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Friday, November 13, 2015


My latest layout was created for the CSI design team and uses the inspiration word, "sweet". I am not a perfect person, but I have been called "sweet" by many people. In my journaling, I wrote some of the other adjectives people have used frequently to describe me in the past....well, at least the ones they have said to my face.

Our sponsors this month at CSI are:

Carolina Ghelfi Scrapbooking Creative EmbellishmentsScrap Matrix, and our cherished permanent sponsor is Flying Unicorn. Big thanks to all of our sponsors! 

Adding a background that is textured gives depth to a layout. You can see that here. First, I do a little stamping around the area that will hold the photo and embellishments. Next, comes the modeling paste and stencil to add a  pattern to my texture. Last, I sprinkle a little embossing powder and heat it. 

Layering adds dimension, so you can find that in most of my scrapbooking. It takes more time, but is well worth the effort. 

These layers of paper have been distressed slightly before painting a little gesso around the edges. 

Doesn't the embossing add a lovely touch to the background and chipboard? 


Blue Fern Studios paper, chipboard and stamp
Frantic Stamper die
May Arts lace
Petaloo flowers
Prima flower, stencil, spray
Stampendous embossing powders

Below, you can see the journaling that I created to be placed in a pocket on the back of the layout. It reads:

     Many adjectives have been used to describe me. I'm sure there are a few more, but I will not write them here:

         sweet                        stubborn
         funny                        persistent
         creative                     friendly
         generous                   positive
         patient                       happy
         practical                    kind
         silly                           sensitive  

Thanks, to everyone who stops by and especially to everyone who leaves a comment. 

Friday, November 6, 2015

An Autumn Story

Hello Scrappy friends! I've been happy to get back to my favorite past time with this layout that explains what has been occupying my time lately.
This is the layout that I created to remember a small family party that my husband and I hosted in October. We had so much fun with our two grown up kids and their dates for this lovely fall evening. The weather was perfect, and everyone had fun.

Over at CSI we have a brand new challenge tonight. Be sure to follow the link and see what it's all about! 

We have four sponsors this month at CSI. 
They are Arty Annie, Charm's Creations, Denim Tampons (Denim Stamps, in English), and Flutterby Designs. Our cherished permanent sponsor is Flying Unicorn. Big thanks to all of our sponsors! 

Here, you can see a new technique that I tried. I used a stamp to stamp a pattern on the gnarly tree, then embossed it. After that, I painted it with gesso and painted it. There are a lot of masks I could have used but if you don't have a mask that gives you the look you want, but you have a stamp you like....just add a few more steps and you get the look you want! 

Texture, texture, TEXTURE! Gotta love it! 

For the falling leaves, I used one of my punches in a maple leaf shape and opened an old dictionary to pages that had "Halloween words" such as "haunting", "creeping", "monstrous". Then I used inks to get the color I wanted. 


Basic Grey paper
Blue Fern Studios paper, stamp, chip board
Core'dinations paper
EK Success punch
May Arts lace
Me and My Big Ideas paper

Petaloo berries and leaves
Prima ink pads
Ranger/Tim Holtz gears
Stampendous Frantage embossing powders
The Crafter's Workshop stencil
From my stash: old dictionary

The journaling is written in the form of a "To Do List" for the party we hosted. It reads:
October Party 

To Do List

  • plan party 
  • invite guests 
  • make wreaths
  • paint pumpkins
  • set out Halloween decor
  • plant containers 
  • clean house
  • cook, cook, cook
  • greet guests
  • have fun! 
Thanks for taking a peek at my latest layout! 
Until next time.....