Saturday, March 14, 2015


Sharing my latest creation for CSI today.  I thought it would be cute to juxtapose a photo of my daughter Liz, carrying a football with a lovely feminine layout. 

Be sure to stop by CSI and see what all the fuss is is my favorite scrappy place other than my scrapbook room! Our sponsors this month are: SistersArt Creation, SODAlicious and Vilda StampsOur permanent sponsors are Flying Unicorn and Scrapbook Fantasies.  Check out the prizes this month! Who would not want these to add to their stash?

I found the butterfly on Pinterest, printed it out in different sizes to satisfy my need for perspective. Then, I fussy cut it, added a little sparkle and two stamen for artificial flowers. 

The tag is tucked behind the layout and can be taken out to read. It says, "What a special lady you are, Elizabeth! You have a knack for making friends with everyone. As we say in the Rogers family, you have "never met a stranger." Enjoying life with your friends is what you do for fun and you do that whole heartedly. One of the things I admire about you most is that you hang on to your friends forever. "Make new friends and keep the old. One is silver and the other gold." The lyrics to that much loved Girl Scout song should be your theme song, special lady! 


Blue Fern Studios paper, chipboard

Heidi Swapp stamp
May Arts lace pieces
Prima paper, flowers, wooden embellishments,          tassle, crystals, stencils, modeling paste,                resin heart
Ranger stickles

From my stash: cheese cloth, jute string, printed butterflies

Thanks for leaving a comment. I always appreciate them! 

Thursday, March 12, 2015


Here is my latest layout for the Color Stories Inspiration Design Team. The colors in my photography are a little off due to a lot of bad weather and gloomy skies earlier this week. Under the Ott Light, it seems to be a perfect match! Oh well, it was fun to work on this lovely challenge, regardless of the weather and lighting.

This month at CSI we have four companies who are our sponsors. SistersArt Creation is owned by our very own Merry Braehler, and her sister. Merry does beautiful work for the design team and participates in every challenge even though she is a busy mother (of a precious toddler), a wife and Christian. Also this month, we are being sponsored by SODAlicious. They specialize in stationery, scrapbooking supplies and art journals. CSI is also happy to have Vilda Stamps as a sponsor this month. And last, but never least is our permanent sponsor, The Flying Unicorn. All of our sponsors will be donating supplies this month, so come play along at Color Stories Inspiration! 

Over at CSI we have one challenge per month that supplies us with a sketch by Em Straface. It can be interpreted however we wish. As with this layout, I usually follow it closely. 

As I was searching through my photos for pictures that would complement the challenge colors, I came across these that I took last summer while on our second trip to Yellowstone National Park, primarily in the state of Wyoming. The park's 3,468.4 square miles (8,983km) also spills over into the neighboring states of Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone is filled with abundant wildlife and geothermal activity and is magnificent to take in. 

Techniques used on this layout are: inking, stitching, 3-D work, punching, embossing and die cutting. 

Products used:
Authentique paper
Bazzil Basics paper
Maya Road twine
Petaloo flowers
Ranger/ Tim Holtz key and die
From my stash:
     metal heart, tab, wooden pieces, map, die cut,        cheese cloth

Thanks for your comments! 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Achievement is the Power

Recently a dear friend of mine, My Cup of Tea, AKA Poetry in a Pot of Tea sent a gift of Gelatos to me. I have never worked with them before, but have always admired the work of those who use them and have to admit that I had a lot of fun playing with them. Thank you Shawn!

Over at CSI we have a fun challenges this week. I enjoyed working with the colors and finding evidence in my SBR. Thanks, Debbi, for always giving us something wonderful!

Our permanent sponsor is The Flying Unicorn.

Flying Unicorn  ... it’s about One of a Kind. They offer an incredible selection of products for all paper crafting artists. Their Kit of the Month is filled with the latest and greatest and includes an off-the-page project to keep your creative muse flowing! Be sure to check out the Flying Unicorn forums, a hot and happening place which includes monthly challenges, tips, techniques and friendships that last! They also have a blog and a Facebook page where you can find loads of inspiration!


I hope everyone is just as excited as I am about the lovely chipboard prizes this month from 2Crafty Chipboard. Thank you, 2 Crafty for the plethora of gorgeous chippies (above) that one lucky participant at CSI will win! 

Now, back to the layout that I did about my amazing son, Lee. He recently graduated from the university with a degree in biology and our family is so very proud of him for his accomplishment! 

Recently, a dear friend sent a box of Gessos to me, saying that she knows how much I enjoy experimenting with new media and techniques.  I have to admit that I  had a ball with them! I used them on two of my Valentine cards this year and this was my first try at using Gessos on a LO. The colors are so bold and fun to play with, AND the paint stick goes on nice and creamy and can be manipulated in different ways.....Love, love, LOVE IT, Shawn! AKA: MiCupofTea. Thank you! 

In the photo above, it is a little easier to see the gray vs. the tan. Unless you use a discerning eye, they are pretty close in their appearance. That's why I had go include this photo of the two adjacent to each other. 

Products used: 
Blue Fern Studios chipboard
Crafter's Workshop, 3 stencils
Kaiser Craft clear stamps
Laquitex Gesso
Maya Road clear stamps
Prima flowers
From my stash: 
     white cardstock 
     brown paint

Thanks, everyone for stopping by. See you next time! 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Sunrise Sunset: Swiftly Flow the Days

Hello scrappy happy friends! What a delight it was to create this layout about our son, Lee! It chronicles in photos, his life so far. This piece was created for the CSI  design team. You can see that the scheme calls for lavendar, and I promise that I included it by using Prima mist. 

Our sponsor this month is 2 Crafty Chipboard. They have some lovely chipboard pieces to choose from in their wholesale store!

At CSI this month there will be a drawing for some of the beautiful chipboard from 2 Crafty, so be sure to check out the beautiful pieces you could win this month at CSI.

Inspired by lyrics from the song, "Sunrise, Sunset", from the musical Fiddler on the Roof, this layout is filled with texture, dimension, techniques and multimedia.  

On the chipboard I gave it texture using modeling paste and then painted the raised areas. 

Here, you can see where I stamped, painted and embossed  an area needing to be highlighted with some fun techniques. 

I decided to use a marker to add color to the edges of the banner and top it all off with a beautiful Prima flower.

My friend Carol Deal, who is also on the CSI design team, and I commented recently how we cannot seem to do a layout without adding flowers. Then, she replied that a layout is not a layout without flowers. So true, Carol! Check out Carol's blog here. She does the most beautiful work and I am always inspired by her creativity! 

Products Used:

  • Blue Fern Studios chipboard
  • Kaiser Kraft paper
  • Maya Road chipboard number
  • Prima paper, spray mist, trim, stencil, flowers, modeling paste, resin clock, light bulb and jewels
  • Stampendous embosing materials
  • Studio 490 stamp

And now for the journaling:

"Where did all the years go? To your dad and me it seems like only yesterday when you were learning to walk, then ride a bike and later to drive a car. Now you're a college graduate with the whole world before you. Be wise and keep on preparing for your future."

Saturday, February 7, 2015

U + Me

Hello scrappy friends! I hope you are having a beautiful day filled with purpose, love and happiness. 

This layout was created for the CSI Design Team and can be found at the CSI Website here
Our sponsor this month is 2Crafty Chipboard. Perhaps you will be the lucky winner of the beautiful prizes! Check them out over at CSI!

I love working with embossing powders and this is the kind of work I do with them. They are not just for cards, as many people think. I love highlighting an interesting spot on my layouts using them.  

Products used: 

Martha Stewart: border punch
Maya Road: spray
Prima: papers, embellishments, stencils and mist
Sizzix: embossing folder
Stampendous: embossing powders and mica
From my stash: very bottom paper, beads

Thanks for stopping by.....I always appreciate your comments! 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Five Reasons I Enjoy Downton Abbey

This layout was a joy to create for the Color, Stories, Inspiration (CSI) Design team. I really do love the colors this week at CSI. Not being much of a T.V. watcher, I decided to do a layout about one of the few series I enjoy following, 'Downton Abbey'. 

The sponsor this month is a2z Scrapbooking. You can check out their Etsy Store here and their blog 
here. They are donating three gift certificates for prizes this month at CSI! You have to join and play along in the challenge to be eligible to win. 

You can see the stained glass window I created behind the chipboard. I used a clear sheet of transparency film from Office Depot and used two colors of Alcohol Ink by Ranger / Tim Holtz and a blending tool to achieve this effect. I placed a piece of white cardstock behind the plastic and trimmed them to be the same size as the window.

Most of the brick design was created with Prima modeling paste and one of their masks. Here is an example of a few bricks that I cut out of paper, inked, then glued it onto the layout in order to incorporate all five colors from the scheme.

I also used Stampendous Frantage over the brick work to give an aged feeling and to highlight areas behind major embellishments such as the chipboard pieces. 


Bo Bunny paper
Color Box ink
Crafter's Workshop mask
Dusty Attic chipboard
Fab Scraps chipboard
Heidi Swapp spray
Martha Stewart border punch
May Arts ribbon
Office Depot transparency
Paper Studio paper
Prima flowers, mask, modeling paste,
     resin embellishment
Ranger / Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink

Stampendous Frantage embossing

The tag is tucked in a library pocket behind the layout and reads, "I am not a big watcher of T.V. but Downton Abbey is one series that I never miss. It is great fun to dream about having a title, tiara, castle and beautiful clothes. The top five reasons I enjoy Downton Abbey are:

     1. scenery
     2. costumes
     3. historical events
     4. Edwardian era manners
     5. romance of the Edwardian era in England

In reality, being born to nobility is most likely not all that it is cracked up to be. Can you imagine having to live your entire life in the public eye? I would be miserable!"

Thanks for taking a peek and doing a little dreaming with me about a romantic age gone by. Until next time....