Friday, March 17, 2017

You Light Up My Life

Hi everyone,

How many of you have used scrapbooking papers with SVG cutting files and either a cutting machine, or by hand?

I have been wanting to cut out and make up this little lamp for ages, but somehow either just plain forget, or am never happy with the papers I have on hand to make it with. Well, now that I am on the Design Team for Ivytree Studio, I have access to some absolutely beautiful papers. These papers are manufactured in my own country South Africa, which makes them even more special to me. Fabulous quality and designs, cut easily on my Cricut machine, and fold easily as well.

Enough chatter! This is a 3D project as a member of the Ivytree Studio DT, and I decided to go ahead and make up the little lamp.  I have included a little tutorial below so you can see how I did it.

Cutting file for the lamp : SVG Cuts - one of the files in their “Maison de Madeline” set.
Ivytree Studio Papers:
Lampshade: Hadeda Gardenia from the “Hadeda GardenCollection
Lamp Base: Shabby Stoep – Moss from the “Friendship begins in the Heart” collection
Various flowers and leaves for the base: Flower Accents from the “Friendship begins in the Heart” collection.
1 sheet of Vellum
Flower punches
Fleur de Lis die
Flat-backed pearls
Flat-backed gems
Glitter glue
Thin cord

How to assemble the lamp
Cut all the pieces from the SVG cutting file. Fold on the score lines.

Glue the vellum panels to the inside of 3 of the shade pieces with the fleur-de-lis cutout shape, then glue the edges of the shade together. Leave the rounded cutout side open as this is the opening for inserting the candle.  Glue the base of the lamp shade to the shade.

Glue the edges of the lamp base to one another to form the shape of the base. Glue the baseplate to the bottom of the base.

Decorate the shade and base plate as desired. I used these punches to create flowers, and cut out some leaves from the Flower Accents paper.

Glue the circular shape of the base of the shade, to the top of the lamp base. Decorate with flat-backed pearls, creating a fringe at the bottom of the shade. This is a view of the back of the lamp, with a small battery operated candle inserted.

All lit up!

The Ivytree Studio papers I used for this project:
161/3 Hadeda Gardenia/Chevron from the “Hadeda GardenCollection
162/5 Natural linen/Shabby Stoep Moss from the “Friendship begins in the Heart” collection
162/15 Flower Accents/Polka Dots Shabby from the “Friendship begins in the Heart” collection

All these fabulous papers are available from IvytreeStudio.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

My Namib desert project life pages

Hi everyone,

This is the story of a one-day outing into the Namib desert, as part of my MSC Cruise to Namibia in May 2016. 

This is my very FIRST "Project Life" layout, and while I really did not enjoy making up this 2-page project, I have to say that if it was not for the fabulous Ivytree Studio pocket cards from their Hadeda Collection, I would probably have given up!!! Just too much planning and synchronisation, and it felt like I had used a few meters of double-sided tape - my table looked an absolute mess! I suppose it IS a good method of journalling, but only if you have a lot of relevant, matching sayings you can add. Fortunately the creators of this paper range thought of that!

All the papers and pocket cards come from the fabulous Ivytree Studio Hadeda Garden Collection. 

And now for some close ups.
The Tour Guide took us to a specific spot, searched the bushes, and found this little chap. Seems he was already well trained as he climbed on the hand and fed on worms provided to him! Great for photography, but I dislike the taming of wild creatures for the sake of sensationalism or marketing.

God makes the most amazing creatures, and this little Palmetogecko with its transparent body and delicate colouring, was a highlight of the trip for me. 

I cut out an additional flower and raised it with mirror tape.

This is little old me - always with camera ready! My friend actually took a photo of me lying in the sand trying to photograph a toktokkie! Not too successfully though as those things move FAST - and I don't!

One of the pocket cards has this space to do a little journalling. I cut out two images and stuck them on top for decoration.

Mmm - I was rather annoyed with the tour guide for digging up and chasing this poor spider, but I think she got the upper hand! He was extremely cautious after this. 

The famous yet totally stressed out "White Dancing Lady". From the angle of the photograph you can see I was low down on the ground - on my knees in fact with the camera about 1 meter from her. The guide and everyone else was screaming at me to be careful and get away. Why? I was not hurting her and she knew it. After the photo she ran between my knees and out the back. Guide never spoke to me for the rest of the day!

A card cut from one of the papers, and a sentiment added from the range.

A heart cut out from the range and stuck on with another sentiment.

Literary licence here - I changed the 'our' to 'my' and just love it! This is an image cut out and stuck onto a piece of the paper cut into a pocket card.

Ivytree Studio Elements used
Code Name
161/2 Hadeda Gardenia/Organic dots Hadeda Garden
161/13 Hadeda flock/Chevron Hadeda Garden
161/26 Sprigged Agapanthus/Polka dots Hadeda Garden
161/3 Hadeda garden/Chevron Hadeda Garden
161/49 Pretty pocket cards - English Hadeda Garden
161/50 Pretty pocket cards - English Hadeda Garden

Additional materials used

White cardstock
double-sided tape

All these fabulous papers are available from Ivytree Studio

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Two Tags with Ivytree Studio papers

My next Ivytree Studio DT project is to design TAGS with their wonderful papers, and so here are two totally different tags I had fun making.


I cut various widths of the 163/20 papers, rolled each piece up, and glued onto the base paper. Glitter glue and a gold star added, as well as a tree base and a sentiment.

Ivytree Studio Elements used
Code Name
163/20 Card squares: Rainbow Speckles/Natural Speckles Wild  & Free
162/5 Shabby Stoep/Moss Friendship Begins In The Heart
163/15 Christmas Pretty Pocket Cards/Washi strips/Wordy Delights (Eng) Wild  & Free

Additional materials used
large chipboard tag
maroon ribbon
red and clear glitter glue
Tim Holtz 'Tea dye" distress ink


I cut an additional piece of the pink background paper at an angle, and fastened it to the tag on the edges to create a pocket for the smaller tag. Flowers are paper-pieced and edges curled.

Ivytree Studio Elements used
163/14 Chistmas elements/Whitewash Wood Wild & Free
161/3 Hadeda Garden Collection/Hadeda gardening Hadeda Garden
161/38 Hadeda Garden Collection/Solid (Blossom/Pale Pink) Hadeda Garden
162/16 Pretty Pocket Cards/Washi Strips/Wordy Delights (Eng) Friendship Begins In The Heart

Additional materials used
Large chipboard tag
Pink ribbons and cord
Flat-backed gemstones
Tim Holtz 'Spun Sugar" distress ink

All these fabulous papers are available from IvytreeStudio

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Challenges entered
Hiding in my craftroom - any holiday
Crazy Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - ATG as long as its Christmas
Jo's Scrap Shack - ATG _ Fun day Friday
Pause Dream Enjoy - No cards

Monday, February 13, 2017

P.S..... I love you

P.S. ..... I Love You

I hardly every create Valentine cards because – well, obvious to those who know me – there is no man in my life at the moment to give this special card to! HOWEVER I just could not resist making a card when I received my new papers from the Ivytree Elements "Love Collection". I offered the completed card to my eldest daughter who snapped it up to give to her husband (lucky guy).

I created a centre stepper card with these papers, using one of my own drawings (All my love) hand coloured with pencils - from the Digistamps4Joy shop.

The tiny envelopes were cut out of the 172/6 paper, and then small red and silver heart gems were glued on top of the red hearts, to give a bit of additional sparkle. Sentiment, brackets, and small hearts were also cut out of the same paper.

The Ivytree Studio Elelements used
172/11 Card squares / Candy Ombre from the Love Collection
172/6 Cute cuts (English) / Sweethearts from the Love Collection

All these fabulous papers are available from Ivytree Studio

Additional materials used
Various adhesives
Gold pen
Heart, and corner punches
Red and beige cardstock
Heart gems
Gold foil paper
Scallopeed scissors
Digistamps4Joy digital image

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Thursday, February 09, 2017

Making new crafting friends

This is my first project as a DT member for Ivytreee Studio

My passion has always been to be involved with Missionary Outreach work, but it is only recently in my life that I have been able to fulfill some of that longing. I joined the Holokleria Church in 2015, and have been blessed to be able to visit our partner church in Bochum (Limpopo Province) twice already, to refurbish their creche and church buildings. Then our Pastor asked if there was something special that I would like to do! Wow. I thought about it and prayed about it, and felt I wanted to work with the ladies of the church, and teach them mixed media craft, and at the same time create a work of art they could hang inside their church.

This then, is my scrapbook page using Ivytree Studio papers (click on layout image for larger preview), with close ups of some of the items on the page. Scroll down for material used, as well as the story behind the photos.

Notelet cut from "Ivytree Elements" paper 163/15 "Pretty Pocket Cards - Wordy Delights" from the Wild & Free Collection

Handmade quills using toothpicks and black and white marker pens.
The feather is cut from "Ivytree Elements" paper:  163/14 "Christmas elements" from the Wild & Free Collection

Materials used
Background papers: 163/3 "Porcupine Script/Quill script" from the Wild & Free Collection. I absolutely love these papers because the left and right papers have images that match, but are not the same!! One sheet of paper has both images on the same sheet, cleverly placed so that if you use 2 sheets, you can get them to match up like I did.
Notelets cut from 163/15 "Pretty Pocket Cards - Wordy Delights" from the Wild & Free Collection 
Jute string and buttons for the flower
Small piece of hessian
2 chipboard hearts, and one Enmarc "Lifetime of Memories"
Ink spray (olive green and bronze) for hearts
Glossy Accents
Black and white marker pens
Glitter glue

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The STORY behind the scrapbook page photos
The day arrived (October 2016) and I was so excited that the 4 hour drive from Pretoria felt like 10 hours - I wanted to get started! But first priority was of course to hold the service. Now, if you have ever attended a church service in Africa, you will realise that time does not factor into any calculations! Andre gave the sermon, with Ps Calitz translating.

After the service, the ladies set up two long tables for us to work on. I started by showing them a smaller sample I had created, and explaining how each piece was made. I then stood back and let them decide which of the many items on the table they wanted to use. There was only one rule - the cross had to be filled with the red and white seedbeads, and outlined with the mirror strips (reason below).

The ladies decided who would be creating the crumpled bits of newspaper, who would be gluing, and who would be pasting pieces down. I have learnt from my work experiences that "buy-in" is essential for the success of any project! And sooooo ... with a little hesitation as to what they were actually doing ... they followed my basic instructions and got on with the task.

We had a fabulous time, with the ladies singing while working, and here and there a good laugh was had. 

When we came to the part where they had to cover EVERYTHING they had painstakingly glued onto the board - with BLACK paint - they reacted exactly as I expected they would - nooooooooooo! A little persuasion from me, and a comparison to how our lives are full of sin and black, until God forgives us through the Blood of His Son and creates something new - then they accepted it and went for it!

After gluing on the red seedbeads (representing the Blood of Jesus), the white seedbeads (we are made pure through His Blood), and framing the Cross with the mirror strips (God's love reflecting in us), brushing some gold and bronze Gilders paste over the raised paper edges, and adding a few red glass pebbles, the project was completed.

It was a blessing to see how proud these ladies were of their own artwork. 

One of the men popped in to see the end product and immediately had ideas of starting a little business making mixed media artwork. A week later I was asked for a list of all the materials used. What a blessing to know God used little old me, and I cannot wait to visit again.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Friends forever layout

I had some papers left over from the Pretoria Scrapbook Society Coming Out event in September, and just could not resist making up a page of my eldest granddaughter and her bestie. These two 'young ladies' were dressed up in evening gowns for their schools Ms Boerie event. They both look so grown up!

I started with a dusty pink cardstock as the base, inked on the birds and branches using the Joanne's No.52 stencil from Krafty King and the All Purpose Ink (Truffle) also from from Krafty King. Then I distressed the outside edges with Tim Holtz Tea Stain pad, and spritzed three different colours of K-Craft inks randomly on the page. The glittered background was created by spreading gel medium over portions of a KaiserCraft 12x12 template (Doily), then sprinkling very fine glitter onto the wet gel.

The patterned elements are from the Pretty Pocket Cards and Eashi Tape (Afrikaans) page and the Wordy Delight (Afrikaans) set from  Friendship begins in the Heart Collection from the Ivy Tree Studio. 

The flowers and hexagonal papers were cut from the Gardenia and Agapanthus Blooms papers in the Hadeda Garden Collection at the Ivy Tree Studio. 

I then played around with a very fine mesh gauze, painted the edges with glue and dipped them into flower soft!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Pretoria Scrapbook Society - (4)

Our last kit for the day was a double side-stepper card using some of the Friendship begins in the Heart Collection.

Pretoria Scrapbook Society - Coming Out event (3)

Our third and very beautiful kit for the day was under Surita's guidance, using the Friendship begins in the Heart Collection - HER artwork!

 An amazing choice of papers and elements - all coordinated. I really enjoyed this layout because it has so many unusual elements like the threaded sewing machine. We used gel medium and stencils, spritz paints, sequins, wire, pins and beads and a lot of love to create this page. The photo is of my middle daughter and her best friend. The theme then is that friends are "stitched together" - clever hey! We were also given some of the Happy-Go-Artsy elements pages to work with.

Pretoria Scrapbook Society (2)

This was the second kit we used on the 11th September 2016, at the Coming Out Event of the Pretoria Scrapbook Society. .

Linda King of Krafty King - another great South African scrapbooking company - provided everything we needed and more! These frame box kits are available on her website.

All Purpose Ink - Banana Cream
This was also the first time that I tried All Purpose Inks in a tiny little bottle with a huge punch! These inks are fabulous for working with Fantastix brush pens and stencils - vibrant colours that stain the pages beautifully and I used it to create the branches on the background. Gel medium, a stencil, and lots of glitter created the flowers on the branches. This amazing lesson was thanks to Linda who made sure we worked very hard and fast to create this stunning picture frame box. The photo is of my eldest granddaughter and her friend at their school's Ms Boerie event. I actually gave this completed project as a present to my granddaughter.