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Friday, May 20, 2016


Happy Friday, scrappy friends! Today, I'm sharing my latest layout for the CSI Design Team. At CSI today, we are introducing a lovely new challenge. The colors play off of each other beautifully, and how perfect they are for a late spring or early summer design.  

In our challenges, all you have to do is meet all three of the criteria: Scheme, Evidence and Testimony. So, round up your papers, embellies, paints, or whatever in the five colors of the challenge. For "The Scheme", each color must be used in your layout. Three or more items from the list of "Evidence" must be included in your layout. The third criteria is to choose one prompt from the "Testimony" list. CSI is where I have learned to appreciate the importance of journaling. Have you ever picked up an old picture from your family, looked on the back of it and been disappointed to learn there is no story or comment? Don't you wish you could read many of the stories and thoughts of your ancestors? What a treasure we give to our descendants by saving the pictures and the journaling. 

I am entering this layout in the May Challenge at Blue Fern Studio Blog. Their products are amazing! The papers are lovely and can be used in a variety of styles: formal, casual, romantic, masculine, feminine, youth, babies, vintage and shabby chic. If you have a photo to scrapbook, Blue Fern Studios is a perfect choice for products! 

You can see the heat embossing I did using the Imagine Ink Embossing Powder, a chipboard frame and title. If the powder is not overheated, it gives a lovely texture. 

Here, you can see some of the texture work in the background, as well as 3-D work and painting around the edges of the layered papers. 

How lovely this little branch with birds is right outside this window. 

Behind the window I placed a bit of a transparancey that I colored with Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink and a blending tool. 


Blue Fern Studios 
     Paper: Serendipity, Contemplation
     Chipboard: Hugs and Kisses, Petite Windows, 
          Tranquil Foliage and Tweet Friends
     Imagine Ink Embossing Powders: Sea Mist,
          Melon and Ginger
     Stamp: Coarse Fabrics
     Flowers: the large flowers
Crafter's Workshop template
Liquitex modeling paste
Prima: Color Bloom Spray
Pro Art Gesso
Ranger: Perfect Medium, Adirondack Alcohol
      Ink, Adirondack Blending Solution
Recollections: small white flowers, resin clock

Texture....one of my favorite artistic elements! 

The journaling reads, "Hugs...a perfect example of getting out of it what you put into it."

Until next time, my friends! 

Friday, May 13, 2016


Happy Friday, everyone! This is my take on Case File 200 at CSI, and I couldn't have enjoyed it more!

Years ago, when I was a young mom, I wished, from time to time, that we could save a few of the days when our children were young to enjoy them years later in real life.   What a treat that would be! Well, that's not exactly how things work out, but many of those precious memories came flooding back as I worked on this challenge. Lee was four in this photo and he was a lot of energy bundled up in one little toddler, but I wouldn't have had it any other way! 

This layout is entered in the Blue Fern Studio May Challenge. I love the romantic look of all of their papers. 

The color scheme for this challenge begs for a picture and a story about a little boy, don't you think? I love the boldness of the primary colors. They make a statement just as a whirling dervish in kindergarten would, which reminds me that I am dedicating this layout to Mrs. Wanda Basham, Lee's K-4 teacher at Oakridge. She was a real blessing in Lee's life and a very patient teacher!

Techniques used on this layout were stamping, heat embossing, layering, texturizing, painting paper tearing, and 3-D work. 

I love the Blue Fern Studios Imagine Ink Embossing powders! They heat quickly and make a lovely embossed chipboard piece. I recommend using Ranger Perfect Medium first. Using a small piece of a Ranger Foam Stamp Pad, dab a little Perfect Medium onto the chipboard, then sprinkle with the Imagine Ink powder and heat. So easy and quick! 


Blue Fern Studios paper (Tranquility, Calm) and
       other scraps, chipboard (Mini Rings Panel, 
       Rotating World), Coarse Fabric stamp,
       Imagine Ink Embossing Powder ( In the Navy,        Poinsettia, 14 Karat) and large blue flowers
Crafter's Workshop template
Liquitex modeling paste
Prima stencil, wooden and clear embellishments
       and spray paint
Ranger Perfect Medium, gear and number

From my stash: small flowers and propeller

For the journaling I chose to do an acrosstic:

                                 Lots of laughs
Thanks for taking a peek! Until next time....Patty 

Friday, May 6, 2016


Hello blog friends! We have had a bit of a breather at CSI, and I am rejuvenated and ready for a lot of creativity! How about you?

Here is the latest challenge over at CSI: Use all of the five colors, three of the clues, one (journaling) testimony and in some shape or fashion, use Em's sketch....what FUN! So, what I want to know is, "What will you do with it?"

Here, you can see some of the background I created. First, I stamped, then spritzed, and used a mask and some modeling paste for texture. I used a little bit of embossing powder in a few places. 

You can see where I cut, folded, spritzed and inked paper into strips for a different background on this part of the layout ....... to differientiate the bottom from the top in the sketch.

Here, I painted some gesso on the flowers to get a light, airy feel. 


Blue Fern Studios 
  • Frolic Collection paper (Amoroso)
  • Stamps 
  • Chipboard: Lovely Birds, Postage Frames and 2 Hearts Set
  • Imagine Ink Embossing Powder

Crafter's Workshop template
Liquitex modeling paste
Petaloo flowers
Prima Color Bloom Spray, ink
Pro Art gesso
Ranger Perfect Medium
Stampendous embossing products
StazOn ink

From my stash: 

cheese cloth

The journaling reads, "What a lovely little girl you were, Elizabeth. From the very beginning, you have loved life, delighted in nature and been a ray of sunshine in our lives. Most importantly, you have loved the Lord."

By the way, I'd like to give a shout out to my sweet, dear and cherished friend, Shawn.... AKA: Poetry in a Pot of Tea, Micupoftea. She has recently posted on her blog after being on sabbatical due to the death of her mother. Please pop on over to her blog to welcome her back!

Thanks for stopping by....see you next time, sassy friends!