Sunday, February 14, 2010

Hello and Welcome to My Blog........

Where do I start???
Finally.... I have taken the plunge and have started a Blog!!!
I guess the inspiration behind this major leap for me has been Ali Edwards "One little Word Challenge" for 2010...... and my word is ART. To see the "ART" and Beauty in Everything around you and my other goal is for me to "spread my wings" and try my hand a little more with some altered art and mixed media projects for 2010..... Of course Scrapbooking will continue to dominate, and I hope inspire..... :)
Another reason is to of course participate in some challenges and finally have some where to post my creations.... :) Well enough of that.... and lets get onto looking at some pretty stuff.......

What are some of the things that
INSPIRE ME??

Pretty, Vintage, Colour - and one one of my favourite colours is PINK, Shabby, Feathered.... yes I am totally into birds and nests atm.... but more of that in another post..... and most definitely FLOWERS:)

As I am a visual person so I thought I would share a montage of pretty vintage pink........ and I found the perfect inspiration to share with you..... :)
As those of you who know me well will know - PRIMA Marketing is one of  my absolute favourite manufacturers for all things paper and floral... and with their 2010 CHA W Release it just got even better! As you know... a huge trend this season is Vintage Shabby..... How cool is that??? And let me you tell you PRIMA has done it to perfection with this season's release!


Now.... This inspires me....... :)


I was going to try and make a Photo Montage.... something to inspire with all my faves....
and then I found this perfect piece of "Lou Style" Inspiration on the PRIMA Blog.....
And I couldn't do it better than this myself..... :)
To find out more just click the PRIMA link on the right side of my blog.....


And speaking of PRIMA
GUESS WHO was a very LUCKY Girl???
Yes..... yours truly won this gorgeous set of PRIMA Flowers
just by entering a giveaway on the PRIMA Blog....
I nearly feinted when I read my name on the winners list!!!!

This was my Gorgeous Prize and it has just arrived... THANKS PRIMA!!!!



Aren't they GORGEOUS???? And let me assure you they are TOTALLY BEAUTIFUL IRL....


LOVE IS DEFINITELY IN THE AIR...... & with
Today being Valentines Day..... 

I thought I would take this was a little opportunity to share a little piece 
of my mixed media work for you to see.....


An Art Journalling Page using lots of my favourite mediums .
And this is another older project to celebrate the gift of LOVE.....

and

A couple of OTP's that I did a while ago (But they work for a Valentines Day post.... :) )

 


I was thrilled when I was asked to teach this project as a class at a Scrapping Retreat due to popular demand..... and this is the version the class made........

 
Using Basic Grey Papers and Embellishments, another of my favourite brands :)



SO DO YOU FEEL LIKE A Valentines CHALLENGE????

Well today I have not 1 but 2 suggestions for you.. :)

Why not head over to the Lets Get Shabby Blog and check out February's Challenge.......
"SHABBY VALENTINE STYLE"
Well it's all about those heart-string tugging letters, child notes, vintage war loves
lost and won etc etc....these are just examples!!
Whatever you chose, your creation must contain a letter/s or note/s that you've
Written or been written by you or others living or passed.

You still have plenty of time... It's not due until the 20th Feb,,,,

Here is my Entry:



This month the sponsor offering the prize is one of my FAVOURITE Vintage Shopping haunts... 
None other than the gorgeous RUBY STREET DESIGNS! :) 
 
http://www.rubystdesigns.com/

I am definitely a "Ruby Street Glamour Girl".. :)



And the 2nd Challenge worth mentioning today is .....

PRIMA's Build-A-Page SKETCH 
Challenge for February.... 
Isn't it just gorgeous???? 
Love is definitely in the air! To celebrate this love-filled month 
Prima’s Build-A-Page
offers a sketch by Anam filled with loving hearts.
Embellishments and journalling will surround your one special photo, while a swirl creates harmonic movement on your page. Are you inspired yet? If  you haven't already checked it out on the PRIMA Blog head over there and check it out ! The DT examples are positively gorgeous as always!
This is my next challenge to complete.. hopefully I will be back with it posted for you to see soon!
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Now How About a Givaway......
Because you have been so kind and managed to read all the way to end
of MY VERY FIRST BLOG POST..... I can hardly believe this myself.....
I think a little Celebratory GIVEAWAY might be in order...... don't you??? :)

I have put together a little Kit of Vintage Inspiration...... and
As I have been sharing some PRIMA Loooove with you
I thought I had better include some of their Gorgeous Products....
This is the Giveaway Kit....:)


And another view......

Hope You Like It..... :)  Whats included: Prima Papers from Paradise Collection, 1 Creative Imaginations Paper, 2 Pieces of Tissue Paper - Old print and Butterfly's, Prima Flowers you can colour, 1 Bunch Mini Roses, Bingo Card and other Vintage Ephemera as shown. Ribbon and Lace, 3 Cinderella Playing Cards, 2 Paper Doilies, Vintage Buttons as shown, Piece of silk fabric, 2  Wooden Cotton Spools, Twine, and a Pearl Pin....(every thing as shown..)


HOW TO ENTER......

Leave me a comment for ONE ENTRY.....
Become a FOLLOWER of my Blog for TWO ENTRIES and
For a whopping FIVE ENTRIES... :) 
Post a link to my giveaway on your blog... and leave a note to tell me in the Comments Section.
DRAWING of the Giveaway will take place on Sunday 28th Feb.....
Be sure to check back and see if you are the Lucky One!! :)

Thanks Soooooo Much for visiting my Blog.....
Hope to see you again soon,
Hugs Lou xx

23 comments:

mandysea said...

Firstly...Congrats on your new blog!!!!
YAY!!! Its about time!!!
Secondly...see...I'm leaving a comment and I'm a follower too!!! Cant wait to see your work here!!

THirdly.... LOVE your Shabby creation!! Oh wow wow wow...just stunning. Love the design, the techniques you've used....oooooh and the embellies ----- ooooh just gorgeous!!! Thanks for playing along with us!!!

Lastly.....
love your valentine creations toooooo!!

And , you must read the update about Ruby St on my blog....

hugs!

Melissa said...

Congrats on your new Blog Lou, I look forward to seeing more of what you create in the mixed media part.I love love love the Shabby LO you did, saw it in the Scrap therapy gallery today.What a gorgeous blog candy, thanks for the chance to win...xMel

Deb said...

Your creations are beautiful. The LGS LO is just gorgeous.

Szilvii02 said...

Hi' I have just found your blog, and I really like it! I think I will be a regular visitor:) Thank you for the chance to win: Szilvi

annie said...

HI!1 Congrats on the new blog. I love the LGS LO, its beautiful. Can't wait to see more of your stuff!!

phillipa said...

Lou I love the LGS layout...it's beautiful!! Gotta love Prima, it's my favourite, bestest product...lol!!
Your shabby creation is WOW! WOW! WOW!

Kris said...

Hi Lou
gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!!!!
I love An Affair To Remember absolutely divine.
woohoo to the new blog too Kris xx

Jenneke said...

Congrats on your new blog!! It looks great!
I LOVE your work, it's so romantic..
Your Shabby layout is gorgeous, love the design and the flowers!!
And what a GREAT give-away!!!

Thanks so much for playing with us at Shabby!

XXXJenneke

Tanya Tahir said...

Lou!! Your blog looks sooo beautiful! And soooo YOU. Congrats on starting it up. Your first post is fantastic and I can't wait to see more. (I've become a follower too - thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize)

JaNs ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

Thanks for popping by my blog.:)
what a fabby prize!
...and what a beautiful blog, loving all your arty creations!
....will def. be a follower too :)

kmallon16 said...

Fantastic Lou, you are now up and running with the blog. It looks great and your creations are beautiful as always. Congratulations

Marg said...

Oh Lou your blog is gorgeous and all your beautiful work.....I will certainly be back......Thanks for the chance to win such awesome goodies....luv marg xx

Maree said...

Love the look of the new blog too Lou! Having done some website design I really appreciate the graphics you've put together (and all the work that went into them) for your blog. But loving the scrapping too - lots of lovely details to look at. Well done. And thanks from me too for the opportunity to enter such a great giveaway - Prima is just stunning.

Pink Heather said...

I found your blog through Ruby St Designs. Love it. Wow. You are off to a great start. I really enjoyed reading your posts. So I'm a follower. And I'm mentioning this post on my blog. Awesome giveaway. I love Prima!!!

Toni said...

Your blog is GREAT!!!!! Luv your lo & thanks so much for playing with us at shabbY!!!!

Kim Wilson said...

Love your blog :) sooo much inspiration! I have a hard time with colors sometimes so your blog is great for that!!! Please enter me twice, I am a follower now and one for the comment :) I am new to papercrafts so supplies would be sooo amazing !!!!
offthewallcraftiness.blogspot.com

Bec said...

Yay!!!!!! Bout time Lou!!

Congrats on the blog!
Love your work and can't wait to see more.
Gorgeous!!

Elaine A said...

Hi Lou -

Congratulations on your new blog! Have you been inside my head? Asking because I've been seriously thinking about starting a blog. The hesitation is because I'm not sure where to even start and nervous about what to blog about. But I love the layout and the colors of yours, you've done a lovely job. Wishing you all the best. Maybe you'll inspire me to start - LOL!

Your art work is just so pretty. I love your entry for Valentine Challenge, really love the Class project you taught also. On your mixed media piece "Believe in Love", those wings behind the sweet cherub look metallic. Very pretty piece.
I have added you to my Blogger dashboard so I can follow you and keep up with anything new you post. Love all the Prima goodies. Don't they have the most gorgeous items? They truly have amazing "eye candy"!

Have a great weekend!

Elaine Allen

LISA said...

Lou, I absolutely adore your work, and am so glad that you finally started a blog...You are truly an artist with your mixed media, and bringing it so beautifully together in scrapbooking...Pink and shabby chic, wow what a stunning combination you have going on!! I love it...So I have become a faithful follower and look forward to more posts on your art!! I would love to have that very generous RAK from your stash!!! I think I could give "Lou pink shabby chic" a try!! Thanks for the opportunity!!! I have posted a link to the giveaway on my blog!! Come and have a visit sometime!! Have a great day!!

http://what-a-beautiful-mess.blogspot.com/

Maria said...

Hi Lou, Just about to become a follower on your blog, love your blog posts so much to look over and be inspired by....
Your giveaway looks full of shabby goodness pick me pick me lol....
Will leave a comment about your giveaway on my blog this morning....

Marlene said...

Wowza....I became a follower the minute I read the first paragraph. LOVE your blog! I will leave the link to your giveaway on the sidebar of my blog. Going there now. :) Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

TracyJ said...

Wow Wow Wow...you really start off with a bang! I just adore that scrapbook page. You are certainly a blog to follow!

Szilvii02 said...

Hi!I have already left a comment there, but I forgot to write about your candy in my blog. But in the last minute I did this:)http://szilvi02.blogspot.com/2010/02/websters-pages-es-tattered-angels-blog.html
Have a nice day:Szilvi