Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Hello scrappy friends! I have a tale of love here....just part of the ongoing story, actually. It is a perfect example of why we have been married forty one years.

The layout was created for the CSI design team and includes a lot of examples of technique. Participating in a challenge three times a month takes me to a higher level of accomplishment than I would probably otherwise achieve. 

Thank you Debbi Tehrani for all the encouragement and inspiration! Before we have more discussion of this page, I have to tell you that we have some great sponsors this month. They are: 

The Scrapbook Store

Here, I created a small bouquet using vintage lace from my paternal grandmother's collection. I only knew her for six years, so it is very special to me.  

Techniques seen here are 3-D work, printing, and painting. 

Can you tell that I love to use the 3-D technique? 

Here is a close up view of the embossing applied to chipboard elements. I'm crazy about the beautiful effect it has on my work. Also below, you can see the masking work used here. I added a little color to stay in line with the criteria for this challenge. 

Products used: 

Blue Fern Studio paper, stamps and chipboard
Prima spray mist and flowers
Ranger, Perfect Medium
Ranger/Tim Holtz alcohol ink
Stampendous embossing powders and mica 
Stayzon ink

From my stash: 

lace from my paternal grandmother's collection
hemp cord
jute cord
metal heart

Here is my hand written journaling. I have a little pocket attached to the upper back side of the layout to hold my journaling, and do this on every page I do. Without a story to tell, what is the use of scrapbooking?   

I hope you will be able to leave a comment below. Thanks for stopping by! See you next time. 

Friday, July 24, 2015


Wow! What girly girl doesn't love pink? The colors for CSI's Case File 174 are ahhhh-MAZING! I thoroughly enjoyed working with them! 
In addition to a stunning color palette for this challenge, we have five main sponsors this month! Follow these links and check them out: 
Carolina Ghelfi ScrapbookingCreative Embellishments  
  Funky Flairs StudioLawn Fawn The Cut Shoppe
As always, our generous permanent sponsor is : 


This layout is about a stuffed bear who just had his 30th birthday. His name is B-Bear and he was given to Liz by my parents when she was a year old. Come with me for his birthday celebration! 

Techniques used for this layout were stamping, embossing, stenciling, die cutting, painting.....

3-D work (fussy cutting and popping up), spritzing,  masking, and inking. 

Products used:

Blue Fern Studios, chipboard, stamps and paper        from the Love Story Collection

Frantic Stamper Inc. die
Liquitex modeling paste
Maya Road fringed tule
Petaloo flowers
Prima resin piece, self adhesive jewels, spray           mist
Ranger glossy accents, acrylic paint, embossing      powder, die, ink
Stamper's Anonymous/Tim Holtz stencil
From my stash: 

paper doilies
embroidery floss

Here is the invitation. It reads, "You're Invited! For B-Bear's 30th Birthday, Date: May 31st, 2015, Time: Anytime, Place: Teddy Bear's Picnic Table, R.S.V.P. Liz

Thanks for stopping by! See you next time....and Happy Birthday B'Bear! 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Jewel in the Pacific

In May we took a vacation to Hawaii and what a jewel in the Pacific it proved to be!  CSI Case File 170 provided the perfect colors to work with in documenting our trip!

In addition to a stunning color palette for this challenge, we have five main sponsors this month! Follow these links and check them out: 
Carolina Ghelfi ScrapbookingCreative Embellishments  
  Funky Flairs StudioLawn Fawn The Cut Shoppe
As always, our generous permanent sponsor is : 


For this layout I wanted to concentrate on the stunning colors, line, die cutting and dry embossing. Here is how I went about creating this look: I started with plain white acid free paper, and spray painted it using a variety of product lines. After the paint was dry, I chose a border die compatible with the theme and cut a length of about eleven inches. Next, I ran each strip through my crimper for some fun texture. Last, I inked it a dark blue and layered the strips onto an inked background. This became my backdrop for the photos and embellies. I was very pleased with the outcome. 

Here, you can see the work that I did on the chipboard. I simply painted it with gesso, then a lime green, then added a crackle gloss effect and finished with a few pearls. 


Blue Fern Studios chipboard
Graphic 45 paper
Fiskars rolling embosser
Martrtha Stewart border punch
Petaloo flowers
Prima stencil
Ranger Ink crackle accents
Tattered Angels spray
Versa Magic chalk ink

From my stash:
solid acid free paper, white and blue
pearl embellies
metal brads


Thanks, everyone for your kind remarks. See you next time! ......Hugs, Patty

Saturday, July 4, 2015


This layout is the story of my son's beloved Teddy and the magic they made together. As many little boys do, Lee carried his little stuffed bear around with him everywhere he went. Just as The Velveteen Rabbit was loved almost to death, so was "Ted"! Through a lot of wear and tear, Ted managed to survive, although we looks a little bedraggled. 

This layout was created for CSI's Case File 169. You can follow the link to the CSI weekly challenges so drop in and see what it's all about. The people who participate are truly challenged to do their personal best each week, so come on over and try your hand at some scrapbooking and fun....all rolled into one.  

For this layout I used techniques such as inking, fussy cutting, 3-D work, stamping, sewing, stenciling and die cutting.

In the little hand made book below, I told the story of Teddy and what has happened to him through the years. Here is the full story: 

            “Hey, Lee. Over here; it’s me, Ted.  Here I am, over here on this chair.”

           “Ted! I hardly recognized you. I don’t remember you looking that bad. What, with your stuffing all red
and almost coming out of you.”

“You don’t? Lee, you almost loved me to death! It was almost as bad as that story, The Velveteen Rabbit that Mom would read to us at bedtime. I’m not kidding you. I didn’t think I would make it! You took me everywhere with you. You took me outside to climb trees, play in the dirt, and we even went for a dip in the pool! I was so dirty and skinned up that sometimes Mom had to put me inside a pillowcase and throw me in the washer. I thought I would drown!”

          “I remember that, but who is that with you in the chair on the right?”

“Oh, that’s the OTHER Teddy. He is the one that Mom and Dad found to replace me.”

          “Replace you?  They said that you had been refurbished.”

          “That’s just what they told you so you wouldn’t have a meltdown and a crying fit.”

          “So, do you mean to tell me that this other bear is an Imposter?”

       “Yes Lee, that’s exactly right. But it was only meant to Save me from the rubbish pile.”

          “Oh good. Now Mom can put you in a shadow box where you’ll be safe and someday there will be another little boy who can love you just as much as I did.”

          “I don’t think so, Lee. Mom just put a padlock on the shadow  box!”


Basic Grey brads
Dina Wakley
Ella and Viv paper
Kaiser Craft papers (Teddy Bear Picnic)
Liquitex modeling paste
My Mind's Eye paper
Petaloo flowers
Prima ink and stencil
Sizzix die
Stayzon ink

From my stash:
     heart, keys, lock

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you will leave a comment. See you next time!

Saturday, June 27, 2015


Hello, my scrappy friends! It has been a while since I last posted on my blog, but after satisfying a couple of wanderlust needs, I am able to get back to what I love....scrapbooking!

This layout for the CSI Design Team is near and dear to my heart. It is about how happy I am to see my son find someone special in his life. In addition to the story, the colors are beautiful this week, so give it a try and play along.  

Our three sponsors this month are Flair For Buttons,  Funky Flairs Studio, and Scrapmats. Be sure to check these out for fun and unique scrapbooking supplies.

Our permanent sponsor is The Flying Unicorn. If you haven't already seen the elegant and varied kits and supplies, you need to hurry and get on the band wagon! 

As is the norm for me, I used a lot of fussy cutting and layering for this piece. 

Here, you can see more fussy cutting, layering and embossing behind the word, "Sweetheart". 

The chipboard is painted with gesso, then dark blue paint and sponged over with a lighter blue paint. The chipboard window is done, using the same technique, but the darker blue is applied first, then the lighter blue on top. 
Also, this area was masked and I applied modeling paste to achieve greater texture in the background. 

After having taught school for years, I still have transparencies left over. I put them to good use here, by using alcohol ink, a blending tool and blending solution to achieve a mottled effect.

Next, I traced the window shape onto the transparency and cut it out before applying it to the chipboard. Here, you can also see the stamping technique that I used on the XOXO chipboard. 


Blue Fern Studios: paper, chipboard pieces, clear      stamps
Elizabeth Craft Designs die
Liquitex modeling paste
Petaloo flowers
Pro Art gesso
Ranger Alcohol Ink
Stampendous Frantage
Stazon Ink
The Crafter's Workshop
From my stash: transparency

Thanks for taking a look! See you next time!