Friday, October 21, 2016

Fall Pumpkins

Isn't it funny how you accumulate so many digital items that you forget what you have sometimes. While searching for the right embellishments for this fall layout I came across these beautiful fall leaves from the Reunion and the adorable fall flair embellishments. I digitally changed the colors of the background pages from Literature to match my photos and the layout just started taking shape. I love how versatile digital scrapbooking is!
Club Scrap digital papers, leaves and stitching. Simply Tiffany Studios template. Katie Pertiet and Bella Gypsy flair. Chelles Creations banner.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Good Luck

This week's Retro Sketch challenge gave me an opportunity to use up some of the tags and borders from the new Literature collection. I'm trying to plan ahead and made some graduation cards for next year. I know quite a few seniors graduating and I don't want to be in a mad dash for a card.

Club Scrap papers, tags, charm and stamp. Queen&Co. pearls.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Artist Team's Handmade Holidays

Welcome to the Club Scrap Artist Team Blog Hop.  I love handmade holiday gifts so I was overjoyed to get a head start on those gifts this year.  Join us on the hop to see what this talented team has created for the holidays.  If you've arrived here from the very crafty Donna's blog you're in the right spot. If you'd like to start at the beginning head over to Club Scrap see what Karen has created for you.
Club Scrap papers, stamps, charm and washi tape. Docrafts calendars. 
I got the idea for this project from the Retreat Clipboard Collage. I made it smaller and more manageable for multiple gifts. Luckily I found several pieces of book board in my stash from projects that I knew wouldn't get finished. Didn't even have to cut them and some already had the holes in them.
Cover front with cardstock using bookbinding glue. Ink edges if desired.
I love using these mini calendars for gifts.
They come in stacks that allow you to remove each month as needed.
I also included a mini sticky note pad from a stationery set I received as a gift.
Using bookbinding glue again, adhere the calendar and post it note pad to the  cover.
This gives the bulky items much more stability than regular adhesive. 
Now the fun starts. Add stamps and embellishments to decorate.
The leaf metal charm was adhered using bookbinding glue in the needle nose glue bottles from retreat. No crafter should be without one or two!

 Rose from Retreat 2015 color swap.

 Sticky note pad in a stationary set received as a gift.
The fun part about this gift was searching through this year's photos for each person I made these for.

Thank you for joining us today. Please continue on to see what spectacular handmade project Tina has created for you.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Merry and Bright

I love making and sending Christmas cards. Two years ago I ran out of time and had to use store bought cards. I'm still hearing about it today. Friends and family have come to expect handmade cards from me. So I'm starting early this year! The new Literature collection is perfect with the beautiful reds and earth tone browns.

Club Scrap papers, stamp, brads, washi tape and leaves. Queen&Co. pearls.

I really struggled to get a decent photo of this card. The clear acetate on the front panel reflects a lot of light making it almost impossible. It was raining out (yeah!) which really limits the light coming in through my windows. (Not complaining...I love it that way!)
I chose to do the acetate for a technique challenge over at Club Scrap. This month's challenge was to try different ways of using your embossing folders. I wanted to use other surfaces besides paper. If I get a chance, I might even try using some ink in the folders.
 If you need more crafty ideas for using your embossing folders, head on over to the challenge to be inspired. Now get out there and emboss something! And don’t forget to add your link at the bottom of the Club Scrap post for a chance to win a gift certificate.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Color Burst FMS258

I finally got some craft time in this weekend! It was raining in California this weekend and we received nearly 2"! Our creek is running with water again.

I love the new Literature Greetings to Go collection and my first thought was to start my Christmas cards but I needed a Congrats card first. Stay tuned later in the week for some holiday inspiration.

Club Scrap papers, ribbon, tag and stamps. Dazzles stickers.  
This card was created for the Freshly Made Sketch challenge FMS258. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Collage Clipboard

The Collage Clipboard was my second favorite project at this year's Retreat. I fell in love with the idea of using up all my little orphaned embellishments. All those embellishments that are too bulky for cards and layouts are perfect for this project!

 Class sample
The project comes with the printed background and all the paper pieces precut.
Ink all the edges

Mine is still a work in progress
Terri Zwicker out did herself in the class examples and I can see how she got carried away and completed one for each season.

 Have an amazing weekend! I'm hoping for a great crafting weekend!


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Stamping with Chalk Paints

I really had a hard time picking my favorite workshop at Retreat. I was torn between the Collage Clipboard and stamping with chalk paints. I think the stamping won out because I really loved learning a new technique with different art mediums.

This is Jacqueline Carney's brilliant work involving stamping with pigment parchment ink, paint slightly over the stamped image and re-stamping in black ink. We received the pigment inks in parchment and black as gifts. Club Scrap is awesome like that!

12x12 layout 

Here's my cards from class. 
The chalk paint technique is perfect when you need to cover up some mistakes in stamping.'ll be seeing A LOT of this technique with me :) I picked up a few cans of paint in the CS Pro Shop but I see myself going to Home Depot soon...