Monday, 28 July 2014

UKS Team Challenge

It is the turn of my team on UKS to set the weekly challenge. As ever, we linked it to anniversaries around this week.

We chose a colour palette from Design Seeds with a nod to seaside holidays and the inclusion of poppy red to remember the beginning of WW1, as on 28th July 1914 Austria declared war on Serbia.

color pier

In 1951 Disney released Alice in Wonderland, so anything related to the film for further points.

Finally, in 1959 the British post Office started to use post codes, so the last points were for a title including letters and numbers.

My layout includes the colours from the design seeds, papers are by Stampin' Up and My Minds Eye. The subtitle to the layout is a song title from the film, and seemed ideal for these photos of our rescue kitten.

 And as he was one of four rescued cats, that was my title.

Why not visit UKScrappers and have a go at the weekly challenge yourself?

Saturday, 26 July 2014

A Budding Photographer

My nephew is currently on holiday in Dorset, and for the past couple of years he has been really keen on photography.  This year, he decided to set up a blog to publish his photos and his thoughts whilst on holiday.

Here are a few of his images, he even had this one of Chesil beach published by the local paper The Dorset Echo as one of their views of Dorset series.

So if you want to know what he's been snapping, then take a look at his blog :)

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Last Photos

I made sure I snapped a few final photos of the kitties yesterday before they left for their new homes.

 Hannah was the one who had the longest face,

and we both kept imagining that they were just about to gallop into the room, chasing each other, as they have over the past few weeks. On their last day with us.....

She enyoyed a final rest in her bed.

He made sure he looked his best for the arrival of his new owner!

We will miss them, but our own cat Captain would be heaving a sigh of relief if she could!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A Quieter Place

Finally we have found homes for the kittens, both left us today, one as a gift for a younger sister, the other in a convertible to the south side of the city.  I hope both are happy with their new owners, we have enjoyed their playful natures.  Now we just need to encourage our own cat to return a little more often than for half an hour a day to claim back her territory.

UKScrappers are running a Summer Scrapbooking Challenge beginning on the 1st August with those taking part having until the 30th September to upload their contributions.  Once  I am back from my holiday I'm sure I will take part.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Loved Lyme

I took so many photos in Lyme Regis last year that I have made more than one page about our visit.

In this one I used the ice cream pastels of the beach hut doors to colour-block behind the photos. The title is made using baby blue Baker's twine.

.. and, by the way....


Thursday, 17 July 2014

So Close...

.. only a day or so to go until the end of term, just hope the weather holds until we get to the south coast.

Another page from a walk taken back in June in the local wildlife park. Here are the photos taken that evening, and I thought these of the swan and her cygnets deserved a page all to themselves!

The doilies are from a 12" border die, the challenge was to use bright colours.

So out came the bright blue  mist and a few red splatters, the papers are from a children's set hence the dazzling palette.

Butterflies in 3 sizes are courtesy of the fabulous XCut palm punches, I still use these almost every time I make a layout.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Sketch Team

To try and increase the number of pages I'm making I joined a sketch team on UKScrappers this month run by Sue aka Miniowner.  The idea is that a sketch is uploaded on the first of each month and we use the rest of the month to make a page.  The team take it in turns to devise or source a sketch, it was Sue's turn to get us started, so here is my first go at this challenge.

On the first of July, Sue posted this sketch for us to use.

My photo was portrait, so i turned the sketch 90 degrees, and as I can't cope with too much white space my page has far less of this.... in fact as I used such a bold patterned paper it really doesn't look 'white' at all!

But that is my style, and that is the whole point of using sketches; they are a jumping off point to make a layout your own.

I added lots of stamping (the doilies, punched butterflies, sentiments and a border under the photo) and cut outs from a 6x6" paper pad to embellish.

 I also replaced the ruffles with a punched border and a series of stamped and punched butterflies (Martha Stewart). The papers are by My Minds Eye and the stamps match or are HOTP.

 After inking the edges an handstitching around the patterned paper it was done.

 I really enjoyed the challenge, and am looking forward to next months!  Sue publishes sketches regularly on her blog, you don't need to be a member of UKScrappers to have a go, feel free to pay her a visit!