Friday, May 20, 2016


Happy Friday, scrappy friends! Today, I'm sharing my latest layout for the CSI Design Team. At CSI today, we are introducing a lovely new challenge. The colors play off of each other beautifully, and how perfect they are for a late spring or early summer design.  

In our challenges, all you have to do is meet all three of the criteria: Scheme, Evidence and Testimony. So, round up your papers, embellies, paints, or whatever in the five colors of the challenge. For "The Scheme", each color must be used in your layout. Three or more items from the list of "Evidence" must be included in your layout. The third criteria is to choose one prompt from the "Testimony" list. CSI is where I have learned to appreciate the importance of journaling. Have you ever picked up an old picture from your family, looked on the back of it and been disappointed to learn there is no story or comment? Don't you wish you could read many of the stories and thoughts of your ancestors? What a treasure we give to our descendants by saving the pictures and the journaling. 

I am entering this layout in the May Challenge at Blue Fern Studio Blog. Their products are amazing! The papers are lovely and can be used in a variety of styles: formal, casual, romantic, masculine, feminine, youth, babies, vintage and shabby chic. If you have a photo to scrapbook, Blue Fern Studios is a perfect choice for products! 

You can see the heat embossing I did using the Imagine Ink Embossing Powder, a chipboard frame and title. If the powder is not overheated, it gives a lovely texture. 

Here, you can see some of the texture work in the background, as well as 3-D work and painting around the edges of the layered papers. 

How lovely this little branch with birds is right outside this window. 

Behind the window I placed a bit of a transparancey that I colored with Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink and a blending tool. 


Blue Fern Studios 
     Paper: Serendipity, Contemplation
     Chipboard: Hugs and Kisses, Petite Windows, 
          Tranquil Foliage and Tweet Friends
     Imagine Ink Embossing Powders: Sea Mist,
          Melon and Ginger
     Stamp: Coarse Fabrics
     Flowers: the large flowers
Crafter's Workshop template
Liquitex modeling paste
Prima: Color Bloom Spray
Pro Art Gesso
Ranger: Perfect Medium, Adirondack Alcohol
      Ink, Adirondack Blending Solution
Recollections: small white flowers, resin clock of my favorite artistic elements! 

The journaling reads, "Hugs...a perfect example of getting out of it what you put into it."

Until next time, my friends! 

Friday, May 13, 2016


Happy Friday, everyone! This is my take on Case File 200 at CSI, and I couldn't have enjoyed it more!

Years ago, when I was a young mom, I wished, from time to time, that we could save a few of the days when our children were young to enjoy them years later in real life.   What a treat that would be! Well, that's not exactly how things work out, but many of those precious memories came flooding back as I worked on this challenge. Lee was four in this photo and he was a lot of energy bundled up in one little toddler, but I wouldn't have had it any other way! 

This layout is entered in the Blue Fern Studio May Challenge. I love the romantic look of all of their papers. 

The color scheme for this challenge begs for a picture and a story about a little boy, don't you think? I love the boldness of the primary colors. They make a statement just as a whirling dervish in kindergarten would, which reminds me that I am dedicating this layout to Mrs. Wanda Basham, Lee's K-4 teacher at Oakridge. She was a real blessing in Lee's life and a very patient teacher!

Techniques used on this layout were stamping, heat embossing, layering, texturizing, painting paper tearing, and 3-D work. 

I love the Blue Fern Studios Imagine Ink Embossing powders! They heat quickly and make a lovely embossed chipboard piece. I recommend using Ranger Perfect Medium first. Using a small piece of a Ranger Foam Stamp Pad, dab a little Perfect Medium onto the chipboard, then sprinkle with the Imagine Ink powder and heat. So easy and quick! 


Blue Fern Studios paper (Tranquility, Calm) and
       other scraps, chipboard (Mini Rings Panel, 
       Rotating World), Coarse Fabric stamp,
       Imagine Ink Embossing Powder ( In the Navy,        Poinsettia, 14 Karat) and large blue flowers
Crafter's Workshop template
Liquitex modeling paste
Prima stencil, wooden and clear embellishments
       and spray paint
Ranger Perfect Medium, gear and number

From my stash: small flowers and propeller

For the journaling I chose to do an acrosstic:

                                 Lots of laughs
Thanks for taking a peek! Until next time....Patty 

Friday, May 6, 2016


Hello blog friends! We have had a bit of a breather at CSI, and I am rejuvenated and ready for a lot of creativity! How about you?

Here is the latest challenge over at CSI: Use all of the five colors, three of the clues, one (journaling) testimony and in some shape or fashion, use Em's sketch....what FUN! So, what I want to know is, "What will you do with it?"

Here, you can see some of the background I created. First, I stamped, then spritzed, and used a mask and some modeling paste for texture. I used a little bit of embossing powder in a few places. 

You can see where I cut, folded, spritzed and inked paper into strips for a different background on this part of the layout ....... to differientiate the bottom from the top in the sketch.

Here, I painted some gesso on the flowers to get a light, airy feel. 


Blue Fern Studios 
  • Frolic Collection paper (Amoroso)
  • Stamps 
  • Chipboard: Lovely Birds, Postage Frames and 2 Hearts Set
  • Imagine Ink Embossing Powder

Crafter's Workshop template
Liquitex modeling paste
Petaloo flowers
Prima Color Bloom Spray, ink
Pro Art gesso
Ranger Perfect Medium
Stampendous embossing products
StazOn ink

From my stash: 

cheese cloth

The journaling reads, "What a lovely little girl you were, Elizabeth. From the very beginning, you have loved life, delighted in nature and been a ray of sunshine in our lives. Most importantly, you have loved the Lord."

By the way, I'd like to give a shout out to my sweet, dear and cherished friend, Shawn.... AKA: Poetry in a Pot of Tea, Micupoftea. She has recently posted on her blog after being on sabbatical due to the death of her mother. Please pop on over to her blog to welcome her back!

Thanks for stopping by....see you next time, sassy friends! 

Saturday, April 23, 2016


Hello CSI friends! Today I'm sharing my latest layout. These colors were wonderful to play with and they were perfect for this photo of my 94 year old mother standing in front of her beloved garden at her home.

Here is how I solved Case File 198: 

Scheme: All five colors used
Evidence: Leaves, flowers, animals
Testimony: I tucked the journaling behind the 

I am entering this layout in the Blue Fern Studios April challenge. For this challenge I used an early Blue Fern Studios from the Blue Fern Garden Collection, named Parlour. I also used Blue Fern Studios Imagine Ink Embossing Powder, stamps and Chipboard designs Brand Park and Latice Bits. 

Techniques used: layering, painting, heat embossing, stamping, 3-D work, masking and fussy cutting. 

Another embellishment I enjoy using is a "wax" seal. This is one,  with a bee impression seemed perfect for the subject. 


Blue Fern Studios 
  • Garden Collection paper (Parlour)
  • Stamps 
  • Chipboard: Latice and Brand Park
  • Imagine Ink Embossing Powder

Crafter's Workshop template
Hobby Lobby sealing wax
Liquitex modeling paste
Lisa Pace doll head
Petaloo flowers
Prima Color Bloom Spray
Pro Art gesso
Ranger Perfect Medium
Stampendous embossing products
StazOn ink

The journaling reads, "They planned and oversaw the building of their home together. It was an old fashioned marriage, and one that lasted almost sixty years. He did his part financially and she has always been the "homemaker". Their home has been her pride and joy and still remains so although he has been gone for ten years. She has put her heart and soul into her home."

See you next time, blog friends! 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Million Dollar Smile

Hello everyone! Today, I am sharing a layout for the CSI design team. These colors are absolutely screaming to be used on a young woman's layout. I decided to turn the map 1/4 turn to the right. 

Here is how I solved the case.... 
     Scheme: all five colors used
     Evidence: stripes, flowers, paint
     Testimony: I penned a free form poem about                       Elizabeth's Million Dollar smile.


Blue Fern Studio, chipboard, embossing materials      flowers and stamps
Crafter's Workshop template
Liquitex Modeling 
Melissa Francess resin embellishment
Prima Colorbloom Spray
Pro Art Gesso
Ranger Perfect Medium
Stampendous embossing powder
StazOn ink

Webster's Pages embellishment
From my stash embroidery floss, pink beads,               cheese cloth and metal heart

Techniques include 3-D, texture, inking, heat embossing, painting and stamping.

For the journaling I decided to do a free verse poem. It reads, 

"Mischievous, fun laughter
Sincere, tender hearted understanding
Infectious, easy to cheer others
What sunshine is to flowers, your smile is to me
Something I need like the air I breathe
The world is a better place because of it."

Until next time, my scrappy friends....

Thursday, April 7, 2016


Color Stories Inspiration has, and still is one of my favorite places to spend time and enjoy the ideas and art of other scrapbook artists. Much of the work that goes into this challenge site is due to the hard work of Debbi Tehrani. I am so grateful to be on the design team at CSI for another term. Thank you, Debbi and CSI!

Here is Case File 193. At first, I was not sold on the color scheme, but after it was all put together, found it to be very pleasing to they eye. 

Can you tell that I love creating three dimensional elements in my scrapbooking work? I can barely remember when I did not use 3-D as my "go to" technique. 

Anothother favorite technique for me is heat embossing. It highlights areas I want to show off. Look at the backround here. It is embossed with Blue Fern Studios Embossing powder and Stampendous embossing powder. The chipboard word, "Love" is also heat embossed using Blue Fern Studios embossing powder. 

Something I always do when it comes to fussy cutting is to go along the paper edges with markers of the same color, so the popped up piece doesn't show white edges, unless the piece being popped up is white. 

I am pleased with how beautiful the layered chipboard looks. 

Here, I decided to use a little Blue Fern Studios embossing powder on the background paper as well as the chunky white embossing powder by another company. 


Blue Fern Studios chipboard, embossing
              powders and stamps
Crafter's Workshop template
Liquitex modeling paste
Petaloo flowers
Prima spray color
Pro Art gesso
Ranger Perfect Medium
Stampendous embossing powder
StazOn ink
From my stash: ribbon, thread

A layout is not a treasure until there is some journaling to accompany it to tell the stories of our lives. The journaling for this page reads,

 "Dear Hack, 

     In a busy world I sometimes forget to tell you how much you mean to me and how I appreciate you for so many reasons. To begin with, you have always been helpful with the little things such as changing a light bulb too high for me to reach or lifting something I cannot lift. You always helped Daddy into and out of his wheelchair when he could no longer help himself. Now, you help Mother with tasks she cannot do for herself. Thank you for the many kindnesses you show to those you care about. 
      Another thing I am grateful for is the way you have helped Lee and Liz from the time they were born and throughout their lives. You always loved and nurtured them and when necessary, you were firm with them. You have maintained a solid, fatherly relationship and have guided them with love and understanding. Most of all, you have set a great example for them. Thank you, Honey. 
     Most importantly, I want you to know how appreciative I am that you still love me after forty one years of marriage! You have prepared for our futuare, been dependable and your love has been as steady as a rock. When I am hurt or broken hearted you hold me tight and dry my tears. I love that you are a kind, Christian man who cares for and loves his family. 
     Honey, I couldn't ask for a more romantic sweetheart. You have brought home flowers to me more than a hundred times. Thank you for your amazing sense of humor; that is why I fell in love with you in the beginning. Most of all, thank you for letting me spend my life loving you!


Until next time, my bloggy friends....