Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Brick Layers

I knew right away what to do for the Child's Play Lego challenge.  A few years ago my son went Namibia to help out a school for orphans.  Being one of two males on the trip, he moved a lot of rock and did a lot of rubble clean up.  He was there for a month and was one of the best things he has done.  Really good to get a dose of reality on how many others in the world live.

Sunday, December 29, 2013


Shhhh....I'm really not a fan of traditional Christmas colors, but this week's CSI are right up the traditional alley!  I set to work using my new doily stencil, with some gel medium, and red ink.  Really loved the way this background turned out!  I dug in my stash for some vintage Christmas paper and a layout that I really like was born.  That is one of the benefits of a color challenge.  You use colors that you don't necessarily like or wouldn't think of using and are often thrilled with the results!

Evidence used: birds, paint, horizontal lines, wood, and twigs

Testimony is on my love of all things pretty, at Christmas, on the back of the title tag.

Case file

Monday, December 16, 2013

Black Friday

Welcome back for the 2nd of our December inspiration challenges at ScrapStuffz  Think of it as our gift to you, our wonderful players!  For our second inspiration photo, Stacia chose an great grid design!  So many options with this photo.  I love the overlapping photos, the news print, the simplicity.

I really liked that print background and I was hunting for some paper that simply had writing on it.  I just was striking out when all of a sudden I found this columned piece!  Talk about a score!  I went with the matted photos that overlap each other.  I decided to use red instead of green because I brought home the Starbucks bag from our annual breakfast stop.  This year my hubby decided to join us.  We really did have a ball.  Even me, who didn't want to go in the first place and hates shopping!

Ready, set, CREATE!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Feather Boa

It's sketch week at CSI! I recently got a stencil from The Crafter's Workshop that was PERFECT for this sketch!  There were lots of fun evidence prompts so I decided to scrap this photo of my son's cat.  My DIL wrapped this feathery toy around his neck and I snapped photos.  He was not impressed, but I caught this awesome look on his face!  Totally looks like he is talking.  Since feathers were included in the evidence list, I went for it.

Evidence used: branches, birds, dots, feathers, circles

Testimony is on the little tag and tells this story.  My title is also part of the story too.

The case file

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Pinned It, Made It

Child's Play Challenges decided to use that good old classic Rudolph movie for their challenge this week!  That is such a great movie and will never get old.  Love the animation.  It's just funky and fun.

I knew right away what I would scrap about.  I recently saw these super cute cards on Pinterest and I decided to make some.  Now funny thing is, I also just recently saw a blog post on Pinterest fails.  Hilarious!  I know that sometimes Pinterest can make us feel like a complete looser and wonder why we can't be as awesome as all the other people there.  Of course they are probably paid to create such wonders, but that is neither here, nor there.  I'm happy to say that I thought these turned out pretty cute.  Here is a link to the blog it was pinned off of.  

Monday, December 9, 2013

Time 2 Ski

Seriously loved the color palette at CSI this week!  They worked perfectly for these photos of Kayla and her friend snowboarding last year.

Evidence used: something dangling, frames, circles, something shiny, and something transparent.

Testimony is tucked into the slide frames.

The case file

Thursday, December 5, 2013


Very interesting colors this case at CSI.  So very elegant.  Just a splash of color.  I thought they would be hard to use, but it came together very quickly.

Evidence used: frames, stripes, lamp

Testimony is a fabulous quote that so sums up why I love photography!

The case file

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


This was a real eye popping case this week at CSI!  I loved the boldness of the palette.  Such a change up after the soft, blue hues last week.  I wasn't sure what direction I was going to take, so I visited the journaling site, One Minute Writer, and found a prompt that sparked an idea.

Recently I attended my nephew's wedding.  It was held at a group campsite, deep in the high dessert woods.  The RSVP cards had lots of mentions about you attending, or not, with or without boots.  So we decided to find some cowboy boots to wear.  I found the perfect pair and right next to them was this great hat!  I picked them up and shot this photo to show friends that knew I was looking.  One of the One Minute Writer prompts was simply, "Boots".  The site has a little timer and you are to write for one minute, that's it.  Bam, done.

Evidence used: mesh, typewriter accent, typewriter font, frame, and gems

Testimony is from the journal prompt and is in the frame.

The case file

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

You & Me

I was sort of ho hum about this color palette at CSI this week.  Not sure why.  I usually really like earthy tones.  I loved the sketch though and the journal prompt "repeat one phrase over and over" made me want to use You & Me and scrap about my hubby.

I found a photo that my friend, Adele, took when she was here over my birthday, so I printed them off in two sizes and cut them into circles to match the sketch.  I used some gel medium and a stencil to create the fun diamond shape in the background.  Next I added layers of spray ink and water, letting the color drip down.  When dry, I sprayed some teal ink on my craft mat and pressed the page into the dots and splats.  Seriously love how the background turned out!  I layered some paper in strips and in banners, added some branches and embellishments.  I stamped the You & Me onto journal strips, added a flag with the same message and a title of the same too.

The case file

Monday, December 2, 2013

Best Gift

First off, I LOVED this inspiration photo!  It is just so fun and festive.  Here it is again, if you lost it.

Isn't it such a cool idea???  I would so do this if I had a truck like that.  I was so very inspired by the dark background with the bright lights, that I decided to do just that.  I got out a piece of black, spritzed with with spray ink, then through sequins at it, in super bright colors, then glued them down.  I added the ribbon to be like the strung lights too. I really like this photo of us last Christmas and thought it made for a pretty backdrop to get it scrapped.  

I can't wait to see what you come up with for you creation!