Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Another Wednesday Challenge

Hi everyone, and happy Wednesday to you.

It's time for another challenge from Truly Scrumptious. We have a fab sketch with the option to create a hidden message. Sound interesting? Well why not pop over to the Truly Scrumptious blog and take a look for yourselves.

This is my take:

I loved using the sketch, especially putting in a hidden message tag.  The beautiful Basic Grey papers were perfect for the look I wanted to create.  The main image is coloured with alcohol based pens.

The hidden message is from the Simply Said stamp set by Stampin' Up! as are the subtly stamped flower images.  I've added paper flowers with button centres at the end of the Stampin' Up! ribbon. 

The pearls were added to finish off.  I'm sure this is a sketch I will use again and again.  Why not have a go yourself.  You may win a fabullous prize, which this week is from Crafty Individuals. 
See you soon and happy crafting.
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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Truly Scrumptious challenge 30

Hi all, and happy Wednesday to you.

It's that time again, my, it comes around so quickly. I hope you're going to join us for another Truly Scrumptious challenge. We have a wonderful sketch from Mina with the option to use April Showers as your theme.

Here's my contribution to the design team this time:


Well there's no April showers yet but Miss Anya has her umberella ready just in case.  As it's spring, I've punched out some leafy branches using Stampin' Up!s new Two Step Bird Punch, (which for UK crafters, is available to order for £13.50 + P&P.  Just drop me an email if you would like further details)


I'm afraid I'm a little out of practice with using my markers, coupled with the fact that I used the wrong card to stamp on.  As a result I have a little bleeding around the edges where the colours change, oops.  Better luck next time eh...

Why not take a look at what you could win from Truly Scrumptious if you play along.

Take care and happy crafting.
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Saturday, 10 April 2010

BMX Photo Session

Hi all

Well it seems like spring is well and truly reaching us here in the sunny eastern side of the UK. The leaves are finally emerging from their winter protection and bursting forth into the warm sunshine. The birds are singing, and the insects are waking from their winter hibernation.

I'm itching to improve my digital camera skills, and learn more about my Canon SLR.  So with that in mind, and the fact that my son Jordan bought himself a new BMX bike a couple of weeks ago, I thought I would have a photo session with him today. 

I wanted to capture him taking some jumps from ramps at our village skate park, so here are a couple of shots I took.


The ramps have been tagged by local graffiti artists, and there is a custom made graffiti wall that the village youths can decorate.  A good idea as they can show off their art work, and whether you like it or not, I personally do think it is art.  And at least it's here, where it's allowed and not over buildings in the village.  Anyway, I thought it was a urban good background for Jordan and his friend Emma to be photographed against. 

Not quite David Bailey yet, but I have learnt a little bit more about shutter speed, and how to freeze action without blurring the shot.  I am rather pleased, and want to do more and more now.

I'd be interested to hear your comments good or bad.  Let me know if you've taken any interesting shots and I'll pay you a visit to take a look.

Take care
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