Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Paradise Blog Hop

Welcome to the Club Scrap Paradise Blog Hop. Join us on the hop to see what this gifted group of ladies have created using this beautiful collection.  If you've arrived here from the very talented Tina's blog you're in the right spot. If not, make sure you start at the beginning to see what Karen has created for you.

A few days back I shared with you my recent handmade paper gifts. Well I didn't stop with the flowers. I wanted to create some tinted papers as well. I added some orange papers to the blender when creating the pulp.  Giving me these beautiful ivory papers with flecks of orange.

I stamped the top of each page to personalize it. Scored and folded in half.

I originally was going to make each envelope but these beautiful ivory satiny envelopes arrived from Club Scrap a few days before.
So...where's the Paradise collection part come in? Right here! It's all about presentation!
I created this based on the Sunflower Notecard Holder after seeing it in person at the Scrapbook Expo. I did things a bit different than the posted instructions but the form is the same. I just love that adorable little stamp pocket inside!
Thank you for joining us on this Paradise Blog Hop.
Please continue on to see what the amazing Donna has crafted for you!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Paradise Greetings to Go

I love experimenting with new shapes and folds of cards. Included in Paradise's Greetings to Go collection are these cards with open space attaching the bottom portion to the top portion with a tag of sorts. It's fun to have a little peak at the inside panel where you have the option of a greeting or additional images.
Club Scrap papers, tag and ribbon. Recollections feather.  

Club Scrap papers, ribbon, tag and floral sequins. 
Club Scrap stamps and paper. Gelatos and colored pencils. Impression Obsession background stamp. American Craft ribbon.
Don't be afraid to jump out of your comfort zone. It's fun to see what you can come up with.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Paradise ALSB Cards

I'm joining in on the ALSB challenge at Club Scrap using the six of Clubs from Card Deck Vol. II. Here I created four cards from one 12x12 and one 8.5x11 sheet of paper. I love that the Idea Decks give you cutting instructions and sketches to help get the creative juices flowing.
I cut according to the instructions and stamped the larger panels.
I then just started adding some fun embellishments, tags and ribbon.

So I screwed up the cutting instructions and had to wing this last one. (This explains the odd ball pink card).

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Christmas Thyme Blog Hop

Welcome to the Club Scrap Christmas Thyme Blog Hop. I'm so excited to be sharing my project for this special holiday collection. If you've arrived here from the very talented Tina you're in the right spot. If you'd like to start from the beginning, please head over to Club Scrap to see what they have created for you.
My beloved Christmas planner has run it's course. It's well loved and lasted 11 years!  This paper was from a different Club Scrap holiday collections many years ago!
I decided to go with a different style of planner after finding these black envelopes at my local stamp store and just completing the Literature Pocket Planner.
Here's a Club Scrap video to help guide you through the process.
I was super excited to use my Tricia Morris designed Piercing Cradle purchased at Club Scrap Retreat.
This cradle allows for precise piercing of folded pages.
Multiples at a time. I didn't want to push my luck and did 3 at a time.
This gave me perfectly placed holes on the fold lines in half the time. 
Pierce all scored pages and envelopes according to the directions.
I added decorative ribbon to the binding prior to stitching.
Once all pages are stitched I used my grid ruler to add lines to the ivory pages. This will allow me to create lists.

The pockets and secured envelopes allow for stamps, address labels and receipts.

I love my new Christmas planner!

Thank you for joining us on this special Christmas Thyme Blog Hop!
Please continue to the amazing Roni to see what she's crafted for you.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Be a Flamingo

I love this photo of my mom and I. It was taken in Barcelona on Las Ramblas.
We were amused at the size of the sangria and enjoyed every last drop!
Club Scrap digital papers, frame, inked edging, tag and flowers. Gennifer Bersett sequins. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!
I am thankful for each and everyone one of you that stops by here regularly!

Club Scrap digital papers, tag, ribbon and stamp. Patty Greif title. Laura's Digital World cluster. Katie Pertiet word strip. Joanne Brisebois overlay.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Retreat Pocket Planner

I'm totally into making small albums and journals for gifts right now. We take so many photos with our phones but no one is printing them out anymore. There is so much heartache when a phone is lost, computers crash or some other electronic catastrophe.
I made this pocket planner/album that came in the Literature deluxe kit for my dear friend Tracey for her 39th birthday ;-). I filled it with pictures from retreat, our short road trips throughout the week and some fun quotes. The pockets and enclosed pages will let her keep ticket stubs and small mementos from our trip.

 The gorgeous stitching and binding.
A glimpse inside...

Sometimes I don't want to part with these great mini albums but I get so much joy from giving them!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Disney Paradise

Hey...I think this is the first layout I've shared using the Paradise collection. I've been using it for projects and cards but decided the colors went great with my recent Disney photos. I was super excited to break out my coveted Disney washi tape!

Club Scrap papers. American Craft Thickers. Bo Bunny brads. Queen&Co. washi tape. Memorabilia.
This layout was created for the November Layout Sketch challenge.

Monday, November 21, 2016


I did it! I finished the Europe Album! I saved the best for last. Venice was my all time favorite destination in Europe. I just couldn't get over the canals, food and wine. So glad we took the extra time to make our way there. The European Train experience was quite the adventure!
Club Scrap papers, brads, ALSB instructions and stamps. Thicker letters. Memorabilia from trip.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Chalk Painting

Welcome to the Club Scrap Artist Team Blog Hop! This month we've been challenged with using the Enchanted Forest unmounted stamp sheet, Girlfriends unmounted stamp sheet, and the Sunflowers Sparkle Stickers.
Join us on the hop to see what this talented team has created with these supplies.  If you've arrived here from the very crafty Donna,  you're in the right spot. If you'd like to start at the beginning head over to Club Scrap and see what Karen has created for you.
When I first spotted the twig stamp from Girlfriends, I thought this would make a beautiful wreath. but when I finished stamping the "wreath" in a circular form I thought it looked more like a snowflake. The inside is quite messy so I did what I learned from Jac at retreat...cover it up with chalk paint!

Once I painted the chalk on the center I still didn't like it. I didn't know what to do with the center until I found some snowflake die cuts. I pulled the center gem off and replaced it with the larger sparkle sticker.  I then added a Wink of Stella to add shimmer and now I love it!
Club Scrap papers, gem and stamps. Wink of Stella. Dazzles stickers. K&Co. snowflake.

Since I had the chalk paint out, I might as well keep going. Here I placed a wide strip of washi tape on my card and painted chalk paint on the washi and swiping off onto the card. Removed the tape and use the open area for stamping.
This final card is really directly out of the Stamped Bouquet class Jac taught. I stamped the floral image in parchment pigment ink, painted chalk paint over some of the flowers and restamped in permanent black ink.
I used masks over the flowers I wanted to keep white while stamping in black.
As a thank you for joining us today, I have both sets of unmounted stamps available as a free giveaway.
I'll randomly choose two comments on Thanksgiving and contact the winners that following weekend.

Congratulations Wendy and Retta! You're the winners!
Please continue on to see what spectacular handmade project the fabulous Tina has created for you. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Handmade Paper with a Personal Touch

I received some beautiful flowers from my sister-in-law when they came for dinner recently. She was so proud of these flowers straight from their garden.  I wanted to save them and do something special with them.  So after searching Pinterest I decided to make handmade paper for Christmas gifts this year. I created ATC's last time I made paper with more in-depth instructions on that blog posting.

Blend junk mail envelopes with water.
 Pour pulp into a paper-making screen mold and add dried flowers on top.

Dry paper. Press for 24 hours.
So I thought I'd share a few tricks and tips this time. Mostly what-not-to-dos.
 Don't use security envelopes, the ones with the ink on the inside of the envelope. They will give your paper a blue or grey tint.
Turn off the steam setting on your iron. Your paper will dry MUCH faster. Yep...did that.
Holiday envelopes with metallic insides are the best. They give your papers little metallic flecks that are beautiful! I actually bought a box of 20 cards just for the metallic lined envelopes. $2 at my local thrift store.
The backsides of the paper don't have leaves in them, making it perfect for letter writing.
I'll just score and fold these. I'll wrap them with a beautiful ribbon and add envelopes.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Barrel of Blessings

Recently I purchased a template package from PrelestnayaP Designs over at Pickleberrypop, which happens to be my new favorite digital store. I don't have any templates that use a block method like this so I thought I'd give it a try. I absolutely love the results! It was fun to challenge myself with so many paper choices and embellishments. Plus...I was forced to journal just to fill space.
This layout is from an awesome weekend where Tricia and Karen were in town for the Scrapbook Expo. We enjoyed some awesome food and wine while actually getting some work done too. I even discovered some really cool places in my hometown!

Club Scrap papers, flowers, ribbon, charms and stamps. PrelestnayaP Design Templates. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Garden Holiday Cards

I was cleaning out my digital files and came across some templates that were neglected. I took one look at a 12x12 template from Marshmella Designs and knew this was what I wanted for my holiday cards.
I resized the template to 4x6 and did some minor adjustments to the design.  The new Christmas Thyme digi kit has wonderful colors and papers to work with. I'm embarrassed to say that I bought the paper kitstamper's kit and the stamps that go with this gorgeous collection.  Out of control!
Club Scrap digital papers, flowers, tag and ribbon. Marshmella template.
Don't forget that you can download the digital kit, print from your own computer and make as many paper cards as you need. Karen shows you how to do just that in this blog post from June.

Check back on November 26th for the Christmas Thyme Blog Hop.

Let's Toast

I hope you are all having an amazing holiday season! Paper Smooches is hosting a Ribbon Challenge for December. Ribbon is one of my favo...