Saturday, August 31, 2013

September challenge and August Winner

Because I love blue this gateway appealed to me. Look at all that beautiful scrollwork.
I'm not sure where this was but it must be at the front of somewhere quite special.

Here's the DT inspiration for you.

When I first saw the vivid blue of the gated archway photograph for this month my mind was cast back to the time I spent on Mykonos, an island off Greece where so many of the window shutters, doors and gates are painted the same brilliant blue.


The pp under the photo and the stamps I used reminded me of all the swirls in the Inspiration photo.  The criteria was to use blue... and I used various shades of blues, keeping the background dark to mimic the Inspiration photo.
Large floral stamps were added in the lower left and to the right of the photo.  Tickets are Stampin' Up! Admit It.  Additional tickets were stamped and adhered with pop dots for dimension.  Flowers were grouped around the page title.  The flower die cut tucked under the photo and the strip below the title were embossed. Glitter gems are home made and the sketch I used is from Page Maps.

Dale's archway is reminiscent of the window's scroll work and her paper also has that middle eastern flavour.
Here's a layout I entered for a challenge last month but have added it here to show you that I can scrap too. LOL
I choose to use this photo of my daughter framed in a big open window, perched high above the glistening water in Positano, Italy.
The blue sea is just like a gorgeous background & with some lovely pp & some lovely Flourish with A Bling, I was really happy with the outcome. 
 and our new girl on the block, Trish has made a card
The lattice work on the hat and eyelet holes above reminded me of the window.
 Here's what you can win this month

That's large spotted flowers, chipboard buttons,2 packs of spotted buttons and 6 packs of tiles for embellishments.Total value around $20.
NOW THE GOOD NEWS: you have until 7th October to enter this month as I will be away until then for the school holidays.
If I can offer some great advice, please don't wait to submit until the last day. Voting is actually being done over the last 2 days of the month or in this case, the 6th and 7th .So to be considered you need to get it in slightly earlier. Of course we love to see your creations whenever you submit them.

Our winner this month was very close and required my casting vote.
Congratulations Diane Hasthorpe.
 Thanks again to Linda for sponsoring us.
A special honourable mention to Buffy and Kathleen who were an equal tie for 2nd place.


  1. Congratulations Diane! and thank you for the honorable mention...I really had fun with this last months challenge!

  2. OOoh, very close last month with some lovely entries. Congrats Diane.
    Now my favourite colour is blue and I will love to see what you can do with that colour and some added swirls. Get cracking!