"Whatever we think about and thank about, we bring about." Dr John Demartini

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Today is a Day to Remember : CSI Case File 120

Every week a new challenge over at CSI Color Stories Inspiration http://csicolorstoriesinspiration.ning.com/
and this week yet another terrific challenge :-)

The Scene and the Scheme – Use all 5 Colours
Blue Sky - sky blue, taken from the background  - 198.231.246
Cloud - white, taken from the edges  - 255.255.255
Drizzle - bright salmon pink, taken from her outfit -  233.119.118
Sprinkle - bright spring green, taken from the background - 209.230.137
Raining Cats and Dogs - kraft brown, taken from the dog  - 203.183.156

Evidence – Use at least 2 clues
textured paper
mixed media background
something sheer
animal accents
wet medium
place something upside down
raindrop shapes

Testimony – Choose at least 1 clue

Write your journaling as a haiku.
Use a prompt from Journal Buddies.
Create a vellum or transparent holder for your journaling.
Choose a prompt from Sunday Scribblings.
Inspiration Words: -pal, float, sad,  -- use these as inspiration for your journaling, not just as a title.

*Pfffeewww!* Another month flew by!!! This is my last submission as Guest Detective for April 2014. Thank you once again for the wonderful opportunity to design along with the most talented group of Detectives at CSI.

Although it was raining a lot whilst I visited my children, it was not raining the day we went to the Smuts House in Irene, so no umbrellas needed ;-)

Here is how I solved the case:

A little OOPSIE!! I did not notice that the umbrella charm came loose when I took the photo!! Well, I fixed it in the meantime as you will see in the close-ups

I used all the colours


Stripes – Striped PP
textured paper – Handmade paper painted blue and white
mixed media background – gesso, stencil, Dazzles
gesso - used
something sheer – The poodle’s frilly dress, ribbon behind the fence, the butterfly and the bow top left of LO
animal accents - Poodle
umbrella – Poodle with Umbrella, Umbrella charm
wet medium – gesso, craft paint, Dazzles, water soluble crayons and chalks
place something upside down – Birdhouse and Birdie
raindrop shapes – Berry Pins and drop-shaped pearls for a few flower centers
scribbles – Scribbled into the thick wet Gesso paste and 3 chipboard scribbles

All chipboard pieces are from Enmarc Crafts


I chose to write my journaling as a Haiku:

Majestic pine trees
The birds are singing up high
Dainty butterfly

I also wrote a little private message on the tag behind the photo frame.

Now for a few close-ups :


  Dazzle Stencil : Letters

White Chipboard
   Deco Frame : Leaves

  Plain Embellishment Set : A Birds Life

  Plain Embellishment Set : Birds & Birdhouses

Dress-me-Ups : Bigger Corner No 7

   Fences 'n Things : Mini Crooked Fence

  Solo : Poodle

Dazzles :

  Dazzles : Rose Petal

  Dazzles : Hot Tomato
  Dazzles : Red Brick

Thank you for stopping by! Please leave some luv so I know you were here :-)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

DARK AFRICA ; CSI Case File 119

This week's Case File #119 over at CSI - http://csicolorstoriesinspiration.ning.com/
was rather challenging to me!

The Scene and Scheme : Use all 5 Colours

Globe-Trotting - muted teal blue, taken from the bottom suitcase  - 125.165.154
Expedition - beige, taken from the top suitcase  - 232.216.203
Voyage - light brown, taken from the laughing statue -  204.168.144
Wanderlust - kiwi green, taken from the plant - 175.188.116
Overnighter - black, taken from the black suitcase - 12.24.14

Evidence – Use at least 2 clues

something clear
floral pattern
add something unexpected

Testimony – Choose at least 1 clue

Journal about something that makes you laugh.
Journal on tag or labels.
Write 7 interesting facts about your topic.
Scatter your journaling.
Inspiration Words: -laugh, journey, bright  -- use these as inspiration for your journaling, not just as a title.

Cool idea to build the old suitcases into the wall, BUT I would not like to dust them ;-)

I got inspired by the laughing statue in the Scene and thought that my photos of Dr. David Livingstone’s statue at Victoria Falls will come of good use for this Case File  

Here is how I solved the case:

I used all the colours
Wood – Stuck a piece of wood in the rolled map – Top Left of the Africa Map, Used wooden beads.
map/globe – I traced the Africa Map onto PP of a map of the South Pole ;-)
buckles – Used a ribbon slide as I did not have a proper buckle.
tags – 2 tags sticking out from behind the top of the photos.
leather – green leather strips tied to the 2 tags as well as fastened the rolled map with the same leather strip.
something clear – Tim Holtz filmstrip to hi-lite the spot where the statue is. Also used dimensional glaze on the calendar to hi-lite the date we were there as well as crackle glaze on the chipboard dress form.
Light bulb – Steampunk chipboard bulb peeking from under the map on the left side.
Metal – African Mask and brads
Clock – Printed Clock on the Chipboard Tag
leaves/greenery – Chipboard leaves – part of the tags and labels, trees/leaves/greenery in the photos
labels – Sticking out from behind the top of the photos
floral pattern – Used al floral ribbon to mark the equator
add something unexpected -  Aaaaah!! Lady Mary Moffat Livingstone had to be featured as well, thus the two tags with a Corset on the one and a Dress Form on the other ;-)

All chipboard pieces are from Enmarc Crafts


I chose some interesting facts which I scattered on the LO

David Livingstone was born on 19 March 1813 in Blantyre.
He studied at the Charing Cross Hospital Medical School from 1838 – 1840.
His courses covered medical practice, midwifery and botany.
He also attended science and technology as well as Greek, Latin & Theology, Medical School and campaigned against slavery.
He married Mary Moffat, a South African girl from Kuruman and they had 6 children.
Livingstone was the first white man to see Victoria Falls & crossed Africa from Luanda in a transcontinental journey to Quilimane on the east of Africa.
Livingstone died of malaria and dysentery at Chief Chitambo’s village in Northern Rhodesia – Zambia.
Livingstone died at the age of 60 on 4 May 1873 (Some information gives the date as 1 May)

I never ever thought I would do a LO on HISTORY!!! Well, I enjoyed recapping some of the history and you may google this hero and explorer to read a whole lot of interesting facts about him and all his explorations.

Now for a few close-ups :

Sprayed the Chipboard letters with Dazzles : Anthracite (similar to other glimmer sprays) and light chalked the Steampunk Bulb Chipboard. Used a green leather strip to fasten the rolled part of the map.
Side View.
Floral ribbon and wood beads on a string and a ribbon slide to mark the equator. Sprayed some kitchen paper towel with Dazzles : Anthracite to fill up the metal mask from behind.
Used Ranger Distress Inks Salty Ocean and Mowed Lawn to create a teal colour on the beige colour card stock and then spritzed and flicked water onto the ink.
Most southern part of Africa - rolled the pp.
Also rolled the Horn of Africa.
Used Dewdrops Key Lime and Tea Leaves to ink the chipboard leaves.
Something UNEXPECTED : The Corset and Chipboard Dress Form. Inked the dress form and added crackle glaze. The clock is part of the printed whiteboard tag.
Cut 2 feet off a flexi board-er and inked it with dewdrops sand. Used a piece of the Tim Holtz filmstrip to hi-lite the location of the statue. Livingstone saw the Mighty Falls on 16 November 1855 and named it Victoria Falls.

  Steampunk : Light Bulb

  Mini Alpha Sheet : Chunky Monkey - Left over from previous LO's

  Nature Elements : Rustling Leaves - Left over from previous LO's

  Printed Whiteboard : Fancyful Flight - Black

  La Petite : Dress Forms

  Flexi-Board-er : Printz

  Dazzles : Anthracite

Thank you so much for stopping by and I wish you and yours a most BLESSED EASTER :-) 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Beautiful Symphony : CSI Case File 118

This week's Case File over at CSI Color, Stories and Inspiration involved a sketch as well :-)

The Scene and the Scheme :- Use ALL 5 Colours
The Sketch :-

Lipstick - bright red, taken from her dress  - 246.72.63
Blush - dark cantaloupe, taken from her hair  - 255.164.120
Blonde - bright lemon yellow, taken from her hair -  255.237.143
Eyeshadow - seafoam green, taken from her eyeglasses - 187.239.201
Eyeliner - bright teal, taken from her headband  - 75.182.168

Evidence – Use at least 2 clues

white background
animal print
doodling/pen work

Testimony – Choose at least 1 clue

Document something about your style.
Choose an "all about me" prompt (scroll down a bit for the prompts.
Put your journaling in a pocket.
Try out Magnetic Poetry: Here's an online version:
Inspiration Words: -bold, beautiful, confidence -- use these as inspiration for your journaling, not just as a title.

Here is how I solved the case:-

I love the sketch, but really did not know what I would scrap about! I bought these G45 papers recently and the colours were perfect for this Case File. 
I used all the colours

white background – I used white c/s as base for my background – I am not keen on all white backgrounds, but maybe one day I will give it a try  . . .
jewels – Rhinestones on and on the side of the ‘S’ in Symphony
hearts – Bottom left of the LO (Plain Embellishment Set : Tags and Arrows – Enmarc Crafts)
arrows – Middle right (Plain Embellishment Set : Tags and Arrows – Enmarc Crafts) of LO and Bottom of LO
doodling/pen work – Around the phrase ‘The sea is calling me’ and the little arrow at the bottom of the page
fabric – fish net and gauze netting part of the shell cluster
beads – strung on wire and hung fish charms at the bottom of each bead string
fringe – Bottom left tag
fibers – Part of the shell cluster
pockets – Bottom Left and above photo

All chipboard pieces are from Enmarc Crafts

For my journaling I chose  the word ‘BEAUTIFUL’
I have written my journaling on the tags and on the front of the bottom pocket:
I have this quote on a rubber stamp and to me it is so true : “Listen to the sea and you will hear a Symphony”
I am soooo privileged to live at the coast where I can hear and smell the ocean! The Alpha wave sounds that the ocean sends out, causes the mind and body to relax and it is so wonderful to just listen to and stare at the never ending waves . . . it doesn’t matter whether the sea is calm or not, I always hear a beautiful Symphony. The most relaxed sleep, full of fresh air to breathe, I get, is the one right on the beach! (In the shade of course ;-) !)

Oops! Just imagining all of this as I write, makes me dozy . . . . .

A few Close-ups :-

 Mini Alpha Sheet : Confused L/C

 Fancy Word : Smile - I cut off the 'S'

  Mini Alpha Sheet : Chunky Monkey U/C

  plain Embellishment Set : Sea Shells

  Plain Embellishment Set : Tags & Arrows

Thank you for stopping by :-)