Hello This Is Me | CSI DT Post

Well, school is back today and that means that I finally get to catch up on overdue admin!  It’s virtually impossible for me to get anything done while my crazy little goose is around!

First up, the latest case over at CSI – Number 214 – which includes another awesome sketch by the uber talented Em!

I absolutely adored this case!  Every part of it.  And here is how I solved it!


Scheme : all there

Evidence : dots, stripes, triangles, vinyl

Testimony : October journal prompt : the meaning of your name

I have come across many websites that offer up the meaning of your name; most of them differ a lot, while others have a few things in common.  I was named after Elvis’ daughter, so it was not as if I was named for its meaning.  I have, however, come across a lovely and pretty apt description, but have added my own comments in brackets:

“You always bring to completion anything you start (mostly!).  You are generous (yes) but like to see returns from your giving (nope!).  You have an executive ability, you are a leader (not sure about this, as I am an introvert!).  You are moral (yes), balanced (pretty much), honest (yes) and intellectual (apparently so!) and you may attain spirituality (spot on!).  You are wise (am I?) and practical (yes) with an appreciation of beauty (oh yes!). You always think before you act (mostly).  You are intuitive (spot on!) and might be interested in arts, drama or science (yes, yes, and NO!).

You find the best contentment in life when you own your own home (yes!!) and provide well for your family and loved ones (I do the very best I can!).  You have a great sense of responsibility and duty (yes).  You are comforting, appreciative and affectionate (yes yes yes!). Your obligation in life is to hold justice and truth (yes), and if you follow the Law, you can find great happiness and satisfaction”

Here are some close ups:










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

Altered - to the moon 07

Altered - to the moon 08

Altered - to the moon 09

Altered - to the moon 10

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.