Wednesday 30 December 2009

Let's Get Shabby - Challenge Seven - Summer Influence

Hi everyone, hope you all had a lovely xmas and got lots of crafty bits in your stockings or under the tree - if larger items and if Santa thought you had been extra good. (Mine was under the tree :)) ).

Having a few days over xmas has given me time to play.  What with you may think, well actually nothing new on this piece of creativity, but I really enjoyed it all the same.  If you read the end of the post you will find out why.......

I decided, due to getting an honourable mention on the last challenge, on my first attempt, that I would try for gold on my second, however that may not be the case, as not everyone sees things the same way and I am usually a little bit eccentric, or so my work colleagues say.

My creation is based around the things that I love and that "summer" influence me on holiday, "Sun", "Sea" and "Sand".  I searched for hours for the correct photo's for this scrap page layout.  I finally found some - so far unused photos of my sister Jo.  She is in Tanzania and currently has no electricity, this can go on for days, weeks etc. So fingers crossed that they fix it for her quickly, and that when she does she will see this and feel instantly better.

I located some Blue Awning K & Co papers, chose the embossed one with the postcard on it, as you always send these on holiday to your friends.  I then thought that summer is flowers so chose a yellow sun coloured paper from the same pad with flowers on it in white.  Wanted to show rolling sea somehow, so used some horrid greeny / blue lace, it actually looks better now than it did on my hooks.  I added feathers for the crests of the waves (or seagull feathers - you can decide) I used Tim Holtz denim blue and a swirl stamp (not sure of name) to show swirls of water around the circle and then used my little shells for the sandy beach effect.   I added the flowers to complement and the lace through the middle as it had waves at the bottom of it, I had to cut it in half and turn it around under the image to sort of even it out.  I got these lovely flip flop charms from Boys and could not decide how to hold them in place, so got some craft wire in a lovely sea blue and twirled it around a ground peg, to get an even coil and then threaded the charm on to it.  Each image has a corresponding colour on it and then the last one was pink - so I used my copic holiday blue and coloured it up and then placed this just under the flower edge. The sentiments are created in word using an image with text set to appear in front of the image, I cut them out and further distressed.  I felt the rolling blue/green lace sea was missing something so added a Hobby House pin, with several beads that I got from that beloved place ebay.  I feel that this now has all my summer influence inspiration on it.  Hope you like it, again got carried away with my new camera.



Hope you can see them ok.

Well the reason I needed to get crafty was to take my mind off
the fact that the Insurance cover people on my washing machine turned up for the third time (4 weeks no washing) with still the wrong parts for my washing machine.  I finally accepted there money towards a new washer.  Went to a local store and purchased a lovely new one for an extra £35.00, bargain.  "So I thought".  Arrived home, plumbed in and placed the first load in.  You may as well have put the hosepipe in the kitchen and switched it on.  The kitchen was flooded I just needed my Summer Influence costume on..............and the husband could have photographed me for "Let's Get Shabby"
any way the washer had the most amazing crack from top to bottom in it's casing.  Paddling in the pond, I mean the kitchen - now that is a new one for me, used more towels to swill the water around the room and to late to call and complain, cleaned up and went in for the kill this morning.  I have to say they were very accomodating and did get a machine from outside the area to me within 4 hours, they plumbed it in and hoooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrraaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyy.
First load just finished.
However, does anyone love ironing??????????????????????????

Hope you all have a great new year, look forward to an obviously intesting one myself as some lovely person bought me this

more to follow on that

Hugs Kate x


Paper Paradise said...

Great take on the lets get shabby challenge Kate. I am struggling with this one, but hope to think of something. Have a great night tomorrow, plenty of STRAIGHT brandy's I bet? Speak to you soon. x

sam21ski said...

Great layout Kate, like the flip flops!!!!

Not so great re the washing machine saga, but at least it's sorted now

mandysea said...

Fabulous Kate!!
Love Blue Awning! Thats a perfect pic for your creation! THe flowers look gorgeous too and yes those flipflops are a great embellie!!
Thanks for playing along with us at shabby!

Julie said...

Just love all those flowers on your page Kate. Thanks ever so much for playing along with us at shabby.

Oh no about the washing machine dramas.

Elaine. said...

beautiful layout, love the colors

Deb said...

Beautiful layout. I love all of your embellies.

Toni said...

Kate this is so pretty!!!!Great job, Thanks so much for playing with us at shabby!!!

Ruth Philps said...

kate: I left you a comment on the wrong post its the next one down..sorry xx

Timcso said...

Beautiful page! Love the colours and the embellishments!

Thanks for playing with us at Shabby!

Hugs, Tímea

Just a little bit Crafty said...

Hi Kate, love your layout. Did you glue each of those tiny shells one by one? Great effect.
Irene xx

Chimene said...

Beautiful creation!!
Love the colors and lace!!
Thanks for playing along with us at Shabby!

zandra said...

Great take on the challenge!
Hugz, Z

Lisa Pate said...

so gorgeous! lots of pretty stuff going on, great interpretation of the image

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