Monday, June 23, 2014

SOS June Sketch Challenge #15

When I saw the sketch for the June Sketch Challenge (#15) at Scrap Our Stash, I was instantly ready to get started.  I love this sketch!  

I already knew exactly which pictures and story I wanted to tell and here it is:
The journaling says, "Chacala, Mex  -  Where 2 spirited minds joined forces".  There is a couple of great stories about our time(s) in Chacala where the girl in the picture (only 10 years old at the time) and I pulled a couple of pranks.  Our favorite is when we filled the boat head (bathroom) with balloons in honor of her Mom and Dad's anniversary.  After all, that's what they found in their apartment when they returned from their honeymoon over 20 years before.  The best part of the story is that her parents were watching us from shore the entire time and never asked why we were laying down on the side of the boat (so we could hide while we blew up the balloons and shoved them through the porthole to the head.  I have a second page planned to tell the stories with one more picture.

The requirements for this challenge includes using the sketch and also using enamel dots or sequins.  I don't have the dots or sequins so I used my Ranger liquid enamel to make my own dots.  Be sure to stop by Scap Our Stash and look at all the layouts for this sketch challenge and the monthly stash challenge.

SOS Stash Challenge #15

Scrap Our Stash hosts a fun challenge every month and for June, the challenge is Monochromatic.

Here are the rules:

Create a MONOCHROMATIC layout and include the following:
1. Your layout should be different shades of 1 color. 
2. You can add black, white or Kraft --- but 75% must be shades of 1 color. 
3. STASH ITEMS: You must also add 5 (or more) DIFFERENT premade/prepackaged embellishments of your choice on your layout. You can use as many of the items you want BUT you will need to list 5 different items. (example - 2 paperclips, 4 buttons, 1 washi tape, 1 twine, and bling)

I love monochromatic layouts and wanted to do a two page layout to tell my story.  The pictures are of our sailboat, Sirius.  This is a very dimensional layout using (premade/prepackaged) 1 chain (it really is blue with some green), 1 anchor die cut, 4 glass pebbles, 1 chipboard letter, 3 sets of star stickers, lots of thick blue pexiglass stars that my uncle cut for me, and 3 large brads.  The journaling is tucked in behind the blue picture.  The sub title, "It's all about the stars" leads into the story of how we used the star, "Sirius" to navigate when we were 70 miles off the coast of Oregon.  That's all I'm going to say in order to protect the innocent.

Be sure to stop by Scrap Our Stash to see all the inspiring layouts posted for both the monochromatic challenge and the sketch challenge.


2014 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt Update

I'm off and running with the Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt.  We had the greatest welcome to our city sign that included a bronco with rider.  Apparently, work needed to be done underneath (gas, water?, I don't know), so they tore it down.  I've been patiently waiting for the construction of our new City Welcome Sign to be complete.  The sign is done, but not the landscaping around it so I could not get close but this cropped photo still tells the story.

Plus, I was at a crop Saturday and as I met new friends, I was watching for tattoos.  Not only did I find a fun tattoo on an ankle, the bearer give me a photograph of where she got it.  It was done by the guy who stars in the reality show, "Bad Ink".


I'm looking forward to the next challenge on the list.  Have you joined the fun yet?  It's not too late.  Here is the link:


Quilted Triangles

Paper Crafters Corner has a weekly challenge, "Magazine Mondays" and it is always fun to see what the inspiration is.  For week 55, the inspiration photo included a lot of triangles (see below), and I immediately thought of the quilted cards we did back in the early 2000's. 

Here is the inspiration photo:

I used kids fun foam to "stuff" the quilted pieces, but you can use anything soft and dimensional.  If you've never tried this, it's fun and fairly easy.  Just start with a piece of foam to 1/2" smaller (width and height) than you want your final card.  Cut the foam into unusual shapes with four uneven sides, always putting each piece back in it's place.  You should keep your pieces large if this is the first try.  Now number your pieces on one side only.  Take a picture or draw a schematic.  Believe my, you will loose track of which piece goes where.  Now cover each piece with paper by wrapping it around the foam, leaving the number visible on the back.  Seeing the number on the back is the easiest way to ensure all your pieces are covered right side up.  Now put them back in order and mount them to an over-sized piece of cardstock.  I prefer to start with a center piece.  They will not line up perfectly, but keeping a straight edge will help, so use the paper or a ruler to keep the edge straight as you add pieces.  When you are done, cut the cardstock close to the edge and mount the entire piece to your card base.  As I was completing my card, I found the original instructions I prepared for my class and I can honestly say, now I know why I suggest never cutting triangles for this quilting technique.  Those points can be murder.  LOL!

 I hope you will give this a try and have fun.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

It's Here! The 2014 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt

This is it!  The day I have waited for.  The 2014 Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt starts today and what a great list Rinda has created.  What?  You don't know what I'm talking about?

I found out about this in January and have been waiting patiently since - NOT!  Every year, Rinda, of Gallo Organico, creates a list of 21 items to photograph before the end of summer (or winter if you are in the Southern Hemisphere).  Some will be difficult, depending on where you live.  Like #14 and #15 are a challenge for me.  We don't have summertime parades or juggler performances because of the heat, so I will need to either travel (not on my budget), get creative, or use one of the substitutions.  Even one of the substitutions is out this time of year.  Hot air balloons do not fly after April or early May because of the weather.  But what does that matter? It's time to think of another option.  Gee, I can juggle.  Maybe I'll teach my neighbor boy.

Please join the fun and be sure to leave me a comment so I can follow your postings too.