Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Ok, so it took longer than expected to get another LO done.......If only life would show some consideration to my crafty needs....LOL!!

If at first you don't succeed, try and try again!!.... These are words I drum into my kids heads all the time so I've taken my own advice and have once again used the Dusty Attic mood board as my inspiration.
 The September mood board is absolutely stunning and features some of my favourite colour combinations. I used FabScraps Dreamy Meadows PP as my base and then just added strips of FabScraps Vintage Pin in pink with some alpha stickers as a foundation for my background. I used the FabScraps stencil DS004 with textured paste to create some texture
I added some mist sprays in various shades of pink and purple once the paste had dried and then used some distressed background stamps from Tattered Angels as a finishing touch to the background.
I chose to use  DA Corner Flourish #2 (DA0629) which I cut up into 2 separate pieces and tucked under my flowers. I first painted them with some white gesso and then lightly dusted them with some Broken China distress ink for a soft blue finish. I also used some DA Mini Vines (DA0370) to create the circle. I painted the mini rosebuds with 2 shades of blue Liquid Pearls and placed each one on a set of brass metal mini leaves I found in a local craft store.
I used a Dusty in Bloom flower together with a Prima Mountain Lilly, which I also cut in 2, as part of my floral arrangement around the photo.

Thanks for taking the time !!!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Laugh together....(CSI #172)

Hi again.
I finally managed to get a new LO done.

This one I did for the August Major Case File #172 over at CSI. I love that they've added a monthly challenge now. It's great for slow scrappers like me that never seem to be able to get a project done for any weekly challenges.
I absolutely love the colours for this month challenge, the ladies over at CSI really know their stuff!!

I decided to keep it simple and did a straight forward copy of the sketch provided. I used all 5 colours as required.
My two "evidence" elements are twine and leaves.
For my "testimony" I used question #7 from the August questions. "What memories did you think about today?". My journaling is on the two mini tags above the picture and reads as follows...
"There used to be a time when the two of you were inseparable, but now it seems all you do is fight!! I sincerely hope that you find your way back to each other when you're older and need each other."

I had originally planned on doing a LO using some vacation pics but while I was sorting through my pics I could hear my two youngest having a fight in the background yet AGAIN!! They've been driving me stark crazy the past few months with the constant bickering. I was about to go and have one of my "Moms gone nuts" fits when I spotted the pic I eventually used in my LO. Just seeing the two of them together like that made me long for that period when they were soooo close. Erin hardly ever left her baby brothers side and he hug on to her every word and followed her around like a little puppy. I know the fighting is just part of growing up but life was sooo much more peaceful when they actually liked each other. Call me selfish.....but I want peace and quiet again (not likely for at least another dozen or so years.......AAAHHH!)

I'm so glad I finally got to use some of my Prima flowers that I've had in my stash for a few years now.
I also tried a technique I found while browsing online. I can't seem to find the link again unfortunately but basically all you do is add embossing powder over wet textured paste and then heat with a heat gun from under the paper. I used some of my LSG powder which has a fantastic metallic finish. I really love the finished look and will definitely use the technique again. I have a feeling it may be from the LSG site.

Thanks for the visit.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Pause to enjoy........

From the date of my last post (14th January 2013) you can see that it's been quite a while since I last enjoyed the pleasure of scrapbooking. My personal life got a little (actually a lot) complicated and indulging my creative side had to take a back seat. It's been almost three years since I last scrapped regularly and I'm most definitely feeling a little rusty. I've been doing some online browsing and am blown away by some of the new techniques and styles. I was always a fan of mixed media but it's really taken off now, much to my delight !!!!

I've done a few pages the last month but haven't felt confident enough to start posting them yet. I decided that I would break the ice by signing up for the July Dusty Attic Mood Board Challenge. Dusty Attic were and still are one of my favourites and their new chippies are to die for!!! I cannot find a local stockist here in South Africa so I thought I'd try the next best thing......... $100 store voucher prize!!!!!! Can you imagine winning would be like being in scrapbook Heaven!!! 

The pic is of my youngest two rascals taken about 4 years ago while on vacation. I remember the morning I took this pic......I must've sat watching them play together on the lawn in front of our chalet for about 45 minutes without a single argument or nasty jibe from either of them......In a moms world, that's a brief glimpse of HEAVEN!!

I absolutely love the colour pallet for this months mood board so this suited my tastes perfectly. I tried to incorporate the various shades of green with mists and inks and then of course added some of my (very old) Dusty Attic stash of chipboard frames and blooms.

I used the following Dusty Attic pieces

DA0315 - Ornate Corner #2
DA0804 - Dusty in Bloom Wild Moss
DA0806 - Dusty in Bloom Cornsilk
DA0810 - Dusty in Bloom Leaves

The design of the layout was inspired by a gorgeous LO created by the very talented Maryse Jolin who I stumbled upon while browsing online for some mixed media project inspiration.

Thank you for taking the time to view my humble project. I hope to add a whole lot more in the near future .