Thursday, March 1, 2012

Being Challenged...........

Sorry, todays post is long, and I hope not too boring, but I have lots to ' show and tell '.
We all love a challenge, and the challenges at CSI...Color, Stories, Inspiration have really been that....challenging. It's not just the color scheme you have to stick to but several other specific elements must be included on your page and the journalling must also be done in a specific way. This really appeals to me as it creates great prompts for you, so you have to think out of 'the square'.My page from last week must have passed all the set criteria and it made my day to read the comments left by the DT who really 'got' what I was trying to express with this page.

This is the latest challenge at CSI...

Use of liquid medium needed to be in evidence.

Glass or transparent elements had to be used.

Another great challenge has been that set by Meg from the online store Meg's Garden. Using the theme " Vintage Gentleman ", and the beautiful papers that she supplies, I made a gift box and a page. You would give the box probably to an 'older ' gentleman, and of course you could fill it with chocolates, but my extravagant heart wants to put a new iphone in it or airplane tickets for 2 to Paris.

This page is about my dad...a dapper young man in 1946 with his pipe. Also an airforce gunner in the second World War, a prisoner of war in Rangoon Burma, a champion golfer, wonderful husband and very kind and loving father. Ironic that this photo has him smoking.  He continued to do so until his death, caused by lung cancer.

It can be a challenge to make things made yesterday appear to look 'ancient' or at least 'vintage'. The tag used here has been distressed, crinkled and stamped, but the ledger paper with 1946 written on it is actually from 1946. Sheets of this old ledger paper were used as gift wrapping for a gift sent to me by a very kind friend. The metal embellishments used are from Vintaj Brass and are available from Meg's Garden.

Aren't these Garnet Velvet Forget Me Nots just beautiful and this paper is called "Suitcases For Travelling"....both available from Meg's Garden.

A big thank you for visiting me today, have a great end to the week and a fun weekend coming up. xx


  1. I have to say I am speechless. I don't even know where to begin. Everything here is so amazing my friend. You have the knack of putting just the right elements together..

    Hugs, Linda

  2. Really gorgeous Gayle, each project is a beauty on its own. Love your CSI layouts. Your 'manly' gift box is adorable, so many lovely elements, as with the layout. Love how you cut out all those tiny roses, wow you must have good eyes to do those branches....
    What papers did you use on the box?

  3. My word these are stunning creations.. i just scrolled down so slowly trying to see all the beautiful details.. well done on what you have created.. and i know they would look so much better in real life as well.. such a high standard of scrapping... you can be very proud of yourself i think!!

  4. That box is simply gorgeous!!! I agree with your extravagant heart. :)

    Beautiful work here, Gayle!! I always love seeing what you're up to.

  5. LOVELY work all much inspiration here :)

  6. Wow! Such gorgeous creations! Fab!

  7. Love that gentleman box you have created :)
    love the layout of your grandfather too :) love everything on the page :)
    Congrats on being featured....OOOOWHOOO way to go girl :) your rock :)

  8. HI Gayle

    I have visited your blog on numerous occasions, but have yet to leave a comment! I want to tell you that I admire your work, you have a fabulous imagination and knack for colours and placement. That is why I am choosing you for the Liebster Award. I hope you will accept, as your work deserves to reach a wide audience. Go to my blog for the details about the award.

  9. OMG Gayle !!!!... this is all sooooooooooo breathtaking ...such fabulous art .. hugz x

  10. I love the green page especially! what a luscious color combo ... and quite daring to center everything and leave so much green all around it .... beautiful!

  11. Thank you sooo much for your great comment in my blog:0)
    I needed that:0)
    You are making soooo nice LO's! Love the detailes, and the color at the green one <3 <3 <3 <3
    Have a nice weekend!!

  12. oH WOW Gayle! Such beautiful work and congratulations on the feature!! And congrats on making the Meg's Garden team!! I have only really recently discovered them and they are gorgeous - need to have myself a little shopping spree over there for sure!

  13. oh my gosh Gayle!! i LOVE your CSi!! that just sooo pretty, and gorgeous little box... congrats on Meg's Garden!!! lovely stuff there!!!


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  15. Hi Gayle,

    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving me such a sweet comment. I had been here before and I love what I see! Keep up the amazing work! Congrats on your new DT position with Meg's garden.

  16. Be still be still my heart *thump thump* Here I was all set for a leisurely Sunday visit to your blog and WHAM! I got hit big time when seeing first both your CSI pages, but the box and the page on your dad had me totally fainting with delight! I've said it before and I will no doubt keep repeating myself as a parrott - you are AMAZING Gayle, just amazing! I utterly envy you your artistic skills, that perfect eye for detail and balance. Absolutely slobbering-green-with-envy-totally-week-in-my-knees with admiration for you!! xoxox


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