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."

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!