Saturday, 26 July 2014


Hello Everyone
Today I have the latest challenge up at Scrap Africa which is to create a layout inspired by this Pinterest Mood board.

 I used the flowers for inspiration and the lovely magenta tones.
I also used this sketch from Em Stafrace over at Page Drafts which I rotated 90 degrees,

Here is what I came up with.

My journalling on the back of the layouts says:
Throughout most of my married life, all but the last year, Simon has never bought me flowers (not even when my kids were born) and I understand his reasoning even if I don't like it or agree with it. You pay a fortune and they die after a few days... Well that may be so but it is a week of sheer pleasure and a feast for the eyes. So I have always, religiously, every week bought myself flowers for my desk in my studio. What I get depends on how I feel... Sometimes I want bright and happy, sometimes I want soft and pretty and I think I have had every variety and colour there is at some point in time. The flowers in the photos are possibly one of the prettiest I have had. In a terracotta pot with a slight green patina it was made up of a beautiful white, with a pink centre cabbage rose surrounded by soft pretty pink rosebuds and in between a very pretty lilac frothy filler. I don't know most of the flowers names and I don't really care. I do know that I don't choose the flowers I think that they choose me and for the time that they are on my desk they bring me unspeakable joy and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Here are some close ups.

I used some of my gorgeous Maja Design papers from the 'Coffee in the Arbour' collection... Do you know how much I love these papers? :) Of course you do. So I started with a cream cardstock to match the papers and used some cream gesso (that was coloured with paint) and then I added a touch of magenta glitter to the wet gesso, some paint splats and some stamping.

I added my layers and cut the window chippie in two and coloured it with distress inks and added a little clear embossing powder as well. I am very happy with how they turned out.

The big flower was coloured with distress stain and mists to get the right colour even though it looks a like more brick colour in the photo. the other flowers and some cotton were also added and a few pearls because you can't have shabby without the pearls.

I punched the edges of the paper and added the title which is also showing a little more red than the purple in the photo.

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


Friday, 25 July 2014


Hello Everyone

For the first time in a long time I had time yesterday to just play. Not to have to worry about deadlines or themes or anything else. JUST PLAY... and I am so HAPPY about that.

Lindy's Stamp Gang have this fab colour challenge at the moment and the colours are just gorgeous, and so I decided to play along.

Really summery and fun colours. I have had the Moonshadow mists for a while and really really struggled to use them :( Then I got hold of a few Starburst colours and some Flat Fabios and I really wanted to just play with them, and I love them now.

Here is what I came up with.

The quote stamped on the front of the layout says:
Dance like no one's watching, sing like no one's listening. Love like you never be hurt, play like there's no winners, behave like mum's watching. Give like you have plenty and SMILE!.

Now lots of you know all the struggles I have had of late with DT's,  time management and insecurities over my layouts and so on. I have always struggled with the whole mixed media thing too, I love the look of it but I don't like the mess that comes with it. I think I am an OCD neat freak who does not like mess or getting dirty. So I looked on the internet and watched more than a few videos, tutorials and even did a couple of online classes to see if I could break free. I did - well sort of - I went through a packet of wet wipes :) but I did it.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:
This is the first layout in a long time that I have done just because I wanted to. No limits, no constraints - just play time and I have to say it is so freeing. I want to learn to use the products that I have bought and never used because I have always been afraid of making a mess. I did this layout twice because I didn't like the first background and there was no stress - I just said fine... let's do it again. I look at the ease which other scrappers slap on gesso, mists, stamps and papers and there is no rhyme or reason for how they do it and the end results are breathtaking. For me - I want to know exactly where to put what, measure the distances and control the pools of mists and when I do the end results for me always look stiff and rigid, like something is missing. It may be a slow process but I am ok with baby steps and I am looking forward to this long walk to freedom. I will get there in the end.

Here are some close-ups

I started off by covering a piece of white card with papers from a dictionary... some with just text and some with pictures. Then I covered the whole thing with a layer of gesso allowing the text to show through. I added the mists in Tiffany's Blue and Magical Mai Tai and the olive is Distress Ink as I didn't have the right colour green in a mist. The quote was stamped in black archival ink, and I made boxes around some of the words.

I also stamped the butterflies in black and then added some clear lace tape as well as some builders tape - It is a pity that the clear tape does not show up so well. I made some splatters with the turquoise and some black ink. The large circle is hand stitched and the others are stamped and the title is some old stickers I had in my stash.

Here you can see the stamped and stitched circles. I then added the flowers and die cut leaves.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave a comment.


Wednesday, 23 July 2014


Hello Everyone,

Eve Rae over at BW2 decided to come up with a mid-month challenge that nearly blew my socks off. 

50 Shades of black.
YES! Seriously. 

I am not wild about scrapping shades of anything so this pushed me RIGHT out of my comfort zone but I was determined to give it a try, after all that is why they are called challenges. 

Here is my layout.

I used black cardstock, a template with black gesso onto which I sprinkled black glitter while it was still wet and left it to dry naturally. I had the black flower and lace and I painted the doily black. Added a black frame with some ribbon and some black square bling. 

Done and dusted... one black challenge. If this kind of thing appeals to you head on over and take a look at what the other DT members came up with and play along.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and thank you so much for the comments that you leave. I really appreciate them.


Saturday, 19 July 2014


Hello Everyone,

I have some more very late posts to do. Life has been pretty hectic of late and because of that I have decided I need to make some drastic changes. SO, I have stepped down from all of my DT commitments except for CSI and I have taken a break from them too until August. I want to get to a place where my life is in balance again and I don't feel so out of control, I want to get to a place where I can love what I do again instead of it feeling like a chore. Change is hard but it is good.

So here is the latest  CSI/Artastic collaboration case file. I think if you haven't already checked them both out you really should.

Here is the case file.

I used this sketch

Here is my layout.
Here is how I solved the case.
Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - stripes, scallops, polkadots, ribbon, distressed edges.
Testimony - The art of....
The quote on the layout says:
The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labour and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and is recreations, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide if he is working or playing. To him he is doing both. James Mitchener.
It was this quote that made me reassess my life at the moment. I decided after both of my kids left home to make their own lives that I was going to take time out for me. I have spent my whole life taking care of others putting everyone elses wants and needs before my own and I was tired and I just wanted to do what made me happy. Scrap! I have a beautiful room and lots of goodies to play with and I joined DT's because I thought  it validated who I was, and life was good.
Change is the only constant in life. Things never stay the same they are always changing whether we want them to or not. I realised that my family is always going to need me and they are always going to want me to make things better and actually a part of me needs that too. If you want to maintain friendships you have to work at them too they will not maintain themselves. Simon and I are at an age now where we can travel and have some fun and I love that. I realised that with the demands of DT's I had lost my love of scrapping and the pressure to come up with something new and exciting is not always that much fun when you are pumping them out.
SO, change is here. I have made some changes, some small and some big but all of them hopefully will help me get my life back onto an even keel, where I can travel, spend time with family and friends and still scrap because I want to record precious memories and NOT because I have to create pretty layouts.
So here's to change.
Here are some close ups.

I used white cardstock for my background and added some blue and yellow watercolour. Once this was dry I added the blue and black splats. I added just a touch of red with that die cut doily and the bling.

The polkadots is embossed onto the yellow cardstock. I also added some film strip.

The title is made up from the prompt and the quote and I wrote the quote around the edge of the layout. I coloured the seam binding with distress stain and added a couple of hat pins to the bow.

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


Wednesday, 16 July 2014


Hello Everyone

I am so far behind the eight ball at the moment :( I have so much catching up to do. This layout was from the Scrap Africa Sketch Challenge #31 at the beginning of the month. :/

Here is Denise van Deventer's lovely sketch.

Here is my layout for this challenge.

I mirrored the sketch because of the way that Spence was looking.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:

Spencer you are such a serious little boy and you watches everything and don't miss a trick but you do not smile easily. You don't cry or moan easily either. You just sit and watch,  you are not jealous of Paige  - you just watch and wait your turn and when I talk to you or play with you  the sweetest smile spreads across your face lighting up your eyes and if I play 'This little piggy' with you I can usually get you to giggle. You are  so like your dad as a baby it is scary and I see it in so many ways. If you grows up to be just like him  you will be a very special person too.  So Spence, laugh often it really is good for your soul.  There is nothing wrong with just watching and taking it all in , you are learning all the time and knowledge is power. Play nice and share your toys.  Play outside as much as you can it will fuel your imagination and if you have imagination there is nothing that you can't do. Don't be afraid to take time out just for you, it is also good for your soul it also teaches you that only you can make you happy. Say I love you often and give and take hugs freely. There are amazing opportunities for you out there and ALWAYS know that I love you.

Here are some close ups.

I used beige cardstock and layered it onto the faded red card stock and the strips and bits of paper used for layer are all from Maja Design (can you tell I am besotted with this range of papers)? The splats were made with a black distress stain and the stars are made of black felt.

I have also tucked in some film strip and some mesh tape and other bits and pieces that fit with the colours and theme of my layout.

I tucked some cotton in here and there too and the tabs on the photo are material tape and brads. The title is some old stickers that I had.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look :) and for taking the time to leave me a comment I really love to read them all.


Saturday, 12 July 2014


Hello Everyone,

Today I have my layout for last weeks case file over at CSI, a bit late posting I know but I have just been to Cape Town for a week on holiday with my DH and some friends. We had the most amazing time and apart from two days of rain we had lovely weather too. This layout just happens to have a photo of Cape Town too :)

Here is the case file.

I used this Page Draft sketch done by Em Stafrace and you can find more of her amazing sketches HERE

Here is my layout.

Here is how I solved the case.
Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - stripes, circles, birds, paint, splatters, flags.
Testimony - Journal four important things about your topic.

The quote on the front of the layout says:
For Africa to me ... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth.
No man can know where is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.
Maya Angelou.

My journalling on the back of the layout says.

When you are born in Africa it claims a piece of your soul and even if you move away the call of the wild will remain with you all of the days of your life.
I can't explain what it is like to live in a country that is brutal and savage in lots of ways and yet contains so much beauty it is hard to comprehend.

South Africa is 1 219 090 sq Kms and is home to 51.77 million people. Unemployment stands at 25.25 and is the reason for our incredibly high and violent crime rate. Probably the down side to living here. But....

Cape Town is one of the Top 20 holiday destinations in the world and can boast to have the latest addition to the seven wonders of the world with Table Mountain which is also said to be one of the oldest mountain in the world.

The world is divided into six floral kingdoms. All these kingdoms encompass several countries, and in some cases, several continents. South Africa, which has a floral kingdom wholly contained within the country, is the one Table Mountain alone has over 1,500 species of plants, more than the entire United Kingdom.exception. The Cape Floral Kingdom has 9,600 plant species, 70% of which are not found anywhere else in the world. 

South Africa has the longest wine route in the world. It has the oldest wine industry outside of Europe and the Mediterranean, featuring Chardonnays, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cinsault, Riesling, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage varietals. I have done a great number of these wine farms too ;)

The world's largest diamond was the Cullinan Diamond, found in South Africa in 1905. It weighed 3,106.75 carats uncut. It was cut into the Great Star of Africa, weighing 530.2 carats, the Lesser Star of Africa, which weighs 317.40 carats, and 104 other diamonds of nearly flawless color and clarity. They now form part of the British crown jewels.

Seriously what is not to love about being African.

Here are some close ups.

This layout is completely different to my normal style and I kind of like the way it turned out. The flock of birds is a stencil that I layered twice to get them across the page and I used black paint. The splatters were made with a distress stain and paint brush.

I layered up some mesh tape, washi tape and some paper behind my photo which is of the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town with Table Mountain behind it.

I added some circles and couple of little flags and a circle stamp. Then my title and my quote.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a message. I really appreciate it. I will be back later with another collaboration layout for CSI.


Thursday, 3 July 2014


Hello Everyone

Today I am back with the new mood board challenge over at BW2 and this month it is a lovely fiery colour palette - Orange and Grey on Black.. The journalling word for this month is Tropicana.

Here is the sketch to be used.

Here is my layout for this challenge.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:

I am lying on the beach with my toes in the sand,
The sun going down, a tropicana in my hand,
A breeze on my face and nothing on my mind.
Shells in my pocket and my honey by my side.
It doesn't get much better than this...
My idea of bliss.

Phuket is one of our favourite beach holidays. We love the weather, the place, the people and the food, not to mention the vibe. Nothing to do but lie around on the beach, swim in warm, calm waters, drink cocktails, eat amazing food and chillax. Wonderful places to visit and explore.  Bargains to be made in the markets and massages to be had at the end of a long day sightseeing or even on the beach. It really doesn't get better than this. Does it? I wonder!

Here are some close ups.


I did some stencilling on the background with gesso that I coloured orange with paint. The banner was created with papers of black, orange and grey and added to some raffia. I used the same raffia to create a frame for the middle photo. At either end of the banner are little clusters of flowers and I added a heart a heart to the one side too. Above the photo are some buttons and an arrow.

At the bottom I cut a tag and put it through my cuttlebug machine and added diamond glaze to the dots. I finished it off with a couple of flowers a raffia bow and the title. I also added some bling just because I could.


Wednesday, 2 July 2014


Hello Everyone,

It is the beginning of a new month which means there are a lot of new challenges up for July. Today I am sharing my layout for the new OUAS Challenge. You have the whole month to play along and there is wonderful inspiration from the Design Team.

Here is this month's the sketch. 

Journalling Theme: "Numbers.." 

Pick a number and center your journalling around it. (i.e. FIVE men in my life, TEN quirky traits, THREE long term goals, or 2014--the date I will do ___)

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 above 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.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:

AND ... babies makes 4,  in the blink of an eye an instant family. You have your pigeon pair a beautiful little boy and a beautiful little girl.  I know it seems like it is so hard sometimes but I can promise you that it does get easier, do not be afraid to ask for help, it does not make you weak, or helpless or incompetent, it makes you human. No-one expects you to be super-parents. There are going to be times when you will feel completely overwhelmed and out of your depth and that is perfectly normal and ok, you are so lucky to have a loving and supportive family to help you make the most of it. I know that this is not the way you planned things and that you haven't even had time to adjust to being married let alone being married with children, but this will be your greatest challenge and your greatest reward, and definitely your greatest expense and investment. :) Just remember to enjoy every minute of it, the good and the tough because what I can tell you for nothing is that it will be over before you know it.

Here are some close-ups.

I used white cardstock for my background and the papers are from Teresa Collins, I added washi tape, flowers and brads to the layout. The hearts are grunge board from Tim Holtz that I painted red.

I coloured the seam binding with Tim Holtz distress stain and did the same to create the red roses. A couple of hat pins were added and also some cotton.

Lastly I added some mesh tape and made a few splats with ink and distress stain.

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