Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Lesson for Today {CSI Case File No. 137}

Eek! I am so far behind with my blog posts!

Yesterday we opened a new Case File:


I made a page commemorating my first time going to my church.

Clues I used...Evidence: polka dots, stripes, washi tape, envelopes, metal, flourishes, labels, wood; Testimony: Journal about your attitude, tuck your story into an envelope.


I used this sketch from Creative Scrappers:


Here are some details. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the circles in my cardstock and backed them with various patterned papers. I loved the sketch, but when I got my basic design assembled, it all seemed to look flat, so I used this awesome clock by 2Crafty chipboard, which turned out to be the perfect thing. The "Today" in my title is also by 2Crafty. I used acrylic paint on both pieces of chipboard. That ruler bit on the orange paper is an old 7 gypsies rub-on. The letter stickers are by Lily Bee (white) and Cosmo Cricket (yellow).


The little black bird is a wood veneer piece by Studio Calico that I painted with acrylic paint. I tucked my journaling into the yellow polka-dotted envelope. As a bit of background, I was raised pretty much without any religion. We went to Catholic church for a bit as I was growing up, but it never held any meaning for me, and as an adult, I never went to church. My mom started going to church about 6 years ago, and last year, her birthday was to fall on a Sunday. Months ahead of this, she said, "I don't want any presents for my birthday this year. All I want is for my family to go to church with me on my birthday." I replied, "Well, if it means that much to you, I'll go--we don't have to wait until December.

So here's my journaling... (By the way, that New Attitude image, is from these cards our church hands out at the start of a new message series, and that was the series that was starting on my first visit). If you aren't a Christian, you should give my pastor a try. You can see/hear his messages here. He's awesome and very inspiring and it will change your life.

I never ever expected this day to be the most important day of my life. I didn't expect to go into this church and fall in love with the message. I didn't expect to go in and find a church that was nothing like I ever knew or imagined it could be. I didn't expect to go from die-hard agnostic to Christian in an instant. I never expected that I would want to go buy a bible so that I could read God's Word. I never expected any of these beautiful, life-changing effects, but I am forever grateful that Mom invited me to this amazing church.


You might have read that I reorganized my paper at the beginning of summer, and since then, I've been making my pages using old scraps.  Some of the papers shown below are Jenni Bowlin (text), October Afternoon (yellow), Fontwerks (orange in the bottom right corner), Crate Paper (gray), Ki Memories (pink), My Mind's Eye (orange chevron-y pattern).


You should come by CSI and take a look at what our DT and guest designers made--lots of inspiring stuff, and this is the last Case File for your chance to win this awesome prize from Quirky Kits:



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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Delight {Case File No. 133}

I'm behind on my blog posts, but I wanted to get this up anyway. I love the colors on this happy CSI Case File (August is Happiness Happens Month, and when I saw this image, I knew it would be perfect for a Case File):


I found the perfect picture of my best friend's daughter and her sweet little Ezra on her facebook page.

I used all scraps on this page, and almost everything is really old. Clues I used...Evidence: polka dots, animal, flowers, flair pin, paint/watercolor; Testimony: Delight, how-to list (the sticker on the left seemed like a how-to-list for achieving delight.



I used this sketch from Laura Whitaker to inspire my page design:


Here are some details. I made the background by spritzing ink on my craft mat, dipping a piece of plastic bag in the ink and smushing it onto my paper and then I used a Crafter's Workshop stencil with stamp ink and did some extra stamping.

Those goofy whales and the hearts are old K&Co stickers. I used a scrap of Ki Memories lace paper. I can always count on finding BasicGrey letter stickers in my stash to match my colors. The "i adore you" is a rub-on."


The hearts below are from that same sticker set as the whales. The flair button is by TwoPeas, I think. the piece underneath with the text is a half of a sticker by Christina Cole (really, really old--maybe a decade old)--the other half is on the bottom right.


I cut the heart out on my Silhouette Cameo.


Here's the other half of that Cristina Cole sticker--the flowers for my Evidence clue.


Even though the Case File is closed, you are still welcome to play and add your page to the Gallery, and be sure to go see all the gorgeous pages by the design team and guest designers.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Take Off {CSI Case File No. 134}

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


Here's my page. This is my nephew and brother-in-law. Clues I used... Evidence: monsters, bird, space elements, transportation elements, metal,  stitching, circles, and darn-it I meant to add clouds but forgot! Testimony: Thank-you note.


Here are some details. Most of the stuff on here is really old.  I love the Sassassfras Lass Monstrosity paper so much that I searched all over the internet when I thought I was going to run out and paid a small fortune for what might have been the last pad of paper on earth just to get two sheets of the monsters. I added Glossy Accents to his eyes  to make them glossy and dimensional. The background was made with a Crafter's Workshop stencil and texture paste mixed with acrylic paint. That stamp is by We R Memory Keepers--I used embossing powder (sorry for the glare). That clip is by Evalicious. The blue grid paper is by Scenic Route.


The numbers in the sketch were a perfect element for this page. I used them as a sort of countdown to take-off. I couldn't make the pictures round, so I added the twine to frame my nephew and add a circle element.The yellow paper is by SEI and the orange ruler paper is by Crate Paper. The stars paper is My Mind's Eye.


The rocket die-cut is by Crate Paper. I added Glossy Accents to the rocket windows. The little chicken is sort of out of place, but the colors were perfect and I needed a bird for one of the clues, and it's sort of a fun and silly page, so I went with it. I was so irritated at myself for outlining my letters from right to left. I didn't realize I was smearing the ink on the e. Grrrr.... The dark blue sketchy paper is really old Autumn Leaves and the light blue with the dots is SEI.


The Let's Go Stamp is from that same We R Memory Keepers set. The arrow was cut out of an Echo Park paper. I decided not to trim the ends of my stitching off because I thought it gave my page some fun texture.


I hope you'll come join us for this fun Case File and definitely come check out what the rest of the team and guest designers made. Quirky Kits is sponsoring us this month, and if you play, you have a chance to win this awesome prize:



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Sunday, August 3, 2014

2Crafty August Shares

It's my turn at 2Crafty to share what I made with their awesome chipboard. Here's a copy of the post:


Greetings, 2Crafty Fans!
 I'm here to share three layouts with you today.
 For those who don't know, I scrap 8" x 8".
 
"Home Tweet Home"
 
These sweet little birds decided to make a nest on my front door wreath.
 I had in mind that I wanted to recreate a sort of nest on my layout, and the 
gorgeous flourish element was the perfect thing for the job. I painted this
 piece brown and then added a bit of white mist. The leaves were trimmed off 
of a beautiful frame that turned out to be too large for my pages.
 I inked them with green stamp ink and drew the veins with a pen.
 
2Crafty elements pictured below:
flourish - Felicity Flourish
leaves trimmed from frame - Viney Page Frame
 
 
I used three pieces of 2Crafty chipboard for my title--the alphabet, the little bird,
 and the feather. All elements were coated with acrylic paint. My yellow paint
 was a little thick and seeped into the wonderful markings that give the feather
 such nice dimension, so I took a pin and scraped the paint out along the lines.
 
2Crafty elements pictured below:
letters - Alpha Set 1
feather - Indian Feathers
bird - Birdhouse
leaves trimmed from frame - Viney Page Frame
 
 
The sweet birdhouse was the perfect accent for this page.
 The package includes 5 birdhouses and 5 little birds
 (one of which is shown in the picture above),
 so I still have plenty for other layouts.
 
2Crafty elements pictured below:
bird - Birdhouse
"This Face Makes My Heart Smile"
 
One of the things I love about 2Crafty is that they have such a versatile collection of chipboard. You can find lovely flourishes and other intricate elements that are perfect for a romantic, girly, nature-y layouts and you can find elements with a more modern vibe that suit masculine layouts.
My step-dad died at Christmas and I'm making a book for my mom. This is one of our favorite pictures of Ed, and the 2Crafty chipboard title was the perfect sentiment for my page. I tried a bunch of different things with the title, first coating it with gesso, and not sure I liked it I inked it with the blue from my papers, but it looked too pastel-ish, so I painted it a dark brown, thinking it would be a nice contrast to the cream paper below it, but I didn't like the way it looked, so I went back to coating it with gesso, and I left it a little rough-looking to go with the masculine feel of my page.
I coated the heart with gesso and then used three different colors of ink to give it an aged look and then stamped with clear ink and heated it with clear embossing powder, which gave it a wonderful texture.
2Crafty elements pictured below:
title - This Face Title
heart -  Folk Hearts
 
 
Arrows and chevrons are a perfect accent to highlight something on your page, and what I wanted to highlight was this wonderful face. I used gesso and the same inks as I did on the heart and then I stamped using brown ink and clear embossing powder.
 
2Crafty elements pictured below:
chevrons - Chevron Bits

I had most of my page designed and it felt a little plain and needed another shape.
 Circle Revolution Frames to the rescue!
 The sheet comes with three different sizes and I used the largest one. I decided to leave
 them raw, and I really like the added dimension and interest they gave to my page design.

2Crafty elements pictured below:
Circle - Circle Revolution Frames

 
"She Sparkles"
 
I created this layout for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration, using this Case File:
 
 
I was done with my layout and I just felt it needed a little "something-something," 
and that's when I remembered the sweet little 2Crafty hearts in my box. 
The sheet has a gazillion hearts and stars and are the perfect thing to add when
 you just need a little something extra on your page.
 
Hearts - ATC Tiny Hearts and Stars
 
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a peek at my pages.
 
And remember, to find a 2Crafty stockist near you, drop an email to...
salesat2crafty@optusnet.com.au

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Patriotic {CSI Case File No. 130}

Here's our current challenge at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration, which opened for investigation on the 4th of July, so I had to make a patriotic Case File:


I made another page for my mom's book. For those who don't know, my stepdad died in December, so I'm making a book for my mom. I'm journaling from his point of view and tucking the stories into an envelope pasted on the back of the page. I haven't yet done the journaling for this page, but it's going to be about how Ed really loved our country.

Clues I used...Evidence: stars, stripes, metal, circles, bird, paint, splatters, swirls. Testimony: Journal on strips, patriotic holiday.


I used one of Em Stafrace's awesome Page Drafts sketches to make my page:


Here are some closeups. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the flourishy star and leaves. I was planning to have the star be white, but after I used that sparkly brad in the flower, I thought it would be fun to use glitter on the star.

I have reorganized my patterned paper by color. For over a decade, I've stored it by manufacturer and collection. I can't tell you how much I love this new organization. I organized all my scraps by color, too, and this layout was made entirely from scraps (except for the white cardstock).


The wood stars and birds are Studio Calico wood veneers, painted red. I used a stamp for my splatters. Most of my papers are really old, I've used some Scenic Route and SEI. The red stripe, polka dot, and bingo card are newer, by Simple Stories. I've had that felt flower forever, too, by Creative Cafe.


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Monday, June 30, 2014

On Top of the World and Poetic {CSI Case Files No. 128 and 129}

Well, here I am, still behind with my blog posts, but I wanted to get these in before June disappears, as I used some June sketches for my last CSI pages.

Our current Case File:


I'm making pages for my husband's niece and her husband. We're visiting them next month. Clues I used...Evidence: chevrons, silver metals, flowers, stalks/stems, trim that looks like a flat pom-pom, lean something, stitching; Testimony: 6-word memoir.


I used the June sketch at Once Upon a Sketch:



Here are some details. I used lots of oldies on here. The green paper is by SEI (Winnie's Walls--yes, that's how old it is). Some Jolee's stickers (the flowers), old felt alphas by American Crafts. I didn't include a closeup of the stems, but they're from an old Making Memories paper.


I couldn't find any pom-pom trim in my stash that worked with these colors, but the white circle Making Memories trim sort of reminded me of pom-poms, so I went with that. The gray and white paper is by Studio Calico.


I used a Crafter's Workshop Stencil and texture paste on the background and then randomly dabbed some green ink, a polka dot stamp, and a chevron stamp. I actually did two 6-word memoirs. The title is one, and then I used the journaling prompt from Once Upon a Sketch, which was to use the quote "The best things in life aren't things" as inspiration for my second 6-word memoir..


Here's last week's Case File:



I know everyone shies away from purple, but I embraced the purple for my page:


Clues I used...Evidence: flowers, pearls, frame, metal, punches; Testimony: frame your story.

I used a Page Drafts sketch for my page:



Here are some details. Just about everything on my page (except the green polka dot paper) is ancient. That purple paper is about a dozen years old. The background blue paper is really old Chatterbox. That other blue paper is also really old, probably a dozen years old, from when I first started scrapping The letters are old Heidi Swapp chipboard letters. I have a TON of them. I cut the leaves and frame out with my Silhouette Cameo. I stamped over the white paper with a script stamp and white ink.


Since I don't know the stories behind Mehrnaz and Ali's photos, I decided to use a quote for my journaling. That frame is also ancient. I got it way back when metal embellishments were all the rage and it's sat in my metal frame drawer for ages.


Case File No. 129 is still open for investigation. You should definitely come by and check out what the design team and guest designers have done with these two beautiful Case Files.

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