"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." -Thomas Merton

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Namesake for C.S.I. Case #43

I loved these dramatic colors, and I was waiting for the perfect CSI case to come along so that I can use this sketch designed by Michelle Singh. The colors and the sketch blended together so beautifully.  Michelle’s sketches are like exquisite coloring book pages full of lovely little details.  I’ve used several of her sketches already and I love working with them. 
Have you ever thought your name was an old ladies name and wondered what the story was that inspired your parents to name you such a name?  I found out my story and documented it in “Namesake”.

Evidence: A damask embossing folder was used on the black colored strip and parts were sanded down to reveal the white underneath to also incorporate the “black and white” patterned paper evidence; ribbons, frame, and flourish.

Testimony: Used an older photo and tied the past together with the present in my journaling.
Hope you too can share with us at C.S.I as to how you solved Case #43. You have until this Sunday, to solve the case.



Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Gel Medium Resist Technique Tutorial

Check out how I created this background paper using the gel medium resist technique in the Inspiration Forum at C'est Magnifique.        

Monday, October 22, 2012

Devoted Sisters (Created with C'est Magnifique's November Kit)


I had just finished browsing a site that featured pictures of vintage corsets and ladies bodices of beautiful gowns, and as I started working on my last layout for the November kit, my eye caught a glimpse of a specific design in the lace that is in the kit. It reminded me of some of the bodice work in the vintage gowns I had viewed. I took a sketch I created for a page I did in our October kit and manipulated it so that I could replicate some of the vintage bodice gown work on paper. I really like how the lacy bits look with the buttons sewn on. A soft brown Shimmerz spray was used to make the white lace look aged and worn.

I got so much use out of that Prima vine in the kit, and I think I used portions of it on most of my November pages.  On this page, I applied gesso to the Prima vine lily flowers and let the red bleed through so that it would turn into a soft pink color to go with the colors in the page.   Distress Stain metallic copper was applied to the Prima vine leaves.

The clock was created with a clock stamp and an application of one splatter each of Distress Stain Sugar Spun and Antique Linen was applied on top of the stamped image.  When the stain dried, I applied Glossy Accent Crackle and let it dry overnight, then smeared a little dark brown Distress ink into the cracks and finished the edge of the clock off with the Distress Stain copper metallic color. The Scrap Ex flourish was embellished with a soft pink Liquid Pearl.

Over the years my mom and her sisters would often talk about their wonderful pet Scottie they had as children during WWII. Fortunately, I had this old punch of a Scottie in my punch collection to add to the page. He looks so cute dressed up in 7 Dots paper.

7 Dots Studio: Domestic Goddess: White Apron
7 Dots Studio: Domestic Goddess: Raspberry Pudding
7 Dots Studio: Domestic Goddess: 12th Teacup

Cheep Trims: Lace
Ranger: Copper Dabber
Prima: Say It in Crystals: Mini Swirls: Romance Novel

Flower Add-On:
Prima: Valentine Vine: Red
Prima: Serenade: Pink

Embellishment Add-On:
7 Dots Studio: Domestic Goddess: Collage: Fashionista
ScrapFX: Flourish V

7 Dots Studio Add-On:
7 Dots Studio: Domestic Goddess: Stickers 12x12
7 Dots Studio: Domestic Goddess: Alpha Stickers: Raspberry Muffin

Personal Stash:
Embroidery Thread
Scottie Punch
Bits of Tule
Liquid Pearl
Crafter’s Workshop Harlequin mask (6x6)
Glimmer Mist

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Paper Clay Star Fish Inspiration


Want to know how I made this paper clay starfish?  Head on over to C'est Magnifique's Inspiration Forum (Paper Clay Starfish) to find out how easy it was to create this pretty little creature and create your own for you beach/ocean themed projects.

Don't forget to calendar C'est Magnifique's Blog Hop that starts Friday, October 26th.  

Friday, October 12, 2012

Special Investigator for CSI Case #41


I'm so elated to be a Special Investigator for CSI this month!  I love their challenges and they really get my mojo moving too.   The Scheme this month has these soft yummy colors to work with.  Here's how I went about solving Case #41.
White on White texture:  Applied light molding paste on a stencil on top of the white color cardstock.
Layers: Strips of all the colors in the palette were applied to cardstock. Gesso was applied over the layers and some spattering and stamping too.
Tassel: Made a little tassel out of embroidery thread and a button
Gold Elements: Gold bead caps were flatten with the Big Shot.
Testimony:  I chose to write six things about the photo.
I believe people come into our lives for a reason.
Up until I was 19, I lived a very overprotected and sheltered life.
I think the universe must have known my dreams and secrets and planted this very well cultured and educated person in my life. 
He introduced me to new places; exposed me to wonderful architecture, history, art and artsy people.
Later he told me he found me “very attentive” and that made him feel important. 
I was spellbound by this person who knew so much and wanted to share it with me, and in looking back I was grateful the universe put him in my path.
The challenge ends Sunday, October 21st. I'll be looking for your entry to see how you went about solving the case.

Monday, October 1, 2012

October Sketch Challenge at C'est Magnifique

Now it's your turn to use this sketch as inspiration to create a layout for our challenge.

This challenge is open to everyone. You do not need to be a member of C'estMagnifique Kits to participate in the sketch challenge and you may use any supplies you wish.

But, since we are a kit club, there is an added incentive to use one of our kits to create your sketch layout (which I will explain below).

We will be offering 2 prizes this month. One winner from all entries (selected randomly) will receive a large prize package. The winner will also be able to purchase anything

from our Store and have it shipped free with their prize package - anywhere in the world!