Hey everyone! It’s time for my 1st December Reveal over on Inspired By Challenges. If you’re new to the blog, it’s pretty easy to play along. Just use the Inspired By photo as your inspiration, add your LO to the blog with a link, and let us know what you were inspired by in your blog post.
Here’s the Inspirational Photo:
1st Inspired By December Photo
I totally loved this photo. The over-the-top lights, the old pickup. It’s just adorable. I was inspired by the truck, itself.
1st December Inspired By Layout
I had this cute photo of my brother-in-law tying their tree to the roof of the jeep, and the truck reminded me of it.
I had a lot of fun with that background. I used several different stamp sets, a brown ink, and 3 pieces of washi tape. Then I used one of my very favourite masks from The Crafters Workshop and modeling paste layered on top. It looks really complex, but in actuality, it’s super simple and only took about 20 minutes.
I totally love the wood veneer cluster. Here’s a closeup of it:
My favourite bit.
The tree on top of the car is my favourite bit. It totally makes me giggle.
Ok, your turn! Let’s see what the photo inspires for you!
Hey everyone, and welcome to the Child’s Play “Favourite Things” Blog Hop! You should have arrived from Stephanie’s Blog not, hit the Child’s Play Blog to get started!
When I was a baby, only hours old, I got my 1st Stuffed Animal: Floppy. I don’t know who named him, or how the name came about, but he’s always been Floppy. He was a gift from my Paternal Grandmother. She gave one to each of her sons’ 1st child. I am the only one who developed an attachment to mine. I slept with him every night til I was a teenager! Now, he sits on my dresser and watches over me.
Me and Floppy at 3 Days Old and Floppy in 2013.
Ok, now… don’t faint! I know, this is NOT the style you’ve come to expect from me. In fact, I think this is the 2nd time I’ve ever used flowers on a LO. Yeah…. I had to dig deep to make this work. But, I like the way it turned out. (Still never going to switch to this style permanently. But it makes a nice change.)
The centre cream block is made from 1 piece of pp that I tore, distressed, tore, distressed, layered, layered with lace, distressed and finally let dry. I quite like the effect. And, it really is a fairly simple LO, even though it looks very busy.
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I’m sure you’ll forgive me for being a bit excited. I got notice today that my Here There Be Dragons LO for CSI Case File 99 had been selected as their Star Witness entry. Now, I don’t do these challenges for the competition. I just love the challenges! But, hey… I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t an honour to be selected. Thank you, CSI!
Here’s my LO:
You’re Off the Edge of the Map: Here There Be Dragons! CSI Case File 99
I used a curly Chinese styled dragon stamp for my “Dragon Curls”. They were the most challenging part of this LO. Do you have any idea how hard Dragons are to find in Scrapbooking supplies? Or anything else, for that matter! And why did I use Hot Air Balloons? I have no idea. They just… worked. You know? Sometimes random things just do. This was also a landmark event for me, as it was also the first time I successfully did a tear and curl treatment on paper. I’ve attempted before, but just never liked the look. This time it worked much better.
Thanks, CSI, for choosing my Dragon Curls as your Star Witness!
As you know by now (if you’ve been following for more than just a day or two), I love Doctor Who. And I’ve corrupted introduced my Best Friend as well. In fact, we were goofing around all day on FaceBook with various Whovian Quizzes: Which Companion Are You? (River Song, Duh!) and Which Doctor Are You? (11! Yeay! Although I’d have been equally happy with 10, 9, 8… you get the idea. Wait… this means I’ve married myself!) I was out at her house last week (we don’t live in the same TimeZone) and we rewatched the whole of season 7 in preparation for The Event this weekend: 50th Anniversary Special!
For weeks I’d been preparing for that visit, actually, by building a fabulous Whovian Shrine Shadow Box for her for Christmas. Since I was going to visit shortly before, we decided to swap Christmas presents early, rather than paying to post them. One of the things I had for the box was the 11th Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver. I bought it off of Think Geek (oh the rapturous joys of that site!) When it arrived (to my sister’s house), my nephew wanted to see it, so I let him play with it. He’s NEVER seen an episode of the Doctor. They’re just a wee bit too intense for him. It was under 30 seconds before he’d figured out how to work the screwdriver, though!
Sonic Screwdriver Case File: 97
The LO is also for CSI Case File: 97. This file had a fun sketch to go along with it, which used a bunch of circle shapes. I have this awesome stensil I found off Flying Unicorn (they’ve got awesome stuff, seriously, check them out.) that is all urban and boy. And the circles with the lines and chevron’s coming off them are perfect. Really perfect. Like soundwaves rippling off the Sonic Screwdriver. I used heavy gel medium on watercolour paper, let it dry, the dropped ink from above and let it dry. Then I fussy cut the whole thing out to use on my LO. The background paper is from Bassill, and had a premade background harliquin pattern (glossy on white) and I inked a few of the diamonds. The running turquoise drips are bairly watered down modeling paste that I coloured with ink. It was a super fun LO to make!
Hey everyone, hope your November is warm and cozy and you’re looking forward to the Holidays!
I’m sure you all saw the inspiration photo on the Blog. Just in case, here it is again:
November Inspired By Photo
I got inspired by the ship, itself. Here’s my LO of the HMS Gannet a lovely ship at the Chatham Historic Dockyards. If you’re ever down that way (SE England), it’s totally worth a visit!
Inspired By November DT
To make the gears, I used a heavy gel medium and a stencil. Once the gel had dried (my oven and I are very good friends. LOVE the “warm” setting. Dries the paints, gels and pastes without bubbling them.) I used a TH Disstress Ink (Walnut Stain) to distress the gears. The gel acted as a resist medium and let the paper show through, though it did discolour a bit. I could probably have cleaned it off with a damp rag, but I quite liked the look. The next step was using embossing paste (Studio 490) and the brick stencil. I knew that the distress ink would bleed up through the paste, which worked awesome to distress the brick. That’s it. That’s all I did to the background. A little washi, a tied knot (love that knot. Super easy, super effective. I’ve used it before.) and done. Seriously, this LO took me… half an hour? And mostly that was waiting for the wet mediums to dry.
Don’t forget to link your LO to our blog, and be sure to let us know what inspired you!
Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails Curiosity. That’s what Little Boys are Made Of!
It’s another fabulous challenge from Child’s Play today! Curious George is our inspiration pint today. I saw these photos of my nephew from this spring and knew curiosity was totally the perfect theme for them! So I combined that with the age-old nursery rhyme about little boys, and boom… the page was born.
Child’s Play Challenge – Curious George – DT
I did a lot of play with this background. I used watercolour paper, then gel medium through one of my favourite stencils. Let it dry. Ground up some blue geloto and dissolved it into a tiny bit of water (grinding it up helps it dissolve smoothly) and just splashed it onto my page. Let it run wherever it wanted. After that dried, I took some spray inks and splattered with several colours. And finally, I took a chevron stencil and embossing paste (Studio 490) and slapped (pretty literally. I was going for messy, not tidy) it down in the middle. The lightbulb is a TH stamp that I then fussy cut and coloured with spray ink. Edged the page with a BoBunny chicken wire stamp…. and done! Another fast LO, except for waiting for the mediums to dry. (I usually speed that up with the warm setting on my oven. I love that thing.)
Have fun! And don’t forget to link your LO to our blog page, and let us know what inspired you!
Hey everyone… another Case File at CSI has been successfully solved. I absolutely adored the colours for this one:
Case File 95
It was so pretty. I was all excited to use tons of gorgeous blue….. and then…… I didn’t.
Case File 95 Snow Capped
For some reason, I went very monochromatic! But, of course, I still had to work in all the colours from the pallet. I scattered two different colour blue sparklies around, used the chocolate ribbon and letters, and Distress Paint for the grey in a couple spots. I love the effect.
Case File 95
If you’re curious about the story, my family goes camping in Yellowstone every year for my Dad’s birthday, at the beginning of October. This year we actually had to go a bit earlier, in September. We got snowed on! In September! My nephew was in HEAVEN. He and Papa (grandpa) had an epic snow fight. Dad made this giant snowball, and my nephew was totally oblivious to the impending doom over his head. I finally got his attention, and he looked up and said, “Papa! No Papa!” He grabbed the snowball…. and used it on Papa instead!