Friday, December 2, 2016

Christmas Joy {CSI Major Case File No. 219}

We've got a new Case File open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration with an awesome sketch by The Nifty Pixel:

Here's the page I made. I made this for my niece-in-law and her husband. Clues I used--Evidence: polka dots, plaid, stripes, holiday stuff, snowflakes, burlap, ribbon, tags, metal, tree; Testimony: Journal about the holidays. (I stuck a tag in there so they could record their holiday memories.)

Here are some closeups. I searched and searched my stash for plaid papers in the palette and couldn't find any, and then I found some plaid ribbon, which met two of the clues. I only had one photo, so I used this filmstrip frame by K&Co, and I put some different patterned papers in the different sections to represent the photos in the sketch.

The chipboard "Christmas" title is by 2Crafty. That script in the background was made with a stencil by The Crafter's Workshop and some texture paste mixed with white acrylic paint. I was going crazy trying to figure out what color to use for this piece because I really wanted to use those sparkly white Thicker letters to match up with the sparkles on the snowflakes. I finally decided on coating them with a sparkly black embossing powder which doesn't show up well in the photo. Please pardon the harsh shadows on my photos. So hard to get a decent photo this time of the year.

It was fun going through my holiday papers and embellishments to find stuff to use. The snowflakes are Jolie's, as is the candy cane. I got that little wooden tree from a french company called Simply Graphic. I found that black sparkly scalloped border that matched my title. It's really old, by K&Co. I stapled everything on to meet the metal clue.

I hope you'll come play with us. We've got some wonderful sponsors donating prizes.


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Return to Chi-Town {Stuck?! Sketches December 1 DT Work}

How quickly did November fly by?! We've got an awesome new sketch at Stuck?! Sketches to play with, and you'll definitely want to give it a whirl because not only is this a super-fun sketch, but there are also prizes from our sponsors to be won! 

Here's the page I made for my niece and nephew-in-law:

Here are some details. That cool compass, which I used in place of the star in the sketch is a Silhouette cut file. I had originally planned to stich it onto the page, like in the sketch, but once I added the texture paste in the background, I changed my mind (I had the awful experience of stitching over texture paste in the past--it wasn't a pretty sight). The stencil I used is by The Crafter' Workshop--it's called "Stepping Stones." That little "today's story" was cut off of a patterned paper tear strip.

I lvoe this sideways chevron background paper by BasicGrey (Carte Postale collection). I wish I had bought some more of that--it's such a great neutral and a small, subtle pattern to serve as a background. The other patterned papers are oldies from my scraps drawers. The red is Scenic Route, the ledger in the background is Love, Elsie, the grid is BasicGrey, and the diagonal stripe is My Mind's Eye.

For that bottom bit, I had a bunch of different scraps laying on my scrap table, and they just all seemed to go with the colors. Love when that happens! The tags are from a Fiskars stamp set.

We have two generous sponsors for this sketch. Cut Mania is donating a $10.00 gift certificate for their online store.

Heather, from Cut Mania is also graciously offering our participants 20% off any purchases made during the month of December with the code 20STUCK - thanks Heather, that is amazing! 

and Crafty Ribbons is  providing a generous prize too.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Good Day {CSI Case File No. 218}

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

For those who don't know, we've made a few changes to CSI. First, we have a new home, on Blogger. Second, we've changed our schedule. We will be having two reveals a month, one on the 1st and one on the 15th. Both Case Files will stay open for the entire month.

Here's our latest Case File:

Here's the page I made. Clues I used...Evidence: dots, glasses, animal (sort of--I used butterflies), weather elements, heart, leaves, cards, metal, circles, labels. Testimony: document something about the outdoors.

Tracee and I challenged each other to use the same photo, Case File, and this sketch from Grand Diva's Creative Corner along with Rochelle Spears' This or That challenge, which challenged us to use cork or wood (I used wood):

Here's Tracee's page. I love how we both used the same starting points yet came up with totally different layouts.

Here are some details. I used a bunch of different patterned papers. The stripe in the background is by We R Memory Keepers. That teal with the little starbursts is by SEI. The cloud paper and striped teal paper are by My Mind's Eye. I've had that flair badge in my stash forever--it came in a kit I got a long time ago. The stickers are by Echo Park, and the wood embellishments are by Jillibean Soup.

The floral paper is also from a My Mind's Eye pad. The chipboard title, which I colored with a brush pen is by 2Crafty. I had used a brad with dots but decided to add some dotty washi tape at the end. That yellow strip of paper with my journaling is by BasicGrey.

There's my little journaling card I used for one of the clues, from a My Mind's Eye pad, perfect for adding the date.

I hope you'll come play with us for a chance to win a prize from one of our awesome November sponsors:


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

A Pirate's Life for Me {November 15 Stuck?! Sketches DT Work}

We've got a fabulous new sketch up at Stuck?! Sketches:

Here's the layout I created:

That's my best friend's granddaughter last Halloween. Isn't she adorable?

Here are some close-ups:

That ship's wheel and Jolly Roger flag are Silhouette cut-files. I still have a TON of Heidi Swapp chipboard letters and I was happy to use some on this page.

This ship is also a Silhouette cut file. The waves are a Fiskars Border punch. The frame holding the title was cut from an American Crafts paper.

The anchor is also a Silhouette cut-file. That "treasure" piece was cut from a Teresa Collins paper.

I added some splashes and a few Doodlebug enamel dots which are shimmery and I thought looked like water drops.

You should definitely come play with this fun sketch. There are some great sponsors donating prizes:

Creative Embellishments is offering a $25.00 gift certificate to their online shop to one lucky participant!

D-Lish Scraps is offering a free"Just add paper" kit to a second lucky participant!


Thursday, November 10, 2016

November DT Work for 2Crafty

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

"Selfie Monsters"

Two summers ago, my friend Tracee visited me from across the ocean, and I had bought a selfie stick so we could capture our memories together. We were trying to work out how to use it and got a few wacky accidental pictures, like the ones pictured above. I thought these pictures would be perfect for one of our October Case Files at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration, which featured monsters. 2Crafty sponsored CSI in October.

When I looked at the clues in the Case File, I realized I had lots of different 2Crafty pieces I could use, specifically the speech bubbles, monsters, stars, and punctuation marks.

I adore the 2Crafty "Monsters!" I treated this little guy with gesso first and then used watercolor to paint him so that he'd have a sort of ombre look. The paint wasn't drying, so I added clear embossing powder, which gave him a cool bubbly texture. I created the sign out of the rectangle insides from "Polaroid Assortment Frames." Never throw those negatives away--you never know when they'll come in handy! I sprinkled some little stars coated with silver embossing powder about the layout. These stars are from the "ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars" sheet.

How cool are these "Interlocking Grid Panels" that I used in the background? I had coated them with gesso thinking I might pain them but decided to leave them white. I started to sand off the excess  gesso that had dried when it stuck to to the plastic on which I painted the panels, and then decided it sort of looked cool--like monster goo, so I left it. I colored the title from the "Selfies Word Pack" with red stamp ink. The cool gears, which I embossed with platinum metallic powder" are from the "Gears" set.

That cute little camera is from the "Asst Mini Camera Set." I covered it with teal paper to match the papers I used in my layering and then found this fun skull clipart online to add on top of the camera lens (skull was one of the Case File clues). That cool speech bubble is from the "Word Bubbles" set, which six different pieces. I backed it with black paper, painted the middle red and topped it with some patterned paper. The googly eye was a fun, monstery addition inside the letter O.

The question mark, which I covered with patterned paper, is from the "Punctuation" set. 

2Crafty Products used on this layout:
Selfies Word Pack
Word Bubbles
Asst Mini Camera Set
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars
Interlocking Grid Panel
Polaroid Assortment Frames

"Beautiful You"

I wanted to create a lovely, girly layout for my friend using these darling photos of her daughter, and 2Crafty has so many beautiful pieces.

I just love the "Pointy Doily Frames," and I used them as a starting point for my layout design. There are two in the set, and I managed to use just one by cutting a piece of it for the bottom and using the rest of it layered behind the photos. I coated it with gesso for a soft, shabby look and added some rhinestones for a bit of sparkle. How beautiful is the "Climbing Rose Bush" piece? Since I scrap 8 x 8, there's no way I could fit the entire border on my page, so I cut one rose from it and tucked it behind some flowers. I painted the leaves green with watercolor and embossed the rose with gold embossing powder. I also used the gold embossing powder on the "Butterflies."

I just love the loopy font 2Crafty uses for many of their titles. I used the "You, Loopy Font" and painted it with green watercolors, which I mixed to match the leaves from the patterned paper I fussy cut. As a finishing touch, I used the remaining piece of the "Pointed Doily Frame" to highlight the year, from the sheet of "2016's."

2Crafty Products used on this layout:
Pointed Doily Frames
You, Loopy Font
Climbing Rose Bush


I'd like to share an extra layout I created for Stuck?! Sketches, which features 2Crafty's "6" Circle Revolution Frames." They were just perfect for the circles in the sketch:

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

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope I've given you some ideas for using the awesome 2Crafty chipboard pieces.



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