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Sunday, October 11, 2015


Greetings, blog friends! Today, I'm sharing a layout that I created for the CSI design team. If you have never competed in one of their challenges, you may want to hop on over and check out how it works.

I'll give you the short course here, to save you a little time. In the challenge all you need to do is create a scrapbook page that 1) uses all five colors found in the scheme 2) includes at least three choices from the evidence list and 3) has at least one of the testimony choices for your journaling. When you are finished, photograph your page and upload it to the CSI gallery. If you are not already a member please join before trying to upload your photo. The most important things to remember are to follow the scheme, evidence and testimony, share the inspiration with us and 
have fun! There it is in a nutshell. 
Be sure to stop by the CSI website to see our sponsors this month. There are eight sponsors and more prizes to win than I have ever seen! So, hop on over to CSI and check it out! You won't be sorry.

Back to my layout now. Techniques used are painting, embossing, 3-D work, distressing stamping, stenciling and fussy cutting. So much fun!


Blue Fern Studios paper, chipboard, stamps
Frantic Stamper leaf die
Liquitex modeling paste
Pelaloo flowers
Prima spray paint
Ranger/Tim Holtz crackle paint
Stampendous embossing supplies
StayzOn ink

My journaling for this piece is hand written on a tag. It reads, "The best part of being a mom is knowing that your children have grown up emotionally well, physically strong and with a value system that will get them through the trials of life. I find great delight in knowing that Lee has all of the above."

Until next time, blog friends! 

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Adore You

Hello, blog readers! I have a layout to share with you today.  It was created for the CSI design team and the subject is something that brings me much joy throughout my day.  The birds that visit outside my kitchen window bring joy and happiness to me every day. I enjoy watching them as they take the seeds that I leave for them. These photos were taken on a wintry, snow-filled day this year. The birds in the photos are a male and female cardinal, a chickadee, blue jay and a woodpecker. 

Be sure to stop by the CSI website to see our sponsors this month. There are eight sponsors and more prizes to win than I have ever seen! So, hop on over to CSI and check it out! 

You can see the texture added to the background here. I used modeling paste and a stencil as part of my background. Then, I spritzed it with a little color to achieve the look I wanted. 

In the background you can see some of the embossing I did. I like to add little sprinkles of embossing powder throughout the background of a layout to add more interset and texture. 
Here is my journaling on a tag that I made for this layout. It reads:

   "I adore the birds who come to feed outside my kitchen window. They are a constant reminder of the difference in my life today versus ten years ago. While teaching school, I never had time for such pleasures, as I was always in a rush to get my teaching responsibilities completed. Now, I don't have nearly the demands on my time that I did then, and can enjoy nature's beauty in exchange for only a cupful of seeds a day."

See you next time!