Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Few Challenges

We went out to a party 2 weeks ago and as I was feeling pretty I decided to let hubby take some pics of Brittany and I. You all know I hate having my photo taken as I always end up thinking they look awful and I can't pose and look natural, anyway on this rare occasion I love how the photos came out so I have done 2 challenge LO's with them!!

Show Us Your Stuff - Together

This is my 1st time creating a LO for SUYS. I'm always checking out the beautiful hand made embellishments on all the gorgeous LO's here, so I finally decided to have a go.

The criteria was to include:

stiching (hand, machine or faux), misting, buttons, 4 or more patterned papers and something handmade.

Used some Ruby Rock It, 2x Crate Paper and Jenni Bowlin pp's with some Scrapmatts butterflies with I painted and stamped with smooch ink. The title is an old Daisy D rubon... so love these!! I hand dyed the doily lace and made some hand made flowers with black lace and corduroy brads. I misted with scarlet glimmermist around the photos and added some black machine stitching. There are buttons in the centre of my hand cut flowers on the bottom left.

Bon's Jan Sketch Challenge - Love

Here is the sketch for this month sketch challenge over at Bon's . You must pop on over and check them out. The gallery is so inspiring with all that amazing talent. The challenge is this sketch by the lovely Tara. The extra criteria are:

Use 2 photos, matted & both smaller than 6x4, hand written journaling direct onto cardstock and some stripes.

I purchased quite of few of these gorgeous MME Lost & Found pp's and decided to use one for this LO. In case you were wondering my stripes are on the pleated pp ruffle. I'm not terribly keen on my hand writing, but I'm glad these challenges are pushing me to get over my phobia. My journaling reads "Brittany, when I was pregnant with you, I wished so very hard for a girl, and my wish came true. I am so very blessed to have you in my life. Love you."

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave some love. I love all your gorgeous comments :)


  1. soooo amazing ! Cathy your work keeps on evolving and each one is even more beautiful than the time before if that is possible ??? those pics are awesome .. more like sisters ??? thanks so much for your congrats too ..I am really excited... hugz x

  2. Totally GORGEOUS! Hehe you sound like me with photos ;) these are gorgeous & I absolutely love what you have done with them on both layouts! Love your handwriting too...I'm a great believer in having handwriting on layouts, I treasure the silliest of notes my father has written many years ago :)

  3. 2 Stunning Layouts Cathy!! They are GORGEOUS PHOTOS.. You should do more of yourself, As you are Very Pretty- Just the your girl.... (and as Heather said more like sisters!!!

  4. I LOVE your gorgeous layouts, Cathy!!! And you are sooooo pretty!!! You should LOVE getting your photo taken! I've done both these challenges too! It was my first go at SUYS! Fun hey! I really love your work - you are so clever! Love seeing your stuff at Bon's - we really inject some brightness into an already awesome gallery, hey! Ha ha ha! :D

  5. absolutely stunning cathy, love these as i do all your work, just amazing

  6. Oh these layouts are amazing Cathy! You always use such beautiful rich colours. I love you handmade embellies too.
    Btw, you should get your photo taken more often. You are beautiful. :)

  7. Cathy, these pics are stunning. You need to take more. I felt the same but now I just pass the camera over and get DH to click click click and figure there should be one I like.
    These LOs are amazing. I love looking at the details.

  8. thanks for playing along at SUYS I love the richness feel to both your layous!

  9. absolutely awesome and love the colours for both of just pop.. fantastic

  10. Beautiful! Thanks so much for joining in!

  11. Love your Layout, great!! I have a blogger award over at my blog for you!!

    Tori xx

  12. Very striking Cathy - love all that sumptuous layering.

  13. GORGEOUS! Love the colors and the detail.
    Thanks for playing along at SUYS!