Wednesday, 31 July 2013


Hello Everyone

It is Hump Day which means not only are we half way through the week but also that the new sketch over at Let's Scrap has been revealed, you should definitely take a look, they have loads of sketches and some wonderful inspiration in the gallery and they have a DT call out at the moment - so please go and check it out.

Here is this weeks sketch...

Here is my take on the sketch...

I am really loving single pages at the moment and I only had this one photo of Clint and Lin - taken a couple of weekends ago - and I really liked it and wanted to scrap it so I did :) As my photo was landscape and not portrait, I rotated the right hand page. I also really wanted to use this paper from Kaiser Craft - which I really love and which was left over from my Scrap Around the World - Paris layout I cut some of the strips into banners, and layered them with some washi tape and some ribbon.

My journaling (on the back of the layout) says:

You just never know what life has in store for you. The good, the bad or the ugly. I have always believed that everything happens at the right time and for the right reason and that the only choice we have in life is how we react to what comes our way. You can either be broken and defeated by it or you can rise up and accept it and and let it make you a stronger and a better person. We are not defined by what happens to us we are defined by how we react to what happens to us. Things may not have worked out the way you two had planned but sometimes a nudge is just what is needed to push us forward. I am so looking forward to this journey with you and I am so happy to have you both in my life and to be a part of yours. Love you both.

Here are some close-ups.

I didn't want to use more banners at the top because I had cute some of the strips into banners so I chose to fussy cut this advert with the butterfly and use that instead.

On this side of the photo I covered a chip board bracket and added that as well as the lace, flowers, buttons and the LOVE heart and ribbon. I also added some washi arrows to guide your eye around the layout.

I left the chipboard title raw and just inked the edges.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look I really appreciate it :D

Saturday, 27 July 2013


Hello Everyone

Welcome to the weekend - I hope you have some fun things planned. :)

Today I have my layout for the new reveal over at CSI and the palette this week is gorgeous. So summery and seeing as though we only have 35 days left of winter it is a very welcome sight.

Here is the case file...

Here is my layout...

Here is how I solved the case...

Scheme     - all of the colours are there.
Evidence   - Stamps, cursive (the stamp on the blue paper), umbrellas (photo), stripes, birds, wet medium and masking.
Testimony - Celebrate Summer, write in cursive.
My jounaling (on the back of the layout) reads:

I love SUMMER, it is my favourite time of the year and here in South Africa we are lucky enough to have summer for around eight months of the year.
Hot day and warm nights, all the windows in the house open allowing the breeze free reign through the rooms.
Dips in the pool with the dogs.
Trips down to the beach, golden tans and painted toes in flip flops.
Pool loungers and umbrellas, the sound of the waves, ice creams and cocktails with exotic fruits and pretty umbrellas, good books and long strolls on the beach, shell collecting.
Braais and cold beer - there is nothing like the smell of meat cooking on an open fire. 
What is not to love about summer - 35 days to summer but hey whose counting. :D

Here are some close-ups of my layout...

I used my Heidi Swapp 'Hibiscus' mask on a plain white background and used a mister in pale blue, then I stamped a hibiscus image over that and clear embossed it - I love the subtle effect you get with it. I then stamped the quote down at the bottom of the layout which says:
'The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.' So true.
The photo which I found on Pinterest - because it just evokes every emotion and feeling for summer for me has a quote that I printed on to it which says:
'All I need is a few days at the beach.'
The yellow hibiscus flowers were fussy cut from a sheet of paper by K & Company. The colours were perfect.

I layered up all the papers and stamped some cursive script onto the blue and white dot just for some interest. Then I stamped the reeds and added the chippie fence. The seagull was stamped once the fence was in place.

On the other side of the photo I continued the fence and added the flowers, brads at the bottom and the hat pins into the ribbon and then I tucked a few shells in among the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look. Have a great weekend :)

Tuesday, 23 July 2013


Hello Everyone

I am back today with my layout for the Scrap Friends sketch challenge. If you don't already take part you should take a look at their wonderful sketches, and they also have a colour challenge too.

Here is the sketch for July.

Here is my layout. Which I rotated because my photos were portrait and not landscape but also because of the topic I wanted my photos to float.

I used papers by My Minds Eye - So Sophie collection that were perfect for the colours in my photos.

The quote on the layout says:

It's not who you are that holds you back it's who you think you are not! (Perfect huh?)

My journaling (on the back of the layout) says:

When we arrived in Cologne it was hot and we were all tired and hungry and all we wanted was something to eat and a very cold beer. From the station and up the steps to the Cologne Cathedral we walked and straight into the square where all the restaurants and shops were and while we were looking for somewhere to go I spotted these two guys on the street. I was completely taken by them and had to take some photos, then I was curious as to how they accomplished this feat. I walked all the way around them feeling the space between them and for the life of me I could not see the trick, he was really floating. Just the guy at the bottom sitting on his mat holding a stick and the guy on top floating holding the other end of the stick. Perfectly still, eyes closed and no movement at all, not a flicker of eyelids, or a twitch of hands or feet...Just stillness and peace. They were totally oblivious to everything that was going on around them. It was as if nothing else existed...It was magic!

Here are some close-ups of my layout.  First of all I stamped a random cross hatch patter all over the botttom half of the layout using Scattered Straw distress ink. Then I stamped a clock face stamp in the same colour over that. 

The circles were cut using a punch and offset with a little bling in each one of them.

 The chevron arrows  were cut from squares and the arrows between them stamped using black archival ink. The quote and the coffee stains (Tim Holtz stamps) were also stamped with the same black ink, the little arrow above the quote is washi tape. I also added the aqua washi along the sides of the strips and added the buttons.

The title was painted using black soot distress paint and then diamond glazed. All of the bits were doodled.

The tags were made from the papers and the words on them... memories and travel are bits of washi tape, the tags were tied with bakers twine. I added a butterfly and a flower from my stash.

Thanks for coming by to take a look.

Monday, 22 July 2013


Hello Everyone

Today I have my layout for the challenge over at OUAS and this month the theme is ...


Here is the sketch ...

And... here is my layout...

The two background papers are from My Minds Eye - Wild Asparagus, the remaining papers are from Graphic 45 and then also some washi tape.

I started of by making some splats using Tim Holtz distress stains in Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Shabby Shutters and then misting with a mix of plain water and clear perfect pearls and got this lovely watercolour effect that I was absolutely delighted with. Then I stamped a script with Antique Linen through the splats and then used a post stamp with black archival ink.  The little tickets were stamped on left over bits of paper and say 'Always Remember'. The flowers are from Petaloo and my stash.

The quote says :  Grow old along with me, the best is yet to be...(John Lennon song for Yoko Ono)

My journaling on the back of the layout says:

You don't get to being married for 37 years without a lot of ups and downs and even in the darkest times I have never considered going it alone. We are in this together, forever, and that is just the way it is. So, grow old along with me, the best is yet to be, and when our time is come, we will be together as one...Together we are a formidable team.

Here are some close-ups.

You can see the watercolour misting and the stamping here...

The flowers with washi and the ticket...

The title and part of the song written on strips of paper.

The bottom with the splats and misting and the beautiful stamp, washi tape and another ticket.

I am also entering this layout into the July Challenge over at Berry71Bleu - this month the theme is ANYTHING GOES...

Thanks for taking a look.

Sunday, 21 July 2013


Hello Everyone,

Today I have my layout for the Scrap Africa challenge which is hosted this month by Marelize Frisby and her challenge is to create a patchwork background.

So, here is my layout for this challenge. MOM...

I used papers from Graphic 45 in these lilacs which just happened to be my grandmothers favourite colour but I don't have a photo of her and I do have this photo of my mother, one of the only ones I do have of her, and so I used that. Combining two things from two of the women I loved most.

I created my background by cutting up squares of the various papers and putting them all together like a patchwork and as my machine is not working I created some random stitches around the layout so you get the idea of sewing, and I chose to bring out the peach of the flowers for the stitches. The quote here says:

All that I am or ever hope to be I owe to my angel mother - Abraham Lincoln

I created a flower (Petaloo) cluster and added some gauze and some pearl bling. The butterflies were cut using my Martha Stewart punch and  the quote on the banner says:

It's her beauty that captures your attention. It's her personality that captures her heart.

My journaling (on the back of the layout) says:

I don't have many photos of mom, they were all burned in a fire by a disgruntled employee, but I got this one from her sister a couple of years ago and it is one of my favourites because it reminds me of a time before she got so sick. A time when she was young and happy and beautiful.

It scares me a little that I can't remember her face, or her voice or how it felt to be hugged by her. I wish I had taken the time to get to know her instead of being so angry because she was always sick and couldn't do things like the other kids' mothers. It is only now that I realise just how strong she was and how determined she was to do as much as she could to keep our family life as close to normal as was possible for her, and I was so determined to push her away and forge my own path in life alone and without help from anyone. I was so angry.

I would give anything to see her just one more time. Time enough for me to tell her that I am sorry, sorry I didn't realise how sick she was and that I didn't do more for her and that I loved her. I want to be able to talk to her about her life and her struggles and mine. I want her to see her fine grandchildren and for her to know that I did something right. I want her to see that I have made a good life for myself and for my family. I want to hear her say how proud she is of me. I want her to know that even though she has been gone for 31 years I miss her every single day. I love you mom xox

Thanks for taking a look.

Saturday, 20 July 2013


Hello again

I am here with a quick post to tell you about a new blog 123 Get Scrappy that has just started out... sounds like a lot of fun so go check it out especially if you are addicted to challenges... this one is like Tic, Tac Toe... so a little different.


Hello Everyone

It is a beautiful winters day here in South Africa even if it is a tad chilly :D A great day for scrapping!

I have the new case file for you from CSI another week of wonderful inspiration. Go take a look see.

Here is my layout for this week.

I solved the case by...

Scheme - using all the colours
Evidence - Fleur-de-lis, silver metal, bird, rub-ons, twine, rounded corners, circles and texture paper.
Testimony - 6 word memoir, rounded corners on journaling spot.

My 6 word memoir says - 'You two light up my life'

These photos were taken at Juno Beach in Normany. It was our last night in France and we all felt it deserved a special celebration. For once it was warm and so we bought a whole lot of yummy goodies, some great wine, got some glasses, plates and blankets from the B & B we were staying at and headed down to the beach.. These photos are of my two down at the water skimming stones... laughing and joking with one another in such an easy relaxed way.. It was also about 10 or 10.30 :) A wonderful end to a wonderful time in France.

Journaling (on the tags) says... 

It never ceases to amaze me just how close you tow are. I really noticed it on this holiday. Never a cross word, you finish each others sentences, you laugh at the same things, you shop for one another, you tell each other everything, there are NO secrets. You are the first ones you turn to if there is a problem, there is an easiness between you that sometimes leaves me feeling a little jealous, wishing I too had a bond like this. <3 you always.

Thanks for taking a look :D

Friday, 19 July 2013


Hello Everyone

Today I am here with my entry for the Scrap Around the World challenge...created this month by Kerin Tamir.

So pretty and romantic and shabby  :D  Here is my take on the challenge...

I was inspired by the shabby chic feel of the inspiration board and particularly by the hearts and that immediately made me think of Paris which, to me, is absolutely the city of love ... I love these papers from Kaiser Craft 75 Cents Collection and I had the perfect photo to use from my trip to Paris last month.

My journalling (on the back of the layout reads)

Paris, for me, is possibly the most beautiful city in the world. I just love the buildings, especially prettied up with boxes of summer flowers, the street cafes, the monuments and the museums, the beautiful Seine river that flows through it, the language, the music and the very chic people that live there. I am lucky enough to have visited Paris three times but this time was really special for me as I was able to share the experience with my family. How wonderful it was to walk around discovering all that this wonderful city has to offer, especially as I now see things through the eye of my lens. I love this photo that I took of the Eiffel Tower as to me it screams Parisienne...

Here are some close-ups of my layout.

I started of by using a stencil and some coloured gesso on the background page and then did some random stamping in a brown.

In the bottom corner I added a couple of hat pins to the ribbon, a flower cluster with a little heart that I stamped script onto and the cutout advert with the butterfly.

I also used a couple of Tim Holtz pediments and a page from an old dictionary that had the definition of 'ROMANCE', the bee clock and little love stamp were stamped onto the pattern paper and are Prima Stamps.

Lastly I added some lace and another Paris image stamp and the PARIS chippie...

Thank you for stopping by to take a look. I really appreciate it.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013


Hello Everyone

I am back with another challenge :D Love me a challenge :D This one is hosted by Lucy Muraco over at Red Chi Chi and here is how it works. Each month she gives you a photo and everyone who joins scraps the same photo :D Easy Peasy!

This month the photo was of the very dashing Hugh Jackman.

And... here is my layout.

The papers I used are from We R Memory Keepers - Urban Window Collection... Boho Chic Funky and they were perfect for the colours in the photo. I also changed one of the photos to black and white.

I chose a plain background and just added some random splats of Tim Holtz Distress stain, Walnut. The edge was punched with a Knock Out punch. All edges were inked and distressed for a more masculine feel.

I added some circles and buttons, a couple of rub-ons and even a couple of flowers.

The car is from Graphic 45 and because the colours were right I fussy cut it out... the chippies were just painted and diamond glazed.

Also randomly punched the background page and added a banner or two.

You can take a look at the other submissions :

If you wish to play along just let Lucy know and she will add you to the list of participants. This was a whole lot of fun.

Thanks for taking a look :D

Monday, 15 July 2013


Hello Everyone

I am back with a quick post for a fabulous give away over at One Scrappy Doctor. Natalie has these (not one) TWO giveaways. So hop on over to her blog for a chance to win....

Good luck!