Thursday, 22 January 2009

Quick One...

OK, have managed to do another layout this week, this one is for Out of the Hat challenge blog and the requirements were: 1. 5 embellishments (exactly) 2. Black and White photo on colour layout 3. Stamped title I had fun with these pictures of Liam dressed up as a Clone Trooper. This get up was one of his Christmas presents and he had been reluctant to wear it until now. We were on our way to one of his friend's birthday parties and it was fancy dress, he needed no more encouragement after that! In other news, we have now purchased a Cello for Niamh. That was certainly a hard purchase to make. But we ended up finding a fantastic store called Animato and it felt right purchasing from here. The man who owns the store dealt with us and you could tell he loved what he did and knew what he was talking about. We will be back next year for a violin and probably the year after that to upgrade Niamh's cello!! I will endeavour to take some photos to share soon. Thats it for now. Catch you soon!

Monday, 19 January 2009

Lots of layouts!

Well, I seem to have been on a roll! I have created quite a few layouts over the past week or so, and not only that I have photographed them and now I am here to share them! Amazing! Again I have had a lot of fun playing with the Slice. This is one really fun tool! Here the title has been cut with the Slice, along with the buttons and journaling spot. I put the title on mounting foam and then coated with Glossy Accents and the end result is great. Here I have been playing with the new Paperie range from Making Memories, just devine! I think I have one of every sheet and two of some!! I cut the little artisan label using the Slice and one of the Stampin' Up label stamps I have fitted perfectly inside. I also used some of the letters I received in my secret santa gift! I am really enjoying my stamping at the moment too. I have been just waiting for a chance to use this great ruler stamp from Maya Road. I love this new collection from October Afternoon too! This was based on Puzzle Sketches challenge site. Like the name suggests, they give you the pieces of the puzzle to create a sketch that works for you! A great way to scrap. If you haven't had a look go and check them out. Now I just have to email them my entry! And this one was created for White with One challenge site. Again stamping features!! And it has been fun to scrap some older photos too. Also I just have to remember to email it to them! I also have some class layouts done, but I will wait before adding them here. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Christmas - Been and Gone

Well, Christmas has been and gone in its usual whirlwind of excitement and family events. The kid's are all really pleased with their "booty". Niamh is now the proud owner of a Nintendo DS, while Liam scored big time on Lego and many Star Wars themed goodies (including Lego!!), Erin was excited about a Littlest Pet Shop "e-pet" and also a kids die-cutting machine (following in her mothers footsteps there!). Me well my camera arrived in my hot little hands the weekend before Christmas! You could say all my Christmases had come at once! The camera is fantastic and I can't wait to have the time to really put it to the test. The photos I have taken with it are awesome but I still need to print some out to see how they look. So I guess I had better add a few in to share! The first two were taken with the new 24-70mm f2.8 lens too. Another great bit of glass! This is Jessie, she is a gorgeous little dog belonging to our good friends and "almost" neighbours. Well, you probably recognise who this is! But what I love about this photo was that it was taken at night, indoors using only lamp light, hand held at ISO 6400!! And you can't tell!! There is no really obvious noise!!! There was very little editing done to this photo too, basically this is straight out of the camera! I can honestly say this is one of the best features about this camera, being able to crank up the ISO to use the available light means less need for the tripod or flash!! Cool! And here is my littlest one, what a heartbreaker he is going to be! This photo was taken playing around with the plastic fantastic 50mm f 1.8 lens. And it seems to work beautifully on this new beastie too. I have really noticed the difference in field of view that having a full frame sensor offers too. Opening up all kinds of things! Oh and here is the Christmas card final cut. Now that cards have been and gone I won't be spoiling it for anyone! I was rather pleased with this one, even if it did take a while to have full co-operation from my models!! So, besides getting through Christmas and New Year I have also been working on the next issue of City Chat for Scrapbook City. It is coming along nicely and should be to the printers soon. One of the things I got to play around with were some new page protectors from We R Memory Keepers that have 6 4x6 pockets in a 12x12 layout. I had seen these in US mags and the like for a little while and thought they were a great way to make you print and store photos in an album without feeling the need to scrap everything. So I did up a "sample" for the newsletter and thought I would share it here too. I will be looking forward to printing out more photos to just have and keep in the albums now. Very cool new product. I know they are available now from Scrapbook City so drop them a line if you are interested. Well, that is all for now. I am hoping to get some scrapping challenges done and just scrap some more in general and I have samples for new classes to finish. These will be cool as I am doing some Hybrid classes this term. Three different themed classes which come with a digi kit and then you print out and complete the layout with hands on bits and pieces! Lots of fun. I will post the samples here when I am finished. Catch you soon. Thanks for dropping by! Oh one last thing, a big congratulations goes out to Lauren and Josh on their engagement! And also to the lovely Carole Janson on her Pink Paisley design team postition!!! Very cool!!