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 techniques....as if I were the victim of  a creative obsession......in 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. OK....so 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, Gracie....my sweet, sweet dachshund, who had her second birthday today. Happy Birthday, Grace Bug!  

I really do appreciate all comments!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Remembering My First Grade Teacher

This layout is my entry for the CSI challenge this week. Doing this project brought back a lot of fond memories from the recesses of my mind. Thanks to Color, Stories, Inspiration, I have been able to journal many  precious memories that probably would not have been saved, otherwise.

For this layout, I used a lot of techniques:
sewing, inking, painting, stenciling, 3-D work, die cutting.

You can see here, where I used Ranger Crackle Paint. This dusty rose color is one of my last crackle paints that hasn't dried up. I really need to reconstitute many of those bottles!

Yes, the photo in this layout is my first grade picture!

Products used:
Girls' Paperie brad
Martha Stewart diecut
October Afternoon paper
Prima Color Blooms
Ranger crackle paint
Simple Stories paper and rub ons

Here is a more legible version of the journaling:
            I Remember First Grade Teacher.

 I will never forget my first grade teacher, Mrs. Thomas. She was such a sweet and caring teacher, and taught us to read and do simple math. I remember learning to read from the Dick and Jane readers and experiencing a feeling of satisfaction after completing each story.  Mrs. Thomas was a grandmotherly teacher who set a tone of kindness, consideration for others and having a joy for learning.

Our classroom was a place for learning about how to treat each other, about the world around us and the basics of reading and math. Sitting on the front row in class was a prized position in the classroom. I would raise my hand to ask or answer a question . The constant hum of the fan in the back of the room somehow helped us to concentrate on our work. It was a quiet, focussed atmosphere filled with the joy of learning. There were no computers, phones or TV's; not even for Mrs. Thomas. We learned to be good listeners, especially during story time and when Mrs. Thomas was giving a lesson. If we had a question we only had to raise a hand and Mrs. Thomas would gladly come to our desk for help.

I don't remember having any trouble makers in our class. Everyone was eager to learn and encouraged to be good citizens.  Shawna was my best friend in class and we got to play together at recess. We loved climbing on the jungle gym and swinging! We would also flip over the bar that held up the see-saw. We would giggle and wonder if anyone noticed our pretty crinoline petticoats!

What a blessing it was to start school in Mrs. Thomas' room! I suspect that the example she set so many years ago still lives on in each and every one of her students.

This is the cute piece of paper where I did my journaling. It has lines that look like a piece of paper from a first or second grade tablet. First, I spritzed it, then did my writing and last, the stitching.  Below, is the little envelope that I used to hold the journaling.

I always appreciate comments!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

My Little Book of Personal Joy

Stepping up to the plate with a new layout for a challenge over at Color Stories Inspiration (CSI) I can't help but have a big grin on my face when I think of the friendships made there and all the scrappy happy fun I've had playing along with the case files! If you are a scrapbooker, you really should check it out.

Every Friday a new case file (challenge) is uploaded to the site. You have that weekend, the next work week and the following weekend to get your work done, photographed and uploaded. For all you slow scrappers like me,  or those of us who have a busy work week, it is totally possible to get it done on time. What a JOY!

To solve the case, here's what I did:
Scheme: Used all five colors
Evidence: Text print, floral pattern, pleating, fold something, butterflies, wings, lace, leaves, wet medium
Testimony: Make a little book, Inspiration word "Joy"
I relied heavily on punching and layering to achieve these results. Papers used are by Kaisercraft, chipboard alpha by Pink Paisley, die punch by Martha Stewart, flowers and ink by Prima, mask by Tim Holtz/Stamper's Anonymous, resin window and Color Bloom spray by Prima, Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber by Ranger. From my stash: lace and beads.

Here is the little book I created. It sits on a corbel by Scrap FX and is held in place by a strip of velum. This takes me full cycle back to my interactive days and I love that.

You can see the dimensional work that I did for the background of the page. Techniques used for this layout are masking, inking, painting, die cutting, and stamping.

After taking the little book out, you can see where I sewed the velum onto the paper behind it. The book was also bound with stitches.  

Here's the book as it stands alone. The journaling reads, "I find joy while.... watching a sunset, having lunch with friends, singing hymns, staying up late, petting Gracie (our dachshund), smelling flowers, gardening, hearing a baby laugh, watching the seasons change, seeing a rainbow, looking at the night sky, spending time with our children, smelling the scent of rain, decorating for Christmas, dancing with Hack, scrapbooking, cooking for family and friends, helping others, feeding the birds, listening to crickets on a summer night, being creative, experiencing the wonder of freshly fallen snow. This list is in no particular order and there is room to add more journaling. I painted the cover and used a chippie pen nib for the body of the butterfly. The antennae is made of the stamen from a flower in my stash that fell apart.
Be sure to check out CSI.....You will hit a homerun!
Happy scrapping, everyone!

Sunday, August 24, 2014


For this layout I used Botanical Tea Collection papers by Graphic 45 and a variety of inks and mists to create the background. They include Prima Color Bloom, Recollections Simply Pastel and Wendi Vecchi's 490 Crackle Texture Paste for the pink grid texture. The mask is by Crafter's Workshop.

What a treat it was to work with this case file at CSI! Aren't the colors absolutely stunning? They are definitely summery and gorgeous! I have fun at CSI being inspired by some amazing scrapbookers who have become my friends since I have been playing along in the challenges.

This photo has special meaning for me. The pin was given to me by my mother, who just celebrated her ninety-third birthday last week. The mint green pin was used years ago to attach a corsage given to her by a special beau, I'm sure.

At least one feature in my scrapbooking lately has been popped up. In this case, I loved the little pink wren so much that it was an obvious choice for me.

The little rose petals are by Prima and the thread is by Coats and Clark. It's been in with my sewing supplies since I was in junior high or high school! The stamp used here is by Heidi Swapp and the ink is Archival by Ranger.

Playing with inks, paint and paper make me just as happy as building a nest makes  this little wren feel satisfied....it just comes naturally!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Let the Sunshine In

Boys rule....what can I say? Especially the ones that are too cute for words. I created this layout for Case File 134 over at CSI. That's Color, Stories, Inspiration for those of you who are just now following me.  
Every second week of the month a sketch is provided  at CSI by the wonderful Emma Straface and everyone wishing to participate has to create a layout through their eyes, and inspired by Emma's sketch.

Techniques used here are border punching, inking, fussy cutting, machine stitching, and 3-D work.  

Another technique used is masking, which gives the layout a lot of texture and pattern. I used one stencil for the background circles and a second stencil with modeling paste to get the desired texture.  

Also, I doodled on the elements so they would have added interest.

You can see more of the 3-D work here and how it causes everything that is popped up to stand out!
Supplies used:

Bo Bunny On the Go Collection paper
EK Success border punch
Liquitex modeling paste
Little Yellow Bicycle Splash Collection paper
     and diecuts
Prima wooden button and heart, white metal
     frame, mask, color bloom mist
Recollections Foam Adhesive Circles
Stampabilities Pigment Ink
Stampers Anonymous - Tim Holtz layering
Studio Callico wooden chevrons and word
From my stash: baker's twine, marker, navy

Thanks for taking a peek! See you next time.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Delight in the Little Things

I fell in love with the color scheme at CSI this week! The bright orange and pink seem to pop off of the page, don't you think?

First, I cut a strip that would become the center of the layout and border punched across the top and bottom of it. Then, I punched more strips,  glued them all together and stitched around the entire page and stitched over the little ribbon ties that would become suspension for the flowers . I used a mask and modeling paste for texture. After that, I spritzed them with Tattered Angels Glimmer mist.
Next, I painted the chipboard beehive shapes and glued them to the middle section of the layout. Popping up the photos and the library pocket gives the piece nice dimension.
The texture and dimension can be seen in the close up, above.

A little bit of cheese cloth helped to soften the layout for a more romantic look.
Below, you can see the library pocket that I created with the little tag on which the journaling reads:
"Oh, delight in the little things such as the bee. No one has told him that aerodynamically he should not be able to fly."

Products used:
American Crafts Elements brad
Dusty Attic die cut chipboard
Glitz Design stickers
K & Co paper
Kaiser Craft paper and die cuts
Liquitex modeling paste
Martha Stewart border punch
Petaloo flower spray
Prima ink, resin swag, mask and paper
Ranger Acrylic Paint Dabber
Tattered Angels glimmer mist
From my stash:
ribbon, white alphabet stickers and cheesecloth

Thanks for taking a peek!