Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Blues Blog Hop

Welcome to the Club Scrap The Blues Blog Hop! If you've arrived here from the amazingly talented Roni's Inkstains with Roni then you're in the right spot! If you don't want to miss a thing, head on over to Club Scrap to start from the top.
I love listening to music!  I vary from 80's hair bands to jazz and blues.  Just depends on my moods.   So The Blues kit speaks to me on various levels.

At home I'll spend hours playing Pandora on my cell phone which has different libraries to suit my moods. I came up with an idea for a phone stand after going through some older Club Scrap projects. It's a twist on the Photo Easel from Take Wings.
I measured my phone and cut two book board piece a little bit wider and taller. Wrapped the board leaving an 1/2" gutter to allow for more flexibility.

I then created a pocket to add to the front to hold the phone in place. Before adhering the pocket with bookbinding glue, I decorated it with the whimsical musical ribbon included in the Deluxe Kit, sunflowers from Oopsie Daisy and a heart paper clip. Next was to create the "easel" to join the front and back pieces using a series of folds.

Just like that! My new phone stand is ready to play some jazz!

Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to hop by. Please hop on over to Life Paper Soul to see what wonderful masterpiece Wendy has created!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Thank You for Your Sacrifice

Happy Memorial Day!
I just wanted to take a moment and thank all our military members for their sacrifice to keeping our country safe and protecting our freedoms. Please remember all of the family members of our military service.  They sacrifice so much as well!
Here are a few patriotic digital layouts I wanted to share with you.

All supplies Club Scrap Digital

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Finish Strong Blog Hop

Welcome to the Operation Write Home Blog Hop. Operation Write Home, a charity that has supported heroes with handmade cards since 2007, will be closing later this year. All cards need to be sent in by August 1st, so I’m helping to get the word out!

I created a few cards to send off to OWH.  One using washi tape...I love washi tape! This was my favorite.
Supplies: Club Scrap papers, ribbon, tag and stamps. Miscellaneous washi tape.

This set of cards was based upon the Operation Write Home Sketches.  I chose OWH #181.  I admit, I chose it because my friend Tricia, already had cutting instructions from the World Card Making Day Blog Hop back in 2013. I like to think smarter, not harder :)

Here are the finished cards.
 Supplies: Club Scrap papers and brads, Close to My Heart stamp, washi tape.
Supplies: Club Scrap papers, brads and stamp, Sizzix die cut flower.

Supplies: Club Scrap papers, charm and stamp, Sizzix die cut star.
This set is for upcoming birthdays. The rosettes make postage a little tricky.  These cards are better off for hand-delivery.
Supplies: Club Scrap papers and stamp, Queen & Co. pearls, washi tape, rosette a gift.
Supplies: Club Scrap papers and stamp, Queen & Co. pearls, rosette a gift.
Thanks for stopping by!  If you're interested in sending cards to Operation Write Home, please see the guidelines here.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Blues Greetings to Go

Made a huge mess today and it was a blast!  May's technique challenge was to experiment with gesso.  I made a batch of my own gesso using my Concoction Cards.  I had The Blues Greetings To Go kit sitting nearby, scored and folded.  The first try using gesso with stencils was a disaster.  I like my images clean and crisp.  Not what you're going to get with the gesso.  I'll save the stencils to go with my spackle.
This one I embossed the background with an embossing folder, painted on the gesso and let it dry. I then applied 3 different color inks when it was dry.   Love the look with the embossing folders.
I did the same with this one but "pulled" off some gesso before it dried with crumpled tissue paper. I then added more subtle inks.
Here I painted on normal cardstock and "pulled" off gesso with tissue paper to give a sort of crackled look.
The little cool glasses charm didn't photograph is super cute!
Painted gesso over the tags to mute the colors a bit.
I didn't purchase the stamps option with this kit so I had to improvise a bit.  I created a document in Photoshop Elements using the music image and printed on vellum.  I then crinkled up the vellum and painted that onto the gesso covered paper and then covered in gesso as well to mute it a bit.
May's Tool Challenge is to use your embossing folders.  I've already played with two so I'll show you a few more.  This wine glass one I bought (with enthusiasm) at the Scrapbook Expo in October.  I haven't even used it until I saw this cute little tag!  Yep, that describes my wineaux friends!
Love these little birdies sitting on wires embossing folder!
Very subtle on the background mat is another embossing folder to give some depth. I chalked over it using white Pan Pastels but it didn't photography well.
This next set of cards are very similar to the Greetings To Go instructions we get with the kits. I just added some stickles and jewels.

This card was designed for the May Card Sketch Challenge.
This card was designed for the NBUS Challenge. NBUS stands for Never Been Used Stuff. The challenge this month is to use a left over tag from a kit.  Well, I used a left over tag...never used ANY of them.  Double whammy!
Hope you enjoyed!  Now to go clean up :(

Friday, May 15, 2015


Cobb Mountain...a family cabin retreat.  I love coming up here!  No phone, no internet. It's so peaceful and relaxing.  I prefer the winter but most of the family prefer the summer.  It does stay fairly cool in the summer for California.  This last visit we stayed outside on the porch becuase it was warmer outside the cabin than inside. 

We have sat out there for hours with the family and played games, cards and put together puzzles. Many a bottle of wine has been enjoyed out here on the porch.

Club Scrap Random Doorways papers, Aspen tags, Reunion flowers and ribbons. Fiddle-dee-dee spray and template.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Botanicals Digital Page Swap

Over at the Club Scrap forum we have a page swap for some of us digital folks. Each person creates at least one digital QDDL (Quick Drop Digital Layout) using elements from that month's digital kit. The creativity of these gals is amazing!  As I downloaded layouts from the swap using the Botanical kit, I knew immediately that these layouts would be great for my Mother's Day photos.

I received 8 fantastic layouts that I can use as is, rotate and add photos or add journaling and titles.  Here is one that I created. The layout is created with sections that are empty so that others can add their own photos.

And here is the layout with a photo added.

Now I want to share some of the other digital layouts created.

Layout created by Cathy

Layout created by Jill

 Layout created by Annette

 Layout created by Barbara

I had Mother's Day scrapped within 20 minutes!  I didn't even have to design a layout today!

I've been reorganizing and cleaning out the scrap closet in my studio so paper crafting has taken a short break.  I do believe I'll be finished up today.  Stay tuned for closet make-over photos.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Happy National Scrapbooking Day!

Happy National Scrapbooking Day, my scrappin' friends!  Guess what?!  No crafting for me this day. I had had it with my craft closet and tore it apart!  Yep...everything came out and is now sitting in the middle of the floor.  It may be a few days before you see anything crafty!


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