Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Birds of a Feather

My first thought when I saw this week's CSI case was, "Whoa, that's a lot of pink...", then I remembered these fun photos taken at my daughter's birthday party. We both have May birthdays and LOVE our desserts to be strawberry related. You can keep your birthday cake, bring on the strawberry pie, the strawberry shortcake, the cheesecake topped with strawberries!

We really are birds of a feather, which I thought was perfect for using the cut file, of the same name,  from The Cut Shoppe. I've always loved the cute, whimsical feathers and wanted a chance to use them. I also used the title and the fun little birds. But first, I spread some texture paste through a triangle stencil and watercolored over the top, in a random fashion as a base for the rest. I added some flowers from Funky Florals too. I really like them too. The cluster of smaller feathers are made with the feather stamp, from Stampin' Up. I stamped them onto vellum and heat embossed with white. I love the sheer, delicate look that technique gives. The two funky birds are busy holding up a banner of shiny. The tear drop reminds me a bit of the shape of strawberries.

Evidence used: stripes, banners, triangles, texture paste, something transparent.

Testimony is documenting a celebration. May birthdays with strawberries!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Seriously Out of This World

Loved this week's case file at CSI! Such fun colors and the green just reminded me of garden fresh salad ingredients. I recently went out to my mom's and I had this whole huge garden to to go and harvest from. I ate a lot of salads whilst there. Dinner salads, side salads, as well as having yumminess like cilantro to put on other meals. Such goodness.

I used the Heart Burst from The Cut Shoppe. The photo covers the heart, but I loved the rays and they just fit perfectly. The paper I found just made me so happy. Perfect pattern for rays! I also used Over The Moon from file by the same name, LOVE came from Round Up, and SERIOUSLY came from Tag, You're It. Be sure to play along this month because Ashley is giving a $20 gift certificate to the store to one player!

Evidence used: arrows, stripes, signs, stars, metal, hang something

Testimony is on the summer ritual of fresh garden eating.

Friday, July 10, 2015

You Are Here

I can't believe it's July already. Time for a new month of fun cases at CSI. This month we are teaming up with Ashley over at The Cut Shoppe. I love Ashley's designs. They are so fun and whimsical and love using them. She is generously giving a $20 gift certificate for one of this month's player, so be sure to join along.

I recently flew out to mom's, a bit last minute, following the Memorial Day holiday. This meant my route was a little all over the place and 16 hours later, I arrived. I flew through 5 airports, 4 flights, on 3 different airlines. It was a bit nuts. The day included a power outage in Portland and a lightning storm and broken plane in Dallas. Oh, and it was my birthday.

For this layout, I started off with some teal paint on white watercolor paper, then added some background stamping with a dated library card stamp. Next I cut out and colored Hip2BSquare from The Cut Shoppe for my matte. I used the grid design from the sketch, but added another row. The tag from the Pack Your Bags filled in the last spot. For my title, I cut apart the phrase from Travelin' On, putting them at the top and bottom of the grid. Little pieces from Happy Camper, Target Practice and Round Up finished off the cut files. I cut some banners out and added the official designation for each of the airports I visited and to add the 3 points of my journaling. The stats, you could say. The whole thing was finished off with a sprinkling of some stars.

Evidence used: solid background, stars, dry embossing.

Testimony is on little tags. "5 airports, 4 flights, on 3 airlines"

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Paint The Sky

We spent a few days in San Francisco the past December. We took the ferry out to Alcatraz Island. The sky was just beginning to clear after a night of rain and there was a rainbow that flowed right into the Golden Gate Bridge. It looked like someone painted the sky in watercolor. The colors of this current CSI case were just perfect to showcase the painted sky.

I started with a plain piece of watercolor paper and did a wash in the yellow and light green colors. I took the brown and stamped a distress stamp around the border and added a bit more of the light green, a little bit darker.

Then I began working on the cluster with the photo. First I dripped teal ink to represent the rain. Next I dabbed distress ink through a flying bird stencil. Then I cut out clouds in polka dot teal vellum. I arranged them, but you really couldn't see the edges and they all blended in together, so I cut some clouds out of pale yellow cardstock. I still thought there wasn't enough definition, so I penned the outer edges in black. That did the trick. While I was at it, I cut a sun out of the same yellow cardstock. I pulled some wooden shapes; prisms, plane, geo tag, boats, and colorized them with ink. I cut the main title out of plain white cardstock from this really cool brush font, and inked it, trying to have darker and lighter areas. After arranging the above, I stamped the subtitle using distress ink. It ended up looking really watery, which was not a look I was going for, but fit perfectly. For the final touch, I added a propellor to the center of the sun. I created some lines for my journaling down in the bottom corner to give balance and added a starburst. I love that starburst.

Evidence used: pen work, birds, clouds, paint and stamps.

Testimony is written directly onto the page, "The weather wasn't perfect but it made for dramatic light, cool clouds, and colorful rainbows."

Got Ink

The office inspiration of this week's CSI case reminded me of these photos that I took of my fingers trying to re-ink a stamp at work. Try being the operative word! The opening for the ink was stuck shut and I had to fight to get the dumb thing open and got ink EVERYWHERE.

I decided to pull the frames and grid layout from the photo too. I cut some frames from fun paper, framing all the elements, from photos to journaling to the title to messy date stamping. Some ink splatters and smudges just finished it off.

Evidence used: stripes, ledger paper, wood grain, frames, and lightbulbs

Testimony is a list on how to re-fill, I mean not re-fill a stamp

1. Fight with case to open
2. Fling pieces apart - get inky
3. Pour new ink into res. - get more inky
4. Stamp - get inky
5. Repeat steps 3-4

Saturday, May 23, 2015

{heart} 2 Travel With You

I loved the colors for this CSI case! The clouds, transportation, architectural and travel themes were perfect for these photos from the Golden Gate Bridge.

I cut the bridge mask out, of plastic, on my Silhouette and added red paint with my brayer, then stamped it onto my background that I made with watercolors and stamped waves. I inked some birds through a stencil and added die cut clouds. I used a couple of word cut files from The Cut Shoppe, breaking up the phrases to just get the ones I wanted. All that was left was to add some fun gears and stamp the "with" on my photo.

Evidence used: transportation, architectural accents, clouds, cogs, wet medium, and stripes.

Testimony documenting getting around on the Golden Gate Bridge.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Fairy Forest

Let's be honest, when I saw the color scheme and the inspiration photo for this collaboration case at CSI, I had NO idea what to do with it! Looking at the photo, I thought of fairytales which reminded me of this photo I took whilst hiking in the Redwoods. I remember editing photos when we got home and my husband telling me that it didn't look real. It really didn't, and that was the unedited photo! I added an action that accentuated the fairytale look even more and it made it into a really cool photo, so I decided to go with it. You would just expect to run into fairies here!

One of the evidence prompts was to use flowers and I had recently obtained this flower cut from The Cut Shoppe and thought cutting them out really big would just add to the unreal look. I cut them in white and used watercolor to fill them in. I then cut some large clouds and painted them too. Some watercolor splatters just finished off the background. I had picked up a bunch of metal charms at a gem fair and hung 3 of them from this little clip. I love the fancy leaves. All that was left was to cut a title and add the painted wooden butterfly. Turned out to be a really simple layout, but fills the page.

Evidence used: flowers, clouds, paint, metal, wood

Testimony is about a fairytale place.