Wednesday, 26 August 2015

*~Life is Sweet with You~* Card

Hi there!

I created this card today from this weeks very funky Card Sketch Challenge #127 at
Feeling Sketchy:





I enjoyed playing along and hope to see you again soon!!


Have a great day!

{{{Hugs}}}

*~Erica~*


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

*~Angus Babe & Let's Scrap Sketch #8-15-15~*

Good Morning My Dear Scrappy Arty Friends!

I surely hope you are doing well!

Spring is in the air here in South Africa and I even started doing some gardening... 
I am actually still waiting for the cold to return, as August is just a teeny bit early for Spring here...
It usually only starts mid September... but no one is complaining!

We had a lovely drive out to one of my favourite places:
Hartbeespoort in the North West Province on Sunday
(yes, another layout on it's way - the pics have already been printed)
and I bought this beauty at the Jasmyn Farm Stall... 


An absolute beauty of a Geranium... I grew up calling it a Malva, and still love that name...
It is not just beautiful for the eyes to see, but I rather like the distinct smell.
Lucky me to have found her! ;-)

 Well, this week I would like to share with you this very versatile sketch from Let's Scrap.
 I have been wanting to scrap my 3 dear pups of 9 months old...
So this one is the first of a few you are going to see of them. ;-)

We were filled with terrible sadness after our dear bullterrier Tiger died of bladder cancer in the age of 10 in October 2014.
This is Tiger.. Such a handsome & soft hearted boy...
We loved him dearly & he will always live in my heart. ♥

Tiger as a sweet & naughty pup ;-)


In his younger years...


10 years old ♥


 
So for about 2 months our house and garden were so quiet...
We woke up on 20 December 2014, decided we would like to give "a" rescue pup a home forever and drove to Wollies Animal Project in Pretoria North.  As we walked in, this little cutie just arrived at the shelter.  Off cause, we fell in love right away!!!
My DD#1 immediately called him Angus... and it suits him to a T!

...and the lady said... there are some more pups at the back if you would like to see them...
the rest is history!!!

Well, back to Angus for now: he has an absolute heart of gold with the most beautiful chocolate brown eyes
This is him... our Dear Angus...
And a BABE he is, believe me if I tell you that!! ♥

Let's Scrap Sketch # 8-15-15



My Layout all about *Angus Babe*
 

He was sleeping & playing on the couch & used my crocheted granny square cushion as a pillow, off cause this is the most comfy cushion in the lounge & there seem to be no others like it!?!

Here is some close ups...


As I am on a bit of a "rampage" to finish WIP's and use up what I have, I went right there into the archives again for these papers... I remembered that I had some "old" doggy papers from a layout I did in a class about 10 years ago... These papers are very thin and tears easily, so I had to be quite careful.  The paw brads were also in my stash for many years and the same with the 7 Gypsies stickers...





This is just a wooden cut out I found in a shop a while ago and loved it, all I did was chalk it with a little bit of  Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and a Blending Tool as I wanted it to look natural and blend in with Angus' lovely brown skin. :-)

I do not think that Angus is as much the Lucky Dog as we are the Lucky Humans to have him as part of our family. ♥


I find animals, especially my dogs, to be an absolute pleasure to be around and AMAZINGLY WONDERFUL therapy.  No prejudice, no hate, no unkindness, no sarcasm...
Only love & acceptance & gratitude & kindness.

I do love all animals, but am a bit more of a dog person.
I have had 2 cats in my life and loved them dearly.
The one was a lovely black cat, I received as a gift from one of my favourite teachers in high school.  His name was: Kaitsicubib (not at all sure of the spelling, but that is what I called him, after a character in an Afrikaans television series that was shot in Namibia...
I wish I can remember what that series' name was, but it is a long time ago!? Anyone???)

This is Kaitsicubib & I in the 80's  :-)

 



My dogs, well, they are companions, friends, children, psychologists, circus pets, soulmates...
all in one!? ♥♥♥ 


I surely hope you enjoyed looking as much as I loved creating this very special layout for our Pet Album!


Have a Wonderful Tuesday!

{{{Hugs}}}

*~Erica~*

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

*~KewTie~*

Good Morning My Dear Arty Scrappy Friends

We are having some lovely sunny weather here in South Africa today... it almost feels like Spring is here, but I do know by trial & error that Winter has not passed yet and Spring will only be here in about 4-6 weeks, which is in September/October.  I cannot wait for the rain to come, for green green grass and flowers to bloom... such beauty Spring brings!!

I have been busy busy scrapbooking inbetween all the other things in life,
never a dull moment and always something to do! :-)

Today I would like to share with you my entry into this week's fabulous Let's Scrap sketch...

This is another beautiful sketch by Michelle van Wyk:
8-1-15


And this is my entry, called: "Kewtie"...


I played around with some white textured paint and a leaf stencil.
When dry, I used a little bit of blue mist.



Here are some close ups:


 I attended the LOVELY Helderfontein Scrapbook Event hosted by Scrapbook Studio from Jeffrey's Bay.  I will be doing a blog post on this event soon, so watch this space... 

I used some leftovers from our one class by Jowilna Nolte for this layout.  We used some fabulous distress ink techniques on these, with a hint of silver, as well as the embossing folder from Craft Concepts called "Stained Glass" {using the Cuttlebug to emboss}, so the embossed hexigons started out as plain white paper and this is the great effect it ended up with, something I am definitely using in my layouts & cards again!
The hexagon 3rd from the top in the middle has been done with only distress ink and some water, creating a "spongy" effect.

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Here I used some old patterns to krinkle up in the left bottom part of the layout.
You will see the upside down "E" which is especially for my DD's name. :-)




 I was getting terribly creative with the name "Kewtie" and came up with a mixture of "Kewpie" and "Cutie"... instead of calling it Cutie Kewpie or something which makes it less interesting.
The cream sticker letters I used was in my stash from a previous scrapbook convention a few years ago and I dabbed some blue ink on it to make it stand out a bit more.
 

 I went on a hunt right at the back of my corner cupboard in my studio for these old albums to scrap these pics of my DD when she was 2 years old and enjoying every moment of washing this little Kewpie doll at the Moms & Tots Workshop where we used to go every Friday morning.  We had lots of fun there & lots of friends, some super special times I will never forget and which I would like to savour for her to look back on. On this photo is her friend Christo looking very interested in her do-abouts.  I think everytime we left there, that little dolly was all squeeky clean and bright! :-)



"Hey Diddle Diddle" was one of my DD's favourite rhimes so I had to use this!

Wow, and it gives me a splendid idea for another layout with this rhime as theme... Ahhhhh.....


I used a few cute flowers that was in my stash...
And did some fussy cutting... {Aijaijai, can't believe I did that to myself again!?}



 This layout is going straight into my DD's album, along with the other pics from back when she was 2 years old.  I have decided not to change that specific album, as it is already a "Project Life" like album... so maybe I already had the idea of doing Project Life but it had no name yet 17 years ago!  Anyway, I am "only" going to scrap some pics here and there and position them inbetween the pocket folders to make it more pretty for her to enjoy one day looking back on her life.

This is the "old" pocket pages... not at all bad! 






Thank you so much for visiting my blog!  I surely hope you enjoyed looking and I hope to see you back here again soon!

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Have a Fantastic Wednesday!

Hugs

Erica