Friday, October 24, 2014

Grand Matriarch {CSI Case File No. 145}

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

Here's my page, featuring my 95-year-old grandmother (the picture was taken a couple of years ago).

Clues I used...Evidence: mixed media background, wings, hearts, floral pattern (the green paper), polka dots, stripes, pockets, stencil; Testimony: put your story in a pocket, write a letter)

I used the October challenge at Once Upon a Sketch as further inspiration for my page. The journaling theme is "The women/girls in our life..." and here's the sketch:

I was in a rush this week--had to take my photo during recess today and didn't have my other camera for closeups, so no detail shots this week, but I think you can see everything clearly. The butterflies' wings are lifted up with pop dots.

My journaling is about how my Gram loves to call herself the "Grand Matriarch" of her family. It's written in letter form and talks about how she's been such a blessing and support to us through the years.

I used lots of old stuff on here (except the stencil, which is by The Crafter's Workshop/Jenni Bowlin). Papers I used: Webster's Pages (cream script background paper), Jenni Bowlin (red flowers); K&Co. (blue paper); Kaisercraft (butterflies); Crate Paper (black and white stripes); Jillibean Soup (red polka dots). I made a stencil with my Silhouette (hearts). I used stamp ink and gelatos for the background using my "smushy-plastic" technique. I'm so technical, aren't I, LOL?  I think the stamp is by Hero Arts.

Come see what the rest of the team and guest designers made. You definitely want to come by and play for a chance to win this awesome prize by our sponsor, Gossamer Blue:


Friday, October 17, 2014

Please Stay Thin {CSI Case File No. 144}

 File No. 144 is open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:

I used this prompt from "Thought Questions"

Here's my page. Clues I used...Evidence: Paint/watercolor (sort of), polka dots, stripes, triangles, lightbulbs, tickets, clips, clouds, ampersand, phrase stickers, and metal. Testimony: Thought Questions.

Here are some details: I used scraps from a variety of manufacturers, including Pebbles (yellow clouds), My Mind's Eye (and the stripe and the ampersands). That awesome lightbulb is by 2Crafty. I used gelatos and mist to create a watercolor-ish look on my background. I used a variety of stamps. *The Truth is by  Amy Tangerine, the triangles are by Glitz Design, and the ledger is by Marion Smith Designs. The pointing finger is a Heidi Swapp stamp and directs you to my hidden journaling on the back, which is a longer letter to my younger self pleading with her to stay fit and thin because I have forever struggled with my weight. My weight problem seriously plagues me.

I added a little Magic Mesh for texture. The label is by Fontwerks, and the brad is by My Mind's Eye.

I tucked a My Mind's Eye ticket and a journaling card by My Mind's Eye behind the layers. You can't tell how thin I really was because of the ginormous shadow behind me, but I was thin once upon a time. I even had a collarbone, LOL. I think I was fifteen in that picture.

Anyway, you must stop by and see all the fabulous pages by our design team and guest designers.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October DT Work for 2Crafty

It's my turn to share my projects for this month on the 2Crafty blog
Hello, 2Crafty Fans! 
I'm here to share three layouts I made 
with the awesome 2Crafty products.
"Cute from Head to Toe"
That's Ezra, my best friend's granddaughter, 
and she is the definition of cute, so the 2Crafty title 
was just the thing for this layout.
2Crafty elements pictured below:
Light Bulbs
Frame Zig Zag Borders
I just love these light bulbs. They add an interesting, quirky 
touch to any layout. I used pewter embossing powder 
to give mine a metallic finish and then added vellum behind it.

2Crafty elements pictured below:

The three circles below are cut from a panel of 36 circles. 
This is such a versatile product. You can use it whole or use parts of it.
You can fill the circles or leave them empty to frame parts of your layout.
I coated mine with glue and sprinkled pink glitter.

2Crafty elements pictured below:

How awesome is the loopy font? It can be whimsical or fancy, 
depending on your layout. I painted the title with white acrylic paint.
Then I stamped it with tiny dots in magenta 
and coated it with clear embossing powder to give the dots shine.

2Crafty elements pictured below:
Frame Zig Zag Borders
Polaroid Assortment
The zig zag border comes with four nested pieces. 
Like the circles, I coated them with glue and then 
sprinkled pink glitter to give them glitz.
Up at the top, I tucked a piece of a frame 
from the Polaroid Assortment into the layers and embossed it with 
the same pewter embossing powder I used on the lightbulb.

My sister-in-law was visiting from Iran a few weeks ago, 
and this is a picture my husband took of her in Baltimore.
 I made this page and framed it for her to take back home 
to remember her trip to Maryland.
2Crafty elements pictured below:
Flourish Adornment Set 4
ATC Tiny Hearts and Stars
6" Clock Face Frames
Sightsee title

I wanted to somehow represent the water in the photo, 
and this lovely flourish reminded me of waves splashing.
I used navy embossing powder on it and added blue stars for added interest.

2Crafty elements pictured below:
Sightsee title
Flourish Adornment Set 4
ATC Tiny Hearts and Stars
6" Clock Face Frames
I wanted to give my title a weathered look as if sprayed by the water. 
I embossed it with a rust color. Then I re-melted it and applied white embossing powder 
and embossed it again. I outlined it with a fine marker to give it added definition.

2Crafty elements pictured below:
Asst Arrows
6" Clock Face Frames
Polaroid Assortment
My husband isn't the best at photographic composition, 
and it looked like my sister-in-law had a pole coming out of her head! 
I disguised that with this cool 2Crafty arrow, 
which I embossed with the same blue embossing powder I used on the stars.

2Crafty elements pictured below:
Asst Arrows
6" Clock Face Frames
Polaroid Assortment
The chipboard circle is from the Clock Face Frames. 
There are three nested clocks in that set, and in between them are circles, 
which I used here. I used white embossing powder and wrapped some jute around it.
The frame around my Parizad is from the Polaroid Assortment, and I used black
stamp ink and added some metal dots.


I created this layout for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration with the 
Case File Below. I was trying to answer the question: 
Are you right-brained or left-brained, and I decided I am both. 
I found the perfect pieces of 2Crafty chipboard to embellish this layout.

2Crafty elements pictured below:
Light Bulbs
How cool is this lighbulb? I inked it black 
and added a sun behind it to act as rays of light.

2Crafty elements pictured below:
I thought the gears would be a perfect embellishment to represent
the left side of my logical brain. I inked these black and added a 
colorful geometric brad to the center of one.

2Crafty elements pictured below:
Sharon's Butterflies

The butterfly was just the thing to represent my creative right brain.
I inked it with black stamp ink and added some bling.
I used part of the flourish as a butterfly trail. The Flourish2 is a great set
to get because you get 10 in a pack, and they're so useful for adding that little extra flair.

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a peek at my pages. 
I hope I gave you some ideas for using the beautiful 2Crafty chipboard. 

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Creative Scrappers Creating With Sketches V3

I'm super excited to share that I've got a layout in the brand-new Creative Scrappers Creating With Sketches V3 book.

I've had a peek at this book, and it's fantastic. So many talented scrappers in here, along with 120 fab sketches! Here's the page I contributed to this book:

If you'd like to purchase this book, you can get a 10% discount by using my coupon code:


( preorder is until October 15th - please order if you wish a printed copy )

Here are some detail pics of my page:

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Brainiac {CSI Case File No. 142}

So October is Right Brainers Rule Month, and I thought it would be fun to celebrate that with some interesting Case Files at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. Here's the one I found for the first Case File of the month.

Here's my layout. Clues I used...Evidence...arrows, speech bubbles, light bulb, grid, ampersand, word stickers, enamel dots; Testimony: Are you right brain or left brain?

Here are some details. I used some awesome 2Crafty chipboard on my page. This lightbulb is so fun and perfect for this subject. I inked it black and then added a sun cut from my Silhouette Cameo. The chipboard letters are old Heidi Swapp ones.

I thought these 2Crafty gears were a perfect embellishment to represent the logical left brain. I used lots of old papers on my page. 

I thought the 2Crafty butterfly would be a good symbol of the creative right brain. The flourish is also 2Crafty, and Was perfect for a butterfly trail.

There are some mind-blowing, awesome pages from our design team and guest designers. You must go check them out! And you'll want to play along with us this month! We've got Gossamer Blue sponsoring us, and this is the prize that's up for grabs:


Friday, September 12, 2014

Me and Teeny Tiny Shane {Case File No. 138}

Okay, so I'm behind again. I've been ordered to stay in bed with my leg elevated for the past two weeks, so there's a good excuse, right? Good news is that my doctor said I can go back to work on Monday.

So this is our most recent Case File (still open until Sunday) at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.

I made this page for my sister. That's the same little guy that's in the Two Face layout in the post below. I took the photo and the title from my sister's Facebook TBT post.

Clues I used...Evidence: wood/woodgrain, grid pattern, damask, envelope, ruler, tags, numbers, buttons, paint, loops, stars; Testimony: Tuck story into envelope.

Here are some details. I have so many packages of Heidi Swapp chipboard letters. I use them any chance I get. I bought scads of them at a time when they were pretty much the only chipboard letters you could buy--this was pre-Thickers era. I used lots of odds and ends on here. chipboard button by Prima, Brad by Teresa Collins, labels by Jenni Bowlin, epoxy sticker by Making Memories, wood veneer elements by Studio Calico.

I tucked a little journaling card into the glassine envelope so my sister could write some reflections, and used some eyelets and twine to close the envelope.  I tucked a bit of cheesecloth between the layers. The blue chipboard letters are also Heidi Swapp.

All my papers I used were scraps (except for the background paper). Papers I used are My  Mind's Eye (background paper); Foofala (teal damask); Cosmo Cricket (salmon paper), Chatterbox (blue polka dot); Echo Park (ruler, tag). In the background, I used white acrylic paint, a chevron studio calico stencil with stamp ink, grid stamp by Kaiser Craft, a roller stamp by American Crafts (picture perfect), and splatters of mist in a bunch of different colors.

So that bit on the left wasn't initially supposed to be there, but I goofed when I cut my paper. I kept looking at it and it didn't seem right--I had trimmed it 7 x 8!

You should go check out the awesome work by our team and guest designers, and if you have some time this weekend to play, you have a chance of winning this awesome prize form our sponsor Flying Unicorn:



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