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


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!