Welcome - hope you will have owls of fun, and find some inspiration too.......

Welcome - hope you will have owls of fun, and find some inspiration too.......

Friday, July 12, 2013


Hello Friends,

With the school holidays coming to an end, my household is slowly gearing for the new school term.
My daughter returned from a history tour, in time to sort herself and her room for the beginning of the new term. (This will keep her busy for a bit - especially the room part - LOL)

 I just returned from Somerset West where Cathy and I were furiously preparing for the Scrapping 4 Charity event held at the Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West the week-end of the 9th of August 2013. It is definitely going to be a fun filled event!!

I would like to share with you a lay-out I made for the sketch no. 5 challenge over at Scrap and Music 

This is the sketch:

........ and the song....
She (Elvis Costello)

May be the face I can't forget.
A trace of pleasure or regret
May be my treasure or the price I have to pay.
She maybe the song that summer sings.
May be the chill that autumn brings.
May be a hundred different things
Within the measure of a day.

May be the beauty or the beast.

May be the famine or the feast.
May turn each day into a heaven or a hell.
She may be the mirror of my dreams.
A smile reflected in a stream
She may not be what she may seem
Inside her shell
She who always seems so happy in a crowd.
Whose eyes can be so private and so proud
No one's allowed to see them when they cry.
She maybe the love that cannot hope to last
May come to me from shadows of the past.
That I'll remember till the day I die

Maybe the reason I survive
The why and wherefore I'm alive
The one I'll care for through the rough and ready years
Me I'll take her laughter and her tears
And make them all my souvenirs
For where she goes I've got to be
The meaning of my life is

She, she, she

Here is my take on the sketch. The photo I used is one of my daughter when she was 13 years old. They had a tutor group meeting at school where a photographer took special photos of them. SHE definitely adds meaning to my life.

Some paper from the Kaisercraft Remember Me collection was used. I fussy cut the flowers and lifted them with foam dots to add some dimension along the "flower" edge. The butterfly is from Fabscraps. Different paper was punched with edge punches, inked and layered. I stamped and masked in the corners of the lay-out and added some brown ink splats. To finish the lay-out off I added some half pearls as well as some peach coloured paper roses. 

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have a good week-end filled with special times with family and friends...... and some crafty time too!!

When you become a Mother,
you stop being the picture and 
start being the frame.
                                    :- Anonymous 

Till next time,

Monday, July 1, 2013

Beach Bum Bella

Hello Friends,

Today I would like to share a lay-out with you that I made as a guest designer over at Scrap Africa. Oooh..... what a thrill. It is such a privilege...

The photos on my lay-out is once again of my beloved brown Labrador - Bella. She is such a unique creature. Contrary to what other Labs do, mine is absolutely petrified of water, not just the swimming pool, but also the garden hose as well as sprinklers. Whenever we went into the pool she remained at a safe distance or simply just retreated into the house - far from the water.

The first time Bella went to the beach was absolutely hilarious. Every time a wave retreated she went closer to the water's edge and everytime a wave approached she would run away barking madly at the wave. It was so funny. However she soon found her beach legs and now frolics like a professional on the beach thanks to her favorite red ball. She is still skittish of the water but will now venture in the shallow waves provided she needs to fetch her ball. She is such a sweetie.....

Here is the sketch challenge over at Scrap Africa:

And here is my take on the sketch. I am seldom satisfied with my lay-outs, but I really like how this one turned out.

The base of the lay-out is white card stock that was covered with white Gesso and sprayed with blue, green and brown Mister Huey's color mists and some water. The flowers are from Petaloo, and some flower brads out of my stash. The other elements were cut with my Silhouette, inked and embossed. I also used some skeleton leaves underneath the flowers to add some height and width to the flower cluster. A piece of bakers twine was tied to the anchor and trailed along the bottom of the lay-out.

These shells started life as grey Fabscraps chipboard. They were roughly painted with Gesso and some beige and brown paints to get the effect I wanted. There after the were covered with Glossy Accents.

The heading was cut with my Silhouette - twice. The bottom cut was inked with Walnut Stain Distress ink and the top one with Broken China Distress ink. The two headings were then off-set from each other to create a shadow effect, and then embossed.  The Periwinkle shell was inked and embossed.

At the top of the lay-out there are two embossed seagulls. They were created by cutting a flying bird with the Silhouette, I placed the negative of the cut-out where I wanted it and went over with an embossing pad and some embossing powder. Afterwards it was lightly inked with some brown distress ink to make it a bit more visible.

Underneath the photos there are some washi tapes, number ribbon, textured paper from my stash as well as some gauze.

At the top and bottom of the lay-out,  I swiped an embossing pad over the lay-out and embossed it with some UTEE.

Thank you so much for stopping by and looking, it is much appreciated. I hope you got some inspiration and will join the Scrap Africa Challenge.

Till next time,