Friday, January 23, 2015

I {heart} The Coast

It's the wrap up of CSI's birthday month. Three years old already! I have only missed a handful of cases in all the time too. I really do love CSI for so many reasons; the inspiration, the friendship,  and just how much this place has helped me grow as an artist. I'm always trying new things and getting out of my comfort zone.

I really don't scrap birthday photos and I didn't have any recent birthday events, but I thought this week's case would be perfect for some coastal photos that I recently took and had fun doing some interesting edits. The top 5 prompt inspired me to share my top 5 things about the coast, and if you know me, I love going to the coast! There is something just so soothing about the tangy sea air and the roar of the surf.

Evidence used: drip something, texture paste, circles, and sprinkle something (embossing powders)

Testimony is a top 5 list
1. Sand. Between my toes and designs
2. Watching the waves crash
3. Exploring the tide pools
4. Old time bridges and lighthouses
5. Spending time with you!

Be sure to play along so you can be in the running for this month's prizes

Friday, January 16, 2015

Frosted Lashes

This week at CSI we are joining up with Words & Painterly, a brand new challenge blog! Words & Paintery focus on a color palette, a work prompt and mixed media! They have an amazing DT, so be sure to check them out. They have a once a month challenge, on the 15th. I like that because most others start on the first of the month and go all month, while these challenges are in the middle, but you still get a whole month.

Because the color palette is so cool and frosty, I went to my wealth of Yellowstone in winter photos and found this one of a frosty bison. I love the frosted lashes on him.

Evidence used: snowflakes, silver metal, melt something, texture paste, loopy font, jewels.

Testimony is edged in glitter.

Be sure to play along with both sites and be eligible for prizes! I can't wait to see what YOU create.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Mr Suave

Welcome to the Scrapbook Generation Blog Hop for December. If this is your first stop, you might like to start at the Scrapbook Generation blog and then hop through each link. 

These photos are from my son's wedding and using my Scrapbook Generation sketch books makes for a super easy way to plan a wedding album. I had over 1500 photos to choose from and found myself a bit overwhelmed.... I sat down with my sketch books (I have all the double page books), the wedding photo files, a pile of Post-It notes and set to work. I broke down the day into happenings, looked at the photos that fit, counted up the ones I wanted to use, and found a good sketch. Then I sized each photo, added to a letter paper sized page in Photoshop, put a sticky note on the sketch I was going to use that told me what photos belonged there. After all my photo collages where ready, I printed. Printed for days. I printed the whole wedding album at once. Really I printed two wedding albums because I am insane and made two; one for them and one for me. I think my stack of photo paper was around 2". It made it really nice to take to crops. The photos were already printed and the design process was done.

For this layout, I used a 7 photo sketch from Volume 1 of my double layouts book. I kept pretty true to the sketch with the photo placement and little boxes, but added a lot of manly doodads. The finished piece really fits these boys well.

You can find the SG sketches in their books and as downloads in the SG store, and there is a free one every month in case you wanted to try it out. Be sure to stop by Lyne's blog. Be sure to leave a comment on each blog and one lucky commenter will receive a free sketch bundle of their choice from the store.

The winner will be drawn on Monday, December 8th, so you have plenty of time to leave a comment. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014


There is a fun new challenge blog called Words & Paintery and it looks to have a fun mixed media twist to it. Looks like a lot of fun. The first challenge was to use two shades of blue and a dark teal and had the word prompt of "paintery".

I took these photos on my visit to Yellowstone last January. I could stand and watch these geysers erupt all day long. They make the coolest sounds and spew out amazing water droplets. This particular geyser allowed you so close that you actually get some water spit on you. It was super fun to try and capture as many suspended droplets as possible.

For this one I started out with a blank piece of watercolor paper. I thoroughly wet it down and added blobs of blue ink, letting it flow and pool. I like seeing what sorts of designs form when I do this. Next I added some stamped scratches in the dark green. I pulled out some cheesecloth and arranged it so that it was thin in places and thicker in others. I clustered my photos on top then sprinkled some clear skittles, mimicking the water droplets in the photos. I then added some gears, clouds and gems. The plain clouds are covered with glossy, giving them a thickness and shine. Add a title and a bit of journaling, and we are done! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Hobbit Hole

I am super excited to be a guest blogger on Balzer Design's blog today! Seriously, I found and loved mixed media through this blog AND I have so many of Julie's stencil designs in my collection.

Be sure to visit Julie's blog for the full tutorial on using gel medium for a resit.

Monday, October 13, 2014


This week's case at CSI was a really interesting one for me. I loved the sketch and the inspiration photo was so interesting, but when I got to the journal prompts, I knew exactly what I was going to do. See, sometimes I struggle with feeling like I have nothing worth hearing, so I stay silent. It's something I've struggled with, off and on, always. I was actually quite shy and quiet as a child and those feelings rear their ugly head from time to time. One day I was feeling particularly on the outside, so I poured out my feelings in a free poem. Writing poetry is something new for me. I have always believed that I couldn't write. Sound familiar? Actually, a lot of the rules elude me, but I don't need to worry about all that in poetry, so I have found my sounding board.

I went out and snapped a few selfies to support the story, turned them black and white, added them to a film strip frame file, and cut them apart to add to my banner.  To make my background, I masked off one half of my page, got it good and wet, sprayed with spray mist and stamped to add texture.  Then I masked off that side, brushed red paint, stamped a cool gear stamp all over, added some watered down grey on top to calm it down. I then just started throwing things into a banner position, adjusted bits, added bit, removed bits, and glued everything down. I cut some clouds out of book pages, printed off my poem, cut it up into strips, and adhered all those down. I decided to let the last word in the poem stand as the title. It's what the whole piece was about.

Evidence used: mixed media background, bird cage, birds, frame, gears, circles, book pages, typewriter, and clouds.

Testimony is a free verse poem.

Silence crashes all around me
Words unspoken
Feelings tamed
Like wild animals behind bars
Silence rings deafeningly
Lips are still
Eyes plead
Hear me, oh hear me
Silence bullies its way in
Do not speak
You have nothing to say
Silence roars from the distance

Monday, October 6, 2014

Take To The Sky

Summer of Chaos Catch Up continues!  When I first glanced at the color palette for August Scrap 365, at CSI, my heart sort of sunk.  They are not colors I use at all!  At least not together.  So pale, so light, so boring?  The inspiration photo helped at bit with that awesome drawing of hot air balloons.  I had just purchased a balloon stamp set and had my photos taken on my trip to SLC, from the plane, so I set to work.  First thing I did was take my favorite cloud stencil, by Julie Balzer, and stamp with distress inks, from the color palette, mist, then press onto my water color paper.  If you haven't seen the Tim Holtz technique he used on his June tag, be sure to check it out here.  It is awesome and I use it a lot! Because the colors were so light, I doodled in the forms of the clouds and added some curly cues for a whimsical look.  Then I stamped on some flying birds and circles.  I stamped, embossed, and colored in some hot air balloons, then fussy cut.  I added some strips of washi, including a travel themed one, for a matte.  Added a photo cluster and arranged my balloons, some die cut clouds, gears and propellers.  I added some sayings and my title to some hand cut banners and placed them on the balloons, like they were being flown as advertising.  For a case that I did not like, at first glance, I LOVE the finished piece!

Evidence used: clouds, hot air balloons, birds, doodling, polka dots, string.

S365-7 - Take To The Sky