End of Summer…
Hi all, its Louise here. And finally the schools have reopened for the Autumn term… a day I’ve been counting down to for 4 years! All 3 boys are now in full time education!
And its no more child minding for me… back out into the big wide world of work.
We had a brilliant summer, taking the boys here there and everywhere, and one thing we learnt during the holidays is that Oliver is an adrenaline junkie! I took him to Alton Towers for his first experience on big rides, and he loved it! So much so that we then went to Drayton Manor and back to Alton Towers for more white knuckle adventures!
This month I chose to work with Bella Boulevard – Freestyle Sophisticates in a number of colours, Cosmo Cricket – Summer Love 8″ Mini Deck, and Maya Road – Picture Perfect clear stamps. I also used a sheet of Crate Paper – Maggie Holmes – Click.
On our first visit to Alton Towers we went with a couple of friends and managed to ride a couple of the big rides with no queueing, as everybody headed straight for the new attraction first so we headed to the far end of the park first. I don’t usually buy the ride photos, but when I saw Oliver’s face on this one I just had to have it.
I wanted to echo the drop element of the ride on the LO, so used paper cut into narrow vertical strips, arrows and chevrons.
A stamped Polaroid frame was perfect to add journaling too, and the picture perfect stamps from the Maya Road set were used on a block cut from the Cosmo Mini Deck.
Not exactly white knuckle, but the following LO was created using the same papers and is the only photo I took of Things 2 & 3 on the day… I really was THAT poorly… lol!
In the background I used a Studio Calico mask with turquoise mist to break up the white area.
I kept the LO simple, with arrows, chevrons and a monochromatic strip of shades of grey going from light to dark. The wooden floorboard effect paper was just perfect as a base for this LO, with flashes of red used to pick out the colours from the photo.
The alpha thickers were originally pink, but a quick sand and a lick of black acrylic paint made them just perfect for this LO.
I used a Crafter’s Workshop template to stipple white paint through, underlining with black pen once the paint had dried. This created a nice area of interest to add a punched circle, a couple of stripes of decorative tape and a stamped camera.
The ride we were most excited about going on was of course The Smiler… the worlds first 14 loop roller coaster!
We were lucky enough to get on it twice that day as the queue times were really short towards the end of the day when everyone heads over to the water rides!
I created a background on white card, first spraying some yellow mist, and splattering some yellow drops too.
After this I gave the bottom a very light mist with pewter.
Then used a bubble wrap stamp with yellow and orange ink.
Before adding some more stamped images. I selected circular designs from stamps from my collection, to keep in with the Smiler images used on the ride.
I used a circle to draw faux stitches in grey, and used them as a guide to add my journaling.
The title was created using a selection of stamps and I used the ‘smile’ from the Maya Road set, just adding an ‘r’ onto the end.
The Smiler logo was cut from the theme park map we had, and layered with a camera image, which had a stamped image over the lens.