Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Early, Early..and a winner

Flipping through this year's holiday photos has me turning back to my old favourites from last year. It's not hard. They're still - ahem - sitting in a pile on the side of my desk. 

But at least I knew where I was headed when the "sunburst" theme appeared in Studio Calico's Trendspotting class. I signed up for this on a whim and I've been dipping in and out - metallics, neon, wood grain, a few ides to keep my pages looking fresh.


This is my version of Lisa Truesdell's tutorial piece for the "sunburst" lesson. I ended up doing my stitching as cobblestones, though, and not sun rays. I drew round an ancient piece of chipboard and stitched on the machine, leaving the ends and edges deliberately rufty tufty to echo the grass in the photo.

It was a beautiful morning, then. So early the museum wasn't properly open to the public and the guide borrowed a key from the little office. We let ourselves into the houses and, with no one else around, we felt we had slipped back in time. As the sun rose over the harbour and the town started to wake, we pulled ourselves back into the present and headed back to the ship.


Tufty stitching, a Studio Calico wood veneer star and a sun and rooster cut with the Slice.


That's my page for today. Before I go I have a winner to announce. Alinor I pulled your name from the hat in my All Change giveaway. If you would like to email me your address I'll get your prize in the post. Thanks for taking part!

26 comments:

Cheri said...

beautiful layout!

Amanda said...

Love the stitched cobblestones such an original idea and the 'splatter' of paint and brads look great.

dogmatix said...

I love the stitched cobbles...they really add something to the LO which is gorgeous

Mary B said...

I love your cobblestone idea and the whole page looks really good.

Susan said...

I love this page! The stitching is great.

Jennifer Shaw said...

Such a fresh page. Love the stitching and the die cut sun.

Nathalie said...

This is such a pretty page! I love how the photo (which is gorgeous) pops and I love that your stitching mimics the street! Great attention to details!

JO SOWERBY said...

lovely page and hey, did u get a new look? i think so and it's gorgeous,
jo xxx

scrappyjacky said...

Those stitched cobblestones are just perfect on the LO....lovely.

Scrappi Sandi said...

Gorgeous LO & stunning photo...love your cobblestone stitching too! :D

Clair said...

What a beautiful layout - and so full of detail. I'm not really sure that you need to be following that class, you're probably good enough to run it! x

Louise said...

Sian a wonderful layout. the stitched cobble border I love x

alexa said...

Very pretty - your colours are very Scandanavian :). And I love your cobbled stitching.

Carmen said...

So pretty. And how wonderful that you had such a personal tour too.

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love the photograph. So atmospheric.

Jimjams said...

Clever stitching idea - I love Bergen *sigh*

Amy said...

No matter what technique you use or how different our styles are, I am ALWAYS drawn to your pages and the colour palettes on your layouts, they are beautiful, as is this one.

Chipper said...

I love the stitched cobblestones! Fab.

Alison said...

Love the colours you've chosen..and that sun is fab!
Alison xx

Lisa-Jane said...

I love the new design on your blog (I'm catching up so I realise its not brand new now). Loving the layout too - I really like the borders top and bottom.

Becky said...

Lovely layout - the stitching is very effective. x

Fiona@staring at the sea said...

I go away for a week and it's all change! Loving the new look (although I loved the old look too) especially the underlining of the title. It reminds me of hand writing practise at school.

Sue Althouse said...

Just gorgeous. The color combination is unexpected and works so well!

Melissa said...

What a beautiful photo, and the colors you chose for the layout highlight it perfectly.

Wanda said...

You've captured the back-in-time theme for sure with your up-the-hill shot. I especially like the rooster weather vane embellishment--another nod to your early morning start.

Gail said...

What a great looking layout - love those stitched cobblestones.

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