Saturday, May 21, 2011

Welcome to the Club Scrap Die Cutter's Blog Hop!!

Today we are celebrating our love of Club Scrap and how we use our favorite die cutting machines.
I have used several in my day,  started out small with a Sizzix Side Kick that I got as a Mother's Day present from my mom about 8 years ago.   Recently moved up to a Sizzix Big Shot at this years birthday so I could cut larger / thicker materials and use Tim Holtz's new line of Sizzix dies and embossing folders.  
Then my hubby and I were looking at the Silhouette and we both felt that this type of machine would be such a great addition to my die cutting products.   Love this machine and how I can cut any true type font,  I can hand draw any image or scan an image to import into the software and then cut that shape out on my awesome Club Scrap papers!   It runs like a dream and the amount of detail is amazing.    

So here is the piece I have decided to share with all of you!   

The first time I used my Silhouette,  I went big!   I decided to cut the most intricate design I could get my hands on LOL!   Crazy I know,  but I really want to see what this machine could do.   So I used my $10.00 gift card (came with purchase of the machine) at the Silhouette store (accessible thru the software) and bought a few things that I thought I would get the most mileage out of.   I couldn't resist these lace patterns one in Butterflies and one in Snowflakes.   I cut it using standard copy paper and it came out great.   Down side.... tons of tiny little pieces I had to get off my sticky carrier sheet.  Fun stuff,  live and learn.   Got some great tips from fellow Silhouette users on how to get those off in a jiffy!   

I had recently purchased some of my favorite 8.5 x 11 Club Scrap papers from the Pure and Simple kit.  These highly textured (looks like leather) and awesome colored papers fit my project perfect and I set out to create a Chain Stitch book.    I had seen Tricia Morris (the co owner of Club Scrap) do a video tutorial of this book years ago while watching Craft TV Weekly (videos are available HERE) and always wanted to try it.   So I reviewed the instructions and the video and made an extra large version 8x8 of my own which the lace die cut with butterflies for the cover embellishment.   I used my Club Scrap Book Binding/Padding/Laminating glue to adhere the very delicate lace piece to the front cover.  I spread the glue over the entire black cover and gently (and very carefully) laid my lace piece on top.   I love the way the white pops off the black background.   I am planning on using this book for a garden journal.  

I am super happy with how it all came together and hope you like it. 

Please be sure to hop around to all my friends blogs so you can see which die cutter is their favorite to use with Club Scrap papers and products!

Hop on over to Connie's blog next!! 
Bloggers really appreciate your comments so please feel free to leave us some love!!  

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Jr. Prom

It seems like just yesterday,  I held you in my arms as a chubby little baby and now look at you,  all grown up into this handsome young man.   So proud of you and love you very much!

Jason and his girlfriend Abby

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day Mini from Shannon

My youngest daughter Shannon (6) created this little book for me for Mother's Day.
I found it so clever how she added the drawings after the book was together and how accurate her drawings were on both sides of the book.   She is quite the little artist!  
Thanks Shannon for this special little book!   I love you!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

I wouldn't be celebrating today if it were not for these 3 kiddos or for this woman!  
Thanks Mom for showing me what a real mom should be!

Hope all my "Mom" friends and family have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Squirrely Art Blog Pinwheel Challenge

Nancy's Squirrely Art Blog has challenged us with another cool TJN technique!   I just love how this came out and you have to check out the others who take on this challenge as well!


I used Club Scrap's Cyprus teal cardstock,  Nature's Wonders vellum, and little luna moth UM stamp from Great outdoors dusted with gold Perfect Pearls.
I created the black paper with Acrylic paints and bubble wrap.

I punched the vellum with a small flower punch from my stash with a black rhinestone center.