Friday, 4 April 2014

March winners ...

Some totally gorgeous pages last month.  Thank you ladies for joining in with us on Pixels and Paper - I wish I could give you all prizes :)

Our main winner last month is Natalie Griffin with this lovely entry.

Email entry


Our random draw winner is #2 - Deb K with this delight art journal page.


Congratulations ladies - I will send out your prizes next week.


You have until the end off the month to play along with us with our April challenge.  We'd love to see what inspiration you glean from our vintage Easter photo.  Thank you for your support.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Welcome to April ...

It's April and Easter month and we are taking a trip back down memory lane to when Easter meant dressing up and wearing bonnets and gloves were the normal thing to do.  Do you remember those days or have photographs in the family album of your parents or grandparents looking like these three darling little girls as they celebrate Easter.

Yet this photograph isn't all about Easter, it's about fashion from another era, it's about being outside on a cool day.  It's about green, manicured lawns and orderly gardens.  It's about a neighbourhood of houses and middle class families.  It's about having sisters (siblings) and spending time with them.

What is this photograph about to you?



HEIDI

The photo of the girls gave me the inspiration to do a vintage shabby page using the colours of the dresses.  Lots of  the elements on the page including die cutting and inks and stamping - it was so much fun.


DI

From this month's inspirational photo, I have used the idea of Easter, but combined it with showtime, as this is a major event in Sydney at this time of the year. While the photo I've used isn't showing us in our Sunday best, we were certainly dressed in the fashion of the time... those hats!!! I'm in the left of the photo and the other two, sisters, were the granddaughters of my mum's best friend.

I've used a number of techniques again, including: gelli pad printing, stencilling, quilling and doodling (around the edges of the page and the title).


TONE-LILL


The April "Easter" inspiration picture got me to look for these photos from Easter 2012, when on holiday in Lax in Wallis/Valais in Switzerland. Early Easter morning Tirill had opened her Easter bunny egg, munching it and watching kids TV. When she spotted me, she ran outside onto the veranda to show me the fantastic weather we woke up to.  Happy Easter everyone :)


ALICIA

This month I was inspired by the pretty pale colors and the '50s (I think) style of the girls outfits. I had this whole plan to go retro this month in my mind...but then I came across this photo again and just had to scrap it. Since we decided to color our eggs neon colors in 2006 and I had this really cool photo of my son's reaction to seeing them all together; I decided to keep color my focus- but in neon shades not pastels. I had to really dig into my stash to find bright papers, it's not something I work with a lot. The vellum background was very busy. I made sure to cover lots of it with solid bold colors that matched the eggs in the photo, and the leaves in the background. I of course had to add in my own handwriting for the journaling section, my son loves to read the stories I put in the scrapbooks. The eggs I made myself. I did them in a word document, printed them out, fussy cut them, and used them as templates for the ones on the page. I had fun decorating them and making each one special, but it was a time consuming process. Especially since I made a few I decided clashed with the background- so then I made more. Now I have extra eggs for the next layout I do, and a page I am very happy with. I hope you will join us in our challenge this month, and show us your Easter/spring memories!

JANE



I can remember dressing up for Sunday church - frilly white dresses with fancy petticoats, hair curled, neat and tidy with bow attached and fancy polished shoes with cute white ankle socks.  I'd carry a little handbag, inside a clean, pressed handkerchief and a token coin for me to drop carefully into the collection plate.  In winter I had a bright red coat my Mum would button me into and off we would go to meet the aunts and uncles for morning service.  My layout reflects the colours in the photograph - the olive, tan and blue tones of the girls coats and the lace trim for the sweet little bonnets the girls are wearing.  


Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on April 30th.

You are welcome to submit traditional paper layouts, art journals, divided page protectors, smash books (etc etc).  Digital entries are welcomed and encouraged.  All entries must be new for this challenge and no back-linking is allowed.  I am happy for you to combine with other challenges (maximum of 3) but the essence of the Pixels and Paper inspiration must be clear in your work. Combining with a sketch or colour challenge would be preferred.  International submissions are welcome.

Please come back later next week when we will announce the winners for March.




Friday, 7 March 2014

Some winners ...

Thank you to all those who played along with us last month.  

We actually had tied votes for a winner this past month.

Congratulations to Mary Bennetts with this lovely layout.


and also to Donna Seamon  with her striking page.  I will send out an additional prize to you Donna.

February entry from Donna Seamon


Our random draw winner is Natalie Griffin.

February entry from Natalie Griffin

Please email me your addresses ladies and I will make sure your prizes get away to you.

You have until the end off the month to play along with us.  We'd love to see what you make of our rainy day rainbow this month.  Please support us.


Saturday, 1 March 2014

And then it was March ...

Gosh!  March already?  

Looking out my window as I type I can't help but think how appropriate the image we have for you this month really is.  It is very dull and wet here on the NSW coast.




What do you see from this photograph?  The rainbow is obvious, but perhaps you just see the grey sky and rainy day.  A trip to the lake or seaside?  Sightseeing along a coastal road?  Perhaps this image reminds you of a particular place you visited or would like to visit someday.  Whatever the inspiration we would love to see your take.


Here is what the design team made of it ...





I love this picture to work with. I used impasto on an old piece of paper, did masking and then all colours of the rainbow to mist. Then I used inka gold colours to highlight each colour,lots of messy fun.Embellishments are sequins and a die and washi tape. It was a very fun page to do.    



I am still slowly making progress on my son's baby album, so I took this month's inspiration photo and used it to add on! I chose to keep the page simple since there were so many colors going on it. The title uses one of my favorite vellum techniques. I print open letter words on vellum, color the back side with alcohol ink markers and use the extra vellum edge to wrap around white paper creating a sleeve. This way when I adhere it the tape can't be seen, then I simply cut and glue down!



From this month's inspiration photo I've taken the rainbow's colours, the glimpse of water and the luminescent  appearance of the whole scene. I've used the rainbow colours for my background paper... gesso, ink sprays, distress stains; then added an overlay of mauve coloured vellum, to achieve the misty, rainy look. There's also stamping on tissue paper (under the vellum) as well as stamping on top and some Kindyglitz streaks to represent rain.



This rainbow inspiration picture reminds me about the Cornish Coast.  I have had this  altered photo  of the Bottalack Mine for a while and I thought the colours on it would look great with a rainbow. I used Dylusion spray with mist of water on all the colours except yellow, which is Tattered Angels Lemon Zest.  





I was drawn to the rainbow and used layers of paint to create a background for my photo of my daughter on a family holiday to a tropical island many years ago.  I can't believe this sweet little creature is 21 this month - how the time has flown.



Please upload the DIRECT link to your actual entry with the link tool on the LEFT by 11.55pm on March 31st.

You are welcome to submit traditional paper layouts, art journals, divided page protectors, smash books (etc etc).  Digital entries are welcomed and encouraged.  All entries must be new for this challenge and no back-linking is allowed.  I am happy for you to combine with other challenges (maximum of 3) but the essence of the Pixels and Paper inspiration must be clear in your work. Combining with a sketch or colour challenge would be preferred.  International submissions are welcome.

Pop back later next week when we will announce the winners for February.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Another entry ...

We have another email entry, this time from Jacqui Mc Cully.  Thank you so much for taking the time to enter our challenge.


Thursday, 6 February 2014

Our January winners ....

Well it appears to be the "Tale of two Lizzy's"  for last month.

Congratulations to Lizzy Hill and Lizzy Crust for their fabulous entries.  Well done ladies.

Lizzy Hill

Lizzy Crust

and I've also done a random draw winner - Number 8 which is Tracey Bickerton


I have addresses for both Lizzy's but could you please email me yours Tracey and I will see your prize gets out to you.

Thank you to everyone who entered last month - we'd love to have you play along with us again.