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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be eligible to go in our monthly draw for a great chippie prize pack.
 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!



Friday, March 25, 2016

Art Play {CSI Case File No. 194}

Case File No. 194 is closing tonight at midnight. I meant to get this up earlier, but I've been so busy with school. Here's the Case File:

Here is my page. Clues I used... Evidence: hexagons, stripes, animals, bows, stars, paper airplane, string, something loopy, diamond shape, numbers, puffy stickers; Testimony: Journal about a favorite game, inspiration word: play, add string to your journaling.

Here are some details. 2Crafty is sponsoring CSI this month, so I used lots of awesome 2Crafty chipboard on my page.  I know my blue is off, but I decided to take liberties with the blue because I found this perfect hexagon paper. 

The yellow stamping is a Kaiser Craft stamp--I used it for the numbers clue. The little heart on the star is another puffy sticker. My paper airplane stamp met both the paper airplane and the something loopy clue. How cute are those 2Crafty birds?

My journaling talks about how all my favorite toys were the artsy-crafty type. The journaling tags, tucked behind the blue paper read: I loved making bright, sparkly pictures with my Light Bright and rearranging the little plastic bits on my ColorForms. Drawing pictures with the knobs on my Etch-a-Sketch delighted me to no end. Getting a new box of crayons with all those lovely colors and their neat pointy tips gave me a special thrill, and I'd spend hours coloring in my coloring books. Give me anything artsy-crafty, and I was a happy little creative girl. How cool is that loopy 2Crafty arrow?

We've got 13 sponsors this month, including 2Crafty, so you'll definitely want to play. If you're reading this before midnight and you're a speedy scrapper, go for this Case File--the sketch makes it easy to plan your page. And we've got another Case File opening this evening. Here's a look at all of the awesome sponsors donating prizes this month:


Wednesday, March 9, 2016

2Crafty March DT Work

It's my turn to share on the 2Crafty blog today. Here's my post:

"This Is Me Without the E"

2Crafty is sponsoring CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration this month, so come on over and
 play for a chance to win some awesome 2Crafty chipboard! We will have 3 challenges
 this month.

But before we get started
Please remember while you are here  to become a blog follower
 & leave a blog comment to be eligible to go in our monthly draw
 for a great chippie prize pack.

 This is the first Case File for March. For those who have never played, 
it's as easy as 1-2-3. 1) Use the 5 colors. 2) Pick at least 3 elements from the Evidence list. 
3) Pick at least 1 element from the Testimony (journaling) list.

I was able to use lots of 2Crafty chipboard to help me with both my Evidence and Testimony clues. 

For example, this awesome little piece from the "Kites" set, which comes with 3 kites in different sizes.  I painted the string with white gesso and the kit bows with a bright orange paint. The chipboard kite is engraved where the four triangles meet, so you'll see those divisions if you decide to paint this piece, but I chose to cover them with patterened paper, which was easy to do by putting the corner of the paper into the intersection of the engraving and then tracing the paper and cutting it. (I hope that makes sense).  The title piece "This Is Me" was colored with black stamp ink. I then traced the word "me" with a white Uniball gel pen. One of the Testimony clues was to journal about your name, so this was a perfect piece to use.

Part of my journaling about my name is how, when I was in 2nd grade there were five Debbies in my class, so in a quest to have a different name, I decided I'd drop the E. Hence my title "This Is Me Without the E." I used an E from the "Alpha Set 1." I added a small butterfly from the "Sharon's Butterflies," which includes 8 butterflies in a variety of sizes. I painted this butterfly with orange acrylic paint.  The leafy branch is from "Foliage Set 1" and also met one of the Case File Clues. I used Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder on this.

One of the Case File clues was a window, and I thought I could use a frame from the "Polaroid Assortment Frames" to create a window--this also counted as the frame clue from the Case File. I coated the frame with white embossing powder and used a fine-tipped pen to add outlines. I scrap 8 x 8, so this larger frame from the set is always difficult for me to use. Using it as a window in my design was the perfect solution! I used a piece cut from the "Apron Lace" border to create a sort of valance and put a piece of vellum beneath to mimic a sheer curtain. To create a lacy look, I first coated the border with gesso and then used an ecru stamp to color it, stamped it with an old Studio Calico lace stamp and embossed it in white.

I needed a little something-something in the top corner, so added some washi tape, painted a thin arrow from "Assorted Arrows" with orange acrylic paint, outlined it and topped it with a brad.

2Crafty Products used on this layout:

This Is Me
Alpha Set 1
Sharon's Butterflies
Foliage Set 1
Polaroid Assortment Frames
Apron Lace border
Assorted Arrows

"Crazy About You (Emphasis on the Crazy)"

This is an old picture of my sister and brother-in-law being silly. It seems to be a 
favorite picture of hers because she keeps reposting it as her profile pic on Facebook, 
so I decided I'd make a layout for her with this photo.

The "Crazy About You" title was the perfect piece for this page. I inked each word with separate colors to match the colorful papers I chose. I used 3 of the "Chevron Bits," coated with patterned paper to point to the silly photo. I also coated different hearts, from the "ATC Tiny Hearts and Stars" set and one of the "Chunky Hearts," with different papers. I outlined all of these pieces with a black Pigma Micron pen. I wanted a sort of comic book feel to this page.

I've been wanting to use the little 2Crafty chipboard alien "Blobbles" for a while now, and this was my perfect chance! I topped him with patterned paper and added some google eyes and another little heart from "ATC Tiny Hearts and Stars." The Blobbles come with engraved eyes, if you want to pain them on instead, but since I had covered the piece with the paper, I wasn't able to do that. A frame from "Polaroid Assortment" and a zig-zaggy arrow from the "Crazy Arrows" set were the perfect canvases for the subtitle of my page.
2Crafty Chipboard used on this layout:
Crazy About You
Chevron Bits
ATC Tiny Hearts and Stars
Chunky Hearts
Polaroid Assortment
Crazy Arrows

"Seriously Put Me Down"

I thought I'd share this extra page I made using some 2Crafty pieces. I'm guest designing
 at Stuck?! Sketches this month. Here's the sketch I was given to play with:

As soon as I saw the circle in the sketch, I knew I wanted to use the awesome  2Crafty
 "6" Circle Revolution Frame, " which comes in three different sizes to the set. I also 
a couple of arrows from the "Assorted Arrows." I coated both of them with black ink.

2Crafty Products used on this layout:
6" Circle Revolution Frames
Assorted Arrows

Thank you for stopping by and reading about my layouts. 
I hope I've given you some ideas for using these awesome 2Crafty pieces. 




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