Monday, May 17, 2010

Top Shelf Memories Blog Party

Top Shelf Memories is having a blog party!
We are celebrating the official launch of our blog and we want you to join us!  The blog party will run from today through May 28th.  Be sure to check back for additional challenges throughout this time.  All winners will be announced on the blog on June 1st.

There are a few different ways you can earn some prizes from Top Shelf Memories during this party!

1.  Become a follower of this blog! (Not my blog but the blog in the link). Taryn will choose one follower to win a TSM prize pack.

2.  Sign in for the party (in the blog post) and tell us who you are and where you are from.  Taryn will choose one random person to win a TSM prize pack (tell them LadyMissSusan sent ya').

2.  Post about the blog party on your own personal blog or website and link back to the appropriate post.  Taryn will choose one participant to win a TSM prize pack.

3.  Make a $25.00 purchase from the TSM store
, and be entered to win a TSM prize pack valued at $50.00! 

4.  Become a fan/friend on Facebook (just look for Top Shelf Memories). Taryn will choose one random person to win a TSM prize pack.

5.  Complete our challenges!  A few different challenges will be posted.  Complete the challenge and link us to your layout.  One random winner from each challenge will win a TSM prize pack.

There are 2 girl kits this month at Top Shelf Memories this month (and 2 boy kits) and here are some of the lo's I did:

Friday, May 7, 2010

Erosion Bundle Reveal

I took down my Erosion Bundles. I had to hang the one in the ivy up in the sun to dry a bit before I cut it apart though. Above is the first picture of the bundle that had been in the ivy. I never considered that it might end up smelling musty. The inside pages weren't dry and so it's currently laying on the back porch to hopefully air out while drying. The cloth it was wrapped in was all crusted with leaves and had some holes in the corners and bottom. Here is a couple of pics of the inside of the book. I was surprised to find that in both bundles the chalk stayed hard. I was really hoping for some fabulous saturation of colors.
And here are a couple of pics of the hanging bundle. I really like how the paint from the canvas kinda melted to the copper and the effects. I was really hoping for more tarnishing on the copper but it wasn't directly exposed.
I learned some things in this process for next time as I do hope there is a next time:
Papers will smell musty if in a bundle on the ground
Chipboard just gets wet although some did fall apart (because it got wet)
The whole bundle needed to have more exposure to the elements to really deteriorate.
Multiple papers will stick together once wet
All in all I might have realized these things before if I had thought about it, but I didn't. I just threw a bunch of stuff in to see what would happen. I can't wait to make some art with it all. The deadline for art is August 15th I believe. I need to go look at others bundles to see how they turned out.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Weekend Wrapup

Did you all have a nice National Scrapbooking Day? I went to my local scrap store, Chasing Rainbows, as usual. Lots of laughs and eating where done by all and even some scrapping! I managed to do a couple of layouts and then get caught up on my Everyday Adventures class. 

This first lo is the first challenge in my Log Your Memories challenges. Yes I'm a bit behind in starting this project. Suppose to be a challenge a week for a year and I'm just starting. hehe. I had to come up with 100 things I wanted to do before I died. These are just the things that came off the top of my head. There are MANY more. I even forgot to put one of the things I've been dying to do and that is ride a horse. 
What's on my list?
 ~ Cruise the Greek Isles ~ High Tea ~Have my own art show ~Tattoo from Silje ~Tattoo from Kat Von D ~Learn to blow glass ~Take an Amtrak ride ~Eat @ Paula Dean Rest. ~Go to New Orleans ~Learn to fence ~Take poll dancing classes ~Learn yoga ~Visit an ashram ~Visit all 50 states ~Niagra Falls ~See Oprah ~Canada rail train ~See a fashion show in New York or Paris or BOTH! ~See all the new 7 wonders of the world (I counted these as 7) ~Go to the Olympics ~Top of Eiffel Tower ~MOMA in Barcelona ~MOMA in NY ~Stay @ the Plaza Hotel ~Serendipity's ~Ice skate @ Rockfeller Center ~Transiberian train ride ~ Sky Diving ~Norway ~Sweden ~Greenland ~Russia ~Spain ~Experience an earthquake ~Broadway play on Broadway ~Seattle Space Needle ~Smithsonian ~Tour the White House ~Swim with Dolphins ~Learn & go scuba diving ~Ride in a hot air balloon ~Ride a camal ~Ride an elephant ~Nikko Hurtado tattoo ~Write a book ~Get Published ~Take an Alaskan Cruise ~Live in Europe ~Go to England ~Prague ~Scotland ~Ireland ~Egypt ~China ~Japan ~Back to Italy ~Own a Chanel Bag ~Birkin Bag ~Mink Coat ~Fall in Love ~Get Married ~Kiss on a gondola under a bridge in Venice ~Meet a President ~African Safari ~Go to Bill W's house ~Go apple picking ~Drive the autobahn ~Germany ~Visit a concentration camp ~Be in a movie ~Mt Rushmore ~Yellowstone National Park ~Take an RV trip across US ~Louve ~Jim Morrison's grave ~Blahniks ~Christian Louboutins ~Tiffany Diamonds ~Own a vintage car ~Platform artist ~take Paul Mitchell class ~Vidal Sassoon classes ~Carriage ride thru Central Park ~Sleigh ride in the snow ~Breakfast @ Tiffany's ~Opera in Italy ~Float the Grand Canyon ~AA International Conference ~Hair World ~Times Square ~Empire State Building ~Have fresh squeaky cheese ~5 Star Rest. ~See a live Volcano ~Redwood Forest ~San Diego Zoo  

Ok so I have 109 things listed on this lo! lol And I have MANY MANY MORE! Basically I want to TRAVEL! Always been the main dream of my life is to see the world. You know we fill our lives with things but it's the experiences we remember and treasure.

This next lo was for the sketch contest the store had this weekend. I used some fun Doodlebug papers and some pics of Windsor 'hiding' in the flowers I was trying to photograph the other day. Such a silly one he is.
Next are my Everyday Adventure assignments. I like how they make me look at the world a bit different.
Small Thoughts
Where I sit
World of Color
Interesting Garbage
Becoming Leonard Cohen

Experience Documentation Log (National Scrapbooking Day of course!)

That's it for today. I'm busy working on projects for Top Shelf Memories with their super cute May kits. You should go check them out & I'll be back with some examples soon. Have a great hump day!