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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Some LOVE lasts a lifetime - CSI 230 - January 2017 Hip Kits

Hi there,  I have had a nasty Fibromyalgia flare these past few weeks and it all came to a head this past week.  The pain levels went through the roof and I just needed to take time out to recover...so today is the first day in more than a week that I feel well enough to create again.  We have four of our six grandchildren in our home this weekend.  Kobus and Lache is on vacation in Thailand and we needed to give the other grandparents a break.


I struggled with the Color Story Inspiration case file no 230.  It isn't my "go to" colours and I tried to use the January Hip Kit as my kits have been heaping up and that makes me feel bad.  Here is the case file:

This is the best I could come up with:
Supply list:  Patterned papers:  January 2017 Hip Kit Exclusives, Hazelwood (One Canoe Two); Cardstock:  Bo Bunny, American Craft, Worldwin Papers; Letter Stickers:  Love foam sticker by American Craft; Phrase Stickers:  Tim Holtz; Wood Veneer:  Lawn Fawn, Studio Calico; Paperclip:  Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Metal Stars: Finnabair; Rubber charm: Amy Tangerine; Enamel dots: My Minds Eye, Cocoa Vanilla;  Die cuts: Pink Paislee; Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink:  Distress Ink (Antique Linen); Stencil: Heidi Swapp; Other: Gelatos.

This is how I solved the case file:

The Scheme:  All 5 colours used.

Evidence:  stars, wood, metal, rubber charms, phrase stickers

Testimony:  I used the Carry on Tuesday prompt from #27.  "Some love lasts a liftetime.  True love lasts forever." I used it as my title.

 I broke the white background by stenciling stars with distress ink through a stencil.  I love the added texture of the sage green hand stitching.

 I applied some gelatos to the foam "love"sticker and made it an ombre effect.

 One can never have too many stars for boy pages.

 I am happy that I could make one of my kits work with this colour challenge.  I did dig into my cardstock to mat my photo on the various colours.

 I love this Becky Higgins date stamp with it's added phrase.

I used this sketch by Laura Whitaker.  I adore her sketches.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope that I could inspire you to play along with the challenges.

♥♥

Monday, May 15, 2017

Loved - September Hip Kit - Stuck sketches

Hallo there.  I hope you had a wonderful Mothers Day yesterday.  We spent the day at the Addo Elephant park and only returned late yesterday afternoon.  I want to share a page I made based on the May 1st Stuck sketch this month.  I have no shortage of beautiful photos to scrap at the moment...and I am enjoying every moment.  Here is my page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Maggie Holmes (Gather collection); Cardstock: American Craft:  Chipboard:Maggie Holmes, Pink Fresh Studio (hearts); Enamel dots: Simple Story; Die Cuts:  Maggie Holmes Gather Ephemera; Gold phrase stickers: Maggie Holmes Gather; Brads:  Simple Stories:  Embroidery Floss;  DMC; Mist:  Prima Color Bloom (Gold Foil);  Stencil:  The crafters workshop.

The sketch:

Some close ups;
 I cut the scallop border with the Silhouette Cameo.  Don't you just love those chipboard hearts?

 The gold foil phrases are just perfect with the stenciled background.

 The "loved" chippie is also part of the Maggie Holmes (Gather chipboard)

 I broke the white background by applying some gold foil mist through a stencil...and you can see my signature hand stitching above.

 Those die cut flowers are a perfect match to the flowers on my dress :-P

Who doesn't love sparkly bits?

Thank you for visiting my blog today...do take part in the Stuck sketch challenges....Laura has such inspirational sketches ♥♥

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The best Smile - CSI 229

Hi there, we had a quiet weekend and I spent Saturday in my scrap studio.  I played along with the latest CSI case file and used a photo of Stefan and Bianca.  You would have noticed that my daughter doesn't feature on many photos...she hates having her photo taken and I have to frequently scold her because her son needs to see her on photos alone and with him.  Here is the page I made:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Hip Kit Exclusives, One Canoe Two (Hazelwood), Paige Evans, Studio Calico; Cardstock:  American Craft, American Craft Velum; Wood Veneer:  Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Butttons; Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Die cuts: Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Puffy Stickers: Cocoa Vanilla; Frame: Simple Stories; Embroidery Floss; DMC;  Mist: Prima Color Bloom (Summer Sky); Stencil: The Crafters Workship; Other: Silhouette Cameo (Sun, Title)

This is the case file:

Here is how I solved the case file:

The Scheme:  All 5 colors used.

Evidence:  Plain cardstock, stripes, lemon, cloud, sun, banner, bike, arrows, puffy stickers.

Testimony:  I used "Smile"as my title and the wood veneer arrow says "Sweet",  My journaling is as follows:  "Remember even though the outside world might be raining, if you keep on smiling the sun will soon show it's face and smile back at you" - Anna Lee.

Here is some close ups:
 The word puffy stickers are from Cocoa Vanilla Studio and I cut the title with the Cameo and then hand stitched around it.

 I layered some banners and added a frame and a bicycle to it for the bottom cluster.

 My journaling.

 I love he effect of the embellishing on the white space of the photo and how could a random lemon be a better fit?

 I used a crafters workshop stencil to break the white background and cut the sun with the Cameo and ten stitched around it.

The cloud die cuts and wood veneer is by Cocoa Vanilla Studio.

My usual style is to mat my photo on white and a contrasting cardstock and then add fun foam to the back before adhering it to the patterned paper stack.

Thank you for visiting my blog today...I hope you play along with this CSI challenge.♥♥

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Love Grandchildren - January 2017 Hip Kit

Hallo there,  I really scrapped up a storm last weekend and have quite a lot of pages that I want to share here.  I am currently enjoying playing with the photos that were taken at our Grandies photo shoot in February.  Today I am sharing a layout with a very cute photo of our six little treasures.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Hip Kit Exclusives,  Pink Paislee (Moonstruck), One Canoe Two (Hazelwood), Cardstock:  American Craft; Wood Veneer: My Minds Eye; Chipboard: Celebr8 (title), Maggie Holmes Shine (birds); Paper Clip:  One Canoe Two (Hazelwood); Puffy Stickers: Pink Paislee; Enamel dots: Hip Kit Exclusives:  Die Cuts: Pink Paislee (Moonstruck), Dear Lizzy (Camera); Embroidery Floss: DMC; Ink: Distress Ink (Antique Linen) Stencil: Tim Holtz; Embssing Glitter powder: Zing; Dandelion die cut: Memory Box.

I used this sketch by Laura Whitaker:

Some close ups:
 I took this photo at an angle so that you can see the dimension and the lovely sparkly gold accents.

 An eclectic mix of embellishments.  the wood veneer heart was also heat embossed with gold glitter embossing powder.

 I adore the litte birds that is from an old December 2015 Hip Kit.  It is from Maggie Holmes' Shine collection.  The little heart paper clip is from the One Canoe Two Hazelwood collection.

 These six precious ones truly completes life's circle of love.

Another little bird perched on the photo and some hand stitching on the circles completes this page.

Thank you for visiting my blog, I hope that you could find some inspiration here ♥♥

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Bloom - Paige Evans Oh My Heart - Scrapbook Studio

Hi there,  I will be sharing the three pages I made for the Oh My Heart kit that was available at Scrapbook Studio.  I adore the fresh and colourful colours of this collection and have even challenged myself to use the relative feminine collection to make some masculine pages.  The first layout I want to share is of a photo of Wynand and Nadia.  One of my favourite photos from their family photo shoot late last year.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Pink Paislee (Oh my Heart); Cardstock;  American Craft; Chipboard title: Celebr8; Die Cuts:  Pink Paislee (Oh my Heart); Enamel dots:  Simple Stories; Embroidery Floss:  DMC; Embossing Powder:  WOW Rose Gold;  Other: Silhouette Cameo to cut the Bloom title, doily from my stash.

Some close ups:
 I like to outline my patterned papers and I added a doily from my huge stash of doilies.  I fell in love with these doilies and ended up ordering a box from Amazon...I will never need to buy another doily.

 I usually mat my photos on white and a dark cardstock mat and then pop it up with fun foam.

 The Celebr8 chippie was heat embossed with rose gold embossing powdeer.

 The flower die cut was also popped up on foam dots to create dimension.

I stuck down the title and then pierced holes with my paper piercer before hand stitching around the entire title.  Finally I cut a quarter inch from the edges of the white cardstock and mounted the layout on a patterned paper.

Thank you for visiting my blog ♥♥

Friday, April 28, 2017

I love you - CSI 228 - Stuck Sketches

Hello there.  We returned from our usual April vacation in Plettenberg Bay last weekend.  This week I had to play catch up with the financial affairs at the Mission before I could do the month end...so it has been a tad hectic.  This weekend all our men folk has gone to the Mighty Men Conference on a farm outside Middelburg, Eastern Cape.  So I have some scrappy time ahead of me and with all the lovely photos I have at my disposal I do believe that I am going to have a lot of fun.

I just completed my first layout for the weekend...and it is a combination of two current challenges.  I am playing along with the Color Story Inspiration Case file 228 and the Stuck 15 April 2017 sketch.  Here is the completed page:

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Bo Bunny (Back to basics); Echo Park (Summer Party); Cardstock:  American Craft:  Wood Veneer: Teresa Collins, Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Chipboard:  Blue Fern Studio; Stickers: Cocoa Vanilla Studio; Brads:  Teresa Collins; Buttons: Crate Paper; Enamel dots: Teresa Collins; Heart Puffy Stickers: Freckled Fawn; Twine: WeR Memory Keepers; Ink: Tim Holts Distress Ink (Hickory Smoke); Border punch: Fiskars; Stencil: The Crafters Workshop; Other:  Silhouette Cameo for the title and rosettes.

Here is the Stuck Sketch:
You can see that I stuck pretty close to Laura's awesome sketch.

Here is the Color Story Inspiration case file:

Here is how I solved this case file:

The Scheme:   All 5 colours used.

Evidence:  Solid background, chevrons, arabesque shapes (the stenciling and the chipboard), silver metal (brads), puffy stickers (silver hearts).

Testimony:  I chose to scrap a photo of and journal about my darling husband.  I used a quote from The Notebook as my journaling.  It reads as follows:

“I love you.  I am who I am because of you.  You are every reason, every hope, and every dream I've ever had, and no matter what happens to us in the future, every day we are together is the greatest day of my life.  I will always be yours. ”  - The Notebook

Some close ups:
 I just broke the white of the page and stenciled through a arabesque stencil with some Hickory Smoke Distress ink.  The elements used for this page is really a stash busting experience.

 I love this quote...and I couldn't have said it any better.

 I dressed the Blue Fern Studio chipboard with the same Hickory Smoke Distress Ink.  The rosettes were cut with the Silhouette Cameo.

 I had to offset the title because it got lost on the page.  I stuck some foam dots under the bottom part of the page to get it all to the same level.

I loved the whole experience of searching for the perfect papers for the color scheme and then looking for the perfect embellishments in my stash.  Quite an exercise.  I hope you will be inspired to take part in the challenges over at Stuck Sketches and Color Story Inspiration.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.  Have a lovely weekend.♥♥




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lovely - March Hip Kit

Hallo there.  Today I would like to share another page I made with the March kit.  I simply adore the new Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams butterfly patterned paper and I know that both the pages I got in my kit will  be fussy cut and the butterflies are going to make their appearance on a lot of different pages.  The photo was taken with a recent grandchildren/grandparents photo shoot and I love this photo of me with my one and only granddaughter.

Supply list:  Patterned papers:  Paige Evans Oh my Heart, Dear Lizzy, Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams; Cardstock:  American Crafts; Chipboard:  Maggie Holmes; Fringed butterfly:  Maggie Holmes; Flowers;  Prima; Embroidery Floss:  DMC Variegated; Ink:  Tim Holtz Distress Ink; Cut File: Just Nick; Other:  Silhouette Cameo.

Some close ups:
I never get enough of hand stitching.  I just love the texture it adds to the cut file.  I used a Just Nick cut file and cut it in two different sizes on the pink ombre Paige Evans Oh my heart paper.

I combined the chipboard floral with some Prima flowers from my stash.  The hearts are also from the Chasing Dreams chipboard and have rose gold foiling.

I inked the butterflies with black Tim Holtz Distress Ink to give it more definition.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today ♥♥