Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Club Scrap Sunflowers Blog Hop

August 31st...already!  
It's the end of the month and time for the

This month's kit Sunflowers from Club Scrap is just's as simple as that.  I know I say it all the  time but they just keep getting better and better.  As luck would have it I recently got a copy of the wedding pics and couldn't resist making something I haven't made in years.... an actual scrapbook layout!!!

I am so excited about this was so much fun to make. It's so much to have scrapbook worthy pics to scrap!  

I stamped a bit here and there, spritzed with my favorite medium - irRESISTible Texture Spray in Bronze (my fav. color of this spray).  It matched the papers and embellishments perfectly.  I then added some torn papers, more ink, a few die cuts and embellishments ...

and of course this lovely picture of my son and new daughter on their wedding day.

I stamped the sentiment with Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer can't see it in the photo but it has a lovely chocolate shimmer to it IRL.  Adds just a little bit of glitzy elegance...not too much though.

I stamped a few of the circles and popped a few of the fun textured crystals - 
also included in the kit - here and there over the page.  A couple die-cuts, sunflower buttons and some hand cut sunflowers finish it off.

I hope you enjoyed my very first lay-out with hopefully many more to come now that I actually have "scrap worthy" pics.

Thanks for stopping by!

Your next inspiring stop on the hop is...

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Have a lovely day my inky friends!

Supplies: - Sunflower Cardstock, Stamps, Embellishments, Washi Tape
Imagine - Bronze irRESISTible Texture Spray; Delicata Dark Brown Shimmer Ink; Memento Ink - Bamboo Stalk; Dandelion; Rich Cocoa
Spellbinders - Makers Mart Leaf Dies; Circles

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Wet/Dry Inky Embossing

Just Imagine....

As you might recall I mentioned that the Technique Challenge on the Club Scrap Blog this month was to create a vintage/distressed look by incorporating Sepia/Browns into your projects.  Today I wanted to share one of my favorite techniques using a bit of StazOn Spiced Chai ink on the above card.

This was actually a combination of a few tools to create the lovely background panel the sunflower is stamped on.  Initially I inked my embossing fold, inserted my pattern paper and then ran it through my embossing machine with an oval spacer piece.  This spacer allows the embossing folder to emboss select areas of the panel creating a "stamping space" for you to finish off the card.  I love how the ink comes through softly in some areas and a bit darker in others.  It really adds to the vintage feel don't you think?

I use the same spacer to stamp my images and helps keep my stamping in the un inked areas and since it's plastic the ink that goes over the edge is easily wiped away.  I finished the image off with Imagine's Memento Dual Tip Markers.

Monday, August 29, 2016

By the Sea....

Before summer disappears into your memory I wanted to share a few "salty" cards to help ease you into Autumn....  all of the stamps are from Just For Fun Rubber Stamps.

This card was so much fun to make...the mermaid is mounted on a vellum frame that covers a sea kelp panel.  I know it's difficult to tell but that panel was a bit of gesso through a sea kelp stencil that was colored with Brusho Colour Crystals.  You can see the texture behind the vellum IRL.  Couldn't get it to show up no matter how many pics I took.  My red head mermaid has tiny faux gems and pearls scattered in her hair.

A watercolor sunset... The white "foam" is really Pico Embellisher.

My blond mermaid on a stenciled background with a few sea treasures thrown in for good measure.

Finally...a walk along the beach with a few more terns.

Gosh, makes me want to go to the beach and cool off now...


Just For Fun Rubber Stamps - all images
Imagine - Memento Inks, Memento Dual Tip Markers, StazOn Ink, irRESISTible Pico Embellisher
Kuretake Watercolors
The Crafters Workshop - Stencil
Spellbinders - Circle, Scallop Circle Dies
MFT - Stitched Frame Die
Other - Gesso, Button, Twine, Faux Gems, Vellum

Friday, August 26, 2016

Tape Depot - SALE!!

Hey Everyone!

Been wicked busy this week - we were off celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary!!  Just checking in for a moment to let you know about an amazing sale that doesn't happen often...

The Tape Depot (which is where I buy my ATG tape) is having a rare 20% off sale!  It's a great time to grab any tape you might need....and I'm not receiving any compensation to put this on my blog...  I just can't pass up a good sale and I like to share it when I hear of one this great ;)

In Honor of Team USA's 121 medals for the next 121 hours we're offering the Gold: 20% off the entire store including Free Shipping items on

Use coupon code 
USA20 for 20% OFF everything!
Hurry this sale ends Aug 29th at 1 PM

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Back To School - CS Artist Team Challenge

Back to School Time!  

That is the challenge for the Club Scrap Artist Team this month.  I must admit I'm VERY thankful not to have the stress and worry of sending my children back to school this year.  I hated seeing the summer come to an end and shipping the kids off to school that first morning back.  I cried each and every year clear up to their senior year.  Silly I know but I loved spending the extra time with the boys and I think they enjoyed it too. 

Well to help ring in the new school year we were asked to create items like organizational projects, planners, calendars, teacher gifts, etc.  I thought about it and decided to make a combo's a little note holder with a desk top calendar - great for teacher gifts or really for anyone including yourself!

And here it is....

I used a wood sunflower button that I colored with Memento Markers as the prop to hold the calendar in display mode.

It's filled with cream note cards under the calendar.

The calendar folds flat if you don't need to see it all the time.

I started off with some Club Scrap book board pieces.
These were sized perfectly so I didn't have to do any cutting at all!

I covered the top of the note holder...

Glued the base together and covered it with a couple different papers.

Inked all of the edges with Spice Chai StazOn ink and
adhered the top to the base.

I then used the twisted twine included in the kit to give a bit of detail to the note holder.

I found a 2017 calendar page, trimmed and glued the top edge.

It was then affixed the calendar to the tent card for the top.

It makes a really fun gift idea for friends, family, teachers, etc. and can be personalized with any theme you can image.  Hope you enjoyed my project.

Your next stop on the hop is

and if you get lost along the way
the entire list can be found here...

Monday, August 22, 2016

Walnut Ink Crystals!

This month's technique challenge on the Club Scrap blog Hetty challenged us all to incorporate Vintage/Sepia colors into our art.  There are so many techniques to get this done but I wanted to share what I old favorite of mine - Walnut Ink Crystals!  I love this stuff, it's so easy to use and the results are always spectacular!  If you prefer there are also pre-mixed Walnut Ink Sprays in a variety of colors.

For my first card I wanted to keep it simple to highlight the walnut ink and sunflower...

I started off by stamping and embossing the flower/sentiment with clear ep.

I sprinkled a few of the crystals onto my craft mat and spritzed with water.

After that you just smoosh the paper into the crystals.
Easy as that!

Now you could use the image as is but I wanted to remove the embossing powder to give it a matte finish and to bring the flower out a bit more so I placed it under a piece of scrap paper and ironed away the embossed areas.

Trimmed to size; distressed & inked the edges and you're all done!

Now those few walnut crystals makes LOTS of stain so rather than waste it I made some tags with the remainder.

And here they are....

Told you Walnut Ink Crystals were fun!
Now it's your turn!  Do you have any Walnut Ink Crystals in your stash?
If so now would be a great time to unearth them and put them to good use.

Supplies: - Papers, Stamps, Embellishments
Imagine - Walnut Ink Crystals, Memento Dye Ink; StazOn Ink; VersaMark Ink; Clear Embossing Powders, Memento Dual Tip Markers

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Winner, Winner, Winner!

Today I have the winners of a few giveaways....

The winner of the set of peg stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry is....

I love tiny stamps, but I haven't ever seen peg stamps. Your wreath is beautiful, and so is the bushel basket full of flowers. A great way to store your stamps to make you more creative!
The winner of the Club Scrap - Office Space Envelope Album is....

Oh wow! This is so cool. I've love to see this in person which would mean I'd have to win (wink). Thanks for sharing!

And the winner of the Club Scrap Office Space Pocket Letter is...

Love the interactive details on the ATC cards!

Congratulations Everyone!
Please e-mail me your snail mail addies so I can drop your goodies in the mail.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Can You Case It #133

Another challenge today....  
This time I'm using the colors from Can You Case It challenge #133....

As it happens the colors this week match the Sunflower Club Scrap kit perfectly!
Everything you see is from the kit - except the ink which is Memento Dye Ink from Imagine.


Monday, August 15, 2016

Imagine + Xyron = Fun!

All this week the Artist Teams for Imagine and Xyron are sharing lots of fun ideas on combining products from these two wonderful companies.  Today I am one of the lucky designers to kick off this week of inspiration.

I created this card...Paris Steam.  
It was created by using the "Layered Stamping" technique.
Here's how I did it...

1. Cut three pieces of cardstock, each a bit smaller than the last.  You of course can use fewer or more layers as desired.  It just depends on what you want the finished card to look like.

2. Stamp a large image over the stack of card panels.  

3. While the cards are still stacked, color the image with Memento Inks and Sponge Daubers.

4. Cut 3 mats in a complementary color cardstock.

5. Mount the stamped layers onto the mats using the Xyron Mega Runner.  Adhere the stacked images to a black cardstock mat.

6. Cover 4 pieces of cardstock with the metallic colors of Creative Medium - Bronze, Copper, Gold and Silver.  Let dry.

7. Once the CM has dried, die-cut gears from each panel. 

8. Feed several gears through the 3" Sticker Maker.  Peel off the clear liner sheet and discard.

9. Stamp french text randomly on a grey card base with Grey Flannel Memento Dye Ink.

10.  Peel several gears off of the liner paper and adhere to the corners of the card base.

11. Use the Adhesive Eraser to pick up any stray bits of adhesive around the gears.

12.  Use the Mega Runner to adhere the stacked, stamped image to the card.

13. Finish the card off by adding a few more gears over the image.

Imagine: Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black, LuLu Lavender, Angel Pink, Bahama Blue, Pear Tart, Grey Flannel; Sponge Daubers; Creative Medium - Silver, Gold, Copper, Bronze
Xyron: Mega Runner; 3" Sticker Maker; Adhesive Eraser Cardstock, Rubber Stamps Gears & Cogs Dies