Cool Cats

Another inspiring challenge this month over at the 123 Challenge Blog.

I love the whole idea of this challenge - each month, you're given a colour, a word and a technique and you have to include all three in a scrapbook page - simple but brilliant!

Here's my page (you can click on the image to enlarge it if you like) ...

You can see I've used the colour teal - combined with shades of orange, one of my favourite combinations - lots of stamping in the background and the word "Cool" is in my title and the journalling which is written all around the edge of the page.

Here's a closer look ...

I love this picture of my crazy old cat Archie (on the inside) and Gary the cat who lived next door. They were studiously ignoring each other, avoiding eye contact and trying to look cool. This was a Mexican stand-off situation which happened regularly, where neither of them could lose face by leaving, but neither was quite up to a fight either. Sometimes it would go on for hours until one of their humans decided to intervene.

Apart from the sheet of white cardstock I started with, all the other papers were bits and bobs from my scrap drawer - you can see a few snippets of Amy Tangerine in there, which fits in well with my doodling an dthe black stamping.
The title is made from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Alpha Parts, which I've painted with Distress Paint then coloured with Salty Ocean Distress Ink.
The frame came in a FrogDog kit and is from My Clever Creations and I painted it with Distress Paint in Picket Fence and coloured with Distress Stain in Dried Marigold.
The little laser-cut fish was picked up loose from a box in a craft shop for 50p, there's no brand name on it, this was also coloured with Distress Inks in Rusty Hinge and Salty Ocean.
The flower was from a Papermania pack and I've added some vintage buttons and a pearl.

Before placing the strips of paper scraps on the page, I created a bit of interest in the background by randomly stamping with Jet Black Archival Ink by Ranger and more of the Salty Ocean DI, using the stamps without a block to achieve a less uniform effect. The stamps I used were:

Embossing Paste was applied through a stencil for extra texture here and there and the washi tape adds a little pop of colour. The drips and splashes were made with Cosmic Shimmer Mists in Mango Blaze and Egyptian Blue and outlined with black pen.

I love these little stamps with different words on a wheel - this one is from 7 Gypsies. The lines were stamped with corrugated card from a coffee cup holder.

Well, that's about it, but would you like to know what happened next?

Gary suddenly noticed I was there, remembered a previous engagement and made off, so poor old Archie was finally able to get off his high horse ... bless!

Thanks for popping in - see you again soon!

Annie :o)xxx


Leonie Waldron said…
Love your layout with everything running down the middle Annie and your colours are fab! Thanks for joining in at 123! xo
Chantalle said…
Oh your combination of colours and details is just divine! Thank you for playing along at 123!
sannalippert said…
love this!!! such a gorgeous layout with so much to look at!! thanks for joining in with us :)