Case File 105 – Geronimo!

I’m a little late in posting this week.  It’s been a bit hectic at my house this weekend.  My sister had her baby!  And it was NOT an easy birth.  Bless.  So I’ve been keeping my 3 year old nephew whilst his Mommy and Daddy dealt with getting my new nephew here!  Thankfully, the new baby has arrived safely and both mommy and baby are doing well.

Right, anyway… back to the scrapping!  (Don’t worry, you’ll be seeing the new arrival soon.)

This week over on CSI we had a very fun case to solve.

Case File 105

Plus, it’s the 2nd week of the month, so we also get an awesome sketch!

Case File 105 Sketch

And, here’s how I solved the case:

Case File 105 - Special Investigator

Case File 105 – Special Investigator

Oh yeah, this was a fun one!  The stripes are WASHI!  Yeah!  Love it when I can make awesome use of my huge Washi stash.  And the grey stripes on the right is paste that I’ve tinted.  The title is one of the taglines from the 11th Doctor (Doctor Who).

I particularly love the photo in the bottom right, of the two of us together.  That photo just makes me smile every time I see it.  The caption reads “Make More Awesome Be Awesomer”.  And every time I think, “Not possible.  We’re already too awesome for words!”  She looks at it and thinks, “Yep.  We totally did!”  Same thing, but different views.  All month long you’ll see that my friend Mooney (she’s a Full Time Detective over on CSI) and I have matched up our photos.  So, be sure to hop over to her Blog to check out her version.  Because… seriously… it’s awesome how different they are!


Sonic Screwdriver

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!

CSI Watch List

March/April CK Magazine

Hey everyone… The wonderful people over at CK have given me another magazine to giveaway!  This time it’s the March/April 2012 Monthly Publication.

March/April 2012

As always, there are a bazillion awesome ideas in here.  I was particularly happy to use the Digi Sketch you can download!  It’s based off Suzzie Plantamura’s gorgeous LO, The Golden Years.

Suzzie Plantamura

Suzzie Plantamura

I love that she’s used so many photos!  I’m all in favour of showcasing the occasional fantastic photo as a single focus piece.  But, if I did 1 photo on each page, I’dnever get anything finished.  I’d never finish a single trip, much less get through an entire year!  So, for me, I’m glad they provide sketches with multiple photos.

Here’s my version (yes, it’s Digi):

D'LeeBug Scrapping

My version of Suzzie's LO.

I have been trying to figure out how to scrap these photos since 2009!  Bless you, CK for giving me the inspiration to get them done.

(Digi Credits: Flight of Fancy Mini-Kit available (at a serious steal!) at The DigiChick.)

Interested in winning your free copy? (Sorry, this is only available to US Residents and OP Boxes.)  You know the drill.  Leave a message here – 1 chance.  Link my blog to yours (or your FB account, or your Pinterest account), – 2nd chance.  Become a follower (don’t forget to let me know!) – 3rd chance.  I’ll pull the winner on Wednesday, 21 March.  Good luck!

Want another chance to win?  Stop by these awesome blogs:

Suzy Plantamura
The Scrap Review
Maggie Holmes
Hope Smythe
Laura Vegas


My nephew started clasping his fingers at a VERY young age.  And he’d do it all the time.  You’d be walking around with him, and he’d have his fingers clasped and just be wide-eyed taking in the world.  Bless him.  He is just so adorable.  He still does it (he’s a little over a year, now) but, not quite the same.  For one, his dexterity has improved, so he doesn’t “miss” as much.  Totally makes us laugh, though.  I found that I his hand-holding (interdigitating – what can I say?  My family is Geek!) in a load of my photos.

Here’s the LO I did with the best.

And, here are some close-up photos of the hidden journaling and photos inside the envelope.

The envelope stemmed from a challenge that a friend issued, to have “something hidden, either journaling or a photo” on our LO.  Obviously, I went above and beyond.  The LO idea came from a Sketchy Thursday sketch.  Those of you who know me, or know my work, you know that I like making those little envelopes.  They’re actually really easy.  And, recently I’ve started lining them.  They just look so pretty with a lining.

CS – Kraft Paper, Reflections, Cord’inations
PP – MM Paper Reverie
Ink – Reflections Black Dye
Tie for envelope – Thread that I knotted
Punch – EK Success
Alpha – Thickers
Brads – Basil
Journaling – Font – CrazyCrazy
Sketch – Sketchy Thursday

As promised, here’s the template for the envelope.  It’s 4×4, finished, which is twice as large as the envelope template I posted the other week.

To print it out, simply click on the image, and print using your browser’s print feature.  Or, you can also save it and print using whatever program you prefer.

Now, to make the closure I used here, I did something really simple.  1st – to make the circles, I took a chapstick and traced the lid.  It’s the perfect size!  Then, I folded up a tiny piece of paper to make the shank.  Next, I used my paper piercer to poke a hole through the center of each of the circles, and through the folded papers.  Finally, I used a tiny brad to attach the circle and shank to the envelope.  The string is thread I knotted.  You could braid or knot or whatever.  You could also use baker’s twine, or other heavier string.

Well, that’s it for me tonight.  Don’t forget – there’s just 1 day left before I draw a winner for the magazine!


Leafing Memories Blog Hop

Hey!  Welcome to the final stop along the Leafing Memories Blog Hop!  If you didn’t arrive here from Heidi’s Blog, please jump to Amanda’s to get started!

There’s a change in the air!  I get inspired to pull out my hot chocolate and spiced cider drinks.  My kettle boils at least 3 times/day.  And I love it!  One of the best things is, of course, the Autumn colours.  This year I had a visitor in from the UK, and we went camping in Yellowstone for 2 nights.  Rather than driving home the normal way, we took a slightly longer rout and went through Grand Teton National Park.  Sadly, it was raining, so we couldn’t see the tops of the mountains, but the colours along the road were inspiring!  That’s where I got my photos for this blog hop.

Materials used:

  • PP – BasicGrey – Mellow
  • CS – Co’ordinates and Reflections
  • Letters – Thickers
  • Stitching – Gutermann Thread

The tree is an SVG file that I cut with my Cricut.  The file is free, and available here.  It’s actually available as both SVG and PDF file formats.  After I cut it, I filled the windows with different scraps from another LO.  I then used the cut outs from the original, and paired them with additional cut out leaves.  If I were to do the stitching again, I wouldn’t have the curl on the left side on that one line.  But, you learn, right?  I was free handing!

My LO is vaguely inspired by a PageMaps Sketch.

As usual, I’m offering a prize!  To enter, you need to do one of the following (one entry/option)

  • Comment here!
  • Become a follower (either with the Follow Button at the top, if you’re a WordPress User, or with the “Email” option on the right hand side.  If you’re already a follower, let me know.)
  • Post a link on your blog, FB, Google+ etc… account to this post (and make sure you leave me a note).

You have til Monday, 17 October, 9.00 am Mountain to get your entry in!  If you win, you’ll get this cute card (if I may say so, myself!) I made with the scraps, along with some fun scrappy goodies from my stash.  The epoxy square is Karen Foster.

Don’t forget, there’s a Grand Prize going over on Amanda’s Blog.  Make your own LO and submit it by the 23rd of October, and enter to win!

Thanks for playing, and Happy Autumn!

Rugby Match

Ha!  Look at that. I managed to do some Paper Scrapping tonight!  Had a friend (snipsansnails from the Club CK MB) round this evening for some quality scraping time!  She’s a super quick scrapper.  I’m a super SLOW scrapper.  But hey, we both got fun stuff done!

This is my favourite from tonight:

Seriously, love it.  And it’s kind of exciting because I’m actually submitting it to two different sites!  I’ve never submitted a LO to anything before, so this is very exciting for me.

Snispandsnails brought a couple of challenges with her.  One from Sassy Lil Sketches, for their September Week 2 Sketch:

September Week 2 Sketch


Now, obviously I flipped the sketch, and added a 3rd photo.  Also, my bunting is a little different.  Oh, and I don’t have any word strips… but this was the sketch that started me off.  It’s still related, you can see it.  Just, not a duplicate!

The second challenge is from Frosted Designs.  Their Friday Challenge was to use a punch on your work this week.  Well, I certainly did that! My banners are all created using the Martha Stewart Crown Edge Punch.  It’s a fabulously useful punch, I think!  I thought it made a perfect bunting edge!

If you’re interested, the materials I used were:

CS – Reflections White
PP – DCWV Green Tea Stack
Punch – MS Crown Punch Around the Page Corner and Edge Punches
Title – Jenni Bowlin Studio Vintage Brown Stickers; AC Thickers Chit Chat
Stitching – Coats Thread
Ink – TH Distressing Ink Linin

Here are the other 2 pages I got done this evening:

The papers are still all DCWV Green Tea Stack and Reflections White.
Get In Title is AC Thickers Daquiri
Get In clear { is BoBunny Acrylic Charms
Ink is Zag Black

Ok, there you have it!  I managed to be productive this evening!  And, that completed the photos from the Ruby Game!  Woot.  So I’ll have to make my friend some good digital copies and have them sent to her (in England).  When I initially started with these photos, I’d intended to send the real ones to her.  But… I liked the 1st LO too much to give it up.  So she’s getting copies.

August Sketch Blog Hop

Hello!  And welcome to Adele’s stop along the August Sketch Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from Toree’s Blog.  Doesn’t sound familiar?  Well, pop on over to Amanda’s Blog for the start.  There’re some fun things happening along the way, so come join!

First, here’s the sketch:

Today’s lesson, children, is … Blog Hop + Being Out of Town + Moving = Crack of Dawn Posting.  I had been thinking about the Blog Hop for ages, but hadn’t gotten around to doing anything about it because I was out of town.  Or packed up.  Or flying, so didn’t have my digi goodies.  Or…. you know how it is.  Fortunately, my computer had got unpacked and set up on Wednesday.  So last night I sat down and finally made the template for Amanda’s Sketch.  And then I managed to use the template, and create my own LO for the Hop.  Of course, because I’m moving, I don’t yet have internet at my house.  So at the crack of dawn I dragged myself out of bed and over to my sister’s house so I could get the post written and up on the Blog.

My appologies to Amanda for being an empty headed layabout and not having this done earlier.

But, I did it!  Here you go.  My contribution to the Blog Hop:

The Papers/Embellies I used were from One Little Bird’s Paradise Found, which I bought over at Designer Digitals.  The font is 1553, from  The Template I made (it’s a PSD file) can be found here.

As you can see, I followed Amanda’s sketch fairly closely.  But, I did a bunch of changes, as well.  No stitching, for example, on mine.  Which is funny, because I love stitching.  

But, let’s be honest… you came here for a prize!  Fair enough.  There are 3 ways to get a chance at a prize (Must be done by 9pm Pacific, Monday 21 August):

    1. Leave a comment on my Blog!
    2. Become a Follower of my Blog (there’s a button up at the top of the screen to let you do that, or an email subscription in the sidebar).  Be sure to leave me another note letting me know if you already are, or have just become, a follower.
    3. Use my Template, share it online, and come back here to post your link.

       Don’t forget, if you want to be entered into Amanda’s drawing, you’ll have to add your link to her site, separately!

      Plus, there’s an additional prize!  (This one never closes.)  My mother has written a book!  And it’s a brilliant book.  But, in order to get the 2nd book published, she needs enough sales of the 1st book.  So, an extra special, guarenteed prize, for anyone who orders her book off Amazon.  Just use the form below to send me an email with your order number from Amazon, and I’ll send you a special prize!  And, if you want an autographed bookplate (that I designed!) to put in the cover, let me know what name(s) to make it out to, and add your postal address.

      Ok…. onto the Next Stop: Shanon!

      Lost?  Confused?  Here’s the full Blog Hop list:

      Jennifer D
      Kathy K2S
      Amanda Johnson (moongirl)
      MBscrapping Cassie
      Andrea Joy
      Adele   ***YOU ARE HERE***
      Eternoly Yours Linda
      Lady of the Lake Andrea
      Laurie (Tulip scrapper)