Sunday, September 28, 2008

The weekend..

I had a really great weekend. Yesterday I did a clean of the house and got all the washing done-and hung out to dry. Now that was great because it meant the day was sunny and it's the first sun we've had in ages. Then I went to a demonstration of alchohol inks and distress inks by Louise, who I first came across blog hoping one day. She had some fantastic porjects on her blog, so when I found out that she was demonstrating in a local craft store, I made sure I was there to see. So I learned some new techniques, and bought some new products, which I am looking forward to playing with soon. Then my friend Barbara and her son Andrew came down from Aberdeenshire to stay the night. Andrew and Jack were best pals when we lived in Torphins, and they had a great time together, Both boys are currently doing the rounds of the university open days as they make decisions about where to study when they finish school next year. Today Barbara, Emily and I went shopping at Ikea and Costco. Then after Barbara and Andrew left Emily and I went for a country walk in the Pentlands (the hills near Edinburgh).
When we got back I started working on some layouts to go with an article I am writing for The Scrapbook Magazine. So, a great weekend-good friends, art, walking, some photos, and scrapping to finish.
This is a LO I did a while ago for Scrapbook Sisters, using Scenic route papers. It is my wee nephew Lucas-isn't he the cutest?


Wednesday, September 24, 2008

new LO

Here is a LO I did this week for the Top Designer Challenge at Badgirlskits. For this challenge we had to use two or more patterned papers; these paper are Scenic Route, SEI and Colorbox. The Colorbox papers-the big yellow background paper- was from a collection pack that I bought when I first started scrapping 3 years ago. Just goes to show you don't always need to use the latest and newest papers.



Here is a piece I made for Mixed Media Monday, last week. I didn't post it then because I couldn't find it! Turns out I had put it under the tablecloth in the kitchen to keep it flat. The theme was STARS. It is very pretty, and I'm happy with how the stars turned out, but if I was doing it again I wouldn't put the journalling in those straight lines-it really should be flowing and curvaceous. I used white and clear embossing powders for the stars, distress inks for the background colour, an image transfer, and the woman is a collage image. Around the outside is silver enbossing powder. it is quite sparkly IRL.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Challenge 3 is up

at the CrEative Type. I do hope you will play along. the challenge is great-it's all about quotes-and I LOVE using quotes, and also there's a great prize up for grabs. it looks so great I think I will have to go akead and make a purchase myself.

Here is a recent LO I did for the CrEative type:

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Some collage

I've really been enjoying making collages lately. It makes a change from scrapping and makes me think a little bit-and that's got to be good, right?

The first collage I am going to upload was done in response to Mixed Media Monday challenge to create something with the theme of famous people. Mine of course is Charlie Chaplin.




Actually, now that I think about it, there's not that much collage really. The only stuck on bits are the image of Charlie and the spotlights. The streams of light are watercolour paints, the dark bits are distress inks. The whole thing is sprayed with glimmer mists, and glitter glue has been added to the light streaming down on Charlie.

The next collage was done for the Crowabout group. each week a series of images is uploaded and we use them to create a collage. I was struggling a bit with this week's but in the end this happened:


I did some scrapping today for The CrEative Type which should appear on the site on Monday. it is another very different (for me) page. I'm really enjoying making page layouts with minimal embellishments. Although i still love a well embellished page, there is something very satisfying about a simple page.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Do you want to win...



this great prize?

Tere are some great things in this prize that I would love to have myself-especially all that different journalling stationery. So how to win.... just go over TheCreative Type, and click on the icon for #Challenge 2. You have until Sunday at 8pm (BST) Well I think that is the UK time-but just to be on the safe side I suggest you leave a link to layout on the blog earlier than that!


Here is mine- a departure from my normal embellished and colourful style. But then that's what challenges are about-trying new things and stretching your creativity!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

a layout

Just a quick post tonight. I haven't uploaded a Scrapbook layout for some time so here is one I made earlier:

Sorry about the poor cropping! Yummy Senic Route papers.

and here's something to make you laugh hopefully:

A woman in her thirties is at home happily jumping unclothed, on her bed and squealing with delight.

Her husband watches her for a while and asks, 'Do you have any idea how ridiculous you look? What's the matter with you?'

The woman continues to bounce on the bed and says, 'I don't care what you think. I just came from having a mammogram and the doctor says that not only am I healthy, but I have the breasts of an 18-year-old.'

The husband replies, 'What did he say about your 42-year old @rse?'

'Your name never came up,' she replied.

Friday, September 05, 2008

quick post

Just a quick post tonight because I wanted to upload the collage I did for MMM. The theme was Nature. I had in mind to make something for the garden- a driftwood/stone type sculpture, but the weather here has been so bad recently that I've not been able to get out to collect anything. In the end I did a collage. I used some book pages (about birds and flowers), some paper napkins and distress inks to add colour. It's simple but pretty I think. I like it.




And here's a joke. hope you find it as funny as I did:


A guy goes to the supermarket and notices an attractive woman waving at him.
She says hello.
He's rather taken aback because he can't place where he knows her from.
So he says, 'Do you know me?'
To which she replies, 'I think you're the father of one of my kids.'
Now his mind travels back to the only time he has ever been unfaithful to his wife, and he says, 'My God, are you the stripper from my friend's bachelor party that I made love to on the pool table with all my buddies watching while your partner whipped my bottom with wet celery?'


She looks into his eyes and says calmly, 'No, I'm your son's teacher

Thursday, September 04, 2008

The Creative Type



We had a challenge over at The Creative Type-and that was to make a LO about ourselves based on a poster. So I trawled through a poster site and found a ton of inspiration for layouts, like this one:




and this one:

but int the end I settled on this vintage one as my inspirational piece:



and this is my take on it:


This is very different for me-but that's the great thing about challenge blogs-they stretch us to explore different ways of working.