Friday, August 26, 2016

This Is My Hometown {CSI Case File No. 210}

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

Here's the page I made. I went a little crazy here!


Clues I used...Evidence - I managed to use all of the clues. Testimony - I documented something about my hometown, used journaling strips, and wrote an opinion.

Here are some details. I started out with this Silhouette building cut-file. It was actually meant to be one accordion-folded piece that included additional buildings. I originally planned to line the buildings up across the page, but I didn't like the way that was turning out, so I just overlapped two of the pieces and then went to my drawers where I have embellishments stored by color. I pulled out a gazillion things, many of them super-duper ancient and just layered them behind the buildings.

Clues you can find in the picture below: vertical stripes (in the pink flower and green paper), grid pattern (background), architectural accents (the houses), transportation (the little bus brad), clouds (cut from a Bella Blvd. paper), tree (little stamp on the photo), clock (chipboard Making Memories piece), triangles (pink stamp in background, mosaic (pink and green squares).


I really love my home town, so I decided I'd journal about all the reasons I love my town. I was wracking my brain trying to decide how to do the mosaic clue, when it came to me that I could cut some little vellum squares and put them on the grid paper in random spots.

Clues in the following picture include animal (puffy sticker), rub-ons (green line and dot borders). 


I didn't have a good picture of downtown Frederick that would suit the colors and the idea I had in mind for this layout, so I found a picture online.


I hope you'll come play with this super-fun Case File! You can win some great prizes from our sponsors, or be invited as a guest designer as a bonus!

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Very Happy Teachers on the Last Day of School

With school looming ahead for me (just three more days of summer break), I thought it was time to scrap this picture of my team on the last day of school.


I used the current sketch from Stuck?! Sketches to create my page:


Here are some closeups. The word "happy" is a Silhouette cut file. My favorite detail on my page is the little gorilla holding part of my title.


Those orange and lime slices are from an old Ki Memories paper, I think, and the leaves are also really old, from a We R Memory Keepers paper. That cool chipboard circle is from 2Crafty. I had to include that "Let's do the happy dance" phrase sticker on my page. I had a hard time fitting it anywhere on my 8 x 8 page, so I cut it in two pieces.


I combined some school elements, like the numbers, ruler, plus signs, periodic elements, and grid,  with some summery accents on my page. 

We do look pretty happy, don't we?



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Friday, August 12, 2016

Let's Go Explore {CSI Case File No. 209}

We have a super-fun new Case File open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.

Here is my page:


These photos were taken during Tracee's first visit. We went on a trip to the Chesapeake Bay for a crab feast, and after we were done, we went exploring the bay. We read about this lovely lighthouse and went in search of it. The lighthouse was way out in the middle of the bay, so it didn't really show up well in our photographs (you can see the chevron arrows pointing at it), so I found a picture on the internet to show what it really looks like.

Clues I used: Evidence - I managed to use all the clues; Testimony - 3-line poem (I wrote a haiku) and inspiration word explore.

I used this sketch from My Creative Sketches as my starting point. Tracee and I both scrapped the same pictures and used the same sketch (and obviously the same Case File clues). You'll have to check out her page. So cool how our pages turned out so different!



Here are some details. The compass and geotag cut files are from The Cut Shoppe. The "explore" word is a cut file from the Silhouette shop. My background paper is by BasicGrey, which I used for the tone-on-tone clue) I have SO much BasicGrey paper and always forget to use it, so I decided to split up my collections and file the papers in with my other papers, by color. The textured circles were made with a Prima stencil and texture paste. My haiku poem is a little lame, but tells about how the lighthouse was so faraway we could barely see it, but the place were at, St. Thomas Point, was a lovely place, so it made the trip all the worthwhile. (We drove and drove through a somewhat creepy, wooded dirt road to get there.)


I've got lots of clues in the layers on this photo--stripes, polka dots, scallops on the wave border (by K&Co.), fabric, nautical elements--that paper in the very back has waves--it's by Authentique. The teal paper, which really does match the palette in real life is by Little Yellow Bicycle. I've got wood chevrons (for the wood clue) pointing to the lighthouse, which is really just a speck. Tracee altered that photo black and white and left the lighthouse in color (you can see a tiny bit of blue sky surrounding it. I've got a banner dangling (for my dangle something clue), and also for the banner in the sketch. I've got a metal brad that also serves as a nautical element.


That clip (for my clip clue) is ancient--by Rebecca Sower's Attic Collection. Anyone remember those? I've also got nautical print paper (little red anchors--that paper is by Authentique, from a 6 x 6 pad). For my string clue, I tucked an old 7Gypsies walnut stained tag into the layers, and you can see I have some puffy fish stickers for my fish clue.


You'll have to come see

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Let's Go Explore {CSI Case File No. 209}

We have a super-fun new Case File open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.

Here is my page:


These photos were taken during Tracee's first visit. We went on a trip to the Chesapeake Bay for a crab feast, and after we were done, we went exploring the bay. We read about this lovely lighthouse and went in search of it. The lighthouse was way out in the middle of the bay, so it didn't really show up well in our photographs (you can see the chevron arrows pointing at it), so I found a picture on the internet to show what it really looks like.

Clues I used: Evidence - I managed to use all the clues; Testimony - 3-line poem (I wrote a haiku) and inspiration word explore.

I used this sketch from My Creative Sketches as my starting point. Tracee and I both scrapped the same pictures and used the same sketch (and obviously the same Case File clues). You'll have to check out her page. So cool how our pages turned out so different!



Here are some details. The compass and geotag cut files are from The Cut Shoppe. The "explore" word is a cut file from the Silhouette shop. My background paper is by BasicGrey, which I used for the tone-on-tone clue) I have SO much BasicGrey paper and always forget to use it, so I decided to split up my collections and file the papers in with my other papers, by color. The textured circles were made with a Prima stencil and texture paste. My haiku poem is a little lame, but tells about how the lighthouse was so faraway we could barely see it, but the place were at, St. Thomas Point, was a lovely place, so it made the trip all the worthwhile. (We drove and drove through a somewhat creepy, wooded dirt road to get there.)


I've got lots of clues in the layers on this photo--stripes, polka dots, scallops on the wave border (by K&Co.), fabric, nautical elements--that paper in the very back has waves--it's by Authentique. The teal paper, which really does match the palette in real life is by Little Yellow Bicycle. I've got wood chevrons (for the wood clue) pointing to the lighthouse, which is really just a speck. Tracee altered that photo black and white and left the lighthouse in color (you can see a tiny bit of blue sky surrounding it. I've got a banner dangling (for my dangle something clue), and also for the banner in the sketch. I've got a metal brad that also serves as a nautical element.


That clip (for my clip clue) is ancient--by Rebecca Sower's Attic Collection. Anyone remember those? I've also got nautical print paper (little red anchors--that paper is by Authentique, from a 6 x 6 pad). For my string clue, I tucked an old 7Gypsies walnut stained tag into the layers, and you can see I have some puffy fish stickers for my fish clue.


You'll have to come see

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Let's Go Explore {CSI Case File No. 209}

We have a super-fun new Case File open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.

Here is my page:


These photos were taken during Tracee's first visit. We went on a trip to the Chesapeake Bay for a crab feast, and after we were done, we went exploring the bay. We read about this lovely lighthouse and went in search of it. The lighthouse was way out in the middle of the bay, so it didn't really show up well in our photographs (you can see the chevron arrows pointing at it), so I found a picture on the internet to show what it really looks like.

Clues I used: Evidence - I managed to use all the clues; Testimony - 3-line poem (I wrote a haiku) and inspiration word explore.

I used this sketch from My Creative Sketches as my starting point. Tracee and I both scrapped the same pictures and used the same sketch (and obviously the same Case File clues). You'll have to check out her page. So cool how our pages turned out so different!



Here are some details. The compass and geotag cut files are from The Cut Shoppe. The "explore" word is a cut file from the Silhouette shop. My background paper is by BasicGrey, which I used for the tone-on-tone clue) I have SO much BasicGrey paper and always forget to use it, so I decided to split up my collections and file the papers in with my other papers, by color. The textured circles were made with a Prima stencil and texture paste. My haiku poem is a little lame, but tells about how the lighthouse was so faraway we could barely see it, but the place were at, St. Thomas Point, was a lovely place, so it made the trip all the worthwhile. (We drove and drove through a somewhat creepy, wooded dirt road to get there.)


I've got lots of clues in the layers on this photo--stripes, polka dots, scallops on the waves, fabric, nautical elements--that paper in the very back has waves--it's by Authentique. The teal paper, which really does match the palette in real life is by Little Yellow Bicycle. I've got wood chevrons (for the wood clue) pointing to the lighthouse, which is really just a speck. Tracee altered that photo black and white and left the lighthouse in color (you can see a tiny bit of blue sky surrounding it. I've got a banner dangling (for my dangle something clue), and also for the banner in the sketch. I've got a metal brad that also serves as a nautical element.


That clip (for my clip clue) is ancient--by Rebecca Sower's Attic Collection. Anyone remember those? I've also got nautical print paper (little red anchors--that paper is by Authentique, from a 6 x 6 pad). For my string clue, I tucked an old 7Gypsies walnut stained tag into the layers, and you can see I have some puffy fish stickers for my fish clue.


You'll have to come see

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

2Crafty August DT Work

It's my turn at the 2Crafty blog today. Here's my post:

We've Been Friends Forever


Hi, 2Crafty fans! I"m here to share a couple of layouts with you today. 

Before I start...
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My friend Laurie is a little camera shy, so I was so happy to have a recent snapshot with her. We've been friends forever--well, since high school anyway! I made this page for her birthday.



To frame the photo, I used the "Chained Circle Frames." First, I coated the chipboard with gesso. I didn't have any paint or ink in a color to match my papers, so I mixed up a bunch of different watercolor paints until I got a matching color and painted the circle. For some reason, it wasn't wanting to dry, and I was getting impatient, so I sprinkled some clear embossing powder and heat embossed it. 

For my title, I used words from two different sets, "Friendship Mini Word Pack" and "Mini Word Set 2." I used black embossing powder for the "forever" and mixed up different watercolor paints for the friends, and used clear embossing powder over that."



I wanted the detailing to show up on the "Mini Camera," so I used a silver leafing pen by Krylon.

I echoed the checkered tile floor in my photograph with the 2Crafty "Checkerboard Clumps," which I colored with a paintbrush dipped into Heidi Swapp Black Velvet Color Shine spray, which gave it a little shimmer. 


I used the silver leafing Krylon pen on the "Light Bulb" to preserve the lovely etched detail. The little heart, from "ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars" was treated the same as the word "Friends." The arrow from the "Asst Arrows" was cut off in the closeup photograph (you can see it in my layout above). I left it white from the gesso coating it.


2Crafty Products used on this layout:
Chained Circle Frames
Friendship Mini Word Pack
Mini Word Set 2
Checkerboard Clumps
Mini Cameras
Light Bulbs
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars
Asst Arrows



Hello Sweet Home


My niece and her husband just bought their first home, so I thought I'd make a page for them to commemorate this important milestone. I used a sketch from Stuck?! Sketches:




I just love the new lovely loopy "Hello" and wanted to make it a focal point of my page. It looks enormous on my page because I scrap 8 x 8, but I love how big it looks--it makes a statement! I coated all my chipboard with gesso, as I almost always do when I set out to make a page because I'm never sure how I'm going to treat the chipboard. I used two colors of stamp ink to coat the Hello. I also used stamp ink on the word "sweet," which" was from the "Friendship Mini Word Pack," and then I used a tiny polka dot stamp with gray stamp ink to give it a little texture. 

I left the birdhouse with the gesso coating and then colored in the entrance hole with a teal marker and used stamp ink and a paintbrush to color the roof. The little bird was coated with blue stamp ink, and then added their address on top. The bird and house are from the "Birdhouse" set.

The leaves poking out above the flower were snipped from the "Tiny Leaf Stems." I also used several shades of stamp ink to color them.


The key, which came from the "Keyholes and Locks" sheet, was coated with silver embossing powder. The little hearts are from the "ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars," and I tread them the same as I did the word "sweet" in my title.


To echo the doily I used, I chose a piece from the lovely "Lacy Border Set" at the top of my page and left it with just the gesso coating.

2Crafty Products Used on this layout:
Hello
Friendship Mini Word Pack
Birdhouse
Tiny Leaf Stems
Keyholes and Locks
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars
Lacy Border Set


Thank you so much for stopping by to look at my pages. I hope I've given you some ideas for using the awesome 2Crafty chipboard!






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Friday, August 5, 2016

A Fond Farewell {CSI Major Case File No. 208}

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



Here's my page. I turned the sketch on its side.


Clues I used: Evidence - chevrons, map (in the form of a globe), clouds, animals, travel accents, filmstrip, music element, numbers, watercolor, buttons, transportation. Testimony - Journal about a trip.

Here are some details. That globe in the background is a Silhouette cut file. The foam letter stickers are really the true gray in the Case File. That chipboard filmstrip is by 2Crafty. I added some glittery embossing powder to give it some bling. I need to put buttons on more Case Files! I have a million buttons!


I tucked in a little sad faced puffy rabbit for my animal clue, and how awesome that I found that gray and pink cassette tape for my music clue? It's from a BasicGrey paper. I've had that chipboard airplane forever, from a Thickers set that I had forgotten I had. The number stamp in the background is by KaiserCraft. I used all old paper scraps in my layering, and I found some chevron washi tape in gray for the chevron clue.


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