Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas presents

Made some fun pinterest inspired nest necklaces for some of the gals in my family!
They loved them.

Club Scrap Digi Kit Holiday WOW 2010

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Squirrely Blog Challenge - Washi/Tissue Tape

Hi All,

Had some time before my Craft Fair this past weekend to use some Tissue Tape on a fun little Ocean themed shadow box.   I sold 2 at the fair.  

Hop on over to Nancy's Blog to check out what the other's have created using decorative tapes.

Thanks for stopping by.

Tim Holtz Idea ology Tissue Tape
Creative Imaginations Tide Pools collection paper and stickers
Club Scrap tiny glass bottle embellishment
Club Scrap Book Binding Glue to seal Tissue Tape
Driftwood, sand, grasses, sea glass and shells I have collected on Massachusetts beaches.
Gathered Twigs Distress Ink

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Squirrely Challenge Distress Stain Dip

I was so happy to be able to create this card for 2 different challenges.   Jen's Sketch Challenge at Club Scrap and Nancy's Squirrely Blog Challenge.
The background panel is made using the Distress Stain Dip technique from Technique Junkies Newsletter.  
Stain colors Fired Brick, Crushed Velvet, Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, and Wild Honey.
I created a flower accent using Club Scrap papers from the Sonoma and Wheel and Sprocket kits.
The pearl is from my stash and the leaves are copy paper die cut with a Sizzix die and inked with CS metallic green reinker.
The Large Collage stamp is also Club Scrap from the Color in B&W kit.
I also over stamped the letters in the word COLOR using Club Scrap's Generations Kit Font.
They are stamped in Distress Markers Barn Door, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Broken China and Dusty Concord.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ink Pad PB Storage revisited

Hi All,

My good Club Scrap buddy Chrissie created a super cool way to recycle her Club Scrap Pizza Boxes into a fun storage for her ink pads.   Check her blog post and get free instructions HERE!

Well,   I adored it and set out right away to make one of my own.

It came together very quickly and I really loved the look.    I had one problem.   I really didn't have a lot of space to keep it on my desk at home and also wanted to be able to take it with me.   So I decided to kick it up a notch.   Here is what I came up with.

I took a second Pizza Box and created a second tray just as Chrissie had instructed with the ink pad storage side of the suitcase.  Before glueing in all of the trays and dividers (which I added to Chrissie's design) I laid the two trays down onto a piece of kraft colored duct tape.  I taped both inside and outside of the trays leaving a 1/4 inch gutter between them in order for the case to open and close easily.

Then I set out gluing all the dividers into place with Club Scrap Book Binding Glue.  Then I trimmed the front cover down to create a pocket in the other half of my case.   I used a Martha Stewart punched edge to dress up the pocket a bit and stamped the front using CS's Papillon Unmounted stamps.  I attached Idea ology Hitch posts along the side of the tray with the pocket and they fit into the holes in the Grungeboard hinges which I painted with both Antique Bronze acrylic paint and Ranger Crackle Antique Brass paint.    I attached them with bronze Idea ology brads and washers.

Note:  I had to make a bit tiny cuts into the wholes of the hinges so they would slide over the Hitch posts.   **Also, please learn from my mistakes, if you want to add hitch posts do so before you add the pocket.  I almost didn't have enough room to screw it in because the hitch post wasn't long enough to go thru both sets of cardboard.    And my hand wasn't small enough to fit inside the pocket.  My daughter and I managed somehow to get the thing in without having to rip apart the pocket.  :)

So then I needed to figure out a way to carry it safely.   So I created ropes out of the duct tape and braided and knotted them into handles.   Then taped them onto the sides of the boxes all the way to the bottom to give it extra support.

This is the finished project.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Using up my scraps....sort of

A few days ago I posted some instructions for cards made using my very own ALCM instructions.   I had a few scraps left over and really wanted to try and use them for more cards.

I created 3 more cards using 8.5x11 paper in white, blue and tan.  I cut each piece so that it yielded 1 card base and 2 panels.  I stamped on one of each of the colors panels with the flower stamp and then on the scraps I stamped on the 1x5.25" strip to contrast the other layers with the Wildflowers script stamp.

With just some simple cuts and layering of the leftover strips I was able to come up with 3 more cards.

Stamps - Sorrento, Wildflowers unmounted rubber stamps - Club Scrap
               sentiment - Gimme a Ring wood mounted rubber stamp - Club Scrap

Inks - Club Scrap Earth Hybrid Ink and Black India Ink

Cardstock- Michaels Recollections Preppy Beach and White cardstock

Pearls - Michaels Recollections strips of pearls

Of course now I have 3 more panels and some other small bits left over.  What will I do with these?!   LOL :)   MAKE MORE CARDS.....  stay tuned

Saturday, October 20, 2012

We are aware.

Hi Everyone,

As most of you know it is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I think we have all been personally touched by this issue.    My good friend Tricia Morris, owner of Club Scrap®,  posted some directions on making cards using her ALCM instructions in conjunction with their We Are Aware rubber stamp collection on the Club Scrap Creates Blog.   I sat down and created this set of cards inspired by Tricia's.

I used the sheet of We Are Aware unmounted rubber stamps by Club Scrap.
Club Scrap Paper - Mosaic Twist green handmade and To you with Love pink cardstock
Club Scrap Inks - Leaf and Fuschia hybrid inks
Kraft cardstock card bases, pink rhinestones and ribbons from stash

Thanks for stopping by and being aware.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

At it again!

I have been so bad about getting my Club Scrap challenges done.   There are so many fun ones to join in on at the CS Community Forum and one of my favorites is Jen's Card Sketch Challenge.   I was always so good about getting it done right away as soon as Jen posted her challenge on the first day of the month,  but alas,  I have been busy so the first thing that gets pushed aside is crafting time.

So today I finally had a chance to sit down with the sketch that Jen chose for Sept/Oct.  I wanted to try and come up with my own ALCM (aka Assembly Line Card Making) cutting instructions for it.   I love to be able to cut all my pieces out and then stamp and assemble.   Easy peasy.

This is an intermediate ALCM formula.   I really hope you all find it helpful when creating your next batch of cards.   Feel free to click on the image above and download for your personal use.

I chose unmounted rubber stamps from the Sorrento Borders and Backgrounds.   I used CS Inks in both Earth and WOW Red.   The sentiment is stamped in CS India Ink.  I chose papers from my stash from a Recollections (Michael's Arts and Crafts Store) set called Preppy Beach.
I also used chose to use some fibers from Club Scrap's Retreat 2010 and Cruisin kit.
The pearls are also from my stash.
I used dimensional squares under the sentiments to pop them up.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Squirrelly Blog Challenge - In the Middle

I had a blast creating this card for the October Squirrelly blog challenge.
Check out Technique Junkie newsletter to see how to create the In the Middle card.  I really love the results.

I used Club Scrap's Wildflowers Borders and Backgrounds stamp set.
I colored the stamps using Distress markers in Barn Door, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint and Mustard Seed.
The script stamp is done in Club Scrap India ink black.
The cardstock base is Club Scrap's Bridges kit denim print.
I sprayed the white cardstock with homemade yellow glimmer mist.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Halloween Cards and a freebie!

I can not believe how long it has been since I last blogged.   Where does the time go?   I think I say that every time I post something.

Well, I have been very busy with family goings on and school volunteering,  but in between all that I really try and get some crafting time in.

I was inspired by this fun card posted the other day during World Card Making Day during the OWH Blog Hop.   I decided to create my own set of Assembly Line Card Making Instructions for it and make my Halloween cards with them.

Here are the instructions with a photo of one of my cards using the sketch, the original sketch by OWH and the card from Pinterest which inspired me.
Here are the rest of the cards I created using the 5 sheets of 8.5x11 cardstock.

Products used
Stamps from Michael's (clearance last season)
Inks - Club Scrap India Black and White Pigment
Distress marker - Picket Fence Ranger Tim Holtz
Sakura Silver gel pen
Purple cardstock - Club Scrap Papillon collection
Orange and Green cardstock - Club Scrap Farmer's Market collection
White and Black - Recollections pack from Michael's

Friday, July 27, 2012

Paper flower necklace

I have been inspired to create some Club Scrap projects during the Olympics!    I am have joined a group of my friends at the Coffeehouse Forum in the Craftalong Olympics Challenge!   I have pledged to make 10 projects.   I have many kits sitting in my craft room that need attention.  So this was the perfect challenge for me.   However,  the first project I decided to work on was not an official Club Scrap project.    Let me start from the beginning.....

Tomorrow is my 25th High School Reunion!   This is a huge milestone.   I actually still live in the town where I graduated from.    I just couldn't bring myself to leave,  it is that nice of a place to live.   I am really looking forward to it.    I went out shopping for an outfit and found it.   A plain black tank and cool orange red skirt.   I already had the shoes,  some cool silver wedges!    But the outfit was quite plain and needed something to perk it up a bit.   I needed a piece of jewelry to finish the look.   A necklace, something big and bold!   But,  I couldn't find anything that fit the bill.   So I decided to create my own.   I went online looking for inspiration and found this beauty on Pinterest.    So I went into my box of Club Scrap paper scraps (POPS) and chose some oranges and reds that would compliment my skirt.   Made a base necklace out of left over pieces of silver chains and findings and even repurposed some Mike's Hard Lemonade bottle caps.

I made holes in each one using my Tim Holtz drill.   Then linked them all together with some jump rings.   Added the chain and findings and voila,  a necklace!

Then I used my Tim Holtz floral dies and some punches to create the flowers. Fun stuff!  Next up I attached the flower clusters to the bottle caps and the necklace was done.   I used Glue Dots and Hot Glue gun to attach them to the bottle caps.    

Wish me luck with seeing all my high school friends.  And please I love to read your comments and would love to hear what you think.   

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Let Freedom Ring Project Published!

I am so very proud to say that my little birdcage project was published this month in Magazine.  

I really hope you will check it out.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 11, 2012

The big day!

My son graduated from high school this weekend.   I am sure every parent says these same words... how did this happen?  Where did my little boy go?   I will admit it was a bit surreal to be sitting in the same field where just the other day I graduated high school.   Okay so it was 25 years ago but whose counting.
     I love this boy with all my heart and am so proud of the wonderful man he has become.

Club Scrap's Scholarship Digital Quick Drop Layout  

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Photography Assignment Challenges!

Here is a layout I created digitally inspired by Wendy B's Photography Assignment Challenge over on the Club Scrap Community Forum!    We are required as part of the assignment this month to use a Beatle's song as inspiration and to make sure we include details on the camera and settings used.

I decided to take photos of the Poppy that I have had for many years,  this being the first year it has ever bloomed!   Very exciting.   So I waited days for it to bloom and it finally did.   The color was a complete surprise.   I had gotten it from a friend and never knew the color.   Until now!  WOW!

Club Scrap Digital Quick Drop Layouts
"Let it Be"  Love Blooms digi kit , font - Handwriting Dakota
"Good Day Sunshine!"  Papillon digi kit ,  font - Bambino

Saturday, May 26, 2012

WELCOME : Operation Write Home Blog Hop

I am so proud to be a part of this Blog Hop!

Using Sketch #57 I created these 3 cards out of 3 sheets of 8.5 x 11 Club Scrap paper from the Garden LaFleur and Asian Artisans kits.

** Check out yesterday's blog post for details! 

Tim Holtz Embossing Folder inked with Club Scrap Moss Hybrid Ink on the shimmer green Asian Artisan cardstock.
Stamped sentiments: 
thanks- Club Scrap Memoirs Kit 
happy birthday- Club Scrap Gimme a Ring Kit
Dazzles stickers

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Operation Write Home Blog Hop coming soon...

Tomorrow I am going to be part of a blog hop for Operation Write Home.
I had learned about this program through Club Scrap when we were asked to bring handmade greeting  cards to the Annual Retreat in Wisconsin in 2010.  
We were all so happy to create these cards for such a worthy cause.

As a thank you for visiting the blog I am providing the cutting instructions for creating the cards you will see tomorrow which I created using 3  8.5 x 11 sheets of Club Scrap cardstock.   Just click on the image and download the instructions.   Enjoy,  and don't forget to stop back tomorrow to see my cards!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Let Freedom Ring Bird Cage Challenge

Let Freedom Ring Birdcage -- Julie Heyer

I am very excited that this project has been chosen to be published in the July online issue of magazine.

Please be sure to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by,


Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Squirrely Challenge Cascading Images

I loved Club Scrap's Come Sail Away kit for April 2012.
For me this captures life on Cape Cod perfectly!
Nancy over at Squirrely Art Blog challenged us to use this Technique Junkies technique from their April 2012 Newsletter.  
I inked the background matte to look like fog or clouds.
Thanks for stopping by and make sure you go over to Nancy's blog to check out the other participants work!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

About 10 yrs ago I got my first die cut machine from my mom and dad for Mother's day.  It was a Sizzix Sidekick (which I have now handed down to my niece Meg) and it was fun to die cut all sorts of shapes from my cardstock stash.   Well years later,  I hardly ever touch these dies and have moved on to more sophisticated cutting tools (Silhouette SD) which can cut all sorts of shapes, sizes, fonts and several thicknesses of papers.

All this to say,  one of my fellow Club Scrappers presented us with a challenge on the Coffeehouse forum. Use an old unloved die to create some art with our Club Scrap papers and other supplies.   So I pulled out an old decorative strip die and made this fun card.   I inked a white piece of paper to create the sunset sky and voila!   Paradise!

Distress inks by Ranger - Fired Brick, Ripe Persimmon, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans, and Broken China
Paper - black and white cardstock, Club Scrap green from Blossom kit, brown from Sparkle Kit and yellow from Solstice Kit.
Black India ink and quote stamp are both Club Scrap.

What die cut dies do you wish you could dig out and try again?

I have some flowers and other fun shapes that need some love.

I love getting your comments and thoughts when you stop by, thanks :)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Blended Spritz and Flick Pizza Box Tower

Hi all,   just wanted to share a Club Scrap Pizza Box Tower I created based on directions from the February Full Circle Kit's Scrap Rap!

We were also given another challenge from Nancy at the Squirrely Art Blog to use one of my most favorite Tim Holtz techniques from his online class called Creative Chemistry 101.

Here is what I did with 6 pizza boxes (my Club Scrap kit ships in one of these every month) and some fancy collages that were made as part of a swap by some of my Club Scrap member friends!

I created the top 12x12 collage from scratch using a variety of Club Scrap Un Mounted Rubber stamp sets including Centennial Casual, Vogue, Raku, Papillon, Pure and Simple, and Great Outdoors to name just a few.

I also used TH Distress Inks in Faded Jeans, Aged Mahogany, Ripe Persimmon, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo, Pine Needles, Broken China, and Fired Brick.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Club Scrap Challenges card with a little Tim Holtz thrown in!

Playing with a couple of fun challenges over at the Club Scrap Coffeehouse!

Hetty's Tie Dye technique using Distress Inks in Broken China, Seedless Preserves, and Dusty Concord.

Jen's Sketch Challenge for April using this sketch.

Stamps used from Club Scrap Be Still and Versailles

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Monochromatic Magic!

This week our PSL Challenge at Club Scrap was to create layouts and cards using a monochromatic palette of colors.  Here are some cards I made using a Red color palette.

I have really enjoyed it!

I continue to be inspired by cards pinned to Pinterest.
Check out Julee Tilman's Blog for more about her card that inspired my card.

Fuschia Paper, inks, stencils, and ribbon are all Club Scrap.
Buttons, black cardstock base, white panels are from my stash.
Prima flowers misted with Brick Glimmer Mist and Fuschia homemade mist.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Squirrely Art Blog Layered Masking Challenge

This is my submission for this Squirrely Art Blog challenge.

I also created it so it would meet the challenge requirements for this week's PSL Monochromatic Magic Challenge.

Panel papers and stamps are all Club Scrap.
Distress inks in Ripe Persimmon and Spiced Marmalade.
Black in CS India Ink.

Thanks for stopping by!

Jen's March Card Sketch Challenge

Here it is March already!   Wow,  time is flying.

I really loved Jen's choice of sketches this month.

Check out the Club Scrap Forum for details!

This was also created using guidelines for this weeks PSL Monochromatic challenge.

Club Scrap green papers, stencil flower, happy birthday greeting, and leaf stamps.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Pinterest Inspired Card

So Pinterest is the hottest thing since slice bread!  
So addicting,  so fun,  so inspiring!

I found this card there and loved it, so I set about to recreate it using my Club Scrap products.
I love the little butterfly affect!

Here is the card I created.

I used papers from Serengeti, Bridges and Rhapsody.
The stamps are from Collections and Full Circle.
The butterfly punch is from EK success.
I ran the brown Bridges cardstock thru my Cuttlebug embossing folder (dotted swiss)
The fiber is from Serengeti and the flower is from my stash.
I stamped the Full Circle stamp on Distress inked paper (Vintage photo, Faded Jeans, & Peeled Paint)
after I spritzed it with water.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Squirrely Art Blog Colored Pencil Resist Challenge

Hi everyone!
It is time for another edition of Nancy's Squirrelly Art Blog challenge.

I used all Club Scrap Products to created this fun card!
Inks are Distress Gathered Twigs, Faded Jeans, and Spiced Marmalade
I used a Fiskars corner punch on the red paper.
Thanks for stopping by!

And be sure to check out Nancy's blog for her versions too!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Squirrely Art Blog Chalk Embossed Challenge

My friend Nancy (Squirrely Art Blog) offered this week's challenge from Technique Junkies called Chalk Embossed.

Very fun and a slightly messy technique involving glue stick and artists chalks.

I made the background matte using the technique and then added a stamped quote, rosettes and a paper flower.

Dies used were Tattered florals Tim Holtz Alterations line Sizzix
Tim Holtz Texture fade embossing folder Sizzix
Handmade rosettes punched with Fiskars lace border punch (black)
Club Scrap quote, clock embellishment, and postage stamp stamp on blue circle
Club Scrap Blue Cardstock from Solstice kit.

Thanks for stopping by.  And check out some of my fellow Squirrelly gals creations!
Chrissie's Blog
Jen's Blog

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fun with Collage!

I made this fun collage sheet using my Club Scrap Stamps.
Hop on over to my Club Scrap Blog and see how I created this fun sheet that I have scanned and can print out and reuse over and over again!

Papillon Club Scrap kit stamps
Blossom Club Scrap kit stamps
white cardstock
inked with Club Scrap inks Amethyst, Sandstone and Moss

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Bacon Lettuce and Tomato Jam sandwich!

BLT's have been a favorite of mine for a while but when I saw this recipe on Diner's Drive In's and Dives with Guy F.,   I knew I had to try and make it on my own.    The Barking Dog Cafe in Indianapolis creates this wonderful sandwich using an herb mayo, HOMEMADE pepper bacon, and tomato jam!   I mean come on,  what is not to love!

So of course I was not about to take the time to make my own bacon (but boy would I love to!) so I used good ole sliced bacon and cracked black pepper on top before frying.

I made my own basil mayo using 1 tblsp. dried basil and 3/4 cup mayonnaise.

I made my own version of the tomato jam.   Here is my adapted recipe.

2 cans diced tomatoes
1 onion diced
1 clove garlic minced
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup sherry cooking wine
1/4 cup vinegar

Saute the onions and garlic in a pan with a tsp of oil until soft.
Add remaining ingredients and cook down on med low to low temp for approx. 45 mins.
You will need to keep an eye on it as it cooks down so the bottom doesn't stick.
Stir ever 5 mins.  It will become very thick.

Once the bacon has finished,  you are ready to build your sandwich and enjoy!
My son's girlfriend has an uncle who works at Panera Bread and he often gives us some to enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy!