Thursday, 29 September 2011

Swirlyhues Challenge

Just recently I discovered a wonderful scrapbooking site Swirlydoos and have just loved doing some of their tutorials for flowers. Their latest challenge (and this is the first month) is a sketch layout, but with two additional challenges - a colour palette and a requirement to use one of the forum tutorials. So I chose Lisa's wonderful Swirly Hibiscus Flowers Tutorial and made all my flowers (I am sooooo pleased with them and can't stop making them!).  I used cream cardstock and Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  I managed to find one small piece of duck egg blue cardstock which I had to use quite sparingly, so unfortunately the layout is a bit heavy on the other two colours.  

There was some careful placing of flowers as the main photograph had been damaged on the right hand side and I had to crop my brother (sorry!) out of the small photograph.  I just love this photograph of my cousin and I on a train journey (probably in 1959) on a day trip to London Zoo.  We meet occasionally but we were all at a family wedding in February this year so there was a great opportunity to get some photographs.  As soon as I saw the layout for two photographs I knew I had to use these.

This really has been great fun.  Do check out the Swirlydoos site as there really is so much of interest in terms of tutorials and some great layouts.

Glad to see we have a better style of "fringe" these days!

Saturday, 24 September 2011

Shetland Scrapbookers : A Quilling Layout

It seems a long time since I was at a Shetland Scrapbookers crop having been away most of the summer, so it was lovely to meet up with everyone this morning.  Rachel showed us some quilling techniques and then the challenge was to make a layout using quilling.  Well it IS quite fiddly and there was not so much chatter as usual as everyone seemed to be concentrating on their quilled pieces! But we still found time for a laugh and catch up.

My quillling - well I managed to make centres for the small flowers, two flourishes and three small pieces for the flourish.  I am still scrapping these lovely photos of "the" wedding - so many just "asking" to be scrapped!

I am also just loving making these flowers at the moment, very much inspired by a Forum tutorial on Swirlydoos.  A great site offering alot of inspiration for scrapbookers.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Inspiration Showcase with Jennifer McGuire

I have been doing an online course through Inspiration Showcase with Jennifer McGuire these last couple of weeks.  The course focuses on inky techniques and I've had a great time creating all these little hearts which will provide invaluable inspiration for the days when "inspire" seems to have flown out of the window.

I revisited some old techniques and learnt some new ones and of course Jennifer McGuire always adds so many tips for making embellishments look so good.

A lovely canvas (well 12 x 12 layout).  I now need to tidy my craftroom - it looks like a bomb has hit it! 

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Grungy Monday 21: Transparent Illusions

It seems such a long time since I posted anything, but I have had a wonderful week in Paris with my four wonderful schoolfriends and then a long weekend in Scotland with my son, daughter in law and gorgeous grandson.  So I was really grateful for Linda giving us a long period to complete this latest Grungy Monday Challenge.

So ..... transparent illusions ........... four ways to "rock" fragments in Tim's latest technique video which you can find here:  Transparent Illusions : Fragments.  

I tried all four techniques, but sadly my embossed piece melted at the edge (oops) and my clear tape technique didn't work at all, despite a couple of attempts (but I will keep trying as I think I am a bit over-enthusiastic with the rubbing!).  So my tag includes the collage fragment and the aged fragment with alcohol inks.

I have noticed a number of people starting to use Aged Mahogany over the last few weeks, so I got it out and gave it a whirl with Vintage Photo and I really love the colour combination.  Mind you my hands are now a nice shade of red - it is a very juicy pad.

So if you have not taken part yet you still have until September 18 to post your creation over at Studio L3.  Do take a look at this challenge as Linda has made a gorgeous piece of art celebrating her favourite beverage and using all four techniques.  Plus ... there are some fantastic submissions and some most novel ways of using the techniques.

Enjoy your week everyone.  I hope to be back visiting blogs now that I'm home for a while .............