CSI Case File 146

End the of the week, again!  Hope your Halloween was fun and safe.

Here’s this week’s Case File:

Case File 146


And here’s my LO:

Case File 146 - Solved

Case File 146 – Solved

Hee hee… Ok, so the story behind this is that there’s a Scrap Retreat I go to every year in Washington State. Sadly, when I move to Australia, I’ll likely not be able to attend next year. The girls knew this, so they threw me a party. And by party, I mean a roast. They know I hate pink. So they all got matching white tshirts with my photo printed up (that’s what they’re wearing), and had one made for me in pink.

When I walked in the room and found that out, I turned and ran out the door. Of course, they followed me. (This was all in good fun, mind.) Once I got cornered, Becky “forced” me into the shirt, and one of the other girls took photos.

Stripes (I think drips are stripes)
Hang Something (I REALLY wanted to put a blindfold over the little pink clad condemned woman, but… I couldn’t figure out how to do that. I’m open to suggestions!)
Jar (my Bell Jar die cut)
Clips (the moustache is a paperclip)
Something Transparent (there’s a clear bell jar over the top of the photo, plus the light bulb)
Light Bulb

Clip your journaling to something.

The journaling is basically a condensed version of the same thing that I wrote above, so I won’t bore you with repeating it.

Here’s how I made my background:
I started off with a paint brush dipped in Picked Raspberry Distress Paint and  ran it along the top of the watercolour paper.  Then I sprayed the paint with some water to thin it a bit and cause the drips.  I let that dry, then used some watered down inks (Weathered Wood and Peeled Paint Distress Ink) on my kraft mat, and rubbed the paper in the pools to create the colour splotches.  Finally, I went over the top of the ink and paint with modeling paste and one of my favourite Crafter’s Warehouse stencils, and a bit of pen work around a few of the dots, and some stickles.

The balloons were stamped with Tim Holtz’s miniature draft stamps, and I used black embossing powder to keep ink from smudging whilst working on the balloons.  I used the same diluted ink puddles on the balloons I used on the background.

The bell jar pedestal was treated with the same diluted ink puddle trick.

The wood veneers were painted with Picked Raspberry Distress Paint, the moustache and hearts with an added layer of stickles.

The Journaling Spot was stamped with Picked Raspberry and Shabby Shutters.


Angels of Yellowstone

There’s an awesome, gorgeous new Challenge Blog that kicked off this month!  You should totally go check it out.  It’s called Words & Paintery.  The idea is a word and a colour pallet.  You get to use them for whatever you want – art journal, LO, altered object, whatever… I decided to play along this month.

Angels of Yellowstone

Angels of Yellowstone

I got some new stencils this week.  Boy did I have fun playing with one of them.  There are 4 layers of fun going on here.

The base layer is a Heidi Swap stencil I used with one of my favourite techniques.  It’s a simple thing.  Use a water based ink directly on your stencil, spritz it with water, then lay it on your paper, and immediately soak up any extra water that tries to leak out with a paper towel.  I first learned this technique off Tim Holtz, but… naturally I couldn’t find it when I went to grab the link.  But, I did find this, which is essentially the same thing.  I have used two colours here, Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers Distress inks.

The second layer was using one of my new stencils, Specimen by Crafters Workshop.  This thing is just so much fun.  I did a layer of distress paint (Salty Ocean and Broken China) through part of it, where I knew I was going to put my wings.  I just wanted a sort of… bullseye shape for the wings to lay on.

The third layer was also using the Specimen stencil, but instead of paint or ink, I used pen and traced pieces of the stencil on various parts of the background.

The final layer was using a wing stencil I found in the wall stencil area of Michael’s.  I don’t know who makes it, sorry.  I used Golden’s Modeling Paste through the wing stencil, then sprinkled Stampendous Silver Crushed Glass Glitter over the top of the paste.  The paste acts like an adhesive.

Once everything dried, I put my photos on, then arranged the gears and wing in clusters.  The gears are mostly from the jewellery aisle in Michel’s, where I can get a bunch of lighter weight gears for cheaper than the ones you can find in the scrapping supplies.  It’s a fun aisle to peruse, and I highly recommend having a look.  I added a couple of nicer gears (some from Tim Holtz, some from 7 Gypsies), and the wing (also from the jewellery aisle), and the brad securing the wing.  The alpha is by Basic Grey, but it’s pretty old, so I don’t know if it’s still available.

The journaling reads:
I was standing, waiting for Old Faithful to go off when I had a Calvin moment.  Just like when Calvin realised his summer sky was missing a bit of red (his kite), I realised the snow bank was missing a snow angel.

Yellowstone 26 December 2008

Happy scrapping, everyone.  And I do hope you get a chance to play along with the new challenge blog.

CSI Case File 145 – Cotton Candy Lime-Aid

Happy Friday.

Between being out of town, catching a cold, guests in town… I missed last week’s LO getting uploaded here.  But, don’t worry… here’s the catchup.

The file:

Case File 144

CSI Case File 144

CSI Case File 144

Now, don’t forget, you have til Sunday night to complete this challenge.  There are still a few days left.

I particularly wanted to show you this LO because of the tiny “Cotton Candy” Q-Tips next to the photo block.  They were made by my adorable nephew and my mom.  I came in one day whilst we were visiting to find them using markers and a spray bottle to make them.  Cute, huh?  Well, they came in handy for more than one LO.

Here’s this week’s Case File:

Case File 145

And how I solved it:

CSI Case File 145

CSI Case File 145

You’ll notice the small photo in the corner has another of my nephew’s masterpieces.  I just love the things.  And love that I got to use them twice!

This background was a lot of fun to make.  I soaked the waterdcolour paper with water, then ran my broken china distress ink over it.  Then I used several stencils and layered different mediums on top.  The black dots and the white circles are stamps.  The stripes are the TH stencil with glitter paint.  I found the title somewhere on the internet, and thought it was pretty perfect for these photos of my friends from this summer.  We have a good time together…. and since we’re all scrapbookers, we do leave a trail of glitter wherever we go….

Can’t wait to see how you solve the case!

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

Light Bulb
Speech Bubbles
Plain White Background

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):

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!