Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Big Top Blog Hop

Welcome to the Club Scrap Big Top Blog Hop!  
If you've jumped here from Anne's blog you're in the right spot.
If not, head back to Club Scrap to see what Karen has created. 

Big Top is such a fun, happy kit.  The colors are bold and inviting and the prints make me smile with memories of the circus or fair. The stamps...hysterical!  "Not my circus, not my monkeys." I might have said that a time or two at work.

Even though the prints are perfect for the circus, fairs or carnivals, I wanted to use the papers for something other, just to demonstrate how you don't have to use pictures of the theme. 

Each kit comes with ALSB (Assembly Line Scrapbooking) instructions. I actually liked the layout designs and embellishing on some of the pages so I improvised and merged layouts 1 & 2 with 9 & 10.

 Layouts 1 and 2

Layouts 9 and 10

Supplies: Club Scrap papers, tags, ribbon, banner pieces and stamps. Pebbles alphabet. K&Co. leaves.

I thought the original tag was too dark and busy for this layout so I sanded it down and stamped a quote over it.

I hope you enjoyed my take on the ALSB combinations.
Please continue on to see what wonderful projects Josette has created for you.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Quad Print Artist Team Challenge

Welcome to the Quad Print Challenge!

This month's challenge for the Club Scrap Artist Team was to create projects using the Quad Prints. We received a packet containing an assortment of  prints from every monthly kit of 2014. Many of these quad prints could be trimmed and framed for easy decorating ideas.

What I really like about the quad prints is that you don't have to use a whole sheet of paper for smaller projects. You don't even have to match prints! It's all right there on a single sheet.

I started off by searching through my Assembly Line Decks to find a card recipe that used several sheets of paper.

 Since I'm so excited about fall being around the corner, I went with the Oopsie Daisy prints.  Love the colors! As I usually do, I altered the cutting instructions a bit to use solid colors for my card bases. 

Once I have all my pieces cut and placed in groups on each card bases, I ink all the edges.  This really made the separate prints stand out from each other. The next decision is how to embellish. Here I decide if I'm going to stamp the background panel or emboss. If I do stamp, it's either a second stamp (stamped once on scrap paper and second stamp without re-inking on the panel) for a softer look.  These prints are bold and can get lost with a busy background. 

Supplies: Club Scrap papers, ink, stamp and Ginkgo leaf. Memory Makers brads.  

Club Scrap papers, ribbon and ink. American Crafts rub-ons, Prima flowers.

Club Scrap papers, ribbon and stamp. Cuttlebug embossing folder. Memory Maker brads. 

Club Scrap papers and ink. Memory Maker brads. American Crafts rub-ons. Prima flowers. 

The cutting instructions for the cards included a panel which is supposed to go on the outside, but the card was too busy.  So I attached the panels to the inside and added a spot for a quote. 

Trees was one of my favorite kits for 20214 and couldn't wait to create something simple and fun. The tool challenge on the forum this month was to use our envelope punch boards from something other than envelopes. I needed a box for a small gift and this was perfect!  I used the directions found via Pinterest on StampingT.

I hope you've enjoyed the challenge!
Please join us next Wednesday for the Big Top Blog Hop!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Non-traditional Halloween

I love a challenge!  This month over at Club Scrap, the challenge is to create a non-traditional Halloween project: a card, tag, scrapbook page, etc. I love trying to get more bang for my buck and use my stamps in an entirely different way then the original kit was intended.  I went through my stash of stamps and came up with a few, but I could really keep going!

Here I used the Apothecary stamps, colored lightly with Copics and then used glossy accents on the jars.
Background stamp from Impression Obsession.
 On this card I stamped the chandelier from Bon Appetite, added a bat sticker covered with flocking and title.
Stickles on the candles.
These two cards were posted earlier this year in other challenges but I couldn't resist adding them here.
 The "bandage" is a border stamp from Cape Cod.  I totally scrap lifted this idea from Pinterest.  
K&Co. Halloween die cuts with Gratitude quote.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Retreat Spectacular!

What an amazing Club Scrap retreat!  I think I say that EVERY year.  I don't know how they come up with all the wonderful workshops, gifts and special retreat kits. It's not just the workshops that make the weekend spectacular, but it's the down to earth, genuinely kind staff at Club Scrap that makes me not want to go home.

Here are just a few amazing workshops and projects we completed.
Hand stitched albums made from manila envelopes.

Card panels made with Color Burst Watercolor powders.

We learned how to make homemade paper from junk mail. I added grass clippings from Lambeau Field :)

An example of the art journals we made with a handmade paper cover. 

Our very own washi tape organizer from book board. 

 Multiple designs for cards and pages using Starburst Stamps.

I can't wait for my box to arrive from Club Scrap to create with all the new goodies and techniques we learned from this weekend.  Next years retreat dates have already been set.  I'm in!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Last Minute Big Tops

I love the colors of October's Big Top kit!  I've got some projects in the works right now but put everything on hold.  IT"S TIME FOR CLUB SCRAP RETREAT!  I'm jumping on a plane tomorrow at 0600 and off to Wisconsin!  I did manage to get a few cards done before then to tide you over. 
I actually found these glassine envelopes in my stash, not really sure which kit they come from but they were fun to work with.  Reminds me of snack bags you get at the fair.
This first card has the image stamping on the outside of the bag with Stickles added.  The inside card is stamped with my nephews name, his birthday is coming up and thought this would be perfect.
 The Farris wheel is my favorite stamp of the set.

I just love the colored twist ties (bread ties I like to call them).
Here I just used two different ink pads to ink the stamp.

All supplies: Club Scrap papers, stamps, ribbons, ties and pearls.
The next few posts will be retreat related. I have to see how much I can share without spoiling the surprise for those who have their retreat boxes still shipping. So you might just get teaser photos.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Kick Cancer's Butt!

Today is World Card Making Day!
What worked out brilliantly for me was that my Club Scrap Big Top kit arrived this morning!
 I've already cut out my pieces, scored and folded all cards from the Greetings To Go.
I detoured from the Greetings to Go a bit for my first card. 
It's based on the this week's sketch over at Paper Smooches.
I used my Hope stamps and create a card for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Let's kick cancer's butt!
Supplies: Paper Smooches stamps, Club Scrap paper, ribbon and jewels. Copics.


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