Sunday, August 24, 2014


For this layout I used Botanical Tea Collection papers by Graphic 45 and a variety of inks and mists to create the background. They include Prima Color Bloom, Recollections Simply Pastel and Wendi Vecchi's 490 Crackle Texture Paste for the pink grid texture. The mask is by Crafter's Workshop.

What a treat it was to work with this case file at CSI! Aren't the colors absolutely stunning? They are definitely summery and gorgeous! I have fun at CSI being inspired by some amazing scrapbookers who have become my friends since I have been playing along in the challenges.

This photo has special meaning for me. The pin was given to me by my mother, who just celebrated her ninety-third birthday last week. The mint green pin was used years ago to attach a corsage given to her by a special beau, I'm sure.

At least one feature in my scrapbooking lately has been popped up. In this case, I loved the little pink wren so much that it was an obvious choice for me.

The little rose petals are by Prima and the thread is by Coats and Clark. It's been in with my sewing supplies since I was in junior high or high school! The stamp used here is by Heidi Swapp and the ink is Archival by Ranger.

Playing with inks, paint and paper make me just as happy as building a nest makes  this little wren feel just comes naturally!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Let the Sunshine In

Boys rule....what can I say? Especially the ones that are too cute for words. I created this layout for Case File 134 over at CSI. That's Color, Stories, Inspiration for those of you who are just now following me.  
Every second week of the month a sketch is provided  at CSI by the wonderful Emma Straface and everyone wishing to participate has to create a layout through their eyes, and inspired by Emma's sketch.

Techniques used here are border punching, inking, fussy cutting, machine stitching, and 3-D work.  

Another technique used is masking, which gives the layout a lot of texture and pattern. I used one stencil for the background circles and a second stencil with modeling paste to get the desired texture.  

Also, I doodled on the elements so they would have added interest.

You can see more of the 3-D work here and how it causes everything that is popped up to stand out!
Supplies used:

Bo Bunny On the Go Collection paper
EK Success border punch
Liquitex modeling paste
Little Yellow Bicycle Splash Collection paper
     and diecuts
Prima wooden button and heart, white metal
     frame, mask, color bloom mist
Recollections Foam Adhesive Circles
Stampabilities Pigment Ink
Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz layering
Studio Callico wooden chevrons and word
From my stash: baker's twine, marker, navy

Thanks for taking a peek! See you next time.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Delight in the Little Things

I fell in love with the color scheme at CSI this week! The bright orange and pink seem to pop off of the page, don't you think?

First, I cut a strip that would become the center of the layout and border punched across the top and bottom of it. Then, I punched more strips,  glued them all together and stitched around the entire page and stitched over the little ribbon ties that would become suspension for the flowers . I used a mask and modeling paste for texture. After that, I spritzed them with Tattered Angels Glimmer mist.
Next, I painted the chipboard beehive shapes and glued them to the middle section of the layout. Popping up the photos and the library pocket gives the piece nice dimension.
The texture and dimension can be seen in the close up, above.

A little bit of cheese cloth helped to soften the layout for a more romantic look.
Below, you can see the library pocket that I created with the little tag on which the journaling reads:
"Oh, delight in the little things such as the bee. No one has told him that aerodynamically he should not be able to fly."

Products used:
American Crafts Elements brad
Dusty Attic die cut chipboard
Glitz Design stickers
K & Co paper
Kaiser Craft paper and die cuts
Liquitex modeling paste
Martha Stewart border punch
Petaloo flower spray
Prima ink, resin swag, mask and paper
Ranger Acrylic Paint Dabber
Tattered Angels glimmer mist
From my stash:
ribbon, white alphabet stickers and cheesecloth

Thanks for taking a peek!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Happy Birthday Lee!

My son's birthday this week, so I decided to make him the subject of my LO for case file 132.

We're having all kinds of fun at CSI this week! The color scheme has been wonderful to work with on this layout, and particularly with this photo.   

Come play along. You still have plenty of time, as the challenge doesn't end until August 3rd.

Since this is a masculine layout, I decided to paint the chipboard gears and the flowers in a hap-hazard style to give the overall design a bit of a grungy look.

For the journaling, I wrote out my thoughts by hand on cardstock, trimmed around it, then painted gesso around the edges and glued it in various spots on the layout.

The background was created first, using Prima Blooms mist. While that was drying, I played around with the design and then using a cursive pattern stamp with red ink, I stamped in various places in the background. Next, I painted gesso over the flowers and chipboard gears. I thought the edges of the torn paper needed a little gesso, as well. Then, I did a little border punching around the edges of the paper that would directly frame the photo. Another technique I used was embossing.

For me, a layout is not complete without adding a little dimension, so I popped up various elements, such as the flowers and the photo.

Products Used:
     Bazzill Basics cardstock
     Daisy D's patterned paper
     Leaky Shed chipboard
     Liquitex modeling paste
     Prima Color Bloom, ink, mask
     Ranger Adirondack ink
     Technique Tuesday stamp
     Want2Scrap chipboard

Thanks for taking a peek!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


We recently got back from a wonderful vacation to Yellowstone National Park in the United States.  My husband and I took my 92 year-old mother, who had never seen this national treasure. It was the perfect vacation for her, as many of the amazing features of the park can be seen by car and didn't require her to do an extreme amount of walking.
This is my entry in this week's challenge at CSI. What perfect timing! The colors and journaling suggestions could not have been any more perfect for me to use Yellowstone and the great outdoors photos as the subject of this page!
If you're a scrapbooker, you might enjoy playing along at CSI. Everyone is so nice there and the challenges will make you a better SB artist than you already are.

For this layout, in particular, I thought that heavy embossing using Stampendous Frantage products would be perfect. What would be more perfect than to use than mica flakes? Mica is a rock and the effect is that areas with this embossing look a little like molten lava. Yellowstone is alive with thermal features, and I was happy with the use of mica fragments for this piece. Also used are a few twigs from my backyard, as it is illegal to remove anything related to nature from the park.

You can see the embossing up close  in this photo.

On our vacation, we flew in and out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We also spent a little over two days touring and shopping in Jackson. I am always on the lookout for elements that might add interest to my scrapbooking, so when I saw these little elk horn buttons I purchased three of them.
In the photo below, you can also see a little brad in the shape of a deer, which I also found in Jackson. Since the selection of scrapbooking supplies was not the best in the world, I doubted that I would ever use it.....but here it is on my first layout after returning home.
Techniques used:
Stamping, inking, paper tearing, embossing, sewing, doodling, 3-D work, masking, painting and die cutting.
Products used:
Echo Park paper
Heidi Swapp color shine
K&Co flower and feather cluster
Liquitex modeling paste
Making Memories marker
Martha Stewart border punch
Maya Road trim
Prima inks
Stampendous embossing powder and
       mica fragments
Technique Tuesday stamp
The Crafters Workshop
From my stash:
yellow string/embossing floss
brown thread
Thanks for stopping by to look at my work!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Fourth of July

 Hi everyone! I have a layout to share that I did recently for The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, Texas. AKA: my favorite scrapbook store, where I can buy the latest and greatest supplies and learn wonderful techniques through their classes.

Many of you took some great photos on The Fourth of July and want to scrapbook them. I have just the solution for you! The Crafty Scrapper has a fun patriotic collection by Doodlebug Design called Patriotic Parade. This collection is loaded with beautiful papers, stickers and embellishments. It is perfect for feminine, masculine, family or adult layouts.
First, I cut, punched and inked several strips of the gorgeous patterned papers from this collection and used a little Prima ink over a mask by Crafter's Workshop and let it dry. After that, I spritzed some Maya Mist in areas that would be seen and not hidden by the paper strips and photo. Then, I applied white modeling paste  by Liquitex over a Prima mask and let it dry. Next, I mixed some Maya Mist into  a bit of the modeling paste and applied it between the white zig-zags. It has the look of red and white stripes....only with a zig-zag pattern. After that, I used one of my Stamper's Annonomous stamps to emboss the background paper by Authentique.

The felt flower is by Maya Road and the tiny pearls are by Doodle Bug Designs. The ribbon is by May Arts and is also available at The Crafty Scrapper.

This little garland of stars, sticker and multi layered pinwheel stickers are by Doodle Bug Designs and are so much fun to use for adding texture and dimension to any page or card.

The border punch is by Martha Stewart and adds a nice touch to any page or card.

Just a little note here about the photo. I have had this photo of my son and daughter for about twenty-eight years, but never scrapbooked it because the background had a lot of brown tones. They didn't look very good on this, or any scrapbook page, so I scanned the photo, printed it out, then cut away the background. I was surprised at how well it turned out, and will most likely use this technique occasionally in future layouts.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Love My Fairy Garden Featuring Leaky Shed Studio

Hello everyone!  I have been working on a layout for The Crafty Scrapper Design Team featuring a sweet Leaky Shed chipboard frame and Bo Bunny's lovely Enchanted Garden Collection.
I have been spending a great deal of May and June in my garden, which I love doing. One feature in my garden is a Fairy Garden, which is something I have added to my "Favorite Things to Do" list. Miniatures have always been something that I like to collect and  share with friends, and Fairy Gardens fit perfectly into gardening and collecting miniatures.
A variety of techniques were used on this layout. Hand stitching took the greatest amount
    of time,   but I also embossed, stenciled, fussy cut, painted, inked and did some 3-D work.

This beautiful frame is from Leaky Shed Studios. I loved working with it and imagining where each part of the vine would twist and turn... in and out, creating the frame. The frame came to life using markers in colors that would work well with the color scheme in the papers. I started by coloring the entire frame a light green, then used a variety of darker greens to add shadows.
For the banner across the top, I hand cut each pennant, punched holes, stitched and inked. Last, I ran baker's twine  through the holes and popped it up across the top of the scene.
The Prima flower received a little ink to make it perfect for this fanciful scene. Also, I inked and stickled the letters LOVE. The American Crafts wooden butterflies were inked, embossed and tied with colored wire from my stash, and the alpha stickers are by Glitz Design.
Hope you have a sensational summer day and enjoy the "little things". Until next time.....