Tuesday, 28 October 2014


Hello Everyone

I have been making up Christmas Cards :) These were adapted from an Advent Calendar that Kathi Chapman did for last year. :)

So between these and the three layouts I completed from the convention, looking after babies, planning an engagement party a 60th something and Christmas I am being kept fairly busy ;)

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

Till next time...


Monday, 27 October 2014


Hello Everyone,

I have finished all of my layouts from the Fora Charity Scrap Day organised my Michelle van Wyk a couple of Saturdays ago, who also taught two of the classes and you can see more of her work HERE and the other class was taught by Adri du Preez.

Here is the first layout. This is a LONG post so make yourself comfortable :D

I absolutely love these papers by Graphic 45 and the colours were perfect for my much loved pets... I changed this layout a lot and I never took a pic of the original page so you could see, I thought Mich may have loaded her layouts but not yet. It just seemed to flow better for me this way.

The journalling on this layout says:

These are my special babies. Pixi, who is 11 and the oldest of them all. Then Holly and Butch who are both 6 and are brother and sister and then Karma who is 3. All so different and each with their own personalities. Pixi thinks that she is the puppy police and when the others are play fighting she barks at them as if to say 'stop it' then runs to me to see if I am looking. Holly is the quietest of them all and she just wants to cuddle all the time. Butch is the only boy and he likes to think he rules the roost but really he is just a  big baby. Now Karma is a different kettle of fish altogether. She doesn't give a damn about anything and she marches to the beat of her own drum. She is loud and naughty and the cause of all the trouble in the house but she also happens to be the cutest of them all and she gets away with it.
Then there is my beautiful boy Hansa - he is the biggest of all my babies and he and Karma are best buddies and play together a lot. Sometimes the other dogs get involved and they can get a bit pack-ish but Hansa just sorts them all out. He loves to come cuddle in the middle of the night and becomes very vocal if he is feeling neglected. 
I wouldn't have it any other way :D

Here are some close ups.

The 'love' title was a die cut in the pack and I added glitter to the paw print... a dog has to have some glitter. I added some flowers from my stash too.

The envelope was cut using a template that was included and then I added more flowers and the cat and dog stamps.

We made the matchbooks too and I added the little brad and the floral fronts and stamps. I also added some stars which I diamond glazed.

The second layout by Michelle was this one.

Because it was a this layout I used the photos from Storm and Lloyds engagement. The top photo on the right is actually a tag booklet and I will let Storm do her own journalling inside there. 

I added a little chipboard heart in turquoise some bling to the doily and the quote at the bottom of the page.

I painted the flourish turquoise even though it looks more green in the photo :( and add some glitter to the day..

Some journalling cards were added behind the doily and photo.

This piece of chipboard is not really my scene but I left it on there and added another quote inside instead of a photo and I painted the scrolls and added some perfect pearls to the little flowers. 

The last layout is probably my favourite one and although I changed it a little I am not sure, apart from the photo sizes, that you would notice. I really love Adri's style...

My journalling on the back of the layout says:

Christmas is always a lively affair in our house and Storm just loves all of it. The build up to Christmas, the decorations, the decorated table, the food, baking mince pies and leaving some out on Christmas Eve for Father Christmas. We have to play Christmas carols all day and take lots of photos. She checks the presents under the tree every day so that she can see how many she has. On Christmas morning we have to get up EARLY - we make tea and have some mince pies while we open the presents one by one, savouring each one and drawing it out for as long as possible. Then the presents get laid out and photographed. There are group shots, selfies, foodie shots and toasts and all manner of other photos taken throughout the day and I love that she is so into it. I can't wait for this year when the twins are here to enjoy it too I think it will be our best one yet.

For me this is just such a fun layout and these photos of Storm are perfect for it. 
We created an envelope look with some stamping for the left hand side.

The cluster at the top is using some of the papers and the journalling cards plus some stamped tickets and a die cut candy cane. I really love these circle flowers. They are are so easy and they look great. The holly leaves were die cut and the little berries just punched with a hole punch and then diamond glazed.

The title was painted - black for the 'Dear' and red for the 'Santa' and then we added glitter to the red bit. The little christmas hat was a die cut.

We made a little banner out of cardstock that had little shapes cut out.. too cute. I stamped the post card underneath.

I created a similar paper cluster for the bottom and I also added the frame from the title and a little flair button. Adri is making the most amazing flairs now and I am happy that at last we are able to get them in South Africa.

The saying was printed onto kraft and just cut into strips.

More of the circle flowers and a couple of chippie buttons. I added little beads to the centres of my flowers.

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


Saturday, 25 October 2014


Hello Everyone
I have the new case file from CSI for you today, so pick up your forensic kits and get ready to do some serious sleuthing. You have one week to play along and there are some wonderful prizes up for grabs.

Here is this weeks challenge.

I used this sketch from Scrap365

Here is my take on both.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - hearts, flowers, stamps, polkadots, stripes, pocket, quote.
Testimony - write a letter, put your story in a pocket.

My journalling says....

My darling boy,
It is not who you are that holds you back it's who you think you are not. I want you to know always that you are sweet, and loving and kind. You are gentle and you move at your own pace and in your own time, I see a wisdom in your eyes that is old beyond your years and I cannot wait to see the man you become. I hope that you hold on to these attributes for dear life because they are good ones and they will hold you in good stead your whole life. I will protect you and nurture these qualities in you for as long as I draw breath. When others call you names just remember what they think does not define who you are, when they tell you you can't do something you go right ahead and try it anyway. God gave you big dreams so you could grow into them, so don't be afraid. Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you will land among the stars. Stay true to yourself and never compromise your standards or morals. You will know who you are and so will those who know and love you.
I love you to the moon and back.
Grandma <3

Here are some close ups

I just love this photo of Spence... he watches his grandma all the time it is too cute for words. I decided to keep this layout clean. I think this is my real style. I wanted to keep it even more simple than this but it kind of ran away with me. The flowers are made with different sized and distressed circles. I think these are great for boys pages.

I knew when I saw that photo that I wanted to use it with this quote. They just fit together perfectly.

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

Till next time.


Tuesday, 21 October 2014


Hello Everyone,
I am so far behind on all my posts, life is getting pretty busy around here again about now and I am just not getting some things done.
I have three double layouts from the Charity Scrap Day I attended on Saturday hosted by Michelle van Wyk. She did two double layouts and Adri du Preez did one. We had such a fun time and I loved what we did and I will load them when I am done.
I am also busy with some Christmas decorations that I am making. One for each member of my ever growing family :) but you will have to wait until they are done too.
I have last weeks Let's Scrap card to show you. I was away in the Pilanesburg with my better half and so I never got a chance to post it.
Here is the sketch.

And, here is the card I created.

I used some of my very favourite papers... Maja Designs.

Here is a close up.

 - the leaf is a die I have and I just made the tag. The flowers are from my stash and are from Prima and Petaloo, the little copper leaves are charms from my jewellery box.

Next I also have my card  for the Feeling Sketchy Challenge #105 which was to use this sketch.

And, here is my card.

I used these paper scraps from Authentique to make up this card and added a hit of red.
The black circles are chipboard that I painted black and the butterfly is a Martha Stewart Punch.
Thanks so much for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a message. I really appreciate it.
Till next time.

Saturday, 11 October 2014


Hello Everyone, 

I have the new case file for you from CSI and it is a cracker of a case this week so, time to pick up your forensic kits and get sleuthing.

Here it is.

As you can see there is a sketch to use as inspiration from the lovely Emma Stafrace. You can find more of her lovely sketches here at Page Drafts.

Here is the sketch.

Here is my layout.

AND... I solved the case by using...

Scheme - all of the colours.
Evidence - mixed media, stripes, penwork, flowers/leaves, circles.
Testimony - document something on your mind.

The quote on the front of the layout says:
Love has no desire but to fulfill itself. To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To wake at dawn with a winged heard and to give thanks for another day of loving. (Khalil Gibran)

My journalling on the back of the layouts says:
This whole year has been a year of change in our family... good change... and the next year is not looking any different. Now, instead of having babies on my mind I have wedding plans (and babies) to think about.
 I am so happy that Storm and Lloyd have decided to tie the knot. They are just perfect for one another and I know they will be very happy together. The proposal was so touching and I have never seen Storm look so happy and so content.
I didn't have a wedding - we just got married in the garden with only immediate family. A small unpretentious affair with about 15 people. Very low key - no work involved really.
I am not sure I know where to even begin to organise one let especially one my darling daughter will be happy with. I am terrified and excited at the same time, she knows exactly what she wants and how to get it. They are wanting to get married in March and I keep thinking it's not much time to get it all done - but I do know that we are both methodical and organised and I am looking forward to getting involved in all the planning and executing of this wonderful day. For now I have lists... lists and lists of lists :D

Here are some close-ups

I cut the edge of the paper off before I wrote down whose it was :P Now I can't remember but it was double sided and perfect for the colours this week so I cut it in half and then taped it back together again and mounted it onto black cardstock. I chose to do some mock stitching all around the layout this week. The red and grey flower was cut from a piece of paper in my scrap box.

The heart balloons are chippies that I covered with the dotty paper. I used some gesso and used some of my new Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals... Oh I love those things :D

I wrote the quote by hand... I really DON'T like to see my writing on layouts I always think it spoils them. O layered up some of the papers with a banner, a strip and a punched border. The chippie title was just painted red and left.

The banner was attached to some twine and tucked in. The flowers were added and lastly the bling. An engaged girl has to have some bling. :)

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

Till next time.


Friday, 10 October 2014


Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all having a wonderful Friday... it's nearly the weekend and this weekend I am going to look at a wedding venue with my kids :)

I have the new challenge for you from Let's Scrap and they have an awesome prize up for grabs so check it out, there is also lovely inspiration from the DT.

This is this week's sketch designed by Michelle van Wyk.

And here is my take on the sketch.

I noticed on the Let's Scrap blog that I had lost the last E in Inistoige and could I find it anywhere? NO! And did I have another one? NO! So I removed the first one with undo and traced around it with brown pen and painted the inside cream... Done and dusted... Love it when a plan comes together. THEN I realised I had spelt it wrong anyway :P it's been one of those weeks but I am ok with it.

My journalling on the back of the layout says:

Of all the places I have visited in Ireland or perhaps even anywhere there is little that compares to the beauty of this beautiful little town. It is pretty all year round but in summer when all the flowers and hanging baskets are out it is pure delight. Inistoige is built alongside the river Nore and is one of the most visited towns in Ireland. The long stretch of grass along the river makes it a perfect place to picnic or walk the dogs and on the weekend it is full of people enjoying the beauty and on this day the sunshine too. We spent an afternoon there enjoying the warm sunshine and each others company, taking photos, chatting, watching the boys playing and then ended it off with scones, Wexford strawberry jam and clotted cream at the little cafe across the road. I loved the peace and tranquility there and I can see myself living there in a little cottage overlooking the water. It truly doesn't get better than this.

Here are some close ups.

I used Prima papers for this layout and plain Bazzill cardstock. The little tickets were printed onto scraps of paper and cut out.

 Lots of stamping but otherwise a very CAS layout. Just my style.

Ok so I didn't exactly follow the sketch but I didn't want to crop my photos any more and I liked the grid design. I also added some ribbon, flowers and a hat pin or two...


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

Till next time.