Wednesday, April 16, 2014

My Easter Style

My latest creation for the CSI Challenge....AKA  Case File No. 118. I always look forward to Fridays when the new challenge is revealed and delight in creating a layout according to the criteria set for us. Here is what we had to work with this week:
If you like to scrapbook you should join all the fun!

All five colors found in the scheme were used and I journaled about my style of decorating for Easter. Perhaps my years as a second grade teacher have affected me!
Evidence found here:
  • a little metal heart that I painted yellow to go with the color scheme
  • white background ....with a little black text thrown in
  • doodling / pen work
  • fabric
  • fringe (curled paper, in this case)pockets

For fun, I added a little Easter grass. It wouldn't be Easter without Easter Grass strewn all over the house, now would it? 

Techniques used for this layout include painting, inking, masking, cutting and doodling.

My journaling is recorded on both sides of the first tag, and reads, "Being retired, I have more time for things that I enjoy. Decorating for holidays such as Easter is one of my newfound pleasures. Cheerful, soft sculpture bunnies on the sofa and tea cart make me smile. An Easter tree with eggs and more bunnies stand on the coffee table. A 'Welcome Spring' sign outside our front door greets guests. All of these things are my Easter Style, and I wouldn't change it at all. Happy Easter 2014!"

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Echo Hills Farm Mini Album

This little mini album is a work of heart that I created for a challenge between the wonderfully creative ladies on The Crafty Scrapper Design Team.

The subject of the little album is Echo Hills Farm and a few of the experiences that I had  at my grandparents' place in the country.
My Grandmother never did like to have her photograph made, so I have abided by what I think would be her wishes. After the album is no longer on display at The Crafty Scrapper, I will insert another envelope with a few pull out pages showing  her photographs. Only my family will be seeing these.  

This pull out file was perfect for remembering the kinds of fruits and vegetables that were grown in Dandad's garden.


There was a plethora of love put into creating this mini album, as these were some of the best days of my childhood.

The photos on this page were taken of me when I was just a few weeks old and later at about five months, being held by my parents. They were taken at the farm.

Here I am at two and then about nine.

I was taught to love animals and to be kind to them, at the farm. There were always numerous dogs, cats, horses, peacocks and ducks around. The little dachshund was my dog, Lady. On the two pages below, is a photograph of my beloved horse, Diamond. He was half quarter horse, one fourth thoroughbred and I'm not sure about the remainder of  his blood line.

There was never a lack of fun activities. I was always fishing for crawdads or for fish, riding horses, climbing trees, building forts in the hayloft of the barn, or just  exploring in the woods.

My grandfather was Sheriff of Tarrant County, Texas and later United States Marshall of the Northern District of Texas. Each year, he would have a barbecue at his farm for his law enforcement friends. The food was delicious and nobody enjoyed these gatherings more than me.

I have my father and mother to thank for saving these wonderful photos throughout the years. What treasured memories they represent!  

Techniques used were painting, inking, masking, embossing and doodling. Texture was added, using modeling paste and a stencil.

Products used for this project are October Afternoon papers and embellies, Maya Road embellies, Prima flowers and other finds from my stash.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mind Boggling, Case File 117 at CSI

This layout was created to play along at CSI this week.  Here's the criteria for this week's challenge, AKA: case file....

We had to use all five colors, at least two clues from "Evidence" and at least one clue from "Testimony".

On this layout, I border punched, inked and painted. In fact, I was having so much fun  with the painting, that I almost missed my self imposed deadline!


You can see all the layers and texture that were used in the above photo.

There were several choices for the journaling at CSI, but I chose the one that  most closely reminded me of Lee's experiences while in college.

In the above photo, you can see where I painted around every part of the journaling.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Create You


This layout was created for my son and as an entry in a challenge at CSI. Here is the criteria for this week's Case File:
Years ago, I would look forward to uploading my work to large websites, but now I am always excited to add my latest work to Color, Stories, Inspiration. It is often times,  the highlight of my week! The challenges there make scrapbooking fun for me again and I mostly compete with myself, trying to better my previous work.

In the photograph above can be seen some calligraphy that was done free hand. All I had to go by were baselines!

Texture is my favorite thing to include in my scrapbooking. In this photograph can be seen the dry wall tape and the crimping that I added to the layout to achieve that end result.

Using modeling paste and a stencil that I have had in my stash for at least fifteen years, I created an area with a monogram or decorated letter.

Last of all, the embellishments were added and I was happy with the end result.  

This Case File was a TREAT to work on! If you get a chance, go over to CSI to join in on the fun.

Thanks to all my scrappy friends for taking a peek and commenting!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Fairy Whispers


This layout was created for Case File 115 at CSI and was so much fun to work with.  I am enjoying their weekly challenges so much that I am renewed in my desire to try new color combinations, learn new ways to journal  and be more adept at scrappy problem solving. Here is the challenge for this week:


After border punching around the top layer of paper, I stamped the area just below where  the masking would later be. Next came the application of  modeling paste over the area where  the birds are sitting on a branch. After the paste dried , paint  and markers were used  to achieve the desired colors. 
In the area where the cut out photo would be, I misted with a pewter colored spray and began painting the chipboard pieces.

Next came the lettering in a way that would look as though it was fairy dust being scattered on the photo.  

Using two sheets of the paper gave me two of everything. The little gnome, fairy and mushrooms had to be fussy cut, and popped up. The wings and crown were crying out for stickles before adhering them to the photo.  

Thanks for taking a peek. Comments are always appreciated!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

This Day

Today I'm sharing a layout for The Crafty Scrapper Design Team. This layout was created using A Charmed Life by Simple Stories and lots of fun Maya Road embellishments. In this design, my intent was to draw the eye diagonally up and across the page, beginning at the lower left corner. The eye then circles the photo in a  counter clockwise manner.

I began doing the art of beautiful handwriting  forty years ago, while a student at TCU. For ten years, during the 1980's, I taught calligraphy at UTA (University of Texas at Arlington), and still enjoy using it in my scrapbooking work. This lettering was not done with a broad tipped pen, as is traditional  European Calligraphy, but working with a fine point felt tip and using an italic alphabet looks nice if done properly.

After die cutting a gear from the solid blue cardstock, I decided to use that negative space in the layout.

Techniques used here were masking, inking, painting, calligraphy and die cutting.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Best in Show

This layout is an entry for the current challenge at Color, Stories, Inspiration....AKA: CSI. It is a social media site for scrapbookers. There is a new challenge every week and it's fun and interesting to see how other people interpret the criteria for the challenge. This week's challenge  is "Case File No. 114".
 All five colors of "The Scheme" have to be used, at least two "Evidence" choices, and a minimum of one "Testimony" choice should be included. On the second week of each month a sketch is provided for participants to use when creating their layout. I decided to rotate the sketch 90 degrees counterclockwise.

The story behind the layout occurred one night when my husband and I were taking care of our daughter's dachshund. After dinner we settled in to watch the Westminster dog show on T.V. When the show ended, I was in what might be called a silly mood and hurriedly created a little Best in Show ribbon for Wit to be wearing when our daughter came to get him. The ribbon led to a photo session and the pictures have now become an addition to one of our scrapbooks as a fond memory.  
The steampunk hot air balloon is a transparency that I made by finding the clipart  and printing it out as a transparency. Techniques used here are painting, inking, masking, stamping and punching. For a little added texture, I used dry wall tape from our garage.
As Paul Harvey would say, "And now, for the rest of the story". We enjoyed having Wit stay with us frequently and finally decided to get a dachshund for ourselves. Her name is Gracie and she is now a year old and will most likely be the star of her own layout soon. isn't necessary to be officially be entered in the Westminster Dog Show to get a "Best of Show" ribbon. We love you, Wit!