Saturday 29 March 2014

Dream Daughter layout

I would like to show you the layout I created for the CSI Colors, Stories, Inspiration challenge:

Oh I loved this one! Especially the colours. I’ve used a photo of me and my lovely step-daughter, taken 3 years ago, and called it Dream Daughter. (I scraplifted the design from a layout by Jen Martakis.)

The colours are all there.
Evidence: hearts, flowers, leaves, penwork (the stitching)
Testimony: Inspired by the word ‘dream’, freewriting, and swirly journaling (well,... the title in this case is a bit wavy).

I had bought that thick red thread (see Wednesday’s blog: What's on my desk) but it was too thick to go in my machine and it was also too thick to stitch in the paper. The paper ripped. Oh well, I’m sure I can use it somewhere else.

I dug deep in my boxes determined to use stuff I had, but never used: Glossy Accents (on the rose), Distress Stickles (on the hearts) and the dots stamp.

The journaling reads: “I’ve always dreamt of having a daughter. So when I married a man who had a daughter, this was a bonus. But Tracey was a teenager with baggage and building a relationship with her wasn’t as easy as I thought. Now, all those years later, she is in her late thirties and has children of her own. One look at the photo will tell you what our relationship is like at the moment.”

The papers are: ‘Indian Summer’ Plum Wine, ‘Indian Summer’ Woodrose and DCWV Stack 5. The little hearts are from Basicgrey  Element Stickers : ‘Sugared’, with Distress Stickles on them. The rose is Anna Griffin. The title letters: ‘Wingo Zingo’ alphabet from Sissix, the journaling font is ‘Lovely Excuse’.

Thank you for looking, wherever you are in the world. God bless and see you soon!

Thursday 27 March 2014

What's on my desk

Today is Wednesday and many bloggers do a Workplace Wednesday or My Desk on Wednesday or something similar. I don’t know how to link up with these initiatives but I’ll show you my desk nonetheless. You can see what a craft room in a cave looks like and also have a peep at my next lay out.
This is my next project. A lovely photo of me and my step-daughter Tracey in a colour scheme suggested by this week’s Color, Stories and Inspiration. CSI for short.  CSI is a weekly scrapbooking challenge that inspires you to try new colors schemes and to tell your stories. Their Case Files provide inspiration that will get you thinking about scrapbooking in a whole new way.
A new Case File opens for investigation every Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. EST. Come join the design team and CSI members in a live chat every reveal night!
CSI is all about inspiration and sharing and, most important, fun!
This is what I bought this week: decorative thread. It’s meant for making bracelets, but I’m sure I can do nice things with them in my scrapbooking. The red on the right is exactly the red colour of the CSI challenge, so I might do some real stitching!
I’ve been experimenting with paper flowers. This one is my first attempt, inspired by a tutorial by sreechinnu2007 published on YouTube in 2012. In April I will start my first craft workshop for women in the village and I have been asked to do flowers, so they can cover the big wooden cross with paper flowers for the festival in May. So I’m practicing. I think this one is very pretty. Next I’ll try a smaller version of this.
A last glimpse, just to show you my birthday cards (It was my birthday last Sunday).

Thank you for looking. Have a good day wherever you are in the world. 
God Bless and until next time.

Sunday 23 March 2014

What I found on top of our front door

What I found on the top of the front door.

There is a little gap between our front door and the ceiling. The other night we found a kitten snoozing on top of the door. When we got up the next morning it was still there. My DH Graham thought it might be 'stuck', but it jumped off as soon as he approached.
 There are a lot of cats living outside our house (we live out in the sticks). They don’t belong to anyone although people in the neighborhood feed them occasionally. They (the cats) breed enthusiastically and there is a tom terrorizing the young females. I think this little one was fleeing an over amorous male.
 The next day we saw the same kitten, who had invited a friend, on top of the garage doors.  What a strange place to sit comfortably. I bet you’ll all come back to me now with stories of strange places that your cat chooses to sit/lie.

I'd love to scrap these photos and I'm waiting for the right color palette to come along at CSI that I follow (Color, Stories & Inspiration).
That's all for now.
Thanks for looking and... keep scrapping!

Friday 21 March 2014

New scrap room in the cave

Hello, I'm Cavewoman (yes, I live in a cave house..), 
This is my first ever blog, so bare with me... 
I’d like to blog about the scrapbooking I do, and about living in a cave house. 
My DH has recently built me a super scrap room in our cave house. It has room for all my stash and a large work table. I went slightly mad and chose soft pink tiles on the shelving. But they’re not so visible as there’s so much stuff!
I’m really pleased how it’s turned out. Here are some photos. Thanks for looking.