Thursday, January 18, 2018

Fine Ol Chap



It's time for another CSI challenge! We have a little Alice in Wonderland to inspire you this time. Of course I went for the Mad Hatter and scrapped these photos of my grandson in his dapper new duds. How cute does he look in that top hat???

I used an oldie but goodie, Swaggar. Also included are some great corners by Unity Stamp Co and a fun bit of flair from A Flair For Buttons

I did use the evidence list at the bottom of the page and included:
dots, stripes, crown (well, yeah...), hearts, clocks, and a tag.

My testimony is short, but sweet, "This dapper lil dude in his new dapper duds."

Be sure to stop by and play along with us, here






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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Hello Card With Crate Paper's Snow And Cocoa Collection


Happy Tuesday to you! I picked up Crate Paper's Snow and Cocoa collection and I just love it! It's perfect for all your Winter crafting needs. The art is so cute and has many adorable characters.

I put together a simple card using the paper, from the paper pad, and a handful of embellishments from the chipboard die cuts and ephemera pack.

Simple, easy peasy, and who wouldn't want a hello from this cute lil guy?

Happy Creating!
Laura

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Distress Oxide Galaxy Background


My good friend's husband sustained a pretty serious injury, that is going to require a long recovery, so I decided to brighten his day with this cute lil snail from the Unity Stamp Co's Happy Snail Mail. He's just darling and the sentiments are really cute.

After stamping him on my watercolor paper, I masked him off and started adding distress oxides. Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber, and Wilted Violet are the brights that are randomly applied to the background. Faded Jeans and Black Soot make up the night sky. Some water drops and white spray ink make up the stars. After the sky was done, I pulled out my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors (because they are so nice a cheerfully vivid) and painted the stamped image.

Hope your day finds you with a spring in your step!

Happy creating


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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

A Star Is Born



Welcome to a new year of CSI challenges. This year we're mixing it up a bit. You can either solve the case the old school way, with all the color, evidence, and testimony prompts....or....be inspired by the inspiration photo. I did a bit of both. The colors this month were just perfect to scrap this photo of my first grandbaby. I also included several of the evidence prompts, but let my journaling just be about this lil dude.

For evidence I used:
distressed background, stars, banners, string, triangles, and dashed lines.

I thought the stars prompt fit perfectly, not only with the baby, but with this super fun kit by Unity Stamp Co, Happy Holidays. I both stamped them out onto watercolor paper, but onto shrink plastic and made fun little embellishments from them. I painted the full sized stars with Kuratake Gansai Tambi paints (I love the brilliance of these paints), and I colored the shrink plastic stars with Prismacolor pencils. The distressing was used by stamping, in multiple generations with some Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. This "Hello" flair, from A Flair For Buttons was the perfect extra addition. A simple border finished off the piece.




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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January Bullet Journaling


My favorite stamp company, Unity Stamp Co came out with a line of bullet journal stamps. They have released January through March, for now. I had never heard of bullet journaling, but I loved the stamps, so I set out to figure out how this might work for me. I did some research and I suggest starting here, at the beginning, to see how it got its start. There's a short video that gives you the background and overview of the system.

I'm not really a planner kind of person; I don't need colors for each person in the family to chart out our weeks, but I liked the idea behind this sort of journal. I decided I would use the system as a goal tracker and progress keeper, mostly for fitness, but for other improvements too. Once that was decided, I ordered a bullet journal (I like the dotted ones), collected the Unity stamps, and added fitness and planner stamps from Scrapbook.com.


I toyed with skipping the index and future log, but decided to go with it. I can see where a future log can be useful for adding future goals and the index just helps you find things quickly.

The future log is a place I can set some "down the road" sorts of goals, especially fitness ones; like "climb that mountain this summer". One of my crafty goals is to work on lettering and line drawing, so I drew the arrow dividers and did the lettering. 


The next step was to set up a key. This will be an ongoing process, as I figure out what my needs are and what works for me. I also added a mantra page. I have been injured for over a year now, and lost a lot of my fitness accomplishments. I find myself looking at how far I've fallen, how far I have to go, and get very discouraged. I really do need to focus on the next little step and not be overwhelmed by the mountain in front of me. I had fun with the lettering and the Unity stamp was perfect. 


Now that the journal is all set up and ready to go, it's time to get to the first month! I love the font of January Floral bullet journal kit and the flowers are gorgeous. I made the calendar using Lawn Fawn's Plan On It Calendar. So cute! I pulled out some line drawing and made the box that surrounds the dates. I finished it off with Call It A Plan and I Am Woman, from Unity. I just love the quote "There is no fear in fierce". The "My Goals" is from Technique Tuesdays' Goals. I've used Derwent Inktense pencils to color throughout my journal. You don't need much water and I have found it doesn't warp this paper, when water is used sparingly. Be sure to keep that in mind if you wish to use a wet medium, when choosing a journal.

I'm starting my new year by doing 21Day Fix, so I made a spread that lays out the whole program, including a place to record my stats. I've got each day mapped out, including the line dividers, using the Cook It/Clean It kit, from Unity. I figured why not have a bit of fun with the measurements and used Bryna Girl as my model. I added a sentiment from Yes I Can, by Technique Tuesday and added the little scales from the Fitness Planner, by Hero Arts.



Finally I mapped out each of the first three weeks. I used the days of the week from Design Your Week, by Unity. The water glasses, weights, and heart are all from Fitness Planner, by Hero Arts. The numbers and star are found in Plan It Calendar, by Lawn Fawn. The cute lil broccoli is from Plan On It - Fitness, by Lawn Fawn. The inspiration quote and girl are You Got This, by Unity. "Follow the Plan" is from Goals, by Technique Tuesday. The line breaks are hand drawn, using Micron pens. I got this assorted sizes and found myself using mostly the .2 and .3 sizes.


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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Merry Christmas With Great Outdoors

I am an outdoorsy sort of person. The sea calls my soul and the mountains fill me with wonder. The new Stampers Anonymous Great Outdoors stamp set, by Tim Holtz, is one of my new favorites! With it, I created a forest, using 6 different colors of Distress Ink.


I used Twisted Citron and Crushed Olive for the trees that are furthest away, misting the inked up stamp before stamping down. The middle ground trees are Mowed Lawn and Peeled Paint, with the closest trees being Pine Needles and Forest Moss. I like the depth it gives to my forest. I fussy cut the deer and popped it into place. For the card base, I used the wood slice and Gathered Twigs, and inked the edges with the same. A wrapping of twine and a sentiment finished off the card.


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

December Daily Album With Kaisercraft

It's almost time to enjoy all the wonder of Christmas and what better time than when there's a new baby in the house. I have a new grandson and the Kaisercraft Frosted collection is a fun, vintage line. 

I used my Silhouette Cameo and a couple of mini book album cut files to make my book base. I first resized them to fit a normal sized photo, then cut out using kraft paper. I like the kraft card stock. It has a stiffness to it and makes a really nice base and can go with any paper. I also like the rustic look of the kraft.


I used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to ink up the edges. This gives the pages some depth by creating a shadow.



I cut out the mat pieces, slightly smaller than my base. My albums included matting cuts with the album.



I used the Cinch to bind my book together. I just love this tool! You can use it for so many things. These albums came with holes for rings or ribbon, but I love bound books, so I simply delete the holes before sending to my Silhouette.



Now for the fun part! I used the collectables that went along with the Frosted paper. I am giving this album to my son and daughter in law, so I wanted to keep it simple. I added just a few die cut items that are open on two sides and will allow a photo to tuck in.

The finished book and a few examples of the inside. Mom is so excited about adding memories of their son's first Christmas! 







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