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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Thursday, June 9, 2016

June 2Crafty Design Team Work

It's my turn to share my work at the 2Crafty blog today. Here's my post:

"So Happy at the Beach"

 
I'm making an album for my friend, and this is a page for her book.
 I found lots of great 2Crafty pieces to use on this beach page.
 

I wanted my page to have a sunwashed feel, so I lightly swiped most of my chipboard pieces with gesso. The "Word Circles Set 1" was a great piece to use for part of the title. To supplement my title, I added letter stickers to an arrow to supplement my title from "Asst Arrows" and added a little heart, painted red, from "ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars."


The "Small Palm Tree Set" was perfect for my beach page. I added some seashell brads and a border punched wave to create a beachy vignette. I colored a year piece from the "2016's" with navy blue stamp ink and added it to the tree.


I framed one of the pictures with a frame from the "Polaroid Assortment Frames" set and covered it with patterned paper. I used a The "beach" from the "Summertime" sheet of words finished my title. I decided to leave this word raw so it would show up on the frame.


I found a couple other summery pieces to further embellish my page. The sun is from the "Mini Weather Icons" and the bird is from the "Seagulls" set.
2Crafty Products used on this layout:
Word Circles Set 1
Asst Arrows
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars
Small Palm Tree Set
2016's
Polaroid Assortment Frame
Summertime
Mini Weather Icons
Seagulls


"Laughter Is the Best Medicine"

This photo was taken while we were in the waiting room at the hospital. I had been stung by a bunch of angry yellow jackets a few days before and was having a reaction. With Tracee around, of course we had to get some silly selfies! 

I have a thing for monsters, and 2Crafty has some super-cute monsters, and I thought they would be fun to use on this layout. In my short video, I will share with you how I created my title and how I embellished my monster chipboard accents.

The "laughter" title came from the "Summertime" sheet of words. This cute little monster is from the "Blobbles." I used an arrow from "Asst Arrows" to hold part of my title.


That fun quirky arrow, which I coated with black embossing powder is from the "Crazy Arrows" set. I embossed a circle from the "Circle Stack" to frame the funniest picture. 


This cute little guy is from the "Monsters" set, which includes six different critters.


I used the word "best" from "best wishes," which is from the "Card Sentiments" as part of my title, also embossed in black. "Medicine" is spelled out with the "Alpha Set 1" and inked with green stamp ink (after coating it with gesso).

Here's a video sharing some of my process for creating this layout:


2Crafty Products used on this layout
Summertime
Blobbles
Asst Arrows
Crazy Arrows
Circle Stack
Monsters
Card Sentiments
Alpha Set 1
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!



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Friday, May 27, 2016

Snuggles & Books {CSI Case File No. 201}

We've got a new Case File open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:


Here's the page I made. I really wanted to make a page about my cats for this Case File, but I'm making an album for a friend of mine, and this picture was just too perfect for the palette that I had to use it for this challenge.


Clues I used: Evidence: animals, trees, diamonds, triangles, stripes, transparent stuff, frame, something fuzzy, puffy stickers; Testimony: Peekaboo journaling.

I used a sketch from Stuck?! Sketches:



Here are some closeups: I went searching in my transparent items drawer, and I was so pleased to find this transparent corner by Making Memories that's been in my stash for probably a decade! The You brad is by October Afternoon. I also found some fuzzy brads matching the palette. The background chevron paper is by We R Memory Keepers. The orange text print is old, by Jenni Bowlin. I tucked a tag behind the papers so that my friend could journal about her kids' bedtime ritual. That frame is by Crate Paper.


I just love these phrase stickers by Simple Stories! The chipboard letters and the ampersand are boht by BasicGrey. That brown paper is by Crate Paper.


How fortunate that I was able to find this felt tree in just the right color, which fulfilled the tree and fuzz clues in the Case File, and the little lions met the puffy sticker and animal clues.


I got the idea of layering more than one triangle in the corners of the sketch from Nicole Doiron, who's on the Stuck?! Sketches design team. I thought the corner still looked a little empty, so I added a bit of doily, some punched hearts and some other bits and pieces. I used a stencil by Crafter's Workshop and texture paste for some added detail. That diamond paper is by Teresa Collins.


Thank you for looking at my page! You'll definitely want to come play with us! We've got twelve awesome sponsors donating prizes this month:


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Monday, May 9, 2016

2Crafty May Design Team Work

It's my turn at the 2Crafty blog today. Here's my post:


"Butterfly Kisses"
This is one of the few pictures I have of my mom and me when I was a kid. I'm beginning a book of childhood photos that I will give to my mom on Mother's Day.  I have a fond memory of Mom and me making "butterfly kisses," where we'd smush our faces together and flutter our eyelashes. 2Crafty has a variety of lovely butterflies that were perfect for my page.

I coated all my chipboard pieces with gesso and decided to leave most of them that way to give my page a soft, aged shabby feel. I used stamp ink to color my small "Butterflies." The bigger butterfly is from "Marianne's Butterflies." Topping them with some pink pearls gave them a lovely shine.


The "Remember" word came from the "Friendship Mini Word Pack." The I stached a "Mini Film Strip" on top of a piece of border I had left from another layout. This border is from the "Mixed Border Strips" set. Because I scrap 8 x 8, I often have leftover chipboard pieces to use on other layouts. I coupled a fabric heart brad with a heart from the "Heart Silhouette" set.

As I said, I scrap 8 x 8, so I always have leftover pieces from borders, and this sweet little doily shape, which I topped with a brad, is from the "Doily Border."

2Crafty Products used on this layout:
Butterflies
Doily Border
Friendship Mini Word Pack
Marianne's Butterflies
Tiny Film Strips
Mixed Border Strips
Heart Silhouettes


"Love You to the Stars and Back"


These lovely ladies in these fun photos are my best friend's daughter and granddaughter. I thought it would be fun to put them together and make a photo-booth style layout.


The 2Crafty "Film Strips - Medium" were a perfect element for the photo-booth arrangement of the pictures. These Film Strips are just over 7 inches tall, so they were just the right size for my 8 x 8 page. I coated them with white embossing powder. 

I've been waiting for an excuse to use the fun elements in the "Space Set." The Saturn piece came from this set. I coated it with gesso and then painted the planet and ring with yellow and aqua watercolors. I added glitter to the ring to give it some shine. I wanted to echo the background paper for my title, so I used the "Love - Loopy Font" and "You - Loopy Font" pieces. The "You" was coated with white embossing powder, and I painted the "Love" with red acrylic paint.


How fun is this rocket from the "Space Set?" I covered it with patterned paper, leaving the engraved windows raw. I added some stars, painted with yellow watercolors, from the "ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars."

2Crafty Products used on this layout:
Film Strips - Medium
Space Set
Love - Loopy Font
You - Loopy Font
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars



Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at my pages. I hope I've given you some inspiration for using these awesome 2Crafty products!


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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Squeaky Clean {CSI Case File No. 199}

We've got a new Case File open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:



Here's the page I made. That's mini-me and my little sister, from many decades ago! Clues I used...Evidence: frame, dandelion, pearls, wood, bokeh, metal, jar, clocks, circles, transparent stuff; Testimony: Magnetic Poetry, inspiration word lovely.


Here are some details. I used the online Magnetic Poetry to write my poem. Then I used my snipping tool to get the words. I cut them out and glued them to my page. The jar came from a Dear Lizzy paper. The little bunny is a puffy sticker I bought from etsy. The wooden heart is by Studio Calico. That giggle sticker is ancient--by Making Memories. The gray foam letters are Thickers.


I didn't have any paper with a bokeh pattern in the right colors, so I made my own! I did a google search for pink bokeh, and there were a bunch of choices. I printed it out on cardstock, and voila! I've had that resin daisy in my stash forever. It's by K&Co. I have a metal clock accent from Hobby Lobby. I found a dandelion stamp by Hero Arts in my stash and stamped it on a frame I cut out from a Dear Lizzy paper. I found a teeny-tiny bunny puffy sticker to add to my cluster.


There's another bunny puffy sticker I had in my stash. I have a serious problem with puffy stickers, LOL. 


Come check out the reveal for this Case File here, and you'll definitely want to play. We've got twelve awesome sponsors donating prizes this month.



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