Sunday, 29 September 2013

Tulips Tea and Me 2013

This is my comp page for CSI #91 which I really enjoyed doing. I have discovered the use of white in my layouts to balance out colours. I can hum or hear my favourite music in my head at any time of day - even if I'm not playing it!

It wasn't until I was nearly finished that I realised how Webster's Pages this palette was, darn it! I was inspired by Helen's page - particularly the music, so I screen grabbed my easy listening playlist and whacked that on the page. (I will put the full list on my blog)

Testimony: Document something you enjoy daily. The Scheme - yep, Evidence: bird, leaves (real ones?), wet medium, stripes, ribbon, tearing, speech/thought bubble. will come back and put ingredients in.
The title is a play on a movie I saw once and loved, but have never seen it again; Coffee Tea or Me.

journalling reads : "How can I explain that, besides tea (my life - blood) and my favourite music, I also enjoy tulips daily? I grow them in Spring. I've always loved them, and when I look throughout the house, they follow me about; photo album covers, books, patterns, desktop pics at work. I have memories of nagging Mum and Dad every year to take me to Tesselaars (THE tulip farm in Australia), and seeing the amazing varieties and colour combos. The tulip on the page is one I grew this year - Happy Generation. I've also included my favourite PlayList - 'Depression in the Mix' which I put together over a couple of years - just my easy listening playlist (not the angry beating one!).

2013 Tulips Tea and Me for CSI #91

CSI comp #91

My playlist is :
Confide in Me - Kylie Minogue -  1994
Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland - 1939
The End of the World - Susan Boyle - 2009
Look Down, Lord (from Rosewood) - John Williams - 2000
Forever and Ever (from Picnic At Hanging Rock) - Georg Zamfir - 1995 (my cd)
Suite for solo cello No 1 in G major BMV 1007 : prelude - Bach 2002 (my version)
Sadness Part 1 Enigma - 1992
Hovern Enkan (A Cool Breeze Is Blowing) - Gevorg Dabaghyan - Duduk - 1996
Hallelujah - Alison Crowe (Tidings album) - 2004
Singing in the Rain - Gene Kelly - 1952
The Russian Creed op 29 no 8 - Grechaninov - 1975 recording on 1993 CD
Bittersweet Goodbye - Kylie Minogue - 2001
White Christmas - Bing Crosby - (from 100 years of Cinema cd)
Mad World (from Donnie Darko) - Gary Jules (my fav version) - 2001
The Friendship Theme (from Beaches) - Bette Midler - 1989 (no singing so unclear if Bette wrote this)
Never Saw Blue Like That - Shawn Colvin (from Runaway Bride soundtrack) - 1999
Someone Like You - Richard Clayderman (Romantique album) - 2013
I Think It's Going to Rain Today - Bette Midler (also from Beaches soundtrack) - 1989
Building the Barn (from the movie Witness) - Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (from Cardio Workout CD) - 2009
Le Onde - Richard Clayderman (also from Romantique album) 2013

I'm pretty particular about which version of the music it is. There are so many re-dos and take offs over time of some songs and they all sound different or have a different spin, whilst others which I love, don't get revamped! (Bittersweet Goodbye I love but no one has ever heard of it!)

My brother gave me the latest Richard Clayderman album (I thought he was dead?) and these two pieces went straight onto my favourites list.  I love how he plays them!!!

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Painting 2013 - digi layout

I really loved this arched window and the bold blue against the black of the challenge photo from Archiscraps for Sept 2013. I wanted to be in just right the mood for it, as its been a while since I used really bold colours like this. Thank you so much Archiscraps! I booked out my Saturday afternoon and just let the creativity take hold, and am really happy with the result.

I needed some flying birds, so I traced around some silver gulls from some pics I took last christmas. That worked surprisingly well! Might be able to do that again in the future!On the page are two of my more recent paintings - Freedom on the left and Forever on the right. I've only just got back into painting after about 5 years of not much at all.

I will come back later and populate the ingredients.

Archiscraps challenge Sept 2013
Painting 2013 - for Archiscraps Sept 2013

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Who is 4? 2013 Sept digi page

My cousinette Violet(my cousin Wayne's daughter) has just turned 4. In many photos she looks so much older its hard to believe she hasn't started school yet. I used my recent photo of my blue faced violets in the background (this overexposed shot came straight off the camera - I almost deleted it, but then I thought it was kind of pretty in its own way - it has material in behind it in-shot). Violet lives in the USA. I loved the Emma Sketch! I hope I did it justice!
Evidence: animal accents, polka dots, stripes, brackets, two alphabets, dotted lines, alphabets in design elements, book pages, musical elements, flag
Testimony : place brackets around your story

Ingredients: Microsoft Publisher – pony, [#89 Coordinates Kit – tag, sign language (V-I-O-L-E-T), ‘who is’ alphas], #27 Coordinates Kit – Woodland animals silhouette, [Sweetly Scrapped freebies - butterfly 4140339, Dancing Children1 (drawing of dancing children, rabbits, and music banner)], Jasmin-Olya Designs CU Flowers – Volume 9 Lilies of the Valley – 03,Lorie M Designs Cherish Kit – Bracket1, Basic Grey Stella Ruby Flourishes – Flourish 1 (changed to white), Far Far Hills Bright Spring Time – 0012 (ribbon bow), Indigo Designs Always In My Heart Elements – 25 (ribbon swirling), The Ettes Fayette Terlouw Time 4 Dreams kit – Stitches, American Crafts Becky Higgins Project Life Baby Edition for Him Papers – No 8 (spotted), American Crafts Pebbles Walnut Grove Patterned Paper 1 – Dictionary (sheet from dictionary), American Crafts Pebbles Walnut Grove Patterned Paper 2 – Chevron, Cilenia Curtis & ValC Designs Fly With Me bundle – Ajpaper2 (watercolour blue/white), - Software: Adobe Fireworks

Who is 4? 2013 Sept digi page CSI #89
CSI Case File No 89 with sketch challenge
'Who is 4?' made it to the Most Wanted List for #89

Shadow Room 2013 digi

I really love grey in palettes! I've had these pics for a couple of weeks and was hoping a case file soon would be suitable - I think this one is perfect. It's one of those things that are there everyday, and I've never looked over to my right before to see these shadows on my couch! There is a white strip around the edge, which may not be visible here with the white background!
The scheme - yep, Testimony: Everyday Life Prompts (no 10 Around the room), Evidence: art mediums, stripes, architectural elements (columns, arches, chunky frame, cornice curly bits), tie something (ribbon), vellum (faux in arches).
PS I love the column from the CSI Coordinates kit!

Ingredients : CSI Coordinates #86 – Column, Striped patterned paper, quote, [Aliya Because of You kit – el11 (archway), el39 (marble frame)], Far Far Hills Vintage Style Ornamental Elements 008 (cornice flourishes), Armina Designs Splatters Brush 1 – b (changed to pink and orange), [Indigo Designs Always In My Heart No 5 and No 6 (lilies), no 29 (powdered swirls)], Far Far Hills Freebies Kit Photo Frames – 007, Far Far Hills Vintage Ornaments Kit – 0012 (changed to grey), [fonts: Arial Narrow, 2peas Fancy Free, Bernard Mt Condensed, Cambria], Adobe Fireworks software.
Shadow Room 2013 CSI #86
CSI Case File No 86 challenge

Death Comes As The End 2013 digi page

This page is a tribute to my favourite fiction author Agatha Christie, the CSI comp #88. I've been working on replicating torn edge effects, which works particularly well with this Middle Eastern inspired theme. I love archeology (have done for years) and only recently realised just how many of Agatha Christie's books were set in the Middle East or touched on Archeology! My favourite book of hers is Death Comes As The End, which most people have never heard of - it is a murder mystery set in Ancient Egypt and centres around a prosperous family and the solid premise on what we think we know about our own family and each member's character.

I have a set of Agatha Christie novels (about 77 of them) and read one book over a few nights. Recently books that I never enjoyed I actually warm to now - especially those spy novels.

Ingredients: American Crafts digi paper Olive Edition Papers no 7 (changed to orange), Far Far Hill Gentle Spring kit 0039 (white tulip), Far Far hill freebies kit Nocturne el2 (five petal flower), Lara’s Digital World Under Palm Tree -branch1, chipboard woman icon (edited to Egyptian style), Chipboard piece - The Dusty Attic DA0547 wrought iron trim set piece 1, Aida Domisiewicz All is Love Pink Paradise 13@arts (changed from pink to cream), Csi Coordinates #32 patterned paper yellow sun rays (edited), Cilenia Curtis FYA-MovingForward_E3 (clock face), corrugated card (scanned myself), csi Coordinates #43 journal block odd shape, golden scarab – from the internet, created with Adobe Fireworks

Death Comes As The End 2013 CSI #88
CSI Case File no 88 challenge
'Death Comes As The End' made it to the Most Wanted List for #88

Cheeky Duo 2013 digi layout

I was really inspired by the Pixels & Paper Challenge Sept 2013 and found this wonderful recent photo of my cousinettes Violet and Olive perfect for it.
Will return to put the ingredients in.
Pixels & Paper Challenge photo Sept 2013

Cheeky Duo 2013 digi layout for Pixels & Paper Challenge Sept 2013


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