Creative Scrappers – Sketch 277

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At least that’s how I started at the bloggers’ weekend – with this sketch…..

I’d got my photo and background paper and decided to flip the sketch.  I’d cut my mats and strips, but then it was time for Ruth’s challenge. It’s become something of a tradition. We all bring enough of one item to give to everyone and then we create with all the items. So from a sketch and a photo of me and my little brother and a collection of twelve unrelated items I produced this:

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I’ve a lot more to share from that wonderful weekend and my photos for Rhinda’s scavenger photo hunt and my holiday, but that will have to wait a little while.

So much to blog – so little time.

Photo Scavenger Hunt – 1 month to go

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There’s just one month left to collect photos for Rhinda’s scavenger hunt and I’m just over 2/3 of the way there.  Here’re my latest finds:

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A sign in a language other than English

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A group of tourists

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It’s location, location, location for this lamppost.

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A bus with pictures painted on the back as well as the side.

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A waterfall in a friend’s garden – in case I don’t see a natural one.

Hope I can get the last few before the deadline.  How are you getting on?

Scavenging and Postcards

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Hello there.  I hope you’re all enjoying the lovely (?) hot weather for the summer holidays.  Puddle Duck and I aren’t too keen on the heat.

Sorry I’ve not been around for a while.  Work has been extremely busy and I’ve just been feeling really tired all the time – to the point where I have been falling asleep in the afternoon.  I suspect there may be an element of cause and effect, so I am looking forward to my holiday at the end of August.

The highlight of the month had to be Puddle Duck’s performance in The Best of British at the Swan Theatre, Worcester.  I managed to get this shot of her performing ‘Revolting children’ from Matilda, before I was told off for taking pictures:

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I’ve managed to tick off a few more photos for the Scavenger hunt.  I took The Grandma to the crematorium for the anniversary of her Aunt’s death.  Her name is in the book of remembrance, which is always open at the day’s date.  There is a Garden of Remembrance, including this statue at the top of the stairs:

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19 A Public Garden

And I also got the photo bomb as we were leaving:

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And a better photo of a rack of postcards when I went to Crawley for work:

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5. A Rack of Postcards

Speaking of postcards, I also had some happy mail – four postcards from Sian‘s pile of postcards swap:
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They are from (in order of arrival): Julia in the North West, Barbara in Nashville (she sent 2!) and the lovely Alexa in The Peak District.  Alexa is one of the bloggers I have met in the flesh and I will be seeing her again in September – I can’t wait.  Thank-you ladies.

I must get my finger out and get my postcards bought and sent.  But right now I need to get Puddle Duck to bed.  We have an early start tomorrow, so that we can visit the National Space Centre in Leicester on our way to see The Drake, The Niece , The Nephew and The Big Sister.

Using up June’s kit

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I have an extra post this week, to share five pages using June’s Counterfeit kit, so that’s fair warning that this post is photo heavy.

This month’s challenges at the Studio Challenges blog includes using Project Life pages as inspiration but without the pockets.  I thought that would be perfect for my Disney Parade photos.

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I added some Disney stickers and used some alphas from a We R Memory Keepers set I bought so long ago.  I thought The Mad Hatter looked like he was saying ‘No Photos, Please’.

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I love the little yellow stars around the Magical Memories sticker.

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And I liked this so much I made another with photos from The Queen of Heart’s Maze, which is inside Alice’s Curious Labyrinth.

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But that was way back when and it is far too sedate for her now.  She much prefers the adrenaline rush of a roller coaster now.

10 is a Big Deal

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Puddle Duck thought that turning ten was a big deal. “I shall be in double figures for the rest of my life.  I’ll never be in singles again” she said.  So when she said “I’ll be ten in ten days” I had to take a photo there and then to scrapbook.

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I’m posting this Technique Tuesday a little early to make sure I make he deadline for Creative Scrappers.  This is their sketch I used.

I thought, rather than sticking a piece of patterned paper as the central block, I would try a background stamp.  I had a 6 X 6 urban stamp from Papermania.  It’s not that easy to use – even with a large acrylic block.  It needs a perfectly flat surface and you have to make sure that you have pressed down all over the surface.  One thing I have learned is that the little table I use while sitting on the sofa is not perfectly flat – I’ll be doing background stamping elsewhere in future.

I started with a sheet of plain white American Crafts card stock and then stamped my background with Stazon ink in Slate Grey.  I find Stazon gives a crisper image than some other inks.  Then I double matted my photo with paper from my June counterfeit kit and built the page from there.

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The page didn’t look quite right at first, with everything in a central strip and the photo and title seemed to be floating.  I think adding the patterned photo corners helps to confine it and define the boundary of the page.  It anchors it all. I’ll have to remember that idea – I wouldn’t have thought of it if it weren’t for those photo corners in the kit.

This isn’t the first time I’ve used this stamp.  This is the Father’s Day card I made this year.  I hadn’t realised this stamp could be so versatile.

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Three is the Magic Number

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I’ve had a busy week, but I managed to get three pages done using sketches from Shimelle.com.  First I scrapped some more Disney photos – taken at our hotel on the first night before we set off for Dinner and a character meet.

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I made the title alphas using Woodland Folks stamp set from Docrafts, stamping onto woodgrain paper.  I added a little distressing to fit the current Artastic challenge.

The other two pages use co-ordinating papers.  It’s not quite a double spread but they will be next to each other in the album.

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From the moment I saw this on my camera I knew I wanted to scrap this photo at a large size. It was one of those lucky shots – put the camera at ground level, shoot up and hope for the best.

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You can find the three sketches here, here and here.

The London Connection

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Welcome to Photo Friday and my latest finds for the Scavenger Hunt.  Monday was a great day – I got three photos ticked off the list:-

No. 5 – A rack of postcards

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No. 6 – Urban Street Scene

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I glimpsed a view of cafe tables through the station entrance on my outbound journey and made a mental note to stop and take a picture on my way home if I had time.  By the time I returned the rain had sent all the people away and the light was thinking of following them.  I took a couple of pictures and it looked flat and dreary – despite the reflections on the pavement.

I was crouched down near the exit and was about to wait for the lady to walk through my shot when she stopped to light her cigarette.  Realising she was the focal point the photo was missing, I took the shot.  It would have been better without the couple behind her but I’m quite pleased with this and I can always move it into the photo-bomb category if I take a better one!

No. 8 – A tattoo on a person

I had my friends lined up for this next time they visit, but when this lady got on the tube I had to pluck up courage to ask if I could take her picture:

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So there we have it – just 6 so far (yes I know you’ve only seen 5 but I’m hoping to get a better picture of me than the one I took last Saturday).  How are you getting on?