Saturday, June 27, 2015


Hello, my scrappy friends! It has been a while since I last posted on my blog, but after satisfying a couple of wanderlust needs, I am able to get back to what I love....scrapbooking!

This layout for the CSI Design Team is near and dear to my heart. It is about how happy I am to see my son find someone special in his life. In addition to the story, the colors are beautiful this week, so give it a try and play along.  

Our three sponsors this month are Flair For Buttons,  Funky Flairs Studio, and Scrapmats. Be sure to check these out for fun and unique scrapbooking supplies.

Our permanent sponsor is The Flying Unicorn. If you haven't already seen the elegant and varied kits and supplies, you need to hurry and get on the band wagon! 

As is the norm for me, I used a lot of fussy cutting and layering for this piece. 

Here, you can see more fussy cutting, layering and embossing behind the word, "Sweetheart". 

The chipboard is painted with gesso, then dark blue paint and sponged over with a lighter blue paint. The chipboard window is done, using the same technique, but the darker blue is applied first, then the lighter blue on top. 
Also, this area was masked and I applied modeling paste to achieve greater texture in the background. 

After having taught school for years, I still have transparencies left over. I put them to good use here, by using alcohol ink, a blending tool and blending solution to achieve a mottled effect.

Next, I traced the window shape onto the transparency and cut it out before applying it to the chipboard. Here, you can also see the stamping technique that I used on the XOXO chipboard. 


Blue Fern Studios: paper, chipboard pieces, clear      stamps
Elizabeth Craft Designs die
Liquitex modeling paste
Petaloo flowers
Pro Art gesso
Ranger Alcohol Ink
Stampendous Frantage
Stazon Ink
The Crafter's Workshop
From my stash: transparency

Thanks for taking a look! See you next time! 

Sunday, May 24, 2015


This layout is about our Easter, 2015. I adore the Blue Fern Studios paper and chipboard that I used to achieve this romantic look. 

What a joy this challenge and it's beautiful color scheme is at CSI this week! I hope you will love it as much as I do. 

Over at CSI our sponsors this month,  are .....


Be sure to stop by CSI and play along for a chance to win some great prizes from our sponsors!

Techniques used in this layout are stamping, masking, paper tearing and  inking. 

Here, you can see what I did with the paper after tearing it. I rolled it back, one section at a time to create a frame for my photo. 

Here is the journaling I added to tell the story behind the layout. This is why I love CSI so reminds me to always journal my pages! 

Gotta love some flowery goodness here! 

Products used:

Blue Fern Studios paper and chipboard
Liquitex modeling paste
Maya Road pins
Petaloo flowers
Prima embellishments, stamp, mask
Ranger stickles and tissue tape (Tim Holtz)

Sizzix file folder die
StayzOn Ink
Studio 490/Stampers Anonymous/Wendy Vecchi
From my stash: pearls, ribbon

Big thanks to my friends who follow my blog and leave comments! 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Oh Snap!

Greetings everyone! I am trying to get back into the swing of things here. After experiencing some health issues lately, and going through a major problem with our home, I have finally been able to get back to scrapbooking. I think that having to move almost everything in my scrapbook room to repair the slab leak has been harder on me than my health issues! A scrapbooking girl has got to scrap, you know?!!! Tempoirarily, I have set up a makeshift scrapping area in our kitchen. I cannot complain, is better than not being able to scrapbook at all! problems aside.....About a month ago, Liz and I spent the day together and we decided to play a little joke on my husband/her dad. He unwinds at the end of the day by doing a crossword puzzle.....his favorite part of the paper. 
Over at CSI our sponsors this month,  are Dusty Attic, Creative Embellishments, and Lindy's Stamp Gang.  Be sure to stop by and play along for a chance to win some great prizes!

Back to the layout now, the little joke we played on my husband/Liz's dad was to cut out the crossword puzzle from the paper before he got home. We pulled it off without a hitch. Dad was totally unsuspecting, and I got some wonderful photos too! Tee, hee, hee!!! 

Products used:

Blue Fern Studios chipboard
BoBunnye paper
Maya Road chipboard and twine
Prima flowers and ink
Tim Holtz diecut
From my stash:
     background paper
     blue flower
     number stickers

Techniques used for this layout include inking, painting, fussy cutting, 3-D work, stenciling and diecutting.

Thanks for taking a look! I always appreciate comments! 

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!