Saturday, January 26, 2013

CSI case file #56: Makes me smile

[Edited with the blog list - sorry about the delay, I had to schedule this post before the list of the participating blogs were ready. I also had to edit the info about when and where the winners will be announced, at the end of the post.]


CSI: Color, Stories, Inspiration turned one this month, and we've been celebrating with fun and festivities all month long. But what's a birthday party without presents? We are rounding out CSI's birthday celebration this week with a huge pile of presents! The talented and very generous CSI design team, aka the CSI Detectives, have prepared special blog posts for you this week, and all you have to do is leave a comment on participating design team members' blogs for a chance to receive a present from them!

We also have the brand-new company Blue Fern Studios joining our blog hop! Our very own Detective Michele Singh is the designer of this company's beautiful chipboard, and we are delighted to have Blue Fern Studios join us to celebrate our birthday on the month they were introduced to the world!

Here are the blogs you'll want to visit:

Anna-Karin Evaldsson (you are here)


Here's this week's case file:
I wanted to get messy:
This layout is inspired by the Rainy Day Journal Prompts, and I picked the first one: list things that make you smile. I wrote a random list of things that make me smile right now, on tags, which are tucked behind the photo. It was lots of fun and I'll enjoy reading it later. Debbi often lists journal prompts in the case file, don't miss looking at them. From the evidence items I used: clouds, strings, dashed lines. I also used some of my favourite things on the layout.

The heart, clouds and dots were white embossed on watercolour cardstock. The cardstock was misted pretty heavily with water and then with Postbox Red Dylusions spray. The water makes the ink flow in interesting ways, like a watercolour wash. When dry, I added perfect pearls misting and the white dots were misted by putting some Picket Fence Distress Stain in a mini mister. (See this video by Tim Holtz).

When dry, I inked through two stencils with Aged Mahogany and stamped the Dina Wakley Lonely Girl stamp and an alphabet/number stamp. I used a favourite winter photo, taken at the sea, since being outdoors also make me smile. I added a dashed line around the layout, but it got partly cut off when I cropped the photo.

Cycling makes me smile, so I painted a little wood veneer bike black, adding some silver details and made a small road for it from scraps. The inked stencil words all have to do with other things that make me smile (art, color, shape, 'feelings and experiences onto paper').

The wood veneer snowflakes were painted white. Here you see the texture of the Picket Fence misting better.

The birds were painted with Juniper paint. The tags were die cut from smooth white paper.

The CSI Birthday Presents Blog Hop will run from January 25- 29. Winners will be announced in our Full Disclosure (Announcements) Forum the following week. I'll post a reminder on my blog after I draw my winner.

Thank you for looking!

Anna-Karin

Supplies:
Stamps: Dina Wakley Lonely Girl, Scipt Heart, Grunge Circles; Paper Artsy alphabet and number stamp
Dies: Sizzix Tag & Tie
Ink: Archival Ink Jet Black; Distress Ink: Aged Mahogany
Mist: Dylusions Postbox Red
Stain: Distress Stain Picket Fence
Paint: Adirondack Juniper, Snow Cap, Pitch Black, Silver
Perfect Pearls: Perfect Pearl powder (mixed with water in a mini mister)
Embossing powder: Ranger Seafoam White
Stencils: The Crafter's Workshop Mini Art Is, bird
Surfaces: Canson watercolour paper; MME woodgrain paper.
Embellishments: Studio Calico wood veneer snowflakes, camera, birds and bicycle: Tim Holtz Idea-ology Word Bands and Paper Strings; BasicGrey border stickers; BasicGrey, Prima and EKSuccess word stickers


77 comments:

  1. Your use of colours on this lay-out is so amazing. The red background makes the photo stand out just beautifully. I also like all the tiny little details on the background. Wonderful work!

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  2. oooh love all the stamped goodness you got me all motivated to get my embossing powders out again thanks for sharing hun xox

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  3. Your layout is stunning!, I love how you created such an interesting and intricate background with stamps and ink. Tx

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  4. Fantastic LO. Love the texture media and pics. Great inspiration and beautiful work.
    Huggies
    Rachelle

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  5. Oh my goodness, I love, love your background!!! I need to let go more and explore with mixed media. Amazing work and thanks so much for the explanation!

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  6. As usual an amaizing background, I´m a follower since started CsI...tks for sharing your technics always inspirable...Is that already counting for the hop?

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  7. wonderful - love the way you did the title - and the background is perfect!
    Sandra ltb

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  8. I seriously love your background! Time to get out my embossing powder

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  9. I love the background. It is so vibrant.

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  10. i love the colours u used in this LO!

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  11. i love the colours u used in this LO!

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  12. Love all the background textures looks fantastic

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  13. Beautifully detailed background and what stunning picture!

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  14. Fabulous layout! Love your background!

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  15. wow.....when they first posted the new case your layout just struck me....I love it and the photo is beautiful!

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  16. I love how your amazing photo is still the main focus on the layout...the background has a bit of wow factor too...love it!

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  17. OMG you have so much interest going on in that lo...I had to keep reading and then looking so that I could get it in my head. I love it!!! How very interesting and I love that writing in the heart. I still don't quite see how you did that...anyway, beautiful work.

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  18. Just became a follower.I love your bright red layout with all the textury goodness.

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  19. Beautiful work....love all the gorgeous textures and the background is stunning....x

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  20. stunning layout, loving the redness of your layout very striking :)

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  21. I love how you did your clouds... are they heat embossed? they are so effective and I adore that photo it is spectacular.... You have a new follower :D

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  22. Amazing,,,I Love the way your created the fab background and soo perfect to go with the beautiful photo ;)

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  23. I love your messy:))) Makes me wanna try that too. Amazing work! See you around:)

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  24. Great layers and techniques! I'm happy to be in the same DT with you!

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  25. Lots of great things happening on the layout. Love it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  26. Wow what colour ...danger Red and RED HOT .Love your layout it is very different very striking.Super use of stamped images.

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  27. WOWEEEE!!!! absolutely awesome .. love every single little bit .. TFS .. cheers xx

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  28. amazing bg work....such a LOT of work! Thanks for the chance of winning:):):)

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  29. totally divine and awesome ... such a striking idea to use the red as your background .. loveeeeeeeeeeee it xoxo

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  30. Great layout, love the background work!

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  31. I like the color and mix media of this layout very striking to me. The photo is really an amazing feature of mother nature.

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  32. beautiful - love the background xxx

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  33. Love this bold and dramatic colour combo! TFS
    Helen -- Firenze Cards

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  34. I always love to read about your creative process and this one is as special as all the others.TFS

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  35. I love how you've used the colors in your layout!

    I'm an old follower!

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  36. I love all the details on your layout. So much texture! TFS!

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  37. Wow! Your LO is amazing! I like the hidden journaling. I love the heat embossing technique you used. I have used a similar one for smaller projects but it looks amamzing on a larger page. I need to give this a go!
    Thank you for sharing! :)

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  38. This is just beautiful!I love it!

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  39. Gorgeous layout! I love that photo against the red! Great page!

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  40. Hey Anna! What a beautiful layout. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  41. your layout is stunning
    hugs Pia

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  42. I adore your layout and am amazed at how you make your own background page. Stunning and very very talented!

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  43. beautiful job - love the tag behind the photo

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  44. Gorgeous work! Love the bold red in the backgroup! YOu are so inspiring!

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  45. really beautiful piece work.
    So fun that you guys are hosting a bloghop

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  46. Love the colors and your photo is truly beautiful

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  47. Beautiful! Always love your stamp work!

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  48. j'aime beaucoup ! dans l'esprit Mixed Média :-))

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  49. Beautiful details! Very nice!!!

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  50. Awesome layout! You solved this case beautifully! :) TFS

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  51. Love all of the red in your layout!

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  52. My oh what a fabulous photo!! love the boldness of the red and all the fantastic techniques used on your page, you truly excel at them all! Good luck with the hop! Hoppas du får en riktigt fin helg! kramkram

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  53. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win. Your LO is beautiful!!

    Greetings from Germany, Iryna

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  54. Great use of colour and just love the photo amazing page - such inspirational xo

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  55. Just popping to say hi Anna:) AMAZING page, awesome effects! Very, very cool! xoxoxo

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  56. Beautifully done! I really love the red Dylusions over the embossing, then the stamped images. Just wonderful!

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  57. Love the way you have such a peaceful and serene photo with a bold red background - such an effective combination! Beautiful work!

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  58. Absolutely amazing - the background is simply extraordinary - so vivid and full of interest and texture... I'll be back to study the how-to details on this one, thanks so much for sharing your process!
    Alison x

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  59. Hahaha !Debbie Really Do a great Job making a plan For CSI Prizes!!LOL!! But It's great and a cool way to join a contest!!!

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  61. Ahhhh red. My favourite colour. Great layout

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  62. Fabulous page - would love to be sitting on the end of that dock right now! Beautifully done!

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  63. Wow, wow, wow...what a magnificent background...it is wonderful. Beautiful photo & a really fabulous page. What a great blog you have!

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  64. I LOVE the bold red background contrasted with the iciness of the photo and the white elements on the page. A very effective layout! Great job.

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  65. Lovely page!. The photo is juset great. Love the bsckground with all it's elements.

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  66. Your layout is so busy but looking at it I feel so calm - great effects.

    Sarah

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  67. great pieces work of art!! beautiful!!
    greetings

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  68. I'm so much in love with the size of your lo! What a great picture and colorssceme.....wow love your blog! hugs Amy :)

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  69. I like your blog, because you share a lot of good ideas. I like so much to work on white cardstock and colour, but the problem is: I also like to buy beautiful papers just to look at them. The winterscene you stamped and coloured is SO beautiful, a real artwork. Such a good idea with the white pen. You encouraged me to use my stamps more!

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  70. Oh, that photo -- I just can't get past that photo... want to fly into it! Beautiful!!! Love the white embossed clouds on the red background -- can't believe that was just white embossing powder? Was trying to figure out how you achieved that great texture.

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  71. Scrappers like you just amaze me how you come up with such fabulous ideas, Thank you.

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  72. Very artistic page, beautiful !

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  73. Wow! gorgeous page - the b/w photo looks stunning against this colour scheme - also love your ATCs! :o)

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  74. your photo will really make you smile!

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  75. What a gorgeous layout and background. The red is so warm & inviting.
    Hope I win your goodies!

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