Busy, busy, busy

I haven't had a chance to update here lately. I've been busy looking for a new job and scrapping. I got a bit overwhelmed with the possible layouts I could make when I returned from London that it put my creativity on hold for a bit. But I think I'm back on track.

Here's a few of my latest layouts

Credits: Cassidee Page Kit Cassidee Back Pack by Marcee Duggar Maskee Set 4 Large Clipping Masks by Marcee Duggar

Basically Black Page Kit by Lauren Bavin Essentially Ebony Page Kit by Lauren Bavin WA: Infinite Imagination Wordart Pack by Nicole Young (Part of the May Club Digital – get it while you can!!) Ribbon and diamond flower: Floral Finery by Lauren Bavin Also available at the Scraps of fun - Flowers CD by DSP Designers or choose the Scraps of fun - Flowers Downloadable version by DSP Designers Frame: Spring Mega kit by DSP Designers Maskee Set 2 Large Clipping Masks by Marcee Duggar

At the same time I've begun working on the kit for the June version of SNL. The voting is still on about the colors but I'm guessing this will win so I wanted to get started while I was running high on inspiration. But it's a slow work. The bench alone took me the longest time to get together.

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Eurovision Extravaganza - Semifinale 2

Okay it's time for my top ten for the last semi finale. I got 6 out of 10 in the first so that wasn't too bad. I had Switzerland and Andorra as my top two and neither of them made it to the final but I wasn't too upset. They both delivered weak vocal performances, Switzerland because he apparently just couldn't sing and Andorra because her voice wasn't up to full speed.

So lets see how many of my top ten for the second semi finale will actually make it. Here it is.

10: Cyprus - Christina Metaxa with Firefly
From Cyprus comes another teenager, 17 y.o. Christina Metaxa with the song Firefly written by her older brother. I’m not totally overwhelmed by her voice. It’s sweet but a bit pitchy at times and she might be 17 but she’s going on 57 with her performance. But I do have hopes for this song. It’s one of those songs that the live performance can make or break. If she really delivers on stage and let the audience feel her sweetness they might be more inclined to vote for her. A bit above average, but still average.
Music: 3/5 Voice: 2/5 Likability: 4/5 Overall score: 3/5

9: Ukraine - Svetlana Loboda with Be my Valentine
From Ukraine comes perhaps the most interesting entry this year. This song will divide the voters in Europe between those who love it and those who hate. There really isn’t any middle ground here. I find it very refreshing and expect an amazing outrages performance.
Music: 4/5 Voice: 3/5 Likability: 4/5 Overall score: 3,67/5

8: Norway - Alexander Rybak with Fairytale
Born in Belarus and grown up in Norway 23 year old Alexander Rybak has the looks of an Eastern European and the charms of a Scandinavian. All over the www people are guessing this will be the winner song of the Eurovision 2009 and although I wouldn’t hold it against our Norwegian friends to win this year I’m just not as excited as the rest of the world. The song, the lyrics and the guy is very likable but it just doesn’t do it for me. I’m not blown away with this performance or the song and am still looking to find an answer to why Europe apparently loves this guy so much.
Music: 3/5 Voice:3/5 Likability: 5/5 Overall score: 3,67/5

7: Hungary - Zoli Ádok with Dance with me
It seems like the second semifinale will be full of hot men (I’m so glad they’ll send this live in Denmark). From Hungary we have Zoli Adok that encourages us to dance with me. And you’ll feel like dancing. It’s a good upbeat number with a good singer. It’s high quality stuff and I’m sure we’ll see an awesome live show from him with some funny twists.
Music:3/5 Voice: 4/5 Likability: 5/5 Overall score: 4/5

6. Albania - Kejsi Tola with Carry Me in Your Dreams
From Albania we’ll see one of the youngest contestants this year. 17 year old Kejsi Tola sings an upbeat number called Carry Me In Your Dreams which is a rather catchy song. Before the 3 minute song is over you’ll be able to sing a long (which is a huge Eurovision factor for me) and yet it doesn’t get boring despite the repeating chorus. It is probably one of the strongest songs this year.
Music: 5/5 Voice: 3/5 Likability: 4/5 Overall score: 4/5

5: Greece - Sakis Rouvas with This is our night
How do I say this right? He’s HOT!!! It’s not always as much about the song as the singer and this Sakis from Greece is really yummy. And it doesn’t hurt of course that he’s got an okay voice and performs with an okay pop song. I expect an awesome live performance from him and that will turn an okay song into something spectacular. Some might remember him from his 2004 Eurovision entry Shake it, a song I still listen to, where he came in third. Maria from A*Teens as some of you might know said on a Swedish programme that she didn't really like how he seems to be so aware of how cute he is. I totally disagree. There's nothing wrong with having confidence when you are performing for millions of viewers across Europe.
Music: 3/5 Voice: 4/5 Likability: 5/5 Overall score: 4/5

4: Denmark - Brinck with Believe Again
I shouldn’t really rate the Danish entry since I’m sure to be a bit biased about it. First of all because it is from Denmark but mostly because it’s Brinck singing the song Believe Again. I’ve loved Brinck since before I even knew his name. He’s got an amazing rough voice full of emotions and the song co-written by Ronan Keating is a good choice for him. But if I have to be critical on anything it would probably be that it’s a song we heard a million times before. There’s not much new about apart from the cute guy singing it. I have some concerns about his live performance not his vocal but his act. I found it a bit boring at the Danish competition and I hope he’s had some dance lessons since then and will get off that chair. Perhaps he should take some lessons from a previous Danish contestant Drama Queen. But it really is a good solid song with an awesome singer so I have faith in him.
Music: 4/5 Voice: 5/5 Likability: 4/5 Overall score: 4,33/5

3: Azerbaijan - Aysel & Arash with Always
From Azerbaijan comes the duo AySel & Arash with the song Always. The song is a now classic mix of traditional rhythms and dance music but what separates them from the rest are the fact that they can actually sing. Especially AySel has a rather good voice and I wish she would have done a bit more singing and a little less hip dancing but she looks great doing both. There’s not much renewing about the song but it works just as it is.
Music: 5/5 Voice: 5/5 Likability: 4/5 Overall score: 4,67/5

2: Estonia - Urban Symphony with Rändajad
Urban Symfony from Estonia is one of the strongest performances this year. Everytime I hear it I get goose bumps and a sudden urge to cry because it is so incredible beautiful. The lead singers voice is an instrument in it self and behind that heavy black bangs lies a beautiful soul you just want to know better. I could listen to this song none stop all day long. Superb, nothing short of superb.
Music: 5/5 Voice: 5/5 Likability: 5/5 Overall score: 5/5

1: Lithuania - Sasha Son with Love
One word: WOW! The song from Lithuania is absolutely fantastic. It’s an awesome singer and the lyrics and melody are so beautiful. It’s a little song of freedom. It’s a little song of hope. It’s little song with a great impact on me. “For the pain that I had for the fame that I got was for what?” Oh my freaking God. The singer Sasha Son has always written the song but he is so much more then a singer/song writer. He is a STAR. But I fear this might not be Eurovision style enough.
Music: 5/5 Voice: 5/5 Likability: 5/5 Overall score: 5/5

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Happy Mother's Day

Here's a little freebie for you.

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It's a magical world

It's been a while since my last freebie here at the blog so I made you a little something with a kit I'm working on these days. For some reason I just really love bold colors at the moment.
Enjoy and don't forget to leave a little note so I know you've been here :)

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Eurovision Extravaganza - Semifinale 1

Okay my time schedule was totally ruined by life and my daily update has now been delayed for a few days. So here's my top ten list for the first semi finale. These are the ones I want to see make it to the finale.

# 10: Czech Republic - Gipsy.cz with Aven Romale
To be honest I’m a bit bewildered about the Czech entry this year. It’s a bit cabaret meeting wannabe rapper. It has rhythm but if it had been song by Dusty the singing turkey from last years competition I wouldn’t have been a bit surprised. Because it really feels like a joke with the lead singer running around on stage in his superman costume and the Amy Winehouse lookalike on the violin. It’s a bad joke but I can’t help to smile a little. Just a little.
Music: 2/5 Voice: 1/5 Likability: 3/5 Overall score: 2/5

# 9: Iceland - Yohanna with Is it true?
Iceland has impressed me the last couple of years but have done really bad in the competition which just proves that the Eurovision is like X Factor. It isn’t enough to sing well and sing good songs if you don’t have that extra. This years entry Is it true is good. It’s easy listening and don’t require a lot of commitment. The singer is a delight but that extra is missing.
Music: 3/5 Voice: 3/5 Likability: 1/5 Overall score: 2,33/5

# 8: Belarus - Petr Elfimov with Eyes That Never Lie
He looks like something out of the 80s. He performs like someone stuck in the 80s but he also sounds like the 80s which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Petr Elfimov from Belarus delivers a good pop/rock song that definitely would make me turn up the sound to let it fill my living room. Or turn it up so much that I could leave the room and still hear it and not have to look at him. We all know that looks matters. It’s not enough to just have a good song (but then again the Olsen Brothers won in 2000). I don’t think it’s a winner song but I hope he’ll at least get the opportunity to sing in the finals.
Music: 3/5 Voice: 3/5 Likability: 1/5 Overall score: 2,33/5

# 7: Montenegro - Andrea Demirovic with Just Get Out of My Life
From Montenegro comes Andrea Demirovic with the song Just Get Out of My Life which makes me thinks of the good old Abba days. The beat is good, the lyrics catchy and the girl colorful. It’s a true Eurovision classic but perhaps a bit boring in the long run. It takes more these days to write a winner song then the inspiration from former Eurovision hits and this entry ends up pretty average
Music: 3/5 Voice: 3/5 Likability: 3/5 Overall score: 3/5

# 6: Malta - Chiara with What If We
From Malta comes the singer Chiara again (again) with the song What if we? Her song from the 2005 Eurovision, Angel, is one of those I still listen to. She’s has an amazing voice and the lyrics this year is beautiful. She is possibly one the biggest singer the Eurovision has ever seen but Malta seems to have stuck in the late 90s when it comes to making Eurovision songs and I think that will prevent this song to receive the recognition it so truly deserves.
Music: 2/5 Voice: 5/5 Likability: 3/5 Overall score: 3,33/5

#5: Sweden - Malena with La Voix
This is a winning recipe that Sweden has used a lot of times before but for some reason they keep exciting the European audience and I think they will again this year. They are bringing opera to the Eurovision combined with a good dance rhythm and a bunch of lovely boys to look at. If you like big songs, you’ll like this one. I know I do and the more I hear it the more I love it. But is the European audience ready for Malena?
Music: 2/5 Voice: 5/5 Likability: 3/5 Overall score: 3,33/5

#4: Bosnia & Herzegovina - Regina with Bistra Voda
Bosnia & Herzegovina has delivered several decent songs to the Eurovision these past few years and this year is no different. I really like the first 1:15 in the song Bistra Voda but then as the song would benefit greatly from changing pace nothing happens. I hate that in a song when they lead up to something big and then leave me unsatisfied. It kills any love for the song I might have had. When that is said, it is still a pretty good song but it could have been so much better. The lead singer is very likable and their approach to the whole thing is likable as well and that helps them in the overall score.
Music: 3/5 Voice: 3/5 Likability: 5/5 Overall score: 3,67/5

# 3: Armenia - Inga & Anush with Jan Jan
Armenia will be represented this year by Anush and Inga Arshakyan with the song Jan Jan. I’ve heard the song in a couple of different versions. The live and the recorded version and the difference between the two make me wonder just how good singers the two of them are. They have a strong song with a good likable beat that will serve as a translation to all of us who doesn’t understand the lyrics. I really like this song but I’m not convinced that Anush and Inga will be able to really deliver on stage live.
Music: 5/5 Voice: 3/5 Likability: 4/5 Overall score: 4/5

# 2: Andorra - Susanne Georgi with La Teva Decisió
From Andorra comes Susanne Georgi with the song La Teva Decisió (Get A Life). Susanne is from Denmark but has lived in Andorra for the past 13 years. Together with her sister she was the voice behind one of the 90s inescapable hits “Dub I Dub” and just like that song her entry for this Eurovision is one of those annoying little songs that you really want to hate but can’t help to sing to yourself. The song resembles Susanne’s quirky charm and I expect she’ll be able to deliver with great persuasion on the stage at the first semi finale.
Music: 4/5 Voice: 4/5 Likability: 5/5 Overall score: 4,34/5

# 1: Switzerland - Lovebugs with The Highest Heights
Finally a song that ‘wow’ me in the first Semi final. From Switzerland comes Lovebugs with the song The highest heights. There’s no doubt that these guys get their inspiration from some of the biggest bands ever, Coldplay for the more recent ones and Nirvana for an older one. The Nirvana part should be looked for in his voice not just in his look. Good lyrics, good melody, good flow. I love this song.
Music: 5/5 Voice: 5/5 Likability: 4/5 Overall score: 4,67/5

Overall there are some decent entries in the first semi finale but the real treasures are to be found in the second.

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I'm inspired

I'm not sure what exactly happened but I've been so inspired these past few days and have two kits sort of finished. And here I was just about ready to give up entirely on the designing thing.

The first kit is using the color swatch and theme from this months SNL at DSP. There's a group of talented ladies there that each and every month contribuate to a mega kit and I haven't really been good at keeping up with them due to the lack of inspiration but this month I've finished something and in good time as well.

The second one is also inspired by the SNL group. It's to be given away when they celebrate they've been doing this for 50 months. That's 50 megakits. How cool is that? I really like how this turned out and is especially excited about the frames.

So now you tell me. Did my recent discovered inspiration pay off?

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Eurovision day 6 & 7

Life caught up with me and I didn't get to post yesterday so there's double up today.

Semi finale 1:

Now we know where Elvis has been hiding all these years. In Belgium under the name Patrick Ouchène or perhaps he is just a Copycat as his song is called. I’m a bit ambivalent about this song. It’s not bad but it’s not that good either. It gets boring before the first chorus is over and there isn’t any originality about this song. I’m disappointed!
Music: 2/5 Voice: 2/5 Likability: 1/5 Overall score: 1,67/5

I almost find it a shame that Finland isn’t entering this year with another rock number. The dance number Lose Control will surely fade into the background along with the ten other songs that sounds just like this and it will loose the battle due to weak singing performances. A good live performance might save it but it’s too much the same and too much computer and not enough song.
Music: 2/5 Voice: 1/5 Likability: 2/5 Overall score: 1,67/5

Semi finale 2:
Poland is sending the singer, Lidia Kopania, a beautiful young woman with a beautiful song called I don’t wanna leave. But that’s where the beauty ends for me. Poland has been one of those countries that these past years have grown each year with their entry but this year the song is ruined by not so great English. The accent is heavy and I feel confident that the song would have improved so much more if they had stayed true to their own language and simply tell the story with all the emotions Lidia obviously has. When that is said we’ve seen before that performers have had English classes before the big show so there’s hope for this song yet. Slim, but it’s there.
Music: 3/5 Voice: 2/5 Likability: 1/5 Overall score: 2/5

To be honest I’m not sure if the entry from Croatia this year is new or an old rerun from the 70s. At best it sounds like something you enjoy listening to being played by a homeless at a train station but quickly move away from. It is incredible boring and so is the singers. They are both very young and attractive but the whole act and singing abilities are so old fashioned that it drowns in the competition of more hip songs.
Music: 2/5 Voice: 2/5 Likability: 2/5 Overall score: 2/5

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