Friday, March 27, 2015

Web Gems

I have to say, I had the hardest time with this CSI case. I don't often use purples and I didn't really have anything to say about myself, so I wasn't sure what to do. I'm not sure what prompted me to use the photo of the web, maybe I had the idea of the jewels in my mind as I looked through photos that I have. I also got this cool cut from The Cut Shoppe that reminded me of spider webs. I think it is supposed to be flowers, but then again, I do seem to see things differently than most.

I first cut out a stencil from a sturdy plastic sheet, then filled in with modeling paste. After that was dried, I had a bit of fun with various watercolors. I simply applied really wet paint to the page and then let the drips drip down. I used a plum regular paint and a light purple shimmer paint. Then I took my Shattered Tim Holtz stencil, inked with black distress ink and stamped into some of the circles as well as filled in a bit of white space. They totally look like spider webs! I added some small gems to mimic the water droplets, made a couple of spiders out of black enamel dots and adding legs with a pen. I penned a fun little border around the and over the flowers. I went with a sort of whimsy look to match the look of the stamped webs. To finish off the piece I layered some papers, added the photo and title, bunched up some thread, and wrote a free poem to add to the side.

Evidence used: mixed media, jewels, doodling, watercolor, and decorative border

Testimony is a free poem
Jewels of the
Rain upon the
Artists on the
Garments made of

Friday, March 13, 2015

Time Doesn't Heal All Wounds

I really liked the interesting color combo this week at CSI. The pretty blue with the more subtle earthy tones is really striking. I had a hard time trying to decide which photos to use though, so I went through some of the journal prompts at the Rainbow Elephant sight. One of the prompts was to use photos that move you. I knew right away what I wanted to scrap.

My husband and I took a little trip to San Fransisco just before Christmas. One morning we took the ferry over to Alcatraz Island. He had never been and I thought he would really enjoy it. As we finished up the tour, I noticed that the hospital wing was open. It hadn't been open the previous times I had been there, so we went to check it out. It was a really strange experience. Almost like you could feel the ghosts of past inhabitants. It was a bleak, dingy, stark environment and I remember wondering how on earth anyone could actually heal in this sort of environment. It was very creepy. One of the sights that moved me most was that operating table just visible through the doorway. I was very moving. Not sure why, just was. Maybe it was just the coldness of everything. Here they were, out on a rock in the middle of the bay, ill, needing healing care, and they had to find comfort in this cold institutional setting.

I tried to make my piece look very old, worn, distressed, broken down to match the mood and look of the place. I used a mix of script stamps, paste and torn up tape, finishing off with a heap of thread and torn tape.

Evidence used: dots, string, splats, long title

Testimony is to use photos that move you, "These photos really touched something in me. I can't imagine trying to heal in such a harsh, inhospitable place."

Saturday, March 7, 2015

I Choose You

Week 7 at Journal 52 brought us the prompt Valentines. Valentines Day isn't a huge deal here. We are some of those that don't need an advertisment national holiday to express what we mean to each other, but it was still fun to think about and make a journal page on love and relationships. I found this quote on Pinterest and just loved it. It so says how I feel about my husband. 28 years later, I would still choose him.

For my background, I cut out a stencil from the Addicted to Love cut from The Cut Shoppe. I knew when I first saw it that it would make a great stencil. I then added gel medium through the stencil, waited for it to dry, sprayed red spray ink on one end and using my spray bottle, made an ombre effect.  Then I went about adding layers of shadow and texture. I used a script stamp over the topand inked the edges of the page and a lot of the heart circles with black distress ink. I cut out the heart from the Sweet Hearts file out of watercolor paper and added distress inks in purple, lilac, and black, then added script stamping on top. I backed the word cutouts with black paper and filled with Stickles. I used the word positives as an additional point of interest up at the top. I colored them with ink and outlined with a fine black pen. Layer a few pieces of lace under the heart, add some wood embellishments, and sprinkle with some cranberry ink, and you have the finished piece.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Adventure Awaits

I can't believe we are already into March CSI cases already! I loved the fun colors of this case and the inspiration photo is adorable.

I went with the selfie prompt. I had just recently taken this selfie of my husband and I headed out on a road trip and I thought it would be perfect for this case. The Polaroid frame and circle cut are from The Cut Shoppe and were perfect for this layout. The circle shape is a camera shutter and I love the heart in the middle. Reminds me of spending time with someone I love and documenting the fun we have, so I added clock hands to it to represent time spent. I pulled out some papers from a couple of Studio Calico travel collections, one of which is just full of these magnetic word type boxes. I paired cut out ones with stamped words using my dial a letter stamp for my journaling. Love how interesting that turned out! The sketch was super cute, but I only had one photo and wanted to use the frame, so I cut down the photo clusters and the circle became an embellishment. Since I only used one of the clusters, I added a bunch of banners that I just hand cut without much thought of being perfect.

Evidence used: camera, circles, metal, Poloroid frame, circle, hearts

Testimony is on my selfie and the adventure it represents. "Let's go on an adventure just you + me. Let's explore and see the world so go away with me please today and everyday. Road trip San Fran Dec 15 2014"

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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!"

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Friday, February 6, 2015


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!


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