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:



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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:



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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
Geotags
Triangle Set
Dotty Bits



Enjoy


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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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Mad Props {CSI Major Case File No. 211}

We've got a brand-new Case File open for investigation at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration, and it stays open the whole month of September!



Here's the page I made. I used all of the Evidence clues and used the Inspiration Word "fun" for the Testimony.


Here are some details. I used some old 7Gypsies paper for the text clue. The red paper on the frame is also old, by Scenic Route. I've got some SEI Dill Blossoms paper (the lighter teal) and some old DCWV paper (the dark teal). That paper at the bottom layer beneath the photos is an old die-cut paper by Creative Cafe, and I used that for the border clue. The blue doily behind the bird was cut from a little card by We R Memory Keepers. I used the XO brad, which I just now realize is upside down, for my fabric clue. I found that little coin-operated binocular (I had to look up the name, LOL) in my stash when I went to the aqua-colored embellishment drawer that I organized a while back. I'm so glad I organized my embellishments by color because I never would've thought to use this embellishment on my page, and it was perfect for holding those eyeglasses that I cut from a MME paper--eyeglasses was a clue. 

I like to try to put meaningful embellishments on my pages that will help to tell my story, and since this page was all about how Tracee always likes to find props wherever we go to take pictures, I thought it would be fun to include some fun, random stuff on here.


I also found this pen in the same aqua drawer, as well as that label. After I was all done with my layout, I tried to put some ink drops on my paper without messing up the whole layout by carefully dotting the paper with three ink spots, but they ended up looking like rabbit droppings, as Tracee kindly told me. I was so upset with myself! But I fixed it by using a ink-splat stamp. I was afraid to stamp directly on the page and mess it up further, so I stamped it on paper and cut it out and pasted it over the offending spots. I cut my title out on my Silhouette cameo. Wood was one of the clues, so I dug out some of my Studio Calico wood veneer Tweets.


I have two whole drawers full of book plats, so I was very happy to use one on this layout. There's a little puffy sticker teacup for one of the clues, and you can spot a bit of lace poking out for the lace clue.


Check out all the awesome sponsors we have this month--you must come play for a chance to win!


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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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