Saturday, January 23, 2016

Farm Fresh {CSI Case File No. 189}

We just opened a new Case File at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:

Here's my wacky page. I've been wanting to make this page forever. My mom and I have been subscribing to a CSA (community supported agriculture) for the past two summers. I wish I had a better picture than this silly selfie, but it was all that I had to work with, and this Case File totally called for this story. 

Clues I used...Evidence: gingham, jars, string, food accents, circles, wispy flowers and leaves (sort of), enamel dots, wood, cork, cursive font, askterisk, splatters, rub-ons; Testimony: document something about food, inspiration words, season, and journal as a recipe.

Here are some details. I got a little carried away embellishing this page. If you read my last post, you saw my new cart of drawers for organizing many of my embellishments by color, so it was easy to find lots of things to go with the color scheme.

The jar was cut from a Dear Lizzy paper. I like that it said "summer" on it, and I pointed to that word with some enamel triangles. I was delighted to find that radish charm in my stash. What looks like a cork tag is actually a hexagon. It was also fun to find that old Cosmo Cricket label with the peapod. The green background paper is by Little Yellow Bicycle, and the red gingham is by October Afternoon. The wood rub-on in the background is by Studio Calico. I don't like the way it looks, but it stuck like glue on my page, so I was stuck with it. Sigh.

The bundle of flowers is a super-old Jolee's sticker. It was the perfect color, and the farm sells flowers too, so I went ahead and used it.

I think the chipboard circles are all old Scenic Route pieces. The flowery border is also ancient--Doodlebug Frills. The little red asterisk-y things are from a rub-on border, I think by Heidi Grace.

I cut the title out with my Silhouette Cameo. I got the font for free. I used two different stamps--the tiny polka dots are by Kaiser Craft, and the grid one on the green word is by Denim Tampons.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Go Ahead and Jump {CSI Case File No. 188}

Our current Case File over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration is open for a couple more days:

I loved playing with these colors. Here's my page:

Clues I used...Evidence: stripes, animals, clouds, sun, buttons, triangles; Testimony: Use a song title.

I got carried away getting all ready for my page and totally forgot to use the sketch, although it sort of looks like the sketch if you turn it upside down. In reality, though, I used the January sketch from Stuck?! Sketches:

Here are some details. I recently got this 10-drawer cart and organized a bunch of my embellishments--stickers, rub-ons, die cuts, printed chipboard, etc.--by color, and it was one of the best things I've done. Here's a look at the first 6 drawers:

It's such a hassle looking through all my various packages of stickers and whatnot looking for something that would match a CSI palette that I've found myself not using stuff. Well, now it's easy to match up my embellishments. When you've been collecting scrappy stuff for as long as I have, you forget what you have. I rescued a bunch of stuff for this page.

Isn't this a great photo of my husband's niece and her friends? I made this page for them. Those journaling cards are by ColorHills. I got my title from the lyrics of the Van Halen song "Jump."

The only drawback to organizing my embellishments this way is that I forget who made the stuff, since I've taken it out of the packaging.

The clouds were cut out of an old Love, Elsie fabric paper. The washi tape is by Recollections. The yellow scallop border is by Doodlebug--really old "paper frills."


Saturday, January 9, 2016

2Crafty January DT work

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

"Today is Perfect"
As soon as I thought of scrapping this photo of my husband's family in front of this
 unusual statue, the "Triangle Set" came to mind. These pieces are not only perfect 
for pointing toward the subject of a photograph but are also perfect for modern, graphic themes.

 "Today Is Perfect" title was just the right title piece for this page. My husband's sister 
and brother-in-law had traveled from Iran to spend time with their girls, so all of their 
outings were indeed perfect days. I coated the title with gesso and then used various
 inks to try to match the purple paper. Then I coated it with clear embossing powder. 

I topped the triangles from "Triangle Set" with patterned papers and mounted some onto my page with foam adhesive. The stars from "ATC Tiny Hearts and Stars" were embossed with Zing silver embossing powder.

I used yellow embossing powder on the date form the "2015's." This is such a handy product
 to buy, and you get a dozen of the dates in various fonts on a sheet. The "Assorted Arrows"
  are also a great, versatile set to buy--you get 30 arrows in an assortment of styles on a sheet.
 They are perfect for adding a little something extra to your layout and for directing the eye
 to an important element on the page. I used the same purple inks and embossing powder
 on the one arrow as I did on the title and colored the other one black with stamp ink.

2Crafty Products used on this page:
Today Is Perfect
Triangle Set
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars
Asst Arrows

"First Snow"

  My niece-in-law and her husband (who are pictured in the layout above) posted this 
adorable photo of a snowman they made after their first snow in their new home this year. 
I used a sketch from Stuck?! Sketches for my page composition.
I used "Alpha Set 1" to spell out the word Snow and coated it with a sparkly black embossing powder by Wow. The tiny bookplate in from the "Corners and Name Plates" set was perfect 
to add the word first. I embossed that with red glitter Zing powder to give it sparkle. An itty-bitty heart from "ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars," also embossed with red glitter was added to the S in the title. I painted the date from the "2015's" set white and then added Icicle Stickles. 
The chipboard corner was also in the "Corners an Name Plates" set. The snowflakes came 
from the "Mini Weather Icons" set and were painted with white acrylic paint and then
 coated with Icicle Stickles.
The word delight came from the "Mini Word Set 2" and was treated with the same red glitter embossing powder. I decided to leave the lovely border from "Mixed Border Strips" 
raw and add some rhinestones for subtle contrast.
2Crafty Products used on this page:
Mini Weather Icons
Mini Word Set 2
Corners and Name Plates
Mixed Border Strips
Alpha Set 1
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars

"Gadget Guy"
I have one more layout I wanted to share. 
I made this page for my DT work at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration

This page tells the story of how my husband is enamored with technology and how
 every time  I turn around, he's bringing home another gadget.

The "6-inch Clock Frames" and the cogs and gears from the "Gears" and "Giant Gears" set were begging 
to be used for this Case File. I colored the clock with dark brown stamp ink and coated the cogs and gears
 with platinum and pearl silver embossing powder.

Thank you so much for visiting today. I hope I've given you some ideas 
for using these awesome chipboard pieces!

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Friday, January 1, 2016

15 Favorite Layouts from 2015

It's that time of the year to look back on my scrappy work. For the past several years, I've posted my favorites, so here we go, in no particular order, my fifteen favorites from the year 2015:
















Monday, December 28, 2015

This is Why {CSI Case File No. 186}

We've got a new Case File open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:
Here's my page. Clues I used - Evidence: metal, vertical stripes, wood, woodgrain, animals, branches, snowflakes, holiday accents, stars, hearts, hang elements, lantern, decorative border, burlap, silhouette; Testimony: Document your holiday decor.

The Christmas tree and lantern are Silhouette cut files.

I used the sketch over at Stuck?! Sketches as inspiration for my page design:

We've been having lots of rainy weather lately, so I couldn't get closeups, but I think you can see all my details well if you click on the image.

We usually have three Christmas trees, but we decided not to put up our trees this year because of my naughty little kitty, who's only about seven months old. She knocks everything over and especially loves things with branches. As you can see from this picture, she sent a place setting from our kitchen table to the floor, smashing it to bits. She's cute, but a very naughty girl. Hopefully she will settle down by next Christmas.



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