Friday, April 24, 2015

2Crafty Design Team Call

2Crafty is having a design team call! I've been honored to design for 2Crafty Chipboard the past year, and I encourage all my scrappy friends to apply to this wonderful company. Here's the call, as posted on the 2Crafty blog:


DESIGN TEAM CALLOUT
2015 -2016 

We are inviting applications from people interested in joining  the
  2 Crafty Chipboard Design Team. If you love using chipboard in your 
scrapbooking & papercrafting  then we would love to hear from you. 

The term will be from July 2015 to June 2016 (one year). Successful applicants will
 be asked to do two new layouts per month, a video or photo tutorial
 every two to three months, a blog post & some commenting 
on both our blog & facebook.
 We also ask that you have a blog that you keep up to date and also a 
Facebook & Pinterest  account.
 In return you will be given lots of  fabulous 2 Crafty chipboard to play with & use.
 If you think you have what we are looking for & would  like to join our team, 
we would love to hear from you. 
 
1.   Please send us three of your recent layouts that best depict your 
style & talents to show what you have to offer.  

2.   Send us  a link to your blog & Pinterest gallery.

3.   Tell us a bit about yourself including any Design Team experience past
 or present.  Do you make your own video tutorials  & any other experience etc.
 
This callout closes 7th May (2 weeks) and successful applicants will be notified 
soon after so that you can be ready to start on the 1st of July.

Internationals welcome to apply.
Please send applications to salesat2crafty@optusnet.com.au
and mark "DT Callout" as the subject.

Good luck & we look forward to hearing from you.

Vanessa Tiberti
Owner
2 Crafty Chipboard

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Monday, April 20, 2015

2Crafty April Shares

It's my turn to share at the 2Crafty blog today.
I made three layouts using the fabulous 2Crafty chipboard.

"Unforgettable"
As you may know, my step-dad passed away last year, 
and I've been making a book for my mom. 
With Mother's Day coming up, I thought I'd make a couple more pages for her book. 
2Crafty's script titles are so lovely and elegant, 
and I found some other perfectly lovely, elegant pieces to use for my page.
I sprayed the Unforgettable Title with Glimmer Mist (olive vine color) to give it a lovely
 shimmer and added a piece of one of the Funky Heart Swirls to give the title a flourish--
the set comes with four pieces, so it will go far if you use pieces of it.

How beautiful is this Handrawn Heart Frame
Such a perfect element to frame a beautiful picture. 
I used the smaller of the two that comes in the set 
and sprayed it with a copper-colored Glimmer mist for shimmer.


At the top of my page I used a full piece from the Funky Heart Swirls Set.


2Crafty Products used in this project:
Unforgettable Title
Funky Heart Swirls
Frame Handrawn Hearts



"Hula Boys"

I went a completely different route for my mom's second page. 
For my sister's birthday, we had a luau-themed party, 
and of course the guys (my stepdad, my sister's husband, and my husband) 
decided to confiscate the coconut bras, leis, and hula skirts, 
which made for some hilarious photos. 
I wanted to give the page a fun, sort of cartoon feel. 

Of course, I had to use the awesome 2Crafty Palm Trees for this page. 
I have the Small Palm Tree Set because I scrap 8 x 8, 
but there are also some larger pieces. 
I have some really cool texture paste by Martha Stewart that's really chunky and textured, 
so I first coated the trees with gesso and then spread that texture paste on the fronds. 
I sprayed that with two shades of green mist. 
I used regular texture paste on the trunks and swiped three different browns 
on the trunks after the paste dried.


I used the Alpha Set 1 for the title. 
It's such a fun, playful font that's perfect for this page. 
I used lime green Zing embossing powder and then used a pen to outline the letters 
to give them that cartoon feel I was going for.


I painted a 2Crafty Polaroid Frame with white acrylic paint and outlined it with a black pen.
The little hearts are from the ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars
This is a great set to get because there are tons of them on the sheet--60 pieces! 
I colored the hearts with a pen that matched the pink in my flowers and then sprinkled clear embossing powder. That gave them a cool wet look.


The Hessian Patch Panel behind the tree and photo is one of my favorite pieces. 
It adds such interesting texture. I originally had it on there raw but then decided it needed color, 
so I mixed some green gelatos with water and painted the parts showing with a paintbrush.


2Crafty Products used in this project:








"#Hashtag Selfie Fail"


I made this page for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration using the Case File below.


My friend Tracee was visiting me from the UK two summers ago, 
and we happened upon this "Friends" sign at a craft store. 
I immediately took out my camera to take a selfie of us,
 not realizing the sign was backwards. 
When we realized, we nearly peed our pants laughing 
and promptly took a proper selfie, but the moment deserved to be documented, 
and of course 2Crafty had the perfect title in their Selfies Word Pack. 
I added "Fail" with a felt alphabet from my stash and bam! I had the perfect title!

The 2Crafty Circle Frames were perfect for framing these wacky pictures 
and helped me mimic the circular photos in the sketch from the Case File. 
The Small Film Strips helped to reinforce the photo theme of my page.
I coated all my chipboard pieces with black embossing powder.
2Crafty Products used in this project:
Selfies Word Pack
Circle Frames
Small Film Strips


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. 

And remember, to find a 2Crafty stockist near you, drop an email to...
salesat2crafty@optusnet.com.au



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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Happy Time {CSI Case File No. 161}

Here's our latest Case File that we just opened for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:


And here's my page. I made it for my friend who's mom (pictured) died last year. Clues I used: circles, clocks, wet medium, architectural element, stripes, clouds, triangles, star, metal, something that flies.


Here are some closeups. Thew cvhipboard I used on my page are all by 2Crafty  I coated the clock piece with metallic embossing powder for my metal clue. Since I don't know my friend's mom or any stories about her, I included the tags that Kathy can pull out and journal on. I'm going to choose a few prompts from the CSI Testimony to give her some journaling ideas.


The clouds were cut from a Bella Blvd. paper. I used lots of old papers on this page--Chatterbox (yellow plaid), Jenni Bowlin (red flower), Scenic Route (blue grid), BasicGrey (white grid), Junkitz (blue torn paper). 


The I Love This circle element is cut from a Teresa Collins paper. The star and heart are punches. I found a wee scrap of striped paper to use for my stripe clue. The triangles in the background is a Glitz roller stamp, and the letters in the background is from a My Favorite Things stamp. I swiped gesso onto the background.


We've got another awesome reveal and four main sponsors plus our permanent sponsors, so come check out the reveal and play wit us!

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

We Used to Travel {CSI Case File No. 160}

Here's our latest Case File at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. It's open for the entire month:


And here's my page. Clues I used...Evidence: map print, travel elements, textured paper, frames, transparent items, resin accents, decorative border, chevrons, stamps; Testimony: Journal about a trip; 3-line poem.


Here are some details.  The globe and banner for the title are Silhouette cut files. That little airplane is from an old Studio Calico paper. Striped paper is Echo Park, I think. The ticket is by My Mind's eye, and the transparent ticket is by Maya Road.



I backed the little resin frame with another ticket (sei). That numbered border tape is super old and is by Collage Press.


The pointing finger stamp is by Purple Onion Designs and points out the fact that my thoughts are on the back of the page (see journaling below). The Thoughts Dymo-tape looking sticker is really old, by Pebbles, Inc.


Driving the Coastal Highway from Los Angeles to San Francisco. Long weekend drives to Florida to visit Gram. Spur-of-the-moment road trips to New England or Niagara Falls. Flying to Paris to visit Farzad's brother. We used to travel. Since Farzad opened his own business, our days of globetrotting have slown down, except for a couple of anniversary weekends to Atlantis and Las Vegas and one road trip to Chicago to see Farzad's niece.

I have become quite a homebody these days, but I'd still fancy seeing the world beyond Maryland. I've got lots and lots of spots I still want to visit. For now, I suppose I'll have to just reminisce and wait until Farzad retires.

We've got an incredible reveal for this Case File. And we have 4 main sponsors plus our permanent sponsors. Lots of awesome prizes to win this month! Come see!

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Love Me {CSI Case File No. 159}

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


Here's my page. Clues I used...Evidence: doodling/scribbles, feathers, flowers, leaves, grid pattern, rub-ons, stamps, jewels, mixed media, scallops, decorative border, love accents, spread your title across your photo; Testimony: Inspiration words.


Here are some details: I used a Prima stencil with texture paste mixed with purple acrylic paint to make the background. I tried my hand at the pencil scribbles I see so many people doing. I also splattered various colors of mist and outlined the drops for my doodling clue. That frame behind my photo is cut from a Teresa Collins paper. I didn't mean for that bird to land there, but I was trying it out in various places for the feature clue, and it decided to stick itself to my photo and wouldn't let go, so there she stayed. I found various old papers in my stash in purple. The polka dot is by Making Memories and the mesh print is by SEI. The blue polka dot paper is by Chatterbox, and the blue and white paper is by SEI, I think. All old scraps from my stash.


The title was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo. I added the word Me with rub-on letters to the little jewelry tag. I'm so flower challenged, but I had some purple flowers in my stash, and flowers were on the clue list, so I went fo rit. The black rub-ons are super-duper old. They're by BasicGrey.


The purple border is a rub-on by Autumn Leaves that has sat in my stash forever. The "documented" stamp is by Studio Calico--it's one of those roller stamps, and I chose that to indicate that I documented my story on the back. My journaling reads:

The Scene on the Case File I used to make this page had the message "Love Who You Are." Tracee convinced me it was a good message to document. Loving who I am is something I've struggled with my whole life.

I've always been a perfectionist and held very high expectations for myself. But of course, perfection is an impossible condition in our human form. I'm flawed. Highly flawed. And it can be hard to love yourself when you've got all these flaws making you feel unlovable. 

Growing up with a a stepfather who abused me only added to these feelings of being unlovable. 

As an adult, my weight struggles especially have plagued me to the point where I've been so angry with myself and felt like a complete failure. 

Whenever I had lost a bunch of weight, I'd start to feel like I could love myself. But then I'd gain it all back, plus more. It's been a constant battle of one step forward two steps back for the past three decades. When I'm heavy, I hate the way I look. I avoid the camera. I hide from social situations. I feel self-conscious.

It makes me sad to think that this shell that is the body I live in has made me feel this way. I'm more than this outer covering. I'm a soul that God made and loves--and that makes me beautiful. 

I'm slowly learning to accept and believe this truth. Just last week I had a breakthrough with my weight-loss journey when I realized that I am spending more time feeding myself positive talk than the negative talk of "I have no self control." I know it's a small step toward learning to love myself. I know it'll be journey. But I believe I can get there with God's help. If my awesome God--the Creator of the Universe--loves me, then, who am I not to love myself?


I hope you'll play along with us and solve this beautiful Case File. Lots of reasons to solve this Case File...

  1. It's super-fun!
  2. It's one of the Case Files to solve for our design team call.
  3. You could win a fabulous prize from one of our 4 sponsors SistersArt CreationSODAliciousVilda Stamps, and Flying Unicorn.





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