Tuesday, February 9, 2016

2Crafty February Design Team Work

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

"Enjoy Today"
This photo of my husband's niece and her cousins was taken on Lombard Street during their trip to  San Francisco.  Of course I found some perfect 2Crafty chipboard pieces that would be perfect for the modern, urban look I was going for.
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For those who don't know this landmark, Lombard Street is known as one of the crookedest streets in America. It's a block long and has 8 hairpin curves. I thought the curvy arrow in the "Crazy Arrows" set would be perfect for this page. I coated the arrow with black stamp ink. The "Square Collage Panel" reminded me of a city street map, so I used that as a focal point of my page. I left it raw and backed some of the squares with various patterned papers.

The border dividing the top and bottom halves of my page is from the "Mixed Border Strips." I inked it with several shades to try to match my polka dot paper and then stamped it with a green ink pad using a tiny polka dot Kaiser Craft stamp for added texture. The "Enjoy Today Mini Title" title was colored with black stamp ink. The title may not look so "mini" on my page because I scrap 8 x 8, so it was a perfect size! I love how the circle from the "6-inch Circle Revolution" set can be laid right onto the photo to frame the beautiful faces. I painted this piece with white gesso.
2Crafty Products used on this page:
Crazy Arrows
Square Collage Panel
Mixed Border Strips
Enjoy Today Mini Title
6-inch Circle Revolution

"Just Adorable"
Meet Minnie Cupcake, my crazy sweet kitten who I discovered has Mickey Mouse ears on her nose (hence the name Minnie). As you can see, she is just adorable, so the 2Crafty title piece was my beginning point for layout.

I coated the "Just Adorable" title with two different colors of glitter. I used one of the chunkier pieces from the "Chevron Bits" and cut it in three separate pieces, coating them with white holographic glitter.

The "Polaroid Assortment Frames" are one of my favorite 2Crafty elements, and I decided to add a whole bunch of them on my layout to highlight these three sweet pictures of my kitty. I glued different patterned papers on top of them and filled some of them with papers.

The lovely "Fanciful Butterflies" are such a sweet adornment, and I coated them with more glitter. The "Love" word came from the "ATC Words 1" set. I used letter stickers to complete the sentiment and used a little chipboard heart from "ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars," covered with patterned paper, as the O in the word you.

I created a video detailing my process for creating this layout. It's my very first video for 
2Crafty and my first time creating a video with my voice narrating it!


2Crafty Products used on this layout:
Just Adorable
Polaroid Assortment Frames
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars
Chevron Bits
Fanciful Butterflies
ATC Words 1
Thank you so much for visiting today. I hope I've given you some ideas 
for using these awesome chipboard pieces!



Saturday, February 6, 2016

By the Bay Today {CSI Case File No. 190}

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

Here's my page. Clues I used... Evidence: stripes, solid background, bird, nautical element, heart, stars, rub-ons, stamps, scallops, wood; Testimony: Write a haiku, inspiration word call, hand-drawn journaling spots.

These photos were taken during Tracee's first visit with me.

We've been having crazy weather here in Maryland, and when I had to photograph my page, there was over three feet of snow on the ground, so I only got to photograph my page. I couldn't get any closeups because I usually have to sit on the ground for that. But to talk about some details, I just cropped some spots from my layout.

Those are some super-duper old brads I used, and I even used an eyelet in the anchor! Always happy to use up some of my old stash. The scalloped frames are real old too--by Making Memories. That crackle washi tape is by Little B. The crackles are silver. Don't you hate how hard it is to photograph metallics?

I recently took all my brads out of their packaging and organized them by color, which makes it so easy to find a brad to match and also helps me to use up ones that I've had forever. Here's a look at how I organized them. I bought a few sheets of foam core board and cut them into pieces that would fit into these stackable drawer units I have. You can see those if you look at the photos of my scrap room. Then I poked holes in the board with my embossing stylus and suck them in. I love organizing things ROYGBIV!

I also recently organized a lot of my embellishments by color, which you can see here. Makes it so easy to match up colors.  I decided to write a haiku. Originally I was going to draw a label or tag and put the whole poem on it, but I couldn't find a spot for it, so I just cut strips and drew some sketchy lines around them. I wrote a haiku, and originally the first line had the inspiration word "call" in it, but I decided to change it and use "beckoned," which is a synonym, so it still meets that clue, in my opinion!

I always forget to use the gazillions of sequins I have, but I remembered this time, and I thought they were perfect for this page. I used the packaging watercolor technique with blue watercolors and lime Heidi Swapp ColorShine mists for the background and then did some stamping using a stamp from Denim Tampons. I found some green stars in an old package of American Crafts rub-ons. I recently reorganized my rub-ons too, so I find I'm using them more.

The Studio Calio Tweet served double duty for the wood and bird Evidence clues. The picture of Tracee was originally oriented the other way, but to meet the design I had in mind, I flipped the photo before printing it. Papers I used are by Authentique (gray stars), My Mind's Eye (teal stripe and the green dot--really old Kaleidoscope collection).

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Farm Fresh {CSI Case File No. 189}

We just opened a new Case File at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:

Here's my wacky page. I've been wanting to make this page forever. My mom and I have been subscribing to a CSA (community supported agriculture) for the past two summers. I wish I had a better picture than this silly selfie, but it was all that I had to work with, and this Case File totally called for this story. 

Clues I used...Evidence: gingham, jars, string, food accents, circles, wispy flowers and leaves (sort of), enamel dots, wood, cork, cursive font, askterisk, splatters, rub-ons; Testimony: document something about food, inspiration words, season, and journal as a recipe.

Here are some details. I got a little carried away embellishing this page. If you read my last post, you saw my new cart of drawers for organizing many of my embellishments by color, so it was easy to find lots of things to go with the color scheme.

The jar was cut from a Dear Lizzy paper. I like that it said "summer" on it, and I pointed to that word with some enamel triangles. I was delighted to find that radish charm in my stash. What looks like a cork tag is actually a hexagon. It was also fun to find that old Cosmo Cricket label with the peapod. The green background paper is by Little Yellow Bicycle, and the red gingham is by October Afternoon. The wood rub-on in the background is by Studio Calico. I don't like the way it looks, but it stuck like glue on my page, so I was stuck with it. Sigh.

The bundle of flowers is a super-old Jolee's sticker. It was the perfect color, and the farm sells flowers too, so I went ahead and used it.

I think the chipboard circles are all old Scenic Route pieces. The flowery border is also ancient--Doodlebug Frills. The little red asterisk-y things are from a rub-on border, I think by Heidi Grace.

I cut the title out with my Silhouette Cameo. I got the font for free. I used two different stamps--the tiny polka dots are by Kaiser Craft, and the grid one on the green word is by Denim Tampons.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Go Ahead and Jump {CSI Case File No. 188}

Our current Case File over at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration is open for a couple more days:

I loved playing with these colors. Here's my page:

Clues I used...Evidence: stripes, animals, clouds, sun, buttons, triangles; Testimony: Use a song title.

I got carried away getting all ready for my page and totally forgot to use the sketch, although it sort of looks like the sketch if you turn it upside down. In reality, though, I used the January sketch from Stuck?! Sketches:

Here are some details. I recently got this 10-drawer cart and organized a bunch of my embellishments--stickers, rub-ons, die cuts, printed chipboard, etc.--by color, and it was one of the best things I've done. Here's a look at the first 6 drawers:

It's such a hassle looking through all my various packages of stickers and whatnot looking for something that would match a CSI palette that I've found myself not using stuff. Well, now it's easy to match up my embellishments. When you've been collecting scrappy stuff for as long as I have, you forget what you have. I rescued a bunch of stuff for this page.

Isn't this a great photo of my husband's niece and her friends? I made this page for them. Those journaling cards are by ColorHills. I got my title from the lyrics of the Van Halen song "Jump."

The only drawback to organizing my embellishments this way is that I forget who made the stuff, since I've taken it out of the packaging.

The clouds were cut out of an old Love, Elsie fabric paper. The washi tape is by Recollections. The yellow scallop border is by Doodlebug--really old "paper frills."


Saturday, January 9, 2016

2Crafty January DT work

It's my turn to share my design team work at the 2Crafty blog today. Here's  my post:

"Today is Perfect"
As soon as I thought of scrapping this photo of my husband's family in front of this
 unusual statue, the "Triangle Set" came to mind. These pieces are not only perfect 
for pointing toward the subject of a photograph but are also perfect for modern, graphic themes.

 "Today Is Perfect" title was just the right title piece for this page. My husband's sister 
and brother-in-law had traveled from Iran to spend time with their girls, so all of their 
outings were indeed perfect days. I coated the title with gesso and then used various
 inks to try to match the purple paper. Then I coated it with clear embossing powder. 

I topped the triangles from "Triangle Set" with patterned papers and mounted some onto my page with foam adhesive. The stars from "ATC Tiny Hearts and Stars" were embossed with Zing silver embossing powder.

I used yellow embossing powder on the date form the "2015's." This is such a handy product
 to buy, and you get a dozen of the dates in various fonts on a sheet. The "Assorted Arrows"
  are also a great, versatile set to buy--you get 30 arrows in an assortment of styles on a sheet.
 They are perfect for adding a little something extra to your layout and for directing the eye
 to an important element on the page. I used the same purple inks and embossing powder
 on the one arrow as I did on the title and colored the other one black with stamp ink.

2Crafty Products used on this page:
Today Is Perfect
Triangle Set
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars
Asst Arrows

"First Snow"

  My niece-in-law and her husband (who are pictured in the layout above) posted this 
adorable photo of a snowman they made after their first snow in their new home this year. 
I used a sketch from Stuck?! Sketches for my page composition.
I used "Alpha Set 1" to spell out the word Snow and coated it with a sparkly black embossing powder by Wow. The tiny bookplate in from the "Corners and Name Plates" set was perfect 
to add the word first. I embossed that with red glitter Zing powder to give it sparkle. An itty-bitty heart from "ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars," also embossed with red glitter was added to the S in the title. I painted the date from the "2015's" set white and then added Icicle Stickles. 
The chipboard corner was also in the "Corners an Name Plates" set. The snowflakes came 
from the "Mini Weather Icons" set and were painted with white acrylic paint and then
 coated with Icicle Stickles.
The word delight came from the "Mini Word Set 2" and was treated with the same red glitter embossing powder. I decided to leave the lovely border from "Mixed Border Strips" 
raw and add some rhinestones for subtle contrast.
2Crafty Products used on this page:
Mini Weather Icons
Mini Word Set 2
Corners and Name Plates
Mixed Border Strips
Alpha Set 1
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars

"Gadget Guy"
I have one more layout I wanted to share. 
I made this page for my DT work at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration

This page tells the story of how my husband is enamored with technology and how
 every time  I turn around, he's bringing home another gadget.

The "6-inch Clock Frames" and the cogs and gears from the "Gears" and "Giant Gears" set were begging 
to be used for this Case File. I colored the clock with dark brown stamp ink and coated the cogs and gears
 with platinum and pearl silver embossing powder.

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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