Sunday, 30 November 2014

" Sweet Memories"

Hello  everyone and welcome to another  
Case File at Color,Stores and Inspirations.

The colours in this case file are so soft and delicate that they just reminded me of the flowers in my garden. I was going to take a photo pf my garden but then I remembered that I had this photo of  a magnificent bunch of flowers my youngest son had bought me for Mothers Day this year that I said I was going to scrap. I found that once I had put the photos on this layout they seemed to melt into the page

Case File 148 at CSI

The Elements of the Case File;
The Scheme; The colours, grayish green, lemony yellow, light coral, white and green. All accounted for.

The Evidence; I used the following to solve this case, pen work, string, staples (to hold my layers together), birds, branches/trees, flowers, book pages and watercolour.

The Testimony; I documented a daily pleasure - my garden/ my flowers.
Around the edge of the layout I incorporated the following by pen into the layout instead of using a stamp. Its reads; It doesn't take much t make me smile. These are flowers my son Wade bought me for Mothers Day in 2014. To be woken with breakfast in bed and the biggest bunch of Chrysanthemums that I had ever seen was the most wonderful surprise. I do love flowers.
On the rear of the layout is continues with; 
Wade knows that my garden my plants and my flowers are all so special to me. I love to wake every morning, cuppa in hand and just sit on my rear deck and listen to the world start another day. The sounds of life awakening is something that we all take for granted. The birds chirping, the sound of the cars on the road and on a good day the sounds of waves crashing on the beach. I love to find that a new flowers has opened to show us all its beauty or to watch the butterflies flutter from one flower to the next or the birds collecting twigs and branches to make a new nest for new life all of this and I can see it and more from my chair on my rear deck.
I have spent many many hours in my garden creating a tranquil, beautiful place that we can all go and spend many hours. It doesnt matter if you sit and read, watch the clouds move across the sky or sit with someone else and talk over the problems of the world, its there for all to enjoy. 

Now for some close ups and a few more details;
Lots of my most fav

I love adding the Kaisercraft cutouts where I can.
 I used a  grid stamp and stamped  the same paint that
 I used on the chipboard pieces onto the background.

All the chippies painted and that same grid stamp again
and a few pearls here and there

You can see the photos better in this one.
 They just melted into the flowers in the other pics.

Little birdies poking out of the flowers clusters

some of the items that I have used;
Gesso and Impasto
Papers, Prima Rondelle Collection- Cottlilion,Pavanne
plain bassil
2Crafty Chipboard
Jo Sonja paints
Prima flowers
Kaisercraft cutouts
wooden birds
bits and pieces of left over papers.

thanks for stopping by

Carol xx

Saturday, 15 November 2014

" Special Memories "

Hi every one and welcome to another case file at Color, Stories and Inspirations ( CSI)
This is Case File no 147 

This is a photo of my Hubby Pat and his little puppy Sox. Two little puppies were abandoned by their original owner. The were bundled up in a box and dumped in a paddock near where my hubby lived as a young boy.  As a young boy  fossicking through the paddock he came across the box. Being a normal little boy he investigated the contents of the  box and to his delight he found two small puppies. Running home very excited with his new found treasures he was promptly told that he could only keep one and they would find a home for the other puppy. Pat decided on this one and Sox became part a very important part of his family and his childhood. 

Lots of layers and the fish tails I mounted on
some bazzill so they would stand out.

This is the case file at CSI and the sketch by Emma Stafrace

The Scheme; all five colours used, light slate, dark slate,white, red and black.
The Evidence: I used, circles, stripes,plaid,polka dots, grid pattern, stars, stamps,dog and other animal accents.
The Testimony; I journaled on the little "dog tags" to the left of the photo and continued onto the back of the layout.
 My Hubbys story as above

Some closeups and Details........

All my 2Crafty chippies have been painted.
I heat embossed the stars to make them shine.

Even though its predominantly a boys layout I had to add a
 couple of flowers and of course my little lady bird

The circles on the background were done with texture paste
and then I coloured them in with paint.
Added some stamping and the paint splotches. 

Some of the items used;
Papers; Bella,Kaszazz,Fancy Pants,Pinkpaislie and bazzill.
Mont Marte Gesso and Texture paste
Jo Sonya paints
2Crafty Chipboard
Prima Flowers
Enthaily flowers
Washi tape

Thanks for stopping by
Carol xx

Saturday, 8 November 2014

" Simply the Best "

My Second reveal for the month of November for Color Stories and Inspiration ( CSI )
Case File S365-9
Hi and welcome everyone this is my take on Case File S365- 9. I loved the soft Autumn colours of this case file and thought this photo of myself at Wentworth Falls lookout just out of Katoomba, New South Wales up in the Blue Mountains was perfect for this challenge.
The whole case file to me had a country/autumn feel to it.

This is Case File S365-9 at CSI.

The Scheme; All colours used; Khaki green, Eru, Warm Gray,Bright Yellow and Bright Orange.
The Evidence; I used the following, Leaves/branches, Transportation accents, mists, metal, fence, string
The Testimony; I have documented the journalling on the tags behind the photos and finished it on the back of the layout. This is my story;
My hubby and I took a day trip to the beautiful Blue Mountain in New South Wales. We went via Richmond and being a lovely Autumn day the air was crisp and the temp slightly cooler.The leaves were all those beautiful colours of  green, reds, rich oranges, browns and yellows. Some of the tress were already bare with their leaves scattered all over the ground around their trunks.
We made our way to Katoomba to have a look at the mamagnificententworth Falls. We got to the lookout only to find that we couldn't see a thing with all the fog shrouding the mountain and valleys. We went back into Katoomba for a walk around the shops and the nynumerousntique shops. You know your getting old when they are selling " Antiques" that you  have either used as a child or in our case still use at home. We had a giggle at that one.
We then drove around until wee found this gorgeous little restaurant tucked away in the tress and decided to have lunch and hopefully wait for the fog to lift. Steak sandwiches and coffees for lunch and with our tummies full we were on our way back to the look out. We parked the car and walked to the look out to see nothing but fog and not a mountain in sight. Just as we were about to walk back to the car, there was a split in the fog and we managed to snap 2 photos, one of me and one of my hubby.
We made our way back to the car and continued our road trip. Winding through the mountain roads we toured Lithgow and all the little towns on the way. We stopped at an apple orchard on the side of the road and bought the most amazing apples you could ever imagine. Nothing like freshly picked Granny Smith apples straight off the trees, so crisp so tasty, yummy.
Travelling through all the sleepy little country towns as we made our way home, stopping when we wanted to look at something that caught our eyes, what a wonderful day trip we had

Lots of flowers ( of course), and I found the
metal penny farthing in my stash and thought it was sensational on this page.
A couple of Kaisercraft Collectables here and there.
The wagon wheels are just an anchor die that I just cut the knobs off.

I added some Micro Beads to the ends of the
 Chippie pieces for a bit of realism.

Lots of texture paste and I used paints for
 the colours on the background.
 Finished it off with some stamping.
Found a pic of the wishing well and
fussy cut that out to add to the page.

All the chippie pieces were painted to match
 the background. I added some painted metal for a bit of pop. 

Some of the items used;
Monte Mart Gesso and Texture paste
Bo Bunny back to basic paper
2Crafty chipboard
Prima flowers
Pentaloo flowers
Kaisercraft Collectables
Micro beads
bits of pieces of left over papers

Thanks for taking
 the time to stop by

Carol xx

Sunday, 2 November 2014

" Magic Happens "

WOO HOO !!!!!
My very First Reveal as a Design Team Member

Hi everyone and yes this is my first reveal as a Design Team member at Color, Stories and Inspiration ( CSI )
This is Case File no CC-3
I love the colours of this Case File and the lovely feel of nature. I found this photo of myself at Currumbin Bird Sanctuary in Queensland taken a few years ago now.
The kids and I had a great time here feeding all the Lorikeets. Its gets a bit messy especially when they sit on your head. 

This is the Case File at Color, Stories and Inspiration (CSI )
The Scheme; All five colours used, Turquoise Blue, Light yellow, Chartreuse, Marshmallow white and medium brown.
The evidence; I use the following, Bird accents, leaves, paint, mixed media background, twine, oval shapes (sunglasses), mist/paint splatters.
The Testimony; I have put my 'Testimony' which are five fun facts about this day on the tags behind the photo. They are the ones with the string loops on them.
1. My kids couldn't stop laughing at all the birds on my head.
2.The birds kept trying to eat my necklace but biting me instead.
3.The noise of these little birds when they screech is deafening 
especially when they are sitting on your shoulder.
4. I ended up with claw marks, scratches 
and bite marks all over my uncovered body.
5. My head and clothes were covered in bird poo.


I collect a few shells from the beach each time I go and have them all in a box ready for beachy pages.
Textured some stencilling on the background.  Dylusion on the bakbackgroundr colour.

My little birds I fussy cut out of some papers I had in my stash. All the chippy pieces were painted in the Turquoise.

I love the 2Crafty summer pack.
These little thongs are just to cute.

Lots and lots of flowers and I love these frangipanis.
 The sunglasses the hessan chipboard pieces poking out were also painted.

Some of the items I use;
Monte Mart texture paste
2Crafty chipboard 
Prima flowers
Kaszazz paper
CSI Co-ordinates papers
Jo Sonja paints

Thanks for stopping by

Carol xx