Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Scrap Africa September Challenge

Hello fellow crafters

Hope you are all doing well on this last day of September. Today I'm sharing my take on this month's Scrap Africa challenge. Wow, what a gorgeous moodboard. I have to admit, purple is not really a go-to colour for me, but I really enjoyed playing along with this challenge. Nothing like a bit of change to get the mojo flowing.

Moodboard and link:

My take on this is much more feminine and flowery than you'd excpect, but hey change is good, right?



Products: Paper- Maja, Flowers – Kaiser Kraft & Scrap Matrix and unknown, Glass glitter – Scrap Matrix, Chipboard – 2 Crafty, Stamps – Kaszazz, Modeling Paste – Finnabar Prima, Lace – Scrap Matrix; H2O's - Luminarte , Phot – Andi van Aswegen

Friday, 25 September 2015

CSI Case File 176 - September 2015

Hello everyone

I am very happy to share my very first CSI challenge entry with you. Wow, what a fun challenge. I just loved playing with mixed media and the primary colours. This challenge is all about using the clues to solve the case, providing you with loads of inspiration and ideas. I will surely be doing more of these in the future.

This layout is about a very special little chocolate labrador, called Charlie Brown. Yes they are more than just dogs. This one is part of the family and demands to be recognised. He gets away with murder and we allow it. You can simply not help to love this gorgeous "little" creature, let alone be angry at it. We love him to bits and I cannot imagine our lives without him. He is funny, crazy, demanding, always happy and never fails to put a smile on your face, no matter how rough the work day has been.

Here is the case file, so hop over to their blog for more details:

Here is my take on it:

(Sorry everyone, images have been removed for publication purposes).

Instead of enamel dots, I used tiny mirrors, my aunt once gave me as a gift. She crocheted all of them in different colours. Cool hey?

Products: Kraft paper – Francheville  ; Cardstock – Francheville ; Chipboard – Blue Fern, Embossing Folder – Tim Holtz; Acrylic Paint –  Studio Artist; Embossing powder – Stampendous; Die – Kaszazz; Stamp – Prima; Dylusions Spray – Ranger; Punch – Martha Steward;  Blue Twine, Washi tape; Grip tape; Scrap pieces of paper, gauze, chipboard. Photos: Tania Ballestrin.

Thursday, 24 September 2015

K+ September Challenge : Tri Hard

Hello everyone

Today I'd like to share my take on this month's Tri hard Challenge over on Kraft plus (K+). This month they have a sketch challenge, designed by Em Starfrace from Nifty Pixel.Hop over to the blog and check out what the Design Team has come up with. I just love how the same sketch can be applied in so many ways.

K+ Sketch

My take:

Individual Cards

For my take, I've decided to apply the same sketch to a couple of cards, rather than a layout.
I've  used a triangle stencil to creat 3 different triangles, rather than solid patterned paper or cardstock.

First, I stenciled some acrylic paint onto my card backgrounds in different colours. Then stamped it with 4 different Kaiser Kraft Stamps I arranged on my acrylic block.

Next I added some twine, using my handy little tiny attacher from Tim Holtz. If you don't have one yet, I'd strongly recommend you put it on the wish list. It is just so easy and quick, especially for something like twine, which can have a will of it's own if you want to attach it in a certain pattern.

So I hope you enjoyed it and look forward to play again next month.

Cheers and happy crafting.

Products: Kraft Paper – Kaszazz, Stencil –Dusty Attic; Die – Tim Holts, Acrylic Paint, Metal embellishments – Francheville.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Scrap Around the World - September 2015 Challenge.

Hello everyone

I hope you had an awesome weekend. I certainly did. A bit of catchup on the everyday chores, family time and last but not least some time in my scrap room. Mmm will need to work on creating floor space again, but hey I had tons of fun.

So today I'd like to share my entry for this month's Scrap Around the World Challenge. I fell in love with the mood board as soon as it was published.  I just knew what I wanted to create and a journal page was the pefect solution. Mmm, I'll admit for a newbie at art journaling I think I might be hooked... I just love how I can create and experiment with the scraps of paper in my stash, not fussing too much about what I am doing. Just having fun without a care. It really provides a kind of freedom and more, it releases so much energy and emotion. It is truly therapeutic. (So if you are still having your doubts about this newish trend, give it a go. Seriously, I was sceptic. Yes, I was concerned about "wasting products". WRONG!!! It's actually upcycling and finding a new purpose for those bits that would normally end up in the bin)

So here is the link to the moodboard:

 Do hop over and check out the amazing works by their design team and don't forget to have a look at what the designers from 13@rts created with this month's inspiration. All these designers have done a smashing job and every piece is a work of art in itself.

My take on the moodboard:

Detail photos:

Page 1

Page 2:

Detail Page 1 & 2

Products used: Journal – Finnabar Prima Art Journal, Paper – Blue Fern and scraps of various brands, Chipboard –Scrap Matrix, Stemples – Prima, Kaiser Craft, Dylusions,Stencil – Tim Holtz Lace – Scrap Matrix and Kaszazz, Metal Embellishments –Scrap Matrix, Archival Ink –Ranger, Gel –Finnabar Prima, Modeling paste –Finnabar Prima, Mirco beads –Scrap Matrix, Embossing Powder –Stampendous, Grip Tape, Flowers Kaiser Craft, Smart Kraft.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Off The Rails Scrapbooking — September Moodboard

Hello everyone

I am super excited to share that I'm guest designing for Off the Rails Scrapbooking blog this month. I'd also like to extend a very big thank you to the team for inviting me. It's been fabulous to play along. Special thanks to Deena who kindly guided me through the process.

I absolutely loved this moodboard. It's moody, dramatic and oh so mysterious... I was so inspired, I could not get myself to stop after just 1 or 2 projects, so I created 3, including a layout, an art journal page and a card.


Inspired by the moodboard and Louise Nelson.


I Loved the idea of using red flowers and decided to create my own using a My Favourite Things (MFT) Dynamics Die with some black and silver microbeads. (This may seem a little odd to those of you who know my grungy side, but I really love making flowers though I don't do as many feminine and floral layouts.)

I also decided to add a bit more focus to the embellishment at the top by bending some wire in a flower shape.

Art Journal and Card:

Inspiration: A song by one of my favourite artists and Finnabair.

For the purposes of today's post, I'm only going to tease you with one of my projects, namely my layout and give you a few sneak peaks of the card and art journal page, featured on the Off the Rails blog. So off you go now, hop over to their blog ( and see more of what I created. Don't forget to check out the stunning design team creations and Romain.'s lates video.

Products: Watercolour paper – Kaszazz, Stencil – Crafters Workshop & Tim Holtz, Chipboard – 2Crafty, Dies – MFT Dynamics, Tim Holtz and Sizzix, Stamp: IndigoBlu, Embellishments– Prima and Scrap Matrix, Tinby Metallic Melts, Lindy's Stamp Gang Spray, Microbeads – Scrap Matrix, gauze, jewelry wire.

Happy blog hopping and scrapping everyone.

Thank you for stopping by xxx