Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Beach Bums {CSI Case File No. 207}

Our current Case File at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration is so perfect for summer beach photos:

Here's the page I made:

 Clues I used: Evidence: diagonal stripes, nautical elements, animals, puffy stickers, textured paper, frames, wood, vellum, mesh, twine, triangle; Testimony: beach; inspiration word better.

I made this page for a friend of mine. That's her husband and son. I used this sketch from Stuck?! Sketches:

Here are some details: The blue papers are by Authentique. I used a little tweet from Studio Calico for my animal and wood clues. The detail in my closeups doesn't show that my white cardstock is textured with ridges, another clue. The brown phrase stickers are by My Mind's Eye and this one met the inspiration word clue.

The wooden anchor is by Teresa Collins (wood and nautical clues). The #Beachlife sticker is by Authentique. I found some vellum with a diagonal stripe in my stash, which met two of the clues.

The triangular puffy sticker (which met two clues) is by Elle's Studio. The ocean-themed stickers in the picture below are also by Authentique. I tucked in a piece of Magic Mesh to meet the mesh clue.

This was a really fun Case File to work with. Most of our team made beachy layouts, but Sylvia used the colors for a winter-themed layout. There are lots of awesome prizes and a chance at being a guest designer, so I hope you'll come play with us!


Sunday, July 10, 2016

July 2Crafty DT Work

Happy Sunday! Today's my turn to share my DT work at the 2Crafty blog. Here's my post.

"Sweet Smile"
I made this page for the More Than Words challenge, which asked us to use the 
word "smile" as inspiration as well as a sketch. This adorable photo features my best 
friend's daughter and her little girl, and they sure do have some sweet smiles!

The word "smile" came from the "Summertime" set, which has lots of different words. I colored it with two different teal stamp inks to get the right color to match the leaves in my floral paper and then coated it with clear embossing power to give it a glossy look. I couldn't resist using this cute little guy from the "Hedgehogs" pack on my page. I couldn't decide on a color for the hedgehog, 
so I decided to leave him raw, but I added clear embossing powder to give him extra interest. The arrow, gessoed white, came from the "Assorted Arrows" sheet. I topped it with a wee heart from "ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars" and inked it pink.

I coated the "Bubble Clumps" with gesso and then painted it with Twinkling H2O's in the 
Icicle color, which has flecks of glitter in it. I added patterned paper onto my frame form the "Polaroid Assortment Frames" to give it a woodgrain look. I popped a couple of raw, clear embossed hearts from the "ATC Tiny Hearts and Stars" to match my hedgehog onto the frame.

I just love 2Crafty's Circle Words, and I used the word "sweet" from "Word Circles Set 1" as part
 of my title. I used the Icicle Twinkling H2O's on the circle part and the same ink and clear embossing powder I used for the "Smile." I added a heart from "ATC Tiny Hearts and Stars."
2Crafty Products used on this page:
Bubble Clumps
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars
Word Circles Set 1
Asst Arrows
Polaroid Assortment Frames

"You Are Simply the Best"
A girl at my school won a safety patrol award and her teacher asked me to make
 a scrapbook page for her.

The trophy came from the "Motocross" 6 x 6 set and was perfect for holding part of my title
 (the word "you" came from "Card Word Set 2") and also conveying what the layout was about.
 I used gold Zing embossing powder to give it sparkle and shine. I embossed the
 "Simply the Best" title with two different colors.

The "Chevron Bits" were embossed with the same Sapphire PEARLustre embossing powder
I used on the title. I used the same gold Zing embossing powder on the "ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars" as I did on the title. I found a larger star from the "Stars" set to tuck into the "Medium Filmstrip." The "Inspire" word came from the "ATC Words 1" set. I painted a "Circle Revolution" white to frame the photo the main photo.

Once you take the frames out of the sheet of "Polaroid Assortment Frames," you will have leftover chipboard that, when cut, form more frames. I used that to frame the above photo, I painted that white. There's a bag behind this cluster that holds more photos from the event. Finally, I used a date from the "2016's."
2Crafty Products Used on this Layout:
Simply the Best
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars
Film Strips Medium
ATC Words 1
Chevron Bits
6" Circle Revolution Frames
Card Word Set 2
Polaroid Assortment Frames

Thank you so much for stopping by and looking at my pages. I hope I've given you
 some ideas for using the awesome 2Crafty chipboard!



Friday, July 8, 2016

[Fire] Crack-Ups {CSI Case File No. 206}

We have a new Case File open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:

Here's the page I created. Clues I used... Evidence: all of them! Testimony: Thank you note. The photos were taken last summer when Tracee was visiting me. We were at my sister's 4th of July party.

I used this sketch that I had pinned a while back:

Here are some details. For my background, I used the "package" technique with two different blue watercolor paints. I then stamped in red the Kaiser Craft grid stamp (one of the clues). I added some splashes with watercolors on my paintbrush. Then I used a Heidi Swapp stencil with texture paste. Finally, I added some stars in gray stamp ink. The flair badges are by A Flair for Buttons. I have a ton of puffy stickers, so I'm always happy when I can use them (also a clue). The jars (another clue) are a stamp by American Crafts, and the leaves (another clue) are from an old  Technique Tuesday stamp set.

The tags were cut on my Silhouette machine. I added the chevron arrows for my wood clue. The banner is from Michaels, and I outlined it with white gel pen.

I used the filmstrip for the frame clue, and I found that "girls are silly," which fulfilled the metal clue, in my stash--I've had it for about a hundred years! The artisan-shaped label (another clue) is by BasicGrey.

Another flair badge from A Flair for Buttons. The tiny red letters are by Jillibean Soup and the white fabric chipboard letters (fabric was a clue) are Thickers.

I had so much fun making this page. I hope you'll come play. We've got nine great sponsors donating prizes this month!


Friday, July 1, 2016

Floaters {CSI Major Case File No. 205}

We have a fun new Case File open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:

Here's the page I made. Clues I used...Evidence: I use all of the clues! Testimony: Journal on a cloud, journal about time outdoors.

That's my brother and law and nephew in their backyard pool, which is circular. I was trying to make a pool with splashes as the backdrop to my page. I rotated the sketch.

Here are some details. The chevron paper is by Amy Tangerine. The fuchsia paper is Echo Park. Those chipboard letters are really old--Heidi Swapp--they stand for Dan and Christian, and I used them as my monogram clue. I was so excited to be able to use these straws that I bought a while back. I sliced them down the middle so they would be less bulky. Then they wouldn't lay flat because I didn't do such a great job slicing them, so I stapled the ends down because I knew glue wouldn't work.

These fun palm trees are Silhouette cut files. The little lantern stamp is by Avery Elle. The title letters are Thickers. I know, "floaters" calls to mind something icky, but I thought of it and it made me laugh, just like the pictures made me laugh, so I went with it.

How cute is that sparkly happy face? It came in a pack of pink and yellow smilies. Tracee and I bought them last summer and split the package. The sun and clouds are also Silhouette cut files. The light blue paper reminded me of water.

The flamingo is also a Silhouette cut file. I hesitated putting that googly eye on him because the eye was bigger than the head, but then I though, why not? Goes with the playful silliness I was going for on this page. That Hi brad is really old Crate Paper. I'm sad to use it up, but I thought it was perfect on this page. I was looking for a label to put behind that flamingo and couldn't find one in the right color. Then I found an old rub-on label by Scenic Route and decided I could put it on a piece of transparency--that met two clues. :)

We've got lots of awesome sponsors donating prizes. Come check out the cool pages from the rest of the team here. I hope you'll play along with us this month!


Counsins {CSI Case File No. 204}

I'm a little late sharing my layout for the current Case File at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration, but it will stay open for another week:

Here is the page I made. I made it for a friend. I thought the photo matched the colors perfectly! The sun was super bright when I photographed it, so the colors look a little washed out.

Clues I used...Evidence: damask pattern, polka dots, stripes, heart, bird, metal, swirls, borders, frames, flowers, lace, doily; Testimony: heart shaped journaling spot

I used this sketch from Stuck?! Sketches:

Here are some details. The background paper I used is by Echo Park (kind of old--Be Mine collection). I've got some old Scenic Route paper (the sky blue), My Mind's eye (light pink), and Webster's Pages (teal poka dot). The purple polka dot is also really old Echo Park (Summer Days collection). 

The chipboard filmstrips are by 2Crafty. I treated them with some chunky Stampendous embossing powder that has flecks of pink and gold glitter. The chipboard letters are by American Crafts. I printed and cut the heart out on my Silhouette Cameo. The flowers are from some bunches of flowers I got at Michael's and pulled off the stems. The rhinestone brads are really old, by Creating Keepsakes. I colored the Studio Calico wood veneer tweets with stamp ink, and then drew some tail feathers and put a little rhinestone for the eye.

The leaves are Martha Stewart punches. I found some rhinestone swirls in my stash--I have so many of those, and I was happy to be able to add some to meet one of the Case File clues. I also rescued some heart-shaped lace from my stash for two Case File clues. The brackets are the same Thickers as the title letters.

We have lots of great sponsors donating prizes, and you still have a week to play, so come over and solve this lovely Case File!


Friday, June 10, 2016

1st Harvest {CSI Case File No. 203}

We have a fun new Case File open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:

Here's the page I made:

Clues I used...Evidence: all of the clues; Testimony: childhood memory, 6-word memoir, Scene inspiration.

I used a sketch from Creative Scrappers:

Here are some details. I used all kinds of old papers on my page, including Ki Memories (blue) and Chatterbox (yellow). The orange polka dot is K&Co. The yellow in the background is Echo Park. I cut the little house and the leaves from some We R Memory Keepers papers. I was determined to use all the clues, and I was stuck on how to fit a transportation element into my page, and then I remembered I had a sticker with a tractor! That chipboard frame is by Crate Paper.

I've had this Cosmo Cricket watering can forever. I was happy the colors worked out for my page. I added a puffy heart to it. The little wood veneer bird is by Studio Calico.

Here's another fun puffy sticker, and he's holding a vegetable--also a clue for the Case File. That little speech bubble was cut out of a patterned paper, and I added rub-on letters for part of my title.

That wood-veneer star-shape reminded me of a sun. The little garden spade is from that same Cosmo Cricket chipboard sheet as the watering can, and I was able to get a string onto the handle for another clue.

This was a really fun Case File to play with. I hope you'll play along. We've got ten awesome sponsors donating prizes this month:



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