Friday, August 26, 2016


Greetings to all of my happy scrappy friends! Today I'm sharing a layout that I created for the design team at CSI...AKA: Color Stories Inspiration.

The prompt for Case File No. 210 is a treat to work with. I think the colors are beautiful, and the choices of evidence as possible additions to your layout is fun.

The backgrounds for all of my work are full of texture and dimension. I feel adding those two elements contribute a great deal of interest in the piece as a whole. 

Liz enjoyed getting to add her bubblegum to this gum wall and naturally, a photo was necessary. Who doesn't enjoy blowing a bubble every once in a while? 

Layering, painting, embossing, texturizing, 3-D work, fussy cutting and inking were techniques used for this layout.


Blue Fern Studios
     Paper: Blush, Enamored
     Chipboard: Arrow Words, Petite Windows,               Quatrefoil Panel
     Embossing powders: Fuchsia, Snow, 14 Karat
     Stamp: Forever
     Flowers: Attic Charm Daisies, Courtship                   Blooms
Hobby Lobby: glistening heart
Liquitex modeling paste
Prima Resin clock, Color Bloom sprays

The journaling below reads, "When Elizabeth traveled to Seattle, Washington to see her friend, Jenn, they went to many interesting places together. One of these places was the Seattle Gum Wall. People visiting this Pacific Coast American city enjoy adding their own contribution to the wall." 

Thanks for stopping by and especially for leaving a comment! 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

True Love with Blue Fern Studios

Hello scrappy friends! Today I'm sharing my latest layout, using my favorite line of products....Blue Fern Studios. There is hardly a BFS product that I haven't tried and enjoyed using.

This is an off week at Color Stories Inspiration, so I decided to work on the August challenge at Blue Fern Studio. If you are interested in participating in the challenge, you can follow the link here to read about it more thoroughly. 

This window was fun to prepare. I used two colors of embossing powder. Then,  using a clear transparency, alcohol inks, blending solution and tool, I  created a pretty stained glass look to place behind the window. 

Stamping and heat embossing are always number one on my list for a pretty background. I always add more color using water colors or sprays and finish things off with modeling paste and a stencil for an even greater degree of texture.

I enjoyed adding the heat embossed birdcage with it peeking out from behind the top layers of paper! 


Blue Fern Studios
     Tranquility Collection, Serenity paper
     Jackie's Window, Two Hearts Set and
     Garden Latice Bits chippies
     Essential Textures, Deja Vu stamps
     Antique Gold, Garnet and Oatmeal
          embossing powders
Crafter's Workshop template
Liquitex modeling paste
Petaloo Flowers
Prima Color Bloom 2 Spray
Ranger Emboss It Dabber, Alcohol Ink,
      Alcohol Blending Solution and blender
Tressors de Luxe lace

My sweetheart and I have been married for forty two years! 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Busy as a Bee

This layout is dedicated to all of my fellow teachers. May they have a satisfying year and may they survive to thoroughly enjoy retirement!

The challenge this week at CSI has wonderful colors and ideas for Evidence and Testimony. Be sure to stop by and join the fun! 

I am entering this page in the August challenge at Blue Fern Studios. 

I enjoy being busy, and it probably keeps me out of trouble, but sometimes I have struggled with all that I was doing in my life as a mother, wife, homemaker, daughter, teacher and student. 

As I look back on all that I did, it causes me to be grateful to God that I was able to survive and enjoy my retirement. 

Techniques used on this layout include inking, texturizing, paper tearing, stamping, fussy cutting and embossing. 

I always enjoy working with Blue Fern Studios collections. Their papers are romantic and fun to work with, their embossing powders allow me to decorate my chipboard in a way that is unique, easy to use and works into whatever my color scheme may be. Blue Fern Studios has a great variety of stamps and their challenges are fun. What more could a girl want in wonderful products for crafting and scrapbooking?


Blue Fern Studio Attic Charm Haberdashery,
    Courtship Lane Parkway and Love Story True
    Harmony paper, Garden Latice Bits chipboard,     Dark Tropic Lilies flower, Seven Seas Breeze       and Golden Bricks embossing powders, Dark       Tropic Lilies flower and Forever stamp 

Crafter's Workshop template
Liquitex modeling paste
Petaloo flowers
Prima Flowers, spray
Ranger Perfect Medium Dabber

From my stash:
     beads, cheese cloth

The Journaling reads, "Occasionally, I find myself thinking about how busy I was twenty years ago. I still don't know how I survived getting by on four or five hours of sleep each night.

I taught second grade and there were a lot of busy little bees for me to teach and watch over. They were sweet and very energetic! It was well worth my efforts because I adored each child and wanted to give them a head start in life. In addition to teaching, I helped my parents with their commercial property twice a week after school. Most of those afternoons were spent typing letters, working on their journal, making phonecalls, paying bills, creating spreadsheets and being trained to become a business woman.

When I finally got home I had to prepare dinner for our family, clean up the kitchen, see to it that our two children had completed their homework and we're ready for another school day.

After tucking my kids into bed, it was back to grading papers into the wee hours of the morning. On weekends there was more grading, averaging grades and entering grades into the grade book. And yes, filling out report cards and doing more paper work to document progress on each student. There were always lesson plans to write.

All this was a handful and a half! I often wonder how I survived and know that it was due to sheer determination and perseverance on my part and by the grace of God!"

Thanks, for leaving a comment! Bye bye....until next time! 

Friday, August 5, 2016


Hi everyone! Today I am sharing my most recent layout for the CSI Design Team. I thoroughly enjoyed the colors for this challenge! Aren't they absolutely stunning together? 

The prompt is such fun for Case File 208. I turned the sketch counter clockwise once.

Here is how I solved the case:

Scheme: All five colors included
Evidence: birds, travel accent, music element, architectural (if you look very closely in the lower left hand corner of the layout, you can faintly see where I used a brick stamp, applied with a transparent embossing powder.)
Testimony: I journaled about a trip a friend and I made.

This page is also entered in the Blue Fern Studios July challenge: Three Collections and Me

Here, you can see the lovely colors I used to emboss the chipboard. First, I applied a gray color and topped it with pink. Happily, I found a little heart shaped bead in my stash to glue onto the bottom of the chippie. 

You can see more of the background preparation. I love to use these techniques in my pieces: stamping, paint splattering, texturizing and embossing. Ooh la la!!! 

While digging around in my drawers where I keep all of my vintage scrapbooking supplies, I found this beautiful french ribbon. Isn't it lovely? 

Techniques used for this layout include stamping, painting, embossing, paper tearing, texturizing (using a stencil and modeling paste) fussy cutting and 3-D work. 


Blue Fern Studio (Seaside Cottage) paper, Bird Ornaments chippie, 
Quatrefoil Pannel chippie,  Journey stamp, Essential textures stamp, Bonny Blue, Pearl and Cotton  Candy embossing powders, Seaside lilies flower
Crafter's Workshop template
Liquitex modeling paste
Petaloo flowers
Prima brads and cherub embellishments
Ranger embossing dabber
Recollections spray paint
Stampendous Frantage chunky embossing powder

From my stash:
beads, ribbon

One last look at the dangle....this time as a whole piece. 

The journaling reads, "One of my dearest friends made a trip to Terxas for a 'Girls Week Out'. Shawn lives in California and we have been friends for more than seven years. We met at and found over the years that we have much in common beyond scrapbooking. Last summer, Shawn flew to Dallas and that's when all the fun started. We drove to San Antonio, enjoying several small towns along our route. In San Antonio, we went to the Alamo, The River Walk and had dinner aboard a barge by candle light. After a few days we returned to the DFW area. There was one last thing to do on our fun-filled trip. We had reservations for high tea at the Adolphus Hotel. We were especially fascinated with the French Room. What a perfect ending for our trip!  

Friday, July 22, 2016

We Do Not Remember Days, We Remember Moments

Hello scrappy friends! Today I am sharing a layout created for the  CSI Design Team. The subject of the layout is remembering when my Lee became a big brother. He was such a great big brother, and their dad and I couldn't have been happier! 

Be sure to pop on over to CSI and see what all the fun is about! 

This week, I made a discovery! It wasn't an earth shattering discovery, such as finding a new continent would be. But just the same, It was fun to learn a little more about the products I use. So, here is what I can use a color spray to adhere embossing powders to paper before heating them. As you can see here, I allowed some of the splashes of color to drip and others stayed in my creation as little splashes. 
I will be using this technique more in the future! 

Adding an interesting design using modeling paste and a stencil was a perfect background for the most important part....the photo and embellishments! 

Bonnie Blue embossing powder was the perfect color for my layout and for this CSI challenge! The glass beads added more interest too! 


Blue Fern Studios
     chipboard, Framington Medley,  Remember 

          Moments, Layering Stems & Vintage                     Luggage
     embossing powder, Bonnie Blue
paper, Serendipity Imagination
Liquitex modeling paste
Momenta metal sign
Recollections spray paint
Prima embellishment, Colorbloom spray
Pro Art gesso
From my stash: beads

My journaling reads, "I remember when everything changed for you, Lee. You were no longer an only child and would have to share Mom's and Dad's attention with your brand new little sister. You would be expected to set a good example for Elizabeth and help to take care of a three year old's understanding of what that means. You began your journey as a big brother cheerfully with lots of hugs and kisses for your little sister and a "can do attitude". What a big boy you were! 

Friday, July 8, 2016


Hi Everyone! It's been a busy week here. I have been working on this layout for the CSI Design Team and enjoying America's Independence Day with my family. 
Try to come over and play along with us for this fun case file. It's fun and to me, it is just like solving a mystery, only with paper and glue! 

Using corrugated cardboard is always perfect for a masculine page and 
as a way to to add texture and line to a layout. I misted it with several colors to achieve a taupe color, then glued on the little glass beads. 

Here is how I solved the case:

Scheme: All five colors
Evidence: stripes, leaves, frames
Testimony: Fourth of July Writing Prompt #49:
"How do you celebrate The Fourth of July?"


Blue Fern Studios
     Tranquility, Calm paper
     Postage Frames, Crazy, Silly, Fun, Lattice Bits
     Imagine Ink Embossing Powders:
          Snow, Golden Brick, In the Navy
     Attic Charm Daisies
     Courtship Roses Forever stamp
Liquitex modeling paste
The Creative Workshop stencilFrom my stash: glass beads, corrugated cardboard
The journaling reads, "Allie and Lee celebrated The Fourth of July by getting away from the Texas Heat. They had a wonderful time hiking, seeing a spectacular balloon mass ascension and spending time together. What a treat it was to have a few days off from work and to reflect on the blessings we share in the U.S.A.!"

Thanks for taking a peek!