Monday, August 31, 2015


We had such a great weekend spending time with family celebrating birthdays  We celebrated Doug's birthday by hanging out by the pool with our nephew and watching him practice his cannonball jumps. We enjoyed celebrating our niece's first birthday and planning future vacations in the not-so-blazing California heat. I wish every weekend was like this!
Here's a quick digital layout using the Club Scrap Tilescapes Quick Drop Digital Layout. All I did was cover up the quote, did a water drop overlay from Castaway and added a title using The Blues alphabet. Did some blending and just like that...done!  Love it!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Happy Birthday, Peanut!

Peanut is turning one!  Can't wait to give you birthday kisses!
 Club Scrap Woven Strands digital kit

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Woven Strands Blog Hop

Welcome to the Club Scrap Woven Strands blog hop! If you've arrived here from Lilian's Leaf Studio you are in the right place. 
 If you've happened upon the hop, please don't miss anything and start with Karen at Club Scrap.
When I first received the Woven Strands kit from Club Scrap I immediately thought of our family reunion after seeing the stamps. 
The tree and quotes were just screaming "family".
 I gathered up my photos, chose the papers that complimented my photos and then found a layout in the Idea Deck that worked with my photos.
 Here I chose the 5 of Clubs from Volume V.
I left a few elements out and added a few of my own. I really liked the woven circles but they were 12x12, so I just cut them down to meet the 8.5x11 requirement for the directions.  I added one of my favorite quote stamps from Tahiti on the paper strips.
Supplies: Woven Strands papers, quilted embellishments, jewels and stamps. Thicker alphabet, Martha Stewart punch, Queen & Co. pearls.
For the reunion I had made everyone a "Horst 2015" reunion charm with washers and metal stamps. They were a perfect embellishment for this page!
The stamps worked great as an embellishment as well. I stamped and cut out some of the Celtic knots, layered the images to create the flowers. One image tucked behind the flowers look great as the leaves.  I was having way too much fun! I actually got carried away and had a "Kay Moment". I tried to use my craft knife to cut out the centers of the "leaves". That wasn't so pretty and I was afraid I'd lop off a finger so I stopped at one and quickly discarded it.
Thank you for stopping by.  Please continue on to see what amazing project Anne has for you!


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Stencils and More Stencils

I'm finishing up the weekend with more stencil panels from the Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge. My scrapbook studio is a mess and needs some TLC! These panels were created using white acrylic paint mixed with water.  Spray the stencil or mask over a panel to get a negative space (#1).  Place a second panel on top of stencil to get second pull of ink (#3).  I combined several stencils or masks for most panels. I've added embellishments and ribbons to each to qualify for the Week 4 Fiber Challenge over at Club Scrap.  

Supplies: Club Scrap Woven Strands paper, stamp on wooden embellishment and stencils. American Crafts rub-on.

Supplies: Club Scrap Woven Strands paper and stencils, K&Co flowers, unknown saying sticker.  

Supplies: Club Scrap Woven Strands paper and stencils, American Crafts ribbon, unknown saying sticker. Sizzix die cut flower.

Supplies: Club Scrap Woven Strands paper and ribbon, stencil and stamp. Unknown saying sticker.  

Friday, August 21, 2015

Family Reunion

Fiddle_Dee_Dee templates are one of my favorite digital templates to create with.  Sometimes I create layouts with all the embellishments and sometimes I just use the design and let my photos do the talking.  She offers a monthly freebee that you download, create a page with it and then post to her site. You can win a gift certificate to her store at Scrap Orchard

Here is my creation using the Freebee template #147
Supplies: Club Scrap Woven Strands digital kit.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Cardabilities Sketch #129

I'm still creating with my shaving cream marbling panels!  I just love the sunny colors. 
So...I decided to turn a panel into a banner and join Cardabilities in this week's sketch challenge.

Supplies: Club Scrap papers and stamp. K&Co. butterfly and flower. Queen & Co. pearls.
I also completed a few more cards for Club Scrap's Messy Challenge. However, I seem to always be messy!

Papers, tags and stamps from Club Scrap Woven Strands.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Stencils, Paint and Black-Eyed Susans

 Club Scrap often provides stencils and masks in their monthly kits. They've been doing this waaaaay before stencils were cool.  I however have not been that great at using ink with my stencils.  I can't seem to line things up and get it to stay there while applying ink.  My favorite medium to use is spackle.  Yes, good ol' spackle from the hardware store. So I decided to step out of my comfort zone when I received some gorgeous stencils to create with. I went back to ink but I just inked different masks and stencils to create a background.  If it's messy you can't tell I screwed it up :)

Supplies: Club Scrap Peridot ink and white cardstock. Honeycomb, Wavy Lines, Nice to See You, Dots, Fern and Large Branch stencils.
Now to add photos and embellishments. I have a stunning photo of Black-Eyed Susans that I thought went really well the stenciled background page.   I started out by going through my Club Scrap Assembly Line Idea Deck to find a one photo sketch. That's when I came across the 10 of Spades from Vol. V. I just used the one side of the two page layout.
I love to mix papers from different kits.  So here I used the green from Woven Strands and stenciled the honeycomb pattern lightly to give it a some definition. I thought that the Seaside paper from 2014 retreat when well with the colors of the flowers. Ribbon and "Bliss" from Woven Strands.
The page still needed a little "oomph" so I created the Black-Eyed Susan with the backside of the Seaside paper punched out with EK Success punches. I added several dimensional dots to the back of the flower to drop it backward to be more life like. I only had a white fabric button brad so I colored it with a Copic marker.
I couldn't stop there with my stencils.  Since I already had them out I went to another favorite of mine.  I love using my stencils on black paper with white mediums. So I mixed white acrylic paint with water in a small spray bottle and started spraying on top of the stencils with a panel behind. I then would take the stencil and make a second panel and lay it on top of the stencil to get the paint that was left behind.

 Here's a sampling of some of the panels. 
Here are three cards that I came up with so far, but expect to see more soon.
Supplies: Club Scrap mask, Woven Strands papers and stamp. Queen & Co. pearls, K&Co. butterfly. Tim Holtz die cut.

Supplies: Woven Strands paper and ribbons, Club Scrap stencils, unknown circle tag.

Supplies: Club Scrap stencils and mask, Woven Strands paper and tag. Queen & Co pearls.
Head on over to Club Scrap see what stencils they have in store.  You can also see some tutorials on how to use your stencils at the Club Scrap blog.  

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Paper Smooches Picture Perfect

Happy Saturday!  Paper Smooches is hosting a Picture Perfect Challenge.  The challenge is to draw inspiration from a photo.  You can be inspired by the colors, the patterns, or the theme. 

For me, the photo inspired a design. first attempt at trying to stamp two rows of images and have them line up FAILED. Then I thought...why am I doing things harder instead of smarter.  I've got stamps already designed to line up.  This set is new from Club Scrap's Woven Strands.

I used two inks on the stamp to give a little bit more interest.
Stamped and hand cut the Celtic knot, added ribbon, a title by Paper Smooches and jewel.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Shaving Cream Marbling

Anne Marie has posted an interesting technique challenge over at Club Scrap.  Shaving Cream Marbling. I've seen this technique before and have thought about trying it, but was really inspired after seeing Anne Marie's final results.  What the heck...lets give it a try.  I had sooo much fun making a mess!  I made tons of card panels and am trying different things with them.  My first one was a failure, I kept telling myself that I was going to have to use Staz-on ink so the stamping wouldn't smudge but I didn't listen. But I love the second attempt! Next time I think I'll be a little bit more aggressive with the coloring.  I wasn't quite sure how the effect was going to turn out.

Supplies: Club Scrap Woven Strands papers, wooden embellishment. Shaving cream and CS re-inkers in Tangerine and Peridot to create marbled background. Embossing folder.
One of the wooden embellishments was broken when it arrived so I just broke off the other side and made three pieces which fit nicely on the panel.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Fifty Shades of Gray

Not THAT fifty shades of gray!  It's the color challenge for last week's Summer Camp at Club Scrap.
The challenge is to use black, white or gray in your projects.  Constellations is a perfect kit for this challenge. 

Supplies: Club Scrap papers, tags and ribbon. Dazzles stars, metal tape.
Supplies: Club Scrap papers, Dazzles background metal sheet,  Heidi Swapp letters.

 Tag from purchased clothing
This last set I was having fun with stencils and spackle.  My husband always gets nervous when I look through his construction stuff for supplies! 
 The "Hello" twinchies are from last years retreat.  I had changed my mind on the design after I made these.

Almost forgot my favorite one!  I found this wine label from our road trip to Oregon two years ago. 
I just added ribbon and stamped a sentiment. 
Have a great weekend!  Off to create some more!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Club Scrap Design Team

Happy Monday!  I've spent the last four days with family up in Oregon at a family reunion. We had an amazing time reconnecting.  I've got a handful of new photos to share soon.
I wanted to announce that I've been selected to join the Club Scrap Design Team!  I have been a huge fan of Club Scrap since 2002 and attend their annual retreat in Wisconsin.  So I am super duper excited to join the team.  Please stay tuned for exciting projects and crafting. to do laundry for work tomorrow.  Life's not all fun and games :)

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