Monday, August 26, 2013


Happy Monday! Hope you all have a short work week ahead and are planning something fun for Labor Day weekend! I'll be camping, which never fails to produce tons of great scrappy pictures!

This week's CSI Case File is full of soft, dreamy color and as usual, I had so much fun creating around this scheme.  Here is the case:

And here is how I solved it:

I pulled out my gelatos again on this one. The more I use these things the more I love them. I spent a good amount of time experimenting with different techniques on scrap paper and I'm looking forward to using them in lots of different ways on future layouts.  I am finding that they blend much easier with a layer of gesso underneath them, so the first thing I did was cover my cardstock with a diluted layer of gesso.  Then, after blending the gelatos until I got the shading I wanted, I used a mask to apply some molding paste for a spattering of stars.  (Added some stamped stars too.)

I created a border with some lipstick pink washi tape, and made a little cluster with an overlaid scallop from a Heidi Swapp mistable scallop border, layered in several colors of gelato.

...I wasn't kidding about my gelato obsession.  I used them again to add some color to my fabric Thicker letters in the title.  Gelatos.Are.Awesome!

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my work.  I so appreciate the visits and feedback.  Have a great day!

Cardstock - butter yellow
Gray chevron paper - no idea the brand
Washi Tape - lipstock pink patterned and silver star patterned
Citrus Twist kit sequins
Citrus Twist kit "love" flair button
Prima clock face
Studio Calico vellum die cuts
American Craft white journaling tag
Faber Castell Gelatos
Gray embroidery floss
Citrus Twist exclusive stamps - 2013 and stars
Heidi Swapp star mask
Molding Paste


  1. Shawna this is just fabulous. I love that background. I ordered myself a starter set of gelatos from Limor Webber... can't wait for them to arrive.... I love the photo and the look on your little girls face. Stunning layout.

    1. Thanks Val! You are going to LOVE the gelatos. I can't wait to see what you do with them! Word to the wise...get a big pile of scrap paper together to practice on. I blew through half of my white card stock figuring them out! LOL

    2. Thanks for the heads up... I have heard this from Helen too.... :D

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  3. You got me with the stars...but add in a Flair AND Gelatos & it's just LOOOOOVE all the way with this one:):):)

  4. Wow Shawna...I love the way you got the background to glow like a sunrise....a good tip about the gesso under the gelatos. Must try that this week. Like you, I ruined lots of cardstock initially and failed miserably to get the effect I wanted. Love this page, it's just full of joy :)

  5. Yep i agree, gelatos are awesome you have done a beautiful job here Shawna, so glad I came for the close ups!!!