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Saturday, 26 September 2009

Inspiring Inkin Challenge #11 Picture Inspiration

I used the sizzix fringed flower die to cut several layers of flower held together with a rhinestone brad to resemble the silver charm in the picture below. I punched out several 3/4" circles in Tempting Turquoise and Pixie Pink, inked the edges in correlating colours to give it some depth to resemble the flat beads. I inked the So Swirly jumbo wheel with versamark to cover a piece of Basic Grey (to resemble the slate) which was then clear embossed with heat tool for the background. Next, the ribbon was attached so the ends could be tucked underneath the Basic Grey before it was matted and adhered to the Tempting Turquoise base card. This was an A4 sheet folded in half. I then adhered one layer of circles, for the "bead" and another layer raised on dimensionals for added depth and adhered the pearls at the end of each row to resemble the beads being suspended from the bracelet. To complete the card, I added the scalloped oval sentiment "just for you".

The picture above is the one from which we had to draw inspiration. The colours restricted my colour palette somewhat. There isn't any mirror card in SU's arsenal of card stock, so I had to use Tempting Turquoise and Pixie Pink for the silver charm. The other stipulation was to use a wheel or background stamp of some sort so I used the jumbo wheel "So Swirly". The fringe flower die from Sizzix is one that is used by Stampin' Up! in their US catty so I pushed the boundaries on this one. It seemed perfect for the lines on the charm - it kind of resembles the underside of a mushroom!
Happy Stamping!

Stamps: Oval All

Inks: Bashful Blue, Versamark

Papers: Close to Cocoa, Tempting Turquoise, Bashful Blue

Accessories: Jumbo So Swirly, clear embossing powder, heat tool, sizzix fringe flower die, 3/4" circle punch, Pretties kit, rhinestone brad, Tempting Turquoise grosgrain ribbon, Scallop Oval Punch

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Back from Hols

Hi - I'm back - exhausting but well worth it. We covered 2,490 miles travelling from Los Angeles to San Diego, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Las Vegas, Mojave Desert, Sierra Navade, Yosemite National Park and eventually stopping in San Francisco for 3 nights before coming home.

I took over 1,000 photos. The helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon was amazing! Each place we visited was a sight to behold - different and unique in its own way.

If you're curious, read on. It ends with San Francisco, you may have to look through "older posts" to see it all. I've broken it down and won't subject you to all 1000 photos!

Los Angeles

Walt Disney's wife loved Delph ware, and this rose was commissioned and is made up of broken bits of Delph ware. We stayed at the Marriot near the airport on our first night and took a city tour of LA. This is the Walt Disney Concert Hall which is all clad in stainless steel sheets. Originally it was shiny steel which generated heat of up to 140 degrees on the pavement as it reflected the sun's rays. They therefore had to treat the steel, and brushed it all so that it wouldn't be a hazard.

San Diego

Panoramic view of a part of Balboa Park, one of the largest in the world housing the famous San Diego zoo. We would have liked to spend more time here, but only had about 40 minutes.
Giant statue of sailor kissing his girlfriend before setting off to sea in San Diego.

Grand Canyon,Glen Canyon,Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Zion Park

Monument Valley - Navajo country
The Grand Canyon!

Just below the rim of the Grand Canyon itself along the Bright Angel Trail. We walked along here, hugging the mountain side not daring to look down on the other side where the drop was.

The picture above is of the Grand Canyon viewed from inside the helicopter.

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon - photos just don't do it justice. The view is breathtaking. Very different from the Grand Canyon.

Glen Canyon Dam en route to Bryce Canyon.

Zion Park - these are the checkerboard markings on the mountains, completely natural, not touched by human hand at all.

The Strip, Las Vegas

We stayed at Planet Hollywood. Inside the complex they had the Miracle Mile shops. Outside temperatures were soaring into the 100s, but inside, a mini village had been built with a painted sky and air conditioned with even a simulated thunderstorm at regular intervals indoors!

The Stratosphere, it's got three hair raising rides by day.

The Bellagio fountain show

Las Vegas

The famous Las Vegas sign
Chocolate factory at the Bellagio

The Bellagio's foyer ceiling consisting of 2,000 hand blown glass flowers by the world renowned artist Dale Chihuly at a cost of US$10,000,000! The opulence of many of the hotels and casinos more aptly named as resorts was mind blowing. The Bellagio also has its own theatre where it is home to Cirque du Soleil's production of "O" which we also went to see. The show is based around water, with a pool 25 feet deep set into the stage where the surface of the water was flush with the floor of the stage. It also has an amazing chocolate factory.

St Mark's square
Inside the Venetian - unbelievably a mini St Mark's square and a canal complete with Gondolas!If you've been to the real Venice, it's nothing like it - too spanking new, but beggars belief.

Laser Light show downtown Las Vegas

The Laser show in Downtown Las Vegas in Fremont - you had to look at the ceiling to view it, Don Maclean singing "Bye Bye Miss American Pie"

Yosemite National Park

We stopped for a photo opportunity here - on the left is El Capitan and on the right is the Half Dome.

The giant sequoias in Mariposa Grove in the Park - quite a trek to see them but worth the walk. Sequoias only grow in altitudes of 6,000 ft so scooting up there at this altitude left us a bit breathless. This is a picture (below) of the Bachelor and Three Graces, but there are other famous ones like the Old Grizzly, and the Tunnel Tree (picture above) which miraculously survived even though a hole had been cut through it.

Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco

No visit to San Francisco would be complete without a visit to Fisherman's Wharf. Being a Sunday, the locals were out in force and the buzz was phenomenal. Loved it here. Especially the sea lions on Pier 39.

Lunch was clam chowder served in a sour dough bowl which you ate after you finished the chowder!

San Francisco

Our first morning in San Francisco included a city tour. The temperatures here dropped by 20 degrees compared to the desert and we had rolling fog first thing in the morning which clouded the views from Twin Peaks. We ended up in Sausalito - a really nice artsy place with lots of galleries and left the tour bus here and went back to San Francisco by Ferry. My new camera's panoramic feature captured the 'Frisco skyline perfectly!

The cable cars are turned round on a table at the end of the line each end. Fascinating to watch. If you want to be guaranteed a seat, you need to queue here and the queues are horrendously long whatever time of day.

We took a ride on the cable car, and the famous scenes from movies you see time and time again and here we were actually riding up and down Nobb Hill!

Unfortunately the mist clouded the view, but we just had to take a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge which depicts San Francisco.
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