Friday, October 17, 2014

Real Sunshine

This layout was created as an entry in CSI's Challenge 144. I always enjoy visiting with people from around the world who are also scrapbookers. We share our work and enjoy getting to know each other. 

Techniques used for this layout were stamping, inking, painting, 3-D work, misting and sewing.   

I love to layer, can you tell? The butterflies were found on a reproducable at Pinterest. I inked them, used a bit of Stickles and added artificial flower stamen. Also in the photo above, you can see one of the Prima Say it in Crystals Self Adhesive Jewels. 

In this photo can be seen a couple of Prima flowers and flowers that I fussy cut, popped up and added Stickles. I also used Prima Color Blooms Mist and Liquitex Modeling Paste. 

Here, you can see the results of a lot of fun techniques. 

All embellishments in the photo above are by Prima. I painted the metal medallion with gesso to make it white. 

You can see a bit of the chipboard at the top left. I painted it with gesso, then, I used Ranger Crackle Accents to give the branch a crackle effect. I added tiny little beads to the branch. and added one more coat of gesso before inking to get a touch of turquoise. The pen nib is by Prima. 

At the top of the layout I tucked the journaling between two layers. The tag reads: "Elizabeth, you are the sunshine in my life and in the lives of many others. Whether they be family, friends, the people you work with, or mere acquaintances, you bring light, cheerfulness and real joy to those you touch. When you were only two years old, you charmed the audience at a fashion show where you modeled a dress that I made for you. You had ringlets in your hair and you reminded me of that most noted little charmer, Shirley Temple. As you bounced down the runway, the audience of two or three hundred people went wild with applause. When I hear the song, 'Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone', I think of you, my sweet, beautiful daughter. Come home often and bring that real sunshine with you!"

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Brother and Sister

This layout was created with a mixed media background. The patterned paper is by Kaisercraft and the musical stamp is by Heidi Swapp. I used Prima Blooms Spray Mist and inked in areas needing a little color. I admit that I got carried away with the color on this one, but I just couldn't stop! Last, using a Prima stencil and Liquitex modeling paste, I added the lovely checked texture and dimension. 

For those of you who follow my blog, you have probably determined that I am addicted to Color Stories Inspiration, AKA: CSI. What a treat it has been to play along there since March. 

I have some really great news: During the month of October it has been my privilege to be one of one of the Guest Detectives! That is the same as a Guest Designer. 

Using another piece of Kaisercraft paper, I fussycut the frame and popped it up over the photo of my two adult children. 

Embellishments for this layout are Prima flowers and Petaloo butterflies. The journaling tag is tucked behind one of the layers. 

Lee and Liz bring more joy and happiness to our lives than we ever imagined they would! They color our world. 

The journaling reads: "Our two children are as different as day and night. Both of them have an excellent sense of humor, are bright and tender hearted. They are also wonderful adult children. This is where the similarities end. Lee's characteristics are more "Left Brained". He loves science and does very well in his college science classes. He is analytical and is a computer whiz. He is musically talented and has played the drums for more than half of his life. He enjoys a small circle of friends. Liz is more "Right Brained". She loves to cook and entertain her friends. She enjoyed acting and choir during her public school years. Liz has never met a stranger and has a wide circle of friends."

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Dr. Who, the Eternal Optimist

This layout has been so much fun to create! One of the journaling prompts at CSI this week was the inspiration word, "optimist". I instantly thought of Dr. Who. The program on PBS is considered to be in the science fiction genre. Dr. Who is always the optimist....

This Doctor Who quote really speaks to you. | 20 Ways You Know You Are An Optimist

My dear friend, Shawn Johnson,  told me about 
  Dr. Who on PBS. 

If you haven't joined CSI, but are interested in scrapbooking, you would enjoy playing along there. It is my favorite place to participate in weekly challenges. 

What a treat it has been to be honored as 
Special Investigator during the month of October. AKA: Guest Designer. Thank you, Debbi!

This week is sketch week at CSI, and the very talented Em Stafrace creates the best designs. You can use them as is, or turn them 90, 180 or 270 degrees. 

I always enjoy doing a mixed media background, and never tire of the texture, dimension and fun of playing with paint, inks, modeling paste and mists. 

The two sides of this layout symbolize optimism versus pessimism. The left side shows dark clouds and raindrops, and the right side exhibits the hope of good outcomes with an umbrella, birds and flowers.  

The journaling is done on vellum and reads: 

"Just like Dr. Who, I am an optimist. I believe that we have to take action to remedy a bad situation as much as possible. When circumstances cannot be turned around, then it is better to focus on the positive rather than dwell on the negative."

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Ongoing Story of My Life

This layout was a delight to create. The colors over at CSI (Color Stories Inspiration) are stunning this week.

If you are a scrapbooker, you would really enjoy playing along in the weekly challenge. Everyone is so nice there as well. I am pretty much addicted to that website!

Here is the title which is a Technique Tuesday clear stamp. The large chipboard is by Blue Fern Studios and the gears are by Leaky Shed Studios.

I love the Frantage Embossing powders by Stampendous! You can see in the photo above, just how much they add texture to a page. They are so much fun to play with.

My friend, Renea Harrison AKA Reneabouquets has opened her own business and sells lovely embellishments from her website. Be sure to check it out. Shipping was very fast....thank you Renea!  She made the little butterfly I used in this layout.

All of the chipboard pieces were painted with gesso. When that dried I spread a coat of Glossy Accents by Tim Holtz, and then sprinkled seed beads on top. When that layer was dry I put a coat of gesso on it, and let it try. The last step was to ink the tops of the beads in the color of choice.

Here is a close-up of the finished chippies. You can see the masking and inking that I did behind the chipboard pieces.

This hardware embellishment and the resin pocket watch are both by Prima. All paper and most of the flower embellies are by Prima. Some of the flowers are by Petaloo.

Techniques used are punching, tearing, painting, 3-D work, embossing, stamping, machine stitching and inking.

I like to tuck a tag close to the top of a layout with journaling on it, so the story about the photo will be saved.

Thank you for stopping by....see you next time!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Adventure by the Sea

Earlier in my scrapbooking I have featured this photograph, but never have told the full story behind it. Now that I have created another layout similar to the one I gave to my son, I will put this one in a shadow box and hang it in my "Happy Scrappy Place".
What a treat it has been to play along this week at CSI (Color, Stories, Inspiration). Duplicating the green color wasn't the easiest thing in the world, but I think I finally succeeded thanks to papers from Prima and K&Co. I always love the weekly challenges at CSI and have improved my craft by leaps and bounds thanks to the inspiration at that wonderful website!


Background work included stamping, masking and painting with a lot of texture worked in. I was going for a grungy look. The mist, flowers  and the majority of the paper are by Prima. In  order to achieve this grunge look, I used a piece of corrugated cardboard and stripped the top layer off. Then, I used Frantage (by Stampendous  with mica chips and a few glass beads scattered here and there to give a suggestion of gold treasure. It bubbled and morphed into a beautifully embossed background!


Over the weekend I went shopping for a bit of fishnet, but was unsuccessful at finding any that was the right size and price. Once home, I was rummaging through drawers in my scrapbook room and came across the remains of netting that I had saved from a bag of "Little Cuties" (tiny oranges) last winter. I couldn't have asked for a better embellishment! It even brought in a little red to meet that criteria for the challenge. It has a coat of gesso on it to tone down the red and works wonderfully as fishing net for this layout.


The chippie is by Blue Fern Studios and was painted light brown, then I inked the edges for definition.  The little bits of coral are made from a couple of Tim Holtz glassine pockets and one of his die cuts. All metal embellishments are also by Tim Holtz.


I just could not do enough inking, painting, fussy cutting, or 3-D work. Is there a twelve step program for this? Somebody help me!!!


The tiny shells needed a little something special so I painted them with gesso and later inked or spritzed them to achieve the desired colors.

The object on the corrugated cardboard is a glass bead from my stash that I experimented with. I was interested to see if I could emboss it with the same Frantage that I used on the corrugated cardboard, and was pleased with the results.

The centers of the Prima flowers were created with beads from my stash and Ranger's Glossy Accents.


At last, I have the whole story in writing! The dotted design was created with bubble wrap packaging and ink. Here it is typed, so you don't have to get wrinkles from squinting: 
Enjoying a few days at The Gulf of Mexico was not just a little get-away for Lee. He went there with teachers and fellow students from his university to study and earn credits in two biology classes and another science class. They waded through sections of the coastline and were up to their eyeballs in salt water and seaweed
as they carried buckets in which to collect their treasures. At one point, the gulf floor dipped and Lee thought he would drown. The bucket filled quickly and he had to choose between saving the bucket and saving his life! At the end of the trip, he came back  home with a head full of knowledge and a great tan.


On the back side of the tags are more photos from Lee's adventure, a little stamping and an antique style map with a stamped arrow pointing to the location where Lee had his adventure.


Thanks so much for your comments. I am always grateful!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

My BFFs Through the Years

I love the colors this week over at Color Stories, Inspiration (CSI). Here's my take on the sketch and Case File # 139:

During the second week of each month, the very talented Emma Stafrace creates a sketch for the members of CSI. The sketch may be followed in whatever way that the paper crafter would like....turn it, flip it, whatever. It can be used to create an easy layout or a more difficult one. 

It was such a joy to work with these photos and memories that I found myself adding more and more if I were the victim of  a creative truth, it wasn't "as if"......I truly was driven to make this layout more than I ever thought I could. I surprised myself! First, I spritzed the background paper from BoBunny's Enchanted Garden collection, with Prima Color Bloom mists, allowing each color to dry before adding the next. After that, I did some strategically placed stamped musical images by Heidi Swapp. Then, I came in with a Prima stencil and Liquitex Modeling Paste. this is starting to look good, perhaps needs a little something special. Obsessed moi' swooped in with Stampendous Frantage Embossing Fragments and a heat tool to add a little embossed goodness.....oooh, la, la! Next, came the painting of the strips/banners by K&Co, Prima flowers,  Scrap FX swirly chipboard and wooden Prima embellies. On top of that layer, I stamped some vintage film goodness by Kaisercraft around my photos and popped them up,  ending with a Prima butterfly and heart charm. Voila!

Here is the journaling applied to the back of the layout.

In the three photos above are my BFFs who have gone to The Rainbow Bridge: Herkie (cat) Lady (doxie) and Diamond (horse). In the photo below can be seen my best snuggle bug now, sweet, sweet dachshund, who had her second birthday today. Happy Birthday, Grace Bug!  

I really do appreciate all comments!