Snow Capped

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!



Two Weeks In A Row?!? Thanks CSI!

I’ve had a crazy couple of days, so I didn’t get a chance to blog this before.  But this week, my LO for CSI Case File 78 was chosen as one of the “Most Wanted” LOs for this week!  *SHOCK*

Case File: 78

Here’s my LO:

I seriously love this LO.

Case File 78 Where the Buffalo Roam


CS: Co-Ordinates
Suitcase/Balloon: Kaiser Craft
Distress Ink/Stain: Tim Hotlz
Enamel Dots: I made those!
Washi Tape: Recollections
Burlap: Err… no idea what the brand is.  Got it at Michaels
Post Card: I’m drawing a blank.  It’s a 12×12 sheet that has a bunch of them on one side, and a very cute red pattern on the back.
Tickets: OA… I think
Crackle Paint: Tim Hotz
Twine: WRMK
Stamp: Teresa Collins
Embossing Enamel: Zing
Wood Arrows: American Crafts
Letters: Sassafras Lass and American Crafts
Embossing Ink: VersaMark
Paint Splatters: Tsukineko Fireworks
Pen: Marvy

Phew… that was a list!

The journaling is about how I have this nostalgia for the “homestead West”.  For the Pioneers, Cowboys, Marshals…. and even a few of the outlaws.  I wonder if that’s because I had a bunch of ancestors who walked across the plains and eeked out a living in the South West.  (Don’t get me wrong, I am FULLY aware how miserable their lives could be!  Doesn’t stop the nostalgia!)  I really envy my parents for their location… and then I get itchy feet.  And wonder if I’ll ever settle down.  Maybe someday.

Here’s a closeup of my favourite three bits:

Map, Enamel Dots and Crackled Hot Air Baloon

Map, Enamel Dots and Crackled Hot Air Balloon

I LOVE the map I made.  It’s a very simple process.  I stamped and embossed it, then used my score board to fold it.  Then I distressed the edges with Distress Stain, and got it damp to give it an extra “worn” look.  And… of course I made those enamel dots, so they’re fun to use.  🙂  And then the crackle paint is SO fun to use, it really made the Balloon work!  (Thanks, Mooney for the idea!  You’re the best!)

Now, as awesome as all that’s been…. then I got a text from Mooney Tuesday morning…. I won the June Monthly Prize from CSI’s permanent Sponsor, Flying Unicorn.  Holy Cow!  That was totally unexpected.  But I’m very excited, and honoured!  Thanks, CSI and Flying Unicorn!