Saturday, 27 July 2013

Sketchbook 365 August reveal

I totally missed posting this last week, don't know how lol
It was the August sketch reveal over at Sketchbook365
A fairly simple sketch that was open to interpretation

I stayed quite true to the sketch and liked it plain and simple
I added some details along the top edge using some strips of paper and machine stitching. The "well look at that" and other word embellishments are by Teresa Collins

I mixed a few different alphas for the title

Whilst in the USA I bought a paint splat stamp by hero arts (I think) it's a bit cheating but it creates the perfect splatters!

There is a ton of inspiration from all the DT on the blog, hope you find time to check it out and you have til the 8th of August to play along for the chance to win a fab prize from Maja design
Toodle Pip

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

An altered photo frame

I've got a new post up on the Papermaze blog

For my second project with these papers I wanted to create a little altered project as the sticker sheets from the Mama Razzi2 collection were perfect for little word and camera accents.
I found this frame at one of the cheapy stores (it was £1.49) and thought it would work for a series of pictures I had, so I set about altering it.

I took some sandpaper and just sanded off the surface of the frame so that the glue would adhere to it better, then I distressed the edges to give it a more shabby look
I cut 3 strips of paper after measuring the sections and then used the actual frame as a template for the openings. I cut these out, on the middle section I left one covered so that I would have a larger area for a focal point.
I added a camera cut from my cameo in black cardstock a wood veneer camera and added the oh snap and smile sticker underneath to create a "title" for the frame.

When I had finished adding this was the result

I love how these papers work so well together, adding pops of orange and red for contrast.
I still have one more project to share with you later in the month, meanwhile why not get yourself some of this great collection at the shop
Plus there is a SUMMER SALE on right now perfect for some great bargains!
Tracee x

Friday, 19 July 2013

CSI case file 81 - Solved

This is my first reveal as an official DT member over at CSI
I am continuing to scrap my adventures with Debbi. This weeks layout features a funny little incident that happened while we were looking for the scrap store

This is the case file for this week
Such beautiful colours, I just love this type of palette

Here is how I solved the case

Silver Metal - brads & staples
Rub-ons - Speech bubble,duck footprints,zig zag pattern (under the top right bird)
Scalloped Edges - green paper has scalloped edge on
Wood grain - patterned paper
Glossy Accents - used to glue birds & tangled thread
Jute/twine - down left hand side

I wrote a 6 word Memoir, well actually I ended up writing 3, top middle & bottom
Inspiration words - awesome, today, house (we got the little duck back home)

The story of the little duck
Debbi and I were a bit lost in the parking lot trying to find the scrap store. I spotted this cute little wooden bridge that led to a large pond/lake and I suggested it might be a nice place to take a picture. On the bridge that led to the pond/lake was a little duck running up and down trying to get to the water below. He couldn't fit through the rails, but there was a small gap in the top of the fence that we figured he must have come up from, so I carefully captured him (of course stopping for a quick photo, after all that was why we were there right?) 
His poor little feet were roasting hot, I took him and placed him over the fence where he had a short walk down to the water, off he toddled and Debbi and I walked back to the other end of the bridge to watch him get back in the water, but where was he? 
Lot's of quacking coming from a bush halfway down let us know where he was, the daft duck was stuck!!
Eventually he released himself from said bush and ran the rest of the way to the water - Job done, one duck rescued
I will add this story to an envelope on the back of the layout later

A few close ups
The wood veneer circle frames where we found the little duck on the bridge. I cut the Rescue title on my cameo

My first 6 word memoir, explains the story briefly. I had a bit of an accident with my first background paper involving a bottle of mist with it's lid not screwed on properly!!!
I painted the mist on as a strip down the centre, to represent the journey back to the water. Then I added some stamping with a grid stamp and some machine stitching and lastly some tangled thread which I think gives some movement to the page.

Found these cute little duck type prints in my rub on drawer (they are by Basic Grey - Archaic) On my cameo I cut a circle (it looks more like pebble shapes) from the same white cardstock as my background, I filled some of the shapes with patterned paper to create my own textured background.

I can't wait to see what Debbi's looks like this week! (for those who don't know we are using the case files at CSI each week to document the time we spent together in June)

Hope you will find time to play along this week
(scroll down for my product list)

Toodle Pip

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

CSI 80 - solved and a little announcement

First I will share my Happy News
I have just joined the Design Team over at CSI - what an honour to be amongst such a talented group of scrapbookers!
 Debbi's a great inspiration to me (as well as  great encourager, if that's a word) how could I resist joining her & the team.!

So as you know Debbi and I are scrapping the pictures of the time we spent together and this week my layout features us up to one of our many daft antics, this time in Michaels with some wood frames.
This was the case file, along with a great sketch from Em Stafrace
And here is how I solved it

Something Transparent - acetate frame around title
Lace/lace cardstock - I used a lace doily
Texture paste
Buttons - Flair button
patterns floral/stripes - Striped paper & Floral washi tape

Inspired by song/lyrics
My husband has a very different taste in music to me but we have a playlist that has shared music on it and a band he has recently asked me to add is Daft Punk, the track is called Beyond this was playing while I was scrapping the picture and this line was inspiration for my title
"The perfect song is framed with silence, it speaks of places never seen"
The inspiration words Bliss, Summer & Easy are all words that come to mind when I look back on my trip.

A few close ups

I used my new triangle mask with some texture paste in a strip on the background, I also added a sub title "The Art of Sillyness" using alpha stickers by Authentique and Lily Bee

I got quite a few new flair buttons from Etsy now the challenge is to actually remember to use them!

Hope you will find time to pop over and play this week, Thanks for looking
x Toodle Pip x



Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Bo Bunny Mama Razzi2 at Papermaze

I'm up on the Papermaze blog today

Hi Tracee with you today, back from my trip to the US fully refreshed
I don't know how I didn't already own this Mama Razzi2 collection by Bo Bunny but it certainly is one not to be missed.
It has all sorts of patterns related to photography in a great colour scheme with some super embellishments and stamps to match
I chose an older sketch by Page Maps for this month
I flipped it and this was the result

I used some Gesso to create my strip across the page. Gesso has become an essential tool in my kit.
I cut up one of the stickers from the Photo Op sheet to make a smaller sub title in a banner shape. A handy tip is if you don't like a sticker quite the way it is then just cut out the part you want to use, rather than disregard it (or you can cut it in half to make it last twice as long!).
I used a cut file on my cameo for the hearts flourish at the side of the photo and used some of the Oh Snap sheet to add in a little red
Finally I added the word FOCUS directly onto my photo using the Combo sticker sheet

 All supplies for this layout can be found in the Shop

Tracee x

Friday, 5 July 2013

CSI case file 79 - Solved

I was so lucky this month to get to spend time having fun with Debbi, that also meant I got sneak peak at this months case files and earned myself the badge of "visiting detective"

A great palette don't you agree?
My Testimony
 I was inspired by the word prompts this week
Free(dom), free to try new things
Brave, brave enough to get really messy on my layout
Spark, little sparks of ideas and just run with them without thinking too much.
This layout is part of an 8 1/2 x 11 album I'm going to be working on documenting my trip to Maryland. Each layout is going to be scrapped using CSI case files and will have an envelope on the back with the palette colours and the back story inside (will add pics later)
My Evidence
Metal (the tiny hearts)
Polka dots

As we were together we decide to try out a few things that we hadn't tried before.
This was the result

So I took this not so pretty AC Metropolitan paper and covered most of it with a couple of coats of gesso in differing depths over the sheet.

Then I just went to town stamping and misting, I took some older rubons and put them on the page some I went over again with the gesso to mute the look.

I used just scraps of paper and things I found on the desk (the leaves were a perfect find). I also glued down the leftover pieces of doily from my last layout to give some texture

Neither me nor Debbi had tried to take selfies before and for the first few days we couldn't even manage it without completely cracking with laughter but we got a little better as the days went on and this particular one was taken at the Zoo on a busting hot day, we didn't have the energy to crack up lol
x Toodle Pip x