Friday, February 27, 2015

A Little Bit Scruffy {CSI Case File No. 156}

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

Here's my page. Clues I used...Evidence: Text Print, leaves, stamps, mixed media background, liquid pearls, brush font, triangles; Testimony: "A Little bit..."

2Crafty is sponsoring us this month, so I've used several of their awesome chipboard pieces on my layout.

This is my 18-year-old kitty, Little Brent. His age is showing, poor boy.

Here are some details. I sprayed several colors of mist onto my craft mat, dabbed it with some plastic and smushed it onto my page. I used various stamps (Kaiser Craft, Denim Tampons) and drew some triangles.

Here's a look at some of the 2Crafty chipboard I used. I coated the arrows with stamp ink and embossed the other pieces. The checkered pattern is a stencil.

I put my journaling inside a raw 2Crafty chipboard frame. The circle frame and the "sweet" word are also by 2Crafty. I tucked a little punched leaf to go with one of the clues. My papers are all really. The text print is by Jenni Bowlin; the kraft paper is by Making Memories; the green inside the frame is by Collage Press; the orange dots is unknown---super old. Ack! Just saw that piece of hair on my page. I hate when that happens!

My journaling reads: My sweet boy. You're a little scruffy and a little stinky in your old age, but I still love you so, so very much. 

You'll definitely want to solve this Case File for a chance to win some awesome 2Crafty chipboard!


Follow {CSI Case File No. 153}

So, I got behind again, but I wanted to share a layout I did with the last January Case File at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:

I generally start my layouts with a story, so I chose to document a milestone I've celebrated as my Testimony clue. I decided to make a page about my baptism. Mom and I were baptized at our church in December. Testimony clues I used: texture paste, architectural accent, sprinkle something (the confetti shaker), labels, string, lace (in the form of a doily).

Here are some details. I found the perfect yellow on this Studio Calico paper, which also had architectural elements. I wanted to include a cross as an element on my page, and Tracee helped me with the idea of using part of a starburst. I left out some of the rays to leave the shape of a cross.

The plus-sign stencil reminded me a little of crosses, as did the pink fleur-de-lys paper when I turned it upside down. The chipboard window is by Maya Road. Those gold accents are by Crate Paper.

I added some tiny white and yellow star sequins to the vellum accent, which I thought looked a little like a window.

My journaling, on the back:

I was baptized as a baby in the Catholic church, but really, that didn't mean anything to me. I have no memory of the event. As an infant, I was unable to choose to follow Christ. We weren't really raised with a faith. Any encounters I had with church left me bored and confused. And so I remained faithless for five decades. In July 2013, I attended church with Mom--it was her wish to have her family go to church on her birthday, and so I told her if it meant that much to her, I'd go early. That day in July changed my life. This church was everything I never dreamed it could be. Not boring, but exciting, not confusing, but full of truth and meaning. This church, you see, is Bible based.

I soon learned that the Bible is an instruction manual for life. I've read Scripture every day since I bought a bible the second week of going to Frederick Christian Fellowship Church. And one of the things I learned was that the baby baptism I received 50+ years ago is not biblical. The Bible teaches us about baptism in Matthew: 28, where Jesus gave instructions... 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

I learned that we become a follower of Christ the moment we make the decision to put our faith and trust in him. It's not just a one-time, static thing, becoming a follower--it's the start of a life-long relationship. We follow Jesus when we are willing to continue to learn his will. That's what being a disciple is.

Even though the decision was already made to follow Christ in the past, we are baptized to let the rest of the world know what's happened inside us and how we're going to live the rest of our lives.

Romans: 6 explains the symbolic significance of the act of baptism...all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

When I went down into the water, it symbolized that the old Debbi who used to follow my own way is dead and buried, and the new Debbi has been been spiritually raised to life--resurrected--not to do my own will but to do the will of Christ, whom I trust.

This was such a joyful celebration, and I'm so grateful to have shared this moment with Mom. Our friend and my first growth group leader, Paul McKinley, baptized me. Farzad, of course, was there. It touched my heart when several of our friends we've met in growth groups came to celebrate with us. These people have become my church family.

Although I was baptized as a baby, December 2, 2014 was the evening of my real baptism. I will forever treasure this memory as I grow in in my relationship with Jesus.


Saturday, February 21, 2015

Looking Forward {CSI Case File No. 155}

Here's our latest Case File at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration:

2Crafty is sponsoring us this month, so I used some beautiful 2Crafty chipboard on my page:

Clues I used:  Evidence: circles, paint, pen work, metal, labels, photo corner; Testimony: I chose a list prompt and did list journaling.

I created my own text paper by repeating my list journaling over and over. The prompt I chose was "list things you're looking forward to." I'm on Weight Watchers for the gazillionth time, and I'm hoping it's the last. I've lost 32 pounds so far. Here's what my journaling says--it's about things I'm looking forward to once I've lost my weight:

feeling good; not hiding from the camera; buying clothes in any store; feeling happy when i look in the mirror; being more active; not feeling so self-conscious around new people; not being a slave to food; going on a mission; being a good role model for my students; being able to wear my rings again; wearing jeans; being cooler in the summer because I won't be hiding under clothes; crossing my legs; feeling more energetic; being comfortable in any chair; weighing less than Farzad; going swimming; not having to approve all pictures of me; being healthy; feeling younger; being able to buy clothes that I like, not settling for something that looks okay or fits me; not feeling like a failure...

I forgot to take closeups, and now I've got about a foot of snow outside my house, so I'll have to share them later when I do my 2Crafty post.

The design team and our guest designers made some gorgeous layouts. You'll have to come see. And you'll definitely want to play along for a chance to win some gorgeous 2Crafty chipboard. Take a look at some of their most recent releases:


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Alphabet Adventure {CSI Major Case File No. 154}

We've got an awesome Case File open for investigation for the whole month of February at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.

2Crafty is sponsoring us this month, so I've used lots of awesome chipboard on my page.

Clues I used...Evidence: polka dots, stripes, woodgrain, nautical accent, alphabet as a design element, book pages, textured paper, metal, twine; Testimony: inspiration words--go, possibilities.

Here are some details. I was so pleased to find this old Cosmo Cricket woodgrain paper in my stash--it was the perfect green for the palette and met one of the Evidence clues.

I removed the chipboard letters from a 2Crafty sheet of letters and painted it with gesso. I liked the rough look it had so I left it with just gesso. I strategically cut it so that the "abc" would be part of my page and backed the negatives from those letters with papers that coordinated with my cluster. I tucked a 2Crafty geotag inside the "b" and added tiny letter stickers near the "a" to form  part of my title--Alphabet.

I tore a page out of an old dictionary that had the word adventure on it. I wanted to add some twine to that spot and used an old K&Co. key as a vehicle for using the twine.

How awesome is that "adventure" piece--it's from the 2Crafty Travel Word Disc Set. I recently bought some flair badges from A Flair for Buttons, and found two perfect ones for this page.

The 2Crafty Polaroid Frame  was another perfect addition to my page and another way to get some twine onto my page. I journaled on the back of my page, so the 2Crafty chipboard points your way to the back. (You can read journaling below.)

Where should we go for lunch? That was the perennial question every Sunday after church. Until the Alphabet Adventure popped into my brain. It was the perfect solution to this mystery of life that plagued us every Sunday. We used to go to the same few places, and since Farzad always left it up to me and I could never quite decide what I was in the mood for, it was a source of irritation for me.

Now, the possibilities are limited to a certain letter of the alphabet, and it makes my decision so much easier. And so much more fun and delicious!

A the first week, was Alexander's. B was Bonefish Grill. C led us to the Cuban restaurant, Sabor de Cuba (I know, Farzad reminded me that restaurant started with S--but Mom had been wanting to go there forever, so that's where I picked for the C week). D took us to the quirky Turkish-German Doner Bistro. Farzad was away for E, and mom had invited me to her house for an egg sandwich, so I got creative and named that week E. F was Family Meal, the upscale diner by the Bryan Voltaggio. G was our only bad meal of the alphabet adventure so far--Glory Days was just awful. H was a little cheat when we went to That Hummus Place (Farzad said that didn't count because it actually started with a T, but it was either that or the Japanese restaurant Hinodo, and he's not fond of Japanese, so he forgave me).  We had tapas at Isabella's when we reached the Letter I.  JoJo's Restaurant and Tap HOuse was our choice for J. We wound up going there two weeks in a row when our K restaurant was dark when we tried to go. We gave Kabobs and Curry a second try the next week, so we fulfilled our K. Even though I had decided on Los Toltecos for L, they weren't open until 11:30, so we headed to Lucky Corner, which is one of our favorite places, so I didn't mind. At this writing, we've reached the letter M, and we had Thai food at Modern Asia.

It's been an adventure full of delicious discoveries in our town of Frederick. I love this new tradition, and I'm sure it's a Sunday ritual we'll keep for a few more runs through the alphabet.

You must come check out all the creative takes on this challenge by our design team and guest designers. And you must come play for your chance to win a fabulous batch of 2Crafty chipboard.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

DT Work for 2Crafty

It's my turn to share my work on the 2Crafty blog today.
Here are three layouts I made
using the awesome 2Crafty chipboard.
These beautiful girls are my husband's nieces. 
I'm making a book for Mehrnaz, and I gave her this page 
when she visited a couple of weeks ago.

How awesome is this Bubbly Reed Panel
Such a cool backdrop for a photo.
 I used some circles from the Circles sheet 
to sort of extend the panel to the edge of my page.
I coated them with white embossing powder 
to give them a crisp look against the kraft background paper.

I used red stamp ink to color the Funky Heart and then inked the edges with black ink. 
The title came from the 6 X 6 Summertime sheet and was the perfect size to layer over the photo.

2Crafty Products used in this project:
Bubbly Reed Panel
Chunky Hearts

"Summer Fun"

I fell in love with these awesome 2Crafty palm trees,
 and this picture my mom, sister, and nephew posing with their parrot hats 
at the Jimmy Buffett concert seemed the perfect opportunity to us them.

I covered the palm fronds with green paper 
and then stamped it to give it texture. 
The trunks were colored with brown stamp ink. 
I painted the "Fun" title from the Summertime sheet and Funky arrow yellow 
and outlined them with a pen to give these elements 
a sort of cartoon-y feel I was going for with this page.

I thought the center of the nested Zig Zag circles looked like a sun, 
so that's what I made it. I painted it yellow and added a Circle Word
misted with Heidi Swapp Color Shine, which gave it a fun shimmer.

The Polaroid Frames are handy for tucking into the layers to add a bit of fun. 
I painted mine yellow and saved the other part for a future layout.

2Crafty Products used in this project:


That's my step-dad who passed away last year. 
I gave this page, along with several others, to my mom for Christmas. 
I made this layout for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration, using this Case File:

How beautiful is this 2Crafty Fine Snowflake
It's a little big for my 8 x 8 page, but I love it so much, 
I wanted to make it a highlight of my page, 
and I framed part of it to draw attention to it.
I embossed the snowflake with a white embossing powder 
that has silver glitter in it to give it a frosty shimmer.

I used pewter embossing powder on many of the other pieces, 
like the Chevron Bits. I love how those pieces can draw your eye 
to a photo or other element that deserves attention.

The Alpha Set 1 is a perfect size to create your own title. 
I embossed the letters with the same pewter, 
and I used a blue embossing powder for the Folk Heart.

2Crafty Products used on this layout:

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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