Thursday, September 19, 2013

Life is good

Scrapbooking from Scratch (SFS) has a series of monthly challenges.  One of them is a quote challenge and the quote this month is "Life is good".  This is the first time I have participated in one of their challenges.
In August I moved from Sydney to Central Coast of NSW and life is certainly good in this part of the world. My nephew, who stayed with me recently, took a series of photos of Umina Beach and Google created this montage of the photos he took - I love the photo and I hope I have done it justice with my layout.
Firstly, I used a Clear Scraps mask called Chicken Wire and onto white cardstock I sponged it (well, really I used a makeup remover pad as I could not find my sponge!) with Stampin' Up! (SU) Brilliant Blue ink and then went hunting for papers that would add movement to my layout.  The papers come from various companies. I then tore the papers to reveal the white core - top to resemble the clouds and bottom to resemble waves.I then cut out some tulle and tied a knot in it.  I used stamps that came free with a scrapbooking magazine and stamped in SU Creamy Caramel.  I cut them out, scrunched them up and applied with either glue dots or dimensionals. A little bit more stamping of the shells on the bottom papers. Some Colorbok Glitzy Gems for sparkle.  At the top I highlighted some of the sponging and added more sparkle - I could not just leave just a couple in the pack for later could I. The title used some old brown (even though it looks like black) rubons.
Close up of the stamped shells, gems and tulle. And looking close up that paper resembles sand - well done me.........
Thank you for looking and I hope life is good for you right now.  Margaret.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Selfie - beach walk style.

I have recently moved to the Central Coast of NSW and one of the things I have rediscovered is -  I love a walk along the beaches.   Today we are expecting hot and windy weather (and it is only Spring here in Australia), so I was out early for my walk.
Here is my selfie - beach walk style. 
It has already got to 32C today.
Keep cool everyone.   Margaret

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Keep calm and stamp on

Wow 2nd challenge post today - on a roll !!!
When I was last in Las Vegas I went to a Rubber Stamp Convention and one of the people I met there was Rose - a Journey Coach (Representative) from Fun Stampers Journey.  Rose runs a challenge each week and this week it was to use one of their doily stamps (or a paper doily) to create a card.  You need to use their products. Now Fun Stampers Journey does not ship to Australia but I was able to gather (read buy) a few supplies together of their products before I left USA.  This stamp is one of theirs it is called "Stamp On". I used a paper doily and I have distressed it and the edges of all the cardstock (CS) with ink. I used blue CS as I find this a very calming colour.  A little bit of bling in the centre of the flower on the main image completes the card.  You could use dimensionals to raise the greeting but as this card will more than likely be on its way to another friend in US I did not use them.

Elephant Appreciation Day

Over at ARTastic Challenges their current challenge is "quirky and fun". Now this did stump me for awhile. So off to do research I went.  First I looked up quirky and found the following definition "having or full of quirks",  not much help there.  So I looked for words that would describe quirky and came up with far-out, kinky, off-beat, way-out, odd, bizarre, off-the-wall, peculiar, strange, unconventional, unusual, wacky and weird. Okay, feeling more inspired.
Next, the word bizarre kept jumping around in my head - then why not bizarre holidays in September. So off to I went to research bizarre holidays in September.  2nd September National Beheading Day - I think not!!!  22nd September Elephant Appreciation Day.  Appropriate as I had photos from a trip to San Diego Zoo in November 2012 yet to be scrapped.
Again back to Google this time I typed in words to describe elephants and found the words above that I printed onto Grey cardstock together with my title.   I ran my black stamp pad around the edges of all the papers.  That fun Bo Bunny elephant standing on the title is quirky in his/her own way. Some Candi Hardware dots and ribbon I found during my holiday in US complete the layout.  I had fun completing this layout and stretching my brain into the researching the topic.

The postcard I purchased at the Zoo and it is full of elephant facts. Did you know?
  • An elephant's skin is so sensitive that it can feel a fly landing on it.
  • Elephants use their trunks to drink but the water does not go all the way up the trunk like a straw. Instead, the elephant sucks water part of the way up the trunk, curls it toward its mouth, tilts its head up, and lets the water pour in.
  • The low, resounding calls elephants make can be heard by another elephant up to 5 miles (8km) away.
  • Elephants have been relentlessly hunted for their tusks, even though the tusks are made of dentine - the same as our teeth!
Finally, I would like to recommend a book that I read last year - The Elephant Whisperer by Lawrence Anthony.  Learning about love, loyalty and freedom from a herd of wild elephants.  A great read.
Another book I have read with elephants as the main theme would have to be Like Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

So on 22nd September this year and every year that follows remember to appreciate the elephant.... Thank you for looking today.   Margaret


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