Saturday, February 28, 2015

Lil Bit Dangerous

Happy last February CSI reveal! Love love love the colors of this case!

I was sitting at my desk the other day, working away. I went to wash my paint brush off and nearly chucked into the tea cup instead of the wash water! Painty tea does not sound very appetizing. I decided that maybe this isn't the best resting place for my morning tea (update: in making this layout, I just about put my dirty paintbrush into my tea mug again...apparently I don't learn very fast)

Evidence used: text print, stamps, mixed media background, triangles, postage stamps

Testimony: Use Lil Bit in your title and continue in your journaling. "Lil Bit Dangerous to keep your tea next to the wash water."




Friday, February 13, 2015

Enjoy The Journey

Confession: I had the hardest time with this CSI case. It took me weeks to even pick a photo! I do not love a pastel palette.

There, now that that is out of the way, we can get on to the fun stuff. I finally took my inspiration from the prompts about cycles of life and where you are right now. I decided to use this photo I took whilst killing time during the drive from really, the first vacation with just my husband since our honeymoon. That's right, our honeymoon. We've either gone on trips alone or with the kids. The kids are all grown up and the reason for him traveling so much without us is in the past, so we grabbed the opportunity to use the waning days of 2014 and go away the week before our anniversary; our 24th! We decided to go to San Fransisco, visit Alcatraz, poke around the wharf, and head home through the Redwoods. It was an amazingly fantastic time.

I used this cloud SVG cut, that I just fell in love with, from The Cut Shoppe. I love clouds, they are my flowers, and aren't these cute? I cut them out of white card stock and used the colors from the case and randomly watercolored over the piece. Then I cut out a few banners, coloring the base banners, and added to the bottom of my photo, a little different than the sketch, but hey, sketches are a starting point. I also cut my photo in four pieces instead of using four photos. I like to think they represent different stages of life, so it really plays into the theme of the layout also. I added a little car and steering wheel, tied it off, added a bird to the top, in the clouds (because, hey, there should be a bird, right?), and used a metal embellishment for my title. I think the sentiment is perfect.

Evidence used: transportation element, bird, paint, grid.

Testimony: I wrote about a stage of life. "We've reached the stage of life where the kids are all grown up and on their own. We can just jump in the car and take off on a trip, you & me. Let the adventures begin!"

Come play along with us!




Friday, February 6, 2015

Ka-Boom!

Welcome to February CSI. This month's theme is Cold Case. Case files that just never got released for one reason or another.

I really loved the colors of this first case. I like the bold, sophisticated palette and thought with the nautical decorations in the background, I would so something costal. Then Kitchengetton happened....

I quickly realized that the color combo went so well with the huge mess that my daughter made in my kitchen. She was hosting our bunco group at my house because she lives in a third story apartment in a facility with little parking. She came over the night before to fill my crock pot with a pork shoulder that would become barbacoa pork for a salad. This recipe uses lots of Coke. The pork marinates in Coke over night, I add more Coke, plus seasonings in the morning and turn the crock pot on. She came over right after work to shred the pork and add the sauce. Of course the sauce calls for two more cans of Coke, plus enchilada sauce, brown sugar, and green chilies, you can begin to see where this is going to end up... The recipe calls for the sauce to be blended. The requires a blender, right? You try putting these ingredients into a blender and see what happens! Think Diet Coke and Mentos. From my relaxation location in the living room, I hear the briefest whir, a small splat, and "DON'T COME INTO THE KITCHEN!" I know she'll clean up any mess, so I don't worry. Then I hear, "Oh, I'm glad I brought extra clothes....Don't come in!" Now I'm curious. "Oh, my eyes... Maybe you should come see this... No, don't come in" *getting out of chair moving toward kitchen* All I can say was it was an impressive mess for so little sound effect. There was sauce EVERYWHERE. And it was sticky... I laughed. Then I started helping clean up. AFTER the photos were taken, of course. I think the floor was clean enough that we didn't have human flypaper after about the sixth wash with a bath towel. And the paper towels were next to the blender. Not helpful. We got it all sorted and what sauce was left got added to the pork. I told her that next time she could maybe blend all the ingredients except for the Coke and just stir that in later. The night was a success, meal delicious, fun was had, and I have photos and a story.

Evidence used: polka dots, stripes, wood, words as a design, metal, and string

Testimony is an acrostic poem
Always messy
Born this way
Chaos reigns in
Destructive waves
Explosions abound
Food like a Kraken
Getting into cracks
How did this happen?
I can’t believe it
Just go get a towel
Kitchen is a mess
Let out a good howl
Mop it all up
Never try that again
Oops…it’s sticky
Putting off my zen
Quiet, it will be ok
Really, I’m not mad
Sixth time mopping 
Totally not too bad
Underneath the cupboards
Very hard to reach
Wipe it all up
X-ray vision, I beseech
Yay, done!

Zzzzzz



Be sure to come and play with us this month to be eligible for some great prizes. This case will be open ALL month, so you have plenty of time.




Who Girl

I'm taking part in a weekly art journal challenge. It's super fun and a great community. This week's, week 6, prompt is TV. I don't watch a whole lot of TV, mostly sports, but I do love to watch BBC and my favourite show is Doctor Who. My friend Ashley Horton has a cut file shop for die cut machines and when I saw this file, I knew I had to get it! It went perfectly with this week's prompt. I cut out the TARDIS and the saying and put them on a Gelli print I had that I felt represented the show well.


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!




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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.