Bow ties are cool.
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Friday, 19 November 2010
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Saturday, 30 October 2010
Monday, 25 October 2010
OK, I'm no Picasso, but this was certainly easier on the mojo than trying to piece and paste bits of paper together. :)
Saturday, 23 October 2010
Anyway, I have managed to do SOMETHING with the UKS weekly challenge each week this month. This is just a quickie shot of the current one using my iPhone. Spatter, numbers, ribbon and symbolism referencing the photo (giraffe print ribbon).
I've done it 8x8 as I have space in an 8x8 album.
I'm well aware it's not too good, but it's done!
Friday, 15 October 2010
My mother at the Camera Obscura in 2006 and John in 2010. I didn't quite get John standing in the same place, but it's close enough!
Ex-yellow BoBunny chipboard swirls, jazzed up with paint, GA and Pink Paislee's Pixee Stix. I've never tried that technique before and now I want to sprinkle glitter on all my chipboard!
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Thursday, 30 September 2010
Baby Blue / 3 of Something / Bunting / Celebration
Last Christmas with both sets of Parentals.
Ice cream colours / Change / Stripes / Journalling
Me as a child. I was able to use up a lot of bits of Crate Paper - Blue Hill that I've had lying around for ages.
Guilty Pleasure / Chocolate Brown / Circle
John and I indulging in morning tea at Little Bettys in York. I saved one of the doily things that go under tea cups to catch the drips - gotta love emphemera. Also managed to use one of the beautiful Lakeland doilies that I've been stroking for a while.
Different Fonts / Inspired by Nature /Make an Embellishment
Used some of the skeleton leaves that Daddy found for me at a boot sale. :)
Panorama / Stamping / Altered Lettering
This one is actually current! Grand Canyon from North Rim. Stamped journalling boxes and painted thickers.
January's non-matchy layout is made from Cosmo Cricket and Sassafrass Lass.
I put a star by my favourite book each month.
June isn't an exact match either, but I've stuck with the tartan theme and used the Lewis Chessman.
Monday, 6 September 2010
Friday, 3 September 2010
Monday, 30 August 2010
Saturday, 28 August 2010
Everyone was taking pictures of her front and the crowds were so large it was hard to get a decent front shot. So I decided to be different, go round the back and get this angle of her instead!
I was also able to use the stamp set that I bought simply because it featured the Venus de Milo...
Sunday, 15 August 2010
Also used the Blended Ink Tutorial that I found on Studio Calico. I think I had rather more success with that than I did with the misting!
I seem to have gone from someone who doesn't stamp to someone who stamps on everything...
And this is what happened when I tried to Mist through a Crafters Workshop template!
Very runny and blobby! Another thing that requires practice. Must go in search of a tutorial!
Friday, 6 August 2010
Also found a card a I bought with a Chinese phrase on it. I remember I bought that because I regretted not buying more cards when I was in China.
So I chopped up the card and inked it up for a title. This is a mere 18 of the Tarepanda stickers, but it's a start.
I then looked up 'panda' in Chinese. It's actually 'bear' plus 'cat' and in one of the stickers the panda is dressed as a cat!
Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Just a quickie of Edinburgh Castle. You can see me reflected in it...
I've been doing a lot in 8.5x11 recently, but forgot to scale the sketch to the paper after I decided to flip the sketch! It was after I stuck the title down that I realised what I'd done wasn't what I'd planned to do, still, I like it.
My process was different this time. After spending ages colour coding my buttons, brads, cardstock and blooms they're now all easy to get at, easy to pull out the pots that match the photos... it's lovely!
I'm not going to sort my papers by colour. I'm still too much of a Paper Snob to let certain Companies mix with other Companies! But I do know what I own and what the colours are, so I pulled out all my pieces of red and green for this in the hope that I could mix them up. It didn't go as well as I'd hoped, the main papers are still both from the same collection (Cosmo Cricket - Garden Variety), but there is a Basic Grey rub on in there, and a punch from a matching paper and a Fancy Pants overlay that's been sitting around for ages.
Layering! Hurrah! Thanks to Wendy and Christine I will never let an unlayered embellishment near a layout again. :) Besides, it helps me to overcome my Snobbishness and mix up those Companies. This one fetaures stash my Dad bought from a boot sale, BG Cupcake, BG Boxer, Crate Cottage, Prima, American Crafts and a flower that came from goodness only knows where!
This one is my favourite. It's a shame that the Boot Sale Stash only had one piece of each item, so that's the ruffley green ribbon all gone and the red button with the doodly edge all used up. Still, must stop stroking and start using.
I left some gaps for stuff I don't necessarily want plastered over the net, they're filled in now.
Monday, 2 August 2010
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Monday, 26 July 2010
Saturday, 24 July 2010
Very bizarrely all the photos on the layouts have brightened after I took their pictures! On the layouts the colours in the photos are much more muted as I used the desaturation technique on them. Running them through Picasa to sharpen them up seems to have brightened them up as well...
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Used Merly Impressions for the first time as they specialise in Kaisercraft and WOW! Awesome service. So quick, emails to let you know they've dispatched, such a simple thing and yet many companies don't do that. The package was parcelled perfectly as well, attention to detail! Not to mention her sending three of the Kaisercraft magazines as well. Such fun to browse through and get inspiration from.
This was my first time using Kaisercraft paper as well, but I can safely say that I'll be back to Kaisercraft AND Merly Impressions in the future.
One of the tips in the magazine was to desaturate photos so that they match the earthier tones of this collection. So I did. Here's a layout with an ex-bright photo that has been desaturated. It looks so much better like this.