Saturday, October 15, 2016

Stuck? Sketches - October 15

It's time for a mid-month sketch at Stuck?! Sketches, and what a cool sketch we got to play with!

When I saw this sketch with four photos, I remembered these pictures of adorable Minnie Cupcake lounging in our sun room.

Here are some details. My background paper is by Studio Calico. Those flowers were cut out of a My Mind's Eye paper. The other papers were from my scrap drawers. The red piece is old Scenic Route; not sure about the other two stripes. Those cool chipboard circles are by 2Crafty. The stamped speech bubbles are by Denim Tampons. I added the phrase, which was on one of those American Craft roller stamp. How fun are these little cat puffy stickers? I tucked a whole bunch of them on my layout.

Here's another one of those Denim Tampon speech bubbles. 

The title word is from An American Craft Thickers pack. I have such a hard time doing ink splatters. I thought my layout was too plain, so I decided to add some splatters with black ink, and of course it looked terrible because I just don't have the knack for splattering, so I covered some of them up with pearls. I added some heart washi tape at the last minute.

I hope you come play with us for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to 7 Dots Studio or some chipboard from Scrapmatts.


Monday, October 10, 2016

2Crafty October DT Work

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

Hi, 2Crafty Fans! I'm very excited that 2Crafty is sponsoring CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration this month. October being the month of Halloween in the United States, I decided monsters would be our theme tying together our Case Files. I hope you'll come play with us for a chance to win some awesome 2Crafty chipboard! I used this Case File for my first layout. This challenge is open for the entire month of October. 

Monster Munch

That's my friends little girl in these photos. She is quite a character, and I thought the pictures would go perfect with the colors of the Case File, and I was so lucky there were four of them to go with the sketch in the challenge.

For those of you who have never played with us at CSI, the Case File might look complicated, but trust me, it's not! I made a short process video explaining how to play with our challenges and talked about the decisions I made when I created my page.

In my video, I shared how I treated each piece of chipboard, but I will identify which pieces I used in each photo below the pictures.

My title was created with "Alpha Set 1." The antenna on the "o" is cut from "Heidi's Vines." The cloud is from "Mini Weather Icons."

The monster is from the "Blobbles" set. I also used pieces from "Triangles Set" in the picture above.

The bird is from the "Cutesy Birds" pack. Its wing is from "ATC Tiny Hearts and Stars" and it's standing on a bone from the "Barnyard Animals" pack.

Pictured above is the word "enjoy" from "Card Word Set 2" sitting atop an arrow from "Asst Arrows." Beneath the photo cluster, I used an "Apron Lace" border.

2Crafty Products used on this layout:
Alpha Set 1
Triangle Set
Mini Weather Icons
Asst Arrows
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars
Card Word Set 2
Barnyard Animals
Cutesy Birds
Apron Lace
Heidi's Vines


For my second layout, I used another CSI Case File:

Make Believe

I'm telling you, my girlfriend's daughter is an endless source of amusement and inspiration. She's sporting a princess outfit and a Star Wars Chewbaca mask. And, no, it wasn't Halloween.  I wanted to create a princess-y yet playful scene, and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to use some of those 2Crafty flourishes in my stash. In addition to the flourish clues in the Case File, I also found feathers, geotags, and leaves in my 2Crafty stash. I did manage to use all of the clues on my layout.

The feathers were trimmed off of a "Dreamcatcher." I wanted to use the whole dreamcatcher, but I couldn't make it fit on my 8 x 8 page with all the other elements I wanted to use. I painted them with lavender and green Twinkling H2O's.

Thea chipboard leaves, from "Foliage Set 1" were painted with green Twinkling H2O's. I used two different colors to get the teal colors on the chipboard. I decided to turn the circular, flourishy "Yvette's Frame" and "Geotags" into monsters! I had a piece of the "Lacy Border" leftover from another layout, so I added that to the top.

The title came from the "Xmas Mini Word Pack."
I added a lavender painted heart from "ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars" for added initerest.

2Crafty Products used on this layout:
Foliage Set 1
Yvette's Frame
ATC Tiny Hearts and Stars
Xmas Mini Word Pack
Lacey Border Set 1

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you'll give the CSI Case Files a try,
 and I hope I've given you some ideas for using the awesome 2Crafty chipboard pieces.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Love Forever {Stuck?! Sketches October 1 DT Work}

(Note: My blog has gone all wonky, Kristine Davidson is working on getting it fixed for me, so if you're wondering why my background has disappeared, that is why!)

I'm very excited to share that I was invited to join the Stuck?! Sketches design team. I love playing with sketches, and Laura always has wonderful designs. Here is the my very first layout as a design team member:

And here is the sketch:

Here are some details. When I saw the clocks in the sketch, I remembered these Maya Road transparent clocks, and then I thought it would be fun to find a current picture of Farzad and me and pair it with a photo from when we were dating--35 years ago! The black paper with the hearts is by American Crafts, and the cross-hatch paper in the background was torn out of a paper pad. I think it might be We R Memory Keepers, but I'm not 100% sure. The red polka dot is old Cosmo Cricket paper, the blue stripe is old Ki Memories paper, and the yellow stripe is by My Mind's Eye. The leaves were cut from an old SEI paper. The flair badge is by A Flair for Buttons. The tab is by Pink Paislee, and the gold title and hearts are American Crafts Thickers.

I used a stencil by The Crafter's Workshop and some texture paste mixed with white acrylic paint in the background. The little banner is by Recollections. I just love the phrase stickers by Simple Stories. There are so many different phrases on the sheet, and I found some that really told the story I wanted to tell on this page.

You will definitely want to try out this fun sketch, and Stuck?! Sketches has some great sponsors this month:

May Arts Ribbon is donating a $25.00 gift certificate to their store.
And Heartfelt Creations is also donating a $25.00 gift certificate.

I look forward to seeing what you create!


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Very Happy Teachers on the Last Day of School {CSI Case File No. 213}

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

Here's my page. I actually made this last month and submitted it to Stuck?! Sketches because I wanted to apply for their design team. Fingers crossed...

Clues I used: Evidence - I used all of the clues! Testimony - Document something about school. Here's the sketch I used:

Here are some details: 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?

This Case File is going to stay open for three weeks because September is an extra long month. I hope you'll come and play for a chance to win a prize from our awesome sponsors:


Sunday, September 11, 2016

Inside Jokes {CSI Case File No. 212}

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

Here is my page:

I used all the Evidence clues, and for the Testimony clue, I went here and chose #48--list inside jokes.

Here are some details.

I love this picture of Tracee and me laughing. It was the perfect photo for the story I wanted to tell. The chipboard Polaroid frames are by 2Crafty. That little camera was cut out of an Echo Park paper, and the leaves are cut from a BasicGrey paper. I used liquid pearls. I should use those more often!

I coated this chipboard frame with gold Zing embossing powder. The little citrus slice is a Silhouette cut file, and the fluffy flower is by Martha Stewart. I think the clear clocks are by Maya Road. I've had them forever.

The jars were cut out of a Dear Lizzy Paper. The chipboard arrow is by MAMBI. I cut out the title on my Silhouette Cameo. There are so many awesome brush fonts you can find for free.

The gold cursive word is by Heidi Swapp. And here I listed a bunch of inside jokes Tracee and I have and funny things we say to each other all the time. 

I hope you'll come play with us. Check out the awesome sponsors we have donating prizes this month:


Saturday, September 10, 2016

2Crafty September DT Work

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

This Is the Good Life

This is a photo of my husband's nieces and nephew-in-law. I love the modern look of the snapshot, and I wanted to create a layout that would have a trendy, graphic feel. 2Crafty had the perfect chipboard pieces to achieve this.

I used black stamp ink to color the "This Is the Good Life" title. I just love the 2Crafty "Triangle Set." This sheet of triangles comes in a whole bunch of small, medium, and large triangles. I covered my triangles with patterned paper. I left the "Geotag" raw.

How fun are these circle borders from the "Dotty Bits" set? I originally painted them black, but I didn't like the way they looked, so I flipped them over and left them raw.

2Crafty Products used on this layout:
This Is the Good Life
Triangle Set
Dotty Bits


This is my sweet little devil cat, Minnie Cupcake. She is always getting into trouble. She especially likes to chew flowers and leaves off of plants and trees--both real and artificial--in my house. She looks so adorable sitting beside my birthday flowers. In the first picture, it looks like she's smelling the flowers, but she's actually trying to eat them. I thought she looked almost like she was posing for a portrait, so I wanted my page to look like a painting. 

I always like my pages to tell a story, and the word "enjoy" from "Mini Word Set 1" fit the bill because eating flowers is one Minnie Cupcake's favorite things to enjoy. I wanted it to look like an extension of the flourish, so I glued it right next to the swirl. I treated these pieces with different shades of watercolor painted over gesso. The paint wasn't drying, and I was impatient to get on with my layout, so I applied embossing powder. I love the uneven, textured look that resulted.

I painted the lovely border form "Lacy Border Set 1" with gesso and tucked it behind the torn paper. The butterfly tucked behind the roses is from "Addy's Butterflies."

I tucked another flourish, from the "Mini Flourish Bits" set behind the photo mat. I also used the same technique on this flourish as with the other one. To color the "Marianne's Butterfly," I mixed a bunch of different shades of watercolor paint to get a color that would match my papers. The lacy flower at the top is from "Gigi's Flowers." I left this painted with just gesso.

2Crafty Products used on this layout:
Mini Word Set 1
Mini Flourish Bits
Lacy Border Set 1
Marianne's Butterflies
Addy's Butterflies
Gigi's Flowers.

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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