Thursday, 12 January 2012

My little jumping bean :)

During the last summer holidays we took our monkeys to Chessington World of Adventures. We met Uncle Marmar, Auntie Kaila and her niece Ria there and had a lovely day playing, visiting the zoo and going on rides. As Alex and Ria were both less than 1m tall there were a fair few rides that they were not able to go on and one of these was Tomb Raider and so while the big kids (hubby and brother) took the three not so big kids (Joel, Dylan and Kari) on it Kaila and I tried to keep Ria (3) and Alex (2) amused. Luckily there was a little minature waterfall and the two of them had a blast playing and splashing with the water and puddles. I managed to get some great pictures of Alex on my phone and this was one of them;

I had great fun playing with my photo editing software :) The centre picture is un-altered then there is one converted to black and white on the far left and one with the background black and white and the subject in colour on the left (see here for how to do this). The two on the right were made using a couple of grunge effects. I used the sketch for this months UKS House Challenge;

I wanted to keep this LO really grungy looking and so I used a mask to add some Black soot distress ink circles both on the card in a large size and on some transparancy in smaller circles. The inked areas were on the bottom left and top right of the photo's with the transparancy on the left over the photo and the one on the right under it. I also flicked some white and dark blue paint over the cardstock;

I used plenty of texture with netting, lace, burlap (or hessian) and a chipboard hinge which was painted blue covered with picket fence distress stain, painted with rock candy crackle paint and then covered with distress stain again;

I also got my sewing machine out and sewed all around the LO and across the top and bottom of the photos. I added a little row of tickets and a row of bunting both from the MME Kraft funday range. I love how the page turned out and hope you all do :)

I have also entered this in the Sarah's cards Ltd January challenge which is to do a LO about your crafting goals for 2012 or starting your goals for 2012. I posted an Art Journal page here about my 2012 goals and one of them was to do the UKS house challenge each month so it was perfect for the Sarah's Cards challenge too :)

Also entered in the The STudio challenge :)


  1. its gorjuss hun, just stunning well done xx

  2. This is really stunning.

    Linda xxx

  3. Hi, returning the comments. Your pages are really good, I will be popping back to see what you are creating.

    Moira xxx

  4. A really gorgeous LO, I especially love the hessian flower :)

  5. What wonderful work! Such a super set of photos, love all the effects on them. Loving all the techniques you have used on the layout too. Totally inspiring..xxxx

  6. beautiful - love all your detail! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Studio Challenges!

  7. Really love this! So many clever techniques - it all looks great! Thanks for playing along with the Sarah's Cards challenge xx