Where Time Stood Still | CSI

Hey there.

CSI have a lovely new challenge for you to play along with.  This palette is absolutely wonderful; and I just love the ‘nature’ aspect of it.

I’ve used, again, a photograph taken on our road trip in April.  Here is what I created.  It’s safe to say that I LOVED working on this one!

Scheme : all there

Evidence : woodgrain background, mesh design, foliage, enamel dots

Testimony : document something about the outdoors

En route from one destination to another, our Wolfie took us to a semi-secret rock pool that he’d visited before on a previous road trip he’d done with a friend.  This is one of those places that only the locals would know about – you cannot just get there with a day-to-day vehicle – you do need a 4×4.  He’d told us all about how amazing the place was – but I was in awe of just how magical it was.  The sound of the water gently rippling behind us.  The sounds and sights of the birds, as they came there for a drink.  We had to climb down a little, so as we sat on the edge of the pool cooling down our hot feet, we were totally and utterly surrounded by nature.  Rocks carved out by the flow of the water over the centuries, on our left.  And on our right, an array of pretty fynbos and flowers; butterflies flitting all around them.  It was an incredible place and I really wish that we could have stayed just a little longer.

Here are some close up shots of my work.

You’re So Sweet | Mix It Up Challenges

Hey there,

Today I want to share the art journal page I created for the Mix It Up Challenges blog.  The theme for this month is ‘Anything Goes + Stamping’.

A little while ago, Isabella asked me to do a journal page using cupcakes, so that is just what I decided to do for this challenge.  I stamped the two cupcakes and the little girl onto some watercolour paper, using Stazon; then I coloured them in with my watercolour pencils.  I fussy cut them out and adhered them to my page.

I used quite a few different mists for my background and then I stamped on that with various stamps, using Stazon.  I also used a stencil to create the dots you see.

 

Super Scream | CSI

Hey everyone!

Thanks for stopping by!

Today I’m going to share with you, my take on the latest challenge over at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration; such a delectable colour palette!  This one includes a diving sketch by our ever gorgeous and talented Em of The Nifty Pixel.

And here is how I solved this awesome case:

Scheme : all there

Evidence : solid white cardstock, stripes, speech bubbles, stars, hearts

Testimony : what’s your super power?

Well,  I *could* write about my own super power… you know those that all mom’s possess?  Eyes on the back of our heads.  Just “knowing” stuff.  Multitasking at its finest.  And on it goes.  HOWEVER.  I want to write about my Bluebirds’ super power.  See, she *actually* belongs to a super hero “club” at school.  Her super power changes often, unsurprisingly.  But the one which she possesses at home is (drumroll please) … a Super Sonic Ear Piercing Scream.  Really.  She tells us she can break glass.  No, really.  You *have* to believe an almost-seven-year-old, don’t you?  Fortunately for us (and our precious ears), The Scream only emerges when there is a tickle fest on the go.  Sometimes all it takes is a finger poke in her ribs to get it going.  And powerful though it might be, it’s not much fun to hear when all you’re trying to do is gently wake up with your piping hot cup of tea.  Seems as if she has yet to control it’s emergence…

Here are some additional photo’s of my piece.

Okay bye!

Happy Adventure | CSI

Hi guys,

It’s National Transport Week (in the USA) and CSI: Color Stories Inspiration has a beautiful pastel case based on that.

Fortunately, we went on a lovely long road trip in mid-April and I have loads of pictures from said trip that I still want to scrap (almost 2 000 were taken!!) – so this challenge worked out PERFECTLY for me to solve!

Here is the SPLO I created for this challenge:

Scheme : all there

Evidence : flowers, butterfly, flair badge

Testimony : journal about a road trip

One of the many highlights of our April 2017 road trip, was that we got to travel on roads that most people could not get to; you’d need a proper 4×4 vehicle for most of the places we went!  Once such place was at the top of a mountain in the Karoo, which overlooked the MOST stunning vista.  A flat pan.  A small random mountain slap bang in the middle of the flat pan.  Magnificent cloud formations and the shadows they cast on the plain in front of us.  The best part of our road trip was knowing that there is SO many more to come!!!

Here are some close up shots of my work.

Thanks so much for popping in!  I do so love to hear from you!

Until next time!!

Time Spent Together | Ivytree Studio

Hi friends,

Today I’d like to share with you, the latest layout I worked on for Ivytree Studio, using their rather dreamy LOVE range.  You can head on over to their online shop here to purchase your own set of papers to play and create with.

Remember to scroll down to find out what papers I used in this range, as well as all links to touch base / interact with us, shop and where to share with the world of Ivytree Studio Friends, the master pieces that you created!

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The papers from Ivytree Studio which I used for this were:

172/4 Rosy Wood Candy Stripes

172/5 Flower Accents

172/8 Pretty Pocket Cards

172/8 Hugs & Kisses

172/10 Dotty Blackboard

172/11 Candy Ombre

172/11 Hearts & Filligree

Additional materials : glitter glue, enamel dots, tombow glue, foam tape / dots

Visit Ivytree Studio to see more of what they are up to: www.ivytreestudio.co.za

Buy some of their pretty paper here

Connect with the team on their Facebook page here

Share your Ivytree Studio layouts with us here

Until next time!!

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Love Card | Ivytree Studio

Hello there!

I must admit, card making is not really my forte – I don’t think I’m any good at it.  That said, I decided to pursue it, but challenge myself to create more ‘unconventional’ type cards.  Where folding and mathematics and all that is involved.

Yesterday I created a love themed card, using the LOVE range from Ivytree Studio.  You can buy the papers here.

I decided on a waterfall card – it’s my first one ever and I just love the idea behind it.  So interactive.  I’ve decided to make Isabella’s birthday invitations like this too!  It really is easier than you might think.

I also made an envelope to go with it, using my envelope maker.

Here is my card – I’m SO pleased with the way it turned out!!  And I hope you like it too!!

The Ivytree Studio papers that I used for this were:

172/2 Romance / Sweet Filigree

172/3 Endearment

172/5 Flower Accents

172/6 Elements, Wordy Delights, Alpha’s, Washi

172/8 Pretty Pocket Cards

172/10 Dotty Blackboard

172/11 Card Squares: Hearts & Filigree

172/12 Card Squares : Script & Lace

Additional Materials : Tombow glue, cream & red cardstock

 

Visit Ivytree Studio to see more of what they are up to: www.ivytreestudio.co.za

Buy some of their pretty paper here

Connect with the team on their Facebook page here.  We are very excited to see what you have to share with us!!

Share your Ivytree Studio layouts with us here.

 

Until next time, my arty friends!!

Road Trip | CSI

And for my second post, I want to share my take on the challenge over at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration.

Green, blue and white have become firm favourite colours for me to work with, so I particularly enjoyed working on this one!  And just look at that stunning sketch that Em put together for us!

Here is my piece:

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Scheme : all there

Evidence : Plain cardstock, stripes, flowers, arrows, word/phrase sticker

Testimony : 100 random questions – sharing a new exciting thing (no 98)

We decided to take a road trip in the second week of the April school holidays; our Wolfster planned everything to a fine, fine detail.  In 10 days, we stayed at 6 different places – one highlight in particular was our trip to the Karoo.  I had never been before, so it was so special that he included this beautiful part of the world amongst our travels.

But the biggest highlight of all – for me – was when we stopped in the middle of a pan.  I couldn’t get enough of the texture and appearance of the cracks in the soil.  I actually ended up lying down on it to get some very interesting photographs.

There was something magical about it.  And my excitement at finally having to literally touch a pan must have rubbed off on my daughter.  She grabbed her blanket and “flew” all around us, shrieking “YEAH” most of the time; and just generally laughing and carrying on like an absolute loon!

It was the most amazing few minutes I’ve ever had!

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You Always Brighten My Day | MIUC

Hi everyone,

I think it’s been practically a month since I’ve done any artwork!  It’s not by choice; April was practically a write off, as it was school holidays, we went away, then my daughter had a skin growth cut out of her knee, then it was her recuperation, then it was yet another long weekend for us here in South Africa (we were away again for 5 days).  Today is the start of busy-ness again – for pretty much everyone, I’m sure, as we’ve all had loads of ‘days off’.  Please bear with me as I regroup and re-prioritise!

Also, I have a terrible head cold – I’ve not been sick in about 2 years, and it has me seriously down in the dumps!

Anyway!

I have two posts to share with you today – and the first one is as my brand new role as DT for Mix It Up Challenge blog!

Our first theme is “Anything Goes + Embossing“.

I decided to do a single page layout.  I heat embossed the background with clear powder and a stamp; and then I watered down some distress ink and kind of dragged my page through it to achieve a water colour effect.  I hope you like it!

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Mix It Up Challenge Blog

Hey again,

Last week I applied to be on the DT for Mix It Up Challenges – and I am SO excited to reveal to you right now that I have made the team!  WHOOP!!!  I shed a few tears and floated around like a LOON the rest of the day!

While I don’t have anything prepared as yet (it goes live on 01 May), I can tell you that this is a VERY exciting challenge site; the world is basically your oyster in terms of what you can make for us.  The challenge runs for a full month – so from the first day to the last day of every month.  On the 5th, winners will be announced.  AND you can enter as many times as you like – just as long as each submission is something different.

Although there are no prizes, you will earn a badge (or two or three!) to put up on your very own blog – bragging rights? Yes please!

So add our blog to your list – and look out for our very first challenge which will go live on the first of May!!!

Always Laugh Always Smile

Hi guys!

First day of a two week school holiday – and I’m SO happy to still be in my jarmies, at 08:15!!  Much to do this week though, as we are going away for a little over a week at the crack of dawn on Saturday!

Anyway, today I want to share the latest case file over at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration.  This one is a major case file and as such, also includes a lovely sketch, done by Em of The Nifty Pixel.

Here is the single page LO I made for this case:

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Scheme : all there

Evidence : stripes, flowers, wood, frames, triangle, circular element

Testimony : Prompt idea – what was your funniest moment

We need to laugh at ourselves; we really do.  Even in those incredibly embarrassing moments.  A few weeks back, I was walking around a clothing store when suddenly I bumped into someone, I turned to apologise profusely, until I realised I was apologising to a mannequin.  No one saw it happen – but a few heads turned when I burst out into the most raucous laugh.  It was one of those ‘you had to be there’ moments.  Life is very short; how boring it would be if we didn’t laugh every single day.

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