CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration

Oh I’m so excited for this day!  Last month there was a DT call over on CSI. Now, I love this challenge. It’s always fresh and pushes me to think outside the obvious. It’s one of the reasons I’ve seen so much growth in my scrapping skills this past year.

I’ve been invited to join the DT!  I’m so excited. No only is this a fantastic chance to work with some truly amazing scrapers from around the world, but also I get to work with one of my best friends in the whole wide world (and as you know, for me, that’s really saying something!)  I’m beyond tickled to join the CSI Detectives!  Watch for my LOs staring the 1st week in May!

Child’s Play/Inspired By Crossover!

Happy April, folks!  I’m pleased to be part of this month’s special event, a crossover between Child’s Play Challenges and Inspired By Challenges!  It’s especially exciting to me because I’m on both DTs.

Here’s the inspiration photo:

April Inspiration Photo

And the sketch:

April Sketch

Here’s my LO:

April Child's Play/Inspired By Crossover

April Child’s Play/Inspired By Crossover

I am soooo pleased with this LO.  You know how sometimes they just turn out right?  This was one of those!

You may remember a few weeks ago when I posted my Ice Castle LO, and I talked about using a stencil and embossing ink/powder to create the background?  I used that same technique (even the same stencil!) here.  This time, I deliberately left out bits of the pattern to give it a wind/sand blown look.  The distress stamping was for the same sort of a look.  I used several BoBunny stamps for that.  I chose the colours for the stamped images from the sand in the jars of the inspiration photo.  I also created the file folder and both envelopes.  The file folder I used a TH Die to get the tab shape.  The envelopes I just free handed.  I LOVE the way the envelopes turned out.  They sort of polish off the “travel” look.  The tiny envelope in the top corner especially makes me smile.  The title letters I first coloured with red ink, but they were kind of dull looking, so I added a layer of red stickles and that really brightened them up.  And finally, I created the film strip look of the photos on my computer using some frames by Katie Periete.

Don’t forget to link your LO to both the Child’s Play and Inspired By Blogs!  And let us know what inspired you!  Happy scrapping!

Colour Run Splashout

It’s just past the middle of March!  Hope you enjoyed Pi Day (3.14), and that the Ides were tranquil (3.15), and a very Happy St Patrick’s Day to you, tomorrow!

I had a lot of fun with this month’s Inspired By challenge!  Here’s my LO:

March Inspired By DT LO.

I was inspired by the central image with the radiating colours.

To make my background, I first used one of my favourite stencils ever.  It’s from Crafter’s Workshop.  I used Golden Mediums’ Heavy Gel with the stencil to create the dot texture, and let it dry (hallelujah for my oven!  Otherwise this project would have taken DAYS).  Then I ground red gelato into a paste, added a little water and splashed it down over the paper, and let it dry (oven again!)  Then I repeated the process with the yellow gelato.  And again with the blue.  And finally the green.  You can see why my oven was so important!  The gelatos would have taken for EVER otherwise!

It’s a pretty simple LO, but very bold and fun.  Don’t forget to post your LO on the blog!  And let us know what you were inspired by!

Pipe Cleaner Tube Map

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking…. “Pipe Cleaner Tube Map?”  But it will make sense, I promise.

This week’s Child’s Play Challenge is Pipe Cleaners.  I’ve never done much with them, so I had to work a bit on how they were going to inspire me.  Finally, I realised that the colours were similar to the London Underground Map, and that you could use them to create the system, and that’s where I got going.  I didn’t actually USE any pipe cleaners on my LO, or in my photos, but that’s where my idea came from.

Here’s my LO:

March Child's Play DT LO.

March Child’s Play DT LO.

I used Golden Mediums’ Glass Bead Gel with an urban-y stencil to create the shapes along the edges of my page.  The shapes reminded me of tube lines and hubs, and the arrowed ones were fun in a “from here to all points” sort of way.  I then dropped ink from above to create splatters, and used a paint brush carefully spread the ink over all the gel, giving it definition.  I then fussy cut the shapes out to use on my LO.  It’s actually a very simple LO in terms of technique, but I really like the effect.  The perfect way to document my commute into London for work!

Don’t forget to let us see your work, and also tell us what inspired you.  There’s a link on the side of the Child’s Play blog for you to add your LO to!  Happy Scrapping.

Double Duty Layout

It’s the middle of the month, which means it’s my turn to reveal for ScrapStuffz Inspired By!

Here’s the Inspiration Photo:

February SSIB Inspiration Photo

I hemmed and hawed for a long time over what to do.  I’m really not a pink girl, so I wasn’t all that inspired by the colours.  I’m not frilly, either.  And I really really (not just really) don’t do Valentine’s…. so this just wasn’t speaking to me for ages!  Then, my sister’s birthday rolled around.  She wanted to go to the Ice Castle up at Midway.  And BOOM.  Inspiration.  The ice castle is built in tiers, just like this display!  So, that was my inspiration, the tiered shape of the display.

Plus…. I was so excited when the CSI Scrap365-4 Case File was revealed, because the colours were just soooooo perfect for my Ice Castle photos.

Case File S365-4

Awesome stuff, huh?

So, without further ado…. My LO!

SSIB February DT, CSI Case File S365-4

SSIB February DT, CSI Case File S365-4

I’m so in love with this.  Seriously, the results are just perfect.  I only wish I could get a photo that really does it justice.  There’s just no way.  But I can give you a couple close ups to help you see!

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This one gives you a closeup on pretty much everything going on.

  • Background Work – I used a Heidi Swap 6×6 mask and an embossing ink stamp pad.  I taped the mask down, then stamped through it.  Pulled up the mask, sprinkled some Zing Gold Embossing Powder on a couple spots, tapped it off.  Added Zing Brown Sugar Embossing Powder, tapped it off.  (Made sure the whole pattern was covered by one or both colours.)  Then I heated the powder to set it.  Repeat til I had the background big enough.  I had to wash my stencil every time I picked it up so that I wouldn’t get bleed through from previous uses.
  • The Title – My awesome friend Barbara suggested I do an Ombre Coloured Title.  Which was AWESOME but turned out to be WAY easier said than done.  Steep learning curve!  Here are my first few attempts….



As you can see, the second attempts were significantly more successful than the first.  But still, it was tough!  What ended up working best was to have a puddle of water on my Kraft Mat (seriously, I could not live without that thing!), slightly wet the whole letter, then tap it dry with a paper towel in a reverse obmre direction (so very dry at the tip, less dry up higher).  There really only was a tiny amount of water on the letter, but it let the ink spread easily.  I would then tap off some of the ink, then reapply water, tap dry, ink, tap off….. until I got the right look.  Once I got the system down, it really wasn’t too bad.  Even went pretty fast.  And then I did my favourite thing…. picked up the whole thing (mat and letters) and stuck it in the oven on warm!

  • Drippy Icicles – These were probably my favourite bit.  I had to figure out how to do them so that I could control where the drips fell.  What I eventually came up with was condiment squeeze bottle.  It was great for this project, because I wanted thick lines, but if you wanted to do something finer, I’d suggest something like a plastic bag and a icing tip.  What I did, though, was grabbed my Golden Gel Medium “Clear Tar Gel”, which is pretty thin, but still has some body to it.  I then used a couple drops of ink (Mr Huey’s Powder Blue) to tint the gel.  Then I loaded it into my squeezy bottle, and squeezed out a line of gel under each title word (which I had adhered to my Kraft Mat).  Then I shook the mat to get the gel to drip down.  I wanted it to be as organic as possible to really mimic the formation of real icicles.  Once I got them long enough, I stuck the whole thing in the oven.  Usually I try for a heat that won’t boil the medium, but this time I WANTED the bubbles, so I set it at 170* F and closed the oven door.  Perfect.  Once it was completely dry, they peeled off the mat like a DREAM!  Seriously, this was perfect.  I added the jewels as water droplets to give the impression that the icicles were still forming.

Here are a couple additional close ups:
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As you can tell, I love this LO.  Hope you can get some inspiration and join us over on SSIB.  Don’t forget to share your LO with us (there’s a link in the blog’s sidebar), and especially don’t forget to let us know what you were Inspired By!


Scrap Tournament Challenge 2

Somehow (I’m still not sure how!) I made it through the 1st round of the tournament.  Which means I’m on to the second!  And what a challenge it was.

1 – Monochromatic
2 – NO BLACK (ink, pen, nothing except what’s in the photo)
3 – 1 photo must be black and white
4 – Double Page LO
5 – 1 photo must be partly on each page (split photo)
6 – Any theme/photo number (minimum 1)

Monochromatic Pink Snowboots

Monochromatic Pink Snowboots


I chose white for my LO to set off the pink of my nephew’s snowboots.  He LOVES pink.  I turned all the photos black and white, but left the boots pink in all the photos.  (I love the app Color Picker.  Super easy to use and awesome results.)

Here are some closeups on the details you might not be able to see (since white on white is REALLY hard to photograph.)

Embossing, Paste, Paint, Stickles and Rhinestones

Embossing, Paste, Paint, Stickles and Rhinestones

A bit of lace tucked against the photos.

A bit of lace tucked against the photos.

Well… we’ll have to see what the voters think of this week’s LO!


Scrap Tournament 1st Challenge

It may be the Winter Olympics for some, but for me it’s the International Scrap Tournament!

Week 1 Challenge: 1000 steps from home.
3 Photos within 1000 steps from your home.
Double Page.
No spray ink.
50 word (min) journaling (visible)

Here’s my entry:

Scrap Tournament Week 1: 1000 Steps from Home

All the photos are from the front porch where we’ve set up a bird feeding station complete with a gurgling bird bath that never freezes.
Bird species pictured:
Top (L-R): Evening Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting,Western Tanager, California Quail, Cedar Waxwing
Bottom (L-R): Black Capped Chickadee, American Gold Finch, American Robbin

To create the background I used 2 BoBunny stamps: Chickewire (ink is CTMH Cocoa) and Distressed Polkadots (ink is TH Spiced Marmalade).  The butterfly stamp I don’t know who made it.  I’ve had it for YEARS.  First time I’ve ever used it.  The ink is TH Faded Jeans.

Other materials:
Die Cuts: Shapabilities
Burlap: Unknown
Lace: Maya Road
Paper Clips: TH
Film Strip: TH
Alpha: BG
Pen: Marvy
Rhinestones: Unknown

The only thing I dislike about my LO is how crooked I wrote!  I’m usually much better at writing a straight line.  But it was VERY late, so I was tired.  Oh well….