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.
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.
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'!
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!
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.
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.
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!)
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!
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!
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!
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!
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've been married to Tim for 26 years and we have two daughters, Natalie and Lauren. I'm a 'wannabe' artist, who, whilst not naturally artistic, enjoys having a go at anything crafty. Sewing is my latest obsession.