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Monday, 22 September 2014

My Man Sailing in Turkey

Hi all

Good day to you whatever time it is in your corner of the world!

Today I am bringing you another LO I have created from my Summer Swansong CKCB Kit. This one is a very simple LO that focuses on the bright colours of summer before we fade into autumnal hues.

This photo was taken in Turkey 4 years ago but I've been meaning to scrap it for some time because it was such a tricky shot to capture! You can imagine it.. me in one boat him in another whilst bobbing about! I took about 1000 photos to get just half a dozen pictures.... thank goodness for digital photography! LOL



The sketch I used was one from Sues blog, Me and Mine, here. Sue cleverly invents her own sketch each month and runs a contest for her favourite take on it each month. Why not pop over and take a peek.. she also has a great back catalogue of sketches to pool from. 

Anyway, without further ado... here is my simple take on this particular one.



Thanks for popping by.. do come back soon!

Elaine
x

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Five Generations

Morning all

I've been so busy the last few days that I have neglected my blog.. I'm having a 'staycation' and time is flying by! Why is it that when you're at work, the days drag by and when you have days off they fly by??  If anyone can tell me, please let me know how I can slow down my holidays! 

Anyway, I digress, here is my effort for the challenge over on Another Freaky Scrapbook Challenge Blog  where we were encouraged to scrap about our ancestors... so I chose this one! I used a sketch from the Lets Get Sketchy Blog here

This photo is of five generations of our family..starting with my Gran (sitting front left) my Mum (middle back row) me (back row left), my sister (back row right) and my sisters daughter (front right) with her son on her knee. 

I entirely used Kaisercraft  Humming Bird collection and I journaled on the back (as I often do). The wooden bird cage is also a Kaisercraft one too and the only deviation I used was to use sequins from my stash (no manufacturer I'm afraid! ) The punch for the banner at the top was a Martha Stewart one.  The rest of the embellishments were fussy cut from the papers including the birds and the birdcages. I had used a lot of these papers in my Counterfeit Kit for September, Summer Swansong, from the CKCB blog.







The photo was taken on the occasion of my Grans 90th birthday and we all visited her at the home she had moved to. Sadly my Gran is no longer with us, but this is a great photo to have now that she isn't around anymore. 


This is the sketch I used 


Do let me know what you think.. and pop back soon! 

Elaine

XX





Friday, 12 September 2014

September Sunsets

Here is another Lo I made with my Summer Swansong CKCB kit. 

This time I concentrated on the beautiful sunset I saw whilst driving home. I stopped to take a picture of it as it was so beautiful and it was reeflected int eh reservoir below! Stunning.. the only roblem was I had no-one to share it with as I was alone in the car.. and by the time I coould have got home and returned to see it with DH... it would have been gone! 

So to reflect my thoughts on this, I adapted a poem and wrote it on the tag hidden in a pocket on the top right.. it says

Listen to the sunset,
Hear its silent sigh
As it falls down the horizon
Warning, the moon is nigh

Listen to the sunset
The vanity of its words
How beautiful this sunset is
With its colour, and its birds

Listen to the sunset
See its pretty hue
But I can’t enjoy the sunset
If I am not with you

Listen to the sunset
Enjoy its beauty true
When you see it, think of me
And I will think of you

Here is the Lo and the sunset


Elaine

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Caribbean Colours

Morning all

Today I bring you a LO that was inspired by some wonderful 'licorice allsort' gems that I recently purchased.

I then saw this challenge over on October Afternoon blog.. which was to create a LO inspired by this image.. as it is such a vibrant and colourful image I decided to keep my LO simple and yet, I think, it still packs a punch.

The photo was taken in 2011 when I celebrated my 50th birthday in the beautiful St.Lucia as a special treat. It's the one and only time I have been to the Caribbean and the one thing that really, really caught my attention was the colour in the island. So many beautiful things to see, even the roofs are all different colours! 

I then added coloured alphas around the photo which tells the story and adds the title. 

Anyways.. enough of my blathering, here is the LO 

What do you think???

Elaine
xx






Monday, 8 September 2014

Long lunch

Hi all.. welcome back to my blog!

Back to work for me today, so a very quick post to showcase another of my LO's made with my CKCB blog inspired kit, Summer Swansong.

This time I used a sketch from Scrapology, Adventures in Scrapbooking blog here.

I confess, I went off piste for this challenge though.. the brief was to use three photos, but try as I might, I just couldn't find three photos I wanted to use, so instead, I used two and spread them out a bit! Cheating, I know, but I'm happy with it and that's what matters.. right? 

Anyways, again I used a selection of papers from the Kaisercraft Hummingbird collection, and added a doily instead of a bracket shaped piece of card. I fussy cut the birds and butterflies and added a large elaborate brad, several smaller ones and then added a flair button too.

Overall, I'm so pleased with it, and I am OK that it deosn't fit the brief exactly.. the photos are ones I've been wanting to scrap for a while anyway, so here it is! 


Thanks for looking.. do pop back soon.. I have more the share! 

If you make a comment it'll make my day! 

Elaine
x

Sunny Seville

Evening all.. 

What a beautiful day it's been here in my corner of Kent.. I had a nice pub lunch with hubby and then home for a bit of crafting.. aah..bliss! 

However, I am not choosing to share todays efforts with you yet! I made 5 Christmas Cards for a Chinese Whisper Christmas Card swap, so there's to be no sharing of them just yet!  Instead, I am sharing this LO that I made with my CKCB Kit, Summer Swansong. 

I used a sketch from Stuck?! Blog which is their September challenge sketch here: 

Now, normally, I would try to switch things up a bit and do something that resembles the sketch, but isn't a faithful replica.. but in this case, I rather like it as it is, so I have used it almost exactly as shown. 

There is one exception though! I chose to use one large photo cut into two rather than two smaller photos. The picture is of my sister when we visited Seville in 2000, celebrating my Mums 70th birthday. 

The papers I used were from a selection of scraps from Kaisercraft Hummingbird collection, with the exception of the spotty strip, which I found in a magazine. (I saved it long ago... and just knew it would come in handy one day!) I added a semi-circle of sequins and then added pearl dots as the body of the butterfiles finishing off with a trail of pale blue Stickles as the butterfly trail from the bottom left one. 

Anyways.. enough of my chatting.. here it is.. in all its glory! Hope you like! 




Do pop back soon for more fun and revelations! 

Have a good evening all!

Elaine

x




Sunday, 7 September 2014

A Summer Swansong LO

Morning all

Here is a LO I made yesterday at a crop I went to... I have used images from the last days of summer... and called this LO the same as my kit! 

The papers are mainly Kaisercraft Hummingbird and I have added lots of woodland themed embellishments as I took these pictures on a woodland walk last week. It won't be long before the chestnuts are ripened to that rich brown we all love! 

The journalling says: The last of the summer fruit before Autumn arrives with the birth of the dewy mornings and ripening of the chestnuts on the trees' 

Thanks for looking.. (I'm keeping this short and sweet as I have more LO's to add! 

Do pop back soon! 

Elaine
x


Friday, 5 September 2014

Lets Go!

Evening again

Here is the first of my LO's made with my September Kit 'Summer Swansong' ...

The story behind this LO is the football team my youngest son belonged to from ages 3 to 17. The tag behind the photo cluster tells the story of how, every Sunday, we got up early and drove him around the South East of England to play against other teams... sometimes it was wet, miserable, and sometimes we were even hungover! (Terrible parents I know!) ... but this photo is of the year they won the sportsmanship trophy.. and in my book that beats every other trophy they won! 



The papers are mainly Pink Paislee and I added clusters of stars around the edge to form semi- circles... why? Well because the LO is based on this sketch here from Scrap365 Blog which immediately inspired me to create the LO. ..

The title is based on the fact that every Sunday morning in footie season.. for 14 YEARS!... I used to get everyone ready and then I'd say "Let's Go!" 


so here it is... 





Do let me know you've visited today.. and happy scrapping!

Elaine
x







Summer Swansong

Evening all


Today I bring you my take on the CKCB September Kit .. Scrapbook Circles Island Paradise. 



For once I have stayed fairly close to the patterns of the papers and tried to stay as true to the colours as I could.


I am not a huge fan of geometric patterns, so the paper on the top row in the middle was well out of my comfort zone, but whilst digging in my stash I did at least find something with a Pink Paislee diamond shaped pattern paper that I included with the rust and teal/aqua colours that were going to form the rest of my kit.


The two teal pages either side of the middle one was quite easy as I already had a sheet of the right hand Bokeh one.. And I found something close enough to the other one.






As far as the add ons go, I don't have any foxes at all in my stash, so I changed this element to deers, owls and birds, keeping with the 'woodland' theme.  This is where my stash of Kaisercraft Hummingbird collection came in handy. I selected several of these sheets to go with the rest and then I added some coloured card stock. I reserve the right to add more as I go... I'm off to a crop tomorrow and a three day retreat at the end of the month, so I made sure it was a patterned paper 'heavy' kit so here are my papers:




Finally I had some fun delving into my embellishments, which is always the bit I love best! 


I found several chipboard and resin owls, some old broken costume jewellery, sequins, rosettes and all sorts to make up my kit...which I have decided to call Summer Swansong as I can already feel the mornings getting damper and the evenings getting cooler... And I know I have some love autumnal photos from last year that I want to scrap too. 












and here is the close up of the 'woodland' animals and the rest of the embellishments


When I first saw the picture of the kit to forge I admit I was a but stymied...but eventually it all come together..and I've even sneaked a bit of red in as I always love the red and teal combo when scrapping, so here it is.. Whadya think?


Elaine





Wednesday, 3 September 2014

School Days LO

Hi all

Today I'm bringing you a LO that I created for my youngest sons 30th birthday album (which isn't until November NEXT year). I'm getting started early so I can give each page the attention it deserves. The photo used was on his last day at primary school, way back in 1996! It is especially poignant, as he is standing beside his best friend, Tom, who, tragically, lost his life a few years later.. devastating his family and friends, (us included). He was a big part of our lives and he is still missed to this day.. and always will be. 



The LO has been created for the ScrapStuffz Inspired by Challenges blog, where this photo was used to give me inspiration. My photo is a fun picture with lots of fun and laughter and this image is also bright and fun and cheery so the two go hand in hand. 

Once the inspiration was there, I started off with a piece of navy cardstock (one of his school colours) and used Gesso with a circles stencil for the white grungy dots. Then I layered Dapper Dan (from Glitz) papers beneath the photo and where I was to put the title. 

I then punched dotted circles out of the CS and put scraps of white paper behind to make them more visible. 

Once I had added the photo I used up some ancient embellishments, the 'School Days' and backpack stickers, paper clips etc and I found another old piece of stash.. the 'Partners in Crime' title which was an old rub-on that seemed perfect for the photo! 

I then added an explosion of other embellishments, mini coloured 'doughnuts' (which were from a failed experiment to make my own enamel dots!.. still haven't mastered that one!), coloured buttons and finally the themed sport buttons that have lived in my stash collection since the day dot! 

The layout was borne out of this sketch which originally came from ScrapFriends Sketch blog  where there are a whole array of wonderful sketches that I just love! 

I also used this sketch to set a challenge over on UKS, where several of my friends there created their own versions of it. 

You would be amazed at the differences that came out of this one sketch! 

So go on, jump in, have a go yourself but remember to link back to their blog if you choose to use one of their wonderful sketches and blog about it. 

So that's it for today.. I'm off to work soon, so hope you all have a good day and happy creating!! 

Elaine

PS: Do let me know what you think of my LO.. it'll make my day!