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Saturday, October 27, 2018


Hello happy scrappy and blog friends! What a blessing that it has stopped raining in north Texas! We thought for a while we were going to float away! Today, I'm sharing with you,  Case File  #265 for CSI (Color Stories Inspiration).

Here is how I solved the case:

The Scene: I used all five colors.
Evidence: Frames, flowers, something
      transparent, metal, something shiny, gold and
      silver accents
Testimony: I framed my journaling.

Here, you can see all the layers, paper tearing, painting, use of a template, and tons of beautiful embellishments! 

Two of the sources of beauty and joy in my life are my adult children. I know that my son is more handsome, but he is a wonderful son and has a good heart. To me, that is beautiful. 


Blue Fern Studios Paper
     Love Story, Amazing Heart
     Timeless, Main Street
     In the Mood, Pensive

Blue Fern Studios Embossing Powder, Pink Dust 
     and Iridescent Grey

Blue Fern Studios Stamp, Widgets

Petaloo, Burlap Blossoms, pink

Prima, 3-D Matte Gel and gold gear, Art Stones          and Mini Art Stones

Ranger,  Emboss It Stamper, metal quotation and
      tiny metal gears

Renea Bouquets, tiny flowers

The Crafter's Workshop, 6" X  6" stencil

From my stash: 
     beads, chipboard of unknown make, film strip

My journaling reads, "One of my favorite poems is about beauty. Beauty of the heart and soul. I believe it applies to men, women, boys and girls. Follow this heartfelt poem by Audrey Hepburn for a happy and fulfilled life."

Ms. Hepburn's poem reads as follows:

Beauty Tips

For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. 
For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. 
For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. 
For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it 
     once a day. 
For poise, walk with the knowledge you'll never walk alone. 
People, even more than things, have to be restored, 
     renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never
     throw out anybody.
Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you'll find one 
     at the end of your arm. 
As you grow older, you will discover that you have two 
     hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping
The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the 
     figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair. 
The beauty of a woman is sseen in her eyes, because that 
     is the doorway to her heart, the place where love 
True beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. 
It is the caring that she lovingly gives, the passion that she 
And the beauty of a woman only grows with passing years. 

Thank you to everyone who leaves a comment! 

Saturday, October 13, 2018


Hello friends! I'm back with a layout for Color Stories Inspiration AKA: CSI. I absolutely had to use this picture of our daughter because it is so rare to not see her smiling or laughing. If you get a chance to play along, please do so. I love the challenge of solving the case!

One of the items listed on the evidence list is "something metal". When cropping this photo I almost cropped it out, but not completely! It is a little bow hanging from the large white rose on the right. 

Here is how I solved this case file:

Scheme: All five colors used
Evidence: metal, buttons, lots of layers. I counted
Testimony: Prompt Idea - Hidden Journaling

Another item on the evidence list is buttons. I used a vintage button, and it looks like a small cameo. It can be seen at about 10 o'clock from the large white rose, closest to the viewer. 

Here you can see the paint splatters that were added last. 


Blue Fern Studios Papers*

     Vintage Christmas, Magical
     Vintage Christmas 2, Holiday Cards
     Vintage Christmas 2, Let it Snow
Blue Fern Studios Chipboard:

     Berry Frame
     Serenity, Calm, Hushed
Blue Fern Studios Embossing Powders

     Snow, Ruby, Summer Breeze
Blue Fern Studios Seedlings

Blue Fern Studios Stamp, Jingle Bells

Michaels: small white flowers
Prima: Large white roses, 3-D Matte Gel

Ranger Emboss It Dabber
Reneabouquets, Etsy
     Beautiful Beads, Teal
From my Stash:

     Beads and Sequins
     Embroidery Thread
     Metal Bow
     Vintage Button
     Vintage Velvet Flowers

* All papers were purchased from Renee Bouquets on Etsy 

Above, you can see the stamping, embossing, tearing and bead work.

Regarding the hidden journaling, I have created the collage above to show how I managed this. I love to tell the story about the photo, but prefer to not have the journaling written on the front of the layout. In virtually all of my work, I create a pocket on the back of the layout using a library pocket or an envelope. In either case I cut areas off of the top so it can be glued close to the top and back  of the layout and the journaling card can be almost completely hidden with only the top seen peeking out from behind the LO, begging the viewer to pull it out, hold it and read it.  I have always loved interactive scrapbooking! 

The journaling reads, "Hushed is a word you will never hear from me to describe Liz. She is known by her family and friends to be the 'life of the party'. This is probably the only photo of her looking hushed!"

Thanks to EVERYONE who leaves a comment!