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cook*create*read: September 2010

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Black, orange and pink!

Well, as you can see I've been playing with my blog ... finally figured out where Blogger was hiding its' three column designs! I also found the backgrounds and decided to go for a seasonal feel ... then of course I had to make an autumnal header!

In my search for inspiration I've come across many fab challenge sites (see the new challenge list I've added?!) - seriously, there is no need to ever be lacking inspiration! There is so much lovely stuff out there in blogland!  So today I've been playing with Art on the Darkside's theme of Black and Orange, and Collage Obsession's theme of Pink!  Here they are:  

... on second thoughts, the Black and Orange one will be back later! Decided I really didn't like it so having another go!

Credits: Itkupilli's Vintage Circus collage sheet!
For some reason this one is looking blurry here!  It's better if you click to open it full size :)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

It's Autumn!

Well, it certainly feels like it today!  Time to put the heating on I think!

The theme on Sunday Postcard Art this week is Autumn Glory.  For some reason I've had real trouble doing this one!  This is my third or fourth (and final!) attempt: 

Credits:  everything I've used is by Lorie Davison - Before the First Snow and Poet's Keepsakes kits (available at Scrapbookgraphics)

And for Something Completely Different ... the monthly theme is still "arches" and this week's theme is "birds".  Here's what I came up with:

I altered the photograph of the arches (a freebie by riandesign) in photoshop, the girl with the bird and the silver birdcage is by Genedes at Digital-Crea and the flock of birds is by Holliewood Designs at Deviant Scrap.

Thank you to all those who've been leaving me comments!  They are all very much appreciated xx

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Three Muses

The Three Muses Challenge this week was to make an art envelope.  Never done one of these before, but I have to confess I did it digi ... Here it is:

Credits:  Julia Makotinsky - Travel the World Asia - everything except Tree Brush (from Brusheezy) and a brown paper texture that I think came from a Jessica Sprague course.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

It's gone a little quiet ...

I've fallen way behind with Learn Something New.  I am useless.

But I have been playing with my digi stash and have completed a couple of challenges ...

First of all, through Deviant Scrap I discovered the immensely talented Anubis, whose Dreaming piece hugely inspired me to do this ... I made this for the SoArtful challenge with the theme of I Love Paris.  I already had the Niches by Holliewood but hadn't taken the plunge to do anything with them yet ...

Credits:  Profile Head Niche - Holliewood at Deviant Scrap; Eiffel Tower, postage stamps, Metro sign, French badge - Julia Makotinsky, lady - Itkupilli, bokeh texture - flickr

Today I've spent some time looking for challenges to get the creative juices flowing and I came across Art Creations Friday.  The challenge was to use this image on a page:

This little boy is so cute, I had to use him!  I extracted him from the background and then made this page for the Art Journal Caravan Week 27 prompt - "enjoy":

Credits:  Background - Elo Designs at After Five Designs and Genedes at Digital-Crea; Heart Brush on wall - Kimla at A5D; Sun Flare - Fruitloop Sallie, Tiger - Crowabout Studios at Deviant Scrap; Globe: Golden Sun at Digital-Crea; Wings - Tangie Baxter Steamertrunk at ScrapbookGraphics; Hat - Tangie Baxter Collage Fodder at ScrapbookGraphics; Overlay - SEV at Digital-Crea; Journal Strips - SDesigns at Digital-Crea.

Phew!  I find it really hard to keep track and give proper credits for digi work ... I have to write a list to keep track.  I'm not sure if there is an easier way of doing this ... any tips gratefully received!

Monday, September 20, 2010


There's a challenge running over on Deviant Scraps - The Seven Deadly Sins.  I'm a bit late into the game, but the theme for September is Vanity.  Having just purchased this gorgeous kit by Holliewood, I had to have a play.  I never have a plan when I do digi pieces (or paper pieces come to that!), I just browse through my stash and see what grabs me ... the first thing to grab me for this piece was the black apple and it all just went from there ...


Holliewood - Haute Halloween - everything except:
Itkupilli - lady in black
rmcmeen - "snow white" image in mirror
Chris Ford - grungy overlay

Sunday, September 19, 2010


Haven't really had time to play with paper and paint, but I have managed a couple of digi pieces.

This is for Week 26 of the Art Journal Caravan

Credits:  Crowabout Studios at Deviant Scrap (Background paper, borders, collage images); Tangie Baxter at Scrapbookgraphics (border); Cardamome at Digital Crea (buildings, journalling block); Genedes at Digital Crea (penny farthing).

And this is for the Something Completely Different challenge this week - arches and stars!  I kept this one really simple as I wanted the stars and the quote to speak for themselves ...

Credits:  Genedes at Digital Crea (background, buildings);  Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Day Off = Mega Catch-Up!

Wednesday is my day off work, so I rushed about in the morning doing the boring things I needed to do, and by 9.30am I was ready to sit down and catch up with Learning Something New Each Day!

On 9th September I had to go back to work after nearly two weeks off ...

10th September was a bit boring, but we found the quiet time at Tesco!

11th September was a busy busy Saturday!

On 12th September, Dave made his "managerial debut" as manager of the under 9s football team at a mini-tournament ... their best player didn't turn up, scuppering his team plan immediately, and they lost 2 games and drew one ...

On 13th September I arrived at work to discover the admin team of 6 was down to just 2, but we coped!

On 14th September we went to my mum's for dinner ...

So officially I'm caught up as we're supposed to wait for tomorrow's prompt before we do today's lesson, although I haven't been following the prompts at all.  I'm so pleased I've caught up with this, my pages look fab all together!

The Butterfly Effect

I came across The Butterfly Effect a couple of days ago and haven't been able to get it out of mind.  I'm in.  Are you?

I Never Saw Another Butterfly
The last, the very last,

So richly, brightly, dazzlingly yellow
Perhaps if the sun’s tears would sing
against a white stone....

Such, such a yellow
Is carried lightly ’way up high.
It went away I’m sure
because it wished
to kiss the world good-bye.

 For seven weeks I’ve lived in here
Penned up inside this ghetto.
But I have found what I love here.
The dandelions call to me
And the white chestnut branches in the court.

Only I never saw another butterfly.
That butterfly was the last one.
Butterflies don’t live in here, in the ghetto.

Written  by Pavel Friedman, June 4, 1942

Born in Prague on Jan. 7, 1921.
Deported to the Terezin Concentration Camp on April 26, 1942.
Died in Aushchwitz on Sept. 29, 1944.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Just a quickie

I'm really tired from work and walking for miles today, but really wanted to "do" something.  It's times like this when I LOVE digi!  I get to be creative without making a huge mess and covering everything in paint and ink!  So I turned to the Art Journal Caravan and did week 25 ... The prompt was about finding your breathing space, and Tangie gave us this fab quote from William Wordsworth:

Cardamome at Digi-Crea - blue background paper, bubble wrap print
Chriscrap at Digi-Crea - white texture background paper
Robben-Marie Smith at CatScrap - heart
Fanette Designs at Digi-Crea - script paper
Genedes at Digi-Crea- music paper
Thaliris at Digi-Crea - sparkly sprinkles
BGD at Scrapbookgraphics - bird

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Catching up ...

I managed to have a little bit of a play yesterday and made two more pages for Learn Something New.  

The first is about Natasha's first day at secondary school ...

And the second is about the day Freddie went back to school, leaving me with a day of lovely silence!  It wasn't long before I needed to put on some loud music though!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Fallen behind!

I've fallen behind, as expected :( BUT I am planning to catch up this weekend! I have, however, created another piece for Tangie Baxter's Art Journal Caravan (behind on this too - this is week 22 when I should be on week 37!). The quote is by Louisa May Alcott.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

More playing!

The lovely and gorgeously talented Kaz mentioned in a blog post yesterday about getting some images from Itkupilli, and of course I had to go and investigate. Once there, I realised I'd been there before and had to have a little play with my blog from her fabulous free backgrounds ... and also spend a small fortune on some digital images! She has a sale on, so it would've been rude not to!! But I'm still blaming Kaz xx

I'm still more or less up to date with Learn Something New Every Day. Here are my next two pages ... the first is heavily influenced by Donna Downey's Inspiration Wednesdays. On Sunday we had a pretty lazy day doing not much at all, and whilst surfing the net I came across this quote which summed the day up quite nicely!

And then I did this page which isn't strictly the lesson learned that day, but possibly from the day before when I made that hideous (in my eyes!) red and black and white page ... the comments I received on here made me see it slightly differently! Lesson learned ... but clearly I'll be making the same mistake again as the irony is that my first attempt at this lesson ended up in the bin!

I'm enjoying the peace today as the kids are back at school (one yesterday, one today) and I am back to work tomorrow!

While surfing earlier I came across the Collage Obsession challenge blog ... their word for the week was "dream" and the had this picture to use for in your piece if you wanted:

I loved the image straight away, and ended up doing this digi LO:

Image of Saint Cecelia - Collage Obsession
Background papers, bird and fish - Tangie Baxter at Scrapbookgraphics
Moon, ladder and birdcage - Maya at Scrapbookgraphics
Hat - Crowabout Studio
Man and bottle - Itkupilli free download

Monday, September 06, 2010

2 more ... and a photo prompt!

Yep, still up to date!

This is Day 3, all about my order of vintage ephemera:

And here's Day 4 ... not so keen on this one to be honest:

Over on Bubbly Funk we're having a week long photo prompt challenge thing - it takes place during the first full week of the month and we're taking turns in putting up the prompts. September is my month!

My first prompt is "breathtaking" and here's my photo - Sheikra in Busch Gardens, Tampa, Florida ...

Feel free to join in if you like!

Friday, September 03, 2010

Day 2 ...

And I'm still on track!

Here's what I learned on 2 September 2010:

(sorry about the photos ... it's a bit dark here already!)

I had a lot of fun playing with old and new supplies on this one! Yesterday I received a delicious box of goodies ordered from Bubbly Funk which included some Inka Gold in Graphite and Lava Red, both of which I've used on here - to colour grungeboard wings and heart (old supplies), the 3D paste (old supplies) and to edge the piece, and also some Paper Soft Colour in a few different colours (here I've used Orange, Sunny Yellow and Stone Grey to colour the background). I also ordered a Tim Holtz Ransom Mask which I've used on here too.

The Inka Gold is lovely stuff! It goes on so smoothly with a lovely shiny finish (not sure how successful my closeups are in showing this), and the Paper Soft Colour is gorgeous! I will definitely be needing more colours of both ...

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Ta daaaa!

A couple of years ago I signed up to Learn Something New Each Day with Shimelle Laine, but I kind of failed (as usual) to keep up with it (yep, I can't even commit to something for ONE MONTH! I think I have a serious problem ...). Anyway, once you've signed up once, you automatically have access to the class every year, so this year I've decided to give it another go ... I'm going more art journally than scrapbooky, and decided to make my own little book, 4x6 inches. I've cut all the pages and a cover and will bind them WHEN I finish :)

So here is my cover:

And my page for 1 September:

I'm planning to bind it all together with my sadly neglected bind-it-all, so will attempt to keep the left margin clearish of goodies ....

Hopefully more pages will appear here regularly! (Don't hold your breath though ...)

Ummm, ok ....

So it has been almost exactly three months since the last little blogging episode. Whoops. But I guess that is me. Starting things, forgetting about them, coming back to them a hundred years later.

I'm not sure what happened, but I kind of just stopped doing anything arty for a while there. I've just recently had a massive clearout of all my scrapbooking stuff, have lots to get rid of (probably to school when it reopens for the new year next week) and my workspace is now much better organised. I've started art journalling again which I am loving.

I've also recently discovered this lovely lady. Her art journalling is inspiring, and she's just about to start a new venture on the weight loss road which I've decided I'm going to join in with ... hopefully by doing this "in the open" I will be more inclined to stick with it. I'm not sure yet exactly what form this is all going to take ... I will ponder!

I'll be back SOON with something paintified to show :) xxx