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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Walk

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

Enjoy

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 happy...it 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!







Sunday, 22 September 2013

Adorable

I challenge you to make your life a masterpiece. I challenge you to join the ranks of those people who live what they teach, who walk their talk. Tony Robbins

The last few weeks have felt somewhat surreal. Amidst my general hectic schedule of juggling business responsibilities and craft projects, I was honoured to be chosen for the Let's Scrap Design Team. Wow! Totally unexpected! With a great opportunity like this also comes new challenges. That is what I would like to share with you today - my first Design Team Challenge!

I chose pictures of my niece, Jennifer, in the snow. These are some of my absolute favourite pictures of her. I love the whimsical mood and, of course, the PINK! The pictures were taken by my sister, Karin. They live in England and we only see them once a year. Far too little! My two nieces are positively adorable and I just love to scrap pictures of them.



 The sketch:




I used Authentique paper as the background and added some distressing and stamping. I layered this with Teresa Collins and  Daisy D's under the pictures. I matted the pictures with pink and white polka dot paper from Three Bugs in a Rug. (I know the paper is "Vintage", but I need to work through it all at some point, right?) I sanded and distressed all the pieces.


The sentiment in the left-hand corner is a stamp from My Minds Eye. I stamped it on pink paper and fussy cut it, then I raised the words with foam tape. 


I also used random rub-ons to resemble tape and embellished with small flowers, bling swirls and chipboard butterflies. I coloured the butterflies with distress ink and Stickled them to add some glamour and magic to the page!


The chipboard title is, once again  coloured with distress ink and is layered over some cotton lace for dimension. And that is, really, it. 

I'm pleased with the result for my first Design Team Challenge, and I hope you like it too. My favourite part is of course the pink and white polka dot paper! Do yourself a favour and hop over to Let's Scrap. It is a wonderful inspirational blog, filled with great sketches, challenges and tutorials and the girls are super friendly and helpful.

Thank you for stopping by!


Sunday, 15 September 2013

Lucky me!

"I always though that I was an unlucky person but I'm lucky to have met you!" - George Aaron P. Navaja.

I cannot believe that we are half way through September already! It seems the older I get the faster time flies... It feels as though I am in a super-sonic, high-speed zone at the moment! There is so much to do and so much that I would like to do, but Father Time has no mercy. He just races on, leaving me gasping in his wake.

Enough of that. I have been very creative since my last post. Unfortunately, I am not able to share all of my creations, but I can share this one. My take on the OUAS sketch for September 2013. 


The theme "Lucky" inspired me as I am truly lucky and very blessed to have a wonderful and loving husband such as Martin Hartman. He is very supportive of everything I do and  always so positive -  not to mention funny. I count my lucky stars every day!  


I used papers mostly from the Fancy Pants "Winterland" and "Wishful Thinking" ranges. I love the soft and playful pastel shades and the pennant banner accentuated Martin's mischievous nature. 


I played with some texture paste and stamps on the background and distressed the edges with a distress tool. I also did some border punching. 


I, then embellished with brads of all sizes, a trinket and cork shapes.


I did my journaling on a small tag hidden behind the top photograph.



Thank you for stopping by again!  I'm off to my scrap-room to complete another project and I hope to tell you about that soon!






Monday, 26 August 2013

Beauty

A daughter is a mother's gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of her self. -  Author Unknown.

I wanted to scrap this photograph of my daughter, Electra, for a long time and when I saw the new Curiosity Collection from Kaiser Kraft, it just begged for this picture. Samantha Hanlon from Sunkissed Studio  took these photographs a few months ago and I just love them!

I think the somewhat dramatic colour scheme of the Curiosity Collection is awesome, it reminds me of Electra - theatrical. I used the "Unique" as background on black card stock, distressed the edges wildly and added some dimension with texture paint. I used the orange pinstripes as a filler, as well as an accent in the form of a flag. I used the damask and script designs to mat the photograph, distressing the edges here as well. 

To embellish I used some Petaloo flowers, a metal crown and a fleur de lis to - accentuate the regal poise of my "princess" - and some flamboyant black swirls.  The title is a wooden alphabet, that I found in my stash, painted with Ranger's Antiqued Bronze distress paint. 




A little close up look:



I really enjoyed making this layout, and I must say that I am very pleased with the result.

Thank you for stopping by once again and I hope to have you back soon!

Monday, 12 August 2013

Oros

"There are two means of refuse from the misery of life - Music and Cats." Albert Schweitzer

I was browsing through the photographs on my computer, looking for pictures to scrap for the Pics 'n Tales class, and somehow this photograph of Oros just spoke to me. He is such a loving cat, always ready to give kitty love, whether you want it or not. 

Last week I came across a sketch challenge (Once upon a sketch) and thought this picture would work perfectly for this sketch. Most of the stash I used is made up of left over bits and pieces from previous projects. For the background I used Basic Grey - Little Black Dress - paper, and I distressed it with Antique Linen distress ink. I also used a template and a mask with texture paint and distress ink, to add more focus and dimension, before adding paper strips and embellishments.


The challenge required journaling, which I did in my own handwriting. I finished the layout off with some bling and a kitty charm. My husband immediately claimed the layout, as Oros is his favourite kitty, and it is now proudly hanging in his office!


More close up detail:





Thank you for stopping by, I hope to be back soon!