Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August Challenges

Can you smell the burning rubber as my wheels screech into the closing moments of the month? I told my friends at Club Scrap that I would be arriving, hair on fire, at the last minute to submit my Challenge layouts for the month of August. Here they are, not a moment too soon.

This first one was created for Christine's Monthly Challenge, a repeat of the Friendship theme. It’s a layout about me and my sister and BFF Chrissie. In 2008, when she visited me in California, we had the opportunity to ride in a "girls" bike event called Princess Promenade. It was a bike ride of a lifetime for me. Not often I get to ride with my little sis.

This layout was created with all Wheel and Sprocket cardstock, fibers and tag, with the exception of pink mats from Dream in Color and some bling from Michaels bought especially for the event. 


This next layout is about FINALLY, after passing this copper statue for 36 years, stopping to photograph it last month while on a trip to the wine country with my good friend Teresa and her daughter Mallory, who is like a daughter to me. Oh, and by the way, there is a photo of me with the statue, too, which I don't yet have from Mal, so once I do get a copy, I will replace one of the repetitive photos of the Grape Crusher with it. Just to keep me in my scrapbooks.

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For this last layout tonight, I used the same Club Scrap sketch from To You With Love as the one used for the Grape Crusher layout above. The first one is created with all Club Scrap materials.

I then challenged myself to utilize the same sketch for another layout, but using materials from my non-CS stash for a challenge at Paper Artists Online. Perfect challenge for it as I have a Karen Foster school paper pad and happened to recently take some photos of Mallory when we visited the campus of her high school in July when she was home on Summer Break (she's now doing her post grad work at ASU). 

So the papers are Karen Foster with a kraft base, stamps from Club Scrap on each side and ribbon from CS on right side. My school/office supplies are the ribbon which simulates a ruler (thanks for that inspiration, Chrissie) and manila folders used for the stamped bases. Title was cut with white cardstock on the Silhouette and then colored with Distress Inks. All edges also inked with Distress Ink. 


Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Retro Resist Stamp Challenges

Friends on the Club Scrap board have started posting monthly challenges. Hetty from The Netherlands has challenged us to create cards or layouts using Resist Techniques. Andrea from the Midwest challenges us to use our stamp stash. This month she asked us to use stamps from our Retro kit, an oldie but goodie from September of 2006.

Ever the multi-tasker, I combined both challenges, threw in a little of my own Sketch Challenge and ended up with two cards, using Resist and my old Retro stamps, which I am ashamed to admit had never seen ink.

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This one was created this for Hetty's Resist Technique Challenge, using the  aforementioned sketch. The card base is Great Outdoors, black panel is Musical Interlude, Coral pieces on front are Memoirs as is the ribbon. Stamps are from Retro. I used white Bristol paper for the front panel, stamped rhomboid images with Versamark and embossed with detail clear embossing powder. Resist technique used with Distress Ink in Barn Door. Red stamping is Barn Door. Black is India Ink.

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This one was made for Andrea’s Use your Stamp Stash Challenge. Back on my path to try to create a few Christmas cards each month. Once I stamped this sprig image, and the colors I chose, just made me think this could be a Christmas card.

Card base is Blossom green, white panel is Expressions, Coral strip is from Memoirs. Stamps are from Retro. I used white Bristol paper for the front panel, stamped Retro sprig images with Versamark and embossed with detail clear embossing powder. Resist technique used with Distress Ink in Barn Door. Red stamping is Barn Door. Black is India Ink. Pearl bling from stash. Love these fun images and I think I am embarrassed to admit I had never made anything with them before today. :(

All supplies are from Club Scrap kits with the exception of the pearl bling and the Bristol paper from my stash. Thanks for looking.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Stencil and Art Media Challenge

This is the final week of Club Scrap’s Summer Camp PSL. This week we are challenged to use a Club Scrap stencil and/or art media on our pages. I created four layouts to date and post them here for your viewing pleasure.


This one is about a stop Chrissie and I made in 2008 after riding in the Princess Promenade bike event. We rode from the Discovery Park finish to downtown Sacto to catch the Lite Rail. I had always wanted to visit the Water Intake Building and took this opportunity to do so. It was designed to appear as a dragonfly hovering over the Sacramento River. Lots of glass and dots…for whatever reason.


Remember last year’s hard target search for Public Art Breast Cancer Ribbons. This is the first layout using those photos. I had to go with a color in the pink family for these ribbons photographed at Westfield Galleria and Thunder Valley Casino.


Waiting for our tour at Hearst Castle, Roy inspected the Hearst Fire Engine. The red and brass fittings on that truck were complimented perfectly by this particular kit papers. I had to do it.


On our way home from Cambria, we went south and visited the Elfin Forest near Morro Bay. I took photos of many of the flowers and tried to identify as many as possible. Also included a cute little lizard, just for fun.

Thanks for looking. All layouts created with Club Scrap materials, Kits used include Solstice, Welcome, Gratitude, Blossom and Sonoma.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ten Year Anniversary


As usual, I am multi-tasking. This card was created to use as the August Card Sketch Challenge at Club Scrap. It was sent to our daughter and son-in-law to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. Congrats to them!

The card was created with all Club Scrap materials. Kits used include Natural Resources, Gratitude and Love, Inkorporated. The twill ribbon is from Sonoma. Shapes were cut with Quickutz and Spellbinders dies on my Cuttlebug. The heart is from a punch.

If you’d like to play along, head over to the Club Scrap Community Board to join the sketch challenge. Thanks for looking.