Final one for tonight.... For this assignment we had to think of something we are grateful for - this one was easy, my family.
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Tuesday, 16 December 2008
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
Friday, 12 December 2008
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!
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.
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
Wednesday, 3 December 2008
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!
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.
Tuesday, 2 December 2008
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
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!)
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
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.
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
Friday, 31 October 2008
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
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
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
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
Wednesday, 22 October 2008
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Monday, 20 October 2008
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
Thursday, 16 October 2008
Monday, 13 October 2008
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
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
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
Sunday, 5 October 2008
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
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.
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
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
Friday, 26 September 2008
Thursday, 25 September 2008
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
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!