Friday, February 17, 2017


Hello scrappy friends! Today I am sharing a layout for the CSI Design Team. The colors for this challenge are stunning! Come play with us and you will love the challenge too. 
Here is how I solved this challenge:

Scheme: All five colors used
Evidence: Plant, lightbulb, arrows
Testimony: I used Prompt #17 form February
       Prompt....Your free time. What do you like to
       do in your free time? How would you feel if
       you didn't have this time?

In this layout I did a lot of layering, distressing and some much loved work with texture. 


Blue Fern Studios papers (Tranquility, Stillness 
     and Heartland, XOXO), chipboard (Arrow 
     Words, Charleston Corners, Graduated 
     Circles), embossing powder (Sea Mist), stamp
Liquitex modeling paste
Paper Studio tassle, bling
Petaloo flowers
Prima flowers, Color Bloom ,  stencil, metal 
      paper clips
Pro Art Gesso
Ranger Emboss It Dabber, Alcohol Ink Patina
From my stash: doily, metal heart

Layer, layer, layer....gotta have some 3 - D! 

The journaling reads, "During her free time, Elizabeth loves to get exercise by hula hooping. She has a strong dance background and enjoys hooping to a wide variety of music. About a year ago, she raided our old vinyl LP's that her dad and I have collected since our teens. I'm talking about Rolling Stones, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, etc.... If Liz couldn't do her hooping to her vinyl records, she wouldn't be a happy camper! "

Thanks to everyone who takes a peek and especially those who leave a comment! 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

A Walk on the Beach

Hi everyone! Today I'm sharing a layout for the CSI Design Team and a little news. If you have not been to CSI, and think you might want to join in on all the fun of doing challenges, go HERE and HERE. Just FYI: It's addictive! 

Here is how I solved Case File #223: 

Scheme: Used all five colors
Evidence: stripes, trees, something curly, distressing
Testimony: I wrote my story in the form of an invitation

And now for a little news.....I am learning to create videos....yea! It's not as difficult as I thought it might be....huge sigh of relief. The year I retired from teaching, I took a continuing education class on making videos, but never did actually make any on my own.  I thought you can't teach an old dog new tricks. But that's not true. Doing something outside of one's comfort zone keeps us young! Below, is a link to my first two videos. Be sure to watch if you would like to know how I made the little fishing net in this layout:

I almost always use dimension as a technique in my layouts, and loved popping the little sailor up here. 


Blue Fern Studios paper (Seaside 
     Cottage/Whitewash and Embark)
     embossing powder (In The Navy, and 
     Peacock) chipboard (Walk on the Beach and 
     Jeweled Page Dangles) Stamps, (Vintage 

Prima Finibair stencil, Colorbloom Sprays, Art 
     Stones, Mini Art Stones
Petaloo flowers
Recollections flowers
Ranger Emboss it Dabber

Here is more of the netting. I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! 

Last but never least is my journaling written as an invitation. I almost always glue a library pocket to the back of the layout close to the top and place the journaling inside the pocket. The occasion was
the wedding of Lee's girlfriend in the Dominican Republic. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Blow Out The Candles

Happy New Year, everyone! I'm starting 2017 off with a layout for the CSI Design Team. 
Over at CSI we are celebrating five years of happy scrapping! How lucky I am to be on the wonderful CSI Design Team!  

Here is how I solved the case:

Scene: All five colors used
Evidence: Tiny dots, grid, circles, string, leaves,
      puffy sticker
Testimony: Document a birthday (the occasion
      was my daughter's most recent birthday),
      mix stickers and handwriting

You can see the embossing, painting, and texturizing I used here. 

A little dimension makes the layout pop! 


Blue Fern Studios paper (Blush, Charmed and
       Reminisce), embossing powder (Fuchsia,
       Lime, Golden Seas), chipboard pieces (Blow
       Out the Candles, Candlestick) and stamp
       (Coarse Fabrics)
Crafter's Workshop stencils
Liquitex modeling paste

May Arts ribbon
Momenta wooden corners
Prima flowers, sticker, crystals and Color Bloom          Spray
Pro Art gesso
Ranger Embossing Dabber
From my stash: thread

The journaling reads, "We had so much fun being together for Liz's birthday and getting to meet her friend, Stephen. There was a lot of laughter and funny story telling as we enjoyed our dinner, then we gave Liz her presents. For the grand finale, we ordered a beautiful and creative chocolate pinata for dessert. It was fun to watch Liz break open the pinata and see all the delicious fresh fruit come falling out for all to share. Mom even got a photo or two and everyone had a smile on their face! Dad and I love it when Liz has a more delightful memory to cherish."

Thanks to everyone who leaves a comment! 

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Tags 1

Hello scrappy friends! Today I am sharing a few of the Christmas tags I have made for our family.

On the little tags I used a variety of techniques: Painting, embossing, and stamping. 

Most of the products are from my stash and some were given to me by my friends, Ann and Shawn. Merry Christmas, you two! 

Merry Christmas to you all! 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Our Christmas Family Recipies

Happy December, everyone! It's difficult to believe that there are only 16 days until Christmas! This layout is for the CSI Design Team and it is about our family's Christmas Recipes. 

As is usual for me, I used a lot of multimedia techniques. I stamped, painted, and embossed. In addition to MM, I tore the paper and popped up sections for a 3-D look. 

Here is how I solved Case File 220:

Scheme: All five colors
Evidence: Stars, Flowers, Snowflakes
Testimony: I journaled about holiday food

The title is, Our Christmas Family Recipes.  My journaling reads, "This recipe book is filled with the Wright and Rogers cherished recipes that have been used at Christmas for decades. My hope is that future generations will know how important and loved these recipes are and will continue these traditions at Christmas and always. Here is a quick look at one of the recipes in the cookbook: 

Blue Fern Studios
     Vintage Christmas Collection 1 & 2 Papers:
          Deck The Halls
          Auld Lang Syne

     Seaside Cottage, Relics paper
          Cozy Christmas
          Winter Village
          Winter Page Dangles
          Word Ornaments

     Imagine Ink Embossing Powder:
          Silver Bells
          Vintage Christmas Collection, Soft Blooms
          Prima flowers 
     May Arts, ribbons
     Twinklets, Diamond Dust
     From my Stash: 
          cheese cloth and micro mini clear beads 

How I enjoyed doing this layout about a little book I created to hold our family Christmas recipes! 

Some of the recipes include my paternal grandmother's recipes for turkey and dressing, a recipe for cranberry relish from my brother in law's mother, sweet potatoes from my mother, 24 hour salad from my husband's aunt, and my mother in law's tea cake recipe. Inside the book is space where future generations may add more loved recipes.  

Thanks for taking a peek and reading about my project within a layout. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all. See you next time! 

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Each Day is a Story Worth Telling

Hi everyone! Just sharing my layout for Case File 218 at CSI. We also have a Facebook page. This challenge was so much fun for me because of the journaling I decided to do. You'll see what I mean by the end of this blog post. 

Here is how I solved the case:

Scheme: All five colors used
Evidence: bow, leaves, animals, circles
Testimony: #12 from Carry On Tuesday: The Story is in the journey not the destination.

Also, I am entering this layout in the Blue Fern Studios November Challenge

For this chipboard piece, I altered it a bit. There were snowflakes on it and I didn't want to make snow a distraction from the theme, so Dr. Rogers got out her handy dandy snippers and snipped away. The patient is coming along nicely. 

As most of you know, we recently went to Santa Fe, New Mexico for a was so nice to take a break from the Texas heat, and when we got back things started cooling off here. We got some cool weather a week before our Texas friends! 


Blue Fern Studios
     Frolic, Dans Le Jardin paper
     Montage Fairyland paper
     DeJa Vu, Luminaries 
     Each Day is a Story worth Telling 
     Winter Cabin chipboard
     Holiday Deer chipboard
     Late Winter Lilies flowers
     Tranquil Roses & Lilies flowers
     Seven Seas embossing powder
     Sea Mist 
embossing powder
     Golden Seas 
embossing powder
Crafter's Workshop stencil
Petaloo velvet flowers
Prima Colorbloom spray
Liquitex modeling paste

Journaling, Part 1
: "Hack and I had been planning our trip to Santa Fe for a couple of months when we discovered that our favorite TV show is filmed at several sites within an hour or so from Santa Fe. We had originally planned to drive to Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta, but quickly decided to see where the Longmire TV series is filmed instead."

Journaling, Part 2: "Longmire takes me back to a place, time and a person I loved dearly. The TV series draws a strong parallel to the life of my grandfather, who was a western lawman. As we stood on the porch of Walt Longmire's cabin, I couldn't help but think of 'Dandad'."

Journaling, Part 3: "James Robert "Red" Wright, my grandfather, began his career as deputy city marshal of Arlington, Texas in 1908 and within a year became city marshal.  He was elected Sheriff of Tarrant County, Texas and later was appointed U. S. Marshal of the Northern District of Texas. During his more than forty years of law enforcement he handled many a criminal from Machine Gun Kelly to Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. They were just a few of the 20,000 prisoners he handled during his time in law enforcement, and none ever escaped. Like Longmire, he was a lawman who was dedicated to his electorate and had a strong sense of duty and justice, just as the fictional character Walt Longmire was. Unlike Walt Longmire, he was the 'real deal'."
Thanks to all who leave a comment. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Beauty for *My Creative Scrapbook*

Hello everyone! Today, I'm sharing a little secret that I have kept to myself for at least a month. It is my honor to have been invited to be a guest designer at My Creative Scrapbook

This layout is part of their November Limited Edition kit and everything in it is gorgeous! The kit is filled with beautiful Blue Fern Studio papers, flowers and a chipboard piece. Prima charms, DIY Thickers, and DIY Wooden Butterflies....everything you will need to create a stunning layout! 

Here, you can see lace, ribbon, flowers, alphas and part of the beautiful chipboard frame by Blue Fern Studios. 

Below is a link to my first video.... It will be posted here: My Creative Scrapbook blog and to my Face Book page, so be sure and check it out:

Thanks to everyone who leaves a comment!