Monday 24 February 2014

CKCB Blog hop - Challenge No 1

Good Morning everyone! 

Welcome to my part of the CKCB Members' Blog Hop. You should have come from Lesleys Blog here

Challenge #1 was to take inspiration from Ugly Jumpers!! Yes you heard me... Ugly Jumpers! Now.. I was, when I first saw this, a little perturbed by the challenge as I knew I had one of those shameful pictures somewhere.. and I had never wanted it to see the light of day.. and that was the way I was going to keep it! 

However... my UKS housemates had other ideas! Once I mentioned I had one lurking in a drawer somewhere I was not going to get away without sharing it! So here it is.. in all it's ugly glory! 

The story behind the jumper is  simple... I was invited, through my job, to a local Solicitors 'Do'... they host a Christmas bash every year.. and in an effort to be seen that solicitors do have a sense of humour (!) they wanted us to all come in a Christmas Jumper! Well, I'm glad to say I don't actually 
own a Christmas jumper.. and I wasn't about to buy one for something that would only be worn for two hours! So.. I decided to make a panel and sew it onto a nice simple black jumper. Sounds easy.. right?  Err Err...Wrong! 

Anyone that knows me, knows I don't DO any form of sewing.. why? Easy.. because I'm useless at it.... seriously.. I got an 'Ungradeable' for my Needlework exam back in the day.. and things have not got any better in the ensuing years! 

Anyway.. long story short... I ended up half sewing half gluing the panel (left) and then pinned it to my jumper.. actually I was secretly quite pleased with the results.. until I went to work and saw what my colleague had done! I was completely and utterly outdone! 

She had made this adorable applique panel (she obviously didn't get an ungradeable in her needlework exam!) and had even photographed one of our For Sale boards (I'm an Estate Agent) and incorporated it into her design! I was totally outshone! 

Needless to say it was all taken in good humour and.. amazingly, in my view, she didn't win the bottle of champagne that was 
the prize on offer... another HIDEOUS jumper won that was the tackiest, nastiest one in the room... you know the sort of thing.. tinsel, baubles and etc, etc all pinned on won it. 

Anyway.. so here it is.. the shameful example of my handiwork.. oh the shame!! LOL!

I used a Spellbinders die to cut the red and white poinsettias and used scraps from my kit on a piece of dotty Bazzil cardstock also in the layout I included a tag with the whole story on the reverse and tucked it behind the bottom photograph. The LO was inspired by Creative Scrappers Sketch 261. 

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  1. What a fun LO - I think your jumper efforts were very commendable.

    Toni xx

  2. What a great LO! I really like that you used your ugly jumper for your page, and those poinsettias are awesome. :o)

  3. Brilliant story, great jumper, fab layout.
    Thank you for showing us that jumper (at last!)

  4. I can relate to your colleague often being a bit of an overachiever myself! Funny story though and I have to say that your element was indeed pretty, darn cool! Thanks for sharing!

  5. Love the creativity shown in your office ... far more fun than throwing money at it! Well done to all! Love the poinsettias and the Christmassy strips - a lovely page and a great tale!

  6. I don't think it's shameful at all - ingenious I call it! :o)

  7. Cute story. Nice Christmas feel to your page.

  8. Super cute story and a well done layout featuring the colors of both jumpers. :)

  9. A great story.Your layout is super and good to look back on one day and laugh.

  10. Loved your story and that page is great. I like the way the flowers flow between the separate flowers. Nicely done.

  11. Great layout. Love the poinsettias. Such a great story.

  12. Hilarious story!!! You are among friends - in fact, you may inspire more true confessions, lol, with the photos to prove them! You are totally redeemed by your stunning page :~D

  13. LOVE your story behind your layout. And your layout is adorable.