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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Sweet as Honey

Case file 200 at CSI was such a treat to create. I loved the colors and Evidence choices. How perfect for this portrait of Elizabeth when she was in first grade. This is one of her pretty little Sunday dresses that the entire family enjoyed seeing her wear. 

This layout is also entered in the Blue Fern Studio June challenge. 

The first thing I do after planning my layout is to use a stamp in several places around the central area. Sometimes I emboss the area where I stamp. 

Next, I splatter and or paint the same area. 

Last, I add a sprinkling of chunky embossing powder, and my background is complete and ready for embellishments and a photo.


Blue Fern Studios
Bird Ornaments, Bits of Honey Chipboard
     Courtship Lane Royal Street paper
Courtship Roses     Forever stamp
     Embossing Powders
          Amethyst, 14Karat, Blue Sky
     Tranquil Roses and Lilies
Liquitex modeling paste
Petaloo flowers
Prima template, flower
Ranger Perfect Medium
Reneabouquets Etsy vintage trinkets
Stampendous embossing powders

From my Stash, beads, doily

The journaling reads, "The thing I loved about you the most when you were little was that you were as sweet as honey. You would play dress-up and cook for your dollies in your indoor playhouse. You loved God, nature, your teachers, being a Brownie, your family and your pets. You were kind to others and were a happy little girl. Although you usually had a smile on your face, your second grade teacher called you, "Princess Thundercloud" when you had a difficult day. Those days were few and far between, because of your sunny disposition. You were a good little girl and made your parents proud of you!"

Thanks for taking a peek and to all my creative friends who comment!

Friday, June 10, 2016


I'm sure that for our son Lee, some of his most treasured memories are of summer days spent at his grandmother's home, so when I ran across this old photo, I knew it would be perfect for CSI Case File 203. 

Here is how I solved the case: 

Scheme: All five colors used
Evidence: dots, veggies, leaves, transportation, 
Testimony: Journal about a childhood memory

Also, this layout is entered in the Blue Fern Studio June Challenge. 

The Imagine Ink Embossing Powder is divine! The process is quick and the effect is stunning! 

A few drops of color add interest. 

Stamping, then coloring with Gelatos here. 

With modeling paste and a stencil, I achieved much of my background texture. 


Blue Fern Studios
     paper: Montage, Society
     stamp: Essential Textures
     chipboard: Timeless Floral Corner, Memories
     embossing powder: Poinsettia, 14 Karat

Crafter's Workshop: template
Liquitex: modeling paste
Petaloo: flowers
Prima: wooden airplane, Ignition key, bliss Door          Design
Recollections: flowers, spray paint, tiny roses
Ranger Perfect Medium, brads
Stampendous Embossing Powders
StazOn Ink

From my stash: ribbon

The journaling reads, "What joy and bliss it was to travel three hours to Grandmother's home every summer! These memories stay with Lee as a young man now and I presume they will throughout his life. There was always plenty to do at Grandmother's. Lee and his cousins would go to interesting places like the zoo or the old train. They swam for hours at a time and played "Marco Polo" in the pool. There were always neighborhood friends to play with and when they went home there was quiet time with a comic book or a chapter book. Reflecting on the days of summertime at Grandmother's, it was the unconditional love she gave him that is most memorable and appreciated." 

Thanks for taking a peek and especially for leaving a comment! 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

A Wonderful Life

It is difficult to believe that it is already June! Time flies when you're having fun  scrapbooking, right? Today, I'm sharing a layout for the CSI Design Team. 

Last month, my daughter and my mother went on a wonderful cruise together. They started their Cruise in Barcelona, Spain and ended in Rome. I will eventually  be doing layouts about their various destinations, but this one focuses on Monte Carlo, in the principality of Monaco. 

Come play along with us at Color Stories Inspiration....AKA CSI for this fun challenge. In the case file above, you can see the criteria for this challenge. Each color in the scheme must be used, three items from the evidence list and at least one of the journaling prompts must be included in the layout. 

One of my favorite techniques used in my layouts is heat embossing. Here, I embossed this lovely architectural element with embossing powders. Both are by Blue Fern Studios. 

Stamping, to draw interest to an area, is one of my signature techniques. 

Here, you can see a 3-D element and paint splatters. I use both of these as  go-to techniques frequently.

Using a diamond pattern in this layout seemed perfect as you see this same design element in Monaco's coat of arms. The photo below shows how I incorporated the same element in the background of this layout.


Blue Fern Studios paper (Frolic Petits Moments),
     stamp (Forever), chipboard (French Ironwork
     and A Wonderful Life) and flowers (Courtship
     Blooms and Tranquil Roses and Lilies),
     Imagine Ink Embossing Powders (Seven Seas,
     Breeze and 14 Karat)
Kaisercraft stencil
Liquitex Modeling Paste
Prima Color Bloom Spray , Ink
Ranger Perfect Medium and Adirondak Ink
Recollections small white flowers and Spray Ink
Stampendous Embossing Powder (Frantage)

From my stash: Pearls

The journaling reads, "Elizabeth recently visited Monte Carlo, Monaco, on a cruise. She accompanied her ninety-four year old grandmother during their ten day vacation."