Thursday, January 5, 2017

Artists Collaboration: Inspired By Iceland

I joined another of Tina Walker's Artist Collaborations a couple of months ago. She's always wanted to go to Iceland and thought it would be fun to create art that's inspired by this beautiful country. My mom runs an adventure photography company and they've done a handful of trips to Iceland and the photos are just amazing. You can see their gallery here. I love that they have warmth as well as cold in their images. I decided to go with the colors of the auroras, with a touch of warmth, and make my Christmas cards.

I started by stamping my Unity stamp on watercolor paper, then went to town with my stay inks and water bottle. My fingers were green for over a week. The warmth and light was achieved by using an ink color with gold shimmer in it. Then I pulled the pink of this amazing light show in by watercoloring some of the bits of the stamp. My final addition was some chunky Stickles. I love the way it gives that golden ice shimmer, like the photos of my mom and step dad's.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

My Own Class

Happy New Year! This marks CSI's 5th birthday. I've been solving cases with CSI since case #2, so Happy Birthday, CSI! These challenges have helped me grow and settle into what is me and I'm so grateful.

To celebrate, we have a couple of birthday/celebration themed cases for you.  I don't have a birthday layout for you, but I am celebrating being awarded my own Zumba class, after subbing for a year, at the local gym.  I took a couple of photos to mark the occasion and celebrated with my students. My students :)

I pretty much kept to the sketch, adding the banner to the top.
Evidence used: tiny dots, triangles, different colored letter stickers, enamel dots, and stamped phrase

Testimony is a mix of letter stickers and handwriting. I didn't even set out to spell something appropriate with the beginning letters, it just worked out that way. 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Top 10

A few friends are looking back at some of our favorite projects from this past year.

1.This layout that documented our journey to Costa Rica. Loved the trip and the old world feel of the page.

 2. I hand carved this stamp of Bruce. Ended up doing a second one later. I'm quite proud of him!

3. I loved the mosaic look of this layout and the way the waves turned out.


4. I seriously love the watery, soft look of this page. That shade of green is so pretty!


5. My mom got me started on weaving this scarf. Love how soft and delicate it is.


 6. First of all, I love this photo that an instructor took at a Zumbathon. Secondly, I love how bright and fun the page turned out!


7. One of the things we did in Costa Rica was go on a hunt for Quetzal. They are gorgeous birds and we saw 3. I'm sure we looked funny silently running about this farm. Local guides pay farmers for reporting sightings and planting trees that the birds like. I love how the ink dispersed and the buttons.


8. We went to the coast with some friends and he did a bit of surfing. I loved how this photo turned out! I ended up giving him the page for his birthday. I love the waves and textured cloud, not to mention that giant life guard chair.


9. My little sister got married Halloween weekend, so she had a Hallowedding, complete with costume contest and decorations like wrought iron, a coffin, cauldrons, etc. I made this super fun card to give her.

10. This has to my favorite project of them all! It was for an artist collaboration, where we all started with a packet of supplies that was the same. It was so fun to see what people did with them. I had so much fun getting this clock all "rusty" and old looking.



  There you have it, some of my favorite projects from 2016. Can't wait to see what 2017 brings!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Van Gato

Yes, it's still December, the time of Christmas and I am still using the CSI cases for kitty layouts, that's just how I roll.

I recently had a crafter day with my good friend. She brought over a huge painting to work on and Sydney was so very curious, and of course gave her opinion. I love how the case just matched my photos so well, so I had to use them, right?

Evidence used: stripes, stars, flowers, leaves, tags, sprinkle something (the stars and enamel dots)

Testimony is on a tag.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Hello, Sydney

I'm a little behind, but there is still time to join in with the major case at CSI this month. It's December so of course there are Christmas cases and of course I'm going to do a kitty layout for the Christmas theme.

Last year we had my daughter, her husband, and their cat living with us whilst they built their house. It was super fun, we laughed a lot, and I loved having a kitty in the house again! When they moved out, my husband told our daughter, "When we get back from Sydney, I'm getting Mom at cat". True to his word, when we returned from our trip (months after he told her, she was dying with anticipation) they went out and chose a cat for me. They couldn't have picked a better kitty, she is so sweet, hilarious, and loving. To go along with the story, her name settled into Sydney.

The Cut Shoppe has some fantastic kitty cut files; I used a few here. A Flair For Buttons has adorable kitty flair, as well as an Australia set, which is where the Sydney flair came from. One fabulous perk about them is you can mix and match sets by buying custom kits.

Evidence used: stripes, twine, stars

Testimony is something I've wished for for some time.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Room With A View

Another great case to solve at CSI! I really liked the colors and thought they'd be perfect for another of my summer hikes. My boss told me about this hike. It's a beautiful trail that leads to a spectacular view of Mt Jefferson, in Oregon. As a bonus, there is a little side trail down to a cave that frames the mountain perfectly. It was rather a goat trail sort of trail, steep and not well marked; I don't think it's an official trail at all, but it's so worth the effort because framing the mountain in the cave mouth is really very cool.

I found these awesome mountains in the Silhouette store.  I just love how they become a focal point and mimic my photo. I used some of The Cut Shoppe's awesome clouds. I just love her clouds! A camera flair from A Flair For Buttons fit the colors perfectly. I love the metal compass that I found in my stash.

Evidence used: dots, weather elements, metal, and circles

Testimony is documenting the outdoors.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Follow Your Feet

A super fun case this week at CSI. The perfect colors to highlight one of the many hikes we took this summer. We really do live in a beautiful state. My husband had gone mountain bike riding on this trail and wanted to take me back for a hike. You hike along a pretty meadow, take a turn and end up on this spit of land overlooking the valley and surrounding mountains. You just sort of pop out of the trees to this spectacular view! I very much enjoyed it.

The Cut Shoppe had a fun new file with some hiking phrases that I, of course, had to get. I paired it with this cute compass cut, which went perfectly with the compass rose button from A Flair For Buttons. I did one of my favorite things, getting inky and messy, having fun with stencils and splatters.

Evidence used: wood grain, wood, trees, metal, something fuzzy

Testimony is from the prompt, what did you do today?