Sunday, March 27, 2011

Flutter By Wednesday

Flutter By Wednesday

Created this card for the weekly challenge #147 at Flutter By Wednesdays. This week’s challenge is open. The only requirement is that the card must include an angel, fairy or butterfly. I included my little butterfly with the dress form to create a sort of soft feminine steampunk look.

Also posted it at Little Red Wagon for Challenge # 73 Butterflies.

The patterned background was created with the Tissue Color from Technique Junkies using a stamp from Steppin’ Out. This technique is featured in the February/March 2011 TJ newsletter. All shapes cut on Silhouette digital cutter. Stickles from Ranger used on butterfly. Bling is from my stash.

All other supplies are from Club Scrap. Kits used are Destinations card base, Written Word and Scholarship triangles and butterfly shapes, and Blossom dress form.

Gingersnap Creations


This card was created for a challenge GC #96 at Gingersnap Creations. The challenge required the use of the colors copper, ginger or rust. For the copper, I used the handmade foil paper from Club Scrap’s Adobe kit. The tulips were stamped twice using Gelato watercolor pigment and India ink on the second impression. Other than the gelatos, all supplies from Club Scrap. Other kits used were Raku and Nature’s Wonders.

This card was loosely based on the sketch at Mojo Monday #183. I had troubles with the placement of the circle image but did the best I could to follow the sketch.

This card was also posted in the final challenge of the PSL, Club Scrap’s contest with weekly challenges. This week we were required to use elements from three different kits from 2010-2011. Thanks for looking.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Great Lake

I may be wrong but I think this was my first time seeing Lake Michigan. Mom can probably answer that one. Another Great Lake on my life list. Not really. I hadn’t planned to see them all but now that I’ve seen this one, maybe I’ll add more. I made a point of having Chrissie photograph me with my hand in the water.

A Great Lake

All supplies are Club Scrap with the exception of Magic Mesh and a chipboard A. Kits used are Castaway citrus print, Raku teal and Destinations cutaparts.



Yet another layout about the Wisconsin trip. All supplies Club Scrap. Just describes our great room in Neenah and the fun we had while being roomies.

Club Scrap kits used: Connections eggshell print, All That Jazz fuschia, Raku natural mats

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Lotus Pond – Card Patterns Sketch


Card created using this week’s sketch #107 from Card Patterns.

All supplies from CLUB SCRAP with the exception of Twinkling H2O’s and Faber-Castell Gelatos

Club Scrap supplies:

Green Card base Comics
Orange strip All That Jazz
Grape Mat and Loopy border Sonoma grape
White panel Memoirs
Ribbon from unidentified CS stash
Image stamped with Gelatos, frame done with Twinkling H2O's

Martha Stewart Loopy border punch

Year in Review PSL Final Challenge

This week our challenge is to include elements from three different Club Scrap kits issued in 2010-2011. This is our final week for PSL so our lives can start to get back to normal, you know, things like laundry and cleaning and meal preparation will no longer be ignored.

Here are a few more of the cards I have posted for this challenge, including another couple using the Pierced Spotlight technique from Technique Junkies.

GirlFeedingSeagulls LotusPond2 PiercedSpotlight Adobe2 PiercedSpotlight Adobe1 DragonflyCircles DragonflyCircles2

All supplies from CLUB SCRAP with the exception of my Derwent watercolor pencils, Twinkling H2O’s, Faber-Castell Gelatos and the girl feeding seagulls stamp called Theresa's Treat from Door County Rubber Stamps, stamped with India Ink and colored with watercolor pencils and Twinkling H2O's

Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler

Mardi Gras 1

Another silly move on my part. I’ve been wanting to send Mardi Gras cards for YEARS! I carefully made several of these Mardi Gras cards to send to various lucky recipients and then totally messed up on the date that Mardi Gras occurred this year. So here they sit, still on my work table. Eventually I will mail them to someone. DUH

Card posted in a challenge from Ginger Snap Creations for Mardi Gras cards.

All supplies from CLUB SCRAP with the exception of Ranger Stickles, Martha Stewart Glitter and the mask stamp from my old stash. I can’t identify the maker. Club Scrap kits used include Common Threads, Sonoma, Solstice and Fiesta.

Squirrely Challenge – Pierced Spotlight


Time for my weekly challenge from Nancy at Squirrely Art. This technique is called Pierced Spotlight from the February/March 2009 newsletter from Technique Junkies. Take a trip over to Nancy’s blog to see her gorgeous musical creation.

All supplies from CLUB SCRAP with the exception of my Derwent watercolor pencils and Twinkling H2O’s.

CLUB SCRAP supplies:

Pink card base Lotus Pond
White panel watercolor Castaway
Grape strip Sonoma across bottom
Ribbon from Jubilee along Grape strip
Image Theresa's Treat from Door County Rubber Stamps, stamped with India Ink and colored with watercolor pencils and Twinkling H2O's

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Squirrely Challenge - Millefiori


Yet another challenge from Young Nancy at Squirrely Art. This one is called Millefiori from the Feb/March 2011 newsletter from Technique Junkies. Head over to Nancy’s blog to see the EXCELLENT card she made using this same technique.

Nearly all supplies from CLUB SCRAP with the exception of some of the inks which were Stampin’ Up Stampin’ Spots.

CLUB SCRAP supplies:

Card base Academy brown
Gold panel Apothecary
Ribbon from unidentified CS stash
Unmounted stamps and sticker from Arts 'n Crafts
WM stamp Moon Shadow from Wings
Inks used: Club Scrap hybrids

Triple Easel Card

I saw one of these cards out in the blogosphere this week and really wanted to give it a try. I was able to use Club Scrap stickers on it so, as usual, I multi-tasked and included it in my submissions for PSL. A shout out to Hetty, another Club Scrapper, who featured this card fold on her blog this week which inspired me.


Posted this card in a challenge at Paper Crafting Journey where the theme is Up in the Air. I think this qualifies.

All supplies CLUB SCRAP. Kits used include Harvest (an oldie), Weather (another oldie), Let Me Count The Way/Passage of Time and Gimme a Ring. Weather balloon stamp from Weather. It fits nicely with my latest passion: Steampunk designs. You’ll be seeing more of that.

Ooh La La Sweet Cupcakes

Two similar cards created for the continuing sticker challenge at the PSL at Club Scrap.

The cupcakes were cut on my Silhouette digital cutter and decorated with Stickles and Tulip Pearl Fabric Paint. I cut these cupcakes months and months ago and just today got around to assembling the cards. A lot of April birthdays on the horizon.

All supplies are CLUB SCRAP with the exception of the sprinkles and swirls. Kits used include Academy and Henna.


Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Swallows have Returned to San Juan Capistrano

When the swallows come back to Capistrano
That's the day you promised to come back to me.
When you whispered farewell in Capistrano
'Twas the day the swallows flew out to the sea.
All the mission bells will ring
The chapel choir will sing
The happiness you'll bring
Will live in my memory.
When the swallows come back to Capistrano
That's the day I pray that you'll come back to me.
While the altar candles burn
My heart is burning too
If you should not return
I'll still be waiting for you.
When the swallows come back to Capistrano
That's the day I pray that you'll come back to me,
That's the day I pray that you'll come back to me.        The Ink Spots


Happy St. Joseph’s Day to you. Today is also celebrated as the day the cliff swallows return on their annual pilgrimage to the Mission at San Juan Capistrano.

All supplies: CLUB SCRAP

Kits used: Henna and Tuscany

Image is my own photograph altered in Photoshop



These two layouts show the fun we had Letterboxing in Wisconsin. This was a new endeavor for both us and we  enjoyed the “scavenger hunt” aspects of it combined with rubber stamping. How good could it get?


All supplies: CLUB SCRAP

Top layout base on Mirror Mirror brown
Other elements from To You With Love and Memoirs
Stickers from Great Outdoors

Bottom Layout base is Textiles and Notions purple
Other paper elements from Blossom kit, Destinations Magnificent Metal Frame Sticker, Green Metallic stickers from Mark Richards Lotus Pond Sketch

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Sister Bay Sturgeons



This week at PSL we are required to use Club Scrap stickers on our cards and layouts. I struggled a bit with this challenge but managed to figure out a way to add some to my assembly line layouts. More stories from our Wisconsin trip. The top one shows the two sisters in Sister Bay. The lower one reports on the Public Art we found in Sturgeon Bay, namely, Sturgeons on Parade. I just KNEW we’d find some public art once we got to Wisconsin. It was a great trip.

All supplies: Club Scrap 

Kits used: Solstice and Pure & Simple with a little bit of Refresh (stickers)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Week Four Draws to a Close

This week at Club Scrap’s PSL, we were challenged to use fibers on all layouts and cards. Here are more of my layouts covering the October trip to Wisconsin. I enjoy doing these particular layouts so much because it brings back all the fond memories of our time in Neenah and Door County.

Chicken CS

This was the night of our Gatsby Gala. My adventurous sister chose to attend in Gatsby era costume. I was a chicken and a stick in the mud. But I got some good photos out of it.

Boom De Ya Da

This is the night of our Big Fat Greek Jammie Party where we all wore our jammies, had a Greek feast and celebrated all things Big, Fat and Greek. There was an impromptu sing-a-long of Boom De Ya Da…..

Teachers Pets Not

Just a few photos of Chrissie and me with our various class instructors.

This Was a Beautiful Day

A beautiful Wisconsin morning at the Olde Quarry Park on Bayshore Drive on Lake Michigan at the mouth of Sturgeon Bay. Much of the fieldstone used to accent the homes and gardens of Door County is filled with the fossilized remains from tropical seas and has the distinction of building Chicago — twice. Many Chicago foundations and buildings were constructed from stone quarried here. After the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, quarried rock was again shipped south the rebuild the city.

We can adjust our sails

Layout about the seven lighthouses we saw during our road trip in Door County. Looking forward to our next challenge tomorrow morning. What will it be?

Squirrely Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #35

CCC 35 Design Details

Finally we have reached Week 35 of the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge at Studio L3. Our final technique is Design Details on Page 67 of Tim Holtz’s book.

This card also meets the Technique Junkies challenge set forth by Nancy at Squirrely Art using Tissued Color. This technique is featured in the February/March 2011 newsletter from Technique Junkies. Thanks for looking.

A big thank you to Linda Ledbetter at Studio L3. This weekly challenge has inspired me and helped me grow in making creative art pieces and I eagerly look forward to her next challenge.

Supplies used:

All cardstock from Club Scrap
Kits used: Simply Beautiful card base lavender, Written Word blackberry and light purple, Blossom purple, Scholarship cream
Stamps from Stepping Out
Fiber from Wild Wild West
Brads from Joann’s
Dress form and butterfly cut on Silhouette
All edges inked
Butterfly was cut on watercolor paper and colored with watercolor pencils and sprayed with Perfect Pearls homemade spray

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Home for the Holidays


This week at the Club Scrap PSL, our challenge is to use fibers on all artwork. This card was created as part of my quest to make a few Christmas cards each month. I am also entering it in the challenge at Jingle Belles JB10 where the challenge is to make a card that is inspired by your Home for the Holidays ... it might be your childhood home, your current home, or your home-away-from-home. When I think of Christmas at my childhood home in Kentucky, I think of vivid red cardinals in the snow. Also, used it for the sketch #SCCC14 challenge at Weekly Christmas Card Challenges.

All supplies are from Club Scrap 

Kits used:
Black Z fold card base from Musical Interlude, red strip and cardinal from Autumn Splendor, white panel and ribbon from Comics, snowflake has Diamond Stickles, card panel is textured with Cuttlebug, bird feet, chest and beak colored with Bic Mark-its

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Mixed Kit Week comes to an End

Whew, this week wears me out. We are required to use supplies from three different kits for this challenge. Some of my pages are already in progress so there’s a rush to find other things to add which will qualify them. Two more from the Wisconsin trip.

On the same day as the cheese shop, many of us also stopped at a spice shop called Penzey’s and a bead shop called Glass Onion. That layout was posted earlier today.


This last one is just about some of the unusual or interesting signs we saw during our travels. As usual, all supplies are Club Scrap.

Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge #93


This sketch from Midnight Madness is a keeper. I will be using it again and again. Simple but graphic and it makes an impact. All supplies are Club Scrap.

Kits used: Cardstock: Milestones purple, Serengeti green, Farmers Market green, Scholarship white. Stamp from Sonoma. Pearls from stash. Image colored with Derwent watercolor pencils

Shamrock Triangle Fold Card


This is a cute little card with a twist. I took the idea from Beate at Splitcoast Stampers. All supplies are Club Scrap.

Kits used: All greens used are from Salsa, Birds of a Feather, Pure & Simple, Wheel & Sprocket. Fiber is from Castaway. The white is from Pure & Simple also. Shamrock stamp from my ancient stash. Stickles used on shamrock.

Three Little Trees

GreatOutPureSimpleWheelSprocketSerengetiRhapsody RedTree StitchTree

Continuing on my quest of making a few Christmas cards each month this year, here are another three very simple cards. All supplies are Club Scrap.

Kits used: Great Outdoors red, Pure & Simple white and green, Wheel & Sprocket green, Serengeti brown and Rhapsody cream. Stickles used on star. Stitching stamp from $ Bin at Michaels or Joanns.

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge – Week 34 - Dimensional Collage Fragment



Here we are at Week 34 of the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge at Studio L3. This week our technique is Dimensional Collage Fragment on Page 63 of Tim Holtz’s book.

My Dimensional Collage Fragment includes a part of the business card from the Glass Onion colored with Wild Honey Distress Ink, a piece of Tim Holtz tissue tape, a piece of Tim Holtz film ribbon and a Club Scrap/Michael Strong medallion stamp on Scholarship tan cardstock.

Supplies used:

All cardstock from Club Scrap
Kits used: Henna and Scholarship
Stamps from Club Scrap Michael Strong collections

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Squirrely Challenge – Torn under Transparency



This week, I challenged Nancy of Squirrely Art to do the Torn Under Transparency technique from the February 2011 Technique Junkies newsletter. Wasn’t crazy about this project once I started it. I’ve never been good at the simple art of tearing paper. Much better with my Exacto blade. But I finished it and I guess it’s okay. I think I could have chosen a stamp which would have been more appropriate to the technique.


Supplies used:

All cardstock from Club Scrap

Kits used: Written Word, By the Seashore, Asian Artisan, Pure and Simple, Birds of a Feather

Rubber stamp from Renaissance

StazOn ink from Tsukineko

Bling and transparency from stash

PSL Continues

Was able to complete three layouts today covering more events during the trip I took with Chrissie to Wisconsin in October.


This first one shows us at a cheese shop in Appleton with several of our West Coast Scrap friends, most notably Lucy.


Just a layout about the beautiful fall color and scenes we saw on our driving trip up to Door County.


This layout makes me sad. It’s our last night together in Wisconsin. We took a long walk across this trestle bridge to find a Letterbox, watched our last sunset together and had a great time, despite a slight accident which won’t be discussed publicly.