Sunday, May 28, 2017

CSI Case File #230

Here's the information for CSI Case File #230 challenge:

I have to admit that this challenge was a little tough for me, due to the colors involved.  I don't know why, but purple of any shade is hard for me to use on my layouts, and I didn't have a lot of lavender papers or embellishments.  I did have some lavender craft foam, and some watercolors, so that's what I ended up using. 

For the "testimony" part of the challenge, I tucked my journaling into a layered embellishment cluster of flowers, paint chip tags, wood veneer and a doily.  I used several of the evidence items:  wood, flowers, metal, rhinestones, phrase stickers, and watercolor.  The watercolor pieces behind the photos were made with the Brutus Monroe watercolor background stamp, and Distress Oxide inks.  I inked up the stamp, then sprayed it with water, stamped, and then repeated the steps with a different color ink, turning the stamp to get a little different background pattern. 

You have until May 31st to join in the CSI challenges

Monday, May 22, 2017

It's a blue Christmas with Jingle Belles

I haven't played along with a Jingle Belles challenge for awhile, but did get time to join in the current challenge to create a Christmas card that is mostly blue.

I used the Holiday Frame and Triple Play Frame stamp sets from Gina K Designs, with inks from Mama Lhey Designs and Hero Arts, and Lawn Fawn paper.  The sentiment was cut with my Cricut, from the Cindy Loo cartridge.  I may add a small bow or snowflake diecut on the right side to fill in the empty space, but for now I'm leaving it as is.


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Scrap Our Stash May sketch challenge

Here is the Scrap Our Stash sketch for May:

May Sketch Challenge

The added twist for this month is to include a stash item for each letter in the word "Mother".

Here's my page, which coincidentally features of photo of my mother with two of her great-grandchildren:

For my stash items, I used (M)y Favorite Things ink, (O)range, (T)echnique Tuesday and twine,
(H)earts, (E)cho Park paper, (R)ed.  The title and the background shape were cut with my Cricut andimages from Small Talk Frames & Tags, J Goode Designs Holiday Sampler, and Graphically Speaking. 

This is such a typical photo of my grandkids. At least one of them decides to make a silly face or move or do anything other than smile at the camera!  Oh well, my mom was having fun with them anyway.  :)

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Summer 1964

I'm playing along with two challenges this week:  CSI Major Case File #229 and the Throwback challenge at Colorful Creations.

Here's challenge #229 from CSI:

Here's my layout for the challenge:

I did some journaling about summer, and included several items of "evidence":  striped paper, cardstock, sun, puffy stickers, and a word sticker.   Of course, the old photos count for the Colorful Creations throwback challenge, and I also used my deckle edge scissors since that's the way those original photos were printed.  I was 8 and my sister was 2-1/2 in these photos---a throwback for sure, LOL!

Saturday, May 13, 2017


My granddaughter just got her first pair of glasses.  She was so excited about getting her favorite teal color, of course!  When I saw this sketch from Sketch 'n Scrap, I thought it would be perfect to show off pictures of her and her new glasses!

Here's the sketch:

And here's my layout:

The papers and stickers are from Bella Blvd.  The stamped image of the little girl is from Hero Arts.  The stamp set didn't have any glasses, so I cut a pair from teal cardstock with my Cricut Explore. 

This layout is also for Challenge #7 at Scrap Our Stash, which was to use the above sketch and include stars.  

Moose stalking

This layout is for the combination challenge from Scrap Our Stash and Stuck?! Sketches. 
Here's the sketch from Stuck?! Sketches.   The additional element from Scrap Our Stash is to use stitching on your page.

Here's my layout, with some photos taken from our trip our west last year.  We spotted this moose moving through some woods on the side of road in Wyoming, so we pulled off and were able to watch him eating leaves from the willow trees.  Very cool!  (and no, we weren't as close to him as it looks in the pictures - it's just the magic of a good zoom lens!)

The papers are from an older BoBunny lines, and I used zigzag machine stitching on the paper strips. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Scrap Our Stash - Challenge #5

This challenge at Scrap Our Stash come from one of my favorite challenges: the Freaky Fast Friday challenge at The Scrap Room.

One additional item for the Scrap Our Stash challenge is to use striped paper.  I used some older Fancy Pants papers for this page, with a photo of my niece, son, and granddaughter on Easter. So rare to get a photo of all three of them without someone making a silly face!