how it took my breath away... the words of this song Bicycle by Caroline seemed perfect for this week’s case file. I love to take photos of things and pretty things in particular and one of my favourite things is bicycles. What fun I had in Amsterdam with all the bikes. I had never seen so many in one place in my life, old ones, new ones, big ones, small ones, loved ones and abandoned ones, colourful ones and plain ones. There were bicycles everywhere, they even had parkade parking for bikes – three stories high, I sat for hours watching all the people go about their day on their bicycles, going to and from work, dropping off and fetching kids, men in suits and sweats and women in dresses and jeans. High heels and flats, smart shoes and trainers it didn’t matter. It fascinated me. It took me back to my childhood, riding to school each day, meeting friends at the crossroads and all riding together, up hills and down hills the wind in our faces and I wanted to feel that freedom again. So why didn’t I do it? What was I so afraid of? That I would fall off? SO... Instead I took my camera and wandered the streets taking photos of all the bikes. It was heaven. We are going back to Amsterdam in a month’s time and this time we are going to do a bike ride, just the four of us.

Here are a couple of close ups.

I mounted the banner onto grey cardstock, fussy cut the birds from the co-ordinates that come with each case file. The top banner is also from the co-ordinates. I did lots of doodling on all the cardstock and added a flower to the point of the banner.

The bicycle in the circle was cut from Theresa Collins paper, and the bottom one was cut on my silhouette. The arrows are chippies covered with card stock.

My Storm is back home safe and sound after a trip to Amsterdam with her boyfriend Jason, he got the trip through his company and was allowed to take a partner. They had a ball and I have some stunning photos to scrap again. I am so glad she had this opportunity and I am so glad that we are going back again as a family.

I will be back later with the post for Scrap your Story. The DT term ends at the end of May and I am retiring, I just have too much on my plate until after I get back in July and then I will reassess.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013


Hello Everyone,

I hope that you all had a wonderful Mother's Day and got very spoilt. I know I did. I got a DVD from my daughter on Photography 101 so I have a quick way to recap what I learnt it is really cool. My son gave me a photo frame, white distressed with the word HOME on it. I will put up pics once I have put photos in the frames. I told him I was going to leave the photos that were in there already because those kids were kind of cute lmao. I am wicked I know... lucky for me my kids get my humour or I would be in trouble :D We went to a food market which was lovely and just spent a couple of hours wandering around and tasting food and drinks. A lovely way to spend the morning. Then I just chilled for the rest of the day.

Anyhow - it is Wednesday which means that there is a new sketch up at Let's Scrap, this week it is a card sketch - I don't normally make a lot of cards but it is a nice way to use up scraps.

Here is the sketch...

Here is my card...

I used the left overs from the Spring page I made a while back. I added a banner, a couple of flowers and the little Hello button. Nice and simple..

I am busy with the layouts from the Convention on Saturday which was wonderful, so I will post those once I am done. I got to meet Erica who is on the DT with me at Let's Scrap and also Roulien who was on with me before. So nice to meet the people you talk to everyday online. Will put up those pics later too.

Bye for now.

Friday, 10 May 2013


Hello Everyone

It is Friday which means there is a new challenge up at Scrap Your Story and this week it is a sketch challenge and this is the sketch you need to use.

Here is my layout for the sketch. I loved working with this one.

I kept it really plain with white cardstock and the watermelon colour from the roses. I also added some turquoise and  white stripe paper  for a little contrast. Here are some close ups. The quote says "In dreams we catch glimpses of life larger than our own." So true.

I made a little banner in the top corner and doodled along the edges just to give them some character.

This time I didn't deviate too much from the sketch because I really liked it. I added a row of bling and also the little triangular banners.  All of the mats and banners have been doodled. The flowers matched perfectly. I love it when a plan comes together.

The chipboard title was just coloured using Tim Holtz distress stain - Black Soot.

The journaling on the back of the layout just says...

" Everyone who knows me knows that I have always taken loads of photos. Photos of flowers, cars, windows, park benches and all manner of completely random things that make me happy. For Christmas last year Simon surprised me with a beautiful new camera, the Canon 7d. The 7d is so different to the 40D that I had used before and I have to say I was a little intimidated until I opened the gift from my son, which was a photography course that we would do together. This was a six week course that covered every aspect of photography and the technical side of the cameras too. I loved it and each week I could see my photos change and improve. I still have loads to learn and most of it is just practice. I really love to take photos of flowers and macro photography. These are just a couple of the latest ones that I have taken and I have to say that they make me very happy. Capturing memories - whatever they are makes me happy and committing them to paper like this layout makes me even happier."

Thanks for taking a look. I just want to let you know too that I appreciate ever single message that is left for me. I warms my heart to know that you have taken the time to visit and either read or "skim" the post and leave me a note. I just wish I had a reply button but for the life of me I can't work out how to do it. :D

For all the South African mommies out there I wish you a very Happy Mothers Day! I hope that your children spoil you rotten. I have given my kids a couple of hints ;) You may like it too :D

Thursday, 9 May 2013


Hello Everyone

I am back with another post and this time it is for the Scrap around the World challenge. If you haven't checked out this blog yet you really should, I think that this is going to be a great challenge blog. Each month they will put up a mood board and sketch for you to use as inspiration and it is as easy as that.

All you need to do is be inspired by the mood board (in ANY way) 
& use our sketch as your starting point.

So seriously, how easy is that. :)

Here is my layout. I was inspired but firstly the colours. Turquoise and brown is one of my favourite colour combinations, I was also inspired by the flowers, and also the bling in the chandelier.

I started off with the turquoise cardstock and added a kraft colour on top which I stamped on, doodled, distressed and then added the splats. The doilie behind the photos was misted with brown and turquoise mists and left to dry. I found these Authentique papers, which were a perfect match, for the tags. The quote says "A daughter is a little girl who grows up to become a wonderful friend" which is so true for Storm and I. Then I added the flowers, bling and twine to the tags. The photos are of Storm from a photo shoot a couple of years ago and I just love them as they completely show her personality.

I have journaling on the back of the layout that says:

It has not always been this way for Storm and I. She is wilfull and strong minded, independent and somewhat stubborn, and she has very strong views about most things. The world is black and white. Right or wrong. Now that she has left home and is living on her own she has changed somewhat and mellowed and sees all the shades of grey that make up day to day life. She has come to realise that you don't always make the best decisions or choices and it is not for lack of trying, but that sometimes you have to be a little flexible. She will often come to me and say... now I know why you did this or said that. Now that she is living on her own she is realising just how cushy life was at home without a worry in the world. I really enjoy doing things with her now and spending time with her without feeling defensive and on edge the whole time. I love that now we can communicate on the same level as adults and now when she asks for advice she takes in what I have to say and doesn't just dismiss me as a fool. So much has changed since she was a teenager.:)  I love my little girl and no matter how big she gets or how old. She will always be my little girl. <3 you Stormie.

Thanks for taking a look.


Hello Everyone

Happy Humpday!  I am here with two layouts today. The first one is the weekly sketch challenge over at Let's Scrap and this weeks sketch was designed by Carol Burger.

Here is my layout for the challenge.

I have been trying to gather photos from my childhood as I don't have many, maybe half a dozen or so and I found these four photos among my Aunts' photos so I scanned them in, fixed them up and re-sized them. I used cream card stock as my background and the added the purple and green. The papers are very old ones from Making Memories. I kept the layout very plain and simple and added the punched border and the flowers and tags.

My journaling reads...

"I am not sure where we were going all dressed up in our Sunday best, but I do know it was not to church, so maybe it was for a wedding or some other special occasion. These photos were taken on the steps of the verandah at the old house in Vumbwe, Malawi. There was a date on the back of one of the photos 1958 so John would have been a year old and I would have been two. I am sure that Gran would have made my dress for me and judging by the large hem was hoping that it would last me a long time. :) How young and innocent we both look. Not a care in the world."

Over at Let's Scrap we are hosting a challenge a day for the whole of the month of May for National Scrapbooking day. It was my turn to host the challenge and I wanted to incorporate a new photo aspect to the challenge to create a layout of your day, so that could be something you did, somewhere you went, your schedule or however you want to interpret it. You can also only use cardstock, it must also incorporate photos that you took of your day. I used the right hand side of this sketch for my layout.

Here is my take on the challenge.

Everyone knows that I spend all day in my studio creating, I don't want to do anything else. So it stands to reason that my shopping experience relates to that too. So I created a layout for both. Title is "Retail Therapy is all I Need" (the photos are all of my studio and my stash).

I used white cardstock and printed my journaling directly onto the layout. I painted the chipboard title and numbers with brick red paint to match the cardstock that I used to mat the photos.

I added some washi tape arrows and then some embellishments in the colours of the tape. Brick red (the photo looks a bit orange), blue and green.

So why don't you take a look and maybe join in ... it is a lot of fun.

Thanks for taking a look.