Wednesday, 23 September 2015

2015 Photo Hunt

Every year Rinda hosts a summertime photo scavenger hunt over on her blog Gallo Organico. It's always a great challenge and each year I'm getting better at collecting the photos. Pop over here to see the final link up with the participants and their fab photos from this years challenge. 

Here are my photos. 

1. A bouquet of flowers for my childminder who finished working this year.

2. An ornate door knocker found in Vienna.

3. A person walking a dog. Me and Chewie and that is a Scottish summer with a scarf and coat on.

4. People playing a board game. My youngest playing Star Wars Guess Who.

5. Architectural Columns in Vienna on a government building near my hotel.

6. Metal Bridge in Vienna with a sprinkle of rain that luckily never actually came to anything.                       


7. A Turtle. Technically a tortoise I think but my son thinks it's a turtle so he'll do. It was a Critter Keeper birthday party.


8. Someone "plugged in" to social media. A delegate at a work conference checking in to Facebook. 


9. A Tent. St Andrews Beach and a tent was required in August. It's that Scottish summer again.


10. A University or College. The new Robert Gordons University Riverside East building that has now been renamed after Sir Ian Wood.

11.A television satellite dish in a local town.

12. Public toilets in the Secret Bunker near St Andrews. All very cold war 50s styling except the Dyson hand dryer.

13. A carousel or merry-go-round. This biscuit tin from Fortnum and Mason actually revolves. I found it in a duty free shop at Heathrow and it was very cool.

14. A traffic signal. A temporary traffic light for the new Aberdeen bypass that is finally being built twenty years later than planned. 

15. More than three flags on a flag pole. Not quiet on the same flag pole but four flags in Vienna again highlighting tourist information around the city.

16. Technically two a panoramic view taken somewhere high up in the air. The view from an aircraft of Ireland and Scotland and also a number 20 a natural body of water of the Irish Sea,

Another  sneaky 16 of Wembley stadium on a Heathrow bound flight. 


17. Two or more people wearing uniforms. Not a great photo but these are two beach patrols on St Andrews Beach with matching green t-shirts identifying them.


18. An overloaded truck, van or lorry. I really thought this would be a substitution and this truck at the bypass was the best I had found but my luck held and look at my second photo.

Many chairs on the roof of a van. We gave up trying to count them while we followed behind him.

19. A ticket booth. This is the ticket booth of the Secret Bunker near St Andrews. You go inside and there is a very nice lady who issues your ticket and then you head down underground into the bunker which was a secret nuclear bunker for the military at one time and is now a tourist attraction.


20. A natural body of water. The North Sea from Aberdeen beach.

21. A picture of me with a sign for the Scavenger Hunt this year.

I hope you had a successful hunt if you were participating and I'll maybe see you next year as Rinda already has some ideas for the list.  It's a lot of fun and good for summer activities. TFL.x 

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Stuck?! Sketches July 15th Challenge

My second LO this weekend was another sketch challenge from Stuck?! Sketches challenge blog here. I used more of the October Afternoon Treasure Map papers and the Quirky Kit embellishment kit. The cloud washi was from a Lollipop Box club kit as well as the paperclip I think.

Pop over and see the challenge post here and join in. TFL.x

The Scrap Sisters July Sketch Challenge

I haven't scrapped a LO in a few months since our holiday in fact so getting back into it was a bit of a challenge. I decided to look at my Pinterest board for scrapbook sketches and came across a sketch for the June challenge on this french blog The Scrap Sisters

I then found the July challenge here and was inspired by it. I used the sketch and the colour palette. I have to admit to not being able to read a word of the blog as my iPad doesn't translate automatically and I know no french but the pictures are inspiring. I hope I met the requirements of the challenge although the main aim was to complete a LO and get it in an album.

I used a Dylusions spray and stencil as my base then stamped in black archival using a Cocoa Daisy stamp set I had, some bits of washi and I was set. Everything else is from a Quirky Embellishment kit except the paper which is the new October Afternoon collection Treasure Map. It's really good for scrapping boys and although their releases are so slow the papers are still great.  Pop over here and see the blog. TFL.xx

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Mixing It Up

I have been fairly uninspired the last few months so when I saw these challenges and an idea popped into my head I ran with it.

The first one was for The Documented Life Project and the challenge was to use tickets/travel ephemera from your life. I have been doing a fair amount of work travel so I had plenty of that kicking around my handbag.  You can see the challenge post here.

I started with some old map paper and book pages with some train tickets. I then gessoed the pages and added some paints using the colour scheme from the last week of the Summer of Colour challenge over here.  Week six challenge was two shades of orange and some blue so I mixed up some different orange shades and a blue with my Claudine Hellmuth paints that I'm trying to use up.

The train tickets fitted the colour scheme as well. I also used some oil pastels, sequin waste and Prima stamps for the edging. I used one of Kate Crane's stamps and a quote from Pinterest with a travel theme/personal development theme that appealed to me.

The quote was stamped with Fiskers stamps I picked up in the states. I coloured the stamp with Tim Holtz distress pens.

I really enjoyed getting messy and completing a page. Happy creating this summer! TFL.xx

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Tunnel Book Project 2015

I have joined a tunnel book project as I thought it was a new crafty experience and I wanted to try my hand at it. I have actually got two of them on the go one at home and one I sent out for my entry. It passes around other people and will return home with their contributions and build up the layers.

I gessoed and textured pasted the cover as I was going for a distressed luggage look to match my Terry Pratchett theme. I used Adirondack sprays in expresso and butterscotch as well as a gold Heidi Swapp one on the top.

I used a child's board book and it was a bit of a pain to get the holes cut out and line them up. I decided to embrace the wonkiness  in the end as it was frustrating me and I also thought it fitted the off kilter look of the book. I also had to sand the edges and I'm still not totally happy with the finish but I think it's a learning curve which is the whole point of the project.

My page is based on a quote from "The Wee Free Men" by Terry Pratchett. I love the Tiffany Aching set of books and this quote always makes me laugh. It fitted my Stampotique stamp I wanted to use as well. I positioned her so you can see her peeking out the page which is part of the books look with the different layers building up.

I still have some things I want to add to the cover and my page but I'm going to do them when it returns so the postage won't be too high as it journeys around. TFLx.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Kate Crane Class 2015

Last week I went to a Kate Crane class in Middlesborough. I've been to a class with Kate before and she is such a good teacher so I was pleased to be lucky enough to get holidays sorted out to attend.

This class was about altering matchboxes and we were lucky enough to get to use Kate's new stamps from Stampotique. We made four matchboxes, three filled with little handmade books and the fourth with art journal prompt cards. There was lots of paint and inky techniques to learn and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. 


I would recommend attending class with Kate if you can and her new stamps are lovely. TFL.x

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Dina Wakley Class 2015

I was lucky enough to take a class with Dina Wakley this year at Art from the Heart in Harrogate. Kirsti and I went down for a Kate Crane class in Middlesborough and luckily our timing coincided with Dina's classes this year.  We fitted both into our weekend as well as an Ikea visit and a Krispy Kreme stop. 

The class was all about folding and making layers and hidden pockets in your art journals. We were able to use Dina's new paints, stencils and fine liner tips as well as her stamps on our pages.

It was a great class where the answer to any question is always "Yes" and a mistake is an arty accident to be incorporated into the page. Dina is a hard task master and she soon had us painting and snipping and masking away through our pages. I loved how she just rolled with the flow and a mistake would produce a "Oh Dina" and she would just then flawlessly incorporate it into her page as if it was always meant to be there. 

For my first page I used the scribbly birds stamps as I really like them, other people used her lady stamps.  I made my own altered deli paper which I then used in strips on the page. I added my other stamps when I was home and they include a Unity Brave Girls set, a Glitz roller, Prima stitching sets and a Stampotique one. I even hand wrote on my page something I'm not that confident about but it was easier once you embrace the messiness and stop thinking about it. My quote is from Inception which I watched this week. 

My second page was about masking with different techniques and I really enjoyed working with the paints which is something I don't usually do. It was great to learn some new techniques and actually see them being demonstrated beforehand. We had to cut windows on our pages as well which I just went for in a freehand style with no measuring accurately. I doodled with my Sharpie as well as using the Stabilo all purpose pencil Dina recommended and the Fude ball pen for writing.

My last set of pages have a hidden pop up section under the heart flap I cut out of a previous page. I love the left sided page where you can see all the way back to my first pages which I really enjoyed. I thought the colours really worked well together as well peeping through from either side. I did more hand writing with two quotes from my Pinterest board and just worked around the window until the borders were full.

I really enjoyed my class and getting mucky with paint. Dina was a great teacher and I learnt a lot in the class that I can use again. TFL.x