Thursday, June 30, 2016

Reach for the Sky

We've extended the Never Been Used Stamp challenge (NBUS) over on the forum at Club Scrap.  I received this pear stamp in a mystery box purchase and couldn't wait to use it!  I went digging through my Color Burst panels to find something suitable as a background panel. I thought while I was at it, I would use some of my background stamps as well.  I love this chicken wire!

Cupcake Inspirations is hosting a color challenge that went perfect with my theme!
 Although the lighting didn't really do it justice. 

Club Scrap stamps, ribbon and charm. Color Bursts. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Boardwalk Blog Hop

Welcome to the Club Scrap Boardwalk Blog Hop!  If you've arrived from the talented Tina's blog, you are in the right spot. If you'd like to start from the beginning, please head over to Club Scrap to see what wonderful project Karen has created for you.

My family recently started collecting wooden plaques for our cabin.
Our color theme is red so the Boardwalk collection was perfect for my design.

I was inspired by this sign on Pinterest while browsing for beachy ideas. 
I thought I'd channel my inner Julie and create a sign out of a pizza box. 

Start with unfolding your Club Scrap pizza box the collection came in. 
Using a utility knife cut several 2"x 12" strips.  I created extras just in case.
Pull off layers of the cardboard to distress. 

Paint the strips with white acrylic paint. 
Be sloppy about it, it's supposed to look weathered.

Adhere 1.5" torn paper strips to cardboard strips with bookbinding glue. I started with 12" long strips and tore the edges off randomly.  I felt the paper was too bold so I applied water to my acrylic paint and gave the papers a "white wash" and then wiped off excess with a paper towel. 

I used the same bowl of water and white acrylic paint to flick paint drops on the strips. Next I juggled the different strips around until I like the color balance.  Using bookbinding glue I attached the strips to a 10" x 10" cardboard square cut from the top of the pizza box. Die cut letters, add to strips. I used the stencil from Mirror, Mirror to hand cut the arrows. Of course origami Calvin the Crab HAD to make an appearance. 

I can't wait to hang my sign on our next trip!

Club Scrap cardboard box, papers, stencil. Sizzix alphabet dies. 

Sorry it was a long post and thanks for sticking around.  
Please continue on to see what the amazing Donna has created for you. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Pismo Beach

Pismo Beach is one of my favorite beach destinations on the coast of California.  My husband found a lovely inn right on the beach. The scenery was breathtaking. They even had Adirondack chairs facing the ocean so I could enjoy my wine at sunset.  

This layout was created for the June Layout Challenge and the Idea Deck Challenge using the Jack of Hearts Idea Deck II. I love how many photos can easily fit with this sketch. I wanted to add texture to the plain cardstock so I mixed Color Bursts with texture paste and applied it to the paper. 

Join me tomorrow for the Club Scrap Boardwalk Blog Hop.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Boardwalk Starbursts

Happy Monday!
Hope you had a fabulous weekend!

As you'll see, I"m still playing with the Boardwalk collection. These colors are so bright and patriotic. The stamps allow you to use all different types of markers and pencils to color. If you're not into coloring, the stamps are beautiful on their own. 

I have tons of scraps left over from various projects and didn't want to throw any away. So I chose to do a starburst technique.  I have tried this in the past with disastrous results.  I had the certain number of rectangles at certain sizes that the instructions called for and still couldn't put it together.

Trial and error has taught me...who cares!  Take all your scraps and cut them into whatever sized rectangles. 

Cut all the rectangles from one edge to the opposite edge.

Leaving you with different sized triangles.

Now pick your focal point...doesn't matter pick.
Start adhering your triangles to a paper mat with the long point at your center. 
Leave a space in between each triangle.  This allows for leeway in the end.

When you get to the last piece, just pick a piece that mostly fits.
See how my center doesn't even really line up...we'll cover that up.
Don't sweat it. No one will know.
Trim the edges of your mat.

Your trimmer will get gummed up so use long scissors if you have them.

Decorate as you desire. I like to put my embellishments over the center point.

All products by Club Scrap.

Easy peasy!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Play Ball!

Play ball! 
Here's a digital layout from an Anaheim Angels ball game. I was helping Cindy with her bucket list.  Attend a baseball game at every ball park in America.  My bucket list is to try the garlic fries at every ball park in America ;-)

Club Scrap digital papers. Inside Pixels baseball embellishments. Simply Tiffany Studios template. Dani Moy paint splatter.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Mojo Monday Meets Hypno

Happy Friday!!!
Welcome back for even more Hypno
I was inspired to make these three cards using this week"s Mojo Monday sketch. It helped that I had Hypno scraps laying around :)

Club Scrap papers and stamps. Gelatos sprinkled. Denim.
I actually bought a pair of jeans at the thrift store for $.50 just to die cut.

 Club Scrap papers, button, ribbon and stamp. Twine and burlap.
Club Scrap papers, stamp, burlap roll and wooden arrow. Recollections feather. 

Have a fabulous weekend!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Hypno Zs.

Welcome back for more Hypno!

I found Z fold cards on Pinterest and thought they would be great with the Hypno papers. They are super easy to make and allow good use of those two part sentiment stamps. 
Club Scrap papers, stamps, buttons. Twine and feathers. 

1. Score an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper horizontally at 2.75 and 5.5.
2. Trim paper vertically at 7.25 and 5.5. 
3. Fold the 5.5 x 11 and 1.25 x 11 pieces in a Z pattern.

4. Trim pattern papers to fit panels. I used a 2.5 x 5.25 panel and a 5.25 x 5.25, leaving the middle fold empty. 
5. Stamp and embellish 1.25 strip. There will be a 1.75" strip left over.  I used those for mistakes.

Closed card: 5.5 x 5.5 which will require additional postage.

Club Scrap papers and stamp. Tim Holtz numbers. Denim.

The card above is for my nephew's birthday. I found that neutrals and embellishments like burlap, cork and denim went really well with these papers. 

Club Scrap papers, stamps and jewels. Sizzix die. Recollections flowers.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

You're Getting Sleepy

Welcome to the Club Scrap Artist Team blog hop! If you've arrived here from the talented Donna's blog, you're in the right spot. You can always start from the beginning at Club Scrap.

This month we were challenged to use these awesome Hypno Vintage papers designed by Terri Zwicker.  I've created numerous layouts and projects with the Hypno kit previously and the text weight paper makes wrapping boxes and album covers easy peasy! 

I recently came across this photo of my nephew and felt the colors and theme would be perfect! I trimmed out the "3", the bottom border strip and the up arrow circle from separate sheets of the Hypno designs and distressed. I stamped a small dot pattern on wooden washers to make them more interesting. Then stamped in gold and gold embossed his name on a wooden chalkboard.  I tried to keep my embellishments neutral as to not overwhelm the printed paper.  Paint the backside of burlap with bookbinding glue and let it dry. This allows you to die cut the burlap without it falling apart.

Club Scrap papers, chalkboard, ribbon, wood washers. Queen&Co. black pearls. Spare Parts wood arrows. Sizzix heart die. Recollections flowers. Twine and burlap. 

Thank you for stopping by! Check back the rest of the week for more Hypno paper inspirations. 
Please continue on the see what the amazing Tina has created for you.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer...Anything Goes

Anything Goes!  I just love, love, love these challenges. 
It gives me the freedom to use whatever is one my work surface and Love to Scrap! is hosting an Anything Goes challenge this week.
I just love backgrounds made with gelli prints. 
Here I created this background on my gelli plate using red, white, blue and gold acrylic paints. "Stamping" various stencils and plastic canvas squares.
Club Scrap papers, stencils, wooden stars, banner strip and stamps. 


Monday, June 20, 2016

Celebrating 200 Posts!

Happy Monday!
Today I'm celebrating my 200th blog post! 
Thank you for all of your comments and support.
Let's enjoy a triple scoop of ice cream. 

Club Scrap paper, tags and ribbon. Color Burst panel. Copic markers. Spare Parts wooden spoon. Cuttlebug embossing folder.

Friday, June 17, 2016

It's OK to be Crabby

I simply adore the stamps from the Boardwalk collection! I love the simple lines of the shellfish and the many coloring choices you have with these stamps. 

These images gave me inspiration for the June technique challenge over at Club Scrap. The challenge is create your own handmade embellishments which is a perfect challenge for me.  I'm too cheap to buy new embellishments unless they're on clearance. I've been doing a lot of Origami crafts lately and came across an adorable crab!  I searched Pinterest but found this Origami Crab Video on YouTube to be the easiest to follow.  Give it a try.  Remember to use a light weight paper.

Club Scrap papers, stamps, ribbon, paper and wooden tag. Gelli plate print with acrylic paints.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

June Sketch Challenge

How fun is the June card sketch over at Club Scrap?!
I really love all the layers that can be added to this card.

Here I used some gelli prints that I created and long with this adorable wooden button I found at my local thrift shop. 
Burlap adds some nice texture while keeping it light for mailing.
Club Scrap papers, ribbon, stencil and stamp. Gelli plates with acrylic paint.

This sketch was also perfect for the Paper Smooches Layer Challenge. The more layers the better!
 (Oops...I need to do another card for this challenge. I didn't use a PS stamp)
My bad...sorry.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Happy Father's Day

I'm sooo in love with the Boardwalk stamps!  I love the little crabs and lobsters. 
These are perfect for some Father's Day cards.
Here I used Color Bursts on watercolor paper and let them run down the papers.  I stamped the lobster and added google eye to make it fun.  I double stamped the banner flag, one on blank paper and one on a different Color Burst panel. I cut the sentiment rectangle out of one banner and used dimensional squares to give it lift.  Very simple but one of my favorites!


Friday, June 10, 2016


Happy Friday!!!
Sorry I haven't really posted any paper crafts in a bit.  I'm currently working on a project that you'll see later this month.  Once I finish that up this weekend, I'll be back on track to share more. 

Here's a quick layout that I did with two of the QDDLs (Quick Drop Digital Layouts) provided in this month's Boardwalk collection. For the first time ever, I downloaded the fonts used in this kit and am just loving the look of everything matching! 

Here are some photos from a quick getaway to Pismo Beach

Have a fabulous weekend!


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