September 30, 2012

Not Easy Street - CSI #38

We are onto the 3rd challenge at CSI for the month of September.  In order to offically try out for their DT, we have to complete at least 3 of the 4 September challenges.

Here is #3.

I started by making my own brick mask. Follow these steps to create your own...
1.  Use a thicker piece of cardboard to cut out the brick pattern. 
2.  Draw out your brick pattern.  It does not have to be perfect!!!  Make sure to have some bigger bricks and some smaller ones.
3.  Using a craft knife, cut out the design.  Once again, it does not have to be perfect.
I made my pattern with 7 rows of bricks.  The mask can always be moved and repeated if you need to cover a bigger surface.  I want to stress that the drawing and the cutting does not have to be perfect.  The character of the mask is created with the imperfections.

I had some patterned paper with the street signs.  I cut them out because I probably have had that sheet of paper for close to 10 years and had not found a use for it until then.  I know, I'm a paper hoarder!

My newspaper article was about my son, Sawyer.  He fell on this uneven brick sidewalk.

A closer look at my painted bricks.  In this case, I used white paint and sponged it on.  After it was dry, I shifted the mask slightly and sprayed brown ink over it.

September 21, 2012

Take the Road Less Traveled - Scrap Friends

I mentioned before how I stumbled up on Scrap Friends via Pinterest.  The sketch I found had already closed for participation, but this go around, I chose a color challenge from their site.

Here is what I came up with.

I wanted the strips of paper to appear as if there were multiple paths to take, but because of the yellow, I think it came out more looking like a sun.

Tons of stitching on this page.

Fun In The Sun - CSI Case No. 37

Oh, how I loved these colors from CSI and the sketch from Once Upon a Sketch.

Here's the details:

Evidence: page from a book, button, dots, doodling
Testimony: lyrics from a song

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September 19, 2012

Me & You - Color Me Scrappy

I'm not sure where my brain has been lately. I could have sworn that I already posted this, but as I look at my blog, it is nowhere to be found.
Even though it is a few days late, I thought you might want to see what I created for Challenge #12 at Color Me Scrappy.

color start

I love these colors.  When I first looked at these colors, I thought everyone's page would be bright and cheerful, but at a second glance, if you focused on the grays then it really could go either way.  I guess that is what I love about the colors that are picked at Color Me Scrappy.
I struggled a bit with these colors. I ended up setting it aside for a few days... or maybe it was weeks, and then revisited it and made some modifications. All in all, I'm pleased with it.

September 13, 2012

Penny for your Thoughts - Scrap Friends

Ok.  Honestly, I LOVE this site.  I came across it on Pinterest, which I'm totally addicted to.  I'm sure I'm not the only one out there who has admitted that.

I was searching for a sketch and low and behold, I fround Scrap Friends!  It will be one of my go-to sites!!

This sketch challenge has already closed, but I fell in love and had to use it.

Gorgeous, right?

Don't you love this painted circle?  Let me fill you in on how I made it...  I painted the bottom of a beer bottle and stamped it on.  I WILL be using this technique again!  LOL!

Son - CSI Case No. 36

This is the page I designed for CSI Case No. 36.

I am trying out for their design team and in order to do that, I must complete 3 out of the 4 September challenges.  Debbi threw in a twist this month, so in addition to the colors, a sketch had to be used from Once Upon a Sketch.

Kraft bg, misc pp, chocolate spray ink. I stitched together 2 strips of punched out paper to give texture. The banner is painted chipboard and then embellished with wire, rub-ons, paint and liquid glass. The pleated flower is made from pp accordian and then embellished with a brad.

Evidence: mesh, misting, fibers, tone on tone
Testimony: acrostic poem using son's name

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Hole in One - My Creative Sketches

We came across this great site for sketches.  If you've been reading along, you know that I love to work from sketches.  Especially sketches that don't have a ton of detail.  This sketch from My Creative Sketches is exactly what I like, simple.

I didn't venture off the sketch this time around.  I loved the sketch just the way it was.

I apologize for the quality of the pictures.  They turned out a little darker than I wanted.
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Captain & his Mates - Sketch -N- Scrap

I recently found this new challenge site called Sketch -N- Scrap.  Technically, it isn't a new challenge blog, but it is new to me.  Their sketches are simple enough that it leaves plenty of room for interpretation.  You can twist and manipulate the sketch any way you please.  These are the sketches I prefer, too much detail and everyone who participates ends up with the same page.

Okay, I'm off my soapbox!

Here is the sketch:

And the result:

I turned the photos to landscape, but ended up leaving the rest of the sketch as is.

Anybody who knows my scrapbooking style knows that I have a slight meltdown when it comes to mixing my fonts in my title.  I really stepped out of the box by mixing the fonts in one word!  Yikes!

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Warrior - Sketches in Thyme

This, honestly, is one of my least favorite pages.  I've had others tell me it was good.  I have trouble when things don't match perfectly, and this is the case with this one.

It was designed using a sketch from Sketches in Thyme.  I love their sketches!  I love how their sketches leave so much room for interpretation.

The result:

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September 12, 2012

Geared Up for Fishing - 123 Challenge

This page was designed for the 123 challenge.  We had to use the following:

  • The Word "Man" or "Men"
  • The Color Gray
  • Use Metal
Normally, the first thing I go to after I choose my BG is my scrap paper bag.  Since this challenge required the color gray, I didn't really have any gray on hand.  Either I always use up my gray or it just isn't one that I buy often.

I knew ahead of time that I was going to do this challenge, and I made a special trip to the scrapbook store to find gray paper.  Can you believe there wasn't any that I liked other than solid card stock?

Below is my result:

Sometimes, when Pam and I get stuck or it seems that we are taking too long to get a page done, we set a time for 1 hour.  This is what we did for this page.  Near the end of our time (like 2 minutes left), I still wasn't happy with the result.  I told Pam that it was still missing something.  So I literally gave myself the 2 minutes to create the little banner at the top.

I struggle with mixing my fonts in my title.  I think this was a record for me.  I used 4 different fonts!!  LOL!

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1 Tall Tree - Kraft it Up

I was able to get an entire 12 hours of scrappy time with my dear friend Pam.  In those precious 12 hours, we managed 6 pages.  We'd have loved to accomplish more than that, but I had 2 boys and a husband around.  Interruptions occurred, not to mention, we had to break for lunch and dinner.

These next 6 posts are dedicated to what we did accomplish.

First up was Kraft it Up.  I love using kraft paper, so really, this was not much of a challenge.


My result:

The only thing that I don't like about this LO is the picture of the tree.  I wish I had lightened up just a little bit.  I really wanted the shadows made by the Spanish moss so stand out more than it did.
As for the LO itself, I'm pleased.

I started by using a little black paint and a negative of a small dotted ribbon/paper.  On top of that I layered paper, washi tape and a craft banner.
The picture was matted with pp and then part of a felt frame was used.

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September 07, 2012

Sunshine Surprise - Sketchers #1

This is a page that I did for Sketchers.  It is their first reveal.  I know what it's like to start a challenge blog and that first reveal is the toughest... wondering if anyone is going to participate.

Here is the sketch:

Although I'm not a real big fan of the way it turned out, I thought I'd post it anyway.

It's difficult to see, but I actually usind the sewing machine to make sun rays.  Well, the yellow thread against the orange background didn't turn out so well.  Looking back at it, I should have used thicker thread.

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