Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Darling Dahne

So good to be back blogging again . I was inspired by the lovely mood board challenge at Scrap Africa as well as the lovely photo of Dahne. 

The photo was taken with her wearing her Mom Claudette's wedding dress.

I picked up on the hues of the Mood board with the pinks and purples , the butterflies and flowers . 
I also tried to blend in with the flowers on Dahnes head and in her hand.

I watched another     you tube tutorial this time from http://gabriellepollacco.blogspot.co.za/  and although it gave me lots of inspiration my skills are still rather mediocre as far as backgrounds go.

 On the plus side I had lots of fun doing it and made a whole lot of mess.


Scrap Africa CHALLENGE 77 Mood Board








Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Believe

I have not posted on my blog for a very, very long time , no particular reason, I seem to have these breaks from time to time.
All of the challenges this month were very inspiring but I only managed to squeeze in one before the cut off.
I am joining in with sketch  challenge number 76 at Scrap Africa.

I watched some great tutorials by a lady called Bec Genet and they inspired me to bring out the gesso, embossing powder and stencils.

The model is my daughter Ashleigh  the Queen of selfies - thank goodness as she provides lots of pics .

So I  hope you like my layout !


Sunday, February 28, 2016

Say yes



Don't you just love it when you see a mood board, know what you would like to do, have great fun doing it and are pleased with the outcome!!!?? 

I am terribly cautious when using my craft goodies and paper .... even though I have plenty - I find myself saying this is too pretty or I might not find this flair or chippie again . 

I have now devised a plan to outdo the stingy side of me . Obviously I know who I am scrapping and I say imagine if Dawn, or Mom or Ashleigh were to find out that you didn't think they were worth this paper or button........ Guilt creeps in and I have been using supplies more freely.

As was the case this time . When I saw the Scrap Africa mood board I knew which paper I wanted to use  as it  was so in tune with the torn and peeling and vintagey  feel of the mood board. BUT I love this paper and its double sided with both sides equally lovely ..but what would Jacqui and Midge think if they knew I was hesitating . 
So there goes the paper , my favourite clock flair , my heart key and some of my bestest blooms and diamantes. 

Well worth it, as I really love this photo and think I managed to capture the  magic of the  moment.

So I am entering into Scrap Africa Mood board 69 using the peeled paper, the colours  and the vintage feel of the board for inspiration  and also tick ,tock,tick tock at Archi-scraps  which asks for a clock or time piece on your layout.



I am posting lots of pics .... like I said I do like the layout!
Scrap Africa

Archi-scraps



                               
                                

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Postage Post

It was great to take part in a challenge again at the Kraft Plus challenge blog. 

This month the challenge is to use postage stamps on your kraft card layout. 
I have been saving this lovely photo of Dawn (my sister) for a suitable challenge and this seemed appropriate as her last parcel included travel and post themed items.

I have shown close ups of the layout as I was unable to photograph it so that the messages on the postage stamps were legible . I had a lot of fun making this and especially trying to give the actual layout the appearance of a postage stamp!



Kraft Plus
  









Saturday, January 23, 2016

Sparkle and shine

My first post of 2016, hopefully the first of many! Best wishes to all for 2016.


I am pleased to be posting my first layout of the year to the brand new challenge blog More than words . The members are all experienced and talented scrappers (ps I am not sucking up here)and I wish them well with their new (ad)venture.

 The main challenge for January is "selfie" and "personality". I have yet to master the art of taking selfies but fortunately have a daughter who has it down pat. I think this is a lovely selfie of Ashleigh and decided to make a sparkle  theme and of course as she is crazy over stars I decided to use shine as well ... I do think that her personality sparkles and shines.

I also used the mood board from Berry71bleu which asks you to get your sparkle on .



More than words
Berry71bleu
Both of these challenges have a lot of blue in the inspirational photo and I have tried to incorporate that as well.



Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Travel 1997

 So great to be connected to the world again. 
We have moved to a new house in a new area and we had to wait a while for our line to be installed. 
Well not as long as I have been missing from blogging but with packing and the move etc. etc. crafty things just got neglected.

My crafty goodies have been unpacked, admired, arranged and rearranged - so there was no excuse not to join in the challenge at Kraft + this month,  especially as I recently received a parcel from Dawn filled with travel themed embellishments!

This will probably be the last challenge I join in for 2015, as we have family arriving, and my craft room is also the guest room, but I am looking forward to all those exciting challenges which 2016 will bring.

So I hope you like this photo of my visit to England, my first since leaving in 1970. My daughter Ashleigh took the photo. It was the first part of our journey. From London we visited Grandad in York and then family in Newcastle. It was wonderful to see them again and they made us feel so welcome.  A trip to Edinburgh then back to London….. and the highlight of the trip for my daughter was a trip to Disneyland Paris. 

That’s what I love about scrapping is remembering all the good times.

Have a wonderful Christmas !





Friday, October 16, 2015

Smiles on the beach

 This photo is from our 2014 visit to Jeffrey's Bay and is a rather good picture of me , but Dave has a bit of a strange look on his face. In general the only "nice " pictures of me are taken when I am unaware of the camera  as I don't seem to be a natural poser . 
I almost have the feeling that a joke was made at Dave's expense ,hence the hurt/puzzled look on his face, and I  found it very very funny , hence the good old laugh. Otherwise that was not my first cider and I was feeling rather mellow!

Whatever the reason I loved making this layout . I started it last week but put it on hold when I heard a parcel was en route from my sister in the Netherlands as I wanted to use some of my new goodies ! And I used plenty of them .




I have followed the bumper challenge guidelines  for the Scraptober Fest challenge and entered into 4 challenges at once! 

 This is  the first time I have used my new gelatos with gel medium but after seeing so many inspirational layouts I had to give it a bash. I must say it does mute the tones a bit but I do enjoy the overall effect.

 Have a good weekend and for the rugby followers I hope that you enjoy the games this weekend.




I have used 3 washi tapes for the Scrap our Stash challenge, the chevrons , cameras and the bright one in the top right corner.

I have used a photo of ME for the Challenge Yourself blog.

I used the colours required for the My Scraps and More challenge although I struggled to find the exact shades !

I used the sketch provided by the Memory Nest.

So four challenges entered and there is still plenty of time to join in one or all of these challenges!
My Scraps and More
The Memory Nest