Wednesday, 19 February 2014


Well, I think I will make it by the skin of my teeth!

Card challenge 2 - Monochromatic in 3D Card

Theme:                  You can choose your own theme
Colour Card:           The monochromatic color scheme for your card is up to you
Card dimension:     Free
You must use:        The card has to have 3D elements. This can be a stepper card, a 3D dimension when opening the card (like pop-up elements)
You can not use:
You are restricted from using black anywhere on the card, including: pen lines, any kind of ink or paint, journaling or any other element.  There is not to be black on the card.
You can not use brown to antique elements unless brown is the colour you choose for your monochromatic colour scheme.  
You are not allowed to use cutting machines.
You can use :          
Use any store bought or home made embellishments that are in your colour scheme
You are allowed to make your own as long as you don't use a cutting machine to make them. Only scissors are allowed for these cut elements.

Here is my Card:

I used champagne coloured card-stock, ribbon, flowers and rhinestones. I hand cut the the "gift" with a pair of scissors - no punches of die cutting. I did dry emboss the card-stock!




Thank you for stopping by!


So, I made it to round two of the Supreme Scrap Tournament, (happy dance!). The competition was very tough and I'm sure the second round will be worse! Here is what we needed to do:

Make a monochromatic colour layout
1. Pages :                 2 pages Layout (double page!)
2. Theme:                 You can choose your own theme
3. Colour LO:            The monochromatic colour scheme you use is up to you
4. How many Photos: Minimum of 1 photo
5. Photos:                  - One photo must be partly on the left and partly on the right page                                                                    - One photo needs to be black and white
6. Not to be used:      - You are restricted from using black anywhere on the layout    
                                   including, ink, paint, pen lines, journaling or any other elements.
                                - There is not to be black on the page with the exception of your black                                                                and white photo(s).
                                 - You can not use brown to antique elements unless brown is the 
                                    colour you choose for your monochromatic colour scheme.
7. Materials you may use:   embellishments, ink, media stuff, everything that you want in the                                                                       monochromatic colour.

It is more difficult than it sounds! I chose black and white photographs of my daughter Electra, taken in her final year of high school. The photos are fun and filled with movement and emotion. I decided to use her favourite colour as my monochromatic colour.

I used Crate patterned paper with a mottled turquoise colour - NO white, as background and further distressed the pages with distress ink. Then I used a stencil and distress paint to add more colour and dimension. The chipboard title and photo-strips were coloured with distress ink again and I used various shades of turquoise flowers and pearls to embellish the layout. As a final touch, I added various sizes of butterflies punched from turquoise card stock.

Here are some close-up photos of the details:

Thank you for taking the time to have a look!

Friday, 7 February 2014


Now that the Card challenge is done and dusted, I tackled the Scrap Diva Challenge 1

Here is the criteria for the first challenge:

Make a double layout or double mixed media project that shows where you live.  But it all has to be within 1000 steps from you home!!!!
  1. You cannot use any spray ink!
  2. You will have to use at least 3 photos on  your project (scrapbooking and mixed media!!)
  3. You will have to add a visible journaling of at least 50 words.

This was a little bit more "challenging" than making the ATC card! I had to wonder outside and take photographs of my environment. This in itself was a challenge as it has been very windy in Cape Town the last few days.

My husband, Martin  and I walked around the Estate in the "Golden Hour" last Sunday and managed to take really beautiful photographs. Besides the Egyptian Geese and Guinea Fowls, we also bumped in 3 of the most beautiful cats!

The public areas are so beautiful, look at this tree, gorgeous isn't it?

We also bumped into a scary character or two!

I didn't want the paper to overpower the beautiful photographs, so I decided to work on a "pastel" background. I layered patterned paper form the Butterfly Garden Collection from Pink Paislee and then used stencils with texture paste and distress inks, to add more dimension to the background and give the paper a more vintage feel. I used Creamy Brown chalk all around the edges.

Here is a little close-up detail:

My journaling reads as follows:

Kanonberg Estate
Living here is blissful suburban living: Close enough to the City not to be a Country Pumpkin and far enough away to escape the rat race! A few steps away from my front door and I am enveloped by the tranquility of nature. Lush greenery and a little duck pond with Egyptian Geese, welcomes you as the wooden walkways leads you through the estate. Unexpected treasures surprise you everywhere: a quint post box here and a bench tucked away between the trees over there. You are also never alone! The very vocal Egyptian Geese and Guinea Fowl are always eager companions!

And this is the final result:

Well, now it's just wishing for the best! The voting starts tomorrow: 8 February 2014 CET!

Thank you for taking time to look at my blog. 
Comments are always much appreciated! 

Have a nice weekend!  :-)

Sunday, 2 February 2014


While Internet browsing late last year, I came across the Supreme Scrap Tournament and after prompting by Belinda Basson, I registered to play along. I am proud to say that I have made the South African Team. To see more about the tournament, visit their blog There are creative ladies from all over the world participating and the South African Team include the following talented ladies:

1.   Tertia - Card and Scrap Diva Tournament
2.   Val Thorpe - Scrap Diva Tournament
3.   Rene van Wyk - Card & Scrap Diva Tournament
4.   Margret Jones - Scrap Diva Tournament
5.   Jeaunes Viljoen - Scrap Diva Tournament
6.   Shamela Hendricks - Scrap Diva Tournament
7.   Belinda Basson - Card & Scrap Diva Tournament
8.   Ezme Hartman - Card & Scrap Diva Tournament
9.   Jen - Card Tournament
10. Janet Loots - Scrap Tournament
11. Linda King - Card & Scrap Tournament
12. Michelle Van Wyk - Card & Scrap Tournament

The first Card and Scrap challenges were announced on 1 February 2014.

Card challenge 1 - Home

For our first challenge we have to make an ATC card where the theme is "Home". It can be anything you want. It can be a welcome home card, a card about moving, a card with any quote on being/feeling at home or use the shape of a house.
-There has to be a title/quote/wish on the card
-You can not use any spray inks or flowers
-You can not use any kind of cutting machine
-You can not use any image with a house on it.

I chose the quote "Home is where you are" for my ATC card with my kitty cats in mind. What else? My kitties are my home, what can I say!

Here is my entry:

I printed an image of a cat's face on patterned paper and inked the card with "Scattered Straw" and "Evergreen Bough" distress inks. I also distressed the edges. I then mounted the ATC card on brown card-stock.

To embellish the ATC I used a small chipboard fence, inked it with "Scattered Straw" and chalked with "Creamy Brown " chalk, and some metal charms.

 And for the tittle phrase / quote I used alpha- and word stickers. 

I also wrote "My fury babies" on the card.

Well, this is my first entry, it was fun! I'm not sure if the Scrap Challenge will be so easy! 
Holding thumbs,  I hope to get into the next round! 

Thanks for stopping by, your comments are always much appreciated!

Saturday, 11 January 2014


Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. Henry David Thoreau
This week's Let's Scrap Challenge 179 really inspired me to scrap... the whole point of the challenge I suppose! Michelle Looi, DT posted the following challenge:

1. For this challenge only a layout is allowed, please use only Let's Scrap sketch.

2. You must use at least 3 colours or 3 elements that you see from the photo to your layout : the vines, architectural arch, fountain, gates, water, shaped bushes, creepers, overgrown weeds (?!) etc
3. Please write a short note how the photo inspires you when you upload into the gallery.

When I saw Michelle's picture it immediately reminded me of a water feature I photographed at a place my husband and I often go to for a meal on a Sunday. The restaurant is situated in a quint little centre in the small wine-land's town, Franschhoek. We love to go there, the food is excellent, the ambience even better and the garden really intrigues me. It is well kept with a mystical air about it. I always feel so privileged and spoiled there, true to the quote: "Living the life I imagined!"

This is the layout I created with the photo of the water feature, framed by Ivy.

I used patterned paper form Pink Paislee's, Butterfly Garden collection, card-stock and a selection of embellishments including Kaisercraft, Tim Holtz, Prima, and various other bits and pieces from my stash.

"Imagine the joys of life" as a title sounded so appropriate; looking through the open gate onto this beautiful architectural  structure!

I die-cut a vine (Quickutz) and toned it down it with Gesso and then layered it on the left side of the page. I also distress all the layered paper pieces and used a border punch that resembles a fence for some interest.

The wooden gate is by KaisercraftI mist the gate and the title with Ranger's Perfect Pearls Mists - Heirloom Gold, one of my favourite products. I chose the gate embellishment as it symbolises the gateway into the imagination.

The butterflies and hot air balloons resembles flight of the imagination. The key unlocks the unknown and the star is within reach!

I love little flowers and tiny bling! I also added a small Guinea Fowl feather found in my own garden.

This was a wonderful challenge, thank you Michelle, I really enjoyed doing it! But I must confess, I did have some help from Oros! ;-) 

Be sure to hop over to Let's Scrap and play along!
Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, 14 November 2013


Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground. Theodore Roosevelt.

I once knew some-one that use to say to me that I'm a dreamer and have fins for feet! She said that because I am a Pisces and we all know fish have no feet! I often wondered if this is the reason way I like to photograph my feet? I'm not sure, but this time my feet are the subject of my layout! I have lots of pictures taken over the years of my feet, with and without shoes. The footprints in the sand are actually not mine, but my husband Martin's, taken on Yzerfontein beach a few days after New Years Day 2013.

I created this layout for this week's Let's Scrap sketch challenge - be sure to hop over and see all the fabulous layouts over there for some great inspiration!

I am so intrigued with the watercolour technique at the moment! I played around with Ranger Distress Ink, Ranger Distress Paint and Smooch Spritzers to see the different effects. This was my first attempt with this technique and I think I'm hooked! I eventually used this one, done with Smooch Spritz  on Bazzill card-stock. 

Another technique that I absolutely LOVE is texture paint and stencils! This stencil is from Dylusions, it is  also a Ranger product. I added a few little flowers and some bling, and a brad or two.

The paper layering I did with two different company's papers. The chevron like paper at the bottom is from Authentique Paper, the others are from Fancy Pants Designs.

I love the quote: "To understand a man, you must walk a mile in his shoes". It is so true! We often criticise or judge some-one without knowing anything about their lives. There are a few variations on this theme:  "Before you Judge a man, walk a mile in his shoes. After that, who cares... He's a mile away and you've got his shoes!" (Billy Connolly) and: "Until you walk a mile in another man's moccasins, you can't imagine the smell!" (Robert Byrne)

Well, from there the title and journaling for this layout! I journaled on a piece of card-stock with the same watercolour technique, and embellished it with texture paint, a little flower, bling and bakers twine. And finished it off with some faux stitching.

Making my own background paper with the watercolour technique was really a lot of fun. I will definitely use it  more in the future! 

Thank you once a for stopping by! Also love to read your comments!

Sunday, 3 November 2013

This is me

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. Albert Einstein

When I scrap, I normally do not like to scrap myself, but when a challenge like the Let's Scrap Challenge "forces" you to do so, it is quite compelling to take a closer look at yourself.

The challenge was to scrap yourself, and something that is super important to you. And to use this sketch:

This is my layout:

I used notepad paper as the background, because I like to make lists: To-do lists, shopping lists, lists of gaols... all kinds of lists. Everyday ticking off tasks completed, carrying over ones to still do. I stamped my favourite image, the damask and masked with pink distress ink, my favourite colour. In the main photo I'm taking a break with a cup of Rooibos Tea, my favourite.

My life's journey has certainly taken a few unexpected paths, but in the real world, I would like to travel more... I could get on a plane without hesitation and luggage and fly away to any faraway destination. (Once on the plane I would probably regret leaving my kitties behind and go on to miss them terribly! ) There are so many wonderful places I would still like to visit!

I do LOVE Christmas! Christmas has always been an all year event for me. From January when the shops are filled with Christmas Sales right through to October when the first Christmas decorations suddenly appear everywhere. I invariably scout the sales and markets for possible gifts for my family and friends and hide them away in a special Gift Box deep in my cupboard until it is time for the big "wrap-up". Planning the dress-up of the Christmas Tree is a major event for me, even more exciting than Christmas Day itself!

Crafting is part of who I am. I think and feel in crafting terms - I think! Working with any medium and creating something, is very fulfilling and rewarding, and I can not imagine a day without being creative! I am a "Jack of all trades, master of none" - as my mother used to say! At the moment I spend most of my time scrapbooking, but I also love Encaustic Art and Cross-stitch Embroidery. When I have time I like to do small projects in Pewter and Mosaic... depends on the inspiration! And so I can go on...

We need our dreams to believe in, and have the determination and dedication to make them a reality. In a dream lies hope for the future. My dreams and hope are for another time...

The greatest lesson I've learnt is to live your life everyday, every moment... with no regrets and guilt. It is hard sometimes, but I try!

Well, this is a glimpse of me - like all woman, I am complex and one page is surely not enough... I'm sure you would agree!

However this was fun, I finished the layout off with little flowers and some bling to add some fragrance and glamour!

Thank you for stopping by, see you next time!

Sunday, 6 October 2013


I take care of my flowers and my cats. And enjoy food. And that's living. Ursula Andress 

There are a few things in life that I believe you don't compromise and fresh cut flowers are one of them. A home is just not a home without fresh flowers. I love the smell of fresh lilies and roses and even the woody scent from a bunch of mixed Fynbos (Indigenous South African Plants).  Flowers make me gives me joy!

For this weeks CSI Case File 91 I chose this picture of loosely arranged flowers taken last Christmas. This was the first time that Electra invited us for Christmas to her home and the table was dressed casually with this arrangement in a vintage milk jug. It was both homely and striking at the same time!

This is Case File 91:

The clues I used in my evidence is; a small flag and a metal accent.

some tearing, paint splats and drops,

And a border punch and ribbon.

My testimony is both in plain sight and hidden. On a pull out piece of "note paper " I wrote a quote and a confession: fresh flowers bring me ever lasting enjoyment!

The mood of the layout is somewhat vintage and reminds of a time when life was less complicated. Like last Christmas. And I liked that. 

I had fun with the paint splats and I think you will see more of them in my future work!

Well, that all- thanks for stopping by!

Monday, 30 September 2013

You stole my HEART Peanut!

Time spent with cats is never wasted. Sigmund Freud

Four years ago my husband and I saved two feral kittens, just before an intense winter storm hit Cape Town. They were about four weeks old, very dirty and very hungry. We took them home with the idea to tame them and them re-home them. Alas, they were very wild and it took me four months to get the first "purr" from them. In my research about feral kittens, this seemed to be a breakthrough point when they purr for you, as some feral cats are never tamed. 

The little black one immediately stole my heart: although he was very scared, he was also very brave and every meal time he growled like a fierce lion when I fed them. So adorable! Eventually we integrated the two brothers with our other cats and needless to say: they stayed!

By now you must realise that I just LOVE kitty cats and when I saw the CSI Case File 90, I just had to play along! I have played before, but this is the first time that I actually submitted my layout to the gallery.

Peanut is a black cat, with a few white hairs on his chest. He is a very handsome boy and he knows too well that he is my special kitty cat! I chose to do the layout on black card stock with some texture paste masking for dimension and focus. 

My evidence clues are: the cat of course, polka dots, white (black) space, two different alphabets and triangles.

My testimony clues are journalling about Peanut in the form of word stickers on the ribbon above and also in the left hand bottom corner below the white diamonds.

I stuck to clean lines; so no distressing this time! This was fun to do, although I found the colour scheme challenging. I don't usually go for these colours, but I am very happy with the result!

Thank you for stopping by!