Monday, August 12, 2013


Hi all well we have really added quite a few new talented  faces to our group and this new card Designer is no exception to the rule so let me introduce you to
Val Thorpe ...Val will be creating some wonderful cards to inspire all you card crafters out there ...
Welcome Val
Hello my name is Val and I am wife of 37 years to Simon, who is mostly supportive of my hobby – but I really don’t think he gets it :D.  I have two kids – a son – Clint who is nearly 30 and has a gorgeous girlfriend Lin who has become very much part of our family and a beautiful daughter  Storm who is nearly 27. I am about to become Granny to twins (my sons) and I am super excited to have some little yummies who will become the centre of my scrappy obsession. I also have four yorkies who I absolutely love and adore and a very spoilt maine coon called Hansa who is gorgeous :D I  have lived in Johannesburg, South Africa for the last 33 years and I am very proudly South African.

I am an obsessive paper crafter, compulsive hoarder of crafty supplies, pathological picture taker, passionate story teller,  wannabe artist who loves to travel and I totally love my life. I love to create pretty things even if no-one else cares :D  I have been crafting for most of my life and loved it. About 10 years ago I went on a card making course with a friend and my love of paper and all things related started – a short while later I discovered scrapbooking (instant addiction) and I have never wavered since. I have a beautiful studio at home (more like a small shop) and I can be found in there every day with music blaring and my dogs at my feet while I play. Even though I scrap all day my favourite time to play is late at night when the house is dark and quiet.

I love challenges because they make me think outside the box and that will be my starting point, I never have a clear vision in my head of a finished product, my layouts usually just evolve and because of this I find it very hard to scrap outside of my studio because I never know that to take with me. I think it is this process that gets me the most excited.

I am currently on the DT for CSI and Let’s Scrap, and done GDT’s at Scrap Africa and I have one coming up at Scrap Friends.  I have been published in several of our local magazines and I teach a class on a Thursday night – I also have a scrap and chat with my three best friends and we have been meeting every Thursday morning for the last 10 years and I would not miss that for anything.

I hope to be able to inspire others with my work. I am a total social media butterfly and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. I also have a blog at

Thanks so much


  1. Hi Val, how lovely to see you on this group! I really enjoying playing with the challenges here. Cannot wait to see your lovely card designs.

    1. Thank you so much Jannee I am really looking forward to it :D hope to inspire :D

  2. Congrats awesome! Can't wait to see your creations! ;-)

  3. Welcome to BW2 Val - looking forward to seeing you play along with the Palettes and getting to know you :)

  4. Congrats Val, I will follow this blog. xxx

  5. Woohoo Congratulations Val!! Will be waiting for you fabulous creations!

  6. Hi Val so good to see you here on BW2 .. looking forward to continue playing with you on different challenges ... hugz Ax