Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Dahlia's and Hydrangea's

Welcome to the Club Scrap Dahlia Blog Hop!  If you've arrived here from the amazing Tina you're in the right place!  You can start from the beginning at Club Scrap so you don't miss one single project!

So..I'm actually out of the country right now. Karen was so kind enough to mail me my Dahlia kit early which gave me time to create.  Even with that extra time I knew I couldn't come up with something elaborate, and the girls on this hop are crafting superstars! So I went digging through my unfinished project bin and came out with the Hydrangea Stitch Bound Book. The colors are actually very similar with Dahlia being quite a bit bolder. 

I traded out the cover pages and some of the inside pages for the Dahlia and used the Dahlia cutaparts. Here is the front outside cover and the back inside cover. It did take a little extra positioning to get the print just where I wanted it. 

Each inside page is folded, scored and pierced for easy stitching. It's been awhile since I've done a hand-stitched book but it's like riding a bike. I cheated with the first two photos below because Kay's photos from Club Scrap are much better than mine.

Here's the final album with the decorated outside cover. 

A peak at the inside.  I used three of the cutaparts stacked on each other with dimension. I also used photo corners instead of adhering the photos to the pages so they can be changed later. I tend to compose my photos using the entire frame so cropping photos down is difficult.  Many of my handmade albums use the entire page for one photo.

Thank you for joining us on the Blog Hop!  Please continue on the hop to see what the very talented Donna's created for you.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Staging Photos

I have sooo done this. 
 I've actually changed the color of my jacket (photoshop) in a photo so it would match the paper I wanted to use!  
Yep...I'm that person.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Butterflies Love Dahlias

Welcome to the Club Scrap artist challenge! If you've arrived here from Donna's post then you're in the right place. You can start from the beginning at Club Scrap. 

We've been given the challenge to create butterflies or flowers from paper and incorporate them into our projects.  I had actually pinned dozens of handmade flower ideas until I got a look at my Easter photos and just had to do butterflies! My niece is just the cutest little bug that I adore with my whole heart.  Getting a photo of her is almost impossible.  Even when I put the camera on "sports" mode. I wish I had that energy...

Once I started with the layout, I just knew it was going to be more of a wall art piece than a scrapbook layout. I was just having fun adding dimension. It just might end up being a Mother's Day gift. 
Club Scrap papers and tags. Creatology feather. Style Steals flower. Celebrate it! doily and wood title. Copics and Stickles for accents. 

I used this 2 minute video to make these lovely origami butterflies. I added straight pins for the antennae and pearl strips on the body to make them more feminine. These little guys are so easy to make. Using a light weight paper is the key to this technique. You can also see Tricia make that three part bow on YouTube. 

Please flutter on the hop to see what the amazing Tina's created for you.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Painted Perfection

Painted Perfection...what a great title for this QDDL. My sister-in-law was completing a day care project that displays the family's hand prints on top of each other. It's actually quite comical to try and get a single painted hand print from an 18 month old! Gave us some good giggles on this Easter morning.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016


Boy...doesn't she look like she's just about to cause some trouble!
Club Scrap Dahlia QDDL.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

My Hand in Yours

Thought I'd share a Dahlia QDDL with you. These are so quick that it takes me longer deciding what photo I'm going to use than creating the entire layout. It's already created for me! Just drop your photo, flatten and save.  That's it!

I love this photo of my mom (Granny is what she like to be called) and my niece. Sometimes it's just as hard for me to get my mother to sit still as it is my niece!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Stained Glass Part 2

I wanted to share another stained glass background technique that I did on Part 1 but I found a crackled Impression Obsession background stamp that I thought looked beautiful.  I followed the same steps as before by stamping the flower, embossing in black and then stamping the background and embossing.  I then used Color Bursts to color the panel. 

Club Scrap papers, stamp, ribbon and tag. Impression Obsession stamp. Ken Oliver's Color Bursts.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Stained Glass Technique

I love the look of stained glass and when Karen asked if anyone wanted to do a monthly technique challenge on duplicating a stained glass look I jumped on it! You can see the entire post on the Club Scrap blog. I think my love of stained glass came from a home I grew up in. We had a stained glass window in our dining room.  I have lots of great memories in that dining room!

I created different looks using embossing powder with intricate stamps and using Color Bursts.

rap papers, stamps. Ken Oliver Color Bursts. Tim Holtz alphabets. Queen&Co pearls. Acrylic paint with bubble wrap.
I used the same technique here of embossing with black embossing powder and using Color Bursts to color.

Had to add another Dahlia flower!

For this technique, I stamped black ink on vellum, heat embossed the image with black embossing powder. I then used Copics to color in the image. Depending on what you're going for here, you can color the backside of the vellum to get a more muted look. I was going for bold and bright and colored on the front side.

My final demonstration was mostly an ah-ha moment. I was looking at images of stained glass and I was wondering if I could make own "stain glass" with my Club Scrap stamp stash. The closest I could find was the chicken wire background stamp from Easter Chicks. Here I stamped my flower stamp and heat embossed with black embossing powder. I then stamped the wire pattern over the flower and heat embossed again. This gave me the fractured look and lines of stained glass.

Create your own stained glass for layouts, cards and projects and share your results at the Club Scrap Linky Party.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

April Card Sketch

This month's card sketch over at the Club Scrap forum is one of my favorites.  It's perfect for using up those little scrap pieces left over from cards or layouts. I usually keep a small stack of scraps while working with a kit but when I'm done I only keep scraps that are 4x6 or 5x7.

Club Scrap papers, ribbon, tags and stamp. Unknown jewels.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Card Concept's 2nd Anniversary

The Card Concept is celebrating their 2nd year anniversary! Congratulations to their team!

Here's a little shabby chic anniversary card.
Club Scrap papers, stencil, ribbon, tag and charm.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Remember how I said you'd see the large Dahlia stamp she is! What I love the most about this stamps is you really don't have to add lots of embellishments to dress it up. 

This first card I color washed the background watercolor paper with Color Bursts and heat set. I then sprayed the stamps with water and stamped the background. Let the stamp sit on the panel for a few seconds so the water gets absorbed.  I then embossed in white "Woohoo".

This next card I color washed a background panel with Color Bursts again.  After it dried I stamped the Dahlia and embossed with white embossing powder. I then added more color to some of the petals with the color wash.  It's very subtle which was the look I was going for. 

I'm not sure I got this stamp out of my system might see more :)

Monday, April 4, 2016

Rainbow of Colors

Happy Monday!  I thought we could all use a little color this Monday. Sunday Stamps is hosting a colorful rainbow of a challenge. The timing is perfect with the new release of Club Scraps Dahlia kit! You can't help but to smile at these warm, vibrant colors. I'm in the process of making Mother's Day cards for moms and grandmas and just love this quote. Here I used a small slice of a color burst panel I created the other day, partially embossed the quote box and added a rosette from a store bought birthday card I received sometime ago.
Club Scrap papers, stamps, ribbons and felt flower. Ken Oliver Color Bursts. Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Quote Our Mothers

My new Club Scrap kit arrived and the colors of Dahlia make me so happy! 
They're so vibrant you just have to see them in person! 

 What I really fell in love with is the big dahlia stamp!
You'll be seeing a lot of this stamp this week because I was trying different techniques with my Color Bursts.
Club Scrap papers, stamps tag, ribbon and jewel.
Here I painted the color busts in water directly on to the stamp and then stamped. The second stamping came out more defined but I really like the watery look to this one. The mothers quote is perfect timing to complete those Mother's Day cards. I wonder if they do that on purpose...

Friday, April 1, 2016

Digital Masterboard

I have two final cards to share with you created with the remaining digital masterboard panels. After all the scrapping/card making from this month's Paris Flea Market I still had some tags and lace edges laying around. Time to use it up so I can clean up.  I like to start off the month with a clean work surface, just in time for my new kit to arrive.

Club Scrap papers, tags, digital kit, paper lace and stamps. Queen&Co. pearls. Basic Grey rub ons. 

Club Scrap papers, stamps, digital stamps, tag and black rhinestones.

If you've joined the digital Masterboard Swap at Club Scrap I'll be emailing out your swap pages.
 If you joined the paper swap. I'll mail them out first thing Monday. Thanks for playing!

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