CSI 142 – It Just Got Real

Hey everyone! Friday, again! Here’s the Case File for 142:

Case File 142

I love this image.  So fun.  (Except… I have major issues with the idea that anyone is right OR left brained……)

Here’s how I solved the case:

Case File 142 - It Just Got Real

Case File 142 – It Just Got Real

Evidence:
Light Bulb
Speech Bubbles
Arrows
Plain White Background
Numbers
Stars
Triangles
Circles

Testimony:
Journal in Speech Bubbles

Journaling is about the differences between my previous PhD studies, my current life, and the PhD I’m about to begin. The photo is of the journal articles I was reading to write my proposal. The “It Just Got Real” refers to the fact that I’d been working on getting back to the PhD for over a year, and this was the first thing than I was doing that said, dude… this is REAL. It’s actually happening.

The “genius” refers to a Poem Mooney wrote (its’ at the bottom of my page):

A
Genius
Constant Thought
Never Stopping
Whizzing By on your Mind Roller Coaster

Case File 141 – Saran Wrapped

Hello everyone!  It’s Friday again.  Here’s this week’s CSI File -

Case File 141

 

Isn’t that image hilarious?  I immediately loved it.  Seriously, this turned out so perfect for these photos from 2011.  Here’s how I solved the case.

Case File 141 - Solved

Case File 141 – Solved

Ha… loved these photos.  So… here’s the story.  I was invited to a weekend crop, but only one person knew I was coming.  I surprised the rest of the group.  That sort of set the tone for  the whole weekend.  A couple of us started playing pranks.  It sort of turned into Summer Camp, which was pretty awesome.  The final night, 3 of us snuck out and Saran Wrapped one of the other participants cars.  Now, this was the first time I’d met any of these people, so it was something of a gamble.  Since this prank was not pre-planned, we had to improvise the Saran Wrap.  We tried to hit a grocery store to get a large quantity of Saran Wrap, but we weren’t in anyone’s home town, and we didn’t know they all closed so early!  (Seriously, 9.00 pm?!?  On a Saturday!?!)  So, we ended up getting 3 of the tiniest, and therefore most expensive, rolls of Saran Wrap you have ever seen.  Well, that’s what you get from 7-11!

It was worth it.

It was hilarious.  The next morning Laura went out to her car (she was calling it the Pa-Rocket, so we were the “Pa-Rockettes”) and we were lurking just around the corner.  She sees her car and turns to glare at us.  She thought it was pretty funny, really.  (Since then, she’s turned into my BFF, so obviously we chose our mark well!)  She started unwrapping her car, then started wrapping it around us.

The next year, we came MUCH more prepared.

So, how I made the LO:

I used one of my very favourite stencils from Crafters Warehouse (the dot pattern.  Looks like a bunch of random dots) and Shabby Shutters Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).  Then I used another Crafters Warehouse stencil (a distressed harlequin) and Embossing Paste.  I used a paint brush and Dirty Martini Dye-lutions Spray Ink (Ranger) to colour some of the diamonds.  Then I dribbled Crushed Grape Dye-lutions from the top.

The gears are a mix of Prima Wood and some chipboard that I’m not sure where they’re from.  The green is Shabby Shutters Distress Paint.  The purple is Concord Grape Distress Stain.  The clouds are edged with Shabby Shutters and Concord Grape.  I have no idea what the die brand is, unfortunately.  They were a gift.  Possibly Papertrey Ink.  The film strip in the corner is Tim Holtz.  And finally… yes, that is actual Saran Wrap I used on the page.  Here are a few close ups to check it out.

Corner Details

Corner Details

Saran Wrap Details

Saran Wrap Details

So, now it’s your turn.  Go crack that case!

September ARTastic Challenge

Well, September is nearly over, but you’ve still got a few days to play along.  And the ARTastic Challenge Blog has some inspiration for you!

The challenge for this month is to use string/twine/fibres on your work (not limited to layouts.  Any type of creative paper work.)  Here’s the inspiration photo:

September ARTastic Inspiration

The creative team over there have some stunning examples to help get your juices flowing.  And, they invited me to join them for this month!  Yes, that’s right, I’m September’s Guest DT over there.  Here’s what I did for this challenge:

Guest DT for September

This is a really simple LO that came together very fast.  It’s a single piece of patterned paper (BG) that I altered with a sunburst stencil, Dried Marigold Distress Ink (TH) and a pen.  Then I added the bird washi (I have no idea who made it), used my birds on a wire die (Shapeabilities), and my alpha die (PTI), a little journaling… and that was pretty much it.  Like I said, super simple.  Just goes to show you how much you can do with not much by way of supplies!

I’m looking forward to seeing your work over on ARTastic!

Case File 140 – FantasyCon

Aaaarg! It be Friday, mateys!  And International Talk Like A Pirate Day, too.  Yes, me hearty followers, ye must endure a Piratic Themed Post for the day.  Anyone who dares complain will be walking the plank!

In honour of Talk Like A Pirate Day, CSI has hoisted the Jolly Roger!  Here’s the Case File:

Talk Like A Pirate Case File

Isn’t that wee bonnie lass just the most fearsome pirate to ever hoist sail?

Here’s how I cunningly cracked this case:

Case File 140

Case File 140

The pirate map is the actual “map” of events they gave us at FantasyCon in July.  I used the gel transfer technique with only two layers of regular weight gloss gel to make it more fragile.  Worked like a charm, me hearties.  If ye don’t be knowing what technique, just click on the link and it will take you there.

The background is a piece of Kraft paper that I used a wood stencil from Crafter’s Warehouse and fibre paste to make look like a “plank.”  I went over the dried paste with walnut stain distress ink and sprayed it so that the colour would run… just like the yellow bellied curs I’ve encountered on the high seas!  Once dry, I singed the edges a bit with a match (well… several matches.) to give it that well worn look.

Now it be ye’r turn.  Get to work, ye skallywags!

CSI 138 – Go-See-Do (And and Explanation for why I’m late posting!)

Good Weekend my friends!  Wow, I’ve had the craziest week.  But it was brilliantly fun.  (If you don’t care about my excuses, scroll down til you see the Case File.  It’s all scrapping from that point on.)

Friday was my nephew’s birthday (it was actually Wednesday, but we lied to him.  He’s 4, we can still get away with that.) and my parents were in town for that.  We went to the Zoo and Frog got to ride the Zoo Train as many times as he wanted.

I had to skip out early, as I had a podiatrist appointment.  I’ve been having a pain in my foot since late May, and was finally able to get in to see the specialist.  Turns out I have a thing called “Morton’s Neuroma”.  Basically, a bruised nerve between my toes.  In the early stages (which this was) it’s a simple fix: cortisone shot and no going barefoot.  If I had left it for ages and it went chronic it could actually have scared and required surgery.  So, note to all: Seeing the Podiatrist is a GOOD PLAN.

Anyway, whilst I was in the exam room waiting for the doctor, my friend texted me to say she had two multi-day tickets to ComicCon, and couldn’t use them, did I want them?  Umm… YES!  But… DANG that’s going to make my life complicated!  It was…. Friday-Sunday.  As in, that same day!  So I ran to pick up the tickets from her, then went back to my sister’s to hang with the family.  I ditched dinner and went to the Convention (in full Weeping Angel garb… yes, I am *that* kind of a geek.)  Had a great time.  Only got to go for a short time before it closed for the night, but… hey, FREE tickets!

After ComicCon I had to stop at Michaels for some supplies for the birthday party the next day (Friday was just “play with Grandma and Papa for my Birthday”).  Of course… I didn’t have time to go home and change then go to the store… So I was wandering around Michaels in my Weeping Angel costume.  It doesn’t actually bother me to do things like that.  I usually get reactions like, “Wow, looks like you’re having fun!” or (as the cashier said that night) “I’m so jealous!  I wanted to go!”  Got the paint, and headed home.

At home I photoshopped some cute signs for the party (activities, foods, etc…) and then… dropped into bed.  I was pretty tired.

Saturday, I was up at 7.30 to shower and get ready.  I threw on a fan t-shirt and jeans, did my hair and ran out the door to Target.  Picked up the mini-cupcakes (they do the best ones!) and went to my sister’s house.  Dropped off the paint and cupcakes and had my dad take me…. back to ComicCon!

Spent all morning at ComicCon.  I found the most adorable “kids at play” sign… Darth Vader and Luke battling it out with lightsabers.  Got it for my sister.  Tried to meet up with my friends who were there, but we kept missing each other.  Ended up running into another friend I didn’t know was there, hung with her.  Went to the John Barrowman Panel (seriously, the man is adorable.  He’s such a fan of his fans.) which I hadn’t planned to do, but am really glad I did.  For those of you who don’t know him, he plays Capitan Jack Harkness in Doctor Who and Torchwood and Merlin/The Dark Archer in Green Arrow.  Right at the end of the hour he said, “I’ve got a surprise for you!” and he sang a song!  Here’s my recording of it.

Once that finished I worked out logistics with my dad for him picking me up and wandered the vendor fair for a while, until he arrived.

Got to my sister’s house an hour before the party and helped finish getting ready for that.  Blew up balloons, posted signs, set out food… and then socialised with the guests til 7.  Then, one of the other guests and I changed clothes and ran off to meet her parents to… attend the symphony!

On the way there I was thinking that this was extremely poor planing on the symphony’s part… to host this ON THE SAME SITE AS COMICCON!  Until it occurred to me… no, actually, it was BRILLIANT planning.  The symphony was doing VIDEO GAME MUSIC.  Well played (haha) Symphony, well played.  It was hilarious and fun.  And so not your typical symphony!

So, like I said… I’m exhausted!  I was mugged by my bed this afternoon.  It snuck up on me and kidnapped me for 4 hours.  And that’s why I am late getting this layout posted.

Here’s the Case File for this week!

Case File 138

Such a cute image!  I thought a lot about how I was going to solve this Case, because I don’t have that much by way of school photos, which is hilarious, since I’ve spent nearly my entire life AT school! (well, school or University).  But, somehow I don’t have hardly any photos about it.

What I do have, though, is a lot of TRAVEL photos.  And the most educational things I’ve ever done have involved travel.  So I flipped through my (huge) file of unscrapped travel photos and chose some from New Zealand.  I was told by one of my Kiwi friends that if I was in the area, I really should stop off and see the Moeraki Boulders.  I googled it, and it happened to be that I was driving literally right past them.  Of course… It was also in the middle of a Cyclone (that’s what they call a hurricane in the Southern Hemisphere), so there was an incredible amount of rain falling.  (It was just rain.  Not high winds.)  Well, I’m not one to let a little thing like inclimate weather deter me from having fun.  So, I threw on my jacket, and went out into the rain.  And got as soaked as if I’d gone swimming.  Actually, I did let the water wash over my feet.  Felt about the same temperature as the air.  It was actually quite a pleasant temperature.

Here’s my LO:

Case File 138 - Solved

Case File 138 – Solved

Evidence:

  • Woodgrain
  • Globe
  • Eye Glasses
  • Grid Pattern
  • Damask (I stenciled on the journaling spot)
  • Envelope
  • Tag
  • Stars

Testimony:
Tuck your Journaling into an envelope:

“‘Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you travelled.’ – Mohammed

There is no education like travel.  Not only do you learn that people are the same the world over, but you learn to apreciate what you have and become inspired for how to make it better.  If you return unchanged, you’re doing it wrong.

My chance to see the Moeraki Boulders happened to corrispond with a cyclone.  I’ve never been so wet on dry land!  New Zealand 3-2014″

Testimony

Testimony

 

I chose the overlapping circular stencil for my LO because it reminded me of the boulders on the beach.  I used modling paste through the stencil, and tinted it with Antique Linen Distress Ink.  I used a damask stencil and Dried Marigold Distress Ink for the journaling spot.  The arrows are American Craft that I coloured with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  The Globe is a Movers and Shakers die from Tim Holtz (YES!  I’ve WANTED that die for AGES and hadn’t had a good excuse to buy it!  Also, found it on clearance!  Woot!)  The glasses are Mya Roads. The arrow tag is BasicGrey.  I also used Dried Marigold to colour the (once) white lace trim.  I don’t know where I got it.  The fabric store, probably.  The stars are also American Craft.  The key tied around the globe… I don’t know.  It was in my stash.  The tag next to it is from TH’s Tiny Tags die.

Hope you have time to solve this case this week.  I love how my LO turned out.  These challenges always make me really think.  I end up being so much more pleased with what I’ve done than I would have been without the challenge.  Thanks CSI for making me stretch again!

Case File 137 – Don’t Let the Sunshine Spoil Your Rain

Love the quirky word image in this week’s case file:

Case File 137

Case File 137

I love the idea of taking commonly heard phrase and flipping it.  Absolutely adorable.  And perfect for these photos of my nephew playing in the rain!

Case File 137 - Solved

Case File 137 – Solved

He was sooooo excited to play with the umbrella!

My Evidence:
Polkadots
Washi
Envelopes
Melt Something (my enamel dots started off life as pony beads)
Textured Paper
Dry Embossing
Metal
Labels
Wood/Woodgrain

My Testimony:
Tuck Journaling into an Envelope

“The middle of February in Utah may not be the most obvious time to play in the rain, but actually, it’s perfect. It’s a great way to break up a boring, wet winter day. Not that different from playing in the snow. When you get too cold, just go inside! Besides… it was an excuse to play with the umbrella! Feb 2014″

Don’t forget you have 9 days to solve the case!  Good luck, and I look forward to seeing your work!

CSI -136: Far Away Places

Here’s the Case file for this week!  Don’t forget, you have two weekends to complete each challenge.  They run 9 days!

Case File 136

I immediately loved the image when I saw the file, but I was a little at a loss for how to crack it.  I sometimes feel that all my life is solitary, and other times that I don’t do anything solitary!  But I was flicking through the photos on my computer and I found this image:

Queenstown, NZ

Queenstown, NZ

I was inspired by the fact that the only “person” in my photo is my own shadow.  I do most of my travelling alone.  Travelling, for me, is often a solitary pleasure.  So, that’s where I got my inspiration.  Here’s my LO:

Case File 136 - Solved

Case File 136 – Solved

I did the same gel image transfer here that I did on the my “I’ve Left My Heart In So Many Places” LO.  It’s such an easy way to add a huge impact.

My evidence is:
Butterflies
Fold/Roll something (butterfly wings are folded up)
Wet Medium (geso, paste and paint)

Testimony:
Far Away Places with Strange Sounding Names
I want to see for myself
Those far away places I’ve been reading about
In a book that I took from the shelf.

I know that I’m burning to see
These far away places with strange sounding names
Calling, calling me.

(Song by Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer)

Though I enjoy travelling with others, most of the time, I’m on my own.

 

This song speaks to something in my soul.  It’s mournful, soulful and somewhat lonely.  It’s longing for adventure.  The lyrics echo my desire to see what is going on in other places.  It’s not that I think life is better anywhere else, it’s just that it’s different.  And I want to understand it.  I just love that song.

This is another LO that is practically identical to what I had in my head when I started off.  Apparently I’m better at expressing that image when it has to do with Travel!