Last weekend I took part in a cyber crop. Over the two days there were eight challenges in all and I’m chuffed to bits that I completed all of them. I like all of the layouts that I did but a couple I really love. I was definitely pushed out of my comfort zone and had a really good time.
The first challenge was to do a mosaic on a layout using a specified colour palette. I had the idea of printing a photo really large and using it to make the mosaic but was struggling with finding something in the right colours. Then I thought of our trip to Westonbirt last year and found a couple of photos where the colours matched beautifully. I’m really happy with how this turned out. Challenge 2 was to use five items from a list. One of the options was sewing. I decided to use the sewing machine for that and thought I might do a fancy stitch instead of just straight stitch. I was so excited when I saw that my machine can do hearts – another of the items. This did necessitate a foot change though, leading to another discovery – I have a monogram foot. Who knew?! LOL Challenge 3 was shabby chic, which is something that I struggle with. I’d got some different bits of lace left from making fat-bottomed bags a couple of years ago, and found a few other bits and bobs. I printed off an old photo and I guess the result is vaguely shabby chic. Challenge 4 was using fussy cutting to frame a photo. After a good rummage through my patterned papers for something with flowers on, it became apparent that I don’t buy many florals. I did find two sheets of a very old Christmas paper though and spent ages cutting out poinsettias. I’m sure I had blisters afterwards but it let me scrap this photo of Sammie, looking less than impressed with her hat 😉 Challenge 5 was to use a provided Paige Evans cut file, although an alternative was provided for those who couldn’t use it. The layout had to be craft themed so I took some pics of my craft room and used those. I’m really chuffed with it. Challenge 6 was to use a sketch and a pastel palette with the word Candy or Sweet in the title. After a rummage through my photos, I found a couple of pics of Rosie that went with the colours of the paper collection that I used – Basic Grey Two Scoops.Challenge 7 was another sketch and with a summer theme. Also, you had to pick items from a list. One of the items was bunting, which I loved doing. Challenge 8 had me stumped. It was just to do a layout in the style of Picasso. I spent some time looking at different Picasso styles and then found a cut file that looked sort of cubist-inspired so went with that. I was trying to find a photo to use when Stephen suggested using one of a car he had a few years ago. It was a Picasso, which I used to call Pablo LOL
I just need to add the dates that we had the car to finish it. I was happy to find something to do for the challenge as I was determined to finish it. The cyber crop was good fun and there was lots of chatting and encouragement. Julie did a brilliant job of organising everything and thinking up the challenges. I’m really glad I decided to join in.
Also, there were some prizes and I’m chuffed to bits that I won ten Paige Evans cut files. So brilliant as she’s my favourite cut file designer 🙂