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:


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:
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!



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.


Friday, April 22, 2016

Take a Little Ride {CSI Case File No. 198}

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

Here is the page I made for this Case File. Clues I used...Evidence: stripes, leaves, flowers, lantern, fruit, mesh, animal, weather-related elements, googly eye, string (thread in buttons); Testimony: music-inspired, inspiration word (outside).

I made this page for a friend of mine. Her kids are so adorable!

I used this fun sketch from Stuck?!Sketches:

Here are some close-ups. I used a whole bunch of different papers on my page. The clouds were cut from a Bella Blvd paper. The leaves ere cut from a My Mind's Eye paper. There are lots of old scraps on here--Chatterbox (blue), Scenic Route (dark blue), to name a few. I found lots of odds and ends in my color-embellishment drawers that I organized a few months back.

I've had that chipboard photo op bit, from Scenic Route, forever. How I miss that company.

It was fun digging through my embellishment drawers finding odds and ends to match the colors and Evidence clues. I've had some of these things FOREVER. That's another chipboard piece from Scenic Route. I couldn't believe I found a blue lantern in my stash--by K&Co. I think I've had that "Carefree sticker" for at least ten years. Those button flowers were donated to me (when I was on the How Much Is Too Much design team) by Evalicious back when she was making handmade embellishments on Etsy.

I hope you'll come play with us! We have LOADS of awesome sponsors this month donating wonderful prizes. Take a look at all of our sponsors this month:


Sunday, April 17, 2016

April 2Crafty Design Team Work

I just realized I forgot to share my 2Crafty layouts I made for April. Here's my 2Crafty post:

"Froggy Friends"
We were so delighted to have 2Crafty sponsor CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration last month!
  Before we start....
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 I made this page featuring my nephew for Case File No. 195. I had 2Crafty pieces to meet 
several of the Evidence clues--hearts, polaroid frames, speech bubbles, clouds.

Here are some details...

The "Thought Bubble" was a perfect little canvas to hold my title, which came
 from the "Friendship Mini Words Pack." I covered the speech bubble with a pale green
 patterned paper and outlined it with a Pigma micron pen. I also covered the "Polaroid 
Assortment Frames" with a patterned paper. The title was coated with gesso and then
green stamp ink.

The sweet clouds came from the "Mini Weather Icons" set, and that fun sun is from the  
"Dancing Suns" pack. I covered the clouds with patterned paper. I coated the sun with 
gesso and then colored it with orange stamp ink. I punched a circle out of patterned paper 
and topped the sun with that. I love the "Polaroid Assortment Frames." They are such 
a great starting piece for building an interesting cluster on a layout.

I used the "Chevron Bits" to point to the little frogs Christian is holding in the photo. 
I coated these pieces with gesso and then green stamp ink. I added a little "Folk Heart" 
 with teal paper, again outlining it with pen.

2Crafty Products used on this layout:
Thought Bubbles
Polaroid Assortment Frames
Dancing suns
Mini Weather Icons
Folk Hearts
Chevron Bits
"Be Brave"
That's my little sister on her first day of kindergarten. I'm working on an album of some of our childhood photos to give to my mom for Mother's Day, and this is one of the pages.

I had this black "be brave" card, and I wanted it to look like a chalkboard, so I covered it with
 a frame from the "Polaroid Assortment Frames" set, which I painted white. These frames
 are so great, not only for framing photos, but for framing other page elements and for layering.

I also painted the "View Finder" white, outlining it and then backing it with a floral print.

I coated the word remember from the "Line Words - Goodtimes Borders" with gesso 
and then used walnut ink to give it a vintage look.

The "Funky Bird" was a perfect adornment for this childhood memory page. The Remember line word served as a sort of branch on which my little bird could perch. The line extenison of the word was the perfect opportunity to dangle one of the many charms I have in my stash. For a wing, I topped the bird with a heart that came from the inside of one of the "Heart Silhouettes." I painted the little bird's twiggy legs and then topped her and the heart-wing with patterned paper. I added a googly eye and drew on eyelashes.
2Crafty Products used on this layout:
Polaroid Assortment Frames
View Finder
Line Words - Goodtimes Border
Funky Bird
Heart Silhouettes

Before I go, I'd like to share an additional layout on which I used some 2Crafty pieces.


I made this for a Case File at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration, which is open for the 
entire month of April. 

Cogs and gears were one of the clues, and 2Crafty has some awesome "Gears."

By the way, 2Crafty has an awesome assortment of monsters and robots. I didn't use them on my page because they were too large for where I wanted to put them (I scrap 8 x 8), but you should grab some of these 2Crafty monsters and come play with us at CSI!

2Crafty Products used on this layout:

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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