Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Project Life weeks 33 and 34

Weeks 33 and 34 were nice and sunny in our lead-up to our Germany trip. 
In week 33 we saw Suicide Squad with some friends and went for a walk in the park with our puppy.

 This week also saw my design featured on Birds Cards - really cool and nice to see some new faces visiting my blog!

Week 34 was all about moms! My mom came up to Joburg, we went and saw the movie Bad Moms...and we found out that my cousin and his wife are expecting! So, another mom-to-be :)

LOVE the pregnancy announcement - really creative. And if you get the chance, you MUST see Bad Moms - it's brilliant!

And our cute puppy once more!

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Spooky pops

Hi everyone! I’m very excited to share something with you today. Behold – spooky pops! 
I was going to go with “spidey pops” but then my creativity took hold and some more designs were added :)

For the first time EVER I’m throwing a Halloween party. Halloween is not really something we celebrate in South Africa, but I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to a proper Halloween party. Since buying our first house (yay!) my husband and I finally have somewhere to host a proper spooky party.

Whenever Halloween comes around I look at the d├ęcor and DIY projects, and I’ve always thought it would  be fun to use flat suckers (known in my family as Lick and Learn Lollies – a brand from my childhood) and decorate them with spooky creatures.
The idea is for some of the colour of the sucker to show through.

Since joining Bird’s Design Team over at Birds SVG  I have been playing around with some of her amazing designs, and I thought they would work perfectly for what I had in mind.

I used two different sets of SVG designs, the FREE Halloween Characters set which is available FREE on her website. Did I mention it’s free? :) I also used her latest Chilled to the Bone party pack for the skull design.

I made a template of the sucker in Silhouette Studio, and resized the various designs to best fit the sucker. Whilst the cauldron would cover the whole sucker, I wanted the majority of the designs to have some of the colour showing through.

I cut the designs out of different coloured cardstock and also trimmed some of the packaging around the suckers. I then stuck the designs onto the suckers using a combo of double-sided tape and Pritt (glue stick).

Which one do you like best? 

Interestingly enough, I really like the bats, even though they’re not covering all of the sucker wrapping. Another favourite is definitely the spiderweb.

I can’t wait to serve these to my guests at Halloween. If you’d like to make your own, head over to Bird’s SVGs and grab some of her fantastic designs. Happy Halloween!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Amazing hexagon page

Hi everyone! I'm so in love with this page - don't you think it's fantastic? I've been hanging onto this hexagon paper for a while and I knew I wanted to do something cool with it. I really like the way it's worked out. 
I used a textured black paper for the background, which itself has a sort of honeycomb feel. Then I kept the embellishments simple, with a few handmade stickers in white and gold. I really wanted the colours, both in the hexagons and the picture itself, to pop. 
My DIY vinyl stickers. Thanks for looking!

Monday, 5 September 2016

Photo of the month and week 32

This month's "Photo of the Month" goes to Aston's graduation from puppy school!
I had fun speckling in the triangles using a black pen - I think it works well with the paper and the Project Life card.

And Week 32 mainly featured my husband getting out of hospital and coming home safely - so relieved. I did have to add a picture of my glasses, which said puppy school graduate managed to scratch! 

And Aston's toy Ben needs to be retired and replaced with a new Ben - version 2.0!

Friday, 19 August 2016

Project Life Week 30 and 31

A very simple page this week because I realised I had taken almost NO photographs! Luckily I had some other things to share - like our reservation for our trip to AMSTERDAM and the fact that I got asked to be part of Bird's design team over at Bird's SVGs.

 I do like the colours though.

Week 31 contained a lot of hospitals. Our friends welcomed their first child, but he had to stay in the NICU for a while.
 Then my husband was in a motorbike accident and was in High Care for a week. So thankful that he's all okay. 
 Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Project Life week 29

Hi everyone, sorry for only posting Week 29 now - my hubby was in an accident and has been in hospital, so everything was put a bit on hold. He's all fine now, thank goodness, and so here's week 29 in all it's colourful glory :)

Monday, 8 August 2016

A Tropical Layout

Hi everyone! I’d like to share with you a new layout that’s going in my Bali honeymoon album. Before we get started though, let me fill you in on some interesting developments behind the scenes. I’ve recently become part of the Design Team over at Birds SVG’s. If you’ve never been to her site before, you MUST check it out – she has amazing SVG files, great kits and some incredible freebies too – sounds good, right? Find the link to her site here.

Now one of the challenges for the Design Team was to use one of Bird’s amazing designs in a different way. I browsed through all the amazing designs and the Club Tropicana set just sat up and said “pick me!” Here’s a picture of the set

Isn’t it wonderful? Don’t you feel like planning a tropical party right away? Well when I saw it I immediately thought “Bali album”. I decided to use the hibiscus flowers, but in two slightly different ways to how they were originally intended.

First up, I wanted to make a stencil. I used the envelope SVG because it already had a hibiscus cut out, which was basically a stencil already.

I took the flower off the envelope and deleted the envelope. Then I made a few duplicates and resized them. 
I cut around the stencil, just to make it easier to use. I then mirrored it below - now I had two stencils to play around with. 

I used pretty thick cardboard for the stencil – it was actually from an old folder I had lying around. And there you go – hibiscus stencils!

So what was I going to do with my stencil you ask? Well, I was going to use it to make a hibiscus background! Based on my picture I decided to do white, dark pink and teal flowers on a bright green background.

I started off with the white ink…

It was a combination of stamping using the stamp pad itself, and using a brush for some of the smaller areas.
By the way, if you’re ever making a stenciled background yourself, make sure to also do some stencils going off the side of the page, to make the pattern look more authentic.

Next up was the pink – but the stamp pad didn’t work so well, so I resorted to pink craft paint instead! Actually, if I must tell the truth, I didn’t have pink craft paint, but I did have pink fabric paint – which, it turns out, worked just as well!
I deliberately went quite easy on the paint/ink on the stencils – I wanted a more subtle colour, not too bright.

And lastly the teal – doesn’t the page look amazing?

Next up I added my photo, a few project life cards and some stickers. Then I used another of Bird’s designs, the hibiscus from the card. I cut two of these out and added them to my page (I made them different colours in Silhouette Studio, just to keep track of them better).

I really love how this page turned out – the background is completely unique and it’s great that I have matching cut-outs as well.

And it just goes to show, there are many different ways to use an SVG file – compare Bird’s original gift card and envelope and my scrapbooking page below:

For Bird’s Club Tropicana collection, click on the link here. Just think of all the things you can make!

Thanks for looking, and as always, happy crafting!