Wednesday, July 23, 2014


We recently got back from a wonderful vacation to Yellowstone National Park in the United States.  My husband and I took my 92 year-old mother, who had never seen this national treasure. It was the perfect vacation for her, as many of the amazing features of the park can be seen by car and didn't require her to do an extreme amount of walking.
This is my entry in this week's challenge at CSI. What perfect timing! The colors and journaling suggestions could not have been any more perfect for me to use Yellowstone and the great outdoors photos as the subject of this page!
If you're a scrapbooker, you might enjoy playing along at CSI. Everyone is so nice there and the challenges will make you a better SB artist than you already are.

For this layout, in particular, I thought that heavy embossing using Stampendous Frantage products would be perfect. What would be more perfect than to use than mica flakes? Mica is a rock and the effect is that areas with this embossing look a little like molten lava. Yellowstone is alive with thermal features, and I was happy with the use of mica fragments for this piece. Also used are a few twigs from my backyard, as it is illegal to remove anything related to nature from the park.

You can see the embossing up close  in this photo.

On our vacation, we flew in and out of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We also spent a little over two days touring and shopping in Jackson. I am always on the lookout for elements that might add interest to my scrapbooking, so when I saw these little elk horn buttons I purchased three of them.
In the photo below, you can also see a little brad in the shape of a deer, which I also found in Jackson. Since the selection of scrapbooking supplies was not the best in the world, I doubted that I would ever use it.....but here it is on my first layout after returning home.
Techniques used:
Stamping, inking, paper tearing, embossing, sewing, doodling, 3-D work, masking, painting and die cutting.
Products used:
Echo Park paper
Heidi Swapp color shine
K&Co flower and feather cluster
Liquitex modeling paste
Making Memories marker
Martha Stewart border punch
Maya Road trim
Prima inks
Stampendous embossing powder and
       mica fragments
Technique Tuesday stamp
The Crafters Workshop
From my stash:
yellow string/embossing floss
brown thread
Thanks for stopping by to look at my work!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Fourth of July

 Hi everyone! I have a layout to share that I did recently for The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, Texas. AKA: my favorite scrapbook store, where I can buy the latest and greatest supplies and learn wonderful techniques through their classes.

Many of you took some great photos on The Fourth of July and want to scrapbook them. I have just the solution for you! The Crafty Scrapper has a fun patriotic collection by Doodlebug Design called Patriotic Parade. This collection is loaded with beautiful papers, stickers and embellishments. It is perfect for feminine, masculine, family or adult layouts.
First, I cut, punched and inked several strips of the gorgeous patterned papers from this collection and used a little Prima ink over a mask by Crafter's Workshop and let it dry. After that, I spritzed some Maya Mist in areas that would be seen and not hidden by the paper strips and photo. Then, I applied white modeling paste  by Liquitex over a Prima mask and let it dry. Next, I mixed some Maya Mist into  a bit of the modeling paste and applied it between the white zig-zags. It has the look of red and white stripes....only with a zig-zag pattern. After that, I used one of my Stamper's Annonomous stamps to emboss the background paper by Authentique.

The felt flower is by Maya Road and the tiny pearls are by Doodle Bug Designs. The ribbon is by May Arts and is also available at The Crafty Scrapper.

This little garland of stars, sticker and multi layered pinwheel stickers are by Doodle Bug Designs and are so much fun to use for adding texture and dimension to any page or card.

The border punch is by Martha Stewart and adds a nice touch to any page or card.

Just a little note here about the photo. I have had this photo of my son and daughter for about twenty-eight years, but never scrapbooked it because the background had a lot of brown tones. They didn't look very good on this, or any scrapbook page, so I scanned the photo, printed it out, then cut away the background. I was surprised at how well it turned out, and will most likely use this technique occasionally in future layouts.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Love My Fairy Garden Featuring Leaky Shed Studio

Hello everyone!  I have been working on a layout for The Crafty Scrapper Design Team featuring a sweet Leaky Shed chipboard frame and Bo Bunny's lovely Enchanted Garden Collection.
I have been spending a great deal of May and June in my garden, which I love doing. One feature in my garden is a Fairy Garden, which is something I have added to my "Favorite Things to Do" list. Miniatures have always been something that I like to collect and  share with friends, and Fairy Gardens fit perfectly into gardening and collecting miniatures.
A variety of techniques were used on this layout. Hand stitching took the greatest amount
    of time,   but I also embossed, stenciled, fussy cut, painted, inked and did some 3-D work.

This beautiful frame is from Leaky Shed Studios. I loved working with it and imagining where each part of the vine would twist and turn... in and out, creating the frame. The frame came to life using markers in colors that would work well with the color scheme in the papers. I started by coloring the entire frame a light green, then used a variety of darker greens to add shadows.
For the banner across the top, I hand cut each pennant, punched holes, stitched and inked. Last, I ran baker's twine  through the holes and popped it up across the top of the scene.
The Prima flower received a little ink to make it perfect for this fanciful scene. Also, I inked and stickled the letters LOVE. The American Crafts wooden butterflies were inked, embossed and tied with colored wire from my stash, and the alpha stickers are by Glitz Design.
Hope you have a sensational summer day and enjoy the "little things". Until next time.....

Friday, June 6, 2014

Perfect Daydream

This photo is one of my favorites from a trip to the gorgeous Canadian Rockies. As I stood there, looking out onto Emerald Lake, I knew that it was going to make a beautiful photo, and it is one of the best in my collection. When I want to take a few seconds out from a busy day or need help falling asleep at night, this is one of the visuals I see from my most treasured memories. Recreating this stunning vision in a daydream helps me take my mind off of most daily problems that have come my way. The calmness it brings is needed some days more than others!

This is my creation for Case File 125 at Color, Stories, Inspiration. The challenge at CSI each week is causing me to have a paradigm shift in the way I think about color, techniques, design and journaling.  If you are interested in becoming a better scrapbooker, check out their website, join in and play along. You won't regret it!

I loved working with this color scheme. It is absolutely yummy, don't you think?

Techniques used here include: misting, painting, masking, 3-D work, stamping, inking, layering and punching.

Products used:

Deco Art acrylic paint
Heidi Swapp mask
Kaisercraft clear stamp
K & Co. patterned paper
Liquitex Modeling Paste
Maya Road
     Color Bloom mist
     resin pieces
     wooden bird
     Title: "Perfect"
Pro Art Gesso
Ranger Adirondack Acrylic Dabber
Studio Calico
     maple leaves
     wooden words day and dream
Webster's Pages resin cameo

Thanks for leaving a comment! Hope you enjoy the daydream, too.


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Fortieth Anniversary


No, I'm really not this old! Well, maybe I am. When we weren't partying this week, I was creating this layout to remember the occasion. You'll have to scroll all the way down to read the journaling.

This is my entry for CSI Case File 124. CSI has put the fun back into scrapbooking for me. I needed something to raise the bar, and every week the challenge is new and exciting.

Lately, I have been getting serious about embossing.  My latest "go to" stamping technique utilizes Frantage Encrusted Jewels by Stampendous. Isn't it gorgeous? The chipboard numbers are by Tim Holtz. First, I inked the letters with an Adirondack stamp pad by Ranger and let it dry. Then, using Perfect Medium, also by Ranger, I inked the area I wanted to apply the embossing. Next, I sprinkled a few mica chips over the same area before adding the embossing powder. This has to be heated from below the area to be embossed. Once the products begin melting a marvelous transformation takes place.

I've had this stamp, by Deep Red, for a while and planned to use it for a special occasion.....either Valentine's Day or an anniversary. It is called, "My Heart, My Soul". Other stamps that I used are by Kaiser Craft,  Crafty Secrets and Technique Tuesday.


The journaling is done on a tag and tucked behind the picture.

This tag is made like paper dolls. I just traced an existing tag, made creases and cut it out. After stamping the heart design, I stamped the same design on a sticky note and cut it out. I placed it over the heart on the tag and sprayed the area with Prima's brand new Color Bloom. I pulled the sticky heart off and let it dry before inking, coloring, stickling and journaling.  

Other products used:

Liquitex Modeling Paste
Martha Stewart
     Heart Punch
     Punch Around the Page
     Fairy Bell Collection paper
     Flowers and leaf
Pro Art Gesso
From my stash:
     white embroidery floss
     burgundy ribbon
     cheese cloth

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Monday, May 19, 2014


This layout was created as an entry in Case File 123 (challenge) at CSI. The colors were so yummy  to work with and I loved every minute of creative joy in the making of it!
For the scheme I used all five colors. For the evidence I used flowers, mixed media background, mistable elements (see the burlap that I misted, therefore changing the color from cream to turquoise), stamps and a border punch around the edges.  For the Testimony I chose to write it as a fairy tale. Also, I wrote the journaling in the background; directly on the paper.  

 Here is the journaling:

"Once upon a time there was a little boy who loved paper. He would create the most wonderful treasures by folding and creasing the paper. First, he started making paper planes that were sure to be faster than the air forces his friends made.

His parents bought him origami books and he would spend endless hours in his room creating cranes, tigers and dinosaurs. He would give his creations to his family, friends and teachers.

They were so impressed with his abilities that before long, everyone called him 'Paper'....and they all lived happily ever after."


 Below, you can see the spritzing, modeling paste work, stamping and embossing. Other techniques used were paper tearing and painting.  

Products Used:
     Crate Paper Boys Rule Collection
     Kaisercraft stamps
     Martha Stewart Border Punch
     Maya Road:
          Burlap Trim
          Chipboard Alphabet
          Color Bloom and Mask

           Embossing Powder
           Frantage Encrusted Jewel Kit
     Ranger Distress Ink
     Technique Tuesday stamp

Thanks for taking a peek!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Flirts With Danger

This layout today is for this week's challenge at CSI. The photos were of my daughter and  her boyfriend as they went skydiving. I'm so glad that she can now take that off of her bucket list!
Paint running down the page, falling flowers and  white dots seemed to be perfect for symbolizing things falling from the sky.
Products used:
Girls Paperie stickers
K & Co. paper
Liquitex Modeling Paste
Martha Stewart punch
Maya Road:
May Arts Ribbons
Petaloo polka dot flower
Prima flowers
Ranger Perfect Pearls Mists
Sakura Gelly Roll pen
Stencil Girl stncil
As you can see, they landed safely, but what I want to know is, what else is on her bucket list.
Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment.