Monday, October 30, 2017

Tag it!

Welcome to October's Artist Team Blog Hop brought to you by Club Scrap. Each month the team presents a themed challenge or technique and today we'll be picking techniques from the Club Scrap YouTube Channel and creating our own project.

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 fabulous Tina, you're in the right spot.
There are so many videos to choose from but lucky for me I had just cleaned out my tag drawer and came across these tags.  I didn't even know where they were from until I saw this Altered Aluminum Tags video from 2011. These tags have a foam mat in between the layers making them perfect for "impressing".
 Let's get started with creating some art work with these beauties.
1. Stamp image on tag using permanent ink.

 2. Using an embossing tool, trace image. We received this awesome kit at retreat one year which makes this job sooo much easier. You can even change the tips of the embossing tool for those tight images.

3. Remove ink using Alcohol ink blending solution.

4. Color metal tag using alcohol inks or Copic markers. 
5. Using blending solution gently wipe away some of the color. I wanted to highlight the color in the impressed images. 
6. Create cards with tags.

Club Scrap papers, small tag, ribbon, brad and washi tape. Loma Industries metal tag. Carta Bella embossing folder. 
Club Scrap papers, ribbon, border strip and tag.  Loma Industries metal tag. Sizzix embossing folder. Prima flowers. Queen & Co. pearls.

Club Scrap papers, ribbon and stamps  Industries metal tag. Queen & Co. pearls. Woodpile Fun owl.

Thanks for hoping with us today.  I hope you view some of the amazing videos and techniques on Club Scrap's YouTube Channel. Please continue on to see what fabulous creations Kelly has for you.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Secret Caverns

This is the last layout of memories from my East Coast trip this summer.  I  stayed with my college roomie where we spent hours catching up on the last 10 years of our lives. That was the last time I saw her but we did still keep in touch.We decided to do a day trip from Albany and came across this little known treasure.  The Secret Caverns.  A quirky attraction with super friendly and knowledgable owners.
I couldn't wait to use my National Parks Remix collection with my photos.  I've mentioned before that the original National Parks made the top of the list for my All Time Top 10 collections and I bought every collection Club Scrap designed.
Here's the original ALSB sketch.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Party Owl the Time

Welcome to the Scandinavia 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. 
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 Kelly, you're in the right spot.

To showcase the gorgeous Scandinavia collection I wanted to share a way to get more from your craft supplies. We're going to use our metal dies to emboss instead of cut.

Start with a cutting plate, layered with a rubber mat, your paper, the die (cutting side down) and then another cutting plate.  Run this through your machine. Easy peasy!

Now the fun part...let's create some cards.
Club Scrap papers, felt circle and stamp. Elizabeth Craft Designs die. Cuttlebug embossing folder. Pretty Pink Posh sequins. Stickles. Woodpile Fun owl.

Club Scrap papers, ribbon, stamp and tags. Spellbinders die. Lawn Fawn die. 
You can also use your word dies to create background panels. For this card I took the words from Tim Holtz's Holiday die set and arranged them on a panel, secured them with washi tape then used the same process as above.
Club Scrap papers, ribbon, stamps, border and felt circle. Tim Holtz dies. Nuvo drops.  

Thanks for hopping with us today. Please continue on to see what fabulous project Tina has created for you.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

You're Too Old

"Music to my ears"...that what I usually say when I hear a bottle of wine opening! Hehe. This month's NBUS (Never Before Used Stuff) challenge is to use music related stamps and/or stencils. I immediately thought of Club Scrap's All that Jazz, The Blues and Spring Chorus collections. When going through my stamp binders I came across these long forgotten Salsa stamps. I was super excited to dust these stamps off and put them to good use!
Club Scrap papers, stamps, washi tape. Pretty Posh Pink Sequins. American Crafts twine. 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Feeling Foxy

October's Tool & Stash challenge over at Club Scrap is to use your paper piercing tool (without drawing blood). This tool is essential for placing brads. However, the ladies on the forum have come up with some very creative ways to use the piercer. 
Here I used the piercer to hang my charm with wire and to create a pierced border.
Club Scrap papers, ribbon, tag and charm. Pretty Posh Pink sequins. Recollections feather. Stickles.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Fresh Pick

I love fall and had a blast going through all my fall-ish digital embellishments. I used a template for this layout so I could just drop in papers, textures, and photos.
Down the Road Design clusters. Club Scrap digital papers and ribbon. Katie Pertiet wood banner. Meredith Cardall banner. PrelestnayaP Design templates.  

Monday, October 16, 2017

Some Bunny Loves You

I routinely watch YouTube while on the treadmill and came across this 2011 video that Tricia's did on Jumpin' Leaves.  I'm always looking for cute cards to send my niece and thought this would make her giggle.
Please keep in mind that this is a summary of the technique.
Please refer to the video for full detailed instruction. 
1. Start with a 4 1/4 x 11 strip of paper and score on every 1 3/8"  line, flipping the paper from top to bottom after each score line. Trim the paper at 2 1/8".
2. Stamp the flower in between each score line on both strips.
3. Using a craft knife, cut a line from one flower to the other.
4. Trim the top around the flower.
5. Stamp back side of strip with same flower to give a front and back image.
6. Add dazzles cirlces to center of flowers.
7. Cut a 1/2" slit on every other score line on the bottom of the 1st strip.
8. Cut a 1/2" slit on every other score line on the top of the 2nd strip.
9. Insert top slit onto the bottom slip to join the two strips together.
10. Fold and flatten strip.
11. Adhere to each inside page.


Saturday, October 14, 2017


The sketch for the latest Fusion Card Challenge was made for these awesome felt flowers that were included in the Club Scrap Scandinavia collection. Having never seen or heard of "Lagom" I had to Google it. Lagom is Swedish for "just the right amount." 

Thursday, October 12, 2017


I finally got around to playing with my Stampin' Up "You're my Hero" collection. I was inspired by Karen's Acrylic Block Stamping to create some backgrounds for these stamps.
I scribbled red gelato ink on an acrylic block, spritzed it with water and then applied it to mixed media paper, letting the block sit on the paper to soak up the gelatos.
Club Scrap cardstock and ribbon.. Around the Block papers. Paper Smooches sentiment stamp. Stampin' Up stamp. Nuvo crystal drops.
Club Scrap cardstock and ribbon. Creative Imaginations paper. Stampin' Up stamps. Nuvo crystal drops.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Halloween Blueprint Stamps

You know what Halloween means to me?  It's not about costumes and's about cooler weather on the way! No better reason than that to stamp with my Tim Holtz's Blueprint stamps. I can't get enough of these stamps. Pair them up with a washi tape...easy peasy creations.
Club Scrap papers and enamel dots. Tim Holtz stamps. Cuttlebug embossing folder. American Crafts twine. Washi tape.
 Club Scrap papers and enamel dots. Tim Holtz stamps. Cuttlebug embossing folder. American Crafts twine. Washi tape.
 Club Scrap papers. Tim Holtz stamps. Washi tape. American Crafts twine. Washi tape. Stickles.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Squeeze the Day Digi

It feels like FOREVER since I've been able to do some digi scrapping. Here's a digital layout using the Orchard collection. I love how the yellow background paper looks like it was created with distress oxide inks. The beauty of digital papers is you can change the colors to match your photos. I know this paper will get lots of use.

Club Scrap digital papers, border strips, tag, stamps and button. Katie Pertiet tags. Lara's Digi World flower cluster. Meredith Cardall wood embellishment. Fiddle Dee Dee digital template.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Card Keepers

Wonder what I do with all the cards I make?  I put them groups of 8 with envelopes and give them as gifts.  I love making pretty card keepers for presentation.  Here are just a few different types including ATC and business card holders. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


I have a silly fascination with squished penny souvenirs. I'm like a little kid when I see these machines. I usually jump up and down clapping my hands holding out my hands to my husband. "Do you have any pennies?!" He just shakes his head and pretends not to know me. Luckily Cindy has the same fascination and didn't leave me stranded :)
Club Scrap papers and ribbon. Penny souvenirs. Pink Paislee leather labels.
 I thought today would be an appropriate day to post this Gettysburg layout. It was the last time we all got together and caused chaos in Pennsylvania.  The Fabulous Four are flying into Wisconsin today for our annual Club Scrap Retreat.

Safe travels all my Club Scrap peeps. Keep an eye on my Facebook and Instagram accounts (#csretreat2017) for retreat updates. I can't wait to share with you all the retreat goodness when I get home! 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Apple of My Eye

This collage stamp from Orchard is one of my favorites. I used it multiple times with gelatos for the Club Scrap Artist Team watercolor challenge. This time I wanted to try it with my Pan Pastels. I really like how soft the colors are.
Stamp the collage image with watermark ink. Apply the different colors of Pan Pastels with sponges. Splatter black ink for interest. Stamp quote onto panel. Stamp apple, color with Copics and fussy cut. Emboss background panel with good grain embossing folder. Apply foam adhesive dots to back of apple, wind twine in circles and adhere to panel. Add small black dots of Nuvo Crystals to seeds for dimension. 

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