Sunday, November 15, 2015

How Now, Pink Polka Dot Cow? {CSI Case File No. 182}

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

And here's the page I made. Clues I used...Evidence: grid pattern, circles, large dots, white background, use alphabets as a design element, leaves, vines, buttons, book pages, animal, scallop border, wet medium, triangles; Testimony: Inspiration word sweet.

I used this lovely sketch from Paper Camellia to inspire my page design:

Here are some details. The pink triangle paper is by Dear Lizzy. The big polke dot background is a Silhouette cut file. The pink chipboard letters are really old Heidi Swapp letters that I stamped with a Kaiser Craft tiny dots stamp and used black embossing powder. How fun that I was able to find a little cow puffy sticker in my stash to stick inside the O? Those leaves come from an old SEI paper.

The scallop border is an old Doodlebug Frills. Lots of old stuff on this page, which is always a thrill for me! I can thank my good friend Tracee for the pretty doily.

Come check out what the rest of the team and guest designers did with this Case File here.


Monday, November 9, 2015

2Crafty November DT Work

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


My first page I'd like to share was created for last month's mood board at Scrap Around the World. 2Crafty was sponsoring this fun challenge, and our design team was invited to play along as guest designers. My page was inspired by the colors and each one of four of the images in the moodboard. And of course, I was able to find the perfect 2Crafty chipboard to make my page.

The bottom middle photo of the mood board looked like bubbles and that gave me the idea to use the 2Crafty "Crazy Circles" panel. The watercolor in the top left image of the moodboard inspired me to try giving this piece a watercolor, rainbow look. I sprayed various colors of spray ink on plastic film and then pressed it onto the gesso-coated chipboard panel. I tilted the panel on its side. I love that the open circles give you space to add little bits and pieces. My journaling, tucked into a paper bag starts "There is always something to be thankful for," and I journaled about some of the many blessings in my life.

I treated the title, from the "Birthday Sentiments" sheet with the same watercolor technique. The bird in the moodboard gave me the idea to use feathers under my title. I coated them with gesso and then painted them with Twinkling H2O's, which gave them a lovey shimmer.

As I was looking for some colorful papers, I came across this piece that looked sort of like a paint chip, and I wondered if the 2Crafty "Small Filmstrip" would work here, and it was just perfect! I inked it with black stamp ink to make it stand out. I watercolored some hearts and stars from the "ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars" sheet to sprinkle around the page.

2Crafty Products used on this layout:
Crazy Circles
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars
Filmstrips - Small
Indian Feathers
Birthday Sentiments


These lovely ladies are my husband's sister and her daughters. Shahrzad is visiting from Iran, so I decided I'd start an album for her, using pictures I snagged off of her Facebook page.

The "Selfies Word Pack" was just the thing for this page, as were the "Polaroid Assortment Frames." I embossed these pieces with a white embossing powder that has silver flecks in it for some glitz and glamour. 

A glittery, silver-embossed "Mini Camera" was a perfect accent for a selfie page, and it was a great place to stick a subtitle from "Mini Word Set 1." I used black stamp ink on the "Sharon's Butterflies" for a dramatic touch against the bright pink.

2Crafty Products used on this layout:
Selfies Word Pack
Polaroid Assortment Frames
Mini Cameras
Sharon's Butterflies
Mini Word Set 1

Finally, I'd like to share an additional layout I recently created for
 CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration using this Case File:


2Crafty Products Used on this layout:
Small Filmstrips
Smile - Loopy Font

Thank you so much for visiting today. I hope I've given you some ideas 
for using these awesome chipboard pieces!

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Let's Go! {CSI Case File No. 181}

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

Here's my page. I made it for my sister-in-law who was visiting us last week.Clues I used: Evidence: kraft background, thin strips, pencil work in background, frames, transportation, eyeglasses, mustaches, clouds, metal, stamps, gears/cogs, string; Testimony: Document an outing.

Here are some details. That grid stamp in the background is by Kaiser Craft. There's a border stamp I used (blue on the edge), also by Kaiser Kraft. That little compass brad is by Colorbok, and the Dymo sticker is ancient, by Pebbles. The arrow and mustache stickers are by MAMBI. The clouds were cut form a Bella Blvd. paper.

The little cluster has a bunch of different bits and pieces. That black cog is foam--really old, by American Crafts, the eyeglasses are from Hobby Lobby, by Paper House, another brad by Colorbok. There's a little black enamel geotag by We R Memory Keepers, and the "so much fun" sticker is by Simple Stories.

That fun little chipboard car is by October Afternoon, and the chipboard frame is by Crate Paper. I've had that kraft background paper, by My Mind's Eye, forever. The text in the background is printed on the paper, and I added a few tiny brads to serve as some journaling.

Come see what the rest of the team made, and play with us for a chance at some great scrappy prizes from our sponsors.


Monday, November 2, 2015

Read: A Wonderful Story {CSI Case File No. 180}

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

Here is my page. Clues I used...Evidence: polka dots, light bulb, animal, banner, eye glasses (on the little bear), mushrooms, leaves, scallops, book pages, doilies, metal, decorative border, watercolor; Testimony: Document something about books/reading.

Here are some details. The stamps are all by Denim Tampons, one of our sponsors this month. I used a lot of older stash, along with some newer its. The light bulb is by Maya Road. The banner is by Recollections. The little bespectacled bear is a puffy sticker by My Little Friends. The yellow decorative border under the title is by Crate Paper, and the diamonds came form the centers. That yellow scallop bit is an old Doodlebug Frills. The washi tape is Recollections. Those felt letter stickers are by Making Memories--super old, as are the mushrooms cut out of an old Sassafras Lass paper.

I made the background by spraying ink on plastic packaging and smushing it on the paper and then stamping over that. The leaves are from an old Scenic Route paper. The brown alphabet bit is packaging from a Studio Calico wood veneer alphabet. Oops! Looks like that bit of yellow washi tape is trying to escape!

I forgot to photograph my journaling (on the tag), but basically it talks about how important I think it is to pass on a love of reading to my students, which is what that article in NEA Today was about (yes, that's me in my classroom with my students on the cover of the magazine), and how it saddens me to see how this crucial part of educating our children seems to have been lost in the new Common Core curriculum.

We've got awesome prizes from eight sponsors up for grabs, and this Case File stays open until November 13, so come play with us!


Saturday, October 31, 2015

One Perfect Autumn Day

I'm making a gift album for my sister-in-law. They're here visiting their daughters. I just loved these pictures of them that I snagged off their Facebook page. I couldn't fit them in with any DT work, so I just decided to go looking for a fun challenge with which to use them. I made this page:

...using this sketch from Stuck?! Sketches. My page looks a little different because I scrap 8 x 8 and the pumpkin was so big that it, along with the photos, covered the width of my page.

Here are a few details. The pumpkin is a Silhouette cut file. I stitched the leaves with my sewing machine to give it a little more interest. The "Autumn" is also a Silhouette cut file. That frame on the picture is actually gold. I hate how metallics are so hard to photograph.

The cool wood background paper is by Chickaniddy. The rest of the papers are pretty old. That green dot is by K&Co, and the brown stripe is by Ki Memories. The orange behind the pumpkin is by Making Memories, and the brown gingham behind the pumpkin stem is Webster's Pages. Those wood chevrons are by Studio Calico. The little leaf brads are super-old--I got them from the Target Dollar Spot eons ago. The orange word sticker is also ancient--by K&Co, and of course the brown word stickers are old 7Gypsies.


Friday, October 23, 2015

I Could've Blamed the Cat {CSI Case File No. 179}

Case File No. 179 is a super fun one:

Here's my page. Clues I used: Evidence: stripes, pocket, string, buttons, badge, animals, stamps, labels, jars, stitching, felt, washi tape; Testimony: document a childhood story, put your story in an envelope..

The colors were a little harder than I thought, but I had fun playing with them. I used a sketch by Kristine Davidson for Paper Camellia:

Here are some details. The puffy cat stickers are by American Crafts, as are the letter stickers I used for "blamed." The stripey letters are really old, by Making Memories. That fun curly arrow is by 2Crafty. Papers I used are by Crate Paper (green background, Bo Bunny (teal dot), Amy Tangerine (tan stripe), Teresa Collins (orange quatrefoil).

The gold dot pocket is from Hobby Lobby, and I tucked my journaling in there. The #LOL and For the Record stickers are by MAMBI. You can read my journaling below.

Thank you, Tracee, for the lovely doilies! The "Oh, My" speech bubble was cut out of a Studio Calico paper.The little jar was cut out of a Dear Lizzy paper. That felt piece has been in my stash FOREVER--so happy to use these oldies. The stitches are rub-ons from a million years ago. That washi tape is by Recollections, and that cool stamp is by Denim Tampons, one of our sponsors this month.

The label stamp is also by Denim Tampons, and the flair badge is by A Flair for Buttons. The little green chipboard circles with the stars are by MAMBI.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Pink Sweet Yum {CSI Case File No. 175}

My last catch up. Hopefully I'll be able to keep up now. This was our Major Case File for September at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:

I made another page for my album, Debbi and Tracee's Epic Adventures. We were at the baseball game.

Clues I used: I pretty much followed the sketch; Evidence: polka dots, grid pattern, hearts, plus signs, animals, doodling, flower; Testimony: handwrite, mixing print and cursive.

Here are a couple of closeups. The animals came from the Case File. I just printed them on photo paper, cut them out, and mounted them with adhesive foam. I used a mix of really old and new stuff.



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