Friday, July 22, 2016

We Do Not Remember Days, We Remember Moments

Hello scrappy friends! Today I am sharing a layout created for the  CSI Design Team. The subject of the layout is remembering when my Lee became a big brother. He was such a great big brother, and their dad and I couldn't have been happier! 

Be sure to pop on over to CSI and see what all the fun is about! 

This week, I made a discovery! It wasn't an earth shattering discovery, such as finding a new continent would be. But just the same, It was fun to learn a little more about the products I use. So, here is what I can use a color spray to adhere embossing powders to paper before heating them. As you can see here, I allowed some of the splashes of color to drip and others stayed in my creation as little splashes. 
I will be using this technique more in the future! 

Adding an interesting design using modeling paste and a stencil was a perfect background for the most important part....the photo and embellishments! 

Bonnie Blue embossing powder was the perfect color for my layout and for this CSI challenge! The glass beads added more interest too! 


Blue Fern Studios
     chipboard, Framington Medley,  Remember 

          Moments, Layering Stems & Vintage                     Luggage
     embossing powder, Bonnie Blue
paper, Serendipity Imagination
Liquitex modeling paste
Momenta metal sign
Recollections spray paint
Prima embellishment, Colorbloom spray
Pro Art gesso
From my stash: beads

My journaling reads, "I remember when everything changed for you, Lee. You were no longer an only child and would have to share Mom's and Dad's attention with your brand new little sister. You would be expected to set a good example for Elizabeth and help to take care of a three year old's understanding of what that means. You began your journey as a big brother cheerfully with lots of hugs and kisses for your little sister and a "can do attitude". What a big boy you were! 

Friday, July 8, 2016


Hi Everyone! It's been a busy week here. I have been working on this layout for the CSI Design Team and enjoying America's Independence Day with my family. 
Try to come over and play along with us for this fun case file. It's fun and to me, it is just like solving a mystery, only with paper and glue! 

Using corrugated cardboard is always perfect for a masculine page and 
as a way to to add texture and line to a layout. I misted it with several colors to achieve a taupe color, then glued on the little glass beads. 

Here is how I solved the case:

Scheme: All five colors
Evidence: stripes, leaves, frames
Testimony: Fourth of July Writing Prompt #49:
"How do you celebrate The Fourth of July?"


Blue Fern Studios
     Tranquility, Calm paper
     Postage Frames, Crazy, Silly, Fun, Lattice Bits
     Imagine Ink Embossing Powders:
          Snow, Golden Brick, In the Navy
     Attic Charm Daisies
     Courtship Roses Forever stamp
Liquitex modeling paste
The Creative Workshop stencilFrom my stash: glass beads, corrugated cardboard
The journaling reads, "Allie and Lee celebrated The Fourth of July by getting away from the Texas Heat. They had a wonderful time hiking, seeing a spectacular balloon mass ascension and spending time together. What a treat it was to have a few days off from work and to reflect on the blessings we share in the U.S.A.!"

Thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, July 1, 2016

You Shine

This is such a special layout to me. It is about a friendship that has lasted more than thirty years. One of my dearest friends, Ann, and I have so much in common. For more of the story, please read all the way down to the journaling tag. 

This sweet layout is for the CSI Design Team. Here is the CSI prompt. In  order to solve this challenge, I had to dig deep into my imagination: 

Scheme: Used all five colors
Evidence: Puffy sticker, stripes, wet medium
Testimony: From Photo a Day...Someone who makes you happy

A little embossing makes the title pop! Ann does shine. She was a wonderful teacher and is a delightful friend. 

Can you tell that this is a school picture? I scanned it, then used Pic Monkey to make a collage of two black and white photos and one color photo. 

As usual, I did a lot of multimedia work on the background before adding the photo and embellishments. I was determined to add this precious little bunny with a child riding it, since Ann collects bunnies. She decorated her classroom with them and uses them to make her home lovely with too. I think that might be a second grader riding on the bunny!

I decided to use a stencil with X's and O's and enjoyed adding paint splatters and embossing powders to create an interesting background. 

Aren't the colors beautiful together?


Blue Fern Studios
     Frolic Collection, Amoroso paper
     Garden Latice Bits, Bunny Basket set, You
          Shine chipboard
     Serendipity Medley clear stamp
     Imagine Ink Embossing Powders: Bonny
          Blue, 14 Karat, Fuchsia, Icicle
Crafter's Workshop template
Crate Paper dimensional sticker
Liquitex modeling paste
Melissa Frances resin bunny and rider
Petaloo flowers
Pro Art gesso
Ranger Emboss It Dabber
Recollections spray paint
StazOn Ink

The journaling reads, "I hardly remember a time when I didn't know and love Ann. We have shared so much together...our faith, belonging to the same church, our hopes and dreams for our two families. Our children went to the same school when they were young. Ann and I have taught at the same school seemingly forever. We are thrilled that our friendship survived teaching on the same team, and know that we are blessed to have been "in the trenches together". Now that we are both retired we enjoy getting together once a month for lunch. We share our concerns, our faith, news of our family and mutual friends. Sometimes we share things that sadden us....but mostly, we share lots of laughs. This lady makes me happy!"

Thanks to all my scrappy friends who leave a comment! 

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sweet as Honey

Case file 200 at CSI was such a treat to create. I loved the colors and Evidence choices. How perfect for this portrait of Elizabeth when she was in first grade. This is one of her pretty little Sunday dresses that the entire family enjoyed seeing her wear. 

This layout is also entered in the Blue Fern Studio June challenge. 

The first thing I do after planning my layout is to use a stamp in several places around the central area. Sometimes I emboss the area where I stamp. 

Next, I splatter and or paint the same area. 

Last, I add a sprinkling of chunky embossing powder, and my background is complete and ready for embellishments and a photo.


Blue Fern Studios
Bird Ornaments, Bits of Honey Chipboard
     Courtship Lane Royal Street paper
Courtship Roses     Forever stamp
     Embossing Powders
          Amethyst, 14Karat, Blue Sky
     Tranquil Roses and Lilies
Liquitex modeling paste
Petaloo flowers
Prima template, flower
Ranger Perfect Medium
Reneabouquets Etsy vintage trinkets
Stampendous embossing powders

From my Stash, beads, doily

The journaling reads, "The thing I loved about you the most when you were little was that you were as sweet as honey. You would play dress-up and cook for your dollies in your indoor playhouse. You loved God, nature, your teachers, being a Brownie, your family and your pets. You were kind to others and were a happy little girl. Although you usually had a smile on your face, your second grade teacher called you, "Princess Thundercloud" when you had a difficult day. Those days were few and far between, because of your sunny disposition. You were a good little girl and made your parents proud of you!"

Thanks for taking a peek and to all my creative friends who comment!

Friday, June 10, 2016


I'm sure that for our son Lee, some of his most treasured memories are of summer days spent at his grandmother's home, so when I ran across this old photo, I knew it would be perfect for CSI Case File 203. 

Here is how I solved the case: 

Scheme: All five colors used
Evidence: dots, veggies, leaves, transportation, 
Testimony: Journal about a childhood memory

Also, this layout is entered in the Blue Fern Studio June Challenge. 

The Imagine Ink Embossing Powder is divine! The process is quick and the effect is stunning! 

A few drops of color add interest. 

Stamping, then coloring with Gelatos here. 

With modeling paste and a stencil, I achieved much of my background texture. 


Blue Fern Studios
     paper: Montage, Society
     stamp: Essential Textures
     chipboard: Timeless Floral Corner, Memories
     embossing powder: Poinsettia, 14 Karat

Crafter's Workshop: template
Liquitex: modeling paste
Petaloo: flowers
Prima: wooden airplane, Ignition key, bliss Door          Design
Recollections: flowers, spray paint, tiny roses
Ranger Perfect Medium, brads
Stampendous Embossing Powders
StazOn Ink

From my stash: ribbon

The journaling reads, "What joy and bliss it was to travel three hours to Grandmother's home every summer! These memories stay with Lee as a young man now and I presume they will throughout his life. There was always plenty to do at Grandmother's. Lee and his cousins would go to interesting places like the zoo or the old train. They swam for hours at a time and played "Marco Polo" in the pool. There were always neighborhood friends to play with and when they went home there was quiet time with a comic book or a chapter book. Reflecting on the days of summertime at Grandmother's, it was the unconditional love she gave him that is most memorable and appreciated." 

Thanks for taking a peek and especially for leaving a comment! 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Wonderful Life

It is difficult to believe that it is already June! Time flies when you're having fun  scrapbooking, right? Today, I'm sharing a layout for the CSI Design Team. 

Last month, my daughter and my mother went on a wonderful cruise together. They started their Cruise in Barcelona, Spain and ended in Rome. I will eventually  be doing layouts about their various destinations, but this one focuses on Monte Carlo, in the principality of Monaco. 

Come play along with us at Color Stories Inspiration....AKA CSI for this fun challenge. In the case file above, you can see the criteria for this challenge. Each color in the scheme must be used, three items from the evidence list and at least one of the journaling prompts must be included in the layout. 

One of my favorite techniques used in my layouts is heat embossing. Here, I embossed this lovely architectural element with embossing powders. Both are by Blue Fern Studios. 

Stamping, to draw interest to an area, is one of my signature techniques. 

Here, you can see a 3-D element and paint splatters. I use both of these as  go-to techniques frequently.

Using a diamond pattern in this layout seemed perfect as you see this same design element in Monaco's coat of arms. The photo below shows how I incorporated the same element in the background of this layout.


Blue Fern Studios paper (Frolic Petits Moments),
     stamp (Forever), chipboard (French Ironwork
     and A Wonderful Life) and flowers (Courtship
     Blooms and Tranquil Roses and Lilies),
     Imagine Ink Embossing Powders (Seven Seas,
     Breeze and 14 Karat)
Kaisercraft stencil
Liquitex Modeling Paste
Prima Color Bloom Spray , Ink
Ranger Perfect Medium and Adirondak Ink
Recollections small white flowers and Spray Ink
Stampendous Embossing Powder (Frantage)

From my stash: Pearls

The journaling reads, "Elizabeth recently visited Monte Carlo, Monaco, on a cruise. She accompanied her ninety-four year old grandmother during their ten day vacation."