Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hey, Hey-- You Bring Sunshine to My Day

I made another page for a student over spring break using some challenges over at A Cherry on Top. One was a tic-tac-toe challenge where they listed a bunch of supplies and you could choose three in a row. I chose to add all of the elements, which were: polka dot paper, scallop border, cardstock, banner, twine, flowers, 2 photos, photo mats, and glitter.. The other challenge was a title challenge, where they asked you to rhyme your title.

Here's what I came up with:


Here are some details. Most everything is from Simple Stories Sunshine & Happiness collection, which I recently bought. I added the buttons from my stash so that I could get some twine into my page to meet the challenge.


The flowers and the word sticker in the photo below are also from my stash, and if you look close, you can see I added yellow glitter to the girl sticker's earrings (glitter was one of the elements in that tic-tac-toe challenge). I cut the word "sunshine" out of one of the papers in the collection. The blue letter stickers are by Jillibean Soup.


The banners were made with a die that I bought super-cheap on ebay.


One final close-up:




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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Operation Sparkle {CSI Case File No. 228}

Our mid-month challenge is live at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:

Here's my page. Clues I used...Evidence: Solid background, chevrons, arabesque shape, frames, monograms (sort of--I used an ampersand), architectural elements, flower, embossing folder, silver metal, transparent stuff, and puffy stickers. Testimony: Journal about your husband and inspiration word home.


Here are some details. I bought the Domestic Bliss ephemera pack on a whim because I liked the little potted plants. When I opened it and saw that little vacuum cleaner, my first thought was, "When will I ever use that???" Well, a few weeks ago, my husband and I started what I am calling Operation Sparkle, aka spring cleaning. It's now part of our Sunday afternoon routine. We're shining up everything in our house, one room at a time--cleaning windows, moving furniture and vacuuming up the dust bunnies, and just overall making everything sparkly! Operation Sparkle just sounds more fun than spring cleaning.

My husband is such a good sport and he happily came along on the ride and even grabbed some window cleaner and hammed it up when I was taking pictures of our first sparkled room! I found some sparkly silver Thickers in my stash that worked perfectly with the palette, and I love that I was able to find some phrase stickers that worked perfectly with my story!


When I started working on this Case File, I knew I wanted to use this We R Memory Keepers paper for the architectural element. I wanted to use it as a background, but it just wasn't working, and then I realized I should use plain white cardstock background, since that was one of the clues. I used some watercolor and then found a stencil that had an arabesque shape for another clue and added texture paste with that. I was happy to find that sparkly silver star to balance the silver title. The House + Love = Home piece is from that Domestic Bliss pack, as is the "Where's the Maid" speech bubble.



How fun that I found that puffy sticker mustache to add to the speech bubble?! And the Sunday and Home stickers in the perfect colors were a perfect find in my stash. The clues called for a transparent element. I found an old K&Co scripty transparency in my stash and stapled some bits on. The little metal dots are on strips and I used those in several spots on my layout.


Another little puffy sticker in the perfect color added a little something-something, and the potted plant, also from the Domestic Bliss pack sits inside a frame from my stash. I was trying to add a little paper flower, but couldn't make it work, so I looked in my wood veneer stash and found a flower, which met one of the Evidence clues.


I hope you'll come play along. We've got tons of awesome sponsors donating prizes. Oh, and we have a design team call running, and you can use this or our other April Case File for your entry.



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