30 June 2012

123 for June ...

The June challenge over on 123 Challenge Blog to use the word Change with colour blue and washi tape prompted me to tell a story I have been meaning to put to a layout for many years now.

Both my chidren loved this little book called Small Change by Bob Lewis.  It was such a hit with my daughter that invariably when my husband would go to read her a story before betime she would aks for this - he must have red it a hundred times or more.  When my son came along he grew to love the story too - in fact I would often hear them all three of them reading it together even though my daughter at this stage was well past picture books.  She and my husbnad would take turns being the narrator or the characters.  It was such a wonderful little story they never tired of it.

I have used hidden journaling on the tag tucked behind the photo, blue washi tape layered over the blue patterned paper.  I've even added my own small coin!!

27 June 2012

Scrap Jacked June ...

I very rarely make cards - not that I don't like making them but I really don't have a whole lot of need for them.  My kids are past the constant birthday party thing and with family birthdays spaced regularly throughout the year, I just put together one when the need arises.

However when I saw this gorgeous teddy card by Andrea on Scrap Jacked this month I just couldn't resist.

I have this very cute teddy stamp in my stamp stash which I think I may have used only two or three times and I thought maybe it was time to get him out and use him again (and of course who doesn't like to colour in occassionally?). 

Now to find someone to give this to !

26 June 2012

Showing my stuff ...

The first inspiration piece for the initial challenge on Show us your stuff this month is just so sweet.

So many directions I could have taken this but in the end I decided to go with the colour theme of pale blue (or it could be mint - it is hard to tell which it is on the computer screen) white, light brown and a touch of yellow.

I'm also going to apologise for the quality of the layout pictures - it has been raining all day here and is very dull.  Trying to get a decent photograph has not been easy and the colours are just not as they should be.  Handmade button embellishment included top left.

The second inspiration piece was, let's say .... different.  Certainly a talking point but not one I could replicate anytime soon and going with a total brown and white theme didn't do it for me either.  What I did have, however, in my "Yet to scrap" photograph stash was a series of pictures of my husndand and children climbing trees - yep never too old or too silly!!  Thought these worked well to tie in with the tree perspective and I've added some touches of chocolate brown and used white cardstock as the base.  Handmade embellie bottom left.

25 June 2012

Sweet Dreams ...

I had a bit of a thing about the band Air Supply when I was a teenager.  My best friend and I would sit on her bedroom floor listening over and over to her collection of their albums.  We never got sick of the songs, “Love and other Bruises”, “Lost in Love”, “Making love out of nothing at all”, “I’m all out of love” (do you see a theme here!) – just perfect for teenaged girls – songs of unrequited love and loss and loneliness.  Each time the band came on Countdown I would be glued to the screen fantasying over Graham Russell and his gorgeous eyes and flowing blond hair.  My friend liked the dark, sulty looks of Russell Hitchcock.

The challenge on Scrap that Song this month was to use a song from the 1980’s to inspire a page layout.  So very many wonderful songs in that decade …
 Call Me – Blondie
Jessie's Girl - Rick Springfield
1999 - Prince
Rock the Casbah - Clash
Hungry Like the Wolf - Duran Duran
Do You Really Want To Hurt Me - Culture Club
Every Breath You Take - Police
Girls Just Want To Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
Jump - Van Halen
Faith - George Michael
It’s the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.
Need You Tonight - INXS
 … just to name a few.

Searching through my stash on unscrapped photographs I stumbled across this delightful picture of Rachel sleeping soundly on the lounge.  She looked so peaceful lying there, off in her own special dreamland.
How could I not use a blast from my past in the Air Supply song Sweet Dreams (from The one that you love album released in 1981).

24 June 2012

Life ...

Thinking John Lennon today ...

23 June 2012

An evening to remember ...

We don't often go out as a couple but when we do I like to make it a memorable occasion. Tonight we went to see Looking through a glass onion with John Waters. I'm not exactly sure what it was I was expecting. I knew it was the story of John Lennon from Beatles days to his too early demise. I knew it was a story told in words as well as through music. I guess what I wasn't totally expecting was how outstandingly great the show was - how mesmerising it was to watch John Waters almost become John Lennon. He didn't try to copy him to be pitch and song perfect - nor did he try to look like him or wear the round glasses or do a tribute show as such. The Liverpool accent was there - the short, witty conversation and keen sense of outlandish and British humour was there. The songs were amazing, the blend of voices with Stewart D'Arrietta incredible.  It was an sensational show.  We loved it.

04 June 2012

ARTastic for June ...

Our June inspiration on ARTastic challenge blog will come to you by Dragonfly Upstairs by Pro Hart.

Additional criteria - Insects
(either as your theme or as embellishments/papers on your page – or both!)

Here is my take on the challenge ...

Please upload your entries on the blog by midnight June 30th, 2012. We accept paper, digital, card and off the page submissions and are happy for you to combine with a sketch

Looking forward to you joining us in June.