Saturday, 26 April 2014


Hello Everyone

Today I have my layout for the new CSI case file to show you. This is such a fun challenge and it pushes you to reach into places you never knew existed. If you haven't played along I can highly recommend it.

The palette is just beautiful this week and as I looked through it and read the prompts this layout came to me so easily this week. :) Love it when that happens.

I also loved this sketch from Sketchabilities and so I used this as the basis for my layout.

Here is my layout.

Here is how I solved this case...
Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - stripes, mixed media, gesso, wet medium, animal accents (does a butterfly count?)
Testimony - I went with - use a prompt from Journal Buddies - I got ... If you were a crayon what colour would you be?

The quote on the front of the layout says:
In my past life, I was either a gypsy or a peacock.

My journalling on the back of the page says....
I used this quote on the front of the layout because both gypsies and peacocks are bold and bright and I have always felt that I loved all colours equally and did not have a favourite... I am beginning to think that may not be entirely true... as I was thinking about it I kept coming back to blue and my studio accents are also blue,so blue it is. I don't believe in coincidence so I decided to see why I was so drawn to blue and this is what I came up with.

The color blue means you have a deep need for peace and harmony in your everyday life - you don't like having your feathers ruffled. The paler the blue the more freedom you feel.

In the meaning of colors, blue relates to one-to-one communication, especially communication using the voice - speaking the truth through verbal self-expression - it is the teacher, the public speaker.

The colour blue is idealistic, enhancing self-expression and your ability to communicate your needs and wants. It inspires higher ideals.

Blue's wisdom comes from its higher level of intelligence, a spiritual perspective. It is the colour of the spirit,  blue's devotion can be to any cause or concept it believes in, including devotion to family or work.

Blue is conservative and predictable, a safe and non-threatening colour, and the most universally liked colour of all, probably because it is safe and non-threatening. At the same time blue is persistent and determined to succeed in whichever endeavours it pursues.

Change is difficult for blue. It is inflexible and when faced with a new or different idea, it considers it, analyzes it, thinks it over slowly and then tries to make it fit its own acceptable version of reality.

Blue is nostalgic. It is a colour that lives in the past, relating everything in the present and the future to experiences in the past.

If this is your favorite color you are conservative, reliable and trustworthy - you are quite trusting of others although you are very wary in the beginning until you are sure of the other person. At the same time, you also have a deep need to be trusted.

You are not impulsive or spontaneous - you always think before you speak and act and do everything at your own pace in your own time. You take time to process and share your feelings.

 You are genuine and sincere, and you take your responsibilities seriously.

 You appear to be confident and self-controlled, but may be hiding your vulnerable side.

 Being a personality color blue means you are generally fairly even-tempered, unless your emotions take over - then you can become either moody and over-emotional, or cool and indifferent.

 You are sensitive to the needs of others and caring with your close circle of friends. While you are friendly and sociable, you prefer the company of your own close group of friends.

 You are a rescuer and love to be needed but one of your lessons is to learn to love yourself first - you live from your heart and are always busy putting the needs of others first.

 You can be rigid - you like to stick to what is familiar to you and it is hard to sway you from your path - you stubbornly do things your way even if there is a better way.

 You need to have direction & order in your living and work spaces - untidiness and unpredictability overwhelm you.

 You don't like to draw attention to yourself - you prefer to be in the background.

 While you don't like to have discord or conflict in your life, you are often the cause of conflict with others; you can be quite manipulative but in a very subtle way.

 You make a loyal and faithful marriage partner and you are an honest, trustworthy and sincere friend. You form strong attachments, but risk a tendency to become codependent.

 You can be quite emotional, aware of others feelings and sensitive to the moods of others.

 You compare the present to the past, looking to authority figures, parents, bosses or other leaders, to support your beliefs about the world.

 You are approachable and friendly, always making people feel welcome in your life.

 You have a thirst for knowledge in order to gain wisdom and appear knowledgeable in whatever area interests you.

 You can be too cautious and worry about every little thing.

 If reacting negatively, you are prone to self-pity.

Your deepest need is to find inner peace and truth, to live your life according to your own ideals and beliefs without having to change your inflexible viewpoint of life to satisfy others.

This is so accurate for me it is pretty damn scary :D

Here are some close ups.

I started off with some heavy weight watercolour paper. Misted it with Lindy's Stamp Gang - Blue Hawaiian Blue - once it was dry I used a mesh mask with some gesso and let that dry completely. I used some of these gorgeous Maja Design papers that I managed to find here,  love the colours of these ones.

Once my design was in place I used a chevron stencil with a Tim Holtz distress ink, and then stamped the sewn hearts which is a Ranger - Dyan Reaveley - stamp.

The little quote was stamped underneath and my title painted - blue of course, and then flowers and buttons were added.

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look and for leaving me a comment. I really appreciate it :) 

Have a great weekend - a long one here in South Africa.


Wednesday, 23 April 2014


Hello Everyone

I have been thinking/talking for a while now about doing Project Life - and with the arrival of the twins and the hectic pace at which everyones lives are changing I thought it would be a good way to keep on top of day to day life.

I love the idea of all the pockets but I did not want to buy into all the stuff that has come out for Project Life as I already have so much that I need to start using... I am not sure if I am going to do it week by week or just as I need ... I haven't really worked out all those details yet. 

Anyway I have done two double pages just to test the waters and they are layouts that were taught at a class here by Kathi Chapman... I am pretty happy with the way they turned out.

Here is the first one. I am sorry about the colour - it is so overcast here and I just could not get a better pic even with the editing.

As it was all hearts so I decided to use a few of the photos from Clint and Lin's wedding ceremony in the hospital.

Here are some close-ups

I used a stamp for the quote and have journalled on the little tags behind the photos.

It says...
Clint and Lin - It may not have been the wedding that you dreamed of but it was such a special day and one that will not be forgotten by anyone... The most important thing is... it was what you both wanted. <3

This side of the layout was all 6 x 4 so I used three photos and three little layouts. 

Here you can see how I incorporated the journalling which says
Clint and Lin are getting married, in the hospital, Justice of the Peace, family and a few very close friends. The little Chapel - right outside the labour ward. Such a special day.

I am sure it won't be long before I find my style with Project Life and I will be off. I did enjoy this as it was quick and I didn't have to overthink anything.

Here is my second attempt..

Also another one of Kathi's classes - this one I changed a little to suit my pics and my journalling.

Here are some close ups.

I wanted to use these paper because they are so pretty but they needed a life and so I added a pop of red. These photos of Paige that I took at two months were perfect for the colours.

I have these stamps that I used on the layout to describe her. I painted the letters red then added some glitter and covered it all with diamond glaze. I also did loads of random stitching on this layout.

I did my journalling on one of the cards and it says...
Paige I can't believe it already two months. You are getting so big. You are strong and so alert :) you are taking notice of everything around you.
I love the time that I get to spend with you. I love that you smile at me and are quite happy to sleep in my arms.

I had this beautiful red heart in my stash so I added that to it as well. Another fun and quick layout.

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look. I appreciate your visits and the comments that you leave make my day.


Saturday, 19 April 2014


Hello Everyone...

The new case file is out at CSI and if you have not tried these challenges before you should head on over and take a look, the DT has come up with some amazing inspiration for you and they really are a lot of fun to do.

Here is this weeks Case File.

I used a sketch from Creative Scrappers  I love working with their sketches and if you have not used them before you should totally check them out too, there are some wonderful sketches to chose from.

Here is my layout.

Here is how I solved the case.Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - metal, tags, something clear (dimension glaze), frames, leaves and greenery (photo),
Testimony - 7 interesting things (well for some people maybe :))
My journalling reads:
1 - I was 45 the first time I went overseas - Mauritius.
2 - I hated that trip and said I did not want to go away again - I was wrong!
3 - I did - the next year - we went to the Far East. Three countries in three weeks.
4 - I have been overseas every year since then.
5 - I have visited every continent except South America and AustralAsia - It is on my bucket list.
6 - My first overseas trip without my family was in 2004. To the UK and Ireland.
7 - My next planned trip is in about two weeks. I am going to Amsterdam, Krakow and Warsaw.
I have been well and truly bitten by the travel bug. I have learned so much from my travels. Stuff I would not have learned anywhere else. I am so grateful that I am able to do this, here are still so may place I want to go. I want to go back to Mauritius too, I want to re-do that holiday.

Here are some close ups.

This time I chose to do my journalling on the front of the layout and I am not sure that I like it but it is done :) I loved the colours of this layout and I loved the simplicity of the sketch. 

I added some black lace for a little punch and I coloured the birds in with the teal, it didn't look dark enough so I punched three little circles from teal card and added them to the layout and then diamond glazed them and the birds as well as the frame and the title.

I added the flowers to reinforce the beige and light brown and the photos were from my trip to Amsterdam last year, I can't wait to go back again. I used little metal photo corners and the little tag above the photos is just for show.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look I really appreciate the visits and I love the comments that you leave.

Wishing you all a wonderful Easter. :)



Tuesday, 15 April 2014


Hello Everyone

Today I have my layout for Challenge #28 that is up at Scrap Africa. This challenge is all about distressing with a difference :) You need to distress using household items... stumped? Go over to the Scrap Africa blog and just check out what the rest of the DT has to inspire you.

Here is what I came up with.

I used this sketch from the April challenge over at Purple Pumpkin - I love triangles at the moment, and this sketch was so nice to work with :)

Here is my layout.

I kept fairly true to the sketch and used coffee to distress.

There is a quote on the photo that says:
We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are. Anais Nin

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

I love old stuff, and I have often felt that I was born into the wrong era I think I should have been born in the early 20's I think, I love the clothes and cars and the buildings. The older, more worn or rusty the more I like it. Like this car. We went away on a girls weekend to a tiny little town called Ficksburg, for the cherry festival and on the way home we stopped at a little farm stall on the side of the road, out in the middle of nowhere, and there was this old Morris Minor in front of the stall all rusty and broken and totally beautiful. I took loads of photos of her too, and as I was clicking away I couldn't help but wonder what her story was and even in ruin she maintained her dignity - the quote seemed perfect for her and that got me thinking if we don't see things as they are but as we are what does that say about me. 
It says that there is beauty everywhere if you just look. It says we are not defined by others think or say but by what we think or say. It says that I am comfortable growing older. It says I have a story. It says I am worthy and I am beautiful. It says my life has meaning and it says even when I am gone I will be remembered.

Here are some close ups.

I used gorgeous papers from Maja Design that were perfect for the colours in my photos. I used the coffee to distress some of the triangles too and love how this fit with the worn rusty feel of my photo. I doodled around the edges of the papers too and did some random stitching here and there.

I used the coffee to do some stamping, the cup rings and splats, and the cogs fit with my theme perfectly. Firstly they were painted with the gold distress paint from Tim Holtz and once they were dry I used distress stains on them in Wild Honey and Mowed Lawn. When that was dry they were given a coat of crackle paint and the a swipe of dark brown stain and immediately wiped off. The flowers and cotton were tucked in and the title added. The arrows were inked with the walnut distress ink and a stencil.

Lastly I added a couple of butterflies and some bling.

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look, and thank you for the comments that you leave. They always make me happy.


Saturday, 12 April 2014


Hello Everyone

It's that time of the week again :)  Stunning new case file over at CSI. This week it is also teamed up with a sketch by Em Stafrace.

Don't you just love the colours?

Here is Em's fabulous sketch.

And, here is my take on this case file.

Here is how I cracked the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - white background, jewels, hearts, arrows, doodling/penwork, 
Testimony - All about me prompt  - I got my favourite comfort food :).

The quote on the front says
Take time to enjoy the simple things in life.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:
I hate cooking, seriously, I hate it - it ranks right up there with cleaning toilets. BUT... I do love Mac Cheese it is not only my favourite comfort food it is my favourite food of ALL time. I can eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner and so I figured if I love it so much I had better learn the cook the best version of it and I do love to make this dish. In fact I have perfected it. This dish of mine is NOT for the feint hearted though, it is loaded with calories and I mean loaded. I have tried many peoples and places versions of it and over time I have tweaked it until it is perfect for me, and anyone who has ever tried my mac cheese will agree - my MIL would only eat it if I made it so that says something. This is my comfort food - it absolutely triggers my happy side and thinking about cooking it makes me happy and seeing people go back for seconds is the best thing ever for me. There is nothing better than a plate full of hot steaming mac cheese on a cold winters night, or to make you feel better when you are down, this is real food.
It is made with loads of butter and full cream milk. Three cheeses, bacon, onion and mushrooms, tangy and creamy and topped with tomatoes, golden cheese and breadcrumbs... When I dish it up I hear my butt groaning :) "Please step away from that plate" .... hahahahahahah fat chance.
You might be wondering what we had for dinner once I had finished this layout ;)
YEP! Mac Cheese, and enough leftovers for dinner tonight while we watch a movie.

Here are some close ups.

I used a heavy watercolour paper to start because I wanted to use my gelatos. I used the red, the orange and the yellow from top to bottom and misted them so that they would blend a bit and create a watercolour effect and  I used the teal and the turquoise from left to right (most is hidden by the photos). I did some stamping using a stitch stamp and added some washi tape to create the lines. I also stamped a butterfly and a mesh with butterflies.

The arrows, heart and title are chipboard bits that I just painted black. The quote was stamped with black archival in. The paint splats were made with black ink. I doodled around the entire layout.

I used my watercolour neopens to colour in the butterflies in the colours of the palette.

I chose to go with the watercolour and washi to create the lines of the sketch and I used the bold triangles to reinforce the lines and the colours.

I loved this case file and the colours they remind me of sorbet or something. So the food ;)

Thanks for stopping by to take a look. I hope you have a great weekend whatever you are getting up to. I am babysitting again tonight. YAY! I love my yummy time.


Saturday, 5 April 2014


Hello Everyone

It's the weekend baby! That means there is new case to solve at CSI and this week it is a cracker of a case. So are you ready for this week's challenge? Grab your forensics kits, CSI members, and get ready for some serious sleuthing as we open Case File No. 117.

Here is my layout.

I used this latest sketch from Sketchabilities, I love their sketches and they are so nice to work with.

Here is how I solved the case.
Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - cogs/gears, circles, metal, ransom lettering, flowers, butterflies, arrows, numbers (stencil).
Testimony - Document a quirk.

My journalling on the front of the layout says:
There is nothing nicer for me than to open a brand new notebook. Crisp, clean, flat pages...and that smell of new paper is the best thing ever. The trouble is - once they have been opened they are not new for very much longer. Page One - always neat and tidy and then it just goes downhill from there. I don't think I have ever managed to use an entire notebook. :(

My journalling on the back of the layout says.
Lucky for me it said 'a' quirk :) I have so many I wouldn't know where to start but I do think that this is one of my worst ones. Notebooks. I love notebooks and I have them in my studio, in my bag, in the kitchen. I am a list maker. I have tried using computer calendars and documents for tasks and so on but it is just not the same. My trusty notebook is always right there just where I left it. So here's how it works. 
The new notebook gets lovingly unwrapped and opened up, the fountain pen comes out, the date is written - top right hand side and then comes THINGS TO DO: underlined (yes with a ruler) and we start ... Day one - fabulous! I set about my day dutifully ticking the things off on the list that I have to do. Then the phone rings, or some such other interruption ... and I have to write down a number, or a date or a time and there is nothing but a red ball point pen within reach and so I use it and as I have finished writing I am already hyperventilating. My page is ruined. Calm down, don't panic. Just breathe.  No worries *smiley face* I just tear it out and start all over again - and so it goes on. Now you have to understand, already in my mind this book is not perfect anymore and actually, what I want to do is just get another BRAND NEW notebook, BUT I persevere with this defiled and damaged one until I just can't anymore. Normally about a quarter of the way from the end. Then it gets given to Stephen (my housekeeper) for him to use for his shopping lists, or it goes to Simon (my husband - just in case any of you are confused) to keep next to his computer to write notes to himself on. Oh dear this is so exhausting I know but you did ask for a quirk. I have learned to buy notebooks that are spiral bound because it really really freaks me out if it is a sewn spine and then you can see the bits of torn paper or the other half of the page gets loose and falls out anyway. Just in case any of you are wondering - and I know you are - I am the same way with crayons and pens - you know the ones that come in a pack of colours? Yes those ones and because you use the black the most it runs out and the others are still fine. Sends me into a cold sweat - what do you do now? You can't buy black on it's own - it's ruined and it is time to find it a new home where it will be loved.
Before you tell me I need therapy - I know, I have tried. Do you know how hard it was for me to transition to mixed media from CAS? Baby steps. I just don't do mess, or untidy, or old. OMG you may have opened Pandora's Box here. *Gasp*.

Here are some close ups.

I used my ledger stencil on the background with white gesso, does it freak anyone else out that the white gesso on white paper never photographs as white on white :( ? Some splats using Tim Holtz distress stain in Antique Linen, and I also did some very subtle turquoise water colour around the layout. (Just under the arrows here)

I used odd letters to make up my title and also because of the notebook theme I took a Tim Holtz pen nib and smeared it with white Distress Paint and added that. I also used some black ink to make some ink splats.

The cogs were painted silver grey and then I used some distress stain on them in a yellow and a turquoise, inked the edges and then diamond glazed them. The butterfly is Martha Stewart's punch.

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look and thank you for taking the time to leave a message.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Friday, 4 April 2014


Hello Everyone,

Back with another layout for you today and this time it is my DT layout for BW2

Eve has created a beautiful mood board and sketch for this months challenge.

Here is my layout

The journalling word this month is INSPIRATION.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:

Inspiration comes from the most unexpected places sometimes and if you are not fully present all the time you will miss it. There is so much beauty everywhere if you just look. It is in the colours of the sunrise or sunset, it is in the rythm of waves crashing on the shore, it is in the sounds of laughter as children play, it is in the eyes of your beloved pet as they greet you after a long day. It is in the smells of something yummy being cooked and all it requires is that you not only see but feel, smell and taste it too. It is this that makes me want to get up in the morning and go about my day, it is what makes me want to create even when the translation onto paper is less than perfect. It is what puts a spring in my step and a sparkle in my eye. This is what gives me life.

Here are some close ups.

I got this amazing doily stencil by Prima and I have been dying to use it and this seemed the perfect time. I mixed some mulberry paint into the gesso to colour it and in my stash I found the same colour glitter and while the paint was still wet I sprinkled it onto the gesso and left it to dry. Once it was completely dry I brushed off the excess glitter. I love how it turned out.

Because the doily pattern is so bold I kept the rest of the layout very clean and simple. I made a mat of some green paper and used two photos one I changed to black and white. I added some ribbon, a photo frame with some bling and a couple of flowers. Voila! 

Before I go I found this amazing giveaway, if you are interested you can take a look here.... :D

This is what you can win and I don't know about you but I love chipboard or balsa wood embellies :D

Thanks for stopping by to take a look, and thanks for the comments that you leave. 
See you all tomorrow for the new CSI reveal.