Scavenger Hunt Sunday
This has been a good week for me and photography – I feel creative…I feel inspired…I feel really good. I even managed to get ahead of myself this week which is pretty awesome (and necessary considering that the holidays are quickly approaching). Anyways, it’s that time again…Scavenger Hunt Sunday. So, if you’ve been participating in the Scavenger Hunt each week, I hope this week’s items inspired you. If you’re new to the Scavenger Hunt…WELCOME!
Scavenger Hunt Sunday
The rules are simple:
  1. Anyone can participate. 
  2. You’re encouraged to take five new photos this week for the challenge. 
  3. If you get stumped, you may use one photo from your archive (although I’m not too strict about it – I do my best to take fresh shots). 
  4. Link up here on Sunday (or Tuesday at the latest) – you can use the button above. 
  5. Have fun!
Without further discussion…here are my interpretations this week:

1. Self-Portrait
IMG_8342 copy RSThe other day, I teased you with a “special delivery” from The Paper Mama! Well, as you can see in the picture above, she sent me my very own Paper Lady Crown with inter-changeable titles (including Property of Kitty Paw, Photo Nerd, Shhhh…I’m Blogging, etc). I love it! So…the other night, I wanted to show off my new crown and take a self-portrait for this week’s challenge. I also wanted to try a photoshop technique inspired by Captivus. She will be launching a new challenge on November 18th designed to challenge all of us using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. This week’s prompt is “liquify.” As you can see, I used this tool (found under FILTER>DISTORT for PSE users) on my eyes and lips to create a cartoon look for myself. I think it’s pretty fun and I’m looking forward to playing with this tool a little more.
beep clickFacing Myself
If you want your own Paper Lady Crown, click HERE.

2. Handmade (November 2010 Photo Hunt Item)
Handmade S-RS
The photo above is the result of an arts-n-crafts project my mom and I tried the other weekend. For our wedding last year, one of our family friends made a very similar S. Unfortunately, it broke so we were unable to use the original for this holiday season. Luckily, we’re pretty crafty, so we were able to recreate the “S” wreath. I am not a step-by-step craft project photographer, so  I have no photos of the process. 

Materials: One sheet of large Styrofoam board (we used a really thin piece, you could also use a piece of left over cardboard), one package of sheet moss (you’ll want it on a sheet vs loose moss), some sort of adhesive (we used a hot glue gun, but spray-on adhesive might be less time consuming), a knife, scissors, decorative ribbon and patience.
  1. Loosely draw your initial on the Styrofoam
  2. Use a knife to cut out the shape
  3. Lay your moss over the shape and use your scissors to cut the same shape out of the moss – leave a little extra room on the edges to fold it
  4. Use your adhesive or glue gun to hold the moss in place…allow to dry
  5. Fold over the extra moss around the edges as if you’re filling in the seam.
  6. Flip over your initial and use the extra pieces to complete the other side (we weren’t as neat since this would be the back)
  7. Clean up any bare spots with the extra moss
  8. Cut a piece of decorative ribbon to tie around center of the letter and hang from your door (we used a suction cup wreath hanger)
3. Orange (November 2010 Photo Hunt Item)
IMG_8240 RS
I love love love this beautiful autumn red-orange color. I was running a few errands when I saw this tree and how the sun was hitting it just right.

4. Candle
Send Forth Your Light RS
It took me so long to start participating in Katie Lloyd’s Scripture and a Snapshot, but now that I’m officially participating, I am really enjoying finding scriptures to support one of my Scavenger Hunt Photos. This particular scripture comes from Psalm 43:3 (the font is difficult to read).

5. Traffic Signals or Signs
Traffic Lights RS
I really struggled with getting what I thought was an interesting shot of traffic signals or signs…until I played with my post-processing. For this particular shot, I used My Four Hens – Slick and then applied an emboss layer which made the signals pop.

What were your interpretations of the items this week? I can’t wait to check them out. Be sure to load your pictures in your blog (or your Flickr photostream) and link up at the bottom of this post.  Feel free to grab a button to display on your blog along with your scavenger hunt items. The linky will be open until Tuesday night at midnight (EST). If you didn’t participate this week, but want to participate next week, here are your items:
  1. The View Above (next week’s Paper Heart Camera theme)
  2. Something Hot (November 2010 Photo Hunt)
  3. Something Cold (November 2010 Photo Hunt)
  4. Electronic (Mandy‘s suggestion)
  5. Sparkle (Mandy‘s suggestion)
A big THANK YOU goes out to Chelsey and Mandy since they helped me finish out the Scavenger Hunt list this week. They actually suggested that I start to incorporate YOUR prompts as part of the hunt (which is great, because I’m starting to run out of ideas). I have traditionally used one item from another list (this group has moved away from the blog world…and this next theme was “brown,” so I thought that had been overplayed), two items from the Photo Hunt challenge of the month and then two other random items.

With that said, send me your ideas. Each week, I will select one reader’s prompt list, add those items to what is currently on tap, and give the selected reader a shout out on my blog during Scavenger Hunt Sunday. So, off you go…happy shooting!


    Hi Ashley!

    I managed to crawl back into reality :) The blog world operates at lightening speed, I feel so far behind!

    Your portrait is so great! The handmade, I will have to attempt and as always the bible quote is a beautiful Sunday touch.

    Have a great day!

    I failed this week, sorry! But I’m liking next weeks items! Your photos are lovely as always, I’ll never get sick of photos of sunlight shining through orange leaves!

    i’m always amazed how many challenges you squeeze in. i’m going to try to maybe, i said, maybe, do it next week ; )

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    Looking forward to next week’s items! Love your selfie for this week! :)

    I love the liquify effect on your self-portrait and the verse with the candle photo! Those are some great themes for next week. Hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze those somewhere in my schedule. :)

    Wow Ashley these you had fun aswell :) with these great shots. I’ve never seen an initial hanging outside a door before – I think aswell that Kitty Paw rules that house of yours lol.

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your self-portrait!

    Love your shots this week! I failed to get my act together to put the shots up…half of them are on my computer at home and half of them are on my camera here at my parent’s house. The flu hit us hard. Ugh! It zaps creativity, and coffee just doesn’t do the trick to bring it back :)
    Have a wonderful week before Thanksgiving week Ashley!

    okay I totally want to make that s thingy majig. how awesome is that! love the shots!

    Great shots this week. I really love the candle shot. I’m so bumed that I didn’t finish this weeks list, but I am super excited for next weeks list!

    The orange and candle are lovely. I think I’ll participate in the hunt.

    …speaking of photos never disappointing! These are all gorgeous; I’m especially in love with your red tree. Wow!

    Thanks for the shout out!!!! Awesome shot and edit!!! Cute!

    I love your ‘Orange’ tree… it’s so beautiful!

    You look cute with one of Paper Mama’s crowns! =)

    You take such good photos of you – great eyes and hair and crown to boot!

    Love the pictures! That crown is gorgeous! And I love the “orange” picture. Very pretty. I was so annoyed at myself for not doing SHS this week! Typical me! I am determined to do it next week…next week’s themes look like good ‘uns! Can’t wait to be challenged with those.

    You look pretty with that crown of yours.

    My favorites: #s 1 to 5, your photos are really making it hard for me to choose one favorite every week.


    I’m loving that Paper Crown! And that orange tree is beautiful :)

    What a beautiful post and that
    is a pretty crown…so much fun!

    Hi Ashley….I love the orange tree and the candle with the Bible quote. Those crowns are the bomb! Very cute!

    Fun and fabulous photos! I tried and tried to get a decent shot of stop lights LOL

    Enjoyed my first hunt! I’ll definitely be back next week to join :)

    These are awesome, Ashley! Very creative. Love the self protrait, it’s beautiful! Great Job! Thanks for hosting the scavenger hunt and all the work it requires.

    This crown belongs to Kitty Paws….hee, hee. Fun selfie. Love your candle with scripture and that tree is gorgeous. Happy day to you.

    Great shots! I especially love the shot of the tree, and the traffic lights!

    I tried to find “slick”, but couldn’t. Of course, I didn’t look through all the action sets. Which one is it in?

    I think I got all my shots taken this week – now if I can just find the time to get them edited and posted :-)

    I love your self portrait! Purrrfect!

    What a cool crown! That is so fun to get real mail in the mail instead of just bills or junk mail! I love the candle photo. Gorgeous all around! Have a great week!

    I love your Orange shot Ashley ! I love colors :)

    As always, love your shots!! I miss participating along with you. Once school slows down, I’ll be joining back in!! By the way, cool “cartoon” effect with your cool crown!!

    These are awesome, especially your self-portrait. Brought a smile to my face! Love that candle shot too. I hope to get back soon, I’ve just been so busy with other things the past few weeks. ♥

    LOVE the self portrait even more today! All are great shots, and the candle is gorgeous!

    So great Ashley! Your first image could be a character in the movie “Alice in Wonderland”, it just has that feel to me. Love it!

    You are so darn cute! Wear that crown proudly.

    LOVE that orange…and the scripture.

    I love your self portrait and your orange shot! Great photos.

    I love your self portrait and the processing on that! I’m going to have to give that a try soon. I also love your orange shot. The colors and lighting are perfect!

    love the self shot and the fun you had with it.

    Have a great weekend.

    As always very nice photos.

    I’m certainly no photographer but I’d love to participate.

    These ae so great, Ashley! Love your self portrait (and Paper Lady Crown!). What a neat handmade item, as well!

    Great shots!!! I love your handmade & orange!!!!

    Great photos. I love your handmade one. I’ve participated for the first time this week. I’ve included my first self portrait too.

    Oh, I LOVE the paper crown, and the fun cartoony edit! Great job!

    Love your traffic light shot, great edit!

    I’m lovin the new crown your sporting!! Beautiful pictures, as always!!

    These are all fabulous – I adore the crown you made for the self portrait!

    these are great! awesome job(:
    it’s been really upsetting not having time to participate for the last two months. but i’m almost certain i’ll be back next week! im so excited!

    Wow, that crown is gorgeous! I want to order a million of them! :D

    Again, I LOVE that self portrait! I can’t wait to join the Captivus challenge of course!

    These are great, love the self portrait and your crown! Isn’t it great when you feel creative and inspired. I love that feeling. I also love your orange!

    What a cool crown!! And I love that the titles are changeable. Great job on your photos this week – I think that S wreath is awesome! I’m in awe of your craftiness!

    Love the self-portrait- the crown is adorable!!

    Ashley these are all so beautiful and fun. When Im feeling better Im liniking in.

    I noticed your eyes IMMEDIATELY! SO COOL!

    Great job!!! I loved each of these. Especially your selfie! Too cute!

    It’s so wonderful when you feel creative and inspired! Good for you! Cute self portrait!

    Arriving from Scipture and a Snapshot and really like your candle/verse picture! Enjoyed your other pics, too and hope to join in again on the Scavenger Sunday sometime soon! Life….you know….it gets crazy sometimes. :)

    Those are all so great!! Your S&S entry is wonderful, I really like the subtle border you added to it.

    Love the Candle shot and your self portrait.

    What great ideas and photos! I think I’ll be participating this week. :)

    great photos! I might use your idea for “handmade” in one of my craft projects:)

    Your self portrait is so cute and I love the crown!

    Great shots as always Ashley and I am so glad that your are feeling creative and inspried….have a wonderful week!

    Your self portrait is so cute!

    OK, well you already know I about died over your self-portrait – hee! And I am so in love with your traffic signal shot I might have to go right out and copy you – love, love, LOVE! New fave. Yep, that’s right. Ohh…and I love the craft idea – super cute. Looks way better with your red door than our taupe one though. The green and red really look awesome together! HUGS!

    I love them all… just gorgeous.. and I’ll definitely be trying the initial wreath… I’ll post it.

    My fav was the orange-red until I got to the scripture. Wonderful! And what a fun challenge…maybe one day when I have a moment of free time I might join in.

    Oh and the cartoon features in the self portrait are such a creative, fun take!

    I am also slightly obsessed with the colors of the trees right now-you showcased them perfectly! I literally can’t take my eyes off of the bright oranges, reds and yellow all over the place right now.

    Great photos Ashley! Thanks for hosting!

    You make the most interesting & informative posts! So great!

    Oh, Ashley. I’m so glad you always explain how you took your photos. I was a little shocked by your self-portrait. My first thought was … oh my … she looks way better than that … And what is up with her eyes!!!! Your photos are awesome as usual.

    Thanks for your comment. Subdued your self-portrait is NOT. Shocking and very funny. Yes!!

    Your self portrait is so cute! I just love the idea of a photo scavenger hunt! I love seeing what everyone comes up with!

    Love your orange shot! That tree almost looks as though it’s on fire! I’m also loving your Scripture shot and verse…Perfect!

    Fabulous SP. It made me smile!

    Thanks for the creative outlet. I joined scavenger hunt sunday for the first time this week using photos I already have on hand. I like the items for next week and will try to participate more purposefully.

    Love them all – your SP is great !!!
    Have a really nice monday !!!

    You did it great. Love the orange.
    Have a great week.

    Great photos as always! I don’t know if I could pick a favorite…love your orange, your traffic light, and your selfie is awesome! So much fun!

    Finally makin my rounds! Love your candle scripture pic! and your traffic lights… they look ‘old’???

    I really enjoyed doing this, thanks so much!

    Thanks for this nice article, it’s extremely conspicuous blogs

    That S with moss on it is something I could make myself too. Could write Christmas with those moss letters. I like your selfpic very much because it hilarious. I have kind of interesting mood too in my self-portraits in one Finnish challenge (here in my link if you like take a look :)