Wednesday, October 30, 2013

November Challenge

I call this the giant olive or sea cucumber. In fact I don't know what it is meant to be.
I thought it might spur your imaginations as it is an interesting shape.

The added criteria this month is THE SEA.
 You can use any seaside picture so long as you can explain how this inspired you.

Here's what the D.T. have done ...


The criteria to go with the image was the sea. This year my family visited the Sentosa Aquarium where there was this enormous cylindrical aquarium filled with tropical fish. I've cut the sea plants with a decorative 12" trimmer and some scissors.


I was inspired by the blues in the Inspiration photo and used a "sea theme" for the criteria.  The darker blue pp was misted with a silver mist which was also inspired by the dusky, silvery-looking colors in the photo.  The tiny strip of washi tape (under the 3D dolphin) was cut with pinking shears along one edge.  3D swirls behind the dolphin look like splashing waves.  The center strip of pp was embossed and the date was added on the folder tab in the lower right.  Clear stickers serve as the page title (with a punched star on it) and sub title.  Sketch is Page Maps (Apr 2010).


This building looks like a sea creature rising from the waves (well if you use your vivid imagination it does lol)  so I went with a photograph my daughter captured of the performing dolphins at The Porpoise Pool in Coffs Harbour.
Aren't they magnificent, beautiful creatures?  I've added in some symbolic waves and a number of sea style embellishments to fit the theme.
This is a photo of my DGS when younger, I though the title apt with the look on his face.  The tulle flower reminds me of the purple ... I shall call it a gherkin for want of a better name.  The cheery Lynne die I doubled the cut out that resembles the pattern of the gherkin shaped building and finally the die cut under the bottom picture is another example of the shape of the building.
When I saw the picture I thought of a big fish net so I built my layout from that idea. The background is meant to reflect the water.


I use the 'sea' theme here on my LO using some photos of how they launch boats from the Jetty on Norfolk Island.

It really is an interesting thing to watch as a car, winch & the boat is involved then off goes the boat for some recreational fishing.
I used some hessian, & woods with my photos to sure up the Jetty and give a maritime feel.
The first thing that struck me about the building, besides the fact that defies gravity in an awesome way, is the diamond pattern. So I used that on my page in several places. I also used circles and circular patterns to represent the "hole" at the top of the building. The colours on my page I took from the photo of 2 of my boys exploring the rock pools at the beach.


Just in time for Christmas crafts you can win 20 sheets of 12x12 Christmas patterned paper plus Ruby Rock-it Border Sticker (10 pennants) and Ruby rock-it Glittered layered accents (17 pieces).Both the Ruby rock-it items co-ordinate. These are kindly donated by me.

So come on & join in the fun at Archiscraps.
I'm sure you all can create one.


Monday, October 28, 2013

Anyone else entering?

You have just under 2 days to connect your entry via inlinkz to our blog.If there are no further entries by then I will declare Angela the outright winner.
Keep tuned for our November inspiration,it is one you will all have something for.

Monday, October 7, 2013

October challenge.

Well October is well and truly here and in order to get back to the beginning of the month for challenges, this will be a short month.

 This challenge is from a friend's photo taken in  Europe earlier this year.

The extra criteria is a face somewhere on your layout. It can be in the photo or on the embellishment somewhere. You can use these colours or any other that you like.


The criteria for this challenge is to "add a face" on your page... which is "traveling girl" to the left of the photo.  I was inspired by the colours in the inspiration photo as well as the metal design.  I used orange and black papers and added spiral metal clips and a punched border which also reminded me of the architect in the photo.  Various stickers are layered and clustered beside my photo and below it.  Sketch is Page Maps (Apr 2007).


I was drawn to the intricate wrought iron work shown in the inspiration picture.  It reminded me of some of the amazing fences and gates I saw on stately homes and castles of the United Kingdom and across various countries of Europe.  The ones I settled on using were at Buckingham Palace in London.  These were designed by Sir Thomas Brock for King George V and Queen Mary in 1911 so are now more than a century old.  They display the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom - the lion representing England and the unicorn, Scotland.


I have the criteria of faces in that my photo shows only faces. I have also used the colour scheme of white, black and orange. I have a lot of black swirls too. I've added bling as the background paper is quite glittery, the alphas have rhinestones and I have added two flourishes made of rhinestones as well.

My grandchildren were lucky enough to go to China last year.  Here they are posing in the copies of the warriors.  I used deco crackle on the urn and leaf, rubbed with gold paint over that when dry with my fingers for more control.  Lots of masking, distressing, sewing and die cut flourishes to tie in with the colours of the soldiers.
and a card from Trish too
The card was embossed, the images stamped then cut out ... lace added, Martha Stewart punches and pearls added for bling ...

I choose to use the black for my CS with shades of orange & reds along with this saddest photo of Pippi I have ever seen!  I used an arrow to represent the spiky top, with some dots to represent her tears, & the wet path in this inspiration.

Our winner for last month was Nicole.
Announcing our 2 new D.T members ,Nicole Knopke and Susan Moy.
I'm sure they will be producing some wonderful inspiration!
And the prize for this month,in keeping with Halloween and our theme is....
crochet,fabric & felt flowers, an orange vine and twine to match.