Wednesday, December 31, 2014

14 Favorite Layouts from 2014

It's always fun to go back and look over the pages I've made during the year, and I picked out my favorite 14. Here they are, in no particular order:


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Thank you for looking at my pages. Wishing all my scrappy friends a joyful, healthy, creative 2015!

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

The Birth of a Monster {CSI Case File No. 150}

Our current Case File at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration is a super-fun one:


Here's my page. Clues I used... Evidence: stripes, Swiss dots, arrows, banners, lightbulb, holiday accents, decorative border, monsters, heat, something fuzzy, pom-poms, labels; Testimony: How-to format.


Here are some details: The texture paste kind of got smushy under my stencil. I think I added too much paint? I decided it kind of looked like the sand, so I went with it.

So, here's the story behind the story. I've been keeping bearded dragons as class pets for about 15 years, and my most recent one died, so I got this cute little guy from the pet store over the summer. Beardies are very docile reptiles, which is why I have them as class pets. Well, this little guy, who I was going let my class name, was cute and sweet for a couple of weeks, and then he suddenly turned into a little monster, as you can see from the pictures. He'd puff out his beard and snap at me. It was past the pet store's return date, so I named him Godzilla and talked my husband into taking him to his work as a pet (he owns an auto body/paint shop). He's grown quite large and is still a monster, but Farzad's employees and customers are quite amused by him.


Of course, I'm always delighted when I get to use monsters on my page. These little green guys are from an old October Afternoon Night Light Louie paper.  I also used old some papers by Scenic Route, (cream with red x's), Jillibean Soup (red dots), A2Z Essentials (blue circles). I couldn't figure out who made the red test paper.

The light bulb is by Prima. The "no refunds, no exchanges fabric sticker is also old--by 7Gypsies. The felt pieces are by Creative Cafe and were used for the fuzzy clues. They're really old too. I just love using old stuff on my pages!


I love it when I find the perfect sticker for a page. That "show me teeth" one cracked me up and is just so right for this page. That "from" brad is by Prima, I think, and is from a set of Christmas brads (hence, my Christmas accent clue).


Yeah, I know, that's a porcupine on the brad, but he's spiky like my beardie, and he was the right color green. The loopy border punch by Martha Stewart.

Come on over and see what the rest of the team and guest designers made with this challenge. This Case File is open until January 8, and look what you could win from our sponsor, Prima, if you play:


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Monday, December 29, 2014

2Crafty Design Team Work for December

It's my turn to share my December work at the 2Crafty Blog.  
 
 
"Merry & Bright"
 
That's my mom and my step-dad, who passed away last Christmas. 
I've been working on a scrapbook for my mom, and gave this page to her, 
along with some others I recently made, for Christmas.
I had this idea of hanging ornaments from the top of the page. 
2Crafty has a lovely assortment of Christmas ornaments and baubles, 
but I didn't have any, so I had to get creative.
I found the perfect 2Crafty pieces to create ornaments. 
The chain length borders were a perfect way to hang the baubles I created. 
I used platinum embossing powder to give the chains some shine.
I added a Mini Reindeer to a Word Circle to give it a Christmas feel. 
I wanted my page to sparkle and shine, so I used glitter and embossing powder
with a glitter finish on all the chipboard pieces.
 

A glittered Heart Silhouette with a "Noel" from the Christmas Mini Word Pack 
transformed a heart into a Christmas ornament.


The "Merry" in my title is also from the Christmas Mini Word Pack
The lovely gold scrollwork on the sides of my pictures were cut from
the Parisian Border--one of my absolute favorite 2Crafty pieces.


2Crafty Products used in this project:









"Hello Wonder"

I flipped seasons and made a summery layout 
featuring a picture of my adorable nephew holding a praying mantis.

I just love using 2Crafty's Circle Words as part of a title. 
I coated mine with white embossing powder.


How cool is this Hessian Patch Panel? I chose this piece to mimic 
the stick-like shape of the insect. 
It adds such awesome texture and is perfect layered 
underneath other elements.
I left mine raw to give it an outdoorsy feel.


I love the fun whimsy of this arrow from the Funky Arrows set. 
I coated mine with orange embossing powder.


How sweet and lovely are the cursive Mini Words
Because they're so thin and delicate, they're perfect for layering over a photograph.


I used part of a Polaroid Frame as an additional layer.
Cutting just enough from a chipboard piece to peek out
of the layers enables you to use the rest of it on another layout.
I inked it and then added some Heidi Swapp Color Shine to give it a shimmer.



2Crafty Products used in this project:







"Friends"

I made this page for my niece-in-law. 
I used Case File No. 141 from CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.


One of the Evidence clues was to use Glossy Accents, 
and that's how I made the branch from Heidi's Vines so shiny. 
First, I painted the piece green and then added the Glossy Accents.
I cut the vine in half to make it extend from one end of the 
picture to the other.



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. 

And remember, to find a 2Crafty stockist near you, drop an email to...
salesat2crafty@optusnet.com.au

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