Sunday, December 19, 2010

Playing with Dollies ~another Trifecta

So - I love a good challenge and this one was a tough one!  The girls at the Design Dollies BLOG have done it again and enticed me to take on all three of their weekly challenges and enter this week's TRIFECTA!
The BEST thing about about "playing" along with the DOLLIES, is that I get to use up the mountainous "stash" of scrap cr*p that I have accumulated - and it helps me to really get creative!

Here is this week's challenge:

FIRST - the COLORS ~ Black, Yellow & Silver hmmm a bit of a challenge in itself -but wait - there's more!

SECOND - the   ELEMENTS: Nautical but Nice!  OK -not so bad, but you don't think of Black, Yellow and Silver when you think of of the Ocean / Sea / Sailing...... This IS going to be a tough one!!

(at this point - it was Tuesday night- and all I am waiting for is the SKETCH that is issued on Thursday -so I begin pulling out pictures, papers, embellishments that fit the colors and elements and wait in anticipation to see how I can make it all fit!)

THIRD - the SKETCH (below) arrives!

HMMM.....  - the photo I want to use is horizontal - and I only have one that I want to use
-- this IS REALLY going to be a CHALLENGE!!

So....  here is my entry - What do you think??

About the photo - as you can see - it was taken on our Magical Mediterranean Disney Cruise from 2007.
I am not an "up to date" scrapper - and I will NEVER be finished with all of the photos that I have.  I scrap photos when "the mood" hits me - I have to have a feel for what I want to do - I don't scrap to scrap and "get it done" - I scrap to honor -and embellish the photo/story with "stuff" too!  

This photo is from a crazy day filled with LOTS of amazing memories.   The four of us did our own excursion in Villefrance, France.  I spent months and months researching what to do here ( surprise surprise!!!! ) and found a way to get on a public transportation bus, to take us to the beautiful EZE, France on the Cote d'Azur.  Once we got off the tender, and into the port of Villefranche, we walked along the road, seeing some "sights!"  the beautiful and colorful homes and cafes, as well as the naked sunbathers, are memories that we will have for a lifetime - the naked ones were burned in our minds and something we wish we could forget - as they were NOT bathing beauties - but everyday Grandmas and Grandpas - even Grandpas wearing Speedo's too! OH MY!! LOL!

Well, it was a HOT HOT and sweaty day -and we made our way up and up the zig-zag roads (see the different levels behind us in the photo?)  The whole time my 3 non-adventurous men complained about the heat, and me not knowing what I was doing or where we were going ( yes, I did ask someone for directions!) Once we got on the bus, we ended up having to go from Villefrance, to the main bus station in Nice ( the opposite direction of Eze,) then onto another bus back past Villefrance and onto Eze! I enjoyed every bit of the "fun" (beautiful scenery -on the way to Nice and on the way back!) while others in my party didn't see it that way! 

It was all worth it as our day in EZE is filled with wonderful memories, this is a place I would love to go back to one day - hey, it's the French Riviera - who wouldn't!!  Oh - and we didn't end up taking the bus back to the port - (the Explorers would have none of that again!) we took a Mercedes taxi back - but of course! LOL!!

I don't have any names of the papers that I used -I've had them for years - other than the base with Bazzill Black  ( which causes this layout to be able to be entered in another challenge in a facebook group that I belong to called "paint it black!" ) but I can list some of the ingredients that I used:
Dew Drop  Brilliance "Platinum Planet" Ink, on the edges, along with Tattered Angles Glimmer Glaze " Mellow Yellow " and "Oil Slick" also TA Glimmer Mist Chalkboard Glimmer Mist "Banana Pudding" ( in the bottom right corner) - Helmar Scrap Dots to adhere the buttons and the metal flower -which was from a broken piece of jewelry (thanks to my friend John!) the diecut "Vacation" title has been sitting in a draw for @ 3yrs waiting for a new home, and the silver word Adventure was made with Thickers "Rockaby" that I recently purchased to add to my stash - YES, I am a scrap-a-holic and I'm proud of it!! LOL!!

I hope you enjoyed my story and my layout!

Thanks for looking -- Please leave a comment if you were here - just a "Hi" would be nice!