Sparkle. Pretty. Beauty. | MIUCB DT

My second project is for Mix It Up Challenge Blog.  The theme this month is “Anything Goes + Paper Piecing “.

I must be honest, I was a little stumped by ‘paper piecing’. I kind of had an idea, but had to google its meaning before I went ahead with my submission as DT!  I felt a little embarrassed, but at least I’ve learned something new in the paper crafting world!

Here is what I did – an art journal page.



Friends | CSI DT

Hi everyone,

Am I the only one who seems to hit the ground running, with utter disbelief that it’s already August???  I never seem to get ahead of myself anymore!


CSI have a delicious new case for you to solve – and you have until the end of August for this Major Case!  As you can see, there is a lovely sketch as well.

Here is my take on this months’ case:


Scheme : all there

Evidence : solid white background, polka dots, flowers

Testimony : IW’s together & laughter

I love that you have become such close friends with Claire; she really is just the sweetest little girl!  After your 7th birthday party, you begged me to have her sleep over, and how could I refuse!  You two always play so beautifully together and you get along SO well – no fighting (except at school, apparently!).  The two of you ‘camped out’ in your bedroom and I occasionally went to eavesdrop, as I heard great big peals of laughter coming from  your room.  My heart absolutely swells with pride – you are such a generous soul and you absolutely thrive with the friendships you have created; you are way more social than I ever was and I love every minute of it!




Explore. Laugh. Dream.

And lastly, my take on the challenge for July at More Than Words .

I was quite inspired by the colours in the image – but I wanted to make mine ‘lighter’, so I worked more with white.  As my daughter gets older, she is getting wiser and more aware – exploring life in general; learning all about actions and consequences.  My dream for her is to continue endlessly exploring every aspect of life – regardless of the outcome … for with every result comes a lesson learnt.  Never ever stop learning, exploring, playing, laughing and dreaming.






& Believe

Hi everyone!

I have three blog posts to share with you today – and all of them are for online challenges.

My first one, is my entry for the gorgeous palette at Words & Paintery this month.  I love pink and orange together – and added to that, one of my most favourite colours – teal!

And here is the SPLO that I created using these colours.






Fun In The Sun | CSI

Hi my gorgeous friends!

Over at CSI, there is a lovely challenge for you to help us solve!  So many of the palette’s that Debbi selects makes me think of food – and this one is no exception!  ICE CREAM!!! 😀  She snuck some orange in there (and if you follow my blog, you must know by now that orange is my nemesis!), but I managed okay with it, I think!

Here is how I solved the case:

Scheme : all there

Evidence : flowers, triangles, stamps, sun, plus signs

Testimony : document a summer getaway

Somewhere in the middle of our April trip, we popped into the Stadsaal Caves in the Cedarberg mountains.  It was on one of our hottest days, but the temperature inside the caves was at least 10 degrees cooler.  We must’ve spent almost an hour there, walking around, looking at the flowers, climbing rocks, exploring the various caves.  It was Isabella’s first time in a cave, and she took full advantage.  Climbing up (mommy’s nerves!) and crawling in.  When we sat and chilled out for a bit in the largest of all the caves, she said that she would love to live in said cave.  And then she went on … and on… and one designing the interior; where she’d sleep, where we’d build our fires, etc.  It was definitely one of the most memorable times on our long road trip.



And my second piece, is for the July challenge over at Mix It Up Challenge Blog.  The theme for this month is “Anything Goes + Distressing”.  I opted to distress two ways – namely with my distress tool and I also decided that it was time to stop being scared of my new Oxide Inks, so I played around with them – and I’m VERY excited about the results!

Here is what I put together.  Both the layered pieces and the background were created using the Oxides.












Head on over to the challenge site and play along with us!  Can’t wait to see what you create!

How Blessed Are We | CSI

Hi friends,

It feels like absolute ages since I have blogged right here – and indeed, since I’ve spent time in my art room.  Life has been so crazy, but I’m happy to say that things are beginning to slow down and I can finally spend more time in my room.

TWO shares today – but my piece that I want to share with you right now, is for CSI: Color Stories Inspiration.  This is a colour palette that reminded me of macaroons!  Gorgeous icy pastels!  Em has designed yet another fabulous sketch for this one too; love that I got to use THREE photographs to create this piece.

Here is what I did.

Scheme : all there

Evidence : flowers & leaves, text print, cursive title, triangles, decorative border

Testimony : Weekend Mental Health writing prompt – The Healing Has Begun

Never in my wildest of dreams could I have imagined the journey that we had to take when daddy passed away.  I knew it would be hard – and it still is at times.  I knew there would be sadness – there still is.  I knew that there would be emotional troubles affecting us and our decisions – there still is, but we’re dealing with them as they come.  In truth, it is becoming easier as time goes by; as time heals all wounds.  I am blogging less and less on my Dear Beary blog.  I am crying less; though I have moments of missing him that knocks the breath from my lungs.  But I just cannot look past my blessings.  I have the most amazing child, who I love endlessly and would do absolutely anything and everything for.  I am so very fortunate to have a second great love.  A man that supports me, makes me smile, makes me laugh all the time, understands and accepts our situation and all the baggage that comes along with it.  A man that adores my daughter to the ends of the Earth and treats her as he would his own.  Family that support me wholeheartedly and I know are always, always there for me.  With all the troubles I have been through, I have the love and support to match it – and then some. I really, really am so very blessed!

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.