Friday, 26 August 2011

Back in the Saddle!!!

No! I haven’t taken up Horse Riding!! (OMGosh!! the very thought of torturing some poor Equine Creature so!!) I mean that after an absence of more than two weeks I finally got to spend some serious time at my scrap desk this week!!!

Sadly, my ‘Explore’ playbook remains uncompleted (go on…you’re not surprised are you?!!) & with September looming I may even get a chance to complete the ‘Learn Something New Every Day’ project I started last year!!!

But this week I have been working on meeting deadlines for my September DT  submissions, which of course I can’t share with you until the first…& my entries for the ‘From Screen 2 Scrap’ 2nd Birthday Celebration challenges, which of course I can!!! 

So…First up is the ‘Children On Their Birthdays’ challenge…to include 1) Blue & White background 2) Photo of a child celebrating their birthday & 3) an Umbrella!!

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Immediately I thought of Nathan’s third birthday & a trip to Disneyland Paris to celebrate….it rained, so an umbrella fitted in quite nicely!!

Next was the ‘13 going on 30’ challenge, with the criteria to 1) Use Polka dot PP 2) Use numbers in the title & 3) Make it girly…Pink, Frills, Bling!! That last bit was a real challenge…I’m not really a pink & frilly person, but I stepped out of my comfort zone & did my best!!!

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I did indeed have some pink polka dot PP!! I also found pink blooms, pink gems, pink ribbon bows, pink foam alpha’s (I really didn’t know I had those!!!!) & a pearl swirl!! I even printed off the photo in a pink tint!!! I think that’s pretty girly don’t you?!!!

Lastly was the ‘Marie Antoinette’ challenge. This required 1) A cluster of flowers 2) A close-up photo & 3) A title including the name of the person in the photo.

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I knew straight away the photo I wanted to use…& that Cosmo Cricket word spinner has been in my stash forever!! I set the arrow at ‘Smart’, even though all the words actually apply to Nathan! I think it’s still quite masculine, even with a cluster of flowers!!

So that’s it! There have been some awesome entries over at ‘From Screen 2 Scrap’ for these challenges, not to mention those for the fourth ‘For Gillian on her 37th Birthday’ challenge & also the standard August Challenge using ‘Holiday Inn’ for inspiration!

Do drop by & check them out & it’s not to late to play along…the deadline is the 28th August & there are some fabulous prizes up for grabs with great odds!!!

May I take time to say that I know some of my US visitors are going through challenging times as a result of some extreme weather conditions at the moment. I’m reading about extreme heat & humidity, Earthquakes & Hurricanes, to name but a few. My thoughts & prayers are with you…stay safe!

To my UK visitors…enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend & let’s not complain if it rains or it’s cold…it could be SO much worse!! Wishing you a good one whatever you have planned!!

Thanks for stopping by…I’ll be back soon to tell you all about our recent few days in London! :)


scrappyjacky said...

I don't know how you manage to always come up with such brilliant pages....and I particularly love that first one...the blue background works so well.
I'm afraid I haven't even got started on 'Explore'....something to come back to me thinks.

debs14 said...

They are all great but I think that the Disney one is my favourite, I'm really drawn to that colour combination.
I agree that no matter what Bank Holiday weather we get sent our way, it won't compare to what the East Coast US is getting. Bet the weather makes a dramatic change here just about the time that schools go back!

Sian said...

It's always a tonic to drop by here Sandi! Not only are there lovely layouts to admire, but you always have something worth reading to. You are right: our weather could be so much worse..

JulieJ said...

Lovely LOs. Those Disney photos remind me of my nephew's second birthday at the turtle farm. Thing is we just weren't expecting rain in Grand Cayman!

Denise said...

You always come up with such amazing layouts, I love the pink girly one - and in answer to your qustion about craft on tv the other day - yes I did buy a 'couple' of bits x