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: 122 – Solved

It’s Reveal Day again over on CSI!  Here’s the Case File for this week:

Case File 122

Case File 122

It’s so pretty!  Love orange with sage green.  So vibrant and soothing to me.  I’m not sure why.  But I love it.

Here’s how I solved the case:

Case File 122 - Solved

Case File 122 – Solved

As you can see, I pretty much stuck to the sketch.  Loved the banner.  The background is glass bead gel through a Craft Warehouse Stencil (one of my very favourites).  I then used some Mr Huey’s ink to colour the white orange.  The leaves are a Shapabilities die.  The Tab on the “Menu” is one from Tim Holtz.  The brown grid on the lower corners is a Memory Box stencil and embossing powder.

The story behind these photos:  I “met” a fabulous lady online about 8 years ago.  We’ve exchanged emails and Christmas cards on and off for all that time.  I promised I would get down to Australia to visit.  Eventually.  About a year ago she posted some cute photos on Instagram of these painted bollards near her.  I commented, “Someday I’ll see those in person!”  Well, in March of this year, I finally made good on my promise (threat?) to visit.  And she immediately took me out to the painted bollards!  It was a fun day.

Thanks for looking, now get yourself over to CSI and play along!

CSI: 121 – Solved

As I said last month, I’ve been invited to become a Detective over on the CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration challenge site.  Today is my very first Case!  I have been solving these cases for a year now, and I just love them.  Not only are they fun, but they’re perfectly designed to make your skills grow.  I’ve developed more in my scrapping skills since joining this challenge than I have from any one other thing, ever.  These challenges really make you think.  Debbi, thank you so much for this brilliant challenge you run every week, and I’m thrilled to join your Detective Team!

This week is Case #121.  Here’s the Case File:

May Case File 121

May Case File 121

Here is how I solved the case:

May Case File 121 – Solved

Scene – All 5 colours are present, though the burgundy is only in the stamps.
Evidence – Maps, Book Pages, Metal, Something Transparent, String/Jute/Cording of Some Type
Testimony – Travel: v – Pursuing the unknown.  Make a journey, typically of some length, or abroad.  n – A state of Adventure.

As you may recall, I’ve just returned from an EPIC ADVENTURE to Australia and New Zealand.  I solved this case by centring my testimony around the journal prompt “Voyage”.  This photo just really captures a lot of how I feel about my travels.  I have a list of “must dos”, which is usually pretty short.  And I usually have some vague idea of what might be fun.  But the “plan” really is what I do when no more exciting opportunity presents itself.  I love not knowing what’s going to happen today (never mind tomorrow!) and often, not even knowing where I’ll sleep!  The excitement of the unknown.

This is a digi page, which is less usual, but I knew I wanted to do the watermarking on the journal, so it just worked.  Mostly the products are from Studio Maya (Steampunk collection) and Katie Periete (many different collections.)  The font is from, Jefferson (as in, Thomas Jefferson.  Modelled on his handwriting.)

My File is now marked CLOSED: SOLVED.  Your turn!  Pop on over to CSI and have a go at solving this case yourself!

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!

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….

Lowe’s National Forest

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

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.

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!