Friday, April 28, 2017

Artist Team Bouquet

Welcome to April's Artist Team Blog Hop brought to you by Club Scrap. Each month the team presents a themed challenge or technique. The  purpose of the blog hop is to demonstrate the beauty of paper crafts.
If you just happened on the blog hop today because you're a regular reader of my blog, and you'd like to view the entire hop, you can start back at Club Scrap. If you're already hopping and linked to me from Donna's Blog, you're in the right spot.
Each member of the team is pulling inspiration from the Stamped Bouquet unmounted rubber stamps that debuted at the Club Scrap 2016 Retreat. You can see the retreat projects created here.  For this blog hop, I decided I wanted to keep a fairly monochromatic theme with kraft backgrounds.

1.  Stamp rose flower several times with watermark ink.
2.  Stamp cluster flower with watermark ink.
3.  Heat emboss all images with white embossing powder.
4.  Color roses with white pencil.
5.  Cut out several different layers from each rose.
6.  Layer with foam circles. Add bling.
7.  Stencil image on background panel with White ink. Heat set.
8.  Stamp sentiment on paper strip.
9.  Add elements together.
1. Place washi tape on background panel just below center.
2. Stamp cluster image with watermark ink and heat emboss in white.
3. Remove washi tape to leave a space.
4. Stamp sentiment in brown ink.
5. Color in image with white pencil.
6. Add small washi tape to left border.
7. Add gold Nuvo drops for interest.
1.  Distress edges of background panel.
2.  Stamp or hand draw frame.
3.  Die cut oval. Stamp sentiment and sprigs.
4.  Color sprigs with watermark pen.
5.  Stamp flower and leaves and heat emboss in white.
6.  Color flower with white pencil.
7.  Adhere oval with foam adhesive.
8.  Assemble pieces. Add gem.

These two cards are similar to above but with slightly different elements.

Color with a watermark pen.
 A slightly large piece of washi tape was used to create a sentiment space. Background splattered with gelatos.
Thank you for hopping with us today.  I hope you've enjoyed these simple, mostly monochromatic cards. Please continue on to see what amazing project Tina has created using these beautiful stamps.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cherry Blossom Color Bursts

It feels like forever since I've played with my Color Bursts.  I have stacks of 4x6 photo paper left over from a now defunct printer and wanted to experiment with's either that or donate them. So I dusted off my pink and silver Color Bursts and got to work. I chose the ice pattern stamp from Shades of Winter to create my backgrounds.
1. Brush water onto glossy photo paper.  
2. Sprinkle pink Color Bursts on paper. 
3. Add more water to make messy. Add metallic Color Bursts.
4. Using this panel as an ink pad, stamp into Color Bursts.
5. Stamp onto a second blank panel.
6. Repeat the process until happy with the background.
7. Let dry. I actually used a matte spray to keep metallic colors from rubbing off.
What I learned from the photo paper is that the color bursts dry very fast and the stamped images are fairly clear.  The paper doesn't absorb the inks and water like normal cardstock.  As you can see in the background I had a hard time getting the water and colors to move.  The metallics tend to rub off and require a fixative. However, I'm very pleased with the results.
Club Scrap papers, stamps, ribbon and flower. Making Memories rub on. Cuttlebug embossing folder. Queen & Co. pearl. Ken Oliver Color Bursts.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cherry Blossoms Blog Hop

Welcome to the Cherry Blossoms Blog Hop brought to you by Club Scrap.  Each month the talented Club Scrap owner, employees and members present a project, card or layout using the monthly featured collection. The  purpose of the blog hop is to demonstrate the beauty of paper and digital crafts.
If you just happened on the blog hop today because you're a regular reader of my blog, and you'd like to view the entire hop, you can start back at Club Scrap. If you're already hopping and linked to me from the talented Tina's Blog, you're in the right spot.  

Each member of the team is pulling inspiration from the Cherry Blossoms Collection. The colors and richness of this collection will pull you out of a winter funk and get you ready for spring! The papers and stamped images brought back many memories of a month long trip to SE Asia. I knew I had some amazing photos to go with this collection and planned on a two page layout to share.  I got side tracked when Julie shared her Paper Fan tutorial on the Club Scrap blog.  I immediately thought of parasols and how fun they would be to create for a layout. Creating them was fun...trying to adhere them...not so much.
So let's get started.
1. Die cut several circles.
1.  Fold circles in half with backsides facing and score.
2. Unfold and rotate 90 degrees.
3. Fold in half again and score.
4. Repeat two more times.
5. Fold circles in half with the front sides facing and score.
6. Repeat as above. You'll need mountain and valley folds.
7.  Cut 8 strips of paper 1/8" wide.
8.  Adhere to valley fold lines.
Initially I tried to adhere the parasols to the layout using a needle-tipped applicator and bookbinding glue on the valley folds. That didn't work so I ended up stacking thick foam adhesive circles placed underneath the parasols. 

This layout is quite dimensional and will not fit in an album.  In my guest room I have six 12x12 frames that I display my bulkier layouts. These hold special photos and mementos that I just don't want to hide in albums on a shelf.
Thank you for hoping with us today!  Please continue on to see what the very creative Donna has crafted for you using this awesome collection.
Supplies used:
     Club Scrap paper, stamp, ribbon, alpha stickers and coin.
     Tonic Nuvo gold crystal drops.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Seven of Hearts

April's Idea Deck challenge this month is to use the seven of hearts from any Idea Deck.  The interesting thing about this selection is that both card decks had matchbook style cards.  They're a little bit different than the standard card but fun to create.  This set is from the Card Making Deck #1 and makes three cards.  The top of the first two card folds over the front cover.  Instead of using a staple to secure, I punched two holes and wove ribbon through them.  I scored the front panel to make it easier to open. Your handwritten greetings goes on the inside.  

Club Scrap papers, ribbon and stamps, white flower, stickers and tags.
Cuttlebug embossing folder. Nuvo crystal drops.  

Monday, April 24, 2017


One of my favorite challenges over at Club Scrap is the NBUS (Never Before Used Stuff).  At the beginning of every month Pam suggests a topic or item and the challenge is to find a stamp or stencil that you've never used before.  This gives me the opportunity to flip through my stash to see what stamps have been neglected. April's NBUS challenge is to use an item of clothing or accessory stamp.  Well we all know my love for shoes so I didn't have any of those that haven't been used.  One of my favorite stamp collections was the November 2004 Steppin' Out, which included shoes, ties and purses. I think I even have an idea for Father's Day cards...
Club Scrap papers, purse stamp, border strips and ribbon. Martha Stewart punch.
Close to My Heart sentiment. Handmade papers.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Accordion Pocket File Holder

This Accordion Pocket file folder has been a huge hit over at Club Scrap.  This is a fantastic organizing time saver if you're an ALSB (Assembly Line Scrapbooker).  Every month Tricia creates two sets of ALSB instructions (for both Deluxe and Lite kits) and they are FREE for everyone, not just members.
The cutting instructions for each kit are super easy, it's keeping all the components organized afterwards that can present a problem.  Tricia has come up with this AMAZING accordion folder to help keep your parts and pieces in line.
Now...I'll be honest here.  I really struggled with this project.  I tried SEVERAL times before getting it right.  The little side accordion folds kept flying off.  I routinely adhered the dividers to the wrong folds.  I may have uttered some bad words.  But I finally got it together and it was worth the blood and sweat. Literally.   ended up with two paper cuts. Hahaha.

You have two options for purchasing this organizer. The Accordion Pocket File has everything you need to complete this project. The Accordion Pocket Instructions are just the instructions needed to finish the project with your own supplies.  The project forum has some members examples if you need more inspiration. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Go & Do

It's been awhile since I've created digital layouts using Fiddle-Dee-Dee templates.  She's usually my go to gal when I hit a digital roadblock. Here's a layout using April's free template.!
Fiddle Dee Dee template
Club Scrap papers and textures

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cherry Blossom Costume Party

I feel like it has been awhile since I've created a layout. I'm running short on photos and really need to get some printed up. The first time I saw the ALSB layouts for Cherry Blossoms I knew I had some special photos that would work out fantastic! 

These photos are from an Asian inspired costume party we attended a few years back.  The kimono stamp and lanterns are a perfect embellishment to the photos.
 As you can see, I really didn't change the photo orientation but added different embellishments.
I'm currently on a stamp and heat emboss kick right now. I seem to enjoy the results better than when I try to color.  With all the adult coloring creativity out right now I think I'm the only person who doesn't enjoy coloring. I find it stressful to get the colors and shading right.

Supplies used:
     Club Scrap Cherry Blossom papers, ribbon, borders, fan charms and stamps.  


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Paper Flower Challenge

Happy Tuesday!
The April technique challenge over at Club Scrap is to create paper flowers.  I've had an old thrifted dictionary sitting in my craft closet and I wanted to incorporate that somehow.  I searched Pinterest and found a whole bunch of ideas. Sadly none of them worked out for me.  The flowers were either too bulky for mailing or the dictionary paper was too thin. So I reached for my handy dandy EK  flower punches.
Punch flowers in different sizes. 
Run an embossing tool in circles in the center of the flowers for dimension.
Stack and offset flowers. Adhere each layer.
Use a smaller flower cut in half for added interest.

There are so many different, creative ways to create paper flowers. Punches seem to be the easiest. I do have another technique I can't wait to share but you'll just have to wait until the Artist Team Challenge on April 28th. I encourage you to create paper flowers and share your work on the Linky Party. You could win a Club Scrap gift certificate! 
Supplies used:
     Club Scrap Cherry Blossoms paperstags and stamps.
     Club Scrap white pigment ink.
     Queen & Co. bling.
     Elizabeth Craft Designs stitched circle die.
     Basic Grey rub ons.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Love Banner

I love using banners.  They give a simple border strip or ribbon a little class.
I was super excited to see that Sunday Stamps was hosting a banner challenge. As you can see...I couldn't stop at just one card. I was on a role!

Club Scrap papers, ribbon and tulip stamp. Paper Smooches sentiment. Queen&Co. pearls. Lawn Fawn stitched die.
Recycled home décor flower. 

Club Scrap papers and ribbon. Paper Smooches sentiment. Queen&Co. pearls. Lawn Fawn stitched die. Basic Grey rubon. Recycled home décor flower.

 Club Scrap papers, ribbon and stamp. Queen&Co. pearls. Lawn Fawn stitched die.
Recycled home décor flower.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Excited about Friday

Happy Friday! 
I'm so happy it's Friday, I get my hair cut today! Thank goodness. 
Nothing makes a girl feel better than a haircut!
I just can't help but share more Delft cards with you. 
The colors just make me so happy! 
Here's a card using more of the faux tiles. 

Club Scrap papers and stamps. Lawn Fawn and Elizabeth Craft Design dies. Darice embossing folder. Recycled home décor flower. 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cupcake Inspirations #402

I just love the colors in this week's Cupcake Inspiration #402.  They're bright, cheery and perfect right before Easter. I used a left over panel I stamped from the Delft collection. I'm on an embossing kick lately.  I just love the look of white heat embossing on darker cardstocks.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Every Heart has a Story to Tell

Back in January on a rainy day I made paper with my recycled envelopes from Christmas greetings. I only added a small amount of red paper bits  to the blender in some instances to get a soft pink with red flakes.  I didn't know it then but those papers would match perfectly with the Cherry Blossoms collection.
I learned a neat trick from Karen for cutting your handmade paper but leaving a torn edge look by using a water brush and ruler.
You'll be seeing these handmade papers frequently this month.
The following card was created using the Cherry Blossoms Greetings to Go kit along with inspiration from the April Sketch Challenge.

 Club Scrap papers, tags, and white flower. Close to My Heart fiber. Prima flowers. Cuttlebug embossing folder. Nuvo crystal drops.
Need further instructions on making paper?
I go more in depth in my Handmade Paper blog post.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


"In my defense I was left unsupervised." That pretty much sums up our trip to the bowling alley!  A few of us could not keep the ball out of the gutter so we started trying different techniques with some better results ;)
This digital layout was created using the April Sketch for the Monthly Layout Challenge. Every month each collection comes with a layout sketch and cutting instructions.  I created a template with different colors using the same measurements I would with paper.  Once the sketch is in Photoshop I begin by filling in photos, papers and then embellishments.
Club Scrap digital papers, borders, stamps, ribbons, buttons and pearly. Anna Aspnes flag tags. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

Freshly Made Sketches #282

I couldn't wait to open my pizza box and see the Cherry Blossoms collection for myself!  I wasn't disappointed.  I love the soft colors paired with the rich reds and deep grays. The first thing I did was start stamping and cutting out cherry blossoms. I needed something mindless to do to ease some recent stress.  You'll have to wait to see what I did with those...I'm such a tease!
In the mean time I created this card for the Freshly Made Sketches #282. The goal is to keep it clean-lined and simple. Sometimes I really struggle to keep it simple but I LOVE LOVE LOVE the finished card!

Club Scrap papers, stamps, brad, sequin and white flower. Prima pink flower. 

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...