Saturday, 28 June 2014


Hello Everyone 
I am back with the new case file over at CSI - you have one week to play along and you can see all the amazing inspiration from the DT at the site.

I used this sketch from Sketchabilities - I really love their sketch challenges.

Here is my layout.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there (even though the greens all look different in the photo) I really hate when that happens :/
Evidence - chevrons, silver metal, flowers, fabric, stitching (the stamps), lean something (the umbrella in the glass)
Testimony - 6 word memoir... Delight in the details Margarita Mama :)

My journalling on the back of the layout says:

Margarita Mama - that's me, my drink of choice is frozen margaritas and I do delight in the details. Frozen tequila slushie in a beautiful glass, rim dipped in lemon juice and then into salt, the perfect straw to suck it up through and a pretty umbrella for a splash of colour. :) Now THAT makes me happy. What doesn't make me or my butt happy is the number of calories is this little death wish or the fact that this little beauty has a kick like a donkey and you can rest assured that you will feel it the next day. But still... the call of the wild and all :/ Not that I drink a lot or often but when I do have to attend a rugby braai it makes it bearable, or on our girls scrapbooking weekend away you will find me with one of these lovelies in my hand just because we all enjoy them and, if you had to raid my deep freeze I am sure that you would find one or three of them hiding in there somewhere waiting for the right moment to be brought out :) hahahahahah and I promise I don't need a 12 step programme just yet. Soon maybe but not today :) It is scrapping these random little things that makes me happy :).

Here are some close-ups.

I used these papers from Authentique which I love and which fit perfectly with the colours this week. I applied a layer of gesso to the background paper and used a stencil and some gesso paste. Once this was dried off I used some green watercolour. I added some script stamping and also the Prima Stitches stamps. The yellow behind the frame is a gauzy material and on the other side you can see the chevron washi stamp :)

I created lots of layers and used a die to cut the leaves. The flowers were added and the ribbon.

I created my six word memoir in two parts. An Amy Tan sticker and also an alphabet sticker. Lastly I added some green splats.

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

Have a wonderful weekend.



Hello Everyone,

Today I have the incredible honour of being a Guest Designer on the Scrap365 Blog. A couple of months ago I won a sketch challenge and was asked by Ali Parris to a Guest Designer spot for the July Sketch. I was so delighted and of course I said yes, well I mean who wouldn't say yes to that. I love their blog, their sketches and their magazines so what else was there to say but YES!

Here is the sketch. You have until the 13th of July to play along too.

Here is my layout.

The quote on the front of the layout says:
If you wish to know the Divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your hand. Buddha

My journalling on the back of the layout says:
This quote sums up exactly how I feel about the Divine. There is so much beauty and magnificence in the world if you just look with open eyes and an open heart, and when you do you have to accept no matter what your beliefs that there is a power out there so much bigger than our own. Something so amazing. 
Some things are so rugged and raw as to have a unique beauty of their own and other things are just so soft and pretty, like this photo, that literally takes your breath away.
There is nothing better for me than when I am out wandering around to suddenly happen upon something like this little nook in Bayeux in Normandy. The warm sunshine, the lush green of the trees and the grass, the lovely pinks of the flower boxes, the gentle tinkling of the water and beautiful rough wood of the mill wheel, the ducks swimming leisurely and in the distance the sound of kids laughing and playing - all of this fills my heart with so much awe and happiness and makes me realise what a little fish in a very big pond am I. I am so grateful to be a small part of this wonderful journey, and for the fact that I am able to appreciate it.

Here are some close ups.

I used heavy duty watercolour paper for this layout. and used the dot stencil and gesso, once it was dry I gave the whole layout a coat of thin gesso and dried it off, then applied Mister Hueys Manilla mist to it. I also added some splats of the pink and green to it as well.

The quote was written onto strips of the paper and I left the title in its raw state so that it would pop. I added layers of mesh tape, paper and pearls too.

The chipboard flower and stems was coloured using the same Mr Hueys mist and then I added some Tim Holtz Distress Inking and gesso. I pasted the little pink flowers on top of the chippie flowers. The heart was stained pink and then I added the micro beads. The flowers were all added as well as some little bits and pieces and that was it. Layout complete.

 Here is another view of the flowers.

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave a comment. It really makes my day.

Have a great weekend and I will be back later with my CSI reveal.

Friday, 27 June 2014


Hello Everyone

Today I have a layout for a Challenge over at  Let's Scrap hosted by Lori Johnson Apgar and her challenge is to Get Inky. Any kind of inking goes... the more uses the better.

Here is the Let's Scrap sketch I used.

Here is the layout I created for this challenge.

The quote on the front (stamped of course) says:
Embrace Imperfection.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:

I believe in Angels and I think that we have Angels that come and go in our lives depending on what we need some stay all the time and some only stay for a while, I have a parking Angel that is exceptional - seriously! I NEVER have a problem getting parking exactly where I need to. I have an amazing guardian Angel who watches over me and my family and keeps us safe. I know I have a creative Angel and sometimes I think she looks like this.

I know she is desperately trying to get me to embrace imperfection but it is the one thing that is SO hard for me to do. BUT ... I had a look at my first layout from when I joined LS as a DT member back in April 2012, it was my very first DT spot too :) and I realise just how far I have come.

Here is my first layout.

All precisely measured and left and right matching, no untidy inking or splashes and splats or messy writing for that matter. Just neatly typed and pristine clean. So when I look back on just how much my scrapping has evolved over the last two years I reckon she is winning the battle. I reckon she must be giving a huge sigh of relief right now too.

Here are some close ups.

I started off using heavy duty watercolour paper to try and stop the buckling - still the thing that bugs me the most :) I added the fussy cut butterfly from tissue paper using mod podge. Then some texture with a Tim Holtz stencil and gesso and then I was ready to give the area a light wash of gesso. Once it was all completely dry I was ready to add some Distress Inks in peach and turquoise, watered down to create a watercolour effect . 

You can see the stencil here. I added lots of mesh tape, washi tape as well as some random stitch stamping. See the handwritten addition to my title. :)

Lastly I added the flowers, butterfly and the cotton and of course a little bling.

Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look, and for taking the time to leave me your comments. I really appreciate it.

Till next time.


Saturday, 21 June 2014


Hello  Everyone
I have the new CSI case file for you today and this week was a very special one for me. :)

This week I used one of Em Stafraces' sketches from Page Drafts #31 and I chose this one to work with.

Here is my layout.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - The colours are all there.
Evidence - flowers, beads, distressing, pearls, ribbon/bow, frame, punches.
Testimony - Journal Jar Prompt (I wish I were more like..)

The little quote on the front of the layout says:
There is no place like home... except Grandmas.

This whole case file was special for me for many reasons.
The person I wish I was more like is my Grandmother, Oh how I loved her (both my grandparents actually) but Gran was a wonderful grandmother who was loving and kind and an amazing cook, who alse sewed, knitted, crocheted, painted and grew her own vegetables and she always smelled of lavender and cookies. Everytime we went to visit them there was the smell of baking when you opened the door and all sorts of yummy treats to eat. Each one of us kids always got a little pack of crayons, colouring book, plasticine or something that would keep us occupied. The one thing that I remember about my gran who passed away in 1987 was that she was a real lady. She always had her hair done, she only wore dresses that she made herself, stockings and shoes and when she went out she donned a hat (that matched her outfit - also made by herself) and gloves. I have to say at this time that her clothes were always mostly shades of purple. She loved purple and in the house there was lavender, in vases, dried, and in little sachets in the cupboards and drawers. She even had a purple rinse and I used to think that she was the most beautiful grandmother in the world. I never heard her say a bad word about anyone and her and Pops were married for nearly 60 years and I never saw them say a cross word to each other either, they were both so gentle and each of them had a wicked dry sense of humour which I still miss today. Gran never drove and we lived in Malawi at the time, Pops worked on the tea estates, he would come home at lunch time to their main meal which they ate together at the table and then go back to work. On Wednesday afternoons he would take her shopping and on the way home they would stop at the Sherry Highlands hotel for a Brandy and Soda before going home. Gran all dolled up and pops with a tie and jacket and they were this way till they passed away. We always thought that once the first one passed away the other would follow soon but it was not to be Pops dies in 1997 and I am so glad that they got to meet their great grandchildren and although my kids don't remember Gran they remember Pops very fondly.
So now why this layout is so special. June is the month of my Gran's birthday - June 1st and I always find purple flowers to put in my studio for her. Purple was of course her favourite colour and the prompt is something that I have always said... I wish I could be more like her. I know that we will meet again and I can't wait. I love her and I miss her every day, and I am so grateful that I chose her for my grandmother.

Here are some close ups.

I did some gentle splats on the background page, and doodled around the edges of the papers.

I coloured the ribbon with Tim Holtz Distress Stains in purple, green and blue and tied into a bow with purple raffia and added two pins in purple and green. The frame around the photo was created with the purple raffia.

The borders were punched and the title is stickers. The flowers were added last.
I kept the layout pretty and simple just like Gran would have liked.

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


Wednesday, 18 June 2014


Hello Everyone
I am a bit slow on the uptake for this challenge from Scrap Africa as it went live on Monday :/ but... I do have a good reason :) It was a holiday here in South Africa on Monday and I was busy with my kids and yesterday I had my first day with my grandbabies...I am going to have them two days a week as mommy has gone back to work. I have to say I loved every minute of it but it was a very long day especially as I am not used to having babies around anymore, and I am not really sure what to do with them all day but I am sure it will all come back to me quickly.
Anyhow that is my excuse and I am sticking to it.
Right back to the challenge which was to "Scrap your Stash" you know all that old stuff.

Everyone who knows me and has been to my studio knows that I have a LOT of stuff. Most of it gets unpacked when I buy it and packed away in it I don't know where half the stuff comes from or how long I have had it for.

Here is the card I made.

I used some turquoise and then a mat of white bazzill cardstock.  White turns over pretty quick for me but I don't know how long the turquoise has been in my stash.

I layered it up with some papers that I thought went well together and seemed to not belong to anything else so I am guessing they are really old. I made some splats with ink and stamped the "Friendship" onto the bottom - That was also one of the first sets of stamps that I got, there were a whole lot of words. The white flower is NOT old and is from Petaloo. Flowers don't last in my stash - I love flowers - well most flowers that is. The little red roses and the bling have been around forever I think I got them in bulk at the chinese market and I use them lots. Then I have a little plastic word that was one of the first things I got when I started scrapping. They came in a variety of colours and words and I don't think I have ever used them before know. I guess I must make some more cards. :D

Here are some close ups.

Oh there is also a heart sticker in there, some cotton and a horrid velvet viney thing which I think was supposed to be ironed onto something, luckily it looks ok tucked in there. :D

You can see the stamp better and the splats.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look. You have two weeks to play along with this challenge and the DT have some fabulous examples up for you to see.


Saturday, 14 June 2014


Hello everyone
Today I have my layout for the new case file from CSI, and because it is June the theme is for weddings so the colours are soft and pretty.

And... because it is the second week of the month there is also a sketch from the hugely talented Em Stafrace over at Page Drafts - you should really check out her sketches they are amazing.

Here is my layout for this challenge.

I hardly EVER stick to a sketch but this time I kind of did... made a few little changes but nothing huge.

Here is how I solved the case.
Scheme - the colours are all there, even though the red looks a little light in the photos.
Evidence - Camera, check pattern (stamp), lace, wood (title), pair of something (twins).
Testimony - Hidden Journalling (behind the pics attached to the little tab).

The quote on the front of the layout says:
In dreams we catch glimpses of a life larger than our own.

My hidden journalling  says:

I am so proud of these two and the way they have adjusted to their new roles as parents to twins. Everyone knows that being a parent to one baby can be quite overwhelming at times but to have two at once can be quite challenging, and they have just taken it all in their stride. They have accepted that their lives are now completely in the hands of these two little beings for the next 18 or 20 years anyway. When they are together they work like a well oiled machine, feeding, burping, changing, soothing and sleeping when they can. Alone Lin is a mega machine, she washes, changes, feeds, burps, soothes and then starts all over again. She can even pick them both up together for a cuddle and I have never seen her lose her cool or look frazzled. So different from me as a young mother who constantly felt out of her depth. I love to watch the way they all interact and I am so grateful to be a part of their journey.

Here are some closeups.

I used a long chipboard title which I painted with a Tim Holtz distress ink and then added glitter to the red hearts. 

I did lots of mixed media on the background page, hence the crinkle :( I still hate that... First I gessoed the paper and then I stenciled the hearts on it. Once dry I misted with water and added a mist from Lindy's Stamp Gang - Jack in the Pulpit teal, I also added some stamping in teal and some splats. The edges were inked with a Tim Holtz distress in. 

I made the flowers with my Tim Holtz die cut. The camera was also coloured with distress ink and the little quote was stamped in the bottom corner.

If you would like to play along you have a week to do so and these challenges really are a lot of fun and they get you thinking out of the box.

I also have to share that I had layouts published in the new Let's Get Sketchy's Get Inspired Magazine - Volume 3... so excited :) You can find a copy of the magazine HERE on their blog, just scroll down and bit and you will find it on the right hand side. Full of wonderful, inspiring layouts.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look, and for taking the time to leave me a comment. You know how much I appreciate them :D


Friday, 13 June 2014


Hello Everyone 
Today I have a post for you that I totally forgot to do.... Oldtimers I reckon :)
It is for Sketch Challenge #29 over at Scrap Africa, and I think if you want to play along still there are a couple of days left before it closes. Here is Denise's fabulous sketch.

And... Here is what I did with it.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:

I love to take pics of details, like the bicycle and the little chair and tables as well as the window boxes outside of this little restaurant in the streets of Krakow. I love the rich red of the geraniums against the warm yellow of the walls, the earthy terracotta pots and the stripey awnings over the windows, it creates such a welcoming feel that says please come in and stay awhile. It is one of the things that I love about summer in Europe. The sun comes out and the weather gets warmer and everyone dresses the front of their houses and shops with all kinds of little curiosities and it really creates a holiday atmosphere.
 People have said to me that taking photos of things like this means nothing as it could be anywhere but I don't care it means something to me and everytime I look at them I know exactly where they are from and how it made me feel and that is important to me. How I felt.

Here are some close ups.

I loved the rich, warm colours of the photos and these Graphic 45 papers were just perfect for it. I thought the chipboard bricks were perfect for this layout too. I water coloured them a rich yellow first and I then added touches of brick embossing powder to them to give added texture. The butterflies were made using a Martha Stewart punch.

I cut out some sayings from the sheets of paper that fit with my colour scheme and my idea. The lamp post chippie and the title JOY was painted black and also randomly embossed and I added a yellow background to the lamp post glass to look like light. Lastly I added the builders mesh and the flowers.

Here you can see one of the journalling cards that I cut out and tucked in. I love the vibrant colour.

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

Have a wonderful weekend and I will be back soon. 


Tuesday, 10 June 2014


Hello everyone,

Today I have my DT layout for the CSI/Scrap365 Collaboration (a bit late I know but I was away :)). These are case files that are featured in the Scrap365 Magazine :) There is a wonderful line-up of inspiration on the site and you can see them all HERE

I love the colours of this case file.

Here is my layout.
Here is how I solved the case.
Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - numbers, jewels, flowers, ombre effect, jute/twine (on the clock), gold, texture paste.
Testimony - Wedding.

My journalling on the back of the layout says.

This has to be one of my favourite photos from Clint and Lins Wedding. They are both teary eyed and the emotion is so raw and so precious. 
In life we do things. Some things we wish we had never done. Some things we wish we could replay a million times. They all make us who we are and they shape every detail about us. If we were to change any of them we would not be the people we are today. So just live. Make mistakes. Make wonderful memories. But never second guess who you are, where you have been and most importantly where you are going.
Love without condition and honour each other every day. Laugh when you are happy and support one another when you are sad. Guide each other when asked for direction and challenge each other to be better people. Most of all listen to one another and be ever present.
Give your heart and soul and from today you will never walk alone, your hearts will be your shelter and your arms will be your home.
I love you both.

Here are some close ups.

I used two different stencils on this layout... the words from a Prima stencil and then the damask pattern. I added some gold embossing powder to the wet gesso and dried it. I also added some watercolour to the background in two shades of peach even though the lighter one looks pink here :(.. Gems were added under the damask.

THe elements were fussy cut from a Prima paper which I just love and I also added a strip of punched black paper. I tucked one blue flower in to bring in the blue.

I also added some lace which was coloured with a peach mist. The title was just painted black.

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