Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A sketchy day

Lots of Lo's to show you today. And all, I'm afraid from our trip (again).

Firstly this weeks Design dollies sketch, this week done by the very talented Karen (from sunny Qld, a holiday there in some warmth sounds rather good at the moment..).

here is her sketch

Very cool, and here is my effort It is a photo Henry took of himself and a stone elephant (not a single chance he would get that close to a real elephants head..)- it's a little bit steam punk. Have just gotten a new set of stamps

(I can feel the longing from here Irini...)

Next is the latest Sketchy Thursday sketch. Another double pager which is good for the holiday album.

Lots of photos from one place, in this case the Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi. not the most exciting name for an institution and to be honest the inside , while interesting for the grown ups, held very little for the kids. But outside, just excellent. Lots of full sized ethnic house to climb up into, a water puppet show and a fairly graphic fertility house surrounded by carved wooden statues (an eye opener for the kids for sure..).

And a couple of wonderful little balance beams that Henry couldn't get enough of. At one stage he had a crowd of Vietnamese admirers standing around him, taking lots of photos of him (I found this odd but we took photos of some of the Vietnamese kids so it all makes sense I guess)

And finally another Lo from the weekend crop at Cocoa Daisy (the challenges are still running , go check them out, so very good). This was a challenge to use black as your background and include a night photo. I love black as a background and I had been wanting to get a bit of this story scrapped as well.

This was the photo taken at about 8 o'clock at night just after we had been dropped at a spooky, enormous but empty hotel in a very quiet town the middle of the Vietnamese countryside. We didn't really know where we were, except near a major cave attraction (Phong Nha caves, terrific) and no one (including the hotel staff) spoke English. I was slightly freaked out but Geoff held his calm.
We finally escaped just before lunch the next day and were only ripped off for the taxi fare to the next major town. The taxi trip after that (400km in 10 hours) is a whole new story...

I think I shall go garden now. We have been having sub zero temperatures every morning for the past week but yesterday and today have been magnificent during the day.

have a great day xx


Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are GORGEOUS! I love love love love the colors and the photos!! And loving the gears on that first one! Thanks sooooooo much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

lisa said...

Loving your pages Karen.

KarenB said...

Hey Karen, thanks for your kind words. You're welcome to visit sunny Qld any time :) It's been 12-15 at night here lately and I'm really feeling the cold, but I am a total sook when it comes to cold weather. I'd never survive in Canberra, LOL!!

Hannah said...

Great layouts, double layouts really are a great way of scrapping more photos aren't they :)

corrie said...

I love all your pages. And I must tell you, I love your blog header pic. That is so cool. Thanks for playing with us at Sketchy Thursdays!

monica.coffman said...

Great take on the ST sketch...thanks for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays!

Tomomi said...

wondeful pages!!
Thanks so much for playing along with Sketchy Thursdays!!

Audrey Yeager said...

Love the splatters on your double page!

(and love your CD page, too and how you used the May kit!) :)

Thanks for joining us this week at Sketchy Thursdays!!

Irini said...

OMG OMG OMG........where can I get those stamps know me so well hahahahaha!!
The layouts are fabulous....and I am sorry for not replying to your email!! ...... I prefer to look at your stamp set instead hahahahahaha