Thursday, March 31, 2016

Anything Goes!

Love to Scrap! is hosting an "Anything Goes" challenge.  While this might sound easy, sometimes I like to have the direction of a sketch or embellishment to start with. I knew that I wanted to start with some of the Paris Flea Market masterboard sheet I created and the white tags. 

Club Scrap papers, stamps, digital stamps, tag and ribbon. Prima flower, Queen&Co. pearl. Sizzix embossing folder.

Here I took a dictionary page, wrinkled and inked it up for the background. Embossed black paper with a Sizzix brick wall embossing folder. I took a long white ribbon tag, sliced off both ends, stamped it and wrapped it around the thread.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Not Quite Paris Blog Hop

Welcome to the Paris Flea Market Blog Hop. If you arrived here from the talented Tina you're in the right spot. If you'd like to start from the beginning head on over to Club Scrap to see what Karen has created for you. 

By now you know that Paris Flea Market is one of my all time favorites collections! I'm sure you also know that Paris is on my bucket list. Next month my family is off to the Mediterranean where we'll be sailing across the Atlantic eventually ending up in Venice.  The closest we'll get to Paris is Nice, France. I still think this kit is perfect for the two travel necessities I prepare for almost every trip.  I usually have some sort of journal and I have a folio for receipts and small keepsakes.

I found these little chipboard "Sarabinders" by Hot off the Press on clearance at my local scrapbook store and bought every last one.  They had envelopes, page dividers and paper inserts that go with them. I bought four of them with 20 different packs of  inserts for $10!

I covered the outside with a printed cardstock making sure the images were positioned where they'd make the most impact. Make sure to work the paper into the binding folds. It did take some time and patience but it goes in. I think next time I might paint the inside near the binding to make it easier.
I then covered the inside with gray panels. Make sure to mark the hole each time.

Next came the dividers and panels. I used the same masking technique that was used to create the masterboard
I love my little journal keepsake!

Next came the folio. This is so simple!  I just adhered three envelopes together at the flaps.
 I cut panels to cover the fronts and back of each envelope and added two blank mats for inside. Decorate panels if you wish. I usually jot down confirmation numbers on the panels so I keep the images to a minimum. 

 This is what it looks like closed. The envelopes fold inward leaving the open flap tucked inside so nothing falls out. 
 Thanks for hoping on by! Please continue on to see what the amazing Donna has created today!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

My Three Dads

I came across this photo from my wedding while looking for photos to share at Steve's funeral. Steve was my former step-dad. My family is an interesting mix of dads, step-dads and former step-dads. The funny thing is we all get along very well, even having holidays together.  So it was natural to have all of "my dads" involved in my wedding in 2000.  My dad (Bill) walked me down the aisle, my step-dad (Greg) officiated the service and my former step-dad (Steve) did the reading.
The black and whites of the Club Scrap Paris Flea Market kit were perfect for my wedding photo since our colors were black, white and gold. The paper lace mat just screams wedding!

Club Scrap papers, lace mat, stamps, tag, doily, sequin, medallion. Dazzles stickers. Cheswick Co. leaf ribbon. 

Created for Black Tie Affair at Lasting Memories.

Monday, March 28, 2016

You're a Hoot Goes to Paris

Fusion Card Challenge is hosting a challenge based on a photo or sketch. I couldn't decide if I like the sketch more or those cute little owls! So I went with both. I have some little wooden owls left over from Valentine's day cards that would be perfect!  The background was created with my digital masterboard printed out. 

Club Scrap papers, tag and stamps. Woodpile Fun! Owls. Queen&Co. pearls

Friday, March 25, 2016

Can You Case It? Anniversary

I found these little tear drop pearls at a Scrapbook Expo one year and have used them solely for candle flames.  Usually I use my Copic marker to color it yellow, but I really like the off white for this card. I find that chandeliers and/or candles are perfect for Anniversary cards.  The background was created using gelli plates, acrylic paints and stencils. Here I tried to follow the Can You Case It? Sketch but for the life of me could not come up with a decent oval!

Club Scrap paper, stencils and stamps. Gelli plates. Dazzles stickers.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Mojo Monday goes to Paris

I'm on a doily/paper lace kick. So when I spotted this sketch from Mojo Monday the first thing that came to mind were these cute doilies from the Club Scrap Hydrangea kit.
I took two white tags from the Paris Flea Market kit and used the metallic color bursts to color them. I think this is one of the few cards I made that didn't have a sentiment on the front but I really like it the way it is.  

Club Scrap papers, stamps, tags, ribbon, flower and doily. Darice embossing folder.


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Paris Flea Market Lace

Welcome to the Club Scrap Artist Team Challenge.  If you've arrived here from Donna's blog, you're in the right place. If you'd like to hop from the beginning, please start at Club Scrap.

We were given the task of creating three new and fresh ways to use the Paper Lace Mats from the Paris Flea Market collection. Even though these beauties look fragile, they do hold up pretty well to slicing, dicing and stamping. 

While out shopping I saw these cute little eggs covered in dictionary pages and embellished. The store wanted $10 for each egg! Have they lost their minds?!  I could so make that.  So I did :)  After cutting out the center of the lace mat I used the masterboard technique to stamp the paper. 

I then applied bookbinding glue to the mat and wrapped some Dollar Tree plastic eggs. I wrapped some waxy thread and added a little tag.
These came out even cuter than I expected!

Well, what to do with the left over edges? I covered the remaining eggs in bookbinding glue and wrapped them with twine.
I used the scalloped edges as a small border...tada...super cute twine eggs!

Now I need a basket.  I tied the sides of a lacy mat to create a small box, used chipboard on the bottom for strength and added fluff.  I think next time I might use fabric stiffening spray to the paper lace to make it more sturdy.

I hope I gave you some creative ways to use your paper mats.
 I love using my craft supplies for other purposes and not limit myself to cards, tags and pages. 

 Please continue on to see what Tina has created for you!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Pismo Beach Bliss

My husband and I took a little over night getaway to Pismo Beach. It was refreshing to get away from the rain and enjoy some sun. That says quite a bit for me...since I love gloomy, doomy weather. We stayed at the cutest little inn right on the ocean. Of course, I opened and enjoyed a bottle of wine while listening to the sounds of the ocean.  

The Paris Flea Market Digital Kit doesn't necessarily scream "ocean" but the flowers and the quaintness of the inn do go along with this kit.  I'm a huge fan of Fiddle Dee Dee Designs FreeBee templates. She offers one free template a month and challenges you to use and share it on her blog. Once you start using them you get hooked and end up purchasing other sets. She takes all the work out of designing pages.  

Monday, March 21, 2016

Happy Birthday to Me!'s my birthday! I love birthdays!  Especially my birthday! What's even better...I took the day off from work...because it's my birthday! No one should have to work on their birthday.

I created this card for the Paper Smooches birthday challenge, notice the wine glasses? That's what I'll be doing to celebrate!

Paper Smooches Free Spirits stamps. Club Scrap papers, paper lace and ribbon. 

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Two Embellishment Maximum

Do you know how hard it is to create a card with only 2 embellishments?! Especially when I have an entire ROOM dedicated to embellishments. Crazy, but I did it. Love to Scrap! is holding a Bare Necessities challenge.  I found that you had to have the right blend of paper and embellishments so that the card doesn't look unfinished. I totally wanted to add a bird and maybe some flowers...

I have some Paris Flea Market printed papers left over from the projects I created for the upcoming blog hop. This paper is so gorgeous that I couldn't let it go to waste. The card actually has a tri-fold that you have to pull out to the left to open.  I thought that a tag made a great "pull". 

Club Scrap papers, tag, stamp and ribbon. 

Friday, March 18, 2016

Naturally Pink

Happy Friday!

Pink is one of my favorite colors! So naturally I was excited to see that's the main color for The Card Concept's latest challenge. Pink is not favored by many, so I'm really glad that this month's Paris Flea Market had lots of pink! 

Here I colored the paper lace mats and white tags with metallic color bursts and added a few water drops on the tag for added fun. I stamped script on the Prima flowers so they weren't so boring ;-)

Club Scrap papers, stamps, lace mat and ribbon. Prima flowers. Queen&Co. pearls. Ken Oliver's Color Bursts.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

You Pick It

Ohh...I love when I have a little free range in a challenge.  Can You Case It? is challenging us to stick to three colors. wasn't as easy as I thought.  However, I've got pink, gray and black stuff ALL over my work area!  Here I created my background with Pan Pastels, placed a strip of tape on the lower section, added gray pan pastel around the tape to give me a "halo" section for a stamp.  I cut a circle out of the paper lace mat, sliced the colored background mat and tucked the circle and feather in behind it. I love the folded tent aspect to this card.
 Club Scrap papers, stamp, brad, lace mat and black jewel. Prima flower.

Just a side note added March 19th...
Terri picked my card!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Old Friend

I've been trying to make a card for a one layer challenge, it's just not working out for me.  My style is to add some fluff to my cards and this was just too much outside of my comfort zone. So I gave up.  Yes...I'm a quitter. However, I'm still playing with my Paris Flea Market Greeting to Go kit, loving everything about it and thought this key charm was perfect on the side of the sentiment. I created this this card for the Retro sketches challenge. While the top and bottom edges really screams "washi tape", I couldn't help add the paper lace. 
Club Scrap papers, paper lace, key charm. Prism color pencil. Queen&Co. pearls. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Greatest Treasure

What an amazing day I had yesterday!  I had a day filled with Macy's shopping and lunch with my brother!  What else could put a girl in a good mood?  When I got home...I did some serious crafting!
I was able to complete the Mojo Monday sketch in no time.  I created numerous Pan Pastel panels today so be prepared to see them all week ;-)...and of course those black feathers.  A girl's got to use her stash so she can buy more, am I right?! One thing I do know...I need to use my anti-static embossing bag more...

Club Scrap papers, stamps and lace. Pan Pastels. Queen&Co. pearls.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Masterboard Part 2

The masterboard technique is a huge hit on the forum over at Club Scrap. I loved this paper stamping technique so much that I created a digi version too.  Years back we had a digital collage swap where everyone created and swapped their pages.  I still have those files somewhere!  Well we've started a new swap for paper and digital masterboard artwork.  If you're interest head to the Master Board Swap forum and sign up!

You can either do a paper swap or digital swap. Use any Club Scrap papers or stamps.  If you're creating with paper, trim the paper into four panels, mail them to me and I'll mix them up and return 4 different panels for you to create with. If you join the digital swap, I'll email you all the swap images.
Here's what I came up with digitally. 
Club Scrap Paris Flea Market stamps.

Hope you join us!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Citrus Congratulations

Less is More is feeling a little bit like Spring this week.  Their color challenge is citrus.
For this card I used Color Bursts as described here, embossing and removing color. 
I love how the embossing ink traps the bright colors!

Club Scrap papers, stamps and ribbon. Ken Oliver's Color Bursts. 

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Postage Stamp Fusion

The newest Fusion Card Challenge uses a wonderful sketch that allowed me to utilize my Paris Flea Market stamps. I am however, not coordinated enough to stamp all those images in a straight line or row.  I stamped the image in three colors and cut them out. I cannot for the life of me find my stamp edge scissors so I just inked the edges. Using dimensional squares helped give the stamps a lift and I added that cute little purse charm. I wanted to keep the background simple so I stamped the background lightly with a script image. So in love with this kit!

Club Scrap stamps, ribbon and charm.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

March Masterboard

Today over at Club Scrap and on her blog, Lilian is sharing with us how to create a Masterboard. I can't even express how happy I was with the finished products.  Don't let the first few steps throw you, it looks like a giant mess. I did things a little different. I masked the Paris Flea Market images when stamping (I just don't like chaos) and I didn't really color in the images. I love the ash, black and a splash of pink colors that go with the kit.  You'll be seeing a lot of those little feathers with this collection.  I squealed with delight on how they go together!

Stamp images randomly on a sheet of paper. I used post it note masks so that images didn't overlap. 

Finished page. 

Cut sheet into panels for cards. I decided to flick black ink for interest.

I acutally used two panels for this card. If you notice the original sheet has a Paris collage image upside down. 
It was driving me nuts, so that's the second smaller panel. 

Club Scrap papers, stamps, tags, charm and ribbons. Recollections crochet embellishment.

Nail Polish Marbling

I love learning new crafting techniques.  This month's Club Scrap technique challenge took me by surprise.  The steps are so easy resu...