Friday, September 12, 2014

Me and Teeny Tiny Shane {Case File No. 138}

Okay, so I'm behind again. I've been ordered to stay in bed with my leg elevated for the past two weeks, so there's a good excuse, right? Good news is that my doctor said I can go back to work on Monday.

So this is our most recent Case File (still open until Sunday) at CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration.

I made this page for my sister. That's the same little guy that's in the Two Face layout in the post below. I took the photo and the title from my sister's Facebook TBT post.

Clues I used...Evidence: wood/woodgrain, grid pattern, damask, envelope, ruler, tags, numbers, buttons, paint, loops, stars; Testimony: Tuck story into envelope.

Here are some details. I have so many packages of Heidi Swapp chipboard letters. I use them any chance I get. I bought scads of them at a time when they were pretty much the only chipboard letters you could buy--this was pre-Thickers era. I used lots of odds and ends on here. chipboard button by Prima, Brad by Teresa Collins, labels by Jenni Bowlin, epoxy sticker by Making Memories, wood veneer elements by Studio Calico.

I tucked a little journaling card into the glassine envelope so my sister could write some reflections, and used some eyelets and twine to close the envelope.  I tucked a bit of cheesecloth between the layers. The blue chipboard letters are also Heidi Swapp.

All my papers I used were scraps (except for the background paper). Papers I used are My  Mind's Eye (background paper); Foofala (teal damask); Cosmo Cricket (salmon paper), Chatterbox (blue polka dot); Echo Park (ruler, tag). In the background, I used white acrylic paint, a chevron studio calico stencil with stamp ink, grid stamp by Kaiser Craft, a roller stamp by American Crafts (picture perfect), and splatters of mist in a bunch of different colors.

So that bit on the left wasn't initially supposed to be there, but I goofed when I cut my paper. I kept looking at it and it didn't seem right--I had trimmed it 7 x 8!

You should go check out the awesome work by our team and guest designers, and if you have some time this weekend to play, you have a chance of winning this awesome prize form our sponsor Flying Unicorn:


Thursday, September 11, 2014

2Crafty September Shares

It's my turn to share my DT projects over at the 2Crafty Chpboard blog. Here's what I shared this month using the awesome 2Crafty chipboard...

This is my nephew at Otakon, at an anime convention. 
He went as Harvey Dent (aka Two-Face), from the Batman movie. 
I found several 2Crafty products that were just perfect for this page.
2crafty elements pictured below:
Giant Gears
Film Strips - Medium

The gears are a great accent for a guy page. 
I coated mine with pewter and silver embossing powders and 
melted them to give them a cool metallic sheen.

2crafty elements pictured below:
Film Strips - Medium

The filmstrips were perfect for this page, 
seeing how Shane was dressed as a movie character.
I painted them with black acrylic paint. Instead of gluing them down, 
I decided stapling them on would give them a grungy touch.

2crafty elements pictured below:
Chevron bits

The Chevron Bits are a great way 
to lead the eye to the subject of your page. 
I used a brick red stamp pad to color these. 
The Chevron Bits is an awesome product to buy--
there are 46 pieces in a variety of sizes and designs!
This is my best friend's adorable granddaughter, 
Ezra on her first birthday. I wanted this page to have a magical feel, 
and I found the perfect 2Crafty bits to do the job!
2crafty elements pictured below:
Flourish Adornment Set 4
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars

Isn't that Flourish Adornment gorgeous? 
I think it has a perfect magical feel.
I used black acrylic paint to coat it.

2crafty elements pictured below:
ATC Words 1
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars

The ATC Words are so sweet and just right 
when you don't want a huge title. 
The set comes with 11 words, plus a couple of stars.
Again, I used black Acrylic paint for the title. 
For the stars, I painted them black, and while
 the paint was still wet, I sprinkled black glitter.

2crafty elements pictured below:
Flourish 2
ATC Tiny Hearts & Stars

I added a lovely Flourish to the other side of the photo and another 
glittered star as a flower center.
"The Lesson for Today"
I used CSI Case File No. 137 and Creative Scrappers Sketch #274 for this
 page commemorating my first time going to my church.

2crafty elements pictured below:

After I had my page designed, I felt like it was a little plain,
and the clock frame was the perfect thing to give it
personality and interest and also went with the message of my page 
(you can read my hidden journaling here). 
The Clock Face Frames comes on a sheet with 3 nested clocks 
and also some circles and rings, 
which makes this a great deal!
Oh, how I love 2Crafty's Loopy font! 
So perfect for a striking title!
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a peek at my pages.
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Lesson for Today {CSI Case File No. 137}

Eek! I am so far behind with my blog posts!

Yesterday we opened a new Case File:

I made a page commemorating my first time going to my church.

Clues I used...Evidence: polka dots, stripes, washi tape, envelopes, metal, flourishes, labels, wood; Testimony: Journal about your attitude, tuck your story into an envelope.

I used this sketch from Creative Scrappers:

Here are some details. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the circles in my cardstock and backed them with various patterned papers. I loved the sketch, but when I got my basic design assembled, it all seemed to look flat, so I used this awesome clock by 2Crafty chipboard, which turned out to be the perfect thing. The "Today" in my title is also by 2Crafty. I used acrylic paint on both pieces of chipboard. That ruler bit on the orange paper is an old 7 gypsies rub-on. The letter stickers are by Lily Bee (white) and Cosmo Cricket (yellow).

The little black bird is a wood veneer piece by Studio Calico that I painted with acrylic paint. I tucked my journaling into the yellow polka-dotted envelope. As a bit of background, I was raised pretty much without any religion. We went to Catholic church for a bit as I was growing up, but it never held any meaning for me, and as an adult, I never went to church. My mom started going to church about 6 years ago, and last year, her birthday was to fall on a Sunday. Months ahead of this, she said, "I don't want any presents for my birthday this year. All I want is for my family to go to church with me on my birthday." I replied, "Well, if it means that much to you, I'll go--we don't have to wait until December.

So here's my journaling... (By the way, that New Attitude image, is from these cards our church hands out at the start of a new message series, and that was the series that was starting on my first visit). If you aren't a Christian, you should give my pastor a try. You can see/hear his messages here. He's awesome and very inspiring and it will change your life.

I never ever expected this day to be the most important day of my life. I didn't expect to go into this church and fall in love with the message. I didn't expect to go in and find a church that was nothing like I ever knew or imagined it could be. I didn't expect to go from die-hard agnostic to Christian in an instant. I never expected that I would want to go buy a bible so that I could read God's Word. I never expected any of these beautiful, life-changing effects, but I am forever grateful that Mom invited me to this amazing church.

You might have read that I reorganized my paper at the beginning of summer, and since then, I've been making my pages using old scraps.  Some of the papers shown below are Jenni Bowlin (text), October Afternoon (yellow), Fontwerks (orange in the bottom right corner), Crate Paper (gray), Ki Memories (pink), My Mind's Eye (orange chevron-y pattern).

You should come by CSI and take a look at what our DT and guest designers made--lots of inspiring stuff, and this is the last Case File for your chance to win this awesome prize from Quirky Kits:


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Delight {Case File No. 133}

I'm behind on my blog posts, but I wanted to get this up anyway. I love the colors on this happy CSI Case File (August is Happiness Happens Month, and when I saw this image, I knew it would be perfect for a Case File):

I found the perfect picture of my best friend's daughter and her sweet little Ezra on her facebook page.

I used all scraps on this page, and almost everything is really old. Clues I used...Evidence: polka dots, animal, flowers, flair pin, paint/watercolor; Testimony: Delight, how-to list (the sticker on the left seemed like a how-to-list for achieving delight.

I used this sketch from Laura Whitaker to inspire my page design:

Here are some details. I made the background by spritzing ink on my craft mat, dipping a piece of plastic bag in the ink and smushing it onto my paper and then I used a Crafter's Workshop stencil with stamp ink and did some extra stamping.

Those goofy whales and the hearts are old K&Co stickers. I used a scrap of Ki Memories lace paper. I can always count on finding BasicGrey letter stickers in my stash to match my colors. The "i adore you" is a rub-on."

The hearts below are from that same sticker set as the whales. The flair button is by TwoPeas, I think. the piece underneath with the text is a half of a sticker by Christina Cole (really, really old--maybe a decade old)--the other half is on the bottom right.

I cut the heart out on my Silhouette Cameo.

Here's the other half of that Cristina Cole sticker--the flowers for my Evidence clue.

Even though the Case File is closed, you are still welcome to play and add your page to the Gallery, and be sure to go see all the gorgeous pages by the design team and guest designers.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Take Off {CSI Case File No. 134}

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

Here's my page. This is my nephew and brother-in-law. Clues I used... Evidence: monsters, bird, space elements, transportation elements, metal,  stitching, circles, and darn-it I meant to add clouds but forgot! Testimony: Thank-you note.

Here are some details. Most of the stuff on here is really old.  I love the Sassassfras Lass Monstrosity paper so much that I searched all over the internet when I thought I was going to run out and paid a small fortune for what might have been the last pad of paper on earth just to get two sheets of the monsters. I added Glossy Accents to his eyes  to make them glossy and dimensional. The background was made with a Crafter's Workshop stencil and texture paste mixed with acrylic paint. That stamp is by We R Memory Keepers--I used embossing powder (sorry for the glare). That clip is by Evalicious. The blue grid paper is by Scenic Route.

The numbers in the sketch were a perfect element for this page. I used them as a sort of countdown to take-off. I couldn't make the pictures round, so I added the twine to frame my nephew and add a circle element.The yellow paper is by SEI and the orange ruler paper is by Crate Paper. The stars paper is My Mind's Eye.

The rocket die-cut is by Crate Paper. I added Glossy Accents to the rocket windows. The little chicken is sort of out of place, but the colors were perfect and I needed a bird for one of the clues, and it's sort of a fun and silly page, so I went with it. I was so irritated at myself for outlining my letters from right to left. I didn't realize I was smearing the ink on the e. Grrrr.... The dark blue sketchy paper is really old Autumn Leaves and the light blue with the dots is SEI.

The Let's Go Stamp is from that same We R Memory Keepers set. The arrow was cut out of an Echo Park paper. I decided not to trim the ends of my stitching off because I thought it gave my page some fun texture.

I hope you'll come join us for this fun Case File and definitely come check out what the rest of the team and guest designers made. Quirky Kits is sponsoring us this month, and if you play, you have a chance to win this awesome prize:


Sunday, August 3, 2014

2Crafty August Shares

It's my turn at 2Crafty to share what I made with their awesome chipboard. Here's a copy of the post:

Greetings, 2Crafty Fans!
 I'm here to share three layouts with you today.
 For those who don't know, I scrap 8" x 8".
"Home Tweet Home"
These sweet little birds decided to make a nest on my front door wreath.
 I had in mind that I wanted to recreate a sort of nest on my layout, and the 
gorgeous flourish element was the perfect thing for the job. I painted this
 piece brown and then added a bit of white mist. The leaves were trimmed off 
of a beautiful frame that turned out to be too large for my pages.
 I inked them with green stamp ink and drew the veins with a pen.
2Crafty elements pictured below:
flourish - Felicity Flourish
leaves trimmed from frame - Viney Page Frame
I used three pieces of 2Crafty chipboard for my title--the alphabet, the little bird,
 and the feather. All elements were coated with acrylic paint. My yellow paint
 was a little thick and seeped into the wonderful markings that give the feather
 such nice dimension, so I took a pin and scraped the paint out along the lines.
2Crafty elements pictured below:
letters - Alpha Set 1
feather - Indian Feathers
bird - Birdhouse
leaves trimmed from frame - Viney Page Frame
The sweet birdhouse was the perfect accent for this page.
 The package includes 5 birdhouses and 5 little birds
 (one of which is shown in the picture above),
 so I still have plenty for other layouts.
2Crafty elements pictured below:
bird - Birdhouse
"This Face Makes My Heart Smile"
One of the things I love about 2Crafty is that they have such a versatile collection of chipboard. You can find lovely flourishes and other intricate elements that are perfect for a romantic, girly, nature-y layouts and you can find elements with a more modern vibe that suit masculine layouts.
My step-dad died at Christmas and I'm making a book for my mom. This is one of our favorite pictures of Ed, and the 2Crafty chipboard title was the perfect sentiment for my page. I tried a bunch of different things with the title, first coating it with gesso, and not sure I liked it I inked it with the blue from my papers, but it looked too pastel-ish, so I painted it a dark brown, thinking it would be a nice contrast to the cream paper below it, but I didn't like the way it looked, so I went back to coating it with gesso, and I left it a little rough-looking to go with the masculine feel of my page.
I coated the heart with gesso and then used three different colors of ink to give it an aged look and then stamped with clear ink and heated it with clear embossing powder, which gave it a wonderful texture.
2Crafty elements pictured below:
title - This Face Title
heart -  Folk Hearts
Arrows and chevrons are a perfect accent to highlight something on your page, and what I wanted to highlight was this wonderful face. I used gesso and the same inks as I did on the heart and then I stamped using brown ink and clear embossing powder.
2Crafty elements pictured below:
chevrons - Chevron Bits

I had most of my page designed and it felt a little plain and needed another shape.
 Circle Revolution Frames to the rescue!
 The sheet comes with three different sizes and I used the largest one. I decided to leave
 them raw, and I really like the added dimension and interest they gave to my page design.

2Crafty elements pictured below:
Circle - Circle Revolution Frames

"She Sparkles"
I created this layout for CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration, using this Case File:
I was done with my layout and I just felt it needed a little "something-something," 
and that's when I remembered the sweet little 2Crafty hearts in my box. 
The sheet has a gazillion hearts and stars and are the perfect thing to add when
 you just need a little something extra on your page.
Hearts - ATC Tiny Hearts and Stars
Thank you so much for stopping by and taking a peek at my pages.
And remember, to find a 2Crafty stockist near you, drop an email to...




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