Saturday, 31 May 2014


Hello Everyone

Today I have the new case file challenge from  CSI, the colours, evidence and testimony are all great this week and you have until Sunday next week to play along. You should really check out what the amazing DT has to inspire you.

Here is the case file.

I used a sketch for Scrap365 for this case file because I love the sketch.

Here is my layout.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence -  flowers, wood, clock, something sheer, scallops, quartrefoil pattern, textured paper.
Testimony - my morning routine.

The stamping around the page just say Blah, blah, blah... (so me)

My journalling on the back of the page says.

I am NOT a morning person... I am a night owl! Having said that I do not lie around in bed till mid morning either. I get tea brought to me (most mornings) at around 5.30 and with tea comes four boisterous little yorkies with wet noses and long tongues eager to say hello like they haven't seen me in forever. Simon showers and I snuggle back down with my pups while I drink my tea, and catch up on my ipad. I am normally showered and dressed and breakfasted by 7.30, in summer it is outside on the patio and in winter it is in my studio with the doors open so I can see the birds in the fever tree outside. I am sat at my computer with another cup of tea ready to start my day by 8 and this is when I try and get all my admin DT stuff out of the way first thing so that the rest of the day is free to get down and do some creating.
Sunday morning however is completely different - especially in winter - we still have our tea and dog loves early, habit I guess. Then we will watch the news, read papers and magazines, doze in the warm winter sun and have breakfast in bed (also cooked by Simon). Sometimes we only get up at 10 and on really cold days - it's PJ day all day. I love those days.

Here are some close ups.

My something sheer is gel medium with a little glitter in it for shimmer through the stencil (quartrefoil pattern), the flowers are also sheer. I used my mists to create a watercolour background with the turquoise, lime and pale blue. I used my prima stitching stamp and also a Dyan Reaverley circle stamp that I have just bought.

My textured paper is the green with the white dot and I used washi tape under the photo mat. I also used a strip of paper with a punched border. I added a wooden clock and some brads.

The blah, blah, blah stamp is stamped around the page.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave a comment. I really appreciate it.


Tuesday, 27 May 2014


Hello again :)

I am back with my last DT reveal for June and this one is for Scrap Africa Sketch Challenge #29.

Here is the fabulous sketch, by Denise van Deventer.

Here is my take on the sketch.

I love circles (as long as it is not the photo :)) 

The quote on the front of the layout says:
It is no who you are that holds you back it's who you think you are not.

The little quote at the bottom says:
Life is a gift. Never forget to enjoy and bask in every moment you are in.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:
In all the years I have been married I have never gotten flowers from Simon for anything - that all changed when we moved into this house and then Si started to bring me flowers, sometimes for no reason at all. I asked him why one day and he said 'I don't know they just looked so pretty and I see how much you love them so I bought them for you' and I do - love them. For me there is nothing that brings me greater joy than the sight of fresh flowers. I used to buy my own for my studio... every week. Now some weeks I don't have to buy my own :) because he buys them for me. These beautiful flowers were for Easter. I know they are dyed to get that beautiful vivid colour but I just love them and the best part about them is that they last for two weeks or more, and I love even more that Si bought them for me. His reasoning for not buying them before was that they are expensive and then they die after a few days. I don't really care what changed I am just happy to get flowers - anytime, anywhere, anyhow and for any reason. THEY MAKE ME HAPPY.

Here are some close ups.

I wanted the flowers to really pop so I kept the rest of the layout neutral. I stitched the circle, something I have been playing with more and more on layouts.

The quote was stamped on and the bracket just painted black and left. I made a few splats of ink.

Another flower cluster at the bottom using the colours of the flowers in the photo. They really are so beautiful. I added some tickets and some round chippies too.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look I really do appreciate your visits and the time that you take to leave a comment. They make my day :D


Monday, 26 May 2014


Hello again. Today I have my DT layout for May's OUAS Challenge.

Here is the sketch.

The theme this month was

The rules are as follows...
You are free to interpret our theme ANY WAY you like. It is for your inspiration and this theme word DOES NOT need to be part of your title or journalling. But please make sure your layout is based on the sketch below and includes journalling (hidden journalling is fine). Acceptable journalling is MORE than just a sentence, or generic writing such as date/place etc. It needs to be present and at least 3 lines long. Remember, hidden journalling (under a photo/tag or behind your page) is perfectly fine but please DO let us know in your post where your journalling is! 

Here is my layout.

I used papers by Teresa Collins and Maja Design.

The quote on the front of the layout says...
Our grandchildren accept us for ourselves, without rebuke or
effort to change us, as no-one in our entire lives has ever done, not our parents
siblings, spouses or friends and hardly ever our own

My journalling on the back says.
How wonderful to be so accepted and loved for who we truly are. I see this when I see Spencer and Paige. their little faces light up as if the sun itself has entered the room. They will gurgle and giggle away as I talk to them, and equally as easily fall asleep as I rock them when they are tired, snuggling right in. I hope that this never changes. I thought about it as I was writing this quote and I realise how true these words are and just how much I loved my grandparents and they still have a very special place in my heart and as with all other relationships I just wish I had told them more often just how much I loved them. I am so blessed to be such a big part of these twins' lives.

Here are some close ups.

Some ink splats and some water colouring. The concertina flower was made using a Tim Holtz die. The heart arrow and circles are all chipboard, I painted the arrow and left the others raw just inking the edges.

I just can't get over how cute these two are and I just love their matching sailor outfits... 
I did lots of stitching on this layout. A first for me I think, but I like the way it looks. I think I need to get it serviced, I think the tension is all out. I am not a sewer so I don't really know.

I wrote the quote directly onto the layout. Something I hardly ever do because I don't like my own writing. I think it would have looked better without but I did it anyway.

Title was done with letter stickers.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look, and for taking the time to leave your comments. I love to read your feedback.


Friday, 23 May 2014


Hello again,
Today I have the June Black with 2 Challenge. On their blog you can also see the announcement of their new DT. Yes I am there again - I am staying on for another term.
Here is this month's mood board.

I have to say this really threw me out of my comfort zone but I was really happy with the end result.

Here is my layout.

The quote on the front of the layout says:
Live the life you've imagined.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:
I am not living the life I imagined - what I am living surpasses anything I could ever have imagined. I imagined having my own children, but was told by doctors that it would never happen and I have two of my own beautiful children and two perfect grandchildren. I imagined living in a little house with a white picket fence certainly not the magnificent big house that we have. I never imagined driving a car like my sleek, black, Talitha. And I certainly never imagined that I would get to travel as much as I do visiting exotic and far away places. Learning about people and cultures so different to mine. Broadening my horizons and teaching me to be more accepting of ways of life so different to mine. I am so very grateful for the life that I have and I would not change it for anything. Never stop dreaming big.

Here are some close ups.

I mirrored the sketch because it just looked better with my photos. The banners were cut with dark and light grey and also a piece of pattern paper that had the dark, light grey and a bit of white (5%)  I added some sewing stamping in a light grey and outlined all of the papers with grey pen.

I painted the title gre and used a lighter grey pen and the stars were added, a silver star, a drawn star and a couple of star blings.. I added the flowers and more bling.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and you still have a few days left to play along.


Thursday, 22 May 2014


Hello Everyone.

I am back from a lovely holiday, even though I am exhausted and feel like I need another one :D and it seemed fitting to post this layout from before I went away because there is no place like home... :)

It is always nice to get home when you have been away but I always feel like it takes me a while to get back into things again. I had all my DT projects done and loaded before I went away but I didn't get to post them so here they are.

The first one is case file # 121 from  CSI and I really loved everything about this one.

Here is my layout

Here is how I solved the case...
Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - flowers, book pages, metal, twine.
Testimony - document something about your home.

The quotes on the front of the layout say:
Live the life you've imagined
It's not the home that I love but the live that is lived there.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:
We bought this house nearly nine and a half years ago. We were looking to downsize from our old house which was on 4 000 sq meters into something better suited to just the two of us, as the kids were in the process of moving out. We found this estate with just 40 something homes in it and we both fell in love with it. We downsized the property to 1000 sq meters but not the size of the house - what happened?. I loved the open plan and the large patio and gorgeous main bedroom - Simon love the triple garage and the pub with the pizza oven. So we did it. It is a beautiful large homely house decorated in neutrals with dark wood furniture. It has three bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms, a huge pub area with a pool table, a tv lounge, home theatre, dining room, kitchen, scullery I have a studio and Simon has a home office upstairs too. It really is way too big for us and we had been talking about moving again into a much smaller more manageable house but now with the birth of the babies, and the fact that my daughter also has a partner, the house seems full again and I am not sure that I would be comfortable all squashed up. So.... we have decided to stay put for now and enjoy it while we can. The babies have their own room now and when more come there will be a room for them too :)
I really love my home it is a place where I feel safe and happy. It invites you to come in and have a cup of tea or coffee or a loud noisy braai, watch the rugby or settle for a good movie with popcorn. The kids can swim or play with the dogs. It is a happy home. It is our home.

Here are some close ups.

I used strips of washi tape, book paper and a zig-zag stitch stamp to create my background

The butterfly is cut out of a piece of Tim Holtz tissue paper and glued onto the paper. I added the red bling for a dash of colour.

This quote is a rub on. I also added some grey watercolour paint. The flower was tucked in under the photos and the key to represent the house added on top.

I added the flowers and cut the leaves with a die cut. I also added a lock under the flowers and the twine is pushed under the flowers and leaves.

I loved this case file and I am very happy with the outcome. Thanks for stopping by to take a look and I thank you for taking the time to leave me a comment. I love to read them and I appreciate every one of them.

Be back soon with another one.