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.


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.


Monday, June 16, 2014

A Shore Thing

I'm still alive! The end of the school year is always a super-busy, exhausting time. Now that I'm on summer break, I'm hoping I'll be able to start getting more current with my blog posts.

Here's my layout from the Case File before last:

I love these colors! They screamed summer and beach to me, so I made another page for my husband's niece and her husband.  I immediately thought of the old Scenic Route papers for these colors.

Clues I used... Evidence: chevrons, polka dots, ampersand, transparent items, crystals, something sweet, flourish; Testimony: stack your spots (I stacked word stickers).

I used this fun Creative Scrappers sketch:

Here are some details. That yellow sunburst was cut out with my Silhouette Cameo. The orange-framed transparency is an old My Mind's Eye transparent frame cut in half.

The chipboard letters are by BasicGrey. There's my crystal brad, which was one of the clues. I cut the waves out with my Silhouette Cameo.

Here's a peek at a couple other elements, which show some more of the clues I used--the chevron brad and the flourish brad that I thought looks like a wave (which went lopsided when I was photographing). The word stickers are by K&Co, and the arrows were cut out of one of the Scenic Route Papers from the Metropolis collection I used. That ampersand was sitting on my desk, leftover from another layout I did a few weeks ago.

This Case File just closed over the weekend, but you must go see what the DT and guest designers did with these colors, and the members have been making some awesome pages too!


Saturday, May 31, 2014

You & Me, Volume 5 {CSI Case File No. 125}

We've just opened a new Case File for investigation over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:

Here's the page I made. I'm making a book for my husband's niece and her husband. We'll be visiting them this summer, and I'm planning to make a bunch of pages before then.

Clues I used... Evidence: flowers, ampersand, floral pattern, quatrefoil pattern, textured paper, decorative frame. I'm going to let Mehrnaz do the journaling, as I don't know the whole story behind the pictures, just that it's they're anniversary.

I used the current sketch at Kreative Koncepts:

Here are a few details. Papers I used are by K&Co (green dots), Echo Park (ampersands), and some old Provocraft paper (the textured floral). I mixed gray paint with texture paste and used a stencil by The Crafter's Workshop in the background. I also smushed some green and teal mists onto the background paper. I really liked the way it looked and then I went and ruined it by adding the stamping. That's the thing about mixed media for me...I never know when to quit! The title and frame were cut with my Silhouette Cameo.

The awesome chipboard butterflies are by 2Crafty. I left them raw for contrast and then dressed them up a little with a pearl.

I stitched the strips on and then decided to leave the loose threads on for added texture.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

She Sparkles {CSI Case File No. 124}

A new Case File is open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.

I found the perfect picture to go with this Case File. It's sweet little Ezra, my best friend's Michele's grandbaby, and I made this page for Michele for her birthday last weekend.

Clues I used...Evidence: butterflies, glitter, flowers, rub-ons, stamps, wings, stars, watercolor (sort of), tiny brads. Testimony: Inspiration Words - Sparkle (I tucked a tag behind the layers for Michel to journal about Ezra).

I used the current Sketchabilities sketch for my page design.

Here are some details. I tried to do a watercolor effect on my page. I first tried using a paintbrush, but I ruined a piece of paper, and anyone who knows me knows I hate wasting a good sheet of paper! So instead, I tried a different approach. I sprayed spray ink and a little water, dabbed some plastic wrap over it and smushed it onto my paper. Then I used a Bo Bunny distress stamp with plum ink. You can't see very well, but I had these teeny-tiny star sequins that I scattered up the middle of the page.

I had fun using some really old papers for my page. Papers I used were by Making Memories (orange papers); Die Cuts With a View (purple floral), BasicGrey (plum); Crate Paper (purple/pink butterfly); Lasting Impressions (pink polka dots).

I used my Silhouette Cameo to create the frames.

How lucky was I to find a purple and orange K&Co. butterfly in my stash? I added some extra glitter in the form of Stickles, and those tiny brads are really old, by Queen and Co.

I wanted to add a little something extra on the left side, and these little chipboard hearts by 2Crafty were the perfect thing. I coated them with gesso and added lots of Stickles to make them extra sparkly.

The reveal this week is so pretty--you have to go see it, and be sure to play as this is what's up for grabs for this Case File from our sponsor this month, Flying Unicorn:


Friday, May 23, 2014

Me & Warren {2Crafty Design Team Work}

I posted my May shares as a Resident Guest Designer on the 2Crafty blog yesterday. I'm excited to share that I've been invited to join the design for the 2014/2015 term! Here's a new page I made to share using the fantastic 2Crafty chipboard.

 (Yes, that's Warren Beatty with my stepdad). This page was inspired by the current palette over at The Color Room:

In the close-up below, you can see the following2Crafty  products:

Starts Multi Pack
Assorted Arrows Multi Pack

I cut the filmstrip in half and tucked each end beneath the layers in order to extend 
the length for this 9 x 9 page, painted it with black acrylic paint, and stitched it 
down with some embroidery floss. The filmstrip was a perfect accent for this
 movie star page, as were the stars, which I coated with gesso and then used
 Ranger enchanted gold embossing powder. I mixed a few colors of acrylic paint 
to match the palette and painted the chipboard letters and arrows. Once they dried,
 I outlined them with a fine pen.

In the next close-up, you can see:

This speech bubble is definitely cool, and I painted it to match the palette and then 
stamped it with black Distress Ink and again outlined it with a fine pen.

In the picture below, you can see an arrow from the set called...

I really wanted to use the "How Was Your Day?" tag, but it was quite large, and the red just overwhelmed the page. The arrow was the perfect thing to break up that large expanse of red.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

2Crafty Sponsoring Scrap Around the World's Anniversary!

This month, challenge blog extraordinaire Scrap Around the World turns one, and to celebrate this milestone, they're having a big anniversary bash, with lots of prizes! The 2Crafty design team and resident guest designers were invited to serve as guest designers for this fun and festive event.

Take a look at this fantastic mood board:

Here is the page I created. I made another page for my mom's book. For those who don't know, my stepdad died the day after Christmas. I'm writing the journaling as if Ed were speaking to her and tucking those stories into an envelope adhered to the back of each layout.

Here's how I interpreted this challenge. The title obviously came from the image, and the multicolored title inspired me to use different colors in my title. The colors were inspired by the mood board. The balloon image inspired several elements on my page: the gold-glittered frames mimic the gold-dipped balloons, and the paper at the bottom reminded me of balloon strings. The doily came from the image with the packages, as did the ribbon on the frame. I used the bows on the shoes to inspire the use of the wood button.  The icing on the sweets led me to use mist in the background. I found a yellow paper that reminded me of the paper in the gift picture.

Here are some details. I used several pieces of 2Crafty chipboard. The starburst below is called Funky Snowflakes. I think it's fun and festive and celebratory, almost like a firework, and perfect for the message of this page. The background papers are by Cosmo Cricket. The other papers are all by American Craft (Dear Lizzy).

These wonderful Polaroid Assortment Frames were the basis of my page design. I painted them with acrylic paint and then brushed glue and sprinkled gold glitter over part of them, to mimic the balloons in the mood board.

This little cluster was inspired by the foliage at the top of the Moodboard. That fluffy flower is by Martha Stewart. The yellow bloom is by Prima, and the button is Dear Lizzy.

I cut apart a chunky chevron from the Chevron Bits to make three chevrons.

As I said, there are prizes galore to be won during this wonderful celebration, so I hope you'll play. And be sure to check out the awesome pages by the 2Crafty designers.



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