Saturday, 28 November 2015


Hello Everyone!

Time for a new case file over at CSI and this weeks one is very challenging - so time to pick up your forensic kits and let's get sleuthing.

Here is the case file.

All you have to do is follow the clues and crack the case.

I used this sketch from Becky Fleck over at Pagemaps.

AND... here is my take on the challenge.

This is how I solved the case.

Scheme - I have used all of the colours.
Evidence - I really struggled with this one this week but I got -
Stripes, metal, grid design and the little ones in the pics are my people icons ;)
Testimony - Document a hobby, pastime or diversion.

The quote on the front says -
My life isn't perfect but it does have perfect moments.

My journalling is inside the little file with the photo popping out and it says -
Photography is my hobby, pastime and diversion and I am obsessed with photos of you two. How lucky am I to get to spend so much time with you. I think that already I have more photos than I could hope to scrap in two lifetimes and yet I am compelled to keep snapping away. Clean ones, dirty ones, clothed ones and naked ones, awake ones and asleep ones and still it is not enough. I get so much joy in watching you explore your ever expanding world. The delight you get in seeing and trying new things. How excited you get when you see me and how much you are teaching me. Life is too short to worry about what others think and way to short to keep clean. 
How to eat an ice cream for instance.
Take all of your clothes off, find someones lap to sit on.  Take the biggest and chocolatiest one you can find and eat it with your whole body, savouring each mouthful. Once you are done and you are covered with the sweetest mess you can worry about getting all clean again. You can also laugh at the person whose lap you are sitting on when they discover that they too are covered in chocolatey goo :)
Thank you both for making me see the world through less tired and jaded eyes.
I love you both to the moon and back.

Here are some close ups.

I pretty much followed the sketch because I loved the design. I did add the doilies after.

The quote and little butterflies are rub ons and the October and ice cream is a Heidi Swapp stamp.

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

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!



Monday, 16 November 2015


Hello Everyone!
I am so late this week but I finally have my layout for the new case file over at CSI. I really love the spring colours of this one. I hope that if you haven't already played along that you will give these challenges a go. They really are a lot of fun and they do just that - Challenge you.
SO... pick up your forensic kits and let's get sleuthing.
Here is this weeks challenge.
See, aren't the colours so pretty.
I used this sketch from Page Maps to kick start my mojo.

I loved this design so I pretty much stuck to it. Now I am not really comfortable with mixed media layouts. I am more a CAS kind of a gal where the photos and the journalling are most important so I have decided not to go with the trends but to stick with what makes me most comfortable. So here is my layout another clean and simple one.

This is how I solved the case.
Scheme - 
The colours are all there 
(I used the darker green from the photo)
Evidence - 
Polka dots
White background
Wet medium
(The distress ink splats and watercoloured stars)
Testimony -
I really screwed up on this one because I totally forgot about this part of the challenge. I have so much on my plate at the moment, but I made a plan.
The quote on the front says.
Flowers don't worry about how they're going to bloom.
They just open and turn towards the sun.
Jim Carrey
My journalling is on the back side of the layout and I have done it in the form of a recipe.

Choose a well established looking plant in the colour of your choice.
Limestone if your soil is acidic.
Compost and fertilizer.
Sturdy trellis or an archway for it to grow up.

Clematis needs space to grow - it can grow up to 10 or 20 feet. It likes a sunny spot with good drainage that is slightly alkaline.
Make sure that you dig the hole bigger than the container that the plant is in. Compost and fertilise the hole well and be very careful when planting it as the roots and stems can easily be damaged.
Water weekly for the first season to help get the plant established. If it makes it through the first year chances are good that it will continue to thrive.
Clematis are happiest with cool shade at their roots and warm sun on their foliage. Mulching around the roots will help keep the soil cool, as will the foliage of a low-growing perennial.
Most Clematis are born to climb and they use the growing end to find something to grab hold of so make sure that the trellis or arch is not to thick. The more grabbing opportunities you provide the better
Clematis will need some pruning but they vary so leave last year’s vine until mid-spring so you can see if the flowers are growing on new stems or the old ones.
A  beautiful Clematis is something to behold. I found this one in Spa – Belgium at a little restaurant we went to for a late afternoon lunch and it was really the most beautiful one I have ever seen. This was the first time I had ever seen one for real and I was blown away. After reading how to grow it I think I will give it a miss. I don’t have very green fingers and I am likely to kill it. I will just admire them from afar.

Here are some close-ups.

I did some doodling around the papers that I used and also stenciled some stars around that I painted with the pink distress stain. The stars were cut using a Tim Holtz die cut which is one of my faves. Also some fake stitching because I am not much in sewing. The tickets are stamps.

I used a distressed looking line stamp on the white cardstock to do my quote onto and the title was painted with distress paints in two colours to get the same shade as the flower.
I HAVE been playing with some mixed media and saw this card done by Shari Caroll on the My Craftsy site so I decided to give it a try. I really like mixed media on cards especially ones like this. See no buckling - who knows I may get to love it. 
I think I like it here because the papers didn't buckle, man I hate that :D
Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave a comment. I really appreciate it.
Till next time - Happy Scrapping.

Saturday, 7 November 2015


Hello Everyone!

Today is the reveal for the new Design Team over at CSI I am happy to announce that I am returning to this wonderful team and community and I am so grateful to Debbi Tehrani for this opportunity. If you haven't played along before I suggest you check it out. As this is a major case file it will be open for the entire month of November and includes a stunning sketch by Em Stafrace over at Nifty Pixel

Here is the sketch

This is my take on the case file.

This is how I solved the case. I kind of adhered to the sketch ... sort of.

Colours - They are all there
Evidence - Kraft background
        Thin stripes
Testimony - Document a trip

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

I have not always loved to fly. My first two times were extremely traumatic for me and I was in no hurry to board a plane any time soon. 

I was eight years old the first time I was put on a plane with two of my three younger brothers and sent to another country to go and live with an aunt. My mother was pregnant with my younger brother and was not able to fly for another three months after us. I am sure there were very valid reasons why we could not all go together but none of them would have made sense to an eight year old. I felt abandoned and so afraid, nothing was familiar.
 The next time I flew again I was twenty-five, I had gotten a call from my dad to say that my mother was in a coma and that the doctors expected the worst. I had no choice I had to fly to see her before it was too late. I still remember that flight like it was yesterday. Simon was not able to come with me so I had to go alone, I had no idea my mother was so sick, nothing had been said and I was beside myself. I remember getting to the airport to the check in counter and NO TICKET. I had left it at home. Luckily we lived close to the airport and Simon went home and collected the ticket for me and I was checked in. I went into the departure lounge and sat in a chair scared and sobbing. A very flambouyant lady - middle aged - came and sat next to me and started talking to me trying to calm me down. All the while she spoke she stroked my arms, hands and back and she calmed me down.
My flight was called and I gathered my things and went to the boarding queue - she waived and drifted off into the crowd. It was only once I was on the plane that I noticed that ALL of my jewellery had been removed - my rings, bracelets and necklace. 
She took advantage of my situation and stripped me and I never knew a thing until it was too late.
That trip just went from bad to worse. I did however get to see my mother, she did come out of the coma but she did pass away.

The next time I ventured onto a plane I was forty-five and Simon had successfully conducted a management buyout for the company he worked at and took us all to Mauritius to celebrate. Since that time I have flown almost every year and I have never looked back. If I blocked myself to flying on those first two experiences I would have missed out on a whole wide world out there.

Here are some close ups.

I painted and embossed the title, gears and little arrow with black distress paint and embossing powder, after it was all embossed I swiped the edges with gold. The angel wings were painted with distress paint and topped with a layer of crackle paint. Once it was dry I  inked with dark brown ink to accentuate the cracks.

The stamped sentiment says give me wings and I will fly. It got a bit hidden but I am ok with that.

I did faux stitching around all of the papers and flicked some brick 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.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!


Sunday, 18 October 2015


Hello Everyone!
I has been six months and ten days since my last post :/ It has been a chaotic couple of years I tell you. 
We are back from the most amazing three month European holiday - I have just had all my thousands of photos recovered and I am now sorting through them all and hope to be scrapping them all soon. I have not had time to do anything creative since before the wedding in May and I am not even sure I know how anymore.
I though maybe I would enter a couple of challenges to ease back into it and I have a couple of other projects to show you too. So kick back, have a cup of coffee and spend a little time with me.
The first project is for Let's Scrap Sketches and it is a card I made for World Cardmaking day.
The inspiration for this challenge was a colour board rather than a sketch, and I love these colours. 

Here is the card I created for it.

I used stuff from my stash and the butterfly is from some Tim Holtz tissue paper. I fussy cut it, glued it down and then painted it. The flowers are Prima and Petaloo, and the colours were perfect. The doily was white and I inked it with TH distress inks and a sponge tool.

The second one I created is for Feeling Sketchy and is also for World Cardmaking Day.

Again we have a colour board rather than a sketch.

Here is my take on the mood board.

I just got the Tim Holtz bird stamp set and I just love it, and of course I just had to use it. The card was made with watercolour paper and distress inks. The leaves were some I had in my stash and the colours were perfect. I stamped the bird on watercolour paper, painted it and then fussy cut it and adhered it to the card with foam take. The sentiment was then stamped on. 

Before I went over seas I managed to squeeze in one last tag for the 12 Tags of 2015.
Here was his take and tutorial on the tags.

Here is my version of it.

I love these tags and I am going to try and catch up once things get back on track.

I also did a layout for my daughters engagement before I left. I just love these papers and I love the vintage feel of it which was perfect with the photos from her engagement shoot.

And, then finally I want to show you the layout I created and taught at the Charity Scrap Event down in Cape Town in June.

I used beautiful Maja Design papers for this and the photos are also from Storm and Lloyds engagement shoot. I had a strict budget for this layout so I used straws for the stems of the flowers which are just circles punched and layered up. The side bits are flaps that open up to reveal journalling and more photos. This is also for Storm and I will allow her to add her own journalling for this one.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and thank you for taking the time to leave a message. It really means a lot.

Till next time - Happy Scrapping!


Wednesday, 8 April 2015


Hello Everyone!

Today I am sharing my Design Team layout for CSI case file #160. You can find out how to play along HERE and find out who our fabulous sponsors are too and the awesome prizes that are up for grabs.

Here is the case file - so time to pick up your forensic kits and get down to some serious sleuthing.

This case file also comes with a wonderful sketch from Em Stafrace over at The Nifty Pixel.

Here is my take on the case file.

Here is how I solved the case.

Scheme - the colours are all there.
Evidence - map print, travel elements, textured paper, flowers, metal, stamps.
Testimony - Journal about a trip.

The quote on the photo says:
Travel and a change of place impart new vigour to the mind.

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

Travel is my drug of choice.
If I haven't travelled for a while I find myself needing a travel fix. Travel comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be a short trip across the country for a long weekend, a weeks vacation in the mountains or at the sea, or a longer and more extensive holiday travelling overseas. It calls to me with a physical hunger. A restlessness sets in and I become agitated, I need to get up and go, see and explore new places, meet new people and try new food.
But when I travel too often, I need a break - a quick time-out and a chance to relax and re-group.

Travelling lets me know there's a wider world out there. If I've become too comfortable in my own neighbourhood, it calls to the spirit of adventure that lies buried within me. It is unknown, not always predictable. It challenges, pushing further each time. It teaches me that we are all the same and yet all different, it makes me humble and tolerant. It has expanded my horizons more than anything else I have ever done.

Travelling lets me leave stress behind, lets me run away, escape, explore and disappear into an environment far removed from home. It lets me temporarily forget and it refuels creativity and imagination. It also reminds that what I have is not so different to what is out there, and that I still have lots to be grateful for.

Most of all travelling is fun because if it wasn't, why would I keep going back for more. I love the unpredictability of travel, the not knowing what I will discover around the next corner. It has taught me that I don't need to be in control of everything to be ok.

Most of all travelling has made me a story teller. It is an ice breaker and a conversation starter. I have spent many happy hours reliving past trips, and inspiring others into wanting to travel.

That time has come again and so I have planned a spectacular trip that will last three months and take me to eleven countries, I will travel thousands and thousands of kilometers, take hundreds of photos, consume kilograms of food and liters of drink and I will come back richer and wiser with more tales to tell all because travel is my drug.

Here are some close ups.

I kept this layout clean and used the map paper as my starting point. I chose to add a bit of the corrugated card to highlight the colour in the photos and the map paper.. The tickets were cut with a Tim Holtz ticket die and then stamped with the stamp quotes. The flowers were made also using a TH die.

I cut the title on my Silhouette machine and then highlighted it with a white gel pen... I also added the camera flair because of the travel theme. The photos are of Lismore Castle in Ireland and I am looking forward to going back there again with my DH this time :D

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 - Happy Scrapping!


Monday, 23 March 2015


Hello Everyone!
As you know March 4th is International Scrapbooking Day. It really is a day and so over at Let's Scrap Sketches and Feeling Sketchy we decided to run a month long challenge. 
Now this is not to be confused with
National Scrapbooking Day in May. This is InterNational Scrapbooking Day... so why not
another holiday celebrating something we all love to do!

So this is how it is going to work.... It will be a month long challenge, BUT the twist is, it is going to run on TWO sites and you have to play along with BOTH sites to be entered to win a prize (be sure to inlinkz the correct layout/card to the correct blog)... There is a card sketch posted on Feeling Sketchy (you don't have to do it up as a card, do a layout if you want!!) and then there is a double page sketch here on Let's Scrap Sketches... (you can do it as a single or double page or even a card if you want!!). Everyone, including our Design Teams, are eligible to play along with these challenges.... SO we hope to see a lot of people playing along with both sketches... ;0)

The sponsor for this challenge for Feeling Sketchy is...

Here is the sketch.

Here is my card.

The sponsor for Let's Scrap Sketches is...

Here is the sketch.

Here is my layout.
Ok so I can here you all saying that looks nothing like the sketch :D but hear me out ok.
I did used the banners on the left hand side and I had more photos to used so I did take some artistic liberties I will admit and I have a block instead of three down and my main photo was going the wrong way so instead of using the banners on the right hand side I used these fussy cut flowers instead. I also wanted to used a mat to tie it all together and it looked wrong so I also added a punched border. Then I thought it needed some tags so I added them too... 
NOW can see the resemblance? NO? pfffft.
My journalling (on the back of the layout) says....
I hate to see either of you cry - but you do despite my best efforts to make sure you have nothing to cry about. That is just life I guess - we all need to cry sometimes and sometimes for no rhyme or reason either. Having said that I am so glad that I had my camera close by on this day and that I managed to snap these pics of you howling up a storm and all because you wanted me to pick you up and I did.... eventually. You are such a drama queen Paigie, I wonder who you get that from? It works too because looking back at these photos and the complete look of sadness on your face is just heartbreaking and I wonder how I could have taken photos of it. Yet I did.
Your facial expressions are a constant source of delight to me and I wish I could capture them all. You have one of the most expressive faces I have ever seen, and you have no idea how much I love you.
Here are some close ups.

I used some dry wall tape and added some bling to the banners.

I covered the chipboard with a coat of gesso then a layer of Distress paint which I flicked with water to get a distressed effect and then I sanded them and inked the edges and finally added some dimension glaze.
I fussy cut the flower border and added a few lines that says.
 You know what you want, and you know just how to get it.
Will you just look at that face :D

The flowers are from Petaloo and they are so cool, I added a little coral into the centers just for a bit of colour.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look and for taking the time to leave me a comment. I really appreciate it.
I hope you will find some time to come and play along with us.
Till next time - Happy Scrapping!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015


Hello Everyone!
I have my card for the new sketch #117 over at Feeling Sketchy.
The sponsor for this sketch is Dr Digi's House of Stamps and you can check out the full range of their fun stamps HERE.

I chose to work with this stamp.

Here is the sketch.

this is the card I created.

I hardly ever make masculine cards let alone boys cards and now I have Spencer to think of it is as good a time as any to get started.

I had such fun with this one too. I used black cardstock for the sky and I cut two big circles in the yellow for the moon and punched some random circles out of it then layered them up. I used my PL die to cut out all the stars then stuck them to the night sky. Some stars have glitter on some of them for a bit of sparkle.

The quote was typed onto white cardstock and cut into strips. It says: 
Shoot for the moon and even if you miss you'll land among the stars.

The rest is on the inside of the card.

Here are some closeups.

I added some flames coming out from the bottom of the rocket and coloured the whole thing in using my neo-pen watercolours. I also added some gold on the strips and then studded it with bling. I raised the rocket on the card with foam tape.

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 - Happy Stamping!