School Days

This month, Creative Embellishments is one of the sponsors for the challenges on the CSI Color, Stories, Inspiration site, so our team got to play along with their challenges! 😀 We always have a blast working their case files. Their format is fun and unique. They offer an inspiration image, evidence (select at least 3 items from the list to include on your layout), and testimony (select at least 1 from the list to inspire the journaling for your page). I played along with Case #211 which is a major case file, so there’s a sketch to use and has an longer open period, so entries are due by end of the month.

I was inspired by the books and reading theme of the inspo image, so I created a page about my youngest son who is obsessed with reading. 😀 He started early and was reading well before the start of Kindergarten. I replaced part of the patterned paper from the sketch with pictures of his word wall words as they changed the first few months he was reading. We have a cork board in the living room where I posted his new words and he’d get a star sticker on the corner of the word as he mastered them. By the 3rd rotation, we stopped since he’d already progressed beyond its usefulness, and could read the words before they ever made it to the board. lol Here’s how I cracked the case:

From the evidence column – I added text stamping to the background, a pair of eyeglasses from the wood veneer set, I stacked some embellishments in a cluster, and used both wood and chipboard CE pieces. From the testimony column – I used the word “want” in the journaling:

 

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Close up of the CE Star Doodle frame, Geek Chic Glasses, and stars I used:

 

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Close up of the Scribble Heart, Book Bag, and Globe:

 

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The mood board for CSI 211:

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The AWESOME CE pieces I used for this page (pics are linked to the item’s listing in the CE store)…

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Let it Snow – dt layout for Creative Embellishments

Well, it’s a brand new month, so that means there’s a new challenge up at Creative Embellishments! 😀 This month, if you’d like to play along, you’ll be combining an inspiration image with a sketch. Use the image any way you’re inspired, whether it’s the colors, the snow, part of the imagery, etc. Here’s what I came up with for my example:

Let it Snow

Materials:

Creative Embellishments Snowflake Frame
CE Icicle Border
CE Let it Snow title piece
American Crafts white cardstock
Dusty Attic flowers
Webster’s Pages trims
gesso
Ranger Embossing Powder
Distress Embossing Ink
Unity Stamp Co snowflake stamps
Tattered Angels glimmer mist
Lindy’s Stamp Gang starburst and flat fabio mists
Martha Stewart Cherish around the page punch

Here’s the inspiration image you’ll be using:

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The fabulous Dec sketch designed by Nicolle Kramer:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ride On – layout for Sketchabilities sketch #103

***NEW giveaway op at the end of this post***

Twice a month, on the 15th and 30th, Sketchabilities releases FANTASTIC sketches! They’re so much fun to work with no matter what your style of scrapping happens to be. At first glance, most have been very mixed media friendly, but there’s tons of fun elements in the sketches to translate according to your personal taste. 😀 Here’s what I came up with for sketch #103 (entries are due by Nov 28th at midnight EST):

Ride On

The fabulous sketch I got to work with:

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Materials:

Creative Embellishments rubber stamp (tire treads)…coming soon to the CE store
7 Dots Studio Wonderland, Dreamer and Love is in the Air papers
acrylic paint
The Crafter’s Workshop stencils
Prima Craftsman and Romance Novel wood embellishments, clip and flat back screws
Freckled Fawn wood arrows
Tim Holtz Ideaology muse token
Pink Paislee cushies alphas

***GIVEAWAY!!!***

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***For your chance to win this prize pack, all you need to do is visit the 3 sites I design for on facebook and “like” their pages, then comment on this post that you are a new or current fan of all 3 pages! 😀 To make it easier for you to enter, I’ve linked their fb pages here: Creative Embellishments, Sketchabilities and SWAT.*** You have 1 week to comment and enter this giveaway, so comments must be made by 11:59 pm EST on November 22, 2013. I will then select one random winner. International entries are welcome. 😀

If you did not already see, please visit my previous post for another giveaway op (a $10 gc to Creative Embellishments).

Love & Happiness – dt layout for Sketchabilities sketch #99

***(HINT HINT)READ TO THE END***I’m so excited to share my first layout as part of the Sketchabilities team! I’m honored to be working with such talented crafters! Please be sure to stop by the Sketchabilities challenge blog to see all the fabulous examples they’ve created for sketch #99. 😀

For my page I just HAD to use Webster’s Pages. I think everyone has their favorite manu’s and their standbys. For me, WP is my go to manu. Whether I’m looking for their gorgeous classic papers, a soft pattern or a bold one, I’m sure to find just the right combination with their collections. I have to admit though, I’m totally guilty of HOARDING my WP. They’re so beautiful that sometimes it’s really hard to make myself USE them, cut into them, layer and not just admire them. lol Here’s what I came up with for sketch #99 using a combination of WP’s Palm Beach and Everyday Poetry:

The incredible sketch I got to work with:

Materials:

Webster’s Pages papers, sparklers, cameo, frame, journaling card, fabric ticket and flower
October Afternoon stickers and flower sack bits
Freckled Fawn polaroid frames
Prima wood pieces
Tim Holtz distress stains, paints and washi tape
jute
gesso
acrylic paint
Pitt big brush pen
doily
sizzix die cut flourish

HERE’S THE REALLY FUN PART!!! Just for stopping by the Sketchabilities blog, checking out the entire dt’s examples there and saying hi to me, I’m giving away one $10 gc to my new favorite laser cut chipboard and wood cuts company,

Creative Embellishments!

CE is a brand new company started by my bestie and her hubby and they offer high quality, stunning, intricate original designs at great prices! I also have the awesome privilege of designing for them. 😀

THAT’S NOT ALL!!! If you decide to play along w/the Sketchabilities sketch #99, let me know here on my blog and I will select 1 participant to receive a HUGE Webster’s Pages/October Afternoon mystery prize pack that I will put together personally. This prize pack will include papers, embellishments, trims and more! Guaranteed to have a retail value of OVER $50!!! 😀

All entries must be made by 11:59pm Saturday, September 28, 2013 to be part of the random drawing. I will select 1 winner for the $10 gc from all the comments left on the Sketchabilities Sketch #99 reveal post that mention “hi” or my name in any way. 😀 I will select 1 winner for the HUGE Webster’s Pages/October Afternoon mystery prize from all comments here on my blog that let me know they played along w/the Sketchabilities sketch challenge. Thank you!

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