Saturday, 29 March 2014


Hello Everyone

I have another CSI case file for you today, this one was such fun too. You can see all the other DT's work HERE, I seriously love everyone's  interpretation of these challenges :D

Here is the case file

And... here is my layout.

I opted for a CAS layout this week... man this is what I am most comfortable with :)

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - The colour are all there.
Evidence - Music elements, monogram, metal, use electricity to create your page (lights, computer and slice machine), circles (brads).
Testimony - Inspo words - think, process, idea.

The quote on the front of the layout says:
The journey awakens the soul.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:
I don't think I will ever forget the first time I ever heard Amy Winehouse sing. I was getting dressed one morning and the TV was on a music channel and there was a documentary on this new star that had come out of the UK. The minute I heard her sing I stopped dead in my tracks and sat on the end of the bed and sat glued to the telly until the end of the show. I was hooked. Every song she sang I felt like another little piece of me was being ripped out and shredded, laid bare for the world to see. Every single one of her songs is filled with a desperate sadness that only comes from experience and yet is accompanied by the sweetest music - a complete contradiction like two sides of the same coin. She had so much going for her and yet she gave in to her addictions and because of that the world lost an amazing artist. I was absolutely gutted when I heard she had died, I felt like a part of me had gone with her. It was on my bucket list to see her live and I never got to do that, and it still makes me sad.
I watched another documentary on her the year before last and the documentary was actually on a priest at a tiny little white church in Dingle in Ireland called St James's. This little church holds around 80 people, and had been used for "Other Voices" concerts,  since about 2002  and has included the likes of Snow Patrol, Ryan Adams and  Sinead O'Connor and many more, those who can't fit into the church can watch these concerts on big screens in the pubs throughout Dingle, and had been going. She performed her best ever there in 2006  so on my last trip to Ireland I made a point of going to Dingle so that I could see where she had performed. I reckon that is a close as I am ever going to get to this wonderfully, talented but very tragic musician. 
I really wish things could have turned out different for her and I really wish I could have seen her perform but I am so grateful that I got to hear her at all and I truly hope that she has found peace at last.
RIP Amy Winehouse.
( I think I could have been an Amy Winehouse groupie :D)

Here are some close ups.

I used papers from My Minds Eye - So Sophie Collection (which looks a little lighter in the photo than it does IRL) - I used the monogram for her name, and the brads for the circles. I flicked some black ink onto the layout too.

I stamped the quote onto the layout and used some washi tape and rub-ons just because I could.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and thank you for all the comments and love that you leave. I really appreciate it <3


Friday, 28 March 2014


Hello Everyone

In my last post I gave you the run down on the Supreme Scrap Tournament grand finale, and posted a photo of all the re-cycle stuff I had collected plus the papers that I wanted to use.

Here are the Step Two Instructions.

Layout size: 
Two pages of 30,4cm x 30,4 cm

This is me!

Number of photo’s: 
Minimum of 4 differents photos in total

You must use:
* Title: This is me!
* All the objects that you choose in step 1 must be used on the project, no other embellishments are allowed!

* All the sheets that you choose in step 1 must be used on the project, no other paper is allowed!
(at least half of each sheet you choose needs to be used by you!)

You may use:
* White gesso only, as long (part of) the objects and paper are visible
* All techniques that you like (but no ink and paints and so on!)
* Selfmade embellishments made out of your objects and/or papers
* A pen or marker for a journaling (max 20 words) - you don't have to do a journaling!
* glue, 3d tape, glue dots

You can not use:
* No other embellishments then the ones you choose in step 1
* No other papers then the ones you choose in step 1
* No ink, paint and so on
* No stickers, thickers, rub-ons
* No glitter glue and so on

Didn't see that one coming... but I did it and here is my finished layout.

Here is a refresher of all the stuff I collected.

Here I have shown where I used it all.

There is a quote on the front of the layout just under the butterfly that says:
It is a happy talent to know how to play. Ralf Waldo Emmerson

I have more journalling on the back that says:
This challenge has been such an amazing ride for me. It has made me realise that if you don't overthink things you can create a layout with just about anything. It has taught me that I am more versatile than I think and that not every layout has to have ink, paint, stencils, mixed media, ribbon or whatever it is that you think is your style. This layout is something completely different for me and I just decided I was going to have fun and I did. I am so proud of myself for making it this far and whatever happens next for me is the cherry on the top. This is me.

Here are some closeups.

I created loads of layers using all the papers.. Photo mats, tags, arrows and I even die cut leaves and pediments.

I mixed some of the paint with gesso and used my butterfly stencil and I created a textured mat with just the paint.

I cut the title with my Silhouette machine and the flowers were die cut using a die and layered up. I used some of the twine tied in a knot and pulled through the flower to create a centre and a stem.

I tucked the feather in and added triangle arrows on top.

The serviette was laid on top of some of the tape and glued down... I used a button for its body. A bit of wing was cut off and used on a tag on the other side of the layout.

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look. Hold thumbs for me and I will see you soon.


Sunday, 23 March 2014


Hello Everyone
I have been taking part in the Supreme Scrap Tournament 2014 that has entrants from 13 countries around the world.
I has been four rounds of challenges and each time half of the entrants get voted out, and I have made it all the way to the finals and I am the only SA gal standing. So happy to be flying the SA flag :)
Here is the brief for the final round...

Welcome to our grand finale!
We started with 212 participants in round 1 and now there are only 10 of you scrapbookers left.
The last challenge is a supreme scrap challenge!
This challenge is a challenge consisting out of 2 steps.

Step 1:
1. Collect at least 10 different materials/objects that you would normally throw in the trash!
(So collect stuff that you can’t buy in a store as a craft element/embellishment.
Examples are: labels of clothes, paperclip, aluminium foil, napkin, piece of cloth.)

2. Collect a minimum of 4 sheets of scrapbooking paper size (30,4 x 30,4 cm)

3. Posting your choice:
Make a photo of these objects and the sheets that you choose and post them in this thread before Tuesday, March 25, 21.00 CET Monday, March 24, 20.00 CET (on request of one of the finalists)
Number the elements and the papers and write this in your post.

We will tell you about the rest of the challenge after you post the photos!
Please make sure your photo is there in time in order to proceed to step 2

So here is what I have collected.

My items are:
Paint left over from painting our bar.
Builders tape from same revamp.
Paint chip from same job.
Clothing tag from Hang Ten.
Feather from feather duster.
Twine from parcel.
Doily from Baby Shower tea.
Peg from gift bag.
Tissue paper from same gift bag.
Butterfly cut from serviette.
Buttons from Jersey.
Lace from cushion.
Backing from a stamp set.

Papers are:
Corrugated card - wrapped around a gift.
Black Bazzill.
Cream Cardstock.
Junkitz - Dog collection.
Junkitz - Fall collection.
Bo-Bunny's - Lunch Snack vine. (double sided)

Watch this space for the next step.

Thank you to all the girls who have got me to this point. I will not let you down.


Saturday, 22 March 2014


Hello Everyone,

I have the new case file from CSI for you today. These challenges are so much fun and if you haven't played along before pop on over to the site and take a look there is so much eye candy there.

I also wanted to play along with Sketchabilities, I love their sketches and here is the latest one.

Here is my layout.

Here is how I solved the case.
Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - Hearts, lace, mesh, flowers, stamps, penwork and mixed media background.
Testimony - freewrite.

Along the top of the circle I have written:
Picture Perfect! I will never forget this moment.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:
Someone asked a question on another site recently and that got me thinking and the question was "what photos do you most regret not having?" for me that is that I have no photos of me pregnant with either of my kids, and that has always bothered me and the fact that I don't have lots of pics of my kids when they were in the hospital and also growing up. I do know that a lot of that stems from the fact that back then a camera was a luxury and printing photos was expensive so I took photos with great care and I have one or two from each birthday, school and holidays and that is it. Also I wasn't a scrapbooker back then so maybe it wasn't something I gave much thought to.
So... when I found out that Lin was pregnant I vowed that I would document their (Clint, Lin and the twins) journey to the best of my ability :) and I have... and for me one of the reasons for doing this is that in time to come moments like this one will be forgotten, well they will remember how wonderful it was when Spencer came home and the twins were together again but it will be just that... the day that they were reunited. Now when they see this pic they will remember just how special that moment was and how happy they were to have their family all together and that feeling will come flooding back.
When Spencer and Paige grow up they will also be able to look back through their albums to see the whole story and they will know just how special and how loved they are.

Here are some close ups.

The papers I used are Bazzill cardstock and papers from Theresa Collins.

I used my new Finnabair butterfly stencil with some gesso and while it was still wet I sprinkled it with some peach glitter and left it to dry overnight. Looks a bit yellow in this pic though :(

I did loads of stamping in peach and brown and added some flowers in all the colours to tie it all together. The title is Lush sticker alphabets.


The top is washi tape and also stickers from the co-ordinating sticker sheet.

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look and thank you all for the comments that you leave. I take great delight in reading each and every one of them.

Have a great weekend what ever you are doing.


Tuesday, 18 March 2014


Hello Everyone,

I was so busy with babies this weekend that I totally forgot to post the new challenge that is up at  Scrap Africa.

This challenge was inspired by this photo,

and it is to use 'stars and stitching' on your project. You have two weeks to play so why not go and take a look and play along with us.

I used this sketch by Laura Whitaker for  Let's Get Sketchy March week two challenge - this is a new challenge site that I found and I love their sketches - so if you are ever in need of a sketch you should totally check it out.

Here is my layout.

The quote on the front of the layout says:
Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you will land among the stars.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:
Spencer, you are just the sweetest little baby, perfect in every way and I wonder what life has in store for you. It will often not be easy and there are hard lessons to be learned, but there will also be incredible highs and great joys. I just want you to know that I will always be there for you, to help you and to guide you, to love you and to support you and to pick you up every time you fall, and to cheer you on every time you succeed. Never be afraid to aim high, never sell yourself short and never settle for second best, because you are worth it. I love you to the moon and back too.

Here are some close ups.

I used white on white (although you would never say so in this photo) gesso for the stars and while they were still wet I sprinkled on some clear glitter so they would twinkle like real stars :) I also added some bling.

I added the quote to the photo mat and also a little watercolour from under the mat and on top of the washi banner. I traced a circle and stitched it in black and added the title to the inside of the circle.

The hearts were all cut with my nestabilities and then embossed with a cuttlebug folder, I also decided to add some doodled splats just because it is a boys page and I can :)

I loved this page and it is full of symbolism for me. The stars and the quote, the circles being the circles of life and the hearts because I never believed it was possible to love another child this way. It really is magical to be a grandmother :) I can highly recommend it and this does not come lightly from me. Those that know me will vouch for that :)

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and know that I love and appreciate every single comment that you care to leave.


Saturday, 15 March 2014


Hello Everyone

I have the new case file for CSI to show you today.

This weeks case file comes with this gorgeous sketch by Em Stafrace.

And here is my take on it.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - The colours are all there.
Evidence - numbers, rub-ons, circles.
Testimony - Write about your name.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:

The name Valerie is the French variant of Valeria. Valeria comes from the Latin word “valere” which means ‘to be healthy, strong’ or ‘valorous.’ Valeria is the feminine form of Valerius, which was a Roman surname dating back to Antiquity. The name was popularized in the Middle Ages (particularly in France) in homage to a 3rd century saint, St. Valerie, who was beheaded for her Christian beliefs and is said to have carried her own head back to her confessor (the bishop who had converted her).


The Urban Dictionary says:

Valerie is a VERY sexy woman who is also VERY intelligent. She has beautiful eyes and is sometimes considered to be a savage, but those people know, as well as everyone else, that she is truly one of a kind. Don’t do anything bad to Valerie, because she WILL come back out on top. 

Um so I think the Urban Dictionary definition of my name is way cooler than the other version so that is the one that I am sticking too. :)

Here are some close ups.

I started of by using gesso and a stencil to create the 'V' background and then used gelatos to get the colour and blended with lots of water all the way down.

As I chose to write about my name for the testimony I decided to use a photo of me... I also added my initial which I painted black then covered with black glitter. I added the bling and the flowers.

The stamped wings and hearts with numbers in them is a new Ranger stamp that I totally love. The "Perfect just as I am" is a rub on.

This was just such a fun case file and I loved doing it. Thanks for stopping by to take a look. :) 
I hope you have a  great weekend :D


Thursday, 13 March 2014


Hello Everyone,
I have got a layout for not one but two challenges. I always admire people who can do one layout for three or even four challenges, because I can just manage two or maybe even three :)
I loved the challenge over at Berry71bleu because it is all about the Luck of the Irish :) and everyone knows I love Irish anything :)
Here is her mood board.
(Main colour - green and add some lace).

I also needed a sketch and I found this one over at Scrap365 they have such cool sketch challenges.

AND.... I am also linking this up to Lasting Memories for their Shades of green challenge :)
This is what I came up with.

OK so I rotated it and moved it just off center because it just felt better for me.

On the front the quotes say:
Enjoy the journey.
The journey awakens the soul.

On the back of the layout my journalling says:

I loved Ireland the first time I went over more than ten years ago to visit my brother and his family who had just moved there from Zimbabwe, and I still love it now,  ten years down the line. I try and go over every year to visit them and I have spent anything from 3 - 8 weeks at a time there. I have traveled north, south, east and west, and there are not many places I haven't been yet.
It is not called the Emerald Isle for nothing. I don't think that I have ever been there when it has not been raining, for all or at least part of the time that I am there :)
On my last visit we took a drive and ended up at Inostige, a place I love and which looked absolutely perfect. The sun had come out and the grass was green and lush and there were people everywhere enjoying the sunshine. Dogs were running up and down the river and kids were playing games. 
The park was full of beautiful summer flowers and the sweet peas were just glorious and I spent an hour or so there taking photos of all sorts of things just because they made me happy, this was one of them, looking up the river through one of the arches of the bridge. After wards we went to a little cafe and had tea and cake...a perfect end to a perfect day and I reckon I got some pretty perfect photos.
Lucky Me :)

Here are some close ups.

I started off laying down some strips of paper (in the colours used here), I then covered it with a layer of gesso and left it to dry. Once dry I used my gelatos and water to get the watercolour effect. I layered my papers behind my photos and stuck it all down. I used some green lacy trim and added a paper clip.

I drew in lines to create a box because I left off the big paper mat from the sketch and I added a fabric brad.

 I stamped another quote here and I also did some random stamping around the layout and added flowers at the bottom too.

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look and thank you for the comments that you leave. I love to read them and I appreciate the time it takes to leave them.


Wednesday, 12 March 2014


Hello Again :)

I am back with my layout for Round Four of the Supreme Scrap Tournament 2014.

Double Page Layout 

Size Layout:
2 pages of 30.4 x 30.4 cm (12 x 12 inch) 

Eight or more 
NO duplicate photo's 



Hidden elements on your pages. Minimum of three.
 The hidden part of the elements should not be visible at first sight! It needs opening before we can see the hidden inside. 
Size of the elements is free.
Placement of the elements on the pages is free.
Type of elements is free. The three hidden elements may be of the same type, but you can also use 2, 3 or more different elements. Your choice.
Think of flaps that can open, elements that can turn, secret elements that you have to pull out of their hiding place. 
 It is OK if a pulling mechanism is visible. Such as a piece of paper, a fiber or ribbon, a brad used for turning a wheel.

All kinds of ink (including spray ink and misting ink).
NO paint of any sort. 
NO stamps.
NO gesso.
NO chalk. 


Enter your project:
Add a photo of your layout pages with the secrets hidden. 
 Add a detailed photo of each hidden element when it is opened.
Add a minimum of 4 photos!
Enter your photo's in your thread before the deadline: Sunday, March 16, 21.00 CET.
Please add a link to your blog. We love reading it.

If you enter early we have the chance to look at it before the deadline and check if you meet all the requirements and there would be time to change things if necessary.

So without further ado here is my layout.

I have several quotes on my layout that refer to family, all of which are rub-ons.

My journalling on the inside of the right flap says:

There is nothing I love more than spending time with my Family. This year for my birthday I was thoroughly spoilt by them. Wonderful thoughtful gifts... a lovely lunch at my favourite place to eat... all of us together... perfect weather. I could not have asked for more. I feel truly blessed to have you all as my family and I love you.

Here are some close ups.

I created two flaps of black on either side but only the one on the right hand side opens. On the left hand side I made a little card like book with my photo on the front and the flowers and banners and I chose to keep it closed by tying it up with twine.

When you open it up there is photos of all my gifts, wrapped up and another one of them all unwrapped so that I can remember what I got. I made a list on the left hand side of the card with who gave me what. SO spoilt was I. :)

So this whole black panel on the right hand side opens out. This one is held closed by the little flair button up at the top.

Underneath I have used a couple of photos of us all with drinks and also one of the starters. I have done my journalling in white on the black cardstock.

My third hidden element is a little tag hidden above the word birthday. I have pulled it up a little for this photo so that you can find it - in the main photo it just blends in with the punched border.

This pulls out and shows a photo of the flowers that I got too. A beautiful Oriental Day Lily.

Here is a close up of the punched border that goes across the layout on either side of the gingham paper, and also the quote which is a rub on. The butterfly was punched with my Martha Stewart punch. The title is stickers.

On this side of the layout I created a little banner that is strung onto bakers twine and I also included the numbers for my age on here. The banner is partly hidden by the black flap when it is closed.

I had so much fun creating this layout and not being allowed to use all of my favourite things like inks, mists, paint and stamps was not as hard as I thought it would be and I kind of like the very clean look of this layout.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look. I really appreciate the time you take to visit and the messages that you leave.:)