Saturday, March 18, 2017

Love This

Hello friends! I have a very special layout for you today that I created for the CSI Design Team. The reason it is special is because it is about a bond between granddaughter and grandmother. This relationship has brought both of these women a lot of happiness. 

Here is how I solved Case File 226:

Scheme: All five colors used
Evidence: string, bows, bugs, hearts, plants
Testimony: Write about what makes you happy

I adored this little fan from Montage Calling Cards by Blue Fern Studios. The words at the top of the fan say it all, "Love crown your Way". 

As always, there has to be texture in my layouts! 

Dimension is also a must! 

Doesn't the use of cheese cloth add feathery softness? I always add a few paint spatters, too. 


Blue Fern Studios:

Blush, Sweetheart
Montage, Calling Cards

Garden Lattice Bits
Deja Vu Tweets
Spring Frame
Arrow Words

Embossing Powders
Pretty in Pink

Courtship Roses
Heartland Roses and Blooms

Liquitex Modeling Paste
Pro Art Gesso

Prima Colorbloom, mask/stencil
Ranger Emboss It Dabber

From My Stash 
cheesecloth, metal heart, embroidery thread

The journaling reads, "Spending time with Grandmother has always made Elizabeth happy. Grandmother always had fun things to do while visiting her. She had a closet filled with toys, books and games for indoor play. For outdoor play, there were bicycles, her swimming pool and fun places to go. Grandmother had children from the neighborhood to come and play. She even enrolled Elizabeth in dance camp. Most importantly, Grandmother expressed, through her words and actions that she loved Elizabeth unconditionally, and that always made Liz very happy!"

Thanks to everyone who stops by and leaves a message! 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017


Hello fellow scrapbookers! I hope you are all enjoying some pretty spring weather if you live in the northern hemisphere! In Texas, we have had some beautiful weather this week and I can hardly wait to get in my garden, but that will have to saved for another day, because I am in a "Happy Scrappy Mood".

Today, I am sharing a layout that I created for CSI....Color Stories, Inspiration using the beautiful Heartland Collection from Blue Fern Studios. Scroll down to see how I solved this case and enjoy all the close up photos I took. 

Here is how I solved it: 

Scheme: All five colors used
Evidence: stripes, circles, diamond shapes, keys Testimony: I used the word dream in my journaling and on the layout. 

You can see here where I popped up the little cluster of paper flowers to get some dimension. 

More dimension and texture on the background using a stencil and modeling paste always adds interest! 

For even more texture, I ran the banners through my crimping tool, then splattered them with paint. The background also has paint spatters. 

Layering, layering and MORE layering here, as well as distressing and heat embossing. 


Blue Fern Studios
      Papers: Heartland Bicycle for Two
      and Love Song Serenade, 
Chipboards: Celebration Hearts and Wish,                     Wonder Dream 
Chained Bits
Stamp: Fleur Wallpaper  
Flowers: Christmas Blooms 
Embossing Powders: Imagine Ink Ruby and Snow
Deco Art 
Snow Writer
modeling paste
stencil and color blooms spray 
Pro Art
From my Stash
cheese cloth

My journaling says, "Dear Lee, My dream for you is that you will have a fulfilled life and your goals will be achieved. Most importantly, may you love and be loved. Love, Mom"

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!