Wednesday, 17 December 2008

Week 10 - Assignment 3

Final one for tonight.... For this assignment we had to think of something we are grateful for - this one was easy, my family.

Week 10 - Assignment 2

For this assignment we had to use black and white photos and then pick two or more triadic colours i.e spaced evenly around the colour wheel. We then had to 'jump the gutter' with the title i.e spread the title across two pages.

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Design Your Life - Week 10

Week 10 is all about understanding colour. The first assignment involves picking 4 colours from a photograph, then discarding one or two. You then have to use these colours in varying quantities to accent the photograph. The sketch showed a block of journalling underneath the main photograph and a strip of pattered paper underneath the bottom two photographs. I didn't have a lot to say about the photos, so decided to switch the journalling and PPs.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Real World Colour 9

Thought I'd squeeze in another LO this morning, before I head off to do some Christmas shopping. It's pouring with rain, so I think we'll end up in The Trafford Centre with the thousands of other people with the same idea!

Friday, 12 December 2008

Week 9 - Assignment 1

The colour on this photo is not very good. The grey background is actually white IRL. Think it's getting too late to take photos - time for a rest.

Real World Colour 8

On a roll now - nearly caught up!

Week 8 - Assignment 2

Those that know me, will know that this LO sums up our family perfectly..... we are not the outdoor type! Despite our best efforts, I will probably never have lovely photos of the countryside in winter, or summer for that matter, but we sure had fun trying!

Week 8 - Assignment 1

What can I say about this one - except 'love the hat, Mum xx'

Real World Colour 7

For this assignment we were given the colour scheme and the journalling block, so this made it an easy, quick LO to do. Of course I could have thought 'outside the box' a little bit - but haven't got time for that LOL!

Week 7 - Assignment Two

For years, Mum had wanted to go to the 'Witches Galore' shop in Pendle, so a couple of weekends ago, we finally got around to going. We had a lovely day out an she bought us both a 'Pendle Witch' as a souvenir.
Apologies for the poor picture of the LO - haven't figured out how to fix the lens distortion yet.

Design Your Life - 'Catch Up!'

Today, I decided that I'd better catch up, on all the assignments that I was leaving until I came back from India. The photos aren't quite in the 'Taj Mahal' league, but those photos will follow soon.... we've just found out that our trip to India is still going ahead, as they've managed to move our whole itinery to March next year!

Thursday, 4 December 2008

Papertake Weekly - Recipe Challenge

For this challenge you needed to use one ribbon, two rectangles and three small round embellishments. I have coloured Tilda with Prismacolors and Sansador and have used Fa La La PPs and a Stamps Away sentiment.

Stampavie - Week 5

For this sketch challenge I have coloured Tilda using Prismacolor pencils and Sansador. The PPs are Making Memories ' Fa La La', the scalloped oval has been cut with the Bigshot and embossed with a Cuttlebug folder and the sentiment is by Hero Arts.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Sketch Saturday - Sketch 27

Guess what I've been doing all day? I can't believe I've only done 3 challenges in a whole day though! For this sketch challenge I have coloured Tilda and the bauble with Promarkers. The sentiment is Stamps Away and the PPs are Making Memories 'Fa La La'. Wonder if I've got time to squeeze in another challenge before DH gets home!

Penny Black - No Patterned Paper

This week's challenge, from Penny Black Saturday, was to make a card without using patterned paper. I have used Penny Black 'Jolly Christmas Kitty' stamp, coloured with Promarkers, and a Stamps Away sentiment stamp. The background was created using stamps and inks from Stamping Up.

Friday Sketchers - No:30

I have used Penny Black 'Christmas Dreams', coloured with Prismacolors, Magnolia sentiment stamp and K & Co PPs for this challenge.

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Tilda and Friends - Warm and Cosy Challenge

I was supposed to be going to India last Saturday, on an all expenses paid trip that Tim had won at work, but due to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, the trip was cancelled. Although it was very disappointing, I know from a safety point of view, that it was the right thing to do. They are going to organise a replacement trip for us, in the new year, so I am looking forward to finding out what it is.

I haven't done any of the Cathy Zielske assignments for a while, as I was going to wait until I came back from India with lots of lovely photos! Looks like I'm going to have to come up with a plan B!

I have made an ATC for this week's Tilda challenge, which had to fit the theme of 'warm and cosy'. The Magnolia stamps have been coloured with Promarkers and the PP is from Stamping Up.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Real World Colour

This one was really hard. I didn't really have any photos to go with the colour scheme we were given and I'm not keen on the sketch, but I'm quite happy with the finished LO (although I must confess to cheating, by changing the colour of my T shirt on photoshop!)

Design Your Life - Week 6

This week's lesson was about 'unity'. We learnt how proximity, repetition and continuation of elements helped to achieve the feeling of a unified LO. I had a lovely day on Friday, I got together with three friends, who are also doing the course - it was really helpful to be able to 'bounce' ideas off each other. I got two assignments finished, which just leaves the 'real world colour' assignment to do.

Monday, 3 November 2008

More Design Your Life

As usual, we were given a sketch to follow and for this one, we were also given the journalling block with 'In the month of......., we:' pre printed. Again, I have gone a few years back and have used pictures of our Westie, Daisy, when she was 8 weeks old.

Spoon full of Sugar - Challenge 23

This week's challenge was to use sparkle and bling on your card. I have stamped a Hero Arts snowflake background, covered it with double sided adhesive and then added glitter. The stamp is Penny Black's 'Snow Hut' and the sentiment is from Stamping Up.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Papertake - Dawny's Sketch no:1

This is my card for this week's Papertake challenge. I have used Penny Black's 'Royal Mail' stamp, coloured with Prismacolors and a Hero Arts sentiment stamp. The PPs are Cosmo Cricket 'Mr Campy'.

Friday, 31 October 2008

Assignment 2

This is another assignment from the 'white space' theme. I've struggled to get a good photograph of this one - the colour is not quite right and it looks wonky. It's quite bright and straight IRL!!

Design Your Life - Week 5

This week's theme is 'white space'. The concept being, that whilst white space doesn't necessarily have to be 'white', less is more and by leaving areas of space on a LO it gives the eye chance to focus on the visual content. Anyway, enough pretending that I know what I'm talking about - here's my first assignment for the week.

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Today's Other Card!

I can't believe that I've been sat in my craft room all day and only produced two cards. Mind you, until 10 minutes ago it was only one card!

Friday Sketchers - Sketch 25

Another great sketch and another Christmas card ticked off my list. Rather than using traditional Christmas colours, I have just coloured the image, using Prismacolors, to match the colours in the papers. The papers are Paper Salon 'Dazzle', the images are Penny Black and Stamping Up.

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Worth the Wait

This is my real world colour challenge for this week. The LO reveals my childish side - I'm sulking in the bottom picture because the Winnie the Pooh ride was closed for refurbishment, but much happier four years later, when it was open. The rest of the family went on all the big rollercoasters, whilst my highlights were 'Winnie the Pooh' and 'It's a Small World'!

Sunday, 26 October 2008

Design Your Life - Week 4

This is my first assignment for this week. Cathy provided the journalling template and sketch and we had to do the 'easy bit' i.e. find appropriate photos. The problem is, it's no longer easy, as I'm having to go way back to find photos to fit the theme. The next assignment is a mini book - so I'm definitely going to have to take photos especially for the occasion. The kids are going through the 'don't want to have my photo taken' phase, so maybe the mini album will feature pictures of everyone asleep!

Thursday, 23 October 2008

Friday Sketchers - Sketch 24

I have used 'Honey with Gifts' from the Sugar Nellie range, for this card. It's such a cute stamp - I can feel a whole batch of these cards coming on! She has been coloured with Promarkers and I have used Daisy Bucket 'Wrapped Wishes' papers.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Penny Black Saturday - Challenge 19

This week's challenge was to make an ATC containing at least one Penny Black image. The Hedgehog stamp has been coloured using Promarkers.

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Tilda and Friends - 'Tag it' Challenge

This week's challenge was to turn an ATC into a tag. I've not done anything fancy, just a bit of colouring with promarkers - very therapeutic though!

Monday, 20 October 2008

More Cathy Zielske!

This is my favourite sketch so far from Cathy. I can't even take credit for the colour scheme - that was copied from the assignment too! I've been building the courage to scrap these photos for ages - Natalie won't be impressed when she finds out, but I couldn't resist.

Saturday, 18 October 2008

Design Your Life - Week Three

Cathy Zielske is certainly keeping me busy! I'm enjoying the challenge of using colours that I wouldn't normally use, different size LOs and using more than one photo on each LO (although the last one is making me realise that I need to take more photos, as I'm rapidly running out!)

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Friday Sketchers 23

Nothing like leaving a challenge until the last minute - here's my attempt at sketch 23. I have used Rhona Farrer papers, Hero Arts sentiment and a Forever Friends stamp, coloured with Prismacolors.

Monday, 13 October 2008

Design Your Life - Week Two

We were given a digital journalling card, with the title 'You', to use this week, along with another fab sketch. I featured my friend Karen in this LO, to illustrate for example, how she acts as my 'route finder' - I have a notoriously bad sense of direction, so whenever we go to a retreat I just follow wherever she leads. Last year she took me back to my room 5 different ways and I didn't even notice! She also limits my pressing of the 'buy it now' button and has probably saved me a fortune over the years, although I must confess to sometimes pressing it anyway, when she's not looking!

We had a great time at the Luxurious Angel's retreat last weekend - Roz, Suzanne, Kirsty and Lianne's classes were really good; Sarah and Lianne brought some great goodies to tempt us and we made lots of new friends - roll on next year!

Thursday, 9 October 2008

Friday Sketchers 22

For this card I used Hero Arts ribbon stamps, Adirondack inks, Skipping Tilda and Promarkers. I'm going to the Luxurious Angels retreat tomorrow, with my 'Partner in Crime' Karen. Looking forward to some great classes, good company and maybe a Bacardi Breezer or two!

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Extra Homework

Cathy set us some extra homework this week. The theme was 'real world colour', so we had to take colour inspiration from catalogues, adverts etc. We were also supposed to use our handwriting on the LO, but I must confess, that after an initial attempt, which my lovely daughters said ruined the LO, I reverted to a 'handwriting' font on the PC!

Monday, 6 October 2008

My Space

This LO was my second assignment for this week. I have wanted to scrap my craft room for ages and have been waiting for a flash of inspiration - I think this graphic sketch from Cathy works perfectly.

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Design Your Life - Week One

I've had my FIL staying for a few days, so haven't managed to do any challenges this weekend, although I did manage to get one of my LOs done for the first week of Cathy Zielske's class. This week is all about symmetrical balance. We have been given a couple of sketches to use, which I find invaluable when I'm struggling for inspiration. Anyway, one down and one to go!

Friday, 3 October 2008

Penny Black Saturday Challenge 16 - Seasons

I decided to do 'summer' for the challenge - to remind me of what we missed this year! I have used Penny Black 'Buzz in the Air', coloured with prismacolors. The paper is from the 'Gretel' collection by Piggytales and the sentiment stamp was lent to me by my friend Gayle (thank you) - so not sure who it is made by.

Cute Card Thursday (Challenge 30) - Christmas Animals

I love this cute hedgehog stamp from Penny Black. I have coloured him using Prismacolors and Sandsador. The Let it Snow stamp is also from Penny Black, whilst the Joy to All stamp is from Hero Arts.

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

Class from Maria at Scrummy Stash Cafe

My scrapbooking mojo seems to have disappeared at the moment, so I was struggling for something to take to the Warrington Crop on Sunday, until I came across this lovely class from Maria at Scrummy Stash Cafe. I have used Basic Grey Lily Kate papers, Thickers alphabet, Fancy Pants chipboard swirls and a flower stamp from Personal Impressions.

Saturday, 27 September 2008

Tilda & Co Challenge 37 - On a Budget

For this challenge we could spend no more than £1 on card, papers, flowers, bling etc. The cost of tools, inks, stamps etc wasn't included.
I spent: White card 10p, Bazzill 30p, Patterned paper 12p, Flowers 15p and Bling 3p.
Total: 70p

Friday, 26 September 2008

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

This week's challenge was to decorate the inside of a card. I have used stamps by Penny Black, Inkadinkadoo and Rubber Soul. The paper is 'Loverly Flower' by Pebbles Inc. I added some bling to the inside, to give it a bit of sparkle.

Thursday, 25 September 2008

Friday Sketchers - Sketch 28

I was full of good intentions today that I was going to get lots of challenges done. Well, here I am at 4pm, with one challenge done - I don't know where the day has gone!

I have used Pen Pal Sugar Nellie, coloured with Promarkers. The papers are a mixture of American Crafts and Making Memories from my April Scrapagogo kit.

Tuesday, 23 September 2008

Cute Card Thursday Challenge

The challenge this week to use 'food' on your card. I have coloured her with my trusty Prismacolors and used Fancy Pants Sweet Pea papers and embellishments. The swirly stamp is from Fancy Pants and the sentiment is from Penny Black. I am enjoying these challenges so much - thankyou!