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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Challenge #112. Everything's coming up roses and rosettes.

We're down a couple of Poobahs this week - the East Coast of the U.S. is making the acquaintance of Hurricane Irene and we already don't like her.
Please keep all of the people in the path of this storm in your thoughts and prayers!

Yep, this Irene is certainly putting a real damper on fun right now 
But let's try and think ROSE-Y thoughts
Happy days
Good weather
Love all around us
There?  Isn't THAT better?
This week our theme is to create with 
Simple as that!

Rosemary here and I made a couple of projects for this challenge. First up is a wreath of roses.  I tried making only white roses using pearly paper and then added glitter - the photo doesn't show it but it's rather elegant and glittery in real life - I might swap out the ribbon for different occasions.  (there's about 40 large roses and I was able to make them in a couple of hours)

Next up is an anniversary card with more handmade roses (these little tiny ones can be a buster to make, but I think they're worth the effort).

Finally, had to make some rosettes - and why not get a jump on Fall?  (if you would like to know more about these projects, I'll try to get a post up, I may lose power so it might not be immediately)(and I apologize for the less than stellar photographs)

Gini here -   Oooh I so wanted to create something I thought Rosemary would like to have. Well I crafted myself right into a pickle trying to make it because I was SO outside my comfort zone. Eeeep. 
 When I rummaged about in my stash I realised I had a distinct lack of roses apart from a set of very pretty rose stamps which I had won and that I thought I would never use, but have now used them twice so that just goes to show what a dud my crystal ball is. What no psychic powers? Nope.
Materials used listed on my blog.


Electra here -  Everyone loves flowers right?  If I met someone who didn't like flowers, I would not go to his/her house for soup and sandwiches.  Not a chance.  Do you ever watch those TV shows where brides compete to have the most gorgeous wedding decor?  Well, sometimes there is a bride who doesn't like flowers.  She'll use peanuts, or motorcycle parts, or, well, you get the picture.  I wouldn't go to her wedding.  Not that I was invited.  But I wouldn't.  So there.
Here's mine:

No flowers were hurt in the making of this LO.

Deena here - This is my roses and rosette card done with as many as I felt I could stick on one poor little card base ;)  I made the spiral roses and just love that rosebud ribbon...can't get enough of that stuff...I used some mists and some stickles to bling it up a little...not sure if you can tell from the pics though?

Kristen Here:
I made this card (and thought I posted it yesterday, but it disappeared for some reason unbeknownst to me)... so here it is again.  I made the 3 roses, 2 with ribbon and tinfoil, and 1 out of paper.  The wedding cards are Wordles that I made out of Corinthians verses on love.  The stamp I used was A Muse.

You have until the end of Saturday 10 September to join in with your fabulous creation celebrating roses and rosettes. Add your blog post address to Mr Linky below.
If you would like to join in with a previous challenge we've set (life happens and lateness is absolutely fine, we don't mind a bit) just add your blog post address to Mr Linky below. Please make sure your blog post refers to the previous challenge you are entering so we don't get confused. 
We look forward to visiting you!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Challenge #111 - Oh I do love to be beside the seaside and all things fishy.

Gini here -    Hello there Folks, are you ready to roll your trousers up, tie a knot in each corner of a man's hanky to wear on your head, get sand in your hair and sandwiches?
Then finally in the early evening, to sit on the beach with your red peeling nose eating fish and chips covered with lashings of salt, malt vinegar and red sauce (Ketchup) out of a newspaper wrapping with a useless wooden fork provided by the Fish and Chip shop and enjoy the setting sun in your eyes.
Well it's time to put all your seaside memories or fantasies into a piece of art.
It can be based on the beach, sandcastles, donkeys, beach huts etc.
It could be something set on the sea, maybe a watersport such as sailing or surfing or just a seagull floating on the sea contemplating his next fish and whether or not he could ever become a pirate.
Perhaps you would rather go under the waves and use fish, mammals and other marine seascapes. Sunken vessels and treasure or mythical mermaids or even Kraken's. I don't know what a Kraken looks like but maybe you could show me.

I decided to represent through the medium of art; The birth of the Stampotique  mermaids.
Now as we all know mermaids are born out of mermaids purses, which is presumably why groups of young women in the 1980's used to dance around their handbags down the disco in an attempt to lure mortal men to their sides.  They were of course mimicking the mysterious and beautiful mermaids singing to the sailors and luring them to their doom.

This is a 10 x 12 inch canvas, details of ingredients and more on my blog

Let's see what all the other wonderful Poobahs have come up with for this challenge.

 Jana here - I LOVE the ocean and all things associated with the ocean. I have always lived within a few miles of an ocean or sea. I am not sure I could ever live away from one. My youngest daughter and I carry our love of the sea around with us in the form of a turtle shaped birth mark. Mine is on my leg and hers is on her arm. I made a little piece of art for her bedroom to celebrate our common bond.

Rosemary here - I do love water and so I was almost overwhelmed with ideas and finally after lots of tries, settled on ATCs for this challenge.  Three of them; one was inspired by sailors on whalers and schooners who were gone from their sweethearts for so long and spent their idle hours making love trinkets - two are inspired by Hawaii, a place I long to see and enjoy!  ( apologize for the lousy photo of the third ATC!)

Okay, I had to add just one more thing.  I had to use my mermaid stamp, she's my albatross.  I had to have her and yet, I haven't found a project to suit her.  Until now.  So, here she is in all her paper-pieced and fussy cut glory (no sailors or Captain Cooks were injured in the making of this card  - honest)

Electra here -  Did I mention I live on the prairies?  Mountains to the west, fields of wheat to the east and nothing but cows and horses here.  No water as far as the eye can see.  So, we went TO the water.  Found a lovely lake about 4 hours from here (how's THAT for dedication to "The Order"? Hah! And we went swimming...

The deets of this LO are on my blog.

Kristen here -  My dad turns 80 in a few weeks.  I thought I would use one of his many fishing photos for the invite, and then use a play on words to make the invite fun.  I used up a bunch of camping stickers on the cards... everyone will get a different embellishment (but who will be comparing, right?)  Nothing Fishy going on... just some good old fashioned fishing!  ; P

Deena here - my attempt is more of a bragging nature...I will be sitting on one of these in a few short days cruising to excited that it is hard to think of much else, so I decided to make a card which will probably end up chopped up and put on a scrapbook page when we get back...the fishies were done on the Cricut with the Life's a Beach (just giggle everytime I hear the name of that cartridge..teehee) cartridge and then soaked down in green, olive, blue, gold, orange and pear mists....then dosed in a batch of goosebumps (but I don't think that stuff did anything??)

You have until the end of Saturday 27 August to join in with your fabulous creation celebrating the SEA. Add your blog post address to Mr Linky below.
If you would like to join in with a previous challenge we've set (life happens and lateness is absolutely fine, we don't mind a bit) just add your blog post address to Mr Linky below. Please make sure your blog post refers to the previous challenge you are entering so we don't get confused. 
We look forward to visiting you!