Sunday, June 10, 2018

Sweet on You

Hello scrappy friends! Come play along at Color Stories Inspiration. This is a scrapbooking challenge group where you can play along the "traditional way" and follow the prompts strictly, or you can be a little more laid back and discover you own interpretation of the case file. 

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I always use the traditional method for solving CSI cases. Here is how I solved the case: 

Scene: All five colors used
Evidence: Wet medium, String, Musical
      Elements, Plants, and Metal
Testimony: I chose, "Write a dozen things about your topic." I wrote 17 reasons why I'm sweet on my husband, since we celebrated our 44th anniversary in May.

In this photo you can see the stamping/heat embossing, watercolor sprinkles, and use of a stencil and modeling paste.....all done on the background paper.

Here, can be seen the 3-D work, heat embossing on the chipboard and application of seedlings. 


Blue Fern Studios

     Paper - Frolic Adorn, Blush Cupid's Folly

     Chipboard - Sweet on You, Dresden Corsage,              Elegant Flourish
     Embossing Powder - Snow, Speckled Mint
     Flowers- Fresh Florals
          Garden Blooms  
          Wanderlust Vine              
          In the Mood, Moody Blooms
     Seedlings - Glass, Mustard
     Stamp - For the Birds
Ranger Emboss It Dabber
Prima 3 - D Matte Gel
The Crafter's Workshop stencil
From my stash: modeling paste, embossing  thread and                metal heart

The journaling reads, "Let me count the reasons I'm sweet on you: You are....

 1.  helpful
 2.  thoughtful
 3.  kind
 4.  my best friend
 5.  caring
 6.  a constant provider
 7.  a great dad to Lee and Liz
 8.  easy going and fun
 9.  romantic
10. supportive
11. humorous
12. intelligent
13. forgiving
14. emotionally strong
15. my rock
16. a good man
17. perfect for me

Wednesday, May 30, 2018


Hello scrappy and blog friends! Today I am sharing a layout about my beautiful daughter when she was thirteen. It was created for the CSI Design Team. 

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Here is how I solved the case: 

Scheme: All five colors were used
Evidence: Stripes, decorative border, glitter, heat          embossing
Testimony: Inspiration Word, "Sparkle"

You can see the background work here. I stamped, masked, stenciled, painted and used beads and seedlings to add interest. 

Here, can be seen fussy cutting, 3-D work, die cutting, heat embossed chipboard and beautiful flowers that I applied seedlings to for a little sparkle. 

In this photo can be seen layering, stamping, seedlings on flowers and the beautiful heat embossing.


Blue Fern Studios
     Paper - Courtship Lane; East Plaza, Main 
            Street, Calling Cards
     Chipboard - Belfast Bouquet, Whimsy
            Flourishes, Courtship Violin
     Embossing Powder - Lilac, Amethyst
     Glitter - Spring Posy
     Flowers - Spring Peony & Berries, Spring
     Seedlings - Purple Haze, Glass
     Stamp - For the Birds

Crafter's Workshop
     6" X 6" Stencil

Frantic Stamper - Precision Dies, Open Spring

Prima 3 - Matte Gel, Transparent

The journaling reads, "Elizabeth, you were so beautiful at thirteen. Your sweetness and confidence at this young age were evident and your personality sparkled for all to see."

Friday, May 18, 2018

Not the Finale

This is a bitter sweet subject for me. It is about our dear niece, Vona. She was a flower girl in our wedding and we loved her. Unfortunately, she passed away in late April and we, as a family,  are still mourning her. 
If you can play along, please do so. We would love to have you participate at Color Stories Inspiration! 

Here is how I solved Case File 254: 

Scene: All five colors
Evidence: Stripes, hand cutting, leaves, branches
Testimony: I chose the following prompt from "Sunday Scribblings": Finale (I flipped it and titled it, "Not the Finale".

Techniques used were stamping, painting, masking, hand cutting, 3-D layering, distressing,  and heat embossing. 


Blue Fern Studios
     Paper - Blush: Reminisce and Enamored, 
          In the Mood: Optimistic and Blissful,  
     Chipboard - Petite Windows, Fading 
          Blooms, Rose Leaves, Jubilation 
     Embossing Powder - 14 Karat, Antique 
          Gold, Pink Dust
     Flowers - Remnants Blooms
     Stamp -  Serendipity, Melody
     Seedlings - Sweet Pea, Glass

Crafter's Workshop Stencil 
Prima Say it in Crystals
Tresors de Luxe Lace

Here is my journaling:  

"This is Not the Finale. 

Vona Kay was the sweetest little girl. She was a flower girl in our wedding. Hack and I visited the Keeling’s when they lived in Mobile, and we slept in Vona’s room, filled with little girl toys, a doll house and a herd or two of stuffed animals. It was a joy to be transported back into childhood again. 

As time flew by, Vona transformed into a beautiful young lady. She earned her RN degree from Samford in Birmingham, Alabama. We were all so proud of her! Her patients and coworkers loved her for her compassion.  Soon, she met and married her sweetheart, Keith Davis. 

When Vona passed away at 51 years of age, her entire family was shocked and grief stricken. God bless you forever, Vona. We will miss you for such a long time, but we will see you again, sweet niece. This is not the finale."

Saturday, April 28, 2018


Hello blog and scrapbooking friends! Today I am sharing a layout I created for the CSI Design Team. The subject is my son when he was a toddler.
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Here is how I solved Case File 253:

Scheme: All five colors used
Evidence: stripes, hand cutting, leaves/branches, 
Testimony: I hand wrote my journaling

Chipboard and a fun, artsy background are always on my "To Do List"! 

I love to use sealing wax on my layouts, and keep a variety of colors and designs in my scrapbook room. 

In the photo below, can be seen some of the layering I do! 


Blue Fern Studios
       Paper - Frolic, Friendship, Garden Life, Sun 
          Kissed, & Wanderlust, Pacific Coast 
     Chipboard - Thistle Spray, Cute Sweet Sassy, 
          Doodle Corners & Forest Branch
     Embossing Powder - Lime, Morning Sun &
     FlowersMemories Blooms, Happy Blooms,
         Homespun Blossoms, Heartland Blooms
     Seedlings - Harvest & Glass
     Stamps- Honey Bits

Prima stencil

My journaling reads, "Lee, from top to bottom, you were as cute as a button. You may have been all dressed up and ready for church in this outfit, but looks are deceiving. All boy is what you were. By Sunday afternoon, you were building a tower to the top of the pantry while Dad and I were taking a nap! You were a regular 'Yertle the Turtle', but a whole lot cuter!"

Thanks to all who take a look and leave a comment! 

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Card for a Dear Friend

Just sharing a card I created for a dear friend. I used the following supplies to celebrate her birthday:

Blue Fern Studio paper: Spring Parade, Susie's
Frantic Stamper Dies
Ranger Stickles
Sizzix Die
Flowers: Hobby Lobby

Happy Birthday Ann, my dear friend!

Thanks to everyone who stops by and leaves a comment.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Here Comes the Sunshine!

Hello blog friends! Spring has sprung and I think everyone is ready for some sun! This layout was created for the CSI Design Team, and what fun I had playing with this one! 

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I used the traditional way of solving this case and was inspired by the cheery colors and reminded of the sunshine my two adult children bring to my life!

Scheme: All five colors used
Evidence: Doily, banner, frame, animal
Testimony: Inspiration Word, "Shine" 

Here is a little close up of the central part of the layout, where the beautiful embellishments can be seen. 

I always think in 3-D for my layouts. Here, you can see where I fussy cut the beautiful Blue Fern Studios paper, then popped it up off of the base paper. 

My fun isn't finished until I use texture on the background. Here, I used modeling paste and a stencil to achieve my goal. 


Blue Fern Studios

          Heartland, Valentine Party and Love Notes 
          Garden Life, Sun Kissed

     Chipboard: Garden Celebration, Here Comes
          the Sun, Forest Branch

     Embossing Powder: Buttercup, Snow

     Flowers: Garden Blooms, Wanderlust Lilies,

     Seedlings: Glass, Mustard

     Stamp: Honey Bits

Prima Doily Stencil 

Ranger Emboss It Dabber

Tresors de Luxe Venice Lace

The journaling reads, "My children have always been....and will always be....the main source of sunshine in my life!".

See you next time scrappy friends! 

Friday, March 30, 2018


Happy Easter everyone!  Even though the subject is not actually one about Easter, I hope you enjoy the beautiful colors in this spring layout. What a treat it is to serve on the Color Stories Inspiration (CSI) Design Team. Thank you Debbi for all the fun over the years! This DT inspires me to tell the stories of our lives. If you are a scrapbooker, I encourage you to join in on the challenges so you too, will be creative in saving your memories.

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I was inspired by the beautiful spring color scheme and the prompt, "Write a joke in honor of April Fool's Day". They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks, and maybe that's true, because I keep playing by the traditional rules at CSI.

This is how I solved Case File 251: 

Scheme: All five colors

Evidence: animals, flowers, fabric and texture paste
Testimony: I told Elizabeth's favorite joke when
      she was five years old. 

Here you can see many of the beautiful embellishments I used on this layout. Isn't the lace gorgeous?!!! I embossed the chipboard and added all of the little tiny seedlings and beads from my stash. The same technique was added to the fabric flowers. As I usually do, I fussy cut the flowers out and popped them up! For the background, I used texture paste, stamping, paint splatters and applied the seedlings and beads. So much creative enjoyment! 

     Blue Fern Studios
          Paper: Heartland, Love Song Serenade and                 Bicycle for Two
          Chipboard: Textured Wildflowers
               Funny, Giggle, Smile, Tweet Friends
          Embossing Powder: Snow, Pretty in Pink                   Cotton Candy and Fuchsia
          Flowers: Homespun Blossoms
          Seedlings: Sweet Pea
          Stamp: Essential Textures
    Tresors de Luxe
          Venice Lace, ivory
     Prima stencil and 3-D Matte Gel
     Ranger Emboss It Stamper

The journaling says, "Liz's Favorite Joke at Five

Knock knock
Who's there?
Banana who?
Banana banana
Banana banana who?
Banana banana banana
Banana banana banana who?
Orange who?
Orange you glad I didn't say banana again?

This frequently went on and on seemingly forever!"

See you next time!