Thursday, 28 July 2011

Digital Catch up

I haven't had much time for crafting recently, digital layouts are quick and easy for me to do, so that is what I've been doing.  Here are a few:

These were all for challenges at Digtial Design Den.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Papers and Pixels - July

The July edition of Papers and Pixels is available on the Papers and Pixels Forum NOW!  You need to join the forum to download it, but it is really worth it.  This month there are a lot more paper crafting ideas and templates, so if you are more of a paper crafter than digital, it is worth a look.  There are plenty of digital techniques and freebies as well.

Kit - The Artist in me by Snickerdoodle Designs
Mask - Photomask Set 2 by Coppercurls Designs
Photograph in mask - Filter gallery 'cut out'
And you might want to take part in this month's challenge, this is my layout for the challenge.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Totally Gorjuss Challenge 88 - Summertime

We haven't had much of a summer so far, last weekend was as good as it has got!  Yesterday, we had thunder, lightning, rain, hail and sunshine and today it's warm and muggy and we've just had a heavy shower of rain. 

I've made two cards for this challenge both very different, the one below was almost a by product of the second crd as I had intended to use the 'summer' lace word on the other card and sprayed it.  But then it just didn't work and I liked the sprayed paper so much I decided to use it as a background.  If you look carefully you can see the outline where the word was placed.
Dylusions Spray Ink, Summer 'lace' paper, Graphicus Stamps. flowers and button from stash.
Stamp from this month's Craft Stamper, coloured with Inktense pencils, striped paper freebie from Crafts Beautiful.

If you'd like to join the Totally Gorjuss challenge then click HERE

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Staycation - Beatrix Potter Experience

We headed to Kendal on our Staycation but, it was not inviting.  The roadsigns were dreadful and we couldn't see where we wanted to go, so we decided to go on to Windermere instead.  One of the attractions of Windermere, apart from the lake, is the Beatrix Potter Experience.  This attraction might seem to be for children but there were more adults and Japanese tourists there than children, although to be fair it wasn't a school holiday time.

 After a short film about the author's life, the 'experience' is a series of tableaux from the books.  Some of them were very familiar to me, such as Jemima Puddleduck and Mrs Tiggywinkle.  Others less familiar, but what I found interesting was how unsentimental Ms Potter was about the animals she portrayed.

Mr Brock

Mrs Tiggywinkle

Mrs Tiggywinkle's Kitchen

Peter Rabbit is is the star turn at the Beatrix Potter Experience and there are quite a few displays featuring the naughty rabbit.

Mr McGregor

There is also a cute little 'Mr McGregor's Garden'  to visit.

Mr McGregor's Garden

Peter's Jacket and shoes
Janice at Mr McGregor's Garden
There was a large blackboard showing the original plants which could have been planted in Mr McGregor's garden.  These are replicated in the garden at the attraction.

I really enjoyed visiting the Beatrix Potter Experience, there was no restriction on photography, which is unusual and the various tableaux were interesting, particularly if you are familiar with the books and stories.