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.