"Whatever we think about and thank about, we bring about." Dr John Demartini

Monday, July 28, 2014

Scrap-a-Doodles Design Team 2014 Audition

Scrap-a-Doodles, a South-African based Scrapbook Store, sent out an invitation to all interested to apply for their design team. As part of the audition, I have to showcase some of my work here on my blog.

I would really love to be part of their design team, playing with the latest products and share with others my results.

Thank you so much for the opportunity to audition for your Design Team Scrap-a-Doodles :-)

On to a couple of my layouts and projects:

Double Page Layouts
This is Life! Mom and her Girl 
Created for Enmarc Crafts as well as for a Let's Scrap Challenge

Leaving the Nest
Created for Enmarc Crafts as well as for a Let's Scrap Challenge

1 in a Million Dad
Created for Enmarc Crafts

Bootjie na Kammaland
Created for Enmarc Crafts

Farewell my Best Friend Jabba
Created for Enmarc Crafts

Kaalvoet Klonkie
Created for Enmarc Crafts

Single Page Layouts
The following Layout (You are the Love of my Life) was created for a challenge at CSI:ColorStoriesInspiration and resulted in me being invited as a guest designer for April 2014.
It was also submitted at Enmarc Crafts

Don't Dream it, LIVE it
One of the Layouts designed as DT Member at CSI
Also submitted to Enmarc Crafts

Today is a Day to Remember
One of the Layouts designed as DT Member at CSI
Also submitted to Enmarc Crafts

Off-The-Page : Printers Tray : Homegrown

Designed for Teaching at Charity Event Held in Cape Town
Also submitted to Enmarc Crafts

Card : Side-Step : Eksklusief Vroulik
Designed for Enmarc Crafts

Altered Wooden Box : Familie Kiekies
Designed for Enmarc Crafts

ATC Cards : Words to Live By
Designed for Enmarc Crafts

Distressed Vintage/Steampunk Tags
Designed for Enmarc Crafts

Mixed Media Canvas : Wall Art By Enmarc Crafts
My Husband lets me Have all the Scrapbooking Supplies I can Hide
(At least I don't have to hide these lot anymore ;-) )


Paper Bag Art Journal
My latest addition to the newly started Journal - Sow Seeds of Love (not published yet)




Thank you for your time to have a look at my work.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

My Papaer Bag Album : When I needed Sunshine I Got Rain

This page was inspired by Neil Diamond's song I'm a Believer. The words 'When I needed sunshine I got rain' fell on my ears. We hardly ever get any rain, but it was cold and misty for more than 2 weeks and I was longing for warm sunshiny weather!

I grabbed my paper bag and turned it over. 


  • Stamped a harlequin pattern with StazOn Black onto copy paper, tore it to pieces. Also tore blue handmade paper to pieces inked all the edges with black and randomly pasted the two different papers down with gel medium.
  • Painted with acrylic canvas primer and let it dry.
  • Paper serviette with flowers and bees torn and pasted down with gel medium.
  • Used Derwent Aquatone crayons in blue to colour background.
  • Enmarc Crafts Stencil : Hart & Flowers and gesso paste for additional flowers painted with pink craft paint. Added stickles to the centers and outlined with white permanent marker.
  • Chipboard Umbrella by Enmarc Crafts : Coloured with craft paint and added faux stitching with black pen.
  • Enhanced the serviette flowers and bee with Stabilo pens and added stickles to the bee's wings.
  • Added more blue aquatone crayon to the top of the background as well as the top of the umbrella and used water and a brush to let the colour run down the background. 
  • Used Alphabet stamps by Janel to stamp my wording onto patterned paper. Pasted down with gel medium.
  • Used a black uniball pen to outline all the elements.
  • Lastly dripped dimensional glaze from the top and let it run down.
Now for a few close-ups :





Enmarc Crafts Products used :

  Craft Stencil : Hart & Flowers

  Plain Embellishment Set : Braaivleis - Used the Umbrella

Thank you for stopping by and your comment will be much appreciated.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Paper Bag Art Journal : Only 10? Minutes a Day!

I have been watching quite a few Youtube videos and saw an Art Journal by Andrea Gomoll which she created December 2013 - 【December Daily Artjournal】 Résumé _ Pageflip. Her art journal was made of paper bags and watercolour paper and this journal consists of daily pages from the 1st of December up to the 24th of December. I then decided I want to make one too, but it would not be a Christmas journal.

Unfortunately I cannot remember where I read about it or watched a video clip, but the lady suggested that one should put a couple of materials (journal/pens/crayons/mediums/etc) aside and spend 10 minutes a day on your art journal. Even if it means that you put all of these materials on a tray which you can hide underneath the lounge chair ;-)

Well, that sounded like a super nice idea and I decided to combine the 2 ideas, spending 10 minutes a day on a Paper Bag Journal!

This is the cover page:-

ONLY 10? MINUTES A DAY!


I started off by painting the bag with acrylic canvas primer and left it to dry,
I so much love to use paper serviettes and then tore a patterned serviette into smaller pieces.
Next I used Matt Gel Medium and pasted the serviette pieces down and left it to dry.
Added a layer of acrylic canvas primer and left it to dry.
Used bubble wrap and acrylic craft paint in white and pink to 'stamp' dots randomly on the page and left to dry.
Next I used gold acrylic craft paint and rubbed it randomly with my finger.


I printed a free image onto copy paper, cut it out and pasted it onto the background with gel medium.
After the gel medium was dry, I painted the clock with acrylic craft paints, used a gold permanent marker and added ruby liquid pearls and finished the clock off with a black fine liner (which smudged, but I WILL embrace imperfection!)
Added a white pearly Sugar Candy brad to the centre of the clock face.
The shadow was done with purple paint.

Next I traced different sized circles randomly onto the background. Some of the circles were painted with green and white acrylic craft paint and some were just outlined with the gold marker. I added 'clock hands' to the green circles and outlined it with a white permanent marker.


Now at this point I have to tell you that for me, it is IMPOSSIBLE to stick to just 10 minutes a day LOL! Thus the whiteboard chippy 'Time Flies' by Enmarc Crafts!
I inked it lightly with brown and added stickles to the wings and left it to dry.
Next I added dimensional glaze to the clock face and wings and after it was dry, I pasted it down.


The sentiment was printed on white paper and cut into smaller pieces.
Inked the edges and pasted the pieces down with gel medium.
I added loose stitching to the edges and also outlined the words.

Enmarc Crafts Product used:- www.enmarc.co.za

  Short and Sweet : Time Flies

Thank you for stopping by!
Comments will be appreciated :-)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Just Some Handmade Cards

It's been a while since I have posted to the Blog, but I have been very busy ;-)

I needed to make cards for my shop as the stock dropped drastically and I hate it to send customers across the street to the local CNA :-( Why put jam on their bread instead of my own!

I think I made some 130+ cards of which some were duplicated and others not. Stamping. Embossing, Colouring. etc was on the priority list for a week or three and I had to do these as time permitted.

Here are a few of these cards so long. I will photograph some more and post in the near future. 

Left : Stamped with StazOn and coloured with Derwent Graphitint Colour Pencils
Middle : Enmarc Crafts White Board Chippie : Plain Emb Set : Boats -Coloured with Tombow Filt Pens
Right : Enmarc Crafts White Board Chippie : Photo Corners Hearts :  inked the edges with Dewdrop Gingerbread

Left : Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the background and stamped with Versafine Black
Right : Enmarc Crafts White Board Chippie : Plain Embellishment Set : Vintage : inked the edges with Dewdrop Jumbo Java

Enmarc Crafts White Board Chippie : Page Corner : Daisies - Inked Edges with Dewdrop Jumbo Java
Paper Flowers, Half Pearls. Stickles

Stamped with Versamark Watermark, Embossed with Enmarc Embossing Powder Black Diamond, then used the Bleach Technique and coloured with Twinkling H2O's

Stamped with Versamark Watermark, Embossed with Enmarc Embossing Powder Silver (Left) and Gold (Right), added stickles to the flowers and Dimensional Glaze to the vases

Stamped with StazOn Black and Coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Markers
Namibia Stamp by Enmarc

Stamped with StazOn Black and coloured with Derwent Inktense Blocks

 Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the background and stamped with Versafine Black. Tissue Tape

Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the background and stamped with StazOn Black. Coloured with Tim Holtz Distress Markers 
Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the background and stamped with Versafine  Sepia (Left) and Black (Right). Butterflies stamped with Versamark Watermark on Tracing paper, Embossed with Enmarc Embossing Powder  Iridescent (Left) and Gold (Right) and coloured with Twinkling H2O's

Stamp coloured with Embossing Pens and then stamped onto the cardstock 3 times, each print a little lighter than the previous print

Stamped with Versamark Watermark, Embossed with Enmarc Embossing Powder Silver (Bottom) and Gold (Top), added stickles to the flowers 

Stamped with Versamark Watermark, Embossed with Enmarc Embossing Powder Gold, added stickles to the flowers 

Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the background and stamped with Versafine Black.

Enmarc Crafts White Board Chippies used:

 Plain Embellishment Set : Boats

 Photo Corners : Hearts

 Plain Embellishment Set : Vintage

 Page Corner : Daisies

Thank you for stopping by :-)