Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Now we are going to have to put up with Wimbledon and the perpetual disappointment of Andrew Murray. We watched him play today (tuesday, I am writing this and getting ready to publish during the night) and he hammered some Russian player who apparently used to be a big deal once upon a time but clearly looked outclassed from beginning to end. But we're not stupid are we? We all know that as the competition goes on his opponents will get better and better and he will either get knocked out during the quarters or if we are lucky the semi's. By now the country should be riding a sporting high, especially as it has led on from the Coronation celebrations but I reckon by the time the Olympics roll around we are going to be so demoralised having watched all these losers we aren't going to give a tom tit about them.
Well I hope that that doesn't happen because this really is going to be a big deal for us. It is highly unlikely to happen again during my lifetime so let's hope we can all take away some nice memories and be able to look back on what has been a pretty dismal year so far for England and remember all the Gold we are going to win and forget the overpaid, useless footballers and the predictable tennis player and the endless dreadful weather too, let the sun shine in.
On to my card for this weeks challenge at I ♥ Promarkers. The two images are Love Grows From Digi Doodle Shop (the cute tree stump with the heart vines) and Allie and her Bunny from the very brilliant Squigglefly (it has been designed by the rather fabulous artists Cheryl Alger, I love her work, it's simple yet masses of fun and great to colour). Papers are all from my stash and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts while the rosette is made using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Die. So I hope you like it and I will be back soon with some more Squigglefly news! If you are wondering why I am not part of this weeks DT on the PM blog it's because I used another image with the Digi Dodle Shop image!! Nobody told me I couldn't do this and I suppose it makes sense, you should always try and promote your image first and foremost - so lesson learnt and I look foreward to joining you as part of the team again next week!!
Thursday, 21 June 2012
Marilyn had bags of charm and that's what shines through in her work, that and the fact that she was beautiful and had a figure to die for. Even in her early work, like "All About Eve", she nearly steals the film away from the two female leads and that's a big deal when one of those women is the indomitable Bette Davies!
My favourite film of hers is 1959's "Some Like It Hot". The scene where she is walking along the train station platform and the steam blows as she passes is such an enduring image of her. This scene announces her to the audience and Director Billy Wilder really knew what he was doing didn't he. He has two men, dressed up as (pretty ugly and incredibly obvious) women, on the run from the Mafia and he tells us in no uncertain terms, THIS is what a woman is, a real, honest to God, sexy woman. From that moment on she dominates the whole film and the character Sugar Kane Kowalczyk went down in comedy history.
1955 saw her making "The Seven Year Itch". Again working with Director Billy Wilder and starring alongside comic actor Tom Ewell, she made film history by standing above a New York Subway grille and as a train passes below her, a jet of air blows her dress into the air and that is the image I have used for this weeks challenge over on I ♥ ProMarkers. I was a little wary when I saw the challenge at the beginning of the year, but then I bought the Mimic Creations CD-ROM from Create and Craft and knew straight away which image I had to use! There isn't a lot to colour but I think I have done Marilyn justice. She has always been one of my favourite actresses and I couldn't care less about her affair with JFK, or her disasterous marriages, all I care about is her amazing body of work and if you aren't convinced she was a great actress, just watch her in "The Misfits", it will break your heart....
Papers are from Basic Grey, the tape is a craft magazine giveaway, bottle cap from my stash (I have had it for years and can't remember where I got it from!!) and the music notes are from Memory Box's new range.
Hope you like it,
take care and see you again soon,
Entered Into: Crafting For All Seasons Challenge #29 - For Men
Crafts and Me Challenge #89 - Anything Goes
Dancing In Pyjamas TCP Tuesday Challenge #214 - Taken By The Wind
Divas By Design Challenge #40 - To "die" For
More Than Favours Wacky Wednesday #72 - Father's Day
Paper Minutes Challenge #222 - Films/Movies
Sunday, 17 June 2012
Hi Everyone, as mentioned in my previous post (and I must apologise to my new team mates, I always jump the gun!!) I have made it on to two new design teams. One is Squigglfy and there will be more about them in a future post, the other (and the reason you're reading this!) is Kenny K's challenge blog. After entering my 'Hello Boy's' card into their DT Call I have been richly rewarded with a place on the team. I am particularly pleased as it was my love of Kenny's images that really gave me the push to learn how to colour 'properly' as it were and the fact that it has led me here in less than two years is just so exciting for me.
If you are not familiar with Kenny's work then pop on over to Kenny K Downloads.com and have a shufty at what they have on offer. He is one of the best artists of Digi stamps in the world (in my humble opinion) and he has a massive assortment of images which range from edgy, funky girls with attitude to fun images of animals and animated elements like running baseballs (which just so happens to be June's FREEBIE!!). He lives with Elena in New York and has had work produced all over the world and for some of the world's biggest brands too, he has worked extensively for LEGO and when Pringles had a promotion on in conjunction with the Star Wars Saga coming out on BluRay it was Kenny they turned to, to reproduce the likes of Yoda, Vader and the rest of the gang. He really inspires me and I am incredibly proud to be associated with his name and work.
So now I can officially announce that Kenny K's Krafty Girlz Challenge Blog will be no more from July 1st 2012, it will instead be known as Kenny K's Krafty Krew and I will be on Team B for future challenges. I am currently working on some of Kenny's images, getting ready to put some new cards together and I can't wait to not only share them with you, but to see your creations too.
The future, they say, is so bright I've gotta wear shades!
Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Part of the reason for feeling so nostalic lately probably has a lot to do with the repeats of Top of the Pops on BBC4 every Thursday. They are showing episodes in chronological order from 1977 and it was around this time (aged 13) that I started to take a lot more notice of what was happening in the charts. I never really got into punk but looking back at some of the dross that was on the Pops I can understand why it happened now. They had a song on last week with a woman singing to a Mr. Punch doll!! and the bloke who wrote the theme to EastEnders was singing a song from the 1920's (seriously, "We'll Gather Lilacs In The Spring Again" - can you imagine!), it was too awful to even contemplate. Still, you know what they say - nostalgia ain't what it used to be!
On to some good news and I am delighted to be able to share this with you, I have been selected to join a couple of new design teams, Squigglefly and Kenny K's (currently called Kenny K's Krafty Girlz Challenges, hope that name is gonna change!!), how awesome is that eh! I always knew my gift was too big to hold me back for long!!
Colouring has been a revelation for me over the last year or so. What started me off on the road to realistic colouring was the Magnolia Ink magazine and seeing just how good you could get with even really simple images. I used to really study those first few issues and then I discovered tutorials on YouTube and that was that, hooked. Now all those hours sat on the sofa with a mountain of images to colour has started paying off and I am getting a bit of recognition for what I do and it is made all the sweeter because I am self taught. On the other side of things, I still need to learn a whole heck of a lot about putting a card together. I get it right some times and in general I am usually happy with what I post but I look at some ladies out there in the blogosphere and I am so jealous of their talent, I just know that mine aren't a patch on theirs and it makes me work harder at getting it right!
Finally, on to this weeks card and this weeks challenge at I ♥ ProMarkers (Challenge #121) is Tuti Fruti. When I first saw this I had no idea what it was (other than an Ice Cream flavour and I have never even had that either!!) but good old Google showed me the way to go and in the end I really loved doing this card. The images are all from Magnolia and the papers are from Basic Grey (for certain) and Dovecraft (I think). The die for the bunting is from Memory Box and the gems came from Create and Craft (again!! what am I Like?), I hope you like the finished product as much as I do.
That's all for now, take care and I will be with you again real soon,
ATC's and Cards with Attitude Challenge #16 - Anything Goes
Crafty Ann's Challenge #67 - It's A Girl Thing
Fat Pages and Cards With Attitude Challenge #16 - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Friday's Challenge #63 - Anything Goes!
Polka Doodles Challenge - Summer Scene
Stamping With The Dragon Challenge - Anything Goes!
Tilda's Town Challenge #5 - Lazy Days Of Summer
Thursday, 7 June 2012
Saturday, 2 June 2012