Wednesday, 27 October 2010

CCC#19 Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 19 - Extreme masking

Linda at L3Studio has set the Tim Holtz Challenge for this week as the Extreme Masking technique on page 61 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities book.  I used a mask cut from the Scaredy Cat and Raven die and various colours of distress ink, then stamped the skeleton onto the masked raven.  Used some tissue tape at the bottom and a couple of paperclay skulls - took a mould from the skeleton I bought at Absolutely Everything while on the Tim Holtz cruise- AE is a fantastic shop, loved it so much!  I'll get back to blogging about the cruise soon.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Bon Voyage!

I'm slowly working through the photos I took on the cruise and have just sent off my first 2 rolls of film from my Diana F+ camera to be developed.  The Diana is a lomography camera sometimes known as a Toy camera as it's made of plastic and totally manual - no batteries.  Not sure how they'll turn out but that's all part of the fun of Lomo.  Theres a great Flickr which show the type of photos produced by the camera - love the vignetteing.

So on the 30th Sept the buses came to pick us up from the Hampton Inn to take us to the big boat!  I knew it would be big but just didn't realise how big it would be... so massive.  The weather wasn't so great that day, drizzly rain and overcast, and as we were heading for the bus to take us to the ship I caught a glimpse of a tv showing a weather report and New York was catching the end of a storm - explained why things got a bit bumpy later on - I didn't really know this was unusual as I'd never been on a cruiseship before - nearest thing was trips on the ferry to Isle of Man with my family when I was wee. (Don't think the Renfrew ferry to Yoker counts!(Scotland)). It took Carolyn and I a few days before we got the hang of finding our room without going the longest way round. 


We had our welcome party in the Maharaja lounge, received our id bags(best things ever), Cheryl swapped out our charms and we met Jim, Tim and the gang - didn't get great photos because Tim never stays still for long :)

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Back to reality

Oh well, firmly back to reality now. First day back at work, the joys of traveling on the London underground.  At least I have next years Tim Holtz Cruise to look forward to - and my projects and photos provide great memories too.  I can fully recommend Tim's cruises organised by Scrapmap, everything is taken care of, Tim is an amazing teacher and his gang of helpers take care of all the workshop needs.  A fully stocked studio was available for us to work in at any time and it was so fantastic to meet so many creative people from all around the world who share your passion(obsession). 

This was my first ever visit to the USA and my first Tim Cruise.  Met my roomie Carolyn on the flight over to Newark which  was a good start.  Once we arrived at our hotel in New York we decided to wander around until our room was ready. 
Our hotel was in the garment district and the fabric and trimming shops were just amazing.  We had a look around Grand Central Station - what amazing place! Tried to make it to Empire States Building but we had to make our way back to the hotel to freshen up for our trip to the Tinsel Trading Co. and dinner at Tony Di Napoli's.

Tony Di Napoli's

Grand Central Station

Friday, 8 October 2010

St. John New Brunswick

Coastal Photography tour, 4th October. Great day, sunshine, waterfalls, beach, sand in my shoes - what more could you want?
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Saturday, 2 October 2010

New York and Portland

Having such a great time on ScrapMap Tim Holtz cruise to Canada & New England. Had our first class with Tim yesterday - boy is he fast :) Fab class, really pleased with how it turned out and it's something that can be worked on all during the cruise - a travel journal.

Just a quick few photos - New York and Portland.
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