Saturday, December 13, 2014

Walk This Way {CSI Case File No. 149}

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

Tracee and I decided to make pages from our summer together. Here's mine. Clues I used...Evidence: stars, stripes, buttons, polka dots, use heat, mixed media background, birds, wood. Testimony: Inspiration Word: Friendship.

Here are some details. I don't know why I've got this phantom white ring on my closeup pictures. Dang it! Anyway. Little Studio Calico Tweets that I adore. Stamp is by Simple Stories. I used American Crafts Zing embossing powder.

The little heart speech bubble, which didn't turn out is by My Mind's Eye. The letter stickers are BasicGrey, and the wood arrows are also Studio Calico. That stencil in the Background was made with texture paste and acrylic paint and a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop. Grid stamp is by Kaiser Kraft.

I used a bunch of old paper scraps to match the colors. The Friends stamp is by Kaiser Kraft.

More wood by Studio Calico. The Good Times is an old Label Tulip stamp.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Snow Day {CSI Case File No. S365-10}

We've got a great Case File open all month at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration. This Case File was made for our collaboration with Scrap365. Sadly, this magazine is closing down, but our design team had already made layouts, so we decided to open this for investigation.

Here's my page. Clues I used... Evidence:  jars, metal, flowers (in the green patterned paper), raffia, puffy stickers, cursive font, chalk, something powdery; Testimony: Document a winter favorite, haiku.

Here are some details. I have this little container of small bits and pieces that are too small to save but that I save nonetheless. This little piece of chipboard was leftover from a larger piece. It looked like a window, so I tucked it behind the layers and added crystal glitter to look like snow that gathers in the windowpanes.

The jar was cut from a Dear Lizzy paper, and how fortunate I was that I had some raffia in the exact color to match the palette! I used a bunch of old papers for this layout. The background is BasicGrey--one of my all-time favorite papers. The gray stripe was a gift from my dear scrappy friend Eila Sandberg--it's Maja Designs. The coral colored paper is My Mind's Eye, and the green is VERY old KiMemories paper.

I used a stencil by Crafter's Workshop and chalk for those circles in the background.

I wrote my haiku on some old Fontwerks labels. As a teacher, I have to admit that snow days are my favorite thing about winter. The title was cut out on my Silhouette Cameo, as were the snowflakes.

 There's my puffy sticker (it's by American Crafts), another good find that matched my  colors perfectly. That other salmon paper on the right is by Crate Paper. The little metal dots are by Colorbok. That transparency bar code was another tiny bit that was in my "things too small to save" box, as was that little strip of hearts, a tear strip from a 6 x 6 paper. I love it when I can manage to put buttons on my page. I have SO many!

You must go check out the reveal to see what our team and guest designers made.  We're super-excited to have Prima sponsoring us this month! Check out the prize that's up for grabs (it's a sneak peek, since they won't be revealing it until mid-month):


Saturday, November 29, 2014

2Crafty November DT Work

It's my turn to share my DT work on the 2Crafty blog.
I'm here to share three layouts I made 
using the fantastic 2Crafty chipboard.
That's my mom and my step-dad, who passed away last Christmas. 
I've been working on a scrapbook for my mom, and I plan to give this page to her.
I used the November challenge at Scrap Around the World as inspiration for this page.

I love this mood board! I drew lots of inspiration from it--the wood background, the words stretching across the paper, the doilies, the music paper, the flowers, the colors, the torn edges from the bundles of sheet music, the stencil mimicking the circular wheels on the bike...

Here are some details... How beautiful are these Line Word Titles
I love how they stretch across the page. Since I scrap 8 x 8, I had to trim it a bit. 
I first coated my chipboard title with gesso 
and then painted it with Twinkling H2O's. It's super shimmery in real life.

The 2Crafty chipboard doilies are so pretty, and I was able to use one, cut in half to look like I had used two. I also painted this with a white shimmery Twinkling H2O, The butterfly was also painted with Twinkling H2Os.

How sweet are these pen nibs? I mixed two different Twinkling H2O inks to give it an aged patina look and painted the heart to match the butterfly. The heart is actually the inside of a Heart Silhouette. Those hearts are a great product to get because you basically get double the hearts!

2Crafty Products used in this project:
Line Words - Happiness Borders
Sharon's Butterflies
Pen Nibs
Heart Silhouettes
Polaroid Assortment Frames

"Smile for the Camera"

That's my husband's niece. I'm making a book for her too. 
I used the November challenge at The Color Room as a starting point for my layout.

This color palette is so fresh and lovely! I used a paper towel to dab the ink to give it a watercolor feel.
Here are some details from this layout...
I inked many of the pieces black, including this Tiny Funky Frame, with stamp ink, 
giving it a cool matte look. I also inked the cameras 
and then coated it with embossing powder to give it a wet look 
that went with the pond picture. I outlined the grooves in the camera
with a fine-tipped black pen. Love those grooved details 
2Crafty adds to many of their chipboard pieces!

How awesome are these Word Circles? They are just perfect to serve as a part of an interesting title embellishement. I used a second, larger camera from the set to hold part of the title.

The Film Strips are always a perfect embellishment for adding a border. 
I love how the film strip frames the patterned paper behind it. 
I cut the film strip in two pieces so that it could extend further, 
tucking the cut ends behind the photo.

2Crafty Products used in this project:
Mini Cameras
Word Circles Set 1
Film Strips - Small
Frames Tiny Funky

"Please Stay Thin"
I made this page for a Case File at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration last month. The story stemmed from a prompt that said "If you could write a letter to your younger self, what would you write in only three words?"

I only used one piece of chipboard for this page, but I think it's really a highlight
 of this page and was perfect for this Case File, so I wanted to share it.

2Crafty Products used in this project:

Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a peek at my pages. 
I hope I gave you some ideas for using the beautiful 2Crafty chipboard. 

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

That Funny Little Chewy Thing You Do and Autumnal Decoration {Case Files No. S365-9 and 147}

I've fallen behind again with my blog posts. We do still have this Case File open at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration for another day:

I made a page featuring my sweet little Miss Maisey. Clues I used...Evidence: circles, stripes, plaid (sort of--the ribbon's gingham), polka dots, grid pattern, mesh, bow, stars, stamps, stach something, animal (sort of--the butterfly); Testimony: Journal about a pet.

Maisey's such a quirky little girl. I didn't take any closeups, but the tag pulls out and talks about how if you put your finger up next to her cheek, she starts this chewing thing. And she's started doing it herself. She'll go up to the doorstop and push her cheek up against it and start the funny little chewy thing.

And here's a Case File that we have open for the entire month of November:

And here's  another page I haven't yet shared on my blog. I made it for my sister. This is her cat Chewy. I snagged the picture off of my sister's Facebook page. She captioned the picture "Chewy is an autumnal decoration," which gave me the idea for this page. My camera freaked out with the orange. I swear the colors are spot-on with the Case File palette. Sigh.

Clues I used...Evidence: leaves, branches, mist, heart, metal, scatter something; Testimony: handwrite directly on your background.

Here are some details. The flowers i used are all by Prima. The leaves are 2Crafty chipboard.

I love the way other people's hand-journaling looks, but I always hate the way mine looks. Oh, well. I scattered some sequins around for that scatter clue.

Some more Prima flowers. That stamped leafy image is by Bo Bunny.

That awesome chipboard circle is also by 2Crafty. The printed chipboard frame is by Crate Paper. The background paper is by Maja Designs from my friend Eila Sandberg. I used some scrap of older papers layered under the picture.



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