Sunday, December 23, 2012

Snow Not Fun

Hi there my friends :) Ok, so I had time for just ONE more layout before this year runs out on me. This is my entry for case #50 over at CSI and here is the case file.
Menorah - medium cocoa brown, taken from the menorah
Taupe Tradition - light taupe, taken from the placemats - 237.229.218
Light the Candles - white, taken from the windows - 255.255.255
Blue Dreidel -light grayish blue, taken from the highlights of the ribbon - 193.205.219
Eighth Night - dark grayish blue, taken from the darkest part of the ribbon - 99.117.129
  • ribbon
  • wood
  • fabric
  • something that melts, like wax or embossing powder
  • stitching
  • stripes
  • something transparent or made of glass
  • string (inspired by wicks)
  • something metal
  • something shimmery/shiny
Here I used six elements . I used ribbon to make the little blue rose, I also tied ribbon to the tags as well as a strip of ribbon above the title. I used a wooden button and stuck a raffia bow onto it. The bird house is also a wood chippie which I painted. I stitched around the border of the page. I used stripes on the "fun" banner. I used bits of string on the tags and the pearls represents something shimmery.shiny.
  • Document a holiday tradition.
  • List 8 important things about your topic.
  • Tie a ribbon around your journaling.
  • Use these Hanukkah writing prompts, or adapt them to meet your own traditions.
  • Use stripes in patterned paper to use for your journaling.
  • Inspiration Words: tradition, miracle, light--use these as inspiration for your journaling, not just as a title about your topic.
Here I opted to list 8 important things about my topic which is written on a tag and tucked behind the photo.
Dring the month of August 2012 South Africa experienced widespread snowfall across the country. It snowed in places that has never seen snow before and for us South Africans it is a major event and school children and office workers took to the playgrounds and streets to witness the heaviest snowfalls since 1981. I live on the coast and therefor we never ever see snow but people drove hundreds of miles to witness the snow and one weekend we decided to take a trip up to the Midlands to go and see the snow and I really thought that Miss Molly in particular would enjoy it very much as she has such a dense coat and therefor she's always hot. At home she loves the airconditioning and is always lying flat on her tummy on the cool tiles. Well, I was so wrong!! She hated it. When I got out of the car she was not going to stay behind but she quickly regretted it and looked positively miserable after five minutes of being out in the snow. Now, if I know my baby as well as I think I do, then I can only guess that these are the reasons she didn't like it and that this is what was going through her mind.
1. It doesn't taste like chicken
2. It burns my delicate pink butt when she sits down.
3. I don't like to blend in with my surroundings...being the princess in the house I like to "stand out".
4. It makes my feet wet..I hate it when my feet are wet.
5. My legs are too short to jump over the drifts.
6. Sometimes the snow is higher than me and I can't see my mom.
7. Slipping and sliding is a very undignified way of getting around.
8. My fluffy tail which is my pride and joy hangs behind me like a wet rag.

Thank you Debbi and the CSI team for the inspiration and another awesome case file :)

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Time Out

Hello friends:) I have a feeling that this may be my last post for 2012 as I still have tons to do before we leave for a ten day break in Mozambique. I am sooo looking forward to it. I would like to take this opportunity of wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a fabulous 2013. Thank you for all your support during 2012 and more so, thank you to each and every one of you for your

This is my take on various challenges..had to make the best of the time that is available to me :)The layout is my entry for yet another fabulous sketch challenge over at Once Upon A Sketch and here is Nadia's beautiful sketch. My journaling is at the back of the tag. Thank you OUAS for another awesome challenge!

Then I have also entered this layout for the challenge over at CSI Case File Number 49.Once again Debbi put together a fabulous case file. Here is what we had to work with. Love it!
  • Garland Green - medium green, taken from the #5 tree - 135.154.47
  • Pink Presents - deep pink, taken from the #10 mittens - 222.108.118
  • Yuletide Yellow - light buttery yellow, taken from the #21 box - 248.230.164
  • Advent Aqua - aqua, taken from the #15 box - 93.198.201
  • Lime Lights - lime green, taken from the ribbon in #23 - 185.217.108
Here I used the medium green in the flowers, a tiny bit of pink on the clock, light buttery yellow on the leaves, blue on the flowers and the lime green is pretty much!

  • numbers
  • stickers
  • punches
  • rhinestones
  • buttons
  • baker's Twine
  • ribbon
  • lace
  • make a semi-circle notch, like in the little boxes
  • snowflakes
  • Christmas/winter accents
  • hound's-tooth pattern
Here I used "numbers" for the date, a punched border strip, rhinestones in two of the flowers and lots of buttons in the flowers and on the right hand side at the bottom.

  • Document a holiday tradition.
  • Document what you do to prepare for the holidays.
  • Number your journaling.
  • Write 25 words or phrases about your topic.
  • Choose a prompt from here.
  • Put your journaling inside of something that can be opened
  • Inspiration Words: joy, believe, count --use these as inspiration for your journaling, not just as a title
 Here I opted to write 25 words and used it in my journaling...just to encourage myself to do do more journaling :) Thank you Debbi for an awesome case!! :)

Then I am also entering this layout for challenge 12 over at Scrap Africa and the challenge is the "film strip".

Last but not least I used the gorgeous FWAB Elise Flourish Black - Dark Green and Silver Grey Flowers available from Flourish With A Bling.

And now I would love to show you where I am going for a few days...Zavora Lodge!! It is a a diver and fisherman's paradise and I guess the "fishing" part is what attracted my daughter to Zavora :)
Well, that's it for today!! Off to go and bath the dogs!! Thanks for looking and have a fabulous holiday and to those who will be on the roads, have a safe trip and take care!xxx

Friday, December 7, 2012

Merry Christmas

This layout is for Sharryn Thompson's December challenge over at Flourish With A Bling. The challenge is to create a layout using non-traditional Christmas colours and of course Flourish With A Bling products. I went with blue, white and silver and I used FWAB's Jasmine Laser Flourish Pearl. Because I had no photos to go with non-traditional Christmas colours, I had to call on Miss Molly yet again (not the first time she had to come to my!!). Bless her little heart for being such a sweet, obliging subject.

Remember This - CSI: Case File No:48

Hello my friends:) I don't know when last I had so much fun creating!! It is the first time I take on a challenge by CSI Color Stories Inspiration and I can kick myself for not having done it before. What a fabulous way to get out of the rut that I was in and the best part of this challenge is that I got to work with colours I would never have imagined could look so pretty together.:) I have to admit that I got very bored with pinks and blues and browns together. This really opened my eyes to a whole new world of colour combinations:) Now here's another thing...I love the Crime and Investigating Channel on TV and I always have it on while I'm scrapping and not because I enjoy the crimes committed, definitely NOT, but because I love the "solving of the crime" part. I love the investigation and I love forensics and the best part is when the criminal is brought to justice!! Ok, now I'm rambling but now you understand why I loved this challenge so much. I had to figure out how to put all these clues together to arrive at the outcome and this is how I did it. First of all, here is the case file:

And here are the detailed much fun! For the "scheme" we had to use all 5 colours as follows and hopefully I have achieved that :)

  • Glossy Blue - sky blue, taken from the light blue tiles -- 159.205.228
  • White Tile - white, taken from the counter -- 254.253.249
  • Chartreuse Shine - chartreuse, taken from the green tiles--196.183.43
  • Blueberry - dark blue, taken from the darker blue tiles -- 44.119.150
  • Stainless Steel - gray, taken from the lighter parts of the stove -- 216.207.200
  • clock
  • mosaic
  • silver metallic elements
  • something transparent
  • glossy accents
  • fruit accents
  • plain brads (inspired by the clock)
  • something inspired by the bowl on the middle shelf on the right (e.g., a border punch, die-cut, lace cardstock)
Here I decided to go for the clocks of which I have three. The big clock was very much inspired by the picture of the clock in the image and so I coloured some pins with metallic markers and stuck them into the circle. I also went for the mosaics by painstakingly cutting little pieces if paper and arranging them in a mosaic type of style ..won't do that in a hurry! I also have one silver metallic elements and that being the key. The die-cut was inspired by the bowl on the middle shelf on the right. Mmm...I think I have the evidence covered... :)

  • Document something, special meals, your cooking talents, your own kitchen.
  • Write your journaling as a recipe.
  • Write your journaling as a schedule (inspired by the clock)
  • Write your journaling in bullets and use glossy brads as the bullets
  • List a bunch of words to describe the topic of your page OR choose one word and use a thesaurus to generate a list of synonyms (don't ask how, but that idea was inspired by the tiles.
  • Inspiration Words: eat, time, create-- use these as inspiration for your journaling, not just as a title
Here I definitley didn't want to document anything in as far as my cooking talents are concerned as that is pretty much non-existent. I have to be the only person who has ever burned a boiled egg, so I opted for doing my journaling as a recipe. In my recipe I also used the "inspiration words" being "create, "eat" and "time" which  did using the colours in the scheme.

Are you still awake? Well, hopefully I have solved this case and can't wait to move onto the next one:)  Thank you CSI for the awesome inspiration provided and for making it so much fun. :)

The gorgeous flourish on my layout is the FWAB Elise Flourish Silver - Dusty Pink & Rose Pink Flowers Set  from Flourish With A Bling.

FWAB Elise Flourish Silver - Dusky Pink & Rose Pink flowers

Oh and if you're wondering what happened to my poor Delta, she was spayed and at the same time I had to have her dew claw removed as it kept tearing into the flesh and causing an infection. She's such a lump and wasn't interested in anything except food when she got back from the hospital..drowsy and all...she lives to eat :) I cannot tell you how many socks I went through before the wound finally healed...she ate them :)

Now I need to go and do something about the mosquitoes that are biting the hell out of me under this desk. Till next time, be safe, take care and be happy!!xx