Say Cheese | CSI DT

Hey there!

Today I want to share how I solved Case number 213 over at Color Stories Inspiration. It has to be said that this challenge single-handedly pulled me right out of my scrapping funk and reawakened my mojo!  I love this challenge; and I’m pretty pleased with the end result!

Here it is:

And this is how I solved this bright and sunny case!


Scheme : all there

Evidence : dots, grid/mesh pattern, numbers, flowers/leaves

Testimony : something about school

It’s always so much fun when you have a birthday at school!  This year you didn’t take you crown off; you were wearing it when I collected you much later that day.  We baked a huge cake for you – and we were hard pressed at what theme it would be! We had to make it appealing to both boys and girls; so we settled on using an Olaf overlay and loads of blue icing.  The kiddies all sang to you in THREE languages – English, Afrikaans and Xhosa.  I wish that I could have been a fly on the wall that day because I have no doubt you absolutely relished in the attention.

Here are some close ups.  I took loads so that you could see how very layered this piece is (got to love a lot of layering!!).

Please head on over and play along with us – it’s such a gorgeous palette!
















Happy Memory | CSI DT Post

Hello my fellow artistic friends!

Today I want to share three posts; the first is the lastest challenge over at CSI – Case File number 212.  The instant I saw this colour scheme, I thought of ballet, fairies and all things girly.

I was also pretty pleased that it matched perfectly with the photograph I had planned, which I took of Isabella at her 6th birthday party.

Here is how I solved this case:


Scheme : all there

Evidence : Solid background, shiny gold elements, frames

Testimony : IW – plan

Each year, I start planning for your birthday parties LONG in advance.  In fact, within 2 – 3 months of your birthday having finished, the planning for the next one begins in earnest.  This year was no exception and although it was not on as much of a grand scale as it has been in the past, it was an incredibly special day.  The theme was Disney Fairies and you insisted on having both your cake and your outfit modelled on fairy Silvermist; she’s been your favourite all along.

I managed to source an outfit for you months prior and it was shipped across to us from across the ocean; all the way from America.

I have been wanting to bake a ‘doll cake’ for the longest time and was very pleased to finally have the opportunity.  Again, I searched long and hard for the perfect Silvermist doll (we have three to prove that!) and we finally settled on the most glittery one to use for your cake.  What an absolute joy it was for me to bake this cake for you; but most especially to see and hear your response at how it turned out.

I hope that you had an incredible day, my little fairy princess!

Here are some close up shots of my work.












Love You To The Moon and Back | Fabscraps DT

Fabscraps C88 range is called Floral Dreams and oh my – is it Dreamy.  And ethereal.  And girly.  And all kinds of wonderful!

Amongst the pieces I created is a trio of small shadow boxes I adhered together.  You can find the tutorial for it here.

And here are some images of this piece.  I have been thinking about mounting it on to a larger canvas – just so that it’s easier to display… AND because the paper is just so divine

and I want to showcase more of it..

Altered - to the moon 01


Altered - to the moon 02

Altered - to the moon 03

Altered - to the moon 04

Altered - to the moon 05

Altered - to the moon 06

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Sing Your Song | Let’s Scrap

I’m utterly thrilled and very blessed to have the opportunity to serve amongst a very talented group of ladies over at Let’s Scrap for another term!!

Michelle has designed yet another gorgeous sketch for you guys to work with and take part in our challenge this fortnight over at Let’s Scrap.  It’s so great to be able to showcase so many pictures on one LO (yes, yes, I know I always say that!).

Here is what I did with the sketch.


I knew that Glenda’s range would match perfectly with the colouring in Isabella’s dress in these photographs and was so excited about how it all came together.  I did quite a lot of fussy cutting and stitching too.

Here are some additional close ups of my LO.













Happiness | CSI Post

Hit the ground running again, I have!  So much for August being a slower and quieter month… I’ve not even caught up properly and already we’re in September!


I want to share my take on Case File 211 over at Color Stories Inspiration.  I loved how very vibrant this palette; and it ha two shades of my favourite teal in too!

As you can see, there is a gorgeous sketch, designed by Em Stafrace.

Here is how I solved the case:


Scheme : all there

Evidence : solid background, wood, chipboard

Testimony : IW Fun

We needed to do a little shop at our local mall and while there, we popped into one of mommy’s favourite retail stores.  They always have a gorgeous selection of hats for all seasons, so you and I decided to have a little selfie fun while trying on a selection of hats.  You sometimes shy away from selfies, but on this day, you were pretty insistent on trying on as many hats for a wee photo shoot as possible.  People around us where chuckling too, because you had many little sound effects and sayings and posing and prances which accompanied each photograph.

Here are some close up images of my work.






Life is Good | CSI Post

Hi fellow artists!

Today I want to share with you how I solved Case 210 over at CSI: Color Stories Inspiration. It’s a gorgeous palette – all spring, bright and ice-creamy!

Even though Spring has officially sprung here in South Africa, the weather is still a little nippy. Not QUITE warm enough to break out the sandals and pretty dresses!

Here is how I solved this case:


Scheme : all there

Evidence : vertical stripes, circles, triangles, mosaic

Testimony : move

When it’s particularly nippy outside, my two cats duke it out between themselves to find the cosiest spot to sleep.  My beautiful Pirate cat has recently discovered that she can hide herself quite snugly underneath the tuck of my duvet cover.  I found her in this spot very early one morning, and she didn’t move from said spot the entire day.  I’d forgotten all about her hiding out there, that when I threw my handbag down on my bed, it practically landed right on top of her.

Suffice it to say, she was NOT a happy kitty, but the very next day, she was right back in the same spot.  And again a few days later and I again forgot to check when I pulled my duvet back to snuggle down myself.  Poor thing.  She’s not been back to the same spot, so I think I might have ruined it for her!

Here are some additional close up images of my layout.





Forever Blessed – for FABSCRAPS

My final blog post (and how pleased I am to have caught up!!).

Fabscraps really has such a beautiful selection of products and I really do just love working with them so very much. Their paper has so many beautiful elements on them – it’s a fussy cutters dream working with them.  So much so that you really don’t need too many additional embellishments to make your piece wonderful!

I was very pleased and excited when a canvas I made for them recently made it to their blog – you can read up on the tutorial here.

Here are just a few more of my own pics.  This canvas will be cherished by me always – and hopefully one day by my daughter too.  Thanks Fabscraps for giving me free rein to create something like this.