Thursday, February 16, 2017

You Are a Star {Stuck?! Sketches - February 15 Sketch}

We've got another terrific sketch for you over at Stuck?! Sketches:

I made another student gift:

Here are some details. If you frequent my blog, you know I have a thing for monsters. And puffy stickers. And how super-fun is it to be able to use monster puffy stickers! These pages I'm making for my students are a perfect opportunity to use these playful embellishments. I used these puffy stickers, by American Greetings, as the starting point for my page, and pulled papers from my scrap drawers to match the colors. I cut the stars out with my Silhouette Cameo. That circle clip is by Evalicious.

More monsters!

And one more! I used a stencil by The Crafter's Workshop and texture paste mixed with white acrylic paint in the background. 

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Adore You (CSI Case File No. 224}

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

Here's the page I made, another one for one of my students. Clues I used: Evidence: plain cardstock, clouds, gears, animals, people icon, plant, food element, light bulb, triangles, arrow, architecture, scissors, enamel dots, die cuts; Testimony: Inspiration Word: surprise.

I think it's fun trying to add all the clues on my page. I know they're kind of random sometimes, but on a fun page like this, I thought the details worked. That little light bulb is by Prima. It says "us.", and I tucked a little cupcake puffy sticker behind it for my food clue. I cut the title out with my Silhouette Cameo and outlined it with a white gel pen. Those white letter stickers are ancient Pink Paislee stickers. The little scissor stamp, which didn't show up on my closeup, but you can see it above, is by Denim Tampons (that name always makes me giggle! Did I ever share the story about when the postman delivered these stamps? I had to sign for it because it was an international delivery. The guy stood there holding the box the name Denim Tampons emblazoned on the front, and he gave me the strangest look when I opened the door. LOL!) Those die cut leafy pieces are also from a French company, Simply Graphic. LOVE them!

I cut the clouds out of a patterned paper. I had finished my layout and added all the clues, but I was stumped about where to put my little person icon (it's a brad), when I decided he'd look great standing in the clouds. How fun is that little dog? I love puffy stickers--a current obsession of mine!

The little chipboard house is by Crate Paper from the Cute Girl collection. The gears are from Hobby Lobby, their store brand, which I think is called Paper Studio. And that little bunting is from Michaels. I wish they'd make it in different colors.

I hope you'll come play with us. We've got lots of great sponsors donating prizes:


Saturday, February 4, 2017

You Make Me Smile {CSI Major Case File No. 223}

We've got a super-fun Case File open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. Our Major Case File features a sketch by The Nifty Pixel and stays open for the entire month.

Here's my page, another one for one of my students. Clues I used - Evidence: gingham, stripes, speech bubles, clouds, monsters, something loopy, something transparent, fabric; Testimony: story in speech bubble.

Here are some details. The starting point of my page is these little monsters, made with Bo Bunny stamps. Those who know me know I have a thing for monsters, and I'm having so much fun making these pages for my students because it gives me the chance to use some playful elements. That speech bubble is from an October Afternoon paper. The red number paper is by Little Yellow Bicycle. I think the ampersand paper is by Echo Park.

I cut the "smile" title on my Silhouette Cameo. The fabric brads might be by Making Memories. I had to fit one more monster on my page, so I've got him peeking out from behind my title.

For my "loopy" clue, I found a loopy chipboard arrow from 2Crafty in my stash and embossed it red.

We've got a whole bunch of wonderful sponsors, so lots of prizes up to grabs. I hope you'll come play with this super-fun Case File!


Friday, February 3, 2017

Showered with Love {Stuck?! Sketches February 1 Challenge}

We're back with another fantastic challenge at Stuck?! Sketches! Here's the February 1 sketch Laura made for us:

I made a page for my niece-in-law, who is having a baby this week. There's all kinds of gold sparkle and shine on my page, which was hard to capture with my camera, partly due to the crummy weather we've been having.

Here are some details. That beautiful chipboard heart piece is by 2Crafty. I used gold Zing embossing powder to give it the sparkle. I think the fabric heart brad is by BasicGrey. That clock face is by Paper Studio (from Hobby Lobby). I found some cute pink animal puffy stickers that I thought would be cute with a baby page.

There's another animal puffy sticker peeking out from behind the flower! The gold leaves were made with cardstock and a Martha Stewart punch. I used the gold Zing embossing powder.

The pink heart paper in the background is by Pink Paislee. The darker purple paper is super old, by Chatterbox, as is the lavender paper. The brand escapes me at the moment. That border punch is Martha Stewart. 

You'll have to come see what the rest of the team made with this wonderful sketch, and definitely play along for a chance to win a prize from one of our sponsors:


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

On the Naughty List {CSI Case File No. 222}

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

Here's my page. Clues I used...Evidence: floral patterns, chevrons, snowflakes, jewels, pearls, something fuzzy, fabric, flowers, leaves, glitter; Testimony: Haiku.

I used this sketch from Let's Get Sketchy. They're having a guest designer call, so I thought I'd give it a go:

And some details. That blingy snowflake frame is by Making Memories. I've had it in my stash for ages. I was trying to carefully place it in just the right spot, when a tiny bit of it hit the paper crooked and there it had to stick--it wanted to rip my paper when I tried to lift it back up to make it straight. Sigh. The fabric brad is by K&Co. I've had that in my stash for a million years too. The "Naughty" was cut on my Silhouette Cameo.

So, I have this little devil of a cat who likes to knock everything down. We didn't put up our trees this year again because she's such a bad kitty. We decided we'd try to just put up a tree without decorations to see what she'd do, and sure enough, she got right under that tree and started batting it and knocking the flocking off. Hence the haiku I wrote. That snowflake brad is by Making Memories. The label had a picture in the center of it, so I just typed some journaling onto cardstock and punched a circle and hid the picture.

Here you can see in the picture how she knocked the flocking off the tree. Bad Minnie-Cupcake! The snowflake is by Jolee's. The glittery poinsettia flower was in a pack I found on the bargain table at ACMoore. And there's another brad from the same Making Memories pack as the other brad in the above photo. I dangled it with some silver thread. The leaves are a Martha Stewart punch. And you can see I tucked a fuzzy black brad in that cluster for my fuzzy clue.

I hope you'll come play with our challenge. Come see what the rest of the team made here. And of course, we have lots of prizes from our sponsors:


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Love You to the Moon and Back {Stuck?! Sketches Mid-January DT Work}

It's time for another fantastic sketch at Stuck?! Sketches. Take a look at the awesome sketch Laura made for us:

I made another page for one of my students:

Here are some details. I substituted one of the photos in the sketch with a cut-out from a Cosmo Cricket paper. How cute is that little robot sticker? I got it in a clearance bin at one of the craft stores. That blue paper in the background is by Little Yellow Bicycle. The lighter blue is by BasicGrey, and that strip of red at the top is super-old. It's by Autumn Leaves.

I cut the planet out on my Silhouette Cameo. The chipboard stars are by 2Crafty. That little yellow number thingy is cut from an old Scenic Route paper. The grid stamp in the background is by Kaisercraft.

Here's another piece from that Robot clearance pack. So adorable! I cut the title out on my Cameo. The planet in the background was created by cutting a large circle on my Cameo, taping it over top of my white cardstock, and then applying texture paste with a Prima stencil. Then I removed the paper with the cut-out circle.

Come check out what the rest of the design team made--seriously awesome stuff, and you'll want to play for a chance to win prizes from our sponsors this month:


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Sweet {CSI Major Case File No. 221}

Happy Birthday, CSI! I can't believe it's been five years since I started CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration! We are celebrating this month with some special surprises, including lots of prizes and many of our retired Detectives putting their badges back on for the month! And of course, we've got a super-fun and festive Case File:

Here's the page I created. It's another page for one of my students that I'm creating. Clues I used...Evidence: I used all of the evidence clues! Testimony: Inspiration Word: sweet.

Some details...I cut my journaling out on my Silhouette Cameo and backed it with some Simple Stories multicolored paper. That sweet little bunting is by Kaisercraft, and I just added some multicolored alpha stickers for one of the clues.

Animals weren't a clue, but I wanted my page to have a bit of childlike whimsy. That little bunny was cut out of a BasicGrey paper, and I added some googly eyes (one of the clues). The chipboard pieces are by Pink Paislee and satisfied the fruit and triangle clues. I've got several puffy stickers on my page (that was a clue too)--that little sugar cube on the triangle made me smile (plus it was a food clue), and the speech bubble puffy sticker by Skipping 5. I tucked in some leaves cut from patterned paper (another clue).

The "photo" and arrow puffy stickers are by Evalicisious. I've got a little jar cut from a Dear Lizzy paper (for the cooking/kitchen clue) with a little pink flower charm tied on for some extra pink. 

And ow adorable is this sweet little dimensional frog sticker? I had to stick him on here, even though he has a yellow belly.

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