Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Hard Hats Required


This summer is absolutely whipping by! My oldest is busy with summer camps, travels and good ol' hanging out with me :D and my youngest has offically started walking...sigh..

During all that excitement I've managed to make a page that I'm going to throw into TWO challenges! Oh yeah, I'm proud ;)  I'm playing along with CSI case file no. 28 and Creative Scrappers! CSI offered a color scheme I would've never thought to work with and I got just the design inspiration I needed when I saw the CS sketch!

My oldest daughter has always loved helping her dad construct things...in fact for her 2nd birthday, we got her a tool set and table! Of course that was years ago but she still loves constructing stuff. In these photos, her 2.5 yr old little self is helping her dad make a gate...she even put on her "hard hat" for the job ;)

For my EVIDENCE I used robots, circles, repetition, and metal. For my testimony I used repetition in my journaling: 

Little Sophia at work....buzz buzz! whirl whirl! bang bang! She love to help appa build things...

I took the black bottle caps and covered with gesso and a coat of Glimmer Glaze
in Basically Bare Coconut Shell. Next I wrapped floral wire around in loops. 

Aren't these robots so cute? These are free dingbats off the net called Tombots
that I printed, colored and cut.

Virtually impossible to see but I put down a large helping of textured paste and
smooshed (the official description) the letters into the paste.

I'm so excited by the splatter effects of Distress Stains! Very
satisfying to do this to my pages!

That's my post for today! Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Quick Little Post....

Hi everyone!

It's been a while since I've played along with CSI and I've missed them! Their case file no. 27 looked like so much fun and it felt so good to play along!

Here's what I had to work with:

Doesn't that just make you want to jump right in !  Here's some close ups:

I went a little stamp happy with my Pink Paislee!

I had made an art journal page with a big sun and looking
back on it re inspired me to make this one.

Old LittleYellow Bicycle chippies! How cute are they?

I journaled in rhyme: Up toward the light the kite rose, to try and touch that sun with the tip of its nose...up, up and away it goes! 

Thank goodness for camera phones...

Squeezing this post in before baby wakes up so that's all for today!

Thank you for your visits and comments!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Ready, Set, Scrap!

Hi everyone!

I'm always envious of fast scrappers because it's something I'm not. Just imagine being able to crank out gorgeous page, after page! My endless pile of photos might actually get smaller!

Well this month's challenge with True XOXO Scrapbooking asks for just ONE thing: ONE hour! That's right, print that photo, get your supplies ready and then SCRAP for one hour!

I really enjoyed this challenge because it took me to the core of how I scrap...what are my go to supplies? What techniques do I turn to? I'll be honest, I thought a lot more than an hour about my page before putting anything down on paper but that's the way I work! My page took 1 hour and 4 min to actually make...

What are my go to supplies? Over and over again, I turn towards my paints, inks, and mists. 
What techniques do I turn to? I love to...wait, NEED to splatter, spray, or drip color to feel good about a page...weird? On this page I took my Faber Castell gelato sticks and mixed them with water to paint and splatter on my paper.

Here's our youngest (then 5 months old) attending her
first luau in Kauai.

So plenty of time for everyone to join in the challenge but, hey, we're only asking for one hour so why not join in and get it done now;)

Well that's my page for today! Thank you for your visit and comments!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

A Bit of News...

My term with Basically Bare has finished up and I wanted to share with you all my last project with them!

This time instead of a layout I altered a canvas! I had a great deal of fun making this because I got to pull out and work with a bunch of different mediums!

I started by tearing old patterned papers and mod podging them to the canvas. Over that, well, what didn't I apply? Gesso, paints, mists, india ink and stamps to desired effect :) 

Next I got tree branches and covered them with mod podge...they were very dry (from another project) and I wanted them to be less brittle. I colored the canvas leaves from Basically Bare and attached them to the branches. 

I used Basically Bare's Happy Little House set for the bird houses...aren't they cute? They're covered in woodgrain paper and accented with some Distress Embossing powder.

Now for the occupants of the houses...the blue birds are made of felt and the yellow bird, chipboard. I was trying to think of a way to color the felt without using fabric markers. That's when I remembered my Pearl Ex powders...I love the gorgeous colors and soft shimmer of the mica powder! One slight problem, they have no binder in them so if I just put them on the birds, eventually most of the powder would wipe away. So I mixed a small mist bottle with Gum Arabic (a binder) and water and sprayed the birdies with it. Next I applied the blue powder by "pouncing" with the brush....it worked! I will have blue birds for a long time to come:)  The yellow bird I painted with my Zig paint marker and before it could dry, covered it with yellow Pearl Ex. 

Well I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed making this canvas! Thank you for all your visits! 

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