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Friday, July 22, 2016

We Do Not Remember Days, We Remember Moments

Hello scrappy friends! Today I am sharing a layout created for the  CSI Design Team. The subject of the layout is remembering when my Lee became a big brother. He was such a great big brother, and their dad and I couldn't have been happier! 

Be sure to pop on over to CSI and see what all the fun is about! 

This week, I made a discovery! It wasn't an earth shattering discovery, such as finding a new continent would be. But just the same, It was fun to learn a little more about the products I use. So, here is what I learned.....you can use a color spray to adhere embossing powders to paper before heating them. As you can see here, I allowed some of the splashes of color to drip and others stayed in my creation as little splashes. 
I will be using this technique more in the future! 

Adding an interesting design using modeling paste and a stencil was a perfect background for the most important part....the photo and embellishments! 

Bonnie Blue embossing powder was the perfect color for my layout and for this CSI challenge! The glass beads added more interest too! 


Blue Fern Studios
     chipboard, Framington Medley,  Remember 

          Moments, Layering Stems & Vintage                     Luggage
     embossing powder, Bonnie Blue
paper, Serendipity Imagination
Liquitex modeling paste
Momenta metal sign
Recollections spray paint
Prima embellishment, Colorbloom spray
Pro Art gesso
From my stash: beads

My journaling reads, "I remember when everything changed for you, Lee. You were no longer an only child and would have to share Mom's and Dad's attention with your brand new little sister. You would be expected to set a good example for Elizabeth and help to take care of her....in a three year old's understanding of what that means. You began your journey as a big brother cheerfully with lots of hugs and kisses for your little sister and a "can do attitude". What a big boy you were! 

Friday, July 8, 2016


Hi Everyone! It's been a busy week here. I have been working on this layout for the CSI Design Team and enjoying America's Independence Day with my family. 
Try to come over and play along with us for this fun case file. It's fun and to me, it is just like solving a mystery, only with paper and glue! 

Using corrugated cardboard is always perfect for a masculine page and 
as a way to to add texture and line to a layout. I misted it with several colors to achieve a taupe color, then glued on the little glass beads. 

Here is how I solved the case:

Scheme: All five colors
Evidence: stripes, leaves, frames
Testimony: Fourth of July Writing Prompt #49:
"How do you celebrate The Fourth of July?"


Blue Fern Studios
     Tranquility, Calm paper
     Postage Frames, Crazy, Silly, Fun, Lattice Bits
     Imagine Ink Embossing Powders:
          Snow, Golden Brick, In the Navy
     Attic Charm Daisies
     Courtship Roses Forever stamp
Liquitex modeling paste
The Creative Workshop stencilFrom my stash: glass beads, corrugated cardboard
The journaling reads, "Allie and Lee celebrated The Fourth of July by getting away from the Texas Heat. They had a wonderful time hiking, seeing a spectacular balloon mass ascension and spending time together. What a treat it was to have a few days off from work and to reflect on the blessings we share in the U.S.A.!"

Thanks for taking a peek!

Friday, July 1, 2016

You Shine

This is such a special layout to me. It is about a friendship that has lasted more than thirty years. One of my dearest friends, Ann, and I have so much in common. For more of the story, please read all the way down to the journaling tag. 

This sweet layout is for the CSI Design Team. Here is the CSI prompt. In  order to solve this challenge, I had to dig deep into my imagination: 

Scheme: Used all five colors
Evidence: Puffy sticker, stripes, wet medium
Testimony: From Photo a Day...Someone who makes you happy

A little embossing makes the title pop! Ann does shine. She was a wonderful teacher and is a delightful friend. 

Can you tell that this is a school picture? I scanned it, then used Pic Monkey to make a collage of two black and white photos and one color photo. 

As usual, I did a lot of multimedia work on the background before adding the photo and embellishments. I was determined to add this precious little bunny with a child riding it, since Ann collects bunnies. She decorated her classroom with them and uses them to make her home lovely with too. I think that might be a second grader riding on the bunny!

I decided to use a stencil with X's and O's and enjoyed adding paint splatters and embossing powders to create an interesting background. 

Aren't the colors beautiful together?


Blue Fern Studios
     Frolic Collection, Amoroso paper
     Garden Latice Bits, Bunny Basket set, You
          Shine chipboard
     Serendipity Medley clear stamp
     Imagine Ink Embossing Powders: Bonny
          Blue, 14 Karat, Fuchsia, Icicle
Crafter's Workshop template
Crate Paper dimensional sticker
Liquitex modeling paste
Melissa Frances resin bunny and rider
Petaloo flowers
Pro Art gesso
Ranger Emboss It Dabber
Recollections spray paint
StazOn Ink

The journaling reads, "I hardly remember a time when I didn't know and love Ann. We have shared so much together...our faith, belonging to the same church, our hopes and dreams for our two families. Our children went to the same school when they were young. Ann and I have taught at the same school seemingly forever. We are thrilled that our friendship survived teaching on the same team, and know that we are blessed to have been "in the trenches together". Now that we are both retired we enjoy getting together once a month for lunch. We share our concerns, our faith, news of our family and mutual friends. Sometimes we share things that sadden us....but mostly, we share lots of laughs. This lady makes me happy!"

Thanks to all my scrappy friends who leave a comment!