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....

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Wit's and Gracie's Best Gift Ever

Here is a layout that I created for the CSI Design Team. The challenge is running now until January 25th, so if you enjoy challenges and are looking to strengthen your scrapbooking skills, you might have some fun getting to know the nice people there while working on your techniques.
Aren't these colors wonderful? During the cold weather we have had in the U.S. this winter, they make me think of summertime and help me to ignore the gloomy, cold and wet weather!  
Our sponsor throughout January is a2z Scrapbooking. Be sure to check out their website! You can find it here

The miniature dachshund in the photo is dapple, so I had to add some dots and bling to the doxie chippie ! 

Here is how it looks close up. The paper underneath him has been painted and textured. 

Other techniques used on this LO are layering, machine stitching, inking, fanning, and die cutting. 

Product list:

Bazzill Basics
Colorbox ink
Hero Arts / Basic Grey stencil
Leaky Shed Studio chipboard
Liquitex modeling paste
Petaloo flowers
Prima mists
Queen and Co. blingRanger ink
Sizzix die
The Paper Studio embossing folder
  I always appreciate your comments. See you next time! 

Sunday, January 4, 2015

You'll Always Be Mine

Here is my latest creation for the CSI Design Team. It is about a recent trip my daughter took to California. 

Over at CSI this week is a challenge with beautiful colors and a sketch by Emma Straface to help you ease back into scrapbooking after the busy holiday season. Our sponsor for January is a2z Scrapbooking! Be sure to check out their website. 

When our two grown children were little, we took them to Disneyland as part of a vacation to "The Golden State". All four of us remember that trip with great fondness. When Elizabeth traveled to California on a business trip recently, she decided to go to Disneyland during her off hours. 

The journaling says, " Dear Mickey, I tried to call you but your number had changed. Then I wrote you a letter and it came back, "return to sender"

So, I had to come out to Disneyland to see for myself! Love, Liz" I guess you're never too old for Disney!

Products used:

Bazzil Basics cardstock
Cratepaper chipboard pieces, epherema and heart       rhinestone
Kaisercraft paper
Liquitex modeling paste
Prima paper and template
From my stash: 
     string and sequins

Thanks for taking a peek....I always appreciate your comments!