Monday, August 17, 2015

Girl Time

As soon as I saw the color palette at CSI, I knew it would be perfect for a photo of my mom and I. We took this photo at the airport, as I was about to leave. It had been a great visit and my mom was a bit sad to see me go. I left with the memories, and photos, from great adventures.

Evidence used: flowers, leaves, wet medium (watercolor), animals, and flourishes.

Testimony is done on leaves about my trip.

Saturday, August 15, 2015


It's another month at CSI and I love the first case! Any time I get to scrap my favorite place in the world, the Oregon Coast, is awesome. This visit we went over and found it to be very windy. We went down to the beach and saw a whole little village of driftwood shelters set up. Most had occupants for the day, but we found a couple that were vacant and moved into one. They offer the perfect retreat from the wind and you can just soak up the warm sun and listen to the surf. It was a lovely day.

I found this piece of paper that was perfect for the color palette and added some crackle texture paste through a fun stencil. I added some burlap behind the photos for good texture. I stamped and cut out some travel/nautical items then inked them up and added micro beads and some gears. I took a metal saying and added some patina, put a couple of birds and signs. I placed stickers on the sandy part of one photo and just outlined them to help them stand out. Finally added some journal strips about the day.

Evidence used: nautical elements, string, wet medium, mesh, and metal

Testimony is journaling about my outing.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Wave Crash

My final project for this month of being guest designer at The Cut Shoppe.

I love going to the coast! It's my happy place. When I saw the waves in the Make A Splash, I knew I had to cut a stamp! I also cut one from the sun in the same set. For the background, I wet a piece of watercolor paper, sprayed with 3 different colors of spray ink and sprinkled generously with salt. I left the house to let it dry and when I came back, all sorts of magic happened. I was left with this feathery piece with lots of texture. I was left with a salt mess too, but just took it to the sink to brush off. I then stamped with my new wave stamp in a dark blue and my sun stamp in embossing ink, and embossed in gold. I cut the wave title from the Beachy Keen set from white cardstock, colored with distress ink, sprayed with water, dried and coated in Glossy Accents. I cut the second part of the title from All Tied Up alpha. I thought it could use a splash of color, so I cut the circles from Give It A Whirl and colored them in a pinky red and orange to contrast with the blue. I love the color pop! Finally I cut the favorite saying from Etc, Etc, Etc and backed with velum so it wouldn't get lost. 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Road Trip

Project number 2 of my month of being the guest designer at The Cut Shoppe.

As soon as I saw the Hit The Road file, I knew I had to have it! It is perfect for the road trip we took in December to San Fransisco, the Redwoods, and back home. I took a photo of the drive through the Redwoods as we drove and used a blur action to give it that feel of movement. I also thought the world from The Places You'll Go would make a fun background. I used my knife in the software to remove the words from the file and cut the continents from a piece of watercolor paper. I then used a couple of colors of spray ink to create the ocean, after masking off a section for the sunburst. I used some gold Inka to define the edges of the continents and mounted, with mounting tape on a piece of star map paper. I cut Heart Burst out of stencil material and penned the edges, coloring in the middle. I cut out A Walk In The Clouds, cut them apart, inked in the same colors as the sunburst. I cut the road map maze from Hit The Road, switching the start and end so the end would be around the San Fransisco part of my map cutout. I added the "wow", because it was wow, from Hero It Up and my title from Here and There. All I needed were a couple of embellishments and journal strips.

You can check out the full post on The Cut Shoppe's blog.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Tornado Warning

I'm so excited to be the guest designer at The Cut Shoppe this month! I got to create 3 layouts with Ashley's fun cut designs. I have loved her fun, whimsical designs from the first day I saw them.

For my first layout, I used a photo collage that I created at my mom's, when I went to visit. The first night I was there we had a big thunderstorm with us falling in the tornado warning box. A tornado actually touched down to the west of us. It was intense enough that we actually got a shelter made if it came to hunkering down. The winds got bad enough that we did go to the basement, but never took shelter in the tub. Exciting for this West Coast girl.

I thought the target, from the Right On Target cut, was perfect for this story. I found the background paper in a Basic Grey collection that pulled in the science of weather. I love the waves. Since I had the collection out, I added fun colors from other papers to some of the sections of the target and for my tornado.  I cut the US from On The Road, removing the words in the middle and added clouds from Moody Blues. I cut the clouds from white cardstock, inked with distress ink, and spritzed with water to give that watery look. The only other think needed was a title and a bit of wood. My journaling was already in the collage.

Check out the post on The Cut Shoppe's blog.