Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Trattoria Planner

Welcome to the Trattoria 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.

I absolutely ADORE the Trattoria collection!  The rich fall colors had me already, but it's the pasta images and food sayings that make this one of my favorite kits of the year. Wait until you see the adorable stencil!
One of this year's retreat projects was a flexi-planner.  I love having a paper planner.  Something I can touch, feel and open. With this planner you can have clasped pockets and open flaps.
1. Choose prints and trim to 8.25x4.25.
2. Round the appropriate corners of the prints and adhere papers to walls of planner using bookbinding glue.
3. Decorate flaps as desired. How freaking cute is this chef hat and mustache stencil?!

4. Add tabs to light gray pages. I actually wish I had done this step before adding my cover papers.  Maybe next time. 

You can purchase the nekked Flexi Planner in the Pro Shop by heading over to Club Scrap. You can also download the digital templates to make more inside papers.
Thanks for hopping with us today! Please continue on to see what the talented Tina has created for you.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Way Pasta Time

I am obsessed with white heat embossing on dark cardstock. It's very striking and bold. Even though I use an anti-static tool prior to heat embossing I still get the little speck of powder through out my project.  Now I just go with it.  The specks give it character :)
Club Scrap papers, ribbon, stamps and tag. Melissa Frances wine glass die.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Mix & Match

Welcome to the Club Scrap Artist's Team final Blog Hop brought to you by Club Scrap. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Club Scrap for allowing me to be part of their Artist Team.  I have enjoyed being challenged and am very proud to have worked with this very talented group of ladies.
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. Today we'll be creating projects using a mix of at least three different collections.
While we're on vacation we have the philosophy to "eat our way through" the area we're visiting. I love just walking through open air markets and taking pictures of all the fresh meats , fruits and veggies out on display.  We certainly ate our way through Italy and enjoyed watching all the fresh pasta being made. Of course, eating it was pretty spectacular as well :) This layout highlights just a touch of that goodness.

All supplies by Club Scrap
How adorable is that "love" charm spelled with spaghetti?!
Collections used:
Trattoria papers, tags, embellishments
Scandinavia washi tape
Coffee Break buttons
Trees bottle caps
Dahlia tags
Adirondack fibers

Thank you for hopping with us today and for your all your support and lovely comments.  Please continue on to see what the amazing Kelly has mixed and matched for you today.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Giving Thanks Today

Today I'm giving thanks for all my readers, supporters and for all the positive feedback I get from all of you. Thank you!
Club Scrap papers and background stamp. Fiskars punch. Technique Tuesday sentiment.
The background is stamped with my latest favorite noise stamp from Orchard. I kept the color light by using the second stamping on the background mat. A simple sentiment on the front that finishes on the inside with what I am thankful for.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Be Thankful

This month's Trattoria Greetings to Go collection has some uniquely folded bridge cards and they actually took me a bit to figure out how they were to be mailed. By just tilting the strip to one side the card will lay flat to 4.25x5.5. Adorable! You can see the original designs on this blog post.

Club Scrap papers, stamps and ribbon. Sizzix embossing folder. Technique Tuesday sentiment. Unknown washi tape. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Scandinavia Tearables

November's technique challenge over at Club Scrap is to incorporate texture and dimension into your craft project with torn paper. An easy, no cost way to add a little extra zip to your cards. I'm having a blast with the new Scandinavian Holiday collection and couldn't wait to use this simple technique to add some more texture.
These cards were designed using the ALCM deck Vol. II  which is a great "go-to" to use up some hoarded vellum. :)
Papers, stamps and ribbon by Club Scrap. Black tag by Me & My Big Ideas. Nuvo drops. Carta Bella stencil with spackle. 

 If you give this technique a try, don't forget to add your post to the Linky Party over at Club Scrap for a chance to win a gift certificate.

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Gift of Love

I was so in love with the October Scandinavia collection that I had to buy every piece of the Scandinavia Holiday collection as well. I just love the images and color combination of this kit.
November's Idea Deck Challenge is to use the King of Clubs from any of the 5 Idea Decks. Here I used the King of Clubs from Vol. II which is a card making idea deck. I thought this gave me a great opportunity to use those vellum papers I've been hoarding. These cards came together so quickly that I may make multiples and use them as early Christmas gifts. 

I picked up some Christmas stencils by Carta Bella recently and couldn't wait to use some spackle with them.  I love the texture this gives!

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Pizza my Heart

November's Past & Present challenge is to use supplies from the following collections:
Culinary (03/2004)
Bon Appetit (06/2012)
50s Kitchen (03/2015)
I only had one sheet left of Culinary which just happens to coordinate very well with this month's TrattoriaI used the same design concept of the Greetings to Go vertical hinge to create this card. 

Close look at inside of card 
 How fun is this design?!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Be Grateful

I'm still having fun with the vertical hinged cards included in the Trattoria Greetings to Go kit.  So much so that I made extras. I've been trying different techniques on the card panel so you might be seeing more of these through the month. 
This card was created with the Club Scrap November Tool & Stash challenge in mind.  This month we're challenged to use our distressing tools.  So break out those sanding blocks, emery boards, sandpaper or the Tonic Distresser.
Club Scrap papers, ribbon and fork charm. Sizzix embossing folder.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Olive You

Happy Saturday!

I am so thrilled that the weather is cooler.  I'm totally in the fall spirit now and making a few Thanksgiving cards.  I got a little side tracked when I spotted the Color Throwdown Challenge #468.  The new Trattoria collection is a perfect match for these colors.  I fell in love with the unique design of these cards in which the top and bottom flaps of the card are hinged together by a narrow vertical strip, creating a window that reveals the artwork inside.
Club Scrap papers, stamps and ribbon. Nuvo drops. Prismacolor pencils.
I'm totally in love with that olive oil stamp and greeting!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Past & Present Challenge

November Card Sketch was a little too abstract for me initially, but I'm glad I gave it a try. This turned out to be a fun way to use up paper strips and scraps from 50's Kitchen for the Past & Present challenge.
Club Scrap papers, tag and charm. Queen & Co. pearls. Impression Obsession background stamp.

Here's a few bonus cards with the scraps.


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Valhalla Wedding

We were honored to witness and celebrate two good friends getting married. The ceremony was held at a breathtaking venue on Lake Tahoe. It was awesome to spend time with co-workers and their families.
This layout was created using the cutting instructions from October's sketch and using papers for the Past & Present challenge.
 All products by Club Scrap

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Be Original

October's Idea Deck challenge was to use the 10 of diamonds from any Idea Deck.  I chose to use the Card Making Idea Deck Vol. II. (This happens to be the only Idea Deck left for sale of the five decks.) These decks sell out quickly! The Idea Decks provide you with sketches and cutting instructions for a multitude of layouts, cards and projects. They're great for when you lose your crafting mojo.
Usually I shy away from these little squares but the stamp images from the Scandinavia collection are perfect for decorating them.

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...