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Saturday, December 5, 2015


Hello scrappy friends! I've been excited to share with you, this layout that I created for the CSI design team. I always enjoy taking the criteria at CSI (Color, Stories, Inspiration) and using them as a starting point for a new project. This case file in no different!

For every challenge there is a set of criteria to meet over at CSI. In order to compete, you must use all five of the colors, three or more choices from the evidence list and at least one of the choices from the testimony.

This layout is based on a sketch over at the Blue Fern Studios blog. This is the first time for me to compete in one of their monthly challenges, and I couldn't be any more excited!  
Here is their sketch:

I adore the papers, chipboard and stamps by Blue Fern Studios and have recently begun to use them almost exclusively. They are always very elegant and have beautiful color schemes and designs. 

My modus operandi is to achieve a lot of texture, and you can see that I achieved my goal here with the lovely embossing behind the title. When using the embossing powder, my goal is to lightly sprinkle the powder on the paper so the result is not a solid surface of enamel, yet an application that allows the paper below to be seen underneath. Another one of my MO's is layering...ooh la la! Fairly thin chipboard can always be found in my stash and I use it underneath pieces that I plan to pop up so they have some stability through the years. 

More layering! For this look, I purchased two 12 X 12" patterned papers that were the same. For me, they had to have a pretty and interesting element to pop up. After fussy cutting around the area to be popped up I used markers to line the vertical edge so that no white would be seen, except in the case of a white flower or anything white. Then, I traced onto the chipboard around every shape to be popped up. Next, I cut out those shapes and glued them to the patterned paper. Pop dots were used between each layer to get the desired 3-D effect. 

The photo is one of my lovely daughter, Elizabeth. She is not always happy....only about 99% of the time, God Bless her. She brings a lot of joy to her friends and family. Just a little side note here....she loves owls, can you tell? 

Techniques used for this layout are stamping, painting, 3-D work, masking, layering, embossing and fussy cutting. 

Products used here are:

Blue Fern Studios paper, chipboard and clear                stamp
Carta Bella stencil
Liquitex modeling paste
Ranger/Tim Holtz crackle paint
Recollections pop dots
Stampendous embossing materials
Tressors Delux lace
From my stash: pearls and milnery flowers

Still more popping up  above and more layering below.

The journaling  below reads:

"Elizabeth, one of the things I love about you the most is that you find joy in each and every day...even in the smallest pleasures and pass it on to everyone around you."

Thanks everyone, for stopping to take a peek! Until next time...... 


  1. Hi Patty! I have a feeling your daughter gets her joyful attitude from her beautiful mother! I absolutely love your gorgeous page with all of the amazing little touches - each and every one shows your joy and happiness! Thanks for sharing this with all of us!

  2. Patty, your layout is stunning. We are excited to hear that you like Blue Fern products so much and that you finally joined one of our sketch challenges. We are so glad to have you!

    1. Valerie, thank you for your kind remarks....I would go beyond saying that I like BFS products....I love them....keep up the great work regarding all the inspiration Blue Fern Studios gives those of us who appreciate beauty!

  3. Glitter and glam, pearls and embossing! Woohoo! Elizabeth is lovely and so is this LO. I like the texture and detail :)

  4. Hi Patty. Be sure to check to Blue Fern Studios blog today. We have happy news for you!!