Thursday, June 15, 2017


Hello friends! Today I'm sharing a layout I created for the CSI Design Team. When I first saw the colors, Christmas came to mind, so I searched for papers that would work. Of course, Blue Fern Studios came through with the perfect papers, chipboard pieces, embossing powders, stamps and flowers! I found a great picture from Christmas Day, 2016 of Elizabeth and her sweetheart. 

Here is how I solved Case File 232:

Scheme: Used all five colors
Evidence: Animals, foliage, fringe
Testimony: I chose a prompt from Cary On
        Tuesday which reads, "A song is but a little
        thing, and yet what a joy it is to sing." 

For this layout, I did some paper tearing , stamping, heat embossing, 3-D work and painting.  

Here, you can see how dimension adds such a "pop" to a layout. It simply creates more interest that must be viewed and enjoyed! 

Another technique I used here is paper tearing and paper rolling. 


Blue Fern Studios

Papers: Attic Charm: Attic Key, Vintage
      Christmas 2: Jolly, Vintage Christmas: 
      Greeting Cards
Chipboard: Stars and Berries Frame, Lovely  
Embossing Powders: Snow, Lime, Santa's Suit
Flowers: Attic Charm Roses
Stamp: Essential Textures

Melissa Frances


Color Bloom Spray

Emboss It Dabber

The Crafter's Workshop


The Journaling reads, "A song is but a little thing and yet what a joy it is to sing. Elizabeth first started singing in earnest as an eight year old, choosing to sing and act in Casa Manana's  Babes in Toyland. Liz later had parts in Fort Worth's Casa Manana Production of The Wizard of Oz. In eighth grade, she had a major role in Li'l Abner. In high school, she had parts in two musicals, Fiddler on the Roof and Oklahoma. She traveled with her high school choir to Italy and performed in Venice at Basilica San Marco, in Florence at San Jacopo Concert Hall and in Rome at St. Peter's Basilica and Trinity Church.

As an adult, Elizabeth still loves to sing, and was asked to be part of a Christmas choir group. They sang Vivaldi's Gloria. It comes as no surprise that her sweetheart, Stephen, is also musically talented. He plays the guitar and sings in a band for his own enjoyment."

Thanks for stopping by and especially for leaving a message! 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Sentimental Journey for Vintage Tag Swap

I had so much fun creating this tag for Kelly, and getting to know some new people at in the Vintage Tag Swap!

On this tag, as I do on most all of my paper crafting work, I inked, heat embossed, fussy cut, stamped and painted. 

I used these Blue Fern Products: 
Embossing Powder

The little doll and word stickers are by Ranger/Tim Holtz Idea-ology

The tiny little pearls are by Queen and Company

From my stash: jute cord, chandelier drop, ribbon, pearl spray

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Delight in the Little Things

Hello blog friends! I'm sharing a layout that I created for the 
CSI Design Team. Here in the north Texas area, we have had a lot of rain and cloudcover, so I waited and waited to get some great pictures. We have had a little bit of sunshine today, so I finally had my photo opp! 

The colors in this challenge are gorgeous together...Thank you, Debbi

Here is how I solved Case File 231:

Scheme: Used all five colors
Evidence: animals, string, stripes
Testimony: What's your super power?

Some of the techniques I used here are inking, masking, painting, distressing, heat embossing, fussy cutting and 3 -D work.

A bit of the distressing and 3-D work can be seen here. 


Blue Fern Studios

Paper: Frolic Adorn, Frolic Fairyland
Chipboard: Delight in the Little Things,       
        Quatrefoil Panel
Embossing Powder: Snow, Sea Mist, In the Navy 
Flowers: Christmas Blooms

Crafter's Workshop

modeling paste


largest flower

Color Bloom spray

From my Stash

My journaling reads, "My 'super power' is finding delight in everyday things. I delight in the beauty of nature, in the phonecall from a friend, and from the love my family shows me. I especially find happiness in the love He shows me. That is HIS SUPER POWER."

Until next time, everyone! 

Monday, May 15, 2017


Hello and Happy May to all my blog friends! Although May is almost as busy for us as November and December are, I have taken a little time to relax with some lovely supplies and a beautiful photo taken during our Hawaiian trip a couple of years ago.

Over at Color Stories Inspiration we have had a beautiful color scheme that is perfect for my photo.

Here is how I solved Case File 230:

Scheme: All five colors used
Evidence: Water Color, flowers/plants, metal,
Testimony: I chose a prompt from Carry On
      Tuesday. The Prompt reads, "Don't Speak,
       words will only steal the moment." 

For the background, I stamped, heat embossed, tore paper, added texture using a stencil and modeling paste, and did a little paint splattering.  

Here, you can see a little bit of the embossing I did to draw interest to certain areas. The embossing powder is a lovely blue and the stamp is delicate and doesn't take away from the shades of lavender for this layout. 


Blue Fern Studios

Courtship Lane, Royal Steet and West Plaza paper
Serenity, Calm, Hushed, Garden Lattice Bits                 chipboard
Snow and Lilac embossing powders
Forever Clear Stamp


Flowers, Garden Fountain, Color Bloom 2


Patina and Emboss It Dabber

The Crafter's Workshop

From My Stash
Crystal Spray

My journaling reads, "Don't speak; words will only steal the moment. Only stand and take it all in.....the delicate, fresh scent of the lavender, in the air; the beauty of nature we can so breathlessly believe with our own eyes. The sound of the wind as it gently and carefully caresses the lavender. The touch of these magnificent plants, seemingly from heaven as we walk each path through the magical field. It was a gift from God as we could barely believe our senses that day in Hawaii. "

Thanks to all who visit and leave a remark!

Monday, May 1, 2017


Hello Scrappy friends! It's May Day and I have a layout that goes right along with this historic celebration of  Spring! I thought these two photos of my son and his girlfriend...and her beautiful smile would be perfect for a spring post. 

This layout is created for the CSI Design Team and here is how I solved this fun case: 

Scene: All five colors used
Evidence: Stripes, banner/bunting, flowers
Testimony: I used the inspiration word, "smile"

Techniques used: painting, inking, heat embossing, fussy cutting, 3-D work


Blue Fern Studios

Paper: Heartland, Valentine Party and Vintage 
Christmas 2, Tree Trimmings

Chipboard: Heartland XOXO, Funny Giggle     Smile

Embossing Powder: Snow, Pearl, Breeze, Golden Seas

Flowers: Attic Charm Daisies, Christmas             Blooms, Spring Lillies


Deco Art Snow Writer
Prima Color Bloom Spray
Ranger Emboss It Dabber
From my stash: 
     Wax sealing supplies
     Cheese Cloth

My journaling reads: "Dear Allie, What a beautiful smile you have! It's no wonder why Lee is in love with you. It is no surprise that you bring sunshine to his life and make it worth living. Thank you! Love, Patty" 

Thanks, everyone for taking a peek! 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

*Blue Fern Studios* Fan of the Month, Joy and Love

Hello Scrappy Friends! I'm back with my final post as "Fan of the Month" for Blue Fern Studios. There are two layouts for this post. The first one is called "Joy", and honors my son and his girlfriend. 

Blue Fern Embossing powders (Think Ink) are always easy to use. First, I apply embossing medium onto the chipboard, then sprinkle it with the embossing powder and use a heat tool to melt the powder. On the background piece of paper, I use a stencil and modeling paste to give texture, then splatter two colors of paint. 

One of my signature techniques is 3-D work. I start by cutting an image from the paper, then ink the sides of the paper to blend the colors onto the middle part of the paper so the white middle portion of the paper cannot be seen. 

Blue Fern Products


Spring Parade Collection, Marketplace
Spring Parade Collection, Sunrise


Spring Bunny Frame
Garden Lattice Bits

Embossing Powders:
Sea Mist

Spring Posy

Spring Florals
Spring Peony and Berries

Now, for the second layout today, titled "Love". My husband is not in the photo because he is usually the photographer on holidays, but our two children are in it, as are my parents. 

I usually decide on one or two colors to splatter onto the background, and this layout is no exception. The multiple pieces of paper seen directly behind the picture from the "Spring Parade" collection receive a little distressing, then are popped up for dimension. 

Next, comes the fussy cutting of the images I wanted to use, blending the sides makes them look as if the ink goes all the way through the paper.  Last comes popping them up and gluing them in place.   

Many times in my work, I add texture to the paper by using a stamp, embossing medium and powder, as you can see here.  

Blue Fern Products


Spring Parade Collection, Joyful
Spring Parade Collection, April Medley
Spring Parade Collection, Sunday Best 


Cosmos Basket
Garden Lattice Bits
Good Vibes 

Embossing Powders:
Lavender Eggs
Pink Dust

Heartland Blossoms
Spring Florals

Courtship Roses


Being "Fan of the Month" for April has been a joy. Valerie Serfozo, Creative Team Coordinator at Blue Fern Studios is a delight to work with and I appreciate her help and guidance. Thank you Valerie!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

*Blue Fern Studios* Fan of the Month, Happiness

Hi everyone! I'm back with a layout for Blue Fern Studios again! What an honor it is to be Fan of the Month!  This layout was created with the beautiful Spring Parade collection. I loved all of the soft pastels!

Click here to see the process video I made while getting creative with these lovely products! 

What a precious little bunny to pop up! Blue Fern Studios papers have beautiful images if you like to use this technique. 

The beautiful chipboard seemingly floats above the textures and paint that I added to the base paper. 

Blue Fern Products
Spring Parade, June
Spring Parade, Remembrance
Spring Parade, May Vignettes

Easter Egg Ornaments
Good Vibes
Bits of Honey

Embossing Powder:
Lavender Eggs

Dark Tropic Lilies
Courtship Roses
Spring Florals

Thanks for stopping by. There will be one more Blue Fern Studios feature at their blog next Wednesday, so be sure to stop by.