Monday, July 31, 2017

Frame it Up

Welcome to July'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.  Today we'll be showing you framing ideas with your stamps and stencils. 

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 Tina's Blog, you're in the right spot.

Inspiration for this technique came from July's NBUS (Never Before Used Stuff) challenge on the Club Scrap forum. The goal is to create a frame using your stamps or stencils.  Now you could just use a "frame" type stamp but I decided to use those small border type stamps and create frames.  This turned out to be a little more difficult than expected.  I'm too much of a perfectionist and really like my frame corners to be exact.
I started off with using the large 5x7 cards from the Vintage Botany Greetings to Go collection. This first card I used a half circle dotted stamp from "By the Seashore". I stamped it twice to make a full circle.  Easy peasy, right?! With a little masking, it does line up well.
Club Scrap papers, stamp, tag, ribbon, button and leaves. Tim Holtz oxide inks. American Crafts twine.
Here's another simple border stamp from Navajo that I used to frame the background mat. I did use my Misti to line up the sides. I love how the green leafy paper we received in Transformations matches well with Vintage Botany!
Club Scrap paper, tags, cut aparts and stamps. American Craft twine.
 I absolutely adore how this framing worked on this card!  I used the Versailles stencil which I do believe I've never used.  I taped off the section of the stencil (1/2 inch from each corner) I didn't want to use and inked all four sides directly onto the card base.
All products by Club Scrap.
I have a little secret about my bows on cards.  Bows and knots on ribbon (especially the wider ribbons) make the card very bulky for mailing.  I run the mat with the bow or knot tied through my Big Shot.  It totally flattens the knot and makes mailing so much easier.
Now this last card did not photography very well and I apologize. I die cut the frame and added the sentiment along the edges.  Now...this took several attempts to get right.  You really do need to pay attention to the direction of the sentiment. Just rotating the frame each time you stamped didn't work well.  Some sentiments were upside down, one side was reading up and one side was reading down.  I added dimensional foam adhesive to the frame and backed it with a very light monochromatic print.
Club Scrap papers, ribbon and stamp. Paper Smooches heart die.

Thank you for hoping with us today! I hope you enjoyed the different framing with stamps and stencils. Please continue on to see what amazing frames Kelly has created.

Here are other examples of framing:

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Snowflake Spinner

Hetty challenged us this month to create spinner cards in Club Scrap's technique challenge Just Keep Spinning. I have to admit, I've never created a spinner card before. Spinners are simple to make, just create a window, then hang a die cut inside the opening. I came across these snowflake charms and thought they'd be perfect to hang!
1. Die cut a circle on your card base, inside cover panel and a larger circle on your front panel.
2. Sandwich thread between two charms and adhere together.

3. Center the snowflakes in the center with the thread running from top to bottom and attach to inside of card front. (I use left-over random alphabet stickers.) Cut strings.
4. Attach back panel to hide strings.  I used my tape runner but also ran a small thin bead of bookbinding glue around the circle edge to close the gaps.

5. Attach front panel and decorate.
Club Scrap papers, stamps, ribbon, pearls and charms. Creek Bank Creations banner die. 
6.  Before you place the card in the envelope, spin the charm until it's tight.  This will allow the charm to "spin" when the recipient opens the card. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Vintage Botany Blog Hop

Welcome to the Vintage Botany 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 Wendy, you're in the right spot. 
Today each member is pulling inspiration from the Vintage Botany collection. This kit features a beautiful, neutral color palette complemented by a gorgeous deep purple. The prints in this kit work perfectly for many events but I chose to use it for a recent outdoor wedding we attended.
Every month detailed trimming instructions and layout ideas are provided with each collection.  I tend to gain my inspiration for these Assembly Line Scrapbooking ideas. Sometimes I'll follow the layout exactly, but more times than not I'll add bits and pieces from several layout ideas, as I did here.

This layout was created using the main design of Layout 7&8 with a little twist of 5&6.
 I changed the border strip to match my theme.  I added more wooden button stamps to bring both pages together and HAD to use these adorable pop-up butterfly tags.

To make the little white tabs stand out, color it with a gold metallic pen. Staple it to the cut apart journaling tag and place it in a glassine bag.
Thank you for hoping with us today! I hope you take advantage of the ALSB instructions and get your photos on layouts. Please continue on to see what Tina has created with this collection.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Are You Kitten Me?

My newest addiction is matching stamps and dies. I love that I can stamp an image and not have to fussy cut it myself. Dies are a little expensive so I bought several different sets when Paper Smooches was having a big sale. 
I only had one sheet of paper left from the Club Scrap Furr-Ever Fluffy Friends collection and thought that would make a great background for my new Feline Friends stamp and die combination. The goggle eyes just make these cards even more adorable!

Created for the Paper Smooches Anything Goes challenge.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Mini Accordion Hinge Album

The mini accordion hinge book is fun-sized at 3.5×4.5″ and packs a ton of real estate for photos and notes.  The album is a combination of accordion folds and paper hinges that is intriguing and fun to assemble.  It's not difficult once you've seen how it's done.  I do recommend watching the Video prior to assembling and then following the instructions on the Club Scrap blog.


Thursday, July 13, 2017

What Were We Thinking?

July's Tool & Stash challenge is to use those pre-printed tags, stickers, cut-aparts.  Well since I have an entire drawer full of them this gave me an excuse to go digging. Why don't I use these more often?  They make card making so simple when you don't want to pull out the stamping supplies.  Just add a few embellishments and bam! You got an adorable card.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

No Limits

Don't you just love it when a crafty challenge totally fits what you need to work on!  That's what happened with July's Past & Present challenge. This month we are challenged to create projects with any of the following collections: Passage of Time (01/2001), Wheel &  Sprocket (08/2006), and Moroccan Spice (11/2015). I actually have quite a bit of the last two and the Passage of Time is a vintage collection I never owned.
The colors of Wheel & Sprocket are a perfect match for Kayla's graduation photos. I wanted a fun title so I dug out my Cricut from the closet. I really need to use that machine more.
Club Scrap papers, acrylic dots and ribbon. Cricut titles. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July Card Sketch

July's card sketch is created by Annette D and I love the rounded corners and angled design. Seems like lately I've been sending out more sympathy cards than birthday cards.  I almost never have sympathy cards on hand.  I feel weird even creating them.  That sounds strange, huh?  It makes me sad to just stamp "with sympathy".  
You should see some of the cards that have been created. Stunning!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Frame It

Happy Monday!  I'm on the road this week so you'll have to wait a tad bit longer for some Vintage Botany craftiness. So I'm completing some of July's challenges with the Literature Greetings To Go kit. This month's NBUS (Never Been Used Stuff) challenge is to create a frame with stamps.  I'm not the best stamper so a Misti is a must for me. With a little practice and masking this frame turned out much better than expected. :)

Friday, July 7, 2017

Lancaster Expo

Guess what I'm doing today? Sharing my love for Club Lancaster, PA!  Stop by the booth and say "Hi". 


Thursday, July 6, 2017


I tend to buy everything wine related.  So I couldn't pass up this wine glass embossing folder when I spotted it at a Scrapbook Expo.  I really didn't know what to do with it though once I got it home.  It's not really a pattern to use as a background.
These cards are fun and funky to put together as you can see from an earlier post. So when I was looking for embossing folders to use with the Paradise Greeting to Go collection I had an "Ah-Ha" moment. I'll use it as the front panel.
1.  Emboss the two sections and use the "enjoy" tag to link them together.
2. Stamp the inside panel with Wine Background stamp from Just for Fun Rubber Stamps.
3.  Embellish.

Club Scrap papers, tags and sequin flowers. Darice embossing folder. Just for Fun Rubber Stamps background. American Crafts twine. Nuvo Crystal drops.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tall Z Fold

The Idea Deck challenge is a great way to learn different and fun folding cards. I love being challenged to try something out of my comfort zone. The original sketch for these Z fold cards calls for some different elements that I changed. I added metallic washi tape inside of the paper strip and used an oval die cut instead of the rectangle.  I stamped a bunch of images, heat embossed with silver and fussy cut to add some embellishing. 

If you're looking for an Idea Deck there is only one set out of five left in the Club Scrap store. Get it while you can! You can sometimes find them on Ebay as well.  They are a great source of inspiration and instruction.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July!
Hope you all have a safe Fourth of July!
 Club Scrap papers and embellishments. Wishing Well Creations template.

Club Scrap papers, stamps and white clothing tag. Queen & Co. jewels. Martha Stewart flag.  

Monday, July 3, 2017

Holy Smokes

Happy July!  Can you believe it's July already?! With today being the first shipping day of the month, my Vintage Botany paper collection just left the Club Scrap warehouse in WI.  I'm hoping that it arrives before I leave for the East Coast so that I can fondle the papers and stamps for a bit.  I'll be flying to PA to cause trouble with Cindy and Tracey while helping out Club Scrap at the Lancaster Scrapbook Expo.  Then it's off to NY for a high school reunion. I can't wait to spend some time with my high school BFFs and college roomie! Just think of all the photos I can scrap when I get home!
Here's some photos I've been hanging on to for a bit, not knowing how to scrap these.  I work with these amazing guys at the fire station.  They train hard for this exact situation and did an awesome job in 100+ weather. No one got injured and that's always a winning situation.  The quote on the border strip was the deciding factor on how to pull these photos together.
Club Scrap papers, stamps, tags and border. Quickutz hat and hydrant dies. Nuvo crystal drops. Queen & Co. washi tape.  

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