Saturday, 16 September 2017

Feeling Good and Sad together is ok

I found the CSI #238 challenge particularly challenging this time. Especially as when I read the Sept prompts and saw "7. the last thing I felt guilty about" which was so recent and topical for me, then I couldn't think of anything else for the page.

So I added black to the palette to give that balance of light and dark and then pushed together anything that 'felt right' from there. I'm hoping the page still has a sense of once upon a time... about it even though its not fairytale or book related.

The text reads : "The last time I felt guilty was just last Friday when I found out that a friend from work had finally died from cancer after a very long illness. I felt guilty for being happy that week - happy that I had won something that I had worked really hard for and was proud of. I questioned myself for being happy when someone I knew and had history with died that week and now I felt both sad and happy side by side. I got some grief counselling and then I discovered you can be both happy and sad at the same time for different reasons and that’s ok."

CSI challenge 238 'Guilty' digi layout Sep 2017


Testimony: September Prompt : no 7, Scheme - yes, plus black, Evidence:  polka dots, animal print, text print/book pages, animals, flowers/trees/leaves, enamel dot

Ingredients : Far Far Hlls Freebies kit Scary And Dark 007 (background paper with writing), K Hartley Wildflowers - red letters (changed to orange), PGP Anemone - flower 2, Aliya Because of You Element 20a (white flower), [Lara’s Digital World Bye Bye Summer Elements 1 - petals, Flower 2 (blue)], ADS Dancing Leaves Patterned Leaf 13, Far Far Hills Freebies Kit Nocturne Element 9 (thread circles), The Dusty Attic DA0547 wrought iron trim set piece 1, Melike Designs Horses Silhouettes Clipart horses no 3 and no 8, Angie Young ‘Get Crafty’ collage sheet 36 (butterfly enamel dot), Palette 75 giveaway - jewel1, Feli Designs Inner Peace Polka bow, Melike Designs Islands Trees Clipart Pack no 10 (silhouette tree),  freebie bad pink ems (changed to blue).

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Proud - Sept 2017

The Artastic challenge for September 2017 was really inspiring to me. All those warm colours - and no white! I really wanted to do a page for this one.

My August had been a series of serious fitness training, in some cases I did 9 sessions a week to try and get 20 session in 27 days (though I was secretly going for 27 sessions in 27 days). It alot of organisation and effort, but I did make this goal, and won my fitness group's challenge. When I was presented with the prize, I just felt so emotional and proud. I'd never really won anything which involved sports or fitness before. It was a totally new and wonderous feeling. So that's what my page is about.

Proud Sep 2017 - Artastic comp


Ingredients:  PrelestnayaP Designs Because of You kit Textured Papers no 9, A2z scraplets doodlet 02 chipboard swirl, Rachaels Designs Buttercups 2 and 5, Far Far Hills freebies kit For You no 0015 (daffodil), Far Far Hills Freebies Kit Nocturne element 1 (red-pink flower head), Feli Designs Inner Peace fabric flower (purple flower), Armina  Designs Splatters Brush 1e, GELD Scraped Brushes no 4, K Cronin Barrow Christmas Wish Joyful - star trail, etc

Artastic inspiration

Monday, 4 September 2017

Krafty challenge

I was invited to be Guest Designer at Kraft+1 which I've really enjoyed getting back into after switching to digi.

Check out their September Challenge : http://kraftpluschallenges.blogspot.com.au/2017/09/september-challenge-whats-buzz.html

I loved the challenge but couldn't seem to incorporate the yellow with my bee pictures so I used pink and orange instead. I tried to 'fake' kraft coloured card inbehind the photos and put the honeycomb patterned paper over the kraft background.

I have great memories of kraft card because when I started IRL scrapbooking kraft was 'in' and the best thing since sliced bread. So I have lots of practise of creating Kraft pages. The challenge also reminded me of 'my honey story' so that's what I used as my journalling focus.

I spent some time taking these photos of this bee on my succulent flowers and am glad I can use them in this layout.

My Honey Story digi - Guest Designer - Kraft+1 Sept 2017
 

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Painting landscapes

I suppose landscapes haven't really been my forte over the years. I preferred animals or flowers, but the further I venture into art in my middle years I have realised how much I really do admire artists who painted only landscapes and how many times I see landscapes and think 'I wish I could paint that'.

In 2015 I painted my first real landscape painting 'Billabong Wonga Wetlands' which is a local area which is rich in bird life - recycled farm land. Because I spend a great deal of time there bird watching and discovered all kinds of rarities there, to me it is a special place, and I find that I can paint better having some kind of connection. Also, this painting was the first I did onsite for a very long time. The Billabong itself is often home to tortoises, carp, Kingfishers, Darters, and various honeyeaters in the trees overhead. The water is a brown colour, but on good days the sky and scenery does reflect down into the waters. Although the painting could have been worked a little more, I really like it as it captured the day I was there so well.

049 'Billabong Wonga Wetlands' 2015 acrylic on canvas

It wasn't until 'Three Brothers' that I felt that each tree has its own personality and connection with the land. This scene, from a photo I took at Tumut, these massive gum trees relatively close together felt like they were related and connected together somehow. I loved their gnarly branches and bark and the colours of the afternoon light. It was hard to paint, and took almost 2 months to complete.  Although each tree was different (the one to the right looked like it had even been struck by lightning at one time), at first glance they look similar, its not until I looked more closely that I could see how different they were in shape and experiences.
126 'Three Brothers' 2015 acrylic on canvas
 I did this sketch of a misty forest at a Lookout near Pambula, NSW. It reminds me of a painting that plagued my childhood as it was pasted on a door at my primary school - one of Hans Heysen I think, which was probably much faded. One day, I would like to make a proper painting like this that shows that mysterious quality of a thick forest lost in fog. You kind of get the feel for it below.
'Misty Forest sketch' 2012

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Baby Boy Card Aug 2017

I think I've only ever done one baby boy card before and it was mega traditional, so I thought about it for a long time and then came up with this card for the Cardz4Guys challenge. I suppose I channeled what all my friends tell me, wishing baby could arrive well short of those long 9 months.

OK, it is a bit different. But I'm really enjoying giving my take on cards a more creative spin!

Baby boy card Aug 2017 digi Cardz4Guys challenge
I will come back and put ingredients in.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Somewhere Aug 2017

The August 2017 Artastic challenge with the information on artist Joshua Miels really inspired me to put together this page. I really love the ice blue with the blacks and white but not sure if I've ever done it justice before, so I didn't go looking for another colour but stuck to the ice blue. I loved the mirror image of the painting, and used it to show the reflection of the past versus myself now.

I had a whole mess of fun pulling pieces together from different collections to get the balance just right to keep that paintery graphic effect yet at the same time that organic feel which I love when I get it right (or what I think feels right!).

Somewhere Aug 2017 - digi scrapbooking layout



Artastic August 2017 challenge black, white +1 colour

ingredients :
Basic Grey Digital Euphoria Textures - Texture 1 (daisies), Cilenia Curtis Art Box 13 - B1-2b (splashes with butterfly), ADS Fall Fantasy Border 5 (leaves), Basic Grey Digital Stella Ruby Flourishes STE - Flourish 4, Far Far Hills Vintage Style Ornaments Elements 0010 (3D scroll with flower),  Far Far Hills Vintage Ornaments Kit 0017 (black flower with swirls),  Fayette Designs Happy Faces E1 Background Scatter 2 (swirls/circles/paint splats), Cilenia Curtis Inklings 2 - Florals no 2 (thistle), TD Capture The Moment Element 13 (blue and white butterflies),  L Grier Disasterspace no 1 - Paintstroke 1, Fonts Stencil and AlwaysForever, journaling text : century gothic

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Summer Holidays Jul 2017

Well clearly, being an Aussie, Summer Holidays do not take place in July! My Summer Holidays coincide with Christmas break, which means a trip to Mum and Dad's for the silly season. Yes - that does mean the coast, but I prefer to spend time with the folks, family and friends and rarely end up with enough time to lay about the beach or swim in the ocean. That's what this page is about.

I think I was imaging the page to be something different - crispy white and lots of bold patterns. It didn't quite work out that way. But I did feel inspired by the CSI challenge #234.

Summer Holidays Jul 2017 CSI #234 challenge

The Scheme - check, Evidence : clouds, check pattern, flowers, transportation, animals, jar, transparent stuff, triangle, sun. Testimony: document a summer getaway, make your story meander around.

Ingredients :

Frou Frou Crafts The Bright Side no 8 (background patterned paper), American Crafts Digital Enchanted Pattern Paper - Tortoise (check), Tiramisu Designs Poppy Smell - Element 26 (frame), empty jar (internet), American Crafts Digital City Park EP - Details - Sun (felt),  Helly Designs Leave This World Behind - Flower4 (blue flower), Lara’s Digital World ‘For Lara’ - Paperflower white, orange paper flower sprig (scanned), Scrappers Garden - pink leaves (scanned), Scrappers Garden - berry sprigs (scanned), ValC Designs Fly With Me - BalloonHeart no 2, Fayette Designs Happy Families - Cloud1, We R Memory Keepers 72 and Sunny Collection - cardstock stickers - squirrel (scanned), Just Because Studios- Fresh Love - Sticker21 (journal label block), Adobe Fireworks.

Saturday, 22 July 2017

It's a duck thing... July 2017

I admit it. I love ducks! Sure, I like bird watching in general - the thrill of the chase, the rare something, and of course Raptors that rule the skies, but ducks have always been my favourite and I am best at identifying them no matter how dismal the day or poor the light. Hardheads, Grey Teal, Pacific Black Duck, Musk Duck, Pink Eared Duck, Wood Duck, Chestnut Teal, and Australian Shovellers are all found in my local area, if you can weedle them out.

So, when I saw The Studio Challenges "No People" challenge for July - I thought great - finally I can scrap some of my duck photos!

Shoveler July 2017 digi scrapbooking page - The Studio Challenges - 'no people'
I will come back and list my ingredients.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Small - July 2017

It's one thing to look back at childhood photos and remember places, events and people, but its another thing to look back at photos where I was so small I just don't remember, and to come across such photos or movies in my 40s after so many years is quite amazing.

I'm sure I've seen Dad's home movies many time over the years. As kids we begged him to bring out the film projector and the amazing screen which glistened like diamonds, and we'd watch us as little kids and be totally embarrassed (as Dad occasionally swore when the reel went wrong), and the time before when Dad was a bit of a movie buff making cigarettes pop out of their packets and filming friends and family puffing ciggies like models at the local golf course, occasionally in technicolor.

But as time passed, and the movie camera and projector packed it in, the screen made it across as movie shifted to slides, but even they all disappeared after a bit for photographs.

So when Dad presented me with a CD a few years ago with the surviving home movie footage I watched in amazement and most of which I had forgotten altogether. Unfortunately, with no video software, I used screen grabs or camera shots at the screen to get photos, and then used a number of these in scrapbooking.

And I continually ask myself when I look at these photos, was I ever this small?

Was I Ever This Small? Jul 2017 digi layout - Artastic July challenge



Artastic July 2017 challenge + pen
For the Artastic challenge I loved all the busy angles and colours and linework in the background so I focused on that and reproduced it as minimally as I could to give it that child-like feel. I used my own handwriting as the title. The text reads : "Apparently this is me in 1969 having my first bath which my Dad filmed with his movie camera which was converted to CD a few years ago. I screengrabbed these pics from it."

I really enjoyed the colours and doodles. Not something I do very often.



Ingredients : L Grier Disasterspace 1 - paintstroke 6 & 8, Basic Grey Digital Hello Luscious Flourishes no 8 (border scribble),  Lorie M Designs Cherish - Doodle 2,  Lorie M Doodle Borders no 12 (love hearts), Mommyish Cabochon Flowers No 3 - flower 1 (white polymer flower), LouCee Creations Little Flower Beads no 5 (pink polymer flower), Aliya Designs Because of You - Element 52 (photo frame)

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