Saturday, February 24, 2007

Relight My Fire

Wowee it's been a while, eh? I've not felt like being around the pc much lately and haven't really felt like scrapping or making cards either, hence the reason there's been no blogging and I've missed a couple of Dares (sorry girls!). Still, I thought it was time I got back on the old horse and started riding again, so here I am...

First things first, I did manage a card for this week's Dare. Kathy dared us to use 20 of something on a card. Being an utter wimp, there was no way I was going to use 20 blooms or suchlike. Instead, I made a relatively simple, yet very effective card using 20 thin strips of coloured card. I cut them different lengths and stuck them down on a piece of scrap card so if I made a mistake I wasn't mucking up the whole card. I then added a thicker strip of card at the end. The letters for the name are stickers from the Lisa Bearnson kit, stuck on black circles of card. The '13' is die cut using sizzlits 'Nouveau' set. Apparently, this was Matthew's favourite card as it was 'made with love'. Aaah, bless 'im.

So. Other stuff. I passed my Ofsted suitable person's interview and the new nursery is all set to open on Monday, unless something's gone drastically wrong between Friday night and now... It looks fantastic and I'm so proud of it. All the staff have been over to have a look and they all want to transfer to the new one now! Not a lot else to tell you at the moment.

Today I went up to Lach Dennis in Cheshire to Kirsty's Photography and Scrap day. It was great! I learnt loads, some of which I actually hope to remember and use sometime!

We learnt how to do things like this, where you can get a nice, sharp focus on an object but the background is blurry. We learnt how to take pictures of Natalie O'Shea walking past some 'interesting' curtains so that she was blurry but they were not and vice versa. I'm thinking much practice is needed at this, as most of the time she had walked right past and all I got in the frame were the curtains...

We did two amazing classes in the afternoon - a lovely technique one from Kirsty and one by Debs, which was fabulous and the result of which can be seen below. Kirsty's technique involved using Glossy Accents or similar on acetate to draw patterns, but I haven't finished the LO yet, so I can't show you. I lay in bed thinking of other variations, so that definitely inspired me. Debs' class was one of the best I've done - she really is talented.
Using a fabby canvas and easel from (I believe) Poundland and a generously supplied freebie photo taken by Ms Wiseman herself, as well as the lush Blush papers from Basic Grey, we created the gorgeousness that you see here. The overlay is acetate, stamped around the edges with Rhonna Farrer swirls, generously lent to me by lovely Laura (thanks chick!). It's so effective, and yet really easy to do, even though it involved acrylic paint and *gasps* scrunching the paper!! I (genuinely) took a few deep breaths before I could will myself to do it - it's so far out of my comfort zone it's not even funny. I can see me making these left right and centre for gifts (but without my ugly mug on!) Now I know I have to get me some Rhonna Farrer stamps...

A good time was had by all and I'm glad I went - I was so nervous about not knowing anyone, but all the girls were lovely, as were Kirsty's hubby Mark who worked hard to keep us fed and watered, and daughter Ellie (even if she didn't pick my ticket for the raffle!)

16 comments:

Paula said...

Great card & i know how you feel re making things. If the mojo goes you have to walk away.
I loved your projects in papercraft ins.

Paula said...

Yes you guessed it i have lost the plot!!!!!

I clicked on the link for Jo's blog & somehow got yours!!!!!
So no, you didn't do projects in papercrafts but still love your card!!

Lynne.x said...

lol@Paula - thought it was only me that did things like that.

Welcome back Kel :).

No wonder the card was a big hit with Mathew - it's fab, and that canvas is gorgeous.

LisaBabe said...

I love the card you've done for Matthew - looks really cool and trendy.

xoxo

Kathy said...

It's a great card Kel, it just zings with those fabby colours.
Good luck for tomorrow hun - I know you won't need it the nursery will be wonderful.

Love those stamps, and boy did you get a lot from your photography sessions - they sound like great fun too

Saffa said...

Love your card Kel!

Sounds like you have had a busy but productive time!


xxSaffa

Frog said...

Great card Kel so full of colour.

Andrea xx

Jo said...

I hope all goes well today at the nursery :) Fab cxard, the strips of paper is such a fab idea to use for the 20 items. Sounds like an amazing day at the photograpy session, love the canvas :)

jo xx

Laura said...

It was great to meet you at the weekend- you're very welcome for those stamps- i just love that technique!

Good Luck with the Nursery!
Chat soon xx

Paula said...

Love the idea for the card Kel.

And welcome back!

Paula
XXXXX

Gillian Hamilton said...

Oh I do love that amazing canvas Kel it's so beautiful!!!!...
I just love your dare card, so vibrant and brilliant design for a bloke card!!!...

eve said...

Hi! My name is Eve and I am doing a marketing fundraising campaign which will include 150 Jewish schools reaching over 30,000 children.

Can we use some of the designs that you made?

You can contact me at ewilner@gmail.com

Rhi said...

Your canvas is stunning Kel, sounds like a fantastic creative day. I love your 20-20 card too, a brilliant teenager card.

Esther said...

Wow what vibrant colours! very clever way of incorporating those 20! Also thought I would let you know about my Goodies up for grabs prize draw, really easy all you have to do is complete a sentance, come along nd join the fun :)
www.starcreations.blogspot.com

NickyNoo said...

Hi Kel, just thought I'd pop on to say I spotted your LO in SI mag last week - wow, fab LO and great to see it in print, well done!

Sam Morris said...

Great card but that canvas is stunning! Love everything about it ;)

~ Sam